Sources of this article include excerpt from the book “SET THE TRUMPET TO THY MOUTH” by David Wilkerson
America is going to be destroyed by fire! Sudden destruction is coming and few will escape. Unexpectedly, and in one hour, a hydrogen holocaust will engulf America-and this nation will be no more.
It is because America has sinned against the greatest light. Other nations are just as sinful, but none are as flooded with Gospel light as ours. God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its lukewarmness toward Christ, it’s rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestation, its cheating, its robbing, its dirty movies, and its occult practices.
In one hour it will all be over. To the natural mind, it is insanity to come against a prosperous, powerful nation and cry out, “It’s all over! Judgment is at the door! Our days are numbered!” The church is asleep, the congregations are at ease, and the shepherd’s slumber. How will they scoff and laugh at this message? Theologians will reject it because they can’t fit it into their doctrine. The pillow prophets of peace and prosperity will publicly denounce it.
I no longer care. God has made my face like flint and put steel in my backbone. I am blowing the Lord’s trumpet with all my might. Let the whole world and all the church call me crazy, but I must blow the trumpet and awaken God’s people. Believe it or not, America is about to be shaken and set aside by swift and horrible judgments. Many other praying believers who have been shut in with God are hearing the very same message-“Judgment is at the door! Prepare, awaken!”
Ever since this message came to me, I have been searching God’s Word from cover to cover. No prophecy is valid unless it is positively confirmed by God’s holy Word. I discovered in the Word, God’s pattern of judgment. Although it is true He will never again destroy the earth by flood, He does use fire. All the prophets predicted judgment by fire on nations and peoples who forsook God and became hopelessly wicked. Their prophecies were dual, directed to their generation in which they prophesied and also to future generations who committed the same crimes against God. Prophecies against Babylon and Israel were fulfilled to the letter. But many of these prophecies also refer to the “latter days,” to those who live at the end of the ages. Paul said, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).
Perhaps only the overcomers will accept and hear the sound of this trumpet blast, but I proceed with these warnings because God called me to be a watchman. I hear the Word of God to Ezekiel ringing in my ears, “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts and set him as their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blows the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood will be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet. and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me” (Ezekiel 33:2-7)
The great eagle with great wings is about to fall from its lofty position on the highest branch of all nations. The vine that was planted “in a land of traffic, in a city of merchants, by great waters” is about to die. “It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a good vine” (Ezekiel 17:8).
God’s prophetic word from Ezekiel to Israel is also God’s word for America: “Thus saith the Lord God; Shall it prosper? Shall he not pull the roots thereof, … that it wither? It shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof … Shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it?” (Ezekiel 17:9-10).
Oh, what horrible and swift judgments are just ahead, very imminent, upon this nation that has cast aside holiness and repentance. I hear the prophets crying out, “She was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them” (Ezekiel 19:12).
Sudden Destruction Prophesied
We have been clearly warned of sudden destruction falling upon us. The prophets have all warned of a consuming fire of judgment upon a last-day people who boasted she sat as a queen in prosperity and was beyond the possibility of destruction. Isaiah warned, “For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust” (Isaiah 26:5).
John saw in a vision the destruction of one-third of the earth’s population by fire and brimstone. The enemy would have an exceeding great army and armaments which would spew “out of their mouths fire, smoke and brimstone (Revelation 9:16-17)-which I take to mean nuclear missiles.
As a result of this fiery “issue,” one-third of mankind is destroyed. “By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths” (Revelation 9:17).
In one hour it will all be gone! The stock market will burn with all the buildings, the investments. The skyscrapers will melt; the fire of divine vengeance will turn cities into polluted wildernesses. Our government, our transportation system, our food supplies, our communications network (radio, television)-all will be lost in one hour! Read it-it’s all there! “And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as a shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done (Isaiah 24:2,3,10,13). Isaiah is clearly speaking about these latter days.
What a horrific description of a hydrogen holocaust Isaiah gives. “The foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage, and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed …” (Isaiah 24:18-20, 23).
God will “melt” America, just as He promised to do to Israel. “As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out my fury upon you” (Ezekiel 22:20-22).
America’s cup of iniquity is full; the bear has prepared and is set to act-it is now only a matter of time. From over the North Pole, the deadly missiles will come. Fear and some kind of supernatural impulse will cause the enemy to make the first strike. “For the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 51:48). They themselves will be terrorized by the destruction and havoc they unleashed upon the earth. “The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth. He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the stronghold thereof (Isaiah 23:9,11).
