Annual Plague of Locusts Hit Egypt
March 4, 2013 in Current News
From The Atlantic Wire:
As if we hadn’t already seen enough Biblical events this year, a plague of over 30 million locusts swarmed over Egypt’s cities and farms just three weeks before Passover begins. But put your apocalyptic fears to rest. This happens every year as part of the locusts’ natural migration pattern, though this year’s swarm is especially large. That doesn’t mean Egyptians aren’t freaked the heck out by millions of nasty bugs buzzing through the air at all hours of day and night, possibly descending upon the agriculture fields where they’re known to destroy entire crops, just like in the actual Passover story.
As an ignorant American, I sure didn’t know that this was an annual event. I mean, I knew that there were such things as plagues of locusts, but I did not know about their regularity. And even though they are regular (migration patterns), “these plagues can be unpredictable.” It is interesting to reflect upon a challenge to the famous ten plagues brought upon Egypt found in the book of Exodus. Some think that these (or at least some of the) plagues could not have happened. Perhaps the annual plague and the possible timing of the plague relate to a historical event which some interpreted to be miraculous.
Check out the video of the plague here: