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.
UN: 10 million North Koreans suffering severe food shortages. Famines in diverse places during the coming 7 year Tribulation period.
Associated Press•May 3, 2019
ROME (AP) — About 10 million people in North Korea are facing “severe food shortages” after the East Asian nation had one of the worst harvests in a decade, the United Nations’ top food agencies said Friday.
The shortfall is the result of climatic conditions such as drought and flooding as well as a lack of fuel and fertilizers — in part caused by international sanctions aimed at getting leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program.
A joint assessment from the World Food Program and the Food and Agricultural Organization estimates North Korea’s production from the 2018-19 harvest was 4.9 million metric tons — the lowest in a decade.
“Following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, about 10.1 million people suffer from severe food shortages, meaning they do not have enough food until the next harvest,” the agencies said.
An assessment mission carried out last month found “worryingly low food consumption levels, limited dietary diversity and families being forced to cut meals or eat less,” they added.
The situation is “particularly worrisome for young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, who are the most vulnerable to malnutrition,” it added.
The report expressed concern about a lack of dietary diversity, which is vital to good nutrition.
“Many families survive on a monotonous diet of rice and kimchi most of the year, eating very little protein,” said WFP’s Nicolas Bidault, co-leader of the mission.
“This is worrying because many communities are already extremely vulnerable and any further cuts to already minimal food rations could push them deep into a hunger crisis,” he added.
FAO senior economist Mario Zappacosta, who co-led the mission, said the assessment found that wintertime conditions left crops exposed to freezing temperatures, cutting production by about one-fifth.
According to the report, teams were granted access to cooperative farms, rural and urban households, nurseries and public distribution centers and were able to speak to households, farmers, government officials and others.