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Tornadoes and Hurricanes

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. (Ps 19:1-2 niv)

It appears that there is nowhere that is safe from the devastation that the creation can delve out. Even if you are in church, you had better know that your continued existence upon this planet is not in you own hands. On March 18 '94, a tornado raged through Goshen Methodist Church in Alabama, even as children filling a pew were waiting to sing in an Easter pageant. Shattered windows and a wall of brick toppled upon the innocent unsuspecting youths.

One moment, the air was filled with the music of "Jehovah Jireh," which means, "the Lord will provide." The next thing you know the sound of wails echoed amongst the percussions of flying debris.

The tornado managed to rip away the entire side of this low-slung modern brick building and blew the steeple into the parking lot. Pieces of pews and the chairs that had been occupied by children were left littering across the lawn. Tombstones that had stood in the cemetery behind the church for more than 100 years were snapped in two.

Worshippers recalled how they heard wind against the church, and then the lights went out. "At that minute, things started hitting the side of the church, and something came through one of the windows," remembered Carol Scroggin, who was leading the program from the altar. "I just started to scream, 'Everybody get down!' . . . People were screaming, but it happened so quickly there wasn't much time for reaction."

After loosing much of her growing congregation and her own 4-year-old daughter, the Rev. Kelle Clem could only ask, "Why?"

About six miles away from this incident, the Union Grove Methodist Church was demolished by a tornado. The 75 worshippers of the congregation had escaped to the basement to avoid injury.

See, the day of the LORD is coming --a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir. (Isaiah 13:9-12 niv)

Fifteen people were killed in Georgia by the tornado calamity. "It just picked everything up and just twirled it around and then the ground looked like it was just coming up all around," testified Barbara Turner. "And then before you knew it everything was just -- everything was clearing out of the way. Everything just turned to rubble."

Turner, her 10-month-old granddaughter and four other relatives attempted to ride out the tempest while crouched in a chimney. Though they all survived, they wound up across the road in a ditch.

All-in-all 43 people were killed as these dozens of tornadoes ravaged east from Alabama through Georgia.

Then on April 23, 1996, the devastating tornadoes returned, this time to Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas. While leaving four dead, the twisters ravaged the communities that they touched down on.

"Everything's gone," lamented city administrator Strib Boynton. "It's staggering. . .truly staggering."

"I had three years in Vietnam and I had never known the type of fear as last night," assured Bill McAdams, who surveyed what little was left of his home.

On May 28, 1997 the worst tornadoes in a decade killed 32 in Texas, while wiping out an entire subdivision. More than 50 homes in the Double Creeks Estates in Jarrell, Texas were leveled by several twisters. "It's not there anymore," said sheriff's deputy R.B. Raby. "I don't know of anything anyone can do. It's just a flat, vacant field."

Nineteen ninety-eight brought more devastating tornadoes to the country. Meteorologists revealed that they had no warning that a tornado was on the way before, on March 20, a deadly twister tore through the South killing 11 and injuring 80 in Georgia, and killing two while injuring 21 in North Carolina. The Georgia Tornado tore through a 10-mile stretch in the northeast part of the state.

Forty-one houses, 29 mobile homes and eight chicken houses were destroyed in Hall county, the hardest hit.

"We've got a pretty devastating situation," assured Hall county Sheriff Robert Cass.

"There wasn't even anything on radar," said Elaine Sexton of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. "There wasn't anything anybody could have warned us on.

"I can't tell you how humbling this day has been for me. I've never seen anything of this caliber and I hope I never see it again."

On January 18, 1999 tornados ripped through Tennessee. Eight people were killed statewide by the twisters and at least 100 were hurt. In addition, at least 600 homes were damaged.

But the wrath of the elements was not through with the Midwest that year. On May 3, 1999 tornados ravaged Oklahoma and Kansas, wiping out whole neighborhoods, killing at least 46 people and injuring hundreds. “It’s real chaotic,” exclaimed Sharla Findley, director of community relations at hillcrest Health Center in OK City. “We’ve gotten so many patients in I don’t know who we have here.”

