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.
Humans can be blamed for droughts, and they’re about to get worse, study says
By Jen Christensen, CNN. Updated 4:14 PM ET, Wed May 1, 2019
(CNN)Human activity has probably had an impact on the world’s risk of drought since the start of the 20th century, according to a new study, which also predicts that droughts related to climate change will get much worse.
This could come at a great cost. Each drought costs the United States about $9.5 billion, according to government statistics. It is the second most costly weather disaster, behind tropical cyclones. Droughts can drive up the cost of food, threaten drinking water, increase the risk of wildfires, cause mass migrations and even hurt people’s health.
The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, finds that greenhouse gases generated by power plants, farming, cars, trains and human activities in general have influenced the risk of droughts.
The researchers found that droughts increased between 1900 and 1949, lessened between 1950 and 1975 and have been accelerating since.
Each of these periods seems to correspond with human activities. The drying trend at the start of the 20th century seems to be related to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, according to the authors.
The period when droughts were fewer coincides with increased production of aerosols. Earlier studies have found that aerosols can affect rainfall and change cloud cover, but scientists caution that connection needs more research.
The authors of the new study also need more research to directly link the increase in drought toward the end of the 20th century with increased production of greenhouse gases. They believe that there is a link but want more evidence.
“The study is the first to highlight that, in addition to direct changes to global and regional temperature and rainfall, global-scale droughts have now also been found to be impacted by human activities,” study co-author Paul Durack, a research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, told the Australian Science Media Centre. “This is potentially bad news for Australia, and similar climate regions such as California in the US. These regions have experienced devastating recent droughts, and if the model projected changes continue, such droughts will become more commonplace into the future.”
Researchers have had a hard time gauging how much effect human activity has had on droughts; some years, one region will get a drought, but another region will be hit in other years, complicating the records. Also, these records aren’t nearly as detailed as scientists would like in order to draw large conclusions.
The researchers on the new study figured out an interesting workaround: They used modern models in combination with records from trees.
Trees are great weather monitors. The concentric circles inside can be used to tell how old a tree is. Scientists can also look at those rings and determine what the weather was like in a particular year.
If the line is wider, the year was warm. Trees don’t grow as much in cold and dry time periods, so those years’ rings would be skinnier. If the tree is stressed by the weather, like in a drought, it may not grow much at all.
With climate change and the modern increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the authors don’t paint a happy future and instead see one that will experience many more droughts.
“The human consequences of this, particularly drying over large parts of North America and Eurasia, are likely to be severe,” the study concludes.
John Quiggin, a fellow at the University of Queensland who has worked on climate science issues, would agree.
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“This research adds to the body of evidence suggesting that climate change, driven by increased emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, is likely to increase the frequency and severity of droughts,” Quiggin, who was not involved in the new research, said in a statement to the Australian Science Media Centre. “Without a radical change in both climate policy and water management, things will only get worse.”