My friend Nicholas Miller made this connection on Facebook and I want to flesh it out as I understand it.
The Bible talks about a time when there will be religious persecution—when there will be a union of church and state. This prophecy is found in the book of Revelation in chapter 13. Part of that prophecy includes the inability to worship on the day God has created. It will also put a restriction on buying and selling. Although I believe that this prophecy will be fulfilled, now is not the time. How do I know that? Because what the government is doing is more about Leviticus 13 than Revelation 13, and I’ll explain when I get to Romans 13.
You see Leviticus 13 is about social distancing. It doesn’t say it in those words but it teaches us how to isolate individuals that are infected. It helps keep the disease from spreading. God knew that, hence He taught that. In fact during the Bubonic plague it was the people that practiced the hygiene taught in the Bible that had higher rates of survival. We are not going to include the chapter here, but please read it. That leads us to 1 Corinthians 13.
1 Corinthians 13 is the chapter of Love. It teaches that love should look out for others. That love is the greatest attribute of God and His people. That is why the loving thing to do is to quarantine ourselves to keep this from spreading to the most vulnerable among us, the health-compromised and the elderly. Our nation’s leaders and our church leaders are doing the loving thing to keep the public from spreading this virus. Love should be our motive. Love for others and love for self. That leads me to Romans 13.
Romans 13 is where the Bible states that the government acts as a minister to the people. Yes, that is right. Read this verse.
“For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:4)
In other words God has bestowed certain authority to the government to regulate the people. That authority is found in God’s word and it is limited to the 2nd tablet of the Ten Commandments. For this pandemic the government has the right to take the measures they are taking. Why? Because they aren’t infringing on my right to worship God. They aren’t taking a religious stance as described in Revelation 13. Romans 13 tells us to obey our government as long as they don’t interfere with God‘s first 4 commandments.
Have you ever wondered why God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets? Part of it was symbolic for keeping church and state separate. We are told the two greatest commandments are love for God and love for neighbor. On these two laws hang the entire law. Hence the first four commandments deal with my relationship with God and the last six with my relationship to my neighbor.
We aren’t in Revelation 13 yet. This is about Leviticus 13, and we do it because of 1 Corinthians 13 and our trust in God’s word about Romans 13. Relax—God is in control!
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