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1
Natural disasters
2
Wave of devastation
  • Headline
  • Tsunami among world's worst disasters
  • Headline BBC online 30 December
  • Event
  • The massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean has been
    described by relief experts as one of the worst
    natural disasters in recent history. With a death
    toll so far of well over 100,000, the wave is
    particularly notable for the extent of its reach,
    from Indonesia in the east, to the coast of
    Africa, some 7,000km (4,000 miles) away.
  • The highest death toll from a tsunami until now
    happened in 1896, when 27,000 people were drowned
    following an earthquake off the coast of Japan,
    according to the Guinness Book of Records.
  • Major Natural Disasters
  • 2004 Asian quake disaster - toll so far exceeds
    123,000
  • 2003 Earthquake in Bam, Iran - official
    casualty figure is 26,271
  • 1976 Earthquake in Tangshan, China, kills
    242,000
  • 1970 Cyclone in Bangladesh kills 500,000
  • 1923 Tokyo earthquake kills 140,000
  • 1887 China's Yellow River breaks its banks in
    Huayan Kou killing 900,000
  • 1896 Tsunami kills 27,000 in Japan
  • 1815 Volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora on
    Indonesia's Sumbawa Island kills 90,000
  • 1556 Earthquake in China kills an estimated
    830,000

3
Wave of devastation
  • Comment
  • Immediately we think of the verse in Luke 2125
    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. We have witnessed surely a
    great sign that the return of our Lord Jesus is
    near. We have shown in the WWW how that the sea
    and waves roaring are symbolic of the peoples of
    the world in tumult. With the recent elections in
    the Ukraine with millions on the streets the
    newspapers said it was a sea of people.
  • But we should also appreciate that these words
    are not just symbolic but literal as well. We
    have see recently signs in the sun with the
    greatest solar flares ever seen this time last
    year. And now we see the literal sea and waves
    roaring and mens hearts fearing for looking
    after those things which are coming on the world.
  • Using a concordance this morning I have found the
    following fascinating link.
  • Heman was a Kohathite (1 Chron 633). He was one
    of the temple singers under David and Solomon. He
    played musical instruments including cymbals of
    brass (1 Chron 1519). Heman wrote Psalm 88
    talking of the judgments of God. He wrote verse 7
    thou hast afflicted with all thy waves. So this
    man whose job it was to play cymbals of brass
    talks of God afflicting with WAVES. So what??
  • Consider again Luke 2125 the sea and WAVES
    ROARING.. The word roaring (Strongs 2278) is
    used one other time in the NT. 1 Cor 131
    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of
    angels, and have not charity, I am become as
    soundinglt2278gt brass, or a tinkling cymbal. The
    link is clear. God judges using waves. Heman who
    played brass cymbals said so. The world HAS
    become as sounding brass and the waves are
    beginning roar God is judging the world.

4
Archbishop questions existence of God
  • Headline
  • Archbishop of Canterbury
    This
    has made me question God's existence Headline DT
    2 January
  • Event
  • The Asian tsunami disaster should make all
    Christians question the existence of God, Dr
    Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury,
    writes in The Telegraph today.
  • In a deeply personal and candid article, he says
    "it would be wrong" if faith were not "upset" by
    the catastrophe which has already claimed more
    than 150,000 lives.
  • Prayer, he admits, provides no "magical
    solutions" and most of the stock Christian
    answers to human suffering do not "go very far in
    helping us, one week on, with the intolerable
    grief and devastation in front of us".
  • Comment
  • Dr Rowan Williams is the head of the Church of
    England and represents 70 million Anglicans
    around the world. He obviously has no
    understanding of the following. The events we
    have witnessed are 1) a sign of the nearness of
    Christs return, 2) a reminder that the whole
    creation groans in travail its out of joint,
    and will be until man is reconciled to God, and
    3) a wake up call to all who will heed it of the
    mighty power of God and our need to repent while
    there is time, lest we all likewise perish.
  • Bible Quote Luke 13 when a tower fell killing 18
    people Jesus said
  • 5 I tell you, Nay but, except ye repent, ye
    shall all likewise perish.

5
Tensions flare in quake countries
  • Headline
  • Tensions flare in quake countries Headline BBC
    online 7 January
  • Event
  • Fresh tensions between government and rebels in
    the two
    countries worst hit by the tsunami
    disaster threaten to undermine aid efforts.
    In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers have warned of
    serious consequences if government soldiers are
    not withdrawn from welfare camps. They also
    continue to complain that little aid has been
    sent to rebel areas, despite government denials.
  • In Indonesia, the government and rebels have
    accused each other of attacks.
  • Comment
  • Already we see the beginnings of political
    consequences of the Tsunami disaster. Let us not
    forget that God flooded the world in the days of
    Noah because of the violence. Let us not forget
    either that Sri Lanka and Indonesia are 2
    extremely violent and corrupt countries. For
    nearly 20 years Sri Lanka was scarred by a bitter
    civil war arising out of ethnic tensions.
    Indonesia has seen unprecedented turmoil in
    recent years, facing first the Asian financial
    crisis, then the fall of President Suharto after
    32 years in office and bloody inter-ethnic and
    religious conflict and unending corruption
    scandals.

