Signs of the Times

Plagues (Pestilences)


In His sermon on the Mt. of Olives Jesus said that the first phase of the End Times would include pestilences, along with other signs of the times like false messiahs, wars, famines and earthquakes.

For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. - Matthew 24:5-8 (NKJV)

Pestilences would include wild animals, pests, diseases and environmental hazards. These things have been problems in every age, but in these days there are major concerns about AIDS, drug-resistant strains of old diseases like tuberculosis, and newer threats like Ebola. Radiation from space, radio, television and cellular signals, and nuclear accidents are adding to the growing problem of cancer, which affects most families today. Terrorism and threats of war pose the additional nightmare of injury or death by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

During the Tribulation, the Book of Revelation predicts even greater world-wide disasters, symbolized by the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (Revelation 6:1-8). These disasters are a false messiah (white horse), a great war (red horse), famine (black horse), and then rampant sickness and death (pale horse).

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. - Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV)

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Prophetic Significance of Plagues and Pestilence

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“Now we are a global world. And that is a setup that we've been waiting for through redemptive history since the Lord promised that there would come, in the future, an Antichrist who would have a global government,” he noted.
Source: John MacArthur

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Source: Breitbart

Nearly half the country experiencing spike in coronavirus cases

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Nearly half the country is experiencing a new wave of infections, with one state seeing it's highest spike yet and one capital city turning back the clock on its reopening plans.
Source: Ree Hines - AOL

Signs of the Times

June 4, 2020 -
This year, planet earth has been taking a stroll through Matthew 24 — the famous chapter where Jesus laid out for His disciples some of the signs to look for as the time of His return approaches.

“Pestilences” is the most obvious sign.

Source: Hal Lindsey

Fear, Apathy, or Love - Hal Lindsey

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In times of crisis or danger, people respond in a variety of ways. Here are three among many possible responses. Some grow fearful, some pretend the danger is not real, and some turn to God in deeper, richer ways.

Hal hopes you are in the later category.
Source: Hal Lindsey

Cyberattacks target Israeli labs working on coronavirus vaccine

May 26, 2020 -
The attacks attempted and failed to damage the vaccine development process, but did not attempt to steal information... Cyberattacks have been reported on other... centers around the world, including in the US and UK... been blamed on Russia and China.
Source: Tzvi Joffre - Jerusalim Post

Power When You Need It Most

May 18, 2020 -
So here we stand in the middle of a terrible mess. We hear fearful news on every channel. It’s good to be aware of what’s going on the world... Listen to Him. Read His word. Be strong...
Source: Hal Lindsey

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God’s Timeline - Hal Lindsey

April 30, 2020 -
Only at the end of World War II did the world order change shape as rapidly as it is changing right now... the world looks more like the one described in the Bible... existing during the time of the tribulation.

Speaking about His second coming, Jesus used Matthew 24 and 25. In chapter 24, verses 4-7, He spoke of wars and rumors of wars, countries against countries, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes. Then in verse 8, Jesus said, “All these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”

Source: Hal Lindsey

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Plague and Prophecy - Hal Lindsey

April 23, 2020 -
I hope you are in a church where pastors and others teach Bible prophecy as a part of their overall study of scripture... You studied the words of Jesus. You heard His warnings as well as His promises.

Lindsey explains that the worst of the end-time events will take place during the seven years of Daniel’s 70th week which is popularly known as the tribulation. He reminds us that Christians will not be here for the tribulation.

See also Lindsey's "Last Days Warnings."
Source: Hal Lindsey

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"Is this coronavirus a sign of the end of the world?"

April 19, 2020 -
This is Rev. Danny Jones of the Northlake Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA. This is his inspirational Sermon from April 19th, 2020 in it he references the revelation related topic... And no COVID is not the end.

North Lake Baptist Church, Gainsville, Georgia. -

Source: YouTube

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April 17, 2020 -
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China may be conducting secret nuclear tests, State Department warns

April 15, 2020 -
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President Trump’s decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus crisis touched off an international war of words overnight as Democratic lawmakers in Washington as well as international bodies like the European Union condemned the move.
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April 8, 2020 -
The overwhelming majority of pastors say specific current events are a sign of the End Times and Jesus’ return, according to a new LifeWay Research survey.
A poll of evangelical and historically black church pastors indicate that 97 percent believe that Jesus will “literally and personally return to Earth again.”

