COVID-19 and Jesus' Return

Recently, one of our DPM UK supporters sent us a thank you note. At the end of her email, she said: "I wonder how Derek would respond to this coronavirus situation if he was still on earth?"

Her statement might resonate with you. That is why I want to share with you some excerpts from Derek Prince’s teaching in The White Horse of the Gospel video that I believe are relevant to the situation we are facing and the questions some are asking about Jesus’ return.

This is what Derek said: 

"Let us turn to some of the prophecies concerning the period in which we live, to be found in the New Testament. And the starting point for these prophecies are the words spoken by Jesus on the Mount of Olives, which are recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. 

Jesus answered and said to them - And, you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places.”

All these events are the beginning of the labour pangs. We know that when the labour pangs begin, they tend to become more frequent and more intense the nearer you get to the birth. This is how it is going to be on Earth. Things are not going to get easier. Once the labour pains have started there is no way to reverse the process; it has got to go on until the birth takes place. These birth pangs will bring about the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on Earth.

Let us turn to Luke 21 which is the parallel passage to Matthew 24. Luke 21:28 - “Now when these things begin to happen…" - These things are the labour pains. But what are you and I to do about these pains? Look for a place to hide? Pray for God to change His mind? The right answer can be found in God’s Word: “…look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

“Your response to what I am telling you," says Derek "determines whether you are really looking for the Lord’s return or not. The Bible says we should be eagerly awaiting His return.” So, if we reflect on this teaching today what would your initial response be? Would it be to recognise the beginning of the birth pangs and say "praise God, His purposes for the earth are being fulfilled"?

And, if you say 'Amen' to that, then you and I need to re-focus our attention on completing the task of reaching every tribe and nation with the good news of Jesus. Matthew 24:14 should be the top priority of God’s Church on Earth today – to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to all the nations. 

You can watch The White Horse of the Gospel video on the Derek Prince YouTube channel.