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’, Pestilence / Disease in ‘Diverse Places’; As COVID rages in Brazil, almost 500 (5) Catholic priests infected
Eduardo Campos Lima Aug 31, 2020 CruxNow
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – At least 447 priests have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Brazil since March and 22 of them have died, according to the country’s National Commission of Presbyters (NCP).
According to NCP’s president, Father José Adelson da Silva Rodrigues, only cases involving diocesan priests have been reported, so the number of members of religious congregations affected by the disease is still unknown.
Brazil, the largest Catholic country in the world with a Catholic population estimated at 170 million, has roughly 27,500 priests and 18,200 of them are diocesan, meaning some 9,300 belong to religious orders.
“The situation certainly would be much worse if the cases of priests from congregations are added to the list,” Rodrigues told Crux. NCP is currently working to gather the information provided by congregations and institutes, Rodrigues added.
With 3.7 million confirmed cases and 118,000 deaths, Brazil has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Latin America. Despite the application of strict precautionary measures by the Church, the Brazilian clergy couldn’t remain insusceptible for long.
“For months we hadn’t celebrated Masses and many activities were interrupted. But the parish work has never stopped, and the pandemic forced us to intensify social assistance operations. Many people look for us to open their hearts, and we just can’t say no to them,” Rodrigues said.
“We have a great responsibility to our people. So, we’re very exposed,” he said.
The massive community contagion in the country makes impossible for most priests to know how they were infected. That’s the case of Father Mauricio Fornaciari, who tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of July.
“I had been wearing a mask, using hand sanitizers all day long, celebrating for a reduced number of attendees. I had ceased to visit the ill. I don’t know how I was infected,” he told Crux. Two of his colleagues in the diocese also developed the disease.
At the beginning, Fornaciari felt body pain and thought it could be dengue fever, an endemic problem in Brazil.
“Thankfully I didn’t have the worst symptoms, although I’m diabetic. The hardest part is the complete isolation for two weeks,” he said.
A communicator who runs a weekly radio show in the city of Linhares, in Espírito Santo State, Fornaciari said he wasn’t used to “monastic life”, as he described his confinement due to the disease.
“After a few days in enclosure, things became to feel strange. But I took those days to reflect, write, and pray. It was a kind of Lent for me,” he continued.
Now fully recovered, Fornaciari now uses his experience to help people who are too anxious or depressed about the pandemic, trying to give them hope. “Health also depends on the state of our soul. I tell everybody to stay calm and go on,” he said.
Father Francisco Alves de Lima from Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, in Amazonas State, also doesn’t know how he became sick. The virus took months to arrive in the city, located in a faraway forest region.
“We had been following all municipal protocols concerning social distancing. We gave the Easter blessings to people from a car, for instance” he told Crux.
But De Lima and his colleagues kept celebrating funerals and even small requiem Masses for three or four relatives with a special permit from the city government.
“It’s a sign of charity. It’s very sad to say goodbye to a relative without being able to touch anybody,” he said.
After presenting a few symptoms, as body pain, diarrhea, and cough, De Lima and a colleague tested positive. Both immediately went to isolation. “I celebrated Mass alone in my room for two weeks,” he said.
Shortly after they recovered, another colleague, the Vietnamese-born Father Joseph Tran, confirmed he had caught the virus too. “The disease wasn’t so harsh in my case. But I felt physically awkward,” Tran told Crux.
In the Amazon for eight years, Tran followed not only the doctors’ recommendations, but also the local tradition. “I used several herbal teas in my treatment,” he said.
For Father Orlando Tito Filho from Cáceres, in Mato Grosso State, the most important lesson on COVID-19 is about prevention. Hospitalized for 20 days – five of them in ICU, Fr. Tito Filho at times felt he was not going to make it through the infection.
“About 80 percent of my lungs had been affected by the virus. I had body pain, fever, tremor. It’s something very painful,” he told Crux.
As his situation deteriorated, Tito Filho had to be taken to two different clinics in Cáceres and finally to a hospital in Cuiabá, the State capital.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, he had been active in giving support to the community, distributing food kits to poor families, administering the anointing of the sick, and celebrating funerals of COVID-19 victims.
“That’s probably how I caught it, but I don’t regret it. I would do all those things again,” he said.
During most of his treatment, Tito Filho posted live videos from the hospital and showed to thousands of followers his critical health condition.
“Images can tell more than words. I wanted people to know how serious this disease is,” he added, saying that he’s worried about the reckless reopening of the economic activities in Brazil. “I think it’s too soon,” he said.
Rodrigues said the NCP is constantly recommending precaution for priests all over Brazil.
“But the fact is that priests never stop working. We can’t hide as if the world wasn’t moving,” he said
In His Service,
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 12:19. Dearly 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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