A LOCUST plague of “biblical proportions” has descended on Bahrain as a warning sign of the end times, a prominent Christian evangelist has bizarrely claimed.
Terrifying video footage from Bahrain shows swarms of locusts blotting out the skies and the Sun. The devastating swarms have plagued Africa in recent weeks, travelling eastwards towards the Middle East and China.
Locusts, which can devour entire fields of crops, have been dubbed a “looming catastrophe” to local infrastructure by the United Nations.
But Indiana-based preacher and online evangelist Paul Begley believes there is a bigger, prophetic danger associated with locusts.
Pastor Begley, who often preaches online from West Lafayette, said the plagues have been foretold centuries ago by the Bible.
He said: “Apocalyptic locusts. This is a biblical plague, this is a biblical sign of the last days – no question.
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“These are locusts on a biblical scale. It’s catastrophic, it’s cataclysmic, it’s apocalyptic and it’s happening right now.
“We’ve been talking about it for a while but guys, now it has turned the skies black, which takes us to two places in the Bible.
“You’ve got to go to Exodus Chapter 10 and the plagues of Egypt, and you’ve got to go to Revelation 9 and the smoke and the locusts that come out of the bottomless pit.”
In Exodus 10, God sends a devastating plague of insects upon Egypt to punish the Pharaoh for enslaving the Jewish people.
The scripture reads: “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
“If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.
Apocalyptic locusts. This is a biblical plague, this is a biblical sign of the last days
“They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields.
“They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians – something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now’.”
Then in Revelation 9, the final book of the Bible, a swarm of locusts that “looked like horses prepared for battle” emerges from the Abyss.
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The scripture reads: “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.
“When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.
“And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.”
Pastor Begley believes the situation in Abu Dhabi and other parts of the Middle East and Africa mirror the passages in the Bible.
The locusts, known as Schistocerca gregaria, are recognised for their insatiable appetite, quick reproduction and ability to travel long distances.
But there is nothing biblical about the situation unfolding in the Middle East and such swarms have been affecting these parts of the world long before the Bible was written.
Keith Cressman, from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s, said: “It’s a pest that has been around for eons and eons of time.
“It has so many different survival mechanisms to just survive in some of the harshest areas and most remote parts of this planet.
“But it has this fabulous capacity to take advantage of good conditions.”