Deadly Heat Wave Strikes Europe!

By Garner Ted Armstrong

This world has entered the time prophesied by Jesus Christ, who said, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:7).

This world has been existing in a time of wars, famines [due to upset weather, as well as dislocation of populations due to war], disease epidemics, and an increase in volcanic and earthquake activity for many decades!

Today, debate rages between scoffers and scientists about “global warming.” Scoffers debunk the claims of meteorologists who write of the huge hole in the ozone layer over the north pole; who carefully catalog air and water temperatures and global weather trends, claiming we are experiencing global warming on an unprecedented scale.

Of course, even the average layman, who may have studied geology in high school, knows this earth underwent an “ice age” millennia ago, and that the ancient ice sheets and glaciers which once overlaid the northern hemisphere have long since disappeared.

Today, it is more difficult for the scoffers to disdainfully discount the facts. Peter prophesied that there would be those who would argue, “everything comes and goes in cycles — this is only another temporary trend.” He wrote, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

“And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [in cycles; everything remains pretty much the same, with only seasonal variations].

“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished [men are “willingly” ignorant of the flood of Noah’s day]:

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day [to us, a decade is a long time. To God, it is but a moment].

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance [the witness and warning is so men will REPENT and turn to God].

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:3-10).

Those same tired old arguments are heard today. “Oh, this is only temporary — there have always been heat waves and bad weather.”

Have there really? When records which have been kept for centuries are being broken, is it only a temporary aberration?

Today, age-old records are being broken all over Europe; from Scandinavia to Italy; from Britain to Spain. Hundreds have died in unprecedented heat. Power outages are occurring in Paris, as people take to the river Seine, or bathe in public fountains; sleeping in wet T-shirts, or in nothing at all, on tile floors. Thousands are without air conditioning in Paris’ old buildings, and are throwing their windows open at night, seeking relief from weeks of more than 100-degree weather.

Thousands of domestic fowl have died; cattle are dying; animals in the zoos are dying and suffering; birds are migrating early; crops are burning in the fields; power stations, including nuclear ones in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, are running at full capacity, but cannot keep up with demand.

Even the pope was begging people to pray for rain, as vast timberlands were being burnt, and as fires raged in the Netherlands, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece, and other countries.

The record for the hottest day ever in Britain was broken when temperatures soared to over 100 degrees in Kent. However, only two years earlier, England and Wales had experienced the wettest autumn since records began to be kept 234 years ago!  Twelve rivers were in flood, as farmers were unable to harvest fall crops. Terrible floods one year, and then two years later, record-breaking heat!

Notwithstanding the scoffing of ignorant people who do not understand, an international team of scientists have investigated records which were kept as far back as 1443 to prove that not only are temperatures rising, the pattern of how lakes and rivers freeze in the northern hemisphere has also been changed. They cited the beginning of the Industrial Revolution as the time when “greenhouse gases” began to be pumped into the earth’s atmosphere at an ever increasing rate, and proved that ever-hotter summers, wetter winters, and an increase in violent storms were related.

The prophet Amos wrote, “And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

“And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

“So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

“I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

“I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

“I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:6-12). Many of the nations of Europe, particularly Scandinavia, Britain, Holland and northern France, represent part of the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes” of Israel. If you have not yet read my book, “Europe And America In Prophecy,” by all means do so. It is available on our web site.

Is upset weather merely cyclical? Will all this bad weather soon pass, and things get back to “normal” once again?

Jesus Christ showed that there will be a cumulative effect of many world troubles which will all be occurring at the same time!

As Luke recorded Christ’s Olivet Prophecy, “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by [all these troubles are but harbingers of what is yet to come!].

“Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

“And it shall turn to you for a testimony” (Luke 21:9-13).

Violent, upset weather was to accompany the time of “wars and rumors of wars,” as well as growing famines and disease epidemics! This world has been in a time of “wars and rumors of wars” for many decades! At the same time, weather has gradually grown worse and worse!

Only those who deny God exists, and who scoff at His word will say there is no connection.


Further reading:
The Great Tsunami...Was God Involved?
–by Mark Armstrong 
Extreme Weather–Better Reporting or Prophetic Trend? –by Chris Cumming 
A Time Of World Troubles Is Here!   –by Garner Ted Armstrong
Weather In Chaos!  –by Garner Ted Armstrong
Booklet: "When God Shakes the Earth"
21st Century Watch: "TOPSY TURVY WEATHER – What is going on?"

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