Johnny, a very bright five-year-old, told his daddy he’d like to have a baby brother and offered to do whatever he could to help. His father, a very bright thirty-five-year-old, paused for a moment and then replied, “I’ll tell you what, Johnny, if you pray every day for two months for a baby brother, I guarantee that God will give you one!” Johnny responded eagerly to his dad’s challenge and went to his bedroom early that night to start praying for a baby brother. He did so every night for a whole month, but after that time, the boy began to get skeptical. He checked around the neighborhood and found out that what he thought was going to happen, had never occurred in the history of the town. You just don’t pray for two months and then all of a sudden, whammo – a new baby brother. So, Johnny stopped praying. After another month, his mother went to the hospital. When she came back home, Johnny’s parents called him into the bedroom. He cautiously walked in, not expecting to find anything, but there was a little bundle lying right next to his mother. His dad pulled back the blanket and what do you know – not one baby brother, but two. His mother had twins! Johnny’s father looked down at him and said, “Now, aren’t you glad you prayed?” The boy hesitated a little and then looked up at his dad and said, “Yes, but aren’t you glad I quit when I did!”
Today, twins are in the news and in a big way. Let me explain. A single baby is conceived when a male sperm and a female egg are joined one to the other. Identical twins are formed when, after a male sperm and a female egg are joined together, the egg then splits into two. …
Fraternal twins are formed when two male sperm and two female eggs are joined together at the same time. (According to researchers, identical twins make of 30% of all twins and have nothing to do with family history. It just happens. Fraternal twins make up 70% of all twins and have something to do with family history, especially on the mother’s side.) Beginning in 1915, the government began to keep a statistical record of twin births. From 1915 – 1980 the figures were generally the same (2% of all conceptions or 1 out of 50 pregnancies resulted in twins). Then from 1980 – 2015 the stats took a noticeable leap (now with 3.3% of all conceptions or 1 out of 30 pregnancies resulting in twins). One statistician put it this way, “Going from 2.0% to 3.3% means there are 1,000,000 (one million) plus more twins in North America today than used to be the norm.” All of which raises the question as to what is causing the increase. Researchers believe there are two answers:
Science And Conception – In-vitro (in-glass) fertilization (a process in which the egg is fertilized by the sperm in petri dishes) and then placed in the womb. Because the success rate is so low, multiple eggs are used thus giving the more likelihood of two or more conceptions occurring.
Society And Conception – Today, many women are waiting much longer to have children than their mothers and grandmothers did. And as a woman ages she is more likely to ovulate two eggs at the same time instead of the normal one (prime time for this to occur is between the ages of thirty – thirty-five).
The bottom line? Some say twins go all the way back to Genesis 4:1-2 with Cain and Abel being the first set (depending on how long she again bear means – a minute, a year). But twins are here now, and if the trend continues, you’re going to be seeing double a lot more.