We will see this turnaround. I believe one of the great outcomes of this outbreak will be that God will use this Coronavirus to prepare the hearts of millions for repentance. The bible says that God will cause all things to work together for the good (Romans 8:28). Although it seems distraterous now, God has the ability to make it of benefit to the Church and to bring glory to Himself. I believe God is using this virus to shake the nations and the church. I believe God is preparing America for awakening. He is causing His church to pray and seek His intervention. Much of the church has chased after ministry success and neglected our true ministry of prayer. This virus is causing the church to pray nationally and globally. By the forced cancelling of ministry engagements and events, I believe God is dealing with unfruitful conferences and ministry idolatry in our nation. Ministry idolatry is being exposed and broken as our preachers are being forced to focus on their first ministries; the ministry of family and personal ministry to God. Before this virus, these two had been horrifically neglected. In this generation, we have sacrificed our family and person prayer lives on the altar of ministry. Now, parents across the globe are being forced to spend more time with their kids and churches are being forced to seek God for relief. God is saying in the midst of famine and plague, return to your first love and refocus your priorities.
While in prayer, I heard the words “global shaking”. I was immediately reminded of the scripture, Haggai 2:6-9. In it, the Lord Almighty says that He will once more shake the heavens and the earth. He goes on to say that He will fill the house with His glory, so much so that the latter will be greater than the former. God is shifting the nations; especially the US. There must be a shaking, God says, before there can be awakening. I believe one of the greatest signs of this shaking in America was the shutting down of most of our sports events. In America, sports have become an idol. In Exodus, God shut down the inferior gods to show Egypt that He is God of all.
However, it has been devastating that many of our nation’s prophetic voices were only prophesying “good” things for 2020. None however, caught wind of a looming global pandemic. I watched as many of our prophetic voices prophesied 2020 would be a year of advancement, perfect vision, and so on. I do believe God will still do great things for his church in 2020 but we must stop only prophesying encouragement so we can truly hear the word of the Lord. Where are the prophetic voices of our nation that heed warnings to come? Where are the agabus prophets like the ones in the book of acts that prophesied a global famine would hit (Acts 11:27-28)? That’s how prophets like Kim Clement got wind in the spirit that Hurricane Katrina was going to hit as a judgment on that city. He understood the ways of God and that He is multifaceted. God is not boxed in by what we want or expect Him to say. God can pronounce blessing or judgement because He is sovereign. Yet, many marked Clement as a doomsday prophet and thought he was crazy… but was later proved to be right.
In my book, The Final Trumpet, I stood with the few that speak both promise and caution. Even though I had not heard a virus would hit the earth specifically, I did hear that 2020 would be a year of great shaking and warfare. The entire nation has been placed on pause by God. God is speaking to America and the nations through this. What the enemy has meant to steal, kill, and destroy , God will use for His glory. The economy will soar again, and everything the enemy is trying to do will be reversed and backfire. But first, I see this Coronavirus virus being a catalyst for global awakening. There are other events coming to shake the world. This virus and things to come will produce an urgency concerning the soon return of Jesus Christ. This is the Refiner’s fire and the purifying of the saints. It is an End Time sign, as the church has lost its tenacity. We have been puffed up with pride, but through this disaster we are being humbled to seek the face of God. This is the only way God will heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (KJV)