Pro and Con 1175

Posted 1-9-05

Tsunami could not be predicted

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Tsunami_Disaster/0,,2-10-1777_1643609,00.html
1-6-05...Vejbanterg said: "Our bureau cannot predict earthquakes, nor can it predict tsunamis. We can only measure the earthquakes' magnitude and epicentre."

He said: "The idea of a tsunami didn't even cross my mind at that time because it has NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE in the Indian Ocean. The Tsunami Alert Centre in Hawaii PUT THAILAND AT ZERO RISK OF TIDAL WAVES."..

Incoming email, Re: Evidence for Sumatra 9.0 Quake Leans towards Meteorite Strike

By: Sorcha Faal, 12-28-04
http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index624.htm

As more scientific information begins to become available relating to the events surrounding the 9.0 earthquake off of the Northern Coast of Sumatra on December 26th, it is being reported that the depth was 10km. More importantly perhaps are the growing signs surrounding this event that rather than being caused by internal earth dynamics, as is being widely reported, it was instead caused by an extraterrestrial event, a meteorite strike into the ocean having come from the Southern Hemispheric skies....

Lending credence to the suspicions of a meteorite strike causing this event have been a number of world reports relating to fireballs, mysterious lights in the sky around the world and exploding meteorites turning ‘night into day’ in both Indonesia and China over these past few weeks.

Coinciding with these events was the December 22nd report that scientists had identified a small asteroid ‘after’ it had passed earth orbit, “below the orbits of some satellites” and with no prior warnings as to its passage...

Earth 'still ringing'

http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_1644792,00.html

1-0-05 Sydney - Much of the Earth was still "ringing like a bell" two weeks after the December 26 earthquake that unleashed devastating tsunamis around the Indian Ocean, Australian scientists said on Sunday.

Australian National University scientists said hyper-sensitive gravity measuring equipment showed minute reverberations may continue for weeks.

Herb McQueen, from the university's Earth Sciences Research School, said the equipment at the Mount Stromlo observatory in Canberra showed the planet was "ringing like a bell" which had been forcefully struck....

My comments

It may have been "forcefully struck" by a meteorite as a fore-runner to demonstrate what will happen when the two asteroids of Rev. 8:8 and 10 strike Earth. The Earth will be turned upside down. Imagine what will happen to the seas then.

Funnel Cloud And Upside Down Rainbow

By Brian Vike
http://www.rense.com/general61/rainbow.htm

Re: HOT PLASMA ENCIRCLING SATURN

"Prediction - Saturn's Surprises Will Point To Electrical Origins"
By David Talbott, 12-29-04
http://www.rense.com/general61/pred.htm

... VOYAGER 2 ALSO FOUND AN IMMENSE, HOT DOUGHNUT OF PLASMA ENCIRCLING SATURN THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE HOTTEST PLACE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM, 300 TIMES HOTTER THAN THE SOLAR CORONA!....(emphasis mine)
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Cassini MIMI, Magnetosphere Imaging Instrument
http://sd-www.jhuapl.edu/CASSINI/bground2.html

On the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn, "the MIMI instrument will measure the energetic charged particle and hot plasma environment of Saturn by means of remote imaging of the hot ions populations and with localized, in-situ measurements."

My comments

To get an idea of what Saturn's plasma doughnut could be like, here is a picture of the Sun's plasma doughnut, viewed in UV light by the SOHO spacecraft.

No wonder Saturn gives off more heat than it receives from the Sun. This news helps us believe Rev. 22:1,2. It tells us that there is "a pure river" in the heavenly New Jerusalem. Along the banks grows "the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits." Saturn is not all gas or one big ice cube. It sounds more earthlike than that, except there won't be moths or rust there.

Comet Machholz, another sign of the times? The Astronomy picture of the day for Jan. 5, 05 shows Comet Machholz as a pretty green blob

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Good views of Comet Machholz are in store for northern hemisphere comet watchers in January. Now making its closest approach to planet Earth, the comet will pass near the lovely Pleiades star cluster on January 7th and the double star cluster in Perseus on January 27th as Machholz moves relatively quickly through the evening sky. Currently just visible to the unaided eye from dark locations, the comet should be an easy target in binoculars or a small telescope....

