Haggai 2:17 – “Yahweh struck you with blasting winds, mildew and hail on everything your hands produced; but you still wouldn’t return to me.”
Yahweh is in charge of the weather, the climate, and natural disasters. The many disasters we have seen over the past several years have been increasing each year as we approach the season of Yeshua’s return. We continue our look at our Year End Update for 2019:
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The chart above shows the number of worldwide disasters since 1900. The cost of these worldwide disasters was around $198 billion in 2012, dipping to only 97 billion in 2015, then rising to 306 Billion in 2017. The Earth was inundated by 39 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2018, and 2019 is the fifth consecutive year (2015-2019) in which 10 or more billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events have impacted just the United States. The 1980–2018 annual average is only 6.3 events for the United States.
Australia’s New South Wales started out January continuing to fight the raging fires that started in December 2018 with more than 80 fire fronts and 36 of them burning out of control. Chile, Mexico, and Spain were on fire between February and June. Peru also saw horrendous wildfires as did Siberia, Russia. Wildfire smoke traveling east from Siberia had reached Alaska, the west coast of Canada, and Seattle by July 31, 2019. A total of 56 wildfires burned out of control in parts of Greece as smoke from the Evia fire covered Athens in August. Indonesian, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines were affected by wildfires in September. Parts of Syria and Lebanon had more than 100 wildfires burning in October. The United States continued to see wildfires, especially in California, Oregon, and Washington. Seven large fires were burning in four western states as late as November. British Columbia, Canada also had a very disastrous fire season. Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest hit an estimated 72,843 fires, the highest since records began in 2013. The United Kingdom was hit by hundreds of large wildfires in 2019, making it the worst year on record.
Volcanic activity in 2019 has been very active again. The Mexican Popocatepetl volcano sent a two-kilometer ash plume in January. In May the Mount Agung volcano erupted on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali twice, and the Mount Sinabung Volcano in North Sumatra and Mount Etna in Italy both erupted once. California and New Zealand are both experiencing increased earthquake swarm activity in the areas of their volcanoes. In June the Ulawun volcano erupted in Papua New Guinea. In July Mount Etna and a volcano on the island of Stromboli, Italy both erupted, as did the Ubinas Volcano in Peru, and Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia. Poppcatepetl blew again in August, and Japan’s Sakurajima volcano spewed smoke and ash with its biggest eruption in more than three years in September.
In January Indonesia was hit, as were Turkey, Cuba, and the US. February, March, and April saw large parts of the Southern US hit again and again, as well as Germany, Nepal and Romania. Tornadoes hit both the US and Chile in May. July saw the US, China, and Italy hit by tornadoes, and August saw New Zealand, and China hit. September was confined mainly to the US being hit, but October and November saw the US, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, and South Africa hit. The bulk of the tornadoes recorded by mid November were in the EF0 to EF2 range; EF0=431, EF1=467, EF2=107, EF3=28, and only 3 EF4. Wind related events were minimal before 1949, averaging under 5 events per year. 1949 saw 24 events, jumping to 193 in 1950, and peaking at 1637 in 2004. This year saw 1267 wind related events.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor showed extreme drought in the southern Alaska Panhandle as of June. Several regions across Europe experienced drought conditions during June and July. Kenya, China, Zimbabwe, and Thailand were all experiencing drought conditions as of July. August saw Metzabok Lake in the Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico dried up completely this month. Zambia faces the worst drought since 1981. By September, Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world, had dropped to its lowest level in 100 years, and the worst drought in 90 years had hit Namibia. By October, Chile’s dry spell was the country’s worst in sixty years, the Horn of Africa saw the most severe drought in 35 years, and South Africa in over 1000 years. In November, China reported a severe drought plaguing the Anhui Province in east China, and The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River are suffering from its most severe drought in 40 years. Istanbul, Turkey, reports that water levels at dams providing water to its people have reached critically low levels after long periods of inadequate rainfall.
Freezing Temperatures and Hail Storms
January 2019 came in with a bang. Southern Greece known for its Mediterranean warmth dropped down to minus 9° Fahrenheit (23° Celsius). Austria received so much snow that more than 1,000 miles of ski slope and 450 ski lifts closed because of the weather. Germany and Austria sent in the troops and tanks to rescue homeowners from neck-deep snow. The Chicago area can expected temperatures of minus 49° Fahrenheit (-44° Celsius). Temperatures dropped to5° Fahrenheit (-15° Celsius) in Scotland. In February, at least 2,000 schools across Britain serving nearly a million children were shut after a ‘snow bomb’ hit according to The Daily Mail. The Weather Channel reported 6ft, of snow fell in just 24 hours in parts of California breaking a 100-year record. Temperatures in Canada’s midwest city of Saskatoon dipped to as low as minus 44.68° Fahrenheit (-42.6° Celsius) on a Wednesday, breaking a 112-year record, according to Environment Canada.
Hail storms began in April and continued thru June. India and Pakistan found more than hundred dead along with hundreds injured after powerful storms unleashed dust, lightning, hail, rain and high winds in April. Continental Europe saw turbulent storms, floods, giant hailstone showers, and lightning — sometimes during the same day in June.
Mark 13:8 – “. . . . These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”
Luke 21:11 – “And there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”
Natural disasters around the world occurred at an alarming rate in 2019. Every few weeks another natural disaster seemed to hit the planet in one area or another, often in several places at the same time. Earthquakes and fires demolished entire towns or cities, wildfires burned hundreds of thousands of acres – unprecedented in past history. Tornadoes, cyclones, even dust storms hit the planet, many of which also caused mass flooding and loss of life. The birth pangs are, indeed, be breaking forth.
Yahweh does nothing without first giving advance notice (Amos 3:7). Tom Horn, along with several scientists have set the impact of Wormwood on the Earth in April 2029. If this date corresponds with the mid-tribulation period described in Revelation 8:10-11, then time is incredibly short, and advance notice has been given – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – Be sure he is your Redeemer, King, and High Priest.
Year End Update Series
Year End Update 2019 Part 1
Year End Update 2018, Part 1
Year End Update 2018, Part 2
Year End Update 2017
Year End Update 2016
Year End Update 2015
Year End Update 2014
Year End Update 2013
Year End Update 2012