CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 135
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Lord, support us all day long
until shadows lengthen,
the busy world hushed,
the fever of life is over
and our life's work is done.
I ask these things in Christ Jesus
Your Son and vindicator of righteous rule
Amen Father Yahweh
On Silence and Being Quiet
Proverbs 11:12 Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning, when he seals his lips.
There are times in which remaining silent is powerful and in which the absence of words have an even greater influence and authority than any words that could be spoken. Knowing when to remain silent takes discernment. It also takes practice. Seeing and recognizing when it would be better to remain silent also takes experience and wisdom which is only gained through knowledge and understanding.
Ecclesiastes 3:7 a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak;
Job 15:13 Should he argue with useless talk or with words that serve no good purpose?
Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
Matthew 26:62-63 The high priest then stood up and said to him, “Don’t you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you?” But Jesus kept silent.
It is not necessary that we have a reply or answer to every question asked of us. We do not have to always have the last word. To determine when it is best to remain silent, before saying anything first think of what Christ Jesus would do and what would be lost, or gained, in any given circumstance.
Job 6:24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.”
Ecclesiastes 9:17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Oftentimes too, there is more to be heard in silence than in constant chatter or shouting. It’s those times in which we are able to silently listen for Yahweh’s voice who teaches us. In order to hear Her quiet wisdom, we must silence ourselves and our minds and spirits.
Psalm 131:2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Isaiah 18:4 This is what the LORD says to me: “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
Lamentations 3:26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
1 Peter 3:4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
There are times in which we all crave a moment of silence and are in need of some peace and quiet. And while there can be great power in silence; we can also find peace as well as an opportunity to grow in being quiet.
A Faithful Messenger
submitted by Jeshaiah
Proverbs 25:13 — To those who send him, a trustworthy messenger
is like the coolness of snow on a harvest day;
he refreshes the life of his masters.
Proverbs 10:26 — Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so the slacker is to the one who sends him [on an errand].
Ecclesiastes 1:8 — All things are wearisome;
man is unable to speak.
The eye is not satisfied by seeing
or the ear filled with hearing.
In a person's daily activities, much of their actions may be in speech. As words come from the overflow of the heart (Matthew 12:34), their words reflect the source of the words, and essentially, the source of their heart. In this, if a person's heart is inspired by Father to speak, then they are speaking as a messenger of Father's Spirit. In that manner, they should not misconstrue what has been placed in their heart, and speak confidently in what Father has inspired.
A lot of the things of this world can attempt to hinder this inspiration. Further, in the near coming times, any spiritual speech of Father's Truth will be responded to in such a manner that may be considered far extreme.
Matthew 13:22 — Now the one sown among the thorns—this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
To consider, however, anything that Father places in one's heart to speak out of Truth can only be founded upon Truth. If something truthful will cause another to become upset, and one is Father's messenger, then speaking Truth is still the only option. Also, one of such worries of this age is perhaps having any wicked suspicions, or perhaps worrying about one's safety amidst criminal events. This is nothing to be concerned for, however:
Psalm 118:6 — The LORD is for me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
So, amongst all that Father has sent oneself out to do and say, there is nothing that can stop Father's Will from coming forth. There is not anything to fear of the coming time, as Father will provide and protect.
2 Timothy 4:2 — proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.
Revelation 13:10 — If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed. Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 3:10 — Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
Be Still Child
Don’t panic, be calm.
You’re not in control anyway.
The sun will rise, the moon will follow.
The grass will grow. The leaves will fall.
The days and months will pass.
Time will continue to march on.
There will be storms. There will be shelter.
There is Grace and Salvation.
Be still and know that I Am God.
You are safe. All is well.
Nourishment From The Throne
Prince of Yahweh II: Yahweh bringing down the world financial empire through their own greed and deception.
About tungsten metal powder: "Primary uses for tungsten powder include use as a raw material in the manufacture of rod, sheet, plate, and near net shape products. In addition, metal powders can be also used in the production of surface coatings as well as an additive metal alloying and plastic and polymer material technologies."
Fake gold manufactures search revealed this:
Pros and cons of faked gold bars, but what he doesn't;t realize is that it's all part of Yahweh's plan to collapse the entire world's financial foundation. The fact that the tungsten can be detected is all part of the end times plan to cause them to self destruct.
"There is more anecdotal evidence available in various forums which indicate an ingot was found with "cracks" in it. The story went black almost as soon as it was released. The breadcrumbs are there. 200 trillion of assets…and only 800 billion of that is Gold. The temptation was there. The massive fraud we are living in is being kept from us on a razors edge."
"The global bankers must deal with toxic bonds and phony gold bars. Talk circulates that the entire contents of Fort Knox might have swapped a decade ago. Evidence is being accumulated and compiled. The assayers have also been commissioned to assist in authentication of gold bar delivery the world over from the US exchanges. Current estimates among the gold trader community run well past a few hundred thousand 'salted' gold bars, maybe over a million. So the introduction to sophisticated Wall Street methods of currency management during the Decade of Prosperity had a side game running simultaneously. In an age where the lines between patriotism and treason are blurred, this tungsten episode brings new meaning to the word HEIST."
