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, for which there is no vaccination. 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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Prophetic Significance of Plagues and Pestilences

Coronavirus deaths top 5,000 in US as more states issue stay-at-home orders

April 2, 2020 -
Grim news of coronavirus infections and fatalities continued in the U.S. on Wednesday, with the number of confirmed cases rising above 200,000 and the number of deaths surpassing 5,000. The fatalities for Wednesday alone topped 1,000 -- a one-day toll.
Source: Dom Calicchio - Fox

Majority of Americans Praying 'for an End' to Coronavirus Pandemic, Pew Says

April. 1, 2020
More than half of U.S. adults say they’ve prayed for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new poll that also shows most churchgoers have watched religious services online.

Accordfing to a Pew Research Center survey, 55 percent of Americans “have prayed for an end to the spread of coronavirus.”

Source: Michael Foust - Christian Headlines

Is Coronavirus Ushering in the Antichrist's One-World Government?

Mar, 31, 2020 - Dr. Barrier relates Psalm 2 to Revelation 19, a prophecy about the end-times world government.
In Psalm 2, David pictures a time before the Second Coming Of Christ when all the nations of the world will consolidate into one worldwide government lined up to fight against God.
Source: Dr. Roger Barrier - Crosswalk

Prophetic Significance of Plagues and Pestilences

Trump: 'With the Grace of God' America 'Will Win' the War against the Coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 -
“With the grace of God, we are rising to the occasion,” Trump said. “We are proving that no darkness can overshadow the eternal light of American courage.
Source: Michael Foust - Christian Headlines

US Allows Emergency Use of Possible Coronavirus Treatment

Mar. 30, 2020 -
Normally used to treat malaria, hydroxychloroquine yielded promising yet inconclusive results in a small coronavirus trial. While Trump has said the drug is safe, it does carry significant side effects.
Source: NewsMax

What Does The Bible Teach About Pestilinces, Plagues And Global Pandemics -Joel C. Rosenberg

Mar. 29, 2020 -
12- page report from Joel C. Rosenberg, Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund
While the term “pandemic” is a modern term and never used in the Scriptures, the Bible does use ancient Hebrew and Greek words for pestilence and plagues at least 127 times.
Click on the headline to read the full report.
Source: The Joshua Fund

Bible Study - Happening Now Covid 19 Update - Jack Hibbs and Don Stewart

Mar. 25, 2020 -
I encourage you to watch this in its entirety as Don Stewart and Jack Hibbs discuss current events in light of Bible prophecy.
Click headline to view this informative Bible study!
Source:Jack Hibbs and Don Stewart

Coronavirus Cases Update

Current cases of Coronovirus.
Click headline for current Coronovirus totals.
Source: Worldometers

White House, Senate strike deal on historic $2T coronavirus relief bill

Mar. 25, 2020 -
White House and Senate leaders reached a historic deal shortly after midnight Wednesday on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package for workers and businesses, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered something of a tepid endorsement of the agreement.
Source: Fox

Expect a coronavirus stimulus agreement in Senate, Schumer says

Mar. 24, 2020 -
Sen. Chuck Schumer... told reporters early Tuesday that he expects Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to come together and reach an agreement on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that set off a fierce debate on the Senate floor...
Source: Edmund DeMarche - Fox

Senate Republicans stuck in quarantine as chaos unfolds over coronavirus bill

Mar. 23, 2020 -
The fate of a third coronavirus response bill... -- has been only further clouded by the fact that five Republican senators remain stuck in quarantine. The package was blocked by Senate Democrats late Sunday, leading to fiery condemnations from GOP colleagues.
Source: Brooke Singman - Fox

Coronavirus cases pass 300,000 around the world

Mar. 22, 2020 -
Cases pass 300,000 with more than 13,000 deaths around the world; 93,000 people have recovered,
Source: BBC

Lockdowns, stay-at-home policies multiply as coronavirus cases, deaths mount

Mar.21, 2020 -
In the U.S. and across the globe, more people were under official lockdowns or stay-at-home policies early Saturday as coronavirus cases and fatalities mounted... All told, the orders would confine around 75 million Americans to their homes.
Source: Fox

Answering Fear - Hal Lindsey

Mar. 18, 2020 -
I have read that phrases like “fear not” or “do not be afraid” occur over 300 times in the Bible. Clearly, God does not want us to be afraid. In fact, He commands us not to fear.
Source: Hal Lindsey

Coronavirus in the US: State-by-state breakdown

Mar. 16, 2020 -
As of Monday morning, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 164,470 people... resulting in over 5,700 deaths. In the U.S.,at least 49 states...have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, tallying over 3,700 illnesses and 68 deaths.
Source: Fox

Tribulation Preview By Hal Lindsey

Mar. 14, 2020 - Revelation 9:21 - “They did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”
It’s another preview of the tribulation... Terrible calamities will have fallen on the earth by that time — calamities that are a direct result of human sin.
Source: Hal Lindsey

Anne Graham Lotz: Is the Coronavirus a Sign of the End Times?

