Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 133
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
JESUS IS A FISHERMAN
Submitted by Johanna
Jesus is a fisherman
Who saves the souls of man.
Dead or alive he leads the faithful
To the streams of promise land.
He sees us when we’re happy
He hears us when we’re glad.
He whispers words of hope to us
When we face something sad.
As wicked thoughts control the mind
Evil deeds control the heart.
Jesus is who we turn to
When from sins we must depart.
Jesus is a fisherman
Who baits his hook with love.
Casting his line in your direction
From the banks of heaven above.
Father and Mother Yahweh,
Sometimes I can look back at the person I was before You called me into Your service and see the many ways that I’ve grown in learning Your Way and doing my best to follow in Christ's footsteps. But at other times, and especially when I stumble (which is daily), I realize that I’m more like a newborn filly on legs not yet strong enough to bear her own weight trying to make her way down a path that can be difficult to manage on her own and without someone to lead her.
I guess this is why each day when I come to you in prayer, I ask You for many things. For Your protection, Your guidance and Your instruction, Your courage and strength, Your patience and Your forgiveness. These things are just the beginning of a long list of requests – You know them all because You hear my every prayer and You answer them all accordingly. You know that I need You to lead me, because I am lost without You.
And then after confessing to You the things I’ve done, and said, and in knowing all the thoughts that I’ve had, You forgive me and continue to provide for me. You’re still there. And through it all You continue to love me and share Your love with me. You actually teach me the very meaning of the love that is You personified. I thank You for this, Yahweh, and for so much more.
So today instead of asking for anything at all for myself, I only ask what can I do for You, and how I can best serve You and Your son and our loving savior Christ Jesus.
May You be glorified in Your righteousness and Your love Father, because I am not worthy of all that You share with me, or of that love that I’ve been shown and the undeserved kindness that has been given me. May I remain Your humble servant and in all that I do, may it be done for You. And that with each step I take, may it be done according to Your will. And with each word that I speak, may it be inspired by You. And with each decision I make, may it be made with You in mind.
Show me Your Way, LORD, My heart is set on fulfilling Your will, wherever it may lead.
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground." Psalm 143:10
Thank You for hearing my awkwardly expressed but heartfelt prayer. These things I pray in the name of Your son Christ Jesus, our loving Savior and vindicator of righteous rule. Amen, Father Yahweh.
Preparing A Field
submitted by Jeshaiah
Proverbs 24:27 — Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterwards, build your house.
Consider, perhaps, that outdoor work can include preparation of a field. This Wisdom is certainly also mirrored in other areas in scripture:
Isaiah 5:2 — He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones,
and planted it with the finest vines.
He built a tower in the middle of it
and even hewed out a winepress there.
He expected it to yield good grapes,
but it yielded worthless grapes.
In a game of chess, one of the main strategies to perform is to first prepare the pieces, and then when the moment is right, strike. This very pattern can also be seen in nature, and is greatly mirrored in the Great Tribulation. A reflection upon current world events will reflect this. To also perhaps consider is the way a storm might build up and then take effect. A build up and a particular placement and pattern, and then if too much accumulates, a storm occurs. From thunder storms to hurricanes, it can be seen. Even earthquakes do not occur without warning.
This can also be considered two-fold. Not only the preparation in the Great Tribulation, but also for the Rapture. This two-fold consideration mirrors the split in Christ and Michael, and a double-edged sword. Thus, in the other consideration of Father's Rapture, it can be considered that what is occurring is to help refine and prepare hearts.
Proverbs 1:23 — If you turn to my discipline,
then I will pour out my spirit on you
and teach you my words.
Proverbs 1:8 — Listen, my son, to your father's instruction,
and don't reject your mother's teaching,
Proverbs 23:26 — My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.
Thus, in taking in all of Father's Word, and growing in the strength and power that She shares within one's heart as She places, one can also apply the very first cited scripture here in one's own heart. In this, growing in Father's multi-faceted wisdom, which branches out into every respect of one's heart, outwards, into one's life, and even into other's lives.
Burdens and Hope
Anxiety. Depression. Pain. Suffering. Desperation. Loss.
As I wrote these words, I thought about including hopelessness in the list. But really, while we might truly suffer from any number of these things, hopelessness isn’t something that any of us should suffer from. When a doctor gives a patient a permanent or irreversible diagnosis for a condition they may have, well it just isn’t true. We won’t always be in this body. Or this world.
11 For I know the plans I have for you" —[this is] the LORD's declaration—"plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Father's plans are to deliver the faithful out of this sinful world and into the Kingdom.
Turn to Father. She will not desert you.
"[ Dependence on the LORD ] Davidic. LORD, I turn my hope to You."
While there are many diversions to ease the troubles of this world, there really is only one cure to the cancer that has filled this planet from end to end. That is Yahweh.
There is a plan. There is a Way. There is hope.
These lyrics from He Is by Mark Shultz are a wonderful expression of the comfort that is provide by Father.
