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Ebola, World Health Organization Declares Emergency in the Congo

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2019 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. Jesus

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

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July 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This is the fifth time in history such a declaration has been made.

The concern is a case of Ebola has been diagnosed in Goma, Congo. The city has a population of around two million people (2,000,000). The location is essentially on the equator.

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

“It is important that the world follows these recommendations. It is also crucial that states do not use the PHEIC as an excuse to impose trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region,” Professor Robert Steffen, Chair of the Emergency Committee.

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/17-07-2019-ebola-outbreak-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-declared-a-public-health-emergency-of-international-concern

These are the latest numbers per the World Health Organization as of July 15, 2019.

Total cases: 2512
– Confirmed cases: 2418
– Probable cases: 94

Deaths: 1676
– Confirmed: 1582
– Probable: 94

https://www.who.int/ebola/situation-reports/drc-2018/en/

The following link below is a technical paper with data, maps, and charts detailing the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries. The information is provided by the World Health Organization.

https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/325883/SITREP_EVD_DRC_20190714-eng.pdf?ua=1

Per Mayo Clinic, the Ebola virus causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and can lead to death. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and chills. Later, a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood.

Pain areas: in the abdomen, chest, joints, or muscles.

Whole body: chills, dehydration, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, or sweating.

Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or vomiting blood.

Also common: coughing up blood, eye redness, headache, mental confusion, red spots on skin, or sore throat.

Universal precautions, wash your hands! Take a shower or a bath daily. Wash your dirty clothes. We can save lots of time and billions of dollars in healthcare expenses. The Bible and Moses have been recommending this for approximately 3,500 years. 

Leviticus 15:11 Likewise, whomever the one with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.

Let me be perfectly clear. The events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo do not point to Revelation 6. We are not there. Granted, these events are not good news. But when we get there, one quarter (1/4) of the earth will be affected. 1/4 of 7,700,000,000 = 1.925 billion! We will not have to ask, “Are we there yet?”

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Ebola Outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2019 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. Jesus

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

April 2019: The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently experiencing an outbreak of the Ebola Virus. The outbreak is reported in the North Kivu Province. To date, this is the second deadliest outbreak.

North Kivu Province Outline in Red

These are the latest numbers per the World Health Organization as of April 21, 2019.

Total cases: 1340
– Confirmed cases: 1274
– Probable cases: 66

Deaths: 874
– Confirmed: 808
– Probable: 66

For now, health experts state this is not an international crisis or global emergency. Ninety (90) percent of the cases acquired have been deadly.

https://www.who.int/ebola/situation-reports/drc-2018/en/

To make matters worse, local militia groups are attacking hospitals and health care providers in the region. These groups believe foreign workers are bringing the Ebola Virus to their home land.

Some locals deny the reality and existence of Ebola. Violence combined with ignorance has hampered efforts to slow and stop the virus.

http://time.com/5575275/militants-attack-congo-ebola-center/

Photo: Mayo Clinic

Per Mayo Clinic, the Ebola virus causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and can lead to death. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and chills. Later, a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood.

Pain areas: in the abdomen, chest, joints, or muscles.

Whole body: chills, dehydration, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, or sweating.

Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or vomiting blood.

Also common: coughing up blood, eye redness, headache, mental confusion, red spots on skin, or sore throat.

Let me be perfectly clear. The events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo do not point to Revelation 6. We are not there on the timeline. But when we get there, one quarter (1/4) of the earth will be affected. 1/4 of 7,700,000,000 = 1.925 billion! We have never seen anything of this scale. And this will be only the beginning. We will not have to ask if we are in the Tribulation…

Trend Update: Pestilence, Bubonic Plague in Madagascar, November 2017

Posted in Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on November 1, 2017 by paulthepoke

Numbers 19:16 Also, anyone who in the open field touches one who has been slain with a sword or who has died naturally, or a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days.

This is not some little hocus pocus verse from primitive man trying to understand a deity. God has a point and reason for what He says. Do not engage with dead bodies.

Luke 21:11a There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus

October 31, 2017: Madagascar-Bubonic Plague or the Black Death is making a comeback. To date, approximately 1,300 people have been infected. 120 people have died.

World Health Organization: describes plague symptoms as “flu like”, with one to seven days between incubation and the symptoms emerging. Sufferers are likely to have painful lymph nodes, chills, fever, headaches, weakness and fatigue. In bubonic sufferers, these inflamed lymph nodes may end up turning into pus-filled open sores. Bubonic plague is fatal in 30-60 per cent of cases, while the pneumonic kind is always fatal, if left untreated.

