Since the baseball season remains cancelled, let’s use a baseball analogy.
As I ponder what a friend calls the Coronapocalypse, I become increasingly aware of two teams in combat and two “pitches” being thrown.
On one side, demonic forces are motivating some leaders to create fear, suffering, and a willingness to follow authoritarian rule through the global pandemic. This could be “conditioning” for world governance described in Revelation–or a precursor. Call it a satanic “bean ball” (an intentional pitch to hit the opposing batter).
The difference is the demons don’t want to just hurt human beings. They want to kill them (separate them from God–John 10:10).
On the other side, I missed God’s “curve ball” until recently. He wants to use these events to save, not kill, billions.
Keep your eye on both “pitches” in the coming days.
From the 1790’s to the 1850’s, camp-meeting revivals sprang up in Kentucky, Tennessee and other places in the newly formed United States of America. These gatherings brought thousands of people together to pray, worship, and hear passionate sermons–often delivered by itinerant pastors atop tree stumps.
What historians would later call the “Second Great Awakening” saw great demonstrations of emotion and religious fervor as thousands co-mingled in the teeming fields of faith. My home church (the Restoration Movement) which was born during those days.
That revival was loud and demonstrable.
Today, another spiritual renewal is visiting America and the world–because of a virus. It’s different than the camp-meeting variety.
Let’s call it the Quiet Revival.
The past three weeks I’ve focused on the threat of organized evil in the United States and other nations in the 21st century. We appear ripe for such a revolution due to our deficit of character and decline of faith.
This clash of civilizations is a culture war because it pits the Judeo-Christian view of life with its emphasis on God, faith, family and freedom against secular priorities of Big Government, skepticism, family breakdown/re-definition and economic socialism.