CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 131

The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

By Johanna
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the guidance, love, peace and happiness that you have bestowed to my family, my friends and me. I also want to thank you Father for sharing Your knowledge so that I may grow in Your word. I hope that in reading my heart You know how deep my love runs for You and how much I place my life in Your hands through my faith and trust in You. I know that Your love for me is far greater than I can imagine but I long to return it all to You and Your son Christ Jesus. May Your will be done in all things. I pray these things in Christ Jesus Your Son and vindicator of righteous rule. Amen

Thoughts on Harmony
By Regina
In a recent dream I was in a large field, standing waist high in wheat and a wire fence chest high between myself and the horizon that I could see just beyond it. 
As I looked out over the landscape the whole sky opened up as if it was parted like curtains do in a theatre and there was an assembly of people positioned like a choir and they were all singing in harmony with one another and then angels entered above them flying in from the right and from the left. It was Father's Holy Family.
I gasped and began to walk forward and then I started to run (getting past the fence though I don't remember going under, through or above it.) through the field and towards this amazing vision for it took up the whole sky as far as I could see up and all the way to the ground. When I got closer I dropped to my knees and gazed upon it all in utter and complete amazement. 
What is Harmony? It is Agreement, accord, harmonious relations. It is concord, unity, peace, amity, friendship. It is the blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch or quality, making chords. 
Psalm 133

Living in Harmony

A Davidic song of ascents.

How good and pleasant it is
when brothers can live together!

It is like fine oil on the head, 
running down on the beard,
running down Aaron’s beard,
on his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon
falling on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD has appointed the blessing-
life forevermore.
Father’s creation is a symphony of sight, touch, sound and smell. It was referred to by the angels at it’s creation as the “Gem of Creation” upon it’s inception and it’s no wonder that harmony would be required to complete it’s grandness. 
The first definition given for the word harmony is agreement and in music, sounds must agree with one another in order to be pleasing to the ear. Right now, if you were to create music from what’s on the news each night it would be a disaster rather than a musical accomplishment. 
2 Corinthians 6:15 15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

Romans 12:16 16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Romans 15:5 5 Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus,
The two scriptures above provide much to ponder on. In the world today there are many disagreements and things that keep us from having commonalities with one another. There is very little, if any, true harmony among those of mankind. Those who live in harmony do not argue over truth, or hurt one another or create wars among the nations. The only path to true harmony is in Father’s Way because to be in agreement with Father’s Way is to follow it, and to follow it is to be an instrument that is harmonious with the orchestra of creation. 
So what does all of this mean to us living in this day and age? How can we learn from it all and be in harmony with Father even now? 
Yahweh, in all Her wisdom, is patiently and even painfully showing Her creation that it can be no other way but Her Way. Take note of all that you see and experience and recognize it for what it is – whether it be in accordance to Father’s Way or not and then imagine a life lived without the influences of evil. This is the life we are to inherit should we remain faithful; one in which we love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength, and all our mind; and our neighbor as ourself. This is harmony.
Luke 10: 25-28 25 Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 
26 "What is written in the law?" He asked him. "How do you read it?"
27 He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. 
28 "You've answered correctly," He told him. "Do this and you will live."
It is never too soon to learn and begin living according to Father’s Way. Though we may currently live in a creation that is anything but music to the ears, the life we choose to live now can be in harmony with Father and Christ and the Holy Family. The life we live can create beautiful music to Father’s ears.

Absorption in Order to Conquer
submitted by Jeshaiah
There has been an interesting theme of tactics that has been used by the evil side of the Spiritual War that should probably be greatly heeded in order to not only be removed from their influence, but also to realize in the very dangerous situation that is currently occurring. This theme has been mentioned by not only individuals trying to fight certain types of this strategy from being utilized, but also individuals trying to press their own agendas. And in one's own spiritual war for Father, it may occur within one's own heart.
Here is the concept that might be considered. First, the enemy will try to break a person down. They will use force, outside tactics, but whatever is done, it may be done externally. First. They will attempt to press their own way, or even try to convince from the outside their own way, all to break down and then perhaps utilize the salvageable parts for their own devices. Like trying to take down a brick wall. And if the brick wall is totally covering the item trying to be attacked, for example a person's heart, and trying to go around the brick wall will not work, the only next thing to do is to become a part of that wall, to somehow absorb into it, as one individual has said, like smoke. To become a part of that security, that defense, and then demolish it from the inside out by making the defense absorb characteristics of the enemy that will ultimately destroy the structure…weakening it, crumbling and cracking any foundation possible, and ultimately decaying it beyond repair.
This very tactic can be seen in various parts of scripture. When Balaam taught Balak to have the Israelites marry their women, and they invited the Israelites to idolatrous practices, this was an integration of the tactic of … integration and destruction from the inside out. Like an infection, to a sense. Perhaps…sinking fangs in and allowing the venom to excrete into the body's normal systems. There is also this scripture in Proverbs:
Proverbs 22:24-25 — Don't make friends with an angry man,
    and don't be a companion of a hot-tempered man,
    or you will learn his ways
    and entangle yourself in a snare.
And also this warning:
1 Corinthians 5:11 — But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a reviler, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 
There are strong and significant reasons why an individual must not partake in the same activities that those they are trying to help partake in. It is also important not to all one's friendship with someone get in the way of their servitude and relationship with our Mother and Father Yahweh. It is all too easy for one thing to become too overbearing in one's life over those things that matter most, and maintaining a rock-solid foundation based on Father is greatly important.
Now, this strategy can be seen happening all around oneself, and perhaps even within oneself, as the Spiritual War continues to be waged. It can be seen in the corruption of the government, in the breaking down of every day activities, perhaps even all the way down to the out-of-the-norm activities, like going on a vacation. Money is seemingly a standard for being able to trade for a lot of things, from physical products to services like car maintenance. How it has been integrated into every day life is perhaps a consideration to itself, and the relentless pursuit of it has not led anywhere pleasant.
To be prepared for the Rapture, these tactics need to also be kept in mind because the enemy will do what can in order to try to stop the Rapture from occurring, or even poison an innocent. Recognizing how oneself may have been deceived or influenced in the wrong way can help to further stop anything more evil from entering one's life, and even clear out any further negative influences. Overall, this would prove beneficial, and keep snakes from breaking through walls, and keeping Father's temple intact and in perfect, ready condition.
Ecclesiastes 10:8 — The one who digs a pit may fall into it, and the one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

