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.
‘Horrible scenes:’ More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US. Fearful sights. Perilous times. Men’s hearts failing with fear for what they see.
Doyle Rice USA TODAY•June 3, 2019
“Many locations from the central and southern Plains into the Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley could see 1 to 3 inches of rain in the week ahead,” the Weather Channel warned, with “locally up to 5 inches of rain possible in some areas.”
To make matters worse, rain from a developing tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico could bring additional rainfall to the region: “Tropical moisture from the western Gulf of Mexico may begin impacting parts of south Texas on Tuesday,” the National Weather Service said.
The weather system, which would be named Tropical Storm Barry if its winds reach 39 mph, is now sitting in the Gulf just east of Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the “system is expected to move slowly northwestward toward the northeastern coast of Mexico and could become a tropical cyclone before it moves inland in a day or two.”
Regardless of whether it becomes a tropical storm, moisture from the system “will spread north and eastward,” the weather service said, “with heavy to excessive rainfall a concern especially across regions with current and ongoing moderate to major flooding.”
Heavy rainfall from the system is also likely to spread over southeastern Texas and Louisiana through Thursday, the hurricane center warned.
The worst of the river flooding now is in Arkansas and Missouri, the National Weather Service said.
Along the Arkansas River in Arkansas, communities were preparing for more record-breaking crests. Officials ordered mandatory evacuations for about 500 homes that sit within the levee system in Jefferson County, just southwest of Little Rock.
“Just horrible scenes down in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff, Arkansas,” tweeted Brian Emfinger of KATV-TV in Little Rock, on Sunday.
In North Little Rock, which sits across the river from the capital city, officials went door-to-door Saturday to urge residents in about 150 homes near the river to consider leaving.
“We’ve lived here for 12 years. Never been like this,” said Larry Campbell as he packed up his belongings of his North Little Rock home into the back of a truck, according to KTHT-TV in Little Rock. “It’s tough. It’s really tough.”
“You have to just make a decision because you’re going to lose everything,” said Campbell, as he choked back tears.
In Missouri, the swollen Missouri and Mississippi rivers forced hundreds of roads to close and also inundated homes and businesses.
In St. Louis, several hotels that were crowded with visitors for the Stanley Cup Final and Cardinals-Cubs baseball games were left without hot water Sunday after too much water overwhelmed a pump station.
Heavy rainfall over the past few weeks shattered all-time May records throughout the central U.S., swelling rivers to record levels in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
So far, 10 locations have set new record river levels during this prolonged siege of heavy rain, the Weather Channel said.
Contributing: The Associated Press