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Sinkholes:  Is the Earth swallowing up people and things at a more frequent rate than in the past?  I personally had not heard of so many sinkholes reported in past years, compared to what I am currently hearing, and because I think a lot about the End of the Age and the Return of Jesus Christ to Earth, I am wondering if the current rate in which the Earth is swallowing up people and things is a Sign that the End of the Age could be coming upon us.

photo courtesy: TheSinkHole.org

After all, the Bible tells us that great signs and wonders will be taking place, before the Day of the Lord:

Acts 2:19- ‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW,
BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.

20- ‘THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS
AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.

And so with the Acts Chapter 2 Scripture in mind, I report on the latest sinkholes that are swallowing up people and things around the world … and this post is showing the sinkholes that have appeared in the month of MARCH 2013 alone!

Illinois – March 12, 2013
WATERLOO • It sure wasn’t the hole-in-one Mark Mihal had in mind.

photo courtesy:
http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/03/13/sinkhole-swallows-golfer

While golfing with friends at the Annbriar Golf Course
near here Friday, Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur,
abruptly dropped into the ground on the fairway of the 14th hole. It was
the first time a person — and not a ball — has disappeared beneath the
turf in the course’s 20-year history.
It also was the first time in the memory of folks who study sinkholes in Illinois that a person has fallen into one. (Full Article HERE)

Florida – March 5, 2013
Seffner, Florida (CNN) — The ground just swallowed him up.
A Florida man fell into a sinkhole that opened suddenly Thursday night beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, calling out to his brother for help as he fell, the brother said Friday.
“I ran toward my brother’s bedroom because I heard my brother scream,” Jeremy Bush told CNN’s “AC360.”
“Everything was gone. My brother’s bed, my brother’s dresser, my brother’s TV. My brother was gone.” (Full Article HERE)

Louisiana – March 25, 2013
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -
According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury website, the
giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed 25 more trees
Monday night. (Full Article HERE)

photo courtesy:

http://metro.co.uk/2013/03/15/30ft-deep-and-20ft-wide-sinkhole-

swallows-truck-in-china-3544249/

 

China – March 15, 2013

A truck driver in China found himself in a precarious situation after
his vehicle was swallowed up by the ground in the latest sinkhole
incident.

A giant 30ft deep and 20ft wide hole opened up beneath the man who was passing through Kunming, Yunnan province at the time.
(Full Article HERE)

Newcastle, CA – March 18, 2013
When Mark Korb woke up Sunday morning, he noticed the man-made pond on his property
didn’t look the way it did when he went to bed.
“This looks like the moon,” said Korb, pointing at a sinkhole that caused a pond to drain onto his property.  (Full Article HERE)

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So, could the seeming increase in sinkholes be a Sign?  Could we actually be seeing the Acts Chapter 2 Scripture being fulfilled when we hear of another sinkhole opening up in the Earth?   And even if sinkholes aren’t a Sign that the End of the Age is upon us, they should make us pause and give thought as to where we will go when we die.  And so I ask:  are you preparing yourself to meet Jesus Christ when He returns or when you die?

The SinkHole.org has posted a
“Top Ten Sinkholes” article which can be found HERE.    

Other Signs that the End of this Age may be upon us
can be found HERE 

 

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The UK’s Daily Mail has written:
“A swarm of an estimated 30million insects has been devastating crops in Egypt, fuelling [sic] apocalyptic fears because of the infestation’s proximity to the Bible story of Passover in which a swarm of locusts, the eighth of ten plagues, is imposed on Egyptians by God for enslaving and abusing ancient Hebrews.”

Article and photo from the Daily Mail, UK HERE

One commenter summed the event up, for me, when writing:

[I'm] Not religious, but the world is beginning to look like the bible … 

Indeed, the world is beginning to look like the Bible … “beginning” being a key word, for things will get much worse:

Passover plague: The bugs have fueled apocalyptic fears because of the
infestation’s proximity to the Bible story of Passover in which a swarm
of locusts, the eighth of ten plagues, is imposed on Egyptians by God
for enslaving and abusing ancient Hebrews
photo courtesy Jewish Press HERE

Revelation 9–

 
3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. …

20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Dear Reader, won’t you repent of your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ today so that you may escape the coming Wrath of God?

