A LOCUST swarm approaching Egypt has led a Bible scholar to claim “we are in the last days,” urging Christians to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ.
The worst plague of locusts in 70 years is currently ravaging East Africa, endangering economies in a region heavily dependent on agriculture for food security. In recent days, the infestation has hit South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, having already decimated crops throughout Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called the situation “extremely alarming,” and Egypt could soon be invaded as they head northbound along the Red Sea.
Scientists are pointing the finger at climate change, blaming rapidly warming waters in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s eastern coast becoming the perfect breeding ground, but Biblical writer Mark A. Kellner has another theory.
He said earlier this month: “Rarely since the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt has the African continent seen such a sight, locusts swarming throughout Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.”
Mr Kellner is referring to the Plagues of Egypt – a story depicted in the Book of Exodus in which God inflicts 10 disasters, or plagues, on the Egyptian people after the Pharaoh refuses to accept Moses’ demands for the Israelites to be freed from their chains of slavery.
Exodus 10:12-15 reads: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail’.
Rarely since the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt has the African continent seen such a sight
“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night.
“By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers.
“Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.
“They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail – everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees.
“Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.”
But Mr Kellner says there is another piece of scripture that shows this swarm proves we are living in the final days, and it comes from Matthew 24.
He added: “Scripture tells us that we are living in the last days, and during that period ‘nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
“‘And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
“‘All these are the beginning of sorrows.'”
Mr Kellner believes the End Times signs are clear to see.
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He added: “Famines and pestilences? Sounds like what’s happening in East Africa right now.
“While we pray that such a disaster is limited, if not avoided altogether, we also know from the Bible that these troublesome events will not cease as we approach Christ’s Second Coming.
“The news may be full of dire threats, but God tells us not to let our hearts be troubled.
“He gives us warnings for the last days not to frighten us, but to prepare us spiritually.”