CHOSEN: End Time Newsletter – Issue 165
The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Scriptures on Wrath and Anger
Submitted by Johanna
Luke 12:4-5 Fear God
4 “And I say to you, My friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. 5 But I will show you the One to fear: Fear Him who has authority to throw [people] into hell after death. Yes, I say to you, this is the One to fear!
Hebrews 10:27, 30 but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people.
Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
2 Chronicles 29:10 It is in my heart now to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel so that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.
2 Chronicles 32:26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart—he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—so the LORD’s wrath didn’t come on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.
Does the Word give us many different scriptures on His wrath and anger? According to a search on Biblegateway.com using the keywords wrath and anger yes. There are 50 different scriptures dealing with wrath and anger. This is meant to open eyes to the other side of Father. His wrath will come upon this world. Do you want to be the subject of Father’s wrath? Open your hearts and eyes to what has already started.
Isaiah 66:1-2 This is what the LORD says: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house could you possibly build for Me? And what place could be My home? My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. [This is] the LORD’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Mankind has forgotten, to whom it is that we should revere and be thankful to. We reserve one day a year, call it Thanksgiving, say a quick prayer and then eat the food we’ve been given and call it a day; or more aptly, a year.
The rest of the time we continue to pollute this earth, which was given to us out of love and containing everything we might need in order to not just simply survive, but to live completely fulfilled and blissfully happy lives without a second thought as to how He who created it might feel as He looks on. Like children with an errant paintbrush smeared with black paint, we forge ahead in destroying Yahweh’s masterpiece.
We have also become prideful, foolishly believing that we can do literally anything and have no need of Yahweh, who created everything. Taking full credit for all we have done that is good in our sight without giving a passing thought as to whether or not it is pleasing in God’s sight – and if it is, not a single thought or prayer of thanks to the One who made it possible to begin with unless of course, it is deemed a national holiday.
We have also worshipped either no god or other gods, who had nothing to do with all that we were given and excluded the One who is. Like rebellious teenagers we refuse instruction and discipline and laugh in the face of Wisdom.
And all the while Yahweh has patiently suffered as evil has multiplied and divided like cancerous cells – we continue with our lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, murder, greed, and too many other evils to count. And while not a day goes by in which these things are brought to our attention they no longer phase us because we have traveled so far away from what Yahweh intended for His creation that we can no longer hear His voice.
In short we have become everything but humble, submissive and fearful, and we are unable to give the One who made everything a place in our hearts to call home because they have become hardened – not even our obedience as thanks.
Therefore, while many may have convinced themselves that the final judgment will never come simply because it has in their eyes, taken so long to arrive; do not be surprised when it does.
Jeremiah 5:21-22 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people. They have eyes, but they don’t see. They have ears, but they don’t hear. Do you not fear Me? [This is] the LORD’s declaration. Do you not tremble before Me, the One who set the sand as a boundary of the sea, an enduring barrier that it cannot cross? The waves surge, but they cannot prevail. They roar but cannot pass over it.
Never be afraid of the Truth
Be strong in delivering the message
You will be strengthened
You must not falter
Never be afraid to stand up for Father
Yahweh’s anger will be poured out
Destruction will come to the nations
Salvation comes to the ones who are worthy
In the eyes of God
We would like to announce the arrival of Book Two, the continuation of Chosen: End Times Truths Revealed.
Book Two starts where the first book left off and includes accounts from ministers Regina, Johanna, Deborah, and Elisha, describing their individual journeys and experiences in their service to Yahweh and Christ over the past several years in autobiographical form.
It is available in .pdf form for free via www.chosen.weebly.com and will be updated monthly.
The Journey Continues
Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two
There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so-good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…
On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…
Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…
In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co-authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye-opener…
Nourishment from the Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
The Giant ʻĂmālēq Creation – Part One
Joe: In the past, I told all of you about a race of Mother’s creation that existed on this earth before the dawn of mankind. They were called עֲמָלֵק which is Hebrew, and translated at the Great Hall as Ămālēq. The more modern spelling is Amalek. Though the Word speaks of the Amalekite tribes that fought the Israelites, they are not decendents of the true Amalek giants. They just believed themselves to be because they had found much of what was buried away in the valley of the Amalek’s where they had built their dwellings prior to the flood that swept away their remains after they were executed by the Joint Command. The Olmec head plays a part in all of this. That’s all I can say about that for now.
But within the Word, the Amalekite’s mirrowed that race, even though they were not as gigantic as the Amalek’s. I’ll give you more details on this a little later after you have all done your own research. But if you will read the Book of Judges 5, and the 1 Chronicles and any where your search of the Word takes you, and any other reliable sources, you will piece the puzzle together of how our Mother gave insight into a race that existed before mankind even outside the Great Hall’s record of events that are seen by the spirit class, and how the Amalekite’s mirrored that race right down to being exterminated just like the Amalek’s.
Reference: “In (Arabic: عملاق,ʿimlāq) is the singular of giant, and the plural is (عمالقة, ʿamāliqah) or (عماليق, ʿamālīq), suggesting the sons of this tribe were known for being unusually tall.”
“As the Jewish Encyclopedia put it, “David waged a sacred war of extermination against the Amalekites,” who may have subsequently disappeared from history. Long after, in the time of Hezekiah, five hundred Simeonites annihilated the last remnant “of the Amalekites that had escaped” on Mount Seir, and settled in their place (1 Chr. 4:42-43)”
All of this reference material can be fund at:
What Seraiah would like for all of you to do, is to find the parity of what the Word has revealed.
Jeremy: The parity…
You noted that there is nothing new under the Sun… What strongly came to mind was that any of the wisdom given in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes could be taken in any of the events that have occurred before man’s creation.
Ecclesiastes 9:13-16 — I have observed that this also is wisdom under the sun, and it is significant to me: 14 There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it. 15 Now a poor wise man was found in the city, and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man. 16 And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded.”
Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 — Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 — [ The Loneliness of Wealth ] I saw that all labor and all skillful work is due to a man’s jealousy of his friend. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
Something also comes to mind about the movie called The Thirteenth Warrior. Though it is just a movie, the parity in this to the Amalekites and Amaleks is interesting. In the movie, there was a tribe of people who lived in caves and took on barbaric traits, like bears. They would terrorize the surrounding peoples who were not of their tribe, and 13 warriors were sent to help a particular kingdom. The barbaric people in the movie gnawed on the corpses of their victims, would carry their dead so it was as if there was no trace of them even dying in combat, and also had their own religion.
This sort of thing seems to also be repeated in other cultures, even today. There are still indigenous people who have scales patterned into their skin using a sharp curved piece of metal to become more like alligators because of their beliefs…I think it might have been a rite of passage. Perhaps there was an intelligent species of humanoid-lizards? Perhaps that might be part of the reason why there also seems to be a wide-spread belief of a lie about “reptilians.”
Also… Behemoth and Leviathan… Job 40:15 and Job 41:1 The creation of these creatures hints at perhaps many, many more other creatures that are not mentioned in scripture, though constellations of them might be in the sky, as well as casts.
I often see things in pictures that don’t look the slightest bit human or a familiar animal.
Hmm… Perhaps even the currency system this world currently has may even be a mirror of a past civilization. And the current fall of the system may be nothing new.
All the punishments listed, as well as rewards, … the planet Mars seems to be uninhabitable now… Deuteronomy 28. The ground could be red with rust from iron.
Though…blood is also rich in iron.
Definitely need to spend some time doing some research in scripture and maybe some of the other ancient civilizations.
Regina: The Alamekites:
Numbers 13:29 29 The Amalekites are living in the land of the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the Jordan.”
And: http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0413.htm#29 (Mamre?)
כט עֲמָלֵק יוֹשֵׁב, בְּאֶרֶץ הַנֶּגֶב; וְהַחִתִּי וְהַיְבוּסִי וְהָאֱמֹרִי,
יוֹשֵׁב בָּהָר, וְהַכְּנַעֲנִי יוֹשֵׁב עַל-הַיָּם, וְעַל יַד הַיַּרְדֵּן.
Numbers 13:29 29 Amalek dwelleth in the land of the South; and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanite dwelleth by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan.’
The “Olmec heartland” is an archaeological term used to describe an area in the Gulf lowlands that is generally considered the birthplace of the Olmec culture.
1 Chronicles 4:42-43 42 Now 500 men from these sons of Simeon went with Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, as their leaders to Mount Seir. 43 They struck down the remnant of the Amalekites who had escaped and still live there today.
Whatever the cause, within a few hundred years of the abandonment of the last Olmec cities, successor cultures had become firmly established.
In Jewish tradition, the Amalekites came to represent the archetypal enemy of the Jews.
Olmec religious activities were performed by a combination of rulers, full-time priests, and shamans. The rulers seem to have been the most important religious figures, with their links to the Olmec deities or supernaturals providing legitimacy for their rule. Olmec art shows that such deities as the Feathered Serpent…
Why am I feeling this has to do with the intruders in Father’s creation?
