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IS THIS THE END? Just How Close Are We?
By Bill Perkins
Most of us are watching what’s going on in the world and are wondering what, if anything, this pandemic has to do with the last-days run-up to the Rapture. Listening to the news it certainly feels apocalyptic!
Americans have historically weathered financial problems from time to time but were spared from the devastation of cities during World War I and II. More recently, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle Eastern conflicts were a LONG way away. So even a “stay home order” is new to most Americans.
And boy there are a lot of wild theories circulating about the root cause of Covid-19. Some of the articles and videos people have sent me are mind-boggling. But most are just wild unbiblical theories that should be ignored.
My favorite conspiracy theory is that coronavirus/Covid-19 is being caused by the new installation of 5G Internet service. Please! Rays from 5G may or may not be good for your health, but I’m convinced it has zero to do with the Covid-19 that we’re experiencing.
So it’s important to step back a bit and look at what is, and isn’t, going on from a Biblical perspective.
We’re Not In The Tribulation!
The first thing to always keep in mind is that until the Rapture happens, “THE END OF THE WORLD” is at least 1007 years away.
We’re presently living at the very end of the Church Age, and when this dispensation/time period concludes, we still have the 7-year Tribulation and the 1000-year reign of Christ yet to happen before the earth is burned up. So it doesn’t end anytime soon and it certainly doesn’t end by disease. So our concern is really only how close we are to The Rapture, the great removal of Believers from the earth. which is the next big worldwide Church event.
When addressing Christians in the Church Age, the Bible doesn’t say the world will get worse and worse and then the end will come. Rather, just the opposite. As we’ve laid out in past articles, Jesus said His coming for the Church will be “just like” the days of Noah.
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” – Matt. 24:37
“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:”
Not leaving anything to possible incorrect interpretation, Jesus went on to explain what it was like during the days of Noah. He said:
“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matt. 24:38,39
The parallel passages in Luke 17 pointedly say people will be eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building.
Then Jesus concludes with:
“It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:30
We know this has to be referring to the Rapture because just before the 2nd Coming the world will have been completely annihilated with only a few surviving into the Millennium.
Therefore, since the run up to Rapture will be JUST LIKE the days of Noah.
Believers won’t be surprised when Rapture happens, but the rest of the world will be totally shocked. Therefore, what Believers should understand from what Jesus taught is that life will be relatively normal before the Rapture.
Paul even adds that just before the Rapture it will be a time of peace and safety:
“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 1Th. 5:2-5
And as you see, Paul also added that day would come as a surprise only to evil, unsaved people. As Believers, we can discern the signs and get excited about being close to that day.(8)
Paul then concluded the thought with the cherry on top of the cake—we won’t be here for the horrific 7-year Tribulation.
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” – 1Th. 5:9
So whatever the Coronavirus pandemic is, it’s temporary and not the end of the world, because if this keeps up there will be no buying and selling, weddings, building, etc.
God is fully in control, therefore Covid-19 IS part of God’s permissive will. This life is not heaven and we experience both laughter and sorrow between birth and death. We live as aliens on this planet ruled by Satan.
“…in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel…” – 2Cor. 4:4
The wheat and the tares, the Believers and non-Believers, live together for now. As Believers, we’re thankful for the good things and accept the bad things knowing one day all evil will be removed.
And the Bible does talk about pestilences in the future.
“and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines;” – Luke 21:11a
The word “plague” used there is literally “disease.” But the problem is that portion of scripture is referring to things happening in the post-Rapture 7-year Tribulation. God will be pouring out His wrath on the world but Believers won’t be here.
Is this a warning from God?
But Covid-19 could be a warning of things to come in the future. In the future Tribulation, famine, floods, hail and earthquakes will be 100 times worse than anything ever seen in the past.
Currently we’re all sitting in temperature-controlled homes with electricity, Internet and plenty to eat. Most expect this is just a temporary situation so they patiently are waiting for the stay-home order to be reversed.
This is NOT what it will be like in the Tribulation. The death, destruction and disease begins immediately and continues for 7 long years. People will beg to die, but can’t.
and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;” – Rev. 6:16
Our hearts and prayers go out to those who miss the Rapture and are forced to live under the wrath of God. That’s why we circulate our Millions Missing booklets and tracts. They explain what to do if you miss the Rapture.”
Is Satan preparing to reign on earth?
Satan is alive and well and is a very intelligent spirit. He can read God’s Word just like we can. He knows his time to take over the entire earth is close, and he is putting people and actions into place to use when the Rapture happens.
So when we hear even slight references to a future global government, universal currency, or a single worldwide economic system, they sound very familiar to those who have done even a cursory study of Bible prophecy.
Satan will eventually get 3 1/2 years on earth just like Jesus had 3 1/2 years. But where Jesus brought healing, love and freedom, Satan will bring just the opposite—sickness, hate and bondage. But again, we WILL NOT be here for that wrath of God.
Keep in mind that while the Holy Spirit Restrainer is still present on earth and permanently indwelling Believers, Satan doesn’t have full sway over the earth. So watching the last-day’s turf tussle is quite fascinating.
Take for instance the current struggle between Big Pharma and common sense.
The drug companies are flipping out over the bad press Advil is getting when it’s used on Covid-19 patients. Doctors on the front line are reporting that using Advil appears to make the virus far worse, not better.(1) So Big Pharma has issued numerous fake news releases saying this is not true…trying to protect their money-maker Advil.
Always remember that the pharmaceutical industry is huge and primarily profit-driven.(1) The billions of dollars at stake often cause man to make decisions based on how much profit is made, not how many people are healed.
If you’re unconvinced that a drug company will choose profit over anything else, why would there be a drug already approved for general use that’s cheap, safe and effective against Covid-19, called hydroxychloroquine, yet Big Pharma is so against it? It’s because it’s generic and not controlled by Big Pharma who wants to sell a patented vaccine worldwide making billions of dollars.
