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.
One dead in Texas flooding
By Jason Hanna and Tina Burnside, CNN. Updated 9:06 PM ET, Tue October 16, 2018.
(CNN) One body was recovered Tuesday after floodwaters in Texas damaged homes and forced evacuations, authorities said. The unidentified victim was found around noon in the Colorado River between the communities of Highland Haven and Kingsland, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tom Dillard said.
Heavy rainfall caused one river in the central Texas region to rise to a near-record level in about a day, leading to a bridge collapse, flooded homes and evacuations.
The Llano River rose to nearly 40 feet Tuesday in the city of Llano — about 35 feet higher than it was just 24 hours earlier — after 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the area over the past two days, the National Weather Service said.
A few miles away, in Kingsland, the swollen river rushed against the top of the RM 2900 bridge for hours, eventually causing it to collapse, video from CNN affiliate KEYE showed. No one appeared to be on the bridge, and no injuries were immediately reported. Gov. Greg Abbot on Tuesday issued a state disaster declaration for 18 counties affected by the flooding, including Llano County.
“Texas is taking immediate action to respond to the threat of recent severe weather and flooding across the state,” the governor said in a statement. In nearby Marble Falls, Dale Heath recorded video of a car stuck in rushing water from a swollen Backbone Creek, a Colorado River tributary. The flooded communities are about a 90-minute drive northwest of Austin.
The Llano River’s crest of 39.91 feet in Llano was just below the record high of 41.5 feet there in June 1935. The river is expected to recede through Tuesday afternoon, but should stay in the major flood stage — over 23 feet — though Wednesday morning.
CNN’s Brandon Miller, David Williams and Gianluca Mezzofiore contributed to this report.