A new study suggests that the Roman Empire partially fell because weather:
A team of researchers based their findings on data from 9,000 wooden artifacts from the past 2,500 years.
They found that periods of warm, wet summers coincided with prosperity, while political turmoil occurred during times of climate instability. The findings have been published online by the journal Science.
Once they had developed a chronology stretching back over the past 2,500 years, they identified a link with prosperity levels in past societies, such as the Roman Empire.
“Wet and warm summers occurred during periods of Roman and medieval prosperity. Increased climate variability from 250-600 AD coincided with the demise of the western Roman empire and the turmoil of the migration period,” the team reported. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12186245
The reader who sent this to me, made the following comments:
Will weather, food/water supplies and high prices once again act as a catalyst for political turmoil in the near future?
Might he be correct?
Based upon my understanding of Bible prophecy, yes I believe he may be.
I have long believed that because of its adoption of significant amounts of genetically-modified grains (specifically corn and soy, and probably soon wheat and others), that the USA is making itself susceptible for a massive crop failure. Whether this failure will be caused by weather, pestilence, terrorists incidents, other factors, or some combination of these factors, the USA is making itself highly susceptible to having a massive loss of its food supply.
Since the USA is already in more debt than any nation in the history of the world, it may be that weather problems (such as one or two incidents like Hurricane Katrina), earthquakes, and crop failures may combine in what could be called a “perfect storm” to push the USA over the edge for it to fall. Riots and civil unrest in the USA would likely result from these events (especially if there are real food shortages) and this may wake the rest of the world up to the fact that the USA is truly incapable of repaying its debts.
Although I have referred to it many times, let me again quote from Habakkuk 2:
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry…5 Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man… 6 “Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say, ‘Woe to him who increases What is not his–how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? 7 Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. 8 Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you (Habakkuk 2:3,5,6-8).
The above prophecy will be fulfilled at the time of the end (cf. “The message was true, but the appointed time was long…in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come”, Daniel 10:1,14).
While it is true that there are already reasons for the USA’s creditors to rise up, and even Moody’s rating service is considering dropping the USA’s Aaa credit rating (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703583404576079311379009904.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_News_BlogsModule), it is likely that several concurrent events, including weather and crop failure may be what triggers the prophesied sudden rise of the creditors.
The fact that weather affected the Roman Empire should not be lost on Americans who tend to think that like the ancient Romans did, their “empire” will always continue. According to Bible prophecy, it will not.
To learn more, please check out the following articles:
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