Are we really in a pandemic that justifies the reaction our government is demanding?
I do not disbelieve that there is a ‘bug’ out there. From the start, which for me was back in December, I’ve known there is actually a virus; I just also know it was manufactured and released, and did not just ‘appear’ from nowhere. It is manmade. So I do not see the cause for the degree of response I am seeing, but for the willingness of people to accept at face value that there is a plague of death threatening us. Unless they are not telling us all we need to know, which, to me, is always the case. But, what they are not telling us has nothing to do with the severity of this ‘disease,’ but with the why of it, the who of it.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, either, trying to be very careful of doomsayers and alarmists, but, I also know that the governments of this world, ALL of them, belong to someone other than HaTzadik, the Righteous One, for now. Yeshua the Messiah is indeed and always has been on the throne, since forty days after His resurrection. He is indeed ‘in control’ of HIS Kingdom. But, for now, the ‘kingdoms’ of THIS earth, ALL earthly governments, belong to other powers.
I have read too much history, and witnessed too much sleight of hand on the parts of ‘governments’ and politicians, just to accept on face value anything they say. I have seen nefarious behavior from both political sides in our country; subterfuge, to achieve a political agenda. I am of the mind that all of what we ‘see’ is a grand stage, and that if there are any individuals in the political realm who are indeed honest, they are powerless to change anything.
More than that, a host of individuals who are oblivious to the two kingdoms that are really at opposite ends of the spiritual paradigm is not going to change for one or two people who actually understand that people are evil, and that governments are controlled by spiritual things that even governments themselves do not understand.
The kingdoms of this earth are controlled by ‘other’ rulers. Unbeknownst to the ‘people’ that are their apparent rulers. The adversary has dominion over them all, and uses them all in a grand game of chess, fooling those who try to ‘watch’ the game. But most people are the pawns and kings in the game, and do not understand that all the pieces are moved by the same force. And fewer still understand that ALL of it happens by G-d’s leave! There are not two players in the game of world governments; only one. There are two players in the very real ‘game’ of life: truth and lie. Darkness and light.
So, I want to get at the truth of things, before I react. I have been taught by humanity not to trust man, whatsoever. And that means I do not just patently accept that this virus is potentially going to wipe out humanity, and that we must all react as if it were.
Historically, the Black Plague was far worse. It killed upwards of 200 million people across Europe and Asia. Interestingly, it originated in Asia, much like our current ‘virus’. But, they did not know the source of it then, and for a long time. We know precisely where ours started: Wuhan, China. In a lab. Is it a coincidence, then, that a typically liberal American ‘scientist’ from Harvard was working with China, went to Wuhan, and all of a sudden a pandemic breaks out?
Is it a coincidence that the H1N1 virus, which broke out under our former President’s watch, and was far worse, also originated in China? And the bird flu before that? And each election year plague we’ve had over the past 16 years or so? Were those possibly just to get our minds ‘set’ to accept these global outbreaks without question? Every second or fourth year for the last 16 years, we’ve had an Asian outbreak of some kind. Hmmm.
So, if there IS something nefarious going on behind the curtain, what is it? And to what end?
Some are thinking it is that the Democrats want Trump out of office, so they are using this, playing the blame game, and they will force him out somehow, by hoping to cause an economic crash. Or maybe that they intend to expose him to the virus? Perhaps he’s already infected; after all, he’s an old man? Some think it’s an attempt to force single-payer health care on society, and forced vaccines, using scare tactics. Some think its to cause a global economic meltdown to ‘reset’ monetary systems and make one currency.
What if it is ‘all of the above’? And more? Back in December, at my birthday, I declared for myself and my family a Yovel, based on the fact that I’ve been hearing The Word of God for fifty years. I wrote an article stating that I believe I have finally anchored the last actual, biblical Yovel of Yisra’el to 27 AD, the day Yeshua stood in His home-town Synagogue and made the declaration, likely around Yom Kippur:
18“The Ru’akh of יהוה is upon me; because of this He has anointed me to declare good news to the poor; and He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, and to proclaim release to the captives and sight to the blind; to strengthen with forgiveness those who are oppressed, 19and to declare the year of the favor of יהוה .”
