“Thus said the Elohim, HaShem, Who creates the heavens and stretches them forth; Who forms the earth and its produce, Who gives a soul to the people upon it, and a spirit to those who walk in it: I am HaShem; I have called you with righteousness; I will strengthen your hand; I will protect you; I will set you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the nations; to open blind eyes; to remove a prisoner from confinement, dwellers in darkness from a dungeon. I am HaShem, that is My Name; I shall not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven idols. Behold, the early prophecies have come about; now I relate new ones; before they sprout I shall let you hear them.” Yeshayah (Isaiah) 42:1-9
WOW folks…what a wild and tumultuous week it has been! A pandemic declared, US and global markets crashing, entire countries being literally locked down, societies restricted to their homes, panic swelling among the masses amid consuming chaos, confusion and madness as the world, to include America, seeks to grapple with and defeat this virus i.e. Coronaviru or COVID-19.
Now I know there are those out there who would dismiss this entire subject as being overblown and nothing more than just a case of the seasonal flu, but the facts remain, the governments of the world are reacting to this and whole countries are being locked down! Point is, contrived or not, the reality is the same, unprecedented actions are being taken, especially in the United States.
Is this global pandemic and the subsequent governmental reactions the work of the adversary, may his name be blotted out forever, or is this event the judgment of HaShem upon a wicked, vile, rebellious, idolatrous, violent and murderous world?
In my opinion, and I stress this is just my opinion, this event is judgment from HaShem and also simultaneously a very strong contraction of that very pregnant prophetic woman HaShem uses as an analogy in His Word, who is about to begin her seven years of very hard labor i.e. the Birth Pains of Meshiach!
Do we know when exactly this woman goes into full blown labor? Yes we do…it will be on a Rosh HaShannah and it will begin with the sudden and complete destruction of Babylon i.e. America in a surprise military and nuclear attack by Russia and her allies, per Jeremiah 50-51. This COVID-19 event has done and is doing very grave damage to the military readiness of the United States i.e. our defenses and our enemies know it! So again, in my opinion, this event is setting the stage for the Jeremiah 50-51 event to occur, perhaps on the Rosh HaShannah of 2020!
Does this imply we all are to give into our fears and embrace the panic because there is no hope left? Not a chance! Is it easy to not give into the fear when looking around and seeing the empty grocery stores, the people running to stock up on supplies, the fighting between people over packages of toilet paper? Honestly, no it isn’t easy, because there are many concerns such as prescription meds to refill or eating only certain foods as required by various medical issues, or how long will law and order remain until the people give into the panic and begin rampaging through neighborhoods and stealing from people and engaging in gunfights in the streets? Point is there is much to be concerned about today!
But in the midst of all this, there IS hope! HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel has NOT abandoned nor forsaken His people, Whom He calls Israel, whether in the Land or scattered across the world! Since He reveals the end out of the beginning and does nothing without revealing it to His prophets coupled with there is nothing new under the sun, then we do have examples in His Word to refer back too! This is what we will quickly explore, but before we do so, always remember the following:
– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
Is it a coincidence this COVID-19 outbreak is happening right now, today? In my opinion, no it isn’t!! Why? Because in just a few short weeks, less than a month, we will be celebrating Pesach (Passover), the commanded Feast of HaShem where He delivered enslaved Israel from an oppressive and brutal Egyptian regime led by Pharaoh and his army! How did HaShem deliver Israel? He waged war upon Egypt via elements of His creation beginning with blood i.e. turning all the water into blood, killing off all the water life and making it impossible for people to drink water per Shemot (Exodus 7).
Then HaShem struck Egypt with frogs…enormous amounts of frogs which got into everything! Some commentaries say per the Hebrew translations this included frogs even getting inside people themselves! Pharaoh begged for relief and HaShem granted it to him and all the frogs died leaving the entire country to reek of rotting frogs per Shemot 7:26.
The elements HaShem used in total were: Lice, wild beasts, epidemics, boils, hail, locusts, tangible darkness and finally the death of the first born, per Shemot 8-11. It is interesting to note it is on the fourth plague of the wild beasts that HaShem tells Pharaoh the following per Shemot 8:18-19 “And on that day I shall set apart the land of Goshen (Where most of Israel lived in Egypt) upon which My people stands, that there shall be no swarm there; so that you will know that I am HaShem in the midst of the land. I shall make a distinction between My people and your people, tomorrow this sign will come about.”
