ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT (7): COVID – 19 AND THE GLOBAL SEARCH FOR A VACCINE.
210820E: ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT (7): COVID – 19 AND THE GLOBAL SEARCH FOR A VACCINE.
Preacher: Pastor L.T. Mutasa
Scriptures: Amos 4:6-12; Isaiah 65:13&14, 59:1&2; Job 37:12&13; Haggai 1:1-7; Zechariah 10:1; James 5:14-16.
Shalom, shalom saints. We would like to greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, trusting that we’re all delighted to be back and be part of this evening service and that we are under anticipation that God can come and speak to us, position us, and establish us; that He can come and open our eyes and enlighten our understanding; that we may walk this path worthy of this vocation, the Gospel we have been called under.
We’re living in trying times, wherein every moment of our lives must count for His glory and we need His grace, Jesus now more than ever. Not a God of History, not a God to come, but God Who vibrates in the soul of every believer; day in, day out, making our calling and election sure, that indeed, we’re part of this vocation and we’re partakers of divine nature, that after all is said and done, in that day when, in a moment and in the twinkling of an eye, the Bride of Christ will be taken away, we will be part of that great Bride.
I believe God is here saying, “Do not be dismayed, only be thou strong and very courageous. As I was with William Branham, so shall I be with you” and when the enemy comes in like a flood, He has already lifted up a standard against him. I believe He is right here. I don’t know the weapon fashioned against you, maybe at work, at home, in your health, the devil is trying to press in. God knows no distance or barrier. He is more than able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can imagine. If you can only believe, all things are possible. God is right here, beloved, to meet your needs according to His riches in glory.
Praise be to God. May the Lord richly bless you, beloved. We welcome you once again in the house of the Lord. I trust that we’re ready for a touch from on high because we know each time we assemble in this manner, there is always a good thing that is in store.
On Sunday, we were preaching on ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT under SPACE EXPLORATION IN AN HOUR OF A GLOBAL SIEGE. I hope you are following and you are mastering the progression of revelation because, I believe, these things are precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little. So it’s quite important that you observe all that we have been preaching, the tapes that we have listened to, not only in this season, but even the seasons before.
You will be able to see that God is concerned and He really cares for you. We want this Word to be alive in you.
With the Holy Ghost in our souls, this Word that we receive every day which often rots in the outer court, remains fresh in our souls and upon our lips, unto all that heareth us, they will be seasoned with salt.
Now, ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT ~ the sputnik moment was a period of public fear and anxiety because of the perceived technological gap between the Americans and the Soviet Union following the first artificial satellite in orbit that was launched on the 4th of October, 1957 by the Soviet Union. This happened in the era of the Cold War and what made the Americans to fear was not necessarily the sputnik in orbit, but the rocket that took it there.
The Americans feared that this rocket that the Russians used to launch the sputnik could also be used to launch a nuclear missile. The sputnik was actually made of the head of an intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM). So the US military knew that if Russia, the Soviet Union by then, would by any chance pack that sputnik with a nuclear war head, that would be the end of America.
Therefore, when we look at ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT & THE SCRAMBLE FOR MARS, we see a parallel between 1957 and 2020. In 1957, there were a lot of things that happened that parallel events in 2020. In 1957, there was the Asian flu and in 2020, we have had Covid-19. Both started in China and both are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) viruses. In 1957, there were protests by white men (for racial segregation against blacks) and in 2020, we have had Black lives matter protests. In 1957, there was Sputnik I which triggered the space age race and in 2020, we just had Sputnik V, the vaccine Russia claims to have found for Covid-19. We’ve also seen the scramble for Mars as the nations seek extension of their territories by colonizing Mars, the progression of space exploration and the space age race.
That’s how Brother Branham came and preached THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL, the handwriting in the sky. In 2020, the same Spirit that was in the prophet is now upon the Bride and there has to be a people, under their Prophet messenger, to be the final voice to this final Age. A people who are able to interpret the handwriting on the wall and in the sky.
