Zika Virus Going Viral

Pestilence and plagues are a part of the fourth seal mentioned in the book of Revelation (Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:7-8). It significantly follows the first three seals of religious deception, wars, and famine. The Bible foretells of disease ravishing the USA, its brother nations as well as many others around the world. The virulent strains and pandemics that we are now seeing could very well be in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

The World Health Organization announced Thursday that it will convene an emergency meeting to try to find ways to stop the transmission of the Zika virus — which officials said is “spreading explosively” across the Americas.

“The level of alarm is extremely high, as is the level of uncertainty. Questions abound. We need to get some answers quickly, ” Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, said in Geneva during a briefing for member countries.

The WHO said the pathogen, which was virtually unheard of in the region a year ago, is spreading so fast that it could infect as many as 3 million to 4 million people within 12 months. Chan said those numbers and the severity of the possible complications being reported — from a brain abnormality called microcephaly in children to paralysis in adults — make the situation dramatically different than what epidemiologists have seen with past outbreaks of the virus.

Source: WHO: Zika virus ‘spreading explosively,’ level of alarm ‘extremely high’ – The Washington Post

Lyme Disease–Carrying Ticks in Half of All U.S. Counties

Issues like this are coming more to the forefront as this, the previous and next article show.

The ticks that transmit Lyme disease, a debilitating flulike illness caused by Borrelia bacteria, are spreading rapidly across the United States. A new study shows just how rapidly. Over the past 20 years, the two species known to spread the disease to humans have together advanced into half of all the counties in the United States.

Lyme disease cases have tripled in the United States over the last 2 decades, making it the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. The disease now affects around 300,000 Americans each year.

Source: Lyme disease–carrying ticks are now in half of all U.S. counties

Bed Bugs are Becoming Resistant to Common Insecticides

In this day and age our means of combating these types of problems are becoming less effective as our ability to transport them around the world becomes more effective.

Exotic holidays have been blamed for the recent resurgence of bed bugs in homes as they hitch a ride on clothing or in luggage.

The research has found the parasites have developed a tolerance to neonicotinoids, or neonics, because of their widespread use.

Source: Bed bugs are becoming resistant to common insecticides | Daily Mail Online

Australia and Argentina Hit with Locust Plague

When we read articles like this and the previous three we can see why Christ referred to this time just preceding the Great Tribulation as the “Beginning of Sorrows (Matthew 24:8).”

The large plagues have emerged around Charters Towers [Queensland], wiping out grass shoots that began to sprout after late December rain.

“It can be quite devastating if you are a grazier and have waited 12 months for rain … and then the grass disappears.”

Videos highlighting the extent of the problem have emerged on Facebook.

“If the conditions extend then they might cycle a number of times, which means they are a problem for a lot longer,” he said.

Source: Locust plague causes nightmare for Queensland graziers | Australia news | The Guardian

Argentina is currently in the midst of the worst plague of locusts in 60 years, causing farmers and fumigators to scramble to get the problem under control….to exterminate the swarms of insects that are making their way through the nation’s dry forest in the north, but their efforts may not be enough – if the locusts develop into a flying throng in the next few days, they will threaten crops and grasslands.

“It’s impossible to eradicate; the plague has already established itself. We’re just acting to make sure it’s the smallest it can be and does the least damage possible.”

Source: Plague Of Locusts In Argentina Biggest In 60 Years : World : Headlines & Global News

European Far-Right Concerned About Their Sovereignty

More and more leaders, in addition to the people, are becoming discontent with the intensifying migration issue besetting Europe.  It is coming to the point that they want a removal of external interference in their ability to control such situations.

Sharing the stage with leaders of other European populist parties, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Friday that Europe’s nationalist parties are ready to step in and clean up when European structures fail under current immigration and monetary policies.

At a news conference, Le Pen along with populist leaders from host Italy, the Netherlands and Austria expressed their common view that Europe’s borders must be closed to mass migration from the Middle East and Africa and said that sovereignty over such policies must be restored to nations. They cited both the threat of terrorism and the strain on budgets.

“But I have to say to European citizens that….they can hope for the return of the nations and their freedom.”

Source: News from The Associated Press

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Iran on Path to Fulfilling Prophecy

In Isaiah 11:11 we see that end-time Iran/Persia (ancient Elam) will harbor captives from Israel (English speaking countries) and Judah (modern day nation of Israel).  Iran will also work with the King of the North (the Babylonian system/Tyre) in the attack on Judah (Ezekiel 27:10).

So, in this vein, it shows the complete and utter lack of common sense for the US to bend over backwards in giving aid to those that will come against our brother and ally, Israel, as well as more readily enable our jailer to take us in. We are becoming the orchestrators of our own demise as the prophecies of Deuteronomy 28  and others come to pass in the future.

The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer’s landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of U.S.-led efforts to crimp Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years, unlocking access to $100 billion in frozen assets and unleashing new opportunities for its battered economy.

Today marks the first day of a safer world,” Kerry declared in Vienna. “This evening, we are really reminded once again of diplomacy’s power to tackle significant challenges.”

For Tehran, the report translates into a huge financial windfall….

Beyond sanctions lifting and the unlocking of frozen assets, certification by the IAEA opens the path to new oil

Among the sanctions lifted will be those imposed between 2006 and 2010 by the U.N. Security Council as it attempted to pressure the Islamic Republic to curb uranium enrichment and other activities that could also be used for nuclear weapons.

