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, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.
OCTOBER 11, 2018. reuters.
Landslide in central Colombian town kills 11, others missing
BOGOTA (Reuters) – An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains killed 11 people, including four children, in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia, the country’s disaster relief agency said on Thursday. The landslide, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time, sent part of a hillside onto several houses, photos posted on Twitter by the disaster relief agency for Caldas province showed.
“The official information of what occurred in Marquetalia is of 11 people dead, the number of the missing is still not exact and the terrain is being evaluated for a preventative evacuation of families,” the provincial agency said. The landslide also injured four people, the national disaster relief agency said in a statement, adding that rescue operations are temporarily suspended because of continuing rain. Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez will visit the area with disaster officials, President Ivan Duque told journalists after arriving in eastern Arauca province for a security meeting.
Landslides are common in mountainous Colombia, especially during rainy season and in areas where precarious informal housing and narrow roadways are constructed on deforested Andean hillsides. Some 300 people were killed in a massive landslide in the southern city of Mocoa last year. The government has said millions of Colombians could be at risk because of natural disasters such as landslides and flooding.
Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Helen Murphy and Susan Thomas