Question 86. I know the rapture is supposed to be imminent, but can the rapture happen during this time of the coronavirus? Scripture says it will be like the days of Noah when people are going about their lives eating and drinking and giving in marriage, etc. This certainly is not the case during this pandemic. It really seems like we will never get back to life as usual.

To answer your question, yes, the rapture is imminent, but imminent does not mean “soon.” It just means that nothing has to precede the rapture, and it can therefore happen at any moment in time. The phrase “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” describes life as it normally exists, and the rapture could come when life is very normal on earth. But even normalcy is not a prerequisite for the rapture nor is the coronavirus a sign of the coming rapture because, again, nothing has to precede to rapture.

The pandemic certainly fits what the Bible calls “a pestilence,” and pestilences are an element of the last days leading up to the tribulation, but that is not a sign of just when the rapture will occur.

Arnold Answers is a series of questions from readers with answers from founder and director of Ariel Ministries, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.

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