It’s been said that the American Midwest has eleven seasons, not four:
- Fools Spring
- Second winter
- Spring of deception
- Third winter
- Mud season
- Actual spring
- False fall
- Second summer
- Actual fall
I was reminded of this saying this morning when ice and snow interrupted what had been a good stretch of sunny, mild, enjoyable spring weather. Perhaps our recent warm up was merely a Fools Spring. Either way, we are definitely now back to winter for a bit!
Last night we were sharing thoughts about what the current pandemic might mean for us as believers. How our lives might now be forever changed. And how quickly Jesus’ return appears to be.
I’ve also been listening and catching up on youtube sermons of ministers I follow, as I go about my day around the house. My favorites are Bill Randles and JD Faraq. I’ve also rediscovered Amir Tsarfati and find him interesting as well. Bill and JD are both cautioning that things will not be the same, the fallout from this will likely affect everything and we will likely not return to business as usual.
I was in complete agreement with that assessment.
However, in one of Amir Tsarfati’s recent videos (sorry that I no longer recall which one it was, or I’d share a link), he mentioned his feeling that this is not a tribulation type of pandemic, that the real tribulation will be much worse, and that after this passes, people will have such a zest for living they will want to go out and taste all they can (foodies), and travel as much as they can and seek out entertainment again and will likely do so with renewed fervor. Much like after 9/11 we saw a surge in church attendance which then dropped off to less than it had been prior. (paraphrasing here from memory, so I may not be getting this entirely as he said it–but the gist is similar).
And that really resonated with me and started me wondering if this could go a different way than ‘the obvious’ (and I mean ‘obvious’ to those of us believers, like me, who are watching for Jesus’ return.) While I have seen several people drawing closer to God as a result of this, and heard stories of new converts and friend’s wayward children returning to God (PRAISE GOD!), it doesn’t seem like a widespread revival is underway.
The things I see on social media are more along the lines of –this sucks, let’s get back to normal, or how can we have this quarantine be as normal to our old life as possible? Netflix binges and puzzles and sewing projects and books and home improvement projects are happening more than ever prior. I haven’t seen a lot of people turning to youtube sermons and Bible study; unless they were already doing those things prior.
So I actually think most of the world is expecting this to blow over and go back to normal as we once knew it. The projected death toll of this virus is likely not going to compare to the Spanish flu outbreak one hundred years ago. Therefore it does make sense to me that if this were a true tribulation event, the general mood, the casualties and our ability to limit them would be much worse than this pandemic is projected to be.
Therefore I feel compelled, now, to consider several possibilities of what this might mean, for my own self-preparedness, and to hopefully prepare my family and others if possible.
Know that these are just my thoughts. I am analytical by nature and I like to consider many sides of a matter. This is not a prophecy or me attempting to prophesy.
So here goes.
While right away, to me, it seemed obvious that this pandemic would be the type of event that could bring in a one world government and one world currency, I no longer feel as strongly about that. But, I can still see that happening, too, as a possibility. I can also see some sort of vaccine mandate coming about (but, also, I can see that NOT happening as not everyone, like the immune compromised, can even be safely vaccinated–and that is now also being reported by officials on the news).
Therefore, there could be a chance that this passes and somehow the economy gets further propped up and stays that way (this is hard for me to grasp, as I know that it’s already so falsely propped up that I am continuously surprised it has not outright collapsed yet). But, nevertheless, it could be that there is a seemingly miraculous worldwide economic rebound.
If that were to happen, then I am pretty certain most of us will go back to more of the same old Babylonian ways –except with even more increasing fervor to spend and entertain and eat good food and LIVE life to the fullest. The peaceful and comforting aspect of these quiet days we are now having at home could be quickly forgotten. As many of us go on that quest to enjoy all the goodies and sights and pleasures we can find on this earth. In essence: we cast off our current isolated germophobia like a child with spring fever casts his coat off and goes outdoors to play after a long winter.
I hardly know eschatology well enough to opine on it. It is something I want to dig into further, while I now have the time. But could this crisis somehow set the stage for the coming three years of peace and prosperity which (in my limited understanding) is to precede the three and a half years of great global tribulation?
If so, perhaps we are in some sort of Third Winter season currently, where things are dire but not as dire as they seem–more like a major spring storm, not the beginning of a long winter season. Which, upon commencing, will then bring on another false season–a false spring, and a season of large scale deception– a season which might fool many into thinking that we have now attained ultimate peace and prosperity for a long time to come. If so, then that could mean an unprecedented time, globally, of people being intent on living the good life, traveling again and eating and drinking and giving themselves in marriage—
Which seems as likely to me that it would be during such a time of seeming prosperity and peace that Jesus would return for His bride, and catch many unaware. Otherwise, why would He have told us the thief comes in the night to catch the owner of the house off guard? Why the reference to the days of Noah, when all but one family, believed what was actually coming upon the whole world?
But, having said all that, I could also see His return happening today.
The lesson I am taking in these thoughts and feelings that I shared around our table last night, only to seemingly be confirmed by an abrupt shift in the weather revealing a fools spring–is very simple.
Don’t be fooled.
By anything. Whether it is seemingly catastrophic or too good to be true.
To stay firmly on the rock of Christ, and all the more so in what could be either even worse, or seemingly ‘much better’ days to come. So I am making a note to myself to remember well this hour I am in, where I have found comfort in a quiet life at home; and do not forget to stay homebound and simple and trusting Christ should things return to ‘normal’ again ‘out there’ and once again tempt me to put down my eagerness to get out of here.