CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 136
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Submitted by Johanna
I wanted to share Carrie's lyrics to her song Temporary Home because this song really is inspiration for me and I am sure for many others. If you really stop and think about it this is our temporary home because we are really only here for a short period of time. I know that sometimes it really doesn't feel like it but compared to eternity in heaven with our Mother it is only temporary. You can visit youtube to see the video of this song.
Little boy, 6 years old
A little too used to bein' alone.
Another new mom and dad,another school,
Another house that'll never be home.
When people ask him how he likes this place…
He looks up and says, with a smile upon his face,
"This is my temporary home
It's not where I belong.
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through.
This is just a stop, on the way to where I'm going.
I'm not afraid because I know this is my
Young mom on her own.
She needs a little help, got nowhere to go.
She's lookin' for a job, lookin' for a way out,
Because a half-way house will never be a home.
At night she whispers to her baby girl,
"Someday we'll find a place here in this world."
"This is our temporary home.
It's not where we belong.
Windows and rooms that we're passin' through.
This is just a stop, on the way to where we're going.
I'm not afraid because I know this is our
Old man, hospital bed,
The room is filled with people he loves.
And he whispers don't cry for me,
I'll see you all someday.
He looks up and says, "I can see God's face."
"This is my temporary Home
It's not where I belong.
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through.
This was just a stop,on the way to where I'm going.
I'm not afraid because I know… this was
My temporary home."
This is our temporary home.
The Definition of Synchronicity:
1. The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism.
2. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.
3. The experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner.
I've been experiencing something that I can only call Synchronicity for about two years now. They are moments that seem to "coincide". Sometimes they happen simultaneously, sometimes a few minutes apart and sometimes a few hours apart, but always at the very least within the same day. I can't think of all the different times because there have been so many, but it seems like either these moments of synchronicity are either:
a) Happening with more frequency or
b) I'm simply taking note of the moments more often or
But…what does it mean? Why does it happen? And how does it happen?
In pondering this and thinking about how all answers can be found in the Word, the thought that came to mind was that the Word is very synchronous all on it's own.
Etymology: Late Latin synchronos, from Greek, from syn- + chronos time
1: happening, existing, or arising at precisely the same time
2: recurring or operating at exactly the same periods
3: involving or indicating synchronism
What first comes to mind as an example, is Christ's death and the synchronous, or simultaneous splitting of the curtain in the sanctuary.
Matthew 27:50-52 50 Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. 51 Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had gone to their rest were raised.
What also comes to mind are the examples we are given of events in the Word that occurred again, or, are occurring again.
Another example in the Word is that the wisdom and understanding that can be discerned is often both literal and symbolic at the same time – or have dual meanings and symbolisms. Dreams and Visions are also often synchronous.
Because I know there are no coincidences, my first thought in regards to what I'm experiencing is that they are signs, but I'm just not sure of what. Perhaps that Father's will is coming to pass? Should I be taking a closer look at these instances when they occur? Looking for deeper meanings? Is there a message there that I should be paying more attention to? Does the frequency have to do with things speeding up to the time of the wrath? I will most certainly continue to diligently ponder this, but any thoughts are most welcome.
Adjutant: Christ Jesus bears witness to you, through you, by you. In this, you have borne witness by experiencing the signs and sharing them. There will be more.
"and gave up His spirit." Gave it up in the literal sense. His death carrying mankind's offsprings sins with it required that he give his life of all energy he possessed to a literal death awaiting the resurrection Father promised for faithfully fulfilling his mission on earth. Had he not died a literal death which included his celestial energy as well as the flesh and blood vessel that houses it, the ransom would not have been paid in full. He willingly gave up his most valuable thing – his spirit that contains the life force from Father. In simple terms, he gave his all – his life, which depended on faith that Father would carry through on Her promise. At the time of his death he was in severe pain and was not 100% convinced that he had successfully carried out his mission because of his distraught and physical condition he was suffering in. So, he said he was entrusting his spirit to Father. "Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit." His trust in Father to follow through on Her promise in his willingness to give over his complete self to unconscious death.
Luke 21:44-46 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, because the sun's light failed. The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle. And Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit." Saying this, He breathed His last."
Mark 14:36 "And He said, "Abba , Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."
Taking the cup away would be the taking away of the wrath promised. He had to taste the wrath for those that would never experience it. Christ Jesus knew all things were possible for Father, and as a human Christ felt the fear of death and is why he asked the cup to be taken away. But, "Nevertheless" he chose not to rely on what he then felt and wanted not to happen, but to leave it in Father's hands as to doing Her will.
Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, " Abba, Father!"
You see, Christ felt fear, but he refused to fall back because he accepted that Father would cause to happen what needed to be done in order for Christ to adopt Father's children out of a world of slavery.
Galatians 4:6 "And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, " Abba , Father!"
Christ became the Spirit that enters each of our hearts. He motivates each of us to cry out to Father when we need Her. And to worship Father in complete truth.
John 20:21-23 " Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." After saying this, He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain [the sins of] any, they are retained."
Note: "He breathed on them" because he was there to represent Father as the "Spirit of His Son."
Acts 2:27 "because You will not leave my soul in Hades, or allow Your Holy One to see decay."
To decay in this spoken of, is to fall without promise of resurrection to the hope of continued existence.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Soul here, does not represent your vessel's blood or your spirit. It represents your future hope, for the soul that is practicing sin whether it be on the fleshly plane or the spirit plane risks blame deserving of complete destruction.
Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart."
In this Scripture the soul represents the blood the life force is contained within.
Psalm 62:5 "Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him."
Your soul this Psalm speaks of is your future hope of eternal existence.
Hebrews 6:19 "We have this [hope]—like a sure and firm anchor of the soul—that enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain."
No flesh and blood can enter Heaven's sanctuary, so this represents the sure and firm hope of life eternal for those that reach sanctuary.
Job 33:18 "God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river [of death]."
Spared from eternal death.
Hebrews 10:38 "But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."
All things come from Father, and She to has a soul.
Matthew 22:37 "He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind."
Simply put, to love Father with your entire capacity. That's why you cannot love Father with just your mind, by speaking the Word but proving false by action that comes forth from the heart.
1 Peter 1:9 "because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
Psalm 119:42 "Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in Your word."
Psalm 31:14 "But I trust in You, LORD; I say, "You are my God."
Psalm 143:8 "Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You." Amen.
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."
In the nourishment and wisdom that was imparted to me, via Father Yahweh, Christ Jesus and the Holy Angels… I believe that these synchronicities truly are signs. And they are signs meant to remind that there are no coincidences and it is Father who is in control and the One in which I can trust. Each time they occur, I am to remember…Trust…and also remember that in giving myself to Father I follow in Christ's footsteps by willingly placing my very soul in Her hands and I am also to place in Her hands my hope for eternal existence and trust Her completely.
I do, Father, I trust in You, LORD, You are my God. Amen.
A Covert Influence
submitted by Jeshaiah
First, I hope to share that this in no way is meant to slander or lie about any group of people or religion. However, there are many falsehoods attached to so many things, and they are so easily snuck up on unsuspecting individuals.
Next, perhaps, it might help to begin with a basis or grounds for understanding. It might be recalled some of the Egyptian mythology, or Greek mythology that might have been taught in school as a child. The stories that were shared in the courses were obviously lies, but such lies might have not all been spurned by the individuals that they originated from. Some might know a little about some of the individuals who shared the myths, like how there were the sorcerers or others in Egypt who would use this hallucinogenic drug that would enable them to see visions. Whether or not this happened, it is something to consider because the use of such drugs, even today, can enable oneself to be more sensitive psychically. This means, then, that the visions that might have been given were actually not all just workings of the individual's own minds, like dreams might be. To a degree, perhaps an evil influence on Egyptian myths can be seen.
On Greek mythology, it might be considered what might have been shared a long while ago and is in the book Chosen. When Satan first rebelled and the fallen angels came and materialized on this planet, false worship of images of man apparently came about. This false worship can be seen in Greek mythology.
Now, perhaps, here is the bridge between how this can be dangerous in the given day and age. There are a lot of movies, television shows, music, and many other forms of art and entertainment that are dangerously intertwined with idolatry and violence, even before the flood. Unfortunately, there is even a twisting of Father's Truth in movies, and even this can throw people off. To keep in mind, though, as it has been taught, not all evil is a product of evil spirits, but they are evil nonetheless.
Here are some scriptures that might highlight some similarities of what was before the Great Flood, and what is at the current time:
Genesis 6:5 — When the LORD saw that man's wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,
Proverbs 4:16 — For they can't sleep unless they have done what is evil; they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
Something that had come to mind amongst this is seemingly the division in “psychics” and “ghost hunters,” whom both seem to attempt to do the same things but with different methods. Psychics use their ESP (from seeing and hearing and feeling), ghost hunters may use “high technology” equipment to pick up on electric signals and anything else. Either side seems to combat the other in which way is the right way to try to communicate with the other side, however, if they were both to combine their efforts, something further might come about. Amongst this, though, without a solid foundation of Father's Truth, any amount of effort placed without Father's blessing would only lead astray in all results.
Proverbs 10:22 — The LORD's blessing enriches, and struggle adds nothing to it.
This is the same for “entertainment.” Without a solid foundation from Father Yahweh, ideas and influence from television shows, movies, music, and anything else the mind may readily and quickly take in can find a place in one's mind and lead them astray. With the hype of movies and releases, it might be all too easily made to get wrapped up in such things. There has been a lot of research and development in being able to catch people's attention, and how to maintain it.
Proverbs 19:2 — Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins.
Further, knowledge leads to understanding, and understanding to Wisdom, if Father should place it within one's heart.
In summary, perhaps it would be good to consider these influences and how they can so quickly sneak up on someone who does not know. There are many that may not have had a great opportunity to know because of any given situation, and with that, something to keep in mind when an opportunity to share Father's mercy comes.
1 Corinthians 10:14 — Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
THE POTTER'S TEARS
By Mary Carter Mizrany
Submitted By Deborah
On The Potter's wheel I sat,
and felt His mighty touch;
I heard my own voice asking Him,
"Why have You made me such?"
"Oh – take me quickly from your wheel,
don't mold this vessel more;
Have you not chiseled long enough,
so much longer than before?"
"With every turning of your wheel,
some part of me is changed;
And somehow who I used to be,
is now all rearranged."
I felt the wheel begin to slow,
as it came to a halt;
What were those last few drops that fell?
They had a taste of salt.
As He removed me from the wheel,
I could not help but see;
Those drops were falling from His eyes,
and each one fell on me.
Why was The Potter crying so?
What could have made Him cry?
When I felt such a great relief to be free;
or so thought I.
Free from The Potter's wheel at last,
free from the chisel's pain;
A vessel complete from The Potter's hand,
the wheel would not turn me again.
How I did glisten, He must be proud,
to have fashioned a vessel so rare;
Surely I'd bring Him much honor,
A treasure beyond all compare.