2 Samuel 1:13 13 David inquired of the young man who had brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I’m the son of a foreigner” he said. “I’m an Amalekite.”
Exodus 17:8-11 The Amalekites Attack 8 At Rephidim, Amalek came and fought against Israel. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Select some men for us, and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand.” 10 Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought against Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 While Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, but whenever he put his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
Listing of Amalek/Amalekite references in Hebrew Scripture:
Genesis 14:7; 36:12, 16
Exodus 17:8-11, 13-14, 16
Numbers 13:29; 14:25, 43, 45; 24:20; 25:19
Judges 3:13; 5:14; 6:3, 33; 7:12; 10:12; 12:15
1 Samuel 14:48;15:2-8, 15, 18, 20, 32; 27:8; 28:18; 30:1, 13, 18
2 Samuel 1:1, 8, 13; 8:12
1 Chronicles 1:36; 4:43; 18:11
Deborah: Exodus 17:1 Water from the Rock 1 The entire Israelite community left the Wilderness of Sin, moving from one place to the next according to the LORD’s command. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
Exodus 17:8 At Rephidim, Amalek came and fought against Israel.
It appears there is parity in the Amalekites attacking the Israelites after they left the wilderness of sin but still during their time before they entered the promised land, and the present situation with the deliverance of the Spiritual Israelites
About the Olmec heads, Joe wrote on one of the photos of the invaders that the cast looked like an Olmec god head. So it brings to mind either these things are trying to be gods or represent another god/s.
Exodus 17:14-16 The LORD then said to Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a reminder and recite it to Joshua: I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek under heaven.”
15 And Moses built an altar and named it, “The LORD Is My Banner.” 16 He said, “Indeed, [my] hand is [lifted up] toward the LORD’s throne. The LORD will be at war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
The scriptures I quoted bring the question to mind, will we be at war with these things or their god/s in the future? Are we at war with them now? If they are attacking any aspect of Father’s creation, then it certainly seems to be the case. And what was said about blotting out the memory of them under heaven… well we are on earth, which is under heaven, and we don’t have any memory of the Olmec people or their god/s but there are archaeological clues. Makes me wonder what can be found at the Great Hall. Joe mentioned he was going to do some research there on unknown influences and anomalies. Getting back to the questions… have they visited the earth in the past? And if so, what was their influence and the outcome of it being injected into Father’s creation?
There are more questions than answers of course. The appearance of these things and their ultimate intentions become more worrying with the passing of time.
Joe directed us to read Judges 5. Whenever I read about Deborah and Barak, it tends to evoke a reaction from within. I don’t really know why other than my given name is Deborah and Jeshaiah’s used to be Barak. Just as Regina is Aaron and I am Moses, it seems that there may be something more to this than I am able to understand at this point in Father’s plan.
Joe: You’re doing well children. Just keep researching.
Spiritual War News
The Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness
Spiritual War News Events Corresponding with Nourishment given about the The Giant ʻĂmālēq Creation
Joe: Keep your eye on the storm that is in behind the latest two named storms. It has the unknown beings within its makeup. Much is going on. Another god is challenging our Mother. The exits from this reality now all lead, not into eternity, but another god’s reality that has surrounded our Mother, encroaching on Her space out in eternity. It has enveloped Her, disregarded Her markers.
Regina: What in Creation? Why can’t they just leave our Mother alone? Makes me angry.
Jeremy: I agree, Regina. I am sure Father Yahweh did foresee this.
The actions taken by the other god seem to show that they are trying to subvert Father’s justice. If all the exits lead to the other god, then the memory of those that are put out an exit could be used to reanimate. At the same time, the beings they sent in seem to not really be friendly towards anyone.
Joe, do you know what all methods have been attempted to vanquish the intruders? From what we have seen, lasers are ineffective, the beings can melt mamres, and white fire bursted even within the beings does not work (unless I did not see the markings of the particular photo correctly). It seems that perhaps the beings are impervious to all the things we currently have, and maybe even will have. The initial being did come to the detention plane, which is peculiar. Do we know if they eat anything? I am not sure if the same rule applies to the other side, but if a physical person ingests too much of any particular element, it poisons them, and some elements are much easier than others, and can even result in death. Perhaps it would be possible to overload any of the intruders.
This coming to mind, as well… Joe, do we know that the intruder did multiply itself, like an A-sexual being? If it did, then the being would have perhaps only made two smaller ones of itself…if the law of conservation from physics still applies in the Spirit Realm. If it did reproduce itself where there are two beings of equal magnitude, then that would mean that they would have had to draw from some power source to do so, and perhaps also needs to continually draw from a power source to keep going.
Regina: All interesting thoughts Bro – All I know is that god needs to get out of Mothers ID. It makes me feel claustrophobic for Her to think about it.
I don’t get it. I thought they all praised Her Way and now this one is challenging Her? Fickle?
Maybe Dawn got to another one of them like he did Ashtoreth.
I just had a dream recall. It wasn’t long ago that I dreamed I was telling my parents that someone (a demon) had grabbed me and was squeezing me and wouldn’t let me go. Maybe it was a memory of having been lassoed, but it also makes me think of how this god has surrounded Her.
Joe: (responding to Jeremy) I’m sorry, but that is beyond my scope of knowledge. What I’ve learned to date is this: Alpha Command stated that the god surrounding our mother in a spherical manner, much like the Azmon Barrier surrounds this planet, is not part of the line of gods that exist in eternity at close enough proximity to communicate with each other. This god came out of the vastness of eternity by surprise to all, and it is much larger in energy and whatever else is yet to be made known Alpha also stated that it has had no contact with the demons, nor the converts. So it is unilaterally infecting our reality. I presume Alpha Command obtained some of the information directly from our Mother since they cannot see outside beyond the new reality that exists around our Mother. It is like She is being held captive in a reality of the other god. Or as the Jerusalem press noted, perhaps this god is planning to absorb our Mother and this reality into its own. Jaddai has volunteered for a split mission with a team put together by him and Seraiah to go out of the 8 into the other god’s reality and see what all is out there. They will be in a Starfire craft and the second part of the mission is to try and break through the other reality out into eternity if they can and then return to our reality. Seraiah said it would be impossible to try and map all of the other reality, and we do not know what is out there nor what the laws there might be like. That’s all I have on this topic for now. Updates will be forth coming.
P.S. I almost forgot to tell all of you this: As Mother continues to expand Herself, the other god appears to be flexible and is following suit. How far Mother can expand, and if the other god can keep up the pace is yet to be made known.
Deborah: What exactly is a split mission?
Joe: (Responding to Deborah) It’s a two part mission. To see what is in the other reality, and the second part or split of it is to break through the god’s reality out into eternity to see what it looks like from outside and then return to us.
Regina: I guess volunteering to go with them would be out of the question…Do you know how long the mission will take? Or is planned to take?
Deborah: I’ve been looking at some other scriptures.
Genesis 14:5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,
There is a similarity in the name Ashteroth and Ashtoreth. Rephidim is where Amalek attacked Israel. I wonder if the name Amalek associated with this other god’s name at all? Or if Ashtoreth has anything to do with this either?
Regina: (Responding to Deborah) I had the same thought the other night when I was researching.
Joe: (Responding to Regina)They might not be successful, and if not you might be killed, and that would mean vessel death also. So I do not believe Seraiah would give you an okay for the mission. I’m sorry because I know you want to be with Jaddai.
The amount of time Seraiah is giving Jaddai is one week to return. He told him if him and his team come up missing that he will send a large force of Alpha into the other reality and all the way to eternity to locate them if need be. Mother will not permit Seraiah to go on this mission. He is grounded from leaving Her reality, even though he insisted, but to no avail.
Jaddai is preparing his team to leave at midnight North Texas time.
Regina: (Responding to Joe)It’s okay – just one of those things. I know you’ll keep us updated and that will help me deal with being separated and feeling anxious for his safety and wellbeing – meanwhile I’ll just keep on keeping on over here. I just pray Mother guide them and protect them and that they all return safely.
I know it’s a possibility that they may turn up missing – don’t like to think about that. But I also know that Seraiah would turn Eternity inside out to get him and his team back again should it happen. And Mother will not allow Her faithful children to be lost forever.
Joe: At present I’m doing research at the Great Hall looking for any records that might shed light on any of this mystery. But Jake had contacted me a few moments ago, and Liddia has also volunteered and been given the okay to command a second team separate from Jaddai’s and to follow behind his team as support for one another.
