More worrisome, however, is … when this pandemic passes, the next one will begin its sequence for manifesting! Eek.
Some pandemics are severe, others less, but pandemics are nothing new to the human race.
The problem is, people don’t know much, or think much, about pandemics.
Pandemics are dark subjects to be avoided. Pandemics trouble the mind and human spirit.
Pandemics are a part of history all the way back to about 165 A.D.
They weren’t expecting it then. And, we don’t expect them now.
However, pandemics have ravaged the earth time and again.
Who knows when the next pandemic will emerge?
There are many types of pandemics.
None were “anticipated,” so nobody in history — or even now — was “prepared.”
In fact, we only discover a pandemic when it “happens.” It has to “happen” before scientists can identify and defend against it.
Another yet-unidentified pandemic may already be shadowing COVID-19, ready to spread suffering and death across the globe… and we just don’t know about it yet.
Cheered up yet?
Isn’t this delightful? So far, I’m sure you don’t find this an “uplifting article.”
So, let’s stop the gloom and doom and turn the sunshine on.
Let’s stop for a moment and define “Pandemic.”
Everybody’s using the word, so let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about just what “Pandemic” means.
The dictionary says:
Pandemic [ pan-dem-ik ]
(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.
general; universal: pandemic fear of atomic war.
a pandemic disease.
What this definition doesn’t exactly say is … that the word “pandemic” generally means DEATH.
At least that’s how we use the term.
For instance — good things in overabundance are not called pandemics.
There’s no pandemic of beauty or pandemic of love.
Pandemonium Follows Pandemic …
Pandemics usually cause horrific pandemonium.
It’s interesting how people react to death everywhere. It drives them crazy.
Everybody incoherently scrambles to escape the realities of “their” pandemic.
What’s the difference between Pandemics and Disasters?
Pandemics are “disease-related.”
In other words, they’re not “natural disasters” such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wild fires, blizzards — or even terrorist attacks like “9/11.”
Any disease can cause a pandemic and that disease can spread in many different ways — across the borders of any country — to affect the entire globe or major portions of it.
The source of pandemics has been identified.
The media is filled with one unqualified “expert” and celebrity after another, all waxing eloquent about who’s to blame for COVID-19.
It isn’t that they know anything useful — it’s that they want to create a publicity moment during a crisis when they are definitely lesser news.
They would do the world a greater favor by keeping their mouth shut… by swallowing their opinions and hoping the Virus doesn’t reach them while they have their foolish mouths open.
You can rest assured, we KNOW the SOURCE of pandemics.
And, it wasn’t solved by modern-day science.
The pharmaceutical giants have nothing to do with pandemics’ cause, nor can they cure them.
Doctors learn some details about pandemics — but even they are slow or unwilling to learn where these disasters come from.
Perfect understanding is possible… perhaps even for you,
Everything that exists, exists through the perfect creative power of God.
Now I know that’s going to get some readers riled up.
But if you’re still reading this line, I ask you to kindly hear me out.
Please form your decisions or opinions after you have the information.
A small segment of the earth’s population are “believers” in God.
More importantly, they believe in and fully trust the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Godhead is a trinity. Father, Son and Holy Spirit: “one God in three Divine persons.”
Because of our faith in the redemptive work of Christ, we refer to ourselves as “Christians.”
I’ve heard all that ‘born again’ nonsense before.
The Christian believes the Bible to be the “God-breathed” revelation of God Himself, to man.
They believe it is inerrant, infallible — and the eternal Word God breathed through various human authors to provide man a written means of knowing, understanding and living to the glory of God.
The rub seems to come when you realize that Christians aren’t perfect.
A Christian’s sins have just been forgiven.
And, many who are “Christian” in name, are not Christian in practice.
Many call themselves Christian — apparently like it is a brand?
But…it isn’t a brand, it is a way of life. It means a life that is obedient to the law of God.
But, real Christians believe that God created everything. He created everything that is, in the entire universe, cosmos or whatever you care to call it… ALL THAT EXISTS.
This wasn’t a hodge-podge, throw-it-together-thoughtlessly event.
This is the divine design of the only being that possesses eternal existence and perfect creative power.
Christians believe God is “Omnipotent” – all-powerful.
