Responding To Chaos From Heaven’s Perspective
In our last post, we talked about how fear is doing far more harm than the coronavirus, and how some are actively promoting fear by exaggerating a real situation. I’ve gotten several emails and messages since writing it, including from people working in the health system. Some people are hearing from nurses who’ve gone for a week to help in NYC that it was very difficult. Let’s pray for the health workers in the areas where this is worst. But we are also hearing more reports that doctors using hydroxychloroquine are seeing remarkably quick recoveries. In fact, a friend in my Facebook feed shared that her 88-year-old grandmother with only one lung, diabetes, heart failure, and declining kidney function beat Coronavirus in three days with the hydroxychloroquine treatment! I am praying that this highly-effective treatment would be used more widely and that people would see through the attempts to discourage or discredit it.
We are also hearing more health workers speaking out about the exaggerations in the numbers. One email I received said “I spoke to my friend who works in a Pallative Care Unit turned COVID-19 Unit. She said the virus gives the exact same symptoms that a terminally ill person would get at the end of their life. When they die, at the moment, they aren’t tested but are given as the ’cause of death’, you guessed it, “COVID-19”. The numbers are so fudged it’s ridiculous.”
Anyways, I’d like to talk a little more about our perspective and response to what’s going on…
Jesus Died To Free Us From The Fear Of Death
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV) Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
I got really sick just two days before I was going to leave for my second trip to Russia. I felt horrible and had a really sore throat. And I was going to minister healing in Russia! I felt the fear that this would ruin my trip.
But the Holy Spirit spoke this verse to me and told me to reject the fear of death. Even though I wasn’t expecting to literally die from this sickness, I recognized that the fear of feeling horrible for a few weeks and the sickness ruining my trip was a form of the fear of death. So I rejected that fear.
I was running on little sleep, and the natural thing I should have done was staying home. But there was a worship night that Friday and I wanted so badly to go. My plane would then leave on Monday. I went to the worship night and felt overwhelmed by God’s goodness as I sang. My hands and mouth started to vibrate violently. 15 minutes later the symptoms were gone. I rejected fear, worshipped Jesus, and the vibration of his goodness killed the virus.
Even secular scientists recognize that chronic fear and anxiety suppress the immune system!
I just thought it interesting that I am writing this on Easter, or resurrection day. Jesus conquered death! His death is our death and his resurrection is ours! We identify with him in his death and resurrection, and it sets us free from the fear of death.
During a time when we lived in Duque de Caxias and I was really hard-pressed, I started singing “I don’t know if I’ll live or die. But as long as I live, I want to live for you, Jesus!”
Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Colossians 3:3 (NIV) For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
How can you be afraid of death if you’ve already died with Christ and your life is hidden in him?
Philippians 1:20-22 (NIV) I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
I don’t want to die yet, but I’m not afraid of it. I want as much time as possible to represent Jesus on this earth. I’m on the highway to heaven and want to take as many people as I can with me! Yet either way, whether I live or die, I win in Christ! He has conquered death!
An evil spirit is promoting the fear of death through the media. Much of the way we trample on Satan’s power is simply standing firm, proclaiming the truth, and moving in the opposite spirit. Jesus has given us authority to trample on all the power of the enemy, but we will only do so if we are walking in fearlessness.
Is Your Foundation Firm?
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
If I feel like I’m falling apart, I have an opportunity to examine my life foundations. The storm comes to both the wise and the unwise, but the house built on the rock will stand. Do I really believe in the victory Jesus accomplished for me by his resurrection, or am I just giving mental assent to the fact that he resurrected? Have I resolved that whether I live or die, whatever comes, I belong to Jesus?
Being beaten and blown by the wind may loosen a tree’s roots, but if the wind doesn’t completely uproot the tree the shaking only makes way for the roots to grow deeper!
A lot of conspiracy theories are going around right now. When I say that some people have intentionally exaggerated this situation and pushed fear for ulterior motives, some people write it off as a “conspiracy theory.”
I don’t believe all the conspiracy theories that are going around. However, people and nations have conspired and deceived throughout history, and the nature of humans living in rebellion to God has not suddenly changed now!
