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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

COMFORT IN THE CHAOS

By Danelle Carvell
I took a Spring break from blogging, which I'm still enjoying, but something is weighing on my heart that I feel the need to share.  Both my husband and I were feeling a bit defeated and discouraged today with all the things going on in the world.  He has challenges at work and is watching people fall apart as they face so many of life's problems.  I'm frustrated by the constant battle for peace in a world of people so consumed by worldly pleasures and material gain.

I get tired of the doom and gloom I see each day on the news.  I get tired of feeling like I'm losing the people I love to the things of this world.  I get tired of the constant battle to live by faith not by sight.  I get tired of trying to do and say the right thing when others do and say what is right in their own eyes.  I get tired of fighting against the current and sometimes I wonder what good it's doing.  And then sometimes I just get tired of being tired.

Whenever I'm feeling down, I can always count on something coming along to lift my spirits that very same day. God does that for me.   When I went to the mailbox this afternoon and saw the monthly letter from Charles Stanley, I knew there was something in there that would address what I was feeling.  I smiled as I read his letter, which comes to our home free each month.  The letter was about how God sets us free from the problems we face.

"How often do you and I get caught up in an attitude of defeat?  We are overwhelmed by our circumstances because we are focused on our limited comprehension of them instead of the Father's awesome purposes.  Yet if we could see past our imperfect understanding to our extraordinary Redeemer, we would be filled with joy.  Our lives would be radically transformed," said Stanley.

All the bad news we see around us are things that must come to pass.  They are things that God knows about and is in control of.  Staying informed is part of our responsibility, but we don't have to let bad news bring us down because God always succeeds in carrying out his plans.  "Regardless of what you face or how your situation currently appears, the Lord is greater," said Stanley.  "He has conquered the grave and can overcome any problem you encounter.  So continue walking in the center of his will.  He is certain to keep all of His promises to you."

At times I have to take a deep breath, clear my head and remind myself that nothing can separate me from God and any adversity I experience here on Earth is temporary because Jesus has given us eternal life.  It's difficult not to become weary and disheartened in a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams.  More and more I'm hearing of people facing difficult, heart-breaking situations.  I wonder how much worse can things get.  And then God sends a miracle.  A letter in my mailbox reminds me that if I keep seeking God, He will deliver me from every fear, every frustration, every doubt, every challenge.

God is always there.  He knows my every thought.  And if I draw close to Him, He will comfort me and deliver me from painful circumstances.  God's timing is amazing.  The timing of that letter and the subject of it was amazing. It's exactly what I needed to hear.  Who doesn't want that kind of comfort?  Who doesn't yearn for the amazing love and comfort of God?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

THE REALITY DETACHED AMERICAN : a SGTbull micro-doc

NO WAY OUT BUT UP

from John McTernan's Insights

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Daily Digest; March 22, 2011

Verse of the Day
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Commentary
The world events continue to boil. The world economy is being hammered by high gasoline, the Japanese earthquake and debt. There is no way out of this. The world economy is locked and it is only a matter of time until nations begin to meltdown. There are more major disasters coming as the Bible warns of this as the Day of the LORD draws closer. The Japanese earthquake is starting to affect the economies of many nations as they are tied into Japanese manufacturing.
Crises in Japan Ripple Across the Global Economy 03/20/11 "Uncertainty hangs like a cloud over the future of the global and American economy. Only weeks ago, many economists foresaw a quickening of the recovery. Now tsunamis, radioactive plumes, Middle East revolutions, a new round of the European debt crisis and a still weakened United States economy could derail a tenuous bounceback in the United States, Europe and Japan"
The radioactivity in Japan is starting to poison large areas. The radioactivity is in the air, water, food and now the ocean. The reactors continue to poor out radioactivity. This is a disaster that could cause a large area of the country to be uninhabitable!
The unrest in the Middle East has now hit Syria! This shows the depth and power of this movement. Before it is over, the Middle East will be an Islamic caliphate unified to destroy Israel. It is amazing to see this happening in Syria.Syrian protesters torch Baath party headquarters 03/20/11
In the remaining time continue to grow closer to the Lord Jesus and stay focused on the Blessed Hope: the coming of the Lord Jesus for His church. At the present rate of events, what is the world going to look like in six months? Remember, the events in the Middle East are all heading toward and all-out war between Islam and the Holy God of Israel. In the meantime, stay focused for the LORD and give yourself 100 percent to Him and His work,
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.(2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Monday, March 21, 2011

MOST MEMORABLE YEAR IN AGES

From The Economic Collapse blog

Shaken: 10 Economic Disasters Which Threaten To Rip World Financial Markets To Shreds

