[anzac] Is GOD TRYING to GET our ATTENTION??

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 10:01:03 -0700
A NOTE on DROUGHT:  Historically, how has God gotten the
attention of nations (particularly Israel) as to the sin that is 
defiling the land? -Often through drought or famine. As Scripture says:

"When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they
have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and
confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest
them: Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good
way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land...."
(1 Ki 8:35-36. See also 2 Chron 7:13-14).

-from The Independent newspaper, UK.

America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl 
years of the Great Depression. Or perhaps worse still.

From the mountains and desert of the West, now into an eighth 
consecutive dry year, to the wheat farms of Alabama, where 
crops are failing because of rainfall levels 12 inches lower than 
usual, to the vast soupy expanse of Lake Okeechobee in southern 
Florida, which has become so dry it actually caught fire a couple 
of weeks ago, a continent is crying out for water.

In the south-east, usually a lush, humid region, it is the driest 
few months since records began in 1895. California and Nevada, 
where burgeoning population centres co-exist with an often harsh, 
barren landscape, have seen less rain over the  past year than 
at any time since 1924. The Sierra Nevada range, which straddles 
the two states, received only 27 per cent of its usual snowfall in
winter, with immediate knock-on effects on water supplies for the 
populations of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The human impact, for the moment, has been limited, certainly 
nothing compared to the great westward migration of Okies in 
the 1930s - the desperate march described by John Steinbeck in 
The Grapes of Wrath.

Big farmers are now well protected by government subsidies and 
emergency funds, and small farmers, some of whom are indeed 
struggling, have been slowly moving off the land for decades 
anyway. The most common inconvenience, for the moment, are 
restrictions on hosepipes and garden sprinklers in eastern cities.

But the long-term implications are escaping nobody. Climatologists 
see a growing volatility in the south-east's weather - today's drought 
coming close on the  heels of devastating hurricanes two to three 
years ago. In the West, meanwhile, a growing body of scientific 
evidence suggests a movement towards a state of perpetual 
drought by the middle of this century. "The 1930s drought lasted 
less than a decade. This is something that could remain for 100 
years," said Richard Seager a climatologist at Columbia University 
and lead researcher of a report published recently by the 
government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


[~Author: Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles.. 11 June 2007]