Father, let the world just fade away
Let me feel your presence in this place
Lord, I’ve never been so weary
How I need to know you’re near me
Father, let the world just fade away
Till I’m on my knees
Till my heart can sing
He always will be
Even when it feels like there is no one holding me
Be still, my soul
Father, let your Holy Spirit sing
Let it calm the storm inside of me
As I stand amazed
Lift my hands and say
He always will be
He’s always with me
Even when it feels like there is no one holding me
Be still, my soul
Through every fear
And every doubt
And every tear I shed
Down every road
I’m not alone
No matter where I am
And He always will be
He’s always with me
Even when it feels like there is no one holding me
Be still, my soul
Be still, and know
Be still, my soul
Nourishment From The Throne
Cherubic Commander and Prince of Yahweh II:
Blind to the real reality that exists around all that reside in creation. Spirit life is more bundant than flesh and blood of the physical plane, yet the minds of those that are not true believers in Father's scheme of things are blinded to everything they cannot clearly see. By that I mean – what is not hidden in the background. Yet, even those spirits and other spiritual things are clearly visible if one truly opens their eyes to the manifestations.
2 Corinthians 4:4
"Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." Blinded to the truth because they do not truly believe.
1 John 2:11
"But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn't know where he's going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes." Those that hate the truth or do not accept the truth are haters of their brothers and sisters that are of the truth. Satan's own darkness has overtaken them and they cannot see.
And, there are those that simply cannot see what is right in front of them. Though they seek, they cannot comprehend that what they seek is never really far from them.
Here is a classic example in Prince of Yahweh II and myself's study of Satan's and the converts game playing with ghost hunters. We have openly posted a crop on FaceBook, but have given no real information on the photo. It is our intent to see if anyone else can see what is actually there. And, to see if they are curious enough to want to know where it originated. Here is where the crop originated from:
Here's a lightened version of the same crop. There are many spirits in the photo as we will eventually reveal, but we chose only one for the test.
For those of you who have been keeping up with the Mayan prediction of the year 2012, just know that when the celestial bodies have lined up that year, it will be during the reign of Christ's Kingdom and will be revealing full harmony of Father's will for Her creation having finally come into alignment for a thousand year reign without Satanic influence.
Prince of Yahweh II said, "The longer you view the still frame, the more that will be revealed in the stop-action.
I see another LARGE cast off to the right of the TV screen…one with big lips. Looks like it's puckering up for Grant.
Note that at first glance there appears to be simply a haze of energy, but then the faces unfold. We chose only one so as not to confuse the audience with to much all at once.
Here it is most evident:
We thought we would expose his game-play to the public and let them see what lurks around every corner is not what you might expect to capture on film or audio. The demons can easily manifest. but they like to make a game out of it.
Angels are of a different specie. And the converts, they are simply mutations of creationn because they prefer to be like their father Satan. They want to try and fool people.
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
Couple See Bright "Computer Slash" Object Hovering in Sky. Photos Taken.
Date of Sighting: March 16, 2010
Time of Sighting: 6:30 to 8 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: I took these photos of this object hovering by a new building that was recently built in the downtown core of Toronto, Canada.
UFO Sightings Reported in Malaysia
Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Precisely in the area, Selangor, Klang, Malaysia. Local residents claimed three times seeing visions of the unknown object.
As reported by Shin Chew Daily, Friday, March 26, 2010, residents in Taman Sri Andalas housing, Selangor, claimed three times to see strange objects in the sky around the location of housing projects.
Farmer Claims: "Sheep Lasered by Light from UFO"
Published: 8:30 AM BST 05 Apr 2010
Unexplained sheep attacks 'caused by aliens in UFOs', farmers claim.
A series of bizarre incidents involving sheep in Shropshire have led to farmers’ claims that aliens are attacking their livestock.
Silent, Unknown Object Seen over New Mexico
Published: 11:33 AM 4/5/2010
New Mexico – 04-02-10
About 9:05 PM, My friend and I were sitting on the patio when we saw something strange in the sky (see attached Photoshop rendering). It passed by roughly south to north.
Diamond-Shaped Object Seen / Videotaped in Carlsbad, CA
Published: 10:47 AM 4/8/2010
I thought it was a bit strange of him to ask because we were chatting about a whole different topic at the time. As he was asking me this, I saw him gazing out towards the kitchen window, and so I looked out the same way.
What I saw were 2 diamond-shaped objects very brightly lit, a very golden yellow color.
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
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March 18, 2010
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Sec. 2521, Pg. 1000 – The government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. What does a National Medical Device Registry mean?
World stocks drop as Greek debt crisis intensifies
by Pan Pylas
April 8, 2010
LONDON (AP) – World markets slid Thursday amid mounting worries about a potential Greek debt default as the country's borrowing costs continue to go through the roof.
Taxpayers' money given to corrupt charities
by Cahal Milmo
April 8, 2010
The government department in charge of Britain's £5.6bn aid budget has been accused of "unjustifiable secrecy" because it is refusing to disclose the names of charities and developing countries found to have fraudulently obtained money donated on behalf of UK taxpayers.
Kyrgyzstan opposition sets up 'people's government'
April 8, 2010
The opposition in Kyrgyzstan says it is setting up a "people's government" after deadly clashes left some 65 dead.
Ex-Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva told the BBC that new defence and interior ministers had been appointed.
Maoist rebels kill at least 76 troops in India
April 7, 2010
PATNA, India (AP) — Maoist insurgents claiming to fight for India's rural poor killed at least 76 soldiers Tuesday in a series of carefully planned ambushes in the forests of eastern India, underscoring the rebels' strength despite a government offensive.
The attack by hundreds of Maoists in a rebel stronghold in Chhattisgarh state was the deadliest by the militants against government forces in their 43-year insurgency.
Signs in Humanity
Anyone for headless goat rugby…?
by Julius Cavendish
April 9, 2010
A sport best described as "mounted goat rugby from hell" could soon be transported from northern Afghanistan's dusty plains to the green turf of Twickenham, or even New York's Yankee Stadium, if enthusiasts have their way. Buzkashi, a game supposedly devised by Genghis Khan, pits men and horses against each other in a ferocious struggle for possession of a headless goat.
Lesbian, 26, 'posed as 15-year-old to seduce three schoolgirls into bed'
April 7, 2010
A lesbian paedophile sexually abused three schoolgirls after posing as a 15-year-old to lure them into a relationship, a court heard today.
Cricket star admits he was married
by Andrew Buncombe
April 8, 2010
A bizarre and increasingly sordid saga that has gripped much of South Asia took another unexpected turn yesterday when a Pakistani cricketer poised to marry an Indian tennis star admitted he was, after all, married to another Indian woman.
Thai "red shirts" defiant after 21 die in clashes
by Ambika Ahuj
April 11, 2010
(Reuters) – Thai "red shirt" protesters ruled out negotiations with the government on Sunday and said they would not give up their fight for early elections a day after clashes with security forces killed 21 people.
Police smash Israeli organ-trafficking ring
April 7, 2010
A retired army brigadier general is among six suspects arrested by Israeli police investigating an organ-trafficking ring, police say.
The organisation offered as much as $100,000 (£65,600) for kidneys, which were transplanted by doctors in poor countries, a sting operation uncovered.
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 http://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 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.2 MOLUCCA SEA
6.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.1 MAULE, CHILE
5.0 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.0 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.0 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
5.1 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.1 KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA
5.1 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
5.2 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.5 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
5.2 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
7.0 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
5.0 FIJI REGION
5.5 TARAPACA, CHILE
5.2 MOLUCCA SEA
5.0 MOLUCCA SEA
5.9 MOLUCCA SEA
5.1 SOUTH OF AUSTRALIA
5.1 CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION
5.2 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
5.1 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
7.8 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.1 GREENLAND SEA
5.1 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
5.0 SIMEULUE, INDONESIA
5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
6.0 NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
5.2 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
5.1 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
5.1 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
5.0 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
MEXICO – A 7.2 magnitude earthquake centered in Baja California, Mexico was felt all over Southern California, rocking high rise buildings from San Diego to Los Angeles, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. One man died when his home collapsed on him in Baja. The man's home was very close to the quake's epicenter, just outside Mexical. There are reports of people trapped in more home collapses in Mexicali and rescue teams from nearby Tijuana are rushing over to the city to aid. The preliminary magnitude 6.9 quake struck about 6 miles below the earth's surface at 3:40 p.m. PT, about 110 miles east-southeast of Tijuana. After examining data, seismologists upgraded the size of Sunday's 25-second quake from a magnitude 6.9 to 7.2. "This is the largest earthquake since the [7.3 magnitude] Landers earthquake of 1992. A 7.2 is going to happen over a pretty long fault, probably close to 50 miles long." Seismologists are working to determine which of a series of faults the quake occurred on. The temblor's force caused high-rise buildings in San Diego to sway back and forth around 30 seconds before rocking high-rise buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Over 20 million people felt shaking related to the earthquake. Strong shaking was reportedly felt as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada and Yuma, Arizona. A serious of powerful aftershocks, including a 5.1 magnitude jolt, were felt in the hour after the initial magnitude 7.2 quake struck in Baja California, Mexico. Magnitude 4.5 and magnitude 4.3 aftershocks came before and after. It is "reasonably likely" that the area could see a "triggered earthquake" around magnitude 6.0 in the next few days following the quake. There are growing reports of damages emerging from Mexicali and Calexico, including structural damage, broken windows, leaking gas lines, loss of water services, and loss of electricity in portions of Northern Mexico. There are reports of substantial damage in the older section of Calexico. The LAFD reports several instances of people being trapped in elevators, including one report of a woman trapped on the 34th floor of a building in Century City. According to the USGS, the same area where Sunday's quake struck has been experiencing quakes around magnitude-3.0 sporadically throughout the week.
