Extreme Wildfires Update

The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires. Scientists calculate that the unprecedented wildfires burned 37,500 square miles. For already endangered species, the conflagration may have spelled doom. 50 (5) times bigger than California’s largest recorded wildfire.

Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… 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).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several 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.

Revelation 6:7-8 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

(‘fourth part’ = 25% = *7.7 billion x .25 = 1.93 billion people) *estimated earth population as of March 2020.

The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires

Scientists calculate that the unprecedented wildfires burned 37,500 square miles. For already endangered species, the conflagration may have spelled doom. 50 (5) times bigger than California’s largest recorded wildfire.

WIRED. July 28, 2020

AUSTRALIA’S APOCALYPTIC BUSHFIRES earlier this year weren’t just unprecedented in their scale and ferocity—they weren’t even supposed to be possible yet. Over the past 20 years, the average percentage of Australia’s “temperate broadleaf and mixed” forests—lots of eucalyptus, basically—that burned each year was 1 percent. During the 2019-2020 fire season, that figure was 21 percent, the kind of catastrophe that models didn’t predict climate change could spawn until the next century.

Scientists could only watch in horror as walls of flame virtually obliterated whole ecosystems. Now, they’re beginning to take stock of which wildlife species—so many of them native only to Australia—the continent may have lost. Writing today in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, two dozen researchers drop some startling initial numbers about the toll.

Using government data from satellites and on-the-ground reporting, they calculate that between July 2019 and February 2020, the bushfires burned 97,000 square kilometers, or 37,500 square miles, across southern and eastern Australia. That’s an area bigger than Portugal, and a conflagration 50 times bigger than California’s largest recorded wildfire. Unfortunately, all that Australian terra is also habitat for 832 species of native vertebrate animals (those with backbones, as opposed to invertebrates like insects and spiders). Of these species, 70 had more than 30 percent of their habitat burned, and 21 of these were already listed by the Australian government as threatened with extinction.

These include iconic Australian species like koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies, and lesser-known species like the Kangaroo Island dunnart, a mouse-like marsupial that was already listed as endangered, then lost over 80 percent of its habitat to the bushfires. And these are just the vertebrates—untold numbers of invertebrates burned too. “It’s important to remember that many of the animals impacted by these fires were already declining in numbers because of habitat destruction, drought, disease, and invasive species,” says University of Queensland conservation ecologist Michelle Ward, lead author of the study. “These fires are just another nail in the coffin for many of our native species.”

The irony is that many species native to Australia are highly adapted to fire, or even dependent on it, as Australia is at its core a continent of flames. It’s perfectly natural, and indeed beneficial, for a bushfire to eat through a landscape now and then. It’s a reset button of sorts, clearing dead vegetation to allow the growth of new plants like the alpine ash eucalyptus, whose seeds only germinate on bare ground.

“But if fires reoccur too frequently, it does not allow trees to mature and produce the seed. Also, if fires are too intense, it can destroy the seeds on the ground,” says Ward. “While fire is common in large parts of the Australian landscape, the fire regime is changing. They are becoming hotter, more frequent, occurring earlier in the season, and covering larger areas with a consistent intensity. These changes seem to be occurring too fast for our native plants and animals to adapt and survive.”

These supercharged bushfires are burning so intensely and advancing so quickly that mammals and other quick-footed fauna can no longer escape. Small critters like the marsupial antechinus that take shelter underground and in logs to ride out milder, periodic bushfires are incinerated by these bigger blazes. Even birds aren’t safe, as they get disoriented by smoke and high winds, eventually succumbing to the flames; the study found that the pilotbird lost more than 30 percent of its habitat, warranting an assessment if it should now be listed as a threatened species, the authors say.

Then there’s the precarious aftermath of a fire. Historically, bushfires didn’t obliterate landscapes—usually they burned less intensely, leaving hardier vegetation like trees intact. After the fire passed, that surviving greenery provided shelter for the remaining animals. Without it, they’re easy pickings for predators, like raptors that actually seek out burn scars looking for prey.

After a hard reset of an Australian ecosystem, like we saw earlier this year, opportunistic invasive species like African lovegrass move in, often growing faster than the native plants and muscling them out. “Invasive predators are also of major concern,” says Ward. “Without the complex vegetation, hollows, and logs, many species are vulnerable to invasive predators such as domestic and feral cats, foxes, and domestic and wild dogs.” Often injured and dehydrated, the survivors don’t stand a chance against these carnivores.

Normally the surviving animal species might seek shelter in “refugia,” for instance a wetter neighboring forest that’s been spared the flames. But the Australian landscape has been so dry that the bushfires burned straight through Australian rainforests during the 2019-2020 fire season. The scale of the ecological destruction was staggering: Ward and her colleagues found that of those 832 species of native vertebrate animals affected by the bushfires, 196 of them had 10 to 30 percent of their Australian habitat scorched; 51 species lost 30 to 50 percent of their habitat; 16 species lost 50 to 80 percent; and three species had over 80 percent of their land incinerated. The gorgeous Kate’s leaf-tailed gecko had the entirety of its habitat burnt; for the long-footed potoroo, a small marsupial, it was 82 percent.

Welcome to what fire historian Stephen Pyne calls the Pyrocene—the age of flames—an era of humanity’s own making. Anthropogenic climate change is making wildfires more catastrophic by desiccating vegetation. And as cities push deeper and deeper into the wildlands, especially in California, that sets the stage for catastrophe. More humans closer to that natural land means more sources of ignition, particularly from the power lines snaking across the state.

All the while, the Western world is trying to recover from centuries of bad wildfire policy, in which wildland blazes are usually put out immediately before they get out of hand and threaten cities. It sounds counterintuitive that aggressively extinguishing fires would be harmful, but that’s led to a massive buildup of dry brush, particularly in the American west, the perfect fuel for a tragedy like the Camp Fire, which destroyed 19,000 structures in the Californian town of Paradise, killing 85. The solution is doing more controlled burns, but states don’t have nearly enough resources to conduct them on a large scale, especially with the arrival of the pandemic. And controlled burns are increasingly difficult to do without unintentionally setting an out-of-control blaze: In Australia, climate change has lengthened the bushfire season, leaving less time during the greener and wetter spring to safely set smaller vegetation-clearing fires.

Scientists are just beginning to understand the ecological consequences of this era of uber-fires. “It’s a pretty alarming sight,” says Pyne. He was not involved with the new study but says he agrees with the team’s call to action. “It doesn’t say what the actual losses are or will be—too much is unknown about fire impacts both generally and specifically, and about the fine-grained severity of the fires, and about what will actually happen,” he says. “Given the known collision of threats and threatened species, the authors argue compellingly for caution and special care in responding to the burned areas, and of course for more research.”

It’s important to remember that Australia’s species, and species the world over, are struggling with a deluge of compounding threats: droughts and wildfires exacerbated by climate change, habitat lost to development, pollution, and poaching. “We cannot forget that every species is unique and beautiful and connected to all other living things, especially us,” says Ward. “To lose one is devastating; to lose many is a tragedy. In the past 200 years, Australia has driven 100 species to extinction. We, the people and government, need to either change our ways, or be comfortable with our grandchildren never seeing koalas, except in a book or zoo.”

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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