Why Extreme Weather?

“Don't mess with Mother Nature, ” and, “It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.” These were lines from a series of catchy 1970s margarine ads. When Mother Nature is fooled, bad things happen --including bad weather. We accept that hail storms, hurricanes, tornados, and blizzards are all part of the natural order. Hurricanes and Typhoons destroy villages, cities, and whole coastlines. Tornados destroy in a few minutes, that which took decades to build. Hailstorms damage cars and homes, and destroy crops. Droughts bring starvation and death to millions. Many of us still remember the heat wave that stunned the world in 2003. According to the daily newsletter, New Scientist.. . But is all weather capricious? Must humanity live in a world where weather disasters lurk around the corner? On today's program, I'm asking and answering the question: “Why extreme weather?” And I'm offering a brand new booklet on the subject, titled, Acts of God: Why Natural Disasters? Be sure to have writing material available to take down the contact information to receive your free copy. And stay tuned, as I'll be right back to answer the question, “Why extreme weather?” ♪ Violence in the form of thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes--also known as typhoons or cyclones--are a constant danger in some parts of our world. Hailstorms inflict damage to homes, automobiles, and crops. Droughts result in crop losses, destructive fires, starvation, and loss of life. Blizzards take lives and make life miserable for any caught out in them. Scientists can tell us where and how extreme weather occurs, but do they know why? A surprising number of people believe that some --if not most-- so-called natural disasters are the result of chemicals sprayed in the upper atmosphere. Their evidence is contrails that they refer to as chemical trails or chemtrails for short. The rumor of a government conspiracy began spreading in 1996 and it continues even though it has been shown in old photographs that contrails existed decades before the so-called conspiracy began, but to no avail. It's harder to knock down a conspiracy theory than to turn lead into gold. Some people are convinced by nearly anything they read on the Internet, no matter the facts. There is no doubt that attempts to alter climate have and still do occur. “Cloud seeding” schemes have been around since the mid-1940's and are practiced by a number of countries. One famous claim for success came in 2009 when Hebei Province in China attempted to end a severe drought. The snow that followed was the first precipitation in more than three months. In a Scientific American interview with cloud seeding expert Arlen Juggins of the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, Mr. Juggins responded to a question about the Chinese experiment. By seeding cumulous clouds, the only kind where such operations have any chance of success, their hope is to increase the amount of rainfall contained in an individual cloud by 15 to 30 percent. While it's difficult to know for sure, they believe these efforts have been successful. Project Stormfury was an American attempt to lessen the power of hurricanes. The experiment began in 1962, and while there seemed to be some early success, later analysis questioned whether this was so, and for various reasons the project was dropped in 1983. It is, however, reasonable to believe that man has modified --to a small degree-- individual clouds and storms, but this is a far cry from boasting that man controls earth's weather. Much time and resources are currently spent promoting the theory that man is causing our planet to warm, with disastrous consequences on the horizon. Those of us who remember the 1970's, heard similar cries that catastrophes awaited humanity because of “global cooling!” I lived in Michigan at the time, and seven of the nine years were colder than normal, so it didn't take much to convince me. However, anecdotal evidence is simplistic and far from scientific. Weather is complex and is influenced by such things as sun-cycles and even volcanoes. Some scientists believe these are greater contributors to temperature variations than man's behavior. Much of the evidence for global warming relies on computer models, but computer models are simply sophisticated forms of speculation, or worse. On November 19, 2009 the Climategate scandal broke. A treasure trove of e-mails and other sensitive documents from the Climate Research Unit --the CRU-- at the University of East Anglia in England leaked to the public, revealing manipulation of data regarding global warming. The significance of this was immense as this report explains: Global warming is controversial, but this we know: "Global cooling" was in vogue in the 1970's. It was replaced by "global warming" which morphed into the broader "climate change" to cover all eventualities. Of course, climate does change. There were periods in earth's history when large sheets of ice covered much of the northern hemisphere. Then there was the Medieval Warm Period --the MWP, as it's referred to --where some scientists claim the earth, or at least parts of the earth, were 1 to 2 degrees Celsius --that's 1.6 to 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit--warmer than what is considered a more typical time in the early 20th century. A Harvard University research team sees global warming to be a serious threat and they plan an experiment to cool the earth. Nature magazine had the following headline: The $3 million experiment is supposed to take place in the Southwestern United States in 2019. Such meddling with nature is not without criticism. Up to this point: It may be that we are in a warming trend that mankind is causing, or it may be that political and monetary forces are responsible for a great hoax. Nevertheless, no matter how much man tampers with or carelessly causes changes in weather, there's another source that has infinitely greater power to affect the natural world. Acts of God: Why Natural Disasters? is a new booklet we are offering today that goes into greater detail than we have time on this short program to cover, and it can be yours, free of charge. Others have already paid for it, so pick up the phone and ask for your copy of Acts of God: Why Natural Disasters? And I'll be back in a moment to explain why disasters so often strike our world. ♪ Announcer: To receive this program's offer absolutely free, or if you would like more information, call the number shown or visit our website online at TomorrowsWorld.org. Or you can write us at the address shown. ♪ Announcer: With this offer, you will also receive your free subscription to Tomorrow's World magazine full of timely articles and unique insights on today's important issues. And be sure to go to TomorrowsWorld.org/digital. Have a digital subscription sent right to your email inbox. Faster than postal mail! Visit us online, now! Our planet is very different from any other that we are currently able to see. Complexity, beauty, perfection, and balance are found everywhere. Consider its remarkable diversity: mountains and valleys, deserts and wetlands, frozen tundra and tropical forests, oceans and islands, rivers and lakes. Oceans warm, cool, and moderate temperatures. The Gulf Stream brings warm water up the East Coast of North America and across the Atlantic to Northwestern Europe. The oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle dances a fine line, giving life to both plants and animals. Plants give off oxygen and animals gives off carbon dioxide --each needing the other. Yes, we live on a remarkable rock, far more complex than we might first imagine. This should cause the curious mind to wonder whether all of this is the result of lucky accidents, or the result of design. If there's a purpose behind our existence, might the Designer have something to do with the forces that we refer to as nature? That's a simple, but important question that needs asking and answering. The Bible is unique among all the “holy books” ever written. No other book compares to it. Some 40 different authors wrote it over a period of 1500 years and over a geographical area stretching some 1500 miles, from modern day Iraq to Italy. It contains history, genealogy, poetry and prose, proverbs, songs, and prophetic pronouncements. The accuracy of its prophecies, which make up from one fourth to one third of its pages, has been remarkable. Some easy-to-understand prophecies were fulfilled millennia ago. Other prophecies are being fulfilled right now, with more to take place as we near the end of the age. The consistency of the biblical message is remarkable, and it gives warnings regarding the relationship between our behavior and the natural world. According to Leviticus 26: But disobedience to our Creator results in weather imbalances that bring about agricultural disasters--drought and pestilences. Note again Leviticus 26: You may be thinking, “Oh, but that doesn't apply to us today!” and that would be a mistake. As we're told in Hebrews 13:8... Even most professing Christians are profoundly ignorant of the Bible and its message. They assume these warnings were only for the Jews and only for that time. And nothing can be further from the truth. The Bible often records prophecies that have both a former and a latter fulfillment. One example of this is found in the prophetic book of Amos. His prophecies were clearly for his people of that day, but also for those living during the time called, the day of the LORD, a time at the end of the age. According to Amos, weather and agricultural disasters are in our future, because of our sins. This passage in Amos begins to answer the question of why the earth sometimes seems to work against us, but this is such a large subject that I don't have time to cover it adequately. If you want to know what to expect in the days ahead, exactly what natural disasters are predicted in the pages of the Bible, you need this new resource, Acts of God: Why Natural Disasters? And it can be yours absolutely free of charge. All you have to do is pick up the phone and request today's offer. It's that simple. Or you can write to the address shown on the screen or go to our website: www.TomorrowsWorld.org Order it today! I'll be back in 15 seconds to explain why a loving God allows these things to happen. Announcer: Today's offer is yours absolutely free, no cost, no obligation. Visit us online at TomorrowsWorld.org. Find us on Facebook, watch us on Youtube, and follow us on Twitter. If God is all powerful and all loving, could He not make us a safer place to dwell? Why did He make the earth so dangerous-- with violent storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and deadly sinkholes. Is survival on our earthly home left to chance? From the beginning, mankind has thumbed his nose in God's face. God placed the first man and woman in a beautiful garden with luscious fruit trees of all sorts. All fruit and nut bearing trees were made available to them, except one, and that's the one they chose. In reality, it was not the specific fruit that mattered, but what it represented. By taking from the forbidden tree, Adam and Eve declared their independence from God. They said in effect: “Leave us alone. We want to determine for ourselves what is right and what is wrong.” That act and attitude started us down a wrong path that we individually and collectively have willingly taken. The result was that our ancestors were kicked out of the garden and let loose to do their own thing. But that decision carried with it grave consequences. No longer would God automatically intervene for them when the air turned dry and the winds blew. Let's read Genesis 3, beginning in verse 17. Thorns and thistles refer to more than sharp objects on bushes. God--in effect--told Adam, that He would no longer automatically bless his physical world. God could stop natural disasters. He could warn us to get out of the way while He builds a new island or mountain. He could direct a violent storm to take a course away from us, or simply calm the wind. He could do all this and more. After all, who created the dirt under our feet? Who created the laws of gravity, the strong force and the weak force? Cannot the God who created the universe and life on this planet protect us? But we're so arrogant we conclude that we, the planet on which we live, and the whole universe all came about as a result of chance! And so, God is allowing us to live in a world of chance. Yet, our Creator is a God of love. From time to time He gives us reminders that we are not as self-sufficient as we think. He gives us periodic reality checks. Psalm 107 colorfully describes what happens when we are confronted with forces beyond our control. Yes when the waves roar, when hurricane force winds blow, when the ground beneath our feet shakes violently when we're stranded in a blizzard, then we cry out for help; but what happens when the ground stops shaking and the winds subside? How many promises of "turning over a new leaf" evaporate? The above psalm does not indicate that God causes every storm and calms every wind. He sets these forces in motion and they remind us of our need for Him. As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 9:11-12... A better Tomorrow's World is coming, but we're in for a rough ride before that time. Acts of God: Why Natural Disasters? gives the short-term and long-term forecasts for our world. It goes beyond the weather to discuss the significance of the Yellowstone caldera. It explains how an asteroid is coming our way and will shock the world, at least those who survive! I encourage you to call, write, or go to our website to receive your free copy of this new booklet, Acts of God: Why Natural Disasters? Do it today before you forget, and I'll be back in a moment, with a challenge, so don't go away! ♪ Announcer: To receive this program's offer absolutely free, or if you would like more information, call the number shown or visit our website online at TomorrowsWorld.org. Or you can write us at the address shown. ♪ Announcer: With this offer, you will also receive your free subscription to Tomorrow's World magazine full of timely articles and unique insights on today's important issues. And be sure to go to TomorrowsWorld.org/digital. Have a digital subscription sent right to your email inbox. Faster than postal mail! Visit us online, now! The Bible is an amazing book containing many specific prophecies. Those unfamiliar with it may be surprised to learn that weather and other seemingly-natural calamities are discussed in its pages. When the Bible warns of natural disasters --and it does-- we ought to take notice. Catastrophes of immense magnitude--far greater than anything mankind has seen-- are in our near future! God created us, gave us life, and placed us on this beautiful and dynamic planet. He gave us wise instructions on how to live abundant and successful lives, and He's more than capable of steering us clear of danger if we would only listen. Deuteronomy 30:19... Explains in simple terms the decision humanity must make.


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