Psalm 2:1-6 (NIV) Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
Psalm 33:10-11 (NRSV) The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Many people thought that talk of political elites engaging in pedophilia and child trafficking was just a “conspiracy theory.” Then with the arrest and murder of Jeffry Epstein, they realized that more than they had imagined of this “conspiracy theory” was true.
The biblical response to “the nations conspiring” is praise to our God who frustrates the plans of the peoples, and proclamation of His lordship and kingdom over the earth. We worship that which captures our attention. We confront evil. We don’t hide from it, but we refuse to be impressed by it. When we encounter evil that disturbs us, it is important to continue giving our “worth-ship” to Jesus. He’s the one who is totally impressive and worthy of my attention!
Is The Mark Of The Beast Next?
I’ve been hearing more talk than I have in years about the “mark of the beast.” Bill Gates wants to implement digital vaccine certificates and maybe even tattoos that people need to have in order to travel or do anything. Many Christians are concerned that this is leading to “the mark.”
I agree with the strong outcry against this. I don’t want microchips, forced tattoos, or forced vaccinations! Yet I encourage Christians to question the view that this is inevitably going to happen. I am convinced that the mark of the beast is a historical event-it already happened! And it does not need to happen again.
Jesus taught us to pray “You’re kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Trying to pray this prayer in faith for the nations when we think that evil is inevitably going to dominate and “the antichrist” will take over the world, is about the same as trying to pray the prayer of faith for healing when you think that God is using the sickness to teach someone a lesson. It’s double-minded and powerless!
Notice what the Psalms we read above say. Yes, evil people plot, but God frustrates their plans. His purposes stand firm. This is what we need to be declaring. I encourage you to read Psalm 37. Here’s just a little bit, but you may want to read this over and over again as you pray about the current situation.
Psalm 37:1-2, 7-15 (NRSV) Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb…Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity. The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that their day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to kill those who walk uprightly; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
Proverbs 29:5-6 (AMP) A man who flatters his neighbor [with smooth words intending to do harm]
Is spreading a net for his own feet. By his wicked plan an evil man is trapped, But the righteous man sings and rejoices [for his plan brings good things to him].
We’ve had wicked people rise up many times before in history, but they were blown away like the chaff and their plans were frustrated. Remember Hitler? Many people also thought that was the end of the world. We declare, along with scripture, that those who persist in unrepentant wickedness will fall into their own trap and be blown away like the chaff. Their plans will be frustrated, but the purposes of the Lord will prevail!
Maybe you’re asking “What? What about the antichrist and the mark of the beast? Isn’t everything going to just get worse until Jesus comes back?” The following articles may help you to find clarity about this:
I can very well see the current events being turned around for good as the wicked overplay their hand and fall into their own trap. We see in part and prophesy in part. Before this happened, I was praying and I began to have several visions about Spain and hearing phrases like “the Iberian Tiger.” And I believe the interpretation of what I saw and heard was that Spain is going to have a roaring economy in the next years.
This was completely unexpected, nothing to do with what I was praying or thinking about. It was not the first thing I would have imagined either, as I’d heard so much about Spain’s bad situation after the 2008 financial crisis. So understand, I’m not a financial adviser to trying to tell anyone to put their money into Spain, and I expect people to test for themselves any prophecy that I give. I’m just saying, Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries from the coronavirus recently, but God’s perspective on the future may be a lot more positive than what many of us are seeing. I believe God has heavenly plans and purposes for the nations, and for the nation of Spain!
Some people have been gripped by fear of Coronavirus. Others realize that the situation has been hyped up and exaggerated to cause panic, but are much more afraid of where we are going. They realize that certain people have a sinister agenda.
I hope this post has encouraged you to reject fear and fatalism, and instead respond by praising the King of all Nations and declaring his dominion! I hope encourages you to engage in believing prayer in agreement with God’s purposes for the nations. Remember, Elijah was a man like us, with similar weaknesses. Yet he changed the course of nations as he prayed in faith and proclaimed God’s word!