THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: IS GOD CHALLENGING THE MODERN GODS OF OUR DAY?

Sports, entertainment, materialism, education…these are your gods America. These are the gods of many within the Church who perhaps have not yet even entered the kingdom. This Coronavirus crisis is exposing these gods. Not just here in America but globally it seems God is shutting these things down.

Movies theaters and malls are closed. Restaurants are closed. Colleges, universities, and schools are closed. It’s not necessarily sinful to enjoy these centers of entertainment and institutions of learning, but remember Lot’s wife. Remember the lessons and Biblical accounts from Noah’s day and Lot’s day and what Jesus warned us of. 

“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

Now that our lives are less consumed with these gods, less busy with our own agendas… now that we have more down time at home… perhaps people are learning to be a family again, perhaps parents and children are having more communication and time to evaluate their spiritual lives, and even erect a family altar of soul searching, repentance, and prayer as well as Bible time. At least that is my hope.  

Some may disagree, but this crisis is not really God’s severe judgment, but actually an act of mercy to prepare us for something more. Something far worse is coming in the not-so-distant future. Right now we need to be purged and cleansed from our idols and positioned for a tumultuous decade that has only just begun (The Tumultuous 2020s). God grieves over the condition of many hearts in this hour, the sin and idolatry in our lives, the many distractions and lack of wholeheartedness in us. God wants our hearts, because without this surrender He knows it will not be well for us going forward. 

Many are praying amiss concerning the Coronavirus. It is a time of testing, soul searching, repentance, and submission to God — not a time of wrangling and debating this crisis, wondering whether it is a big conspiracy that China or our own government is behind, and/or flippantly rebuking, binding, and loosing everything that upsets our comfortable, cozy little life. 

It is a time for sobriety and sincere repentance from the god of mammon, and looking away from the temporal toward that which is eternal.

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).

God is silencing the temporal so we can hear the eternal. He is silencing the voices of these gods and idols we’ve made, so we can hear His voice clearly. He’s removing the distractions that have kept you from Him. If American Christians would now give time and space for humility and repentance, fasting, praying, and seeking God we could stay the hand of God’s judgment. Realize though, that some things can be stopped or delayed but not changed. 

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GREAT TRIBULATION COMING 

Some will label me a doomsday preacher for my next words, but in actuality, I’m very excited about my future. The Bible paints a very positive picture for the saints without skipping over how bleak and terrible the future is for the sinful, the evil, and the unrepentant. Call that doomsday if you’d like, but while the Scriptures declare God’s mercy in abundance, it does not avoid the reality of God’s judgments.  

This world is on the verge of the greatest tribulation it has ever faced in its entire history, and God loves us too much to not give us opportunities to turn whole-heartedly to Him. God does not want to allow devastation to come to this earth without granting us a chance to get our hearts right. What makes us think that we are exempt from what the Bible has already foretold.  A time of tribulation and then great tribulation is coming. The sky is blackened. Storm clouds are appearing on the horizon. The worse may not come tomorrow, or next month, or next year, or even in the next few years (although I personally believe we’re at the door), but be assured that the storm is coming… one unlike anything most of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. This is not a scare tactic or gloom and doom hyper-drama, but it is reality. It is what Jesus foretold. 

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Lk. 21:25-26).

Too many people are afraid of a little pandemic that is a light affliction compared to what is coming, but they are not afraid of God Almighty. People are afraid of a virus that causes flu-like symptoms, which has been way overblown by globalist interests and the lying media, but they’re not afraid of a hell that burns with fire and brimstone. They’re afraid the economy might sink, but they’re not afraid they’ll sink into Satan’s damnable abyss, forever lost without God. 

With every worsening crisis God is telling us that Jesus is coming soon. With every worldwide calamity His voice speaks that His coming is near. The Church is slumbering and sleeping and many foolish virgins lack the oil of the Holy Ghost, and they are not hearing the Bridegroom’s knock nor ready for His entrance. 

