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Ebola Strikes America

Omar
October 9, 2014

 Given all that’s happening in the world right now, I don’t have an absence of things to write about. However, several days ago I felt God strongly impressing me to write about the spread of Ebola to the United States. But as I opened my e-mail this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that God had already impressed the fine folks at Amazing Facts to write about the very same thing. They have graciously permitted us to reprint it. I know that by reading this you’ll be blessed and drawn closer to God.

 

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It’s the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Previous flare-ups of the disease were local, but the recent spate of the disease in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone is being described as “out of control.” Over 7,400 cases of the disease have been confirmed, with more than 3,400 deaths. The 2014 West Africa outbreak is the largest in history, and the numbers continue to climb.

Now Ebola is directly touching the United States. Many here are on edge after hearing of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the nation, in which a Liberian man suffering from the sickness is now in critical condition in a Dallas hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan came to the states to renew a relationship with a woman he met 16 years earlier in a refugee camp. When he became sick and went to the emergency room of a Dallas hospital, he was inexplicably released—exposing up to 100 more people to the Ebola virus.

The fifth American to return to the United States for treatment since the outbreak was admitted to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. The video journalist contracted the disease while working in Liberia. Airlines are now being asked to watch for sick travelers and alert officials before landing in the nation. Hospitals are stepping up precautions to quickly isolate and test sick patients who might have been exposed.

Is this a sign of the times? It’s too early to tell exactly where we’re headed with Ebola, but we don’t need to be surprised. When Christ’s disciples asked Him for signs that indicated His return was near, He answered, “There will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences” (Luke 21:11).[i] A pestilence is defined as “a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating.” The Ebola outbreak unquestioningly meets this qualification.

Perhaps the first and greatest pestilence spoken of in the Bible occurred when Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites at the command of God. Moses warned the ruler of a “very severe pestilence” that would come over the land (Exodus 9:3). As our world marches more boldly away from God’s protecting hand, the rulers of darkness will unleash more and more evil destruction on our planet and then point a blaming finger at the Lord.

For the Christian, even if the trials of this world personally touch our lives, we can live in calm confidence that God has not abandoned us. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Though our world is spinning out of control, God is still in command.

  

Reprinted by permission by Amazing Facts. http://www.amazingfacts.org/news-and-features/af-blog/id/1264/ebola-strikes-america.aspx.



[i] Texts in this article are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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