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I was excited to read of the future of some cities in Egypt, while doing a daily read in Isaiah today.
Isaiah 19: 18 reads:

On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan (which is HEBREW) and swear loyalty to the LORD of Hosts. One of the cities will be called the City of the Sun. – HCSB(NIV, NLT, ISV AND DRB and others have the translation “The City of the SUN”)

I often google search Biblical names of places to compare the Biblical names with current names, to read the history, and to find the geography of places that I read about in the Bible, and so I was surprised to see that “THE CITY OF THE SUN” is a name still currently used for a City in Egypt.  

I found the City written about in EGYPT TODAY in an Article entitled, “A New Dawn for the City of the Sun?” The Article can be read HERE.

Photo courtesy of
Egypt Today Article entitled:
“A New Dawn for the City of
the Sun?”  July 2012
I don’t know about you as you read my post today, but this prophecy for Egypt made me very happy.  To hear that Egypt (at least some cities in Egypt?) … who are currently experiencing uprisings, a political meltdown, martyrdomcrucifixions, etc, … has a wonderful future.  A bright future where they will not only honor the Lord God of Hosts and His True Messiah, but they will even be protected by God when trouble comes their way:
 
Isaiah 19 —

19- On that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the LORD near her border.20- It will be a sign and witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and leader, and he will rescue them.21-   The LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and Egypt will know the LORD on that day. They will offer sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and fulfill them. 22 – The LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing. Then they will return to the LORD and He will hear their prayers and heal them.23- On that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria will go to Egypt, Egypt to Assyria, and Egypt will worship with Assyria.24- On that day Israel will form a triple alliance with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing within the land. 25- The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, “Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance are blessed.”

Yes, after a time of WRATH for Egypt (see my Article HERE in which I write of the prophecies found in Isaiah and other Bible passages which tell of the Wrath of God that will come to Egypt at the End of the Age before Egypt’s turning to the Lord and the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ) repentance, and blessing, and even protection by the Lord Himself will be Egypt’s portion.  And as I stated earlier, this prophecy really made me happy!  For doesn’t this show, once again, the great mercy of the Lord to those who are even currently so against Him.  
 
Remember this character trait of the Lord God Almighty as you pray for your currently lost loved ones. God is rich in mercy and is willing to grant repentance even for the most rebellious of hearts!  Praise God for His rich mercy and grace!  
 
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End Notes:
What about other Bible Translations which call this City by another name?
As I went to post the Isaiah 19 Scripture verse for this post, I found that other translations of this verse call this City by another name:    

In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction – ESV (NASB, KJV, ASV, YLT and others have the translation “The City of DESTRUCTION”)

Apparently both names for this city,  named HELIOPOLIS, in Egypt have been used.  
Wikipedia states:

In the time of the major prophetsIsaiah made a reference to the City of the Sun as one of the five cities of Egypt that would come to speak Hebrew.  However he made a wordplay on “city of the sun” (’ir hašemeš) by writing ’ir haheres which literally means “city of destruction”.[8]These play of words were a prophetic description later reinforced by both Jeremiah and Ezekiel.[9] The Hebrew name, Beth-shemesh, whereBeth means “house” and shemesh means “Sun” was also used to describe Heliopolis by Jeremiah. He prophesied this city’s fate specifically when he declared that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, would shatter the obelisks of Heliopolis and burn the temple of the sun in fire.[10]Jeremiah’s contemporary Ezekiel, reinforced this message by saying that the “young men of Aven (or Beth-Aven) would fall by the sword”. Like Isaiah, Ezekiel also made a word play on the original Hebrew name of Heliopolis that was used in the time of Joseph, the city of On.

Indeed, Heliopolis was almost entirely destroyed as described in a Tour Egypt Article and elsewhere, which also shows us that God’s Words will always be fulfilled.  All of them.  Shouldn’t you therefore prepare yourself to meet the predicted returning Lord Jesus Christ?

Acts 3 —  

18- But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets–that His Messiah would suffer–He has fulfilled in this way.

19 – Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 

20 – and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. 

21- Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning.

22 – Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.

23 – And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.

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The Title of this Post is,  “Just Believe and Be Saved”  but  it originally was going to be titled,  “What Is God Angry About?“,  for I believe if we could find the Scriptural Answers to this question Christians everywhere could have true conversion experiences and be able to lead others to true salvation and conversion experiences for it is written:  My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6, NIV).    If we really understood WHY God’s Wrath is to be poured upon this Earth, we could avoid doing what makes God angry, we could turn away from that which displeases Him, and be healed (ie: 2 Chronicles 7:14).   And so my question stands:  Why is the Wrath of God going to be poured upon the Earth?

 Today I will look in the Book of Ephesians to find answer to this question.

 Right away in Chapter 2 Paul writes:

Ephesians 2 (NIV):

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful naturea and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

This Passage shows us that our VERY NATURE, who or what we were born as,  has made us “objects of wrath“.

In current charismatic circles, however, it is often taught that the only reason WHY people are not saved is because they do not believe in Jesus.   Such teaching is based on Passages like:

Mark 16 (NIV):

16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned

or

John 3:36 (NIV):

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.

By embracing these Scriptures alone as the complete Truth about how or why one is saved or not saved, I can see how the teaching of “only believe” comes about.  If we are under God’s Wrath ONLY because we don’t believe in the Son, by our acknowledging that we now believe, we should pass from death to life … or escape God’s Wrath.

But again … as I keep stating in other posts … ALL Scripture needs to be embraced to balance and interpret and determine total Truth.  For by just taking any one or two Scriptures by themselves, without any other Scriptures to enlighten or fully teach on the total meaning, one can come up with all sorts of cooky theology … or cults.

So, when I look at John 3:36, I see something a little more than what preachers are stating today, which is:  The only reason why people are not saved is because they don’t believe in the Son.

In John 3:36 I see that the wrath of God REMAINS” on the one who doesn’t believe in the Son.  

So the question remains:  What Is God So Angry About?   Is it only because people have “dissed” Him by not believing in Jesus Christ?  Or is there more to it than that?

I see Ephesians 2:3 telling us that OUR NATURE is SINFUL and therefore deserving Wrath.   We are sinners by birth, who disobey God’s righteous rules and laws and we NEED TO BE CHANGED into holy saints.  But no one can be holy, or made holy, by their own works and efforts, for all of our works … even the really good works … are useless in making us holy (Isaiah 64:6) because we are BORN sinners.  And so whenever a person DOES NOT BELIEVE in the cleansing and redeeming work that Jesus did for them at the Cross … John 3:36 shortens this thought to just say, “whoever rejects the Son“… such a person remains an OBJECT OF WRATH!  BECAUSE they remain in their sins and/or remain a sinner!

You see all people need to be CHANGED, or CONVERTED, from sinner to saint by the New Birth.  Even as 2 Corinthians teachers:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!

So the point of Scripture is NOT that we are saved if we will just believe in the Son of God, but rather we are saved when we are converted, or changed, from sinner to saint BY believing in the work that the Son of God did for us.  Let’s look on in Ephesians to see if this holds up as Truth.

Ephesians 2: 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions

Again, we are seen as being CHANGED … for we must be changed.  We must be made Brand New or made Alive spiritually.

This is why the new convert is called a “Baby Christian” in churches, even as Paul called converts “infants” in Ephesians:

Ephesians 4 (NIV):

14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

Also note, Paul states we should be maturing, or growing up, and not staying in the infant stage.  For infants are prone to being deceived.

Paul goes on to INSIST that a specific way of life must be lived by those whose very natures have been changed:

Ephesians 4 (NIV):

17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles (for gentiles are “objects of wrath”)  do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
20You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted (corrupted = “becoming more depraved) by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Paul INSISTS here that Born Again people “PUT OFF the OLD” NATURE OF WRATH.  Or in other words, don’t do the things that ARE bringing God’s Wrath to the Earth.   If we really get hold of the FACT that SIN IS BRINGING GOD’S WRATH TO EARTH, we would run from sin!  We wouldn’t want to be anywhere near sin:  we would want to stop looking on it approvingly (by watching media that laughs at or glorifies sin) and we would not be comfortable buddying up with sin by remaining close friends with sinners, doing what they do or saying what they say (versus being in loving relationships with sinners while trying to convert them and save them from Wrath).

By studying the Word and renewing our minds to the Truths of God, we will be convicted, transformed and empowered to walk as the New Creations that we were Born Again to be.  If we have no knowledge that God’s Wrath is coming because of disobedience and sin, then we will not be convicted or convinced to give up sin.  After all, some sins are hard to give up.  This is why this topic is important.  For we should not want to be found living as an “Object of Wrath” as Paul will go on to teach in the Ephesian Letter.

The entire Chapters of 5 and 6 are dedicated to the teaching that we MUST put off the works of disobedience and no longer live as children of disobedience or objects of wrath.  Why?  Because God’s WRATH IS coming upon people who live such lives:

Ephesians 5 (NIV):

6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient7Therefore do not be partners with them.

LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU … and Christian beware: there IS deception coming from pulpits today regarding this topic (see my article HERE regarding this deception).   Paul makes it plain that we can be deceived into believing that God’s Wrath IS NOT COMING because of sin and disobedience.  And I believe if we don’t believe God’s Wrath is coming because of sin and disobedience, and if we continue to partner with disobedience by living in sin, then we will be partners with the disobedient in God’s Wrath (I’ve supported this statement in different Posts in my Category entitled HOLINESS which pull Scriptures from Epistles other than Ephesians).

In coming to conclusion, Paul ends his Letter by telling the Christian how he/she should be walking, now that we are no longer “objects of wrath“:

Ephesians 5 (NIV):

15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise … 17 – do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is …  Chapter 6:7 – Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free … 9 – and there is no favoritism with Him.

And back to the beginning of the Letter we see WHAT God made us into:

Ephesians 2 (NIV):

10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Notice what Paul states is the “work” (or lifestyle) of the Brand New Creation or Brand New Person (2 Corinthians 5:17):  When we are converted FROM an object of wrath, we are made into New Creations to DO GOOD DEEDS.  So the life style of a New or Born Again Person, is that they no longer DO what disobedient “objects of wrath” do.  New Creations are changed and live differently.  New, or Born Again People, now have a BRAND NEW NATURE and therefore a brand new way of living on Earth.

So to summarize this entire Post:

It is not only what you believe or don’t believe about Jesus Christ that will keep you out of Heaven.  Rather you will be under God’s Wrath, and kept out of Heaven, because of WHO YOU ARE … an object of wrath, a child of disobedience, a sinner born in sin.   And:

Ephesians 5:5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

And because of your very nature, just believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or God come in the flesh (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 9:6 and more), is not good enough in order to be saved from the Wrath of God at the End of This Age.

You MUST be Born Again, or made a Brand New Person, by believing Jesus Christ died in your place, taking the punishment of your sins for you, and giving you a holy and new Nature.  You must be converted from sinner to saint:

John 3 (NIV):

3In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.a

Simply ask God the Father to forgive you now for your disobedience and sinfulness and tell Him you will no longer live as a sinner by disobeying His Written Word.  Ask God to make you a Brand New Person, Born Again.

Romans 10 (NIV):

10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”e 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”f

Let me know if you have been Born Again by reading this Article or where this Article has cleared up mis-understandings of what it means to be Born Again.  
All input is appreciated.  Thank you.

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As I was reading the Bible today, I looked up the meaning of dissipation.  I was shocked.  And convicted!!!  Here is where the word “dissipation” is found in the bible:

25“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32“I tell you the truth, this generationb will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Dissipation means:

Squandering of money, energy, or resources

And/or

to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; squander; deplete: to dissipate one’s talents; to dissipate a fortune on highliving.

And/or

indulging in or characterized by excessive devotion to pleasure 

Blinged out cars

Truly, I was shocked, because I never knew what “dissipation” meant and when I looked up the meaning I thought that characterizes the lifestyle of this entire generation to a “T”.   It is “spot on”.   This is EXACTLY how everyone … Church people and Unsaved … live today.

Club in Marbella, Spain
Dubai Hotel
Chinese Billionaires

Brothers and Sisters, let us adjust our attitudes and lifestyles in accordance with the Word of God.  Let us:

let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us – Hebrews 12:1

Let us:

Be holy, because (God is) holy – 1 Peter 1:16

Let us ready ourselves NOW before Christ Returns so that we won’t SHRINK AWAY from Him in shame, when He comes for His spotless bride:

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming – 1 John 2:28

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According to the EM-DAT, the total natural disasters reported each year has been steadily increasing in recent decades, from 78 in 1970 to 348 in 2004.

