Blog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency and occurrence prior to giving birth. End of note.
CANADA FIRES 2018: B.C. WILDFIRE MAP SHOWS WHERE 566 FIRES ARE BURNING AS EMERGENCY DECLARED
BY JULIANA ROSE PIGNATARO ON 8/15/18 AT 11:50 AM. Newsweek.
A state of emergency was declared in British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday due to 566 wildfires burning in the region. Almost 20,000 people were impacted by the fires and evacuation orders, according to Global News. A state of emergency was declared in British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday due to 566 wildfires burning in the region. Almost 20,000 people were impacted by the fires and evacuation orders, according to Global News.
The state of emergency, issued by Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, was to remain in effect for at least 14 days.
“Public safety is always our first priority and as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary,” Farnworth said. “Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure and assist with firefighting efforts.”
The fire danger rating was listed as high or extreme for much of British Columbia on Wednesday. A high risk is defined as when forest fuels are very dry and the risk for fire is serious. In cases of extreme risk, “new fires will start easily, spread rapidly and challenge fire suppression efforts,” according to the B.C. government.
The federal government said on Monday it would deploy help in the form of aircraft and hundreds of soldiers to aid British Columbia in its firefighting efforts, according to The Star Vancouver. Help also came from other places outside of Canada, as Mexico, New Zealand and Australia sent firefighters to British Columbia.
Some 47 of the 566 fires burning in British Columbia are considered large enough to be highly visible or a threat to public safety, Global News reported. Smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia was drifting down into the United States, contributing to an air quality advisory issued this week for parts of Oregon.
Updates on evacuation orders issued in response to the fires are available from the B.C. Wildfire Service.