Is the Corona Virus The Beginning of the End Times? by Rev Ron Wooten
Is the Corona Virus The Beginning of the End Times?
PART 3 – We Don’t Want to Know What we Don’t Know, Or Do We?
2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[a] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we have probably thought at some time, Is the End? If we have not had those types of thought, we would have to admit this is the most Apocalyptic Event that has ever happened in most of our lifetimes. (especially those who have been born since The Great Depression & WW 2).
Since the advent of this Genuine Threat of a Medical Pandemic, whether it is as Bad as we are being led to believe or not, it is REAL. With it has come the Closing of offices, Schools, Shopping Centers, and Governments all around the World. Little by Little our Religious Liberties and Freedom to Worship are being infringed upon, to the place that Churches are being held to a set of rules different and more stringent than other institutions.
We see our governments giving over control & authority to Organizations that probably do not have “Our Best Intentions” at heart. We now have a handful of Medical Professionals making decisions that are affecting the World and how it operates and in some cases, These professionals may not have actually dealt with patients and the sick in years.
In the Past 5 months, we have seen the economy’s of even the strongest nations brought to their knees and Large Multinational companies, as well as Mom & Pop, local business struggle, suffer and multitudes have closed.
One of the things I have seen in the past few weeks is the focus on Currency. For the first time in my lifetime of almost 60 years, things I have heard since I was a small boy about a time coming with there would be no Currency, is believable. I have been in several businesses in the past few weeks that already refuse to accept currency and in order to transact business, you have to use some type of Electronic exchange.
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT IT HAS MADE ME THINK. IS THIS THE END? OR AT LEAST IS THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING OF THE END?
IF IT IS NOT, THEN WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING FOR?
A SIMPLE TIMELINE OF END TIME EVENTS
Right now we are in the Church Age. It is from the time of Jesus Death until the Rapture. I have listened and read many sources in the past several weeks and really over the past several years. Almost everyone I listen to, who has a Pre-Tribulation view of the Rapture of the Church Tell us that there is no biblical event that needs to happen for the Rapture to take place.
AS I HAVE BEEN TOLD ALL MY LIFE – IT COULD HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT
THERE ARE NOT PEACH TREATIES THAT NEED TO BE SIGNED – THE ANTICHRIST DOESN’T HAVE TO BE REVEALED.
We are at the brink of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
But Jesus did tell us in Luke 21:25 – 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity…”
In Matthew 16:1-3 Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees and Sadducees for being able to know earthly and even carnal signs, but is says in vs 3.
16:3 Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
I honestly cannot say with complete accuracy if the Coronavirus is the beginning of the Beginning of the End, but I very comfortably say that this is a definite “Sign of The Times”.
A Sign is a Announcement of an Event – Just like the Sign in the front of our church. David Jeremiah gave this definitions in relating to End Time Events. “A SIGN IS A EVENT, A SYMBOL, A PLACE OR A PERSON WHOSE existence INDICATES SOMETHING IMPORTANT ON GOD’S PLAN FOR THE FUTURE.
Pestilences or Pandemics have been happening on the Earth almost since MAN has been on the earth. I found several websites that list them going back to the time of Christ and saw others that go even further back. One article called “The 10 worst Pandemics in History” mentioned things like Cholera, Bubonic Plague, Small Pox and Influenza. It said that Small Pox alone has claimed the lives of more than 300 Million people over close to 2000 years. In the past 150 years deaths caused by different strains of influenza have caused over 35 million deaths and since 2005 Aids has killed more than 36 million.
I am not saying all this to say try to identify is Corona is more severe or not than these others, that is not my point. The point is that Pandemics have come and will continue to come. However, when we begin to line up what is Happening here in 2020 with others SIGNS THAT THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT WE CAN SAFELY SAY THAT CORONA CAN WELL BE A SIGN ALERTING US OF AN EVENT. I HAVE mentioned some of those signs already and we will more in the next few weeks.
“FUTURE EVENTS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEFORE THEM” – D. Jeremiah
In other words, those things that will happen in the 7 years of tribulation leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus – May well be forming and preparing the way So the Church of Jesus, being lead by the Holy Spirit can begin to decern the times we are Living so we will not be caught Unaware Like the Nation of Israel when Jesus said they could not discern the “Signs of the Times” in Matt 16. Things like Corona Virus, One World Governments, Attack on Churches & Worship, Changes in Monetary Systems, Rise of Anti-Semitism, Terrorism and Natural Disasters ARE Casting a Shadow to us to Be READY.