By Deborah
1 Corinthians 3:5 
[The Role of God's Servants] So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 
The roles we have in serving Yahweh are each important and individual yet at the same time being part of a whole that works together in unity with Father. Each of us has gifts and strengths that are unique but by no means is the one who has those things the only one who has them. And those gifts and strengths when used to serve are like a cog on a wheel in a machine. 
cog 1  (kg, kôg)
1. One of a series of teeth, as on the rim of a wheel or gear, whose engagement transmits successive motive force to a corresponding wheel or gear.
2. A cogwheel.
3. A subordinate member of an organization who performs necessary but usually minor or routine functions.
The roles we have may be that of a spouse or parent, sibling or friend, counselor or teacher. Each offers the opportunity to support another and share what has been provided by Father. And all that has been provided by Father is significant and important and good. 
Regardless of your role, never feel less than any other of Father's children for the LORD loves us all the same and favors no one over another. 

Nourishment From The Throne
Cherubic Commander:
2 Timothy 3:1
"[ Difficult Times Ahead ] But know this: difficult times will come in the last days." They are here, and things will progressively get worse until they spiral out of control for mankind. The United States which is a prime pawn of Satan's on the chess board is about to receive a devastating blow from nature. With the decline of jobs in its workforce and the ever growing poverty for those that have lost their jobs and possessions, the most difficult time in the history of mankind is about to wreak havoc on the nation and spiral around the globe in repercussion.
Daniel 2:44
"44 "In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself endure forever." The Kingdom has been in power since 1908 when Satan and his demons were expelled from Heaven. The Kingdom is far from the reach of its enemies, but the Kingdom's faithful army of warriors are in position to strike Satan's empire with a devastating blow.
Daniel 2:28-30
"But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days. Your dream and the visions [that came into] your mind [as you lay] in bed were these: Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came [to your mind] about what will happen in the future. The revealer of mysteries has let you know what will happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind."
"Your dream and the visions" that come into your own minds are revelations of what lies just ahead. Acts 2:17
"And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams."
Daniel 10:14
"Now I have come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the last days, for the vision refers to those days." I'm here to help all of you understand what is about to occur. Nothing good will be in the news, because all news will be about devastation and hardship. Things will culminate for the worse until the climax of this age.
Micah 4:1-10
"The LORD's Rule from Restored Zion.
In the last days" [Note that this occurs before the climax of this age]
"the mountain of the LORD's house
will be established
at the top of the mountains" [The Kingdom Rule]
"and will be raised above the hills.
Peoples will stream to it,
and many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us about His ways
so we may walk in His paths." [Holy Ghosts making up 144,000 Orders. Dedicated to Yahweh and walking in Her Way.]
"For instruction will go out of Zion
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He will settle disputes among many peoples
and provide arbitration for strong nations
that are far away.
They will beat their swords into plows,
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nation will not take up the sword against nation,
and they will never again train for war.

But each man will sit under his grapevine
and under his fig tree
with no one to frighten [him].
For the mouth of the LORD of Hosts
has promised [this].

Though all the peoples each walk
in the name of their gods,
we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God
forever and ever.

On that day—
[this is] the LORD's declaration—
I will assemble the lame
and gather the scattered,
those I have injured.

I will make the lame into a remnant,
those far removed into a strong nation.
Then the LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion
from this time on and forever.

And you, watchtower for the flock,
fortified hill [a] of Daughter Zion,
the former rule will come to you,
sovereignty will come to Daughter Jerusalem.

From Exile to Victory.
Now, why are you shouting loudly?
Is there no king with you?
Has your counselor perished,
so that anguish grips you like a woman in labor?
Writhe and cry out, Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor.
For now you will leave the city
and camp in the open fields.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued;
there the LORD will redeem you
from the power of your enemies!"
Isaiah 2:1-22 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Isaiah 2
"The City of Peace.
The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
In the last days
the mountain of the LORD's house will be established
at the top of the mountains
and will be raised above the hills.
All nations will stream to it,

and many peoples will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us about His ways
so that we may walk in His paths."
For instruction will go out of Zion
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

He will settle disputes among the nations
and provide arbitration for many peoples.
They will turn their swords into plows
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nations will not take up the sword against [other] nations,
and they will never again train for war.

The Day of the LORD.
House of Jacob,
come and let us walk in the LORD's light.

For You have abandoned Your people,
the house of Jacob,
because they are full of [divination] from the East
and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines.
They are in league with foreigners.

