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 woman 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.
Snow, ice, torrential rain bringing weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people
John Bacon and Doyle Rice USA TODAY•February 19, 2019
A massive storm that marched across the nation Tuesday promises to bring heavy snow, crippling ice and torrential rain to more than 200 million Americans over the next couple of days.
Parts of 39 of the 48 contiguous United States will be touched by the storm, including every state east of the Mississippi River, AccuWeather said. The worst of it was forecast for Wednesday.
“The ‘real feel’ will be terrible and it will be everywhere,’ AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams told USA TODAY. “Snow, ice, sleet, flooding, you name it you got it across the country. It will feel cold and it will be messy, misty and miserable.”
As of late Tuesday, winter weather alerts stretched all the way from Arizona to New Jersey.
Wednesday, snow will fall both in the Upper Midwest and the mid-Atlantic. In the Midwest, widespread snowfall totals of 4-8 inches are expected from eastern Nebraska into eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin through the day on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
In the mid-Atlantic, the weather service predicted 3-5 inches of snow in addition to ice and rain for Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Baltimore was forecast to get a bit more, Philadelphia a bit less, but all three metro areas face an icy mess for commuters.
The central Appalachians should see from 4-8 inches of snow, topped by as much as 1/4 inch of ice.
“When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury,” the weather service warned.
Freezing rain and ice will be especially dangerous in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania and the mountains of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina on Wednesday.
“Hopefully it changes to all rain quickly,” Abrams said. “A quarter of an inch of ice, you might get by. A half an inch and you have branches snapping, wires down, major problems.”
In the South, several rounds of heavy rainfall, flooding and even some severe thunderstorms are expected Wednesday. Six inches of rain could swamp parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, where flood watches and warnings have been posted.
The deluges will continue for several days in the South, with as much as 10 inches possible in some areas. The rain will soak the area late this week into the weekend. Severe thunderstorms may also be a concern in parts of the South, lower Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley this weekend.
Florida was exempt from the chill, with temperatures soaring into the 80s in many areas. Several Florida cities set record highs Monday and Tuesday, including Vero Beach, which tied an all-time February record of 89 degrees Tuesday. Naples hit 90 degrees Tuesday, also a February record high.
The heat was expected to continue in the Sunshine State for most of the week, although even there a chance of rain persisted.
And in Hawaii, a completely separate storm was pelting Maui and the Big Island with rain and snow. As much as 7 inches of snow was forecast to fall on the summits of the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes on the Big Island, the weather service said.
“It’s just going to be a real mess pretty much everywhere,” Abrams said.
Categories: Record Cold and Snow