Convergence of Signs

IDMC: 7 million people displaced due to natural disasters in the first half of 2019. India and Bangladesh are #1 and #2 respectively.

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.

IDMC: 7 million people displaced due to natural disasters in the first half of 2019. India and Bangladesh are #1 and #2 respectively.

Posted by Julie Celestial on September 12, 2019.

Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) records show that over seven million people have been displaced from their residences due to natural disasters during the first six months of 2019.

There were about 10.8 million new displacements worldwide in the first half of 2019, seven million triggered by disasters – the highest mid-year figure IDMC has ever recorded – and 3.8 million by conflict and violence, IDMC said in a report published on September 12, 2019.

Extreme weather events, particularly storms and floods, were responsible for most of the disaster displacement. Cyclones Fani and Idai triggered more than four million displacements between them and devastating floods in Iran affected 90% of the country.

The numbers do not yet include records from the devastation of Hurricane “Dorian,” which destroyed 90% of the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.

India has the highest level of displacement associated with disasters in South Asia in absolute terms. It is also consistently one of the countries with the highest level of disaster displacement, globally.

Between 2008 and 2018 about 3.6 million people were displaced on a yearly basis, the majority triggered by flooding due to monsoon rains. India is also prone to other sudden-onset and slow-onset hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, storm surges and drought.

India is closely followed by Bangladesh, making a total of 3.9 million for both countries in 2019 / more than a half. 

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries due to its location and population density, which result in high levels of exposure and vulnerability, IDMC said.

Tropical storms and cyclones regularly flood coastal areas and yearly monsoons affect much of the country. Thousands of displacements take place each year as a result of these disasters, often taking the form of life-saving pre-emptive evacuations.

This is the result of decades of investment in community-based approaches to disaster risk reduction in the country. The majority of displacements associated with conflict are protracted cases dating back to the partitioning of the sub-continent in 1947 and the country’s independence in 1971. 

“Disasters triggered a record seven million new displacements. The fact that the vast majority were associated with storms and floods suggests that mass displacement by extreme weather events is becoming the norm,” the center said in the report.

Alexandra Bilak, IDMC’s director, encouraged people to support the efforts of officials, saying “we must support national governments in their efforts to protect and assist IDPs, build peace and invest in sustainable development and climate change adaptation. Only then will we be able to reduce the upheaval, trauma, and impoverishment that many millions of people suffer each year, and reverse the trends laid out in this report.”

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