There have been serious questions and confusions surrounding 5G, Covid-19 and the Anti-Christ as many believe they are all linked together. Are they really linked? We will know soon. Let us relax as pastor Azanor Eddy Thompson explain it in details.
It is obvious that we are living in strange and even perilous times. Perceptive men and women everywhere sense that we are on the verge of some stupendous, earth shaking events that might usher in the time of trouble (also known as the tribulation that will be the toughest) and the end of time as we know it. But speculations vary on how these events will exactly play out (and we do not know all the details, except what has been revealed). Satan is, of course, taking advantage of the hysteria the coronavirus pandemic has created and is busy selling his lies to millions, if not billions of people the world over.
This article will first attempt to show from the scriptures when the Antichrist is predicted to be on the stage of history and, secondly, show the role of diseases, disasters and technology (5G) in the enforcement of the mark of the first or sea beast by the second and earth beast (Revelation 13).
The Antichrist Has Been Around:
The Apostle John is the only biblical writer to use the term “antichrist” and the plural form “antichrists;” and he used them five times altogether, four times and once, respectively (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3,7; 2 John 7). Other apocalyptic writers used other terms. Daniel called it the Antichrist “the little horn” (Daniel 7 and 8). Paul referred to it as the the “man of sin” and “the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2). In Revelation John referred to this same power as “the beast” (Revelation 13 & and 14) and “Babylon the Great” (Revelation 17 and 18). Among other identifying clues, Daniel and John both predicted that the Antichrist or the Apocalypse will reign and rule for 1260 years,applying the year-day principle of apocalyptic time prophecies (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5; Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6).
“Antichrist” is a compound word, consisting of two words of Greek origin. The first is Christos, meaning “Christ” and the other is anti meaning “against” and “in place of” or “instead of.” All the meanings apply to the biblical Antichrist, for the Antichrist is not only against Christ but also pretend to, or better still, profess to act in stead of Christ as His representative. That’s why the Apostle Paul says the “man of sin,” who is the “son of perdition,” is not a secular power or individual but a quasi-Christian entity that claims the very prerogatives of deity:
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
The devil has to disguise the Antichrist power as a Christian power. That’s the way it can deceive. Satan knows that all genuine Christians will resist a secular individual or organization. But if the Antichrist comes in sheep clothing in the name of Christ, all who have not been prayerfully reading their Bibles cannot know it for what it is (2 Thessalonians 2: 8, 9; 2 Corinthians 11:13, 14); they will be looking for an unscriptural one-man Antichrist after the so-called secret rapture, just like the Jews who were not prayerfully reading the Old Testament prophecies about Christ (but relied on the popular scholarly and politically motivated interpretations of the rabis) could not know when and how the true Christ will come and are still waiting for a Messiah who has already come to die for the sins of the world (Luke 24: 25, 26, 44-49). What a deception! By the way, the only other person the Bible used the phrase “the son of perdition” for was Judas (John 17:
12). This is not a coincidence. Judas is a perfect definition of the Antichrist. He was not openly against Christ. He pretended to be for Christ while stealing and finally betraying Christ with a kiss. The Antichrist claims to be acting for or in place of God, but discerning Christian see it as betraying Christ by changing God’s law (as man of sin, of course), persecuting God’s people and blasphemously claiming the very prerogatives of God (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13: 1, 5, 7).
Going by the scriptures there are “many antichrists” (1 John 2: 8) and they were already present in John’s day in the 1st century (1 John 2:18; 4:3). Their cardinal gnostic teaching known as docetism was that Christ did not really come in the real postlapsarian flesh that the scriptures affirm without ambiguity (1 John 4:3; Romans 1:3: 8:3; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2: 14-17). This Antichrist teaching is still with us today in the form of the unscriptural Immaculate Conception dogma, that Mary was conceived without sin so that Christ will possess a flesh different from ours. Now the implications of such teaching are huge but that is not the chief focus of this study. So we can safely conclude that anyone or power or entity that is against Jesus any time is an antichrist. But there is also the other dimension of antichrist manifestation that will be a power that will have influence worldwide influence and coerce everyone in the last days to receive the dreaded mark (Revelation 13: 3, 8, 15-18).
So, when does the Bible say the Antichrist that will appear on the stage of history, before or after the second coming when the saints will be caught up or raptured? Paul was crystal clear on this. He wrote:
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [the rapture, if you will] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: FOR THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, AND THAT MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, THE SON OF PERDITION” (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3, emphasis added).
