Drew Pinsky is better known by his celebrity moniker, Dr Drew. He is a doctor who specializes in internal medicine and addiction, but became famous through several radio and TV shows such as Loveline, Dr. Drew on Call, and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Recently, he gained headlines again when he stated in an interview with Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, broadcast on Periscope, that Los Angeles (LA) was on the verge of an outbreak of the Bubonic plague. He actually used the term “apocalypse” to describe the looming crisis.
The Bubonic plague devastated Europe in the 14th century killing an estimated 50 to 100 million people ,upwards of 50% of the population. The bacteria that causes the plague was spread by fleas from infected animals such as rats. There are different varieties of the plague some more deadly than others.
The common symptoms for the Bubonic plague include fever, flu, vomiting and boils, that often break open as the lymph nodes swell. The plague can result in death within 10 days if untreated in upwards of 90% of the cases. .
In his interview with Scott Adams, Drew said that the homeless encampments that Los Angeles officials allow are opening a pathway for the plague into that city.:
“And if you look at the pictures of Los Angeles, you will see that the homeless encampments are surround by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there.”
According to an article on USA Today, the number of homeless in LA has increased by 12% over last year bringing the population to 60,000 in 2019, a small city within a city. The homeless live in encampments allowed by LA city council.
Of course, the politicians are blaming the lack of housing as the root of the problem and though this may be the case in some instances, the vast majority are there because of addiction and mental health issues and the city’s refusal to enforce its own laws.
In an interview with Fox News, Drew said:
“The government is somehow insisting that housing is the problem when in fact we have chronic mental illness, we have an addiction, we have people who don’t want to leave the streets. They literally won’t take the housing if we give it to them. And that’s the population that’s vulnerable and is going to get so ill this summer. It scares me for their well-being.”
Drew added that he believes the Bubonic plague is already in Los Angeles.
Of course this is not a problem relegated to just LA, many cities along the western seaboard are encountering the same issue and related health issues. Some believe that left-wing politics is the root cause of the problem.
It is amazing how diseases that plagued ancient civilizations are coming back to haunt us largely due to political incompetence.
Some Bible scholars have suggested that the sixth plague that God brought on Egypt for the pharaoh’s refusal to free the Israelis was in fact a version of the Bubonic plague because of the boils:
8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take for yourselves handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 9:8 NASV)
And perhaps it was no coincidence that the third plague (Exodus 8:16-19) described an infestation commonly translated lice or gnats but could also be a reference to fleas as the Hebrew word “ken” simply describes small biting bugs.
It has typically been believed that the Bubonic plague originated in Asia, however the National Geographic reported on a study published in the Journal of Biogegoraphy that concluded a study of archaeology indicated the disease may have actually originated in Egypt.
But we also know from the Bible that the end times will be marked by plagues. Jesus warned:
11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great [a]signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11 NASV)
And in his vision of the end times, the Apostle John also saw plagues as part of God’s end times judgement and referred to them several times (Revelation 11:6; 15:1; 16:1-21; 18:4-8 and 22:18). But perhaps most intriguing one is mentioned in Revelation 16 that bears some resemblance to the Bubonic plague because of the open sores associated with it:
2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl [c]on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. (Revelation 16:2 NASV)
The Bubonic plague is not the only disease that results in open sores, but could be part of the package of plagues that will hit the earth as Jesus said these plagues will break out in different places and could refer to a variety of diseases breaking out in different parts of the world.
Though considered a celebrity, Drew previously warned against a Typhus outbreak in Los Angeles for much the same reason, and he was right in that prediction. Typhus that results in fever, severe headaches, flu symptoms and a rash that will eventually cover most of the body is also spread by fleas. Last year there were 124 reported cases of Typhus in Los Angeles.
In an article on NBC entitled Typhus epidemic worsens in Los Angeles reported how in 2019 the disease is now spreading out of the homeless population and is even infecting city officials.
In the article, Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, who contracted the disease, stated:
“It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck. Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”
- Dr. Drew says LA public health in ‘complete breakdown’: ‘No city on Earth tolerates this’: Fox News
- Is Bubonic plague predicted in L.A., a sign of Zechariah’s prophecy in 2019? Breaking Israel News
- Los Angeles County homeless population rises 12% to nearly 60,000: USA Today
- Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles: NBC
- Dr. Drew: Los Angeles Faces Imminent Outbreak of Bubonic Plague: Breitbart
Bubonic Plague Traced to Ancient Egypt: National Geographic