Pestilence Update

Polio worker gunned down in Pakistan trying to persuade family to vaccinate children. Mens’ evil hearts and minds waxing worse and worse. Perilous times have come, even for those trying to help. Some men don’t want to receive help or believe that they are being offered help. Just like those men who refuse forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ.

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.

Polio worker gunned down in Pakistan trying to persuade family to vaccinate children. Mens’ evil hearts and minds waxing worse and worse. Perilous times have come, even for those trying to help. Some men don’t want to receive help or believe that they are being offered help. Just like those men who refuse forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Ben Farmer. The Telegraph•April 9, 2019

A polio worker was shot dead while trying to persuade a family to vaccinate their children against the crippling virus.

Wajid Ali was killed in Mohmand district in northern Pakistan after allegedly remonstrating with a man over his failure to allow his children to take polio drops.

His killing was the latest of many attacks on vaccinators in Pakistan and comes amid growing concern over attacks on health workers worldwide.

Two men were accused of involvement in the killing, with one arrested and one still on the run, officials said.

Scores of frontline polio workers and their guards have been killed over the years in attacks by militants and extremists who claim the vaccination programme is a conspiracy, or the drops are harmful.

“I give Wajid’s family my word that I will personally follow this case to its conclusion. Parents can refuse polio vaccination, but attacking and then killing innocent polio workers will not be tolerated, no matter what,” said Babar Atta, Imran Khan’s special adviser on polio.

The World Health Organisation also condemned the attack on health workers in one of the last surviving haunts of a virus that once crippled hundreds of thousands a year worldwide.

Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are struggling to stamp out the last vestiges of the wild virus. Insecurity and the difficulty of reaching children in remote areas have made the last few cases stubbornly difficult to eradicate.

“We strongly condemn this and any attack targeting health care staff like Mr Ali, who are working hard to rid the world of polio and other diseases,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

“Health care should never be a target and WHO and our partners will not be deterred by such attacks.”

The arrested suspect allegedly told police the killing was driven by a personal dispute and nothing to do with the polio campaign, but officials and Mr Ali denied that.

“ Wajid had no personal enmity with anyone. He was on his duty and only tried to convince his assassin to let his children have the polio drops. But he refused and killed him,” his father, Malak Bakht Muneer told the Express Tribune.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only remaining haunts of the virus. Tens of thousands of health workers go door-to-door in Pakistan each month handing out drops to under-fives trying to stop the virus circulating.

Yet an 80-page external review commissioned for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative last year said the eradication drive had stalled because of difficulties vaccinating children amid insurgent violence.

While the virus has been rolled back over the past 30 years to only three countries, hopes of finally stamping it out in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are so far thwarted by insecurity.

Cases in Afghanistan had more than doubled from the previous year as violence has worsened. The number of children beyond the reach of vaccinators because of Taliban or Islamic State group obstruction had also jumped.

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