"Is this a gold-plated tungsten coin?"
Quote: Originally Posted by criticalfriend "I have no doubt that the coin on the taxfree gold site sold by Chards in Blackpool UK is genuine as they purchase directly from the mint.."
Sabremesh Member "Assuming, of course, that the mint isn't itself purchasing these half-finished coins direct from China…"
And that's the point kids; the entire scam is being perpetrated at a very high level; because of the condition the U.S. is in financially; they concocted this fraud to try and keep their heads above a sea of red that will drown them. The parity is this, as all things in the Word are interconnected with one another, and life's happenings are tied into the Word, so consider the once strong military power and financial empire of ancient Egypt that was not drowned in a sea of red ink debt, but a literal one. That is the parity or equivalence in this situation.
Colossians 2:15 "He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him."
Deborah: Gotcha. That is just amazing. Regina and I were discussing the name Tunguska the other day and she mentioned it is Nordic in nature. I noticed that Tunguska and tungsten are similar in how they are spelled so I did some Wiki research.
The name "tungsten" (from the Nordic tung sten, meaning "heavy stone") is used in English, French, and many other languages as the name of the element. Tungsten was the old Swedish name for the mineral scheelite. The other name "wolfram" (or "volfram"), used for example in most European (especially Germanic and Slavic) languages, is derived from the mineral wolframite, and this is also the origin of its chemical symbol, W. The name "wolframite" is derived from German "wolf rahm" ("wolf soot" or "wolf cream"), the name given to tungsten by Johan Gottschalk Wallerius in 1747. This, in turn, derives from "Lupi spuma", the name Georg Agricola used for the element in 1546, which translates into English as "wolf's froth" or "cream" (the etymology is not entirely certain), and is a reference to the large amounts of tin consumed by the mineral during its extraction.
Considering the etymology, the fake gold bars make me think of wolves in sheep's clothing.
Prince of Yahweh II: I'm proud of you. You have pieced another part of the puzzle into its slot; the 1908 Siberian Tunguska explosion which was a bubble of enshrouded energy that burst over that region, it signaled the fall of Dawn and that his plan for undermining Yahweh's Sovereignty had burst in mid air; it also represented the lost or lack of value that Dawn's past authority had been represented as; in addition, Dawn's own power structure was shaken as he also lost much of his powers and that made him less effective in his fight against Yahweh; in essence, after being cast to the earth, Dawn was looked upon as a fallen empire builder who had become bankrupt in the sight of not only his creator, but also all that witnessed the fall and those that would eventually learn of his fall from his prominent position in Heaven through study of the Sacred Word. And last but not least, Dawn being cast out of Heaven with his allies ushered in the new government of the coming Millennial Rule that was then set up in Heaven and Christ Anointed as the Ruling King just beneath Yahweh.
Regina: Deborah and I are sitting here talking about Tungsken and Tunguska and I pick up my iPhone and decide to play a Science Trivia game while we're IMing each other back and forth. I start the game and the 2nd question: "What element is extracted from the ore Scheelite"… the Answer? Tungsten! I know I posted about synchronicities months ago… and I was given counsel regarding them… but I don't understand HOW or WHY they happen and why they happen so often for me… It's awesome when it does, but why? It boggles my mind!
Prince of Yahweh II: Hosea 14:9 "Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the LORD are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them."
Your insight comes directly from Yahweh.
Daniel 5:14 "I've heard that you have the spirit of the gods in you, and that you have insight, intelligence, and extraordinary wisdom."
Just keep in mind that the Word is all entwined with the truth as a whole; some things refer or reflect other similarities, and this being true even when it speaks of things that are to do with other things. For example, the birth of the Kingdom at Revelation 12; the first seven words tell you something that is hidden from those that have no understanding of Yahweh and the truth; Yahweh is a Woman; Michael is Her Child. Dawn is the Dragon. The three central players of the Word. Dawn earned his spot because he was the ORIGINAL SERPENT to start the rebellion against Yahweh's authority as the King and Queen over Her creation. Seven words reveal something PERFECTED. It's no accident – it all ties together. When Michael became Christ he went his way to Yahweh in Heaven and is by Her Powerful right arm. That is PROTECTION for him and his Kingdom. A child is protected by his mother and father. Yahweh represents both positions.
Revelation 12 "The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon"
The parity: Yahweh. Christ, and Dawn. The three "3" central figures in creation.
Exodus 20:25 "If you make a stone altar for Me, you must not build it out of cut stones. If you use your chisel on it, you will defile it."
Why does Yahweh prefer natural stones? Because they are in their purity – untouched. What do you see in the visible heavens? All kinds of stones flying around in space; and are they not fiery in appearence?
Ezekiel 28:14 "You were an anointed guardian cherub, for I had appointed you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones."
Ezekiel 28:16 "Through the abundance of your trade, you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I expelled you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and banished you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones."
Exodus 24:10 "and they saw the God of Israel. Beneath His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire stone, as clear as the sky itself."
Nothing is hidden from Yahweh's sight. The energy capsule that held Dawn and his angels in confinement as they were cast down to the earth was made of stone
Luke 17:2 "It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble."
