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.
Philippines says ‘baaaaaaaaa bye’ to 1,500 tons of trash as it ships back to Canada. Fearful sights in diverse places. Pestilence of pollution.
Joshua Bote, USA TODAY. Published 10:20 a.m. ET May 31, 2019
The Philippines is taking on some drastic spring cleaning, shipping back 1,500 tons of illegally-imported trash to Canada after a years-long standoff between the two nations.
Sixty-nine containers of garbage were loaded overnight on a cargo ship at a port northwest of Manila in Subic, embarking on its journey Friday for 20 days.
“Baaaaaaaaa bye,” tweeted Philippine foreign secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. with an image of the ship’s departure.
Since the trash was originally shipped to the Philippines sometime in 2013 or 2014, it has created tensions between the two countries – which were exacerbated when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” in April over the garbage.
Earlier this month, Canada agreed to cover the cost of shipping the waste back.
“The government of Canada is taking all the necessary measures to ensure safe and environmentally sound transport, handling and disposal of the waste in Canada,” said Mark Johnson, spokesperson for Canada’s environment and climate change ministry, in a statement.
In 2016, a Filipino court declared the shipment illegal after it was revealed that the garbage was originally packaged as plastic recyclables.
It serves as the latest stand against “waste imports” by Southeast Asian countries. After China banned the import of waste, Malaysia has emerged as a prime dumping ground for international trash.
However, Malaysian environment minister Yeo Bee Yinannounced on Tuesday that Malaysia would be shipping back over 3,000 tons of waste back to its original countries, the Guardian reported.
Contributing: The Associated Press