It is clear that the Bible foretold that pestilence (widespread disease, including pandemic) would occur during these last days. (Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.”)
The bible refers specifically to pestilence and deadly plague without limiting it to a single disease, so for the global population, COVID 19, AIDS, Influenza, Ebola, SARS, Malaria and the list goes on. This information and prophetic description is isolated to the “Last Days or the conclusion of the system and apocalypse”.
Is this Divine Punishment?
Everyone, worshippers of god or not are susceptible to to disease, sickness and death. COVID19 is a case of being in the wrong place without the appropriate defences. (Ecclesiastes 9: 11 “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events* overtake them all.”)
Historically, Gods people have been exposed to long term and chronic illnesses. So it is clear that worshipping god acceptably is not a talisman or a guarantee of protection. However, it is the only clear hope for all.
The reason for that is the promise of an end to sickness, pestilence and deadly plague through the Kingdom of God that we pray for. Note the prophetic words of Isaiah 33: 24 And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error. and the promise at Isaiah 35: 5,6 “At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain.”
Death is a consequence of these conditions so the words of Revelation 21: 4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Not Divine Punishment!
Therefore, as we accept that pestilence and deadly plague are a sign of something ending we now need to ask what replaces this to ensure the prophetic promise is fulfilled?
The Kingdom of God ruled by Jesus Christ, it is our shared hope and the understanding of this hope requires that we take action.
What Action? We have to let everyone know we support Gods Kingdom as the only hope for Humanity. We have to reject solutions that are temporary, for example science gives a temporary relief but we still fall sick and die.
We need and want more than this. Therefore, John 17: 3 has the standard we we are required to meet, “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”
Where can we get the information we require? Study the bible regularly, daily and work with those who have made Gods Kingdom the focus of their lives.
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