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Are We Prepared for the New Normal?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” – Revelation 2:7

Most professing Christians today were not prepared for the COVID-19 virus. They are sitting in their homes on their computers trying to find some way to defeat the boredom. However, they are also scared, fearful of assembling, obediently donning ineffective and even dangerous masks, and have otherwise accepted the violation of their Constitutional rights without a whimper. They not only do not recognize the aberrations in the Government response to COVID-19, the encroachment by scurrilous politicians, but they do not wish to recognize anything wrong.

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’” — Matthew 13:15

Someone might protest, “But that was directed toward the Pharisees, who were spiritually out of touch with God.”

Yes, they were spiritually out of touch with God. But are most professing Christians today more spiritually in touch with God? The watchmen have been warning for some time that the trials people are going through were to prepare them for a coming Dark Storm. Instead of allowing the trials to prepare them, the great majority of professing Christian sank deep into apathy, refused to have their faith purged, and focused on the things that made them feel comfortable, happy, and secure.

They replied to the watchmen, “Why are you so negative? Why can’t you be more loving and encouraging?” Genuine love speaks truth to the ones in darkness or heading in that direction. One of the most popular cries from hell is, “Why didn’t someone warn me about this place?”

Furthermore, the same professing Christians are aggressive toward the Believers that discern that COVID-19 is not the major issue. They choose to believe that the Lord Jesus will return and snatch them up to glory before their comfort zones are invaded. Nonetheless, there is evidence that Globalists and political liberals are taking advantage of this situation to create a much worse crisis. We may get through COVID-19 with our health intact only to discover that we have lost our liberty. Predictably, any warning regarding the subterfuge of wicked people is labeled a “conspiracy theory.”

Admittedly, there is a constant river of conspiracy theories and fake news on Social Media. True Christians did not create that mass of ill-communications. The conspiracy theory flood was created by unscrupulous attention-seekers that likely do not know they are providing a cover for satanic works of darkness. A clever and oft used trick of Satan is to present an obvious and repugnant deception. Then while the Believers are focus on avoiding that easily recognized scheme, he works a similar but much more clever deception. Discerning Believers that attempt to expose the more clever wile are ignored because people think they are aware of the danger.

Thus, under the great odious cloud of conspiracy theories, Satan conducts a scheme that will bring about some loss of liberty and some degree of bondage—we do not know what that degree is. It could be the Dems winning the Presidency, or the advent of a One-world Government and digital economy. One thing is certain, the ones that lust for power also despise Christianity. As one of their follows bragged, they never let a crisis go to waste. Another historical fact is that once they gain power and control, they do not easily relinquish it.

How do professing Christians that did not prepare intend to endure when the days become much harsher? God asked the same question of Jeremiah, who was much more prepared.

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” — Jeremiah 12:5

Consider the facts and look at the signs—our world has changed, is changing, and going to change for the worse. Genuine Christians are not going to like those changes. Professing Christians that think that they are ready to live in such a world are mistaken, or worse—deceived. We cannot just confess that we are ready and expect that to be the case. It is easy to brag about our mastery over Satan in a church meeting, but how do we do in the battles for our focus, our desires, and our steadfastness in faith? We have to actively prepare ourselves, and allow the Holy Spirit to prepare us, to be able to stand and to endure.

Consider the Apostle Paul’s words about this fight of faith.

“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” — 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (The Greek word, adokimos, for castaway is translated as “reprobate” in Romans 1:28; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:16; Hebrews 6:8 “rejected” – reprobate.)

Numerous professing Christians believe that all they have to do is confess belief in Christ and attend church meetings. They have no relationship with him. They do not obey the will of God because they do not even seek the will of God. Nor do they know how to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Of all stripes of professing Christians, that faction is not ready to face what is coming on this earth. (see Luke 12:42-48)

The children of Israel were not fully prepared to depart from Egypt. There was no announcement before Moses showed up that they would have to pull up stakes and leave everything familiar behind. One can only imagine how harsh that must have been to endure. Following God often goes down a path that we do not understand, and would rather not travel, and often do not know where it will end.

The fact is, we often have to go on a long journey through a desert before realizing the promise.

The Pharisees were not prepared. they did not even recognize Christ when he arrived. They were looking for someone like them—someone proud and pompous, that exalted himself with their manufactured spirituality and sacrosanct authority. They were not looking for someone who mingled with the masses, but someone who set aloof above them and barked out commands as a king.

Judas was not prepared. Judas apparently had a concept of the Messiah that would involve him leading Israel back to their former glory. He believed that they would escape the Roman rule, and be restored to Israel of David’s leadership. It could be that when he joined with the Pharisees to send Christ to his death, he thought Jesus would perform a miracle and triumph over his enemies. Death, burial, and resurrection was not Judas’s idea of a miracle.

Even the disciples were not fully prepared. They became bewildered and discouraged after his death. They did not know how to respond to the events that led to his crucifixion.

The Jews were not prepared for Hitler. The Russians were not prepared for Stalin. China was not prepared for Communism. Christianity was not prepared for COVID-19. Are we prepared for the “new normal?”

Job was prepared!

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” — Job 13:15-16


  1. Truth !! I am concerned greatly that professing Christians (?) have been fed such a steady diet of OSAS that they really have no idea of the dire circumstances of their souls. They get Sunday morning pablum from the pulpiteers of their respective assemblies and are never called to account for their sin(s). They never hear convicting messages from the pastor. Most will scramble to the next latest, greatest false apostle/teacher if they whiff negativity and are faced boldly with the FACT of their sinful lifestyles. …….It is a sad, sad fact of the apostate “end times” !!…….[2Ti 3:1-5 KJV] 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away…………..[2Ti 4:3-4 KJV] 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

  2. They were not ready, nor are they prepared for what lay ahead. They want their warped comfort zones to go right back to their original shape where they can totally zone out and disregard any warnings of danger ahead. But that bubble is about to be burst. They crave their distractions of entertainment and worldliness. They think they can stake that way until the ‘pre trib’ rapture. But they are in for a rude awakening. “… and they will not escape.” rings eerily true, despite the fact that this was meant for the world yet it fits the church so well today.

    Just like a woman suddenly going into labor, the time is upon us, the birth pangs and contractions have arrived, the warnings were given, but still the church was not prepared. No matter how many times Jesus predicted His own death and resurrection, the disciples were still just as bewildered as if He had never warned them at all. When it happened, they were hit right between the eyes, their faith shaken to the core. All the boasting of standing with the Lord until death no matter what trials came upon them for His Namesake all flitted away like water out of a popped balloon. So it is again today, only worse. The church has been lulled to sleep with false promises of no persecution, only blessings, and ascending on a sheet of roses up to heaven unscathed in the rapture. If anyone will be a deer in the headlights for what lay ahead, it’s them! And the devil wanted it so.

    Oh sure, they accept the fact that Jesus died for their sins. The perfect Son of God, the holy, pure, loving, peaceful, good, merciful Savior without spot or blemish was sacrificed on the altar, suffered a brutal torturous death in their place, and all of this to save them from their sins which would lead them to hell. Salvation and heaven, oh yes, they are okay with that. God’s love? Oh sure, they’re fine with that too. But ask them to suffer for Christ in return, ask for loyalty from them, expect those who were bought with a price, the blood of God’s only begotten Son to obey Him as the Lord who bought them out of slavery to sin, the perfect One for the wretched sinner, ask them to share the fellowship of His sufferings, the persecution of bearing His Namesake as His witnesses, and they will curse God to His face! “What? God is demanding something in return?! But I thought I’m ‘saved by grace’! How dare God expect ME to suffer for HIM!” That is their attitude now, and it is a disgrace to heaven. Ask them to honor the Lord in return by suffering for Him as a Christian, and they are offended at the very suggestion. Such as those do not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Yes, it’s only going to get worse. It may ease up with breaks, just as birth pangs do, contractions come in waves. But, the water is broken and it’s on the way, the labor pains won’t go away.

