COVID-19 in God’s purpose – Part 4
The fifth purpose is the Unveiling of God’s Protection Plan for His Church from Pentecost to Rapture, throughout all the ages of the church. This Protection plan is revealed in Numbers 2:1-10. God’s protection plan is unveiled in the camping of arrangement of the children of Israel in the wilderness. The camping arrangement around the Tabernacle, based on Divine instructions, forms the shape of the CROSS. Therefore, the CROSS must become an integral part of our lives to enjoy God’s protection plan. All the twelve tribes are camped in threes around the Tabernacle and they all face the Tabernacle, which is a type of Jesus. Another instruction here for the church’s protection is that we should organise our lives/families/marriages/education/business around Jesus. The leading tribe of each group of three has a banner or standard bearing one of the four faces of Jesus.
On the East is the standard of the Lion for the leading tribe of Judah. On the West is the banner of the Ox (Calf) for the leading tribe of Ephraim. On the South is the banner of the face of a man for the leading tribe of Reuben and on the North is the standard of the leading tribe of Dan, which is the flying eagle (Numbers 2:3-31).
With this protection plan in place, there is no Bible record that the children of Israel were ever attacked, even with their backs were apparently exposed to the enemy. Even when Balak hired Balaam to curse them, it was impossible for him to do so. The children of Israel were at PEACE under God’s Protection plan. They were not even aware that His protection plan was working for them. These same four faces of Jesus are revealed in the Throne-room of God in Revelation 4, just before the opening of the seals in Rev. 6. They are designed by God to protect the church through the dark days and trying times that lay ahead in the bad news contained in the opening of the seven seals.
What this period requires is a deep revelational and experiential knowledge of Jesus. Part of the protection plan is to “LOOK UNTO JESUS” (Heb 12:2); to “CONSIDER JESUS” (Heb 3:1); to “BEHOLD JESUS” (Matt 12:18), to “LEARN of JESUS” (Matt 11:29). It is time for the church to enter into the “unity of the knowledge of the Son of God” and for us to “mature into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13) and for us to be “changed into the same image (of Christ) from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor.3: 18); having “conformed to the image of Christ” (Rom 8:29).
This can only happen as we strive by His grace to acquire the four faces of Jesus – the boldness of the Lion, the untiring labour of the Ox (calf); the penetrative intelligence of man (Jesus) and the prophetic insight of an Eagle. These four faces are God’s protection plan against the darkness, the storms and the distress that pervade the world today, and it will work for us, even as it did for the children of Israel in the wilderness. JESUS IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER. Let us encounter Him DAILY BY TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT HIM.
•Purpose number 6: The world has given too much honour to the devil. We make it appear as if the devil is in competition with God for the control of the Universe. How can the CREATURE strive and contend with the CREATOR? God is using these pre-rapture plagues, particularly COVID-19 to teach the whole of mankind that there is ONLY ONE GOD and JESUS IS HIS SON. Anyone claiming to be God is a pretender. The Bible says that “all things,” including COVID-19 will serve His Purpose. This is why those who know their God will in all situations look for God’s Purpose, so that they can know how to align themselves and stop working or praying against God’s PURPOSE.
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Bro. Kunle Adigun, Friends of the Bridegroom International Ministries (FOBIM)
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