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.
Spain issues MAJOR flu warning as disease expected to hit EPIDEMIC levels
MADRID is bracing for a major flu outbreak as officials confirmed the disease will reach epidemic levels by the end of January, drafting 1,250 extra healthcare professionals to help understaffed centres cope with demand.
By JOE GAMP. Express.co.uk PUBLISHED: 14:53, Fri, Jan 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 15:07, Fri, Jan 11, 2019
At the end of December, the contagion levels of the illness were “sporadic” and “stable” in the Spanish capital. But the city’s Regional Executive said on Thursday that levels were expected to reach epidemic levels within the next two weeks. According to the latest data collected by Spain‘s Public Health system, the country has already seen 47.58 cases of the disease per 100,000 inhabitants.
But in the Spanish capital, the rate of infection hit 27.8 – ten points below the epidemic threshold of 37.41 set for the region this winter.
In January 2017, Madrid experienced a peak level of the spread of the disease, with an infection rate seven times greater than now.
But Spain’s Director of Public Health, Juan Martinez, explained on Thursday that the disease’s “slow behaviour” will cause the strong flu strain to continue infecting subjects through to April.
In a press conference on Thursday the Spanish Public Health system (Sistema Nacional de Salud) also announced a record number of vaccinations given so far this year.
Official figures show that more than one million citizens are thought to have been immunized against the disease before the national flu vaccine campaign ends on January 31.
Madrid also announced an extra 721 beds in hospitals had been reserved for those suffering from flu.
It also announced it had hired 1,250 healthcare professionals to tackle the “foreseeable increase in demand” that will be seen by the end of January.
But healthcare unions in the country have said the contingency plan to cope with the rising numbers of sick people is “catastrophic” – branding the plans as “insufficient”.
A statement released by Hospital Henares claims the instituion had 62 patients crammed into a room designed for just 20 last week.
Spanish nursing union Sindicato de Enfermeria (Satse) warned that the Hospital Henares – as well as the Ramón y Cajal, Torrejón, Getafe, La Paz and Leganés health centres – were “in a worse condition” to cope with the expected rise in patient numbers.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega