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WHAT WAS THE WORST YEAR IN HISTORY?

Lord, heal our land. We know that You are a God of peace and we ask that you meet our country in the middle of this unrest and help us. May we faithfully call on Your name.

Often times we hear; “This is the worst year ever.” or “This has got to be the worst year yet.” This article dives deeper into how we can be encouraged that our country and world have seen much worse days and years.  If our world can survive black death, smallpox, the rise of Hitler, etc. surely we can survive the times we are living in now. As believers we can take heart in this; the battle is already won and our King has overcome this world.  John 16:33 says, ” I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  • The year 1349 saw the Black Death kill half the population of Europe.
  • In 1520 smallpox ravaged the Americas and killed between 60 and 90 per cent of the continents’ original inhabitants.
  • In 1918 the Spanish Flu led to the deaths of over 50 million people.
  • The rise of Hitler in 1933 is often claimed to be the turning point in modern history.

However, historians are unanimous in their choice…

The title of the worst year in history is easily held by the year 536 AD. . . .

The year began with an inexplicable, dense fog that stretched across the world which plunged Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia into darkness 24 hours a day, for nearly 2 years.

Consequently, global temperatures plummeted which resulted in the coldest decade in over 2,000 years. Famine was rampant and crops failed all across Europe, Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, 536 AD seemed to only be a prelude to further misery. This period of extreme cold and starvation caused economic disaster in Europe and in 541 A.D. an outbreak of bubonic plague further led to the death of nearly 100 million people and almost half of the Byzantine Empire.

This part of the sixth century has a widely been referred to as the Dark Ages, but the true source of this darkness had previously been unknown to scholars. Recently, researchers led by McCormick and glaciologist Paul Mayewski, have discovered that a volcanic eruption in Iceland in early 536 led to incredibly large quantities of ash being spread across much of the globe, creating the fog that cast the world into darkness. This eruption was so immense that it altered the global climate and adversely affected weather patterns and crop cultivation for years to come (Antiquity).

Labeling each new year as ‘the worst year in history’ has become something of a fad these days.

We should look back to the year 536 A.D. and cherish how fortunate we are not to have lived in a time when the world was truly in darkness.

(Excerpt from Zero Hedge. By Tyler Durden. Photo from DreamsTime.)

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  1. Holy Father,
    Thank You that You are in control of everything and all things. Including the resources on earth. You are the author of life. You are Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence.

    Therefore let us remember always that:
    Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

    Psalms 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

    Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

    Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name.

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