The Black Death obliterated roughly 1/3 of the European population during the 13th and 14th centuries.

The World Health Organization has issued a warning to nine African countries. They include: Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Reunion, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Comoros.

 

Madagascans have been warned. Stop the ancient ritual of Famadihana. This practice includes digging up the dead, dancing with the deceased, and reburying after the dance is complete.

The following quote is from Madagascar health chief Willy Randriamarotia. “If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a Famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body.”

Health considerations are clashing with tradition. A local resident indicated, “I have participated in as least 15 Famadihana ceremonies and I’ve never caught the plague.”

Officials fear things will get worse before they get better. The concern is one infected person who leaves the island.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4807750/madagascar-plague-spreading-relatives-dancing-corpses/

 

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Just to be clear. The events in Madagascar do not point to Revelation. We are not there. But when we get there, one quarter (1/4) of the earth will be affected. 1/4 of 7,000,000,000 = 1.75 billion! This is going to make the news.

 

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Trend Update: Yemen Cholera Epidemic Reaches 750000, September 2017

Posted in Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2017 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus

Jeremiah 24:10 ‘I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.’”

This is the cycle of war. The prophet Jeremiah described the cycle approximately 2,600 years ago. It was true then and it is true today in 2017. Pestilence and disease go hand in hand as consequences of war. Yemen is a country of 27 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The civil war in Yemen continues to provide a real world example. Sunni and Shia Muslims continues to fight for control of the country.

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Cholera is the result of poor sanitation, untreated water and food, and dysentery. Cholera is a vicious cycle of disease that spreads easily and quickly among the masses. Signs and symptoms of cholera include: severe vomiting, nausea, diarrhea which leads to dehydration, cramps, seizures, coma, and potentially death.

September 29, 2017: The latest numbers out of Yemen indicate 750,000 people have been afflicted with Cholera. 276,000 were infected as of July 2017. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) estimates the number could reach 1,000,000 by the end of the year. Per the World Health Organization, on average there are 143,000 deaths per year around the world. What is happening in Yemen is staggering.

YEMEN CHOLERA OUTBREAK

Cholera-infected Yemeni women receive treatment at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, 12 May 2017. According to World Health Organization, an acute cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed the lives of at least 51 people across the conflict-plagued Arab country over the past two weeks, estimating that 7.6 million Yemenis live in areas with a high risk of cholera transmission. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Supply lines for food and medicine continue to be affected by the fighting. As a result, medical care and food remain in short supply. Health care workers are now receiving food portions for pay. Previously, health care workers were receiving nothing in the form of compensation.

Alexandre Faite, the head of the Red Cross in Yemen has made the following statements.

“I don’t think political settlement is coming soon and I’m very worried that the extension of the conflict would lead to more problems.”

“(The) health sector is really on its knees in Yemen…the health staff is on its knees as well because they are not paid.”

“In terms of access to even water, electricity, there isn’t a power grid in the main cities in Yemen. Without the ICRC and other organizations fixing (pumping stations) there wouldn’t be any running water in Sanaa.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/yemen-cholera-outbreak-hit-million-2018-170929140409261.html

 

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Trend Update: Pestilence, Cholera Spirals in Yemen/Quake off N Korea, July 2017

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2017 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11a There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. 

This one verse has it all in today’s news…

July 12, 2017: The country of Yemen is undergoing the worst cholera outbreak in world history. That is the assessment of the United Nations. Yemen is a war torn country of 27 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Civil war between Sunni and Shia Muslims continues to rage.

5,000 to 7,000 new cases per day are estimated per the International Committee of the Red Cross. Number of daily cases is up from 2,000 plus just two months ago in May 2017.

In May 2017, experts estimated at least 150,000 cases were expected over the next six months. As of July 2017, there are over 320,000 cases reported. Numbers were actually underestimated. 1,700 plus deaths have occurred in the last couple of months.

Cholera is the result of poor sanitation, untreated water and food, and dysentery. Cholera is a vicious cycle of disease that spreads easily and quickly among the masses.

As a result of war, infrastructure is breaking down to the point of collapse. Clean water is not available. Trash men are on strike.

The United Nations is cutting back on food and focusing on the epidemic. Food supplies have been cut off from the populous. Hunger and malnutrition are spreading throughout the country.

Over half of the hospitals have been damaged and destroyed. Medical supplies are limited and new supplies have been affected by war and supply chains. Up to six children are sharing a hospital bed. Trained medical staff is in short supply. Local medical professionals have gone without pay for 10 months. Vaccines for cholera have been suspended due to the condition of war.

