What the Bible says about light and seed

The True Light "In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him." John 1:4,9.

The Good Seed and the Weeds “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Matthew 13:24,25.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Israel and the demise of the global village

Israel's ability to protect itself and adapt its economy to the new post-global village reality will in large part determine how it survives and prospers in the post-global village world now taking shape.
In the face of the steeply rising number of coronavirus patients and the breakneck speed of political changes in Israel, few people have stopped to notice that the world we have grown accustomed to living in for the past generation is falling apart. The global village is collapsing under the weight of the pandemic.

How Israel deals with this dramatic turn of events today, and in the coming weeks, months and years will determine both how we emerge from the present crisis and how we manage in the new world now taking form.

Israel's food supply system is a perfect example of the global changes to being wrought by the virus. In Israel, five basic foodstuffs are produced locally: fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry, and milk. Most grains, sugar, rice, salt, meat, and other foodstuffs are imported.

Out of a total agricultural workforce of 70,000, 25,000 are migrant workers from Thailand and another 25,000 are from the Palestinian Authority. According to Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, concerns over the coronavirus prevented 1,500 workers from Thailand scheduled to arrive at the beginning of the month from entering the country. The Palestinian workforce is down to 18,000 and dropping due to the quarantine the PA has placed on its population.

The labor shortages couldn't come at a worse time. Currently, there are a half billion shekels worth of fruit and vegetables ready for harvest. If they aren't picked in the next three weeks, they will rot on the trees and in the fields.
Three weeks ago, the HaShomer HaHadash organization began getting flooded with calls from farmers for help. HaShomer HaHadash is a volunteer agricultural support organization founded in 2007 to protect Israeli farmers from Arab and Bedouin criminal gangs who extort farmers and ranchers and carry out agricultural theft and sabotage on a massive level.

"These calls were different," explains HaShomer HaHadash's leader Yoel Zilberman. "We are used to receiving calls about sabotage, and extortion and sending our volunteers to guard and herd. These calls were about the harvest, the national food supply."

Zilberman and his colleagues realized the implications of the loss of a harvest for Israel's food supply and began drawing up a plan to help the distressed farmers. Two weeks ago, Zilberman approached Hanegbi and offered to organize a corps of volunteers to save the harvest. Comprised of the organization's roster of volunteers, cadets at pre-military leadership academies, youth movement alumni and from twelfth graders, Zilberman's volunteers would work in shifts in the fields. With government finance, Hashomer Hahadash would provide for all their needs. Hanegbi agreed.

Last week, the government approved an emergency order to organize the corps of volunteers. The first hundred young people arrived in the fields on Tuesday. Operating in compliance with Health Ministry guidelines, HaShomer HaHadash launched a smartphone application called "Sundo" where prospective volunteers can join the operation. Zilberman plans to expand his roll of volunteers to include foreign students stranded in Israel with nothing to do after the coronavirus caused their programs to be canceled. He assesses there are up to twenty thousand foreign youth in Israel who could potentially join in the effort.

To be sure, this initiative, which will hopefully enable Israel to surmount the coronavirus-induced international labor shortage, is intended to be a short-term fix. All parties to the initiative assume that once the crisis abates, labor flows will return to their pre-coronavirus levels. But there is no way to know whether this assessment is correct. The coronavirus-induced shortage in migrant, agricultural laborers points to a much wider phenomenon that is unlikely to disappear when the quarantines are over.

The coronavirus pandemic won't destroy global markets. But it will change them radically and reduce their size and scope. In the case of agriculture, the coronavirus has exposed large-scale vulnerabilities in both agricultural import models and domestic production. At the outset of the crisis, cargo ships laden with foodstuffs from China and Italy were laid up in the ports for weeks until port workers and the Health Ministry could develop protocols for safely offloading them. Dozens of shipments were diverted to Cyprus, at great cost to importers.

Who is to say that food supplies in China or other countries won't be compromised again in the future? And what happens in the event of war? Naval warfare can easily endanger food imports to Israel over a prolonged period. The model of dependence on foreign suppliers needs to be adapted in the face of what we are learning.

Continue reading: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/israel-and-the-demise-of-the-global-village/

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Corona Virus Statistics charts and commentaries March 26 2020

This is a repost by Jean-Louis Mondon

 My source for the 1st batch of statistics and subsequent commentaries is one of my personal physician who is well informed and keeps updated. I have not found out yet where he got the information. I did a quick search on the Web but could not find anything as close as the second batch of data that is close enough. I copied the second table at 21:05 PM March 26 2020 with some of the rolling scrolls still turning fast and furious. So the numbers are pretty close considering we are in the 3rd quarter of March. I´ll try to find out where my doctor found the statistics. look under "Health" item.

