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.
Thousands of acres expected to flood as spillway opens in Louisiana
Andrew Capps. USA TODAY•May 29, 2019
LAFAYETTE, La. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is meeting with Louisiana residents at risk when the Morganza Spillway opens Sunday, flooding thousands of acres of the Atchafalaya River Basin.
The corps is preparing to divert 150,000 cubic feet of water per second from the Mississippi River starting Sunday after the river has been in flood stage for more than four months in parts of Louisiana.
About 24,000 acres are expected to be flooded as the water is diverted from the Mississippi and into the Atchafalaya. Residents and landowners in the path of the expected floods were alerted about the possibility last week, and corps officials scheduled meetings with residents to address their concerns.
St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars said the parish has been combating high water throughout most of the spring and has positioned resources to combat any potential flooding in the lower region.
“Since March 4 through this weekend, we have distributed over 120,000 bags of sand,” he said, admitting “the opening of the Morganza just makes our job a little bit more challenging.”
Most of the area expected to flood in St. Martin following the opening of the spillway is undeveloped, though it’s too early to say exactly where all the water will go, Cedars said.
The Mississippi River has been prone to flooding this spring as heavy rainfall persisted across the Midwest.
Eight states on the river have seen the longest flooding period since the “Great Flood” of 1927, per the National Weather Service. The river has been in flood stage in Baton Rouge since January as snowmelt and rainfall waters move downstream.
Opening of the spillway is a chance to divert that water from the Mississippi River and keep it contained in the levied Atchafalaya River Basin, but that measure runs the risk of causing backwater flooding along the Atchafalaya, corps spokesperson Rickey Boyett said.
“There are cases where you do get backwater flooding having so much water in the basin, so there is a chance that you do experience backwater basically going around the levee system, and that’s where the local parishes have taken measures,” Boyett said.
Categories: Extreme Flooding