|4 Esdras 6:22 |
22 And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full storehouses shall suddenly be found empty.2
2 suddenly the sown places will appear unsown. A later chapter of this book tells us of a storm the will fill all the fields: Fire, and hail, and flying swords, and many waters, that all fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great waters. 4 Esdras 15:41. Water can wash away the seed or rot it; blight can destroy the emerging seedling. The rivers shall run together in a terrible manner. Wisdom 5:23.
the full storehouses will suddenly be found empty. 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. AS long as there is some surplus, it makes no difference whether the surplus is 100 million tons or 100 thousand tons; so governments have been able to fudge the numbers. As those surpluses dwindle, the fudging increasingly risks a major surprise; and such a surprise can quickly result in a food panic. 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 an interruption in the oil supply; the ungodly will panic."
Food shall be so plentiful and cheap upon earth, that they shall think themselves to be secure and safe. 4 Esdras 16:21. Grocery stores typically have on hand a four day supply of food. In the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, the grocery stores were stripped in four hours. When the news is out that a crop failure is to occur, massive hoarding will take place throughout the food chain supply: farmers, grain storage depots, food processors, wholesale distribution, retail, speculators, and the consumer. Food prices will rise tenfold very quickly, or the government will have to restrict hoarding by rationing; the problems with rationing is that it takes time to implement; and in a short time, food will likely become very scarce to all. A grain shortage will precipitate the farmers slaughtering their animals because of the price to feed them; protein from meat and milk will become scarce.
As you listen for the Lord's voice, if you hear Him clearly and completely tell you to begin stocking up on non-perishable foods, follow his orders, knowing the time of food shortages is near.
Should you be told to stock up, and if you live on a tight budget, realize that you can live on nothing but rice and pinto beans, together which make a complete protein; and you can buy 100 pounds of both for about $100 total (as of 3Q 2010) at Costco or Sam's. That is enough to feed a family of four for close to a year. If you can afford it, canned meats and peanut butter are also excellent foods to buy. There are many suppliers of emergency food on the web, offering an incredible selection of non-perishable foods.