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.
Alaska hit 70 degrees the earliest ever, and more record highs are expected
By Jennifer Gray, CNN. Updated 1:45 PM ET, Fri March 29, 2019
(CNN)Much of the country will see a dive in temperatures this weekend, but Alaska continues to bake with record highs.
Parts of the state have had their earliest 70-degree readings on record. Klawock, a town in southeastern Alaska, reached 70 F on March 19 — the earliest any spot in the state has hit that high.
More records are expected to be broken this weekend, with temperatures soaring as much as 50 degrees above normal in the fastest-warming state.
Meanwhile, Northeastern cities such as Boston are still awaiting a 70-degree day more than a week after spring officially began.
Anchorage sees no measurable snow in March
Since the beginning of the month, Alaska has seen 55 tied or broken record daily highs through March 23, according to National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration.
On Saturday, Anchorage is expecting a high of 46 F, which will be warmer than many places in the Plains, stretching as far south as Oklahoma.
Anchorage hit 48 F on Monday, tying a previous record set in 1970.
Alaska’s most populous city also has had no measurable snow in March for the second time on record.
Fairbanks is no different. Until this week, the city had never had consecutive days in March when temperatures stayed above freezing. On Monday and Tuesday mornings, the temps didn’t dip below 34 F.
According to Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider, “the earliest date for back-to-back above freezing low temperatures was April 15-16, 1978.”
Kotzebue, north of the Arctic Circle, set or tied the daily record high every day this week as of Thursday, with temperatures just above freezing.
The town also set or tied a record-high minimum temperature nine times this month.
State considered ground zero of climate change
The warming trend in Alaska is nothing new, however.
March will be the 29th month since January 2013 to rank in the warmest 10% since 1925, while only one month — April 2013 — in this time period is in the coldest 10%.
Such comfy temperatures and an early spring may seem like a good thing for Alaskans, but they’re far from it. The effects of climate change are affecting Alaska faster than most places, with many climatologists considering it to be ground zero in the warming world.
Coping with the challenges of this changing landscape has become a harsh reality for residents of our northernmost state.
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