Coronavirus

Arno Froese

Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people” (Isaiah 62:10).

We notice the double emphasis, “go through, go through” and, “cast up, cast up.” This is a prophecy for the people of Israel to prepare for the return to the land.

When we read Israel’s recent history, we quickly learn of the many difficulties put in the path of those who wanted to return to Zion. Books have been written documenting the travails of Jews being expelled from many countries.

We know of the Crusaders destroying Jewish communities throughout Europe and the Middle East. Between the 12th and 14th centuries, Jews were expelled from France. In 1290, King Edward I of England ordered the expulsion of all Jews from England. The year 1392 saw the Jews expelled from Bern, Switzerland. In 1492, Ferdinand II and Isabella I signed a decree for all Jews to be expelled from Spain. Between 1744 and the 1790s, Frederick II, Joseph II, and Maria Theresa sent impoverished Jews to the East. In 1791, Katerina the Great of Russia restricted Jews to the Western part of the Empire by means of deportation. In 1862, Jews were expelled from Kentucky within 24 hours, by Ulysses S. Grant through General Orders No. 11.

The most horrible and diabolical act against the Jews was committed between 1933-1945 by Nazi Germany. The Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem documents some 6 million Jews being cold-bloodedly murdered during the Second World War. 

Furthermore, from 1947 to 1972, about 900,000 Jews were displaced from Arab and Muslim countries. 

The prophet Isaiah in chapter 40 declares: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (verse 3). We know this has been fulfilled; the Lord did come to Israel. He fulfilled the various prophecies spoken about Him in the Old Testament. But the previous two verses speak of our days and the future: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” How do we know?

Note that they had “received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” That has never happened biblically speaking. When the Jews returned from Babylonian captivity, the prophet Ezra confesses: “And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this” (Ezra 9:13). But Isaiah also has this to say: “For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them” (Isaiah 61:7).

Therefore, Isaiah 40:1-2 speaks to the Gentiles. It is our task to take heed of the doubly emphasized: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” That’s what our Action for Israel program is all about. And with us, hundreds of thousands, even millions of Christians around the world pray for Israel, for the Jewish people, and for the day when they shall experience the fulfillment of Zechariah 12:10: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

Coronavirus
Israel has developed into an extremely successful nation. The meager population of about 600,000 Jews in 1947 has grown to almost 7 million individuals today. Yet another 4 to 5 million are still in the Diaspora. Due to anti-Semitism and acts of terrorism in Europe, a relatively large number have left for Israel, but there are more to come. Here an article by Hannah Brown in the Jerusalem Post

The coronavirus crisis has accomplished what decades of government ad campaigns did not do—it has brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis back from abroad and made the country more enticing as a home for American Jews. 

As of July [2020], more than 190,000 Israelis had returned to Israel from abroad, including more than 6,000 who had been away from the country for over half a year, according to data released by the Foreign Ministry. Many of those who returned early in the pandemic had been Israelis working in China, where the effects of the virus were first felt. Israeli embassies and consulates abroad have issued approximately 10,000 travel documents, including issuing new passports (often for children of Israelis born abroad who had not been in Israel yet) and renewing and extending passports for Israelis planning to come back since the beginning of the pandemic. 

While Israel has had its challenges handling the pandemic, it still has a notably lower mortality rate from the disease than many countries around the world where Israelis tend to live, notably the US, which has had over 1,000 deaths per every million of the population, as opposed to Israel, with 370 deaths per million. Areas where many Israelis live, including such cities as New York, have been hit particularly hard. For example, there have been over 7,700 deaths in the borough of Brooklyn alone since the pandemic began, many of them in the Jewish community.  

And now, with the vaccination campaign in Israel bringing the Pfizer vaccine to more than one million Israelis in less than two weeks, Israel is looking more attractive than ever as a place to live, both to Israelis who have been living abroad and American Jews who are thinking of moving to Israel.

-www.jpost.com, 3 January 2021

Most interesting is the fact that the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine was developed by husband-and-wife team Dr. Uğur Şahin and Dr. Özlem Türeci. He was born in Turkey, and moved with his parents at the age of four to Germany, where his father worked at the Ford factory in Cologne. Özlem Türeci was born in Germany to Turkish immigrant parents, and naturally adhered to the Islamic religion. Quite strikingly, an article publish by the New York Times concludes: “On the day they were married, Dr. Şahin and Dr. Türeci returned to the lab after the ceremony.” That shows total dedication.

But it also emphasizes the importance of globalism. Muslim immigrants developed the most popular Covid-19 vaccine for the Western world. 

For Israel and the rest of the globe, the Muslim-developed BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine is a gigantic step toward the control and even eradication of Covid-19.

Midnight Call - 03/2021

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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