These are Yovel words that The Creator instructed Yisra’el to declare in the year of the Yovel. I believe the Yovel is the clock of prophecy. I have long believed that, and have studied and searched for an anchor, a benchmark of time; I now believe that it is indeed 27AD when HIS ‘clock’ declared a Yovel, and He used HIS OWN SON to declare it, simply, from a Synagogue in a small mountain town in Northern Israel. If that is true, and 27AD was a Yovel, then 2027 would be forty Yovels from that date; in other words, forty Yovels will have passed since 27AD.
You will note that we would then be SEVEN YEARS from the Yovel of 2027, if indeed it is a Yovel.
The Yovel, if not observed, brings punishment to the nations. Those punishments are seen clearly in VaYikra 25-26 [Lev], and in the Hitgalut [Revelation].
The punishments of the Hitgalut clearly take place over a seven-year period. The Yovel is the year of RETURN, when possession of land goes back to its original owner. The earth has been leased from the Creator by mankind for nearly 6,000 years. It is possible, then, that it will return to its owner in 2027, the possible beginning of the seventh, ‘Shabbat’ Millenium. A time of Great Trouble is supposed to occur before that.
Remembering that the calendar of prophecy is rooted in the original, Biblical calendar, where the tracking of time/years began in the fall, it is fitting to note that certain people who ‘own’ a patent on this corona virus met in the fall of last year, in October, to plan for a pandemic coronavirus outbreak. Using the coronavirus as a model. This virus, incidentally, a modified, manmade version of it, has its origins in the pig, an ‘unclean’ animal that many people who do not follow His instructions love to eat.
During this time, protests were pretty frequent in China, and intensifying, and on the mainstream and other news sources every day. The coronavirus broke out in December [right around the declaration of our personal ‘yovel’], but was perhaps released in October [there are certain sources that insist this is so], and the Chinese protests came to a screeching halt. Their plight is forgotten. Use 1 of COVID-19, perhaps? Many left-wing people began to call for the death of others, publicly stating that the elderly should just be allowed to die if they contract that disease. Most recently, European hospitals are obliging on that. Martial law was declared in New Rochelle, NY, today, and no one is batting an eye, because they’re not even calling it that, though that is precisely what it is. Has this ever happened over the influenza virus that is endemic?
So, an ‘engineered’ virus was sold to the Chinese by a liberal, Harvard professor, who was quietly indicted; the outbreak mysteriously starts there when demonstrations were heating up, and they’re pretty much squelched. It very quickly spreads around the world, even though it supposedly started in a chinese meat market in Wuhan? Exactly how many tourists were there? And people, this time, respond as they hoped: panic. Largely because the media keeps crying ‘wolf!’. Mortgage debt is being ‘forgiven’ in Italy, since the country is locked down and many people cannot work. Euthanasia for the elderly is ‘declared’ necessary, martial law is being used on American soil. Something is ‘going on’, and it ain’t just a cold.
If you are not one who believes in the Messiah, and in His promised return, which is a huge part of His gospel, as He stated in His Passover Seder:
“I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to me, so that where I am you may be also.”
then you may just think this is a cyclical event of the world, a consequence of living as a human. Another case of fleas infesting the rats in ships. If you ARE a believer in Messiah, then you ‘may’ have the itch that something of significant import is going on? Something you can’t quite put your finger on. That this is a ‘sign’ of things to come?
I’m not certain it is. But, what I can say is this: this thing ‘came out of the east’. Every biblical ‘plague’ that I can think of came out of the east. This thing was engineered by a leftist, sold to a communist nation bent on the destruction of democracy, in a nation that has released a new plague during EVERY U.S. election cycle for the last 16 years; it has been treated by the media as a very deadly force, though no evidence is given to show that it is worse than the endemic flu we experience every single year; [this virus may also become endemic, meaning we’d have to deal with it every year, just like ‘flu season’] economic instability is on the horizon, ruining the best economic run the country has ever seen, coincidentally in the middle of an election cycle; this thing started right after the failed coup attempt via impeachment of Trump just ended; this thing started right after the WHO and the Gates foundation ‘practiced’ a pandemic scenario with coronavirus; [Gates is pushing for a culling of the poor and weak from the population, by death] Leftists of every ilk are salivating at the death of anyone they decry as enemy; it is bringing out the worst in humans.
Whether or not there is a wizard behind the curtain, something is amiss. The reaction to this thing far exceeds the evidence of any danger worse than the flu. I cannot find ONE scientist who has said this thing is more deadly than the flu. But, the whole world is willing to SHUT DOWN, simply because it is ‘new’. How does something barely more dangerous than the common cold cause such disarray?
