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.
US immigration detention centres see nearly 1,000 cases of mumps this year, in almost 50 states. What do we know about the number Five (5)?
Clark Mindock. The Independent•August 31, 2019
There have been at least 931 cases of mumps in American immigration facilities, which officials say present “a perfect storm” for the spread of disease.
The outbreaks at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities were detailed in a new report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which indicated the outbreak has affected both detainees and staff.
It is the latest report to indicate poor conditions in the facilities, after a June report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found horrible conditions at the centres, with immigrants packed in standing room-only areas with limited access to baths.
“These detention centres are a perfect storm for mumps to spread. Individuals have to be within three to six feet of each other to spread this virus. Sneezing, coughing on someone, or sharing a drink can spread the virus,” Dr Todd Ellerin, the director of infectious diseases and vice chair of medicine at Southshore Health in Massachusetts, told ABC News.
But it is unclear how the situation may be turned around, with CBP officials saying that they do not believe immunisation is appropriate for detainees since the facilities are designed for short stays.
Immunisations, according to the CDC, are the most effective way of preventing mumps.
“In general, due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programmes, neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations to those in custody,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
ICE, a spokesperson said, will administer flu vaccines, alongside other vaccines, when requested.
Mumps is a viral infection that causes headache, fever, muscle aches, and swollen cheeks, according to Mayo Clinic. The symptoms can cause pain while chewing or swallowing, and around 80 to 90 per cent of individuals who are not immunised.
In the first half of this year, the CDC says there were around 1,799 cases of mumps across 45 states in the US, plus the District of Columbia.
Vaccines for the virus have been given since 1967, when there were 186,000 cases annually reported.
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