By Adauto Rezende
Humanity has battled against plagues for millenniums. Unfortunately, many times the viruses had won the wars and, for generations devastating millions of people around the world. I remember when I was five years old watching my parents coming home crying, in desperation and mourning for the loss of my younger sister Edna. She was about two years old, a beautiful girl with bright blue eyes and blond curling hair. My father loved her so much. Every afternoon; she would crawl to meet my dad at the front door when he arrived from work. She was one of the many victims of measles. At that time, the measles a lethal virus killed thousands of children in my nation. Finally, sometime later, vaccination came, and the virus lost its power over Brazilian kids. In 1969, four years after her death, I contracted TB (tuberculosis) and the infectious disease almost took my life. My parents had no money to buy medication and on top of that, I was mal-nourished which made things worse. By God’s grace, I survived, and I can write this short article today.
The outbreak of Smallpox, cholera, Spanish flu, typhoid fever, SARS, dengue, Ebola, measles, chikungunya, etc., were some of the many deadly pandemics in the past centuries that had gotten into nations and had harvested the lives of an innumerable number of victims.
COVID-19 Unfortunately and unexpectedly at the beginning of 2020, the city of Wuhan in China was hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and because of unawareness or political ideology they did not share the problem soon enough to the world until the epidemic advanced from there to more than 164 countries (as I am writing this article) according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Thousands had already died around the world; however, some countries such as China and Iran are not truthful with their information on the number of cases and deaths.
Canada’s Prime Minister closed our borders with the USA and for foreigners with very few exemptions. The world is alarmed and in fear. I got a call from a fellow in Pakistan who told me how serious their government is dealing with the problem there. They had also cancelled schools, forbidden public services in mosques, churches or any gathering in the country. In a time when we can get information by seconds, things can really turn into chaos. Another challenge is to detect what is true from what is phony information. In some nations where elections are appointed to happen this year, parties are using the plague as political platforms in their campaign. Recently, I received a video of a Brazilian doctor who was speaking on the subject; however, in a subliminal way in his ten-minute exposition, most of it was full of political ideology and not medical information. It is crazy! We are praying that soon this virus will be defeated and we would not see many more casualties than we have witnessed up to now.
Nevertheless, we see another plague devastating humanity in a pace never seen before, and as the result, sometime in the future there will be a terrible epidemic unlike any other, that will be part of a series of divine judgments.
The speedily developing plague that I mentioned is a spiritual one, which is described in the Bible as lawlessness or sin (men is making their own immoral laws meanwhile they despise and mock the divine law.) According to the Scriptures most of the end-time civilization will have these characteristics:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”1
The spiritual condition of the greatest part of humanity will get unimaginable sinful. They will love evil and hate what is good. Jesus said that iniquity would multiply in end times2. It is happening now. Family values are no longer important. This generation wants just pleasure, instead of responsibility. There are millions born feckless and faithless rogues by rebellions teenager’s mothers, unfortunately, some of these girls’ are alcoholics or drug dependents. It is not that difficult to realize the effect that this situation will impact the next generation. Governments had taken God out of their lives, and they are reaping the harvest of their evil choices: “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind…” “He who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.3
Many post-Christian nations are killing myriads of children in abortion clinics, given approval of same-sex marriage and persecuting church leaders who speak against their evil behavior. The Scriptures I mentioned above say that these people have a form of godliness. Some of them even claim to be Christians; however, they created their own Jesus (Jesus said that in end times many false-Christ and false prophets would appear on the earth4).
BIOLOGICAL END-TIME CATASTROPHE
The book of Revelation unfolds a pandemic virus caused by an invasion of locusts, described by the apostle John as part of the last day’s divine judgment on humanity. Let’s read it:
“And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.”5
John’s portrait of this upcoming pandemic is horrific and excruciating. He described how the consequences of the inflicted plague would change people’s minds. Instead of looking for a vaccine, men will look to die and yet they won’t be able to get murdered not either commits suicide. Another important fact is that the target is not nature, such as environmentalists are so concerns about. God will attend their desire and will save the trees and spare the vegetation. However, because they didn’t care about the extermination of millions of unborn babies, of the destruction of family values and of God’s glory (instead they made “mother” nature their goddess), God will give them a taste of their wickedness. I would like to remind you that God is not against environment preservation, He actually encourages it, 6 but the Creator is more important than creation and human being more important than nature.
