The BBC has referred to it as “#snowmageddon2016″ (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35392022). Here is information from USA sources:
January 24, 2016
Millions of people in the eastern United States are digging out their cars and homes on Sunday after two relentless days of snow that will enter the history books as one of the largest snowstorms on record.
The snow tapered off overnight around Washington, D.C., where many areas near the capital received more than 60 centimeters of snow. Blizzard conditions meant visibility was extremely low on the area’s nearly deserted streets for much of Saturday. Authorities closed roads, including major highways, as well as the subway system and airports.
Further up the coast, the National Weather Service said New York City’s Central Park recorded at least 64 centimeters of snow. Authorities there lifted a travel ban early Sunday morning that had limited the movement of the area’s 8.4 million residents since Saturday. All public transportation was suspended as Broadway canceled performances, museums closed and shops were shuttered.
Up to 85 million people were in the storm’s path, and hundreds of thousands were without power while thousands more were stranded after the storm paralyzed street, rail and airline traffic along the U.S. East Coast. …
With snow forecast to continue until the early hours of Sunday, weather services predicted the storm could bring snowfall to rival the biggest blizzards on record. Residents were warned to stay indoors as winds intensified to 80 kilometers per hour, and higher, creating near whiteout conditions and making travel even more hazardous.
At least 17 people have already died from Georgia to New England. States of emergency were declared in at least 10 states. In Kentucky, authorities opened emergency shelters along a major interstate highway, where motorists had been stranded for at least 10 hours.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged residents to stay indoors, saying roads were very dangerous. She told CNN that the steady snow plus heavy winds were a problem.
Flooding on Jersey shore
High tides from the Atlantic washed through the streets of towns along the New Jersey Shore, mixing with snow and pooling in driveways Saturday, though a bigger concern was snowfall at a rate of 7 centimeters an hour in some places and very low visibility, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said.
Some southern areas of the state saw significant flooding. Christie said 90,000 power outages had been reported, but there were shelters for people affected. He urged residents to say inside. …
States of emergency
At least nine people have already died from Georgia to New England, with six reported dead in car crashes due to icy roads in North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. States of emergency were declared in at least 10 states. In Kentucky, authorities opened emergency shelters along a major interstate highway, where motorists had been stranded for at least 10 hours.
Jonas could be one of Washington’s 10 worst storms in recorded history, according to forecasters. Ahead of the storm, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency and closed local schools Friday. “This has life-and-death implications, and all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way,” said Bowser.
Federal government offices in the city shut down. Authorities even took the rare step of closing the entire D.C. Metro public transit system. http://www.voanews.com/content/us-east-coast-prepares-for-major-snow-storm/3157372.html
The storm was named “Jonas” and World News Daily reported that some thought that the name was significant:
WASHINGTON – It’s being called Snow-pocalypse here in the nation’s capital.
And some biblical prophecy watchers think the name may be apt.
It’s not so much that it signals the end of the world or will create such havoc for central Atlantic states that residents think it is doomsday.
But many see megastorm Jonas as a kind of signal from God, part of a long-standing pattern of corrections from the Creator of the universe for the U.S. whenever it seeks to divide the land of Israel or hurt the nation the Bible says is “the apple of His eye.” …
Bill Koenig, author of the 2004 book, “Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel,” sees biblical significance in both the name of the blizzard and the timing.
“The name Jonas means ‘gift of God,’” Koenig points out.
He sees an extremely strained relationship between Israel and Barack Obama’s administration as relevant to the timing and magnitude of the storm.
“Obama heralded the Iran deal Saturday, Jan. 16, from the White House as a major foreign policy achievement, which now releases billions of dollars to the number one state sponsor of terror in the world and Israel’s greatest threat,” Koenig told WND. http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/is-d-c-megastorm-jonas-a-gift-of-god/#AfubyIdiE0I8dK2p.99
I would suggest that if this particular storm “Jonas” was a punishment for a recent action, it was more likely a punishment for US Vice President Biden’s promotion of the LGBT agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday (see World Economic Forum: Concerned about economic panic, information technology, and Brexit, while VP Biden pushes the LGBT agenda) as opposed to the lifting of sanctions related to the Iranian deal.
