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23 May 2013, 09:30
I fell like doing a Zion here and saying this is my last post (not the one played at my funeral, you understand), but I probably wouldn’t stick to that. This is, I think, my last post of this sort, and it’s intended as a warning, and a very serious one at that. I trust it’s taken in the spirit in which it’s written. So, on with the show! In the Second Millennium BC, Mount Thera on the island of Santorini, erupted and was, up to that time, the greatest volcanic eruption in recorded history.

It sent between sixty and a hundred cubic kilometres of rock about thirty kilometres into the air and wiped out the Minoan civilisation, devastating nearby Crete and forming a circular island chain which exists to this day. These islands make up the lip of the caldera, which is, of course, still there, though it’s been dormant for three and a half thousand years It is believed to have been recorded as far away as China, where Egypt definitely recorded the event, as they endured weeks of twilight as a result of ash and smoke that filled the atmosphere. It is believed Plato’s story of Atlantis may have been inspired by this event. In 1883, a more familiar and well documented volcanic eruption occurred. Krakatoa. Krakatoa is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Straits between the islands of Java and Sumatra. Krakatoa was slightly unusual in that it had deep sea vents and a collapsed caldera so, with water constantly pouring onto the molten lava and an inefficient release device, it exploded. The magnitude of the explosion cannot be imagined. It was the loudest sound ever heard.

It was heard by people in Perth, Australia, three thousand kilometres away and Mauritius, nearly five thousand kilometres away. It was measured on barographs around the globe and the tsunami that formed was still one metre high when it reached Durban. About thirty six thousand people lost their lives in that eruption, and the world was treated to spectacular sunsets for two or more years, depending on where you lived. Agriculture in the surrounding area suffered as a result, as they had a form of nuclear winter. The force of the explosion was about thirteen thousand times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Did you get that? Thirteen thousand times? We really are puny, aren’t we, except in our own vain imaginations. This is nothing compared to the doozie that is to follow, we don’t know when. We do know where it is, and it’s been building for a very long time, and when it erupts, it’s going to be slightly unpleasant for the folks in the immediate vicinity. For many years volcanologists looked for a caldera in the Yellowstone region in Wyoming, as there are geysers aplenty and ample signs of volcanic activity so, of course, they knew that somewhere had to be a caldera, but they could never find it until the late sixties, when a satellite photograph showed up something absolutely shocking.

Yellowstone’s caldera takes up two-thirds of the actual park, or three thousand nine hundred and sixty square kilometres! That’s about fifty-five kilometres wide by seventy-two kilometres long and it really is not a case of if it blows, but when. The reason it has not blown since it last did about six hundred and forty thousand years ago, is because the area is extremely active. However volcanologists have discerned a bulge forming in the caldera, so slowly that it’s not really noticeable, but forming it is. When Yellowstone does blow, either by way of conventional eruption, or the rarer case of an explosion, such as happened at Thera and Krakatoa, it will be the end of the continental United States, Mexico and Canada. Going by its last eruption, it will spew one thousand cubic kilometres of ash and lava into the atmosphere.

That’s nearly seventeen times more than Thera and about twenty two times more than Krakatoa. It is estimated that there will be a form of nuclear winter that could last for two to three years and end civilisation as we know it. I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Revelation 6: 12-14 In Texas recently, after the tornado passed through, people saw a red moon for days after and after every volcanic eruption, the sky is darkened and the moon red. An explosion of that magnitude would cast huge rocks into the atmosphere and, when falling back to earth, could easily resemble meteors, or falling stars, as they’re more popularly known. There have been one thousand nine hundred volcanic eruptions since accurate record keeping began. This may well be the beginning of birth pangs and this is one nasty, spitting baby.

The earth is surely changing almost daily and of course the scientists always have an explanation for this. On 26th December 2004 the world watched in horror as the full extent of the Indonesian tsunami unfolded and the scope of the tragedy was revealed: I think shell-shocked is the best way to describe it. Because of the lack of preparedness, the damage was vast, as the tsunami swept through the Indonesian Islands and as far west as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, killing over two hundred thousand people, and leaving millions more homeless.

