Friday, March 27, 2020

God “Sent” the Virus?


God “Sent” the Virus?

Troy J. Edwards


I ran across yet another Facebook post expressing the idea that the current Covid-19 virus was “sent” by God. Let's look at a familiar passage of Scripture that can be used to teach this:

2 Chronicles 7:13-14
13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 
14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It would almost appear from this passage that those who claim that God “sent” the corona virus have a Biblical case. However, the Hebrew word for “send” is “shalach.” The Hebrew scholar, Gesenius, explains, “Shalach is rendered by Gesenius, ‘relax, loosen, let go, especially one who has been in any way detained; give over into the power of anything.’”

“Shalach” (send) is the same word used in Psalm 81:12 where we read, “So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust” or, as the Unlocked Dynamic Version renders it, “I allowed them to do whatever they wanted to do” While I don't agree with how Dr. Jack Blanco's paraphrases all Scripture, I believe that his paraphrase of 2 Chronicles 7:13 is much more consistent with how the passage should have been translated:

“Whenever I hold back the rain or let locusts eat the harvest or let sickness come on my people to discipline them....” (The Clear Word)

If God is the direct cause of sickness then Jesus should have went about inflicting people with it while He was on earth. Instead, we are told that He went about healing them from what SATAN brought upon them (Acts 10:38; Luke 13:16; Matthew 12:22-28).

After giving the list of numerous curses that would come upon His people for disobedience, God concluded in Deut. 31:16-18 that it would be His abandonment, the lack of His protection, that would bring about the pestilences that people would suffer. It is only in this sense that we could call any pestilence a judgment. However, as God told Solomon, prayer and repentance would move God to heal the land and restore His protective presence.

No doubt that promotion of abortion, homosexuality, etc. plays a hand in Satan's ability to inflict these things upon mankind. Yet, rather than blaming God for this, let's pray in warfare against this thing. Warfare includes repentance of sin, but it also includes taking authority against satanic assaults. We will never do the latter if we continue to claim that the corona virus came from God's direct hand.



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

"The Lord 'SENT' It" Free Book Offer

There are a number of people proclaiming that the current "Corona Virus" (Chinese virus, COVID-19, etc.) is a "God sent" pestilence. IN light of this I would like to inform some and remind others that we have a teaching in both book and video form titled "The Lord SENT It: Understanding what the Bible Means when it says that God sent sickness, disaster, evil spirits, deception, etc." Here are links to the FREE downloadable book in various electronic formats:

http://vindicatinggod.org/sent-it.html (.pdf only)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/561994654673856/?source_id=408529585892367 (.pdf only)

http://www.lulu.com/shop/troy-edwards/the-lord-sent-it/ebook/product-22986506.html (epub only)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/687816 (.pdf, Kindle, epub, text)

You can also get it in iBooks format (Apple bookstore), Nook format (Barnes and Nobles) and Kobo format, all absolutely free. If you prefer a paperback or regular Kindle format directly from Amazon.com (this will cost you some money) then the links are below:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540451879 (Paperback)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2HDMFP (Amazon.com Kindle)

The video teaching is in six parts. I will post the links to the first video and then the one that specifically deals with sickness or pestilence:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew8t6zmEULI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5rztFjt7mk

I truly recommend that you read or listen to our teachings on this subject so that you can understand that God is not the author of any sickness or virus. From our material you will understand those Bible passages that appear to say that God sent these things and see that the passages are often misinterpreted.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kenneth Hagin on the "Permissive Sense"


“Dr. Robert Young, author of Hints to Bible Interpretation, points out that in the original Hebrew, the verb is in the permissive rather than the causative sense.”
Kenneth Hagin, Redeemed from Poverty, Sickness, and Spiritual Death, p. 12

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Satan Sends Sickness by Martin Luther


“God sends no sickness into the world but through the devil. All sadness and sickness are of the devil, not of God.” 
Martin Luther, What Luther Says: an Anthology: Volume 1

For a Scriptural teaching on some Scripture references that APPEAR to teach that God sends sickness, we recommend the video teaching below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5rztFjt7mk

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Satan, Not God, Is the Author of Sickness, Disease & Viruses


I should have known it was going to happen, but yet I still let it catch me off guard: people are now claiming that this Corona Virus (Wuhan, Virus, Chinese Virus, COVID-19, whatever) originated with God. It is said in several ways: God brought it to test us, mature us, judge us, etc. Whatever way people want to make God the originator of this deadly disease, beloved, Scripture says that God is NOT THE AUTHOR OF SICKNESS. DISEASE, AND VIRUSES.

