News Review - 5 Feb 2021
Coronavirus Pandemic Fact Or Fiction

Two million dead… hospitals can’t cope… get the vaccine…
OR
hospitals are empty… all about government control… a giant hoax…

Coronavirus Pandemic - Fact or Fiction?

As the end of this age approaches, a key part of our job is to watch – to watch events as they happen. We don’t get involved – this is not our world.

Right now, we are faced with a dilemma:

Is the coronavirus pandemic a hoax – or a worldwide disaster?

Where Should Our Focus Be?

What we really should be watching is what is happening in the world DUE to the Pandemic.

The key point here is we don’t get involved with conspiracy theories … we are to watch what is actually happening.

What follows is “a fact check article” by Reuters – a leading news agency in the mainstream media.

Fact check: The coronavirus pandemic is not a hoax or a conspiracy to control the general public:

A video shared online has claimed that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax and part of a conspiracy to control the general public.

This is false.

The opening sequence shows billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, warning that ‘we will have to prepare’ for the next pandemic. The narrator then uses points to argue that the pandemic was planned, and claims it is a hoax that is being used as an excuse to control the general public.

CLAIM 1 - THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 HASN’T BEEN IDENTIFIED OR ISOLATED

‘They’ve never isolated it or actually identified this virus as actually existing, so the whole thing is just a big scam’, the narrator claims.

This is not true. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus was identified by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020.

CLAIM 2 - TEST FOR COVID-19 BROADLY TESTS FOR RNA VIRUSES AND GENETIC MATERIAL

‘Of course, the more people they test, then the more people are going to test positive because they’re just testing for RNA viruses and genetic material’, the narrator alleges.

It is false that the COVID-19 test broadly detects all RNA viruses rather than SARS-CoV-2 specifically.

CLAIM 3 - ALL DEATHS ARE BEING LABELLED AS COVID-19

‘All deaths are basically being labelled as COVID deaths now whether they are or not. All you have to do is test positive for this genetic material in your body and it’ll say COVID-19’.

It is wrong to say that all deaths are being recorded as COVID deaths. One indication of how many deaths have been caused by the pandemic is the number of ‘excess deaths’ recorded, or additional deaths compared to the number usually expected during a given time period.

In June, the ONS reported that there were around 64,500 excess deaths across the UK for the time of year using a five-year average, though the figure is now likely to be higher.

VERDICT

False. The coronavirus pandemic is not a hoax; it is a global outbreak caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team.” ( reuters.com)

Coronavirus: The 21st Century Game Changer

Are you convinced by this “fact check”?

It doesn’t really matter, because that is not the REAL issue.

As stated in the introduction, what we really should be watching is what is happening in the world DUE to the Pandemic.

As you will see, we are in the middle of a huge disaster. What is happening is affecting the whole world!

The coronavirus pandemic has reached almost every country in the world. Its spread has left national economies and businesses counting the costs, as governments struggle with new lockdown measures to tackle the spread of the virus. Despite the development of new vaccines, many are still wondering what recovery could look like.

Global shares in flux

Big shifts in stock markets, where shares in companies are bought and sold, can affect the value of pensions or individual savings accounts (Isas). The FTSE, Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nikkei all saw huge falls as the number of Covid-19 cases grew in the first months of the crisis.

The major Asian and US stock markets have recovered following the announcement of the first vaccine in November, but the FTSE is still in negative territory. The FTSE dropped 14.3% in 2020, its worst performance since 2008.

Rising unemployment

In the United States, the proportion of people out of work hit a yearly total of 8.9%, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), signalling an end to a decade of jobs expansion. Millions of workers have also been put on government-supported job retention schemes as parts of the economy, such as tourism and hospitality, have come to a near standstill. The numbers of new job opportunities is still very low in many countries.

Most countries now in recession

If the economy is growing, that generally means more wealth and more new jobs. It’s measured by looking at the percentage change in gross domestic product, or the value of goods and services produced, typically over three months or a year. The IMF estimates that the global economy shrunk by 4.4% in 2020. The organisation described the decline as the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Travel still far from taking off

The travel industry has been badly damaged, with airlines cutting flights and customers cancelling business trips and holidays.

Hospitality sector has shut its doors worldwide

The hospitality sector has been hit hard, with millions of jobs and many companies bankrupt.

Global Tourism industry is crumbling

Billions of dollars have been lost in 2020 and …many analysts believe that international travel and tourism won’t return to the normal pre-pandemic levels until around 2025.

