“In late January, California officials, for the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project, announced they were cutting off the flow of water from the northern part of the state to the south, affecting both farms and cities… This as California’s Central Valley, producer of half of America’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts, is experiencing its worst drought on record” (Christian Science Monitor, February 19, 2014).
California produces over 11 percent of all U.S. agriculture and is the leading state for cash farm receipts—totaling over $44 billion in 2012 (CDFA.gov). According to a new study, only three out of the last 500 years have been as dry as this year (AccuWeather, February 20, 2014). Weather expert Ken Clark noted, “Already, there is talk of farmers having to leave fallow more than 1 million acres this year as there will not be the water to grow crops” (ibid.). As a result, “Water restrictions may cost California $11 billion in annual state revenue and affect 40 percent of Central Valley jobs” (ibid.).
End-time prophecies indicate this situation will get worse (Revelation 6:5-6). Long ago, God warned nations that disobey His laws, “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl… the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks… The LORD will change the rain of your land to powder and dust” (Deuteronomy 28:15-18, 24).
Bible prophecies also reveal that when Jesus Christ returns, the droughts and famines will come to an end, and that better times are definitely ahead (Amos 9:13)—see our informative booklet, The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like?