One of the most spectacular signs that we are in the very last days of the Age of Grace and that the Rapture of the church is going to take place at any moment has been the fulfillment of Hosea 4:1-3:
“Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”
It all seemingly began around midnight on December 31, 2010 thru January 1, 2011 when over 5,000 red-winged blackbirds and starlings fell out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. It happened in an instant and the birds were dead by the time they hit the ground. In the days that followed there were a handful of similar incidents. The mainstream news media took note but their reporting of these events was anything but objective.
Instead, reporters could often barely contain their snickering as they took advantage of the newly found interest in rapture mania and many jokes were made about the biblically prophesied end times. When the laughing subsided and the people lost interest, the media moved on to other seemingly more important news. However, the beginning of January, 2011, was far from the end of the story.
This was not the beginning of the story either. It was just the point when we first started to notice an ever accelerating number of mass animal die-offs. About 10 days before this, thousands of crows, pidgins, and various other birds also literally fell out of the sky in Esperance, Australia. Before that, on November 2, 2010, thousands of sea birds were found dead in Tasmania, Australia.
The mass deaths of so many animals, is truly tragic. Could this have been a warning to humanity from God? I believe it was. All of these birds certainly did not die from any known disease. They fell dead from the sky in a moment, as if God had snapped His fingers.
Animals are innocent of the sins of men. The deaths of thousands of innocent birds or any animal for that matter, because of the sins of mankind; is a huge tragedy. It is a tragedy in much the same way that it was a huge tragedy when the Son of God, who was innocent of the sins of mankind, suffered and died a horrible death in our place.
I only know of two instances of mass deaths of animals in 2010. My source for these deaths comes from the website posted at the bottom of this article. Even two events are tragic because both events involved thousands of living birds.
In the Days of Noah everybody had a good laugh at the idiot building the boat and then moved on with their lives. Nobody took it seriously. The same thing happened in early 2011. Media coverage biased as it was, stopped—when the laughing stopped. Nevertheless, animals continued to drop dead by the thousands.
Imagine for a moment how sad these 133 incidents of death truly are. The total number of dead birds will never be known. There were just too many to count. I am not talking about 133 dead animals; I am talking about 133 separate incidents of mass deaths of animals.
During 2012 the number of incidents accelerated from 133 to 465 known mass animal die-offs that occurred in 67 countries around the world. These statistics are staggering. When I go to the link in website below for 2012 and choose a month at random, I start reading and am filled with profound sadness at what happened.
Do these animals know why their lives had to be forfeited? Can they comprehend how unfair it is that they must pay such an enormous penalty for wrongs they did not commit? Why does humanity seemingly feel no remorse for what has happened so far? God is shouting a warning at us. Why is it that nobody seems to hear? According to the Bible, what is happening now in the animal kingdom is about to happen to mankind.
The warning God is shouting to mankind became deafening during 2013 when the mass deaths of animals increased to 798 separate events occurring in 93 countries. Our mainstream media has performed super-human feats of ignoring this worldwide occurrence of biblical proportions. If the current rate of acceleration is not cut short all animal life will soon become extinct. Doesn’t the Bible tell us that a similar fate that awaits mankind, where no flesh will survive on earth unless God steps in and shortens the days of the Tribulation?
As of February 6, 2014 there have been 79 known animal die-off events occurring in 25 countries. Apparently, the rate of acceleration continues to increase rather than to decrease.
Would it be logical to assume that the mass death events in the animal kingdom would be a sign of the approaching apocalypse? The book of Revelation tells us that the horseman on the black horse in chapter 6 brings famine upon the world and that death follows him. We certainly rely on the animal kingdom for food. One could, therefore, assume that the stage is being set for this rider.
Upon further reflection we see that the entire world’s food supply is currently being threatened by extremes in weather. Our weather is more than just extreme—it is downright freakish. Radiation escaping from the melted reactors at Fukushima is spreading around the northern hemisphere and in the process is contaminating the world’s food supply. We are only now beginning to comprehend the enormity of this nuclear fallout.
Honey bees are absolutely necessary for pollination of food producing plants and the worldwide population of these bees has been badly decimated by an unknown force in recent years. Bats play a vital role in the control of insects that attack our food supplies. Bat populations throughout the world have also been severely decimated by an unknown source. Perhaps the stage is already set and we are just waiting for the actors to take their place so that the show can begin.
The cause of the vast majority of mass animal die-offs is unknown. Skeptics attempt to downplay the significance of a few of these events by putting forth pitifully absurd explanations, claiming that this kind of carnage in nature is natural. The Bible makes no mention as to whether or not we would know the mechanism by which God would cause these animals to die. The Bible merely says that animals would die in the last days. They died. Prophecy fulfilled.
Have we become so numb to the preponderance of end-time signs that we no longer see them, or are we so afraid of what these signs portend that we refuse to see them? Anybody who has not accepted Jesus as their Savior should be frightened. Very, very frightened.
There are some who will disagree, but from everything I have found while studying end time scriptures, I am convinced that the Rapture of the church will occur before the seven-year Tribulation, which the Bible tells us will occur before the Second Coming of our Lord. If this is true, and the stage is now set for the horsemen of the apocalypse to ride forth, then the Rapture of the church will truly happen at any moment.
All we are waiting for is God’s perfect timing. Those who believe in the promise Jesus made to us have no reason to be afraid. He has used the analogy of the Jewish wedding traditions to assure us that we are His and that we have not been appointed to suffer God’s wrath in judgment.
Instead of suffering, God has bestowed upon us the privilege of being witnesses to the end of the age. I often wonder if departed friends and family who are now in heaven will someday be a little envious of those of us who were here and were able to see in person how it all ended.
God is currently shouting a warning at mankind and His shouts are growing progressively louder. The animals are dying. God’s warning to us is an example in the animal kingdom of what will soon happen to humanity.