    Ironically, I read about this months ago and again yesterday on Christian News Network that today, May 14th, the antichrist pope has called for all religions to unite in prayer against the virus. The one world religion is well underway as is the one world government and economy system with the mark of the beast, it’s all ready to be rolled out. There are constant calls for it on TV, music shows promoting ‘one world,’ and ‘global citizens,’ and celebrities throwing up the triple 6 symbol. (They make a circle with their index finger and thumb and the remaining three fingers are curved openly behind the circle so it appears as three sixes superimposed on the circles with the upper parts spread out like a fan.) The list goes on and on from what I see on a daily basis. Those who choose to think this is all just a coincidence and all things scary will just go away and crawl back under a rock or in a dark hole and they will get Mayberry back are in more denial than an ostrich before it’s devoured by the wolf!

    The fork in the road lay before us; choose the Spirit or choose the flesh.
    Die to self and live for Christ, or live for self and pay with your soul.

    On a final note there is another ministry called ‘Truth in Love’ located in Spokane and the pastor is giving some good messages about what is going on with all of this, just fyi.

    God bless you!

  3. james Fleming

    May 15, 2020 at 4:15 am

    “They were sitting in their homes on their computers….” , you say. Is there anything wrong with that? Is that your complaint against “them” ? or a judgement? I notice that the people with the complaints against “them” seem to be the ones who have appointed themselves as righteous and in judgement of the world. please stop it. I came across this site a couple hours ago and your articles match your self appointed judgement. let God judge.

  4. james Fleming

    May 15, 2020 at 4:19 am

    If you really knew the truth you would be catholic. The organization that Jesus started through His apostles. and the church body that has held the deposit of the faith for 2000 years.

    • The Roman Catholic Church is the extension of Constantine’s paganized “Christianity”. It was not founded by Christ Jesus and has no connection to any of the apostles, who would have denounced it as satanic. If I had been a Roman Catholic when I was bound in the chains of drugs, alcohol, and demons, I would be in eternal hell right now. Why would I abandon God who set me free and sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in me, and return to dominion by Satan? Why would I want to reject the Holy Spirit and imbibe mysticism from Sufi Muslims (Merton’s attempt to repair the lack of spirituality in Roman Catholicism via Contemplative Prayer)? Why would anyone forsake the Fountain of Living Water to worship a Pope that blasphemes God, the Holy Spirit, and is fervently building the kingdom of the False Prophet?

      We are no doubt in the last days. Everything is coming to a collision with the wrath of God. It is not the time to be willfully deaf, blind, and dull hearted. The image of the Roman Catholic Church lies perfectly over the image of great apostasy. It is completely out of order with God’s kingdom. If you cannot recognize that, you are in great jeopardy of eternal separation from God. Make no mistake about it, the Body of Christ (true Church) is not necessarily an organization, but an organism.