Aug 31, 2010
Joe: Jaddai sent his love to you Regina, and he said not to worry they will all be okay At midnight, both Starfire crafts flew out the 8’s safe exit and disappeared from sight. But Jake informed me that nearing the three hour mark they still have two way communication with both teams. Jaddai reported that thus far the other reality looks dark and gloomy, but there is spots of light off in different directions. Jake said Seraiah told Jaddai to continue to lead the way, and that both crafts are to remain in close proximity of one another at all times no matter what might happen, and to set course and inspect one of the lights and then report their findings as soon as possible. If they should come under attack, Alpha has crews boarded in other war class crafts and ready to enter that reality on quick notice. I take it children from what I’ve learned thus far that the plan is not to appear as aggressive and is why only two crafts and two teams are being permitted to enter the other reality for an inspection before trying to reach eternity and then come back home. That’s all I have for now kids. When I learn more, you will know it as quickly as possible *hugs* to all.
Here’s an update children
Jaddai an Liddia’s team traveled many hours to reach one of the dim lights they could visually see, and when they arrived they were back at the 8’s safe exit They contacted Alpha Command to report the oddity, and Seraiah then did a craft supply check with both Jaddai and Liddia. Of 12 fuel cells used to power each craft, only a 1/3 of a single cell had been used by each craft. Of the 40 raw energy tanks aboard each vessel, and you could compare those tanks to oxygen bottles if they were in the fleshly realm, the first of one tank was partially used on each vessel to recharge the team members at the 8 hour interval. Both Jaddai and Liddia reported that the system for recharging their energies and that of their team members worked just fine Since this had never had to be done before by transporting raw energy for consumption outside our Mother, Alpha Command was very pleased with Albert Einstein’s idea and his help in the construction of the equipment used to harvest and condense the energy into tanks for later use.
Since absolutely no contact has been made with anyone or anything in that reality, Seraiah told Jaddai that he felt it would be okay for him and Liddia to split up for awhile. But instead of traveling at less than light speed, because it took them so many hours to end up back where they had started, that he wanted them both to zero in on two new lights and fly towards them for another observation. The reason Jaddai kept both vessels at below light speed is because he had reported that the reality is dark and gloomy, and it is like layers of clouds within the entire expanse that they can visually see. Their radar cannot penetrate for a long distance for reasons presently unknown. Jaddai was cautious because of the possibility they might accidentally crash into some structure or possibly anything that might be within that reality, even a life-form. Within a two hour span of time Jaddai arrived at the next chosen dim light to find his team back at the 8’s safe exit once again. After reporting in, he noted that Liddia’s team came in almost along side his craft at the same time they’d arrived, even though Liddia had been headed for an entirely different light in a westerly direction, with Jaddai’s team in a northerly direction. Whether their compasses are malfunctioning on the crafts has yet to be determined. With this news and another craft supply check, Seraiah ordered them to remain together and to fly straight upward and not to stop unless they reach a point that their fuel cells and raw energy supply would not support them for the return home. And that children is presently the status of both teams.
Regina: It sounds like they’re going in a circle – but if they were, how would they be able to see a light that would actually be behind them? How strange… and kudos to Albert for his help! Thank you Joe for the update. *hugs*
Joe: (responding to Regina) Yes, it is a great puzzling situation. Either the laws we all know over here do not exist over there, or there is intervention of some kind going on But in time we shall see.
Well child you were distressed over Jaddai being at risk. That’s understandable. Even the Jerusalem press is showing signs of stress from the latest reports by Alpha Command. They want to know why our Mother is not openly taking action “against the invader. ” But is this an invader? We do not know for certain if it’s come in peace or for conflict. Although Seraiah fought one of the residents from that reality, we cannot be certain that that was not an isolated occurrence that resulted from feeling threatened. It evaded him and eventually escaped , so we can’t know for certain unless they make some type of admission by either an all out assault, or else they inform us of their intentions.
Perhaps Jeremy can add something to the process since he is a deep thinker Another thing that puzzles me personally, is that Alpha knows the first to come through to our reality came through an unsafe exit. Yet, Jaddai has reported seeing only the 8’s safe exit And Alpha knows the entities are out in the ocean and are inside one of the storms that are trying to become a hurricane. At least that was the last I’ve heard of their being seen in our reality. It’s just all very puzzling indeed.
Regina: What’s the difference between a safe exit and an unsafe exit?
Joe: (responding to Regina’s question)Sorry, I’m waiting on Jake to send a pic Jaddai transmitted to Alpha. They have finally encountered something on the journey upward, and Jaddai and Liddia’s teams are stopped dead in their tracks watching whatever it is.
The 8 is termed a safe exit because it is also an entrance. But all other exits have ancient doors that open only outward. That is why Alpha Command is puzzled as to how the intruder entered at the start of its first appearance in our reality. Those exits are also guarded by Antijaboks against anyone or anything going out them without our Mother’s approval. They have recently been used by Seraiah to discard spent energy, and that was Mother’s purpose for them. To use them to keep Her house kept clean of non desirable waste. On the 8, it is the official gateway to eternity, and the point of return. It is where Michael entered Mother at the start of his apprenticeship as a craftsman.
Jake has now sent the pic and I will upload and post it as quickly as it gets to imageshack.
I’m sorry for the delay but am having problems getting the page to open on this forum. Here is the pic, and I must say I’m happy I’m not out there.
Regina: Whoa – A Bird in a Hand…? (Worth 2 in a Bush?) I see human looking faces too. Y’s, and the Omega symbol. This is strange… why would it have characteristics of our reality if it’s not? Is it trying to communicate?
Joe: The reverse is very revealing with a woman, bun in hair facing right in upper right of pic.
Joe: (responding to Regina)There is an ancient text in the Great Hall that (I took as folk lore) that says Satan is an illusionist that is controlling from a mock heaven all the way down to the earth, and that in the end time the real Yahweh will come forth to claim Her creation and set matters straight by overshadowing the false reality that Satan has manufactured to fool all of creation. It’s just one of many possibilities I suppose.
Johanna: (Commenting on 3rd image)To me that Lion looks like Seraiah with a frown on his face.
Joe: (responding to Johanna) I didn’t want to say it, but the man’s face looks like Seraiah as Jackson looked in the vessel
Johanna: Do you think it could be someone casting as him?
Joe: Johanna, you mentioned 2012 the other day. In that ancient text I mentioned, it also states the real Yahweh will reclaim His (does not call Yahweh a female) creation when He aligns the universe with the sun in the center of all the planets on that year. Aligns the SON? perhaps, and symbolic of the sun?
Joe: (responding to Johanna’s question) It has to be. If not, something is very wrong.
Regina: So… in regards to Satan being an illusionist and all that. Meaning that this whole time we haven’t actually been within the real Yahweh?
Regina: (responding to last image)There’s the A I was looking for. The Omega sign is just opposite that. There’s also a 3 in between them.
Sept 1, 2010
Joe: (responding to Regina) No child, that was just an ancient text that is part of a large archive of other texts that contradict our Mother being the real Creator. Our Mother permits all things to be examined, and then for us to make up our own minds as to their validity.
Here is the latest. I’m always taken by surprise when a new truth comes to light that reveals just how reality as a whole, and not just speaking of our reality, but everything in existence in the totality of all realities combined, and how they all seem to be interwoven in the totality of all things in every creation existing, every immortal god that exists, and how they all seem to cross paths. You will understand in a moment, but for now, let me say that both teams have safely returned without ever reaching eternity. But, much has been learned since I last posted here. Alpha Command deciphered a number of messages that Jaddai’s and Liddia’s team took pics of and communicated back home.
This new enemy calls itself Allah, and the messages were meant for our Mother Yahweh, and Michael-Seraiah. Allah is overshadowing our Mother in defense of its faithful. That being the Islamic followers of the god Allah.
That’s all I have for now, but from the above, you can see that not only will our Mother’s angelic class be engaged in combat at the close of this wicked age to end evil for a millennium, but our Mother will also be taking on a god that also claims to be an Alpha and Omega, and this god is of huge proportion just by its ability to enclose our Mother in its body and still have room for the two teams to fly around many light years and not be able to find a way to eternity. Jaddai said they never reached the end of that god in any direction. Without finding an end to its reality, no possible break through could be initiated. More as I get it children.
Regina: Oh my gosh… my gosh… I just had a dream last night that coincides with this! I was speaking to George Bush, Kory was with me and he asked us to choose a quote for a speech and then said, after we’d chosen one that we couldn’t use anything referencing Christianity because we couldn’t upset the Muslims! I told him that was disappointing and then something about it all being over soon.
Joe: (responding to Regina)You are on track with current events.
Sept 2, 2010
Deborah: Job 24:2 The wicked displace boundary markers. They steal a flock and provide pasture for [it].
Sept 3, 2010
Joe: (responding to Deborah) Yes, you are very insightful.
Children, there was another incident that was combative with the angels of Allah. This is a crop Jake sent to me that Alpha Command has yet to try and decipher. It is filled with lettering and symbols, aside from the casts. I thought you all might like to have a go at solving this riddle for Alpha. Since they are covered up in shots taken by the HG observers, this could remain on the backlogged shelve for awhile, and then later turn out to be important. So I decided to share it with you for at least a code breaking lesson. If we can’t comprehend what they meant, Alpha won’t be any worse off since they have put it aside for now anyway. Jake felt it was worth sending for us to all view though.
