Seaborn Hall, 3/01/20, updated 3/14/20
CS Evaluation: Is The Coronavirus A Prophesied End-Times Plague? Shawn A. Akers, Charisma
CS Evaluation: In answer to the question the title proposes, in short, ‘No’. The article is by Akers, but summarizes Michael Snyder’s views. Can anyone say ‘confirmation bias?’
In the investment world if you make a prediction that doesn’t come true within about a 2 year time frame you are just flat wrong. The only exception we can think of to this was the 2008 GFC where several people like The Big Short’s Michael Burry had to wait three years or longer for their bets to come in. But even they were considered pariahs and alarmists who were in error for a year or more. Many had clients desert them during that time – only to regret it a year or two later.
Will we regret not buying into the belief that this virus is an End Time plague here? In our opinion, no. It has been much longer than 3 years that these ‘End Time’ predictions have been coming out, so at this point they are just flat wrong. The reason that we come down so hard on articles and interpretations like this is that people take these things seriously and in some cases make life decisions based on them. No one should be running for the hills with guns and gold before the time. It does no one any good – except the people selling guns, gold, and cabins in the hills…and writing articles about it. Don’t make a life decision based on a Charisma article or even this commentary – seek the Lord yourself and ask for wisdom to evaluate information properly. Then seek multiple and various opinions and counsel.
Additionally, as we have shown elsewhere on this site, John Paul Jackson’s word regarding the ‘Perfect Storm’ is comprehensive, covering multiple events in five major areas that converge and occur consecutively and/or simultaneously. See the Spiritual Life Page or see the CS Spiritual Life – Prophecy Interpretation Page for more.
As to what John Paul said about an ‘End-Times’ plague, here is the direct quote from a Streams Ministry linked site:
From April 2010: “There is coming another pandemic. It’s not the day after tomorrow but it is coming. And this one is a serious one. This pandemic–the problem is that, the first one that was coming wasn’t gong to be that major and that people would kind of make light of the next one. But the next one is not going to be that light. The next one is going to be a very stunning issue and there is going to be a lot of people–I didn’t see but in a way it looked like a chickenpox type of thing again or like a smallpox type of thing again, where there are sores on the skin that take place. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know what to call that. I don’t know what the symptoms might be called, but there were sores on the skin that erupted because of this issue.” [emphasis in red, ours]
Note that no one is making ‘light’ of the Coronavirus. There is a lot of fear and panic out there. Note also that John Paul said that the first one will not ‘be that major.’
Before 2010 there were several problem viruses, including SARS around 2002 – after this MERS occurred in 2015. H1N1 occurred in 2009. It is difficult to know which one John Paul is talking about when he says “the first one that was coming wasn’t gong to be that major.” Was it one of those, all of them up to the Coronavirus, the Coronavirus, or another virus after the Coronavirus? It is impossible to know.
H1N1, which began in Mexico in April 2009, infected 1.4 billion people globally and killed up to 575,000 according to estimates.
In August 2008 he said: “There will be an epidemic that will kill many and it will start from another country and come to America.” Was he referring to H1N1 or another epidemic like Coronavirus in the future? For the answer to that see the more extensive quote up above: the virus John Paul refers to that will kill many will involve eruptions on the skin ‘like a smallpox type of thing.’ That is not Coronavirus.
Is Coronavirus the virus before the major one, or was H1N1 that virus? Again, impossible to know.
Well, pretty much every virus so far has begun in China, Southeast Asia, or the Middle East and then spread to the West (except H1N1, which began in Mexico). This is not to mock the prophecy, but to emphasize the difficulty related to prediction. Again, since the prophecy was given in the context of the larger prophecy about The Perfect Storm, when multiple, serious events begin to happen in five different global areas – then, we will know.
As to the seriousness of the Coronavirus and updates on its death rate and potential spread, R-naut and so forth, see the CS Home Page under More Common Sense. If after the week of February 9, 2020, see the Archives. Or, see the links below.