The News-Sentinel published an interesting article by Karen Kaplan of the Los Angeles Times, “Antibiotics on verge of becoming useless.” It reported findings from the World Health Organization that warns of alarming levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs that fight infections like E. coli, HIV, polio, pneumonia, tuberculosis and malaria.
This report reverberates prophet warning and echoes concerns of biblical proportion regarding the vulnerability of all nations, rich and poor, to pestilence — viruses, bacteria, parasites and other pathogens causing infectious disease — and our increasing inability to treat and cure them.
It is written, referring to “end times,” that “great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines and pestilences, and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” It’s interesting how Scripture speaks prophetically in the same sentence about pestilences and signs in the heavens.
Speaking of heavenly signs, we just recently experienced the first — on April 15, 2014, — of a phenomenal four total lunar eclipses. These consecutive “four blood moons” are a rare event and referred to as a “tetrad” by astronomers and rabbis. The second blood moon will occur Oct. 8, 2014, followed by a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, and then two more lunar eclipses on April 4 and Sept. 28, 2015, with another total solar eclipse on Sept. 13, 2015. The significance of this particular tetrad grouping is that they all occur on the Jewish feast days of Passover, Tabernacles and Trumpets.
For your interest and curiosity, it is written in Joel 2:30, Acts 2:20 and Zachariah 12:1-14 of the moon turning to blood and the sun into darkness. A study of the Jewish feast days is interesting and lends understanding to the natural phenomena occurring in the heavens, and why they are referred to as “God’s heavenly timepiece.”
William Van Amber Fields