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.
Category 2 Tropical Cyclone “Oma” affecting Queensland, warnings in place, Australia
Category 2 Tropical Cyclone “Oma” is forecast to approach the coast of southern Queensland, Australia this weekend. The cyclone is already affecting the state and warnings are in place for higher than normal tides and dangerous surf.
Forecast track issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology at 07:00 UTC (17:00 local time), February 21, 2019, shows the system moving closer to Queensland and into BOM’s area of responsibility. A Tropical Cyclone Watch is in effect since 11:00 local time, covering the coast from Bundaberg in Queensland to Ballina in New South Wales.
Bruce Gunn, Queensland State Manager, said the effects of Oma are already being felt along the Queensland coast with warnings in place for higher than normal tides and dangerous surf conditions developing south of Seventeen Seventy causing coastal erosion for exposed beaches.
“Surf and swell conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming and many beaches are already closed for public safety,” Gunn said.
Seas and swell are also expected to increase well ahead of the approach of the cyclone, and these conditions present a danger for even the most experienced swimmers and surfers, the Bureau warns. It’s safest to stay out of the water.
“Forecast certainty is shaping up to see the most likely scenario that Cyclone Oma will approach the coast this weekend, and a coastal crossing cannot be ruled out at this stage,” Gunn said.
“Gale force winds are possible for exposed coastal beaches, combined with heavy rainfall. The Bureau has issued a Flood Watch from Gladstone to the New South Wales border. Forecast rainfall totals are largely dependent on the cyclone track, and there still are a wide range of scenarios at this point,” said Mr. Gunn.
While it is unusual for a cyclone to track this far south, it is not unprecedented, BOM said, adding that each tropical cyclone is unique and it is difficult to make historical comparisons.
Cyclone “Nancy” of 1990 was the last cyclone to directly impact Brisbane, although it did not make landfall but rather grazed the coast near Byron Bay before moving offshore. The main impacts were coastal erosion and flooding for Gold Coast beaches and the adjacent Hinterland.
Featured image: Tropical Cyclone “Oma” at 07:00 UTC on February 21, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW