On July 31, 2015, temperatures in the city of Bandar Mahshahr, Iran hit a blistering 165F (74C), once you factored in the humid “feels-like” index. The air temperature was (115F) or 46C. In terms of actual temperatures the hottest spot that day was Kuwait City where the temperature reached 118F (48C).
Despite the Middle East’s largely desert-like condition, most countries have high humidity due to the Persian Gulf.
The heat blast covered several Middle Eastern countries including Iraq, Egypt, Unite Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and even Israel. After 8 days of heat exceeding 120 degrees, the Iraqi government declared a four-day holiday for all employees, no exceptions.
In an interview with the New York Post, AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani described the unusual heat this way:
“That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world.”
The Middle East is not the only regions experiencing extreme heat. In June, a heat wave resulted in 600 people dying in Pakistan. India also experienced a blistering heat blast for two weeks in April and May resulting in 230 deaths.
The temperature in Bandar Mahshahr at the end of July was the second hottest day ever recorded.
The hottest occurred almost exactly 12 years ago on July 8, 2003 when Dharhran, Saudi Arabia recorded “feels-like” temperatures of 178F (81C).
That record day of scorching heat fell in the midst of the global warming period the earth recently experienced. While activists have blamed C02 as the reason for the warming, the more logical choice is a rise in sun activity.
A number of astronomers are now predicting the earth will soon be experiencing a cooling period as the sun may be entering a phase referred to as the Maunder Minimum which is marked by reduced sun spot activity.
A significant cooling, that took place during the late 1600s and early 1700s, is blamed on reduced sun spot activity. Referred to as the ‘mini ice age’ it resulted in England’s Thames River freezing over for several years and caused several famines and plagues in Europe.
If reduced sun activity causes cooling is it possible increased activity causes warmth?
Coincidence or not, the Bible predicted a time of extreme heat in the earth, such as we are seeing in the Middle East.
In his apocalyptic vision of the end times found in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John saw God pouring a number of plagues on the earth. One of them was a period of scorching heat. We are not given any indication on how long this would last, only that it would occur.
The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. 9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory. (Revelation 16: 8,9 NASV)
This passage tells us two things very clearly. First it was the sun that was the source of this heat and secondly that God was the initiator. The intent was to cause people to repent and instead they blasphemed God.
Are these the heat waves John predicted? Who knows? If they are, this is yet another sign the earth is entering the end times.