[The Lord says:] “Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, ‘My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’ You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? The Lord’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians. I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.” — Isaiah 48:5-6, 14b-15, NIV)
Before I lay down my thoughts for the post-coronavirus world, I think it is important to point out that all that I will be writing in this post are prophecies that were written in the Bible and are inspired by God Himself. Even before the coronavirus outbreak hit home, I have been troubled by the many things I have seen on the news and how it resonated so loudly with memories of Biblical prophecies I have read and meditated about. Now that the coronavirus hit home and Singapore has announced a month-long “circuit breaker” to normal livelihood, I think it is time for me to make all of these prophecies known; to lay it down for people to meditate upon it and for Christian leaders to come up with relevant responses.
As a Christian serving in full-time ministry, I think that it is my obligation to pen down the impressions that God had given me for this season in human history as well as the things that will be coming our way. As National Church leaders and social service leaders, it is our duty to rise up to the call and be united in times of adversity. To be rooted in the Word of God and to be able to discern God’s doing. To understanding the heart of God and to be a Light to all the churches under our care; paving the road for Believers, prophetically, in the Spirit, to the land of Canaan, where God is eventually leading us to.
It is my prayer that through all these, Christian Leaders will be aware of what God is doing in our day and age, and that God may be glorified through the work of the Church in the days to come, till the day Christ returns.
Let’s face it. The coronavirus is changing the world into one that is hardly recognisable just a couple of months ago. But here’s the thing. God, in His sovereignty, has already made it known to us. The Lord says, “do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?” (Isaiah 44:8). We are His witnesses. We have the gift of His word. Hold firmly onto it. This is what it says.
A Chosen Ally of God to Start the Sequence of the Latter Times
“From the east,” says the Lord. “I will summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfil my purposes” (Isaiah 46:11, NIV). Though He do not acknowledge God (Isaiah 45:4-5), God will summon him by name, bestow a title upon him, and strengthen him. Through God — though he doesn’t know it — he will level mountains, break down gates of bronze, cut through bars of iron, and retrieve treasures of darkness and riches stored in secret places (Isaiah 45:2-3). This ally of God will “rebuild God’s city” and “set God’s exiles free”. He will let “the products of Egypt and the merchandises of Cush, and those tall Sabeans” come over to him (Isaiah 45:13-14).
I think it’s by no coincidence that this sounded exactly like what China is doing. From building Jerusalem  to embarking on the one-belt-one-road project in an attempt to flourish global trade. China is doing all it possibly can to bring about a global order that we have never seen before . Built on the ideals of Confucius’s “The Great Unity” (礼运大同篇) , China aims to create a world that is guided by “Tao” where all leaders promotes trust and cultivate goodwill. It aims to create a global state where everyone’s needs are cared for. In this state, people will no longer work to sustain a livelihood, but work as a form of enjoyment.
The Building of a Global Socialist State
This ally of God will be the one who will point all nations to the mountain of the Lord (Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1). People will want to go up to the mountain of the Lord, to learn God’s ways and to walk in His paths (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2). In those days, all nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, and there will be no war. (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3). The needs of everyone will be provided for. All people will have some form of shelter (their own fig tree). Likewise, all people will have their own supply of food (their own vine) (Micah 4:4).
It is uncertain if this Ally of God is the “beast” in Revelations 13 or the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians 2. But one thing is certain, the rising of this global state paves the way for the arrival of the “beast” and the “man of lawlessness”.
Built on the ideals of Confucius’ “The Great Unity”, one might find startling similarities to the construction of a global socialist state; a state where capital is not privatised but shared among its people. That’s the thing about the world. Before coronavirus, the world is capitalist. It demonises socialism and marxism for the matter. But when the coronavirus hits the shores of every countries on the globe, one thing become increasingly certain — the capitalist world will not be able to sustain itself. As almost all countries in the world go on lockdown, it becomes increasingly clear that the economy will suffer a tremendous blow. Recession unlike anything the world has seen will soon take place. As countries struggle desperately to dig into their treasuries to salvage their paralysed economies and the livelihood of their economically-disabled citizens, they will soon find out that they will inevitably hit the bottom of the well. But all of these will change when nations recognises that there are business owners who still hold valuable assets under their name. These assets come in the form of real-estates and business capital. In those times, global leaders will be forced to make a decision. To take back valuable assets from business owners to feed the public in exchange for something they can’t give, or to let the entire nation, including the business owners, starve.
When faced with the increasing debt of the nation and how corrupted the European union is, the former Greece finance minister and co-founder of DiEM25, Mr. Yanis Varoufakis, realised how much idle wealth are in the hands of business owners. Armed with this knowledge, he proposed a series of measures to turning people’s idle wealth into green investments. In the summary of DiEM25’s European New Deal , DiEM laid out a series of principles to help everyone prosper. This includes providing basic goods to all people, turning idle wealth into green investments, sharing the return of investments in the form of universal basic dividend, and the formation of global governance. Having understood the times, DiEM25 was formed as an experiment for the establishment of a united world political party , regardless of what pessimists may argue.
