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Posted 1-16-07

A SIGN? "McNaught Now Brightest Comet in Decades"

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

The brightest comet in decades is UNEXPECTEDLY now visible. The most optimistic predictions have Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) shortly becoming ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST COMETS OF THE PAST CENTURY. For the next few days, its short tail and bright coma can be spotted with the unaided eye close to the Sun and near the horizon in both evening and morning skies.

Comet McNaught

P-M Heden, Vallentuna, Sweden, Jan. 8, 2007
http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page2.htm

Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/21dec_cycle24.htm?list158316

Dec. 21, 2006...Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 "looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago," says solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center. He and colleague Robert Wilson presented this conclusion last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco....

Hathaway and Wilson looked at records of geomagnetic activity stretching back almost 150 years and noticed something useful:. "The amount of geomagnetic activity now tells us what the solar cycle is going to be like 6 to 8 years in the future,"...

Above: Peaks in geomagnetic activity (red) foretell solar maxima (black) more than six years in advance....

In the plot, above, black curves are solar cycles; the amplitude is the sunspot number. Red curves are geomagnetic indices, specifically the Inter-hour Variability Index or IHV. "These indices are derived from magnetometer data recorded at two points on opposite sides of Earth: one in England and another in Australia. IHV data have been taken every day since 1868," says Hathaway....

According to their analysis, the next Solar Maximum should peak around 2010 with a sunspot number of 160 plus or minus 25. This would make it one of the strongest solar cycles of the past fifty years—which is to say, one of the strongest in recorded history....

My comments

Three and a half years before 2010 equals 2006.5, which would be mid-way through 2007. Hmmm. The Hebrew 5767 (2006/7) plus 7 years would be 5774 (2012/13). That would work, because 5774 is a Leap Year with the 13th month. The last year has to be a Leap Year, because there are 7 months between the Day of the Lord (the Day of God's Wrath) and the following Nisan 1, the first day of the Regnal Year.

'Impossible' Twin Peaks On Mars

By David Talbott
http://www.rense.com/general74/peaks.htm

Add another puzzle to the litany of Martian anomalies: two "impact" craters side by side, both with central peaks terminating in craters.

My comment

An electrical phenomenon has been suggested. I wonder if underground gas was released to the surface by the asteroid impact.

Jim Bramlett (11 Jan 2006) "An angel encounter at Wal-mart?"

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2007/jim111-3.htm

...The little girl just stood there staring at them with still no expression on her face and this time said, " hope you had a good Christmas because it was our last here on earth, we won't have another on(e) because God told me Jesus is coming back before then."...

Ahmadinejad: BRITAIN, ISRAEL, US to 'vanish like the pharaohs'

Dec 20, 2006
http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/12/20/061220094102.ixs3bo81.html

...The remarks come amid mounting efforts by UN Security Council powers to agree a resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.

"They are threatening us with sanctions. But they have to know that nuclear energy is the desire of all the (Iranian) people and the people will insist on their right," Ahmadinejad said....

What does Saturn have that Earth does not?

http://science.nasa.gov/ssl/pad/sppb/edu/lionroar/roar11.html

What is one of the most special things about the planet Saturn? Saturn has Rings! When Voyager 2 passed through a gap in Saturn's rings, this sound was heard on the radio....

Voyager's Pass through the Rings of Saturn Audio

This sound was caused by dust particles hitting the Voyager 2 radio antenna.

Peretz calls for final status talks within six months

08/01/2007
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/810923.html

Peretz's plan combines the Saudi peace initiative and the so-called road map for Middle East peace, and includes three stages. In the first stage, which would last six months, a new security and economic policy would be formulated. This would include the release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the evacuation of unauthorized West Bank settlement outposts, and the stabilization of the cease-fire.

In the second stage, which would also last six months, would be comprised of negotiations on final status principles and the expansion of Palestinian sovereignty.

The third stage would consist of negotiations on the details of the final status agreement, and would last 18 months.

"Noah and the Rapture"

Tony Ellsworth (8 Jan 2007)
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2007/tonye18.htm

The dates of Noah are controversial. I have to say I’m a novice and not a scholar, but I thought I’d try and take a “shot” at mapping out the dates. I’m not sure of all the experts’ opinions, but without looking I’m already aware there is much disagreement.

My reply

Many dates of Biblical Chronology are controversial. However, the date of 1656 AH (ano hominus, year of man) for Noah's Flood is one date that Bible chronologers are in agreement on.

DOUBLE CHECK
Adam lived 930 years (Gen. 5:5). Methuselah lived 969 years (Gen. 5:27). Their lives overlapped 243 years.
930 + 969 = 1899 years
1899 - 1656 to Flood = 243 years. This makes any changes difficult.

