The coronavirus (COVD-19) has infected tens of thousands of people globally, triggering fears that the so-called ‘End Times’ may be upon us.
The Bible warns that one of the signs of the coming Apocalypse will be “pestilences” plaguing mankind.
Of course, we don’t know if COVD-19 is one of these “pestilences” that the Bible was referring to, but in recent weeks the global death toll has has been rising at an exponential rate day after day.
Express.co.uk reports: The Book of Revelation by the Apostle John outlines the end of the world and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
In the final chapters of the Bible, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will arrive to destroy vast swathes of the planet.
According to Jeremiah Jaques from the Philadelphia Church of God website, the Book of Revelation is about “things which shall be hereafter”.
He said: “In Revelation 6, John was inspired to write about the ‘seven seals’ that lead up to the return of Jesus Christ.
“The first four are often called the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’.
“They represent religious deception, war, famine and disease – verses 1 to 8.”
John the Apostle describes the Fourth Horseman as “Death” who is being followed by “Hades” or “Hell”.
In some interpretations and translations of the Bible, the Fourth Horseman is called “Pestilence” or “Plague”.
Mr Jaques said: “This is a personification of disease epidemics – sickly, haunting and unyielding.
“The passage says that along with the other three riders, the anaemic-looking horseman that represents disease will slay ‘the fourth part of the earth’.
“With today’s population of 7.7 billion, that figure would come to almost 2 billion.”
The full passage in question, Revelation 6:8 reads: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his named 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.”
The outrageous coronavirus theory was picked up by scores of conspiracy theories online.
One person said on Twitter: “Even in today’s age we can see what’s going on from the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
“Bible prophesy continues to come true. Look at what’s going on in the world today.
“Earthquakes everywhere, record floodings, the Corona virus and four other viruses, locust plagues in Africa…”
There is, however, nothing to suggest the coronavirus is biblical in nature and not simply a manageable epidemic.
Different strains of the coronavirus family have been responsible in the past for deadly epidemics that have all been contained.
Between 2002 and 2003, for instance, a coronavirus strain infected thousands of people with SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Then in 2012, another coronavirus strain was responsible for the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome or MERS.