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The sun is a very special star…

I work in a kindergarten class as a teacher’s aide. The teacher was teaching nursery rhymes, and we were reading “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The kids were directed to draw a picture of the scene, and the teacher emphasized that the sky should be black because the stars only come out at night.

One little girl piped up, saying, “Except for one very special star, and that’s the sun, which comes out in the day.” Very true, little girl! Good for you.

Our ‘very special star’ has had indigestion lately. It is an active star and not immune to blurps and belches. When these happen they are called CME’s or Coronal Mass Ejections. The sun pitches a filament of plasma off itself and it hurls out into space. If the sunspot from which it emanates is pointed into the blackness of space (where all the other not-so-special stars are, lol) then it floats harmlessly away. That is good. If the sunspot is pointing in a direction of the earth, when the CME ejects and travels through space, it will hit the earth. That could be bad.

The force with which the CME ejects is on a rating system. Just as earthquakes are rated on a Richter scale, and tornadoes are rated on a Fujita scale, (F-scale) so are CME’s. Here is’s explanation of the rating system for solar flares;

The Classification of X-ray Solar Flares or “Solar Flare Alphabet Soup”

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.

Scientists classify solar flares according to their x-ray brightness in the wavelength range 1 to 8 Angstroms. There are 3 categories: X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.

There is a difference between a solar flare and a coronal mass ejection, but let’s not get too technical. You can read about the difference here. Suffice it to say that if a flare or a CME knocks out your power, you won’t care which is which.

All this to say that the sun has been extremely active this week. Spaceweather’s report today says,

“CHANCE OF FLARES: NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of X-class solar flares and an 80% chance of M-class solar flares today. The source would be active sunspot AR1748, which is turning toward Earth.

ANOTHER X-FLARE ON MAY 15: When the week began, the sun hadn’t unleashed an X-flare all year long. In only two days, sunspot AR1748 has produced four. The latest X-flare from this active sunspot occured on May 15th at 0152 UT.

In summary, AR1748 has produced an X1.7-class flare (on May 13), an X2.8-class flare (on May 13), an X3.2-class flare (on May 14), and an X1-class flare (on May 15). These are the strongest flares of the year, and they signal a significant increase in solar activity.”

Pretty, isn’t it?! The LORD does good work!

Posted in cme, signs in the sun moon stars

Solar storms lighting up the skies

A second sunburst this week will affect earth. A coronal mass ejection left the sun on January 19 arrived at earth on January 22. It was a M3 class flare. The explanation of the diferent levels of flares, “X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.” Each category ranges from 1-9. So an M3 is medium sized but on the lower end of the intensity scale.

“The coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 22nd. According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the impact strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field and briefly exposed satellites in geosynchronous orbit to solar wind plasma. Shifting lines of magnetic force induced strong ground currents in Norway and sparked bright auroras over the upper reaches of North America.” (source)

It isn’t an angel but it reminds me of one! How pretty!

An M3 is a good size but an even bigger ejection occurred a few days later. A M9, on the threshold of the largest kind of flare, was ejected. “This morning, Jan. 23rd around 0359 UT, big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion’s M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the flare’s extreme ultraviolet flash:” put it like this:
“You may not know it, but there’s an epic magnetic battle between the sun and Earth raging over our heads. On Friday, the sun hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet that sparked a strong geomagnetic storm and beautiful aurorae at high latitudes on Sunday. Late last night (EST), the sun unleashed yet another CME… and it’s heading our way. A particularly angry-looking sunspot (1402) on the solar surface erupted with a strong, long-duration M9-class flare Sunday night at around 11 p.m. EST. “M” stands for “medium,” but the explosive energy was just shy of an X-class solar flare — the strongest kind of flare the sun can produce. Now that yet another CME is approaching, even more spectacular auroral activity can be expected for the next few nights. We are currently undergoing the largest solar radiation storm since 2005.”

It is such a big storm, that NASA advised rerouting jets. “As a rare precaution, polar flights on Earth are expected to be re-routed, Kathy Sullivan, deputy administrator of NOAA, said today at a Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans, La., according to”

The sun is getting active. As it does, keep looking up. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.” (Luke 21:25.)

