Covering topics on religion, philosophy and life, this blog attempts to make biblical truths simple for the average believer. As porridge is soft to aid digestion, so the blog contents are easily understood.
However, there is also meaty stuff for those who aspire to go deeper. The relevance of the Bible in our daily life (areas such as finances, sex, marriage, health and emotional healing) is also dealt with.
Dark clouds portend an approaching storm. What does this current viral outbreak warn us
about? Is the world coming to an end? How do we make sense of this viral
Relentlessly sweeping across the globe, this viral outbreak is leaving
many in fear and desperation, causing panic and tremendous stress. Fearful that
their lives may be in danger; desperate that they may lose their jobs; in panic
as they see empty supermarket shelves; stressed that they can no longer go out
freely as before and have to get used to a new normal.
a doomsday scenario is being played out before us just like in the movies (such
as Contagion), we are left
bewildered. Is the world coming to an end? How do we make sense of this viral
asked the people why they were unable to interpret the times and seasons though
they were experts in making weather forecasts:
you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And
so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be
scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the
appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the
present time?”(Luke 12:54-56).
a Christian, these recent events do shake me as well but they do not leave me confused.
For the Bible is as current and relevant as our daily newspaper concerning end-time
viral pandemic is part of the end-time
cluster of earth-shaking calamities
and trends* which include pestilences,
famines, earthquakes, wars, persecution, false prophets, deception, moral
decadence, apostasy and man’s love of self, pleasure and money. All this
SHAKING is meant to wake us up spiritually.
instructed us to observe the fig tree and take heed. As soon as its branch becomes
tender and puts out leaves, we know that summer is near. So when we witness all
these end- time earth-shaking events, we know that His coming is near (Matthew
is a warning … A WAKE-UP CALL. It is as if God is shaking the heavens and earth
and saying, “Wake up, sinful world! Jesus is coming again, repent, be vigilant
get ready, otherwise you will face judgment.”
Christ returns and ushers in God’s judgment and a new kingdom, there are
end-time “birth pangs” which will
increase in severity and frequency as the Day of The Lord draws nearer. These
birth pangs (including wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences and lawlessness)
are akin to severe labour pains of a mother about to give birth to a baby where
the frequency and severity of uterine contractions progressively increases
until the baby is pushed out from the birth canal.
Many are living in sin as in the
days of Noah without any regard for God. Life on earth is business as usual right to the day
when Christ returns. Many are unprepared
and will be caught flat-footed by the coming judgment just as in the days
of Noah. “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of
Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and
they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the
coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37-39).
God knows all about us—the good the bad and the ugly. The basic unresolved problem
of man is SIN. And the only solution is REPENTANCE. To escape the coming judgment,
each individual has to repent.
loves every man but He hates sin. His attribute of justice requires that sin be
punished. We can choose to pay the penalty of sin ourselves or trust in Christ
who took the punishment in our place when He died on the cross.
we acknowledge our sins, believe in Christ to save us, and confess our sins, we
become children of God.
takes three steps: A. Acknowledge our sins
But the above ABC is just the beginning. One
would need to seek help from a believer to move on into another phase where one
begins to know Jesus not only as Savior but Lord. It is a package—one cannot
accept Jesus as Savior but refuse to accept Him as Lord.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to
become children of God” (John 1:12).
you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
said, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his
cross daily and follow me’” (Luke 9:23).
believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not
see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).
reiterate, Covid-19 is a warning … A WAKE-UP CALL. It is as if God is shaking
the heavens and earth and saying, “Wake up, sinful world! Jesus is coming
again, repent, be vigilant get ready, otherwise you will face judgment.”
the Covid-19 pandemic a sign of God’s judgment?
end-time reflection on being prepared for Christ’s return
will earth be like when Christ returns? Why did Jesus mention Noah and Lot when
referring to the end times? Notice that not many were saved in the days of Noah
and Lot. Only eight persons got saved in Noah’s ark and only three escaped the
destruction of Sodom. The majority perished because they lived as if God did
not exist or willfully lived in sin.
as a contagious epidemic disease that is virulent and fatal.
of pestilences are the current coronavirus pandemic, Ebola, MERS, SARS.
portent is a sign or warning that a momentous or calamitous event is likely to
happen. Just as thunder is a portent of an approaching storm, the present viral
pandemic is a portent of Christ’s imminent return to judge the world.
