Dire Straits :: By Grant Phillips

One definition for the term “dire straits” I found is: in a very bad or difficult situation with its best player out of the game. Another long-standing way to put it is “between a rock and a hard place.”

Folks, we are right now, this minute, between a rock and a hard place. All of us have been extremely concerned about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its attack upon people. As of this date (04/06/20), over 10,000 people in the United States alone have died from this horrible virus. Unfortunately, we have another problem just as bad.

Economist Stephen Moore said Sunday, “At some point soon, we’re going to have to make some real decisions about what kind of a calamity we are causing through the lockdown of our economy. I’m not saying we should be inattentive to the public health concern but, at some point, we have to worry about what we’re doing to our society, and what kind of economy we’re going to have after this is all over. If we go much past May 1, we are facing a potential Great Depression scenario.”

Now someone out there is going to accuse me of caring more for the economy than people, just as the liberal fake news has accused President Trump. The truth is that it is most likely many, many more will die from the effects of an extreme economic plunge; i.e. a Great Depression. Yet, in my opinion, Mr. Moore is probably correct. It doesn’t take a mental heavyweight to figure this out folks.

Prior to shutting this country down due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, our economy was booming. It was like a faucet turned wide open with the water at maximum flow. Now, almost overnight, the flow has been turned down to a trickle. Our country is paying people, with borrowed money we don’t have, to stay home and not work. In turn, common sense says that thousands of companies, from small to large, are going to go belly up if we don’t return to work soon, and very soon. Let me say in passing that I believe we had no choice and did the right thing in closing down so many avenues in our society. The best way to stop this deadly virus is social distancing.

However, if there are no jobs to go back to, what does that due to unemployment? In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the unemployment rate went to 24.9%. In 1982 it went up to 10.1%. This February the rate was 3.5%. Obviously, we have a long way to go to get anywhere near the 1982 or even the 1930s figures, but haven’t we already seen just how rapidly things can change? Now I have no doubt that President Trump and his administration are well aware of this. Our part as Christians should be to pray for our leadership. Pray that the Lord will guide us out of this, and pray that those in power will follow God’s directives and give Him the credit He is due.

I know that nothing happens in world affairs and also individual lives without God’s permission. During the Ezekiel 38-39 war, no country will come to Israel’s aide, not even the United States of America, if I understand it correctly. Keeping in mind that we are a good friend to Israel, at least during the Trump administration, what would prevent us from helping them? Either we are not able to help or the administration at that time has the same mindset as the previous Obama administration. So, either the administration changes to one that again hates Israel, or we are simply unable to help her.

Now that leaves us with three other possibilities to think about. Will the administration change this fall to one that returns to hating Israel, or will this country be in such dire straits that we simply no longer have the ability to help our dear friend? Or will it be both possibilities, making the third scenario?

Well, we simply do not know at this point, but it seems something very major is about to take place. Although I and many others would be overjoyed to see a true national revival take place in our country, I just don’t see it ever happening. Jesus made it clear that, toward the end, people and circumstances would get worse and worse.

Could we be barreling headfirst toward the end of this Church age? We most certainly could be. Should we still ask God to help us in this conundrum we are in? Absolutely! God still may delay His coming judgments upon us, just as He did when He sent Jonah to Nineveh, because Nineveh, from the king to the peasant, repented.

If, and I emphasize the word “IF,” the Rapture and the following Tribulation is rapidly advancing our way (because we do not know when Jesus is coming for us), why would any true Christian ask God to give us just a little more time before the Rapture? Why would we ask Him to save us from the predicament we are in? I can think of one very important reason, and that is: no true child of God wants to see anyone experience the hell on earth that comes with the Tribulation. Once the Church is gone via the Rapture, a time like no other in history, the Tribulation, will bring God’s judgments upon the entire world. If we think things are bad now, we should think again. Everything the world has experienced today, and every day in history, is like a Sunday school picnic compared to the seven-year Tribulation which follows the removal (Rapture) of Jesus’ bride (the Church) from this earth.

Nineveh was a very wicked city. The Assyrians were just about the meanest bunch of people that have walked the earth. God delayed their judgment because they repented. Maybe if we repent, God will delay our judgment. Do we need to repent? Consider just a few brief comments.

God hates murder (Proverbs 6:16-17). We grieve over those in our society that the COVID-19 Coronavirus has taken, and rightly so. But where is our grieving when over one million babies annually, nearly 3,000 per day, 120 per hour and one every 30 seconds, are murdered by abortion? Children are God’s greatest gift to mankind, yet they are slaughtered on the altar of convenience.

Our leaders and celebrities in this country as a whole claim to know God, but they in turn promote any and everything that is satanically driven. These hounds of hell take every step to remove God from our society. True Christians, the bride of Jesus Christ, are hated and ridiculed more and more each day.

Our society, again as a whole, is drunk on the Hollywood, anti-Bible, anti-God, live-as-you-please lifestyle. People are living together unmarried. Homosexuals have been granted the right to marry and are a protected class. We bow before science, sex, entertainment and self-pleasure as our gods. They proclaim that Jesus is just one way among many to Heaven, but Jesus made it clear that He is the ONLY way to Heaven and there is NO OTHER WAY.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Our society wants nothing to do with God, especially the Son of God who died and rose again to pay our sin debt. His name is only, and constantly, used as profanity. Our society is interested only in personal pleasure and does not want to hear that we have all sinned against a holy God (Romans 3:23). It does not want to hear that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a). It doesn’t even want to hear that through Jesus we can have the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23b).

The world today mocks louder and laughs harder than those who put Jesus on the cross nearly two thousand years ago. I wonder if our society had the chance today to crucify Jesus again, how many would volunteer to drive the first nail into His body?

And then there are the thousands of local churches today, scattered all across America, who have compromised the Word of God (the Bible) and now promote everything from Satan’s playbook while mocking the very name of Jesus Christ, our ONLY hope.

Finally, there are still millions who love the name of Jesus, who know Him as Lord and Savior. We are the ones who need to be praying that those in rebellion against Him will soften their hearts before it is too late. Whatever God’s plans are at this trying time we are going through, we have nothing to fear if we know Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, but those who do not know Him have much to fear. The world hates the true Church, but it is the true Church that God might listen to and postpone His judgments just a little while longer, so more may be saved and avoid His wrath.

Grant Phillips

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