When the devil and his hosts were driven down from heaven, there was a plaintive cry from heaven, saying “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” - Revelation 12:12. In the same vein, Jesus Christ our Lord and Master said that in this age of the last days, all over the world there would be “…distress of nations, with perplexity; …Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”. (Luke 21:25, 26) And did he not say that the world wars would be the beginning of sorrows (for those on earth)? Matthew 24:7,8 ? The First World War was followed by the Spanish Influenza, which resulted in an estimated 25 million deaths, ( though some researchers have projected that it caused as many as 40–50 million deaths) It was the most severe influenza outbreak of the 20th century and, in terms of total numbers of deaths, among the most devastating pandemics in human history, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica
Now comes the ebola virus. It is spreading at a rapid pace and the nations are gripped with fear. Punch, a Nigerian newspaper, has reported that the global medical charity Doctors Without Borders, has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is “unprecedented, absolutely out of control”, as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread. Bart Janssens, the charity’s director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle the outbreak, in an interview with Belgium’s La Libre Belgique newspaper”, warning, “If the
situation does not improve fairly quickly, there is a real risk of new countries being affected” “because we have never known such an epidemic”.
Meanwhile Liberia’s government has announced that it is closing down all schools across the country to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Some communities would be placed under quarantine as well, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said. Non- essential government workers will be sent home for 30 days and the army deployed to enforce the measures. It is reported that treatment facilities have been overwhelmed in the Liberian capital Monrovia, forcing health workers to treat some patients at their homes. Here in Nigeria, the Lagos State Government said on Monday that it had identified no fewer than 59 people who had contacts with Mr Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who died of the Ebola Virus in the state. The looming pandemic has added to the woes facing mankind, including wars, natural disasters, unemployment, poverty, oppression and wickedness generally.
What should Christians do?
Be prayerful, wise, cautious, and guard yourselves with discretion. (Psalm 112:5, 6; Proverbs 2:10,11) Our Lord Jesus Christ admonishes us thus, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” - Luke 21:36.