Prophecy Update – The Gun Control Debate
On Sunday I promised to post some of the material from the Prophecy Update that did not make it into the final cut due to time. This is the first of several posts this week.
Today we’re going to look at the current debate about gun control.
The United States is currently embroiled in a highly emotional debate over the government’s right to restrict gun ownership. This debate spans across many demographic sections, with well-meaning people on both sides feeling passionate about their respective position.
There has been a spirited debate in the church as well, from Jerry Falwell, Jr encouraging Christians to arm themselves, to John Piper contending that it isn’t “biblical” for Christians to own firearms at all (for a good response, see this article by Pastor Ken Graves, CC Bangor Maine)
But how does this debate connect with End Times prophecy?
Simple: The bible clearly teaches that in the end times, a world leader (the Anti-Christ) will rule over a one-world government, supported by a one-world religion, led be the false prophet. This one-world government will be a de-facto police state, complete with the total control of economic activity, and the execution of any who will not worship the anti-christ.
1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. – Revelation 13:1-2
The Anti-Christ is given authority
7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it. – Revelation 13:7-8
The False Prophet
11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. – Revelation 13:11-18
Getting back to how gun control might connect with the anti-christ, it is a given that a police state cannot exist (or at the least it would be difficult) if there is a well-armed populace that could oppose it.
Alexander Hamilton wrote that “the best possible security” against a police state is a “large body of citizens” that is “ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens.” In other words, gun rights, I.E. the Second Amendment, isn’t just about hunting and personal protection. The framers of our Constitution saw gun ownership as a bulwark against a repressive and unjust government.
So one has to wonder, why is there such a strong push by some in government to restrict gun ownership? Is is genuine concern for the citizens, or could it be a straw man argument with a more sinister agenda?
One only has to look to history to make the case:
FACT: Every genocide committed in the 20th century started with “gun control”
From the Ottoman Empire’s extermination of one million Armenians, the Soviet Union’s murder of ten million citizens, to Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million Jews, the first step was always firearm registration, followed by firearm restriction, follow by firearm confiscation. Once all arms have been removed from the population, the government is the only entity with the ability to use deadly force.
An additional concern to me is the use of psychiatric guidelines to assess gun ownership.
Yes, people who hear voices should not be able to purchase guns. Period. People who are seeing a doctor, and are deemed to be a risk to themselves and others should be prevented from possessing a firearm.
The problem arises in the context of who decides what “mental illness” is, and who is included in that category. Our own president was caught on tape denigrating those who “cling to their guns and religion.” He obviously has a disdain for every hunter who attends church.
We’ve been subjected time and again to liberal pundits who claim that “Christians are just as dangerous as Islamic terrorists…” Who’s to say that Christianity, especially those who believe in the biblical teachings of the end times, wouldn’t be lumped in with islamic terrorists as a threat to society? It may sound cynical, but it’s not far from the truth today.
Bottom line – Christians are called to obey the laws of the land, and if guns are eventually outlawed, we’ll all have the make the decision as to whether we surrender them or not.
But I believe that gun confiscation will be another sign that we are approaching the end times.