2011 has already been the most memorable year in ages and we haven't even reached April yet.  Revolutions have swept the Middle East, an unprecedented earthquake and tsunami have hit Japan, civil war has erupted in Libya, the price of oil has been soaring and the entire globe is teetering on the brink of economic collapse.  It seems like almost everything that can be shaken is being shaken.  Unfortunately, it does not appear that things are going to settle down any time soon.  The Japanese economy has been dealt a critical blow, the European sovereign debt crisis could flare up again at any moment and the U.S. economy could potentially plunge into another recession by the end of the year.  The global economy and world financial markets were really struggling to recover even when things were relatively stable.  If all of this global instability gets even worse it could literally rip world financial markets apart.
Yes, things really are that bad.  The mainstream media has been really busy downplaying the economic impact of the disaster in Japan and the chaos in the Middle East, but the truth is that these events have huge implications for the global economy.  Today our world is more interconnected than ever, so economic pain in one area of the planet is going to have a significant effect on other areas of the globe.
The following are 10 economic disasters which could potentially rip world financial markets to shreds....
#1 War In Libya
Do you think that the "international community" would be intervening in Libya if they did not have a lot of oil?  If you actually believe that, you might want to review the last few decades of African history.  Millions upon millions of Africans have been slaughtered by incredibly repressive regimes and the "international community" did next to nothing about it.
But Libya is different.
Libya is the largest producer of oil in Africa.
Apparently the revolution in Libya was not going the way it was supposed to, so the U.S. and Europe are stepping in.
Moammar Gadhafi is vowing that this will be a "long war", but the truth is that his forces don't stand a chance against NATO.
Initially we were told that NATO would just be setting up a "no fly zone", but there have already been reports of Libyan tank columns being assaulted and there has even been an air strike on Moammar Gadhafi's personal compound in Tripoli.
So since when did a "no fly zone" include an attempt to kill a foreign head of state?
Let there be no mistake - the moment that the first Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched the United States declared war on Libya.
Already the Arab League, India, China and Russia have all objected to how this operation is being carried out and they are alarmed about the reports of civilian casualties.
Tensions around the globe are rising once again, and that is not a good thing for the world economy.
On a side note, does anyone recall anyone in the Obama administration even stopping for a moment to consider whether or not they should consult the U.S. Congress before starting another war?
The U.S. Constitution specifically requires the approval of the Congress before we go to war.
But very few people seem to care too much about what the U.S. Constitution says these days.
In any event, the flow of oil out of Libya is likely to be reduced for an extended period of time now, and that is not going to be good for a deeply struggling global economy.
#2 Revolutions In The Middle East
Protests just seem to keep spreading to more countries in the Middle East.  On Friday, five Syrian protesters were killed by government forces in the city of Daraa.  Subsequently, over the weekend thousands of protesters reportedly stormed government buildings in that city and set them on fire.
Things in the region just seem to get wilder and wilder.
Even in countries where the revolutions are supposed to be "over" there is still a lot of chaos.
Have you seen what has been going on in Egypt lately?
The truth is that all of North Africa and nearly the entire Middle East is aflame with revolutionary fervor.
About the only place where revolution has not broken out is in Saudi Arabia.  Of course it probably helps that the United States and Europe don't really want a revolution in Saudi Arabia and the Saudis have a brutally effective secret police force.
In any event, as long as the chaos in the Middle East continues the price of oil is likely to remain very high, and that is not good news for the world economy.
#3 The Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami
Japan is the third largest economy in the world.  When a major disaster happens in that nation it has global implications.
The tsunami that just hit Japan was absolutely unprecedented.  Vast stretches of Japan have been more thoroughly destroyed than if they had been bombed by a foreign military power.  It really was a nation changing event.
The Japanese economy is going to be crippled for an extended period of time.  But it is not just Japan's economy that has been deeply affected by this tragedy.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the recent disaster in Japan has caused supply chain disruptions all over the globe....
A shortage of Japanese-built electronic parts will force GM to close a plant in Zaragoza, Spain, on Monday and cancel shifts at a factory in Eisenach, Germany, on Monday and Tuesday, the company said Friday.
Not only that, GM has also suspended all "nonessential" spending globally as it evaluates the impact of this crisis.
The truth is that there are a whole host of industries that rely on parts from Japan.  Supply chains all over the world are going to have to be changed as a result of this crisis.  There are going to be some shortages of certain classes of products.
Japan is a nation that imports and exports tremendous quantities of goods.  At least for a while both imports and exports will be significantly down, and that is not good news for a world economy that was already having a really hard time recovering from the recent economic downturn.
#4 The Japan Nuclear Crisis
Even if the worst case scenario does not play out, the reality is that the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is going to have a long lasting impact on the global economy.
Already, nuclear power projects all over the world are being rethought.  The nuclear power industry was really starting to gain some momentum in many areas of the globe, but now that has totally changed.
But of much greater concern is the potential effect that all of this radiation will have on the Japanese people.  Radiation from the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is now showing up in food and tap water in Japan as an article on the website of USA Today recently described....
The government halted shipments of spinach from one area and raw milk from another near the nuclear plant after tests found iodine exceeded safety limits. But the contamination spread to spinach in three other prefectures and to more vegetables — canola and chrysanthemum greens. Tokyo's tap water, where iodine turned up Friday, now has cesium.
Hopefully the authorities in Japan will be able to get this situation under control before Tokyo is affected too much.  The truth is that Tokyo is one of the most economically important cities on the planet.
