CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC 2020

I have been wanting to write this article for a number of weeks and decided now is the time. I am writing this from a Christian perspective and wish all people will read.
We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic called Covid-19. Yes, we will get through this. We are all being affected by this virus—some fighting the disease and some home-bound. We feel the effects mentally, spiritually, financially, and more. Talk about panic taking over the world and our country—here are the headlines we see every day:
 
Run on food, toilet paper, wipes, etc.
Surge in gun and ammo sales
Price gouging
Stimulus check scams
Economic fallout
Mental health services required due to fear
Will lawlessness and anarchy appear
Am I going to get the virus
Is abortion an essential service
And many more!
 
Regarding pandemics—as Joe Friday of the Dragnet tv series always said “Just the facts, ma’am”. Pandemics go back B.C., before Christ. But here are some recent ones:
 
Russian flu, 1889-1890, 1 million died
Spanish flu, 1918-1920, 50 million died
Asian flu, 1957-1958, 1.1 million died
AIDS, 1981-present, 35 million have died
H1N1 swine flu, 2009-2010, 575,000 died
 
Regarding the Covid-19 virus as of March 29, 2020, there have been almost 2500 deaths in the United States and almost 34,000 deaths in the world. These numbers will continue to grow in the coming weeks.
As a reminder 56 million people died worldwide in 2017. Heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and infection made up 33.9 million of that total number.
 
I have to mention abortions here in the United States. Since 1973 we have murdered 62 million babies. In 1990 1.61 million babies were murdered and that figure was 862,000 in 2018.
I have a friend of many years who has always told me to be prepared for a major pandemic that will encompass the whole world. The Covid-19 pandemic has done that. I believe we will overcome this pandemic soon and then add this to the list mentioned above.
 
But is God talking to us as a world, as a nation, and individually? Is He using this present pandemic to get our attention? Yes, He is! God has a plan for this earth that He put into motion over 6000 years ago. In the end our earth will experience famines, plagues, horrific weather patterns, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, 1000-pound hailstones and the earth shifting on its axis. Jesus tells us in
 
Luke 21:11 “there shall be pestilences”.
Also check Matthew 24:7 and Mark 13:8.
 
The Bible tells us that these things will happen and will be far worse than the Covid-19 pandemic that we are experiencing. I believe time is short and that within 2 to 6 decades we will see the Rapture of believers and the Second Coming of Christ. Signs are converging rapidly for this to happen. I understand and acknowledge that we cannot set any dates because only God knows the timing.
 
We know that Satan with his limited power is running loose on the earth today. The world is falling apart around us. God will change this soon as He defeats Satan and throws Satan into the Lake of Fire. God’s Son, Jesus, will rule for 1000 years in Jerusalem and then all believers will live with God for eternity in the New Heaven and New Earth.
I want you to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Your sins were covered when Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary. Do you sense God knocking on your door? Accept Him into your heart. When you make a sincere decision the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. You become a new person. I want you to participate in the Rapture and not be a part of the seven-year Tribulation. God is waking us up with the Covid-19 pandemic and making us reevaluate our lives.
I close with these final thoughts. A pastor friend of mine shared his thoughts with me regarding the pandemic. He believes that God is speaking to him in regard to reevaluating the different aspects of ministry to his local church. One concern he shared was reaching out to his congregation personally, knowing each one of the people and helping them with their needs. May God bless his ministry as it grows. I believe that many churches are in a sad state of affairs and may be challenged because of this pandemic.
 
Here is a list of concerns that I have:
Apostacy
Preaching the Word of God
Provide evangelism
Provide discipleship
Do not become entertainment based
Are people being saved through the ministry
Teach prophecy—it is over one-fourth of Bible
 
God has our attention—give Him some time!

 

A MUST READ

TO AMERICA AND YOU

AMERICA IS IN A CRISIS! AMERICA IS BEING BOMBARDED FROM ALL SIDES—FROM WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS. AND EACH OF US FACE AN INDIVIDUAL BATTLE DAILY.

