Frightful Pandemic or Fulfilled Prophecy?

Church has been cancelled in South Africa after the President declared a National State of Disaster that banned any gathering that includes a 100 people or more. Churches have gone online with live streams in order to ‘cater for their congregation’s spiritual needs’. The death toll is sitting at more than 11000 as I write this with 284,805 cases worldwide. 93000 have recovered. Many have panicked, resorting to stockpiling in preparation for quarantine or self-isolation. People fighting over toilet paper while others are involved in some TikTok challenge that allows the user to contract any means possible. Some have licked toilet seats to contract it. The world

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is in a frenzy and people are not interested in helping others or keeping themselves safe.

There’s news of a Nostradamus prophecy that occurred in 1555. This post sent a lot of people into a panic. Nostradamus did prophesy about many things but it didn’t necessarily come to pass. Unless the way he worded it in such a way that the reader didn’t interpret it correctly. There are stories going around that the virus was invented and that it was released. But in hindsight, if it wasn’t for the virus, we would be surrounded by World War III right now. It was the virus that caused a different type of disruption in the world.

South Africa has 240 cases of the Coronavirus with thankfully, no deaths. People have been trying to stockpile but that would only be the rich people as the rest have to wait until payday to buy their food. Most of the items bought were toilet paper, flour and baby formulas.

While there are so many rumours that are created by idiots who don’t anything to do with their lives, good reliable information has been given to the public. I have recently heard from a video that they perform an autopsy on a victim of the Coronavirus. Their lungs and air pipes were filled with mucus so much so that they wouldn’t allow the medication to get through. The disease has a way to protect itself! The symptoms are sore throat, cough, fever, headaches and trouble breathing.

Coronavirus is not a death sentence.

In this crazy time, not many people have turned to the Bible to gain perspective on the current situation. Christians should not be surprised by the current circumstances. All this is in the Bible.

Luke 21:10-11

10 Then He told them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, along with fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

Here we can see that the Bible had a clue on what was happening 2000 years ago. Notice that it mentions that nations will rise against nations. Other

20200321_160052scriptures talk about rumours of wars. This almost happened at the beginning of 2020 with America and Iran. Notice the word pestilence, doesn’t that describe the current world situation? The bubonic plague struck many times in the past two millenniums. At one point it was responsible for the death of 750 million people. That’s two-thirds of the world’s population at that time! All this was spoken of in the Bible. While all this is happening, Africa is being eaten alive by locusts and Saudi Arabia was hit with a bird flu pathogen that was killing people.

The beer Corona lost sales due to the virus and the stock market crashed and people were losing their pensions. I lost 20%-30% of my investments. Oil plummeted and business crumbled. Traders lost 203 billion in seconds and currencies were bleeding. I thought of Revelation 18 which speaks of Babylon falling. Babylon could represent the world trade system or the business world. In this chapter of Revelation, it speaks about people who do business suffering from the calamity of the stock market crashing. If this event is happening now, I don’t know. I’m not claiming anything.

Here’s something to think about. The virus is call Coronavirus, right?

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Corona could mean a crown or a darkened sun!

Matthew 24:29

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’

Don’t you find this strange? The world is a map to the crossroads that we are heading to. It’s a warning! The virus can spread through many items including money. They might go cashless. Digital money might be used and maybe when everything crashes they would have a one-world currency? Maybe we would have to get the Mark of the Beast mentioned in Revelation 13? If you get it, you can buy, sell and have a job with the loss of your soul for all eternity. If you don’t, you will end up being a hobo on the streets! With all the prosperity gospel that’s been spreading like wildfire, who’s going to think twice about taking the Mark? They would automatically think that they need to get it because God is telling them to be prosperous!

Listen, turn to Christ Jesus! Now’s the time to get right with God. Make sure you have a relationship with him. Don’t be afraid of death. If you die, you will know where you will be going. Dying from a virus is the least of your worries if you die without Christ. Death shouldn’t worry us, we have eternal life already with Jesus. But if you don’t, fear will be your plate of food and you don’t even want to know what’s for dessert…

 

Between Stanzas

I have recently published my poetry book on Amazon Kindle. It is an anthology of 100 poems of various genres. Here’s one of my favourites, it’s called Beauteous.

Beauteous

Into the room, you gracefully pace
I gaze at your beauteous face
And my heart begins to race
Thoughts in my mind giving chase

I know there’s more behind those eyes
Every second precious, as time flies
You pursue a different sunrise
Where every one of my dreams dies

It feels like you were the reason I was born
But here comes your new dawn
This city will surely mourn
The show ends with curtains drawn

I scan the horizons forlorn
But you are forever gone

 

I was writing poetry for quite a while and I decided to compile them into a book. If you would like to purchase my book Between Stanzas, Click Here.