Something is not right. And it matters not to me. I certainly HOPE that as few as possible contract this infection; I prayed to that end moments ago. I certainly do NOT wish for the economic stress it is going to bring. I mourn the resultant inhumanity of man that is arleady rearing its ugly head. But, I do NOT fear for myself or my household. I’ve been working from home for near two weeks now, by compulsion, but I have quite enjoyed it. I’m seeing some very positive advantages to having the whole world in an uproar. But, I know that humanity is indeed on the precipice of change, and that this is indeed a ‘sign of the times.’ But, probably not in the way that many think.
I have said for years that the believing community of Messiah, those who truly TRUST in Him, will indeed go through ‘birthpangs’, that we will NOT escape ALL the trouble that is coming on the world. I think it is entirely possible that, given the timing of this thing, this is indeed ‘another’ sign that mankind is going to be disciplined by the Creator, in the hopes that ALL men “do teshuvah”.
There is a popular meme going around that cites a verse about G-d staying the plague if we REPENT.
That was Yokhanan HaMatbil’s [John the Baptist] message; that was Yeshua, the Son of God’s message. The word ‘repent’ is a bit weighed down with stigma, with the idea that “Repent!” is a mean and negative word spoken from the platform of hypocrisy. For Yeshua, it was spoken from the platform of perfect tzedaka, ‘righteousness’; for everyone after Him, it SHOULD be spoken from a low place of grateful humility.
And many are ‘saying’ it, or ‘implying’ it, but so few ‘understand’ it. To ‘repent’ means to ‘turn back to the Creator and His ways.’ Israel had turned away from His compassion and His free gift of righteousness [Genesis 15:6], which has ALWAYS been the way of Salvation, and had turned to self-righteousness and hypocrisy. The P’rushim [Pharisees, Rabbis in control of religious Israel in the 1st century] made up ‘new rules,’ to control and manipulate people, and to make money off of religion, and moved His feasts to suit their needs [Yeshua clearly observed Passover a day before the Rabbis did, and He would NEVER move a sacred feast]. Yeshua came to set the example, to call for TURNING BACK TO TRUTH, and ALSO to GIVE people the ‘power’, the ‘authority’, to do so! And He took the spiritual authority away from the Rabbis, and gave it to those who TRUST in His blood, and His FREE GIFT of perfect tzedaka before God, which is proven ONLY by obedience to Him. That obedience is our expression of LOVE for HIM, for saving us, for giving us His Breath of Life.
To ‘repent’ means to recognize that the direction we are going in is ‘away’ from God, and to turn and go TOWARD Him by following the narrow path He put in front of us. That path is indeed His book, the book of the Torah, and the rest of scripture that comments on and clarifies how to walk it.
There are indeed ‘signs’ of the times given to us.
First, we’ve been in the “Last Days” for the last 2,000 years, since the day of Shavu’ot, when Kefa [Peter] stood up and declared that we were in the last days. Yeshua gave us very clear ‘signs’ that we who trust would be able to ‘see’ and interpret:
“Be careful that you may not be deceived; for many will come in my name and say I am the Mashi’akh, and the time is near; but do not follow them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be afraid, for all these things must first come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in different places, and famines and plagues; and there will be alarming sights, and great signs will appear from the heavens; and the winters will be severe.”
From this, we can glean that all the things He said would happen have happened. His treatise here [Luka 21] and in Matti 24-26 are not in any way chronoligical, but He bounces around in the chronology of things; but, to the trained eye, He leaves us clues that relate to the Mo’edim, the prophetic timepieces of the Torah. I do not have time to elucidate all that here. But, I want to remind us of one thing He said as He taught and foretold our day:
“But when these things begin to happen, have courage and lift up your heads, because your Salvation is at hand.”
Yeshua ilucidated in both treatises on ‘end things’ a general overview of the last days, and then a ‘zeroing in’ on the last seven years. We are not there yet; but, I do believe we are closer than we care to think.
