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.
The New Normal, Another Day … More Disasters; Unholy heat: Data shows Jerusalem’s endless summer may be the fiery new normal. Highest temperatures Jerusalem has seen in over 100 years.
Hot days are getting hotter, sweltering nights are no longer rare and heat spells are lasting longer. Figures for Jerusalem, Israel and the region point to a scalding trend
By JOSHUA DAVIDOVICH and SUE SURKES9 October 2020, 4:24 pm The Times of Israel
For nine days, from May 13 to May 21, Jerusalem saw an unprecedented string of high daily temperatures above 33º C (91.6º F). The record stood all of two and a half months, until August 29.
That day, the high temperature in the city soared to a scorching 38.2º C. It would be 14 days until the high in Jerusalem would cool to a breezy 32.1º C on September 12, and it would take another 10 days until the high finally dipped below 30º C — barely — topping out at 29.4º C on September 22.
The fact that September 2020 was the hottest month in recorded history in Jerusalem likely comes as no surprise to anyone who sweated through the heatwave that blanketed the city. The unprecedented run included two days, September 3 and 4, during which the temperature hit 42.3º C and 42.7º C respectively, the highest temperatures Jerusalem had seen in over 100 years, bested only by the 44.4º C, reached on two days in August 1881, according to the Israel Meteorological Service.
While the extremeness of the temperatures was terrifying, scientists say that what is more ominous are the larger trends and how long the heat waves are lasting. A look at the daily temperature data compiled by the Israel Meteorological Service over the last 70 (7) years provides a sweat-inducing peek at just how hot Jerusalem is becoming, and how temperatures and heatwaves once regarded as rare have become commonplace.
According to Prof. Yoav Yair, Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center, a Herzliya-based university better known as IDC, a series of days with temperatures of 33º C (91.4º F) or higher is the threshold for a heatwave in Jerusalem.
Days of 33º C or higher are not overly common in the capital, which usually enjoys cooler temperatures than coastal Israel thanks to its elevation some 750 meters (2,460 feet) above sea level. The lack of humidity also helps make the city a refuge from the muggy climate that envelopes Tel Aviv and most of central Israel.
Most years see a few handfuls of days that reach above 33º C, and every few years the city may even see a string of six or seven days, according to an analysis of IMS data. At the same time, before 1990, it was not uncommon for whole years to pass in which the mercury only hit the milestone once or twice, if at all.
Now that has all changed.
According to data from the IMS, from 1950 to 1959 there were a total of 99 days in which the high temperature in Jerusalem hit 33º C or higher.
From 1960 to 1969 the number climbed to 119 days. The next two decades actually saw a cooling trend: From 1970 to 1979 there were only 64 heat wave days, and from 1980 to 1989 there were 98 such days.
And then the heat began to build again. From 1990 to 1999 there were 127 heatwave days. The next decade, Jerusalem experienced temperatures of 33º C or higher 137 times. and from 2010 to 2019 there were a whopping 230 days in which the temperature reached or surpassed the toasty threshold.
As of October 8, this year has seen 40 heatwave days. Assuming that the year is not a major outlier, this upcoming decade would see some 400 heatwave days in Jerusalem.
“None of this is surprising,” said Yair. “Temperatures in Israel have gone up by around 1.4% between 1950 and 2017, with most of the increases happening over the past 30 years.”
And it is only expected to get worse.
The month of September, which supplied 18 of the year’s heatwave days, broke records across Israel, becoming the hottest September on record in Jerusalem and most of the rest of the country, according to a report from the IMS.
There are signs, though, that the heat seen in September was not an every year event. The extreme heat, which was felt throughout the region and in Europe as well, was registered as an anomaly, and in Israel was attributed to hot easterly winds blowing in from the Arabian peninsula, circling around a low-pressure system.
In Jerusalem, highs spiked to above 40º C (104º F) for three days in a row. The event appeared extraordinary, especially given that according to the IMS, temperatures in Jerusalem have only crossed the 40º C threshold seven times since 1950, including those three days.
It’s not unprecedented, however. A report from the service released in mid-September noted that it had happened three times before in Jerusalem’s history since 1860: June 1942, July 1888 and August 1881, when that record 44.4º C temperature was recorded. Those extremes could not be attributed to the global trends of climate change being seen now.
Part of a worldwide phenomenon
But there are many more signs that even if extreme temperatures are the result of local factors, the persistence and frequency of the hot days are part of a larger global trend.
“In recent years we’re seeing temperatures pick up and continuing to increase,” said Prof. Ori Adam, a Hebrew University climate expert. “It’s always hard to differentiate that from local effects. But it’s consistent [with] the global trends.”