But right now there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Tokyo.  For example, one very large German real estate fund says that their holdings in Tokyo are now "impossible to value" and they have suspended all customer withdrawals from the fund.
Once again, let us hope that a worst case scenario does not happen.  But if we do get to the point where most of the population had to be evacuated from Tokyo for an extended period of time it would be absolutely devastating for the global economy.
#5 The Price Of Oil
Most people believe that the U.S. dollar is the currency of the world, but really it is oil.  Without oil, the global economy that we have constructed simply could not function.
That is why it was so alarming when the price of oil went above $100 a barrel earlier this year for the first time since 2008.  Virtually everyone agrees that if the price of oil stays high for an extended period of time it will have a highly negative impact on the world economy.
In particular, the U.S. economy is highly, highly dependent on cheap oil.  This country is really spread out and we transport goods and services over vast distances.  That is why the following facts are so alarming....
*The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is now 75 cents higher than it was a year ago.
*In San Francisco, California, the average price of a gallon of gasoline is now $3.97.
*According to the Oil Price Information Service, U.S. drivers spent an average of $347 on gasoline during the month of February, which was 30 percent more than a year earlier.
*According to the U.S. Energy Department, the average U.S. household will spend approximately $700 more on gasoline in 2011 than it did during 2010.
#6 Food Inflation
Many people believe that the rapidly rising price of food has been a major factor in sparking the revolutions that we have seen in Africa and the Middle East.  When people cannot feed themselves or their families they tend to lose it.
According to the United Nations, the global price of food hit a new all-time high earlier this year, and the UN is expecting the price of food to continue to go up throughout the rest of this year.  Food supplies were already tight around the globe and this is certainly not going to help things.
The price of food has also been going up rapidly inside the United States.  Last month the price of food in the United States rose at the fastest rate in 36 years.
American families are really starting to feel their budgets stretched.  According to the U.S. Labor Department, the cost of living in the United States hit a brand new all-time record high in the month of February.
What this means is that U.S. families are going to have less discretionary income to spend at the stores and that is bad news for the world economy.
#7 The European Sovereign Debt Crisis
Several European governments have had their debt downgraded in the past several months.  Portugal, Spain, Greece and Ireland are all in big time trouble.  Several other European nations are not far behind them.
Right now Germany seems content to bail the "weak sisters" in Europe out, but if that changes at some point it is going to be an absolute nightmare for world financial markets.
#8 The Dying U.S. Dollar
Right now there is a lot of anxiety about the U.S. dollar.  Prior to the tsunami, Japan was one of the primary purchasers of U.S. government debt.  In fact, Japan was the second-largest foreign buyer of U.S. Treasuries last year.
But now as Japan rebuilds from this nightmare it is not going to have capital to invest overseas.  Someone else is going to have to step in and buy up all of the debt that the Japanese were buying.
Not only that, but big bond funds such as PIMCO have announced that they are stepping away from U.S. Treasuries at least for now.
So if Japan is not buying U.S. Treasuries and bond funds such as PIMCO are not buying U.S. Treasuries, then who is going to be buying them?
The U.S. government needs to borrow trillions of dollars this year alone to roll over existing debt and to finance new debt.  All of that borrowing has got to come from somewhere.
#9 The U.S. Housing Market
The U.S. housing market could potentially be on the verge of another major crisis.  Just consider the following facts....
*In February, U.S. housing starts experienced their largest decline in 27 years.
*Deutsche Bank is projecting that 48 percent of all U.S. mortgages could have negative equity by the end of 2011.
*Two years ago, the average U.S. homeowner that was being foreclosed upon had not made a mortgage payment in 11 months.  Today, the average U.S. homeowner that is being foreclosed upon has not made a mortgage payment in 17 months.
*In September 2008, 33 percent of Americans knew someone who had been foreclosed upon or who was facing the threat of foreclosure.  Today that number has risen to 48 percent.
#10 The Derivatives Bubble
Most Americans do not even understand what derivatives are, but the truth is that they are one of the biggest threats to our financial system.  Some experts estimate that the worldwide derivatives bubble is somewhere in the neighborhood of a quadrillion dollars.  This bubble could burst at any time.  Right now we are watching the greatest financial casino in the history of the globe spin around and around and around and everyone is hoping that at some point it doesn't stop.  Today, most money on Wall Street is not made by investing in good business ideas.  Rather, most money on Wall Street is now made by making shrewd bets.  Unfortunately, at some point the casino is going to come crashing down and the game will be over.
Most people simply do not realize how fragile the global economy is at this point.
The financial crash of 2008 was a devastating blow.  The next wave of the economic crisis could be even worse.
So what will the rest of 2011 bring?
Well, nobody knows for sure, but a lot of experts are not optimistic.
David Rosenberg, the chief economist at Gluskin Sheff and Associates, is warning that the second half of the year could be very rough for the global economy....
"A sharp slowing in global GDP in the second half of the year cannot be ruled out."
Let us hope that the world economy can hold together and that we can get through the rest of 2011 okay.  The last thing we need is a repeat of 2008.  The world could use some peace and some time to recover.
But unfortunately, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable.  With the way that the world has been lately, perhaps we should all just start to expect the unexpected.
But world financial markets do not respond well to instability and unpredictability.  In fact, investors tend to start fleeing to safety at the first signs of danger these days.
Most Americans simply have no idea how vulnerable the world financial system is at this point.  Nothing really got "fixed" after 2008.  If anything, global financial markets are even more fragile than they were back then.
So what do all of you think about the state of the global economy?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below....
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

