Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2020   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages. ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done “Salvation to Maturity” (a step-by-step guide) - Is Coronavirus (covid-19) in the Bible?   Many people have asked me how coronavirus fits into end time prophecy.  Well, I don’t agree with any of the radical opinions, which I’ve read about so far, so I thought I would give my opinion.   The only verse in the Bible that I think covid-19 could possibly fit into is the “hour of trial” that is destined upon the “whole world” to “test” people on earth. (below)  In general, I believe the “hour of trial” is a brief period before the rapture, so it would seem that covid-19 fits the criteria of the verse, since it is spreading throughout the world.  Revelation 3:10 [Church at Philadelphia – Church #6] (pre-tribs) “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”   Notice that the “hour of trial” is mentioned in Church 6 of the Seven Churches, which I believe to be the pre-tribulation church (more below), but God’s message is to not worry  because He will ‘keep you from it’.  Of course, that doesn’t mean a person shouldn’t take normal precautions like everyone else.  Personally, I still worry a little because I live with my 84-year-old mother, so if I caught the virus, it would be especially bad in multiple ways.  Plus, I’m not given the option to work at home and my job forces me to drive around the hardest hit city in the state, visiting several other businesses per day, which only increases my odds of catching something.  I use every precaution I can, while praying for God’s protection, which is all a person can do, keeping the worrying to a minimum.    Granted, this is just a theory of what coronavirus might be in the Bible.  I hesitated about giving my opinion because some pre-tribs might already have covid-19, which would obviously be a flaw in my theory.  However, I have no way of knowing who has it or not.  I suspect that some pre-tribs probably have it, since the cases keep climbing in America, but I wonder if the protection needs to be 100% for the verse to still apply?  I don’t know.    The coronavirus is certainly a world-wide ‘trial’ that is creating all kinds of panic, so it certainly fits that part.  So, how is it supposed to “test” people?  In my opinion, I think covid-19 or ‘hour of trial’ is just a wakeup call, to get people’s attention, because the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, after the rapture, will be far worse.  From what I’ve seen on TV news and internet, I think people’s general attitudes are being tested.  I mean, some people exercise kindness and compassion, while others try to hoard everything for themselves, even lining up to buy a gun to protect their stash.  Granted, it’s natural to buy a little extra, these days, since the grocery store shelves are looking quite bare.  However, a person doesn’t need to buy out the entire store and deprive everyone else.  Some greedy people are more worried about the stock market than how many sick people there are.  I think the ‘hour of trial’ is a relatively small test to see who turns to God and who just relies on themselves and their possessions.    Many of the super-hoarders are post-tribs who believe the tribulation is coming and everyone must endure all the hardships of Revelation, but that’s just not true.  Pre-tribulation is easily proven because the multitude from every nation (Christians) are in heaven in Revelation 7, between the 6th and 7th Seals, and the Trumpet and Bowl plagues literally can’t start until the 7th Seal (half-hour of silence) is complete, since trumpets can’t sound during a silence.  The 6th Seal (Rev 6) is definitely the rapture because it matches perfectly with the rapture in Matthew 24:29-31.  However, Seals 1-5 are in the past, so that leaves the 6th Seal as the ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture.  Post-tribs deceive people by overlapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, in order to put the 6th Seal rapture at the end.  They re-arrange God’s prophecy in Revelation to put the ‘rise of the antichrist’ and ‘mark of the beast’ (Rev 13) before the 6th Seal rapture (Rev 6), which is clearly wrong.  What does the Bible say about Prepping?   Like I said, it’s natural to have a few weeks’ worth of food in the house, so a person doesn’t have to go to the store so often.  I did that even before the crisis, but only because I don’t like going to the grocery store.  The so called “prepping” is what post-tribs do when they hoard massive quantities of food because they think the tribulation is coming.  I had a person ask me recently if prepping was mentioned in the Bible.  As a matter of fact, it is, but God is naturally against it because people shouldn’t put their faith in worldly possessions.  Luke 12:16-31 “[Jesus] told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17 He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'  18 "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '  20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'  21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."   22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Background from the Seven Churches   To give some context concerning the initial verse I quoted, all seven churches in Revelation are active before the rapture.  They started after Jesus’ resurrection and progressed through time.  Yet, just because another church was added didn’t necessarily mean the previous one had ended.  There are examples of each church in the world today, some more than others, but all are present.  In general, the letters that John wrote to the Seven Churches (Rev 2 & 3) were separate from the vision that came afterwards, which started with a view of heaven (Rev 4), the crucifixion (Rev 5), and the resurrection (Seal 1).  Seals 2-4 are generally about God executing His prophecy to banish and scatter the Jews, protect them, and bring them back to form a nation again, which He did.  Seal 5 is just a waiting period for the gospel to spread, until the 6th Seal rapture takes place.  Then, there is much more in Revelation to take place after the rapture, but like I said, the letters to the Seven Churches are different from John’s vision.    The timeline of the Seven Churches progressed because the overall ‘Church’ adopted some very bad practices and split into churches 3 & 4. (Catholic and Eastern Orthodox)  Church 5 was an improvement (protestant reformation), but many within the church are still “dead.” (Rev 3:1)  Church 6 is clearly the preferred church of end times, which is the spiritually awakened pre-tribulation church.  