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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS — PART IV

THE COVID-19 PANIC IS SIMPLY A TEST FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS ADMINISTRATION, AND THE USA.

Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, ‘Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’”[1]

AUTHOR’S NOTE — In PART III, we took a look at the attacks and vitriol on the person and presidential administration of Donald John Trump.  We looked at how the media and the Left have attacked conservative and conservatively minded presidents since, at least, President Nixon, and how those attacks intensified under Presidents Ford, Reagan, George H. W. and George W. Bush.  We also saw how the times and the societal failures and falls have greatly influenced and caused disrespect towards the Office of President of the United States of America. In this part, we will take a look at how President Donald John Trump is GOD’s Man of the Hour concerning the COVID-19 panic and the recent Stock Market Slump and sudden Economic Downturn, due to Coronavirus.

YOU CAN’T TRICK A TRICKSTER!  This old saying has been going around for quite some time.  It simply means that it is hard to deceive or trick someone who knows how to trick and or deceive in their own right.  This quote could be applied easily to President Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States of America.  As a businessman, media mogul, and real estate magnate — not to mention a billionaire many times over — President Trump is in the unique position, in these days and times, concerning the COVID-19 Specter and the resultant Stock Market slump and sudden economic downturn.  No President of the United States of America ever came form the kind of business and economic background and lifestyle as did President Trump.  As such, it is this unique background that not only makes President Trump uniquely qualified to take on a slumping, failing economy and crashing stock market; to tackle a societal problem like COVID-19, and it’s personally isolating results; but also is GOD’s Man of the Hour in this specific time in United States’ History.

A HEAVY BACKGROUND IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AND BUSINESS ACUMEN — If President Trump has anything (and he is a VERY Intelligent man), he surely has business acumen and corporate leadership experience…and his leadership in the recent press conferences and COVID-19 Virus Response Team Updates have shown this.  This experience has helped President Trump effectively take on the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The reasons for this are many, but primarily that he understands the deep machinations and workings of a detailed and a finely tuned machine and organization.  He knows how to delegate and lead during a time of crisis.  One of the facts upon which President Trump has faced criticism is that his corporations have gone through six bankruptcies in his business history.  While many have been quick to criticize the president for these failures, and, as well, for the failure of Trump University, these failures in business have prepared him for this time in History.  We see failure in all sides, due to the fallout of WHO designating the COVID-19 virus a pandemic.  We see large and small businesses closing.  We see states literally going on statewide lock-downs.  We’ve seen all sorts of panic and hysteria from people due to the COVID-19 scare.  We’ve seen people literally go crazy, buying up all the toilet paper, food staples, and other essentials; businesses closing and shutting down; events canceling or postponing.  Through it all, President Trump has remained calm, remained steadfast, and remained level-headed.  It is because of his failures that he has learned how to persevere through, and he is leading the United States of America very well during this crisis.

PROMISES MADE; PROMISES KEPT — President Trump’s record as far as keeping his campaign promises – or fighting to keep them – has been nigh-on perfect!  One of the promises he made was to protect Christians and Christianity at home and abroad, and it is this promise (which he is keeping), as well as his promise to protect and have strong ties with Israel, which always draws the ire and opposition of the Enemy, Satan.  Numerous kings and rulers in the Bible were tested when making a stand for GOD.  King David faced three invasions by Philistines upon becoming king and taking a stand for GOD.  King Hezekiah faced down the Assyrian Army after taking a stand for GOD.  Kings Asa and Jehoshaphat both faced invasions meant to wipe out their kingdom of Judah.  Friends, anytime anyone takes a stand and makes a stand for GOD, opposition will come.  Anytime a promise is made to GOD, a challenge will come to make the promise maker break his or her promise.  Sometimes the promise is foolish.  Sometimes the promise is good and right.  In either case, the promise maker will be challenged to be a promise keeper.  President Trump is no different than kings and rulers of old.  He has made promises, and to GOD to protect his people and recognize and have stronger ties to the people of his promise.

THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS.  Thomas Paine, in his treatese, The Crisis, writes prophetically about these days in which we live…

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated…”

We are certainly living in times that Thomas Paine describes.  The Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic has descended upon the Mainstream Media in ways we’ve not seen in quite a time.  The panic we’ve witnessed has been such that the stock market has all but collapsed.  Again, as mentioned before, business, transit, events, and social gatherings that are the lifeblood of the USA have basically come to a standstill.  Despite it all, President Trump has been a stay.  Yes, it has tried his presidency.  This time has been a severe test and challenge to Mr. Trump’s first administration.

And a test he is getting, as well, at his daily press and COVID-19 Response Team Press Briefings.  Those in the Mainstream Media — who’ve basically had it in for President Trump since he announced his candidacy for President of the United States of America, as a Republican, in 2015 — have asked repetitiously ignorant and asinine questions, meant to be “gotcha’” questions, that President Trump not only has deftly responded to, but has turned the tables just about each and every time back on the questioning “reporter”.  This, too, tries a man, even as vigorous and strong and level-headed, and prescient in media matters as President Trump is.

HOPE AND CHANGE VERSUS HOPE AND LEADERSHIP — When Former President Barack Obama was running for his first term, one of this slogans was “Hope and Change”.  We heard almost nightly how the United States needed a “fresh start” and a “new direction” from then-Senator Obama.  Here are a few of his quotes…

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

“In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?”

“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”

It’s time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative. That will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility for every dollar that is spent.”

