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.
After brutal spring floods, U.S. farmers face big losses
By Stephen Starr Reuters•July 4, 2019
DARKE COUNTY, Ohio (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The planting season ended more than a month ago, but much of 39-year-old Greg McGlinch’s 450-acre farm in Darke County, Ohio, is either under water or still saturated from record spring rains.
Together with his father, McGlinch, a fifth-generation crop farmer, planted 120 acres of corn this year and 230 acres of soybeans – about the same as last year.
But five months of heavy rain – part of the wettest 12 months in over a century in Ohio, meteorologists say – means harvesting much of anything will be a challenge.
In a field behind McGlinch’s father’s home, standing water covers swathes of recently planted corn and soybeans. In warm weather, the submerged seeds survive as little as 24 hours.
Soybean plants that at this time of year should be two feet high (60 cm) are no more than three inches (7 cm) from the ground.
“I’m looking at (a loss of) at least $300, $400 an acre, maybe more”, McGlinch said.
After historic spring rains flooded huge swathes of western Corn Belt states such as North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa – a disaster scientists say is likely linked to climate change – rain there eased off shortly before planting time in May.
But further east, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois are facing a disastrous year, with unusually heavy rain over five straight month to June.
Normally, by mid-June, all the corn and 94% of the soybean crop in Ohio would be planted.
This year, just 68% of corn and 46% of soybean crops were in the ground by that time, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Even those figures are thought to be high, as they include responses from farmers who still hope to plant but may eventually be unable to do so.
In western Corn Belt states, where weather-related damage to agriculture was estimated at $3 billion or more in March, many farmers were relieved to hear Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds would be available to afflicted growers.
On June 14, Ohio sought to be declared a similar disaster area, in order to make assistance available to affected farmers. It is waiting for an answer to the request.
The crop losses – which may lead to feed and forage shortages for livestock later in the year – are expected to have a broad impact nationally and even internationally.
U.S. corn and soybean harvests for 2019 are expected to fall at least 8% below last year, potentially leading to higher global prices for a wide range of food and other products, including ethanol-blended gasoline.
The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s cereal price index rose 1.4% in May “entirely driven by a sudden surge in maize (corn) quotations in response to diminishing production prospects in the United States”, it noted.
The price of ethanol, commonly made from corn and regularly mixed with automotive gasoline, has risen from $1.20 per gallon ($4.50 per liter) in November to $1.60 in June.
According to the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association, seven in-state plants normally buy more than 233 million bushels of corn (6.5 million metric tonnes) from 5,300 farmers, including McGlinch, every year.
For farmers who choose not to plant this year, those with insurance can claim a maximum of around $350 per acre of corn. But a normal yield would return about $800 an acre before expenses, said Sam Custer, an agricultural extension educator with Ohio State University.
Custer, who works for the university’s Darke County branch, said about 12% of farmers in the county have no crop insurance.
McGlinch is one of them.
“We’ve never gotten it, never taken it out. My grandpa and great-uncle, they didn’t believe in government help,” he said.
Climate scientists say the rain and flooding that’s broken records across the Midwest this year is consistent with predictions of climate change impacts.
Their modeling shows extreme weather is likely to occur much more often as global temperatures continue to rise.
“While it is difficult to link any particular weather event to climate change, the pattern of wetter springs and heavy rainfall events are consistent with broader changes in the Midwest climate system,” said a spokesman for the USDA.
McGlinch, however, isn’t too sure.
“We can’t deny that we’re seeing a shift in the weather,” he said. “Is it human-related? Is it natural? I don’t know.”
On top of the weather troubles, a trade war with China – the biggest importer of U.S. soybeans – has led to Beijing slapping tariffs on about $22.6 billion worth of American agricultural goods.
Darke County is Ohio’s largest corn and soybean producer, and Ohio is one of the top grain producers nationwide.
As temperatures rise this month, McGlinch – who’s pursuing a doctorate in crop science and horticulture at Ohio State University – says fungus on his rye crop is rampant.
He’s also lost 40 acres of winter barley because it didn’t survive a particularly harsh and long winter. He estimates that loss alone at about $27,000.
It could be worse, though. Last year’s corn and soybean harvests were “really good,” McGlinch said, and the family’s grain storage bins are still full.
“That’s kind of our insurance policy, I guess,” he said.
Fearful sights in diverse places
Fearful flooding in diverse places
Great Crop Destruction
Being swept away
Being carried away
Flooding around the world