Such visions of grandeur filled me,
as He placed me on the shelf;
I barely noticed His tear-dimmed eyes,
so busy with thoughts of myself.
Merchants were coming into the place,
where we vessels were on display;
Surely I'd be the first to go,
Why – it had to be that way.
How eagerly I watched their faces,
as they examined us all;
Sure enough I was selected,
Joy filled me as I recall.
How could I know what lay ahead,
or what would be expected of me;
That day I cried to the Potter,
"From Your wheel please set me free."
I was traded and sold so many times,
filled with every imaginable thing;
Finally discarded as broken and useless,
No honor to The Potter did I bring.
Marred on the outside, scarred from within,
I thought of that day long before;
When The Potter's wheel stopped turning,
would I feel His hands no more?
Then suddenly I felt myself lifted,
from out of the refuse pile;
By hands that were somehow familiar,
hands accustomed to handling the fragile.
It was The Potter who'd made me,
How had He known I was here?
With love and compassion He held me,
As though I was somehow dear.
"How did You find me?" I questioned,
"And, why would You want me now?
I have brought You no honor,
it seems that I just don't know how."
"You've always belonged to me," He said,
"For in you is part of me;
Remember that day you felt my tears,
when you thought you should be free?"
"Those tears were shed because I knew,
the suffering you would endure;
Because you're an incomplete vessel,
only molding will make you secure."
"Though I wouldn't go against your will,
I knew you'd be willing one day;
To be the vessel I can use …
Here – let me show you the way."
"You're just the kind of vessel now,
who will fit into my plan;
One the world thinks is useless,
for they simply don't understand."
"I always take the foolish things,
to confound the very wise;
And the vessel thought to be weakest,
I see through much different eyes."
"Don't be afraid of my Potter's wheel,
this time it won't seem too long,
Before you're that vessel you desired to be,
useful, loving and strong."
Oh – how patient The Potter's hands,
as He gently turns the wheel;
And, strangely it's not so painful now,
His chisel I hardly feel.
One thing is even more strange to me,
it baffles my own mind so;
The only places that need no repair,
are where His tears touched long ago.
Nourishment From The Throne
Satan began his career within TIME as the Covering Cherub. He took a CHANCE that resulted in a HAPPENING that caused a shipwreck. That shipwreck was the altering of Father's Divine Plan that is wrapped up within Her WAY of how creation is to behave so that all things within Her remain within balance. Father is NATURE. What happens when Nature gets out of balance? Think about this also, and think about how nature remedies the imbalance. Delve deep, for there is much to discern.
I haven't read Isaiah 37 lately…if I have… but one of the things that has come to mind is the influence on this world that Satan's actions have had, and how they disturbed Father's natural balance for things. It introduced that things down here sometimes do happen by chance, and that is like…introducing chaos to Creation, where Father's Order is supposed to reign. And those things that happen by chance…it just cannot be withstood in Creation in order to continue, because it causes random things to occur that may put things just further out of balance. In order to balance on two feet, there is a design in a person's brain in order to stand correctly…it's not a random occurrence for a person to be able to stand normally. If it were, a person would be standing and falling in random spurts.
It is interesting that you mention how nature remedies imbalance, Commander, because normally, from what is seen, the remedy seems to utilize violence. When there are too many deer in the woods, it may be because the wolves that feed on deer are either not doing what they normally do, or have been put out of the woods by other hunters. Even in a person's own body, viruses that are introduced are either first caught up in the body's initial filtration system, like the nose mucus and/or digestive system where certain organisms cannot survive, or they are eradicated as quickly as possible with white blood cells or other cells.
A concept that had come to mind was also how nature responds on this planet with mankind's influence via pollution, the building of such large cities that produce enormous amounts of heat and alter the landscape. My dad even noted how whole cloud systems will be altered because of a city's heat.
It is very interesting to consider.
In reading what the Commander has shared and reading and pondering what Jeshaiah has also shared – in which I think he touched on the key, that being destruction. It causes me first to think of the Antijabok – something the Commander brought up on another thread but also seems to fit in here as they are the special class of angel created, basically, to destroy and a part of invisible creation as well as nature.
In studying earth sciences and biology we see all sorts of examples in how things are destroyed in order to bring balance. In vegetation, the animal kingdom and even the human body and mind. Even things as small as a fruit fly that lives for on average just two weeks before they are destroyed and provide food for both plants and other animals. If they lived longer, there could be too many and that would be an imbalance but balance is maintained in that they are part of the food chain. Mankind has learned how to utilize radiation and chemotherapy to destroy human cancer cells – another form of destruction of something that is overabundant in the hopes of restoring health.
We also see destruction in nature as the remedy for imbalance in natural disasters. Earthquakes that destroy structures and foundations as well as change landscapes. Fire (sometimes used purposefully as a tool) that destroys grass and trees that in time grow back greener and healthier. Volcanos that erupt and bury things as well as change landscapes. Tsunamis and Hurricanes that wash away everything but can also cleanse and restore. It does appear that destruction in one way or another is a tool in which balance is achieved.
In the same way as scales tip if too much of something is placed on one side, it must be taken away to bring back balance. Or, added to the other side in order to bring back balance. (I think it would depend on what the thing is that is causing the scales to tip.)
Something that came to mind as I wrote last week’s article on Balance, was about how Yahweh is perfect balance personified and the One who controls the delicate balances within creation – even when something happens by Chance that may throw balance off, She has the wisdom and tools to bring it back into balance again.
