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I believe that we should continue to assemble ourselves together as we have been instructed by the word of God. The Bible tells us that the just shall live by faith. If we are believers than our faith must be in God and we must take him at his word. We are covered by the blood of Jesus and must stand on his promises. One in particular is Psalm 91. As saints of God, we have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind. 1Timothy 1:7 We must not allow Satan to bring a spirit of fear and panic upon us. We must declare the Word of God, "no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper." Isaiah 54:17 Finally, I believe that this is a great opportunity for us to witness to the lost and share with them the hope that lies within us. Which is Christ Jesus the hope of glory!
A very timely inquiry during these perilous times and places. I humbly submit for your consideration the Words spoken by the Lord to His now friends. Jesus, when asked by His disciples for signs of His coming, the first thing HE said was: "Watch out that you are not deceived." (Luke 21:8) then again "Watch out that no one deceives you." (Matthew 24:4). One could extrapolate that the calling card sign to this period is deception (a instantaneously world wide deception). (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Consider for just a moment that the anonymous mischievous gossip and mantras put fore as FACTUAL by temporal powers; could in fact be the works of the prince of the power of the air. "Ah that's too judgmental or adversarial" some may say. Okay, but consider there seems to be only a few always evil or totally wrong items on the world's hate menu. With much of these new dubious assertions coming from the same milquetoast shadows as the last old ones. (Matthew 16:3) The following 9 March report is from Johns Hopkins Medicine; the FLU is showing MORE OF AN IMPACT on AMERICANS than COVID-19. Influenza and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses. The symptoms are SIMILAR but are caused by different VIRUSES – influenza and coronavirus. Similarities between COVID-19 and influenza: Symptoms * Both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea * Can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases * Can result in pneumonia Transmission * Both can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking * A possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route (see details below under Differences) * Flu can be spread by an infected person for several days before their symptoms appear, and COVID-19 is believed to be spread in the same manner, but we don’t yet know for sure Treatment * Neither virus is treatable with antibiotics, which only work on bacterial infections * Both may be treated by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever. Severe cases may require hospitalization and support such as mechanical ventilation Cause * COVID-19: Caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2 * Flu: Caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses Transmission * While both the flu and COVID-19 may be transmitted in similar ways (see the Similarities section above), there is also a possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near Vaccine * COVID-19: No vaccine is available at this time, though it is in progress * Flu: A vaccine is available and effective to prevent some of the most dangerous types or to reduce the severity of the flu Infections * COVID-19: Approximately 115,997 cases worldwide; 761 CASES in the U.S. as of 3/10/20 * Flu: Estimated 1 BILLION cases worldwide; 9.3 MILLION to 45 MILLION CASES in the U.S. per year Deaths * COVID-19: Approximately 4,087 deaths reported worldwide; 27 DEATHS in the U.S., as of 3/10/20 * Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year Bottom Line: Remember those Hong Kong riots earlier that kept escalating toward military violence? Coincidentally around late October COVID 19 broke out. A Chinese doctor who first traced and linked it to a possible military research lab, reportedly died from COVID 19. Consider that 80% of all COVID is within China which has closed 30 of it's 32 regions and put thoughts of Hong Kong off center stage. Coincidence? COVID 19 seems to affect older people more; of those 27 deaths in the USA most of them were in NURSING HOMES in the state of Washington. Not serious as borders are still open. (Ezekiel 33:6) In the Lord's freedom let no one deceive you.........warrior on
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