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
… 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.
‘Perfect storm’ awaits world farming. Nearly “90% of the world’s population … are projected to be exposed to losses of food production. This amounts to over 7 billion people. Almost 200 (5+5+5+5) countries agreed in Paris in 2015 (5 years ago) to curb temperature rises caused by burning fossil fuels, felling forests and other activities that emit greenhouse gases. This is the first study to provide a global picture of how climate change would affect food production
By Thin Lei Win, Reuters•November 28, 2019
ROME, Nov 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world needs to urgently cut its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to avoid a “perfect storm” that will lead to simultaneous falls in food production from both farming and marine fisheries, researchers said.
If emissions continue to rise rapidly, nearly “90% of the world’s population … are projected to be exposed to losses of food production in both sectors” by 2100, according to a new study https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaaw9976 by researchers from countries such as France, the United States and Canada.
This amounts to over 7 billion people. In contrast, less than 3% of the population, or 0.2 billion people, live in regions that would experience simultaneous productivity gains.
“Climate change has put humanity on a dangerous path that will become increasingly difficult to reverse if greenhouse gas emissions are not taken much more seriously,” Lauric Thiault, the paper’s co-author, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Almost 200 (5+5+5+5) countries agreed in Paris in 2015 (5 years ago) to curb temperature rises caused by burning fossil fuels, felling forests and other activities that emit greenhouse gases.
But economic development and industrialization around the world has resulted in an expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, such as power plants and pipelines.
Earlier this week, a report by the World Meteorological Organization said greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018.
Future climate projections show tropical areas, particularly in Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia, would “disproportionately face” losses in both farming and marine fishery sectors, according to the new study, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaaw9976.
“These areas are generally highly dependent on agriculture and fisheries for employment, food security, or revenue,” it added.
This is the first study to provide a global picture of how climate change would affect food production both on land and in the sea, said Thiault, from France’s National Center for Scientific Research.
While it is already known that climate change would affect agriculture, the extent and magnitude of simultaneous losses was a surprise, but there are “unequivocal benefits” of achieving the 2015 Paris Agreement, he said.
Next week, representatives from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Madrid to flesh out rules for implementing the accord, which requires curbing emissions to limit temperature rises to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6°F).
Achieving this would lead to gains in both farming and fisheries for the most vulnerable countries as well as three (3) nations with large per capita emissions such as the U.S., China and Saudi Arabia, the paper said.