Remember that John as a first-century citizen, was transported to the future, and he described the vision he saw in the way he could understand. Can you imagine this fellow that never saw a car, an airplane or a nuclear explosion interpreting and portraying it with his ancient perception? Years ago, I heard a preacher whom I can’t remember the name now, saying that the picture of these locusts mentioned by John was helicopters. John didn’t mention “gigantic” locusts, which would be an important detail for the fellow’s assumption, (however, in our day’s drones have become part of the civil and military society, some of it the size of a locust.) Let’s look at some descriptive details to consider the locust-helicopter theory: “and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.”
If it was the case, the plague will be triggered by men, or it is a man-made virus.
As reported by some western authorities accusing China of producing Coronavirus in a lab in Wuhan, we could think that the plague mentioned in Revelation will be a biological weapon used in military warfare that will cause a catastrophic pandemic in the world.
It is significant to mention that in the same passage there is an important point, “They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” It says that will be a selected group of persons who will not be infected by such plague: “Those who have the seal of God on their foreheads.”
According to Scriptures, this plague will be part of God’s judgment upon the earth. He will allow men to use their own weapons to kill each other, for they despised God’s love, choosing Satan as their god. Paul in his first letter of the New Testament exposed the divine actions against a sinful and perverse generation with these words: “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”7
You may ask me: “if I am still alive when this plague comes where can I get the seal of God mentioned in Scriptures?” This is the question that I always had when I read the book of Revelation, even though I was not a Christian yet. You don’t have to wait until this time of judgment comes, for there is still a way out! As I said, this second plague will come because of the first one, which is sin. Then, to get the seal of God, you must have to deal with sin in your life. All The world's most dangerous bioweapons Bioweapons such as Anthrax, Botulism and Variola have been studied as weapons, engineered and in some cases even deployed to devastating effect. Anthrax is one of the most potential biological weapons in the world. Above, military helicopter and drones (some of it were already used as to carry biological weapon) humanity is a slave of sin and to get free from it there is just one vaccine, “Jesus blood.” The prophet John said, “Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”8
The apostle John wrote: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”; “and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”; “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”9
Paul wrote: “In him (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”10
Jesus died on the cross to save us. He died as our substitute to pay the penalty for transgressions; “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”11
There it is still time for you to make your decision. You can make the choice to take the spiritual remedy which will set you free from the chains of sin and from the power of the devil. How? By acknowledging that you are a sinner as mentioned in the Scriptures above; by repenting of what you have done and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord. It is written, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”12
If you from your heart understood it and want to accept Jesus, you can start with this simple prayer: “God, I am sorry for all my sins that I have done. I thank you that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and to shed his blood to pay for my sins. Right now I invite Jesus to be the Lord of my life for I believe that He died and rose again. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.”
According to Scriptures, those who accept Christ are children of God13 and had received God’s seal: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”14
1 – I Timothy 3: 1-5
2 – Mathew 24: 12
3 – Hosea 8: 7, Proverbs 22:8
4 – Mathew 24: 5-24
5 - Revelation 9: 3-11
6 - "When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you? Deuteronomy 20: 19 “If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him. "If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him. Exodus 23: 4-5 "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing. Deuteronomy 25: 4 “A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.” Proverbs 12: 10 The LORD then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the LORD. 'Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop,” Leviticus 25: 1-7
7- Romans 1: 28-32
8 - John 1: 29
9 – I John 1: 7-9, Revelation 1: 5; 7: 14
10 – Ephesians 1: 7
11 – II Corinthians 5: 21
12 – Romans 10: 9
13- “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1: 12
14 – Ephesians 4: 30 YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AT:
The world's most dangerous bioweapons
Bioweapons such as Anthrax, Botulism and Variola have been studied as weapons, engineered and in some cases even deployed to devastating effects. Anthrax is one of the most potent biological weapons in the world
(military helicopter and drones (some of it were already used as to carry biological weapons).