Acts 3 –

19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
20 and that He may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.

We do not know how much longer it will be before we see the Lord Jesus Christ returning to rule the Earth, so it would be wisest to turn from sin and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ now, to avoid the Wrath that is coming and receive the above promised “times of refreshing” now, rather than waiting.

Mark 13 –

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
30 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Indeed, it would be wise for everyone to make sure we are ready for Christ’s Return!

Further Recommended Reading:  Once Saved Always Saved? — 2 Peter 2

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How can we know when the THE END of this Age is actually upon us?
 
What will be the signs of THE END of this Age?

This question has been asked for generations and many in each generation, seeing what trouble and/or terrible injustices are taking place around them during their lives, have wondered if they were witnessing The End of The Age.

But Jesus made it clear what the Signs would be, the progression of the Signs, and even foretold that the Generation who witnesses all the Signs taking place would be THE Generation to witness The End.  All we have to do is look to the Bible to read what the Signs will be.

But many say to me, “Such signs have always been happening, throughout the many generations, so you can’t be sure THIS is The End of the Age“.

Yes, this is true, but have the Signs currently started happening in greater extremes?  Did the Signs ever in the past, start happening closer together, in closer time periods, and were any of the Signs that Jesus spoke of all happening at the exact same time?

Jesus said the Signs of The End would come as BIRTH PAINS (Matthew 24:8) and birth pains, as we know, start to come QUICKER together and they become more EXTREME or intense in their volume / pain.  Birth pains are very large, very painful, and come together most rapidly right before the “Child is revealed“.

And so today I post a video below.  This one video is a quick snapshot of the world’s natural disasters, or strange occurrences, which have occurred in the month of DECEMBER 2012 ONLY.   It shows how large and extreme the natural disasters are becoming upon the face of the Earth and how such large disasters are becoming more frequent.

Again, Jesus warned that natural disasters, and wars and revolutions, were the BEGINNING of the Birth Pains of the End of the Age.  And so we should heed His other warnings recorded in Matthew 24:

32“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.33Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Jesus is warning the World about all the events which WILL be happening right before His Return.   Read Matthew 24.  Study the other Passages which also tell of the Signs that will be taking place just before Christ’s Return.  Matthew 24:9 tells that PERSECUTION comes right after the initial Birth Pains take place … and the initial Birth Pains is seemingly what we are currently seeing take place all over the Earth.  So please, make sure your life is right with the Lord Jesus Christ and that you are not asleep, lukewarm, or backslidden.

Matthew 24 –

42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants (1 John 3:15) and to eat and drink with drunkards50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So many refuse to believe that a Christian can wind up in Hell.  But really, what does Matthew 24:48-51 tell us?  It tells us that a lifestyle of living for self, hating and hurting the brethren, and eating and playing with drunkards will wind us up in Hell with the other hypocrites…”where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth“.

So please my dear brothers and sisters, whether you believe you can loose your salvation or not, will you at least see that the Signs of The End of This Age are upon us … they are here with great intensity and in greater frequency … and make sure you are living in a way that is pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ?  So what if I am wrong and The End of This Age is still many hundreds of years away … YOUR END is more near today than it was yesterday.  So won’t you please make sure you are ready to meet the Lord?

1 John 3 –

But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

2 Peter 3 –

10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.a11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

May God bless all who read this post with the wisdom to prepare themselves for the Return of the Lord and for the Judgment Seat of Christ.   Amen.
 
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It was in May 2012 that I last wrote about Natural Disasters affecting the world (see HERE) and perhaps being a sign that Christ could soon return, so lets take a look at what has been happening around the world since last May.