Let me give you in closing a few things I see about the CoronaVirus that we can See God in:
- The Whole world has been effected but Something that is different than many Pandemics in the past is that NO Group of people are Exempt. This thing has touched the Rich and the Poor, The Cities and the Rural areas, The Developed Nations and the Developing Nations. It has hit Politician, Celebrities, Sports Superstars as well as People on the Streets, in Factories and the Middle Class. Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Atheist have contracted the virus. It is giving us the idea that when God does Judge the earth, NO EARTHLY STATUS OR POSITION WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU.
- This Pandemic has shown us – the Credibility of the Bible. I have always believed the Bible and the details that it gives about the End of Days. I have, however, to be very transparent, always wondered how all the things that it talks about that will happen when the Antichrist comes on the scene could ever really Happen. Right now, I know that if a Man were to rise up with a cure for this Virus and the only thing you had to do was to bow and give allegiance to him, to get it and be saved, Much of the world would fall in Line. The Bible told us 2000+ years ago that this would begin to happen. First though the Prophet Daniel and in The Revelation to John and other places. This gives great Credibility to the Word of God. Listen to his Word, Trust his Word, Quit Playing Games.
- The Uncertainty of Life and How in just a Moment Everything Can Change. I have always read the story of Job and wondered how it would be if something, even close to what he faced would happen, what would we do. Now this is not like that in severity, but since early March 2020 here in Kenya and earlier in other parts of the world, we have seen a Uncertainty of Life and really None of us know what to expect tomorrow. 6 months ago we could not imagine our children sitting at home and learning online for those who can afford it and for those who can’t, doing the best they can to teach their children possibly things they don’t understand themselves. I remember a song from my youth that talked about People going about their activities of life, working, sleeping and journeying together, then all of a sudden – in the blink of an eye, One is there, the other is left. The Catch line of the song is, “I wish we had all been Ready.”
- Lastly I see the Lack of Hope that is prevailing on TV, in the Media, from Many of the Churches and sadly Even in our own minds, if we are not careful all we see in Gloom, Rising Numbers of Infections & Deaths. No Hope or at least very little HOPE. The Sad thing about our present situation is that in reality Things are not Actually as bad as We Are Hearing, but that is What happens when THERE IS AN ALL ASSAULT ON HOPE. THE SPIRIT OF THIS WORLD WANTS PEOPLE TO SEE ONLY THE BAD AND NEGATIVE SIDES OF ISSUES – AND THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS FOR US TO PUT HOPE IN A WORLD SYSTEM AND TO GET US TO LOOK AWAY THE
“BLESSED HOPE JESUS CHRIST.”
Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed in the man whose Hope is in the Lord.
Hebrews 16:9 – We have this HOPE, Christ Jesus, As a Anchor for the Soul, FIRM & SECURE.
Psalm 71:14 – But I will Hope Continually and Will Praise YOU More & More.
The hymn Writer said it like this:
- My Hope is Built on nothing less that Jesus Blood and Righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly Lean on Jesus Name.
- When Darkness hides his Lovely Face, I rest on His unchanging Grace, In every High and Stormy Gale, My Anchor holds within the vale.
ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND, ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND.
HE IS OUR ROCK AND HE IS OUR ANCHOR THAT CLINGS TO THE ROCK
ONE LAST SCRIPTURE – JOHN 16:33 – 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you [f]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
THERE IS NO LASTING PEACE, HOPE OF LOVE IN THIS WORLD. IN THE WORLD YOU WILL FIND TROUBLE & TRIBULATION – YOU WANT FIND HOPE FOR YOUR WEARY SOUL, HEALING FOR YOUR HURTS & PAINS OR PEACE FOR THE STORMS OF LIFE.
Jesus said “Listen to My Words and In My Word, You will Find Peace”. If you look to Medicine, Governments, Money, ultimately they only bring Trouble. I bring you Peace. Look at what he said – Don’t Worry, Don’t Be Overcome by Blood Tests, Job Announcements, Stock Market Futures or Rising Covid 19 Numbers, WHY???? BECAUSE I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.
IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE CORONAVIRUS, CANCER, BROKEN MARRIAGES, BANKRUPT BUSINESSES, FINANCIAL STRESS – IN THE END THAT IS ALL IT HAS TO OFFER – BUT IN ME, I HAVE OVERCOME ALL OF THAT FOR YOU.
HE IS YOUR HOPE – HE IS YOUR SALVATION – HE IS YOUR PEACE – HE IS YOUR JOY – HE IS YOUR VICTORY
2 Corinthians 6:2 – “Now, right now, today, August 9,2020 is the Day of your Salvation”
I am not saying if you get saved today that all this stuff happening will end, I will tell you IT WILL NOT.
BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IF YOU GIVE YOU LIFE TO HIM TODAY, OR IF YOU ALREADY ARE A CHRISTIAN BUT YOU HAVE NOT GIVE HIM YOUR HOPE – TRANSFER THAT TO HIM TODAY AS WELL.