Outbreaks of Epidemic Diseases: “Hong Kong issued a ‘red alert’ advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported, bringing the total to 95 with seven fatalities... South Korea has the second highest number of infections, after Saudi Arabia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control... South Korea’s new cases bring the total of MERS cases globally to 1,244, based on World Health Organization (WHO) data, with at least 446 related deaths” (Reuters, June 9, 2015).
Meanwhile, “bird flu” is rolling through the Midwest of the USA, resulting in the death of almost 47 million chickens so far. The result has been the tripling of the price of eggs (USA Today, June 9, 2015).
Jesus Christ warned in His Olivet Prophecy that disease epidemics or “pestilences” would be one of many signs of the end of the age. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:7-8). For more information on these end-time prophecies, be sure to read Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.