Over a million people have been infected with coronavirus in a few short months! People are anxious and fearful about what the future holds. Chaos and fear are gripping the hearts of every person on planet earth. It seems as though the end of time is near. Many are asking if the Bible contains any prophecy that mentions coronavirus?
If you are a student of Eschatology then you will be aware that the Bible has many prophecies which warn of end-time famines, plagues, earthquakes and other calamities of epic proportions. It is no wonder then that people are desperately searching the Bible to find any reference or prophecy about the coronavirus.
You can’t blame them, never before in our lifetime have we seen such an enormous crisis which has literally brought our world to its knees. What we are seeing seems to come straight out of a page from the book of Revelation.
So does Bible Prophecy provide any answers to coronavirus?
Every day people are seeing gut-wrenching images on their TV screens of people in emergency wards hooked to ventilators and oxygen masks gasping for their last breath of life. On a daily basis trucks piled with coffins are transporting the dead to their graves.
News channels and newspapers keep us abreast of the daily death toll. We are told of how there is a steady climb in the number of infections and deaths, especially in Europe and the USA. Even the most brilliant doctors and health organizations are baffled by the ease with which this plague is spreading. This virus has been with us for many months now and the medical experts are still not close to finding a vaccine or any other clue to stop the virus from spreading.
There is no direct reference to Coronavirus in Bible prophecy, however, Jesus did give us many signs which would take place during the end times. He spent a lot of time (almost an entire chapter in Mark 13, Matthew 24 and Luke 21) explaining to His disciples what major events would take place before the end.
The reference to pestilence in Bible prophecy is one specific end time marker which indirectly relates to coronavirus.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Pestilence is an old English word which the Cambridge dictionary defines as follow:
“any very serious infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people”
The Cambridge Dictionary
Pestilence accurately describes COVID-19. It is spreading so quickly that within a couple of months it spread from China to around 150 countries. China reported its first death from coronavirus on January 11th, 2020. By February 11th, 1113 people died from the virus. And in 2 months’ time, by March 11th, 4615 people died.
On 3rd April, more than a million people have been infected with coronavirus and over 50,000 people have died of this plague with nearly 800,000 infected.
That’s a jump in the death rate of around 400% month on month in March. And in the next 15 days i.e. at the end of March, the increase in deaths is around 700%.
This is an exponential jump! Effectively the number of deaths has increased 7 fold in 15 days. We are told that if this trend continues and no drastic measures are taken by governments to stop the spread of the virus then we can expect over a million people to die globally within a few months!
Many people are claiming that pandemics such as Coronavirus have always plagued the earth. So the prophecy of Jesus in the Bible can be applied to any pandemic and thus coronavirus is not a harbinger of the end times.
Yes, that is true, we have had many serious pandemics in the past. For e.g. the Spanish flu killed nearly 17 million to 50 million people between 1918-1920 and the Bubonic Plague killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia between 1347 to 1351.
Even the seasonal flu kills about 290,000 to 650,000 people every year.
Repetitive disasters – A sign of the end times
After detailing out the list of end-time harbingers which would bring about the end of the world, Jesus clearly specified that
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
The word that is translated as sorrows in English is ὠδίν (ōdin) in the original Greek. It means the pain of childbirth.
So Jesus explicitly compared all these end-time signs to the pains that a woman experiences during childbirth. As the baby is about to be born, the pain and contractions intensify and repeat with increasing frequency.
Even though all these signs have always occurred at some point in human history, the important aspect of the prophecy which requires attention is the prediction that these calamities will hit our world repeatedly and often simultaneously with increasing frequency, till we reach the end of the world.
If you research this topic you will find that from the past few years natural calamities have been striking our planet with increased frequency and each time with greater fury.
For e.g. there are billions of locusts plaguing huge parts of East Africa and South Asia. These unruly locust swarms are destroying thousands of miles of food putting millions of people in danger of starvation. Scientists are blaming this on climate change. They claim that average temperatures are increasing thereby providing suitable conditions for billions of locusts to thrive.
Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia starting in June 2019 and lasting into March 2020. As of 9 March 2020, the fires burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres; 186,000 square kilometers; 72,000 square miles) and killed one billion animals!
