PLAGUE OF ANIMALS
In Rev 6:8 Jesus opens the Fourth Seal and the Horseman on a pale horse rides. “And I looked and behold a pale horse and his name that sat on him was Death and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth to kill with sword and with hunger and with death and with the beasts of the earth.” (the Greek word for “pale” is Chloros, pale, a sickly green as in bleach. It is where we get our word ‘Chlorophyll,’ Chloros being green and phyllon being “leaf”. This horseman is allowed to unleash death in the four severe plagues of the Lord, including death by wild beasts.
I know I’ve been posting a lot lately on this one, but it’s fascinating. Remember Jaws, the shark movie that came out in 1975? Its success sparked a national debate on the psychological terrors of being hunted by animals, speaking to our darkest fears. We are so used to being at the top of the food chain, we cannot cope with suddenly being thrust to the bottom, and being hunted ourselves. Imagine the psychological trauma that would cause if occurring on a widespread basis, as it will be in the Plague of Animals. The success of the movie Jaws was not in depicting the attacks themselves, few as they were and hardly shown. It was the music, speaking to the psychological fear of what lurks.
I’ve reported recently of bats attacking 3500 Peruvian villagers, NYC Staten Island dwellers battling turkeys, foxes and raccoons that enter homes and attack children, 6000 feral camels terrorizing Australian outback villages, a bull that killed a British rambler, a Swedish woman walking her dog on a road was trampled by an elk, fishers in Boston streets, Mountain lions have been sighted at the Denver Bus terminal and a Los Angeles community is gating their community against coyotes that attack in broad daylight, the monkeys who refuse to leave a vineyard in So Africa and hurl objects at people and who enter homes with impunity….the list goes on.
Most scientists who look into this conclude that habitation pressure has caused the conflict. As humans encroach into what was previously animal territory, they attack either to defend their resources or to get our food. Undoubtedly much of this is a cause of the noticeable worldwide animal attacks, that, plus stupid behavior such as unsafe camping practices or baiting them unnecessarily is at the root of some of these attacks. However, in many of these stories, the unusual behavior of the animal is noted, and not because it is rabid. Animals don’t usually enter homes, or attack sleeping people who pose no threat…
Here we have aggressive otters attacking people in Boca Raton FL. Authorities are searching for an aggressive otter that attacked two people and a dog near Boca Raton. An alert was issued Monday by the Animal Care & Control and the Palm Beach County Health Department for the possibly rabid otter. A dog was attacked on Thursday, while two people were attacked Sunday morning. The community where the attacks occurred has several bodies of water where the otter – a species indigenous to Florida – could have come from. Animal control is trying to catch the animal with traps baited with tuna fish. Fliers are also being distributed in the neighborhoods. In March, another otter attacked and wounded an elderly man in Venice along Florida’s Gulf coast.”
Another article states that the otter attacked two people separately as they walked on a sidewalk. In addition, a Golden Retriever as attacked by an otter as the dog lay inside a screened-in porch!
Kashmir is Northern India-
Greater Kashmir: Altaf concerned, directs urgent steps to prevent loss of lives
In Kashmir, 56 die, 638 hurt in wild attacks. Concerned over the frequent attacks on humans by wild animals, minister for forests and ecology Mian Altaf Ahmad on Monday said the government is initiating more steps to strengthen the Wild Life department with latest technology and equipment for the protection of human lives. Altaf told the meeting of the officers, which he convened, to discuss threadbare the man-animal conflict.
Whittlesea-Eden Park is southern Australia in Victoria State
Whittlesea Leader: Dog attacks sheep in Eden Park
N Eden Park couple have been left shaken by a dog attack that led to the death of their pet sheep and goat. Garry Hicks and his wife Belinda Lagane, heard an “unfamiliar” bark about 6.45pm on Friday, November 12, and Mr Hicks went outside to check what was happening. The sheep was found with its throat torn out and caught in a paddock fence, while the goat was attacked twice and its ears bitten off. “My next door neighbour, who has lived here for more than 30 years, said he has never heard of any animal attacks like this in the whole time they have been here.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association noted earlier this year about animal attacks, particularly analyzing the Yellowstone increase in Grizzly attacks on humans and the Orca whale who killed its trainer. Fischer said “God makes it clear in Scripture that deaths of people and livestock at the hands of savage beasts is a sign that the land is under a curse. The tragic thing here is that we are bringing this curse upon ourselves.” Fischer said these things are occurring because it’s part of the “ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture.” [Fischer unfortunately does not include the scriptures he uses for his basis, but I think we can agree in premise where he is going with this…] Mother Jones magazine and Right Wing Watch blog promptly mocked Fischer for his views:
“As the director of issues analysis at the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer has issued some rather interesting “analysis” over the past year. He has said that Muslims should be banned from serving in the military; that a whale at Sea World should have been stoned to death for killing its trainer; that inbreeding makes Muslims stupid and violent; and that gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism. So naturally, he has been invited to speak to a huge gathering of conservative political activists this weekend, alongside such GOP luminaries as Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).”
It is that legitimacy that drives the liberals crazy. That fundamental Christians are not marginalized (or stoned ourselves) makes them nuts. Later in the article, they say so:
By sharing a stage with Fischer, public figures like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Bob McDonnell, and Michele Bachmann don’t necessarily endorse Fischer’s shameless anti-Muslim and anti-gay propaganda—but they do acknowledge its credibility.
I understand that for secular people, acknowledging some of the more seemingly outlandish plagues and prophesied events to come are hard to understand, let alone accept as credible. But the root of it is that God is always credible. He isn’t bound by what man deems as the limits of science and reality. He created the world, and He created the animals within them. All of creation is under His control. He used ravens to bring food to Elijah (1 Kings 17:4). He sent quail to the Wandering Jews in the desert (Ex 16:13). He sent all of the animals two by two into the Ark. (Gen 6:20). He put the fear and dread of man into the animals, and He will release the fear and dread of man to kill us, then make them peaceable again. (Gen 9:2; Rev 6:8; Isaiah 11:6-9). He will cause severe plagues to kill a quarter of the world’s population, prophesied to begin in the early part of the Tribulation.
He gives us a choice. We can prefer man’s carnality and sinfulness, or we can repent of our sins and ask the only One from Whom it is possible to receive forgiveness to cleanse us. Jesus died for our sins, becoming sin Himself for a moment in order to pay the price God demands for lawlessness. He is holding out to you a get out of jail free card. TAKE IT! The time of deciding is closing in, and our Redemption draweth nigh.