Image: Gooseberry stripped of leaves and most it's fruit by locusts
Awaken you drunkards and weep!
Turn and bless God for your food, whether you choose to this before or after consuming your food, as is your tradition. From this very moment, do not take your food for granted. The stores are filled to the brim with consumables but for the most part they are engineered and synthetic products. Home gardening and organic gardening are in peril.
I look at pictures from last year’s garden. It froze all summer creating a generalized failure to thrive, with the exception of the greenhouses and controlled climate.
This year, the unprecedented heat is searing plants, stressing them, and causing premature seeding before bearing fruit resulting in failure to thrive. It is so hot this summer that plants are actually bleeding!
Wind blows away the precious moisture from the earth, vital for plant development. And this prepares your gardens for the invasion.
As an organic farmer this year for the first time I am seeing a convergence of what I can only say is the beginning of the fulfillment of Joel, Chapter 1. Never before, have I witnessed armies of chewing insects who are impervious to organic treatments in collaboration with tiny, now mid-size locusts, along with caterpillar’s causing massive devastation and only leaving enough residual for the next wave of invaders. In the days to come it will become evident to all that this is by Divine Decree and not merely a natural disaster. Clearly the Creator of the natural world and order has had enough.
We are entering the days of this catastrophic and unimaginable famine is broad in scope and magnitude. It is so bad that generations will pass stories down throughout there generations.
As you read this biblical narrative ponder that characteristics of the four locusts: the Gazam comes from to cut, Arbeh from the word many, Yelek is from lick for this creature nibbles and licks vegetation from the ground, and Chasil will finish of remaining produce until it is totally destroyed.
Hear this, ye old men,
and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land.
Hath this been in your days,
or even in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell ye your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children another generation.
4 That which the palmerworm (Gazam) hath left hath the locust (Arbeh) eaten;
and that which the locust (Arbeh) hath left hath the cankerworm eaten;
and that which the cankerworm (Yelek) hath left hath the caterpillar (Chasil) eaten.
5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep;
and howl, all ye drinkers of wine,
because of the new wine;
for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation is come up upon my land,
strong, and without number,
whose teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
7 He hath laid my vine waste,
and barked my fig tree:
he hath made it clean bare,
and cast it away;
the branches thereof are made white.
What you will see in agriculture will be a microcosm of what you will see rippling through government; culture, economy, and the like for the four locusts are also a metaphor for four kingdoms.
While the shadow of judgment falls upon our land it is our duty to bless God. Refrain from cursing the very One Who can bring you salvation. In an era where it seems that a single voice in the wilderness means nothing, the very opposite is true, your blessing to the Creator will send ripples throughout spiritual, physical, and even dimensional realms. This garden showdown is truly a war between good and evil.