Convergence of Signs

Fearful Sights’ Five (5), Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Wildfires and Pestilences ‘in diverse places’. The FIVE (5) PLAGUES HITTING AUSTRALIA. ‘DROUGHT, FIRE, FLOOD, MICE, COVID.’ Described as ‘Biblical.’

Five (5)-fold Evils Born of the Spirit of Iniquity:

  1. P … “I will ascend into heaven.” (position)
  2. R … “I will rule at my throne above the stars of God.” (rule)
  3. I … “I will be idolized or worshipped.” (idolized)
  4. D … “I will be dazzling.” (dazzling)
  5. E … “I will be equal to God.” (equal)

… “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Commentary: Satan’s five (5) “I WILLS,” have his evil fingerprints over everything evil in the book of Revelation. His desire to counterfeit everything that God accomplished through his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, is manifested in the Babylonian system (compared to heaven), Babylonian City (compared to New, Heavenly Jerusalem), Babylonian False Mystery Relgion (compared to the true worship of God/Jesus Christ), beast/antichrist (compared to Jesus Christ), false prophet (compared to John the Baptist), lake of fire death (compared to eternal life through Jesus Christ). Satan is the consumate ‘puppet master’, pulling the strings of the beast/antichrist and the false prophet to deceive mankind with his false, evil promises compared to the truth of salvation provided and offered by Jesus Christ.

Revelation 13:2-4

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Five (5) references to ‘beast.’ 5 denotes satanic influence over evil men.

‘Fearful Sights’ Five (5), Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Wildfires and Pestilences ‘in diverse places’. The FIVE (5) PLAGUES HITTING AUSTRALIA. ‘DROUGHT, FIRE, FLOOD, MICE, COVID.’

Drought, fire and flood devastate Australians in the bush

Stefica Nicol Bikes

Mon, March 29, 2021, 2:01 AM·2 min read

HOLLISDALE, Australia (Reuters) – Robert Costigan thought the worst was behind him when he saved two family properties from bushfires a summer ago.

This year, they floated away.

The homes of the Australian cattle farmer and his father-in-law Brian Watt, who lives next door, were swept off their foundations this month when heavy rains caused rivers to reach their highest levels in half a century, submerging bridges and buildings. Watt’s house slammed into a telegraph pole.

“If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d probably have none at all,” Costigan told Reuters at his 100-acre property at Hollisdale, 400km (249 miles) north of Sydney.

Days after the floods, the property was strewn with upended farm equipment, trees and debris.

“I don’t know whether it’s just someone testing me or what, but it is what it is I guess. You get through it,” he added, fighting back tears.

Costigan’s ordeal is familiar to thousands living outside cities on Australia’s densely populated east coast.

After years of drought devastated crops and livestock, they battled the country’s worst wildfires in a generation in the Southern hemisphere summer of 2019-20, only to face flooding amid a La Nina wet weather event this year.

The same river system Costigan pumped water from to save his house from the bushfires has returned to destroy it with flood.

Water levels have subsided but insurers have written off the building, with structural timber torn loose, tin roofs crushed and everyday objects – a mattress, a fluffy child’s toy – reduced to a sodden mess.

When the fires hit, the family kept safe in town as Costigan remained at the property in an effort to protect it. Now they are all staying with neighbours, homeless and heartbroken.

Two days before the house was swept away, Costigan’s daughter Eva had to cancel her 11th birthday party due to the flood.

“She was upset about that and then we had to tell her that she lost her house Saturday morning. All the presents that she got Thursday are gone,” Costigan said.

‘Worst mice plague I’ve ever seen’: Millions of rodents descend on eastern Australia

Nick Baker NBC NEWS

Fri, March 26, 2021, 9:18 AM·4 min read

SYDNEY — After one of its worst wildfire seasons and a global pandemic, Australia is now facing its latest end-of-days challenge: a “monumental” plague of mice.

Millions of rodents are running amok in parts of Australia’s eastern states, with residents sharing horror encounters on a daily basis.

With an epicenter in rural New South Wales, farmers have uploaded videos to social media of mice blanketing their land, damaging crops and taking up residence inside homes.

Guy Roth, who works at a sprawling University of Sydney research farm near the New South Wales town of Narrabri, said mice had overtaken the property.

“I know we had two mice per square meter in our cropping paddocks at the peak … [so] if I have the math right, it’s 20 (5+5+5+5) million mice. That’s more mice than the population of most big cities,” he said.

Roth said at one point he and his family were catching and disposing of around 100 (5+5) mice each day inside their house and offices.

“They’re all around the house. Every time you open a drawer, you’re potentially going to find one,” he said. “You’ll be sitting at the desk and a mouse will run across it.”

He said the mice were eating the cotton crops as well as grain stored in silos.

Roth, who has spent his whole life in regional and rural Australia, said this was “the worst mice plague I’ve ever seen.”

“They certainly smell. That’s what my memory of this is going to be — the smell,” he said. “The smell of the dead mice in and around the house and the farm.”

While the health impact on humans has not been severe, there has been at least one report of the rare mouse-related illness lymphocytic choriomeningitis.

And at least three people have been bitten by mice in New South Wales hospitals while they were admitted for non-mice-related issues.

A spokesperson for the state government health department NSW Health said these bites were “minor” and “appropriate treatment has been provided.”

“NSW Health staff are responding with appropriate control measures,” the spokesperson said, listing measures including increased baiting and trapping, odor repellents and blocking access.

The spokesperson added, “The current mouse infestation across western NSW is a natural occurrence.”

What’s causing the plague?

Steve Henry conducts mice research with Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Henry said the outbreak, which is of the non-native house mouse, is “monumental” and continues to have severe economic and social effects.

“Some farmers are giving up on summer cropsbecause the mice have damaged them so severely, so that’s essentially a total crop loss,” he said. “And in some scenarios where farmers have managed to get the crops through to harvest, they’ve had it rejected because it’s full of mouse poo.”

But he said mice plagues can come around every five to 10 years in Australia due to a combination of factors.

“We’ve had a run of dry years and [now] the drought has essentially broken, so the mice get switched on to that change in environmental conditions, and they start to breed,” he said. “The farmers have had a good crop and that puts a lot of food into the system. So you’ve got favorable climatic conditions, favorable food in the system, lots of good shelter, lots of moisture.”

And he said mice are prolific breeders, as they can “start to breed when they are 6 weeks old, and then they can have a litter of six to 10 pups every 19 to 21 days after that.”

But Henry said a mice plague typically ends abruptly with “a population crash,” although it is difficult to predict when this will occur.

The winter crops

Farmers in plague-hit areas are now looking toward the winter crops, which in this part of the Southern Hemisphere are typically sown in April and May.

The industry group NSW Farmers has “grave concerns” that some farms will lose all the planted seed to the mice.

NSW Farmers President James Jackson said there needs to be urgent action from the state government, including emergency permission to use the pesticide zinc phosphide and financial assistance through a small grants program.

“Mouse control is very costly. The severity of the current plague has resulted in the need for multiple aerial and ground bait applications in cropping regions … Action is needed now,” he said.

According to the group, heavy rainfall over recent days has curbed mice numbers in some areas, but they are still “rampant” in the central west and northwest of NSW.

“I am hearing the rain has pushed more of them into houses and vehicles,” the group’s spokesperson, Michael Burt, said.

For now, Australians like Roth are left hoping the plague comes to a quick end.

“Everyone’s tolerating it, but we’ve really had enough,” he said.

Spiders and snakes swarm Australian homes as they flee record floods

By Jack Guy, CNN Updated 4:28 PM ET, Mon March 22, 2021

(CNN) Record-breaking floods in southeastern Australia have caused a mass animal exodus to higher ground, with spiders in particular surging onto people’s land and into their homes.

