It is interesting to note the different dispositions with which people are heading into these clearly dystopian times.
Some will embrace the dark side to their eternal harm. Others complacently wait for life to return to normal. Others see how bad things are getting in terms of human freedom, economic security, and peace between nations, and either are freaking out or placing undue confidence in their own resourcefulness.
If you have studied the Holy Bible at any length, you will know that it discusses at length some of the darkest chapters in human history. As a book, it is very grounded in real historical events: it is what one commentator described as “God’s book of anthropology, not man’s book of theology”.
For those heading into perilous times, it provides two clear messages: (i) do not delude yourself that everything will be alright, and (ii) fear God rather than fearing what others fear.
The Lord Jesus Christ, in preparing his own students, spoke to them of what fear should mean to the Christian (you can find this in the book of Matthew, chapter 10).
Firstly, there will be final justice. The wicked deeds conducted in brothels and torture chambers and backrooms of power will one day be known, and those whom commit them will be made to pay.
Secondly, the truth does not need protected. What we learn in darkness, we are to speak in the light.
Thirdly, we are not to fear those (people or viruses) which can kill the body, but only to fear Him who holds our eternal destiny in His hands.
Fourth, God sees when the smallest sparrow falls to the ground. Does He not all the more care what happens to people who He has made in His own image?! The very hairs of our head are all numbered by Him, such is His love for us.
Finally, however bad the times get, we are not to deny Christ:
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
A Bigger Reality
There is a bigger reality beyond the current coronavirus crisis, beyond the Western, Chinese, and Indian surveillance states, beyond growing Chinese hegemony, beyond locust swarms and food crises, beyond the machinations of the globalist elites.
If you grasp that bigger reality, you will have taken the first step toward freeing yourself from fear of temporal dangers.
If you really want to ‘prep’ for what is coming, repent of your sins, and put your trust in Christ Jesus! Only then will you be empowered to be free of fear.
This does not mean that harm will not come to any of the righteous, but it does mean two things: (i) with their hope fixed in heaven, those who place their trust in the Lord do not need to fear worldly exigencies, while (ii) God can and does miraculous deliver those who trust in Him as a sign of His faithfulness.
This latter point is seen in Psalm 91:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
So fear God; fear the One who commands your eternal destiny; and, be delivered of naivety, complacency and fear of these troubled times!