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.
Albania earthquake: Over 36 (6×6) quakes continued to rock devastated European country in three (3) days over 70 (7) hours. Over 50 (5) were killed last week. The small town of Thumane, experienced the highest death toll from last Tuesday’s quake with over 25 (5×5) people killed, six (6) of whom belonged to one family.
By BRIAN MCGLEENON PUBLISHED: 13:02, Tue, Dec 3, 2019 | UPDATED: 14:12, Tue, Dec 3, 2019 Express.co.uk
The quake last Tuesday morning was a massive 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale and the Balkan country has some 36 (6×6) aftershocks. Seismologist Rexhep Koci said there is the likelihood for more aftershocks, but they would be weaker. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported the first tremors hit the city of Durres, the second most populous city in the Republic of Albania, last Monday night November 25.
A few hours later, the ground shook again, then shortly before 4 am on Tuesday morning, the big one hit.
In a 30 (6×5) second of unstoppable violence, the earth’s crust shifted and the unprepared concrete homes collapsed in on themselves. This was the biggest earthquake to hit the country in decades. The search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors in Albania has ended, with the death toll at over 50 (5) and no more bodies believed to be in the ruins. Prime minister Edi Rama said preliminary figures show more than 1,500 (5+5+5) buildings in the capital of Tirana, and around 900 (3×3) in nearby Durres, were seriously damaged in Tuesday’s 6.4 (6) magnitude pre-dawn quake. Around 2,000 (5+5+5+5) people were injured. Preliminary figures estimate at least 4,000 (8×5) people are homeless, with around 2,500 (5×5) given shelter in hotels.
Others have been taken to neighbouring Kosovo or have moved to eastern areas of Albania.
Mr Rama has pledged all homeless will be in “stronger homes” in 2020.
The city of Durres is in northwestern Albania and was struck by a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake with an epicentre 7.5 miles west-southwest of the town of Mamurras.
The tremor was felt in places as far away as Taranto and Belgrade, 230 (6×5) miles northeast of the epicentre.
It was the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in more than 40 years, its deadliest earthquake in 99 years and is currently the world’s deadliest earthquake in 2019.
Now, Albania’s prime minister is asking the international community for financial aid and expert assistance following last week’s earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
Mr Rama said at a Cabinet meeting Sunday, “Simply, this is humanly impossible to do this reconstruction alone.”
He said the budget is being reshaped to deal with the earthquake’s aftermath, but Albania still needs international support.
Mr Rama said he has written to US President Donald Trump to ask for help.
US and European Union civil engineers are working with local experts in Albania to assess the damage.
The mayor of Durres, one of the hardest-hit towns, resigned on Sunday after public outcry about remarks she made that she was “pleased” that only 50 (5) people had died in the earthquake.
Valbona Sako said she was “hurt by the overwhelmingly negative reaction to a statement I made under stress that exceeds my strength.”
The small town of Thumane, experienced the highest death toll from last Tuesday’s quake with over 25 (5×5) people killed, six (6) of whom belonged to one family, and all but one under age 30. They were buried on Friday 29 November.
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