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.
Super Typhoon “Wutip” (Category 4) becomes the strongest February typhoon in West Pacific Ocean
Posted by Teo Blašković on February 24, 2019. Watchers.news
Typhoon “Wutip” underwent rapid intensification on February 23, 2019, peaking as Category 4 super typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 250 km/h (155 mph) and central pressure of 925 hPa.
This made Wutip the strongest February typhoon in the western Pacific Ocean, surpassing Super Typhoon “Higos” which hit 241 km/h (150 mph) on February 10, 2015, and the strongest February tropical cyclone anywhere north of the equator.
According to NOAA’s Historical Hurricane Tracks database, only seven January and February Category 4 or Category 5 typhoons have been recorded in the Northwest Pacific since records began in the late 1940s, WeatherUnderground’s Dr. Jeff Masters notes.
Wutip tied with Super Typhoon “Rose” of January 1957 as the second strongest typhoon to form in these two months. The only stronger typhoon ever observed so early in the year was Super Typhoon “Ophelia” – which peaked as a Category 5 storm with 257 km/h (160 mph) winds on January 13, 1958.
Wutip passed about 112 km (180 miles) southwest of Guam on February 23. It dumped 125 – 305 mm (5 – 12 inches) of rain by Saturday afternoon (local time) with another 75 – 127 mm (3 – 5 inches) expected.
At 15:00 UTC on February 24, the center of Typhoon “Wutip” was located about 400 km (250 miles) east of Guam. It was moving WNW at 10 km/h (6 mph) with maximum sustained winds near 193 km/h (120 mph).
Wutip is expected to weaken over the next few days, and will likely be downgraded to a tropical storm by Tuesday, February 26.
Featured image: Super Typhoon “Wutip” on February 23, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW
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