Source: Michael Foust - Christian Headlines

Fascinating new poll, released during Passover/Easter week, finds vast majority of American pastors see signs of Biblical “last days” in current events. 70% say rebirth of Israel one of those signs. 56% believe events signal that Messiah will come soon. Here are the results in full.

April 8, 2020 -
70% of American pastors believe that the rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948, and the re-gathering of the Jewish people in the Holy Land, are among the biblical signs of the “last days” and the coming of the Messiah...
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April 6, 2020 - @greglaurie at @harvestorg Church in Riverside, California
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Bill Gates shares his optimistic take on coronavirus death toll projections

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5 Christian Leaders' Views on the Coronavirus and the End Times

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April 2, 2020 -
A stunning 44% of Americans polled said they see “the global coronavirus pandemic and economic meltdown” as “a wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” as “signs of coming judgment."
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China county in lockdown as fears grow over second wave of virus

Apr. 2, 2020 -
A Chinese county of around 600,000 residents has gone into lockdown after a woman who visited the area tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring concerns over a second wave of domestic infections.
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Source: Michael Foust - Christian Headlines
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Plagues Links

World Health Organization
Avian Flu in humans - WHO
Anthrax - Wikipedia
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria - Better Health
What is Radiation Sickness? - Medical News Today
Fukishima Nuclear Disaster - Wikipedia

Radiation and the Fourth Horseman

Mar. 19, 2011 - While the nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima plant are disintegrating and releasing radiation into the air, many are asking what Bible prophecy has to say about radiation in the End Times.

This is an area where it would be unwise to be dogmatic, but there are two possible connections to nuclear destruction from the account of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Revelation chapter 6 describes the early part of the Tribulation as a vision of four riders on different colored horses. First there is the rider on a white horse (verses 1-2), a mighty conqueror and apparent messiah who appears to be able solve the world’s problems, but in reality is a false savior – the “beast” of Revelation 13, who is often called Antichrist.

The second symbolic rider comes on a red horse (Revelation 6:3-4). This speaks of the ravages of a great world-wide war. It is not likely that this war is started by the rider on the white horse, since, as the previous verses indicate, he is seen as a messianic hero.

Jesus told us that the period leading up to the Tribulation would be characterized by “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6; Mark 13:7).

It is likely that this is the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39, which results in fiery destruction of the aggressors from the north when they try to conquer Israel. This could very possibly escalate to nuclear warfare, which involves more than one of the present-day nuclear powers. The emerging world dictator could take credit for the destruction of Israel’s invaders, or at least take advantage of the situation, to bring about the seven-year peace treaty between himself and Israel that was prophesied by Daniel. If this is the case, this war would take place at the very beginning of the seven years of the Tribulation. And, of course, if it involves a nuclear exchange, it will result in the release of unwanted radiation.

The third horse will be black, and it will bring great famine, probably as a result of the world war and continued global economic problems (Revelation 6:5-6).

The fourth horse brings a variety of deadly situations.

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 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 6:7-8

The color of the fourth horse is translated many ways. Some Bible versions translate it as “pale,” others as “ashen,” or “pale green.” The Greek word is chloros, “greenish.” It is the root of the well known “chlorophyll”, the tiny green chemical converters in the leaves of most plants.

Chloros also suggests deadly chlorine gas, which is pale green in color and quickly fatal to all who breathe it. The intended picture here is a sickly pale green that symbolizes death as a result of the terrors of nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare.

Therefore, one of the main causes of this Fourth Horseman’s deadly mission might be radiation and the cancer that it produces. This radiation could be the result, not only of nuclear weapons, but of damaged nuclear power plants as well. And these catastrophes could be caused by terrorism or natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

One other possibility for the meaning of the green horse has been suggested by some Bible teachers in the light of the growing threat by Islamic radical terrorists. They wonder if the green could come from the well-known fact that Islamic countries all use green in their flags and seem to prefer that color. Time will tell if there is any connection here.

More related information is available in our book, Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy.

Source: Ron's Blog

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