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.
Earthquake swarm near Santorini volcano, Greece. A major catastrophic eruption (VEI 7) of this volcano took place in 1610 BCE (± 14 years). It was one of the largest volcanic events on Earth in recorded history.
Posted by TW on January 13, 2019. Watchers.news
A seismic swarm started just SW of the Greek Santorini volcano on January 13, 2019. While there is currently no indication that the earthquakes are volcanic in origin, the situation merits close monitoring. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1950 (VEI 2). A major catastrophic eruption (VEI 7) of this volcano took place in 1610 BCE (± 14 years). It was one of the largest volcanic events on Earth in recorded history.
According to data provided by the Hellenic Unified Seismic Network (H.U.S.N.), the swarm started at 02:50 UTC, January 13 with M2.5 earthquake at a depth of 13 km (8 miles).
This quake was followed by another M2.5 five minutes later and another 15 earthquakes by 15:44 UTC. Magnitudes ranged from 2.1 to 3.9 and depths from 8 to 17 km (5 – 10.5 miles). There were no other earthquakes registered in the area over the next 5 hours (time of press).
The strongest registered earthquake was M3.9 at 08:26 UTC (HUSN/EMSC), at a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles) according to HUSN, or 2 km (1.2 miles) according to EMSC. USGS reports it as M4.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
“The quakes are clustered about half way between Santorini’s southwest end and the Christiana Island group,” Dr. Tom Pfeiffer of the Volcano Discovery said.
“Although the quakes are near the Kameni line, a tectonic lineament in SW-NE direction which has been the preferred location for magma ascent (i.e. formation of volcanic vents) in the volcano’s past few 100 000 years of history, there is currently no indication that the earthquakes are volcanic in origin,” he said.
“It is much more likely that they represent a normal tectonic event. However, Santorini being both a popular tourist destination and an active volcano, the situation merits close monitoring
The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on January 10, 1950 and ended on February 2 of the same year. The eruptive activity area was Nea Kameni (Liatsikas dome) (VEI2).
A major catastrophic eruption of this volcano in 1610 BCE (± 14 years), with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 7, is considered as one of the largest volcanic events on Earth in recorded history.
Renowned Santorini (Thera), with its steep-walled caldera rim draped by whitewashed villages overlooking an active volcanic island in the center of a caldera bay, is one of the scenic highlights of the Aegean.
The circular island group is composed of overlapping shield volcanoes cut by at least four partially overlapping calderas. The oldest southern caldera was formed about 180 000 years before present (BP), followed by the Skaros caldera about 70 000 years BP, and then the Cape Riva caldera about 21 000 years BP. The youngest caldera formed about 3 600 years BP during the Late-Bronze-Age Minoan eruption that forced abandonment of the thriving Aegean Sea island.
Post-Minoan eruptions beginning in 197 BCE constructed a series of lava domes and flows that form two islands near the center of the caldera. A submarine eruption took place in 1650 CE outside the caldera NE of Thera.
The latest eruption produced a small lava dome and flow in 1950, accompanied by explosive activity.