… 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).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several 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.
Up To 145 Pilot Whales Dead After Mass Stranding On New Zealand Beach
David Barden. HuffPost. November 25, 2018
As many as 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday evening.
A hiker at Mason Bay on the remote Stewart Island discovered the two pods of the whales, which were located approximately a mile from each other. Roughly half of the whales were already dead by the time they were found, leaving officials from the New Zealand Department of Conservation with the “heartbreaking decision” to euthanize the remainder.
“Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low,” said Ren Leppens, the department’s operations manager. “The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales’ deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was euthanise.”
The stranding of marine mammals is a relatively common phenomenon on New Zealand’s shores, according to a statement from the DOC. Indeed, a number of whales ― including 10 pygmy killer whales, two of which have died ― became stranded on the country’s shores over the weekend. Two sperm whales, including one female pygmy, also died over the weekend in separate incidentsAs previously reported by HuffPost, nearly 700 whales washed up on the South Island’s Farewell Spit in 2017, in what became the third-largest whale stranding since record-keeping began.
Of those that were stranded, almost half were declared dead. There’s not exactly a clear-cut answer as to why marine mammals become stranded. A multitude of factors, including navigational errors, sickness or extreme weather, can be involved, according to the Australian National Geographic.