Commentary By: Gordon King
The big overwhelming news that has overtaken almost everything else continues to be COVID-19.
The world is in mass fear and panic as this virus spreads throughout the world, we can see it standing in long lines at the grocery store, when we walk down the isles looking for toilet paper, cold medicines, and food items and the shelves are bare, when we see people everywhere panic shopping, hoarding what they can because of the unknown. We can see it when we try to go to events which have been cancelled due to the size of the attendance. We can see it when our children are no longer able to go to school and college students must attend classes online. When businesses in mass are closing early or cutting back hours. We are being told by the news media that the best thing we can do is to not go out at all, to shelter ourselves indoors, basically to shutdown society at large! We hear people all around us talking about the virus as if nothing else in the world mattered anymore! And how about the stock market taking a historic plunge and crash and continuing to do so daily?!!! What???
I don’t know how bad this virus will get and no one does, but so far I just haven’t seen the horrifying effects that everyone seems to be in such a panic about, other than the fear from people themselves!
As of today there have been close to 172,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, 6654 fatalities, and 77,773 people have recovered from it. As fast as this virus has traveled around the world, and it has been very fast, wouldn’t you think that many, many more people would have already died from it if it was that deadly and infectious?!
We sure never saw or see the same fear and panic with other Corona viruses, or SARS, or Ebola, or even from Influenza which kills between 250,000 to 500,000 people each year according to the WHO! So if the flu kills up to half of a million people each and every year then why do we not panic about that?! But for some very strange reason people are in such fear and panic over another Corona Virus which has only killed a recorded 6,654 people to date, and that is in a world with a population of close to 8 billion people!
Not only that but every single day 3,000 unborn babies are aborted in America! And that’s only in America, what about the rest of the world?! Where is the panic about all these aborted unborn babies?!!! I don’t see it my friends, I just don’t see it, it’s a horrific tragedy!
Should people fear and be in a panic about what is coming upon the world? Yes, I believe that all unbelievers should, but not for the same reasons that most are. I believe that God Almighty, that Jesus Christ Himself is giving warning signs, signs of the times my friends, signs of the closeness of His return, signs of the closeness of the beginning of the Tribulation period! I believe that unbelievers should fear what is coming because without God they have no hope, they are destined for hell and time is short. I believe that believers should not fear but be ready for what is coming, we should be watching, waiting and ready! These are commands given to us by God Himself, Jesus Christ! As believers we are not given a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
The world and those of the world have their own answers as to what is happening today, some have no answers yet seek them in the wrong places and get the wrong answers! And there are many in and of the world who are all too willing to share what they believe to be the truth yet is not.
The world is full of false teachers and false prophets, of false beliefs and false religions, of New Age philosophies, leading people away from the truth and in believing lies!
You think that you would see unsaved people coming to the Lord in droves, but I don’t see it, at least not in America, but I hear that it is true in places like China and Iran. The times are dark, very dark, and we as believers are the light, we must shine our light into the darkness, and in the darkness our light will shine even brighter!
God will not be mocked, He is shaking the world to it’s foundations, and He is telling everyone to wake up for the time is coming, even at the door! The rapture of the church is getting close my friends, and the beginning of the Tribulation period is at the door!
Who knows, this may just be one trigger for the beginning of the Tribulation period, perhaps a world ruler will arise from the darkness proclaiming to be able to save the world from this illness, that he has the cure!
I don’t know about you, but all of this Coronavirus stuff has me very suspicious, it just doesn’t add up in my mind. With that being said, it is here and it is spreading, and people are in fear and panic, there is no denying that. However it got here is not really an issue at this point in time I suppose. The issues that really matter are how people react to it, what they choose to believe, and if they come to the Lord or not. I would also add to that list how believers react to it, or should I say act?
Let us not fear what is coming upon the world, for we were told ahead of time that it would happen. We were told so that when it does happen we would know that what God tells us is the truth, we were told so that our faith would increase, we were told so that we would be waiting and watching for His return! Amen.
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.“
Everything that is happening in the world today, especially COVID-19 and the fear that it is bringing with it, was told to us to happen in the last days. We should have courage and strength in the Lord and our faith should be increased for we are not only seeing but witnessing what Jesus Christ our King told us would happen just before His glorious return for us! You say that you wish you were living in biblical times? Well, guess what my friends, you most definitely are!!!
The Lord is coming soon my friends, He has prepared a place for us in heaven and He is coming soon to take us home, to take us where He is also!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.“
Encourage one another and comfort each other with these words!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!