May I encourage you to shut off the voices of these modern gods. Shut off the voices of the media pundits and talking heads who know nothing of the kingdom of God. Shut off the voices of entertainment and technological gadgets and games. Please start listening to God. 

Once again, this virus doesn’t compare to the catastrophes that will unfold in these end times. There is a time when the very earth will shake with the greatest seismic tremors ever, the seas will roar with the greatest tsunamis ever, the heavens will be shaken, too and the stars will fall, and there is even a time where men will wish for the rocks from the mountains to fall on them so they can die.  

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev. 6:15-16)! 

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CORONA VIRUS: PROOF CHURCH IS NOT YET READY FOR TUMULTUOUS 2020s

The media has effectively shut the world economy down in one week. Think about it.

Just like that the government controls all sporting events, concerts, jobs, colleges, medical facilities, whether or not you can leave your house, they’ve depleted resources such as toilet paper and food, and control all travel. And many wonder why they develop and use viruses to scare the public.

They now control you and everything about your life. See how easy it was? Mass panic, fear, hysteria, and complete control of literally the entire world. Over a virus! One that the survival rates are even extremely high. All freedom has been limited overnight.

See how easy that was?

And much of the Church is flowing with the spirit of fear, forsaking the assembling of themselves together, missing the opportunity to serve in practical ways to let their light shine before men.

We are not ready for the tumultuous 2020s. 

WAKE UP SHEEPLE

“Sheeple” is the insult the blogging masses use to call someone. It means a “dummy following a person or ideology without knowing why they’re following said person or ideology.” According to Merriam-Webster, here’s the actual definition: People who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced; people likened to sheep.

I wrote the following in my newest book: In many ways the decade of the 2020s will be the most tumultuous decade in American history. Take a look at this definition of tumultuous: making a loud, confused noise; uproarious. 

Now think of the recent 2016 elections, the multiplied efforts to discredit everything our president does, the Russian collusion, the subsequent attempts to impeach him, but now a virus that has the entire world bound by fear. 

In a presidential term where everyone from all sides of the political spectrum have been shouting at each other, we now have everyone huddling together over a virus that has killed 41 people in America. 

Welcome to the tumultuous 2020s. 

Tumultuous: Loud, deafening, thunderous, thundering, ear-shattering, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, uproarious, noisy, clamorous, vociferous, excited, confused, or disorderly.

Here are some more synonyms to describe tumultuous: tempestuous, stormy, turbulent, in turmoil, passionate, intense, explosive, violent, volatile, and full of upheavals. Are you getting the picture?

Of course, this virus phobia won’t last. But something else will come soon that will change America for good. It will never be the nation it once was. We are sitting ducks. But God! But the Church! We must forget this world and labor not for the meat that perishes.

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life…” (John 6:27).

Your faith is “much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (1 Pt. 1:7). 

ANTICHRIST SYSTEM RULING THE WORLD 

FEAR is a big black monster that the media partners with to shape the minds of the masses. And sadly, much of the Church is following suit. The antichrist spirit uses fear to control everything about your life. This Corona virus is proof. It’s a light affliction compared to what’s coming to America. 

Much of the Church is like the disciples who were rebuked by Jesus after His resurrection. “He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen” (Mk. 16:14). After rebuking them Jesus commissioned them. “Go preach and make disciples” He said. This is what we are to always be doing. But let’s face it; we are full of unbelief and hardness of heart. We’re ruled by mammon. We live in a bubble. We love our lives, and we fear death. We are not yet prepared and positioned for the tumult of this decade, which will bring far more than a mild virus that mainly affects the elderly. 

Some Christians are familiar with the testimony of John G. Lake, and “the law of the Spirit and life” that operated in his life and ministry during the bubonic plague. Here it is:

“Because we were in contact with the Spirit of life, I and a little Dutch fellow with me went out and buried many of the people who had died from the bubonic plague.  We went into homes and carried them out, dug the graves and put them in.  Sometimes we would put three or four in one grave.

