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In this hour where so many are calling themselves prophets, I thought it would be good to do a little teaching on what the Bible teaches about prophets. This is by no means exhaustive and I am sure some may disagree. But it is a subject with which we should be familiar.

1. Difference between Old and New Testament prophets

Team

We do not see national and international prophets that function apart from apostolic teams in the New Testament. Acts 13 was a gathering of leaders in which God spoke prophetically. Same with Acts 15. Acts 11 speaks of Agabus prophesying about a famine, but they were a team sent from Jerusalem to Antioch. The word was processed with other apostolic leaders, and a fund was created.

But what if he had been wrong? What if people made plans based on an erroneous word? That is why prophecy given on a national level is so dangerous, if it is out of order. If Agabus were wrong on some level, the other leaders would have picked it up and corrected him in a loving way with the same authority.

In the O.T., the prophet had tremendous authority as the voice of God. In the N.T., Yeshua gives five leadership gifts, that work together to equip the people of God.

Not as significant

The word prophet occurs 30 times in Acts:  25 times it refers to the Hebrew prophets and their writings, and only four times does it refer to New Testament prophets. This leads me to believe that New Testament prophets are different from the Old Testament prophets and do not function exactly in the same way. Here are some examples.

  • The prophetic bar is not set at 100% accuracy, as it was in Deuteronomy. There is no stoning for a wrong prophecy (If it were, we would have a lot of dead prophets on our hands!). Paul was not encouraging the Corinthians to risk their lives by saying “For you can all prophesy” (1 Cor. 14:31).
  • New Testament prophets do not write scripture.
  • They are not isolated, like Elijah and others.
  • All prophecy is submitted to the written Word.
  • Prophecy from modern prophets must not contradict end-time prophecy in the Word of God.
  • And it should be judged by other leaders before being released to a wide audience.

Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said…The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. (1 Cor. 14:29, 32)

Paul was not advocating for the Wild Wild West of prophecy that we often see today—where prophets release words over nations with little counsel and often no accountability, but rather prophetic utterances were subject to being checked by other prophets and apostles for both accuracy and orthodoxy. Again, ACCURACY and ORTHODOXY.

I think it is safe to say that the average N.T. saint has a massive upgrade in his or her ability to hear from God through the Spirit, and therefore is not so dependent on the prophet.

2. Prophets need even more humility

Moses was a prophet, but he told God, “Send someone else.” Jeremiah didn’t want to prophesy either. Eager prophets open themselves up to deception. Moses was qualified only after 40 years of hardship and was the meekest, most humble man on earth. I saw a young prophet who uses the hashtag #propheticmafia. That may be cool and trendy, but for me, it makes a mockery of the prophetic—especially considering there are few things more evil and corrupt than the mafia—(I know from experience!). It lacks the sacredness that God’s prophetic word deserves.

Because the prophetic gift is so spectacular, it requires more humility than the other ascension gifts (Eph. 4:11). You have been entrusted with something powerful and attractive. It comes with many temptations. We have all heard of prophets falling into sexual sin, sometimes even using the gift to open that door. This gift can take someone from obscurity to stardom overnight. Not many should want to be a prophet, but if you are, make sure you maintain the heart of God and are under authority.

A true prophet carries God’s heart. Jeremiah was broken in tears. Tears are a mark of a genuine prophet, not proving that they are right or merely using their gift to build their platform. A mentor of mine shared of being up all night praying for his congregation not to fall apart during a crisis as if he was praying for the life of his daughter. At times he didn’t know if he was praying for his actual daughter not to die or the congregation.

3. Prophecy is not like a Horoscope

Where do we see words in the New Testament that say a certain year is the year of “fill in the blank”? The year 2020 is based on the Gregorian Calendar, not the Biblical one and even the Jewish New Year that people like to use is actually the half year. Rosh Hashana is the first day of the seventh month, not the first. The actual Jewish or Hebrew New Year was a few weeks ago on the first of Nissan, 14 days before Passover. We do not see prophets in the Old or New Testament giving words connected to new years or months. I am not saying it cannot happen, I am simply saying that is not the norm in Scripture. Should we expect New Years prophecies three times a year to correlate with these three new years? On the other hand, I could see God using man-made signposts, if you will, in order to speak to us. They spoke of cubits in the Bible, but if God spoke to me about measurements, I would imagine He would use feet, or even meters (after 17 years in Israel), not cubits.

