Posted in animals, bird die off, dolphin stranding, end time. prophecy

Of bird die-offs, dolphin strandings, and animals in the bible

I think of how He caused all the animals to come to Noah in preparation for the flood. (Genesis 7:1-16). I think of the birds He sent to feed Elijah (1 Kings 17:1-6), and of the quail that He sent to the Jews during the wandering in the desert. (Exodus16:13). I think of Balaam and his donkey speaking out loud (Numbers 2). He caused the large fish to cough up Jonah on cue, and on the beach no less. (Jonah 2:10). I think of the Gadarene pigs, how after Jesus ordered the legion of demons in the Gadarene demoniac, they begged to go into the herd of pigs instead of back to the abyss, and Jesus put them into the pigs and the pigs went mad and hurtled down the hill and into the lake to drown themselves. (Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:25-39 and Matthew 8:28-34). He is sovereign, and He controls the entire creation, including the animals. Not one jot or tittle escapes His notice, not even one sparrow falling to the ground.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” (Matthew 10:29).

Sparrows were inconsequential birds. As David Padfield writes, “In the days of our Lord sparrows were sold for a very low price — two of them for a copper coin (Matt. 10:29). A copper coin, an asarion, was a very small Roman coin, was worth about 1/16 of a silver denarius, and was therefore worth less than a quarter in U.S. currency today. Those who were poor and could not afford to sacrifice a sheep or a goat might bring a sparrow to the Temple (cf. Lev. 14:1-7). So insignificant were these little birds that if you bought four sparrows the seller would throw in one more for free (Luke 12:4-7). It was this extra sparrow of which Jesus said, “and not one of them is forgotten before God.” His care for His creation is so great that even this extra sparrow is noted and observed by God!”

A person commented to me on the blog about the latest incident of birds hurling themselves to the pavement, in one incident a witness spoke of, to a parking lot. In the bigger incident caught on the news, birds hurled themselves to the ground over Interstate 95 in Maryland. This got me thinking.

You might remember the worldwide bird deaths in January 2011 and again in January 2012. It has happened again:

Hundreds of dead birds fall in I-95 in MD
“Hundreds of dead birds rain down on I-95, blindsiding drivers in Howard County. Now Natural Resources officials are trying to figure out what caused the mass deaths. State animal experts have an idea of what happened to the birds, but there is still some mystery here and they hope to unravel it. A strange sight on the I-95 northbound in Laurel. Hundreds of dead birds were scattered on the road. “I travel this all the time. I never seen anything like this before,” said one driver. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the birds are starlings. It appears they ran into traffic. While that act is unusual, authorities say starlings themselves are common in this area.”

The article, and others reporting on it, state that the birds probably flew into a truck and then fell. However, witnesses stated the birds fell over a long area and from above, presumably drivers would notice a flock of birds pelting them from windshield height…

In other weird animal news,

Unexplained dolphin strandings continue in US
“There’s no good spot on Cape Cod for dolphins to continue this winter’s massive and unexplained beachings, but a group of 11 has chosen one of the worst. The remote inlet is a place where the tides recede fast and far, and that’s left the animals mired in a grayish-brown mud. A year ago, Tuesday’s 11 stranded dolphins would have seemed remarkable. But in the last month, 177 short-beaked common dolphins have stranded on Cape Cod, and 124 have died. So far, there’s no explanation.”

A dolphin stranding happened in Chiclayo Peru this week as well. Hundreds. The article is from the BBC and has a video along with the article, with an advisory warning that the video contains disturbing images.

Over 200 dead dolphins washed ashore in Peru
“Residents of Chiclayo, on the northern coast of Peru, have found 200 hundred dead dolphins over an area 66 miles long in the last week.”

The video went on to state that Chiclayo fishermen say that they only see dolphins if they go deeper in the ocean, it is extremely rare to see them near the beach. The article also states that masses of anchovies were found floating, as well.

I’m going to get weird for a minute. But not un-biblically weird, unless you are reading this and you don’t fully believe everything in the bible is true, as I do.

–First: we know that a spiritual war is going on in the realms invisible to us. (2 Kings 6:17, Ephesians 6:12).
–Second, God is sovereign over all of creation, using animals as He wills (examples listed above).
–Third, we know that the Gadarene demoniac hosted a legion of demons inside him. Though the number varied over the course of the Roman Empire’s history, at about Jesus’s time a Legion contained between 5000-6000 men. It is horrible to think of this one Gadarene man being tormented by thousands of demons. (Luke 8:26-39)

From this set of verses and others where Jesus cast out demons, we know that demons can enter people. We see from the Luke verses that animals would rather inhabit an animal than no body at all. And from the result of them going into the pigs we see the violence and madness their indwelling creates. In the Gadarene demoniac’s case, we know that He can cause them to go into animals, too. He did it in Gadara and He has promised to do cause confusion and madness again again, during the tribulation: (though it isn’t certain that it is due to demons)

“In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.” (Zechariah 12:4 NKJV)

We know that the animal kingdom is under God’s dominion, because He is the creator. Animals have variously been used by demons, used by God, or have simply suffered because of the sinful, demonic decay of the world.

