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.
Violent Alabama tornado was among the USA’s strongest and deadliest in years
Doyle Rice. USA TODAY•March 5, 2019
The violent, devastating tornado that roared through eastern Alabama on Sunday was unusual for its for its extreme size, strength, and duration – all of which contributed to its tragically high death toll of 23 people.
At one point Sunday as it tore across the countryside of rural Lee County, the twister stretched for nearly a mile. That’s a whopping four times wider than the average tornado, which typically measures about 300-500 yards across.
“It was almost a mile wide, a monster storm as it moved across the area,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Darden said.
When surveying the destruction, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones summed it up this way: “It looks almost as if someone took a giant knife and just scraped the ground. There are slabs where homes normally stood.”
With a wind speed estimated at 170 mph, it was also stronger than any twister that hit the U.S. all of last year, the National Weather Service said.
Surveys of the destruction indicated the tornado was an EF-4, the second-highest level on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity. Sunday’s twister was the first EF-4 tornado to hit the U.S. since one that hit Van Zandt County, Texas, on April 29, 2017.
Only a small fraction of tornadoes in the U.S. hit such extreme speeds. In fact, roughly 80 percent of all U.S. tornadoes are weak EF-0 or EF-1 tornadoes, which have winds of 65 to 110 mph, the Storm Prediction Center said.
The winds in EF-4 tornadoes can cause “devastating” damage, including the leveling of well-constructed homes.
Tornadic winds Sunday afternoon obliterated numerous homes, leaving huge, jumbled piles of wood and household belongings. Some homes were reduced to concrete slabs. Debris was scattered across the countryside, with shredded metal hanging from the pine trees.
Sunday’s tornado was also on the ground for a total 70 miles – 26 in Alabama and 44 in Georgia. That’s an incredible 20 times as long-lasting as a typical tornado, which is on the ground for only about 3.5 miles.
At 70 miles, the twister also traveled one of the longest distances ever to track through Alabama. That distance approaches the 81-mile track of a twister that killed more than 60 people and demolished much of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in a “super outbreak” of several long-lasting tornadoes across the South on April 27, 2011.
The 23 people killed made it the USA’s deadliest in six years, since May 2013. That’s when an EF-5 tornado killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.
Carol Dean found her wedding dress Monday among the wreckage of her mobile home in Beauregard, a small community in Lee County that sustained the worst damage. But the storm took her husband. “My life is gone,” she said.
Three of the dead were children, ages 6, 9, and 10.
One family alone lost seven people.
The number of people killed – who ranged in age from 6 to 89 years old – was more than double the total number of tornado-related deaths across the United States in all of 2018, which was only 10, the lowest number ever recorded.
“I’m still thanking God I’m among the living,” said John Jones after the tornado hit. Jones has lived most of his life in Beauregard.
More severe weather – including the chance for tornadoes – is forecast for parts of the southern U.S. on Saturday.