News of the coronavirus is everywhere. Governments are closing borders, air travel is being restricted, schools are being closed, workers are being sent home, and people are being confined to their homes. While many are fearful and others might be wondering if this is the end of the world, what does the Bible say—and not say?
The Bible has long prophesied pestilence and disease will impact the whole world at the end of the age (Revelation 6:7–8). Scripture also warns that plagues will hit Israelite-descended nations due to their rejection of God and His laws (Leviticus 26:16; Ezekiel 6:11). For those unaware of Bible prophecy, events like the COVID-19 pandemic may come as a shock. But, for watchful students of Bible prophecy, this pandemic should not be a surprise.
Jesus Christ warned that at the end of the age “wars and commotions” (confusion, instability, a state of disorder) will be major noticeable events (Luke 21:9)—but He added that we should “not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” We must be cautious at this time, but not fearful, because plagues like COVID-19 must occur. Christ prophesied “pestilences” will come upon us. Experts note that society is unprepared for COVID-19 and that we must also prepare for future epidemics like this—some even more dangerous (EuroNews, March 14, 2020). As we’ve noted, the Bible assures us this is so. While there are many end-time events yet to occur, the fulfillment of these prophecies are signs that Jesus Christ’s return is drawing closer (Luke 21:28). To learn more about the “signs” that will lead up to the return of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, be sure to read or listen to Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.