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.
Over 30% (6×5) – 6,000 (6) of tropical African plants set to go extinct, study suggests. Our species is to blame, with the man-made climate crisis and deforestation for agriculture among the main causes.
Harry Cockburn. The Independent. November 23, 2019
A third of tropical African plants are at risk of extinction, according to detailed new research which warns about the impact of our failure to recognise the role plants play in maintaining ecosystems.
Several countries in western Africa as well as others including Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia are among those expected to be worst affected where researchers believe they could lose up to 40 per cent of wild plants.
Our species is to blame, with the man-made climate crisis and deforestation for agriculture among the main causes.
The research, lead by Dr Thomas Couvreur of the French National Institute for Sustainable Development, assessed over 22,000 species of plants across tropical Africa.
“Our results underline the high level of extinction risk of the tropical African flora. Thirty-three percent of the species are potentially threatened with extinction, and another third of species are likely rare, potentially becoming threatened in the near future,” the paper says.
The team assessed the status of each plant using a system of revised metrics based on those used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which publishes and updates the “red list” of threatened species. The team’s recording techniques allowed them to cover more ground and more species faster than if they had adhered strictly to the IUCN’s criteria.
Animals and plants on the red list are given special status and protections, but Dr Couvreur noted that while the list has already assessed 86 per cent of known mammals and 61 per cent of birds, less than eight per cent of vascular plants have been considered.
Dr Couvreur described the conservation of tropical biodiversity as “a major challenge”, and said the risk to plants hasn’t been given as much attention as to animals.
He said: “While the conservation status of the majority of vertebrate species has been assessed, the same cannot be said for plants, although they are critical to earth ecosystems.
“This is especially true in tropical regions where the flora is very diverse but remains poorly documented.”
The research is published in the journal Science Advances.
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