Dawn causes stumbling to those seeking the truth; him and his angels were thrown into the sea of space and cast down to the vicinity of the earth. So, Dawn's fall was also symbolic of:
Revelation 18:21 "[ The Finality of Babylon's Fall ] Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying: In this way, Babylon the great city will be thrown down violently and never be found again."
Ezekiel 26:21 "I will make you an object of horror, and you will no longer exist. You will be sought but will never be found again." [This is] the declaration of the Lord GOD. "
"18 You profaned your sanctuaries
by the magnitude of your iniquities
in your dishonest trade.
So I sent out fire from within you,
and it consumed you.
I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of everyone watching you.
19 All those who know you among the nations
are appalled at you.
You have become an object of horror
and will never exist again."
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 sighting over Geelong caught on video
April 22nd, 2010
BREAKING NEWS AMAZING footage captured by a Highton businessman shows mystery balls of light zigzagging across Corio Bay, prompting speculation it was UFOs.
Fighter Jets Chase UFO Down the M5
TWO fighter jets are filmed whizzing over the M5 – apparently in pursuit of a UFO.
A mystery cameraman took footage of the military aircraft chasing the shiny orb.
Blinding UFO appears in Chengdu
People's Daily Online
Mr. Zhang, a citizen of Chengdu, saw an unidentified flying object was flying in the air between 8:40 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. and took its picture with his camera on the night of April 18, Chengdu.
Unknown Flying Craft Photographed – Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
I saw this twice in about a week's time at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The first sighting was on about May 1, 2009, afternoon. I was on the Montezuma chair lift.
I saw this thing fly at the speed of an F14, made no noise at about 20,000 feet. I only got a glance at it.
California – Strange, Boomerang UFO – Multiple Witnesses
As we drove along, we were all talking loud, looking around at different things as we whizzed along Wilcox Rd, when suddenly I hear "K" yell out, "Hey, I see a UFO!" and I was like, "What? You're kidding," and I look up into the middle of the sky directly overhead and see this strange shape that at first reminded me of an angular cloud, in a kind of boomerang shape, but a cloud that was moving, and moving quite briskly.
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
At least 69 killed in Iraq bombings; Shiite mosques hit
April 23, 2010
BAGHDAD (AP) — The bloodiest day of the year in Iraq left at least 69 people dead n a series of bombs in mainly Shiite areas Friday concerted attacks seen as demonstrating the resilience of the Sunni-led insurgency after the slaying of two al-Qaeda leaders last weekend.
Human genes to be injected into goats, cows, and sheep
by Eloise Gibson
April 16, 2010
Scientists have been given permission to put human genes into goats, sheep and cows for the next 20 years, to see if the animals will produce human proteins in their milk.
Food costs jump most in 26 years
April 22, 2010
Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years.
The Labor Department said the Producer Price Index rose by 0.7 percent in March, compared to analysts' forecasts of a 0.4 percent rise. A rise in gas prices also helped push up the index.
Greece's budget deficit worse than first thought
April 22, 2010
Greece had a far larger budget deficit than expected last year and the figures may yet get worse, according to the European Union's statistics office.
Mother's fury as children as young as EIGHT are being offered free condoms
by Chris Brooke
April 23, 2010
Charity youth workers have been criticised after offering free condoms to children as young as eight who were playing in a park.
Angry mother Samantha Fuller says her 13-year-old daughter was given the contraceptives – but she also claims her eight-year-old nephew was asked if he wanted some.
Signs in Humanity
Maid 'drank acid to escape life as wealthy couple's slave'
by Lucy Ballinger
April 22, 2010
A maid 'treated like a beggar' and forced to work 16-hour days tried to kill herself by drinking acid, a tribunal heard yesterday.
Indonesian Yoyoh Binti Salim Udin was brought to Britain by wealthy businessman Firas Chamsi-Pasha and his wife Lina to cook and clean for them and be nanny to their two young sons.
Pensioner 'killed wife in failed suicide pact'
by Ben Mitchell
April 21, 2010
A pensioner killed his wife of 50 years then stabbed himself in a failed suicide pact, a court heard today.
Peter Cooper, 72, is charged with the murder of his wife, Audrey, 70, who he admits stabbing twice as they sat on a bench in Mountbatten War Memorial Park, Romsey, Hampshire, on January 18 last year.
The towns where two in three births are outside marriage
April 19, 2010
More than two thirds of children are born out of wedlock in many parts of the country, official figures show.
The statistics reveal that the proportion of births to single mothers and unmarried couples is set to exceed 50 per cent across Britain over the next five years.
White supremacists' rally sparks violent clashes in Los Angeles
April 18, 2010
A white supremacist group rallied against illegal immigration in Los Angeles city centre yesterday as hundreds of counter-protesters gathered in a tense standoff that resulted several arrests, thrown rocks and police in riot gear.
Burglars steal everything from woman's home… including the kitchen sink
April 20, 2010
Burglars who carried out three separate raids on a woman's house have taken almost everything she owns – including the kitchen sink.
Natalie Edwards was devastated when she returned home to discover burglars had ripped out skirting boards, taken worktops from her kitchen and had even stolen carpets and underlay.