Shopping… at home

Retail footfall has seen unprecedented falls as shoppers stayed at home. Pedestrian numbers have fallen further from the first lockdown, according to research firm ShopperTrak… this change in shopping behaviour has significantly boosted online retail, with a global revenue of $3.9 trillion in 2020.

The rise of pharmaceutical companies

A number of pharmaceutical firms have started already distributing doses and many countries have started their vaccination programmes. Many more - such as Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi/GSK - will join the vaccine distribution during 2021.” ( bbc.co.uk)


UK new car registrations in 2020 sink to 30-year low

“New car registrations fell to their lowest level in nearly three decades last year, according to preliminary figures from the industry’s trade body. It was also the biggest one-year fall since World War Two, when factories were being turned over to military production, the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.

About 1.63 million new cars were registered in 2020, compared with 2.3 million in 2019 - a decline of 29%. It was the lowest total since 1992.” ( bbc.co.uk)

Look How The Problem Spreads

Take travel and tourism as an example. Air traffic is greatly reduced. This means that airports are losing landing fees for aircraft. The airlines have greatly reduced their fuel usage – hitting the fuel suppliers. Staff cuts are being made across the industry. The government is helping by paying some of their wages – but for how long? Even governments can’t go on borrowing for ever!

Cruise ships are lying idle in harbour – with many staff out of work. But they still need to be maintained – and that costs! With no income, the outlook is grim!

Hotels are lying mostly empty. So the company that does the laundry has little work – and reduced income. Thousands of restaurants have closed leaving food suppliers with crops and animals that they cannot sell. It also means that there are many landlords not collecting rent… and so the problem filters on down.

With schools closed, parents are left to help with their children’s education – a job for which many have little or no training. Teenagers cannot take vital exams and universities are closed – leaving students to still have to pay for accommodation.

COVID-19 and the US Economy

The world’s largest economy is being hit – hard! Many are unemployed, many cannot afford to pay their rent and some struggle even to feed their families!

Small business revenue is down 20 percent since January.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly damaging for small businesses, which represent the majority of businesses in the United States and employ nearly half of all private sector workers. Compared to January 2020, average daily revenue as of August 9 was down by 47.5 percent in the leisure and hospitality sector, 16.4 percent in the education and health services sector, and 14.1 percent in the retail and transportation sector; aggregate small business revenue across all industries had fallen by 19.1 percent.

The number of labor force participants not at work quadrupled from January to April

During economic contractions, the share of the population that is employed declines. From March to April, the number of prime-age people participating in the labor force but not working rose from 7.9 million to 19.6 million. That increase was largely driven by a 10.3 percentage point rise in the unemployment rate.

In 26 states, more than one in five households was behind on rent in July

In 26 states, more than one in five households was behind on rent in July. Although the increase in federal payments to households and unemployed workers has been relatively generous, it has not been able to cover all expenses for struggling households.

From 2018 to mid-2020, the rate of food insecurity doubled for households with children

During the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of food insecurity and of very low food security among households with children have increased. Food insecurity occurs when a household does not have sufficient food for its members to maintain healthy and active lives and lacks the resources to obtain more food. Very low food security is akin to hunger and captures whether there is a significant or consistent disruption in food consumption. Notably, the current levels of food insecurity are above their Great Recession peaks.” ( brookings.edu)

Coronavirus ‘A Devastating Blow For World Economy’

This is a very real problem, and the world will not be returning to “normal” any time soon, according to the President of the World Bank.

“The coronavirus pandemic is a ‘devastating blow’ for the world economy, according to World Bank President David Malpass. Mr Malpass warned that billions of people would have their livelihoods affected by the pandemic. He said that the economic fallout could last for a decade. In May, Mr Malpass warned that 60 million people could be pushed into ‘extreme poverty’ by the effects of coronavirus.

The World Bank defines ‘extreme poverty’ as living on less than $1.90 (£1.55) per person per day. However, in an exclusive interview on Friday Mr Malpass said that more than 60 million people could find themselves with less than £1 per day to live on. Mr Malpass told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: ‘It [coronavirus] has been a devastating blow for the economy.’

‘The combination of the pandemic itself, and the shutdowns, has meant billions of people whose livelihoods have been disrupted. That’s concerning. Both the direct consequences, meaning lost income, but also then the health consequences, the social consequences, are really harsh.’ Mr Malpass warned it’s been those who can least afford it who’ve suffered the most.( bbc.co.uk)

The Slow Death Of Oxford Street

A fifth of stores in London’s iconic shopping district are now boarded up with ‘no hope of recovery’ after being hit by 80% revenue plunge in 2020. 57 of 264 stores on Oxford Street already permanently shut with annual revenue falling to below £2 billion

More than 50,000 retail and hospitality jobs set to be lost when third lockdown ends, industry group claims.