Biggest Space Explosion Creates Giant Bubbles

By Robert Roy Britt, 1-5-05
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/big_explosion_050105.html THE LARGEST EXPLOSION EVER SEEN IN SPACE reveals black holes to be more influential than expected, perhaps sometimes stifling star formation in a galaxy while gobbling up trillions upon trillions of tons of gas....

The outburst is orchestrated by a supermassive black hole that anchors a distant galaxy sitting amid a tight cluster of galaxies. The black hole has blown two huge bubbles into the galaxy, shoving aside a colossal amount of gas equal to the mass of a trillion Suns, or more than all the stars of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Each bubble is many times bigger than those seen in previous studies....

The scene was captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array....

"I was stunned to find that a mass of about 300 million Suns was swallowed," said lead researcher Brian McNamara of Ohio University. "This is almost as massive as the supermassive black hole that swallowed it."...

The explosion is not likely the biggest in the universe, but it is the biggest so far measured....

The results are detailed in the Jan. 6 issue of the journal Nature....

Apocalyptic Invocations While Some 100,000 Perish in Indian Ocean As Christians Survived Disaster

http://www.watch.org/showart.php3?idx=63684&rtn=/articles.html&showsubj=1&mcat=1

Wash - 12-30-04 - KIN - Newscasters and relief workers alike have described the Indian Ocean disaster as one of “BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS”. IT IS MOST CERTAINLY A TYPE AND SHADOW (although on a very small scale) of the apocalyptic judgments described in the New Testament book of Revelation and it demonstrated without a doubt God’s protection of His people. Koenig’s Eye View has received reports from around the disaster area were Christians were spared from the disaster and survived when thousands next to them perished…

"Sivan | Shavuot" [i.e., Pentecost]

http://www.bj.org/kavannah/kavanah_sivan.html

...Shavuot (lit. "Weeks") falls on the sixth day of Sivan (and on the seventh of Sivan for those Diaspora communities that observe two days). In biblical times, Shavuot marked the end of the grain harvest (which began with the bringing of the Omer on Pesah [Firstfruits]), and was called hag ha'katzir (the Harvest Holiday). The ritual ushering in the new agricultural season – the BRINGING OF THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE LAND TO THE TEMPLE – was also celebrated on Shavuot. From this practice Shavuot gets its third name, HAG HA'AZERET (THE HOLIDAY OF THE FIRST FRUIT OFFERING)....

Shavu'ot

Purpose. This Festival is observed to commemorate the time when the Children of Israel received the Law on Mount Sinai. Its agricultural significance is that it marked the beginning of the summer harvest in ancient Palestine.
http://www.jafi.org.il/education/festivls/calendar/6.html

Date. The 6th and 7th Sivan...

Names

Chag Shavu'ot - "The Feast of Weeks" (Exodus 34:22). So called because a period of seven weeks is counted from Pesach [i.e., Passover] to this Festival. This period is called "The Counting of the Omer" from the original law governing the offering of an Omer (measure) of barley from the new produce.

Zeman Matan Torateinu - "The Season of the Giving of the Torah." So called because seven weeks after the Exodus, the Israelites assembled at the foot of Mount Sinai when God proclaimed the Ten Commandments.

Yom Habikkurim - "THE FESTIVAL OF THE FIRST FRUITS" (Numbers 28: 26). Since it is the summer festival corresponding with the beginning of the harvest, the Jews joyously brought an offering of the best ripe produce of the fields as a thanksgiving to God.

Chag Hakatzir - "The Feast of the Harvest" (Exodus 23: 16). So called to indicate that IT WAS THE SEASON OF THE WHEAT HARVEST.

Atzeret - "CONCLUDING FESTIVAL." Known in rabbinic literature by this name since it is the "Concluding Festival" to Pesach [i.e., Passover]. Another reason for this name is that Shavuot has no major symbols or distinctive rites, and its single festival feature is the prohibition of work- Mimelachah Atzur!

My comment

James 1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that WE SHOULD BE A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS of his creatures." The firstfruits being brought to the Lord's house sounds like the Rapture.

In John 14:2-4, Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO. AND WHITHER I GO YE KNOW, AND THE WAY YE KNOW."

This fits today so well. We know where Saturn is, and the way to get there. We have the Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn right now. The probe dropped on the moon Titan is to hit the atmosphere Jan. 14.

> > Zeman Matan Torateinu - "The Season of the Giving of the Torah." So called because seven weeks after the Exodus, the Israelites assembled at the foot of Mount Sinai when God proclaimed the Ten Commandments.

