CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 127
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Hello to all our readers. I know that some of you have already read my story but we have gained more readers so I thought I would share it again to basically introduce myself. Please keep in mind that I wrote this back when Light of Life Ministry first started.
I remember as a little girl I would go to church with my Great Aunt every once in awhile. I don’t ever remember seeing my mom got to church with us. As a very young girl I asked my mom what our religion was. She told me that we were Baptist. Well being as young as I was I didn’t fully understand what being Baptist was. I thought all that meant was we believed in God so that meant we were going to heaven. I didn’t know anything really at the time about Jesus Christ or God’s love for me. As I got a little older my sisters and I would take my mom’s big old Bible to our rooms and look at the pictures that were in it. Of course we didn’t understand at that age what the pictures meant and why we were seeing a man hanging by a cross. I decided that I was going to find out. So I tool that bible and started reading Genesis. I was fascinated by how God made the earth and then Adam. After I read all of Genesis I decided okay I really liked that so I tried to read the next book. Well at the time I didn’t find it interesting like Genesis was. I decided to read about the man that was on the cross. I found out that his name was Jesus. I read about his life and death. I was really sad by what happened. From there I went to Revelations. I read that over and over. As I grew up I started to understand exactly what Jesus did for me. I thought as long as I believed in God I would make it to heave. Well by this time I was married to a Christian man who grew up in church. His grandfather was a pastor and soon after we married his father became a pastor. Things were really different for me because I wasn’t use to being around Christians. Every question I had concerning God, Jesus and what was in the Bible he had an answer for and if he didn’t he would find it for me. This was all new for me so of course we spent many hours discussing the Word. There were a few things that just didn’t make sense to me though. I tried hard to agree with him because he knew more about this then I did. He explained to me about being saved. He said once you are saved then you are alway saved. No matter what I did I just couldn't understand that. I will let you decide.
but he who stand firm to the end will be saved – Matthew 24:13
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. – Hebrews 6:4-6
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved – Hebrews 10:36-39
No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:27
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, – Philippians 2:12
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12-14
Another one he told me about was the Trinity. I had heard of it before but didn’t quite understand what it was or meant. I asked him to explain it to me. Okay this was a really big one for me because I have never believed that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were one and the same.
If Jesus Christ were Yahweh, would he have made this statement at John 5:16? “So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day and I, too, am working.” It’s pretty obvious that Christ differentiated himself from his Father Yahweh in that statement, isn’t it? Why? Because he told ONLY THE TRUTH. He knew he himself was NOT God Almighty. He did not try to fool anyone into believing that he was. Now go to Verse 18 and look at what is revealed: “For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” In their eyes ( the Jews) they felt he Jesus had made himself equal with the Creator. But had he done so? Let’s read Verse 19: “Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” Does that sound like he was equal to Yahweh? Or, does it sound like Jesus was in submission of his Father’s Will? At John 14:28 Jesus said, “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father , for the Father is greater than I am.” If Jesus was Yahweh, he would be equal in GREATNESS; but he clearly stated that his Father is GREATER than he is. He also clearly stated that he was GOING TO HIS FATHER. That alone tells us that his Father was somewhere else, not playing the 3-headed part of a Trinity which included the personage of Jesus. It just doesn’t fit the Jigsaw Puzzle to believe otherwise is to believe a LIE.
In arguments for Christ being Yahweh by those that have no understanding of the “Mystery” about Christ, they often say “Jesus was the human part of God.” If that were so, then why, if Jesus is equal to his Heavenly self as Yahweh, that (his other self Portrayed as Yahweh) in Heaven knows things that Jesus, his human self, does not know? Mark 13:32 states: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Now think about that. How could Christ NOT KNOW if he was also God Almighty serving in a third role as the Son. It is absurd and ridicules to believe such a myth as the Trinity.
At Daniel 7:9, 10, 13-14 it states: “As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and it’s wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened…..In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power.” This Scripture reveals Christ ascension to the Heavenly Court before the presence of his Father Yahweh. There would have been little need to record the event if Christ was indeed Yahweh. But, he is not. He is His Son and our Savior. There are many, many more verse’s in the Bible to prove that Yahweh and Jesus are not one and the same.
Do you believe that you have to be baptized in order to be saved? This is a myth. You do not need to be baptized in order to be saved. If you believe in Christ, What is the ONE THING that will save you? It is accepting HIM as our Father’s Son and the Savior of humanity. What did Jesus do to save us? He shed HIS perfect innocent Holy Blood, that we might not die an eternal death. So what exactly IS water baptism? It’s plainly an outward profession of one’s desire to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here are some Scripture’s that describe exactly what I told you. But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. – John 1:7
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful then I… I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. – Matthew 3:11
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
Water baptism is something my husband and I agreed on. He has come to understand about the Trinity. I am sill working on the Once Saved, Always Saved with him. Many different “Christian” religions have put their own spin on what it means to be Christian that they are forcing others away from the ONE THING that will ultimately save them and give them eternal life. I became a Light of Life Minister in July of this year. During that time I have become even closer to Yahweh and His Son Jesus Christ. The five of us Ministers have become really close. We were meant to come together to spread the Kingdom Message so people will know what is to come. Sometimes it can be stressful when you get negative responses to the message. I would love to save everyone. That is one thing we have all learned is that we can’t save everyone. It has to be in their heart. We spread the Kingdom Message and then let the Holy Spirit take over from there. Yes we get negative feedback from all kinds of people. It really breaks my heart to hear what some people say. The only thing I can do is pray from them. I pray that they will take the warning into their hearts. I love spreading the Kingdom Message to people because I feel like this is what I am meant to do. I have had to learn many lessons on this narrow path I travel. One of the lessons was to not judge people. It isn’t our place to judge. I learned that the hard way. To be honest, at the time I didn’t think I was judging anyone but when I really thought about it, I had done exactly that. I may not have always judged people out loud but that doesn’t matter because Yahweh knows when we judge whether it is with our words or our thoughts. So always remember your thoughts. That was a really important lesson to learn. Another thing I have learned was to give my problems, my concerns and my fears to Yahweh. When you do that you will feel the burden lifted off your shoulders. We can’t let negative energy drag us down. That is what Satan wants. He wants to take down as many of Yahweh’s children as he can. I have learned to deliver the message and if I get negative responses to shake the dust off and move on. Whatever you do don’t get into an argument because that is bring negative energy on yourself. I always try to stop and think, What did Jesus do or say? We have Bible Study twice a week. I look forward to being with my sister’s and brother whom I love and trust to learn the Word. I can see how we all have grown in knowledge and yes wisdom.
