Corona Who? Part 3 – God’s Victorious Church
(Ver 1.1) This Part 3 in the series of Bible lessons written during the Coronavirus Pandemic. People in the world today are being overwhelmed with a flood of negative words producing a spirit of fear. This spirit is also called Satan and he has been using the world’s news media as his mouthpiece to spread his evil terrorist agenda. At first the media denied the existence of coronavirus, then they denied the significance of the virus and now they are denying the source of the virus and blaming the President. Leaders in China (the source of the virus) have initiated a propaganda campaign to blame the U.S. military as planting the virus in China and the media cooperates with them. This is the classic distraction technique of Satan. What Satan is guilty of he points to it being God so that humans blame and fear God to not come to Him to be saved. For example, remember when Satan said this to Eve, “Has God said?” Then Satan speaks “You shall not surely die”. Then he said, “for God knows when you eat of the tree you will be like God knowing good and evil” (Gen 3). In other words, Satan pointed the blame to God as being the one that was not truthful. Satan seems to imply that God didn’t want them to become like Him. When in reality they were already made in His likeness. This satanic deception resulted in human rebellion from God and turned them into being afraid of God. It was like they forgot that God was the one that was the source and supply of their every blessing. This is a great deception that is still being followed and imitated today concerning the coronavirus.
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This series is called “Corona Who” for some good reasons. We talked about one aspect in the last lesson when the “sons of Sceba” were casting out demons from one infected possessed man. The spirit in this infected man said to these foolish young men “Paul I know, Jesus I know but WHO are you?” That is an amazing spiritual question. In the spirit realm there is some people and things that are known and some that are not known. Jesus made a very similar statement when He came to a place called Gadara. He encountered a demon possessed man and asked, “What is your name?” (Mark 5:9). This story is a great Bible study but that is not my main subject. The primary point for mentioning it, is that Jesus asked the devils their name. They answered “Legion, because we are many”. Why didn’t Jesus already know that? Why did Jesus even need to ask the question? I believe it was to teach us an important concept.
Do you recall what Jesus said in Matthew 7:23 to some people that claimed that they knew Him and had even done great works for Him? How could demons in one example in Acts say they know Jesus but Jesus in other examples need to ask them their name? Obviously, Jesus did not know them even if they thought they knew Him. Wow, that is important.
Remember what Jesus said to these people in Matthew 7? Jesus said, “Depart from me for I never knew you”. To know someone intimately and personally is a claim of a covenant relationship. Jesus was saying to these legions of demons in an indirect way “I don’t know you because there is no covenant with you to me”. Wow, that is a lot to think about. Do you believe Jesus knows the coronavirus or the spirit behind this evil? I personally believe they both have no covenant relationship with Him and He would just say “Depart I never knew you”. As a Christian, we have a New Covenant with Jesus. But we better be known by Him when we think we know Him. Therefore, if we are known by Jesus, we should not know the coronavirus. We should be saying “Corona Who?”. Let’s get deeper into the lesson.
GOD’S VICTORIOUS CHURCH
Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
This is a very encouraging word from God written to us in the church, at the end of the book of Romans. What does this verse mean? Probably not much if you don’t understand the promise source in the Word of God. Paul was referring to a prophecy given in Genesis 3 being spoken to Satan. Perhaps you have read and studied the other lessons on this website about this matter. I hope you have. But, God spoke in Genesis 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed and it (her seed) will bruise your head and you shall bruise his (technically in the Hebrew “her”) heal. I don’t have time to explain this verse as in other lessons. But, know this prophesied hatred (enmity) is between us in the church (the bride, wife, woman, body of Christ) and Satan. We can clearly begin to understand that this verse in Genesis 3 is written about the church based upon this verse in Roman 16:20 being written to the bride and body of Christ. Both verses are speaking of the identical subjects.
What does the bruising of an enemy under our feet mean? It must be defined to be “when an enemy (in our case Satan) will be overcome and defeated”. God told Joshua in Joshua 1:3 “Everywhere the sole of your foot shall tread I have given you”. This land that was given to Joshua was still filled with big enemies that could of killed them and they still had to be overcome. Even though the victory was given to them they were required to believe, participate and cooperate to possess what was promised. This is the exact same for us in the church for this promise treading under in Romans 16. We are faced with a lot of invisible enemies including one called the great wall of “Coronavirus”. We are not to be afraid of taking on this enemy. However, we are to do as they did and seek God’s face for direction and instruction. Perhaps God is saying something new to the church today. Pray and ask for His guidance and wisdom to know what He wants us to do during this time to win this battle.
