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.
Cyclone Claudia strengthens off the coast of northwestern Australia. Category 3.
By Maura Kelly, AccuWeather meteorologist Updated Jan. 13, 2020 3:47 AM
After former Cyclone Blake brought areas of flash flooding and gusty winds to parts of Western Australia last week, forecasters shifted their focus north to a brewing tropical system.
A tropical low moved over the coast of Northern Territory on Wednesday and Thursday and brought a broad area of heavy rain and thunderstorms to the region.
This low passed just south of Darwin late Friday as rainfall totals climbed across the area.
As of late Friday night, local time, widespread rainfall totals of 100-150 mm (4-6 inches) have been reported. In Darwin, 110 mm (4.33 inches) of rain fell between Thursday and Friday.
Farther east, 225 mm (9 inches) of rain was been reported in Jabiru during this time period.
On Saturday, the low moved out over the Timor Sea into an environment conducive for tropical development.
As the storm moved away from the Northern Territory early in the weekend, the risk for flash flooding gradually eased.
The low strengthened into a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Australia intensity scale and was given the name Claudia on Saturday. This is equivalent to a tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.
Claudia has since reached Category 3 tropical cyclone strength on the Australia scale, equivalent to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.
Some rounds of tropical downpours and gusty winds can reach the coast of northwestern Australia, but the heaviest rain and strongest wind should remain offshore due to the track of the system.
However, if the storm track shifts farther south, heavier rain and stronger wind gusts can reach the Kimberley coast.
All warning zones for the northwestern coasts have expired with the storm tracking well off the coast.
Regardless of track, rough seas and increased risk for rip currents will extend across the northwestern coasts through early week.
Claudia is forecast to follow a track into the Indian Ocean through at least the middle of the week with little to no impact to land expected. Here the storm may run into an area of high wind shear and rapidly weaken.
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