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 BABAR, INDONESIA
5.3 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
5.3 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
6.2 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
5.5 NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA
5.0 JUJUY, ARGENTINA
5.0 XIZANG-QINGHAI BORDER REGION
5.5 CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN
5.1 MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
5.0 BALLENY ISLANDS REGION
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.3 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.3 WESTERN AUSTRALIA
5.3 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 KURIL ISLANDS
5.5 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
5.1 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.1 NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.
5.0 FIJI REGION
5.5 GUAM REGION
CHINA – The death toll from the strong quake that rocked a remote Tibetan region of China has surged past the 1000 mark as tons of food, clothes and other vital supplies start pouring in.
Despite five earthquakes of 7.0 magnitude or higher so far this year, scientists say the level of quake activity is normal.
Earthquake predictions ignored? – Two Chinese seismologists had predicted an earthquake in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and had reported their predictions to the China Earthquake Administration. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook Yushu in Qinghai Province on April 14 has so far left 1,484 people dead, 312 missing, and 12,088 injured as of April 17. A seismologist sent a brief on short-term earthquake prediction to the CEA on April 13. He also sent a text message to the China Earthquake Networks Center and received a confirmation receipt. He predicted an earthquake would occur near Yushu, Qinghai Province between April 14 and 17 at a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.5. Another earthquake forecaster submitted a written report to the CEA in early March predicting a quake in Chaya County, quite close to Yushu and in the same seismic region. He is well-known for correctly predicting the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake four months ahead of its occurrence and the 2010 Yunnan Province earthquake one month in advance. His current prediction was accurate within 2 hours and 10 minutes, with the epicenter within 124 miles and the magnitude differing by 0.7.
On March 9, seismologists from the CEA issued a statement: “Since 2010, the global earthquake frequency is indeed higher than average, but for the time being it is still difficult to say the earth has entered a high-frequency period of strong earthquakes. Judging from the current situation, more strong earthquakes will still happen, but mostly in the Pacific Rim. Devastating earthquakes will not happen in China in the near future." Both seismologists said they felt distressed and helpless. “According to regulations, earthquake predictions can only be announced by the government and earthquake administrations, and no individual or institutions are allowed to publicize predictions on their own.” The two seismologists refuted the authorities’ claim that earthquakes are unpredictable. They said that they follow natural rules and are definitely predictable. “If we have the necessary research facilities and collaborations, the accuracy of earthquake predictions can reach 98 percent and above, and we can also contribute to the exploration of seismic energy." They are dealing with limited resources as well as equipment which has not been installed according to standards. This has created a great deal of interference and slowed their progress. With better resources and collaboration, they feel there would be no problem to accurately predict earthquakes. “I tried to get information from other earthquake monitoring stations, and I also applied to the higher authorities. My efforts were fruitless."
AUSTRALIA – People were jolted from their sleep when a magnitude 3.8 quake – South Australia's STRONGEST IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS – struck just south of Mt Barker at 11.27pm on Friday. Its shockwaves were felt across the state. It was the largest of four tremors that had struck close to Adelaide in the past 19 days, with three recorded near Kuitpo, including a 1.9 magnitude tremor on April 2. The Australian Seismological Centre director said it was only "a matter of time" before SA experienced a repeat of the 5.5 magnitude quake of 1954 that caused $70 million damage across Adelaide. "I think we probably haven't seen the worst yet, but the probability would be pretty small that it will happen in our lifetime. But in places like Adelaide, very few buildings are designed to resist earthquakes. A 1954-style earthquake will happen at some stage in the future and Adelaide will be damaged. It's just a matter of time." SA experiences at least one magnitude 3.8 quake a year, and Adelaide faces the greatest risk of earthquake damage out of any major capital city due to its large number of volatile fault lines. "This is the fourth relatively small earthquake in just a few weeks, which is UNUSUAL. This earthquake was possibly up to a magnitude of even four and it's only the depth (of the quake) that saved you from damage. I think at the moment there is a high probability of an earthquake in this same area of the Adelaide metropolitan area." "If there are a lot of these in the next couple of months some people might get upset, but this is close enough to normal, except we don't usually have them down here, we usually see them up in the Flinders." The Australian tectonic plate is moving north at 7cm a year, nudging with adjoining Eurasian and Pacific plates and increasing stress on the continent. It is expected normal tectonic plate movement and pressure on the plates caused the quake.
AFGHANISTAN – At least seven people are dead and 30 injured after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in mountains north of Kabul. The quake hit just before 6.30am (AEST) Monday.
Roads and communications are sparse in the area and casualty reports take time to reach authorities. The quake was felt in Kabul as well as the neighbouring countries of Uzbekistan and Tajikstan. The region is capable of producing large earthquakes along fault lines where India slammed against the Asian continent millions of years ago.
