Signs of the Times


A lack of food is the direct result of prominent End-Times predictions: wars, political upheaval and natural disasters. Famine is listed by Jesus as a sign of the times in the period leading up to the Tribulation. He said, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." -Matthew 24:7

According to the Book of Revelation famine will be intense after the great war of the second seal during the Tribulation. John wrote, "When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" - Revelation 6:5-6

Today's statisticians are reluctant to label situations where people are hungry as "famines" until the death rate is quite high. It is difficult to get accurate statistics, but somewhere between 1/9 and 1/3 of the population of the earth is hungry.

But during the Tribulation Period, after the great war of the Second Seal, the planet will face its greatest famine of all. This is symbolized by the rider on the black horse, holding scales to measure small portions of food, and proclaiming that the price of food will be prohibitive. A quart of wheat will cost a denarius. The New International Version interprets this statement this way: "Two pounds of wheat for a day's wages." A loaf of bread typically weighs about two pounds. At today's prices it costs almost two dollars. So, a person earning today's minimum wage would be able to buy 29 loafs with a day's wages. How will people survive in that dreadful future when all they can buy with a day's wages is one loaf of bread?

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Prophetic Significance of Famines

Check the World Population Clock for an estimate of current population. It is over the 7 billion mark!

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Obama, African leaders to hold talks on South Sudan crisis

July 26, 2015 - Warring factions in Soouth Sudan, Earth's newest nation, has forced over 2 million people from their homes.

Families risk starving to death in the Greater Upper Nile region where fighting is most intense, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

Source: 12 NewsNow

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Burma street kids turn to sniffing glue to forget hunger

Jan. 19, 2015 -
Every morning before sunrise, a growing number of street kids can be seen picking through garbage, climbing on the heaps of trash at city dumps, or sleeping on the sidewalk.
Source: Fox

UN Resumes Food Aid for Syrian Refugees

Dec. 9, 2014 - Donations are needed to feed the more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
The WFP said it solicited $1.8 million in donations from almost 14,000 people and from private sector donors in 158 countries, as part of a campaign using the hashtag #ADollarALifeline.
Source: NY Times

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That - NPR
Statistic Brain 1/3 of world population starving
World Food Programme - 1/9 of world population starving
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015
2015 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics
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