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.
DIRE WARNING : Coronavirus fits Disease X pandemic category that could kill 80 million, WHO warns
Gemma Mullin, Digital Health Reporter 24 Feb 2020, 11:23 Updated: 24 Feb 2020, 15:34
THE deadly new coronavirus fits the so-called Disease X category, a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has warned.
Scientists previously warned that an outbreak of an as-yet unknown infectious disease could wipe out 80 million and cause a deadly pandemic
The deadly new coronavirus, Covid-19, has killed more than 2,600 people and infected almost 80,000
And now experts fear that the new Covid-19 virus, which has already killed 2,620 people, is shaping up to fit that profile.
The virus has spread well beyond China’s tightly-restricted borders, infecting hundreds in South Korea and Japan, more than 150 in Italy, and several more across the globe.
Unlike SARS, the coronavirus replicates at high concentrations in the nose and throat, and appears capable of spreading to those who show zero or mild symptoms.
Marion Koopmans, head of viroscience at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, and a member of the WHO’s emergency committee, said this virus was becoming the first of its kind to fit the “Disease X” category.
Writing in the journal Cell, she said: “Whether it will be contained or not, this outbreak is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the disease X category.”
Around 1 in 7 patients with the new coronavirus develop pneumonia and breathing difficulties from the virus.
A total of five per cent of patients who develop the coronavirus will have critical illness, including respiratory failure, septic shock and multi-organ failure.
The WHO, meanwhile, has warned the window of opportunity to stem the deadly outbreak is “narrowing”.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Although the total number of cases outside China remains relatively small, we are concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to China or contact with a confirmed case.”
We are concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link
Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusHead Of The World Health Organisation
In a paper for the American Medical Association, doctors said: “Unlike SARS, Covid-19 infection has a broader spectrum of severity ranging from asymptomatic to mildly symptomatic to severe illness that requires mechanical ventilation.
“Clinical progression of the illness appears similar to SARS: patients developed pneumonia around the end of the first week to the beginning of the second week of illness.”
Meanwhile, experts have warned coronavirus is “at a tipping point” with “time running out to stop pandemic”.
Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “The director general of the WHO has recently spoken of a narrowing of the window of opportunity to control the current epidemic.
“The tipping point after which our ability to prevent a global pandemic ends seems a lot closer after the past 24 hours.”
Dr Bharat Pankharia, an expert on communicable diseases from the University of Exeter, said: “We now consider this to be a pandemic in all but name, and it’s only a matter of time before the World Health Organisation starts to use the term in its communications.
“This gives us focus and tells us that the virus is now appearing in other countries and transmitting far afield from China.”
He added: “Looking to the future, it’s a big unknown. The normal pattern of an outbreak like this as that warmer weather gets people outdoors and reduces the indoor crowding that brings about a lot of the spread of infection.
We now consider this to be a pandemic in all but name
Dr Bharat PankhaniaUniversity Of Exeter Medical School
“We hope that will mean a reduction in the number of people being infected by coronavirus.
“It may come and go, or it may continue to circulate for a period, which could be six to 18 months at an estimate.”
But Prof David Heymann, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “Terms such as pandemic are distracting – what is necessary is to understand the current situation in each country.
“Outbreaks must be stopped if possible, and if there is community spread also, community mitigation such as social distancing should be considered along the lines of pandemic preparedness plans for influenza that countries may decide to roll out.
“It is for WHO to determine when the outbreaks should be called a pandemic and they will do this based on information from many different sources.”
Before this strain of coronavirus existed, Bill Gates warned last year that a pandemic that the world had not seen before would emerge.
Appearing in Netflix documentary The Next Pandemic, the billionaire warned the world was ill-prepared to deal with the implications of such a virus.
He said: “If a disease comes along that we haven’t seen before, typically it would take four or five years to come up with a vaccine against that disease.
“And new technologies might shorten those times.
“When a pandemic comes along of any size, we always look back and wish we invested more.”
Last year, a panel led by the ex-chief of the WHO, released a stark report warning of the danger of a lethal respiratory pathogen, dubbed Disease X.
They predicted that it could kill between 50 and 80 million people across the world.
The 15 public health leaders criticised a “cycle of panic and neglect” which they say has characterised responses to health emergencies.
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said it was looking for funding applications for platforms capable of developing vaccines to combat the threat.
Speaking in October last year, Richard Hatchett, CEO of the CEPI, said: “We can be sure that another epidemic is on the horizon. It is not a case of if, but when.
“We need to be prepared. We need to invest in platform technologies that can be used to quickly respond to the emergence of a pathogen with epidemic potential.”
‘More deadly than Ebola’
In 2018, the WHO classified the impending Disease X as more deadly than Ebola and Lassa fever.
The report added that as the world has become increasingly interconnected, such a pathogen could spread around the globe within 36 to 50 hours.
While some governments and agencies have made efforts to prepare for disease outbreaks since the devastating 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that left over 10,000 dead, those efforts are “grossly insufficient,” the report said.
In the case of a pandemic, many national health systems – particularly in poor countries – would collapse.
The WHO also warned early last year that another flu pandemic – which is caused by airborne viruses – is inevitable, and said the world should prepare for it.
Just 12 months later, in December 2019, the outbreak of the new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China
It has since infected almost 80,000 people, including 13 positive cases in the UK.
Meanwhile, four Brits rescued from a plague
cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
A total of 32 evacuees were flown home to a quarantine block at Arrowe Park Hospital after being plucked from the Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan.
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