Convergence of Signs

2019 Summary: Heat waves and floods shattered records. Fires ravaged the Arctic and the Amazon. This was the climate crisis in 2019. “I would describe it as biblical.” “No other year has ever seen disasters uproot so many people in its first six (6) months.” Too many five’s (5) and six’s (6) to list here. How much more ‘proof’ do we need? What say you?

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.

2019 Summary: Heat waves and floods shattered records. Fires ravaged the Arctic and the Amazon. This was the climate crisis in 2019. “I would describe it as biblical.” “No other year has ever seen disasters uproot so many people in its first six (6) months.” Too many five’s (5) and six’s (6) to list here. How much more ‘proof’ do we need? What say you?

Morgan McFall-Johnsen Business Insider•November 22, 2019

It’s been a tough year for the climate. 

Full article and pictures here:

At the poles, ice melted like never before. In the tropics, hurricanes defied expectations. In temperate areas, extreme heat waves and cold snaps broke temperature records. Forests burned across the globe.

No one storm or heat wave can be directly attributed to climate change, but the warming world generally makes these weather events more common and more extreme.

Scientists say climate change likely played a role in the severe polar vortex event that engulfed North America, the deadly summer heat waves in Europe, and the devastatingly slow movement of Hurricane Dorian.

Taken together, the record-shattering extreme weather we saw throughout 2019 paints a worrisome picture of what’s to come (over the next 7 years).

As of October, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide was at 412 parts per million

That’s because fossil fuels like coal contain carbon dioxide, methane, and other compounds that trap heat from the sun. When we extract and burn these fuels for energy, that releases those gases into the atmosphere, where they accumulate and heat up the Earth over time.

The vortex broke or tied over 350 (7×5) daily low temperature records across the Midwest, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

A growing body of research supports this link. 

“Even in a warming world you can still have extreme cold,” Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting and atmospheric and environmental research at Verisk Business, previously told Business Insider. “I see a direct connection to changes in the Arctic — that it’s warming faster than the rest of globe.”

Less disparity in temperatures means less difference between air-pressure levels, which weakens the jet stream that corrals freezing Arctic air around the North Pole. That weakness allows Arctic air to creep south, towards North America, Europe, and Asia. 

Warmer air holds more moisture, leading to more precipitation. The wettest 12-month period in recorded US history ended in May, and the resulting rain and snowfall continued feeding the rivers through June.

The floods delayed farming, destroyed property, and carried fertilizer into the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.”

“I would describe it as biblical,” Bryan Tuma, assistant director of Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency, told the New York Times.

No other year has ever seen disasters uproot so many people in its first six (6) monthsaccording to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC).

That’s because cyclone Fani (which struck India and Bangladesh) and cyclone Idai (off the southeastern coast of Africa) forced about 4 million people to evacuate. Devastating floods affected Ethiopia, Bolivia, the Philippines, and 90% of Iran.

“On the basis of past trends and the fact that the majority of weather-related hazards occur in the latter half of the year, IDMC estimates that the number of new displacements associated with disasters will more than triple by the end of the year to around 22 million,” the IDMC said in a press release

Nine of the 10 hottest Julys on record — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) started keeping track in 1880 — have occurred since 2005 (in the past 15 5+5+5 years).

Cities in France and Finland saw their hottest days ever. Five countries (5); Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the UK, and the Netherlands recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (105 (5) degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time.

According to World Weather Attribution — an international partnership of climate research centers — temperatures during the heat wave would have been 1.5 to 3 degrees Celsius lower across all locations without climate change.

The town of Gallargues-le-Montueux on France’s southern coast hit a blistering 115 (5+5+5) degrees Fahrenheit (45.9 degrees Celsius).

“Today is the hottest day in the history of France,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted.

The country’s previous national temperature record, 111.4 degrees Fahrenheit (44.1 degrees Celsius), was set in August 2003.

On August 1, Greenland’s ice sheet lost 12.5 billion tons of ice — more than any day since researchers started recording ice loss in 1950The Washington Post reported.

The ice sheet lost 55 (5) billion tons of water over five (5) days in July and August, which is enough to cover the state of Florida in almost 5 (5) inches of water.

This year also saw the hottest June and hottest September on record. August and October were the second-hottest of those months, according to NOAA

The ice cover was 20% (5+5+5+5) below average.

The 2019 minimum extent tied for second-lowest with 2007 and 2018. It was just above the record low of 1.2 (6+6) million square miles in 2012.

The more sea ice the Arctic loses, the more remaining ice melts. 

“You take what was a reflective surface, the white ice, and you expose darker oceans underneath it,” Kelly Levin, a senior associate at the World Resources Institute’s climate program, told Business Insider. “That can lead to a much greater absorption of solar radiation, and knock-on warming impacts as well as change of weather patterns.”

It surpassed its previous record from 2012

As temperatures in Alaska reached record highs up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, hundreds of intense blazes burned.

“Temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow and persist once they have been ignited,” Mark Parrington, a CAMS wildfire expert, said in a July release.

In June, Arctic fires released 50 (5) metric megatons of carbon dioxide — as much as Sweden emits in one year, according to the World Meteorological Association. That was more emissions than from all June Arctic fires between 2010 and 2018 combined.

In July, the fires released another 75.5 (5)megatons. That’s more than double the Arctic fire emissions for July 2018.

This year so far, scientists have recorded more than 180,000 fires (6+6+6) in Brazil. In the 12 (6+6) months leading up to the big fires in August, Amazon deforestation reached its highest rate in almost 12 (6+6) years, according to government data. Big wildfires like this are not a natural part of the Amazon rainforest ecosystem. People set the forest ablaze — usually farmers and loggers who clear land for agriculture. 

The Amazon’s humidity usually stifles these fires before they get too big, but this year was particularly hot and dry.

It struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 (5) storm with sustained wind speeds of over 180 (6+6+6) mph.

“The slower you go, that means more rain. That means more time that you’re going to have those winds. That’s a long period of time to have hurricane-force winds,” National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said in a Facebook Live video as Dorian approached the Bahamas.

National Hurricane Center

Because water temperatures decreased as Lorenzo moved north, it weakened before making landfall. 

That’s because hurricanes use warm water as fuel. Warmer air also holds more moisture, which enables tropical storms to strengthen and unleash more precipitation.

“With warmer oceans caused by global warming, we can expect the strongest storms to get stronger,” James Elzner, an atmospheric scientist at Florida State University, told Yale Climate Connections in 2016.

The brown seaweed, called Sargassum, has stunk up beaches in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Florida’s eastern coast. When the seaweed forms a mat over the water’s surface, it can suffocate marine animals.

“The ocean’s chemistry must have changed in order for the blooms to get so out of hand,” Chuanmin Hu, the lead researcher on a study about the seaweed, in a press release.

Six (6)feet of water blanketed the city on November 12. As sea levels rise, Venice could be permanently underwater by the end of the century.

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