America Divided Cut

In the past 10 days, ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains’, Fearful Wildfires in ‘Diverse Places’; Wildfires rage across Pacific Northwest: Truckers abandon rigs on I-5, smoke drifts to New Mexico; towns devastated. ‘America, split to the left and right.’

Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:

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.

Revelation 6:7-8 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

(‘fourth part’ = 25% = *7.7 billion x .25 = 1.93 billion people) *estimated earth population as of March 2020.

In the past 10 days, ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains’, Fearful Wildfires in ‘Diverse Places’; Wildfires rage across Pacific Northwest: Truckers abandon rigs on I-5, smoke drifts to New Mexico; towns devastated. ‘America, split to the left and right.’

John BaconJoshua YeagerChris Woodyard USA TODAY September 8, 2020

FRESNO, Calif. – Wildfires whipped through isolated communities in two states and left backcountry campers and hikers stranded, requiring helicopters to airlift more than 140 to safety, authorities said.

About 40 wildfires were burning in California alone. Blazes were also reported in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. Smoke has been detected at least as far east as New Mexico.

The fires devastated some isolated communities. In Oregon, a fast-moving wildfire caused “catastrophic damage” and probably loss of life in the town of Blue River, east of Eugene, Lane County officials said. At least 80 to 100 homes burned, said County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky at an emergency commissioners meeting Tuesday.

“We expect that other homes and businesses within the fire area have burned,” Mokrohisky said. “And we should expect loss of life from this fire.”

About 30 homes were destroyed in the town of Big Creek in California,  resident Toby Wait said.

The fires came during a Labor Day weekend that trapped many outdoors enthusiasts in the back country. Helicopter pilots braved thick smoke to locate stranded people and their pets. 

The fires also led to power outages. California’s largest utility cut off power to more than 170,000 customers Tuesday as intense heat, dry conditions and high winds fueled historic wildfires across the Pacific Northwest.

Almost 1,000 fires have raged in California since Aug. 15, many sparked by lightning strikes. The state already has set a grim record with more than 2 million acres burned this year – more than 3,000 square miles – with several weeks remaining in the heart of fire season.

California ablaze:Striking satellite imagery shows how the fires are unfolding

In Oregon and Washington state, almost 250,000 homes and businesses in the two states were without power, and the small town of Malden, in Washington’s Whitman County, was devastated by flames.

“The scale of this disaster really can’t be expressed in words,” Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said in a statement. “The fire will be extinguished but a community has been changed for a lifetime.”

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz tweeted that “we’re still seeing new fire starts in every corner of the state.”

Two massive San Francisco Bay Area fires were largely contained but a third, the fast-growing Creek Fire, had raced through about 212 square miles and remained 0% contained. Fire officials haven’t even begun to assess the structures lost to the wildfire but know it’s extensive, they said. 

“This fire has already hit us hard,” said Dean Gould, Sierra National Forest supervisor. “I know on the forest staff, personally, there’s been loss of homes.”

More than 60 hikers and campers were initially unable to evacuate Lake Edison and China Peak areas due to the dense smoke cover. Fresno County Lt. Brandon Purcell said the trapped people were safe but “can’t get out because of roadblocks.” 

The California National Guard said later Tuesday that a Stockton-based Chinook helicopter shuttled 46 people and four dogs to safety at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. More aircraft were attempting to rescue others trapped by the fire, the guard said.

Volunteer firefighter Brian Fowlie worked alongside his crew to protect homes in the community of North Fork, where he lives. He had been on duty for 48 hours. 

“It’s tough, physically. You’re breathing the smoke. Your feet hurt. Your knees hurt,” Fowlie said. “But we’re not going home until we’re done.”

Choppers rescue more than 140 from Creek Fire near Fresno

More than 140 people were rescued Tuesday as the Creek Fire exploded in size in the Fresno and Madera counties in California 

Rescue missions began around 3 a.m. PST Tuesday and the California National Guard and Navy helicopter pilots successfully completed eight trips to the wilderness bringing dozens of people back each time. 

Smoke hampered rescue efforts much of Monday but later in the evening weather improved,  National Guard Col. David Hall said. The fire is at more than 140,000 acres.

