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.
Iran says flood damage to farms runs to hundreds of millions of dollars. ‘A measure of wheat for a penny, a measure of barley for three pennies.’
Reuters•April 4, 2019
LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) – Flooding has caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Iranian agriculture, an official said on Thursday, as the speaker of parliament questioned whether government funds would be adequate to compensate affected communities and farmers.
About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods and exceptionally heavy rains that began on March 19.
The disaster, which has so far killed 62 people, has left aid agencies struggling to cope and seen 86,000 people moved to emergency shelters provided by the government.
Early estimates put flood losses in agriculture sector at 47 trillion rials (about $350 million), the head of the agriculture ministry’s crisis management, Mohammad Mousavi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA, based on the unofficial exchange rate of 135,000 rials to a dollar.
The government has assured citizens, and especially flood-affected farmers, that all their losses will be compensated, but the speaker of parliament said on Thursday the new year budget would not suffice to cover the damages. The speaker, Ali Larijani, said the government should seek other resources.
Iran’s operating budget is already stretched under a new round of U.S. sanctions on Iranian energy and banking sectors that have halved its oil exports and restricted its access to some revenues abroad.
President Hassan Rouhani, whose critics have accused him of mismanaging the emergency response to the disaster, said on Wednesday the sanctions were also hampering efforts to deliver aid.
The lawmakers have summoned several ministers to parliament on Sunday to explain why preventative measures were not in place to save lives and limit suffering. At least 26 of Iran’s 31 provinces have been affected.
As waters continue to submerge villages, the government said it had deployed more mobile medical units to southern provinces. Around 1,000 people have been airlifted by emergency helicopters to safety in recent days.
The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards reiterated that the forces “were using all their power” to minimize the damages in oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province.
Iranian drilling companies and other energy firms have been assisting rescue efforts in flooded areas, notably using their pumps to remove water.
Rising water, mudslides and rockslide have blocked 36 roads across the country. Many flights and trains have also been affected.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released around 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000) as cash grants for 3,000 Iranian families that have lost homes and livelihoods in the floods. ($1 = 0.9963 Swiss francs, 135,000 rials)