I believe satanic forces are behind much of what we are witnessing today, and I believe it is being manifested through communism in its various forms.
Bitter Winter is reporting that China’s communist party has just closed down at least 48 churches in Yugan province between April 18 and April 30th. Bitter Winter is an Italian based organization that focuses on religious liberties in China.
A believer living in Yugan reported that communist authorities in that province said they want to close down all churches because there are too many Christians in that province. It is estimated that 10% of Yugan’s population of one million people attend church.
In an op-ed for the Christian Post, Open Doors USA CEO David Curry wrote:
“The forced closure of thousands of churches and the removal of crosses from buildings are now-commonplace tactics by the Chinese government in order to limit, if not extinguish Christian practice.”
After I read that story, I wondered if it was just a coincidence that the COVID pandemic, that also emerged out of communist China, has resulted in the closing of thousands of churches across North America, during roughly the same period of time.
And as the US and Canada are coming out of the pandemic, churches are fighting for permission to reopen. Some are wondering if certain politicians are using the pandemic as an excuse to target churches.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio even warned that he would permanently close churches if they defied his stay-at-home orders. And why were people who sat in their cars in a church parking lot listening to a service broadcast over shortwave FM, and fully compliant with social distancing orders, threatened with fines?
I am convinced that Satan is behind communism. I will never forget a poem written by Karl Marx, the founder of communism
In his poem entitled The Player, Marx wrote:
“The hellish vapours rise and fill the brain, till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me.”
At one point many believe Marx was a believer, so he was fully aware of what he was saying. The Bible makes a similar statement about one of Israel’s most wicked rulers, King Ahaz:
25 But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. (1 Kings 21:25 NKJV)
And the sword or violence that the Prince of Darkness sold to Karl Marx has been the trade mark of communism ever since.
In their book, The Black Book of Communism, released in 1997, authors Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Andrzej Paczkowsk estimated that communism has resulted in the deaths of over 100 million people around the world through gulags, re-education camps, wars and famines. This includes 65 million deaths in China under Mao Zedong.
So is it a coincidence that we see churches being violently shut down in Communist China and a pandemic that many believe leaked out of high level virus lab run by China’s communist government is being used to attack churches around the world?
It’s uncertain if Satan is capable of starting a pandemic, but in a few instances, Jesus healed people who were bound by Satan (Luke 13:16) and the Bible records that Satan attacked Job with a disease.
At the very least, the devil is capable of using the fear associated with Covid-19 to attack churches in North America.
And now we see violent riots sweeping across the US and is it also just a coincidence that many allege they are being sparked by Antifa, a group with alleged extremist, left-wing views?
The Apostle Paul encouraged us to pray warning that our enemy is not flesh and blood:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)
So while Satan attacks, at the same time churches are being hindered from gathering to pray. Is this a coincidence, or is it part of a larger strategic plan (see Mark 6:21-22)?