It is in Matthew 24 that we see the disciples asking Jesus:

 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

To which Jesus replied:

 4 Jesus answered: Watch out that no one deceives you.
5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many.

Christ’s first statement is, “Watch out that no one deceives you”.   Interesting.  Is deception on the rise in the church?  …  for Jesus said many would come in HIS name and deceive many.  If you take a look through my category titled “Charismatic Doctrines: Are They Biblical?” you can see just a couple topics that are currently being preached in Charismatic circles which have no Scriptures as backing.  And this is just one denomination of Christianity.

There are also Christian Leaders who preach that homosexuals can look forward to heaven such as “Alan Chambers President of Exodus International” (see HERE)

And have you heard that Wycliffe seems to be sanitizing the Bible from the Word “Son” when describing  Jesus Christ?  Wycliffe (and other translators perhaps?) are also changing the name of the Father to Allah as well in Muslim countries … or countries where there are a large number of Muslims … to appease Muslim populations, as seen in this translation of Matthew 28:19 — ‘Cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy
Spirit.
’  Do you think it is okay to change the Names of the God of the Bible in order to appease Muslims?  Do you think the Apostles would have done such?

So, deception … the first sign that Christ said would show that He is Soon To Return … is already here.  And increasing I believe, in the name of “love”, “tolerance”, and “acceptance”.

Next Matthew 24 states:

6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

It is said that the Greek word for NATION is ETHNOS, so that the above verse could read “ethnos will rise against ethnos“, or in other words, ethnicity against ethnicity.

Such is taking place all over the world:

…local groups documented 3,500 civilian dead as of November 15 (2011) in the Syria uprising (see HERE)

July 1, 2012 Reuters reports: “Iran announced missile tests on Sunday and threatened to wipe Israel “off the face of
the earth” if the Jewish state attacked it”
… 
(HERE)


On August 13th, the UK’s Telegraph reports: “A surge of violence in Egypt’s Sinai desert this week is heightening Israeli
concerns about what officials and analysts describe as the growing presence
of al-Qaeda-linked jihadis along the Jewish state’s borders.”
(HERE)

And Christians are still being persecuted in Nigeria as reported HERE:  “Hundreds of Christians have begun fleeing northern Nigeria after dozens were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants who issued an ultimatum to Christians to leave the mainly Muslim region or be killed”

A quick google search on the latest uprisings in Nations all over the world will show in detail how hatred and mass killings currently cover the Globe.

Matthew 24 goes on to read:

 There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

 

22 Feb 2012:  “In July 2011 the UN formally declared famine in two regions of Somalia.” (see HERE)

There is a USAID page which shows the following chart:

Estimated food security conditions, 2nd Quarter 2012 (April-June 2012)

IPC Acute Food Insecurity Reference Table for Household Groups:
Read Descriptions
Geographic data are partly derived from the UN/FAO GAUL system.

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West Africa

Burkina Faso: Perspective de Juillet à DecembreChad: Conditions s?améliorent dans le nord Guera Liberia: Lean season progresses normally, and average harvests expected in August/September. Food secu…

Mali: Perspective de Juillet a Decembre

Mauritania: Perspective de Juillet à Décembre 2012

Niger: Perspective de Juillet à Décembre 2012

Nigeria: Food security outlook through December 2012

Senegal: Poor households will likely meet minimum food needs with minor livelihood protection gaps unt…

Sierra Leone: Normal lean season currently underway or closing with normal food security conditions ex…

Central America

El Salvador: Vulnerable households affected by 12E in Pacific coastal areas are receiving assistance a…Guatemala: Disminución en los rendimientos en el orienteHonduras: Food reserves are depleted in livelihood zone 5. During the next three months, below normal …

Nicaragua: Below normal rainfall is expected over the next three months in the west and pacific coast …

 

Central Asia & Middle East

Afghanistan: Wheat harvest is likely well above average.Tajikistan: Remittances set another monthly record level in June 2012 as wheat flour prices are declin…Yemen: Seasonal rainfall is below average in coastal governates.

