Many believers may see this potential crisis as a sign of the end times. The word “plague” is found 14 times in Revelation whereas it is not found at all in the rest of the New International Version of the New Testament. With the ease of international travel today, the Ebola virus can indeed become a widespread plague in the world if left unchecked and especially if it becomes airborne. News reports constantly focus our attention on this dreaded disease.
What should the disciples of Jesus Christ do?
Every morning when we pray, we ask the Lord to keep us strong and in good health. We ask the Lord to make us supernaturally immune from this disease. Of course we do our part by keeping to a healthy diet and to a routine of regular exercise. But we also pray for supernatural protection for ourselves and our loved ones from the virus for as long as it may last.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psa 91:1-7)
But that can be just the start.
We are also praying that the Ebola virus can be an opportunity to witness for Jesus Christ. Obviously the Lord is able to heal people who are stricken with the virus. Therefore we are asking the Lord for supernatural power and authority over the disease to be used to demonstrate to the world that our Father is the only true God and that Jesus Christ is the only way to Him. Since the world’s attention is now riveted on Ebola, otherwise unexplainable and miraculous healings of people in the name of Jesus Christ will draw attention as well and become opportunities for witness.
Therefore the current outbreak, if God allows it to develop into a crisis or widespread plague, can be an opportunity for us as witnesses of Jesus Christ. If you have been trained in the effective use of the Lord’s power and authority, you will know how to minister to people who have been stricken with Ebola.
(It is important of course to take proper sanitary precautions when we minister to them in Jesus’ name.)