What does the Bible say about the Coronavirus Pandemic? God is not silent, HE is speaking in the Holy Scriptures. Churches can respond and share God’s love even when the building is closed. Here are some key scriptures and prayers to share with your family, congregation, or friends during this public health crisis.
What does the Bible say about Coronavirus? Bible Prophecy, Scripture quotes, and Prayers for Christians
What this article covers:
- What does the Bible say about the Coronavirus pandemic?
- Where does the Bible mention COVID-19?
- Is Coronavirus a Biblical Plague from in the Book of Revelation?
- Do Christians and Pastors consider this an End Times prophecy?
What does the Bible say about the Coronavirus pandemic?
Use these Bible Verses for encouragement and wisdom about COVID-19. Quotes from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
God can heal all your diseases – Psalm 103:2-4
The Bible says to wash your hands – James 4:8
Jesus asks, “Why do you worry?” Luke 12:25-26
The Bible tells us to number our days – Psalm 90:12
God says do not be anxious – Philippians 4:6
All who touched Jesus were healed – Mark 6:56
God says, “Do not fear – for I AM with you” – Isaiah 41:10
Christians can pray “Guard my life” – Psalm 86:3
The Bible says wisdom is found in the house of the morning – Ecclesiastes 7:2
More Bible Verses responding to Coronavirus COVID 19
Where does the Bible mention COVID-19?
There are many un-named plagues in the Bible, but none of them are exact matches for this modern pandemic.
Revelation 6:8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Jeremiah 29:17 This is what the LORD of Hosts says: “I will send against them sword, famine, and plague, and I will make them like rotten figs, so bad that they cannot be eaten.
Ezekiel 5:12 A third of your people will die by plague or be consumed by famine within you, a third will fall by the sword outside your walls, and a third I will scatter to every wind and unleash a sword behind them.
It’s best to follow the principles God’s Word gives for any source of fear and disaster.
*Christians have a higher duty to the truth than our secular neighbors because of the ninth commandment (“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” Ex. 20:16). This commandment, reiterated in the New Testament (Matt. 15:19–20; Eph. 4:25), bars us from committing any act that might bring undeserved suffering on another person, especially through speech. As the Westminster Catechism says, “The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, . . . ; appearing and standing for the truth; and from the heart, sincerely, freely, clearly, and fully, speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, and in all other things whatsoever; . . . discouraging talebearers, flatterers, and slanderers; love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth; . . . studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report.”Source: Joe Carter
What else does the Bible say about Covid-19?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Psalm 86:3
Compare these Bible verses in other translations like the KJV on BibleHub.
You can also read a list of KJV Bible Verses about Coronavirus
Is Coronavirus a Biblical Plague from in the Book of Revelation?
So, is COVID-19 one of the seven plagues mentioned in Revelation 16-17? While it might be tempting to try and identify this virus with one of those plagues, I believe there are a couple of reasons not to. The first reason is that these seven plagues are identified as the completion of God’s wrath, and the plagues seem directed solely towards those who belong to the kingdom of the Antichrist. But this virus is not as discriminating. There seems to be no one who is immune to it. Saint and skeptic alike are affected by it.
A second reason to doubt that it is one of the plagues of Revelation is that we know the source of this virus. As many of the coronaviruses do, it jumped from an animal to a human and spread from there. COVID-19 is simply more contagious than most, as well as generally more deadly.
To all appearances, COVID-19 seems to be just a natural event rather than a supernatural action of God. It is an event that is not unique in history but is, apart from its severity, rather common. It is even something that our infectious disease experts have been anticipating, and warning us about, for many years.Source: Bible Study Tools
Do Christians and Pastors consider this an End Times prophecy?
You may have saw the news about Ralph Drollinger, but his opinions are not widely held in Christian circles.
MARCH 21, 2020 BY RALPH DROLLINGER Some leading evangelicals believe and teach that America is now experiencing God’s judgment. If that is the case, as a public servant who is sacrificing so much in your attempt to turn our nation around, it would stand to reason—if those Evangelical leaders are correct—that you are wasting your time. Are you laboring against a foregone conclusion? I think not. But let me qualify that: I do not believe America is experiencing the forsaking wrath of God, but yes, American is experiencing the consequential wrath of God.Source: Is God Judging America by Ralph Drollinger
But some who study religion and prophecies for a living say it’s time for these social media prophets and psychics to take a self-enforced quarantine. Doomsayers are harming peoples’ spiritual and psychological health, they say.They’re also claiming knowledge that even the most revered figures in religion didn’t dare assume. Whenever Ulrich Lehner, a Catholic theologian at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, comes across a social media preacher warning that Covid-19 means the end of the world is near, he’s tempted to tweet back this response: “Matthew 24:36.”
That’s the passage when Jesus says about the end of the world: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.””Jesus himself said, ‘You don’t know the hour,’ yet some self-appointed prophets today seem to know more than the angels around God’s throne,” Lehner says.Lehner says some of the doomsday prophets may be driven by another sin: pride.Read more from John Blake:
“Perhaps in these guys who create mass panic there is also a certain pride, a bloated self-confidence that ‘I have some special insight,”’ says Lehner, author of “God is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For.””If that’s not devilish, I don’t know what is.”Source: CNN
I thank God for those in the medical science field who are searching for a solution to COVID-19. I am also grateful for political leaders who are attempting to provide direction that will keep the general citizenry informed, calm and peaceful. But I realize that those of us who are in pastoral ministry have a great responsibility before God to provide the spiritual leadership necessary to guide America through this tragic circumstance.
Certainly, there is no lack of secular advice being given as to how to approach COVID-19. But I believe the ultimate approach should be from the biblical perspective that presents God’s way of dealing with this issue. Yes, we need to look at COVID-19 through the eyes of a biblical worldview.Source: Christian Post
More Conoravirus Resources for Christians
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Bible: 7 Verses to Fight Fear and Anxiety (Faithfully Magazine)
- What does the Bible say about Coronavirus (Bayside Church)
- A Letter from Max Lucado in this time of Pandemic (Bible Gateway Blog)
- How Churches Responded to the Spanish Flu (9 Marks Blog)
- Psalm 91:10 Meaning and Coronavirus (Crosswalk)
- Faith in a time of Coronavirus (American Magazine)
- Several Bible Verses Jump in Online Search During Coronavirus Outbreak (Facts & Trends)
- Fox News Article: Mother of 6-year-old who eased brother’s coronavirus fears with Bible verse: ‘I felt blessed’ (Fox News)
What Scriptures comfort you when facing Coronavirus?
We want to grow this list and provide more comfort for people in times of trouble. Please leave comments to share any scripture quotes that are proving meaningful to you.