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Prophetic Pandemic?

The entire world is on high alert because of the coronavirus that is spreading quickly. More than six hundred have died from the disease as of this writing. China, the country from which it emanates, has millions of people under quarantine.

There is no known cure, and experts report that it will possibly take years to develop a vaccine to cure or prevent its spread. Agencies responsible for controlling the virus fear a pandemic—a worldwide spread of the deadly disease.

Air travel makes the spread of the virus almost impossible to curtail. American Airlines is reportedly being sued by its employees in order to prevent the company from sending crews around the world, placing them at risk for exposure.

The fear generated by the spread of coronavirus affected not only the worldwide medical industry, but also the global economy.

Friday, January 31, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages closed down around 600 points. This generated anxiety among some who are already predicting any-moment global financial collapse. It caused one observer to weigh in with increased forewarnings. The day before the 600-point decline, he wrote:

In the light of the Coronavirus, which is spreading with no end in sight, more people are feeling compelled to ask the question, will the global economy fail? Some are predicting that the global economy, including the US economy will fail due to the introduction of new factors such as the Coronavirus…

Before the introduction of the Coronavirus, the global economy was already in deep trouble. What people should know is that back in December of 2019, before the Coronavirus went active, the global economy was on the verge of collapse…

Many economists that I have spoken to are concerned that the global economy will continue to decline as a result of the Coronavirus. Do these fears have merit? It does not matter. Perception drives reality. If the people on this planet believe that their health is threatened by this virus, the global economy, already on thin ice, will collapse. (Dave Hodges, “Will the Coronavirus Cause a Global Economic Collapse? The BDI Says Yes!” January 30, 2020)

The economy snapped back in an almost flabbergasting way this week. It seems even this world-wide threat can’t hold back the tremendous perception that  a profound economic boom is still on the upswing.

It is my belief more intensely than ever that the Rapture will occur in the midst of just such an economic boom as is presently perceived.

To some prophecy watchers, this newest of the threats to millions around the world is yet another of the converging signs that the end of the age is at hand. It ranks up there with earthquakes taking place daily, like the one a couple of weeks ago so powerful that it was felt strongly in Miami.

Bible prophecy, of course, tells that such virulent diseases will be prevalent during the Tribulation, the last seven years preceding Christ’s Second AdventJesus briefed His disciples about this coming assault as He sat on the Mount of Olives just before His crucifixion:

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:7, 8)

My friend Chuck Missler, one of the great prophecy teachers, spoke about this passage. I remember listening with fascination while he waxed eloquent on what he thought the word “pestilence” in Jesus’ foretelling might mean. He equated the term to one found in another prophetic Scripture:

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.(Revelation 6: 8)

Chuck, as I recall, postulated that the word “pestilence” in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse might be the same as the words “wild beasts” in the Revelation 6: 8 passage about the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

He put forth the thought that “wild beasts” could well mean what he termed “micro-beasts”—i.e., not necessarily only literal, four-footed animals like lions and bears, but perhaps voracious, flesh-eating and destroying entities that can be seen only under powerful microscopes. He suggested the term might indicate microbes—germs—of such virulence that they could not be detected or destroyed before they have done their deadly work.   

Missler wrote:

There was a time not long ago when the medical profession felt they had most of the major diseases licked, and for the rest it was just a matter of time.

Now that former optimism appears tragically premature. Many of the previously “defeated” diseases are making a comeback, in hardier strains which are resisting our former treatments.…

The rapidity with which diseases, emergent or deliberate, can pass through our “global village” is terrifyingly real.

With modern air travel and global commerce, as well as our present understanding of modern biotechnology, the Biblical predictions now seem frighteningly imminent. (“Emergent and Deliberate Diseases,” Koinonia House, February 1, 1998)

The world’s top biological scientists and medical professionals have done much to defeat new and mutating bacteria and viruses since Missler wrote about these matters years ago. However, rather than stopping the progress of these “micro-beasts,” all efforts have been ineffective. for the most part. The ”beasts” are proliferating and are becoming more virulent.

Daniel’s prophecy about exponential travel (Daniel 12: 4) is now on an ever-increasing pathway to fulfillment, greatly escalating the ability of the micro-beasts to invade new human hosts around the globe. Yet, we haven’t reached that time of Tribulation forewarned by Jesus while He answered the disciple’s questions about what the future holds.

