Question 72. Is the COVID-19 pandemic a fulfillment of biblical prophecy?

It is no secret that a massive plague has hit the world in general and the USA in particular. At this point, however, given the fact that there are billions of people on the earth, the actual number of those who have been tested positive is relatively small, and the number of those who have died from the coronavirus is even smaller. The pandemic is tragic, nonetheless.

Newspaper exegetes have gone to town on this event, seeing it as a major biblical issue. There are conspiracy theories all over the internet that have made COVID-19 a major issue between good and evil or God and Satan. One must be very careful of such conspiracy theories since the majority of them eventually end up blaming the Jews for what is taking place.

We have received many phone calls and some letters asking our evaluation of this pandemic, and many of those who contacted us have been influenced by this type of internet information. One email I received called COVID-19 a “plandemic” and claimed that the virus was a “bioweapon” released by “globalists” who are planning a “mass destruction upon the whole world.” The email came with the accusation that “Fruchtenbaum is silent about such a catastrophic event while this intentionally manmade and premeditated virus shuts down the world.” The writer called upon me to provide “an official biblically prophetic understanding of this end time event! For once, silence is not golden!”

This I intend to do, but many, like the writer I quoted above, may not be happy with what I have to say. I see myself as a biblicist and not a sensationalist, and I do not allow myself to be influenced by speculations that are not based on proven facts and acts. I will also not be influenced by people who see all things as being connived by a cabal, a hidden body of people trying to control the world.

In Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, the Messiah gave a long discourse on the last days. The details of these three passages are expounded upon in The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. Therefore, I will only summarize what is relevant to this topic.

According to the Scriptures, the event that actually triggers the beginning of the last days is when nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (Mt. 24:7). According to Matthew, this will be coupled with famines and earthquakes. Luke adds one more element: pestilences. This term would cover plagues, diseases, viruses, and all other similar things. It certainly would include COVID-19. Therefore, the pandemic is one of the signs that we are living in the last days, but there is no need to believe in a conspiracy theory that claims that the virus will destroy the world. Biblically speaking, it will not do so.

A short while ago, I received a list of eleven questions, some of which deal with COVID-19. Two of the questions asked what a pestilence is and whether COVID-19 could be considered a pestilence. These two questions were answered above.

A third question was: Does the current pandemic fall into the category of pretribulational events? The answer is that the pandemic is not a specific event that was prophesied since the term “pestilence” is more general. COVID-19 does fulfill the general prophecy of pestilences, but it is not the only virus that falls into this category.

A fourth question was: Is the coronavirus a punishment of God? Yes, it is, but so is the common cold. When Adam fell, God judged him. God also judged what was under Adam’s authority, and this was the earth. Since the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, man has lived in a broken world, and humanity will suffer all kinds of thorns and briers, including all kinds of sicknesses. Obviously, this also includes COVID-19. Nothing ever happens outside the will of God, and nothing ever catches God by surprise. The question is this: Is what is happening a directive will of God (such as the Noahic Flood) or is it the permissive will of God (such as the fall of man into sin)? This we cannot answer because we do not know.

Our security does not lie in man or government. It lies in living a life of faith, always recognizing that God is in control. Furthermore, we must always remember Romans 8:28: And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. We may not always know the “Why” in this life, but we will in the afterlife, in eternity.

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Arnold Answers with founder and director of Ariel Ministries, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.

Yom HaShoah: April 19, 2012

By Dr. Jeffrey Gutterman

Yom HaShoah (the day of destruction), is a day of remembering the victims of the Holocaust. The pages of the history of the Jewish people are filled with times of trials, tribulations, and persecutions. As a nation the Jews can trace their national and ethnic persecution back to the Egyptian period of slavery. Other significant Jewish persecutions include the Assyrian conquest and dispersion of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and subsequently the Babylonian conquest and dispersion of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Persecution by the Hellenists provoked the Maccabean Revolt. The Roman occupation of Israel incited two revolts in 70 AD and 135 AD. From that point forward the history of the Jews in the Dispersion has been one of hope, acceptance and ultimately, persecution. The Holocaust stands out because it was the most dangerous attempt to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the earth. If Hitler and his allies had won the war, there is no doubt that he would have brought the Final Solution to every corner of the world.

Yom HaShoah is observed on the 27th day in the month of Nisan— a week after the seventh day of  Passover, and seven days before Yom Hazikaron which is Memorial Day for all Israeli military who were killed in battle. Additionally, it marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. This uprising began on April 19, 1943 which corresponded to the 14th of Nisan which is the day before Passover. The 14th was rejected by those planning this solemn day because of its proximity to Passover. The 27th day of Nisan was more acceptable since it occurs after Passover but is still within the time frame of the Warsaw Uprising. On April 12, 1951, the Israeli Parliament, the Kinesset, chose the 27th day of Nisan to commemorate the Jewish people killed in the Holocaust. This became Israeli law on August 19, 1953. In 1959 the Kinesset voted to make Yom HaShoah an Israeli national day of remembrance and in 1961 a law was instituted that prohibited any public entertainment on that day. Although this is an Israeli law, it is observed by Jews all over the world. There are no set rituals for this day. Many remember this day by lighting six candles to represent the six million who were systematically murdered under the Nazi Third Reich.

It is only by the Grace of God that the Jewish people still exist. It is God’s plan for the Chosen People to endure and ultimately call back their Messiah, Yeshua as we read in Matthew 23:37-39

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

On Yom HaShoah, we remember the Chosen People who perished in the Holocaust, and we pray, “Come Lord Yeshua.”

You may read the extended version of Dr. Gutterman’s article about Yom HaShoah in our Spring issue of Ariel Magazine. 

Please visit our home page to view the commemorative images in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.