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The sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates." And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.

The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury. (Rev 9:13-19 niv)

The people of Rome paid dearly for their disobedience to the truth that had been laid before them. Plague and famine depopulated rich provinces as one inhabit of the empire after another fell to the judgment that befalls any society that will not repent of its wicked ways. We are seeing this develop in our own society today.

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On September 25, 1993, Entertainer Gary Collins found he was in need of an AIDS test. Apparently there was an on-air mix-up where he and Home show hostess, Sarah Purcell were given flu shots with the same syringe. Dr. Edward Gilbert who administered the injections lamented, "I am not a person who has ever been called upon to perform in front of cameras."

So this is how it is in Hollywood today. It is an era when co-workers must live in suspicion and distrust. They know how they each are. They are certain that their friends are living the same immoral lives that they are. They cannot be sure what they will pick up if they come into too close of contact with each other. The plague of AIDS has hit modern Rome.

Primarily AIDS was transmitted though sinful activities; promiscuous sexual activity, homosexuality and drug needles. Though the government was insisting that transmission of the disease came from only these limited circumstances, there was no telling where you could pick it up. It might attack you in the dentist office. That is what Kimberly Bergalis discovered as she died at the age of 23, infected by her dentist, Dr. David Acer. He had already infected six of his patients in what was called "one of the most disturbing unsolved mysteries in the annals of medicine." Some wondered if it was in fact murder.

Dr. Stanley Turetzky, who practiced in 1993 in Hicksville, N. Y. evidently thought so. "How else could it happen except by some deliberate method?" he asked in an interview. "Everybody seems to think that, but no one has proof."

But what many were beginning to think is that legislature must be written to restrict the ability of health-care workers to practice medicine. The crisis got the nation raging in fear.

World health officials had reported that about 12 million men, women and children throughout the world were infected with the AIDS virus by the beginning of 1993. In the United States alone, at least 1 million were infected at that time. America's death toll from AIDS was 152,545, roughly three times higher than the number of American lives lost in the Viet Nam war.

The complication of AIDS was the root cause of an increased spread of tuberculosis by 1.5 in the United States in 1992. It was a 20 percent jump in TB cases since 1985. "That's not acceptable," complained Dr. Lee Reichman, president of the American Lung Association. "This is a preventable disease, this is a curable disease and it's a fatal disease." Indeed, continued hostility towards God was claiming America's lives.

AIDS in fact, by June of 1993, surpassed accidents, cancer, and heart disease as the leading killer of young adults in the nation's cities. The findings of Dr. Richard Selik and colleagues at the National Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta professed a grim portrait of AIDS in America. "The health crisis of AIDS-HIV is of immense significance in the United States and will remain so beyond this millennium," wrote DR. Sten Vermund of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

But the biggest jumps in new AIDS cases for the first time in the epidemic in 1992 were women who were infected more through sex than drugs. "It's a continuing evolution of the epidemic," said Dr. John Ward, the CDC's chief of AIDS surveillance. "They need to know their sex partners, and they need to know the drug and sex practices of that partner so they can. . . make a more informed decision about whether to have sex with that person."

Our women are the ones who just decades ago were hallmarked for their chastity. Now we were warning them just to be "careful." However, the way things are going, it is doubtful that any sex will be safe in the near future.

In April of 1993 it was reported that the number of Americans with AIDS had increased at a surprising rate when more than 35,000 new cases were reported during the first three months. This increase by 21% doubled the rate for the same period in the previous year, according to DR. John Ward, chief of the AIDS Surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was "higher than we expected. Some of that 21% is a sign that the AIDS epidemic is continuing to grow." The majority of these people were from the ages of 25-44, the group that made up most of the nation's workforce.

Not only was the disease targeting the working class, it was leaving children without parents. On December 23, 1992 it was predicted by the researchers of the American Medical Association that the number of children orphaned by AIDS would double by 1996, and reach more than 80,000 by the turn of the century, threatening to create social catastrophe.

"These numbers will just keep growing," assured the reports chief author, David Michaels." Most of these affected people, the authors agreed, would be from poor and black communities least equipped to care for them. "Unless increased attention and resources are devoted to this vulnerable population," they wrote, "a social catastrophe is unavoidable." So, once again the government was called to come to the rescue of a people who would not initiate moral accountability in their lives, and you know who would be called upon to fit the bill.