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And on July 23, 2012 the UK’s Guardian reported:  “US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn” (see HERE)

It is also devastating to read that: Children are being abandoned on Greece’s streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more.” (seen HERE) which seems to tie in to another Sign that Christ predicted would happen just before His Return, when he stated:

 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold … 

At least we are not yet seeing what has been predicted in Lamentations 4:

10 With their own hands compassionate women
have cooked their own children,
who became their food
when my people were destroyed.
11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger.
As we scroll down in Matthew 24 we read:
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it (the day of the Christ’s Return) is near, right at the door.
34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
We very likely could be that generation which is witnessing the beginning of the End.

Natural disasters seem to be occurring at more frequent rates (see report HERE), the love of people seems to be decreasing even if just because people don’t seem to have enough time to even think of people other than themselves in 1st world countries, and persecution can be found in many countries around the world in varying degrees.

One final, terrifying Sign will be:
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel…
I still believe that the Church will not be around to see this anti-christ deceiver sitting in the temple in Jerusalem proclaiming himself to be ‘god’, according to 2 Thessalonians 2, which reads:
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.
7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now
holds
it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
I believe the “he” found in verse 7 (“til he is taken out of the way”) is the Body of Christ since the Body of Christ will appear WITH Jesus at the end of this age to overthrow this anti-christ deceiver.  Therefore, the Body of Christ must already be in Heaven and have enjoyed the Marriage Supper of the Lamb if the Body is to return with Christ at Christ’s return!

I also see in other Scriptures that the Body of Christ must be taken “out of the way” in order for the Wrath of God to be allowed to be loosed on the Earth, for Christians have been saved from wrath:


9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 5:9
and
10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. – or “out of the hour of trial” according to the Darby Translation – Revelation 3:10
… but I am reading the post- and mid-trib writings Readers, so feel free to keep posting Scriptures.

With all of the different Signs happening around the World, I ask:

Will YOU be ready for Christ’s Return?

Please do yourself the greatest favor and think about where you will spend eternity?  Search the Scriptures and see that you must walk in holiness in order to be with the Lord, for I truly desire that you will be in Heaven for all eternity!

Hebrews 12: 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them
for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and
live!
10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God
disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however,
it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been
trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God…

God bless all who are looking for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!


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According to the EM-DAT, the total natural disasters reported each year has been steadily increasing in recent decades, from 78 in 1970 to 348 in 2004.

Regarding 2011 Natural Disasters alone, it is reported:

Swiss Re (SREN) Ltd., the world’s second- biggest reinsurer, said natural catastrophes cost the insurance industry $110 billion last year after record flooding and earthquake losses. 

And if one were a student of Bible Prophecy one would state:
This has all been predicted by Jesus Christ as what would take place before His 2nd Return.”

It was overwhelming to me to find, read, and paste the following SAMPLINGS of what is going on around the world, in 2012 alone.  And it is only May!

So lets compare what Christ said would be taking place just before His 2nd Return with the News which is reporting the current Natural Disasters that have taken place in 2012, and lets see if indeed there may be some signs which indicate that Jesus Christ’s 2nd Return may be closer than some think.
(see my Summer 2011 Natural Disaster List HERE
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Earthquakes?
7There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
8All these are the beginning of birth pains.      
Matthew 24     


The below is just a sampling of some of the Major Earthquakes which have taken place in just 2012 from the USGS site (seen HERE):

~ TEHRAN (FNA)- A 5.5-magnitude earthquake, which shook large parts of Iran’s Western provinces of Ilam and Kermanshah on Thursday, has ruined 50 villages… (May 12, 2012.  Original Article found HERE

~ (Reuters) – The powerful undersea earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra this weeks was a once in 2,000 years event, and although it resulted in only a few deaths, it increases the risks of a killer quake in the region, a leading seismologist said (April 12, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Tyva republic in Russia’s East Siberia on Sunday will trigger a new series of earthquakes in the region, a Russian scientist said. (February 26, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~An unusual seismic swarm is occurring near the summit of Kīlauea volcano, Hawai`i, and continues to increase as of today. (February 25, 2012.  Original Article HERE)  


Rescuers search for survivors on top of rubble at the 


CTV site. Photo / Geoff Sloan



~ Five thousand earthquakes after the devastating February 22 tremor, Canterbury’s aftershock sequence has a recognisable personality (Feb 20, 2012. Original Article HERE)

