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.
Future, during the seven (7) year tribulation;
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.
World Events Happening During Feast of Trumpets; Florida community stunned by Hurricane Sally’s strength: ‘No one thought it would be like this.’ Fearful Sights and Perilous Times.
Kirsten Fiscus, Pensacola News Journal USA TODAY•September 18, 2020
PERDIDO KEY, Fla. — In five years aboard the Tropical Hideaway Too, Jerry Ash has ridden out some bad storms before, but Hurricane Sally was different.
Anchored at the Perdido Key RV Resort and Marina in Pensacola, Florida, Ash and his compatriots in their similarly tied up sailboats, hunkered down for the night before the winds picked up.
None of them were expecting it to get as bad as it did Wednesday.
“I’ve been through some bad ones before, but I know better,” Ash said about riding through a hurricane on the boat. “No one thought it would be like this.”
The man stuck on the pillar under a local bridge certainly wasn’t expecting it either.
Ash was alerted to the man by onlookers, trying to figure out how to help him.
The trapped man had been on a boat anchored at the neighboring marina on the other side of the bridge when it broke loose and capsized, Ash would come to learn. The man’s only option was to cling to the underside of the bridge, all night as the hurricane passed with Category 2 force winds and relentless rain.
“Could you imagine? He was out there all night in just shorts,” Ash said.
Unsure how to help, Ash initially posted a grainy picture of the man to Facebook, asking anyone to pass along a message to rescuers.
Eventually, rescuers did come with Jet Skis, but the winds were too much, Ash said, so he resolved to do it himself.
“I knew if I could get to my boat, I could get to him,” he said. “So I came out here, grabbed my kayak and about 500 feet of rope and went out.”
Ash paddled out to get the man the rope, then several onshore helped pull him in. The man had a dislocated shoulder and was understandably shaken up.
“But man, I bet he’s got a story to tell,” Ash said. “I just wish I knew his name.”
Just a few slips down from Ash, Markus Alt and his dog, Ace, were preparing to abandon ship.
“My boat was just swinging from one side to the other,” he said. “I put Ace’s life vest on, put mine on and grabbed my ditch bag. When I jumped off the side of the boat I was just hoping the boards of the dock would be under my feet.”
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Alt made it, white-knuckling the handhold on Ace’s life vest, to a small community center in the middle of the RV park. He, Ash and others watched out the window as their boats waved from one side to the other, up and down.
Alt realized that some of the boats, and the way they were tied, wouldn’t make it. He and Ash ran up and down the dock adjusting the boats.
“If we didn’t, it would be like a domino effect,” he said. “I mean I didn’t want anyone to lose their boat, they’re our homes, but if one got loose it could just start that domino.”
Alt, a former Colorado resident who’d moved down in his boat, Brilliant Sea, in April, said it was his first bad storm in the boat.
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“I’m a bit of an adventurist, a thrill-seeker, but at that point there was no more thrill in it,” he said. “All in all, we survived it. We’re still floating.”
That’s more than the boats next door could say. Emile Petro’s Oyster Bar Restaurant and Marina, on the other side of the bridge from the RV park, didn’t fare as well.
Boats were everywhere they could be except upright in the water.
“If you own a business on the water, you expect it to happen from time to time,” he said surveying the damage. “If we’d known it would have been this bad, we would have had the boats moved.”
Mel Knapp, an entertainer who lives on the bottom floor of a condo unit at the marina, rode out the storm there.
“Well it just started as rain and wind, you know, wasn’t anything to be concerned about,” he said. “But then about midnight it really picked up. Then about 3 a.m. I said ok, we need to move.”
Knapp and his dog, Smokey, moved upstairs to a neighbor’s unit, worried the water would soon be pouring into his home.
“I watched as these boats tumbled over each other,” he said. “There was a guy in one boat here, and another tied up over there, and then there was the guy stuck under the bridge.”
Once the weather calmed down, Knapp went downstairs to check on his home. Expecting the worst, he was pleasantly surprised everything was intact. He even found his bicycle that had been on his patio, a little dirty, but still in working order.
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Further inland, where a small community of homes sat, residents were still fairly shocked by Sally’s strength.
Michael Choron, his wife, Denise, and their 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son were throwing damaged items to the curb.
“Free to anyone who wants it. We’ll put it in the back of your truck,” he said to a passerby who slowed to look at the workbench. “We’re throwing it all out. Except the beer. That stays.”
Choron will have to salvage two boat lifts behind the home he built in 2017.
“At one point I thought ‘I hope I tightened that damn nut right when I built this thing,’” he said. “I did get kind of scared when I saw those lifts collapsing.”
Denise Choron said if they’d known the storm was going to get as bad as it did, her family would have evacuated.
“It was kind of downplayed,” she said, stopping to take a deep breath. “I get kind of emotional thinking about what could have happened. We’re just very thankful we’re all still here. All our neighbors are.”
Sally leaves Gulf Coast with severe flooding; at least 2 dead
Manuel Bojorquez CBS News•September 18, 2020
Hurricane Sally battered the Gulf Coast of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday with 100 mph winds, two and a half feet of rain and a surge of seawater. At least two people in Alabama and Georgia were killed.
Only remnants of the storm are left now, but it’s still enough to deluge parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. Heavy rains are expected to wreak havoc from Virginia to North Carolina throughout the night before the storm moves out over the Atlantic, and the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama were facing the possibility of even more misery due to swollen rivers a day after the storm blew ashore.
As of Thursday afternoon, more than 500,000 (5) people across Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana were without power, according to poweroutage.us.
Flying above the region with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, CBS News saw how much devastation the hurricane left behind. One bridge in Pensacola, Florida, is missing two large sections, likely because barges came loose and smashed into it. Roofs have been peeled away, boats are scattered, and some areas are cut off by downed trees or heavy flooding.
David Middleton, who opened his auto parts store 33 years ago in Robertsdale, Alabama, said his business lost its storefront.
“I started getting calls around six this morning from friends and customers saying the shop’s bad, took the roof off,” Middleton told CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL. “We actually had to chain saw our way to get here.”
“I can’t comprehend the damage it’s done.”
Richard Franzen wasn’t just upset about his flooded home. “I am a veteran and I have a memorial back there,” he said through tears. “It’s underwater. I lost some of my friends in Vietnam, but it’s gone.”
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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