“I got lost in a neighborhood I’ve driven around for 10 years because there’s no landmarks anymore,” testified Sgt. Jody Suit of Del City. “Out of one square mile, I’d say about one fourth of it is gone.”

Indeed, the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman indicated that the tornado might have gotten a mile wide at times. “This is the worst storm disaster I have ever heard of,” declared Gov. Frank Keating of the F-5 classified tornado. This classification describes the most powerful tornado there is, with winds of more than 260 mph.

This and other twisters tore up more than 60 miles of flat countryside. “This is crazy,” assured Eric Peterson of Hayside, Kansas after a twister pushed a tree into his bedroom. Indeed, this was the deadliest tornado to hit the region since 1947.

The devastation was so dramatic that, on May 6, Roger Hanes declared, “The emergency people came out here and told us that after we were finished taking what we could find, they were going to cart off what they could and then just burn the rest. They said there’s no place in the world to bury all this stuff, so they’re going to burn it.”

The Atlantic coast was pounded by hurricanes in 1998, the worst in 200 years. The onslaught of storms, that left a staggering trail of death and destruction across Central America and the Caribbean caused millions of dollars of damage. “People have to face up to it. The insurance industry has a major problem,” William Gray at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Co. assured.

In addition to monetary loss, the death toll was catastrophic. In September of 1998 there were four hurricanes at once – Georges, Ivan, Jeanne, and Karl – for the first time since 1893. The worst of the storms, Mitch, produced sustained winds blowing at 180 mph and gusts estimated at more than 200 mph. Mitch was estimated to kill over 10,000 people.

There was a great earthquake. The sub turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. (Rev 6:12-14 niv)


Heat Waves, Freezes and Comets

In July 1995, the Eastern and Midwestern potions of the country were experiencing an unprecedented heat wave. In Chicago, Mike Boehmer, assistant administrator for the medical examiner divulged, as the multitude of dead bodies continued to pour in, "We're calling this a weather-related disaster. This is something we've never seen before."

By July 17, as many as 300 had died in Chicago, and many of these deaths were attributed to the scorching sun. "I've never seen anything like this in my life," proclaimed Dr. Edmund Donoghue, the medical examiner for Cook County.

Alva Rodriguez, who was unable to resuscitate a 95-year-old neighbor declared, "When I die, I know what hell is like if I go there."

By July 18, 376 people had died from the heat. "We're devastated by what has taken place," lamented Tanya Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Aging.

"I've never seen so many dead people in a short period of time," declared paramedic Tim Walsh. "I've responded to hundreds of accidents and shootings. That's one at a time. . . it's so disheartening. You wouldn't be human if you didn't think so."

The disaster resulted in 456 dead. That was more than double the people killed in the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, more than seven times the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake and nearly double the amount of people killed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The fourth angel poured out his bowel on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him. (Rev 16:8-9 niv)

If the summer's blistering heat wasn't enough, there was the frigid cold. During early February 1996 the Plains and Midwest states were devastated by an Arctic cold front that brought temperatures to as much as 60 degrees below zero. This shivering cold broke temperature records that had stood for a century.

On February 3, hundreds of thousands of people went without power because of ice breaking power lines. "Hell's frozen over," assured co-owner of a Detroit convenience store and bait shop Devil's Den, Jim Davis, on February 3.

By February 5 the cold had moved into the Deep South, imperiling Florida oranges, bursting pipes in New Orleans and freezing fishing boats to their moorings in North Carolina. By this point, the cold front had caused 80 deaths.

And if the cold of the winter of 1996 wasn't enough for the Midwest and South, the Pacific North West had its own trauma to offer up. During late January and early February Oregon was hit by the worst winter storms in 30 years, causing massive floods as thousands fled from their homes. At least eight people died because of the disaster. Governor Mike Lowery called the flooding "clearly the most expensive disaster in the history of the state -- at least $300 million, at least 2,600 residences lost." Therefore, President Clinton offered federal assistance to the beleaguered state, promising he would help storm victims with the cleanup "until it is finished."

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In the summer of 1994, mankind got an opportunity to witness the effect that occurs when a star from the sky collides with a planet. On July 16, 1994, the Hubble telescope got a good look at a fiery crash of a comet plummeting upon Jupiter. "We are extremely lucky to see this impact," related David Levy who was one of the two who discovered the comet to begin with. "It's something that happens once in a thousand years."

