The Horrible Pandemics (Pestilence)

Steven LeBlanc

10 25 2014a
The Hand of a man with Bubonic plague

What is a pandemic? It is a plague, a pestilence (disease) that impacts millions of people and may spread over continents or a multitude of continents.

Black Death (Bubonic plague 1346–1400)
This pandemic exploded onto the world stage in year 1346, and spread quickly throughout Europe and Asia. It killed an estimated 43 million people worldwide, including 25 million in Europe, or 1/3 of the population on the European continent. It used to be thought that the Black Death originated in China, but new research shows that it began in the spring of 1346 in the steppe region, where a plague reservoir stretches from the north-western shores of the Caspian Sea into southern Russia—(Historytoday.com).

It is caused by a bacterium known as Yersinia pestis, which uses the flea as a host and is usually transmitted to humans via rats and animals—the fleas carry the bacterium. The disease causes gangrene in the fingers and feet and large swellings nodules on the groin, armpits and neck. It is called the Black Death because the feet, hands and even parts of the face turn blue black.

Today, it kills up to two thirds of sufferers within just four days if it is not treated. Worldwide, there are 1,000 to 3,000 cases of plague each year. The plague is generally associated with domestic rats but squirrels have been known to carry the plague (fleas) as well. Almost all of the cases reported during the decade were rural. They occurred among people living in small towns and villages or in agricultural areas, rather than in larger, more developed towns and cities.

The Spanish Flu of (1918-1919)
10 25 2014b
Photo Taken In 1918—Flu patients in an overcrowded Naval Training Station

In 1918 what was to be called the Spanish Flu, engulfed the nations of the world virtually without warning, killing healthy young adults, children and the elderly. Hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed within the week; in Philadelphia, 4,597 people died in one week alone and bodies piled up on the streets to be carted off to mass graves. President Wilson’s determined effort in WWI helped to forge conditions in which the virus thrived, killing more than 50 million worldwide and perhaps as many as 100 million in just a year. Overcrowded military camps and overcrowded transport ships going to Europe became “floating caskets.”

John Barry discusses the devastation of the Spanish Flu in his compelling book THE GREAT INFLUENZA. An abstract claims the following: It [Spanish Flu] killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease.

There are other Pandemics that afflict us today, AIDS, TB, Malaria…we will discuss these diseases in a future blog. Remember, the end-time nightmare ahead of us will include horrific pestilences that will kill multiple millions—Why? Because, people refuse to stop breaking the TEN COMMANDMENTS–God will allow great suffering to sweep through the nations–Notice in Revelation 9:20-21—the nations stubbornly continue to violate God’s laws:

The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation Chapter 6:7-8 describes the fourth seal that involves sickness: “When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him.” This “‘Pale’ horse (chloros) is defined as yellowish green, the light green of a plant, or the paleness of a sick person in contrast to a healthy appearance. This horse is the color of death and disease. In Jesus’ parallel prophecy in Matthew 24, He explained that in the wake of religious deception, war and famine would come “pestilences” meaning disease epidemics (Matthew 24:7).

More discussion of this subject later…

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