Soon, very soon, an economic nightmare will explode into reality. What frightful news it will be! “O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness” (Jeremiah 51:13). America is about to face a time of mass hysteria, as banks close and financial institutions crumble and our economy spins totally out of control. Gold and silver will also lose their value. “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in a day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity” (Ezekiel 7:19). The chaos that is coming cannot be stopped by our government. Ezekiel warned, “The hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them” (Ezekiel 7:27). These prophecies once again reveal God’s judgmental decrees to wicked nations.
This destruction comes suddenly and without warning.
I have gone through all of the passages that speak of her coming destruction and the one aspect that comes through the loudest to me is that at the time everything is continuing as normal. People are buying and selling and going on with life.
I mean how insane is this? Very! Because by the time America is destroyed thousands, perhaps Millions of believers in the Most High God have been picked up out of their homes, off the roads, out of airports, out of the stores, taken to camps and murdered and eliminated through not only martial law, but for refusing to worship the image of the beast as stated in Revelation 13:15.
It makes you just have to stop and ask what? This is the ultimate degradation of our country when the Satanic freaks and the Antichrist and his False Prophet will be sitting snug with the blood of millions of civilians on their hands grinning from ear to ear and boom! God’s judgment is on them so fast they can’t react or even defend themselves! Serves them right.
So as you read this, don’t weep for America. The America we grew up in, the America we thought we were fighting to establish for Him, has long been gone. And by the time the Lord’s judgment has come to this land it will be for justice! Of course, if it happened today it would be well deserved. But there are much more abominations to come in this country and then His final judgment will come. (Click to Article)
Beloved, I am now writing you this second letter. In [both of] them I have stirred up your unsullied (sincere) mind by way of remembrance,
That you should recall the predictions of the holy (consecrated, dedicated) prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior [given] through your apostles (His special messengers).
To begin with, you must know and understand this, that scoffers (mockers) will come in the last days with scoffing, [people who] walk after their own fleshly desires
And say, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the forefathers fell asleep, all things have continued exactly as they did from the beginning of creation.
For they willfully overlook and forget this [fact], that the heavens [came into] existence long ago by the word of God, and the earth also which was formed out of water and by means of water,
Through which the world that then [existed] was deluged with water and perished.
But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been stored up (reserved) for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly people.
Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish (pass away) with a thunderous crash, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.
Since all these things are thus in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought [each of] you to be [in the meanwhile] in consecrated and holy behavior and devout and godly qualities,
While you wait and earnestly long for (expect and hasten) the coming of the day of God by reason of which the flaming heavens will be dissolved, and the [material] elements [of the universe] will flare and melt with fire?
But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide.
So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord [His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] is salvation (that which is conducive to the soul’s safety), even as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the spiritual insight given him,
Speaking of this as he does in all of his letters. There are some things in those [epistles of Paul] that are difficult to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist and misconstrue to their own utter destruction, just as [they distort and misinterpret] the rest of the Scriptures.
Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked [persons and] fall from your own [present] firm condition [your own steadfastness of mind].
But grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him [be] glory (honor, majesty, and splendor) both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (so be it)! (2 Peter 3:1-18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation)
And a great sign (wonder)—[warning of future events of ominous significance] appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a crownlike garland (tiara) of twelve stars on her head.
She was pregnant and she cried out in her birth pangs, in the anguish of her delivery.
Then another ominous sign (wonder) was seen in heaven: Behold, a huge, fiery-red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven kingly crowns (diadems) upon his heads.
His tail swept [across the sky] and dragged down a third of the stars and flung them to the earth. And the dragon stationed himself in front of the woman who was about to be delivered, so that he might devour her child as soon as she brought it forth.
And she brought forth a male Child, One Who is destined to shepherd (rule) all the nations with an iron staff (scepter), and her Child was caught up to God and to His throne.
And the woman [herself] fled into the desert (wilderness), where she has a retreat prepared [for her] by God, in which she is to be fed and kept safe for 1,260 days (42 months; three and one-half years).
Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought.
But they were defeated, and there was no room found for them in heaven any longer.
And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.
Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come—the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out!
And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].
Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]!
And when the dragon saw that he was cast down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the male Child.
But the woman was supplied with the two wings of a giant eagle, so that she might fly from the presence of the serpent into the desert (wilderness), to the retreat where she is to be kept safe and fed for a time, and times, and half a time (three and one-half years, or 1,260 days).
