Author: Timothy Tin
While the conflict in Ukraine continues to rage on, European are facing a crisis in energy scarcity and a flood of refugee resettlement issues. However, the most shocking devastation is the record-breaking heat wave across Western Europe. According to the BBC, Portugal had a record high temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. In Great Britain, certain regions issued extreme heat warnings. On July 19, 2022, a few areas in the UK reached a record temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius. Dr. Eunice Lo, a climate scientist at the University of Bristol, told BBC that rising temperatures signify climate change. Every year 2000 people die of heat-related deaths. Since 1884, the ten hottest summers all happened after 2002. According to Dr. Lo, global heat waves are more common and have persisted for longer. This heat wave also caused severe forest fires; France has placed 22 of its regions, mainly along the Atlantic shoreline, on high orange alert. A Southwestern part of France resident claimed the forest fires were post-apocalyptic. The fires had already decimated 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) of land (Laurence Peter, BBC reporter, July 18, 2022).
The British meteorological agency announced that this heat wave had set a record high temperature in the last 350 years. The World Health Organization regional director Hans Kluge pointed out that the heat-waves across Europe have already threatened the health and viability of those impacted. Heat stroke or other conditions due to the inability to regulate body temperature will cause pain, even death, and is more prone in young children or the elderly. From all the reports listed above, it is evident that the global greenhouse effect causes dire circumstances. It corresponds to one of the biblical signs of the end times. It means the temperature will rise extraordinarily high and the heat from the sun is hot enough to incinerate a human’s flesh. The book of Revelations 16:8 states, “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.” In this prophecy, the angel poured out the vial onto the sun. It caused dramatic changes hence extreme waves. “They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.” (Revelations 16:9)
Will this indeed happen on earth? According to a report in New Scientist by Joshua Sokol, if a large enough comet crashed into the sun,” the steep fall into the sun’s gravity would accelerate it to more than 600 kilometers per second. At that speed, the drag from the sun’s lower atmosphere would flatten the comet into a pancake right before it exploded in an airburst, releasing ultraviolet radiation and X-rays that we could see with modern instruments. The crash would unleash as much energy as a magnetic flare or coronal mass ejection, but over a much smaller area.” It is only a speculation, and scientists have yet to predict what would occur accurately. It is hard to imagine stars crashing into the sun and releasing many solar flares. Even if this does not happen in the future, expect this to be an unavoidable fate.
“Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.” (Psalm 50:3). God will come and judge this world, and those who believe in Jesus will have their souls saved. Those who don’t know Jesus will be “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” (Revelations 20:14). Dear friends, from the recent heat waves, we can see, in the future, the scorching sun potentially harmful to everyone. Are you willing to accept Jesus and prepare to meet with the eternal God? If so, please pray this prayer. “Dear God, I thank you for your love. Let me see your glory amid confusion. I sincerely accept Jesus as my personal Savior and ask for His forgiveness so that I may receive eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.”
Author: Pastor of Christian Alliance Bible Church in Los Angeles, CA