Pastors & Wolves

Ever since I could remember, pastors have been held in high prestige. Nobody really knows why. Do they? We all assume that since he is dressed in a dignified and religious way, respect is due to him. A pastor is defined by what church he belongs to or what clothes he wears. However, we live in a time where if a pastor drives a Mercedes, wears expensive suits, lives in a mansion and travels all over the world, such a pastor was successful and would be extremely close to God. The problem is, you can’t use materialistic wealth to be an indicator of spiritual intimacy. There are rich people who have no clue of Jesus. Satan himself offered Jesus all the riches of the world so wealth cannot be an indicator of whether someone is right with God. Neither are gifts. Gifts are given and they are irrevocable. God doesn’t take a gift back because a pastor is living in sin. He may lose his purpose but not his gifts. It is very disturbing to belong to a church whose pastor delivers good sermons and heals the sick but is extremely far from God.

A pastor receives double honour on earth but double accountability on Judgment day.

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1 Peter 5:1 As a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.…

Therefore, being a pastor should be a pleasure to you and not a burden. Pastorship becomes a burden when the focus is no longer on Jesus but on other things. Most pastors are after money, fame and materialistic wealth. When this happens, services become a show, sermons become a speech, churches become a theatre and congregations become an audience. 


Case Study 1

A pastor had a woman going through a divorce in his church. She asked him to pray for her. He told her that in order for her to be free from her husband, he must pray for her while she was naked in a shower. He told her, she needs to be baptized from her husband.

Is such a thing even mentioned in the Bible?


When the attention is no longer on Jesus and the flock, the church suffers. People will go astray, those who need to be set free continue in their sin and many are hurt. Many leave the church and join another while others never go back to church at all. I had the privilege to invite someone to church who had never attended a service in ten years! The whole point of church is to fellowship among believers so that our faith may be edified. The church was never intended for you to sit in the pews and warm the seats! Most pastors today entertain his guests so that they just sit in the pews and pay their tithes. No one ever grows and the pastor enjoys the money. The whole purpose of the pastor is to equip the saints to do the works of services.

Ephesians 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Healing the sick isn’t only supposed to be done by pastors but by EVERY CHRISTIAN. Pastors don’t want you to know this because it’s bad for business.


Case Study 2

A pastor was preaching excellent messages at the pulpit. It was found that his sermons were rather similar. With investigation, it was found that his sermons were the exact imitation of sermons of some pastors on Youtube.

If your pastor is not spending time with God and studying the Word, how can you listen to someone like that?


Most people will back a pastor up no matter what. It’s not about taking sides with the pastor. The pastor never died for you. You need to be on the side of the truth. If the pastor is wrong, he must repent and continue in the work. If he persists in his disobedience, then he must be removed from his position before sin becomes acceptable. It is Jesus we must worship, not a man! An unrepentant pastor will lead a church that remains unrepentant. An ungodly leader of an assembly will eventually have an ungodly assembly. 


Case Study 3

There was a pastor who also had a day job. He was interviewing candidates and if they were female, he would give them the job for sexual favours. One night at a hotel, he had a heart attack while he was doing the deed. The story leaked out into the newspapers and it became a scandal.


Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits…

There are three types of people: 

  1. Those who bear good fruit
  2. Those who bear bad fruit
  3. And those who bear no fruit

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If your pastor is not involved in the following in your church, it could mean he is a money-hungry false prophet or he ain’t got a clue on what the Bible is talking about:

  • Preaching the truthful Gospel
  • Helping the poor
  • Evangelism
  • Prison ministry
  • Hospital visitations
  • Helping widows and orphans
  • Helping the community

If your pastor is involved in these activities, then he is probably a false prophet:

  • Preaches prosperity and success in worldly things
  • Condones homosexuality and abortions
  • Preaches only about tithes
  • Has a lot of fundraisers
  • Preaches Motivation instead of repentance
  • Refrains from sermons that talk about hell and end times
  • Glamourises worldly ambitions
  • Refuses to accept he is wrong when he is wrong

So may you pray before you join a church and be discerning of what is preached on the pulpit for deception is a sugary snack that everyone indulges in upon.

Trip to Port Edward

I always wanted to go down to the South Coast of South Africa. I decided to plan a trip to somewhere far down like Port Elizabeth. After discovering that it was an 8-11 hour drive, I settled to book @ The Lighthouse Inn situated at the Black Rock in Port Edward. We selected seven days of stay, from the 21st to the 28th of December. We left Saturday morning at 10am.  It was only a 2-hour drive that ran alongside the pristine beach shores, over bridges that crossed scenic rivers and estuaries. I arrived at our destination, Black Rock, which is where the Lighthouse Inn is located. The pounding waves is all that you hear as you are embraced by the sea breeze. There is a trail that will lead you to the beach and amongst the rocks that line the shores.

