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IS THE CORONAVIRUS
A PLAGUE FROM GOD?

There have been plagues down throughout history.  Millions have died from plagues over the centuries.   None of us would want to live in an area, during a time of a plague.  Finding the cause, creating a cure, takes time, and many die before that can be done. The coronavirus seems like a plage, it can be lethal, it is worldwide, and definitely not a blessing.       
The church often thinks that there is no plague that could come to the church, God is love, the church is pure, and no punishment ever comes to Christians.  That assumption that there is no plague, is not Scriptural. Certainly God blesses His people, we, the believers in Jesus, are ot appointed to wrath, so how could this plague be for us?

There are many examples in the Bible of plagues being sent upon people in the Bible.  We read these and yet, there is little awareness of the fact that plagues still afflict people today. Most realize that the tribulation period is abundant with plagues on the sinners.  Why are Christians not aware of the plagues that are for the church age, and in fact, are for those in the congregations of our own time.

There are spiritual laws, and the law of sowing and reaping are still in effect today.  The Bible makes it plain, and our ‘dogma’ may try to erase many verses from the Bible, but God keeps re-inserting them.  His Word is eternal, and we cannot change it, we need to change.

Galatians 6:7 (KJV)
"Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

There are many who are deceived.  We live in a world where many are turning against Jesus and His lordship.  We see sins, attacks on the Word of God, sexual sins, lying of leaders of the country, sins galore.  When God is tired of such abuse of His Word, and the mistreatment of His childre, He still can send plagues.
The Bible is full of warnings:
Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV)
"For I testify to everyone who hears the  words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book."
This prophecy is written for the church age, and shows that God still uses plagues on people in this age.  We would like to delegate plagues to the Old Testament, to the tribulation, or to just the non-religious.  It makes us uncomfortable to think of plagues on the Christian church, the ones in our own midst.  However, we must rightly divide the Word of God, and honestly look at what the Scriptures say.

The Greek word for "plague" is the word - "plege".  This word means "wound", "stripe", "stroke", and "calamity".  The Lord does chasten those that He loves with "stripes." To the church at Laodicea, which represents the predominant church of the last days, the Lord Jesus says:
Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore and repent."

This shows  that the purpose of plagues is the chastening of the people.  The Lord sends plagues to make some lethargic, apathetic, rebellious ones to become more zealous of repentance and to change from their sinful ways.  The Lord sends plagues to make them realize God's displeasure, and lack of blessing.  When plagues are sent by God, some will repent.  Therefore the purpose of God in plaguing His people is to bring them back to Him in repentance.

So that explains why God plagues sinners. Yet, what about we the saints of God?
Hosea 5:15 (KJV)
"...in their affliction, they will seek Me early (first)."

Jesus will soon rapture the church, plages galore will then befall the world, but now we are pre-rapture.  The Lord Jesus wants to awaken us to the fact that He is soon to rapture. Like the ten vigins of the parable, some are ready for the bridegroom, and some are letting their lamps grow dark.  This coronavirs is like the call, “the bridegroom cometh” That makes this plague to be a blessing from God, not something bad.  Even if we die from the virus, it is only death of the body, we are eternal, and then with Jesus.  If we live through this, we are part of the revival this should be bringing to the church now awakening to the soon return of Jesus.
 
There have been plagues down throughout history.  Millions have died from plagues over the centuries.   None of us would want to live in a time of a plague.  Finding the cause, creating a cure, takes time, and many die before that can be done.  The assumption that there is no plague, is not Scriptural.

There are spiritual laws, and the law of sowing and reaping is still in effect today: 
Galatians 6:7 (KJV)
"Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

The world of our time is fighting God by attacking Christians:
John 15:18-19 (KJV)
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

God sees the persecuted, mocked and hated Christias and sends a plague to hopefully bring sinners to repentance, and awaken sleepy Christians to the fact we are in the last days.

The Bible is full of warnings:
Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV)
"For I testify to everyone who hears the  words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book."
 
Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore and repent."

This shows  that one purpose of plagues is the chastening of the people.  The Lord sends plagues to make some lethargic, apathetic, rebellious ones to become more zealous of repentance and to change from their sinful ways and get prepared for His soon coming.

Hosea 5:15 (KJV)
"...in their affliction, they will seek Me early (first)."

Some do not serve God ardently, and they do not serve the devil with any great zeal either.  The Lord is tiring of such pew fillers.  He sends a warning to such.
Revelation 3:16 (NKJV)
"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."

The Word clearly states that God will not tolerate lukewarmness in these last days.  He wants to return and rapture a church that is without spot or wrinkle, but the church is too much filled with sinners, abusers, enablers, and lukewarm people.  He must awaken these pew fillers, and this plague to we Christians is such purpose.  It is a dangerous time  to be a pew-filler Christian.  God is going to stir up those in the congregations to being "hot" for Him, or cool them off to "cold" for the enemy.  He will force the pew-fillers to make a choice!

