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.
Tropical Cyclone “Gelena” brings widespread flooding, leaves Rodrigues without power
Posted by Teo Blašković on February 10, 2019. Watchers.news
The center of Tropical Cyclone “Gelena” passed just south of the island of Rodrigues in Southwest Indian Ocean on February 10, 2019, causing widespread flooding and island-wide power outages.
Gelena brought wind speeds of up to 185 km/h (115 mph) and heavy rain, leaving 90% of the island’s 41 669 inhabitants without power.
142 people have been evacuated to refuge centers but there are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.
The main damage left by the storm are downed trees, broken electricity cables and blocked roads.
The cyclone is now moving away from the island with maximum 10-minute average wind speed of 140 km/h (85mph) and central pressure of 970 hPa.
Over the last 6 hours, the ragged eye disappeared on the visual imagery and the cloud pattern has deteriorated slightly on infrared images, RSMC La Reunion reported 12:00 UTC, February 10.
Gelena remains steered by the near equatorial ridge in the north-east, as the upper trough located in the south weakens and shifts eastwards, the center said.
Today and Monday, with the decrease of Gelena’s speed, the effects of the vertical wind shear should be more important leading to a weakening of the intensity. On the other hand, the system should still benefit from the good upper level divergence ahead of the upper level trough and maintain a significant intensity until Monday evening, February 11
From Tuesday however, west of the trough axis, the upper divergence decreases and the system should weaken at a quicker pace, over waters with limited heat potential. In the upper and mid levels, the strong westerly winds located north of the subtropical jetstream do not allow intensification.