Article 2 – The Calm Before the Inevitable Storm?
In early April 2021, the man in charge of England has announced some garbled contradictory slogans about the easing of lockdown restrictions with the opening of shops, salons, and businesses yet at the same time hinting that it will all shut down again if the ‘fourth wave’ of infection hits the nation. What people are going to take from these announcements, falls into two general categories.
- Yippee! Everything is returning to normal. Time to whip off the masks, get together and party and the EBA will save us once we get it (or the EBA has already saved us).
- Oh no! More of the same. No real change here.
Previously I have been fooled too often by false hopes, yet I am not as cynical to think it is business and masks as usual. I have taken the step of reading the bible and praying for another way of dealing with this. Part of my journey has led me to consider that this could be the beginning of the end of the world.
For many years, I believed the pre-tribulation rapture where God intervenes to airlift the faithful Christians from the face of the earth just before the events of the end start to happen. The scripture does not really teach that we all escape the tribulation. Clearly many have already lived through tribulation such as Christians incarcerated in Soviet Russia and more currently in Communist China and churches persecuted almost to extinction in the Islamic world. Clearly God did not airlift them out so why would he only do so once tribulation hits the West?
The church has predicted the end so many times that it has almost become a joke. So, I am reluctant to state that this really is the beginning end, or even to quote Churchill: ‘the end of the beginning’. But there are certain aspects of what is predicted to occur over the coming months that is worth my time and effort providing some explanation.
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-5 (NRSV)
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness…
This is one chapter used by those promoting the pre-tribulation rapture as the basis for their theology (the other being 1 Corinthians 15). I am not going into the events of this unique occasion, but I will concentrate on its prelude, a time of general complacency, apathy, and a false sense of security. First things first, St Paul the author of this letter makes no attempt to supply dates. The church has made mistakes over centuries to predict dates right down to the day, using numerology and other questionable techniques. Obviously, they did not read the bible, or they would not have to appear foolish and suffer ridicule once their predictions failed to materialize.
All the text says is that the original readers have been briefed about events which frustratingly have not been shared with us. Indeed, Paul did not want to repeat them. What he did say is not to allow the day to take them by surprise. The backdrop of this is revealed in verse three:
3 When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!
People today are crying out for ‘peace and security’ something that those behind the EBAs has been stirring up as part of their psychological warfare. Those who have offered their arm to the powers that be come away feeling ‘relieved’, ‘delighted’ and ‘euphoric’ about taking the jab. Even those suffering bad effects immediately afterwards ‘do not regret’ what they have done. While most remain silent about their experience, there are very few openly admitting that they had done a bad thing and they wished they had not taken the jab. What has brought on this pseudo-religious mentality in so many? What is there about the EBA that is so wonderful?
No wonder the established church leaders state that it is divine. It has given millions a ‘salvation experience’ not unlike those reported by ‘born again Christians’. It is quite disturbing to me to witness people punching the air in glee as they boast above having the jab, as though it has been a key lifechanging experience. So many are relaxing now they have beaten the dreaded P19, the deadliest disease in human history. How grateful they should be to their leader for this.
And that is the point I want to make here.
These people have been converted to a religion and many of them have become fervent evangelists for this religion. Even those who are part of a church are eager for their reluctant relatives to take part in the trials. They have no idea what they have signed up to, none of them, yet their new-born enthusiasm puts many Christians to shame. With the media and government behind this new phenomenon and a slew of celebrities promoting it, this new religion has won millions of converts in a way that Christianity has long failed to do, especially in the cynical, secular West.
What kind of religion is this? It is not like biblical Christianity with its strict entry requirements. All that is needed is a rolled-up sleeve and a syringe, backed up with hype and hysteria all focusing on self. Ask anyone why they took the jab, and the answers will invariably start with the word ‘I’. ‘I want to go to the pub.’ ‘I want to travel.’ ‘I want to be like my friends and family.’ The latest excuse is ‘I want to live’. It is all about me, me, me. Nobody does it for the common good. Some would pretend this is the case. ‘I took it because I care for people.’ ‘I took it because I want to protect others.’ In reality, nobody takes the EBA solely for the good of others. It is not what this religion is about.