Regarding 2011 Natural Disasters alone, it is reported:

Swiss Re (SREN) Ltd., the world’s second- biggest reinsurer, said natural catastrophes cost the insurance industry $110 billion last year after record flooding and earthquake losses. 

And if one were a student of Bible Prophecy one would state:
This has all been predicted by Jesus Christ as what would take place before His 2nd Return.”

It was overwhelming to me to find, read, and paste the following SAMPLINGS of what is going on around the world, in 2012 alone.  And it is only May!

So lets compare what Christ said would be taking place just before His 2nd Return with the News which is reporting the current Natural Disasters that have taken place in 2012, and lets see if indeed there may be some signs which indicate that Jesus Christ’s 2nd Return may be closer than some think.
(see my Summer 2011 Natural Disaster List HERE
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Earthquakes?
7There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
8All these are the beginning of birth pains.      
– Matthew 24     


The below is just a sampling of some of the Major Earthquakes which have taken place in just 2012 from the USGS site (seen HERE):

~ TEHRAN (FNA)- A 5.5-magnitude earthquake, which shook large parts of Iran’s Western provinces of Ilam and Kermanshah on Thursday, has ruined 50 villages… (May 12, 2012.  Original Article found HERE

~ (Reuters) – The powerful undersea earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra this weeks was a once in 2,000 years event, and although it resulted in only a few deaths, it increases the risks of a killer quake in the region, a leading seismologist said (April 12, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Tyva republic in Russia’s East Siberia on Sunday will trigger a new series of earthquakes in the region, a Russian scientist said. (February 26, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~An unusual seismic swarm is occurring near the summit of Kīlauea volcano, Hawai`i, and continues to increase as of today. (February 25, 2012.  Original Article HERE)  


Rescuers search for survivors on top of rubble at the 


CTV site. Photo / Geoff Sloan



~ Five thousand earthquakes after the devastating February 22 tremor, Canterbury’s aftershock sequence has a recognisable personality (Feb 20, 2012. Original Article HERE)

~ (Philippines) The death toll from a magnitude-6.9 quake that rattled Negros last Feb. 6 went up to 51 Saturday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. (Original Article HERE)
More than 100 people were injured when a strong earthquake shook coastal Peru early Monday, civil defense officials said (January 30, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Volcanos also bring earthquakes, so lets look at the volcanoes around the world as well:

~ Mexico Volcano – THE GIST
  • Popocatepetl is rumbling continuously, spewing gas and glowing rocks.
  • The volcano, located 34 miles from Mexico City, has a long history of activity.
  • Concerns are growing for further eruptions that could dump huge quantities of ash over one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.
(April 21, 2012.  Original Article found HERE)

~ As our colleague Marc from vulkane.net reports, the volcano Batu Tara in the Sunda Sea off the island of Flores in Indonesia had a larger than usual ash eruption today, which triggered an alert of the VAAC Darwin, who raised the aviation color code to “orange”, as the drifting ash cloud is be a hazard to local air traffic.  (March 26, 2012.  Original Article HERE

NOTE: There are MANY eruptions and rumblings from volcanos around the world, as a quick google search will show.





Famines?
“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”… Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There  will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

– Matthew 24:3-7  

Famines are occurring, and I suspect may grow in number, due to the current climate changes we are experiencing throughout the world.  The below News Reports will show how the climate has been extreme in 2012 (as well as in 2011) and is therefore expected to disturb food production this year.

~ Recent statistics show that a total of 1.2 million Ghanaians are with limited access to sufficient and nutritious food throughout the year, whiles another 2 million are at risk or becoming food insecure during the lean season or at the onset of a natural or man-made disaster. (May 12, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


Southeast Asia has experienced dramatic meteorological swings, as last year’s record flooding was preceded by a record drought in 2010. These and many other extreme weather events around the world have hammered global food prices, stretching their impact beyond immediate personal and ecological tragedies.  (April 21, 2012.  Original Article HERE)



~ The drought now plaguing Florida has been growing since July 2010, said Karels, whose agency keeps tabs on the state’s wildfire potential. Some parts of the state have fallen so far below their normal average rainfall that the deficit has hit 30 inches, he said. …

this has been the 11th driest winter since records started being kept in 1915. (April 29, 2012.  Original Article found HERE)

Two unusually dry years have left large parts of England suffering from drought or dry conditions (April 11, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


