If I were a betting man I would venture to guess that the magnitude of recent natural disasters and uncharacteristic weather patterns are probably the most popular means of getting people's attention that something strange is going on in the world these days.
He has always spoken to the world through signs of nature. One example that comes readily to mind is the birth of Jesus when God placed a special light in the heavens. Another is when Jesus was crucified and the earth experienced three hours of darkness and a major earthquake.
Do all natural catastrophes represent remedial judgments of God? No - most are just the products of the natural processes of our weather systems in a fallen world. How then can we determine when a natural calamity is a remedial judgment?
One important factor is the timing of the event as it relates to the sins of the nation. Another factor is the magnitude of the event. Remedial judgments are designed to have great shock value in order to capture people’s attention and force them to think with an eternal perspective.
A casual reading of any of the media’s news reports over the past several months should raise some eyebrows.
Mother Nature goes to extremes in the summer, spoiling the gift of good weather with hurricanes, heat waves, fires and floods. This year she started early. On May 2, Cyclone Nargis laid waste to large parts of Myanmar. According to the latest counts, the disaster left 2.4 million people destitute, more than 50,000 missing and at least 84,000 dead.
On May 12, China’s Sichuan Province suffered an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. China’s state media reported that more than 5 million people lost their homes; an estimated 80,000 people, many of them children, were killed.
Consider the U.S. in June: Iowa experienced a deluge of historic proportions, with large-scale crop destruction spiking the cost of food and raising fears of an inflationary spiral.
California, where the driest two months of spring on record turned grass and brush into kindling, endured more than 1,000 wildfires and braced for more to come.
On the East Coast in June, more than 30 people perished during the kind of heat wave that usually comes in July or August.
Earlier this month, Natural News reported that natural disasters are up more than 400% in the last 20 years! Natural disasters are increasing in frequency, ravaging the world, our country, and even our own homes.
These events follow a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more unpredictable, and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people.
That's the key to understanding all of this.
Bible Prophecy And Environmentalism by Todd Strandberg at Rapture Ready
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The Stage Is Set: Will We Ask For Destruction Or Plead For Mercy? by Jeffrey K. Radt published by Raiders News Network (RNN)
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