Pastors’ Update 03-27-2020
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
Linda and I hope and pray you are all doing well!
It has amazed me how quickly events surrounding this Coronavirus have developed around our entire globe and changed the way all of us live! Not only has it changed our daily lives, it has disrupted our economies, unsettled every level of our governments, and put all of our lives in jeopardy!
Like all of you I have studied the prophecies in scripture, and wondered how many of the events foretold by the prophets about the end time could happen so quickly and suddenly, and be so widespread. When we study history and the fulfillment of past prophecies, we observe that most of those events occurred regionally. Great empires could fall and people on the other side of the world would not learn about it for decades, or even centuries. When we consider the fall of the Egyptian dynasties, the destruction of the “great” empires of the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Greeks, and the Romans, their downfall was largely regional, confined to the Middle East and the Mediterranean regions.
Even World Wars I and II, with several nations involved, were regional. They were wars that happened “over there”, and “then”, for most of us. They certainly affected us and several other nations, and the way we lived. But, they were not “global”, at least not like this pandemic is “global”. This current pandemic has reached around the globe and touched the citizens of over 150 nations and territories, and disrupted the lives of all people on the earth!
As Christ prophesied, “All these (pestilences, etc.) are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt.24:8) He went on the say, “For then there shall be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world…” (Matt.24:21) We have now entered a new era and we can all now see how one pandemic, over a relatively short period of time, could kill everyone.
Christ then adds, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened”. (Matt.24:22) We know and understand we are “God’s elect”, and He will make sure His plan is completed, and His elect will inherit His coming Kingdom.
As we read in Isiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Please stay in touch with one another with frequent phone calls, texts, emails. Maintaining contact is important during this crisis! As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” (I Cor.16:13-14) God will see us through this trial, that is on ALL the World.
I will continue to send out this Pastors Weekly Update each Friday, and I will forward announcements from Headquarters as I receive them.