Chik-V a sign of the end of time?
Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
Standing inside the National Chest Hospital in St Andrew last week, the chikungunya virus (chik-V) was the hot topic of the day.
As one lady began to relate her experience after being struck with the illness, her friend started to plead the blood of Jesus.
"Send it (chikungunya) back to Pharaoh! All dem sickness here need to go back to where it come from in Jesus' name! Mi strongly believe dis bigger than mosquito!" the woman asserted.
Bishop Joseph Ade-Gold, president of the Independent Churches of Jamaica, shares similar sentiments, saying that he strongly believes the virus is linked to the coming of the Lord.
"About two or three months ago, I was preaching and God stopped me and started telling me about some viruses that would go around. He said the virus is going to be like chicken without feathers and I spoke to the congregation and told them that we should pray, and so I am convinced that this is connected to God's will and the end times," Ade-Gold told The Sunday Gleaner.
"Matthew 24 talks about the end times and the strange diseases that will come upon the land. So I think that the coming of the Lord has a lot to do with what it is happening - not just Jamaica, but the world," added Ade-Gold.
"I would encourage Jamaicans to take the necessary precautions, however, and keep abreast with the issues, but let us never forget to pray."
The Reverend Fitzroy Thomas, pastor of the Brown's Town Tabernacle in St Ann, however, disagrees, saying persons should be realistic.
"I really don't think so!" he asserted.
"In the last days, perilous times will come, according to scripture. There will be wars and diseases, but when you consider chikungunya, I don't necessarily equate it to the return of the Lord. I prefer if persons be practical and work together in getting rid of the mosquito-breeding sites that may be lurking in their areas," he charged.
"We are conscious of the return of the Lord, and so Ebola or chikungunya is not of any concern to us because we are looking for Him to come any day - sickness or no sickness," Thomas declared.