The Diaries Of Verb McCracken,“Bud Virus,” Year One, week two, day two (3-18-20)

Dear Diary,

I think I’ve got a little cough.  I don’t even care much about lunch.  Is that a runny nose that I’ve developed?  I may have the virus.  Oh, no.

Maybe I don’t have the virus.  My wife always told me that if anyone said they had a sickness around me that I imagined that I had caught it.  But what if I did catch it?  And I don’t have my wife around to keep me sane.  

Weird that they named a virus after a beer.  I don’t get that.  I remember a while before the Rapture there was a virus named after a beer, the Corona Virus.  I don’t know why since it originated in China.  I thought Corona was a Hispanic beer.  Turned out that the Corona Virus was an attack on the U.S. because the President was too tough on them in the trade wars.  He couldn’t say anything because half of the country would just accuse him of xenophobia.  

I remember a lot of end-times theologians thought that China played a major part in the Battle of Armageddon.1  It turned out China really didn’t like us.  They developed a sickness that they gave to their own people and then sent them around the world knowing that eventually they’d get to the U.S.  They couldn’t send them directly to the States since the Prez had already stopped an incursion to our dear country when he first heard of the threat.  He knew what was going on but he knew he’d be lambasted in the press if he told anyone, not to mention the widespread panic that would occur.  There was a large-scale panic anyway.  

The Chinese didn’t care about their own people let alone everyone else in the world.  And they hated the U.S.  Their virus wiped out multitudes, all in their hated of Americans.  Now they are posed to take over the world through a gigantic battle in the Middle East.  And I guess they could do it.  

The U.S. now has no power.  They were decimated by the Chinese virus.  You would think that the people here would pay some attention and look to God but they didn’t.  

I’ve been reading the Bible recently now that I actually became a Christian after the Lord got my attention at the Rapture.  If you lose a faithful wife, it gets your attention.  

I’ve been reading a commentary on daily readings that gets a person through the Bible in a year.2  Since I hadn’t really read it and finally got saved, it seemed like a really good idea.  I’ve been reading Amos.3  Much of the Old Testament but particularly the Prophets contain warnings against cheating and lying to people.

It reminds me of the time I brought my car into the dealership and they had some lame reasons not to honor my warranty.  Boy, did that make me mad!  But, you know, you can’t fight city hall and you also can’t fight corporate America.  I guess God did His thing and allowed that Chinese illness to wipe out corporate America and most of the small business owners, too.  It’s not like God didn’t warn everyone. 

Where were the churches, you ask?  They were entertaining everyone with guitars, drums, and singers.  I never heard of one preaching the book of Amos.  

God warned Israel not to cheat and lie to everyone.  There would be consequences if they did.4  No one listened then or now.  I didn’t either!  It took losing my wife to get my attention!  

They taught me about Armageddon in seminary.  I laughed at the prospect.  Now we’ve got another virus from China.  Everyone is hoarding whatever they can.  All the shelves are bare in the markets.  Everyone is staying at home watching cable.  If anyone is going outside they are wearing masks.  

And I have another sermon to prepare.  The last one didn’t go that well in Ephesus.  I knew I shouldn’t mention Neco eating but I think they misunderstood.  They shot spit wads at me and then clubbed me.  I woke up in Smyrna.  Thankfully, I was in more friendly territory!  

What could I expect?  I was in the end of the End-times right before the Lord touches down.  No wonder God airlifted all of His faithful before they could experience all this stuff.  I made it “in” by the epidermis of my denticulation!  

I’ve been commissioned to preach at six other churches in a circuit.  Lucky me.  I guess I have to do whatever the Lord wants me to do!

Now I have to find a sandwich somewhere!

(To Be Continued . . .)

  1. Rev. 16:12-16   The sixth [angel] poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.  13 And I saw [coming] out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;  14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.  15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”)  16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
  2. Check out for the blog and commentary on the One Year Bible that Verb read.
  3. Amos is the third book in the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament.
  4. For example, Amos 1: 6-7 (LB), “The Lord says, ‘The people of Israel have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not leave them unpunished anymore. For they have perverted justice by accepting bribes and sold into slavery the poor who can’t repay their debts; they trade them for a pair of shoes. They trample the poor in the dust and kick aside the meek.  And a man and his father defile the same temple girl, corrupting my holy name.”  Also see Leviticus 19:11, “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.”  

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