Blog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). (Emphasis added). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.
Sat 20 Oct 2018 07.00 EDT. The Guardian.
‘We never used to have fires like this’: the human cost of California’s wildfires. Part 2
Photographer Gideon Mendel documents the residents of Shasta county as they return to their fire-ravaged homes. Interviews by Federica Armstrong.
Dawn and Patrick Fowler
Dawn: We came out here the next morning. They were lifting water out of the lake with helicopters. It honestly felt like a war zone – it was crazy. There’s a very popular mountain bike and hiking trail here called the West Side trail, and all the way to the top it’s just black ash now; there’s not one blade of grass. We know all of our neighbours who have lost their homes. Three of them work with my husband, who is a physician at the Mercy Medical Center.
We’ve been here for 21 years and we have wildfires every summer.
Patrick: I’m 100% sure climate change has played a part in this. I mean, obviously global warming didn’t start the fire but I’m sure it made it worse. Higher temperatures, lower humidity, more fuel, less water to fight it.
At 5.30am on Thursday 26 July we got the reverse-911 call notifying us of the evacuation, so we just grabbed some clean clothes, my computer and our strong box which has a few important papers – not all of them, but a lot. We thought the emergency services were being overly cautious – we’d be back in a couple of days. About 10.30pm, my son called me – he’s a sergeant with the sheriff’s office. He was standing here watching it burn.
We never used to have horrendous fires like this – or the flooding over on the east coast. I hope the beauty of our property comes back because it really was a beautiful setting. We spent summer upon summer clearing the land, digging a big pond. We had a zip wire and a taking-off tower and a landing tower.