We are all equal, in that we are all caught in a Time that resulted from Chance and involves a Happening. (Time, as opposed to Eternity) It is not a chance that we (humans) personally took – but were nonetheless born into, it was one that Dawn took and a happening that has happened upon us. We find ourselves amidst the happening that is the result of this chance taken which was not in accordance to Father’s design in which chaos was introduced. In this, everything we do affects one another. We are all connected. All part of the same weave. Even an act taken thousands of years ago affects us because we are all within the same time which is regarded as a whole.
Dawn Lucifer rebelled. He brought imbalance to creation through his actions and those actions were a destruction of something good and tipped the scales too far in one direction and caused creation to be out of balance. So in order for balance to be restored, there must be destruction of that which caused the scales to tip – for a time. It is mirrored in all of creation, the visible and the invisible, as Father utilizes destruction and restores things back to Her original plan and is also the reason why it won’t be tolerated in the future.
Now, about Chance. Things happen that are not expected, and that are not of Father’s original design. Unforeseen circumstances occur. Some people have a hard time understanding this because they say that Father is in control of everything – which She is – but when the circumstance involves calamity is where people get confused. They can’t understand why Father would will such things. Things that come immediately to mind like birth defects or deformities, genetic diseases, the loss of loved ones by accidents and such – things that cause difficulties, grief and heartache. But in my mind I think, Father did not will for Dawn Lucifer to rebel and that was calamity too. It also caused grief and heartache. So I feel that in order to understand chance, one must place into account Free Will as well as the slow progression of creation over time. Looking back I think that the beginning of my understanding on this subject was when little Leo was struck and killed by a car. I was so hurt over it. I cried for days. I wondered at the time if I’d done something horribly wrong and was being punished for it, but Seraiah said at the time that it was an unforeseen circumstance. This told me that Father, sometimes allows things to occur without intervention. Chance happenings that I believe lead to an end means; perhaps a lesson to be learned when it affects one of us. Or maybe even because while it was a chance happening, it will bring balance somewhere that we are unaware of. But I believe that it is all within Her control even when it’s not something that is necessarily willed by Her and that it all has to do with Her plan for us, for nature, for creation.
In Isaiah 37, the Sennacherib king of Assyria is the parallel with Dawn Lucifer. Interesting too, as "cherib" is just one letter off from Cherub and "Sen" so close to the word Sin and Dawn was the sinful Covering Cherub.
Sennacherib = “Sin multiplied brothers” per NetBible
Isaiah 65:11, 12
"But you who abandon the LORD,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in."
fortune >noun 1 chance as an arbitrary force affecting human affairs. 2 luck, especially good luck. 3 (fortunes) the success or failure of a person or enterprise. 4 a large amount of money or assets.
-PHRASES fortune favors the brave proverb a successful person is often one who is willing to take risks. a small fortune informal a large amount of money. tell someone's fortune make predictions about a person's future by palmistry or similar divining methods.
-ORIGIN Latin Fortuna, the name of a goddess personifying luck or chance.
1 Peter 4:12
"[ Christian Suffering ] Dear friends, when the fiery ordeal arises among you to test you, don't be surprised by it, as if something unusual were happening to you."
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
Amazing 7 UFOs flying slowly over Poland early April 2010
April 6, 1:12 PM
Sacramento UFO Examiner
Did seven UFOs cruise the skies over Poland just a few days ago? Is this another attempt to fool the public or is it more preparation for an event yet to come?
Engineer spots disc-shaped UFO over Warwick, Rhode Island skies
April 25, 12:41 PM
A Warwick, RI, civil engineer reported seeing a disc-shaped UFO on April 24, 2010, at 3 p.m. that was observed from a local parking lot, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.
Michigan teen watches small triangle UFO hover over backyard
April 24, 10:35 PM
A 15-year-old Michigan girl watched a small triangle-shaped UFO briefly hover over her backyard and then move quickly away on April 22, 2010, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.
Rhode Island – Unknown Object Caught on Camera
Published: 3:07 PM 4/22/2010
Rhode Island – 04-13-10
I was watching a full halo prism all day long. I happened to see a shiny, silver orb close to the halo I was looking at.
I stopped and watched it to rule out different things it could be. It was not moving at all, and seemed less than a mile or 2 away.
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.
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
Torture, rape was norm at illegal Iraq prison: report
by Michael Christie
April 28, 2010
The rights group on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation over the detention center, which was discovered and closed down this month by Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, and urged Iraq to prosecute those responsible.
Spain downgraded, Europe debt crisis widens
April 28, 2010
Europe's debt crisis mushroomed Wednesday as Spain saw its credit rating lowered, just as Germany sought to reassure nervous investors that Greece would not be allowed to go under, saying Berlin's share of a key aid package could be approved in the next few days.
Doctors sterilise Uzbek women by stealth
April 27, 2010
WHEN her baby died soon after delivery, Gulbahor Zavidova, 28, a poor farmer’s wife, longed to be pregnant again. After months of trying she and her husband visited a doctor who told her she could never have another child because she had been sterilised.
Hyperfast Missile to Hit Anywhere in an Hour
April 26, 2010
HAUNTED by the memory of a lost opportunity to kill Osama Bin Laden before he attacked the World Trade Center in New York, US military planners have won President Barack Obama’s support for a new generation of high-speed weapons that are intended to strike anywhere on Earth within an hour.
Food in the U.S. Is Still Tainted with Chemicals That Were Banned Decades Ago
April 24, 2010
In a photograph from a 1947 newspaper advertisement, a smiling mother leans over her baby's crib. The wall behind her is decorated with rows of flowers and Disney characters. Above the photo, a headline reads "Protect Your Children From Disease Carrying Insects."
