Pestilences a Sign of His Second Coming
Over 4,000 people have now died from the recent outbreak of Ebola. Jesus said that one of the signs of the nearness of His coming would be “pestilences”.
The prophecy was made by Jesus in the Bible’s most famous prophecy chapter – Matthew 24. The disciples asked Jesus in verse 3, “…What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
We are certainly living in the time preceding the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth. So, is the Ebola outbreak part of the pestilences that Jesus was talking about? It’s obvious that it is.
Is it a Judgment from God?
Throughout the Bible, God used pestilences to chastise people when they gave themselves over to evil. In Jeremiah 29:17, the Lord said, “…Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.”
Is America Evil?
None of us want to believe that the country we love and call our home is “evil”. But there comes a time when the difficult and unpleasant questions must be asked. When God looks down on the United States of America today, does He view us, as a nation, as evil?
God declared in both the Old and New Testaments that homosexuality is evil and an abomination to God (See Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Yet, our government is in the process of putting the mantle of approval over same-sex marriage. When President Obama was running for his second term, before the election, he openly endorsed same-sex marriage. Yet the people of America voted him back into office! The majority of Americans voted against God and for an abomination! So is our nation evil?
When pre-marital sex is a given and anyone who teaches purity until marriage is considered a relic, are we not evil?
From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the United States. This is 53 million human beings with beating hearts killed legally in our country in 38 years! Are we not evil?
Is Judgment Coming to America?
Ecclesiastes 12:14 states, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Psalm 9:17 tells us, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” America, as a whole, has certainly forgotten God. It is obvious that judgment is coming to America unless we repent. The present invasion of the United States by the Ebola virus will only be the beginning of God’s judgments unless we turn from our present path.
God gives us the formula for repentance in 2 Chronicles 7:14,
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
by Irvin Baxter