Then out of his mouth the serpent spouted forth water like a flood after the woman, that she might be carried off with the torrent.
But the earth came to the rescue of the woman, and the ground opened its mouth and swallowed up the stream of water which the dragon had spouted from his mouth.
So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants—[on those] who obey God’s commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ[and adhere to it and bear witness to Him].
(Revelation 12:1-17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation)
Evangelist Franklin Graham called on his followers to pray for President Donald Trump, applauding him for his speech before the United Nations General Assembly.
Join me in praying for @POTUS. He reminded the world, “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”
The day before, just after Trump’s speech, Graham published a Facebook post saying, “thank God we have a president who stands for truth and is not afraid to speak truth to the whole world.”
He added that “Trump’s address today to the United Nations General Assembly may have been one of the best speeches ever given to that body. It made you proud to be an American. I hope you will join me in praying for this man, that God will guide and direct him. He reminded the world, ‘If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.'” (Click to Article)
Then the sixth angel blew [his] trumpet, and from the four horns of the golden altar which stands before God I heard a solitary voice,
Saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, Liberate the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.
So the four angels who had been in readiness for that hour in the appointed day, month, and year were liberated to destroy a third of mankind.
The number of their troops of cavalry was twice ten thousand times ten thousand (200,000,000); I heard what their number was.
And in [my] vision the horses and their riders appeared to me like this: the riders wore breastplates the color of fiery red and sapphire blue and sulphur (brimstone) yellow. The heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and from their mouths there poured fire and smoke and sulphur (brimstone).
A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues—by the fire and the smoke and the sulphur (brimstone) that poured from the mouths of the horses.
For the power of the horses to do harm is in their mouths and also in their tails. Their tails are like serpents, for they have heads, and it is by means of them that they wound people.
And the rest of humanity who were not killed by these plagues even then did not repent of [the worship of] the works of their [own] hands, so as to cease paying homage to the demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor move.
And they did not repent of their murders or their practice of magic (sorceries) or their sexual vice or their thefts. (Revelation 9:13-21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation)
Experts on witchcraft are gathering under the banner of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva this week for discussions aimed at tackling the phenomenon, which is estimated to kill, maim and otherwise affect thousands of people every year.
The gathering will enable UN experts, states, academics and members of civil society to develop a greater understanding of witchcraft, which is believed to be on the increase.
‘In numerous countries around the world, harmful practices related to witchcraft result in serious human rights violations, such as various forms of torture and murder, discrimination and exclusion, including banishment from communities,’ said the UN independent expert on the human rights of persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, who is one of the main organisers of the gathering.
‘These attacks and violations, which frequently target people in vulnerable situations including persons with albinism, are astonishing in their brutality,’ she added.
‘In addition, there are gaps in applicable legal frameworks and challenges with implementation and enforcement, and far too often perpetrators are not brought to justice. This impunity simply cannot be tolerated.’
The workshop, which will hear from victims of witchcraft and activists working on the issue from various regions of the world, is being held in the margins of the current session of the Human Rights Council.
‘This ground-breaking event means that, for the first time, witchcraft and human rights will be discussed in a holistic, systematic and in-depth manner, building on and consolidating critical work done on the issue to date by various experts including co-organizers of the event,’ Ero said.
‘Other goals of the event are to contribute to discourse on harmful practice and identify workable solutions.’
The killing of albino people is particularly prevalent in Tanzania, where one in 1,400 are affected by albinism, according to a 2006 BMC Public Health report. This compares with one in 20,000 in Western countries.
In 2015, the UN said that nearly 80 albino Tanzanians had been killed there since 2000.
That year, more than 200 witchdoctors and traditional healers were arrested in Tanzania in a crackdown on the murder of albino people.
The killings were driven by the belief, which is advanced by some witchdoctors, that the body parts have properties that confer wealth and good luck.
According to the Red Cross, witchdoctors are prepared to pay $75,000 (£50,000) for a complete set of albino body parts. (Click to Article)
A terrifying torrent of water swept through Puerto Rico after a dam failed at Lake Guajataca in the northwest region.
Water was seen sweeping through the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas after the dam sustained structural damage from Hurricane Maria.
Nearly 16 inches of rain fell in the area, significantly raising water levels on the 90-year-old dam.
