Are Solar Flares Going to Fry Us?
A reader tweeted the following question, "Are these solar flares gonna fry us here on earth and if so when [is the] estimated time?
It seems the concern for the effect of solar flares has increased recently. Without getting too deeply scientific, mainly because I can't, solar flares are reactions or gaseous "burps" emitted from the sun. Some of them release enough energy to affect the earth. Here are some recent articles and a video that you can click on to read more:
- Solar flare threatens to disrupt Earth's communications and power
- Effects of Solar Flares Arriving on Earth
- Sun Unleashes Largest Solar Flare in Years
- Stormy sun could knock out power grids - report
- Are we safe from the sun? Solar flares keep on getting stronger
- Newt Gingrich warns of vulnerable U.S. power grid: we could be without power for ‘months, or even years’
Now back to the question. There is a reference in the Book of Revelation where the inhabitants of earth are adversely affected by the sun's reactions.
Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, causing it to scorch everyone with its fire. Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory. (Revelation 16:8, 9 NLT)
That sort of fits the bill for “frying.” This may or may not relate to solar flares, but it's definitely a solar disaster bringing calamity to earth and its inhabitants. According to the articles I referenced above, most of the concern for solar flares is for a collapse of the electric grid.
Revelation 16 takes place during the second half of the tribulation period. This second part is also called the wrath of God where it seems the judgments are mightier.
We believe that the rapture, the catching away of the church to heaven, will take place just before the tribulation period begins, well before Christians would have to deal with this judgment.
Although solar flares happen all the time, a true sign of the end time would be where they are large enough to damage electric grids and bring physical harm to humans.
Not that I watch much television, but I was amused with an announcement of a new television series based on the power grid going down resulting in a very different life style for earth’s inhabitants.
Are these disaster programs and movies prophetic? Is God using them to prepare people or warn them? Or is it the devil creating fear, or is it just entrepreneurs capitalizing on future fears?
What do you think?
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