Rains have been inundating communities since Thursday, but parts of the east coast tipped into crisis on Saturday as a major dam overflowed, adding to swollen rivers and causing flash flooding.

On Monday, New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that nearly 18,000 (6+6+6) people have been evacuated from flood-hit regions in the state, and locals took to social media to show that thousands of animals have been on the move, too.

Matt Lovenfosse has been posting Facebook updates from his family’s farm in Kinchela Creek, including the photo above.

“All the brown you can see is Spiders trying to beat the flood water,” he wrote in the caption.

Lovenfosse grew up on the farm and told CNN he experienced similar flooding in March 2001 and March 2013. On both occasions the flood waters pushed spiders toward the house, which is the highest point on the property.

“It’s still raining here and the flood water is still rising, the water is getting closer to our home,” said Lovenfosse. “In the morning it should be inside and the spiders will be all over the house.”

However, Lovenfosse plans to stay put in his two-story home.

“My family has lived here forever, I have grown up here and we feel safe here,” he said.

Spiders aren’t the only animals seeking refuge from the water, Lovenfosse added.

“The trees are full of snakes,” he said. “If you take the boat out over the paddock they swim towards it trying to get on something dry, same with the spiders.”

That might sound like the stuff of nightmares for some, but Lovenfosse is unperturbed.

“I grew up here on the farm so I have always been around snakes, spiders and all the other animals so they don’t bother me and usually we don’t cross paths too often but when the flood comes they have to find somewhere to get dry,” he said.

Melanie Williams, from the NSW town of Macksville, also posted a spider update on Facebook.

“So many SPIDERS from the floodwater,” she wrote, alongside a video of hundreds of arachnids crawling over what look like garage doors.

ikTok user Shenea Varley also uploaded a video showing spiders swarming on a fence as flood waters churned below.

“They will climb up your legs to get shelter as well,” the caption reads.

The wet weather is set to continue, and Berejiklian predicts more people may be evacuated.

“The situation is evolving, the heavy rainfalls are going to continue and we are now seeing alerts issued for weather warnings for the Illawarra and south coast,” she said.

“I don’t know any time in our state’s history where we had these extreme weather conditions in such quick succession in the middle of a pandemic,” she added. “So these are challenging times for New South Wales, but I think we have also demonstrated our capacity to be resilient.”

Parts of Australia declare natural disaster during ‘once in 100 years’ floods

By Jessie Yeung, CNN Updated 10:27 PM ET, Sun March 21, 2021

(CNN)The Australian government has declared a natural disaster in large swaths of New South Wales (NSW) as heavy rains batter the state and force thousands to evacuate.

Rains have been inundating communities since Thursday, but parts of the east coast tipped into crisis on Saturday as a major dam overflowed, adding to swollen rivers and causing flash flooding.

The NSW and federal government have signed over 15 (5+5+5) natural disaster declarations in areas spanning the central and mid-north coast, from Hunter Valley near Sydney to Coff’s Harbour, said NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott in a news conference on Sunday.

There have been no deaths reported yet — but, Elliott warned, “we are moving closer and closer to the inevitable fatality.”

“We cannot say it enough: do not put yourself in danger, do not put the agencies that are there to assist you in the event of a flood rescue in danger,” he said.

Some families were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night as rivers rose to dangerous levels, and 4,000 more people — primarily in the Hawkesbury region — may have to evacuate on Sunday, said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the news conference.

“This is nothing like we’ve seen since the 1960s,” Berejiklian said. In parts of the state that have been hit harder, this is a once-a-century event; in other regions like the Hawkesbury area, it’s a “one-in-50 (5)-years” event, she said.

Joshua Edge and his fiancée Sarah Soars lost the house they were renting Saturday on what was supposed to be their wedding day. They lost everything they owned, including pets, as flood waters powered through Mondrook, an area near the town of Taree in NSW, Edge’s brother Lyle wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help the couple.