CALIFORNIA – The number of earthquakes greater than magnitude 4.0 in Southern California and Baja California has increased significantly in 2010. There have been 70 such quakes so far this year, THE MOST OF ANY YEAR IN THE LAST DECADE. AND IT'S ONLY APRIL. There were 30 of this size in 2009 and 29 in 2008. Seismologists said they are studying the uptick but cannot fully explain it. Major earthquakes tend to occur in cycles, and experts have said the region in recent years has been in a quiet cycle when it comes to sizable temblors. The string of quakes this year raises the possibility that Southern California might again be entering a more active seismic period. Scientists said the increase does not mean the Big One is any more imminent, but it could mean more significant quakes are on the way. Many of the earthquakes this year have been aftershocks to the 7.2 temblor that rattled the Mexicali area earlier this month. The border region had experienced a swarm of smaller quakes before the big one. And there have been more than 1,000 aftershocks, including more than a dozen that registered higher than 5.0. The Mexicali quake was the region's largest in nearly two decades — since the 7.3 Landers quake in the Mojave Desert in 1992. Despite their size, neither temblor did catastrophic damage because they occurred in relatively remote areas far from major population centers. Beginning in the late 1990s, the number of memorably large quakes subsided. Experts are not sure the reason for the cycles; they say said one possibility is that the ups and downs are random. Another possibility: a "cascade effect" in which a quake on one fault changes the stresses on another. Experts said there is no evidence the world is experiencing more large earthquakes. A quake the size of the one that hit Baja erupts somewhere on the planet roughly every three weeks. The Chile and Haiti temblors occurred in heavily populated areas, so the damage was far greater – and the attention they received much more intense – than that caused by big quakes in more remote areas. In California, scientists say one of their biggest concerns remains the San Andreas fault, which has produced some of the state's largest earthquakes. Experts have said the San Andreas is overdue for an eruption. State officials have also often noted that only about one in six Californians has earthquake insurance, with the high cost and large deductibles deterring many homeowners from buying policies. Though it comes after several more quiet years, it's not uncommon for one large quake to produce months — if not years — of increased seismic activity. So in that sense, 2010's quake pattern is fairly typical.
CHINA – The death toll from last week's earthquake in northwestern China has climbed to 2183, with another 84 people missing.
IRAN – President Ahmadinejad has asked Iranians – 5 million of them – to evacuate the capital to avert a deadly quake catastrophe. Like the people of San Francisco, Tehranis know their sprawling metropolis is due for a massive earthquake. In Iran, where building standards have not advanced as quickly as the population, some estimate millions could be killed or maimed. In an Islamic society where disasters are often seen as acts of God, Ahmadinejad told housing officials they could no longer rely on the power of prayer to save Tehran from annihilation. "Tehran has 13 million inhabitants. If an incident happens, how can we manage it? Therefore, Tehran should be evacuated. At least 5 million people should leave Tehran." As a huge quake is reckoned to hit the area around every 150 years, seismologists say one is now well overdue. A veteran seismologist has been arguing for years that the entire capital should be moved far away from the fault lines at the foot of the Middle East's highest mountains, and that its various functions be relocated around the country. He estimates that Tehran faces a 90 percent risk of a quake of Richter scale 6 — enough to devastate the city — although he cannot say exactly when. "Maybe in 50 years. Maybe tomorrow night. Or maybe while I'm speaking to you." An architect said it would take 100 years and billion of dollars to make Tehran's buildings earthquake proof, but he does not think the alternative policy — moving the masses out of town — has been properly thought through. "Of course, if the population of Tehran was 3 million it would be easier to manage the risk, but it's impossible to move the population of Tehran somewhere else." One problem is where to move them, as most of the inhabited areas of Iran are also in earthquake zones. "By moving them (there) you are just moving their graves."
Women who dress provocatively are to blame for earthquakes – An Iranian cleric has claimed that promiscuous women are responsible for literally making the earth move. "Many women who do not dress modestly …which (consequently) increases earthquakes. What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?'' Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but the increase in young women flaunting the law – and not the fact that Tehran straddles scores of fault lines – is apparently risking the lives of the city's 12 million inhabitants. More than 21,000 women are promising to test the theory by showing as much cleavage as possible on Monday, April 26. "I encourage other female skeptics to join me…With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake." If the world doesn't then disappear into an apocalyptic fiery chasm, the cleric will have no option but to admit he was wrong. ( "Boobquake" Facebook page )
ICELAND – The volcanic cloud of ash drifting in from Iceland has caused THE LONGEST CLOSURE OF EUROPEAN AIR SPACE SINCE WORLD WAR II. Some scientists say the current event could be a warning sign of even bigger volcanic disruptions to come. As of Sunday afternoon, there was some indication that the eruptions from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland may be abating. While cloud cover prevented scientists from getting a good view of the eruption, radar measurements suggested that the ash plume wasn't above 10,000 feet on Sunday, after rising to 30,000 earlier.
