Bog 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.
‘Biblical Disaster’: 70-Plus Dead In Greece Wildfires
Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday declared a three-day period of national mourning after coastal wildfires killed at least 70 and injured more than 180 in what experts are calling the worst outbreak of fires there in more than a decade.
Firefighters were struggling to gain control of the wildfires, which were spreading through the coastal city of Mati about 25 miles east of Athens. Many of the dead are tourists. Greek Interior Minister Panos Skourletis compared it to a “biblical disaster,” according to Sky News.
Even the beach wasn’t safe. One tourist who was on the shore told the BBC, “Thankfully the sea was there and we went into the sea, because the flames were chasing us all the way to the water. It burned our backs and we dived into the water.” In one tragic location, 26 adults and children died in a field about 100 feet from the beach. Rescuers discovered their bodies close together, as if they had huddled.
“They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn’t make it in time,” Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece’s Red Cross, told the BBC. “Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced.” The combination of a dry winter and a warm summer sparked the wildfires.
“Today Greece is mourning,” Tsipras said in a televised address “And in the memory of those who were lost, we call three days of national mourning. On the other hand, we must not let grief overcome us because these hours are hours for effort, for unity, courage and above all solidarity.”
Publication Date: July 24, 2018
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