The page has raised nearly $100,000 AUD (roughly $77,000 USD) from 1,779 people in one day. A video circulating on social media shows a house being carried by floods in the same area, but CNN could not independently verify whether it was the one Edge and Soars had been living in.

“We have just been blown away with people’s generosity,” said Lyle Edge in a Facebook post. “We are all so grateful and can not [sic] thank everyone enough.”

Since Thursday, the State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to 7,000 (7) calls for assistance and conducted more than 700 (7) flood rescues. Thousands of emergency workers and volunteers are still on the ground, helping trapped residents.

Photos show backyards and homes half underwater and roads flooded to knee-high levels. In the mid-north town of Taree, residents rescued a cow struggling to stay afloat in rough waters; nearby, an enthire house was swept away by the raging floodwaters, according to CNN affiliate Seven News.

Berejiklian urged residents to follow local guidance, stay off the roads, and heed evacuation orders if needed — even for those who live in flood-prone areas and may have experienced flooding before. “This is different,” she warned. “What we’re going through is different to what you’ve been through for the last 50 years. So please take it seriously.”

Authorities don’t know yet how many homes or infrastructure have been lost, but “the damage is substantial,” she said.

The natural disaster declaration could be further extended up the coast if the damage increases, said Elliott. The declaration allows those affected to receive financial assistance, including recovering damage to homes, subsidies for affected livestock or agriculture, and low- or zero-interest loans.

Australia’s federal government activated disaster relief for flood-affected NSW residents, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Those who are significantly injured, lost homes or had their homes damaged will be entitled to $1,000 AUD (roughly $770 USD) for adults or $400 AUD (roughly $310 USD) for children.

“The terrible storms and floods that have been ravaging NSW for the past few days are taking a heavy toll,” Morrison said in a video address accompanying the post, mentioning that he has been in regular contact with Berejiklian.

The Prime Minister praised emergency workers and volunteers in his comments, urging people in flood-hit regions to listen to their advice and warnings, saying “for now, our message is very clear to keep yourself safe, to keep your family safe and those around you to follow the instructions of the very competent, professional agencies and bodies and the volunteers who support them.”

Heavy rains are expected to continue in the upcoming week, with a rain band forecast to move across the state from the west, bringing significant rainfall to he northern inland and northwestern slopes, said Agata Imielska of the Bureau of Meteorology. The worst-affected areas could see rain totals more than four times the March monthly average falling in just two days.

Flooding on the Hawkesbury River, which runs north and west of Sydney, is expected to be as bad as a similar event that occurred in 1961 (+ 60 (6) = 2021), according to a statement from the Bureau of Meteorology.

More than 130 (5×6) schools in New South Wales will close on Monday, with some requiring “maintenance and repair,” according to a press release from local officials.

Wednesday will be the first day of some reprieve, with rains expected to lighten into showers.

But the cleanup operation will take many more weeks, said SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin, according to CNN affiliate Nine News. Teams on the ground are expecting operations to continue “well past Easter,” and river levels will take time to recede. “We’re looking at some very long and protracted operations,” he said.

Australia endures droughts, fires, floods and marauding mice

NICK PERRY Fri, March 26, 2021, 12:22 AM·5 min read

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rob Costigan bought a rugged farm in rural Australia three years ago with the dream of building it into something he could leave to his kids.

One year later, he was needing to truck in water to battle an extreme drought. Then Australia’s deadly wildfires raged perilously close in late 2019, forcing Costigan to spend day after day stamping out embers and running sprinklers on his roof to save his home, in an eerie atmosphere he likens to Armageddon.

Then last week, on the day his daughter Eva was supposed to be celebrating her 11th birthday, came the floods. Thankfully, the family had already left to stay at his brother’s home.

The water roared through with such force it lifted both Costigan’s farmhouse and a second home where his father-in-law lived from their foundations, destroying both. The family is still picking up toys and clothes strewn far and wide — they even found their gas barbecue bottle stuck in a tree.

