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.
New rainfall record set in New Zealand with 1 086 mm (42.7 inches) in 48 hours. Scientific videos. Happening now.
Posted by Teo Blašković on March 27, 2019. Watchers.news
The atmospheric river event affecting New Zealand over the past 3 days has set the country’s new 48-hour rainfall record. The storm caused major infrastructural damage, including destroyed Waiho Bridge in South Island’s Westland District. At least one person has died during the event.
Cropp waterfall recorded 1 086 mm (42.7 inches) of rain in 48 hours to March 27, setting the country’s new 48-hr rainfall record. This is 176% of average annual rainfall in Christchurch, 147% in Dunedin, 97% in Hamilton and Auckland, 91% in Tauranga and 89% in Wellington.
Extremely heavy rain caused a rapid rise of West Coast rivers to near-record levels. The Haast River at Roaring Billy, for example, recorded a water level of 7.423 m (24.35 feet), making it its 2ndhighest water level at the station since 1968 (the highest was 7.580 m / 24.86 feet) recorded in 1978. In less than 48 hours, this location has recorded 548 mm (21.57 inches) of rain, or nearly 10% of its yearly normal.
The Waiho Bridge was destroyed by the rising and rough floodwaters of the Waiho River near Franz Josef on March 26, forcing authorities to declare a State of Emergency for the Westland District. The river was running as high as 7.6 m (24.93 feet).
According to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), hours of torrential flood waters carrying large amounts of rock and material downstream battered the bridge’s support piers until it collapsed. However, one of the residents said he warned authorities three days before the collapse that the northern end of the bridge’s abutment was missing rocks and needed strengthening.
According to police reports, one woman has been found dead after her body washed up on a riverbank north of the town of Hokitika. It appears she got out of the vehicle she was driving and tried to cross floodwaters on foot.
The front which brought heavy rain to the west of the South Island on Tuesday, March 26 moves north onto the lower North Island this afternoon to lie over the central North Island at night, New Zealand’s MetService said March 27. This front is likely to bring a period of heavy rain to the northern South Island and southern/western North Island.
Although thunderstorms are considered unlikely with the front as it passes over the northern South Island this morning, and southern North Island in the afternoon, there is a low risk of a few embedded thunderstorms with the front about Taranaki and coastal Waitomo from this afternoon. If any thunderstorms do occur, they will boost local rainfall rates.
A southerly change is expected to affect Canterbury from about the Banks Peninsula southwards and also North Otago and Dunedin this afternoon.
Featured image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS. Acquired March 26, 2019