7 Their land is full of silver and gold,
and there is no limit to their treasures;
their land is full of horses,
and there is no limit to their chariots.

Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.

So humanity is brought low,
and man is humbled.
Do not forgive them!

Go into the rocks
and hide in the dust
from the terror of the LORD
and from His majestic splendor.

Human pride will be humbled,
and the loftiness of men will be brought low;
the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.

For a day belonging to the LORD of Hosts is [coming]
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up—it will be humbled—

against all the cedars of Lebanon,
lofty and lifted up,
against all the oaks of Bashan,

against all the high mountains,
against all the lofty hills,

against every high tower,
against every fortified wall,

against every ship of Tarshish,
and against every splendid sea vessel.

So human pride will be brought low,
and the loftiness of men will be humbled;
the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.

The idols will vanish completely.

People will go into caves in the rocks
and holes in the ground,
away from the terror of the LORD
and from His majestic splendor,
when He rises to terrify the earth.

On that day people will throw
their silver and gold idols,
which they made to worship,
to the moles and the bats.

They will go into the caves of the rocks
and the crevices in the cliffs,
away from the terror of the LORD
and from His majestic splendor,
when He rises to terrify the earth.

Put no more trust in man,
who has only the breath in his nostrils.
What is he really worth?"

John 7:38
"The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him."

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
UFO buzzes Sydney – and here's 'proof'
March 24, 2010
IT EMERGED from a blazing light in the clouds, descending on a busy street before zipping off silently into the sunset.
Unknown Object Videotaped over Ohio – Caught Disappearing
UFO Casebook
Ohio – 03-18-10
Me and my friend Dan L. were at Walnut Beach sky watching. We noticed a bright object in the early morning sky. We focused my videocamera on it, centered the object on the video cameras screen then paid no attention to it.
Sacramento UFO Sightings on the Rise?
UFO Casebook
SACRAMENTO, CA — Are UFOs taking a closer look at Sacramento? Local groups that track possible UFO sightings said there have been several interesting sightings lately.
Unidentified Object in Photograph from New Zealand
UFO Casebook
About 2 weeks ago, I was looking photos that had been taken 3 months ago, and I saw a strange dot over to the right hand corner of the sky.
Witnesses see UFO on rural road, then unmarked police car racing toward it
March 26, 11:57 PM
UFO Examiner Roger Marsh
An Indiana witness is reporting a "huge, greyish colored disc" that dropped quickly below the clouds and then moved just as quickly back up into the sky on July 19, 2009, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.

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
Ex-Pa. rep guilty of 14 counts in corruption case
by Mark Scolforo
March 23, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania jury has convicted a former state representative of conflict of interest in a public corruption trial.
Democrat Mike Veon was among 25 people arrested since the attorney general's office began investigating three years ago with the news that millions of dollars in bonuses had been quietly handed out to legislative employees. He was found guilty Monday of 14 of the 59 counts he faced.
U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town
The New York Times
by Rod Nordland
March 20, 2010
KABUL, Afghanistan — The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest. 
Government wasted £71million to comply with 'bizarre' EU metric rule over motorcycle tests, report reveals
Daily Mail
by Ray Massey
March 23, 2010
The Government wasted £71million of taxpayers money to comply with a 'bizarre' EU metric rule forcing motorcyclists to break the speed limit during their driving test, a damning new report by Parliamentary watchdogs reveals today.
Pakistan tribesmen killed in Taliban beheading spree 
Big News Network
March 27, 2010
Taliban militants in Pakistan have beheaded three men accused of spying for US forces.
Notes found on the bodies claimed the men had been murdered after they were caught spying for the US.
Puke: China recycles cooking oil… from raw sewage
Raw Story
Blacklisted News
March 23, 2010
Chinese cooking oil siphoned from restaurants' waste tanks and stripped out of raw sewage is being resold on the cheap and has for years tainted approximately one out of every ten meals cooked in the eastern nation, according to a recent study.

Signs in Humanity
Heathrow worker 'ogled colleague on scanner'
The Independent
by Rosamond Hutt
March 24, 2010
An airport worker allegedly caught ogling images of a female colleague in a full-body scanner faces the sack after being given a police warning for harassment.
Wife 'blasted husband to death with shotgun after catching him looking at naked women on internet'
Daily Mail
March 25, 2010
A pensioner who blasted her husband through the heart with a shotgun today told a court they had argued over him looking at topless models on the internet.
Plastic on our beaches has doubled in 15 years… and most of it is dumped by visitors
Daily Mail
by David Derbyshire
March 26, 2010
Some of Britain's best-loved beaches are drowning under a tide of plastic, a survey has revealed.
The annual Marine Conservation Society study found the amount of plastic waste littering the coast – including bags, bottles, wrappers and rope – has soared by 121 per cent over the past 15 years.
Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely
by Kevin Poulsen
March 17, 2010
More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.
Homeowner who forgot his wallet returns to find Romanian family moving in in scene from 'Dickensian times'
Daily Mail
by Fay Schlesinger
March 23, 2010
A householder returned home after forgetting his wallet – only to discover a Romanian family had moved in.
In what a judge described as a 'Dickensian' spectacle, an immigrant couple with a child in tow had broken in through a window and were making themselves at home.

