Is Famine Next – end times?
Prophecy in Revelation:
Revelation 6: 5-6: “When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.'”
God says the source of famine and disease is a curse for disobedience
In Deuteronomy 28 God details the horror of a people stricken with the curse of famine.
Deu 28:15¶ But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Deu 28:16 Cursed [shalt] thou [be] in the city, and cursed [shalt] thou [be] in the field.
Deu 28:18 Cursed [shall be] the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Deu 28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
Situation in Africa and other countries
The six southern African countries of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique currently suffer from large food shortages and will need help for months to come. Prolonged drought and bad farming practices have contributed to the problem.
But more recently another factor is having a growing impact on the ability of these countries to feed them selves: A large number of agricultural workers are infected with or have died from AIDS.
About 25 percent of the adult population of these countries now is infected with the virus. As more adults succumb to this plague, fewer people are left to plant and harvest the crops. Worse yet, as the adult community dies, the knowledge needed for growing food for survival is not passed on to the younger generation. Consequently, the society loses its ability to produce food—even if weather and soil conditions were optimal.
***Note: this is not to single out certain countries or peoples. Because, according to prophecy, what is seen in certain areas will eventually spread to other nations, so that all are included.
Food shortages loom as wheat crop shrinks and prices rise
From The Sunday Times
February 24, 2008
THE world is only ten weeks away from running out of wheat supplies after stocks fell to their lowest levels for 50 years.
The crisis has pushed prices to an all-time high and could lead to further hikes in the price of bread, beer, biscuits and other basic foods.
It could also exacerbate serious food shortages in developing countries especially in Africa.
The crisis comes after two successive years of disastrous wheat harvests, which saw production fall from 624m to 600m tons, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Experts blame climate change as heat waves caused a slump in harvests last year in eastern Europe, Canada, Morocco and Australia, all big wheat producers.
Booming populations and a switch to a meat-rich diet in the developing world also mean that about 110m tons of the world’s annual wheat crop is being diverted to feed livestock.
TOP FIVE WHEAT EXPORTERS
So what do we do about all this?
1. Repent of our sins and turn back to God
2. Repent for our nations and leadership
3. Trust in God, not man, for provision – obedience to his commandments is enough, and submission to the heart of Jesus, and acceptance of salvation through the cross of Christ.
4. Acknowledge that even money is an idol before God. Do not seek money for provision, seek the God of provision with meekness and humbleness of heart. Do not listen to prosperity preachers either, who want you to “sow” your money so you can be rich. That is nonsense. That is a different topic.
5. Recall that Jesus said, to look at the birds of the sky and the lilies of the field. They neither sow nor reap, yet God provides for them. God provides out of his love, and because we respect God, and his commandments, and leave our sins behind us.
6. Seek first the righteousness of God, and what you need will be given to you. I am not saying this without living it myself. God has been providing for me my entire life, yet, in the eyes of the world, it seemed like I should have fallen many years ago. I can live on “nothing,” as compared to others, who think they need 10x more than I have.
7. Know that prosperity is NOT having money and many things. It is God providing for you when you have nothing. When God provides, you do not need money or things. They will come to you in some way.
8. Support Israel: its people and its land. God has promised to bless those that bless Israel, and curse those that curse and harm Israel. Israel is the key to blessing for the world.
9. Pray for guidance.
1. Do as Joseph, son of Jacob, did. He saved during times of plenty for times of famine. Be resourceful. Save, and do not waste.
2. Plant more now. Plant where you have not planted before. Fill the land.
3. Store grain in dry form to be used later.
4. Drill for water as you drill for oil. Treat water as a top priority. There may not be rain, but there is water underground, if you go deep enough.
5. Share what you have. Someone may have what you don’t, and you can trade, thus benefiting each other.
6. Avoid wars. Bombs kill people, and destroy land. Nuclear weapons contaminate the soil.
7. Drill for oil, so you do not convert needed food into biofuels. Biofuels sound good, but you waste too much food, and you do not get enough fuel out of it to make it worth while. Drill carefully, and do not disturb the environment.
8. For those who cannot do anything but survive at home, you can freeze your bread, and other food, and store it up. Double bag it to prevent freezer burn. Get a freezer and put a good supply in it until a better time comes.
9. Learn to substitute. If you have no bread, use potatoes. Be resourceful. God will provide something for you.
4-8-08 Update: Egypt
Al Azhar islamic institutions is in command of an open budget that exceeds $10 billion for building mosques, paying sheiks’salaries. While the infrastructure, school, universities, medical services, hos[itals, transportation, water supply, sewer systems, roads, are falling into disaray, with the highest unemployment rate in the world, 60% of a population below the age of 30. Now, and for the last three months Egyptians have to stand in line and fight to buy bread, which caused the death of seventeen people up to now.
Egypt‘s shortage of bread
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Note: There have been famines before. We have to wait until we see a continued pattern into next year before confirming that this is the third seal opening. Also, the first horse (seal)- white- seems to have gone out – conquest in the name of peace (Islam), and the second horse (seal) – red for war- is uncertain, since we have always had wars…there should be something more exceptional than what we see now. If the red horse has not gone out, then it is not time for the third one yet, which is famine.
If the black horse had gone out already, the price of wheat would be a days’ wage, which is not true yet. (a quart of wheat for a denarius)
CREDIT CRISIS PROMOTES WORLD FAMINE
While many people are aware that stock and commodity markets are crashing all over the world due to the break-down in global credit markets, few have likely considered the impact this crisis has on food shipments. I wasn’t aware of the connection myself until an alert reader of my website sent me the link below.
It cites one industry source as saying that all kinds of food shipments are “stacked up on docks right now that can’t be shipped because people can’t get South America because foreign buyers can’t get credit guarantees that producers will get paid..” Food shipments are reportedly piling up in ports in the USA and
Canadian ports may soon experience the same phenomenon. Obviously, food can spoil or be eaten by rodents if shipments are stopped for a considerable length of time. The link also gives an insight into the degree of contraction in the US economy as it notes that imports have fallen by 9% at the busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Revelation 6:5-6 prophesies that famines will characterize the latter day period before Jesus Christ’s return. This link reminds us that these prophesied famines can occur due to global financial traumas well as natural disasters, crop viruses, bee shortages, etc.
If the financial crisis continues, the people who were expecting to be on the receiving end of those stalled food shipments will begin to go hungry before long.