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COVID-19: A Biblical Analysis of this Pestilence and the Way Forward.
A pestilence is any very serious infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people. It is any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating.
This description undoubtedly and accurately fits the disease terrorizing the world in a time like this.
A disease that has altered greatly, several plans and intents of mankind. Many schools have been closed down, many businesses shut down, many events postponed or cancelled, many organizations disorganized, several economies have been greatly confused, many cities have been isolated, desirable properties have been left unattended. All resulting from the terror of a microscopic but catastrophic, tiny but deadly virus called coronavirus.
Renown scientists and award-winning inventors of the world have been left appalled by this malignant virus.
Nations with the best military set-up have not been able to combat this terrorist called COVID-19.
Very affluent and wealthy nations of the world have been left handicapped by this virus. Obviously, money have not been able to overpower this powerful enemy of nations neither has physical strength granted men victory over this pestilence.
Kings and rulers of the world have passionately pursued a wayout of this menace but to no avail.
Indeed, this is a perilous time. Who shall save the world?
The word pestilence is most frequently used in the prophetic books in the bible, and it occurs 43 times in the New King James Version of the Bible and it is always accompanied by the words sword, noisome or evil beasts, or war or famine.
Biblically, a pestilence or plague is usually as a result of God's divine judgement or visitation against sin of a country or nation. (Ezek.14.13-19)
A pestilence at a time like this could be a validation or fulfillment of the words of the prophecy of Jesus Christ and other biblical patriarchs as touching the signs and symptoms of the end time. So this disease is a proof that Jesus Christ truely exists and that the world would soon be wiped out (Rev. 6).
Matt.24.7 - For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
Luke.21.11 - And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
Origin of the Pestilence (Coronavirus) traceable to the Holy Bible
It is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that things which were considered, decades ago to be morally degrading, culturally debasing and spiritually demeaning have become globally celebrated in this present time.
We now have a world where a transgender is more celebrated than a general overseer.
We now have a generation that even in the face of global financial crises, expends heavy amounts of money to promote immorality and ungodliness.
Stories about paedophilia ( a state of primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prebubescent children by an adult), Incest (sexual relations between people classed as being too closely related to marry each other), Bestiality (sexual intercourse between a person and an animal) are becoming more frequent in our news headlines. We now have headlines such as;
Three men jailed for sex with cow, goat, nine horses and dogs
72-year-old ‘sexual predator’ accused of abusing underage boys
Seven bodies found in house after man shoots family in 'unimaginable tragedy'
Our news broadcast is now termed incomplete if it is void of stories related to violence, bloodshed, insurgency and terrorism.
A world where most success driven minds are now compelled to be immodestly and sexually appealing with their products and contents for them to be really "successful." (If your post on media is devoid of sexual contents, you are likely to have lesser patronage or followers).
Men of this generation have obviously embraced darkness and rejected light for their deeds are evil. We have often chosen Barabbas (a notorious murderer and robber) over Jesus Christ (the holy lamb of God that never sinned) (John 18:40, Mark 15:7).
Obviously, our persistent sin and rebellion against God is the root cause of this pestilence called Coronavirus.
This conclusion is justified by the following instances; On two occasions in the Bible, God destroyed 14,700 and 24,000 people respectively with a plague for various acts of disobedience and rebellion (Numbers 16:42-49 and 25:1-9)
Ezek.14.13 (NIV) - "Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its men and their animals,
Ezek.14.19(NKJV)- "Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast,
Ezek.14.20 - as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.
Jer.34.17(NIV) - "Therefore, this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom for your fellow countrymen. So I now proclaim 'freedom' for you, declares the LORD -'freedom' to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.
What should we do? (The Way Forward)
The safest places on earth are not necessarily places with the best military set-up or best asylum they are merely places devoid of threats to safety. Those places are safe not because they are proficient and anticipatory in handling threats to security and safety. They are rather safe because they are relatively lacking in constituent factors of security vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is better to get rid of or exterminate Coronavirus by dealing with it's root causes than just adopting measures to mitigate, control or manage this lethal menace. Deal with sin and satan (stealer, destroyer and killer) will be gone for good.
Therefore, all and sundry should carefully consider the following;
1. Global repentance from sin and reverent acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the almighty God (Jonah 3:1-9, Romans 1:28-32)
Jonah.3.5 - So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.