2007 - A Year of Decision in the Middle East that will affect the World - PART 1

‘D-DAY MIGHT NOT BE TOO FAR AWAY’ - Jan. 8, 2007
http://tribulationperiod.com/blog/?p=771

...Operation Iraqi Freedom began on May 20, 2003 and is still continuing. And the U.S. has not, and does not, want Israel involved in it. Because of these two operations, the situations that existed between them, and its own internal terrorist and political problems, the Israelis did not launch air strikes against Iran during the infancy of its nuclear program. Now it faces a completely different ball game! Iran has its most important nuclear components deep under ground, scattered across the regions of its vast territory, and has imported high tech Russian anti-aircraft missiles to use against attacking aircraft. Israel now faces the possibility of only a partial success, which would leave the Iranians with bragging rights, to claim Israel is no longer in the Middle East driver’s seat. If Israeli aircraft were downed, their wreckage would be placed on stands and paraded around Iran on television as a symbol of their victory, as would be the remains of the pilots. The savagery of Islamic fanaticism cannot be exaggerated....

My comments

I go by what I find in the Bible. Is there any indication that a nuclear holocaust will take place at all? Some think Rev. 9 sounds like a nuclear holocaust, but I think the Bible is clear that it is the result of an asteroid impact, not a nuclear holocaust.

Rev. 9:1-6 says, "And the fifth angel sounded (a trumpet), and I saw a star (aster, star, comet, asteroid, i.e., the asteroid pieces of Rev. 8:8,10) fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit (i.e., it blows away enough crust to form the Lake of Fire of molten material gushing up from the center of the earth). And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts (i.e., demons that have been in the bottomless pit) upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that THEY SHOULD NOT HURT THE GRASS OF THE EARTH, NEITHER ANY GREEN THING, NEITHER ANY TREE (i.e., they are not literal locusts); BUT ONLY THOSE MEN WHICH HAVE NOT THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS. And to them it was given that they should NOT KILL THEM, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man (i.e., a sting that penetrates flesh). And IN THOSE DAYS SHALL MEN SEEK DEATH, AND SHALL NOT FIND IT; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."

What kind of nuclear holocaust could take place and not kill them? Near ground zero, all living things would be wiped out. The city of Babylon will be wiped out by the asteroid in one hour of burning, yet the False Prophet will only be wounded. Zech. 11:17 says, "Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened."

Rev. 18:8-10,21 says of Babylon, "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.... And a mighty angel took up A STONE LIKE A GREAT MILLSTONE (i.e., the asteroid of Rev. 8:10), and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."

Isa. 22:16-19 says, " What hast thou here? (Babylon) and whom hast thou here (the False Prophet), that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he (Satan) THAT HEWETH HIM OUT A SEPULCHRE ON HIGH, AND THAT GRAVETH AN HABITATION FOR HIMSELF IN A ROCK? (i.e., the asteroid Wormwood) Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee. HE WILL SURELY VIOLENTLY TURN AND TOSS THEE LIKE A BALL INTO A LARGE COUNTRY: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house. And I WILL DRIVE THEE FROM THY STATION, and from thy state shall he pull thee down."

Rev. 8:8-12 says, "And the second angel sounded (his trumpet), and AS IT WERE (symbolic words) a GREAT MOUNTAIN BURNING WITH FIRE WAS CAST INTO THE SEA (the Mediterranean): and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. And the third angel sounded, and THERE FELL A GREAT STAR (aster, star, comet, asteroid, not an atomic bomb) from heaven, BURNING AS IT WERE A LAMP, and it (i.e., the 'flaming sword' of Gen. 3:24 and 'the fire from between the wheels' [orbits of the terrestrail planets] of Eze. 10:6) fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And THE NAME OF THE STAR IS CALLED WORMWOOD: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter (Wormwood means bitter). And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise."

This will happen on the Day of God's Wrath, and God's weapon, the Sword of the Lord, is the asteroid. Isa 34:5 says, "For MY SWORD SHALL BE BATHED IN HEAVEN: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment."

After some pieces of the asteroid fall on Idumea, Israelites will bury the dead for 7 months to cleanse the land for the glorious return of Christ (Eze. 39:12,13). Therefore, there is no residual radiation associated with those bodies.

Incoming e-mail, Re: Jewish Feast Days

Greetings in the name of our LORD and Savior Christ Jesus!

I am interested in a list of Jewish (7) Feast days and their particular dates of occurrence each year. I am hoping you may have a list of these dates for this year and future years. If you do, please grant me the favor of securing a copy for my file. Or, if it is morre convenient for you, may you give me direction on which website to visit where I may receive said information.

If you have a website of your own, please email to me the web address.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Ed Martinez, Philippines

My reply

This URL is where I look up the Feast dates on our Gregorian Calendar. http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/calendar/

Scroll down to the Hebrew Calendar, fill in the Hebrew date, click calculate, and instantly you will have the Gregorian date in the top rectangle. Scroll back to the top to read it. I already know the main feast dates for 2007 and 2008. Here they are:

2007
Passover, Nisan 14, 5767 (April 2, 2007)
Unleavened Bread, Nisan 15, 5767 (April 3, 2007)
Firstfruits, Nisan 16, 5767 (April 4, 2007)
Pentecost, Sivan 6 and 7, 5767 (May 23, 24, 2007)
Trumpets, Tishri 1, 5768 (Sept. 13, 2007)
Day of Atonement, Tishri 10, 5768 (Sept. 22, 2007)
Tabernacles, Tishri 15, 5768 (Sept. 27, 2007)

2008
Passover, Nisan 14 - April 2, 5768 (April 19, 2008)
Unleavened Bread, Nisan 15, 5768 (April 20, 2008)
Firstfruits, Nisan 16, 5768 (April 21, 2008)
Pentecost, Sivan 6 and 7, 5768 (June 19 and 20, 2008)
Trumpets, Tishri 1, 5769 (Sept. 30, 2008)
Day of Atonement, Tishri 10, 5769 (Oct. 9, 2008)
Tabernacles, Tishri 15, 5769 (Oct. (Oct. 14, 2008)

The Hebrew 5768 is a Leap Year. It has the 13th month, Adar II. Yours in Christ

2007

By Pastor F. M. Riley
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2007/fmriley115.htm

“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37

The Days of Noah


The inspired Word tells us that Noah was born 1056 years after the creation of Adam. We find this by adding up the years from the birth of a son until the birth of that son’s son, as recorded in Genesis 5:3-29. The Word also tells us that the flood came upon the earth “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life….,” Genesis 7:11. This means that the flood occurred 1656 years after the creation of Adam; 1056 + 600 = 1656. The Scriptures also state, “And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years,” Genesis 9:28. This means that Noah lived a total of 950 years, just as stated in Genesis 9:29, dying 2006 years after the creation of Adam.

The year of Noah’s birth 1056 The year of the flood 1656
Noah’s life 950 Noah lived after the flood 350
The year of Noah’s death 2006 The year of Noah’s death 2006

The Days of Noah are Past


December 31, 2006 marked the end of 2006 years of this present “dispensation of grace,” Ephesians 3:2 [Gentile calendar]. If we superimpose “the days of Noah” upon this present dispensation, we can then conclude that December 31, 2006 also marked the end of “the days of Noah” [Gentile calendar]. For those of our readers who don’t understand this statement, I will demonstrate it as follows…..

The creation..........The birth................The flood............Noah’s
of Adam..................of Noah...............................................death
........0...........................1056........................1656.................2006

------------The days of Noah-------------


The birth
..of_Christ_____________________________________________________________

.......0............................1056 A.D.................1656.................2006

------------The days of Noah--------------


Superimposing the ancient “days of Noah” on the days that bring this present dispensation to an end is quite thought provoking. What I am wondering is if there was a notable
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event that corresponds to the year 1056 in modern history? Was some notable person born that year? Or was there a war, a plague, a religious or political uprising, or some other event that significantly altered the course of human history? Do any of our readers have knowledge of this particular year?

Likewise for the year 1656. Was there any significant event that occurred in 1656 that might have altered the course of human history? Can any of our readers fill in the blanks here? If so, I would appreciate hearing from you.

A New Beginning


A truth that is commonly overlooked or ignored is the fact that the very next year after the death of Noah, 2007 years after the creation of Adam, the Lord made a “new beginning” in the human race. Compare Psalm 90:4. It was during the year 2007 [from Adam’s creation] that Terah placed the “seed” in his wife’s womb that resulted in the birth of Abraham nine months later, Genesis 11:26-27. The day of the year that Noah actually died is not revealed in the Scriptures, but in round figures there was only a one year interval between the death of Noah and the birth of Abraham. We can conclude that only a very short time intervened between the death of Noah and the conception of Abraham in the womb of Terah’s wife. Abraham was born 2008 years after the creation of Adam.

The Correct Year


At this point I can almost see some of God’s people coming unglued. “Oh no! Abraham was born 1948 years after the creation of Adam.” Oh! Who said so? “Why, all the Bible dictionaries and commentaries say so.” Then they are all wrong!

Folks, I want to remind our readers that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God….,” 2 Timothy 3:16. Commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible atlases, etc. are written by uninspired men. Men often make mistakes, sometimes even when studying God’s Word. I urge our readers to depend upon God’s inspired Word, rather than upon fallible men [including myself]. Even your “favorite” preacher or author is subject to making mistakes. Don’t depend upon men. Get serious about God’s Word and study it for yourself. Emulate the Bereans, Acts 17:10-11.

