Worldwide Fear Grows as Pestilence Destroys Lives
By Pastor Mike Taylor
“6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and PESTILENCES, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:6-8)(my emphasis)
We are all conscience of the rise of wars, and rumors of wars that have been getting more and more frequent. Wars like in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Ukraine, North Korea, Syria, and even ISIS is still a threat and reported as news by the “lame” stream media. No matter what a politician says, this world is becoming more dangerous, not peaceful as all would like it to be. Ever notice the amount of earthquakes that have exponentially grown in the last 15 years? I get an update from Prophecy Update that covers all the exponential rise of earthquakes that are prevalent in the “ring of fire” in the Pacific Ocean region, but also spreading worldwide. The earth is being shaken and tribulation is coming upon the earth. I’m not talking about the 7 last years of God’s wrath, written in Daniel, spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24, also in Revelation, and when Paul spoke of in 1st Thessalonian chapter 5. No, I’m talking about the run-up to this awful period of human history known as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation. These signs are a warning, or a trumpet call to those who will listen and repent before it is too late. Now let us turn to what has caught the attention of the “lame stream media” and has gotten everyone becoming afraid and I highlighted the opening verses -PESTILENCE.
A MOST DANGEROUS WORLD
Jesus plainly spoke about that during the last days of human history that there would be pestilence referring to various diseases upon the earth. We shall call them modern day plagues. I truly believe now that the last days are upon us, and we see diseases that modern science thought they had all but eradicated. Mutations of killer diseases have again found a way to rise again in our so called ” modern age”. These diseases are so virulent that our antibiotics and treatments have all but become ineffective to destroy them. What is the definition of the word I just used…virulent? The dictionary says ” a substance that is harmful”, but synonyms of virulent would be poisonous, toxic, venomous, noxious, deadly, fatal, dangerous, and destructive, just to name a few. In my lifetime, I have seen plagues such as polio, scarlet fever, small pox and tuberculosis all but eradicated, just to name a few, but these have returned in a mutated form that we cannot cure. I have witnessed the same at our local hospitals of those quarantined because they have said diseases.
In the recent past, we had the deadly Ebola virus that was all over the news. We thought that this was an African problem that only spread by close contact with another infected person’s body fluids, but was reported to have mutated to being transmitted through the air from a person’s cough, much like TB. Or you can pick it up on surfaces where the virus has been deposited and can live for hours, or days unless destroyed by sunlight. You can go to your local ATM and touch the keypad that is sheltered out of the sun, and pick up this disease. You can ride the subway, or a taxi cab and be exposed. But hey, we’re not in Africa, we’re in America. I can’t come here. But oh, it did.
Reported cases (in the past) of patients exposed in Africa coming to Georgia, to Bethesda Maryland Naval Hospital, or a report of one in Nebraska that was being treated from being exposed in Liberia, or other West African countries in a “controlled” manner in those local hospitals and transferred from Africa to the homeland. But now we learn that the first case of unprotected Ebola came to Dallas, Texas and the man had come in contact with untold amount of people on the airplane flight here to the USA, doctors and nurses at the hospital where he went for treatment of flu like symptoms, and school children who have returned to their schools. The spread could have become exponential in the amount of exposure, to where one expert says, unless stopped would cover the entire USA and the world. But that threat has died down, but it still is being reported in parts of Africa still and is not eradicated.
Now we see another plague that has invaded China and is spreading and even come to the USA in certain places….The Coronavirus originated in China in the city of Wahun. Some believe it was because of the result of unsanitary conditions and eating of animals that most people would turn their noses to see them being eaten. (like eating bats. Yes, those flying creatures that live in caves)
I read in the articles on the internet concerning this danger to the population of the world:
“About 40,573 individuals globally (primarily in mainland China) have been confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins virus dashboard.
-The virus gets a temporary name, Chinese officials announced.
-910 deaths linked to the virus. Deaths worldwide exceed those from SARS.
