Considering everything everyone is going through and some of the strange ideas, rumours, prayers and opinions going around on the global pandemic, we thought it was to share some godly, sound and Biblical perspective on the subject. These notes are not our own, but come from a holy man whom we know very well over many years. We hope you find encouragement and light in these words.
Notes from a holy man on the virus situation – 31 March 2020
How can we see it from a Kingdom of God perspective?
How can we pray about it?
To see it with the eyes of faith, we need to realise the simple features: global pandemic and it’s spreading very quickly. It’s caused by a very tiny thing, but this tiny thing has shaken the whole world, causing fear and horror and confusion, extremes of opinion. Some are exaggerating and others simplifying.
It’s a worldwide paralysis of life, everything on hold. This is leading to initial phases of financial problems and will cause major recession with its own consequences.
What is the cause?
This would’ve never happened, this picture of events, unless the hand of God was allowing it in this way and for a purpose that He has on his heart.
Amos 3:6 – If a ram’s horn is blown in a city, will the people not also tremble? If there is a calamity in a city, has Jehovah not also done it?
The Word DONE in its Hebrew original version and compared to other references, it gives the meaning that God controls it and works through it. Yes, it results from the evil of mankind, but God controls it and works through it.
The calamities are not done by God, but they are the consequences of our evil life and evil in the world. Then verse 7 says: For the Lord Jehovah will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
God is still sovereign over all
God is patient, patient, patient before the evils of mankind until an appropriate time comes to allow the calamities to come that are resulting from the evils of mankind. But God who is sovereign and overall and controlling everything, He is the one who postpones the occurrence of these calamities until the appropriate time for the salvation of mankind.
When he does allow it, He declares to His prophets. He shares His purpose for His people to be alerted and turned back to Him. It’s also for His faithful servants to pray and seek God’s face.
How can we see these events from the perspective of the kingdom of God?
It is indicating the wrath of God. But what does this expression mean? Is it the same as the judgment of God? It differs from human wrath. It is the wrath of divine love – that which attracts us and draws us more towards Him. It’s like a cry within the heart of a loving Father who wants to save those who are quickly perishing without realising.
It is a wrath that uses suitable tools that differ from time to time and place to place, to draw the attention of the lost souls, especially those who insist on closing their eyes and ears from hearing the call of God. Matt 15:13 says: “For this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
This wrath precedes his judgment. It takes different forms so that the person might be restored to God before he is condemned. It is like a divine interference, it is coming at a specific time within God’s economy, where He works through His wrath to rescue the people.
It is time for Jehovah to work; for they have broken Your Law. – Ps 119:26
When the Lord acts, we must pay attention because if we do not, what comes afterward will be more difficult.
Perspective about the pandemic and the signs of the end times
The closer we get to the end times, the more the divine signs begin to take a more intense and clearer form. We can see in Scripture Christ talking about the plagues in Matt 24:27:
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.
So far, we have seen several pandemics, coming in different times and places, but now we see a global pandemic spreading very quickly out of control and taking the lives of many people. We also notice from the book of Revelation that fear is a specific feature that comes with the signs of the end times.
We notice that this pandemic came with fear, but also with intense horror. The cause of the fear is death. This is proof that the people are completely cut off, separated from the source of Life who is the Lord Jesus, whether by rejecting Him obviously and clearly or through being a superficial formal Christian, as we see in some churches now.
What is the mystical biblical language that we can see in these events?
We can see a mystical language in what’s happening.
The churches are obliged to close
The churches are obliged to close due to the superficial realities of the pandemic spreading, but spiritually, what does it mean that churches are obliged to close in so many countries? It is as if God no longer takes pleasure in their prayers. Their hearts are estranged from Him and they are not obeying His commandments.
Amos 5:21-24 – I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not delight in your solemn assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your food offerings, I will not be pleased. Nor will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals. Take the noise of your songs away from Me; for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let judgment roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
We see from these verses that sometimes in our situation, we hear so much about our church ministries and spiritual meetings and we say we want to offer to God strong spiritual worship but the prophet calls it “fattened peace offerings” as if God is saying He will not regard them. We offer our prayers, praise and songs but God says, this is noise, take it away from me.
This is of course because of the interferences of the flesh in the worship. The noise of the flesh, instead of hymns being uttered from the spirit. Why? God sees that we do all this worship, but without living in truth and righteousness. He told us to worship in spirit and truth in John 4:24 in His conversation with the Samaritan woman.
