COVID-19 in view of Ezekiel 6:12: You be the Judge!

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When the generous world becomes now an implacable foe -the earth is at risk. Human think twice!

When the only planet alive is being loomed by death. What we must do? When we become refugees to our own shelter. Where we must go? In a sphere where chaos becomes now a commonplace, it seems there is no safer place for mankind. World war, pollution, over population, deforestation, animal extinction and now human affliction. The earth is enduring an intensity of shockwaves and its tremors are quivering deep down the deepest core of our faith.

Early this year, the world was bowled over by a virus that already killed thousands of precious lives and hundreds of thousands are incarcerating with this virus. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019 is the fourth strain of corona virus next to the three previously identified corona viruses since 2002 -MERS-CoV (the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS), SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS), according to reliable websites.

More than the global concern about 2019-nCoV to human health, it is now also the subject of faith to every believer – faith virus. Wearing faithmask - when faith is masked with fears and worries. The million-dollar question is, why God allowing this to happen? Over the century of Christian faith, the common evangelical cliché’ “God is love” is always an astounding statement to listen to. Indeed, He really is. But the element in the expression becomes false in the façade of the phrase if sympathetic platitudes will lead us into continuously sinning. There are several accounts in the Bible that God showed His wrath to people. In the Book of Genesis alone, there were two occurrences of God’s wrath – The Great Flood during the time of Noah, The Rain of Fire and Brimstones in Sodom and Gomorrah and the Ten Plagues of Egypt in the Book of Exodus.

In Ezekiel 6:12” He who is far off shall die of pestilence, and he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who is left and is preserved shall die of famine. Thus, I will spend my fury upon them”. Like what Prophet Ezekiel addressed to Israel, this message is also for us. God’s wrath is also to our present generation. People who are afar are those people who are still in the slavery and bondage of sin. Those who are still living in the wilderness with full of darkness. While those near, are the ones who heard the Gospel but keep on ignoring it.

Again, the earth is at risk. Friend think twice! The world has always been generous to mankind. The real enemy of man is not the catastrophes, plagues, nor viruses, but it’s us. Your greatest enemy is YOU. Human madness is destroying its own civilization little by little because of apathy and ignorance to truth. Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected me, I will also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of God, I will also ignore your children”.

If this wrath will give everyone an exclusive compartment of salvation, then perhaps the alarming virus is just a tool to open your hearts and turn to God. If this virus will make every people to fall on their knees and pray. To humble themselves and pray, then perhaps this is one of a beautiful disaster. 2 Chronicles 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 I will forgive their sins and will heal their land”.

Again, when the only planet alive is being loomed by death. What we must do? When we become refugees to our own shelter. Where we must go? The answer is JESUS – The only way, the truth and the life. Our greatest ally!

Lastly, 1 Chronicles 29:15 “For we are aliens and temporary residents in your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope”. Our habitat is conveying an unequivocal evidence, that there may be a gleam of hope, but everything is transitory. We are all tenants in a place we call home. Our main destination is heaven.

The world is at risk but hold on the promise. Don’t think twice!

 

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