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NEWS 29 - Feb. 27, 1998
Weather - Important Guest
at the party
WEATHER - Long ago, when the world
was younger, there was an old saying: Whether the weather be cold, or whether
the weather be hot, we'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether
we like it or not!
However, there are some weathers which
take a salient strength to weather - like the el niño antics which
have given Florida
On p. 46,
"the deadliest round
of tornadoes... since the National Weather Service started keeping detailed
records a half-century ago" - AP in Adelaide Advertiser, Feb. 25, p. 35.
In Time Magazine, p. 45, March 2, 1998, we read this:
"In early February
one of the most powerful storms on record slammed into California, swamping
the coast with 10-m waves, drenching the state with torrential rains and
blasting it with near hurricane-force winds. Rail lines and major highways
were cut by floodwaters up and down the coast, and hundreds of homes were
destroyed. Within a week, two more storms had struck ..."
That is merely for the moment. There has
been documented in World Watch, Dec. 1994, even at that time, a rising
tide of meteorological severities. However our current interest is water.
The Greenhouse Effect contribution to increased energy available for storms,
melting ice contributing to increased water supplies in the oceans and
increased heating as a base level datum, in terms of apparent long-term
trends has already set the stage so that President Clinton, some weeks
ago, spoke of the need for care in energy production, lest the time should
come when parts of Florida's coastline should become submerged! Before
that, some islanders in the Pacific Ocean area had asked the world conference
on this topic of energy and Greenhouse matters to consider that IF there
were not restraint, their WHOLE islands could be submerged, not a mere
part of a coastline.
"When you put it
all together - forest fires in Indonesia, drought in Papua New Guinea,
typhoons in Japan, torrential rains in East Africa, unusually powerful
hurricanes in the Pacific, flash floods in Peru and Ecuador, freak snowstorms
in Mexico - this El Niño has already unleashed more than its share
of epic mayhem."
These small items are enough to make
the point that the Bible, in its synthetic presentation of the patterns
of the end-times, rising to a crescendo as a pointer not to Desert Storm
but to World Emergency by divine decree, and one so apt and so active that
UNLESS THOSE DAYS WERE SHORTENED NO FLESH COULD BE SPARED, has amongst
the many with which we are so familiar, this point. There will be a situation
in which one will perceive
As far as the sea and the waves roaring,
two things have happened: The phenomenon is highly noticeable on the grand
scale, and the grounds for its continuation and augmentation are also present.
It is the majestic certainties with which WHATEVER God has to say on ANY
point come round more certainly than night following day which is impressive.
"the sea and the
waves roaring". In these long term forecasts there is often found
in the Bible an economy of style - like Daniel 12's
"many shall run
to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" as one of the end-time
signals - and this is no exception to that. In other words, these brief
appraisals are put in because they will be noteworthy, epochal flags.
arrive like guests to a party; and the grounds for their arriving in even
more splendour, and in this case, destruction, are arriving as if they
too were among the guests.