After last week’s article, Hurricane Irma blundered through Florida and Georgia. Then, Typhoon Talim set its sights on my apartment building. However, Talim veered off to the North and didn’t do much more than rain on us, here in Taipei. But, Irma left a gigantic swath of destruction in her wake.
Half of Florida might be without power for weeks. People have been displaced. Lives and jobs disrupted and even ruined. And the loss of lives…
That was a terrible hurricane, and Florida hasn’t had one of those in a long time. But, I have an interesting observation, from all the typhoons that my wife and I have been through…
…did you notice how quiet and normal everything was, the day before?
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Before the Storm
Living here it Taiwan, we get a lot of Typhoons. And, we get them every year, almost like clockwork. And, our apartment overlooks the Tamsui River. We have a nice view, which comes with an unexpected bonus:
Whenever a typhoon is about to hit, a bunch of river boats are driven into an inlet, firmly anchored and tied together.
It’s like having your own typhoon forecast. You don’t need to watch the news. All that you need to do is watch the boats. When they anchor their boats together in that inlet, we know that it’s going to be serious.
This time, when Talim came by, they didn’t tie up their boats, so we knew that Talim was nothing to be concerned about. And, I must admit to being a bit disappointed, since I like a nice big typhoon.
Taiwan buildings are built for them, so a typhoon isn’t a scary prospect. In fact, the kids love ’em, since they get to stay home from school. We call ’em ‘Typhoon Days’, and they’re a lot like those blizzard days, that some of us had, growing up farther north. And, for me, personally, I’ve always loved a good storm.
I’m an Indiana boy, and we get some real hum-dingers. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, hail and the suchlike. And, I always loved feeling the power of those storms. I’m not sure why.
Of course, you aren’t interested in how much I enjoy blustery weather. You’re probably more interested in my getting to the point.
I want you to take a moment to think about what happens before these typhoons and hurricanes. Those of you that have never been through one, will need to just imagine it.
(Watch some videos, if you need to.)
On the day before a big Typhoon, when I look out from the balcony of my apartment, and see those boats tied up and anchored in that inlet, I often reflect on how normal everything seems. People are still driving by, to and from work. The buses go by. The trash truck still plays Beethoven’s Fur Elise – although, the ones that go by our place play ‘Modlitwa Dziewicy‘.
Yes, that’s right, Taiwan is secretly Polish:
Maybe that’s why I’ve met such awesome Polish people, here in Taiwan. (Poland uber alles!)
And yes, the garbage trucks here. It’s actually a part of Taiwanese culture. You probably hafta be here, to understand.
Anyway, where was I…
…ah yes, that calm before the storm.
The point is about that incredible normalcy. You almost want to go back inside and check again to see if a Typhoon really is barrelling down upon you. It’s almost enough to induce cognitive dissonance. And, there’s always SOME drooling idiot who gives in to his ‘cognitive dissonance’, ventures out into the storm and gets into some rather permanent trouble.
The Typhoon Morons
There’s nothing like a nice big, category five typhoon, to reinforce your faith in human stupidity. Yes, there are morons here in Taiwan, but there are always a few less, after a typhoon hits.
Morons NEVER prepare for a storm. NEVER. They always tell you that they’ll believe that it’s coming, when they see it. And, I have received countless emails from people with that mentality. Members of the Flat Earth Cult have the same mentality. If they can’t see that the Earth is a globe, they won’t believe it.
I guess that one side-effect of the storm that is coming, is that there will be fewer Flat Earthers around, afterwards.
And yes, a storm is coming.
This Is Why Omega Shock And Ezekiel’s Fire Exit
That’s the reason why Omega Shock exists. It’s the reason why I wrote Ezekiel’s Fire. A storm is coming, and it will maim and kill billions of people. The suffering will be incredible. The pain, indescribable. And, the ‘lucky ones’, will often be those who die. And no, I’m not sure that I want to survive what is coming.
