Church of God, New World Ministries

Letter from the President - June 2020

June 2020
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
Never has this generation experienced anything like the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. The pandemic has affected virtually every nation on earth. Family lives have been turned upside down. Businesses have been closed, many of which will not reopen, causing the loss of millions of jobs. Freedoms, guaranteed under the Constitution, were, and at the moment of this writing, still are being trampled on.
 
People were forced to quarantine in their homes. It reminded me of when we had a lockdown in the prison I once managed. You did not go anywhere, except for “essential business.”
 
Church services were forbidden. Alcohol sales and drinking of alcohol increased drastically. Beaches, bars, beauty salons, gyms, athletic contests, schools, were closed or cancelled. People were forced to wear masks, practice “social distancing”, wear gloves and wash their hands often. Suicides, child abuse, traffic accidents increased. They told us to expect a “NEW NORMAL”. In other words, expect a change from the life we once considered normal.
 
The world was struck with FEAR! When this happens people start looking for answers. They ask WHY from a God they hardly know. They do not understand how a God, who claims to love us, could let something like this happen. They search for answers among the religions of this world. Traffic to our website, cognwm.org, increased two hundred percent during this period. Other religious organizations ran TV ads offering assistance and prayer. There was a remarkable upturn in religious activity. Promises and commitments to do better and start living a better life were made. Truly, people were in a panic!
 
But now, several months later, restrictions are being relaxed. Businesses are beginning to open. People are going back to work and planning vacations. Athletic teams are planning schedules. Life shows possibilities of returning to some degree of normalcy.
 
We saw acts of heroism, patriotism, a zeal for religion, acts of kindness demonstrated throughout the nation. The pandemic was a catalyst for uniting our nation to some degree. We haven’t seen anything like it since 9/11.
 
Remember 9/11? We saw similar acts of heroism, patriotism, and a sharp turn to religion then, as well. But did it last? Did racism, bigotry, partisanship, secularism, division, hatred go away? Unfortunately, NO! We went back to “NORMALCY” didn’t we?
 
It is only natural in times of crisis for people to look for answers. They question why these things happen. Many look to religion for answers. But the religions of this world do not have the answers.
 
The Bible reveals that “many sorrows” (Mat. 24:8) will come upon mankind prior to Christ’s return to this earth. Christ explained this to His disciples in three prominent chapters of the Bible—Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. Christ also revealed these sorrows to John in the sixth chapter of the book of Revelations.
 
Unfortunately, mankind will not change, regardless of the number of pandemics or catastrophes he experiences. Oh, he may changes temporarily, but usually reverts right back to his carnal behavior when things get back to normal, i.e. New Year’s resolutions.
 
What will it take to make man change? The Bible predicts a time of unprecedented trouble to come upon the English speaking people of the world. Jeremiah 30:7 says it is “even a time of Jacob’s trouble”. Daniel said it “shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” (Dan. 12:1). And Christ said it would be a time of tribulation like the world has never known - and if He did not return to save us all life would be destroyed (Mat. 24:21-22).
 
Fortunately, the Bible foretells that this tribulation will finally bring about the change in man to enable Him to enter The Kingdom of God. We see in Revelation 7:4 that “there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Jacob’s children). It then lists the tribes and the number from each tribe.
 
But it doesn’t end there. We read in Revelation 7:9, 13-15, that a great multitude, which no man could number stood before the throne, and before the Lamb… And He said “these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”. Finally, mankind will repent and yield to the loving guidance of The Great Creator God.
 
Shortly after the tribulation Christ will return to this earth and set up His Kingdom here on earth. There will be no more pandemics or worldwide crises. Peace will reign over all the earth.
 
For those of us who understand these truths, we must not go back to NORMALCY. We have been warned that sudden destruction will come. This coronavirus has shown us how quickly destruction can come. We must not slack off. Paul admonished the Hebrews to “go on to perfection”. We must be prepared every moment of every day. So that when He COMES we will be ready.
 
On behalf of the Church of God New World Ministries I would like to thank all of you for your continued support with your prayers and finances. Without your help we could not get this message out!
 
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
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