And All the Fishes in the Sea
Vol: 158 Issue: 26 Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The world is divided between the oceans and the land masses; and five-sixths of the world’s surface area is ocean. Just one-sixth of the earth’s surface is dry land, and a good portion of that, mountains, deserts, the polar regions, etc., are barely inhabited.
It is widely assumed that the earth is suffering from overpopulation. As America’s population passed the three hundred million mark, modern-day Cassandras kicked off new speculation about how America might soon suffer the effects of overpopulation.
I don’t know. I’ve crossed this country many times, and marveled at the vast expanses that are virtually uninhabited.
For almost a thousand miles, from Palm Desert, California to Fort Stockton, Texas, one passes through just a handful of large cities; Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, and only a few dozen little towns and settlements. In between are miles and miles of nothing but uninhabited desert.
Even heavily populated states like California, New York and Pennsylvania still have vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness.
The State of Texas is 262,017 square miles, or about 167,690,880 acres. That single state is large enough to give every man, woman and child in the entire United States a half-acre of land, leaving the other forty-nine states completely uninhabited. Overpopulated?
As noted, the other five-sixths of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans that are miles deep in some places. The average depth of the Pacific is almost 2 1/2 miles and the Marianas Trench is more than six miles deep, for example. If Mount Everest were placed inside of this trench, it would disappear.
According to a 2003 report in the journal, “Nature” the inhabitants of one-sixth of the earth’s surface has all but destroyed the inhabitants of the other five-sixths.
Only 10 percent of all large fish—both open ocean species including tuna, swordfish, marlin and the large groundfish such as cod, halibut, skates and flounder—are left in the sea.
“From giant blue marlin to mighty bluefin tuna, and from tropical groupers to Antarctic cod, industrial fishing has scoured the global ocean. There is no blue frontier left,” said lead author Ransom Myers, a fisheries biologist based at Dalhousie University in Canada.
“Since 1950, with the onset of industrialized fisheries, we have rapidly reduced the resource base to less than 10 percent—not just in some areas, not just for some stocks, but for entire communities of these large fish species from the tropics to the poles.”
The conclusion reached by the researchers is that the world’s oceans will be completely fished out by 2048.
“At this point 29 percent of fish and seafood species have collapsed – that is, their catch has declined by 90 percent. It is a very clear trend, and it is accelerating,” Worm said. “If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime – by 2048.”
Several things in this report immediately jumped out at me. The first is that fish is the major dietary staple of some of the world’s poorest countries. For more than a billion people worldwide, fish is their main source of protein.
The Book of the Revelation tells of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Of the third Horseman, Scripture says;
“. . . And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Revelation 6:5-6)
A ‘measure of wheat’ and ‘three measures of barley’ represent a day’s food for one person. A ‘penny’ in Scripture represents a day’s wages. For the poor, the Scriptures project a time when people will work a full day to earn a day’s food.
The ‘oil and the wine’ are representative of great wealth. While the poor will face starvation, the rich will not. Globally speaking, we are almost to that point now. The gap between rich nations and poor nations has never been more pronounced.
There are places in the world today where the average annual income wouldn’t buy dinner for two in a California restaurant. Some 2.4 billion people in the world today exist on less than $875.00 US per YEAR!
The second is the fact that, in one generation, we’ve depleted 90% of the ocean’s fish stocks. In ONE generation. One generation from now, say scientists, there won’t be any left.
The Book of the Revelation’s Second Trumpet Judgment and the Second Vial Judgment both involve the death of all the fishes of the sea;
“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” (Revelation 8:8-9)
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. (Revelation 16:3)
What an interesting ‘coincidence!’ The Bible and secular science are predicting essentially the same eventual result, differing only over the precise cause.
Secular science says the depletion of fish stocks began about 1950.
The Bible says the events that would lead to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy would coincide with the restoration of Israel (1948) and that all Bible prophecy would be fulfilled within that generation’s lifetime.
The only real area of disagreement is the cause of the global fish-kill — both project the identical ultimate effect. And both see it coming to fruition at just about the same point in history.
Mankind has relied on fish for sustenance since Adam left the Garden. Fish is synonymous with food in the Bible, and ranks up there with bread as a dietary staple.
The Bible projects two events to befall the last generation; global famine and the death of all the fishes in the sea. Secular science projects two events to befall this generation; global famine and the death of all fishes in the sea.
In 1950, the idea of running out of fish was as absurd as the idea that the Bible’s prophecies for the last days were beginning to unfold.
One generation later, both are part of the daily news cycle. What does it all mean?
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. . . So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till ALL be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:25-26, 31,32)