But the question remains that, given the nature of this particular disease and the moral condition of our society, would a cure be discovered in time to avoid a national disaster? It is true that scientists knew more about HIV than about any other virus in history. It didn't seem to be enough, as it was becoming more-and-more evident to researchers just how insidious the virus that causes AIDS really is.

"Despite the high-powered arsenal of contemporary biology, there is nothing on the horizon remotely resembling a cure for AIDS," reported the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on 5/28/93. "Nor is there anything like a workable vaccine."

"This disease has been trying to tell us for a long time that it's complex," commented Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the lead agency in the U. S. Government's war on AIDS.

There was the hope that the drug AZT would provide some answers for the problem. But early in 1993, a large European study cast doubt on the idea that this drug had any effect upon those who had the virus with no symptoms of the disease. This study of 1,749 volunteers discovered that those patients who got AZT were just as likely to succumb to the disease or die as those who had received a placebo.

Nick Partridge, director of the Terrence Higgins Trust in Britain described the results as "very depressing" for infected people who are well. "It rocks the foundation of the small house of believers for using early intervention and shows how far away we are for adequate treatment of HIV." It appeared this plague would be with us for quite a while.

Leave it up to the American bureaucracy to come up with a solution. "Let's just spend money on it," they reasoned. So, the Clinton administration proposed $2.7 billion on AIDS research, prevention and treatment in 1994. Then just appoint an AIDS czar and the problem will eventually be resolved! So, upon the appointment of Kristine Gebbie, the president announced, "We will ensure that one person in the White House oversees and unifies government-wide AIDS efforts. She has my full support in coordinating policy among all the various executive branch departments."

And what did the one whom the president so overwhelmingly endorsed have in mind? It was announced on June 30, 1993 that the new federal AIDS coordinator planned to take a more liberal approach than what the Republicans before her had devised. In that vein she endorsed needle exchanges for drug addicts but stopped short of urging condom distribution in schools. That ball was taken up by U. S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders who already, before her appointment, freely distributed defective condoms to Arkansas teenagers without telling them.

The Knight-Ridder News Service reported, "The federal government is planning a dramatic -- and controversial -- shift in its attack against teenage pregnancy and the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents.

"The Clinton administration plans to revise the 12-year-old Republican message of 'Just Say No' to premarital sex by placing greater emphasis on birth control and disease prevention, in effect adding a new line, 'But if you say 'yes,' be sure to use a condom.

"For the past several months, the Department of Health and Human Services has been developing a proposal that could funnel millions of dollars (perhaps as much as $7 billion) into comprehensive health services for the nation's 35 million 10- to 9- year-olds.

"The plan would provide more money for sex education, birth control counseling, health care contraceptives at clinics in or near public schools, said HHS officials who described it on the condition that they not be identified.

"'It's a huge change,' said Lisa Kaeser, a policy expert for the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a leading reproductive health research group in New York City.

"A major force behind the change and the official who likely will champion the new approach is Dr. Joyce Elders, an outspoken former Arkansas health director."

Indeed, the government wanted to solve the AIDS crisis by putting a condom in every pocket. This, of course, could only be message of false hope. The condom is a poor contraceptive at best, and a worse deterrent to disease. Truly, it is not unlike the government to propose a solution that encourages the very activity responsible for the dilemma!

In spite of the impotence of condoms in relation to stemming the spread of AIDS, apparently the initial efforts of Elders and crew to propagate sex in America was working quite well in the high schools. In 1993, after surveying 16,285 high school students in cities across the nation, the CDC found that national about 53 percent of teenagers had had sex. Out of these, 37.6 percent were still active, in spite of the AIDS threat.

On August 15, 1995, columnist Mona Charen divulged, "More that 50 percent of the fathers of babies born to mothers between the ages of 15 and 17 are adults aged 20 or older. According to a California study of 47,000 teen-age births in 1993, two thirds of the babies were fathered by men beyond high-school age.

"The California study found that among mothers ages 11 to 15, only 9 percent had had sexual relations with classmates. Forty percent had been impregnated by high school boys, and 51 percent of the fathers were adults.