Yet, in terms of sheer numbers, they are still a minority among Christians, which is why they are said to have “little strength.” (Rev 3:8)  However, it’s not talking about spiritual strength, as you can tell from the rest of the passage.  The progression to Church 6 took place because “the word of God is living and active.” (Hebrews 4:12)  The Holy Spirit never stopped working in the world and enlightening people, but previous churches continued to exist because many people get stuck in the bureaucracy of church and refuse to accept anything new, even if it explains the Bible better.    Pre-tribs have withstood a lot of abuse, over the years, mainly because they incorrectly chose to put the rapture after the 7th Church, in Rev 4, which created a lot of contradictions.  However, that was far better than post-tribs who manipulate Revelation by overlapping and re-arranging God’s prophecy of end times, which inevitably subtracts from it, which is forbidden. (Rev 22:19)  As I’ve said before, the correct placement of the rapture in Revelation is actually the 6th Seal, which perfectly matches the rapture in Matthew 24:29-31.  What old-school pre-tribs failed to see is that Seals 1-5 are in the past, during the last 2000-years, so the 6th Seal rapture is still ‘pre-tribulation’, since the 6th Seal is due next and the Trumpet and Bowl plagues happen afterward, just as they are written.  In retrospect, it would have been hard to figure out the Seals, prior to WWII and the Holocaust (Seal 4), but they are easy to see now.  Post-tribs correctly put the rapture at 6th Seal, a fact they use to taunt and argue with ‘old-school’ pre-tribs.  However, post-tribs generally neglect to inform people that they overlap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls in order to put the 6th Seal rapture at the ‘end’.  That is clearly manipulating and subtracting from God’s prophecy, but many don’t realize it because they don’t actually study the Bible.  My interpretation of the Seals corrects all the previous contradictions and shows that pre-tribulation was indeed correct, just not the way that people were previously taught.    For the record, Matthew 24:15-31 also reflects ‘pre-tribulation’ when you consider that two different groups are described: the 144,000 Israelites who suffer through the Trumpet plagues and the multitude of Christians who go immediately to heaven, just like the same two groups in Revelation 7.  In other words, Matthew 24 must match Revelation 7, so there are definitely two separate groups.  Post-tribs still argue but they can’t win because my interpretation is straight-forward, with no contradictions, and theirs is full of overlapping and re-arranging.    Finally, Church 7 took a turn for the worse by relying on wealth and good deeds rather than on God, obeying His Word, and putting Jesus first.  In contrast, Church 6 ‘keeps God’s word’  (Rev 3:8) and ‘endures patiently’ (Rev 3:10), thus they will be kept from the hour of trial.  Could the Coronavirus have something to do with the Abomination that causes Desolation? Daniel 11:31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.”    To be clear, the coronavirus is not the abomination, even though some cities look ‘desolated’, due to people being advised to stay home.  In general, the abomination must be something that humans can “set up,” so the virus doesn’t fit.  Personally, I think the desolation will be caused by a tsunami generated by the 6th Seal earthquake.  The “tossing of the sea” is mentioned in Luke 21:25, which confirms the tsunami.  Besides, the armed forces must rise up, first, to desecrate the temple fortress, which I think is the Western Wall, and abolish the daily sacrifice, which I think is prayer at the Western Wall.  I don’t think daily animal sacrifices are necessary, but should Israel start such a thing, I might change my mind.  However, I don’t see that happening just yet.  Nevertheless, I keep an eye on events in Israel and there is a possibility that covid-19 could play a role in Daniel 11:31.    Israel has been trying to combat the coronavirus, like every other country, but it continues to spread.  First, the Muslims stopped praying in the Al Aqsa mosque, on the Temple Mount, but kept praying in the courtyard.  Then, they stopped praying in the courtyard too.  Israel has asked people to stop kissing the Western Wall.  The police also asked people not to visit  the Western Wall, but so far, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has not closed it.  The Jews recently held a special prayer at the Western Wall (with only a small number so they could maintain distances) to pray for an end to the coronavirus.  The police have been patrolling to stop people from congregating in large groups and there is talk of ordering the military to help.  One of the main reasons that Gantz broke from the Blue and White party and joined Netanyahu was to form an emergency government to fight the coronavirus.  I’m just wondering if Israel could go so far as to close the Western Wall, fearing that Passover could attract huge crowds, which could spread the virus.  The people might object so much that Israel has to bring in the military to keep people away.  That’s a long-shot possibility but it could happen, and if so, it could fulfill the first part of Daniel 11:31.    Then, to satisfy people, they could ‘set up’ something like a sacrifice, to ask God for help, but God could see it as an abomination, since Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice.  The concept is not out of the question because Israel has already appointed a high priest and built an altar that they can disassemble and move.  In fact, for the past two Passovers, they have held a sacrifice, which they called ‘practice’ for the real occasion on the Temple Mount.  Two years ago, it was held in the Jewish quarter of the Old City, and last year, it was moved to the south end of the Temple Mount.  Therefore, it’s been getting closer, but they have rejected calls to use the Western Wall plaza because they think it would be too provocative and cause riots.  Who knows?  Could this be the year, due to the coronavirus, to use the Western Wall or Temple Mount, after the military stops daily prayers?  I don’t know.   Another possibility arises if Israel decided to hold daily sacrifices, during Passover week or afterwards, to ask God for help, causing Muslim armed forces to rise up to stop the festivities.  It just depends on how bad the coronavirus spreads in Israel, and how desperate the Israelis get to ask God for help.  Whether it’s Israel’s armed forces or Muslims who rise up to satisfy Daniel 11:31, the coronavirus could indeed play a role.