One of the reasons I don’t believe in horoscopes is because there are more than 12 types of people on earth. They live in different regions and go through different life struggles. What God may be saying to those in Papua, New Guinea could be different than what He may be saying to those in Nigeria. Each person in any given area is unique. The same year that might be someone’s year of breakthrough, could be another one’s year of sorrow.

4. Issachar—Signs of the Times

A big part of prophecy is being an Issacharian. The sons of Issachar were able to read the signs of the times. A student of Scripture would immediately go to Matthew 24 and Luke 21 in the midst of this plague, where He speaks about end-time plagues. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees for not being able to read the signs of the times. So many are prophesying about America returning quickly to prosperity, but not turning to the Scriptures to see what God might has already said prophetically through COVID-19. Maybe God is preparing us for something?

5. New Testament Prophets expose Sin and Wrong Motives

There is no question in my mind that Paul was a prophet, as was Peter. While Agabus and Silas were the only named prophets, we can see the apostles acting as prophets. Before Paul was an apostle he was with a gathering of “prophets and teachers” (Acts 13:1). I think he was one of those prophets.

When Paul encountered Elymas, the sorcerer he exposed his sin and his evil motives.

Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.” (Acts 13:9-11)

We see a similar thing with Simon the sorcerer. However, there is one big difference. He was a believer, having been baptized by Philip. He would not be the first believer who wanted to use the Holy Spirit to make a dime. See how the Lord deals with him, as Peter exposes his sin and his motives.

“May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” (Acts 8:20-23)

As a prophet he was able to see in his heart. Now, let’s be clear—sinful judgmental attitudes can often be mistaken for the Holy Spirit. Jesus forbade us to judge other’s motives. The only exception is when God reveals someone’s sin or motives prophetically.

Paul shows how prophecy can expose sin, and be redemptive in the process.

But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (1 Cor. 14:24-25)

Notice they are convicted as the secrets of their hearts of revealed.

6. What does it mean to prophesy from your soul?

What is so interesting about Jeremiah’s words concerning those prophets, who spoke of peace only, is that he never calls them false prophets. These were real prophets, prophesying what they wanted to be true. I believe that this is a problem in our day. I have heard so many words about revival coming and 99.9% of them never materialize because they come from desire, not the mouth of God. (I am super pro-revival, having come out of the Brownsville Revival.)

In Scripture, when there are two sets of prophets prophesying contradicting messages, it is normally the ones with bad news that are right. Why? Because it is easy to prophesy good news. It takes little courage to say, “God loves you and everything is going to be okay.” It takes courage to point your finger at King David and call him a murdering adulterer, as Nathan did.

In the case of Micaiah (I Kings 22), the text says that Jehoshaphat asked for a prophet of Yahweh, seeming to say that the other prophets represented another god. But in Hebrew it says, “Isn’t there here another prophet of the Lord.” That is the Hebrew word עוד or “another.” In other words, the prophets who were wrong were also prophets of Yahweh. Also, in verse 8, it does not say, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord.” It says in Hebrew, “there is one more prophet through whom we can inquire of Yahweh” meaning Micaiah was an additional prophet of Yahweh. These were true prophets who had been corrupted.

7. Prophecy is more than predicting things that come to pass

Prophecy is never for the purpose of simply predicting. That is what psychics do. Just getting it right is not biblical prophecy. The reason Agabus was shown the famine was so they could collect funds for the saints in Jerusalem. Prophecy has a purpose; it comes to “edify the church” and is “for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” (1 Cor. 14:3-4) Just the other day a self-proclaimed prophet wrote, “Tonight, the LORD spoke these words to me, ‘George Soros’s days and hours are numbered.’” That was it. No call to prayer, no reasoning behind sharing it publicly. Dude’s going die—end of subject. Even if this comes to pass (he is 89), where is the redemptive purpose in posting this?

