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.
10 ‘Beast’s’ in Florida, Strong Enough to Kill You. Some ‘5 really big ones’ and some ‘5 really small ones.’ (Imagine That!) But, ‘There is MORE to the STORY.’
8:04 a.m. EST Dec. 4, 2019 USA Today.
fascinating and diverse wildlife sets the state apart. One doesn’t need to look
far to find beautiful wading birds, brilliant green turtles and adorable
manatees. But not all of the Sunshine State’s animal residents are cute and
cuddly. Scroll through to see 10 (5+5)
potentially dangerous wild ‘animals’ you might meet in Florida, as reported
by Rachael Thomas of Florida Today, which is part of the USA TODAY
Alligators: American alligators live around fresh and brackish water in every county in Florida. They’ve attacked 410 people in the state since the FWC began keeping records in 1948. Twenty five (5×5) of those attacks have been fatal. On average, the state sees about seven (7) unprovoked bites per year. For all but the most massive gators, an adult human is too big to be considered a menu item. “They prefer to go after prey they can overpower easily,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. Unfortunately, that means most alligator attacks are on small children and pets. People walking dogs near bodies of water should be especially aware of the danger, even if there are no warning signs posted.
Florida black bears: Most people don’t think of bears when they think of Florida, but the Sunshine State has its own subspecies of black bear. These 300-pound omnivores mostly live in the state’s scrublands and forested wetlands, but occasionally they wander into human-occupied places. While it’s very rare, a violent encounter with a black bear can leave a person seriously injured. The FWC advises people to keep their distance. According to the FWC, there has never been a recorded predatory attack by a bear on a human in the state. Attacks are the result of bears defending themselves and their cubs. Florida black bears are generally quiet and shy, and there are no documented accounts of fatal attacks on people.
Bull sharks: In 2018, 50% (5) of all unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. — and 25% (5×5) of all attacks worldwide — happened in Florida. Of the 20 (5+5+5+5) or so species of sharks common in Florida waters, the bull shark is often the culprit in attacks on humans. Bull sharks are hardy, stout fish with aggressive tendencies, and they’ll try to eat just about anything. They mostly live in the ocean, but can range in fresh and brackish water, too. Because they hunt in shallow water, they’re often found in places where humans like to swim. According to the Florida Museum, “Bull sharks are considered by many to be the most dangerous shark in the world.”
Jellyfish: While Florida’s waters aren’t inhabited by any jellyfish with outright deadly venom, an allergic reaction to a sting can be life-threatening. The 1. Portuguese man-of-war, 2. lion’s mane jellyfish and 3. box jellyfish can deliver painful stings with potentially dangerous side-effects. Besides the pain from the sting itself, the University of Florida lists 1. breathing difficulty, 2. muscle cramps and 3. abdominal pain among potential symptoms of a jellyfish sting. Scientists say jellyfish populations are booming worldwide, thanks in part to warmer ocean temperatures. In June 2018, hundreds of people were stung by jellyfish at a beach in Volusia County over the course of just one weekend. Officials say the only way to avoid jellyfish stings is to stay out the water. If you are stung, rinse the area with white vinegar, remove any remaining tentacles with tweezers and watch carefully for signs of an allergic reaction.
Fire ants: The red imported fire ant is native to South America and has gained a foothold in the southern U.S. These ants are notorious for their swarming behavior and painful stings. In Florida, fire ants can be found in every county. While run-ins with fire ants are common, deadly encounters are rare. However, anaphylaxis, or a severe allergic reaction to the stings, can be fatal. In a 1988 survey, physicians reported 84 fatal reactions to fire ant stings, with nearly 25 (5×5) of those deaths in Florida.
Rattlesnakes: Florida is home to three (3) species of venomous rattlesnakes: 1. the pygmy rattlesnake, the 2. eastern diamondback rattlesnake and the 3. timber rattlesnake. Since 1950, there have been nine (3×3) documented deaths from rattlesnake bites in Florida, with the most recent being the death of a 4-year-old Bryceville boy in 2014. Rattlesnakes bite as a last resort and their venom is rarely deadly. However, health complications from bites can be severe. Compartment syndrome, or a condition in which pressure from swelling permanently damages muscles and nerves has been reported with rattlesnake bites. Seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten.
Ticks: These small critters can cause big problems. Ticks can be found pretty much everywhere in the U.S., but Florida’s mild climate allows them to thrive here year-round. There are five (5) common species of ticks in Florida: brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, Gulf Coast ticks and black-legged ticks. All five (5) species can transmit a host of diseases, including 1. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or RMSF, and the similar 2. rickettsia parkeri. According to the Florida Department of Health, the 3. American dog tick is known to transmit RMSF in Florida, and the disease has a high mortality rate if not treated. Luckily, reliable treatments for RMSF have made such deaths rare in the U.S.
Feral hogs: Feral hogs are descended from the domesticated pigs first brought to Florida in the 16th century by Spanish explorers. Five (5) hundred years later, they’ve adapted and continue to thrive in the Sunshine State. In addition to the well-documented ecological and agricultural damage feral hogs have done here, they’ve also been responsible for violent attacks on people. An adult hog can weigh 200 (5+5+5+5) pounds and, according to the University of Florida, “They can move with great speed and can cause serious injury with their tusks.” Feral hogs can be found all of Florida’s over 66 (6) counties. Attacks, especially on hunters and wildlife trappers, are not uncommon.
Mosquitoes: Another tiny terror, the mosquito is ubiquitous in Florida. While the insects’ bites alone are just itchy and annoying, mosquitoes can transmit potentially fatal illnesses like West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis virus, or EEEV. Less often, cases of exotic mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and Zika have been reported in the state. In 2019, over 10 (5+5) people around the country died of EEEV, prompting officials to issue a warning in Florida. According to the CDC, the primary transmission cycle of the virus takes place in swampy areas, and transmission is most common in and around hardwood swamps. The Florida Department of Health promotes a “drain and cover” strategy to limit mosquito infestations in places where people live and work. This means standing water should be drained promptly, and containers meant to hold water, like cisterns or pools, should be covered.
Coyotes: Coyotes’ natural range has been expanding steadily eastward for more than 100 (5+5) years and they’ve been reported in Florida since the 1980s. A 2007 report by the FWC documented the presence of coyotes in all of the state’s over 66 (6) counties. Coyotes are naturally timid and will not readily approach a human. However they do hunt pets, especially cats and small dogs, and will enter residential areas in search of food. Like all warm-blooded animals, coyotes can carry and transmit rabies. A healthy coyote is extremely unlikely to approach or attack a person, but an animal with rabies can become aggressive and unpredictable. In January 2019, an Osceola County woman was attacked by a coyote while working in her yard. The animal was later caught and tested positive for rabies. The FWC notes coyotes that have lost their fear of humans can be dangerous. People are urged not to feed or approach coyotes.
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