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"We Are The World" - Revelation-like Events Coming?


"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10

This page was created on March 14, 2020 . Two days before I was writing an article on the Big East basketball Tournament opening round, covering St. John's University in New York, for whom I am a sportswriter. The next day St. John's went into halftime leading the number 7 team in the nation. The team never came back on the court with the game postponed at the half. The playoffs were off as was so many other events around the world.

                                                          So much has changed in just two weeks.

                  Social distancing was an idea not a practice, just two weeks ago. It is a necessity today.

Two weeks ago friends were asking about the times of Revelation. Not so much today. But their questions are worth reviewing. So join me as we briefly look at some Biblical stories that may be models of the present day challenges.

We also offer a sale on a book that talks of hope, The Chest of Visions". A short read, an inexpensive purchase to fill the heart with hope.

Let's remember ... "We are the World, we are the children ... we are the ones who will make a better day so lets start giving".


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From Dr. Irene Ken, Physician ... March 30, 2020

The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation), and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells. *

Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. *

The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own. *

HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

Read more of Dr. Ken's discussion by clicking: Covid19 Facts


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Here is a link to our blog on this topic. Please click: Revelation, Bible and the Virus Blog


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March 29, 2020 Just received from a nurse. Please read.

"Today was by far the most taxing, exhausting, physically and emotionally draining day I've had in my 12 years of nursing. I wish I could unsee everything I witnessed in the past weeks. I know they don't portray in the media how serious the issue is, but let me assure you, every healthcare worker is at their max. And we haven't even peaked yet.

Picture people literally begging for their lives, knowing that they are dying. People looking to you, a total stranger, looking for some comfort. Picture their last conversation with their families and friends are through FaceTime, often to say goodbye. They are forced to cope alone, panic alone, and die alone. We, as healthcare providers, are forced to make decisions we have never made before. Are forced to think differently, and are forced to have tremendous guilt on our consciences."

There are no clear statistics from the United States, to date, on impact on medical professionals. However, per "The Guardian", as of March 26, 2020, statistics from Italy are:

  • The virus has infected more than 5,000 doctors, nurses, technicians, ambulance staff and other health employees. The majority were on the frontline in the badly affected northern regions and contracted the illness at the start of the outbreak when protective equipment was lacking.
  • As if a storm hit': more than 40 Italian health workers have died since crisis began.

  •                          The gravity of the situation is clear. Time for the world to come together. Republicans and Democrats. Natives and immigrants. We defeat the disease together or the disease defeats us. It is that serious.

                     


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    March 14, 2020 ... In response to the Coronavirus pandemic the President of the United States has called for Sunday, March 15th to be a day of prayer. We agree.

    But for whom or for what are we to pray? And why on just one day? Why not everyday?

    Several nations of the world have preached a nationalist message message that leaves out much of the rest of the world. It is a controversial policy, which many support and many oppose.

    Friends of mine have expressed on Facebook a sense that the emergence of the Coronavirus may be the beginning of the days of Revelation.

    We do not think so. The days, described in the book of Revelation, are days of the world coming together under charismatic, evil leaders against those who follow God's call. The dynamics of today's world are different. We live in a world, which desparately needs to come together as one world to fight not a human foe but a microscopic foe - a virus. Please click: Revelation Study


    It not the story of Revelation coming to the modern world. But wouldn't it be nice. At the end of Revelation the World comes together as one under Christ's rule. Why not work to bring us together now - in the present? I am sure our God would be most pleased with our efforts.

    Not the days of Revelation? True. However, there may be another object lesson from Biblical history. In the book of Exodus we read of ten plagues being brought upon Egypt. Is the emergence of the Coronavirus plague-like in nature?

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    There are many, who see the virus as similar to diseases that have emerged in the past and eventually were defeated.

    However, this time around the Coronavirus has had a world-wide impact unlike any of the others. If we are to reference Biblical events as a learning tool, the book of Exodus describes ten plagues that emerged on the land of Egypt. These plagues came and went, offering Pharoah and Egyptian rulers an opportunity to "let God's people go".

    For example, according to Exodus 8:1-2:

    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go tell Pharoah that the Lord says, 'Let my people go so that they can worship me'. If you refuse, I will punish your country by covering it with frogs."

    The story describes the onslaught of frogs upon Egypt and in verse Exodus 8:15 it reads, "But Pharoah hardened his heart and did not listen as the Lord had said."

    It took eight more plagues before Pharoah would finally listen and let the people go.

