I may have to eat my words, a quaint way of saying I was wrong.
In a post a few months back, I was talking about some hot weather the earth experienced this past June, when locations in both the US and England were experiencing near record temperatures.
I found it interesting because in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John saw extreme heat as one of the judgments that God would pour in the earth in the end times:
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)
In my earlier post, Turning up the Heat, I noted that though it was extremely hot in these areas of the world in June, they were not temperatures records and because of that I stated:
“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.”
Well, I will officially eat my words because this past June that is exactly what happened.
French meteorologist Etienne Kapikian reported that temperatures in Ahvaz, Iran hit 129F (53.7C), shattering temperature not only in that country but also for all of Asia. Once humidity was factored in the temperature was closer to 142F (61.1C).
It was hot enough to set a frying pan on the street and fry up a steak . One food website even recommended 129F when cooking a medium-rare steak.
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I have also wondered if many of the judgements envisioned in the Book of Revelation would occur in the Middle East around Israel.
However, even with this extreme heat it was still only the second highest temperature ever recorded on the earth. That record was set on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California when temperatures hit 134F (56.6C).
If man-made C02 emissions are the cause of Iran’s recent heat, then what caused the record temperature in 1913?
Predictably many blamed the extreme heat on man-made CO2 emissions and ironically the Apostle John noted that after the heat hit people “did not repent as to give Him glory.”
- Temperatures in Iran hits 129F (53.7C) — the hottest in the country’s history and one of the highest ever in the world: Daily Mail
- It was 129 degrees in Iran Thursday, which is one of the Earth’s hottest temperatures ever recorded: USA Today