The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 240,000 people and killed at least 9,843 since November. The rapid spread and death toll of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has led many to claim biblical pestilence has arrived.
Conspiracy theorists have flooded social media in recent weeks to cite passages from the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
One Twitter user said: “If you have not already read the Book of Revelation in the Bible, I would encourage you to do so.
“It will prepare you of what is to come. #Coronavirus”
Another person said: “Literally just read about all that’s happening in the Bible. The pandemic, the locusts and the lack of rain.
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“The Bible states that this will continue until man humbles himself, prays, seeks God’s face and stops his wicked ways.
“Then God will heal the land. #coronavirus”
A third person said: “For those of you who know about God and have an understanding of the Bible and all there is to come… y’all we need to step up and share the word because this coronavirus is nothing compared to wants coming.. we’re living in the last days Wake up!!”
Christians who follow literal interpretations of the Bible often cite passages from Revelation 6 as proof of their outrageous claims.
The Book of Revelation is the final book of the New Testament and outlines a series of cataclysmic events that will unfold before the Second Coming of Christ.
Based on the scripture, evangelists expect to see war, earthquakes, famines and plagues.
The Lord’s shown me through 2026, so I know this isn’t the end of time
Chuck Pierce, evangelist
But not all Christian preachers subscribe to the idea the coronavirus has prophetic links to the Bible.
Chuck Pierce, an evangelist from the Glory of Zion International Ministries, believes there are at least six more years for the world to enjoy.
He told the Washington Post: “The Lord’s shown me through 2026, so I know this isn’t the end of time.”
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Jeff Kinley, an author of books about biblical prophecy agreed.
He said: “If a person were just completely ignorant about what the Bible says about the end times, they may think this right now: this is it.”
The Bible expert said many people will look to Revelation 6:8 to confirm their fears of the end times.
The scripture says: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
“And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”
But Mr Kinley said: “I think it’s referring to a future time. I don’t think this is an actual fulfilment of that.”
He then pointed out the end times are not expected to start until the ancient Holy Temple of Jerusalem is raised from the ground for the third time.
In end of the world eschatology, the Third Temple of Jerusalem is considered a kick-starting point for the Second Coming of Christ.
But with no temple in sight, Mr Kinley said the prophetic signs have not unfolded yet.
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