It is a religion with no obligations and no consequences, perfect for today’s mollycoddled masses. It has no morality and no ethics. ‘I am safe from P19 now so I can party.’
Anything goes. They brag about which of the EBAs they took. They are excited at the prospect of getting two different EBAs as though having more than one type makes them better than others. They even boast about what short-term side-effects they had. There are no rules to follow and no God to stop them from doing what they want. The EBA has provided an apparently easy path to salvation. Not that eternal life or biblical salvation is on their minds. It is all about going back to doing what they did before. They love their old lives so much they would sign up to medical trials to get it back. They would wave their health passport to get into their chosen leisure and pleasure facility. And they will no doubt take what will inevitably follow…
What has all this got to do with the text above? Let me explain, phrase by phrase:
3 When they say, “There is peace and security”…
Who is referred to here? Who is ‘they’? The general public, the majority of the population, those that blindly go with the flow, uncritically obeying what they are told, people who are coerced into receiving the EBA. People who live this way will get proud and arrogant. I have seen this in many already. This will quickly lead to them settling back into a semblance of normality. They will get complacent and lazy, and apathy will rule them. They will then think that they will have achieved a state of ‘peace and security’. This will be hammered home by the media and by the government. They will believe it. They will boast about it. Their lives will roll on and…
…then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman…
They are not ready for this. Indeed, they will believe it cannot happen to them. They have been cured of P19. They can never have it again. Maybe that is so, but their arrogant, complacent state of mind has not prepared them in any way for what will follow. Pride comes before a fall. And these people will fall. And it will be sudden destruction. We are not told exactly what that means, but there is no reason to think that it has nothing to do with the long-term effects of the EBAs. Nobody knows what they are. But it could be something else altogether.
…and there will be no escape!
This is not a happy prospect especially if you have loved ones caught up in EBA hysteria, as I do and many of you do too. Standing as I am on the hillside looking down on what I see as a deluded, deceived population, I know that something is going to happen to them, and it will be devastating. Nobody will be able to help them. The text states, ‘no escape’. Their fate is sealed.
The biblical text sets the scene for events leading up to second coming of Jesus Christ and this cannot be ruled out, even now. I am not going to predict dates. I have already said that this has been proven futile in the past. I believe, as Paul states in his later correspondence with the Thessalonians, that several other things must happen before the rapture takes place, including the revealing of the man of lawlessness, or the son of perdition. Nobody among global public figures currently around is this man but some may know who he is. This individual is the second most widely prophesied individual in the bible after Jesus Christ himself. He comes under lots of different names. He is described in many different ways.
He will be a kind of religious leader, and people will gravitate to him especially those who through arrogant complacency and a ‘peace and security’ mentality will not know any better. He will perform economic miracles. He will unite people. He will appear to solve the world’s problems. He may even give himself the credit for the EBA ‘miracle’. If he does, he has millions of followers already prepared, global leaders ready to bow to him.
This summer, in the UK, as the EBA rollout reaches its climax, there will be a measure of calm before the storm. Though there will still be lockdown restrictions in place, most will throw caution to the winds as they rush out to embrace freedom at long last. Pubs and clubs will be packed out, restaurants overflowing. Seaside resorts will burst with activity. Eventually, many will travel abroad again with their paper health passports in their hands. Life will apparently be normal again, back to what it was eighteen months earlier.
Then the storm will hit.
(I will probably have to revise this article at this point with details of this summer’s events. It might not go as I predict, though I will not be that far off. I can also say more about events later in the year once information becomes available.)
How are those to respond who will not follow the crowd? We are in a war, a war for our hearts, souls, and minds. Those with the EBA have already lost the war, or rather surrendered without mounting a stroke of resistance. They can lose themselves in delirium and delusion. Those of us who are left to fight cannot. We must resist this using whatever resources we can. Faith and conscience are powerful weapons, but so is reading the bible and prayer. Many of us resist the call to take the EBAs because we sense something is up. We are right. Something is up. Something horrible is about to happen. Take that as a warning and act upon it while we can. Research the origin of and the powers behind the EBAs and be prepared for some shocks.