P.S. I’m assuming it’s a crop, or perhaps they added an entire pic to another background so it would stand out.
Elisha: I took a stab at it but am not sure if it even is what I think I see.
Also at the top center it looks like something evil taking something holy hostage. But I’m not sure. (the two faces in one circle sorta separated)
Joe: Every time I look at this pic it changes No wonder they shelved it I think Allah’s casts are different from ours because they look like they are not just multiple casts, but are ever changing from minute to minute.
Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos
Mars Skull Photos – Part One
One showing the appearance of destroyed buildings.
Children there was an extermination on Mars by the old Joint Command. That was the JAC later wiped out for going sour also. The record of what happened at Mars at an earlier time is encoded in the landscape. It was the JC’s job to exterminate creations gone sour. Ironic that their initials are the same as Jesus Christ or simply another tie-in with the War Plan? The Rhino depicted in a pic above is what I mean about comparing them to a shark or alligator. Serving a purpose but not exactly what you might expect as a branch of the holy family. Nonetheless, they did serve Mother’s Throne for many millenniums before turning on Her. Their record of acting as destroyers or executioners is written throughout the expanse as a testament of what happens to creations gone sour. As Mother’s children, you are privileged to have developed your minds to the point you can see the recorded signs left eons ago. She has hidden these things from the unworthy. They only see the landscape and do not comprehend the truth of what is embedded there as a record of past events..
We could never mark everything, but you will be able to see a lot that was recorded. From what I can see in one pic, it depicts what they actually looked like according to the GH’s archives.
Once you see the recorded archives at the GH, then you can see the consistency by decoding the pics of the actual places the archives detailed. In case you’ve never been told this, everything is recorded multiple times and is even in rocks, coral, petrified wood and anything that is long lasting. Take a pic of a hill, or even a small stone that has irregularities and examine the pic up close. You might see the pre-flood days, or the Indian era when the Buffalo roamed in great herds, or any number of things recorded throughout the history of creation. Records exist throughout the expanse in practically everything in existence. It’s like a large repository.
The process of forming records of events via the spirit realm is one of doing like everything else – it is the conservation of space to fill with as many things as possible. Though creation seems endless in space, it requires condensing things, because Mother’s idea of ongoing never ending creation would fill up fast if multiple casts and the condensing effect was not utilized. Even light is used to cast off of because it is a form of energy that works like a camera when you flash a pic and trap the image utilizing light. Though you might not see the images in the light, they are forevermore there, one on top of another.
Regina: Casts throughout creation, which resides within Mother, makes me think of the human brain and how our own memories are stored. Though… From a scientific standpoint I do not know how much, if any, is actually stored in the brain because when we are on spirit we maintain those memories also, yes? And then there are others that ate buried deep within our subconscious that we can only just barely reach now but that we have while on the AP and will have after we make the transition. Are our memories like personal casts that are specific to our own consciousness? I think that pondering this too much on my own might cause a short – it’s probably very deep and complex.
Joe: Well child, your brain houses your mind and acts as a suitcase in the fleshly plane. Once severed, all goes with the celestial body as one unit. Your memories are forevermore in the recesses of your mind for recall (be it in the physical or the celestial vessel) but momentarily come forward at your passing to travel with you and become reoriented in the recess of your celestial body that houses your mind on the other side. At physical death the thread is severed to the physical vessel. So, like when your life goes before your eyes if you were drowning, all is pulled out of the suitcase and goes with you at your physical demise. Your memories remain with you. You are your memories. They are a part of you. You can however bury some of them, those bad ones and not call them to mind. Simply let them be forgotten in the recess of your mind if they have no value. But most memories do serve an important purpose. They are not cast like in a pic unless you form them into a cast. Without past memories you could not learn and adapt. Perfection is not a state of not making mistakes. To the contrary you learn from your mistakes. Just as our Mother regretted making mankind, though She spared us, She devised a War Plan based on Her own mistake so that our/Her creation could live if we changed our personality to reflect Her Way. The spiritual war is actually a trial and error effort of mistakes and corrections based on following the narrow path until all things are fulfilled to complete the plan. This is why unexpected things happen to the good as well as the bad. With all things, chance is involved. By chance things happen that might not have but by chance they came about and occurred. We will experience the possibility of many things happening throughout eternity. Our Mother and Michael never intended that sin become rooted in creation, but by chance it occurred. This is because of the gift of free will. Satan altered things by taking a chance. It could happen again in the future, but the rebellion will be put down quickly because the record of the last 6000 years that is meant to teach us that sin has no place in creation is presently going through a fulfillment. If we lost that memory, we would have learned nothing about the time we have been in creation during this tumultuous time. It is not necessary to personally experience the full 6000 years of sin in order to comprehend its ill effects. Like the manna and other things saved from the wilderness to show future generations of Israelites that did not live through those times their elders did, so that they could see what Mother had provided during earlier times to Her people, will be the same for the children born during the Millennium and afterward throughout eternity. They will read scrolls and see the archives that visually detail the beginning of sin and how it has no place in creation. The scope of sin actually goes farther back than mankind, so the entirety of the record will be available for all to review, teach the newcomers, and to express what it was like to have lived through these harsh times that sin was in creation. So Regina if you consider you use only a small compartment of the suitcase you house your memories in, then also consider that your spiritual mind is boundless and will also never be completely filled. You will go on learning and adapting for eternity. You will make mistakes, but you will learn from them. What Mother does not want is someone that intentionally moves off the narrow path to adapt back to sin willfully. It is not a sin to make a mistake. It is sin to make a conscious decision to break law. Satan could not say that he spoke without willful intention of alienating mankind from Mother. If we do not do anything willfully with intent to break law, then any mistakes we make can be righted and not repeated. That’s all our Mother expects of us in an eternal learning process. When you learn laws, simply abide by them to the best of your ability. Then if you break a law, it will not be intentional on your part. That action is rectifiable by reviewing and making an effort not to repeat the mistake. Did I answer everything?
Regina: Oh yes, that and more. Thank you! *hug*
Joe: That’s a pleasure to know child, and I wish to enlighten you and these other fine ministers even more
Just as you have elders and ministers that serve as witnesses of the truth on this side, the same holds true on the other side. An Observer is a witness of truth also. When we speak of truth we speak:
Dictionary: truth >noun (pl. truths) 1 the quality or state of being true. 2 (also the truth) that which is true as opposed to false. 3 a fact or belief that is accepted as true.
-PHRASES in truth really; in fact. to tell the truth (or truth to tell or if truth be told) to be frank.
-ORIGIN Old English.
So truth is anything that represents the truth of a matter. Where you and these other fine ministers speak the truth of the Word, the Observers speak the truth of what they personally witness. But all things tie in. For example, the Word was written under inspiration by our Mother so that it would be accurate, and it is mostly eye-witness reporting to those that read it. But it is witnessing of truth. Mother saw to that. The Apostles wrote under inspiration of the things they personally witnessed. In the spirit realm the Observers also follow suit in other matters of truth, but are not included in the written Word of the Bible, but instead are entered into the Universal Record that is a part of a great hall that exists in the spirit realm known as the Great Hall of Records. That Hall also contains the Word/Bible – meaning a compilation of Sacred Books. Over there, it is simply a part of many other truths that form a complete truthful record of creation. The events, happenings of past, present and those things forecast to become a part of the future. And it is also an ongoing deposit of information. Some things contained there are not truth, and this is borne out by review of what is truthful. The inclusion of falsehoods is so that you can personally study and examine the things that are contradictory and come to an understanding of what is false and what is not. Like the books eliminated from the Word on this side of the spectrum, over there there is a section of the Great Hall that houses questionable items so that they are not blended in with the truthful things. But they are none the less in existence, though not included with the truthful records so that you can examine them also, just like you can examine the books and stories over here that were left out of the Word. Logic and reasoning come into play. Reasoning out what is truth. You ask yourself after review, “Is that logical? Would our Mother have inspired (Authored) that? Does it tie in with the other things we have been taught?” A process of discerning truth from fiction.
And just as there are elders over here, there are elders in the holy ghost community. I’m an elder of my Order, and that is one of the reasons I was picked to be over here with this ministry. You witness the Word to the masses, and my duty is to help in imparting understanding of the truth.
1 Peter 5:1-4 About the Elders Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of the Messiah, and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you: shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s [will]; not for the money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
Now, let’s review. You each have learned that it becomes a sin if you consciously make a decision to break law and then follow through on that conscious decision. We know Adam made a conscious decision to do so, but did his mate Eve do likewise? Let’s examine the recorded event more fully.
Genesis 3:1-7 The Temptation and the Fall Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden ‘?”