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 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
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CUBA – A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Guantanamo city in eastern Cuba on Saturday, sending residents fleeing into the streets but there were no casualties. The quake caused cracks in some buildings and some pieces of masonry fell. The quake, which also was felt strongly in Cuba's second city of Santiago de Cuba, was centered 27 miles southwest of Guantanamo at a depth of 14 miles. "It was very big. I was at my computer and suddenly felt the strong shake and we all went into the street." "It was awful. You could feel it pretty strongly. It lasted longer than normal."
OKLAHOMA – The U.S. Geological Survey recorded three earthquakes in central Oklahoma in a span of less than seven hours. A 3.7 magnitude quake was recorded near Prague in Lincoln County about 9:35 p.m. Sunday. That was followed by a 2.7 magnitude quake in the same area about 3:20 a.m. Monday and a 2.8 magnitude quake in the area just after 4:15 Monday morning. No injuries or damage are reported. People as far away as Tulsa and Claremore reported feeling the 3.7 quake.
Experts Predict Second Iceland Earthquake – Last Saturday, lava and ash shot from a volcano in southern Iceland. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland is a RARE occurrence. The last time it happened was about 200 years ago. But when Eyjafjallajokull erupts, it is usually followed by a volcanic eruption at Katla. The problem with an eruption at Katla, is that the Katla volcano is under an enormous Ice Cap. If it erupts, it could cause disastrous flooding for both Iceland and neighboring nations. "From records, we know that every time Eyjafjallajokull erupts, Katla has also erupted." In 1783, a volcanic eruption in Iceland is said to have caused a change in the weather pattern. When gases were released into the air, they froze, created smog, and drifted across the globe in the jet stream. The volcano is blamed for famine, for killing crops, for killing people with gas poisoning. Some even blame the Laki volcano eruption for the cold winter experienced in the United States in 1784 that froze the Mississippi near New Orleans.
KENTUCKY – 3/18/10 – Unexplained 'boom' generates calls to 911 center. Concerned citizens reported hearing a loud boom and feeling possible tremors to the Maysville Emergency 911 Dispatch Center Thursday night. The reports of the unusually loud boom, which apparently caused buildings to shake and windows to rattle, started coming into the dispatch center around 9:25 p.m. About 50 calls came in, most from Mason County, but some were from citizens in Brown County. They immediately checked the National Geological Earthquake Web site, but there were no reports of earthquake activity in the Ohio River Valley region. A similar incident occurred in Pendleton County earlier this week, but that boom and subsequent aftershock were attributed to activity at Black River Mine. Officials from the Kentucky Emergency Management Operation Center will check with local industries and other sources to see if blasting has occurred or what other activities may have caused the booms.
OREGON – 3/16/10 – Two mysterious “booms” reportedly shook Portland. An Air Force spokeswoman from Ft. Lewis/McChord base in Washington state said there were no craft or artillery capable of making booms, sonic or otherwise, in the area that evening.
ICELAND – A volcano in the area of the Eyjafallajoekull glacier in southern Iceland erupted today, forcing more 500 people in its vicinity to evacuate their homes. "We estimate that no one is in danger in the area but we have started an evacuation plan and between 500 and 600 people are being evacuated." The eruption started shortly after midnight and the area's main road has been closed. A volcano in the area last erupted in 1821 and 1823.
INDONESIA – Seventeen of 18 volcanoes in Indonesia are on alert status and emitting toxic gas. The alert status is the second level of a three-level system of warning. The Ibu volcano in West Halmahera is the only one of the 18 volcanoes at the lower No. 3 standby level. Mount Talang in Sumatra and Mount Karangetang in Sulawesi are the most recent volcanos to have their status raised to alert. Other Indonesian volcanoes on alert include Krakatoa, Bromo, Kaba, Anak, Slamet and Lokon. In 1883, Krakatoa erupted in an explosion equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT, about 13,000 times the force of the U.S. bomb that devastated Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.
ICELAND – The present nature of the eruption does not impose threat to people, livestock, buildings, or roads. A volcanic eruption started in Mt. Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the southwest of Iceland shortly before midnight on Saturday night. About 500 people evacuated the immediate area below the mountain in fear of the area being flooded with melt water from the glacier. All airports within 120 nautical mile radius were immediately closed in accordance with standard safety rules. Eight hundred passengers of Icelandair and Iceland Express scheduled to leave Iceland Sunday morning were delayed and another 500 Icelandair passengers who left Boston, Orlando, and Seattle on Saturday night were redirected to Boston. The eruption is of a lava-type and is currently limited to a 500-meter-long fissure on the north side of the 1100-meter-high Fimmvorduhals pass. The pass, which lies beteen Mt. Eyjafjallajokull and Mt. Myrdalsjokull, is one of Iceland‘s most popular hiking routes. The new lava field is certain to become a tourist attraction. A volcanic eruption takes place in Iceland every 4-5 years on the average. Mt. Eyjafjallajokull glacier last erupted in 1821.
ICELAND – A volcano spouting lava in the south of Iceland showed signs of increased activity on Monday, leading scientists to warn it could trigger a far more powerful eruption at a nearby geological hotspot. The eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, which began shortly before midnight on Saturday, sent steam 4 kilometres up in the air and is gradually intensifying. Another scientist said he was concerned the activity could cause an eruption at Mount Katla, an "enormously powerful" volcano lying under a glacier nearby. "Eyjafjallajokull hardly makes a move without Mount Katla wanting to get in on the action. It is therefore of utmost importance to watch events carefully." An eruption at Mount Katla could melt huge amounts of ice and cause massive floods, potentially affecting a town of 300 people nearby. Three previous eruptions at Eyjafjallajokull have triggered eruptions at Mount Katla. On Sunday, rescue teams evacuated 500 people from the rural area around the volcano and police declared a local state of emergency. International flights were diverted because of the risk of interference from ash clouds. Iceland sits on a volcanic hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and has relatively frequent eruptions, though most occur in sparsely populated areas and pose little danger to people or property. The last eruption in Iceland took place in 2004. 
There are volcanic eruptions in Iceland every three years on average. The fiercest eruption that has occurred in Iceland in historic times is the 1783-1758 eruption in Lakagígar. Approximately 80 percent of all sheep and 50 percent of horses and cattle died due to fluorine poisoning and at least every fifth Icelander, around 10,000 people, died from hunger. Ash was carried to the European mainland and other continents — thousands died from poisoning in the British Isles. The climate cooled which caused famine in many countries, including France. So the Lakagígar eruption is believed to have helped fuel the French Revolution in 1789. Two photos.
ICELAND – The erupting volcano is between two glaciers and it could spread to both ice sheets, causing major flooding. The flow of floodwater could reach 10,000 cubic metres. That could flood an area of 100 square kilometres and could also spark an eruption at the bigger, adjacent Katla volcano. A state of emergency is in force in southern Iceland and more than 500 people in villages and farms in the area have been evacuated. When Katla last produced a major eruption in 1918, the flood water flow was of Amazon proportions at 250,000 cubic metres.
The potential eruption of Iceland's volcano Katla would likely send the world, including the USA, into an extended deep freeze. "When Katla went off in the 1700s, the USA suffered a very cold winter. To the point, the Mississippi River froze just north of New Orleans, and the East Coast, especially New England, had an extremely cold winter. Depending on a new eruption, Katla could cause some serious weather changes." Scientists say history has proven that whenever the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts, Katla always follows — the only question is how soon. "If it (Eyjafjallajokull) continues to belch, then you worry." What's key in having volcanic eruptions affect the weather is both the duration of the eruption, and how high the ash gets blasted into the stratosphere. "When volcanic ash reaches the stratosphere, it remains for a long time. The ash becomes a very effective block of the incoming solar radiation, thus cooling the atmosphere's temperatures." 
