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DECONSTRUCTING COVID-19 THROUGH THE PRISM OF SCRIPTURES
By
Pastor John Tunke Bisina
Old Time Power Church

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible,” Isaiah 13:11

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised and the uncircumcised ,” Jeremiah 9:25

There has been a cacophony of perspectives both circular and religious on the underlying causes of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic which broke out in China as Corona Virus. I owe it a duty to humanity and the church to bring divine insight as noted in the Scriptures of Truth on this hydra- headed monster that has spared none in its rampage.

I wish to declare without equivocation and fear of contradiction that COVID-19 is a demonstration of God’s displeasure with humanity-the world and the church alike for their sins, disobedience and rebellion against His Word, Will and Ways. Isaiah 13 verse 11 quoted above predicted that God will punish the earth “for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity.” Jeremiah 9:25 above, added that God’s punishment will be extended to both the circumcised (the church) and the uncircumcised (the world:sinners).

GOD’S CONTROVERSY WITH THE WORLD
God owns this earth. He created it. Man is also God’s creation. He has set forth rules and regulations as contained in His Word, the Bible, to guide man’s conduct on the earth. But humanity has relegated God to the background. The whole world lies in wickedness (I John 5:19). There is no fear of God upon the earth. “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward… Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate…,” Isaiah 1: 4 & 7.

The earth is marred by bloodshed through terrorism, state sponsored killings, abortion, killings by kidnappers, armed bandits, herdsmen killings, shootings in the Western world that have claimed thousands of lives.

There is flagrant rebellion against God and His Word on marriage -same sex marriage, abortion; bribery and corruption in high places. China where the pandemic broke out from is opposed to Christ, ditto Iran. Italy is the headquarters of immorality and prostitution. The Italian mafias also comes to mind. America is the present-day Babylon that has succeeded in obliterating the Christian legacy of the founding fathers.

Europe and the civilized world have taken out God and the Bible and replaced Him with soccer, civilization, scientific inventions and technological breakthroughs. Churches in Europe are empty on Sunday while the stadia are full to capacity.

The god of soccer is also adored in Africa as well. Daily conversations in Africa and Europe centre on Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid than on Christ and the Bible.

Africa has failed to put off the toga of a dark continent. Political power in Africa is acquired through blood shed. Her leaders rule for themselves and their families. They cart away the common patrimony into local and foreign banks while the mass of the people wallow in abject poverty and lack. “They sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes,” (Amos 2:6)

There is no justice in the nations. Judgments are procured through the back door. They are given to highest bidder. “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity,” Isaiah 59:4.

Lecturers in Nigerian public tertiary institutions are lords over the students. Grades are purchased with money and through sex and the vice chancellors and relevant authorities do nothing about it.

The armed forces, the police, civil service and every facet of the Nigerian society is enmeshed in bribery and corruption.

There is growing crave for wealth at all cost among the youths which has pushed them into ritual killings and fraud.

Must not God punish for all these iniquities and vices? “Shall not I visit for these things? Saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation (world) as this? (Jeremiah 5:9)

GOD’S DISPLEASURE WITH A PROSTITUTE CHURCH
God usually insulates His own from evil and destruction as was the case when He destroyed the antediluvian World with flood and saved Noah and his family. Lot and his daughters were also saved from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain,” Isaiah 26:20, 21? We are also told in Revelation 7 that the righteous will be sealed from the destruction during the period of the Great Tribulation.

But why has God allowed His church to be shut down globally? God is no respecter of persons. THE CHURCH HAS FAILED IN ITS MISSION ON EARTH. Rather than converting the world, the world has converted the church. The church is in no way different from the world. Friendship with the world, James 4 verse 4 notes, “is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Christ does not see this present prostitute church as His. It has turned itself to be God’s enemy. It is sick from head to tail. Most church leaders are working for Satan. He empowers them through marine, necromancy, occult powers. The leaders, their wives and members are worldly. They have taught rebellion against the Lord (Jeremiah 28:16). They have stolen and stamped the truth on the head with their feet (Jeremiah 23: 30). Truth is fallen in the churches (Isaiah 59:14). Error, deception and lies have been elevated above God’s sacred truth.

Today’s prophets speak for Satan and not the God of heaven. Time honoured messages on repentance, righteousness, holiness, separation from the world, cross bearing, self-denial have been replaced with grace, dominion, faith, deliverance, prosperity etc. The church no longer prepares people for heaven but to possess the earth.

God is displeased with the Church more than He is with the world. Both have come under divine condemnation, wrath and judgment. GOD WILL RATHER RAISE UP A NEW GENERATION TO FULFILL HIS END-TIME PROGRAMME ON EARTH, AS HE DID WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ON THEIR WAY TO THE PROMISED LAND, THAN IDENTIFY WITH THIS SO-CALLED CHURCH OF TODAY. I declare from the authority of Scriptures that the shutting down of the church is just a tip of the iceberg of God’s looming judgment upon it except it repents. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…,” I Peter 4:17

IMPERATIVE OF REPENTANCE
Genuine repentance is the only remedy and means to appease an angry God. To stay the hand of God upon the earth, the world and the church must go to God in sincere repentance. The King of Nineveh and his subjects repented and averted God’s judgement predicted by Prophet Jonah (Jonah 3:4-10). He promised to forgive and heal our land if He sees genuine repentance. Let the church call a solemn assembly as commanded in Joel 2: 15-17. “ If I shut up heaven and there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins, and will heal their land. (II Chronicles 7: 13,14)

URGENT NEED FOR PASSIONATE INTERCESSORS
God in every age always has a remnant that stand out from the world and evil doers. Who have not bowed the kneels to Baal. Such should engage in urgent passionate intercession. God needs them to stand in the gap for the land and the church. He is seeking for a man to stand in the gap like Moses, Abraham, Samuel, David to avert a total destruction of humanity (Ezekiel 22:30). If He finds any, then His mercy will take precedence over judgment. He will then in fulfilment of His promise send a prophet in the mode of Elijah to turn the heart of the children to the fathers vice versa so that the world could be spared for the now.

THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD. HE THAT HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS UNTO THE (WORLD) AND THE CHURCHES (Rev 3:29).

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