Combining the Ebola, Bible end times theology and end of the world conspiracy theories may sound a lot like fear mongering to some people. But according to molecular biologist Sharon K. Gilbert, it's a serious topic worth exploring.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, some Christians believe the Ebola virus could evolve to the point that it becomes deadly enough to meet the standard for the Bible's end of times prophecy, which predicts a quarter of the world's population will die from diseases before the end of the world. Evangelist Franklin Graham has made the Ebola, Bible connection in the past, but does so only in the context of asking Christians to be spiritually ready for the end of the world.
While the headlines about the Ebola virus outbreak may be scary, the fact that it's mode of transmission is limited to physical touch greatly reduces the risk of a serious epidemic reaching Biblical proportions. Scientists also deny that Ebola is airborne, but the scientific distinction becomes a little bit muddled to the average person because it's still possible to transfer the Ebola virus through "aerosol transmission." Unfortunately, some scientists also admit that it could be possible to genetically engineer an artificial virus that could merge the properties of rabies, influenza, and the Ebola viruses in order to create a supervirus capable of meeting the Bible end times standards.
But some Christian leaders like Pastor Matthew Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas say the Ebola virus may be specifically mentioned in the Bible when Jesus warns of famine and pestilence.
"Pestilence is an illness for which there seems to be no cure," Hagee said. "That would certainly describe Ebola."
Author Sharon K. Gilbert is working on a book called "Ebola and the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse" that will be released in November of 2014. In the book, Gilbert claims to answer the question of whether or not Ebola's end of the world reputation is deserved, and how Americans can prevent the transfer of the deadly disease.
When she spoke to One News Now, she also shared some scary statistics about Ebola projections.
"This morning I received an urgent email blast from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) containing an early release of this week's 'Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report' (MMWR), which as you might expect, comes out weekly," Gilbert shared. "This is a scientific, statistical analysis of the outbreak numbers, and weighing the actual reported infections/deaths against the likelihood of under-reporting, and then further plotting that on a timeline graph, the CDC's number crunchers estimate that West Africa could have as many as 1.5 million active cases by end of January 2015."
Even if the Ebola virus is not part of Jesus' warning in the Bible, many Americans are panicking over the spread of Ebola cases in the U.S.
"This sudden initial appearance of Ebola in the States has placed millions across the nation in a state of panic, which is depleting many emergency suppliers of regular stock items. Three days ago, the numbers for some of these protective items were as follows: Tyvek suit sales are up 233 percent; sales of 3M Co.'s particulate respirators is up 4,004 percent; hand sanitizers are up 20 percent; and online emergency preparedness stores across the nation are selling out of their supplies at a rapid rate, the likes of which have not been seen since the influenza outbreak of 2011."Do you think the Ebola virus outbreak could be part of Bible end times prophesies that predict the end of the world by pestilence?