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.
Families evacuated as wildfires spread across Yorkshire moorland on hottest day of the year. UK.
Katie French. The Telegraph•April 20, 2019
Firefighters have been battling a large wildfire in West Yorkshire as temperatures soared on the hottest day of the year so far.
Witnesses described the blaze whipped up on Ilkley Moor as “like something from a movie” as flames spread rapidly across 50 acres of moorland yesterday.
Firefighters were called there just after midday as Britain baked in temperatures of up to 25C.
Last night, firefighters remained at the scene as they attempted to get the inferno under control.
Dramatic photographs showed a line of flames stretching across the moor with plumes of smoke rising in the air.
Martyn Hughes, watch manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted live updates.
“The intense heat, steep slopes and rough terrain are causing the fire to spread rapidly whilst we try to get near the flames,” he posted.
The fire was still burning at 11pm last night. “Despite frantic efforts by all involved it looks like the moor will continue to burn long in to the sunset,” said Mr Hughes.
Witnesses described the fire with alarm on social media. Simon Thake posted to Twitter: “My mum and dad have just been evacuated from their house in Ilkley because of the moor fire, crazy weather.”
And one woman wrote: “(Just) popped to Ilkley and it’s honestly like something from a movie.”
Another added: “This is a travesty, if only we still had April showers.”
This comes as the Met Office confirmed yesterday was the hottest day of the year, with a temperature of 25.5C recorded in Gosport, Hampshire. This weekend is anticipated to be the warmest Easter on record.
This is not the first moorland fire of 2019, with wildfires destroying acres of Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester in February following the hottest winter day since records began.
The scenes were reminiscent of last summer, where troops from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, were drafted in to help more than 100 firefighters tackle the seven square miles of smouldering pockets of fire.
While the cause of the Ilkley Moor fire is not yet known, hot weather can lead to ‘tinderbox’ conditions for moorland areas where the grass is deprived of moisture and sets alight with ease.