According to Ernie Gross, an economic professor at Creighton University, “The drought will have a significant impact on prices, especially beef, pork and chicken.” (CNBC, Economy subdivision, Jan 11, 2013)
The hardest hit areas come from the Midwest affecting Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and California. The drought is affecting the harvest of corn, soybeans, and wheat forcing the cost of feed for livestock to go up which then affects the cost of beef, chicken, and pork.
It is being estimated that the result of the droughts have cost more than $50 billion dollars in productivity which includes higher transportation costs.
Farmers are getting deeper into debt asking for loans to help off set their rising costs.
All this affects the consumers because of the rising costs. The results become obvious. Consumers limit their spending, the farmers turn back their planting and growing, food processors limit man hours, the impact on society becomes substantial as the drought continues to deepen into Middle America.
The United States is not the only major producer of agriculture to be affected by drought and flooding. Australia, Russia, and South Africa also have been hit hard causing millions upon millions of people who rely on good harvest for food to be concerned about prices.
The United Nations since 2012 have recognized the increasing threat of a world wide food crisis. Are we really one major catastrophic event away from the envelop being pushed to biblical proportions? The Black Horse of the “Four Horsemen” found in Revelation 6:5 states, “When he broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature cry out, ‘Come Forward.’ I looked, and there was a black horse, and its rider held a scale in his hand. I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the living creatures. It said, ‘A ration of wheat costs a day’s pay, and three rations of barley costs a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil or the wine.”
Matthew 24:8, Jesus says “All these are the beginning of the labor pains.” We have always had weather patterns that created terrible droughts in the past. What makes this interesting is the global implications and the apathy many have towards the horizon.
The Stockholm International Water Institute stated that, “Nine hundred million people already go hungry and 2 billion are malnourished” (“Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists,” The Guardian UK, August 26, 2012)
Is there a consequence of turning from God and accepting sin as a nation? Does the scriptures warn against sin? Because of disobedience, God warns that he would punish the nations with terrible woes. Leviticus 26:14-27 warns of war, drought, attack of wild beasts, disease, starvation. This warning should raise the hair on the back of your neck and bring you to repentance, true contrition for sin.
Ephesians 4:17-19 states, “So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess”.
We have not been listening to the warnings of God. President Obama is the most pro-abortion president ever and had worked to pursue as many unborn children possible.
Since 1973, in the United States alone, we have killed nearly 60,000,000 babies.
The Lord warns that he will lay our cities to waste, Detroit going into bankruptcy is nothing in comparison, but this is a road we do not want to go.
Can we turn this around? Are we at the end of time as some believe? Or can we turn back the hand of judgment of God? Is there hope? Our only hope is in Jesus who is at the ready. Our Mother Mary intercedes for us but are we listening?
I can’t say that we are actually in the End Time ballgame, but I can offer this scripture as a hope: Isaiah 40:31 states, “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will sour as with eagles wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”
If things continue to get worse, remember James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
It might be wise if you were to store up food stuffs for terrible times. The Pharaoh of Egypt once had a dream of seven fat cows and then seven skinny cows. He was concerned about this and no one of his council could soothe his concern of the dream. Joseph, Son of Jacob, was able to tell the Pharaoh the meaning of the dream. The seven fat cows represented seven years of plenty, the seven skinny cows represented seven years of famine (Genesis 41:1-32).
It would not hurt for us to be prudent and save some of our surplus to put back for any economic crisis.
God’s message through Joseph can apply here in that we can use good biblical sound reason to be smart in our day and time. Now is the time for us to prepare for a rainy day.
Some believe in a rapture in the end times taking the Church away from this tribulation, that is not really biblical or historical as a doctrine. So, the Church will endure the tribulation, but not without God’s grace.
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