THE ANATOMY OF FAMINES - by Dr. Muttoo -
In the Old Testament, we are given vivid pictures of Famines, the reasons
Famines, and their devastating consequences. One shudders when reading
about such occurrences. And the obvious question is:
How can a Good God of love, act in such a cruel and ungodly manner? The
answer is simple, when given some thought, bearing in mind that God would
never deny His inalienable characteristic of Justice and Love.
Because of man’s sinfulness - being born in sin, and given the status of
moral agent - to choose good from bad, he became subjected to both Physical,
Natural, and Spiritual Laws. He was now blessed with a ‘Free Will.’ God
requested, that man must choose the Way to follow. He said:
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to
his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the
your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”
“But if your heart turns away, and you are not obedient, and if you are
away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day,
that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land
crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I have set before you Life and
blessings and curses. Now choose Life, so that you and your children may
And this is so true! Time does not permit to elaborate on this, but the
There are several types of Famines in the Bible - Physical (Gen. 12:10);
(Amos 8:11; 2Chron. 15:3).
Physical, punitive, and prophetic famines are understandable, and evident.
Spiritual Famine is so easily undetected, unless attention is directed to
it and its cause.
The prophet Amos, in his denunciation of the sins of the people of his day,
prophesied that such a famine - Spiritual Famine, will certainly plague
as never before..
Already we read about large- scale flooding, and massive crop failure in
Korea, and they are playing havoc with the country - producing unprecedented
famine conditions. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN ON THE DEVASTATION
COMING, BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING.
In his novel ‘NO BLADE OF GRASS, John Christopher,
captures the attention of
his readers with “a destructive virus which attacks the grasses of the world.
just the grasses on lawns, but all grasses, including wheat, barley, rye,
rice. In a matter of months the world is plunged into Famine, and its brutal
companion, VIOLENCE. People begin by fighting and then killing.”
REASONS FOR FAMINES
Among the many reasons that cause Famines, these stand out: War, Hailstorms,
Storms (severe flooding), Insects, destruction of Environment (Ecological),
punishment for disobedience, and blatant denial of God. And we can unapologetically,
add GLOBAL WARMING to this list.
Are you thinking the way I am thinking right now? Yes, Famines are at our
doorsteps. Climatologists and Meteorologists are not only confused, but
desperately searching for answers to the sudden change in the climates of the world.
The prophet Amos in his book, prophesied: “The days are coming, declares
Sovereign Lord, when I will send a Famine through the land - not a famine
or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the Words of the Lord. Men
from sea to sea, and wander from North to East, searching for the Word of
Lord, but will not find it,” Amos 8:11.12.
In the Book of REVELATION, St. John the Divine,
on the Isle of Patmos,
recorded his visions. In Chapter 6, we are given the graphic picture of
APOCALYPSE. First, we are told, that, as the seven seals are opened, the
give a gruesome scenario of things to come. John saw a WHITE
symbolizes RELIGIOUS DECEPTION, Rev. 12:9,
that the dragon, who is Satan,
will do untold damages. Are you wondering why the intelligentsia, and a
percent of the academia are so deceived, that they are doing exactly what
tells- calling right wrong, and wrong right? Is. 5:20; Ps. 94:94:21; Rom.
It’s all Prophecy being fulfilled. The whole Human race is now tobogganing
unstoppable speed, ushering in the coming of our Lord. YOU DON’T BELIEVE?
What a pity!
The Apostle Paul says: “The god of this world (Satan), has blinded their
The second Horse is RED in colour.This symbolizes
WAR, that has wreaked havoc
on mankind, and still ravaging the world.
The third horseman on his BLACK HORSE, symbolizes
And then comes the PALE HORSE, the symbol of
From the booklet: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: “ As with the two
previous horsemen, this THIRD horseman of the FAMINE, will have a specific
fulfillment. It is ready to gallop into our immediate future with an impact
far beyond the
historic and present-day occurrences of localized Famines……that will strike
Earth with frightening force and fury.”
“We have not even factored in the effects of NUCLEAR
WAR, should our
economic sparring with any of our trading partners, come to blows.”
“Our land could be contaminated by radiation that nothing would grow for
some time. And even if it did, would it be safe to eat?” Leviticus 26: 34,
that people would be so discouraged, that they would not want to Farm.”
“According to Habitat For Humanity, 20 million people world-wide die annually
from malnutrition and starvation, and related causes; 13 million of those
children! World population continues to mushroom. The number of births continues
surpass deaths. To break this down even further, that is over 35,000 children,
not adults, who die from MALNUTRITION every day!
What is a Famine? It is the extreme scarcity of food, caused by droughts,
plant and animal diseases, wars, and now GLOBAL WARMING, and Ecological
The Prophet Amos announces a different kind of Famine than that of the Physical,
but one that is Spiritual. Is the WHITE HORSE
plaguing your home with
DECEPTION? How much have you been aggressively
attacked by the spirit of
deception, insomuch, that you have been defeated? Have you fallen prey to
Societal Pressures? Anything less than standing up for the Word of God and
disciplines, is DEFEAT.
Note: SCARCITY OF FOOD
Evidences of Scarcity of the Word of God(Spiritual Food), are staring us
eyes. And if you think that this is bad, you are in for gut-wrenching experiences,
neglect the Word of God. God’s Word must be clearly taught, and must be
in order to prevent SCARCITY. If not, we shall
see, some horrendous happenings
in our life time.
Manifestations of the Scarcity of the Word in our lives:
Is there a Famine in our homes? No Bible reading, no family Altar (reading
praying together) whenever possible? What about our Schools, Society, Church
and Government. How have we been reacting to such a dramatic CHANGE, that
has taken place in this generation? How can you stand the total abandonment
TRUTH, and fall for the total annihilation
of the ABSOLUTES? What a mutilation!
What about your heart? Is there a Famine for the Word of God in your heart?
Then FEED I! How? By diligently reading, studying and living by it, being
of your responsibility to the Lord. AVERT THE FAMINE!
Fall in love afresh with
The Psalmist declares: “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not
against you.” Ps. 119: