How the COVID-19 pandemic has been a spiritual wake-up call to many, may merely be my opinion. But through social media and the news media, I feel that I am not alone with this opinion. This opinion, along with facts that helped me come to this conclusion are the things I want to discuss in this post.
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Is COVID-19 A Spiritual Call?
Because I am a firm believer in God, and everything written in the Bible, this post will be based on those facts and my opinion.
Take it as you will, but if you aren’t a believer in God, then I urge you to keep reading, and keep an open mind.
As a Christian, my core belief and understanding is that God created all of Heaven and Earth, all the plants, animals, and man/woman.
When the first humans, Adam and Eve disobeyed God is when sin began. God gave us free will to choose whether to follow His plan for us or to continue down sinful paths.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, there are many stories of men and women who followed God’s plan for them and were blessed. There are also many stories of those who did not follow God’s plans, and the consequences that they endured.
As you get into the New Testament of the Bible, it begins the story of how God sent His son, Jesus to be born as a human and to walk the earth living as all other humans.
The first 30 years of Jesus’s life on earth were spent living in piety and performing manual labor as a carpenter. These are called the “hidden years of Christ” because there isn’t much mentioned about those years in the Bible.
At age 30 Jesus (as man) began his public ministry, along with his 12 disciples. During this time he preached the word of God, His Father and performed many miracles. Jesus continued his ministry for 3 years and then was crucified and died on the cross at age 33. He rose again after 3 days and spoke of prophecies, things to come on earth as God promises.
The Bible tells us that Jesus died on the cross, shedding his blood for us. As he died on the cross, he covered ALL our sins, even long before we were born. God’s promise to us is that Jesus covered our sins, providing us the chance of redemption and entering Heaven after our earthly demise.
All we have to do is accept that God is our Lord, that Jesus died for our sins, and then continue our life on earth with this belief. While living as a Christian, God knows we are human and will sin. But that is what Jesus’s death covers for us. That is what allows us forgiveness and grace from God.
God also promised us that Jesus will return from Heaven one day to call all believers home to live eternity with God.
That is the main promise and prophecy that we as Christians look forward to and while waiting for that moment to happen, our “jobs” are to spread the word of God and His promises to as many people as possible.
I’m sure with each passing generation since Jesus died on the cross, people have thought the second-coming was drawing near.
God never revealed through Jesus’s ministry or in the Bible exactly when the second-coming will happen.
However, God provided “warning signs”, prophecies of things that must happen here on earth before Jesus returns for all believers.
Things to Come According to The Bible
I have taken the long way around to get to the main points of this post, which are the prophecies and why I believe COVID-19 pandemic may be a spiritual call to all of us.
My personal opinion is that all the things the world is enduring during the year 2020 may be directly related to some of the prophecies in the Bible.
I believe that the things we are seeing and enduring throughout the world right now were predicted in the Bible as warnings to Christians and non-believers, that the second-coming of Jesus Christ is drawing near.
As I previously said, I’m sure each generation has probably thought that the world could not get much worse and that Jesus’s return must be near.
Perhaps that is what is happening with me now, but I don’t think so. Simply because more things have happened this year alone that correlates with the Apocalypsis as described in the Bible. This Apocalyptic period is laid out for us in Revelations Chapters 4-19.
Now let’s talk about God’s promises of things to come and what has happened this year that I believe was predicted as prophecies in Revelations.
The Book of Revelations
In the Bible, the book of Revelations is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, also known as the Apocalypse of John. It’s the last book of the Bible and is written as John’s vision that was revealed to him by God.
“The book of Revelation was written to seven churches as both encouragement and challenge. An apocalyptic letter, it relies on visions, symbols, and Old Testament references to reveal the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise given to Abraham in Genesis.”https://bibleproject.com/explore/revelation/
In the Old Testament book of Daniel prophecies of the end-time are revealed—recorded, but sealed. (Daniel 2:27-47) In the New Testament book of Revelation Jesus Christ is depicted as opening the seals to reveal the future to His true servants (Revelation 1:1; 5:5). In other words, it is now possible to understand the future with more clarity.
The Book of Revelations is typically hard to understand and some things can easily be taken out of context to many.