Here’s the thing. The impact of the coronavirus forces global leaders to rethink their political and economic structures. Capitalism will no longer work. Neither will nationalism. Leaders are beginning to realise that it is not the time to be self-centered in the solving of the corona-crisis. Rather, it is time for the world to get together and assist each other out of the calamity.
What does all of this mean to the Christian?
The average Christian who is well-versed with the scriptures will find startling similarities with Biblical prophecies in the end times. This includes the formation of a one-world government, a new world order, a financial change, and a global currency . Not saying any of this is bad. Rather, I am implying that the common-Christian must be able to discern the line between what is acceptable and what is not.
By subscribing to the global currency and to live under the new global government is not a choice any Christian can make. Like it or not, we must use the currency when it arises. Like it or not, we must change our passport and identification cards if the authorities come to us with that request. But then again, all of these are still within what I call, acceptable. After all, Jesus did say, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”.
As God does His thing, so is Satan doing his. But here’s the thing. As Christians, we must know that the establishment of all these structures will eventually lead to the global worship of the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelations 13:4). That is the line Christians must not cross.
The Implications for Christian Leadership
The implications for Christian leadership, therefore, is that of discernment and wisdom. When faced with the imminent threat of Christians stumbling from the faith and having their faith challenged in a way never before, Christian Leadership should rise up to its calling to be a beacon for the Collective Body of Christ. Now is the time for Christian Leadership to rise up to their calling and plan something, as a collective, in preparation for what is to come.
As Church Leaders, I believe I will not have to mention the similarities between the global trends listed in Biblical prophecies and the management within the early church in Acts 2? Notice that “all believers were together and had everything in common”. They “sell their possessions and goods,” and “gave to anyone as he had need.” (Acts 2:44-45, NIV). “There were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:34, NIV).
When God has an idea, Satan follows suit. The entire salvation plan was God’s idea. But Satan came out with a plan to counter it. Likewise, the entire end-time plans was God’s idea. But Satan participated in it as well. As Christian Leaders, we must be able to discern the work of God from the work of Satan. We need to be able to ride the wind of the Spirit and to discern what is from Him and what isn’t. When the world is embracing a one-world currency, we should ride on it to earn as much benefits as humanly possible. When the world is embracing a one-world government, make good contacts and build good relationships. But as we are doing so, we must also prepare a plan. Something like an enclosed form of economy  within the Christian circle per se. Jesus Himself reminded us that when we see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation’, we are to flee to the mountains. During this period of time, there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again (Matthew 24:15-21).
During the times of unequaled distress, God will fly us into the wilderness to be taken care of for a time, times, and half a time (Revelations 12:14). It is during this period of time that Christian Leaders should prepare for the needs of fellow believers. These needs will include lodging, food, and daily necessities. Where is the mountains? Where is the wilderness? Christian Leaders are to discern and make relevant preparations. On top of this, believers will also need to be spiritually fed; not with your normal Sunday sermons, but with an added intimate relationship through prophetic guidance to show people how real God is so that they will be able to face the imminent tribulation when the “beast” speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people. As much as I hate to say it, Christian Leaders will need to prepare Christians to be “delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time” (Daniel 7:25). We will need to be certain that Christians are strong enough, spiritually, as well as physically, to face whatever the Lord calls them to, and to go wherever the Lord has destined them to go; to witness for God and to show the world that there is no other God other than Him (Isaiah 44:8).
The world as we know is changing. A divine cycle of some sort has started. Though I dare not confirm that this is the start of the 7-year tribulation as some may call it, I am certain that God is planning something really big in the coming days. This is a wake up call for all Christians, especially Christian Leaders. As a ministry server, it is my hope and desire that the ministry that I am serving within rise up to the challenge. I thank God when I see the head of the society visibly shaken after PM Lee’s announcement yesterday. It is my prayer that Spirit-led decisions be made so that the society may rise up to the challenge and lead the 400+ churches in Singapore in our preparation for what is to come. As the world look to Singapore as a source of inspiration to counter the coronavirus, let Singaporean Churches rise up to the calling and lead the world to a new era of prophetic preparation.
The time is here. The question remains. Are we ready?
Here, I conclude with a quote that our Lord and Saviour reminded us before His crucifixion. He says:
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” — Luke 21:36, NIV.
 – A potential form of enclosed economic and agricultural ecosphere currently designed and built by a Christian youth. https://www.linkedin.com/company/31535739/Image by Orna Wachman from Pixabay
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