Tornadoes

The growing threat of tornadoes in the South prompts demand for more storm shelters

Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries

Ten ‘10’ Denotes God’s divine ‘COMPLETENESS’ as to things on EARTH. In Revelation 10, he is opening up the ancient scrolls and ‘little book’ of prophecy that Daniel was told to ‘SEAL UP’ and not write of what was spoken. He was prophetically being told additional things that would transpire or occur ‘in the end of days’ and during the 7 year ‘tribulation.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the ‘time of the end’: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the ‘time of the end’.

‘Time of the End’:

Revelation ‘10’ And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

2 And he had in his hand a ‘little book open’(NWN; Daniels ‘little book’ is now being opened by God’s Great Angel of Prophecy) and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven ‘7’ thunders uttered their voices.

(NWN; I ‘discern’ that these are seven ‘7’ other great prophecy angels who are ‘confirming’ that NOW IS THE TIME to OPEN DANIEL’S ‘END TIME’ Book of Future Prophecy.’)

4 And when the seven ‘7’ thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven ‘7’ thunders uttered, and write them not.

5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

(NWN; The Great Prophecy Angel is proclaiming the ‘LAST DAYS or END TIMES’ have come, in no uncertain terms, and that NOW IS THE TIME to reveal prophecy related TO the Last Days or End Times and Tribulation.)

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh ‘7’ angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

(NWN; Seven ‘7’ denotes God’s divine completion to his plan or purpose for this ‘7th’ prophecy angel to commence and complete prophecy related to the Last Days and End Times. Think of the Great Prophecy Angel as a ‘General’ and the ‘7th’ prophecy angel as a Major or Colonel or someone of rank who has been given authority to physically ‘begin something or start something.’)

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open (NWN; notice that the ‘little book’ is OPEN) in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

(NWN; the prophecy angel(s) are HANDING the little book to physically alive men on the earth. In essence, they are handing or ‘transferring’ the ‘little book of prophecy’ to physical men ALIVE on the EARTH during the ‘End Times’ or ‘Last Days.’ God conveys prophecy to Angels who in turn are ‘messengers’ of God’s prophecy to mortal men alive. Angels, throughout the past 6,000 years have been ‘messengers’ for God to mankind.)

9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

(NWN; this is a ‘discernment’ on my part. ‘Take it and eat it’ is a spiritual ‘consumption’ of understanding the End Times and God’s related prophecies to go along with ‘signs of the times.’ It takes ‘7’ knowledge, wisdom, obedience, humility, persistence, prayer and the Holy Spirit’ to work prophecy in man’kind. This is a great and wonderful thing, just like a ‘7’ course meal. However, once the prophecies are apparent ‘consumed and understood’ they will be prone to make one sick to the stomach because of what they foretell. Just like eating a ’7’ course meal will likely make you feel like you could explode. God’s UNFILTERD WRATH poured on evil man’kind who refuse Him, and refuse His Son Jesus Christ and His eternal offer of salvation. Seeing prophecy happen and unfold is a wonderful and miraculous thing. Understanding the implications of seeing prophecy unfold, leaves one’s stomach bitter and sour because of the ‘gastrointestinal storm’ that is coming. Pass-the-antacid-pills, please.)

10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

(NWN; the prophecy angel was prophesying what would happen to anyone who attempted to reveal what was in the ‘little book.’ This verse ‘confirms’ that what was prophesied, did in fact occur and was experienced by those given the task of being Watchmen. This also ‘suggests’ that some men are ‘willingly’ allowing themselves to be Watchmen because they consciously love prophecy (God’s Word) and are completely open and receptive to it.)

11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

(NWN; since this is verse ‘11’ it suggests a WARNING(S). The purpose of prophecy is to inform, proclaim and WARN. It suggests that the Watchmen who proclaim the Word of God, will have their ‘7’ words, letters, videos, blogs, sermons, articles and books proclaim God’s WILL to those during the End Times / Last Days and Tribulation period. God has ALWAYS used Holy Angels and physical men (Moses, Elijah, Daniel, Enoch, and others) to speak on behalf of God. He will do this also through the Tribulation via; 1. Prophecy revealed to mankind via his ‘little book’ to Watchmen, 2. The ‘two witnesses’, ‘lampstands’ or candles who proclaims God’s light to the world for the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, 3. The various Angel warnings given to men to NOT TAKE THE MARK of the BEAST and lastly, 4. The 144,000 Jewish Evangelists who have the ‘seal of God’ in their foreheads (and NOT the mark of the Beast) who proclaim Jesus Christ’s offer of Salvation ONE LAST TIME, before the 7 year tribulation ends.)

Acts 2:17-21 And it shall come to pass ‘in the last days’, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids ‘in those days’

The growing threat of tornadoes in the South prompts demand for more storm shelters

Maria Clark, The American South Fri, April 29, 2022, 7:01 AM

There are three reinforced safe rooms that provide shelter during severe weather threats at the Mustard Seed in Brandon, Mississippi. The rooms intentionally feel familiar and double as a laundry room, a library and office space. The Mustard Seed is both a residential facility and community space for adults with developmental disabilities.

The rooms are strong enough to withstand the force of a tornado, with 12-inch thick concrete walls and ceilings, and reinforced steel doors.

