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.
Saudi civil defence says 14 deaths linked to heavy rains, flooding
Major cities across the kingdom have been hit by heavy rains and flooding in recent days
Robert Anderson. Tuesday 30 October 2018. Gulf Business.
Civil defence centres in Saudi Arabia said the death toll linked to heavy rains and flooding reached 14 people on Tuesday. The Directorate General of Civil Defence told Saudi Press Agency that four of the death were in Makkah, three in Baha, two in the Eastern Province and one each in Riyadh, Aisr, Tabuk, Jazan and Hail.
In addition, 299 people have been rescued across the kingdom, with the majority (115) located in Makkah region. The directorate said the majority of cases were people needing to be rescued from their vehicles (282), while a further 88 were evacuated from their accommodation.
Citizens and residents have been urged to take precautions and avoid areas susceptible to flooding and rains.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environment Protection said thunderstorms, heavy rains and active winds would continue across most of the country on Sunday.
A further update on Tuesday forecast medium to heavy rains and active winds in Jazan, Asir, Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Province and Riyadh.
Civil defence offices have received more than 423 reports linked to heavy rains and flooding including 108 in Riyadh, 99 in Makkah and 70 in the Eastern Province.
Rain and flooding has also been reported in the other Gulf Cooperation Council countries as a storm front moves across the region.