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.
Wildfires scorch 140 000 ha (346 000 acres) of forest in Cordillera, Philippines
Posted by TW on March 8, 2019. Watchers.news
An alarming 90 incidents of forest fires were recorded in Cordillera, Philippines during the first three months of 2019, up from 87 in the same period last year.
According to data provided by the Bureau of Fire Prevention in Cordillera, the fires scorched 140 000 hectares (346 000 acres) of forest in different provinces in the highland Cordillera.
Around 151 forest fires that affected over 20 880 hectares (51 595 acres) were reported in 2018, up from 64 forest fires in 2017 that damaged more than 13 509 hectares (33 381 acres).
In 2016, BFP-CAR recorded 178 forest fire incidents that damaged over 6 100 (15 073 miles) hectares of forest reservations, the bureau reports.
“We do not want more fires but we have to brace ourselves and prepare, because we have had no rain this year,” Senior Superintendent Maria Sofia Mendoza of BFP-Cordillera said at the start of March.
Mendoza said the BFP lacks equipment and personnel to fight forest fires. However, she expects that recently created task force against environmental crimes will provide reinforcement.
People living in communities near forests or within watersheds are urged to be extra careful in the disposal of items like lit cigarettes that could trigger fires that pose a serious threat to the region’s environment.
Open burning, lighted cigarettes and unattended fires have been a major cause of fires in recent years, Mendoza said.
Featured image credit: Bureau of Fire Protection
Categories: Extreme Wildfires Update