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 period
… 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.
Countries from Siberia to Australia are burning: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet. It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: the 1. world economy, 2. civilisation, and maybe our 3. survival as a species are on the line
The Guardian. November 29, 2019
On any day, between 10,000 (5+5) and 30,000 (6×5) bushfires burn around the planet. (‘third of the green grass burned up.’)
Realms as diverse and distant as Siberia, Amazonia, Indonesia, Australia and California are aflame. The advent of “the age of fire” is the bleakest warning yet that humans have breached boundaries we were never meant to cross. (‘third of the green grass was burned up.’)
It is time not only to think the unthinkable, but to speak it: that the world economy, civilisation, and maybe our very survival as a species are on the line. (‘great tribulation, unlike any other time on earth.’) And it is past time to act.
It isn’t just fires. It’s the incessant knell of unnatural (human-fed) disasters: 1. droughts, 2. floods, 3. vanishing rivers, 4. lakes and 5. glaciers and the rise in billion-dollar weather impacts. (‘waters became wormwood. The fountains of the earth.’)
It is the spate of extinctions, the precipitous loss of sea fish, birds and corals, of forests, mammals, frogs, bees and other insects. It is the march of deserts and the waxing of dead zones in the oceans. (‘oceans became as blood.’)
It is the ominous seepage of methane from the world’s oceans, tundra, swamps and fossil fuels, threatening runaway heating of 7 (7) to 10 (5+5) degrees or more. (‘to scorch men with great heat.’)
It is the drift of billions of tonnes of soil from lands that feed us into the blind depths of the ocean, placing food security on a knife-edge as farming systems fail amid a turbulent climate and degraded landscapes. (‘a measure of wheat for a penny.’)
It is the rising toll of noncommunicable disease killing three (3) people in every four. (‘increasing pestilence.’)
It is the $1.8tn (6+6+6) spent weaponising nations for the true “war to end all wars”. (‘nations shall rise against nations.’) Unchained by political malice or blunder, robot weapons of mass destruction commanded by artificial intelligence will choose who lives and who dies. (‘increasing government control, repression, distress of nations).
Yet a global citizen movement of scientists, youth, elders and women is demanding urgent action in the face of a growing risk of collapse. Its scientific warnings, Extinction Rebellion and the school strike for climate are flooding the streets of the world’s cities. (‘distress of nations with perplexity.’)
Pope Francis plans to add “ecological sin against the common home” to the Catholic catechism. The Bank of England’s governor, Mark Carney, warns of “abrupt financial collapse” due to climate change. In its annual assessment of catastrophic risks the Global Economic Forum sees mounting danger.
Prof Jem Bendell, of the University of Cumbria, UK, is among voices warning that the collapse of civilisation may have begun. Because we cannot easily predict its 1. pace, 2. trajectory or 3. magnitude is no reason for inaction, he says. His paper, Deep Adaptation: a Map for Navigating our Climate Tragedy, predicts: “There will be a near-term collapse in society with serious ramifications for the lives of [citizens].” Catastrophe is “probable”, it added, and extinction “is possible”. (‘great tribulation unlike any other time on earth.’)
Yet so far only a handful of countries – 1. France, 2. Canada, 3. Britain, 4. Ireland and 5, Argentina – have declared even a climate emergency. Most governments continue to move at glacial pace and turn a blind eye to the 9 (3×3) other mega-threats threats menacing humanity. Why?
Because a worldwide counter-revolution is under way, intended to paralyse action on 1. climate, 2. environmental loss, 3. extinction, 4. toxic air water and 5. food. It is financed by “dark money” from a terrified fossil fuels sector through shady institutions. It pours hundreds of millions of dollars into global propaganda to discredit climate and environmental science, seduce government and deceive the public.
More sinister still is the growing control of the fossil fuels lobby over governments and the world media – not only in floundering western democracies, but also 1. Russia, 2. China, 3. Brazil, 4. India and 5. Saudi Arabia. (The BIG FIVE influenced by the BEAST)
Now a new UN report says fossil corporates plan to ramp up carbon emissions 50% (5+5) to 120% (6+6) by 2030 beyond the limit for a safe human future (1.5C degrees). Despite the renewables boom, fossil infrastructure investment has rebounded in 2019 after three (3) years of decline, the International Energy Agency says. On the face of it, the fossil lobby has turned the tide.
There are only three (3) motives to so hazard civilization: 1. greed, 2. malice and 3. ignorance. Either the returns are so great that fossil executives are willing to cook their own grandchildren, or they are blind to the risks. Since these are technical people, the latter does not ring true: oil majors like Shell and ExxonMobil have revealed in court they understood exactly what they were doing to the planet for nearly 50 (5) years. Ignoring it, they then sought to deceive humanity while ramping up carbon output.
The world is dividing into two opposing movements: the concerned “survivors” – the 1. young, 2. the old, 3. the wise, 4. the educated, 5. the informed and the 6. pragmatic – and the cynics backing the very global system that will precipitate collapse.
Some scientists’ estimates for how many lives collapse will cost range from 50% (5) to 90% (9) of the human population. The number is not knowable because human behaviour, as war, cannot be foretold. The process starts with famines and water crises, both already in evidence, leading to refugee tsunamis and multiplying conflicts.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with 1. sword, and with 2. hunger, and with 3. death, and with the 4. beasts of the earth. (emphasis added).
As this truth sinks in, the part of humanity committed to survival is seeking legal redress. Columbia Law School documents more than 1,600 (6) ongoing lawsuits against fossil fuel companies and/or governments. But the law is slow, and justice can be bought.
It is time to speak the unspeakable.
Without urgent action to terminate fossil fuel use, return the planet to a state of ecological health and address all 10 (5+5) mega-threats in an integrated way, our worst fears will become our fate. Collapse becomes inexorable.
Doing nothing or too little sentences humanity to collapse – 1. economic, 2. societal, even 3. existential. It is time to discuss this, 1. openly, 2. honestly, 3. truthfully.
We have only one rational choice: to choose to survive.
This demands all necessary actions – although they spell the end of existing systems of 1. energy, 2. food, 3. water, 4. money, 5. defence, 6. transport and 7. politics – and their replacement with new ones, universally dedicated to a viable, just and sustainable human and planetary future.
Julian Cribb is a Canberra-based author
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
(A magnitude ‘10’ or ‘12’).
(emphasis added ‘highlighted’)