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Plague of Locusts Descends Upon Egypt Just in Time for Passover

swarms of locusts plague egypt“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts.” – Exodus 10:13

Talk about timing. Just days before Passover, Egypt has been hit by a locust swarm of Biblical proportions. The creatures have descended upon the Giza region, some 15 miles outside of Cairo, and brought with them massive damage to the farming community. Officials estimate that some 30 million of the little beasts have swooped in to wreak havoc on the land. So many, in fact, that they’ve called in the army to deal with them.

“Egyptian armed forces and border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with all means at their disposal,” Egyptian Agriculture Minister Dr. Salah Abd Al Mamon told Arutz Sheva 7 News. He went on to warn locals against the burning of tires, an old remedy of keeping the bugs from swarming a property, saying that the practice “does not chase away the locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite large-scale fires that would cost in lives.”

Some folks are already seeing this as a sign of the end times, referencing the plague of locusts in the book of Revelations. As stated by a commenter by the name of “Grizz” in Anchorage, Alaska:

As in the days of Moses bringing the Jews from bondage in Egypt and the God of Israel bringing the plagues upon them, so has it begun again as a warning to the world. The end of man’s time draws near. The harvest shall soon begin as God shall gather the grapes to the wine press to meter his judgement on mankind to that great and terrible day fore told of the war in the valley of Meggido that will take seven years to bury the dead.

Mamon, on the other hand, isn’t seeing gloom and doom in the future. He points out the weather forecast showing strong winds which he hopes will blow the locusts out into the Red Sea. Even if that doesn’t work, there news isn’t all bad. Locust are considered a kosher food, meaning that many might be chowing down on the abundant pests. Seems a fitting revenge.

Might be a good time to pray for a rain of frogs.

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Senior Editor at Who Forted
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and mystery monger, Greg is the senior editor for Who Forted? 'Zine. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Planet Weird. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
Greg Newkirk
Greg Newkirk

1 Comment

  1. alanborky

    03/12/2013 at 3:00 PM

    Greg until the other day I hadn’t been able to access the net for over a week so this’s the first I’ve heard this story and it surprises the hell out of me it didn’t even seem to make it into any of the tabloids my mob read.

    It’s almost the perfect Fortean story yet only you seem to’ve picked up on it.

    Kudos!

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