We often think about the threat of nuclear war and biological or chemical attacks, but what if nature itself turns against us?
In other words, what if the wild animals that we hunt for pleasure, that we kill and process for food, and that we stare at through the bars of cages at the zoo break through their natural restraints and suddenly viciously turn on mankind?
After all, just the other day, the Quayle site ran an article about the sea lion dragging a girl into the water at Steveson Canada, and Steve Quayle commented about how animals are changing their natures and exhibiting more aggressive behaviors. We can cite examples such as the increasing number of children and vacationers attacked by crocodiles and deadly assaults on fishermen and surfers by sharks moving in closer to our beaches by the day.
But should we be surprised? It takes only a moment to open our Bibles to Revelation and see God’s warning about the pale horse and its rider. The warning comes after the first of seven seals are opened and is voiced by the fourth living creature, who invites Death to ride through the earth by saying, “Come!”
I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Rev.6: 7, 8
What that seems to say is that up to now the earth’s wild beasts have been supernaturally restrained from harming mankind without cause, but there is a point in time when they will be given power—the power to attack and kill without reason, restraint or warning. This verse serves as God’s warning—that day is coming, and we can see signs of the grisly change in nature’s creatures even now.
Just last June national news included the account of a marathon runner in New Mexico who was mauled by a bear just as she crossed the finish line. Other headlines were made when a mountain lion pounced on a child in his Colorado yard and when an alligator dragged a toddler into a lagoon in Orlando’s Disney park.
Someone who warned of this coming change was a contemporary prophet called Brother Bob, who wrote for the prophetic site Elijahlist back in 1913. He gave an account of his fishing trip with a buddy on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay where they were alarmed by seeing the fin of a Bull Shark in the bay. As Bob began researching this normally saltwater denizen, he found that it had suddenly been spawning and thriving in fresh water, including the Mississippi River and the waters of the Amazon. There, he wrote, the shark is beginning to stalk and attack humans for their flesh.
Brother Bob prayed about what he had found, and reported that the Lord reminded him of a former warning that there would be danger in the water. “He asked me, ‘Did I not tell you that wildlife, land and sea, would one day turn against mankind? It’s happening!’”
Because of this prompting, Bob began to study the leopard and found out that in some areas leopards and panthers are beginning to lurk in U.S. suburbs, stalking domestic animals for food. Although mostly unknown by the populace, homeowners who put out security cameras have caught them running through the neighborhoods at night.
The Lord reminded Bob that even long ago when the Psalms and Proverbs were being written, men would not go out into the street at night for fear of being taken by a wild beast. All aghast, the prophet responded, “Father, what you’re saying is you’re literally permitting the creation that you gave mankind dominion over to begin to take dominion over mankind!”.
News headlines reflect the change, as wild animals’ natural fear of man seems to be fast disappearing. We are being conditioned to reports of animals becoming more aggressive as attacks on humans increase. Rarely do weeks go by where we don’t read about or watch at least one unprovoked attack on humans by animals on land or in the sea.
In times past we could narrow down the reasons that an animal would attack a human to just a few, the first being the natural fear of man instilled in wild beasts by God. We’ve come a long way from the time of Noah’s exit from the ark, when the Lord decreed that wild beasts would be afraid of man, not the other way around.
The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Genesis 9:2
Because of this natural fear, even the wildest animals normally will run away from a human unless they feel threatened by menacing movements toward them.
Hungry animals also may attack for food or for territorial reasons when man encroaches on their territory. Even the most placid of animals can be expected to attack to defend themselves or to protect their young. But prowling and stalking man as prey is something else, a nightmare scenario straight out of movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, a spooky look at bird wildlife gone predatory.
So what is happening now? What is God’s answer to the question about why his original plan for man’s dominion over the animal kingdom is being reversed? His Word teaches that just as God sometimes commandeers foreign enemies to attack an ungodly nation, he can call on the wild beasts to punish its rebellion. In Ezekiel 14, we are warned that if a country doesn’t turn from its sin, he can give that country a “last call” before judgement. We are seeing it in the world today, as the Lord stretches out his hand and cuts off a nation’s food supply, sending famine.
In Ezekiel 33:27 , the Lord warns his exiled people that he will punish their sins by giving those who seek shelter in the country over to the wild animals to be devoured.
“Or if I send wild beasts through that country they may leave it childless so that no one can pass through….”Ezekiel 14:15
Does that mean that God has changed his mind about his creation and is writing us off for destruction? Numbers 23:19 gives the assurance that God is not a man that he should lie, or a son of man that he should change his mind.
But there is another side to the story. Just as he has been careful to forewarn about coming days when the white horse rides through the land pronouncing punishment and plague by the wild beasts of the earth, the Lord has promised to treat faithful followers differently. In the book of Job, he gives them hope by pledging security and protection from the wild animals..
“You will laugh at destruction and famine and need not fear the beasts of the earth. For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.” Job 5:22,23