Why. I. Will. Not…

Why I Will Not

This may seem like an odd topic for the Christmas season, and it is. The fact is, I’ve been meaning to write this post literally for months! But I always want to “investigate everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in an orderly sequence” (Luke 1:3). And I got buried under an unexpected cross-state move and the expedited launch of a new novel.

With millions of vaccines being distributed as you read this, I hope I’m not hitting your inbox too late.

This definitely strays from my usual topics, but the more I have read through the summer about the much-ballyhooed Covid-19 vaccine, the more concerned I get! So here goes…

[Note: If you’d like to share this article with someone who may not be entirely on the same page in terms of a Biblical Christian worldview, I’ve made a pdf version that sticks more to the medical picture and dwells less on Bible prophecy and the value of challenging conventional wisdom.]

Five Reasons I will NOT take this jab

#1: This is revolutionary technology

The best simple explanation I’ve found of the new approach used in these vaccines is here:

…messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines… represent a significant departure from classical vaccines. Whereas [classical vaccines] introduce a vaccine antigen to produce an immune response, nucleic acid vaccines instead send the body instructions to produce the antigen itself. As one researcher explains, the nucleic acids “cause the cells to make pieces of the virus,” with the goal being that the immune system then “mounts a response to those pieces of the virus.”

So classical vaccines work by prompting your immune system to engage in a natural immune response. The new Covid-19 vaccines work by reprogramming your cells to do something unnatural–to turn into a little cellular factory manufacturing “pieces of the virus.”

Gee, what could go wrong?

Researchers quickly learned that both the DNA and mRNA vaccine options have serious downsides, and as a result, vaccines of this type have never been licensed…. Why? One answer may be that in preclinical studies, mRNA vaccines have displayed an “intrinsic” inflammatory component that makes it difficult to establish an “acceptable risk/benefit profile.” mRNA enthusiasts admit that there is, as yet, an inadequate understanding of the inflammation and autoimmune reactions that may result.”

#2: “Warp-Speed” Testing

Despite the groundbreaking technology, and despite the “serious downsides” displayed in past studies, the testing cycle for these vaccines has been truncated. I was really disturbed to read here just how badly.

  • The trials achieved their vaunted effectiveness ratings by using PCR testing, which is known for its inaccuracy.
  • The trials were too limited in scope to assess whether the vaccine prevents severe outcomes! Believe it or not, the actual aim of the studies was merely to establish whether the vaccine reduces the incidence of mild cold-like symptoms. Perhaps they established that, but (ahem),

Internationally esteemed British Medical Journal (BMJ) Associate Editor Dr. Peter Doshi, who is also a University of Maryland professor, wrote in the BMJ, “The world has bet the farm on vaccines as the solution to the pandemic, but the trials are not focused on answering the questions many might assume they are…. None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths.

According to Dr. Doshi, Moderna’s chief medical officer is well aware of this design shortcoming, having explained that to capture endpoints such as hospitalization or death, the trials would need to be “10 times the size” and run for a much longer time frame… Dr. Haseltine has argued that the trials seem “intended to pass the lowest possible barrier of success,” allowing manufacturers to quickly petition for vaccine approval.

…A vaccine could be “effective in avoiding mild cases but actually [do] very little to address what we really care about, which is serious disease and deaths.”

Virologist, Dr. Luc Montagnier (who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for his discovery of HIV) and other scientists even dispute the label of “vaccine,” arguing that these products represent a new form of gene therapy. It is debatable whether a fast-tracked approval schedule is appropriate for an entirely new vaccine technology that, essentially, is intended to turn the body’s cells into viral-protein-making factories.

  • It’s a big unknown how the results will translate to vulnerable populations. From the same article:

A third participant made the critical point that “many of the groups at risk for severe disease don’t respond well to vaccines in the first place.”

For obvious reasons, the trials were restricted to healthy participants. And yet, the current recommendation is that long-term care residents should get priority in receiving the vaccines!

So… we are proposing to put our elderly and infirm at an unknown degree of risk, for a benefit we have not really established. I say again: Gee, what could go wrong?

Well, here’s one thing that could go wrong:

In the development of vaccines against coronaviruses like SARS-COV-1 and MERS in the early 2000’s, researchers found evidence of a serious problem [termed “pathogenic priming”]. Teams of U.S. and foreign scientists vaccinated animals with the four most promising vaccines. At first, the experiment seemed successful as all the animals developed a robust antibody response to coronavirus. However, when the scientists exposed the vaccinated animals to the wild virus, the results were horrifying. Vaccinated animals suffered hyper-immune responses including inflammation throughout their bodies, especially in their lungs.

