Beasts of the Field


The pale horse brings pestilence in the last days.

While new exotic diseases may come out, it is good to be aware of current threats that are with us now.

A breakdown in sanitary conditions, or temperature and weather changes, could allow what is already with us to get worse.

The fowls of the air and the beasts of the earth will be called

1. to bring illness and death

2. to feast upon the dead bodies

For those righteous who are exposed to the dangers around them, it is wise for them to know what the dangers are.

Rev 6:8   And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Exodus 23:29

I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.

Isa 18:6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

Jer 7:33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray [them] away.

Jer 16:4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; [but] they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

Jer 34:20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.

Eze 32:4 Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.

Beasts come in all sizes. The large ones are obvious.

This is a look at the smaller ones, that bring large problems.

It would be wise to be aware of threats that may be in our own back yards.

May God give us wisdom to protect ourselves during perilous times.


It is estimated that there are about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects living today. That’s right, a quintillion insects.

In the world, there are about 900 thousand different kinds of living insects, making up about 80% of all of the world’s species.

In the U.S. alone there are 91,000 known species and about 73,000 that have yet to be scientifically described and classified.

While the insects on this list are nowhere near being the deadliest animals on earth, these bugs really do make their mark… sometimes literally, sometimes remarkably- particularly for living things that are no bigger than a human finger.

Below is a list of ten insects that you definitely don’t want to run into:

1. House Centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata)


Originating in the Mediterranean (or Mexico, depending on the source), the house centipede has become a very common bug around the world.

What’s the danger?

While centipedes aren’t insects that are responsible for tons and tons of deaths, you’d be surprised to find out that every two years one person does die due to a centipede bite.

This is usually due to an allergic reaction to the venom that the bug can inject into your body when it bites you. However, it’s rare that one is so allergic to this venom that it kills them.

2. Fire Ants (Solenopsis)


They kill by stinging their prey and then injecting venom known as solenopsin.  And because of this, when a human is stung by the ant, it can be compared to the sensation felt when being burned; however, the sting is usually minor and something that the body can fight on its own.

What’s the danger?

As you’d imagine, a little ant can’t do much damage to a human. However, ants live in colonies and sometimes, with enough stings and enough bodily sensitivity, the fire ants can kill.

It is said that about 5% of those who report being bitten by a fire ant die due to anaphylactic shock. Of course this is very far and in between, but there are reports of deaths caused by an allergic reaction to the venom.

3. Siafu (Dorylus)

Very similar to fire ants, Siafu are ants that are mainly located in east and central Africa, but they can also be found in parts of Asia.

These ants are said to live in colonies of 20 million ants, notably 20 million blind ants.

They are able to travel through the use of pheromones.

Out of these 20 million, there is a group of ants known as the soldier ants. These ants are the ones that are able to sting to fend off or kill prey.

What’s the danger?

If one is stung by a Siafu, the bite is often very minimal and nothing that requires a doctor. However, it is said that the young and elderly are very susceptible to their bites, and some have died due to complications caused by the ant bite.

Around 20-50 people reportedly die each year from a Siafu bite. These ants are often very aggressive and when you interrupt their colony, you just may be in a little bit of trouble.

4. Wasps and Bees (Vespula germanica/Apis mellifera)


What’s the danger?

If you’re not allergic to a wasp or bee sting, then you really have nothing to worry about. If you are allergic to wasp or bee stings, then getting stung might be more of a problem.

It is said that about 53 people die each year because of an allergic reaction from being stung.

Those who are allergic to the venom let off after being stung can go into anaphylactic shock, which often brings about hives, wheezing, confusion, pale skin, and sometimes unconsciousness and even death.

5. Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)


This hornet is said to be the biggest in the world, with a length of 2 inches and a wing span of 3 inches.

The hornet also sports a ¼ inch long stinger, but being stung with by this hornet is definitely not like being stung like a bee.

While you won’t find these hornets anywhere near the U.S. or Europe, they can be found in East Asia, especially Japan.

What’s the danger?

