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.
4 dead as killer tornadoes, floods slam Central US. Over 60 tornadoes reported.
USA TODAY•May 22, 2019
A violent storm system blasting through parts of the central U.S. was linked to four deaths while fueling almost 60 tornado reports Monday and Tuesday – with more damage expected Wednesday, forecasters warned.
Severe storms, possibly with large hail, were forecast for Wednesday from Texas to the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said.
Forecasters had placed portions of eastern Kansas and western Missouri under a “moderate” risk for severe weather later Wednesday. That’s level 4 on the 5-level risk scale for severe storms.
Flooding was a concern to the south: Residents of some small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas were being urged to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose. The Arkansas River is approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising Wednesday.
There were 33 reports of tornadoes on Tuesday, mostly in Missouri and Kansas, the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center reported. On Monday, 24 tornadoes were reported, mostly in Texas and Oklahoma, AccuWeather said.
An Iowa woman was killed and her husband injured when a tornado blew through their Adair County home early Wednesday, authorities said.
Robert Kempf, the emergency management coordinator for Adair and Guthrie counties, said “the home is pretty well destroyed. The roof is off it. Some of the walls are standing and some aren’t.”
The weather service rated the tornado as an EF-2, with winds estimated at 120-130 mph.
In Missouri, heavy rain was a contributing factor in a car crash near Springfield that killed two people, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.
A woman was also killed Tuesday in Payne County, Oklahoma, after she drove her vehicle around a barricade and was swept away by high water, KFOR-TV reported.
Flights in and out of Lambert Airport in St. Louis were halted for about an hour late Tuesday while a strong storm passed through the region. Earlier, a tornado roared near Tulsa International Airport. One person was injured as travelers were briefly moved to shelters and some flights were canceled.
In Stillwater, Oklahoma State University shut down and emergency responders were rescuing people from homes overwhelmed by high water. El Reno, 25 miles west of Oklahoma City, was partially underwater.
City Hall and schools were closed, and first responders were “working diligently to assist the citizens affected by high water,” Mayor Matt White said.
High winds and storms also forced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to alter traffic patterns, causing some arriving flights to be delayed almost two hours.
While storms continue to batter the central U.S., extreme heat will be the main weather story in the Southeast for the next several days. Record-breaking high temperatures, some nearing 100 degrees, are possible in several states from Alabama to Virginia.
Earlier in the week, storms Monday produced golf-ball-size hail and strong wind gusts across parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Confirmed tornadoes left damage behind near Mangum, Oklahoma, and Paducah, Texas, AccuWeather said.
The severe weather this week comes after a string of wild-weather days across the Midwest last week, when at least 50 reports of tornadoes were logged across the central and southern Plains, AccuWeather said.