The discussion in the article gets a little jargon-y, but for me the takeaway is this.

…disturbing indications that might be a safety signal on pathogenic priming, especially in older adults…

E.g., an unexpectedly high incidence of Bell’s palsy, which the trials classed as a “non-serious” side effect. I’ve had a couple of friends who’ve been afflicted with Bell’s Palsy, and while it may not have been life-threatening, I don’t think they considered it “non-serious”!

Reading on…

Older adults may be at highest risk of serious chronic illness due to autoimmunity resulting from vaccine-induced pathogenic priming.

It strikes me that a form of “hyper-immune response” is implicated in the most wrenching outcomes from Covid-19. The formal language used is “overactive immune cells” or “cytokine storm.” I’m not smart enough to know how this viral behavior might relate to the “pathogenic priming” mentioned here. But could we be setting up older adults for even worse future outcomes than they experience now?

The key point is this. The trials weren’t long enough to observe any potential long-term effects, such as possible pathogenic priming or the onset of serious chronic illness due to autoimmunity. The trials were also conducted on healthy people, so who knows what happens when this groundbreaking “gene therapy” is deployed on people with a wide range of preexisting conditions?

#3: Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue

I was so shocked and revolted to learn this, but it’s no conspiracy theory. It is established fact that many of our vaccine technologies were derived using the remains of aborted fetuses. The leading Covid-19 vaccine contenders are no exception.

Now, to be clear, the elective abortions that furnished the material were performed decades ago–it’s not like unborn children are being harvested on an ongoing basis to fuel this process today. At least, as far as we know.

I’ll give you two different descriptions of how the human tissue is used, and I’ll let you decide which rings more true for you. First, the more benign and scientific explanation:

To grow viruses, you always need a host cell. It can be a chicken egg, but human cells are preferable in human medicine….

The original cells were transformed and immortalized in January 1973…. Normally, a cell has a finite number of divisions, but Graham managed to modify these cells so that they divide ad infinitum.

This was his 293rd experiment, hence the name of the line (HEK stands for “human embryonic kidney cells”)….

In the case of COVID-19 vaccines, several makers have used HEK293 to generate what are called “viral vectors.” These are weakened versions of common cold-causing adenoviruses that are loaded with the genetic instructions for to manufacture a surface protein of the coronavirus. This elicits an immune response that the body remembers when it encounters the real coronavirus.

Three vaccines that are in advanced trials use HEK293 lines—the Oxford vaccine co-developed with AstraZeneca, China’s CanSino Biologics vaccine and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson uses the other major fetal cell line, PER.C6. Several other companies, such as Moderna and Pfizer, have used HEK293 to develop “pseudoviruses” to test their drugs.

Vaccines against Ebola and tuberculosis, as well as gene therapies, have also been created with HEK293 cells, said Graham.

So… the descendants of aborted babies’ kidney cells are used to grow the vaccines and to test them. (I say “babies” because, given this was Graham’s 293rd experiment, more than one fetus was no doubt involved. And I’ve read of at least two other “viral vectors,” used to produce common vaccines, that originated in aborted fetal tissue. It has been documented that more than 100 aborted fetuses were used to create the other two vectors.)

Here for balance is a more damning description of the process, furnished by Catholic Fr. Michael Copenhagen, based on an explanation by Dr. Leonard Hayflick, who developed the WI-38 fetal cell line:

It is best to set aside sterilizing semantics to look at the plain truth. A child is torn from its mother’s womb, and then immediately dissected, if possible alive with beating heart so that the sample is fresh. A piece of the child’s organ is then taken to a laboratory, immersed in an enzyme to break the tissue down into individual cells, and when a continually reproducing “immortal” cell line has been obtained after many such abortions, it is patented and the cells industrially multiplied in vats to become viral factories. When a sufficient amount of the infectious virus is grown in the cells, the brew is processed in a way which destroys the whole cells but leaves behind the virus along with significant amounts of the child’s DNA and cellular protein. In the various states and territories, parents are required to administer this into the bodies of their children for the sake of the public good even though the vaccine could be produced in an alternative and ethical manner. Those who refuse it are banned from the public square.