However, The Book of Revelations has three time periods to the book – what you have seen, what is now, and what will happen afterward. The first time period records the vision of the Son of Man (Revelation 1:10-20), which refers to his Resurrection. The second time period includes the messages to the Seven Churches, Chapters 2 and 3, in which the word “repent” occurs seven times. The third time period comprises the future (Revelation Chapters 4-22)
In Revelation, hope is offered to those who are faithful to God and His Commandments.
Those of us who are believers and endure for Christ will be kept from the hour of trial which will come upon the entire world of people on earth. (Revelation 3:10)
There will be a time when “serpents from the abyss” will be turned loose to torment those who do not yet believe in God. During this time is a call for the endurance of the saints, those of us who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to our faith in Jesus. (Revelation 14:9-13)
My understanding of all of that is that during the time of trials and torment, non-believers are being given their last chance at turning to God, placing their faith in Him and His commandments and then going to Heaven for eternity.
Beginning the Period of Trials and Tribulation
If you will continue to read/listen to what I am saying in this post and approach all of it and the Bible in a humble and teachable way, while being truly willing to believe/obey God and keep His commandments, the following things I try to explain will become more clear to you as truth.
First, let’s consider that there are in fact many translations of The Holy Bible. Over the years, scholars have translated the facts as written in Hebrew into other languages and versions that are easier for many of us to comprehend.
However, you must remember that ALL of the actual facts are still there as first written. I’ve studied this and became more believing in the actual facts remaining true by always reading the same verses in several different versions/translations.
I personally have and read in all of these following versions of The Bible. King James Version, New King James Version, The Message, and Learning The Ropes cowboy Bible. If you don’t own different versions or if you do not have even one Bible to read, you can go to Bible Gateway, look up any verse or subject, then change what version of the Bible you want to read it in.
The Bible teaches us that there will be a second-coming of Jesus Christ, when God will call the saints (those who believe in Him and have kept their faith) home to Heaven for all of eternity. There will then be a new Heaven here on earth.
There will be things that must happen on earth according to God’s plan before Christ appears to call us home.
So let’s look at some historical things that have happened and are happening today that correlate with Revelations and God’s promises of things to come.
Even though God the Father has determined the nations’ roles in advance, how can we possibly understand unless He chooses to reveal them to us?
Well, He actually did reveal His promises of things to come in the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation may seem daunting, frightening, or even cryptic to us when just reading the scriptures.
That is why it is important to keep an open, and teachable mind while reading these scriptures. The scriptures in Revelation are written by John an elderly disciple that was exiled to Patmos.
“The book of Revelation is an unveiling. The English word “revelation” comes from the Greek word we also render as “apocalypse”—literally meaning a “revealing” or an “unveiling.” While the future is veiled and mysterious to human beings, it is plain to God. “https://www.tomorrowsworld.org/booklets/revelation-the-mystery-unveiled/content
So try and understand that the Book of Revelation was written by John as he recorded what he saw in a vision from God about the future events in God’s plan.
In this vision, John saw himself transported into the future, to a time of God’s impending intervention and judgement upon earth-a world full of sin, chaos and so many not believing or being faithful to God and His commandments.
John sees dramatic signs in the heavens. He describes great meteor showers—and he also describes events, resembling eclipses, involving the sun and the moon. John describes these dramatic and frightening events also being accompanied by massive volcanic and earthquake activity. All of these things are described as the prelude to the time of the Creator’s intervention, called throughout Scripture “the Day of the Lord.”
At the end of Revelation Chapter 13 and the beginning of Chapter 14, there is a contrast drawn between those who accept the mark of the Beast in their foreheads and the 144,000 who have the Father’s name in their foreheads. The forehead is the seat of intellect, and this pictures our choice of obedience—either to God or to Satan.
Try to understand that the “Day of The Lord” is primarily depicted as the 7th Seal and the year long period of God’s wrath on the world.
This is also where I believe we maybe entering now. God is upset, disappointed and disgusted with all the sin, corruption, and chaos among all the people of the world.
I honestly am not going to try and explain every bit of Revelation. This post has already become longer than I intended.
However, I am trying to cover the main points of the Book of Revelation and the things to come.
In John’s vision he is shown God the Father with a scroll in His right hand. The scroll has writing on both sides (not common at the time of John’s vision) and it was sealed with seven seals. Only Jesus, the lamb can remove the seals.
The depiction of the scroll being sealed should be regarded as indication that the scroll is a scroll of destiny containing what God in His sovereign will has determined as the destiny of the world, not a revealing God’s complete plan throughout the ages from beginning to end.