It was the greatest natural tragedy ever witnessed to that date. Then He continued by saying to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.’ Luke 11: 21-22 NASB In March 2011, Japan experienced an equally devastating tsunami, but because of its preparedness, the loss of life, although high, was fifteen thousand, as opposed to the two hundred thousand who died in the Indonesian Tsunami. As much talk as there has been about global warming, or climate change, as it is now known, and the measures we put in place to try and reverse it, such as the Kyoto Protocol, man cannot do anything to affect phenomena like earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

The earth has a molten core, which is one of the reasons life is possible, but because of that core, there are the occasional mishaps, where the earth suffers indigestion and spews forth lava, or just shrugs. Since accurate record keeping began, there has been a record kept by the US Geological Survey of all earthquakes, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ve only included earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 or more on the Richter Scale. 1901-1910 – 17 earthquakes 1911-1920 - 16 earthquakes 1921-1930 - 24 earthquakes 1931-1940 - 31 earthquakes 1941-1950 - 31 earthquakes 1951-1960 – 28 earthquakes 1961-1970 - 38 earthquakes 1971-1980 - 34 earthquakes 1981-1990 – 34 earthquakes 1991-2000 - 45 earthquakes Now here is where it gets interesting. 2001 – 19 earthquakes 2002 - 21 earthquakes 2003 - 26 earthquakes 2004 – 24 earthquakes 2005 - 17 earthquakes 2006 - 15 earthquakes 2007 – 26 earthquakes 2008 – 24 earthquakes 2009 – 19 earthquakes 2010 – 26 earthquakes 2011 – 30 earthquakes 2012 - 29 earthquakes 2013 – 17 earthquakes to the end of April. See the increase in the frequency of earthquakes? Almost tenfold? Birth pangs, I would think, and baby’s due any time, so buckle your seatbelts, cause it gets bumpier now.

They claim, correctly, that there have always been earthquakes and they’re right, but they cannot explain the increase in the number and severity of those quakes. They say, quite correctly, that there have always been volcanic eruptions, but again cannot explain the sudden increase in these eruptions. ‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.’ Acts 2: 11-12 NASB All of these events, taken in isolation, are meaningless, of course, but if they are examined though the magnifying glass of Scripture, they come together like a well-oiled machine.

It’s easy to make a mockery of prophecy, as people frequently do. It’s easy to post-date prophecy, as people frequently do, but if properly examined, these prophecies cannot be dismissed. So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:19-21 NASB Many of the prophecies made by the prophets of old, concerning the fate of Israel and the surrounding nations, have been post-dated by the sceptics, as the accuracy of these prophecies was such that they sounded more like news reports than predictions. While the West throws away food by the kiloton to keep prices stable, eight hundred and seventy million people around the world do not have enough to eat.

That’s more than the populations of the USA and Europe combined. And 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries. Two thirds of the world’s hungry live in Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Pakistan, with the worst figures being recorded in Asia and the Pacific at five hundred and seventy eight million, Sub-Saharan Africa two hundred and thirty nine million and Latin America and the Caribbean at fifty three million. 60% of the world’s hungry are women and, with 50% of pregnant women lacking proper maternal care, over three hundred thousand maternal deaths result annually from childbirth.

One in six infants is born underweight in developing countries, with malnutrition being the key factor in more than one third of global child deaths. Result: two million six hundred thousand child deaths a year, with a third of all childhood death in Sub-Saharan Africa being cause by hunger. Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases! Source: United Nations World Food Programme ‘For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes’ Matthew 25:7 NASB When Europe has a butter mountain and the USA is paying farmers not to grow crops to stabilise prices, we have a world-wide famine and it’s not improving.

Populations are shrinking in the developed countries while, in the developing countries, and I use the word developing ironically, they are growing exponentially. The Bible uses the term plagues, but we know of the AIDS pandemic, the Malaria pandemic and drug resistant Tuberculosis. Are we awaiting another Spanish Flu, perhaps? Between March 1918 and spring of 1919, the Spanish Flu killed up to two hundred million people. So little is known about it because it coincided with the end of the Great War, but that is worthy of the title of plague! and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11 NASB But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10 NASB Now as much as volcanoes and even super volcanoes have destroyed everything in their path, nothing they have ever produced has been capable of melting the very elements of the world. Except a little weapon of our devising. On August 6, 1945, the United States used a massive atomic weapon against Hiroshima, Japan. This atomic bomb, the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT, flattened the city, killing tens of thousands of civilians. While Japan was still trying to comprehend this devastation, three days later the United States struck again, this time, on Nagasaki. Captain Robert Lewis, the co-pilot, stated, ‘Where we had seen a clear city two minutes before, we could no longer see the city. We could see smoke and fires creeping up the sides of the mountains.’ Two-thirds of Hiroshima was destroyed. Within three miles of the explosion, 60,000 of the 90,000 buildings were demolished.

