While no bible prophecies specifically point to the Corona Virus, many verses describe events similar to the current ones; particularly, when picturing what would happen when Jesus Christ comes back to fulfill his promise of a Second Coming. For non-Christians, there is always the question of why God causes – or allows – tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, or pandemic diseases such as Ebola or the Corona Virus, where He punishes innocent and guilty, without distinction. Many of His followers are not confused; they see these happenings as a clear sign of the end times. Although I do not share this conclusion, I understand God has absolute control over everything related to His creation; accordingly, we have to conclude He has a reason to put the entire planet into this predicament.
It is not possible to determine with certainty the reasons behind God’s decision to send this virus or even if it has a spiritual cause behind its appearance; what is certain is that God can use pandemics to change our behavior for the good of all of us. The Bible teaches that the Lord is in control of everything (Romans 11:36); and, for many, this pandemic is a clear indication of his displeasure. Furthermore, these believers anticipate frequent and more intense events. Most of them base their assertions on (Luke 21:11) where the gospel writer tells us that Jesus told his disciples to look for “pestilence” to determine when the end was near. (By definition, pestilence is “a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
It is hard to think of a loving and merciful God killing thousands – millions in some cases – even if He did it as a consequence of their wicked and perverse behavior. The Old Testament describes several occasions when God punished the enemies of His people and, in some cases, His people themselves because they disobeyed His commands (Leviticus 26:21-25). Not surprisingly, (Deuteronomy 28:22) describes something similar to our current situation: “The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation….. which will plague you until you perish.” “But 14,700 people died from the plague…” (Numbers 16:49). “And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand (Numbers 25:9).” These are some of many examples where God displayed His anger by destroying what He had created. Sodom and Gomorrah are clear examples of God’s wrath.
Now, we are at a point when an almost invisible entity shows up to restore order to a world who has become more and more out of moral control. Suddenly, everything seems to be moving into place. In an instant, united by fear, we have become social equals. Celebrities and anonymous are rowing in the same direction. Rich and poor are suffering – or enjoying – the effects of their confinement. The air is cleaner and clearer. So are the waters. Once again, we have plenty of time to enjoy with our family. Our jobs are no longer our most important issues. Our inevitable meetings and trips cannot be taken. We value our friends as we have never done. Now, we have time to think about what we have done with our lives. Faith came back into our existence, and love occupies first place in our lives again.
I am not saying that this pandemic is the result of specific sins committed by our generation, or that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of times, though it could be. I believe the message to those who disregard God’s control over His planet is that the Creator sent the Corona Virus to return us to the principles and values we put aside, and to remind us of the fragility of our environment and the consequences of our lack of good judgment. Additionally, these pandemics and other global calamities allow Him to clean the house and let us know that our wicked behavior has been noticed.
Whether you are a Christian or not, the best way to respond to this, or any other pandemic disease, is to take steps to protect your family and to avoid exposure to the virus. As Christians, knowing that God is in control of everything, we are not afraid. Whatever He is doing, we are conscious that it is for our own good. Nevertheless, we have to be prepared to die; it does not matter how. It is important to know where we are going when it happens, and, believe me, it is going to happen!