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.
Powerful Storms Spawn Nearly 60 Tornadoes in the Midwest – More Severe Weather Expected
Will Maule | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Thursday, May 23, 2019
A brutal storm has been hammering through the midwest, causing havoc and destruction at every turn. Around 60 reported tornadoes, high winds, pounding rain and widespread flooding have resulted in at least four deaths across the region, with more lethal weather predicted for Thursday.
The storms are also causing an array of risks on the ground. In Oklahoma City, two barges came loose from their moorings Wednesday and started careening down the swollen Arkansas River, coming perilously close to striking a dam. As a result, authorities took swift action to evacuate the surrounding towns, including Webbers Falls, which has a population of around 600 people.
“Evacuate Webbers Falls immediately,” town officials posted on Facebook. “The barges are loose and has the potential to hit the lock and dam 16. If the dam breaks, it will be catastrophic!! Leave now!!”
There is no word yet whether or not the barges have struck the dam yet, but the risk remains high. “The biggest concern is more rain,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said during a news conference, according to the Associated Press. “Any rainfall we get just continues to saturate the soils that are already saturated. Especially rivers and streams,” added Oklahoma State Climatologist Gary McManus. “There is simply nowhere for this water to go.”
Several homes continue to hang on at the edge of the river bank, with one spotted rolling into the fast-flowing torrents.
According to USA Today, Oklahoma State University has been completely evacuated and emergency services in the surrounding areas have been inundated with calls to rescue those stranded atop their flooded homes.
In Tulsa, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division has stepped in to try and relieve some of the floodwaters. In a statement posted to Facebook, the Engineers said they were “currently releasing flood water at a rate of approximately 167,000 cubic feet per second,” before noting that this “will be stepped up to approximately 215,000 cubic feet per second later in the day” due to persistent and heavy rainfall.
In neighboring Missouri, a state of emergency has been declared by governor Mike Parson. “We “declared a state of emergency in response to the severe weather & ongoing flooding across Missouri,” Parson wrote on Twitter. “Our prayers are with those affected by the storms.”
Unfortunately, this dangerous weather does not appear to be lifting anytime soon. “Severe thunderstorms, with some strong tornadoes and very large hail, will continue across central portions of the country through early Thursday morning,” the National Weather Service noted on its website. In addition, a Weather Channel report warned that “severe thunderstorms and heavy rain will continue to impact parts of the Plains and Midwest into late-week with damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes and flash flooding.”
Do pray for all those who continue to be affected by this treacherous weather!