The next day (Sunday) I went to a local church called Southcity Port Edward. I was greeted and welcomed with much friendliness. This church only seated 60-70 people and the pastor was dressed in a shirt, jeans and takkies. He preached a really good message. He said that when the shepherds saw Jesus, they worshipped Him and went and told everyone about it. If you have an encounter with God, two things should occur: You worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and you are involved in evangelism.IMG-20191225-WA0030

Monday was the big day as we made our way to Lake Eland, a nature reserve and adventure park in the heart of Oribi Gorge. On our way along the treacherous trail, I spotted bucks, zebras and wildebeests. Eventually, we reached the suspension bridge. It spanned 80m at a height of 130m above the gorge. The view is breathtaking but there is no need to fear falling off or through as the bridge is well caged.IMG-20191223-WA0160

We then made our way back to the ziplines. This where things got intense! Its basically being hung upon a pulley system attached to a wire rope. There is also a safety wire rope that you are secondarily attached to. There are 14 ziplines, 18 platforms with a travel distance of 4,5Km. The ziplines vary in heights between 200m to 300m above the forest ground which means if you fall, you don’t get up again! You are then clothed in safety gear and equipment and briefed in an induction room. You go to your first platform. They connect you up and wait for the signal for you to go. With my gloved hands, I grab the strap that holds me onto the line and with my right hand, I grab the wire rope for stability and let gravity do the work. As I soar down to the next platform, I find myself thinking: “I don’t want to do this anymore!”

I brake by pulling down on my travel rope and I decrease in speed as I land at my next platform. 13 more slides to go. I cross valleys and forests, having a few seconds to glance at the amazing view that lies below me. At one point, I was ziplining way too fast and I braked but it wasn’t slowing down fast enough. I struck the stopper hard and I jerked, my knee kicks into the wire rope and it gives it a slight cut. I survive. I then crossed the lake and I underestimated the height I was coming in. The heel of my hiking boots struck the dark brown waters and I. Was. Wet.

Eventually, we reached the last platform after going through a tunnel. A bakkie arrives to take you back up to the office. The road back is so steep that if you don’t hold on to the handlebars, you will fall off! The road sometimes descends up to 45 degrees! When I reached the top, there was a staircase leading down to some caves. I had a look at it but it wasn’t that much. Just overhanging rocks!

On Tuesday, I went to the Red Desert, a 200m desert in Port Edward that has its own ecosystem. It was quite weird, I admit. The place resembled something from Mars! It was as if you were on another planet. There were large rocks but it wasn’t sandy or anything like that. We then went to the Wild Coast Sun and watched a movie.

On Wednesday, we went to Southcity Church since it was Christmas Day. Once again, the pastor preached a really good message. We went home and had a braai. After lunch, I went to the beachfront and frolicked in the waves. At the end of the day, I was battered!IMG-20191222-WA0000

On Thursday, we drove to the Riverside part of Wild Coast Sun, I went Kayaking which is quite difficult I must say. Your arms, back and legs feel it. I was at two places at once! Along the Umtavuna River, you are between KZN and Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape bridge is a bowstring arch bridge that provides a way over the river.

 

On Friday, I went to Macbanana, which was an interesting place. They had a restaurant that served amazing food, a supermarket that literally sold everything, and loads of adventures that you could embark on.IMG-20191227-WA0033

And finally, Saturday arrived and we packed up and left Port Edward, leaving no trace of our presence but taking loads of memories.

 

 

Price Tag

Let’s look at two scriptures in the Bible:

Genesis 37:28 So when the Midianite traders passed by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.

In these two scriptures, we find two profound individuals practically sold for silver by people that they not only trusted but were most accompanied with. How many times are we sold by our friends or family and we never expected it from them? Fair enough, Jesus definitely expected it because He knew the future as well as the fulfilment of prophecy. But the audacity is that Jesus was given a price tag!

There’s a story I’ve heard before about a shop that was secretly broken into at night. the intruders didn’t break in with the intention to steal but to rearrange the price tags. The customers were astonished at their bargains but the cashiers had no clue of what was going on. Sometimes, circumstances or people can place price tags on us without us even knowing. This price tag can become a limit for us especially when we want to do great things for God.

You have price tags like:white-price-tag-on-human-palm-1201721

Your bad past

Your bleak future

Your critical illness

Your disappointing failure

Your captivating addiction

Your empty loneliness

All these price tags are like labels that prevent us from living the life that God wants us to live. And just like that, we stand at a fork in the road. One tells us to listen to the opinions of people and the other, the Truth of Gods word. The choice remains up to you. The worse thing is when we choose to believe the price tag.

Your price tag says your past is bad but 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!

Your price tag says that your future is bleak but Jeremiah 29:11 says: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.

Your price tag says that your sickness is critical but Isaiah 53:5 says: But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed.

Your price tag says that your failure is disappointing but Romans 8:28 says: And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Your price tag says that your addiction has you captivated but John 8:36 says: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Your price tag says your loneliness makes you feel empty but Hebrews 13:5b says “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”

 

People can try to get rid of you but they can’t get rid of your purpose. You are here for a reason, don’t let people stop you from doing what God has planned for you. Those who betrayed Joseph and Jesus always regretted it. The only problem we face is when we choose to believe the price tag. Your worth is found in Christ, not in other people. It was Jesus who died for you, no one else. His blood is what makes you precious, nothing else.

You will never find a price tag on something that’s priceless.