Food can become unavailable in many ways. It can be unavailable due to extended drought or heat. (Deuteronomy 28:22; Jeremiah 14:1-3; Haggai 1:11). It can be available but too expensive for most people to acquire. (Rev 6:6). Food can be eaten by locusts, worms, crickets. (Deuteronomy 28:38-29, 42). It can become unavailable due to difficulties of hostile armies surrounding the people and destroying the crops (Deut 28:48-51). Maybe the rivers dried up. "A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror.' (Jer 50:38). There are lots of ways that food is kept from the people. But there is only one reason:
"All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees He gave you." (Deuteronomy 28:45)
That was the curse the LORD gave to His people Israel, and there is no reason to think that the by now grafted-in peoples would not be held to the same account. He is, after all, the LORD our God. He also gave promises to to His people, that if they did follow Him and obey Him, they would be blessed.
Founded on a principle of freedom to worship our God, America has been blessed since the inception of the nation with bounty. However, of late we have failed to keep His commands and follow in His ways. Is it a coincidence that the blessings we have received over several hundred years of following Him have now dried up when we are not following Him? That our nation seems cursed? Personally, I do not think so. I do not think it is a coincidence that the richest nation on earth is slipping quickly down the economic ladder and closing in on Third World territory, that our lands are deformed by fire, drought, heat, insects, fungus, violence and infrastructure collapse, and that many of us are going hungry, is a coincidence that at the same time we have shaken our fist at God in so many ways. No, siree.
The Mississippi is drying up.
"The Mississippi river is drying up and some shipping companies are worried that the drought of 1988 may be repeated, a time when the river dried up so much that barge traffic came to a standstill. In 1988 the shipping industry lost $1 billion, a number that would be far higher in 2012 and could be reached in as little as three days. Almost all of the rivers 2,500 miles are experiencing some type of low water level. Just outside of Memphis the river is 13 feet below normal depth while the National Weather Service says Vicksburg, Mississippi is 20 feet below normal levels. Overall the Mississippi is 13 feet below normal averages for this time of year."
Not only is most of the nation under drought conditions, but where there IS food growing, is seems that it becoming more and more impossible to deliver it to distribution centers via our seaways. I've lived on a boat for two years, traveling up and down the eastern seaboard's Intracoastal Waterway. Our vessel crawled along the entire length of America from Yarmouth Maine to Key West Florida via river, canal, sea, ocean, lake, and river at a speed of three miles per hour. I've seen it. I've followed barges, passed barges, seen cargo ships dock and unload at Norfolk, Chsarleston, Savannah, Baltimore, New York ... I know exactly how many goods are delivered via water and it is a tremendous artery. If the Mississippi is drying and causing goods to be slowed in their delivery or delivered not at all, this is a significant, significant development. The article above continues-
"The drying up river is forcing barge, tugboat and towboat operators to navigate narrower and more shallow spots in the river, slowing their speeds as they pass dangerously close to one another. In some parts of the Mississippi the river is so narrow that one-way traffic is being utilized."
Where there is food, it can't get to the people. Or they are too poor to buy it. People are getting frantic about this. Witness the scenes below-
St. Louis police respond after crowd swarms church for rumored food vouchers
"Food riots begin to break out in parts of the U.S. In Minneapolis, several hundred men and women smash the windows of a grocery market and make off with fruit, canned goods, bacon, and ham. One of the store's owners pulls out a gun to stop the looters, but is leapt upon and has his arm broken. The "riot" is brought under control by 100 policemen. Seven people are arrested."
In St. Louis today, police were called as streets were overwhelmed with people hoping for even a chance at a food voucher. "Howard Walker, an administrator at St. Louis Powerhouse Church, and also a representative for Advanced Marketing Promotions, LLC, said the hundreds of people gathered for the event at the church, were tempted by the chance at the vouchers. Traffic was snarled in the area of the church, in the 4000 block of West Florissant Avenue for most of the morning, but appeared to be under control by about 11 a.m. "I've been working on the northside for five years, and I've never seen anything like this," said Officer Michael Owens, who was pushing back the crowd along with other officers. Several attendees said they had been waiting in line for their chance at the voucher since last night and as early as 4 a.m. Once the church doors opened, the crowd rushed in."
"They rushed the building so hard, that (organizers) had to shut it down," she said. "Word of mouth got around and it got out of proportion."
America is being choked from all sides and in all ways. Food is becoming the number one issue.
If people are lining up a day ahead at even a rumor of a chance of a food voucher, if people rushed a church so hard they had to call police....and the Holy Spirit is still working in His restraining ministry, what do you think people will do to get actual food when the Spirit releases humans to their base passions?
You don't have to be around to wonder. You can be released from those base passions when Jesus calls for His bride, and resurrects the dead, gathers us together and offers us eternal joy and peace in heaven with Him. Never another hunger pang. Never another policeman. Never another siren. Never a need for an ambulance. Never a worry or fear that the store will be out of the weekly special, and not being able to afford what's left. Never another embarrassing moment when, at the checkout, your card is declined.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)