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)