God will shake the earth at the end of the age, and that could be coming on the scene (Isa. 2:19-21, 13:13, 14:16; Joel 3:14).
One: Jesus said men’s hearts would fail them for fear, and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth (Luke 21:26).
The Coronavirus is definitely not fun and games, but multitudes have accepted Jesus when they got a bad disease or wound up on their deathbed.
This could result in a harvest before the Tribulation Period.
Two: Before the Second Coming occurs, humankind must have the ability to destroy all flesh (Matt. 24:21-22), and it is easy to see that day could be near.
Three: Concerning the Coronavirus, the advice that people are giving is contradictory and confusing.
Prime Min. Netanyahu told the Israeli Knesset it is better to overprepare than to underprepare and, due to the seriousness of this situation, this writer agrees.
Four: The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and others have advised people to have enough supplies to stay in their house for two weeks, if called upon to do so.
The most important thing is to prepare spiritually by making one’s salvation sure, but know that God commanded Noah to put food on the Ark, and Noah acted on faith when he did (Gen. 6:21-22; Heb. 11:7); God told Joseph to store food during the seven fat years, and Joseph did (Gen. 41:34-49); God told the Hebrews in the wilderness to gather enough manna on the sixth day to provide for the seventh day, and they did (Ex. 16:5).
Depending upon the circumstances, preparation can be a lack of faith or an act of obedience and wisdom (Prov. 6:6-11).
In some places, the declaration of a quarantine to control the Coronavirus has resulted in an immediate run on the stores and left the store shelves mostly empty.
People that don’t prepare may find themselves in a crowded store at a time when it would be wise to avoid others.
Five: At first, Iran downplayed the Coronavirus, called it a joke, and denied that any Iranians had it.
Since then, the Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has tested positive; Iran’s Deputy Health Minister has tested positive; Iran’s Vice-Pres of Women’s and Family Affairs has tested positive, a former Ambassador from Iran to the Vatican has tested positive and died, and one of Iran’s top advisors to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died.
At the time of this writing, praise God, the death toll in the U.S. is low, but the quarantine of 60 million Chinese, a 4,000-point drop in the Dow Jones Stock Market
in five days, and Amazon telling its 798,000 employees not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary is fact.
Some say that China is close to containing the Coronavirus by paying a very heavy price, but the virus could ramp up again when millions of people go back to work.
Six: At the end of the age, Turkey, Russia and Syria will be allies in the Battle of Gog and Magog, but lately Turkey has had some major confrontations with Russia and Syria.
Dozens of troops (some say hundreds) have been killed; and helicopters, tanks, air defense systems and other weapons have been destroyed.
At the time of this writing, Russia has two warships loaded with missiles heading toward Syria.
Pres. Putin and Pres. Erdogan have talked on the phone and scheduled a meeting to try to calm the situation.
I have no explanation for this other than to say God’s Word says the troops that attack Israel in the Battle of Gog and Magog will start fighting each other.
They are already fighting each other and destroying some of the troops and weapons that might otherwise be used against Israel.
Seven: Jewish priests have been practicing animal sacrifices on Jewish Feast days for eight years.
The only thing preventing them from offering real sacrifices on the Temple Mount is the Israeli government.
They have applied for permits to set up an altar and perform a real sacrifice on the Temple Mount on Passover this year .
In the event that the Israeli Government Rejects
their permit (and that seems unlikely), they have also applied for permits to set up an altar and perform a real sacrifice on the Temple Mount three days before Passover this year.
The Jewish Sanhedrin is stressing the fact that Pres. Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” proposal recommends that all people of faith should be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount.
The Jewish Sanhedrin is saying this is a watershed moment and “Peace to Prosperity” opens the door for the Temple to be rebuilt.
In the event that the Israeli government rejects both requests, they have applied for permits to set up an altar at a location in Jerusalem near the Temple Mount to offer an animal sacrifice.
One rabbi said we have faithfully prepared to do this; now it is up to God to bring it about.
Eight: Know that God established Israel’s borders and warned people not to divide His land and scatter His people (Joel. 3:2).
On Jan. 28, 2020, Pres. Trump revealed the political part of his peace proposal; it accepted Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, and it included “conceptual” maps of what Israel will look like.
Prime Min. Netanyahu seemed ready to annex Judea and Samaria right away, but Pres. Trump asked him to replace the “conceptual” maps with detailed maps that show Israel’s new borders.
A team from the U.S. and Israel was established to develop detailed maps, and they met for the first time on Feb. 24, 2020.
On that same day, the UN Security Council met and agreed to continue support for a negotiated two-state solution.
The U.S. and Israel map committee continued to meet all week, and the Dow Jones continued to drop all week, and it had lost almost 4,000 points by week’s end.
If that isn’t enough, the news was filled with stories about the Coronavirus going global.
Some will question the suggestion that there is a connection between redrawing the borders of Israel, the UN position on the two-state solution, the decline of the Dow Jones stock market, and the global spread of the Coronavirus, but the fact that all of this started on the same day is undeniable.
For whatever it is worth (and many people know this), all disinfectants (anti-bacterial Clorox, Lysol, bleach, etc.) will kill the Coronavirus.