Fearful Sights

Freak hailstorms prompt French authorities to declare ‘natural emergency’

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 period
… 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 pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Freak hailstorms prompt French authorities to declare ‘natural emergency’

Henry Samuel. The Telegraph•June 17, 2019

Freak storms hurled hailstones the size of ping-pong balls onto crops, orchards and vineyards in southeastern France over the weekend causing widespread damage and prompting authorities to declare a state of “natural emergency”.

Meteorologists warn that the phenomenon risks becoming increasingly frequent due to extreme weather conditions linked to climate change.

In tears, Aurélien Esprit, a fruit grower in Pont-de-l’Isère in the Drome area filmed the deluge on his apple orchard on Facebook, saying: “The sky has fallen on our heads and the year stops here for us.”

The hailstones bore holes through netting above the trees to hammer the fruit below, turning much of it to pulp. “I don’t think I’m going to make it this time,” he said.

“Pretty much my entire harvest is ruined,” said Gregory Chardon who grows apricots, peaches and cherries at his farm in La Roche-de-Glun in the Drome department, about an hour’s drive south of Lyon.

“The damage is enormous and widely spread – cereals, greenhouse and vegetable farms, and vineyards as well,” Mr Chardon said. Didier Guillaume, the agriculture minister, said the state would declare a natural emergency to enable farmers to receive insurance payments to cover their huge losses.

“It’s catastrophic, I’ve rarely seen scenes like this,” Mr Guillaume told BFM television while touring the area Sunday.

“It’s unthinkable that farmers would be forced into bankruptcy because of this.”

The hailstones, some 7cm wide, also wreaked destruction on part of the Saint-Joseph appellation vineyards in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and reportedly wiped out half of the Croze-Hermitage appellation’s harvest, despite it being equipped with anti-hail devices.

“In 35 years, I’ve never seen such violence,” said Pierre Combat, president of the local wine inspection unit.

The epicentre of the storm was at Romas-sur-Isere, where the hail smashed car windscreens and damaged dozens of roofs and floodwaters filled the streets.

In the neighbouring Haute-Savoie region, a 51-year-old German woman was a killed after a tree fell on her camper during the storm. Rescue workers responded to hundreds of calls for help and officials said 10 people were injured.

“We were warned there would be a storm but nobody was prepared for this,” said a resident called Arlette, 83.

“It was the apocalypse. Everything went black.”

Robert Vautard, climatologist and director of research at CNRS and the Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute, said that while the phenomenon was not unprecedented, this type of event could become more frequent due to climate change.

He said that while the formation of hailstorms was very hard to predict, “the weather conditions that lead to these stormy phenomena, in general, are destined to become more frequent, particularly with temperature rises that bring water vapour into the atmosphere and more downfalls as a result”.

In southern France, he said that intense rainfall episodes had risen by 20 per cent in the past 50 years “due to climate change”.

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