Plague & Pestilence
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…..it was it starts off like I see these
people um I don’t know how what order it
goes in or it would happen first so but
I saw these people and they have like uh
please look like you know when you get
um blood blisters under your skin is
like that and I from from where I was
standing at the dream I saw that it was
on people’s arms that’s where I thought
and the other event it was like right
after I was that like was watching it
was like I’m just standing there and I’m
not there I’m liking the spiritual and
i’m watching like my surroundings and i
just see all these these sick people
that look like they have a plague of
some kind and that’s what it looked like
these red blotchy things that look like
blood blisters so I don’t know anything
about it that’s what it looked like to
and um and like oh you know how likely
old people they hurt themselves like
they bruise themselves i get like this
big red blotch that’s how it also would
like to so that’s what it reminded me of
and then i remember seeing some of it
fester and then the other thing i saw
was oh it wasn’t what I thought it’s
what I heard like I could hear in the
background I could hear like a woman’s
voice like saying over and over and over
it was redundant it said the water’s
contaminated the water is contaminated
all the waters were contaminated
Makdessi she kept saying so I don’t know
if the waters were contaminated or
ALABAMA MAN INFECTED WITH FLESH-EATING BACTERIA AFTER KAYAKING ON TENNESSEE RIVER: ‘DO NOT GET IN THAT WATER!’
In Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24, He explained that in the wake of religious deception, war and famine would come “pestilences” or disease epidemics (Matthew 24:7).
The seals have a cumulative effect. False religion causes instability within relationships leading to war. Famine follows war, and when malnourishment occurs and social systems break down, human beings are more susceptible to disease. These seals depict the ferocity of problems unleashed on the world in the lead-up to “the Day of the Lord.”
There would be other calamities as well. Jesus also listed in the same context “earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). “Plague” in Scripture denotes not only pestilence but also other calamities in nature that God uses to punish a disobedient humanity. Of course, any such calamities make populations that much riper for the spread of disease epidemics.
Plagues of Egypt (Hebrew: מכות מצרים, Makot Mitzrayim), in the story of the Exodus, are ten calamities inflicted on Egypt by Yahweh, the God of Israel, in order to force Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to depart from slavery; they serve as “signs and marvels” given by God to answer Pharaoh’s taunt that he does not know Yahweh: “The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.”
There was 10 plagues
1.1 1. Blood: Ex. 7:14–24
1.2 2. Frogs: Ex. 7:25–8:15
1.3 3. Lice or Gnats: Ex. 8:16-19
1.4 4. Wild animals or flies: Ex. 8:20-32
1.5 5. Pestilence of livestock: Ex. 9:1–7
1.6 6. Boils: Ex. 9:8–12
1.7 7. Thunderstorm of hail and fire: Ex. 9:13–35
1.8 8. Locusts: Ex. 10:1–20
1.9 9. Darkness for three days: Ex. 10:21–29
1.10 10. Death of firstborn: Ex. 11:1–12:36
1. Blood: Ex. 7:14–24
This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hands I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink and the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.
— Exodus 7:17–18
2. Frogs: Ex. 7:25–8:15
This is what the great LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will go up on you and your people and all your officials.
— Exodus 8:1–4
3. Sand Lice (fleas) or Gnats: Ex. 8:16-19
“And the LORD said […] Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.” […] When Aaron stretched out his hand with the rod and struck the dust of the ground, lice came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became lice.
— Exodus 8:16–17
4. Wild animals or flies: Ex. 8:20-32
The fourth plague of Egypt was of creatures capable of harming people and livestock. The Torah emphasizes that the ‘arob (עָרוֹב “mixture” or “swarm”) only came against the Egyptians and did not affect the Israelites. Pharaoh asked Moses to remove this plague and promised to grant the Israelites their freedom. However, after the plague was gone, the LORD “hardened Pharaoh’s heart”, and he refused to keep his promise.
Various sources use either “wild animals” or “flies”
5. Pestilence of livestock: Ex. 9:1–7
This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats.
— Exodus 9:1–
6. Boils: Ex. 9:8–12 ASH and BRIMSTONE
The Sixth Plague: Miniature out of the Toggenburg Bible (Switzerland) of 1411
Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.”
— Exodus 9:8–9
7. Thunderstorm of hail and fire: Ex. 9:13–35
This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go. Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die. […] The LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt; hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
— Exodus 9:13–24
8. Locusts: Ex. 10:1–20
This is what the LORD, the God of the Jews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your fathers nor your forefathers have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.
— Exodus 10:3–6
9. Darkness for three days: Ex. 10:21–29
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.
— Exodus 10:21–23
10. Death of firstborn: Ex. 11:1–12:36
This is what the LORD says: “About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.”
— Exodus 11:4–6
Throughout its history, plague has been used as an offensive weapon against populations. The Mongols would catapult plague-infested corpses over the walls of besieged cities.
Thousands would die as the disease spread through the walled-in population.
During World War II, Japan dropped plague-infested fleas on China. American research growing out of the war experience led to a decades-long research project at Fort Detrick, Maryland, proving that biological warfare was a feasible method of waging war.
In 1969 U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the research stopped, and in 1972 the United States signed a treaty with 70 other nations outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of biological weapons as a means of war. Despite this treaty, it is known that many nations, rich and poor alike, have developed biological weapons.
The former Soviet Union conducted a sophisticated effort to manufacture biological weapons during the Cold War years. For years scientists researched ways to genetically alter bubonic plague so as to make it resistant to many forms of modern treatment.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, the tracking and inventory of all this work has been a great concern. The United States and its allies fear that some of it could have fallen into the hands of terrorist groups and could one day be used against them.
After the first Gulf War in 1991, weapons inspectors confirmed that Iraq had developed biological weapons and had even equipped some warheads with germs to use against Saddam Hussein’s enemies. The location of these weapons since that time is part of the unsolved mystery of that regime. Could some of them be in the hands of al-Qaeda or some other radical Islamic group, waiting to be used on the West?
When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He told them: “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you” (Exodus 15:26). However, if they disobeyed and broke the covenant, they could expect disease to afflict them, their families and their nation.
God will accomplish His purpose of “bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). Mankind eventually will come face to face with God and admit that He is the one and only true God.
The book of Revelation shows God’s merciful intervention in human affairs to both correct and save man from destruction. God will bring justice to the earth, but first there will be a time of unparalleled tribulation.
The most recent disease fear was SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed hundreds last year and panicked thousands more. Before that it was AIDS, which has killed tens of millions and even today is still decimating the populations of some countries. Today, its the flesh eating bacteria. It’s a parasite effecting different states in the area.
Which brings us to the only hope this world has to survive this devastating stampede. People commonly refer to these four seals as “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Because the last word here is often synonymous with global destruction, there is typically no hope in this reference. But “Apocalypse” is simply the Greek name of the book of Revelation—meaning “revealing” or “unveiling.” And this book reveals more than the gloom and doom that lie at the end of the age.
John saw more than four horsemen in his vision. He saw five. Revelation 19:11-16 shows us the ride of the fifth horseman. It is the appearance of Jesus Christ, on a white horse from heaven, intervening in world affairs at its most crucial point.
Are nations prepared? SADLY NO
When we look at the four seals of Revelation 6, we have to understand them in God’s agelong message to mankind. False religion, war, famine and disease are the results of man’s broken relationship with Him. And when these horsemen make their rides, it will be after repeated warning and pleading from God to turn from sin and live righteously based on His eternal law of love toward God and man.