Clay roof tiles had melted together. Shadows had imprinted on buildings and other hard surfaces. Metal and stone had melted. The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima killed civilian women and children in addition to soldiers. Hiroshima's population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years.

A survivor described the damage to people: ‘The appearance of people was . . . well, they all had skin blackened by burns. . . . They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn't tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back. . . . They held their arms bent [forward] like this . . . and their skin - not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too - hung down. . . . If there had been only one or two such people . . . perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people. . . . Many of them died along the road - I can still picture them in my mind -- like walking ghosts.’ This picture was painted two thousand years ago by the Apostle Peter. Aside from stars themselves, the only thing ever devised that could melt the very elements, is the heat created by nuclear fission, of one sort or another. The temperature in the immediate area, around thirty metres, of the explosion, is around three hundred thousand degrees Celsius, which is approximately fifty times that of the surface of the sun.

With wind speeds of one thousand five hundred and seventy kilometres an hour, there would have been a roar of unimaginable loudness. And that was a crude bomb, the first of its kind and, compared to the payloads we have today, absolutely miniscule. The thermonuclear devices we have today can generate heat, in the immediate vicinity of one hundred million degrees Celsius and wind speeds in excess of five thousand kilometres an hour. Would it not seem that the heavens would pass away with a roar? We know the very elements would melt under that intense heat. And in spite of the reduction of nuclear weapons in the various SALT treaties, the hoarding continues. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is one of the most authoritative institutes in the world on issues of war and peace. The recently-released 2011 SIPRI Yearbook provides estimates of the number of nuclear weapons in the world.

It finds that only four countries have deployed nuclear warheads, by which it means warheads placed on missiles or located on bases with operational forces. Two of these countries are the US and Russia, which have 2,150 and 2,427 deployed nuclear weapons, respectively. Under the terms of the New Start agreement, ratified in 2010, each country is required to reduce the number of deployed strategic warheads to 1,550 by the year 2017. The other two countries with deployed nuclear weapons, according to SIPRI, are the UK with 160 deployed weapons and France with 290 deployed weapons. The total number of deployed nuclear weapons in the world stands at 5,027 in 2011.

Of these, SIPRI estimates that some 2,000 are kept on high operational alert, ready to be fired within moments of an order to do so. Extract from The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons by David Krieger Is it any wonder that Jesus said, if those days had not been cut short, no flesh would be spared? Aside from the plethora of natural, or supernatural disasters threatening the human race, there is the insane desire to destroy each other, and ourselves and, although we lack wisdom, cleverness is not in short supply. Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. Revelation 9:13-16 NASB The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east. Revelation 16:12 NASB The legendary Euphrates River has dwindled to perilously low levels in Iraq because of a severe two-year drought, the construction of dams in Turkey and Syria, and wasteful water management by the Iraqi government and farmers, the New York Times reports. The flow of the 1,730-mile river has been so sharply reduced that lakes and wetlands are drying up; rice, wheat, and barley farmers are unable to irrigate their fields; renowned Mesopotamia date crops are withering; and fishermen are losing their livelihoods. Unless the situation improves, the Euphrates’ flow could soon be only half that of several years ago, the Times reports. Particularly hard-hit are the marshes between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which had been drained by Saddam Hussein but were on their way to being restored several years ago.

Once again, however, many sections of marshland are dry. A major reason for the Euphrates’ reduced flow is the network of seven dams in Turkey and Syria, which limit the water downstream. Turkey has recently released more water into the Iraqi section of the river. Yale e360 Mao Tse Tung boasted that he could field a People’s Militia of two hundred million soldiers. Was that perhaps because he’d heard or read the prophecy, or because it was a boast he could fulfil? There has never, in the history of war, been an army of that size and when the Revelation was written it was an inconceivable number. It’s scarcely conceivable now! An army of that size, however, could not build enough bridges to cross the Euphrates, which is a mighty river indeed and one which frustrated the best engineers in the world for many years, for no matter how well a bridge was built snowmelt in the high mountains of the Karat Su and Mara Su would result in flash floods which would, in turn, wash away the bridge. By this time, however, the mighty Euphrates has already been reduced to a trickle and one mild winter would mean insufficient snowfall and snowmelt and, voila! no floods and the armies could cross with ease.

