THE WAY SEEMS DARK AND DREARY, BUT THERE’S THE LIGHT AT THE END
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.”
“Go to now, ye that say, ‘To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:’ Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, ‘If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.’ But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE USA; FOR THE WORLD? Even without the Coronavirus hysteria and the COVID-19 Panic, nothing in the world is sure, on mankind’s end. How will the world be different when the COVID-19 Pandemic eases and restrictions are lessened? What will life be like, and look like? Is there any hope for tomorrow? Certainly, life will never be the same again!
WHAT WE *DON’T* KNOW — Many have been asking if the Coronavirus will now come in waves to us, as have other forms of the flu, viral infections and illnesses, and seasonal diseases. Will we deal with COVID-19 from now on? The likely answer is, “Yes”, but, in reality, we don’t know for sure. Will the Coronavirus make a come-back? Will it make a come-back this year? These are some of the questions being asked. There is much that we don’t know, as the future is never set in stone. Will some other great pandemic (though, as far as pandemics go, the COVID-19 doesn’t really stack up to others of the past) sweep through the world, causing shot-downs, fear, panic, and mayhem? Yes, very likely, but we have no idea when or where. Much similarly to the Coronavirus, and other flu and viral outbreaks of the past, the next virus to strike fear and terror into mankind is as yet unknown. There is much that we simply do not know about the future, nor about what will happen next. We don’t even know how long the COVID-19 thing will go on.
THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN IS BEING USED AS A WEAPON. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mainstream Media worldwide has used its accompanying fear and unknowns about it as a weapon…a weapon of control.
“Minnesota Reports 11 New COVID-19 Deaths; Total Hits 50”
“COVID-19: One death reported in Oklahoma; 160 new confirmed cases”“Why COVID-19 death rate is highest among black Americans”
“’San Francisco is particularly vulnerable’: Expert explains how COVID-19 may hurt city budgets”
“Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby Concerned About ‘Full and Robust’ Season amid COVID-19”
“DHEC: 12 new deaths, 139 additional cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina”
“Pasig City to shoulder cremation for residents with COVID-19-related death”
“What does recovery from COVID-19 look like? It depends. A pulmonologist explains.”
“CDC’s new guidance around COVID-19 contact sends potentially exposed critical employees back to work”
“Dr. Siegel: Economy cannot reopen without rapid COVID-19 testing capability”
“COVID-19 is ‘in charge’ of college football season”
“Coronavirus: Woman with Covid-19 ‘didn’t want to die alone’”
These headlines come from a simple Internet search from the date of this writing (9th April 2020 [Thursday]).Can you see, friends, how the fear of the COVID-19 Virus, and the fear surrounding it, is being used as a weapon, as a tool of persuasion, but the Mainstream Media? And this is how it’s been used since the beginning. The fear, the panic, the gripping “concern” about the spread of the Coronavirus is such that, again – as explained in all of the previous articles in this series – governments at all levels have instituted lock-downs, public and social restrictions, and “Stay at Home/Shelter in Place/Safe at Home” decrees. We have seen sports organizations literally shut down seasons, postpone opening days, and cancel season-ending tournaments. Why is all of this happening? It is simply over the fear of a virus, not the virus itself. As we all know, fear leads to people being controlled, giving control of their lives to higher and seemingly more-knowledgeable power. The Bible has some interesting words concerning this…
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.”
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”
Friends, we see these things, mentioned here in these verses, happening in this COVID-19 hysteria and pandemic.
THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. Friends, here, again – as mentioned in previous articles in this series – are the facts of Coronavirus…
Total Confirmed Cases: 1,506,936
Total Deaths: 90,057
Total Deaths in Total Cases: 5.976%
Total World Population: 7,776,649,550
Total COVID-19 Cases among World Population: 0.01938%
Total Deaths This Year: 16,038,285
COVID-19 Deaths among all deaths: 0.5615%
Total COVID-19 Deaths among Total World Population: 0.001158%
Can we see how minuscule the whole COVID-19 thing is in terms of overall total world population? Even if these numbers were inside the USA alone, they would still be minuscule.Friends, we have seen it before, and we see it again…
“‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, “Ye shall be made free?”’ Jesus answered them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”’”
Here it is, Beloved, in Black-and-White: if you know the truth, the truth will set you free. We see the truth of the Coronavirus. Yes, it can (and has) kill. Yes, it can cause serious physical and medical problems. Yes, it is an illness and a sickness and causes problems to the body. Yet, again, we see Yeshua Ha’Machiach’s words…
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
“And I say unto you my friends, ‘Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell;’ yea, I say unto you, ‘Fear him.’ Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
We can be made free from the fear of the COVID-19 Virus.
