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 13:17, KJV)
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upset down. When such tragedies hit, Christians throughout history often quickly jump to the conclusion that the end of the world has come, looking to see which endtime prophetic event it may represent. Just to put things in perspective. The Spanish flu that occurred in 1918-1919 killed about 50 million people worldwide. You can imagine what some Christians were saying then! Such speculations have added to the confusion and mystery about the endtime prophecies. My counsel is to avoid such speculations and predictions. However, this current pandemic brings something different on the table. Let me explain.
The world has changed. It has become a true single village. Communication technology has changed our access to information. Distance is no longer a barrier. The current pandemic of the coronavirus infection has volumes to teach us. First, it tells us about the frailty of the systems of the world. The world is standing on shaky grounds. Jesus said you should not build your life on the sand but on the rock. Remember, the world is passing away, but those who stand on the Word will abide for ever. No generation has ever faced the degree of seduction from the pleasures of “Babylon the prostitute” ( Rev. 17) like our generation. Many things in our daily lives are competing for our devotion to Christ. The world is passing away with those who love it. Coronavirus has shown us how easy it will be.
Secondly, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed how the current world system is perfectly being set up for the Antichrist. Supermarket shelves in the US suddenly became empty overnight out of fear. Rev. 13:17 above says no one could buy or sell except those who had the mark of the beast or his name or number. It is so easy for a political power to control access to basic resources or the business and finance world. The world today already has the basic set up for the great tribulation and the reign of the Antichrist. You have seen with your own eyes how panic and fear can sweep across the world because of an event. Thankfully, the coronavirus is not as deadly as many people think it is. Imagine the tumult and panic when the real plagues described in the book of Revelation that will kill one quarter of the earth population, that is, about 2 billion people.
People are scared to death. And honestly, anyone without Christ has a reason to be afraid because we can all see that the world is not getting better. A soul without Christ is full of the darkness of sin and the shadow of hell. Telling someone without Christ not to be anxious and fearful in these days is a waste. Why should they not fear? However, as a believer, there is nothing to fear or be anxious about. Even death cannot conquer you in Christ. However, there is a reason to mourn. Mourn and weep in prayer for the world and the lost souls in it. They do not know what is coming to the earth and where they are heading.
Your faith should be stronger than ever. Save people from hell like you have never done before. Preach the Gospel. Support the work of God and the expansion of the kingdom. Jesus is the only hope for the world.
I began a teaching on understanding 666 last week during our Glory & Grace Live Bible. I will complete it this week. If you have not watched that sermon, please do so on DeshenTV page on our website and follow us live this week on Facebook for part 2.
If Jesus comes today, are you ready to meet with Him? Are your garments clean? What about the things He commanded you to do? Any souls you have won to show Him? …
APPLY THE WORD
The world is passing away, and Satan is bent on seducing as many as possible to be dragged into his net and destroy their devotion to Christ because of the promise of pleasure, wealth, fame, etc. A quick example here: do you know that social media and entertainment, a blessing on one hand, has so much enticed some people that they will do anything to become famous or so-called celebrities even if they smash their faith in Christ on the ground? If you have been sleeping, as Paul says, this is the time to awake from that sleep and realize the world is ripe for the tribulation. Stand fast in the Lord, mourn in prayer for the lost and engage in soul-winning activities in every way possible for you.
Thank the Lord for being an Oasis of freshwater for us in a dying world, and ask Him to help you become an oasis for the world around you.