A “Bible” swarm of giant Mormon crickets destroying crops in the western United States
Western American farmers have fought the outbreak of Mormoncricket —insects, which can grow nearly 3 inches (8 cm) in length. I am.
Over the past few years, crickets in addition to grasshoppers have destroyed crop strips.According to the authorities are spending millions of dollars to control the herd.
Climate crisismay be partially responsible. Insects prefer both higher temperatures and droughts—Conditions related to the heating of the earth.
Species often migrate in groups of millions or billions of individual insects, so these outbreaks can be unusual,USDA( USDA) says.
One rancher told that the herd was “true biblical.”
Mormon cricket (technically a non-flying grasshopper, not an official cricket) was used after devastating crops planted by Mormon pioneers in Utah in the 19th century. It was named.
As insects march across the country, they eat up vegetation, damage crops, and even change patterns of erosion, water outflow, and nutrient cycle,is USDA. Say. Last year, 10 million acres of Oregon (particularly devastated by this species) were destroyed by Mormon crickets and grasshoppers.
What Do Locusts Represent in the Bible and in the End Times?
There are over 30 mentions of locusts in the Bible, in 17 Old and New Testament books. Bible passages with detailed images of locusts and historical accounts of locusts’ devastation to crops are found in Exodus, Psalms, Jeremiah, Joel, and Revelation.
One memorable mention of locusts in the Bible is a terrifying metaphor, we hope, found in Revelation, in which a menacing army is described as a huge swarm of locusts. “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months” Revelation 9:2-10
What Do Locusts Represent in the Bible?
Due to their incredible ability to destroy crops and property, swarms of locusts are used as a symbol of evil forces throughout the Bible. Clearly, Old Testament locust outbreaks and attacks on people’s property represent destruction and devastation. In a more hopeful vein, the second chapter of Joel poetically describes an attack by an army of soldiers in imagery like that found in Revelation and Jeremiah, where an apocalyptic world is invaded by an army of soldiers who look like locusts. Yet there is a promise of relief from the bad times brought on by locusts in Joel 2:25: “I will give back to you the years that the locust has eaten.” If locust outbreaks represent bad times, either societal or personal, this verse gives us hope. A bad time, for example, a period with a depressed mood, a job loss, or a bad relationship, will end and our spirit will be restored according to Joel 2:25. God speaks through the prophet Joel with a promise to “give back” happiness. There are many good years of farming, of living when the locusts won’t swarm.
Besides representing a sudden stroke of bad luck, a locust outbreak may represent the frustration of loss after much personal effort, the futility of working without God’s blessing. In a lengthy, Old Testament warning listing curses for the Israelites’ disobedience to God, the Bible says, “You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it” (Deuteronomy 28:38). Psalm 105:34-35 outlines the heartache of the eighth Egyptian plague before the Israelites’ exodus: “(God) spoke and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number; they ate up every green thing in their land, ate up the produce of their soil.”
In a different context, a Bible passage scorns ancient Nineveh’s materialistic culture, with evil entrepreneurs who swarm like locusts, consuming people’s interests and fortune: “You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away” (Nahum 3:16).
A plague, a largescale, adverse event such as a locust attack, is also evidence of God’s power manifest in nature. There is much chaos in God’s creation. Locust outbreaks are one of the many elements of nature beyond human control. Winds send locusts on widespread, swirling flights. Locusts can’t even control their own direction or distance. God’s power represented by locusts is awesome and unknowable to people. Pesticides put a dent in locusts’ number, but nothing totally stops the path of their destruction.
What Do These Insects Mean for the End Times?
Old Testament plagues take new forms in the 21st century. The COVID pandemic has the characteristics of a plague. Instead of swarming locusts destroying crops, an infectious disease attacks our bodies and has killed over 300,00,000 people on earth as of early 2021.
Health and environmental crises require us to diligently care for ourselves and our aging planet. The book of Revelation graphically depicts health and environmental devastation in the end times: boils on people, waters turning to blood, drought, darkness, a global earthquake .
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