Friends, the last thing I want to do is to cause panic. In fact, this post is meant to do the opposite—to build your faith. Before you can prepare to fight your enemy, you have size him up. In Yeshua’s words, you have to count the cost.
I am not a doctor, a scientist or anything close, but I am pretty good at arithmetic. Outside of a miracle (as in one like the parting of the Red Sea) or a miracle drug, the worst is yet to come. Let’s just do the math. In one month in Israel, we went from two cases to over 2,000. That means, all things being equal, you can add three more zeros and we could be at 2,000,000 by this time next month!
That is why this is different than the common flu. It multiplied by 1,000 in less than 30 days. What is 1,000 times 2,000? 2,000,000! Now, there many different factors that make this different from last month:
- Everyone is far more careful today than a month ago.
- Doctors are learning more; Innovators are innovating.
- The weather is warming in the western hemisphere.
- China has reported a dramatic drop in cases in the last month. However, we also know that the Chinese government officials are notorious liars and, without verification, we can’t trust their numbers.
- The virus could somehow just die out.
- It could turn out that a much higher number of people already have or have had the virus and were asymptomatic, bringing the death rate down dramatically. This scenario would greatly slow the rate of growth, since those who’ve already had it will not catch it again, and cause this to be over soon.
So, in the natural, let’s say it will be half as impacting this month. This means that 1,000,000 out of 9,000,000 people in Israel will get this virus by the end of April. That is more than everyone who has had it in the entire world.
[Note: The vast majority, 99% or higher, that get this virus will recover (based on US and Israeli stats). The virus is far from a death sentence, so do not panic! But it is not to be taken lightly either.]
This is why I have been so vocally upset at prophetic declarations that the end is in sight, the tide has turned or that it will not touch America. It is not because I want to embarrass these people. It is because prophecies of peace and safety, in the midst of war, get people killed. We are becoming lazy at a time when we need to take hold of the promises of God for health. Charismatic American Christianity has never been a fan of suffering. None of the prosperity teachers have books on pandemics. If you need a prophet to tell you everything is going to be okay, they are dime a dozen. Jeremiah decried this:
They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 8:11)
They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ (Jeremiah 23:17)
Those stories are in the Bible for a reason—to warn us against listening to soulish, hope-filled prophecies, when we need to be on our faces before the Lord. I am certainly not against positive prophecy—but only when that is what God is saying.
As of this writing, there are 125,000 cases of Coronavirus in America. Wake up, people! In just over two weeks, it went from hardly any cases in the U.S. to where we are today. If it continues, it will be well over one million in days! The growth you see in the graph below is the very type of growth that we were warned about while teens got drunk during spring break, saying they are not afraid of the Coronavirus. There can be no doubt that some of those brave idiots have given this disease to their grandparents!
Israel Graph (actual numbers are now over 4000)
We have had enough with conspiracies theories. Why do you think that virtually every world leader is willing to destroy their economy to stop this? Why do you think our prime minister is on TV every day, begging us to stay inside? He has seen the data.
Let me be Wrong
I just got off a Zoom prayer call with several of our pastors in Tikkun, here in Israel. As I shared some of this data, I could not help myself from breaking down and crying. Not out of fear—but understanding the gravity of this situation and what is yet to come. Let me be wrong, and let the peace prophets be right! I hope so!!! My parents are 78 and 80 years old. While I can testify that as we prayed, I felt the Spirit strongly, I would be happy to be deceived—caught up in my own emotions. But I would rather warn you and be wrong, than to stay silent.
What do we do?
First, do not panic! That is not why I wrote this. Let me suggest four things:
1) Build up your faith
Read the promises of God on healing and protection. Read stories in the Bible of the miracles of Yeshua. Read and watch testimonies of healings. Speak life over your family.
2) Call a fast
Joel tells us what to do when judgment is upon us. “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.” (Joel 2:15) We humble ourselves through fasting and prayer. We need one full day of millions of believers fasting and praying, humbling ourselves before God. Hopefully, someone with a big enough voice will take this on.
3) Be the answer
Be generous to those in need. The way to release God’s provision for yourself is to serve and help others. Don’t hoard but instead help. Don’t be selfish, but sacrifice. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
In Numbers 25, Phineas (the grandson of Aaron) stopped a horrible plague through his righteous, zealous act. Now, to be clear, he killed two people and I am not advocating this. In fact, I don’t know what I am advocating other than pointing out the righteous action of one believer stopped a plague.
The Passover Key
Several have suggested that this will end at Passover. It certainly would be great timing. I have no prophetic sense that it will or won’t. If it does, it would be as supernatural as what God did in Egypt but we need to pray and humble ourselves. That is what God responds to during a plague.
May God give us a Passover miracle.
Footnote: I have heard a lot of people use the term false prophet to describe some of our modern-day prophets who may have missed it on this. It is interesting that the term false prophet only occurs once in Jeremiah, and it refers to the Babylonian prophets. When he speaks of those Hebrew prophets who prophesied falsely, he never calls them false prophets but, in fact, calls them prophets. It would be a mistake to refer to any believer as a false prophet. False prophets deceive people and pull them away from the truth. What you had in Jeremiah’s day were prophets prophesying falsely—not false prophets. They spoke from their hopes, and mistook that for the Spirit. Let’s not be reckless with the words “False Prophet.”