COVID-19 in God’s agenda – Part 1
We have established COVID-19 in God’s Purpose. COVID-19 is not happenstance. It is not an accident. It is not a fall out of some 5G Technology gone awry as is being peddled by some Christian leaders. It is in the Purpose of God. And as such, it should guide and determine our responses; the type of prayers we pray to bring enlightenment and succour to the people around us. Let us now look at COVID-19 in God’s Agenda. Our God has not left us in darkness. The Holy Book tells us that similar calamities have befallen the church before. And the church, being fully warned of God, was protected and survived because she heeded the warning of the Master.
Just before the passion of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, in response to questions from His disciples, Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 gave a vivid account of events that shall signpost His second coming and of the signs of the end of the age. He spoke specifically about the great tribulation of the nation of Israel, rejection and killing of Christ.
Matt 24:15-22, says, 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
It was not just meant to be a prophetic information to the church, but a timely warning concerning what their response should be when the events began to unfold. Thank God that the Apostles’ heeding of their Master’s warning was what probably preserved the church from extinction in that Hour. Jesus did this at the beginning of the church.
Jesus, while He was in the world operating in the realm of humanity, ably assisted by the Holy Spirit gave His disciples a list of events that shall come upon the world between Pentecost and Rapture. He gave it to them, not in any chronological order, but operating in the realm of the Divine in the Throne-room, He was able to open the seals that revealed the details of these events and in their chronological order. In the same manner, towards the end of the church dispensation as we know it, and in the opening of the seven seals in the Book of Revelation, Jesus gave a serious warning to guide the response of the church to the series of events that are about to be revealed in the opening of the seven seals in Revelation chapter 6.
Please, note that everything the church and the world have experienced soon after Pentecost till now (including COVID-19) are the bad news sealed up in the seven seals, which only Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah is able to loose and make known (Rev 5:5). Join us next week as we by the Spirit of God, do some broad outlines of the early chapters of the book of Revelation to bring out some salient truths.
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Bro. Kunle Adigun, Friends of the Bridegroom International Ministries (FOBIM)