It is with great astonishment that in recent months I have watched how Jesus professing Christians, have adopted the world's narrative regarding viruses, vaccines and measures without any objection. Mouth guards had to be worn in church, everyone had to stay five feet away, hands were not shaken, and singing and praise was out of the question.
Last Saturday in the Netherlands, all these measures were jettisoned and an access card with QR code became a legal requirement for visiting the hospitality industry and events. At the same time, several Christian organizations, such as "Simply Jesus" and "Open Doors" sought to outdo each other in adopting the QR-pass, in order to keep their events open.
These and many other events can now only be attended upon presentation of both the digital QR admission ticket and also an ID card. After eighty years the stern voice saying: "Papers Please" is heard again on every Dutch street corner. The unwanted are once again marginalized and segregated.
On September 20, Mr. David de Vos of the Go and Tell foundation reacted in a personal video to the negative reactions he had received, after he and his organization announced that they chose to use QR admission tickets to regulate access to the "Simply Jesus" event.
This decision was immediately followed by a storm of emotional responses from horrified Christians who were suddenly no longer welcome at the private party hosted by Go and Tell, stichting Opwekking, EO-Beam and (what's in a name) Vrij-Zijn (which means: being free).
In his personal video, David de Vos called for brothers and sisters in Christ, to get the vaccine or test, so that we could all attend, so that the party, their party, could continue, so that the love of Christ could be enjoyed and shared. However, the conscientiously unvaccinated brothers and sisters, who do not want to participate in the creation of a test society, are no longer welcome.
David de Vos added that he hoped there would still be room for them in the church... "Come to me all you who have been jabbed and tested"... Would our King Jesus have said the same thing ?
In violation of the Dutch constitution
Segregating people based on their medical status is a violation of Article 1 of the Dutch Constitution. This violation is however accepted by the government and much of the population without a fight. Yes, the constitution is being trampled, with the introduction of the health access card… Trampled by those who should be defending it ! And even worse, its violation is even celebrated by them !
Truly shocking to me is the fact that Christian organizations are closing their doors to brothers and sisters who, from their earnest faith and obedience to the Word of God, deliberately choose not to go along with the created culture of fear, with the vaccination campaign who do not bow to the increasing coercion and who will not cooperate with the establishment of the test and certificate society.
We should actually question whether Jesus Christ is on the throne of these so called “Christian” organizations, that claim to bear His Name. We may seriously wonder if He would be let in to their parties at all.
Fear reigns, even in the hearts of many people who call themselves Christians. How can this be?
First, we must note that unrealistic fear of worldly things is not from God. God commands us 366 times in His Word, to have no fear. That is one time for each day of the year (including one extra verse for a leap year !).
When we say that Fear rules in the hearts of people, that fear determines the thinking and actions of those people. They are subject to it. We also know that Jesus taught us that no man can serve two masters, he will love one and despise the other. ( Matthew 6:24 )
Where people try to have it both ways, by and loving the world and worshipping Jesus, a situation of Luke warmness is unavoidable.
The world pulls on one arm, the Kingdom on the other, and whoever is king of the heart determines who will ultimately run off with the prize, which is the human soul.
Love of the world truly is enmity with God. (1 John 2:15-17 ; James 4:4)
Where fear rules, fear has taken its place on the throne of the heart. And if one persists in that sinful fear, they will reap the bitter fruit thereof. For, where fear is enthroned Jesus has no place.
However, fear does not reign in those people who have Christ on the throne of their hearts. That's where Jesus is Lord and Master, and those are His children, those who hearken to His voice. (John 10:27)
The church of Laodicea
In the third chapter of the Bible book Revelation, the church of Laodicea is addressed by the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, Jesus Christ.
The church of Laodicea, besides being an actual community in the first century, is also a picture of a part of the church in the time of the end, in which we now live.
It is a foreshadowing of a church that loves the world but also wants to obtain the benefits of Christ (eternal life, happiness, love, blessing, health).
It is a picture of today's world and people-centred church.
Jesus admonishes this church, saying that they are lukewarm and will be spit out by Him.
Jesus warns that spiritually they are the poorest of the poor, though they have enriched themselves. He tells them, that they are naked and blind.
Jesus says to this church, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock"... If anyone listens and opens to Him, He will come in and eat with him.
But Christ will not share His Glory with anyone else. Either He sits on the throne or the world sits on the throne, you cannot serve two masters. (Isaiah 42:8)
The church of Philadelphia
A few verses earlier, the Holy One, the Truthful One, Jesus Christ addresses another Church. The Church of Philadelphia.
The church of Philadelphia was also an actual community in the first century, and it too is a picture of a part of the church in the time of the end, which we now live in. It is a foreshadowing of the Church that loves Jesus Christ and has kept the Word of His perseverance.
The hour of temptation
It is this Church that is kept from the hour of temptation that will come upon the whole world, a temptation, which I firmly believe, has come upon the world in these our days, namely the temptation of the lie of viruses, vaccines and QR certificates, which will eventually lead to the enslavement to a system, which will be the launching pad, if you will, for the antichrist and his government and the mark of his name.
We have been given an opened door
This Philadelphian end-time church has very little power of its own and sees darkness covering the world, with nothing seemingly to be done about it.
But Christ Jesus says to this end-time church, "I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut, for you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My Name.”
Our strength is not of our own, our strength is the strength of Christ. He gives us an open door that no one can close, just as He gave it to Paul to successfully preach the Gospel in Ephesus and in Troas, despite many enemies. (1 Corinthians 16:9, 2 Corinthians 2:12)
Promises for those who persevere
Jesus Christ says to this end-time church and to you reading this article, who belong to it:
“I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God.
Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem,
which comes down from my God out of heaven,
and my own new name.”
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
( Revelation 3:11-13 )
Hold on fellow warriors of Christ, the return of the King is at hand !