I would like all of you to just think about something for me. For the one’s of you who have children and if you don’t have children think about someone in your life that you love with all your heart. Now read this and see how you really feel.
For God so loved the world, That he gave his only begotten Son, That whosever believeth in him should not perish, But have everlasting life.” -John 3:16
I know how that makes me feel. He gave His only Son to die for us. Could you do that?
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of his bread he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will five for the life of this world.” John- 6:51
Did Jesus have a choice? You bet he did.
Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of Angels. – Matthew 26:53
To read what Jesus went through for us please read Matthew 27:26-50. Those Scripture’s prove how much Yahweh and Jesus Christ love us. Now is the time to open your heart to Jesus.
The Me You See in Me
Oh please Father help me to be
the me You see in me.
it’s You who knows my heart
and what I was created to be.
My hope is in Your guidance
and correction, yes, that too
that one day I might be completed,
a child made by You.
At times it can be difficult
to walk and never stumble
I’m clumsy in so many ways
and do not wish to crumble.
This clay says to her potter,
make me beautiful inside
so that one day I might be worthy
of all that You provide.
Fill me with Your wisdom,
and equal parts of love
mold me so I’m pleasing
to the One I am part of.
Make me strong so that I might
serve You faithfully each day
this vessel wishes to be useful
and not just for display.
You LORD are my Father,
and I the work of Your hands
may I never disappoint You
and follow Your commands.
From inception to completion,
the latter, though yet to be seen
my trust is in Your ability
in creating Your vision for me.
This vessel gazes to You
and asks so pleadingly
oh please Father help me
to be the me You see in me.
The Emptiness of Possessions
submitted by Jeshaiah
Proverbs 18:11 — A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.
Proverbs 18:23 — The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly.
Proverbs 11:4 — Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
There are quite a few ways of looking at wealth. One way of looking at wealth may be the simple one: physical currency. Considering…in the past, nobles would be able to live in castles, and perhaps to a great extent, castles did cost quite a bit, and at the same time, could have been built for protection. Even today, wealth of this kind is greatly accumulated to try to be used in case of emergency, or as a protection for retirement or as an inheritance for those who survive themselves. Yet, as it might be seen with all the retirement funds that have been invested in stocks, the hope placed in physical currency vanishes. The high wall might be seen as something like the following:
Joel 2:7 — They attack as warriors [attack]; they scale walls as men of war [do]. Each goes on his own path, and they do not change their course.
The very high walls created by physical wealth are scaled by those who seek the lives of the ones who created the walls. The following proverbs could very well be applied this occurrence:
Proverbs 18:1 — One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.
Proverbs 22:26 — Don't be one of those who enter agreements, who put up security for loans.
Although the cited Joel scripture above can be related to the Lions of Zion who will be coming at Armageddon, the very individuals who steal the livelihoods of those whom they shepherd may be acting in the same way. At this, then, we see that everyday people can be turned upon by bankers and other such merchants who eat up physical wealth of others with greed, and such people may not be able to do anything to stop this from occurring. Unfortunately, this is a recurring pattern that has been continuing for many, many years. Even though an individual may see the issue occur with their elders, they may still fall into the same trap.
So, if physical wealth is not something to value as it can be taken away and provide for no help, then perhaps another form of wealth might be resorted towards, which might be in the wealth of something that can continuously produce a product. This can be an idea, the continuous work of a mind, the output of a healthy body. Some form of service that might be seen as valuable. Or perhaps some sort of 'mental possession' that can continuously bring oneself physical currency, such as a patent on an invention. Yet, there are even examples of this form of wealth that has led to no benefit, except to those who wish to absorb it, and have been given the authority to do so.
The only form of wealth that truly seems like it cannot be stolen or rust away is the righteousness that comes from Yahweh. Consider, though:
Ecclesiastes 9:11 — Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.
If discernment and wisdom must come together, then that also means that at the current time, bread nor riches supposedly come with the wealth of wisdom and discernment. Yet, Wisdom is more valuable than any riches this planet can hold, including any of that which has been destroyed. To further consider, if Wisdom is considered a form of wealth, then Proverb 18:23 is even deeper, because it wouldn't be wise to roughly answer, but to be humble and mild.
For further consideration, the following concept was introduced in Ecclesiastes:
Ecclesiastes 10:19 — A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything.
Yet, regardless of the number of things a person may buy, nor how much jewelery they may wear, or how thin or strong or attractive they may seem, it doesn't mean that they'll be happy. Nor satisfied, nor feel somewhat complete on the inside. A concept that was posed a while ago is what makes a rose given from a loved one more valuable than a diamond given by someone who just wants something in return. The items, themselves, are quite empty without the thought and heart behind it, and even then, if the heart behind it is empty, then that is also what is presented in physical form. Further, something given out of Wisdom is given out of great wealth, and Wisdom and Love are tightly intertwined and come from the same Source.
In tying this further into what is currently being seen in the world, it can be seen that storing up great wealth for oneself benefits little to none, and such wealth will only be taken and given to someone else. It is written in great depth in Ecclesiastes as to how an individual can reap so much, yet, when they pass away, it can all come to nothing. Thus, it makes great sense to invest in those things that will make a difference, even after oneself passes over, so as to leave something of true value to those still here. In this, for the Rapture, in following in the advice provided, which was to leave the planet with a clear conscience, having done all that one could, one can also leave something that may still stay active even if oneself is not there to actively cultivate it.
Yahweh, the Personal Name of the One True God.
One of my most often used online resources is Biblegateway.com. The following text was taken from it’s “about” description.
About the Bible Gateway search-able online Bible.
What it is
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online — all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.
Our ministry primarily uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible version but it is an interesting tool to have to compare other versions.