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:28-31)

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Incoming CME, ‘assassinate Obama’ brouhaha, good sermons, another Costa Concordia body

It is a rainy, eerily humid, storm-filled day here in north Georgia. We are under a tornado watch, which is unusual for January. The thunder is rumbling and it is dark out.

I am writing the weekly prophecy newsletter and brewing another pot of coffee. While I prepare, I often listen to a sermon or two. Today I am enjoying Don Green’s series. He began it last week, and its four sermons will explore some of the basics. He said that while it is important to acquire new knowledge of the truths contained in the bible, it is also important to go back to the basics. Don Green is one of the pastors who preach at Grace Community Church, John MacArthur’s church. The segments are under the umbrella of Grace Life Pulpit, being smaller bible study groups than the church-wide preaching MacArthur does on Sunday mornings at the regular gathering. Phil Johnson and Don Green alternate at the pulpit. Pastor green’s four sermons are titled:

  • Who is God?
  • Who are you?
  • What is sin?
  • What is salvation?

The first two are up on the website, here. I recommend them heartily. If you need a jolt to be reminded of Who God is, please listen to Pastor Green’s sermon. It is a blessing.

We are enduring thunderstorms and are under a tornado watch. This weather certainly is strange for January. But then again, all of the nation has endured strange weather. Anchorage, Alaska is laboring under the heaviest snowfall ever. Snow, ice and wind have grounded Alaska Airlines. Yet there has been little snow up until now in what they are calling an oddly warm winter. But that came to a halt in the lower forty as Seattle got hammered this week in a record-setting storm and those same storm winds are fueling the wildfires in Reno Nevada. The storm is also marching across the Midwest as Chicago deploys all its plows.

The Costa Concordia shipwreck continues to captivate the world. Just today, the 12th body was found. Sadly, it was a woman wearing a lifejacket on the fourth floor corridor evacuation point. It is haunting to think of those who obeyed directions to return to cabins, or who believed the lie for the first hour that all was under control. Worse, imagine being that women, waiting for rescue that never came. Last night marked the first week anniversary. Now the world’s attention is turning to the legal ramifications as the officials amass evidence about the captain’s behavior and the victims amass evidence for lawsuits. Christian Science Monitor has a retrospective article, “Costa Concordia wreck: What we know a week later.”

Professor Erik Klemetti has a blog entry on “Observing Volcanoes around the world” with photos and links to volcano observatories’ webcams. The Hawaii Volcano Observatory is celebrating its 100th year. Pretty cool.

We are awaiting the incoming Coronal Mass Ejection that was launched off the sun two days ago. A moderately strong M3 ejection, it is stated to be arriving today, sparking a geomagnetic storm. Certainly there will be gorgeous auroras at the poles. Cell phones will be affected. It is supposed to arrive about 5:30PM Eastern time.

The Publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times suggested this week that Israel’s thought-process for protecting their people from a nuclear Iran may indeed include, or should include, assassinating Obama. Publisher Andrew Adler “argues that there are essentially only three options available to Israel: 1. attack Hezbollah and Hamas; 2. order the destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities at all costs; 3. assassinate Obama. Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles? Another way of putting “three” in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives … Jews, Christians and Arabs alike? You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.”

Though this opinion piece is not available online at the AJT, you can read the entire document as an uploaded .pdf here at Gawker

This stance caused an uproar. Adler has since made an apology for the piece.

From reading the Adler piece, I think he was trying to say that one wonders why it is an option by Israel to allegedly murder successive Iranian nuclear scientists but that they would not consider assassinating a high-level enemy on the other side of the ocean. That Adler was saying if Israeli officials authorize that moral crossing of the line in one way, why not another? That in truth, would it not ever, ever cross the mind of a nation’s highest level officials to consider it an option to employ in the protection of their 7 million people?

Time Magazine wrote about the latest Iranian nuclear scientist’s assassination, “after an assassin in a passing motorcycle attached a magnetized explosive to the side of his Peugeot 405. “Yeah, one more,” a senior Israeli official said with a smile. “I don’t feel sad for him.” Wednesday’s attack followed the pattern of previous operations planned by Mossad and carried out over the past two years by Iranians trained and paid by Israel’s spy agency, according to intelligence sources.”

Now, though Time Magazine is considered a mainstream, credible media outlet, they did not name the ‘Israeli Official’ nor did they name the ‘intelligence sources’. Additionally, they simply made a statement that the assassinations were carried out “obviously” by the Israel spy organization Mossad. Those are not facts. Those are conjectures. Alternately, Adler was also conjecturing as to the thought process of Israeli officials. How far would they go in this covert-almost-overt war? was the point of his article. It is stated by Adler to be a Kobayashi Maru moment. This is a famous no-win test from Star Trek, in that as Star Fleet cadets are being tested in an unsolvable problem, Kirk redefined the problem and thus found a solution. Someone experiencing a Kobayashi Maru can be said to be between a rock and a hard place. No matter what you think of Adler’s piece, Israel is certainly between a rock and a hard place.

“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” (Zechariah 12:3)

I hope you have a wonderful day, doing His will as we await His blessed coming.

Posted in cme, coronal mass ejection, end of days. prophecy, end time, sun

Sun Unleashes ‘Spectacular’ & Powerful Eruption

Sun Unleashes ‘Spectacular’& Powerful Eruption
“The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun’s entire surface, NASA scientists say. The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.”

“The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I’ve just never seen material released like this before,” Young said. “It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down.” [Video: See the sun’s June 7 solar flare and eruption] … An alert by the NOAA-operated Space Weather Prediction Center stated that the solar flare could create a strong geomagnetic storm on Wednesday (June 9) from the event’s coronal mass ejection (CME), an explosion of charged particles triggered by the flare. … “It’s nothing we really have to worry about,” Young said in his video. “It’s just really, really beautiful.” … It is somewhat unique because at many places in the eruption there seems to be even cooler material —at temperatures less than 80,000 Kelvin,” SDO scientists explained.” That last reference was in relation to the fact that the flare wasn’t even the temperature it should be. It was clocked at 80,000 Kelvin (143,540 degrees Fahrenheit ) when ejections of this kind are usually 900,000F at the corona to tens of millions of degrees F in an ejection. And he understatingly calls this “somewhat unique”?? Fear God, man, fear God!

In the UK Daily Mail, they report “Hotting up: Sun wakes up from sleep for busiest sunspot cycle in years and threatens to disrupt Earth communications and power
“Of the flare, scientists say, “This one was rather dramatic,’ said Bill Murtagh, programme co-ordinator at the NWS’s Space Weather Prediction Centre, describing the M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare that peaked at 1:41 am Eastern time in the United States, or 0541 GMT on Monday. ‘We saw the initial flare occurring and it wasn’t that big but then the eruption associated with it — we got energy particle radiation flowing in and we got a big coronal mass ejection,’ he said. ‘You can see all the materials blasting up from the sun so it is quite fantastic to look at.’ ‘Generally it is not going to cause any big problems, it will just have to be managed,’ he said.”

I’ve been watching the sun over the last few years, slowly becoming familiar with space weather and all its associated terms and meanings. The sun is an amazing solar object and the delicate balance we enjoy with is as earthlings is even more astounding. If you look at Creation Day 4, God put the sun and the moon and the stars in their positions for definite purposes, and those purposes were designed to directly benefit us. The sun is not just an object to admire or an object for scientists to study, the sun has a purpose for us.

“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” (Genesis 1:14-16). The first purpose was to create day and night. The night allows us rest. Nightly rest maintains our biorhythms. If you know how fearfully and wonderfully we are made, you know that the engine that is the human body is a wonder. For one example, if you were to take all the DNA in our bodies that is contained in each of our trillions of cells, and connect it together, and stretch it out, it would reach the moon and back 500,000 times. That’s right. And that is just one miracle that is our body. We need sleep, and because the earth rotates around the sun, we can rest in the cool dark night. The sun provides relief from the searing heat, depending on where you live. The US and France are both enduring a heat wave now and we know how much excessive heat interrupts the body, the daily routines on earth, and electrical power. Night allows certain animals to hunt and that maintains the balance of the ecosystem. It refreshes with dew that collects overnight. Those are just a few of the signs that the sun gives us through night and day.

“Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.” (John 11:9-10)

The moon, which reflects the sun, serves as a marker for a 24 hour day for those cultures who use the moon to set lengths of days, like the Israelites do. The sun and moon and stars offer aid to navigation, serving as signs in the day and the night that until recently with the advent of GPS, allowed sailors and travelers of every culture to find their way.

The LORD said that the sun will also be a sign for seasons. Because the earth rotates around the sun over the course of a year, we have different seasons. Only very recently have we as a planetary population become non-agrarian. For most of the 6000 years humans have been on earth, we have planted by the sun and by the seasons. The very first curse God gave Adam at the Fall was that the ground would be cursed, and planting and harvesting would be hard. (Genesis 3:17-19).

So the sun has been our friend for days and years and seasons. It gives light and it gives rest from light. It sets the day and the seasons according to God’s decree (Daniel 2:21). However, in the Tribulation period of judgment, the sun will not be our friend. It will become our enemy. The LORD put the sun and the moon and the stars in place to help us and in the Judgment period, they will not be of help. In Revelation 8:12 a third of the sun was struck with darkness. By Rev 16:8-9 the angel pours out a bowl and scorching heat sears all who are unlucky enough to wander outside. In Revelation 16:10 the sun goes out completely and there is darkness. The Lord sets the sun and the Lord strikes the sun. Worse, the antichrist messes with the times and the seasons. (Daniel 7:25). How can he do that, you wonder? Well, we didn’t always have a Leap Year. The seasons have been changed several times before by adjusting the length of a month or even a week. Wilfred Hahn wrote a very interesting article on the Antichrist’s changing of the seasons in Daniel 7:25 here (.pdf) and if you don’t prefer .pdf then it’s here in Quick View.

The sun and moon and stars will fail us, and interfere with those on planet earth in a big way. Perhaps we are seeing His power now as the precursors increase in advance of the Tribulation. You notice the language the scientists used in the two articles about the most recent Coronal Mass Ejection. “astonishing”, “Somewhat unique”, ‘never before seen’, “fantastic”, “dramatic”… And the last line about having to manage the results of the CME is really pitiful. The sun is acting up and its behavior is becoming more astonishing each month. At some point, its ejections will NOT be “manageable.” The interruptions to earth’s people in terms of failed electronics, failed grids, failed navigation systems, failed satellites and communications will be completely unmanageable. If God judged Adam for his sin by cursing the ground he walked on, toiled in, and labored to grow sustenance, are we any different? People should expect labor, pain, toil, inconvenience, and curse in this upcoming judgment period related to the sun. It was set there at His pleasure and He takes it away at His pleasure.

I am glad that during that period, I will be standing in His light! Citizens of New Jerusalem have no need of the sun because as Isaiah prophesied in chapter 60:20 — “Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over.” Any person who recognizes their sins are preventing them from having a relationship with Him who set the objects in the heavens and asks Jesus forgiveness of those, will be in His Light forever, too. Do it soon, the “spectacular and powerful eruptions” of the sun are warnings that only increase in power and menace, showing us the time is short.

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Why I don’t think an EMP or CME is in our near future

“SPACE WEATHER IN A GADGET-DRIVEN WORLD: Authorities in Washington DC caused a stir over the weekend when they announced at the annual AAAS meeting that high-tech modern society is increasingly vulnerable to solar storms. “The last time we had a maximum in the solar cycle, the world was a very different place,” noted NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco. “Cell phones are now ubiquitous [and we] rely on them for so many different things.” Others noted a myriad of GPS-dependent technologies that could be brought down by a strong solar flare. This is old news to many readers of Nevertheless, the web is abuzz with reports from the meeting.”

