The entire world has been rocked by the COVID-19 or coronavirus global pandemic. With hundreds of thousands dead and millions more infected, this hyper-infectious virus has uprooted the economy, overwhelmed the medical care system and forced global quarantine. Governments have used unprecedented spending and authority to try and ensure the peace and safety of their citizens, yet the death tolls continue to climb and paranoia grips many. Will counties institute martial law? Is it time to start tracking who receives their mandatory vaccinations and who does not? The world is hoping and waiting for a solution – any solution – to return life to normalcy and remove this threat. For Christians it is a time to remember that we already have the solution and that everything taking place is just a small preview of life in the Great Tribulation.
Wars, Plagues And Pestilence – The Seals Are Broken
“We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told world leaders Thursday, in a special virtual summit on the COVID-19 pandemic. (source).
“We’re in a battle, right, but this is about a war,” Cuomo said at a press conference Thursday.
COVID-19: “Our Generation’s Great War” – Forbes Magazine (source).
“We are at war with a virus” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged the world’s nations to unite in their battle against the COVID-19 virus on Thursday (March 19). (source).
In the Beginning And End Rapture Series, we detailed that in the timing of Revelation, Jesus Christ received the scroll that unlocks that events of the end times at His return to Heaven from Earth 2,000 years ago:
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” – Revelation 5:1-7
Jesus Christ took this book of prophecy from the hand of God the Father after His resurrection and return to Heaven. Before His victory over death and the grave: “no man was found worthy to open and to read the book” but upon being “slain” and rising from the grave, Jesus Christ completed the mission of His First Coming to Earth – winning salvation for all those who believed in Him and “prevailing” over Satan. It is then that The Lord takes the book and starts to open the seals. This took place 2,000 years ago.
The judgments of the seals run until the start of the Day Of The Lord – also known as “The Great Tribulation” or “the 7-year Tribulation.” But what is significant for this article is that Jesus warned that they were just previews of the greater judgments on Earth to come:
“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.” – Mark 13:7
“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” – Luke 21:9
Jesus emphasized that the many wars and rumors of war were not the end times but precursors of the Day of The Lord. And certainly, in the era of this global pandemic, leaders across the world are beating the drums of war – declaring the fight to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus nothing short of World War III:
To be at war is to be in active or vigorous conflict. According to world leaders, we are in active or vigorous conflict with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). President Trump has declared the virus “the invisible enemy” and likened the response to World War II, saying he considers himself a “wartime president.” In the last Democratic presidential debate, former vice president Joe Biden proclaimed, “We’re at war with a virus.” Overseas, French President Emmanuel Macron says “we are at war” with COVID-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, also referring to COVID-19 as a “deadly enemy,” noted that they must act like a “wartime government … to win the fight.” (source).
The COVID-19 Economy – Empty Shelves And Mass Unemployment
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” – Revelation 6:5-6
In a moment, food items that millions of people take for granted – eggs, milk, bread and toilet paper, for example – have become scarce invaluable commodities. Spray disinfectant is a near impossible item to find on any shelf in the United States. Meats are gone. Grocery store shelves are empty. The third seal of Revelation 6, above, involves a spirit of economic upheaval.
An 18th century commentary on this passage from Jonathan Gill summed up the severity of the phrase “a measure of wheat for a penny”:
“…this phrase expresses such a scarcity, as that a man’s daily wages would be but just enough to buy himself bread, without any thing to eat with it; and when he would have nothing left for clothes, and other things, nor anything for his wife and children..” (source).
The judgment of the third seal is a financial one, with families having to work a full day just to earn enough for bread for one person. Due to the shelter-in-place orders given from governments worldwide to curb the spread of COVID-19, the global economy has been ravaged. Hundreds of thousands of business have been forced to shutter and go into financial ruin since they are forbidden from operating. Restaurants, retailers and small business owners have been devastated from the government-mandated closings. Millions have lost their jobs and seen their savings evaporate. The stock markets have plummeted. Lines for food banks – devoted to sharing free food with those in need – span for miles at some locations. Basic food items have truly taken on the cost and investment of luxury goods.
Interestingly, wine sales have seen a significant spike since the pandemic started as many people are stockpiling alcohol to “endure” the time being home for the most part with their families and loved ones. And the oil industry is set to recover from the initial financial damage of the pandemic as they are managing production to raise prices. As the Bible stated, the oil and wine are not being harmed by COVID-19.
Unprecedented Death Tolls – The Fourth Seal
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” – Revelation 6:7-8
The fourth seal of Revelation 6 unleashes the spirit of “Death and Hell.” And this spirit is authorized to take a fourth part of the earth and punish it with death by violence, famine and “the beasts of the earth.” One of the key theories in the origin of the coronavirus was that it came from bats. Some have attributed to the “wet market” where live and newly-killed animals are sold, including bats. Others have pointed to the recently released State Department documents from 2018 that expressed concern about the Wuhan bio-lab that was researching viruses in bats (a lab whose funding was supported by NIH head and coronvirus czar Anthony Fauci).
When God gave the the law to the Israelites, He specifically banned the eating of bats:
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth…And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray… And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.” – Leviticus 11:1-2, 13; 19
And now the “beasts of the earth” are even bringing plagues upon humanity.
Small And Great, Rich And Poor – All People Have Been Affected
What has differentiated COVID-19 from any other pandemic of recent memory was that it has affected people of all socioeconomic strata all over the globe. For the first time in decades, Hollywood movies have been forced to stop production. Famous celebrities, accustomed to jet-setting around the globe, dining at their favorite establishments and bouncing between one of their many mansions, are now restricted to their homes lest they catch the plague. And for many of society’s elite, the answer has been to enter a “luxury bunker” – purchasing a deluxe underground shelter to protect them from the pandemic.
