Interestingly, on Friday the 13th, health officials declared an epidemic alert for the whole state of California from the disease known as "whooping cough". According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 800 cases, of the "whooping cough", has been reported over the past two weeks, and over 3,000 cases has been reported since January 2014. Due to the rapid spreading of this disease, it has raised major national concerns. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 24 percent increase of this disease within the past year.
What is "whooping cough"? "Whooping cough", also known as Pertussis, is an extremely contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing; making it very hard to breathe. This disease can be spread from being in contact with a person that has it. A deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. The "whooping cough" can cause serious illness in infants, children, and adults. This disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms; accompanied by a mild cough or fever. After 1-2 weeks, severe coughing can begin.
"Whooping cough" mainly affects infants younger than 6 months old, and children that are 11 to 18 years old. Infants may experience a symptom called "apnea". Apnea is a slight pause in the child's breathing; which can lead to death.
Let's take a look and see what the bible says about this. Luke 21:21, says, "And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven." Matthew 24:7, says,"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." Mark 13:8, says,"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows."
When defining the word "pestilence", this is what is discovered:
- A deadly and overwhelming disease that affects an entire community. The Black Plague, a disease that killed over thirty percent of Europe's population, was certainly a pestilence.
- A deadly or virulent epidemic disease.
- Bubonic Plague
- Any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease.
- A fatal epidemic disease.
- A disease that causes many people to die.
- Any infectious, fatal disease that is widespread or an evil influence or deliverer.
- Any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating.
As you can see, there are many dennotations for the word "pestilence"; encapturing the very essence of its meaning. The word "pestilence" bears witness to the fact that it is a disease epidemic of some sort. Let's focus on the last defintion for pestilence. It says, "any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating." When defining the word "virulent", we find that this word means toxic, poisonous, lethal, dangerous, fatal, harmful, and deadly. As we discover what pestilence truly mean, one must began to understand that there had to be a very significant reason why Jesus chose to use this word in describing certain events that would take place in the last days before His return. This one word, "pestilence", embodies a host of different circumstances and events that can and will happen in the last days as what is known as the Beginning of Sorrows. (Matthew 24:8)
Another scripture we should take a look at is found in Revelations Chapter 6 verses 7-8; and it reads, "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
In this same chapter, we find that there are three other horseman mentioned, but the pale horse was the only one that was given a name; Death. While studying the word pale, we find that the Greek word "pale" khlôros (χλωρóς) is translated as "pale green." This word can mean pale-green, and yellowish-green being that this Greek word is the root of "chlorophyll" and "chlorine". Why is this important? It's important because we need to understand that the color "pale" actually means the color "green". Also, the Greek root word for "pale" means chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a green pigment that gives most plants their color. Another meaning for the word "pale" was chlorine. Chlorine is a chemical element that is a yellow-green gas under standard conditions.
Now that we have established what chlorophyll and chlorine is, we can now agree that the common theme to this extensive research uncovers the fact that the word "pale", found in Revelations 6:7, is actually translated as the color green. Now, what is the significance to all of this? Let's find out.
In February 2011, a mysterious, pale green figure was seen in a televised news coverage of a violent protest in Cairo, Egypt. The footage was seen on MSNBC, CNN, as well as dozens of YouTube channels. This pale green figure appeared as a rider on a horse that was galloping amongst the crowds of people that were rioting in the streets. If you would like to see a video of this, click here.
What does this have to do with the "whooping cough"? I am not saying that the four horsemens from revelations have been released, nor am I saying that they haven't. What I am saying is that we have been experiencing many precursors leading up to this ancient prophecy. Pestilence is breaking out left and right. Here are a few of those diseases:
- A new bird flu strain, H7N9
- H1N1 Swine flu and a new swine flu called H3N2
- SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
- MERS (Middle East respiratory symptom)
- A new tick borne illness that is similar to Lyme disease, that hasn't even been given a name yet.
- Gonorrhea HO41; reported as being worse than AIDS.
- Ebola Virus Disease
- Chikungunya Fever; no cure or antiobiotic
- Coccidioidomycosis, or Valley Fever (an airborne fungal disease)
New diseases are constantly forming; meanwhile, old diseases are coming back with full force; such as, polio, measles, and mumps. We must not forget about Cancer and AIDS; which is still taking many lives. We are living in a world that is coming quickly to a close. The last days are upon us and has been for quite some time. We must pay attention to this "New World" that is now amongst us, and see that everything God warned us about from the prophets of old, as well as Jesus Christ Himself, is manifesting in our generation TODAY! We must see that the ark has already been provided to us for safety. All we must do is heed the warning and get in before God sends the flood. Time is definitely of the essence. We must take this seriously! We are in the Beginning of Sorrows, and things are rapidly increasing on a daily basis.
This epidemic alert that was declared by the State of California is just another indication of how close we truly are. Many scoffers mock and make light of the situation at hand, but God warned of this too. 2 Peter 3:2-4, "I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?" The words mock and scoff mean the same thing. It means to laugh or make fun of someone. This is by no means a laughing matter. Please accept Jesus today if you haven't already. If you know Jesus but haven't been living a life that is pleasing to Him, then please repent. Get reconnected to the Father. Time is short!
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