Friday, March 20, 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic that’s seized upon nations is but a precursor of the imminent seven-year tribulation, and sign of much worse to come. And the thousands of theologians and pastors / teachers who taught tens of millions of Christians to believe the pre-tribulation rapture lie must confess their unbelief and repent before God for putting church traditions ahead of the testimony of Christ. By the full authority of Jesus Christ, the pre-trib rapture is spiritually dead thinking, and a proud hopeless message, not of the Father, nor of His Spirit.
I’ve taught for many years that Christians must prepare for pre-tribulation and tribulation events. For some, that’s meant relocating from urban to rural living; some, leaving ties to the business world; getting out of debt; divesting from Wall Street; or fortifying their sustenance. But many others, believing the ear-tickling pre-trib rapture, doubled down believing they’re impervious to the end-time testimony of Christ, foolishly assigning it to those “left behind”.
Life has dramatically changed and some are asking “Has the tribulation begun?” No! But, the end-game is now on! And we’re not going back to life as normal. The tribulation start is marked by two things: 1) the Dan.9:27 “covenant with many” authored by the false messiah “the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3); and/or 2) God’s two witnesses who “prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth” (Rev. 11:3). From Jerusalem they prophesy for the first 3 1/2 years of tribulation, then comes the “mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:16–17) which marks the beginning of the “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:15–28), the final 3 1/2 years of this age.
In the space of a mere seven days the United States of America has gone from a socially-loose, financially-aloof, free-wheeling republic, to a nation near shutdown. For the safety, welfare and protection of people, invoked by presidential powers, the Constitution of the United States has for all practical purposes now been set aside with Full Emergency Powers given to FEMA, the National Guard, and other military forces as required amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
These are the days leading to the Christ-promised seven-year tribulation, and if the organized church does not rescind its traditional false pre-tribulation rapture narrative that’s given rise to false hope, many will be offended when they realize they were lied to! Dear reader, you and your loved ones need to get this right – Jesus Christ said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). Believe Him, and prepare accordingly, or be unprepared!
The Spirit of God said “Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it will fall violently on the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it” (Jer. 29:23–24). Today is the day of repentance unto salvation. Today is the day to turn one’s heart fully to believe and prepare in the testimony of Jesus Christ.
This is important: based on Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree at Matt. 24:32–35, and the biblical generation of Psa. 90:10, the final seven years of this present age will begin in the fall harvest months of 2020, or at the latest in the fall harvest months of 2021. We must prepare in Christ’s truth and strength to endure to the end. We prepare in Jesus’ truths not shrinking back in fear of world events, but by being equipped to face them, taking the high holy road of witness for Christ, being prepared to find God’s safety and provision for 1,260 days which are the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation, see Rev. 12:6, 14; a Passover-type for prepared believers, see Psa. 91:8.
The world will soon reel from financial collapse. Thousands of businesses are closed. Gatherings of over ten people are banned. Church services cancelled; weddings and funerals are disallowed except for immediate families; nursing homes are on lockdown and sports events are cancelled. Curfews and social distancing are now mandated. And the CDC has issued these directives to remain in place for at least the next eight weeks.
As I write the following paragraphs please understand that I do not minimize the threat of the now surging coronavirus that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives globally. Every life is precious and must be cherished, for each life is from God. But why do world leaders not respond to the plague of abortion that’s killed tens of millions, just in the United States alone?! Proud, unrepentant globalists have an agenda, Satan’s agenda to destroy humanity! We will see the widespread death of the Seal Judgments, see Rev. 6:3–8.
Necessarily, coronavirus is being weaponized against paper currencies, alleging that currency transmits the disease. This is probable, but why now with coronavirus? The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization and heads of state saw worse pandemics just years ago without today’s extreme measures, e.g. the 1996–1997 H5N1 Asian influenza; the 2009–2010 H1N1 Pandemic; and in 2014–2015 Ebola, all which killed more people than killed by COVID-19. But why are the nations being shut down? Because the time has come!
What time, you may ask? The time has come to strip people of independence and freedoms, to prove that people must unite for the greater good; to gather nations together as one that the New World Order may arise; that the formation of a One World Government openly commence. And the shutting down of societies and social distancing due to coronavirus is the current catastrophe that globalists now use to lord the authority of their voice and power over the people, to see how effectively the herd can be brought into compliance. As we’re now seeing, freedoms are quickly disappearing, and for those unprepared, life will soon become an unprecedented challenge.
The coronavirus and the globalist’s unprecedented response to it, amounts to the proverbial handwriting on the wall that signals the time has come for the nations to abandon nationalism and robustly embrace globalism; “We’re all in this fight together! We’re one!” Yes, globalists are even willing to let Wall Street crash to the loss of trillions of our dollars. But this is just the beginning of what will prove to become one of many events to gather the herd. The process may take another 18 months to complete, but it will be completed! Have you prepared in Christ?
Now, most importantly, do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Have you repented of your sins and unbelief and taken the time to study His Word of truth, and discern the time of the end in which we live? Globalists are not interested in the gospel of Jesus Christ, or of saving the lost. But “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9–10).
Marlin J. Yoder