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What Does the Bible Say about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus pandemic has caused great suffering and even death for many people around the world. It has also caused major disruption of our economic systems. Many people wonder why God has allowed it to happen, and is it an omen that the end of the world is near? The Bible does not really answer these questions, but it does have a lot of related information.

Why Does God Allow Terrible Things Like the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The reasons why a loving God would allow so much evil in the world are a mystery and a stumbling block to faith for many people. There are no answers that are really satisfying to the human mind, but the Bible does have much to say about evil.

There is a summary of Bible teachings with references in this article on our website: Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

Is the Coronavirus Pandemic a Sign of the End-Times?

Jesus did mention plagues in connection with the end-times:
7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?” 8 He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. 9 And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10 Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. (NLT, Luke 21:7-11)

However, Jesus made it clear that we cannot know when the end will come (Matthew 24:27, 24:36-39, 24:44).

Since Jesus spoke those words 2000 years ago, there have been many plagues that killed large numbers of people. The Black Death pandemic in the 1300's A.D. killed about a quarter of the world's population. Also since Jesus spoke those words, thousands of people have compared current events to Bible prophecies and predicted the end was near. They have all been wrong. So, as Jesus said, there is no good reason to believe anyone who predicts the end is near.

There is a summary of Bible teachings on the end-times, with references, in this article on our website: What Does the Bible Say About the Second Coming of Jesus?

Can Prayer End the Pandemic?

Jesus taught that God will answer our prayers (Matthew 7:7-11, John 14:14). But the answer often comes at a time and in a way we do not expect. Some people pray diligently for themselves or loved ones and lose their faith when God does not grant what they wanted. But many others find great comfort and strength in prayer that overshadows the evils of this world.

There is a summary of Bible teachings on prayer, with references, in this article on our website: What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?

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