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 pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.
Spain’s wildfire is out of control
AFP•June 27, 2019
Torre del Espanol (Spain) (AFP) – Hundreds of firefighters on Thursday battled an out-of-control wildfire in Spain that authorities believe started after a heap of manure self-ignited amid a European heatwave.
The blaze, which broke out Wednesday afternoon in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia, has so far affected more than 6,500 hectares (16,000 acres), the regional government said, an area about 19 times the size of Central Park.
The flames raging across a hilly area roughly 80 kilometres (50 miles) inland from the Mediterranean coastal town of Tarragona could eventually devour 20,000 hectares in what was presented as an “extreme risk”, a statement said.
Regional interior minister Miquel Buch said the firefighters would likely have to work through the night as they attempted to bring the conflagration under control while chief firefighter Antonio Ramos said “you’d have to go back 20 years to see a similar fire” of such dimension in the region.
Some 350 firefighters backed by around 230 soldiers and 15 aerial tanker aircraft were at the scene of the blaze.
The fire raged several kilometres from the Asco nuclear plant but officials said the site was not at risk since winds were blowing the flames away from it and it is located on the other side of a river.
Firefighters said that steep terrain was hampering efforts to control the blaze, which spread quickly due to strong winds and soaring temperatures which neared 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and were forecast to hit 42 Celsius on Friday.
“It’s complicated. We won’t get it stabilised today,” regional firefighting chief Manuel Pardo told Spanish public television.
– ‘Critical situation’ –
Catalonia’s forest agent service said the fire likely began when an “improperly managed” pile of manure at a chicken farm self-combusted in the extreme heat.
Around 50 people have been evacuated from their homes and five roads have been shut, the regional government said. Many evacuees told Spanish media they fled with just the clothes on their backs.
“All I took with me were my car keys, my mobile phone, my wallet and my dogs. Nothing else,” one unidentified man told private television Telecinco.
Around 30 people, including a handful of British and German residents, faced spending a second night in a school in the village of Flix, media reported.
Emergency services ordered the roughly 250 residents of the village of Bovera to stay indoors and keep their windows shut to avoid inhaling smoke. Vulnerable people such as the elderly faced similar instructions in nearby Maials, a village of 900 people.
The charred land includes vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees. A farm burned down at Torre del Espanol, killing more than 200 sheep and at least two horses as well as a donkey, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.
Catalan regional president Quim Torra warned that Friday was expected to be the “hottest day” of the heatwave “and the situation will be critical” in all of Catalonia.
He announced that harvesting crops would be forbidden in Catalonia to avoid accidentally sparking fires and access to mountains would be restricted as a precaution as long as the high temperatures continue.
Meteorologists blame a blast of hot air from northern Africa for scorching temperatures early in the European summer, which could send thermometers to 40C and beyond in France, Spain and Greece on Friday.
Categories: Extreme Wildfires Update