Pestilence Update

Biblical Plague: Food security fears as locusts destroy crops in Pakistan’s worst plague since the 1990s. A swarm earlier this month descended on the port metropolis of Karachi for the first time since the 1960s (60 (6) years). Swarms ravaged ‘wheat’ crops in over five (5) districts. Over 30% (6×5) of crops destroyed.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Biblical Plague: Food security fears as locusts destroy crops in Pakistan’s worst plague since the 1990s. A swarm earlier this month descended on the port metropolis of Karachi for the first time since the 1960s (60 (6) years). Swarms ravaged ‘wheat’ crops in over five (5) districts.

Ben Farmer, in islamabad Zain Ali, in Karachi 18 NOVEMBER 2019. Telegraph.co.uk

Pakistan’s worst locust plague in decades has devastated parts of the south west as swarms have ravaged wheat, cotton and vegetable crops, farmers’ leaders said.

The country is battling its worst infestation of the marauding insects since the 1990s and a swarm earlier this month descended on the port metropolis of Karachi for the first time since the 1960s.

Locusts struck first earlier this year, but the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned a serious threat remains as swarms now start to leave their summer breeding grounds along the India-Pakistan border.

The insects are hitting some of the poorest rural parts of Pakistan, where malnutrition is already common and farmers are often heavily in debt.

Zahid Bhurguri, general secretary of the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture, said the attacks had destroyed up to 40 per cent of crops as swarms plagued Tharparkar, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, and different districts of Karachi. Wheat, cotton and tomatoes had all been ravaged, he said.

“The farmers are very worried as they have seen their crops being destroyed in front of their eyes. These farmers should be compensated,” he told the Telegraph.

Locust swarms can fly up to 90 miles per day and if good rains fall and conditions are favourable, can increase their numbers 20-fold in three months. Locust adults can eat their own weight every day and a swarm can consume vast quantities of food.

Almost all crops and non-crop plants are vulnerable and the insects are one of the biggest threats to food security in large parts of the world. Shahnawaz Baloch, a 39-year-old farmer at Gaddap on the outskirts of Karachi said the locusts had destroyed his eight acre carrot crop earlier this month.

“We are trying to run the locusts away through self help as the authorities haven’t extended any help. We despite all efforts are unable to save our crops due to massive attack” he said. “It was an army of locusts which landed at our lands and destroyed the crops in a while,” he said. “The locusts attack has deprived us of our crops, our livelihood.”

Locusts impact much of the Middle East and Asia and officials have blamed the chaos in war-torn Yemen for this year’s blight in Pakistan. A failure to control the pests in Yemen meant they gradually grew in number as they passed through Saudi Arabia and Iran before entering Western Pakistan.

Swarms have now started to leave their summer breeding grounds along the border with India and head West, according to the latest UN bulletin.

Muhammad Tariq Khan, director of the government’s plant protection department, played down the threat, saying locusts would not damage crops in their next migration, but the UN has warned they “may threaten agriculture areas in the Indus Valley of Pakistan”.

“Millions of these locusts are present in Pakistan at present,” said Syed Nadeem Shah, vice president of Sindh Abadgar Board, an elected farmers’ body. “It is the responsibility of the federal government to take measures to prevent them, but no definitive steps have been taken.”

He claimed that from a fleet of potentially 21 crop spraying planes, only two were airworthy.

“30 (6×5) per cent of crops have been completely destroyed.” Cotton had already been badly hit by rains, he said, before the locusts arrived. Many farmers rely on harvest to pay off loans from earlier in the year and the poor crops had left them facing ruin, he said.

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