The day after one of the strongest earthquakes to strike the region in nearly two decades, residents on both sides of the border marveled that damage was relatively light even as waves of mild aftershocks troubled nerves. The United States Geological Survey reported that the 7.2 quake, the strongest in Southern California in two decades, was caused by two rock masses grinding and scraping together along a roughly 45-mile zone. It was felt as far away as southern Utah and Portland, Oregon. A geophysicist with the survey’s National Earthquake Information Center said that the quake was very similar to the one that ravaged Haiti on Jan. 12, and that he was shocked it did not cause more death and destruction. “The thing that saved people’s lives was that the epicenter was in a remote part of Mexico. In Haiti, it was right in Port-au-Prince.” The quake caused only two deaths and scores of mostly minor injuries in Mexicali. Its forces were fickle, leaving blocks of untouched buildings, then a crumpled facade, broken glass and cracks climbing a wall. “With the way things shook I wonder why the whole city didn’t come down." There were reports of several dozen homes and businesses severely damaged or destroyed on the outskirts of the city and in rural areas to the south. Mexican seismologists said the city was spared heavy damage probably because a large number of buildings were built recently – it is an important agricultural and manufacturing hub with a relatively large middle class – and the energy of the quake moved away from it, to the northwest. On the other side of the border, damage was mainly confined to cracked walls and floors and burst water lines in various sections of San Diego.
The 7.2 Mexicali earthquake produced more than 100 aftershocks in 15 hours on Monday [total for the day was around 350]. Many of the aftershocks have occurred on the California side of the border just above the epicenter near Mexicali. Residents in Calexico and other parts of Imperial County and San Diego County reported feeling them. There have been other aftershocks farther north in Riverside County, around the Salton Sea. A 4.1 temblor struck off the coast of Malibu on Sunday afternoon. Dozens of the aftershocks measured stronger than magnitude 4.0. Two in Ocotillo, California, which is near the border, measured 5.0 – including one that hit Monday at 6:33 a.m. "This is very typical for a 7.2 earthquake." Officials said it was probable that the Mexicali temblor could produce an aftershock of 6.0. (quake map)
INDONESIA– authorities say they have no reports of casualties following a major 7.7-magnitude earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra. The quake struck the Simeulue region around 205 kilometres from the city of Sibolga shortly before 5:15am (local time) Tuesday at a depth of about 46 kilometres. Witnesses had reported power blackouts and panic on Simeulue island, but there are no reports of casualties or damage in the province. A tsunami watch issued just after the quake was later cancelled. Earlier, tsunami waves up to 14 centimetres were recorded at Teluk Dalam on Nias Island, south west of Sibolga. Across the Andaman Sea, Thailand cancelled a tsunami alert which had been issued after the earthquake hit. Residents of Banda Aceh said they felt the earth shaking powerfully for about a minute and many fled their homes or piled onto motorcycles to head inland in fear of a destructive tsunami. A hotel manager in the northern Sumatran city of Medan says the quake was felt twice and each time it lasted for about four minutes. "It happened two times, so at about 5:15am and 5:30am…Things not moving, we can feel it. It's not strong, just shaking a little bit." The US Geological Survey originally measured the quake at 7.6 before upgrading it to 7.8 and then downgrading it to 7.7. Both Nias and Sibolga were hit hard by the 9.1 December 2004 tsunami and the 8.7 March 2005 tsunami. A 7.6-magnitude quake in West Sumatra province in September last year killed about 1,000 people.
The Baja California earthquake – the strongest to hit the region in more than a century – jostled fault lines, triggered 500 aftershocks in a day and will leave the area shaking for weeks. Baja, a state in Mexico bordering Southern California, experienced at least five aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater and can expect continued tremors for a month or more as the earth settles. While the risk of an even larger earthquake is elevated, it diminishes each day that passes. The magnitude 7.2 Baja earthquake occurred Sunday and was the third powerful temblor to roil the Americas this year, following one in Haiti and one in Chile. Small tremors boost the chances of triggering a larger quake. No consensus exists among scientists over whether a large earthquake increases or decreases the likelihood of a bigger future temblor. Some scientists theorize that large earthquakes behave differently, relieving so much pressure they reduce the chances of another big one.
The earthquake on Sunday, which rattled the California-Mexico border, was as large in energy magnitude as the disaster in Haiti, and the third major quake in the Western Hemisphere over the last three months. Even placed in the slow-moving context of earth time, these quakes were major events. The Sunday shaker was magnitude 7.2, the strongest in Southern California in two decades, and felt by more than 20 million people, though it mercifully only killed a few people. The Chilean crackup in February was magnitude 8.8, one of the most powerful seismic episodes ever recorded. The magnitude 9.2 Good Friday quake of 1964 in Alaska was the largest ever recorded in U.S. history. Just outside of Anchorage, you can walk cliffs that were flat beaches on the Thursday before the quake, and stroll through unworldly ghost trees that were plunged deep beneath the coastal plain, now standing in saltwater.
