…And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Father, your Son warned us to take heed that no man deceive us. Make us to know the truth in all things, Father, that we may walk in the truth, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
For a while now I have been thinking about dedicating a post to techniques one can use to find the truth of the matter when monitoring current events. In light of the coronavirus outbreak in China and its possible implications, I figured now is a good time. As G. Edward Griffin wrote in A Fearful Master, “One case history is worth a thousand theoretical arguments.” Therefore, we will examine the news surrounding the coronavirus epidemic and see what we can do to determine the veracity of the related news items.
Most of the articles I will be citing were published on Zerohedge. It is my contention that if you want to find out what is really going on you need to read the alternative media. However, I also regularly question or dismiss things I read on alternative news sites like Zerohedge. The only source of facts that is 100% reliable is the Bible. When you read your Bible each day, you sharpen your ability to discern the truth:
…Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
…And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
That is a promise. If you continue in Jesus’ word, you will know the truth. Once one has a good working knowledge of the word of God, she or he can read the news through the lens of Scripture. Viewing current events through the lens of Scripture brings them into focus, allowing one to connect them to the big picture.
I will refer to the novel coronavirus as the Wuhan virus—ie the strain of coronavirus that is infecting people in large numbers in China in particular, Wuhan being ground zero. At first, I was a bit skeptical that the Wuhan virus would amount to anything more than another SARS-type outbreak (which was also a strain of coronavirus), but then I took notice at how quickly it was spreading. China seemed to be underreporting the numbers, a fact that was later proven in a scientific study. When I saw video showing people dropping dead in the streets of Wuhan (more here), and others being forcibly carried away to be quarantined, I realized there was more going on here than meets the eye. These things, together with the effect the virus is having on the economy, indicate that there very well may be prophetic implications to consider. We will explore some of these possible implications next week. This week, we will attempt to discern the veracity of the reports surrounding the virus. Let me say here from the start, I am not worried about contracting the Wuhan virus, and you shouldn’t be either. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Jesus has told us time and again not to be afraid, but even if He didn’t I still would not worry about the Wuhan virus and I will explain why. This story has my attention for other reasons.
First, let’s consider the initial reporting on the matter from the mainstream media. We were uniformly told by the mainstream media that this was simply a new strain of coronavirus that was passed from animals to humans. (This article from CNN shows the typical narrative.) However, alternative news websites soon began reporting that the strain was created in a lab. One such article cited a study from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The study said that the virus had HIV carriers not seen in any other strain of coronavirus, which seemed to be the result of gene editing. Rather than taking an objective look at the IIT study, the mainstream media roundly dismissed reports that deviated from the official narrative, labeling them as ‘conspiracy theories’. The Indian researchers subsequently retracted their study, the most likely reason being that they were pressured to do so.
It was then reported by Zerohedge that on November 18, 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (a top, level-4 biohazard lab which was studying “the world’s most dangerous pathogens”) posted a job opening for one or two post-doc fellows, who would use “bats to research the molecular mechanism that allows Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses to lie dormant for a long time without causing diseases.” The most telling sign that the report was credible was that Twitter promptly banned Zerohedge from their platform because of a complaint from a Buzzfeed ‘journalist’, claiming Zerohedge was guilty of doxing. The Zerohedge article posted publicly available information about the man who posted the job opening, suggesting that journalists contact him for an interview. The Buzzfeed ‘journalist’ on the other hand, has a history of doxing people’s private information, as well as posting pedophilic tweets on Twitter. Pedophilic tweets are very common on Twitter and apparently well within Twitter’s guidelines. A groundbreaking report on the possible origin of the Wuhan virus, not so much. The White House and Senator Tom Cotton are taking these claims seriously, and investigating to see if they are credible. Meanwhile, scientists in China have confirmed the ‘conspiracy theory’, saying a lab is in fact the most likely origin. Not only that, but a bombshell HHS Public Paper that seems to confirm all the worst suspicions was discovered by Dr Francis Boyle, who explained what the paper says in an interview on Infowars. So Zerohedge was right to question the official narrative after all.
Key points to consider:
• The alternative media was attacked for deviating from the ‘official’ narrative, yet later proven to be credible.
• The fact that Zerohedge was banned from Twitter is an indicator that they are telling the truth. Consider that Infowars, for example, was banned across virtually all platforms except their own proprietary websites because their pro-Trump message was truthful and effective. The mainstream media predicted a Clinton landslide in the 2016 election and were proven wrong. The official reasons that Big Tech gave for the ban were all false and nonsensical on their face. Then the mainstream media loved, exalted, and gushed over creepy porn lawyer and loudmouth, Michael Avenatti, until he was convicted of extortion. He now faces up to 42 years in prison. In short, if they tell you it’s good, it’s bad. If they tell you it’s bad, it’s good.
It is still not clear whether the Wuhan virus is going to turn out to be a global pandemic that will have a major effect on the economy and public health, but there are a lot of things pointing in that direction. The first doctor who tried to warn everyone, only to be rebuked, has died of the virus. Big Tech has had talks with the World Health Organization to ‘stop the spread of misinformation’ (ie the truth?). Funeral home workers are being paid 1000 yuan (US $143) per hour to process the dead bodies in Wuhan. Some say the virus will inevitably spread and infect billions of people. Others who I believe are credible say that this will all blow over. They may be right. For one thing, the virus may only be fatal only for heavy smokers. Most of the deaths are taking place in China, where men are notoriously heavy smokers. This is one of the reasons I am not concerned about getting sick from the virus. What are the real numbers? I do not know and I do not know of any way to find out. I think it’s fair to say the numbers are much higher than what is being reported, maybe as much as 10x higher based on a bug in one of China’s own websites. But whether or not the high transmission rates in China will extrapolate out the same way in other countries remains yet to be seen. So far the virus seems to be contained in other countries, but there are already signs that may change. Places that get a lot of visitors from China, like the continent of Africa for example, are at particular risk.
So, to summarize,
• The mainstream narrative turned out to be false on its face.
• The virus outbreak did not ‘just happen’ because of weird dietary practices.
• For whatever reason, they are trying to suppress the truth.
Here are a few of the key takeaways:
• The mainstream media ignored a key report by a major university, IIT.
• Eventually, mainstream media, NYT and WSJ, started reporting what the alternative press initially reported about inaccurate numbers coming out of China.
• Big Tech fought back against credible journalism.
Next week in Part 2 we will look at possible connections the Wuhan virus may have to Bible prophecy.
Father, thank You that we are only strangers and pilgrims here, and that our citizenship is in heaven. Thank You again for the life-giving words your Son gave to us, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thank You, Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.