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.
Iran orders more than 60,000 to evacuate flood-hit oil city
Amir HAVASI. AFP•April 10, 2019
Ahvaz (Iran) (AFP) – Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to evacuate immediately on Wednesday as floodwaters entered the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, state television reported.
The province’s governor, Gholamreza Shariati, said he ordered the evacuation of five districts as a “precautionary and preventive move to avert any danger”, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported.
The districts have an estimated population of between 60,000 and 70,000.
Shariati asked young men to “help us in building dykes and to assist in the evacuation of women, children and the elderly.”
“The Dez and Karkheh rivers have for the first time joined each other near Ahvaz and are now flowing towards the city,” Shariati told state TV, adding this was unprecedented.
“These two rivers are far away from each other, but the huge volume of floodwater caused them to join up.”
Shariati said a sixth district was also put on standby for possible evacuation.
Khuzestan province has been struggling with major floods due to heavy rains as well as floodwater coming from the north.
It is the latest in a series of unprecedented floods that have hit the normally arid country since March 19, killing at least 70 people in 20 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
The country’s northeast was first swamped on March 19 before the west and southwest of the country were hit on March 25.
– Food is priority –
On April 1 the west and southwest were again swamped by floods when heavy rains returned.
The huge inflow of water forced authorities to release large volumes of water from the province’s largest dams, which is now threatening some of the cities downstream including the Ahvaz region, home to 1.3 million.
Authorities ordered the evacuation of six new cities along the Karkheh river on Saturday as the situation neared “critical” status.
“We’ve been trying to manage the water … most of it has been diverted toward other channels,” Ahvaz Mayor Mansour Katanbaf told ISNA on Sunday.
But on Monday a hospital in danger of being flooded was evacuated in Ahvaz as officials battled to contain the rising waters.
Emergency services have been left scrambling to prevent further loss of life and to provide relief to flood-stricken residents.
“Delivering food and hygienic goods to (shelter) camps is our primary priority and we have provided emergency accommodations for about 44,000 people,” Iran Red Crescent’s head of Relief and Rescue Organisation Morteza Salimi told AFP on Tuesday.
In the city of Susangerd, swamped by floodwaters, an AFP team dispatched to the region saw residents living in tents setup on the roofs of their homes as what had previously been roads had become canals marked by the palm trees lining the streets.
Red Crescent choppers were providing food and basic goods to regions cutoff by floods, with villagers rushing to receive the help as they approached.
The flooding across Iran has caused damage worth 150 trillion Iranian rials — more than $1 billion at the free market rate — according to an official estimate given by lawmaker Mehrdad Lahooti.
Categories: Extreme Flooding