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.
Massive hailstorm hits Sydney, ICA declares a catastrophe, Australia
Posted by TW on December 21, 2018 in categories. Watchers.news.
Multiple severe thunderstorms hit the Australian state of New South Wales, including capital Sydney on December 20, 2018, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and causing huge damage.
Emergency service said it was the worst hailstorm to hit the city since 1999 while the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) declared the event a ‘catastrophe.‘ More than 25,000 claims were already made and losses of more than $125 million.
ICA said the full financial impact will be significant. However, the exact amount won’t be known for some days or even several weeks.
The agency said it was the 5th catastrophe declared this year. In March, bushfires in NSW and Victoria resulted in $82.5 million in insured losses. In the same month, Cyclone “Marcus” caused $62 million in claims, with $16.8 million from floods in Queensland. Storm and flood damage around Hobart in May resulted in $99.6 million in insured losses.
The worst affected seems to be Oran Park and Harrington Park in Sydney’s west where hail up to 8 cm (3.14 inches) in diameter accompanied heavy rain and strong winds. Large hail was also reported in Paddington, Cabramatta and Padstow.
Narrabri and Wee Waa recorded winds of up to 140 km/h (87 mph), Murrurundi 114 km/h (70.8 mph), Scone 111 km/h (68.9 mph) and Richmond Airport in Sydney’s west 90 km/h (55.9 mph).
The State Emergency Service said it had responded to 421 jobs since midday, with “almost every second home” in Berowra needing assistance.
Planes were not landing at Sydney Airport at the height of the storm, Air Services Australia said. Delays of up to 90 minutes at the domestic terminal and 3 hours at the international terminal were reported.
More than 35 000 homes were without power at the height of the storm.
In 1999, hail up to 9 cm (3.54 inches) in diameter pummeled the city, causing $1.7 billion in insurance payouts.
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