Remember catching honeybees, pulling their stingers out and collecting them in a fruit jar with flower blooms inside? Many kids did this as a childhood pastime.
Future generations may not be able to do that, but the real loss would be much more serious and far reaching if recent news about honeybees continues. Apparently, millions of honeybees have simply vanished. In most cases, dead bees are nowhere to be found.
Over 700,000 of America’s 2.4 million colonies in at least 27 states, plus other countries, have been affected. Beekeepers have found no reasons for the large number of bee deaths.
There won’t be any more honey if there are no honeybees. A hot biscuit with honey on it sure sounds good now, doesn’t it? That’s unimportant though compared to the fact that bee pollination is relied upon for 30 percent of the U.S. food supply. Over $14 billion worth of seeds and crops are pollinated by bees each year.
Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
Researchers discount that quote, but a collapse of honeybee colonies would be disastrous. “The mortality rate in honeybees now is the highest in living memory, and one seems to know what’s behind it,” a beekeeper insisted.
Speculations are rampant about the cause of the bee losses. Some say vast use of pesticides is the culprit, while others claim it’s the result of genetically-modified plants. Still another group of doomsayers blames electromagnetism flowing from digital clocks, microwaves, computers, televisions and power lines.
Noteworthy is that additional insects, birds and fish are also becoming endangered species. Specific scientists are trying to tie all of the problems together, blaming improper balance of nature through uncontrolled use of artificial energy.
One church leader evaluated, “Whatever the specific causes, the mass death of bees is a curse brought on by mankind, not living in accordance with God’s laws. It could yet become a much greater curse, contributing to the famines prophesied in the Bible to occur on an epidemic scale.”
Honey has always been an important part of the good life, described in Deuteronomy 8:8: “A land of wheat, and barley, and vines; a land of oil olive, and honey.”
Time is now to be aware of imbalance in God’s plan. Through Revelation 3:21, Jesus promised, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”