Archive for November, 2014
Rev. Repriestly – Blessed be the God and Father of Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ Who has blessed us with spiritual blessings on earth and in heaven, Who makes our nation the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28),
Who feeds us with blessings from above and beneath so that our mouths are satisfied with good things, Who heals us upon our requests and repentance, Who forgives all our sins and iniquities (Psalms 103) because He loves us so much!
John J., Jr.: As you thank God and family this season, remember to pray for our soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Eastern Europe trying to hold the line against ISIS and Russia hoping to prevent World War III.
Maleeke & Doc: Please pray for nations in West Africa struggling to overcome Ebola. Also remember to wash those hands repeatedly, and to protect yourself from others who rudely sneeze and cough around you.
Cecil Certifier: And for goodness sake stay out of the cold and off those icy, snowy roads as much as possible. Remember flooding is possible in the Northeast, and states in upper Mid-West expect more snow, and stinging winds and rains.
Butterman: Please cook responsibly: Wash all fresh veggies thoroughly. Make sure all meat is cooked well done. Doc will tell you too much potatoes, bread, fat and gravy are not good for you. Love The Lord, Love your family, Love yourself by taking care of your body. Remember you only have one.
Sarah Newsworthy: Listen, weather prophets tell us that, because of Global Warming, what we know as normal rain, snow and ice during Fall months will be no more. So get yourself, the kids, house and car ready for winter early.
Newspaper Boys and Girls: Happy Thanksgiving Holiday to our readers in the U.S. Most of the news we send to Jael from overseas is usually not such good news. But we keep working in faith because for us this is a labor of love (Hebrews 6: 10). We continue to pray for the nations, and to look for Our Lord’s soon return.
Rev. Repriestly: And be sure to stay warm in our plus-sized Christian sweatshirts, which often say: “O give thanks unto The LORD ; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever (1 Chronicles 16: 34).”
Listen: This is not weather to be out in. Ask people in the Buffalo, N.Y. According to the Associated Press (AP): “Four people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women’s basketball team, to ride it out on a day when temperatures dropped to freezing or below in all 50 states.
“One person was killed in an automobile accident and three others had heart attacks, including two believed to be shoveling snow at the time . . . The snowstorm stranded cars, trucks and buses on a four-mile section near Buffalo. . . . the paralyzing ordeal that lasted nearly 24 hours for some motorists.”
Got that? A warning to all 50 states of these United States! AP adds: “In New Hampshire and elsewhere, icy roads led to accidents. Lake-effect storms in Michigan produced gale-force winds and as much as 18 inches of snow, and canceled several flights at the Grand Rapids airport.
“Schools closed in the North Carolina mountains amid blustery winds and ice-coated roads. In Indiana, three firefighters were hurt when a semitrailer hit a fire truck on a snowy highway. The National Weather Service warned that the snow, generated by cold air blowing over the warmer Great Lakes, would continue through Wednesday and could eventually total 6 feet in places.”
So know about wikiHow’s wisdom: “Don’t get stranded in the first place. If you don’t have an important reason for driving in the snow, stay home and wait for the roads to be cleared. Avoid traveling during a snowstorm or blizzard for anything but medical emergencies, or you run the risk of getting stranded.”
That site’s wisdom for winter ‘car-carries’ is also the longest yet: “Blankets; Pillow; Warm clothing, to be used if you need to change; Non-perishable food (e.g. nuts, canned tuna, crackers, dry cereal, fruit cups); . . .
“. . . A flashlight and extra batteries; Matches; Prescription medications; A fully-charged phone; Snow shovel; Ice scraper; Jumper cables; Extra gas; Add anything else vital that you may find useful if trapped in your car.”
Above all, they insist: Stay in your car! jalopnik.com adds: “Abandon your car as a last resort. This is your only means of shelter unless a hotel or public building is nearby, or if you aren’t properly clothed to walk somewhere for shelter.”
jalopnik.com has other vital info, i.e.: “If you’re in snow and ice and you’re running your engine, check that your tailpipe hasn’t gotten blocked. If it is, clear the snow and ice out. Otherwise, carbon monoxide can leak back into the car and kill you. It’s a very simple check with very grave consequences.”
More advice to come for dealing with this ‘plus size Christian sweatshirts’ ‘Winter in Fall’ weather, but it is most vital for believers to obey God’s Word in these times: “Trust in The LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear The LORD, and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:5-7).”
Officially Winter does not begin and Fall does not end until December 21st this year, but Storm Nuri––what’s left of Typhoon Nuri which swept through Alaska’s Aleutian Islands––doesn’t know about those ‘official’ markers.
The ‘earthend’ gang usually doesn’t start winter preparation blogs until mid-December, but as winter blasts started earlier this year, it seems best to alert readers to necessary winter precautions even while fall leaves still hang on trees:
Be sure to: Wrap heating pipes coming from basement, as well as outside water faucets, to avoid freezing; Put plastic covers and/or heavy drapes on windows to keep out air; Stock up on rock salt, snow shovels, thick socks, ‘long johns,’ gloves and warm caps for head and ears; and Wear layers of clothing!
Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com warns that in addition to Storm Nuri: “As the polar vortex gets displaced to the south, the door will open for arctic air to plunge over most of the United States as the new week progresses. Only the Southwest, Hawaii, Alaska and South Florida will escape the grip of the upcoming arctic blast that the polar vortex can be blamed for.
“The combination of cold air, wind and other conditions, including snow in part of the Midwest and northern Plains, will send temperatures plunging below zero in some locations. Such cold will raise the risk of hypothermia and frostbite for those not properly dressed.” So now is a good time to wear those wholesale Christian sweatshirts.
As for travel by car, Sgt. Brad Hessel of the Oregon State Police advises drivers to “slow down, reduce distractions and arrive safely.” He claims drivers must “allow extra travel time during winter conditions and slippery conditions cause stopping distances to increase.” Other tips from that police force include:
1) Think ahead to avoid dangerous situations; 2) If road signs say chains are required be prepared to chain up; 3) When losing traction, gradually slowdown–––never slam on brakes; 4) Ice forms first on bridges or concrete highways so be cautious on those; 5) Never use cruise control in icy, snowy or wet weather.
This blog has warned that this cold weather winter was coming early this year and lasting far into what are usually spring months. In short, this is not normal weather. Global Warming in these prophetic end-time years is one factor.
Another one is that God is trying to get man’s attention while there is still time for repentance. As Daniel 2: 19-20 says: “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed The God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be The Name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And He changeth the times and the seasons . . .”
Obvious lapses in patient care, hospital staff protection, under-funding of research for pharmaceutical vaccines, confusion of leadership from national health and other federal agencies––all indicate that America’s medical professionals must prepare for multiple, new and increasingly dangerous 21st Century diseases.
In her article, ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Beginning of the 21st Century,’ Dr. Felissa R. Lashley, a PhD scholar on nursing writes: “Among the newer emerging infectious agents and diseases, many have already had great impact, while others show potential for impact in the near future. Agents that have made a significant appearance, particularly in the 21st century . . . include: Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers, human monkeypox, BSE, SARS, West Nile virus, and avian influenza.”
Dr. Lasley points out that while they only seem to come to fore recently, most of these new viruses were discovered in Africa––usually among animals––in a few decades at the end of the 20th century, but researchers never expected them to expand to such international lengths.
World-wide airline travel; lapse border patrols––including inept laws on animal imports and weak interstate transfer of such animals; cross-border travel of legal and illegal aliens; destabilized weather patterns from Global Warming, etc.––have all exacerbated spread of these 21st century diseases.
This site has written severally about lax government oversight of imported animals––see ‘The Lucrative Business of Unguarded Exotic Animals in the U.S., and ‘Signs of Beasts Among Us,’ etc.––and Dr. Ever’s forthcoming book, ‘Betrayal of Stewardship: Extinctions, Declines, & Endless Attacks––God’s Prophecies About His Animal Species,’ also covers diseased animals affecting man’s world.
With shame to medical professions, Lasley and other scholars warn that too many hospital staff workers ignore such elementary rules as hand washing and equipment sterilization. She insists: “Concern has also arisen over potential transmission of prion [i.e. a small proteinaceous infectious disease-causing agent] diseases through inadequately sterilized instruments or devices.”
Moreover, hospitals try to force medical practitioners to even wash their hands. Anemona Hartocollis of The New York Times explains: “With drug-resistant superbugs on the rise, according to a recent report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with hospital-acquired infections costing $30 billion and leading to nearly 100,000 patient deaths a year, . . .
“ . . . hospitals are willing to try almost anything to reduce the risk of transmission. Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital workers wash their hands as little as 30 percent of the time that they interact with patients.”
Medical professionals lean upon images of Moses raising his staff with a serpent, but such prophecy in used Christian Bibles foretells the healing ministry of The Lord Jesus Christ: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life Jon 3: 14 – 15).”
He is The One to Whom America must return if this nation is to defeat emerging new 21st Century diseases. If not, thousands, if not millions, will be sickened and may well die! Christians must pray for more authentic healing ministries.
In addition to internet researchers, some physicians now speak out about possible errors in official calculations for protecting the public from Ebola. Health experts, physicians and medical journals add to the list of unknowns about Ebola.
For instance, reporting on this week’s meeting of the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine, in ‘U.S. Scientists Say Uncertainties Loom about Ebola’s Transmission, Other Key Facts,’ Sharon Begley of Reuters warns:
“ . . . virologists believe that Ebola is spread when people . . . contact . . . the virus-laden bodily fluids of those who are already sick and touch their eyes, nose or mouth, allowing the virus to. . . enter the bloodstream. But penetration through intact skin has not been definitively ruled out, said hemorrhagic-fever expert Thomas Ksiarek of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).”
The Extinction Protocol (EP) adds: “Another crucial question is whether the virus can be spread by people who do not show symptoms. For months public health officials in the United States and elsewhere have insisted it cannot. But the possibility of such ‘subclinical transmission’ remains very much open,” said Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah.
EP continues: “Nor do experts know whether the infectious dose of virus depends on how it enters the body, Pavia said. Also unknown is whether the time between exposure to Ebola and the appearance of symptoms depends on which bodily fluids someone contacted. If it does, then someone exposed through, say, saliva rather than blood might incubate the virus for longer than the 21 days officials have repeatedly said is the outer limit of the incubation period.”
Also scientists are not sure which hand cleaners best protect against Ebola. Begley warns: “Scientists do not know whether foam, gas, or liquid decontaminates are most effective for cleaning surfaces that might harbor Ebola.”
“Nor do they know whether it can survive in sewers where, said Paul Lemieux of the National Homeland Security Research Center at the Environmental Protection Agency, rats ‘might pick it up’.” Ugh! Perish the thought.
Erika Check Hayden posits in ‘Many Mysteries Still Surround Ebola’: “To much of the world, the virus behind the devastating Ebola outbreak in Africa seems to have stormed out of nowhere. But Leslie Lobel–– a virologist at Ben-Gurion University in Israel––thinks we should have seen it coming.” Lobel and his team of scientists have been investigating Ebola strains in Africa for years.
Hayden then raises the stakes on Ebola questions: “A pressing question in the present outbreak is how the currently circulating Zaire ebola virus might be changing. Its rapid spread hints that there could be something different about this strain—possibly that it has become easier to pass from one person to another.”
Clearly, whether they want to admit it or not, scientists and physicians are not as sure about this Ebola virus as politicians wish the public to believe. So this blogger must ask again: “Why do people, especially Christians. trust scientists and doctors more than they trust God?” As used Christian Bibles make plain:
Truly, the Church and the world must better understand Christ’s ministry, both when He was on earth and now as He is in heaven: “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses (Matthew 8: 16 – 17).”
While main-stream media generally avoids revealed scientific facts about Ebola, internet researchers write about such issues as: actual methods and time-lines of human-to-human Ebola transmission; ‘live’ period of Ebola germ viruses on transferrable surfaces; unpreparedness of U.S. hospitals to deal with this disease; necessary isolation period for returning medical workers, etc.
For instance, in ‘Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine: People Without Symptoms Or Fever May Still Spread Ebola,’ Washington’s Blog writes: “A study in the prestigious [medical] journal Lancet published in 2000 found that some people can carry Ebola without showing any symptoms.
“The largest study on the current Ebola outbreak––sponsored by the World Health Organization––found that 13% of those infected with Ebola never had a fever.” Dr. Bruce A. Beutler, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2011 for his work researching the cellular subsystem of the body’s overall immune system (which defends bodies from other organisms, like Ebola), says:
“It may not be absolutely true that those without symptoms can’t transmit the disease, because we don’t have the numbers to back that up . . . It could be people develop significant viremia [where viruses enter the bloodstream and gain access to the rest of the body], and become able to transmit the disease before they have a fever. People may [say] that without symptoms you can’t transmit Ebola. I’m not sure that [is] 100 percent true. There’s a lot of variation with viruses.”
The blogger continues: “In fact, in a study published online in September by the New England Journal of Medicine and backed by the World Health Organization, 3,343 confirmed and 667 probable cases of Ebola were analyzed, nearly 13 percent of the time, those infected with Ebola exhibited no fever at all.”
J.D. Heyes of Natural News avers in ‘CDC Now Admits Ebola Can Spread Through the Air up to 3 Feet Away’: “In a new Ebola-related post that appears to be splitting hairs between ‘airborne’ and ‘droplet’ spread, the health agency claims:
“Airborne spread happens when a germ floats through the air after a person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Germs may land in the eyes, mouth, or nose of another person. If a germ is airborne, direct contact with the infected person is NOT needed for someone else to get sick. Airborne spread diseases include: chickenpox, tuberculosis.” To which medical blogger, Dr. Meryl Nass, responds:
“Well, at least CDC is starting to move the narrative. Maybe tomorrow it will be 5 feet. Then 10. Maybe next month they will tell us why all the victims’ possessions are being incinerated and apartments fumigated. Just remember: historically, Ebola spread fast in healthcare facilities.”
In Leviticus 13, Wholesale Christian Bibles makes clear that isolation is the only safe remedy against Ebola. Other Scriptures add that believers must “ . . . earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1: 1).” That faith Christians once believed in was primarily to exercise faith in God and His Word for healing. As the church prayed in the Book of Acts (4: 29 – 30):
“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by The Name of Thy Holy Child Jesus.” No where does the Bible say that Christians should put faith in medical doctors before their faith in God. In fact, God’s Word says entirely the opposite!