A]a transitional period
B]a time before a transition.
It is often to prepare us for what is ahead and have eyes to see.
Whirled winds in the bible are symbolical of God’s wrath on the wicked
“Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.”
“When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”
“The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished In whirlwind and storm is His way, And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.”