… 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.
Victoria braces for month’s worth of rain in a day as cyclone (category 3) menaces north
Storms, hail and wind expected to lash state as cyclone bears down on Northern Territory and Queensland.
Australian Associated Press. Wed 12 Dec 2018 16.18 EST
A month’s worth of rain is expected to crash down on Victoria in one day as people are being warned to brace for wild weather. A low-pressure system was expected to dump between 50mm and 100mm of rain in the state’s north-east and central areas, including Melbourne, depending on thunderstorm activity. Other areas were forecast to have between 30mm and 50mm.
The deluge was expected to bring the average December rainfall in one hit. Hailstones about 2cm in size could fall, and damaging winds with gusts of up to 90km/h were forecast.
As a tropical cyclone threatened Australia’s north, extreme weather was forecast to sweep over the eastern states over the coming days, with rain and flooding also expected to affect New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.
The strengthening cyclone heading towards the Northern Territory’s east coast was expected to do a U-turn and move back towards Queensland on Thursday. But residents along the Northern Territory’s east coast were warned to prepare for the storm. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Laura Boekel said: “The confidence we have in the turn is very high, however if it turns a little more slowly or faster that will affect the coastline in different ways.”
A cyclone warning was in place from Groote Eylandt in the NT to Burketown in Queensland. Other communities including Borroloola and Numbulwar were advised to activate cyclone plans. The cyclone was predicted to reach category-three strength, which includes gusts of up to 224km/h at sea, with destructive winds of up to 170km/h reaching the coast and possible flash flooding. Rainfall of 100mm was forecast for coastal areas, with isolated falls of up to 200mm.
The southern parts of Groote Eylandt were expected to be hardest hit. People should also have preparations well under way, including identifying strong buildings and public shelters in their area if they need to leave their homes, according to the NT emergency services chief officer, Jason Collins.
Removing palms, securing items and having several days’ of supplies of water, food, baby formula and medications were recommended in case power was lost. The cyclone was expected to cross the Queensland coastline between Karumba and Cape Keerweer on Friday afternoon.