In the US, many states have started to lift coronavirus restrictions despite the number of cases still rising in nearly half of them, leading to a growing number making the use of facemasks mandatory. However, according to a recent report from the CDC, a large number of Americans said they did not support the decision to wear face-covering to stop the spread of COVID-19. The CDC found that 60.3 percent of respondents said they always wore a mask when out in public, while 13.8 percent say they often wore a mask in public and 17.1 percent of respondents said they either rarely or never wore a mask in public.
There has been a varied reason for this response, including the fact US President Donald Trump refused to wear a mask until just two days ago, and, according to David Abrams, a professor at the NYU School of Global Public Health, humans tend to “long for a sense of belonging in uncertain times” – applying to those on both sides of the political spectrum.
Chillingly, the Bible may have predicted an even more concerning fate for the world after a row which led to God hiding his face.
Chapter 39 of the Book of Ezekiel states: “The nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile for their iniquity because they acted treacherously against me, and I hid my face from them.
“So I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and all of them fell by the sword.
“According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I dealt with them, and I hid my face.”
The major prophetic book of the Old Testament records six visions of the prophet Ezekiel, a priest of Solomon’s Temple, from God, who was among the captive during the Babylonian exile.
The exile, he tells his fellow captives, is God’s punishment on Israel for turning away, but God will restore his people to Jerusalem when they return to him.
After this message of reassurance, chapters 38–39, the Gog oracle, tells how Gog of Magog and his hordes will threaten restored Israel but will be destroyed, after which God will establish a new temple.
Many have been taking to social media in recent weeks to share their thoughts over the links between coronavirus and the Bible, including the building of the Third Temple.
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The final book of the New Testament tells how the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are sent as a punishment of God, but some believe they are an analogy of real-life events to come in the future.
Revelation Six tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with seven seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague.
It states: “They were given power over a fourth of the Earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the Earth.”
Seven trumpets are sounded, one at a time, to set off apocalyptic events seen by John of Patmos in his vision.
According to Revelation 8:1-2 the angels sound these trumpets after the breaking of the Seventh Seal, which secured the scroll of the apocalypse, marking the Second Coming of Christ.