Scientists are blaming this also on global climate change. Average temperatures are increasing, thereby leading to an increase in huge wildfires. These kinds of freak natural disasters are striking every year and breaking previous records.
These are only going to increase as we get closer to the second coming of Jesus. The global impact and havoc that coronavirus is causing has a small part to play in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Coronavirus Global Lockdown and End Time Bible Prophecy
On March 11th, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic since the virus spread to all the continents of the world except Antarctica. This was done when the global death toll was just 4000 with infections around 100,000.
Around the same time, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus outbreak has now reached “unchartered territory”
This triggered a global response from governments around the world declaring various lockdown measures to halt the spread of coronavirus in their respective countries.
Countries ranging from the poorest to the richest all unanimously decided to restrict the freedom of their citizens.
A series of containment measures were put in place such as the closing of borders, cancellations of visas for foreigners, banning of large gatherings such as funerals, parties, and festivals, closing of schools, universities and businesses, closing down of cafes and restaurants, suspending public transports such as trains and flights.
Governments hurriedly passed new emergency laws to curb the basic rights of citizens. These include curfew times when people are not allowed to leave their homes and not to meet anyone who is not a member of their household. People have been strongly forced to abide by these new laws or face severe penalties including jail.
Countries such as Hungary have passed new laws in parliament which give blank cheques to the government to infringe on citizen privacy, suspend elections, arrest people who are suspected of spreading misinformation against the official interpretation. These kinds of draconian laws have been passed in many countries such as China and India.
If this was not enough, governments are looking at every tool that they can harness to track citizens on the pretext of controlling the spread of coronavirus. For e.g. Governments of countries such as Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Italy are working with mobile telecom countries to track the movements of citizens.
We will document more on this in another article to track various new laws and surveillance tools that governments across the world are using or are planning to use to track citizen movements.
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Some of the coordinated actions that governments around the world are taking to tackle coronavirus are more worrying than the impact of COVID-19 itself. The overzealous efforts to seize control over privacy with sweeping new powers can be clearly seen.
Nearly 190 nations of the world through coordinated action have passed global lockdown laws at nearly the same time. This was done at the behest of the World Health Organisation, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
These three globalist organizations seem to have a plan of action to take the world economy and society into a new direction, in other words into a new world order where these centralist organizations are going to push all the countries of the world into a one-world government system with a centralized economy, digital one world currency and global tracking and surveillance of the nearly seven billion people on earth.
This system of governance is essential if the much feared mark of the beast prophecized in the Bible has to be enforced.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
We will be shortly posting another article which details out how the globalist organizations plan to control all the countries of this world to move towards this “mark of the beast system”
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Trusting Christ In The Crisis
Please note that the purpose of this article is not to scare you but to help you to understand prophetic events and help you to prepare for the second coming of Jesus.
Time is short and our world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis, the likes of which no person has ever seen before. We are living in a time of overwhelming interest as Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. The coronavirus crisis has caused utter chaos and shock amongst people. They watch with amazement as our world has suddenly been thrown into disarray and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place.
Everyone is scared, anxious, worried and stressed about coronavirus. No one knows if they are going to be the next target of Coronavirus. There is no cure for this disease currently and people who die from it have a very painful death as this virus attacks not only the immune system but the lungs. Patients die because their lungs get filled with pneumonia and get no oxygen to breathe.
Jesus warned us that the end times are going to get scary and people are going to fear for their lives.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth
But in that very prophecy, Jesus also assured his followers not to worry as He will be with them through the crisis.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
In the Old Testament, God also promised His people that he will protect them from these calamities.
Notice how many times, the below verses of Bible prophecy mention plagues and pestilences such as coronavirus. God is specifically drawing our attention to the fact that the end times will be riddled with widespread pandemics, but He is also assuring us that He will be our shield and protection during these testing times.
If it requires He will send His army of angels to take care of us!
So for all of those out there who are really stressed about this pandemic my advice is to not fear but rather trust God and put your faith in Jesus. Use this time to pray along with your loved ones to Jesus asking Him for deliverance from this crisis.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.