First, Jesus Christ will come as a thief in the night. Unannounced. We won’t be prepared for His second coming. He will take us all by surprise (1 Thessalonians 5:2; Revelation 16:15).
Second, Jesus Christ himself does not know when He will be coming back to town. Only His Father, God Almighty, knows (Matthew 24:36). If Jesus Christ does not know. How can we know?
Third, the mark of the beast and the rise of the antichrist is after the rapture have taken place. Not before. Please let the Book of Revelation enlighten you. And for all I know, rapture have not taken place. Yet. And finally,
Because I know a man. A future president of the United States. For two full terms in office.* And he is yet to be appointed. For all I know he is a nobody right now. So, calm down folks.
When I read on WhatsApp and online the sheer amount of postulations crazy people and the lazy minds that subscribe to their craziness spread, I wonder what our world would’ve looked like if Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp were around at the twilight of 1999. When the new millennium was about to be ushered in and everybody was expecting the world to come to an end. Mehn. The one that surprises me the most is when people I consider enlightened, both in their secular professions and in spiritual matters, by themselves becomes agents of dispersion of these conspiracy nonsenses.
Hey, I am not unmindful that corona virus is a bad thing and have changed our world the way we knew it. And I am not in any way diminishing its impact, especially economic, on the average joe. But our world has been going through these evolutions and comes back from it. The Spanish flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention killed an estimated 50 million people globally. And Jesus Christ didn’t break out through the gates of Heaven. Regular flu, according to the World Health Organization, kills between 290,000 to 650,000 people worldwide on a yearly basis. And the mark of the beast has not been unleashed. So far corona virus has killed about 53,000 people globally. The number will increase, of course, before it dissipates. In some countries of the world, like in China where it originated, its wave has actually peaked and dissipated. I suspect, after the cloud clears, that global deaths from this corona virus may just as well equal the number of global deaths from seasonal flu as given by the World Health Organization. If the data from China is correct.
I do not know what actually caused it. Whether it came from bats that Chinese people were eating – can somebody tell the Chinese to stop eating all these crazy animals – or whether it was a bioweapon that leaked from the Chinese bioweapon laboratory in Wuhan. Because China has its largest bioweapon lab in Wuhan. But when the cloud clears, we will know. I cannot lay claim to information I am not privy to. But this I know, people in countries like our own where this virus is still in its wake should follow the guidelines of their respective health agencies to mitigate the spread of the virus. And eventually get it out of our lives. These are things we have the power to do. Besides that, we should use our time in quarantine to love on our friends and family. Sleep more. De-stress. Watch some good movies. And catch up on books we have been putting away for some time now.
If Jesus Christ is coming tomorrow, if the mark of the beast is to be unleashed, and if the time for the antichrist to be enthroned has come, believe me, they are all God’s program. And just like the corona virus, none of us will have the power or the means to affect it. So why not enjoy your family and friends while you can. The only singular thing you have the power to do and stop wasting time postulating craziness and wasting your mental energy on things you have no power to affect?
*Disclaimer. God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit didn’t tell me this last point, “as the Trinity are currently in the business of telling people stuff.” Just something I know.