Pandemic for a lot of people means a determination to survive and courage to keep believing as the world relies on its tried and true projects, some heroic, some sour puss, others unhinged and manic.
THE END OF DAYS IS FULL OF TROUBLE
Reports of wars and
rumours of wars
International conflict or insurrection
jurisdictional conflict or insurrection
With these the party is just getting started. All these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pangs). Yet to come:
deliver you up to be afflicted
hatred by all nations for Christ’s sake
many take offence
betray one another
Pandemic puts the spotlight on people: all the people. As a man of African descent it is not easily that people like me can trust that fellow citizens are going to be truthful about washing their hands and reporting their symptoms. It feels like someone is preparing to count humanity. It looks like the typical beastly behaviour – breaking things then come in like a saviour. At least the progress towards good governance – human style – needs to have population statistics. There are four things that will come out of the coronavirus outbreak: (1) the data of infected vs non-infected people, (2) the vaccine we can expect to be rolled out soon, (3) the potential for draconian actions to address human safety and (4) the intrusion of government into spiritual life and freedom of thought.
Beastly interests vs the thunder
A pandemic forces humans to congregate at home. What do we have to lose? Few people have heard the thunder of the global voice calling for an end to the injustices of religion and politics. Fewer have heard the pin drop in the parade of good people. The truly important things about human destiny are not going to be written. In John’s prophecy the thunder utterances are classified. You and I need to hear the thunder for ourselves
The seven thunders spoke, and I started to write. But then I heard a voice from heaven that said, “Don’t write what the seven thunders said. Keep those things secret.”
Revelation of John 10:4
Plagues – divine strikes or blows – are not like rain and snow. There are no human remedies, so let us not think we will ever pray a plague away. When this outbreak we will naturally be in a new place. God will still be God inviting people to come to him. If we see a line up for baptism across the affected areas it will be a different world from the one that followed the 911 murders. Let us not contribute to chaos and animalistic behaviour. Some people may feel that covid-19 is none of their business but the spread of concerted action in response is merely a shadow of the discomfort into which our lives will be thrown when the plagues begin. But, not yet!
The human body knows when it deserves urgent care. The doctor comes later. The spirit has needs too (none if we believe in immortal souls and perfectly fit persons, believers and nonbelievers healed by God) and it has healing and maintenance routines. Conscience, experience and faith build our spiritual health and fitness. Believing what God has promised is more than sufficient. Instead we have thought that positive thinking can replace the abject negativity of human righteousness (performing what we think God wants) we have the spiritual equivalent of a contagious and fatal disease. To sum up in simple terms, we suffer from icanitis, and tacking on “through Christ who strenthens me” does nothing to hide our proud foolishness.
We are showing the world how threatened we are by both surprising events and by scheduled ones. Death is coming and we have no remedy. Coronavirus threatens a lot of people and the remedy is not blood on the doorpost of anyone’s house nor are there buttons available to believers to vaccinate people or cure people.
Spiritual solutons are essentially cheap trash. Would we not expect our Jewish brothers and sisters to tell us that the solution to the pandemic is obedience to all the Commandments of God? Are Muslims saying that covid-19 gets beaten if we believe that Muhammad is Allah’s only prophet and there’s only one God named Allah?
Plague or plot
When exactly the blood of Christ became a commodity for Christians (and anyone else who dares) to pour, wipe, smear or sprinkle is not clear. It is not a Bible doctrine. Demons are responsible for the idea that Christ’s blood is for everything. It is not healthy to call bad things good but that does not restrain the fear mongers. They believe they can stop the plague from doing what God wants, but we cannot have the pandemic as one of the must-happens and complain about it and expect God to stop it before it does its work. When the plagues at the end of the age move into their last stage we do not see the masses repenting, and we cannot believe that catastrophic events are intended to help people see a loving God and worship Him. You buy that and you’ve lost your mind.
Look up! Redemption is near!
So when you hear the list of great things that will come about as a result of the coronavirus pandemic just be sure that that virus does not become the god that we are worshipping, which is the way it seems right now. How many of us are doing bad things so good can come? Is that a godly method? Get yourself a God who can hear you and talk to you and you will be in line for every day blessings, with or without pandemics, famines or earthquakes.
The genius behind the American adventure is thought to be religious. “One nation under God ” and “the pursuit of life, liberty…” and other rubbish sayings are not Christian or even Jewish. The love of truth in the context of politics and religion is taking a backseat to lies and propaganda just as it has for millennia.
Of course no religion has openly advocated that lying is acceptable but a nation claiming to be religious and the mightier Israel does. If only they could keep the embarrassing records of religion out of sight.
Are you inoculated against religious and political and ethnic lies?
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
We suspect that many of the events in Yeshua’s life come to us in the gospels are examples; that many of his encounters with people are likely to have been repeated all over Palestine throughout the three years.
You are not alone in your longing for a day when healing power was in the village. Such days may be few as are genuine (verifiable) cures of cancer and diabetes. The widow of Nain was not the only witness to power present. Neither was:
Simeon, an old man waiting for a look at Messiah
The distressed mother whose child needed urgent care
The bereaved who had heard that death was subject to the reversal
The leper who had given up hope of ever feeling love in the touch of a human hand
Power exhibits like this should be happening often, especially when two days every week we see people gathering to Christ from their neighbourhoods.
And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching.