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.
Coronavirus likely to be declared pandemic ‘any day now’: Expert
Emily Judd, Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 3 March 2020
The coronavirus, which has infected over 90,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,000, will likely be declared a pandemic soon by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood, professor of epidemiology at Yale University’s School of Public Health.
“It is likely that the WHO will declare the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic any day now. It is definitely an international emergency,” said Dr. Khoshnood in an interview with Al Arabiya English.
The coronavirus is currently classified as an epidemic, a regional outbreak of an illness that spreads unexpectedly. A pandemic is “the worldwide spread of a new disease,” according to the WHO.
Dr. Khoshnood said the most important factor in epidemic and pandemic response is government “trust and transparency” and called on countries with coronavirus outbreaks, particularly Iran, to tell the truth about the severity of their epidemics.
“The international community relies on countries like China, Iran, and Italy, to tell the world what their coronavirus numbers are, to allow other countries to make informed decisions about travel,” said Dr. Khoshnood. “If they lie to us, unfortunately that could have consequences because we don’t have access to their data.”
“The WHO encourages governments to share their coronavirus data, “but it can’t force them to do so,” he added.
Death toll rises in Iran
There are over 2,530 cases of the coronavirus across the Middle East, and most came from Iran, which currently has the highest death toll from the virus after China, where it originated.
Iran’s trading relationship with China is likely why the Islamic Republic was first hit with the virus, and the lack of response by Iranian officials exacerbated the situation, according to Dr. Khoshnood.
“Unfortunately, Iranian officials delayed travel restrictions to China despite many cases being reported,” said Dr. Khoshnood, adding that the officials at first prioritized public events over public health, as it wanted large amounts of people to participate in Iran’s recent parliamentary elections and the 41st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
“It seems like some of the health officials knew there were coronavirus cases, but they decided to keep it quiet, to allow people to celebrate,” said Dr. Khoshnood. “But that unfortunately took a toll.”
Now the country is a coronavirus epicenter. The death toll in Iran stands at 77, with 2,336 confirmed cases, the government said on Tuesday.
Those infected include 23 Iranian members of parliament, Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar and Iraj Harirchi, the head of an Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, who downplayed the virus before becoming infected with it.
Iran’s health minister Saeed Namaki warned this week will be “tough” for the country as it will be the epidemic’s “peak,” a prognosis challenged by Dr. Khoshnood.
“We can’t really predict the peak. I don’t think the officials in Iran know what the actual number of infected people is. It could easily be that two or three weeks from now we see a much higher peak than this week,” said Dr. Khoshnood.
Spreading through spirituality
The virus is spreading quickly in Iran’s holy cities of Mashhad and Qom, both home to religious shrines, which worshippers often touch and kiss as a sign of their faith.
Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Mohammed Saeedi said on Wednesday that Qom’s main holy site, the Fatima Masumeh shrine, should be kept open as a “place of healing” and invited all to come “here to heal from spiritual and physical diseases.”
Dr. Khoshnood said it doesn’t matter if the place is a religious shrine, Iranians should not be in close proximity in large numbers during this time.
“That’s just not appropriate from a prevention point of view,” said Dr. Khoshnood, adding that this is the time to listen to public health officials.
The number of infections in Iran will likely increase following the delivery of hundreds of coronavirus testing kits from the World Health Organization.
“As the kits become more available in Iran, we will see more and more cases reported,” said Dr. Khoshnood.
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