Satan was drawing his prey into the trap by appearing to be a lower life form that was seeking knowledge. The fact that the serpent could speak did not amaze Eve. Why? She was new to creation herself. Had she been around as long as some of us old timers or have been raised up from childhood and had the benefit of the experience and teachings of a world that had knowledge of the animal kingdom then she might have been taken back by hearing words spoken from a serpent. But she did not possess memories of being taught about animals. It was a learning process that was active at the time Satan deceived her in the form of a serpent-dragon. All she knew is that he was inquisitive about God’s command, and he was off the mark, because he was incorrect in what he questioned her about, saying “”Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden ‘?” It was as though he had heard it second hand from someone else and wanted her to verify or set the matter straight in his own mind as to what God had actually said. Was Eve obliging in being helpful to the serpent seeking knowledge of what had actually been said by God? Well children let’s see
“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die. ‘ ” Ah, but yes she was very insightful in knowing and relating God’s law, was she not? That should have helped the serpent in understanding the correctness of what he had been inquisitive about. “But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die. ‘ ”
So Eve fully understood the law, and she knew had given that law. She knew the consequence for failure to obey. And she knew what death was because the animal kingdom is a part of the recycling process that involves death of their vessels. However children, this was not a run of the mill serpent. It was instead an angel that had taken on the disguise of a serpent. And, you all already knew that Why so? Why it’s in your past memory, and so you did what? You pulled up that memory and logically reasoned out who the serpent was from the past knowledge base each of you possess. Memories, they are your friend and your helper. You use them daily to discern things. But what of the fake serpent? Let’s see.
“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The only truth Satan spoke was the latter: “God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Saying they would not die from eating the fruit led Eve to believe what?
Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food” Eve was under the assumption that the fruit was poisonous, and now regarded it as wholesome “and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable” so she had decided that the law for death rested on the fruit being poisonous, but now she also wanted to know what God knew: “for obtaining wisdom.” The fruit was an avenue to wisdom that she now sought. It was a shortcut to knowing what God already knew. Like when Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the earth – a shortcut to them without taking the long way around, like when the Israelites wandered in the wilderness of Sin until the time came to enter the promised land. They could have even went a different route than crossing the Red Sea, but Mother knew that they could not endure as fighters if they were not taking the path She had previously planned out for their escape from slavery. So She took them into the wilderness to learn Her laws and to become ripened fruit for what was just ahead of them in reaching the promised land. And as with Eve “So she took some of its fruit and ate [it];” At this point Eve had made a conscious decision to break law, even though Satan deceived her by tickling her ear to what she believed would be a revelation of that age of things, that she would possess what God possessed. Like Satan whom also wanted what God possessed. His plan was revealed by his conscious move off the narrow path to try and take what was not rightfully his. To bring in confederates by playing off their desires. So, Eve, ” she also gave [some] to her husband, [who was] with her, and he ate [it].” Three in union. Chapter 3 of the Word – no coincidence in “3” had now formed a union of rebellion against Mother’s Throne of Authority. All three making conscious decisions to break laws that Mother had given them. But what was the taste of knowledge like for the humans? “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.” Shock of being exposed of not only nakedness, but also of being exposed before creation as willful sinners of Mother’s law. Satan sat back and waited to see see what Mother would do over his rebellious act, and the humans went into hiding just like any common criminal does when they know they have broken the law and are in trouble. They seek cover and seclusion from the peering eyes of the ones that can bring them to justice. In their case, they were ashamed and knew that death would come from not poisonous fruit, but from Mother Herself. They knew this because their eyes were fully opened to what Mother knew about good and evil. Although Eve sought this knowledge, Adam merely chose to go a long with his mate for better or worse. He was not deceived and well knew that if the fruit did not kill them that eventually Mother would over the breaking of the law she gave. Just because something looks and tastes good does not mean that the after effects of it will not harm you. So children, it was not the fruit itself, or even the learning of good and evil. It was the conscious decision to break law by all three that landed them in trouble with our Mother. Being deceived is no excuse, because you have a mind that can discern truth from fiction. Whether you receive guidance from the Word or directly spoken from Mother, both sources are Her Spirit that guide us in the Way of Truth.
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
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
Signs in Humanity
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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
5.7 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
5.1 TURKEY-SYRIA BORDER REGION
5.1 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
5.2 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
5.3 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
5.0 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
(also in DJIBOUTI – 4.8, 4.7, 4.6, 4.8, 4.6)
5.1 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
5.2 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
5.4 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
5.3 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
5.0 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
5.0 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
(also in YEMEN – 4.7, 4.9, 4.9, 4.7, 4.9, 4.8, 4.7, 4.7, 4.9, 4.8, 4.8, 4.9, 4.5, 4.5, 4.9, 4.7, 4.6)
5.0 GULF OF ADEN
(also in GULF OF ADEN – 4.9, 4.5, 4.9, 4.8)
5.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.1 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.2 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
5.0 KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
5.2 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
5.9 NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.9 BANDA SEA
5.3 CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO REGION
5.8 OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
5.0 OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
5.6 KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA
5.2 ASCENSION ISLAND REGION
5.2 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
5.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
5.1 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.0 FLORES SEA
5.1 BANDA SEA
5.1 NEAR COAST OF SOUTHERN PERU
5.2 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
PAKISTAN – At least 12 people, including women and children, were injured when a powerful earthquake jolted Quetta and its surroundings on Friday afternoon. According to the Metrological Department, the earthquake lasted 8 seconds and measured 4.5 at the Richter Scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was detected at 10-kilometre depth in Chiltan mountains in the northeast of Quetta. It caused panic and fear amongst the people who rushed outside their houses, shopping centres and other commercial buildings. Twelve people suffered injuries in different parts of the city as they jumped off their rooftops. Two people received serious injuries. The powerful earthquake also caused minor damages to houses.
ARKANSAS – An Arkansas Geological Survey official says there’s no correlation between the hydraulic fracturing method used to extract natural gas and recent earthquakes in central Arkansas, but he said the deep-well disposal of liquids used in the process may be a factor. A swarm of earthquakes in the Guy area began Oct. 1. More study is needed to determine whether the temblors have a natural cause or are connected to the process in which waste liquids are pumped under high pressure into deep injection wells that are then sealed. An injection well at a Colorado chemical weapons manufacturing center was determined to be the cause of earthquake activity there in the 1960s.
NEW ZEALAND – After a couple of relatively quiet days, Christchurch has experienced another wave of aftershocks with two of them measuring over 4 on the Richter scale. The Christchurch earthquake on the 4th September has been followed by a couple of thousand aftershocks. These appear to be random and don’t follow any set pattern. Christchurch residents had felt more settled over the last week but a strong 4.7 aftershock awoke many people at 1:35am on the 14th November.
Friday the 12th had 6 aftershocks ranging from 3.0 to 3.8 on the Richter scale. Only one aftershock was recorded on Saturday the 13th and that was a 3.1. Starting early on Sunday morning, Christchurch was shaken by a 3.2 just after midnight followed a few minutes later by a 3.8. At 1:35am a 4.7 magnitude tremor shook the area, setting alarms off and causing houses to bang, rattle and shake. The next aftershock was a 3.6 after 5pm followed by 4.9 at 7:21pm. People are generally coping better than they were a few weeks ago but most report that being awoken from a deep sleep by aftershocks sets their hearts racing. The stronger daytime ones also get the adrenaline flowing and many say that their biggest concern is that the city may still get an aftershock of over 6 in magnitude. This was a worry soon after the 7.1 earthquake but seismologists say the risk of such a large aftershock has diminished over the weeks although it has not completely disappeared. Christchurch could still be experiencing aftershocks a year from now. The quakes are shallow which means they are generally felt more strongly. (photos)
Scientists find new seismic fault in Rocky Mountains – The Rocky Mountains extend from British Columbia south to the US state of New Mexico. Scientists have mapped a new, active seismic fault in the Rocky Mountains in the US state of Idaho capable of unleashing a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. A university official has warned the fault could release a damaging earthquake within the next few decades. The 40-mile fracture runs close to the small town of Stanley, a community with roughly 100 year-round residents. A 7.5 tremor is capable of devastating areas along a fault. If a quake did occur, shaking would extend to the state capital of Boise.
Scientists believe two earthquakes have taken place along the fault in the past 10,000 years, with one occurring 7,000 years ago and the other 4,000 years ago. This information has led researchers to believe significant seismic activity takes place in the region every several thousand years. The Northern Rocky Mountain region in Idaho, Wyoming and Western Montana is a seismically-heavy area capable of producing some very large earthquakes. “Since we don’t know when the next earthquake will occur, we simply need to prepare for it.”
Something obviously happened in Nigeria – but was it a volcanic eruption? – The frightening description of the devastating effects of the volcanic eruption in Abelakpam community in Benue State by some of the witnesses, an incident they claimed occurred Thursday, November 4 at about 9p.m after a heavy downpour, could set one wondering whether the end as professed by christians and many other religious groups was near. First according to the account, was a thunder storm followed by heavy vibration and then a flow of lava into the streams & wells and later an unprecedented destruction of lives and property. Going through records, the people of the unfortunate community are familiar with such incidents. In 1985, 2005 and 2009, similar eruptions devastated the community when Mount Mbatyough cracked. Although the three volcanic eruptions destroyed houses and farmlands, no life was lost. But according to some of the villagers, it turned the residents of the area into beggars.