"That ought to give pause to those who believe that handing out condoms in schools will stem unwed pregnancies." It ought to also declare how fruitless the effort to pass out condoms in schools is in the battle against AIDS.

It appears there were some of our young who were not allowing themselves to be the governments' patsies, nor did they want to risk their lives for the sake of promoting the immoral agenda of the liberals. On November 20, 1992, the Associated Press reported that the number of teenagers engaging in sexual activity had dropped. In a study by the CDC in 1991, 54% of the teenagers they questioned had sexual intercourse, down from 59% in 1989. Thirty-five percent said they had two or more partners, down 40%, and nineteen percent reported four or more partners, down 24% from 1989.

It appeared at the time that the "just say no" message was working. It was the only real solution to a plague that had in its very inception a cause that generates from sexual immorality. But if liberal America continues to refuse to bend its ear to principle of holy living, they will just have to pay the price of their defiance. Figure it out!

The despair of the situation was so rampant that President Clinton asserted on 12/2/92, "For too long America and the world have faced this epidemic divided and frightened. Today we must pledge to work together in the research and prevention programs that will make the AIDS epidemic a part of our past."

By November 23, 1995, it appeared that governmental efforts at solving the AIDS dilemma were going nowhere. The centers for Disease Control and prevention announced that AIDS in 1993 had become the No. 1 killer of people between ages of 25 to 44. Indeed, by 1995, one out of every 92 young American men between the ages of 27 to 39 were battling the AIDS virus. According to Philip Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute, if the trend continued, "the threat of AIDS may become a rite of passage."

Would a cure be found in spite of the millions and billions of dollars the government was sure to pump into the project? Not if liberal America had anything to say about it! They would keep on promoting their failed proposals.

On November 30th 1995, it was announced that a barrage of governmental spots would be aired on TV to promote the demise of AIDS through the use of condoms and telling someone if he/or she is infected before having sex, and abstinence. These MTV-style spots depicted scenes from dance clubs, Greenwich Village and a drug store.

One featured Dwayne, a gay man who cheerily insisted, "If I'm going to have sex it's going to be protected. . . I'm HIV negative, and I intend to stay that way."

Another showed Vivian unabashedly buying condoms to say, "If you have a condom and you partner doesn't, you just say, 'Here, put this on.'"

"Nobody ever knows I have AIDS unless I tell them," proclaimed Carol.

A woman named Lynn C. admitted that her steady boyfriend "never used a condom" even though he knew he had AIDS. "I never thought it could happen to me," she admitted.

"Secondary virginity is what I practice," revealed Tami. "The next time I have sex will be when I get married."

The Family Research Council branded all the spots except the abstinence one. Gracie Hsu declared that others "begin with the flawed premise that there is nothing wrong or harmful about teenagers having sex as long as they use a condom." She asserted that the government should not "give its imprimatur for teens to have sex."

November 12, 1996 brought some apparent help to AIDS researchers. It was announced that thalidomide, a horrific drug that caused thousands of birth defects more than thirty years before, would again be released in the United States. The drug, once sold in 48 countries as a sleeping pill and morning sickness cure, was banned worldwide in 1962 after some 12,00 babies were born with missing or malformed limbs, serious facial deformities and defective organs. However, the drug showed some promise in fighting some AIDS-related disorders so the Food and Drug Administration brought it back into the country.

It was incredible the risks that liberal America was willing to take in order to continue to support homosexuality and promote their so-called safe-sex scheme. They were willing to risk the lives of innocent children in order to support the sin of sexual morality that they had given themselves over to since the sixties. Yet the continued pro-abortion stance of liberal America clearly had demonstrated that they had more regard for hedonistic pleasure than the lives of children.

"We never thought there would be another generation of thalidomiders," lamented Canadian Randy Warren as his voice was choked with emotion. Warren was born with no hips and malformed legs as a result of the drug.

According to J. David Erickson of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention this reintroduction of thalidomide could expose as many as 500 pregnancies a year. He concluded, "If thalidomide is allowed on the market, there will be failures."

However, liberal America was not at all worried about the consequences of the drug. They had already invented a solution to birth defects -- abortion. Indeed, there was a definite link between the AIDS safe-sex crowd and the culture of death.

On May 4, 1997 AIDS researchers found out that the abortion procedure might help their cause. They determined that success in treating sickle cell anemia, leukemia and AIDS could be greatly improved by using bone marrow transplants from fetuses. The researchers utilized the bone marrow of fetuses from miscarriages and transplanted them into baboons with positive results. The avid abortionist, President Clinton, early in his administration, had lifted the ban on federal funding of research into medical uses of fetal tissue from induced abortions.

The ethical problems involved with the research were vast. Maria Michejda, one of the researchers, declared that there was a possibility of creating the potential for "fetal farming," when a woman gets pregnant so that she could sell the fetus for bone marrow. "When women conceive and abort at the optimal time to get tissue, this is a very dangerous situation." However in light of the profusion of abortions already in the country, such an unthinkable act laid right on the horizon.

The AIDS dilemma was beginning to take on a new ominous presence in the country. Nonetheless, the president remained optimistic. He determined that he could end the AIDS problem by issuing a directive. Hence, on May 19, 1997 President Clinton set a deadline for an AIDS vaccine before 2007. "If the 21st century is to be the center of biology, let's make an AIDS vaccine its first great triumph," he declared.

In spite of humanism's great hope that its proponents could continue to dodge the AIDS bullet, there was little-or-no progress in tracking the disease down. This was rather frightening in light of the fact that on November 26, 1997 it was declared that the AIDS epidemic was worse than originally thought. A U.N. agency reported that more than 30 million people worldwide had been infected with the deadly disease. About 16,000 were infected daily, and one in every 100 sexually active adults under the age 49 worldwide had HIV. "The main message of our report," Peter Piot, director of UNAIDS, divulged, "is the AIDS epidemic is far from over. In fact, it's far worse." The report revealed that if the current trend held, those infected with the virus "will soar to 40 million" by the year 2000. So much for the sexual revolution.

AIDS came to us from deep within the hot fertile jungles in Africa. It was an organism that originally existed benignly in monkeys. But it leaped its way into humans. In spite of the fact that decades had passed since it was first identified, science had yet to find a cure.

What is particularly frightening about this virus is that it carries an enzyme called reverse transcriptase that allows it to copy itself right into the inner machinery of a living cell -- the DNA. Once this occurs, the virus becomes so immersed in the human cell that it cannot be destroyed without the destruction of the entire cell itself.

"We're matching wits, but ours have not been good enough so far to beat AIDS," mourned Lederberg. "It's the structure of evolution, the survival of the fittest, and in this war the ones that grow the fastest are proving the most fit."

At the 10th International Conference on AIDS during the summer of 1994, Dr. Peter Pilot stood up to warn of the "naive optimism" on the part of science which contended that the epidemic could be controlled any time soon. In light of the fact that 17 million were infected with HIV worldwide, the doctor noted that efforts to create drugs to treat AIDS and vaccines to prevent it had largely failed.

"After an era of naive optimism about what science and technology can achieve overnight, and after a period of equally unfounded pessimism, it is time for this conference to be one of realism," this president of the International AIDS Society spoke. He proclaimed that the world ought to face up to the fact that AIDS is no longer an outbreak. Rather it has become entrenched and "will be an integral part of the human condition for a very long time to come.”

Therefore, the conclusion of researchers by April of 2001 was that an AIDS cure just was not in the cards. The new drug cocktails, though they were amazing in their results, could not get rid of the virus. It was admitted that even if all signs of the virus disappeared in a treated patient, HIV would be lurking somewhere.

This lack of success was in spite of the fact that researchers knew so much about how AIDS worked. For they knew that HIV latched onto human blood cells, oozing inside and killing them. But they also realized that HIV would burro in for the long haul in an infected patient. The virus lies silent inside cells that are programmed to do nothing but sit and wait. These memory T cells’ only job was to store a record of the germs they encounter, keeping the body prepared for the next time it sees the germs. These cells are literally the immune system’s memory, so they must survive for a long time. This is what helps the body fight a disease that has already attacked the body.

HIV lies inside these sleeping cells, dormant but dangerous. This means that HIV infection will last a lifetime because it is hidden in the everlasting cells that are suppose to protect the body from disease. Therefore, HIV infection will last for the entire life span of the infected individual. This latently infected reservoir was the single biggest obstacle to getting rid of AIDS. According to Dr. Robert Siliciano of Johns Hopkins University, “It’s the thing that keeps us from curing this.”