Signs in Humanity
Man jailed over child rape and abduction attempt
by Lucinda Cameron
April 30, 2010
An "evil and depraved" sex offender who tried to murder a woman so he could abduct and rape her granddaughters was told today that he will probably never be released from jail.
CDC: Almost half U.S. population suffers from serious illnesses
KENS5 San Antonio
April 29, 2010
Stop someone in any street in America and chances are you'll find a chronic health problem.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has new data about the state of our health, and it's not good.
Man stabs 28 children in China nursery school attack
April 29, 2010
Twenty-eight children and three adults have been injured by a man with a knife at a nursery school in eastern China, the third such attack in a month.
Family jailed over man's 'depraved' torture and death
by Ellen Branagh
April 26, 2010
The torture and death of a man whose headless body was dumped in a lake was branded "depraved" by a judge today as he sentenced six members of the same family.
Good Samaritan bled to death on New York street as 25 pedestrians ignored him for more than an HOUR
April 27, 2010
Blood oozing from his body, this is the homeless man who more than 20 people ignored for nearly an hour as he lay on a New York street after saving a woman from being mugged.
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Help for a group in Pahrump, Nevada – Can you help? We have a family in town that needs 3 twin beds or just the mattress. Plus we are looking for a nice comfy easy chair.(like an lazy boy). If you can help please call me, 775-225-5757.
Yes, Nevada. Any help is always very appreciated. We are still looking for one twin bed, a washer, and a lazy boy chair.(or something like a lazy boy) THANKS.
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
6.0 KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA
5.0 CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE
5.6 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
5.2 CRETE, GREECE
5.6 SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND
5.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.7 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.0 SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
5.0 NEAR S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU
5.3 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.1 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
6.5 SOUTHEAST OF TAIWAN
5.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
5.4 WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE
5.2 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.0 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
OKLAHOMA – A swarm of rumblings this year in the state is shaking off misconceptions consigning earthquake tremors to the West Coast. The Oklahoma Geological Survey records more than 50 earthquakes a year in Oklahoma, which has always had small earthquakes, credited to periods when the land was stretched apart, Arbuckle mountains were pushed up and large basins developed. So far, the research group has charted 34 earthquakes in Oklahoma, including one on Feb. 27 in Lincoln County that reached a magnitude of 4.4, which is forceful enough to be felt indoors and rattle dishes and windows. Local scientists are scratching their heads to pinpoint the backstory to the shaking stir that’s rocked the state this year. “We’re not really certain,” they said of this year’s quake numbers, noting similarities to tremor occurrences in 2004. “It’s sort of the nature of earthquakes. They often cluster temporarily and then are quiet for awhile. It’s all within the realm of possibilities.”
There are likely faults deeply buried in the state where the latest rumblings have occurred, the trend of reported shakings is streaming through the middle of the state — mostly in Oklahoma, Lincoln and Canadian counties. The rumblings, however, can’t be linked to named faults, since they remain undetected below the Earth’s surface. “We don’t have a fault map we can put them on. We can’t see inside the Earth." The only time an earthquake in Oklahoma has ruptured the surface was along the Meers fault line, which runs west of Lawton. The last movement along this fault was 1,200 years ago, measuring a magnitude of 6 plus. The fault’s scarp — the displacement that occurred when its movement broke the Earth’s surface — happened in the 1980s. “If anyone was ever going to be afraid of a large earthquake coming somewhere, that’s the one. But that’s not likely.”
One theory is that there is a rift zone extending from the Great Lakes to Oklahoma, as the Midcontinent Rift remains narrow until it reaches the plains of Kansas, where it begins to spread into Oklahoma. Whether this scenario is true could be determined within the next few years as 400 seismometers, like the one buried near Tecumseh, are installed every 45 miles through the country, rotating to a new location every two years. The images, available on EarthScope’s Web site at http://www.earthscope.org, will be used to paint a three-dimensional, detailed picture of the Earth’s mantle to study the characteristics and origins of earthquakes and their faults, so scientists can better predict quakes. The devices already have disproved several scientists’ theories of faults in states like Washington, where the seismometers have ended their temporary stint. “We just have an incomplete history of these small earthquakes.”
TAIWAN – A strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale has struck the southeast coast of Taiwan, south of Japan's Ryukyu Islands, with no reports of damage or tsunami warnings. It struck about 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake. The earthquake was reportedly felt in southern Japan and in Taiwan, where buildings swayed in Taipei.
CALIFORNIA – A pair of small aftershocks rattled parts of the Coachella and Imperial valleys Sunday. The quakes are among thousands of substantial aftershocks to the 7.2 magnitude El Mayor-Cucupa earthquake, which rattled Southern California and northern Baja California on Easter Sunday, April 4. That quake killed two people in Mexicali and caused about $100 million damage in Imperial County. The giant Easter quake spawned several aftershocks every day, but the frequency of those over 3.0 has been dropping. The largest in the past week were two quakes – magnitude 4.7 and 4.6 – recorded Thursday morning.
