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.
Severe flash floods and landslides leave at least 27 dead, dozens missing across Sumatra, Indonesia
Posted by TW on October 14, 2018. Watchers.news
At least 27 people have been killed and dozens are still missing after heavy rain caused severe flash flooding and landslides across the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The worst affected was North Sumatra with 18 reported casualties, West Sumatra with 8, and Riau with 1. This region is just entering its rainy season. More heavy rain, floods and landslides are expected in days, weeks and months ahead. At least 29 people have been swept away after a school in Muara Saladi village, Mandailing Natal Regency, North Sumatra was struck by floodwaters mixed with mud and debris on Friday, October 12, 2018.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said rescuers and villagers found 11 bodies and rescued 17 other children and several teachers on Friday. Bodies of 2 people washed away in Mandailing Natal were found early Saturday, October 13. 17 houses reportedly collapsed and 12 were swept away. Hundreds of homes were flooded up to 2 m (7 feet) high. A severe flash flood in Simalungun killed at least 2 people after their house was swept away. In neighboring Sibolga district, floods and landslides affected about 130 buildings, killing at least 4 people. At least 9 have been killed and others are missing in West Sumatra and Riau, 8 in West Sumatra and 1 in Riau. More than 500 homes were flooded and three bridges collapsed.