November 4, 2010, Abelakpam claimed not less than twelve people aside from cutting off bridges, large expanse of farmlands and causing damage to houses. The emission, if not checked, may in future match the one that occurred recently in Indonesia. At the time of filing this report some of the victims of the eruption were yet to be found as their corpses may have been buried by the lava or the broken stones from the mountain. When the rumblings from the vibrations increased in intensity, it uprooted trees and rocks, threw them kilometers away and at the end of the wreckage, houses animals and other property estimated to cost millions of naira had been destroyed. In the midst of the confusion, the residents had to run for their dear lives to find refuge somewhere since their houses were no longer safe from the vagaries of the volcanic eruptions. The only source of drinkable water is the Kipam stream that has now been contaminated by the volcanic emission.
The State’s Commissioner for Enviroment and Water Resources said it was not a volcanic eruption but a landslide and that his ministry had sent some of his top officials to the scene to assess the damage and their reports indicated that there was no emission. “There is nothing like volcanic eruption in the state, it is not volcanic eruption but landslide.” (photos)
Fear Grips the Hilly Areas of Benue State – Last week’s volcanic eruption has sent warning signs to the government and people of the state, as there are still areas in the state prone to future volcanic disturbances. The Kwande Local Government, which is on the border of the Republic of Cameroon in the North East, has over the years been caught in the wave of natural disasters. Should the Lake Nyos in Cameroon eventually over-flood its banks as has been projected by environmental scientists, the area will be a casualty. The history of the area traces volcanic eruptions, or whatever environmental scientists may want to call it, that have been observed in the mountainous areas of the local government in Turan for sometime now. In the Abande hills in the early 1980’s, also close to Cameroon, one of the mountains vibrated and cracked, with gushed-out water destroying farmlands. Similarly, another big mountain in the area, called Bar-Mbatyough, in 2009 cracked and shook the earth, releasing poisonous water which destroyed and washed away major bridges, farms and submerged houses. More devastating were the effects of volcanic ‘flakes’ on the Abelakpam Mountain, in Mkomon district, in 2005. And as a result, the people were in 2005 traumatised with cracks and water havoc, a development which was repeated in the recent 2010 incidence.
The inhabitants of the area said that in this most recent incident,the mountain released a thunderous vibration that shook the entire district for more than one hour, during a heavy down pour that also lasted for three hours. During a media visit to the foot of the raging mountain, journalists noticed that grass surrounding it dried up at all the points where the water from the mountain forced it down the mountain. The bridges across Kipam, Mkomon and Nya Rivers and many culverts were visibly washed away at the time of the visit. If the calamity had struck in the day time, many people would have died out on their farmland. For the first time in the area, even at dawn, the earth was engulfed with heavy mist for five hours, thereby throwing more panic to the people. The people now survive on stored rain water for bath and drinking, as they cannot fetch from their normal sources. Water from the streams has not assumed its natural colour as it was said to be poisonous.
It was clear at the time of the visit to the community that despite the hue and cry by the community for assistance, no government presence was noticed at any point. The Director for Environment, State Ministry of Water Resources and Environment stated in a phone conversation that nobody died, though he admitted that it was impossible for him to visit the other side of the mountain, where he said a landslide had occurred. Meanwhile, an environmental specialist called on the federal government to urgently take action to rescue the people from imminent danger, suspecting the incident to be an active volcanic line which has been traced from the Adamawa high land. He urged government to install alarm signals in the area and suggested also the relocation of the people from the disaster area to other settlements.
INDONESIA – Merapi, Indonesia’s most volatile volcano has unleashed another cloud of searing gas as rescuers pull more bodies from a village smothered a week ago by eruptions, raising the death toll to 240. The blast Saturday followed a similar one the day before. No new deaths have been reported from the latest flows, which were well within the zone that has been evacuated.
The mountain has continuously spewed ash – and occasionally torrents of rock, gas and lava in dramatic eruptions – since it roared to life Oct. 26 after years of dormancy. But several days of reduced activity have prompted scientists to warn that the volcano remains dangerous and they are still registering tremors around it.
PHILIPPINES – Brace yourselves, as two of the most active volcanoes in the Bicol Region may explode simultaneously, the director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned on Thursday. While Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon province has erupted thrice since November 6, Mount Mayon in neighboring Albay province has been showing signs of unrest, with its crater glowing. Low-frequency earthquakes caused by Mayon was another indicator of the volcano’s “progressive unrest.” When asked iif Mount Bulusan and Mount Mayon will explode simultaneously, the Phivolcs director said that the possibility is not remote as the two volcanoes are restive. “It is not impossible and not remote to have simultaneous explosions from active volcanoes. In 2006, Mayon Volcano and Mount Bulusan erupted at the same time, so it might happen again now.” Although there has been no magma build-up detected beneath Mount Bulusan,an active volcano like it still will most likely erupt. “Since 1682, when the worst case explosion of Mount Bulusan took place or nearly 400 years ago, all (its other) eruptions were steam-driven.” He urged the officials and the mayors to monitor the volcano round the clock. The Director of the OCD-Bicol earlier expressed disgust with the ill-preparedness of local governments of Sorsogon. He told the local governments to come up with accurate data, which should be the basis for their responses to eventual emergencies. “Update immediately your contingency plans. We need that for planning purposes and strictly enforce the no-human-activity policy within the 4-kilometer PDZ to attain the zero-casualty goal of the government. Don’t wait for December to come up with accurate data.” The local governments earlier said that they would be able to draw up contingency plans by next month.
Bulusan, a stratovolcano formed inside a calderal, has erupted 17 times since 1852. Before this month’s explosions, it had erupted between March 2006 and October 2007. Since 1918, there have been no magmatic eruptions. Mount Bulusan’s most destructive eruption happened 40,000 years ago.
INDONESIA – Despite three blasts from Mount Anak Krakatau heard by local people early Sunday morning, the volcano was declared normal. “Activities at Mt. Anak Krakatau have always been fluctuating. At night there might be a blast sound due to low air pressure.” Anyer residents said they panicked after they heard three explosions from Mount Anak Krakatau on Sunday. Despite the blasts, the status of Mount Anak Krakatu will not be raised to “alert”. “The safe areas would remain two kilometers from the volcano. Sea transportation has not been disturbed, so far.”
INDONESIA – Child of Krakatoa Volcano Active Every Five Minutes. Uninterrupted activity from Child of Krakatau volcano is causing continuous tremors. “There is a tremor every five minutes.” The quake activities occur 600-900 times a day on average. There were a total of 811 quakes Sunday. The Child of Krakatau is still on level II alert. This is not harmful as long as the community follows regulations and do not approach the mountain within the radius of two kilometers. “So far, the status for Child of Krakatoa has not been raised, because the strength of the tremors is still fluctuating.”
CHINA – Scientists in China say that the Tianchi volcano in Changbai Mountain in Jilin Province, which sits near China’s border with North Korea, is not likely to erupt anytime soon as some believe. However, that’s not stopping the public from panicking about the potential of ash and fire spilling into their homes. Some residents in the area believe unsubstantiated claims that the volcano would erupt anytime in the next few years. A woman who lives in Baishan, Northeast China’s Jilin Province sold her clothing shop and is planning to move out from the city for fear of an eruption. Rumors have been thrown around for years but people became more panicky after a South Korean expert predicted publicly that it could erupt within a few years. “We don’t know whom we should trust. What we can do is to pray the eruption won’t happen.”
Yun Sung-whyo, a geology professor in South Korea, made his prediction on June 18 that the volcano “might erupt between 2014 and 2015. Chinese experts later dismissed the claim. Monitoring data show the volcano is stable and there were no signs of an imminent eruption. The Tianchi volcano is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the Chinese mainland with a potential for eruption. In addition, 2 billion cubic meters of water that sits at the top of the volcano could prove more dangerous during an eruption. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1903. South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said Tuesday that it was considering setting up a special team to investigate the possibility of the mountain’s eruption in order to make a contingency plan.
ICELAND – The volcano that threw European aviation into chaos last April and May had sat quietly for 200 years. Yet volcanologists knew weeks before Eyjafjallajökull actually erupted that something big was going on inside the mountain. It had experienced 18 years of intermittent volcanic unrest but things really started to change by late summer 2009, according to a comprehensive new analysis of what happened deep under Eyjafjallajökull.
Scientists from Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands have spent months pouring over older records and also data from 2009 and 2010 prior to the eruption. They believe they can now tell the full story of how Eyjafjallajökull woke from centuries of slumber to cause the biggest disruption to European air transport since the second World War.