    So we have seen violence and
    corruption in these nations and now we see a
    flood!
  • Bible Quote Genesis 6 11 The earth also was
    corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with
    violence.

6
Northern Europe shaken by storms
  • Headline
  • Northern Europe shaken by storms Headline BBC
    online 10 January
  • Event
  • Countries across northern Europe are recovering
    from a battering by storms which left at least 14
    people dead. Hundreds of thousands of homes in
    Scandinavia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were
    left without power. Seven people died in Sweden,
    four in Denmark and three in northern England,
    where flooding forced thousands to leave their
    homes.
  • Meteorologists say that the storm was the worst
    to hit the Baltic states in 40 years.
  • Airports, rail networks, bridges and roads were
    closed and dozens of North Sea ferry routes were
    cancelled.
  • In southern Sweden, two nuclear reactors were
    temporarily shut down and 220,000 homes in the
    region were without electricity.
  • Comment
  • The worst storms in 40 years. 3 weeks ago we had
    the worst earthquake in 40 years. We are nearing
    the end of course of the 40 year period when (in
    1967) Israel recaptured the whole of Jerusalem
    and (I believe) the generation (40 years) who saw
    these things will not pass away. See words of
    Christ below.

    We are fast approaching the
    end - Christ will soon return.
  • Bible Quote Luke 21 32 This generation shall not
    pass away, till all be fulfilled.
    generation 40 years see Numbers 3213

7
Billions affected by disasters
  • Headline
  • Billions affected by disasters
  • Headline BBC online 17 January
  • Event
  • At least 2.5 billion people have been affected by
    natural disasters
    over the past 10 years - an increase of
    60 over the previous
    decade, the UN says. More than 478,000
    people were killed
    by disasters such as
    earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, from 1994 to
    2003.
  • The most vulnerable people are those living in
    developing nations, it says.
  • Comment
  • There are about 6 billion people on the planet at
    the moment. If 2.5 billion have been affected by
    natural disasters this means more than one in
    three have been impacted. We are warned by Jesus
    that these things would happen. The word
    earthquake in the verse below is the Greek word
    seismos and it can also mean a tempest. In fact
    in Matthew 824 when Jesus is in the boat during
    a great storm, the word tempest is this same
    word seismos. We should therefore be looking
    for diverse earthquakes and great tempests /
    storms as well as famines and plagues. All these
    things are on the increase. We should be looking
    up at this time for our redemption draws near.
  • Bible Quote Luke 21
  • 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers
    places, and famines, and pestilences and fearful
    sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

8
Indonesian death toll rises to 166,000
  • Headline
  • Indonesia's tsunami deaths soar Headline BBC
    online 19 January
  • Event
  • Indonesia's health ministry has raised the figure
    for the number of people killed by the Asian
    tsunami disaster to more than 166,000. The latest
    figure is more than 50,000 higher than the
    previous total issued by the ministry. The
    announcement raises the global death toll to
    about 220,000. Most of the new tally of deaths
    came from the provinces of Aceh and North
    Sumatra, which were directly in the tsunami's
    path when it hit. About 800,000 people were made
    homeless in Aceh and North Sumatra as a result of
    the disaster.
  • Comment
  • The epicentre of the greatest earthquake in the
    last 40 years causing the Asian tsunami was close
    to Aceh a province in Indonesia. Aceh has been
    wracked by extreme levels of violence and
    corruption in recent years. What many do not
    realise is that when the waves struck, Aceh had
    been closed to most foreign organizations and the
    international media for 18 months. Humans Rights
    Watch describe the most horrific accounts of
    violence I have ever read. On the 7th December 04
    , just weeks before the earthquake, the
    Indonesian authorities arrested the governor of
    Aceh for alleged involvement in corruption. God
    flooded the earth before because of these things.
  • Bible Quote Genesis 6 11 The earth also was
    corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with
    violence.

