At some point, when the preponderance of evidence leans so heavily in one direction, you’ve got to call it for what it is. So, as I look around at all that’s going on in this world, I think I’ve come to the conclusion this is the beginning of the end.
What do I mean by the end?
For as long as I can remember, at least as far back as the “turn or burn” movies of Estus Pirkle (d. 2005) and whole-Sunday-long prophecy services with Dr. Ed Vallowe (d. 2002), I’ve believed in the immanent return of Jesus Christ. To be more specific, I’ve always considered myself a pre-tribulationist and a pre-millennialist who believed, at least on paper, that the trumpet of the Lord could sound at any moment.
I’ve always believed that there would be a rapturing of the Church, a time of tribulation on Earth, and then the return of Jesus (the “second coming”) as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And I still do.
The only difference is that before it was something I said I believed, but I didn’t REALLY believe it so much that I got excited about it or talked about it much. Why is that?
Well, a lot of people have gone to bat in the game of end-time signs. Every time they come out swinging, it’s because of some new earthquake, some war, some evil politician or evil law. It’s always been something, and usually it’s always been something that was a symptom of the natural moral decline in the United States. In other words, it’s always been something, but always something that should have never been thought of as anything other than ordinary.
For example, this once-great nation we know as America is rapidly chasing after its own demise. Many look at our country and its unbelievably insane social and legal affirmations of things not even possible in Sodom and Gomorrah and conclude, “The end must be near.” But was the end near when Rome fell? Was the end near when Germany fell sway to the anti-Christ-like Adolf Hitler?
Let’s be honest, folks. America is doomed. Marxists are already marching in lockstep down every hallway in Washington, D.C. For crying out loud, the only thing separating the Pelosi’s and the Cortez’s from red-flag-waving Bolsheviks are the perks and pensions they would lose in a full-on revolution.
The majority of our government, all of our media, every BLM-like terrorist group (yes, I said it), nearly every center of education, and probably a majority of Americans under the age of 20 want nothing less than to replace Western culture (including the USA) with a godless, socialist Utopia.
Granted, most of Americans DO NOT think this way, but they are too afraid or too tired to speak out anymore.
Like I said, America is doomed. All we are waiting for is either a miraculous healing or for somebody to flip off the the life support.
But is the decline of this country the sole predictor of the proximity of the “end time”? No!
Just like the fall of every other empire or nation did not mean the return of Jesus was just around the corner. America could fall and float away like dust in the wind (I bet you can even hear the tune, can’t you?), but the end could still be a hundred years away.
Except . . . . .
Have you heard the term “COVID Clench“? What about “Operation Pandemic Plunder“?
Well, that’s probably because I just coined those terms. However, pause for a short moment and consider how that governments around the globe, from local to national, are clenching on to every bit of power they can obtain and are literally stealing liberty from every citizen.
Just the other day New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the latest and greatest governmental twist of the arm, that proof of vaccination is “the key to NYC.” In other words, being vaccinated will be one’s “passport” to all the wonders available to them in the Big Apple. However, should one NOT be injected with the vaccine, there will be no access to restaurants, businesses, places of entertainment, public social events, etc.
Or, you could say that without the “mark” of a needle, there will be no buying or selling, etc., etc., etc. Sound familiar?
He required everyone–small and great, rich and poor, free and slave–to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.Revelation 13:16-17 NLT
Is Mayor Bill de Blasio the Antichrist? No, of course not. That’s ridiculous. But what about that “mark”? Not so ridiculous of an idea as it might have seemed a few years ago, huh?
Isn’t this just another 1918?
102 years before COVID-19 was released upon the world, the flu killed millions of people around the globe. It came and went, and many people warned something like it would come again. It was just a matter of time.
2020 came along and with it came the Pandemic. So, just like nations rise and nations fall, diseases and viruses rise and fall. Therefore, this virus is no more of a reason to think the end is near than the flu of 1918.
Or is it?