Earlier, Puerto Rican authorities had scrambled to evacuate as many as 70,000 people after the National Weather Service warned that failure of the dam was ‘imminent’ and could lead to ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding.
A terrifying torrent of water swept through Puerto Rico after a dam failed at Lake Guajataca in the northwest region (pictured)
Water was seen sweeping through the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas after the dam sustained structural damage from Hurricane Maria. Nearly 16 inches of rain fell in the area, significantly raising water levels on the 90-year-old dam
The center is urging people living in the area of the flash flood warning in the northwest to seek higher ground immediately.
The 345-yard dam, which was built in 1929, is used for public water and irrigation water supply, and the reservoir has a water storage capacity of 11 billion gallons.
Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928, had maximum sustained winds of 155mph when it made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Thursday.
Governor Ricardo Rossello has said seven people have died as the result of the storm in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria also claimed lives on the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica, which suffered major destruction.
The monster storm ripped roofs off buildings and flooded homes, leading to power outages that could last for months.
Officials said 1,360 of the island’s 1,600 cellphone towers had been downed, and 85 per cent of above-ground and underground phone and internet cables were knocked out.
The hurricane was expected to tally $45billion in damage and lost economic activity across the Caribbean, with at least $30billion of that in Puerto Rico, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.
Some of the island’s 3.4million people planned to head to the US to temporarily escape the devastation. However, the storm is still expected to wreak further havoc with rain of up to six inches expected through Saturday.
Around 5am on Saturday, Maria was moving away from the Bahamas and into the open waters of the western Atlantic as a Category 3 storm.
As it moves north, it’s expected to cause surf swells that will increase along portions of the southeastern coast of the US and Bermuda.
The hurricane was expected to tally $30billion in damage and lost economic activity in Puerto Rico (Pictured, people rest outside a damaged house in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on Friday)
Pictured, Elias Cepeda Boria, left, and his brother, Vincente Cepeda Boria, clean up their home in the Zapateria Pizarro area on Friday
Around 5am on Saturday, Maria was moving away from the Bahamas and into the open waters of the western Atlantic as a Category 3 storm (above)
As it moves north, it’s expected to cause surf swells that will increase along portions of the southeastern coast of the US and Bermuda (above)
Across Puerto Rico, more than 15,000 people are in shelters, including some 2,000 rescued from the north coastal town of Toa Baja (Pictured, Liz Maries Bultron looks at the damage at a home in the Zapateria Pizarro area on Friday)
Jose Diaz Pisano salvages parts of his roof so he can rebuild in the Zapateria Pizarro area on Friday
People sit on the roof of a damaged house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on Friday
People stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to check for mobile phone signal in Dorado, Puerto Rico, on Friday
Maria hit about two weeks after Hurricane Irma pounded the US Virgin Islands, hitting St Thomas and St John, particularly hard
The islands’ governor, Kenneth Mapp, said it was possible that two islands – St Thomas and St Croix – might reopen to some cruise liner traffic in a month.
Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, killed more than 80 people in the Caribbean and the US.
It followed Harvey, which also killed more than 80 people when it struck Texas in late August and caused severe flooding in Houston. (Click to Site)
Still a Category 3 storm on Saturday, Hurricane Maria was rolling northward away from the Bahamas on a path that could affect parts of the U.S. East Coast next week. Maria pummeled the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday, its western eyewall passing over the capital city of Cockburn Town. For the first time in several days, Maria poses no immediate threat to land. At 11 am EDT Saturday, Maria was located about 320 miles east of Nassau, The Bahamas, moving north-northwest at 8 mph. Maria’s top sustained winds had dropped to 115 mph, putting it at the low end of the Category 3 range.
Maria was not a classically symmetric hurricane on Friday night, but its appearance on satellite had become dramatically stronger by midday Saturday. Very strong thunderstorms (convection) were wrapping around Maria’s ragged, 35-mile-wide eye. As is typically the case for hurricanes moving poleward, Maria’s wind field has been gradually expanding. Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 60 miles from Maria’s center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending out some 200 miles to the northeast of the center. Maria has been successfully fending off moderately strong wind shear of around 15 knots, with the help of its well-established structure as well as very warm sea surface temperatures (SSTs) of 29-30°C (84-86°F).
The odds that the U.S. East Coast will see direct impacts from Maria next week have risen since Friday. Our leading track models for mature hurricanes—the UKMET, European, GFS, and HWRF models—agree that Maria will continue generally northward for the next five days. Importantly, though, each of these models has shifted westward in its projected path around the 4- to 6-day point, which means they are now predicting Maria could end up within 100 – 200 miles of the Outer Banks of North Carolina before a sharp eastward turn that will take it out to sea. (The Canadian global model, not typically one of the most reliable for hurricane prediction, was the first to sense this westward shift.)
One key to the leftward trend is an upper-level low at high altitudes—above the 500-millibar level often used to diagnose steering currents—located across the Southeast U.S. (see Figure 1). Maria will make its way north between this low and upper-level ridging across the Northwest Atlantic. The upper low is predicted to become more compact and to move toward Florida early next week. Depending on the evolution of the upper low and on how quickly Maria moves, it’s possible that Maria could pivot around the northeast side of the upper low, which would give it a chance to approach the East Coast. Later next week, a stronger upper-level trough will cart Maria northeastward, away from the coast.
|Figure 1. A weak upper-level trough over the southeast U.S., evident at the 250-mb level (about 34,000 feet) on Saturday morning, September 23, could play a role in the trajectory of Maria as it approaches the coast of the Carolinas next week. Image credit: tropicaltidbits.com.|
Along with these features, there is an expansive zone of upper-level high pressure north of Maria, bringing summer-like temperatures across much of the Northeast U.S. (One example: Burlington, VT—which has never seen autumn readings above 85°F later than September 23—is predicted to see all-time record heat for so late in the year, with highs approaching 90°F on Sunday through Tuesday.) This ridging across the Northeast and offshore will act as a brake on Maria’s forward speed. The five-day NHC position for Maria is only about 600 miles north of the hurricane’s current position, which would equate to an average forward speed of less than 10 mph.
If Maria moves more quickly than expected, it may have a better chance of pivoting around the Southeast upper low and nearing the Outer Banks ahead of its expected right-hand turn out to sea. In this case, the closest approach to North Carolina would come sooner—perhaps as soon as Wednesday, rather than Thursday or Friday, as suggested by some members of the European model ensemble. As shown below, about 30 – 40% of the GFS and Euro ensemble members from 0Z Saturday bring Maria into the U.S. East Coast, mainly across eastern North Carolina. A track just offshore still appears most likely, but at this point we cannot rule out the possibility of a U.S. landfall in the latter half of next week. Maria may go on to threaten parts of the Canadian Maritimes toward next weekend.
|Figure 2. The 20 track forecasts for Maria from the 0Z Saturday, September 23, 2017 GFS model ensemble forecast. Image credit: CFAN.|
|Figure 3. The 50 track forecasts for Maria from the 0Z Saturday, September 23, 2017 European model ensemble forecast. The operational European model is the red line, adjusted by CFAN using a proprietary technique that accounts for storm movement since 0Z Saturday. The track of the average of the 50 members of the European model ensemble is the heavy black line. Image credit: CFAN.|
At 11 am EDT Saturday, the National Hurricane Center adjusted its official prediction westward, putting extreme eastern North Carolina into the 5-day “cone of uncertainty.” Now is a good time to remember that the cone reflects typical track errors over the preceding five years of NHC forecasts. In order to minimize over- or under-warning, the cone is designed such that a given hurricane will fall within the cone about two out of three times—which means you can expect a given hurricane to be outside the cone about one of three times.
Uncertainty in the forecast for Maria may improve this weekend, especially with the help of two factors:
Maria will continue to traverse very warm water over the weekend, with oceanic heat content high enough to reduce the chance of cooler water being upwelled. Wind shear will drop to around 10 knots, which together with the warm water will help give Maria a bump-up in strength, perhaps to the high-end Cat 3 or low-end Cat 4 range. As time goes by, greater parts of the circulation will be passing over the wake of cooler water left by Jose. This should produce a gradual weakening trend, although Maria is still expected to be a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday. Wind shear should be around 10 – 15 knots for most of next week, which is moderately strong but not enough to destroy a well-organized hurricane like Maria. If Maria’s path continues trending westward, it will keep more of the circulation over the warm Gulf Stream waters and away from Jose’s wake, which would help Maria to maintain more of its intensity.
