Through Which Religious and Eschatological Prism Should We View the Covid-19 Pandemic? by J. Parnell McCarter
In a recent series of articles I have explored the questionable conduct of Dr. Fauci related to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Vatican moves with China and Russia.* But these articles raise a more fundamental question, and the response to it will likely be guided by this question: through which religious and eschatological prism should we view the Covid-19 pandemic and Vatican moves with China and Russia? I would argue that we should view it through the prism laid out in the Foreword of the book Not to Be Ignored at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CJ2CUNG , as well as other resources available at www.puritans.net . Let’s briefly consider the prism argued there.
The Bible is the infallible word of God to mankind, and the book of Revelation is Christ’s roadmap for His Church, covering the history from the Apostolic era to the future Second Coming of Christ (after a millennial Reformation) in a generally linear fashion. We are living in a period of history characterized thus: “all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication” (Revelation 18:2). There is good reason to believe we are in that period of history described in Revelation chapters 16-18 when there is great wickedness in the earth, and God has begun to judge the nations of the earth, the USA especially. As noted at http://www.puritans.net/news/concern102708.htm and in the Foreword of Not to Be Ignored, there is good reason to believe this is the chronological history of the world and we are in that period of divine judgment on the earth preceding a great spiritual Reformation of the “millennium”:
3967 BC – beginning of the first millennium of world history
2967 BC – beginning of the second millennium of world history
1967 BC – beginning of the third millennium of world history
967 BC – beginning of the fourth millennium of world history (beginning with the raising of Solomon’s Temple, and culminating in the resurrection of Jesus Christ)
34 AD – beginning of the fifth millennium of world history
1034 AD – beginning of the sixth millennium of world history
2034 AD – beginning of the seventh millennium of world history (“the millennium” of spiritual Reformation)
How long “the millennium” will last before a brief period of Satanic persecuting release and Christ’s Second Coming we do not know, but we do have good reason to hope that the millennial Reformation, and even more so the eternal new heavens and new earth ushered in by Christ’s Second Coming, will be a time of divine blessing following a time of divine judgment.
What should we think lies between now and the coming millennial Reformation?
· Further judgment upon the nations of the earth, the USA especially
· “Armageddon”, likely a World War III
· Fall of the US empire as we know it, ending its time as the great superpower of the world (Revelation 17:16)
· Rise of the Jesuit Roman Catholic Pope and his Papal kingdom as the new superpower of the world, which is really a resumption of the Papal kingdom’s former superpower status (Revelation 17:17)
· Conversion of the Jews to Biblical Christianity (Revelation 19:6-8, Romans 11:11-16)
· Extirpation of Romanism, Islam, etc. through the instrument of the preaching of the gospel (Revelation 19:17-20)
This is a post-millennial historicist interpretation of scripture and view of history (see www.historicism.net ).
During this period of divine judgment, we would do well to heed the Biblical counsel provided in other periods of divine judgment, such as in Isaiah 24 and 26:
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord.
This is no time for pride, and it is no time for taking the law into our own hands as individuals. Rather, it should be a time of humbling ourselves before God and speaking the truth in love to our fellow men. God will execute judgment and bring down wickedness, even using wicked men at times to do it, such as He used the Assyrian rod (Isaiah 10:5). “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).