What’s the difference between a naturally-occurring virus and one created in a lab? One eventually dies via herd immunity, while the other continually adapts and morphs into an ever-increasingly effective weapon that is always one step ahead of all defenses.
What nation can survive a destroyed economy? The inability to work, pay taxes, or feed oneself will destroy one’s faith in self, government, and even one’s god. Then, when no nation can support its infrastructure; when no nation can feed its people; when every nation cries out for effective leadership; when the world is desperate enough, one Leader will be able to take total control, especially if he’s gifted with the ability to literally bring healing.
Do you seriously think, just looking at how the new rounds of vaccine booster shots show no signs of ending, especially if the virus keeps mutating, that we are nearing an end to ever-increasing government control? That those with a blood-lust for power and control will let this pandemic go to waste?
And, do you think that those in charge are really capable of stopping something that was more than likely created as a weapon of gradual mass destruction?
It might not be tomorrow. It might not be next year. But if you want to know my opinion, I think it is entirely reasonable to assume, based on the preponderance of hard-to-explain-away coincidences and parallels with Biblical prophecy, that this is the beginning of the end.
What if I’m wrong? Does that make everything OK?
Umm, not really. There’s still a deadly virus out there that’s even killing fully-vaccinated individuals. That being said, the end of the world for YOU might be only one quarantine away.
Therefore, to paraphrase the prophet Amos, one way or another, prepare to meet thy God (Amos 4:12).
8 responses to “Is This the Beginning of the End?”
You seem to have forgot that most people don’t leave the house to dine or shop. It’s all done online and delivered. So as for your “mark of the needle” theory, well it just isn’t so.
As for people “holding onto power” comment, well the orange buffoon came to mind, grifters gonna grift.
Hope your wife is feeling better.
A kind word! See, miracles DO happen 😉 Yes, she is doing well, now.
Good post, Anthony. We don’t have to lay down and die. In fact, I think we’re called to rise up and fight for our country. Some 80% of what we are experiencing right now is not real, it is just hyped up fear. Fear is a liar, it’s designed to manipulate you, to sell an agenda. We don’t have to buy what they’re selling.
We should always live as if Jesus is coming this afternoon, because of course the country could experience a miraculous healing but we just happen to walk under a falling piano at that very moment. So what is going on around us doesn’t determine our “doom.” The return of Jesus is actually the good news, we’re told to rejoice. Crazy I know, but we should be breaking out in song and putting and extra skip in our step.
Too funny. The only ones who seem scared and confused are the one who propagate fear and confusion. It’s only religious people who are perpetuating. Some of your comment is factual but you fail to see who is actually spreading fear and miss information. It’s coming from religious leaders and those who consume their ramblings.
The rest of us are out living our lives and prospering. There is absolutely nothing to fear and the world will continue spin no matter how many “prophesies” and “biblically based” ideas religious people spew and parrot.
That’s assuming a few things. First, that your predictions are any more valid than anyone else’s. If so, they must have been based on something. Objective observation? If my views are prejudiced based on my worldview, then isn’t yours? Second, that living with no fear, or rather more like a serious concern that leads to preparation, albeit carefree, is a wise position to take. I’m not “living in fear,” nor do I ask anyone else to. However, if only from a cultural standpoint, not religious, I cannot simply remain idle as natural freedoms are stripped away by the promise of health. What did Patrick Henry say? “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Nowadays our governments won’t allow us the option!
I was not replying to you Anthony. I was replying to Insanity.
It didn’t go well for the religious Jew’s in 70 AD, I suspect it won’t go well for religious christians neither.
“In the world, not of it” is a hard concept to grasp.
March on christian soldier.
Nice painting Anthony. That may be a wide spread reality with those left behind. When the righteous are removed either by Christ’s coming or by governments. Ironically those who live in fear and spread fear didn’t get it by being close to God. Daniel and his 3 friends can attest to that. We must be about loving God and loving our neighbor no matter the times.
Pretty much everything I need to know to know that you are right, I read in the Jack Chick comic series “Alberto,” and “The Crusaders.”