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.
Eruption continues at Bromo volcano, Indonesia
Posted by Teo Blašković on March 18, 2019. Watchers.news
The eruption at Mount Bromo continues at moderate levels on March 18, 2019. This eruptive phase started on February 18, 2019 after 29 months of relative quiet.
The Alert Level of the volcano remains at 2 of 5 since 2016. Visitors and tourists are prohibited from engaging in activity within 1 km (0.62 miles) from the summit crater.
“Tourism of the region remains safe and Malang airport remains in operation,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the country’s disaster management agency.
Bromo erupted at 23:00 UTC on February 18 (06:00 local time, February 19), forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Orange (previously unassigned).
The eruption produced a thick white and brown column of ash, rising up to 2 929 m (9 393 feet) above sea level and drifting WSW. This is about 600 m (1 968 feet) above the crater rim.
“According to the Bromo PVMBG, the mountain has been on Alert Level 2 [caution] since 2016 after its eruption in 2011. We are currently preparing to increase the alert level and security for Mt. Bromo visitors while coordinating with the central PVMBG,” Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) management head Jhon Kenedie said February 19.
Visitors are prohibited from entering a 1 km (0.62 miles) radius from the park’s craters but Kenedie said they can still enjoy nearby hills and panoramas.
The 16-km-wide (9.9 miles) Tengger caldera is located at the northern end of a volcanic massif extending from Semeru volcano. The massive volcanic complex dates back to about 820 000 years ago and consists of five overlapping stratovolcanoes, each truncated by a caldera. Lava domes, pyroclastic cones, and a maar occupy the flanks of the massif.
The Ngadisari caldera at the NE end of the complex formed about 150 000 years ago and is now drained through the Sapikerep valley.
The most recent of the calderas is the 9 x 10 km (5.6 x 6.2 miles) wide Sandsea caldera at the SW end of the complex, which formed incrementally during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene. An overlapping cluster of post-caldera cones was constructed on the floor of the Sandsea caldera within the past several thousand years.
The youngest of these is Bromo, one of Java’s most active and most frequently visited volcanoes. (GVP)
Featured image: Mount Bromo on March 18, 2019. Credit: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho