Millions of bees dropping dead in Florida–900 dolphins washing up on shore–thousands of bats dying mysteriously–this is the topic of Begley's recent broadcast that is reminiscent of the animal and insect deaths of 2011.
With his newly minted blue coffee mug and with his trademark "Are you SERIOUS?" Paul Begley has possibly coined a new phrase to describe the end of the world–the Mark of the Bees (or it could have been the Mark of the Beast–it's a little hard to tell):
While we didn't find anything about dead bees, Begley is referring to the 900 dolphins that washed up on shore in Peru over the last four months. Nobody really knows what killed them, but suspect a virus may be the culprit. Seven million bats are dying in Vermont, and scientists think it's a fungus called "white nose" but they really don't know what it is.
White nose is caused by a fungus that prompts bats to wake from their winter hibernation and die when they fly into the winter landscape in search of food that isn’t there. First spotted in New York six years ago, it’s been found in 16 states and four Canadian provinces.
It’s nearly wiped out some species. One of the hardest-hit is the little brown bat, once the most common bat in the Northeast and found across the country, in much of Canada and north into Alaska.
Begley isn't the only one catching the end times feel. The apocalyptic spirit brought on by the deaths of these animals is hitting the end times community like a bee thudding to the ground from full flight. And one enterprising end times site thinks that the wrong turn of a gray whale into a river is reason enough for Jesus to return.
Twenty tons of dead fish washed up on a beach in Norway in January, and blackbirds are still falling from the sky in Arkansas.
After a lull of a year, the end of the world spirit is alive and well, and it's fun to have Paul Begley, the most colorful and interesting minister we know) to put his spin on it.