Even twenty years ago, no-one could have foreseen the rise to economic power of India and China. They are not going to roll over to have their tummies tickled by the West. So you have a two hundred million man army. That’s a fair old number, by any standards. And there will be an all-out nuclear war. Without any doubt. Many people at Hiroshima and Nagasaki died not directly from the actual explosion, but from the radiation released as a result of the explosion. For example, a fourteen-year-old boy was admitted to a Hiroshima hospital two days after the explosion, suffering from a high fever and nausea. Nine days later his hair began to fall out. His supply of white blood cells dropped lower and lower. On the seventeenth day he began to bleed from his nose, and on the twenty-first day he died. At Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the few surviving doctors observed symptoms of radiation sickness for the first time.

In his book Nagasaki 1945, Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki wrote of the puzzling, unknown disease, of symptoms that ‘suddenly appeared in certain patients with no apparent injuries.’ Several days after the bombs exploded, doctors learned that they were treating the effects of radiation exposure. ‘We were now able to label our unknown adversary “atomic disease” or “radioactive contamination” among other names. But they were only labels: we knew nothing about its cause or cure... Within seven to ten days after the A-bomb explosion, people began to die in swift succession. They died of the burns that covered their bodies and of acute atomic disease. Innumerable people who had been burnt turned a mulberry colour, like worms, and died... The disease,’ wrote Dr. Akizuki, ‘destroyed them little by little. As a doctor, I was forced to face the slow and certain deaths of my patients.’

Doctors and nurses had no idea of how their own bodies had been affected by radioactivity. Dr. Akizuki wrote, ‘All of us suffered from diarrhoea and a discharge of blood from the gums, but we kept this to ourselves. Each of us thought: tomorrow it might be me... We became stricken with fear of the future.’ Dr. Akizuki survived, as did several hundred thousand others in or near Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In fact, at least ten people who had fled from Hiroshima to Nagasaki survived both bombs. The survivors have suffered physically from cataracts, leukaemia and other cancers, malformed offspring, and premature ageing, and also emotionally, from social discrimination. Within a few months of the nuclear explosions, leukaemia began to appear among the survivors at an abnormally high rate. Some leukaemia victims were foetuses within their mothers' wombs when exposed to radiation. One child who was born two days after the Hiroshima explosion eventually died of acute leukaemia at the age of eighteen.

The number of leukaemia cases has declined with time, but the incidence of lung cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of other organs has increased among the survivors. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. Revelation 16:10-11 NIV How similar does this passage sound to the descriptions given above? If all these nations were to launch an all-out nuclear attack, there would be a nuclear winter and the sun would be darkened, as the passage states. And two-thirds of mankind would be wiped out.

According to our atheist friends, however, it is religion, in particular Christianity, which threatens the world. Again, to borrow from Vox Day’s masterpiece, The Irrational Atheist, although written tongue in cheek, perhaps it’s science that should be banned, rather than religion, as all the religious wars ever fought could not have unleashed the destructive power dreamed up by science. A large part of the problem is that we, as Christians, do not want to be seen as alarmists or conspiracy theorists, when the fact is that there really is a conspiracy, and the author of that conspiracy is Satan. The other problem is that the average Christian does not believe in Satan, so they, too, accuse us of being paranoid. We do have good reason for being paranoid, if that is what it is. We are part of a world in which a grand conspiracy is taking place, one in which the majority of mankind will be destroyed and the planet along with it. And we do see a grand conspiracy, because it is revealed in the Word of God. ‘But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name.’ Matthew 24:8-9 This piece is prophetic in nature, not in the predictive sense, but in the office of prophecy; a warning to repent, because the time is coming when it will be too late to repent. Whether or not this has the intended effect, I cannot hope to know.

I can pray it does, and for those undecided among you, perhaps it’s time to examine your hearts and see where you stand. There is no DMZ, or neutral zone: you’re on the Lord’s side or on the side of the forces of darkness, and darkness is closing in more rapidly than we can imagine, in spite of the protestations of the militant atheists. There is still time, but we have no idea how long.
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