“. . .What HIV has done is tap into the most fundamental aspect of the immune system, and that is its immunological memory. It’s the perfect mechanism for the virus to ensure its survival.”

Therefore, science began to give up on a cure in order to aim for a goal that was less ambitious. Since it was believed that HIV eradication was unlikely, most scientists contended that the next best thing would be to train the body to control the virus in order to help patients live with the disease.

Indeed, scientist had developed a multitude of AIDS drugs to treat the disease symptoms, lifting up hopes that it would be finally of no consequence in the human experience. However, on December 18, 2001 it was revealed that the vast majority of HIV patients in America carried a form of the disease that was able to resist one or more of the AIDS drugs that had been developed by that time. This suggested to alarmed doctors that the epidemic could take a deadly turn.

“We could be right back where we were in 1984, when the virus was unstoppable,” warned Larry Kessler, executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Boston. “This is something that we really have been worrying about, dreading.”

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The problem of disease is not limited to the AIDS front. When one considers all of the venues where disease is getting out of control, the possibility of plague that lies in the horizon of mankind is virtually unnerving! "We have reached the stage in evolution where we have no other competitors except microbes -- bacteria and viruses," revealed Dr. Joshua Lederberg, a research geneticist and Nobel Prize winner. "We think of ourselves as being at the top of the food chain, but these tiny bugs are predators on us. The competition is fierce and there is no guarantee we will be the survivors."

"Modern medicine truly began with the discovery of penicillin," instructed Dr. Joyce Johnson, infectious disease specialist at Kern Medical Center and an associate professor at UCLA. "I can't even imagine doing major surgery without antibiotics to prevent infection."

But the overprescription of antibiotics has created serious problems. Now, many physicians in the United States are beginning to realize the ramifications of the overuse of penicillin and its descendants. The ever-changing bacteria have learned to outsmart many antibiotics. The probe to find new drugs is barely keeping pace.

For example, the germ that most commonly causes pneumonia and ear infections in children -- Streptococcus pneumoniae -- has become resistant 50 percent of the time to typical antibiotics. The problem has become so serious that many experts now believe a major medical disaster is on the horizon.

"We are entering a post-antibiotic era, where our children will be defenseless against the same diseases that our great-grandparents were unless prevention is done now," warned Dr. Mitchell Cohen, director of the division of bacterial disease at the Centers for Disease Control.

"I've been trying to sensitize people for 25 years now to the evolutionary skill of these germs," added Lederberg. "I work in the lab and see in an overnight experiment how they undergo massive changes.

"But the attitudes of complacency have made it very hard to get people to listen. It's like telling them an earthquake will happen -- no one cares until their house tumbles down."

On May 16, 1995 American health experts were contending that common bacteria turned vicious through antibiotic resistance posed a great threat to American's health. Dr. Mitchell Cohen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained that bacterial infections, many of them common in hospitals, were arising that could not be treated by the current antibiotics at all.

While demonstrating that drug-resistant strains of bacteria were becoming more-and-more proliferate as the germs genetically changed, Cohen contended, "The problem can become very serious. We already have some untreatable infections and some bacterial strains are just on antibiotic away from being untreatable."

As a result of the concern, it was reported on September 19, 1995 that hospitals throughout the country were restricting the use of their most potent antibiotics and isolating their sickest patients to stop the development of "super bugs". These were germs that had become resistant to all known drugs. Of particular concern was the emergence of resistance to vancomycin which was an antibiotic used against the most lethal microbes.

The relatively-harmless form of bacteria called Enterococcus faecium had become resistant to all antibiotics. But far more threatening was the common hospital-spread germ called Staphyloccus aureus. This bug caused infections after surgery and also caused pneumonia and bloodstream infections. This staph germ was many times fatal unless killed with drugs. The only medicine that would control it was vancomycin. If that drug became ineffective the number of hospital deaths would become astronomical.

"The worst fear we have has not happened yet, but there is no guarantee it won't," explained Dr. Clyde Thornsberry, director of MRL pharmaceutical Services in Franklin, Tenn.