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It’s true, the web is abuzz. My earlier posts on the X-class flare that was ejected from the sun and headed our way spiked my page views tremendously. There is a lot of interest in spaceweather, solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) Electro-magnetic pulses (EMP), with concordant dire predictions of being thrown back into the stone age after we get zapped by a flare, and resulting bands of roaming marauders stealing your last can of Spam. All that is possible, of course, but at least for the near future, I don’t believe it will happen. Here’s why:

In Revelation 11:9 it is stated, “For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.” This verse refers to the two witnesses whom Jesus sends to prophesy in the street of Jerusalem, and whom the antichrist hates. When their testimony is finished, the antichrist is allowed to overpower them and they are killed. Rather than bury them, the bodies lay in the streets while the world celebrates their death, even sending gifts in joy that they are gone. It is during this three day period that every person in the world looks upon them. It doesn’t seem that the news can get around quickly enough to every people, tribe, language, and nation unless satellites or other electronic form of mass media is in place.

In Revelation 13:16-17, there is described a global economy in which ALL people and ALL purchases can be tracked. If you don’t have this mark on your hand or forehead, you cannot buy nor sell. I don’t know what it will look like, some have proposed a kind of chip embedded in our bodies or a bar code planted on our heads, but it will be a trackable device able to immediately detect whether you can participate in the economy. It is likely, then, that is won’t be a surface tattoo, because that can be counterfeited. Most probably it will be an electronic something or other that relies on satellite, electricity or some other kind of network or grid that will tell the people at the point of purchase whether you are a yea or a nay.

So if a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or electromagnetic pulse (EMP) does occur that wipes out the grid, we are told that it would take years to build it back up. We are also told that it takes time to launch more satellites which support television, radio, and GPS. While the Tribulation does include many supernatural wonders from the sun (Rev 16:8; 9:2; 8:12; 6:12) it does not seem that a mass electrical failure would be part of the proceedings.

Posted in cme, end of days. prophecy, end time, revelation

Sunrise, sunset

Sunrise at Myrtle Beach SC

With all the focus on the sun lately, it reminded me of how much we love the sun, how much we rely on it. Older civilizations worshiped the sun, even some civilizations nowadays worship it. The sun should not be an object of worship but it is an object that inspires awe. But with all that, we still take it for granted.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the Aurora Borealis display twice. Once was a short display in Maine. I was driving home late at night after a class in Portland. I was on a long stretch of road and I could see up ahead that there was a strange red in the sky, even though it was long past sunset. I pulled over at a wide span in the breakdown lane and got out of the car. I was treated to a wonderful display of the lights, in reds and blues. It looked like a curtain waving.

On the other occasion, I was on an ice-breaking ferry in Labrador. It was in the middle of the night, but we were about to enter a port so everyone was up and awake. A French-Canadian gentleman became excited and pointed to the low horizon, gesticulating and urging his girlfriend to look. After a moment or two, the sky popped. A cracking sizzled in my ears and a gorgeous curtain of greens lit up the sky. I was wowed, awed, and amazed at the colors, but especially the sounds. It sounded like a harp was being played that had strings of electricity. The lights are ethereal, and I felt privileged to see the results of the solar flare’s effect on earth.I mean, it’s not every day you get to see ions light up.

Sunrise at Miami’s Government Cut, on the way to the Bahamas

People love the sun so much, and its appearance and disappearance each day is always a source of anticipation, relief, and joy. Sunrises and sunsets are eagerly watched and remarked on. Sunsets are cause for parties in Key West, Naples Florida and other locations where there is warmth, beaches, and coolers. For I while I lived on a yacht, sailing to the Bahamas. While I was on watch at the 3-5am stint, sailing through the dark ocean waters, there is never such relief and happiness when the the first few rays of the sun poke above the horizon. The last night watch before dawn always seemed the longest. When the sun bursts over the waves and the first light emerges it seems the same thing is happening in my heart, waves of joy illuminate it and I feel light and happy.

A little-known solar effect at sunset is the “Green Flash.” It is fairly rare. At least, it only lasts a second or two so it is hard to see and so it’s rarely caught. I caught it when I was living in Florida for the winter. At sunset, and atmospheric conditions are just right, as the sun goes beneath the horizon, a green light shoots out from under the sun’s disk to the right and to the left, and then the entire sun is gone as well as the flash. I saw it, my husband saw it, and another guy on the beach saw it. We were so excited to have seen this rare solar phenomenon. It is kind of like finding a unicorn, fabled and mythologized, but the flash actually does happen. The other folks on the beach didn’t believe us, and accused us of drinking. But we had not taken any drink of any kind. It looked like deep green emeralds shooting out.