-A phase 1 trial of a new vaccine against 2019-nCoV is on track to begin in 2.5 months, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday (Feb. 7). There have been “no glitches so far” in the steps to prepare the vaccine, which involves initial studies in lab dishes and animals, Fauci said.
-More than 800 Americans have been evacuated from Wuhan on four flights.
-The U.S. is prepared to spend up to $100 million to assist China and other countries in combating the virus, according to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
-About 3,700 people are being quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan due to the coronavirus, with 130 individuals testing positive so far, the Times reported.
-The 34-year-old Chinese doctor who was silenced by police for warning about the coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting that virus. China’s Communist Party has said it will send a team to investigate the death,” ( The New York Times reported).
Then we have reports that some claim to be conspiracy theories…
“2016 documents show that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an organization increasingly suspected of being linked to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, has been studying the virus over the last several years. This comes as a growing body of evidence suggests the disease did not originate in a seafood wet market as the Chinese government claims.
If the unconfirmed reports are true, it would not be the first time a deadly disease has escaped from a Chinese research facility. In March 2004, 9 people became infected with 1 fatality after the deadly SARS virus escaped from the National Institute of Virology in Beijing, China. The current coronavirus outbreak may have a similar origin.”
But wherever this disease originated, it is affecting our world, as even the fear is having an economic effect causing stocks to plummet on one day and recover in the next few days, as reported in this news article:
“Many economists that I have spoken to are concerned that the global economy will continue to decline as a result of the Coronavirus. Do these fears have merit? It does not matter. Perception drives reality. If the people on this planet believe that their health is threatened by this virus, the global economy, already on thin ice, will collapse. (Dave Hodges, “Will the Coronavirus Cause a Global Economic Collapse? The BDI Says Yes!” January 30, 2020)
WE WERE WARNED
It was said way back in 1993 that a pandemic of Biblical proportions would come because of the huge amount of the earth’s population:
“One professor of microbiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra, Australia, told a conference of his peers in Sydney: “We don’t know what it [the plague] will be, or where it will be, but there will be one, we only have to look at history.” He cites deteriorating refugee conditions worldwide, fast-increasing populations, high-risk sexual habits and the scarcity of pure drinking water as factors that presage global epidemics (Intelligence Digest, September 3, 1993, p. 3).”
That was over 26 years ago it was warned that a plague would come, and this Coronavirus could be that plague. How did it mutate to become the next big human killer of possible millions? I’m not into conspiracy theories, but the fact that many have questioned why and how this could be happening, poses the question “Is this a natural occurring phenomenon or something sinister has been unleashed upon an unsuspected planet?” Here’s a quote from an article I just read :
EBOLA and CORONOVIRUS : BIO-WEAPONS OF WAR
(But the first words of the opening paragraph should give anyone pause:)
“Simply stated, each of these plagues can be a bio-terrorism weapons and are airborne. Those are big statements. The facts will show a unique trail and why the US Federal Government does not want you to know these frightening truths. This is not meant to panic anyone, but inform them of the facts that are being withheld from the American public.”
In reading this article, would any government allow such a dangerous diseases loose in any country? Think on what one scientist said that needs to happen to “save the planet”.
“At first, I thought someone was making a really stupid April Fool’s joke, but apparently it is true that the Texas Distinguished Scientist of 2006, University of Texas ecologist Eric Pianka told a meeting of the Texas Academy of Science that ’90 percent of his fellow human beings must die’ in order to save the planet. A very disturbed Forrest M. Mims III — Chairman of the Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science, writing at The Citizen Scientist — reported:
Professor Pianka said the Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures. Then, and without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number.”
If you take what is now the population of this planet of 7.7 billion people, if 90% were eliminated by whatever means, would mean 6.93 billion people would have to meet an untimely death.
