Can COVID-19 Be Tagged As A “Biblical” Plague?
Can COVID-19 Be Tagged As A "Biblical" Plague?
The present pandemic is certainly very serious. The effects of this pandemic are significant as seen by many deaths, forced business closures, financial market stopping events, and an unprecedented panic in the 21st century. When you stop and examine the present situation, does COVID-19 qualify as a biblical plague? A biblical plague is, by definition, a plague mentioned in the Bible. So COVID-19 could never qualify as a true, biblical plague. The question is not whether it's a biblical plague. Rather is it a plague related to biblical plagues?
We should not presume God's intention through this pandemic, however God has good reason to judge humanity. Before all the shutdowns in America alone, some 3000+ babies were being killed every day through abortion. Sexual immorality is rampant in the various cultural communities and in the church. As a culture, we have largely abandoned God's Word as a standard for right and wrong and replaced it with man's word. It is very easy to see why God would judge the world. But to say that the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as a plague similar to biblical plagues is somewhat stretching the concept.
God will not withhold his righteous anger forever. All sin is ultimately a direct offense to him. In time, God will judge the world. "Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead"(Acts 17:11).