9
Iranian earthquake
  • Headline
  • Hundreds killed in Iranian quake
  • Headline BBC online 22 February
  • Event
  • A strong earthquake has hit dozens of villages in
    southern Iran,
    killing at
    least 500 people and hurting many more. The
    6.4-magnitude quake struck just before 0600 (0230
    GMT) and was centred near Zarand in Kerman
    province, 740km (460 miles) from the capital,
    Tehran.
  • Some 30,000 people in about 40 villages spread
    over a wide, mountainous area have been affected.
  • Casualties are expected to rise in the province
    and heavy rain is hampering rescue work.
  • Comment
  • Another earthquake in Iran. We saw in October
    2003 a major earthquake in Bam killing 30,000
    people. Then in May 2004 there was another
    earthquake in northern Iran. Now this week yet
    another earthquake in southern Iran killing over
    500. We know that Iran is being stirred up
    (Isaiah 1317) and will join Gog in invading
    Israel. Maybe these earthquakes are part of Gods
    plan to stir up Iran. God says (in relation to
    Israel see verse below) that when people defile
    themselves the land eventually vomits out her
    inhabitants. The physical land in Iran is
    restless. The people too are restless. The
    leaders in Iran want the destruction of Israel.
    Ezekiel 38 makes clear, Persia (Iran) will invade
    Israel.
  • Bible Quote Leviticus 18 25 And the land is
    defiled therefore I do visit the iniquity
    thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out
    her inhabitants.

10
Devastation of Amazon rainforest
  • Headline
  • Destruction of Amazon rainforest at 10-year high
  • Headline DT May 20
  • Event
  • The destruction of the Amazon rainforest reached
    its highest level for a decade last year, with
    the equivalent of six football pitches being
    flattened every day.
  • The destruction was nearly six per cent higher
    than the previous year, according to figures
    released by the Brazilian government.
  • Satellite photographs showed that ranchers,
    soybean farmers and loggers burned and cut down
    more than 10,000 square miles of rainforest in
    the 12 months to August 2004.
  • Comment
  • The loss of 26,000 sq km means almost a fifth of
    the entire Amazon has now been cleared. The
    Amazon accounts for more than half of the world's
    remaining rainforests.
  • They are thought to limit the greenhouse effect
    of global warming by storing carbon and hence
    reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the
    atmosphere. We
    see mankind destroying the physical and the
    spiritual in these last days.
  • Bible Quote Revelation 11 18 thy wrath is come,
    and the time of the dead, that they should be
    judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto
    thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and
    them that fear thy name, small and great and
    shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

11
Tornado in Birmingham
  • Headline
  • TORNADO And this is in Birmingham!
  • Headline Daily Mail July 29
  • Event
  • A tornado has hit Birmingham injuring 19 people -
    three seriously.
    It lasted for just four
    minutes but wreaked havoc across Small Heath,
    Hall Green, Sparkbrook and Kings Heath areas of
    the city. It destroyed part of a supermarket,
    uprooted trees and damaged more than a hundred
    homes.  Weather experts believe it's one of the
    worst ever to hit Britain.
  • Comment
  • 4 minutes does not sound very long, but I imagine
    for those caught up in 130mph winds it seemed a
    lot longer. Following the terror attacks in
    Britain a few weeks ago things have changed.
    Britain has changed. There is growing sense of
    unease and fear. The newspapers are full of this.
    There is an enemy within. What has this tornado
    to do with this time of fear and terror? Well
    these things are connected. Not by me but by
    Jesus himself. He speaks in Luke 21 of a time
    when mens hearts would fail them for fear. He
    also says that the powers of heaven shall be
    shaken. The word shaken according to a
    concordance is a motion produced by wind, storms
    and waves. And so at the very time we have fear
    in Britain we see one of the largest tornados
    ever seen in the UK. We all need to take heed of
    the verse that follows verse 26 below.
  • Bible Quote Luke 2126 Mens hearts failing them
    for fear....looking after those things which are
    coming on the earth for the powers of heaven
    shall be shaken.

12
Forest fires and floods - Europe
  • Headline
  • Forest fires and floods sweep across Europe
  • Headline DT August 24
  • Event
  • As thousands of firemen and soldiers fought
    dozens of wildfires across the Iberian Peninsula,
    more than 20 people were reported to have been
    killed in central and south-eastern Europe after
    days of torrential rain.
  • Emergency services from Portugal to Bulgaria were
    over-stretched as they struggled to save lives
    threatened by freak summer rains that caused
    widespread flooding and landslides, and arsonists
    exploiting parched countryside.
  • Aircraft from several European countries helped
    to fight Portugals worst forest fires on record.
    At least 14 people have been killed in the fires.
  • Comment
  • Europe plagued by fire and flood simultaneously.
    Floods have caused havoc in Germany, Switzerland
    and Austria. It has been so severe in Bulgaria
    that the storms are threatening their national
    economy. At least 18 people have been killed
    there alone in floods and lightening strikes.
    Both fire and storm are mentioned in Psalm 83.
    The Psalmist is calling on God to judge those who
    want to destroy Israel. See v 4. We know that
    Europe (the beast) will try to destroy Israel one
    day. We know as well that the beast and the false
    prophet will symbolically be destroyed by fire.
    Rev 1920
  • Bible Quote Psalm 83 14 … as the flame setteth
    the mountains on fire So persecute them with thy
    tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
    See context!

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Hurricane Katrina (event)
  • Headline
  • (1) New Orleans 'swept back to Stone Age
  • (2) Anarchy in the USA gunfights and

    looting on streets of New Orleans
  • (3) Hurricane hits just before homosexual event
  • Headlines DT August 31 Sept 2
  • Event
  • (1)The people of New Orleans were warned last
    night that the destructive fury of Hurricane
    Katrina and its terrifying aftermath could change
    their city for ever.
  • Katrina tore through the area, submerging entire
    neighbourhoods and leaving many dead. And yet,
    ominously, every hour that passed suggested that
    the worst was yet to come. The city's
    infrastructure - its power, water supplies and
    sewage - have been almost totally wrecked. The
    area will be uninhabitable for months.
  • (2) The New Orleans Convention Centre was meant
    to be a refuge. Instead, it was another branch of
    hell. The street outside, narrowly above the
    flood waters that have drowned New Orleans, smelt
    of urine and faeces. It was choked with soiled
    nappies, old bottles and rubbish. At least seven
    bodies were scattered along the roadside.
  • (3) Hurricane Katrina walloped New Orleans just
    two days before the annual homosexual "Southern
    Decadence" festival was to begin in the town.
    Southern Decadence has a history of "filling the
    French Quarters section of the city with drunken
    homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public
    streets and bars," says a statement from the
    Philadelphia Christian organization.. This year's
    festival, which drew 125,000 revelers last year,
    was set to begin today in the Big Easy and run
    through Monday.

14
Hurricane Katrina (comment)
  • Comment
  • Reports have said that this is the worst natural
    disaster in Americas history. Coming only months
    after the tsunami another immense natural
    disaster never seen before.
  • It has astounded many that this mighty nation,
    with so much wealth at its disposal seemed so
    helpless before and after Katrinas destructive
    forces. Anarchy, lawlessness, rape have followed.
    We have witnessed terrible things. Let us not
    forget though that man has brought much of this
    upon himself both literally and symbolically.
  • New Orleans established by the French in the
    early 1700s was a city built many feet below sea
    level, between a great lake and a huge river. To
    protect the city great levy's were built. It was
    madness to build there, just as it is for those
    cities built on active fault lines! But so often
    it is mans greed that overcomes all logic.
  • On top of this folly we also see a city in the
    grip of depraved sin. Is it not absolutely
    amazing that this city was about to celebrate a
    festival of DECADENCE!! The dictionary definition
    of decadence is A process, condition, or period
    of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art
    decay. In previous years at this festival
    homosexuals publicly engaged in sex acts. This
    surely brings to mind Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus
    tells us clearly Luke 1729 that it will be like
    this just before he returns. He tells us clearly
    that the sea and waves would roar just before he
    returned. And then as if to confirm these things
    are divinely appointed we read in our readings on
    the very day the hurricane struck the words below
    in Jeremiah.
  • As the world looks on stupefied in horror - let
    us now look up - our redemption is near.
  • Bible Quote Jeremiah 5116 "When he uttereth his
    voice, there is a multitude of waters in the
    heavens and he causeth the vapours to ascend
    from the ends of the earth he maketh lightnings
    with rain, and bringeth for the wind out of his
    treasures."

15
Hard times for the Big Easy
  • Headline
  • Hard times for the Big Easy
  • Headline The Times September 2
  • Event
  • New Orleans holds a unique place in the American
    imagination because, in truth, it is a place
    apart from America. In a country inclined to
    puritanism, the Big Easy is the almost
    Mediterranean enclave where America came to drink
    and eat too much, to stay up late and behave
    badly.
  • People who dont fit with the rest of America
    gravitate here. This city is the flagrant vice
    capital of the civilised world, declares
    Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Tooles
    Confederacy of Dunces. This city is famous for
    its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists,
    anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug
    addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers,
    frauds, jades, litterbugs and lesbians, all of
    whom are only too well protected by graft. No
    doubt, even now, some Bible-thumpers will be
    hailing divine retribution for decades of
    decadence, as Sodom-by-Sea is swamped.
  • Comment
  • Sin City as New Orleans is known is now empty.
    Deserted and destroyed. I had not realised the
    reputation of this city until I began to read
    about it. I know all cities are godless but this
    one seemed to have a reputation for the
    glorification of sin. It was a place for good
    times for living today for tomorrow we die. It
    is surely a warning to the world that the end of
    all things is nigh. Will they take heed?
  • Bible Quote Matt 24 38 … before the flood they
    were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
    marriage, until the day that Noah entered into
    the ark,

