Zika Virus and the Pale Horse of the Apocalypse

Zika Virus and the Pale Horse of the Apocalypse

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How do the Bible’s prophetic warnings about coming disease epidemics affect you?

The World Health Organization (who) has declared the Zika virus a “public health emergency of international concern.” The virus is linked to the fetal deformity microcephaly (which can cause neurological defects and seizures), of which there are now over 4,000 suspected cases in Brazil.

Over 20 countries have confirmed cases of the Zika virus, with Brazil having an estimated 1.5 million. According to the who’s estimate, around 4 million cases can be expected by the year’s end.

Zika is spreading “explosively” through the Aedes mosquito, as well as through sexual intercourse. Brazil’s, El Salvador’s and Colombia’s governments have recommended putting off becoming pregnant for a number of months. Stratfor predicts lower birth rates could “hasten regional decline.”

“Lack of vaccines and rapid and reliable diagnostics tests,” plus the “absence of population immunity in newly affected countries” are “cause for concern,” according to who Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

American and British authorities have issued travel warnings to affected countries, and a number of blood donation operators have put temporary bans on travelers supplying blood.

The Pale Horse

For those familiar with Bible prophecy, widespread fear of a global pandemic brings to mind the image of the pale, or sickly, horse of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as described by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation.

The first three horsemen of the apocalypse symbolize religious deception, war and famine. Along with the fourth horseman, pestilence, these riders represent the end-time culmination of the most traumatic problems endured by a rebellious mankind. They picture one of the most ominous scenarios ever.

“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” (Revelation 6:7-8).

The key to the identity of the last horseman is the word pale, which often makes us think of someone who is feeling sick, having an anemic-looking appearance. Pale is translated from the Greek chloros, which we would normally take to mean the color of chlorophyll, the property that gives plants their healthy green appearance. When used biblically, however, chloros means the sickly pale green color of sickness and disease.

In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ unlocks the true identity of this pale green horse: “and there shall be … pestilences” (verse 7). The man on the pale horse symbolizes climactic, globe-encircling plagues and pandemics occurring and soon to occur in this modern age!

The only reason for this type of extreme punishment is man’s unabated rebellion against his Creator God. “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth” (Daniel 9:13). The book of Daniel is prophecy for this end time (Daniel 12:4, 9).

Let’s examine Deuteronomy 28 (part of the law of Moses) and add modern-day expressions to see more clearly how this warning applies to our time now. “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee …. The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption [chronic, degenerate diseases such as aids], and with a fever, and with an inflammation [malaria or communicative diseases such as influenzas], and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew … with the botch of Egypt [elephantiasis], and with the emerods [tumors, cancer, etc.], and with the scab, and with the itch [aggravated psoriasis and other nutrient-deficiency diseases such as scurvy, rickets, etc.], whereof thou canst not be healed [incurable or drug-resistant diseases] … with madness [mental illness, insanity] and blindness, and astonishment of heart [emotional distresses such as depression]” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 21-22, 27-28).

Verse 29 graphically depicts the utter hopelessness of mankind suffering from these and the many other innumerable scourges of our generation.

In America, health care remains a controversial subject among lawmakers. Billions of dollars are spent annually. We have too many problems already to try to satisfactorily deal with new ones that seem to pop up without warning. To make matters worse, we live in a small world. And what about the prospect of blatant terrorist attacks that damage air, soil and water quality?

Millions are prophesied to die because they fail to heed God’s warnings to turn to Him with the type of contrite attitude necessary to please Him (Isaiah 66:2). God wants true repentance—a turning away from the carnal “human nature” that we possess to the spiritual nature God originally intended us to develop.

Beyond the suffering, however, Jesus Christ is returning to this Earth to bring all the joy and happiness man has continually sought after! God will mercifully end the deadly sweep of the four horsemen just before they eradicate mankind from the Earth.

