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.
Etna’s first flank eruption in more than 10 years, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy
Posted by TW on December 24, 2018. Watchers.news.
A new flank eruption, the first in nearly 11 years, has begun at Mount Etna, Italy on December 24, 2018, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red.
An intense earthquake swarm started at the volcano at 07:50 UTC, with more than 130 earthquakes in the first three hours. The largest was M4.0 at 12:08 UTC, located on the NE side of the volcano at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).
The seismic activity was accompanied by a gradual increase in the degassing from the summit, initially with sporadic ash emissions emitted by the Bocca Nuova and the NE Crater which culminated at about 11:00 UTC with increased explosive activity and a continuous dense plume of dark ash. According to the Toulouse VAAC, volcanic ash cloud is rising up to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above sea level.
The Catania Airport was partially closed at 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET), following an emergency meeting held at 12:00 UTC. All incoming flights were diverted to other airports, while all parked aircraft were expected to departure if conditions allow. All travelers need to check the status of their flights by contacting individual airlines or Catania Airport website. Intense Strombolian activity began at the southern base of the New SE Crater, probably triggered by an eruptive fissure, INGV volcanologists said. At the same time, Strombolian activity was further increased also at the Bocca Nuova and the Northeast Crater.
A large lava flow is descending from a new fissure vent at the New SE crater on the upper Valle del Bove. The GPS and clinometric geodetical networks show conspicuous deformations of the summit area. The Osservatorio Etneo is continuously monitoring the evolution of this eruption and is in close contact with the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) and all Civil Protection Authorities. Featured image: Volcanic ash rising above Mount Etna on December 24, 2018