ICELAND Volcano produced a RARE ‘dirty thunderstorm’ – While all the focus has been on Eyjafjallajokull's ash plume and its disruption of air travel, scientists have also been taking a closer look at the phenomenon called a “dirty thunderstorm.” A rare form of lightning was seen during the eruption that scientists still don’t fully understand. In a typical thunderstorm, lightning occurs when an electrical charge separation occurs (between negative and positive charges) which is great enough to overcome the poor conductivity of the air. Scientists have many theories on how this occurs. One popular theory is that a storm becomes electrified due to the collisions of ice particles and hail stones within the storm. Using that same logic, scientists think that the collision of ash particles (or of ash particles, water droplets and ice) during a volcanic eruption could produce a similar charge separation, which would result in the electrical discharge we see as lightning. Volcanologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory were able to collect some exceptional data on “dirty thunderstorms” back in January 2006. After volcanic lightning was observed during the eruption of Mount Augustine in Alaska, two electromagnetic lightning detectors were installed about 60 miles away. Just two days later, Augustine exploded with another four big eruptions. Though lightning was not observed visually, the lightning detectors recorded continuous radiation and bursts of lightning within the rock and ash as it rushed upward from the vent. About 3 minutes after the main explosion, another 300 lightning discharges were recorded.
A stunning new video shows the crater of the volcano and shockwaves exploding through the air as it erupts. Eyjafjallajokull sprang to life after nearly 200 years of quiet last month. After seeming to settle down, a larger eruption on Wednesday, April 14th occurred and sent ash, smoke and steam miles into the atmosphere. The ash cloud then moved over Europe where it disrupted air travel for millions across the globe. Images of the eruption have provided an incredible look into the life of a volcanic eruption. Perhaps most fascinating were the photos of volcanic-lightning. The new video, shot from an aircraft as it circles Eyjafjallajokull, clearly shows smoke, steam and ash being belched into the air. The explosive nature of the event is on full display as red lava is seen shooting up from the crater's hole. Most impressive are shockwaves that are clearly seen emanating with each explosion of lava. The cloud of steam, smoke and ash are visibly disturbed as the shockwave sends ripples through them.
GUATEMALA – The Santiaguito volcano showered sand and ash over a large area of western Guatemala in an "UNUSUAL" and "violent" display. The national seismological institute said
winds were carrying the ash in a northeasterly direction from the 2500 metre high volcano in the province of Quetzaltenango, 206 kilometres west of the capital. The ash plume spread across six provinces, raising fears of damage to crops, while classes were suspended at schools in three provinces. Santiaguito's worst eruption occurred in 1929 when 2500 people were killed.
ICELAND – The Eyjafjallajökull volcano continues to erupt, but a much lower levels than when it began its explosive eruption stage on April 14. However, it's still spewing out an estimated 22 to 44 tons of magma a second. The plume of volcanic ash is gradually declining. It's unclear how high the eruption plume was yesterday because of cloud cover, but it did not reach 3.2 miles (the height of the clouds.) The eruptive material tephra (small rocks and lava fragments) coming out of the volcano are much coarser than during the first four days of the explosive eruption phase. The explosions can be heard six to nine miles away. On Saturday, lava was spattering 330 feet into the air but that had subsided by Sunday. The seismic tremors are similar to what they have been for the past few days and don't appear to be increasing in severity. There was one earthquake with a magnitude of 1.4 at Eyjafjallajökull on Sunday.
ITALY – The volcano of Ischia, a resort island famed for its thermal waters off the coast of Naples, could potentially erupt, Italian disaster experts say. While Vesuvius is more commonly considered the nation's most worrisome volcano, Ischia, which last erupted 700 years ago, is experiencing a build-up of magma. No eruption is imminent, but "if I had to say which is the volcano with the most loaded gun barrel, I'd say it's not Vesuvius but the island of Ischia." Ischia's "magma chamber is loading up." An eruption on Ischia "could be worse than a hypothetical Vesuvius eruption." While scientists detect no sign of an eruption, Ischia's volcanic potential is being monitored along with that of Vesuvius, the mountain that looms over Naples and destroyed Pompeii when it blew in 79 AD. Vesuvius is a disaster planner's nightmare, since its slopes are officially inhabited by some 500,000 people, although perhaps as many as 150,000 more live in illegal, unregistered housing in the 18 hamlets clinging to its side. Considering that parts of crowded, chaotic Naples could be in the path of Vesuvius' fury, more than a million people might ultimately be ordered to evacuate in case of eruption. Seismologists have detected no signs of the quakes that are expected to rattle Vesuvius before any major eruption. Italian volcano and earthquake experts are about to launch a several-year project to monitor and explore 13 largely unstudied undersea volcanoes in the Mediterranean, near Sicily and the southwest Italian coast.
GUATEMALA – An eruption at Guatemala's Santiaguito volcano has sent a plume of ash 27,300 feet (8,300 meters) above sea level, dusting parts of at least four provinces. The volcano has calmed since Monday's big burst – though it is still seeing weak to moderate explosions. The eruption damaged local flower harvests, but caused no injuries. Schools were closed in 10 communities as a precaution and flights have been banned for 12 miles (20 kilometers) around the volcano. Santiaguito is a crater on the slope of the Santa Maria volcano about 120 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Guatemala City.
VANUATU – In early April, activity at Gaua Volcano in the Vanuatu Archipelago increased. The ash column, which first appeared in October 2009, became thicker and higher, and volcanic bombs were frequently sighted from the coastal villages surrounding the volcano. Vanuatu government officials are preparing to evacuate residents of Gaua Island, who are threatened by ash, poisonous gases, and landslides.
(satellite photos, map)
ICELAND – As once-stranded European travelers return to their routine lives, farmers near the base of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano are only starting to grapple with long-term consequences of the recent eruption. The April 14 blast triggered major flooding that inundated hundreds of acres of fields and coated the area with ash up to four inches thick in some areas. Farmers have begun cleaning up — a laborious process that's expected to continue through the summer.
TROPICAL STORMS -
Cyclone SEAN was 622 nmi W of Broome, Australia.