Here is what one commenter on the blog said of the birds that fell on Route 95 this week:

“The way this bird catastrophe is described reminds me of the pigs in Gadera.”

It does, doesn’t it? Food for thought. I’m just pondering, I can’t make a doctrine out of it, but the comment did get me thinking in a new direction regarding these animal behavior anomalies.

There is more going on in the invisibles than we can see or even know. Why would animals with strong instincts for flying like birds or with strong intellect like dolphins suddenly go mad and hurl themselves to a sure death? The falling birds and the stranding dolphins may indeed have a “logical” or a “scientific” cause. Even at that, His eye is on the sparrow, and nothing happens without His Hand at the cause. All of creation groans … (Romans 8:22)

Posted in aflockalypse, bird die off, crow deaths

(UPDATE) Crow die-off in India reminds people of Aflockalpyse earlier this year

Originally published 12/12/11, I am updating to include another bird die-off: Thousands of grebes crash land in Wal-Mart parking lot in Utah, inexplicably. The article opens: “Authorities were shocked to find more than 4,000 birds scattered across a local Utah Wal-Mart parking lot on Monday night. According to CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, witnesses claimed thousands of the creatures had crash-landed in the parking area. At least 1,500 Eared Grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, which slammed into the pavement were dead. Fortunately, Utah Department of Wildlife Resource officials and volunteers were able to rescue up to 3,000 of the large flock.” The article says that the birds mistook the parking lot for a body of water. Um. Sure… Wildlife biologists did say this has happened before but never to this degree, with thousands mistaking the parking lot for water.
——-end update————-

When I heard of a spate of sudden bird deaths, with crows suddenly dropping dead to the ground, I made sure to look at the dateline. Was I having deja vu? I remember sudden avian deaths last year at this time. In late December /early January thousands of birds dropped dead in Beebe Arkansas. Experts initially thought that it was New Year’s fireworks that caused the deaths. However those deaths were followed by mysterious deaths in Louisiana, TennesseeKentucky, then Turkey,  Manchester UK, and then many other parts of the world. By the end of the first week of January 2011, the event was known as “Aflockalypse” and was being reported by mainstream news. Reasons given were sudden cold spells, fireworks, or magnetism from a sunburst. Avian flu is always a go-to excuse as well. Yet none of the birds had been found to be diseased and the other offered reasons for their deaths seemed to ludicrous to most thinking people.

At that time, the die-offs extended then to fish, seals, and pelicans and throughout January and February people across the world were panicking at this unexplained event. Then the bird and animal die-offs dwindled away, the earthquakes of Christchurch and Japan happened, and the extreme weather of 2011 combined with staggering economic problems soon were at the forefront of people’s minds for the remainder of the year. Now, the bird deaths are back. Perhaps this time it is Avian flu. Time will tell.

Two Indian media outlets are reporting a bird-die off in Hazaribagh, India. One is below from Telegraph India and the other is from Times of India reporting the same thing. I looked up the dateline and this is a current news story, not one that happened in the early part of this year’s Aflockalypse. It may wind up to have an explanation, but the event still brings many people back 11 months to January 2011 and Aflockalypse, and there is once again, panic.

The Telegraph India reports today, “Crow deaths create panic
“The mysterious epidemic that has claimed hundreds of crows in Jharkhand has now spread to Hazaribagh, with 350-odd scavengers perishing in Vishnugarh and Katkamsandi over the weekend, triggering panic among residents who have been advised by experts not to touch the carcasses. More than 1,000 crows have died in Jamshedpur alone in the past one and a half months, besides a number of deaths in Ghatshila and Giridih. According to villagers, the carcasses of around 250 crows have been spotted in the last two days on the premises of Ram Mandir in Vishnugarh. Mukhiya of Vishnugarh panchayat Arun Rajak said he had informed forest officials about the deaths. Forester Shiv Shankar Prasad suspected that the crows fell prey to avian flu. … Sher Mohammad, a resident, feared it was an indication of something worse. “Villagers are in panic, seeing crows drop dead on the ground suddenly. We have spotted around 100 carcasses in various places so far,” he added.”

Posted in bird die off, end time. prophecy, pole shift, pre-tribulation rapture

British Geo Survey says southern pole shift is happening; more birds die-off

The British Geological Survey is establishing a station in South Georgia (Antarctic). Why is BGS re-establishing a magnetic observatory on South Georgia? “The South Georgia observatory will plug a significant gap in the global network of magnetic observatories. In particular South Georgia observatory will allow better monitoring of the South Atlantic Anomaly and of changes occurring deep within the Earth.”

South Atlantic Anomaly? What is the South Atlantic Anomaly? “The Earth’s magnetic field, generated deep within the planet, is a shield against particle radiation from space. In the South Atlantic this shield is much weaker than elsewhere across the globe and radiation from space therefore penetrates deeper into the atmosphere. This region is known as the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) and the radiation in the SAA is a known hazard to satellites, spacecraft and high-altitude aircraft.”

