A Coyote stands and looks out at the Gulf of Mexico
Venice, Louisiana – The end of the world
Yes, Venice, LA is the end of the world, well, at least, that’s its nickname, according to Wikipedia. Situated 75 miles south of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, it is the last community down the Mississippi accessible by automobile and is the southern terminus of the Great River Road, thus, its nickname, the end of the world. Unknown by most of us until the last few days, Venice is now the scene of worldwide attention due to the vast oil disaster which began 50 miles off her southern shore at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding … strike the water … and it will be turned to blood.” Exodus 7:14-17
ASH, OIL, DARKNESS, BLOOD
With the first few months of the year barely behind us, we have already witnessed a series of events that would seem to harken back to the plagues on Egypt and the future bowl judgments of Revelation 16. It would be hard not to believe, with all that has happened, that an obvious picture is not being drawn here, for any one paying attention. First, we had a series of sizable earthquakes, one after another, closely followed by the Iceland volcano, whose ash threatened the skies and shut down major airports for days on end and now a hemorrhage of the life blood of America leaking unabated from a gash in the ocean floor with potential enough to shut down the gulf fishing industry, not just for days or weeks, but, potentially for decades.
There are of course, news articles all over the place with many different “experts” weighing in on the situation and it is fast becoming evident that almost no one really knows what to do and that anything that may be tried would be purely experimental with little hard evidence, that it might actually work. In fact, some of the things being proposed, should they fail, could actually worsen the situation.
One article I read claims that the well may be uncappable and with vast quantities of oil beneath the ocean floor leaking through it, it has the potential of causing havoc to all the world’s oceans, not just the waters of the Gulf. There is the very real potential for destroying all of the world’s oceans. If you’re like me, when you hear things like that, it’s hard not to think of Revelation 16.
“The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned in to blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.” Revelation 16:3
Is the current oil spill the fulfillment of Revelation 16:3? Right now, I think its probably too soon to say. But, if the oil spill should continue unabated at the rate it is going, I can see how it very well could be. From an article on MSNBC News this morning, University of Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea, who serves on a National Academy of Engineering panel on oil pipeline safety had this to say - “As bad as the oil spill looks on the surface, it may be only half the problem, there’s an equal amount that could be subsurface too and that oil below the surface is damn near impossible to track.”
From the illustration below, you can see just how much oil there is below, that could be leaked above
I came across the photo of the coyote at the top of the page when I was looking through a series of about 400 or so photos taken in the Venice area in the days after the oil spill. From what I read, coyotes are common to central Louisiana, but, how many are typically found as far south as Venice, I don’t know. In the native American tradition, the coyote is known as a cunning trickster, a shape shifter, a symbol of white and dark magick, stealth and opportunity. I’m not sure what the sighting of the coyote might mean, (if anything)- but, if God has chosen to use this oil spill as an instrument of his judgment – then, the sighting of the coyote may well indicate, that the adversary sees and knows too – and, he also knows his time is short.
Friends, God is tuning up the orchestra for the final curtain call. May our hearts be ready! He’s coming soon!
“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6 Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy