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.
Measles outbreaks in Europe spark calls for children to be vaccinated
Telegraph Reporters The Telegraph•May 24, 2019
Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella following outbreaks of measles across Europe.
The appeal comes on the same day new figures revealed there had been 231 confirmed cases of measles and 795 mumps cases in the first three months of 2019.
The Public Health England (PHE) data showed that while measles cases were lower than the 265 during the same period last year, they had more than doubled compared to the 97 reported between October and December.
Mumps cases nearly tripled to 795 compared to the 275 during the same period last year, with no new cases of rubella reported.
PHE has urged parents to make sure their children receive the MMR vaccinewhen offered it or to take it up now if they missed it.
Head of immunisation Dr Mary Ramsay warned that with measles outbreaks across parts of Europe families should make sure they are vaccinated before they travel.
She added: “Measles can kill and it is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you are not vaccinated.
“Even one child missing their vaccine is one too many – if you are in any doubt about your child’s vaccination status, ask your GP as it’s never too late to get protected.
“There are measles outbreaks happening across Europe so if you are planning to travel, make sure you check with your GP and catch-up if needed.”
There have been 3,789 cases of measles across the continent during the first three months of this year according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The highest numbers have been in Romania, France, Poland and Lithuania, its latest data from May 10 revealed.
PHE warned that because measles is highly infectious, anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk.
Unvaccinated people travelling to countries where there have been large outbreaks of measles are particularly at risk, it added.
The public health agency said that 94.9% of eligible children aged five received their first dose of MMR in the final quarter of 2018, with coverage of the second doses at 87.4% for children aged five.
One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 90-95% effective at preventing measles, rising to around 99% after the second.
To achieve herd immunity for measles at least 90-95% of the population needs to be fully protected.
Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy said: “Over 30 years ago we introduced the MMR vaccine and since then our world-leading vaccination programme is estimated to have prevented 1.8 million painful and potentially fatal cases of measles.
“No child or young person should have to suffer from mumps, measles or rubella, and we must curb this recent increase in cases so we don’t see a return of horrible diseases of the past.
“By taking up the MMR vaccine parents and young people can prevent more cases and I would urge everybody to do so.”
The MMR vaccine is given on the NHS as a single injection to babies as part of their routine vaccination schedule, usually within a month of their first birthday. A second injection of the vaccine is given before starting school, usually at three years and four months.
The vaccine is also available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses.
PHE said that anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP.
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