ISRAEL - Pandemic Brings Dark Time to Jerusalem

Arno Froese

As night grips Jerusalem’s walled Old City, its ancient alleyways become a ghost town of haunting shadows and light.

Mornings used to reveal bright picture-postcard scenes of tourists from around the world stopping to buy souvenirs at Palestinian shops as they made their way to biblical sites holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians.

But a modern-day plague, the coronavirus pandemic, is now keeping the visitors away from the Old City and bringing hardship and heartbreak to residents.

The light from a juice bar, still open at night, is a beacon to customers along a virtually deserted pathway.

Khaled Salfiti, a 70-year-old souvenir shop owner, recalls how the Old City used to be “vibrant and alive” before a series of coronavirus lockdowns.

“Corona paralyzed everything,” he lamented., 1 December 2020

Arno's commentary

The tiny—invisible to the naked eye—coronavirus virtually turned off the lights of Jerusalem, the Old City. How powerful this microscopic virus is, is self-evident. A recent report indicated that the global economy has lost trillions of dollars. 

What is the future? We know this is not the end, but we may call it a shadow of what will eventually happen. Despite all the amazing technology mankind has invented, he seems to be powerless in this case. Of course, medical science is making progress, and a number of promising vaccines are going to be available. That, however, does not solve future problems; for example, a worse pandemic.

“Corona paralyzing everything” must not affect the Church. Jesus said: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14). That encourages and empowers us for our task: to be testimonies to the fact that the originator of light is the God of creation. We read in the Gospel of John, chapter 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (verses 1-3).

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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