RUSSIA – A belching of ash to the altitude of seven kilometers above sea level has been registered over the crater of the Shiveluch, Kamchatka’s northernmost active volcano. The exuding of ash does not pose any risks for nearby population centers, as no data on the fallout of volcanic dust there has been reported. The belching was not seen visually and scientists drew a conclusion that it had taken place on the basis of information from seismic observation stations located in the vicinity of the volcano. They registered “a surface seismic event at the volcano” having a four minutes’ duration. At this moment, the volcano displays weak or moderate eruption periods lasting from several months to two to three years. The periods of its activation were registered in 1980 to 1981 and 1993 to 1995. The last eruption ranking among disasters occurred in November 1964. The Shiveluch activated again in 2001, with a growth of the extrusive cupola – a towering of viscose lava — evidenced in its crater. Geophysical services and agencies keep the giant under permanent watch. 
Klyuchevskaya volcano continues to be active – emitting steam, ash, and lava in early 2010.
MONTSERRAT – Passengers on a jet flying over the Caribbean have received a close-up look at a massive volcanic eruption sending ash and dust higher than the plane itself. The 737 jet was flying to the holiday destination of St Lucia when it passed the Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Monserrat midway through its eruption. Passengers rushed to the windows to see the explosion and subsequent mushroom cloud. The volcano sent a plume of ash as high as 12,000 metres, prompting other flight delays after fears the dust would get into the engines. The partial collapse of the volcano's lava dome is believed to be responsible for the ash cloud. (photo)
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A task force has been set up to find permanent homes for thousands of Papua New Guineans affected by a series of volcanic explosions. Around 15,000 people fled their homes on Manam Island off PNG's north coast after a series of volcanic explosions in late 2004. They have been wallowing in temporary care centres on the mainland ever since, but their presence has angered local villagers. Tension regularly explodes into violence and earlier this month one person was murdered and a mob destroyed 160 homes at one of the care centres.
Cyclone ULUI was 115 nmi SE of Townsville, Australia 
Ului was a category three cyclone packing winds of 200km/h when it crossed the coast near Airlie Beach in Australia early this morning. Some residents had a pretty hairy time, especially those on the islands. "Some of the islands have seen airconditioners sucked out of the walls. That's the force of the wind that came through, so I think they've had a pretty scary night." Some homes also lost their roofs. The cyclone, which has since been downgraded to a rain depression, caused severe damage in pockets but it was not a catastrophic event.
FIJI – those worst hit by Cyclone Tomas will have to live on rations for the next few months. Northern parts of the Lau and Lomaiviti island groups have suffered the most devastation, with homes and crops destroyed. Copra and breadfruit plantations in particular will take many months to grow back. People are gradually starting to return to their homes. Meanwhile, the number of fatalities from Cyclone Tomas has increased to three.
Tropical depression 02W was 390 nmi SSW of Agana, Guam.
FIJI – The Weather Office is predicting more cyclones for Fiji as they enter the second last month of the cyclone season. They had predicted 10 cyclone systems forming this season, but the number can be exceeded. "So far we have had 10 tropical cyclones forming in the region. We may be exceeding that number, given that we have another month left. April is left, but during an El- Nino phase there has been noted extensions of the cyclone season beyond April…We never know. This season we may have the cyclone season extended beyond April to May. We may also have cyclones forming in the month of June. July, August and September are the only months when there is no tropical cyclone forming in this part of the world."
Tropical depression 02W was 369 nmi SW of Agana, Guam.
Cyclone TWENTYONE was 1920 nmi WNW of Perth, Australia.
The first western Pacific tropical storm of the year could develop in the upcoming days. A cluster of thunderstorms organized into a tropical depression (02W) east of the Philippines on Sunday. As it develops, it will take a track toward the Philippines. It is not expected to become very strong, but it still poses a threat to the central and northern Philippines later this week. It is not unusual to see tropical storms develop this early in the year. The Western Pacific Basin is the most prolific tropical basin in the world. On average, 31 tropical storms develop every year, nearly double any other basin on Earth. (map)
Tropical hurricanes may begin to reach continental Europe’s western shores in 30 to 50 years, said the chief scientist at Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer. There have been two hurricanes in the eastern Atlantic off the coasts of Portugal, Spain and France just in the past five years. “This is a wake-up call for Europe. The areas most affected will obviously be those on the western coasts, including Spain and Portugal.” Hurricane Vince, which formed in 2005 over the northeast Atlantic near Portugal’s Azores islands in waters considered too cold for a hurricane, was the first to come close to European shores. In October 2005, Tropical Depression Vince became the first ever such weather system to hit Spain. In September 2006, Hurricane Gordon swept through the Azores, before lashing Spain with winds gusting at more than 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour.
Munich Re and other insurance companies are being hit with more claims as damages from natural catastrophes rise. Costs to clean up after storms and other natural disasters reached a record in 2005 at $180 billion, of which insurers covered about half.
Tropical storm 02W was 575 nmi WSW of Agana, Guam. 
Cyclone IMANI was 972 nmi ESE of Diego Garcia. 
The first cyclone to enter Philippine territory this year will have little effect on the country and is not likely to last long, state weather forecasters have said. The cyclone was expected to enter Philippine territory at 8 a.m. today. It is moving northwest and may change its direction, or dissolve if it gets near the ridge of a high pressure area in Northern Luzon. The tropical depression, to be code-named “Agaton" upon entering Philippine territory, was at 1,050 km east of Visayas as of 2 a.m. Wednesday. It packed maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and was moving at 26 kph northwest.
Cyclone IMANI was 1123 nmi SE of Diego Garcia.
Tropical depression OMAIS was 570 nmi SSE of Kadena AB, Okinawa. 
AUSTRALIA – A "disorganised low" in the Arafura Sea off the Northern Terrority could form into a cyclone and move towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, northwest of Cairns. The bureau's latest cyclone outlook notes there is a small chance, or up to 20 per cent possibility. By Sunday, there is up to a 50 per cent chance a cyclone will form in that region. "By mid next week, it could swing around and head towards the Gulf. We are expecting it to track west and intensify over the weekend and in the short-term it is unlikely to head towards the Gulf." The low was currently over warm water and surface winds were ideal for the formation of a cyclone. "Right now it's disorganised. There are a clump of thunder storms with gaps between them and at this stage it is not spinning on a particular axis."
FLORIDA – Winter killed all of Alachua county's mustard greens, much of other crops. The record-breaking cold winter is officially over, but the effects on area crops and plants still are being felt. Four crops in Alachua County were hit hard by the cold. The county's crop of mustard green crops are a 100 percent loss. Collard greens, strawberries and cabbage in the county each were listed as having a 50 percent loss. Tomato growers in the state lost about 70 percent of their crop, causing shortages at restaurants and higher prices in the stores. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage statewide. The final figure will depend on how much is replanted and sold as temperatures warm up. Gainesville experienced its second-coldest winter ever, tying the average temperature for the winter of 1962-63 with 52 degrees. The coldest winter recorded in Alachua County was the winter of 1963-64 when the average temperature was 51.7 degrees. 
The winter of 2009-10 in Europe will make its way into the history books as being THE HARSHEST WINTER BRITAIN AND WESTERN EUROPE HAS SEEN IN THE LAST 31 YEARS.
AFGHANISTAN – At least 35 people were killed in an avalanche in a remote area of northern Afghanistan two weeks ago. An avalanche swept through five civilian houses in Arghanj Khowa district in the village of Dood Daood. There could be more bodies still in the snow. An estimated 500 cattle and other animals were also killed. Arghanj Khowa district is about 50km (30 miles) south of the Tajikistan border. The harsh weather and remoteness of the far northern province of Badakhshan meant local people had had to travel for days to get help. Rescue workers took four days to get to the scene. In February, at least 171 people died in an avalanche at the 3,800m-high (12,700ft) Salang Pass.