ALASKA – A swarm of small earthquakes began Monday at a volcano near Anchorage in what scientists said was a warning that Mount Redoubt could be waking from its slumber. The swarm of small quakes started early in the day near the summit of Mount Redoubt, about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, with a regular pattern often seen when magma is moving inside a volcano. Researchers plan to fly through the steam plume of the volcano later this week and take measurements of three chemical compounds linked to volcanic activity – sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Scientists do not know if the earthquakes will lead to the volcano again becoming explosive, but they said that was a heightened possibility. Last year, the volcano rumbled and grumbled for months before exploding on Jan. 26, at times producing huge ash plumes and sending mud flows down its flanks. It finally quieted in late September, but there was a similar episode of increased seismic activity in December. Mount Redoubt also erupted in 1989 and 1990. The current earthquakes were not connected to Sunday's magnitude-7.2 quake in Mexico just south of the U.S. border. "We wouldn't expect there to be any connection given the distances." Alaska is the most seismically active state in the country. In 1964, it experienced a magnitude-9.2 earthquake near Anchorage, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in North America.
TROPICAL STORMS -
Cyclone ROBYN was 1196 nmi ESE of Diego Garcia and 1685 nmi WNW of Perth, Australia.
Cyclone ROBYN was 1278 nmi ESE of Diego Garcia and 1601 nmi WNW of Perth, Australia.
Cyclone ROBYN was 1236 nmi ESE of Diego Garcia and 1650 nmi WNW of Perth, Australia.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
PERU – At least 20 people have been killed in central Peru after heavy rains sparked a mudslide that engulfed a small village. The mudslide struck the village in the Huanuco region. At least another 25 people are reportedly missing, but hundreds of people might still be missing. 50 people had also been injured. At least 120 homes had been damaged or destroyed. Days of heavy rains caused a small lake higher up a nearby mountain to overflow into a ravine. In the past few months the Peruvian Andes have experienced ONE OF THE HEAVIEST RAINY SEASONS IN DECADES. Some meteorologists say it is due to the cyclical El Nino weather pattern, while others attribute the downpours to climate change. The deadly mudslide was the second in as many days in Peru. On Thursday, five people were killed in the town of Cancejos.
BRAZIL – THE HEAVIEST RAINS IN RIO DE JANEIRO'S HISTORY have triggered landslides that killed at least 95 people as rising water turned roads into rivers and paralysed Brazil's second-largest city. The ground gave way in steep hillside slums today, cutting red-brown paths of destruction through shanty towns. Concrete and wooden homes were crushed and hurtled downhill, only to bury other structures. The future host city of the Olympics and football World Cup ground to a near halt as the mayor urged workers to stay home and closed all schools. Most businesses were shuttered. Some 29cm of rain [11.4 inches] fell in less than 24 hours, and more rain was expected. The previous high was 24cm that fell on January 2, 1966. Officials said potential mudslides threatened at least 10,000 homes in the city of six million people. People in endangered areas were urged to take refuge with family or friends and no one should venture out. "This is the greatest flooding in the history of Rio de Janeiro, the biggest amount of rain in a single day." "I have never seen anything like this," said a driver stranded for 8 hours, wiping steam from the inside of his windshield to reveal a flooded roadway with hundreds of cars, taxis and buses packed together on high ground between raging torrents. "Tell me, how is this city supposed to host the Olympics? Look at this chaos!" Neither the 2014 World Cup nor the 2016 Olympics will be held during Brazil's rainy season. The rain normally takes place during the Southern Hemisphere's summer in December through February, but has lasted into April this year. "Normally, the months of June and July are calmer."
U.S. – The Northeast is seeing more frequent "extreme precipitation events" in line with global warming predictions, a study shows, including storms like the recent fierce rains whose floodwaters swallowed neighborhoods and businesses across New England. The study does not link last week's devastating floods to its research but examined 60 years' worth of National Weather Service rainfall records in nine Northeastern states and found that storms that produce an inch or more of rain in a day – a threshold the recent storm far surpassed – are coming more frequently. The study's results are consistent with what could be expected in a world warmed by greenhouse gases. It would take more sophisticated studies to cement a warming link, though. What is more certain, researchers said, is the potential economic impact should the 60-year trend continue and require billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to things in the region including roads, bridges, sewers and culverts.
Average annual precipitation in the region also increased, albeit slightly, by nearly three-quarters of an inch per decade over the 60-year period. That period included a marked drop-off in rainfall during the 1960s, when much of New England experienced drought, and again during a regional drought in 2001. When it came to the really big storms – ones that produce 2 inches or even 4 inches in a 24-hour period – the study found those also occurring with more regularity than in the past. The ferocious March storms seem out of whack even with the findings in the report – Providence, R.I., and other cities set a monthly record for precipitation, while Boston experienced its second-rainiest month since record keeping began. "It's consistent, but it's way more than even the trends we've seen. It's anomalous for sure." Previous studies have shown that New England's wettest days of the year are getting wetter over time, but there was no net change nationwide, raising doubt as to whether global warming is the culprit.
