Posted in awe, creation, creator, NASA

The Pillars of Creation

Phil Johnson’s sermon “Why I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (text: Romans 1:19-20) is a brilliant and majestic exploration of the Creation. Pastor Johnson said,

“…the most obvious truth we learn about God from nature: He is glorious. Every molecule of the universe unveils and declares God’s glory. You can see amazing, majestic displays of incomprehensible glory from any conceivable perspective. The glory of God is on display in vivid, intense, and graphic detail no matter where you turn your eyes. Look in the most powerful telescope at the outer edges of the current technology’s ability to see, and what you will observe is breathtaking glory.”

NASA re-oriented its Hubble telescope and took another photo of the Pillars of Creation, its most famous photo, taken in 1995. In the 20th anniversary of the iconic space picture, we see an even more startling clarity than we’ve ever seen before. This morning in looking at the newly released Hubble telescope’s “Pillars of Creation”, I was pondering the Creator and His glory. What a joy that Johnson’s latest sermon is on this topic. He unfolded a most beautiful and cohesive explanation of why the likeliest most important verse in the bible is:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

Why did AW Tozer claim that verse as the most important? Even though ALL scripture is profitable? Because all else flows from there. In dogmatic, simple fashion, God made a statement that answers the basic questions all humans ask. Where did we come from? Is this all there is? Why is man different from the animals? and has a conscience? and can think? As Johnson said,

This text lays the necessary foundation for a truly biblical worldview. It tells us an essential truth, and it’s the very first of all the inspired biblical dogmas.

This photo takes my breath away. God is tremendous.

When you look at this photo remember that God made all those stars.

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (Ps 147:4).

Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26).

Please listen to the sermon linked above. It will expand your thinking on Romans 1:19-20, and it will re-affirm your humility, as it did Job’s, under the sovereignty of such a Creator.

Pillars of Creation. NASA

Posted in apocalypse, NASA

NASA releases ‘Told Ya So’ apocalypse video early

Yahoo News: Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn’t going to happen.

In fact, NASA is so confident that it recently published a video that appears as if it were intended to be aired on Dec. 22. Titled “The World Didn’t End Yesterday,” the four-minute clip explains how the idea of the Mayan apocalypse was a huge hoax and how the rumors began. A commenter on YouTube jokes, “The correct title for this video: Told ya so!—Love, NASA.”

Time magazine reports that the space agency has been besieged with questions from citizens worried that their lives are about to end. NASA is taking the fears seriously, not because there is any danger, but because irrational fears can sometimes lead to irrational and dangerous actions.

NASA’s official site features an area dedicated to debunking the claims. “The world will not end in 2012,” NASA writes. “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

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Obviously, they do not know God. He is a threat.

“Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slide, for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’” (Deuteronomy 32:35)

Jonathan Edwards wrote of that verse- “That the reason why they are not fallen already and do not fall now is only that God’s appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide. Then they shall be left to fall, as they are inclined by their own weight. God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then, at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost. “

The world will not end until after the Tribulation and after the 1000 year Millennium Kingdom, but the point is, the rapture may happen on any given day prior to the NASA video where NASA is resting comfortably on the featherweight net suspended over the hellish fires of unbelief…and when the rapture happens, the world will not end but it will feel like the world is ending. God has an appointed time where destruction will come upon the earth. It might be tomorrow, it might be December 21, 2012, or it might be the day after.

“Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44)

Posted in filament, NASA, sun

NASA dispels fears that the monster filament will fry us

In my previous post, I reported on what spaceweather.com is reporting: a monster filament and potential for X-class flare, impacting earth. Solar observers say it is the biggest one they have ever seen, which is interesting in and of itself. This, of course, has gotten the populace riled up, because a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) if it is big enough and if it is earth directed, could fry the electrical grid. NASA responds to fears of monster filament. In fairness, we have been subjected to many warnings from NASA and other space-oriented agencies that a Coronal Mass Ejection could fry us. Now that it really could happen, NASA puts out this article saying, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

NASA: ‘The world is not about to end. No, really’
“Don’t worry, this flaming tongue of hellfire will get nowhere near you or your loved ones. We promise. Really. (Credit: NASA video. Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET)”

“We’re getting so many reassurances from NASA these days that the world is not about to be destroyed by some space-borne phenomenon that I’m starting to wonder if there’s something the space agency isn’t telling us. Aside from falling satellites–one of which apparently threatened to rain space junk down perhaps a little too close to a couple of heavily populated Chinese cities–there was that aircraft-carrier-size asteroid that didn’t, repeat didn’t, sideswipe the Earth this past week (though it got closer than the moon). Now there’s the specter of a giant solar flare turning the Earth into a crispy critter sometime next year. But don’t worry, our friends at NASA cheerfully assure us in a recent post on the agency’s Web site, this version of the apocalypse isn’t likely to occur either. The timing of the post (which appeared earlier this week) is tied to the coming expiration of the current year and the arrival of 2012, which, thanks in part to Hollywood, has apparently entered our collective psyches as a strong candidate for the year that will mark the end of the world as we know it.” …

“Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather–great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun–some people worry that a gigantic ‘killer solar flare’ could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth,” NASA said in its recent post. “Citing the accurate fact that solar activity is currently ramping up in its standard 11-year cycle, there are those who believe that 2012 could be coincident with such a flare.” But, the agency continues, though solar explosions and other sun-related phenomena could conceivably affect satellite control mechanisms, airplane navigation systems, and electronic time-keeping devices that govern global financial transactions, “there simply isn’t enough energy in the sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth.” …