DUJIADUN, China — Liu Changxiong has been farming in this southwestern Chinese village for more than a decade, but his years of experience aren’t of much use these days.  
Last year, his corn seedlings withered at a time Liu expected would be rich in rain. It took twice as many days for his green onions to grow than Liu’s estimates. But the 43-year-old farmer isn’t the one to be blamed. Instead, experts say, his farming routine is being messed up by climate change.
Similar phenomena are happening across the nation. In north China, where wheat fields have dominated the landscape for centuries, the crop is becoming increasingly difficult to grow as the land gets drier and warmer. In southern China, droughts in recent years have replaced rainy seasons, drying up rice paddies on a large scale. … (April 2, 2012. Original Article HERE)

Argentine yields of soy were affected by drought and labor disputes in that country are making farmers and grain traders jittery. Drought caused widespread economic dislocation in Paraguay, which was also hit by cattle disease. (March 20, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ (Argentine) Dry, hot weather that blighted the Pampas during the dog days of the Southern Hemisphere summer chopped corn yields by 40 percent in the Bragado district of key agricultural province Buenos Aires, the Agriculture Ministry said in a report. (March 16, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Terrors From Heaven?
do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately Then He continued by saying to them, ” … and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”     

~ TINSUKIA, (India) April 24 – A severe cyclone accompanied by heavy hailstorm that reaped through the Tinsukia district in the late afternoon yesterday claimed three lives, besides causing heavy damage to property.  …
The storm destroyed hundreds of houses, demolished a hospital and a church, besides uprooting trees and disrupting power supply in the two districts. (April 24, 2012.  Original Article HERE

~ The country has seen widespread flooding in recent years, with some 3.6 million people, about 8% of the population, affected.  
With most of Colombia’s 32 regions suffering from flooding, there is plenty to do.  2012 seems set to continue this pattern.  (April 26, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ New York City broke a 43-year-old daily rainfall record after Central Park tallied 2.45 inches of liquid precipitation (beating 1.8 inches on the same date in 1969). By the time the drops stopped completely on Monday, more than three inches had fallen across a vast swath of coastal New Jersey, much of Long Island and southern Connecticut. West Haven, Conn. picked up the biggest total, at just over four inches. (You can explore a comprehensive summary of snow, wind and rain reports via this interactive weather service map.)  (April 23, 2012.  Original Article HERE

~ A PAKISTAN commander says there is no sign of life from the more than 100 people buried when a massive avalanche hit a military complex close to the Indian border more than a week ago. (April 15, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

NSW’S (Australia) summer flood crisis was the most significant for a generation and affected an area the size of Spain, State Emergency Service (SES) Commissioner Murray Kear said. (March 30, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ State of the Climate GLOBAL ANALYSIS -for March 2012- found HERE

Natural calamities are taking a toll on provinces in western China. In the north, people suffer from severe snowstorms, while southwestern areas are coping with prolonged drought. (February 2012.  Original Article HERE)

~ (Italy) Severe snow and cold in Rome have taken a toll on one of its architectural wonders, the Colosseum. …  called the cold wave exceptional. “Maybe every 30 years it gets this cold, but it’s very rare.” (February 17, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


~ (Australia) MORE than 8000 people remain isolated two weeks after a deluge struck communities in northern NSW. (February 16, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Fiji Flood photo

~ (Fiji) At least six people have died from the floods and a state of disaster is still in place for Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Sigatoka and Rakiraki. (January 31, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


An unprecedented wave of severe weather that hammered national parks and historic sites left Ottawa with a $14.8 million repair bill in 2011.  (Original Article HERE)


At least 30 people have died in Ukraine and 10 in Poland after heavy snow fall and a drop in temperatures across much of central and eastern Europe. (January 31, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


At least 26 people died and other 125,000 were affected when tropical storm “Dando” and cyclone “Funso” hit the southern, central and northern regions of Mozambique in the last few days. (January 29, 2012.  Original Article HERE)


~ (Sri Lanka) The unusual drop in temperature in Nuwara Eliya has had widespread repercussions, with people finding it difficult to cope with the extreme weather, damage to crops and drop in water levels. (January 22, 2012.  Original Article HERE)

Plagues?
… do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.  Then He continued by saying to them, ” … and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”     

~ Vietnam says it will ask for international help to find out what is causing a skin infection that has already killed 19 people.  (April 21, 2012.  Original Article HERE