Now I want to demonstrate for our readers…..

1. That Abraham was not the firstborn son of Terah, even though he is listed first in Genesis11:26-27. 2. That Abraham’s year of birth can easily be determined by a careful study of God’s Word.

The Birth of Abraham


Folks, by continuing to add up the years from the birth of a son until the birth of that son’s son as recorded in Genesis 11:10-26, it becomes obvious that Terah, the father of Abraham, was born 1878 years after the creation of Adam. Add the genealogical records up for yourself. Then in Genesis 11:32 we are told that Terah was “two hundred and five years” of age when he died, and that he “died in Haran.” If we then add the 205 years of Terah’s life to the year of his birth, Terah died 2083 years after the creation of Adam. 1878 + 205 = 2083.

Remember that Terah “died in Haran.” This is stated quite clearly in Genesis 11:32. In Genesis 12:4 it is specifically stated that “…Abram was seventy and five years old

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when he departed out of Haran.” Then in Acts 7:4 the inspired Scripture says, “Then came he [Abraham] out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.”

Now folks, just do the math. The inspired Word tells us that Terah was 205 years old when he died, and that he died in Haran. It also tells us that Abraham was 75 years old when he departed out of Haran, and that he departed out after Terah had died. Simple arithmetic. 205 – 75 = 130. Terah was 130 years old when Abraham was born. What can we conclude from this?

We can conclude that Abraham was not Terah’s firstborn child, for the Scripture emphatically states that Terah became a father when he was 70 years old, Genesis 11:26. It is obvious that Haran [or Nahor] was the son of Terah that was born 1948 years after the creation of Adam. Haran, and possibly even Nahor, were born before Abraham. The Scripture does not specifically state who was the eldest son in Terah’s family, but it is clear that it wasn’t Abraham.

We also know that Terah died 2083 years after the creation of Adam. Abraham was only 75 years old at that time. Therefore Abraham was born 2008 years after the creation of Adam. 2083 – 75 = 2008. You can also reverse the process. Terah was born 1878 years after the creation of Adam. When he was 130 years of age he fathered Abraham. 1878 + 130 = 2008. Folks, Abraham was born 2008 years after the creation of Adam, according to God’s inspired Word, and that settles the matter. Period! Those so-called “authorities,” [Bible dictionaries; Atlases; Commentaries; etc.] are wrong. The people that wrote or assembled them should have studied more and “opined” less.

The Application


Some readers may wonder why I have gone to such lengths to prove this point. Because the time of Abrahams conception and his birth are vitally important in view of God’s great prophetic plan of the ages. Noah died in the 2006th year after the creation of Adam. When we superimpose that period of time on this present “dispensation of grace,” the year 2006 has just ended [Gentile calendar]. The present “days of Noah” ended at midnight on December 31, 2006. They are over! It is time for the Lord to make “a new beginning.” Glory!

What can we then expect to occur in 2007? Just as the “seed” that was planted in the womb of Terah’s wife in the 2007th year resulted in the birth of Abraham in 2008, so the glorious “seed” of the gospel of Christ [Matthew 13:3-9; 13:18-23] will be planted in the hearts of the descendants of Abraham [the Jews] this year, resulting in the salvation and sealing of 144,000 of them in 2008. This year, 2007, the year following the end of “the days of Noah,” the Lord is going to make “a new beginning” for all of His people. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

This year, 2007, true believers [Jew and Gentile] saved during this present dispensation will be bodily removed from among humanity by the resurrection and rapture, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58. This is in fulfillment of the type set forth when “the days of Noah” ended with Noah’s death, bodily removing him from among mankind.

Immmediately following the resurrection and rapture of all true believers in Christ, God’s “two witnesses” [Revelation 11:3-12] will appear in the streets of Jerusalem preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, sowing the “seed of the gospel” [Matthew 13:3-9;18-23] in the hearts and minds of thousands of Jews. This will result in 144,000 of them being “born again”[John 3:3;7] and “sealed” [Revelation 7:1-8] by the Holy

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Spirit in 2008, exactly as typified by the birth of Abraham 4000 years ago.

Glory! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Our Lord’s coming is at the door. Look up and be encouraged, my beloved brethren. Our redemption draweth nigh, Luke 21:28.

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My reply

Thank you for making this so clear.

Incoming e-mail, Re:

U.S. arranges three-way Mideast summit By ANNE GEARAN, Jan 15
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_re_mi_ea/rice

AP - LUXOR, Egypt - Hoping to breathe life into moribund peace efforts, the United States will gather Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss an eventual independent Palestinian state...

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