New York Post, by Jon Lockett: A huge swarm of ravenous locusts has been caught on film completely blanketing the skies over a Saudi Arabian city. The deluge of biblical bugs – which numbered in the tens of millions – descended on Najran at the weekend. Creepy online videos showed the true scale of the infestation which has already hit countries either side of the Red Sea.
In one shocking clip, the phone camera user can be seen taking a shovel to a tree to scrape off the locusts.
Another video shows hundreds of tens of thousands of the pests eerily writhing along the floor.
Earlier this year, the UN warned swarms would be bearing down on the region thanks to unusually heavy rainfall. It called on countries in the “flight path” to take the necessary precautions to ensure the insects only had a limited impact.
In January, a huge swarm of the insects descended on Islam’s holiest site Mecca – leaving worshippers covered in insects. Footage shared on social media showed the plague of insects surging around the Great Mosque as cleaners battled to fumigate after the phenomenon. In the clips, the insects could be seen flying around the holy site as well as on the walls and tiled floor. Officials have said that specialized teams have now been working to tackle the bug problem at the holy site.
Locust swarms contain up to 80 million insects per square mile and can be spread over hundreds of square miles. A “small swarm” weighing about one ton can eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people. Plagues can consume all fruits, crops, vegetation in their path ultimately causing devastation to farmers and locals.
One of the ten plagues poured out on Egypt was a plague of locusts, brought by the east winds into Egypt. Similarly, one of the seven last plagues in Revelation speaks of locusts. Could this swarm of locusts from Saudi Arabia – a country east of Egypt – foreshadow the plagues that will soon fall on the wicked?
“And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.” Exodus 10:13-14
“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” Revelation 9:3-6.