A Nation (Australia) Ablaze as Firestorm Turns Deadly!
This was the headline on the front page of the Weekend Australian on Saturday 19 January 2013! Alongside this (right next to) was an article on the Middle East calling for speeding up a two state (Israel/Palestine) solution in the Middle East. What timing - as Australia does to Israel! The Middle East article was based on a joint Australian and United Kingdom Ministerial Communique (excerpt and link below), released on 18 January 2013.
(Excerpt) We agreed that there is a particularly urgent need at this time for progress on the Middle East Peace Process. The UK and Australia call on the US to lead a major effort in 2013 to achieve a negotiated two-state solution with a secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state. We call on Israel to stop settlement activity. All settlements are illegal under international law and settlement activity undermines the prospects for peace.
18 January 2013 - an Historical Day in Australia! Aussie Signs!
Australia is experiencing a time of prolonged heat, not just drought, and remains a nation both ablaze and in continuing danger due to the dryness! On 18 January 2013 in Australia:
· Sydney recorded its highest ever temperature (45.8 degrees Celsius), with the previous record of 45.3 in January 1939.
· Many towns in New South Wales recorded their highest ever temperatures, and with many coastal towns/cities in the mid 40s.
· Canberra recorded its highest January temperature on record - exactly 10 years on from the Canberra fires in 2003 in which 4 people died and 500 buildings were destroyed.
· Fires continue to rage in Australia, and sadly one person was found dead in a Victorian fire (the first fatality in the fires across Australia this year).
The Critical Days we are in! A Storm 42 Years Ago!
In the next week or so the following will take place: the aftermath of Israel elections, the inauguration of President Obama and (for us Down Under) Australia Day on 26 January 2013: important dates for three nations of destiny and thresholds into the end times! In a recent letter I made some comments on Australia’s Hottest Day - Australia on Fire! And included some possible timeframes for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (link below).
I would like to briefly share a personal experience with a catastrophic storm in Canberra 42 years ago - and how the Lord God used this to help my understanding of the pre-tribulation rapture. It is still vivid, even though so long ago. There are two coincidental aspects of this storm: the first is that while I was living in Hobart at the time, I was working briefly in Canberra when this storm occurred. The second is that it occurred on Australia Day - this year marks the 42nd anniversary of this storm (42 is the number that points to the 2nd Coming of Our Lord and Saviour!)
What I saw! The whole sky was lit up with a powerful electrical storm, lightning and thunder all around, and coming up the Woden Valley (the heart of the storm) was what seemed like a wall of water, a veil from the sky to the Earth. Just as the storm approached I was whisked off by taxi to where I was staying and I watched the storm from relative safety at the top of a building (including a direct hit on traffic lights!)
Around 80 millimetres (over three inches) of rain fell in a short period. Debris had built up in the drains and could not handle the deluge. Sadly seven young people lost their lives (and more would have except for the bravery of rescuers!) Caught unprepared!
What the Lord Showed Me in This (Psalm 91 – Amplified)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty. 8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
The Lord used this experience, reinforced by the promises in His Word, to understand that we would be taken to a place of safety (through the Rapture) before (probably just before!) God’s judgments are poured out on the Earth. We will, however, witness the sky full of signs of the imminence of His Return, and the darkening sky! It is my belief that the Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 war (victory for Israel) will occur about this time.
There was an important sequel to this storm. Around ten days after this storm I left Canberra on a plane early in the morning. As I was leaving the sky was becoming very dark and full of clouds, and heavy rain with localised floods was recorded across most parts of Canberra that day and in following days (summer rain!). Once again there was a sense of escaping the darkness/judgments. I have come to understand that the initial rescue from the storm speaks of the firstfruits of the Church (the remnant Bride). The second (leaving Earth on a plane) appears to represent the much broader Rapture of the Church, possibly around the time of the Ezekiel 38 war.
Throughout all this time I have maintained my belief that the time of Jacob’s trouble (the final seven years) is for Israel, and for those in the Church who are left behind (the foolish virgins) after the Rapture. Nevertheless, there may be some Hitchcock style twists and mysteries that will unfold in these end times, during the Day of the Lord.