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.
Floods destroy homes, trap families in cyclone-hit Mozambique
By Mike Hutchings. Reuters•April 28, 2019
PEMBA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Rescuers raced to help people caught in rising floodwaters in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique on Sunday as houses collapsed and heavy rains raised fears of worse to come.
Cyclone Kenneth first slammed into the province of Cabo Delgado late on Thursday, flattening entire villages with winds of up to 280 kph (174 mph) and storm surges – the second cyclone to hit the country in six weeks.
Floods and rains that followed sent brown water coursing through the streets of the province’s main city Pemba on Sunday and submerged roads leading to remote areas to the north and south.
The Mozambican government has put the initial death count at five. But rescuers said there were fears for the safety thousands of families cut off after rivers burst their banks outside the city.
Flights and helicopters were currently grounded, making access “virtually impossible”, said Nicholas Finney from Save the Children.
In Pemba, mud homes in the northern neighborhood of Natite had started to collapse under the pressure of the water, the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA said.
Residents tried to bail water out of their houses with plastic buckets. Others stacked sandbags outside or waded through waist-high floods in the torrential rain.
Video footage showed a line of cars forming on the main road out of the coastal city. A section of the route was under water.
Rescue workers evacuated at least 130 people to centers elsewhere in Pemba on Sunday, mostly by boat, said Salviano Abreu, spokesman for the U.N.’s humanitarian arm.
“AWFUL SENSE OF DEJA VU”
Mozambique is still recovering from Cyclone Idai that hit further south last month and moved into neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing more than 1,000 people.
It is the first time on record that two such powerful cyclones have hit Mozambique in so short a space of time.
Weather forecasters have warned that Kenneth could dump twice as much rain on northern Mozambique.
“It’s an awful sense of deja vu,” Save the Children’s Finney said. “The response for Cyclone Idai is already chronically underfunded and resources are stretched to the limit.”
Mozambican officials on Saturday urged people living near rivers to the north and south of the city to move to higher ground.
An aerial assessment of the affected area on Saturday showed some villages had been “entirely wiped out” by the cyclone, Gemma Connell of OCHA said.
“They look like they have been run over with a bulldozer,” she added.
Images shared by the agency showed rows of wooden houses, separated by sandy paths, that had been almost completely flattened. Only a few structures and the occasional coconut tree were left standing.
The U.N. says more than 1.8 million people still need aid in central Mozambique, where Idai destroyed homes, ruined crops and unleashed a cholera outbreak. Kenneth affected at least 168,000 others, the country’s disaster management agency said on Sunday.
Categories: Extreme Flooding