Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nemo, the Blizzard of 2013, found New England

The weather's "historic" records have been tumbling quite quickly these days. It isn't even months between catastrophic events any more, but weeks. Superstorm Sandy became the largest hurricane on record as it devastated New Jersey and New York in October 2012. In November 2012, a dangerous nor'easter hit NY and New England. Christmas Day 2012 will not be forgotten by those in the Midwest. That storm will go down as producing the most tornadoes ever recorded on Christmas Day in the United States since record keeping began, writes the meteorologists at EarthSky. In January 2013, the South received a rare and historic tornado outbreak. Now the blizzard of February 2013 for New England.
Nemo: mammoth blizzard turns fatal
"The Boston Fire Department says an 11-year-old boy has died of carbon monoxide poisoning after being overcome as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father was shovelling snow. This is the third reported death related to the record-breaking blizzard named Nemo striking the US northeast in which 700,000 homes and businesses have lost power. Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the boy was helping his father shovel the snow Saturday, but got cold, so his father started the car and the boy got inside. MacDonald said the car exhaust was covered by a snow bank, causing the fumes to collect inside the vehicle. When the boy was overcome by the fumes, the father went into respiratory arrest, and emergency workers took both to a hospital. The boy was pronounced dead there. No names were released. The mammoth storm that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast dumped more than 90cm (35.4in) of snow across the Northeast, the National Weather Service said. Blizzard and flood warnings were in effect for the coast."

"In Stratford, Connecticut, Mayor John Harkins said he had never seen such a heavy snowfall, with rates of 12.5cm an hour at times overnight, he told local WTNH television. "Even the plows are getting stuck," Harkins said. The storm concentrated its fury on Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with the top snowfall 95cm in Milford, Connecticut. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee banned all travel on roads in order to aid snow plow crews. He told CNN that National Guard troops were rescuing stranded motorists, especially at uncleared on-ramps. The mammoth storm dumped 73.2cm (28in) of snow on Portland, Maine, breaking a 1979 record, and the weather service said there is more on the way."
What of weather and the bible? On Blogos, I read about weather and how it is a living metaphor for how damaging our sin is. "All creation groans... When Adam and Eve ate that fruit and got kicked out of paradise, God cursed the Earth (Genesis 3:17). When the people grew so wicked that God had to wipe them out with a flood, He cursed it again. (How? One moment it was a planet where people didn’t eat meat and lived to over 900 years, and the next it was this place.)"

Further, "In much the same way that God allows evil people to commit evil acts, God allows the earth to reflect the consequences sin has had on creation. Romans 8:19-21 tells us, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” The fall of humanity into sin had effects on everything, including the world we inhabit. Everything in creation is subject to “frustration” and “decay.” Sin is the ultimate cause of natural disasters just as it is the cause of death, disease, and suffering." (source)

MSNBC reported a couple of months ago, after Superstorm Sandy, "The January-to-November period in the United States this year was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous states. And 2012 will likely surpass 1998 as the warmest year on record for the nation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...." But in seeking a reason as to why these storms are appearing so frequently and intensely, they also reported "nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of white evangelical Protestants say they think the storms are evidence of the "end times" as predicted by the Bible" which I am sure drove them crazy.

The earth is decaying under the weight of creation's sin. Romans 8:21 says "that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God." Since the Fall, the earth and its people have been on a downward trajectory of decay.

As anyone who plays Jenga knows, there is a tipping point and then suddenly the whole things comes crashing down. The crash-down is not chaos, because God is in control. At His designated moment, He will call His Bride home, recall His Spirit from His retraining ministry, and let it all go to the full measure of sin and His full cup of wrath. (Daniel 9:24, Genesis 15:16, Romans 2:5-8).

Right now we are living in a home of unrighteousness. Jesus in us is perfectly righteous, and that is why we are not of this world. This place is of unrighteous and of the darkness, while God has made us righteous by installing His Spirit in His children. However, 2 Peter 3:13 reminds us of His promise, "But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness."