It sounds horrible, but what God is saying is that He wants us to be ‘hot’ for Him, and will force us, in these last days to make a choice, so He can come back for a church without spot or wrinkle.  Many will choose to be hot for the Lord, some will allow the coldness to continue, I fear.   Let’s pray for them.

REPENTANCE IS NOT A BAD WORD. REPENTANCE IS CONTINUED RECONCILIATION WITH GOD.

II Corinthians 5:17-21
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin;  that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

Repentance is the method we continue to ‘reconcile’ ourselves with God.  We do not lose our salvation for failure, weakness, sin.  We did not reject the Lord when we failed, but we did lose a bit of the righteousness in which He clothed us, we are not ‘holy’.   God reconciled us to Himself, by Jesus’ work on the cross, and yet, we are told in the passage above, to ‘be ye reconciled’ for the process of spiritual battle goes on between our wretched man, and our spiritual man. 

When we are saved, we become "new creations".  The literal Greek words for that phrase means "a new species which never existed before, completely re-created.”  In other words, we are completely reborn, and we are to appropriate the benefits of this rebirth.

Ephesians 4:24
"Ye have put off the old man, and put on the new man."

The process of ‘putting on the new man’ is a continual process, and we put him on, via repentance for our failures. This new person that we have become is clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  We do not wear the old unrighteousness that we once wore.  Refusal to repent is choosing to wear the sinful garment we put on with our sin.

REPENTANCE IS AWAKENING THE NEW MAN.

I Corinthians 15:34
"Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame."

"Awake" means to become alert to this "righteousness".  The lack of being aware leaves us  unshielded from the "fiery darts" of the enemy. It allows the devil to make you feel defeated and worthless.  It makes the devil a victor over you.  Repentance is not something horrible, it is an awakening to the glory of the righteousness of Jesus, with which we can be clothed, and protected.   This plague is a blessing for those who awake to the fact Jesus is about to return. We need to awaken like the ten virgins of the parable. So this plague is our awakening call.

THE TEN PLAGUES that came upon Egypt are an example of the purpose of the coronavirus plague.

WATER TURNED INTO BLOOD

The Nile River was considered a god by the Egyptians.  To turn it to blood was an insult to the river as a god. To turn it to blood, so quickly and so suddenly, must have frightened them. Life in Egypt revolves about the Nile River.

This shows us that even the water in the pitchers and cups of Egypt turned into blood, and the food, dough, etc. into which the water had been put, appeared as blood.

FROGS

The Egyptians had a frog god named Heka (or Heket).  Some frogs were always about the Nile, but suddenly, there were a multitude. They infested everything, including their homes and food supplies.

History tells us that the water of Egypt, in river, in pitcher, in even the water of the perspiration of the Egyptians, there were the "tadpoles" of the frogs growing.

 LICE
 
According to some, lice polluted the temple, so the plague of lice was an insult to the temple of gods.  Another interpretation is that Seth was the god of earth to the Egyptians, and this plague insulted him by polluting the earth.  Out of the dust came these lice (or mosquitoes, or gnats).  So terrible was this that even the Egyptian magicians were convinced it was from God.

History tells us the lice were so numerous that the lice came to the height of two cubits (36 inches) in Egypt. 

FLIES

The gadfly is the sacred beetle of Egypt, so this was an insult to the god Khepra.  They afflicted man and beast, but Israel was immune to this plague. 

History tells us that this plague was not simply flies, in fact the word "flies" is not in the Hebrew of Exodus, but an interpretation added by the translators. The literal reading says "swarms" but does not identify "swarms" of what. It was fiery serpents, scorpions, mice, weasels, toads, and other creeping bugs of the dust. It included flies, hornets, bugs, gnats, reptiles, and winged animals. These all probably bred quickly with the immense food of the lice of the previous plague.

Psalms 78:45 says that:
"He sent divers sorts of flies (swarms) among them."

The Egyptians fled and locked themselves in their homes from the plague.   God sent a sea monster called Salanuth (the one who draws out and make shake and quiver) that had long arms, fifteen feet long, to go upon the roofs of the Egyptians and uncover their protection.  The swarms of animals and pests came freely into their homes thereby.

MURRAIN, AN EPIDEMIC AMONG THE LIVESTOCK

The cattle (esp. the horses) were sacred to the Egyptians.  Cattle were especially venerated.  Cattle were worshipped.  Israel was exempted from this plague.  The calf was the chief god of the Egyptians, and this was an insult to that god of the Egyptians.

History tells us that 90 per cent of the cattle belonging to the Egyptians died, but not one of the cattle belonging to the Israeli people died.

BOILS

Murrain was only on the beasts, but this was on man as well.  Ashes were used by the priests to bless the people.  This curse turned a blessing into a curse.  Others associate this plague with Neit, the great mother of heaven to the Egyptians. 