God had already told us about His plan of Salvation through belief in Jesus Christ. So a sealed scroll would not contain things God had already revealed to us.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”John 3:16
Many people are already being killed by wars, protests, famine, and plagues. Many Christians, believers in God, are already being martyred–killed simply for believing in and worshiping God.
I believe the vision described in Revelation is revealing in more detail events that will bring history to a close.
Prophecies and Current Events
Majority of preachers and evangelists now are discussing and preaching about the end of times more than ever.
Below are some of the types of current events pastors believe could be the “birth pains” that Jesus was referring to when his disciples asked when he would be coming back:
- Rise of false prophets and false teachings
- Love of believers growing cold
- Traditional morals and values becoming less accepted by society
- War and national conflicts
- Earthquakes and other natural disasters
- Famines and plagues
- Anti Semitism toward Jewish people worldwide
All of those things are happening and were predicted in the Bible. Most of those things can also be seen throughout history, but they are now becoming more intense and abundant.
Think about how many hurricanes we’ve had this year alone. The fires in California, locust in Africa, and earthquakes are happening where they haven’t ever before.
Consider all the new/novel diseases that have continued to come about. AIDS, and now the Coronavirus. The flu causes thousands of people to die every year. Even with all of our medical and scientific knowledge today, we continue to have more illnesses coming upon us that causes so many to die. Just as it was said it would be in the Bible’s prophecies.
“Whether Jesus’ return is near or far, Christians believe these disturbances represent the groaning of creation, reminders of our mortality, our need for God and the accountability we have to him for life, both now and forever,”Darrell Bock, New Testament studies professor at Dallas Theological Seminary
Another fact/event that has recently come about is that President Trump issued the waiver to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.
Why is this important? For Christians, the Land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem is considered holy because of its association with the birth, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, whom Christians regard as the Savior or Messiah.
There is just so much hatred and conflict in the world today. Think about the protests. They demonstrate national conflict and how people are hateful toward each other. People as a whole no longer cherish morals and values. We no longer have or show respect to one another or even for ourselves. God commands us to love one another. We as a society are not doing that!
My opinion and understanding of all of this is that God finally cannot tolerate all the disruption and hate in the world so He unleashes His “wrath” up on us.
God will eventually destroy the earth as we know it. There will be a new Heaven and Earth. I believe, as I’ve heard it said many times in my life, that God’s new kingdom will be built here on Earth. Only those of us who believe in God and have kept our faith in God while obeying His will and commandments will exist in this new Heaven. God’s new kingdom of only believers in Him. All those who continue to deny God will have been cast into Hell, condemned for all of eternity.
This actually gives me hope in my future. I look forward to living in that new Kingdom. Only love, compassion, and praises for God will exist there.
Won’t that be so much better than this world of hate and fighting that exists now? Maybe I’m hedging my bets so to speak, but just for the sake of argument, if I’m wrong and there is no God or Heaven, then I’d rather die and go into nothingness, than to not believe in God now, then die and find out I was right and end up in Hell.
Either way, rather you believe I am right or wrong about all of this, take a moment to think about it. As a believer, it is promised that we will spend eternity in a perfect world of peace and love. That fact alone is encouraging and gives us hope.
This life, on this earth is not for nothing. It is our time to trust in God and help tell others about God and His promises to us. This is our time to earn our entry into a heavenly eternity. The ONLY way you can “earn” this is by trusting and believing in God and obeying His commandments.
COVID-19 Pandemic is A Spiritual Wake-Up Call
My opinion and personal belief is that the COVID-19 pandemic, along with other current events, are all spiritual wake-up calls.
I believe God is trying to get our attention. We put too much emphasis and idolism into professional sports, athletes, movies, actor/actresses, and singers.
God commands us that we should not have/worship any other “gods” before Him. We need to be more focused on family, our morals, our values, and especially God Himself instead of all these people/athletes/actors/singers.
During the isolation of the pandemic more families were gathering together, having family dinner at home, and not rushing about and focusing on everyday things that had drawn our attention away from each other and God.
I firmly believe we are now in the beginning of the end times. Jesus Christ’s return is drawing near.
This IS our wake-up call to turn back to God and love one another. It’s time for us to bring God back into our lives and our society. Each of us, as believers are now being called to stand up and stand firm for God.
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