WHAT WE *DO* KNOW — Friends, there is much we don’t know, but there is also much that we DO know. We know that the COVID-19 Virus can be treated, can be overcome, can be defeated. We know that people can overcome the Coronavirus. Unlike what we’re hearing on the News and from the Mainstream Media, Coronavirus is NOT the mind-altering, zombie-creating virus that they make it out to be. Yes, it does heavily affect the elderly, especially if there are other, serious underlying health issues…but we know that even the elderly can overcome the COVID-19 Virus and its accompanying symptoms and signs.We also know that President Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, formed an epidemic response team on January 7th of this year; and that his CDC Administration had offered — just the day before — to send a team to help in China with the Coronavirus. We know that the President has been in Washington daily since declaring Coronavirus a National Emergency, and has been transparent in his daily briefings with the White House Press Corps and the nation. President Trump had been upbeat and positive, remaining hopeful and expectant on good news concerning the work being done to end the Coronavirus pandemic, insomuch that the media has constantly accused him of giving the nation false hope. We know, too, that President Trump and Vice-President Pence are GOD’s Men of the Hour, and that they are doing much good, and leading the charge to defeat this World Health Organization (WHO)-declared pandemic.
We also know that GOD is in Control…
“And he said unto him, ‘I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.’”
“And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, ‘I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.’”
“And said, ‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.’”
“I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”
“I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.”
“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
Friends, it might be an election year for President of the USA, but the position of GOD and LORD of Everything still resides in the Hands of GOD! We can take solace in the fact that, though we don’t know the future, GOD does, and he holds everything in his hands.
THE BOTTOM LINE: I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW, AND I KNOW WHO HOLDS MY HAND! Friends, we don’t have to let the future, the fear of the Coronavirus, and/or the fear of some future pandemic keep us in stitches.
A familiar Hymn and Church Song goes like this…
I don’t know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don’t borrow from the sunshine
For the skies they turn to grey.And I don’t worry for the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I’ll walk beside him
For he’s what lies ahead.Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb
Every burden’s getting lighter
Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining
There no tear will ever dim the eye
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
Friends, that is simply how it is. The Bible states this truth in this song very plainly…
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
“Therefore take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or, ‘What shall we drink?’ or, ‘Wherewithal shall we be clothed?’ (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Friends, we need not be afraid going forward. We simply need to trust and place our lives in GOD’s Hands. If we do so, we will have no need to fear the future and the unknown that comes with it.
CONCLUSION: DO YOU FEAR THE FUTURE? YOU DON’T HAVE TO!!! Friends, this is what we need to understand about the future and about the unknown: we don’t have to fear either of them. No matter what comes — and the Bible has been and is abundantly clear about what is coming next for this world — we do not have to be afraid. Upon the authority of the written Word of GOD, we can be free from fear; free from hysteria; free from pandemonium; free from the craziness that the Mainstream Media continues to stir up and that the talking heads say comes along with the Coronavirus. If we do give in to fear, it’s because we choose to do so. The LORD GOD has given us a way out. If we choose not to take that means of escape, then that decision is our and ours alone. Friend, you don’t, we don’t, have to fear the future, no matter how bleak it looks, no matter what the Mainstream Media prognosticates…
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
PRAYER — Heavenly Father, we know that we don’t have to fear the future. We know, O LORD, that you are in control. Will you help us, O Elohim, to know that you care, that you want to help and lead and be with us? We praise Thee and thank Thee, and we pray all of these things, in Jesus the Messiah’s Name, Amen!
THE LAST WORD — “Therefore I say unto you, ‘Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.’ Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke xii. 22–32)
NOTES — 1. All Scripture is taken from THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION OF HE ENGLISH BIBLE. London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). First Publication, 1611 AD.
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