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.
US reels from most serious series of tornadoes in 40 years
Harriet Alexander. The Telegraph•May 29, 2019
Kansas was the latest state on Wednesday to be assessing the damage from a series of tornadoes, as the US reeled from its most significant spell of storms in almost 40 years.
Tornadoes in the past week have ripped through the Mid West, killing seven people in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and Ohio.
On Monday, the US tied its current record of 11 consecutive days with at least eight tornadoes confirmed on each of those days, said Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist for the federal Storm Prediction Center.
The previous 11-day stretch of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980.
“We’re getting big counts on a lot of these days and that is certainly unusual,” said Mr Marsh.
The National Weather Service had already received at least 27 more reports of tornadoes on Tuesday, suggesting that the record for consecutive days would be broken once the official totals are in.
Storm warnings were issued as far away as Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey and New York City.
Mr Marsh said high pressure over the Southeast and an unusually cold trough over the Rockies are forcing warm, moist air into the central US, triggering repeated severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
In the city of Hannibal, Missouri, officials were on Wednesday just beginning to assess the damage after torrential rain proved too much for the storm sewers, causing a break that resulted in water damage to buildings in the historic downtown area.
The rain is expected to cause yet another spike in river levels. The Mississippi River is already approaching all-time records at several Missouri and Illinois communities.
The relative quiet in recent years followed the massive tornado that killed 161 people and injured more than 1,100 in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011.
The Kansas storm tore through the Kansas City area, spawning tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes and injured at least a dozen people. It came a day after violent storms killed one person and injured at least 130 in Indiana and Ohio.
Sue Taulbee, 71, was watching television in her bed in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Brookville when she heard an approaching twister.
“They say it’s like a freight train: That’s what I heard,” she said. “It was only a couple of minutes, but it seemed like an hour. I just started screaming and my neighbours heard me and said, ‘Sue! Sue! I hear you! We’re coming! We’re coming!'”
They pulled her out through a hole in her collapsed home and brought her to a hospital to treat a cut on her head.
Mark Duffin, 48, learned from his wife and a television report that the large tornado was headed toward his home in Linwood, Kansas, about 30 miles west of Kansas City.
The next thing he knew, the walls of his house were coming down.
Mr Duffin told the Kansas City Star that he grabbed a mattress, followed his 13-year-old to the basement and protected the two of them with the mattress as the home crashed down around them.
“I’m just glad I found my two dogs alive,” he said. “Wife’s alive, family’s alive, I’m alive. So, that’s it.”