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An unprecedented winter drought across Europe has brought dramatic scenes across the continent, and warnings of threats to food, water security and even energy production.

Revelation 6:5 And when he had opened the third (3) 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.

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Europe’s water and food security under threat as winter drought dries up rivers and farms

Emma Gatten Sat, March 4, 2023 at 12:27 PM EST The Telegraph

An unprecedented winter drought across Europe has brought dramatic scenes across the continent, and warnings of threats to food, water security and even energy production.

In Italy, dried-up streams and withered crops are driving thirsty wild boar into cities in search of food and water.

The boar are now so ubiquitous that people emerging from supermarkets have been “mugged” by herds of boar trying to snaffle their shopping, and are causing a traffic accident every two days, according to the farmers association Coldiretti.

Europe has been in severe drought since 2018, leaving groundwater levels precipitously low, according to a study released in January by the Graz University of Technology.

The compounding impact of successive dry periods is leading to warnings that this summer could be worse than last year, when the Continent experienced the worst drought in 500 years.

A map by the European Drought Observatory shows the majority of France and the UK in a soil moisture deficit. Much of Ireland is red, indicating threats to vegetation growth.

“Given the current situation and considering the long-term effects of the 2022 drought, if enough precipitation will not occur in the coming weeks, there is high risk of yield losses, together with impacts on energy production, river transports and on ecosystems,” said Andrea Toreti, senior researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Governments are responding with water restrictions, and Italy has warned that rationing may be necessary as it seeks to protect food production.

The Alps received half their normal snowfall this winter, while the country’s longest river, the Po, has 60 per cent less water than normal at this time of year, according to the Legambiente environmental group.

Lake Garda is at its lowest level in 30 years, with its San Bagio islet now accessible by foot. Dried up rivers are also contributing to the wild boar problem, making it easier for them to travel to urban areas.

Coldiretti, the farmers’ association, says 300,000 farms are being affected by the drought.

Italy needs at least 50 days of solid rain, according to climate expert Massimiliano Pasqui from the National Research Council, a scientific institute.

“We are in a water deficit situation that has been building up since the winter of 2020-2021,” he said.

In Spain, where reservoirs at a national average of 50 per cent capacity, farmers are struggling to keep up production due to limits on irrigation.

Catalonia has introduced a hosepipe ban and cut the amount of water available for agriculture by 40 per cent.

“This might be the new normal; we are going to have to learn to live with droughts like this,” said Teresa Jordà, Catalonia’s minister of climate action, food and rural affairs.

In the south east, one of the biggest areas of fruit and vegetable production on the continent, the lack of rain has cut production of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers by more than 20 per cent this winter.

The shortages are having an impact on the shelves of British supermarkets, with some rationing the number of salad items customers can buy.

Spain’s government has introduced changes to the way water is channelled from the central plains towards the south east, which will mean the irrigation-thirsty region is facing a drop in resources, pushing food prices higher as production is squeezed.

“We’ll be planting 25 per cent fewer hectares of melon and watermelon for this summer and we’re not sure how the remaining 75 per cent will come out,” said Juan Francisco Abellaneda of the Deilor growers’ group in Murcia in response to the cut in irrigation water.

In France, which is experiencing the driest winter since 1959, five departments have restricted water for both agricultural and domestic use.

Residents are banned from watering their gardens, washing their cars, and filling their swimming pools, after the country went 32 consecutive days without rain.

Worse could be on the way for the country, with warnings that hydro and nuclear power, which rely on rivers for cooling, could be restricted in coming months. That could have implications for energy security in the UK, which imports electricity from the continent.

A lack of winter rain is not necessarily a typical consequence of global warming, according to Sonia Seneviratne, a professor at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich University. But the consequences of an anomalous dry spell in winter are much more significant because of increasingly dry summers.

“But now in the context of current climate because we have this stronger risk of drought in spring and summer, having such conditions in winter is actually much more risky than what it was in the past.”

Last year the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that Europe was failing to plan for the impacts of climate change.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, is among those now calling for a shift in attitudes to water use.

“We are going to have a plan for drought, we must use our water better, with less waste,” he said. “It’s the end of abundance. We have to move towards behaviours of sobriety.”

But how can they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save them unless they believe in him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they believe in him (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear about him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” —Romans 10:14

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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