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.
Attacks on DR Congo Ebola teams kill four since outbreak: govt
AFP•May 24, 2019
Kinshasa (AFP) – Scores of attacks on health teams tackling an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo have killed four people and wounded dozens in the last ten months, the government said on Friday.
The UN has reported teams helping fight the second deadliest Ebola outbreak on record after the epidemic in West Africa in 2014-2016 have come under attack and even been killed.
The outbreak declared in eastern DR Congo last August has killed more than 1,200 people in two provinces — Ituri and North Kivu — and new cases have surged in recent weeks.
But efforts to tackle the crisis have been hampered by militia fighting in affected regions and assaults on teams as well as by locals who view the international prevention effort with suspicion.
“Between August 2018 and May 20, 2019, there were 132 attacks against health teams since the state of the epidemic in the east,” the health ministry said in a report. “They include health workers and patients.”
Health teams and nurses have reported death threats and destruction of medical centres because of their role in fighting the outbreak, it said.
Local medical teams on Thursday threatened to strike if the government did not take measures to better protect them from violence.
“Because of the violence, a number of doctors and nurses in the Beni and Lubero areas have had to move or temporarily quit, forcing some health centres to close their doors,” the ministry said.
WHO has accused political leaders in the affected region of manipulating the Ebola issue to turn people against health workers.
The UN on Thursday named a pointman to coordinate the global response to the Ebola epidemic in the DR Congo, as it ramps up efforts to contain the outbreak.
David Gressly, currently serving as the UN’s deputy special representative in DRC, will take charge of the anti-Ebola effort, the World Health Organization said.
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