Wheat for a Penny

The coming food crisis in the Middle East. Already one of the most food-insecure regions in the world, the Middle East could be hit especially hard by the unfolding crisis, with severe security implications

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.

The coming food crisis in the Middle East. Already one of the most food-insecure regions in the world, the Middle East could be hit especially hard by the unfolding crisis, with severe security implications

Stefan Lukas & Marius Paradies 09 December, 2021 English Alarabiya

In October, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recorded a new ten-year high in global food prices.

Basic foodstuffs like cereal, sugar, and vegetable oil have increased by about one third compared to the previous year. Adjusted for inflation, since the UN started keeping record of global food prices in 1961, only the years 1974-1975 have seen higher prices on global markets.

A set of factors have caused this rise. For one, last year’s extreme weather conditions across the globe have significantly damaged harvests. Frosty temperatures in April, for example, impacted Brazilian sugar and coffee harvests, and Canada, which usually provides two-thirds of the world’s durum wheat, experienced a summer of droughts and soaring temperatures.

Consequently, Canada’s wheat production dropped by 50% (5) compared to the previous year. This has already caused a 90% increase in wholesale prices which will translate into higher consumer prices, with pasta soon expected to be 50% more expensive.

This year’s extreme weather conditions only foreshadow what is to come. Not only will climate change reduce farmland worldwide, but extreme weather will also disrupt supply chains. The floods, power outages, and damages to American ports caused by hurricane Ida are only a glimpse into the future.

But even without extreme weather conditions, global supply chains would have reached their capacity limits this year. Measures to contain Covid-19 caused global cargo shipping to drop considerably between March and June 2020. Workers were laid off or sent into lockdowns as demand for manufactured products and commodities dropped, while demand for medical goods and food rose.

Add to this recurring outbreaks of the delta variant in some of the world’s busiest ports in China and the US, and it becomes apparent why until today, hundreds of cargo ships loiter at sea, waiting to load and unload cargo.

To make matters worse, the pandemic also reduced the workforce of truck drivers, port operators, and warehouse workers. This explains why the market price for a container from Shanghai to Europe increased more than sevenfold between June 2020 and July 2021.

The White House is even considering deploying the National Guard to help reduce backlogs ahead of the Christmas season.

Transport backlogs, labour shortages, higher energy costs, and shipping costs are set to remain high in the medium term. While consumers in developed nations have a higher financial pain threshold, developing nations will be hit especially hard by higher food and energy prices.

Already one of the most food-insecure regions in the world, the Middle East will be hit especially hard by an unfolding food crisis.

Decades of mismanagement and conflict have made Iraq, the former breadbasket of the region, a net food importer. A vast share of the Syrian and Lebanese population lives off food subsidies, Jordan and Palestine face water shortages, and the Gulf countries import up to 90 percent of their calories.

Lebanon, for example, is facing a multitude of crises and a 90% currency depreciation since 2019 has seen wheat flour prices more than double in 2020 alone. The Beirut port explosion in 2020 further raised the price of imports, and while the investigation into the catastrophe is a continued source of political unrest, an energy crisis forces continued power outages onto the population.

It is hard to overstate the cataclysmic effect a food crisis would have on Lebanon and the wider region.

In Syria, 12 million people are food insecure, as are half of those who fled to neighbouring Lebanon during the war. Of Yemen’s population of nearly 30 million, over 80% are afflicted by food insecurity in 2021 and more than four million Iraqis already depend on humanitarian aid. These numbers will increase and could invite political meddling if the issue is not addressed soon.

Even though the Arab Gulf states are the most food-insecure countries in the region, respective governments [Saudi Arabia] do have enough capital to potentially offset significantly higher food prices in the medium term. However, the countries of the Levant would be most affected by a food crisis and are already the battleground for proxy conflicts between regional powers

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could seek to gain influence by supplying their ‘preferred partners’ with aid, while Iran may do the same with its Shia clients in Iraq and Lebanon. As a major food producer and emerging regional power, Russia also has the ability as well as the motivation to gain political concessions in return for aid should food shortages put governments in Beirut and Damascus under pressure.

The situation in the Levant has all the ingredients for a full-blown crisis. Decades of war and internal conflicts have nurtured sectarianism, corruption, and poverty. Sanctions and the pandemic have crippled local economies and made millions of people vulnerable. Covid-19 has emptied state coffers that were over-strained anyway, and endemic corruption, especially in Lebanon, has pushed most people to the edge.

The international community should put in place a monitoring mechanism for food supplies and prices. Governments and NGOs should work together, ensuring that food is sourced on international markets and supplied to the most vulnerable communities in the region, regardless of sectarian or political affiliations.

For the medium term, investment in domestic food production should be made and the build-up of strategic reserves should be supported.

The stakes are too high to ignore the coming food crisis in the Middle East. When high bread prices helped spark protests that eventually led to the Arab Spring, the world saw how quickly a lack of basic foodstuffs can translate into political upheaval.

With the impact of the pandemic, local governments are even less capable of protecting their populations from higher living costs. The global community should act now in order to prevent the situation from deteriorating any further and putting regional security at risk.

Stefan Lukas is Director of Studies at the Berlin Senate Administration and a guest lecturer at the Military Academy of German Armed Forces in Hamburg, with a focus on the impact of climate change on security structures in MENA.

Marius Paradies is a Berlin-based researcher in international affairs who focuses on security and political economy in the Middle East.

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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