“There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This verse lists the following two signs.
The first is 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 one in eight (twelve percent) people worldwide suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Thus today, famine is an issue of affordability and/or distribution rather than scarcity caused by worldwide famine and disaster. A time is coming, perhaps accelerated by climate change or supernatural events, when this will no longer be the case. Perhaps we are already witnessing the beginning.
The second is earthquakes. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 2 and smaller occur several hundred times a day worldwide. Major earthquakes (greater than magnitude 7) occur over once per month. Catastrophic earthquakes with a magnitude 8 and higher occur about once a year. Based on data since 1900, about 16 major earthquakes occur on average in any given year, including 15 earthquakes in the magnitude 7 range and one earthquake magnitude 8 or greater.
My Advice – As the world population grows, the impact of these will become more pronounced. Be alert for increased frequency intensity.