Nu. 33:3 says, "they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow (Nisan 15) after the passover (Nisan 14) the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians."

Then Sivan 6, when the 10 commandments were given, Ex. 19,20) was seven weeks after Nisan 15, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. That shows us the right way to count the 7 weeks to Pentecost. The next day was the 50th day, Sivan 7, the day Moses was called to come up to God.

Ex. 24:15-18 says, "Moses went up into the mount (representing the Rapture), and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai (derived from the Sanskrit Sani, Saturn), and the cloud covered it six days: and THE SEVENTH DAY(Sivan 7) HE CALLED UNTO MOSES out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. AND MOSES WENT INTO THE MIDST OF THE CLOUD (as when we meet Jesus in the clouds), and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights."

> > Yom Habikkurim - "THE FESTIVAL OF THE FIRST FRUITS" (Numbers 28: 26). Since it is the summer festival corresponding with the beginning of the harvest, the Jews joyously brought an offering of the best ripe produce of the fields as a thanksgiving to God.

I think First Fruits is a spring festival, and that it prefigures the Resurrection of Jesus, THE FIRSTFRUIT.

> > Chag Hakatzir - "The Feast of the Harvest" (Exodus 23: 16). So called to indicate that IT WAS THE SEASON OF THE WHEAT HARVEST.

We are called wheat, and I think our harvest is Pentecost, Sivan 7.

> > Shavuot has no major symbols or distinctive rites, and its single festival feature is the prohibition of work- Mimelachah Atzur!

Then there were three Sabbaths on consecutive days, Nisan 14, the High Sabbath, Passover; Nisan 15, the Sabbath Feast of Unleavened Bread; and Nisan 16, the Sabbath Feast of Firstfruits. They could not all be Saturdays.

Incoming email

...God also surfaces not once but twice at Sinai, sending Jewish mystics into a search for the episode's hidden shtei bechinot, "TWO ASPECTS."...

My comment

The "two aspects" seem to be the birth and Rapture of the Church. Gen. 5:24 says, "Enoch (meaning experienced) walked with God: and he was not; for GOD TOOK HIM."

Wise virgins (Mt. 25) walk with God. When the Bridegroom comes, they are ready. They have enough oil of the Holy Spirit and are wearing white robes of righteousness. They have already confessed their sins to God so he can cleanse them of all unrighteousness.

The Philadelphians are wise virgins. For them, Christ had no words of condemnation. Jer. 22:29 says, "O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD." I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Incoming email, Re: POSSIBLE DATE FRAME FOR THE RAPTURE IN 2005

The intensity of signs and mathematical precision targeting last year's Pentecost was beyond all realm of probability. John Tng was right on point here. What I believe happened was a Biblical ONE YEAR WARNING...they are quite common in Scripture & I don't think the Lord would allow the Rapture to be an exception to the One-Year Warning protocol.

My wife, who hears dates on all types of matters with precision accuracy, heard a few days ago we would be gone by (this coming) spring. April 2005 onward is the time frame to watch for. That's only four months away. I remember MJ Agee noted that this is the season for the Rapture according to Song of Solomon. No one knows the day or hour but there is no restriction on knowing the Season & Year. I would expect we would know.

The key for all of us is obedience. The Rapture is a prize, not a catch-all guarantee. Anyone diligent enough to be regularly studying the Five Doves page is undoubtedly watching. Maranatha

My reply

> > we would be gone by (this coming) spring. April 2005 onward is the time frame to watch for.

Thanks for sharing this with me. Next spring sounds likely. Pentecost is June 13/14, 2005. Summer begins a week later, on June 21. As you know, I first thought the Rapture would be on Pentecost, 1998, the 6000th year since Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Maybe the 7 good years (as when Joseph was in Egypt) started then; (1998 + 7 = 2005). This way, the 7 bad years would run from 2005 to 2012, except the Great Tribulation is to be shortened. I figure the asteroids of Rev. 8:8 and 10 might impact Earth on Tishri 1, 5771 (Sept. 9, 2010). The Second Advent might be on the following Nisan 1, 5771 (April 5, 2011). We will have to wait and see what happens Monday, June 13 or Tuesday, June 14, 2005....

Note: I now think the Rapture will probably be Sivan 7, June 14, 2005.

