I recently heard an interesting statement regarding our nation's quarantine shut-down due to the corona virus pandemic. "America is fearful," they said, "But she is not repentant."
Revelation chapter 9 is about one thing: future plagues that will come upon the world as a judgment for sin, and for the sake of turning people from their sin; yet the world will remain unrepentant. The chapter ends with this: "The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood - idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts" (Rev. 9:20-21).
Is this pandemic God's judgment? I don't know. What I do know is that God will orchestrate circumstances and events to draw us into a place of repentance. But in light of reopening, it seems we have learned social distancing and how to homeschool, even constructed a home office, but America has by and large missed God's will for the quarantine: that we might be humbled, repent, and seek the face of God again. If God could not get our attention with a pandemic, what will He do? Will His love and care for our nation's spiritual well-being lead Him to bring further challenges to once again lead us to repentance?
I recently saw a Facebook post about peering out the window to see what chapter of Revelation we are in today! This is humorous but appropriate for this year so far.
We must pray for revival and awakening in our nation. We must begin crying out to ask God's mercy for the sins of our nation, knowing we are men/women of unclean lips among a people of unclean lips. Yet, we must also cry, "Lord, in this hour don't let me be like the unrepentant world; let me be like the two witnesses!" In Revelation 11, we see that these two witnesses were filled with the authority of the Word of God in a time of lawlessness, and God performed miracles to back up their words, and the Lord put their enemies to shame. Finally, when they are martyred, we read, "The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth" (11:10). Being perceived as an irritant to this sinful world is a small price to pay for the joy of an uncompromising walk with Jesus Christ. This is the good news for you and me, as blood-bought children of the Most High. We can live in victorious freedom and purity. Like the two witnesses, we have the incredible hope and expectation that God has promised to resurrect us to eternal life, by grace through faith in Him.