Pestilence Update

Anger, emergency measures in smog-stifled Balkan cities. The Swedish embassy to Bosnia warned this weekend on Twitter that Sarajevo was “in a category of its own when it comes to bad air quality.”

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.

Anger, emergency measures in smog-stifled Balkan cities

JOVANA GEC. Associated Press•January 15, 2020

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Major cities in a series of Balkan countries have been hit by dangerous levels of smog in recent days, prompting anger among residents and official warnings to stay indoors and avoid physical activity.

Serbia’s government called an urgent meeting to address the problem Wednesday, shortly after a peak in weekend air pollution levels prompted emergency measures in Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo.

A report last year by the U.N. Environment Program said Sarajevo has some of Europe’s highest air pollution concentrations, while on average people living in the Western Balkans lose up to 1.3 years of life to air pollution.

Croatian police on Wednesday also urged citizens in the capital, Zagreb, to use public transport and avoid bikes or scooters.

High concentrations of toxic air particles are typical during winter in Balkan countries that largely depend on coal-fueled power plants, and where people drive old cars and use wood and coal for heating. In recent days, windless weather conditions and thick fog have exacerbated the problem.

While dozens of towns and cities throughout the region are suffering, the worst hit has been Sarajevo, built in a deep valley ringed by mountains.

For most of the past week, Sarajevo’s levels of airborne PM10 particulate matter have been at least twice — and sometimes eight times — higher than the European Union safety limit.

The soaring pollution has angered environmental activists in both Bosnia and Serbia, who say authorities are doing too little too late.

“The air we breathe is poisoning and killing us,” Dobrica Veselinovic, from the Do Not Drown Belgrade group, wrote in an open letter this week demanding the resignation of Belgrade’s mayor. “Why isn’t anyone doing anything?”

Belgrade has been wrapped for days in a cloud of smog that particularly afflicted lower-lying areas. The city health authorities’ web page carried an alert Wednesday with the succinct warning: “The air in Belgrade is polluted!”

But government health officials advised against panic. They attribute the problem to a combination of inefficient energy consumption, outdated industrial equipment and use of fossil fuels in winter, including low-quality brown coal.

Experts have warned that these and other environmental setbacks could even stall efforts by Serbia and other Balkan countries to join the European Union.

In Bosnia, activists have blasted the government for relying on short-term measures during the crisis days — such as banning diesel vehicles and recommending the use of face masks — while not dealing with key issues, such as the proliferation of tall buildings that block the air flow.

The Swedish embassy to Bosnia warned this weekend on Twitter that Sarajevo was “in a category of its own when it comes to bad air quality.”

Sarajevo authorities have cut ticket prices for the city’s cable car that leads to the nearby Trebevic mountain, as residents head for popular ski resorts to avoid pollution.

In EU member Croatia, police said t he bloc’s air pollution standards were exceeded in part of Zagreb on Wednesday. A police statement urged citizens to avoid open-air activity and cut down on smoking

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