I am not one of those pastors who wants to connect everything in the news to a biblical prophecy. I do agree that we are in the “End Times”; this designation applies to the whole time between Jesus’ ascension and return, however. It is not the moniker for the immediate end of the world.
Communicable disease is definitely in the Bible. Leprosy being the most prominent. “Pestilence” is mentioned many times in the Old Testament. Clearly epidemics if not pandemics are nothing new to the world. Perhaps the real question is, “Is Covid a specific act of God’s wrath against mankind?” I doubt it.
Surely this is not the answer we seek. Some want to say “I told you so”. Others would like it to be a proof of God or His ability to bring judgment. Fact is deadly disease is a part of the “curse” and has been from the beginning. Had it been a specific punishment I would have expected a prophetic forewarning. Assigning any disaster to the wrath of God after the fact is not impressive.
I do think an event like this should be a reminder of the fragility of life and the reality of life impacted by the curse. God didn’t make a world to be like this. Forsaking God and wanting to be God ourselves has created this mess. We should expect such difficulties. That said, being good stewards of our life requires doing what is necessary to minimize damage and protect the lives of others. Some have reacting to vaccines and masks as a major threat to liberty or health. Some terrible theologians have even tried to say they are the mark of the Beast. The mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16) will be something that constitutes an enforced repudiation of Jesus. It is not just a government mandate. That is complete false teaching. We are very blessed to have the knowledge and technology that we have. So many have been helpless in the face of pandemics of the past.
Records are inadequate to accurately measure the impact of tuberculous (still active), small pox, cholera (also still active) and the bubonic plague (which you can still catch but is very treatable). Perhaps if you could add all of them up, it would get close to a fourth of the population attached to the rider of the pale horse in Revelation 6:7-8.
Don’t be mislead by mere hype. Covid is a serious problem, but not the end of the world.