A massive plume of dust from the Sahara desert in northern Africa has been traversing the atmosphere, thousands of feet above the tropical Atlantic Ocean, and is now cloaking the Caribbean and closing in on the southeastern United States.
If you’re on Facebook, no doubt you’ve seen those memes entitled “What Chapter Of Revelation Are We In Today?” Funny, yes, but with such a ring of truth to it in 2020 where nearly every day has felt like living in Revelation since January 1. Dispensationally speaking, of course, we are at the end of chapter 3 in the closing hours of the lukewarm Laodicean Church Age, and patiently waiting and looking for this to occur:
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:1,2 (KJB)
But while we wait, it sure does feel like some Revelationesque events are coming to pass, one after the other in rapid fire. What we are experiencing is the overlapping of the end of the Church Age, with the preparations for the coming time of Jacob’s trouble. As we, the born again Church, await Flight #777, an unsaved world is preparing to receive the ‘strong delusion’ from 2 Thessalonians. Trust me, you would do well to click here and make sure you miss this one.
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (KJB)
So with that, I give you today’s Revelation moment – the 5,000 mile wide Sahara Gorilla Cloud Dust Plume, enjoy!
Massive Sahara desert dust plume drifting toward the United States
FROM CBS NEWS: While summer dust plumes are a common occurrence, this appears to be one of the most extreme in recent memory. It’s so large it has been nicknamed the Gorilla Dust Cloud.
“This is the most significant event in the past 50 years. Conditions are dangerous in many Caribbean islands,” Pablo Méndez Lázaro, from the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Public Health, told the Associated Press.
On satellite images from space, dust typically appears somewhat subtle and faint, but this plume can be seen as clear as day. The picture below was taken on Sunday from the International Space Station. “We flew over this Saharan dust plume today in the west central Atlantic. Amazing how large an area it covers!” astronaut Doug Hurley tweeted.
These plumes of Saharan dust, termed Saharan Air Layer (SAL) by meteorologists, are whipped up by strong wind storms crossing the Sahara desert. The dust enters the Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde islands, inside the Intertropical Convergence Zone where tropical systems often get their start.
NOAA’s GOES satellite captured this series of animating images on Friday as the dust entered the deep tropical Atlantic from Africa.
Today’s view of a large Saharan dust plume.
— CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) June 19, 2020
The dust hitches a ride along the trade winds, a belt of east-to-west moving winds near the equator which become firmly established during summertime. The dust layer can extend from a few thousand feet above the surface to 20,000 feet up.
While the dust masses often stay generally intact during most of the trans-Atlantic journey, they typically become diffuse and diluted by the time they reach the Caribbean. However, so far, this particular dust layer is defying the odds.
The dust was so thick that the Barbados Meteorological Services issued a “Severe Dust Haze Warning” urging residents to take action due significantly reduced visibility and potential respiratory problems for people who experience difficulty breathing. NASA satellites measure the intensity of dust clouds with a metric called Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT). This metric indicates the degree to which aerosols prevent the transmission of light through the atmosphere: 0.01 indicates crystal clear skies, 0.4 corresponds with very hazy conditions, and a 4 means the pollution is so dense the sun can not be seen in the middle of the day.
On Tuesday, AOTs measured around 1.5 — very dense — in the thickest of the dust mass near the islands of Hispaniola and Jamaica, restricting visibilities to less than a mile in parts of the Caribbean and making for very unhealthy air quality as measured by the World Air Quality Index Project. READ MORE
Massive Sahara Dust Plume Will Hit New Orleans Friday
A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is blowing across the Atlantic and will arrive in the New Orleans area by Friday. If all this doesn’t feel like the book of Revelation to you, at least in type, you are not paying attention, so wake up!
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