Why do we care about the SAA? “The South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) is known to be growing in extent and spreading westwards from South Africa, as the Earth’s internal magnetic field rapidly weakens in this region.”

So what does that have to do with anything?

“This may be early evidence of a forthcoming reversal in the direction of the Earth’s internal magnetic field.”

POLE SHIFT. British Geo Survey believes pole shift is happening NOW.

“We do not know in detail precisely what occurs during such reversals, including the changes observed in the magnetic field and the time a reversal takes to complete. However these factors are important in knowing where the radiation risk may be increased and how the atmosphere might respond. Earth’s magnetic field has had many highs, lows and reversals in its past. The last reversal was around 800,000 years ago. So the Earth is known to be able to re-generate its field and has done so during human pre-history.”

I will show you one possible vivid example of what happens to the earth during a pole shift. Read Revelation 6:12-14 below. To continue:

 In a post I published on January 5, I noted that the North Magnetic Pole is shifting position quite rapidly. A recent Scientific American article asked “Why is the North magnetic pole racing toward Siberia?” with the following excerpt:

“The North Magnetic Pole (NMP) drifts from year to year as geophysical processes within Earth change. For more than 150 years after Ross’s measurement its movement was gradual, generally less than 15 kilometers per year. But then, in the 1990s, it picked up speed in a big way, bolting north–northwest into the Arctic Ocean at more than 55 kilometers per year. If it keeps going it could pass the geographic north pole in a decade or so and carry on toward Siberia. But why?”‘

The shift is so rapid and dramatic I noted in that previous post, that the Tampa International Airport shut down its main runway so they could re-paint the degree numbers for landing airplane pilots to follow. They were off by several degrees and causing problems. Now the  British Geological Survey says that the south magnetic pole is also shifting at a rapid pace. A magnetic reversal in progress? is the title of their article about it.

I also posed the question in that essay that the recent bird die-offs may have something to do with pole shift because birds use the magnetic field to orient and navigate. Links are in that article.

Today, another large and unexplained bird die-off occurred in Sonoma County, southern California–
Mystery Bird Die-Off In Sonoma County
“Days after massive bird die-offs in the south, Sonoma County officials Tuesday had a mystery of their own as more than 100 bird carcasses were discovered near Geyserville.  California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Sloat said the birds were discovered on to Independence Lane at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  The California Department of Fish and Game was notified and a local warden responded. He took several of the birds away to be identified and tested by a biologist, Sloat told the San Rosa Press Democrat.  The birds all appeared to be the same species – small in size with brown and black feathers.”

Also today, from CBS Chicago, a Major, Bizarre Fish Die-Off Along Lakefront
“A bizarre scene is evolving on the Chicago lakefront, with Canada geese and mallard ducks gulping down dead or dying gizzard shad.  A major die-off of what appears to be the 2010 class is happening in Chicago harbors. Thousands, perhaps far more than that, of dead gizzard shad in the 3- to 5-inch range are frozen in the ice of Chicago harbors or floating around in open patches of water.”

In Revelation, massive earth-changes occur, and quickly. “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.” (Rev 6:12-14).

The verse in Revelation sounds like a 10-magnitude mega-quake. Although the USGS assures us that while magnitude 10 quakes can theoretically can happen, they won’t. I find it amusing that on the one hand the USGS says that quakes are something that are outside of the realm of humans to stop or make happen, on the other hand they say with all confidence that a 10-quake won’t occur.

The day after Christmas 2004, an earthquake and tsunami ripped through the Indonesian ocean and lands. With a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, it is the third largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. That earthquake caused islands to appear. “Five years ago this past December 26 one of the largest earthquakes on record ripped through the eastern Indian Ocean. The tsunami that followed caused epic devastation and human suffering, but the quake’s influence on the landscape was even more profound. Islands rose from the sea after the megaquake

And Revelation promises that there will be a quake so large is affects the sky, land, seas, and mountains. Islands disappear. And the verse is within just the first set of judgments- the Seals. Trumpets and Bowls come after that. It gets WORSE. Do you really want to be here?

The birth pangs now are so frequent and intense I am shocked at just today’s headlines: Today Krakatau volcano started erupting, causing tens of thousands to run for their lives, a tsunami wall of water 26′ high inundated Australia’s third largest city (Brisbane) and killing hundreds, a crippling snowstorm pounded the entire southern USA and is on its way up north to do the same, a bomb was discovered at a Florida Walgreens, a missile launcher was found in an Escondido (CA) dumpster… I could go on here, but the situation in the world economically, politically, naturally, and militarily is precarious. The warnings are about to come to an end. His rapture is soon to occur and then the judgment. Come with us!

Repent of your sins and ask Jesus to forgive them. Make Him your Lord and Savior. Live for HIM, and not yourself, and you will be granted entry into His eternal kingdom. It will be a time of rejoicing, love, and pure worship that is so sweet you wonder how you ever got along without Him. Refusing to do so puts you at extreme risk. And the final alternative is too awful to contemplate.