BRAZIL – Some 200 people are now feared to have been buried by a landslide in Rio de Janeiro, following the heaviest rains in decades. Mud came crashing down into a slum in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio, sweeping away at least 50 homes. A nursery for children was among the 50 buried buildings. Rescuers are still searching for survivors of previous mudslides. The number of confirmed dead is 150 but is now expected to rise steeply. "In our experience, it's an instant death [for those caught in their homes]." Torrential downpours that began on Monday afternoon set off dozens of landslides. Most of the victims have been the residents of the shanty towns built on the hills around Rio, Brazil's second biggest city. Forecasters say rain is likely to continue, but will not be as heavy. (photos, map)
Picking up the pieces in Rio – photos & map.
COLUMBIA – 3,000 families across the country have been affected the floods, landslides and high winds that have battered the country in the last two weeks. The central Colombian department of Risaralda was battered with heavy rains and gail force winds over Easter, leaving 80 families homeless. Most of the damage was in the departments of Antioquia, Cauca, Choco and Caqueta Quindio, but the families struggling to deal with the devastation are spread over twelve departments. (photo)
BANGLADESH – Tens of thousands of people have been left marooned and homeless by rising floodwaters in Bangladesh. Villages were inundated when the riverbanks protecting families’ homes were swept away. Many of those are the same people who survived when Cyclone Aila devastated south western Bangladesh on May 25 last year. More than 45,000 people are stranded in the two neighbouring sub-districts of Dacope and Shyamnagar, which were some of the areas worst hit by Aila. The area, in south western Bangladesh is a flood plain, crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and is at particular risk from cyclones and high tides. People rely on a 7,500km-long network of flood embankments to survive. Much of this network was rinsed away by the 2009 cyclone network, leaving hundreds of thousands of people even more vulnerable than usual. Flooding struck Dacope just days after work finished to fix last year’s damage to the embankments. Many families are now being driven to leave their villages permanently. “It's been almost a year and our situation is not improving at all. These new floods have broken our backs. We have few other choices. It’s impossible to continue living this way any more." People in Shyamnagar tried to finish repair work themselves, only for their work to be washed away by the Klolpetua river, which flooded 15 villages, affecting more than 25,000 people. “We repaired the dykes and our villages emerged from the water. A week later, we are homeless again." Most people have now left their homes, seeking shelter in nearby villages.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
Arctic sea ice experiences growth spurt in March – "UNUSUALLY cold conditions and persistent northerly winds" were a RECORD-BREAKING recipe this year for arctic sea ice. The chilly weather conditions allowed the ice to COVER MORE TERRITORY AND MUCH LATER IN THE SEASON THAN ANY OTHER MARCH SINCE SATELLITES STARTED MEASURING arctic ice in 1979. On March 31, the ice measured 5.89 million square miles — 260,000 square miles more than the 2006 record low for the month of March. Wind and temperature patterns in the Bering and Barents seas "pushed the ice edge southward." But it's likely not enough to affect the amount of sea ice the arctic will experience over the summer. "The late date of the maximum extent, though of special interest this year, is unlikely to have an impact on summer ice extent. The ice that formed late in the season is thin, and will melt quickly when temperatures rise."
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
CHINA – The DROUGHT AFFECTING YUNNAN EXCEEDS ANY FROM OVER THE PAST MILLENNIUM. It is estimated that by May, one out of four people will have no drinking water. The drought began last fall and has persisted for three consecutive seasons. It could continue through early summer. Seven million people are expected to suffer the effects of the food shortage.
“Our harvest for early spring crops such as corn, wheat, and kidney beans is zero. We cannot seed for the late spring crops. If there’s no rain by May, major spring crops such as rice are at risk. People will face starvation." "The rivers and ponds are completely dry. There’s no water in wells or cellars. There are no vegetables. The wheat is all dead. Even the mountain trees have wilted. There’s nothing left.”
Southern China is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, impacting 61.3 million people in the provinces of Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, the city of Chongqing, and surrounding areas. The supply of drinking water for 18 million people, and water for 11.7 million large livestock and five million hectares (12.5 million acres) of farmland are compromised; more than 1.15 million hectares (2.9 million acres) of farmland already decimated.
HAWAII – Rain gauges across the state recorded the LOWEST FEBRUARY RAINFALL TOTALS IN A DECADE. At Līhu'e International Airport, rainfall totals were 25 percent of normal in the first two months of the year. It's the same story at Honolulu International Airport and Kahului Airport. Hilo International Airport was at 12 percent of normal. Meanwhile, gauges sprinkled across the state recorded their lowest totals since 2000. The Ha'ikū gauge on Maui posted its lowest February total since 1992. O'ahu is the only major island without any areas under a drought classification. Ka'ū and Kona on the Big Island and parts Maui are the only places where the drought is in the "exceptional" category, the worst on the drought intensity scale. The lower-than-average rainfall is part of the El Niño weather pattern, which typically brings drier conditions and big surf. An update on the drought conditions in Hawai'i will be issued Thursday by the National Weather Service. But it doesn't look like there will be much reprieve anytime soon. Trade wind showers haven't been significant enough to improve pasture and soil moisture conditions. "We're not done yet with winter. But we're moving into the drier time of the year once we go into late spring."
