Coronavirus and the Spiritual Nature of Disease
I came across a very interesting article today that caught my attention. The article is from the website livescience.com and is titled “The Coronavirus Did Not Escape From a Lab. Here’s How We Know”.
Quoting from the article…
Kristian Andersen, an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, and his colleagues looked at the genetic template for the spike proteins that protrude from the surface of the virus. The coronavirus uses these spikes to grab the outer walls of its host's cells and then enter those cells. They specifically looked at the gene sequences responsible for two key features of these spike proteins: the grabber, called the receptor-binding domain, that hooks onto host cells; and the so-called cleavage site that allows the virus to open and enter those cells.
That analysis showed that the "hook" part of the spike had evolved to target a receptor on the outside of human cells called ACE2, which is involved in blood pressure regulation. It is so effective at attaching to human cells that the researchers said the spike proteins were the result of natural selection and not genetic engineering.
Here's why: SARS-CoV-2 is very closely related to the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which fanned across the globe nearly 20 years ago. Scientists have studied how SARS-CoV differs from SARS-CoV-2 — with several key letter changes in the genetic code. Yet in computer simulations, the mutations in SARS-CoV-2 don't seem to work very well at helping the virus bind to human cells. If scientists had deliberately engineered this virus, they wouldn't have chosen mutations that computer models suggest won't work. But it turns out, nature is smarter than scientists, and the novel coronavirus found a way to mutate that was better — and completely different— from anything scientists could have created, the study found.
It was those last two sentences that really caught my attention, and caused me to think about the spiritual nature of the coronavirus, and of disease in general. Notice it says that “nature is smarter than scientists and the coronavirus found a way to mutate that was better”, wow! What are they talking about specifically? Something they mention earlier in the article, “the coronavirus uses these spikes (the proteins that protrude from the surface of the virus) to grab the outer walls of its host’s cells and then enter those cells…the “hook” part of the spike had evolved to target a receptor on the outside of human cells which is involved in blood pressure regulation. It is so effective at attaching to human cells that the researchers said the spike proteins were the result of natural selection and not genetic engineering.”
It’s as if the virus had an intelligence behind it, enabling it to mutate, to become more effective at attacking and attaching to the human body, and this intelligence was “smarter” than genetic engineers! Which brings me to my main point: The spiritual nature of the coronavirus, and of disease in general.
The ministry of Jesus, in the New Testament, reveals this truth, that sickness and disease is not merely natural or physical, but there is a spiritual force behind it. Consider these scriptures:
Luke 4:38-41 NKJV
38 Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. 39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.
Notice Jesus REBUKED the fever (as if speaking to a person or being) and IT left her. Jesus went on to heal many who gathered to Him that evening, and as He did so, demons came out of many of them, crying out…
40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!"
And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.
Matthew 12:22 NKJV
22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
Again, it appears that this person who was blind and mute was being afflicted by a demonic personality. Once the demon was dealt with, the man could see and speak!
14 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him." 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
In order to heal the young man of his epilepsy, Jesus REBUKED a demon, and when it came out of the boy, he was cured.
Luke 13:10-13, 16 NKJV
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound — think of it — for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?"
Notice that the scripture says this woman had a “spirit of infirmity”, and Jesus said that “Satan” had bound her. But Jesus took authority over the demonic spirit and the woman was healed!
We could look at many more examples in scripture, but I will share this one verse, in which the Apostle Peter summarizes the ministry of Jesus:
Acts 10:38 NKJV
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Peter generalizes here, that sickness, disease and infirmity is Satanic oppression. The devil is behind it all.
We are NOT saying that every person that is sick is demon-possessed. And we certainly acknowledge that there are natural cures and preventatives that can and should be applied for those who are ill. But the scripture makes it clear that there is a spiritual nature behind sickness as well. This may seem scary to us, to think that an evil intelligence is behind sicknesses such as the Coronavirus. But the good news is, no sickness, no disease, no infirmity is a match for the power that is in the Name of Jesus Christ! And not only did Jesus heal the sick and diseased, but He authorized each and every one of His followers to do the same!
So in the Name of Jesus, I speak to this evil demonic force behind the Coronavirus, and I command you to stop! I speak to this virus, and I command you to wither and die, and fade from the scene, in the Name of Jesus!