This new "pestilence" story which began several weeks ago and coming from the Ukraine, is gaining momentum and is now being reported from sources other than the Ukraine. Initially, it seemed too incredible and possibly untrue, but now there is mounting evidence that indeed this new "plague" is highly contagious and deadly:
"Million Hit by 'Plague Worse Than Swine Flu".
"British scientists testing Ukrainian 'super flu' that has killed 189 people".
"Some doctors have likened the symptoms to those seen in many of the victims of the Spanish flu which caused millions of deaths world-wide after the World War One."
"President Yushchenko said: 'People are dying. The epidemic is killing doctors. This is absolutely inconceivable in the 21st Century.' In a TV interview, the President added: 'Unlike similar epidemics in other countries, three causes of serious viral infections came together simultaneously in Ukraine: two seasonal flus and the California flu."
"Universities, schools and kindergartens have been closed, public meetings have been banned and theatres shut. Last week several border crossings in the country were also closed."
"Slovakia has closed two of five border crossings."
"A doctor in Western Ukraine who did not want to be named, said: "We have carried out post mortems on two victims and found their lungs are as black as charcoal. They look like they have been burned, Its terrifying."
No one is sure what exactly this pathogen is. The testing is ongoing but speculation is now centered on it being a new virus which has recently emerged.
Pestilences are most certainly a sign of our time. One cannot open the newspaper, or turn on the TV to the news without hearing one or many "pestilence" stories. Bird flu, Spanish flu, Swine flu, Ebola, bioterrorism, HIV/AIDS, drug resistant TB, mandatory vaccines, and now this new unknown pathogen coming from the Ukraine. Al of these are constant stories in the news. As mentioned before - Jesus informed us that these would be "signs" which would be noteworthy in our generation:
"Then he said to them: 'Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven." (Luke 21:10).