Because the Bible does ties aspects of the LGBT agenda in with weather punishments (cf. Amos 4:7-12). Plus the Bible teaches that God will remove “the protection from Judah” (the nation currently called Israel) and perhaps allow the Iranians to damage it (cf. Isaiah 22:6-8; see also Iran in Prophecy).
Scripture is clear that God controls the weather and sometimes provides extreme weather for correction. And that includes snowy weather. Notice the following:
5 God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. 6 For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’;… 9 From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, And cold from the scattering winds of the north. 10 By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen. 11 Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds. 12 And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, That they may do whatever He commands them On the face of the whole earth. 13 He causes it to come, Whether for correction, Or for His land, Or for mercy. (Job 37:5-6, 9-13)
22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail, 23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war? (Job 38:22-23)
The Bible repeatedly warns, especially in the Hebrew scriptures, that various sins will result in destructive weather (see Weather Blessings and Sorrows). Weather is not as random as most seem to want to believe.
Back in 2009, in a book, I mentioned the following was about to happen:
Considering all of the natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, food shortages, and economic problems in the past few years, perhaps this would be a good time to explain that the Bible shows that these problems were expected to occur prior to the great tribulation. Those outside the Bible have sometimes referred to a time such as this as a time of transition or chaos. …
There will be a generation that will experience end-time events, beginning with “sorrows,” including the Great Tribulation, heavenly signs, and finally the return of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:5-34). …
Mark recorded the same account of this time from his perspective:
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” 5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. 9 But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit…” (Mark 13:3–11).
Thus, in both Matthew and Mark it is clear that a time called “the beginning of sorrows” precedes the Great Tribulation.
Notice that in Mark’s account he uses the term troubles. Troubles would seem to include economic and political problems, in addition to those specifically mentioned, such as wars, famines, natural disasters, and pestilences. …
Odd weather patterns result in food shortages and natural disasters.Matthew 24:7
The world is actually in a berserk transition, as the real age of peace is not yet here. It may be a period of chaos. It is the beginning of sorrows.Matthew 24:8
(Thiel B. 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect. Nazarene Books, 2009)
The above was published because it was consistent with Bible prophecy. We have been seeing odd weather patterns and the United Nations and others are concerned about related food shortages.
The Bible ties in practices of Sodom and Gomorrah with weather problems (e.g. Jeremiah 50:38-40). The USA more and more is adopting the homosexual agenda.
God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah for their pride and acceptance of homosexuality. If the Anglo-nations do not repent of the direction that they are going, they will be overthrown relatively soon (see alsoAnglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel). People who profess to believe the Bible need to take a stand against those who advocate homosexuality and other behaviors that the Bible condemns.
What will happen to the Anglo-lands actually will be worse that what happened to Sodom:
6 The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people
Is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom,
Which was overthrown in a moment,
With no hand to help her! (Lamentations 4:6)
Why is is worse? Notice:
9 Those slain by the sword are better off Than those who die of hunger; For these pine away, Stricken for lack of the fruits of the field. 10 The hands of the compassionate women Have cooked their own children; They became food for them In the destruction of the daughter of my people. 11 The Lord has fulfilled His fury, He has poured out His fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion, And it has devoured its foundations. 12 The kings of the earth,And all inhabitants of the world, Would not have believed That the adversary and the enemy Could enter the gates of Jerusalem — 13 Because of the sins of her prophets And the iniquities of her priests,Who shed in her midst The blood of the just. 14 They wandered blind in the streets; They have defiled themselves with blood, So that no one would touch their garments. 15 They cried out to them,”Go away, unclean!Go away, go away, Do not touch us!”When they fled and wandered, Those among the nations said, “They shall no longer dwell here.” 16 The face of the Lord scattered them; He no longer regards them. The people do not respect the priests Nor show favor to the elders. 17 Still our eyes failed us, Watching vainly for our help; In our watching we watched For a nation that could not save us. 18 They tracked our steps So that we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near; Our days were over, For our end had come. 19 Our pursuers were swifter Than the eagles of the heavens. They pursued us on the mountains And lay in wait for us in the wilderness. 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord, Was caught in their pits, Of whom we said, “Under his shadow We shall live among the nations.” (Lamentations 4:9-20)
The reason that it is worse is that many of the people who survive starve and those that do not will be pursued and forced to become slaves (for more details see Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?).
Extreme weather, like “snowmageddon” should be a wake-up call to repent.
The warnings from the Bible are going out, but many will ignore them. Will you?