SEAN – Over the southern Indian Ocean, northwest of Australia and south of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Tropical Cyclone Sean spanned hundreds of kilometers in late April. The storm has a comma shape consistent with cyclones, but lacks a discernible eye. On April 23, Tropical Cyclone Sean had maximum sustained winds of 45 knots (85 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour). The storm was located roughly 475 nautical miles (880 kilometers) north of Learmonth, Australia. Sean had traveled toward the southwest and will continue on that route before turning westward. The storm was expected to weaken over the next few days. (satellite image & map)
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
U.S. – A tornado, almost a mile wide, tore through central Mississippi over the weekend killing at least 10 people and decimating neighborhoods as it raked cities from the central western border with Louisiana northeastward to Alabama. It leveled a church, sheared roofs off houses, overturned cars and plunged large swaths of the state in darkness as it toppled power lines. The hardest-hit counties were Yazoo and Choctaw, Mississippi. Outside of those two counties, authorities had recorded at least 188 homes destroyed and 33 injuries. In Eagle Lake, near the Louisiana border, about 30 homes were destroyed. In Holmes County, 50 homes sustained structural damage. Parts of three highways were closed due to downed trees and other damage. In all, 12 counties reported injuries. Mississippi residents reported that the path of the twister was a half-mile to a mile wide. The tornado had traveled 150 miles across Mississippi, starting in the western part of the state and moving northeast before weakening as it moved into Alabama. Early this morning, Alabama's emergency management officials confirmed a tornado touched down in Marshall County in the state's north. At least one mobile home park and some homes in Albertville were destroyed. Saturday's tornado was part of a broad band of storms that stretched from Missouri to the panhandle of Florida. Saturday's twister struck Louisiana before it moved into Mississippi. (videos)
INDIA – A giant tornado that ravaged hundreds of thousands of homes and killed 137 people has left one million people in eastern India without a roof over their heads. Packing a wind speed of 75 miles and hour, the storm raged for 40 minutes leaving a trail of destruction in West Bengal and neighbouring regions, Bihar and Assam last week. “It was like a cyclone with people shouting Cyclone Aila, which hit West Bengal last year. We prayed for early end of nature’s fury." More than 200,000 houses have been completely or badly damaged by the storm. And the very poorest families are most affected because they had thatched roofed houses. "Most people are living out in the open amid the wreckage of their homes."
INDIA – The Assam State Electricity Board’s transmission and distribution network has taken a heavy pounding from the cyclonic storms over the past one month. Other states of the Northeast, too, have faced nature’s fury with Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh’s power infrastructure taking a severe beating. Assam, in particular, has witnessed an UNUSUALLY stormy April this year, with powerful Nor’westers whipping up storms frequently over the past few weeks, resulting in heavy loss of life and property. The most devastating cyclonic storm occurred on Saturday evening across several places in lower Assam, including the capital where the wind speed crossed the 100km/hour barrier. Six were killed in the state on Saturday, two in Guwahati. The storms have uprooted transmission towers, snapped cables with trees falling over them and damaged transformers. “Though we have restored power in almost all the affected areas, these are only on a temporary basis. We will need around two-three months to complete permanent restoration."
The situation took another grim turn last night when another cyclone ravaged the Badarpur block on the Indo-Bangladesh border. Many rural areas are still without power. In Arunachal Pradesh, two 750KV and 500KV power cables snapped when the towers were uprooted in Dibang Valley on Saturday during a severe cyclonic storm. Saturday’s storm also lashed parts of Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit, snapping power cables and posts. In Meghalaya, the areas bordering Bangladesh have been affected badly by the series of storms raging through the state.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
INDIA's hundreds of millions of farmers braced on Friday for this year's official monsoon forecast, with the 2010 rains of critical importance after the worst drought in three decades. The forecast from the national weather office relies on data from local and foreign climatologists to make the best possible prediction for the monsoon, which lasts nationwide from June to September. More than 70 per cent of Indians depend on farm incomes, and about 65 percent of the nation's farms are not irrigated, meaning they depend entirely on the rains that fall in intense bursts over the wet season. The drought of 2009, when the rains were 30 percent weaker than their long-term average, has hit crop yields and farm incomes, leading to much higher food prices and an increase in rural hardship. On Friday, the Indian Meteorological Department forecast normal rains this year within the range of 96%-104% of their long-term average. "Monsoon rainfall rarely fails for two consecutive years." Out of the roughly 20 droughts India has suffered since 1901, 17 were followed by near-normal rainfall. India is the world's second-biggest producer of rice, wheat and sugarcane.
Poised to erupt – Already this month, the sun has produced two of the biggest eruptions in years. They occurred on April 13th and April 19th when magnetic filaments became unstable and exploded. It could happen again today. A prominence on the eastern limb of the sun resembles the precursors of those two earlier blasts.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has just observed a massive eruption on the sun. Billions of tons of material blasted into space while debris from the explosion rained down around the blast site. Moon-sized fragments of plasma splashed brightly when they landed back on the sun's surface. Veteran solar physicists say they've never seen anything quite like it. (video, photos)
The Earth-facing side of the sun has had no sunspots for 13 days.
A solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole could reach Earth on or about May 3rd.
