Extreme Wildfires Update

In the past 10 days, ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains’, Fearful Wildfires in ‘Diverse Places’; California ablaze: Striking satellite imagery shows how the fires are unfolding

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.

In the past 10 days, ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains’, Fearful Wildfires in ‘Diverse Places’; California ablaze: Striking satellite imagery shows how the fires are unfolding

Here are above-Earth views of the devastation in California caused by historic wildfires.

Karl Gelles, and Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAYUpdated 9:07 a.m. EDT Sep. 9, 2020

Historic wildfires are raging across California as a result of extreme weather conditions, forcing tens of thousands of citizens to flee their homes and businesses. Eight lives have been lost and more than 3,300 structures have been destroyed as of Tuesday. More than 7,500 wildfires have burned 2.2 million acres in California in recent weeks. This is a record number of acres burned and this year’s fire season has another four months to go.

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25 major wildfires located up and down the state are being battled by nearly 14,000 firefighters. The Oak Fire broke out in Mendocino County on September 7 and grew quickly.

Recent strong winds and low humidity will fan existing fires and can cause new fires to spread quickly.

How unhealthy is the air?

Much of the Central Valley remains under an air quality alert from the National Weather Service. The concentration of “the tiny particles (PM2.5) in the Bay Area is roughly five times the daily average limit set by the EPA,” said Coty Jen, assistant professor at the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

“Even healthy people are reporting headaches, bloody noses, etc., during this current smoke event,” Jen said.

Air quality index for California and surrounding areas:

The LNU Lightning Complex to the north of San Francisco in California’s wine country has been the deadliest and most destructive of the three as of Tuesday. It has burned more than 375,000 acres and was 91% contained.

The SCU Lightning Complex to the southeast of the city has burned more than 396,000 acres and was 94% contained. 

The CZU Lightning Complex, south in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, has burned more than 86,000 acres and was 81% contained. Although it tore through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the ancient old-growth trees continued to stand tall.

How many wildfires are burning across California?

Fires have burned a land area roughly the size of Delaware.

How did the wildfires start?

Across California, more than 13,000 lightning strikes have been recorded since Aug. 15, igniting hundreds of blazes.

Graphic: This is how a lightning storm can ignite a wildfire.

Much of the fuel for the fire is built up during spring rainstorms. The vegetation then becomes dry and crunchy as hot and dry conditions persist over the summer months.

Dry lightning storms are to blame for the recent string of fires. Humid air among the clouds feeds thunderstorms, while dry air below causes the rain to evaporate before reaching the ground. Couple with gusty winds, the conditions can cause fires to spark and grow rapidly.

A look at the fires and smoke from above:

LNU Lightning Complex (As of 7 a.m. Sept. 8)

375,000 acres burned

91% containment

Fatalities: 5

Structures destroyed: 1,491

Structures damaged: 232

Total personnel: 1,315 with 29 crews

This combination of satellite images shows the LNU Lightning Complex Wildfire burning to the west of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California on Aug. 20, 2020, (top) and the same area seen by high-resolution shortwave infrared (SWIR) satellite showing burned vegetation appearing in a rust/orange color while healthy vegetation appears in shades of blue and active fires glow orange/yellow.

SCU Lightning Complex

(As of 7 a.m. Sept. 7)

396,000 acres burned

94% containment

Structures destroyed: 224

Structures damaged: 26

Total personnel: 604 with 9 crews

CZU August Fire

(As of 7 a.m. Sept. 8)

86,000 acres burned

81% containment

Structures destroyed: 1,490

Structures damaged: 140

Total personnel: 1,315 with 32 crews

The fire complex consists of fires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. The fire started on the evening of Aug. 17.

High-resolution shortwave infrared satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows burned vegetation appearing in a rust/orange color while healthy vegetation appears in shades of blue. Active fires glow orange/yellow:

What’s being done to battle the blazes

“We’re deploying every resource we have at our disposal,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said earlier this week.

The massive fires have pushed firefighters to the breaking point as they also deal with complications from the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of inmate crews. 

After battling blazes in the south, some firefighters were brought north to take on more flames.

Tim Edwards, president of the union representing state firefighters, said 96% of Cal Fire’s resources are committed to fighting the blazes. He was with a three-man fire engine crew that had traveled more than 400 miles from Riverside County to help fight the wine country wildfires.

“Between the fires in Southern California and these, they’ve been going nonstop,” he said. “Fatigue is really starting to set in, but they’re doing it.”

Will weather conditions improve for firefighting crews anytime soon?

Firefighters battling the blazes across California have made progress with some of the larger fires but weather conditions are forecast to remain dry and red flag warnings are in effect through Wednesday in much of California. The unfavorable weather is likely to ignite new wildfires through Wednesday.

SOURCES: The Associated Press, AirNow, Cal Fire, USA TODAY research, Planet Labs Inc., Maxar Technologies, AccuWeather, © Mapcreator.io | © OSM.org

Originally Published 4:23 p.m. EDT Aug. 26, 2020

Updated 9:07 a.m. EDT Sep. 9, 2020

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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