  5. Excellent and Truthful Article!

  6. What is to come….

    The other day I went to the beach. On my way driving over there were signs on the freeway about how ‘our actions result in consequences of life or death’ and similar messages of ‘responsibility’ and ‘shaming’ of anyone out to simply enjoy their day off, well earned by a hard working citizen. As I was walking along the beach in my liberal lockdown state it was a portend of things to come. We are now allowed to go to the beach, but only for “water sports” and those walking on the beach must ‘keep moving’ or else they could get a ticket. Police are stationed at intervals apart to monitor and ensure that no one goes on the still forbidden grassy park areas. I first went to a more private beach and some other people were sitting around so I put down my towel and took the forbidden liberty of sitting on the beach for about fifteen minutes. This was in the morning and no one bothered me about it. After I had moved on I noticed there were police helicopters patrolling the coast line to maybe make sure no offenders were (gasp!) sitting on beach chairs. As I made my way down the beach walk, about half of the people walking were wearing a mask and half were not, I was among the latter half. In our county there is a mandatory face mask law right now, but not if you are out exercising or other circumstances. Well, I was getting my exercise, but I had several rude passerby harass me for ‘daring to put the world in danger’ by not wearing a mask. Funny that they did not think to bother any of the other dozens of people passing them by without a mask on. I must have looked like an easy target; a woman alone. And I look a lot younger than I am, which makes it worse yet. Well I did give them a fitting retort back. They did not answer. But this whole experience brought to mind for me a scenario that the Lord revealed to me would be the case, and I can see that all of this is just preparation for it.
    Somehow with the nature of the virus, they are saying (which is true), that the virus knows no borders, no outward identifiers, it doesn’t discriminate. (Aside from certain people being more likely to get it, like with respiratory illnesses, etc.) They emphasize how the world is globally connected in a physiological and biological way, that what one person does could affect all the others. In this light, they want to strip a person of individual rights, it’s now all about the ‘whole’ the ‘collective’ for which we must cooperate ‘for the greater good’ because ‘we are all in this together,’ after all. There are elements of truth to that, we are all physiologically connected on one globe and a virus could spread by the actions of some and per chance everyone could get it and die in a far fetched scenario. Certain things like oxygen and water circulate all over, as do ideas. But we are individuals and we have rights as individuals as well as responsibilities. If I choose not to wear a mask and take that risk, it is no one else’s business. But they want to do away with that sort of autonomy. They want to shame you for putting ‘others at risk.’ You no longer have individual rights, it’s all about the ‘whole,’ the ‘oneness’ you see. There are cases where sure, I don’t have the right to drink and drive because someone else could die. I agree. But I have the right not to wear a mask, not to get a vaccine, etc. If they are so worried, let them wear a mask and get a vaccine, and their problem of being at risk will then be solved! Funny how the ‘it’s my body’ argument only applies when it’s convenient in the mind of the liberals.
    This is bad enough, but the scenario to come is much worse.
    Before I get to that, we are definitely not ‘one’ spiritually! There is no ‘oneness’ there at all. We might come together in the work place or such for a certain cause, such as construction, but not spiritually. In that sense it is a tale of two kingdoms; the saved, and the unsaved. There are two eternal destinations respectively for these; heaven and hell. It matters not what else is going on, in the end that is all that will matter. And as Christians we are to try to get the unsaved into the domain of the saved (the Great Commission), it matters not how much charity we do for the unsaved, they will still go to hell if they die unsaved. That is all that will remain in eternity, those we brought into the kingdom. Charity is good, but we bring them into the kingdom by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. No matter how much they may be offended by this. Jesus did not come to unite us, but to divide us as He separates those who are His from those who are not His. We are to be separate. We are not to unite with them. We don’t hold their hands and pray, we don’t celebrate their holidays with them, we don’t break bread with them in a spiritual sense. We are not ‘one’ with them. They are not our spiritual ‘brothers and sisters.’ We have one God and they have another, ours is true and theirs is not. But the coming narrative will be that of spiritual ‘oneness,’ and all those who don’t join in will be vilified as being the ones who are putting the ‘whole’ at risk. We will be called the cause of the illness. They will round us up as the cancer of society. There will be nazi bullies, snitches, and all the other sign posts of the nazi era hanging over it all. And now we see how easy it will be, what they thought could never be is already here.
    What will trigger it? Of that I’m not sure. It could be a devastating event such as a 911 attack, or just the fact that Christians still want to gather and congregate, or that we refuse to take a vaccine that is made with aborted baby body parts, or something like that. We will be vilified the world over and persecuted for His Namesake for not joining in with their interfaith candlelight vigils and all of that. The pressure will be immense and intense to comply for ‘the greater good,’ and ‘the common ground’ of ‘peace, love, and unity of man’ etc. etc. etc. Exclusivistic Christians like us who know and state that Jesus is the only way to be saved will be public enemy number one. We stand for righteousness and against sin and the world will continue to hate us for it.
    When you read Matthew 10; 32 onward you see much of what is to come. Matthew 24 and the beginning of sorrows as well. It says that after certain things take place, they will deliver us up to persecution for His Namesake and all the world will hate us for being His. That time is just around the corner.
    Now is the time to get ready spiritually to stand firm in Jesus no matter what. Don’t cave to the devil and fall for his schemes. The masses are being prepared for total compliance with the plans of the devil, and all lights are green. Just as in nazi Germany, it is going to come and is already here. The big question is this: Do you love Jesus more than your life, or do you love your own life in this world more than Jesus? The mark of the beast may be rolled out around the next corner, so it’s a valid question. Do you ‘not love your life unto the death,’ as it says in Revelation 12; 11? Things are moving fast now!

