Is Coronavirus a Sign of the End Times?

Pastor Greg Laurie shares a message titled, "Is Coronavirus a Sign of the End Times?" in which he considers whether this pandemic is a wake-up call for all of us.  Notes “A stunning 43% of poll respondents said they believe the Coronavirus and resulting economic meltdown is a ‘wakeup call’ for us to turn back to faith in God.” In the span of 40 years, COVID-19 is the sixth infectious plague unleashed on the planet. You can freak out . . . or you can look up—in Scripture! 1. What is the rapture? The rapture is when Christ descends from Heaven and we are caught up to meet Him. Though the word rapture is not in the Bible, the word harpazo is; it’s used 13 times in the New Testament. 2. Why is there a rapture? The word revelation means, “unveiling.” It’s not God’s desire to conceal, but to reveal. “A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.” —C. S. Lewis 3. Talking about the Lord’s return makes us want to be closer to God. 4. When will the Lord return in the rapture? Read Matthew 24:36. Scriptures Matthew 16:1–4 Luke 21:8–11 Luke 21:26 2 Thessalonians 2:7–8 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 1 Thessalonians 4:13 1 John 3:3 Matthew 24:36 Resources Watch Pastor Greg's exclusive interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries at This podcast is supported by the generosity of our Harvest Partners. Support the show.

Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America.

In 1990, Greg Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since that time, in-person attendance and live webcast views for these events have totaled more than 7.6 million, with 489,345 people deciding to made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Along with his work at Harvest Ministries, Greg Laurie served as the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, and also serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He holds honorary doctorates from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University.

 Greg Laurie has a daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, which is broadcast on more than 800 radio outlets around the world, as well as a weekly television program.

 Greg Laurie has authored over 70 books including Live Love Fight, Tell Someone, Greatest Stories Ever Told, Hope for Hurting Hearts, As It Is in Heaven, and his autobiography, Lost Boy. The accompanying documentary film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter has won eight awards at international film festivals. His most recent film, Hope for Hurting Hearts, features his story of trusting God through tragedy.

 Greg has been married to Cathe Laurie for more than 40 years and he has two sons, Christopher and Jonathan. Christopher went to be with the Lord in 2008. Greg and Cathe also have five grandchildren.