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.
Europe is new coronavirus ground zero, CDC chief warns
Alexander Nazaryan National Correspondent Yahoo News•March 10, 2020
WASHINGTON — “The new China is Europe,” Robert Redfield, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Tuesday, reflecting the shifting realities of the global coronavirus epidemic.
The epidemic began in China’s province of Hubei, but strict measures imposed by Beijing appear to have drastically slowed the spread of the disease there (although figures from the authoritarian regime cannot readily be trusted). South Korea, which suffered the second-biggest coronavirus outbreak after China, has also been showing signs of progress in containing the disease.
But as the coronavirus seems to be slowing down in East Asia, it is picking up pace in Western Europe, where dense populations and open, easily traversed borders make for a daunting public health challenge.
“The epicenter, the new China, is Europe,” Redfield said in remarks that came in the midst of congressional testimony. “And there’s a lot of people coming back and forth from Europe.”
No country in Europe has been as devastated by the coronavirus as Italy, where 9,172 had been sickened and 631 killed as of Tuesday. The number of cases in Italy now surpasses that in South Korea and Iran, where the virus raged for weeks after originating in China.
After restricting travel to and within the northern provinces, where the coronavirus had first taken hold, the government in Rome placed the entire country on lockdown. Spain has also seen an increase in cases, which now total 1,646. France and Germany are close behind, with more than a thousand coronavirus cases in each.
Ireland has canceled all of its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, a potent sign of deepening concern within Europe.
(The United States, which has a much greater population than all of the aforementioned European nations combined, has detected only 791 cases so far, though that could be because public health authorities in the U.S. have struggled to ramp up testing.)
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