What We Can Learn From History
It is so ironic that the world has been devastated by an invisible virus that no one can visibly see or even really know what this invisible enemy of death is actually doing or going to do. But in this Covid-19 pandemic and every other pandemic of history there is and has been another invisible force at work. It is what we can call for this article the invisible good. After studying and seeing the consequences of pandemics through history, it seems to me that the invisible good prevailed over the invisible bad viruses that caused so much devastation and death.
In our present pandemic I have a strong inclination that God is shaking our world to the four corners of the earth. The “four corners of the earth” Rev.7:1 is an expression used in Scripture and means every part of the globe is affected by whatever is happening. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the four corners of the earth. The whole world has experienced a shaking. I know there is lots of chatter today that this virus was born in a lab in Wuhan, China, and perhaps was an experiment that went bad. I have heard that it was a virus that came from the wild animals that are kept captive in Wuhan. I really doubt that either scenario can be proven nor does it matter. The Coronavirus is what it was originally called but was changed to Covid-19 after some time and has taken on a few other names since. I learned the reason that they changed it from the Corona virus to Covid-19 is because Corona viruses are good and necessary for all of us to maintain a healthy life but Covid 19 is not a good one. Our creator has so designed it that there are thousands of these different Corona viruses in the animal kingdom to maintain healthy life. What happens occasionally is that one of the viruses in animals actually mutates or changes slightly from what it was designed to do in a healthy animal or human body and starts doing the opposite and does bad things in the body. It becomes a bad virus attacking the body organs or doing things that are unexplainable. Such was the case with the virus in 541-549 AD known as the Justinian Plague that killed millions of people also with the Bubonic plague in the 1340’s AD that killed millions of people and animals and the Spanish Flu of 1918 was similar and identified as the H1N1 virus.
We are at an interesting time of history in our own pandemic woes. We have witnessed a global pandemic where the entire world has been in shutdown mode. The shutdown and quarantine measures are similar everywhere in the world. Many experts believe the global shutdown has probably caused more damage to our world than the virus itself but, at the time of its appearance, the shutdown seemed necessary. When we look at the large amount of information available to us on the media and news feeds, it appears we are going to face some catastrophic fallout from the massive loans our government is borrowing to keep our country afloat. The problem with loan money is it always has to be paid back. Who is going to pay it back? The answer is – you will! How do you pay back federal loan money? When we look at the large amount of information available to us on the media and news feeds, it appears we are going to face some catastrophic fallout from the massive amounts of money our government is borrowing to keep our country afloat. The problem with federal loan money is that it always has to be paid back. And who is going to pay back this loan money? The answer is – you will! You, your children and your grandchildren will pay it back in some form of taxation. In conclusion, with all these unprecedented scenarios happening around us these days, we need to ask the question: Where do we go from here?
One of the deadliest pandemics in history came upon the world in the last century. It was at the closing year of the First World War in 1918. The War actually is where the pandemic was fostered and spread through camps of soldiers in the last year of the Great War. The first wave of the pandemic was in 1918 and concluded in 1920. The pandemic was known as the Spanish flu but was actually the H1N1 virus. It was called the Spanish flu simply because following the war there were media restrictions around the world that would not allow reporting on the pandemic. Spain was exempt from the media restriction and so the news first came from Spain and thus it was called the Spanish flu.
In the middle of this coronavirus crisis we heard about the death of one strong voice of hope in our world. Ravi Zacharias passed away May 19, 2020. He was a strong Christian voice of Christ-centered hope in the middle of a chaotic and troubled world. I would like to share a few thoughts about the life of Ravi Zacharias, who I am sure will go down in our history books as a person who made a major impact in the world and will continue to do so with the numerous books he has authored and the broadcasts and podcasts he has recorded through RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries). He had a voice that directed thousands of people around the world to hope in Christ. He was one of the most brilliant and humble men I have ever heard. Both he and Billy Graham—who also passed into eternity last year at 99 years on this earth—have made a huge impact for Christ in the 20th century, and in the 21st century as well.