“We never took the disease.  Why?  Because of the knowledge of the law of life in Christ Jesus protects us.  That law was working.”

Church, we need to come up to this level of faith and understanding during the days and years just ahead of us. 

Meditate on these scriptures beloved, and build your faith and starve your fears and doubts to death.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find FAITH on the earth.” (Luke 18:8)

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God… I will put NONE of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Ex. 15:26)

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our FAITH.” (1 John 5:4)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

Unless the Bible becomes our complete and absolute standard of truth the tide of fear will continue to rise in the Church and in our society.

Never has there been a more urgent need for true spiritual physicians, brave preachers of righteousness, and shepherds who are not moved by fear or popular opinion, but who genuinely care for the sheep. 

.Tumultuous 2020s And Beyond by Author Bert Farias

An authentic last days oracle. Mario Murillo said it was one of the most important words for our time. Get your copy today. The Tumultuous 2020s

 

AMERICA’S HELL ENLARGING THROUGH “CHRISTIAN” HYPOCRISY

The past week’s news headlines in America are a laboratory analysis and forecast of the perfect storm that is lambasting our falling nation.

America mourns as basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies, and every news station, sports talk show outlet, and media center in America covers his death and celebrates his achievements in a sport. Meanwhile, a pastor in Nigeria is beheaded for refusal to deny Christ, and no one cares.

I wrote an article a couple of days after Kobe’s untimely death about the vanity of a celebrity gaining the whole world and possibly losing his own soul, and Christians defend him and his Catholic faith, and call me a classless individual who wrote a “creepy post mortem commentary”. The article’s purpose was to simply put us in remembrance of the brevity and vanity of life without Christ, the permanence of eternity, and was a simple call to salvation.

The truth is America and many professing Christians don’t want their American dream deflated. They don’t want to know that there is a God they’re accountable to. They are like the disbelieving brothers of Jesus of whom He said:

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7).

AMERICA HATES THE REAL BIBLICAL JESUS

America hates the real Biblical Jesus. Many professing “Christians” do, too, including many of our celebrities. The stronghold in America is not the sinners who love the world, but the professing “Christians” who praise Him with their mouth but whose heart is far from Him — the ones who confess His Name but in works deny Him.

Folks, here is the big problem. Many of our celebrities and star athletes confess Jesus and have “God-talk” on their lips but they do not live for Him. As an example, the Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whom I love by the way, is being lauded for his faith in God since his childhood, yet he is living with his girlfriend and parties with his teammates. There are numerous other examples of this type of double standard and hypocrisy in America’s entertainment industry and among our celebrities.

But here’s the worse thing: American preachers defend the faith of these individuals and praise them. They exalt them before our youth as an example of a bold Christian witness, but they’re living in sin. We not only have frauds in the entertainment industry, but the high crime is that we have them in our pulpits.

Mahomes says he participates in team Bible studies and chapel services, but who is leading them and conducting them? Who is mentoring young men like him and others, and giving them the whole counsel of God. Who speaks of sin any more? Who tells them their lives are wrong? What preacher in America lives up to this job description?

“Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2).

Observe the many comments from the sleazy Super Bowl halftime show. Some of those entertainers are professing Christians. Many viewers who defended the show are professing Christians. It’s alarming to me that a professing Christian could watch this halftime show and not sense the Lord’s displeasure and be grieved in their spirit. Listen, if you are in that category, you are asleep and in great need of a rude awakening. You need to repent of your false profession and your compromise against holiness.

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Have you ever read the following verses?

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them” (Ephesians 5:3-7).

Much of “Christian” America doesn’t even know such verses are in the Bible. Such popular figures like mayor and presidential candidate Pete Puttigieg are professing “Christians” who are in a same sex marriage relationship. Honestly, it makes me want to vomit when I see half of our nation idolizing such effeminate men. Oh God, how far we have fallen from Biblical standards in America!

