Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 24, 2012

2012 Update, by David Bower

So Far So Good

Congratulations everyone, we are over half way through 2012 and the world is still in one piece. Of course the “crucial” Mayan date of December 21st is still ahead of us and the threatened solar flares have been moved back to 2013 so we may not be out of the woods yet.

I thought it might be timely to take inventory of the list of calamities that have been predicted for 2012 and see where we stand in the eighth month of the year. So far I’ve been grateful that our summer has had much more rain than it did last year when the drought killed so many trees in the Houston area. The temperatures have also been noticeably cooler and that has been another blessing for which I am grateful to our Lord.

On August 5th of last year I wrote a blog called “2012, Is a Storm Coming?” In this blog I discussed the possibility of sunspot activity and its potential impact on the earth.

Sunspot Activity

It appears the sun is still moving toward a solar maximum within the coming twelve months. What I’m reading now suggests activity will peak around the second quarter of 2013. We have been in Solar Cycle 24 since January of 2008; which means the 24th cycle since 1755 when solar sunspot activity was first recorded. Some indicators now seem to suggest a rather mild solar maximum this time around.

Some new research has revealed there are weak spots in the Earth’s magnetic shield; the impact of these weak spots in the event of sunspot activity would depend on a number of variables so it is difficult to determine how much impact they would have on lives and technology. The general impression I’m getting is one of cautious optimism; it appears less likely that the sunspot activity will have too serious an effect on us next year. For better or worse we have less than a year before we find out exactly how strong it will be.

Israel and the Middle East

While there seems to be less of a threat from the sun I’m not sure we can say that about the Middle East. It seems as if there is new saber rattling going on over there every day and it seems to be growing in intensity. Iran has stated very clearly its desire that the USA and Israel be eliminated from the world stage. As their nuclear capability grows such a possibility grows along with it.

One carefully placed nuclear weapon exploded above the USA could throw this country back 200 years technologically speaking. The electromagnetic pulse of such an explosion could knock out all electrical or electronic equipment for hundreds of miles in every direction. It is difficult to even imagine the havoc that would create for everyone within the blast area; life would return to levels more similar to 1812 than 2012 except that our situation would be vastly worse as nothing in our society is set up to operate on an 1812 basis.

The situation in the Middle East reminds me of the analogy with the pot of water boiling away on the stove. As the heat gets turned up higher the water begins to boil faster and faster until finally it can boil over if the heat is not turned off. It does not appear anyone has been able to even reduce the heat over there and it would certainly be reasonable to expect that pot to eventually boil over. When that might happen and the exact nature of the mess it will create is not known at this point. It does happen to fit in perfectly with the situation the Bible has prophesied for the end times so it seems safe to say this is only a matter of when, not if.

Our National Situation

The financial plight of the USA is well known all over the world; what is ironic is the same people who got us into this mess are the ones who are supposed to get us out of it. The next election will likely be pivotal as the electorate chooses which path this nation will take in the future.

I am always mindful that God is the one who controls governments and leaders. This means that our underlying problem is spiritual not fiscal in nature. Our elected leadership is systematically removing the Christian influence from our nation and entirely too many of the electorate are blithely skipping down the road towards secular humanism and it’s not a pretty sight.

A Potential Catalyst for Disaster

Although there is no shortage of worldly events that could trigger major problems in the USA there are, in addition, those events that would reflect direct divine intervention. These can range from natural disasters to divinely influenced actions by national leaders who are unwittingly serving as servants of God.

Among those I would be inclined to say the Rapture of the Church, which is due at any time, would be the most decisive change in the fabric of the world and cause the most panic and turmoil. I speculate that the Rapture will be the trigger for an attack on Israel and the USA by Islamic forces.

Israel has the promise of God’s protection; the USA does not enjoy any such promise. Events following the Rapture may well provide the explanation for the absence of the USA from Bible prophecy.

As Christians we too have many promises from God which include “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” and “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” So there you have it; we are to rest in God’s faithfulness to us and rejoice in His unfailing love.   

Even so, come Lord Jesus.


Responses

  1. I won’t say that the coming storm doesn’t scare me, but I am able to calm myself from the promises given in Hebrews13:5 and Romans 8:35-39.

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    • Paula:
      Those are both marvelous promises to all Christians and I delight in both of them and would add Hebrews 13:6 to the others. One of my very favorite verses is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This is the verse upon which I base my life; David Bower is no longer the focus because he no longer lives. Although the Lord has chosen to leave David Bower on earth for the present, the body he occupies now belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ who lives His life in that body. As the Lord’s will for that body is revealed it is David Bower’s responsibility to accept it with peace and joy; not trying to understand what is happening or why it’s happening but just to trust the Lord and acknowledge Him as He reveals His plan for that body. I can join with the Apostle Paul and acknowledge the truth he writes in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
      David

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  2. Wow, that was a very thought provocking article. I too trust that God is in control.

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    • Carolyn:
      If we are as close to the end times as I and many others believe, we can know from Scripture that times are going to get worse. How bad they will get before the Lord calls His church home only He knows. The thought of the return of the Lord is a blessing, the thoughts of the increasingly difficult times leading up to His return are a test of our faith. It is most emphatically a time to know and claim the promises He has given us.

      In the Lord’s letter to the church at Philadelphia He makes this promise in Revelation 3:10, “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” Although the Philadelphia age has passed there are sill remnants left during this Laodicean age, those who have received the Lord as their Savior are the remnants of the Philadelphia church age and are given the promise of deliverance from the “trial that is going to come upon the whole world.” We have the Lord’s promise that He will take us out of this world before things start to get really bad and for that we can all be grateful.
      David

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  3. Wow David, you have my brain in gear tonight, just when I was trying to wind down. So much food for thought. I must say it has never crossed my mind that the rapture could be the trigger to start Iran’s attack against the “little and big satans”. You are such a deep thinker at putting the possible puzzle pieces together! Thank you for so often challenging me.

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    • Elaine:
      Thank you as always for your gracious comments, I do appreciate them. I’ll quickly acknowledge the Bible does not specify the timing on the Battle of Psalm 83. Looking at prophecy and the world situation today it simply makes sense to me that sequence of events could be plausible but it is not certain. The only thing I hope to accomplish is to help prepare my readers for the inevitable even though the timing is uncertain. We live in interesting and exciting times and that is a two-edged sword.
      David

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  4. David:
    Thank you for writing your blog. I enjoy reading each and every post. I have been trying to email you and seem to have an incorrect address. Could you please send me an email to shefferco@gmail.com so I will have your email address? Thanks, Steve Sheffer

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    • Steve:
      Thank you for the kind words, they are appreciated. You should have the address by now.
      Best regards,
      David

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