Apr 9, 2008

The Silent Famine

By Michael G. Mickey

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. (Mark 13:8)

Did you know there is a silent famine crossing our globe today - a harbinger of things to come in the prophesied Tribulation Period that is, potentially, on the brink of beginning?

Consider the following excerpt from the WorldNetDaily article linked above:

-Global food prices, based on United Nations records, rose 35 percent in the last year, escalating a trend that began in 2002. Since then, prices have risen 65 percent.

-Last year, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's world food index, dairy prices rose nearly 80 percent and grain 42 percent.

This is anything but a sign of better days coming for unrepentant mankind yet few are even aware this is going on. Thus, the reason it is being called a silent famine.

I have, in the past, addressed how we, as in humankind, are largely oblivious to what's going on around us these days. We're too busy watching 200 channels of cable television, playing video games, racing here and there trying to get this and that done, talking on our cell phones, text messaging, etc. and so forth to watch the news. Sadly, even when we take time to flip on the evening news, it is just as likely we will hear what Paris Hilton is up to or information on the latest sex scandal as we are to hear what we actually need to hear. Then we add to the mess ourselves by not seeking out the information we need to be able to effectively feel the pulse of just how dire the situation in our world is becoming on a wide variety of fronts.

The warning signs of global famine being a possibility in the not-too-distant future should be a top news story but it isn't! And I wonder: Is anyone other than me amazed by how little concern the American public is showing concerning the high cost of gasoline these days, in the midst of a presidential election year no less? It's as though our entire society is asleep at the wheel. Hosea 4:6 quotes the Lord as saying, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." While I'm taking what He said out of context here to make a point, how true His words are of our world today!

According to the Telegraph, "the World Bank said this week that the price of staple foods has risen by 80 per cent in the past three years." 80%, people! And why is that? Partially because of "bad weather", rising demand and maybe, just maybe, those walloping gasoline prices no one seems very interested to be putting the heat on government leaders to address.

Notice how bad things are becoming, as detailed in the Telegraph article:

-For consumers in wealthy nations such as Britain soaring prices are squeezing household finances and keeping inflation up. But for developing nations they can lead to malnutrition and social disruption.

When people begin starving to death, consequences are going to come. Social disruption will come first and, ultimately, bloodshed.

The outlook for the future? Quite frankly, it can't get any better as the global population is continuing to rise - and astronomically at that. Each and every day we have more people on the planet to feed and less and less land to grow crops on! More and more potential farmland and forest is being swallowed up annually for residential housing, commercial development and the like with no let-up in sight.

As we look at Bible prophecy alongside current events, it isn't hard to see the scenario foretold in Bible prophecy concerning global famine besetting mankind in the future is well in the works right now, although it will not reach its height until mankind is inside the Tribulation Period itself. Yet another Telegraph article shows us how famine is already become a problem for all the world's nations. Consider the following:

-The run on rice is threatening to disrupt world food supplies as much as banks' lack of confidence in each other has seen global credit markets dry up.

-China, Egypt, Vietnam and India, representing more than a third of global rice exports, curbed sales this year, and Indonesia says it may do the same.

-The price of rice, the staple food for half the world, rose 2pc to a record $20.910 per 100lbs in Chicago, double the price a year ago and a fivefold increase from 2001.

Already, nations that possess food and typically have been willing to share their harvests with the world via exporting their crops are now having to lessen their exports to be able to feed their own. The ripple effect from that impacts food prices and demand around the globe and you can bet that, depending on how hungry nations around the globe eventually become, the stronger nations, militarily-speaking, will eventually do what they have to lest their people starve in the streets.

Just how bad could it really get?

Revelation 6:5-6: And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 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.

The passage above foresees a food shortage of unprecedented proportions coming to pass in the prophetic future - one that will be so far-reaching it will essentially cost a worker a day's wages to buy the ingredients for a loaf of bread! This is descriptive, in my opinion, of a global scarcity of food that has never been witnessed before.

Right now, at this very hour, the stage is being set for the fulfillment of all the Bible's yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies to follow the path that those which have already been fulfilled did in times past.

While we are today hearing of a silent famine, a time is coming when global famine is going to be near the forefront of all mankind's collective consciousness! Unfortunately, I don't believe that is going to occur until the Rapture of the Church takes place and what is presently "the beginnings of sorrows" becomes far, far more!

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