“Just disbelief,” said Costigan. “It feels like the world’s against us. You work your guts out and then to have it all just washed away in the blink of an eye.”

Costigan, 40, a road maintenance worker whose farm is in the Hollisdale community about a five (5) -hour drive north of Sydney, said he’s thankful that so far he’s managed to avoid yet another disaster — the plague of mice that is affecting some farms in the region. Maybe, he hopes, the floods will help wash them away.

Australia has always been a land of harsh weather, where droughts and fires form part of the nation’s psyche. But experts say that global warming is likely making recent weather events more extreme. The raging wildfires that burned through until early last year killed at least 33 (3) people and destroyed more than 3,000 (3 – ‘divine intensity and emphasis) homes.

“These events are expected,” said Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales. “But climate change has put them on steroids.” (‘Like labor pains, increasing in intensity, emphasis and frequency).

She explained that, paradoxically, a warming atmosphere can worsen both droughts and floods. The extra heat can suck more moisture from the ground during droughts. But warmer air can also hold more moisture, she said, so that when it does rain, it pours.

Some towns in New South Wales have set 50 (5)- or 100 (5+5) year records for rainfall over the past week. The floods have killed two men in separate incidents, both of whom were trapped in their cars, and have forced more than 20,000 people from their homes.

Dale Ward this week was trying to clean out the rental apartment she owns, and where her daughter and their family live, in the town of Windsor. She said she was mopping up sludge after about 1 foot (30 centimeters) of water coursed through, destroying a box of photos and other memorabilia.

“It’s like someone dropped three (3) tons of dirt in your house, and then dropped a bucket of water over the top,” she said.

Ward estimates it will take at least a month to get the place habitable again, with plumbers and electricians needed to get everything fixed.

Elsewhere, people are still dealing with the plague of mice. Last year in eastern Australia, months of rain doused wildfires and ended a drought that had crippled the region for more than two years. That led to bumper crops on many farms, and an explosion in the mouse population.

Pompy Singh, the manager of the Spar supermarket in the town of Gulargambone, said they started to notice the number of mice increasing before Christmas. They used to set one or two traps a day, he said. They started buying much larger traps and setting many more of them until they had 20 set all the time.

Suddenly they were catching 100 or 200 mice each day. The critters began eating through everything, getting into the lettuce, the potato chips, the dog food, even the tobacco. Singh said they started storing everything in refrigerators or sealed containers.

Still, he said, the mice kept coming. Some days, they were catching up to 600 (6). Even the fridges kept breaking down as the mice chewed through the wiring. Singh said the numbers of mice seem to have decreased somewhat since the floods hit, although they’re still catching plenty.

And Australia’s troubles may not yet be done. Some experts have been warning people to check their shoes and clothes for deadly spiders, as swarms of them seek refuge from the floodwaters by moving into residential homes.

Meanwhile, Costigan said he intends to rebuild. He’s spent too much time putting up fences on his farm — many of which survived the flooding — and making other improvements to give up now. He adds that he moved his small herd of cattle to higher ground before the floods hit and they all survived.

Costigan said he feels lucky his farmhouse is insured and is also thankful to family members and neighbors who have contributed to an online fund to help his family rebuild.

He said these kind of troubles all come with living in Australia, and even perhaps explain why the British initially treated the continent as a place to send their prisoners.

“They thought it was hell on earth,” he said. “What they didn’t realize is that it’s a beautiful part of the world.”

Families flee Australia’s worst floods in decades. About 18,000 (6+6+6) people have been evacuated with authorities expecting about 15,000 (5+5+5) others to join them.

Tue, March 23, 2021, 3:12 AM

No deaths were reported, but thousands of people have been rescued by emergency services in recent days. About 18,000 people have been evacuated with authorities expecting about 15,000 others to join them.

Houses in Sackville North, a suburb 80 km (50 (5) miles) northwest of Sydney, were left partially submerged by the swollen Hawkesbury River.

“There was a flooding last year but not this bad. So we’ve got a place on the other side of the river and we just came over to move our van onto high ground and we’re trapped on the other side of the river, with the landslides, so we’ve been there for a couple of days,” said Alicia Pitt, a resident who was rescued early with her family from their holiday cabin on the river.

The national weather agency has posted severe weather warnings in every mainland state or territory but one, affecting around 10 (5+5) million people in the country of 25 (5×5) million, across an area the size of Alaska.

You can’t escape the smell’: mouse plague grows to biblical proportions across eastern Australia. Locals who have endured months of mice and rats getting into their houses, stores and cars are praying heavy rain will help wipe them out.

Drought, fire, the Covid-19 pestilence and an all-consuming plague of mice. Rural New South Wales has faced just about every biblical challenge nature has to offer in the last few years, but now it is praying for another – an almighty flood to drown the mice in their burrows and cleanse the blighted land of the rodents. Or some very heavy rain, at least.

It seems everyone in the rural towns of north-west NSW and southern Queensland has their own mouse war story. In posts online, they detail waking up to mouse droppings on their pillows or watching the ground move at night as hundreds of thousands of rodents flee from torchlight beams.

Lisa Gore from Toowoomba told Guardian Australia her friend stripped the fabric of her armchair when it began to smell, only to find a nest of baby mice in the stuffing.

Dubbo resident Karen Fox walked out of the shower on Friday morning to see a mouse staring at her from the ceiling vent. There’s nothing she can do, she says, because the stores are sold out of traps.

In Gulargambone, north of Dubbo, Naav Singh arrives five (5) hours early for work at the 5Star supermarket to clean up after the uninvited vermin visitors.

“We don’t want to go inside in the morning sometimes. It stinks, they will die and it’s impossible to find all the bodies … Some nights we are catching over 400 or 500 (5),” he says.

Before opening, Singh must empty the store’s 17 traps, sweep up the droppings and throw out any products the mice have attacked.

“We have got five (5) or six (6) bins every week just filled with groceries that we are throwing out,” he says.

The family-run business has had to drastically reduce stock, put whatever they can in thick containers, use empty fridges to store the rest. Nothing in the store is safe, with mice even chewing their way into plastic soft drink bottles. “They were running around faster after that,” Singh jokes.

After years of drought, rural NSW and parts of Queensland enjoyed a bumper crop due to the recent wet season. But this influx of new produce and grains has led to an explosion in the mouse population. Locals say they started noticing the swarms up north in October and the wave of rodents has been spreading south ever since, growing to biblical proportions.

Singh estimates that the plague has so far cost the business upwards of $30,000 (5×6), and is unsure how much longer they can continue.

“It’s been going on for three (3) months. It’s going to be really hard, we have lost so many customers,” he says.

Locals say the plague has affected people’s daily life so much the usual conversation starter has changed from a comment on the weather to comparing how many mice they caught the previous night.

Pip Goldsmith in Coonamble knew she would have to set traps in her home and fields when the mice started descending, but had no idea she would also need to do the same in her car.

“I realised there had been a packet of seed biscuits that had fallen out of a shopping bag in the back seat … the mice had chewed through the box and eaten every single seed. There was nothing left,” she says.

“That night I set six traps and just kept checking them. I think I caught nearly 20 mice before midnight.”

The tally from Goldsmith’s car alone is now at more than 100 (5+5), and she thinks the total trapped at her home would be in the thousands.

“They stink whether they are alive or dead, you can’t escape the smell sometimes … it’s oppressive, but we are resilient.”

The plague has given rise to a new form of morbid family bonding, with kids enlisted as frontline soldiers in the rodent fight.

“I’ve got a four- and a five-year-old, we have great fun engineering our traps with buckets and wine bottles … they’ve got very quick at catching and disposing of mice. It makes you proud and squeamish at the same time,” Goldsmith says.