Please indulge me a little space and time to give context or background to the above Pauline text. In 1 Thessalonians he had written to the believers in Thessalonica about the coming of Christ to resurrect those who were falling asleep in Christ. He presented the resurrection to them as the only hope for those who had died in Christ and for the living saints who will be alive when Christ comes to rapture the saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; see also 1 Corinthians 15). But some misguided teachers arose and started saying that Christ will come in the lifetime of the then believers. Some even wrote and signed letters in the name of Paul and the other apostles to deceive the people by giving them false hopes. As time elapsed and more and more Christians died, the believers would become disillusioned and loose faith, hence Paul had to write to tell them that they should not be deceived by those who were telling them that the day of Christ’s coming to take them to heaven was at hand. With this literary and historical context in mind read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 again.
What I want you to notice in the text is that that i) the subject matter was about the second coming, (verse 1); ii) at the second coming the saints shall be gathered unto Christ or raptured (verse 1), as he promised they would be “caught up” or raptured in 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; iii) the Antichrist or “man of sin” and “son of perdition” will appear on the stage of history to cause a ”falling away” (Greek, apostasia, from which we have the English word, “apostasy,” which means to fall way from the truth) first before the second coming (verse 3).
This means that this Antichrist power that Paul speaks about was not yet established in Paul’s day, though he said “the mystery of iniquity was already at work” (verse 7). But it was being restrained by pagan Rome which was the ruling power that needs to give way for the papacy. After showing that this power will sit in the temple of God to claim the very prerogatives of God in blasphemy in verse 4, the apostle went on to prophetically declare that it is the restrainer, Rome, that is to be taken out of the way that the Antichrist will appear: “Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2: 5:6).
To make his point very, clear he goes on to tell us in verses 7 and 8 that this deceptive, blasphemous, Antichrist power will be destroyed at the second coming by the brightness of Christ’s coming after the restrainer leaves the way and Antichrist appears:
“For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed the lawless one [because it leads people to transgress God’s law by expunging the 2nd commandment that forbids using images in worship and changed the fourth that enjoins us to keep the seventh day (Saturday) as the Sabbath], whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation [brightness, KJV] of his coming; even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2: 7-12, ASV).
Revelation 12 and 13 prophetically revealed the same truth that Paul prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2. Revelation 13:2 says it is the dragon that gave the beast its power, seat and authority. This beast is the papacy (as shall be made more abundantly clear). But who is the dragon? The primary meaning is Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9). But there is a secondary application of the term. According to Revelation 12:4, 5 the dragon wanted to destroy Christ when He was born. Now Satan rarely works directly or openly. What earthly power was he trying to use to destroy Christ when he was born? The biblical and historical answer is, Rome. Herod was representing the power of Rome. So Rome is the second application of the symbol “dragon” in Revelation. Pagan Rome gave the papacy its seat, power and authority. This is a historical fact. When Constantine left Rome to Byzantium and renamed it after himself (Constantinople) as the new capital of the Roman Empire, he left the city of Rome to the Pope. But it was not until 538 A.D. that the the bishop of Rome was made the head of all the churches by Emperor Justinian. From this time on the pope started wielding both spiritual and temporal powers more fully, especially over the Western Roman Empire, with a forged document known as the Donation of Constantine. So when the Caesars left, the popes took their place. They even assumed the very title of the Caesars, pontifex maximus. That’s why the pope is called the Roman Pontiff till today.
It is real unscriptural to teach that Antichrist will do its nefarious work of deceiving people with satanic miracles (Revelation 13: 13, 14; 16:13, 14; 19:20) and forcing people to receive the mark of being against God (Revelation 13: 15, 17) after the church has been raptured away from the earth. The Antichrist reigned uninterrupted from 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D. That is the 1260 years prophesied by Daniel as “a time and times and dividing a time” (Daniel 7:25) and “a time, times, and an half” (Daniel. 12:7). John the Revelation prophesied of the same period as “three days and an half” (Revelation 11:9), “three days and an half” (Revelation 11:11), “a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (Revelation 12:6), “a time, and times, and half a time” (Revelation 12:14) and “forty and two months” (Revelation 13:5). In apocalyptic scriptures a day is interpreted as a year. The interesting thing is that this prophetic time that is mentioned seven times in Daniel and Revelation is always (without and exception) found in the context of the persecution of God’s holy people. God’s church was in obscurity or wilderness during this period. This is also the period God law was changed. Church historians call it the Dark Ages. This is because it was a time when moral darkness reigned supreme because the Bible was suppressed, outlawed and burned. People were not free to translate and read it. Superstition was the order of the day and even the growth in scientific knowledge was stunted. This period ended in 1798 when Napoleon Bonaparte sent his general to arrest the pope, Pius VI, and took him captive to the city of Valence in France where he died the next year. It was said that the soldiers entered Rome a year before to arrest the pope but he was sick, so they pitied him and left, thinking he would die. To the ordinary eye, this is one of those things. But if they had arrested him in 1797, the prophecy would have failed. But God’s word cannot fail. So they came the next year and abolished the papal states. All of these were fulfilling Revelation 13:10 which says the papacy would go into captivity. This also fulfilled Revelation 13:3 that says one of the heads of the beast would be wounded to death. Everyone said the papacy would never exist again. But the prophecy says the beast will recuperate, its wound would be healed and it will regain worldwide following (Revelation 13:3). This healing began in 1929 A..D. when Mussolini of fascist Italy and Gaspari, representing the Roman church, signed a pact that returned the Vatican to the papacy. From that time till now the papacy had made a wonderful recovery and is rapidly gaining worldwide following and this is leading to world dominance. This is the beast of prophecy and history. This is what the Waldenses, Martin Luther and all the Reformers, Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, etc., believed. The reason many people believe that the Antichrist is going to appear after the rapture is because of what the Jesuits have done in the Counter Reformation (see my other article titled WHY WE FORGOT WHO THE REAL ANTICHRIST IS). The prophecy cannot fail. Get ready for the mark of the beast.
