Some people say the Coronavirus is a pandemic of potentially biblical proportions and if I don’t practice social distancing I’m putting myself and others at risk for nothing less than death. These people are also quick to point out that even as we are seeing a decline in the rate of cases and deaths here in America, there will almost certainly be a new outbreak of the virus during the fall. Even more than that, they say there’s a high chance the virus will mutate at some point and start the entire ordeal all over again.
On the other hand, some people say the Coronavirus is nothing much more than the seasonal flu and that the powers-that-be are nefariously using it as a tool to control the masses. These people say the past couple of months have all been just a trial run for a larger event that is to come, one that will allow the powers-that-be to control the masses in an even greater way. To hear these folks tell it, it’s all part of taking away our civil liberties and ushering in a one-world-government.
Some people say that if Donald Trump gets reelected this coming November, it will signal the end of the American way of life as we know it. These people say the damage that Trump will do during a second term as President will be so great that America will never recover from it. If I believe them, a vote for Trump this November will be a vote for not only my own demise but also the demise of my country.
On the other hand, some people say that if Joe Biden gets elected this coming November, it will signal the end of the American way of life as we know it. These people say the damage that Biden will do as President will be so great that America will never recover from it. If I believe them, a vote for Biden this November will be a vote for not only my own demise but also the demise of my country.
In the midst of all this fear-inducing hyperbole, last week the United States Department of Defense officially released three video clips that show navy pilots, during training flights, engaging unidentified flying objects (a.k.a. “ufos”) in the skies above military bases. One of the clips was from 2004 and the other two were from 2015, and all three had previously been circulated on the internet in an unauthorized way. For some reason, though, Pentagon officials decided that now was the time for them to officially release the footage and admit that the clips are real and that they show aerial phenomena that remains “unidentified.” Apparently, we didn’t have enough to worry about with the coronavirus. It’s as if the Department of Defense was saying, “You think the Coronavirus is scary? Here’s what you really have to worry about!”
And did you hear about the Asian giant hornets, known as “murder hornets,” that have now been seen in the United States for the first time? That comforting little bit of news came out last week, too. These are two-inch long insects that have killed as many as 50 people in Japan in a given year. And if causing human deaths isn’t bad enough, these invasive creatures might also devastate the populations of honeybees in the United States because they prey upon honeybees. According to the experts, these hornets actually decapitate the honeybees. Yikes! My son asked me if there was anything in the Bible about hornets. I said, “Yes, God promised to send hornets ahead of the Israelites to drive the inhabitants of Canaan from that land” (Exodus 23:28). Of course, applying that story to the United States today doesn’t produce a happy ending for us.
I’ve always been a big fan of horror movies, but it seems to me that the scariest thing on t.v. these days is the nightly news. The Coronavirus? Politics? UFOs? Murder hornets? It makes you wonder what else the year 2020 and the media might have in store for us. I sure am glad that I know Jesus Christ in a saving way and have the deep-settled inner peace that comes with that relationship.
I’m also glad that I have a working knowledge of Bible prophecy. Because of that knowledge, I don’t walk around scared to death of what the future holds. I know what it holds: events that will make anything the news is giving us now seem like “the good ole’ days.” I’m happy to report, however, that I also know that whether I leave this world by way of the prophesied Rapture or by way of death, Jesus is in charge of both trips. In that I take great comfort. But how would I be feeling these days if I didn’t know Jesus as my Savior? Well, I guess I’d have my basement turned into a bomb shelter and I’d be fixating upon every tidbit of doom-and-gloom news that I could find. I’d be watching the skies. I’d be stocking up on honey. And I’d own a really thick bee suit, too.