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.
Increasing Civil Unrest, Distress of Nations: Coronavirus: California Gov. Newsom puts National Guard on alert amid pandemic
Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY•March 18, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed the National Guard to be on alert and ready to step in, if needed, to help communities across state grapple with the fast-moving spread of the coronavirus.
The governor said Wednesday the community-based military unit could be called on to aid in humanitarian missions, including food distribution, “ensuring the resiliency of supply lines” and supporting public safety measures.
“As Californians make sacrifices over the coming weeks and stay home, we are immensely grateful for medical providers, first-responders and National Guard personnel who are assisting those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” Newsom said in a statement.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there are roughly 779 confirmed cases of the virus in California, and 14 people have died from the disease. The outbreak is centered in the Bay Area, which has about half of all the state’s cases, and residents there remain under a “shelter-in-place” order through April 7.
Already more than 18 states have called their National Guard units into action, mobilizing roughly 1,500 guardsmen currently serving across the country, to help oversee and operate new drive-up testing facilities, clean and disinfect public spaces, and support both emergency operations centers and health care workers.
Roughly 350,000 guardsmen are serving around the country, 18,450 of whom are based in California. Units can be deployed for domestic missions and have been called on before during national emergencies.
Typically, the National Guard reports to the governors of the states they are stationed in, but during a press briefing on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper told reporters the federal government is also considering activating the National Guard and Reserve units across the country, centralizing command under the president.
“In my conversations with governors and members of Congress about DOD’s resources, I’ve made it clear that we will continue to support the administration’s comprehensive efforts and the country every step of the way, while ensuring our nation’s security remains the top priority of the Department of Defense,” he said.
The move would redistribute both control and the funding burden to the federal government, which would also be able to deploy National Guard units outside their respective states.
“In some ways we want to be the last resort, right?” he added.
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