Pestilence Update

Vietnam culls 2.5 mln pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak – officials

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, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Vietnam culls 2.5 mln pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak – officials

Reuters•June 18, 2019

HANOI, June 18 (Reuters) – Vietnam has culled more than 2.5 million pigs to contain the spread of an African swine fever outbreak that is in danger of infecting every province of the country, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday.

The virus, which is deadly to pigs, was first detected in Vietnam in February and has spread to farms in 58 of the country’s 63 provinces, according to Nguyen Van Long, head of epidemiology at Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health.

A second senior official at the department said that it was “only a matter of time” before the disease spreads to all 63 provinces. The official declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

In March, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) advised Vietnam to declare the African swine fever outbreak as a national emergency.

“We won’t declare the outbreak a national emergency yet as the virus is harmless to humans and the outbreak doesn’t pose a threat to national security,” Long told Reuters by telephone.

Pork accounts for three-quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people where most of its 30 million farm-raised pigs are consumed domestically.

Vietnam said last month it would mobilise its military and police forces to help combat the outbreak and called on people not to turn their back on pork consumption.

The country’s pork industry is valued at around 94 trillion dong ($4.03 billion), and accounts for nearly 10% of Vietnam’s agricultural sector.

Can Van Luc, an economist with the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam in Hanoi, said the outbreak has not had a significant impact on the economy yet.

“The price of pork may rise a bit towards the end of the year, but I don’t think it will put any significant upward pressure on inflation,” said Luc, who is also a government economic advisor.

African swine fever was first detected in Asia last August in China, the world’s largest pork producer, where the disease is expected to reduce the herd by up to 200 million pigs this year. ($1 = 23,334 dong) (Reporting by Khanh Vu; editing by James Pearson)

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