Mar. 13, 2020 - "Great earthquakes will occur in various places, and there will be famines and pestilence. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. ... When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:11, 28).
The coronavirus, has created national fear in a way I have not witnessed in my lifetime. ... ball games are being canceled; theaters are shutting down; schools are closing; travel is restricted and the stock market is on ... rollercoaster ride.
Source: Charisma News

Coronavirus updates live: World markets tumble as anxiety grows in D.C.

Mar. 9, 2020 -
The number of confirmed U.S. cases of coronavirus has risen to more than 550 Sunday, including 22 deaths.
Source: NBC

Global Coronavirus Infections Top 100,000

Mar. 6, 2020 -
The number of people infected by the new coronavirus globally surpassed 100,000 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally based on statements from health ministries and government officials.

The virus has infected people on every continent except Antarctica.
Source: NewsMax

Coronavirus: 2nd Person Dies In U.S.; New Cases Reported In Florida And New York

Mar. 2. 2020 -
A man in Washington state has become the second person in the U.S. to die from a coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. The man was in his 70s and had been living at a nursing facility near Seattle.
Source: NPR

'A Scourge of Biblical Proportions': UN Leaders Sound Alarm on East Africa Locust Crisis in Call for Global Response

Top United Nations relief officials warned Tuesday that millions more in funding is needed to combat East Africa's worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades. ... "acting now to avert a food crisis is a more humane..."
Source: Jessica Corbett - Common Dreams


Feb. 26, 2020 -
COVID-19 cases continued to increase on Wednesday, with four new countries reporting their first confirmed cases of the pneumonia-causing virus. Cases of the new coronavirus rose to 81,194 on Wednesday morning,
Source: NewsMax

Dow plunges nearly 1,000 points as coronavirus cases surge in South Korea and Italy

Feb. 24, 2020 -
The Dow plunged as much as 997 points, or 3.4%, when US markets opened on Monday. The S&P 500 fell up to 3.2%, and the Nasdaq lost nearly 4.3%... the Dow is still off nearly 800 points, or 2.7%.
Source: - Rob McLean, Laura He and Charles Riley - CNN

Coronavirus: Rapid spread raises fears of global pandemic

Feb.24, 2020 -
Fears are growing that the coronavirus outbreak could reach pandemic scale as more cases emerge around the world... More than 1,200 cases have been confirmed in about 30 other countries and there have been more than 20 deaths.

In China, nearly 77,000 people have been infected and approximatley 2,600 have died.
Source: BBC

Coronavirus: South Korea confirms huge rise in cases

Feb. 22, 2020 -
South Korea has now reported the largest number of confirmed infections outside China - 76,288 cases including 2,345 deaths - and the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan which has seen more than 600 cases.
Source: BBC

Coronavirus cases top 71,000

Feb. 17, 2020 -
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 71,000 people around the world, mostly in mainland China. The death toll is 1,775, including five people outside mainland China.
Source: CNN

Coronavirus Stats

Feb. 10, 2020 -
Deaths: 910
Source: Worldometers

Fears rise of coronavirus pandemic as death toll climbs in China

Feb. 3, 2020 -
Global death toll rises to 427 as confirmed cases reach more than 20,000 in mainland China.
Source: NBC

Coronavirus live updates: Death toll passes 250, China cancels tariffs on US virus prevention products

Feb. 1, 2020 -
Roughly 2,100 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in China, raising the global total to nearly 12,000, according to the Chinese and World Health Organization. The death toll has reached 259. Here are the latest updates:
Source: CNBC

Coronavirus death toll increases, here's the latest update on cases

Jan. 31, 2020 -
The death toll from the virus rose to 170 on Thursday, with a total of 7,711 infected. Over the past 24 hours, 38 new deaths and 1,737 new infected cases have been reported.
Source: David Aaro -Fox

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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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