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Prophecy: A sun that will be seven times hotter but will not burn

In the Tribulation, agriculture will wither under a scorching sun.

Dorothea Lange, Abandoned farm north of Dalhart, TX. 1938.

At the end of the end days, during the Tribulation where all men living on the earth will be judged in wrath, there will be three sets of successively worsening judgments (or four sets, if the Seven Thunders of Revelation 10:1-4 are judgments).

There will first be the 7 Seal Judgments of Revelation 6, they open the Tribulation. Then the wrath of God is demonstrated through 7 Trumpet Judgments of Revelation 8-9. These are terrible judgments, but by God’s grace, some repent through them. After that there are the 7 Bowl Judgments. Revelation 15 opens with the 7 Bowl Judgments.

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. (Revelation 15:1).

These are the most terrible of all. They are so bad that no one is even allowed in the heavenly throne room sanctuary until they are concluded.

And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, 8and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished. (Revelation 16:7-8)

One of the Bowl judgments God pours on the people of the earth the plague of a hot sun. By this point in the Tribulation, no one is repenting. They know that God is sending His wrath onto the world, but they shake their fist at Him and refuse to repent. By this time, battle lines have been set in eternal stone. In Revelation 13 people either took the mark of the beast and thereby signaling their worship of satan, sealing their doom, (Revelation 14:9-10), or they refused the mark, thereby signaling their worship of the Lamb who lives forever, sealing most to their martyrdom.

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. (Revelation 16:8-9).

God makes the sun hotter, so hot that men will be on fire if they are exposed to it. God is powerful and controls the sun!

Let us look to a happier time, the Millennial Kingdom. God’s Prophets had much to say about this period in earth’s history, also. The Kingdom will be set up on earth after the Tribulation is over, and the Old Testament saints and Tribulation saints have been resurrected. Those who refused the mark of the beast and lived will populate this kingdom, too. Because they are mortal, they’ll re-populate the earth. It is at this time the resurrected Old Testament saints whom Jesus promised land and an earthly kingdom with Him (the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Messiah) on the throne, will have all their promises fulfilled. This is Israel’s gift.

In Isaiah 30:23-25 we read that during this time of the Millennium Kingdom,

And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, 24and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25And on every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

John MacArthur says of this time:

In the Messianic Kingdom of that future day, agriculture, cattle raising, food production, and water resources will prosper. The prophet predicted the redemption of nature. (cf. Rom 8:19-21)

In Isaiah 30:26 we read of further blessings:

Moreover, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord binds up the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.

The light of the sun will be seven times hotter?

MacArthur again:

The benefits from the natural bodies of light will be much greater. Increase of the intensity of their light will work to people’s advantage, not to their detriment as in Revelation 16:8-9.

In the Millennial Kingdom, a gentle, bright sun seven times
warmer will flourish the earth’s crops

When we read that God is sovereign overall creation, He is sovereign. He created the sun. As the Potter, He can make it do what He wills. During the Tribulation, it will be a mechanism for judgment, scorching men, who curse it. In the Millennium, the sun will be a mechanism for prosperity, and men will bless their Creator for giving them plenteous sunshine, healthful, glowing, and beautiful.

We groan, and cannot wait for redemption of our mortal bodies into glorified vessels worthy of seeing our Holy God. The creation groans too. When the creation is redeemed, it will rejoice also.

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:20-21).

This is how the creation will be set free. The sun will shine upon peaceable kingdom, over a flourishing agriculture, making men and crops thrive. Our Creator is majestic in power and sovereign over creation. He is to be worshiped, loved, praised. Our Jesus who was with God at the creation and who sustains all creation and without whom nothing was made that was made, is our hope. He is the hope of all creation. Our eternal Hope, who reigns forever.

Further Reading

The Glorious Return of Jesus Christ, part 1

Devotion: Three reassuring Signs 

Posted in creation, encouragement, God, Lord, sun

Creation Grace: Dawn and the Sun

The sun comes up to the left of my driveway. As I leave for work and head down the driveway and stop to look left for traffic, I often see the first rays peeking up over the hill. In spring, the sun shines through the blossoming trees, illuminating them so they look like fiery snowflakes.

The Lord made the sun for His own good pleasure and for us as a useful time-marking tool

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.” (Genesis 1:14-19)

At one point He made the sun stand still:

“And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13)

At another point He made the sun go backwards ten steps:

And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.” And Isaiah the prophet called to the Lord, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.” (2 Kings 20:9-11)

And at a still future point, He will blink out the sun entirely:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken“. (Matthew 24:29)

Our Lord is Lord of Creation! This is who we worship:

For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18)

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Sun UFO: what WAS that thing?

SOHO watchers spotted something near the sun the other day. LiveScience opens their article about it like this:

“UFO hunters have spotted a curious object near the sun in a new NASA image. It is, in the words of a blogger for the website Gather, “what looks like a metallic, jointed spaceship with a gigantic extension, perhaps a boom arm, anchored off its lower end.” The YouTube video drawing attention to the object has quickly made its way to discussion forums and the tabloid press, and many seasoned UFO believers are calling it a definite “spot.””

