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Recently, I watched a YouTube video of a pastor who said he has had three terrifying dreams of the days to come—as soon as this Fall of 2020, in fact. (Link below.)1 Beginning in September and particularly in November, he said, the United States will become a nation overwhelmed by chaos. Money will be flying out of banks and people’s wealth will disappear. Cities will burn, and civil war will break out. There will be Russian, Chinese, and NATO troops in our streets.

Pretty scary. How should Christians respond?

Christians are to judge such prophetic manifestations. “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said” (1 Corinthians 14:29).2 The Greek word “weigh” can also be translated “judge.” In other words, is the utterance biblical? The problem is, many prophecies cannot be verified by Scripture because they speak of things to come. These are the ones we put “on the back burner.” The issue here is that these predictions won’t be sitting on that burner very long.

However, we have another measure that can help us. Jesus said we will know Christian ministers by their fruit. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15–16a). We are at a disadvantage here because we know nothing about this person. Who is he? What is his life like? What does he teach and believe.

Nevertheless, here we are.

So, how should Christians prepare for these it-might-be-possible events? The pastor tells us that the Lord kept telling him, “Brace yourselves.” This brother also offered some good advice about enduring and abiding in Jesus. He also had some bad advice: To have an ample supply of guns and ammunition. We do have the right to protect ourselves and our families, but if Russian and Chinese troops are active in our cities, we would find ourselves fighting against an army. Our guns and ammo will be worthless. We would be overtaken in moments.

Since there is little we could do to physically prepare or respond to what has been prophesied, outside of making sure we have a good stock of food and water, nothing has changed for Christians. Yes, as the brother said, endure and abide in Jesus. I would add that we should look forward to the hope that is in Jesus, and that is an eternal hope, not one based on existing circumstances, regardless how bleak and life-threatening. We should love our neighbor, not kill him for taking our food. Trust God; rather work at trusting God. I write that because when trials come, trusting takes active mental and spiritual effort. Accompanying that trust will be peace in God. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:3–4). It’s interesting that Isaiah used the Hebrew words Yahweh Yah when he wrote “LORD GOD.” Startling emphasis here. He is an everlasting rock. He is a rock that cannot and will not be shaken or moved. He truly is the One to trust in.

Isaiah knew well about this. He was a prophet of the punishment that was coming to God’s people. He experienced it himself. We Americans should not assume that such things could never happen to us, whether these particular prophecies come to pass or not. Why shouldn’t they? Daniel, while in captivity in the pagan kingdom, Babylon, said “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;” (Daniel 2:20–21a).

God is sovereign. He does whatever He pleases. We may know why. We may not. Regardless, we pray. We trust. We hope. We love God and neighbor. And yes, we may suffer nation-changing catastrophe.


2All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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