PARALLELS OF 1957 AND 2020
——————————————————————————————-When you look at all these parallels, as the Bride of Christ, it behooves us to find our place in the Scriptures, so that we can be able to manifest that which God is expecting of us today.
There is an uncertainty that man feels in the atmosphere. That’s why they are looking for life beyond low space orbit. This earth has expired and one of these days, this world will be no more. That’s why today I want to zero down and bring another element as we go farther in some of these details.
For a subject, ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT: COVID-19 AND THE GLOBAL SEARCH FOR A VACCINE. I want you to see that the unmanned missions to Mars by China, the UAE, and the USA is another sputnik moment in its literal sense, but when Russia speaks of Sputnik V, that’s figurative speech as the Russians are introducing another period of fear and panic.
Right now we have the vaccine wars where countries want to be the first to find the vaccine for coronavirus and the country that will find the vaccine first will be perceived as the leading superpower.
In 1957, following Sputnik I, the Americans started educating their children to be thinkers and not just parrots that cram and regurgitate information. Scientists were given value and special status in matters of importance, particularly war.
That’s why the Americans ignored the prophet and resorted to science, recruiting Von Braun, the German whom they called their “saviour of space exploration”, and other scientists in what is referred to as the “Paperclip”.
America went for scientists and ignored Malachi 4, the Prophet of true space exploration, and, by doing so, they rejected God’s provided way. They ignored the Voice of God in these last days, going for scientific research. They shook like Belshazzar at his drunken feast, but their fear did not take them to God.
Now, in this global search for a covid-19 vaccine, it’s scientists who are leading and any country which finds it first will create fear in its rivals because it would have proved that it’s scientists are way ahead.
In 1957, America went for German scientists and in 2020, Donald Trump offered a lot of money to acquire a German Pharmaceutical Company which is leading in vaccine production, even the development of one for the coronavirus.
SUMMARY OF AMOS CHAPTER 4
You will remember, I preached on SPACE TO REPENT (21/07/2020) and THE REJECTED PASSOVER AND THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH DIMENSIONAL PRISON (05/05/2019). In these sermons, we were seeing that God always gives people a space to repent before judgment and if people are ready, they can be assisted.
Amos 4:6 ~ Cleanness of teeth means famine. The words “Yet ye have not returned unto Me” are used five times in this passage that I’m reading.
God uses famine as a means to make His people return to Him. He can also withhold rain in some cities to show His disapproval.
Isaiah 65:13-14 ~ God shows that He can put a distinction between those that are blessed and those that are not as He also shows in Job 37:12-13.
Amos 4:8 ~ Man feels that he understands the principles of life, forgetting that it’s by God’s grace that He survives. Instead of humbling himself, man seeks for scientific solutions and right now they want to start another civilisation on Mars. That’s a perversion for the Prophet says only the Bride has the power to create another world. These scientists are the children of Cain, inspired by the same evil spirit that was in Nimrod, which was in Lucifer.
Mars is uninhabitable just as the earth was uninhabitable before God said, “Let there be Light.” (Genesis 1:3). So these scientists are trying to compete with God. You can trace their inspiration right in the Bible and it’s not divine inspiration.
Haggai 1:6-7 ~ when things like that are happening in your life, you need to consider your ways. Zechariah 10:1 ~ that’s what our behaviour ought to be, to ask for God’s rain, seek for showers of His blessings in this time of the later rain.
Amos 4:9 brings us to Joel 1:4 ~ people don’t awaken as God asks them to and so He says, “Yet have ye not returned unto Me.”
Amos 4:10 God says, “I have sent you the pestilence.” So is it with this Covid-19, which started in communist China before spreading to Europe, America and the rest of the world, killing a specific people.
Amos 4:11 ~ this is a city that has been turned into a monument of judgment like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah ~ 2 Peter 2:6.
Amos 4:12 ~ God is saying because of these five things: 1. I tried to make you submit, but you did not return unto Me. 2. I brought famine, but you did not come to Me. 3. I brought scarcity of provisions, I didn’t give you rain, but you did not return unto Me. 4. Your fruits were eaten by caterpillars, you still didn’t return to Me. 5. I brought plagues, the sword and pestilence, but you didn’t return.
I made you monuments of judgment, you did not return unto Me. He’s saying because of that, “Prepare to meet thy God, oh Israel.”
ANOTHER SPUTNIK MOMENT: COVID-19 AND THE GLOBAL SEARCH FOR A VACCINE ~ This global search for a vaccine is a denial by men to repent and submit and accept that they are wrong and, for that reason, God is saying, “Prepare to meet your God, ohhh Laodicea.”
This covid-19, I believe, it is a language from above. The whole globe has been under lockdown, God was trying to show that He is the One in control and wants men to consider their ways, but yet He is saying, “You did not return unto Me.”
I want you to see that the sputnik moment took people out of their comfort zones and caused them to be innovative, but I want you to know that there will not be a revival out of this sputnik moment. This global search for a vaccine is a sign that man has rejected God. It’s condemned by God because His way for healing is confession, not a vaccine.
There is no way for God to expect an imperfect man to obey God’s perfect law. God knows that man will perfectly fail. How many remember the sermon I preached: RELIGION BLOCKING GOD’S WAY IN: IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BE A VIRGIN. When God gives a perfect Law to an imperfect man, He is expecting that man to fail. After that man fails, God wants man to surrender so that He can give him His Spirit. But when you pass when God is expecting you to fail then God will question, “How did you do it?”
Religion impersonates the Holy Ghost. It’s what man does for God and salvation is what God does for you. Therefore, God wants people with the Holy Ghost, not religion. Religion is what the Pharisees had. That’s why they rejected the Messiah. You can’t carry the burden of God without the heart of God.
God’s bringing a pestilence, pain, punishment for man to repent, but man is saying he cannot surrender. God is not looking for a global search for a vaccine, but He’s looking for a global repentance.
50-0815 – WHO IS GOD?
8 Grant, Lord, that something will be said tonight, or done, that will cause the wayward to turn to Christ. For we believe, and feel pressed in the Spirit, that great judgments are upon these lands in the last days. Plagues, disease germs already bred up to be scattered throughout the nations. No doctor know even how to take a hold of it. O God, we’ll have to believe in Divine healing then. When nations are breeding germs together, to burst them in bombs, and millions die in hours over it.
[REV. WILLIAM MARRION BRANHAM]
God allows these diseases which are bred by man, like Covid-19, so that people can believe in divine healing. James 5:14-16 ~ is the approach to divine healing. The healing of God is connected to confession.
Isaiah 59:1&2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear;
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
The way to be healed is not by vaccines but by confessing and seeking the face of God, not by might, nor by power, but by His stripes we were and we are healed ~ Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24.
60-0229 – THE ONCOMING STORM
107 I’m told in the Bible that there would be a time come, for those who are not in this wonderful Son Light, that the fowls of the air will eat the flesh of them; that diseases is on its road, that the doctors will never be able to stop. It’s the plagues of God.
108 The Egyptians’ doctors, which was far smarter than ours today, could not stop the plagues of God, neither could their soothsayers or their impersonators.
[REV. WILLIAM MARRION BRANHAM]
In the first sputnik moment (1957), it took the Prophet of God to bring a solution, but they didn’t recognize it and continued with their test tubes and scientific research. Even today in this global pandemic, they continue with their scientific research instead of enquiring from Elisha who is having a double portion of the Spirit of Elijah, the Bride of Christ. God is expecting repentance, humility, and confession.
C.A.B. 09 – THE LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE
Then there is all this talk about the glossalalia — it is supposed to be the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, and people are thinking that we are in the midst of a great revival. The revival is over. America had her last chance in 1957. Now the tongues are God’s sign of impending disaster, even as they were when they appeared upon the wall at Belshazzar’s feast.
