A new study coming out of MIT is making the fourth bowl of wrath in Revelation seem more feasible.
This detailed climate simulation indicates that temperatures in the Persian Gulf could climb beyond levels that the human body can tolerate. MIT News reports:
“Within this century, parts of the Persian Gulf region could be hit with unprecedented events of deadly heat as a result of climate change, according to a study of high-resolution climate models…
The study…conclude[s] that conditions in the Persian Gulf region [are] likely to severely impact human habitability in the future; many major cities in the region could exceed a tipping point for human survival, even in shaded and well-ventilated spaces. [Co-author Elfatih Eltahir] says this threshold ‘has, as far as we know … never been reported for any location on Earth.‘
That tipping point involves a measurement called the “wet-bulb temperature” that combines temperature and humidity, reflecting conditions the human body could maintain without artificial cooling. That threshold for survival for more than six unprotected hours is 35 degrees Celsius…(The equivalent number in the National Weather Service’s more commonly used ‘heat index’ would be about 165 F.)”
Sound alarming? Scientists and climate experts think so, too. AP reports:
“‘Some of the scariest prospects from a changing clime involve conditions completely outside the range of human experience,’ Carnegie Institute for Science climate researcher Chris Field…wrote. ‘If we don’t limit climate change… the people in these regions will likely need to find other places to live.’
Said Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of the University of Washington school of public health…’The implications of this paper for the Gulf region are frightening.'”
Frightening indeed. It’s concerning enough that 2014 & 2015 have delivered more record-breaking temperatures globally than any previous year on record— and with them, tragedies like California’s forest fires, and Pakistan’s deadly heat wave.
But this study isn’t talking about a hot desert day in Phoenix, where temperatures might reach 115°-120°F.
No, the Persian Gulf region could be facing a heat index upwards of 165° F.
Now that’s hot.
But did you know it’s also prophetic?
Prophetic Forecast: It’s A Scorcher!
According to Revelation 16:8-9, the inhabitants of the earth will experience extreme scorching heat in the last days before Jesus returns to the earth:
“Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people with fire. Thus people were scorched by the terrible heat, yet they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.”
Today, many Christian leaders dismiss end-times Scripture as “apocalyptic” writing, not to be taken literally. Jesus’ prophecies about the end-times (e.g. Matt. 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13), the book of Daniel, and Revelation are considered to be too fantastical to be real.
But it seems that the further we march into this prophetic generation— in which the “fig tree” of Israel has budded as Jesus predicted—the more literally these prophecies are manifesting themselves.
Consider these examples:
- How likely was it that Jesus would correctly prophesy the destruction of the Jewish temple stone by stone, the death of Israel as a nation, and its rebirth in the end-times…as literally happened in 1948?
- How inclined would one be to believe that the Euphrates— that ancient river flowing through the Cradle of Civilization— would literally dry up à la Revelation 16:12…as is happening now?
- How over-dramatic would it have been just a few years ago to say that a spiritual force would be released from the Euphrates (Revelation 9), inspiring an army of millions to launch a campaign of death and terror so grave that Europe would not be able to hold the refugees? That would have seemed fantastical indeed… until ISIS burst onto the scene.
- And speaking of ISIS, who would think (as Revelation boldly asserts) that we would ever actually see Christians beheaded for their faith…as is happening literally before our eyes?
End-Times Prophecy: What Difference Does It Make?
The apostle Peter shared why he thought it important to talk about the end-times:
“I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, ‘Where is his promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.’” 2 Peter 3:1b-4 (NET)
In the end times, there are two choices: you will either be a scoffer, or a believer.
“If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:37-44 (NET)
So before you dismiss any of the words of apocalyptic prophecy in the Bible as “not literal”, remember what Jesus said:
“Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes… But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the master…will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24:46-51 (NET)
The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. As you consider your choices, ask yourself this question:
Will you really be watching for someone you don’t believe is going to come?
And if you’re not found watching, working, and waiting… what will Jesus say to you?