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.
Italy death toll jumps past 1,000
By Crispian Balmer and Francesca Piscioneri Reuters•March 12, 2020
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic shot past 1,000 on Thursday as the economic impact worsened, with much of the country at a standstill and the Milan bourse posting its largest ever one-day fall.
Looking to halt the spread of the disease, the government introduced yet more restrictions on Italians, ordering the blanket, nationwide closure of restaurants, bars and almost all shops except for food stores and chemists.
Most Italians were stoical in the face of the unprecedented disruption. “The government is doing its best, we’re in a war against an invisible enemy,” said Rome delicatessen shop owner Roberto Castroni.
Highlighting the challenge facing Italy, the worst-affected country in Europe, the daily death toll jumped by 189 to 1,016.
Confirmed cases rose to 15,113 from a previous 12,462, the biggest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21 in the wealthy northern region of Lombardy.
In an ever-escalating series of measures to halt the spread, Rome’s Catholic churches were ordered closed on Thursday — an unprecedented move in modern times that will apply to more than 900 parochial and historic churches in the Italian capital.
History was also made in the Milan bourse, which fell 17% for its worst single-day loss ever, underperforming a generally disastrous global market, as investors fretted over the huge, long-term cost of the coronavirus lockdown.
The outbreak has turned Italy into a pariah state, with many countries severing transport links, leading to the cancellation of thousands of flights and the closure of some airports.
Rome demanded that Austria lift “unjustified” controls at their shared border by Thursday evening after spot health checks on truck drivers caused huge tailbacks at the Brenner Pass — a vital Alpine road link.
“The block on Italian goods vehicles to northern Europe is causing incalculable damage to our exports and to European trade,” business lobby Confindustria said in a statement.
The streets of major Italian cities were largely empty on Thursday with most people heeding a plea by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to stay at home.
Under the government’s emergency decree all non-essential travel is banned and people have to carry around forms that justify their reason for being on the streets.
The interior ministry said police had booked some 2,162 people during the day for violating the order. Seven foreigners were arrested in Rome after being caught playing cards around a table in the open air, Ansa news agency said.
Those found guilty of infringing the rules face up to three months in prison and a fine of up to 206 euros ($231). Anyone who has coronavirus and is caught breaking the obligatory 2-week quarantine order faces between one and 12 years in jail.
So far, Italians has been supportive of the clampdown, with one poll showing more than 80% in favor of the government’s decision.
“I am convinced these measures are right and will reduce the length of this epidemic,” said Federica Bravi, out shopping for essentials in Rome. “So at this time, the more sacrifices we make the more likely it will be that we contain this problem.”
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