Can you say Climate Change and save the earth plans found in Sustainable Development and Agenda 2030? (Want to know more about these two agendas? Check it out on Google and see their sinister plans of controlling every human being on this planet.) The rate of morbidity (rate of disease symptoms) and mortality (death) of an infected person approaches near 100%. Now let’s make some hypothetical math equations. If we take what has happened in Africa to their population and what is happening in China, just taking one plague like Ebola or alternately the latest coronavirus, it has been mathematically calculated that compared to the country of Liberia for Ebola which has a population 4.2 million people, let us examine what it would be like if calculated to the population of the USA. If 3692 cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Liberia and of those 3692 cases, with a fatality rate of 54% or 1998 people have died in Liberia alone. Of that number 3692, represents 0.0086% of the population:
“If that same infection and death rate were applied to the United States Ebola would infect 269,000 people and of those 156,281 would die. And now we have another plague that the news is reporting on. Over 600 people have died with this latest disease and millions quarantined, with even the doctor in China who reported it has succumbed to this disease and died.
Now looking just at Ebola, if as doctors and scientists fear the basic reproduction rate rises to 2 in countries in Africa the numbers change very quickly. Using the mean average incubation time of 9 days it would take around 13 weeks for the entire populations in Africa to become infected. (10 doublings starting with 3692 = just under the population of say, Liberia. This multiplied by 9 days gives us 90 days which divided by 7 gives 12.85 weeks.) Of the 4,290,000 people infected 2,316,000 would lose their lives.This is just Liberia, not the other affected countries in West Africa.
Translated to an equivalent outbreak in the United States, where the basic reproduction rate is also 2, the numbers are horrifying. Starting with patient zero it would take around 245 days, 35 weeks for every person in the United States to become infected. Of those 171,180,000 people would die. (27.17 doublings x 9 days = 245 days =35 weeks)”
Those figures were for the spread of Ebola, and Coronavirus was not even on the radar screen yet. But now this disease is greater than the prior reported SARS outbreak that again, came from China.
Those figures quoted are pulled from the CDC website and the percentages are correct, so if these percentages were applied to the USA, you could see a pandemic the like we have never seen before in our lifetime.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Taking the words of our Lord seriously, I claim also His promises. First and foremost is my faith in my God. I am reminded of the words written in Psalm 91 and it has been my rock of divine protection whenever danger is about me.
5 “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” (Psalm 91:5-10)
That is our promise from Almighty God, that no weapon formed against us shall prosper; but that’s not given to all of humanity. This promise is made to the child of God, the redeemed man or woman, and the Christian who walks with God daily.
God has not called us to fear: II Timothy,1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
God shows us what is coming and he gives us tools to combat the coming man-made tribulation. Note that I say, man made. We are not part of the wrath of God that will be coming on the whole world during the “real” Tribulation and Great Tribulation, but that is no assurance that we won’t be tried in our faith when evil men come on the scene and plan an evil scheme. This could be the run up to even more death and destruction, when God gets really involved and the prophecies of Revelation start to unfold in real time and God pours out His wrath on all humanity that is still on this planet.
In the coming days, before the actual wrath of God reigns down on this earth, God shows us and will lead us to make the right decisions to protect ourselves prior to the removal of His church to the portals of glory, and when we have done all we can do, He will take over and do the hard part. ….and from all I have been reading, it’s not a question of “if” it will be a pandemic, but when. It’s coming and a person of a sound Christian mind takes the steps to protect himself and rely on God to fulfill His promise quoted in Psalm 91.
Now God is able to protect His people in trying times like we are bound to see before we are lifted out of here. The wise person does not tempt God, but allows God to lead him and to use the Holy Spirit’s direction to protect one’s self. Remember the words that Jesus said and I opened with a portion of that passage found in Matthew 24?
