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.
EBOLA CRISIS: ‘Heightened risk’ disease may spread to other countries as cases SOAR
THE number of cases of deadly Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) increased by more than 150 in the last ten days, with a “heightened risk” of the deadly disease spreading beyond the DRC’s borders and into neighbouring countries and beyond.
By CIARAN MCGRATH PUBLISHED: 21:13, Fri, May 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:54, Sat, May 18, 2019
A World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesman said although the turbulent security situation had subsided somewhat, the transmission of the disease continued to intensify in North Kivuand Ituri provinces. As of May 15, there were a total of 1,760 cases, 1,672 of them confirmed, of whom 1,161 have so far died. The latest WHO bulletin was issued against a backdrop of increasing community suspicion. The spokesman added: “The main drivers behind the continued rise in cases stems from insecurity hampering access to critical hotspot areas, persistent pockets of poor community acceptance and hesitation to participate in response activities, and delayed detection and late presentation of EVD cases to Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs)/Transit Centres (TCs).
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“Of particular concern are the community deaths resulting from the culmination of these factors
“Community deaths denote all EVD (confirmed and probable) cases who died outside of an ETC/TC.
“This includes cases who die at home, as well as those who die within public/private hospitals and other health centres.”
On average, community deaths comprised roughly 40 percent of cases reported each week, the spokesman said.
Transmission remains most intense in seven main hotspot areas: Katwa, Mabalako, Mandima, Butembo, Musienene, Kalunguta, and Beni.
Collectively, these health zones account for the vast majority (93 per) of the 350 cases reported in the 21 days between April 24 and May 14.
The spokesman also warned there was more bad news to come, explaining: “It is anticipated that the rising case figures will continue within the hotspot areas in the coming weeks given the resumption of most major response activities, which will lead to the detection of more cases.
“The increased transmission rates witnessed recently continue to demonstrate a heightened risk of EVD spreading to other neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to surrounding countries.”
WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) last week issued new recommendations to address what it describes as “vaccination challenges” in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We know that vaccination is saving lives in this outbreak.
“We also know that we still face challenges in making sure the contacts of every case receive the vaccine as soon as possible.
“These recommendations account for ongoing insecurity and incorporate feedback from experts and from the affected communities that will help us continue to adapt the response.”
Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) added: “The DRC Presidential Commission on Ebola highly appreciates the new SAGE recommendations for the rVSV- ZEBOV GP vaccine.
“This will allow us to address the increasing demand for this vaccine from the communities.
“In my role as the Principal Investigator of this study, I will work with the teams to ensure the recommendations are implemented as soon as possible.”
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