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Signs in the sun, moon, and stars

“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)

Today: Sun uncorks aurora-burnishing blast at Earth– “The sun is still on the upswing of its 11-year cycle of solar activity, with more storms expected this year through 2014.” NASA reports “A long duration M-class flare began erupting on the sun at 8:42 AM ET on Thursday, January 19. The flare is shown in the above movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory in a combination of light wavelengths. An earth-directed coronal mass ejection was associated with the solar flare. NASA’s Space Weather Services estimates that it is traveling at over 630 miles per second and will reach Earth some time on Saturday, January 21, when strong geomagnetic storms are possible and viewers can be on the look out for increased aurora.”

Last year saw two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses, meteor showers and a Sun spot cycle. One was the longest total Lunar Eclipse in 11 Years. Another was a “relatively rare lunar eclipse where the center point of Earth’s shadow is on the disk.” There was also a super moon where the moon appears to be bigger to the naked eye.”

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Signs in the heavens: Saturn’s huge storm

If you got a telescope for Christmas, you are in luck. The two largest planets in our solar system are now putting on an exciting show for observers. Jupiter’s Equatorial Belt, which disappeared last year, is back. And Saturn is having a massive storm of its own, as the Cassini fly-by revealed. Veteran planet-watcher Thomas Dobbins notes the last time such a large storm appeared on Saturn was 1994.

From Wired Science: “The storm has a huge central funnel and a long tail that sweeps around Saturn’s northern hemisphere for tens of thousands of miles. A shot in blue light (left) reveals the extent of the tail, but infrared light (right) shows detail of the storm’s amorphous core.” 

The storm is 12 times bigger than the east coast blizzard. It appears regularly, except when it doesn’t appear regularly, lol. “The Great White Spot is the lesser known, Saturnian equivalent of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. It’s the name given to periodic storms that flare up about every 28.5 years, previously showing up in 1876, 1903, 1933, 1960, and 1990. As such, we shouldn’t be expecting another appearance until around 2018, although huge, Spot-like storms do occasionally show up at times that don’t fit the cycle, including 1994 and 2006.”

As for Jupiter, the brown stripe across its southern hemisphere that disappeared suddenly in May 2010 (“NASA: Big mystery- Jupiter loses its stripe“) just as mysteriously, has reappeared. “After fading out earlier this year, a large brown stripe on Jupiter is returning, according to astronomers. The stripe, known officially as the Southern Equatorial Belt had blended with the white clouds surrounding it. Now an amateur astronomer has said the belt is undergoing an outbreak and will soon return to its previous appearance. Experts say that the disappearance of the belt was the result of layers of clouds over Jupiter changing altitudes and that the brown strip had been covered up earlier in the year by the white-coloured ammonia clouds surrounding it. The brown stripe has occasionally vanished several times since it has been under observation, but scientists have yet to pinpoint exactly why it continues persist.”

In other recent science news, an extinct comet is coming back to life, the red in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot not what astronomers thought, scientists discovered they were wrong about neanderthals, the solar minimum lasted so long scientists had a hard time explaining, and oh yes, delaying sex makes for better relationships. Man – 0. God – ∞.

There were many other interesting science news articles this year that do illustrate man’s capabilities in finding, learning, and explaining the world and outer space. But there were just as many that illustrated that what man had previously thought was being shaken to its core, and that in reality, there is much to learn. Our body of knowledge, though increasing, is flawed. God is not. His Word is perfect and contains much knowledge for how to live, economics, science, matters of government, and inter-relationships. Jesus said that in advance of His coming, “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). He gives us our brains, and curiosity and the tools to discover Him in space, but when we lift up our brains and the tools above Him and worship them instead, He shows us just how infinite He is, and how in control.

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Signs in the sun, moon, stars: Jupiter impact

“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)

The planet Jupiter has been enduring some spectacular collisions lately. Another one occurred last night. According to,

“FIREBALL ON JUPITER: On August 20th at 18:22 UT, two amateur astronomers in Japan independently recorded an apparent impact on Jupiter. Masayuki Tachikawa of Kumamoto city was first to report the event. His movie of the fireball shows the fireball scintillating (twinkling) along with other features on the planet — persuasive evidence that this is a genuine event on Jupiter. Soon after Tachikawa made his report, Tokyo amateur astronomer Kazuo Aoki realized that he had recorded the fireball, too:

“The ~800 km separation of the two observers rules out an event near Earth and reinforces the association of the fireball with Jupiter. The most likely explanation: A small comet or asteroid hit the giant planet. This is the third time in only 13 months that amateur astronomers have detected signs of impact on Jupiter. The earlier events occurred on July 19, 2009, and June 3, 2010. Jupiter is getting hit more often than conventional wisdom would suggest, leading many researchers to call for a global network of telescopes to monitor Jupiter 24/7 and measure the impact rate.”