~ (Philippines) The death toll from a magnitude-6.9 quake that rattled Negros last Feb. 6 went up to 51 Saturday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. (Original Article HERE)
More than 100 people were injured when a strong earthquake shook coastal Peru early Monday, civil defense officials said (January 30, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Volcanos also bring earthquakes, so lets look at the volcanoes around the world as well:

~ Mexico Volcano – THE GIST
  • Popocatepetl is rumbling continuously, spewing gas and glowing rocks.
  • The volcano, located 34 miles from Mexico City, has a long history of activity.
  • Concerns are growing for further eruptions that could dump huge quantities of ash over one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.
(April 21, 2012.  Original Article found HERE)

~ As our colleague Marc from vulkane.net reports, the volcano Batu Tara in the Sunda Sea off the island of Flores in Indonesia had a larger than usual ash eruption today, which triggered an alert of the VAAC Darwin, who raised the aviation color code to “orange”, as the drifting ash cloud is be a hazard to local air traffic.  (March 26, 2012.  Original Article HERE

NOTE: There are MANY eruptions and rumblings from volcanos around the world, as a quick google search will show.





Famines?
“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”… Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There  will be famines and earthquakes in various places.


Famines are occurring, and I suspect may grow in number, due to the current climate changes we are experiencing throughout the world.  The below News Reports will show how the climate has been extreme in 2012 (as well as in 2011) and is therefore expected to disturb food production this year.

~ Recent statistics show that a total of 1.2 million Ghanaians are with limited access to sufficient and nutritious food throughout the year, whiles another 2 million are at risk or becoming food insecure during the lean season or at the onset of a natural or man-made disaster. (May 12, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


Southeast Asia has experienced dramatic meteorological swings, as last year’s record flooding was preceded by a record drought in 2010. These and many other extreme weather events around the world have hammered global food prices, stretching their impact beyond immediate personal and ecological tragedies.  (April 21, 2012.  Original Article HERE)



~ The drought now plaguing Florida has been growing since July 2010, said Karels, whose agency keeps tabs on the state’s wildfire potential. Some parts of the state have fallen so far below their normal average rainfall that the deficit has hit 30 inches, he said. …

this has been the 11th driest winter since records started being kept in 1915. (April 29, 2012.  Original Article found HERE)

Two unusually dry years have left large parts of England suffering from drought or dry conditions (April 11, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


DUJIADUN, China — Liu Changxiong has been farming in this southwestern Chinese village for more than a decade, but his years of experience aren’t of much use these days.  
Last year, his corn seedlings withered at a time Liu expected would be rich in rain. It took twice as many days for his green onions to grow than Liu’s estimates. But the 43-year-old farmer isn’t the one to be blamed. Instead, experts say, his farming routine is being messed up by climate change.
Similar phenomena are happening across the nation. In north China, where wheat fields have dominated the landscape for centuries, the crop is becoming increasingly difficult to grow as the land gets drier and warmer. In southern China, droughts in recent years have replaced rainy seasons, drying up rice paddies on a large scale. … (April 2, 2012. Original Article HERE)

Argentine yields of soy were affected by drought and labor disputes in that country are making farmers and grain traders jittery. Drought caused widespread economic dislocation in Paraguay, which was also hit by cattle disease. (March 20, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ (Argentine) Dry, hot weather that blighted the Pampas during the dog days of the Southern Hemisphere summer chopped corn yields by 40 percent in the Bragado district of key agricultural province Buenos Aires, the Agriculture Ministry said in a report. (March 16, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Terrors From Heaven?
do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately Then He continued by saying to them, ” … and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”     

~ TINSUKIA, (India) April 24 – A severe cyclone accompanied by heavy hailstorm that reaped through the Tinsukia district in the late afternoon yesterday claimed three lives, besides causing heavy damage to property.  …
The storm destroyed hundreds of houses, demolished a hospital and a church, besides uprooting trees and disrupting power supply in the two districts. (April 24, 2012.  Original Article HERE