24:8 “All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
We are seeing these played out in our present time, wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes and now killer plagues. What do you do reader when the prophesied Tribulation is actually on the scene? We have so-called man-made biological weapons being formed for the purpose (if it be true) of population control and how sick is that? But know that there is coming a time when everything that is good and Holy will be removed from this planet and then all “hell” literally will be loosed on this earth. The only thing holding back the total annihilation of life on earth, by men, by Satan and his demon horde, is the Holy Spirit residing in men and women of faith, washing in the blood of the Lamb, which is our King Jesus who gave Himself for a sacrifice to save us 2000 years ago. He died to save all who believe on His name.
TAKE NOT THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN
I heard a great message from another brother in the ministry and he opened my eyes to something I had not thought about. It’s found in the 3rd Commandment of the written Word of God given to Moses on Mt. Sinai…”Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”….now most folks thought that meant using God’s name in a curse word…My dad was bad about that to his own shame, but that is not what God meant. Those of who call ourselves “Christian” we take the name of Jesus Christ….”followers of Jesus Christ”…that’s what the word “Christian” means. But if we take the name as a label, or moniker about our necks and don’t live like we follow Him, are we taking His name Jesus Christ or “Christian” in vain? Have we not broken the 3rd commandment? Yes, we have. You can’t play with God. You can’t proclaim, “I’m a Christian” and not live it. You have just taken the name of the Lord in vain. If you’re not living it, then how many sins are you committing that have not been repented of….are you even a Christian or just a pew warmer? It’s not about works we do, but being true followers of our Lord Jesus Christ and living like it and rely on the righteousness that Jesus gave us, not of our own, as our righteousness before God are “as filthy rags”….even though we fail at times, because the spirit wars with the flesh. As Paul said in Romans chp. 7 and I would ask that you read the whole chapter, but our victory is in Jesus:
“23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:23-25)
That is why each of us need “JESUS” and His protection in time of trouble, as we see it growing about us.
When I speak of all the protections that are afforded to the “Christian”, I’m talking about the true, blood washed follower of Jesus Christ. When evil comes to your dwelling in the form of a plague, or terrorism, or say even a local thug who wishes to do you harm, are you guaranteed any protection from God because you go to church on Sunday, or any other day of the week and have the label “Christian” but live like the devil and no one can tell you apart from the drunk lying in the gutter in front of the local bar? Can you claim these promises? No, you cannot. Because you are outside of the protection of Almighty God:
” He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.” (Psalm 91:1-3)
Note that you must be close to God, right up next to His altar and in His shadow…..again, you can’t play with God.
7″God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”(Galatians 6:7-8)
If you are playing the act of being a “christian” in name only, it is time to get serious about this God/immortal man, Jesus Christ who died for the sins of the world.
Friend, the hour grows short and the signs are all around us. Signs in the heavens shout the message, as I’ve covered in past messages. The signs on the earth that grow exponentially louder as the earth groans for it’s redemption from a sin cursed world.
“22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)
Epidemics and plagues that have risen again and are even more severe and dangerous than when we last saw them or read about them. And that’s just this side of the Tribulation when it begins and then kicks into high gear in the last 3.5 years called the Great Tribulation that our Lord Jesus warned us of .
21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)
LIVE LIKE THE LORD COULD COME TODAY
I had a dear sister stand up in church and plead with the congregation as she proclaimed, “people we need to get serious about living for God, NOW”. She read from these words:
“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.”(Hebrews 12:25-29)
Jesus words in Matthew 24 are written to announce the coming Tribulation and these signs we are seeing, are the “beginning of sorrow”. Folks, it is here…
As my sister said , “It is time to get serious about living for God”. I am in agreement and plead with all who will listen and take action to make your “calling and election sure as the Apostle Peter wrote:,
1:10 ” Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
1:11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
I blow the trumpet as a sound of warning. Please, heed the call and make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, in word and in deed. The time grows short to make that decision for God, as the Tribulation hour looms on the horizon. How you say? Easy, as believing these words even as a “little child” believes:
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
Believe in your heart, these words and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you WILL be saved:
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
Again, as Paul spoke of in Romans:
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying God’s love, mercy and protection on each one of you.