* END-TIME CLUSTER OF
CALAMITIES & TRENDS (“BIRTH PANGS”)
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great
earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be
terrors and great signs from heaven.
they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be
hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and
betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and
lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many
will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of
self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control,
brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of
pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but
denying its power. Avoid such people." (2 Timothy 3: 1-5)
we pray—with mountain-moving faith—for the viral pandemic to stop?
some Christian leaders have been praying against the virus pandemic that it
will cease and disappear. What man is trying to achieve through prayer seems
impossible. But nothing is impossible with God. After all, we are merely
obeying God’s command by exercising mountain–moving faith:
I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the
sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come
to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in
prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:23-24).
there any conditions to such powerful prayers which can move
mountains (impossible obstacles, like the viral pandemic)?
It is plain that whatever we ask for in prayer must be according to God’s will:
this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according
to his will he hears us. And if we
know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests
that we have asked of him” (1 John 5: 14-15).
we have to ask ourselves whether this viral pandemic is mentioned in the Bible.
And, sure enough, it is explicitly mentioned in the Olivet Discourse where Jesus
shared with four of his disciples what must happen at the end of this age.
said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There
will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences.
And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven” (Luke 21: 10-11).
the apostle John wrote about a similar end-time scenario, when the fourth seal opened
to reveal a pale horse associated with death:
I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades
followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill
with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth” (Revelation
if it is explicitly stated in scriptures that pestilences will occur in the end-times,
would there be any reason at all to pray against the
virus? Answer: No. If we do so, we are praying using our own wisdom for something
that is not aligned to God’s will.
might as well pray for world peace when scriptures say nation will rise up against
nations (Mark 13:7, Luke 21:10, Rev. 6:4, Rev. 6:8.).
might as well pray against earthquakes when scriptures say that such natural catastrophes
will happen (Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11, Hebrews 12:27).
might as well pray against famines when scriptures say that food shortages and humanitarian
crises will happen (Mark 13:8, Luke 21: 11, Rev. 6:6, Rev. 6:8).
here; it is written clearly and unequivocally:
nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be
famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of
the birth pains” (Matthew 24:7-8).
Christ returns and ushers in God’s judgment and a new kingdom, there are end-time
“birth pangs” which will increase in severity and frequency as the Day of The
Lord draws nearer. These birth pangs (wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences
and lawlessness) are akin to severe labour pains of a mother about to give
birth to a baby where the frequency and severity of uterine contractions progressively
increases until the baby is pushed out from the birth canal.
how can we expect these end-time signs to get any better or even consider
praying against them? All these earth-shaking end-time events will happen,
whether we like it or not.
fact, writer of Hebrews told us that this end-time shaking will be so great
that only what cannot be shaken will remain:
that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I
will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once
more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that
have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews
of the story: Before we pray for anything, in this instance praying for the
viral pandemic to cease, we must first settle the issue, Am I praying according
to God’s will? Am I praying against the will of a sovereign God who has allowed—and
predetermined beforehand—these unavoidable and inescapable end-time “birth
does that mean we do not pray in times like this viral pandemic? No. We can
pray for God’s protection for ourselves and others, pray for the welfare of the
front line and relief workers, pray for our leaders and healthcare workers—for wisdom
to contain and mitigate the outbreak.
is clear is that we cannot pray against something (read pestilence) which is explicitly
stated in scriptures (an unavoidable end-time event) and order it to cease.
Cindy Jacobs declares Coronavirus “illegal” in Jesus’ name.