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Weird Weather & Super Prophets

Apr. 14, 2013

Have you ever heard the saying “raining cats and dogs”? It’s a funny way to describe a severe storm. It would be strange if animals really did fall from the sky. Believe it or not, it has happened.

In 1947, fish fell from the sky over Marksville, Louisiana. The aquatic animals landed in trees, on rooftops, and all over the street. Snails rained down in the African nation of Algeria in 1953. A “snailstorm” was also reported in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1869. In 1882, an unusual hailstone hit the ground near Dubuque, Iowa. Inside were two frogs. When the ice melted, the tough little amphibians hopped away.

What causes such weird weather? Scientists point to waterspouts — tornadoes that form over the water. A powerful waterspout can pick up water, along with the animals that happen to live in or near it. If the tornado then passes over land, it may dump its cargo there.

Forecasters make predictions about the weather based on what they know from science. But there are some things no one can predict ahead of time — like frogs falling from the sky. And, of course, no amount of scientific know-how allows people to control the weather patterns. Only God can do that.

The Bible tells about two prophets who will be able to control the weather. One day Jesus will return to Earth, and God will make all things new and wonderful. In the last days before Jesus’ arrival, God will send two prophets to tell people about Him. (You can read about them in Revelation 11:3-13.)

God will give these two witnesses the ability to keep rain from falling. These men will also be able to make fire come from their mouths like real superheroes. They will have the power to turn water to blood and strike the land with plagues, just as Moses did when frogs came and covered the land of Egypt. All this will show people how powerful God is. During Moses’ life, God often showed His power through miracles, such as the parting of the Red Sea.

God wants everyone to have a chance to know Him. In the Old Testament, He sent prophets to warn His people whenever they turned away from Him. You’ve probably heard of famous prophets like Isaiah or Ezekiel, but some unnamed prophets did wonderful things for God.

For example, an unknown prophet traveled through the land and spoke God’s truth during a time when invaders were destroying all of Israel’s crops (see Judges 6:1-10). Another man the Bible never names bravely confronted King Jeroboam when the king tried to get the people to worship idols (check out 1 Kings 13:1-10).

You don’t have to be a superhero or even be a famous preacher to tell others about Jesus. Even if few people know your name, you can ask God to help you share His message. He will equip you with everything you need to be a powerful witness for Him.

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NIV).

By Christina Quick

 

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