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.
Volcano shock: Eruptions creating purple skies
VOLCANIC eruptions are turning sunsets purple and creating mesmerising skies across the globe, researchers have revealed.
By SEAN MARTIN PUBLISHED: 11:21, Tue, Aug 27, 2019 | UPDATED: 14:47, Tue, Aug 27, 2019. Express.co.uk
Two major eruptions this summer have caused a stunning atmospheric reaction which have left the sunsets looking purple in certain quarters of the globe. The first of two eruptions came on July 22 when the Raikoke volcano, located in the Kuril Islands in Russia’s Sakhalin Oblast region, erupted. The volcano, which had remained dormant for more than a century before the latest explosion, blasted a mass of ash and volcanic debris ten miles into the sky, reaching a layer of the atmosphere known as the stratosphere.
Just under two weeks later, the Ulawun volcano in New Guinea erupted, sending ash nine miles into the sky and causing 15,000 people to evacuate.
Sulfuric gas from both of these eruptions reached the stratosphere, which is why skies in some parts of the world turned oddly purple as the Sun started to set.
This is because fine volcanic aerosols in the stratosphere cause blue light particles to scatter.
When the scattered blue particles combine with the normal red hue of a sunset, it makes an eerie purple glow.
Website Space Weather added: “The purple colour is often preceded by a yellow arch hugging the horizon. Violet beams emerge from the yellow, overlapping to fill the western sky with a soft purple glow.
“High-quality pictures of the phenomenon often show horizontal bands cross-crossing the yellow arch. These bands are the volcanic gas.”
The off skies were most prominent across North America, with Greg Ainsworth, a photographer from Montana, US, telling Space Weather: “On Aug 26th I believe I captured the purplish sunset colours, as well as horizontal banding in the yellow/orange area associated with the volcanic aerosols in the stratosphere.”
On the other side of the continent, in Quebec, Canada, amateur photographer Gabriel Cyr also got a glimpse.
Mr Cyr said: “This has got to be one of those sunsets caused by volcanic gas.
“The skies were perfectly clear with no tropospheric clouds visible to the naked eye, making the phenomenon easier to distinguish from a ‘regular’ sunset.”
This is not the first time this month that activity on the ground has effected what is happening in the clouds.
Scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were investigating the effects of the Williams Flats wildfires in Washington when they noticed ‘fire clouds’ earlier this month.