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.
4.8 quake hits near Sicily’s Mount Etna
AFP. December 26, 2018
Rome (AFP) – A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday near Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna, injuring several people, displacing some 600 and damaging buildings, Italian civil protection officials said. Two people were pulled from a collapsed building and around 10 were taken to hospital suffering light injuries from falling debris.
An elderly woman suffered multiple fractures, Agi news agency reported, while 18 people made it on their own to hospital to be treated for minor cuts and shock. Around 600 inhabitants will be housed in emergency shelters provided by local authorities in the region, which comprises mainly small farm towns and vineyards. Rescue services from Sicily and neighbouring Calabria were deployed to affected towns and villages.
The quake was the region’s strongest since Mount Etna erupted on Monday, spewing ash and forcing the temporary closure of Sicilian airspace. The national institute for geophysics and vulcanology (INGV) said the quake hit at 3:18 am (0218 GMT) on Wednesday at a depth of 1.2 kilometres (0.75 miles).
An airport at the city of Catania continued to operate and a coastal highway nearby was reopened late in the day after being partially shut down. The quake’s epicentre was located north of Catania, where several families spent the night in the streets.
The tremor toppled the belltower of the Santa Maria Santissima del Carmelo church in Acireale, including its statue of Saint Emidio, traditionally believed to protect against earthquakes.
Monday’s eruption occurred on the side of Mount Etna, the first lateral eruption in a decade.
The INGV said it has recorded 60 tremors higher than 2.5 since then. Mount Etna is 3,300 metres (10,800 feet) high, and has a record of regular eruptions over the past 2,700 years.
The most recent eruptions occurred in early 2017 and its last major eruption was in the northern hemisphere’s winter of 2008-2009. At the end of March, a study published in the Bulletin of Volcanology said Etna was slowly sliding towards the Mediterranean — at a steady pace of 14 millimetres per year. The INGV said the quake’s epicentre was almost exactly where a 6.3-magnitude shock hit on February 20, 1818. Italian authorities have now stepped up surveillance on the volcanic island of Stromboli, part of the Aeolian chain northeast of Sicily, which began spewing bits of lava on Tuesday.
Specialists believe the two events are likely related.