Prophecy comes to encourage us when everything else says the opposite. David’s prophecy that he would be king was not needed when he killed the giant, but during the decade in which he was running from Saul. It gave him hope and strength. Joseph needed an angel to tell him how Miriam got pregnant. The other Joseph in Egypt didn’t just interpret Pharaoh’s dream, but had supernatural wisdom on how to manage the coming famine. So, just saying, I see such and such happening in the future is not what we see from prophets in the Bible.

8. Independent prophets giving words to the nation is not seen in New Testament

No one lone prophet should be speaking for the Lord to the nation(s) during a pandemic. Prophets should consult with apostles and other prophets, praying and submitting words to each other first, as in Acts 13 and 15. There is no such thing as independent ministries in Acts and there is no such thing as unaccountable leaders. Even Paul submitted to James and the elders in Acts 21.

Because we have acted independently, on February 15th, one well known prophet gave a word that is now playing on an atheistic liberal group’s website. They are mocking him (and us) because he seemed to say that the Coronavirus would have no great effect in the US. Since that prophecy was given, more than 46,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than 800,000 are infected, as the US has now overtaken Italy as the country with the most coronavirus deaths. In fact, there are three times as many Coronavirus patients in New York State alone (550,579), than any country! So, while it does appear, thank God, that progress is being made, it would be silly to say that America got a reprieve. This brings reproach on the gospel and keeps people form taking us seriously. Another famous property preacher prophesied a heatwave for Easter to burn up the virus; but instead the U.S. got deadly tornados. And now there is snow in Chicago! I have some more thoughts on this, but that is for another day.

NT prophets primarily function in the local church, not on a national stage. 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 focuses on prophecy in the congregation. There is no teaching on giving words to a nation. Clearly God still speaks to nations—now is definitely a time where we need to hear His voice. But something is amiss in regards to order when national prophets are prophesying different things.

9. There is little accountability when prophets give incorrect prophetic words that alter people’s life decisions

A pastor told how his parents moved from California because a well-known prophet said that an earthquake was coming. The earthquake did not happen, and the prophet has never repented. This is what happens when you have “Lone Ranger” prophets with big platforms. We simply do not see this in the New Testament.

When this is all said and done, leaders in the apostolic/prophetic movement should go through the words given through the media (Facebook/Email/News outlets) and check to see that which came to pass and that which did not. While we do not stone those who make mistakes, there should be loving accountability and soul-searching. Prophets who give false words should be willing to sit with other leaders and process, in the fear of the Lord, how that happened.

10. Prophecy from humans is filtered through Imperfections of Humans

All prophecy is filtered through our emotions, theology, hurts, victories, past, etc. It is very subjective, which is why we must test all prophecy. (1 Thess. 5:20-21) The word of God, on the other hand, is not subjective and has no negative experiences or hurts that can cloud it. It thus becomes the first standard by which we seek to test prophecy, and the second is by the witness of other prophetic people.

This has to do with theology too. If your theology is off, your prophecies may be as well. If you don’t believe that believers can suffer, then how can you prophesy that someone is going to suffer? If you don’t believe in judgment, you cannot prophesy judgment. And for those who think that all New Testament prophecy is rosy, the only two examples from one who was called a prophet in the N.T. were warnings; one about a famine and the other that Paul was going to be persecuted in Jerusalem.

All the more reason to process national words with a team of trusted leaders.

11. The witness of the Spirit

The Old Testament prophets (and saints) could not test a word by the “witness” of the Holy Spirit in their spirit. This is the primary way that the Spirit speaks most believers—through an inner witness. The Old Testament prophet had a high level of authority. Again, just imagine Nathan confronting the king of Israel. People were very dependent on the prophet. They didn’t go home and pray about Jeremiah’s word. Look how Moses reacted to the golden calf affair:

And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it. (Ex. 32:20)

Imagine your pastor trying to do that! 🙂

The Old Testament saint could not weigh the word against the Bible either. For a long time it was not written and even after it was, it was not accessible to each person. O.T. saints were very reliant on the prophet.

