I’ve written twice since late last night about the X-class solar flare that was ejected from the sun and hurled toward earth. The sun’s solar cycle is getting more active and expected to peak in 2013. With the recent activity, astronomers predicted that some kind of flare was likely to occur. Scientists were surprised when the flare eventually turned out to be an X-class, though.
Indeed, four C-class flares were ejected, and later, an M-class flare. C-class flares are small, and M-class are medium. X-class flares are big, and when they are directed toward the earth, they can cause damage. According to Spaceweather.com, “A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun that happens when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields (usually above sunspots) is suddenly released. Flares produce a burst of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x-rays and gamma-rays.”
“Flares send a burst of X-rays and charged particles — mostly protons — out from the Sun’s surface into space. Occasionally one is pointed in the right direction so that it affects the Earth. They are classified according to how powerful they are, as A, B, C, M or X, with X being the most powerful.”
Solar flares and the end time…there is a link. In this article from the Salem Oregon news, “Magnetic Polar Shifts Causing Massive Global Superstorms,” continuing, “NASA has been warning about it…scientific papers have been written about it…geologists have seen its traces in rock strata and ice core samples…Now “it” is here: an unstoppable magnetic pole shift that has sped up and is causing life-threatening havoc with the world’s weather.” I’ve written before about the magnetic pole shift occurring, and we also know and understand that the magnetosphere which protects us from the sun’s harmful rays and flares is twisting, shrinking, and has a huge hole in it. NASA reported in 2009 that there is a giant breach in the earth’s magnetosphere. “It is ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to “load up” the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. But the breach itself is not the biggest surprise. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms, overturning long-held ideas of space physics.”
“The Earth’s magnetosphere was discovered in 1958 by Explorer 1, which was the first U.S. artificial satellite launched to orbit earth. The Earth’s magnetosphere is shaped based on the extent of Earth’s internal magnetic field, the solar wind plasma, and the inter-planetary magnetic field. The magnetosphere prevents most particles from the sun, carried in the solar wind, from impacting earth. The Earth has the strongest Magnetosphere of all the rocky planets.” This is how the magnetosphere usually looks. At the left is the sun, at the right, in the center of the solar streams, is the earth.
Most importantly, the magnetosphere is protecting Earth from much harmful radiation from the solar wind ejected by the Sun. The magnetosphere is a very important source of protection, repelling the solar wind out and around the earth in loops formed by the magnetic field of the earth. The photo above shows the magnetosphere is its normal shape. The picture below shows the magnetosphere in its current shape: twisted in a way I’ve never seen before.
The magnetosphere protects us, and without it we would fry. Ultraviolet rays from the sun, if they were to drift upon us, would burn us terribly. Being fully exposed to a solar flare would range from harmful to deathly. Just such a thing may have happened in Louisiana. In a KATC-TV spot news report, “Around two-dozen high school students come home, in the middle of winter with what looks like… Get this— a sunburn. Now, parents and teachers want to know how this happened. It’s a mystery in the community of Hathaway and it has people burning to know the answers. “We don’t know what caused it,” parent, Donald Demary said. “We just kept trying to find answers,” Hathaway High Principal Mona Miller said. On Wednesday, about two dozen Hathaway High School students came back from a field trip with what appears to be a sunburn. The mystery is, students and teachers don’t know what caused it. “We have no idea,” Principal Miller said. “It’s very bizarre.” Demary says, “it’s something we need to be very concerned about. “It looked more like a flash burn.” Miller described, “or something someone would experience inside a tanning bed.”
A hole in the magnetosphere or strong sun shining through a weakened section of it would cause the burning. Not saying it did, but it could.
The pole shift, X-class solar flare, and the students getting flash-burned made me think of the breakdown of the celestial cycles prophesied to happen in Revelation and in Matthew 24:29. The sun goes dark, the moon goes dark, stars fall from the sky, the moon turns red, the skies roll back as a scroll, burning mountains crash into the oceans (asteroids?) it will all happen. And there is something else that will happen: “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.” (Revelation 16:8-9). Like the students in Louisiana, in the Revelation judgment, if you go outside for a few moments you’ll get burned. The Revelation judgment is NOT happening now, but as I said, the things happening this week with the sun and the flares and the magnetosphere made me think of the Revelation judgment. The magnetosphere could disappear and that may be how the judgment comes to pass. In any case, extreme weather and abnormal solar activity is the new normal.
But you do not have to worry about extremes or fluctuations in any cycle. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, and He is constant. He is the same today, yesterday and forever! You can be with Him to experience a constant level of joy and peace that you never knew on earth, X-class flares notwithstanding. Ask me how. Go on, I dare you to ask.