2. Diseases, Disasters and 5G Technology: There is no doubt that diseases, disasters and technology will play roles in the mark of the breast crisis. For instance it is not impossible for the powers that be to say that those who will not cooperate with the beast agenda of false worship are the ones incurring the wrath of God and causing the disasters and diseases. If you can imaging a small group of believers who refuse to worship according to the changed law of the beast power when it is enforced by the powers that be (championed by the second or earth beast [America, this will be clear by another studies]) because they believe that the Sabbath is the seal of God’s law and the sign of ultimate allegiance to Him (Isaiah 8:16; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Hebrews 8:10), you are getting very close to the heart of the matter. The issue is not about some microchip powered by the 5G technology to control people or some vaccine to reduce the world’s teeming population. The real issue is worship. Satan wants worship through his accomplices, the Roman and American beasts.
They will no doubt use technology to freeze your account and try to track you. This is all possible now. They will even accuse the remnant that keeps God’s commandments (Revelation 12:17) of causing the pestilences and seismic and climatic disasters (especially as the pope is now linking Covid-19 to climate change) as Elijah was accused of causing drought for going against Baal worship in Israel of old (1 Kings 18:17). All of this will be part of the issues leading to the enforcement of the mark of the beast, but they are not the mark of the beast itself. The mark of the beast crisis is about who, how and when to worship. The mark of the beast is calculated to rob God and His people the holy time they have together. The real aim is to rob God’s people of their love relationship with God. This has being Satan’s work since he rebelled and led one third of the angels to sin against God in heaven. He separated Adam and Eve from God by leading Eve to disobey God. The Bible says he deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9). If he can deceive or force God’s remnant people to break just one of God’s law, he will win the controversy and they will be lost with the world (James 2:10). So it’s about who you obey. You must have to choose whom to obey between Christ and the beast (Romans 6:16). Obedience is the highest form of worship (1 Samuel 15:22). Adam and Eve obeyed Satan in breaking God’s commandment in regard to the fruit of a tree and that’s how disease, disappointment, disaster and death entered and flooded the world. “Just a tree and its fruits,” you might say. But it’s more than that. It was a matter of who Eve believed and obeyed. The same with the Ten Commandments, especially the Sabbath. Do you believe the word of God or would you out of convenience, necessity and following the crowd worship according to man made laws? That’s the real issue.
According to Revelation 14:12, all who truly keep the commandments of God will not receive the mark of the beast. This verse, found in the context of the three angels’ messages, reports the existence of a last days worldwide minority who are the fruitage of the preaching of the three angels’ messages. They will not receive the mark of the beast because they keep all of God’s commandments as found in the Bible and not as changed by the beast from Saturday to Sunday (Daniel 7:25). “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). Satan hates them because they insist, even at the loss of everything, in continuing their keeping of God’s commandments because they love Him (Revelation 12:17; John 14:15). This they will continue to do, even at the peril of their lives (Revelation 13:15; 12:11). God will prove to the universe (like He did with Job and Abraham) that His law can be kept, even in the most foreboding circumstances, to forever silence Satan’s charges (that God gave laws that can’t be kept) that are calculated to impugn God’s character.
It is “the faith of Jesus” in them that enables them to keep the commandments of God (Revelation 14:12). When you accept Christ into your life, the indwelling Christ will begin to live out His very life within you. You will have the resurrection power of Christ in you to live as a child of God. That’s what it means to have the faith of Jesus. Says Paul, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2;20, emphasis added). That’s it. When Christ lives in you, you will begin to live by the faith of Jesus which will enable you to keep all of God’s commandments and they will become a delight rather than a burden (Psalm Psalm 40:8; 1 John 5:2,3).
Azanor Eddy Thompson