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.
A strong explosive eruption took place at Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 05:49 UTC on March 9, 2019. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.
The eruption ejected volcanic ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) above sea level, drifting NW. This is 6.7 km (21 980 feet) above the crater rim.
Satellite data by KVERT showed the ash cloud at the height of 8 km (26 200 feet) a.s.l. continues to drift about 375 km (233 miles) to the north of the volcano, KVERT said 13:12 UTC.
A moderate gas-steam activity volcano continues at the volcano, the observatory said, adding that ash explosions up to 10 – 15 km (32 800 – 49 200 feet) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
KVERT reported that a thermal anomaly over Sheveluch’s lava dome was identified daily in satellite images during from February 22 to March 1. Strong gas-and-steam emissions contained variable amounts of ash on February 21, 25, and 27, and rose 4 – 5 km (13 100 – 16 400 feet) a.s.l. and drifted 100 km (62 miles) SW and E.
Sheveluch’s lava dome continued to grow, extruding blocks on the N side, and producing hot avalanches and fumarolic plumes during February and into March.