Pastors’ Update 02-14-2020
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
Linda and I hope and pray you had a successful week!
Of course, top of mind for billions of people the past couple of weeks is the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. The virus has spread rapidly through out parts of China, and several other countries. The epicenter of the virus appears to be a meat market in Wuhan, in Hubei Province, China. The virus is suspected to have come from tainted wild animal meat, considered a delicacy in China. The Chinese government has cordoned off the city and the entire province in an attempt to contain the deadly virus. This is like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.
With the advance of global rapid public transportation – jet travel, bullet trains, buses, and automobiles, a virus can spread rapidly around the globe before it is even detected. Jeremiads have predicted the rapid spread of a pandemic virus for decades. Many of these viruses have no inoculation or known cure. This is the case with the Novel Coronavirus.
So far, the deadly virus has infected more than 64,000 people, and killed more than 1,400 in China. It has now surpassed the deadly SARS virus outbreak of 2002-2003. Over a dozen American cases have been confirmed and those people have been quarantined to try to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the USA.
The Biblical prophets were inspired to write about coming pandemics. In Revelation 6:1-8, we read about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. One of these is pestilence and disease predicted to kill millions in the last age. Christ also spoke of such pestilences to come on mankind in the Olivet prophecy. (Matthew 24:7)
God told the Israelites, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you" (Exodus 15:26).
The best defense against such “diseases” is to pray for God’s protection and healing. Obviously, God wants us to obey His laws, as well. Consuming clean meats and practicing good hygiene (including quarantine when sick), have long been known to prevent the spread of disease. It is ironic that this virus began with the consumption of tainted “unclean” meat and a lack of quarantine of the illness when it first started. Once again, when mankind disobeys God and His laws, dire consequences follow.
For those of you who may be interested in transferring to the Feast of Tabernacles in Greece or Jordan this year, please see the announcement from Ministerial Services below. Registration for these restricted sites is February 23rd.