Answered by Bryan Krumdiack
The book of Revelation describes the many judgements God will pour out on the earth during the time known as the Tribulation.  This is a period of seven years during which God will judge the earth with all kinds of natural disasters, disease, death, and destruction.  What this question is really asking is “Are we in the Tribulation yet?”  The answer to that question is no.
The apostle Paul addressed a similar issue among the Thessalonians. Some false teachers had come into the Thessalonian church after Paul had left and were teaching “to the effect that the day of the Lord (the tribulation period) has come.” (2 Thess. 2:2).
In response to that false teaching Paul tells the Thessalonians to “not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” (2 Thess. 2:2).  He tells them, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God. Don’t you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2:3-7). WEB
Paul has laid out events that must occur before the day of the Lord/Tribulation occurs.
• First, the departure, or some translations translate it apostasy, must happen.
• Second the man of sin, the antichrist, the beast of the book of Revelation, the lawless one, must be revealed before the day of the Lord/Tribulation begins.
• Third, the restrainer must be removed, “taken out of the way”.
All three of these necessary events are good studies on their own that we won’t go into here.  The main point Paul was making and that I would reiterate, is that the three events have not occurred so we are not in the day of the Lord/Tribulation.  The coronavirus is similar to some of the plagues in Revelation. So were the Bubonic plague, the Spanish flu, the Ebola outbreak, the earthquake and tsunami in south east Asia, and many more. It’s also similar to plagues in the Old Testament. But since we are not in the tribulation then the coronavirus is not from the book of Revelation.
As we go through troubles like the coronavirus be encouraged by Christ’s words, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
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