But the deal is also a boon for the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy triumph

All-out lobbying by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the agreement also was unsuccessful. Warning that Iran has not given up its nuclear ambitions, his office urged world powers Saturday to respond harshly to any violations of the deal by Iran.

Without that, “Iran will think it can continue to develop a nuclear weapon, destabilize the region and spread terror,” the statement said.

Source: US, EU lift sanctions against Iran amid landmark nuke deal

Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv on Jan. 19, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon made a bold statement: If he had to choose between Iran and the Islamic State, he told the audience, he’d “choose ISIS.”

Ya’alon reasoned that Iran had greater capabilities than the Islamic State and remained the biggest threat for Israel….by the Shia Muslim Iran.

Source: Israeli defense minister: If I had to choose between Iran and ISIS, I’d choose ISIS – The Washington Post

The lifting of sanctions on Iran as a result of its nuclear deal with world powers will be a harmful development if it uses the extra money to fund “nefarious activities”, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters on Tuesday.

Asked in an exclusive interview if Saudi Arabia had discussed seeking a nuclear bomb in the event Iran managed to obtain one despite its atomic deal, he said Saudi Arabia would do “whatever we need to do in order to protect our people”.

But in private, officials have voiced concern that the deal would allow Iran greater scope to back militias and other allies across the region thanks to the extra funds it can access after sanctions are lifted and because of the reduced diplomatic pressure.

Source: Saudi Arabia warns against ‘nefarious activities’ by Iran

Washington (AFP) – The United States is to repay Iran a $400 million debt and $1.3 billion in interest dating to the Islamic revolution, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.

But the timing of the announcement, one day after the implementation of the Iran nuclear accord, will be seen as pointing to a broader clearing of the decks between the old foes.

Kerry described Sunday’s payment of the 35-year-old trust as a “fair settlement.” But the debt deal immediately drew the ire of those in Washington who think the Obama administration had already made too many concessions to secure the nuclear deal.

But Kerry added there are more Iranian claims pending and that the United States would try to negotiate to resolve them.

Source: US to pay Iran $1.7 bn in debt and interest: Kerry – Yahoo News

European Migration Crisis

The EU has very quickly come to the point where a major decision needs to be made on how to handle this Islamic infringement.  The Bible speaks of the final beast power in the following terms: “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”  No one will be saying that of Europe if they do not figure out what to do very soon!

Billionaire financier George Soros has warned that the European Union is on the “verge of collapse” over the migrant crisis and is in “danger of kicking the ball further up the hill” in its management of the issue which has seen more than a million migrants and refugees arrive in the region in 2015.

“Now it’s time for Germans to decide: Do they want to accept the responsibilities and the liabilities involved in being the dominant power in Europe?”

Source: Europe on the verge of collapse: Soros

Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant rhetoric, said on Sunday it was “practically impossible” to integrate the Muslim community into European society.

“Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne,” he added, referring to the mass New Year’s Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere.

Source: Czech leader says Muslim integration ‘practically impossible’ in Europe – Yahoo News

As the crash in commodities prices spreads economic woe across the developing world, Europe could face a wave of migration that will eclipse today’s refugee crisis, says Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.

“Look how many countries in Africa, for example, depend on the income from oil exports,” Schwab said in an interview ahead of the WEF’s 46th annual meeting, in the Swiss resort of Davos. “Now imagine 1 billion inhabitants, imagine they all move north.

Whereas much of the discussion about commodities has focused on the economic and market impact, Schwab said he’s concerned that it will also spur “a substantial social breakdown.”

Source: Davos Boss Warns Refugee Crisis Could Be Precursor to Something Much Bigger – Bloomberg Business

Germany Wants to Loosen Military Restrictions

It is only a matter of time before these rules are changed….

In light of the New Year attacks in Cologne, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has demanded the option of deploying Bundeswehr troops at home. He also reiterated his support for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In an interview with Saturday’s edition of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung,” Schäuble said Berlin must ask itself why “under clear legal rules in support of the police, practically every other country in Europe can turn to its armed forces,” except for Germany.

A legal basis for domestic military missions must be created,” Schäuble told the paper, adding that Germans expect the state to ensure security.

Any deployment of the Bundeswehr within Germany is subject to extremely strict constitutional limitations, with its role described in the German Basic Law as absolutely defensive.

The finance minister’s comments came amid ongoing uproar in Germany over reports of scores of sexual assaults in Cologne at the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Source: German finance minister calls for option to deploy troops in wake of Cologne attacks | News | DW.COM | 16.01.2016

 

Pope Francis Makes Gestures to Protestants

Do not confuse unity with compromise. As the universal religion of Catholicism begins to exert great power and influence upon the beast power, she will not give up her authority so easily.

Pope Francis has come under fire from traditional Catholics who are growing alarmed that the Vatican is making too many concessions to Protestants – specifically, Lutherans – in the pope’s effort to foster Christian unity.

Traditionalists are crying foul over what they are calling “unprecedented expressions of openness … towards Lutheranism,” ….

At the heart of the ongoing debate, said Austen Ivereigh, who has written a biography of the pope called the Great Reformer, is Francis’s conviction that “it is his task to create new spaces for the churches to work and pray together”.

“…he is taking the church into territory that is new and he is doing it outside the traditional channels of dialogue….

“In our dialogue, differences still remain in doctrine and in practice,” he said. “This must not discourage us, but instead spur us along our journey towards ever greater unity, not least by working to overcome old ideas and suspicions.”

Source: Pope Francis draws criticism over Protestant concessions | World news | The Guardian