~ Plague of Spiders in Australia, caused by the floods  (Original Article HERE)


Physicians in India have identified a form of incurable tuberculosis there, raising further concerns over increasing drug resistance to the disease1. Although reports call this latest form a “new entity”, researchers suggest that it is instead another development in a long-standing problem. 
The discovery makes India the third country in which a completely drug-resistant form of the disease has emerged, following cases documented in Italy in 20072 and Iran in 20093. … (January 13, 2012. Original Article HERE)


As bacteria evolve to evade antibiotics, common infections could become deadly, according to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization.
Speaking at a conference in Copenhagen, Chan said antibiotic resistance could bring about “the end of modern medicine as we know it.” …

Chan said hospitals have become “hotbeds for highly-resistant pathogens” like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, “increasing the risk that hospitalization kills instead of cures.” …  
Antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella, E. coli, and gonorrhea have also been discovered. … 
The dearth of effective antibiotics could also make surgical procedures and certain cancer treatments risky or even impossible, Chan said.  … 
“At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential antimicrobials, essential cures for many millions of people, to become the next global crisis,” said Chan.  (Original – and sobering – Article HERE)

Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, 
and the land vomited out its inhabitants.


WHY IS THE EARTH
experiencing such extreme weather conditions?

20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21thati the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
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only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the
redemption of our bodies. – Romans 8, NIV

If you read the Scripture verses preceding each category of News Reports, you could have noted the exhortation by Christ Himself, Who repeated, “Don’t be terrified” and “The end does not follow immediately“.  In other words the End of this Age is still not here and we still have more time to go through as things continue to get worse (as outlined in the Book of Revelation, when things are unbearable for those who go through the Great Tribulation because they would not repent and follow God before the Tribulation Period).

So prepare yourself now before things gets worse!

How?  By giving your life totally over to Jesus Christ, allowing Him to be your Lord and Master as well as Savior.  Don’t play games with God, saying “I believe” but not following His commands.  Prepare yourself now …  while there is still time to get prepared.

Luke 21:

25“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32“I tell you the truth, this generationb will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

And 2 Peter 3:

11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.b That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

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MANILA, Philippines, July 14, 2010 (ENS) – At least 20 people have lost their lives and 57 others are missing following the first typhoon to strike the Philippines this year. Typhoon Conson hit on July 13 (July 2010)

ARE NATURAL DISASTERS
increasing in size or frequency?

Read an on-going list
of natural disasters
HERE

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2009/5769 Jerusalem Day March The holy cornerstone for the Third Temple was transported by the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement on Jerusalem Day, 27 Iyar 5769 (May 21, 2009). It was driven from Ammunition Hill to the Jaffa Gate, along the western walls of the Old City to the downtown streets of Jerusalem. There it was be presented to the people of Israel and to the entire world.  {Information found at:  TempleMountFaithful.org}

2 Thessalonians 2 reads:

3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessnessa is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up IN GOD’S TEMPLE, proclaiming himself to be God. 5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Paul is teaching the Thessalonians here, that the Man of Lawlessness,  or the anti-christ,  will set himself up in the very temple of God, but this will take place AFTER  the Church is raptured {vs 6 “And now you know what is holding him back” and vs 7 “the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way”}

The teaching to the Thessalonians goes hand-in-hand with what the Angel revealed to Daniel, in Daniel 9 when he said:

25“Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decreef to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,g the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing.h The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’i In the middle of the ‘seven’j he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.kl

The END is not here yet, Church…even though we continue to see the ‘beginning of birth pains’ which Jesus spoke of in the Gospels.

In the midst of these “birth pains”  or  “times of trouble” as stated in Daniel 9:25,  the Jewish Third Temple will be re-built.  Perhaps the Church will still be around to see it being rebuilt or to see the completion of the re-building, but please remember DO NOT make any sacrifices on the Temple Mount, for Jesus Christ is the Lamb which takes away our sins.  The Old Covenant is finished.  Our sins are removed.

We are simply “watching” for the re-building of the Third Temple as a sign of the End of this Age.

Heads up Church!
Troubled times are here;  the rebuilding of the Third Temple is being spoken of; and our Redemption draweth near!

Hallelujah!!

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Big Shock …. Iran has been hiding a 2nd uranium enrichment plant.  {See Story below.}

Have the authorities NEVER dealt with bullies or liars, EVER, in their entire lives?

