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Major changes are happening to our planet, and the experts are groping for answers. In recent days some have suggested that what we are witnessing is the natural progression of "man-made climate change", but that explanation has generally been received with a lot of skepticism.
Something truly dramatic appears to be happening to the globe, and it isn't just because the amount of carbon dioxide in the air suddenly reached some sort of magical "tipping point". But without a doubt, temperatures are getting warmer.
In July, Death Valley experienced "the hottest month ever recorded on the planet". Over in Europe, Saturday was being billed as Europe's "hottest day ever", and temperatures in Lisbon, Portugal were expected to top 107 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.
On the other side of the planet, the crippling drought in Australia is devastating farms "like a cancer", and things are so hot in North Korea that the government has declared "an unprecedented natural disaster"...
This week, the North Korean government called record-high temperatures in the country "an unprecedented natural disaster" and said that country was working together to fight the problem.
An editorial published Thursday in Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling party, highlighted the difficulties that the long stretch of high temperatures would cause for North Korea's agricultural sector, specifically crops such as rice and maize.
The newspaper called for North Koreans to act as one and "display their patriotic zeal in the ongoing campaign for preventing damage by high temperature."
In California, extreme heat and bone dry conditions continue to fuel some of the worst wildfires in the history of the state...
Crews battling deadly Northern California wildfires prepare for another day of hot and dry conditions that could drive the flames into new areas and threaten more homes.
According to Cal Fire, more than 15,000 personnel are on the lines of 18 large blazes across California on Saturday. So far, the fires since June have killed 8, burned more than 559,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,800 structures. Roughly 17,000 homes continue to be threatened by these fires, and about 45,000 residents are under evacuation.
Ultimately, this may turn out to be the worst year for wildfires that California has ever seen.
Of course there have been bad years for wildfires before. But what we haven't seen before are "firenadoes" that pack 143 mph winds...
On Thursday, NWS researcher combed through the wreckage left behind and determined a fire whirl -- commonly known as a fire tornado -- roared through the area between 7:30 p.m and 8 p.m. on July 26th.
It was packing 143 mph winds, turning heavy-duty high tension power line towers into twisted pieces of metal, uprooting trees and ripping the bark off other trees.
When I first heard about this fire tornado, I was absolutely stunned.
I had never heard of a fire tornado anywhere near that size in the United States, and apparently the experts hadn't either...
"This is historic in the U.S.," Craig Clements, director of San Jose State University's Fire Weather Research Laboratory, told BuzzFeed News. "This might be the strongest fire-induced tornado-like circulation ever recorded."
Known as a pyrocumulus cloud, the ominous red weather formations usually occur over volcanic eruptions or forest fires when intensely heated air triggers an upward motion that pushes smoke and water vapor to rapidly rise. They can develop their own weather patters, including thunderstorms with severe winds which then further fan the flames.
Elsewhere in the Southwest, drought continues to intensify, and this is starting to produce absolutely enormous dust storms.
For example, check out what just happened to the city of Phoenix...
A huge wall of dust enveloped the Phoenix metro area on Thursday in the second monsoon storm in a four-day span.
Officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport said flights were delayed or held until visibility improved.
National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists said blowing dust in the Phoenix area brought near-zero visibility for drivers Thursday evening.
Certainly a dust storm is less destructive than a "fire tornado" in the short-term, but as we saw in the 1930s, a consistent pattern of giant dust storms can absolutely cripple a nation.
And let us not forget all of the shaking that has been happening to the crust of our planet.
On Sunday, Indonesia was shaken by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake...
The death toll rose to 82 after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok and on nearby Bali on Sunday, damaging buildings, sending terrified residents and tourists running into the streets and triggering a brief tsunami warning.
Social media posts from the scene showed debris piled on streets and sidewalks. Hospital patients, many still in their beds, were rolled out onto streets as a safeguard against structural damage to the hospital buildings.
So why is all of this happening?
Yes, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air is increasing, and it has been increasing for a very long time. Ultimately, the amount that humans contribute to the overall level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is marginal, and even if we took the most extreme measures possible there is very little that we could do to significantly affect the balance.
And scientists assure us that our planet once had much, much higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in the air then we do today, and our planet appeared to have thrived under those conditions.
But the narrative won't change. The mainstream media will continue to tell us that the Earth changes that we are witnessing are due to global warming and that if we reverse course that we can go back to how things were before.
No, we can't go back, because the changes that are happening are way outside of our control.
Fundamental changes are happening to our planet, and this is just the beginning.
The Book of Revelation describes cataclysmic events yet to come that will affect large portions of our planet and we should be spiritually prepared for the days ahead.
Learn more about what the Book of Revelation has to say about the future with our "Decoding The Future" DVD documentary - available here.