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.
Cyclone Veronica: Second cyclone in 48 hours smashes Australia coastal regions
Country’s northwest coast lashed with heavy rain and 136mph winds
The Independent. March 25, 2019
Residents on the country’s northwest coast were warned they would have to shelter for several hours as slow-moving Cyclone Veronica settled near Port Hedland, in Pilbara, on Sunday evening.
While it is no longer expected to make landfall, the cyclone has led to winds of up to 136mph and flooding.
Cyclone Veronica has been downgraded from a category 3 storm, on a scale in which 5 is the strongest, to category 2.
It is expected to continue to move west away from the coast and weaken below cyclone strength late on Monday, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.
About 60,000 people live in the area most affected by Veronica. The iron ore mining region is said to be generally well prepared for cyclones which frequently lash its coast.
Veronica came just a day after category 4 Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast on Saturday, about 1,000 miles to the east of the Pilbara region.
More than 2,000 people were evacuated from Northern Territory coastal areas in Trevor’s path but have since begun moving back home.
A red alert that warns residents to find shelter and brace for destructive winds remained in place in parts of the Pilbara region, but the warning was expected to be lifted on Monday.
There have been no reports of injuries or major structural damage from the two major cyclones but damage assessment had only begun on Monday.
Roof and tree damage has been reported at towns in the Pilbara region.
Cyclones are frequent in Australia’s tropical north but rarely claim lives – however two large storms such as Trevor and Veronica hitting on successive days is rare.
James Ashley, a senior forecaster from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, said Veronica was unique because of its slow speed, which brought a long danger period.
He said on Sunday: “We are expecting a prolonged period – 12 hours or more – of destructive winds near the core of the cyclone.”
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