The Sea and the Waves Roaring

Is Jesus' teaching of the "roaring of the sea and the waves" one of the signs preceding His Second Coming? It appears to this writer that it is. Three verses later, Jesus said, "When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Under the title "Storm Warning, 2006 Hurricane Forecast," two independent hurricane prediction sources besides the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration are predicting "another hyperactive hurricane season this year--the 10th in the past 12 years--and warned that the trend of more powerful storms could persist for the next decade or longer" (The Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 23, 2006).

They say that "warmer ocean temperatures and favorable wind patterns in the tropics have set the stage for a 'very active' hurricanse season beginning June 1 and lasting till November 30'. They are expecting at least 13-16 named storms, 8-10 hurricanes, and up to 6 intense hurricanes during 2006, which is about 50% more than average.

During 2005, "there were a record 28 tropical cyclones in the Tlantic basin, including (the terribly devastating) Katrina," from which areas of Louisiana and Mississippi are still staggering as they try to rebuild. Last year's 4 major hurricanes America esperienced--Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma--caused more than 1500 deaths, and an estimated $200 billion in damage.

David Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Area (FEMA) said, "The infrastructure in Mississippi and Louisiana is very weak," and acknolwedged that FEMA did not work well after Katrina hit. There are still tens of thousands of hurricane victims living in temporary housing. An opinion survey for the hurricane center shows that 56% of the people living along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts do not feel vulnerabl, and 83% have done nothing to strengthen their homes. "Katrina was a national wakcup call, but it seems too many residents are still asleep," said National Hurricane Center Director, Max Mayfield.

"It appears that the trend toward warmer ocean temperatures may also be lengthening the hurricane season," said Peter Webster, Georgia Tech climate researcher. "Since 1955, the number of days in the hurricane season has increased by about 5.5 days per decade," he said. That meanst the season is effectively 50-60 days longer.

Another weather expert, Kerry Emanuel, says "variations in short-term weather patterns will still help produce 'quiet years' from time to time," but he says, "there is a correlation between the decades-long increase in sea surface temperatures and the overall level of hurricane activity, one that the computer models suggest will grow stronger as the Earth warms."

On our yearly African Mission Trips to Malawi and Mozambique, we have seen and the local people have told us that the wather patterns there have changed in the past decade. It used to be that rain consistently came from October to April, but the reason for the famines of 2004 and 2005 was that the rain did not come as usual. And we saw it rain in July, when it was supposed to be dry. That's why trips have been planned in July and before the rain started in October.

It seems evident that Earth's changing weather patterns are trying to tell us something. Jesus linked this to the signs preceding His Second Coming. He said the sea and the waves would roar and "men would faint from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken" (Luke 21:26). So we see signs in the sun, moon, and stars; distress among the nations, the sea and waves roaring, the shaking of the powers of heaven, and then, JESUS COMING! Remember how Jesus, over and over, told us to Watch and Be Ready; that His coming would find many not ready for the salvation and wrath He would bring to the world?

The Gulf and Atlantic coast people are not listening to the hurricane predictions. I think that now the victims of Katrina wish they had made some preparation. Something greater than Katrina is coming to all the people on earth--Jesus Christ the King, coming in great power and glory! He will bring Salvation to his peopl, but destruction to those who do not seek His Father.

by James Mattison