Icelandic volcanoes have been disrupting weather & history since 1783 – If past is prelude, then the volcanic eruption in Iceland may not only affect air travel in the coming days, it may also have a lingering impact on Europe’s weather. Experts are looking back to the aftereffects of a previous eruption – when the Laki volcano in Southern Iceland exploded more than 200 years ago. That explosion had catastrophic consequences for weather, agriculture and transport across the northern hemisphere – and helped trigger the French revolution. Describing the summer of 1783 in the Natural History of Selborne, a British naturalist wrote it was “an amazing and portentous one … the peculiar haze, or smokey fog, that prevailed for many weeks in this island, and in every part of Europe, and even beyond its limits, was a most extraordinary appearance, unlike anything known within the memory of man." The haze blanked out the sun at midday, it was “particularly lurid and blood-colored at rising and setting,” and the heat was so intense that “butcher’s meat could hardly be eaten on the same day after it was killed.” This bizarre summer was followed by an usually harsh winter. Experts observing this week’s volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull say that while the scale of crisis may not be the same, continued eruptions at the spot could cool temperatures in Northern Europe. The one bright spot in the current explosion, say scientists, is that there may be enough aerosols in the atmosphere to cause brilliant red sunsets across Europe.
ICELAND – The eruption of a volcano in Iceland strengthened Monday, sending a new ash cloud towards Britain. "Latest information from the Met Office (weather forecasting service) shows that the situation is worsening in some areas."
ICELAND – The Eyjafjallajokull volcano that is wreaking havoc with European air traffic may be reverting to a more normal, lava-spewing phase after the past six days of explosive eruption, seismologists say. Geologists in Iceland on Monday reported that the volcano is producing less smoke and ash and more lava and chunks of molten rock. "It is sputtering and bubbling and will probably create a cone formation" as the lava spills over and freezes into rock. As of late Monday, the ash plume from the volcano was very elongated and thin, and stretched as far east as mid-Russia and as far west as Newfoundland and Labrador. There are two possibilities for why the volcano's pattern of eruption has shifted. One is that the molten magma coming up through the volcano is simply less "fizzy" with water, carbon dioxide and sulfur. Data on the chemical composition of the ash coming out of the volcano show that the lava coming to the surface now is different from what the volcano was producing when it first began its non-eruptive flow on March 20. The other possibility is that the amount of meltwater near the opening of the volcano changed as the eruption boiled it away. When there's the right ratio of water to magma, volcanoes can have what are known as phreatomagmatic eruptions, where the water flash-steams, creating a huge plume of ash and steam. "Once the interaction with the (water in the) glacier stops, you go into dry mode." But that doesn't mean it's possible to predict what the volcano will do in the future. "If something stops for five minutes, it doesn't mean it's shutting down. There's three things we never know in volcano science: when, how big and for how long."
ICELAND's volcanic eruption was still causing strong tremors on Thursday, though far less ash and smoke was pouring out into the air. The tremors coming from it are stronger now than when the ash plume was at its highest, at about 9 km (5.6 miles). "We don't know exactly what this is telling us. This is kind of telling me that it is not stopping yet … As it looks now it could go on for a while." The tremors could indicate a build up of lava, or molten rock, within the crater. "The lava cannot really go anywhere. It is not flowing out of the crater, it must be accumulating there." The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, about 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the capital Reykjavik, has been erupting for 8 days. For locals, ash is set to continue to fall in areas close to the volcano, raising concerns about dangers to livestock from high levels of fluoride in the ash. Apart from the current volcano, Icelanders have also been warily eyeing the nearby Katla volcano, which is much larger and has a much greater potential for devastation. It last blew in 1918, flooding huge areas.
Was the flight ban necessary? The UK Met Office is still detecting an ash cloud in European airspace, so why is it now safe to allow planes to fly? The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the guidelines regarding flying through volcanic ash have been changed, following six days of discussions between aviation engineers and experts to "find a way to tackle this IMMENSE CHALLENGE, UNKNOWN IN THE UK AND EUROPE IN LIVING MEMORY". "Air manufacturers…were asked to look at the scientific evidence from test flights and at the Met Office data, to understand how much volcanic ash in the atmosphere… jet engines could tolerate [without being] damaged." Now, scientists and engineers have agreed on a safe threshold – a concentration of ash of 0.002g per cubic metre of air. At or below this concentration, there is no damage to the engine. Current data suggested that concentrations of ash in UK airspace were around 100 micrograms (or 0.0001g) per cubic metre. The CAA has opened airspace where the concentration of ash in the air is below this new threshold. So does this mean the ban was ever necessary? Was the ash cloud ever sufficiently dense to prevent safe flight? The answer to this is still unclear, but early analyses of the research flight data suggested that the plume that had been measured over the past four days contained only 0.0004g of ash per cubic metre at its peak. But the regulations before this event were set out by an international body called the International Civil Aviation Organisation. It set a limit of "no tolerance" for any concentration of volcanic ash. Previously, scientists were not able to detect ash at the very low concentrations that modern analytical equipment is capable of measuring. So the advice was to avoid it all together. "But now we have this blanket over the biggest airports in northern Europe. It's an UNPRECEDENTED situation." The CAA spokeswoman said: "Volcanic ash has not left UK airspace – it's still here, and it's a very fluid situation. There are still 'black blobs' [on the map] where the ash is more dense, and the co-ordinates are being updated every six hours." The difficulties in operating commercial aviation "are likely to be felt for many months to come", and this ash cloud and the regulatory upheaval will have a significant impact in the cost of flying aircraft. "Engines are just the start of the problem. There are many other components on aircraft that are equally sensitive to particulates and maintaining these in the current conditions is likely to be very expensive." (ash map)
