Natural Catastrophes Are Intensifying
Drought, floods, typhoons, hurricanes are devastating every inhabited continent. The unexpected sudden earthquake and accompanying tidal wave, the violent flood, the unpredictable path of a devastating tornado, and the strange behavior of a massive hurricane, spasmodically wreak havoc. Each year these abnormal, erratic upheavals of nature claim an ever-increasing number of lives. Against these “killers,” man is helpless.
Haven’t there always been earthquakes? Hasn’t the world always experienced adverse weather? Haven’t we always been plagued by these catastrophes?
True enough. But not like they are today! The earth has never experienced these natural catastrophes with such ever-increasing intensity. Today we are having more earthquakes than ever before! Today we are witnessing worse weather than in any past generation. Today we are threatened by more floods, more tidal waves, and more hurricanes than in any preceding time.
Take a look at the major earthquakes of the last several decades! Notice these staggering facts, compiled from a variety of reliable sources.
Since the start of the 20th century, accurate records have been kept of all the major and important earthquakes. These recordings show that an ever-increasing number of upheavals are devastating wide areas of the world.
From 1901 to 2000 three hundred and ten earthquakes have occurred, but from 2000 to 2015 that number has sufficiently increased from 310 to 33,481. Yes, the undeniable fact is that the earth has shown its anger more often during the last decade than it has during the preceding 90 years.
But earthquakes are only one of many natural calamities befalling our peoples, bringing death and destruction to untold thousands. The United States is constantly plagued with a vicious series of tornadoes. They have been known to strike in any month of the year and in any areas, although the summer is their most likely striking time and the central of the United States their most likely target. These vicious “killers” are also on the increase.
1921-1930. . . . . . . . . 1430 tornadoes
1931-1940. . .. . . . . .. .1617 tornadoes
1941-1950. . . . . . . . . .1629 tornadoes
1951-1960. . . . . . . . . .5255 tornadoes
As can clearly be seen from these figures the decade from 1951 to 1960 had seen three and a half times as many tornadoes as any preceding decade since records were kept. In the state of Oklahoma alone from 1950 to 2014, there were 3,571 tornadoes. The weather has literally gone wild! But that isn’t all! Take a look at these other agents of destruction, hurricanes, and typhoons. They, too, have increased in intensity and violence.
Although these storms can strike anywhere in the world, they usually deliver their devastating blows in the Americas and in the Far East. Hurricanes – called Typhoons in the Eastern Hemisphere – are massive storms which can last for a day to several weeks. Here, again, we notice an alarming increase in number and in intensity. Widespread flooding, sometimes accompanied by tidal waves, is often a by-product of a hurricane.
From the beginning to the middle of the 20th century, only eight major hurricanes and typhoons are recorded. From 1951 to 1963 however, a period of only 12 years, twenty-four storms of this type struck this world. A staggering number of 24 major hurricanes and typhoons brought havoc to different parts of the world in the brief span of twelve years, exactly two per year! Whereas, during the preceding 50 years, only eight such storms are recorded.
Since the year 1951, natural cataclysms have literally increased at such a fantastic rate, that seismologists and meteorologists are dumbfounded. They know conditions aren’t normal. To them, some unseen force seems to be at work, but they don’t know what. All they know is that earthquakes are on the increase; tornadoes are occurring more often; and hurricanes strike the world more frequently.
With major floods and tidal waves it is the same story. They, too, are rapidly increasing. For example, during the first half of the 20th century, only seven major catastrophes of this nature are recorded to have struck the earth. During the last twelve years, however, a total of fifteen major floods and tidal waves hit the earth. Again we see the same upward trend! More than twice as many floods and tidal waves were recorded during the last twelve years of the 20th century as during the preceding 50 years.
From 2000 to 2015 a total of 49 major floods and tidal waves have struck this earth. Can there be any doubt that nature has “gone on a rampage?” Can anyone deny the fact that something is drastically wrong with the weather? That earthquakes are increasing in number and intensity? That natural catastrophes are striking us more and more as each year passes?
What is the reason behind this revolution in the weather? What is behind all this rapid intensifying of natural catastrophes? Is it just one of those things for which there is no explanation? Or is there a significance behind it all?
To find the right answer to these perplexing questions we must go to the source of all true and essential knowlege, the divinely inspired Word of Almighty God. In the Holy Bible the Eternal God foretells future events, almost all of which are finding their fulfillment right now.
One of the many important prophetic events now having their culminating fulfillment is this series of natural calamities now taking place.
Notice Luke 21:11, where natural catastrophes are prophesied as a definite sign of the end of this age: “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilence, and fearful sights and great signs shall be from heaven.” Amidst these signs, Luke was further inspired to write in verse 25 “. . . and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves thereof roaring.”
This ever-increasing intensity of major climatic disturbances is a further sign that God is angry with mankind. Notice God’s wrath with today’s society as recorded in Psalm 18:7. Here, David, under inspiration, describes the very time we are living in: “Then the earth shook and trembled – (earthquakes); the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because He was wroth.”
Yes, God is wroth with this world, because man has turned everything upside down, even rejecting Him as his very Creator.
We are all familiar with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As the Son of God was hanging on the stake, ridiculed, despised, rejected, a sudden darkness fell upon the entire land, followed by a tremendous earthquake (Matt. 27:54).When the Apostles Paul and Silas were imprisoned in a Roman prison in Philippi, God’s intervention on their behalf was likewise accompanied by a great earthquake (Acts 16:26).
Yes, it is God who sends earthquakes. He controls the weather (Jer. 5:24; Job 5:10; I Sam. 13:17-18). It’s God Almighty who has prophesied great cataclysmic events to strike this earth. And He is bringing them all to pass, in this very generation.
The prophet Isaiah portrays this age we are living in as a frightful time – a time when God “raiseth to shake terribly the earth” (Isa. 2:21).
God help you to heed His warning and come under His Divine protection, because already “the foundations of the earth are shaking” (Isa. 24:18).