I shared my initial thoughts about the coronavirus back in March on social media and in my newsletter. Much has occurred since that time, so I think it is a good time to share with you what I’m thinking as of May 2020.
I live in the state of California where government officials are more reluctant to lift stay-at-home restrictions than officials in other places. I have not left my home (except for walking to the nearby mailbox to get mail) since early April. I have not put myself in situations where I would be at risk of getting the coronavirus. This is not out of fear. I just don’t have a reason to go anywhere given how things are…
I can’t visit my dad, who remains at a hospital recovering from many health challenges. I’m not allowed to visit the hospital even though I do not put myself in positions to get the coronavirus. I know many other people face a similar situation, so we are all dependent on the Lord to take care of our loved ones. It’s tough, but it’s the way it is.
I have no idea when life will return to some normalcy where I live. Therefore, I just try to take things one day at a time. However, I am getting increasingly concern about the long-term affects of the coronavirus.
I wrote back in March 2020:
“For now, I’m most interested in seeing what type of long-term impact the pandemic will have on the global economy and financial system. In graduate school, I had to manage an investment portfolio in the midst of the worst part of the Great Recession. Each day I witnessed extreme volatility in the stock market as the global financial system was teetering on collapse. The recent stock market volatility reminds me a lot of that time.
If this pandemic persists could we see a global economic depression? What would be the political and geopolitical fallout of a global economic depression? Chaos could ensue if the pandemic is worse than expected.”
I think we are nearing a point where it will become very difficult for things to return to the way they were. The economic damage done in just two months has been severe, especially to small business owners and employees (the damage done is probably worse than many believe it is). Many people have lost their livelihoods, and many may find it difficult to get it back once officials lift major restrictions.
I do not have access to health experts, nor am I under the pressure that many government officials face. Many officials have difficult jobs and are under huge pressure as their decisions can lead to different numbers of people becoming ill or dying. I don’t envy them.
Nevertheless, I believe the lockdown restrictions imposed have led us to a point where it will be difficult to avoid a severe global economic recession or a global depression.
One of my biggest concerns about a severe global economic recession or a global depression is that it can serve as the trigger for major political instability and global conflict in the future.
I made a video back in 2015 where I explain the political instability that I believe will eventually arrive. Every point I made in this video is still valid at the time of this writing:
I’ve long believed that the world needs to see a period of major instability before the rise of the Antichrist. The first seal of Revelation 6 portrays Antichrist as a false messiah figure. This implies that the world will be looking to someone to make things better.
Why would people at that time be looking to someone to make things better? The likely answer is that the global conditions will be bad-much worse than it is now.
Time will show us whether the coronavirus is the trigger that unleashes that period of instability. The longer this pandemic persists, the likelier it becomes the trigger.
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