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.
A month’s worth of rain in 2 hours as deadly storm hits Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Video
Posted by Teo Blašković on February 8, 2019. Watchers.news.
A powerful storm swept through Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city with a population of 6.3 million, late Wednesday into Thursday, February 7, 2019, bringing heavy rain and strong winds and leaving at least 6 people dead. The storm hit just several days after the city experienced its hottest January in 97 years – temperatures were as high as 42 °C (107.6 °F).
Meteorologists said the storm dumped more rain in just two hours than the city usually receives in a month, which is about 105 mm (4.1 inches) for February.
Streets quickly turned to rivers, sweeping away cars, motorcycles, downed trees and power poles, while mudslides destroyed hillside favelas and closed roads.
Iconic tourist hot-spots like Copacabana and Ipanema registered winds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph).
At least 6 people were killed, authorities said February 7. Two people were killed and two others injured when a home collapsed in the western part of the city, while a mudslide in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela claimed one life. In the south-side favela of Vidigal, one person was crushed by a wall that collapsed and two perished when a tree fell on a bus. Firefighters took a young woman in Vidigal to a hospital, but there was no word on the nature or severity of her injuries.
Featured image: Floods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2019.