In Jesus’ description of the end times, Christ said there will be several signs indicating that the countdown to His second coming has started:
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6-8 NKJV)
And when you look at this list, we can add checkmarks to what is happening today.
Jesus talked about:
- Wars and rumors of wars [✔];
- Plagues (Covid, MonkeyPox) [✔];
- Earthquakes [✔]; and
- also famines.
This has left some wondering if we have entered this phase of the end times.
And with the recent events, several experts have issued warnings of the potential for famine and food shortages.
A recent report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warned there is a risk of 49 million people living in 46 countries encountering ‘famine or famine-like conditions,’ Breitbart reports.
They listed six countries as being particularly vulnerable, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
The report outlined many reasons for these shortages including the supply chain issues caused by government lockdowns during COVID, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which is a major grain supplier in Europe, and as well weather.
Due to worldwide shortages and the recent hot weather in India, the government recently decided to block grain exports.
And because of these compounding factors, the UN warned of “multiple, looming food crises.”
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While some areas are vulnerable to famines, other parts of the world may experience food shortages, which we also see hints of in the Apostle John’s vision of the end-times found in the book of Revelation.
This shows up in the form of skyrocketing food prices, where a quart of grain and three quarts of barley would each be bought for a denarius:
“When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!” (Revelation 6:5-6 ESV)
Vincent Word Studies reports that a quart of wheat was considered the minimum amount needed to sustain a man for a day. Ancient records state that it was the measure used to supply an army, one quart per soldier, per day.
But John said this measure of wheat would be sold for a denarius, which was the average day’s salary for a person (Matthew 20:2).
In other words, there would be areas of the world, where a person’s income would go to just purchasing food.
And in recent, months we have seen food prices starting to soar, due largely to the lockdowns and skyrocketing gas and energy prices. You can point at governments for these problems.
With this now being compounded by the war and weather, the Daily Caller recently reported on the food shortages showing up in Europe.
The German grocery store chain, Rewe, is already limiting customers to the purchase of one bag of flour and pasta.
And in Australia, Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets are substituting cabbage for lettuce in their hamburgers because of the skyrocketing price of lettuce which is costing over $7US for a bag, which is three times the normal cost.
It is difficult to know whether we have entered these days that Christ warned us about.
However, Jesus also noted, “All these are but the beginning of the birth pains” (Matthew 24:8).
In other words, if we have entered the birth-pang stage, the main event is still to come.