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.
‘Out of control’: Meth is making a big comeback in the U.S.
Aarthi Swaminathan Finance Writer Yahoo Finance•September 20, 2019
Meth producers in Mexico are cranking up the speed of production, and the drug is making a big comeback in the U.S.
“Across the country, it’s probably still the largest problem we have in America,” Derek Maltz, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Special Operations Division, told Yahoo Finance. ”The Mexican cartels… they make it at levels that we’ve never seen before. So business is booming, the country’s addicted, and it’s really, really out of control.”
“We’re talking super labs,” another former DEA agent, Kevin Hartmann, told a local TV station in Texas. “Super labs that can produce multi hundred kilograms of methamphetamine.”
The DEA’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment confirmed that methamphetamine prices have indeed “continued to decline throughout the United states.”
And the race to reach the American consumer has led “Mexican [cartels] continue to explore new markets in an attempt to increase the methamphetamine customer base,” the DEA report added. “The price of methamphetamine may begin to rebound with a market expansion, as current established market prices remain low and steady.”
The recent spike in meth production — and use — has largely been overshadowed by another drug: opioids.
“While heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl have been receiving a tremendous amount of attention in recent years, what’s gone under the radar is what’s been happening with methamphetamine consumption,” RAND Drug Policy Research Center Director Beau Kilmer, who recently wrote a report on how Americans spend on illicit drugs, told Yahoo Finance.
‘We’re talking tons’
In 2005, Congress signed into law the “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act.” The act would regulate over-the-counter sales of the ingredients used to make methamphetamine: ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine products.
Since Congress clamped down, while domestic production has been largely eliminated, overseas producers have stepped up — primarily in Mexico.
“Almost every cartel deals in meth,” Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart told Yahoo Finance. “But the ones that have kind of mastered it are the largest producers of synthetic drugs — essentially the Sinaloa cartel and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).”
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