The Time of the End
There was a time not long ago when this deli was buzzing with the sound of happy customers sharing a meal together, and I’m sure one day soon it will be again, but in the meantime I sit alone in an empty deli sipping some yerba maté, listening to Old Time Gathering, and writing this short article for you. It’s currently a pleasant way to spend some time, riding out the wave of social upheaval brought on by the recent spread of corona virus worldwide.
It’s not actually full social lock-down, at least not yet, but it sure feels like it, as few people are to be seen anywhere in public at this point, let alone anywhere near our little Yellow Deli. It’s possible that this whole event would pass and we would all look back and hardly remember how strange the whole world felt at this time. But as the days pass, it seems increasingly more likely that actually, the world will never be the same again after this ongoing pandemic is finally over.
Of the few customers who have dared step foot outside of their home to come pick up a carry-out order at our deli, most have lost jobs, as so many companies have shut down at this time. How long will those businesses be closed? Will they ever recover? How long will all these people be without a job? Will they receive any compensation for lost wages? How will they pay their bills? Can the economy handle such a fierce blow? What will the government do in response, and as a result what will society look like in just a few years? Are we on the brink of catastrophe, or a great rebound?
There are many puzzling questions that one could be mulling over endlessly at a time like this, but we’re not so much focusing on any of these things right now. That’s because we know something of far greater concern than COVID-19.
It’s quite possible that what we are seeing is actually part of a great maneuver to introduce a whole new global paradigm on the face of the earth at this time. Whether it’s part of an intentional agenda or not is debatable, but it certainly seems like the inevitable direction that the world has been heading toward for a long time now.
What will that new global society look like? There are so many opinions and guesses, but we’re not really into speculating very much. Certainly a new global society could be introduced, and it could be very oppressive. But not necessarily. It could just as well come in the form of a solution to all the world’s problems and save the day, so to speak. Either way, that’s not our concern. The world will do what the world will do, and in the end we know the world is perishing and will fade away.
In the midst of it all, however, we are encouraged because we know there is a Creator, and that He is actually at work doing something on the earth in these days. He’s not sitting idly by, watching events unfold without concern. In fact, He’s foreknown this time and has been looking forward to it also.
It is for these days that He has been waiting, to raise up a whole new society of His own on the earth, to stand in the stark contrast to the new global society that is also coming into form at this time. We know we are in these days because that time, the time of the end, is described in Daniel 12:4, where the prophet Daniel is told to “conceal the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
So that’s what society will look like in the time of the end; and that is certainly what we see on the face of the earth today. People travel to and fro like never before. With air travel, you can fly anywhere in the world and arrive within 24 hours. At the time the Bible was written, and even all the way up to just 150 years ago, such world travel was unimaginable, and with continually increasing technology, who knows what kind of advancements still lie ahead even in the near future.
The other factor that marks the time of the end is an increase in knowledge. Never before has such an exchange of information and global communication been possible, all from a device that you simply hold in your hand. This technology too is developing rapidly and will certainly surpass anything we could have previously imagined in just a short time longer.
Truly, the world is connected in a way it’s never been before, and perfectly fits the description of the end times according to Daniel. So that means also that we are approaching the times in which the words of Daniel’s prophecies will be revealed and unsealed. The end could not have come any earlier, for we’ve never been in times of such great communication and transportation until now.
Daniel 21“Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided… and as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile… they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” – Daniel 2:41-44 speaks of a time when ten kings will come to power to form a whole new society that the world has never seen before. The ten kings are described as ten toes, and are referenced also in Revelation 172“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” – Revelation 17:12-14 as ten horns, as they wage war against the people of God in the time of the end.
Simultaneous to the ten kings taking power as the heads of a new global society, the God of heaven will establish a kingdom of His own on the earth to stand in stark contrast to the kingdoms of this world. Two kingdoms raised up alongside each other, in direct opposition; the kingdom of God, and the kingdoms of this world.