Thursday, February 10, 2005

Prophetic Intercession for Asia

I'm very concerned about a possible Bird flu pandemic in Asia. Here is some info I've collected.

1. Source: the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders: C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce and others

A. We are in a season of shakings. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. There will be continued physical disasters where the plates of the earth will shift. In the midst of the shakings, God will raise up regional apostles and prophets who will be able to decree and see the natural disasters stop or be lessened in their city or region.

B. One of the prophets from Asia had prophesied in October that a catastrophe was going to come to Asia that would result in an open door for harvest for the gospel. He also saw that a pandemic would hit where 300,000 could die if prayer and help was not sent.

2. Source: the Washington Post

…... international health experts warn that conditions are set for a bird flu pandemic that could kill millions worldwide if the virus developed into a form capable of spreading among humans.

In its current form, the disease kills about three-quarters of the people who catch it from birds. Since the beginning of last year, 45 people in the region have been infected. Twelve Vietnamese and one Cambodian have died this year.

As a result, the prevalence of the infection in birds makes a new, more deadly human outbreak likely. Public health experts say it is only a matter of time before the flu strain remakes itself, unleashing a disease that is both highly lethal and as easy to catch as an ordinary flu bug.

If this occurs, World Health Organization officials predict that, in the most optimistic scenario, 2 million to 7 million people would die worldwide and that the toll could potentially reach 100 million. Health experts say the virus has already exhibited traits similar to those that caused the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, which is estimated to have killed about 40 million people.