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.
Another Dead Whale Full of Plastic. This Time, in Italy.
By Kimberly Hickok, Reference Editor | April 1, 2019 01:36pm ET. Live Science.
Yet another whale carcass has washed up with a stomach full of plastic. This time, it was a pregnant female sperm whale with 49 lbs. (22 kilograms) of plastic in her stomach. She washed up on a beach in Porto Cervo, a popular tourist destination in Sardinia, Italy.
Luca Bittau, president of SEAME Sardinia, a nonprofit organization that aims to protect cetaceans in the Mediterranean through research and education, told CNN that the beached mammal’s stomach contained plastic bags, fishing nets and lines, and other objects that were too decomposed to identify.
That’s not all that was inside her.
“She was pregnant and had almost certainly aborted before (she) beached,” Bittau said. “The fetus was in an advanced state of decomposition.”
Sperm whales (Physeter microcephalus) are the only living species of their genus and are the largest living species of toothed whales. Fully grown adult females reach up to 36 feet (11 meters) in length and weigh some 13 to 14 tons (11.7 to 12.7 metric tons), while adult males are far bigger, growing to 59 feet (18 m) long and weighing 35 to 45 tons (31.7 to 40.8 metric tons), according to the American Cetacean Society.
The young female sperm whale that washed up in Italy was a little over 26 feet (8 m) long, and the fetus was about 6 feet (2 m) long, local news agency ICONA NEWS reported. The whale’s cause of death is still under investigation.
These marine giants primarily feed on deep-water squid, fish, rays and octopus and consume about 2,000 lbs. (907 kg) of food each day, according to the American Cetacean Society. However, it seems that plastic has also become a part of their diet.
In recent months, sperm whale carcasses with stomachs full of plastic have washed up in Spain and Indonesia. And sperm whales aren’t the only marine mammals with an increasingly plastic-filled diet. Just two weeks ago, the carcass of a Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up in the Philippines with