Thursday, August 26, 2010

Brazil's rare column of fire

An extremely rare "fire tornado" raged across part of Brazil yesterday. In Aracatuba, in southern Sao Paulo state, a tornado of fire was seen during a brush fire. This is a rare event that occurs when a fire is whipped up by strong, dry air currents to form a vertical whirl. They can consist of a whirlwind of hot air around or within the flames or a vortex of fire itself, as the UK Telegraph explains.  Also known as “fire devils” or “fire whirls”, they can uproot trees up to 49 ft. Fire tornadoes are usually 30-200ft and a few meters wide, and last only a few minutes. But some of the largest can be more than a half a mile tall, contain winds over 100mph, and persist for more than 20 minutes.



There are two things here to consider. First, it is an example of yet another "extremely rare" phenomenon occurring in conjunction with a natural event. Increasingly these days we see headlines that say "unprecedented" or "rare" such as the numerous impact collisions on Jupiter, or floods in a place that gets less than two inches of rain in a year. In Ladakh, Himalayas, "a place where even a few raindrops are extremely rare and houses are flat-roofed and built with clay, the storms has caused the worst natural disaster in the region's history." Keep your eyes open for headlines that contain those phrases, or even contain the words "perplexed," or "stumped." Jesus said the signs on His return would include increasingly devastating natural events (Mt 24:7-8) and would gain momentum in frequency and intensity. The fire tornado is just such an example of a birth pang sign.

Second, I'd recommend watching the video a second time, while thinking about the LORD'S presence on earth as a column of fire. (Exodus 13:21) Imagine how it as for the Israelites to follow such a wonderful, fearful, and awesome phenomenon! What did they think about as they followed Him, and the fire burned but did not consume the ground beneath it? Were they in continual awe? Or did they become jaded and accepting of this miracle? How wonderful that our God cares about us so much He would lead them into a place of safety and a land perfectly suited for them. Jesus will do it again, He will manifest Himself on earth, smite the rebels, and lead us into a place of safety and love that He, Himself, prepared for us.

As for the news these days, we do not need to be perplexed nor stumped. Paul assured us that if we are walking closely with the Lord, and watching for the signs, "But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief." (1 Thess 5:4)

Maranatha!

2 comments:

  1. First you article explains that the column of fire is entirely natural and has nothing to do with any mystic deity: "This is a rare event that occurs when a fire is whipped up by strong, dry air currents to form a vertical whirl." (See also the quoted Daily Tlelegraph article.)

    Then you speak of rain in Lhadak - rainfall in Ladhak may be low, but it not unknown http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/08/06/lehs-flash-floods-how-much-did-it-rain/

    “The cloud burst was highly localized, as the nearby meteorological observatory of Indian Air Force reported 12.8 mm of rainfall,” in the 24 hours from 5:30 a.m. on August 5, it said.

    That may seem low in comparison with the Met’s definition but it’s a lot for the region—the average for the whole month of august is 15.4 mm and the highest ever recorded in a 24-hour period is 51.3 mm, in August 1933.

    See how the rain in Leh, was only 25% if the 1933 figure? So was 1933 significant to the End of The World?

    Then you say, "There are two things here to consider. First, it is an example of yet another "extremely rare" phenomenon occurring in conjunction with a natural event." There is only one thing - a rare natural phemonenom - it is not "in conjunction" with anything.

    Now you say, "(Exodus 13:21) Imagine how it as for the Israelites to follow such a wonderful, fearful, and awesome phenomenon! What did they think about as they followed Him, and the fire burned but did not consume the ground beneath it?"

    There is absolutely nothing in the Bible to say that the fire did not burn anything - you are adding to The Word of God. You should not do this. He is mighty, we are nothing. He knows what He wants to say - you do not.

    Finally, the column of fire in Exodus, was there for a reason - it led the Israelites - the one in Brazil did nothing much.

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    1. 'A mystic deity'? Perhaps you are not a believer, then.

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