I was inspired the other day to search for Father’s name in the various versions. The following are the versions and number of times Yahweh was found in each according to Biblegateway.com
NIV (New International Version) – 0
NASB (New American Standard Bible) – 0
The Message – 1
Amplified Bible – 1
NLT (New Living Translation)- 10
KJV (King James Version) – 0
ESV (English Standard Version) – 0
CEV (Contemporary English Version) – 0
New KJV – 0
New Century Version – 0
21st Century KJV – 0
American Standard Version – 0
Young’s Literal Translation – 0
Darby Translation – 0
Holman Christian Standard Bible – 73
New International Readers Version – 0
Wycliffe New Testament – 0
Worldwide English (New Testament) – 0
NIV (UK) – 0
Today’s NIV – 0
If these numbers are correct, I personally find this both curious and disturbing. If we as Christians worship the God of Isaac, Abraham and Moses then there can only be one personal name for our God. Yahweh. The word God describes who and what She is. She is A God. She is OUR God. But let’s not forget that there are many gods in this world that people worship. Shiva. Yemaya. Apotamkin. Gaia. The list is too long to fully explore. The point I am trying to make is that there are many religions and they each have their own god or gods that have their own names. I know this from first hand experience when I was searching for Truth. I explored Wicca and Paganism. Those religions have many different gods and those gods have names and specific attributes. The followers of those religious belief systems do not shy away from calling upon their gods using their names.
So if we as Christians accept the Torah as part of the Holy Bible or Word, why do we seemingly not accept or use Yahweh’s name in the various Biblical translations? Is it because of the man-made trinity falsehood? Is it because it goes against the popular movement that all religions worship one god? Is it because it is too frightening to use Father’s personal name?
I don’t know the answer. And I don’t want to mislead any of you into thinking I do. But one thing does stand out for me. Satan is behind much of the twisting of Father’s Truth into half or partial truths. The Holman Christian Standard Bible stands alone as far as I can see in a forest of other options. Four years ago we were told by the Cherubic Order of Holy Angels that the HCSB was the most accurate of all the versions in publication. Four years ago I could go into most popular chain or Christian bookstores and find many HCSB's to choose from. Now that number is dwindling. Not an interesting coincidence.
*note… the HCSB can still be found in small numbers in stores but for your best inventory selection check Amazon.com or go to the Holman publishers website.
Nourishment From The Throne
6 So he answered me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit, ' says the LORD of Hosts. 7 'What are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. And he will bring out the capstone accompanied by shouts of: Grace, grace to it!' "
What do you see in this fog or smoke that appeared in the living room?
Prince of Yahweh II was with me watching an episode of Ghost Hunters in a break from our duties. We could not determine the origin nor who appeared to us. As you've all learned about Father's creation, there are more mysteries than there are answers. It makes things a little more interesting and drives the inner self to find answers to the unexplained.
This is the full shot that was taken. It gives you a fix on where the apparitions appeared. Especially the large face. I immediately saw the large face, but later, Prince of Yahweh II pointed out many other spirits that were within that shot.
As for the ghost hunters, they appear blind to what is cast all around them in their filmed episodes. We are not certain whether the spirit energies that appeared to us are giving insight into the episode, or else are just some converts or demons doing a message to us as a wakup call they are watching us.
I'll leave this for all of you to ponder and use your developed powers of perception to see what you feel the messge is, and to discern any other meaning that might come forth from your own viewing of the photo.
I'll leave this for all of you to ponder and use your developed powers of perception to see what you feel the messge is, and to discern any other meaning that might come forth from your own viewing of the photo.
Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27
Chile: A Rest Stop UFO?
UFO Case Book
It appears that fans of the San Marcos de Arica soccer team, on their way to Antofagasta for a match, paused their bus to relieve themselves. They were oblivious to the object overhead.
Unknown Object Photographed over Colorado
UFO Case Book
We were traveling from Manizales to Medelln, specifically between Caldas and Sabaneta, before Envigado, when we observed these flying objects which I cannot define.
Noisy UFO that shook homes
Investigation files into a mystery UFO spotted over Banks in Southport have been released for the first time as part of a national Ministry of Defence project.
A number of eye witnesses came forward and claimed to have seen the triangular-shaped craft in the early hours of February 24 1996.
The files detail how a mystery object hovered in the sky in Banks making a loud and intense noises and shaking the ground before disappearing.
Dunbartonshire man films 'UFO' over the Campsies
A viewer has contacted STV with footage of what they describe as a mysterious object in the sky over Lennoxtown in East Dunbartonshire.
Retired railway engineer George Donnan, who lives in the town, shot footage of an object he described as a bright orange light in the skies over the town, located at the foot of the Campsie hills near Glasgow
Astonishing UFO seen and filmed by tourists visiting Rome
All News Web
The UFO footage below is believed to have been taken by Russian tourists who were visiting Rome at the time of there alleged alien encounter.
This footage has spread across the various UFO related web-based chat rooms. UFO experts are now examining the footage which is surprisingly clear for a nighttime clip. The witnesses appear to be genuinely surprised, judging by their reactions.
Signs Down Below
But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Source: FBI Knew Austin Attack Was Coming
by Paul Joseph Watson
February 18, 2010
A trusted source has told this office that the FBI knew Austin was going to be attacked today and had dispatched officers from its Dallas headquarters yesterday afternoon to be in place for today’s incident.
Plastic rubbish blights Atlantic Ocean
by Victoria Gill
February 24, 2010
Scientists have discovered an area of the North Atlantic Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The region is said to compare with the well-documented "great Pacific garbage patch". Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that the issue of plastics had been "largely ignored" in the Atlantic.
The Hunt for Proof of King Solomon and King David in Jerusalem Increases in Credibility
by Gordon Govier
February 25, 2010
MADISON WI (ANS) — A dearth of archaeological remains in Jerusalem, traceable to the time of David and Solomon, has raised questions about the importance of these Biblical kings. But a Mississippi State University archaeologist says those critics who base their arguments on the absence of evidence sometimes jump too quickly to their conclusions.
Now the Government wants competence tests before you can be a dog owner
by Jonathan Petre
February 28, 2010
Every dog owner will have to take a costly ‘competence test’ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs. Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.