Meanwhile, I hope that the shaking of the world by our Creator God reminds the lost to repent and the saved to revere His power. (Haggai 2:6; Hebrews 12:26)

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail," (Job 38:22)

"He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind;" (Psalm 78:26)


"I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest." (Psalm 55:8)

"The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns." (Ecclesiastes 1:6)


Now, for some fun. As the blizzard progressed, the obligatory snow-door shots appeared on Twitter. I noticed a trend.

@AbbyDiaz1 @JimCantore Little boy, big snow drift at our door


@4castrnh: @JimCantore, I think this is a more iconic image 4 #nemo!

South Portland, with Wgme Portland, Lori Gray-Chase and Monica Custeau

Maggie Koerth-Baker ‏@maggiekb1 This photo is older than #Nemo,
but think of it as a fun DIY project for those of you snowed in.

4 comments:

  1. God the Father, the giver of life and the Word, His own son. John 1:1. Is still on the throne. The biggest sign is that all these events are a sign of the Restrainer is being removed. Evil rushes in.
    What is in a name?
    Nemo
    Nemo is a Latin word meaning "no man" or "no one". "Nemo"
    Matthew 24:

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

    36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    Nemo

    Nemod

    Demon

    I think all these events are bringing more than snow and rain.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvj-xC6zkA
    Changes with the sun are causing the earth climate change, but "the world" has a replacement theory that is tied to "their" agenda.
    I have been watching a steady
    deterioration in people and their ability to cope with the "changes".

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jeff,
      "I have been watching a steady deterioration in people and their ability to cope with the "changes".
      This is so true, we are witnessing the metaphorical demonic “cannibalism” eating away of man´s abilities to reason, to find balance, to find solutions that even the best brains are completely baffled at the awesomeness of God´s when he unleashes the instruments of his judgments on the rebellious humanity.

      If they worship mother earth or New Age, Greek "Gaia", they should notice a disconnect in their thinking because in spite of all the efforts at meditating, good thoughts and energy convergence events, none of these has been able to bring back her motherly love and tenderness, just the opposite. That in itself should awaken them and help them turn away from their foolish incoherent teachings and practices.

      If I were in their place (I used to be for a number of years) I would start questioning her matriarchal authority, which by the way is the favorite mantra and bumper stickers of all rebels and anarchists this shows you how strong the end times delusion, i.e. blaming the problem of the mother on the terrible father in a typical cognitive dissonance classical example. Well, the Lord in heaven laughs at them and seems to be saying “this time my dogma ran over your karma” as witnessed in the photos posted by Elizabeth.

      They even chose a very appropriate name to sum up the perplexity of the last days the Bible talks about, NEMO, no one, nobody can know the source, the cause or the cure for the extreme climatic events we are witnessing these days, people are at a total loss for satisfying explanations.

      I just hope that some will come to the Lord through the faithful witness and prayers of Christians around the world. The Lord knows whose are his and he will save them.
      Grace and peace to you.
      Jean-Louis http://thelightseed.blogspot.com

      Delete
  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks for your faithful witness and praise the Lord who has given you the ability to relate current events to the appropriate Scriptures and to be able to condense so much information gleaned from so many sources info one easy to read article.

    I really like the way you blend art, photos and most importantly Scriptures to enhance the impact of your text and make it pleasant for the different tastes of your readership.
    I appreciate your making clear paragraphs as they appear just as you wrote them when I reblog your articles on my blog with the least amount of extra work. It really helps.

    God bless you and keep you.
    Keep warm and dry.
    Jean-Louis.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jean-Louis! Thank you so very much. Blessings to you in abundance :)

      Delete

Let's stop supersizing "our dreams"

Megan Miller assures us that "God desires to fill our hearts with big dreams." In my opinion I believe He desires to fill our h...