~ The country has seen widespread flooding in recent years, with some 3.6 million people, about 8% of the population, affected.  
With most of Colombia’s 32 regions suffering from flooding, there is plenty to do.  2012 seems set to continue this pattern.  (April 26, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ New York City broke a 43-year-old daily rainfall record after Central Park tallied 2.45 inches of liquid precipitation (beating 1.8 inches on the same date in 1969). By the time the drops stopped completely on Monday, more than three inches had fallen across a vast swath of coastal New Jersey, much of Long Island and southern Connecticut. West Haven, Conn. picked up the biggest total, at just over four inches. (You can explore a comprehensive summary of snow, wind and rain reports via this interactive weather service map.)  (April 23, 2012.  Original Article HERE

~ A PAKISTAN commander says there is no sign of life from the more than 100 people buried when a massive avalanche hit a military complex close to the Indian border more than a week ago. (April 15, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

NSW’S (Australia) summer flood crisis was the most significant for a generation and affected an area the size of Spain, State Emergency Service (SES) Commissioner Murray Kear said. (March 30, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ State of the Climate GLOBAL ANALYSIS -for March 2012- found HERE

Natural calamities are taking a toll on provinces in western China. In the north, people suffer from severe snowstorms, while southwestern areas are coping with prolonged drought. (February 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ (Italy) Severe snow and cold in Rome have taken a toll on one of its architectural wonders, the Colosseum. …  called the cold wave exceptional. “Maybe every 30 years it gets this cold, but it’s very rare.” (February 17, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


~ (Australia) MORE than 8000 people remain isolated two weeks after a deluge struck communities in northern NSW. (February 16, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Fiji Flood photo

~ (Fiji) At least six people have died from the floods and a state of disaster is still in place for Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Sigatoka and Rakiraki. (January 31, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


An unprecedented wave of severe weather that hammered national parks and historic sites left Ottawa with a $14.8 million repair bill in 2011.  (Original Article HERE)


At least 30 people have died in Ukraine and 10 in Poland after heavy snow fall and a drop in temperatures across much of central and eastern Europe. (January 31, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


At least 26 people died and other 125,000 were affected when tropical storm “Dando” and cyclone “Funso” hit the southern, central and northern regions of Mozambique in the last few days. (January 29, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


~ (Sri Lanka) The unusual drop in temperature in Nuwara Eliya has had widespread repercussions, with people finding it difficult to cope with the extreme weather, damage to crops and drop in water levels. (January 22, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Plagues?
… do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.  Then He continued by saying to them, ” … and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”     

~ Vietnam says it will ask for international help to find out what is causing a skin infection that has already killed 19 people.  (April 21, 2012.  Original Article HERE


~ Plague of Spiders in Australia, caused by the floods  (Original Article HERE)


Physicians in India have identified a form of incurable tuberculosis there, raising further concerns over increasing drug resistance to the disease1. Although reports call this latest form a “new entity”, researchers suggest that it is instead another development in a long-standing problem. 
The discovery makes India the third country in which a completely drug-resistant form of the disease has emerged, following cases documented in Italy in 20072 and Iran in 20093. … (January 13, 2012. Original Article HERE)


As bacteria evolve to evade antibiotics, common infections could become deadly, according to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization.
Speaking at a conference in Copenhagen, Chan said antibiotic resistance could bring about “the end of modern medicine as we know it.” …

Chan said hospitals have become “hotbeds for highly-resistant pathogens” like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, “increasing the risk that hospitalization kills instead of cures.” …  
Antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella, E. coli, and gonorrhea have also been discovered. … 
The dearth of effective antibiotics could also make surgical procedures and certain cancer treatments risky or even impossible, Chan said.  … 
“At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential antimicrobials, essential cures for many millions of people, to become the next global crisis,” said Chan.  (Original – and sobering – Article HERE)

Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, 
and the land vomited out its inhabitants.


WHY IS THE EARTH
experiencing such extreme weather conditions?