U.S. Afghan death toll hits 1,000
by Ismail Sameem
February 23, 2010
Civilian and military casualties hit record highs last year as violence reached its worst levels since the Taliban were ousted in late 2001, with foreign forces launching two big offensives in the past eight months to stem a growing insurgency. A website which tracks casualties, www.icasualties.org, said 54 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year, raising the total to 1,000 since the Taliban's fall. This compares with eight this year in Iraq, where 4,378 have been killed since 2003.
Signs in Humanity
Jonathan Ross's wife Jane Goldman causes outrage with film featuring a foul-mouthed 11-year-old assassin
Jonathan Ross's wife has caused outrage with a film she has written featuring a foul-mouthed girl assassin.Critics fear Jane Goldman's film Kick-Ass, which will carry a 15 certificate, blurs the lines between adult and child entertainment.
A slow burn suddenly turns deadly in Minkler, Calif.
By Diana Marcum
February 27, 2010 from Minkler —
First there was a series of fires in the small town east of Fresno. Then came the shootings. On Thursday, a shootout left a sheriff's deputy dead and two other law enforcement officers injured. Trouble had been brewing in tiny Minkler, a Sierra foothills community about 20 miles east of Fresno, for months. But residents never envisioned that it would end with two people — one a sheriff's deputy — dead and two other law enforcement officers wounded.
Millionaire farmer 'plied with alcohol and drugs by daughters before forcing him to sign will leaving them £300,000 each'
by Andrew Levy
February 23, 2010
The daughters of a millionaire farmer plied him with whisky and sleeping tablets before making him sign a will leaving them £600,000, the High Court has heard.
1939 Batman Comic Sells for More Than $1 Million at Auction
February 25, 2010
DALLAS — A 1939 comic book in which Batman makes his debut sold at auction Thursday for more than $1 million, breaking a record set just three days earlier by a Superman comic, Heritage Auction Galleries said. The Dallas-based auction house said the rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27 sold for a total of $1,075,500, which includes the buyer's premium, to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The consigner wanted to remain anonymous as well.
Grisly discovery at Penn. abortuary
Ones News Now
by Charlie Butts
February 24, 2010
State investigators have shut down a West Philadelphia abortion clinic for the second time in two days.
The investigation was launched after a woman died in November from an excessive amount of pain killers believed to have been administered by an unlicensed staff member at the Women's Medical Society facility. Cheryl Sullinger of Operation Rescue tells OneNewsNow about the grim results.
Arks of Safe Haven
The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.
Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.
How You Can Help?
In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit www.arksofsafehaven.org and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.
Signs in Natural Disasters
"You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:6-7
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 TAIWAN REGION
5.0 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.1 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.3 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.5 TAIWAN REGION
5.2 TONGA REGION
5.2 TONGA REGION
5.8 TONGA REGION
5.3 TONGA REGION
5.3 KURIL ISLANDS
5.1 WESTERN IRAN
5.1 TONGA REGION
5.2 NORTHWEST OF NEW ZEALAND
5.0 TONGA REGION
5.2 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.0 YUNNAN, CHINA
5.0 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
5.6 NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA
5.7 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
5.6 WESTERN XIZANG
5.7 TAIWAN REGION
5.4 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
CALIFORNIA – A series of small earthquakes near Redlands continued Saturday, but a Caltech seismologist said there is no immediate concern. Eleven quakes, all below magnitude 3.0, struck from early morning through 6:45 p.m. They followed 22 quakes on Friday, with four of them over magnitude 3.0. "All of these smaller quakes are just telling us stress is building up underground. These earthquakes are sort of the creaking of the ground when the stress builds up." The quakes are centered on the Crafton Hills fault, a small fault to the east of the San Jacinto fault. The recent swarm of quakes doesn't make it any more likely that there will be a major temblor on the San Jacinto. The high number of quakes is typical for a horizontal movement of the earth.
CHINA – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Thursday, injuring 11 people and damaging many houses.
MONTSERRAT – The volcano hazard alert in Montserrat has been dropped.
TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –
SAUDI ARABIA – A FREAK tidal surge damaged Aqeer beach near Al-Hassa in the Eastern Province a fortnight ago. More than 6.5 hectares of beach and neighboring areas were flooded, causing significant damage to playgrounds and campsites. The flooding also damaged roads and pathways. Although local rumors spoke of a “mini tsunami” at the time, the real cause of the flooding was heavy northwest winds forcing seawaters inland. “These were powerful northwest winds which caused strong tidal movements and led to the immersion of large parts of the beach." “We had never seen anything like this before.” “The municipality took all necessary action to prevent people from getting injured at the time. Megaphones were used to direct people away from the water and off the beach.” The strong winds also caused nearby salt water marshes to be covered by sand and dust.
Deadly tsunami swarm hit Haiti after January quake – The devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti also set off a swarm of UNUSUAL tsunamis, which killed three and destroyed several homes, experts said Tuesday. Though surveying damage and rescuing survivors was of utmost priority for several weeks, scientists are now starting to examine some of the side effects of the temblor, such as the tsunamis. The waves, which averaged about ten feet (three meters) high, slammed shores along the Bay of Port-au-Prince and the southern coast of the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. At least one wave hit the shore as far as 62 miles (100 kilometers) away from the earthquake's epicenter, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Tsunamis are RARE though not unheard of in the Caribbean – a 1946 wave in the Dominican Republic killed nearly 2,000 people. Yet the Haiti tsunami swarm was UNUSUAL, since earthquakes usually need to be bigger than the recent magnitude 7.0 quake to spawn the killer waves. Researchers found sand deposits, debris, tree scars, and other signs that tsunamis had hit throughout the region. The team also discovered that the tsunami swarm had included two types of waves. Tectonic tsunamis are caused by the movement of plates on the seafloor. Landslide-generated tsunamis occur when unstable land collapses into the water following an earthquake. Tectonic tsunamis usually take minutes to hours to arrive on shore, giving people trained in spotting the danger time to escape. Landslide tsunamis are more localized and are usually much smaller. In Haiti, a man and two boys were killed by a landslide wave at Grand Goave, a town along the Bay of Port-au-Prince, as they watched from the shore. Several coastal homes were also swept out into the water. The victims were among many earthquake survivors who had gathered on Haitian beaches to watch the incoming waves as "kind of a spectacle" instead of fleeing. "It's a warning for the Caribbean." "This time," at least in terms of tsunami damage, "we were lucky."