“If you watch a volcano for decades you can tell when it is getting restless”. Parts of the dormant volcano began to swell, a sure sign that liquid rock or magma was percolating into chambers under the mountain. Its sides swelled by more than five millimetres per day from early March 2010, finally ballooning out 15 centimetres before the first eruption occurred on March 20th. The scientists were puzzled because Eyjafjallajökull did not then begin to shrink back down as the magma flowed, something most volcanos do. The routine eruption stopped flowing on April 12th but then just two days later the second eruption hit, the one that would cripple European air travel. “The second eruption occurred within the ice-capped caldera [central crater] of the volcano, explosively amplified by magma-ice interaction.”
Water from the snow flashed to steam and gas escaped from bubbles in the magma to blast an ash plume high into the atmosphere. Eyjafjallajökull belched out an estimated 250 million cubic metres of ash and pumice up to nine kilometres high. The eruption certainly set no records but the UNUSUAL weather conditions at the time sent the ash first out across Northern Europe and then back across to cover Central Europe, Britain and Ireland. The ash cloud ebbed and flowed during the next month, at times reaching as far south as Italy, Spain and Portugal.
By May 21st it was all over, the eruption ceased and the ash cloud blew away on the wind. Flights returned to normal and for most of us the cloud became a distant memory.
Eyjafjallajökull is currently quiet but not silent. A report on June 23rd noted occasional small ash clouds venting from the mountain that last for some minutes before ceasing. The scientists have also been left to ponder the volcano’s UNUSUAL behaviour in not shrinking quickly during its eruption. They believe this could be because only small amounts of magma built up in chambers within the mountain and were replenished from deeper down. The bigger question from a European perspective is what happens next? “Clear signs of volcanic unrest over years may indicate the reawakening of such volcanoes, whereas immediate short-term eruption precursors may be subtle and difficult to detect.”
PHILIPPINES – Bulusan Volcano in Southern Luzon spewed ash yesterday, 10 days after it started to show signs of activity. The agency recorded the explosion at 11:47 p.m. that lasted four and a half minutes. The status of the volcano remains at alert level 1, the lowest of four alert levels characterized by “volcanic unrest.” Alert level 4 means “hazardous eruptions” are taking place. Residents in nearby areas have been warned of lahar and ash fall, while civil aviation authorities were told to warn pilots against flying close to the volcano crater. 2,712 families have been affected by the ash fall in 18 barangays in the towns of Casiguran, Juban and Irosin, with 62 families evacuated Sunday.
INDONESIA –Thousands of villagers returned to ash-covered homes along the slopes of Indonesia’s most volatile volcano yesterday after the government said some areas well away from the fiery crater appeared out of danger from another eruption. The notoriously unpredictable volcano in the heart of Java island roared back to life on October 26th, killing more than 259 people in a series of eruptions. Merapi was still rumbling and spewing searing ash and debris yesterday but activity has dropped sharply in recent days. After spending nearly three weeks in crowded emergency camps, the villagers headed up Mount Merapi loaded down with mats, blankets and clothes to find almost everything they had was gone. ‘Their houses are covered in thick ash; their crops can’t be harvested. We need to find some way to help them. Many don’t have anything to eat.’ (satellite image)
MYSTERY BOOMS / SKYQUAKES –
MORE MYSTERY BOOMS IN NORTH CAROLINA – 11/17/10 – Residents are once again reporting strange, loud noises that shake their homes. Several people in the Supply and Holden Beach area in Brunswick County said they heard two loud “booms” around 11:00 Wednesday morning. One said the racket woke her up and vibration from the booms knocked items off of her furniture and TV. Some call the noises “Seneca guns,” but no one seems to have a solid explanation for why they happen. Reasoning for the booms range from military practice to earthquakes below the ocean surface. The noises have been startling residents along the Carolina coast for years.
Residents report boom in Horry County – A Little River resident was at his home when he felt a mysterious boom Wednesday morning. “It was nothing subtle about it. I felt the [four-story] building shake. It felt more from the ground up, almost like an explosion under you, almost as if a plane hit the side of the building…To have the earth and land move in the amount of distance it did without an explanation is crazy and kind of strange.” When he called 911 to report the incident, which happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday, he said he was told that similar calls had come in from as far south as North Myrtle Beach, but they could not verify where it was coming from. Similar to booms reported earlier this month in Brunswick County, but no one seems to know what is causing it. If it was an earthquake, the director of Horry County Emergency Management said he would have received such reports, but he hasn’t.
TROPICAL STORMS –
MYANMAR – Cyclone Giri hits rice harvest in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. The cyclone that struck the western coast of Myanmar at the end of October wiped out a large portion of the region’s expected annual rice harvest, placing some 260,000 people at risk of hunger. “The timing of the cyclone was very unlucky. The cyclone hit right at the moment [before the harvest] when farmers empty their coffers and put everything into the crops. If their houses and dwellings were seriously damaged, then whatever seeds they had stored as back-up have now also been ruined.”
The cyclone destroyed more than 97,125 hectares of farmland or almost half the rice fields in hardest-hit Rakhine State in the west, where rice is the staple food. Eight million hectares nationwide are used to grow rice. 200,000 will be in need of food assistance for the next three months in the four most severely affected townships of Rakhine state: Myebon, Kyaukpyu, Pauktaw and Minbya. Severe acute malnutrition in young children can rapidly increase without fast action, warned the UN Children’s Fund, which aims to distribute vitamins and micronutrient sprinkles to 15,000 children under five. (map)
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
PAKISTAN – Floodwaters could linger up to six more months. The magnitude of the crisis means people are still going without aid. “There is nearly water everywhere. The only perspective of getting rid of the water is evaporation. Depending on depth and climate conditions, this will take between two and six months.” The displaced “need everything to survive and to live with minimum respectability and this situation will continue for several months.” UN and Western officials have described the floods as THE BIGGEST NATURAL DISASTER TO FACE THE INTERNATIONAL AID COMMUNITY and the magnitude of the crisis is “tremendous”.
AUSTRALIA – Melbourne is on track for its WETTEST YEAR SINCE 1996. More than 30mm of rain fell on Melbourne at the weekend, and there were flash floods in Gisborne and Beechworth. The deluge also prompted the closure of the Great Ocean Road due to a landslip. Some 593mm has fallen on the city centre so far this year and the yearly total looks set to outstrip the 629mm recorded in 2000. But they’ve still got a way to go to beat the 777mm that fell on Melbourne in 1996. 622mm fell in 2004. “Of that year, the monthly total rainfall for November was 122mm, compared to the 45mm so far this November.” The bureau says there is a 60 per cent chance that Melbourne will exceed the median rainfall between November and January.
The wet and cool conditions have slowed locust activity, but have also hampered treatment. The wet weather follows a surge in locust activity on the back of a northerly wind and warm temperatures during the week. The downpour has also created a headache for farmers, threatening to disrupt grain harvesting and ruin crops. But the wet weather has been welcomed by places like Lake Bolac, which is overflowing for the first time in 15 years. In late 2008, the lake dried up for only the second time.
THAILAND – Continued floods across Thailand have brought the total number of deaths to 223 on Monday. The flooding hit the central and northeastern regions from Oct 10-Nov 14. 71 of the deaths were recorded in torrential floods in the South which were caused by a tropical storm and heavy rains. So far 39 provinces in the North and Northeast were affected by flooding and that although the situation has eased, flood conditions remain in 57 districts of 13 provinces. In the southern region, 12 provinces were hit by the tropical storm which triggered flash floods in the areas from Oct 30 through Nov 14. Among them, 46 districts of five southern provinces are still under floodwaters.
The Meteorological Department on Monday warned that the northeast monsoon which prevails over the South and the Gulf of Thailand will strengthen during Nov 15-17 and heavy rainfall is expected over the southern east coast with stronger winds and higher waves in the Gulf. In the Northeast, temperature is dropping 1-3 degrees Celsius due to the intense high pressure area from China which has covered upper Thailand and the South China Sea.
Extreme weather around the world – Torrential downpours hit Sri Lanka on Wednesday last week, triggering flash floods which left two dead and damaged 261 homes. The capital, Colombo saw its HEAVIEST RAIN IN 18 YEARS, with more than 440mm falling in 24 hours, leaving much of the city under water. The floods, which disrupted electricity supplies, closed schools and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, were attributed to an UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERIC BELT.
Floods also hit south-western parts of Nova Scotia in Canada last week following days of heavy downpours which dumped 250mm of rain across parts of the province. The flood waters swamped homes, forcing the evacuation of 120 people, and washed away a 20m bridge over the Tusket river on Tuesday.
Meanwhile much of north-east China suffered travel disruption owing to blizzard conditions. The snow, which began late last Thursday, led to flight delays in and out of Taiping International Airport and prompted the closure of all five major highways in Heilongjiang province. The icy roads caused a pile-up involving 43 cars, injuring two people.
