Corona Virus and the church! A rather interesting battle or pairing. We know by now that both are opposed to each other, yet it is a rather intriguing inquiry to see how the presence of one has affected the other.
Corona Virus popularly known as the ‘Chinese Virus‘ began in December, 2019 from China. Since then, the virus has been on a world tour affecting every country of the world, leaving deaths and economic disaster in its wake. A disaster that has crippled the activity of the church.
The question that then comes to our mind is, ”was the church caught by surprise? Did nobody see this coming?
This question becomes even more pressing when we recall that the tradition in the Christian world is for pastors, apostles, and prophets to declare words and prophecies about the new year.
One would assume that something as massive as coronavirus must definitely have been spotted by someone in the spirit realm. If not, we might indeed need to be bothered. For it will mean either God was taken by surprise or His ministers are not hearing accurately from God.
I think by now you begin to see the relevance of this discourse.
Taking a look at this, we begin to see that while indeed nobody called it Corona Virus, many in fact did see it coming. Looking critically into the issue, we are pleased to announce to you that some saw it coming thousands of years ago.
The Bible saw it coming! By now, you are beginning to get doubtful. How did the Bible see it coming? After all, Corona Virus is not mentioned in the Bible.
Corona Virus and The Church: Jesus saw it coming!
In Luke.21.10 the Bible says:
Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from the heavens.
Jesus was prophesying about the end of the world and he promised us that there will be pestilences and plagues all over the world.
Corona Virus definitely ticks this box and it is indeed a great comfort to our heart that our Lord and Savior saw the Corona Virus coming thousands of years ago. We are definitely assured that he has prepare a way for us to deal with it effectively.
Another scripture that proves this is found in Matthew –
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Corona Virus and The Church: Men that saw it coming?
So, Jesus Christ saw it coming! We can glory and find security and peace in our all knowing Father.
However, several ministers of God also alluded to it, and so we can be sure that they were not taken by surprise. Among these men, who alluded to it is the revered General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He said at the beginning of the year that the earth would behave like a child that was convulsing. This means that the earth would suffer afflictions and sicknesses and disasters. I am sure you would agree with me that the Corona Virus fits this description.
Another person that made allusion to it is the popular televangelist Joseph Prince. He is mention sometimes towards the end of last year that strange and new pathogens would come but that God’s power was superior to them. We will mention two others who seem to have alluded to this global pandemic.
One is the pastor of Covenant Christian Center, Pastor Poju Oyemade, who in his prophetic declaration at the end of last year. He continually made pronouncements that the plagues of the year 2020 would not come near those who heard him. His emphasis on plague seems to us to be a sensitivity to what was to come.
Another preacher that saw it coming was Apostle Arome Osayi. He mentioned that believers should be careful of distractions throughout the year. He later mentioned after the Corona Virus that it will appear that the pandemic is the biggest distraction for the year.
We are sure that many more saw it coming that we have not mentioned and because of this we are assured that as we pray, God will deal with the virus since he was not and indeed cannot be caught unawares. In this discussion on corona virus and the church, one thing is clear; The Church wins!