Sermon 23 Wilfred - The Corona Virus and the Future
Who will tell us the future?
Horoscopes, tarot cards, visits to a medium, from the fortune teller's crystal ball. They don't speak the truth. Why spend a lot of money on it, while we find the free Bible on the Internet. God has already revealed in the Bible what will happen to man and the earth.
What does the Bible say about the future of man and the earth?
God told the people of Israel if they would only worship Him and obey His commandments, the people would live in peace in the Promised Land Israel. If, on the contrary, they worshiped other gods, there would be war in the Promised Land. They were disobedient, abandoned their God, with the consequence that they had war, but still they did not return to worship their God. So God removed them from the Promised Land and the Israeli people went into exile in Babylon, where King Nebuchadnezzar reigned. The prophet Daniel was a very wise man and was a direct ruler under this king. Israel's future was revealed to him. Read for yourself the book of Daniel. The book of Daniel is written for the Israeli people, the present church of 2000 years was completely hidden in the Old Testament. However what is reveal to Daniel is directly for the Israeli people and what is going to happen to mankind in the Great Tribulation.
Daniel 7:24-28 A time of great tribulation for the Jewish people during a time, two times, and half a time, which mean 3 1/2 years.
Daniel 8:14 For two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings which is 76,6 months = 6,4 years. Verse 17 that the vision is for the time of the end refers to the time of the Great Tribulation.
Daniel 8:26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings which has been told is true; but seal up the vision, for it pertains to many days hence. And that many days hence is now 2600 years later this vision given to Daniel.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks of years are decreed concerning your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 70 weeks are almost 6 years.
Verse 27 Seventy weeks of years are decreed concerning your people and your holy city (=Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity.
Daniel 12:4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Today we have the book of Revelation that speaks extensively and much more in detail what will happen during the Great Tribulation.
Daniel 12:7 For a time, two times, and half a time; and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be accomplished Again 3 1/2 years. After this time, all things will be completed.
Daniel 12:10 but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand. People who do not wish to know anything about God, they are blind, they do not stick to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. They will go through the Great Tribulation and accept satan as king.
Verse 11. 1290 days = 43 months = 3 1/2 years. Verse 12. 1335 days = 3 years and 255 days. So 1290 + 1335 = 2625 days is 7,29 years of Great Tribulation.
Verse 13. But go your way till the end; and you shall rest, and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days. Daniel can be calm, he would die in peace and he will be raised from the dead on the day in Revelation 20:11-15.
What is the task of the Christian in this time of the corona virus?
The work of the Christian in this time of the corona virus is to proclaim the future, what will happen to humanity and in the Great Tribulation.
Ezekiel 3:17-21. 17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life. 20 Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and you will have saved your life."
Ezekiel had to alert the house of Israel. The Christian must also warn unbelievers. The Christian must proclaim the gospel. Must warn the righteous (brother or sister in Jesus Christ) of his or her sins. If not, your blood, I (Jesus) will require it from your hand. Verse 20 if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. For me it means he or she dies spiritually, possibly he or she will loose life in Heaven.
Why do teachers and pastors need to teach correctly?
Mark 9:42 Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
If you teach communism, socialism or genero, then stumble pupils and students at schools, colleges and universities. So it was better to hang a millstone around their neck and throw them into the sea. Look at the poverty in Cuba and Venezuela. The governors want only one salary equally for all people. But look at the truth, leaders are the richest, no equality. Homosexuals, when captured, are thrown into prison in the communistic countries. So think carefully about what you believe.
What will happen in the Great Tribulation?
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.
God promises when to study and explain the book of Revelation, God blesses you.
Revelation tells what will happen in the Great Tribulation. Let us look quickly.
Revelation 11:2 But do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months. 42 months = 3 1/2 years that we found in the book of Daniel.
Verse 3 And I will grant my two witnesses power to prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. 1260 days = 42 months = 3 1/2 years the 2 prophets will prophesy, verse 5 And if any one would harm them, fire pours out from their mouth and consumes their foes; if any one would harm them, thus he is doomed to be killed.
Verse 6 They have power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
So the corona virus and Covid-19 is nothing compared to what will happen in the Great Tribulation. In Brazil one already know the times of little rain in the South of Brazil. People only receive water during 1 day a week. Imagined when rivers and oceans turn to blood, no more drinking water.
What will be the end of the Great Tribulation?
Revelation 20:1-2 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
Revelation 20:7-10 7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
That is satan's final end to eternity in the lake of fire.
Now is the time that God is warning you to choose. Choose for Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Live obediently to the commandments written in the Bible and be taken up to Heaven. If one rejects Jesus, he or she is left behind and passes through the Great Tribulation. The future is very clearly revealed by God. The correct choice is up to you!