THE PERFECT TIME

Salt & Light is on Spring Break.  Unless a pressing issue surfaces, you won't see much activity on this blog for a short while.  I have an herb garden to think about planting and a new camera I want to master.  Every now and then, it's good to get away from your routine and learn something new.  I've been wanting to get into photography since high school, and gardening is something that fascinates me.  Isn't it amazing how you can grow food in the ground from tiny seeds?  Think about it.

I'll bet there's something you've been wanting to learn or do for a long time.  It's been there in the back of your mind, just waiting.  Spring is the perfect time to tackle a new challenge.  It's the season for new beginnings.  Buy the book, take the class, purchase the supplies and just do it.  Do that thing you've been wanting to do.  Learn something new.  Push what you can aside and focus on a new adventure. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SO POWERFUL YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT

Do you find yourself unable to concentrate or accomplish much in the midst of all the turmoil we're seeing in the world around us?  Do you find yourself depressed or unable to get out of bed as quickly as you once did?  I believe these are normal feelings considering the events that are unfolding before us.  The Bible warns us about these days and it warns us that men's hearts would fail them for fear of what is coming upon the earth.

Fortunately, there is a way to overcome the fear.  It's another word that starts with "f"--Faith.  Now is the time to cling to your faith and grow closer to the Lord.  It's not time to panic or rush to worldly answers for your security.   The article below tells a story about a man who lost his faith and panicked in the midst of a crisis. The result was a disaster. Please read the article below if you feel your faith is wavering.  Faith is so powerful.  You don't want to lose it.

ENDURING FAITH

Click on the link below and scroll down to "The Most Important Issue of This Hour"






http://www.informedchristians.com/

IT WOULDN'T HURT TO BE PREPARED



The below commentary is from John McTernan's Insights.  A link to his blog is located at the right side of my page under World Events and Prophecy.  It wouldn't hurt for us to be prepared in case such a disaster occurs here in the states.  A supply of food and water, a way to cook and keep warm without electricity, water purifying tablets or colloidal silver (water purification) are just some of the things to have on hand in case of emergency.  For more on this click "be prepared" under the labels category at the right side of my page and read Gotta Keep Living, But Gotta Be Prepared.

