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.
EU leaders to hold crisis teleconference to tackle coronavirus
By Francesco Guarascio Reuters•March 9, 2020
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will hold emergency talks soon to discuss a joint response to the coronavirus, officials said on Monday, as the bloc’s executive considers relaxing state subsidy rules to allow extra public spending.
The announcement of the teleconference, likely to take place on Tuesday, came after Italy and France called for Europe-wide stimulus to counter the economic impact of the epidemic.
The spread of coronavirus from China across Asia, Europe and the Americas has caused huge disruption to business operations, supply chains and economic activity. Analysts say the world economy is headed for a sharp downturn, possibly a recession.
“Following consultations I will hold a EUCO members conference call shortly on COVID-19 to coordinate EU efforts,” tweeted Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits. “We need to cooperate in order to protect the health of our citizens.”
Separately, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday the bloc’s executive was considering all options to help the economy.
The commission was assessing conditions to grant flexibility to states in providing public subsidies to crisis-hit sectors, she added .
Temporary suspensions to the bloc’s state aid framework, which is meant to avoid unfair competition, were introduced after the 2008-09 financial crisis and let governments spend hundreds of billions of euros to bail out banks.
On Saturday, Brussels effectively authorized Italy’s emergency measures to tackle the impact of the outbreak, using a waiver under EU fiscal rules that allows for more spending in exceptional circumstances.
That flexibility will allow Italy, the worst-hit EU country, to increase its budget deficit above EU limits.
Von der Leyen said the EU could also spend some of its own money to combat the crisis, but admitted resources were scarce.
“If I look at the tasks ahead of us, we are running short of the flexibility to act in crises as we see them right now,” she said.
As she spoke, EU institutions and other Brussels-based bodies were arranging for staff to work from home.
The EU Parliament on Monday shortened its monthly four-day plenary sitting to only one-and-half days to reduce contagion risks, after it had earlier decided to extraordinarily move it from Strasbourg to Brussels .
The EU council, which hosts meetings of national diplomats and ministers, last week sent home more than 50 people after two infections among its staff.
A first case was also detected at the EU Commission, a spokeswoman for the body said on Monday.
A NATO spokeswoman said on Monday the military alliance had sent home some staff after one official working at the Brussels headquarters had tested positive.
Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Additional reporting by John Chalmers, Philip Blenkinsop, Gabriela Baczynska and Marine Strauss;
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