For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (Isaiah 64:4)
Tune your television to any news station you like these days and you will hear the word “unprecedented” repeated often. The rapid worldwide spread of the Wuhan Bug is unprecedented. Those infected by the virus display no symptoms for up to 21 days yet remain contagious and spread it to others unknowingly. That is unprecedented. The shelter-in-place orders around the world are unprecedented. The effect of the virus on the global economy is unprecedented. The loss of employment in the United States (and around the world) – currently over 17% — is unprecedented. Many store shelves are empty of cleaning supplies, drinking water, assorted food items, and TOILET PAPER. It’s unprecedented. Patients cannot see their doctors for routine matters, and if they do get an appointment, they get the “third degree” to ensure they are not infected before they can be seen. That is unprecedented. When allowed out of our shelter, we find a few other people taking care of necessities hiding their faces behind surgical masks and some even wear rubber gloves. That is unprecedented!
The Wuhan Virus initiated all kinds of unprecedented events that have sent our nation and the world reeling. However, other unprecedented events taking place in our world are ignored by the media and few people notice.
Rome displaced and scattered the Jews all over the world in 70 AD. For almost 2000 years, the Jews have been scattered among the nations. Yet, though they have gone from one nation to another, they have maintained their ethnic identity, their religion, their customs, and even their native language. At one time, even in my lifetime, scholars considered Hebrew a “dead” language, but even that has survived and revived to be the official language of Israel. That is unprecedented! And after almost two millennia of the Diaspora, they have returned to the homeland given to them by God. The barren, desolate land that no one desired for two thousand years now blossoms as a rose. This too, is unprecedented.
Other unprecedented events are happening that the media fail to report due to the intense unprecedented focus on the Wuhan pandemic. For example, East Africa is suffering from an unprecedented plague of locusts of “biblical proportions,” and it is moving north threatening the Middle East.
Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting at an unprecedented rate. “For most of the 1900s, the physical North Pole was moving westwards around 10 cm each year towards Canada’s Hudson Bay. Then all of a sudden, in 2000, it changed direction moving 75 degrees eastwards and began moving east at a rate of around 17 cm annually. Nobody has ever witnessed such a change. This is completely unprecedented! Now the North Magnetic Pole is moving rapidly and erratically. Today it is now moving at a pace of 55km PER YEAR!!!!! This is creating a real crisis because the entire world GPS system was based upon a fairly stationary location for the North Pole” (emphasis mine). The relatively rapid change surely affects the earth’s crust. “[The] north magnetic pole’s inexorable drift suggests that something strange – and potentially powerful – is taking place deep within Earth. Only by tracking it, said University of Leeds geophysicist Phil Livermore, can scientists hope to understand what’s going on.”
All the unprecedented happenings going on around the world gives one pause to think, “What is going on? Are we entering the time of Tribulation?” Jesus gave us signs to look for at “the end of the world,” But He said, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6, emphasis mine). The signs we see today should alert us that Jesus is coming back very soon as He promised, but we are not in the Tribulation right now. How do we know? “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)” (Matthew 24:15). The “abomination of desolation” is the Antichrist, “the beast” that will set up a one-world system at that time. However, even now, political leaders around the world are calling for a one-world government that can manage outbreaks like the Wuhan Virus and bring order to all humanity. This too, is unprecedented.
We who compose the Bride of Christ should not live in fear like the rest of the world. The worst is yet to come, but the Bible promises that we will not be around to experience the seven years that are determined for God’s people, Israel. “That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [i.e., Antichrist]” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Antichrist has not been revealed yet, so we know we are not in the Tribulation now. I believe Antichrist is alive today. So why has he not shown himself? “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now [restrains] will [restrain], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8, emphasis mine). The One who restrains (letteth, KJV) is the Holy Spirit who indwells the heart of every true believer, the Bride, the Church of Christ. He will be “taken out of the way.” When He leaves, we leave.
This is known as the Rapture of the Church. “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [go before] them which are asleep [dead]. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [harpazō, snatched up, i.e., raptured] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
When millions upon millions of Christians around the world disappear “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52), the world will be stunned, more so than with the Wuhan Virus. That day is coming very soon. That too will be unprecedented.
Reader, are you prepared for that soon coming day? If not, please read my page on “Securing Eternal Life.”