In the end times, this will also take place. The Bible prophesies that when the judgments of the Day Of The Lord truly begin (at the opening of the 6th seal), the wealthy will indeed run for cover into their underground shelters:
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” – Revelation 6:12-17
Ushering In A New World Order? – Government Control In The Age Of Coronavirus
With the unprecedented nature of the pandemic has also come a wave of unprecedented exercises of authority by governments over the world. Just a brief survey of some of the measures being implemented worldwide to track, control and stop the spread of COVID-19 reveals some stunning intrusions into personal liberty and individual rights:
- The Australia government enacted power to install a surveillance device in the homes of those citizens who have been ordered to self-isolate to ensure they remain home or even compel them to wear a monitoring device. (source).
- Argentina’s Ministry of Health has built a mandatory app for those entering the country to keep installed for 14 days, which requires users to give access to location data. It’s not clear if the government is actively tracking people with that location data, but the province of Santa Fe is allegedly forcing those who have violated quarantine to download an app that specifically tracks their whereabouts.
- Brazil’s government is tracing the daily activity of millions of citizens, by tapping into their cell phone data. Andre Ferraz, the CEO of the firm providing the technology for tracking stated: “The big difference that we have in relation to other location technologies, whether by GPS or cell phone, is precision. We were able to have visibility of certain behaviors that could not be captured by other technologies. For example: if a person leaves home, we can detect it almost in real time, in a few seconds.” (source).
- In Israel the government is using data from telecom providers to track the locations of millions of citizens in an attempt to find people diagnosed with the coronavirus and alert those with whom the infected person might have interacted. Those breaking quarantine are threatened with up to six months of imprisonment. (source).
- Hong Kong is issuing electronic tracker wristbands to monitor the movement of those ordered into quarantine. (source).
- Below is an ad for the new app TraceTogether – that assures the user none of their private data is being collected:
- In the United States, South Dakota governor Kristi Noem recommended all residents of her stated install the app Care19 on their phones which allows tracking of their GPS location. “This is an app that will help the Department of Health work with you to remember all the places that you’ve been, the people you may have been near, and will help us more efficiently investigate your case,” she said.(source).
- Facebook is also using a popup COVID-19 Survey to help track user symptoms. (source).
Mandatory Vaccines On The Way? – The Path To Return To “Normal Life”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute Of Health has been propelled to the position of being one of the most powerful people in the world as his nearly daily updates on media outlets provide “the official word” on the fate of the world in dealing with the pandemic. It is extremely likely he will be dubbed TIME Magazine’s “Person Of The Year”, receive a Nobel Prize and numerous other accolades. For the past decade he has served on the Leadership Board of a vaccine initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has already walked back projections he made a week earlier. And he has made the statement that life will not return to normal until a vaccine arrives. Given the historic devastation COVID-19, all likelihood points to laws being put into place to require vaccination for a return to “normal participation” in society.
How easy would it now be to point to someone who does not want to take a vaccine as a “threat to society”? Or someone who is “endangering their children” because they have not signed up yet. Using mass transit, boarding airplanes and having a job in the workplace may all soon be predicated upon being “medically cleared.” And at the same time the COVId-19 coronavirus was starting to spread, researchers at MIT developed a system to inject an invisible dye into the skin that can store the vaccination record of a person and allow for quick verification via a mobile phone app:
“Along with the vaccine, a child would be injected with a bit of dye that is invisible to the naked eye but easily seen with a special cell-phone filter, combined with an app that shines near-infrared light onto the skin. The dye would be expected to last up to five years, according to tests on pig and rat skin andhuman skin in a dish. The system—which has not yet been tested in children—would provide quick and easy access to vaccination history, avoid the risk of clerical errors, and add little to the cost or risk of the procedure, according to the study, published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine.” (source).
With this system in place, there can be instant digital confirmation that a person is in compliance and permitted to participate in normal societal activity. The book of Revelation, although written 2,000 years ago, when such technology was not even fathomable, nonetheless predicted a system just like this being implemented by the Antichrist during the Great Tribulation:
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” – Revelation 13:16-17.
Absent the Mark of The Beast, which is inserted into the right hand or forehead, the Bible prophesied a person would have no ability to buy or sell any item. And that this system would be implemented globally. Only in the past decade has such technology even made such a system possible and serves as striking evidence of the divine inspiration of Scripture and a chilling warning of what is to come.
In All These Things – God Is On The Throne
“To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?…Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.” – Isaiah 46:5; 8-13
With the world in such upheaval, now is not the time for a Christian to be afraid. Now is a time to be all the more emboldened to share and preach what the Bible prophesied millennia ago. All of this was written. The world is indeed going to experience great tribulation and judgment before the final “Great Tribulation.” But all these things are just the final events before the greatest event to come – the return of Jesus Christ to Earth. If you are a Christian, pray for faith, strength and healing for this world. Pray for more people to wake up and realize that in times of true crisis, their money, occupation and vast possessions cannot save them. For all our technology, knowledge and pride humanity was humbled in a moment by a virus. But God, the Creator of all, is still in charge.
The Lord proclaimed that no other false god, demon or fallen angel is like Him. How? Because none of them can proclaim the course of human events from the beginning. God uses the numerous prophecies of the Bible to demonstrate His power. And if you are not a believer, understand that the what is taking place today was all predicted and literally being ripped from the headlines of Scripture. Do no waste time. Life is so precious and so incredibly short. Pray to God for the free forgiveness of your sin so your soul is saved, and you have eternity in Heaven. Jesus Christ said: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28). This world is being given a small preview of the judgment that is to come – do not it fall on deaf ears.