Chapter-5.7   Nine Signs We Are Under Judgment

 
5.7  The Rash Of New Diseases
 

 

According to the Baylor College of Medicine, “The World Health Organization warned in its 2007 report that infectious diseases are emerging at a rate that has not been seen before. Since the 1970s, about 40 infectious diseases have been discovered, including SARS, MERS, Ebola, Chikungunya, Avian Flu, Swine Flu and, most recently, Zika.” *5*

 

In the New Testament, Jesus cites four different reasons for illness: [1] that which results from sin (John 5:14) *1*; [2] that which is allowed so that the good Works of God might be shown (John 9:1-5) – I believe Jesus was referring here not just to miracle healings, (the likes of which he was performing), but also to healings that arise from the medical profession *2*; [3] that which is sent to terminate life (John 11:4) *3*; and [4] that which is allowed as a test of our faithfulness to Him (Matthew 25:36). *4*

 

The Old Testament chapter of the Bible we have been considering, Deuteronomy 28, mentions the following CURSES RELATED TO HEALTH:

 

[18a] The fruit of your womb will be cursed… *6*

 

[21] The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. [22a] The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation… *7*

 

[27] The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. [28] The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. *8*

 

[35] The Lord will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head. *9*

 

[59] the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. [60] He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. [61] The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. *10*

 

As I presented in chapter 5.4.1, “The Introduction to The Next Four Chapters” (this being one of them), that Deuteronomy 28 is written to the Nation of Isreal during the 5th Dispensation ‘of Law’. While it primarily applies to them, I submitted for every reader’s consideration that it was evident to me that several of the curses appeared to be resting upon America in the present time.

 

While many of the verses I have quoted in the text above are couched in language that leads me to believe they were directed toward ancient Israel, I believe the notion that God uses illness and plagues to get the attention of individuals and nations is timeless.

 

So, that said, are there any “fearful plagues” that have come upon us (verse 59)?

 

The list below represents illnesses or diseases that have emerged and have had a significant impact in recent times. Some of these undoubtedly may have been around before, and some perhaps just not labeled. But I mention them here because their incidence rate has increased greatly and they rank high in severity.

 

1901 — First identified case of Alzheimer’s Disease. *11*. Currently, 5.7 million people in the US (29.8 million worldwide) suffer from Alzheimers. *12*

 

1938 — First case of Autism formally diagnosed. *13*. Presently 3.5 million people in US live have Autism. “Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010.” Approximately one out of every sixty children born in America will have Autism. *14*

 

1950s — Bipolar Disorder first distinguished from other psychological forms of depression. *15*. “It is estimated that 2 to 7% of people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Almost 10 million people will develop the illness sometime during their lives. About half of these will never receive the correct diagnosis or treatment.” *16*
 

  Note, these first three stand out to me because in a manner of speaking, they tie back to verse 28 in the context that they affect the mind of the ill person.

 
MID to late 1970’s — First HIV/AIDS cases break out in the US. This disease was unknown in humans prior to the 1920’s. *17*. We all know that while medications have enabled people to live HIV positive, this disease has adversely impacted numerous lives and enormous numbers have died as a result.

 

1975 — Lyme disease first discovered in Old Lyme, Connecticut. *18*

 

1976 — Legionnaires’ disease was identified in 1976 *19*

 

2002 — SARS breakout in China. *20*

 

2014 — Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone. *21*. These last two listed outbreaks (SARS and Ebola) certainly had the world on edge because of the severity of the diseases and concerns about how to contain and treat them!

 

2014-2018 — AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis) a polio like virus that 386 children have contracted (predominantly in the months of August through October each year. Cause unknown. *22* & *23*

 

2015-2016 — Zika Virus Epidemic. *24*

 

2017 — Flu Season Deaths Topped 80,000 in 2017. *25*. I mention the flu here because each year the strand of flu is different — and last year was a particularly deadly year!

 

2018 — Another alarming statistic is that the maternal death rate in the US is rising while in all other developed nations it is falling. *26*
 

  Note: Autism, AFM, Zika, and the increasing rate of maternal deaths in America seem to tie back to verses 18a and 59 mentioned above.

 
So, while I believe there have been some “fearful plague” type breakouts, we have been amazingly blessed by the fact that our medical professionals and scientists have been able to resolve many of these before they have become intensely severe. But, I remain concerned there have been enough adverse disease related epidemics to raise some questions.

 

So, I ask again, America, where are you?
 
 
NOTE TO READERS:  Please understand, as I write these things, the more I discover, the more I realize I have to learn.  I WISH TO EMPHASIZE AS WITH ALL OF THESE POTENTIAL JUDGMENTS UPON OUR NATION, just because someone has AUTISM, does not indicate that they or their parents have sinned (apart from the fact that we are all sinners)!  Likewise, if someone has Alzheimer’s, it does not mean that they likewise have sinned in some special way (apart from us all).  Remember Job, he was afflicted with illness even though he had not sinned!
 
 
 
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REFERENCES AND NOTES :

 

Note: all Scripture references in this chapter are from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission of Biblical, Inc.® All rights reserved worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

*5*. Emerging Infectious Diseases / Baylor College of Medicine / (date of website posting not readily discernable) / https://www.bcm.edu/departments/molecular-virology-and-microbiology/emerging-infections-and-biodefense/emerging-infectious-diseases#

 

 

*7*. Deuteronomy 28:21-22 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/deu.28.21-22.niv

 

*8*. Deuteronomy 28:27-28 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/deu.28.27-28.niv

 

 

*10*. Deuteronomy 28:59-60 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/deu.28.59-60.niv

 

*11*. Alzheimer’s Disease / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease

 

*12*. Facts and Figures / Alzheimer’s Association / https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/facts-figures

 

*13*. Autism / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism

 

*14*. Facts and Statistics / Autism Society / http://www.autism-society.org/what-is/facts-and-statistics/

 

*15*. Bipolar Disorder / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder

 

*16*. Bipolar Disorder Statistics / bipolarlives / https://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-disorder-statistics.html

 

*17*. HISTORY OF HIV AND AIDS OVERVIEW / Avert / (publication date unknown) / https://www.avert.org/professionals/history-hiv-aids/overview

 

*18*. Lyme Disease / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease

 

*19*. Legionnaires’ Disease and Pontiac Fever (Legionellosis) / MedicineNet / 6-22-2017 / https://www.medicinenet.com/legionnaire_disease_and_pontiac_fever/article.htm#how_common_is_legionnaires%2339_disease

 

*20*. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome

 

*21*. Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone / Wikipedia /

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_epidemic_in_Sierra_Leone  

*22*. Acute Flaccid Myelitis / CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) / https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/afm-surveillance.html

 

*23*. “Why is it so hard to figure out this polio-like illness hitting kids?” / NBC News / Maggie Fox / October 21, 2018 / https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna922011

 

*24*. Zika Virus / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_virus

 

*25*. “Flu Season Deaths Top 80,000 Last Year” / CNN / Susan Scutti / September 27, 2018 / https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/09/26/health/flu-deaths-2017–2018-cdc-bn/index.html

 

*26* “U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World” / Renee Montagne / NPR News / https://www.npr.org/2017/05/12/528098789/u-s-has-the-worst-rate-of-maternal-deaths-in-the-developed-world

 

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