The Zika virus may not grow to pandemic levels, but disease epidemics are certain to come. For more on this fourth horseman of the apocalypse, as well as the other three, read our free booklet The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Week in Review: Seehofer in Russia, Japan’s Militarization, New War in Libya, and More

Week in Review: Seehofer in Russia, Japan’s Militarization, New War in Libya, and More

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Highlights:

Seehofer in Russia

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “most dangerous critic” will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, wrote Deutsche Welle.
  • Merkel’s nominal coalition partner and Christian Social Union chairman, Horst Seehofer, has “for months … been bombarding the chancellor with ultimatums.”
  • Deutsche Welle concluded: “The csu’s brand of foreign policy has always had something unique about it. csu grandees Franz-Josef Strauss and Edmund Stoiber were always good for political bomb shells on the domestic front. Strauss’ ‘foreign policy on our own terms’ was legendary. … Whether the emotional Seehofer is able to stand up to Putin’s persuasiveness will determine if the trip simply becomes a historical footnote—or [if it] further strains the fragile coalition in Berlin.”
  • Has Germany’s strongman finally arrived?
  • Shinzo Abe’s explicit calls for amending Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s calls to amend the part of Japan’s Constitution that has kept Japan pacifistic since World War ii have previously been ambiguous and vague—that is, until he addressed the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Wednesday.
  • Abe reminded the committee that Japan’s Constitution was created by the United States during the Occupation of Japan after World War ii and that “some parts [of it] do not fit into the current [time] period.”
  • “Japan’s shift away from pacifism and toward becoming a full-fledged military power has long been a focus of the Trumpet as well as our forerunner, the PlainTruth,” we wrote in August 2015. “The Trumpet reports on Japanese efforts toward remilitarization because each is one small step closer to [a prophesied] 200 million-man army.”
  • An impending war in Libya

  • The oil-rich, ungoverned and ungovernable nation that is Libya is increasingly becoming a safe haven for the Islamic State: The fighting and the airstrikes in Syria are forcing top Islamic State commanders to seek refuge in lawless Libya, and the terrorist outfit is redirecting the flow of its incoming recruits to Libya.
  • War drums for another intervention in Libya are beating as defense officials warn of about 6,500 Islamic State militants in the country—almost double earlier estimates.
  • Europe is just 400 miles away, and “options under discussion include sending Italian and other European troops to Libya to establish a local stabilization force and reviving a Pentagon plan to train Libyan counterterrorism troops,” the New York Times reported.
  • For more, read “Radical Islam’s New Top Target: Rome.”
  • The big winner of the Iowa Caucus

  • Self-avowed Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders tested out his radical vision of American socialism with real American voters in Iowa last Monday.
  • His narrow loss to (or tie with) Hillary Clinton “is a victory in itself,” said David Duhalde, the deputy director of the Democratic Socialists of America. It’s a victory for Democratic Socialism. But it’s part of America’s dangerous turn left, as Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his January article.
  • Other news:

  • The Iran nuclear deal has loopholes, and Commentary Magazine discussed one of those: North Korea. The Obama administration appears completely blind to any work Iran is doing in North Korea, including funding and hands-on involvement in missile production and tests.
  • The U.S. national debt hit a new record Monday morning. Total federal debt now exceeds $19 trillion. That figure averages out to over $58,000 for each man, woman and child in the United States.
  • The United States Drug Enforcement Administration reported Tuesday that it had uncovered a major money laundering operation between the Iranian-aligned terrorist group Hezbollah and a Colombian drug cartel. The U.S. State Department declassified Hezbollah as a “global terrorist” threat just last year.
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    The Way of Peace

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    There is a way—but man has rejected that way.

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    Outside the United Nations building in New York there is a bronze statue depicting a man beating a sword into a plowshare. The inspiration for the statue came from the book of Isaiah, chapter 2 verse 4. That scripture is a millennial prophecy about the time when mankind will “beat their swords into plowshares.”

    The United Nations was supposed to be man’s greatest institution to forge peace. But since its establishment after World War ii, there have been more than 280 wars between nations. That amounts to more than four wars per year.

    Despite the UN’s failure to put an end to war, leaders still pronounce a message of coming peace. They still speak as though peace is just around the corner! The Prophet Isaiah, who wrote the scripture that inspired the UN statue, also wrote that “the way of peace they know not” (Isaiah 59:8).

    In the history of human civilization, it is estimated there have been some 15,000 wars. As Winston Churchill famously said, “The history of man is the history of war!”

    Mankind does not know the way to peace. However, there is a way! But man has rejected it, which is why the more leaders talk about peace, the more war and violence we see.

