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.
Huge tornado in Cuba kills 3 and injures 172
By Jack Guy, CNN. Updated 7:54 AM ET, Mon January 28, 2019
(CNN)A tornado that hit the Cuban capital, Havana, Sunday night has left three people dead and 172 injured.
Dramatic photos show debris covering cars and flooding in coastal zones of the city.
Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel visited emergency crews around the city overnight and wrote on Twitter that the damage was “severe.”
Strong winds damaged buildings and caused flooding in low-lying areas of Havana, according to a government statement, with the provinces of Pinar del Río, Artemisa and Mayabeque also affected. The AFP news agency reported winds of up to 62 miles per hour.
The Cuban Meteorological Institute will evaluate the extent of the damage and the intensity of the storm in the next few hours, the statement said.
Cuban actor Luis Silva said he was driving with his wife and children when the tornado struck.
“I had to avoid fallen trees, floods, strong winds. Until I was able to get home!” he wrote in an Instagram post. “We had a big scare.”
Staff at the Hijas de Galicia maternity hospital evacuated the building because of storm damage, AFP reported.
Locals said the tornado had “the sound of a jet engine,” and they felt changes in environmental pressure as it hit, Armando Caymares of Cuba’s Institute of Meteorology told AFP.
The island nation regularly suffers extreme weather events such as hurricanes and Atlantic storms.
It sits in the Caribbean Sea, which is vulnerable to hurricanes from June 1 to November 30.
In September 2017, 10 people died in Cuba as a result of Hurricane Irma, with seven of these deaths in Havana, according to state television.
Irma made landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 storm, blasting into seaside towns and causing flooding in low-lying areas of Havana. Winds of 125 mph whipped roofs off buildings, ripped trees from the ground and forced evacuations along the coast.