Extreme Wildfires Update

Over 1,000 fires ravage Israel over 3 days, forcing evacuation of thousands

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.

Over 1,000 fires ravage Israel over 3 days, forcing evacuation of thousands

Fire services declare end of operation after blazes burn almost 8,000 dunams; residents whose homes were destroyed hold uplifting ceremony vowing to rebuild their village

By TOI STAFF. May 27, 2019

The Israel Fire and Rescue Services on Saturday night declared the conclusion of nationwide operations to extinguish a rash of forest fires across Israel over the past few days amid a severe heatwave.

Fueled by the scorching weather, more than a thousand fires devastated towns and forests, forcing thousands of people out of their homes on Thursday and Friday. Authorities investigating the fires were looking at electrical faults, Lag B’Omer holiday bonfires, arson and incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip as possible causes.

More than a thousand firefighters were dispatched throughout the country to battle the 1,023 blazes that started over a period of 41 hours — a new fire every two and a half minutes, officials said. Thirteen firefighters were lightly injured.

More than 300 volunteers helped the firefighters in scorching temperatures, which in some places reached more than 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Israel’s 12 firefighting planes operated during the operation, the fire service said, with the help of nine aircraft sent by five countries: Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Croatia. Collectively the aircraft made 120 sorties.

The blazes burned down 7,940 dunams (1,962 acres) of forests, according to authorities’ data. One of the areas that suffered the worst damage was the Ben Shemen Forest in central Israel.

Some 50 houses burned down in central Israel, including 40 of the 50 homes in the village of Mevo Modi’im and ten more in the nearby Kibbutz Harel. Residents of the two communities have not been allowed to return home.

Mevo Modi’im residents, who are staying in the Ben Shemen Youth Village, held a Jewish ceremony marking the end of the Shabbat day of rest — or Havdalah — in unexpectedly high spirits, vowing to rebuild their mostly religious community after many of their childhood homes were destroyed.

“We were hit by a disaster, but Shabbat is Shabbat and its sweetness gives us our lives,” Alon Tigar, chairman of the association that runs the community, told the Ynet news site. “We are a strong community and we will build Mevo Modi’im 2.0, we have the hope. I spoke with government officials and they promised to help. I hope they make good on their words.”

In the northern city of Safed, a toddler was killed Saturday in a house fire that broke out in a 5th-floor apartment. He was identified as three-year-old Elad Prizat. The cause of that fire hasn’t been determined.

At an emergency briefing this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that Israel “really appreciates” the help, singling out Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for pitching in with two helicopters. He added that several others, including Russia and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, had offered aid.

“I am deeply thankful for the readiness of neighbors to help us in a time of crisis, just as we help them,” Netanyahu said.

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