On Wednesday Neil urgently submitted “a bit of a download from the Lord”, but noting some similarity of content, I enquire if he’s listened to Dr Sharon Stone’s video of last Thursday. Neil replies: “I had not watched Sharon’s message – I have now! God-incidence confirmation!
“Funnily enough, I also had the word “What would I need to do for people to take notice?”. However, the Lord went on to say that, as was said to the rich man when he saw Lazarus with Abraham, people ignored Moses and continue to ignore the prophets – all the signs the world needs are there, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear..”
Here’s Neil’s ‘download’ from the Lord for each of us to weigh very carefully indeed:
HAS GOD MADE A MISTAKE IN ALLOWING COVID-19?
The Lord showed me a picture of the virus spreading, and increasing in depth, like a slow-motion flood. God is giving us an opportunity to change our ways, before it is too late.
If our attitude to confusion and difficulty is to pray that they should be stopped, we are on the wrong track. Jesus was saved out of the hour, not from the hour. Heartache and sorrow and suffering are facts of life, and that is confirmed in Scripture, history and our own experiences. God’s ways are not our ways. Jesus accepted the “bitter cup” in obedience to His Father’s will. “ … what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But, for this I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your Name.”
Distress and difficulties burn up shallowness: Covid-19 focuses our minds on what has real value. The fires of suffering either strengthen us in our faith (and refine us), or make us bitter, resentful and contemptuous. Those who have weathered hardship and despair, and established a bedrock of faith, are the ones that we know we can turn to when troubles mount: the ones who always have time for us.
As the Covid-19 tidal wave increases in intensity, the peoples of the world will become the “multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14). The day of the final mighty harvest fast approaches and the window of opportunity to “choose this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24;15) is nearing an end. There is about to be a great revival, followed by the final and irrevocable harvest of separation: the tares will be cast out from the wheat.
As the troubles intensify, and the imminence of that harvest day becomes increasingly obvious, more and more people will turn for guidance to those who are calm, steadfast in faith, and able to explain what is happening.
The answer to whether God made a mistake allowing Covid-19 is ‘NO’. Allowing the Babylonian’s to overrun Israel in the time of Habakkuk was not a mistake; similarly, allowing the Covid-19 virus to overrun the world is not a mistake.
In my time with the Lord, I was led to consider Jonah. Like Jonah, many of us have sought to avoid God’s calling.
What was different about the people of Nineveh? And what did Jonah say that proved so effective? Firstly, the Ninevites had no doubts about the reality of God and His power and authority. Secondly, Jonah said the words that God told him to say, which were: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” (Jonah 3:4).
The Ninevites believed God, gave up their evil ways, put on sackcloth and fasted. “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” (Jonah 3:16).
The urgency of the moment cannot be overstressed. The next 40 days are critical. We should seek to align ourselves, our prayers and our actions, with God’s purposes. The remnant have an awesome responsibility in this hour to proclaim the Word of God and humbly yearn for, and sincerely intercede on behalf of all, who do not know the Lord.