Regardless of Maria’s exact track, the hurricane is sure to bring a long period of increasing swells, dangerous surf, and rip currents to the Southeast U.S. coast, extending to the mid-Atlantic later next week. Significant beach erosion can be expected in and near the Outer Banks, given Maria’s strength and slow movement. There will also be an increasing chance of tropical-storm-force winds across parts of the U.S. East Coast by midweek (see Figure 4).
|Figure 4. Probability of tropical-storm-force winds for the five days ending at 8 am Thursday, September 28, 2017. Image credit: NOAA/NWS/NHC.|
Hurricane Maria is an open book compared with the mysteries of Tropical Storm Lee. The new incarnation of Lee sprang to life on Friday from the northern remnants of ex-Tropical Storm Lee. It appears that Lee 2.0 could go any number of directions in strength as well as movement. At 11 am EDT Saturday, Lee was positioned in the central North Atlantic about 900 miles east of Bermuda, drifting north at just 2 mph. Though Lee is a tiny system—tropical-storm-force winds extend out only 35 miles from its center—its small size gives it a greater potential to either intensify or weaken quickly.
Lee is moving into a zone of fairly light upper-level wind shear (5 to 10 knots), which should persist for the next couple of days. Moreover, Lee will benefit from unusually warm sea surface temperatures (about 1°C above average) as well as unusually cool upper-level temperatures (about 3°C below average). Together, these will enhance instability to help keep Lee’s showers and thunderstorms vigorous. The official NHC forecast at 11 am EDT Saturday brings Lee to hurricane strength by Tuesday. The HWRF and HMON intensity models make Lee a hurricane much more quickly—by Sunday. This is certainly possible with a storm as small as Lee in such favorable conditions, although the rapid intensification index of the 12Z Saturday SHIPS model gives only a small chance of such quick strengthening.
Lee will remain far from land throughout the five-day forecast period, wandering through weak steering currents. Over time, Lee is expected to carry out an anticyclonic loop that will keep it in the central North Atlantic for the foreseeable future.
|Figure 5. Infrared satellite image of Tropical Storm Lee as of 12:15 pm EDT Saturday, September 23, 2017. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.|
|Figure 6. Predicted precipitation for the 7-day period ending at 8 am Saturday, September 30, 2017. A moist flow of air associated with Invest 98E is expected to bring heavy rains to West Texas. Image credit: NOAA.|
In the Eastern Pacific, satellite images on Saturday afternoon showed that area of disturbed weather located about 100 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico (98E) was bringing heavy rains to the coast of Southwest Mexico. Moisture associated with 98E will be streaming northwards into West Texas over the next week, leading to widespread heavy rains in excess of 5”. In their 8 am EDT Saturday Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave 98E 2-day and 5-day odds of development into a tropical depression of 90%.
Dr. Jeff Masters contributed to this post. (Click to Site)
Everyone is talking about September 23rd and for good reason, but could the fulfillment of the Revelation 12 Sign actually occur the next day on the 24th? I offer this only to examine the possibility that we could be off by a day. Here is the September 23rd alignment that we are all well acquainted with by now:
The Greek is clear that the Moon must be under the feet of the woman and sure enough that’s what we see if we consider the woman to be lying horizontally, but could there be a more perfect alignment? Check out how the alignment will appear on the morning of Sunday, September 24th. This is from the perspective of someone in Jerusalem facing directly due east:
To be clear, I believe the alignment on September 23rd satisfies the requirements in the text, but it looks like September 24th is even more precise:
1. The Moon is directly under the woman’s feet in the constellation Libra (Scales/Justice).
2. The alignment is aligned vertically and almost exactly due east.
3. Regulus, Mercury, Mars, and Venus become equally spaced and the “crown” sits more firmly on Virgo’s head.
4. The Sun rests directly on Virgo’s shoulder.
5. The crescent of the Moon is slightly more visible and is facing the woman’s feet whereas on the 23rd the crescent is facing away from her feet.
The image above is how the alignment will appear at 10:30 AM in Israeli time, which would be 3:30 AM on the east coast of the United States (Luke 12:38 hints that Jesus might appear in the second or third watch of the night). The fact that this occurs Sunday morning is also interesting considering that Jesus was raised to life early on a Sunday and Christians flock to church on Sunday. Jupiter, which symbolizes the male child of Revelation 12:5, will actually appear to rise from the earth on the 24th (resurrection and rapture, anyone?). It’s also notable that 24 is the number of elders who symbolize the glorified Church in Heaven in Revelation 4.
This in no way debunks September 23rd, but it’s an interesting and overlooked possibility. At this point I think there is enough ambiguity between the 23rd and 24th that we can’t really know the exact day or hour of this sign’s exact alignment. September 20th through 24th will be the highest watch that I’ve ever experienced. (Click to Site)