Ick!! And yes, Planned Parenthood executives have admitted under oath to the ghoulish practice of harvesting aborted babies alive at times, in order to extract more valuable tissue for medical research purposes.

Again, this use of aborted fetal tissue is not new with Covid-19. In fact, from what I understand mRNA vaccines are not cultivated using viral lines, although HEK293 was used extensively in the R&D phase. So these vaccines are actually more benign than some others. Unlike many classical vaccines, there should be no DNA residue in the solution they inject into our veins.

But the point remains. If you’ve dutifully followed governmental vaccination mandates, as my family and I have, we are no doubt already complicit in this use of harvested fetal tissue.

Is this information enough to make you one of those dreaded “anti-vaxxers”? I will leave you to decide. Personally, now that I know this I do not intend to take another vaccine tainted with the DNA of aborted babies.

“You have burdened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities.” (Is 43:24)

(If you want to know which vaccines actually contain ingredients derived from aborted babies, the CDC’s list is here. Where you see MRC- or WI-, those are the fetal tissue-derived cocktails. The new vaccines aren’t in the table yet.)

#4: The History

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
– George Santayana

Dolls in Masks

Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash

To begin with, let’s go back a few decades. Most of us are not old enough to remember polio, but it was a horrifying epidemic, a debilitating disease that killed thousands and affected tens of thousands annually. Funding poured into vaccine research, and several candidates raced for adoption. Sound familiar?

The first effective vaccine came out of the University of Pittsburgh under the leadership of Jonas Salk. In contrast to the “warp-speed” work on the Covid vaccine, Salk’s vaccine went through over two years of testing, culminating in successful completion of the largest medical experiment ever performed up to that time. 650,000 children participated while another 1.2 million served as a control group.

Even so, once mass immunization began:

In April 1955, soon after mass polio vaccination began in the US, the Surgeon General began to receive reports of patients who contracted paralytic polio about a week after being vaccinated with Salk polio vaccine from Cutter pharmaceutical company, with the paralysis limited to the limb the vaccine was injected into. The Cutter vaccine had been used in vaccinating 200,000 children in the western and midwestern United States. Later investigations showed that the Cutter vaccine had caused 40,000 cases of polio, killing 10. In response the Surgeon General pulled all polio vaccine made by Cutter Laboratories from the market, but not before 250 cases of paralytic illness had occurred. Wyeth polio vaccine was also reported to have paralyzed and killed several children. It was soon discovered that some lots of Salk polio vaccine made by Cutter and Wyeth had not been properly inactivated, allowing live poliovirus into more than 100,000 doses of vaccine…

So, in spite of the rigorous testing, once the vaccine got mass-produced and deployed in the real world, the vaccine itself caused more cases of polio than had been seen annually before its introduction!

Again, consider the contrast with our current drive for a Covid vaccine. Testing limited to “the lowest possible barrier of success,” coupled with exacting storage requirements, at least for the Pfizer vaccine:

…Pfizer has not provided detailed information about the reasons for its mRNA vaccine’s unprecedented minus-94-degree freezing requirements, which specify that the cool boxes may only be opened briefly twice a day, must have their dry ice replenished every five days, and that the vaccine can only be stored at refrigerator temperatures for 24 hours.

What happens to the safety of the vaccines in the case of some slip-up? Why do these requirements apply only to Pfizer, and apparently not to Moderna?

Now, let’s turn to more recent history–Bill Gates’s history, to be precise.

Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vaccination ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control of global health policy.

Gates is a leading investor in a number of Covid-19 vaccine ventures, and stands to make (another) windfall if any are adopted–or better yet, mandated. This follows on a shady history of involvement with several vaccine mandates in third-world nations which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation might tout as “philanthropic,” but which nevertheless align very nicely with his business interests in vaccine manufacturing. Here is a sampling of the horrific results of those ventures.

Media so-called “fact checkers” may dispute some of these claims, but follow the links and decide for yourself.

Also, note that many of these dreadful outcomes were the kind of longer-term effects the Covid-19 vaccine trials would not have observed!

Here’s the real clincher:

In 2010, Gates committed $10 billion to the WHO saying, “We must make this the decade of vaccines.” A month later, Gates said in a Ted Talk that new vaccines could reduce population. In 2014, Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Association accused the WHO of chemically sterilizing millions of unwilling Kenyan women with a “tetanus” vaccine campaign. Independent labs found a sterility formula in every vaccine tested. After denying the charges, WHO finally admitted it had been developing the sterility vaccines for over a decade.  Similar accusations came from Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Creepy, no?