    So what does this story have to do with today? Christians have been calling for a more just and loving response to the needs of the world. Nationalism, when it shuts out the needy, is not an answer to world-wide challenges. The call today is work together to meet the needs of all the world. God's call today is not "let my people go", as in the days of Pharoah, but the converse, "Let the needy of the world need come". See Matthew 25: 31-40

    This challenge is most evident in a country's immigration policies. We are not arguing that all, who want asylum, be allowed into any country. Of course an immigration policy needs to be developed. The policy should include reasonable screening. It should be bipartisan and bi-partisan calls for negotiation including the vision of the president, prime minister or any like presidential figure. History demonstrates that the willingness to compromise brings impactful planning. At the end of the book of Revelation Jesus comes and oversees one world of equals. God meant the world to be one world of equals, do we have to wait until the end of revelation when he comes again?

    So back to the beginning.

    For whom and for what are we to pray? And why on just one day? Why not everyday? In the midst of this pandemic and the resultant quarantine on the lives of many, we need to pray - every day - for:

  • Those separated from loved ones, particularly in nursing homes and hospitals due to quarantine regulations.

  • Those struggling with the symptoms of the illness.

  • The health care workers. Hours on the job. Some are dying and others are separated from their family to protect their families from the possibility that they were exposed on the job.

  • The Soul of our individual countries and , thus, the world. As leaders bar non-citizens from their borders, of necessity to combat the spread of the virus, pray that this separation will be quickly dissipated once the danger of disease spread has passed. We are the world - one world.

  • Pray that these circumstances do not harden the hearts of leaders and citizens against those truly in need.

  • Pray that there be a renewed focus on the sentiments expressed in the song "We Are the World", which motivated citizens of the world to reach out to those in need some thirty five years ago. It is time for leaders and citizens of the world to call out for a world-wide not a nationalistic response.

  • Friends ... prayers are not enough. Speak up and share the truth. Not everyone investigates the reality of the situation. Some say, "I'm getting my stimulus check, that's what I want". There is so much more to this crisis..

    Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie understood this in their epic song "We are the World" released during the immigrant friendly years of the Presidency of Ronald Reagon.

    People of America - the lyrics of this song are given below. Read them and then join in the day of prayer for the people of the world to once again come together as one.

    There comes a time when we heed a certain call

    When the world must come together as one

    There are people dying

    And it's time to lend a hand to life

    The greatest gift of all

    We can't go on pretending day by day

    That someone somewhere will soon make a change

    We're all a part of God's great big family

    And the truth, you know

    Love is all we need

    We are the world

    We are the children

    We are the ones who make a brighter day

    So, let's start giving

    There's a choice we're making

    We're saving our own lives

    It's true we'll make a better day

    Just you and me

    Send them your heart so they'll know that someone cares

    And their lives will be stronger and free

    As God has shown us by turning stone to bread

    And so we all must lend a helping hand

    -chorus-

    When you're down and out

    There seems no hope at all

    But if you just believe

    There's no way we can fall

    Well, well, well

    Let's realize that a change can only come

    When we stand together as one

    -chorus-

    From the New York Times, dated 3/23/20 ... WASHINGTON ... "Yuanyuan Zhu was walking to her gym in San Francisco on March 9, thinking the workout could be her last for a while, when she noticed that a man was shouting at her. He was yelling an expletive about China. Then a bus passed, she recalled, and he screamed after it, 'Run them over.' This virus is not the fault of Chinese or Asian Americans and such prejudicial behavior requires all Christians to strongly oppose these behaviors.

    She tried to keep her distance, but when the light changed, she was stuck waiting with him at the crosswalk. She could feel him staring at her. And then, suddenly, she felt it: his saliva hitting her face and her favorite sweater."

               This is not the way we defeat the Coronavirus. Prejudice keeps us apart.


                                                                 

    We need to pray, yes ... everyday, for hardened hearts, who turn their backs, in nationalistic rhetoric, on those truly in need in our world. Pray that their hearts will become open and the world will, once again, come together as one.

    May the fact that we have to face this virus together bring about            a realization that we are a world-wide community.


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    Comments very much welcomes. Let's discuss. Write to : Timferguson@lessonsforchristianyouth.com. Blog on new website on this issue coming soon.


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    Price drop on "The Chest of Visions:Secrets of Caperston" during the period of social distancing.

    Come visit a world where people are struggling without hope due to a long history of inequality in "The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston". It is a unique world, where people are just learning about the existence of God in a personal way.When a prophet appears and introduces the existence of a Caring Creator, hope arrives and brings about change. Read the story in these times of uncertainty to restrengthen faith.

    As one 13 year old said after reading the story ... " it made me think about many things in my life and in my walk with God".

                                               

    Many new reviews of "The Chest of Visions" have been received this past year and can be read at: Would you read what I read?

    For Purchase and more reviews click: The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston"

    When visiting Caperston, particularly their young people, we hear the gospel message just a little more clearly.

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