God’s message in context with the coronavirus
If there is one lesson that the coronavirus pandemic leaves for humanity, it has to be weighed not by the number of deaths it leaves behind, but by the vulnerability of the financial systems on which man has built his economic security.
The major consequence is not deaths, although it is always a pain to lose loved ones, but the major consequences are economic, for many countries, consequences that will take years to overcome.
I do not want to seem insensitive to you, it is not that I put the material more than human lives, a life is priceless; as a pastor I think how many of those who die daily will not have had a chance of salvation, but I discover by the Word of God that there is something more destructive that is coming upon us, and the coronavirus is bringing it out, and we have to prepare ourselves properly. That strong thing that is coming upon us has to do with the financial systems of the world.
The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability —and unfairness— of human financial systems in producing goods, services and wealth. The pandemic caused the collapse of financial markets, banking, commerce, industry – all of it in a matter of weeks. Unemployment, which the United States boasted was the lowest in many years, has averaged a record 3.283 million unemployment insurance claims per week, and Bank of America expects up to 20 million people to lose their jobs by the third quarter with an unemployment rate that could peak at 15%. (Udland, 2020)
Many economists are alarmed by the coming global recession, some even predict that this recession may degenerate into a long depression like the one that hit the United States between 1929 and 1939. (Sabga, 2020)
Does this discussion have any spiritual merit? Why should we discuss the case? The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability – and unfairness – of human financial systems in producing goods, services and wealth; many, many people around the world have been left unemployed, and worst of all, unprepared with enough savings to provide themselves with food.
This situation, of which we are not yet aware, will lead to proposals to develop new models of social, national and international life, not only to prevent so many people from losing their lives, but also to prevent the financial systems from collapsing and wasting years of effort. In the next few years we will see global proposals in the area of finance so as not to depend on money, nor on human labor as the raw material of production; there will be a tendency towards the virtual, and home-based work models will be developed, offices will tend to disappear and mega-workplaces will be operated by robotic systems. The coronavirus will be marking a turn in the thinking of financial school developers, and forcing them to develop new models of social convenience.
Additionally, and this is the purpose of our writing, the coronavirus is a call of attention from God to the communities of faith in Jesus; this situation has taken many communities of faith by surprise, and has put the continuity of many of them at risk; in the worst case, it has undermined the conviction of many men/women of faith as to how to view such an adverse situation.
The coronavirus has been sent by God, and has for the people of faith in Jesus a purpose of training and developing convictions. The coronavirus performs a prophetic function as stated in the teaching shared by the apostle Paul in his epistles, and by the apostle John in his Revelation. The coronavirus is, in that sense, a sign for the people of faith to prepare themselves to face the difficult times that will come upon the church in the times before Jesus’ return to earth.
The three pillars on which rest all the signs of the events that will occur prior to Jesus’ coming, and of which we must be firm in our convictions, are the following.
When they say peace and safety, sudden destruction will come
The coronavirus is intended to be a warning to the people of faith, a kind of drill, so that the man/woman of faith will not trust in the prosperity of the world.
Just before the appearance of the coronavirus, the economies of the world were healthy and prosperous; in the United States alone, the unemployment rate had fallen to 3.6%, the lowest since 1969; and everyone will remember the commercial war that arose between the United States and China to achieve hegemony in world markets.
What happened? Why have things suddenly changed so drastically?
The coronavirus is teaching the faith community that there was a time when it “conformed” to this world, that is, it “took the form” that this world suggested to it. The man/woman of faith “thought” as the world thinks, seeing at the end that a time of economic relief and financial prosperity was coming. The apostle Paul had clearly warned in his doctrine by the Spirit of God that the man/woman of faith cannot conform to this world,
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
The coronavirus has been established by God as a simulacrum of self-preservation, so that the people of faith may become aware from the Scriptures that before the coming of Jesus there will be a time of world peace and prosperity, established by the antichrist, but which for the church will mean “tribulation”, because in order to enjoy that prosperity, the antichrist will impose the demand that each one submit under his seal, and let himself be codified, as the unique way to buy and sell. The apostle Paul presents it in the following terms,
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1st. Thessalonians 5:3
The coronavirus has been sent by God to train His people to know how to behave in this type of situation; the coronavirus has been a training model, so that the man/woman of faith can develop strategies and protocols to survive in these situations.
It is not a matter of building “bunkers” to keep a whole month’s supply, that is not the strategy; the apostle warned that there are always “signs” from God to man, and one of them is to understand that every time of “fat cows” is followed by “lean cows”; when the sign is given, that is the time to provide. It is not a new warning, Jesus had spoken about it just before He was crucified,
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: Matthew 24:32
Anyone who depends on the financial system of this world will surely see their livelihood affected;
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:19-21
Anyone who develops sustaining protocols according to biblical models, the waves will pass over him/her and his/her situation will not be affected.
