Does the coronavirus have a prophetic significance? To answer your question, YES. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Once more I shake not only the earth but also the heavens…so that what cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:26-27). God is going to shake everything in sight so that He alone is being revealed, the only unshakeable power. Not only for Believers but also unbelievers, He has a great shock and surprise as we realize that our relationship with Jesus has to endure the storm; otherwise, we get exposed for building on a sandcastle.
Now here is the good news. Are you ready for some good news? A great awakening is coming—a divine interruption of the way life has been is coming. The Lord has said to me, Jesus is coming for a glorious and triumphant church, not a limping, broken, panic-stricken church that is hoarding toilet paper.
As I was preparing this message in my prayer room, I picked up an old Bible. I have several dozen Bibles, and a note fell out of this old Bible and as I read it, I started trembling and crying. Here is why. That note was written in 1986 on a Tuesday. I was having breakfast with a minister by the name of David Wilkerson at the Embassy Suites near the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport. That day, he showed me a copy of his letter which was addressed to Rev. Richard Dortch who was running PTL, then under Jim Bakker. It said, “Rev. Dortch, within 12 months from the date of this letter, the judgment of God will fall on PTL. You are fornicating with brick and stone. Flee now and repent. Bats will fly through the empty building.” A month later, I was with Dortch, and he mocked David’s warning saying, “if I fornicate it will not be with brick and stone. These attacks aren’t against me or Jim Bakker, they are against God.”
Of course, you know what happened. It was exactly 12 months to the day that The Charlotte Observer broke the PTL scandal. But during that meeting, David Wilkerson said something else to me that I wrote down. He said, “I see a plague coming on the world and the bars, church, and government shut down. The plague will hit New York City and shake it like it has never been shaken. The plague is going to force prayerless believers into radical prayer, into their Bibles, and repentance will be the cry from true men of God in the pulpit. And out of it will come a third Great Awakening that will sweep America and the world.”
When New York City was the global epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, we saw the first part of that prophecy fulfilled. Things are being shaken that many people relied on. And with all of my heart, I believe the rest of that prophecy will be fulfilled as well. I believe that God is going to send a third Great Awakening that is going to shake America and the world out of this coronavirus.
This new Great Awakening will only come when two things happen. First, the idols have to be removed from their place in the hearts and minds of God’s people. “Son of man,” God said in Ezekiel 14:3, “these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all?”
And second, there must be a widespread, sincere, and heartfelt repentance. Revelation 9:20: “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of the gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.”
The river of prophecy is filled with rapids, obstacles, eddies, and undercurrents. This often has more to do with the milestones we will see along the way than it does in the details of bringing about something that was foretold. Events tend to collide and conflict in the currents as prophecy moves toward fulfillment. The flotsam and jetsam of experience sometimes seem to move ahead briskly, but at other times, it comes to a stagnant halt. It might, perhaps, even disappear from sight only to reemerge farther downstream. This often makes finding ourselves at any one point in the river in a state of confusion; it is easy to get lost if we look only at the currents, gauging our progress in relation to the bank.
This is why God gave us mile markers along this river to let us know what to watch for next. Thus, if we look back from where we have come, it can be easier to see how to handle the rapids and undertows on the way to the sea. By understanding the flow of prophecy over the last few centuries, we begin to clearly see what Bible prophecy holds for America.
The U.S. is here today in full strength and regarded as a world leader and as such is present in the events that will shape the world during the final days of life on this earth. The keys to America’s future are not buried in some elusive Bible code, but in understanding the will of God, and specifically as He prepares for the final battle that will put evil away for a thousand years.
Many look at prophecy and think that certain things have been ordained. This mind-set gives them a reason to sit back and wait. As in the days of Noah, however, too many continue to eat and drink, marry and give in marriage, and yet disaster—or deliverance—is at the door. What will be on the other side of the door for us will clearly come from our choices. While many may think that the fulfillment of biblical prophecy is a sovereign act of God alone, the Scriptures themselves indicate something quite different. When God was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, He said to himself, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?” (see Genesis 18:17). God felt He should take no action of judgment without giving His friend Abraham the right to intercede on behalf of the inhabitants of both cities.
As Daniel was reading in the book of Jeremiah, he came across a Scripture that reads, “After seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place” (Jeremiah 29:10). Daniel did some quick counting—over 70 years had already passed, and Israel was still in captivity to Babylon. So Daniel began to remind God of His promises. In response, God touched the heart of King Cyrus and then later Artaxerxes, and Nehemiah was given permission to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.
Years ago, God called me to a season of repentance. When I started, I felt pretty good about myself. I didn’t think I needed to do much repenting. God broke my pride and self-reliance. After a week in the presence of a high and holy God, I cried out to Him in repentance.
One of the things I asked God was for the courage to tell the truth—not just about others, but about me. When we present an image of ourselves to the world, most of the time we carefully craft it so that we look good. We only tell the successes and triumphs and victories. The depression, discouragement, defeats, and mistakes get left out. We tell a self-inspired narrative, SIN, rather than the truth. God said to me, “Don’t you dare tell the story and leave out the pain and the failures.”
At the end of that week of repentance, the Spirit of God said, “I want you to go to Congo and hold a meeting. I want you to rent a large building and invite 10,000 pastors to come.” I made the arrangements and flew to the Congo with my two daughters. When I arrived, I heard that there was a prayer meeting going on about our services. I wasn’t tired, so I thought I would go down and join them that night.
