Edition 52. 12th September 2010
In this edition:
●Devastating famine coming soon
Famine is coming now:
If you read through other editions you will notice that we have far too many prophetic things all dovetailing together at the same time. You need to be an idiot not to see it! It's all pointing to the soon coming of our great King and Messiah, who is the only One with the real solution for all the world's problems.
Jeremiah 9:10 "I will take up a weeping and wailing for mountains and for the habitation of the wilderness and a lamentation because they are destroyed.
There is a perfect storm coming soon...a nasty one. This storm of circumstances is gathering momentum fast and could have dramatic consequences for the world economy.
"We will soon be experiencing a worldwide food crisis of unprecedented magnitude" says Agriculture News. It goes on to say: "Water shortage crisis to hit the US and the world" This story is being repeated by many agricultural experts around the world right now. "Will 2010 be the year the world runs out of food" says one specialist publication.
Record setting droughts, exploding populations and crippling crop failures all over the world are combining to set the stage for a devastating food crisis which will escalate into 2011.
Many parts of the US are now starting to suffer crop failures. The US has always been seen as the world's reservoir. A new disease called "late blight" is absolutely devastating tomato and potato crops in the US. The prices of these are just starting to rise now. In addition farmers all over the US are reporting disappointing harvests. Wheat harvests in particular have been poor in some states.
Ug99 is confounding agricultural scientists. It's a new horrific wheat fungus also called stem rust. It's very difficult to get rid of. Scientists estimate that it could decimate 80% of the world's wheat crop.
29% of the world's fisheries are in a state of collapse according to a Canadian Scientist. This number will rise in coming years.
The World Bank has just warned: "80 countries are now facing serious water shortages that will threaten their citizens and economies."
At the moment there are some 1 billion people in the world who go to bed hungry, with 3.6 people starving to death every second.
World famine comes with its partners pestilence, disease, starvation, and death. It will lead to world economic collapse. The world economy is heading for double dip recession without any of this as a contributor!
The floods in the south of China have been in the news of late, but almost the entire north of this massive country is now experiencing its worst ever drought. This has resulted in massive crop failures. Ground water has dried up so there are no working wells for irrigation. The land has become parched. The problem with this is that it has prevented planting for next season. So crop failure for the new season is guaranteed.
90% of the groundwater of the cities and surrounding has now dried up. 75% of all of the lakes and rivers are now polluted. 700 million people are now drinking polluted water.
This enormous country has also seen devastating drought and wild fires recently. The drought has led to crop failures on a massive scale. Because of this Putin has intervened and stopped all wheat exports until next year, when the situation will be reviewed. But the drought has been so severe that it has prevented planting for the next season. So, as with China, next years there will be little or no crops to fail.
It's not just wheat, but other grains and crops that are failing throughout Russia.
The spread and growth of deserts is alarming. It goes hand in hand with deforestation which is also alarming particularly in the Amazon region and the central African rain forests. Desertification is like a disease of the earth drying up fertile land and upsetting the balance of nature. The degradation and degeneration of land is spreading so fast in some regions that scientists believe there will soon be an imbalance in the very structure of our atmosphere, due to missing elements. This adds to climate and weather instability. Many rivers that were once strongly flowing are now seasonal with many drying up completely.
Arable land is now being lost at 35 times the historical rate due to the advance of deserts.
It's a losing battle simply because there isn't the political will do take action on these issues. A new global effort is needed to stem these tides. In some cases it is too late anyway.
The UN has just issued this brief:
One third of the earth's land surface is now under threat! Already 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. A further 1.2 billion people in over 110 countries are at risk now.
The fastest growing desert now is in northern China, where much of the region has become a dust bowl.
Spain is seeing large areas of land that were once fertile now turning to desert. 36 countries in Africa are now deteriorating due to the influence of desertification. Canada is being affected by rapidly growing desert.
The big bottom line in this is that food production will come under pressure causing the prices to rise. Right now some commodities are still okay with large stockpiles while others are in trouble. Most of them are heading in the wrong direction now. The wheat price is rising fast although not at 2007 record levels yet, but it won't be long before it gets there and then goes higher.
The wheat price:
Disappearing bee syndrome:
This is also called colony collapse disorder (CCD)
One third of the bees have gone in the US and South America. Colony collapse is escalating around the world.
Bee colonies are disappearing fast. This is not only bad news for honey production. Bees play a vital part in the pollination of many plants including fruits and vegetables. Flowering plants require insect pollination. As many as 90 commercial crop species are pollinated by bees. Some of these include: apples, citrus fruits, strawberries, onions carrots, sunflower, nuts, coffee, soya beans, cottons and many others.
This will cause a worldwide decrease in these products and many other that are related like cattle feeds etc.
Scientists are now warning that this will soon cause a collapse in the food chain.
The Guardian has just published this report: "Fears for crops as shock figures from America show the scale of the bee catastrophe. The world may on the brink of a biological disaster after news that a third of US bee colonies have gone."
"Bees in terminal decline" says the Observer.
The problem is that colony collapse is coming along at the same time as world water shortages and growing famine, which will exacerbate the whole problem.
What the Bible says:
There are hundreds of Bible verses speaking prophetically of dramatic famine, pestilence, starvation and death coming. Most of these relate to the tribulation period, but we need to realise that this won't all happen overnight. We are now in the forerunner period leading up to the tribulation. It's also called the time of "birth pangs". So we can expect many of the prophesied catastrophes of the tribulation to begin to appear now.
There are many judgements of the tribulation that will be an instant supernatural act of the wrath of God and others that will involve environment and nature going crazy. These will be progressive in development.