Green flashes come in two common forms, succinctly described by James Prescott Joule in a letter to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society in 1869. First, he noted that “at the moment of the departure of the sun below the horizon, the last glimpse is coloured bluish green.” This “last glimpse” flash is associated with the inferior mirage, familiar on asphalt roads on sunny days. It is best seen from a few meters above sea level…”

The recent solar storm with ejected flare has caused a bit of consternation among scientists, aware lay people, and conspiracy theorists. However, damage from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is no conspiracy- they happen and they will continue to happen. They will also continue to affect earth. muses on the possibilities in an aptly headlined article: Catastrophe Looming? The Risks of Rising Solar Storm Activity”:
“The sun let loose its most powerful eruption in more than four years Monday night (Feb. 14), disrupting radio communications in China and generating concern around the world. But it could have been a lot worse, experts say. Despite its strength, Monday’s solar storm was a baby compared to several previous blasts, and it provides just a hint of what the sun is capable of. A true monster storm has the potential to wreak havoc on a global scale, knocking out communications systems, endangering satellites and astronauts and causing perhaps trillions of dollars in damages. The sun’s activity cycle is ramping up, so more storms will likely be coming our way over the next few years. The sun has grown more active over the last several months after rousing from a quiet period in its 11-year weather cycle last year.”

“But Earth has been walloped by monster solar storms before. One of the most powerful hit us in 1859, a blast that Rutledge estimates may have been 30 times more powerful than Monday’s event, though it’s tough to put hard numbers on such comparisons. The 1859 storm shorted out telegraph wires, causing fires in North America and Europe, and spawned spectacular auroras — the light shows visible near Earth’s poles — bright enough to read by, according to some accounts. If the 1859 storm occurred these days, it would likely have devastating impacts, since our electrical and communications infrastructures are so much more developed. A recent report by the U.S National Academy of Sciences found that such a severe storm could cause up to $2 trillion in initial damages by crippling communications on Earth and fueling chaos around the world.”

Sunset at Naples Florida

We love the sun. We take endless photos of sunrises and sunsets. We admire its strength and bemoan its winter weakness. We languish under its warmth and rejoice under its light. We are awestruck at its auroral displays and marvel at its mirages. But one day, the sun will not be there.

“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.” This is an event described in Revelation 6:12-14. Almost a year ago, I wrote about my idea as to the events that could cause the sun to go dark as a sackcloth. You can read it here.

Sunset at Lubec, Maine

This is a terrible event that happens early on in the Tribulation. The seal judgments are the first set of 7 among 21 judgments. The 7 Trumpet Judgments and then finally the 7 Bowl Judgments come after the Seal Judgments. Imagine, the sun not giving its light! Imagine the terror, the clockwork rising and setting as we have always known them, GONE. Just darkness covering the land. It will happen, but…

YOU can be in the light, the Light of Jesus and the glory of heaven. If you feel sincerely bad about your sins, then ask Jesus to forgive them. He will do it. He died on the cross so that He would be the sacrifice, satisfying God’s justice for sin. You can live forever under His eternal pardon, or you can see for yourself what it really means to be in the dark.

Posted in cme, end of days. prophecy, end time, SOHO

Huge solar flare amazes
“An active region on the farside of the sun erupted during the early hours of Jan. 13th and hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. Click on the image to play a movie of the expanding cloud recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric observatory (SOHO). Although the explosion happened on the sun’s farside, one spacecraft had a direct view: STEREO-B is stationed over the sun’s eastern limb almost directly above the blast site. The spacecraft’s extreme UV telescope recorded the entire event. This movie shows the eruption and the shadowy shock wave it propelled through the sun’s atmosphere. The source of the activity, probably a big sunspot, won’t remain on the farside for long. The sun’s rotation is turning it toward Earth, and geoeffective solar activity could commence within days.”

