Pestilence means a deadly and overwhelming disease that affects an entire community. The Black Plague, a disease that killed over thirty percent of Europe's population, was certainly a pestilence. Pestilence is also one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation.
Luke 21:11 And there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
The latest news from the New Scientist website about the coronavirus virus is: “So far, around a quarter of people infected during the outbreak of a new coronavirus have developed severe respiratory infections, and about 3 percent have died. With the numbers still climbing alarmingly fast, many groups are already rushing to try to find treatments for the virus.”
So, what other viruses are still a threat to our global community?
EBOLA: This rare, infectious, often fatal disease was discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the Ebola River. Scientists believe that bats are the most likely carriers of the Ebola virus.
SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A contagious and potentially fatal respiratory illness. It first appeared in China in November 2002 and was identified in February 2003.
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In the modern world, the deadliest virus of all may be HIV. It is still the one that is the biggest killer. An estimated 36 million people have died from HIV since the disease was first recognized in the early 1980s.
INFLUENZA: During a typical flu season, up to 500,000 people worldwide die from the illness. Occasionally, when a new flu strain emerges a pandemic results with a faster spread of disease and, often, higher mortality rates.
ZIKA VIRUS: This disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day.
COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease. This disease can be severe and has caused death in some cases. It can be spread from person to person, and there is no coronavirus vaccine yet. Now, this virus has captured the attention of the global community. This disease emerged in China in December 2019.
Once again, another virus and another global panic. The Signs the Bible tells us will happen are now in plain sight, and many people just don’t see it.
Earthquakes, global unrest, wars and rumors of war, pestilence, plagues, global warming … are all Signs that God’s Prophetic calendar is playing out. Jesus was clear … just prior to His Return there will be an ignorance in the world of His Return and of the Signs that are predicting it. Jesus also said that the Days of His Return would mirror the ignorance in the Days of Noah prior to it beginning to rain:
Luke 17 26Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
The society in Noah’s Day was totally ignorant of God’s impending Judgment. They were too busy with living life and had no idea until the disaster came. The same will be True in the Day Jesus Returns. Our culture/society is no different than Noah’s Day … there is a Day of Reckoning coming just like in Noah’s Day, but we are ignoring the Signs.
Signs are meant to warn so you can react and prepare yourself and your family for what is to come. That is one of the reasons I write this blog, because I do not believe people are paying attention to the Prophetic Scriptures that tell us it’s about to rain the Judgment of God. You may not like to hear that, but it is Bible 101.
Jesus came the first time to Save and He ended up on a Cross to die for the sins of the world. When Jesus comes back a second time, He is coming to Judge the world. Noah’s Day gave us a flood… our Day will fulfill the Book of Revelation; both devastating to those who are not prepared. The flood of Noah’s Day was a Day of Reckoning for sinful lives lived, and the Judgment of God in the Book of Revelation is the same kind of Judgment.
My questions to my readers … Why do we spend little to no time talking about these kinds of issues? Are we afraid? Why do we reject this portion of God Warning us in His Word? I will tell you who will be the most surprised by the Second Coming of the Lord:
1. Sinners: If they haven’t heard or have chosen not to hear, they will be surprised.
2. Seasoned Saints of God: They have heard this Prophecy stuff so much that they are immunized against it. They have moved on to other more practical things in their Spiritual journey. They will be surprised.
So, the first group does probably not surprise you, but the second group may have you confused. If we were to do a survey in most Evangelical Churches today, the top preached sermon theme would be how to live out a better life in Christ, now. The least preached sermon theme is Biblical Prophecy, ‘what’s next?’ This indicates that the mature in Christ do not think it is worth the time to preach about a theme that confuses and frightens people. So, they will be surprised when it happens like a thief in the night.
Keep in mind that God has been preparing this world for His Return. He started in 1948 with the establishment of the State of Israel so He can come back to the Land. He has given us time to get the Message of the Gospel to the world, which we have been doing for decades through technology and the inventions of modern-day communications. We have seen the increasing decay of our societies every year as we ignore God. We are seeing all the Signs Jesus told us would happen prior to His Return so we are ripe for Jesus to Come.
I hope you will share this word today. I have been trying to get more traction for these blog messages because the time is short, and the communication on the themes I write about are weak within the Body of Christ. I would really appreciate it.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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