'Bible called it' Locusts spark apocalyptic fears as disease, fires and floods rock India

In the last few weeks, India has seen one of the worst locust attacks in history, with cities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh all invaded by billions of pests ravaging crops. It is the first time in almost three decades that the country has witnessed such widespread invasion by the insects, which have been flying from Iran and crossing in from the province of Sindh, in Pakistan. This week, the locusts entered Jaipur’s residential areas, destroying enough food in a day to provide for 35,000 people and there is grave concern over the autumn crop of rice, lentils, vegetables, sugarcane and fruits, due to be sown early next month and it is feared that the upcoming monsoon season will create favourable breeding grounds for the pests and they will multiply exponentially.

While many have pointed out the swarms invading northern parts of the country are of Biblical proportions, some have now even claimed it is a sign of the End Times.

They cite recent events in India, including Cyclone Amphan, which forced more than four million to flee their homes due to flooding, a heatwave which has devastated 51 hectares of forests in Uttarakhand, and their ongoing struggle against coronavirus which has infected 167,000 in the country.

Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: “First fires, then disease, then floods, and now locusts. The Bible called it.”

Another added: “Death, disease, floods and now locusts – all the biblical plagues from the Bible, it’s because headstrong rulers will not do right.”

A third claimed: “Goosebumps but it is written in the Bible.

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“‘When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray.’”

In the final book of the New Testament, the Revelation of Jesus Christ is communicated by an angel to a man named John.

Revelation 6 tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with Seven Seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague. 

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Four Horsemen are sent as a punishment from God and “given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

According to Revelation 8:1-2 the angels then sounded Seven Trumpets one at a time, to set off apocalyptic events seen by John in his vision.

Earth then suffers “Seven Plagues” which range from disease, to “intense heat,” and drought, before a final shower of deadly hailstones plummet against the planet.

While the events may be a series of unfortunate isolated incidents, scientists have linked the present crisis to a series of cyclones in the Indian Ocean that hit a sandy area in the Arabian Peninsula, providing the perfect breeding conditions for locusts.

According to the UN, heavy rains and scorching weather conditions sparked “unprecedented” breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year.

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The situation is also still severe across the border in Pakistan, where locusts have destroyed large tracts of cotton and food crops.

The government in Pakistan has announced it will now set up a national body to combat the swarms across the country as the insects have invaded 60 out of total 135 districts.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared an emergency and India and Pakistan have temporarily set aside their recent differences over the Kashmir region to coordinate operations and recover together.


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