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Weekly Update: COVID-19 – What is really going on?

Andrew Tucker - 3 April 2020

Dear friends,

The world is being gripped by the fear of death. Fear is driven by perception. As Christians, we are called not to be led by fear. Rather, we must look beyond the superficial symptoms, in order to understand the spiritual significance of the natural world. We are called – and equipped – to look through a spiritual lens at what is really happening “behind the veil”. And it is the Bible that gives us that lens. In Revelation 3, Jesus speaks about the “eye salve” that the church of the last days needs to have in order to understand what is going on around us, and to realize our own utter helplessness and dependence on God in times of crisis. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to spiritually understand and interpret the physical world.

First, the symptoms. As the number of cases and deaths rises, the World Health Organization and other scientists have convinced governments around the world to go into lock-down. The results are catastrophic. The world economy is literally being crushed.

There is already massive unemployment. The poor, the marginalized, ordinary employees and small and medium-sized businesses are the hardest hit. Large global financial, high-tech and pharmaceutical corporations will benefit. Governments will go further into already astronomical debt.

Many say the rapid spread of COVID-19 requires a global response. Influential leaders like former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown advocate global governance. In the desperate effort to “avoid more deaths”, Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci and others are urging an even more radical shutdown of the entire economy, increased compulsory testing, and a coordinated global plan for development and implementation of a vaccine.

Already there is a widespread prohibition on use of cash, and proposals for further implementation of the cashless society, and introduction of global currencies.

I leave open the causes and the question whether or not this has somehow been planned or orchestrated. The fact is, the old economic and social order is collapsing as we speak. Millions of people are being impoverished, and an ever-diminishing number of unelected individuals and organizations are gaining an exponentially-increasing level of power and influence over the lives of the masses. This intensification of global economic and political power far outstrips anything previously seen.

It is surely no coincidence this scenario corresponds exactly with the conditions the Bible describes as preparing the way for the Anti-Christ to reign.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that Satan is at work in the world. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

This crisis is a warning to us as church to repent and wake out of our spiritual “luke warmness”. It is because we have utterly failed in our mission that the Lord removes His protective hand over the nations in the end times, allowing Satan to have more power and influence, preparing the way for the Lawless One. In His letter to the last of the seven churches, the church of Laodicea, Jesus says:

 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” (Rev. 3:17-18)

In addition to our undoubted responsibility as good citizens, let us put on the “eye salve” of the Holy Spirit as a church, get on our knees and look to the Lord alone. In all things, thank God that He is in control, and we have the victory in His Son Jesus Christ. He will protect those who place their hope in Him alone. And He is coming soon.

Fear not, but trust in the God of Israel, who “neither slumbers nor sleeps”.

Shabbat shalom,

Andrew Tucker
Editor-in-Chief – Israel & Christians Today


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Scripture for the week: Revelation 3:14-21

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!

16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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