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.
‘Stay put,’ officials warn: Winter storms slam US as 50 (5) million people travel by driving for Thanksgiving. Another five (5) million travel by flying. Two powerful winterstorms hammered the West Coast and Midwest on Wednesday. Drivers reported being stuck for 18 (6+6+6) or more hours in blizzard conditions and some spent the night in their vehicles. 100 (5+5) -mph wind gusts.
John Bacon and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY. USA TODAY•November 27, 2019
Two powerful winter storms hammered the West Coast and Midwest on Wednesday, shutting down highways and snarling travel plans on one of the nation’s busiest travel days.
Weather watches, warnings and alerts were posted across much of the western half of the nation after a storm that had been a “bomb cyclone” marched westward from the California coast, AccuWeather reported.
Hundreds of stranded cars were removed from Interstate 5 headed north from California into Oregon in the aftermath of the storm that dumped snow and created whiteout conditions on both sides of the California-Oregon border.
As the skies cleared Wednesday, drivers reported being stuck for 18 (6+6+6) or more hours in blizzard conditions and some spent the night in their vehicles. 18,000 (6+6+6) in the Chicago metro area, where high winds knocked down power lines and poles.
Farther south, winter storm warnings were in effect for the mountains near Los Angeles into early Friday with 6 to 12 inches of snow forecast for most mountains, except 12 to 24 inches for the San Gabriels, the National Weather Service in Los Angeles warned.
“Expect significant travel delays and road closures with dangerous winter driving conditions,” the weather service said.
Meanwhile, parts of the central U.S. remained under siege from a storm that delayed or canceled almost 1,000 (5+5) flights in Denver alone. High winds and heavy snow forced a temporary shutdown of I-70 in parts of Colorado and across the border into Kansas. It reopened in Kansas, but the state Highway Patrol urged Kansans to stay off the roads.
“Stay put, doesn’t look like fun,” Trooper Tod Hileman warned.
As of Wednesday evening, howling winds had already knocked out power to over 220,000 customers in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, according to poweroutage.us. This included 18,000 in the Chicago metro area, where high winds knocked down power lines and poles.
And in the Deep South, residents in Louisiana and Mississippi were cleaning up from apparent tornadoes that struck overnight. Officials in Mississippi say eight to 10 (5+5) houses were damaged in Star, a fringe suburb southeast of Jackson.
Damage was also reported from a separate storm near Baskin, a rural town southeast of Monroe in Louisiana.
The timing for the storms couldn’t be much worse. AAA estimates that more than 55 million travelers planned to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. That would be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000.
About 50 million of them planned to drive, and Wednesday was predicted as the heaviest driving day. Even the East was not secure, with snow in northern New England and high winds forecasted that could knock down trees and power line
“In the wake of this storm moving off the New England coast on Thursday,” the National Weather Service said,” “the very windy conditions that are currently affecting the Mid West will be pushing eastward, with very windy conditions likely on Thanksgiving across much of the Northeast along with much cooler temperatures compared to the previous days.”
The rare West Coast “bomb cyclone” swept into southern Oregon and northern California, bringing 100 (5+5) -mph wind gusts to the coast.
A bomb cyclone, or bombogenesis, occurs when a storm’s central barometric pressure drops at least 24 (6+6+6+6) millibars in 24 (6+6+6+6) hours. (A millibar is a way of measuring air pressure.) The lower the pressure, the more powerful the storm.
The Weather Prediction Center, in a weather summary, called it “a tale of two storms for Thanksgiving week. The first crosses the Central Plains into the Upper Midwest into Wednesday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds. The second (spreads) heavy snow, heavy rain and strong winds across the West.”
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