So, the New Testament prophet does not need the same level of authority as Elijah or Moses because.

  1. Each individual believer has the indwelling Spirit.
  2. We have the word of God.

12. Warning

After Paul lays out his very clear teaching on prophecy, he makes it clear that if you disobey or reject his teaching you are not a prophet.

If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored. (1 Cor. 14:37-38) 

This is a good picture of the fact that prophets were not to minister outside of apostolic oversight. Paul the apostle, brings his apostolic authority to bear on this matter of prophecy, prophets and order in a New Testament worship service. There is a reason that Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12, lists apostles in the congregations above prophets. Prophets must be under authority for their own good and the good of their hearers. The apostle does not possess as flamboyant a gift as the prophet, but he has the wisdom to guide the prophet in a team setting.

Note: John and the two witnesses are exceptions and for good reason. John was writing end-time bible prophecy as an apostolic Scripture writer and the two witnesses of Revelation 11 do not come in the form of Ephesians 4:11 congregational prophets, but in the likeness of the Hebrew prophets. There is a reason John said no one could add to his words—to stop any would-be prophets from seeking to write Scripture in the future.  

Final Thoughts

I love prophecy and prophetic ministry. I believe in it! I also believe that we to sharpen our theology on prophecy and prophets and have deeper accountability so we can serve the Body better. We need to hear God in our day.

 

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Warning: This article, if you read the whole thing, is going to make you hungry for God, longing for revival. It may cause you to not eat for an extended period of time—because of this intense longing for the heavenly.

Like many people, I have been reading through the Exodus story afresh. I have long believed that the Exodus narrative was to Israel what the Great Tribulation will be to the Church. Can we draw insight from Moses that can help us today? I think yes.

They Cried out to God and He Heard

Before anything changed for the Israel, before God found Moses in the desert, the Bible says that the Israelites cried out to God in their suffering.

The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. (Ex. 2:23-25)

God was moved by their cries. Their groaning reached God’s throne in heaven. But the change did not come overnight. Yeshua taught us that faith and prayer is similar to a farmer planting seed.

“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.  All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)

He plants the seed by faith, but it takes time before a harvest comes. If we pray once for revival and then get disappointed when God doesn’t immediately visit, we miss the point. There is a process of praying and waiting. Crying out to God and expecting. Impregnation and then birth.

He remembered His covenant

I love this. What moved God? He remembered (not that He forgot) that He cut covenant with Abraham. If it was not just that God’s heart was moved by their cries, He had a legal obligation to move on behalf of the Israelites. Covenants are legal. Yahweh had a contractual responsibility to Abraham and his seed.

Clearly God went into that contract with the desire to help; He did not begrudgingly help Israel because of legalese, in which Abraham trapped him. No, Abraham was asleep when God made the covenant. But God is showing us that He honors His word.

We know that revival is promised (along with a messy Great Tribulation). We see this promise in Romans 11:12, 15, where God says that when Israel embraces Yeshua, something greater than Acts will follow.

But if [Israel’s] transgression (of rejecting Yeshua) means riches for the world, and [Israel’s] loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will [Israel’s] full inclusion bring! (Romans 11:12)

We see a great awakening during the Tribulation (Rev. 11, 14).

God will remember His covenant to us—He will remember His prophetic word to Israel; that her eyes would be opened in the end-times (Hosea 3:4-5, Ez. 36:25-28, Zech. 12:10, Romans 11:26).

Their Situation Changed Overnight

Sometimes those promises to Israel, as one who moved here to Tel Aviv, seem impossible. And if we have learned anything in the past month, it is that things can change in a second—overnight. While I am not a fan of pandemics, I am in awe of the power of God (all power is from God)—how He has brought a world to its knees in a matter of weeks. Is that not what He did to Pharaoh and all Egypt. God brought the most powerful man on earth to his knees in just a few days.

