Wheat for a Penny

‘Millions vulnerable’: Egypt hit hard by rise in global wheat prices. Surging import costs squeezing government purse, while potential cut in bread subsidy may spur angry backlash on streets.

Ezekiel 33:6

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

Ezekiel 33:3

If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpetand warn the people;

Ezekiel 33:4

Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

Ezekiel 33:5

He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Revelation; Chapter SIX (6), the ‘start’ of the Tribulation when Christ, the Lamb, opens the first seven (7) SEALS of wrath or judgement against evil man’kind (6).

The following is my discernment and teaching. The Apocalypse is a ‘REVEALING’ or showing what is coming. Chapter six is a 70,000 foot view or general recap of the coming seven (7) year tribulation. It starts off with the revealing of the Beast or Antichrist and ends with the Armageddon battle on the Day or our Lord’s Return to Earth, to ‘rule the nations with an iron rod.’

6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Commentary; Christ, the Lamb was the ONLY ONE WORTHY in heaven, to have the authority to ‘open’ the seals and start the tribulation.

2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Commentary; the rider is the ‘beast’ or ‘antichrist’. His being clothed in white suggests false righteousness, false peace and false authority. He has a bow, but no arrows. He rules with lies and threats, but no military or arms. He conquers and subjugates, not with force but with lies, deception, false covenants and false agreements. He is the world’s greatest ‘political’ leader and deceiver. He is the one who ‘confirms the false covenant of seven years with Jacob’ which starts the tribulation. You should know now of who I speak. His ‘crown’ represents authority, rulership and position. It even literally represents his ‘position’ as Crown Prince, once the tribulation begins. My discernment is that the ‘white horse upon which he sits’ is symbolically a white Arabian stallion.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Commentary; ‘Rumours and Threats of Wars’ are no longer threats, but reality. War will literally ‘break out’ across the earth as nations wage war against one another. This is NOT Armageddon or WWWIII. They are fighting each other, not a common enemy or common threat. Different countries have differences between each other, and no one in particular … except perhaps for the ‘King of the East.’ This is my discernment. ‘Great Sword’ suggests great military technology, as a sword is a reference to military arms. Humanity has more destructive military power at its fingertips now than at any point in human history.

5 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.

Commentary; balances are symbolic for economic transactions and ‘prices’ for things such as wheat and barley grain, bread, olive oil, wine, various food commodities. These are common throughout the world and are considered by most as the ‘staples of life or living.’

6 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.

Commentary; The world will have reached a point of ‘climate apartheid’ where only the wealthy can afford basic food resources in the face of fatal droughts, famine, locust swarms and heatwaves, while the rest of the world suffers. Only the extreme rich can afford expensive cooking oil, baked pastries and loaves of multi-grain breads, fancy wines and related luxurious food stuffs. Yet, the ‘average peasant’ has to work for an entire day’s wages just to be able to buy enough wheat to make a loaf of bread. Great and severe income inequality is rampant worldwide. The ‘few’ own a massive disproportion of the earth’s wealth and bounty. Billionaires vs billions of poor. The ‘Crown Prince’ owns 60,000 (6) tonnes of wheat in his store houses or graineries while the few grain silos in the Port of Lebanon were destroyed and its people are threatened with expensive grain shortages that require humanitarian assistance.

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Commentary; ‘pale’ suggests disease, death and dying. Disease and death are the normal results for those subjected to endless warring. Cholera, famine, infection, no clean water, no housing, no medicine, no hospitals, etc., all play a part in continuing to kill those who were not killed in direct fighting. These are normally the ‘innocent’ or the civilians, not the military. Hell follows, why? Because the vast majority of peoples in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere have rejected the gospel of salvation by Jesus Christ for just over 2,000 years. They follow Satan’s lies (Islam) and deceptions with other false religions (Hindu deities) and various deceiving doctrines. Even though they appear ‘innocent’ by the world’s standards, they are none-the-less ‘unsaved’ because of their rejection of Christ. Time is up, they unfortunately die because of the effects of war, in an unsaved state … hence ‘hell awaits them’. This is truth.

‘Millions vulnerable’: Egypt hit hard by rise in global wheat prices. Surging import costs squeezing government purse, while potential cut in bread subsidy may spur angry backlash on streets.

By Amr Emam in Cairo Published date: 7 November 2021 15:12 UTC Middle East Eye

Coming on top of a poor spring harvest, this has all spelt very bad news for Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer. 

On 1 November, the General Authority for Supply Commodities, Egypt’s wheat buyer, booked 180,000 tonnes of Russian milling wheat at $332.55 per tonne.

This was almost $5 (5) higher than what the authority paid for wheat from its main suppliers, Russia, Romania and Ukraine, less than a week earlier. 

The latest price is also about $80 higher than what was projected in the government’s budget for the fiscal year 2020/2021.

This wide gap between expectations and reality, said analysts, throws light on the challenges climate change is posing to countries’ abilities to secure their food needs.

“Climate change is having a heavy toll on agricultural output, not only here but everywhere else in the world,” Mohamed al-Qersh, the official spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, told Middle East Eye. 

“The world must act together to prevent the effects of the change from having a wider scope in the future.”  

Making things worse

If Egypt imports the same amount of wheat this fiscal year as the previous year, its wheat import bill will grow almost $1bn. 

The financial harm to the country could even be more intense if the wheat price rises even more in the coming weeks, especially with pessimistic forecasts about output and growing international demand. 

The additional money Egypt has to spend because of the rise in the international market wheat price compounds the problems climate change is already causing the country.

Global warming has caused massive devastation to agricultural production when it comes to important crops, such as mangoes and olives. 

The rise in the Earth’s temperature also threatens to submerge some of Egypt’s low-lying areas near the northern Mediterranean coast. 

Such a scenario would mean Egypt losing some of its most fertile farmland, especially in the Nile Delta, and cause major displacement among Delta residents.

Some of those attending the summit in Glasgow cited Egypt as they rang the alarm bells over the dangers climate change is causing to coastal areas. 

Meanwhile, Egypt is seeking to mitigate the impact of rising international wheat prices. 

One measure is to encourage local farmers to grow more wheat, with the government raising what it pays local farmers for the cereal by 20 percent for the new season.

“The latest rise in wheat prices will encourage farmers to grow more wheat,” Saddam Abu Hussein, the head of the Farmers’ Union, the independent guild of the nation’s farmers, told MEE. 

“Farmers abstained from growing wheat in the past because the government bought it for a low price.” 

High consumption of bread

Egypt cultivated 1.47 million hectares with wheat in 2020, while national wheat output was 8.9 million tonnes last year.

However, this output covers less than 50 percent of national annual consumption, making the country heavily dependent on imports. 

This dependence finds its roots in the exceptional local demand for bread, which has been central to Egyptians’ diet for hundreds of years. Egyptians call bread Aish, Arabic for “life” or “living”. 

Egypt also has limits in its ability to increase wheat production, with water shortages one factor.

“Egypt’s water resources have been the same for hundreds of years, while its needs keep growing,” said Qersh. “These limited resources undermine agricultural expansion plans.” 

In a bid to counter the water shortage, the nation’s research centres are experimenting with wheat strains that are drought resistant or less water-consuming than traditional ones. 

The government is also considering a cut to bread subsidies by raising its price for those enrolled in the national food rationing system. It allocated $3.3bn for bread subsidies in the 2021/2022 budget, up from $3bn previously.

More than 88 percent of Egypt’s population of 102 million are registered in the rationing system.

Those registered are allowed to buy bread from government-financed bakers for 5 Egyptian piasters ($0.0032) a loaf, whereas the actual cost of the bread is 65 piasters ($0.0416) a loaf. 

Chapter 6:6 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.

Subscribers to the system are allowed to get for free, or for a fraction of their market prices, other foodstuffs, including rice, sugar, cooking oils, pasta and butter. 

If introduced, the bread price increase would be the first since 1977.

There are fears that such a move could stoke anger on the streets, especially with other prices, particularly those of food, rising across the board in the local market.

“The government will be running a major risk if decides to raise the price of bread,” Mahmud al-Asqalani, the head of local NGO Citizens against Price Hikes, a group that lobbies for reasonable commodity prices for consumers, told MEE. 

“Possible public anger can jeopardise the nation’s security.” 

Egypt witnessed intense violence during protests against a rise in the cost of bread in 1977, when then-president Anwar Sadat wanted to minimally increase food prices.

Known as the “bread uprising,” the incident has for decades scared Egypt’s rulers away from similar action.

Hedging contracts 

Last month, Egypt had to cancel a wheat tender for the fourth time this year because of high prices. 

To avoid potential disruptions in supply from foreign markets, Cairo will enlist an international investment bank in signing wheat import hedge contracts.

The contracts, the minister of supply said last week, would shield Egypt against future international price fluctuations.

The government is seeking to sign similar contracts with international suppliers of cooking oil, another very important commodity in its food import inventory. 

Ministry of Supply officials have pinned their hopes on the hedge contracts to help Egypt keep afloat, with the prices of essential commodities likely to continue to fluctuate in the coming weeks.

“The contracts will protect us against any possible sharp increases in the prices of these commodities,” Abdelmonem Khalil, a senior Ministry of Supply official, told MEE. 

“Nobody can predict prices in the international market, and hence comes the importance of the contracts.” 

Inflationary fears

There are fears that the expected continued rise in food prices, along with some of the government measures above and coupled to low supply and high demand, will open the door for a new wave of inflation.

The rise in food prices has been the main factor behind steepening inflation in Egypt in the past few months.

Headline inflation rose to 6.6 percent in September, the highest in 20 months, from 5.7 percent in August, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics.

The prices of some commodities in the local market have jumped more than 50 (5) percent. 

Fears of further increases are sparking calls for action from the authorities to protect tens of millions of vulnerable Egyptians against a new inflationary wave. 

“The government has to take action to protect the poor by expanding social protection networks for these people,” said Asqalani.

8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028-3028).

Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.

Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

 ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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