The United Nations estimates 14.5 to 19 million people have been impacted.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2017/06/yemen-world-worst-cholera-outbreak-mapped-170627110239483.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40558828

 

There will be great earthquakes…

kim-jong-un-binocularsA deep 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of North Korea today. The quake was estimated to be 600 km into the earth. That energy is going to release somewhere closer to the surface. Don’t be surprised if 7.0 or greater is just around the corner…

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-quake-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN19X2V7

 

 

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Trend Update: Pestilence, Cholera Outbreak in Yemen, May 2017

Posted in Pestilence, Prophecy, Revelation, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Pestilence and plague are the direct result of war and famine in the seal judgments of Revelation. It is the natural order of events. War breakouts. Food and supply lines are disrupted. Inflation occurs due to the scarcity of food. Sanitation breaks down and water is polluted. Disease is the result of the process.

 

This cycle of events is noted throughout Scripture. This is the order events in the early part of Revelation in the seal judgments.

The second seal in Revelation 6:4 is war.

The third seal in Revelation 6:5-6 results in the increased cost of food due to availability. Supply lines become disrupted and people are busy fighting instead of growing food. It is a matter of supply and demand. The end result is starvation of masses.

The cycle comes full circle in Revelation 6:8 as stated above: war, famine, and disease.

The pestilence cycle is noted in the Old Testament prophets. Two examples are noted below.

Ezekiel 14:21 For thus says the Lord GOD, “How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it!

Jeremiah 24:10 ‘I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.'”

The context of Revelation 6:8 is the seal judgments. This is the beginning of the 7 year tribulation. One quarter (25%) of the earth is affected. This is roughly 1.75 billion people. As of May 2017, we are not in the tribulation. There is no Antichrist on the global scene.

May 2017: The country of Yemen is an example of the disease cycle discussed above. Yemen is a country of 27 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Civil war has broken out between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

A cholera outbreak is gripping the war torn country of Yemen. This is the second wave of cholera in the past month. Cholera is the result of poor sanitation, untreated water and food, and dysentery. Cholera is a vicious cycle of disease that spreads easily and quickly among the masses. 2,000 plus cases a day are being reported. At least 150,000 cases are expected in the next six months.

yemen trash

As a result of war, clean water is not available. Trash men are on strike. Food supplies have been cut off from the populous. Hunger and malnutrition are spreading throughout the country.

Hospitals have been damaged and destroyed in some cases. Medical supplies are limited and new supplies have been affected by war and supply chains. Up to six children are sharing a hospital bed. Trained medical staff is in short supply. Local medical professionals are going without pay.

The United Nations estimates 19 million people have been impacted.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/24/scientists-race-against-time-yemen-deadly-cholera-outbreak-spirals

The pattern of history is in place. This is one country, Yemen. The scale of Revelation 6 and the seal judgments is one quarter of the earth.

 

Trend Update: Pestilence, Zika Virus, July 2016

Posted in Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2016 by paulthepoke

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades following him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The context of Revelation 6:8 is fourth horse of the Apocalypse. The antichrist is on the first white horse. As of the summer of 2016, we have not seen the antichrist in action, let alone formally presented. The planet is gearing up for war. Nobody is brokering peace. We are not in the Tribulation.

The scale of destruction and death of the fourth horse is ¼ of the earth. This would mean roughly 2 billion (2,000,000,000) people impacted. War and famine are accompanying disease. Animals are turning to humans for food. As of the summer of 2016, this is not occurring. We are not in the Tribulation.

The World Health Organization declared Zika Virus a health emergency in February 2016.

Brazil appears to be the country with the most cases.

In a USA Today article, it was estimated 10,000 pregnancies could be affected by Zika by the end of the year in Puerto Rico.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1,658 cases in the U.S. mainland.

It is late July 2016 and the Zika Virus is now in Miami, Florida. Four cases of Zika were transmitted by mosquito. The virus has been reported to be transferred by travel to affected areas and sexual contact with an infected person.

Blood donations in Miami have been stopped for now.

Severe brain birth defects have been reported with newborns of women infected by the virus. Babies are being born with small heads (microencephaly).

There appears to be a link between Zika and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The immune system attacks nerves and results in temporary paralysis.

All that said, don’t worry. The CDC “does not expect widespread transmission in the continental US.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-29/florida-says-zika-cases-likely-transmitted-locally-in-u-s-first

When the four horsemen do arrive, it will only the beginning. One will not have to ask the question, “Are we in the Tribulation?”

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