  7. James Linville

    May 17, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Very good read Cedric Fisher

  8. Well said, thank you for this message.

  9. Ah yes, the ‘new normal’!
    I just started revisiting a website that I had avoided for some time.
    But you know how these things go as the Lord leads us to information and there has been some interesting information over there lately.
    I must warn first that they propagate the false ‘pre trib rapture’ myth, and with much and orchestrated repetition, and you know what that means. All the usual false arguments are put forth. I was actually blocked from leaving comments just for once mentioning that the rapture is not pre-trib! That was when I left. But lately there have been some articles that Christians need to know about, and there is scientific evidence that these items are not mere ‘theories’.
    It’s called Now the End Begins and I recommend several of the last few articles posted there, on one of them is a podcast that you have to listen to, and some time back was another one similar to it, you just have to glance down each article for the podcasts that some of them have to find these. It all leads to the mark of the beast and manufactured compliance for it.
    Things are really moving along fast now!
    Again, the very thing that I worry about most is that Christians will not be prepared for what is expected of them in the times to come. They have been lulled to sleep with feather lined myths of pre trib rapture escapes, rescues from any form of persecution, and a satin cushioned life until they float away on cloud nine through the pearly gates! They have been sold the lies that they will never see the events of the end times, and thus they are not prepared to stand and suffer for Jesus.
    But that is exactly what we must do! And that is nothing new, that is always how it has been, that has always been the calling of the church. Laying aside this, even if I said I don’t care if you are pre trib, mid trib, post trib, pre wrath, or whatever else is going on with one’s eschatological beliefs, there is one case where I will worry about the fate of your soul, and another where I will not.
    Case 1: You are prepared to stand for Jesus no matter the cost, when called upon to do so. You are prepared for persecution, suffering, and martyrdom for His namesake and for not taking the mark of the beast. You will honor Him no matter the cost or the situation.
    Case 2: You are not prepared for all and any of the above.
    I’m not worried about case one, but of course I am about case two.
    I can’t foretell every possible scenario that one may face as a Christian where one is tempted to deny the Lord. But all I know is that no matter the scenario, there is only one correct answer: Don’t deny the Lord. No matter what. If you are in that camp, then great! Case 1 should already be the condition of every Christian anyway! But case 2, one is not, and that is dangerous whether the rapture is pre trib, post trib or whatever. Yet myths like OSAS (with the help of calvinism) and pre trib lure and lull sleepy Christians into even a more lukewarm state until they become the frog in the boiling water. I am merely trying to wake folks up and spare as many as possible from the wrong fate.
    One of the recordings shared on the latest podcast there revealed the plan for mandatory vaccines and one official was heard saying that ‘we don’t have the right to refuse the vaccine because not taking it would put others at risk.’ YES, we DO have the right to refuse it, for our own sakes! But the reason I share that is that it echoes exactly what I shared in one of my above comments earlier about manufactured compliance for ‘cooperation,’ and ‘the greater good,’ ‘common ground’ and ‘common good’ of the whole, etc. Now the individual is to be sacrificed at the altar of the collective, individualism is massacred for cooperation, individual rights included in the butchery. And once the stage is set, the scenario will repeat for the one world religion and the mark of the beast one world economy. The one world government? It’s already here! Global mandates are already being enforced! But they can’t succeed with their plans, if the masses can’t be convinced to go along with them. The way they win is by subtle indoctrination, manipulation, and manufactured control and compliance of most of the population. That was phase one. They are already moving on into phase two…..

  10. Suddenly I can no longer find you on Facebook. I pray this is not indicative of any troubles in your ministry or life. I will continue to keep your website in view and your ministry in prayer. Maranatha!

    • I made a post explaining that I was deactivating my FB account for a few weeks so that I could focus on an important project. I reactivated it today. Sorry about the lack of a message. I wish they would allow one to remain up so that people would know what occurred.

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