CHINA, SOUTH KOREA – Beijing has been shrouded in orange dust as a strong sandstorm blew hundreds of miles from drought-struck northern China to the nation's capital. The authorities have issued a level-five pollution warning and urged people to stay indoors. The storm has already caused havoc in Xinjiang, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei regions and is heading to South Korea. Residents of the South Korean capital, Seoul, as well as those in central and western regions, have been advised to stay indoors. The storm came from the deserts of Inner Mongolia. Beijing has long-suffered from sandstorms – including a single instance in April 2006 when 300,000 tons of sand poured down on the city, but the storms had become less frequent in recent years. "The situation improved tremendously after [the 2006 storm]." Beijing had only one sandstorm last year. Experts say the storms are, in part, caused by deforestation and the rapid expansion of urban areas in recent decades. The storm was expected to last until Monday.
Britain's HOTTEST EVER SUMMER 'is on way' – 
[Here we go again – the Met Office has been predicting a 'Barbecue Summer' every summer for the last 4(?) years now.] Average temperatures in June, July and August are predicted to beat those seen in 1976 – when pavements started melting in the heat. The hottest day is set to come during a two-week heatwave at the beginning of August when temperatures could exceed the record-breaking 38.5˚C (101.3˚F) seen in Kent in 2003. The prediction has come from Positive Weather Solutions – a company which has ‘out-forecast’ the Met Office in the last two years. The government’s forecasting department, which employs 1,800 people, predicted last April that the country was ‘odds on for a barbecue summer’ – but it was a washout. But PWS correctly predicted summer 2009 would have ‘rain and thunderstorms causing concern’. The Met Office then said there was just a one in seven chance of a cold winter, which turned out to be the coldest for 31 years with weeks of snow. PWS correctly said winter could see a White Christmas along with a ‘big freeze’ lasting into March. It says 2010 will be a summer to remember as warm currents in the Pacific Ocean will combine with the effects of the Atlantic’s jet stream weather pattern and the Azores high pressure region. ‘There will be stifling temperatures this summer, making it possibly the warmest UK summer on record began and placing it at least the top three warmest summers recorded.'
Flowers losing scent due to climate change – A rose may stop smelling like a rose. This is the concern of environmentalists as flowers are losing their scent due to climate change and air pollution. And their fragrance may be lost forever. "The aroma producing chemical compounds in flowers dry up faster now compared with before." Malaysians can no longer rely on nature to heal itself without the help of science. In Sungai Siput, Perak, the farmers failed to get fruits from their orchards. Upon investigation, they discovered that the flowers were no longer pollinating after dust from a hill blast blocked the growth of stigmas. Climate change is also the reason Kuala Lumpur City Hall is increasingly turning to shady trees, because flowers which previously formed the centrepiece of its beautification programme have been wilting fast. City Hall used to spend $635,100 a month to plant and maintain flowers in the city, but the contractor's services were terminated in March last year. The lack of scent is a plausible reason as to why some pollinators are not spreading flower seeds, a pattern caused by the missing "scent trail" with scent tissues burning easily due to global warming. The only way out is to genetically modify the flowers so that the effects will not be permanent and the future generation will not be robbed of nature's beauty. "The act is almost like producing essential oils. Scientists add on certain chemicals for stronger scent." Scents in flowers last longer in colder climate as plants can hold onto their essential oils longer. "The flowers may still have strong scents in colder climate. But locally, we fear this might be lost forever." With flowers emitting lesser scent, the insects and butterflies are travelling further and longer to get a share of nectar. Birds and insects are heading towards hilly areas and deeper into the jungles where the weather is cooler. The extreme weather change might affect the life span of trees as a result of lighter or heavier rain. "We should look at how trees can be mutated so that they will not be destroyed." The Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister said given the extreme climate changes, every country should work together and not in isolation. The decline in global biodiversity and ecosystem services urgently calls for proactive measures. "Both policy-makers and researchers need to work hand in hand to strengthen forest genetics, breeding and conservation."
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CHINA – Beijing residents awakened Monday to skies the eerie yellow color of a street lamp. It was the second time in three days that the Chinese capital had been scoured by sandstorms that have hit 16 provinces across west, central and north China, affecting nearly one-fifth of the country's 1.3 billion people. Tiananmen Square was filled with choking whirlwinds, cars and bicycles were coated in a thin layer of wheat-colored dust, flights were delayed and on March 20 the air pollution index reached 500 – THE WORST LEVEL POSSIBLE – due to the high level of particulates in the air. A day later, several cities in eastern China including Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou reported similarly bad air quality. Hong Kong and Taiwan also reported dangerously high levels of pollution. "What has lead to the floating dust in Beijing is what we call a 'Mongolian cyclone,' a whirlwind caused by low atmospheric pressure. The center of the Mongolian cyclone is usually 800 to 1,000 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing, a vast desert region covering southern Mongolia and northwestern Inner Mongolia. The cyclone draws sand and dust particles into high altitudes and together with a strong north wind, it brings sand grains to nearby areas, and smaller dust particles further south." Springtime sandstorms are common in China, as Siberian winds blow dust and sand off the Gobi desert across east Asia – sometimes as far as North America. But the size of the storm that began Saturday has surpassed what China's capital has seen recently. While northern China has been battered by sandstorms this spring, traditionally soggier south China has been battling drought. Drought-stricken villages in Yunnan province have received half the usual rainfall. Sixteen million people in the region are now suffering drinking water shortages.
Pandemic flu activity remained at uncharacteristically low levels for week 10 of the season, though the virus is still circulating amid anecdotal reports of increased activity in a few southern U.S. locations. 
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says the state had the nation's highest rates of vaccination against both H1N1 and seasonal flu. The immunization rates in Massachusetts were 36% for H1N1 and 57% for seasonal flu, versus 21% and 37% nationwide.
Limited data point to increasing pandemic flu activity in parts of Central America and the Caribbean. Other hot spots are parts of Southeast Asia and West Africa, including Thailand, Bangladesh, and Ghana. Though flu levels are declining in most of the Northern Hemisphere, influenza B is increasing in some European countries and is dominant in several Asian countries, Iran, Mongolia, and the Russian Federation. 
A study of pregnant women treated in intensive care units for pandemic flu in Australia and New Zealand last summer suggests that the risk of critical illness was greater during later pregnancy, when it was about 13 times higher than in nonpregnant young women. Indigenous women and those with chronic conditions such as asthma were at greater risk than other pregnant women.
Reports from clinics and hospitals of rising flu-like illnesses over the past few weeks prompted Louisiana health officials to launch walk-in pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine clinics throughout the state this week. Louisiana's state health officer warned in a press release that another wave of infections could occur and urged residents to get vaccinated. The department also noted that other southern states, including the border states of Arkansas and Texas, were seeing rises in flu activity.
Masks and N-95s performed equally in study – An observational study of health workers at a Singapore hospital suggests that surgical masks were as effective as N-95 respirators against pandemic H1N1 infections. For one month last summer workers wore N-95s in emergency and isolation areas, and the following month they wore surgical masks. Few workers got sick, and all transmission occurred outside the hospital. The CDC recommends N-95s for health workers caring for H1N1 patients.
Does 'man flu' really exist? – Men may have a weaker immune system and could be more vulnerable to so-called 'man flu', scientists propose. Their theory suggests there is a trade-off between a strong immune system and reproductive success. Previous experiments have found differences in the ability of females and males to deal with infection. Across a range of animal species, males tend to be the 'weaker sex' in terms of immune defences. This is usually explained by the difference in hormones. But a leading flu expert says there is no difference in men's immunity. His team at the University of London deliberately infected men and women with the flu virus. He says there was no noticeable difference between their recovery times or their immunity. "But the women did complain more."

