Revelation 6:7-8 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
This passage is usually understood to be at the beginning of what is called the Tribulation. A period in the life of the world that lasts for 7 years. It is clear in the book of Revelation that this time of terrible trials and disasters is caused by God. This particular event, the “4th seal” is a combination of war, famine, disease, and wild animals that kills 25% of every person on the earth.
Several things that I am not saying as I reference this passage in Revelations. I am not saying that I think we are in the Tribulation period. My personal opinion and belief is that all true followers of Jesus Christ will be taken to heaven before the Tribulation begins. I could be wrong, and if I am I will find that out one of these days. I also am not saying for positive sure that the present Coronavirus was caused by God, I don’t know that for sure. What I am saying is that it is clear in the Bible that He has caused worse things to happen in the past that killed thousands and thousands of people and in fact killed every person on the planet earth except for 8 people, Noah and his family, during the great flood. And He will bring great tribulation in the future as the book of Revelation clearly teaches.
So, let’s pretend that God did indeed cause the Coronavirus outbreak, since He has caused worse disasters in the past and will do so again in the future. So the question is why would He do that? The answer is because He desires that people will live for Him, love Him, and believe in Him. He begins with kindness, and tolerance, but if people turn away from Him He then moves to tribulations, but people as a whole refuse to acknowledge Him, love Him, and obey Him as God regardless of what He does.
Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Revelation 16:8-9 The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
President Trump has declared tomorrow to be a day of prayer for our nation. I am not going to pray that God takes away the virus, but I am going to pray that the virus stirs people to think about the eternal future, and that a great revival takes place in the United States of America, and then He will take away the virus.
Amen to your last paragraph!!
THIS is what I’ve been waiting to hear. I just can’t help but refer to God with all this happening. I don’t know that its the end times, but its certainly got everyone’s attention and I’m certain I’ve read about it in the Bible, unfortunately I can’t recall where.