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.
Flu season is supposed to be winding down, but 20 states report highest level of activity
Doug Stanglin. USA TODAY•March 9, 2019
Going by the calendar, flu season should be winding down. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s still going strong, with 20 states registering the highest levels of flu activity.
As many as 26.3 million people have caught the flu this season, which began in October and ends in May.
Nine children died of flu-related causes last week, bringing the total for the season to 64. The CDC notes that the actual number of fatalities is likely much higher because not all flu-related deaths are detected or reported.
The CDC on Friday reported 347,000 hospitalizations and 31,200 deaths so far this season.
The highest possible level of flu activity was reported last week in Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alaska.
The CDC says “widespread influenza activity” was reported in the past week in Puerto Rico and 48 states.
Widespread flu activity is defined as outbreaks in at least half of the regions of a state.
The H1N1 virus strain has dominated this season. The H3N2 strain, which generally produces more severe cases, hit the Southeast in two waves.
Despite the lingering flu activity this year, the CDC notes that last season was much rougher. Forty-nine states reported “widespread flu activity” in the same week for three consecutive weeks.
The CDC continues to recommend people get a flu shot, but time is running out this season. It can take up to two weeks after getting a shot for a person to develop immunity.
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