Original Research

Eschatological events in Matthew 24:1–15 and COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

Chidinma P. Ukeachusim
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 44, No 1 | a2755 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v44i1.2755 | © 2023 Chidinma P. Ukeachusim | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 October 2022 | Published: 08 August 2023

About the author(s)

Chidinma P. Ukeachusim, Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; and Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

Abstract

Jesus in Matthew 24 presaged to his disciples about the eschatological happenings that would prepare the world for his Parousia and the end of this age. Using the redaction exegetical approach of doing biblical research, this article focuses on interpreting the context of Matthew 24:1–15 to unveil the nexus that exist between the eschatological events Jesus prophesied in the Olivet Prophecy and the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged the world with special reference to Nigeria. This study found out that the convulsive impacts of COVID-19 pandemic have similarities with the characteristics of the eschatological birth-pang events Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:1–15. The study unveils the nexuses that exist between the eschatological events in Matthew 24 and COVID-19 and highlights the theological exhortations, warnings and commands that pre-equip Christians on how they are to respond to eschatological birth-pang events.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This study explored the nexuses that exist between COVID-19 pandemic and the eschatological events Jesus presaged in Matthew 24. The study highlights how Christians are to be responding to eschatological events.


Keywords

Matthew 24:1-15; eschatology; Parousia; Covid-19 Pandemic; church; Nigeria

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