British plants are FLOWERING EARLIER NOW THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE LAST 250 YEARS. The average first flowering date has been earlier in the last 25 years than in any other period. Flowering dates are closely linked to temperatures recorded in the Central England Temperature Record. This is the longest continuous instrumental record of temperatures anywhere in the world, dating back to measurements made in 1659. During the 1980s and 1990s, the temperatures it registered rose by about 1C, although there is large variability from year to year. "There have been other periods [in the record] when temperatures were warm, but the last 25 years is certainly the period when the index has been earliest." Across the plant record, researchers found that a temperature difference between two years of 1C equates to a difference in flowering time of about five days, with some species responding much more than others. In general, spring-flowering species respond more to temperature changes than those blossoming later. Earlier this year, another study showed that on average, spring in the UK now begins 11 days earlier in the year than 30 years ago.
Is climate change affecting New Zealand? Are Northland, Auckland and Waikato the first New Zealand regions to start seeing the extreme weather patterns caused by man-made global warming or is it all just hot air? Over the past decade Northland has seen some incredible extremes. The main being a switch from devastating floods to devastating droughts within months of each other. For the past 5 years it appears that Northland seems to have two settings – wet or dry. Actually, make that extremely wet or extremely dry. Record breaking rainfall in winter, recording breaking dry patches in summer. Not to mention extreme frosts last year that turned inland parts of Northland into South Island winter postcards. But it's not just Northland. Auckland is also seeing extremes too… from the hottest recorded Auckland temperature last February, to the hottest August on record to one of the coldest Octobers on record – all in 2009. Now Aucklanders have had their driest quarter on record and little rain is in the short range forecast. Many climate change experts say it's about global extremes rather than global warming. Is this simply a localised event that is bringing havoc to isolated communities? The answer can't be definitively given – as this period of time, on a global scale, is far too small.
U.S. – Southern New England on Wednesday saw RECORD HEAT, as well as fire danger warnings, less than a week after RECORD FLOODING. The temperature Wednesday hit 92 degrees in Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn., setting records for the day in both cities. The temperature hit a record 90 at Boston's Logan International Airport. That's the earliest date ever for a 90-degree reading in Boston. The "typical" first 90-degree day in Boston is June 5, and a "typical" year sees only 13-14 days of 90 degrees or warmer there. Providence last month also set a record for March rainfall; Boston had its second-rainiest month on record. The weather service on Wednesday issued a red flag warning for much of southern New England. That means an enhanced danger of brush fires. Plants that have yet to bud can burn under the right conditions even if the ground is still wet.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM – A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth's magnetosphere Monday, April 5th, at approximately 0800 UT and sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the year. The event registered 7 on the 0-to-9 Kindex scale of magnetic disturbances. Although the storm is subsiding now, it is not over; high-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. Latest images.
A recently discovered small asteroid will pass by the Earth today but poses no risk of striking. The orb will come just 395,000km from Earth – a hair's breadth away in astronomical terms. At its closest, it will be closer to Earth than our Moon is. The asteroid, approximately 22 metres wide, was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey. It came nearest to Earth at about 9am AEST today. Space officials said the "fly-by" is closer than most, although not especially rare. "Fly-bys of near-Earth objects within the moon's orbit occur every few weeks."
ODD ANIMAL BEHAVIOR-
AUSTRALIA – World's largest reef fish die of mysterious death, wash up on Aussie beach. Scientists are baffled as to why enormous Queensland groper fish are washing up dead on North Queensland beaches without a scratch on them. The Queensland gropers – the largest reef-dwelling fish in the world – are dying from septicemia caused by bacterial infections but scientists are at a loss to explain why. Mystery surrounding the deaths continue after a 1.7m groper washed up on Saturday morning at Rowes Bay, a Townsville coastal suburb. A fisheries spokeswoman said although it was RARE for the monster fish to wash up in Townsville, it was common in the far north. In the past two years, more than 50 gropers have washed up dead on North Queensland beaches, mainly north of Cardwell, all infected with the bacteria Streptococcus agalactiae.
HEALTH THREATS –
Researchers who studied H1N1 in 47 Quebec City households determined that between 8% and 13% of patients were still shedding viable virus 8 days into their illness, but none were still shedding on day 11. The authors write that self-isolation only until fever abates seems inadequate to limit spread and that self-isolation for 1 week may be more effective.