Dankenbring's Pentecost - Sivan 6th: An Answer by Keith Hunt

http://www.keithhunt.com/pen1.html

...Duet.16:9 tells us to count in WEEKS or 7 x 7 days from the same wave sheaf day. Lev.23 tells us to count in SABBATHS (but still having 49 days) while Deut.16 tells us to count in 7 weeks of 7 days to a week. For both methods of counting to stay together and have 7 sabbaths with 49 days and the 50th day to be after the 7th sabbath, there is only ONE way.

The wave sheaf day had to be the day after the weekly sabbath during the feast of Unleavened Bread. Counting 7 sabbaths and 7 x 7 day weeks from that day brings you to 49 days and a weekly sabbath day, then the next day - Sunday - the 50th day is PENTECOST!!...

Pentecost, Day of the Week

By Marilyn Agee

If the count was from the day after the weekly Sabbath, it would start on Sunday. Counting from that Sunday, seven Sundays later would be 49 days. The 50th day would be Monday.

Since God has told us the truth "precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isa. 28:13), to understand the truth, we need to put together the different accounts that pertain to the subject we want to study.

In trying to determine which day of the week Pentecost fell on in 30 AD, we must consider De. 16:9,10; Lev. 25:8; and Lev. 23:9-11,15-17 together.

De. 16:9,10 says, "SEVEN WEEKS shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the SEVEN WEEKS from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn (i.e., at the Feast of Firstfruits). And thou shalt keep the FEAST OF WEEKS (i.e., Pentecost) unto the LORD thy God".

Concerning the countdown to the Jubilee year, Lev. 25:8 says, "And thou shalt number SEVEN SABBATHS OF YEARS unto thee, SEVEN TIMES SEVEN YEARS; and the space of THE SEVEN SABBATHS OF YEARS SHALL BE UNTO THEE FORTY AND NINE YEARS." This same kind of computation also applies to seven sabbaths of days. They equal 49 days.

Seven sabbaths of years doesn't mean seven Saturdays of years. It means "seven times seven years" equal "forty and nine years." The word sabbath can mean seven.

Applying what we already have learned to Lev. 23:9-11,15-17, it would mean, "When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the HARVEST thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow (Nisan 16, Feast of Firstfruits) after the sabbath (Nisan 15, Feast of Unleavened Bread) the priest shall wave it.... And ye shall COUNT unto you FROM the morrow (Nisan 16) after the sabbath (Nisan 15), from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering (on Nisan 16); SEVEN SABBATHS (i.e., 'SEVEN WEEKS,' De. 16:9) SHALL BE COMPLETE (7 x 7 = 49 days, ending on Sunday): Even unto the morrow (Sivan 7) after the seventh sabbath (WEEK, De. 16:9, Lev. 25:8) shall ye number FIFTY DAYS; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. YE SHALL BRING OUT OF YOUR HABITATIONS (i.e., at the Pre-Trib Rapture) TWO WAVE LOAVES (representing Jews and Gentiles) of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour (i.e., the best); they shall be baken with leaven (baking kills yeast, symbol of sin); THEY (including the wise virgins of Mt. 25:1f) ARE THE FIRSTFRUITS UNTO THE LORD."

Lev. 23:15-18 (Stone Ed. Tanach) says, "You shall count for yourselves--from the morrow (Nisan 16) of THE REST DAY (Nisan 15), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving (Nisan 16)--SEVEN WEEKS. they shall be complete (i.e., 49 days later, Sivan 6). Until the morrow (Sivan 7) of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal-offering to HASHEM. FROM YOUR DWELLING PLACES you shall bring bread that shall be waved, two loaves made of two tenth-ephah, they shall be fine flour (i.e., the best), they shall be baked leavened (to kill the yeast, i.e., sin); FIRST-OFFERINGS to HASHEM."

The wise virgins of Mt. 25:1f are "FIRSTFRUITS UNTO THE LORD."