And before anyone starts responding with a string of Scripture passages that APPEAR to teach that God inflicts sickness, please read my book, "The Permissive Sense."
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1981812431


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Psalm 46:1-2a; God Protects Us


“God is the one who protects us and causes us to be strong; he is always ready to help us when we have troubles. So, even if the earth shakes, we will not be afraid.” 
(Ps. 46:1-2a; Unlocked Dynamic Version)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ministry TV Schedule


For those who live in the Rhode Island area this is just a reminder about our TV Schedule. Watch and get fed the Word of God. For those outside Rhode Island, keep praying; we'll be going nationwide in the future :)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Speak God's protection over your life.


God’s Promises for Protection

“You must worship me, Yahweh your Almighty. If you do that, I will bless your food and water, and I will protect you from becoming sick.”
(Ex. 23:25; Unlocked Dynamic Version)

“And Yahweh will protect you from all illnesses. He will not make you to be sick with any of the dreadful diseases that our ancestors knew about in Egypt, but he will make all your enemies sick with them.”
(Deut. 7:15; Unlocked Dynamic Version)

“He will shield you as a bird protects her young under her wings. You will be safe in his care. His faithfully doing what he has promised is like a shield that will protect you. ….You will not be afraid of plagues that demons cause when they attack people at night or of other evil forces that kill people at midday. Even if a thousand people fall dead alongside you, even if ten thousand people are dying around you, you will not be harmed. Look and see that wicked people are being punished! Yahweh protects me; trust God Almighty to shelter you, too. If you do, nothing evil will happen to you; no plague will come near your house”
(Ps. 91:4, 6-10; Unlocked Dynamic Bible)

Monday, March 16, 2020

Get Fixed on the Word and Not the News

The News Media seems to work to bring fear into the hearts of people. But when we honor the Lord and our heart is fixed on His Word, we will not be moved by "crisis" we read or hear about:

Psa 112:7 They are not afraid when they receive bad news; they confidently trust in Yahweh.
Psa 112:8 They are confident and not afraid because they know that they will see God defeat their enemies.
(Unlocked Dynamic Bible)

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Satanic Media Hype


The devil has the power to cause people to be afraid to die, but Messiah became human so that by his dying and defeating death he might make the devil powerless. Jesus did this in order to free all of us who, all our lives, could not rid ourselves of the fear of death.
(Hebrews 2:14-15; Unlocked Dynamic Bible)

The media is a tool of Satan. Child of God, stop being afraid of media-hyped apocalypses. Jesus freed you from satanic fear. Stand in your victory.

That includes the Schlitz Malt Liquor virus, the Miller Light virus or whatever "flavor of the week" virus :D

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Friday, March 6, 2020

El Shaddai by F. E. Marsh

"El-shaddai, in the depth of its meaning, signifies the many-breasted God, Who is able to supply every need, the One Who is enough...... God is All-Bountiful to supply the need of His people, His promise is sure, His grace is sufficient, His love is satisfying, His joy is uplifting, His word is certain, and He Himself is enough." - Marsh, F.E. Major Bible Truths (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1969) p. 111

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

God's Blessings by Andrew Murray


“We have a rich Father, and as no true earthly would like to see his Child in rags, or without shoes and proper clothing, neither does God. He wishes to fill up our life with the richest and choicest blessings.”
Murray, Andrew Divine Healing (Springdale, PA: Whitaker House, 1982), p. 139

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Antidote for Corona Virus Fears


Another antidote for your corona virus fears:

“You must worship me, Yahweh your Almighty. If you do that, I will bless your food and water, and I will protect you from becoming sick.” 
(Ex. 23:25; Unlocked Dynamic Version)

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Man's Destruction by Charlotte Elizabeth


.... your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8)

“Man’s destruction is indeed the regular employment of Satan. ....he prowls about, hoping to find some one forsaken of God, and left as a prey to his teeth.” 
Charlotte Elizabeth, Principalities and Powers in Heavenly Places (New York: John S. Taylor & Co., 1842), pp. 55, 56

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