Ancient historical books  tell us that the skin burst with this curse, caused great itching, and made their flesh waste away, and become rotten and putrid.

HAIL

Isis and Serapis were the gods of fire and water.  Yet they could not protect the Egyptians from the hail. The word translated "hail" is the Hebrew word "barad" and is usually translated "meteorites." This explains the fire mentioned with the hail.  It was not ordinary hail, but a rain of fiery meteorites.

The hail ("barad") was mingled with fire, and the destruction of the heavy hail, and the fire  consumed and destroyed fruit trees, green herbs, and killed man and beast . There were sounds of "thunder" (Hebrew = "kolot", meaning "loud noises") with the fall of hail.  These loud noises were the explosions of the falling meteorites. 

Exodus 9:23 (KJV)
And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
 
The "hail", here in Exodus 9:23, is a different word, it is from the Hebrew "naptha" meaning "oil."  The oxygen of the atmosphere when it mixes with the hydrogen and carbon of a comet tail can produce an oil like mixture that can explode, burn, and cause great destruction.  This plague seems to describe a comet tail passing by the earth, and causing great devastation on just the property of the Egyptians.

LOCUSTS

The gods of Egypt were to protect Egypt from locusts, and could not.  In a vast cloud, they came and covered the earth to a depth of 4 to 5 inches.  The threat of it caused the Pharaoh' officials to beg.

We are told here that the four stages of locust (as also mentioned in Joel 1 and 2) are all present and destructive in Egypt at this time. 
The Bible indicates that there had never been a locust plague as bad as this one.  There has been a plague for some parts of our world in the last few months, Again the purpose of that plague fot them is the same as for the virus plague.

DARKNESS

The darkness was aimed at Ra, the sun god of the Egyptians.  And it was against the Egyptian god, Set, the evil one who claimed to be able to cause darkness. There were three days of darkness.  According  ancient Hebrew writings, the darkness was with substance, and the light of lamps, and candles could not penetrate it.  It became so dark that one could not see the person standing next to him. Pharaoh yielded, but hardened himself again later.

We are informed that it was so thick a darkness on the Egyptians, that they could not move, nor see to even rise out of bed.  Many died due to the darkness.

DEATH OF THE FIRSTBORN

The Pharaoh was considered divine, so the tenth plague was against the divine heir to the throne.  Nearly a year after the plagues started, this plague finally brought the nation of Egypt to its knees. 

In that culture, and in many others, the firstborn was the "primogeniture" meaning the chief heir of a man, to his property, his name, and his rights. The eldest son was therefore the most important of the children.  To strike down the firstborn was a great tragedy to each family.

The plagues each intensified, and if the nation of Egypt had not yielded here can you imagine the eleventh or twelfth plague?  This last plague struck at midnight.  Midnight was (to the Egyptians) the time the gods fought.  God demonstrated to them that Jehovah had conquered all the gods of the Egyptians. 

Exodus 12:12
"...against all the gods of Egypt, I will execute judgment.  I am the Lord."

The heir to the Egyptian throne was called "erpa suten sa"` which meant that he was the hereditary crown prince.  Upon his ascension to the throne, he was to be "deity."  To strike him dead, meant the death of the divine heir apparent - a blow to the religion of Egypt. If Pharaoh had further resisted, God would have probably taken his life in an eleventh plague.  The reason all the firstborn of all Egypt had been killed, was that all Egypt had joined in the enslavement of Israel.

The Egyptians knew that the plagues were attacks upon the gods in whom they trusted, and they knew these plagues proved that the God of the Hebrews was Almighty:
Exodus 7:5
"And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt."
Exodus 8:10
"Be it as you say, that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God."
 
Even when the Egyptian gods were exposed as fake, fiction, and powerless. Pharaoh refused to believe in Jehovah.  Today many find that they things and gods of the day in which they trust are powerless. Even when the power of God is demonstrated , by miracles, by life-changing salvations, by healings, many still refuse to believe in and worship God.  Today, despite the plague, some will refuse repentance to God, some will remain sinners.

Exodus 11:7
"But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue."

God demonstrates a difference between the children of God, and the children of the devil. Even nature sees the difference, the dogs would not growl at the Hebrews.  God is showing the world, or trying to show them, through our miraculous ministries that the child of God is different from any sinner the devil can produce.

Romans 8:1
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus."
Isaiah 54:17
"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you, Thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me."
Romans 8:33-34
"Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?  It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth?  It is Christ that died, yea, rather, Who is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us."

Ware to be making the devils run with terror from us. The world should know that our God is the true God, the only God. By miracles, by judgment against the enemies, by preservation of God's children, the world should see that our God is the God of the Universe, the Lord of Hosts. the eternal Jehovah God.

Coronavirus is a horrible plague for the sinful world, but is to be a blessing to the church God is calling to realize the coming of Jesus is soon. These plagues for Egypt were an awakening to Israel, they prepared the escape from Egypt, they victorious escaped the world of sin and of persecution.

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