Coronavirus prophecy? Is the human race about to end with a biochemical weapon? Is there a God who can stop it? With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, many believers and nonbelievers have raised queries concerning this global health issue. Communities have been quarantined, and churches have closed. Is this prophesied in the Bible? Are we now in the tribulation period? Why doesn’t God stop the coronavirus pandemic?
Sadly, some people, even from the Christian communities, have fallen to the loophole of erroneous miscalculations and predictions of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are using the current phenomenon to realign their apocalyptic teachings and reinforce the way they understand the end times. World governments have exercised the full power of their authorities to control information and enforce mandatory measures to assumingly protect their people.
In this blog article, we are going to answer some major questions I’ve asked above with some related issues concerning coronavirus prophecy. Before we proceed, I want to enumerate some key points in dealing with biblical prophecies:
- Prophecy is about learning how to discern the marks of the end times, not being obsessed with them.
- Prophecy is not about relying on the signs of the end times but analyzing them to better understand the situation.
- Prophecy is not about predicting future events but establishing a strong foundation confirming prophesied events.
- Prophecy is not about calculating the exact time of the Second Coming because no one knows it.
- Prophecy is about protecting the faithful from false prophets.
Is coronavirus prophecy in the Bible?
Although some prophecies are already appearing in our own bare eyes, there is no single verse foreseeing or specifying about a pandemic virus originated from Wuhan, China that will spread around the world and will kill about 65 million people (according to a false prediction believed by a popular Filipino religious leader). The Bible has a lot of prophecies about plagues, diseases, pestilences, whatever you call them, but they don’t have a specific time of occurrence in a particular place in the globe.
How about 2 Chronicles 7:13 and 14, are they not pertaining to the same situation? No. They are not. The two verses are contextually referring to the condition of Israel (the people called by God’s name) at that time. That is in the literal interpretation of the text. However, spiritually, we can apply the truth that once we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, repent, and ask forgiveness, God can heal our spiritual, physical, and national disease.
Do Dean Koontz and Sylvia Browne predict the virus? No. The descriptions of Koontz’s 1981 novel “The Eyes of Darkness” and what we are experiencing with the current events have many differences. In the book, the virus “Wuhan-400” has a four-hours incubation while COVID-19 takes from two to 14 days incubation. Also, the name “Wuhan-400” is not in the 1981 publication of the novel. Based on Google Books, the original has a “Gorki-400” name on it, and it was changed to “Wuhan-400” in 2008 with no explanation. Gorki is a Russian place, not a Chinese community. What I want to know about is if both of the fictional and factual viruses are man-made.
Concerning Slyvia Browne’s “End of Days,” there is a big probability that she might only be guessing a possible event after the SARS outbreak between 2002 and 2004. That is a four-year gap when her book was published in 2008.
I believe the Bible is a complete prophecy for future events. Any writing aside from the Holy Scripture might connote possible future cases by coincidence, but they can’t be a prophetical authority. That is applied to any so-called coronavirus prophecy and prediction including the ones from Dean Koontz and the self-proclaimed psychiatrist Slyvia Browne. This is also applicable to the alleged predictions from “The Simpsons” and some health experts.
Current events and books—whether fiction or nonfiction—should not be the basis of prophetical dogmas.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:4-5
Are we now in the Tribulation Period?
Not yet, but we are steps closer to it. Wait, I’m not predicting. I’m just saying that anytime soon, the world will suffer far greater than what it is experiencing right now. We haven’t reached the time yet. We are just seeing a glimpse of it. Though it is a fact that we are now in the end times, a premillennialist like me believes that there should be a Rapture first before the great suffering arrives.
If you are familiar with the movie “Left Behind” filmed in 2014 with Nicolas Cage as the leading star, you might have seen that there are people gone and some were “left behind.” The film is based on the novel of Christian authors, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The fictional book, however, is based on a biblical perspective of what would possibly happen to those who were left on Earth after some individuals are captured or Raptured. Again, it is not the basis of interpreting the analysis of the end times. It is only suggesting possible events to give the general audience an idea of what might happen in the future.
In relation to the coronavirus prophecy, the earlier version of the movie, produced in 2002 (Left Behind II: Tribulation Force), a human-made weapon was created to spread a certain disease for mass destruction. The same scenario might happen in the real Tribulation Period. The difference is that it is not man-made; it will be released by a supernatural species that would kill about 25% of the human population (Revelation 6:8). That is considerably distinct from coronavirus. Nevertheless, Rapture should precede the event, so it is false to think that we are already in the “affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time” (Mark 13:19).
Why doesn’t God stop the coronavirus?
This is the usual question when we are suffering from pain and other human struggles. Where is God? Why is God not doing anything? Why is God not stopping evil? They are the same questions that become the root cause of why some believers become skeptics, atheists, and agnostics. They feel God didn’t answer their prayers, and it seems that He is so detached from reality.
In the same line of thought, why God allowed people to live after the Spanish influenza pandemic in 1918? Why God let the new generations appear after two World Wars in the early and middle 20th century? Why would you not question God when you’re living in pleasure while not crediting to Him your successes?
Isn’t good that God uses great despair like this one for us to think of Him instead of our desperate selves? For sure, if this COVID-19 pandemic will end and you’re still alive, you will never credit your life to Him but give the praise to yourself instead. You will be thankful that you sanitize your hands, you practice social distancing, you self-quarantine, and you eat healthily instead of God protecting you.
We have to accept the fact that we are too selfish to recognize God’s work; that we are so dependent on our own humanity than on God’s sovereignty; that the world is lying in sin with so much evil, causing too much suffering; and, that our leaders are too greedy to their own power than submitting to God’s authority.
When you swallow your pride and admit that you are nothing without your own Creator, you will never appreciate how He works in mysterious ways.
Four things to directly answer “why doesn’t God stop the coronavirus”:
1. For us to see our weak humanity.
2. For us to see that we are part of solving problems in our human nature.
3. For our leaders to have time to humble themselves and recognize God’s authority.
4. For us to realize that after all, we need Him.
For now, what we need to do is to read more about what the Bible says concerning the Rapture and Tribulation Period. We have to study and learn more about biblical prophecies, not just the coronavirus prophecy. And most of all, we need to strengthen our faith in hard times.
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” – Matthew 24:42-44