According to Masato Ono, someone who has been stung by an Asian Giant Hornet, the sting felt like a “like a hot nail being driven into his leg.”

The venom that is released by the stinger has about 8 different compounds, one that causes discomfort, one that can damage soft tissue, and one that is able to create an odor that may attract even more hornets.

Those who are allergic to bees can die from the reaction, but some die because of a chemical known as mandaratoxin which can be fatal if there is enough introduced into the body.

It is said that each year, about 70 people die from these stings.

6. Africanized Honey Bee (hybrid Apis mellifera scutellata)


From Africa to Brazil the swarms of bees have reached Central America and have even come as far up as the southwestern U.S.

What’s the danger?

Because they are known to travel in swarms, when a bee attacks a victim, many of the other bees will do so as well.

It is said that one swarm of these bees can take down a horse. The bees have killed about 1,000 people since they’ve started coming up from Brazil. These bees definitely put a face to the name killer bees.

7. Kissing bug (Triatomines)


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There are 138 known species in existence.  Most of them are within the U.S., with others scattered throughout Asia, Australia, and Africa. All of the known species are said to be able to transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, a very harmful parasite that can be fatal.

Most species of the insect are known to live off of vertebrate blood while some are able to live off of invertebrates.

What’s the danger?

The potentially lethal kissing bug is known to live in the same dwellings as humans, often making their homes on the outside as well as the inside of our houses.

It is said that 45,000-50,000 people die each year from kissing bug bites.

This is because the parasite that the bug carries, Trypanosoma cruzi, is known to cause Chagas disease, which seems very minute at first but is fatal over.

At first there is just swelling at the site of the bite, but then the disease can lead to intestinal issues as well as cardiac problems.

In fact most of those who die from Chagas disease die from Chagasic cardiomyopathy.

Picture of parasite in blood


8. Tsetse Fly (Glossina morsitans)


This is a fly that lives by sucking blood from animals and humans.

The tsetse fly is found in the Kalahari and Saharan deserts.

This insect is widely studied today due to the disease that they transmit.

The flies look very similar to the normal housefly we all love to swat at, except for a proboscis on their head, which is the anatomical part that allows them to suck blood.

There are 34 different species of tsetse flies, all of them fitting into one of the three categories: savannah fly, forest fly, or riverine fly.

What’s the danger?

Though a little fly may seem pretty harmless, the tsetse fly can kill, and do so each year.

Most of the deaths are in Africa- it is said that 250,000 to 300,000 die each year from something known as the sleeping disease (the numbers are slowly decreasing).

The tsetse fly carries protozoa known as trypanosomes, but so do many other insects.

However, when someone is bitten by the tsetse fly, the protozoa are introduced to the body and cause a disease known as the Sleeping Sickness.

If not treated properly, the disease is able to shut down necessary bodily functions, such as the endocrine and cardiac systems.

Next, the disease enters the neurological system, causing confusion and an abnormal sleep cycle due to insomnia and slumber. The most recent notable epidemic of the disease was in Uganda in 2008.

9. Rat Fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis)


What’s the danger?

While fleas are often no bigger than the nail on your pinky finger, they have been known to carry devastating diseases and germs, the most notable being the Yersinia pestis bacteria.

This bacteria is known for causing the death of nearly three-quarters of Europe’s population during the 14th century.

Better known as the Black Death, this plague killed between 350 and 375 million people and peaked during 1348-1350.

10. Anopheles Mosquito (Anopheles quadrimaculatus)

North American locations- this is not just in Africa




Once the temperature outside hits a steady stream of temperatures above 50°F (10°C), you’ll surely start to them outside.

You are even more likely to see them once the sun begins to go down.

While only female mosquitoes will bite a human, some of them carry diseases that can be very harmful.

There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes, 200 of those living in North America, many carrying ailments such as yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, and even canine heartworm.

What’s the danger?

However, in some cases, a mosquito bite can lead to a lifetime of illness, or even lead to death.

One of the most widely known mosquito-borne diseases today is malaria.

