EGYPT - Scorpion Invasion

Arno Froese

Storms and flooding in the southern Egyptian province of Aswan killed three people and led to 503 others being stung by scorpions, officials said.

State media initially attributed the deaths to scorpions forced into streets and homes by the rainwater.

But the health ministry later said that all of those stung were treated with anti-venom in hospital and survived.

The three fatalities were soldiers who were electrocuted when their camp was flooded, the New York Times reported.

Egypt is home to fat-tailed scorpions that are among the most deadly in the world. Venom from a black fat-tail can kill humans in under an hour.

Extra doses of anti-venom were provided to medical centers in villages near mountains and deserts in Aswan after the scorpion swarm was reported. 

People were also urged to stay at home and avoid places with many trees.

-www.bbc.com, 16 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

When Israel moved out of Egypt victoriously, they encountered scorpions in the desert: “Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint” (Deuteronomy 8:15).

In the New Testament, Jesus admonishes us to ask, to seek, and to knock in prayer to the Heavenly Father. He then makes this statement: “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?” (Luke 11:11-12). 

In Revelation 9, after the fifth angel sounds the trumpet, creatures from the bottomless pit shall ascend, “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” (Revelation 9:3). These are literally out-of-this-world creatures. They are locusts which do something that locusts don’t do: “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” (verse 5).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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