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.
700 evacuated from New Zealand town as wildfire threatens
NICK PERRY. Associated Press•February 8, 2019
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — About 700 residents were evacuated from a New Zealand town on Friday as a forest fire threatened the area.
Civil defense authorities decided to evacuate parts of Wakefield on the South Island. Authorities opened up a sports stadium as a welfare center and said they could accommodate people who didn’t have friends or family to stay with elsewhere.
Others in the town of 3,000 were waiting to hear if they would also be evacuated, and many were choosing to leave.
Police and civil defense responders were knocking on the doors of about 250 affected homes to makes sure nobody remained behind.
The wildfire began Tuesday and had spread to about 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) by Friday. It had burned down one house. Authorities believe it was started by sparks from farm equipment.
Other, smaller fires were also flaring up in the dry region, including in the city of Nelson, which is home to about 50,000 people.
Richard Kirby, the group recovery manager for Civil Defence, said it might be four of five days before the fire is contained.
He said the drought-like conditions in the region are causing problems for residents and farmers alike.
“The general feeling is one of consternation. There’s no rain on horizon and it’s very dry,” he said. “The realism is coming through that perhaps the worst can happen: that the rivers go dry and we can’t irrigate, and have severe restrictions on urban water use.”
Australia and New Zealand have been experiencing a hot Southern Hemisphere summer.
Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and there have been wildfires razing the south and flooding in the tropical north. New Zealand’s weather hasn’t been as extreme, although it did experience a heatwave over the last few days of January.
Categories: Extreme Wildfires Update