Rising food prices stoke unrest

Rising food prices, which triggered the downfall of the Tunisian regime and rioting in Algeria, threaten further trouble across the Middle East and North Africa, a region heavily dependent on food imports.

When people are hungry they get angry, and when they get angry they get violent.

The food crisis along with mushrooming populations, expanding desertification, dwindling water resources and growing unemployment create an explosive mix across the volatile region at a time when many fear new wars may soon erupt.

The surprise downfall of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali Jan. 14 amid violent street protests over food prices, poverty, unemployment and decades of repression has galvanized people across the region that stretches from the Atlantic in the west to the shores of the Indian Ocean in the east.

Algeria also saw street protests sparked by increased process for basic food items. Rampant unemployment was also a factor. Similar, though less intense, protests were reported in Jordan and Libya.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reported Jan. 5 that its worldwide food price index hit a record high in December, exceeding the 2008 peak.

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with limited arable land, have to import most of their food. And the cost of those imports mushroomed from $16 billion in 2006 to $20 billion in 2007, according to the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development.

As populations expand while the amount of farmland and water supply shrinks, resource wars are expected to erupt across the Middle East and Africa in the years ahead.

“Unchecked land-grabbing carries with it the seeds of conflict, environmental disaster, political and social change, and hunger on an unprecedented scale,” Le Monde Diplomatique warned.

Source; United Press International

My comment;

Jesus warned us in Mark 13:7;

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.

The prophecy in Revelation 6:8 says;

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

These are prophecies about the End of this Age. If we are wise, we can see that these prophecies are coming to pass right in front of our eyes.  Soon, everything we see around us will be swept away.

There isn’t much time left for us to get right with God. The way to do that is to repent of our sins and ask God to forgive us by accepting the sacrifice of His Son Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ.) There is no other way, as Yeshua said in John 14:6:

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

If you already believe that, than you need to start praying, fasting, reading your Bible and strengthening your relationships with other Beleivers like you’ve never done before. This is it!  This is what all of Human history has been leading up to.

If you’re not being strong to practice your faith now, you won’t make it through what’s coming, and there won’t be any more second chances.

Written by Aaron

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