If we are seeing a second coronavirus wave — still a very big “if,” but increasingly looking like it is spiking again in a number of states — we may want to reflect on the prophecy of an evangelical in deep Africa.
The name: Emmanuel Makandiwa, known simply as “Prophet Makandiwa,” founder of a large Pentecostal mega-church called United Family International Church.
The country: Zimbabwe.
Way back, on November 20, 2016, Makandiwa told tens of thousands at the City Sports Centre in Harare:
“I saw diseases that are coming, many diseases — know that we are praying about it — and another disease more deadly, and I saw it coming from the sea. If they investigate, they will find that it comes from the ocean, more deadly than HIV and cancer.
“Very fast, very aggressive.
“How does it come from the sea? Is it a creature in the ocean, I don’t know. Is it from food from the sea? It will originate from under the waters, from the ocean. And thousands and millions, perhaps billions, will die. [Note: many suspect one point of propagation was a “wet seafood market” in Wuhan.]
“This is something we can pray against, because it isn’t good news,” he had said.
“Imagine sitting and watching TV and seeing millions and millions die — thousands in one city in one day. It’s a plague. It’s serious. It’s something that you will see like it flies in the air.”
Like so many Pentecostals, there have been controversies, usually around money. The “prophet” is said to be “worth” $140 million, has his own jet, and was once sued (unsuccessfully) by a couple claiming they had fallen prey to a prophecy by Makandiwa promising them a “debt cancellation miracle” (instead, their business nose-dived). Still, his message is worth discerning.
“We need people to pray, because we can prevent it,” he said, again, years ago. “We can slow it down. But we can’t cure it.” Makandiwa was stating all this, he said, because the Holy Spirit told him to, and so “we can pray against it.”
Thus far, there have been seven million covid-19 cases globally and about half a million — not millions, and certainly not billions — have died. But the point was many.
According to Fox News, new cases of the novel coronavirus broke single-day records in Florida and South Carolina on Thursday. The Florida Department of Health confirmed 1,698 additional cases of covid-19 within the preceding twenty-five hours, nearly a twenty percent increase from the state’s previous high of 1,419 reported last Thursday.
At the same time, Dr. Anthony Fauci himself, in a clinical paper, wrote in late March: “The overall clinical consequences of covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957
and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.” It’s hard to see it killing many millions — though it could mutate, and though some of its effects far exceed regular influenza.
It was two months and eighteen days later — 2017 — that Makandiwa returned to repeat his warning, adding gripping and in retrospect perhaps amazing, details.
The virus he was speaking about, he again told thousands, was “coming closer and closer, a disease from the sea that will kill more people than any disease we have fought before — very fast.
“I saw people falling like leaves and dying. They will do everything to investigate where it’s coming from, and they will not find out, but eventually they will confirm what I’m telling you.
“Something will bring that disease from the ocean to the land of the living.
“It’s a plague that only God can stop.
“They will do everything, but God will give power to His people in the midst of global upheaval.”
Most astonishingly, Makandiwa told his huge audience (he always packs them in, up to 200,000):
“We need to pray. China. China. China.”
That was on January 11, 2015.
“My question is, who is safe now?” he said to the rapt audience. “It is going to continue happening, over and over and over again. And it will not be the last of its kind.”
“Whatever you see happening far away is not going to end there. It is really a catastrophe, it is chaotic. It is a demonic spirit that is going on a rampage.”
There was much more about him in a recent “special report.” We are releasing this much of it because of the urgency of our times, and the call to pray. If pride did not stop, he said, it would return even worse.
Increasingly, it is looking like a second wave is in the offing, as we have gone forth in defiance and pride without introspection and without donning the sackcloth. A dozen states in the U.S. are seeing distinct and in some cases sharp rises — not just in reported cases, which can be skewed by increased testing, but actual hospitalizations.
It’s why the stock market, which sadly has become our health bellwether, plummeted yesterday.
Most recently Mankiwa said that with enough prayer, a cure will be found, because God, if He desires, could even empower “an aspirin” to cure it. However, he is against vaccination.
In other words, it could be simple; it could be a flip of the switch.
Or we could be in for a historic pandemic (the current one, despite its economic disruption, does not yet rank as such).
For discernment only: