ARMAGEDDON IN OUR LIFETIME? As unprecedented world events pile up, eg the recent admission by the American government that UFOs are real, shocking Covid measures that have practically imprisoned the global population and the utterance by governments of that most ominous phrase with Mark Of the Beast connotations, "If you don't have a vaccine passport you'll lose your job, won't be permitted to use the bank or enter such and such places etc" - there's a general feeling that something of biblical proportions is about to break upon the World and forever change the course of human history. And in some quarters, there's this terrible feeling that the world as we know it, may end within our lifetime. Things are just moving so fast. Within the space of a year and a half we've moved from being a carefree people able to go wherever whenever to being prisoners living under lockdowns and curfews, required to wear face masks everytime we leave our homes and where we can't travel to any country without a covid vaccine certificate. And apparently all this is "for our own good". How did we get here so quickly? And where will we be in another year and a half from now? How worse will things be by then? It's scary to even imagine. But life goes on nonetheless. Children attend school, adults go to work, families visit the church and we still date and marry. But it's now all with an uneasy feeling of impending doom. Many parents around the world have taken their children out of public schools and are homeschooling them. Many families are changing states and cities. Other families are leaving cities as a whole and moving to the countryside. We're all making life choices with an understanding that things are about to get worse and worse. And one area we have to take the possible end of the world into consideration when making a choice is our choice of a romantic partner. DO NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED. 2 Corinthians 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" As Christians we know not to unite with non-Christians in relationships because of lifestyle differences and an incompatible world view. Yet we also know that the verse goes deeper and frowns even upon the union of two Christians of different denominations. This time because when we get down to doctrines and the finer points of our faith, different churches hold different views. As an example, the Christian world is divided between those who worship on Saturday and those who worship on Sunday. Believers from opposing sides will read the same Bible and pray to the same God and so decide to date or marry, but they'll discover they can't obey Jesus together in harmony because of the logistical challenges of a couple keeping holy two separate days. It won't matter who's right or who's wrong, the friction arising will sour both their faith. Christian as they are, they're unequally yoked. QUESTION. Are you and your loved one on the same page as regards to the book of Revelation and how the world will end? Do you lovebirds share the same ideas about endtime events like the Rapture and the Tribulation? Do you have the same belief about things like the upcoming Mark Of The Beast? NO GENERAL AGREEMENT YET ABOUT THE MARK OF THE BEAST. There may not yet be a Christianwide consensus on what the dreaded Mark Of the Beast is. And if you think about it, there won't ever be. Because once the Mark Of the Beast (MOTB), is collectively identified beyond doubt, given Revelation's promised punishments on whoever will get it, no one in their right mind will accept or give in to it. Still, we all have various ideas and opinions about the MOTB. As churches and as individuals. Because of the cryptic nature of the book of Revelation and its hard to understand subject matter, many churches don't discuss it. Hence a lot of church organizations don't have an official standing on apocalyptic subjects like the Mark of The Beast. Then there are those churches that do talk about the Mark. And their opinions of what it is/will be, is a hugely interesting list. Some think the Mark will be a microchip, others think it's the Covid vaccines, while yet others think it's the Covid passes being rolled out by governments around the world where everyone has to show proof of Covid vaccination or be shut out of society. It is not the purpose of this writeup to discuss what the Mark is or is not, but given that we all have an opinion already formed about what we think it is, DOES OUR ROMANTIC PARTNER SHARE THE SAME OPINION? Is our Special One and ourselves expecting the world to end the same way? "SIR, HOW DO YOU BELIEVE THE WORLD WILL END?" When we talk with a prospective romantic partner, even in Christian circles, we ask such questions as, Do you drink or smoke? Do you eat this or that? What music do you listen to? What's your idea of having fun? What political party do you support? Do you like sports? How do you believe a respectful partner must dress? How do you think is the best way to discipline a child? And so on. In light of current events that point to a bleaker and bleaker future, It may be that it's time to vet possible love interests with questions that pertain to the end of the world to ensure we date people who see world events how we see them. That way, we'll be able to move as harmonious couples in a fast changing world. After the usual lifestyle, diet and fashion questions, it may be important that we ask a date, especially a professed Christian, How do you think the world will end? Do you feel the end is near or far off? Do you believe in the Mark of the Beast? What do you think it is? Again, it's not about who holds the correct biblical doctrine on these issues. But about being on the same page. For the sake of romantic harmony so when the time comes you move in tandem and in the same direction. So as world events progress you find yourselves making the same moves and responding in the same way. Imagine dating and marrying someone who believes we still have centuries before the MOTB and who believes the current troubles will pass, hence they're intent on having many children. Yet yourself you believe the current restrictions and mandates of the Coronavirus are but a preparation and a prelude to the Mark of the Beast itself. Hence you don't want any kids because you believe life is about to become a nightmare. You can imagine the disappointment your partner will feel when they learn about your convictions and preferences. Are you and your sweetheart Endtime compatible? Because especially in these extraordinary times, It's crucial to get with someone who holds the same views as you about what's happening and where things are headed. So your hopes and your prayers stay the same. So your preparations and your family plans stay the same.