Posted in amos, end time, end time. prophecy, fires, gray whale Israel coast

Does Amos’s prophecy have application for what’s happening in Israel today?

Did you know that some of biblical prophecy could be interpreted to have a partial fulfillment in the distant past and another completion in the future? Some prophesies were filled only once (Zechariah 9:9). Some were given a long time ago and are pending, they still have only one fulfillment in the future. (Isaiah 17:1). But some prophesies actually have a parallel track that can be applied to modern times. Why? God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and what He was concerned about in the past He is concerned about in these times. If He warned and judged for lackluster worship in the past, He will again. If he warned and judged about greed, truce-breaking, false idols, and oppression in the past, He will again. Just because Amos’s day has passed does not mean no one is an oppressor. Just because prophesies given in the past became fulfilled, does not mean the cycle bad behavior and proper repentance, warning and judgment, cease.

Take Amos, for example. What he warned the Israelites about in 750 BC are things that are again occurring today and so we should be concerned about them today.

Amos prophesied in 750BC or so. He spoke God’s Word at a time when the Israelites were enjoying success, which they equated to wealth. As for wealth, they equated it to God’s favor. Just as today we have the prosperity gospel false ideology, so in the past the Jews mistakenly thought that wealth meant they were all set with God and could coast. They relaxed their spiritual duties and God was not pleased.

God was actually looking unfavorably on them. Their worship had become hollow, it was religiosity without heart. God sent Amos to warn them. Amos 1 begins:

“He said, “The LORD roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers.” (Amos 1:2)

Amos, being a sheepherder, knew the sound of the lion. It was a prevalent predator in his day and many a sheep were lost to it while shepherds stood helplessly by, able to do nothing. When the lion roars, he means business. His roar, notoriously loud, is meant to startle. The metaphor is meant to startle awake the Israelites to the warning of the lion.

The lion “thundering from Jerusalem” has two metaphors. The first is thunder, which acts the same way as the lion’s roar. Thunder presages a storm. When you hear it, you perk up and you know the storm is on its way. Thundering from Jerusalem means that the LORD  is reminding His people from whence true worship stems.

The “pastures of the shepherds dry up” is simply drought. God is not an absentee landlord. He is active and He sends or withholds rain. Israel today has been experiencing the worst drought in their modern history. For five years rainfall has been a record low levels. All the storage tanks indicate below red marks. Just to give an example, the average rainfall for Jerusalem in November is 60mm. This November, they got 7. ‘The pastures of the shepherds dry up…’ Is it a coincidence that their worst drought in the modern era coincides with a fallen Israel, straying from worship? I do not believe so.

Wildfires broke out this week at Mt. Carmel forest. The Carmel forest is a verdant area of Israel. The area is held up in the bible as the ideal of fertility and beauty. For the “top of Carmel to wither” would be devastating indictment indeed.

Amos prophesied that God was about to raise up the pagan nations around Israel to judge her and them. Lebanon had broken treaties and colluded with Jordan (Edom). The LORD’S anger burned against Gaza because they had deported an entire population. God was angry with Syria for their incessant warlike actions. Greed was the watchword of the day and Israel’s enemies had dragged Israel into a sour economy. The Lord would send fire to the walls of Tyre.

Do you see parallels from the time of Amos with Israel today and her spiritual state? Her wealth and success has seduced her into a relaxed or even a non-existent worship. Her worship was flash over substance at best and so it is today. Her enemies are truce-breakers, greedy, deporting entire populations (Gaza) and militaristic. Even after Israel attacked and destroyed Syria’s nuke site three years ago, the Syrians have apparently rebuilt. The Jerusalem Post reported this week that a possible Syrian nuke facility has been identified by satellite. By the way, Syria has never allowed IAEA inspectors in despite pressure and entreaties by the UN to do so.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the ultra-orthodox party Shas, said this week in his address that God is judging faithless Jews who do not keep the sabbath. Iran’s Press TV reports: “An Israeli rabbi has suggested that wildfires still raging in northern Israel were God’s punishment for religious offenses committed by the area residents.” Ynet news reportedHaredi newspapers say disaster ‘a warning sign’, call for personal and public self-scrutiny” and as a result, “ultra-Orthodox newspapers called for self-scrutiny, saying the disaster was a sign from God.”

We do know that God warns before judging. The Tribulation is judgment on non-believers and on Israel. When anything destructive or cataclysmic, or miraculous, occurs in Israel, believers should sit up and take notice. When superlatives are attached to any event in Israel, such as “worst drought”, “uncontrollable wildfires”, or “worst disaster” then we should really attune to what God might be saying. When combined with indicators in the bible as to God’s standards, His warnings, and His judgment, and the events match up as a possible prophetic fulfillment, then spiritual alarm bells should be ringing in every Christian.

