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.
Flooding leaves small Missouri city with dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 (6+6) feet deep and 10 (5+5) feet wide, have caused an estimated $5 (5) million in damage in a city of 6,000 (6) people.
JIM SALTER Associated Press•December 6, 2019
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 (6+6) feet deep, are dotting the landscape in the small southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville, 1. forcing road detours, 2. swallowing sections of people’s yards and 3. leaving city leaders scrambling to make repairs.
Months of flooding along the Mississippi River are to blame for the problems in the city of 6,000 (6) people, which was “built on a swamp,” according to Mayor Sue Grantham. The nearly four dozen sinkholes have caused an estimated $5 (5) million in damage, and things may get worse.
“It’s probably going to continue and we may find more,” Grantham said Friday.
The holes range wildly in size, but the largest are up to 10 feet (3 meters) wide and up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) deep, Grantham estimated.
Federal and state money will help with about 90 percent of the repair costs, but the city, which is near the Tennessee border and in one of Missouri’s poorest counties, will be hard-pressed to cover its approximately $450,000 share.
“We’re looking for help from other places as well,” Grantham said.
So far, no verified damage has been confirmed at homes or businesses, though holes are showing up in yards.
Homeowner Melvin Pipkins is convinced his house sits atop an emerging sinkhole. The home is surrounded by sinkholes in the yard, and Pipkins told KFVS-TV that that his new kitchen floor is coming apart at the seams and feels “soft.”
At another home, a woman walking on her brick patio could feel the ground sinking beneath her feet, Grantham said.
Several streets have been affected, including Ward Avenue, one of the busiest in town. Barricades surround a sinkhole on Ward Avenue that isn’t far from the police station.
Caruthersville sits deep within the region known as the Missouri Bootheel, where the terrain is flat delta.
“We were built on a swamp so we have a lot of sandy soil,” Grantham said. “So it’ll move on you.”
The problem was worsened by the months of severe flooding along the Mississippi River earlier this year, which left the ground saturated and soggy. Even now, at a time of year when the river traditionally runs low, the Mississippi is just a foot below flood stage in Caruthersville.
The city is especially vulnerable because the river makes a meandering turn around the town that essentially circles it on three (3) sides.
Categories: Extreme Flooding