The Lord is going to roar from Zion, as Amos says, and humble the leaders of this world who stand in rebellion against him. He mocks the kings of the earth as they make plans against His (Ps. 2). While we are all praying for Boris Johnson to recover, the fact that he is fighting for his life just shows that no one can hide. As a BBC headline said this morning referring to their Prime Minister, “Power is no protection from harm.”

Even as Pharaoh could not stop the frogs from invading every area of his palace, who can hide from the Lord when He makes an appointment? (This is not to suggest that Boris Johnson is being judged, rather the fact that status, wealth, or friends in ‘not quite high enough’ places can save you.)

Revival can happen in a Nanosecond!

But it is the same with revival. I had the great privilege of teaching at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. God swept through that place in one moment and the world changed. If you watch the service where it all begins, you will be surprised to see that it wasn’t anything special. Steve Hill gives an altar call and a few people come forward. Then he asks people to come for prayer. Most come, but still—no big deal. And then suddenly…I get emotional just writing about i…God showed up and people start falling like dominos. Pastor John Kilpatrick said it was like a river came into the building. He, a man very much charge, was on the ground, unable to move for hours. It swept all over the US and the globe.

One moment, things were normal and then the next, God was there! (I am getting so hungry for God just writing about this!!!)

Now imagine Moses sharing this with the Israelites.

“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.” (Ex. 3:21-22)

It must have been very difficult to believe. They had been salves for so long. How could there be any situation where they leave Egypt rich? It must of seemed like a dream. Of course, if I told you in January that there would be worldwide pandemic that would begin world economies to their knees before Passover, would you have believed me?

One day they were slaves—the next day there was “revival” as they plundered the enemy’s camp. It all starts with us crying out to God! Some want things to go back to normal. I want God to show up!

 

 

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I see a time soon when God is going to bring some of our ministry structures crumbling down. I do not exempt myself—for God alone knows my heart and motives, my fears and jealousies. Let it all come down! I imagine that some pastors are panicking over losing their platforms. Beware of those who tell you the key to stopping the plug, is a gift to their ministry. Giving is super important, but the people of God have too often been manipulated by millionaire preachers. I keep seeing in my spirit scaffolding and structures that were man made, and a wrecking ball/earthquake taking them all down. Then something more beautiful arising—the ecclesia, the people of God—in its place. Could it be that God is not only draining the swamp in politics, but also in ministry? Does not judgment begin with the house of God? (1 Pet. 4:17)

I would love for things to go back to the way they were. My life was good. Our small tour business has lost about $20,000…so far. But as Keith Green said, “I pledge my head to heaven for the Gospel.” Whom have I but Jesus? He is stripping everything else away.

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Friends, at the beginning of this pandemic, experts in the US said there was no need to where masks, unless you had the virus—to protect others. Of course, they are learning as they go, and were fearful that medical professionals would not be able to get the highly coveted masks. We all agree that those on the frontlines need them the most.

But here in Tel Aviv, my wife kept telling me that the Israeli news outlets were encouraging everyone to wear a mask when they went outside. So, I did some research (googling). I first found out that the Czech Republic made it mandatory to where a mask when going out and even a novice can see the difference. I was going through the different graphs on the Johns Hopkins page looking for any difference in different countries. Other than China (who cannot be trusted) and South Korea, they all looked similar…but then I checked on the Czech’s and the difference was clear.

United States Graph where masks were not encouraged. 4/3/2020

World averages as of 4/3/2020

Czech Republic 4/3/2020

Then someone sent me this video from people in the Czech Republic.

They have a site called www.mask4all.org and offer advice in the graphic below.

Understand, I am a person of faith—I am trusting God for supernatural protection. But also want to be wise. The Bible tells us that we can drink deadly poison and handle snake bites, but it also assumes that you will not seek such situations, rather, it is when they are forced upon you like Paul:

Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. (Acts 28:3-5)

Psalm 91 says that no plague will come near our dwelling. If you are not a person of faith and you want to know how to have a relationship with God and gain eternal life, please go here. It is better than a mask!!! 🙂

Back to the masks:

The CDC released new guidelines this week, recommending that we all wear at least non-medical face coverings when you go outside. It certainly can’t hurt! And if you are asymptomatic and have COVID-19, you could be spreading it without knowing.

