Some Interesting Numbers on Harvey
27 trillion: The estimated number of gallons of rain water dumped over Texas and Louisiana over the last six days. It’s nearly impossible to imagine a volume of water that enormous, but some tried to give it scope. CNN’s Jim Sciutto said that much water could fill the Houston Astrodome 85,000 times, a local ABC affiliate calculated that the water could supply New York City for more than five decades, and Paul Deanno, chief meteorologist for a San Francisco CBS affiliate, said just half of that total rainfall could have ended the state of California’s drought in just three days.
51.88: The number of inches of rainfall measured by a gauge in Cedar Bayou, near Mont Belvieu, Texas, according to researchers at the National Weather Service. That’s now the greatest amount of rainfall over land for a single storm in continental U.S. history. It fell just short of the all-time record. According to NOAA’sdata,wettest tropical cyclone record still belongs to Hurricane Hiki, which developed off the coast of Hawaii in August 1950 and dropped 52 inches of rain.
34,575: The number of people forced out of their homes and currently sheltered in the state of Texas in 239 facilities,according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Thursday report.
224,127: The number of customers in Texas currently without power due to the impact of the storm,to the Texas Department of Public Safety. About 11,000 customers in Louisiana are also without power.
506: The number of highways currently closed or flooded, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The agency said it has nearly 2,000 personnel and over 1,500 pieces of equipment responding to the storm event. Texas DOT also reports some roads closed due to flooding in 32 counties.
30,000-40,000: The estimated number of homes that have been destroyed due to the impact of Harvey, said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett ― who is also the director of Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management ―to ABC News. The full tally of homes destroyed and damaged is still unknown.During a Thursday press briefing, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert estimated that 100,000 homes were affected by Harvey and the subsequent flooding.
WHEN MODERN MAN, “scientific,” and educated as he may be, begins to take the likes of Al Gore for his Bible, while rejecting the plain message in the Bible as the Word of God, that reminds one of what the Bible says about “scoffers in the last days.”
The ploy goes, “We have always had storms and always will have. The increase in velocity and devastation is because of ‘climate change.’ How dare one to imply that God is to blame for such catastrophes!”
It’s funny how it used to be called “global warming,” then when that was not consistent and there was “cooling,,” they changed as if to say, “Opps, we got caught. We no longer can promote ‘global warming’; we’ll just call it ‘climate change.’ That will cover everything.”
But what IS the truth? Who is behind the storms, devastation and death? Where is the answer? If it is God, does that make Him “bad”? “Don’t accuse GOD,” they say.
It is obvious that things are getting worse and worse. But why?
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)
“Ah, but that does not speak of storms, now does it?” Well, don’t be so sure. Is God wrong if HE JUDGES with calamities as judgment and warning? If your house is burning, and the fire bells or sirens go off to alert you, is THAT bad? How has God gotten people’s attention in the past? Was great DEATH ever involved? Is your god such a “Sugar-Daddy,” with a cotton-candy message, that He never judges SIN. Oh, a God of Love would not do that, would He? Well, the God of the Bible IS the God of LOVE; but He is also a HOLY God and a God of wrath. He is the God of mercy; but He is also the God of JUSTICE and JUDGMENT. Oh hypocrite, you even with your human will love and hate, but God cannot do that, can He? He has no right! But His love is PERFECT; so also is His hatred! He exercises BOTH love and wrath. Even the heavens are unclean in His sight. “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil. …” ‘(Habbakkuk 1:13) So if evil men wax worse, we can expect God’s judgments to follow suit. Warning Bells!
We recently published the booklet, “God Is in Full Contol.” But modern man, yea whether “modern” or not, the natural heart of man will not have it. Even some last-day, contemporary preachers will not have it. And the people come to think it is not God if it is not love, sweet love. He is supposed to be a BLIND God that does not see sin. Or if He sees it, He must be so tolerant that He just winks and says, “That’s O.K,—forget it.” But God is HOLY. He is JUST. He is an avenger against the wicked! He is the High Sheriff of Heaven. He is the Ruler of the universe. Eventually He will destroy ALL the wicked and ALL the evil and evil-doers.
Oh, but you may say, “My God is not like that; my Jesus is always loving.” Is that true? Is that the God of the Bible? Yes, God IS loving with His people, yet He chastises them. “If ye are without chastisement, then are ye bastards and not sons,” the Bible declares. So, does the following sound like the “Jesus” you know, or like another “Jesus” you do NOT know?
