Pestilence Update

DRCongo faces fresh Ebola risk after attacks closed health centres

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

DRCongo faces fresh Ebola risk after attacks closed health centres

AFP•February 28, 2019

Kinshasa (AFP) – Health authorities in DR Congo warned Friday of a “serious” new Ebola outbreak after a medical centre at the heart of the epidemic was attacked.

Aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) temporarily suspended treatment in two centres in Butembo city and Katwa district, both in the northeast of the country, after they were struck by arson attacks on Wednesday and Sunday.

Butembo is the epicentre of DR Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak.

“Unidentified assailants set some of the compound’s facilities and vehicles on fire,” MSF said in a statement Thursday. “The blazes were contained, but the teams were obliged to immediately cease patient care.”

No staff or patients were harmed, but the carer of one patient died in the attack in Katwa, MSF said.

“Both attacks were traumatic for patients, their relatives and staff who were inside the centres at the time,” MSF said.

Last month, the agency suspended non-essential work in part of eastern DR Congo after gunmen abducted two of its local staff.

Attacks have “severely hampered” efforts to fight Ebola in recent days, the Congolese health ministry said this week.

“These two incidents have caused enormous disruption to activities,” it said in a Friday update. “There may well be a serious new outbreak of cases in health zones in Katwa and Butembo in the coming days.”

DR Congo is fighting its 10th Ebola epidemic in the eastern North Kivu and northwest Ituri provinces.

At least 490 people have died since last August, according to the health ministry.

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