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.
Coronavirus cases are surging in Europe: more than 10,000 new cases reported, Italy hit hardest
Hilary Brueck,Shayanne Gal Business Insider•March 17, 2020
As the spread of the novel coronavirus grinds to a near-halt in China, the virus continues spreading fast around the rest of the globe.
“We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test, every suspected case,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. “The most effective way to prevent infections and save lives is breaking the chains of transmission, and to do that you must test and isolate.”
On that day alone, European countries tallied up 10,560 new cases of the virus, which can prompt a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and in severe cases death. The severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, varies widely with age: the virus kills 15% of infected people over 80, but just 0.2% of people under 39.
The bulk of new cases were diagnosed and reported on Monday in Italy (3,590), Iran (2,262), Spain (2,000), and Germany (1,043) according to the WHO. In China, where the virus originated, transmission appears to have slowed dramatically: 29 new cases were confirmed Monday.
Bruce Aylward, who led a team of international public health experts through China in February, has said before that the rest of the world is “simply not ready” to fight COVID-19, but that far more could be done to contain, track, test, and treat cases.
Prepping “hundreds” of hospital beds and ventilators and enlisting thousands of public-health workers are some of the most crucial “really practical things you can do to be ready,” Aylward said.
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