Are there prophetic implications regarding COVID-19, Passover and the Church? In other words, is God doing something in the midst of all this?
Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
God does nothing without speaking to His servants the prophets. He does not want His people in the dark. God speaks through the prophetic Scripture, and He also speaks through prophets. Below are three prophetic words regarding COVID-19, Passover and the Church:
“On December 31, 2018, at 10 pm, while attending a New Year’s Eve service, the Lord spoke to me about a great crisis that was coming to the United States. He showed me that it would come within 17 months. As I sat there praying, I saw the New York Stock Exchange and money markets beginning to sink. As New York continued its slide, California was flipped up in the air, and the entire nation began to slide into economic chaos. People began to cry out about recession and depression. Just as the turmoil in my heart reached a crescendo, the hands of the Lord reached out and caught our nation. I knew then that the United States was rapidly approaching a tipping point, and the Church was the answer.” – Jim Laffoon
“I started prophesying last September that this year would be a “True Passover.” Even though we have celebrated many Passovers, the Spirit of God said this would be the year that we would really have to understand Passover. He said plague-like conditions would hit the earth, and February, March and April would be hellish. But He was looking at nations to see which nations ‘PASSED OVER.’ I then began to see that the real issue would be an economic rearrangement throughout the world. I see that if we celebrate and honor His Blood, the death structure that is gripping these nations will shift at Passover. I see that the death toll in the nations that celebrate and honor His Blood and acknowledge Him will start decreasing after Passover. But remember, once the Israelites passed over they still had 40 days to press through into their promise. They had great problems during that 40-day period, and postponed their promise for 40 years. I decree that during this 40-day period there will be no postponement. This is exactly what the Spirit of God said to me and what I have been saying since September.” – Chuck Pierce
“This is My Passover, says the Lord…. When My people look to Me in a time of plagues, I will make a distinction between the land of Goshen and the land of Egypt. I want to make an example of you that the world may know that I am God, and there is no other. Though the enemy has intended this to weaken and cripple My Church, I will turn it to something good for those who look to Me. I will bring you out with silver and gold, and there will be none feeble among you, says the Lord. Do not be afraid to receive the gold of Egypt. I am using this upheaval to replenish and prepare My ministries for the season ahead. From this time of weakness, you will be made strong and you will know that the Lord your God, the God of all nations, is watching over you.” – Jerry Dirmann
These are prophetic words given well in advance to us, the Church, and they are quite accurate and timely. We are already seeing the warning signs play out. And since the Lord is saying that this year will be a “True Passover,” how should we respond?
In order to properly respond, we must truly understand the significance of Passover and how—and if—it applies to us today as New Testament believers.
A TRUE PASSOVER
Passover will be observed this year (2020) beginning in the evening of Wednesday, April 8 and ending in the evening of Thursday, April 16. As believers, does this apply to us? And if so, how?
To truly understand Passover—and the prophetic significance for us today—we must first take a look at the original Passover. In Exodus 12, God spoke to Moses about Passover and gave him a clear picture of what was to come in the land, as well as very specific instructions on how to properly respond. I want to highlight five characteristics of the original Passover and show you how it perfectly aligns and prophetically applies to us today.
1. There were plagues
Just before the original Passover, there we plagues in the land. God came to Egypt and judged them, and He sent plague after plague until the last plague, the death of the firstborn. Just think about that for a moment! There were plagues in the land during the original passover. Today, we are also experiencing a plague in our land. And just like the timing of the plagues during the original Passover, the plague we are experiencing today (COVID-19) is leading up to—and will take place during—this Passover as well. What a clear parallel!
2. God’s people were in their homes
In the original passover, God’s people were to be in their homes. And today, God’s people around the world are in their homes. You can’t get much more of a clear parallel!
3. The blood of a Passover lamb
In the original Passover—and subsequent Passovers—every family had to take a lamb and slaughter that lamb and take the blood and apply it to the doorposts and lintels of their homes. And God said to Moses, “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13). In other words, God will “pass over” your home, and death will not come to you or your household. Does this apply to us today? You better believe it!
1 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For indeed, Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”
You and I have a Passover Lamb. His name is Jesus! And He came and died and shed His own blood for us as a sacrifice for sin. Today, we don’t need to bring the blood of a physical lamb and apply it to the doorposts of our homes, but we do need to receive Jesus as our Lord and savior, and apply His blood over our lives and homes. And when we do, we receive the forgiveness of sins, healing in our physical bodies, lovingkindness and tender mercies, supernatural peace, protection, provision, and not only that, but death will “pass over” us and we will live eternally with Him. This is the new covenant!
