With the Coronavirus pandemic causing global panic, Christians have been claiming that COVID-19 is in fact a sign of the end of times, as prophesied in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
Some Christian evangelists have stated that the coronavirus is representative of one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, whose arrival is said to precede the end of the world.
However, these claims are not new, and Christians have warned of widespread plagues and pestilence for many decades.
People have been taking to Twitter to express their thoughts and opinions, with one user stating:
“This plague of coronavirus shaking the world now mercilessly is a mystery hidden in the Bible prophecy of the beginning of birth pain in Matthew 24 #BreakingOfTheSeals”
Edward P. Harrup also tweeted:
“Why are you surprised about the Corona virus God told you it would happen. Read the Bible.”
Another Twitter user said:
“Ebola, corona virus, famine, natural calamities all culminated in an End TIME foretold in Bible.”
In a 2005 article written by Fred Dattolo and published in ‘The Trumpet’, he claimed the “galloping hoof beats of the four horses are getting ever louder and closer” as the end times approach.
According to this claim, the Four Horsemen who represent Death, War, Famine and Pestilence or Plague have real-world analogues.
The fourth horseman is said to ride a pale white or green horse, spreading his disease to a quarter of the world.
Dattolo stated that:
“The four horsemen are depicted in the book of Revelation Chapter 6 as the first four of seven ‘seals’.
“These seals are benchmarks of end-time events leading up to and including the return of Jesus Christ.
“John witnessed these vivid events in a vision sent by God the Father to Jesus Christ, who gave it to an angel to reveal to John – Revelation 1:1.
“Then John, as he was instructed, recorded what he saw (verse 19) in brilliant prophetic imagery.”
So why are people linking Coronavirus to this description?
Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, with suffers having flu-like symptoms and pneumonia.
With the disease proving fatal to many, and not just those with underlying health conditions are, although according to health officials, the elderly and vulnerable are still at greater risk.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said:
“Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults.
“However, it can cause serious illness: about one in every five people who catch it need hospital care.
“It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.”