God’s power isn’t an unruly force, it is perfectly applied to everything.
“He does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand” (Daniel 4:35).
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalms 115:3).
God not only has all power, He uses it “perfectly.”
Of course, “perfection” isn’t understood by man — because man doesn’t possess it. And, to fully comprehend perfection, you must possess it.
Otherwise — perfection is just unfathomable.
Long ago, Moses wrote, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
The combination effect
Combine God’s unrestricted power with God’s perfection and you can better understand “God’s creation.”
Let’s extinguish the foolish concept of “Mother Nature.”
God is truly “Father Creator.”
He didn’t beg, bargain or debate with anyone in performing the works of His creation.
He didn’t have to “audibly command” the stars to take their positions in the heavens, He simply “willed it so.”
His final powerful and perfect creative act was man.
The creation of man wasn’t flawed.
God alone can create “something” from “nothing.”
God reserved a place on earth, free from the corruptions of earth that were created by Satan when he was cast out of heaven.
Satan occupied the “world” outside of the Garden where God safely placed man — God provided Man with an opportunity to live in the direct presence of God.
That’s hard to imagine: Man and God living together in a “sinless place.”
Again, we can’t imagine what we haven’t genuinely experienced.
You and I are a part of “Adam’s race” and as such, we are sinful, not perfect.
But God created both man and woman, placed them in a garden and supplied their needs in abundance and without a need to work.
Man has a predator.
Outside the Garden of Eden, Satan had been exiled from heaven.
He had rebelled against the authority, power and perfection of God. He was cast onto the earth to await his final sentence to banishment in hell.
Believing in his corrupt mind that he could actually destroy God’s purposes in the creation of man, he tried to lead man to disobey God and be forced to live apart from God.
Satan could comprehend the punishment for sin — he was living it.
So he watched, waited and plotted for an opportunity to tempt and subdue Adam and Eve to sin.
When the opportunity presented itself …
We can visualize Satan prowling the perimeter of the Garden.
We can see him seize the moment when he saw Eve alone.
Remember, Satan was an attractive creature.
It wasn’t until he had accomplished his objective of helping man to disobey God that he was cursed to crawl on his belly… the snake-like existence we all know of.
Satan seized the opportunity to engage Eve and proposition her with false logic.
And, she responded as he hoped she would.
She snapped the fruit off the tree, stuck it in her mouth, took a juicy bite of it… then gave it to her husband.
You might find it interesting that many think this is where the secular saying comes from, “killed two birds with one stone.”
Just as God did not instantly cause Adam and Eve to die, Satan also did not unveil all his tools of death at the same time.
Just keep these — VERY IMPORTANT — facts straight.
INSIDE the Garden where man and God had a sinless relationship and fellowship … man’s sinlessness exempted him from all illness.
You understand? Man, was NOT under the penalty of death – because man had NO sin.
But, still, the penalty of sin IS death.
So, the opposite situation is true OUTSIDE the Garden — where Satan ruled as “the prince and the power of the air” — nothing was perfect.
Therefore, death comes to every creature.
Inside Garden, man sinless, no illness, no penalty of death.
Outside Garden, Satan ruling, nothing perfect, death comes to all.
We discover the start of the pandemic: “Patient Zero.”
Because of man’s disobedience (sin)… God’s once-sinless creation had to leave the “sinless Garden.”
Outside the sinless Garden they lived in Satan’s corrupted “world.”
Now, technically, the moment of disobedience reveals what the epidemiologist searches for: “Patient Zero.”
That’s the patient where a pandemic first begins.
All this suffering and death starts with a single onset of an illness.
It is an acute, commonly epidemic disease, occurring in several forms, caused by numerous rapidly mutating viral strains.
Notice the word “mutating.”
Perfection doesn’t mutate. Imperfection mutates.
In “sinless man,” life was never ending.
History records MANY plagues.
If you have never studied the Bible, you haven’t discovered all the plagues of ancient history. The Old Testament records many plague stories. Plagues could be both illnesses and catastrophes.
In modern terms, a plague is a bacterial disease. A single instance of an extremely contagious disease can easily become an epidemic and epidemics become pandemics as they quickly over a country or the world. COVID-19 is a VIRUS (not bacteria).
