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.
Heaviest January snowfall in 48 years in Pakistan
Posted by TW on February 11, 2019. Watchers.news
Pakistan’s mountainous areas received heavy snowfall in January 2019, helping the country whose fresh water is running out at an alarming rate.
The country’s northern hilly areas received up to 1.8 and 2.1 m (6 and 7 feet) in January and the first week of February. This is the heaviest snowfall in 48 years, Abdul Wali Yousafzai, a senior officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa irrigation department told Anadolu Agency.
“Snowfall and rain will not only help to raise our water table but also be beneficial for our forests that had been affected by drought,” he added.
“The rainfall will raise the water table while the snow will melt into our river. It’s a blessing from God,” Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Lack of rainfall has led to recurring droughts of different spans and intensity since 2000 hitting hard the local population, Islamic Relief NGO reported February 11.
The situation since 2013 has become all the more alarming due to 74% decrease in rainfall impacting hard on water management, agriculture, livestock, health, food security and livelihoods.
As there is no letup in the rainfall, several districts are currently in the grip of famine like situation.
On September 06, 2018, Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) issued a drought alert warning the situation in areas like Dalbandin, Gawadar, Jiwani, Panjgur, Pasni, Nokundi, Urnmara, Quetta and Turbat to become worse by the end of year 2018.
According to PMD, districts Chagai, Noshki, Kharan and Washuk are badly affected with severe impacts on their agriculture and livestock sectors forcing the local population to migrate to different areas. Around 33% of local population have migrated to other different places.
Depletion of irrigation sources have led to the destruction of 63% of apple and 48% of apricot, peach and plum orchards. Regarding accessibility, 60% non-availability of cereal crop and fruits in the market is also a major cause of concern.
Featured image credit: Mohsin Sajjad