The fourth event in achieving God’s 1000 year old purpose in having Abraham walk to Mt. Moriah is punishment. The death angel—the massive tower of splendor in light—passed through the villages and towns of Israel and, in his 3 day visitation, left 70,000 dead.
A lot of casualties...but consider...the Black Death, pneumonic and bubonic plague, killed 25 million in Europe between 1346-1352. In 18 months 1917-1919, Swine Flu killed 30-40 million world-wide and, in 10 months—550,000 Americans! When our population reached 105 million, that casualty rate killed one-fourth of Americans! Another 10 months like that would have given room to return half the country to the Indians.
And...just to warn us...dangers to vast populations still exist, the Ebola disease from Africa as but one example. A National Geographic report noted in July, 1994, page 70, even in ocean water. For a single teaspoon of salt water can contain a Billion virus particles. Another reason to prove that the Great White isn’t the only good reason to stay out of the water.
Not to discount 70,000 dead in Jerusalem in 3 days of plague. And not to discount the much larger number that would have died had God not silenced his gigantic messenger just as he raised his gigantic sword to strike the Holy City!
The important issue in the plague is that it led to the fifth event! End Part III