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.
It’s So Hot, German Wildfires Cause Old War Munitions to Explode at Abandoned Firing Range. Last week’s heat broke records in France and also exceeded the highest readings for the whole month of June in Germany.
William Wilkes and Brian Parkin. Bloomberg•July 2, 2019
(Bloomberg) — Sweeping wildfires forced the evacuation of four villages in eastern Germany, the latest fallout from a Europe-wide heatwave that has raised concerns about climate change.
Discarded bullets and other munitions exploded at an abandoned military firing range as fires covering 600 hectares (1,500 acres) neared the villages of Trebs, Alt Jabel, Volzrade and Jessenitz-Werk about 55 miles southeast of Hamburg. Four military helicopters scooped water out of the nearby Elbe River to douse the flames, a spokeswoman said.
While police are investigating whether the fires were set deliberately, they wouldn’t have been possible without record high temperatures that also scorched France and sparked major forest fires in Spain. The risk to firemen from the detonating munitions was complicated fire-fighting efforts, a spokeswoman for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s environment ministry said,
“The fire is spreading slowly and it hasn’t been brought under control yet,” municipal spokesman Andreas Bonin said by phone on Tuesday afternoon.
“The situation is tense,” district politician Stefan Sternberg said to reporters. “At the moment, it’s not about extinguishing the fire. It’s about securing the villages, life and limb.”
Last week’s heat broke records in France and also exceeded the highest readings for the whole month of June in Germany. Scientists at the PIK Potsdam institute for climate research blamed shifting weather patterns probably caused by human activity for sending a blast of air from the Sahara desert into Western Europe.
Changes to the north Atlantic jet stream, which would normally blow in cooler weather from the Atlantic Ocean, are contributing to “the buildup of hot and dry conditions over the continent, sometimes turning a few sunny days into dangerous heatwaves,” said Dim Coumou, climatologist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Extreme weather is fueling debate in Europe, where protesters led by Greta Thunberg — a 16-year-old Swedish activist — have taken to the streets and environmentalist parties are gaining traction in opinion polls. Wildfires in Sweden, along with increasingly violent storms in the Mediterranean and the drying up of the Rhine River, have created disquiet over extreme weather events.
The shifting weather patterns are rippling through public consciousness in Germany where the youths have been striking under the “Fridays for Future” banner. Extreme weather events are adding to pressure on politicians to take action against the country’s biggest polluters and boosting support for the Green party.
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