Did you notice that line in there, “hit more often than conventional wisdom would suggest…” That is what birth pangs are all about, God’s increasingly direct intervention into the world until finally at each increase more and more people realize that it is God doing these things. Until the end, when He has done all He will do and there are still some who refuse Him. Then He stops.

Keep looking at the signs! “He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:2-3)

“Conventional wisdom” is man’s wisdom, which we know is not worth anything compared to God. “For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow.” (Job 8:9)

Our days may be a shadow but He is the Light! And He is shining it increasingly brightly on earth. Are you ready for it to get brighter? The future’s so bright we gotta wear shades!

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Signs in the sun, moon, and stars: God’s powerful witness

The Sun has been acting strangely over the last two years. When it was supposed to have been active, it wasn’t. When it was supposed to have been quiet, it isn’t. Sunspots and solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME) are massive, or missing, but then produce flops for flares, or are small but produce unexpected ejections. It has zapped a satellite into a zombie, grown coronal holes so large it seems the sun itself would collapse, and the earth’s upper atmosphere (magnetosphere) itself is unexpectedly collapsing.

A Puzzling Collapse of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere
NASA-funded researchers are monitoring a big event in our planet’s atmosphere. High above Earth’s surface where the atmosphere meets space, a rarefied layer of gas called “the thermosphere” recently collapsed and now is rebounding again. “This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years,” says John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding in the June 19th issue of the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). “It’s a Space Age record.” The collapse happened during the deep solar minimum of 2008-2009—a fact which comes as little surprise to researchers. The thermosphere always cools and contracts when solar activity is low. In this case, however, the magnitude of the collapse was two to three times greater than low solar activity could explain. “Something is going on that we do not understand,” says Emmert.”

Well, today reports on the sun. Again.

“Something bright and active on the far side of the sun is about to turn toward Earth. Magnetic loops towering over the eastern limb herald its approach:”

“NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture during the early hours of July 26th. The bright glow revealed by SDO’s extreme ultraviolet camera comes from million-degree plasma trapped by overlying magnetic fields. A sunspot is likely at the bottom of it all. Or maybe two sunspots… NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft is stationed over the sun’s eastern limb, and it sees a pair of active regions approaching single file. The one peeking over the limb now is actually the smaller of the two. Readers with solar telescopes should train their optics here.”

We are told that there will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars. (Luke 21:25).  We have seen strange and puzzling sun behavior, and that is according to the solar scientists. We have seen signs in the stars in the form of unusual meteors, comets, and planetary action in our galaxy and beyond. I mean, Jupiter lost a belt! And a flash so large appeared it stunned scientists, who do not know what it was! And just this weekend, we read, “NASA’s Deep Space Camera Locates Host of ‘Earths‘”. 700 new planets were discovered. Amazing!

Just about the only sign we have not seen is in the moon. But the other signs are there. We also know that in Revelation one of the plagues will be a sun so hot it causes men to combust with fire. Perhaps the magnetosphere will be burned off by then. Or perhaps God will simply cause it to happen instantly and supernaturally!

The age of Science has become a false god whom too many worship to the exclusion of the supernatural: an indwelling Holy Spirit ministry, a risen-from-the-dead, living Jesus, and a God who exists outside of time. These Three are supernatural, science cannot explain them. Science will never and cannot explain the Trinity. Soon, even today, events are occurring that science does not know how to deal with. A spate of deep-focus quakes? A sun that should be active but isn’t? Comets that appear out of nowhere? Soon the supposed scientific orderliness will disappear. Supernatural realms will become more visible and as they do, humans will be less and less able to cope with the lack of scientific evidence to give them answers. They will not find their answers because they looked to their god Science instead of Holy God.

He will extinguish the sun in a moment! He will create 100 pound hailstones! He will turn the sun back on, and turn it up to scorching heat! He will make the very stars fall! He will turn the sea to blood! These events are God pouring out His wrath and authority on an unbelieving world. He has the power of the universe in His hand, and science will fail men, along with economies, finances, food, infrastructure, (have you read about three dam failures lately?) all the things men put their trust in for insulation against sinful lives. Now is the time for God to show His power in stripping away that insulation and showing men their puniness in the face of a wrathful God who exerts authority over the sun and moon, and stars, and universes and men. Trust Jesus, and escape all these things.