 

Special Attention: Japan Earthquake

Matthew 24:7 
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Commentary
Like most people, I have been following the earthquake that hit Japan. I have received many emails from people tying the earthquake to Japan's position against Israel and the promotion of a Palestinian state. I am going to post this information for your reading. I would like to thank everyone who emailed me about this as I did not see it at first.
What happened to Japan has me very upset. The vast majority of the Japanese people reject the Bible. The gospel has taken root in Korea and China but not in Japan. The Bible warns not to touch Israel, but Japan has no fear of the Bible whatsoever. It is like telling someone an electric wire is hot and that person does not believe you and touches it. I have a strong feeling that Japan is not going to recover from this. The Japanese economy and society is coming down. Japan is being crushed by debt and this could send the country into a tailspin.
There is more destruction coming to the nations as the vast majority of the world does not believe the Bible. God does not want to do this, but the nations are leaving Him with no choice but judgment
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
I believe what happened to Japan is in some fashion going to happen to America and very soon. The homosexual marriage agenda or bullying Israel will trigger the judgment on America. God has so clearly warned America, which I have documented in my books and on this blog for 25 years. 
I watched the Japanese people without food and clean water. The food supplies have run out. I have issued many alerts on this blog to store food and supplies as the Lord leads you. I am once again bringing this to your attention. Please have food and supplies on hand to get you and others through times like what is now happening in Japan. A huge event is coming to America. Please be prepared as you seek the LORD about what to do.
When I watched the tsunamis hitting the West Coast, I felt they were warnings of what is coming. If the Japanese reactors blow, it could send a radioactive plume across the Pacific Ocean to America. The entire world is now falling under the LORD'S judgment. We can see it from Japan to Egypt. Be prepared physically while at the same time keep your eyes on the Lord Jesus! This world is fast running out of time.
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

A SMART IDEA

The below article is from The Activist Post.  

 

Saturday, March 12, 2011


3 Key Preparation Components for Any Emergency


The recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan is a horrible tragedy.  It also is a reminder that while not every disaster can be averted completely, those who find themselves on the outer areas of the epicenter will most likely not be able to rely upon authorities for survival.  Ten percent of homes in Japan are now without power, water supplies have been cut, and many rescue roads have been all but eliminated.

There are many levels of self-sufficiency and preparation that we have discussed in other articles, including long-range plans such as how to simplify and survive by growing an organic garden, raising chickens, as well as learning how to generally be a producer not a consumer.  However, the recent events in Japan are a stark reminder that disaster preparation is paramount.  Survivors in Japan are now lining up by the thousands at grocery stores and gas stations attempting to hoard necessary rations.  Certainly they would have benefited from basic preparation prior to the disaster.

Given the tragedy of recent events, preparation for the worst is always a smart idea.  Here are the three essential components of disaster prep which will give you the necessities to survive any situation:


1. Grab and Go Food Kits: Properly made kits are packed in air-tight nitrogen packed mylar pouches.  These kits will last up to 25 years with no rotation necessary.  These meals are easy to prepare, cost effective at around $2 per serving, and designed for a backpack.  They should be at the top of your list of ready-made survival tools.

2. Long-term Emergency Supplies: Finding a reputable company that offers freeze-dried food in durable containers is a must.  Standard packages hold up to 240 meals -- a 1 month supply of 2 servings per day for 4 adults, or 2 adults and 4 children.  This also equates to a 4 month supply of 2 servings per day for 1 adult.  Start with what you can afford and commit to working your way toward a full survival package of 12 months' supply for 4 adults, or 2 adults and four children.  

3. Water Storage and Purification: The packages above rely on a sound water source and enough of it to prepare your freeze-dried or dehydrated food source.  You should have a variety of storage containers and water purification systems that will both allow you to be self-sufficient if you need to stay where you are, or enable you to take your water needs and ability to purify in your travels.  

There are of course many more facets that should be taken into account in order to best prepare for when disaster strikes, but the above three should form the core of protection for you and your family.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

MARCH 12 POST FURTHER EXPLAINED

Here's a further explanation of the Luke 21:11 scripture posted above the Temple Mount article and video titled, Great Signs From Heaven.  There's also a link to some fearful sights that were captured when the tsunami hit Japan.

(Mar 12)  ...And great earthquakes (mega) shall be in diverse places (various, throughout as maybe the" ring of fire"), and famines, and pestilences (which can be a result of mega quakes as in Japan and civil unrest as in the Middle East ); and fearful sights (terrifying, people trying to flee a frightening thing: terrorism, tsunamis, tornado's, oppression ) and great signs shall be from heaven (a wonder, an indication, especially supernatural and maybe as the recent glowing light over the Temple Mount in Israel ).     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12725646

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

GREAT SIGNS FROM HEAVEN

But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified; for these things must first come to pass; but the end (does not follow immediately)...Nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences, and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.    Luke 21:9-11

In the early morning of January 28, 2011, a mysterious event was captured in Jerusalem by a number of video devices.  It happened where some consider to be the absolute center of the globe: the Temple Mount.  Two young Israeli men sent their video to Earthfiles.com, which describes the content of the video as follows:

"24 seconds into the video, a white aerial light descends quickly toward the horizon on the Dome of the Rock area in the Old City...a circle of translucent light zooms toward the white aerial object...immediately the original white object zips straight up at terrific speed.  Camera pans up to four red lights pulsating on and off in a large shifting pattern from triangle to diamond."

