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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen

Prophecy Sign:  Pestilence, plagues and disease

First the good news;  Bible prophecy indicates that there will be hundreds of millions of people alive at the conclusion of the Tribulation, (including the 200 million man army that marches from the east), therefore any Hollywood style global viral extermination events, ("I am Legend", "World War Z", "Resident Evil", "The Walking Dead"), are not likely to happen, (although with the American government looking to purchase 160,000 Ebola Hazmat suites you have to wonder just what do they know that they aren't telling the rest of us - article below).

Now the bad news;  Bible prophecy does warn that there will be millions of people who will die during the coming Tribulation by way of plague and disease.  The rider on the Pale Horse is one of the very first judgments, (seal judgments), that is to occur during the seven year "Time of Jacobs Trouble".  Thus it should not be unexpected that we should now be seeing so many diseases bursting upon the scene.  Even Jesus warned that we would see pestilences, (plagues, disease, vermin), as one of the birth pang signs of the end.

If what we are now seeing are mere shadows of the Tribulation, we can't even begin to image what is to occur during the actual seven year period of global judgment.  Once again, we make appeal to any and all who may read this blog entry;  If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, now is the day of salvation.  Christ has promised the believer that we will not experience the wrath of God, (1 Thessalonians 5:9), but we will be caught up with him, (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), prior to the coming judgments of God Almighty. 

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. 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. Revelation 6:8 NIV

Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen
Today, the Ebola virus spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and vomit. But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze. "It's the single greatest concern I've ever had in my 40-year public health career," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I can't imagine anything in my career -- and this includes HIV -- that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus." Osterholm and other experts couldn't think of another virus that has made the transition from non-airborne to airborne in humans. They say the chances are relatively small that Ebola will make that jump. But as the virus spreads, they warned, the likelihood increases.

What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola
The second possibility is one that virologists are loath to discuss openly but are definitely considering in private: that an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air. You can now get Ebola only through direct contact with bodily fluids. But viruses like Ebola are notoriously sloppy in replicating, meaning the virus entering one person may be genetically different from the virus entering the next. The current Ebola virus’s hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years. Each new infection represents trillions of throws of the genetic dice.

Virologist: Fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia is lost
His statement might alarm many people. But Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg told DW that he and his colleagues are losing hope for Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries worst hit by the recent Ebola epidemic. "The right time to get this epidemic under control in these countries has been missed," he said. That time was May and June. "Now it is too late." Schmidt-Chanasit expects the virus will "burn out itself" in this part of the world. With other words: It will more or less infect everybody and half of the population - in total about five million people - could die.

Lakeland Industries Announces Global Availability of Hazmat Suits for Ebola
"Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola," said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries.  "We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem.  With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.

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