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.
Violence hinders DR Congo Ebola response amid hike in cases: WHO. Over 55 new confirmed Ebola cases in the past week. What do we know about the number Five (5)?
AFP•September 19, 2019
Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization warned Thursday that violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo had halted efforts to rein in Ebola in one area, even as the spread of the deadly virus intensified.
The UN health agency said that as of Tuesday, DRC had registered a total of 3,145 cases of Ebola since the outbreak began in August 2018, including 2,103 deaths.
And it warned that transmission appeared to be worsening, after DRC’s hard-hit North Kivu and Ituri provinces registered over 55 new confirmed Ebola cases in the week leading up to September 17, compared to 40 new cases a week earlier.
At the same time, WHO said, a number of “localised, minor security incidents” continue to mar the response to the outbreak, including impeding safe burials of the highly contagious bodies and the administering of vaccines around Mambasa and Komanda.
Even more concerning was a four-day “major security incident” that erupted in Lwemba, in the Mandima health zone in the northeastern Ituri province, last Friday in reaction to the Ebola death of a local healthcare worker.
“Due to the violence that occurred during the incident, all activities have been suspended in the area until further notice,” WHO said.
The UN health agency, which has declared the epidemic a “public health emergency of international concern”, said the suspension was having “a serious impact on the response activities on the ground”.
“It could lead to gaps or delays in the reporting of new (Ebola) cases in this hotspot area,” it cautioned.
Such incidents, it said, highlighted the vital need for continued and proactive engagement with communities in impacted areas.
The ongoing Ebola outbreak is the second-worst one in history after more than 11,000 people were killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia between 2014 and 2016. But the containment efforts have been hindered from the start by conflict in eastern DRC, as well as attacks on medical teams tackling the haemorrhagic fever amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities and safe burials.
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