Recent data from Springboard showed footfall is down 67 per cent year-on-year across Britain. This includes a 74 per cent fall on high streets, 75 per cent plunge at shopping centres and 45 per cent drop at retail parks.” ( dailymail.co.uk)

Understanding The Economic Shock Of Coronavirus

Understanding the Economic Shock of the Covid-19 Crisis:

Predicting the path ahead has become nearly impossible, but we can speculate about the size and scale of the economic shock.

Economic contagion is now spreading as fast as the coronavirus itself.

At present, the economic outlook for late actors looks bleak, having caught politicians, policy makers, and financial markets off guard.

Notoriously unreliable at the best of times, forecasts look especially dubious now as there are simply too many unknowable aspects:

  • The virus’ properties are not fully understood and could change.
  • The role of asymptomatic patients is still imperfectly understood.
  • The true rates of infection and immunity are therefore uncertain, especially where testing is limited.
  • Policy responses will be uneven, often delayed, and there will be missteps.
  • The reactions of firms and households are uncertain.

Perhaps the only certainty is that any attempt at a definitive forecast will fail.” ( hbr.org)

We Should Ask The Question - WHY?

Why this pandemic?
Why all the lies?
Why all the chaos?
Why now?

As explained in last week's Pastor’s Report:

“We find ourselves at the very cusp of the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. And as brought out in the account in Daniel, this Roman-based political system is prophesied to be incredibly ruthless in imposing its will.

Freedoms and civil liberties as we enjoy them now will be overridden. Dissent from the social norm will simply not be tolerated:

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. ’ (Daniel 7:7)

Such an oppressive system will not come out of a clear blue sky by any means.

There has to be a degree of acceptance initially by the people controlled by it – then, like the frog in the boiling water, the temperature is raised ever so slowly until it is too late. And the true culprit is not some human being – Assyrian or otherwise – but the enemy, the slanderer, the dragon of old, who knows right now that he has but a short time left (Revelation 12:12):

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness [or “wicked spirits”] in high places. ’ (Ephesians 6:12)

Satan often appears as an angel of light, offering a seemingly helpful solution to a major problem, but we mustn’t be hoodwinked, as his overriding aim is to destroy humanity, and he’s content to use other human beings – with their search engines and social media platforms – to do so.” ( Pastor’s Report - 2020/01/30)

As Mr Armstrong warned – it’s all about Cause and Effect

“God is letting the law of cause and effect take full toll. Man’s society, deceived and misled by Satan, has not even yet brought man to admit failure of his course of self-sufficiency.

Today man’s world is reeling on its last legs.

Wars, violence, destruction, terrorism engulf the entire world. Half the world exists in ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, living in filth and squalor. The developed half is sick with ill health, disease, mental stress, fear, frustration, wracked with crime, alcoholism, drug abuse, perverted and misused sex, broken homes, hopelessness in frustration.

Mankind is nearing the end of his rope.( Mystery of the Ages - Chapter 4)

The First Coup

“So angels sinned.

Now, that was a stunner!

I thought angels were just perfect and holy and could not sin.

But this says that angels DID SIN.

Now HOW?

What caused them to sin?

And where did it all start?

…Back in the 14th chapter of Isaiah and beginning with verse 12, here it speaks of the super archangel called Lucifer, and it says:

‘How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer! …How art thou cut down to the ground O Lucifer son of the morning! …How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! …For thou hast said in thine heart I will ascend into heaven …I will exalt MY THRONE … I will exalt my throne above the stars of God …I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the far sides of the north …I will ascend above the heights of the clouds [so his throne must have been on earth, you see]; I will be like the most High [or “I will become the most high”].’ (Isaiah 14:12-14)

He was going to knock God off the throne and take over.

That was the FIRST COUP.

HE WAS PUT ON THIS EARTH TO ADMINISTER THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD.

Now he became jealous of God, and he said he was going to ascend up to heaven and take over the whole throne of God.” ( Sermon - September 24, 1983)

Satan’s overriding aim is to destroy humanity

If we look at what God has to say about Satan just as he is locked away for 1,000 years, we get the real reason for all today’s problems.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations!(Isaiah 14:12)

They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?(Isaiah 14:16)


Right now, Satan, the god of this world,

“IS shaking the kingdoms”,

he IS making the earth to tremble”

and he IS “weakening the nations”.


This is where we are in Prophecy – right now!