In contrast, Russia was enjoying unseasonable warmth last week. The mercury in the capital topped out at 14.5C on Thursday, a new RECORD FOR NOVEMBER, and more than 13C above the average maximum temperature for the month
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
Dust Storm off Alaska – Dust storms generally call to mind places like the Sahara Desert or the Gobi Desert, but dust storms occur at high latitudes as well. One such storm left streamers over the Gulf of Alaska in mid-November. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image on November 17, 2010. Thin plumes of beige dust blow off the Alaskan coast toward the south-southwest. Farther to the south, lines of clouds mimic the shape and direction of the dust plumes, and even cast shadows on them. The dust plumes and clouds were likely shaped by the same winds. Malaspina is just one of many glaciers fringing the Alaskan coastline. As glaciers grind over rocks, they pulverize some of the rock into glacial flour. Melt water percolating through glaciers often deposits glacial flour in mud plains. When the plains dry out, winds sometimes carry dust particles aloft. (satellite photo)
Scientists warn to expect wilder weather – The number of RECORD-BREAKING HOT DAYS is twice as high as the RECORD COLD days. “Heat records are outpacing cold records at a factor of two to one now. That number is expected to increase to 20 to one by late this century if we continue on the course that we are on with fossil fuel burning.” Some events, such as the 2003 European heat wave which killed about 35,000 people and this year’s heat wave in Moscow would be “extremely unlikely to happen in the absence of climate change.”
A hurricane expert said the fiercest storms are already showing an uptick in frequency, and more powerful hurricanes lie ahead. “If you just look at the Atlantic in the last 10 years, we have experienced three times as many Category 5 hurricanes as have occurred in previous history on a relative basis. We now have consensus statements coming out from the scientists and indeed a lot of regional research is pointing all in the same direction. There is nothing going in the other direction. And that is the very intense hurricanes, the very intense (Category) fours and fives are going to increase and they could be doubling or tripling.”
More rain and drought in the coming years is also predicted. “As the earth warms up the atmosphere can hold more water, if there is more water available there will be more rain. Paradoxically of course there is as a result of that more drought because the land dries out quicker.” The reduction of sea ice in the Arctic will have a growing impact on temperatures in the rest of the world. “What we have seen is a rather pronounced reduction in the extent of sea ice. At the end of summer now we have 40 per cent less sea ice than we had say during the 1970s. We are losing that insulator so what we are seeing now are big fluxes in heat from the ocean to the atmosphere. Since everything is connected together in the climate system what happens up there can influence what happens down here and I am talking about in the middle latitudes.”
The other thing that the scientists said is changing, along with climate, is how they confront skeptics who question the reality of climate change and the extent of humans’ role in causing it. “There are still many of us who like to sit in our office or go into the field and just do our science and not enter into the fray, but I think that is changing. We have to become more involved. We have to become better communicators. Scientists are not always good communicators of the issues but this is part of a learning curve and we have got to face that.”
Watery future for coastal cities – Thinking of buying a condominium in one of the hospitable, thriving capitals of sunny Southeast Asia? You might check out their flood prevention plans beforehand. While the debate over global warming continues, Southeast Asia’s coastal capitals have been facing the reality of extreme weather and its soggy companion, water. In 2007, flooding in Jakarta inundated much of Indonesia’s capital, killing 57 people, displacing 450,000 and causing an estimated $695 million in damage. Tropical storm Ketsana dumped record rainfall on Manila in September, 2009. It submerged 80 percent of the metropolis, killed about 400, and displaced up to 300,000 people. Last month, Bangkok just missed a potentially lethal combination of a swollen Chao Phraya River, high tides in the Gulf of Thailand, and heavy rain. It didn’t rain. “They were just lucky. If there had been heavy rain, the whole city would have been flooded.’’ Even the efficient city-state of Singapore has had its water woes. The shopping area of Orchard Road was flooded in June after unusually heavy rainfall, causing millions of dollars of damage to businesses and some red faces among city Mandarins. If even Singapore can’t cope with abnormal weather, what hope for the rest of the region, especially in the context of potentially rising sea levels?
The recent disasters have provided ample incentive for the region’s coastal cities to make preparations for a watery future with or without global warming. Bangkok plans to spend $533 million to construct four giant drainage tunnels under the city to combat its perennial flooding problems. The tunnels, 5 meters wide and up to 13.5 kilometers long, promise to more than double the city’s current drainage capacity when completed in five years. “This year’s rainy season has made it obvious that we need the tunnels.” Since the last devastating floods of 1995, the city has also built a 72-kilometer-long embankment along the Chao Phraya to keep the river waters out.
Singapore has spent $176 million on a 350-meter-long dam to create the first freshwater reservoir in the heart of the city, which opened in November, 2008. The catchment area of 10,000 hectares, one-sixth the size of Singapore, helps to keep seawater out and to control floods. Jakarta in 2008 started dredging the city’s 13 rivers and expanding its canal network with the target of reducing floods by 40 percent by 2011 and 75 percent by 2016. In January, it completed the 23.5-kilometer Eastern Flood Canal. Ho Chi Minh City has started construction of a 33-kilometer-long dike and sluice system to keep sea water from inundating the city. The project will cost an estimated $650 million. Manila, which sits in the pathway of Pacific typhoons and is deemed one of the most vulnerable cities to storm surges, has done remarkably little to prepare for the next deluge despite a flurry of recommendations. “Few, if any, objective experts or knowledgeable observers believe that the Philippine government is capable of handling or mitigating any major disaster that impacts on Manila.”
One immediate challenge all these coastal cities share is land subsidence, caused by excessive use of groundwater and overbuilding; in other words, a lack of law enforcement and zoning. Jakarta sank about 1.5 meters over the past 20 years, parts of Manila are sinking at 3 to 17 centimeters per annum and Bangkok, whose subsidence peaked at 10 centimeters a year in the 1990s, is expected to sink between 5 and 30 centimeters by 2050.
For the second time in less than a week, a comet is diving toward the sun. It’s no coincidence that this comet is following the same path as its predecessor on Nov. 14th. They are both fragments of a single giant comet that broke apart about 2000 years ago. Astronomers call them “Kruetz sungrazers” after the 19th century German researcher, Heinrich Kreutz, who studied them in detail. “November is one of the best months to discover Kreutz comets. It’s because the field of view of the SOHO coronagraph covers a larger-than-usual portion of the Kreutz track. December, May, and June are good, too.” With SOHO staring at just the right patch of sky, more sungrazers are probably in the offing. First, however, this one has a date with destiny, and it probably won’t survive. Solar heating is expected to obliterate the icy sundiver later today or tomorrow.
HEALTH THREATS –
Mexico hotel blast caused by swamp gas – An explosion that killed five Canadian tourists and two workers on Sunday at a hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast was caused by a build-up of gas from a nearby swamp. The blast hurled the floor of the hotel in Playa del Carmen through the ceiling and blew out windows. Nine people remain in hospital.
Initial investigations into the blast at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel suggest gas that exploded beneath the building was from a nearby swamp. “The report suggests an accumulation of gases produced by decomposing organic material in the subsoil, and this gas produced the explosion.” The 676-room resort sits on a concrete platform on a swampy area near the beach – located in a region known as the Maya Riviera, about 90km (55 miles) from Cancun. Roughly 50-70% of those staying at the resort were Canadian. “Everyone said their hotel room shook. The glass at neighbouring restaurants all cracked and blew out. The tiki hut that was in the area, that was on fire.” The blast left a crater in the ground about 1m (3.3ft) deep.
Cholera Death Toll Could Reach That of the Haiti Earthquake – “This is something that is going to require heavy duty attention.” Haiti’s cholera death count jumped over the 1,000 mark. 16,000 are sick. The outbreak was centered in the agricultural area between Port au Prince in the South and Cap-Haitian in the North. A major worry is some cases have appeared in Port au Prince where thousands upon thousands of Haitian are living in tents mired by unsanitary conditions. If cholera gets out of control it could produce a death toll that might rival the number that died during the January Port au Prince earthquake that killed 230,000. That’s a scary thought, but with a thousand plus deaths in three weeks, one can see the worry.
Cholera has been found in every Haitian province. Prior to this, disease experts say that Haiti has never had a cholera outbreak. The dynamics of a cholera outbreak are simple, and fit Haiti to a tee. Standing water, zero sanitation facilities, thousands huddled in tents post-earthquake. World health officials are prepared for a long haul in Haiti. Cholera can linger for years, especially if sanitation is not improved and water supplies secured.
Earthquake, Hurricane Tomas, now Cholera – it is a never ending calamity for a country that seems to never get a break
RECALLS & ALERTS:
-Bravo Farms is recalling all Dutch Style Gouda because it may be contaminated with E. coli
-DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, OR is recalling Mauri Brand Gorgonzola cheese because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli. Some Mauri Gorgonzola Cheese was sold at Costco.
-Orval Kent is recalling 23 products which contain fresh cilantro as a precautionary measure because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
-Baugher Enterprise, Inc, of Westminster, Maryland, is recalling all production of Baugher’s Apple Cider because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli
Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion
“For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.” 2 Timothy 3:6-9
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