Of famine and inflation

The onset of the COVID lockdowns and resulting supply chain disruptions combined with record high inflation and the ongoing war in Ukraine may be a perfect storm that causes food shortages both in the US and abroad. In fact, Joe Biden, during a March 24 news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, said, “With regard to food shortage, yes, we did talk about food shortages. And it’s going to be real. The price of these sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia, it’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well, including European countries and our country as well.” Biden would have people believe that food may be scarce solely because of Russia’s war, but that’s just his way of deflecting blame.

Wars always cause famine and displacement of people either locally or on a larger scale. Ten years ago, the Obama Administration’s destabilization of the Middle East by supporting the overthrow of governments for Sharia Law “democracies” and rumors of war with Israel and Iran caused extremely high gas prices and resulting inflation. Food prices rose and food shortages existed in many parts of the world. But it wasn’t just the wars in the Middle East that caused this inflation, it was also economic policies that increased government debt by the trillions, which has continued under the Biden Administration. Fiscal policy, COVID lockdowns, and mandates contribute to Americans now seeing limited food choices at grocery stores, and even some shelves bare of products they regularly would consume.

Couple these macro policies with local disruptions, such as the mysterious fires that have taken place since January at 17 food processing and distribution plants across the US, Americans may need to prepare for high food prices and shortages. We face the same thing in our Ghana ministry. The COVID lockdowns and fiscal policies placed a tremendous strain on food distribution, leaving many in rural areas without food and starving. With the global food supply so dependent on international trade, any war, natural disaster, economic disruption or government policies like lockdowns can cause food disruption. Interesting that this occurred during Obama’s Administration, and is now again returning even worse with his former vice president’s policies.

In Matthew 24:3, disciples of Christ ask him, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”  Christ outlines a very succinct chronology of what to expect before His return. This account tracks with Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah and many other books of the Bible. Revelation 6:6 speaks of “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius,” which is a day’s wages for each. One thing for certain, wars and rumors of wars historically produce times of high inflation. When the latter day judgments begin on the earth, there is conquering, killing, war, famine and inflation. We have seen types and shadows of them throughout history. We are now in another such cycle. Be prepared. Turn your hearts toward the Lord. Keep the faith and encourage others.

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Bill Wilson