ISRAEL - Religious Leaders: Coronavirus Sign of Messiah’s Coming?

Arno Froese

Hardline rabbis, Christian pastors and Muslim preachers have all weighed in on the religious significance of the outbreak.

Chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu posted a video to YouTube in which he noted that people have been asking him why the coronavirus pandemic has been sent to the world by God.

In answering, Eliyahu said that the world was coming closer to “the days of the Messiah,” and went on to imply that the coronavirus outbreak was bringing about greater adherence to God’s word.

Eliyahu, a hardline right-wing religious leader, noted the recent comments of Pope Francis, who has called for stricter observance of the Sabbath by Christians and has spoken approvingly of Jewish observance of Shabbat.

“Maybe the Muslims will tell us to build the Temple,” continued the rabbi, something which is often understood will herald the coming of the messiah.

Another hardline leader of the religious right, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, wrote that the coronavirus is a rectification for humankind’s arrogance and haughtiness, and a rebuke to moral relativism.

“In our days, man thinks he is God, that he is the master and can decide what is good and bad, something which is called moral relativism or postmodernism,” wrote Aviner on the Kipa news website., 17 March 2020

Arno's commentary

They are called hardline, right-wing religious leaders, and they are expressing their expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Is the coronavirus epidemic a punishment of God, or a sign of the coming of the Messiah? We think the opposite is true. Why? Because Antichrist is coming first, before Jesus’ return to the Mount of Olives. He is the false messiah, the one Jesus spoke of: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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