News: Investment & the Black Horse of Famine

by John and Ruth Greene

feast or famineThe boasts of modern food-rich nations to feed the entire planet makes it hard to imagine a famine extensive enough to thrust the earth into a global crisis. The third seal of Revelation 6, using the symbol of a black horse, describes a horrifying scenario just like this. (Revelation 6:6) Now in the news, the United Nations warned at an emergency meeting on food price inflation that the world is likely on the brink of a major new food crisis caused by environmental disasters and rampant market speculation. While famine is nothing new, this new wrinkle of famine based in Wall Street speculation certainly is.

“Because you have said, YAHWEH has raised up for us prophets in Babylon, for so says YAHWEH to the king who sits on the throne of David, and to all the people who live in this city, your brothers who have not gone out with you into exile, so says YAHWEH of Hosts, Behold, I am sending among them the sword, the famine, and the plague. And have given them up as figs that are vile, which cannot be eaten from badness. And I will pursue them with the sword, with the famine, and with the plague. And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and a terror, and a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations, there where I have driven them. For they have not listened to My Words, says YAHWEH, which I sent to them by My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending; but you would not hear, says YAHWEH.” – Jeremiah 29:15-19, HRB

black-horsemanUN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting in Rome on September 24 was called last month after a heatwave and wildfires in Russia led to a draconian wheat export ban and food riots broke out in Mozambique, killing 13 people. What has alarmed United Nations experts is that pension and hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds and large banks who speculate on commodity markets are largely responsible for inflation in food prices being seen across all continents. All of this has been traced back to a speculative bubble created by banking and investment beginning in the 1990s says U.N. special rapporteur on food, Olivier De Schutter. To accent the crisis potential, the food industry has consolidated over time, which also lends to supply restrictions through a supply chain with ever higher demand. (“News: Wall Street Greed Creates Hunger“)

How The Financial Crisis Helped Turn Big Banks Into Global Commodities Kings” — Houston Chronicle , August 4, 2013
Wall Street Out of Control” — Wall Street Pit, August 2, 2013
U.S. Warns of Quickly Rising Food Prices” – Money News, January 26, 2011

“Food commodities derivatives markets, and commodities indexes began to see an influx of non-traditional investors,” De Schutter writes. “The reason for this was because other markets dried up one by one: the dotcoms vanished at the end of 2001, the stock market soon after, and the US housing market in August 2007. As each bubble burst, these large institutional investors moved into other markets, each traditionally considered more stable than the last. Strong similarities can be seen between the price behavior of food commodities and other refuge values, such as gold.”

He continues: “A significant contributory cause of the price spike [has been] speculation by institutional investors who did not have any expertise or interest in agricultural commodities, and who invested in commodities index funds or in order to hedge speculative bets.” (“YHWH’s Answer to Your Prayers“; “News: Hyperinflation & False Teaching“)

As a result, food commodity pricing is undergoing global shocks as investors sell short and long in order to reap a profit from the commodities market. The United Nations is fearful of out of control prices and global unrest as more and more of the world goes to bed hungry each night. Meanwhile, they pronounce their own agenda for resolving the issue using farming techniques that do not require fossil fuels. Some want the removal of agriculture from world trading. These are answers that men and women, the experts of the world hold. (“Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“)


“A growing number of experts are calling for a major shift in food security policies, and support the development of agroecology approaches, which have shown very promising results where implemented.” (“U.N. Food Crisis Briefing: September 2010” – pdf)

Food is now traded through Wall Street commodities and derivatives. Consider the problems that the occurred in 2008, when banking and investment derivatives nearly caused the collapse of the financial system. Trading in food through these same investment vehicles portends another collapsed bubble of similar proportions, followed by runaway inflation. Billions in poorer nations, as well as the “prime” nations, are faced with the cruelty of being at the mercy of investors, whose only motive is their own short-term profit. The signs of the times continue to stack up for any that are watching. Surely, the end of this Babylon of finance is what the apostle John saw:

