Media & Adventist Benefits- Swine Flu

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Swine Flu website last updated April 28, 2009 11:00 AM ET


“The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients. Internationally, the situation is more serious too, with additional countries reporting confirmed cases of swine flu. In response to the intensifying outbreak, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 4External Web Site Policy.. A Phase 4 alert is characterized by confirmed person-to-person spread of a new influenza virus able to cause “community-level” outbreaks.” The increase in the pandemic alert phase indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased.”

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 28, 2009 11:00 AM ET)
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 10 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 45 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 6 cases
TOTAL COUNT 64 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.

As followers of Jesus we can be thankful for the good work of scientists around the world to find cures for diseases. But we know from Jesus Himself that there will never be a time before His Second Coming when all the diseases are eradicated from Planet Earth. Jesus said in Luke 21:11 (NAB) “There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.” It will even get worse. Notice verse 26. “People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” But Jesus tells us how to respond in verses 27-28 “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

Every sign is-

  1. A reminder that Jesus is coming again
  2. An opportunity to help those who are suffering
  3. Another reason to share the good news with others about Jesus and His soon return

See also notes about other signs–

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