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.
90% of the world’s population just experienced the hottest summer on record
Chaffin Mitchell AccuWeather•September 16, 2019
The Northern Hemisphere, which holds 90% of the world’s population, just experienced its hottest meteorological summer on record, tied with 2016, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday.
For the year-to-date, 2019 is the third-warmest year on record after 2016 and 2017.
According to NOAA, nine of the 10 highest June-through-August global land and ocean surface temperatures have occurred since 2009.
It was the second-hottest summer at a global level, according to NOAA, along with the second-hottest August on record for the planet.
South America, Africa, Europe, the Gulf of Mexico and the Hawaiian region all experienced a temperature departure from average for the summer months that ranked among the three warmest such periods on record. Africa, for example, had its warmest June-through-August period on record, according to the NOAA report.
Europe was baked by multiple scorching heat waves throughout the summer that spread record high temperatures across the continent, making Paris surpass its hottest temperature ever recorded. Germany and France had their third-warmest summers on record, while Austria had its second-warmest summer.
In July, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom all set new all-time high temperature records.
“Paris had at least 14 days this summer with temperatures above the 90s. Their highest ‘normal’ high all summer was 77 degrees,” AccuWeather Meteorologist John Gresiak said.
Alaska is one area that has suffered the most from the heat. Eight of Alaska’s top 13 warmest days on record occurred in 2019.
“The Anchorage airport reached 90 degrees for the first time in that weather station’s history on July 4. Anchorage also topped 80 degrees eight times this year, the most ever since record keeping of the weather began there in 1917,” Sojda said.
According to Sojda, Anchorage also had a problem with smoke this summer from huge wildfires that burned near the area. Alaska’s fire season typically ends by Aug. 1, but the Swan Lake Fire has not been contained yet.
“Over 2.5 million acres have burned in Alaska this year. While that’s still nowhere near the record of over 6.5 million acres from 2004, it’s still considered a ‘major fire year’ which is a year when over a million acres is burned,” Sojda said. “The last major fire year was 2013 when 1.3 million acres burned. You have to go back to 2009 to find more acres burned than this year, when 2.9 million acres were burned,” Sojda said.
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