What we are witnessing in east Africa and across much of the Middle East right now is hard to believe. 360 billion locusts are eating everything in sight, and UN officials are warning that this plague of “Biblical proportions” could get many times worse over the next several months.

Desert locusts can travel up to 93 miles a day, and each adult can consume the equivalent of its own weight in food every 24 hours. These voracious little creatures are traveling in absolutely colossal swarms that are up to 40 miles wide, and they continue to push into new areas.

If urgent action is not taken on a massive scale, millions upon millions of people could soon have next to nothing to eat. Read Prophecy New Watch article

The massive swarms of locust are devastating crops in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia; they have been saturating skies in Saudi Arabia; and now, Pakistan has just declared a national emergency because of the pest.

UN officials warn that a horrible famine could ensue as result of the plague that is endangering the food supplies in Eastern Africa. They also warn that these 40 mile wide swarms could trigger a humanitarian crises, and that the number of locust could multiply 500 times by June.

I found it odd that this article came on the heels of the Christian Post headline: End times prophecy study: Most pastors don’t link world events to speeding up Christ’s return. The bulk of the survey data was centered around whether or not pastors thought their support of geopolitical changes mentioned in the Bible could speed up the Second Coming of Christ. Eight out 10 did not think their support made any difference. Though, 2 out of 5 pastors believed that spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ could hasten his return, while over half disagreed.

And then towards the end of the article came the clincher, I thought. It said that in general, predictions of the end times tend to be more common among charismatics, and proceeded to dropped a few charismatic names, Pat Robertson, John Hagee, and Jack Van Impe, who accessed that recent conflagrations in the Middle East are fulfillment of biblical prophecies. But the article said that conservative pastors and teachers caution against excessive speculations about the time of Christ’s return.

One doctor of theology warned in the article that it is “not possible to have absolute certainly on a connection between current events and the Bible’s plan for the end times.” He further said that since the Bible tells us that no one knows the day or the hour, he didn’t think that “anyone could say with absolute certainty that these specific events are going to lead to the end time Catastrophes.”

My question is this to those who caution us so against making predictions about end times, what type, or even number of plagues, earthquakes, abnormal weather patterns, pestilences, increased immortality, and even unprecedented fires will it take to convince them that we need to start making preparations for Christ’s return? Can it get anymore obvious than when even newscasters use the term “biblical proportions” when describing these specific events?