And yet, at times of crisis in the USA, President Obama was either complicit or absent in a time of need.  In two of the epidemics in President Obama’s administrations, he was found to be negligent, or timid in his responses.  He also was found to have skipped 60% of his daily intelligence briefings during his time in office.

President Trump has been quite the opposite with regards to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  He has, daily, been appearing before the public to explain the decisions made about COVID-19, and what his administration has been doing.  He has canceled campaign rallies, and largely stayed in Washington to manage and show leadership during this time.  His predecessor did something quite different…

H1N1, declared a public health emergency earlier in the year, has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States and put more than 20,000 in the hospital since it emerged earlier this year, the CDC said. But health officials are quick to note that the actual number of cases cannot be measured.”

By contrast, on the day that President Trump declared a National Emergency due to COVID-19, sixty-nine Americans had passed from the virus.  He also has worked, even while being impeached, to keep the USA safe and healthy, despite opposition from many by closing travel to Mainland China and Europe.  All of this, and even more that President Trump has done, is leadership.  His press briefings have been full of hope and reassurance to he American people, insomuch that many are accusing him of “false” hope.  Despite this, President Trump is upbeat, sure, and hopeful that the USA will defeat the Coronavirus.

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND RIGHTEOUS LEADERSHIP MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!  The Bible is rife with verses that speak to leaders and the leadership of a nation being righteous, and how righteousness is a blessing…

“The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.”

“The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.”

The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.”

“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.”

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

“The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.”

“For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.”

Friends, we are seeing how President Trump is succeeding in everything he has done.  Prior to the madness of the Coronavirus being set upon the USA, everything was going well for the United States and for President Trump’s administration.  Even now, in the depths of seemingly coming recession (and maybe depression?) and being told how bad everything is concerning the COVID-19 Virus, President Trump and his administration is succeeding.  Friends. Righteousness makes all the difference.  While President Trump may or may not be a believer, he has promised (and has carried through on this promise) to protect Christianity domestically and internationally, and would be a friend to Israel.  Here’s what GOD says about those who are friendly to Israel and promise to take care of believers…

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; ‘After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.  For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.’”

“For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.  He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.  As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:  So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”

“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.’”

Again, this easily explains what GOD has done with and to and through President Trump and his Administration.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOD’S MAN OF THE HOUR FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANIC!  When we take a look at how everything has come to pass over the last three years, we can easily see that President Trump was ordained by GOD to be in the Office of President of the United States of America.  His leadership at this time has been nothing short of excellent. President Trump’s election was seen as an upset, as the hand of GOD moving in favor of a man who would lead the USA back into the right direction.  As we have seen over the last three years, this is exactly what President Trump has done:  he has simply led the USA into her highest heights economically, socially, internationally, and domestically.  Anyone who fails to see this is likely also failing to read Scripture…

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”

“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.  Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.  Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:  And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.  Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.”

Friends, the Scriptures easily describe someone who is blessed by GOD.  By his own admission, President Trump has made many mistakes in his life, but he is in place, in the Office of President of the United States of America for a reason, and this COVID-19 pandemic panic may be the reason he is here:  to give hope, reassurance, and leadership in a time of utter, media-induced chaos.

CONCLUSION:  GOD WILL SEE US THROUGH BECAUSE GOD’S MAN IS LEADING US!  Friends, time and again in the Bible, whenever disaster, crisis, or hard times came upon GOD’s people, he had a man or a woman ready to stand in the gap and lead to victory.  So it is here at this time and place in history with the United States of America.  Who could better lead through such a catastrophe, such a crisis as has become the Coronavirus Hysteria, than someone who has been through such hard times in life with regards to large corporations, businesses, and organizations?  Franklin Delano Roosevelt was able to lead the USA through the Great Depression and World War Two, because he had been through the School of Hard Knocks via his crippling polio.  He, too, knew hard times.  President Ronald Reagan was able to lead the USA out of the shadow of Soviet Domination and Communist Threats because he, too, knew failure, and had been through the school of hard knocks, as well.  We see similarly in the Bible…

Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, ‘I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:  And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.’”[2]

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, ‘I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, “Thou shalt be inhabited;” and to the cities of Judah, “Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:”  That saith to the deep, “Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:”  That saith of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure:” even saying to Jerusalem, “Thou shalt be built;” and to the temple, “Thy foundation shall be laid.”’”

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

PRAYER — Heavenly Father, we thank Thee much for our President, Donald John Trump!  Would you, O LORD, grant him strength, peace, wisdom, assurance, and blessings that only you can give?  We know that he isn’t perfect, O LORD, for Only One Who ever walked this earth Was (and Is) Perfect, but we know he is your man of the hour.  Would you strengthen him and his team?  And would you, O Father, also deliver us form this Coronavirus?  Bless those who work in medicine, those in the front lines.  We pray all of these things, in Jesus the Messiah’s Name, Amen!

THE LAST WORD — “In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”  (Proverbs xii. 28)

NOTES — 1. All Scripture References, Quotes, Quotations, and Excerpts are taken from The Authorized King James Version of the English Bible.  London, England, UK.  First Edition 1611AD.

2. Author’s Note:  Similarly is written by Barseraiah, Ezra.  The First Book of the Chronicles.  Jerusalem, Province of Judah, Empire of the Persians.  5th Century, BC.  Ch. xvii, vv. 7–8:  “Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts, “I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:  And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.”’”

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