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.
Ebola OUTBREAK: Fears epidemic could ‘get even WORSE’ due to ongoing political CRISIS
THE EBOLA epidemic is spreading across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with rising fears the outbreak could worsen due to the country’s ongoing political revolt.
An infectious disease expert, Jeremy Farrar said there is “nothing to stop” the rising outbreak if political instability continues to plague the region, insisting the country will head towards a “worse case scenario”. Professor Farrar, who recently visited the DRC with a WHO leadership team, told the Daily Mail Online: “The worst case scenario is that political instability remains, mistrust grows and then there’s nothing to stop the epidemic getting embedded into a big urban centre and taking off as it did in West Africa.” On Thursday, Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo won DRC’s presidential election, swinging him into power in a shock victory for the opposition. DCR’s presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu is now legally challenging Mr Tshisekedi’s win, claiming the election results do not “add up”.
Mr Tshisekedi was the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, the oldest and largest opposition party in the DRC.
With a lack of trust in health authorities and rife political uncertainty in the DRC, public health will inevitably “suffer”, Professor Farrar has claimed.
He said: ‘“When you have political instability, public health always suffers.”
As of 12 January, Ebola has infected 649 people and killed 396 of them, according to latest figures from the DRC’s health ministry.
The Ebola epidemic is the second worst in history after the 2014 epidemic in West Africa, which infected 28,000 and killed more than 11,300.
The outbreak is concentrated in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, with a “very high” risk the disease can spread across national and regional levels, according to the WHO.
Mr Tshisekedi’s presidential win has brought increased levels of volatility in the African state, with many believing Mr Fayulu would snag the majority vote.
Professor Farrar said locals may now feel afraid to come forward to the Government to seek help and may fail to trust authorities.
The epidemic will also be difficult to contain because of violence and community protests, as political instability continues to sweep across the country.
The WHO warns that there is ‘no proven treatment’ for Ebola – but dozens of drugs and jabs are being tested in case of a similarly devastating outbreak.
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