So we have all been engulfed into the mass hysteria of the Corona Virus and have seen the dynamics unfold across the globe, by now. For myself, I am American and have watched as China, Italy, Iran, Israel and the U.K. have been affected. The most recent activity that was concerning to me personally, was having to go to various stores due to the fact that hand sanitizer and toilet paper have been purchased in the masses and now there is a shortage. I went to Walmart with my husband this week and actually witnessed not one, but two police officers guarding the toilet paper as it was being rationed out to the customers. We also witnessed a worker purchasing a large amount of toilet paper and was escorted by a police officer, to ensure that no one “assaulted” her, along the way. I have posted the pictures on my twitter feed (by the way). I was also told that at the store Buy Buy Baby, a man took his two daughters (which were older women) and had purchased baby wipes and diapers and were robbed at gunpoint, but the police never caught the individuals. Absolutely incredible! Is this really happening? Yes, yes it is.
In my opinion, I believe that the fear behind the virus is bigger than the virus itself. The unknown future makes people nervous. This outbreak has caused isolation, panic and fear to some, but the younger generation is still living life as normal. So, which side is better off? Using precaution or not allowing fear to rule oneself? I think a combination of the two, but being wise and not careless.
One thing that I have been contemplating is the fact that this virus has mainly been taking the lives of the older generation. I find this interesting because I also did research and found an article that in the U.S. the majority of church attendees are the older generation in America. According to a poll from ABC News, “Sixty percent of people age 65 and older report attending religious services at least once a week; among 18 to 30-year-olds, just 28 percent go that often. Previous ABC News polls, similarly, have found that religious belief and practice increase with age.” With the hysteria aside, let’s consider that this could leave the world with less “church attending” people. Whether it is God that has brought this sort of “cleansing” to the world or governments with intentions for “depopulating the world” it does bring on some interesting things to consider.
At the end of this Corona outbreak, this planet will be left with less people that are from 60-100 years old. With that being said, since the majority of them (in the U.S.) profess to be God believing or “religious”, it would mean that a significant percentage of the U.S. alone, will be left with less people that fear and believe in the God of the Bible. I am not stating that all of the older generation is God -believing, but a large portion, claim to be.
How does this affect anything? Well, there will be less of the older generation that would be attending church. With fewer church attendees, churches could possibly begin to close their doors in the U.S. The Christian Faith will slowly become less in this world, which will leave people open to false doctrines and will not being as open to God’s truth. The opposite is also true, perhaps generation X and Millennials will begin to fill churches, seeking God, Hope and truth. I sense that this world is actually looking for someone, other than God. This desire will usher in a New World Order.
I believe that we are approaching a time before Jesus returns to the Earth, also known as His Second Coming. I also believe that there will be a time period called the Tribulation that will last seven years before He comes back. With that being said, I believe that if churches begin to close down, it will make it all that much easier for people to accept something other than Jesus. It would fasten the U.S. and other parts of the world to look for a leader, instead of “religion.”
The Bible tells us that a World Leader, a.k.a. the Anti-Christ, will make an appearance and be accepted world-wide because the world will be looking for a strong leader that will appear to be a savior they can actually see and hear (without the need for what Christians call Faith).
As we wait and watch, we will see if things get back to “normal.” I believe the Corona Virus absolutely plays into God’s will and plans for the last days. This virus is what the Bible calls a “pestilence.” When the disciples asked Jesus for signs of the last generation, He answered,
“There will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, along with fearful sights and great signs from heaven” Luke 21:11. These are ever increasing every day, so it’s wise to stay vigilant. The world is getting ripe for a New World Order.
So what is my message to believers and non-believers alike? It is this: Fear is not from God, but from God’s enemy and ours, Satan a.k.a. the devil. Fear spreads like a forrest fire when flamed just right and produces nothing positive. For the non-believer, I would say, pay attention to what the Bible says in Revelation and other books like Thessalonians and II Timothy. Go to a Christian church or to http://www.gotquestions.org and type in your own questions to get answers from a Biblical perspective, go to a Pastor at a Christian Church and ask questions, read a book from an author on the subject, but get informed! These harbingers are what the Bible calls “birth pains.” All these are the beginning of birth pains” Matt. 24:8. Birth pains come in succession of the previous one, ever increasing in intensity and frequency. I can only say that this is a warning, a harbinger, but more will come, or like most outbreaks, the Corona virus will return with more intensity during the next wave.
To the Christian, I say, do not fear, use wisdom and precaution, but know the God whom we serve and remember His promises to us. We have security and safety in Him alone and look forward to all the “birth pains” that are leading us to be in His Holy presence, very soon (I believe). I leave you with Psalm 91, which is so fitting for this situation:
1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. a
2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
I just love how Jesus compares what our mentality should be like: children.
Have you ever noticed that children forgive instantly? Have you ever noticed that children have to be taught to panic? Sure, children will react to circumstances when they don’t have the emotional support or their immediate needs met, but I’m talking about panic. Children play off of the fears and reactions from others, it is a mirroring process, they imitate behavior that produces the fear emotionally, first, then when it grips them, it affects them greatly! Jesus says we must be like little children to inherit the Kingdom of God, I say we put that more into practice and when others notice, give them a reason for our faith. So, do not fear, but have faith like a child both pure and precious, lacking worry and filled with laughter. We serve an amazing God that is sovereign and in control. Here are some verses about children to consider:
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”
‘And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.”
“The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.”