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Turning up the heat

Credit: Vincent Van den Storme/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Vincent Van den Storme/Flickr/Creative Commons

The recent heat waves being experienced in the America Southwest and England may have an odd connection to a passage in the book of Revelation:

The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. 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 past week Arizona experienced some very hot weather, but it did not break the 122 degree heat record set in that US state on June 26, 1990. Nevertheless for three consecutive days (June 19-21), Phoenix, Arizona broke or equaled heat records for their city with temperatures of 118F, 119F and 116F respectively.

The high temperatures that reached into areas of California resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a warning about “heat-related illnesses.”

In the United Kingdom, they are experiencing some of the hottest weather in 40 years. Heathrow reached 34.5C (94F) this past week. But it was still below the 35.6C temperature set in Southhampton on June 27, 1976.

But this recent spat of hot weather has caught the media’s attention.

The English newspaper, The Guardian, reported on a study published in Nature Climate Change that stated nearly a third of the world’s population has the potential to be hit by “deadly heat waves.” The report published by researchers from the University of Hawaii added that the number of people affected by this heat could increase to 48% by the end of  the century.

These heat waves are being blamed on rising CO2 emissions. The Guardian writes:

“Nearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it ‘almost inevitable’ that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found.”

But this is where it gets interesting. In his vision of the end time, the Apostle John said there was a different cause for the high temperatures. He saw an angel pouring a vial on the sun causing it to increase its heat and scorch the earth.

It was also clearly a judgment from God and John adds that despite the heat, people did not repent.

And today, we have a better understanding of why. Because, those in the media and government are blaming this heat on man-made global warming. Human activity is causing it, not the sun and from their perspective certainly not God.

I do not believe the recent heatwaves are the temperatures that John saw in his vision. It was hotter twenty years ago in Arizona and hotter 40 years ago in England.

I suspect the heat blast that John envisioned will shatter all records.

This scorching will take place at some future time. And in fact, for the past 20 years there has been no global warming. The temperature increase has stalled for now, despite record amounts of CO2 being poured into the atmosphere each year. This seems to sever any connection between CO2 and temperature.

Nevertheless, the stage is set to blame the heat on CO2 and man’s activity and because of this people will not respond.

Basically most in the media have chosen to ignore the 400 reports written over the past four years stating there is a direct link between global warming and sun activity.

But the impact of the heat John saw scorching the earth could be deadly.

The study reported in Nature Climate Change also looked at the deaths associated with heat exposure over the last couple decades. It cited the 20,000 people who died during the 2003 heat wave that hit Europe in 2003, the 10,000 who died during the 2010 heat wave in Moscow and the 700 that died during Chicago’s 1995 heat wave.

High humidity was a major cause of these increased fatalities. If the humidity is high, sweat that is used to cool the body will not evaporate resulting in a build up of heat inside the body. This results in heat toxicity that the report described as a “sunburn on the inside of your body.”


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