I have a very good friend who is living in China.
He was visiting several months ago and I suggested that he not go back or at least if he did go back, he should wrap things up quickly and return back to America ASAP.
His window of opportunity for coming home is currently closed.
He is not concerned.
He believes the virus is mild unless you are old or have compromised health.
I hope that continues to be the case.
Shortly after he returned to China he emailed me and said he had a friend that wanted to purchase 30,000 surgical masks and asked my if I would get some quotes. (people in China were wearing masks from time to time before the virus scare because of the very poor air quality)
All of the major suppliers responded to me with the same boilerplate notice informing me that due to the global crisis they can only provide supplies to the countries that have been hit the hardest.
Interestingly, some doctors in the US claim that traditional surgical masks are completely ineffective in preventing the spread of the virus.
I met a lady a few years ago who is quite wealthy and well connected. She claims that she serves on some global health organizations. I have no idea if that is true.
She called me the other day and told me that I should quit ordering things through Amazon that are made in China or other countries with high infections rates.
She said she wears gloves when she fills her car with gas and uses a handkerchief when opening doors, etc., etc.
She also told me that the virus is being transmitted through the passing of paper currency between merchants and consumers.
Interestingly one headline I just saw read: World Health Organisation Says ‘Go Cashless’ As Banknotes May Be Spreading Coronavirus
What an effective way to get everyone to go cashless!
Another friend of mine called last night and told me that the virus that broke out in Italy, is a more powerful strain of the virus and more dangerous than the one that broke out in China.
I didn’t think much about what he said at the time, but today on the news they said that the entire nation of Italy is now on lock down.
(CNN)Italy has been put under a dramatic total lockdown, as the coronavirus spreads in the country. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he is extending restrictions already in place in the north.
“All the measure of the red zones are now extended to all of the national territory,” Conte said at a press conference on Monday evening as he also announced a ban on all public events.
The Prime Minister said the move was taken in order to protect the population, and especially the most fragile individuals. His announcement came at the end of a chaotic day that saw prison riots across the country.
Ninety-seven people have died of the novel coronavirus since Sunday in Italy, bringing its total number of deaths to 463. The country has 9,172 cases so far, the most of any European country. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/europe/coronavirus-italy-lockdown-intl/index.html
I am now seeing major news networks confirm the fact that two different strains of the virus have been detected.
The second strain is more aggressive.
Some people think the virus is mutating while others believe that since most major countries have this virus in there bio-weapons tool box that it must simply be two separate batches and strains of viruses unleashed by two different sources.
Meanwhile Iran is claiming that their virus problems represent a biological attack from the Mossad.
Clearly, the virus poses multiple potential threats.
Sickness and death,
threat to the global economy
I have no idea if this is just another flavor of the flu that will come and go, or if this is going to turn into an ongoing global crisis.
Some reports have speculated that even if the virus does not kill an astronomical amount of people, it will crash the global economy. BTW, the market was down today 2,000 points!
One fascinating thing that has occurred to me has to do with something I have read about the virus, in light of what prophecy says.
What I heard from some physicians and science publications
First of all, the virus is a cousin of other previous corona-viruses, such as “SARS” and “Mirror’s” which have spread across the world at various times. We are really just experiencing another wave of an existing family of viruses.
Secondly, it is not uncommon for viruses to mutate over time.
Thirdly, in the future, various forms of this virus could become a seasonal infection.
Keeping in mind that this virus or mutated forms of it may begin to “circulate forever as a seasonal endemic pathogen” which could progressively get worse and worse, it is interesting to compare that information to the wording in the following prophecy.
“For a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out from time to time, if they repent not, until the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming” (D&C 5_
I always thought that it was curious to state that a desolating scourge would “continue to be poured out from time to time..” as if to imply that it comes in seasonal waves.
Is there a correlation here?
Experts are talking about the possibility of a seasonal endemic pathogen which is ongoing and gets worse from season to season.
The prophecy states that a scourge will continue to be poured out from time to time?
It is also interesting how the prophecy states that the scourge will continue to be poured out if the people “repent not“.
That links the desolating sickness to the return of the true servants who will be declaring the voice of warning about the desolation of abomination.
“Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.
For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate.
Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.
And verily I say unto you, the rest of my servants, go ye forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days. (D&C 88:114-117)
As we approach dates when prophetic events have taken place in the past, such as the March Equinox and April 6th it is difficult to take the current threat lightly.
The above prophecy has some of the same linguistic elements as the prophecy in Isaiah 24
The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
When the servants return, they will once again reestablish the covenant and gather God’s people into the places of refuge to prepare them for the catching up and to prepare them against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked:
“And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
herefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.” (D&C 29)
It appears as though, those who have transgressed God’s laws and changed his ordinances and broken the everlasting covenant that refuse to repent when the covenant is restored and the final invitation is sent out, will eventually be wiped off the face of the earth.
Is this the beginning of the end?
Are God’s servants about to return to the vineyard with the voice of warning for the last time?
I don’t know.
But it is worth watching very closely.
It appears there is still much that needs to take place before the gathering to Zion takes place.