Isaac Rodriguez of San Diego and a group of friends went backpacking above Shaver Lake and planned to camp near Frog Lake. The group mistook the plume of smoke as an approaching thunderstorm. “They took care of us pretty well there,” he said. “…We knew we couldn’t get out.”

– Sheyanne N Romero and Joshua Yeager, Visalia Times-Delta

Camping trip became race from flames

Lor Her never imagined his High Sierra fishing getaway would nearly cost him his life.

“We ran into flames half a mile out of our campsite,” Her said. “If we’d stayed another hour or two, we’d be gone.”

Her, of Fresno, was just one of hundreds of people trapped in the raging Creek Fire that crept up on Labor Day revelers. He had gone to the Kaiser Pass area, deep in the Sierra National Forest.

When Her and his friends saw smoke billowing, they packed up their campsite and attempted to drive away. A wall of flames blocked their way. They turned around and were able to find an alternate route down Highway 168. 

Abandoned tents, tarps and campsites littered the road on the way down. But the made it.

– Amy Alonzo, Reno Gazette Journal and Josh Yeager, Visalia Times-Delta

Dad guided to safety by worried daughter as fire closes in

For a few anxious hours, Ali Amaya tried to help her father navigate past blocked roads and traffic jams to safety from the wildfires closing in on his home in Talent, Oregon.

There were more than a few anxious moments. Amaya said her relatives told her they feared the town was in danger. It was “so scary and stressful hearing him and all his neighbors screaming,” she said. “We got him out on a back road heading towards a small town. No idea about the house or his neighbors.”

A friend suggested a way out and it couldn’t have come soon enough. At times, her dad’s car was “at a complete standstill with power lines down from fallen trees,” Amaya said.

– Ashley Shaffer

Truckers abandoned semis as fire closes I-5 

Some truckers abandoned their rigs as a wildfire spreading north from Ashland, Oregon, resulted in the closure of Interstate 5, the vital transportation link spanning the West Coast.

Drivers heading north on I-5 were being turned back at the California-Oregon border due to the fire in Jackson County, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Freeway traffic was also stopped from south Ashland to south Medford.

At least one Ashland, Oregon, neighborhood was under an evacuation notice.

– Mike Chapman, Redding Record Searchlight

‘At least I have my life’ – Evacuees fled with few belongings

Harrowing stories emerged Tuesday from families who sought safety at a shelter after hastily leaving their homes as the flames of a wildfire closed in on their Oregon neighborhoods.

“A lot of people lost their homes last night,” said Clyde Nance, who feared his own Mill City residence might be among them.

Nance, 59, had evacuated the home about 2:30 a.m. PST after seeing the fire encroaching the ridge and watching fire trucks arrive. “You could tell, it’s time to get the heck out of here,” he said at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, where a temporary evacuation site has been set up.

About 100 families — with cats, dogs and horses in tow — evacuated to the fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE in Salem. Volunteers from Red Cross Cascades Region set up an intake center for those impacted by the fires in the parking lot across from the Jackman-Long Building.

Ricky Woods and his five children evacuated from their Stayton home not long after 4 a.m. They jumped in the car without grabbing much of anything. “If it burns down all my (stuff), at least I have my life,” he said.

– Connor Radnovich and Capi Lynn, Salem Statesman Journal

California governor says fires already way worse than a year ago

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says wildfire count in the state so far this year is far beyond the number last year, evidence of the effects of climate change.

Newsom tweeted that there have been 7,606 fires so far this year, compared to 4,927 last year. And when it comes to acreage, fires have blackened 7,606 acres so far in 2020, up from 118,000 acres in 2019.

About 40 wildfires were burning in California on Tuesday, taxing the state’s ability to fight them.

Wildfire smoke shrouds Southwest

Smoke from about 40 wildfires across California has thrown a shroud over Southern California – reaching as far as New Mexico. In some areas, it could be days before residents get to see blue skies again.

Collectively, fires are producing smoke that’s headed east into other portions of the Southwest.

“There’s thick smoke covering most of Arizona,” said Phil Gonsalves, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “I can say with some confidence it’s east of Albuquerque.”

Thick smoke is high in the atmosphere and should not directly impact anyone at lower elevations, according to the National Weather Service. Conditions, however, may be worse in areas several thousand feet above sea level.