Sha’ul, in teaching these things, warns of other ‘symptoms’ of the last days. People often cite part of this passage, but MISS one of the BIGGEST blessings in it:
1Know this, that in the Akharit HaYamim [Last Days] disastrous times will come. 2And men shall be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, conceited, blasphemers, disobedient to their own people, ungrateful, wicked, 3false accusers, addicts to lust, brutal, haters of good things, 4traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Elohim; 5having a shade of the fear of Elohim, but far from the power of Elohim [to become sons, Yokhanan 1:12]; from such turn away. 6For of this sort are those who creep into houses and captivate women sunken in sin, led away with diverse lusts, 7ever striving to learn, and never able to come to the knowledge of HaEmet. [Truth. Torah.] 8Now just as Yannes and Yambres stood up against Moshe, so do these also resist the truth, [Your Torah is Truth; Ps 119:142: Your Word is Truth Yokh 17:17 ] men of corrupt minds and far off from HaEmunah [The Faith]. 9But they shall not progress, for their folly is well known to every man, even as that of the others also was.
Sha’ul warned us NOT to resist Moshe/Torah/Truth! The Torah, followed as MESSIAH teaches it, would prevent all these evil human behaviors.
Anyone who studies this life and people knows very well that these things are progressively manifesting faster and faster; people are absolutely godless, and many of those who say they trust in Yeshua yet ‘mingle’ with things of this world far too much. Might Yeshua be trying to get our attention, gently, by shaking the rest of the world, to show us all the folly that Sha’ul wrote about? We’ve got to examine ourselves and compare ourselves against this passage, and Gal 5:19-21
19For the works of the flesh are well known, which are these: adultery, impurity, and lasciviousness, 20idolatry, witchcraft, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, stubbornness, seditions, heresies, 21envyings, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and all such things;
Becaus Sha’ul goes on and warns us:
those who practice these things, as I have told you before and I say to you now, shall not inherit Malkhut HaElohim.
Nineteen years ago, on 9/10, after dinner that evening, and after I played the piano and worshipped for a bit, I sat my two children down at my feet, who were about 7 and 10, and read the 2 Tim passage above to them. When I read the word ‘brutal’, my daughter asked what it meant. “It means people will kill for no reason.” And I further explained to them that those scriptures were ‘intensifying’ in our day. Then, twelve hours later, 9/11 happened. Seven days before Rosh Hashannah/Yom Teru’ah.
I do not desire to ‘scare’ people; unless they do not know Messiah at all. Most do not. Would that people would listen. But, we, the WHOLE world, are in a similar frame of mind to Kena’an, and to S’dom and Amorah, and to the Israel of Yirme-Yahu’s day: though we ‘hear’ the Word of God, we do not change; we do not fear God. We do not consider our latter end. We scoff. Even beleivers scoff at the notion that we might indeed be on the precipice of great change:
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the Akharit HaYamim, mockers who scoff, following after their own lusts 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since our fathers died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5Of this they are willingly ignorant, that by D’var HaElohim the heavens were of old, and the earth emerged from water and by means of the water; [evolution predicted] 6and those men, because of whose deeds the world of that time was flooded, perished under that water; 7but the present heavens and earth are sustained by His D’var and are reserved for fire on Yom HaDin, which is the day of the destruction of ungodly men.
Regardless of WHEN Messiah returns, though I say with confidence we are closer to it than we’ve ever been, we can clearly see that things are progressing as expected. This current ‘virus’ situation may indeed be one of the plagues mentioned by Yeshua. But, there is a biblical timeline mapped for us in the Torah, that most people ignore.
But, even IF they think it is close, the message of repentence is a soft whisper by most who declare it, and betrayed by a lack of knowledge of what that actually means. And, the fact that mankind initiated this plague, and is using it for some other, hidden agenda, is missed by far too many. “All the world is a stage, and we are merely players.” Most of the world is being ‘played’ by darkness. This ‘plague’ is just a tool.
Even IF we know Messiah, we should find ourselves sobered a bit by the threat this ‘plague’ poses to our lifestyles. We should consider what TRULY matters: the people with whom we ‘hunker down’; the BLESSINGS we have taken for granted for far too long. The blessing of His Presence, invoked by our repentance and supplication to the most merciful יהוה , Yeshua HaMashi’akh.
This coronavirus may indeed be one of the signs of the times; but, as I said, these things get far worse at the ‘end of the end,’ during “Et Ketz”. This is why Yeshua said:
“Therefore keep watch always, and pray that you may be worthy to escape all these things which are to happen, and that you may stand before Ben HaAdam.”