Signs in False Shepherds/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
I'm not the messiah, says food activist – but his many worshippers do not believe him
Bobbie Johnson, San Francisco, Friday 19 March
The trouble started when Raj Patel appeared on American TV to plug his latest book, an analysis of the financial crisis called The Value of Nothing.
The London-born author, 37, thought his slot on comedy talkshow The Colbert Report went well enough: the host made a few jokes, Patel talked a little about his work and then, job done, he went back to his home in San Francisco.
His fortune polishes atheists' reputation
Mar 18, 2010
RALEIGH — When GlaxoSmithKline bought Todd Stiefel's family business for $2.9 billion last April, he began to think about what to do with the rest of his life.
A Duke University graduate, Stiefel wanted his windfall to better society. Like many modern philanthropists, such as Bill and Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett, Stiefel is not motivated by religious zeal. In fact, Stiefel has become one of the country's biggest benefactors of atheist causes.
Vendors say Crystal Cathedral owes them tens of thousands of dollars
March 25, 2010
LA Now
Vendors who helped produce popular Christmas and Easter pageants at the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Garden Grove said Thursday that they are owed tens of thousands of dollars for their work.
Muslims, Christians join together to pray for Mary
By Evita Mouawad
Special to The Daily Star
Saturday, March 27, 2010
JAMHOUR: Last month, Parliament declared March 25, the day of the Annunciation, as the first national holiday for Christians and Muslims alike.
It was the culmination of efforts by an interfaith organization dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which celebrated the occasion for the last three years with prayers by Muslim and Christian clergymen for Mary, who is revered by both religions.
Arrogant, corrupt, secretive – the Catholic church failed to tackle evil
Fintan O'Toole
The Observer 
21 March 2010
The cover-up of child sexual abuse by the Catholic church is not about sex and it is not about Catholicism. It is not, as Pope Benedict rightly argued in yesterday's distressingly bland pastoral letter, about priestly celibacy. It is about power.

