Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., has been ground zero in the battle over COVID-19 restrictions. Pastor and author John MacArthur said today’s world, with a virus spreading through every country and governments ordering citizens to stay home, seems perfectly suited for the Antichrist to come.
“This is the first time in my lifetime that we literally have such power over people globally that we can shut them down so they can’t function,” he said. “This suits the world of Antichrist. As you look at the Book of Revelation, there’s the mark of the beast, the number, and if you don’t have that, you don’t buy, you don’t sell, you don’t exist. Everything about you, they know — the people who have access to all your data. They know all of it. You can go out of existence virtually any moment somebody decides that. This is the kind of world that appears to be perfectly suited for the Antichrist to come, bring a certain amount of peace, the world falls at his feet.”
MacArthur said he’s not predicting that the Lord is coming soon. But he said many of today’s events mirror those prophesied in scripture.
“The Bible says in the end times there will be lawlessness,” MacArthur said. “And there is lawlessness and escalating lawlessness and an effort to create more lawlessness by taking restraints away. This is a world that could find itself in such absolute chaos that the right satanic leader who promises to fix everything could be given the title of king of the world. That Antichrist, aided by the false prophet, is what we see in the book of Revelation
“It seems that this is the world that we never knew could exist. We have the kind of weaponry that could destroy a third of the population, a fourth of the population, as you see in the book of Revelation. We have the kind of technology that can literally erase people out of existence. So, it’s just up to us to be sure that we’re looking at the signs of the times.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice