Dr. Randy White
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. ” (Matthew 24:7, NASB95)
God has consistently shown Himself to be open to using weather to accomplish His purposes. Just consider a few of the many weather related events that were directly related to the work of God—
He sent a flood to clean the earth after “the sons of god married the daughters of men” (Genesis 6).
He sent a famine, and displayed it in advance through a dream, to cause the rise of Joseph to power in Egypt.
He sent a strong wind to part the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21)
He provided great hailstones in more than one battle, bringing victory to the Chosen People.
His Son, Jesus Christ, calmed the winds and the seas.
He predicted earthquakes and will use them to change history (Ezekiel 38:19).
He has promised famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in the end times (Matthew 24:7)
It seems that God has chosen to use weather related disaster to bring judgment on more than one group of people, often related to their treatment of Israel.
On April 13, 2011 on my Twitter account I posted a notice that “America will be punished” if a referenced article (here) was true. The news article said that President Obama was willing to recognize a Palestinian state with 1967 borders. Since that news was made public on April 13, the National Weather Service’s preliminary estimate is that storms have produced more than 600 tornadoes in the United States. The previous record for April was 267 tornadoes, and the previous record for any month of the year was 542 tornadoes. The April 27-28 tornado outbreak in Alabama became (as of this writing) the 6th deadliest day of weather related fatalities in the United States since records began in 1680. (Reference material here.)
In addition to the tornado disaster is the devastating March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and the bitter cold winter with record-breaking blizzards in the US this past year. As winter gave way to spring, early heat waves of more than 100 degree days in large parts of Texas, along with severe drought, has spawned 912 fires which have burned 1,650,000 acres of land and destroyed 565 structures.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods…the list is endless. While I do not believe that every storm is a warning from God nor every earthquake the judgment of God, it would be undeniable that God has often chosen to use weather and earthquakes to express His displeasure with the actions of man. To deny that an outbreak of tornadoes, an earthquake, a blizzard, flood, or drought could be the judgment of God takes a denial of the obvious.
Several facts are evident—
The earth, and all of creation, groans under the curse of sin (Romans 8:22). The weather patterns we experience today are not the weather patterns God originally created for our planet. Only when our Redeemer comes and begins to reign, and the curse under which creation groans is removed, will we experience weather as God intended it to be.
God has promised unusually strong earthquakes in the end of days (Luke 21:11).
God has said there will be famines and pestilence during the last days (Matthew 24:7).
God has promised unusual cosmic events in the heavens during the last days, such as falling stars, a blood-red moon, and the putrification of water.
I will avoid the temptation to view every storm cloud as a sign of the times, but I will also not fail to recognize that weather is about to give us more and more signs of the end. “The weather outside is frightful” may become less of a Christmas jingle and more of an eschatological reality in the days to come.