Archive for September, 2014
I was working on in India, this ‘still-third-world’ country’s trip to Mars, when the editors rushed me back to Japan to cover the sudden explosion of Japan’s Mt. Ontake, a 10,062-foot volcano people love to hike. Over 30 are feared dead.
Arriving late on the scene, I’ve had to rely on other news clips for background, but most of these do not have definite results on deaths or injuries. Not only have vacation hikers, hoping to enjoy scenes of autumn colors, been overcome by Mt. Ontake’s ash and smoke, apparently rescuers have been as well.
Martin Fackler of The New York Times writes: “The danger of another eruption and of a release of toxic gases made it impossible to bring most of them [dead or injured hikers] down and confirm their deaths.”
He posits: “The volcano . . . has erupted before, most recently in 1991. There had been weeks of minor earthquakes leading up to the larger eruption on Saturday, but nothing seismologists interpreted as warning that major event was on the way.”
In her Washington Post story, Anna Fifield adds: “More than 500 police, firefighters and military personnel were involved in a rescue operation on the mountain Sunday, bringing down some climbers on stretchers and in helicopters.”
As usual, The Extinction Protocol and Reuters News Service had the most extensive coverage of this disaster: “Police said more than 250 hikers were stranded on the mountain, which is 3,067 meters high and last erupted in 2007.
They quote Prime Minister Abe: “Nearly 200 people are in the process of descending the mountain, but we are still trying to figure out details. I instructed to do all we can to rescue the people affected and secure the safety of the trekkers, . .”
So I’m right on time. Other reporters don’t really know the ‘facts’ either. Because Japan has laws that someone is not dead unless a doctor says so, the exact number of the fallen among 250 hikers is unknown, along with numbers of injured.
Because Japan does its best to suppress all but ‘good news,’ news reporters are promised: 1) This eruption does not interfere with air traffic; 2) The public will know the fate of 200 other hikers stranded on the erupting mountain, the number of others injured and of those hundreds of rescuers also covered with still imploding ash; and 3) Reporters will surely find out just how often this volcano goes whacky.
Why do people continually bet against Nature, assuming that it will stay in-tack for their convenience? Why do scientists think that natural phenomenon will always give them ‘proper’ notice before “acting our of turn”?
The only thing that Nature demands is that it must always be respected! Hmm that sounds like a starting principle of how God is to be approached as well. He is always to be respected! Hmm again. Maybe God, through Nature, is telling man again: “These are the last days of man on earth. Nothing is historically safe.”
As a wholesale Christian sweatshirt promises: “The eternal God is Thy Refuge, and underneath are The Everlasting Arms (Deuteronomy 33; 27).” Volcanos, earthquakes, fires or floods are not predictable, but God always is! He keeps His Word. He does exactly what He says He will do! Take heed!
National and international media write more about Scotland deciding to leave Great Britain, how to punish that NFL player who knocked his wife unconscious, the ISIS war in Middle East oil region, or the deaths of two famous comedians––than they do about the tens of thousands of Ebola victims in Africa.
Even as the U.S. prepares to send troops who will lend logistical support to medical teams on that continent, and multi-billion dollar corporations ‘struggle’ to find a vaccine cure for Ebola, the dire need for medical workers grows constantly.
An aid worker for Medecins Sans Frontieres laments: “It is extremely sad to see the indifference of the international community with regards to this epidemic. It is great to see an added interest and investment in research for vaccines, but we urgently need experts who are physically present and more structures on the ground here in West Africa, where the situation continues to be catastrophic.”
Already some 2,630 people are known to have died from Ebola in West Africa. Experts estimate that if Ebola is not stopped, it will kill 5 million people world-wide. The most effective cure so far is for patients to receive blood transfusions from someone who was cured of the disease. Unfortunately, that news has criminals selling what claims to be such blood on the Black Market.
