Is Global Warming Causing Increased Tornadoes and Hurricanes?

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Is there enough evidence to prove Global Warming? If so, is Global Warming causing an increase in tornadoes and hurricanes? Is the increase in tornadoes within the past years due to this perceived or real trend of Global Warming?

Global Warming – Fact or Fiction

Everyone by now has heard of Global Warming. Many are sure that it is happening. Others see this as a normal, cyclical event not tied to human activities like industry and cattle farming.  What are the facts behind Global Warming?

Global Warming

What are the facts behind global warming?

I live in what is called Tornado Alley in Kansas.  On one day alone, of all days, April 15th, 2012, there were 97 tornadoes reported in the state. That’s 97 tornadoes in one day in one state!  Kansas averages 57 tornadoes a year but on one day alone it was almost double the average number of tornadoes for a year and in fact in less than a day, 13 hours. Ironically, as I wrote this, there were 5 tornado warnings on my radar screen on the Internet with two south of us and three west of us moving east-northeast.  Kansas averages 57 tornadoes in an entire year and as of this date, still in the spring, we have already had 168!  People are beginning to ask, “What is happening!” Good question. Is it attributable to Global Warming?  Is Global Warming even true or is the weather in the world cyclical?  In the last two years, the number of destructive tornadoes has ballooned to all time highs and records seem to be set each and every year.  A more important question here is if there is a connection to our weather and Bible prophecy?

Ezekiel 13:13 sounds ominously close to what is happening around the world today, “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury.” This was a prophecy against Israel primarily because of the many false prophets prophesying falsely in that day. Is there any connection between the hundreds of false gospels being spouted by false ministers who are actually preaching a false gospel and the weather catastrophes of today?  Paul warned of these shepherd dressed in wolves clothing in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”

Does God Cause Catastrophes?

In Job 38:1 God actually spoke out of the “whirlwind” which appears to be a tornado (called a cyclone in some parts of the world).  God gave Ezekiel a prophecy that sounds strangely close to what is happening today in 30:1-3, “The word of the Lord came again to me saying, “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, Wail, ‘Alas for the day!’ “For the day is near,  Even the day of the Lord is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations. “A sword will come upon Egypt, And anguish will be in Ethiopia; When the slain fall in Egypt, They take away her wealth, And her foundations are torn down.” Would God not send doom in the clouds to Egypt and not do the same thing to the nations of the world that forget Him?  Ezekiel also wrote in 32:8, “All the shining lights in the heavens.  I will darken over you.  And will set darkness on your land,” Declares the Lord God.”

There are droughts that are also simultaneously occurring around the globe and what were the causes of droughts in the Old Testament prophecies? In Deuteronomy 28:23-24, droughts were seen as a judgment of God from a nation’s failure to obey His laws, “The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.” This sounds a lot like the Dust Bowl of the Great Plains in the 1930’s.  Where floods occur in one area, droughts often occur in others.  Even Jesus Himself warned of such weather upheavals prior to His return in Luke 21:25 where He said that there “will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”  Indeed, we are already seeing “great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven” (Luke 21:11).

The Last Days

Jesus gave the longest prophecy about the time of the end of the age in what is called the Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24 and 25.  Just reading this shows that we could very well be living in the last days – the days just prior to Christ’s Second Advent. Jesus’ disciples, after walking out of the Temple and bragging on just how magnificent it was, asked Jesus two questions.  One question concerned the Temple and when it would be destroyed; it was eventually destroyed in A.D. 70. The disciples second question concerned His return to earth and Jesus commenced to give the longest answer to this question found anywhere in the Bible.  In Matthew 24 He gave some of the signs that would occur just before He returned.  In Matthew 24:4-8 are some of the first signs and Jesus “answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.   Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains.”  Today we have no shortage of false messiahs and some even proclaim that they are Jesus Christ Himself.  There are wars, rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes but these are just “the beginning of birth pains.”

Jesus continued in Matthew 24:11-14 saying that “many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Once again, we have seen the love of many grow cold, false prophets abound, and the gospel has been preached around the globe, even though not everyone has heard it yet, but notice that Jesus did not say everyone would hear the gospel but that the gospel would be preached in the whole world and then the end will come. Today with the Internet and satellites, the gospel has penetrated into the whole world.

In Matthew 24:29-31 He gives a final warning that, “Immediately after the distress of those days“ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’  “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”  Jesus is now talking about the heavens and the earth, the moon and the stars (meteorites?) being shaken.  That is when the sign of the Son of Man comes and when all of the elect are to be gathered to Himself.  This time is unknown to us as even Jesus said, “about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matt 24:36).

Be Ready

We need to seriously heed Jesus’ final warnings to those who believe they are Christian but are not truly regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  I beg you to take seriously Jesus’ warning in Matthew 7:21-23 that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”  How heartbreaking that will be.  Many who thought that they were good people who did a lot of good things thinking that they were going to heaven will hear instead, depart from me for “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.”  Away they will go into outer darkness and forever be separated from God.  Many who thought they were going to heaven will have the worst news they could ever hear.

The signs of Christ’s return are everywhere; in false preachers and their false gospels, in natural catastrophes, in the love of many growing cold, in the anti-Christian bias, in growing anti-Semitism, and as they were saying in Peter’s day, “They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (2 Pet 3:4).  Today skepticism over Jesus’ return is at an all time high but listen, you have the power to choose life or to choose death.  Today is still the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2) but tomorrow it may be too late.  If you were to die tonight in your sins, you would be lost forever.  There is no need for this.  Come now and place your trust in the Savior today while it is still called today.  Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and place your faith in Him and you will be saved … come hell or high water.  There is nothing more sure in this world than that.  That is my prayer for you at this very moment.

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Are Natural Disasters from God? Tsunami’s, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire, droughts, and floods or any other natural disaster you can bring to mind. See how Pastor Jack examines what the Bible has to say about these things. As usual, you will read about the hope and safety we have in God too.


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