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.
UK flooding: Dozens trapped in shopping centre overnight, as Five (5) ‘danger to life’ warnings issued. 120 (6+6) flood warnings.
Samuel Osborne. The Independent•November 8, 2019
Nearly 120 flood warnings have been issued after parts of England were deluged with a month’s worth of rain over 24 hours, forcing people to evacuate their homes and stranding others in a shopping centre overnight.
On Thursday, 35 homes were evacuated as a precaution in Mansfield after a mudslide at an old quarry.
An Environment Agency rain gauge showed Swineshaw in the Peak District saw 4.4in (112mm) of rain on Thursday – the highest total of anywhere across England – while flood-hit parts of Sheffield experienced 3.4in (85mm) during the same period.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Some places have seen a month’s worth of rain in one day. The rain is easing and moving south but obviously the impact of that will continue to be felt.”
As of Friday morning, the Environment Agency issued five “danger to life” severe flood warnings along the River Don at Barnby Dun, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and the Willow Bridge caravan site, which are all in Doncaster.
A total of 121 flood warnings were in place as well as 119 flood alerts.
There were nearly 30 flood warnings in place for Nottinghamshire, where Boris Johnson, the prime minister, is due to visit on Friday.
In Yorkshire, Doncaster Council told people in parts of Kirk Sandall to “evacuate immediately” at around 7am after the River Don breached its banks.
The Met Office predicted the flooding rains would clear and move south-east by lunchtime, but many flood warnings were expected to remain in place for the next few days.
Some of the most dramatic scenes of flooding were in Sheffield and Rotherham, where several roads were left impassable to traffic.
Cars were also stranded in floodwater and gridlock on many routes.
A number of houses were evacuated after they were flooded in the village of Whiston, near Rotherham.
In Sheffield, the council closed Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007.
South Yorkshire Police said there had been “significant issues” in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas.
Police were also called to the Parkgate Shopping Park in Rotherham on Thursday night, amid reports shoppers were trapped inside due to flood waters.
South Yorkshire Police tweeted that they were working to move “a number of people” who were stranded in the complex to “a place of safety”.
Additional reporting by Press Association
Categories: Extreme Flooding