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, duration and scope.
Hundreds of koalas feared burned alive in out-of-control bushfire near Port Macquarie. Australia.
Blaze around Lake Innes and Lake Cathie in northern NSW has destroyed more than 2,000 hectares and spread smoke haze to Sydney
The Guardian. 10/29/2019
Hundreds of koalas are feared to have died in an out-of-control bushfire in northern New South Wales which has raged unchecked for days in the heartland of their prime habitat.
The blaze, reportedly caused by a lightning strike near Port Macquarie, has burned more than 2,000 hectares, including an important koala breeding ground.
Sydneysiders may have to put up with smoke haze triggered by the blaze, which continues to burn in the area of Lake Innes and Lake Cathie, south of Port Macquarie.
The Port Macquarie Koala hospital president, Sue Ashton, said the feared loss was a “tragedy”.
“The beauty of this particular population is that it’s so genetically diverse that it’s of national significance,” she said.
“A lot of the koalas are being mixed and crossbred now … so to lose a large part of that population is very devastating.”
Ashton said while the hospital’s trained rescuers would be unable to search for surviving koalas until Thursday or Friday, she feared the worst as koalas were “terrible” at coping in a bushfire scenario.
“What generally happens in a fire is the koala climbs right up to the top of the tree and curls into a little ball,” she said.
“So often the flames will just go over the top and singe the outside, but with really intense fires it can burn them alive.”
Ashton said even if koalas safely avoid a blaze, they can burn their paws and claws while climbing down from smouldering trees, which can leave them unable to climb properly again.
The hospital, which can house up to 40 koalas, has rallied more than 150 volunteers to deal with the expected influx of injured animals.
“In a disaster people just switch on and you do what you have to do,” Ashton said. “No one can control nature, but there’s sadness because we care so much about the koalas.”
Although not officially listed as endangered, the koala population has been is threatened by urbanisation and habitat destruction.
The fire triggered an emergency warning on Tuesday, but early on Wednesday had been downgraded to advice level as conditions eased.
NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Greg Allan said north-easterly winds had pushed smoke from the blaze as far south as Wollongong and Nowra.
“It’s still an active fire and won’t be out for some time,” Allan said. “The winds are pushing it down along the coast, which will keep happening as long as the fire is burning.”
The blaze, which has been burning for several days, broke containment lines earlier on Tuesday.
“Firefighters will be conducting backburning operations where local conditions allow today,” NSW RFS said in a statement. “You will see an increase in smoke and flames while these operations are carried out.”
Residents in Lake Cathie, Long Point, Bonny Hills, Kew, Kendall, Herons Creek and Bobs Creek were warned to monitor conditions.
NSW Health reminded people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions were most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
There were 71 fires burning across NSW as of Wednesday morning, with 30 yet to be contained.
Much of state’s east will be under very high fire danger for Wednesday.
This includes the greater Hunter, greater Sydney, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Monaro alpine, southern ranges and central ranges fire areas.
Categories: Extreme Wildfires Update