Dear Fellow Servants,
Season's Greetings from Finland in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
This new year 2008 hasn't started too well for the "warming prophets". We have heard of weather warnings of up to 1.5m of snow falling across the Sierra Nevada of America. There have been heavy snow blankets in Romania and Bulgaria: the Foreign Ministry said 1,300 Romanian tourists were stranded in the neighbouring country because of the weather... In Bulgaria, two days of heavy snow and high winds cut electricity supplies to more than 300 towns and villages, the country's Disaster and Emergency Ministry said. More than 30 villages were without supplies of drinking water". An avalanche killed at least 16 people in the mountains of Tajikistan on Saturday while more people remained trapped under snow, an Interior Ministry official said. The avalanche occurred after several days of heavy snowfall. More than one million homes are without power in California after a massive winter storm brought snow, rain and strong winds. Northern Ireland was hit by heavy snow. On top of the snow, a thunderstorm cut electricity supplies to thousands of homes in Down and Antrim. In Turkey's capital, Ankara, snow caused traffic jams and accidents, but no injuries were reported. Temperatures in Greece fell to 1 below zero in the north, where snow blanketed roads. In Western Europe, ice and snow disrupted traffic. The Mont-Blanc tunnel linking France and Italy was closed to trucks until today because sharp temperature differences between the two sides threatened to disrupt the tunnel's ventilation, traffic authorities said. A Boeing 737 arriving from Marrakech, Morocco, slid off an icy runway at an airport in Deauville, northern France, airport authorities said. The plane, operated by Atlas Blue, came to a halt in grass. The 169 passengers were evacuated unharmed. And metres of snow has been coming in Morocco - and Iran:
Quote: "At least 28 people are reported to have died in Iran's heaviest snowfall in recent years. Eight people froze to death as severe blizzards left 40,000 people stranded in their cars, authorities said. Although most have now been rescued, another 20 people are reported to have died in car crashes caused by the weather, officials said. Tehran has declared two days of national holiday, urging people to stay at home to avoid the bitter cold. The temperature has been down as low as -24 degrees Celsius, and for the first time in living memory there has been snow in the country's southern deserts"
In all this, is there a solemn remainder for the whole world - and especially, for the wicked? As Chris commented previously, last October the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked the Iranian al Quds Day in a televised address to the nation, in which he repeated calls for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map. Tens of thousands of people marched through Teheran during the event, first established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khameini, chanting "Death to America! Death to Israel". But death has now come to that country - literally falling from the skies. And the Lord still keeps Israel as the apple of his eye (Deuteronomy 32:10). Today, snow fell on Baghdad for the first time in living memory, and delighted residents declared it "an omen of peace".
... "an omen of peace". But do they listen, what God Almighty is speaking through His Creation today? Do they know what His inspired Scriptures describe of His reserves, yet to fall upon the wicked? "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?" (Job 38:22-23). Do you believe in God? Are you prepared to meet your Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ? Don't make no mistake about it. And don't waste any minute in uncertainty of it!