Two thousand years ago, anyone who witnessed the above event would immediately report having seen an angel over the Temple.

According to an article in Prophecy In The News magazine, "Such aerial activities were universally seen as visions of something supernatural, perhaps divine...The historian Flavius Josephus reported that at the time of the Roman siege of the Temple, a number of supernatural events were seen over the Temple Mount."

"...so great a light shone around the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright as day-time...for half an hour...This light...was interpreted by the sacred scribes as to portend those events that followed immediately upon it." [Wars of the Jews, VI., v.3]


What immediately followed was the Roman destruction of the Temple.  


"Why would an angel swoop down over the Temple Mount, hover just above it, flash a brilliant light, then rocket upward to meet four other similar angels which had been hovering there?" asks Gary Stearman in his article, "An Angel Over the Temple Mount."   

If you believe the Bible, fiery chariots are angelic activity.  UFOs are not aliens from outer space.  "Biblically speaking, chariots of fire, angels, demons and the activities of the Lord in the heavens describe every unidentified appearance of lights and spheres and discs in the modern era," says Stearman.  "The manifestations of mysterious lights and ships in the sky are perfectly explained as the comings and goings of celestial beings, involved in their ancient battles in the heavens." 

What was that angel doing there on the 28th of January?  Is this another example of the great signs from heaven that Jesus speaks about in the book of Luke?  Signs that will precede the rapture of the church?  Watch the video below and decide for yourself.  If the video is not found directly below this, click on Biblical Truth under the labels category at the bottom right side of this blog.



2011 IUFOC Jaime Maussan Presentation - Jarusalem UFO

Friday, March 11, 2011

SUDDEN DESTRUCTION

http://www.bibleprophecyman.com/

The above link is an excellent website to help you understand Jesus warnings about the last days, which are taking place right now.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Something Big Is About To Happen

Something Big Is About To Happen
By Carl Worline

 
The entire world is on edge because everyone senses that something big is about to happen.  Christians know that either the Rapture of the Church or the battle described in Psalm 83 is about to occur...The Earth longs to be free of the curse it has suffered under ever since the original sin of Adam and Eve.  Jesus told us in Matthew 24:7-8 that His return would be preceded by upheavals in nature which He likened to the birth pangs of a woman about to give birth, increasing in intensity and frequency as the moment of the arrival of the child draws ever closer.

Has the frequency and intensity of earthquakes been increasing during the past decade?  Absolutely.  Has the frequency and intensity of violent and extreme weather been increasing?  Yes.  What about volcanic eruptions?  Famines?  Floods?  Droughts?  Not only is the answer to all of these questions definitely yes, but the increase in the frequency and intensity of all of these upheavals has been terrifyingly dramatic.

(Not to mention the mysterious deaths of countless fish, birds, and animals--Danelle)

Around this time last year I was totally convinced that all necessary prophecy regarding the Rapture of the Church had been fulfilled and that it would occur at any moment.  At the same time I was a bit concerned that the final sequence of events leading to the Second Coming of our Lord was not quite ready to begin.  After all, while Turkey and Israel were not exactly best friends forever, they were, nevertheless, still buddies. 

Ezekiel 38 tells us that Turkey and Israel are bitter enemies when the shooting starts in the Battle of Gog and Magog.  Egypt and Israel were also on relatively friendly terms a year ago, so how was the conflict described in Psalm 83 going to take place?  Besides, Israel did not have a great national treasure so why would Gog from the land of Magog invade Israel to capture spoil and seize plunder (Ezekiel 38:12)?  That was before enormous reserves of natural gas and oil were discovered beneath the nation of Israel.   

And finally, about a year ago the Middle East was surprisingly peaceful considering all of the howling and the barking at the moon about war.  Threats flowed like water but in the end each nation seemed to prefer peace to the shedding of their own blood.  Where was the spark that would ignite the entire Middle East?  If nobody was willing to commit an overt act that would start a war then only spontaneous combustion could trigger the detonation, and that did not seem to be very likely.   

That was a year ago.  It is amazing how much the situation has changed.
To get a better look at where we are along then timeline of the last days we need to take a look at the impending food crisis we are facing.  Today 1 out of every 6 people on this planet goes to sleep each night without getting enough to eat and 34,000 people die each day from famine related causes.  This is horrifying enough, but things are about to get a lot worse. 

