Wake Up, World, Whatever the Weather
Still more brutal winter weather across the globe
In 92% of the U.S., temperatures were 15 to 25 degrees below average, breaking century-old records. 100 million people have been affected on the East Coast by snowstorms and a gusty deep freeze from Florida to Maine. 22 deaths have been reported. Pets and wildlife are affected as well: Dogs and a horse left in the cold froze to death. Sharks in Cape Cod froze trying to migrate to warmer waters; Cold-stunned sea turtles in Texas were rescued and cold-stunned lizards fell from trees in Florida; Elk and moose up north were stranded in ice and snowdrifts.
In Calgary, Canada temps dropped to minus 13 degrees. Parts of Israel dropped to well below freezing, and torrential downpours caused flooding. Winter storms with high winds swept across Europe causing all kinds of problems in many countries.
It’s summer in Australia now, and they’re dealing with the other extreme, with temperatures up to 117 degrees, the hottest it’s been since 1939. The pavement on the roads is melting. Also high winds are fanning lots of bush fires.
Of course the global warming whiners (aka global government-control wanters) came out this week still pushing their flatulent agenda, despite evidence to the contrary. Their deception is causing problems that will get worse. New England democrat-voting states in the U.S. closed coal and oil-fired power plants and rejected the Access Northeast Pipeline. Now unrelenting cold has caused not enough energy supplies to meet demands, and increased pricing.
Flu epidemic still raging
Nationwide, flu activity spiked sharply in late December and is increasing. In California so many people have fallen ill with the flu that pharmacies are out of flu medicines, emergency rooms are full, and the death toll is higher than previous years. 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in that state since October, compared with three at the same time last year.
Pray for our education system
Colleges and universities have for quite a while been centers for liberal-left lunacy, and it’s getting worse in all of them. During an interview this week at the University of Knoxville in Tennessee, a student agreed with another that it’s okay to kill children up to age two “because they can’t communicate like adults.” He compared them to trees that are alive but ‘not sentient’ (not capable of sensing or feeling, not aware of one’s surroundings).
Pray for the unborn
Planned Parenthood is boasting that its affiliates performed 321,384 abortions this fiscal year. Its affiliates received $543.7 million in payments from the government. “Soft touch abortion” boasts of its procedure that removes the fetus (up to 12 weeks gestation) in 3 to 5 minutes, is less invasive and produces almost no discomfort to the woman. She can resume normal activities in 15 minutes knowing the pregnancy is over and done.
A recent study shows abortion in India is 20 times higher than previous estimates (15.6 million children aborted in 2015 alone. Sex selection plays a part). The news led abortion advocates to call on India to liberalize its abortion laws even more, past the 20-week gestation limit, and to remove restrictions on minors so they can get abortions without parental consent.
Pray for the suffering families of those turning to everything but God
The nation is suffering from a devastating drug epidemic that is destroying lives and families, yet CNN journalists doped it up on live TV on New Year’s Eve to show their hearty approval. A young Bulgarian woman and her German boyfriend deliberately sacrificed themselves to Satan 24 hours before the first full moon of the new year. One mourner said, “Lilith…I miss you and can’t wait for the day we meet again.” ?!
Chelsea Clinton tweeted a Happy New Year to the Church of Satan. We shouldn’t be surprised. As Bill himself said, Hillary visits witches covens and calls up the dead Eleanor Roosevelt for advice (it’s a demonic spirit, as the Bible warns).
In Los Angeles, California a new generation of Satanists finds community in blasphemous times. At a ceremony at Twin Temple, the host said while standing at the altar near a human skull, “On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will. A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.” The group then chanted, “Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan!”
More demonic deception
Manhattan, New York leads the five boroughs in sightings of UFO’s over the last two years. One New Yorker claimed “an unknown creature teleported” into their back yard.
Pray for those caught in the crossfire of hatred and violence
At least 16 people, including children, were killed by gunmen in Nigeria after a Christian church service. On the outskirts of Damascus, dozens of civilians, including children, were killed by Russian airstrikes. In North Korea a test missile failed and hit one of its own cities, destroying several buildings. Can you imagine the consequences if one of Lil’ Kim’s “test” missiles hits another country? Up to 1,700 protestors including students have been arrested in Iran. The brutal Muslim regime has no intention of losing control. At least 27 protestors have been killed. Such regimes spend the money on weapons, not caring for their own people.
Pray for people to wake up in these last days
Geologists predict 2018 will be a year of “Monster Earthquakes,” especially near the equator due to slowing of Earth’s rotation. Regardless, God is in control. He’s letting the world know time is running out to turn to Christ as Savior before He removes His own in the rapture and Tribulation judgments begin. Prophesied birth pangs (signs for unbelievers) have begun and will increase in intensity and frequency. Due to hardness of people’s hearts, it takes a lot to get their attention. God does use natural disasters and weather events of both extremes to wake people up, for it is not His desire that any should perish. But people make their own choices, and they are without excuse (Romans 1).
“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” (Job 38:22-23). In the last days, “Great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” (Luke 21:11).
“And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (Revelation 16:7-9).