The quarantine is another element
This is of course obligatory to avoid the spread of the disease, but what catches the eye is that in the Latin language, the meaning of “quarantine” is the number 40. We are now in the 40 days of Lent.
(Lent originated in around the third or fourth century after Christ, and Lent means, “the great fast.”)
The Lord in His sovereign ways linked the two together, bringing all this together in the Lent time. This is the fast that Christ himself has fasted Himself for our salvation. It’s the only fast that most churches collectively share. It is as if God is saying to us, let our fasting be the quarantine – a spiritual quarantine. Be separate from the spirit of the world. In this way, we will really become partakers of the gift that was given to us in this Lent.
2 Cor 6:16-7:1 – And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
The sequence of events
Pay attention to the sequence of events in the last several years, all directed towards one purpose – to awaken the people and redirect them towards salvation. It’s like a sequence of so many things, like when AIDS started and it brought such terror and fear and so many young people died. Then many natural catastrophes, the floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, and also the increasing persecution of Christians. This has caused a lot of migration of people leaving their homes and lands.
To put it in perspective:
- About 260 million Christians faced harsh persecution in the last year (stats from 2019).
- 2983 died for their faith in Christ.
- 9488 churches were attacked or destroyed
- 3711 Christians were imprisoned without trials.
Everything is increasing in intensity and scale.
How do we pray about this pandemic as the people of God?
We must respond to the cry in God’s heart by searching our own hearts and lives, expose any hidden idols and abolish them. Accept the convictions of the Holy Spirit over any defilement, that we could not reject with all seriousness, our lack of concern towards a holy life, lack of interest and perseverance.
Lam 3:40-41 – Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to Jehovah. Let us lift up our heart and hands to God in Heaven.
When Jacob was returning home, he said in Gen 35:2,3 Put away the strange gods among you, and be clean, and change your garments. And let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
Put away idols, our perverse relationships, the gods of sex, money and pride. We need to put away our rejection of God – we conceal it as Christians when we depend too much on our own fleshly logic and opinions rather than on the Word and commandments of God.
Our homes have become empty altars, without prayer, making room for foreign gods. The enemy attacked and made his own altars and now it’s full of defilement, hatred towards others, etc. And where are our children? Have we offered them as sacrifices to the enemy without even realising it?
2 Chron 29:5 – And he said to them, Hear me, Levites, now sanctify yourselves and sanctify the house of Jehovah, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filthiness out of the holy place.
Isa 30:22 – You shall also defile the covering of your graven images of silver, and the ornament of your molten images of gold. You shall cast them away like a menstruous cloth. You shall say to it, Get away.
Are we truly a bride to the Bridegroom who is coming to unite with us? Or shall we remain in this shameful state – a bride without adornment, ornaments, or chastity, but with shame and reproach.
A personal thought about praying over this situation
The mentor said, “truly I couldn’t pray for God to lift His wrath, for one simple reason. I see this matter as a bitter medicine, used by a physician to uproot something that is deeply rooted and rotten and will soon kill the patient. Thus, I don’t want to ask the physician to stop and move his hand in what he is doing. But I want to plead with Him to accomplish His work with this medicine for salvation. I want to ask Him to send His grace abundantly more and more until the lost souls return to God. But also, in the middle of all this, I will say like Hab. 3:2- In wrath, remember mercy.
I cannot ask God to stop, but I want to say, bring its fruit. Make it accomplish its work, but in wrath remember mercy.
What is happening now?
Now that all the churches are closed, people are staying at home and this is the time to turn our homes into real churches, as it was in the days of the apostles in the early church. Paul repeated in his early epistles many times, “the church that is in your home.” (See Phil 1:1-3; Rom 16:5; Acts 14:26-28.)
The home churches will have a very important role to play in the end times. Our homes must become TRUE churches. Remember what God told us through Haggai – that their offerings and their peace sacrifices have become defiled before Him because their lives were defiled.
Haggai 2:13-14 – Then Haggai said, If one unclean of body touches these, is it unclean? And the priests answered and said, It is unclean. And Haggai answered and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before Me, says Jehovah. And so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.
May this crisis bring about the restoration and sanctification of our lives and our homes, that our homes may become churches and form a pleasant aroma ascending to the throne of God, that He may pour out His mercy and the grace of His salvation on the world.
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