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Confronting Our Coronavirus Fears

With new cases of the Coronavirus disease growing every day in the United States, and throughout the world, we recall other disease outbreaks in the past. An influenza pandemic in 1918 effected nearly one-third of the world’s population and killed an estimated 50 million individuals. It was a new or novel flu strain for many people. No antibiotics or antivirals existed in 1918 to fight the flu outbreak.

Since then, other severe viruses have arisen periodically to threaten mankind. These included the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002-03 , the Swine flu or H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009,  and Ebola virus outbreak of 2014. All were eventually brought under control. Additionally, influenza or the flu strikes the world’s population every year, and no two seasons are exactly alike.

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 isn’t the first dangerous disease that has spread around the world. While it is a dangerous disease, there is no need to panic. While many have died from it, the majority of the cases are mild, and most people recover from their symptoms. Still, everyone needs to take precautions to contain the spread of the virus, and to protect those who are most vulnerable to it. This means following the instructions made by our health professionals and local, state, and national leaders. We should be limiting our contact with others, including extended family members.

To combat the spread of COVID-19, we have seen a surge in school, store, amusement park and business closings. Travel restrictions have been put into effect bringing stress and uncertainty to many. People have been told to stay home and not to go to work or if possible, to work from home. American workers are getting laid off at an unprecedented rate which has caused many to become anxious about their financial future.

Daily life has changed drastically for all of us. How are we coping with this? As Jesus stated in Luke 10:29, we are all neighbors and therefore, we are all in this situation together. If we want true peace in the midst of this experience, we can find it in the word of God, the Bible. To his disciples, Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” When Jesus spoke these words, he was about to face his trial and crucifixion. Still, he was at peace, because he had God’s peace abiding in his heart.

God’s peace can help us overcome the chaos, sorrow and pain in the world BECAUSE God’s peace is based upon His power and His love towards the followers of Jesus. We can find this peace if we focus our heart and mind on God and His promises. (Prov. 4:23) The follower of Jesus has access to God’s peace and should realize that “godliness with contentment is a great gain.” (I Tim. 6:6) God’s peace gives us the ability to survive life’s strongest storm’s BECAUSE of our faith is in the love, power and wisdom of God toward us. (Isa. 46:10; Eph. 6:10) That same great power which raised Jesus Christ from the dead is now operating on the behalf of those who believe in Him and His son, Jesus—Eph. 1:19-20

God’s plan for man’s salvation promises peace, not just to the Christian, but eventually, to every human being who has ever lived. Jesus died to take away the sin of the world and the result of that sacrifice is that Jesus returns to establish an earthly kingdom that will bless all the families of earth. (John 1:29; 1 John 2:1; Gen. 12:3) Jesus died to take away man’s sin, and free us all from the curse of death. (Heb. 2:9,14,15) The prophet Malachi wrote about this kingdom saying, “The sun of righteousness [Jesus] shall arise with healing in his wings.” (Mal. 4:2) In that kingdom, God promised “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:4) There will be no death nor disease in this kingdom. The current COVID-19 pandemic is an evidence of the nearness of that kingdom.  May your faith and reliance on the Lord continue to be strong in these difficult and trying times as we wait for the soon establishment of Christ’s earthly kingdom.—I Pet. 5:7

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Why God Permits Evil
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Bright Hope for the World
Bright Hope for the World
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A Vision of the Kingdom Explained
A Vision of the Kingdom Explained
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Christ's 1000 Year Kingdom
Christ’s 1000 Year Kingdom
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After Armageddon God's Kingdom
After Armageddon God’s Kingdom
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This Gospel of the Kingdom
This Gospel of the Kingdom
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Kingdom of God
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The Times of Restitution of All Things
The Times of Restitution of All Things
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A River of Water of Life
A River of Water of Life

 

Why God Permits Evil

Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering in the world?

Why does he allow pandemics such as the COVID-19 virus?

Why does he allow man-made tragedies such as the 9/11 attack?

Why does he allow natural disasters such as earthquakes?

