Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a women experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… 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.
Tropical Cyclone Owen will wreak havoc across Queensland, residents warned
Annastacia Palaszczuk says state has done all it can to prepare for severe category-four storm
Australian Associated Press. Thu 13 Dec 2018 20.36 EST
Cyclone Owen will “wreak havoc” across Queensland, with remote communities braced for 280km/h winds and much of the state on flood alert, the premier has said.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state had done all it can to be ready for Owen, which is expected to hit as a severe category-four storm late on Friday or early on Saturday.
The latest modelling on Friday suggested Owen would make landfall south of Kowanyama, on Cape York peninsula’s east coast.
Flooding was also expected in other parts of Queensland, with Owen expected to dump as much as 400mm of rain on some areas in coming days.
Rain and storms were also forecast from a separate weather system in the state’s south-east corner.
In central Queensland, there were concerns about possible landslides if heavy rain fell over vast tracts of land denuded by bushfires.
“We’ve just been through horrendous bushfires and now we’re dealing with a … cyclone,” Palaszczuk told the Seven network on Friday. “Owen will wreak havoc across our state and come down the east coast.”
In a sign of how widespread the threat from wild weather was expected to be, 29 mayors from across the state have been involved in disaster planning meetings.
More than 60 emergency services staff have been sent to Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw, including swift water rescue experts.
Authorities have been making sure everyone has a place to shelter in cyclone-rated buildings. Boats have been ordered back to harbour in coastal areas likely to see wild winds.
On Friday morning Owen was still a category-three storm, with wind gusts of almost 200km/h. It had the potential to reach category-four strength by early afternoon.
Dr Richard Wardle, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said communities near Owen’s landfall location must be prepared for very destructive winds, heavy rain and a significant storm tide.
Abnormally high tides could also compound any flooding on the east coast.