Hand of God: Israel Folau and Rugby Australia

A year ago, when a rugby player posted God’s warnings for sinners, he was sacked. Even his gofundme page was shut down. But God knows that He is sending COVID-19 and wants to save His children. So, He plundered from His enemies and gave to His children, just as He did to Egyptians. Once He made sure His children are safe in the ark, He opened the flood gates of heaven to send plagues over all the earth so that all the disobedient, all who hate Him, His enemies and all who commit abominations can be in ruins. God is right here, reigning over all the earth, passing through us and plaguing His enemies, bringing nations to ruins, and plundering them while protecting His children as in the days of Moses.

And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God. And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into the den of lions–them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.

Dan 6:20-24

This post is not about Israel Folau but God and His salvation to those who stand with Him. This post is about how God can deliver us even today from lion’s den and punish those who are against His children. As Jesus said in Luke 18:7-8, “Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.

April 10, 2019

Israel Folau on Instagram: “ Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. ” 1

April 11, 2019

Israel Folau’s rugby career on the line amid criticism over more anti-gay posts. 2

April 12, 2019

Star rugby player Israel Folau is fighting to keep his job after saying that ‘hell awaits’ gay people. 9

May 9, 2019

Israel Folau loses ASICS as a sponsor as he awaits Rugby Australia sanction over his Instagram post. 8

May 17, 2019

Australian rugby star Israel Folau sacked following anti-gay social media post. 3 Israel Folau’s rugby union contract terminated as punishment for players’ code of conduct breach. 4

June 17, 2019

Qantas boss Alan Joyce backs Rugby Australia’s handling of Israel Folau dispute. 5

June 22, 2019

Israel Folau GoFundMe page donations soar despite bombshell reports of property portfolio.

June 24, 2019

Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service 7

June 25, 2019

New Folau fundraising site set up by ACL, with a $100,000 boost. 11

Aug 29, 2019

Israel Folau says he has a ‘mission to spread the word of God’ as he tries to get his job back. 10

Dec 4, 2019

Rugby Australia and Israel Folau settle legal dispute over sacking. 12

Mar 19, 2020

Qantas, Jetstar to stand down 20,000 workers due to coronavirus, Alan Joyce says national carrier’s future is at stake. 13

Mar 30, 2020

Rugby Australia crisis after 2019 financial deficit of $9.4 million. 14 Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle takes 50 per cent pay cut during coronavirus pandemic. 15

Mar 31, 2020

Rugby Australia staring at $120 million revenue loss as it slashes staff because of coronavirus. 16 Rugby Australia to stand down 75 per cent of staff. 17

Apr 4, 2020

Rugby Australia set to axe CEO Raelene Castle and bring in former skipper Phil Kearns.18

Apr 23, 2020

Raelene Castle announces she will step down as Rugby Australia chief executive.19


1 Israel Folau On. (2020) Israel Folau on Instagram: “Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your…”. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.instagram.com/p/BwEWt2uHcLI/?hl=en

2 Readers. (2020) Israel Folau’s rugby career on the line amid criticism over more anti-gay posts | Sport | The Guardian. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/apr/11/israel-folaus-rugby-career-on-the-line-amid-criticism-over-more-anti-gay-posts

3 John Sinnott, Cnn. (2020) Australian rugby star Israel Folau sacked following anti-gay social media post – CNN. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/17/sport/israel-folau-spt-intl/index.html

4 Union Contract Terminated. (2020) Israel Folau’s rugby union contract terminated as punishment for players’ code of conduct breach – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-17/israel-folau-sacked-over-social-media-posts/11090938

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7 Naaman Zhou. (2020) Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service | Sport | The Guardian. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jun/24/israel-folau-donations-page-taken-down-by-gofundme-for-breaching-terms-of-service

8 Australia Sanction Over. (2020) Israel Folau loses ASICS as a sponsor as he awaits Rugby Australia sanction over his Instagram post – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-09/israel-folau-dropped-by-sponsor-asics/11095318

9 Rosie Perper. (2020) Star rugby player Israel Folau is fighting to keep his job after saying that ‘hell awaits’ gay people | Business Insider. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.businessinsider.com.au/israel-folau-hell-awaits-gay-people-lose-job-rugby-australia-nsw-rugby-union-2019-4?r=US&IR=T

10 National Sport Reporter. (2020) Israel Folau says he has a ‘mission to spread the word of God’ as he tries to get his job back – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-29/israel-folau-addresses-rugby-australia-in-bold-job-plea/11461504

11 Acl. (2020) New Folau fundraising site set up by ACL, with a $100,000 boost – Eternity News. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.eternitynews.com.au/australia/new-folau-fundraising-site-set-up-by-acl-with-a-100000-boost/

12 Australia And Israel. (2020) Rugby Australia and Israel Folau settle legal dispute over sacking – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-04/rugby-australia-israel-folau-mediation-settlement/11765866

13 Business Reporter Nassim. (2020) Qantas, Jetstar to stand down 20,000 workers due to coronavirus, Alan Joyce says national carrier’s future is at stake – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-19/qantas-to-stand-down-two-thirds-of-employees-due-to-coronavirus/12069876

14 Australia Crisis After. (2020) Rugby Australia crisis after 2019 financial deficit of $9.4 million. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby/rugby-australia-crisis-after-2019-financial-deficit-of-94-million/news-story/0e50934110410925ffb956d3a90dfd9d

15 Australia Ceo Raelene. (2020) Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle takes 50 per cent pay cut during coronavirus pandemic – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 30, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-30/coronavirus-rugby-australia-ceo-raelene-castle-takes-pay-cut/12102908

16 Australia Staring At. (2020) Rugby Australia staring at $120 million revenue loss as it slashes staff because of coronavirus – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved April 01, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-31/coronavirus-rugby-australia-staring-at-massive-loss-in-revenue/12107506

17 Tom Decent. (2020) Coronavirus pandemic: Rugby Australia to stand down 75 per cent of staff. Retrieved April 01, 2020, from https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/rugby-australia-to-stand-down-75-per-cent-of-staff-20200331-p54fp5.html

18 Australia Set To. (2020) Rugby Australia news: Raelene Castle to be sacked, Phil Kearns to become CEO. Retrieved April 04, 2020, from https://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby/rugby-australia-set-to-axe-ceo-raelene-castle-and-bring-in-former-skipper-phil-kearns/news-story/1d93ab9d06a6fd49d75f42727b53ad70

19 Australia Chief Executive. (2020) Raelene Castle announces she will step down as Rugby Australia chief executive – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved April 23, 2020, from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-23/raelene-castle-resigns-as-rugby-australia-chief-executive/12179054