We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.
A futurist expects the remaining, unfulfilled End Times prophecies to be fulfilled in the future. They are not allegories, or merely ‘apocalyptic’ literature meant to inspire. The Book of the Revelation is mostly unfulfilled prophecy. There will be a seven-year Great Tribulation, featuring a global leader commonly called the antichrist.
We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.
We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect in light of the Bible’s unfulfilled prophecies.
It is pretty clear in chapters six through nineteen of the Revelation that the government of the Great Tribulation will be global and authoritarian. The antichrist will have technology to identify everyone on the planet, track and dictate their movements, restrict or allow what they can purchase, and otherwise control their lives.
Anyone who does not swear a personal allegiance to the antichrist will be killed.
You would expect that there would be trends towards global, authoritarian government and mass surveillance. There are such trends… And they are frightening.
Canada is about to create a Ministry of Truth to regulate online content.
Canada’s controversial Bill C-11, which will give the Government’s media watchdog the authority to regulate online content, passed the House. The bill would give the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the power to regulate online content, both commercial and user-generated.
The government’s idea is to force streaming platforms to prioritize mainstream Canadian content. Anyone who says anything about anything must be ready to provide whatever viewpoint the government deems is required to offer “balance” or “inclusion” or “diversity.”
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is advocating global, digital ID with real-time tracking of everyone and everything.
The topic of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags emerged during this years WEF, and this time it was more concrete in the way the technology applied to humans. Short of wearing tracking devices under one’s skin, the next best thing – from the point of view of monitoring and tracking enthusiasts – is to place them “onto” people’s skin, by way of the clothes they wear.
There are also those who specialize in putting together RFIDs and biometrics, like facial recognition data.
While RFID technology automatically identifies tags that are placed on objects, biometrics come in to identify the actual person.
Digital currency is growing in popularity.
More than 100 countries are considering introducing digital currencies.
China has already adopted a government-issued digital currency, which not only allows it to surveil and seize people’s financial transactions, but can also work in tandem with its social credit score system to punish individuals for moral lapses and social transgressions (and reward them for adhering to government-sanctioned behavior).
As China expert Akram Keram wrote for The Washington Post, ‘With digital yuan, the Chinese Communist Party will have direct control over and access to the financial lives of individuals, without the need to strong-arm intermediary financial entities. In a digital yuan society, the government easily could suspend the digital wallets of dissidents and human rights activists.”
The world is trending towards the conditions prophesied over 2000 years ago in the Bible.
We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church is imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely happen before the Tribulation.
Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will join Him in Heaven while the earth endures one final seven-year campaign of severe evangelism.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.
Ready or not, Jesus is coming!