Bill Gates is a eugenicist who believes our planet is not able to sustain its current population. And he also seems to believe that vaccines are somehow a route to reducing population growth.

Given this history…

Will you trust the man responsible for Windows with reprogramming the working of your genes?

[And again: If you’d like to share some of the foregoing portion of this article with someone who may not be entirely on the same philosophical page, here’s a pdf version sticks more to the medical picture and dwells less on Bible prophecy and the value of challenging conventional wisdom.]

#5: The Agenda

Please don’t misunderstand me–the suffering from the disease is tragically real!

But… is this where all of this was headed all along? The pandemic (plandemic?) appears, the draconian lockdown measures follow. And while the effectiveness of the masking and the lockdowns is, perhaps, arguable, their human cost is staggering. Far greater than the direct cost of the disease.

Our economy decimated, many of our freedoms a distant memory, more than one promising treatment for the disease squelched. The vaccine has been presented as the sole and only cure-all that will at least bring us closer to the normal we once knew.

And just as this gene-tampering vaccine begins to be deployed, a new variant of the disease shows up that is significantly more transmissible. Right on cue! Almost as if it was precisely timed to give us adequate incentive to submit to the jab. (And how interesting! It shows up first in the U.K., the nation at the forefront of deploying the vaccine. Hmm…. )

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”
– Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, quoted in the current climate by more people and entities than I can list!

Where Things Stand

The first days of the vaccine’s rollout have been troubling to say the least. Unexplained deaths (here, here, and possibly here, here, here and here)… An unexpectedly high number of adverse reactions requiring medical attention…

Considering what we covered above about possible autoimmune irregularities, I find this death particularly troubling:

‘Perfectly Healthy’ Florida Doctor Dies Weeks After Getting Pfizer COVID Vaccine

Miami medical examiner is investigating the death of 56-year-old Dr. Gregory Michael who reportedly died from a rare autoimmune disease 15 days after being vaccinated. Michael’s wife wants her husband’s death to serve as a warning to others.

An update on his case:

Johns Hopkins Scientist: ‘A Medical Certainty’ Pfizer Vaccine Caused Death of Florida Doctor

Dr. Jerry L. Spivak, an expert on blood disorders at Johns Hopkins University, told the New York Times Tuesday that he believes “it is a medical certainty” that Pfizer’s COVID vaccine caused the death of Dr. Gregory Michael.

And here’s another tragic case with some similarities.

Young Man Develops ‘Rare life Threatening Syndrome’ after Covid-19 Vaccine

24 hours after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, a 23-year-old man developed a rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which causes, among other things, severe damage to heart function.

This report, too. A 300-bed nursing home in New York state had zero Covid-19 deaths, until they started vaccinating the residents. The vaccinations began on 12/21. The first three deaths followed on 12/29. They have now had 24 deaths. Could it be that the vaccine did, in fact, make these men and women even more vulnerable to the ravages of the disease?

NINE severe anaphylactic reactions are documented in this article, along with the news that at least one hospital has stopped deploying the vaccine.

Hospital workers, one of the priority groups for receiving the vaccine, are refusing it. This article cites several examples.

“There is a high level of mistrust and I get it,” Ms. Jenkins told Kaiser Health News. “People are genuinely afraid of the vaccine.”…

In short, as we noted previously, nobody wants to be a guinea pig.

Smart! The rate of adverse reactions is already 50 times greater than that of the flu shot, based on the CDC’s own database. And please consider that the rollout to date has been to a predominately young and healthy population. What will happen when we vaccinate the nursing homes?

Here’s a head nurse passing out on live TV after receiving the vaccine.

Alongside these… cases, four other recipients developed Bell’s Palsy after getting the covid vaccine.

If Americans knew about seven [Note: nine as of now] serious cases relating to the covid vaccine just this week, do you think they would have it injected into their bodies? How many other covid vaccine issues are we not aware of?

Here’s another article. It seems my doubts put me in good company:

…an unexpected spike in allergic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (and now, Moderna too) may prove catastrophic to widespread acceptance… Europe rolled out a huge COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to try to rein in the coronavirus pandemic but even more Europeans than Americans are skeptical about the speed at which the vaccines have been tested and approved and reluctant to have the shot.

