So many troublesome things are happening in 2022 that it’s often hard to raise our eyes and see God at work.
But three recent Supreme Court decisions are great cause for joy:
- Striking down the New York concealed carry law (2nd Amendment right to bear arms),
- Affirming religious liberty (Coach Joe Kennedy praying at school), and
- The Dobb’s decision striking down Roe v. Wade.
These stand out as bright rays of sunshine and wonderful answers to prayer, perseverance, and maybe a turning of the cultural tide.
Especially the defeat of Roe v. Wade–on June 24, 2022.
After forty-nine long years, life wins.
Age of Dictators
I intended to write this week on dictatorships that are growing in our world.
Then, Russia invaded Ukraine–and upped the ante as to what’s really happening.
Suddenly, this looks hauntingly like a redux of World War II–except we have ten nations that possess nuclear weapons. That means the tactics of war and the stakes are quite different.
There’s no doubt we live in an age of dictators and maybe the beginning of a new world war.
Here’s my view.
The Mask of the Beast
I am not going senile in the title. Yes, I know that in the Last Days, the Bible talks about the mark of the beast. Here’s the famous reference:
“Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, and it spoke like a dragon… Also, it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666″ (Revelation 13:11-18).
A. Fauci (Dr. Anthony Fauci) contains 6 letters, and he was born on June 6. That adds up to “666.”
But I have been thinking of a parallel–the mask of the Beast.