A Forthcoming Plague Of Locusts?
Hump Day - Day Of Prayer For The Muslim World Vol.128
"There will be... famines and pestilences in various places." Luke 21:11
"Locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks." Proverbs 30:27
A phenomenon has begun, and it has "taken a back seat" in the news recently. Though not yet realized, it could create a devastating famine which has potential to effect as many as 60 nations! What is it? What is going on?
Locusts And The Bible
Exodus 10:1-20 relates the 8th of 10 plagues Yahweh brought upon the land of Egypt. It was the plague of locusts, and they ate everything growing in the fields and all the fruit on the trees. This unprecedented and devastating judgment affected all of Egypt.
Additionally, the prophet Joel uses the graphic imagery of locusts to point us to a coming "Day of the LORD." As in Exodus, the destruction was massive, but there was the promise of restoration and salvation if the people repented and called upon the name of the LORD (Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21 & Romans 10:13).
Locusts And The Nations 2020
Along with the corona virus, the year 2020 has seen an upsurge in desert locust swarms in parts of the world. Here are some facts that stand out on what is happening:
- Desert locusts represent the most dangerous migratory pest in the world!
- Worst infestation of locusts in 70 years in East Africa (20 million are feared food insecure)
- One Kenyan locust swarm estimated size -- 930 square miles!
- Swarms of desert locusts frequently travel between countries over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden
- Though other countries have been affected too, countries with high Muslim populations have been hit - Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Djibouti, Eritrea, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan & India
- Pakistan & Somalia declared national emergencies.
- Egypt appears to be next targeted nation for locusts
Why The Great Concern?
The U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is quite concerned. Why? FAMINE AND FRAGILE ECONOMIES!
- Desert locusts are multiplying exponentially on both sides of the Red Sea
- The locusts can travel up to 90 miles per day
- A swarm 1 square mile in size can devour food for an estimated 35,000 people in one day!
- Desert locusts are NOT this active normally during winter - highly unusual!
- Summer likely to exacerbate the numbers - estimated 500 times worse by June!
In regard to the biblical plagues of locusts found in Exodus and Joel, we find that it was the LORD who caused these plagues (Exodus 10:4 & 13; Joel 2:25). What was the purpose?
The LORD brought about these locust plagues so that people would know that He is the LORD - that He would be made known throughout the earth (Exodus 7:3-5; Joel 2:27 & Romans 9:17).
- Pray for those who are already food insecure. May they find Him, as the LORD is near.
- Pray the LORD, who is compassionate and abounding in love, would relent from bringing calamity (Jonah 4:2)
- Should the LORD determine to send the locusts in greater abundance in coming months, may the name of the LORD be made known as a result. May many Muslims in affected countries rend their hearts and call upon the name of the LORD to be saved. May the 10/10 Prayer Initiative goal of seeing a minimum of 10% of the Muslim world come to Christ by 2027 be greatly impacted.
Thanks for praying with us again. God is on the throne of heaven, and He is a God who answers prayer!
Dream so big only Jesus can make it happen!
Jay & Marsha Crenshaw
Directors Muslim Outreach - USA/MECANA