HEALTH THREATS –
H1N1 vaccine study investigating hints of complications from vaccine. – Federal health officials are investigating the first hints of any possible significant complications from the H1N1 vaccine, but stressed that the concerns will probably turn out to be a false alarm. The latest analysis of data has detected what could be a somewhat elevated rate of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death; Bell's palsy, a temporary facial paralysis; and thrombocytopenia, which is a low level of blood platelets. The data is being collected through five of the networks the government is using to monitor people who were inoculated against the swine flu. Officials stressed that it is far too early to know whether the vaccine was increasing the risk of those conditions or whether there is some other explanation, such as doctors identifying more cases because of the intensive effort to pinpoint any safety problems with the vaccine. Even if the link with Guillain-Barrésyndrome is confirmed, the committee calculated the vaccine at most could be causing one extra case per 1 million people vaccinated. Even if the possible risks turn out to be real, officials stressed that the danger of the flu remains far greater. The vaccine was administered to 350 million to 400 million people worldwide, including as many as 80 million Americans, as part of an unprecedented response to the first flu pandemic in decades.
Although the vaccine was produced in record time, antiquated technology and unexpected problems growing the virus fast enough to produce the vaccine meant that most of the doses did not arrive until after the second wave of infections peaked last fall. That led to widespread anxiety, frustration and lines across the country as people scrambled to find the first doses. By the time most of the vaccine was ready, the second wave was already receding and demand fell sharply, leaving millions of doses unused. The relatively low number of deaths compared with previous pandemics and the millions spent on the vaccine have led to charges that the World Health Organization exaggerated the pandemic's risks. That prompted the Geneva-based arm of the United Nations to launch two investigations, which are ongoing.
Worldwide H1N1 activity remains low – Pandemic H1N1 remains at low levels in temperate regions of the world, with the most active areas in parts of west and central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Seasonal influenza B has become the predominant circulating flu virus across East Asia, central Africa, and northern and eastern Europe. Seasonal H3N2 is still being detected in south Asia, Indonesia, and several countries of west Africa, and eastern Europe.
Australia's number of suspected vaccine reactions grows – The number of children in West Australia who had convulsions or fever and vomiting after receiving a seasonal flu vaccine that covers the pandemic strain has grown to 251. Officials say the immunizations likely came from multiple batches. Queensland is also investigating the possibility of adverse reactions in children, and police in Brisbane are probing the death of a recently vaccinated 2-year-old.
There is growing evidence that flu vaccines don't protect elderly people from flu-related death, but flu experts didn't entirely agree about how much this should be publicized. The director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (Osterholm) said that it's time to be more open about the vaccine's lack of effectiveness in older people. Flu vaccines don't work as well in older people as in younger because the aging immune system responds less vigorously. The vaccine may offer some protection in healthy older people, but evidence suggests it does not protect the frail elderly. The immunization director for the Minnesota Department of Health said she welcomes the findings but worries that if they are publicized, people will think there is no reason to get a flu vaccination. Osterholm said he initially was reluctant to accept the evidence that flu vaccines don't save elderly people's lives but now finds it incontrovertible. He added that new vaccines that work better in the elderly are needed. A high-dose vaccine intended for the elderly was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration this year.
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
Man 'hasn't eaten, drunk in 70 years'
Apr 29 2010
By ninemsn staff
Scientists are studying an 82-year-old Indian man who claims he has not eaten any food or drink for 70 years.
Prahlad Jani says he survives on "spiritual life force" provided by a goddess who pours an "elixir" through a hole in his palate, the Telegraph newspaper reports.
Jennifer Knapp Questions Bible Translation on Homosexuality
By Jennifer Riley|Christian Post Reporter
Apr. 26 2010
Jennifer Knapp, the Christian music artist who announced this month that she is gay, recently questioned the authenticity of Bible translations on the issue of homosexuality.
Priests think abuse 'doesn't break celibacy': ex-bishop
Posted at 04/29/2010
SYDNEY – Some paedophile priests believe molesting children does not breach their vow of celibacy, a retired Australian Catholic bishop said in a magazine interview.
University of Arizona, Vatican and Jesuits Name New Telescope ‘Lucifer’
By Greg Szymanski, JD
April 23, 2010
The University of Arizona, together with the Vatican and Jesuit Order, announced today it named its newest high-powered telescopic instrument ‘Lucifer’.
Iranian cleric blames quakes on promiscuous women
20 April 2010
Women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, an Iranian cleric says.
Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, the acting Friday prayer leader in Tehran, said women should stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.
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
Recent Incidents of Persecution
Uttarakhand, India, April 30 (CDN) — Police arrested Pastor Jaswant Singh after extremists from the Hindu Jagrang Manch (Hindu Awareness Platform) filed a complaint against him of forceful conversion on April 25 in Rooria, Haridwar. A source told Compass that the extremists disrupted the prayer meeting of a house church service the pastor was leading, insulted the Christians’ faith and accused Pastor Singh of forcibly converting people.
Iran Launches Massive Crackdown On Christians, Leaders
Friday, April 23, 2010 (4:14 am)
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Iran's government has launched a massive crackdown on devoted Christians, including church leaders, as part of efforts to halt the growing Christian church in the Islamic nation, Iranian Christians and rights activists said Friday, April 23.
Two Church of Christ in Nigeria Journalists Killed in Jos
LAGOS, Nigeria, April 27 (CDN) — The killing of Christians in Jos, Plateau state in Nigeria continued over the weekend with two journalists and five other persons falling victim to Muslim youth gangs.
Updated: McDonnell lifts ban on State Police troopers referring to Jesus in public prayers
After months of lobbying by conservative activists, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly reversed a policy banning Virginia State Police troopers from referring to Jesus Christ in public prayers.
Pakistani Authorities Allegedly Torture Christian Girl, Family
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 29 (CDN) — Local authorities on Monday (April 26) recovered a 14-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) police who allegedly tortured her and her family for five days here as Christian “soft targets” over false theft allegations, sources said.