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.
Ukraine police seize $60mn of heroin, say ‘never seen so much.’ Half a tonne of the powder drug. Drug pestilence in diverse places.
AFP•March 31, 2019
Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine police seized heroin worth about $60 million — over half a tonne of the powder — in raids in the country’s centre and west, officials said Sunday, describing it as the biggest haul they had ever seen.
Chief of the national police Sergiy Knyazev announced on Facebook two raids in Kiev region yielding “600 kilogrammes (1,322 pounds) of heroin worth $50 million.”
About 500 kg were found on Sunday afternoon, and more than 100 kg overnight “in a professionally-equipped cubby hole in a premium-class car” outside Kiev.
“I have never seen so much heroin seized by the Ukrainian police,” Knyazev said.
“Four people were detained: a citizen of Moldova, Turkey and two from Macedonia,” he added.
In a separate investigation, officials found “almost 130 kg of heroin worth $10 million” at a house in a village in the western Transcarpathia region, Larysa Sargan, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor-General wrote on Facebook.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction says Ukraine is a transit country for heroin trafficked from Afghanistan to western and central Europe, mainly via the North Black Sea route and from Russia.
“The trafficking of illicit substances is facilitated by a large international transport network (roads and trains) that connects Ukraine to the east and west, and by the presence of several international ports that link Ukraine to the Balkan Route,” according to a country overview on the agency’s website.
“In recent years, the smuggling of psychotropic substances via international postal services has also increased,” it says.
On March 21, Ukraine’s SBU security service seized cocaine worth about $51 million in a South American cargo ship that docked in the Black Sea port of Odessa.