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Gaza Katrina
  • Headline
  • (1) Did God send Katrina as revenge over
    Gaza? Headlines Israelinationalnews.com September
    7
  • (2) Eerie silence descends on New Orleans
  • Headlines BBC online September 4
  • Event
  • (1) "Katrina is a consequence of the destruction
    of Gaza's Gush Katif slate of Jewish
    communities with America's urging and
    encouragement," Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Lewin,
    executive director of the Rabbinic Congress for
    Peace, told WND. "The U.S. should have
    discouraged Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
    from implementing the Gaza evacuation rather than
    pushing for it and pressuring Israel into
    concessions."
  • The Gaza withdrawal was backed by the U.S.
    government. Some Middle East analysts and senior
    Israeli politicians entirely attributed the
    evacuation plan to pressure coming from the
    American establishment. "I welcome the
    disengagement plan," stated Bush immediately
    following the announcement of the Gaza
    evacuation. "These steps will mark real progress
    toward realizing the vision I set forth in June
    2002 of two states living side by side in peace
    and security."
  • (2)The street outside New Orleans convention
    centre is littered with the debris of thousands
    of people now evacuated from the city. Chairs,
    overflowing bin liners, empty plastic water
    bottles, barbeque grills, sandbags and stained
    mattresses line the street for hundreds of
    metres. They tell a grim story of how people were
    living until very recently in a city where
    lawlessness is rife.

17
Gaza Katrina
  • Comment
  • As I watched the handcuffed people being taken
    from New Orleans this week it began to ring bells
    in my mind. Almost déjà vu. Wasnt this similar
    in some ways to what we had seen only one week
    before with Israel dragging out unwilling Jews
    from the West Bank and Gaza. The more you stop
    and think about it the more similarities there
    are. We need to remember that it was America that
    pushed Israel into withdrawal from the parts of
    Israel. It was, according to Bush, going to bring
    peace and security And then 7 days after the
    pullout Katrina hit the US.
  • Consider these remarkable coincidences.
  • Close to 10,000 Jews were expelled from their
    homes in the Gaza Strip and parts of northern
    Samaria. Katrina's death toll is now expected to
    reach about 10,000.
  • Gaza's Jewish communities were located in
    Israel's southern coastal region America's
    southern coastal region now lies in ruins.
  • The U.S. government called on Louisiana residents
    to evacuate their homes ahead of the storm. The
    Israeli government, backed by statements from
    U.S. officials, demanded Gaza residents evacuate
    their homes.
  • Similarity in scenes Many residents of Jewish
    Gaza climbed to their rooftops to escape the
    threat of expulsion, while residents of the Gulf
    Coast climbed on their own rooftops to protect
    themselves from the rising waters
  • The day Katrina hit, Israel began carrying out
    what was termed the most controversial aspect of
    the Gaza withdrawal the uprooting of bodies
    from the area's Jewish cemetery. There have been
    media reports of corpses floating around in
    flooded New Orleans regions.
  • Bible Quote Numbers 33 53 for I have given you
    the land to possess it.

18
Sunspots threaten satellites
  • Headline
  • Sunspots on the horizon threaten to cripple
    satellites
  • Headline The Times September 13
  • Event
  • A sunspot that at its peak has been five times
    larger than Earth is likely to release fresh
    solar flares this week that could cripple
    satellites and black out radio communications.
    Sunspot 798 has already fired seven enormous
    X-class eruptions of radiation at Earth since
    September 7, including one monstrous flare on
    Wednesday that was measured as the fourth largest
    on record.
  • A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active
    now than it has been at anytime in the previous
    1,000 years.
  • Comment
  • Is it a coincidence that we see huge activity in
    the sun itself at this time? A time that Jesus
    describes below as when the nations are
    distressed and in perplexity. A time when sea and
    waves are roaring. We surely see these things
    happening in the earth. And now just as we see
    physical signs in the sea and waves (Tsunami
    disaster and Katrina) we now see physical signs
    of monstrous flares in the sun. The physical
    normally precedes the spiritual. Maybe the time
    of the symbolic sea and waves (people) and the
    symbolic sun (rulers of the earth) to also roar
    and produce monstrous effects is near. The day
    is surely at hand.
  • Bible Quote Luke 21 25 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

