The Corona Virus has been called by some as the beginning of the end times, that Christ is coming back very soon. Well maybe, and maybe not. Events preceding the second coming have not been fulfilled yet and won’t be in the near future. One is the rebuilding, or regaining, of the temple in Jerusalem. It will be a while before that happens. But certainly, events leading up to the second coming of Christ are building up. Soon in biblical terms can be centuries rather than months or years.
I am asked every time someone claims that the Lord is returning on such and such date if I think He’s coming then. My answer is absolutely not. I don’t know when He’s coming, but I know it’s not that date. Jesus said that even He doesn’t know the date. Only the Father knows when the second coming and the tribulation will occur (Matthew 24: 36, 42). Jesus warned that we should not be deceived by such charlatans and not to go after them because the end will not come immediately (Luke 21:8,9).
Jesus referred to such times as we are experiencing now as “the days of Noah”, because the people then were eating and drinking and didn’t know the flood was coming until too late. So it will be at the return of Christ. Christ did give warning signs, but the signs He gave can be applied to every generation since the first century (Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27). However, one of the signs that the end is “near” is Jerusalem being surrounded by enemies, which is the case now (Luke 21:20-24). But near is an imprecise term. It can mean this week, next month, or several centuries from now. Our concept of near and soon are not the same as God’s idea of time. The first-century Christians misunderstood this to mean that Christ would return in their lifetime, which wasn’t the case. Jesus’ point is that we should always be ready for Him to return.
The past year of 2019 and this year have seen an unprecedented increase in disasters and bad weather. Tornados wrecked many cities and killed many people, floods ruined other cities and killed hundreds of people. Earthquakes and hurricanes caused more devastation. And, some experts are predicting that as much as 20 percent of the world’s population may contract the Corona Virus. This is not a given, but only an estimation based on the evidence they have now. The rapid and aggressive response of governments to combat the virus may, hopefully, reduce that number. We need to pray that it does.
Facebook posts have quoted the Bible saying Christians will be protected against the virus. Therefore, they say, we need not worry about getting sick. Well, yes we do. We need to take all the precautions that all other people are taking. The devil tempted Christ by saying He should throw Himself down from the top of the temple because the Father would save Him from harm. The devil quoted scripture as saying “He shall give His angels charge over you”, and “In their hands they shall bear you up”. Jesus replied, ” It is written again, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 6:16). In other words, we need to do our part to prevent getting the virus. This protects not only us but many others as well. Doctors are saying that persons who have contracted the virus are able to spread the disease for a week or two before they show any symptoms. Therefore, we are ethically as well as biblically bound to take preventive measures.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other recognized authorities are putting out information on how to protect yourself against the virus. YouTube has several videos, and they show up as Facebook and Twitter posts as well. Google has the websites listed for the CDC and other authorities. Check with these authorities about what precautions to take. A lot of misinformation and scams are infesting social media, so don’t pay any attention to them and rely on official sources for information.
So, are the natural disasters and the virus signs that the end is coming? Probably so. But it’s going to be awhile. However, Jesus and Isaiah referred to the end times tribulations as God’s vengeance against sin. He doesn’t take sin lightly. If you doubt that fact, read about His vengeance on Sodom and Gomorrah. The United States and other nations are not far behind those two cities in sin. Children are being taught in schools that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle, and there are no absolute values. The LGBT community is claiming not only equality, but they insist on being more than equal. TV programming now has shows such as “Evil” which is clearly satanically inspired. The historical books in the Old Testament are filled with account after account of God’s chastizing Isreal for going astray and forgetting God’s commandments. I am convinced that the disasters and the virus are God’s way of letting us know His displeasure with our society, and that we need to return to being “One nation, under God” because we no longer are under God: “For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come” (Isaiah 63:4).
On a personal level, we need to self judge our motivations and actions. It is going to be a while before the Lord comes back, but we personally don’t have any guarantee of the next minute, much less tomorrow. Readers who are not Christians will be separated from God for eternity. Those of us who are Christians will be held accountable for our deliberate sin: “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death” (1 John 5:16,17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; Acts 5:1-5). But, we will be held accountable for it.
So, let’s not only watch our own actions but the motivations behind the actions. By doing so we not only keep ourselves on the right path, we also set an example for those watching us. This is especially true of our children and the children of others who look up to us as mentors and role models. And, we need to let our government representatives know of our displeasure with their secular and nonbiblical actions. If we as a nation keep going in the direction we’re headed now, God’s retribution will increase. We “ain’t seen nothin’ yet”. Other Christians have misquoted the Bible to me, saying that God instituted governments, therefore we should support our leaders. We cannot support our leaders’ actions that are directly contrary to God’s commandments. Moses confronted the Pharoh and the disciples were constantly confronting the Jewish leaders and Roman officials. And, we should do the same today. The LGBT community whines, snivels, and cries over not being recognized as a legitimate life- style. Where is the Christian response? It’s embarrassing to say that I hear very little from the churches, evangelists or individual Christians against the immorality in our society.
I am not a prophet, nor do I hear a loud booming voice from God. I am convinced, though, that the Corona Virus, the extreme weather, and the other disasters are God’s warning to us that He is displeased with our society. It is the Christians’ responsibility to combat the secular immorality in our society and our government. It won’t be smooth sailing for us until we do. And today is the perfect time to start.