While articles and features released by governments and health offices of countries to inform the public about Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) flood the internet these days, one’s curiosity often leads to those that deal with an interesting side of this pandemic, that of its being a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
Before presentation of some of those biblical concepts, great emphasis is given that this article is:
Intended to give Biblical information; not to scare or offend anyone
The Bible is full of different kinds of information, knowledge, predictions, and prophecies, among others.Some are promising, wonderful, inspiring, and uplifting. Yet, there are also negative, scary, dreary and intimidating ones.
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This series is based on a trending story, among the sources of which is the Gospel of Matthew, Luke and Mark:
“The coming of the Son of Man”, a predicted event in the Bible
It is pointed out that there are events foretold by different authors of the books of the Bible to happen before the supposed Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
These “predictions”, “warnings”, “forecasts” or other similar ideas floated around in relation to this topic are referenced to the Bible.
Again, this topic’s level of truthfulness solely depends on one’s beliefs, acceptance is on a personal preference.
These events could mean something, like a fulfillment of biblical prophecy, or nothing at all, like events that eventually just become part of history.
Focus is on what we can do: Be Ready
This is the main thought of this series.
The Bible is clear: no one knows the day and hour when Jesus comes back and we must be READY because it will come when we don’t expect it, just like in the days of Noah.
Regardless if you believe there is a correlation between COVID-19 and biblical prophecy or not, the bible also teaches one to perform desirable acts.
It may not be harmful at all if one follows these advices.
COVID-19 is supposed to be a plague/pestilence, a famine and a difficulty
In summary, many connected COVID-19 to the “pestilence and famine” prophecies from the Gospel of Matthew, Luke and Mark.
It is also referred to as the plaque which is to be brought by the “Pale Horseman” in the Armageddon prophecy of John in the Book of Revelation.
The other connection made was that of being a part of the “difficulty” mentioned in 2nd Timothy.
Many are skeptical of these claims on arguments that the supposed Second Coming of Christ did not happen despite the occurrences of other diseases of equal or higher dire consequences.
True enough. Some pandemics like the smallpox which killed an estimated over 300 million individuals in its existence of still arguable beginnings before being eradicated in 1979; the Black Death which killed around 200 million individuals between 1347-1351; and the Spanish Flu which killed some 50 million individuals during a one-year span from 1918-1919, have come and gone.
Also mentioned was World War 1 and 2 which claimed around a combined 50-90 million lives. Again, it has been quite a while since the conflicts that sparked the war had been resolved and the actual battles have ended.
Another interesting citation is the HIV/AIDS pandemic which claimed some 20-40 million lives since its first discovery in 1981. While this disease still continues to affect a lot of individuals, it has been basically under control at the moment.
There are also some outrageously weak anti-prophecy arguments like the word “COVID-19” is not found in the bible.
Of course, it is impossible to see the words “COVID-19” in the bible because these words were yet to be invented when the apostles wrote their manuscripts.
It would still be difficult to ignore that COVID-19 is a disease that is occurring and is causing famine in various places.
Read on to see how COVID-19 is being related to the “Last Days”:
April 26, 2020 update:
What can we do, Part 5: (John 3:16 and two verses relating to faith and help)
One of the good things the COVID-19 pandemic brought as considered by some is the increase awareness of one’s mortality.
In some parts of the Philippines, the grim reaper character or a casket were used or presented in the streets and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) check points to remind the citizens of the possible outcomes if one is hit by COVID-19 while disobeying the “stay at home” rules of the ECQ.
As a by-product of this fear, it also increased awareness of looking up to a “Higher Being” for help as the fear finding a cure for those who are infected with the COVID-19 virus is nowhere in sight.
Cordillerans need not look far for a sample of this cry for divine help as some residents and tribes of Mountain Province performed traditional rituals to pray to “Kabunian” and the Almighty Creator to spare the province from the dreaded disease and sustain its status as COVID-free.
If the bible is your source of information on how to acquire, preserve, or increase your faith, here are some of the notable bible verse citations that cropped out through this entire pandemic ordeal:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, King James Version)
John 3:16 is probably the most abused verse in the bible when it comes to being quoted or used as citation and it might as well be.
