In the past couple of months the world has become a global war zone of a different kind.
Our enemy is hidden, not bombs or missiles, but a worldwide virus or pestilence that sneaks up on people unawares, and causes death to many elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Of course, I speak of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, and Australia is not immune.
Fear and panic have gripped many due to the constant reporting by media, resulting in food and toiletry shortages.
However, fear and panic only cause sickness and sometimes sudden death.
My advice is, do not fear. Take a deep breath and follow the health guidelines, particularly social distancing of 1.5 metres and regularly washing your hands and maintaining good hygiene. Ninety-nine per cent of people in Australia will recover from the virus without any long-term effects.
As a Christian, I would encourage you to believe that God knew at the beginning of time that this virus was going to happen.
Jesus Christ told the disciples 2000 years ago that in the last days before he returns, there will be pestilences, famines and earthquakes. (Matthew 24:7) Jesus also prophesied in (Luke 21, 25-26) "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror at what is coming on the world."
Whilst there have been many earthquakes followed by tsunamis in the past 200 years, the worst in recorded history was a 9.1 earthquake in the Indian Ocean in 2004 that affected 14 nations and caused a tsunami that killed 230,000 people.
There are dozens of other prophecies (predictions) by Jesus Christ and prophets in the Bible, most of which have already come to pass.
I urge you to not put off seeking out Christ with all of your heart. Jesus Christ is the creator and sustainer of the universe, planet earth and your heartbeat. He died for our sins and rose again on the third day. He is returning soon for his chosen and faithful followers.
There are no second chances. Reincarnation does not exist. Reject God's loving sacrifice of His Son and you will die and face hell's eternal torment.
God loves you. Now is the time to surrender your life to Him.
Pam Sammut, Pastor, Tenterfield Community Church