Flood waters have now reached historic levels in Illinois and Missouri, with cresting levels still not reached in rivers including the Mississippi River. Last year at this time, we had a major snow storm move through the Ohio Valley with wind chills -20 degrees. However, with the severe El Nino effect off the west coast, and the biblical implications that the birth pangs are ramping up, America is in for a rough and wet winter.

Once again..do we look at this as a judgment from God upon our land? Or is this just some freak weather pattern that has produced torrential rain when there should be snow?

Driving back from sister Karen Blair’s funeral today, I couldn’t help but wonder how people are going to deal with the reality that the world our God has created, is about to violently change, and effect the people who dwell upon it..Just then, a radio commercial comes on advertising Joel Osteen Ministries…telling people to claim 2016 as the most prosperous year they have ever had, and claim the favor that God has for them.

How biblical is it to claim favor of God? Well, it truly is a proven fact that when you sell everything you have, leave your home, and follow Christ as the disciples did, you get tons of riches in this life..right? WRONG…The blessings that God bestows upon any of us is by his grace, and our obedience to the word of God, not by how much we give financially. The Olsteen machine produces cloned Olsteens. Preach to the people what YOU want God to do for you, and THEY will give to YOU and make it happen.

I cannot count the number of times I was in need for a financial breakthrough, and when I prayed for the Lord to provide the need, he did. BUT, in each instance it wasn’t for me to PROSPER…and be rich..it was to provide a blessing for someone else. to give to another ministry, or to help those in need that had to have more than I had to give.

The people in the midwest and in these flood torn areas of our country face catastrophic destruction of their homes. Someone told me in an sarcastic way that “and of course this is punishment from God” one time when I was discussing with another brother in Christ regarding a weather event in Indonesia.

I don’t know what it’s going to take to wake up America and turn back to God, but I do know that he shakes the very foundation of our land sometimes..he sends historic floods and storms to get our attention. And unfortunately, some of these people lose their lives in these events…believers and nonbelievers alike. Our pulpits have to stop preaching the candy cane gospel and tell the Gospel the way it was meant to be preached, with an end time emphasis of urgency.

I cannot tell you or anyone else why God has mercy upon one land, and then what appears to have no mercy upon another. He is GOD…he chooses to do what he see’s fit to do. Some would be horrified to think that our God would remove someone from this planet in conditions these people are suffering in. I hear Branson MO was hit hard..Mormon Country…perhaps the Lord is shaking their religion as he has with many others over the past year…

Read below the stories and reports…and then praise the Father in heaven for his goodness, and his divine judgment as well.

22 Killed By Historic Flooding After Winter Storm Goliath

Sean Breslin
Published: December 30, 2015

It’s a slow-motion disaster that’s only expected to get worse.

Floodwaters are rising all over Missouri, southern Illinois, eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas, pushing residents from their homes and leaving at least 22 dead. Many rivers, including the Mississippi, have yet to crest, and as those waterways continue to swell, the danger only grows.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard on Tuesday to support emergency personnel and protect communities from the historic winter floods.

Up and down the Mississippi River, one of several rivers rising rapidly across the region, crews worked quickly to prepare sandbags and check levees to ensure they were ready to lessen the effects of the flooding, however possible.

“This is probably one of the earliest (times) we’ve seen flooding on the Mississippi River,” said Marty Pope, senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi, during a Monday news conference with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

According to Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, the Mississippi River at St. Louis was at moderate flood stage on Monday afternoon and is forecast to crest on Wednesday at the second highest level ever observed, just five feet below the all-time record set during the disastrous flood of 1993.

Here’s what we know about the flooding impacts across several states.

Missouri

As many as 19 vulnerable levees are being monitored in Missouri, and hundreds of residents have been notified that they may need to evacuate if those areas are in danger of flooding.

In the town of Valley Park, officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of the levee-protected area Wednesday morning for fears that the flooding may overtop the levee system. Mayor Michael Pennise said the levee has not been breached, and engineers did not fear a breach in that area. The area will remain evacuated until water levels recede, he added.

In Branson, about 100 homes and 55 duplexes were evacuated Wednesday morning due to rising floodwaters at Lake Taneycomo, the Associated Press reported. Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin said there have been no injuries from flooding in the city so far.

Late Tuesday morning, the Mississippi River had begun to overtop levees just north of West Alton, Missouri, St. Charles County EMA reported. Officials were directing residents of West Alton to evacuate immediately. A flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service said the floodwaters could inundate much of the area in and near West Alton. The levee breach occurred in an area about 20 miles north of St. Louis.

The body of a fifth international soldier that has been missing since Saturday evening was recovered Tuesday in north Pulaski County, Sheriff Ron Long confirmed.

He was with four other soldiers when their vehicle was swept off a Pulaski County road Saturday night. The bodies of four of the men were recovered earlier in the week; officials have yet to release the identities of any of the men or where they are from.

Following a massive search, the fifth soldier’s body was discovered at 11:30 AM in Tavern Creek, after it was spotted by a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter. The body had been swept approximately six miles downstream from where the initial incident took place on U-Highway on Saturday.

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According to Long, two others were killed in the county by flooding on Saturday night. Long has identified the two victims of the first incident as 53-year-old Ron Gray, and 50-year-old Sandra Tilley, both of Dixon.

In Lawrence County, a 28-year-old male was swept off of Farm Road 1130 due to flash flooding.  The flooding occurred along a small tributary of Browning Hollow, which is a tributary of Spring River. In that same county, 37-year-old Christopher A Sperandio was killed when his car was swept away by flooding. His body was recovered Tuesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol told the AP.

