In my last post I concentrated on earthquakes and pestilences. In this post I want to cover the famines Jesus predicted would happen.
“And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” – Luke 21:11
There is presently famine going on in many countries of the world. We in the west are often unaware of the crisis that is happening in the undeveloped countries of the world. . The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Almost all the hungry people, 852 million, live in developing countries. And the problem is only going to get worse. Previously the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation has predicted that the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050 and the world needs to produce 70 per cent more food to feed all these extra people. According to Quartz, Ms Menker believes the year 2023 will be the crossover point when we will no longer be able to produce enough food to feed a growing population.
In 2010 Fox News had this report and in the 10 years since, things haven’t changed that much.
Adverse weather is further affecting the food supply in all parts of the world, even in the US. Last year, after millions of dead calves in Nebraska, now thousands of tons of grain lost in Iowa! Flood waters are causing havoc in some mid-western states – Iowa; Illinois; Missouri; Kansas; South Dakota; Minnesota; and Nebraska – and have resulted in an estimated $3 billion in damages so far. The video below by Iowa resident Gracie Newman shows just a fraction of the losses that have been incurred as a result of the unprecedented flooding.
In other parts of the world weather is also reeking havoc. Unusually heavy rains and two cyclones that dumped a vast amount of water in the deserts of Oman gave rise to swarms of locusts covering the Middle East and crossing into Africa.
CBN correspondent George Thomas reported “Off the coast of Yemen and Oman there is a desert region with no water and last year they got hit by torrential rainfall then had two cyclones hit that very region. This is very unusual and those conditions gave rise and allowed these locusts to multiply by the millions.”
This has led to a locust infestation that is sweeping the Middle East and Africa, which is just now entering its planting season and is already facing food shortages.
These are the famine facts we are facing:
- A 70% increase in food production is estimated to be necessary to feed the up to 10 billion people that are expected to be on the planet by 2050.
- At the same time, climate change issues are expected to drop crop yields by at least 25%.
- US, agricultural productivity has averaged less than 1.2% growth per year between 1990 and 2007.
- 20,000 children currently die every day because of food shortages, which is more than the wars that have occurred in the last 50 years.
- Since 2007, there have been more than 60 known food riots around the world.
- When food shortages are present, less than 0.1% of available resources goes into new food production. A majority of the resources are used just to purchase food.
History has shown us that wars and political uprisings create famines in their aftermath but also pestilences, such as the Covid-19 virus. The Coronavirus is further hampering food distribution around the world.
Jesus warned of famines in the end of days and the Book of Revelation also warns of them. As Jesus, the Lamb of God, opens the seals, the 3rd. seal releases a black horse who had a pair of scales in his hand and a voice declared –
“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” – Rev. 6:6
Bible commentator Mathew Henry observes “their measure was but a single quart, and their penny was our sevenpence-halfpenny, and that is a large sum to give for a quart of wheat. However, it seems this famine, as all others, fell most severely upon the poor; whereas the oil and the wine, which were dainties of the rich, were not hurt; but if bread, the staff of life, be broken, dainties will not supply the place of it.” And this is certainly the case in our day and age. It is in the poor areas of the world, where annual income is under $4000 per year, where famine is most severely felt.
However, many things can change this, war for one. In WWI, prosperous Germany was paying wheelbarrows of money for a bag of potatoes. The only safety from famine is the Lord.
“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25
We must not hide from the hungry for the Word of God says –
“If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday.” – Isa. 58:10
I have been too comfortable and have often overlooked the hungry but, as famines grow I intend to change. I pray you do also.