“standing from afar because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe! Woe to the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment came.’ And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their merchandise any more. Never again will there be trading of merchandise of gold, and silver, and of precious stone, and of pearls, and of fine linen, and of purple, and of silk, and of scarlet, and all aromatic wood, and every ivory vessel, and every vessel of very precious wood, and of bronze, and of iron, and of marble, and cinnamon, and perfumes, and ointment, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and of bodies and souls of men. And the ripe fruits that your soul lusted after have went away from you, and all things delicious and splendid have perished from you; and you shall obtain them no more at all. The merchants of these things, the ones being enriched from her, will stand from afar because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning; and saying, ‘Woe! Woe to the great city’ having been clothed in linen and purple and scarlet, and having been gilded with gold and precious stone, and pearls! For in one hour such great wealth was desolated. And every ship-pilot and all company on the ships, and sailors, and as many as work the sea, stood from afar, and cried out, seeing the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What other is like the great city?’ And they threw dust on their heads, and cried out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe! Woe to the great city, by which all those having ships in the sea were rich, from her costliness, because in one hour she was ruined.’” – Revelation 18:10-19, HRB

In Jeremiah 29, the prophet spoke an unpopular truth to the nation of Israel. During the Babylonian captivity, Jeremiah encouraged the loyal believers to look ahead to YHWH’s purposes while praying for their captors. In unpleasant times like these, you may find it difficult to pray for the facilitators of bondage and captivity, but that is when your personal prayer is needed most. (1 Timothy 2:1, 2) Pray diligently that any of these blind captors will find the Most High and personal repentance as you look to His Kingdom to reach others for That Kingdom. (“A Divine Warning to Christian America“; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“)

obama-prideWe’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can accomplish the tasks that are necessary. Many see this in a President like Barack Obama. Sanctified disciples look only to YHWH, their creator, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Elohim of Hosts. He has let Christians in on the future. Through the Bible, He provides the agenda for true believers, not to be distracted by circumstance and fear, or even by outright deception. When you trust in YHWH Almighty, He will bring you through while men faint from fear. (Luke 21:25-26; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)

In the meantime, Christians worldwide are ordered to come out of this financial and religious Babylon and into the protective covering of YHWH. Only then, can you expect to have the protection that trust in YHWH brings. (The Great Tribulation & End Times) This does not mean that you will be spared trial through pain or suffering, but that only YHWH can and will see you through the crisis.

fire“And I heard another voice out of Heaven saying, leave the land of her, My people, that you may not share in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues; because her sins joined together, even reach up to Heaven, and YAHWEH remembered her unjust deeds. Give back to her as also she gave back to you, and double to her double, according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix to her double. By what things she glorified herself, and luxuriated, by so much give back to her torment and mourning. Because she says in her heart, I sit as a queen, and I am not a widow; and I shall not see sorrow. Because of this, in one day her plagues shall come: death, and mourning, and famine; and she will be consumed with fire, for YAHWEH Elohim judging her is strong.” – Revelation 18:4-8, HRB

Food Prices & Supply — New York Times, Continual Update
Global Food Prices Continue to Rise — Worldwatch Institute, April 11, 2013
Wall Street Vultures Drive Up Food Prices While Billions Starve — American Free Press, February 6, 2013
Profiting off hunger: Wall Street makes big gains over food price spikes — RT, January 21, 2013
Food prices may be catalyst for 2013 revolutions — Market Watch WSJ, January 16, 2013
Rising Food Prices: Why Wall Street Is Partially to Blame — Yahoo! Finance, October 16, 2012
Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster — Guardian Observer, October 13, 2012
How Wall Street Fuels Global Hunger — Mother Jones, September 16, 2011

The chart below is better titled “Real Food Price Inflation”

from U.S. Agriculture Department April 2013

food price inflation

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