I’m going to challenge your thinking, and ask your opinion concerning what I’m about to share. As of today Sunday Mar 28, in the United States we have as can be seen below 132,637 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in this nation. New York and New Jersey have over half of these cases.
If we do some simple math we can begin to see why I have raised the question in the title to this article. So let’s do that. If we take the number of cases 132,637 and divide them by just the population of New York City which as of 2017 is 8,623,000 we find that in all of the US there are 1.54% of New York cities population infected. So across the entire country there are 4/1000’s of 1% infected. And approximately 1% of those may actually die. So will the actual deaths be worse than the flu?
We of course have the greater number of the cases because we are doing increased testing in greater quantities than the rest of the world as a whole.
Now consider that the whole world is on some sort of shut down. So basically fear not numbers of deaths has driven this shut down. And the fear is driven by the Media. Any time day or night that you tune into the news it is Coronavirus driven.
Shelves in Walmart and the local grocers are shown empty leading to more fear and more empty shelves. Even in the county of Manatee in Florida where Ellen and I live, there are only 30 cases and 1 death to date. Yet, shelves are emptying of many items.
Why is this happening? — The world has another more diabolical sickness. It is called sin, and it is manifesting itself as a total opposition to anything that is godly or of God. It has always been God’s desire to save mankind, but even God has His limits. Recently we saw in another blog post, where God tell Moses that He would destroy Israel, and we saw Moses plead for Israel. There will come a day when even the men of God will no longer plead for this world, but the preachers and the prophets will through down the gauntlet — seek God or die in His coming wrath. God says in His word:
If I shut up heaven that 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 will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 KJV
Two questions we might ask concerning our time and this verse. What is Gods role in this? Is this about His people or a world gone mad? This virus is not just among His people.
A third question I am asking — is this crisis really a crisis or the take down of an American President? If so, is God ready to give up on this mostly Gentile world and wrap things up? You might not want to consider any of this, but if you are a believer you know that one day God will perform His final act of this age on a world that will have had every opportunity to believe but would not.
Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (KJV)