VANUATU – The analysis of data collected from the monitoring network of Gaua volcano since October 2009 indicates the existence of volcanic tremor. An abundance of gases is emitted from this volcano daily. Field observations confirmed significant change of activity with thicker and higher emissions of ash columns in early April. Since the end of March/beginning of April , the ash plumes height is between 7000 and 10000 feet every day. Field reports also stated that the explosion sounds could be heard from the villages daily. Moreover, starting from the 3rd of April, volcanic bombes projections from Gaua volcano could be observed from all the coastal villages from the north to the south of the island with reports of ashfall. This information simply shows that the activity is no longer stable as in February. The Alert Level of Gaua volcano still remains at Level 2, however this may change if the activity continues to increase. People are not allowed to access this volcano to avoid impacts of volcanic risks. (maps & photos)
TROPICAL STORMS -
Cyclone SEAN was 548 nmi WNW of Broome, Australia.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
INDIA – Waiting for relief after a freak storm ravaged thousands of households in North Dinajpur, panic gripped villages Friday night when thick black clouds covered Karandighi, Raiganj and Kaliaganj blocks, prompting homeless villagers living in temporary shelters to rush to local schools and other buildings to save their lives. While there was heavy rainfall at Karandighi and Raiganj, Kaliaganj saw a massive hailstorm. The death toll in Tuesday's storm rose to 44. Meanwhile, villagers agitated in front of Hemtabad block office Saturday morning against the shortage of relief material. Over a thousand of them also held a road blockade on the state highway at Karandighi, alleging political bias in the distribution relief material.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
UNITED KINGDOM – COLDEST WEATHER IN 30 YEARS marks the start of a series of extreme winters. Scientists are now warning that Britain can expect to endure a series of extreme winters – the like of which have NOT BEEN SEEN FOR MORE THAN 300 YEARS. Researchers have found that low solar activity – marked by a decrease in the sun's magnetic field – influences the weather conditions across northern Europe. The last time the sun showed similar behaviour, between 1650 and 1700, temperatures dropped so low that Londoners were able to skate and hold fairs on the iced-over River Thames. The latest winter marks the start of a Maunder minimum – when solar activity falls for a prolonged time. The sun's magnetic field is thought to influence the jet stream – a fast-moving, high altitude current of air which moves eastwards at 35,000ft over the Atlantic. During the famously cold winters of the late 1600s the mild westerly winds were blocked and replaced by much colder blasts from the north-east – bringing Arctic conditions with them. "This year's winter in the UK has been the fourteenth coldest in the last 160 years and yet the global average temperature for the same period has been the fifth highest. We have discovered that this kind of anomaly is significantly more common when solar activity is low. Temperatures should not fall as low as they did in 1684 but we can expect an increased number of cold winters."
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
INDIA – A severe heat wave sweeping India, with temperatures of almost 44 C (111 F), THE HIGHEST IN 52 YEARS, has killed at least 80 people this month. The scorching weather, which officials said would continue over northern, northwestern and central India in the next 48 hours, also may have some impact on wheat production. New Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 43.7 degrees Celsius on Saturday, presaging a hot summer in the next two months in the nation’s capital and other parts of northern and eastern India. The highest temperature in the past 24 hours was 47 C at Ganganagar city, in Rajasthan state. Summer temperatures have been 4-6 degrees Celsius above normal over most parts of northern and central India since March. India is expected to produce about 82 million tonnes of wheat in 2009/10, but there could be a shortage of 1-1.5 million tonnes due to the heatwave. India is relying on a bumper wheat crop to make up for a 14.2 percent drop in rice output, the major summer-sown food grain, marred by the worst monsoon in 37 years last year.
NASA's STEREO spacecraft has captured spectacular images of a solar eruption, THE LARGEST SOLAR PROMINENCE IN 15 YEARS. The activity was caught on camera in extreme UV light as the prominence blasted away from the sun on April 12 and April 13. Prominences are cool clouds of plasma that hover above the Sun's surface, notoriously unstable and on occasion they erupt like this one. However, this one was much more dramatic than most. (video)
The sun remains blank for the 8th day – no sunspots.
HEALTH THREATS –
Structural analysis confirms 1918, 2009 pandemic links – Structural analysis of the hemagglutinin of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus, and comparison of the structure with the recovered 1918 pandemic flu virus, reveals a shared epitope in both viruses. That antigenic similarity may explain repeated observations over the past year that those old enough to have been exposed to descendants of the 1918 virus possess some degree of protection against the 2009 strain.
H1N1 virus found to damage heart – A previously healthy 11-year-old girl died of heart failure, caused by compression of the heart by fluid in its outer sac, that appears to have been caused by H1N1 flu infection. H1N1 viral sequences were found in the girl's heart tissue and pericardial fluid, suggesting direct damage by the flu virus. Researchers warn that myopericarditis may be an underappreciated result of H1N1 infection.
