The desert locust, known as the world’s most dangerous migratory pest, poses a major threat to food security in the Middle East.
And the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that an infestation of desert locusts is swarming and rapidly spreading along both sides of the Red Sea towards Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
When conditions become right these locusts can quickly multiply, forming swarms composed of billions of individual locusts. And these locust swarms can extend outwards several hundred square miles, containing roughly 40-80 million adult locusts in each square mile.
A swarm of about 40 million locusts eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 average people. A swarm reaching the size of Paris would eat the same quantity of food in 24 hours as half the population of France, according to the FAO.
When a locust swarm lands, it can cause food crop losses of 80-100 percent which is devastating.
When locust populations build up, they group together and can travel long distances (60-250 miles daily). This turns them into a continental-level challenge.
Recently, the insects evoked Biblical times when they showed up at holy sites in Mecca, covering some areas in darkness and sparking a thunderstorm of fire on social media about it.
In the Bible, the Hebrews were delivered from the Egyptians and their bondage when the Lord God sent judgments upon Egypt including a plague of locusts.
And the Biblical prophecy of Revelation foretells that there will be plagues of judgment to come again in the future, when the angels bring plagues upon the earth from the wrath of God on a rebelliously sinful world.
Signs of the Last Days prophecies are happening now showing us we are nearing the end of this age and the coming of Lord Jesus.
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