News sources report that Queensland, Australia, is experiencing the worst flooding in history and a disaster of “biblical proportions.” Flood waters have inundated an area the size of Germany and France.
Queensland is Australia’s “bread basket” and a highly profitable mining district. Farms have been flooded, several towns have been evacuated and 75% of the mines are flooded or closed. Flooded fields and the inability to move collected wheat stocks by rail have caused wheat prices to soar. Areas that have been devastated by locusts and ten years of drought are now flooded (The Australian, January 5, 2011; Associated Press, December 31, 2005). Queensland supplies half of the world’s coking coal for steel mills. Costs of this disaster to the Australian economy will run into billions of dollars!
The Bible warns that because Israelite nations have “forgotten God” and rejected His ways, God will bring increasingly severe punishments on His chosen people (Hosea 8). End-time prophecies reveal God’s purpose, “I also withheld rain from you… I made it rain on one city, I withheld rain from another city… I blasted you with blight and mildew… The locust devoured them; yet you have not returned to me, says the LORD” (Amos 4:7-9).
Jesus Christ also warned that increasing famines, pestilences and other disasters will be a prelude to His second coming.
As we watch world events building to a crescendo, we need to remember these events are predicted in the Bible. For more information about prophesied events, read our informative booklet, Who Controls the Weather?