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.
Artificial rain programs as severe drought affects over 700 000 ha (1.7 million acres) of crops, SW China
Posted by Teo Blašković on May 27, 2019. Watchers.news
Severe and persistent drought is affecting southwest China’s Yunnan Province, severely limiting access to drinking water and causing a huge impact on the province’s agricultural sector. The provincial meteorological department has started carrying out artificial precipitation operations in the air and on the ground.
The province has seen less amount of precipitation and higher temperature since spring, Xinhua reported. Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, the cities of Pu’er and Yuxi have issued a red alert for high temperatures successively in recent days. Schools in Xishuangbanna even suspended classes due to the severe hot weather.
Data from China’s meteorological department shows that from April 1 to May 17, the average precipitation in Yunnan was 35.3 mm (1.38 inches), about 63% less than that of the same period in previous years, hitting a record low since 1961.
Meanwhile, the average temperature of the province was about 1.9 °C (3.4 °F) higher – a record high since 1961, CGTN quoted government officials.
1.1 million people have been affected, with more than 309 000 having difficulties accessing drinking water. Meanwhile, at least 93 000 domestic animals are also facing a water shortage.
Yunnan’s northwest, middle and south are the worst affected.
According to the provincial department of agriculture and rural affairs, the drought is affecting more than 700 000 ha (1.7 million acres) of crops across 110 monitored sites. A total of 232 353 ha (574 156 acres) of crops were damaged and 13 020 ha (32 173 acres) were completely destroyed, according to the department.
Large areas of crops including rice, corn, potato, rubber, flue-cured tobacco and various vegetables have largely withered, CGTN reports.
From May 19 to 22, the provincial meteorological department carried out artificial precipitation operations in the air and from the ground in the areas where conditions permitted. Such efforts will continue in the following days, CGTN said.
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