    On this episode of the Trumpet Daily, Stephen Flurry discusses what God’s Word—the Holy Bible—says about peace.

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    The Disastrous Cuba Deal—One Year On

    The Disastrous Cuba Deal—One Year On

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    When United States President Barack Obama reestablished full diplomatic relations with the Castro regime in Cuba in December 2014, he said it would advance U.S. interests and engage and empower the Cuban people. At the U.S. flag-raising ceremony in Havana in August, Secretary of State John Kerry said the deal would help ease restrictions on Cuban entrepreneurs, as well as improve family communications and travel. He urged the Cuban government to do its part in making it less difficult for Cuban citizens to start businesses, engage in trade, and access the Internet.

    “The goal of all these changes is to help Cubans connect to the world and improve their lives,” Kerry said. It’s only been six months since Secretary Kerry made those remarks, and already the Washington Post editorial board is calling the Cuba deal a “failure.”

    There is “scant evidence” of any sea change in Cuba, the Post wrote—“perhaps because Mr. Obama continues to offer the Castro regime unilateral concessionsrequiring nothing in return” (emphasis added).

    The Obama administration used the same strategy on the Iran nuclear deal—unilateral concessions requiring little or nothing in return. How long will it be before the world awakens to the failure of the nuclear deal?

    In Cuba, the deal that was supposed to help Cuban people has instead empowered a ruthless Communist regime. As the Washington Post noted, “Autocrats everywhere must be watching with envy the Castros’ good fortune.”

    Over the past year, the Castro brothers have actually cracked down on dissidents promoting democracy in Cuba! And the only businesses benefiting from “improved” relations with the U.S. are state-run institutions.

    This deal was never about freeing Cubans from a totalitarian police state. Like the Iran nuclear deal, this was always about appeasing one of America’s enemies—and it’s an enemy that happens to be 90 miles south of America’s shores.

    Notice what my father wrote in the March 2015 Trumpet: “When Russia and Venezuela, the main sponsors of the Castro regime, started suffering in the last few months due to falling oil prices, it looked as if the Castro regime could finally collapse. That could have paved the way for democracy to finally prevail for Cubans. What the Castro brothers needed in order to survive was an economic lifeline from their enemy, the United States. And that is exactly what the pope and President Obama delivered.”

    He said this would be a bad deal for the Cubans. And in less than one year, we are already beginning to see just how bad the deal was for average Cubans.

    But it’s so much worse than even the Washington Post editorial board realizes, as my father has stressed over the past year.

    In that March article, my father also wrote about the prisoner swap associated with the Cuba deal—a three-for-one deal that resulted in the return of an American who had been wrongfully imprisoned for five years. This lopsided swap, my father said, sent a clear message to America’s enemies: Kidnap Americans and hold on to them and you will win big concessions from the Obama administration.

    On January 16 we learned about another lopsided prisoner swap—this time with Iran. And on the same weekend those prisoners were swapped, an Iranian-backed militia kidnapped three more Americans in Baghdad! America’s enemies have definitely gotten the message!

    In that March 2015 article, my father also wrote about the crucial role Pope Francis played in the U.S.-Cuba deal—and why he would even want to be involved. He also talked about the grave danger of appeasing an enemy that is camped right on America’s doorstep.

    As my father later wrote in the November-December Trumpet, “You need to beware of what is happening in Cuba! This is a dangerous world. America is like a silly dove walking right into a deadly trap. Cuba isn’t dead. Communism isn’t dead. And Cuba is reemerging as a clear and present danger to the very existence of the United States!”

    As we said from the very beginning, this was a bad deal—for the Cuban people, yes—but especially for the United States of America.

    Multiculturalism and the Death of Nations

    Multiculturalism and the Death of Nations

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    It was supposed to make us stronger.

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    There has been a strong push in Western nations to create multicultural societies. We were told the more diverse and tolerant we were, the stronger and more united our nation would become. The story has been told from Germany to the United States, and the same is true for both places: Multiculturalism has failed. Not only has multiculturalism failed to unite the nations, it is actually having the opposite effect and quickening their demise. Why is there so much confusion surrounding this topic? What is the truth, and why has man been so far removed from being able to find it? Listen to Stephen Flurry answer these questions on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

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