The news of dead birds, dead fish, dead cows has fascinated and drawn the attention of end-time watchers for the last two years. However, the lesser known nature event of population reduction has been quietly making news for the last few years now.
For years, most parts of Europe and Japan have seen a declining birthrate. Now, demographers see this declining trend taking hold in some 74 “intermediate-fertility countries” where women now have about three children on average – not the five-to-six children common in many African nations.
Those intermediate-fertility countries include Brazil, the Philippines, Syria, Israel, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Egypt.
Total fertility is said to be falling in virtually all of India’s states, wrote Tim Dyson of the London School of Economics in a research paper prepared for a UN conference of about 65 experts.
The other population giant – China, with 1.2 billion people – already has a fertility rate below the replacement rate.
Russia and Poland
Russia, another populous nation, has a declining population. So has Poland.
U.S. minorities now represent more than half of America’s population under the age of 1, the Census Bureau said. 2011 is said to be the first time the population of infants under age 1 is majority minority. In other words, fewer white babies are being born in the U.S.
Japan’s population will shrink from the current level of 128 million to 86.74 million, or 30%, by 2060, according to a new estimate by the country’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s research organization released in January 2012. The group, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, provides a 50-year demographic forecast every five years.
Muslim birth rates plummet
The Westernization of demographics has been blamed for the decline of Muslim birth rates. The Arab fertility rate in Judea and Samaria is declining faster as a derivative of modernity. According to How Civilizations Die by David Goldman, “Spengler” (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2011), “as Muslim fertility shrinks at a rate demographers have never seen before, it is converging on Europe’s low fertility… Iranian women in their 20s, who grew up with five or six siblings, will bear only one or two children during their lifetimes…. By the middle of this century, the belt of Muslim countries from Morocco to Iran will become as gray as depopulating Europe (p. x)…”
Jewish population has a different story. Israel’s 2012 Jewish fertility rate – three births per woman – is higher than all Arab countries, other than Sudan, Yemen, Iraq and Jordan, which trend downward. The average Israeli-born Jewish mother exceeds three births. Moreover, Israel’s robust demography yields uniquely promising economic, social, technological and national security ramifications.
Not only is human population in decline, but other living creatures are also suffering from this phenomenon of disappearing act.
Decline of fish population
There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a study done by international team of researchers. Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Fishery decline is closely tied to a broader loss of marine biodiversity. Historical records from coastal zones in North America, Europe and Australia also show declining yields, in step with declining species diversity; these are yields not just of fish, but of other kinds of seafood too. Zones of biodiversity loss also tended to see more beach closures, more blooms of potentially harmful algae, and more coastal flooding. The study was done in 2006.
A ten year global study done prior to that concluded that 90 percent of all large fishes have disappeared from the world’s oceans in the past half century, the devastating result of industrial fishing. the study was done in 2003.
In another study, big-fish stocks has fall 90 percent since 1950, the National Geographic News reported in 2003. Only 10 percent of all large fish—both open ocean species including tuna, swordfish, marlin and the large ground fish such as cod, halibut, skates and flounder—are left in the sea.
Decline of bee population
The population of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and low genetic diversity in bee populations.
Bee in general, along with other crucial pollinators such as moths and hoverflies, have been in serious decline around the world since the last few decades of the 20th century. It is unclear why, but scientists think it is from a combination of new diseases, changing habitats around cities, and increasing use of pesticides.
Albert Einstein famously 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.”
Once upon the time, God told man to “be fruitful and multiply.” Man has been faithfully obeying the mandate for centuries. Conspiracy theories may contain some truths. But the decline in birthrate across the world covering many species seems to indicate that the time to multiply on earth has come to an end. A few samples shown above are of interest to the curious mind. It could only mean that enough human beings have been born on earth and enough people have committed their lives to their Maker in order that He may fill the praise and worship seats vacated by the rebelling angels comprised of one-third of their kind. Heavens will once again be filled with heavenly music performed by newly arrived willing choir members in no time.