As an Evangelical Christian who has read his Bible daily for more than four decades, I have diligently studied and carefully pondered the prophetic scriptures.
I do believe we are living in the Last Days!
I believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the age.
So… when people talk about “things getting back to normal”, is it normal like we had in 2019 or 1948? Or the normal of 1776?
Whatever the normal was in those days you cannot or may not want to return to those times.
I do not believe we can undo everything that has been unleashed in 2020!
So… how do I define normal?
Where do I get my insight on how to interpret things of today to Scripture?
Does Scripture say anything about our current days?
That seems to be one of the most common questions asked of me.
But… what I find interesting it that it is mostly asked by people in their sixties.
Maybe that is because most of those I fellowship with are in that age bracket.
OR… is it because we can remember a different time. A time we would want to go back to?
The COVID-19 pandemic really is a small thing that has caused a whole new way of living.
I don’t want to belittle the pain and loss of those who were sick or lost loved ones to COVID. Its affects went way beyond what we could have ever imagined.
A world-wide pandemic is not new. According to google, there has been at least 10, maybe as many as 20. But none have shut down economies, jobs, the sports and entertainment industries, implementing social distancing rules.
Two things that stand out to me are: (1) Cultural upheavals and (2) The closing of churches.
The cultural upheaval has been brewing a long time and I doubt if the impact of the violence and hatred will ever go away. I expect that to worsen. (See 2 Timothy, chapter 3).
What really surprised me was how easy it was to close churches!
I can’t find anything that says this may be the first time we have closed chuches. If you know of a time, please let me know. Throughout all of our historical challenges, the church was a place of hope, but not this time!
For the first time, the need to pray together, even at a social distance, did not seem to be needed or missed. It was like our victory was going to become science or politics. We were not dependent upon God to rescue us from our calamity.
Something has changed alright!
It’s our dependence on our Lord and Savior.
As I see the prevailing global mentality, and the lack of dependence on God, I don’t believe we will ever return to normal.
The time is upon us when “the cup of humanities iniquity is full to overflowing.” (David Ettinger, The Refiner’s Fire, June 2020).
The next great shaking… the next uprising… the next pandemic… is just around the corner waiting!