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Is COVID-19 a sign of the End Times?

What do the scriptures say about COVID-19?


The year 2020 gave us an unexpected new disease – COVID-19, which swiftly brought the world to a standstill.  More than two years later, the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. 


Is COVID-19 a sign of the End Times according to the scriptures?  

Various prophecies state that in the end times, before the appearance of the world savior, plagues and pestilences will appear.

Jesus (pbuh) states, in the Gospel of Luke, that one of the signs preceding the end of days would be pestilences. The meaning of a pestilence, according to the Hebrew and Greek definitions, is a plague or disease.

“And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” 

-Luke 21:11

Similarly, in Matthew 24:7-8 (KJV) Jesus says, “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.” 

The appearance of widespread disease is also mentioned in the narrations as an important sign before the rise of the Qaim, the savior who brings goodness to the world. 

Imam Ali (pbuh) said: “Before the advent of the Qa’im, there will be the ‘red death’ and ‘white death’… The ‘white death’ is plague.”

– Nu‘mani, Ghaybah, p. 277

Imam Al-Sadiq (pbuh) said: “Before the advent of the Qa’im (pbuh), two types of death will surface: the “red death” and the “white death”. The number of people to be killed will be such that in every group of seven, five will die.”

What does this mean for the future?

The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly fulfilling these prophecies and it is an important sign for all people to recognise, in order that they may recognise the Qaim, the promised savior of mankind.  The signs of the End Times are also a cause for hope.  It is promised by the Ahlul Bayt (pbut) that the Qaim will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the world.

Learn more about the various signs of the apocalypse in the article “Signs of the End Times”


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