Why does he allow the powerful to prey on the weak and poor?

Since the beginning of recorded history, man has suffered from war, disease, famine and calamities. Why would a loving Heavenly Father create mankind to suffer so much, for so long? Has God no pity?

The FREE 32-page booklet “Why God Permits Evil” presents the Bible’s answer to these questions.

To request a free copy of “Why God Permits Evil” by mail, please send your request including your mailing address to:

info@orlandobible.org

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by writing to the Orlando Bible Students, PO Box 180216, Casselberry, FL 32718.

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God’s Divine Plan of the Ages

As the graphic above shows, God has a plan of salvation that encompasses all mankind. This plan was formed before the creation of the first man, Adam. In this plan, God anticipated Lucifer’s fall and his subsequent beguilement of Eve and Adam’s resulting disobedience because “I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” (Isa. 46:9-10) He allowed these events to take place to teach all his intelligent creation (angels and mankind) the results of sin.God also provided a way of recovery of both the angels and mankind. Paul writes “so that might be made known now to the governments and to the authorities in the heavenlies, through the congregation, the manifold wisdom of the God; according to a plan of the ages, which he formed in Anointed Jesus the Lord of us.” (Eph. 3:10-11 Emphatic Diaglott) This salvation was provided through the sacrifice, resurrection and kingdom of His dear son, our Lord Christ Jesus.

We encourage you to consider the various components of this plan of salvation through the subsequent pages of this portion of our website.

Booklets on Scriptural Subjects

Booklets on a variety of Scriptural subjects. You can request a free copy by sending your request to info@orlandobible.org or writing to the Orlando Bible Students, PO Box 180216, Casselberry, FL 32718.
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Booklets on the Bible
Christ's 1000 Year Kingdom
Booklets on Christ’s Kingdom
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Booklets on The Church
Science and Creation
Booklets on Creation
When a Man Dies
Booklets on Death and Resurrection
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Booklets on God and Jesus
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 Booklets on God’s Plan
Hope for a Fear-Filled World
Booklets on Hope
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Booklets on Israel
When a Man Dies
Booklets on Prayer and Healing
Why God Permits Evil
 Booklets on the Time of Trouble

Books on Scriptural Subjects

The following books and magazines are offered by the Orlando Bible Students. Please contact us at info@orlandobible.org for details on how to purchase them.

Studies in the Scriptures

The Divine Plan of the Ages - Volume 1 small

Hard cover 6 volume set of Bible study helps containing 3300 pages.

$35 USD

The Book of Books

The Book of Books small

Explains general themes and format of the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 320 pages

$3 USD

People of the Bible

People of the Bible
People of the Bible

Discusses the important people of the Bible and how God used them to accomplish his work. 467 pages.

$4 USD

The Creator’s Grand Design

The Creators Grand Design
The Creators Grand Design

Presentation of the Bible’s teachings regarding God’s design for man, including the hope of future life. 240 pages.

$3 USD

Behold Your King

Behold Your King
Behold Your King

Examines the prophecies pertaining to the manner, time and purpose of our Lord’s return and second presence. 105 pages.

$3 USD

Daily Heavenly Manna and Songs in the Night

Daily Manna - Songs in the NIght
Daily Manna – Songs in the NIght

Daily morning and evening devotional.

$6 USD

God’s Promises Come True

God's Promises Come True small

160 pages of Bible stories designed for children. Now includes coloring pages.

$6 USD

Our Lord’s Teachings by Parable

Our Lord's Teachings by Parable
Our Lord’s Teachings by Parable

160 page letter size, reference manual on all of the parables.

$6 USD

 

The Dawn Magazine

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64 page monthly magazine covering the Biblical implications of current events, weekly Sunday school lessons, and lessons on Christian life and doctrine.

$12 USD per year for print version

$6 USD per year for digital version

The Herald of Christ’s Presence Magazine

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28-page full color magazine published every 2 months covering doctrine and prophetical teachings on a variety of Biblical subjects.

$10 USD per year