By SHARON K. GILBERT
May 19, 2009
YESTERDAY, a meeting commenced in Geneva, Switzerland that may well alter the political landscape of the entire globe. Director-General Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization addressed the world health ministers on Monday, stating that “an influenza pandemic is an extreme expression of the need for global solidarity.”
Tucked within the language of Chan’s speech is a call to global arms–and hints at eradication of sovereign rule where health issues are concerned, thereby fulfilling Goal 6 of the UN’s Millennium Goals:
The emergence of the H1N1 virus creates great pressure on governments, ministries of health, and WHO to make the right decisions and take the right actions at a time of great scientific uncertainty.
On 29 April, I raised the level of pandemic influenza alert from phase 4 to phase 5. We remain in phase 5 today.
This virus may have given us a grace period, but we do not know how long this grace period will last. No one can say whether this is just the calm before the storm.
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making branch of the World Health Organization. You can bet that, by the end of this meeting on May 27th (if not sooner), those decision makers now gathered in Geneva will issue a list of recommendations that will include raising the pandemic response alert to Phase 6, currently defined as sustained transmission in two regions. As Rahm Emanuel is so fond of saying, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
Phase 5 of the WHO Pandemic Response is declared when there is documented “human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. This occurred when the United States joined Mexico in the current outbreak. However, Japan is now reporting 158 cases of H1N1, up dramatically from the initial 4 cases of travelers from the US and Canada.
Phase 6 “is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region. Japan is not in the same region as the United States and Mexico. By definition then, the WHO must declare an elevation to Phase 6. It’s very likely that Chan will do so by the end of this week, if not earlier. In point of fact, her speech includes an intriguing phrase that foreshadows an anticipated major crisis:
Moreover, we must never forget that the H5N1 avian influenza virus is now firmly established in poultry in several countries. No one can say how this avian virus will behave when pressured by large numbers of people infected with the new H1N1 virus. [Emphasis SKG]
Does Chan know something we don’t? The World Health Organization is already on record stating fears that HIV and H1N1 could combine. Now, Chan is stating concern that H5N1 and H1N1 could combine. Now, add this to the mix: what if H1N1 combined with ebola, hanta, or similar hemorrhagic contagions? China and Brazil have both reported mysterious bouts with ideopathic hemorrhagic pneumonia over the past few years. And let’s not forget the deadly illness that caused at least a thousand pigs to ‘bleed out’ in 2007.
In my second novel, The Armageddon Strain, unscrupulous scientists cook up a deadly blend of H5N1 with ebola–all done in China’s pig population. This scene explains a bit of the background:
“Let me see if I got this straight. Four years back, the government hires Grayson to brew up a vaccine for a germ we don’t even have here yet. Grayson receives a truckload of taxpayer money, hires top eggheads, sets up one public lab and one secret one. Four years later, the bug hits China then here, and Home Security starts proclaiming we need a vaccine. Then, some fresh-faced reporter from Indiana gets wind of the scam, tries to set up a meeting, but she’s found dead – toasted like a Fourth of July weenie. Your guy, this Conners fellow, is set up to take a fall if anyone gets too close. Now, Roswell gets a Hanta scare, only it’s not Hanta. And you’re tellin’ me that the secret lab is somewhere underneath my feet?”
While the Armageddon Strain is a work of fiction, it’s disconcerting to see its theme play out for real in the daily headlines.
It’s not a coincidence that President Obama has turned the attention of Congress to health matters at this time. National Health Care in the US will serve as an adjunct to the UN’s Millennium Goals (to be implemented no later than 2015, a curious date if one believes the middle of the tribulation period falls on December 2012). It’s as if the spiritual war has ramped into high gear, and all those who serve the fallen angels are now focusing on whatever means necessary to forge a unified world government.
You and I are living through moments that will be discussed and debated throughout the thousand year reign of Christ. As centuries pass, those who are born into the Millennial kingdom will be taught the world and heavenly histories that led to that present age. Some may doubt–for let’s not forget that sin does not end will the reign of Jesus Christ. All born into the flesh will still be born in sin. Remember, too, that at the end of the ‘Millennium’, Satan will be loosed from his chains and permitted to round up willing humans in one final battle against Christ.
The enemy believes in the power of numbers. He and his followers, mistakenly think that a unified world under their rule can defeat Christ. They’re wrong. But it won’t stop them from trying. And so, watch and keep mental notes, as the coming weeks unfold. If WHO raises the alert to Phase 6, then DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano will very likely tighten the ’emergency’ she has already declared here. Congress will then pass the health care act. And the Pale Rider of Revelation 6 will laugh.
It’s a convergence of three sixes, in a crazy sort of way. Phase 6. Millennium Goal 6. And Revelation 6.
The enemy looks for a New World Order and the dawn of a great age of enlightenment. We who believe in Christ know that only part of this is true. A New Age is about to dawn, but it is the Light of Jesus Christ who will fill the earth. Following the thousand year reign of Christ, this old world will pass away. In Revelation 21, John tells us:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. … And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.
So, as we watch the events of the coming months unfold, keep looking up, dear friends. Our redemption draweth nigh.
Do you know Christ? Time’s running out to make that decision. Choose today. Tomorrow may be too late.