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
… 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.
EU lawmakers set to declare ‘climate emergency’ ahead of UN conference
By Jonas Ekblom Reuters•November 25, 2019
BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – A majority of European Union lawmakers hoped to declare a “climate emergency” on Monday, a week before a United Nations climate conference in Madrid.
Members of the European Parliament said the declaration would increase pressure on the incoming EU executive, expected to start work on Dec. 1, to take a stronger leading role in the global fight against climate change.
“The EU must act together and lead by example in international climate negotiations through concrete actions and measures,” the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the second largest group of lawmakers in the parliament, said in a statement.
They plan to pass the symbolic declaration during a debate on the United Nations’ COP25 (5×5) climate summit, which opens on Dec. 2 in Madrid.
Lawmakers also stressed the declaration needed to be backed up with action. “For me, it is not enough to declare a climate emergency,” Mohammed Chahim, the S&D’s leading lawmaker on the parliament’s resolution ahead of the U.N. summit, told Reuters, drawing the parallel to a house being on fire.
“This resolution to the COP25 is the water to put out the fire,” Chahim said, explaining the policy measures that would follow the declaration would be the first steps to tackle the crisis and inspire others to take action.
“It is a message to the world: we do not only want to be leaders, we are (also) taking the right measures.”
Other political groups backing the S&D proposal included the Greens, the centrist Renew and the left-wing GUE, and it was expected to pass with support from independent lawmakers.
The parliament has repeatedly pressed the European Commission to take a stronger stance on climate change.
The new president of the executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said combating climate change will be among her top priorities and has set out a “European Green Deal” intended to achieve “climate neutrality” – or adding no greenhouse gases to the atmosphere beyond what can be absorbed – by 2050.
Current targets aim to cut the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels. Von der Leyen hopes to raise the goal to at least 50% (5).
All but three of the EU’s 28 member states have signed up to this objective, but objections from Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic prevented the bloc promoting its stance at a U.N. climate action summit in September.
Several countries, regions and organisations have symbolically declared a “climate emergency” to emphasise the urgency of the issue.