“There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:7b).
This verse lists two signs, which can occur independently or in tandem (natural disasters often lead to famine).
• Famine – It is estimated that the world produces enough food to feed everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day. Yet the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million of the earth’s 7.1 billion people, or nearly one in eight (twelve percent), suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. (1) Thus today, famine is an issue of affordability and/or distribution rather than scarcity caused by worldwide famine and disaster. A time is coming when this will no longer be the case, and perhaps we are already witnessing the birth pains.
• Natural Disaster – According to recent studies, the number of natural/climatic (floods, storms, tropical cyclones, local storms, heat/cold waves…
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