Interesting, so HaShem did set His people apart and from this point forward, they were not affected by these plagues HaShem used to wage war on Egypt! Why? Because Israel was in covenant with HaShem on the merit of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the covenant He swore to them! Point is, even if Israel forgets the covenant, HaShem never does!! So this distinction was as much a sign to Israel as it was to Egypt that HaShem truly was going to rescue and deliver them!! Baruch HaShem!!
Is this concept something we can apply to His people, Whom He calls Israel today? In my opinion, yes and why do I think so? Because He is unchanging, He reveals the end out of the beginning, He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets and there is nothing new under the sun! Either these are just advertising tag lines or He really means what He says!!
Consider what He says in Yeshayah (Isaiah) 55:1-5 which says “Ho, everyone who is thirsty, go to the water; even one with no money, go, buy and eat; go and buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you weigh out money without getting bread and exert your efforts for that which does not satisfy? Listen well to Me and you will eat well, and your soul will delight in rich food. Incline your ear and come to Me; listen, and your soul will be rejuvenated; I will make an eternal covenant with you, the enduring kindnesses of David. behold, I have appointed him as a witness over the regimes, a prince and a commander to the regimes. Behold, you will summon a nation you had not known, and a nation that had not known you will run to you, for the sake of HaShem, your Elohim, for the Holy One of Israel, Who has glorified you.”
What is HaShem talking about here about drinking water and eating, buying without money, etc? He is telling His people how utterly satisfied and satiated we will be when we stop our own pursuits and study, learn and apply His Torah to our own lives!! Remember He says His Torah is a tree of life to those who reach out and take hold of it!! Am I implying Torah in itself will save us during this event with COVID-19? No I am not! But I am applying what He says in that if we do keep our eyes on Him, reading His Torah and seeing how many times He saved Israel in the past, knowing He reveals the end from the beginning and is unchanging thus will give us the confidence and increase our faith that He will NOT abandon us today as long as we stay close to Him!!
Consider Psalms 135:1-21 which says “Praise Elohim! Praise the Name of HaShem! Give praise, you servants of HaShem! You who stand in the House of HaShem, in the courtyards of the House of our Elohim. Praise Elohim! For HaShem is good. Sing to His Name, for It is pleasant. For HaShem selected Jacob for His own, Israel as His treasure. For I know HaShem is greater, and our Master, than all gods.
Whatever HaShem wished, He did, in heaven and on earth; in the seas and all the depths. He raises clouds from the end of the earth, He made lightning bolts for the rain, He brings forth wind from His treasuries. It was He who smote the first born of Egypt, from man to beast. He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and upon all of his servants. It was He who smote many nations, and slew mighty kings. Sichon, King of the Emorites, Og, King of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan. And presented their land as a heritage, a heritage for Israel, His nation.
HaShem is Your Name forever, HaShem is Your memorial throughout the generations. For HaShem will judge the nations, and relent concerning His servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, human handiwork. They have mouths, but they speak not; they have eyes, but they see not; they have ears, but they heed not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. Like them shall their makers become, everyone who trusts in them.
O House of Israel, bless HaShem. O House of Aaron, bless HaShem. O House of Levi, bless HaShem, O you who fear HaShem, bless HaShem. Blessed is HaShem from Zion, He Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise Elohim!”
He saved Israel many times before and will do so again until the final Redemption occurs when His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua shows up, defeats HaShem’s enemies and rescues Israel once and for all and brings us all home into the Land! This event with COVID-19, while nerve wracking and tumultuous, it is just one more very severe contraction of that very pregnant woman and Yeshua Himself told us that when we BEGIN to see these things, look up, lift up your heads, for our redemption draws near! Well, we certainly have begun to see world changing events come pass in the last few decades: The First Gulf War, the 9-11 attacks, the Second Gulf War, just to name a few and now COVID-19!
Remember there are consequences for sin against HaShem and the world to include America cannot slaughter our unborn in the name of convenience, embrace the detestable homosexual lifestyle and behavior, coupled with countless church’s figuratively flipping HaShem the middle finger, spewing Replacement Theology and rejecting Him and His Torah, and then not expect there will be consequences. All of us will reap what we sow but there is also great hope in our Great and Compassionate King!
This all said, I encourage you to study Pesach (Passover) and the plagues HaShem used to wage war on Egypt to bring about the subsequent redemption of Israel from Egyptian bondage and keep them in focus as we continue to have to endure whatever may come as a result of COVID-19.
Stay strong, keep looking upwards to HaShem and reach out to take hold of His Torah, for it truly is a tree of life to those who take hold of it!
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- The Milstein Edition The Prophets Isaiah by Artscroll
- The Milstein Edition the Chumash Shemot with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll