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.
Winter storm dumped at least 12 (6+6) inches of snow across 25 (5×5) states. US
John Bacon and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY•December 4, 2019
Schools and businesses across much of the Northeast were shuttered Tuesday and travel plans were snarled as the season’s first major winter storm pounded the region with more than a foot of 1. snow, 2. ice and 3. high winds.
Parts of Maine could see up to 24 (6+6+6+6) inches of snow before the storm finally eases late Tuesday, forecasters said. The angry weather marked the last days of a storm that began a slow, crippling march across the nation a week ago.
In all, the storm dumped at least a 12 (6+6) inches of snow across 25 (5×5) states, the National Weather Service said. This included over 4 feet in mountainous areas of California and Utah.
Snow from the storm fell as far south as the high desert of 1. Southern California, 2. Tennessee and the 3. mountains of northern Georgia, the Capital Weather Gang said.
As of Monday, snow covered almost over 50% (5) of the Lower 48, the most for Dec. 2 since the weather service started keeping snow cover records in 2003.
The storm caused thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled out of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on Monday and Tuesday. Pennsylvania and New Jersey were among states placing driving restrictions on some highways.
The National Weather Service in Boston said some areas of the Massachusetts coast saw 1 to 2 inches of snow every 60 (6) minutes overnight. More than a foot of snow had fallen in Worcester before dawn Tuesday, and it was still coming down. Windsor Locks, Connecticut, had more than 13 inches.
Schools in both towns were closed Tuesday. Boston’s over 50,000 (5) public school students also won a day off, courtesy of the front dubbed Winter Storm Ezekiel by the Weather Channel.
“Snow becoming heavy again in #Boston,” the weather service in Boston tweeted to morning commuters. “Allow extra time to reach your destination this morning, it’s a very slow commute.”
In New York state, areas in and around Albany had historic snow totals. Official storm-total snowfall at Albany International Airport was 22.6 inches – the eighth (8) biggest snowstorm ever and the fourth biggest December snowfall on record. Delanson, 25 miles northwest of Albany, reported 27 inches.
A tractor-trailer collided with a bus on the New York Thruway near the Massachusetts line late Monday, injuring some passengers and closing the roadway.
“Emergency personnel responded to the accident and, thankfully, there appear to be no life-threatening injuries,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to stay off the roads.”
The worst of the storm was targeting northern New England on Tuesday before heading out to sea Tuesday night.
“As the storm pivots along the coast, much of Maine will see snowfall totals pile up,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham. “A gusty north wind will also lead to reduced visibilities as well as some blowing and drifting of snow across area roadways.”
The storm began its march across the nation last Tuesday when it slammed across southern Oregon and northwestern California, a “bomb cyclone” with 100 (5+5) mph wind gusts along the coast and multiple feet of snow in the mountains.
Bomb cyclones hitting the West Coast are rare, drawing weather service warnings that the storm could rival some of the most intense storms on record for that part of the country.
The storm then swept east over the next four days, driving heavy snow and strong winds to a vast portion of the Upper Midwest and the Plains. The storm began pummeling the Northeast as snow, freezing rain and sleet on Sunday.
Categories: Record Cold and Snow