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.
‘A Measure of Wheat for a Penny’: Fears of food price surge after heavy rain washes out UK crops. Rain in the autumn and winter has been at a 30-year high
ByAlan Tovey, INDUSTRY EDITOR1 March 2020 • 8:02pm
Extreme rainfall which has left parts of Britain underwater may push up food prices and pile pressure on farmers’ finances as crops are washed out, agriculture experts have warned.
Prolonged downpours have left land waterlogged and may cause shortages of homegrown produce as farmers are unable to sow. Time is running out for farms to save the harvest with spring planting, says the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), which represents farmers.
It called the situation “one of the most challenging for growers in recent times”.
Rain in the autumn and winter has been at a 30-year high with more than twice the number of continuous rain days compared with a year before. The AHDB is warning even its mid-range forecast for wheat production for the 2020/21 growing season will be 10.7 million tons, the lowest in 20 years. A worst-case scenario expects just nine million tons….
Recent rain has limited the sowing of winter crops so farmers are pinning their hopes on spring plantings. David Eudall, an AHDB crop specialist, said: “This is not an emergency – there is still time to plant but it is running out.”
Unless the weather dries up, letting farmers work the land, lower harvests may mean producers have to import grain to make up the shortfall, raising costs and pushing up food prices. A further warning sign was a forecast jump in land left fallow – up 50pc on the year. The AHDB said for some farmers leaving land unplanted was “the best option” instead of wasting seeds.
The National Farmers Union (NFU)echoed the wet weather warnings. Dr Mhari Barnes, an NFU policy adviser, said: “We will see a delay to spring [planting], which means higher costs.”
Retailers played down the likelihood of a surge in food prices, saying supermarkets are skilled at finding alternative supplies and are ready to absorb higher costs.
Andrew Opie, of the British Retail Consortium, said chains “will do their best to shield consumers from potential cost implications”.