The complicit liberal media crucifies President Trump and others who are promoting its use, parroting the phrase “unproven drug.” They claim that the drug hasn’t been put through multiple Covid-19 trials, ignoring the fact that millions of doses have been prescribed over the last sixty plus years with no significant side effects.
We’re in a crisis, and with human lives at stake, why wouldn’t we at least try this drug that has great success in treating Covid-19?
Instead, we’re watching the obvious “fast-tracking” and speed-up of the COVID-19 vaccine approval while at the same time slowing the approval of hydroxychlorquine, which is NOW available and works!
Are vaccines a stepping stone to world control?
If the drug companies can hold off the widespread use of hydroxychlorquine and get the Covid-19 vaccine finished, it’s likely they’ll go for the jugular and push for mandatory vaccines before you’re allowed to travel, vote, shop, buy gas—and you can see where that’s headed! (Rev 13:16,17)
Bill Gates, who I put in the same category as George Soros, is a vocal proponent for population control and huge proponent of vaccines. For years he’s pushed for massive worldwide vaccinations. He recently stated, “Mass public gatherings will not come back ‘at all’ until we have everyone on the planet covered by vaccines.”(5)
Suspicious timing of events
If the world Elites, who were pushing for world government saw all that they had put in place in the last 30 years being jeopardized by President Trump, they would stop at nothing to get him out of office. So it’s interesting to look at a timeline of recent key events. Notice the impeachment dates in pink. Was the timing of President Trump’s impeachment planned to distract him from being able to deal with the Covid-19? Sure looks suspicious:
Bill Gates gives a Ted Talk on future virus pandemic potential, and pushes vaccines as a solution. Click here to watch the video.
Dr. Fauci predicts Trump will have to deal with a surprise outbreak of a global virus.
Chinese government holds drill for for the same coronavirus pathogen that is now a pandemic.
Wuhan, China hold Military Olympics with 10,000 athletes and 230,000 volunteers from 110 countries.
House of Representatives holds behind closed-door hearings for evidence on President Trump impeachment articles.
First coronavirus case in China confirmed
December 18, 2019
President Trump impeached by Congress on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
December 20, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delays sending articles of impeachment to the Senate.
December 30, 2019
34-year-old Chinese doctor in Wuhan, Li Wenliang, warns about coronavirus on a live chat, immediately censored by Chinese government, all related posts deleted.
January 11, 2020
China reported its first coronavirus death
January 16, 2020
Pelosi finally sends Articles of Impeachment to the Senate thus initiating the Senate impeachment trial.
January 20, 2020
Coronavirus discovered in Japan, South Korea and Thailand
January 21, 2020
Coronavirus discovered in USA.
January 23, 2020
Wuhan, China closed, no one could go in or out. Buses, subways and ferries closed.
January 28, 2020
Center for Disease Control says Coronavirus is serious but the threat to the U.S. is “low.”
January 29, 2020
President Trump creates Coronavirus task force, despite the CDC downplaying the threat.
January 30, 2020
W.H.O. declared Chinese coronavirus a global health emergency.
January 31, 2020
President Trump suspends entry to the USA for any person who had traveled to China in the past 14 days. Liberal media calls him racist and xenophobic.
February 2, 2020
First death from coronavirus reported outside China.
February 5, 2020
President Trump acquitted.
February 11, 2020
W.H.O. gives a name to the specific virus: “Covid-19”
February 24, 2020
Nancy Pelosi encourages people to go out in public and spend money at local businesses, declaring it “safe.”
February 29, 2020
USA records first coronavirus death.
March 11, 2020
WHO declares Covid-19 a pandemic.
March 11, 2020
President Trump bans travel from Europe.
March 13, 2020
President Trump declares a national emergency.
I find it amazing that in the midst of President Trump’s impeachment trial, he creates a Coronavirus task force and stops incoming Chinese travelers. Rather than dealing with the potential end of his Presidency, he puts America first. If Gates, Soros, Pelosi et. al., thought they could distract President Trump from dealing with Covid-19 to allow it to spread viciously, they were wrong because God didn’t want it to happen. God is in control, not man, not Satan.
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” – Rom. 13:1
If this is not yet God’s timing for Rapture, the Lord may use someone (President Trump?) to incorporate innovative procedures to stop the virus in its tracks, like hydroxychlorquine. Doctors are already screaming at Dr. Fauci, who is a huge supporter of Big Pharma, for continuing to downplay its usefulness.(6)
And the FDA has now approved the use of hydroxychlorquine in emergency situations.(7) And per the Wall Street Journal, April 10, (headline below) research is showing that over-reaction of the body’s immune system may be playing a key part in the more severe Covid-19 cases. That also has implications for other known drugs that could prove to be very effective.(3) So all this could very well be a game-changer.
But whatever happens, we know that “we are not up against flesh and blood.” And Satan has been “conspiring” against God’s plan for 6000 years. And whenever he can, Satan uses governments, world influencers, corporations, politicians, media, and anything else that serves his purpose. But the good news is that in the end, Satan loses!
My prayer is that it’s not yet time for the close of the Church Age so we can witness a little longer.
My prayer is also that the Lord will protect President Trump and allow him to turn this mess around despite the constant liberal lies and attacks.
Lastly, my prayer is that God will give President Trump the wisdom to get the economy rolling again. That he will be reelected by a landslide, and the Republicans win a majority in the House and Senate.
If God does tarry, the upside would be that the Lord might use us to reach more people with the Good News about Jesus’ offer to pay for their sins and therefore miss the horrific Tribulation. It’s certainly an awful time that will make this coronavirus look like a walk in the park.