I’m not an alarmist, nor am I a guy who publicly pontificates about politics and stuff going on in the larger world. In the past 20 years the alleviation or avoidance of problems in my church and family has consumed me more than the fear mongering news.
But it has become very obvious to me that we are about to enter a time of trouble in our world and it’s going to get rough.
There are two sides to the “rough” that’s coming: Great opportunity for pleasure distracting us from faith and persecution.
It seems odd these things would go together, pleasure and persecution, but they will. Materialism and entertainment are overtaking the world. It’s already overtaken the church. The Health and Wealth Gospel is not a side note anymore; it is today’s Christianity.
The materialistic entertainment around us is removing the old standards of sin and morality. Those who will oppose the decadence will be done away with. I don’t know how exactly, it probably won’t be gulags. As government and business join forces (Babylon the Great of Revelation 18), it will be more like ramped up Cancel Culture.
I think the new persecution will look like removing your ability to make money and buy things. Here’s a quote I recently read:
“The old totalitarianism conquered societies through fear of pain; the new one will conquer primarily through manipulating people’s love of pleasure and fear of discomfort.”
As Revelation tells us, without the mark of the beast you won’t be able to buy or sell. I know many people mock the rapture and tribulation take on eschatology. You are free to do so, but I’m increasingly impressed with how exactly it is moving in that direction!
You won’t be held at gunpoint and forced to recant more than likely. What will happen instead is you won’t be able to buy things that are necessary for life. People are mostly too squeamish to pull triggers in our day; they are not too squeamish to mock and laugh at your stupid choices to do yourself in. A passive-aggressive genocide.
Tough times are coming. Christians will increasingly be on the outside of society and viewed more and more as the anti-science idiots (as “science” will increasingly be about justifying sin) who are holding everyone back. They won’t have to shoot us; they’ll just do things true Christians won’t be able to go along with. We’ll stick out like sore thumbs. We’ll get cancelled and not be able to earn money or spend it.
Remember Satan’s plan to defeat righteous Job? Take away Job’s stuff and he will curse God to His face. It didn’t work for Job; it works on just about everyone else. We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. He’s a one trick pony. This is what life under the Antichrist will look like. Satan had many years to try violence, but the blood of the martyr’s was the seed of the church.
This time he’s more subtly coming for your wallet!
Who knows when this will fully happen, maybe we have a few more Band-Aids that will push the buck further down the line (Bitcoin, baby!), it just seems very clear we are headed there. A couple things to do in preparation (besides investing in Bitcoin):
- Get used to discomfort. Start going without small things to practice for the big things you’ll be forced to go without later. If we can’t endure minor discomfort now, how will we resist bigger things later?
- Get out of debt. According to the Bible, you are enslaved to whomever you owe money to. Debt will be used to control people. Government more and more bails out people’s debts, there will be strings attached.
- Reduce spending. Start saving in solid assets. Get used to having less. Whether persecution happens soon or not, tough economic times are coming. Christians should prepare now so we can be positioned to be helpful when everything crashes. Think of Joseph.
- Pray. Pray for government leaders. Pray for your neighbors. Pray for your families. Pray for your church. If there is a solution, it starts here.
- Memorize Scripture. We’re too used to looking stuff up on devices. Get the Bible in your head. Make it personal. Know God’s Word apart from devices and apart from reliance on something or someone else. Stop playing games with the Bible. You better know what’s going on in there; your life will increasingly depend on it. Learn. Study. Remember.
- Build your family up. Families are the foundation of it all. Get your marriage right. Fix any broken relationships with your kids, siblings, parents. Eat supper together. Kids need adults with wisdom; adults need kids with energy. Gather and be a place of refreshment in an increasingly hostile world. Prepare the future generation for the dangers of persecution and pleasure.
- Go to church. Fellowship with believers. We’re going to need each other a lot soon. There will be a true sense of freedom and love felt in genuine churches like never before. The wheat and chaff will soon be separated. Find some wheat!
All of this probably sounds like one weirdo’s freaked out diatribe. But it isn’t. I may be weird, but I’m writing this calmly. I’m not screaming. I’m not calling for revolution and fighting The Man. I’m soberly looking at the signs of the times and getting ready.
I’m calling us to do what Paul said long ago: “Study to be quiet, do your own business, and work with your own hands.” All the things listed above are things Christians should have been doing all along.
Too many have not. A time is coming that will make you wish you had. There’s no time like the present. This world is not our home. Our hope is in Christ. Fight the fight. Run the race. The tough part is coming.
What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
–1 Corinthians 7:29-31