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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!

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Signs in the sun and the stars and the moon. Is the sun shrinking?

Jesus said that in the end time there will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars. The word “Signs” means something different from tokens and different from wonders and different from miracles. In Hebrews 2:4 the three words are used successively, and more importantly, separately. “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.” Therefore it is obvious that they mean different things.

I think by any stretch of the imagination that the word miracles means something totally supernatural, cannot have occurred without Divine direction. Resurrecting people or healing their illnesses on the spot is a miracle. A sign, for which the same Greek word is used in many cases, also means pointing toward the Word’s truth in a confirmation. For example, in Luke 2:12 the angel said to the shepherds, “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” It is not a miracle to see a baby in swaddling cloths. It wouldn’t even be unusual to see a baby in a manger in the barn, it was really crowded in many towns during the time of the census as mass populations were on the move. It was more like a declaration of proof of what the angels were saying, ‘Go see, when you find the sign you will know what is stated is true.’ And, of course, the circumstances of the baby’s birth and the reason for it was a miracle, as the world discovered later.

A sign is just that, like the signs you see on the highway, “Des Moines, 235 miles.” You already knew you were on the road to Des Moines, and you already knew it was pretty far, but it’s still nice to see the sign confirming it.

Back to Jesus’ statement that there will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars. I believe we have seen signs in the sun and stars (& planets) but the only sign absent has been the signs in the moon. But turning to this week’s activity up in the cold reaches of space, we have a spate of scientists scratching their collective heads at the mis-behavior of Jupiter and the sun, and jumping up and down in excitement at Comet McNaught brightening so quickly.

What’s wrong with the sun?
Sunspots and other clues indicate that the sun’s magnetic activity is diminishing, and that the sun may even be shrinking. Together the results hint that something profound is happening inside the sun. The big question is what?

Jupiter Impact: Mystery of the Missing Debris
On June 3rd, 2010, something hit Jupiter. A comet or asteroid descended from the black of space, struck the planet’s cloudtops, and disintegrated, producing a flash of light so bright it was visible in backyard telescopes on Earth. Soon, observers around the world were training their optics on the impact site, waiting to monitor the cindery cloud of debris which always seems to accompany a strike of this kind.
They’re still waiting.
“It’s as if Jupiter just swallowed the thing whole,” says Anthony Wesley of Australia, one of two amateur astronomers who recorded the initial flash. The other, Christopher Go of the Philippines, says “it was thrilling to see the impact, but the absence of any visible debris has got us scratching our heads.”

Newly discovered comet dazzles skywatchers with increasing brightness
Skywatchers are dazzled as a recently discovered comet is becoming brighter than initial predictions and can now be seen with the unaided eye during the next few weeks. Australian astronomer Robert McNaught discovered Comet McNaught last September Although initially an extremely faint object, it is now visible for people with dark skies away from urban and suburban lighting. By mid-June it may be an easy skywatching target for most people, reports Fox News. With the beginning of April, the comet was estimated at magnitude +12—this is still about 250 times dimmer than the faintest star that one might see without any optical aid. But the comet started brightening more rapidly in the days and weeks that followed and it is now bright enough to be glimpsed with the naked eye in a dark clear sky.

Has Jupiter sent cosmology down a false trail?

It’s supposed to be the “gold standard” of evidence supporting the standard model of cosmology– including dark matter, dark energy and the exponential expansion after the big bang known as inflation. But could it be wrong? Might misleading measurements by NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) have been leading us towards the wrong theory of cosmology? One astrophysicist thinks so, and he says the planet Jupiter is to blame – though others insist that there is nothing amiss.

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:26)

As the end time ticks over into the Tribulation, the heavenly bodies are shaken in ways that no one can miss. As Joel 2:10 describes, “Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.” Has the process of signs in the heavenly bodies started now, before the Tribulation? According to Revelation and other verses, I believe that all the prophecies given in the bible have been either fulfilled or are in some stage of near fulfillment because the Tribulation is that near. So, yes, I think the process of signs in the sun/moon/stars has begun. Look to the moon, that is the only celestial body not to have been giving a sign as yet or have been causing scientists to scratch their heads in amazement in the change in standard behavior. But it will. Oh, it will. The Lord’s Word is good and He is faithful to the truth.

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Signs in the sun

The scriptures say that in advance of the rapture and the ensuing Tribulation, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,”

The sun has been interestingly busy lately. Though the sunspot activity has been strangely down, prominences are up. Big ones. The Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, a division of NASA pick of the week states “No less than three prominences erupted over a nine-hour period (Mar. 13-14, 2010) as the STEREO (Behind) spacecraft captured the action in an extreme UV wavelength of light. Prominences, which are cooler clouds of gas tethered to the Sun by magnetic forces, often become unstable and break away out into space. But, it is rare to see three of them erupt in such a short span of time.” [italics mine]

Wow. Three prominences breaking away. Rare. However, just a few weeks later we have this:

The SOHO pick of the week site reported “The largest eruptive prominence observed in years blasted into space (April 13, 2010) and SOHO was lucky enough to have caught a key moment of it. As observed in extreme UV light, the plasma cloud was caught about mid-step in its liftoff above the Sun’s surface. (Ground-based observers says the eruption took about two hours.) It was not obvious what triggered the breakaway, but it may have been associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME). Prominences are cooler clouds of gases that hover above the Sun, tethered there by magnetic forces. Occasionally, as seen here, they break free and blast into space.”

Here is a few-second video of the prominence blasting away from the sun’s limb. It gives a great idea as to the sun’s power. The video is compressed into a few seconds but is actually 19 hours of activity. Start by looking at the sun’s 11 o’clock position.

It’s when the CME enters earth’s atmosphere is when things get hairy. The magnetism from the ejection plays havoc with our electronics. Usually the CMS’s are light enough by the time they hit earth only to give us some vivid Auroras. But if a CME is powerful enough when it hits earth, it would have the same effect as an Electro-magnetic pulse, the effects from a nuclear bomb. All electronics would be zapped.

But back to the actual solar activity lately. The ‘largest one in years’ blasted off from the sun on April, but a week later another huge one blasted away again. Shucks, and they said such things were occasional! reports:
“Another huge prominence blasted away from the sun yesterday, April 19th. The massive tendril of plasma was nearly a quarter the diameter of the sun itself when the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) snapped this picture:”

The eruption catapulted a billion-ton Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) out of the sun’s atmosphere. Good thing it wasn’t aiming for earth. We should feel no effects. source: “The sun is powerful active, and much about how and why it does things stumps astronomers. Back here on earth, Iceland’s active Eyjafjallajokull volcano is famous for its paralyzing ash, which has grounded thousands of planes in Europe and disrupted travel worldwide. Even more amazing, however, is its white-hot lightning:”

” “Seeing this lightning crackle among the exploding lava and ash was the experience of a lifetime,” says Olivier Vandeginste, who took the picture on April 18th from Hvolsvollur, Iceland. It is well known that volcanoes produce lightning, but scientists aren’t sure why.”

Eyjafjallajokull  is a gentle giant compared to her neighbor, Katla. When Katla erupted in 1821 it lasted over a year and caused worldwide famine because the spring and summer simply never came. History has shown that when Eyjafjallajokull erupts, Katla always follows. “Locals Believe Katla Volcano in Iceland Near Eyjafjallajokull Will Erupt in Seven Days” “The earthquake build up since the beginning of the year and subsequent eruptions at Eyjafjallajokull seem to be triggering the larger neighboring volcano, Katla. For the last two days, Katla has shown a dramatic 200% rise in activity. Geophysicists at Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences call Katla a vicious volcano that will be locally and globally damaging.”

Another Iceland Volcano To Erupt? Katla Could Be The Worst “The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull has grounded much of international travel to a halt, but if a nearby volcano named Mount Katla should erupt, it has the potential to be many times more devastating, says a Texas A&M University volcanologist who has done research in the area for decades. Jay Miller who has made numerous trips to Iceland over the past 25 years to study the volcanoes there and currently is a research scientist in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, says that an eruption from Katla could dwarf anything seen so far from Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced Eye-jaff-jalla-jok-kul). “It’s a much larger volcano, and in the past, we know its eruptions have been much larger, too,” Miller explains.”

The following juxtaposition interested me. The Drudge Report had this Iceland ash cloud photo on the top of the page for over a day recently:

It reminded me of the recent fictional movie 2012, which alleges that the Mayan prophecy of the world ending will come to pass in dramatic and CGI-laden fashion:

I think it is one thing to read in the news about volcanic eruptions, solar disturbances and such, but actually seeing the force, majesty, and fear-inducing, raw power of these things is another. And when you see them, remember that “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Col 1:17) Jesus is the One who holds it together, takes it apart, and renews it. (Acts 3:21). Therefore,

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.” Acts 3:19-20