FThe floods devastated several regions of the world almost simultaneously. The Philippines, South Africa, Australia and Argentina all experienced severe flooding in April alone. The floods caused hundreds of deaths and caused enormous material damage.
In the Philippines, flooding was caused by Tropical Storm Megi. Megi made landfall on April 10 and devastated the coasts of the island country. the BBC reported that as of 16 April, at least 167 people had died from floods and landslides; 110 people were reported missing and a total of 1.9 million were affected.
Megi had winds reaching up to 40 miles per hour, with gusts reaching up to 49 mph. The Philippine government estimated on April 13 that the total agricultural damage caused by Megi was over $8 million.
Some regions were more affected than others. In Pilar, a community in Leyte province, floodwaters washed about 80% of houses out to sea. Baybay town, also in Leyte, experienced landslides that buried communities.
Meanwhile, in South Africa, heavy rains caused catastrophic flooding in KwaZulu-Natal province, particularly in the city of Durban. The floods fell between 11 and 13 April. According to the Associated Press, 448 people in Kwazulu-Natal died in the floods. More than 40,000 are missing. According to the KwaZulu-Natal government, around 4,000 homes were destroyed in the floods, with double that damaged.
“We are traumatized; we can’t even eat,” said Boniswa Shangase, a flood survivor. BBC. “All day I haven’t eaten because I don’t know what to do.”
The South African government declared a state of emergency and announced that it would send more than 10,000 soldiers to help with recovery and the delivery of relief supplies. He also announced $67 million in relief funds.
Severe flooding also occurred in Australia. Nearly a month of rain fell on Sydney on April 7. This not only put Sydney’s more than 5 million residents at risk, but also prompted a severe weather warning for around 373 miles of Australia’s east coast. The effects of the floods in Australia were not as disastrous as floods elsewhere, but at least one person died.
It was the third intense weather system to hit this part of Australia in a matter of weeks. During the first week of March, parts of eastern Australia received over a year of rainfall in about a week. At least 22 people died in the previous flood. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy called the March floods “Queensland’s worst flooding since 2011”. The total insurance market loss for the flood season in eastern Australia is approximately $2.9 billion. It would be the “largest flood loss on record” for Australia’s insurance industry, according to Insurance Insider.
Argentina’s Corrientes province was also hit by heavy flooding, Reuters reported on April 19. This is months after wildfires tore through the area. Fortunately, no one appears to have died in the flooding, but it has prompted evacuations in small towns and inundated cattle pastures.
Something is wrong with the weather. But what exactly is the cause?
It’s easy to point the finger at climate change. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Siegfried Mandla Jwara, said: “Last night in church I talked a lot about climate change because there are people who don’t understand very well, but now we we can see its consequences. Climate change activists have filed a criminal complaint against South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for failing to take “practical steps to address the climate crisis”, blaming him for the floods.
But are rising carbon emissions to blame? Australia received a typical year of rain within a week. Argentina has been flooded with water after suffering a terrible fire season. One would think that a small uniform increase in global temperature would have brought about stable and uniform effects across the planet, even if the effects are uncomfortable. Instead, the weather becomes very unstable and unpredictable. And the disasters are getting worse and worse.
It’s almost like someone is in control of the disasters.
To claim that mankind could alter the climate so easily gives man too much credit. The Bible reveals that it is in fact God who ultimately controls time. Leviticus 26:4 shows that God gives “rain in due season” to those who fear him. In Deuteronomy 28:12, God calls the timely rains “his good treasure.” God says in Job 28:11 that “he keeps the torrents from overflowing…”.
God also promises weather disasters for disobedience to Him and His laws. For the sins of Noah’s time, God brought so much rain that the whole Earth was flooded (Genesis 7:4). During the time of the Exodus, God rained hail on the Egyptians for their sins (Exodus 9:23). Nahum 1:8 reads, “But with an overflowing flood he will end his place, and darkness will pursue his enemies.”
God was the one who controlled the floods in the Philippines, South Africa and elsewhere. But does that mean that God is mean and likes to cause chaos for poor, oblivious humans? Absolutely not.
Ezekiel 33:11 reads: “…As alive as I live, saith the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but let the wicked turn from his way and live: turn away, turn away from your evil ways; for why shall you die, house of Israel? God uses the weather—weather events beyond a man’s ability to control—as a means to cause the world to wake up where His ways lead. More importantly, it is how God brings the world to know him. “Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have made a desolation of the land because of all the abominations which they have done” (verse 29).
“The God of the Bible is indeed all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving,” states our Trends article “Why the Trumpet Watches have increased “natural” and weather disasters. “He promises to bless people for obedience and curse them for disobedience.”
The article continues:
If you believe the God of the Bible, you know that droughts, floods and other disasters are curses for disobedience. The solution to such curses is repentance. For our land to be cured, we need to understand those promises.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 says, “If I close the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a pestilence among my people; If my people, who are called by my name, should humble oneself, and pray, and look for my face, and turn of their evil ways; then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I heal their land. It’s an absolute promise. If we turn away from our evil ways, God will forgive our sins and heal our country. It is powerful scripture from the living God that tells us how to solve our problems.
God does not take pleasure in seeing men suffer because of climatic disasters. But neither does he take pleasure in seeing men bring misery and death upon themselves. He uses the weather as a way to shake people up.
And to lead them to turn from sin and turn to him who promises protection, to him who wanna to bless them and their land.
To learn more, please read “Why the Trumpet Watches have increased “natural” and weather disasters.