“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”
The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
- Daniel 12:1-7
“Remember this, keep it in mind,
take it to heart, you rebels.
Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
- Isaiah 46:8-10
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.
- Luke 21:8-19
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
- Matthew 24:36-41
For quite some time now, I have been reading articles written by a variety of people stating that the end of the world is near. In fact, we are closer now than we were when you first starting reading this. (Sorry, that trick of time was used by C. S. Lewis, and I had to throw it in, but I will stop short of the “cock crow.”)
Could a virus be one of the signs? I suppose it could be considered a pestilence as mentioned in the Luke Scripture above.
But to consider the collapse of the USA as it was conceived by our Founding Fathers is not one of the signs. Yes, Americans – those of the USA, noting that Canadians and Mexicans are “North Americans,” and there are other “Americans” south of Mexico – are proud of their country. We are so proud that we will burn it to the ground, because we seem to be free in doing so, at the moment.
But I looked up a few words in the Bible using a search engine (NIV only, so maybe, no, forget checking other translations for this). The following words were not found in the NIV: America, China, and Russia. The word “United” is found 12 times. The letters “S-T-A-T-E” are found in that order 15 times. But twice in the word “statement(s),” twice as “stated,” and four times as “stately.” Alone as “state,” none of the uses meant a governmental organization or landmass. Four times “state” is used as stating one’s case. Job’s prosperous “state” is mentioned. A humble “state” of a servant is mentioned. And Isaiah warns that we should not look to dead kings for answers, for they lie in “state” (Isaiah 14:18).
Yes, that was silly, but so many people try to add things to the book of Revelation, although the Apostle John warns against that. They see Rome in the seven hills, mounds, bumps. They imagine one beast or another (yes, one referred to as The Beast) as being what we consider an evil world power of today, such as Russia or China. But when the final battle is fought, it will be Jesus returning on the white horse (Revelation 19:11-16) – at least I know of no other who can claim to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It will not be the president of the USA riding a white horse.
But in the defense of so many who have drawn lines (some dotted lines) between our present tribulations and the fear of the collapse of our nation, might I suggest what might happen if this crumbling of law and order goes further?
I am reminded of the last president who served only one four-year term, not considering the first George Bush as he followed eight years of Reagan, and could be considered a continuation of the same policies. Jimmy Carter, sandwiched between Ford and Reagan, was so worried about the hostages in Iran that he failed to do much campaigning. He was too distracted. Now, Trump continues to campaign while the media, who find everything he does to be abhorrent, complaining that his campaigning is a distraction. Unlike the Cancel Culture, Trump learned from Jimmy Carter’s mistake, but how many people will listen to the lies of the media instead? It seems everyone has listened to the extent of loosing all hope. And that fact could have a great effect on who is in the Oval Office next year.
But, if our Constitution is replaced with something more streamlined and modern, as some Democrats are trying to push, we will lose the checks and balances that our Founding Fathers placed there – knowing that humans are “totally depraved” and will sink to the lowest common denominator. As the Israelites of the Old Testament proved time and time again.
Then what happens? The secular world and certain politicians in the USA are in favor of socialism. Why do you think that they want to open the borders? They want more poor people in the USA who have their hands out. Those poor people will vote for those who promise free money. Our government social programs will be bankrupt, as if they aren’t already, and the working stiffs will be working to pay taxes rather than earn a living. As seen in the USSR (yes, learning from history rather than destroying it), the bread lines will provide bread for a short time, but then the supply will become increasingly less – due to a few reasons, more unemployed, more employed becoming disheartened and opting unemployment as they would make more in not working, and more people who grow up not knowing what a work ethic even is.
But what of the ripple effect? Are you aware that when you buy an airline ticket in the USA to visit Thailand (as an example), you might pay several thousand dollars, yet the person, who bought his ticket in Thailand and is returning home, paid maybe $200? Same airline, same airplane, but he has the window seat and the good view while the flight attendant wakes you up by accidentally bumping your arm every time they pass. We could draw similar lines for pharmaceuticals where the USA pays a large portion of the cost for developing and testing new drugs. Yes, the gasoline prices are fairly low, but the workers of the USA pay a high price for much of what we have, allowing the rest of the world to benefit. If we are in bread lines, getting less crumbs each week, that is gone. Who will step up to pay for such things?
As for communications, who will launch the next satellites? Will the Internet remain worldwide if an economic collapse worldwide causes us to not maintain the system?
I could go on. I could even wonder about the Matthew Scripture above where two men are working in a field and two women are grinding using a hand wheel. If we lose our present infrastructure, will we be reduced to performing tasks as they were performed in the first Century? Or are those metaphorical examples based on the laborers of the day?
A lot is at stake and we have few “good” choices. Let me change that. We have one good choice, Jesus. Our salvation is not based upon a government system. Just as the End of the World is not based on the stability of one nation, our salvation is based solely on one person, Jesus, not on any government here on earth.
As Jesus said, we need to prepare ourselves. The end is near. But even then, what is “near” to someone outside time and space? God can see Creation as easily as He can see the End Times, because “time” is an all too earthly concept that God created. We need not hoard like some conspiracy theorists do. We need not make hats of aluminum foil. (I may be the Hat Rack, but that is one hat that I do not have in my collection.)
But we need to pray and ask God for direction. We need to study God’s Word, the Bible, so that we can see and understand the signs as they occur. And we need to get on with our lives. We need to do fun things. We need to learn more. We need to think. We need to laugh. We need to live without worry of an End of Everything.
And even so, what comes next is glorious.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.