China is the top producer of wheat in the world.  The droughts and dust storms in 2010 have been the worst southwestern China has seen in a century.  India is the second largest producer of wheat in the world and is suffering through a record heat wave and water crisis that has badly decimated their crops.  Russia is the third largest wheat producer in the world and accounts for 10 percent of total world output.  Last year massive wildfires stretched across 7 regions in Russia when temperatures reached their highest level since they started keeping records 130 years ago. 

France is the fourth largest producer of wheat in the world and just recently lowered their wheat crop forecasts due to cold weather and drought.  Canada is the fifth largest wheat producer in the world and has suffered reduced grain production due to severe drought in their western provinces.  The Ukraine is the sixth largest producer of wheat and the top producer of barley in the world.  They have suffered from the same fires and drought that Russia has endured to the point they have suspended all of the grain exports for 2011.  

Australia is the seventh largest producer of wheat in the world.  Flooding has covered an area in Australia equal in size to that of France and Germany combined, with water 30 feet deep in some places, destroying crops.  Pakistan is the eighth largest producer in the world.  In 2010 floods in Pakistan covered 17 million acres of their most fertile crop land and did not subside in time for farmers to meet the deadline for planting new seeds for the fall harvest.  In addition, historic floods and droughts have destroyed crops in the major grain producing areas of South America.  

 During the winter of 2010-2011 snow fell in 49 of our 50 states here in the US where massive numbers of crops were wiped out.  While this was taking place South Korea destroyed millions of farm animals infected with hoof-and-mouth disease.  Honeybees and bumble bees continue to die off across North America further reducing food production due to lack of adequate pollination.  These are just some of the disasters that have recently occurred which will cause increased famines throughout the world starting right now.

If major worldwide food shortages are a very real possibility this spring then it could very well mean that the third horseman of the apocalypse is, even now, placing the saddle on the black horse and is preparing to ride.  If the book of Revelation is chronological, as I believe that it is, then the rider of the white horse (the anti-Christ) and the rider of the red horse, who brings war and destruction, are saddled up and preparing to ride out as well.  No wonder the entire world is on edge.

I find it difficult to describe, but it seems like there is a strong electric charge in the air that is causing anxiety around our planet.  Uprisings are springing up in every corner of the world.  People are spontaneously taking to the streets in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Nigeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Albania, Pakistan, Syria, Belgrade, Serbia, Croatia, and China.  Western mainstream media has attempted to explain these spontaneous uprisings as a longing for freedom and democracy by the oppressed nations of the world, but this reasoning seems a bit hollow and empty.  Something far more complex, and I believe supernatural, is taking place and it is incredibly powerful.

The intangible fear of impending calamity has pushed the levels of violence all over the Earth to an all time high.  Never in the history of the world has both the crying for peace and the screaming for war been so deafening.  Gold is at an all time high because people no longer have any faith in the dollar.  People are stockpiling food and they are buying guns out of fear for the future rather than fear of crime.  For many months ammunition manufacturers have had a difficult time keeping up with demand.  Something really big and really bad is about to happen and people all over the world can feel it coming.

The world economy is far too deeply in debt to recover and is teetering on the brink of collapse.  The world banking system is a house of cards that is being artificially propped up by its own bankrupt members.  A collapse is long overdue and when it does finally come the result will be cataclysmic.  On that day somebody will be standing in the wings who will pick up all of the broken pieces and will put them back together in a single worldwide system that everybody will be required to belong to in order to conduct even the simplest of transactions.  Financial irresponsibility will be a thing of the past because each transaction, no matter how large or small, will be tracked in real time by one central system.  Identity theft will no longer exist.  Everyone will access the system using biometric identification in (or on) their own body.
 
In the past atheists didn’t believe and didn’t care.  Now they all seem to be rabidly obsessed on a mission to eliminate every trace of Christianity and Judaism, yet nobody seems to feel compelled to stamp out any other religion.  Religious persecution has increased in frequency and intensity to the point where Christians are fleeing for their lives from the entire Middle East, as well as other parts of the world.   

Over the past few decades the Moslem world seemed to be relatively content to live and let live as long as Christians did not disparage Allah or Mohammad.  Now it seems there is an ever increasing determination to kill every Christian and eliminate all traces of our history and even all traces of our very existence.  The Islamic community at times almost appears to be frightened of us Christians and of what is about to happen in the world. 

