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.
China confirms African swine fever hits Shandong province as national outbreak intensifies and spreads
Reuters•February 20, 2019
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday it has confirmed the country’s ongoing African swine fever outbreak continues to spread across the nation, hitting the major livestock production province of Shandong in the east for the first time.
The highly contagious disease was found on a farm with 4,504 pigs in the provincial capital Jinan, infecting 17 of the animals and killing three hogs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. The disease is fatal to pigs, but doesn’t harm people.
China, home to the world’s largest hog herd, has now reported more than 100 cases of African swine fever in 27 provinces and regions since last August.
The Shandong case came after Guangxi region in China’s south reported its first African swine fever outbreak on Tuesday.
Further to the south, neighboring Vietnam also confirmed it had detected its first cases of the virus.
(GRAPHIC: Swine fever in China IMG, https://tmsnrt.rs/2QMhmzL)
Shandong produced 47 million pigs in 2017, about 7 percent of the total hogs sent to slaughterhouses in the same year in China, official data showed.
Jiangsu and Henan provinces, both neighboring Shandong, reported cases of the disease as early as last August.
China has restricted transport of live pigs and banned kitchen waste in feed, in an effort to control the spread of African swine fever.
A major Chinese frozen food producer said on Monday that it recalled products that may be contaminated with African swine fever, following media reports that some of its dumplings tested positive for the virus.
(Reporting by Tom Daly and Hallie Gu; editing by Richard Pullin and Kenneth Maxwell)
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