Pestilence Update

This year’s 2019 flu season is not going away quietly.

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.

This year’s flu season is not going away quietly.

Doug Stanglin. USA TODAY•March 23, 2019

This year’s flu season is not going away quietly.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of medical visits for flu-like symptoms for the week ending March 16 was at 4.4 percent, above the baseline of 2.2 percent.

That is the highest this late in the season since the CDC began tracking such data 20 years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Although the season — which stretches from October to May — has not been as severe overall as in past years, flu activity remains at an elevated level.

Forty-four states continue to report widespread flu activity and 26 states are still experiencing high activity. 

“Influenza-like-illness levels have been at or above baseline for 17 weeks this season,” according to the CDC summary. “By this measure, the last five seasons have averaged 16 weeks, with a range of 11 to 20 weeks.”

“The CDC expects flu activity to remain elevated for a number of weeks, suggesting this season is likely to be relatively long,” the summary says.

In a more specific forecast, the CDC says it appears that the flu season peaked nationally in mid-February, but that “flu activity is expected to remain elevated nationally through April.”

The report also notes another eight flu-related pediatric deaths, bringing the total for the season to 76.

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