Every once in a while I’m infected by the Rapture Bug.
The symptoms are always the same: feverish interest in End-Times events, rabid news consumption, and gnawing paranoia and distrust. The bouts typically last between weeks to months. In 2011, I was stricken the entire year (Mayan calendar, anyone?)
Each time I suffer this illness, the same, pervasive question haunts me: is Jesus’ return really near? I mean, c’mon – His return has been “near” for centuries.
The answer shocks me most times.
As many Bible prophecy students know, a few key developments serve as benchmarks for our placement on God’s orchestrated Calendar for Mankind. Israel, Russia, and the economy are just a few.
Here are some others:
Rise in Earthquakes
A recent article pronounced a series of large earthquakes is overdue; unfortunately, “no one in the world is safe” from threatening, potentially apocalyptic disasters.
“There are a lot of magnitude 6-plus earthquakes overdue in the Middle East, India, China, Japan, and the US,” said Dr. Behzad Fatahi, UTS Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering Senior Lecturer.
Locations to watch? The Ring of Fire, Italy, Myanmar, and Australia.
For those who don’t know, this is what the Ring of Fire looks like:
And What of the Cascadia Subduction Zone?
Unfortunately for my alma matter, the folks in the Pacific Northwest can’t catch a break.
The hot, new Cascadia Subduction Zone has received much press lately, thanks to Kathryn Schulz’s famous article in the New Yorker. Controversy and drama aside, experts have recently refined their findings on this zone (which runs from Northern California to British Columbia) and have concluded:
- The likelihood of a significant quake from Newport, Oregon northward is greater than previously thought
- The chance of a major quake hitting the Central Oregon coast within 50 years has+ increased to 20 percent (some experts say it’s more like 37 percent.)
What About Those Cascade Volcanoes?
It’s one thing to worry about earthquakes and tsunamis. It’s another to worry about volcanoes.
And it appears that those in the Pacific Northwest have another reason to fret: the Cascade Volcanoes (Mt. Hood, Mt. Ranier, Mt. Saint Helens, etc.)
This recent article (in which Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma – all Pacific Northwest cities, by the way – made the “5 Cities Teetering on the Brink of Natural Disaster” list) stated Mount Ranier is now considered “episodically active.”
What’s the Relevance?
Right before Jesus was killed on the Cross, He conversed with His disciples about the End of the World. His description? Amongst other things, earth would be riddled with disastrous quakes (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11). Science supports our future holds earth-shaking disasters. Experts’ arguments earthquakes will be worldwide run parallel to Jesus’ assertion apocalyptic earthquakes will be in “various places.”
Put simply, scientists and Jesus agree: devastating earthquakes are coming. Potentially soon.
The mention of chemtrails typically invokes a huge eye-roll from me. However, that is changing. Many intelligent people have investigated the existence of these once joked-about phenomena. The results are well documented.
Put simply, chemtrails are long, white clouds in the sky, typically running from horizon to horizon, created when a jet sprays a chemical mixture into the stratosphere. (Just do a Google search, or – better yet – check out this fascinating video.) I’ve assumed they were contrails, or long clouds that are simply ice crystals from a jet’s exhaust. However, contrails dissipate quickly. Chemtrails trails do not.
So, what do chemtrails spray, and for what purpose? Lab tests reveal they are a mixture of aluminum, barium, and strontium. It does not dissolve but instead slowly spreads over the sky. Their function is speculated: are they meant to slow global warming? Inoculate? Halt non-GMO food production?
No one knows, but one option is deep in the Bible beneath the hidden agendas and conspiracies. Consider the following:
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.
All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble,
and the day that is coming will set them on fire,”
says the Lord Almighty.
“Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
But for you who revere my name,
the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.
And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
Then you will trample on the wicked;
they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,”
says the Lord Almighty.
The moon will shine like the sun,
and the sunlight will be seven times brighter,
like the light of seven full days,
when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people
and heals the wounds he inflicted.
This says the sun will be extremely hot during the End of the Word – seven times hotter. Coincidentally, barium, part of the chemtrail composition, is used to absorb radiation. Is it plausible the chemtrails are simply earth’s shield from an ever-hottening Sun? If so, who’s behind it?
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