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.
Seattle is having its snowiest February in 70 years – and more is on the way. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency
Susan Miller. USA TODAY•February 11, 2019
Hold on to your warm, woolen hats, Seattle: You are not out of the icebox yet.
After a weekend snowstorm pummeled the normally mild Northwestern city – making this month the city’s snowiest February since 1949, according to AccuWeather – another one-two punch is expected this week.
The next snowstorm is forecast to hit Sunday night, bringing 1-2 inches of snow, AccuWeather said, and another would pile on 3-6 inches Monday afternoon into Tuesday.
The snow will ride a wave of record cold: High temperatures were expected in the upper 20s to low 30s, with wind chills from 17 to 22 degrees.
The brutal weather has already wreaked havoc on a city more accustomed to rain than snow. Seattle normally averages only 0.7 inch of snow each February.
“This February in Seattle is going to be remembered for brutal winter weather for many folks not used to it,” Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said.
The first weekend storm, which brought 6-10 inches of snow to the area, emptied grocery story shelves, shuttered schools and made travel treacherous. Portland, Oregon, was also hit with 4 inches of snow.
About 400 flights were canceled at Seattle-Tacoma and Portland international airports over the weekend. A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington was shut down because of snowdrifts amid blizzard conditions. About 50,000 people lost power.
The new storms would not just be limited to Seattle, AccuWeather forecasters said, but would also target Portland, Bend and Pendleton, Oregon; and Yakima and Spokane, Washington.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in advance of the fierce weather on Friday. He joined local officials encouraging people to stay off the roads and to check on the elderly and vulnerable.
A man, 59, who may have been homeless was found dead from exposure Thursday near a train platform at a light rail station, the Seattle Times reported. Emergency shelters prepped more beds and outreach workers targeted the city’s hundreds of unsanctioned tent camps, the paper said.
The unusual weather was not all doom and gloom for some in the Pacific Northwest. During a break between storms, some Seattle residents flocked to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds, laundry baskets – and even a kayak.
“It’s just a wonderful community getting out here together in the snow. Great that we live by the school here with the hill,” Tony Muhlenkamp told KOMO-TV on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a winter storm battering Hawaii led to severe surf conditions, high-elevation snow and brisk winds, including 40 mph gusts. The National Weather Service warned residents on the islands’ north shores to be prepared for coastal flooding.