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5. Pestilence
19 Or if I SEND a pestilence into that land, and pour out MY fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:

20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness (Ezekiel 14:19-20).

What we read as “pestilence” in the King James Version is rendered in other translations as “plague,” as “epidemic,” as “deadly disease.”  Of course, this would be another source of multiple deaths, of widespread infectious and contagious deaths; death that enters a house without knocking on the door; death beyond normal control, that begets other deaths, spreading itself, like cholera, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, meningitis, bird flu, cow pox, monkey pox, bubonic, influenza, and so on; pestilence on divine assignment, ‘sent’ by the Almighty, as an expression of “MY fury.”  But, can – or should – a loving God get into such boundless “fury” with puny mortals?  Ask the Jews.

Again, it will be possible to intellectually explain the plague away as a consequent health hazard from the general deteriorating environmental conditions since the beasts and the sword.  After all, the Spanish Flu or Great Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 seemed connectible to the First World War (1914-1918) at the tail of which the influenza broke out.  Like then, the ‘experts’ will attribute the pestilence to the several unattended decomposing carcasses of infected and killed humans and animals washing off into drinking wells; they will attribute it to the endless heaps of putrefying rubbish and their numberless populations of rodents and roaches shuttling between those dumps and unfortunate homes; they will blame it on the worsening morbid conditions of the overcrowded refugee camps from where the pestilence will sometimes choose to break out, like a brutal suicide bomber choosing a crowded marketplace for ‘maximum impact.’

In the circumstances, governments will seek medical messiah sealth Organisation, and citizens will rather die stretched on clinical sheets in overcrowded hospital floors than lie before the abandoned altar of a transgressed God crying for mercy.  That will make the next phase of Judgment inevitable: The Omnibus Basket of all Four Sore Judgments!  Not every time have a people under divine judgment realized where their trouble is coming from, especially when there seems to be logical explanations for why things are as they are.  That is the ‘sense’ that sometimes opens the door to every next judgment.

Why do all four judgments involve death? Does death represent divine judgment?  Sometimes, Yes.  God declares in Ezekiel 18:4, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die,” in other words, sin and death.  Also, according to Romans 5:12-19, death entered the world through sin; again, death connected with sin.  There is certainly a relationship between sin and some kinds of death, especially death that involves so many persons within a limited time in a limited space.  Everyone will die someday if Jesus tarries, but some deaths make strange headlines.  All death is not divine judgment, but death that becomes consecutive or persistent in a given community within a given brief time might be pointing to something more.

Continued in Part 5


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