Before we look at the actual scriptures referred to in the previous part about the current contagion being “man-made”, especially relating to the ‘Mark of the Beast’, it’s useful to present those that are my foundation for following Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life:
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.“ (John 14:23-26 NKJV)
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23 NKJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 NKJV)
Discipleship re. Prophecy/Deliverance
Having practised deliverance ministry and prophecy, I’m of the opinion that ALL Matthew chapter 7 is applicable to the latter; especially verses 1-2 on judging others, 15-23 on true and false prophets and entry to heaven, 24-27 on building upon the Rock.
Moreover, I’m well aware of the judgements the Lord brought upon His chosen people for not only straying from His ordinances, given as they are for their well-being and protection, but also for rebelling against Him by turning to worship false gods. [Paper collated by Joel Rosenberg, What does the Bible teach about pestilence, plagues & global pandemics? refers.]
Here’s a tidy-up from my jottings, ‘End of March (in lock-down for UK) Thoughts’ :
IS GLOBAL PANDEMIC FROM GOD’S HAND?
The Almighty or ‘El Shaddai, ‘ according to rabbinical tradition, means ‘God of utter ruin and destruction Who can do anything’.
Rev 13:7…’no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.’
Instructions for avoiding virus-contaminated surfaces when shopping state it is best to use cashless-payment, instead of handling cash or touching card machines: ie, wave a hand instead of part with cash or tapping buttons!
Therefore, if this pandemic is from the hand of God, it means He is in cahoots with satan and enabling its strategy to introduce a cashless society described in Rev 13:7..!!!
1 Peter 4:17…For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Matt 13:24-30… He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
Rev 2-3…Jesus’ letters to the 7 churches warns sinners therein of the need to repent, or else face judgement and extraction as well as the removal of His lampstand therefrom.
ALL three passages clearly imply unrepentant sinners and apostates within churches will be judged first, before other believers and the as-yet-unsaved general public.
WHY have the blatantly apostate leaders of churches who permit same-sex marriage and twisting of scriptures not died from this pandemic? If it’s time for these passages to be put into effect then the Church should be judged and leaders repent and turn, or die.
Amos 3:7… Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
I was unaware of any prophets hearing specifically about a global pandemic before it started in China. (I’d noted Veronika West’s of April 2019 about plague in USA.) Therefore, I took note of Dr Sharon Stone’s explanation of what she heard upon seeking the Lord on this matter in early March, “This plague is before its time and it is illegal.”
Sid Roth’s Coronavirus and the End-times on 19th March featured Emma Stark and Tracy Cooke, which drew discussion at Prophetic Releasers for UK Revival. However, it was too long for me to spare the time but I noticed it began with Tracy talking about a dream of being in the Wuhan lab and seeing US politicians. As blogged a couple of weeks later in Visions of Spiritual ‘Atomic Bomb’, I returned to the video because Emma’s contribution had been recommended by a pastor to whom her vision applied.
I wasn’t, therefore, persuaded by unsubstantiated claims of the virus being engineered at a laboratory, but was open to the possibility. This is why I did not exclude it from all the various scenarios I put to The Almighty on 23rd March, as told in the previous post. Hence my surprise at hearing the Lord’s immediate response to my asking if the pandemic is from Him – “No, it is man-made.”
There’s another connotation to ‘man-made’ other than engineered: it can be a consequence of our unrepented, sinful activities because they give satan legal rights of access to interfere with our lives. We thus move ourselves from under the Lord’s blood covering and protection.
Maybe Jesus was mindful of that state-of-play when saying:
Matt 24:4-8 (‘The Signs of the Times and End of the Age’) Jesus..said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for [a]all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, [b]pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
This passage states what natural and human activities/events will happen in the future, but there’s no indication that they’ll come direct from the hand of God.
Yet, the time must come when He will, of necessity, humble humanity to its knees in repentance before His holy glory.