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 period
… 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.
Southern Texas has seen nearly 600% more rainfall than it typically does in early May
By Christina Maxouris, CNN Updated 4:58 PM ET, Sat May 11, 2019
Golfball-size hail, floods and stranded drivers. This is what May in Houston is looking like.
More thunderstorms and showers hammered Houston early Saturday morning and were expected to last through midday, the National Weather Service said. There was a high risk of excessive rain in southern Louisiana and Mississippi through Saturday night.
With more heavy rain, there’s potential for flash flooding in areas where the ground is already wet, according to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center. There was a moderate risk of excessive flooding for southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana on Saturday, the center said.
The Upper Texas Coast and the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana has received “tremendous rainfall” in the past week, “300-600% of normal rainfall in that time frame,” the center said.
The region has seen storms moving over the same location for hours at a time, which is known as training, CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.
Houstonians will see up to 3 inches of rain Saturday, and areas affected by storms may see heavier showers with up to 5 inches.
Over the weekend, the heavy rain will shift eastward toward Alabama and the southern Appalachians, Van Dam said. As the storm moves east, clusters of storms could produce more flash flood threats, the center said.
Flooding and tornado-like damage
Texas wasn’t the only place feeling the bad weather.
In Pearl County, Mississippi, a train on the Norfolk Southern line derailed Saturday morning when the tracks washed out due to flash flooding, said Danny Manley with Pearl River County Emergency Management.
Nobody was hurt or killed and the derailment didn’t cause closure of any major roads. The train compartments were mainly empty.
Residents across southeast Texas described damage similar to a tornado from storms that hit the area Thursday night into Friday morning, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.
“I’m old and I’ve never seen hail like that before,” Donna Aquino told the affiliate on Friday.
Other residents found themselves stranded after roads quickly flooded Friday evening, some opting to spend the night at gas stations, unable to return home.
“I would plead to everybody, if you know there’s high water coming up where you are, just stop,” one driver told KTRK.
Categories: Extreme Flooding