When describing the conditions that usher in the End Times, Jesus gave several categories of startling events.
Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes,
famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven." (Luke 21:10-11)
Wars will increase. Seismic activity (earthquakes and volcanoes) will be worse. Famines and pestilences will be more
prevalent. Fearful events and great signs from the heavens could include disastrous weather, modern threats, like
asteroids, space junk, solar flares, and even UFO scares.
In the case of extreme weather, many observers agree that the scope and frequency of wind storms, floods and
droughts appear to be increasing at this time.
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Dec. 4, 2011 - There are two ways that extreme damage could be caused to the electrical grid and to
electronics themselves. One of these is an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack by an enemy using a nuclear device
at high altitude.
Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich...
recently declared that the potential for an EMP attack is perhaps the most serious national security threat
facing the United States today.
The other way this kind of damage can occur would be an extreme solar storm caused by the so-called Solar-Max,
or peak cycle of the sun's activities. This phenomenon is due sometime between 2012 and 2014.
NASA says such a storm could come like a bolt of lightning, destroying hundreds of transformers, plunging some 130
million people into darkness, and could take up to 10 years to repair.
Nov. 20, 2011 - More than 600 people have died from the extensive flooding in Thailand. Their monsoon season was the worst they have
experienced in over 50 years.
The floodwaters swamped entire towns as they moved south through the country's central heartland to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand.
More than two-thirds of the country's 77 provinces have been flooded during the four-month-long crisis.
Oct. 15, 2011 - Thailand's worst flooding in half a century has already caused the death of 283,
and has affected some 8 million others. Aid is coming from various countries, such as China and the U.S., but
the Thai people are doing the most to help their countrymen, donating food, water and clothing.
Aug. 26, ,2011 - Nate Silver analyzes 30 of the worst storms that have struck New York, and compares the
current Hurricane Irene to them. The economic damage could run into the tens of billions of dollars.
Unlikely but theoretically plausible scenarios could have the damage entering the realm of the
costliest natural disasters of all time, and perhaps being large enough to have a materially negative effect on the
nation’s gross domestic product.
Aug. 24, 2011 - So far the year 2011 has been full of natural disasters. The massive Australian flood (twice the size of Texas), several
big earthquakes, including the one in Australia that killed 181 people and the monster quakes in Japan that killed
more than 150,000, moved the island of Honshu eight feet, and caused the melt-down of nuclear reactors. Then the
southern and eastern parts of the United States experienced the worst rash of tornadoes in recorded weather history.
The 2011 "Super Outbreak" included four EF-5 tornadoes, and led to almost 350 deaths and more than $6
billion in insured losses.
Following the tornadoes, A mile-wide multiple vortex EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Mo. and killed 159 people. People
are wondering if these events are just a coincidence or if God may be trying to get our attention.
The Mississippi River is flooding at near record levels. Both large cities and small towns along its banks are
struggling to control a torrent of water from spring rain and runoff. In the small town of Vicksburg, Mississippi,
some residents are preparing to evacuate.
April 30, 2011 - The highest death toll ever was on March 18, 1925, when 747 people were killed in
storms that raged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The current rash of tornados in Alabama and neighboring
states reached a one-day total of 337, making it the second-deadliest day for a twister outbreak in U.S. history.
Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of
the South, killing at least 194 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise.
137 tornado reports were registered by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.
Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 and home to the University of Alabama, was one of the hardest-hit cities. At
least 15 people were killed.
Feb. 22, 2011 - A UK scientist has warned that the threat of a severe solar storm should be taken
more seriously. As the cycle of solar activity builds, toward the year 2013, plans should be made to deal with the
results of these coronal mass ejections that could wreak havoc on the world's electronic systems.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC,
John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, said that a massive solar storm could cause a
"global Katrina" costing the world's economies as much as 2 trillion dollars.