Saturday, September 3, 2011

Record shattering events continue to increase in economic damage and personal pain

The Weather Channel reports: "August 2011 set records in several locations for torrid heat, torrential rain and river flooding. You can thank, in part, an exceptional Plains drought and Hurricane Irene. Plotted on the clickable map below are locations that set notable records during the month. Sun icons denote heat records, rain icons denote rainfall records, wave icons denote flood records, and, oh yes, there was the strongest earthquake in the East since World War II also plotted."

The costs of Hurricane Irene, which made landfall his week and raked up the eastern seaboard, may become one of the top ten most expensive natural disasters in US history.

The Weather Channel continues, "August 2011 continued a torrid, record-breaking summer in the Southern Plains, rewriting the record books in many parts of Texas, Oklahoma, as well as parts of Louisiana, Kansas, and New Mexico. Looking at the month's temperature departures (i.e...how far above and below temperatures were compared to 30-year averages), your eye immediately is drawn to the "big red spot" in the Southern Plains. In fact, when grouping June-August together, called "meteorological summer" by us weather geeks, it was the hottest on record for many cities in Texas and Oklahoma." Remember the tornado outbreak that razed parts of the US Plains, including Joplin MO? That occurred in May, just three months ago, but it seems like it was in a different epoch because so much has happened between then and now.
There are more graphics at the Weather Channel web page, hit the above links for more information. I think any person can see that the weather is going kerflooey and that the only debate among the lost is the source of the record shattering events. As I wrote earlier this week, some think the cause of our constant record-shattering weather is global warming, others think it is the approach of 2012 and a fulfillment of Mayan prophecy, but others know that it is God warning us. For Christians, there is no debate. We are nearing the end.

The Tribulation will be a time of even greater earthquakes (Rev 6:12), even worse floods (Rev 16:20), even more terrifying things than the UFO sightings, mystery bubble and other unsolved events. These events will be so terrifying that people will heave instant heart attacks just by experiencing them (Luke 21:6). There will be pain so bad that people will gnaw their tongues (Rev 16:10) and scream they wish to die, but they cannot (Rev 9:10). So now is the time of warnings, while we can still bear the events and have sentient thought.

I write the same thing over and over here on this blog, "God is warning us, are you ready to deal with your sin?" and I guess that is what a drum beat is. Sounding the alarm is not something you do once, but you do over and over until people pay attention. The Wall Street Journal made mention of that fact in their Hurricane Irene article this week, saying, "Steady Drumbeat of Hurricane Warning Finally Lulls City That Never Sleeps"

I pray that the steady drumbeat of God's warnings will finally awaken many, to enjoy the peace that comes with reconciliation with Jesus as He forgives you of your sins when you confess. I don't write of the terrible judgments to come because I enjoy it, but to show you the unalterable fact that they are coming, they will happen. If you think they are awful things, just wait until you are experiencing them, not just reading about them on some blog, or even better, in the bible. The Book of Revelation is not poetry, it is not allegory, it is not  a parable, it is a history told in advance. It will happen, just as all the events in the past the bible describes happened. It will be the most awful time on earth that ever was or will be (Matthew 24:21). The horror of the 7 year Tribulation is soon to arrive but Jesus made a way to escape the wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9), and that is by confessing you are a sinner in need of Jesus to forgive your sins.

When you are an unforgiven sinner, a wall is between you and Jesus, and that all becomes permanent at death. Don't let that happen to you. I'll re-use Mr Reagan's famous line here: "Sinner, tear down that wall!!" Do so by clasping your hands and telling Jesus you know that you think, say, and do wrong things, and that you know these evil things are keeping you from a righteous relationship with Him. Ask Him to forgive you of these things, and He will. He will send the Holy Spirit to come into you to stand you up in righteousness and grow you in His likeness. As was tweeted this morning at the Truth Matters conference, "Unlike any other religion in the world, ours is a reconciling God. God is our Savior!"

4 comments:

  1. I'm not trying to be disagreeable, but the weather is probably just cyclic. I mean, why would God warn Texas with heat and not warn, say Iowa of anything?

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  2. This from a blog today:

    'If what’s falling from the sky isn’t enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires. Total weather losses top $35 billion, and that’s not counting Hurricane Irene, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths, most from the tornado outbreaks this spring. Last year, the world seemed to go wild with natural disasters in the deadliest year in a generation. But 2010 was bad globally, and the United States mostly was spared. This year, while there have been devastating events elsewhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia’s flooding and a drought in Africa, it’s our turn to get smacked. Repeatedly."

    When He warns, the warnings are for the whole world. If one believes that Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake at Honshu Japan are warnings, they were not just for the people at New Orleans and the Japanese people. The Lord is sovereign over all people, nations, tribes, and tongues, and His works are for all to be warned by or be encouraged by.

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  3. At first, I was on the fence about all this end-time brouhaha. I started to take notice during the earthquakes in Italy, Haiti, and Chile. Then came the news of flooding in Brazil and Australia and the volcano in Iceland. After that, the lunar eclipse in 2010, and the news of birds and fish dying. What really convinced me that things have changed was the Arab revolution that started in Tunisia.

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  4. How quickly people forget. What happened in eastern Iowa this spring? What happened all along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River, and along other tributaries to these two mighty rivers? Incredible flooding, which included the possibility of a nuclear problem when flood water surrounded a nuclear plant. Our human memory is very short, especially when we keep getting hit with one disaster right after another.

    I'm sorry - I still kind of laugh about the Colorado earthquake. People keep insisting that it was so very unusual, and yet I've lived in the area and know differently. Not only are there earthquakes in that particular area every year (I sent you several links with the facts), the area is also volcanic with dikes, cones, plugs, lava beds and so forth in both Colorado and New Mexico (the quake happened near the border of the two states). People are just so on edge that a slighty larger than usual quake shook up the whole country, along with the people who live where it actually happened.

    What frightens me more is what is happening in Japan and no one seems to pay much attention to it at all. Radiation continues to spew from the reactors that melted down and no one knows or is saying what is really going on in and under them now. And that IS affecting the whole western half of the US and will probably also have effects on the eastern half as well. Especially if the faults under Tokyo or any of the ones under other nuclear reactors slip any time soon.

    Come quicly, Lord Jesus!!

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