COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented deadly assault upon mankind since it first emerged from a Chinese wet market in Wuhan back in December.
The invisible killer has touched every major continent and has killed tens of thousands and laid waste to the global economy.
Its dramatic spread has led millions to turn to faith to find glimmers of hope in – arguably – the greatest challenge faced in peacetime ever.
Some Christians have turned to the Bible in the hope of decoding its passages in a desperate bid to understand what is happening at this historic moment in world history.
Even top celebs have turned to the good book as the unprecedented crisis continues to escalate.
Kourtney Kardashian, Kim’s sister, believes that COVID-19 was unleashed by God to punish evil in the world.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kourtney took to Instagram last week to share a Bible passage, and wrote “pay attention children”, which was written in red.
The passage read: “Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.”
She is not alone in believing the Bible contains hints that the world would be ravaged by the killer disease.
Here are some of the Bible verses that some Christians believe prove the coronavirus was of God’s making.
A popular verse on social media. The passage details Jesus speaking with his disciples on the Mount of Olives about what would signal the end times.
Between verses three and eight, Jesus said: “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famine and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.
“All these are the beginning sorrow.”
A commenter who shared the verses said he believed it was the beginning of the end times as predicted in the Bible.
He added: “Australian wildfires, Coronavirus, earthquakes in odd places. Increased rage/ murders worldwide. Massive hunger increases.
“And there are those that laugh at the Book of Revelation. Jesus is coming.”
Chronicles 7: 13-15
Another gloomy passage often highlighted by fundamentalist Christians who believe the end is nigh.
The verses recently gained traction on Twitter after a youth director at a south eastern Texas church linked the passage to the COVID-19 outbreak, where God tells King Solomon he will spare them, if they surrender themselves to the faith.
It said: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people. I will heal the land…if people turn from their wicked ways.”
Revelation 6: 1-6
This Bible verse strikes terror in many who have read it and gave rise to the popular figures that are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
It reads: “They (the Four Horsemen) were given authority over a quarter of the Earth, to kill with the sword, and with famine, and with death, and by means of Earth’s wild animals.”
In numerous interpretations of the Bible, the first horseman is known as Pestilence – and is associated with disease and plague.
Leviticus 13: 21
A passage that gained traction in some online Christian groups in recent days.
The verse tells how a diseased person is visited by a priest who gives stern advice.
He tells the villagers: “Isolate the affected person for seven days.”
And, he continued if the man continued to be unwell: “Isolate them for another seven days.”
The advice sparked many to compare the advice to current government guidelines with one commenter on BaysideChurch.com.au writing: “Sound familiar? Coronavirus has more to do with Leviticus 13.”
An indication of how interest in various countries' extreme lockdown measures that have drawn some people to the verse.
It reads: “As long as they have the disease they remain unclean.
“They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.”
The recent mentions of the verse seem to point to people being told to live in isolation away from others in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
But, many Christians and others outside the faith have rubbished the claims that we are living in the end times.
Many point to a key promise made in the Bible is the holy temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt before the end days.
This is something that does not appear to be happening anytime soon.
And the secular world is not concerning themselves with the Biblical texts and is, instead, working desperately to end the coronavirus death march.
Instead, scientists are now racing to find a vaccine for the disease and return life back to normal.
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