According to the Editorial Board of ‘USA Today,’ America plans to send 3,000 troops the region to assist medical efforts. Costs will range up to $ 1.26 billion. “The plan . . . calls for more doctors and health care professionals; . . .
. . . more portable hospitals, laboratories, and other medical facilities; and increased training for first responders and other medical officials throughout West Africa. The troops . . . will not be providing ‘direct patient care,’ but instead provide logistical and engineering support to health care professionals. The military will also begin courses to train as many as 500 new health care workers.
Brenda Goodman of WebMD Health News adds: “The military also plans to send engineers to build another 17 units to treat people with Ebola. Each unit will have 100 beds, greatly increasing the space that is available to isolate patients in the region. . . personnel from the U.S. Public Health Service will deploy to the new hospitals that are being set up. To support families caring for loved ones with Ebola, health workers will distribute 400,000 infection-control kits [containing] disinfectants and medications to help ease symptoms.
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy now claims that because Ebola may pass through the air, health workers need more than face-masks: “We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not face-masks.” Again, expensive equipment needed there.
While the U.S. government takes such action, even more onus is on the Body of Christ in this country. This site continuously begs readers to pray for authentic end-time revival, including special callings for ministers of healing. Only the power of God’s Holy Spirit working through servants of The LORD Jesus Christ can truly stem this plague, and others coming to flood the globe with death.
Plus size Christian sweatshirts constantly boast:“And in that same hour He cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight (Luke 7: 21).” It will be a sad day if Ebola has to come to the U.S. before Christians begin praying for healing revival! That may be too late!
Attacks against the United States and around the globe have been launched in so many arenas it has been difficult to selectively prioritize the urgency of each, and to define each one’s significance in view of Bible prophecies.
These attacks seem unrelated, when in fact they all converge on one fact: this planet is in its last days. World War 3 has already begun. Nations face break up, by choice or by force––i.e. Scotland and England; Russia and Ukraine/Crimea.
Some of these attacks––i.e. Ebola in Africa and U.S. threatening to kill millions around the globe; American president organizes nations to move against ISIS in Iraq and Syria; Fastest rise of gas pollution on the planet this year; Global Warming killing half world’s bird population;strongest political division in U.S.;
Russia’s Putin threat to drop nuclear bombs; Economies sliding into recession and depression as in the E.U. and South America; Pseudo-citizens leaving nations to join ISIS’ 30,000 warriors; The sun hurling supernatural electronic charges towards earth; Persecution of Christians in the Middle East;
Rebuilding of NATO in preparation for war; scandals in U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endangering thousands; seemingly unstoppable rise of criminal gangs in Latin America; many cities, such as Ferguson, Missouri, near explosion;
Enterovirus D68 forcing hospitalization of children in Midwest and South of the U.S.; the ignored origins of ISIS; massive flooding and unnaturally heavy rains and monsoons in Arizona, U.S. midwest , India and Pakistan;
Unprecedented volcano in Iceland; Newly unearthed dinosaurs and ancient pagan worship sites; never-before pagan-leaning world churches now-forming; Israel battling Hamas killing hundreds and destroying most of Palestine––Mainstream media details few of these events. Others only get sporadic mention.
Without publication of international blog posts, most of these events––and crucial depths of their meanings––would remain unknown. For instance, only Alvin Conway in ‘Utopia: The Collapse of Civilization is Underway’ writes ‘Russian Strategic Bombers Practice Nuclear Missile Strike Runs on U.S. Targets,’ and ‘U.S. Experts Warns Ukraine Joining NATO Will Lead to Nuclear War.’
Often bloggers have to wade through trivial manufactured stories about media, film and sports ‘stars’ to find some semblance of truth. Moreover, during such a crucial time, vacations and home emergencies this summer have minimized time available for researchers, reporters and editors at this blog site.
However, most discouraging is that vast majorities of Christians in the United States carry on ‘normal’ living as if ignorant that this convergence of signs means that Jesus Christ returns to Earth much sooner than they think!
Sadly, in these end of days, U.S. Christians fulfill the prophecy The LORD Jesus sent to Apostle John in Revelation 3: 14-22 of wholesale Christian Bibles : “. . . Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
She knew that heaven would be so much more difficult to describe than Earth, or even Hell. So she told the congregation that they should look into God’s Word with her to see what The Judgement Seat of Christ would be like.
“That ‘judgment’––consider it to be like a difficult final exam in school––is for genuine ‘born-again’ Christians alone––not for the phony go to church for society crowd,” she tried to say graciously without casting blame on anyone.
“It is for those who live on Earth with Him in their hearts, who pray to Him and in His Name, for the few who chose Him because He first loved them.” She waited to see if there would be any squirmers, and continued as they seem to wait.
“These will be judged in turn by Jesus, Their Master and LORD. The Bible indicates they will not only be judged individually, but in families, and churches.” A few wiggled there. As group leader she knew who hadn’t spoken to parents and siblings in years, who hadn’t really truthfully forgiven them for years.
So she eased off a bit. “Those outside of Christ, who refused His rule as LORD, or who never heard any Christian witness about Him, will be judged by God The Father. They will not have Jesus as Advocate to plead their case. All of their sins will be open before God and all others to see, visually on judgment’s screen.”
She had turned her eyes away as if no one there were included in that group. “Yes, I know many long to see family members in heaven. But do they really look forward to seeing Jesus, to stand before Their LORD to be judged for what they have done for Him in this present life on Earth?
“Gold, silver, precious stones, Apostle Paul writes in used Christian Bibles (1 Corinthians 3: 12), those are believers‘ rewards. Then Paul adds that useless wood, hay and stubble will be taken away from rewards as each believer’s works are set on fire! And as the song goes, ‘Only What’s Done for Christ will last’.”
Again, she looked up towards the roof, trying not directly view anyone. “Hardened hearts will be melted, but it will come too late. Oh, only if one had asked his brother or sisters forgiveness when life was precious. If only flesh had been crucified and sin resisted. If only love had been sown instead of indifference. And what about witnessing to the lost, and tithes and offerings for the poor?
“If only churches had prayed and kept on praying on Wednesday nights, instead of just Bible study. If only pastors had preached the judgment messages of the Bible, and not just those about grace and prosperity. If only many Christians had chosen to follow God’s will for their lives instead of their own.
“If only families had prayer and Bible study together. If only believers had lived for those things important to God, and not those things important to themselves. If only they had gone deeper into God’s Word instead of spending so much time with issues of the world. If only they had prayed for the nation, state, and community, for its leaders, and law enforcement workers, and for other nations and especially for Israel to keep peace around the world.” She cried then.
“All the wasted time.” She wept even more. If only . . . if only . . . if only.
With bad memories from last winter’s freezing cold, perhaps many were hoping for this coming season to be milder, but weather specialists seem to agree on another extremely frigid cold, snow-filled winter outlook for 2014-15.
The old reliable Farmer’s Almanac predicts in ‘More Shivery And Shovelry! Read Our 2015 Winter Forecast’: “After the frigid, bitterly cold, and snow-filled winter last year, many of you are wondering just what this winter might bring. Could it possibly be as bad as last?” Well yes, maybe even worse!
Caleb Weatherbee writes for Farmer’s: “According to the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”
Wanna hear more from the old Almanac, which has been 80% correct on weather predictions? Don’t want to? Oh well, here goes: “The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow to the lee of the Lakes.”
Matthew Holliday of firsthandweather.com forecasts: “I am seeing strong indications that the central and eastern United States will see another brutally cold winter with some areas in the eastern United States potentially getting even colder temperatures than last winter. This will partially be driven by El Nino Modoki . . .”
