UN - Tuberculosis World’s Deadliest Disease

Arno Froese

Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious disease, according to information shared by the United Nations (UN).

Around 1.5 million people died from the bacterial infection in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported, bringing attention to World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.

Approximately 10 million people are infected with tuberculosis every year, the WHO said on its website. Only a small portion of global cases receive the necessary life-saving medicine.

Over 4,000 people die of tuberculosis every day.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the current coronavirus pandemic demonstrates how vulnerable patients with lung conditions or weakened immune systems are to the new outbreak. Tuberculosis is a disease affecting primarily the lungs.

“For millions of people with tuberculosis, the coronavirus represents a significant danger because their lungs are already weakened by tuberculosis, their general health is low due poverty, and they don’t have access to adequate healthcare,” Burkard Kömm, director of the agency German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief (DAHW) told German news agency EPD.

In Asia and Africa, it is tuberculosis patients who are most likely to be killed by the coronavirus.

-www.dw.com, 24 March 2020

Arno's commentary

When reading or hearing news about coronavirus, we are reminded of the many different types of infectious diseases experienced throughout human history.

During Biblical times, we know that the Ark of the Covenant was misused by the children of Israel and captured by the Philistines. First Samuel 5:1 reads: “And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.” During those days, judgment was directly executed by God, as we can read in verse 6: “But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.” While the Hebrew word ophel is translated “emerods,” “tumor” can also be used.

The question often asked is, does God punish when tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, or, in this case, disease comes upon humanity? Our answer is a definite no, for if God were to punish us for our sins, none would be alive today. But in these developments, tragedies, catastrophes, and diseases, we recognize that they are nevertheless warning signs for humanity. Because even if coronavirus is conquered, that will not be the end of pestilences by whatever name. Thus, it is high time to recognize that there is only one escape, and that is faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the Messiah of Israel, and our soon-returning Lord.

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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