I advise four things:

1. Hal Lindsey’s Report this week is an excellent overview of Ezekiel’s prophesies fulfilled in regard to Israel. His 20-minute segment gives a wonderful context from which every believer should then come to the minor prophets. Part one of Hal’s segment this week, titled “Ezekiel’s Enigma,” is here and part 2 is here. If that link expires then go to Hal’s web page here.

2. Read Amos 1 with an eye toward a possible fulfillment of the prophesies today that Amos was burdened with speaking back then. If you are not of the ilk that believes in prophetic fulfillment twice, then examine the principles exhibited. Is what is happening in Israel with the drought and the fires a warning from God? If it is a warning, what were the people doing that caused God to warn them? Are we as individuals or as a nation doing those same things today? It is always worth checking ourselves to see how our walk with the Lord is going. Are we wandering? Or are we close to Him?

3. Pray for Israel! Not only are we commanded to in Psalm 122, but Jack Kelley also has an explanation of what you are really doing when you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, here. Joel C. Rosenberg has specific prayer needs listed at his website, here. I copied the ones listed for 12/5/10 below:

4. Consider. Amos is written to stir the soul to action. Whether you believe that Amos’s prophesies were fulfilled once for all, or have an imminent fulfillment application for today, the bible is God’s word and it stands for all time. If you have fallen into a prosperity gospel mentality, get out. If you have succumbed to allowing your thoughts to accept division of Israel for peace, stop. If your worship has become flash over substance, shake yourself out of it. The Rabbi’s call to private and public self-scrutiny is good advice, no matter where you stand on fulfillment of prophetic theology (eschatology).

And keep looking up, for your Redemption draweth nigh!

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Posted in end time, end time. prophecy, fires, israel

O, Israel! Her fires rage on

Precious Israel, about to become the burden of the world and undergo a time of Trouble for Jacob that the world has never seen, no, nor shall ever see again, is undergoing a heartbreaking trial even now:

Fires break out in northern Israel
“HAIFA, Israel – Help streamed in from across the world Friday to help Israel battle a forest fire that’s already killed at least 42 people and ranks among the nation’s worst natural disasters. … Many Israelis said they’re still shocked by the bus tragedy, which happened during the first hours of the inferno. According to rescue workers, the bus, carrying trainee prison guards to help evacuate a low-security jail, was caught by flames travelling 100 mph down a hillside. None of them could escape.”

The fires rage on…and on…and on:

Flames out of control, firemen rescued
“Israel’s deadliest fire, which claimed the lives of at least 41 people, continues to rage for second night in a row: Several firefighters were rescued from the flames in the northern community of Nir Etzion, where paramedics continued to search for possible casualties in the area.”

Israels more overt enemies are demonstrably happy at her misfortune:

Hezbollah overjoyed by fire
“Arab networks celebrate fire disaster: Many Arab media outlets have been taking advantage of Israel’s fire disaster to disparage the Jewish state and rejoice over its misfortune.”

Israel’s less demonstrable enemies are perceiving her as weak…perhaps a weakness that includes vulnerabilities which make her ripe for attack?

World perception: Israel is weak
“Meanwhile, officials in Jerusalem presented a grim assessment of the public relations damage suffered by Israel as result of its inability to effectively fight the fire.” The PR damage in the world is huge; Israel is perceived as fully incompetent,” one source said.”

Yes, lovers of Israel pray! Let us pray for her!

Fires spawn international prayer response
“The United States, Bulgaria, Russia, Egypt and Turkey are among the nations rushing to help Israel in its time of need. The international emergency aid to a country that rarely accepts or receives foreign help may be a result of international prayer for the safety of Israel. John Hagee, founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), is among many leaders who have issued a prayer alert for the nation. His prayer asks God to “comfort those who mourn for their precious loved ones who are injured or have lost their lives in the midst of the raging fires” and to “protect Your land which You have given to Your people as their inheritance.” (You can read the rest of Hagee’s prayer on the CUFI Facebook page.) Martin and Norma Sarvis, Christian artists and intercessors who live in Israel, have also issued a prayer alert about the fire on Mount Carmel.”

Psalm 122 says for us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  Jack Kelley asked, Why Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem?

“On several occasions I’ve been asked something like, “If this is a great cosmic problem that won’t ever be solved until the 2nd coming, how can our prayers help?” Here are some good reasons why we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

“1st, speaking of the Jewish people the Lord said, “Whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye” (Zech. 2:9) and to tribulation survivors He’ll say, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). I know it breaks His heart to see the way His city has been defiled by hate and bloodshed. As Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision has said, “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” It’s good for us to be on the Lord’s side.”

“2nd, He has commanded it and rewards us for obedience. All of Psalm 122 speaks of the special nature of Jerusalem, the one place on Earth God specifically chose for His dwelling, and promises prosperity to those who pray for its peace. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. (Psalm 122:6 KJV)”

“And 3rd, when you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you’re praying for the Messiah to come and establish His Kingdom. Maybe that’s the best reason of all.”

