|4 Esdras 16:21 |
21 Behold, food shall be so plentiful and cheap upon earth, that they shall think themselves to be secure and safe,2 and even then shall evils grow upon earth: the sword, famine, and great confusion.
2 food shall be so plentiful and cheap upon earth, that they shall think themselves to be secure and safe. The last 80 years have been a time of large grain surpluses; this has kept the price of food down. From the Word of the Lord within: "man has forgotten that food is God's gift to man; I am going to make the necessities of life scarce." Now the surpluses are decreasing rapidly; some claim the surpluses are being overstated by most governments in order to keep inflation low. Whatever, we are for certain only one crop failure away from massive famine. And consider how much of the world's food production depends on a continuing supply of inexpensive oil. What happens if that supply is interrupted, which could occur from: a war in the Middle East, (Arab vs. Jew, or Sunni vs. Shiite); or from an earthquake that destroys cross-country oil pipelines; or from extremely heavy rains that destroy pipelines in landslides. From the Word of the Lord within: "Sudden rain gets the best of everything, and then the oil supply is interrupted; the ungodly will panic." Many waters, that all fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great waters. 4 Esdras 15:41. Suddenly the sown places will appear unsown, the full storehouses will suddenly be found empty. 4 Esdras 6:22. The rivers shall run together in a terrible manner. Wisdom 5:23.
Pipelines deliver natural gas, gasoline, oil to refineries, aviation fuel, propane, et. al. In 1982, Santa Cruz, CA, experienced a massive storm. From that one storm alone, 1800 land slides were created in the Santa Cruz Mountains. One slide destroyed a natural gas pipeline that took several days to repair. The area was without power for an equivalent time. Now if one storm, lasting only 2-3 days, could create such a mess, imagine what continuing unprecedented storms could create. One break in a pipeline is relatively easy to repair; but what if there were hundreds of breaks, throughout the country? The time to restore would be years.