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A Spiritual Disease

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20)

The natural speaks of the invisible; the physical realm reflects spiritual reality. Wars and pandemics reflect spiritual conflict and sickness.

Can you discern?

I was warned years ago about a coming pandemic from my nurse epidemiologist wife. There is a pandemic. The Wuhan virus is real. It spreads rapidly. It is not as lethal as the “experts” say unless you are old or sickly. For the healthy, it is no worse than any other flu virus. So, why has the response been so dramatic from authorities and their talking heads in the media? Christian, please know that I am speaking of what the Bible defines as the world system. You should always be suspicious of what the world system parrots. It usually parrots Satan. There is something very deceptive and deceitful about the response. The demonically empowered world system is using fear to control and deceive. Whenever anyone uses fear to motivate, you should suspect their agenda. Some fear is godly and based upon wisdom, but that sort of fear will generally be generated by your natural wisdom and, for the believer in Jesus, from the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. It won’t be screaming at you from an outside source. The devil uses fear to motivate. God expects faith from His own.

The Wuhan flu reflects a spiritual sickness that covers the whole earth. This sickness is deadly, and I mean eternally, if it is not corrected, but it strikes the spiritually sick and weak first. The main characteristic of this spiritual sickness is deception and deceit. The purpose is the same as it always has been: to kill, to destroy, and to turn people away from God.

The powers that be in this earthly realm are but tools in Satan’s hand. Satan uses their lust for power and greed to turn them to his purpose. The response of the world’s leaders in this pandemic has been to deceive people and use fear to control and manipulate. Their concern is not for the safety of their subjects but for power.

It is disappointing to me to observe how many so-called Christians have responded to this crisis. Through times of trial and tribulation we are called to trust in the Lord. But so many professed Christians, especially here in the west are quick to trust in government and to obey their rulers without question. Is the western church dying? God calls His people to gather regularly for worship, but when our leaders forbid it and threaten us we obey them without question. When we read in scripture of the martyrs and martyrs today in distant places we should ask ourselves if we are willing to suffer death for our Savior. In America churches are going to the government for a hand out (PPP) with faith that government will protect them. They don’t have faith that God will provide. They think that God is working through the same government that condones the slaughter of the innocents. They trust in the government just as Israel and Judah trusted that Egypt would save them from Assyria and Babylon. “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” (Rev 12:11)

There is a horrible spirit of deception at work in these last days. And there is a contagious spiritual sickness of unbelief.

“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Th 2:1-12)

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