20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21thati the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23Not
only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the
redemption of our bodies. – Romans 8, NIV

If you read the Scripture verses preceding each category of News Reports, you could have noted the exhortation by Christ Himself, Who repeated, “Don’t be terrified” and “The end does not follow immediately“.  In other words the End of this Age is still not here and we still have more time to go through as things continue to get worse (as outlined in the Book of Revelation, when things are unbearable for those who go through the Great Tribulation because they would not repent and follow God before the Tribulation Period).

So prepare yourself now before things gets worse!

How?  By giving your life totally over to Jesus Christ, allowing Him to be your Lord and Master as well as Savior.  Don’t play games with God, saying “I believe” but not following His commands.  Prepare yourself now …  while there is still time to get prepared.

Luke 21:

25“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32“I tell you the truth, this generationb will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

And 2 Peter 3:

11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.b That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

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Just in the Summer of 2011 alone, the World is experiencing turmoil that is breaking World Records.

From the “State of the Climate Global Hazards, August 2011” (NOAA) we see the following:

Photo of a wildfire

Drought and Wildfires – At the end of July, the U.S. state of Texas had experienced its driest August–July (12-month) period on record, with no relief in sight. As of August 30th, just about the entire state was experiencing some level of drought and 81.1 percent fell into the exceptional category, the highest drought category as determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor. …

Please visit NCDC’s Drought and Wildfire pages for more detailed information.
Extreme Temperatures – Arkansas saw temperatures soar to 115°F (46.1°C) on August 3rd, setting a new all-time high record, surpassing the previous mark of 113°F (45.0°C) set on August 10th, 1936 … Twenty deaths were attributed to the extreme heat in Oklahoma. In north Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth had 40 consecutive days (July 2nd–August 10th) of maximum temperatures reaching 100°F (37.8°C) or greater, second only to the 42-day streak in 1980 … Texas had even more 100°F days by the end of August, 95 to-date in 2011, shattering its record of 79 days, also set in 1980. Please visit NCDC’s National Overview page for more detailed U.S. temperature statistics.

… A heatwave across parts of Europe near the end of August brought temperatures of 95°F (35°C) to northern Italy. … Switzerland, Germany, France, and Spain were also impacted, along with the Balkan countries of Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and Croatia, where heat warnings were issued on August 25th advising residents to stay indoors and drink plenty of water. …  In Greece, 6,200 acres (2,500 hectares) of forest and cropland were destroyed, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. Numerous other wildfires were also reported across several countries. The heat wave was due to strong high pressure over Central Europe and subtropical air
from northern Africa.

Pakistan flood – 2011

Flooding – Heavy rain fell over portions of the northeastern United States on August 14th, bringing record precipitation and flooding to some areas … Heavy monsoon rains in northwestern Pakistan triggered flash floods that killed at least 42 people and left at least 20 more missing on August 24th … Heavy rains during August 26th–29th in the southwestern Nigerian city of Ibadan led to flooding that killed at least 25 people and displaced 3,000. August is in the middle of Nigeria’s rainy season, which lasts from April to September. However, according to a media report, rainfall is higher than normal this year and this flood was the worst in the past 12 years. … According to NOAA’s U.S. Records, 26 monitoring stations, including 11 in Vermont, broke their all-time daily maximum precipitation records between the 27th and 29th (August).  In New York, the Passaic River, as measured by the National Weather Service at the Pine Brook gauge, rose above major flood stage on August 28th and reached a new record height of 24.12 ft (7.35 m) on the 30th(August) …

Severe Storms – … In Canada, an EF-3 tornado struck the town of Goderich, Ontario on August 21st. According to preliminary estimates, the twister had sustained wind speeds of 174 mph (280 km/hr) and the path of destruction was roughly one-third of a mile (0.5 km) wide. One person was killed and 37 others were injured as the tornado tore through the center of the town. The tornado was the most powerful recorded in Ontario in more than a decade.
According to Environment Canada, fewer than five percent of tornadoes in Canada are rated EF-3 or higher. …

