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.
Death toll in Mozambique could surpass 1 000, massive destruction reported
Posted by Teo Blašković on March 18, 2019. Watchers.news
The President of Mozambique said Monday, March 18, 2019, that the number of people killed by Tropical Cyclone “Idai” could exceed 1 000. Idai made landfall at 23:30 UTC on March 14 close to the city of Beira (population 534 000) with wind speeds up to 170 km/h (104 mph) and central pressure of 960 hPa.
While the number of confirmed deaths in Mozambique is 84 as of March 18, authorities say it could surpass 1,000 as search and rescue operations continue.
Speaking on Radio Mocambique, President Filipe Nyusi said he had flown over the affected region, where two rivers had overflowed. “Villages had disappeared and bodies were floating in the water. Everything indicates that we can register more than one thousand deaths,” he said.
Most of the deaths were reported in the coastal city of Beira (population 534 000) which is 90% destroyed, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
IFRC said a large dam burst in the city on Sunday, March 17, cutting off the last road to the city. “The scale of damage caused by Cyclone ‘Idai’ that hit the Mozambican city of Beira is massive and horrifying.”
“The damage is extensive even 300 km (186 miles) from the cyclone’s landing area where we are. Hundreds of houses are destroyed in this district alone. People are sheltering in schools or with neighbors,” said Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from central Mozambique.
Neighboring Zimbabwe was also badly hit, particularly its eastern and southern regions where heavy rain and winds swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines.
Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani district was cut off from the rest of the country and rescuers were struggling to reach it.
At least 89 people were killed there and more than 100 are missing, but the death toll is expected to rise. Some reports received today mention at least 150 killed.
At least 56 people were killed in Malawi before Idai made landfall and about 1.5 million people in total have been affected by the cyclone.
The full scale of the destruction is unknown at this time.