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.
A man who was gored by a bison in June took a date back to the same place – only for her also to be attacked.
1 October 2019. BBC.
Kyler Bourgeous brought Kayleigh Davis to the same trail at a state park in Utah with plans to watch the sunset.
But when Ms Davis ran a little ahead, she ended up alone with a bison who charged and flipped her into the air.
She sustained a broken ankle from the goring and a leg wound. In the earlier attack he had suffered a cracked rib and collapsed lung.
Ms Davis has a cast on her right ankle and received stitches for the wound in her left thigh. She was released from hospital on Monday.
The attack happened on an established trail in Antelope Island State Park.
Witnesses reported seeing a bison strike Ms Davis with its head, “lifting her off the ground”.
The 22-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Ogden, Utah.
Ms Davis told the BBC she had run ahead of Mr Bourgeous on the trail when she saw the bison. She passed it once, before deciding to turn around and rejoin Mr Bourgeous.
“I wasn’t comfortable standing at the mile marker waiting for him, and I didn’t know how comfortable he would be seeing [the bison] too, so I turned back and passed the bison again, giving it as much space as possible.”
But when she was on her way back, four cyclists happened to come down the trail and “spooked” it.
The bison charged her and she began running away.
“I looked over my shoulder, seeing it get closer – and I looked again and it was pretty much right behind me. Right as I saw it, I flew up in the air 15ft,” Ms Davis says.
She landed on her back and lay completely still – remembering what happened to Mr Bourgeous – as the bison sniffed at her.
Eventually, it wandered far enough away for Mr Bourgeous and the other witnesses on the trail to help her.
In hospital, she learned that that the bison’s horn had gone through her ankle.
Mr Bourgeous, 30, faced a similar situation when he was gored, months earlier. He had reached the summit of the park’s highest point – a familiar trail for him – when he saw two bison as he came over the ridge.
“I couldn’t see them until I was too close to them,” Mr Bourgeous told the BBC. “I turned around immediately and only got a few steps away before one of them charged me.”
The bison’s horns gored his hip and armpit, fracturing a rib which then collapsed his lung. The animal then trampled him and kicked his head.
Mr Bourgeous had to use a drain in his hip for several weeks because the goring had left an internal hole. He says his ribs still hurt when he coughs, but he has mostly recovered.
He says there is “something special” about the beauty of Antelope Island park, where he has been hiking since his childhood, but that the sight of bison now makes him anxious.
“My fear level is high enough that I don’t know when I’ll end up on a trail out there,” Mr Bourgeous says.
Ms Davis also says she has been having nightmares about the attack in the days since, but otherwise feels “pretty happy and positive” and wants to get outside again soon.
She adds that she has talked with a park ranger about possibly volunteering at the visitors centre, but “it might take a minute” before she’s fully ready for that.
As for their next venture outdoors together?
“Not Yellowstone!” Mr Bourgeous answers with a laugh.
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