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Exodus from Texas
  • Headline
  • Hurricane Rita roars through Texas
  • Headlines DT September 24
  • Event
  • Hurricane Rita has hit Texas and Louisiana, with
    winds of up to 120mph pounding the city and
    torrential rain. The storm swept in from the Gulf
    of Mexico early on Saturday, coming ashore near
    the Texas-Louisiana border, with the eye hitting
    near to the Sabine Pass, in Texas, around 10
    miles off the coast.
  • Roofs, trees and homes have been ripped up by the
    storm, there have been serious fires, and a large
    area is without power. It is thought that more
    than 2 million people have fled Texas and
    Louisiana, after a mass evacuation before the
    storm hit.
  • Comment
  • Another incredible hurricane in a matter of
    weeks. Another one of the largest on record. The
    Bible talks of whirlwinds. It talks below of
    destruction coming as a whirlwind because of
    unbelief. This whirlwind should warn mankind
    judgement is nigh. Jeremiah 2532 says that a
    whirlwind will be raised up from the coasts of
    the earth. However it goes on to say that the
    slain of the LORD shall be that day from one end
    of the earth even unto the other end of the
    earth Now is the time to seek the LORD.
  • Bible Quote Proverbs 1 27 .. your destruction
    cometh as a whirlwind when distress and anguish
    cometh upon you.28 Then shall they call upon me,
    but I will not answer they shall seek me early,
    but they shall not find me29 For that they
    hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of
    the LORD

20
Floodwaters rise again in New Orleans
  • Headline
  • Floodwaters rise again in New Orleans
  • Headlines DT September 24
  • Event
  • The Industrial Canal gave way without fanfare.
    For hours water had been trickling through cracks
    in the makeshift repairs hastily erected a few
    weeks ago.
  • Then early in the morning a row of sandbags was
    swept aside, the trickles became streams, the
    streams became a torrent, and within minutes
    millions of gallons of dark soupy water was
    greedily recapturing territory it only abandoned
    a week or so ago."It started in a small area and
    then it just broke loose," said an awestruck
    Lloyd Randall, the first emergency worker on the
    scene. "And it's coming up faster and faster.
    Watching from a bridge 100 yards away as the
    waters enveloped tens of thousands of houses gave
    an extraordinary insight into the ordeal of its
    residents when the "Big Easy" first flooded after
    Hurricane Katrina swept through.
  • Comment
  • I can not help thinking about the foolish man who
    built his house upon the sand. It was a
    ridiculous place to build a house but it summed
    him up spiritually. Sin City was foolishly
    built below sea level. It foolishly worshipped
    sin and great is its fall.
  • Bible Quote Matthew 7 26 And every one that
    heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them
    not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which
    built his house upon the sand27 And the rain
    descended, and the floods came, and the winds
    blew, and beat upon that house and it fell and
    great was the fall of it.

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Earthquake shakes Israel
  • Headline
  • Earthquake shakes Israel
  • Headlines Jerusalem Newswire October 3
  • Event
  • Israelis preparing to see out the old year and
    welcome in the new
    with the sound of shofar
    blowing Monday felt their country shaking as a
    4.3 scale earthquake struck the region.
    Originating just after 7 AM near the northern
    Jordan Valley town of Bet She'an, the quake shook
    beds and buildings, momentarily frightening
    people before subsiding as quickly as it had
    begun.
  • According to the Geophysical Institute of Israel,
    the tremor was felt in Nahariya, Haifa, Tel Aviv
    and Rehovot. People in Jerusalem told Jerusalem
    Newswire they had felt the quake too. The Knesset
    annually debates the lack of readiness in Israel
    for a major temblor that is anticipated sometime
    in the next few years.
  • Bible readers know that a number of major
    earthquakes are prophesied to hit Israel,
    including one in which will split Jerusalems
    Mount of Olives in two when the Messiah comes to
    establish His reign on the earth.
  • Comment
  • Another earthquake in Israel. It struck on the
    equivalent to the Jews New Years Eve this week.
    It is another warning of a far greater earthquake
    to come. What will this new Jewish year bring for
    the Jews? Perhaps the earthquake coming on the
    last day of the year is a sign of things to come.
    The article above talks of the earthquake
    mentioned in Zechariah 14. We know it will happen
    one day when Christ returns.
  • Bible Quote Zechariah 14 4 And his feet shall
    stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which
    is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of
    Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward
    the east and toward the west,

22
Earthquake rocks South Asia
  • Headline
  • Hundreds die in South Asia quake
  • Headlines BBC online October 8
  • Event
  • Pakistan says more than 1,000 people may have
    died in a powerful quake that also hit north
    India and Afghanistan. The quake with a magnitude
    of at least 7.6 had the epicentre 80km (50 miles)
    north-east of Islamabad. At least 500 died in
    North-West Frontier province in Pakistan and
    1,700 were injured. In Indian-administered
    Kashmir, 200 are confirmed dead. Rescuers are
    trying to reach dozens of residents feared
    trapped in a building that collapsed in
    Islamabad. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf,
    who was visiting the site, said the quake was a
    "test of the nation".
  • Comment
  • Another earthquake! In a diverse place. Jesus
    describes below a time of nation rising against
    nation. Great earthquakes in diverse places,
    famines, pestilences and fearful sights. This
    surely describes the world in which we live. We
    know the earth will be as a woman in labour pains
    giving birth at the time of the end. The
    contractions begin gradually and get more severe
    and closer together. We see this happening.
    Events getting more severe / more disasters and
    coming more frequently. Jesus will come..
  • Bible Quote Luke 21 10 Then said he unto them,
    Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom
    against kingdom11 And great earthquakes shall
    be in divers places, and famines, and
    pestilences and fearful sights and great signs
    shall there be from heaven.

