Wildfires that were at one point eight counties wide, have burned across wine country in California. At least 11 people have been killed, 100 are missing, and hundreds are injured. Over 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed.
Please pray for the injured, the missing, and those who have lost everything.
In Scripture, the Day of the LORD (the coming Tribulation) is most often associated with fire and the grape harvest/winepress. Here in California we see both images together. Surely the Day of the LORD is at hand.
In other news:
News is breaking that North Korea has stolen the U.S.-South Korean war plans from South Korea’s defense ministry. The plans were comprehensive and revealed nearly the entirety of U.S.-South Korean strategy for a war with the North.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is set to address the Catalonian parliament today and many are expecting the region to declare independence from Spain. Some believe this is the same area as Tarshish in the Bible – an interesting tie-in to the theme of Jonah and repentance we’ve seen play out in the world in recent weeks.
Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum on September 25th in which over 92% voted for independence from Iraq and the establishment of a Kurdish state. The Kurdish regional government has stated the referendum is binding, but independence will not be declared immediately.
News of late has reported on a notable uptick in active volcanoes. A number of sources suggest there are, on average, 10 to 20 eruptions on land around the world each day (see here and here), but for the last week or two there have been over 30. As I write this there are currently 35 volcanoes erupting around the world and Mt. Agung in Bali is widely expected to erupt any day as 140,000 have been evacuated.
A few days ago a meteorite struck a house in Clemson, South Carolina. Luckily no one was injured, though the rock left a sizable hole in the roof.
On Thursday 30 to 100-foot-wide Asteroid 2012 TC4 will whizz by earth at the astronomically minuscule distance of 27,000 miles (about 1/8th of the distance from the earth to the moon). Though an impact is not expected, there has been a notable increase in the number of these close fly-bys of killer asteroids in recent weeks. An impact by an asteroid of this size would destroy a small town.
Last month, Asteroid Florence, a 2.7-mile-wide behemoth passed close to earth. An impact by a rock like this would wipe out a continent and perhaps fling so much debris into the sky that the sun would be darkened for weeks.
Now that the Great Sign of Revelation 12:1-2 has occurred, researchers are trying to nail down the subsequent “Sign of the Dragon” in Revelation 12:3-4. This week the Draconids meteor shower lit up the sky in a number of places and appeared to come from Draco the Dragon. Whether the dragon of Revelation 12 is Draco, Serpens, Hydra, or some combination thereof, there seems to be some interesting things going on. Here is footage of this week’s meteor shower from Russia: (Click to Site