JUST LOOK AROUND—WHAT IS HAPPENING—IS IT GETTING BETTER OUT THERE? LOOK AT OUR SOCIETY AND HUMANITY—WE ARE IN A TERRIBLE SITUATION.

WE ARE WATCHING GOD’S PLAN UNFOLD. SATAN IS WINNING NOW—BUT GOD IS VICTORIOUS AT THE END.

SATAN IS LEADING US TO ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, ONE WORLD CURRENCY AND ONE WORLD RELIGION.

SATAN IS AFTER OUR KIDS. THE BATTLE IS ON FOR OUR KIDS —THEY ARE VULNERABLE. WHAT GOES IN THEIR MINDS AS CHILDREN WILL LIKELY FORM WHO THEY ARE BY THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. WE MUST INSTILL CHRISTIAN VALUES IN OUR CHILDREN. THE COMMON CORE CURRICULUM IS PART OF SATAN’S PLAN. A GREAT EXAMPLE OF INDOCTRINATION OF CHILDREN IS ISIS AND RADICAL MUSLIMS.

THE UNITED STATES IS NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN NATION—WE ARE A POST CHRISTIAN NATION. WE HAVE TURNED OUR BACKS ON GOD. HERE IS AMERICA’S INDICTMENT—WE HAVE CROSSED EVERY FORBIDDEN BIBLICAL BOUNDARY INCLUDING SEXUAL PERVERSION, IDOL WORSHIP, WICKEDNESS AND MORAL DECADENCE, AND ANTI-SEMITISM.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR GUILTY VERDICTS: 1962 REMOVE PRAYER; 1963 REMOVE BIBLE; 1973 ROE VS. WADE; 1980 REMOVE TEN COMMANDMENTS; 2003 STRUCK DOWN SODOMY LAW; 2013 DOMA-MARRIAGE; 2015 SAME SEX MARRIAGES; AND 2015 TURN BACK ON ISRAEL. WE MUST BE VERY THANKFUL THAT OUR PRESENT ADMINISTRATION IS BACKING ISRAEL—ESPECIALLY BY MOVING OUR EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM.

ONE OF SATAN’S GREATEST VICTORIES IS ABORTION—THE KILLING OF BABIES IN THE WOMB OR OUTSIDE OF THE WOMB. WAKE UP AMERICA! CHECK OUT WHAT ABORTION HAS DONE AND IS DOING TO THE BLACK RACE IN THE U.S. WE HAVE ABORTED A REPORTED 60 MILLION BABIES FROM ALL RACES IN THE U.S. SINCE ROE VS. WADE. WE ARE MURDERING BABIES! THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE ALL MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE.

WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT AMERICA BEING IN A CRISIS—HOW ABOUT THE AMERICAN CHURCH—IT IS IN AN EVEN GREATER CRISIS. OUR CHURCHES ARE FAILING—WHY? THEY ARE NOT EDUCATING PEOPLE REGARDING THE BIBLE; THEY ARE NOT TRAINING PEOPLE IN BIBLE PRINCIPLES; AND THEY ARE NOT WINNING PEOPLE FOR CHRIST.

THERE IS A GREAT APOSTASY WITHIN OUR CHURCHES. WITHOUT NAMING DENOMINATIONS (YOU CAN SEARCH FOR YOURSELVES) HERE ARE SOME THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR CHURCHES: GAY MARRIAGES; LESBIAN PASTORS; ORDAIN GAY CLERGY; GAY CHURCH EXECUTIVES; AND OFFERING TRANSGENDER BAPTISMS IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

EACH OF US AS INDIVIDUALS AT SOME POINT MUST DECIDE—GOD OR SATAN. PLEASE CHOOSE GOD—HE IS A LOVING GOD BUT ALSO A JUST GOD. ONLY A VERY FEW WILL ENTER THE GATES OF HEAVEN—SOME SAY BETWEEN 10% TO 25% OF THE WORLD POPULATION WILL ENTER HEAVEN—ONLY GOD KNOWS. WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM? BE ON THE WINNING SIDE WITH GOD.