Gore in Queensland says her 12-year-old son has taken on the role of chief anti-vermin soldier of the house.

“He goes out at 6pm and sets the traps, and then he’d come in for about an hour and then he’d go out and empty and set them again, and just keep doing that four or five (5) times,” she says.

“The record is 183 in a night … It’s like his job at the moment. He is very proud of himself,” she says.

Lucy Moss, the owner of the Mink and Me cafe in Coonamble, says she has had to pay to have her fridge fixed seven times after the corpses of dead mice clogged up the machinery.

“The mice get into the fan at the bottom and have a great old time and then the fan turns on and they can’t get out,” she says.

This alone has cost her thousands.

Mice have ruined a shed full of hay on Moss’s farm that she was saving in case of another drought.

“They move into the hay and are urinating and everything. It’s a health hazard to feed to the cows and sheep then, so we destroyed it,” she says. “That was our safety net.”

Hay can cost farmers $500 (5) a bale to buy in a drought, and the Coonamble mayor, Al Karanouh, says farmers have lost $40m worth of it in his shire alone.

“Some farmers have lost as much as 2,500 (5×5) bales … There isn’t enough money for the council to do anything to help. All we can do is try to keep them from coming into our offices, our machinery, our tractors, our trucks. They eat all the wiring,” he says.

Karanouh and dozens of other mayors have called on the state government to declare the mouse problem an official plague and to help supply additional bait, but so far they have been unwilling.

“I can’t understand why [they won’t declare it]. It’s worse than the 1984 mice plague,” Karanouh says.

“I think they don’t want to do it because they’re going to have to fork out a lot of money.”

Guardian Australia understands that the NSW government has begun modelling how effective financial support to farmers would be, but no decision has been made.

In a statement, a spokesman for the agriculture minister, Adam Marshall, says “both the Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are providing information and assistance to landholders about how to control mice on farms”, but indicates that commercial mice baits are already readily available in stores.

The government may be wary of spending up to tens of millions to try to eradicate the mouse plague, when a cold snap or heavy rains could wipe them out naturally.

Industry group NSW Farmers has called for an emergency permit to use the pesticide zinc phosphide.

A federal government spokeswoman says while pests are “primarily the responsibility of state and territory governments”, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has so far granted one emergency zinc phosphide permit to Cotton Australia and is assessing two more.

Locals are hopeful that heavy rains in the region this week, and more storms forecast in the coming days, will bring the months of infestation to an end.

Female mice are able to breed from six weeks old and give birth to 50 (5) pups a year, but locals are hopeful that the rain will flood the nests and provide the circuit-breaker that’s needed to curb numbers.

“We are hopeful,” Karanouh says. “If that rain comes our way that will certainly put a big dent in it.”

Entire house floats away as flash floods batter Australia’s east coast

Story by Reuters Updated 4:03 AM ET, Sat March 20, 2021

(CNN)Australia’s east coast was smashed by heavy rains on Saturday, sparking dangerous flash flooding that forced the evacuation of multiple regions as the fast-moving waters unmoored houses, engulfed roads, stranded towns and cut power lines.

In Sydney, the country’s biggest city, authorities pleaded for people to stay at home as a major dam overflowed and a mini-tornado tore through a western suburb.

Most of the coast in the state of New South Wales (NSW), which is home to about a third of Australia’s 25 (5×5)  million people, has already seen March rainfall records broken and authorities warned the downpour was likely to continue for several days.

“I hate to say this again to all our citizens of the state, but it’s not going to be an easy week for us,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a televised briefing. “The rain may not stop till Thursday or Friday.”

Officials had issued nine (3×3) evacuation orders for about 15 (5+5+5) areas by Saturday afternoon.

Television footage showed increasing damage across the state, with water engulfing houses up to the windows, people kayaking through the streets, and damaged roads. One video showed an entire house being swept away. Local media reported that the house owners had managed to evacuate.