A 2017 UN report on climate change challenges in the Arab world predicted there would be 40 to 80 days per year with temperatures between 35º C and 40º C by the end of the century across the region, depending on carbon emissions models.
In Jerusalem, the average high temperature in September was 33.4º C, five degrees above the average between 1995 and 2009. Nationwide, according to the IMS, only three months have ever had higher average temperatures: August 2010, July 2015 and August 2017.
And those numbers might not even tell the whole story. The IMS was forced to base much of its data for September on a secondary weather station that recorded slightly lower temperatures. That’s because on September 4, researchers were unable to reach the main monitor atop a central Jerusalem building to confirm its reading of 42.7º C, due to a work accident, leading the IMS to rely on the secondary monitor on Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus for that month only. (Most of the data in this report is based on the main monitor’s findings, which the IMS has continued to publish.)
Of the 10 highest temperatures recorded in Jerusalem’s main weather station over the past 70 years, only two predated 2010: 40.6º C on July 30, 2000, and 39.6º C on August 22, 1954.
It’s not only the days. Temperatures in early September were so consistently high in Jerusalem, according to the IMS, that the daily low actually surpassed the average high at one point.
In May, IMS data shows that nights stayed so hot that low temperature remained above the average high for that period for a week straight.
Of the 22 times since 1950 that the low temperature in Jerusalem has remained over 28º C (82º F), only nine of them have come before 2000.
Jerusalem is far from alone in feeling the heat. A report from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service Wednesday found that the month was the hottest September on record worldwide, helped along by an extreme heatwave that blanketed Siberia for much of the summer.
According to the climate monitor, May and January 2020 were also the hottest on record globally, and every month of the year so far has been in the top four heat-wise.
“The year-to-date global temperature anomaly shows that 2020 is on a par with 2016, the current warmest year on record,” a statement from Copernicus said. “In addition, for the same period, 2020 is warmer than 2019 — the second warmest year currently on record.”
Across Europe and the Middle East, cities have sweltered for days or weeks under record temperatures.
‘Humanity-driven climate disasters’
According to Yair, the IDC expert, Israel — along with the rest of the Middle East and North Africa — is seeing temperatures rise faster than the rest of the world because the band of tropical climate to the north and south of the Equator is expanding.
Research published two years ago shows that it has been doing so by 0.5 degrees of latitude — equal to 55.5 kilometers (34.5 miles) — per decade since 1979.
According to an article published by the Yale School of Environment in October 2018, the tropics include both wet and dry regions. The wet regions are contracting and the drier ones are expanding, bringing ever-drier weather to places such as the Mediterranean.
These shifts, according to the article, are caused by changes such as the opening of the southern hemisphere ozone hole, warming black soot in polluted air from Asia, and rising air — as well as sea surface — temperatures caused by greenhouse gases [from burning fossil fuels].
As a result, between 1930 and 2013, the Sahara Desert grew in size by 10 percent, pushing north and south.
Yair, who researches atmosphere and extreme weather events, said the extreme heating in the region could not be untangled from climate disasters happening around the world, including devastating wildfires in California and Australia this year.
“What we are seeing are humanity-driven climate disasters, not natural disasters, “ he said, blaming politicians for refusing to deploy policies that would help the country catch up to the rest of the world on fighting global warming.
“The human-driven contribution is clear, strong and undeniable,” he said. “And this is only the beginning.”
Night Watchman Note; We are to ‘be watchful’ in helping to understand today’s events as related to biblical prophecy. That is what ‘watchmen or women’ do. Jesus made clear that when He actually does come for His disciples, His wise and faithful servants would be aware of the time because they would be watching. They would know the season of the times by WATCHING those things ‘coming to pass or occurring’ as Jesus said they would. The ‘BENCHMARK SIGN(s)’ always point towards Israel / Jacob. God’s prophetic timepiece. The FALSE PEACE COVENANT confirmed by the Prince/Beast among MENA (the many) is the ‘key sign’ of the times or the season of the times. Yes, we are in that period. The Prince/Beast will likely confirm and enhance the current ‘normalization’ agreement with Jacob to be a ‘peace’ agreement, to be extended to 7 years from the current 5 years, to include some agreement permitting the rebuilding of the third temple in exchange for ‘some portion of Jerusalem.’ The current ‘investment’ period for the Palestinians stands at five (5) years. This will likely occur AFTER the Bride, Disciples or True Church is removed from the earth via the Rapture / Harpazo / Redemption / ‘Twinkling’.
Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
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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