TROPICAL STORMS –
Projected storm paths .
Cyclone 17P was 1857 nmi S of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cyclone GELANE was 160 nmi E of Plaisance, Mauritius.
Forecasters were monitoring another tropical depression in the Pacific and warned it may develop into a cyclone. The depression was located near the northern Cook Islands which was battered nearly two weeks ago by Cyclone Pat. Penrhyn, the most remote and largest atoll of the Cook Islands, can already expect gale force winds. "At the moment it's still a tropical depression and it's fighting pretty hard to become a tropical cyclone. If it does, it will be a least a category one – that's a gale intensity."
Microburst blamed for sinking of tall ship Concordia off Brazil on Wednesday -48 students and the 16 professional crew and teachers from the Concordia, which sank 300 miles off the coast of Brazil, were rescued successfully early Friday. The crew had prepared a day beforehand for what they anticipated would be rough but not unusual weather. The ship suddenly keeled over and then recovered. Then it keeled a second time. The captain blamed the sinking of his vessel on a 'microburst,' a sudden, vertical downdraft. When the vessel keeled over, the entire surface area of the sails was exposed to the powerful wind, and within 15 seconds, the boat went from sailing normally, upright, to lying on its side. Thirty minutes later it was completely underwater. In the dark hours before dawn last Thursday, the captain of a nearby merchant ship was contending with high winds and rough seas when he received notice of a distress signal for the Concordia from the Brazilian coast guard. The mission took five hours of navigating through turbulent waters and strong winds by a seasoned crew that grew increasingly anxious as they approached the site of the sunken ship. By the time they arrived at the scene, the students and crew had survived for 20 hours in life rafts. An attempt was made to transfer the sailors to a Brazilian naval frigate. The weather was too bad to effect this by water, so a helicopter was being used, when worsening weather and gathering darkness shut this effort down as well. It was decided that the merchant ships would divert and take their rescued guests back to Rio de Janeiro.
Projected storm paths .
Cyclone GELANE was 217 nmi E of Plaisance, Mauritius.
NASA satellites monitoring and studying Cyclone Gelane over the last several days have watched the storm become more powerful and more compact. Gelane is now a powerful category four cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some regional warnings were posted for this weekend as the storm approached. The diameter of the storm is about 120-150 nautical miles in diameter. Gelane's center remains in the open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean and it is a small storm so hurricane-force winds are not reaching any land areas. The storm is kicking up 29-foot high waves in the open ocean, but residents in nearby Port Louis and Reunion Island will experience rough surf over the weekend as the center of Gelane passes to their east-southeast. Regional warnings are already in effect. La Reunion island is on "tropical cyclone pre alert." Gelane is far east of the island and forecasters believe that it will not get much closer. Meanwhile, residents on the island of Rodrigues are under a tropical cyclone alert category II. The alert means that winds of 120 km/h or higher are likely within 12 to 24 hours. Currently, gusts of up to 90 km/h are forecast. Rodrigues is an island located about 341 miles (550 kilometers) northeast of the island of Mauritius. Over the weekend, Gelane is expected to move into adverse atmospheric conditions (wind shear) and will start weakening.
Projected storm paths .
Cyclone 17P was 1989 nmi S of Honolulu, Hawaii.
A large new tropical cyclone has formed near Tokelau, north of Samoa, and is expected to track south west toward Tonga and New Zealand. Currently unnamed, the Hawaii-based Typhoon Warning Center says the cyclone will pass between Samoa and the Cook Islands and begin to intensify over the next 12 hours. Its projected track is similar to that of Cyclone Rene last week which caused extensive damage to parts of Tonga. The new cyclone is the fourth to emerge from the Tokelau region, part of New Zealand. Last week three men on Atafu, northern Tokelau, were killed in rough weather associated with the cyclones. Cyclone Ofi severely damaged parts of French Polynesia and a fortnight ago Cyclone Pat inflicted widespread damage to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
PORTUGAL – On Saturday a heavy rainstorm unleashed floods and mudslides on the Atlantic island of Madeira (1000 km southwest of Lisbon), sweeping away cars and bridges and burying some houses under tonnes of mud. Rescuers used excavators and their bare hands to sift through mud and debris for victims of violent floods and mudslides that killed at least 42 people. Officials said they feared more bodies had been washed away into the ocean after Saturday's deluge. In the mountains above, the death toll was also expected to rise. Some areas above the city were particularly badly hit, with the mayor likening the scene to Dante's Inferno. "What happened in the higher parts of Funchal was dantesque. We are digging out houses that were buried. Unfortunately, I have no doubts that the number of dead will rise." Many roads in Madeira were partially destroyed or blocked with rocks, trees and mud. It took civil protection services more than 24 hours to reach the village of Curral das Freiras, which had been cut off. Officials said about 120 people were injured and 300 spent the night in temporary shelters. At least 240 lost their homes. Many people initially unaccounted for were returning home from temporary shelters after being unable to get in touch with their families when mobile phone networks failed. There was "no serious incident" involving the tourism sector on the island. Meteorologists said THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THAT FELL IN ONE DAY ON SATURDAY EXCEEDED THE MONTHLY AVERAGE, but no heavy rainfall was expected on Madeira over the next few days.
SPAIN – RECORD-BREAKING WET WINTER guarantees that the province of Cadiz will have water reserves for urban consumption for 3 years. Since mid-December, after a "prolonged drought, RECORD RAINFALL in Andalucia has been leading to "exceptional levels in the reservoirs because of its intensity and its persistence over time." Thus, in less than two months "we have passed the threshold of a normal YEAR'S rainfall." The reservoirs are reaching "LEVELS THAT HAVE SELDOM BEEN FOUND BEFORE," exceeding "85 percent of their capacity," thus providing assurances of supply for more than three years.
