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
… 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.
Flash floods in Rio de Janeiro leave three dead
AFP•April 9, 2019
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Flash floods caused by torrential rain killed at least three people in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers raced to rescue people trapped in buses, cars and buildings.
Heavy rain overnight inundated parts of the city, turning some streets into raging rivers, toppling trees and sweeping away cars as the state emergency agency declared a crisis.
The southern zone of the city, which includes Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon as well as several favelas, was the hardest hit.
A man was killed after he was caught in flooding, while two women died when a house in a favela collapsed, Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella told reporters.
At least one person is missing, G1 reported. Cars and buses were crushed by fallen trees.
Many people returning home in the southern suburbs on Tuesday evening were drenched as they waded through knee-deep water in the relentless downpour.
“Many houses in Rio are built in areas that are inappropriate, in places where water flows. It´s a tragedy and we have tried to warn these people,” Crivella said.
Schools throughout the city suspended classes and power was knocked out in some areas as heavy rain continued to fall Tuesday, complicating rescue and clean-up efforts.
Some people walking to work were forced to climb fences to avoid flooded streets as they tried to reach their offices.
Crivella told Globo TV that the downpour had been “atypical.”
Heavy rain often causes flash flooding in Rio de Janeiro as the volume of water overwhelms the city´s creaky infrastructure and brings traffic to a halt.
Impoverished favelas spread across hills throughout the city are usually the hardest hit.
Torrential rain in February killed at least six people in Rio de Janeiro.
Categories: Extreme Flooding