The deadliest plague ever to hit mankind killed between 30-50 million people during the 6th century AD—nearly one half of the Earth’s population (Times of Malta, January 28, 2014). “Some 800 years later, the Black Death wiped out 50 million Europeans between 1347 and 1351” (ibid.). Recently unearthed remains of two 1500-year-old victims in Bavaria, Germany, showed the disease to be a different strain of the same bacterium that caused the Black Death in the fourteenth century. This has led scientists to conclude that “If the Justinian plague could erupt in the human population, cause a massive pandemic, and then die out, it suggests it could happen again” (ibid.).
These observations are consistent with end-time Bible prophecies that have long foretold that great death and destruction will precede the return of Jesus Christ at the end of the age. The prophet Ezekiel warned that 1/3 of the Israelite descendants would die by pestilence (plague) and famine (Ezekiel 5:12). Jesus Christ also warned of severe pestilence at the end of the age (Luke 21:11). Bible prophecies and statements of scientists appear to be coming together.
For more about conditions that will appear at the end of the age, be sure to read our informative booklet, Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.