Author(s): Mark Hitchcock
As the World Fights the Covid-19 Pandemic, is God Trying to Send a Message? In Corona Crisis, pastor and professor Mark Hitchcock shares how the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) points to the vivid end-time biblical prophecies about plagues, pandemics, and global upheaval. Jesus listed "pestilences in various places" as a sign of His coming (Luke 21:11). The fourth horseman of the Apocalypse will kill one-fourth of the earth with pestilence and the "wild beasts of the earth" (Revelation 6:7-8). Many believe "wild beasts" refers to plagues that come from animals, as we've seen with AIDS, SARS, MERS, the bird flu and swine flu, and now COVID-19. Hitchcock believes this new coronavirus is not the fulfillment of these events that will occur during the tribulation period but a foreshadowing of what's to come. Though we can't know everything about the future, we can place these crises into a spiritual framework that will help us better understand what will happen one day. "From a health standpoint, COVID-19 is real and serious and should not be underestimated or minimized," Hitchcock writes. "But from a spiritual perspective, coronavirus affords us all a unique season to prepare for what lies ahead." Book jacket.