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 ‘reports’ 63 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest single-day toll in the three weeks.
AFP. March 11, 2020
Tehran (AFP) – Iran on Wednesday reported 63 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest single-day toll in the three weeks since the Islamic republic announced the first deaths from the outbreak.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Iran is one of the deadliest outside China, where the disease originated.
“Based on new lab results, we have identified 958 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 9,000,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised news conference.
“Unfortunately in the past 24 hours, we have had reports of 63 deaths and overall 354 have lost their lives” to the virus, he added.
The capital Tehran had the most new infections with 256 cases.
The central province of Isfahan followed with 170, and Semnan, to the east of Tehran, had 63.
Bushehr as well as Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad in the southwest had no new cases.
Iran announced its first coronavirus deaths, in the Shiite holy city of Qom, on February 19.
It is yet to officially impose quarantines but authorities have repeatedly called on people to refrain from travelling.
They have closed schools and universities and resorted to shutting hotels and other tourist accommodation to discourage travel.
Jahanpour said the number of infections was still on the rise and that Iran would not be “celebrating the end of coronavirus” during the country’s new year holidays, which start on March 20.
– Poisoning deaths –
President Hassan Rouhani also called on people to limit their movements in order to contain the virus.
“Movements must be reduced to the possible minimum, unless it is absolutely necessary,” Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting, flanked by ministers wearing masks.
“Everyone must pay attention to protocols and be careful so the virus’s spread can be contained,” he added.
Rouhani also warned against “exaggerating” the number of dead through non-official tolls and causing “fear and anxiety” among the public.
Apart from direct fatalities, 84 people have died from methanol poisoning in Iran after rumours circulated that drinking alcohol can help cure or protect from the virus.
In some provinces such as Khuzestan in the southwest, the death toll from poisoning is higher than that from the coronavirus.
Separately, Iran’s foreign ministry expressed concern over the health of Iranian prisoners in the United States because of what it called President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak there.
Spokesman Abbas Mousavi made the remarks after the United States demanded the release of American prisoners from virus-hit Iran.
“We’re worried about the health of some Iranian prisoners taken hostage” in the US, he told a news conference that was held online because of the outbreak.
Mousavi criticised the US over what he called its “imaginary projects like a wall, a carefree president, and needless and illegal presence in other countries” and urged Washington to use its resources better to ensure the health of its citizens
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