Wikipedia explains, “A coronal mass ejection (CME) is a massive burst of solar wind, other light isotope plasma, and magnetic fields rising above the solar corona or being released into space. Coronal mass ejections are often associated with other forms of solar activity, most notably solar flares…”

With the size of this mass ejection one can see the effects that such eruptions could have upon the earth if the sun happened to be facing the earth when the next one happens. (“geoeffective” means impacting earth). In August 2010, Discovery published an article about the potentialities of such an impact:

Impact! Coronal Mass Ejection Hits Earth
“It’s hard to imagine the magnetic battle that’s ensuing above my head right now, especially during this hot and calm Southern Californian day. But over the last few hours, orbiting space weather observatories and ground-based magnetometers have detected the moment a coronal mass ejection (CME) — fired from the sun on Sunday — slammed into the Earth’s magnetosphere.”

The article goes on to explain what CME’s are and how they are tracked. Their effects, though, while normally in the benign range, producing only Aurora Borealis displays (northern lights), one day will be strong enough to reach earth at the moment the sun is facing earth, and then watch out. This Science Daily article explains:
“When directed toward our planet, these ejections can be breathtakingly beautiful and yet potentially cause damaging effects worldwide. The brightly colored phenomena known as auroras — more commonly called Northern or Southern Lights — are examples of Earth’s upper atmosphere harmlessly being disturbed by a CME. However, ejections can produce a form of solar cosmic rays that can be hazardous to spacecraft, astronauts and technology on Earth. Space weather produces disturbances in electromagnetic fields on Earth that can induce extreme currents in wires, disrupting power lines and causing wide-spread blackouts. These sun storms can interfere with communications between ground controllers and satellites and with airplane pilots flying near Earth’s poles. Radio noise from the storm also can disrupt cell phone service. Space weather has been recognized as causing problems with new technology since the invention of the telegraph in the 19th century.”

In other words, a strong CME reaching earth can zap every electronic, every chip, all electricity. We have become so reliant on the electronic chip to service all our daily needs, from toaster ovens to cars to banking to life-support machines, that we forget that in one stroke, the electricity may not be there to run them. I thought the SOHO picture was dramatic, dramatic enough to post as a reminder that we are tiny dust motes compared to the Almighty, He who controls the entire universe with a word. We have a blessed choice, either we are in the palm of His hand, shielded from all this, or we are exposed to His power and judgment. I know which place I dwell. I hope you make the right choice, too.

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Signs in the sun: sunspot 1092 and solar storm headed our way

Good Old Faithful reported on another sun-eruption from massive and growing Sunspot 1092:

“On August 1st around 0855 UT, Earth orbiting satellites detected a C3-class solar flare. The origin of the blast was sunspot 1092. At about the same time, an enormous magnetic filament stretching across the sun’s northern hemisphere erupted. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the action:”

“The timing of these events suggest they are connected, and a review of SDO movies strengthens that conclusion. Despite the ~400,000 km distance between them, the sunspot and filament seem to erupt together; they are probably connected by long-range magnetic fields. In this movie still, a shadowy shock wave (a “solar tsunami”) can be seen emerging from the flare site and rippling across the northern hemisphere into the filament’s eruption zone. That may have helped propel the filament into space.” The UK Telegraph called it a solar tsunami, “The explosion was aimed directly towards Earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space.”

“In short, we have just witnessed a complex global eruption involving almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun.” Moreover, “Sunspot 1092, a key player in yesterday’s Earth-directed eruptions, is big enough to see without the aid of a solar telescope. Oleg Toumilovitch “spotted” it on July 31st rising over Blairgowrie, South Africa:”

Jesus said that there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. Those are mostly for the Tribulation, but we can see the sun and stars ramping up their activity. I have not seen much in the way of signs on the moon but the planets and certainly the sun has been active. Even the sun’s non-active period was a sign in itself, being unusual for so long. A major Coronal Mass Ejection would indeed be devastating because the magnetic storm arriving on earth would interrupt electronics. We rely so heavily on electronics now, for satellite entertainment, banking, maps/directions, and plain old energy that an X-class CME would truly hurtle us into the stone age. M-class CME would do damage, and even the smallest class, C-class coronal mass ejections, would disrupt things. (But also put on a pretty display of Northern Lights!)