People vaccinated against seasonal flu appeared to have been at increased risk of the H1N1 pandemic flu that killed thousands worldwide in 2009. But the link between seasonal flu vaccinations and subsequent pandemic flu illness is tenuous. One study "confirmed that the seasonal vaccine provided protection against seasonal influenza, but found it to be associated with an increased risk of approximately 68 per cent for H1N1 disease." A further three studies also found an "increased likelihood of H1N1 illness in people who had received the seasonal vaccine compared to those who had not." The researchers said these do not reveal a "true cause-and-effect relationship" between seasonal flu vaccination and subsequent H1N1 illness. The observed association may also be "due to differences in some unidentified factor(s) among the groups being studied." Six other studies produced "highly conflicting results." Thus, it would be "premature to conclude" that seasonal flu vaccinations increased the risk of pandemic illness in 2009. The researchers also noted that the World Health Organisation has recommended that H1N1 be included in subsequent seasonal vaccine formulations.This would provide protection against H1N1 and "thereby obviate any risk that might have been due to the seasonal vaccine in 2009, which did not include H1N1."
No H1N1 immunity in older Singaporeans – Researchers in Singapore performed serologic tests on 50 healthy volunteers, most of whom were born before 1958 and therefore potentially carrying H1N1 antibodies. However, none of the recruits, whose median age was 60, had immunity to pandemic H1N1 flu, which differs from findings in western populations. The authors say the results may reflect demographic differences, a very low seasonal-flu-vaccine rate in Singapore, or less exposure of Southeast Asians to swine-origin viruses from the West.
Regulators looking at antibacterial in soap – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of triclosan, a widely used antibacterial agent found in soap, toothpaste and a range of other consumer products. The agency stressed there are no grounds to recommend any changes in the use of triclosan but said some recent studies merited a closer look. An animal study showed the chemical may alter hormone regulation and several other lab studies showed that bacteria may be able to evolve resistance to triclosan in a way that can help them also resist antibiotics. "Despite the fact that this chemical is found in everything from soaps to socks, there are many troubling questions about triclosan's effectiveness and potentially harmful effects, especially for children." Simply washing the hands physically removes the excess bacteria, and many experts agree that soap containing triclosan does little or nothing extra to remove bacteria. Triclosan has been in use for about 30 years.
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
Philip Pullman creates a darker Christ in new assault on the church
guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 March 2010
In the bestselling His Dark Materials books, author Philip Pullman depicted the church as a corrupt and murderous bureaucracy and God as senile, frail and impotent. And, despite condemnation by the Christian right, Pullman has now taken on the Gospels directly. In his new story, he writes that Jesus had a manipulative twin brother, Christ, who tempted him in the wilderness and betrayed him to the authorities.
Ritual sacrifice of children on rise in Uganda
By JASON STRAZIUSO (AP) – April 4, 2010
JINJA, Uganda — Caroline Aya was playing in front of her house in January when a neighbor put a cloth over her mouth and fled with her.
A couple of days later, the 8-year-old's body was found a short walk away — with her tongue cut out. Police believe she was offered up as a human sacrifice in a ritual killing, thought to bring wealth or health.
Texas Megachurch to Give Out Cars, TVs at Easter Services
By Lillian Kwon|Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Apr. 02 2010
Easter at a megachurch in Corpus Christi, Texas, will look like the popular TV game show "The Price Is Right."
Sixteen cars, 15 flat-screen televisions, furniture sets and other prizes are lined up at Bay Area Fellowship Church and ready to be claimed by anyone who attends the church's Easter services on Sunday.
Marijuana church just a joke, Crown argues
Shannon Kari, National Post
Published: Thursday, April 08, 2010
The tenets of a Toronto organization seeking a religious exemption to marijuana prohibitions was described by a federal government prosecutor on Thursday as a "fictitious artifice" and a ruse by cannabis enthusiasts.
German Church Abuse Hotline Gets Flood of Calls
By NICHOLAS KULISH
Published: April 8, 2010
BERLIN — The Roman Catholic Church’s phone line for victims of sexual abuse in Germany was overwhelmed with calls last week, the telephone counseling service’s first in operation.
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
Grad student takes stand for faith, denied degree
Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 4/6/201
A Michigan woman denied a Master's degree in counseling will have her day in court.
Nigeria: 'Secret' killings follow religious deaths
By AHMED SAKA (AP) – April 6, 2010
JOS, Nigeria — The religious massacres have stopped, but "secret" killings of Christians and Muslims continue on a smaller scale across central Nigeria, claiming more than 30 lives this year, police said Tuesday.
Raped India Nun To Testify In Different Court
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
By BosNewsLife Asia Service
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– An Indian nun who was raped during India's worst anti-Christian violence in recent memory will testify about her ordeal in another court after complaining about intimidation, BosNewsLife established Tuesday, April 6.
India Hindu Militants Attack Evangelical Christians
Monday, April 5, 2010
Santosh Digal, BosNewsLife Asia Correspondent
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– An evangelical church in central India celebrated Easter this weekend after police harassment and threats from suspected Hindu militants who accused local believers of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity, an evangelical umbrella organization said.
BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Armed Group Attacks Church; Hostages Freed
Friday, April 2, 2010
By Xavier P. William, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Rawalpindi, Pakistan
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– Pakistani security forces freed hostages held in a church compound by over a dozen armed men and women on Friday, April 2, and detained several suspects, police officials and Christians told BosNewsLife.