When I walked in to where the meeting was being held, there were thousands of people there. I planned to walk down to the front to thank them for praying, but then I heard what the leader was saying. The speaker was a witch doctor. He told the people to bring stones to the meeting to kill me while I spoke. He had a voodoo doll up there and was sticking needles in it. I decided I wasn’t going to thank them for praying!
The first night of the meeting, I looked out and saw that man and many other witch doctors. I realized they had brought stones with them to throw at me. They held up their voodoo dolls and stuck pins in them. I stopped the service and told the people to look at those witch doctors. I said to them, “Call on your gods and their power, and we’ll see what they can do.” They stood up and started chanting and waving the voodoo dolls. Nothing happened.
After a few minutes, I said, “Now I’m calling on my God.” I declared the Mighty Name, and those witch doctors all hit the ground. Tens of thousands of people watched in amazement as they screamed in torment. They tore off their fetishes and made a pile that they set on fire. It was a move of God like nothing I had ever seen before. The president of the country invited me to go on the national news program run by the government. We trained 10,000 pastors. There was a mighty work.
It didn’t come out of great faith. It’s didn’t come out of amazing spiritual gifts. It came out of broken repentance. True repentance looks beyond forgiveness to deliverance. True repentance produces a clean heart and a right spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit moves through a heart that has repented. The power of the Holy Spirit moves through a church that has repented. The power of the Holy Spirit moves through a nation that has repented.
Land for peace is a lie. If Israel follows this path, it will only lead to death and destruction. Much of the world is pushing hard to take away the Bible lands from Israel. They claim that this is the only path to peace. Now some of the leading candidates for president are taking up that cause and using it to rally support for their campaigns. But that ignores both God’s prophetic plan and the reality of history.
In 2005, Israel was pressured into giving up Gaza for peace. It didn’t work. Tens of thousands of rockets and missiles have been fired into Israel since that withdrawal from Gaza. Terrorists have dug dozens of tunnels under the border for use in raids against civilian targets. Israeli soldiers stationed near the border have been kidnapped and either murdered or held for ransom. Twice Israel has been forced into full scale conflicts to try to lessen the incidence of terror attacks.
Over one million Russian Jews have come to Israel. Most of them were very poor, and as a result they moved to the south of Israel, near the border with Gaza, where housing was cheaper. The constant attacks and threats are a huge burden to them. I have visited in their tiny homes and heard them tell me the stories of the PTSD they suffer because of the danger.
I’ve seen the school playgrounds with bomb shelters built in so the kids can reach safety in time in case of an attack. I’ve prayed with Rabbi Cohen whose daughter’s legs were blown off when her bus was bombed. Our Jerusalem Prayer Team members furnished her an advance motorized wheelchair to make her life better. She is living proof that land for peace is a lie.
Any plan that requires Israel to give up the Bible lands of Judea and Samaria to those who have sworn to destroy the Jewish state and the Jewish people is foolish. Even worse, it is a direct attack on God’s prophetic promises to the Jewish people. We must NOT let America be part of this plot to curse Israel.
David was a nobody in the world’s eyes. He was born on the wrong side of the tracks. He had no idea that the black hole he lived in would be transformed into a holy hill. David was held in such low regard by his own father that when Samuel came and told Jesse that one of his sons would be the next king of Israel, Jesse didn’t even invite David to meet the famous prophet. He was not worthy of consideration in the eyes of the world, but God saw something else. God saw David’s heart.
This boy that no one wanted or cared about became one of the most prominent figures in history. He led Israel to become a mighty kingdom. He ruled with power, putting down threats to the Jewish people. He ruled with wisdom, uniting a nation that had been divided. He ruled with compassion, showing mercy to Mephibosheth, the son of his dearest friend, Jonathan.
God had a plan for David, and for much of his life, David followed that plan. But all of us know the story of Uriah and Bathsheba and how David strayed off the path of righteousness. His heart turned away from loving God to focusing on himself. He stopped following the Lord and started following lust. When Bathsheba sent word that she was pregnant, David did not repent. Instead, he concocted a plan to try to make it look like Uriah was the father.
When that plan failed because of Uriah’s character and commitment to do what was right, David did not repent. He concocted another plan to try to have Uriah killed in battle. That plan succeeded. David thought his sin was covered. “After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD” (2 Samuel 11:27).
So God sent the prophet Nathan to confront the sinful king. Nathan told him a story about a rich man who stole a poor man’s sheep. David, who had grown up taking care of sheep, was outraged. He said that the rich man should pay with his life. Then Nathan thundered, “You are the man!” Broken, David finally repented. He turned away from his sin and sought God’s forgiveness.
In fact, he wrote a psalm about it. Imagine writing a poem about your sin that the whole church would come together and sing! David was serious about his repentance. He didn’t want to keep his sin close any longer. He didn’t want to conceal it. He wanted it gone. David’s repentance came after he was confronted with the reality of his sin.
True repentance is an appeal for God’s mercy and a cry for cleansing. But if we don’t think we are dirty, we will not cry out to be clean. So many Believers today are self-satisfied with the sin in their lives. They rationalize and justify and excuse it so much that they lose sight of the fact that they need to repent. If you see yourself in the presence of Jesus, your sin will be brought to light. No one is clean in the presence of the Holy God.