Nonetheless, the coronavirus is certainly an indicator to add to all the other signals of that time just ahead, about which Jesus declared:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)     


  1. Karen M Parrish says:

    I’ve wondered if there is any “connection” here between evil men, waxing worse and worse….the global elite still pulling their tricks out of their bag to promote fear and control the masses. Revelation 9:21 clearly states that even under the hand of God’s fearful judgments, they would not repent of their “sorceries.” This is the Greek word “pharmakea” from which we get pharmacy, the use of medicines, drugs or spells (witchcraft). This coronavirus escaped the lab in Wuhan …. by human error or human design? It is quite interesting that in November 2019 a conference was held in NYC, hosted by Johns Hopkins, and attended by well-known philanthropic speakers …. all on this very topic … even staging a pandemic for which the world was not prepared….all to prepare for what speakers said was sure to come. Terry, I will forward an email to you with links that have causes some of us to be wide awake to discern just how evil men can become, men who want to rule the world and reduce its population through wonder-drugs. The drugs themselves contain killing agents. Just something to consider, even though it smacks of conspiracy theories, I know.

  2. Fascinating stuff! It seems that the “mainstream” media really doesn’t want to cover this epidemic, they seem to be so fixated on Trump and Impeachment. Even after the acquittal, the State of the Union speech, and then the Prayer Breakfast, they are still so zero-ed in on him and how he certainly got away with the ‘crime of the century’. Nancy ripping the speech paled in comparison to Trump having a phone call with another head of State. The things they choose to focus on never ceases to amaze me. Here the world is facing this critical perhaps deadly pandemic, and all they can talk about is how Trump never apologized to the Left or the Press. We truly live in interesting times, according to the old Chinese proverb. Thanks Terry, great stuff and believe it or not, encouraging. Going home sounds pretty good to me right now. God bless.

  3. Patti Marshall says:

    Hi Terry,

    I am a barber with a cash-only business. Back in 2007 we barbers saw the rumblings of the financial crisis of 2008. People were broke until payday since we didn’t take cards. They paid with odd denominations, such as $2 bills, silver dollars, half dollars, rolls of quarters. We would get overwhelmed with business on the 1st of each month (payday) but near the end of each month, be sitting around. I am seeing the same now. Except worse. People are working, yes, but have no actual cash because of the cheap debt on homes, cars, credit cards, etc. It is nothing for me to have only 10 haircuts on the last day of the month, and the very next day, on payday, to have 30. People are telling me about refinancing their homes to take money out for extravagant vacations, pickup trucks, Sprinter vans. It is coming…already teetering, and will only take a light wind to collapse the entire thing. Meanwhile, the banks make 3% on every credit card transaction, (and almost everyone uses cards for everything now) then the same bank charges interest on that debt, then loan all that money right back to the consumer; a huge redistribution if wealth, taken from the middle class and given to the banks.

    Thank you for your ministry!



  4. Ed Wood says:

    What is most telling about our present time is not just that there are so many ominous, and in some cases, unprecedented signs showing up, but that they are occurring simultaneously. Now this is purely subjective on my part, but I seem to sense a general feeling of expectation that something significant is about to happen, even among secularists.

    If anyone else out there is picking up on the same thing, it would be interesting to see their comments here on the blog.

    • ChristineInCleveland says:

      I completely agree! It truly is a “convergence” of signs & as predicted, are getting worse & worse, closer & closer together just like those “birthpains” we know are leading up to the soon snatching away of the Church… of all those waiting & watching for our Holy Lord Jesus to take us home! God is trying to get unsaved people to pay attention & turn back Him before it’s too late. Truly amazing to think we are the last generation before God closes the door to the Church age!

  5. Ed Wood says:

    I was glad to see that others are also experiencing this heightened sense of expectation and thanks for sharing. For me, it is not only all the visible daily evidence that “something is pending” but there is also a kind of subliminal component to it – you know, one of those things you just can’t put your finger on, but is there all the same.

    I generally don’t rely on the latter exclusively so I regard what we see concretely all around us as a very strong confirmation that “moving day” for believers is very near.

  6. Susie Qusie says:

    So glad to see you were a friend of Chuck Missler. We have studied his teachings for years. There’s nothing like a brilliant mind given over to teaching the Bible. His teaching videos are like none other! Chuck knew we were very close to the time of the Rapture.

  7. Andrea Bowman says:

    I looked up “wild beast” myself a few years ago because I live in Maine and we don’t have much here that seems like end time signs or judgements. But we do have ticks. Especially in our area. I know so many people whose lives have been really changed for the worse by tick borne illnesses. Including my brother, two of my kids, friends, my nephew, and on and on. They are little beasts for sure! And quite a pestilence around here.

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