Following on from the previous blog, who can be blamed for thinking the pandemic is a taste of “the mark of the beast”?
Because if it’s true that the mark of the beast is simply illustrating a man-made system thinking and acting like it’s God, with such convincing power that pretty well all people and all nations bow to it, we’ve certainly had a glimpse of that being possible in governments acting like they’re God during this pandemic.
But NOT acting like “God” in a good way. It’s more like the gods of the Romans and Greeks that ruled the lives of humans with an iron fist, threatening all sorts of repercussions if humans did not comply with their wishes, creating a constant atmosphere of fear.
And it’s so easy to do. I imagine it’s even surprised behavioural scientists during this pandemic how easy it is to make people anxious and fearful. Just throw out a few trigger words and push button phrases about the terrible things that will happen if the whole world isn’t vaccinated, and fear and guilt sweep through a population faster than the virus.
And even evidence to show that the virus is evolving as viruses naturally do, becoming less deadly over time, or that there’s over a 99% recovery rate in reasonably healthy people, makes little difference. Once fear sets in, a collective hypnosis (or mass formation psychosis) takes over, which in turn increases the demand on governments “to do something.”
And that falls right into the hands of those in government and media who love power and discovering they can control people’s minds, even to the point of whole swaths of people being totally compliant with their demands for vaccine passports and lockdowns and the sacrifice of their bodies, and their children, to experimental drugs with no data required as to long term adverse effects.
It has been an amazing exposure of what could happen if more pandemics happen, and how easy it would be for a mark of the beast, or a Roman god-like atmosphere, to descend on the human race worldwide.
It’s nothing new, though, because when Paul arrived in Athens in Acts 17, even he was astounded at how the entire city was ruled by gods that the Athenians believed had divine power, so these gods had better be obeyed and appeased, or else.
Paul’s reaction is enlightening. He was horrified that people could operate this way, so he heads off to where people gathered to express their views, much like the internet today. And that’s where he introduced “the good news about Jesus and the resurrection,” Acts 17:18.
The reaction, however, was probably what most people today would say in response too: “What on earth has Jesus and his resurrection got to do with anything?” So Paul explains in my next blog….