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.
Extreme surfers catch record waves in Portuguese town. Fearsome waves over 60 (6) feet. Waves “faster and steeper, feeling it was never ending” than before (like the pains of a woman in labor).
Sabine COLPART. AFP•November 23, 2019
(Portugal) (AFP) – Big wave surfers have been flocking to a formerly sleepy Portuguese fishing town, chasing monster waves that are some of the highest ever surfed.
Earlier this month the news broke that a set of fearsome 20-metre (65-feet) waves were coming to the small town of Nazare on Portugal’s Atlantic coast.
The message spread like wildfire and soon extreme surfers and sports fans — as well as keen photographers — arrived at the town’s Praia de Norte beach.
They gathered on the roof of a red lighthouse, listening to the deafening roar and watching in awe as the waves smashed against the cliffs. From the viewing point you cannot see where the waves end, giving the illusion the colossal walls of water could engulf their audience.
But the masses just missed out on seeing French surfer Justine Dupont have the ride of her life on November 13.
It could be a new surfing world record set by a woman.
“I began riding the wave, I felt I was going faster than usual, and that it was steeper,” the 28-year-old surfer tells AFP.
“I had the feeling it was never ending… I could fly away!”
– ‘It’s mad!’ –
The massive wave has not been measured yet, but is expected to be at least 20 metres high.
It will have to exceed the 2018 mark of 20.72 metres set by Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira, also in Nazare, to become a record.
The verdict, judged by the governing body the World Surf League, will not be given until spring next year.
Dupont has spent four winters chasing the extreme waves in Nazare.
She said the seaside town with a population of 15,000 (5+5+5) has become a surf haven over the last few years. “It’s mad!” she said. “Two years ago we went to see the sea by the lighthouse, there were no cars parked — now, you can’t drive.”
The monster waves have always crashed at the town’s beach, but surfers had previously ignored Portugal and gravitated towards beaches in California and Hawaii.
Nazare was put on the surfing map in 2010 when the town’s mayor launched an initiative to attract surfers during the winter.
“We were looking for someone who could develop big wave surfing” said Pedro Pisco, a local sports minister.
He asked for help from Garrett McNamara, who until last year held the world record for the highest wave ever surfed.
– ‘Now it’s crowded’ –
“No surfer considered Portugal a great surfing destination, but I was looking for a 100-foot (30-metre) wave,” Hawaiian surfer said.
A Nazare bodyboarder invited McNamara to the town, wanting to find someone who could take on the spectacular waves.
In November 2011, McNamara broke a Guinness World Record after riding a 78-foot (23.77 metre) wave.
Today, at the age of 52, the surfer is considered a “god”, said Anne-Marie Sana-Boisson, who owns a market stall in Nazare.
She said the town has changed rapidly over the last four years — and not necessarily for the better. “At first there was a few people but now it’s crowded.” She said many buildings are being constructed and sold, making it “hard to find houses”.
But she admitted the town has become “more dynamic”. And, she adds, not everything is closed over winter as it was before.