It is still worth repeating because (1) it is what most Christians believed to be the foundation of their faith and salvation, (2) its promise is an excellent starter for those who haven’t heard of Christian faith yet interested to seek its rewards and (3) it is a very good reminder to those who have forgotten its essence.
Here are others that say more about what Christian faith can offer:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, New King James Version)
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31, New International Version)
What the Bible say about the “Last Days” that may be related to COVID-19, Part 5: (Mark’s version)
In the previous parts, COVID-19 was related by many to the pestilense and famine in Matthew 24:3-8, as shown in Part 1, and Luke 21: 5-37, shown in Part 3.
Here is the version according to the Gospel of Mark:
”Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.“ (New International Version)
While the “pestilence” or “plaque” word is not found in Mark’s Gospel, many point out that his version practically conformes with that of Matthew’s and Luke’s as they are illustrating practically the same thing when it comes to events taking place leading to the “Last Days”.
April 25, 2020 update:
What can we do, Part 4 (The Widow’s Offering)
Luke 21: 1-4 shows a situation on sharing. It is a well-timed standard from Jesus on what one can do during this Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) times.
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.
“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4, New International Version)
What the Bible say about the “Last Days” that may be related to COVID-19, Part 4 (Luke’s Version of the famine and pestilence)
Another citation that echo the same scenario as that of Matthew 24:3-8 presented in Part 1 is Chapter 21, Verses 5-38 of Luke. It also details The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times. Here is the highlighted part that may relate to COVID-19
“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.“ (Luke 21: 5-11, New International Version)
Unlike Matthew, the word pestilence was in Luke’s version. The “there will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places” is the part referenced to COVID-19.
April 19:, 2020 update:
What can we do, Part 3 (Love the Lord and your neighbor)
Jesus, through the Book of Matthew, gave Christians the standard on how to act and behave, in any kind of situation. Here’s how the bible described it:
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 20: 34-40, New International Version)
What the Bible say about the “Last Days” that may be related to COVID-19, Part 3 (Times of difficulty)
Another interesting citation is Chapter 3 of 2nd Timothy. Verses 1-9 describes how the “Last Days” would look like.
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. ” (2 Timothy 3:1,9, English Standard Version.)
The “Times of difficulty” portion mentioned in Verse 1 is the specific part being related to COVID-19.
April 11:, 2020 update:
What can we do, Part 2 (What kind of people we ought to be?)
The Apostle Peter gives a good advice on what one can do.
2nd Peter 3:11, 14, 17 says: “What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless.” (New International Version)
What the Bible say about the “Last Days” that may be related to COVID-19, Part 2 (The four horsemen of apocalypse)
Revelation 6:7 and 8 is another biblical reference often used to relate the COVID-19 outbreak as a sign of the “Last Days”
“When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:7-8, English Standard Version.
The highlight is on the fourth horseman who is to kill with, among others, famine and pestilence.
Chapter 6 of Revelation is often cited because of fourth horseman the four horsemen of the apocalypse, which is supposed to represent pestilence or plague.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary refers pestilence to a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating while plague to an epidemic disease causing a high rate of mortality.
Also point out is the eerily fit of the new corona virus to a “wild beast of the earth”.
March 29, 2020 update:
What can we do, Part 1 (No one knows the day)
Well, Apostle Matthew says “No one knows that day and hour and we must be READY because it will come when we don’t expect it:
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24: 36-44, English Standard Version.
What the Bible say about the “Last Days” that may be related to COVID-19, Part 1 (Famines in various places)
The COVID-19 pandemic is being related to a “famine” by of the articles. This famine is presented from Matthew 24:3-32. It details The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times.
Here is the highlighted portion that may relate to COVID-19:
“As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray.
For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” Matthew 24:3-8, English Standard Version.
The “there will be famines in various places” part is pointed out as the key relationship where there is general hunger and difficulty to get basic food and water services by the public caused by the quarantines and physical distancing as required by many governments due to COVID-19.
Famine, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, would refer to an extreme scarcity of food.
It is in fact the shortage of food is currently affecting a big majority of the world, a statement that is even very generous.
The food shortage, although experienced in different levels, is occurring in the smallest places in the East, like the sitios of Benguet, to the largest places of the West, like New York City.
By: Armando M. Bolislis