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.
Equine strep throat’ kills 4,000 donkeys in Niger
AFP•March 1, 2019
Niamey (AFP) – A contagious bacterial infection known as “equine strep throat” has killed more than 4,000 donkeys in northern Niger since early December, local officials said Friday.
“Of the 8,392 donkeys affected by equine distemper or equine strep throat, more than half succumbed since the infection appeared in the first 10 days of December,” said the regional authorities in Agadez, Niger’s renowned gateway to the Sahara.
The others survived after being treated for the infection, which hit donkeys in the Ingall area, public television reported.
The government’s minister for pastoral issues, Mohamed Boucha, visited Agadez this week to assess the impact of the outbreak.
“You can see bodies littering the pastureland and the watering holes and there is a real danger of contamination” spreading through the area, he said.
The risk “is even greater” due to the fact that the infection can be transferred between equine animals and also through the pasture itself, given that the treatment of a sick animal can take several weeks, veterinary officials said.
To tackle the outbreak, Boucha invited herders to have their animals immunised “for free” by the government veterinary services.
Donkeys are used by millions of people to get around in Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Official statistics show Niger has a population of more than 1.5 million donkeys.
Several years ago, there were fears the donkey could soon become an endangered species in the region due to the massive number of them slaughtered for their meat or exported to Nigeria which sells their skins to China for use in traditional medicine.
But in 2016, Niamey slapped a “strict ban” on all exports and slaughter of donkeys in order to protect them.
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