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.
First hiker charged in New Zealand with entering quarantined kauri forest closed to contain dieback disease. Auckland council has issued 50 (5) trespass notices in the past six (6) months
Guardian. November 25, 2019
A hiker in New Zealand has become the first to be charged with walking on closed tracks in the Waitakere ranges, violating a ban put in place to stop the devastating spread of a fungal disease called kauri dieback.
Potential fines of tens of thousands of dollars apply for repeatedly using the tracks, which are closed to the public to let the forest recover from a disease that kills the majority of kauri trees it infects.
The Auckland mayor, Phil Goff, said the hiker walked on the closed tracks three (3) times in the past five (5) months and a stern response was needed to deter others from behaviour that threatened the survival of one of the country’s most precious native trees – sacred to its Indigenous people and prized for its beauty, strength and use in boats, carvings and buildings.
Each breach carries a separate maximum penalty of NZ$20,000 (£9,900).
Most hiking tracks in the Waitakere ranges have been closed for over a year, with the local Māori iwi, Te Kawarau ā Maki, also placing a rāhui – temporary ban – over the area.
“Those individuals who flout the rules with no regard for the damage they cause need to be held to account,” Goff said. “This prosecution reflects the seriousness of the issue and sends a clear message to anyone breaching closed tracks areas that we will take enforcement action.
“The survival of our most iconic native tree is at risk and the decisions to close the tracks are based on hard evidence about what is necessary to slow and reverse the spread of kauri dieback disease.” Kauri dieback can be spread by as little as a pinhead of soil on the sole of a hiker’s boots or a dog’s paw, according to the ministry of primary industries. There is as no known cure for the disease and the trees are facing “functional extinction”, the ministry says, despite a government working group set up in 2018 to tackle its spread.
In addition to the latest prosecution, which will head to the courts in January, Auckland council has issued 50 (5) trespass notices in the past six (6) months, and ranger numbers will be increased over the summer months to patrol the closed tracks.
In 2018 the conservation minister Eugenie Sage told the Guardian that kauri dieback was “devastating” for New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna, but said the Department of Conservation (DOC) was confident the risk of the disease spreading by human traffic was “very low” and wild pigs were in the crosshairs.
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