The title of this recent article by Luke Burgess in the Newsletter of the Investment Service, The Outside Club caught my attention. “The Fourth Horseman of the Food Apocalypse“. I immediately thought Luke Burgess has got it wrong, it is the Third Horseman of the Apocalypse that represents famine and pestilence. In fact, I recently put up the post THE THIRD SEAL (Third Horseman) OF REVELATION INDICATES A WORLD FOOD SHORTAGE.
The Fourth Horseman is on “a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8
So in fact Luke is correct, the Third Horseman introduces famine but the Fourth Horseman is death by famine, pestilence, and the sword.
Death by famine in 2022?
Luke’s article reveals a lot of what will cause the coming world food shortage so is worth reproducing here.
What Is Driving Food Prices Higher?
The first thing we need to consider about the price of food is it is connected to an unimaginable number of constantly changing variables. The price of food is not increasing for one reason, or two reasons, or a dozen reasons. The price of food is increasing for a million different reasons, all of which are constantly changing. Still, some factors play a much larger role in food prices than others.
The price of food in 2021 has been driven higher by three main culprits:
- rising energy prices,
- labor shortages, and
- supply chain issues.
Each of these factors has contributed to some degree to your higher grocery bills. And each is expected to continue adding to your grocery bill with no relief in sight for energy, labor, or supply chain problems. But there’s a FOURTH factor that’s set to be a major driver of food prices in 2022 — one that only very few people are taking into serious account right now.
Fertilizer: The Fourth Horseman of the Food Apocalypse
The price of fertilizers absolutely skyrocketed in 2021.
DTN, a world leader in agricultural intelligence and analytics, identifies eight major fertilizers in the market. According to DTN, FIVE of the eight major fertilizers on the market have more than doubled in price during 2021.
DTN’s eight major fertilizers are:
- DAP (diammonium phosphate) — up 71% for the year
- MAP (monoammonium phosphate) — up 68% for the year
- Potash — up 105% for the year
- Urea — up 123% for the year
- 10-34-0 — up 51% for the year
- Anhydrous ammonia — up 138% for the year
- UAN-28 — up 161% for the year
- UAN-32 — up 142% for the year
With global food prices still set to continue soaring higher, we can expect world food insecurity to become much, much worse in 2022.
For the United States and other wealthy Western nations, the global food crisis will be extremely painful. But for some nations, it might mean complete collapse. You see, here in the U.S. we spend about 10% of our income on food. If the price of food doubled, we’d be still only spending about 20% of our income on food. Heck, the price of food could triple and as long as you could make spending cuts somewhere else, you could probably afford it. But that’s because you live in the United States, where food is relatively cheap.
In very poor and developing nations like Nigeria, Cameroon, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, the average person spends 50% to 60% of their income on food — and that’s the average person. According to SB Morgen Intelligence, Nigerians who earn less than the government-mandated minimum wage spend 95% of their income on food consumption. So what happens if the price of food doubles in those nations? Well, pretty simple — the average citizen can’t afford to buy food. And what happens then?
Well, you know the answer… Civil unrest… rioting… destruction… death. Can it get any worse? Yeah, it can. Just look at what’s happening in Afghanistan right now.
The Taliban regime that retook Afghanistan in 2021 does not have funds to procure food items and other essentials. This has created such an unprecedented surge in food prices and left the Afghan people still in the country desperate — so desperate that last week The Hindustan Times reported scores of hungry Afghans were selling their own children to survive.
The 2022 global food crisis will touch the lives of every single person on the planet—and with a deeper impact than any crisis of the past few decades.
You’re going to see the highest food prices of your life.
You’re going to see empty grocery store shelves again as people begin to hoard.
You’re going to see civil unrest, wars, death, and destruction worldwide.
I have seen this crisis coming for months. Back in August, I wrote an article for Outsider Club titled “Brace for Civil Unrest as Food Prices Skyrocket.” And for most of that time since, I have been investigating how to best protect Outsider Club readers from this food crisis.
These are the prophesied “last days” before Jesus second coming to earth. God has given us plenty of prophecies warning of what will precede Jesus’ return so we can have a sense of urgency to complete the Great Commission and the specific tasks He has assigned to each of us.