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Pakistan earthquake toll 38,000
  • Headline
  • (1) Pakistan earthquake toll '38,000'
  • (2) Unusual quake activity increasing
  • Headline BBC Online WorldNetDaily.com October
    15
  • Event
  • Pakistan's government has said it now believes
    more than
    38,000 of its people were killed by the
    earthquake a week ago.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey data indicates
    earthquake occurrences are increasing. In 2000,
    there were 22,256 recorded earthquakes worldwide.
    That number has steadily increased to 31,199
    earthquakes in 2004.
  • Comment
  • The earthquake last Saturday has turned out to be
    Pakistans worst ever disaster according to its
    President. There are still hundreds of villages
    that have not been entered yet since the
    earthquake and the number of deaths is still
    expected to rise.
  • Note as well the statement above from the US
    Geological survey who show that the number of
    earthquakes in the world are on the rise.
  • The table in top right hand corner shows the top
    10 killer earthquakes in the last 100 years.
    Notice how 5 of them have occurred in the last 5
    years. As we said last week the contractions in
    respect of the labour pains of the world are
    getting closer together and more severe. It
    heralds Christs return.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 13 8 And they shall be
    afraid pangs and sorrows shall take hold of
    them they shall be in pain as a woman that
    travaileth Isaiah 26 17 Like as a woman with
    child, that draweth near the time of her
    delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her
    pangs so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

24
Bird flu raises EU fears
  • Headline
  • Avian Flu Death Threat
  • Headline Time Magazine October 11
  • Event
  • h5n1, is a deadly avian-flu virus that has
    ravaged Southeast Asia's poultry
    flocks and infected over 100
    people since the end of 2003. If h5n1
    became established among
    migratory species, it would raise the risk that
    the virus could be spread across oceans and
    continents. Understanding just how the viral
    transmission belt operates "is urgent work for
    the entire world," Guan told Time recently,
    speaking in his office at the University of Hong
    Kong (H.K.U.). "The virus could go to Europe, and
    from there to India. These questions are critical
    not just for science, but for humankind."
  • If that sounds like an alarmist's hype, it's not.
    For some time, health experts have warned of a
    worldwide bird-flu pandemic that could kill
    millions of people and wreck the global economy.
    "The most serious known health threat facing the
    world is avian flu," said who director general
    Dr. Lee Jong-wook earlier this year.
  • Comment
  • Even as I write this WWW the BBC has just
    reported that this virus has just been confirmed
    to be found in Europe (Romania) for the first
    time. It is the same lethal strain found in Asia.
    We live in a time of earthquake and pestilence
    (plague).
  • Bible Quote Matthew 24 7 and there shall be
    famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in
    divers places. Pestilence also means plague

25
Hurricane Wilma
  • Headline
  • Mexico reels under force of Wilma
  • Headline BBC Online October 22
  • Event
  • Storm surges are reaching as high as the third
    storey of some hotels as Hurricane Wilma batters
    Mexico's popular Cancun resort area. The
    "extremely dangerous" hurricane is "relentlessly
    pounding" Cancun and Cozumel, the US hurricane
    agency said.
  • Local governor Felix Gonzales said winds of
    140mph (225km/h) had damaged buildings considered
    hurricane-proof. Hotel windows on the resort
    island of Cozumel have been shattered, trees and
    roofs torn down and streets flooded.
  • Comment
  • This year is now equal to the worst hurricane
    season on record and there is still a month to
    go. Americas southern coastal region is being
    devastated. We have noted in the WWW how this has
    corresponded with Americas encouragement of
    Israels withdrawal from its coastal region ie
    Gaza. As Israel completed its Gaza evacuation on
    August 22 a tropical depression began to form
    near the Bahamas on August 23 this became
    Hurricane Katrina which hit southeast Florida
    August 26. President Bush renews his vow that
    there will be a Palestinian State and calls for
    Israel to stop building in the West Bank and the
    most powerful hurricane ever recorded forms and
    relentlessly pounds the US. Coincidence or Gods
    mighty hand at work? We know!
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 12 The nations shall rush
    like the rushing of many waters but God shall
    rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and
    shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains
    before the wind, and like a rolling thing before
    the whirlwind.

