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.
Children in Brazil are struggling to breathe because of all the smoke from the Amazon fires
Sahar Esfandiari. Business Insider•August 28, 2019
Respiratory health issues have increased in parts of Brazil following widespread fires in the Amazon rainforest.
The Cosme e Damia Children’s Hospital in Porto Velho, at the edges of the Amazon, said cases of children with breathing problems have “increased sharply.”
Brazilian children are having a hard time breathing as a result of the smoke coming from the Amazon fires.
According to the Associated Press, the number of people reporting respiratory related health issues has “increased sharply” the Cosme e Damia children’s hospital in Porto Velho, on the edge of the Amazon.
Daniel Pires, a pediatrician at the hospital, said the number of cases rose from an estimate of 120-130 in early August, prior to the fires, to 280 cases on August 20th.
He said excessive coughing and pneumonia, which are associated with smoke exposure, were both issues.
“The kids are affected the most. They’re coughing a lot,” Elane Diaz, a nurse in the Rondonia state capital of Porto Velho told the Associated Press (AP) as she waited for an appointment for her son at the Hospital 9 de Julho.
The fires were started by farmers and loggers to clear land for agricultural and industrial use in the next year, Business Insider’s Morgan McFall and Aylin Woodward reported, but have since spiralled in scale.
The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and covers 2.1 million square miles.
Health concerns resulting from the fires have been overshadowed by tensions between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office last year, and French President Emanuel Macron over how to deal with the fires.