Selah!
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Posted in end time. prophecy, mono lake, pestilence, revelation

New life form found, on earth

Be sure to read the partner piece to this entry, “What does the discovery of new life form at Mono Lake mean?”

Discovery of “Arsenic-bug” Expands Definition of Life
NASA-supported researchers have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism, which lives in California’s Mono Lake, substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in the backbone of its DNA and other cellular components. “The definition of life has just expanded,” said Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it.” This finding of an alternative biochemistry makeup will alter biology textbooks and expand the scope of the search for life beyond Earth. The research is published in this week’s edition of Science Express.”

Mono Lake is here: 

How will this discovery impact science? How will it interplay with evolution? Will it destroy the false concept of evolution because the phylogenetic tree has no branch for this life form? Or will it buttress it, there now being a life form that emerged from a chemical soup as the evolutionists insist man did?

Alternately, being a bacteria, is it the emergence of a one of the pestilences that are unleashed to kill a quarter of the earth in Revelation 6:8? Curiouser and curiouser. The Lord’s work is so far above our ways!
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Posted in a little child shall lead them, end time, end time. prophecy, faith

An interesting conversation

An interesting thing happened yesterday. I work at an elementary school and after the children leave at the end of the day, I remain, and continue working in the After School program. It is a less academic environment, where the kids rotate into different settings. One is play time in the gym, another is homework room, a third is games in the cafeteria, and the fourth is the computer lab.

I am the leader in the computer lab. It’s quiet, the kids like it in there, and for the first few minutes we get to chat, before they tell me their choice of educational computer software they want to use for the 30 minutes they are present.

Yesterday I noticed that after chatting and when all the kids were settled and sitting on their stools with headphones on and working busily way at the keyboards, a fourth grade boy who rarely talks had turned sideways from his computer and said he didn’t feel like doing computer any more. I asked him if he was feeling OK and he said yes. I asked him if he’d like to read a book and he said no. I said all right, let me know if you need anything.

A few minutes later he got up and sat next to me at my computer. I turned to chat with him and it was like pulling teeth. He gave one word answers to the usual questions, “Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Yes. Did you have a good day at school? Yes. Was there anything special you learned today you would like to share? No. I gave wait times, and nada. So we just sat quietly, giving him space to ponder his thoughts, work up his courage, or whatever was obviously on his mind to come out.

After a moment, he said that he really doesn’t like it when his friends keep saying the world will end in 2012. He said that the Maya were a people that were either predicting a new phase of life and time, or that they were saying they themselves would be phased out as a people, was his interpretation. But the thought that the world was ending in 2012 was false. He said that one day recently he had to defend his point of view for a while in talking with a friend, even though his “throat hurt so bad it felt like a cat scratched it.” He spoke for a while, and it was the longest I’d ever heard him talk. Eventually, when he wound down, I asked, “Do you think that the world will ever really end?”

“Sure, when Jesus comes,” he replied.

Ah! I asked him to share with me his ideas on that. What ensued was the most balanced, theological, and confident conversation about the end times I’d ever had with anyone, adults included. He knew about the earth being melted in a fervent heat. He knew about the moment when satan is thrown into a gloomy dungeon with a chain. He knew that the tribulation will be horrific, and that after that Jesus comes back in glory “and all will see him.” He knew about the rapture and that it could occur at any moment, “even before we finish this sentence, or years from now. You just don’t know,” he said.

I was proud of him. He was confident in the Lord’s work, but impatient with those who turn to other predictions or philosophical structures. I wish the conversations I have with adults were this way. Most “Christians” I speak with never bring it up on their own. If I do, they invariably edge away, or change the subject. Most say they are scared, or that it is a scary subject. Many spout incorrect doctrine. One lady I spoke with was a holy roller, bible-thumping self-stated believer. When I mentioned the rapture, she said, “Oh, that’s just a made-up doctrine from the 1800s.” I showed her the 1st Thessalonians verses where Paul reveals the rapture doctrine, and she still wouldn’t believe. Adults pollute their beliefs with personal wishes, refusals to study, and stubbornness. Children have an innocent belief, a pure belief. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he said:

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of Godlike a little child will never enter it.”And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” (Is 11:6)

This ten-year-old’s steady and clear-eyed view of Jesus, the end time, false doctrine, and sin is something that should be expressed by every adult. But it is not. It’s sad that many adult “Christians” are so weak and pale in their faith. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he said in Revelation 3:16 “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” These believers are not hot nor are they cold. They are lukewarm believers who will be discovered not to have been believers at all.

PS: I know there are detractors who will say, “That kid was forced to believe, it was shoved down his throat.” But all children are under the tutelage of their parents. Their ideas and outlook into the world are through the lens of their parents: for good or for bad. Children who grow up liberal, on welfare, feminist, homosexual, Buddhist, Mormon, whatever, have learned it. But Christianity is the only truth where it is written: “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6). No matter what you are, your parents taught you, either by word or by deed. They “shoved it down your throat,” as it were. The children are watching. What do YOU believe? How do you demonstrate it? Time is short. It may be as short as until the end of this sentence.

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Wikileaks dump imminent: US-Israel relationship may be forever changed

Julian Assange is a whistleblower activist who started a website called WikiLeaks. Somehow he obtains confidential, sensitive documents and he publishes them online. Sometimes this is good, in the case of exposing torture, assassination, and corruption. He has been awarded for this. Assange says that Wikileaks has released more classified documents than the rest of the world press combined: “That’s not something I say as a way of saying how successful we are – rather, that shows you the parlous state of the rest of the media. How is it that a team of five people has managed to release to the public more suppressed information, at that level, than the rest of the world press combined? It’s disgraceful.” (source)

Before working with the website, he was a physics and mathematics student, hacker, and computer programmer. Then Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. He has come to widespread public attention for his recent role in the release of classified material documenting the involvement of the United States in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Then the world got word that he is about to release 2.7 million documents detailing conversations conducted confidentially regarding the US and Israel, probably this weekend.

Time Mag: WikiLeaks: could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act”

AFP French News Agency: US warns Israel of WikiLeaks release
Washington has warned its ally Israel of potential embarrassment from the expected release of US diplomatic cables on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, an Israeli newspaper said on Thursday. A senior Israeli official, quoted in Haaretz, said it has been informed that WikiLeaks plans to release hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, some of which could include confidential reports from the US embassy in Tel Aviv. “The Americans said they view the leak very seriously,” he told the paper, on condition of anonymity.

Haaretz: Israel, U.S. tense as WikiLeaks set to release classified bilateral communiques
“Sources in Washington said the documents would be coming out soon, perhaps even today. And it is not only Israel being warned about US documents. The US Ambassador in London made a special visit also…”

UK Daily Mail: U.S. warns Britain over new WikiLeaks revelations that will ‘expose corruption between allies’
“David Cameron was warned last night by America that damaging secrets of the ‘special relationship’ are about to be laid bare. The U.S. ambassador to London made an unprecedented personal visit to Downing Street to warn that whistleblower website WikiLeaks is about to publish secret assessments of what Washington really thinks of Britain. The website is on the verge of revealing almost 3million documents, including thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables sent to Washington from the American embassy in London. In total, around 2.7 million confidential messages between the U.S. government and its embassies around the world are to be released. The U.S. State Department warned that the leaks would damage relationships around the world. Spokesman P J Crowley said: ‘These revelations are harmful to the U.S. and our interests. They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.’”

The UK Daily Mail says, “U.S. diplomats face being kicked out of countries in backlash … Corrupt politicians expected to be named and shamed.”

As the dump became imminent, it simply became obvious the US was running around in damage control mode. “Wikileaks document dump has United States working damage control to stem potential embarrassment“.
“The U.S. is already in damage-control mode ahead of the latest classified documents expected to be released by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with the leaders of several countries, warning her counterparts of what the documents may contain, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.  There is speculation that the documents will reveal sensitive and embarrassing details of American diplomacy with foreign countries, The Associated Press reports.”

Besides Britain and India, the US has warned the governments of Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Israel, Iraq, China, Turkey, Russia and Iceland in advance of the release. On this already tense earth, the situation between US and UK, and US and Israel will be stirred immeasurably by whatever the world reads in those documents. Though bombs may be going off in the Koreas, there is another bomb ticking and about to explode when WikiLeaks documents hit the internet. Like this one: “Did Turkey help al-Qaeda in Iraq?
“According to the London-based daily al-Hayat, the WikiLeaks release includes documents showing Turkey has helped al-Qaeda in Iraq, reports Reuters.”

That would make Turkey unquestioningly an enemy. The Gog-Magog battle of Ezekiel 38-39 shows Turkey siding with Iran and Russian in attacking Israel. Unmasking Turkey’s real stance may spur that battle along.

The UK is taking the importance of the leaks so seriously that all the news media outlets in the UK have just now received a DA-notice. A DA-Notice or Defence Advisory Notice (called a Defence Notice or D-Notice until 1993) is an official request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for reasons of national security. The system is still in use in Britain. As of 2008 there are five standing DA-Notices. On 25 November 2010, the Government issued a DA-Notice (types 1 and 5) in relation to sensitive documents expected to be imminently released on the website WikiLeaks.

DA-Notice 01: Military Operations, Plans Capabilities
DA-Notice 02: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons and Equipment
DA-Notice 03: Ciphers and Secure Communications
DA-Notice 04: Sensitive Installations and Home Addresses
DA-Notice 05: United Kingdom Security Intelligence Special Services

State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley said, “These revelations are harmful to the United States and our interests,” Crowley said. “They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.” MORE tension than there already is? Hard to imagine.