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Earthquake strikes central China
  • Headline
  • Earthquake strikes central China
  • Headline BBC online November 26
  • Event
  • An earthquake has killed at least 14 people and
    destroyed thousands of homes in central China.
    The tremor had a magnitude of 5.7 and its
    epicentre was near the city of Ruichang in
    Jiangxi province.
  • Hundreds of people are reported to have been
    injured in the quake, which also hit the
    neighbouring province of Hubei.
  • In the Ruichang area a total of 420,000 people
    left their homes, fearing aftershocks, according
    to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
  • Comment
  • Another earthquake in a diverse place. This time
    in China. Reports are only just coming in as I
    write this and perhaps many more have been killed
    than has been reported so far. It has (as the
    report says above) destroyed 1000s of homes.
  • China has been in the news this week as well
    because of the terrible toxic leak into Songhua
    river. About 100 metric tons of toxic chemicals
    entered the river as a result of the blast at a
    Chinese chemical plant on November 13th in Jilin,
    and the leak is now passing through the city of
    Harbin.
  • Many people ask me where China with its huge
    population is mentioned in the Bible. I am not
    sure it is. The Bible only deals with those
    nations that directly effect Israel Gods land.
    In saying that though the Bible is clear that ALL
    nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to battle.
    I would expect this communistic state to side
    with Russia and the Arabs if it does enter the
    final conflict.
  • Bible Quote Luke 21 11 And great earthquakes
    shall be in divers places, and famines, and
    pestilences and fearful sights and great signs
    shall there be from heaven.

27
Costliest year for insurers
  • Headline
  • Costliest year yet for insurers
  • Headline BBC Online December 20
  • Event
  • Insurers had their costliest year yet in 2005 as
    a deluge of natural disasters saw total insured
    losses of about 80bn (45bn), says Swiss Re.
  • August's Hurricane Katrina in the US alone is
    expected to cost 45bn in claims, the world's
    second-biggest reinsurance company said. This
    will make it the most expensive insured single
    event in history.
  • Total economic losses caused by hurricanes,
    earthquakes and floods in 2005 reached 225bn in
    2005, it said. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was
    previously the most expensive single catastrophe,
    causing losses of 22bn, Swiss Re said. This was
    followed by the 11 September 2001 attacks on the
    US, costing nearly 21bn.
  • Two other expensive storms in the US came in the
    wake of Katrina. Hurricane Rita cost 10bn in
    insured losses and Wilma claimed 8bn. "The
    ongoing warm phase that has been measurable since
    the 1990s and the recent high hurricane frequency
    inspire little hope of the trend being reversed
    any time soon," Swiss Re warned.
  • Comment
  • a deluge of natural disasters. The verse below
    links hurricanes, earthquakes and floods with
    something else Ariel - another name for
    Jerusalem. As the worlds attention focuss more
    and more on Gods Holy City, so earthquake, storm
    and tempest will increase. We are being warned
    with these events that the day is at hand.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 29 6 Thou shalt be visited of
    the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with
    earthquake, and great noise, with storm and
    tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. 7 And
    the multitude of all the nations that fight
    against Ariel

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2005 review
  • Comment
  • And so another year draws to a close. But what a
    remarkable year in terms of prophecy fulfilled!
  • At the beginning of each World Watch it says that
    time and again the following would keep cropping
    up as we journey towards the coming kingdom.
  • Israel Middle East the growing conflict
  • This year has seen Israel become ever more the
    focus of the worlds attention. Iran has called
    for Israel to be wiped off the map. Israel has
    withdrawn from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. A
    wall almost surrounds the entire nation now.
  • Europe the developing union / political and
    religious
  • A new Pope is elected Cardinal Ratzinger. He
    named himself Benedict after the patron saint of
    Europe. He is calling for Christian Unity! In his
    Christmas speech he called for Middle East peace.
    He means Israel should give up East Jerusalem.
    This will bring war. Europe has rejected the
    constitution but continues to hang together as
    divided nations exactly as Revelation 17 and
    Daniel 2 show us.
  • Russia continued turning back to anti west ways
  • Russia is increasingly in the news for doing arms
    deals with those the US considers to be the Axis
    of Evil i.e. Syria and Iran. Under Putin the free
    press has been shut down, nuclear programmes have
    been developed and a new Cold War may have
    started.
  • The development of King of South US UK
  • Tarshish and her young lions continue to be
    locked in a war in Iraq. This area of ancient
    Babylon where sin and death entered the world and
    the first kingdom of men began is a scene of
    death and destruction. Remember Abraham was
    called out of this area.
  • Declining moral standards and increasing
    violence.
  • The UK introduces gay marriage. Violence
    increases remember the scenes in France! We
    have seen unprecedented natural disasters with
    Tsunami, hurricanes and earthquakes. Let us pray
    that 2006 finally brings relief with the return
    of our King.
  • Revelation 22 20 Surely I come quickly. Amen.
    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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