THE PERFECT STORM

The deception is rooted in this simple statement: We have divorced Christianity from the Bible. America is a homosexual nation because we celebrate this lifestyle and cater to them all. America’s new religion is sex in all forms, and in all fashions. We have been desensitized to sin and seduced by sex. We are a hell bound nation. The worst of it is that our children are bearing the brunt of our lust and being exploited by the thousands in the sex trafficking industry, which is so much worse than any of us know. This is all about shock value and bringing down our nation’s defenses, so that after awhile it won’t bother you.

I know many of you don’t want to hear it, but it was the Obama presidency that opened the portal of sexuality here in America to a greater measure, and accelerated this vile filth from the pits of hell. Political authority from those eight disastrous years allowed a hell-bent, full-blown deviant spirit to rule, while the church played church grow-thism and designed a consumer model to keep attendance convenient and carnal.

And worse yet, now that a true presidential leader is putting a strangle hold on some of the darkness and prevailing progressivism, and draining the national swamp of its evil, people are having hissy fits as they scream for their Sodom and Gomorrah to remain unrestricted and unrestrained. Even professing Christians are now unashamedly Trump-haters, bashing our president at every turn. Stars of champion professional sports teams, who profess Christianity, boycott their visit to the White House in protest of the most Biblical and church friendly president we’ve ever had. Shame on you. You are poor, wretched, blind, and naked.

This double standard and highly hypocritical Christianity is a recipe for disaster. It’s the perfect storm. A sleepy church and a sinful society. Unholy Christ professors and a hell bent nation. Cowards and frauds in our pulpits who won’t preach the full truth, while the world parties on into eternal damnation.

Lord, have mercy.

We must possess an unwavering stand for truth and righteousness to thrive in the new era. Read about it in my new book, The Tumultuous 2020s. I believe it will be a great blessing to you. Here’s what Dr. Jeff Thompson said about it:

Please let me take a minute to recommend what I believe to be one of the most powerful prophetic addresses that i have ever read. Bert Farias pulls no punches and lays out a non-compromised Biblical Worldview regarding the “hot-button” issues of our day. Bible-believing Christians cannot afford to be complacent.

Bert’s books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God, and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and the turning away from the truth we are seeing in our day.

EARTHLY CASUALNESS LEADS TO ETERNAL CASUALTIES: THE KOBE BRYANT STORY AND WHAT WE ALL NEED TO LEARN

I am greatly saddened by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his young daughter, but I am just as saddened and grieved by the irresponsible and nonchalant response from the world and even from the church to such misfortune. Untimely deaths of young celebrities like Kobe Bryant are supposed to cause a deep pause and sincere reflection of our sinful lifestyles and earnestly consider the eternal consequences of going off into eternity without Christ.

Instead people are talking incessantly about what a great basketball legend he was and his immortality on the court. I understand recognizing Kobe’s talent and honoring what he contributed to the game of basketball, but it’s extremely callous not to consider our lives in the light of eternity and speak of that, too.

One tweet said this: “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever. Rest in peace.”

Really? Listen, basketball is just a game. Heroes and legends and every other famous person that’s ever lived come and go. Kings and mighty rulers of the earth come and go. The rich and the poor alike come and go. Life is very brief on this planet. Let’s not forget that there were 7 other people that lost their lives in that helicopter crash, not just Kobe and his young daughter. He is getting all the attention and honor because of his celebrity status, but in eternity there is no such regard for greatness in this life as men count greatness.

In this 2018 photo, Bryant poses with the Best Animated Short Film Oscar Award for Dear Basketball. [Mike Blake /Reuters]

What do earthly honors matter in the end? What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? 

Yes, I know Kobe’s influence stretched far beyond sports, touching art, culture, business, and his family. But what does that all matter in the end if he knew not Christ?

In light of Kobe Bryant’s untimely death and all those who went down with him, it’s time to consider again the brevity of this earthly life and the eternal consequences of living a life without Christ.

