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.
Thousands of birds killed after freak weather event leaves them with smashed skulls and internal damage. 70 MPH winds and ‘Baseball’ sized hail.
Waterfowl suffered ‘massive blunt-force trauma’, say wildlife authorities
Jon Sharman. The Independent. August 20, 2019
Baseball-sized hailstones and 70mph winds have been blamed for the deaths of thousands of birds at a lake in Montana.
More than 11,000 wetland birds and waterfowl were killed or seriously injured by a hailstorm that also caused widespread damage to homes and farms in the Billings area, authorities said.
The animals at Big Lake suffered “massive blunt-force trauma” and many of those that were not killed sustained broken wings and flight feathers, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials.
“Biologists who visited the lake this week picked up dead ducks and shorebirds with broken wings, smashed skulls, internal damage and other injuries consistent with massive blunt-force trauma,” the agency said in a statement on Friday.
“They reported thousands of additional dead or badly injured waterfowl and wetland birds in and around the lake.”
The agency added: “A neighbouring landowner reported baseball-sized hail that broke windows in the area on Sunday evening. Local weather reports said Molt and Rapelje suffered 2in hail propelled by a 70mph wind.
“FWP wildlife biologist Justin Paugh estimated that 20 to 30 per cent of the birds at the lake were killed or injured.
“Of the birds that still are alive, Paugh estimated that 5 per cent of ducks on the lake and 30 per cent to 40 per cent of living pelicans and cormorants show some sign of injury or impaired movement.”
The Big Lake area is a shallow seasonal wetland that serves as a nesting area for numerous species including ducks, geese, cormorants, gulls, grebes and pelicans.
It currently covers about 4,000 acres following a particularly wet spring season, FWP said.
Mr Paugh added in a statement: “On a positive note, the lake is still covered with waterfowl that are alive and healthy. Life will go on.”
Kevin Rose, FWP’s Billings-area wildlife manager, told The Independent that the birds were killed while nesting or swimming on the lake, not while flying.
The sheer quantity of avian corpses poses a disease risk if they decay in the water, Mr Rose said, with botulism a particular concern. Wildlife workers have been moving as many as possible onto shore.
But officials have been helped by the ferocity of the storm itself, he added, because it “basically created a storm surge”. He said: “Those birds that were killed were mostly pushed over to the side.”
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