BEES BUZZ OFF
By Michael G. Mickey
On a number of occasions in the past I
have documented the disappearing act our honeybees are performing, commonly
referred to as colony collapse disorder, and the impact it may have in relation
to bible prophecy. It's time to revisit that issue.
Walvoord states the passage above (and below) describes “a time of famine when life will be reduced to the barest necessities.”
Revelation 6:7-8: When He opened the fourth seal, I heard
the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and
behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades
followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to
kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
On 4-24-07, I wrote a follow-up article on the issue, quoting a Reuters report that read, in part:
"Go to work, come home. Go to work, come home. Go to work -- and vanish without a trace. Billions of bees have done just that, leaving the crop fields they are supposed to pollinate, and scientists are mystified about why".
On May 2nd, 2007 I wrote another commentary based on an Associated Press report that really drove the point home concerning how important the honeybee is to mankind's survival. It stated the following, in part:
"Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious
killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a
devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a
glorified bread-and-water diet."
"The world's honeybees appear to be dying off in horrifying numbers, and now consensus is starting to emerge on the reason why: it seems there is no one cause. Infections, lack of food, pesticides and breeding - none catastrophic on their own - are having a synergistic effect, pushing bee survival to a lethal tipping point".
And what are we hearing now, three months after
"20 percent of the nation's roughly 2.3 million honeybee colonies, found a 29 percent loss of managed bee colonies."
The percentage of loss reported by the survey is less than in recent years, but one beekeeper quoted in the article sounds far from comfortable with what is taking place:
Dave Hackenberg, a beekeeper who winters his bees in Florida, criticized the survey for not asking the right question. He said his hive numbers dropped from 3,500 in October 2008 to 2,800 this January, within the time period of the survey. But by February, he had lost 300 more hives.
Will colony collapse disorder
play any role in the fulfilment of bible prophecy? I don't know, but it
well could if God doesn't intervene, especially when we take into
consideration the fact no one but God seems to know why so many of our
bees are dying.