27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cæsar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judæa: Acts 11:27-29
The mystery of iniquity is revealed
In the Apostle Paul’s writings, in his second epistle to the Thessalonians, the Apostle refers to a teaching that he shared with the community at some point during his stay among them. The apostle speaks of the existence of a diabolical operation that will bring about the emergence of a personage of satanic descent by whom a world financial system will be established that will not depend on current human efforts to produce sustenance and wealth.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2nd. Thessalonians 2:3-8
The apostle, in presenting this teaching under the classification of “mystery,” makes the reader see that it is an operation that is not legible to every eye, not even among the communities of faith themselves; the mystery of iniquity, as Paul defines it, is a diabolical operation for which the church will suffer resistance, opposition, and persecution, especially for those who denounce and oppose its satanic operation.
The son of perdition, as the apostle Paul defines him —antichrist, according to John’s definition— is a character of satanic descent who will establish a financial system different from the present one, a “phantom” financial system that will not depend on the concept of buying and selling, nor on the work that man develops to produce profit, but on the injection of virtual capital distributed at the cost of the coding assigned per inhabitant.
The apostle John presented it in his vision of Revelation as a coding control to be read by genetic readers of each person’s forehead and/or right hand. The coronavirus is alerting us to the imminence of such times.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16-17
To understand where the world is heading in the coming years, just review for a few moments some images that were part of the scenarios to detect outbreaks of the pandemic. The reading of the person’s temperature by a digital thermometer pointed at the person’s forehead, makes us refer to a prophetic word that is explained in the book of Revelation.
Although we are not yet in the time of Revelation, however, this image of the temperature reading on the forehead must be telling us something. The platform has already been built, and the coronavirus set the precedent, and God is warning us.
In addition to the above, the subsidies and economic assistance that some governments in the world are giving their inhabitants are not only a palliative to the situation, or ways to contain the recession, are the basis on which it is established that henceforth will be paid not for work done, but for the contribution of the person to distribute that economic good among the established businesses.
Unfortunately, the doctrine of the pre-tribulational rapture of the church is not allowing the communities of faith to prepare themselves adequately; the idea that this human doctrine is developing arrogance among the members of the communities that support it, because they proclaim that the church will not go through such events, as it will be raptured before the operation of the antichrist begins. A human doctrine that is not supported by the Word of God.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together: Europe the epicenter of the coronavirus
Europe became the epicenter of the coronavirus as soon as the virus left China, and at some point the numbers of infected and dead even exceeded the data reported by China. How extraordinary is this event? The situation marks the point from which the mystery of iniquity will begin to emerge, and from which the antichrist will emerge. The fact can only be understood prophetically by a Word established by Jesus just before He was crucified,
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Matthew 24:28
Why will this be so? The region most affected by the coronavirus will begin to develop and rethink new economic models. The European Union will lead this motion not only for Europe but for the whole world. All this in fulfillment also of the vision that the apostle John presented in his Revelation about the last times, before the coming of Jesus,
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. Revelation 13:1—9
God’s ten plagues on Egypt leave us with a teaching that is useful to refer to in this section. Before Moses was sent by God to deliver the people, Egypt was a powerful nation in the region, much of its splendor that we know today was born at just that time. However, as soon as the ten plagues were over, Egypt became a weak and vulnerable people, and the children of Israel took on the riches of Egypt.
This teaching highlights the fact that after the coronavirus ends, some nations will be impoverished, others will struggle to sustain themselves, while others will be enriched – that is the case with the European Union. We have seen it before in history, Germany was destroyed and divided after the Second World War, its recovery and economic overcoming only marks the route that will follow the European Union as soon as the time of the coronavirus has passed.
In conclusion, the coronavirus is not only a virus that will soon pass and remain in instruction manuals as a lethal virus, as one of the greatest pandemics in the history of mankind; the coronavirus has been sent to fulfill a purpose of training and education. God in His Mercy has given us an up-to-date picture of how prophetic events are to run, because He knows that the church, today, is a sleeping church, which has become a religious institution, one that proclaims institutional achievements rather than the Word of God.
God is awakening his people.
there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psalm 91:10
it is necessary to uproot the apostasy of our faith communities.
Sabga, P. (2020, Mar 30). aljazeera. Retrieved from Coronavirus economy: Recession or depression?: https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/ajimpact/coronavirus-economy-recession-depression-200324161905531.html
Udland, M. (2020, April 2). Yahoo Finance. Retrieved from The U.S. economy is entering the ‘deepest recession on record’: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-economy-entering-deepest-recession-on-record-172304066.html
The biblical quotations are taken from the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
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