ISRAEL - Mass Campaign for Third Covid-19 Shots

Arno Froese

Millions of Israelis who were considered fully vaccinated with two shots lose that status unless they get one more. Their “green pass” will hit a red light, once again denying them access to public places like restaurants, gyms and movie theatres.

“We were brave enough going with the third dose because we had data for Israel and we were sure this was the right thing to do,” said Dr. Itamar Grotto, a former associate director general of the national Health Ministry and an expert in viral diseases at Ben Gurion University.

Israel was ahead of most countries in fully vaccinating a large percentage of its population, but found that COVID-19 protection had waned after five or six months, especially among seniors. 

A study of Israelis older than 60 published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that severe cases of COVID-19 were “substantially lower among those who received a booster (third) dose of the vaccine,” even when faced with the dominant delta variant. Seniors were 11 times less likely to be infected and almost 20 times less likely to become seriously ill, the study found.

“We were the first to learn, to realize that the vaccines were waning, getting weaker,” said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a speech to the United Nations. “We faced a choice to either drag Israel into yet another set of lockdowns, further harm our economy and society, or double down on vaccines. We chose the latter.”

The Israel Ministry of Health says 3.6 million Israelis have gone for a booster, out of about five million who are eligible because they already have the first two doses. Many of these—several hundred thousand—have rushed to get their third dose., 6 October 2021

Arno's Commentary

The new issue becomes apparent with the statement, “COVID-19 protection had waned after five or six months, especially among seniors.”

What next? That’s the big question. No one can answer for sure. While medical science is working feverishly to find a definite answer, it is more than sure that the booster shot will provide additional protection. 

This is a first. The world has experienced many epidemics and pandemics, and we have to credit medical science for effective vaccines to successfully fight such.

The Plague of Justinian, originally from Egypt, affected the Byzantine Empire in 541 AD. Some estimates of deaths are 30 to 50 million people.

The Black Death in Europe in 1347 AD: some 20 million lives were lost in just 4 years.

The Great Plague of London: about 20% of men, women, and children living in the British capital were killed.

Smallpox: only in 1980 did the World Health Organization announced that smallpox had been completely eradicated from the face of the earth.

Cholera: an article concludes, “While cholera has largely been eradicated in developed countries, it’s still a persistent killer in third-world countries lacking adequate sewage treatment and access to clean drinking water.”

While most of the previous epidemics never became true pandemics and could be isolated, Covid-19 knows no borders. It totally ignores divisions between the rich and the poor; countries with the best healthcare in the world, and countries whose healthcare system is somewhat questionable.

It stands to reason that the world is being forced to come closer, share knowledge, and implement rules and regulation with global authority. 

Will they succeed? We believe so, but we reiterate: all of the world’s greatest scientists are not done when Covid-19 is over; there is more to come.

During Israel’s time, we read in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” This is specifically directed towards Israel. Note the two words “my people” mentioned twice. I think we are not too far off track when we apply this to some future time for the land and people of Israel, because at this time they do not “seek my face.” 

Just recently, in a sermon by Norbert Lieth, he stated: “One of my sons-in-law, who grew up in Israel, testified that in most libraries you may find any and all books dealing with subjects from the deepest occult, yoga instruction, Buddhist teachings, and plenty of books relating to Islam, but the New Testament is missing.” When we ask why, Romans 11:28 gives us an answer: “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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