2020-01-03

Apocalypse Now: Rapture Into Denial for Pentecostal Leaders

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by Neil Godfrey

I’m wondering if any Australians who comment here from time to time have been affected by the bushfires that seem to have been with us and only getting worse for months now. What’s happening now is horrendous and unlike anything else I’ve ever heard of, and I know Indonesia, the Amazon, Africa, the United States Arctic regions and god knows where else have been experiencing similar. I am finding it hard to get my head to imagine the following scenario in which a young firefighter was killed. No-one would think this possible . . .

A young volunteer firefighter and soon-to-be father was killed when a “freakish weather event” lifted his fire truck off the ground, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) says.

Samuel McPaul, 28, died yesterday after his truck flipped in the Green Valley blaze in Jingellic, 70 kilometres east of Albury near the NSW-Victoria border.

NSW RFS district manager Superintendent Patrick Westwood said Mr McPaul was “doing everything right” when tragedy struck.

He and two others had been mustering cattle caught in a paddock on flat ground.

“The crew decided to move away from that area and, quite unexpectedly, very suddenly, they experienced extreme winds and what could only be described as a fire tornado that lifted the back of the truck, fully inverted it and landed it on its roof, trapping three people, three crew that is, and unfortunately, one of them fatally,” Superintendent Westwood said.

“The driver was a veteran captain of 35 years-plus experience.

“He thought he was in the right spot — as he was, from what I can understand — and just this freakish weather event that would have to be seen to be believed. Even then, other veteran firefighters don’t believe what they saw, [it] engulfed that vehicle with flame, fire, and strong winds and literally picked up an 8-tonne truck and flipped it over.

(From ABC News)

Many readers have probably already seen the horrific scenes of apocalyptic-like doom, the navy rescuing people stranded on the beach as their town was being destroyed, and no doubt similar scenes elsewhere in the world.

A few weeks ago fires several kilometres away were causing our view across town to be hazed out by smoke. To go outside was to breathe smoke and return inside smelling strongly of smoke. A few days later I thought it was clearing and went outside at twilight and saw what looked for all the world like a “glorious red sunset” — but not where the sun sets in the west; it was in the south! Reflections of the fire in the clouds. An apocalyptic poet would find words to depict something like the sun being thrown out of its orbit.

A Timeline

2017

That Coal Prop in Parliament

 

2018

Inside a Pentecostal Hillsong Church (link is to analysis of the influence of his religious beliefs on his politics, inc climate change) (And here’s another.)

 

2018 (Nov)

And a similar message was delivered directly for Greta Thunberg.

 

2019

Brian Houston, Pentecostal Hillsong Pastor, is a potential liability publicity wise given coming under a cloud for failing to report to police evidence that his father had been guilty of child sex abuse in his church. (And one more about the Devil and Scott Morrison.)

2020

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6 Comments

  • Bob Jase
    2020-01-03 15:12:06 GMT+0000 - 15:12 | Permalink

    Trump may be the best idiot but there are plenty of others.

  • 2020-01-03 18:11:05 GMT+0000 - 18:11 | Permalink

    http://globalwarming.berrens.nl/globalwarming.htm See “A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms. This site says that a 2-3 degree C increase in global temperature could make Australia a “death trap.” What is currently occurring in Australia reminds me more of what this site says would happen with an increase of 5-6 degrees. A recent news story online said that the current events in Australia are the effect of an increase of 1.5. In 2018, the entire California town of Paradise, in Butte Co., was destroyed by out of control wild fire. Apocalyptic, isn’t it?

    • Neil Godfrey
      2020-01-04 04:44:18 GMT+0000 - 04:44 | Permalink

      Are you able to find the identity of the author of that website/article?

    • Neil Godfrey
      2020-01-04 06:09:55 GMT+0000 - 06:09 | Permalink

      I imagine that additional transient (weather) factors can at different times bring forward the worst that is more generally anticipated up ahead:

      Meteorologists say a climate system in the Indian Ocean, known as the dipole, is the main driver behind the extreme heat in Australia.

      However, many parts of Australia have been in drought conditions, some for years, which has made it easier for the fires to spread and grow.

      From https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50986363

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  • 2020-01-04 15:02:02 GMT+0000 - 15:02 | Permalink

    1) There is no author name on the Berrens article. I tend to assess credibility based on references to the IPCC (there is one in the article), and whether or not the author accepts the scientific consensus. James Hoggan, in “Climate Cover-Up” describes the extensive public relations network of the oil & gas industry which for decades has been pushing doubt and alternative science on this issue, and has been largely successful in influencing public opinion. Many news articles about weather catastrophes, such as the one you link to above, do not overtly discuss the connection between the disaster and the climate crisis, but there is a giveaway in most such articles, and it occurs in the beginning of the article you cite, which is that the defense minister notes that this is the first time this has happened in Australia’s history. We see this language again and again in the increasing reports of weather disasters. The flood is always a record flood. The disaster is a once-in-a-millennium disaster, etc.

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