PORTUGAL – Madeira floods death toll rises as searches continue. Death toll likely to exceed 42 as rescuers head for cut-off villages. Army and police rescue teams from mainland Portugal started sifting through mud and debris left behind by flooding and mudslides after a torrential storm ravaged the island on Saturday. Authorities warned that the death toll in THE ISLAND'S WORST TRAGEDY FOR A CENTURY would increase as rescuers travelled to towns and villages cut off by floods and rockfalls. Several villages remained inaccessible on Sunday and telephone services were still cut in some areas. More than 120 people, including visiting tourists, were injured and an unknown number of others were missing, possibly swept away or smothered. Authorities said the breakdown in telephone services meant it was impossible to estimate exactly how many people were still missing. 250 people were evacuated from homes. Military engineers arrived yesterday to start emergency repairs on bridges damaged by torrents of water. Streets in Funchal, the island capital, were littered with debris and coated with mud. Many deaths were caused by torrents of water washing off the steep slopes of the dormant volcano at the centre of the island. One of the most terrifying scenes was at a junction on the main road above Funchal, where a wave of water washed cars on to the roofs of houses. There were also reports of panicked calls from inside road tunnels as trapped drivers warned of rising water levels. In one spot the water washed away a fire engine that reportedly took several cars with it, trapping those inside, including one child who died. Three rivers cross Funchal in deep channels supposedly designed to cope with flash floods. These rapidly overflowed, sending torrents of water down streets and flooding downtown areas. Drains burst under the pressure of the water, which punched holes in the tarmac of some streets. Rescue workers were yesterday trying to get through to several towns and villages still trapped by mudslides. These were mostly along the south coast of the island though there were also reports of problems in inland villages and at Seixal, in the north. The people of Madeira, a small, mountainous Atlantic island 560 miles off the south-west coast of Portugal, said they were suffering a double blow. Not only did they have to count the dead, but they also had to cope with the future impact of the storms on tourism – one of their main sources of income.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
THE UNITED KINGDOM is facing ITS WORST WINTER SINCE 1979 due in part to the El Nino phenomenon warming the Pacific Ocean's tropical waters, experts say. Harsh winter weather has left parts of England and Wales facing heavy snowfall and icy roads, with additional snowfall expected to hit certain regions early next week. El Nino has been blamed in part for such inclement weather as the climate pattern reportedly has shifted warm air patterns, bringing warmer temperatures to Alaska and parts of Canada. Such weather shifts are part of an overall upheaval of weather patterns worldwide blamed on El Nino. The UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERNS include wet and mild air from the Atlantic Ocean colliding with colder temperatures above parts of northern Britain. While the United Kingdom as a whole is facing its worst winter in decades, the Meteorological Office estimates the winter could be AMONG THE DRIEST ON RECORD thanks to significant decreases in the average winter rainfall.
U.S. – The months of January and February are going to go down in the record books as TWO OF THE COLDER MONTHS THEY'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, and it's an even more amazing fact when the statistics for the two months are "bundled" together. By itself, January was the 10th coldest January in Fort Myers since weather records began in 1902. The average high was 69 degrees for the month when the normal is 75. For January, they eeked out an average low of 49 when normal is 55. Values for Naples were almost identical for the month. February's normal high (to date) is around 76 degrees. So far, the average high for February 2010 has been only 68 degrees. The normal low is 55 degrees, and they've managed an average of just 49 this month so far. VERY UNUSUAL weather, indeed. The entire eastern half of the United States has experienced ONE OF THE HARSHEST WINTERS ON RECORD. And now a late-month Arctic surge is coming straight out of Canada. In fact, they are looking at what is called a "cross-polar" flow, meaning the jet stream that normally encircles the North Pole (extending down into the U.S. at times) will greatly buckle north into the far polar regions. So much so that the air that will come flying down into the eastern U.S. will be fresh new Arctic air. You might say, "a bit Siberian." So, much of the eastern U.S. will experience another outbreak of cold, though perhaps tempered somewhat by higher sun angles as we move toward the first of March.
RUSSIA – Moscow covered by RECORD SNOWFALL of 63cm. After a weekend of heavy snow showers, the regional weather centre announced that the previous record of 62cm, set in 1966, had been broken.
U.S. – A strengthening storm will take aim at the Northeast with immobilizing blizzard conditions in some areas and disruptive snow, a treacherous wintry mix, flooding rain, and battering waves in others. Not only will travel be severely impacted by the storm, but serious property damage can occur. As the storm intensifies, the winds across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will strengthen. Wind gusts could even reach hurricane-force in some areas. Widespread power outages can occur. The heaviest snow, 1-2 feet, will be immobilizing from the Poconos and Catskills through a stretch of Upstate New York, including Syracuse. The Green and White Mountains in New England will also be buried by a paralyzing 1-2 feet of snow. A broad area of 6- to 12-inch snowfall will fall from northern New Brunswick to central New Jersey, much of Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio and southern Ontario. New York City and Philadelphia are among the cities that lie within this zone. Some communities in upstate New York and New England have already been buried by 1-2 feet of snow from a storm over the past couple of days. Some roofs and structures in this zone are at risk for succumbing to the weight of snow. Trees and power lines are also likely to be brought down by the heavy snow. Motorists who try to venture out during the storm are likely to become stranded due to the heavy snow and whiteout conditions. Officials may be forced to close roads, including normally busy stretches of highway. Hundreds of flight cancellations will occur. Resultant ripple-effect delays can occur in other major travel hubs across the nation. Huge waves will pound the coastline from Long Island through eastern New England. Coastal flooding is expected to occur at high tide, making some low-lying roads impassible. (map)
SCOTLAND – Thousands of people (20,000 homes) across Scotland have been left without power overnight after heavy snow brought down electricity lines. About 5,000 homes – mostly in Perthshire and some in the Highlands – would still not have electricity by this morning. Severe weather is set to continue to affect parts of Scotland today. On Thursday, heavy snow caused travel disruption across the country. Rail services between Aberdeen and Inverness, Perth and Inverness and Glasgow and Fort William were affected and hundreds of drivers were left stranded on a 25-mile section of the A9 in Perthshire. The road was blocked for 17 hours in both directions between Perth and Dunblane because of a fallen power line and jack-knifed lorries. Police now say another section of the A9 is closed because of snow north of Pitlochry.
