Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
What two things, if controlled, would bring the entire world to its knees. To its knees? I guess that is not quite true as you think men would go to their knees and cry our to Almighty GOD for help rather than follow a power hungry world dictator who is bent on destruction. Yet, we find men in the New Testament bowing to the anti-Christ rather than serve the Savior Jesus. At any rate, whoever controls the world's food and water controls humanity.
There has been a silent bid to do just that--control the food and water supply--for at least twenty years. No other generation until today has even had the ability to control the food supply until now. It took the the discovery of Watson and Crick, DNA, and its eventual mapping of genetic information to bring that eventual control about. Do you realize that over 95% of the available seeds for food production are controlled by just one or two conglomerates? Also, those same seeds that are available are all genetically engineered hybrids which will not propagate after about three seasons. It is feasible, then, for one man, a charismatic world leader, to gain total control of all food production worldwide.
Unmodified seeds are currently being gathered and stored in arctic storage facilities. Without these unmodified seeds, you cannot grow your own food to survive for any extended time. Here is a commercial advertising seeds that are not engineered as many see the writing on the wall.
Look at these links that discuss the seed storage facilities.
Not only is there the potential of food supply problems that is exacerbated by droughts, flooding, and now radiation poisoning worldwide (see "Engraved Invitations" for a more complete least of current food production crises), but there is also a serious concern that we could run out of fresh water.
This is leading many to consider a global governance on the fresh water supply. Look at these sites for more information.
Global Governance of Water: A Practitioner's Perspective. :: Global Governance :: October 2008 -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Bottom line--we are near the formation of the anti-Christ's government. If you don't know Christ, the only means of salvation, then I suggest you listen to the Holy Spirit, repent, and turn to Him for the full pardon of your sin. Remember, it takes more than good works to appease the righteousness of the HOLY ONE! It takes an eternal sacrifice to wash sins with eternal consequences. Only Jesus, the Eternal Savior, has the ability to wash away those transgressions. Your life is more than bread, there is no life without Jesus. He is the resurrection and the life!
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Israel and the Middle East