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

C.T. Studd said it this way:

“Only one life ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Leonard Ravenhill also had the right perspective:

“Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?” 

NO EARTHLY DISTINCTIONS IN THE ETERNAL REALM

God and Satan are not partial to anyone. There are no distinctions in the eternal realm. Kobe is not a superstar in eternity. They are not celebrating his life and greatness in the game of basketball. The only thing heaven celebrates is the life you lived for Christ. The honor you gave to Christ. The steps and pursuits you made for Christ. The people you led to Christ. Heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents.

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).

I honestly hope Kobe came to repentance before this fatal crash. I hope he was a real Christian and God found some honor in his heart for Christ; or perhaps he called on the Name of the Lord moments before that helicopter exploded in fire. If not, he is experiencing another kind of fire that is eternal where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched’ (Mark 9:44).

The God of all flesh has no regard for world celebrities, famous leaders, or mighty kings on this earth. Note the word of the Lord to the king of Babylon:

“In the place of the dead there is excitement over your arrival. The spirits of world leaders and mighty kings long dead stand up to see you” (Isaiah 14:9).

The surest thing in the world is not death and taxes, it’s death and eternity. Yet, we remain so unconcerned. We are not eternity conscious enough.

Not only are there no earthly distinctions made in heaven concerning our status, position, or achievements in this life, but even in the church world God makes no distinctions. There are no church or denominational distinctions in heaven. There is not one section in heaven for Presbyterian Christians, another section for Anglican Christians, and yet another for Baptist Christians. Unless a person has sincerely repented of his sins and placed his total trust in Christ for his salvation, proving it by his works, all of life was lived in vain.

JOHN WESLEY’S DREAM THAT REVOLUTIONIZED HIS LIFE

John Wesley had a dream which affected his life’s work tremendously. He dreamed that he died and came to the gate of heaven. He was anxious to know who had been admitted, so he questioned the keeper:
“Are there any Presbyterians here?”
“None”, replied the keeper of the gate.
Wesley was surprised. “Have you any Anglicans?” he asked.
“No one!” was the reply
“Surely, there must be many Baptists in heaven?”
“No, none”, replied the keeper.
Wesley grew pale. He was afraid to ask his next question:
“How many Methodists are there in heaven?”
“Not one,” answered the keeper quickly.
Wesley’s heart was filled with wonder. The angel at the gate then told Wesley that there were no earthly distinctions in heaven. “All of us here in heaven are one in Christ. We are just an assembly who love the Lord”.
Wesley was then taken downward, downward to the entrance of Hell. He met the keeper of the gate there.
“Have you any Presbyterians here?” asked Wesley.
“Oh, yes, many,” answered the keeper.
Wesley stood still, “Have you any Anglicans?” he asked.
“Yes, yes, many”, answered the keeper.
“Are there Baptists in there”? Wesley continued to ask.
“Of course, many,” replied the keeper.
”Wesley was afraid to ask the next question. “Are there any Methodists in hell?”
The keeper of the gate grinned. “Oh Yes, there are many Methodists here.”
Wesley could hardly speak. “Tell me, have you any here who love the Lord?”
“No, no, not one, not one” he answered. “No one in hell loves the Lord”
CONCLUSION OF ALL MATTERS IS TO LOVE AND FEAR GOD
Do you love the love the Lord? If so, you will have the highest regard and reverence for His holy Word and you will obey what is written therein.
But our obedience to God is not only a manifestation of our love for Him but also our fear of Him. And frankly, that is what is missing in American culture right now and even within church walls.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28).

It’s time for America, the church world, and all the nations of the earth to fear God, so they can be spared eternal damnation and live a life worthy of the reward of Christ’s sacrifice. It’s time for all of of us to realize that there are only two distinctions in the eternal world, the saved and the damned. Those who have received the life of Christ and those who have not.

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).

I pray for all those close to Kobe, and most especially for his grieving family during this devastating time in their lives. May they find Christ and receive the hope, strength, and comfort they so desperately need.