6th December 2016
The Lord gave me the following phrase last night – ‘Cataclysm looms’. A ‘cataclysm’ is a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition and destruction.’ The far-reaching changes caused by a cataclysm can never be undone. We mostly associate the word with natural events, but it also can be applied to huge social and political upheaval. For example, World War II was a cataclysmic event that also brought huge and very wide-spread social and political upheaval to many countries, and was accompanied by demolition and destruction on a grand scale.
The word ‘looms’ emphasises this ‘hugeness’. When something ‘looms before you’, it means that something comes into your view that is of great and portentous size. However its finer details are still indistinct eg. the mountainous island loomed on the horizon.
The above follows on from my previous post on the 17th November, titled ‘Devastation”.
As yet, I don’t have any real idea of the nature of this ‘cataclysm’, only that it will be huge in scale, and likely to affect many countries. A ‘cataclysm’ is also ‘something’ that causes a very large number of separate and distinct and more localized individual ‘catastrophes’ or ‘disasters’ of diverse types to occur as a consequence.
In addition, lately there have been numerous disasters in many places around the world that have each played their own individual parts- both small and large – in reducing food supply. Those things have till now been largely the ‘birth-pangs’ referred to in Matthew 24 verses 7 and 8 which reads: “The nations and kingdoms of the earth will rise against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.”
As if to give emphasis to this pending food shortage aspect, an article published in the New Zealand Herald in the late afternoon of the 6th December gave details of so-called ‘dead zones’ that now exist in various oceans around the world. The article dealt in particular with the discovery of “A huge, mysterious ‘dead zone’ – 60,000 sq km devoid of oxygen and life – has been discovered in the Indian Ocean to the west of Australia.”
These areas of ocean are more technically referred to as ‘hypoxic zones’, where the amount of dissolved oxygen has sunk so low, it is impossible for animal life whose continued existence depends on the oxygen they can extract from the water; to survive.
Such ocean ‘Dead Zones’ are not so unusual, according to this article I found on the National Ocean Service operated by NOAA – .
“Hypoxic zones can occur naturally, but scientists are concerned about the areas created or enhanced by human activity. There are many physical, chemical, and biological factors that combine to create dead zones, but nutrient pollution is the primary cause of those zones created by humans. Excess nutrients that run off land or are piped as waste-water into rivers and coasts can stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and decomposes in the water. The decomposition process consumes oxygen and depletes the supply available to healthy marine life.”
Dead zones occur in many areas of the country, particularly along the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes, but there is no part of the country or the world that is immune. The second largest dead zone in the world is located in the U.S., in the northern Gulf of Mexico.”
For the time being I will not be making any more postings to this blog. The Lord will of course continue to speak individually to those who will listen to Him and who will also do what HE tells them to do.
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”