If you don’t trust the Bible you can turn to history. Plagues, epidemics and pandemics appear over and over again. History does repeat itself.
Forget all the ancient stuff, let’s just look at the “modern age.” No… let’s just look at the 10 most serious pandemics.
And here are the Top 10 Plagues …
- HIV/Aids Pandemic – 2005 – Present – current dead over 36,000,000 and estimated 37.9 million STILL INFECTED.Originally, primarily a sexually transmitted disease.
- Hong Kong Flu – 1968 – only 1,000,000 dead but 500,000 in Hong Kong alone – 15% of its population.
- Asian/Asiatic Flu (1956-1958) – Guizhou CHINA – 2,000,000 dead, 68,000 in USA.
- Flu Pandemic (1918) – moved quickly killing 20~50,000,000.This killed healthy and young people alike, while leaving older people to survive.
- Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910-1911) – originated in India where it killed over 800,000. It then spread to the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia.The Sixth Cholera Pandemic was also the source of the last American outbreak of Cholera (1910–1911).American health authorities, having learned from the past, quickly sought to isolate the infected.In the end only 11 deaths occurred in the U.S.By 1923 Cholera cases had been cut down dramatically, although it was still a constant in India.
- Russian Flu Pandemic (1889-1890) – killed over 1 million.
- Third Cholera Pandemic (1852–1860) – killed over 1 million.
- The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) (1346-1353) A 7-year pandemic that ravaged Europe, Africa and Asia with an estimated 75~200,000,000 deaths.
- Plague of Justinian (541-542) Thought to have killed perhaps half the population of Europe, the Plague of Justinian was an outbreak of the Bubonic plague that afflicted the Byzantine Empire and Mediterranean port cities.It killed up to 25 million people in its year long reign of terror.At its height it was killing an estimated 5,000 people per day and eventually resulted in the deaths of 40% of Constantinople’s population.
- Antonine Plague (165 AD) – killed at least 5 million. Affected Asia Minor, Egypt, Greece, and Italy and is thought to have been either Smallpox or Measles, though the true cause is still unknown.This unknown disease was brought back to Rome by soldiers returning from Mesopotamia around 165AD.Unknowingly, they spread a disease which would end up killing over 5 million people and decimating the Roman army.
But other than this, the world outside the Garden has been a lovely, healthy place to live. :}
Who is Patient Zero? Eve.
Who is Patient Two? Adam.
Before sin entered the world, no sickness, no sorrow, no death.
Once sin entered the world, Satan seems to think that using insidious pandemics and disasters to kill off millions – was just a way for him to rack up points on the scoreboard of souls he brought to death BEFORE they could learn of the infinite love and mercy of God.
Don’t think for a moment that Pandemics make Satan sad.
Please, I beg you to consider the realities.
Earthly rulers, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, governors, mayors and even your own primary care physician all ask you to stay inside your home, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and other safeguards.
Still… there are literally millions of people who refuse to obey and the celebrities and lawmakers who think they are above the law (all Adam & Eve’s relatives).
They are the defiant and rebellious folks Satan enjoys watching at their antics.
Remember, my friend, you scream that you have freedom and liberties and rights… to do what you want to do. And, the Pandemics repeat themselves over and over again… because those exposed don’t do what is best for all.
So, if you cheered up… and you are watching things continue to get worse until the curve flattens… until life seems to return to some semblance of normal… notice the death count.
Some who die are true believers in God and His Son and Spirit. For them, this is the means by which they are translated from death to life… eternal life in the joys of heaven where no pandemic can occur.
And, it’s true that others who do not believe in God, nor His Son or Spirit… they will die too.
For them, they’ve been given a clear and pressing warning that death can take you in a matter of hours — and often without being able to say goodbye.
I hope you will not find this acceptable, and will use this occasion to realize the great love of God and His desire that you should come to faith and receive the gift of eternal life.
Cheer up… no, I mean really CHEER UP!
Realize God has given you this moment to repent of your sins that causes these tribulations… to ask the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ to wash your heart and bring the new birth of eternal life to your soul.
Ask God to allow the Holy Spirit to reside in your heart and bring you the assurance that all believers’ enjoy… that my friend is the real purpose of God in the ugly events of life brought to this world by the enemy of your soul.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!”