Is The Coronavirus Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

As a pastor, one of the questions I have been getting lately is—do I think this Coronavirus is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? And depending on which Christian pastor, Bible teacher, or biblical scholar you talk to the answer is a resounding—MAYBE!
 
Some take a less ambiguous and more definitive approach to the subject—for example:
 
I read an article this morning with the title: “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ACTIVE”
 
The article went on—
Bible scholars have sensationally claimed the end of the world could be upon us as they believe the Four Horsemen, who bring about death, war, famine and disease before the return of Jesus Christ in the holy book—have all been released.”
 
So, what about it—is the Coronavirus pandemic a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and have we entered into chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation?
 
I happen to be ‘Pre-Trib.’ in my eschatology (Explain)—and as such, I don’t believe the world will enter into the events of Revelation 6 until Jesus comes for His Church at the Rapture and takes us to heaven where we’re standing around the throne of God praising Him—
 
Revelation 5:9-10 (NKJV)
9 And they [the redeemed, the saints] sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
And then starting in Chapter 6, we see Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, begin to break the seals on the scroll releasing God’s judgments upon the earth.
 
The breaking of the First Seal brings the Antichrist to power (the rider on the white horse with a bow in his hand and a crown on his head) to establish his one-world government. He then, is followed by the Four Horsemen (Seals 2, 3 & 4) that are sent forth to unleash various judgments upon the earth—war, famine, disease, and death.
 
The Fifth Seal brings the martyrdom of millions of Tribulation saints by the Antichrist who John the Apostle sees in heaven wearing white robes.
 
And when the Sixth Seal is broken, we read—
 
Revelation 6:12-14 (NKJV)
12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place…[we begin a study in Revelation tomorrow, so come join us]
 
How do we know the Church won’t see the coming of the Antichrist and therefore will not be going into the Tribulation Period?—Because of what we read in Revelation Chapter 4.
 
As we come to Chapter 4 we come to the final section of the Book of Revelation according to the outline of the book which Jesus Himself gave to us in chapter 1 verse 19—
 
Revelation 1:19 (NKJV)
19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.
    • “Write the things which you have seen…”—the vision of Jesus in Chapter 1
    • “…and the things which are…”—the things of the Church (Chapters 2 & 3)
    • “…and the things which will take place after this.” (‘meta tauta’—“after these things”)
“After what things?” After the things of Chapters 2 and 3 which deal with the Church or—after the Church Age comes to a close. The Bible teaches that the Church Age started on Pentecost (Acts 2) and will end at the Rapture—which I believe is recorded in Revelation 4:1.
 
Revelation 4:1 (NKJV)
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this [‘after these things’].”
 
Verse 1 of Chapter 4 opens and closes with the Greek phrase ‘meta tauta’ –“after these things” which connects 4:1 with 1:19 and tells us we have entered into the final section of the book which covers Chapter 4 through Chapter 22.
 
Since Chapter 4 can’t begin until after the Church Age closes, and the Church Age doesn’t officially close until the Rapture—can we see evidence of the Rapture of the Church somewhere between the close of Chapter 3 and the beginning of Chapter 4?
 
Yes, absolutely!
 
First of all, we read in verse 1, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven…”
 
This takes us back to something Jesus promised the true and faithful church of Philadelphia—
 
Revelation 3:8, 10 (NKJV)
8 I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name…
10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
 
Jesus promised His true last days Church that He would keep her from (deliver her out of) the judgment (the Great Tribulation) that is coming upon the whole world to test (‘try’) those who dwell on the earth (unbelievers).
 
So, this open door, I believe, is—a door of deliverance!
 
Isaiah 26:19-21 (NKJV)
19 Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past. 21 For behold, the Lord comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…

John 14:2-3 (NKJV)
2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself [the Rapture]; that where I am, there you may be also.
 
Secondly John says—“And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here…’ ”
 
That sounds like Rapture language—
 
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NKJV)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
 
1 Corinthians 15:52 (NKJV)
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
 
So, after the Church is removed from the earth at the Rapture—the scene now shifts to heaven in Revelation Chapter 4 where the Church, once seated with Christ in heavenly places spiritually (Ephesians 2:6), is now seen safely seated with Christ in heaven literally before the judgment of God is poured out upon this Christ rejecting world.
 
In the Book of Revelation there are recorded—the 7 Seal Judgments; the 7 Trumpet Judgments; and the final 7 Bowl Judgments.
 
All of these judgments are called ‘the wrath of God’ which He pours out on the ‘earth-dwellers’ (absolute Christ rejectors)—and yet with regard to the Body of Christ—
 
1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NKJV)
9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
The First Seal (wrath or judgment of God) brings the Antichrist to power. And therefore, if the Antichrist is the first judgment of God during the Tribulation Period, and God has not appointed His Church to judgment or wrath—then the Church won’t see the Antichrist come to power.
 
Please understand—I believe he is alive on the earth right now.
 
But the Church Saints (Body of Christ) won’t see him rise to power as the leader of the one-world government until after we are removed from the earth. And again, I believe Revelation 4:1 teaches that.
 
Up to that point, the church has been mentioned 19 times in the first 3 chapters of Revelation—but then is raptured to heaven at the beginning of Revelation 4. She is not seen again in the book until we see her as the Bride of Christ in Chapter 19 returning with her Bridegroom to the earth to establish His Kingdom.
 
Vernon McGee—
“From here on (starting in Revelation 4) you will not find the word ‘church’ mentioned… But now the church goes off the air—there is no mention of it. It has gone off the air because it went up in the air!—it was caught up in the air to meet the Lord in the air. The church has gone to heaven—that is what has happened to it…”
 
Folks, please get your eyes off the Coronavirus and onto Jesus Christ who is coming soon for His Bride! And so, I’ll leave this subject by sharing with you the words of Paul the Apostle in Romans 13—
 
Romans 13:11-14 (NKJV)
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
 
If you have not received Jesus into your heart as you Savior—this is the time!
 
Please don’t delay—today is the day of salvation…!

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