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.
2 powerful cyclones spinning toward north Australian coast
ROD McGUIRK. March 22, 2019
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two powerful cyclones are blowing toward Australia’s sparsely populated north where around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the east coast of the Northern Territory ahead of strong winds, mountainous waves and flooding rain.
Cyclones are frequent in Australia’s tropical north and rarely claim lives. But two such large storms as Cyclones Trevor and Veronica crossing land on the same weekend is rare.
Trevor is expected to cross the east shore of the Northern Territory on Saturday morning as a Category 4 storm. It had sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph) with gusts to 185 kph (115) Friday afternoon. Gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) are expected around the eye when the cyclone makes landfall, Bureau of Meteorology manager Todd Smith said on Friday.
The Northern Territory communities nearest the expected landfall were evacuated Thursday, most of the 2,000 or so residents going by road or defense cargo planes to the provincial capital, Darwin. Many also went to the inland city of Katherine.
Veronica is also expected to be a Category 4 when it crosses the coast of Western Australia state over Sunday night. Its sustained winds were 175 kph (110 mph) around midday Friday.
A Category 4 severe tropical cyclone is roughly similar to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale used in the U.S.
The last families left Borroloola by noon on Friday as they headed inland.
Speaking by phone from her family’s car as they drove inland, Christine Sauer said only the local police and utilities workers remained in the community of about 900 people.
“They’re about to switch off the power and water and they’re leaving too,” she said. “You’re not going to sit there for a Category 4 cyclone.”
Sauer and her family, who run the town’s store and gas station, plan to sit the storm out at a friend’s cattle station.
Veronica is expected to land somewhere between the iron ore mining towns of Karratha and Port Hedland.
Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported long lines of traffic waiting for gas in Karratha, residents sandbagging their homes and supermarket shelves being stripped bare by shoppers stockpiling provisions.
Emergency service officials are advising people who do not need to stay in Karratha to evacuate.
The Pilbara Ports Authority has cleared all large commercial vessels from the harbors and anchorages at Port Hedland, Ashburton and Port of Dampier.
The Western Australian Country Health Service said procedures were in place at health centers so they can continue operating.
Staffing, supplies including food and pharmaceuticals, and plans for high-risk patients have been prepared.
The last Category 4 cyclone to impact the Pilbara coast was Christine in December 2013.
Veronica is Pilbara’s third tropical cyclone for the season, which is ending.