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in FLAMING FIRE TAKING VENGEANCE on
on them that KNOW NOT GOD, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)
And verse 9 goes on to say, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.”
Sorry folks, but Joel Osteen, pastor of America’s largest church (yes, even in Houston), with his pleasing, radiant, outgoing and sweet personality, will NOT preach this message. He and Jeremiah would not have gotten along very well together! Their messages oppose each other.
One time, when some of the people of Israel were opposing Moses and not accepting him as God’s leader for them, finding fault with him and being rabble-rousers, God brought JUDGMENT and opened the earth around them and swallowed up all of them! Was that a judging calamity or what? “But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have PROVOKED the Lord.” (See Numbers16 and Deuteronomy 11.)
If God judges His own people, what will He do to the world? “Your eyes have seen what the Lord did because of Baal-peor [mass idolatry]: for all the men that followed Baal-peor, the Lord thy God hath destroyed them from among you.” Deut. 4:3) Then in Numbess 25:4 it says, “And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the ANGER OF THE LORD was kindled against Israel.” Verse 9 tells how many died in the plague before it was “stayed”— “And those that died in the plague were twenty and four THOUSAND.”
Some today would say these were just “natural disasters.” I guess climate change may have been the cause. Well, let me tell you, when God in judgment destroyed all the earth except for Noah and his family, and the animals he was told to collect, I guess that really WAS “climate change”! Indeed it was! A drastic climate change! Before that it had never even rained on earth. But who caused that climate change? It was GOD who has ALL control. And it WAS FOR JUDGMENT! Far more than “twenty and four thousand” were killed in the flood! It was God!
Someone complained about others talking as if God
as if God had anything to do with Houston, saying,, “It was climate change. Don’t blame God and then talk about His grace.”
So do we believe the Bible or not? Is it our trusted and worthy Anchor or not? Or do we take Al Gore for our god or for our trusted mentor? Is the college or university textbooks on such matters our guidance? If so, we are jettisoning the Word of God. Is it reliable or not? If part of it is NOT, then what part is that? We might as well throw out the whole of it if part is myth and lies. If you are rejecting it, then you are open for the judgment of God yourself! (See 2 Thess. 1.)
So, assuming the reader really DOES want to trust the Bible as the Word of God, let us look further. We have not even mentioned “storms” and weather upheavals yet. So here goes.
When Jesus was walking on the water during the storm, and also when He was asleep; in the boat during another storm, who raised those storms? Did God have a purpose in them? Who was it that had such control that He could say, “Peace, be still,” and the very wind ceased? Then believe Him!
Here are some general statements from the Word of God:
“. . . And I will scatter into all winds them that are in the utmost corners; and I will bring their CALAMITY from all sides thereof, saith the Lord.” (Jer. 49:32)
“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil [a judgment or judging calamity] in a city, AND THE LORD HATH NOT DONE IT?” (Amos 3:6) WARNING BELLS!
Psalm 107 alone is enough to reveal and teach modern man, but with only a natural mind, he cannot even receive that. Here is part of it:
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth the waves thereof.” But this is not without purpose. As the waves carry them up and down, “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits end. THEN they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their troubles. He maketh the
the STORM a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”” (vv. 23-30)
“He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.” (v. 35)
“He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.” (v. 40)
“Whoso is WISE, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.” (v. 43)
“Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet.” (Isa. 28:2-3)
“Thou shalt be visited OF THE LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, WITH STORM, and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.” (Isaiah 29:6)
“Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; STORMY WIND fulfilling His Word.” (Psalm 148:8)
Most professing Christians today would disbelieve any implication that God brings upon mankind such things as destructive storms, earthquakes, etc. “Oh no! God had nothing to do with Sandy or with Harvey,” even though Harvey’s rainfall, worst in U. S. history, was seven times that of Sandy and three times that of Katrina. There is NOTHING that the God of the Bible does not have full control of. If you can control the raging winds and the waves of sea as Jesus did, then you might have some room to promote your power. Until then, don’t demean or deny God when He judges the earth.
To those who preach another Jesus, preach a false gospel, those who know not the true God, listen what JESSUS will say to them at the last day for their deceiving iniquitous message:
in Relation to the Sovereignty of God
Why does everyone, both believers and
unbelievers, go through disasters in life?
God’s Sovereignty Over Disaster
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.
Recall that sovereignty means that the Creator-God has absolute, supreme, airtight control in everything as He directs and superintends all events of the universe in accordance with the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11). His sovereignty undergirds all events of history, no matter how minute. That means there are no accidents or coincidences in the affairs of His Kingdom. No disaster, personal or national, occurs without His permission. Satan cannot cause one iota of havoc in the world except when permitted by God. This should be very comforting to us who are obedient to God’s plan, knowing that Satan cannot lift a finger against us without God’s permission (Job 1:8-12; Luke 22:31).
There are primarily two ways God uses disaster to keep history in check, namely indirect control and direct control. . . .
God’s decree always come true. For example: God decreed that the world would become populated. He created our first parents, Adam and Eve, and commanded them to fulfill His purpose to propagate the whole planet Earth (Gen. 1:28). However, in Noah’s day, evil threatened to shatter God’s plan. But God used the first weapon of mass destruction on record to protect His plan. God brought the first rain ever which caused an unequalled catastrophic flood. It destroyed the entire human race and all living creatures except Noah and his family, the righteous ones, and a pair of each of the earth’s creatures (Gen. 6-9). In brief, we read from Moses’ account: Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. And the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them” (Gen. 6:5, 7).
The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation…. It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened [God created them, and He alone opened them]. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights….The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind (Gen. 7:1, 10-12, 20-21).
What total destruction! We see God can use any means to accomplish His purpose and still be a righteous God. Today, capital punishment is sometimes used to rid society of evil. We see that God does the exact same thing. He uses whatever means He deems best to keep His creation in check. Just as He used the flood as a weapon of mass destruction in Noah’s time, God the unchanging One, still uses floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes directly or indirectly to accomplish His purpose.
What total destruction! We see God can use any means to accomplish His purpose and still be a righteous God. Today, capital punishment is sometimes used to rid society of evil. We see that God does the exact same thing. He uses whatever means He deems best to keep His creation in check. Just as He used the flood as a weapon of mass destruction in Noah’s time, God the unchanging One, still uses floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes directly or indirectly to accomplish His purpose.–Moses Onwubiko
The following two-page excerpt is from
an excellent book by Moses Onwubiko.
The book’s title is: “Disasters: God’s
Warning Bells,” published by Grace
Interesting Numbers on Harvey
“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.” (DEUTERONOMY 6)
￼Houston hosts the largest gay pride festival in the SW United States with over 700,000 people in attendance each year.
￼Mayor Annise Parker persecuted Christian churches for opposing her bathroom bill.
earth, so people did not believe Noah’s message. He was just a “crackpot” to them. But God judged them.
I ask you, if God had no control of everything, and no right to judge, how could He cause it to rain and flood the earth to bring about that judgment? What about the rainbow that He then put into the sky as a promise that the whole earth would never again be covered with water? The homosexual community has hijacked that divine sign for their own. Do you really think God is happy with that? Especially after He judged and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? God is not mocked. And “whatever a man sows, that shall he reap.” (See top of facing page.)
Do you hide your head in the sand as a two-legged ostrich? Do you not see the national sins that are really over the whole earth? God does not change. Do you IMAGINE He is no longer a God of wrath against evil and wickedness? Do you think He will no longer judge the nations? Yes, He promised it would never again be by a world-wide flood of water, but next time the JUDGMENT WOULD BE BY FIRE. Warning bells of judgment are even NOW tolling. The Bible is true. The Lord Jesus is coming with flaming fire to take vengeance on unbelief. Devils believe and tremble, but it is not saving faith. Do you even tremble?—g/b
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“. . . For Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God
by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue
and people, and nation.” (Revelation. 5:9)
“The voice of my Beloved! Behold, He
cometh leaping upon the mountains,
skipping upon the hills.”
(song of Solomon 2:8)
The Fire Sirens are Sounding
Oh educated modern man of the last days, Where were you when God formed the earth out of nothing? Where were you when He created man and put the breath of life into his nostrils?
He thus created man and everything on earth, yea, the earth itself, the seas below and the sky and heavens above. The earth became populated with men turn wicked. So God brought JUDGMENT and destroyed them all except Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with his family and all the living creatures that God had commanded to be accepted into the ark.
Up until that time, it had never rained on the mess
“I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23
For the Christian, what a COMFORT it is to know that when storms arise in our lives, our God has raised them for a purpose, for the GOOD of His people, even a warning.–g/b
“Sure, there was ‘climate change’ even in Noah’s time, but who brought about that change, and why?”—Glen Berry
This booklet published September, 2017