What Does the Bible Say about Plagues, such as Corona / Covid?

This question must have been asked millions of times in the past couple of years (2020-2022). And we've all seen those churches claiming to be believers and immune to it, only to spread the disease to their members in large numbers. For example that South-Korean church in the early days of the pandemic we all saw on the news, passing some so called "holy water" around the church for all members to drink from. And people cheering etc., consistent with other fake miracles we've seen in other TV church programs throughout the past 50 years or so.

So it is clear that God is not in those fake sensational profit-generating programs. Jesus performed almost all His miracles in discrete and poor areas. And rejected performing any miracles in front of so called "important audience," like King Herod for example in Luke 23:8-9, which would be equivalent to today's broadcasting miracles on TV for people's entertainment. 

But that does not mean that there were not people out there that were truly filled with the Holy Spirit (because they've been praying the Lord's Prayer Daily), and were protected from this plague. Of course many will immediately jump to give you a scientific explanation why one was immune and another was not. Isn't that always the case? I still find documentaries on the internet of people trying to prove that the red sea was not really split by a miracle from Moses. That the East wind, mentioned in those verses, naturally occurs at that time of year...

Let's see what the Bible says about plagues. 

Psalm 91:1-13

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.

4 He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon. 7 Though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, no harm will come near you. 8 You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling - my refuge, the Most High - 10 no evil will befall you, no plague will approach your tent. 11 For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and cobra; you will trample the young lion and serpent.

Notes: First of all, I do acknowledge the harsh reality here with those who lost loved-ones. This is not me saying, I'm only pointing to the Bible. I'm sure there are many special cases out there; not everyone who died of Corona is "wicked", and not everyone who didn't die of it is not "wicked". For Jesus cautions us later not to misinterpret the signs, in the next scripture reference below.

 

Luke 13:2-5

2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them - do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 

Notes: These verses from Jesus can be used as elaboration / further explanation to Psalm 91. But in either case it is still clear that, when filled with the Holy Spirit, we have nothing to fear. Any outcome is the best one for us, because it comes from God.

Mark 16:17-18

Jesus said: "17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”

Notes: Why do we not hear of these things happening ever since after the Jesus disciples died? Well, people who were not filled with the Holy Spirit came after and misinterpreted the Lord's Prayer, which was no longer prayed daily by most. if you pray the Lord's Prayer daily, with the meaning of the "daily Bread" as the body of Jesus, you will become filled with the Holy Spirit, and will be capable of these things Jesus talked about here.

Acts 28:1-6

Paul: 1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

Notes: This is a clear example of a fulfillment of the promise in Psalm 91 and Mark 16:17-18 (above). No, this is not because Paul was a disciple. Paul earlier in his life was persecuting and killing Christians. Then during his discipleship he talked about being a sinner himself. So this can be anyone of us! All we need to do is be filled with the Holy Spirit. How? Pray the Lord's Prayer daily and genuinely mean it correctly (see other posts in this website), and whole-heartedly seek God by reading the Bible.