Just over six weeks ago, Cyclone Idai slammed into the east African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi (The Guardian, March 27, 2019). The cyclone displaced “hundreds of thousands of people” while “flooding an area of 3,000 sq km” and killing more than 1,000 people. Cholera is now rampant. Then last week, Cyclone Kenneth, with winds over 220 kilometers (140 miles) per hour hit northern Mozambique (BBC, April 30, 2019). Although the winds rapidly died down, more torrential rains—twice the amount from the first cyclone—caused more severe flooding in this water-logged region, greatly hampering ongoing rescue and humanitarian operations. This is the first time two major cyclones have struck Mozambique in one season.
Destructive rains and flooding have not only swamped the east coast of Africa but also South Africa. However, major flooding in Indonesia has also caused much destruction and many deaths (New Scientist, April 30, 2019). While concerned Christians should certainly pray for those experiencing these tragic events, the devastating rains and flooding in Africa and other areas of the world can provide insights into coming global catastrophes that are prophesied to strike the earth just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. Many of these future events are mentioned in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and Revelation 6. To learn more about coming end-time events, be sure to read or listen to Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.