U.S. – Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania readied for worst-case scenario for unpredictable storm that may combine heavy snow with 40 mph gusts. The latest in the scourge of snowstorms was likely to dump a foot or more of snow in the Lehigh Valley Thursday and produce RARE and troublesome winds resulting in power outages and highways that resemble parking lots. National Weather Service meteorologists expect this to be a memorable storm mostly because of the wind — both for its speed and direction. This is a RARE event proving difficult to forecast because winds will move against the rotation of the Earth instead of west to east as they usually do. ''The computer models are all over the place with the placement of the surface low [because] it's being asked to do something that RARELY does happen. To have storms buck up against the rotation of the Earth is not something that happens every day.'' The forecast Wednesday put the Lehigh Valley in the center of the low-pressure system. Like being in the eye of a hurricane, that would mean the Valley would not see as much wind while upstate New York would feel the brunt of it
AccuWeather predicted a more dramatic storm than the National Weather Service, saying it will be an ''atmospheric monster'' of ''historic proportions.'' AccuWeather says in the hardest-hit areas, the storm will feel more like a ''snowacane'' than a blizzard. Areas of central New York and northwestern New Jersey could get up to 2 feet.
NEW YORK – A 46-year-old man was killed on Thursday as he was walking through Central Park when a large tree branch, weighed down by snow, snapped off and struck him. Less than an hour later, a second enormous tree laden with snow, on the east side of the park near 69th Street, collapsed, landing on a city bus and a car on Fifth Avenue. A stretch of Fifth Avenue from 69th to 71st Streets was so dangerous that the Police Department closed it for a few hours on Thursday afternoon. The fatal episode and reports of other trees giving way prompted the city to take the UNUSUAL measure of urging people to stay out of parks for the remainder of the day. Other fallen branches could be seen nearby, and a tree was collapsed over a walkway with its entire root bed exposed from a huge mound of earth. “The breaking of the branch and the other fallen trees were likely caused by the accumulation of wet, UNUSUALLY heavy snow.” Heavy, wet snow blanketed New York City all day. By early evening, there was nearly six inches of snow in Central Park – much of it damp and slushy – and forecasters were predicting that another six would fall by the end of the storm.
ARKANSAS – It has been ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS IN YEARS to hit Arkansas. Extremely heavy rainfall hit Arkansas and the southern region in late December creating Arkansas’ SECOND WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD. A few days after this December downpour, a mass of arctic air descended on the state.
CHINA – a new cold front sweeping across the Xinjiang region brought heavy snow and temperature drops. On Tuesday, there was almost two feet of snow on the ground, THE HEAVIEST IN YEARS. An overnight snowstorm completely cut traffic to some areas in the Xinjiang region. On Wednesday, a weather alert was declared in Heilongjiang Province, with more snow expected. Snow and below-freezing temperatures were also expected in Inner Mongolia and Jilin Province.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
CHINA – A total of 53.36 million Mu (about 3.56 million hectares) of crops in China had been affected by severe drought by Saturday. The drought, mostly in China's southwestern provinces including Yunnan and Guizhou, has damaged crops and caused water shortage to both people and livestock. About 5.97 million people and 3.59 million livestock are suffering from water shortage. The drought has also started to affect China's northern regions, as several northern provinces have not seen rainfall for nearly 40 days with signs of drought showing up in farmlands. About 640 million yuan ($93.7 million) had been allocated with 8.95 million people and 150,000 water trucks mobilized to fight the drought as of Saturday, watering 8.14 million Mu of crops and providing temporary water supply to 6.76 million people and 3.33 million livestock, data from the Office showed.
NASA spacecraft and amateur astronomers alike are monitoring a staggeringly-long filament of magnetism on the sun. It stretches more than a million kilometers around the sun's southeastern limb. The filament has remained mostly stable for at least two days. However, similar filaments in the past have been known to collapse, and when they hit the surface of the sun – bang! A tremendous explosion called a "Hyder flare" results, sometimes rivaling the strongest flares produced by sunspots. Solar physicists have not yet learned to predict Hyder flares, so they cannot estimate the odds of one now. (photo & movie)
HEALTH THREATS -
In a semiannual update on AVIAN influenza activity, the World Health Organization has recommended that health authorities begin developing a candidate vaccine virus for the most recently recovered isolates of avian flu strain H9N2. That subtype, which is endemic in poultry in parts of Asia and the Middle East, caused two unrelated human infections in Hong Kong in late 2009. The patients, who were mildly ill and recovered, were a 47-year-old woman and a 35-month-old child who were not related; both had traveled to mainland China. The WHO also reported that strains of H5N1 avian flu belonging to at least five different viral clades have caused poultry outbreaks since September 2009, but the agency did not recommend that any additional H5N1 candidate vaccine viruses be developed.
Influenza B activity up in China, Hong Kong – The World Health Organization said though pandemic activity hasn't changed much, influenza B now accounts for 82% of flu virus detections in China and nearly 35% in Hong Kong. Several countries in West Africa are reporting increasing pandemic flu cases, but the WHO said the uptick doesn't yet appear to reflect widespread transmission. Some countries, such as Thailand and Jamaica, are reporting increases in respiratory diseases, though the WHO said some may be other diseases.
The diabetes drug Avandia is linked with tens of thousands of heart attacks, and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline knew of the risks for years but worked to keep them from the public, according to a Senate committee report released Saturday.
No flu yet reported at Olympics – So far pandemic flu – as well as seasonal flu – has been held not only off the podium but entirely away from the Vancouver Olympic Games. Last week the British Columbia provincial laboratory didn't find a single influenza virus in samples it tested. "Boy, so far we are lucky." February often brings the peak of flu season.
WHO gains scientists' support for H1N1 response – Some have accused the World Health Organization of hyping novel H1N1 flu, but scientists are defending the agency. They pointed out that the WHO acted appropriately, given the uncertain nature of the virus. "This virus is not dead yet. It is on a trajectory, and we don't know where it is going to end up." H1N1 is still mutating. In the last pandemic, 70% of deaths occurred in a third wave.
Some of the U.S.'s emergency departments are noting increases in flu-like illness cases that appear to be pandemic H1N1, and colleges are reporting the first increase in flu-like illness since the end of November, but it's not clear if these are early signs of a third pandemic flu wave. Seasonal flu usually starts in November and peaks in January and February. "To see something rising this late would be UNUSUAL." The pandemic H1N1 virus has not observed typical flu season patterns. Physicians are waiting to see if the pattern they're seeing is just a blip or if it turns out to be a real spike in pandemic H1N1 activity.
Almost 30% of Americans now vaccinated – As of Feb 13, about 86 million Americans had received the pandemic vaccine, or about 29% of the population. Total vaccine doses administered had reached an estimated 97 million, or about 78% of the doses shipped.
Study says humidity is key factor in US flu outbreaks – Winter influenza outbreaks in the United States typically follow periods of UNUSUALLY LOW absolute humidity (AH), and this pattern suggests it may be possible to develop short-term forecasts of flu epidemics. A research team found the association by comparing humidity records with the timing of flu epidemics nationwide over 30 years. Why seasonal flu outbreaks occur in the winter in temperate regions – a pattern that does not hold for pandemic flu – has long been a mystery. The new study builds on recent experimental evidence that aerosolized flu viruses survive much better at low humidity and flu in lab animals spreads much more easily at low humidity. Abnormally low AH typically occurs beginning 4 weeks before the onset of an epidemic, with the lowest level occurring 17 days before the outbreak. The association between low AH and outbreaks varied by region and was strongest in the Northeast and the Gulf Coast states. The link was not statistically significant in much of the West, though AH was typically below average before outbreaks in that region as well. School closures have a well-documented effect on flu transmission, and it's possible that humidity and the school calendar "act in concert" to drive epidemics. Cold, dry weather conditions can stress the body, causing small lesions, vasoconstriction, and lower mucociliary activity in the respiratory tract. In addition, exposure to cold, which is associated with low humidity, "increases the energy required for thermoregulation, diverting resources from the high energy-consuming immune system." "In all these cases, our defenses can be compromised, and perhaps this is the explanation – instead of the virus survival in the environment (as suggested by the authors). This would be perhaps easier to reconcile with what is observed in tropical regions, where influenza frequently circulates in the rainy season. . . . Higher precipitations – together with high temperatures – probably stress the immune system in similar ways, easing the way to respiratory infections."
RECALLS & ALERTS:
-Organic toasted soy grits supplied by Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative of Ubly, MI are the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. Affected products include –
Lovin Oven, LLC of Irwindale, CA – Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry Chewy Granola Bars and fresh&easy[TM] Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
–Queseria Bendita of Yakima, Wash. , is recalling three types of cheese, Queso Fresco, Panela, and Requeson, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion
For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also. 2 Timothy 3:6-9
Beyond Buddhism, Tiger Woods has converted to another religion
By Brendan O'Neill / February 22, 2010
The Christian Science Monitor
Much has been made of the fact that, in his mea culpa beamed around the world, Tiger Woods said he had rediscovered his childhood religion of Buddhism and hoped to relearn its lessons of restraint. This was Tiger’s “leap of faith,” said Newsweek, his very public religious conversion.
At Ivor church, clothing is optional
by LaSalle Blanks, 13News
February 23, 2010
IVOR – In church, you come as you are. That's especially true inside the Whitetail Chapel in Ivor. Clothing is optional for everyone from the pastor to the congregation.
Baby 'starved to death by religious cult leaders for failing to say "Amen" before eating'
By Mail Foreign Service
23rd February 2010
A religious cult leader ordered a baby to be starved to death after failing to say ‘Amen’ before a meal, a court heard yesterday. Christian Queen Antoinette ordered 16-month-old Javon Thompson be deprived of food after he failed to thank God before eating, it is claimed.
Coerced to convert: Peer pressure at church
February 23, 2010
Actor Mark Ruffalo, who most recently appeared in Shutter Island, admitted that as a kid he pretended to get saved at an alter call led by famed televangelist Jimmy Swaggart at his grandma's church.
Tensions mount in Haiti after voodoo ceremony attack
by Staff Writers
Mariani, Haiti (AFP)
Feb 25, 2010
Haiti's supreme voodoo leader has vowed to wage "war" after Evangelicals attacked a ceremony organized by his religion honoring those killed in last month's massive earthquake.
Faith under Fire
"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12
"You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered." Matthew 10:22
Anti-Christian Sentiment Marks Journey for Bhutan’s Exiles
By Compass Direct News|Sudeshna Sarkar
Feb. 25 2010
KATHMANDU, Nepal (Compass Direct News) – Thrust from their homes in Bhutan after Buddhist rulers embarked on an ethnic and religious purge, Christian refugees in Nepal face hostilities from Hindus and others.
Atheism books found in home of E. Texas church fire suspect
Feb. 24, 2010
TYLER — Court records indicate one of the suspects arrested on an arson charge in the burning of churches in East Texas had assault rifles and books on demons and atheism in his home.
Ethiopia Detains Bible Distributor On “Terrorism” Charges
Friday, February 19, 2010
By BosNewsLife Africa Service
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (BosNewsLife)– There was concern Friday, February 19, that Ethiopian authorities would press "terrorism" charges against a Christian convert who has been detained since May for distributing Bibles and abandoning Islam, well-informed Christians said.
Iran Government Closes Evangelical Church; Nine Detained
February 26, 2010
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An evangelical pastor and eight other Christians were behind bars in Iran Friday, February 26, after authorities closed their church as part of a new government crackdown on devoted Christians in the Islamic nation, rights investigators said.Reverend Wilson Issavi and the other believers were arrested by Iranian state security agents in the city of Isfahan, some 340 kilometers (212 miles) south of the capital Tehran, explained Jeff King, president of advocacy group International Christian Concern (ICC).
Muslims burn down churches, shops
February 27, 2010
By Michael Carl
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
An angry Muslim mob attacked Christian-owned shops and houses, burned down eight churches and injured several people in the northern Nigerian town of Kazaure. But the melee was prompted by a Muslim police officer who had a dispute with a Muslim citizen, according to a group that monitors persecution of Christians.