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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN: PART VII — THE NEW NORMAL

LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS PANIC HAS SUBSIDED

“Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.  Because ye have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:’  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.  Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.  And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.  From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.’”[1]

“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”“Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.  According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.”

“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.”

WE HAVE ENTERED UNCHARTED TERRITORY.  Never before — not even when The Big 3 of the US mainstream media had a monopoly on the news of the day — has such power of influence and affect been given to a sector of society as has been given to the Mainstream Media.  The Mainstream Media has literally carried story after story about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, using fear, sensationalism, and panic to force every type of public gathering and social event to literally be shut down, postponed indefinitely, or canceled altogether.  It has used this pandemic hysteria to crash the economies and stock markets of the Western World, most notably those of the USA Governments at every level have given into this fear and panic and pandemonium and locked down their locales, ordering people to shelter in place and to stay home.  When all of this pandemonium has died down, this world will never, ever be the same again.

A SOCIETAL TURNING POINT — There have been many, many turning points in society over the last century alone.  Glenn Beck, in his BlazeTV special America’s Most Dangerous Virus: The Media, called this COVID-19 pandemonium a “once in a lifetime crisis”, and he is exactly right.  We have had many in the last several decades.  There was the Stock Market Crash of 1929, ushering in the Great Depression and the United States’ biggest financial crisis of the last century, and leading to the Great Depression in Europe.  This Depression, according to Mr. John A. Garraty, in his 1986 work The Great Depression,  lasted — for the United States — until the late 1930s (many believe that the Great Depression was ended by World War Two), and included The Dust Bowl, The Okie Migration (both of these situations greatly described and graphically detailed in John Steinbeck’s 1939 classic The Grapes of Wrath, which was also made into a movie in 1940), the First and Second Bank Panics, American Unemployment reaching 25%, and many others.  Many who lived through the Great Depression still scrimp and save and remember times of scantness.

On September 1st, 1939, World War Two began in Europe when The German Wehrmacht invaded Poland (some state that the war actually began in July of 1937, when the Empire of Japan invaded China; others think that World War Two began on September 18th, 1931, with the Mukden/Machurian Incident).  Many see this date, as well as the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor,  December 7th, 1941, as such times in history; times of crises where life was forever changed (even then-President Roosevelt stated that December 7th, 1941, was a date that would live in infamy).  World War Two was certainly a time of significant change in life, and a definite once in a lifetime crisis, affecting the entire world (as did the Great Depression).  By the time World War Two ended on September 2nd, 1945, the world had forever changed, especially with the entrance of the use of nuclear weapons, on August 6th and 9th, 1945.

The same can be easily said of other once-in-a-lifetime events, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 16th to the 28th, 1962; the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas, Texas; the starts of the Korean (on June 25th, 1950) and the formal begin of the Vietnam War (November 1st, 1955 [formally]; the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, August 2nd, 1964 [began direct US Involvement]); the Watergate Scandal of 1972 leading to the resignation of then-President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974; the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of January 28th, 1986; and the September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon Building in New York City and Washington, DC, respectively.  Each and every one of these, in greater or lesser degrees, affected and effected life worldwide and, largely, haven’t been repeated since.

So, too, the COVID-19 Pandemic — and media and government reaction to it — is such a once-in-a-lifetime crisis:  life will never be the same when all is said and done concerning Coronavirus.