When hospital workers don’t step up to claim the doses designated for them, the vaccine is sometimes offered to others. Elderly patients in long-term care? Dear Lord, I hope not.

Conspiracy Theories and Red Pills

Do some of these sound like conspiracy theories? Honestly, a few years ago I might have thought so. But as Big Tech and Big Media have doubled down on applying that label to any message that doesn’t align with their sacred Approved Narrative, I’ve concluded I don’t care for having Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon etc. decide what information I should have access to.

So now, when Big Media tries to tell me I shouldn’t trust a source, I just might be that much more likely to look at it. I prefer to be a good Berean and reach my own conclusions as to its validity.

Here’s what I’ve seen. There definitely is some wildly unsubstantiated stuff that floats around! But many so-called conspiracy theories actually seem to be quite well sourced.

In anything I’ve said thus far, you may disagree with my conclusions. But I challenge you to dispute my facts!

Here’s how it often works. You google something controversial, and the first thing that comes up is a page full of “fact-checkers” denying it. But immediately following those, you’ll often find a well-sourced article that appears to substantiate it.

Another thing I’ve noticed about the “fact-checkers” is that they will sometimes phrase a question very carefully so they can issue a denial. For example, do the Covid-19 vaccines alter your DNA? No. Not technically (as far as we know). But it’s very public fact that they reprogram your RNA, which is responsible for enacting the instructions encoded in your DNA. Given how much we don’t understand about how that fearfully-and-wonderfully-made genome system works, that distinction is fine enough to seem pretty much immaterial to me.

I feel like I’ve ingested the “red pill” from the movie Matrix. It’s almost as if there really is a set of “ruling elites” who control Big Media, Big Tech–not to mention Big Pharma. And they’re in it for their own interests, not ours!

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The Mark of the Beast?

There’s been much brouhaha about this, and if you follow Bible prophecy, by now you’ve probably heard the debate over whether this vaccine might be the “mark of the beast.”

This is a weighty matter! We’re warned against taking this mark in the direst of terms in Rev 13:15-18. In these dark days, every believer needs to study that passage carefully and rely on the Holy Spirit, which teaches us all things (John 14:26), to provide discernment.

Personally, I don’t believe we’re there yet. But I am confident this vaccine is a forerunner.

Why I Don’t Believe We’re There (quite yet): The warning in Rev 13 comes in a context. In the verses immediately leading up to this passage, two beasts have emerged. Accepting the mark of the beast is part and parcel of a decision to “worship the image of the beast” (Rev 13:15), and denying the mark represents a refusal of that worship.

La Bête de la Mer

The beast at the head of the cult is described in some detail in Rev 13:1-3.

I saw one of his heads as if it had been fatally wounded, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast… (Rev 13:3)

Beasts in the Bible are often symbolic. They can represent nations, empires or systems. (Although 2 Thes 2:3 does tell us a “man [anthropos] of lawlessness” will arise, which many equate with this beast, and with the boastful little horn of Daniel 7:25. So it seems there will be a man who will embody this coming beast system.)

Here’s my question. Can you think of anything, or anyone, on the world landscape today that seems to fit this description, even at a symbolic level? How can we worship something and take its mark (i.e., display its brand) if it hasn’t yet been revealed? In short, it seems to me that only by ignoring the context in the passage can we force it to fit the choices that confront us at this moment.

Plus, I’ve never believed Rev 13 teaches that God will establish a new “unforgiveable sin” (Mark 3:28-29) in the last days–Jesus told us there is only one. I think people who take the mark of the beast will have blasphemed the Holy Spirit by knowingly rejecting the Living God. I view the passage as teaching that the choice will be clearly laid out for them–as it was for believers pressured to light incense to ancient Roman emperors, for example.

But please don’t trust me! Search the scriptures. Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit.

Why This Vaccine Is At Least a Chilling Forerunner: But! If this isn’t the mark of the beast, we are watching the rollout of the “beast platform.” I am confident this vaccine is like a “gateway drug,” setting us up to accept something much more horrendous.

Again, this is not conspiracy theory–it’s quite public. Gates’s work to push vaccines is inextricably coupled with a global alliance called ID2020, and with Microsoft’s patent (provokingly denoted 2020060606) for a global cryptocurrency system that will track body activities (such as accepting a vaccine).

