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.
Amazon fires: ‘Worst is still to come’ despite Bolsonaro claiming crisis is under control. It’s estimated that nearly 50,000 Amazon blazes have ignited this month alone. “What came down in July and August will burn in September and October,” he said. “The worst of the fire is yet to come.” What do we know about the number Five (5)? Mr Azevedo called the inferno “no accident“, saying the ignition was nearly always a human action.
Andy Gregory. The Independent•August 29, 2019
The Brazilian government’s assertion that wildfires ravaging the Amazon rainforest are under control have been sharply contradicted by one of the country’s leading forestry experts, who warned “the worst of the fire is yet to come”.
Highlighting the link between deforestation and wildfires in Brazil’s O Globo newspaper, Tasso Azevedo pointed out that the fire was yet to spread to newly deforested areas and that it is still early in the country’s dry season.
“What we are experiencing is a real crisis, which can turn into a tragedy announced with fires much larger than the current ones if not stopped immediately,” said Mr Azevedo, first director general of the National Forest Service and founder of Brazil’s leading environmental certification institution, Imaflora.
But president Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed global concern, telling world leaders the situation was returning to normal. On Monday defence minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva called the situation “exaggerated” and denied the fires were out of control.
It’s estimated that nearly 50,000 Amazon blazes have ignited this month alone, 89 per cent more than in August 2018 on a scale not seen since 2010.
However, Mr Azevedo explained that while the inferno had so far fed upon areas deforested in April, May and June, it had yet to touch the places cleared in the months since.
Preliminary data from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute suggested huge recorded rises in deforestation in July (278 per cent) and August (118 per cent).
“What came down in July and August will burn in September and October,” he said. “The worst of the fire is yet to come.”
Mr Azevedo called the inferno “no accident“, saying the ignition was nearly always a human action.
“It is part of the dynamics of deforestation in tropical regions,” he wrote in Portuguese. “First, they pull down the big trees; then [divert] the river to clear the lower vegetation; and after a few weeks of drying, a fire is set to finish the job.”
BBC Brazil analysis analysis suggested the number of environmental fines handed out since Mr Bolsonaro took office had fallen to a ten-year low, dropping 29.4 per cent from the previous year.
Mr Azevedo, who is now coordinator of deforestation tracking network MapBiomas, urged serious action to stop further devastation.
He urged a moratorium on the use of fire continue until the end of the dry season, with a large-scale communication campaign to discourage its use in agriculture.
In conservation units and indigenous territories particularly, law enforcement should come down hard on illegal logging and mining, he said, seizing tools and machinery and destroying them if necessary.
Such measures would be a sharp about-turn for Mr Bolsonaro’s government.
Boris Johnson on the Amazon fires
He campaigned last year on a platform to hugely expand development in the Amazon, often dubbed the “lungs of the Earth”, championing deforestation to make way for soy bean and cattle farms.
Critics warn that such projects not only threaten the extinction of thousands of creatures – 10 per cent of the world’s known species reside in the jungle – but the existence of centuries-old indigenous peoples.
“Let’s integrate these citizens and bring value to all Brazilians,” he tweeted the day after his inauguration.
On Wednesday, accused Germany and France of trying to “buy” Brazil’s sovereignty, rejecting the G7’s offer of £20m in emergency funds.
But he confirmed that Latin America’s Amazon countries would meet in September to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region.
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