|Africanized honeybees invade New Orleans|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Thursday, 13 September 2007 13:08|
The state Agriculture Commissioner of New Orleans has announced that of Africanized honeybees appear to have established themselves in the city. A hive of the aggressive bees was discovered by demolition workers in the city last January, but another swarm has been captured five miles away from the first reported find. The Agriculture Commissioner has warned citizens to be careful when outdoors. The bees swarm when they feel threatened, and can kill.
Quote: ""Because Africanized bees have been labeled 'killer bees' for years, there's an idea around that they are bigger than European honeybees," Odom said. "The truth is they're actually smaller but a lot fiercer." They have the same venom as honeybees, but attack in groups. Experts recommend that anyone confronted with Africanized bees find cover quickly. Africanized bees are the result of an experiment to increase honey production in Brazil. A swarm escaped a lab in 1957 and headed north. When they mated with native strains, the offspring were as aggressive as the African parents.
My own country has been suffering from a plague of wasps. It seems the unusually wet weather has suited them. We discovered a nest of wasps in a cavity wall of our house a few months ago. When we called the council to have the nest destroyed, they said it would be over a week before they could remove it, because there was now a waiting list due to so many people reporting nests in their properties. I created a special mixture of honey, jam, sugar, orange juice and water in a box, hoping to sweetly lure them to their deaths, but the only thing I attracted were two big magpies. They ate the oranges, and spilled my mixture all over the ground! My niece Amy prayed that the wasps would go away, and when the lady came the next week to remove the nest, they had vacated! Only a few stragglers were sitting on the wall.
I didn't know that Africanized bees were a result of an experiment to increase honey production. That is extremely interesting. The Bible states that during the tribulation period, mankind will be plagued by a swarm of locust that have human and scorpion characteristics. Swarms of locust can strip crops bare, but for some reason these creatures will not touch any plant. Instead hey will torment those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
The plagues of Revelation do seem to parallel some of the 10 judgements upon Egypt...
Water turned to blood - Exodus 7:17 - Revelation 16:4
With news that Britain has given the green light for scientists to create genetic hybrids, along with news that the United States is seriously considering using animals as remotely controlled robots, nothing surprises me any more. Although the book of Revelation is largely symbolic, and John was describing things that he could not explain in every day terms, I believe mankind has the technology to fulfill these Scriptures.