|Posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:10 AM|
I have mixed feelings about the Covid-19 pandemic we are experiencing. On the one hand I want to be sensible about my response to the official statements and advisories given by the “experts”, but on the other hand I am somewhat skeptical of their statements and especially their motives. Maybe I’m just in denial but I can’t help but believe this situation is blown out of proportion. The reported facts and statistics so far don’t seem to match the hysteria. I have yet to understand people fighting over toilet paper!
Beneath the confusion, however, is a subtle but persistent thought that we are facing a hidden threat being masked by the Coronavirus. The fact that this threat has reached global proportions indicates to me that the real threat has more to do with geopolitics than a virus. It is clear to me from the prophetic scriptures that a global empire will emerge in the future. Although the exact details of how that comes about are not certain, the fact that it is led and empowered by the forces of evil that characterize the anti-christ and his political minions is clear.
This insidious threat is not new, however. John spoke of it in his first general letter saying, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that anti-christ shall come, even now are there many anti-christs; whereby we know that it is the last time.” The spirit of anti-christ is the humanistic philosophy that trusts man rather than God to deal with all threats ranging from global warming to the Corona virus. The spirit of anti-christ eliminates Jesus from the picture all together and excludes any directions he may have for us through his indwelling Spirit. Governments and rulers who reject the personal leadership of Jesus fall into the global plans of the anti-christ.
But John goes on to give us assurance by saying, “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” The word translated “unction” means “anointing” and refers to the promise given by Jesus to his worried disciples concerning the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is his job as the Comforter to guide us into all truth, teaching us and reminding us of what Jesus wants us to know. Although we may not be in a position to rule over others and set the plans for how we are to cope with this or any other threat. We are not left floundering around like orphans in this world. We have the personal indwelling of the Spirit of God to lead us into all truth and direct our every response.
What will our response to this or any other threat be? Whatever it involves it will be characterized by the very fruit of the Spirit, i.e. love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness, and self-control. It will be what we can do to love others like Christ in the midst of the storm.