The Bible’s Book of Revelation mentions how the Earth will suffer intense heat and drought, deadly hail rain and disease in the last days. The extreme weather is followed by the Apocalypse: the final judgment of man and the destruction of the world by fire.
Are we at the doors of the end times?
And this very thing is happening, with fires burning across Europe in recent days, as extreme temperatures are scorching the continent.
The record temperatures are spreading across Europe, concerns are also growing with countless cases of infrastructure beginning to fail.
In the UK, flights were suspended at London Luton Airport and Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton Base due to melting runways.
The infrastructure manager of the UK rail network Network Rail reported a strain on a section of railway track in central London, noting that its temperature had reached 48 degrees Celsius.
On July 10 and July 15, the heat wave in Spain killed some 360 people.
On Saturday, the Portuguese Health Ministry said more than 650 people died of heat-related causes, meaning one person died every 40 minutes between July 7 and 13 In France, 14,000 citizens have been evacuated from the southwest region because of forest fires.
The Book of Genesis
The book of Genesis describes a flood, which will wipe out most of the Earth’s population. As a heat wave rocks half the world, flash floods in the southwest and northwest China have left at least a dozen people dead.
In the southwestern province of Sichuan, at least six people have died and 12 others are missing after torrential rains triggered flash floods. Only about 1,300 people had been evacuated as of Saturday.
The storms have dumped 76 centimeters of rain on areas near Sydney, with some residents seeing their homes flooded for the third or fourth time in just 16 months.
The strange episodes of extreme weather come against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 6.3 million people worldwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is scheduled to hold an emergency committee meeting on Thursday at which it may decide whether smallpox represents a global health emergency.
For the second time, the emergency committee will meet on monkeypox, the last meeting having been held on June 23. At that time, it was decided that the monkeypox outbreak did not constitute a global health emergency or a public health emergency of international concern.
However, the situation has since changed. At the time of the last WHO meeting, global monkeypox cases numbered about 4,000. Now, that figure is more than 14,500.
Some people have expressed concern that the current extreme weather and disease is an acts of God. Even French environmentalist Senator Mélanie Vogel shared a map of Spain and southern France on her Twitter account warning of the end of human life.
“More that 59°C was measured on the soil surface in Spain 🇪🇸 and 48°C in the south on France 🇫🇷.
This is not « just summer ».
It is « just hell » and will pretty soon become « just the end of human life » if we continue with our climate inaction.”
Doors to the end of time
Whether you believe we are on the verge of the end times or not, the end of the world, as told in the Bible, is probably closer than we think.
Numerous scientists have linked an increase in extreme weather events to man-made climate change.
Nothing to do
The U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) revealed earlier this year that the number of heat waves, heavy flooding and major hurricanes has increased dramatically.
Climate change is expected to worsen the frequency, intensity and impacts of some types of extreme weather events.
The rise in sea level increases the impacts of coastal storms and warming may put more pressure on water supplies during droughts.
Now, many are calling for more measures to be put in place to prepare for such natural disasters and to accelerate the drive towards net zero. But all indications are that it is already too late.