Friday, January 7, 2011

Dead Birds and Fish - The End of the World?

Over the last week an unsettling numbers of dead birds and fish have been appearing. In Arkansas thousands of birds fell from the sky dead on New Years. In Maryland 2 million dead fish were found in the Chesapeake Bay. The Birds it seems may have been shocked to death by New Year's Eve fireworks. The fish may have died from lower than normal water temperatures and suffered cold shock.

But with predictions for May 21 as the date the world ends, many are looking in the Bible for answers. One place they are finding it is in the prophet Zephaniah 1:1-3 which says.

The word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi son of Gedaliah son of Amariah son of Hezekiah, in the days of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah. I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth, says the LORD. I will sweep away humans and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. I will make the wicked stumble. I will cut off humanity from the face of the earth, says the LORD. (NRSV)


An interesting connection. I suppose if I thought or was worried that this was the year the world would end this verse might give me some insight. The problem, however, is that in context God is speaking specifically to Judah and to the officials of Jerusalem, not people living in the 21st century. A few verses later those who wear foreign dress or "jump over the threshold" are also threatened.

So while we should all be interested and concerned about an inordinate amount of dead wildlife, I don't think we will find the answer in the Bible. At least not under prophecy. Perhaps we might look at our theology and stewardship of creation and ask ourselves how we might have contributed to such "natural disasters."

Since I posted on the May 21st date prediction the number of visits to that post has steadily climbed. I plan to relate some of my thoughts on this kind of eschatology in a upcoming post and why I think it is unhelpful.

Read more on the Zephaniah connection here.

10 comments:

  1. The Core is a 2003 American disaster film... Birds gone crazy (VIDEO)... Nat Geo (Dec 24, 2009): North Magnetic Pole Moving East Due to Core Flux... Discovery (Aug 25, 2010): IS THE SUN EMITTING A MYSTERY PARTICLE?... LiveScience (29 July 2010): Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray Pattern... Nat Geo (Nov 19, 2008): "MYSTERIOUS ASTROPHYSICAL OBJECT that's bombarding Earth with cosmic rays":
    http://cristiannegureanu.blogspot.com/2011/01/kfwr-official-hundreds-of-dead-birds.html

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  2. JUST FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND

    It is ELECTRO MAGNETIQUE FIELD generated by HAARP US OR RUSSIAN SYSTEM.

    THE ANIMALS WERE SHOCKED BY BIG EMF WITCH CAN CAUSE NUMEROUS INJURIES SUCH AS PARALYSIS...

    FOR A BIRD FLYING, IT S NOT REALLY GoOD....

    OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AROUND...

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  3. Those who subscribe to an exclusively apocalyptic hermeneutic can find encouragement for their views in just about any world event. I recall a few years ago when they proclaimed hurricanes in Texas and Louisiana the judgment of God. I agree. Natural disasters may be a consequence of human action and in that way, they may be a kind of judgment brought on my the action itself. However, that is a far cry from judgment initiated directly by God. I think many "Christians" blame God for things when the blame belongs elsewhere.

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    1. Henry,
      Here is another perspective. Christians may not be "blaming" (by definition) God, but attributing the source of cause and effect to him.

      For example, He, G-D, CREATED fire and its burning effect. But if YOU put your hand in it, HE IS NOT TO "BLAME" IF YOU GET BURNED!

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  4. i definitely believe that one day the world will end and it could be tomorrow or next week or next month..the only thing that matters is that we are all prepared for that day. for judgement day. there is a God. if there wasnt then how are we even existing in the first place? and if scientists say we came from apes then where did the apes come from? God is Real. He created us and we should be thankful.

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  5. Hos 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls (ofe - birds) of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    Hosea 4:3 is the word languish, which is  hebrew amal. Amal is in this verse such verb tense, which means to be or grow feeble and to languish. The Bible has the prophecy that because of sin of men everyone who dwelled in the earth shall languish (weaken) (diseases, sudden deaths). The Bible says that animals in the field, birds and fishes weakens and fishes shall disappear from the seas. I believe that this means deaths and mass deaths of animals.

    Hosea 4:3 says also that the man poison the fields, which causes weaken and deaths to animals, which eat the harvest of the fields. This partly explains mass deaths and disappearing of the honey bees.

    It is very clear that the activities of the men have been polluted, poisoned and destroyed the nature, the oceans and the seas. This means that animals, birds, fishes and so on have died and shall come to die (mass deaths). The Bible tells this very clearly.

    Hosea 4:3 shows for us also that weakening is the reason to deaths. This means that man made pollutants, toxic chemicals and environmental poisons influence to animals that they weaken and die.

    Hosea shows for us also that all (also people) who dwelled on the earth shall suffer from this. In the last days, many people shall die to several diseases, which due to poisonous substances made by the men. All over the world die daily many people, but it doesn't necessary awake people and therefore, God says in the Bible that when animals begin to die (mass deaths) so it is time to wake up from the sins, and it is the time to believe in the Lord Jesus.


    More info:


    http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/massdeathsofanimals.html

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  6. i immedietly thought of this passage in the bible, we shall not know the day nor the hour of the coming, but the season, I think God is coming soon, this is a sign

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    1. I SO AGREE WITH YOU.. THERE ARE STILL MANY THINGS TO HAPPEN THOUGH. WE HAVE NOT SUFFERED ENOUGH YET.. READ HOSEA 5- AND ZACHARIAH.. THERE IS GREAT INFORMATION THERE. BEST TO U AND ALL...SHALOM..
      GOD IS GREAT!

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  7. Everything was created in 6 days and then God went on to tell us what would happen to His creation. The bible foretells that the oceans will need to be healed and that men will be destroying the earth and that due to these things there will be massive die offs man,beast, fowl and fish.

    Hos 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls ( birds) of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    “I will sweep away both man and beast;
    I will sweep away the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea—
    and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.” zeph 1

    The Lord returns to save His people and to destroy those who are destroying the earth.
    Revelation 11:18

    MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST 2013
    http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

    mass animals deaths in 2012.
    http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2012/11/shocking-list-of-mass-animals-death-2430914.html

    Between 2010 December and January 2011 all over the world occurred mass deaths of birds, fishes and other animals. Phenomenon in question concerning to worldwide mass deaths of animals, meaning that they are not merely natural deaths. I intend to draw attention to possible explanations for these mass deaths. http://www.kotipetripaavola.com/massdeathsofanimals.html

    And God then asks that men test His word by whats come to pass....

    IT IS WRITTEN AND HE DESIRES YOU TEST HIM IN THIS...
    Declare what is to be, present it-- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.
    Isaiah 45:21

    Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'

    All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of their gods foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, "It is true."

    Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come-- yes, let them foretell what will come. Isaiah 44:7

    How did the prophets know what we would do to the vast oceans and rivers that could be so bad they had to be healed? That would be so toxic it would kill off 1/3 of the aquatic life in the vast oceans?
    http://poopy.org/water-pollution/oceans-a-convenient-dumping-ground/

    Only our creator could have revealed these things to us....

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  8. I believe the Plagues of Egypt are upon the Earth besides the rape, torture and murder of innocent human beings .. how many realize this?

    Mankind has angered YHVH (God) to the max, He is returning soon as the blazing fire to punish the wicked .. Please Wake Up and Repent.

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