Here is another important truth about Passover. The observance of the original Passover was to be done individually. This is so important to understand. Each person was responsible for themselves and their own household. And the same is true for us today. We are personally responsible to receive Jesus as our Lord and savior and to apply His blood and His lordship over our own lives and homes. No one can do this for us. It must be done personally and individually.
Yes, Passover applies to us as believers in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 very clearly states, “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast.” This passage very plainly tells us—as New Testament believers—that Passover applies to us and we are to keep the feast. Not with the same traditions of the Old Testament, but with receiving Jesus as our Lord and savior. But there is more!
4. Purge out leaven
Once we have received Jesus as our Lord and savior, the Bible says that we are truly unleavened. Notice the larger context of 1 Corinthians 5:6-7, “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” In other words, once we have received Jesus as Lord, we have been made clean and righteous. We are a “new lump.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it this way, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We are no longer the same. We have been changed. We are born again. Our sins are forgiven. We have been made righteous before the Lord. But notice our response: “Therefore“—the Bible says—“purge out the old leaven.” In other words, we must remove leaven. Simply put, leaven is sin. We must remove the sin from our lives and homes. Why? Because a little leaven—or a little compromise—leavens the whole lump.
Consider what God said regarding the original Passover. “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses… For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses…” (Exodus 12:15, 19). It is important for us to remove sin and wickedness from our lives and even our homes. How do we do this? It begins with confession. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We must simply confess—or admit—our sins to God. To do this, we must first acknowledge those things that are displeasing to the Lord, and then bring them before Him through confession. And He will forgive us and cleanse us.
After confession, we must remove the sin from our lives and homes, whether it be what we allow to enter in through the television, our phones, computers or music devices. Whether it be filthy language out of our mouths or ungodly attitudes and behavior. Whether it be the removal of sexual immorality, drunkenness, outbursts of wrath, and the like. Ask the Lord to help you identify those things are displeasing to Him, and do not allow it in your life or home any longer. And keep in mind, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. God will not condemn you. In fact, He will help you overcome those areas, but we must do our part to confess and forsake sin. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” God has mercy on those who will confess and forsake their sins, and He will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is how we are to observe the feast today as New Testament believers.
Notice also Exodus 12:20, “You shall eat nothing leavened“—in other words, do not ingest sin and wickedness any longer; do not allow it to come into your life—”in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.” Notice God says, “in all your dwellings” (our homes) we are to eat and receive “unleavened bread.” In other words, receive what is holy!
5. Receive what is holy
Notice again 1 Corinthians 5:8, “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” We are to keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. What is unleavened bread? Sincerity and truth. How do we keep the feast with unleavened bread?
First of all, God’s word is unleavened. God’s word is truth. God’s word is pure. We are to eat—and receive—the sincere truth of God’s word in our life. And through God’s word, we will continue to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We will continue to go from glory to glory and faith to faith. Second, we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit as well. He is the Spirit of truth, and He is holy. Third, we are to present ourselves to the Lord as “living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to the Lord, which is our reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). The Lord Jesus gave His life for us. He now wants us to truly live for Him in sincerity and truth as well.
As we observe Passover, we are to receive and remember Jesus as our Lord and savior. We are to recognize that we are truly unleavened. We are a new creation. Our sins are forgiven. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore we are to remove sin and wickedness from our lives and homes. We are to receive the pure word of God and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. And we are to offer ourselves to the Lord in sincerity and truth.
May this be a “true passover” for me and you!
If you have not made Jesus the Lord of your life—or if perhaps you said a prayer some time ago, but for one reason or another you find yourself not truly living for the Lord—now is the time to make the change and fully accept what Jesus has provided for you. He already died in your place. All you need to do now is personally respond. The Bible says that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. This simply means you need to believe that Jesus is alive and confess with your mouth that He is Lord.
Pray this prayer aloud and mean it in your heart:
Dear God, thank You for tugging at my heart today. You have been trying to get my attention because you love me. I confess to You that I need forgiveness. I believe in You and Your Son Jesus. I believe in my heart that He died in my place to give me eternal life. I believe You raised Him from the dead and that He is alive today. I confess today that Jesus is Lord. I give my life to Him. I choose this day to live for Jesus. I know I’m not perfect and I may make mistakes, but I know that you love me and will help me become the person you have called me to be. I love you. From this moment forward, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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