Commentary By: Gordon King
What do you think? Are things in the world getting better or worse? By things I mean the economy, politics, healthcare, food supply, peace, safety and security.
Are we better off today then we were twenty years ago? How about ten years or even five years ago?
I don’t know about you, but I see things getting much, much worse. As a matter of fact, many things are getting to the point of no return.
The world economy is in shambles and at the brink of collapse. What in the world is holding up the stock market? Nothing! Unemployment continues to rise as the homeless population continues to rise.
The political world is anything but getting better. World leaders are being overthrown. Nation is rising against nation. Political uprisings are occurring all over the globe without an end in sight.
Healthcare around the world is also becoming a luxury item for many. While the price of healthcare rises each day, the average person is seeing a smaller and smaller paycheck. ObamaCare is a joke and is bringing companies to their knees.
The world food supply is now threatened by massive storms, fires, floods and drought. Monsanto is quickly controlling and genetically manipulating the seeds needed to produce food for a starving world.
Peace in the world seems unimaginable at this time, while the United States is attempting to foster a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Safety and security seem to be magic words these days. I see anything but safety and security in America or the world. Violence and evil are replacing kindness and good. Murder, violence, chaos and mayhem are all on the rise. Not only are they on the rise, but in much more heinous acts of violence.
All of these things are spoken of by Jesus, his disciples and old testament prophets in the bible. For example: Matthew chapter 24, 2 Timothy 3, Luke 21, Revelation, Isaiah, Daniel.
All of these things which I have spoken about are prophetic events to take place in the time of the end. The time we are now living in. They are a testament to God. That God is real, alive and true. They are also a warning to the world of what is coming.
This is a warning call to the world. Take heed. Listen to what I am saying. Listen to what God is telling us.
He is telling us that time is short. That the day is quickly coming for the rapture of the church. For God’s wrath to be poured out upon the world in judgement of sin and unbelief. For turning away from Him. For worshiping false gods and idols.
You are either for God or against God. You have a decision to make. What will it be? God is speaking to you right now. He is asking you to come to him. To choose him as your Lord and Savior.
You will either burn in Hell for eternity or live with God in peace, love and abundance for eternity.
As for me, I choose God. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. The Father of Jesus the Messiah, Lord and Savior of the world.
The SARS-like virus has so far killed 24 people, more than half of those diagnosed.
Calling it a “threat to the entire world,” the head of the World Health Organization sounded the alarm over the Middle Eastern virus that has so far killed 24 people.
Speaking on Monday in Geneva at the global health monitor’s annual conference, Dr. Margaret Chan did not mince words about the SARS-like novel coronavirus that researchers call MERS.
US scientists have found a way to infect mosquitoes with bacteria in order to break the chain of malaria transmission, according to research published Thursday in a leading scientific journal.
A similar approach has helped cut back on dengue in some locations, and researchers hope that the findings could offer a path toward reducing malaria among the most common mosquitoes in the Middle East and South Asia.
The bacterial infection is inheritable and could be passed on for as many as 34 generations of mosquitoes, rendering them immune to malaria parasites, reported experts from the National Institutes of Health in the journal Science.
Scientists injected Anopheles mosquito embryos with Wolbachia, a common insect bacterium. When the mosquitoes matured, they bred the adult females with uninfected males.
The infection endured for 34 generations of mosquitoes. The study ended at that point, so it remains unknown how much longer the bacterial infection would have been passed on, preventing malaria transmission.
Researchers also tried introducing the bacterial infection in small numbers of adult mosquitoes, between five and 20 percent of females in a given population.
Within eight generations, all of the mosquitoes were infected with the malaria-blocking infection.
The evidence supports the “potential of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes as a malaria control strategy,” said the study.
Previous research has shown the bacterium could prevent malaria-inducing Plasmodium parasites from developing in Anopheles mosquitoes.
But in this study, scientists were able to show for the first time that they could create mosquitoes with a stable Wolbachia infection that passed consistently from mother to offspring.
Researchers also discovered that the infection killed malaria parasites both in the mosquitoes’ guts and in the salivary glands, the main avenue for transmission to humans via mosquito bites.
About 660,000 people die worldwide every year from malaria.
Published on Apr 24, 2013
An international team of experts from the World Health Organization has been in China this week investigating the cases of H7N9 bird flu. They say it is proving to be the most lethal flu virus for humans.
[Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health:]
“There are some other examples of influenza viruses which are very dangerous for humans. You know, I think the H5N1 bird flu virus is one of the famous examples of how dangerous influenza virus can be for people in terms of being lethal. But this is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we’ve seen so far.”
The WHO says the virus is difficult to track and control due to the lack of any visible signs of illness in the poultry.WHO experts have also said that the new strain is proving easier to contract from birds than the H5N1.
[Nancy Cox, Director, U.S. Disease Control and Prevention Center:]
“So far, no samples from migratory birds and their habitats have been positive for H7N9. In contrast, samples from chickens ducks and pigeons have been positive for H7N9 from the poultry market. Also environmental samples taken from poultry markets have been positive.”
Shandong Province reported its first case of bird flu on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 108.
Twenty two have died from the virus to date.
So far, there is no evidence of the virus being transmissible between humans. But experts are are still investigating whether the virus could mutate to spread between people.
(Reuters) – A strain of bird flu that has been found in humans for the first time in eastern China is no cause for panic, the World Health Organization said on Monday, as the number of people infected rose to 24, with seven deaths.
WHO praised China for mobilising resources nationwide to combat the H7N9 flu strain by culling tens of thousands of birds and monitoring hundreds of people close to those infected.
“So far, we really only have sporadic cases of a rare disease, and perhaps it will remain that way. So this is not a time for over-reaction or panic,” said WHO representative Michael O’Leary.
The head of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, Li Bin, said on Sunday she was confident authorities could contain the virus. [ID:nL3N0CU0AF]
“These are a relatively small number of serious cases with personal health, medical implications, but not at this stage known public health implications,” O’Leary told reporters.
But he warned that information on the virus was still incomplete.
“We really can’t rely on information from other viruses. H7N9 is a new virus in humans and the pattern that it follows cannot be predicted by the patterns that we have from other influenza viruses,” O’Leary said.
No cases have yet been reported outside of China, he said.
The Shanghai government said on its official microblog on Monday that a 64-year-old man had become the latest victim as the number of infected has risen daily.
In total, 621 close contacts of the people known to have been infected were being monitored and had yet to show symptoms of infection, the director of China’s H7N9 prevention and control office, Liang Wannian, said.
Authorities have said there is no evidence of transmission between humans.
The bird flu outbreak has caused global concern and some Chinese internet users and newspapers have questioned why it took so long for the government to announce the new cases, especially as two of the victims fell ill in February.
Airline shares have fallen in Europe and in Hong Kong over fears that the new virus could be lead to an epidemic like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China in 2002 and killed about 10 percent of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide.
Chinese authorities initially tried to cover up the SARS outbreak.
In the H7N9 case, it had said it needed time to identify the virus, with cases spread between eastern Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Anhui provinces.
Chinese authorities have countered speculation that the H7N9 outbreak is related to more than 16,000 pig carcasses found dumped in rivers around Shanghai and the WHO has said some dead pigs from the rivers tested negative for influenza infection.
Other strains of bird flu, such as H5N1, have been circulating for many years and can be transmitted from bird to bird, and bird to human, but not generally from human to human.
Bangladesh on Monday reported its first H5N1 death, that of a baby, in February. It had taken that long to identify the strain.
(Editing by Nick Macfie)