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.
Iran sees over a staggering 1,200 new virus cases in 24 hours as 17 more perish
Iran on Friday announced a surge in coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths including an advisor to the foreign minister
Fri 6 Mar 2020 05:42 PM Arabian Business.
Iran on Friday announced a surge in coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths including an advisor to the foreign minister, raising the total number of people killed to 124.
The Islamic republic is battling the world’s deadliest outbreak of the disease outside China where it originated. Globally, cases topped 100,000 with over 3,400 deaths.
Iran has confirmed 1,234 new cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 4,747, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference.
The new cases “are probably those who had been infected with the virus two weeks ago and… just came to us with symptoms,” he added.
Several politicians or government officials are among those who have been killed by the disease in Iran.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to Iran’s foreign minister who took part in the 1979 US embassy hostage crisis, died from the virus late Thursday, state news agency IRNA reported.
A former ambassador to Syria, he also served as deputy foreign minister from 1981 to 1997.
Sheikholeslam was also one of the students involved in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, when they stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage.
This prompted Washington to sever diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980.
The hostages were freed in January 1981, after 444 days in captivity
Iran has tested more than 15,980 people for novel coronavirus since it emerged in the country, Jahanpour said.
“The number of those who have recovered from the disease has reached more than 913,” he added.
Iran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which has infected people in all 31 of its provinces.
Jahanpour said Tehran has 1,413 confirmed cases so far, which is the highest among all provinces and makes it an “epicentre” for the virus.
He bemoaned the “heavy traffic in the north of the country” as Iranians flock to popular tourist spots “despite numerous warnings and all the threats this poses.”
“Please, do not travel to northern provinces . . . by doing this you are gifting the virus to your family and friends,” Jahanpour said.
The country has closed schools and universities until early April in a bid to contain the virus, but according to the official, the long holidays ahead appear to have prompted people to travel north.
Iran has not officially quarantined any province, but it has tried to limit domestic movement and set up checkpoints across the country.
It stepped up restrictions on Friday as the police announced all people travelling to Mazandaran and Gilan — other than residents of those provinces returning from elsewhere — will be turned back.
Gilan is one of the country’s worst-hit provinces.
Six of those who died from the virus are politicians or government officials.
Before his death, Sheikholeslam was advisor to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Other officials who have died of coronavirus include lawmaker Mohammad Ali Ramezani and Mojtaba Pourkhanali, an agriculture ministry official, both from Gilan.
The others were Ahmad Toyserkani, an adviser to the judiciary chief, Hadi Khosroshahi, a former envoy to the Vatican, and Mojtaba Fazeli, a secretary to a senior cleric.
Tehran lawmaker Fatemeh Rahbar is in a coma after being infected, according to the ISNA news agency.
A host of other officials have been infected and are under quarantine, including vice-president Masoumeh Ebtekar, deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi and grand ayatollah Musa Shobairi Zanjani, who is considered one of Iran’s highest religious authorities.
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