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.
630 000 people affected by natural disasters in February, up from 66 000 in January, China
Posted by Teo Blašković on March 7, 2019. Watchers.news
Natural disasters affecting China during the month of February claimed the lives of 6 people and affected 630 000. In January, 66 000 people were affected and 7 killed.
The data was provided by China’s Ministry of Emergency Management in a document released March 6, 2019.
The country was mainly hit by earthquakes, low temperatures and snowstorms, as well as floods, hailstorms, landslides and forest fires, which forced more than 3 200 people to evacuate.
Earthquakes resulted in 2 deaths and 44 000 affected, the document states, while natural disasters all together resulted in direct economic losses of 750 million yuan or 11.8 million U.S. dollars.
The Ministry said that the disaster situation during the month was generally unchanged from the same period over the past five years. The affected population and direct economic losses reduced by 72% and 28%, respectively, while the number of damaged houses increased by 107%.
In the month of January, natural disasters affected 66 000 people and claimed the lives of 7 people.
Over 3 100 houses were destroyed and 5 000 ha (12 355 acres) damaged in earthquakes, floods, forest fires and hailstorms. Direct economic losses in January were 180 million yuan or about 26.7 million U.S. dollars.
Casualties and losses in January averaged less than the same period over the previous five years, the ministry said February 4.