De. 16: 1,4-10 (Stone Ed. Tanach) says, "You shall observe the month of springtime (Abib/Nisan) and perform the pesach-offering (Passover, Nisan 14) for HASHEM, your God...No leaven of yours shall be seen throughout your boundary for seven days (days of unleavened bread, Nisan 15-21), nor shall any of THE FLESH THAT YOU SLAUGHTER ON THE AFTERNOON BEFORE THE FIRST DAY (at the temple they killed the lambs between 3 and 5 PM on Nisan 13) remain overnight until morning....at the place that HASHEM, your God, will choose to rest His Name, there shall you SLAUGHTER THE PESACH-OFFERING (i.e., in the afternoon of Nisan 13) IN THE AFTERNOON, WHEN THE SUN DESCENDS (i.e., between 3-6 PM on Nisan 13) the appointed time of your departure from Egypt (at 6 PM, Nisan 14 began; 6 hours later, at midnight, the death angel came; 6 hours later, the morning of Nisan 14 came)....You shall count SEVEN WEEKS for yourselves; FROM when the sickle is first put to the standing crop (i.e., on Firstfruits) shall you BEGIN COUNTING SEVEN WEEKS (i.e., 49 days, Sivan 6). Then (i.e., on the 50th day, Sivan 7) you shall observe the festival of Shavuos (Pentecost, meaning count 50) for HASHEM, your God." This puts the day when Pentecost was "fully come" (Acts 2:1) on MONDAY, Sivan 7, 3790 (May 29, 30 AD).

In 2005, the 49th day, Sivan 6, will be Monday. I think the Rapture will probably take place on Sivan 7, 5765, Tuesday, June 14, 2005.

De. 16:9 (Stone Ed. Tanach) says, "You shall count seven weeks for yourselves; FROM when the sickle is first put to THE STANDING CROP (i.e., on Firstfruits, Nisan 16) shall you begin counting seven weeks. (49 days, ending on Sivan 6) Then (i.e., on Sivan 7, the 50th day) you shall observe the festival of Shavuos" (Pentecost).

Lev. 23:15.16 (Stone) says, "You shall count for yourselves--FROM the morrow (Nisan 16) of THE REST DAY (Nisan 15), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving (Firstfruits, Nisan 16)--seven weeks, they shall be complete (i.e., in 49 days, Sivan 6). Until the morrow (Sivan 7) of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal-offering to HASHEM. FROM YOUR DWELLING PLACES you shall bring bread that shall be waved, two loaves (Jews and Gentiles) made of two tenth-ephah, they shall be fine flour (i.e., the best), they shall be baked leavened (baking kills leaven, i.e., sin); FIRST-OFFERINGS to HASHEM."

Incoming email, Re: asteroid watch

The following report appeared today (12-22-04)
Shalom and much Agape
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By Robert Roy Britt

"Astronomers spotted an asteroid this week after it had flown past Earth on a course that took it so close to the planet it was below the orbits of some satellites....

The asteroid passed just under the orbits of geostationary satellites, which at 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) altitude are the highest manmade objects circling Earth. Most other satellites, along with the International Space Station, circle the planet at just a few hundred miles up.

2004 YD5 is the second closest pass of an asteroid ever observed by telescope...

2004 YD5 was discovered Tuesday, Dec. 21 by Stan Pope, who volunteers his time to examine images provided by the FMO (Fast Moving Object) project, an online program run by the University of Arizona's Spacewatch Project. After the initial detection, other observers noted the object's position during the day and its path was then calculated back. Closest approach occurred on Dec. 19.

The rock approached Earth from near the Sun and so would have been NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DETECT PRIOR TO CLOSE PASSAGE. IT SOARED OVER ANTARCTICA -- underneath the planet, Washington State University researcher Pasquale Tricarico told the Asteroid/Comet Connection.

Astronomers are aware of this significant BLIND SPOT for asteroids that approach Earth while in the glare of the Sun. Only a space telescope could detect such objects before they arrive....

Most never reach the ground because they break apart under the stress of entry. One study of data collected by U.S. military satellites logged 300 IN-AIR ASTEROID EXPLOSIONS....

My reply

Thanks for sending me this news. I hadn't seen this article, and do want to keep up on this kind of thing. These are just warnings of bigger things to come on the Day of the Lord. It is scary to think that some of these close shaves have not been seen until after they passed the Earth.

I think the binary asteroid that will split apart and impact Earth on the Day of the Lord will be seen before it hits. Isa. 28:19 says, "From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report." I don't want to be here that day.

Zech. 5:3,4 says, "This is the curse that goeth forth (orbits) over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. (The two stone tablets with the 10 commandments on them symbolized this.) I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief (the False Prophet), and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name (the Beast, the Tribulation Pope, who claims infallibility): and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof." Shalom and agape

Museums Advised to Check Bible-Era Relics

By KARIN LAUB, 12-30-04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4701214,00.html

...The indictments issued Wednesday labeled many such "finds'' as fakes, including two that had been presented as the biggest biblical discoveries in the Holy Land - the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James and a stone tablet with written instructions by King Yoash on maintenance work at the ancient Jewish Temple....

