by Dr. Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference
We are all trying to get used to the new “shelter in place” world. We are getting extremely acquainted with the experience known as “being in quarantine.”
The term is from the old Venetian language meaning “forty days.” It comes from the horrific days of Europe’s Black Plague. During the 14th Century as many as 200,000,000 people died from that bacteria. To try and blunt its spread visiting ships would have forty days to remain isolated before disembarking.
The method of using quarantine (isolation) to stop the spread of a communicable disease is Biblical! Leviticus 13 is full of regulations on how to keep a skin disease from spreading. Quarantining victims would help.
Let’s go further into stopping the spread of a deadly contaminant. Whereas hundreds of millions died from the Black Plague, millions more in the 1918 Spanish Flu, billions will die as a result of sin. When this killer plague hit this world some 6,000 years ago, our planet was put off limits to the rest of the universe ever since. This rebellion is restricted strictly to this world. And we see things playing out.
The ultimate way that sin will be eradicated is for the universe to be vaccinated with the “knowledge of sin.” That is, the universe will have experienced it and will not want to see it rise again.
Interestingly, Satan himself will be under quarantine for 1,000 years. I have wondered what might be accomplished by this. The best reason I can think of would to answer a question some might have: “If the devil would be granted a lengthy time to reflect on his past, would he ever show regret and repentance?” As soon as he will be released, according to Revelation, the contagion spreads and billions of resurrected infected victims try to storm the New Jerusalem!
Sin kills. The disease killed the Creator at Calvary. The quarantine of sin is effective, but better yet, the Great Physician has a treatment plan that is bound to be permanently effective. The active agent He is using…is love.