Rob Guarino of liveweatherblogs.com blithely adds: “After a record year in the Midwest & the East Coast, El Nino will have a big impact going into the 2014-2015 winter season. . . .we see a 73% chance of El Nino at this point and we feel this is GAME ON in a month or so!
“The biggest influence will be in the South as the southern jet and El Nino produce a few big time winter storms with snow and ice. The key to the entire winter will be the intensity of the now trending El Nino. The trend would be to a moderate to perhaps strong El Nino and depending on where you live this will have an small or large impact on your winter forecast.”
Wanna hear more? No? O.K. So get the quilts out. Check the furnace. Try to arrange for alternate sources of heat in case of a power outage. O. K. Don’t go there. So, stock up on foods, especially canned goods. Dust off the heating ducts.
Get some ‘long johns’––at least a pair or two. Mend sweaters and socks. And for Pete’s sake (you know, the one standing at the Pearly Gates), get thick window covers or at least those plastic sheets to keep cold air out.
Hmmm. Let’s see: Remember what Apostle Paul begs, as Taryn of I.E. Plexus lists on wholesale Christian sweatshirts: “Do thy diligence to come before winter (2 Timothy 4: 21).” Not just the weather, but spiritually he suggests one accepts Christ before the coldness of death closes in. When Jesus returns, however, winter’s on earth won’t be harsh anymore: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8: 22).” So either way, please get ready!!!!
Hearing the shots ring out, he felt them hit his body. One. Two. Three. He screamed to his men as his vital organs shouted to him in sharp burning pains, but no one came. Then he felt himself leave his body, flow through the sickening bloody concrete, and land on some kind of flat plain with scores of other people.
When he looked back up the cliff onto earth, he could see a few preachers and baptized workers every few hundreds of miles apart trying to hold back the tide of millions of people trying to push through them to go a place where they would blindly fall into a pit they never imagined, and refused to see.
He set up, trying to dust soot off his two thousand dollar suit which was not there, and recognized the gaping holes those bullets tore through his absent heart and liver. He could see each hole of death, but could not feel them with his touch.
Looking to his left, he noticed weird looking beings, giant alligator-clawed lizard-likes which stood upright. They pushed huge square charred wagons holding human-like arms and legs sticking out around the edges. Those wagon transports and beast carriers seemed to stretch out miles across hot sweaty plains.
The creatures would dump screeching people over another layer of steep long cliffs into a deeper pit from which he could see flames flick up and smell odors of sulfur. These huge-eyed, slue-footed monsters scooped up souls several at a time and threw them over more cliffs further down into even deeper pits. People pled with the animal types for mercy, but empathy seemed beyond their capacity.
Now really frightened, he more loudly chanted rituals from occult books on spiritual magic, ancient wisdom and death. Fighting to keep calm, he cried out to spirit guides, with the cursing chants used at high feast days or during quarterly rituals. He especially reminded Satan, his other gods, and those spirit guides of the secret knowledge he had, of his multitude of pledges made on altars of dead bodies and stolen used clothes, of his many thefts, and of the multiple human and animal sacrifices he had offered on Satan’s to insure that he never entered this place.
Then he narrowed his focus on some who were still not caught by the beasts’ gnarly hands. He could supernaturally hear a few of them who were on their knees praying to Jesus and to The Great God, The Father, in Jesus’ Name. Then he saw some of those praying pulled out of there and placed back up on earth to live again.
Soon a huge, scaly hand lifted him up from his crouched position, and as he cried out his chants, insisting that Satan immediately free him as that lying fein had promised to do so often. Then, instead of putting him into a wagon, an ugly-eyed green scaly non-human simply threw him off the cliff, into the next level of Hell!
As wholesale Christian Bibles cry out often: “And as it is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9: 27);” “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25: 41);“. . . For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; . . The Lord knoweth how to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (2 Peter 2: 4 – 9).”
Get the picture? Avoid hell at all costs. Pray to and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. He is the only way that any person avoids that eternally devilish place.