By SHARON K. GILBERT
May 2, 2009
“HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD?” That’s the question asked by one of four demons in one of my favorite Millennium episodes called Somehow Satan Got Behind Me. The demons, while enjoying coffee and pastries at The Donut Hole, had been discussing sightings of a mysterious man who appeared to see through their human disguises and into their ‘true essence’.
Though the episode is primarily played for laughs, there are many uncomfortable truths tucked between the lines. Human fears, boredom, conformity and peer pressures, loneliness, desire for power, and perceived mundane nature of daily life are all examined and used by these demons to ‘gut their souls’. While their appearance is comical, their purposes are not.
The Apostle Paul warned all who follow Christ that our fight is “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) He believed that spiritual entities control the Earth.
If this is true, then what spirit-led plans are at work now, and why?
First of all, let me state that all things are created by God, and only those activities that He permits occur. Satan had to gain permission from God to test Job, and again to test Peter. Such trials serve God’s purposes, and–though we may not understand–God uses each ‘test’ to point us to Christ. Sadly, we often miss this fact and concentrate more on the trial more than on God’s desire to help us through it. Christ stands at the ready to serve as our Counsel, yet we decide to act on our own behalf. What’s the old saying? A man who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for client?
Case in point: the current battle with H1N1 that is taking root across the physical world. In the human realm, the story goes that the virus combined in pigs somewhere in Mexico (most likely a confined animal operation near La Gloria, Veracruz). A pig or pigs served as a mixing vessel for three types of influenza: human, avian, and swine. This new strain infected humans in the area, and these infected humans (many of the La Gloria residents work in Mexico City) transferred the virus to friends, co-workers, and strangers.
Reports from Mexico City indicate a probable mortality rate of around 6% (assuming reported numbers are accurate). During March and April, when infections began racing through Mexico, thousands of affluent American high school and college students celebrated Spring Break in the region’s sunny towns and beaches. Some of these students returned to their home towns and schools, carrying the new strain of H1N1 with them.
By the middle of April, New York, California, Texas, reported a few cases, mostly mild, and one child in Texas succumbed to death.
Enter the federal government.
During a regular flu season, as many as 36,000 people die in the United States. Generally these victims come from high risk groups, including HIV patients, transplant recipients, and the very young or very old. So far, in the US, one person has died of this new strain. Yet, the CDC has issued an unprecedented Level 5 Alert (only Level 6 is higher). The DHS has ordered airlines to quarantine passengers who appear sick.
As of this moment, over 400 schools have closed for 7-14 days because of a one or more students with sniffles (some with no illnesses reported, simply as a precaution!).
Airlines all over the world have curtailed flights into Mexico. Russia refuses to accept pork products from the US. Egypt has killed all pigs (owned only by Christians since Muslims consider swine unclean). Hong Kong has quarantined an entire hotel for a week because of one guest.
And a legal analyst on Fox News is talking about Martial Law.
As the demon asked, I also ask, “Has the world gone mad?” Not because panicked humans see the ‘true essence’ behind human activities, but because they do not.
Ironic, is it not, that when Jesus cast out the demonic presence called Legion that the demons begged to be transferred into a herd of pigs. The poor swine panicked and stumbled headlong into a ravine.
Swine flu is making the world panic, but the true source is not physical but spiritual. The enemy is using these events to confuse Christians and non-Christians alike. These fallen spirits seek to control humans and forge them into robotic worshipers for the AntiChrist ‘Beast’ who is about to reveal himself.
Governments are run by spirits called ‘Princes’ – fallen angels, who use human ambitions for their own purposes. These princes, powers, and dominions seek to unify the entire world inside a geopolitical caldron of economic pressure and pandemic panic. Humans who succumb to fear will give up rights and their souls to those who promise protection. True believers in Christ will be marginalized along with anyone else who does not submit to New World Order rules, no matter how irrational those rules may be.
Let me repeat. During a normal flu season, 36,000 people die. Mexico has given us a novel strain that has killed, perhaps, 150 (some say far fewer).
Today, a new rumor has been spread by a world organization. For three decades, the AIDS virus has ravaged through continent after continent, and it is spread human to human. Now, the World Health Organization has actually warned of a possible ‘crossing’ of HIV and H1N1. At no other time, can I recall such a warning. And it is pure speculation! Does WHO know something? Is there a spiritual entity whispering orders? Such an irresponsible statement by a world body could cause major panic.
But then that’s the goal: to induce Panic.
Has the world gone mad? Are world citizens, like Gaderan pigs, hurling headlong into a ravine to their doom?
Don’t join in, dear readers. Don’t panic. Instead, seek Truth. Seek Christ. Listen to His Spirit’s voice, not the dangerous whispers of fallen beings who seek only your death, both physical and eternal.
Rather than panic, follow Paul’s advice in Ephesians 6:
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…
Spirits are at work in the world. Which side will you listen to?