The spread of "super bugs" became the number one topic among 12,000 infectious-disease experts and the Interscinece Conference on Antimicrbial Agents and Chemotherapy held in September 1995. "We really are running out of therapeutic options for common diseases," revealed Dr. Michael Scheld, the conference's program chairman.

With the world becoming smaller due to the mobility of people, airplane travel, and changing agricultural practices, previous unknown germs enter the human population and multiply.

"I call it the Future Shock of the germ world," described Stephen Morse, a colleague of Lederberg. "We are making ecological changes in a far greater scope and number than ever before. We're cutting down rain forests, building roads, climbing every mountain. And as a result, we're coming into contact with viruses and disease that we never did before, that we have no immunity to and no cure for."

Therefore, on January 16, 1996, it was announced that the U.S. death rate from infectious diseases rose 58 percent between 1980 and 1992. According to Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg, the world was becoming "more vulnerable" than ever before as, globally, infectious diseases became more resistant to the human means initiated to destroy them.

The development of antibiotics had once prompted doctors to predict that infectious diseases would be conquered by the late twentieth-century. But Lederberg lead the new cry as he testified, "We have the rumble of volcanoes that are going to erupt. We don't know if the eruption will be tomorrow or. . . in 30 years, but the scene is set for any number of outbreaks."

On September 17, 1996 it was divulged that, during the previous five years, disease-causing fungi had begun to grow impervious to common drugs. The development set off a rush among pharmaceutical companies to find new drugs as the old ones became worthless. "It is historically unprecedented to see this level of resistance," admitted Dr., Thomas Walsh of the National Cancer Institute. Just 10 years ago, textbooks said it was rare. This is an area of great concern."

Then, on July 20, 2001 Harvard researchers described in The Lancet medical journal that a new type of antibiotic, Zyvox, had been beaten by the staph supergerm a little more than a year after the drug was introduced. The victor in the drug battle, Staphylococcus, was considered the most successful of all bacterial germs because it produced such a wide range of infections in so many people. “It’s a heads up that you have to keep an eye on it,” revealed Dr. Mary Jane Feraro, director of microbiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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The bubonic plague wiped out a fourth of Europe in the 1300's. As the 21st century appeared in the near future, it looked like the devastating disease might raise its ugly head up once again. On September 3, 1997 it was reported that, for the first time, scientist had found a strain of the plague that was resistant to all the antibiotics normally used to prevent the disease. Drs. David Dennis and James Hughes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated, "If resistant strains spread in rodents, the public health implications could be substantial." Indeed, plague was considered to be a re-emerging disease by the World Health Organization.

In 1918-1919, influenza wiped out 25 million people worldwide. According to Morse's book Emerging Viruses, this created more devastation to humanity than any other single event. What lies on the horizon for mankind might well dwarf anything he has yet seen.

In March of '94, the United States stood on the edge of another white plague, the return of TB. But this time it was predicted the cost might be higher than before.

"We dropped our guard," admitted Dr. Richard Thorsen, director of infectious disease control at the Kern County, Ca. Health Department. "Right now is a very critical time for the whole country, and we have a window of opportunity to try and control TB as completely as we can.

"Otherwise, we will have a medical disaster on our hands."

The problem had become so bad in California that state health officials issued a 45-page strategy for combating the disease.

Kern Medical Center lung specialist, Dr. Augustine Munoz warned that if something was not done by the year 2000, it would cost $1.7 billion a year in California to curtail the problem.

It was a situation that was devastating the East Coast. In Washington D. C., more than 40 percent of the new TB cases demonstrated resistance to standard treatments. The disease had mutated into its new deadly and evasive form.

In the middle of May, 1995, the world became aware of a virus that was re-emerging in Africa which made AIDS look like a walk in the park. Ebola, which had no vaccine or cure, kills 80 percent of those who came in come in contact with it, usually within days. The virus slowly dissolves organs, blood-clotting cells and tissues. Victims suffer from violent vomiting to finally dieing with blood oozing from their mouths.

The last time the virus had been detected was in 1967 and 1976. But by May 16, the deadly virus was looming over the capitol of Zaire with 6 million people at risk. Officials were struggling to contain the disease to the city of Kikwit, where the outbreak had began in March. Neighboring Angola sealed its border with Zaire and sent troops to patrol the jungle between the two countries. The United States began to check up on every one who entered their borders from Africa.

However, changes in worldwide agricultural practices and the intrusion of cities and roads into underdeveloped areas were making it increasingly difficult to contain the spread of disastrous diseases. Joshua Lederberg, a research geneticist and Nobel Prize winner commented that the world is now a global community.

So once again his warning is worth consideration: "We think of ourselves as being on the top of the food chain, but these tiny bugs are predators on us. The competition is fierce and there is no guarantee we will be the survivors."

The war on cancer began in 1971. In spite of the utopian optimism that existed at the time and the latter expenditure of thirty billion dollars by 1996 one third of Americans were getting cancer and a third were dying from it. "Promises were made that could not be kept," revealed Richard Klausner, director of the National Cancer Institute on June 6, 1996. "There was an optimism of what we'd be able to accomplish that did not take into consideration how little we knew. . .We have not cured cancer -- not because of a lack of will, not because of misthought strategies, not because of wrong public policies. We have not cured cancer because it is such and extraordinarily difficult and complex set of problems."

At the end of 1993, it was reported that the annual cost of depression in America was $43.7 billion. This put the malady on par with heart disease according to a study released in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

"What's striking is that the costs of depression are comparable to those for other major diseases," said Paul Greenburg, a health economist at the Analysis Group.

Dr. Frederick Goodwin, director of the National Institute of Mental Health affirmed that among major diseases, depression ranked second only to coronary heart disease. "Major depression is far more disabling than many medical disorders, including chronic lung disease, arthritis and diabetes," he related. "Depression tends to strike people in the most productive phase of life, and the most productive people."

Well, with the threat of devastation on the horizon as it is, if I did not have the True and Living God to trust in, I think I would be pretty depressed too!

It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. (Revelation 9:14-15 niv)


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Don Wigton is a graduate of the prestigious music department at CSULB where he studied under Frank Pooler, lyricist of Merry Christmas Darling, and sang in Pooler’s world renown University Choir alongside Karen and Richard Carpenter. During this time Don was also the lead composer of the band, Clovis Putney, that won the celebrated Hollywood Battle of the Bands. After giving his life to God, Don began attending Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa to study under some of the most prominent early Maranatha! musicians. Subsequently he toured the Western United States with Jedidiah in association with Myrrh Records.

Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Don’s Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.

The next years of Don’s life were spent as the praise leader of First Baptist Church in Bakersfield during a time of unprecedented church renewal. Don teamed with the leadership to successfully meld the old with the new through a period of tremendous church growth. During this exciting time, Don’s praise team, Selah, produced the CD Stop and Think About It.

Today Don is the leading force behind Wigtune Company. This webbased project located at www.praisesong.net has provided several million downloads of Don’s music and hymn arrangements to tens of thousands of Christian organizations throughout the world. More music can be found at Don's Southern Cross Band website at www.socrossband.com.

The book Holy Wars represents Don’s most recent effort to bless the church with biblical instruction and direction in praise and worship. This heartfelt volume is an offering not only to God’s people, but also to God Himself.


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Empart - Click here to find out about the price that is being paid by those in Northern India and Nepal who have dedicated their lives to worship the Lord. Find out how you can be involved!An Incredible revival is occuring in Northern India and Nepal. CLICK HERE to find out more!

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This second of five books looks into a pivotal moment in American history that corrupted her soul. It was a time when the United States was coming off an era of prosperity created by the sound economic policies, patriotism and faith of Ronald Reagan. However, during the '90s a president without scruples took the reigns of a house united and tore it asunder. As a result we live in a divided America on the brink of judgment.

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!





The gospel band Southern Cross features worship, praise chorus and ministry songs in contemporary rock, country rock and even classic genres. Click here to go to their page to listen to our mp3 music and find out how to have them come to your area!

All For Freedom!

Thanks to the men and women who give their all for our freedom.


Father's Eyes

A nation in apostacy


Uh Uh Uh

There are many lying voices out in the world calling us to sin and despair.


You Broke My Heart

Jesus said "Let your yes be yes and your no's be no's." When we break our word people get hurt.



