Moving to Kansas from upstate New York brought with it temperatures in the summer that had never been experienced before. Three-digit-days are uncommon upstate. Once in a blue moon, a high of 90 to 95 degrees is reached, but only for a few weeks and not every year.

This year in Kansas has certainly been the hottest ever experienced by this writer.

According to Becky Tanner of The Wichita Eagle, on August 13, 2010, “In the days before air conditioning, people survived. They dampened washcloths and placed them around necks; sprinkled bedsheets; opened windows and sat on front porches and talked with next-door neighbors into the night about how hot it is.

“In recent weeks, as cattle are dying in the feedlots and Wichitans are sweating through the fifth hottest summer on record, Salina resident Stan Cox has been advocating life without air conditioning.

“In his latest book, Losing our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer),” he questions whether people have lost their survival instinct.

“He contends that — as a society — we’ve become wusses.”

In Bible times, no one had air conditioning. So when it finally became available in the 20th century, people snatched it up with great relief. As far as this writer is concerned, it is one of the greatest inventions of modern man.

Revelation 16:8-9 predicts that extreme weather will be part of God’s judgment upon the nations in the end-times:

“The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat …”

When this happens, most likely there will be no air conditioning because many may not have running electricity or other utilities anymore, if everything is being controlled by the government.

It is clear the climate is changing everywhere, not just in Kansas. So it wouldn’t be a bad idea for all of us to stock up on necessary items, particularly water, and learn all we can on how to survive in these last days…just in case.

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