[REV. WILLIAM MARRION BRANHAM]
1957 is a parallel of 2020, there is not going to be a revival. I am not against positivity, but your positivity must be scriptural, otherwise you are going to have a problem with God.
64-0726M – RECOGNIZING YOUR DAY AND ITS MESSAGE
82 Everywhere now, there’s no revival. Everybody is complaining, ministers crying. I was reading one of the—the outstanding papers that comes here to the church, a very fine paper. And I know the editor, and I know the people. And they are godly people, very fine, Brother and Sister Moore, of the Herald of His Coming. One of the finest papers on the field, Herald of His Coming. But they hardly will print anything unless it’s about, “Fast, pray! Fast, pray! Sound a trumpet! Get…” How many reads it? You know. You see it all the time, “Fast, pray! Fast, pray!” It’s all you hear. “Fast, pray! We’re going to have a great breaking of the day! There is a great thing going to happen! All of you, pray, pray, pray! We’re not too late yet!”
83 Why do they do that? Why do they do that? They want a great awakening. They’re crying, believing that there will be awakening. They’re good people. Why is it? What have they done? They have not recognized the awakening of the Bride. See? By being a Christian, they feel the pull of the hour, but they haven’t recognized what’s been done.
[REV. WILLIAM MARRION BRANHAM]
They are failing to recognise the awakening of the Bride. I believe there’s a Bride walking into what she’s beholding, the Rapture.
The sputnik in 1957 was a potential weapon and so is this covid-19, it’s a potential weapon for these germs/viruses are being bred. God’s expecting man to come to a recognition that he is wrong.
C.A.B 06 – THE THYATIREAN CHURCH AGE
He gave every age some wonderful men of God and they did everything they could to bring the church back to God. God certainly gave her opportunity and help to repent. Did she ever repent and show she did by her fruits? No sir. She never has and she never will. She is drunk. She has lost her senses in spiritual things. Now don’t be confused and start thinking that the Church of Rome has repented of her slaughter of the saints because she is attempting to unite with the Protestants by making her creeds to line up with Protestant Creeds. Not once has she ever apologized and said she was wrong for her mass murders. And she won’t either. And no matter how mellow and sweet she appears at this particular time, she will yet rise up to kill, for murder lies in her evil and unrepentant heart.
[REV. WILLIAM MARRION BRANHAM]
57-0901M – HEBREWS, CHAPTER THREE
You know that. We just might as well admit that, that, this Anglo-Saxon people is finished. That’s all. There’s no more Gospel that America will receive. Oh, you get a few stragglings, now and then. But, just as the Gospel, it’s over. And you can’t even preach to them, can’t talk to them. They won’t believe nothing. See? They just got their own hard-headed ideas, and they’re set. And the next things for this nation is judgment. She is going to have it, too. It may be through depression. It may be through an atomic bomb. It may be through a great plague, a disease or something, but, she is ready. It’s coming. Thousands times thousands will fall.
[REV. WILLIAM MARRION BRANHAM]
The awakening of the Bride, the Spirit of Elijah in a double portion upon Elisha, is the only thing to recognise in this hour. There is not going to be a revival.
I’m going to preach on a subject THE TENTH DAY OF THE SEVENTH MONTH: ZAPHNATH-PAANEAH and I will show you why I’m against this global search for a vaccine as a remedy for the Bride because the end product doesn’t glorify God, it glorifies nations and their scientists.
What glorifies God is for these nations and people that have been afflicted to repent of their deeds. Failure to do that, God will bring a greater thing until the end. That’s why He is saying, “Prepare to meet thy God, oh Laodicea.”
This generation must prepare to meet with their God if they fail to repent after all these warnings, but you and I want to be humble and say, “Lord, prepare us for that Rapture.”
This global search for a vaccine is synonymous with religion which blocks God’s way in. It is man’s ability versus the Holy Spirit, so we as believers must come to a place of having a true experience with the Holy Ghost. What you need is to surrender and be filled with the Holy Ghost, die to yourself, die to your plans, die to your aspirations and say, “God, take over my life.”