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.
Historic rainfall drowns Northeast, threatens Southeast areas battered by Florence. Breaking the record held since 1889.
USA TODAY. December 16, 2018
The latest round of persistent rain drenching the soggy East has triggered another annual record and brought fears of more flooding to the battered Carolinas.
Washington’s Reagan National Airport recorded more than 3 inches of rain since it began raining Friday. That pushed the annual total to more than 61.5 inches, breaking the record of 61.33 inches set in 1889, said Alan Reppert, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
Charleston, West Virginia, broke a record set in 2003, totaling 63.29 inches. Baltimore, swamped by more than 2.8 inches of rain, tallied more than 68 inches for the year. The city had already broken its annual record set 15 years ago. Wilmington, North Carolina, which already smashed its record of 83.65 inches in 1877, reached new heights by crawling just over 100 inches. “As Wilmington breaks the 100-inch milestone with this event, let’s pray the new record stands for another 140 years, and for a much drier 2019,” the local National Weather Service office tweeted.
The December storms come on the heels of a record-setting November for the Northeast. Cornell University’s Northeast Regional Climate Center reports that Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware, all had their wettest November on record this year.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said the next few days should be dry in the region. But there is bad news rolling in behind the respite – projections call for wetter-than-normal weather for the next few months. “We’ve had a lot of flow from the southwest coming out of the Gulf of Mexico,” Reppert said. “We can attribute much of the moisture to that.”
In the Southeast, residents living along many swollen rivers are bracing for flooding in coming days, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said. Rivers from northern Florida to North Carolina are at minor or moderate flood stage because of rain in the area Friday through Sunday.
Many of the areas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that tore through the region in September. More than 50 people were killed; damage was in the billions. “Areas in eastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, which were hard hit a few months ago by Hurricane Florence, are among the communities dealing with flooded rivers,” Pydynowski said.