Warragamba Dam, a major water supply for Sydney, began overflowing on Saturday afternoon. Officials warned that the overflow would quickly add to swollen rivers, leading to flash flooding.

A mini-tornado ripped through a suburb in the west of the city, causing damage to more than 30 (5×6) homes, knocking down trees and cutting power, emergency services said.

People were urged to stay at home and avoid any non-essential trips, with officials lambasting those who had needed help after venturing out into the stormy weather.

Emergency crews responded to about 4,000 calls for help over the past two days, including 500 (5) direct flood rescues, a level NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said was “just completely unacceptable.”

“The message is clear: do not walk through or drive through floodwaters, do not drive over water that is covering a road,” Elliott said.

Social and sporting events were called off across the state, including football games and one of Australian turf’s marquee horse races, the $2.7 million Golden Slipper.

The federal government said the extreme weather was affecting its Covid-19 vaccine delivery in Sydney and throughout the state, but delays should last only a few days.

Australia plans to deliver the first vaccine doses to almost six (6) million people over the next few weeks.

Worst floods since 1971 (50 (5)) years, hit parts of New South Wales, Australia

Posted by Julie Celestial on March 22, 2021

About 18 000 (6+6+6) people have evacuated their homes after torrential rains hit New South Wales, Australia, causing severe flooding in many parts of the state on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, 2021. More evacuations are expected as the severe weather is forecast to continue mid-week.

The deluge has inundated coastal areas of NSW, including parts of Sydney, prompting authorities to warn eight million residents to avoid unnecessary travel. 

Several hard-hit areas recorded 250 mm (10 5+5 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period, while most of the coast has seen March rainfall records broken.

The government has signed 34 natural disaster declarations, as of March 21.

Heavy downpours began Friday, March 19, causing severe flooding which as described by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) as “potentially life-threatening”.

As the severe weather continued into the weekend, hundreds of schools were shut and about 18 000 people have been forced to evacuate. Parts of the state experienced the worst flooding in 50 years, authorities said Sunday.

Floodwaters raged from six (6) areas;  Bellingen to Port Macquarie, Mount Seaview, Wauchope and Gloucester, and Wingham. The Kindee Bridge peaked at 12.1 m (40 feet) on Saturday, March 20, breaking the 2013 major flood record.

By Saturday afternoon, officials had issued nine evacuation orders for 15 (5+5+5) areas.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated that the region was experiencing a “one-in-100-year” event, and almost 35 (7×5) areas have been declared natural disaster areas.

“I don’t know any time in a state history where we have had these extreme weather conditions in such quick succession in the middle of a pandemic.”

She added, “Whilst we don’t think things will worsen on the Mid North Coast, definitely conditions will continue, so the rainfall will continue across the parts that have already been affected.”

Flooding risk and evacuation warnings were in force for about ‘13’ areas in the state, including the Hunter, one of Australia’s major wine regions. Several dams, including Warragamba, Sydney’s main water supply, overflowed, causing river levels to surge.

BOM flood operations manager, Justin Robinson, noted that the flooding was one of the biggest that “we are likely to see for a very long time.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament that Australia’s defense force was expected to be called in to help with clean-up and recovery. The deluge has also affected the COVID-19 vaccine delivery to NSW, disrupting the country’s plans to deliver the first doses to nearly six (6) million people over the next few weeks.

BOM has issued minor to moderate flood warnings, road weather alert, hazardous surf warnings, flood watches, marine wind warnings, and severe weather warnings for parts of NSW. More evacuations are expected as the severe weather is forecast to continue mid-week.

The government has declared a natural disaster for 16 areas on March 20 — Armidale, Bellingen, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour Dungog, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie City, Maitland City, Mid-Coast, Nambucca Valley, Newcastle, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, Tenterfield; and 18 on March 21 —  Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Canterbury Bankstown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Sutherland, The Hills, Wollondilly.

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

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 12:19. 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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