And we wait, holding our breath to see which flames get fanned. And where they get fanned to.
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NASA to anounce discovery of "exceptional object" in our cosmic neighborhood (UPDATED)

Update at bottom
The discovery  is from Chandra X-ray, not the discovery of Fermi’s Gamma Ray bubbles (Fermi is a gamma ray telescope). So I wonder what it could be? Now, I’ve hung in with NASA on several of these announcements. They always turn out to be discovery of an ice ball circling Pluto, or something. But I always get sucked in anyway, and especially now with the worl turning upside down and knowing what the LORD is planning for the heavens, soon, I thought I’d post again and then keep you updated when it turns out to be a discovery of the cosmos’s smallest asteroid or something, lol.

NASA Announces Televised Chandra News Conference

“WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 15, to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood. The news conference will originate from NASA Headquarters’ television studio, 300 E St. SW in Washington and carried live on NASA TV.  Media representatives may attend the conference, join by phone or ask questions from participating NASA locations. To RSVP or obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Trent Perrotto at: trent.j.perrotto@nasa.gov by 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 15. Reporters wishing to attend the conference in-person must have a valid press credential for access. Non-U.S. media also must bring passports.”

UPDATE: well, it turned out NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has picked up what appears to be the youngest black hole we’ve discovered near our planet. This object could however instead be the youngest documented neutron star. Either way, it’s an exciting find.

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Great Balls of fire swooping over Canada: NASA investigates. Merapi warning of mega-eruption

I work with 5-year-olds every day, for 11 hours each day. When I get home, I’m tired. It is a commitment and a struggle to pray and read the bible at that point, because I am so wiped out, and THEN I begin The End Time essays for the night.

Writing those usually takes me from 2-4 hours. I take the time because good writing takes time. But more importantly, it takes prayer, biblical research and triple-checking, because we are handling the Word of God here.

So tonight, I’m tired. But I’m even more tired because of the news. It is getting crazy nuts to keep up with it, because there are so many things happening. My poor, beleaguered brain can hardly take it all in, what the Lord is doing. This morning I saw the headline that “Great balls of fire over Canada: NASA investigates

“Great balls of fire have been reported swooping over Eastern Canada and several U.S. states. Even NASA’s on the case. There are different theories about what was behind the sighting of those fireballs. A NASA spacecraft got a closer look at one of the possible sources today. The spacecraft flew past Hartley 2 — taking closeup pictures after the comet made one of its closest passes by Earth this week. But one expert is skeptical of reports that any fireballs came from Hartley — which is roughly 1.2 kilometres wide and spews deadly cyanide gas. Scientist Peter Brown says his meteor group at the University of Western Ontario tracked one of two fireballs while the other was tracked by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.”

Saying that the fireballs are from comet Hartley is akin to the old chestnut from the 1950s when every weird UFO in the sky was attributed to a “weather balloon” or “swamp gas.” But my layman’s suspicions are baseless…unless there is a legitimate scientist saying the same thing. Oh, look, there is: In another article about the event, a scientist stated “The position where they came from the sky, however, was a bit different and their orbit was only in a vague sense similar to Hartley 2.”

The key word is “swooping.” In both articles, it is stated that the fireballs, or lights, swooped. Meteors travel on an orderly trajectory. They don’t backtrack. They don’t deviate. They certainly don’t “swoop.”

Then this afternoon I saw this headline from Der Spiegel: “Geologists Warning Of Merapi “Mega-Eruption.” The link goes to the German language article but here is an English-language essay on the situation from P Gosselin’s Climate Science News And Free Commentary From Germany:

“Der Spiegel reports on the growling-ever-louder Indonesian Merapi volcano in an article titled: Geologists Warning of Mega-Eruption of Merapi. Hat-tip to reader Ike.”

“The Merapi eruptions are becoming more violent – and the big bang could be just ahead. The Indonesian volcano has been spewing 800°C ash clouds for days.”

“According to Der Spiegel, 122 people have been killed, most on Friday. “Merapi is among the most dangerous volcanoes,” says geo-scientist Volker Steinbach of the German Federal Administration for Geoscience and Raw Materials (BGR). Der Spiegel adds:”

“Friday’s eruption is its worst this decade, says the chief geologist of the Energy Administration, Raden Sukhyiar, in the “Jakarta Post”. The biggest known eruptions occurred in 1006, 1369, 1786, 1822, 1872 – destroying a large number of villages – and 1930 when 1300 people perished.”

“Investigations of the volcano have revealed that an unprecedented Magma reservoir lurks underneath it, says Birger Lühr, a volcano researcher at the GFZ in Potsdam, Germany.”

“A rough estimate indicates that there is three times more magma than what was ejected by the Indonesian volcano Tambora in 1815 – the biggest eruption in the last 10,000 years, which led to a cooling of the climate globally.”

“Geoscientists aren’t sure what to make of this huge magma reservoir. As Der Spiegel reports, they are hesitant to make predictions of catastrophe (That’s only done in climate science, even though the odds are far less).”
“Word of a ‘mega-eruption’ is making the rounds among scientists. But apparently they are avoiding the use of the word to avoid being labelled preachers of disasters. ‘We can only speculate what the volcano will do,’ says Birger Lühr. Merapi is hardly predictable.”

The bible says in Revelation 6:12 of the Sixth Seal judgment that as the seal was opened the sun turned black like sackcloth. I wrote about the sun as sackcloth in the essay titled “Of volcanoes, dry fog, and sun as sackcloth” in more depth here. I posited the idea that the sun turning black may be from mega-eruptions, in turn, caused by the prophesied earthquakes we’re told will occur in the Tribulation. The Seals are judgments, and the Church is not destined for judgment, so the sackcloth event it depicts will likely not occur until after the rapture – if indeed the sun as sackcloth occurs because of volcanic ash darkening the sun in the first place.

Scientists saying things like “unprecedented magma” and ‘worst eruption this decade’ ‘we can only speculate’ are hardly comforting phrases. Yesterday I mentioned that the events are unfolding so fast along the active ring of fire in Indonesia that the scientists are simply throwing up their hands and saying ‘we don’t know what’s going on.” At some point the world will reach a tipping point and the events unfolding will exceed the scientists’ knowledge base to explain them. That is because God exceeds science. The swooping lights from Canada to imminent mega-eruptions to currency wars to gold reaching $1400/oz to mass UFO sightings to…well, it’s dizzying.

The tiredness I feel is not just from long workdays and bewildering news – it is from the burden of sin upon the whole world. We groan. We groan! For what do we groan?

“For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”(2 Corinthians 5:4)

We groan because “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:22). The entire creation groans! And we humans, children of God all, groan because we are part of the creation, and the burden of sin weighs on us heavily. We may even lament, but certainly God again is ahead of us, telling us we would feel that way in these end days of the end time:

“And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.’ It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Ezekiel 21:7)

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Is a Palestinian State in the near future?

Over the last year, I’ve written twice about a troubling turn in philosophy in terms of Middle East Peace. Up until last November, the notion of peace in the Middle East hinged on Israel and the “Palestinians” coming to a jointly agreed upon treaty. It was assumed that the treaty, or agreement, would contain mutually acceptable and previously negotiated criteria for a permanent cease-fire and cessation in hostilities. That’s how peace treaties are usually negotiated.

However, I wrote in November that the then-EU top diplomat Javier Solana essentially has said a few months prior, let’s cut through the red tape, quit the talk, and walk the walk. How about creating a Palestinian State! “The United Nations Security Council should “proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution.” Obama took the idea to heart at that time. Though not much was reported for five months, I considered it a ground-breaking, ominous and terrible development. But five months after the news that Solana was initiating an idea to force a Palestinian State, in April 2010 the following news report surfaced: The Asia Times reported  “Obama imposing a Palestinian state”.

The idea that the Palestinians can get a state by enforced imposition is not a new one: that is how Israel was formed. Now the idea is, why not cut through the red tape, and just DO this thing? Hey, we did ti before with Israel! Since last November the brilliance of this seemingly simple idea has grown in the back rooms until now when it is quietly being touted as THE solution. Even by the ‘Christian” Science Monitor:

Obama can let Palestinians seek state recognition at the UN
“President Obama may soon have an unusual chance to serve the cause of Middle East peace by remaining silent. He could quietly acquiesce to a move being considered by Palestinian leaders to ask the United Nations to recognize a state of Palestine…. Mr. Obama has good reason to give a quiet wink to such a Palestinian request. He is deeply frustrated that Israel renewed its settlement construction last month. That move forced Palestinians to quit bilateral peace talks. It also caused them to contemplate the prospect that the US is no longer a reliable mediator or able to press Israel to make concessions.”

Apparently, the notion of just creating a Palestinian State and be done with it is serious enough that 115 US Representatives are urging Obama not to go down that road.

Reps urge Obama to oppose Palestinian state declaration
The chairman of a major Republican congressional caucus is urging US President Barack Obama to oppose any UN effort to recognize a unilaterally declared Palestinian state. Rep. Tom Price of Georgia wrote Obama on behalf of the 115-member Republican Study Committee on Thursday, asking the president to push back against reports suggesting that Palestinians are considering appealing to the UN rather than negotiating with Israel.”

Leaving the nation of Israel to fend for itself among the wolves of the UN and the wolves of the world is a losing proposition and Netanyahu is no dummy. Here is another recent shift in conception, this time in what constitutes a treaty:

The notion that an agreement in principle can be reached but the nuts and bolts can be ironed out at a later date. The Jerusalem Post reported an hour ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is making efforts to convince the Obama administration to accept a plan by which a Palestinian State would be established within temporary borders for a period of ten years, leaving difficult issues such as refugees and Jerusalem to be decided in future negotiations, London-based Arabic language daily Al-Hayat reported on Saturday.”

God takes His Land very seriously. He gave it to the Nation, and He intends for it to remain so. He was so specific, He even outlined the borders:

“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites …,”

At some point, the Land is divided

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:2)

There, the LORD promises, He will judge.

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The Satanic Supernatural: a study

Jesus said that the days prior to His coming will be like the Days of Noe (Noah)

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:36-39)

This passage refers to the Second Coming, not the rapture. In the days immediately prior to the flood, the Nephilim were rampant in the world and had reduced man to a slavering lustful, evil fools who only thought evil continually. (“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” Gen 6:4-5,8). Jesus likened the days prior to the Second Coming to the days of Noah.

We are in evil days even now, though the Tribulation has not begun. Imagine the days getting so much worse! No, thank you. Today, Man is lustful with the eyes and the heart and with his body, thinking only evil continually. That is because, as John wrote, “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19)

“…they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator….” (Romans 1:18-25) [emphasis mine]

The more things change, the more they stay the same: Hosea said in 10:13- “You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,”. This world trusts in its own way and therefore is at risk of being demonically oppressed. The demons can do nothing in a Christian, except plague Him from afar, but of those who are not saved, demons  run rampant. And most of the world, the world we are told they rule, is not saved. So what do we expect?

As the world hurtles closer to the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and judgment is unleashed on it, the supernatural activity is increasing. If you doubt that demons exist or are so heavily active, see the amount of demonic activity through a list of scriptures from OT to NT, here. The amount of demon-busting the Apostles did in the aftermath of the Spirit’s indwelling of them is amazing, and imagine how much more so the demonic activity was in the Days of Noe. Now imagine how much there is to comeas we again approach days like Noah’s…

There are all kinds of spirits. There is a spirit of fortune telling…”Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.” (Acts 16:16)

There are evil spirits: “Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.” (1SA 16:14)

There are enticing spirits: “‘By what means?’ the LORD asked. “‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’ (1 Kings 22:22), and apparently some spirits such as this one can be more than one kind of spirit.

There are lying spirits: “So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.” (1 Kings 22:23)

There are impure spirits: “On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,” declares the LORD Almighty. “I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land.” (Zech 13:2)

There are disease spirits: “News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon- possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. (Matthew 4:24)

There are spirits that can speak, and who know the things of God and who know God: “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” (Mt 8:29); “Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.” (Luke 16:41).

There are demons that cannot speak: “Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.” (Luke 11:14)

The spirits have a hierarchy, make plans, and have intent: ” Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” (Mt 24:45)

There are spirits who posses people in holy places, masquerading as holy worshipers: “Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:23)

There are strong demons: “For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.” (Mark 5:4)

A body can hold one spirit, or it can hold many spirits: “Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” (Mark 5:9); “When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.” (Mark 16:9)

Finally, demons have intelligence and can teach: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1Timothy 4:1)

With all that and more shown to us about the rulers of the air, and the principalities in high places, people who fool with the dark side are taking a grave and likely eternal risk. Demons are smart, capable, powerful, and not only are upon this world already but will invade this world in greater number as in the days of Noah/Time of Jacob’s Trouble nears. And it is my opinion that it has begun:

The article below is from the UK Sun and it is perfectly serious. Mysterious sounds have been appearing on cell phones, the result of calls from nowhere. This activity has spiked exponentially in the last 4 years:

Ghosts are phoning friends
GHOSTS are trying to make contact with living friends using mobile phones, a paranormal expert claims.  The number of mystery calls to mobiles attributed to spooks has rocketed by 43 per cent in the last four years, a study found.  Spectre investigator Phil Hayes from Paranormal Research UK believes a third of all hauntings are now through mobile phones. he calls often feature heavy static and the voice sounds faint and distant, he revealed. Nine in ten show as “withheld number” or “000000000000” on caller ID.  Statistics show two thirds of all paranormal phenomena feature sounds, with just 20 per cent being actual sightings of ghosts and 15 per cent based on smell. New research shows one in three Brits claim to have seen an apparition in a photo or captured paranormal footage on their mobile.

