Not a Very Impressive Apocalypse

Well all you end of the world proponents may have to go back to the drawing board.   Individuals such as conspiracy theorist Sherry Shriner and other Christians who obsess with the end time predictions have been using the recent death in birds, fish and even livestock to fulfill a prophecy that was written in the Old Testament book of Hosea. 

Hosea 4:1-3 reads

1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites,
   because the LORD has a charge to bring
   against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
   no acknowledgment of God in the land.
2 There is only cursing, lying and murder,
   stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
   and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Because of this the land dries up,
   and all who live in it waste away;
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
   and the fish in the sea are swept away.”

Recently in Wisconsin 200 cows were found dead.  This just added more fuel to the end of the world prophecy; however the culprit has been discovered, believe it or not it wasn’t the wrath of God it was…the sweet potato.   

mmmmm...sweet potato

mmmmm...sweet potato

Peter Vanderloo the associate director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory said “It is likely that a mycotoxin from moldy sweet potato was a major factor in the disease and deaths of these steers.” 

Hopefully that solves it; however I have a strong feeling it won’t.  I never understood why so many people like Sherry Shriner and other end times advocates found these deaths so prophetic.  First of all there are about 100 billion birds worldwide; 6 billion of these birds make their home in the United States.  So 5,000 bird deaths out of 6 billion comes to about .00009 percent of the total population of birds that live in the USA, worldwide it comes to about .000005 percent.  That really isn’t an impressive number for an apocalypse.   The 2 million fish deaths that happened in Maryland, I mean I guess that sounds impressive but not when you look at the 15 million fish that washed ashore in 1976.  And 200 cows that met their demise from eating moldy sweet potatoes…I mean this just doesn’t seem like an impressive coming apocalypse.  If every bird fell from the sky at once, all the fish in the sea died at once along with all the beasts of the land and not just 200 cows on one farm, we will talk end times then.  But please until something significant should happen like I mentioned above, stop making something small so big.  Just because the numbers sound big doesn’t mean they are.