The four men indicted were Tel Aviv collector Oded Golan, owner of the James ossuary and the Yoash tablet; Robert Deutsch, an inscriptions expert who teaches at Haifa University; collector Shlomo Cohen, and antiquities dealer Faiz al-Amaleh. The four are free on bail, police said....

Golan said in a statement Wednesday ``there is not one grain of truth in the fantastic allegations related to me.'' He said the investigation was aimed at "destroying collecting and trade in antiquities in Israel.''...

Sharon, PERES Reach Deal on Israel Unity Government

Dec 30, 04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=AITXYJ0JT1Z0KCRBAEZSFFA?type=topNews&storyID=7209272

Asteroid Earth impact in 2029 ruled out

Dec. 29, 04
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/12/29/asteroid.ap/index.html

HOW CAN WE GET READY?

John 13:8-10 says, "Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean."

I John 1:9 tells us what we need to do and what the Lord will do. It says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Rev. 22:14-16 (Weymouth) says, "Blessed are those who WASH THEIR ROBES CLEAN, that they may have a RIGHT to the Tree of Life, and may go through the gates into the city. THE UNCLEAN ARE SHUT OUT, and so are all who practise magic, all fornicators, all murderers, and those who worship idols, and every one who loves falsehood and tells lies. "I Jesus have sent My angel for him solemnly to declare these things to you among the Churches."

"A Look at Tsunami From a Biblical Perspective"

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2005/deborah14-2.htm

...The answer of the Bible is that those who suffer or die because of natural disasters are NOT necessarily singled out by God as deserving special punishment. Jesus refuted this fallacious reasoning by explaining that those eighteen persons who were killed by the collapse of Siloam's tower, were no worse offenders than the rest of the people in Jerusalem (Luke 13:4). That tragedy, however, was to bring home the important lesson that "unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5)....

Through natural disasters like Tsunami God is calling upon unbelievers to repent and upon believers to live holy and godly lives while "waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God" (2 Pet 3:11-12). Let us take to heart the prophetic implications of this Tsunami.

Elephants saved tourists from tsunami

1-03-05 KHAO LAK: Agitated elephants felt the tsunami coming, and their sensitivity saved about a dozen foreign tourists from the fate of thousands killed by the giant waves.

"I was surprised because the elephants had never cried before," mahout Dang Salangam said on Sunday on Khao Lak beach of the eight-elephant business offering rides to tourists.

The elephants started trumpeting - in a way Dang, 36, and his wife Kulada, 24, said could only be described as crying - at first light, about the time an earthquake measured at a magnitude of 9.0 cracked open the sea bed off Indonesia's Sumatra island.

The elephants soon calmed down. But they started wailing again about an hour later and this time they could not be comforted despite attempts at reassurance.

"The elephants didn't believe the mahouts. They just kept running for the hill," said Wit Aniwat, 24, who takes the money from tourists and helps them on to the back of elephants from a sturdy wooden platform.

Those with tourists aboard headed for the jungle-clad hill behind the resort beach where at least 3800 people, more than half of them foreigners, would soon be killed. The elephants that were not working broke their hefty chains.

"Then we saw the big wave coming and we started running," Wit said.

Around a dozen tourists were also running towards the hill from the Khao Lak Merlin Resort, one of a line of hotels strung along the 10km beach especially popular with Scandinavians and Germans.

"The mahouts managed to turn the elephants to lift the tourists onto their backs," Kulada said.

She used her hands to describe how the huge beasts used their trunks to pluck the foreigners from the ground and deposit them on their backs.

The elephants charged up the hill through the jungle, then stopped.

The tsunami drove up to 1km inshore from the gently sloping beach which had been so safe for children it made Khao Lak an ideal place for a family holiday. But it stopped short of where the elephants stood....
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Did Animals Sense Tsunami Was Coming?
By Maryann Mott, 1-4-05
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0104_050104_tsunami_animals.html

...Relatively few animals have been reported dead, however, reviving speculation that animals somehow sense impending disaster....

My comment

Maybe God warned the animals. After all, he caused the animals to come to Noah in pairs to board the Ark. Hmmm. That sounds like a warning that the Rapture is approaching. It is as the days of Noah.

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