WHAT IS THE NEW NORMAL?  Laura Ingraham recently asked this question and discussed it at length on her nightly Fox News program, The Ingraham Angle, in her opening monologue, and it bears repeating:  What Is the New Normal?  Anthony Brian Logan, in a recent video concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic and the erosion of Constitutional Rights in the USA asserts that this situation is only temporary.  The fact of the matter is, with the media especially, life will never be the same, again.  As mentioned in past articles, the media of the world, and especially of the United States of America, has been bequeathed a power never before used: the power to influence governments and businesses and organizations to literally shut-down over the fear of a reported danger. In essence, the media has been proactive with regards to the COVID-19 virus, whereas, in times past, the media had been reactive.  The once-in-a-lifetime events mentioned above all proved a surprise to the media, forcing them to react and take reactionary measures.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has been one of pro-activity, where the media saw a smaller story, then blew it out-of-proportion to the danger, causing fear, panic, hysteria, and pandemonium, insomuch that major sporting events have been indefinitely postponed, totally canceled for the season and year; social gatherings have been limited to ten or less by many states (leading to the arrest of two pastors for holding church services in the face of executive orders for public lock-downs), forcing restaurants and other businesses to close down, or resort to curb-side or delivery-only service; and universities and schools have been forced to go totally on-line with their instruction, with physical classes being ended for the remainder of the school year.  The media has also stirred the fires of fear among the general population, insomuch that toilet paper, essential goods, even food staples have been bought and hoarded to exhaustion.  This is the power that the media now has.  For life to go on as it was before the fires of panic were fueled and fanned by the media would be uncharacteristic of them and how such power has been wielded by others in the past.

ANCIENT WARNINGS — The Bible states very clear warnings to those in the media who have basically done naught but spread evil, fear, and lies…

Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.”

“That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.”

Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.”

They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.”

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.  But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.”

Friends, we need to understand that the fear, the panic, the hysteria, the pandemonium created and stirred up by the media will be repaid…

But and if that servant say in his heart ‘My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;’  The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”

Friends, just like this passage states, the media people know — they know — Who GOD Is.  Despite their knowing, they’ve done as the verses quoted here state:  they have caused evil and spread lies and allowed people to not only suffer violence, but to die, just to forward their agenda. And the power that they have now to heavily influence the population at large will only see more of this happen.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  A MORE DANGEROUS FUTURE — Friends, the future no longer looks bright, as the old song told us.  The future, with the media having the kind of power to literally shut down the world, looks more dangerous.  It will only lead to one place…

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?’  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  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.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If any man have an ear, let him hear.  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

The intolerance to any other ideas — their intolerance to The Truth — seen in the media will reach its height in the form of the Antichrist…

“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.”

As we can see in the Scripture passage just posted, people, again, will be heavily influenced to rejoice over the deaths of the two witnesses.  They will be influenced by the press at that time to refuse to bury these two witnesses that the Antichrist kills.  Friends, this will be the result of what we are seeing right now.  While this is a future that is coming, we still don’t have to be dominated by fear nor controlled by the media.  We can have a different influence.

CONCLUSION:  FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS!  This, friends, is what will keep us from being swayed, from being influenced by the media: faith in Jesus the Messiah…!

Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, ‘That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;” and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.’  Therefore I say unto you, ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’”

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, ‘God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Friends, as has been repeatedly stated in this series, you do not have to be afraid:  Christ Jesus can set you free from fear…

“And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.  And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us: we perish.’  And he saith unto them, ‘Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?’ Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

“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.”

Yes, the future is more dangerous, but GOD is already in the future, and he has stated time and again that he will be with us!   Do you know him, friend?  Do you know Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD of your life?  If you do, there is no need to fear!  If you do not, why not come to know Jesus as LORD and Savior today?  Yes, you may go through persecution, and friends you have now may desert you…but Jesus the Messiah will bring new friends into your life and, who knows?  Maybe your old friends will be influenced by you.  We implore you:  come to Jesus the Savior today!

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.”

PRAYER — Heavenly Father, we know that the worldly, secular media will lead us astray, but we also know that you never will.  Will you please help us to trust in you and your unfailing, written Word?  And will you bring the media people to salvation through Jesus Christ’s Name?  We thank you, O LORD, and we love you, and we pray all of these things in the Name of Jesus Christ — the Name above every name — Amen!

THE LAST WORD — “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.” (Matthew vi. 33—34)

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.” (John xvi. 33)

NOTES — 1. All Scripture is taken from The Authorized King James Version of the English Bible.  London, England, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK).  Initial publication, 1611AD.

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Eugene Quintus Whipplewart

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