Interstate 44 was closed along several stretches across the state, and the state Department of Transportation urged drivers to check their website for all road closures before heading out.

Near St. Louis, flooding on the Meramec River shut down a wastewater plant, causing sewage to spill directly into nearby rivers and streams, the AP also said. The public was asked to avoid contact with floodwater in the area, and the Metropolitan Sewer District of St. Louis said Tuesday it wasn’t clear when the plant would start operating again.

Two additional fatalities were confirmed in Greene County on Saturday, according to emergency management. They also reported at least 103 water rescues and 198 traffic control issues.

The two Greene County victims have been identified as Steven Welton, 42, and Edward Kammerer, 60. Welton drowned in a creek when his car was washed off the road on Saturday, the Missouri Highway Patrol told the AP. Kammerer, a tow truck driver, was electrocuted by a downed power line while he attempted to retrieve a vehicle that had gone off the roadway, Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management executive director Chet Hunter said.

Kevin Lee, 53, was killed in Douglas County Sunday night when he was swept away while attempting to bring cattle to higher ground, the NWS reported.

There has been one storm-related death in Dallas County, according to officials.

With 11.15 inches reported by noon Monday, the NWS said Springfield has clinched its wettest December on record, breaking a 120-year-old record.

Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a disaster declaration for seven counties overnight Tuesday, according to the AP. In central and southern Illinois, several rivers reported major flooding, and shelters were opened to house the evacuees.

One of those shelters was a church basement in Granite City, where 30 residents of a flooded trailer park were told it could be 10 to 12 days before they’d be allowed to go home, the AP reported.

“We need help over here,” evacuee Shirley Clark, a diabetic who said she left behind her insulin supply, told the AP. “We’re just holding on.”

At least seven people have been killed in Illinois by flooding, as officials confirmed two more deaths Wednesday morning.

Christian County officials confirmed the bodies of a man and woman were recovered Tuesday morning in floodwaters about 6 miles east of Edinburg. They were trying to cross a flooded area when their minivan was swept away, the report added.

Flooding worsened Tuesday in the town of Alton, as water levels continued to rise along the Mississippi River.

A southern Illinois coroner says three adults and two children have drowned after the vehicle they were riding in was swept away and sank in a rain-swollen creek.

Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says the swift-moving East Fork Creek carried the car off a low-water bridge about 7:30 p.m. Saturday near the town of Patoka, about 60 miles east of St. Louis.

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The car became lodged 150 to 200 feet downstream, but shortly after the first firefighter arrived on the scene it was dislodged and sank.

Cannon says dive teams recovered the car from the water several hours later and the bodies of the victims from the car.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. Cannon says the vehicle was traveling from Kentucky to Minnesota.

Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson expanded a disaster declaration Tuesday night to cover 21 counties to help those affected by recent flooding and tornadoes in the Natural State, KSLA.com reported.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office said a person was killed by flooding over the weekend, the first death from Goliath in Arkansas. The victim was identified as James Evan LaRue, from Dover.

Forecasters warn major flooding will occur along the Arkansas River, especially in Dardanelle, Morrilton, Pine Bluff, Toad Suck and Pendleton, the AP reported. The river crested in Dardanelle early Wednesday about 8 feet above flood stage, the report added.

Kansas

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as floodwaters invaded southeastern Kansas.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves told the AP crews had performed 22 water rescues since the weekend, but no major injuries were reported. They’ve evacuated about 200 homes in the county, he also said, including about 80 in the town of Baxter Springs, which was damaged by a tornado in April 2014, the AP added.

In that town, several homes were almost completely submerged, with water up to their roofs, Groves said.

“It’s difficult to see that, and it’s going to be difficult for residents to cope with that and go forward,” he told the AP.

Oklahoma

Significant road closures continued across eastern Oklahoma Wednesday evening due to flooding, says the Oklahoma Department of Transporation. These conditions have been changing rapidly and some closures may continue through the week while water recedes.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office announced Tuesday evening that two deaths in eastern Oklahoma are likely related to the flooding brought by the warm side of Winter Storm Goliath. According to OME spokesman Eddie Johnson, the likely drowning victims are 54-year-old Melissa Phillips of Bixby, and 36-year-old Darrell Sennett, whose pickup truck was swept off of a Pittsburg County road.

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The National Weather Service said roads and residences are at risk of flooding through Wednesday after dam operators reported the floodgates would increase releases, causing additional rises in water level downstream on the Grand Neosho River east of Choteau downstream to the headwater of Fort Gibson Lake.

Southeast of Tulsa, the Illinois River near Tahlequahrose well above its banks on Monday morning, flooding everything nearby.

No injuries have been reported yet from the Illinois River flooding, but families who live nearby have either evacuated or are prepared to do so, KTUL.com reported.

“Treat this with respect. This is a dangerous event, this is a potentially life-threatening event and we want to make sure that people that takes this as seriously as it really is,” Scott Pettus, Cherokee County emergency manager, told KTUL.com.

Customers of Altus Water were asked to conserve water for 24 hours on Saturday due to a power failure at Tom Steed Reservoir, according to Altus Emergency Management.

Flooding was expected to cause major problems across the state as the storm system dumped huge rainfall totals, and officials warned residents to stay home and off roadways, the Tulsa World reported. Authorities reported more accidents than usual, which they blamed on the weather, the report added. Several interstates and highways were closed by high water levels, as well.

Georgia

A dam in Oconee County is in danger of failure, county authorities told WXIA-TV. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said on their Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that if the dam breaks, it would cut off access to homes along Briar Lakes Court. Oconee County Fire Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are working to contact residents and get them evacuated from that area.

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