What happened was an explosion that created a fireball and rising plume of hot gas about 1,200 miles wide, or about half the earth's side. The next day, fragments of the comet continued to batter the planet as new pockmarks and blemishes proliferated on Jupiter's cloud-covered surface.

The explosion created by the comet was the force of 6 million megatons of TNT. This is 400 million times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and 600 times as powerful as the combined destructive energy of the world’s entire known nuclear arsenal.

If a comet or asteroid the size of the one we have been watching this week were to hit the earth," related Rep. Ralph Hall, "it would cause a major global catastrophe."

The fact is that on March 23, 1989, a 1,000-foot diameter asteroid missed the earth by only six hours. This was a near miss. Astronomers did not see the heavenly body it until it passed.

"Astronomers tell us that each day, an asteroid the size of a house passes within the distance between the Earth and the moon," Hall continued. "Each month, one the size of a football field passes within that distance."

Indeed, on May 19 an asteroid about a third of a mile across passed within 279,000 miles of earth. This in astronomical terms is called a near miss. This heavenly body was the largest ever passing so close, coming closer to earth than all but five other objects ever detected. If one of these celestial rocks were ever to hit the earth the debris and soot from the fires created at the impact site would form a dense cloud that would surround the earth and plunge it into darkness for week or even months.

"As a result, most plants die," Hall said, "the things that eat those plants die, the things that eat them die, and so on, and so on." The result would be mass extinction.

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water -- the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. (Revelation 8:10-12 niv)

With that in mind, the government began to make plans for a remedy. Hall initiated a 10-year, $50 million program to identify and catalog "all comets and asteroids that are greater than one kilometer in diameter" and on course to cross the orbit of the earth. The plan would be to hit the intruder with a nuclear missile.

Let's see, the humanist thinks he can stop a flying object that has the power within its mass and inertia 400 times greater than the world's entire nuclear prowess? That's like trying to stop a Mack Truck with a peashooter. It sounds like a waste of 50 million bucks to me. And what will mankind do when he fails in his attempt to save himself?

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne above from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" (Rev 6:15-17 niv)


The Mighty Hand of God

In spite of all his technological advances, man is just as vulnerable in the hands of his environment as he has ever been. The efforts of the modern Nimrods, coming in the form of scientists, to shelter him from the hand of God have proved to be just as ineffective as the Tower of Babel and the city of Babylon.

On September 19, 1999 it was reported that the ‘90s produced the most costly disasters in US history. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seven of the 10 most destructive hurricanes struck in the ‘90s. In 1998 alone the United States faced seven of these multi-billion-dollar disasters, the highest number on record.

But the destruction we have witnessed to date is nothing in comparison to what the future holds for those who continue to rebel against God. What will be the fate of the humanist when God unleashes His awesome power? I daresay man will be as helpless against his environment as the rebellious Romans were.

The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood -- idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality of their thefts. (Rev 9:20-21 niv)


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Don Wigton is a graduate of the prestigious music department at CSULB where he studied under Frank Pooler, lyricist of Merry Christmas Darling, and sang in Pooler’s world renown University Choir alongside Karen and Richard Carpenter. During this time Don was also the lead composer of the band, Clovis Putney, that won the celebrated Hollywood Battle of the Bands. After giving his life to God, Don began attending Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa to study under some of the most prominent early Maranatha! musicians. Subsequently he toured the Western United States with Jedidiah in association with Myrrh Records.

Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Don’s Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.

The next years of Don’s life were spent as the praise leader of First Baptist Church in Bakersfield during a time of unprecedented church renewal. Don teamed with the leadership to successfully meld the old with the new through a period of tremendous church growth. During this exciting time, Don’s praise team, Selah, produced the CD Stop and Think About It.

Today Don is the leading force behind Wigtune Company. This webbased project located at www.praisesong.net has provided several million downloads of Don’s music and hymn arrangements to tens of thousands of Christian organizations throughout the world. More music can be found at Don's Southern Cross Band website at www.socrossband.com.

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