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This would never happen in Oxford

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Apr 19, 2015 at 17:22

Hi, Waz

This is from your link:

"...Dr Peter Hotez, a leading global health expert, said an outbreak of leishmaniasis, a disfiguring disease spread by sand flies, was already "out of control" in Syria, and he also warned about the rising risk posed by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in a region where many hospitals have closed and disease surveillance control measures are hampered by fighting..."

The four horsemen of Revelation complement each other: conquest, war, famine, pestillence. One feeds on the other, and we are seeing all of them in conflict zones like Syraqia, Somalia, Liberia, etc. If Yemen continues on its course, we will see them there too. The Islamist fundies compound the problem by eschewing "infidel" medicine and driving away "infidel" health care workers.

Whatever the cause, the four horseman are among us. Let me see; what can we expect next...

Rev 6
...And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
[9] And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
[10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
[11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled...

Ah, yes. The first four seals are the four horsemen, including leishmaniasis, ebola, and who knows what other plagues will come of all this unrest. Then comes the fifth seal, persecution of the saints -- things like beheading people for the crime of being Christians. It seems to me, this is already happening; and here, a man just got up in church this morning and talked about how the church would be "raptured" away from any suffering...

Except for those Christians who have been raptured from reality, then, those of us who ar "left behind" are already experiencing the fifth seal; so I guess we should peek at what the sixth seal has in store for us:

[12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
[13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
[14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
[15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
[16] And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
[17] For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

That's all just part of the preamble. It hasn't happened yet. We're still in the part that says,

[11] ...and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled...

Many beheadings are yet to come, then... and more conquest, mor war, more famine and more plagues -- more, that is, except for the American Evangelicals who will be insisting that it isn't happening.

"Lord of the Flies"? Did you know that the Lord of the Flies of old was the "Beelzebub" of the Bible? Whoever wrote that screenplay, must have been familiar with the Bible. The miscreants in the movie were Cambridge Kings College choristers -- Oxford kids obviously would not be so noxious (heh heh).

It's our 40th today. Gotta run

Shalom shalom.

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