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.
Here’s what a massive coronavirus lockdown would look like in the U.S.
China and Italy have enacted sweeping restrictions to stem the new coronavirus. This is how those efforts would map onto the States.
BY EVE CONANT National geographic march 13, 2020
Two massive lockdowns are already under way—the entire country of Italy and China’s Hubei province, both home to some 60 million people. Governments there have set drastic limits on domestic travel and social gatherings and have shuttered businesses and schools in a desperate effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The geographic size of these two areas may appear small compared to the U.S., but when studied by population, a different picture emerges.
Some form of restricted zone encompassing 60 million people in the United States would cover all the citizens in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona combined—or an entire swath of the country directly to the east of those western states.
The sweeping measures in Italy and Hubei province are focused on severely restricting travel first and foremost. The restrictions vary but are geared toward keeping people in their homes and avoiding movement as much as possible. Public transport, from buses to planes and trains, has been curtailed or, in some cases, shut down entirely. Highways might be manned by checkpoints. Italians, for example, must get official permission if they need to travel within the country for work, health, or any other significant purpose. Schools are closed as are businesses, except those considered essential, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. “Social distancing” measures include businesses that are allowed to stay open enforcing a three-foot distance between customers. China’s clampdown began January 23 and quickly widened throughout Hubei province, a drastic move but one that is appearing to help, as the number of cases has been falling there. Italy’s countrywide limits, announced March 9, came as regional restrictions failed to stem the contagion and health systems became increasingly strained.
The designated “containment area” in New Rochelle, New York, calls for less drastic measures but is the first officially controlled zone in the U.S. All schools, houses of worship, and other public spaces are shutting down and large gatherings are banned. Free movement, however, is allowed. The National Guard has come in to disinfect common areas and to distribute food where needed; the containment area has a one-mile radius. (These are the people most at risk of becoming infected.)
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