“It’s more hazy than it should be this time of year. Not what you’d expect from a desert in September. Very gloomy,” said Brian Kraus, 74, a resident of Yucca Valley, elevation 3,300 feet and about 25 miles north of Palm Springs.  

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for Southern California through Tuesday because of the El Dorado and Bobcat fires.

Evacuation orders issued in Oregon

In Oregon, a fast-moving wildfire caused “catastrophic damage” and probably loss of life in the town of Blue River east of Eugene-Springfield, Lane County officials said. Hundreds of people were evacuated. At least one fire responder re at least 80 to 100 homes burned, said County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky at an emergency commissioners meeting Tuesday.

“We expect that other homes and businesses within the fire area have burned,” Mokrohisky said. “And we should expect loss of life from this fire.”

Evacuations were ordered for several communities in Marion County, home to the state capital of Salem. The Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 – “Go” – notice to residents in the communities of Gates, Mill City, Detroit, Idanha, Mehama and the North Fork corridor. Residents were urged to leave the area immediately.

“The extreme fire activity in the area poses an imminent danger to anyone who chooses to remain in the evacuated area,” Sheriff Joe Kast said in a statement. “Our deputies are committed to helping keep our community safe. However, conditions have become too dangerous for them to continue with evacuation efforts at this time.”

Mill City resident Mike Ferris said he was able to evacuate his home around 2 a.m.  “As soon as we got to the edge of town we could see houses and trees burning on both sides of the road,” Ferris said.

Eric Johnson, deputy fire staff for Northwest Oregon Fire Management, warned that the wildfire weather forecast is “extremely rare and occurs only a few times a century.” Almost 140,000 homes and businesses were without power.

Blackouts in place for parts of at least 22 California counties

Pacific Gas and Electric, which serves Central and Northern California, said it was working to limit the number of customers facing blackouts. Parts of 22 counties and seven tribal communities were facing some “de-energization,” the utility said. The utility said it hoped to start bringing power back to some areas Wednesday.

“Once the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment and restoring customers,” the utility said in a statement. Safety inspections of approximately 10,625 miles of transmission and distribution lines “equivalent to twice the distance from San Francisco to Tokyo” will be conducted, PG&E said.

The power news was a bit better to the south. Southern California Edison tweeted that “Third straight day of #energyconservation paid off. No ISO-ordered power outages during the #LaborDay2020 #heatwave. We truly appreciate your thoughtful use of energy.”

Southern California also battling fires, one sparked by gender reveal event

In Southern California, crews scrambled to douse several fires that roared to life in searing temperatures, including one that closed mountain roads in Angeles National Forest and forced the evacuation of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. The Los Angeles County Fire Department told residents of Duarte, Bradbury and Monrovia near the forest to get ready for a possible evacuation.

In San Bernardino County, Cal Fire said the El Dorado Fire that started Saturday morning was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender. Authorities said the couple was cooperating with investigators and that no determination on criminal charges had been made.

Fire and emergency managers said Tuesday the fire had grown to about 16 square miles and was 16% contained. 

In eastern San Diego County, a fire destroyed at least 10 structures after burning 16 square miles and prompting evacuations near the remote community of Alpine in the Cleveland National Forest.

More:California’s oldest state park, home to iconic redwoods, expects to close for year due to fires

Washington town of Malden ravaged by flames

Malden, a town of about 200 people 30 miles south of Spokane, was torn apart by multiple blazes driven by 45-mph winds. Sheriff Myers said the largest began Monday afternoon and raced through the tiny downtown. The fire station, post office, city hall/library complex and other prominent buildings “completely burned to the ground,” he said. He estimated that 80% of the homes and structures in Malden were destroyed. 

Authorities were working on a plan to take inventory of the damage and to account for residents who were in their homes or in the communities when the firestorms hit.

“I just hope we don’t find the fire took more than homes and buildings,” Myers said. “I pray everyone got out in time.”

Bacon reported from McLean, Va. Contributing: Sheyanne N Romero and David Rodriguez, Visalia Times-Delta; Zach Urness and David Davis, Salem Statesman Journal; Sherry Barkas and Colin Atagi, Palm Springs Desert Sun;  The (Eugene, Ore.) Register Guard; The Associated Press

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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