“Now I’m waiting on the NASA release that will reassure me that NASA releases about the nonimminent end of the world are not in fact signs of imminent oblivion. I’m sure we’ll see that one soon. And I’ll be happy to report on it, once I’ve grabbed my sunscreen and my raincoat, sealed up the house, turned off the electronics, and gotten out of the way.” In the meantime, here’s a nicely produced NASA video that should help you lay your 2012 fears to rest: VIDEO AT LINK

It is not movies like 2012 that illustrate impending planetary doom that causes panic to the people, settling in the collective psyches. It settles in the psyche for a reason, the reason is that the world really will end. Jesus set eternity in our hearts and we sense the planet’s distress and the impending signs that Jesus said He would send.
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Posted in hurricane irene, NASA, space

Come On, Irene! NASA view of the hurricane from space

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station watch Irene from above. It is a time lapse video that is pretty interesting. “Passing over the Bahamas, Irene caused major damage to the nation’s outer islands. By some reports, 90% of the homes on some of the sparsely populated islands of Acklins and Crooked Islands were destroyed as Irene’s eye swirled directly overhead.”

Makes me smile when thinking of the future moment as the Two Witnesses resurrect before the eyes of the whole world. Our technology even now is such that we can view the earth from a space station. Amazing. I was born before we went to the moon but grew up with seeing the miracle of astronauts walking on the moon and in space, and 50 years later I still think it is amazing.

Take the warnings seriously, this storm has a high surge and heavy rain. Hurricane Katrina made landfall initially in FL as a Cat 1 storm but we all know what happened after that…
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Posted in end time, end time. prophecy, NASA

NASA to anounce discovery of "exceptional object" in our cosmic neighborhood (UPDATED)

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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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Posted in canada, end time. prophecy, merapi mega eruption, NASA

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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Mystery force in space perplexes NASA, pushes Pioneer 10 backward

Unknown force pushing Pioneer spacecraft backward
“A force in space is hindering the journey of a NASA spacecraft. Scientists have been baffled by a mysterious phenomenon that has prevented the craft from moving further into outer space. Described as a force that defies all laws of nature, they have said gravity laws may eventually need to be changed. Defying all previously-known theories about the universe, the strange force that gently pushes spacecraft away from outer space was discovered last year when the spacecraft Pioneer 10 was stopped in its path by the unknown phenomenon. Researchers for NASA have said the force could be a totally new phenomenon that does not fall under familiar titles such as gravity or electromagnetic power. A tangible scientific explanation has not been put forward for the fact that the Pioneer 10 left the solar system to start its voyage in a space where there is no solar radiation or planets to attract it toward their orbits. Pioneer 10, which travels more than one million kilometres per day, started slowing down in an area where it is not supposed to meet any obstacles. Pioneer 10 is the first spacecraft to have taken close photos of Jupiter, which it passed in 1973. In 1978, it traveled towards Pluto and reached it in 1983. It then left for a region called the Asteroid Belt, which is occupied by several irregular-shaped minor planets.”

Is it so hard for the secular world to understand that they do not understand all things? Is it so hard to understand that God IS the fundamental force in the Universe? Is it so hard to understand that miracles do happen?

One of the foremost challenges facing 21st century physics is to reconcile the theory of relativity, which explains large scale gravity, to quantum mechanics, the world of fundamental particles. Scientists agree that four fundamental forces govern nature — namely, gravity, electromagnetic force, strong and weak forces. Quantum mechanics asserts that there is a particle associated with each of these forces… Science demands that the theory of gravity respects the laws of quantum world. Matter at the fundamental level obeys the laws of quantum mechanics where the effect of gravity is small, and gravity follows the theory of relativity where the quantum effects are insignificant.”

And yet, there is a new force exerting pressure on an assembled configuration of particles (Pioneer 10) that defy man’s understanding of what we think we know. “…in a perplexing reversal of physics that could change the way we think about the universe, … if the research in The Physical Review holds true, scientists could be looking at a new force that could re-write the laws of gravity.”

God is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and of course He is the author and finisher of Science, having invented it. Genesis 1 tells us that He created Creation and all that is in it and 1 Col says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (1 Col 15-17)

Dr Jonathan Sarfati at Creation Ministries wrote about science and miracles here:
“These [founders of modern science], like modern creationists, regarded ‘natural laws’ as descriptions of the way God upholds His creation in a regular and repeatable way (Col. 1:15–17), while miracles are God’s way of upholding His creation in a special way for special reasons. Because creation finished at the end of day 6 (Gen. 2:1–3), creationists following the Bible would expect that God has since mostly worked through ‘natural laws’ except where He has revealed in the Bible that He used a miracle. And since ‘natural laws’ are descriptive, they cannot prescribe what cannot happen, so they cannot rule out miracles. Scientific laws do not cause or forbid anything any more than the outline of a map causes the shape of the coastline.”

Here are two examples of where God reveals in the bible where He used a miracle to seemingly defy science-

“Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.” (Isaiah 38:8)

“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13)

The conclusion of the article discussing the Pioneer 10 mysterious force anomaly asks:  “It’s anyone’s guess what such a force could be. Could it be an effect of dark matter? Dark energy? Darth Vader? Whatever it is, it seems that the Force truly is with us – and we’re probing into its territory.” All of creation is God’s territory, and His force is very powerful indeed.
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Ed note: I recommend the article by Dr Sarfati “Science and Miracles” here and I also recommend CS Lewis’ book Miracles, in which Lewis makes a case for the reality of miracles by presenting the position that something more than nature, a benevolent creator likely to intervene in reality after creation, exists.