|Worst snows in fifty years pummel China|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Thursday, 31 January 2008 05:57|
The unusually cold weather is continuing to cause havoc around the world, as China suffers its worst snowstorms in fifty years. Weather forecasters are expecting the freeze to continue until the end of the week. So far over 60 people have been killed in the treacherous conditions, and millions have been left stranded as snowdrifts blocked roads and rail tracks. The blizzards are also adversely affecting Chinese crop production, and in some areas they are already experiencing food shortages due to the disruption to deliveries.
Quote: "The snowstorms, which began on 10 January, are the worst for half a century. The weather has affected nearly 80 million people across 14 provinces in the centre and south of the country. By the end of Tuesday, at least 38 people had been killed in snow-related accidents such as house collapses and falls, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said, and more have died in traffic accidents. A top agriculture official has also warned of a serious impact on crop production in the south. "The impact on fresh vegetables and on fruit in some places has been catastrophic," Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the Communist Party's financial affairs team, told journalists. In some areas, people are already experiencing shortages of food as the weather delays deliveries of key commodities. More than a dozen provinces have also been hit by blackouts due to missed coal deliveries for power stations and rising demand amid the cold. Half a million troops have been deployed to help the relief effort. The army is also distributing quilts and padded coats.
The Middle East is also experiencing unusually cold weather. Heavy snowfall in Israel yesterday forced the closure of many schools and universities, and public transport was also affected. Conversely, farmers in Israel have welcomed the snow, saying that the water will help to increase crop yields in the Spring. But scientists are divided as to whether this recent cold spell will spell the end of the global warming theory. Some have said that the heavy snows have been caused by a La Niña event, which has brought moisture across China during a period of very cold winter temperatures. They say that 'climate change models' are not predicting an increase in events of this nature, and that the present bad weather is unrelated to the phenomenon of global warming. But other scientists dismiss the idea that carbon emissions play any great part in global warming, and believe instead that changes in the sun are what predominantly affect the temperatures on earth.
Quote: "According to the scientist, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has risen more than 4 percent in the past decade, but global warming has practically stopped. It confirms the theory of "solar" impact on changes in the Earth's climate, because the amount of solar energy reaching the planet has drastically decreased during the same period, the scientist said. Had global temperatures directly responded to concentrations of "greenhouse" gases in the atmosphere, they would have risen by at least 0.1 Celsius in the past ten years, however, it never happened, he said. "A year ago, many meteorologists predicted that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would make the year 2007 the hottest in the last decade, but, fortunately, these predictions did not become reality," Abdusamatov said.
As many have stated, it has only been a few decades since scientists were predicting that the earth's climate was actually cooling down rather than heating up, and that if the trend continued, the world would face something of a thermonuclear winter. And as others have mentioned, climate change on Mars seems to prove there is a link between global warming and changes in the sun's radiance, for there is no life on Mars to affect temperature change. That is, apart from the three inch high Big Foot, but even he tells me that carbon emissions on the Red Planet are at an all time low. The Bible does indicate that the seasons on earth will continue, just as God has created them to do.
I have heard many Christians say that before the Lord comes, we would not know the seasons, because they would become so mixed up. There is no doubt that is happening to an extent. But I have never found the verse where this is stated. The book of Revelation does say that during the tribulation period, there will be various plagues and pestilences that will be cast upon the earth. In Revelation 16:8-9, the fourth angel pours out his vial of God's judgement upon the sun, and he is given power to scorch men with great heat. This may indicate that changes in the sun do affect the global temperature of earth. But this does not mean that the plagues in Revelation are a result of global warming. In Revelation 16:21, the seventh angel pours his vial of God's judgment into the air, and there is a plague of hail, every stone about the weight of a talent (size of a football). So there will be extremes of heat and extremes of cold during the tribulation period. Clearly these 'climate change models' are wrong in that regard.
During the tribulation period, men will realize that God is in complete control of the weather systems of earth, and they will recognize that these things are coming upon them because of their sin. But instead of repenting of their sin, they will blaspheme the God of Heaven who has power over these plagues. Friends, the extreme weather conditions we are witnessing around us are just one indicator that we are rapidly approaching the time of the end. The extreme weather is not due to carbon emissions, as popularly believed in the world. The real cause is cardiac emissions, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies", Matthew 15:19. Have you had your cardiac emissions checked? Have you had your sins forgiven? Jesus Christ died upon the cross, so that your sins might be forgiven. All that God requires is that you put your faith in His Son for salvation. "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness", Romans 4:3. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation today.