What does God say about persecution?

Will extreme persecution happen to me in my lifetime?

Christians beware!—it will only get worse—you will be subject to more and more tribulation, trials, troubles, afflictions and persecution.  Not during my lifetime and I hope many years to come, our children and grandchildren could face extreme persecution in the form of imprisonment, beatings, torture and loss of life.

OpendoorsUSA.org list the following top ten countries with extreme persecution:  North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Eritrea.  Please note these are either communist or muslim countries. 

The Bible is very clear regarding persecution:

II Timothy 3:12  All who desire a Godly life will be persecuted.

John 15:18  If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.

Matthew 5: 10-12  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

How will you face persecution?

 Will you face it with fear or with faith?  Everyone who publicly lives a committed Christian life will face some kind of resistance from the world.  Casual Christians (those who only play the game and are loved by the world) know nothing about spiritual warfare.  In fact the Bible tells us that as persecution increases “most people’s love will grow cold”, Matthew 24:12.  Also many professing Christians will “fall away” and will proceed to cooperate in the persecution of their former brothers and sisters in Christ, Matthew 24:10.  The same thing is indicated in II Timothy 3: 2-3 which says that people will be “haters of good” and that they will therefore be “brutal” and “reckless”, reviling those who stand for righteousness.

An admonition to true born again Christians:  face persecution with faith; make certain that God is first in your life; get into the Word and stay in it on a daily basis; do not cope evil in your own strength but rely on the power of God; pray often; and let the Holy Spirit work mightily in your heart to provide power and guidance.

To the unbeliever, I pray that someday soon that you will accept Jesus our Lord and Savior and lead a victorious Christian life.

What does God say about Abortion?

Since Roe vs Wade in 1973 we have been very divided on the issue of abortion here in America, and all over the world there is a great divide on the morality of abortion.  In today’s world, unlike 1973, some groups have went so far as to push for late term abortion and even sell aborted fetuses to research groups for money (Planned Parenthood).  Many people today and many young mothers are looking for answers on abortion and how to deal with an unintended pregnancy but are left to deal with this issue with little or no help from society in some cases not even realizing that there are more choices to abortion, such as adoption to a loving couple.  However what God says is very clear.  See below just what God does say straight from the Bible.

Abortion is a sin against God and His perfect law.   Exodus 20:13

Abortion is a sin against yourself.  Romans 6:21

Abortion is a sin against another human being.  I Samuel 2:25

Abortion, as commonly used, is murder.  Gen 42:22 and Gen 9:6

Abortion is a sin against society.  Proverbs 14:34

Why can’t ignorant man learn from an all-wise God?  At the moment of conception God creates another human life.  Psalms 139:16

Don’t forget your body does not belong to you—it is God’s.  And for Christians your body is a temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells.  For the Christian, abortion is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image.

For all involved in abortion—God can and will forgive you.  You must acknowledge God’s condemnation, you must truly repent of your sin and ask for forgiveness, and you need to give your life to Christ.  Otherwise, hell waits for you!

What does God say about going to church?

Have you had some of these thoughts?  Go to the lake or to church?  Play golf or go to church?  Or this is my day off so forget church!  Or the thought that the church is full of hypocrites so I am not going!  I don’t like the music so forget it!  Stayed out too late the night before—so I won’t go!  All they want is my money!  We could add a lot more.

Have you found a good church to attend?  If not, continue to search for a Christ- centered and biblically-balanced church.  They really do exist.  If you truly belong to Christ you should have the desire to worship God, to receive His Word, and fellowship with other believers.  What does God say straight from the Bible.

Church attendance is God’s will for believers.  Hebrews 10:25 states “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.

In the church setting believers can:

Love one another.  I John 4:12

Encourage one another.  Hebrews 3:13

Serve one another.  Galatians 5:13

Instruct one another.  Romans 15:14

Exercise our spiritual gifts.  I Peter 4:10

Practice forgiveness.  Matthew 6:14-15

If you do not know Jesus, God’s Son, accept Him and make Him your Lord and Saviour.