Wigtune Company

An offering of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the worship edification of the Body of Christ.
Colossians 3:15-17

Praise and Worship Songs to bless God. . .

Free Praise Music, Charts Song and Hymn Stories  

Top Ten Praise MP3s

Contemporary Worship and Praise Music Archive

Latest  Contemporary Praise and Worship Music Releases

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Christmas Praise Music

Easter Worship Music

Patriotic Praise Hymns (American)

Instrumental Worship Music

Praise Music For Worship Devotions

Contemporary Christian Ministry Songs

Free On-Line Praise and Worship Studybook  

Listen to Wigtune Worshim Music on live Internet radio

Wigtune Contemporary Worship, Praise and Hymn CD's

Karaoke (Accompanyment Tracks for your favorite Wigtunes)


Vision Statement

Wigtune Story 

Copyright Restrictions

Contact Us

Spread the Word!

Bible Study Helps, a Multitude of Christian Links and Other Goodies

Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

Statement of Faith

Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?


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CLICK HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 to purchase a hard or soft cover copy of Don Wigton's book "Holy Wars" upon which this blog is based.

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!




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Wigtune Company: Praise music and worship study resource.  Free Christian praise songs and hymns, chord charts for the contemporary chorus and traditonal hymn and gospel music, plus and on-line worship Bible study.

Click here for the Wigtune worship, praise and hymns Facebook page.

Millions of
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Pastors, worship music ministers, small group leaders, praise bands and members of over
3337 ministries from 94 countries world-wide including all 50 states in the United States
are now using Wigtune praise and worship resources.

We pray that these materials have provided all of you with untold blessings!

"I might not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very good! . . . I don’t think that I have ever given such high ratings to so many songs before. But the fact is that they are well deserved because the music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they really get to your heart. . .everytime."
Fredrik Cole: Trax In Space



Winsome International was founded by Dr. John Lavender of First Baptist Church, Bakersfield. Don Wigton of Wigtune Company was the worship and praise leader there during a great growth expansion. Click here to hear the teaching that inspired so many.




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Wigtune Company offers free mp3 Jesus based praise music and song along with traditional Christian hymns performed in a contemporary fashion in order to encourage the body of Christ to blend the old with the new in a scriptural fashion.  An on-line Bible study is offered that goes into the biblical and historical foundation of worship for music ministries, the music minister, praise leader, pastor and serious Bible student.  The study is presented in outline form with relevant scripture references and questions.  Download this helpful work for free! was formed as a service to the body of Christ to encourage scriptural worship. To accomplish this goal Wigtune Company offers free contemporary Christian praise and worship music, contemporary Christian rock and hymn mp3 and chart material along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  In order to bridge the gap between the old and the new the worship study book gives solid theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.

Click on one of the links below for praise and worship, praise tabs, worship chords, praise chorus mp3, hymn stories, pro tools studio, worship leader materials to enter into the area of the Wigtune site that interests you !

Wigtune Company believes that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymn and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme. Vision Statement    Don and Vanessa Wigton share the vision of Wigtune Company.  Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.   Wigtune Story    The Wigtune Company free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.   Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise and Worship Music Mp3s and Charts   Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Wiggy's Top Ten Praise MP3s Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Radio: Listen to Wigtune Worship Music on Live Internet Radio

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.    Wigtune Praise Worship and Hymn CD's

 What are they saying about Wigtune praise and worship contemporary and hymn music   Testimonials: What they are saying about Wigtune Music

Please help Wigtune Company by observing the copyright restrictions listed on this page.  The praise and worship materials (praise songs and hymns) have been offered up for free with love!  Copyright Restrictions    

What do you think of Wigtune's offering of praise music and worship study materials?  Let us know by e-mailing us?   Contact Us    If you have been blessed by the free praise music (praise choruses and traditional hymns) and the worship study book, don't keep it to yourself.  Click here to see how you can spread the word!   Spread the Word!

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Click here to find out what organization are utilizing Wigtune contemporary Christian and traditional praise and worship music, chord charts, and online worship Bible study.  Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

  Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.  Statement of Faith

Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.   Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?

 The Wigtune Home Page: Free mp3 praise music and hymns sung in a contemporary fashion.  On-line worship study book for Bible students, music ministers, song leaders and pastors is also available!

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