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.
Great Barrier Reef suffers 89% collapse in new coral after bleaching events
Study shows dramatic fall in baby coral numbers but also change in type of coral
Wed 3 Apr 2019 13.00 EDT Last modified on Wed 3 Apr 2019 13.01 EDT. The Guardian.
The number of new corals on the Great Barrier Reef crashed by 89% after the climate change-induced mass bleaching of 2016 and 2017.
Scientists have measured how many adult corals survived along the length of the world’s largest reef system and how many new corals they produced in 2018 in the aftermath of severe heat stress and coral mortality.
The results, published in Nature, show not only a dramatic reduction in new coral recruitment compared with historic levels, but also a change in the types of coral species produced.
The paper’s lead author, coral scientist Terry Hughes from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, said the results paint an uncertain picture for the reef in years to come if further bleaching events occur before corals have time to sufficiently recover – which typically takes a decade.
“We’ve told the story of coral dying, we’ve told the story of some being winners and losers. Now we’ve got the next phase where species have a chance to recover,” Hughes said.
“But what we’re seeing is that it’s happening a lot slower because we only have 10% of the babies.”
Across the entire reef the scientists measured an 89% drop in new corals, but that average includes a small increase in new coral in the southern-most sections of the reef, which were less affected by bleaching.
The amount of baby coral declined by an even higher percentage in the northern sections.
Hughes said replenishment of corals around Lizard Island dropped 98% last year on what has been seen historically. He said it was now faring slightly better, but the rate of new coral growth is still only 4%.
The researchers also found that the mix of species that make up the pool of coral babies has shifted dramatically. Acropora, the branching and table corals that are the reef’s dominant species, declined by 93%.
On a healthy reef, acropora typically make up two thirds of the corals and provide the nooks and crannies for fish and other species.
“If you change the mix of babies, you change the mix that they grow up to be,” Hughes said.
“We’re not saying the Barrier Reef is doomed, but it is on a new trajectory. The way it’s connected, the mix of species, it’s all changing.”
The cause of the collapse in coral recruitment is the death of adult coral stock.
For it to recover, the reef will need more mature coral, something that Hughes says will not happen overnight.
“We’re not saying it’s a permanent crush. But I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be slow,” he said.
“The main concern is it won’t be a sustained recovery because the timeline of it – a decade – is almost certainly going to include one or two future bleaching events.”