Severe H1N1 cases may put kidneys at risk – Patients severely ill with pandemic H1N1 infections can have kidney injury or failure, though usually the conditions are reversible. In a study of critically ill patients from seven Manitoba hospitals, two-thirds had the conditions, and those with kidney failure were 11 times more likely to die. The findings are a reminder to avoid dehydration and substances that could hurt kidneys.
Bangladesh sees H1N1 cases surge – After a quiet start to the year, Bangladesh is reporting rapid spread of pandemic flu this month and has placed health officials across the country on alert. April through September is typically the busiest season for flu.
AUSTRALIA'S chief medical officer has told doctors to stop giving the seasonal flu vaccine to children. The advice follows concerns the vaccine is adversely affecting children's health. "We suggest doctors and health professionals vaccinating children don't use the seasonal flu vaccine for the moment, until we can get the Therapeutic Goods Administration to investigate this in more detail." He said the concerns stemmed from a significant rise in the number of children developing a fever after receiving the vaccine. In light of the seasonal flu shot suspension, he suggested children get vaccinated against swine flu instead, because that could be a health risk this winter too.
Alabama reporting 1 H1N1 death per week – One fourth of Alabama's 52 pandemic flu deaths have occurred this year, and over the past several weeks the death toll has risen. After recording five H1N1 deaths in January and February, the state has already seen eight in March and April. "It looked like it [death rate] had peaked and was reaching the lower end of the bell curve. Then it increased."
A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, usually only infects transplant and AIDS patients and people with otherwise compromised immune systems, but the new strain is genetically different. "This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people. The findings presented here document that the outbreak of C. gattii in Western North America is continuing to expand throughout this temperate region. Our findings suggest further expansion into neighboring regions is likely to occur and aim to increase disease awareness in the region." The new strain appears to be UNUSUALLY deadly, with a mortality rate of about 25 percent among the 21 U.S. cases analyzed. "From 1999 through 2003, the cases were largely restricted to Vancouver Island. Between 2003 and 2006, the outbreak expanded into neighboring mainland British Columbia and then into Washington and Oregon from 2005 to 2009. Based on this historical trajectory of expansion, the outbreak may continue to expand into the neighboring region of Northern California, and possibly further." The spore-forming fungus can cause symptoms in people and animals two weeks or more after exposure. They include a cough that lasts for weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss. It has also turned up in cats, dogs, an alpaca and a sheep. Freezing can kill the fungus, so climate change may be helping it spread.
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
‘South Park’ creators say network cut speech
By David Bauder
Thurs., April 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES – The producers of "South Park" say Comedy Central removed a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned they could be killed.
Atheist Group Calls on Obama to Endorse ‘National Day of Reason' Instead of 'National Day of Prayer'Tuesday,
April 20, 2010
By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor
(CNSNews.com) – An atheist group is calling on President Obama to ditch the National Day of Prayer and formally recognize its own “non-theist” version called “The National Day of Reason.”
Ministry Troubled by Dawson McAllister's Submission to Gay Advocates
By Nathan Black|Christian Post Reporter
Apr. 20 2010
Exodus International released a statement Tuesday expressing sadness that popular communicator and radio talk show host Dawson McAllister chose to remove Exodus from its referral list over a gay flap.
Vatican says US lawsuit against Pope 'without merit'
23 April 2010
Vatican lawyer Jeffrey Lena said the lawsuit, filed in a Milwaukee court, "rehashes old theories already rejected by US courts".
Lawyers for the alleged victim want the Church to release any files it has on sexual abuse cases involving priests.
Children's Nickelodeon network spoofs, 'Hallelujah' Obama!
April 23, 2010
By Drew Zahn
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
In a recent episode of "Glenn Martin, DDS," the Nick at Nite program portrayed President Barack Obama as a messianic character, Vice President Joe Biden as his devoted worshipper and former Vice President Dick Cheney as a basement-dwelling mastermind living off rats and plotting world domination.
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
Do university rules discriminate against student faith groups?
By Warren Richey, Staff writer / April 17, 2010
A group of Christian students is asking the US Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a school anti-discrimination policy that forces them to accept as voting members and potential leaders classmates who do not share their core religious beliefs.
Nigeria Pastor, Wife, Hacked To Death
April 16, 2010
By BosNewsLife Africa Service
JOS, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Funerals were underway Friday, April 16, in a Muslim-dominated northern Nigerian state for a pentecostal pastor and his wife who were reportedly hacked to death and burnt to ashes by Muslim assailants.
Martyred: 176,000 Christians in 1 year
April 20, 2010
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
A new ministry partnership has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the fact that an estimated 176,000 Christians around the world were martyred – killed for their faith – in a one-year period from the middle of 2008 to the middle of 2009.
Evangelist Franklin Graham won't speak at Pentagon prayer event
By Gordon Lubold, Staff writer / April 23, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Muslim and military groups are applauding the Army’s decision to disinvite evangelist Franklin Graham to a prayer event because of his comments about Islam.
Christians in Ethiopian Town Hit by Unexpected Attack
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 15 (CDN)
Evangelical Christians in an area of Ethiopia unaccustomed to anti-Christian hostility have come under attack from Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) members threatened by their existence, Christian leaders said.