Sun storm promises Northern light show extravaganza
“Astronomers are predicting that a huge Sun storm over the weekend will produce a spectacular Northern Lights, or aurorae show in the night sky this week for many areas that do not normally seem them.  According to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Aurorae usually are visible only at high latitudes but large geomagnetic storms such has the one that just occurred can light up the sky at lower latitudes. Sky watchers in the northern US and other countries should look toward the north on the evening of August 3rd/4th for rippling “curtains” of green and red light, the group stated.”

They’re talking about Sunspot 1092 here, the one that just erupted in tandem with the filament eruption. The article continues,

“This eruption is directed right at us, ” said astronomer Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “It’s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time.”

The article did not state just how far south those in the northern hemisphere can expect to see the Lights, but even though I’m in North Georgia, I’m going to go outside tomorrow night just in case!

During the Tribulation, the sun gives many signs:

Revelation 6:12 – “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,”

I wrote earlier about this sign of the sun, that the earthquakes likely trigger massive volcanic action, which in turn spews ash into the atmosphere, darkening the sun. More here. In any case, it’ll be cold.

Revelation 9:12 – “When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss…” Can you imagine a smoke chimney so large that it blots out the sun? The next 2 verses in Revelation say that not only was the sun darkened by the smoke escaping from the abyss, but “…out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads” (Rev 9:3-4).

In the 1800s the flocks of migrating passenger pigeons were that large.

 “One of the most remarkable of day flyers was the Passenger Pigeon. At times several days were required for the migrating hosts to pass a given point. The procession stretched from horizon to horizon and was a mile or more in width. Often the sun would be obscured by the clouds of flying birds. In 1808, Alexander Wilson, America’s pioneer ornithologist, estimated that during a great flight of Pigeons which he saw in Kentucky, 2,230,­272,000 birds passed in four hours.” If the flock of demons escaping the abyss is even close to as large as the passenger pigeon flocks, there will be two billion, two hundred thirty million, two hundred seventy-two thousand demon-locusts on earth. You really don’t want to be here then.

Revelation 16:8 – “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire” Can you imagine a sun so hot you spontaneously combust just by going outside?

Acts 2:20, Joel 2:31, Mt 24:29, Is 13:10 all talk about the sun going dark and stars falling from the sky, just before the LORD returns. The sun will be doing some crazy things, and all at the behest of the One who made the sun.The sun has no free will. It cannot refuse, rebel, or even pout. It simply is part of creation and its molecules obey the Lord. Just as the sea parted and the rocks would shout with joy, the sun shines or doesn’t shine at the behest of the Lord Almighty God. And today, it hiccuped.

Are you ready for Him?

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Sunspot 1087 is gorgeous: signs in the sun

I’ve been watching sunspot 1087 and it is a busy one. It has been facing away from earth the last week, crackling the whole time, but the rotation is bringing it into view now. If it ejects another massive Coronal Mass Ejection, (CME) our satellites, electricity grid, gps, and electronics could be in for some interference. But isn’t it beautiful!

Note the inset, earth’s position. Source thanks to “The active region could swallow our planet ten times over and still have room to spare. Fortunately, we’re 93 million miles away. We could still feel the effects of an eruption, however. The thicket of magnetic loops and filaments harbors energy for M-class solar flares. M-flares can heat and puff up Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing satellites to experience extra drag as they orbit our planet; they can also cause waves of ionization to ripple around the planet, disrupting radio communications. There haven’t been any big eruptions yet, but the magnificent magnetic field of sunspot 1087 has been restless, as shown in this time-lapse movie spanning four days.”

Spaceweather glossary says “there are 3 categories: X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.”

If you really want to get your doom on, read William Forstchen’s “One Second After” about the societal breakdown after an electro-magnetic pulse, and man-made version of a natural X-class Coronal Mass Ejection.

Meanwhile, I enjoy seeing the sun’s activity, knowing that the Lord our God created it, and also that He told us that there would be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars! He is creative and wonderful!