So, let’s look at masks and what they do.

First, what is the difference between the medical grade masks and the non-medical ones? Most of the ones you have seen on TV are medical grade. That would even include the disposable surgical masks. Then you have some with filters, some that get tighter than others, and even the see through full-face shields. In Israel, I have seen many grocery store workers wearing these. In ICU units, they typically wear both a mask and a shield, as they are working with people they are infected. Take a minute now and pray for heroic medical workers, from nurses, to paramedics to doctors.

This grocer sold me 70 gift cards with the funds you provided. We got them to 70 very poor Filipino families in Tel Aviv.

A non-medical mask is really anything else. I used an undershirt before we got a supply of disposable surgical masks. It is believed that material from a bandana to a scarf will keep out much of the infected droplets. Note, the droplets can still attach to the outside of the mask. So, when you get home, wash them before you reuse. When you take them off, it is recommended that you use a fresh pair of gloves or make sure to wash your hands immediately. DO NOT TOUCH THE OUTSIDE OF THE MASK AND THEN YOUR FACE!

Now, if you are not going to wash your hands, you are wasting your time. If infected particles are on the outside of your mask and then you touch it—and then touch your mouth…hello? So here are some guidelines from the World Health Organization (whom I do not trust on bigger issues, but I do here)

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

If you are going to wear a mask, it should just be one of many actions you take to prevent getting infected.

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Surgical masks were created to keep the wearer from getting liquids, from coughing or sneezing, on their patients and to keep the wearer from breathing in droplets or liquids that contained harmful bacteria. When I was in Nepal, we wore them everywhere in Katmandu because of the pollution. They were not, however, designed to prevent the smaller or tiny particles from getting to the wearer.

They are disposable as well. It is not recommended that you use it more than once. Remember, tainted particles can attach to the outside, so get rid of it quickly and responsibly when you get home.

Notice, SHE IS NOT COVERING HERE NOSE!!! Cover your nose!

Face coverings

Reusable face coverings should cover your nose and mouth and can be made from many different items in your home from shirts to scarfs. However, after each use they need to be washed (and wash your hands after using them) in hot water and dry them on high heat. That will kill any viral particles. These are not as effective as surgical masks and respirators, but they are a defense if you don’t have a mask. Certainly the more layers, the safer you are.

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N95 respirators

You have heard Governor Cuomo constantly say that he needs more respirators. He is speaking of the N95 respirator mask. It fits very tight, covers the nose and mouth, but also has a respirator for extra protection. It is said to block 95% of particles including viruses! These MUST be cleaned after each use! Here are some guidelines:

  • Place a steam basket or colander inside of a pot.
  • Boil water on the stove
  • Place your mask inside facing down in the steam basket for about 30 seconds covered.
  • Take it out and spray it with 70% rubbing alcohol.
  • Hang to dry.
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These are less safe, that disposable surgical masks and N95 respirators, but better than nothing. Again, make sure to wash! (If this was my only optioned I would prefer a think scarf or several layers of another fabric.)

Should you wear one

It would seem from evidence over the past two months that it would be advised.

However, wear it correctly. Wash your hands. Do not bring particles from the outside into your home. Dispose or wash correctly. I know this is a hassle, but it could save your life or someone with whom you come in contact.

**Ron Cantor is not a scientist or health care professional. He just wants to see you not die. Consult your physician for professional advice.

 

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Yesterday, a defiant Florida pastor, Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested for defying an ordinance against public gatherings. For weeks Howard-Browne had been vocal about continuing to meet as a church despite a “safer-at-home” order that the country put in place recently to protect people from COVID-19. He has spread conspiracy theories that pit together the WHO, Chinese gov, the media, Bill Gates, and big Pharma and the goal to down America.

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