I’ll get back to the LiveScience article after a minute. Here is the UK Daily Mail’s treatment of the sight (UK Daily Mail is more tabloid and thus less restricted in their willingness to theorize and use hyperbole)

“A strange object flying close to the sun looks unnervingly like a huge, metallic ‘mothership’ familiar from Hollywood blockbusters. The picture was released by Nasa’s sun-watching Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, known as SOHO – and has become an immediate cult hit on the internet. … ‘The unidentified flying object, which bears no resemblance to anything ever spotted near the Sun, somehow manages to withstand the blazing heat thrown off by solar flare activity and the incredibly high temperatures emanating from nuclear fusion generated on the surface of the star. What is it?’ asked the site.”

An enlargement of the object makes the enormously
large UFO look like a ship straight out of a Hollywood movie
Above, UK Daily Mail included a movie fictional alien spacecraft to compare

‘There is no way this object is merely vapour, as the shape of it is rigidly straight and grooved and appears to be manufactured in some way,’ says the UFO fan site. ‘Also, there seems to be some intelligent design involved. It’s beyond human engineering to create.’

the LiveScience site has an explanation: “According to Nathan Rich, lead ground systems engineer in the NRL’s (US Naval Research Lab] solar physics branch, the “spaceship” is merely a collection of streaks left by cosmic rays, charged particles from space, which whizzed through the camera’s sensor, or CCD, as the image was taken. “The streaks in question are consistent with energetic particle (proton) impacts on the CCD, something which is apparent in just about every image,” Rich told Life’s Little Mysteries.”

Ah! So it’s lens flare. Conspiracy theorists will get a kick out of that.

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NASA dispels fears that the monster filament will fry us

In my previous post, I reported on what 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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Spaceweather reports "remarkable solar activity"

There is another amazing sign in the sun. The largest filament to date is snaking around the sun, and there are fears that if it launches off the sun, and if it is earth-directed, becoming a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), it could seriously damage the electrical grid on earth. From Spaceweathercom:

“REMARKABLE SOLAR ACTIVITY: There haven’t been any strong solar flares in days. Nevertheless, some impressive activity is underway on the sun. For one thing, an enormous wall of plasma is towering over the sun’s southeastern horizon. Stephen Ramsden of Atlanta, Georgia, took this picture on Nov. 11th:”

“Solar forums all over the world are buzzing with Sun-stronomers proclaiming this to be the biggest prominence that many of them had ever witnessed,” he says.” [emphasis mine]

“Remarkably, though, this is not the biggest thing–not by a long shot. A dark filament of magnetism is snaking more than halfway around the entire sun: SDO image. From end to end, it stretches more than a million km or about three times the distance between Earth and the Moon. If the filament becomes unstable, as solar filaments are prone to do, it could collapse and hit the stellar surface below, triggering a Hyder flare. No one can say if the eruption of such a sprawling structure would be Earth directed.”

“I can’t help but wonder what could possibly come next since we are still over a year away from the forecasted Solar Maximum,” adds Ramsden.”

Me too! What will come next? Well, in the Tribulation this will happen to the sun:

“There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars.” (Luke 21:25)

“The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.” (Revelation 8:12)

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.” (Revelation 19:17-21)

“The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.” (Isaiah 13:10)

“When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light. (Ezekiel 32:7)

“All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Ezekiel 32:8)

“Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine.” (Joel 2:10)

“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Joel 2:31)

“In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.” (Amos 8:9)

So as to the scientists’ interest in the upcoming  “solar maximum” activity, they ain’t seen nothing yet! And in the next blog posting, NASA puts out a story to dispel mounting fears of the monster filament…”Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” (Luke 21:26)

Posted in end of days. prophecy, jesus, sun

Northern Lights come south for a visit

After completing the lowest minimum, the sun is entering one of the most active maximums in recent times. A burst on Monday hit the earth with a powerful blast and the resulting display was tremendous! The Auroras were seen all the way down to Texas and Alabama.

“A coronal mass ejection hit Earth’s magnetic field on Monday, October 24 at approximately 2pm ET. This enabled the northern lights to be seen as far south as Arkansas, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi and North Carolina. For most, the aurora appeared as a red glow in the northern sky.”

Below, photo by Jim Saueressig II,Burlington, KS, source here.

Below, Baileyton, AL, photo by Jonathan Stone, source here

Aren’t they gorgeous!? From–

“Auroras were seen or photographed in more than half of all US states including Alabama, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Montana, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas and California. Many observers, especially in the deep south, commented on the pure red color of the lights they saw. These rare all-red auroras sometimes appear during intense geomagnetic storms. They occur some 300 to 500 km above Earth’s surface and are not yet fully understood.”

“People in the United States are still talking about the spooky red auroras ignited by a CME on Oct. 24th; Northern Lights were sighted as far south as Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. 48 hours later, the show was over in the USA, but not in Scandinaviia where residual auroras continued to flicker around the Arctic Circle. Norwegian photographer Ole C. Salomonsen took this picture on Oct. 26th:”

Wow, I love auroras. When God set His rainbow in the sky as a covenant, it is sort of like He is painting. (Genesis 9:13). And with the colorful northern lights, it is like He is painting, also.

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

Sun Unleashes ‘Spectacular’ & Powerful Eruption

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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