THE END OF THE WORLD is upon us, according to wild claims online sparked by a Bible passage that has gone viral.
The passage is featured in the Book of Chronicles, a Hebrew prose of text featured in the Old Testament. It contains a story from Adam, some teachings from Jesus and a narrative of the history of ancient Judah and Israel until the proclamation of King Cyrus the Great. But, according to claims online, it also prophesied current events leading to the end of the world.
The passage being shared online reads: “Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.
“I will watch over this temple and be ready to hear all the prayers that are offered here.”
According to claims, this extract is referring to the coronavirus, the current locust plague and the Australian wildfires which are still being contained in some areas.
On Monday, American artist Jeffrey Williams, known as Young Thug, shared the passage with his seven million followers on Instagram, with the message: “Pay attention children,” sparking thousands of comments.
When I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people
One response reads: “He held back rain in Australia, the locusts are eating up Africa, now the epidemic is the coronavirus, we living in our last days.”
Another added: “We’ve got to pray for better times.”
And a third claimed: “Welcome to Revelation.”
The same passage has also been shared countless times on Twitter, with users making reference to the same three recent events.
Currently, COVID-19 is a pandemic that has infected more than 200,000 people worldwide, amounting to 8,200 deaths.
Meanwhile, a plague of locusts which has ravaged through East Africa is set to descend on the Middle East in time for Passover.
Last year, the world watched in horror when hundreds of fires burned through Australia enhanced by extended drought.
But, there is no reason to fear just yet, according to Jeff Kinley, a biblical author, who says there will be many more signs before the Second Coming.
This week, Mr Kinley pointed to Revelation 6:8, which forecasts deaths all over the globe “by sword, famine and plague”.
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He also added Jesus’ words about the events before the end times in Luke 21:11: “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”
Mr Kinley concluded: “I think he’s referring to a future time, I don’t think this is an actual fulfilment of that.”
He added that the Bible is very specific about what will happen before the End Times.
One major event, for example, is the ancient temple in Jerusalem is supposed to be rebuilt first.