It is very prevalent in tropical countries: there are about 350–500 million cases found each year and about 1-3 million people die from it each year.

Malaria is said to affect at least 10% of the world’s total population.

These deaths are usually noted in sub-Saharan Africa where mosquitoes are very prominent and proper care for malaria is scarce.

Final note

This post focuses on just the threat from insects.

We also need to consider the bacteria and viruses that are naturally occurring in our soils, and septic systems that we could be exposed to under bad conditions.

These could cause dysentery, tetanus, and other serious infections.

13 Responses to “Beasts of the Field”

  1. Credit is due to the George W. Bush Administration for the following reason:

    “By 2005, Malaria was killing approximately one million Africans a year, the majority of them under the age of five.”

    “Transmitted by a mosquito bite, Malaria accounted for 9 percent of all deaths in Africa, even more than AIDS.”

    “Economists estimated that the disease cost Africa $12 billion a year in medical expenses and lost productivity, a crippling blow to fragile economies.”

    “The United States had eradicated Malaria in the Nineteen Fifties, and there was a well-established strategy for battling the disease. It called for a combination of insecticide sprays, bed nets, and medicine for infected patients. The remedies were not particularly expensive. Bed nets cost $10 each, including delivery.”

    “In June of 2005, I announced a five-year, $1.2 billion dollar program that would fund Malaria-eradication efforts in fifteen countries.”

    “The most dramatic turnaround was in Zanzibar. Health officials adopted an aggressive campaign of spraying, bed net distribution, and medicine for Malaria victims and pregnant women. On one Zanzibar island, the number of Malaria cases dropped by more than 90 percent in a single year.”

    “The Malaria Initiative helped protect TWENTY-FIVE MILLION PEOPLE from unnecessary death.” -DECISION POINTS, George W. Bush-

    Whether one is a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent, one should always give credit where credit is due.

    To someone else who also deserves much credit:

    Her name is Marianne Tioran.

    You are doing a marvelous job, MT.

    There is no one else quite like you.

    Excellent Work.

  2. Thank you Marianne, for this post, very interesting….

  3. Hi Marianne, Thank you for the enlightening post. The statistics can be stagering especially regarding dengue fever. Just this past fall, Andy Irons, an American champion surfer became ill while in Costa Rica for a competitive event. He died in a U.S. hotel, alone, on his way home to get to a U.S. doctor, very sad.. He left his wife & unborn child behind. But EVERY death is sad. I just don’t understand the priorities of our country or others. We have technology & science to go to the moon, etc. but these major problems of death & disease have not been eradicated, how can that be justified? It almost seens like a purposeful population control?! Are there scriptures that show the worldly powers, man, etc . ignoring the beauty & health of every human life, the negligence of not freeing them from threats of disease & death?

  4. …yes, and in the 10 Commandments; do unto others as you would have them do unto you & love thy neighbor as you love thyself…simple, but obscure, to the piwers that be….shalom!

  5. The Psalms

    Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty

    1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
    shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say of the LORD,
    He is my refuge and my fortress:
    my God; in him will I trust.
    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,
    and under his wings shalt thou trust:
    his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
    nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    6 nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
    nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,
    and ten thousand at thy right hand;
    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
    and see the reward of the wicked.
    9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge,
    even the Most High, thy habitation;
    10there shall NO EVIL SHALL BEFALL THEE,
    neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
    11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, (Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10)to keep thee in all thy ways.
    12 They shall bear thee up in their hands,
    lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.11
    13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
    the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (Lk. 10.19)
    14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
    15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will deliver him, and honor him.
    16 With long life will I satisfy him,
    and show him my salvation.

  6. Well I have seen cheerier topics before.I don’t remember “thou shalt be nihilist” as gospel!

    • dear Mark

      The point here is not to be negative, but just o be aware of every day dangers in our back yards that could present a potential threat to us, if we are exposed. Some good insecticide might be useful.

  7. Pathogenic E. coli

  8. ————— Does anyone have an opinion regarding —————
    ————— a distinction between beasts of the field —————
    ————— and beasts of the earth? —————


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