Also, I do NOT enjoy writing these articles, and I did not enjoy writing Ezekiel’s Fire. Before I started writing Omega Shock – and then Ezekiel’s Fire – I did not suffer from HSP. Writing and talking about this stuff is what brought my autoimmune disease to a fever pitch.
However, I’m a student of history. And, that means that I know how people react when their kids have gone three days without food. I know how people react when they see YOU enjoying what THEY need. I know how governments react when their people start pointing fingers at them. I know the wars that come, when disaster rolls across a continent. And, this means that I cannot be silent, while this storm approaches.
I also know what happens when countries pass their peak in oil production. Every single country that has passed their peak in oil production, has pumped harder. Every. Single. One. Furthermore, except for an OPEC-induced hiccup in the early ’80s, oil production has been on an exponential curve.
That curve stopped in 2005.
There was no political reason for it – like in the ’80s. There was no economic reason for it. There was no financial reason for it. There was no geopolitical reason for it. And, for 12 years, we have pumped and pumped and pumped and pumped some more. We have done everything that we can to increase oil production. And, all that we received, for 12 years of effort, was flat production and a gigantic mountain of worthless, junk-rated debt.
That’s right, we’ve abruptly gone from an exponential increase in oil production, to a flat plateau. Yes, there have been some small wiggles, up and down. But, production has been flat. At the same time, the Chinese and Indian demand for oil has gone through the roof.
Wile E. Coyote
Do you remember those Road Runner Cartoons?
Where Wile E. Coyote runs off the cliff, and seems to hang in the air before falling?
That’s where we are. We are all Wile E. Coyote. We’ve run off of Hubbert’s Cliff, and… while our momentum has carried us forward …gravity is about to reach out and grab our feet.
Yes, yes, I know. When you look around, everything seems fine. People are going back and forth to work. People are marrying and giving in marriage. And, the trash trucks here in Taiwan are still playing Fur Elise and Modlitwa Dziewicy. But, I see the boats tied up in the inlet.
As I said last week, waking up to what is coming will take an epiphany. And, I will keep yelling and screaming about your need to wake up and prepare, until God tells me to stop.
The Command From Jesus
Jesus did not give you permission to ignore the signs of your demise:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
– Luke 21:36
That was not a suggestion. It was a command. And, when He said ‘watch’, Jesus did not mean for you to do nothing, when you see the signs of destruction coming.
Get A Community
Some of you have wondered how you can do this, and my response has always been, ‘community’. There are people who are awake and preparing, everywhere in the world. Everywhere. And, those who prepare, know that their preparations will be worthless without a community of people who will stick together and help each other.
That’s the first step.
…No, actually, it’s the third.
Without God, you have no hope, and if you haven’t dedicated your whole life – every part of it – to God, I’m not sure why you are reading this. And, the second step is location. But, I know that not everyone can move. So, if you can’t move, the least that you can do is search for a community.
But, what if you can’t find a community?
Build What You Cannot Find
Then, this is your God-given responsibility to build one. And yes, you read that right. The words are ‘God-given’.
I am often asked about how you know that you’ve been chosen by God to do something. And, I always have this answer:
If you see that something needs to be done… and no one is doing it …you’ve been selected by God to do the job until God sends someone else to do it.
If you cannot find a community of like-minded believers, in your area, then it’s your job – given to you by God – to create one. Yes, I know that it’s hard. I know that many will not listen. I also know that most people will think that you are nuts. But, that’s what everyone calls those men and women who truly serve God to the best of their ability.
To the rest of the world, we’re nuts.
If that matters to you, then maybe you shouldn’t be a Christian. I know that this isn’t something that we are supposed to say, but if your fear of embarrassment keeps you from sharing the gospel, then Christ isn’t for you. Likewise, if your fear of embarrassment keeps you from preparing for what is coming, then survival isn’t for you, either.
Like I said, there are always a few less morons, here in Taiwan, when a Typhoon roars overhead. I’m not pleased by the death of morons, but they chose to be idiots. They chose to feed their own desires and ignore the warning.
My hope is that you will not be numbered among these morons.
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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