I won't deal here with any of the prophetic judgements of the Revelation, because all of them occur in the seven year tribulation period. They are much worse than any of the forerunners. The subject of this article is the forerunner time period we are in now.
Luke 21:10 "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there will be great earthquakes in various places and famines and pestilences with fearful sights and great signs from heaven." This is one of the "signs of the end of the age" It is a verse relating to the tribulation, but as said many of these things will start to appear just before hand as the season approaches.
Why are these terrible things happening?
The big bottom line is that "God is not mocked" You can ignore Him and disobey Him, but at the end of the day, you pay. The same principle applies on a global level.
There are many verses of scripture relating to agricultural land being allowed a "Sabbath rest". 2 Chronicles 36:21 is one of them. If the land is not permitted its Sabbath or jubilee rest it will revolt!
Mans great commission was also to steward nature and not abuse it blindly for pure monetary gain.
Read the verses below, and then also just read the underlined sections.
Leviticus 26:1-19 "You shall not make idols etc and bow down to them. You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary...if you keep My word then I will give you rain in its season, the land will yield its produce and the trees their fruit ...but if you do not obey Me and keep My word, I will appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever and you shall sow in vain...I will break the pride of your power.
Deuteronomy 28:15 "If you do not obey the Lord your God and keep His commandment, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. (includes famine pestilence etc)
Ezekiel 5:11-13 "Because you have defiled My sanctuary with your detestable things and your abominations, therefore I will diminish you, My eye will not spare you, nor will I have any pity. One third of you shall die of pestilence and famine in your midst...thus My anger shall be spent and I will cause My fury to rest upon them..."
Ezekiel 14:13 ""When a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread and send famine on it."
Hosea 4:1-10 "There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land...therefore the land will mourn and everyone will waste away with the birds of the air and even the fish will be taken away...because you have forgotten the law of God...they shall eat but not have enough because they have ceased obeying the Lord."
Jeremiah 14:13-16 Is a discourse on false prophets who prophecy peace and say that there will be no famine. "These prophets prophecy lies in My name and I have not sent them".
The above verses show that it's not God's fault at all. It is the fault of rebellious man.
Here is God's way:
Psalm 37:18 & 21 "The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever, they shall not be ashamed in the evil time and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." "I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread."
Joel 2:18 "Then the Lord will be zealous for His land and pity His people and will say "Behold I will send you grain, new wine and oil, I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations." vs 22 "Don't be afraid you beasts of the field; for the open pastures will spring up and the trees will bear fruit..." This occurs as Israel repents and turns to the Lord.
The nature of the coming food crisis and its related partners will cause an economic collapse. The world economy is just starting to emerge from recession. It is still on crutches. In fact the recovery has now topped out and is just starting to head back down again. Growth rates are slowing. It's easy to knock over a person on crutches. The world economy is fragile and simply doesn't have the capacity to sustain any new shocks at this time.
The problem is that natural calamities can intensify and spread rapidly.
Social upheaval and riots.
Because of the very nature of man, he is inclined to react with violence when he can't get what he wants. Food -price riots have just started as basic food prices rise. Five countries have just seen food riots. We are still in the early days of this, but these are things that wars are fought over.
One of the amazing things about the coming big war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (also called the war of Gog and Magog) is that one of the reasons for the invasion of Israel relates to food. Israel has had many crippling famines in the past, but as their spiritual eyes begin to open, God is blessing them with abundance.
Of course you may ask and legitimately...why does God pour His judgement out on innocent people and why does God allow this to happen when in it's in His power to stop it all? The answer is actually quite simple. The battle really originates in the spiritual world and God's solution to all the evil emanating from Satan himself, is salvation through the blood sacrifice of Yeshua / Jesus on the cross. Obedience to His word follows. Everything outside of the work of His cross has to come under judgement.
Besides, you can't really blame God when He has spelt everything out clearly in His word. He has warned very clearly that these things will occur. He has warned that you are hell-bound without the saving grace of Christ. Through His love He has promised safety and eternal salvation for those who want it, and it's for free! He has given us His word and He places the author in the hearts of His family by His Spirit.
At the end of the day everything that God does will be just and righteous and nobody will be able to disagree. Everyone will rightly have to say amen to their own judgement. It will. At the end every knee will bow to Him. It's enlightened self interest to bow the knee to Him now rather than at the great white throne judgement where it will be too late.
These coming natural catastrophes are going to intensify greatly. They will create stress, distress, and depression on a wide scale. During the tribulation period untold masses will turn to the Lord.
What's coming is untold disaster, judgement then comes eternal absolute glory. There will be no more Satanic influence in this world, and no more curse. Nature itself will be set free, never again to be subject to satanically driven man.
Peace will soon be taken from this earth, but it's coming back in purified glorious form.
Isaiah 32:15 "The wilderness will become a fertile field, justice and righteousness will dwell in nature"..
Romans 8:18-23 "For I consider that the suffering of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole of creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now and not only they but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body."
Job 38:8 The range of the mountains is His pasture, and He searches after every green thing."
Heaven or hell:
None of you will ever be able to hide from the eyes of the living God. You may be able to do so now, but soon all will be laid bare before God. If you have made right with Him while alive you are safe forever. If not you will stand before God and you will see Him. He will cast you into the prison of hell.
Heaven awaits all of those that are His. We will be deliverd into the glorious liberty of the family of God. What awaits all believers is unimaginable glory. The universe will be our playground.
Here is a woodcut done by Gutave Dore. This is one of the "Paradise Lost" series representing Lucifer surveying Eden. Thanks to the Adelaide Library.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!