“We wanted these rooms to be familiar places for our Seedsters when we have inclement weather,” said Del Adams, the executive director of the Mustard Seed, referring to the program participants. “They know this is the library or an office. It gives them familiarity in uncertain times.”

The Mustard Seed’s safe rooms were installed over a decade ago. Plans for a third residential building will also include a safe room.

“These are spaces they can stay in comfortably for longer while we monitor the weather. It works out well,” Adams said.

In parts of the Deep South more accustomed to hurricanes, tornadoes are increasingly becoming a troublesome new reality that has prompted communities, businesses and homeowners who can afford the cost to invest in storm shelters or safe rooms.

The 2022 tornado season has been especially active. Over a two-week period starting March 22, there were 49 confirmed tornadoes in Mississippi, according to data from the National Weather Service office in Jackson. That’s nearly as many as were reported in all of March, April and May last year, according to weather authorities.

The same severe weather system that spawned storms in multiple states on March 22 resulted in one death in the New Orleans area when an EF-3 tornado touched down in the Arabi suburb. That tornado cut an 11.5-mile path of destruction through a residential neighborhood and had peak wind speeds of 160 mph making it the strongest on record for the New Orleans metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service.

Tornadoes in the South have become more frequent and stronger

Tornado season peaks in April but typically lasts through the end of May. November and December can also be active months for tornadoes.

The spate of storms in late March seems to be part of a troubling pattern weather experts have noted in recent years as the frequency and strength of tornadoes in the Deep South have grown.

This is largely due to ongoing drought conditions in the Southwest in combination with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, according to Paul Pastelok, the senior meteorologist and lead long-range forecaster with Accuweather.

The lingering effects of the La Niña weather pattern, resulting in warmer than normal water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, is another contributing factor to the higher number of severe storms.

And as the frequency of tornadoes increases, the vulnerability of residents across the southeast has become a top concern.

Unlike the traditional tornado alley in the Plains states, the southeast is more densely populated.

A March 2020 study published by the American Meteorological Society found that the tornado impact potential on mobile homes is about 450% greater in Alabama than Kansas due to the higher number and distribution of mobile homes.

The same study found that nearly 50% of tornado fatalities in the U.S. were among people who sought shelter inside a manufactured home.

“When tornadoes hit the Mississippi Valley and Central Gulf states, you have to think about home structures. These are not built on deep foundations because of the high water table. Underground shelters like you see in the north aren’t feasible,” said Pastelok.

Businesses that sell residential storm shelters have seen an increase in interest from both homeowners and businesses.

Rick Maradiaga, of Torshel Storm Shelters in Jackson, said that over the last six years the company has installed about 1,100 shelters in homes in Tennessee, eastern Texas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. About 70% of the shelters are above-ground and anchored onto concrete foundations, he said.

Shelters can only be built on new construction, he said, and in-ground shelters can be difficult and more expensive to build depending on the soil content. In Louisiana, for example, the water table is high especially around New Orleans, which is below sea level.

Storm shelters can be built underground while safe rooms are hardened structures designed to protect against extreme weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes. FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) has specific criteria for how these structures are supposed to be built and also provides community grants for state and locally run community storm shelters. Residential safe rooms can cost upwards of $3,000 depending on the size.

Increased interest in residential storm shelters

In Alabama, state lawmakers have taken steps to make shelters more accessible to residents in recent years.

On April 27, 2011, the state experienced one of the deadliest and most destructive outbreaks of tornadoes in U.S. history, resulting in the loss of 240 lives and thousands injured in Alabama alone.

Nine people died that day when tornadoes swept through Madison County. At the time church and city buildings would open their doors for people seeking shelter, said Scott Worsham, the emergency management officer in Huntsville.

“There were a lot of people who went out and bought safe rooms, and our county government took a serious look at community shelters in rural areas in the county,” he said.

There are now 12 shelters operating in the county although some are privately owned. In the past year, Alabama lawmakers have approved two measures that would make storm shelters more accessible for community members. One law requires counties to designate community storm shelters and removes any liability a church or city building could face for providing shelter. Residents can also apply for a tax credit of up to $3,000 for 50% of the cost of the installation of a residential storm shelter. The structure has to meet FEMA qualifications and has to have been purchased after Jan. 1 of this year.

“It’s hard in a populous county to decide where to open one, but now every county around us has community shelters,” said Worsham.

Interest in residential tornado shelters also increased following the violent tornado outbreak that struck Kentucky in December, according to Jim Bell, the director of operations at the National Storm Shelter Association. The organization was founded after the Oklahoma City tornado outbreak in May 1999, which drove interest in residential safe rooms. Bell said however these shelters aren’t always built to code or properly tested to ensure their safety. The NSSA has worked closely with FEMA to develop codes for how these structures should be built.

But as more communities in the South have to contend with the potential impact of tornadoes, Bell said awareness and preparation are essential. He said efforts to update building codes to require shelters have slowly taken shape.

Communities need to mitigate losses before a storm hits and plans need to be in place whether they involve a reinforced safe room or a community shelter.

“People need to be prepared as to what they are going to do when a tornado hits. You need to know where to go and what you need to have in your safe place. The reality is it is too late if you are waiting until then,” he said.

8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028/29) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028/29-3028/29).

Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.

Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

 ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.

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 12:19. Dearly 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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