Ancient Biblical Painting Predicts California Wildfires As Start of Apocalypse
John Martin's painting from 1852: destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
As wildfires continue to consume Southern California and a breakneck pace, many images have surfaced that reveals the event to resemble that of a biblical apocalypse.
Videos of people escaping the fires have gone viral on Facebook (see below) but whats more disturbing the similarities to the John Martin's painting from 1852 depicting the destruction of the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The painting was meant to describe the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe, a result of God's punishment for people's immoral behavior, so when you take the biblical context and match to famously immoral places like Hollywood, the painting becomes more prophetic.
The fiery red color of the painting, although characteristic of John Martins dramatically destructive paintings, almost identically matches that of the picture taken of the California wildfire just last night.
The fires in Southern California are worsening by the day as dangerous winds forecast to fan the flames to "further" directions forcing fresh excavations.
The winds have now increased to 50 mph in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping the residents in a state of anxiety as more than 200,00 people have already been evacuated
“We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection explained to the Los Angeles Times. “There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds.”
According to Fox News: No fatalities or civilian injuries have been reported since the firestorm began Sunday, according to Reuters. Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition as a result of the Skirball Fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The Getty Center and the nearby Skirball Center, both on the west side of the 405 freeway opposite the blaze did not appear to be threatened. Both facilities were closed for the day and were to remain closed on Thursday, FOX 11 reported. Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district were also closed Thursday, FOX 11 said.
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Fifty-two Los Angeles Unified School District schools and another 40 charter schools were also closed citywide in response to the Skirball Fire and other blazes in the area, district officials said.
Officials warned the color-coded system showing the expected strength of the Santa-Ana winds on Thursday driving the region's fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red , which means "high" into the color purple that means "extreme.