Pestilence Update

Dozens of whales stranded on Georgia island remain at sea after rescue effort by beachgoers

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.

Dozens of whales stranded on Georgia island remain at sea after rescue effort by beachgoers

Doug Stanglin. USA TODAY•July 17, 2019

More than two dozen pod whales that were helped back into deep water by beachgoers after stranding themselves on St. Simon island remained offshore Wednesday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Crowds of beachgoers of all ages descended on about 30 whales in shallow water Tuesday, pushing and shoving them back to sea in an impromptu operation captured live on social media.

Three of the whales, which can weigh 800 to 1,000 pounds, died, but the rest made it safely back to sea Tuesday evening, according to Glenn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

DNR whale biologist Clay George indicated that the dead whales were euthanized after becoming incapacitated. The DNR planned to autopsy the animals.

“While stranding is a known natural occurrence, the only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea,” George said.

Harbor pilots had spotted the whales in a nearby shipping channel Wednesday morning.

DNR spokesman Rick Lavender said conservationists from the National Marine Mammal Foundation followed the whales in a boat to make sure they were safe and stayed offshore. A helicopter searched for more stranded whales by air and found none. 

The initial operation to save the whales was captured on a 15-minute video taken by local resident Dixie McCoy and posted on Facebook around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. It shows vacationers, families and kids pushing or dragging them into the water.

“It is so sad,” McCoy says at one point. “They are going to die if they don’t get help.”

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But one by one, the beachgoers – kids and parents alike – splashed water on the struggling animals, some of whom were crying out, and then tried to roll, push or drag the creatures into deeper water.

Also joining the rescue effort were responders from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Sea Turtle Center and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Help can be summoned quickly on the island through the phone number 1-877-WHALE-HELP.

George said the whales were likely confused as they normally stay more than 100 miles offshore. The American Cetacean Society says pilot whales are often involved in mass strandings partly because of their social nature.

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