An enzyme derived from firefly phosphorescence–also provokingly called “Luciferase”–will be introduced with future vaccines, enabling your body activity data to produce something like a barcode under your skin that can be read with a smartphone app. Another Gates-funded initiative. (Sound far-fetched? Don’t believe me–check the links!)

Recognizing the opportunity for immunization to serve as a platform for digital identity, this program leverages existing vaccination and birth registration operations to offer newborns a persistent and portable biometrically-linked digital identity…. the program will explore and assess several cutting-edge infant biometric technologies…

If I’m reading this press release right, they’re rolling out a partial trial now coupling immunizations with biometrics-based digital identity in Bangladesh! And, according to the article, among the homeless in Austin.

What is the end game? A worldwide “Big Brother” tyranny unlike any ever known. You want your cryptocurrency, you will comply with whatever demands “they” make of you. And your own body will be “wired” to report on your compliance.

A forerunner to this system (“social credits”) is currently in use in communist China, and it’s used to ensure complete submission to the regime. You want to buy food? Work? Board a train? You need social credits for all those activities, and those who indulge in unsanctioned religious activities don’t get them. And with ID2020, your digital ID will be unique, personal, permanent, embedded in your body, and globalized. There will be nowhere to run or hide.

…no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast of the number of his name. (Rev 13:17)

That certainly seems to be where we’re headed.

All of this–ID2020, cryptocurrency, glowing Luciferase–represents a next-generation platform for delivering and tracking vaccines. As far as I have been able to determine, other than the troubling RNA-reprogramming technology, the potentially devilish components such as Luciferase are not included in the current vaccines.

But, with all the mystery concerning the long-term effects of this novel “gene therapy”…

Who’s to say they haven’t put something in the mix that will precondition recipients to have to accept the “upgrade”?

Again, just look at Windows!!

And what’s with the creepy naming conventions, anyway?

Luciferase… [“the name of the beast”]

060606… [“the number of his name”]

At best, it’s someone’s sick idea of humor, aimed at getting a knee-jerk reaction out of Christians. But it could also be something much more sinister.

Here’s where I go way conspiracy theory. I’m out of my area here, but I’m told that Luciferian doctrine requires them to get your consent in some form before they can manipulate you. One of the means by which they do this, I’m told, is by broadcasting their symbology. Is that what we’re seeing right now?

Where’s the Good News?

Okay!! So no doubt I’ve unloaded enough on you for today! But for those who put their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, there is good news.

Yes, the world is on an ever-more-rapid slide downhill–but the Bible has told us for millenia that this was coming (2 Ti 3:1-4). The “man of lawlessness” must be revealed, and who can doubt we are seeing his advance guard?

Yes, we live in days when the forces of this world seem to be aligning against us, and so many around us nod in hypnotic unison to every deluding tune chorused by the media. Again, the Bible has told us for millenia that days of mass delusion are inevitable (2 Thes 2:10-11).

I did write a seasonal message of hope a couple of weeks ago. I really did!! I’m going to steal its punchline here.

We may wonder why God allows evil to appear to triumph, our livelihoods to be destroyed, disease to take those we love. Why 2020, to put it succinctly. The presence of “God with us” whispers to our hearts that we can trust His plan, even if there are times when we can see no earthly good in it.

Here are several Bible promises I’m clinging to:

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. (Is 26:3)

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” (Is 43:1-3)

“In the world you have tribulation, but take courage: I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“He who overcomes, I will grant him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Rev 3:21)

Things may well get bad–as desperately bad as they already are for believers in many parts of the world. Yes, we may be called on soon to become Revelation-level “overcomers.”

But our amazing redeemer God has a plan for our ultimate good–a new heaven and a new earth where He Himself will wipe away every tear, and where the corrupt will never enter (Rev 21:1-8). If these “birth pangs” are what it takes to usher that in, then bring it on!

Keep your mind stayed on that truth, my dear friend, and you’re ready for whatever 2021 might hold in store.

If you’ve never opened God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus (Rom 3:23, 6:23), please please please be persuaded to do it now! It’s simple. Just tell God from your heart that you admit you’re a sinner that needs a Savior (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23) that you’re done running your own life, and that you’re ready to make Jesus Lord of your life.

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom 10:9-11)

The decision that saves you is that simple!

Simple… But no one said living it out will be easy. Especially now, in these last days.

Syringe / globe image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

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