Source: Data from the University of Hamburg .

Number of deaths worldwide in the first two months of 2020
2,360: Coronavirus
69,602: Common cold
140,584: Malaria
153,696: Suicide
193,479: Car / bus accidents
240,950: death from HIV
358,471: Alcohol
716,498: Smoking
1,177,141: Cancer

So you think Corona is so dangerous as to close all trade, roads and end the country's economy?
Or is it the goal of the media campaign to resolve the trade war between China and the United States or to reduce financial markets to set the scene for merger and acquisition markets, centralize wealth or sell US Treasury bonds to cover the fiscal deficit on them ...

or is it a Panic created by pharmaceutical companies to sell their products like disinfectant, masks, medicines etc ...

Don't panic and don't kill yourself with unnecessary fear: I'm posting this to balance your news feed of posts that caused fear and panic.
82,000 people are currently sick with Coronavirus, of which 77,000 are in China, which has a population of 1.1 billion people.

This means that if you are not in China or have not visited China recently, that should eliminate 94% of your concern.

If you contract Coronavirus, this is not a cause for panic yet because:
81% of cases are LIGHT
14% of cases are MODERATE. Only
5% of cases are CRITICAL.

Which means that even if you get the virus, you are more likely to recover.

Some said, "but this is worse than SARS!"
SARS had a 10% mortality rate, while COVID-19 had a 2% mortality rate

Furthermore, looking at the ages of those who are dying from this virus, the mortality rate for people under 50 is just 0.2%.

This means that:
If you are under 50 and do not live in China - you are more likely to win the lottery (which has a 1 in 45,000,000 chance) than to die from this virus.

Let's see an example:
February 10, when 108 people in CHINA died of coronavirus. On the same day:
26,283 people died of cancer
24,641 people died of heart disease
4,300 people died of diabetes

Suicide took 28 times more lives than coronavirus.
Mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day.
HUMAN beings kill 1,300 human companions every day, and
(Snakes kill 137 people every day and sharks kill only 2 people a year)



Comparison Charts:

Source: Data from the University of Hamburg The number of deaths worldwide in the first two months of 2020

2,360: Coronavirus
69,602: Common cold
140,584: Malaria
153,696: Suicide
193,479: Car / bus accidents
240,950: death from HIV
358,471: Alcohol
716,498: Smoking
1,177,141: Cancer

3,054,049 Communicable disease deaths this year
114,361 Seasonal flu deaths this year
1,788,207 Deaths of children under 5 this year
9,999,196 Abortions this year
72,715 Deaths of mothers during birth this year
41,665,822 HIV/AIDS infected people
395,483 Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS this year
1,932,154 Deaths caused by cancer this year
230,760 Deaths caused by malaria this year
13,329,351,933 Cigarettes smoked today
1,176,061 Deaths caused by smoking this year
588,402 Deaths caused by alcohol this year
252,278 Suicides this year
$ 94,114,578,131 Money spent on illegal drugs this year
317,576 Road traffic accident fatalities this year


Written and published by Jean-Louis Mondon
March 27 2020 Update: 

Thanks to the Chinese government who went further in their attempts at surpassing the US in their race for supremacy, we are now a little closer than ever before and the doomsday clock has been moved forward 100 seconds from midnight according to the world's greatest intellectual scientists. see https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time/

Doomsday clock 2015 

Since I wrote this reflection 3 years ago, things have changed at a mind- numbing pace. Now almost anybody around the world can experience firsthand or by the proxy of television or one of the many means of communications the latest events that are tearing the fabric of life apart and spelling doom for humanity. 

Governments, the citizenry of all countries are perplexed trying to find a viable solution to the insurmountable problems facing mankind and unfortunately falling short of a solution that would set the earth and its population on the right course, avoiding a final global catastrophe that threatens to reduce our once habitable planet as the Lord creator made for the human race as wonderful abode, into a ruinous heap of nuclear ashes. 

From looking at the Doomsday clock that signals our eventual obliteration, even concerned eminent scientists have not moved the minute hand from 5 minutes away from midnight in an attempt to warn earth people to change their ways or else.

Long before there was a Doomsday clock, God provided a way for men to examine his ways and provided a solution in the scriptures to remedy the terminal disease of sin or suffer the consequences. He has told us in no uncertain terms through the prophets and the scriptures concerning the end times that if we do not heed the warning, the consequences will destroy the earth like clockwork in incremental steps.