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
Pakistani Christian dies following fiery attack by Muslims
By Martin Barillas
Spero News
March 23, 2010
Arshed Masih, a Pakistani Christian of Rawalpindi, died in a local hospital on March 22 at approximately 7:55 PM local time. He had been assaulted on March 19 in front of a police station in Rawalpindi and set alight by Muslim assailants after he had refused to convert to Islam. His wife Martha was then jailed by police and reportedly raped by officials during her imprisonment. Both were taken later to the Holy Family Hospital of Rawalpindi. Their three children, who range in age from 7 to 12, were forced to watch their parents’ torture. The wife of Arshed Masih continues to be hospitalized. A funeral for Masih is expected on March 24.
Somali Militants Kill Pastor, Crack Down on 'Non-Muslim' Culture
Simba Tian
Compass Direct News
March 26, 2010
NAIROBI, Kenya (CDN) — Islamic militants in Somalia tracked down an underground church leader who had previously escaped a kidnapping attempt and killed him last week, Christian sources said.
Muslims Allegedly Murder Pakistani Christian with Axe Blows
Compass Direct News
March 24, 2010
MIAN CHANNU, Pakistan (CDN) — Six Muslims in Khanewal district, southern Punjab Province, killed a Christian with multiple axe blows for refusing to convert to Islam this month, according to family and police sources.
Christian genocide in Myanmar continues to be ignored
22 March, 2010
Myanmar (MNN) ― The Karen people of Burma have been fighting for independence for over 60 years. Far from gaining freedom, though, the Karen people have instead become the victims of massive genocide.
Egyptian State Security Demolishes Anglican Church, Assaults Pastor
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries 
March 23, 2010
LUXOR, EGYPT (ANS) — A Middle Eastern journalist is reporting that an Anglican Church pastor and his wife were assaulted by Security agents in Luxor on Thursday, March 18, 2010, in order to evacuate them by force from their home and demolish Church property. Out of the nearly 3000 sq. meters of buildings attached to the Church, only the 400 sq. meter prayer hall was left standing.

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