Is Coronavirus the First Seal of Revelation 6?

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There is a never-ending argument among Christians about the timing of the rapture–the catching-away by a triumphant Christ of true believers from off the earth. Many are adamant that unless the rapture has occurred, none of the judgments in Revelation can happen.

Yet, here we are with coronavirus that has brought the entire world to a standstill.

I believe it is possible that either the first seal has been opened, or this is just a trial run brought on by the enemy who knows end times prophecy probably better than we do. He intends to program the world through deception, preparing the masses for his one-world order and a mark on the forehead or hand in order to buy or sell.

The First Seal

In Revelation 5, the apostle John is watching the events in heaven. There is a book that is sealed with seven seals that can only be opened by someone worthy. This is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God who had been slain.

  • And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Rev. 6:1-2

The Greek word for seal is sphragis, probably coming from the word signet, which gives the idea of “fencing-in or protecting from misappropriation.” Think of a piece of wax impressed with the signet ring. According to the Strong’s dictionary, it is that by which anything is confirmed, proved, authenticated, as by a seal—a token of proof.

When the Lamb opened the first seal, there was the noise of thunder as one of the four beasts said, “Come and see.” John observes the following:

  • White horse
  • Rider with a crown who goes forth conquering and to conquer
  • Bow (arrows implied but not mentioned)

Let’s take a deeper look:

  1. Conquer (nikao in Greek) means to carry off the victory, to win the case legally.

Today, there are 184 countries with a coronavirus outbreak. That means billions of people are under shutdown orders. Whatever you believe about this pandemic, we’ve never seen anything like it in our lifetimes. Our liberties are gone as people are arrested for going to playgrounds and being at the beach. We’re prohibited from running a business or buying carpet and paint—and this is in America!

The disease and fear of it has conquered the world, and it has been done legally through emergency orders.

Johns Hopkins map of the pandemic

2. Bow, in Greek is toxon. Does that remind you of anything?

Toxon comes from the root teko, which is bear—as in to bring forth, produce, or give birth. The Cambridge dictionary defines toxin as a poisonous substance, especially one produced by bacteria. Some synonyms are: decomposer and superbug. Toxic, according to vocabulary.com, comes from the ancient Greek word toxikon, which means “poison for arrow.”

A bow with no arrows–like a gun without bullets? Perhaps that signifies a plague that conquers without massive death, but through fear of death only.

  1. Rider with a crown (corona in Latin).

Coronavirus was so named because of the crown-like spikes on its surface. Corona can also mean the upper portion of the head, from the Greek word krone that means a curved object.

4. A white horse is said to signify a balance of wisdom and power—or in Christianity, it is a symbol of death. Harkening back just a few decades, white was the only color worn in the medical industry. Doctors wore long white coats, nurses wore white dresses (with white hose, hat and shoes!) and lab workers wore white coats.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information features an article on the importance of white:

  • “The white coat ceremony has become an academic ritual in the health professions: a ceremony that signals a transformation of status from ordinary student to that of one studying to become a health professional. While donning the white coat is a sign of a changed role, the white coat is also a powerful symbol of transformation. White is a symbol of purity; the white coat symbolizes the purity of purpose being affirmed in becoming a health professional…”

A crown-like virus has poisoned our world and conquered it. There’s no telling how long it will take to get back to normal. Disney announced that its theme parks will be closed at least through the end of the year. One large church denomination says that in California, there will be no in-person church until 2021. Major league sports, concerts, live performances are all on hold.

The governor of Virginia believes it could take two years for his state to complete Phase One of the shutdown, which requires a diminishing of cases for at least 14 days.

This isn’t our first bout with this virus, nor will it likely be the last. In fact, the first coronavirus was identified in the 1960s, and we’ve had many outbreaks throughout the years. But this is the only one to bring the world to a standstill–even when the death toll is a fraction of what was expected. What will happen next time–and if this isn’t the first seal, could it be a trial run?

Either way, we don’t have to live in fear.

Here is our hope

Our fasting, prayers, and political actions gave us a reprieve in 2016 with the presidency of Donald Trump. Now is the time to seek God again, remembering that judgment always begins at the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17).

I wonder if God is tired of “church” as we have made it. We present big productions with smoke, flashing lights, and deafening sounds. Some pastors preach a message of salvation, but they are silent on repentance and sin. 

I remember the first online church service that was promoted and “attended” by President Trump. This was right after the country went into shutdown mode. I was so eager to hear a message that brought the church into a time of repentance but I was sorely disappointed. There was no suggestion that one might even want to consider the need for salvation based on sin! Second Chronicles 7:14 says God will heal our land if we turn from our wicked ways, seek God’s face, and repent.

We promote Jesus, but not His commandments. He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Can Christians identify the Ten Commandments to stop idolatry; to honor God, the Sabbath, and parents. Have we been taught that God hates lying and slander, adultery, homosexuality, envy, stealing and the murder of babies?

The problem of ignorance isn’t in society at large–it is in the church!

We need ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand. Let’s turn back to righteousness through repentance so that Jesus’ blood can cleanse us from all of our sin. If we have lost our first love and become tolerant of wrong doctrines–lazy and lukewarm, rich but wretched–let’s repent. Jesus began His ministry with that message, and He ends it that way.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Revelation 3:19

How to Pray: That we all would seek the Lord while He may be found. Pray that God would have mercy on us and lead us into all truth. Pray for the church, that we will tell the truth in love so that all would come to repentance.

Comments

  1. Excellent synthesis, thank you.

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