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.
Temperatures 10C above average forecast as 130 bushfires continue to burn in Australia. Autumn 2019 ranks as the second-highest for extreme temperatures since the index started in 1981.
The Guardian. September 13, 2019
Firefighters in New South Wales and Queensland are gearing up for a week of unseasonably warm weather as they continue to battle blazes across the two states.
And the former head of NSW’s urban fire service says early Australian bushfire seasons are here to stay, as he urges the federal government to step in as resources and firefighting assets stretch beyond current capacity.
Greg Mullins served as commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW from 2004 until his retirement in 2017 and currently sits on the Climate Council, a national climate change communications body.
With NSW bushfires making an early mark in 2019 – including the destruction of nine homes over the past week in the state’s north – Mullins says authorities should prepare for more of the same in coming years.
He says the entire Australian strategy of tackling bushfires – sharing firefighting resources between states as the risk moves from northern states in spring to southern states in summer – is under threat.
Climate change has made nights and winters warmer, increasing the possibility extreme bushfires would burn in different states simultaneously.
“What’s becoming difficult is the whole paradigm of strategic firefighting in Australia – it was predicated on progressive fire seasons,” he says.
“As we saw last year and now, we’re getting simultaneous fire seasons.
“States are having to resource their own fires while other states are screaming out for help and there’ll be times when each state says, you’re on your own.”
Conditions have eased since the strong winds earlier this week fanned more than 130 fires across Queensland and New South Wales, but there are still 70 fires still burning in Queensland and 45 south of the border in NSW.
Jonathan How, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told Guardian Australia it would be a very warm weekend across north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland, and those conditions would extend into next week.
“The main reason we are seeing these very warm conditions is we have a very stubborn high pressure system sitting over the centre of the continent and so that is basically preventing any cooler conditions from making it any further north.”
He said there would be clear skies and temperatures between 6C and 10C above average for this time of year on the weekend, and up to 12C above average next week.
Most of the fire sites would experience temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, he said.
“That’s going to lead to high to very high fire dangers, which will keep conditions quite challenging for fighting the fires.
“The one saviour for the firefighters is the winds aren’t as strong as what we saw last week.”
But winds could pick up later in the week when a cold front comes through on Thursday. He said there was no forecast for rain in the fire-affected areas in the next week.
John Bolger, acting commissioner for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, said a westerly wind change on Friday lowered the humidity and increased the temperature, meaning the 600 firefighters and 15 fire trucks in the field would be busy over the weekend.
“Peregian fires are pretty much contained. We did have a flare-up this afternoon but we were able to bomb that with helicopters,” he said.
“Our area of concern this weekend, among others around the state, is the Sarabah fires,” he said.
NSW Rural Fire Service inspector Ben Shepherd told Guardian Australia firefighters had been dealing with similar conditions for a few months.
“We’ve been dealing with above average temperatures and a very dry landscape for a number of months,” he said.
The above-average spring temperatures are likely to continue over spring. Bom researchers reported last week in the Conversation that there could be months of above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall in large parts of NSW and Queensland as a result of record warm temperatures above Antarctica.
The Actuaries Institute’s quarterly climate index released this week also showed autumn 2019 ranked as the second-highest for extreme temperatures since the index started in 1981.