When Paul told us that in the last days immorality would increase and that men would become lovers of men, he was not exaggerating.  In the past immorality increased in a subtle, almost coy manner, like a cancer silently spreading through the body of its host.  However, in recent years the intensity of immorality has multiplied itself many times over and with a shocking viciousness.  Homosexuals, lesbians, and transsexuals are so proud of their sin that they march in the streets demanding to be recognized as a special, privileged class... The Bible tells us that in the last days good will be called evil and that evil will be called good.

Is it just me, or has filthiness become the accepted norm in far too many places where just a short time ago it was not only considered vulgar, but also unacceptable as well?  Even more disturbingly, has the viciousness of which these perversions are being forced upon us increased dramatically?  I believe they have and I sense that something really big is about to happen because of it. 

All of the signs that we are in the last days and that the Second Coming of our Lord is near are not only here, but many of these signs have intensified immensely.  In every direction we look we see the writing on the walls.  So, what should we do about it?  Stockpiling gold, food, and .44 magnum jacketed hollow point ammunition is not the answer.

The first thing we should do – the most important thing we should do - is to be absolutely certain that our reservation has been make to be in heaven with our Lord and Savior for all eternity.  This requires an admission that we are sinners, a faith in our Lord that He is the only path to God and that He is the one and only Savior of the World, and a request in which we must go to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to be our Savior.   

Nobody can ever get to heaven by being a good person and there are no good deeds that will get us there either.  Missing out on such a wonderful gift would be incredibly tragic, especially when such a beautiful gift is free.  Time is rapidly running out.  At the instant of death our eternal fate is sealed.  Our time here on this Earth is precious, but it is a gift.  There is no guarantee that we will still possess life here on this Earth a moment from now.

The second thing we should do is to use the time that we have remaining to make sure those around us will be going to heaven as well.  Far too many people believe they will be saved because they consider themselves to be a good person and/or because they go to church on Sunday.  Spending eternity in hell for this mistaken belief is so horribly tragic that it is beyond description.

And finally, I believe that we desperately need to tell people that heaven is a real place that actually exists, and that hell is also a real place that actually exists.  Salvation is a free gift and the opportunity to choose our fate ends at the moment of death.

In the latter portion of 1999 the world was gripped with a paranoid fear that the computers of the world would somehow cause worldwide disasters when the calendar rolled over to the year 2000. We called it the Y2K event.  Everyone felt a sickening dread that these disasters would be of Biblical proportions.  Nothing happened.  Now the intangible fear has returned and it is far stronger than it was before.  What will be the final outcome this time around?
 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

UPDATES AND INSIGHTS

Here are some updates from John McTernan's Insights.  You can read more by clicking the link on the right of my page under World Events and Prophecy 

I think it's especially interesting to see how God is now cursing Chile with earthquakes since it's president is moving against Israel. 

For more on the history of how God moves against nations that try to divide the land of Israel, read "Keep Your Eyes and Prayers on Israel" under the World News label at the bottom right of my page.  And all of the blue headlines in this commentary are links to further reading.

Commentary
The increase in gasoline is going to hit the economy hard. This is coupled with the increase in the cost of food and both are going to send the economy into a tailspin. A lot is riding on what happens to the Gulf oil states. The unemployment is far worse than the government admits. America is on a slow but steady grind into poverty. Gallup Reports Underemployment Surges To 19.9%, February "Jobs Situation Deteriorates" 03/03/11
I have been warning about the economic meltdown and for people to prepare both physically and spiritually. There is very little time left to prepare. Stay close to the Lord Jesus as all of us are going to be tested in every area. Those that are not close with the Lord face fear and anxiety. 
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 
As Chile Has Done to Israel
There is something between the Holy God of Israel and the nation of Chile. I have documented on this blog how the massive earthquakes hitting Chile are connected to what Chile is doing to Israel! Remember, Chile has the largest Palestinian population outside of the Middle East.
Chile president urges PM to 'make peace' 03/06/11" In joint statements, PiƱera said that "Chile has recognized Palestine because just like we always thought Israel has the right to live in a country with permanent borders recognized by the international community in order to develop itself, the Palestinians have the right for a free and democratic country as well."
Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Northern Chile 03/06/11
Israel and the Middle East War  
'US must keep Muslim Brothers from Egypt gov't' 03/06/11 I think that Obama wants the Muslim Brotherhood to come to power. He sees nothing wrong with them.

Obama: Israel shouldn't be afraid of changes in Mideast 03/05/11 What a joke is this statement. The entire world should be concerned what is happening.
Islam and IslamoFascism  
Florida, Alabama, Missouri propose bills to prevent sharia law in U.S. courts 03/06/11 This is wonderful news and Americans now understand what is Islam and we are now standing against it!