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.
UK weather forecast: MOST SEVERE SNOW FALL in YEARS
BRITAIN is on alert for the ‘most severe snowfall in years’ as freezing Polar winds sweep in tonight kick-starting a six-week winter lockdown.
By NATHAN RAO. PUBLISHED: 17:25, Thu, Jan 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 18:00, Thu, Jan 17, 2019. Express.co.uk.
A savage Arctic snowstorm poised to tear across northern Britain after the weekend threatens to unleash a near nation-wide winter deluge. Sub-zero temperatures, ice and blizzards could cripple the nation through the rest of winter and into spring, forecasters warn. Britain’s elderly and vulnerable are warned to make ready for what could be a lengthy and unusually severe winter blast.
Thermometers will nosedive through the next few days with much of Britain forecast to be below freezing by the weekend.
Snowfall will initially hit Scotland and northern England through tomorrow and Friday before the south falls into the firing line.
It will only be a taste of things to come with long-range forecasters sounding alarm bells for heavy, persistent and disruptive snowfall through the rest of January.
Terrifying weather forecasting models show a mountainous barrier of snow crashing into Britain later next week swept in by a deep low-pressure vortex hurtling past Greenland.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said parts of Britain are gearing up for what could be the worst snowfall in years.
He said: “Britain’s weather is about to turn significantly colder and more wintery paving the way for a prolonged cold snap, going forward winter is going to feel very different from the relatively mild conditions so far in the season.
“Unfortunately this is just going to be the start of a series of snow events some of which are shaping up to be quite potent over the coming weeks and through to the close of the month.
“Parts of southern Britain are about to experience some of the heaviest and most disruptive snowfall for years and this is something people should be at the ready for as it comes after quite a benign period.
“On current indications further bouts of extreme cold, wintry weather are forecast through February and potentially into the start of the meteorological spring.”
Temperatures will start to widely fall over the next 48 hours as Arctic air spills into Britain, the Met Office said.
Much of the country will be shivering in overnight lows of freezing or below by the end of the week sparking warnings for harsh frosts and icy windscreens.
Snow is forecast over Scotland and northern Britain through the coming days with southern regions in the firing line at the weekend.
Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: “We start to see a cold front moving down from the north on Tuesday which apart from the odd spit of drizzle will be largely dry.
“Cold air will start to sink southwards and by Wednesday evening south-eastern Britain will be in this colder airmass.
“There will be some heavy rain associated with this cold front, but it is another occluded front moving in from the north that will bring the widespread cold towards the end of the week.
“It will turn colder still on Friday with temperatures in low to mid-single figures, overnight sinking to freezing quite widely so there will be a risk of frosts.
“There is the potential for snowfall as fronts come in from the Atlantic and by the weekend there are signs of things turning a bit more unsettled.
“It will be cold with outbreaks of hill snow and the trend thereafter is for something colder to persist.”
The Met Office’s long-range outlook tallies with independent outlooks confirming harsh winter conditions show signs of holding out into next month.
It ties in with predictions for colder weather as a result of a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) of air over the North Pole.
SSW, which encourages a flow of cold northerly or easterly air into the UK, set in and was confirmed by meteorologists at the end of December.
The phenomenon was largely the trigger for the Beast from the East mega-freeze which ground the nation to a halt at the end of last winter.
Some climate experts say SSW is much stronger this time round and could trigger more significant snowfall not only in the UK but across the US and Europe.
Judah Cohen, climatologist with the US Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) said: “I can’t recall so much of the Eastern US and Europe showing the potential for snow at the same time as for this upcoming weekend and into next week.”
The Weather Channel’s Jonathan Belles added: “The stratosphere above the North Pole warmed dramatically in early January, and that could signal a colder, snowier end to January and possibly early February.
“When this happens, the weaker polar vortex and the effects of the stratospheric warmth trickle down to make the jet-stream pattern from parts of North America to Europe more prone to blocking, such as the Greenland block, known by meteorologists as the negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation.
“This blocking influences the location and persistence of cold air masses.
“Since this blocking happens in the colder months, that can break down the cold-air wall, leading to a persistently cold pattern for weeks.”
The Met Office’s 30-day winter outlook states: “For the end of January and into early February, there is an increased likelihood of colder weather being established across the UK, with temperatures continuing a downward trend.
“This would bring a greater risk of snow, ice and widespread frost, particularly across northern parts of the country.”
Malcolm Booth, chief executive of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP), said: “It is important people are ready for the next cold snap, especially arriving after a milder period of weather.
“It is easy to forget how traumatic a cold snap can be, it is important to follow the advice and keep warm, eat well and avoid going out in the worst condition, it is tragic that each year the excess winter deaths continue at high levels and we must strive to reduce these numbers.”