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.
Floods in Midwest (or, around the world in diverse places for that matter): Will you pay more for food after extreme weather?
Zlati Meyer. USA TODAY•March 31, 2019
The bomb cyclone and flooding that damaged a huge section of U.S. Midwest farmland in March could cost you at the grocery store.
Beef prices at supermarkets could rise 25 to 50 cents per pound and pork as much as $1, estimates Phil Flynn, a senior market analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago.
The impact on grains that go into products such as cereal will be more muted; two-and-a-half pennies per product is his forecast. Plus, food manufacturers might choose to swallow the higher cost of those ingredients rather than pass it on to shoppers.
“You’re going to see it on meat prices this summer higher. Cheerios? Not so much,” Flynn said. “If the bad weather continues or the flooding continues, all bets are off.”
However, others say your wallet is safe. American Farm Bureau spokesman William Rodger expects little change in consumer prices for beef and pork and adds that if the number of dead animals is higher than anticipated, the impact would be a “blip,” which he declined to quantify.
“The human toll, it’s a tragedy,” Rodger said, referring to the billions of dollars in losses farmers and ranchers are dealing with. “But in terms of the pocketbook of the average consumer, I don’t seeing anything that would impact (it).”
Rabobank senior analyst Steve Nicholson agrees consumers will be unscathed.
“The good news in this country is we have a tremendous amount of farmland that’s planted or fed upon, so if we have disaster in the central part of the country, like in the Missouri River basin, … we are able to cushion,” he said. “From a consumer point of view, that’s a great thing.”
Either way, it will take about two more months to assess the extent of the damage to some of the country’s most important crop-growing and ranching regions. Farmers need to determine how much harvested grain was destroyed in storage, how many planted acres are salvageable and how many animals died.