This verse in Romans 16, further warns the church people that will bruise Satan’s head, that they will also have their foot/heel bruised in the process of obtaining the victory. Anything that causes a bruise is usually something that is associated with a strike to that part of the body to cause the pain. Don’t think that Satan is just going to lay there helplessly waiting for us to bruise his head. He is going to resist the defeat with all his power. Jesus never promised that the church believer would experience zero troubles and tribulations (Jn 16:33). I think most of us can testify to this truth who have been saved very long. The more we do for God’s Kingdom, the greater the resistance appears to come out of nowhere. I heard one minister say when God promotes us to a new level there will come greater levels of devils to resist us. We are in a spiritual fight. But we are prophesied to be victorious. Is God a Liar? No, He is not. He even gives us His personal armor to help us (Eph 6). In fact Romans 16 says the God of Peace will do this and Ephesians 6 informs us that He equips our feet with the shoes of peace. Wow, praise God. Peace should be on our feet during this battle. Are you standing in peace? If not, put on His shoes.
When is this bruising of Satan’s head supposed to happen? This is a great hidden mystery. God clearly said when Paul wrote this letter to the Romans that it had not happened yet and that it would occur shortly. These two Greek words G1722 and G5034 that are translated as “shortly” here are also used in Revelation chapter 1 verse 1. Here God says “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servant things which must shortly come to pass”. God appears to be making a connection to the book of Revelation and the end of the church age. This can surely become confusing to humans who have no reference to what eternity represents. Humans are limited to the dimensions of space and time, but God is not. To us 2000 years is a very long time to wait for something to happen, but to God this is only about two days according to 2 Peter 3:8. If I said to you “I’ll see you in a couple (two) days would you think that is a long time? I mean if I lived next door to you that might be different than if I lived in Arizona and you lived in Florida. It might take me two days to drive to where you are and then your perspective would change dramatically. We need to begin to see more things from God’s perspective. Even if the Coronavirus lasted one year of human time that would only be 86.4 seconds to God. Wow, I find that very interesting.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
There will be times of pressure, affliction, tribulation and persecution in this world for Christians but, God informs us that this is nothing compared to eternal life in His presence. But God calls this a passing moment of light trouble, meaning it should not be regarded as significant. Remember, us getting a bruise on our foot is far better than Satan’s bruise upon his head.
If you have not read the Bible series on the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12” I would highly recommend you do so. I believe the LORD has taught me that this woman in Revelation 12 represents the victorious, overcoming and raptured church. She is clothed in the Sun and standing on the moon under her feet with a victorious crown on her head. That is a description of the Bride of Christ. The woman is clothed with the Sun and that represents a people being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Mal 4:2). Standing on the moon is the symbolic representation of bruising our enemy Satan under our feet (Rom 16:20). Satan is described to be the ruler of the darkness of this world (Eph 6:12) and God says in the Bible in Genesis, Psalms and the N.T. that the moon rules the dark night (Gen 1:18). I believe with all my heart that the church will be “caught up” very soon as an overcoming bride, not a defeated or beaten wife.
The main point of this Bible lesson is that Satan and his coronavirus are already defeated foes. God has already given to us the victory. But, that does not make Satan and coronavirus powerless. It does make them defeated and under our feet. Jesus and His bride/body are more than conquerors over Satan (Rom 8:37). Let us give thanks to God who always causes His church in Christ Jesus to triumph (2 Cor 2:14). But just as Joshua and the people of Israel had a choice to live in fear of the giants dying in the wilderness and to not possess the victory so the church must make the same decision today.
Let’s try to begin to see this present life more from God’s point of view. What we think is the end of the world today may seem insignificant to what could occur tomorrow or in eternity. Please do not think that I am making this to be as a nothing event. There have been a lot of people in a short time that have died. If anyone has lost a family member or friend during this crisis, we are all praying for you. I hope everyone that died knew Jesus Christ and were known by Him. If they did and He did, they are in a far better place according to 2 Corinthians 5:8. Let’s stand against this unseen enemy and put them under our feet. Let’s use any spare time to pray and ask God how we can reach someone that needs to know God. Live today like it was your last day on earth. Thank you and God bless you. If you need any specific prayer, please leave it as a comment. Jesus is LORD over Satan and over coronavirus!
If you like to continue reading in the series please go to “Part 4“.
~WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DIED TODAY?~
Today, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior or you do not have the confidence to KNOW what would happen if you died suddenly it is time to get your life in order. I believe NOW is time to resolve your uncertain eternal destination after this life ends and before it is too late. Some might think I’m not a bad person and have not committed any bad crimes, but God says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to His standard of Holiness. By default, without making a choice we are all headed to a lake of fire that burns very intensely to be separated from a loving God that already forgave us. That is a very sad reality. One wise man has said NO ONE is ready to live, until they are ready to die. Please go to “Salvation” and read and pray the prayer to receive the free gift of forgiveness & eternal life. This will be the greatest decision that you will ever make. Thank you and God bless you.