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.
MEASLES SHOCK: Record number of cases recorded in Europe. Video. Measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world.
MEASLES cases are soaring across Europe, with more than 70 deaths last year – and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned record levels of immunisation will not be enough to hold back the tide of infection.
By CIARAN MCGRATH/ PUBLISHED: 13:27, Thu, Feb 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:45, Thu, Feb 7, 2019. Express.co.uk
Figures released today show more children in the WHO European Region were vaccinated against measles than ever before during 2018. However, progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing “clusters” of susceptible individuals unprotected, with the result result being a record number of people affected by the virus last year. The statistics reveal a total of 72 children and adults died as a result of the disease in 2018.
Monthly country reports for January to December 2018 (received as of 01 February 2019), showed 82,596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles.
In countries reporting hospitalisation data, more than three-fifths of them – 61 percent – were hospitalised.
The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest recorded since the start of the decade, triple the number reported in 2017 and a shocking 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016.
The surge in measles cases in 2018 came after a year in which the European Region achieved its highest ever estimated coverage for the second dose of measles vaccination (90 percent in 2017).
In 2017 more children received the full two-dose series on time, according to their countries’ immunisation schedules, than in any year since WHO started collecting data on the second dose in 2000.
Coverage with the first dose of the vaccine also increased slightly to 95 percent, the highest level since 2013.
Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, said: “The picture for 2018 makes it clear that the current pace of progress in raising immunisation rates will be insufficient to stop measles circulation.
“While data indicate exceptionally high immunisation coverage at regional level, they also reflect a record number affected and killed by the disease.
“This means that gaps at local level still offer an open door to the virus.
“We cannot achieve healthier populations globally, as promised in WHO’s vision for the coming five years, if we do not work locally.
“We must do more and do it better to protect each and every person from diseases that can be easily avoided.”
The figures also reveal:
• Estimated coverage with the second dose of measles vaccine was below the 95 percent threshold to prevent circulation in 34 countries of the Region in 2017.
• Subnational coverage rates point to disparities even within countries.
• Suboptimal coverage for either dose sets the stage for transmission in the future.
The European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020 (EVAP) lays out a strategy endorsed by all 53 Member States to eliminate both measles and rubella, whereby at least 95 percent of every population needs to be immune.
Dr Nedret Emiroglu, Director of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, WHO Regional Office for Europe, said: “In adopting EVAP, all countries in the European Region agreed that elimination of measles and rubella is possible, and is also a cost-effective way to protect people of all ages from avoidable suffering and death.
“Progress in achieving high national coverage is commendable. However, it cannot make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed.
“It is here that we must now concentrate increased efforts.
“We should never become complacent about our successes but continue to strive to reach the final mile. Together we can make this happen.”
The number of cases per million of the population between January and December 2018 is low, at 14.32.
By contrast, the figure for Ukraine was almost 100 times higher, at 1209.25, with 53,218 cases reported.
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