Famine, Part 2 of 2 – 1708 B.C. & Evidence: Famines & Diseases Abound.

Now I see what You did, I’m sure Joseph didn’t enjoy being a slave or in prison, but he wouldn’t be what he is now if had hadn’t gone through all that he went through. 

How does the famine end?

“And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence?  For the money faileth. 

And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses… bodies, and our lands…and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate. 

And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s” (Gen 47:15-20).

“And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s. 

And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly. 

And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years” (47:26-28).

The story told on the stela is set in the 18th year of the reign of Djoser. The text describes how the king is upset and worried as the land has been in the grip of a drought and famine for seven years, during which time the Nile has not flooded the farmlands.

The text also describes how the Egyptians are suffering as a result of the drought and that they are desperate and breaking the laws of the land. Djoser asks the priest staff under the supervision of high lector priest Imhotep for help. The king wants to know where the god of the Nile, Hapi, is born, and which god resides at this place.

Imhotep decides to investigate the archives of the temple ḥwt-Ibety (“House of the nets”), located at Hermopolis and dedicated to the god Thoth. He informs the king that the flooding of the Nile is controlled by the god Khnum at Elephantine from a sacred spring located on the island, where the god resides. Imhotep travels immediately to the location (Ancient Egyptian: jbw).

In the temple of Khnum, called “Joy of Life”, Imhotep purifies himself, prays to Khnum for help and offers “all good things” to him. Suddenly he falls asleep and in his dream Imhotep is greeted by the kindly looking Khnum.

The god introduces himself to Imhotep by describing who and what he is and then describes his own divine powers. At the end of the dream Khnum promises to make the Nile flow again. Imhotep wakes up and writes down everything that took place in his dream. He then returns to Djoser to tell the king what has happened.

The king is pleased with the news and issues a decree in which he orders priests, scribes and workers to restore Khnum´s temple and to once more make regular offerings to the god.

In addition, Djoser issues a decree in which he grants the temple of Khnum at Elephantine the region between Aswan and Tachompso (Koine Greek: Ταχομψώ) with all its wealth, as well as a share of all the imports from Nubia.

Goshen to this day is considered the richest province of Egypt and could easily support a million or more people than it has.

“Jacob was old and blind, and ready to die, so Joseph brought his sons, Manaseh and Ephraim, to be blessed.  Jacob put his hand on Ephraim, which was the younger one, and Joseph said wrong one, but Jacob disagreed.

And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Gen 48:19).

Before Jacob died he wanted to tell all of his sons what was going to happen to them:

“Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power” (Gen 49:3).

“Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations” (Gen 49:5).

1 “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee” (Gen 49:8).   

“Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for a haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon. 

Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens” (Gen 13-14). 

“Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel” (Gen 49:16).

“Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. 

Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall” (Gen 49:19-22).

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. 

All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; everyone according to his blessing he blessed them (Gen 49:13-29)

Jacob didn’t want to be buried in Egypt so he was buried Machpelah, the burying place that Abraham bought.  All that are buried there are: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob.

Joseph’s brothers were now worried, thinking that since Jacob was dead Joseph would have his revenge.

“And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (Gen 50:19-20).

Joseph lived to be 110 and was buried in Egypt.  Therefore, the whole time which the Hebrews spent in Egypt was 250 years, starting from the time that Jacob and his sons went down into Egypt.

1 Jesus is born of the tribe of Judah, as was King David.

2 The Apostle Paul came from the tribe of Benjamin.

The following information was reported in the 1990s,
but Jesus foretold us this over 2,000 years ago.

Evidence:
Famines & Diseases Abound

Jesus predicted that prior to his return famines and disease would emerge to threaten our world.

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt 24:3)

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diver’s places” (Matt 24:7).

A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including war, inflation, crop failure, population imbalance, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality.

Every inhabited continent in the world has experienced a period of famine throughout history. In the 19th and 20th century, it was generally Southeast and South Asia, as well as Eastern and Central Europe that suffered the most deaths from famine. The numbers dying from famine began to fall sharply from the 2000s.

Some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to have extreme cases of famine. Since 2010, Africa has been the most affected continent in the world. As of 2017, the United Nations has warned some 20 million are at risk in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen.

Agricultural conditions have been fluctuating more and more due to variations in weather, and the distribution of food has been affected by conflict. Most programmes now direct their aid towards Africa.

 

Famine is not something we are accustomed to in America but it began to become a growing problem during the 20th century. 

The outlook for this century poses a grave outlook as population growth estimates show the world nearing 10 billion people with no increase to the worldwide food supply.

* Over 70 million died of starvation in the 20th century.

* Approximately 925 million people worldwide go hungry every day and 5 million children will die of hunger worldwide annually according to the World Food Program.

* Several regions in Africa have struggled with food shortages for years.

* North Korea has witnessed 1.5 million people starve to death under the reign of communist leaders. 

There are currently 6 million people threatened by famine with UN food aid as the only means avoiding a catastrophe.

The UN food price index shows sharp increases to the price of food.

Natural Disasters are also on the rise.  Recent large earthquakes & tsunamis have contributed to potential famines as the populaces struggle to obtain food. 

After the 2011 “Great Earthquake of Japan”, there are 20 million people in struggling to receive food aid due to the earthquake/tsunami.

Population projections estimate a total of 9.2 billion people worldwide by 2050 while the food supply and land to produce those resources are not increasing.

From 1950 to 2050, the worldwide population is projected to grow by over 6 billion people.

Most of the population growth is being realized in underdeveloped areas of the world more prone to famine.

The increased cost of food coupled with exponential population growth in undeveloped parts of the world poses an increasing famine crisis.

Jesus spoke about diseases breaking out near and far.

“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” (Lk 21:11).

In recent decades, several diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Avian flu, H1N1, Ebola, etc. have rapidly devastated and perplexed our society.

Over 5000 people worldwide die of AIDS every day.

Over 25 million people in Africa have AIDS.  The majority of African nations now see the AIDS problem as having reached an epidemic level.

Besides AIDS, several outbreaks of various diseases are taking place worldwide at an alarming rate.

A camp of displaced Yemenis in the Amran Province, Yemen. More than seven million people need urgent food aid in the country.CreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times

Since 1940, 335 new diseases have emerged.

  • Anthrax
  • Avian influenza
  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF)
  • Dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever
  • Ebola haemorrhagic fever
  • Hendra Virus (HeV) Infection
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Lassa fever
  • Marburg haemorrhagic fever
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Nipah Virus (NiV) Infection
  • Pandemic (H1N1) 2009
  • Plague
  • Rift Valley fever
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Smallpox
  • TularaemiaS
  • Yellow fever

Even a flu shot provided in the fall of any given year may not protect against mutated strands the following Spring.

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If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior now is the time because believers will not go through the tribulation that Jesus spoke of.  To know more of what He said read Matthew 24.

Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior means to do it completely, you cannot accept Him and continue to willfully sin.

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Rev 22:12-15).

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18-19).

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Rev 20:10).

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:15).”