Tropical Cyclones – After impacting the Philippines at the end of July, Tropical Cyclone Muifa continued its northwest track into the East China Sea and Yellow Sea in early August. … The storm worked its way northward, making landfall in western North Korea near the Chinese border. At least 10 people were killed in North Korea
and more than 100 homes were destroyed.  … more than three million Chinese were affected and direct economic losses were estimated to be over $469.5 million U.S. dollars across five coastal provinces, according to Xinhua news media. …

Hurricane Irene—the ninth named storm and first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season—formed on August 20th
east of the Lesser Antilles. The storm moved west-northwestward across Puerto Rico, knocking out power to about one million people. … The storm lost strength as it moved over the state’s Outer Banks and was downgraded to tropical storm status as it churned up the eastern seaboard into Canada over the next two days, impacting U.S. states up through New England and parts of eastern Canada. At least 42 people were killed across 12 states and one person was killed in Canada. An estimated five million U.S. residents and 250,000 Canadian residents lost power as the
storm roared through the region. …

Typhoon Nanmadol

26 August 2011

Super Typhoon Nanmadol (also referred to as Mina) formed on August 23rd in the northwest Pacific and reached its maximum strength of 155 mph (250 km/hr), just below Category 5 status on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm decreased in strength to 109 mph (176 km/hr) before making its first landfall over Gaonzaga, Cagayan in the northern Philippines. More than 300,000 people were affected by the storm and agricultural damages were estimated to be close to $29 million U.S. dollars. At least 29 people were killed and 12 were missing.   … Please visit NCDC’s Hurricanes & Tropical Storms page for more detailed tropical cyclone statistics.

Severe Winter Weather - An Antarctic polar blast brought frigid temperatures and rare snowfall on August 14th–16th to parts of New Zealand that are not accustomed to this extreme type of weather. On the North Island, the country’s largest city of Auckland saw its first snowfall since 1939 and recorded its all-time lowest maximum temperature of 47.8°F (8.2°C) on August 15th, breaking the previous record of 47.7°F (8.7°C) set in July 1996.

Connie Hedegaard Member of the European Commission Climate Action, put together the below CHART showing this summers extreme weather throughout the World:

SUMMER EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Month Event Source
August Hottest August ever in San Antonio, Texas, US; US National Weather Service
August Wettest August ever in the Philadelphia region, US US National Weather Service
August Record-high temperatures in South Eastern Europe, 48C in Sarajevo National authorities, media reports
August Wettest summer in Denmark since 1980 and second wettest on record since 1874 Danish Meteorological Institute
August Extreme rains in Belgium National authorities, media reports
August Heaviest-ever rainfall for the month of August in Tokyo, Japan Japan Weather Agency
August Heat wave in Southern Europe with record braking temperatures, extreme dryness National authorities, media reports
August Record-breaking heat wave in South Western Asia – Kuwait 53.5C; Iraq 51C; Rajasthan, India 49.6C National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, US Department of Commerce
July/August Worst drought in more that 50 years in central regions of China China daily, national authorities
July/August Throughout the summer of 2011,
the worst drought in six decades (and resulting famine) in the Horn of
Africa affecting more than 12 million people in the region
BBC, WMO
July/August Wettest summer in the Netherlands since 1906 Radio Nederland
July Oklahoma and Texas set all-time heat records in July and drought amid the worst dry spell in the states for several decades National Climatic Data Centre

 WHY IS THE EARTH
experiencing such extreme weather conditions?

20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21thati the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not
only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the
redemption of our bodies. – Romans 8, NIV

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The Earthquakes just keep coming …

See below for significant January 2011 Earthquakes throughout the World.

Leviticus 18:25
Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.

 

Pakistan Earthquake – January 18, 2011 – A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has been reported in southwestern Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Service.
The quake struck 6.2 miles underground and took place 25 miles west of Dalbandin, Pakistan. (read original article HERE)

SANTIAGO, Chile – January 2, 2011 — A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday, prompting tens of thousands to flee the coast for higher ground amid fears it could generate a tsunami like the one that ravaged the area last year. (read original article HERE)

From the USGS:

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