Jonah.3.10 - Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
2. A collective effort of humble prayers unto the Almighty God (IIChronicles 7:13-14)
2Chr.7.14 - if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
3. Absolute trust in God for protection against Coronavirus even while we try to be precautionary (Psalms 127:1, 91:1-4, Jeremiah 17:5) ~ Ps.127.1 - Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.*
4. Faith in and plea for the blood of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) that takes away the sin of the whole world (Exodus 12:13, Revelation 7:14, 12:11) ~ Exod.12.13 - Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
5. Individual acceptance of the Lordship and Saviourship of Jesus Christ because He is the ressurection and the life, He is also the door of His sheep. (John 11:25, Luke 10:19) ~ John.11.25 - Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John.11.26 - And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
John.10.7 - Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
John.10.9 - I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
In times like these you need a saviour,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the solid rock
This rock is Jesus, yes He's the one,
This rock is Jesus, the only one,
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the solid rock, (Adv. Hymn No. 593, Stanza 1)
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12th September, 2021
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE, has directed that all Civil and Public Servants must report to work across the State on Monday and whosoever fails to report to his or her duty post, stands to lose his/her job. All the Commissioners and other government officials are to take note and monitor strictly the attendance of workers.
2. Similarly, any shop or bank that fails to open for business activities on Monday 13th September 2021, in Ebonyi State, stands the risk of losing the right to operate business or banking operation in the State.
3. The general public is by this announcement advised to go about their normal businesses without fear.
4. Security agencies, Ebubeagu Security, Ebonyi State Command and Akubaraoha Youths are equally directed to patrol 24 hours in all corners of the State to ensure protection of life and property of Ebonyians as they go about their normal businesses.
5. His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE, FNATE, will personally be on the road, markets and other public places including Ministries and Departments to monitor the level of compliance.
All concerned are to take note and adhere strictly to this important government directive.
Ugbala Kenneth Igwe, Ph.D.
Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner
" I have just set up a Special Task Force against land grabbing. It will be inaugurated on Monday. If you know your land has been grabbed, just report to them and they will move in to reclaim your land and give it back to you.
" It is unfortunate that in recent times, some politicians have taken pride in trying to incite the youths against the government by insinuating that the Governor does not care about the people or is allowing land belonging to Plateau indigenes to be grabbed by foreign herders.
" This is an apparent lie that has no basis in the face of facts. Contrary to this mischief, our government is the first in the history of Plateau state and one of the few, if not the only one in Nigeria to sign anti land grabbing law which we initiated as an executive bill...
If you know your land has been grabbed, report to the Special Task Force on Land grabbing and they will move in to reclaim your land and give it back to you."_ Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state.
PLATEAU GOVERNMENT RELAXES CURFEW IN JOS NORTH; LIFTS BAN ON TRICYCLES
Plateau State Government has announced a further relaxation of curfew in Jos North Local Government Area as well as lifted the ban earlier placed on operations of tricycles commonly referred to as Keke.
After a meeting of the State Security Council held on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at the new Government House Little Rayfield Jos, Governor Simon Bako Lalong approved that beginning from Wednesday 8th September 2021, the curfew in Jos North will be enforced from 10pm to 6am.
This will tally with the current status of the curfew in Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas which still remains from 10pm to 6am.
Similarly, Governor Lalong also approved that beginning from Wednesday 8th September 2021, the ban placed on operations of tricycles will be lifted from 6am to 6pm daily. This means that no tricycle will be allowed to operate between the hours of 6pm to 6am.
However, the ban on motorcycles within the Jos/Bukuru Metropolis remains intact as enforcement will continue to ensure that violators are arrested and punished according to the law.
The Government is working on innovations, legislations and enforcement modules for enhancing the security, effectiveness and availability of public transportation in the State, which will be unveiled in due course and is expected to address the major concerns of the citizens particularly as it relates to the safety of passengers.
Governor Lalong while appreciating the cooperation and understanding of the citizens during the period of the attacks and subsequent curfews, urges them to continue to support Government in restoring normalcy to enable the State resume its normal trajectory of hospitality, opportunity and productivity.
Governor Lalong also thanks all stakeholders within and outside the State for their concerns and goodwill towards addressing the recent ugly developments, assuring that his administration will continue to pursue the path of peaceful coexistence while dealing with criminals and crises merchants who are bent on tarnishing the enviable image of the State.
Thomas John Timnan
7th September 2021.