AFRICA - Climate Change Responsible for Heat Wave?

Arno Froese

A number of countries in the Sahel region and across West Africa were hit by a strong heatwave that struck at the end of March and lasted into early April. 

The heat was most strongly felt in the southern regions of Mali and Burkina Faso. 

In Bamako, the capital of Mali, the Gabriel Toure Hospital said it recorded 102 deaths in the first days of April.

Low rainfall saw crop failures in several countries leading to an estimated 20m people facing hunger. Water shortages in Zambia and Zimbabwe saw outbreaks of cholera with states of disaster declared in both countries as well as in neighboring Malawi. Researchers looked at temperature and rainfall data to determine the causes of the drought.

They found that climate change did not have a significant influence on low rainfall during the December- February period across the region.

Instead, they believe that the El Niño weather phenomenon was to blame.

This upwelling of warm water in the Pacific is linked to impacts on weather in many locations., 18 April 2024

Arno's Commentary

One often reads, “scientists say…,” “scientist believe…,” “scientists estimate…,” etc. But in reality, no reliable science is available showing weather patterns for the last 100-500 years. Subsequently, most is open to speculation.

What does the Bible say? For Israel, we read this: “Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:4).

Jonah 1:4 reports: “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” And Jeremiah 10:12-13 testifies: “He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and
hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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