Saturday, October 21, 2006

Hope you have LOTS of sunscreen...

For those of you who have little scientific knowledge, the ozone layer helps protect us from harmful rays from the sun. Well, that protection is depleting, as this story bears witness to...

If you’re going to Antarctica, put on your sunscreen. According to NASA and NOAA scientists, the ozone hole above the Earth’s Southern Hemisphere is the biggest on record. In late September, the new hole reached 27.5 million square km. Even through most countries banned ozone-depleting chemicals many years ago, they’re expected to continue effecting the atmosphere for decades to come.

Click on the link for the full story. And put this under the 'fervent heat' file for future reference.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Getting a little WARM for you?

Here's a little something concerning the fervent heat that Peter (and Isaiah)spoke about(you'll find the passages in 2Peter 3:10-12, along with Isaiah 30:26 and Malachi 4:1-4). I'll give you the link to the full story, and just give the introduction here....

Hot enough for you? A new NASA study has found that global temperatures are nearing their hottest level in more than 12,000 years - since the last glaciers covered large portions of the planet. In fact, global temperatures have been going up approximately 0.2° Celsius (.36° Fahrenheit) per decade for the past 30 years. In fact, global temperatures are now within one degree Celsius of the hottest temperatures measured in the last million years.

(One comment: inserting a bit of skepticm, how do they know what the temperature was 12,000 years ago? Or for that matter, even a couple of thousand years ago? I'm not sure how far back records go concerning this. Nevertheless, there is more recent evidence that things are definitely 'warming up'.--Michael)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Earthly observation

Here comes another interesting observation, this time from the planet Earth and not from the heavenlies.
Ezekiel wrote of a judgement against the King of Tyre, Tyre being in southern Lebanon, if I have my geography right.(If not, let me know.) The judgement of Tyre does not come from Israel, but from the King of Babylon, Nebuchadrezzar. Ezekiel 26...
Eze 26:1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 26:2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:
Eze 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.
Eze 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.
Eze 26:5 It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to the nations.
Eze 26:6 And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Eze 26:7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.
Eze 26:8 He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.
Eze 26:9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.
Eze 26:10 By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.
Eze 26:11 With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.
Eze 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.
Eze 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.
Eze 26:14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 26:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?
Eze 26:16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee.
Eze 26:17 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it!
Eze 26:18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.
Eze 26:19 For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;
Eze 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;
Eze 26:21 I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord GOD.
I'm not much for looking around to see what the world is doing, as usually the 'left' hand doesn't know what the 'right' hand is doing. BUT, there has been at least some 'rumors' that outside forces are building to enter the area. For example, I received this story....
Report: Bush mulling troops for Lebanon... Could be part of 'large' multinational force...Military shocked...
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. By Ken Silverstein.
There's much discussion of putting a multinational, NATO-led force in southern Lebanon as part of a ceasefire agreement in the Israel–Lebanon conflict, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to a story in the Washington Post, has said that she does "not think that it is anticipated that U.S. ground forces . . . are expected for that force." However, a well-connected former CIA officer has told me that the Bush Administration is in fact considering exactly such a deployment.
The officer, who had broad experience in the Middle East while at the CIA, noted that NATO and European countries, including England, have made clear that they are either unwilling or extremely reluctant to participate in an international force. Given other nations' lack of commitment, any "robust" force—between 10,000 and 30,000 troops, according to estimates being discussed in the media—would by definition require major U.S. participation. According to the former official, Israel and the United States are currently discussing a large American role in exactly such a "multinational" deployment, and some top administration officials, along with senior civilians at the Pentagon, are receptive to the idea.
So, has the 'King of Babylon' decided to enter in and destroy forever the 'King of Tyre'? I guess time will tell.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

An observation of the next sign?

First of all, if you have not read about the sign given in Revelation 12:1-2, you should scroll down until you get to a picture of what looks like a woman laying on her side and read that.
What I'm addressing now continues from that point. Notice what the next verses say....

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Notice the picture posted here, which I took with my Starry night program. I combined two images so that you could see that the constellation DRACO, which means 'dragon', is in the northern sky. This is actually pretty normal....Draco has been in our northern sky for a long time. I found it rather interesting, though, that if you take the view from Israel, and consider the current situation going on, Israel is shooting missiles at Draco as they fire upon Lebanon. The constellation rotates around but has been in the northern sky consistently for many millenium. I actually 'rewound' the clock with the program, and at around 4500 bc or so(give or take 500 years), it starts to drop below the horizon. In other words, around 4500 bc Draco started appearing on the horizon of the earth.
I leave it up to you to judge the significance, if any, of this to the current war with Lebanon, but I feel safe to say that the war with the 'dragon' is on.
I usually leave 'personal' notes off this, because it is the Word which matters, not me. But, an odd thing happened to me. I was in Israel for the last three months(thats as long as I can stay, since I MUST confess Yahshua as my 'rabbi', and 'they' just don't seem to accept that yet). I booked my round trip ticket at the end of March, entering the country in mid-April, and leaving on July 12. Yea, I left the same day they started bombing Lebanon. And for a majority of the time I had been staying with believers in the north country. While I'm at it, I would definitely solicit your prayers for safety for all true believers who are in the north country, for their protection or removal during what I feel will be a very challenging time.