Rush Limbaugh noticed that recent  photographs of Obama increasingly appear to reveal the demon in him. I agree that Obama’s facial expressions look non-human:

Rush Limbaugh Show:
President looks demonic, goes from messiah to demon (Limbaugh)
“There are some pictures on the Drudge Report.  I’m gonna hold them up here to the Dittocam.  I’ve got too many things to do here, but, folks, these pictures, they look demonic. And I don’t say this lightly.  There are a couple pictures, and the eyes, I’m not saying anything here, but just look.  It is strange that these pictures would be released. Snerdley is looking at them and … see what I’m talking about?  It’s very, very, very strange.  An American president has never had facial expressions like this.  At least we’ve never seen photos of an American president with facial expressions like this.  There are some pictures on the Drudge Report.  I’m gonna hold them up here to the Dittocam.  I’ve got too many things to do here, but, folks, these pictures, they look demonic.  And I don’t say this lightly.  There are a couple pictures, and the eyes, I’m not saying anything here, but just look.  It is strange that these pictures would be released. Snerdley is looking at them and … see what I’m talking about?  It’s very, very, very strange.  An American president has never had facial expressions like this.  At least we’ve never seen photos of an American president with facial expressions like this.”

A lot of people will go, ‘aw, that’s just Rush…’ but consider that Mr Limbaugh is this nation’s most successful, longest running, most successful and influential radio commentator. He is an opinion leader from coast to coast. It’s not fringe news when a powerful personality, and in my opinion, a brilliant one at that, who is unafraid to tout unpopular political opinions for the last two decades, comments on the demonic looking facial expressions of  President of the United States.

USA News Week: UFO Over China (Kunming): UFO Mania Continues With More Sightings
China (Kunming): UFO Mania Continues With More Sightings. UFO sightings seem to be the flavor of the month at the moment and that doesn’t restrict itself to the United States of America but expands this norm to the entirety of the world. Many sightings have been reported of late in the United States but an equally high number of reports of UFO sightings have come through from the eastern superpower of China. There were already quite a few reports in the recent days, and it was recently followed up by another reported were UFO were sighted in Kunming which is located in the province of Yunnan.  The recent report was collected from the online version of the People’s Daily. The sightings were made just about a week ago on the 14th of October. The man who photographed the alleged unidentified flying objects is called Dong Rong. Dong Rong himself is a resident of Kunming itself.

Remember the Spirit of Fortune Telling that the Apostles drove out?

Le Parisien (Google translated from French) 11 persons jump out of 2nd floor apartment during seance
Police sources would be a séance gone wrong. Saturday morning around 5 o’clock, eleven people, including an infant and three children, were injured to varying degrees by jumping from the second floor of a building in the town of La Canopy (Yvelines). The baby was hospitalized at the Necker Hospital. Many of the victims were also hospitalized. Participants would have increased the devil had entered the apartment and would have thrown out the window to escape him. The circumstances of the tragedy are still very confused. On the other hand, participants in the seance was remanded in custody. At 5 o’clock in the morning he had warned neighbors that unusual events occurring in the apartment. He wore stab wounds.

Wedding off after ‘demonic voice’ called
A man broke up with his fiancee after phone calls from a “demonic voice” told him she was sleeping around, the jury in a black magic sex trial has been told.  The man said he believed a black magic curse had been placed on the woman he loved and he was “petrified” when he “continuously got calls from these demonic voices”.

The above articles delving into the satanic supernatural are appearing with more regularity these days. Remember the Village in Barbados suffering a demonic attack? The Denver woman who said a vampire attack caused her to crash her car? The Chinese airport that shut down due to lingering UFO traffic? These and other news articles from recent times were reported straightforwardly in viable and credible news outlets with all due diligence. They are all of the satanic supernatural.

Be warned! The Days of Noe are almost here, but the time of Jesus, the Ancient of Days from the beginning to the end is more powerful than any demon. He rebukes them with a word. He drives them out while they shriek and shudder. He is Alpha and Omega and under His wings we are saved from the demonic territory that is earth. Praise Him forever.
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It’s come to this…Vatican says to Israel, stop using the bible as a basis

I am at a loss to decide whether the Muslim religion represents the false religious system of Revelation, or Roman Catholicism as expressed by the Vatican. I am not at a loss as to how or why the Vatican has gotten to the state of disbelieving the bible. Satan. Time will tell as to who or what amalgam of religious ideas or organizations form the basis for the False Prophet’s launch (Revelation 13:11-15; 16:13 and 19:20), but meanwhile, this just out in Israel’s Yedioth News simply astounds me:

Vatican body asks UN to ‘end Israeli occupation’
“Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new “settlements” in Jerusalem or territorial claims, a Vatican synod on the Middle East said on Saturday. … “We have meditated on the situation of the holy city of Jerusalem. We are anxious about the unilateral initiatives that threaten its composition and risk to change its demographic balance,” the message said. Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable,” the document said.” [emphasis mine] Worse, they state: “We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.”

The document is an endorsement of the so-called “Two-State solution“, dividing Israel to carve out a Palestinian State in attempts to appease the Arabs. “The Holy City of Jerusalem will be able to acquire its proper status, which respects its particular character, its holiness and the religious patrimony of the three religions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. We hope that the two-state-solution might become a reality and not a dream only.”

It cannot be said that the Vatican is even nominally Christian anymore. The Holy Bible tells us that apostasy shall abound in the latter days.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Pray for Israel!
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