Hasn’t everyone who has ever lived 20 years or longer  come up against an individual who  has a track record of lying or bullying?!

But I guess everyone in the current  UN and the US administration,  and perhaps all the other larger “powers” of the world, have never come across a bully or a liar, ever, in their entire human existence and so are taken by great surprise that Iran has a 2nd plant, which they didn’t disclose.  Oh, such shock and horror.  You mean a dictatorship actually didn’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, to the wonderful, forthright, upright powers of the UN and other world leaders?  Quite shocking indeed.

Just keep reading the Bible, Christians.    At least WE won’t be in the dark about the coming days!

2 Peter 3 —

7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

AP Iranian President Ahmadinejad

This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” September 25, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: There is disturbing news tonight about Iran’s nuclear program. Iran now admits it has been building, hiding a second uranium enrichment plant. As soon as this news broke, President Obama and the leaders of France and Great Britain blasted Iran for building the site. And the blasting — that was not well received by the Iranian president. He immediately fired back, insisting it is not a secret site, and threatens that the United States and its allies will regret accusing Iran of hiding a nuclear facility. Former U.S. Ambassador the United Nations John Bolton joins us live. That we’ll regret accusing them? What does that mean? JOHN BOLTON, FORMER AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: Well, I think he feels in a very strong position. I think he believes he can defeat any sanctions in the Security Council, if the president proceeds with them. Or even if sanctions are adopted by the Council, that they’ll be just as weak as the last three sets (ph). So I think he’s feeling pretty good this week.

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VAN SUSTEREN: Well, have the sanctions that have been imposed so far and the ones likely to be imposed or possibly imposed — do they have any bite to them, any impact?

BOLTON: Well, they certainly have some impact on the institutions or the individuals who are specifically named by the sanctions committee, but those are sort of additional transaction costs for Iran. But the test of sanctions should be, Do they dissuade Iran from continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons? And the answer on the three sets we have now is unquestionably no.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, as long as we’re talking — and I mean, we – – the world is talking, they’re building! What’s sort of the timetable? I mean, how — I mean, they want to keep us talking forever so that they can build. How long are we going to be able — or how long are they going to be able to keep us talking?

BOLTON: Well, they’ve succeed so far for nearly seven years keeping the Europeans talking. And as you say, during that time, there’s no question they used it to continue to make progress on the nuclear program. That’s why people who say, What does it hurt to engage in negotiations, don’t understand that, in fact, it can hurt a lot. I think we’re very close to the point where the Israelis are going to make a decision on the possible use of military force that’ll take these negotiations out of the picture.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, today when we listened to President Obama and others, it was, like, Oh, shock, horror, you know, this is — you know, now we know Iran is doing that. But it turns out that we were on to this a little earlier, is that right?

BOLTON: It’s true according to the administration’s own background briefings after the announcement, which means that everything the president’s been saying about his extended hand to Ahmadinejad and how much he wants to negotiate has to be in context of yet another incident in 20 years of Iran lying about this program. There is not a shred of evidence that you can commit any commitment that Iran makes about its nuclear program, so even if you get to the table and negotiate with them, why do you think they’ll live up to whatever they agree to?

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, why was he willing to say those — make those statements, do you think — I realize you can’t get in his head, but make those statements that he wants to talk to them, or we’re going to have this meeting her on October 1st with a number of nations but — why — why would he — why would he or why would anyone else (INAUDIBLE) doing this if they all know that — and have known for months that they’re building a second nuclear weapons plant?

BOLTON: I have to believe that it’s because he thinks that his ability to negotiate will find a way through this problem, and it’s not the George Bush approach of trying to isolate Iran, that he thinks he can carry it through. In fact, much of what he is doing is built on the mistakes of the Bush administration, which has allowed the European negotiations to go on for so long.

VAN SUSTEREN: So what happens on October 1st? All the nations are supposed to get together for the — the Security Council nations plus Germany and talk to Iran.

BOLTON: I think there are two possibilities. One is that Iran comes in and says, Well, of course, we’ll negotiate about the nuclear program. No problem. It’s entirely peaceful. Then we’re into six months, nine months of negotiation. Once the State Department gets a chance to sit across the table from Iran, it’ll be very hard to get up from that chair.

But second, even if Iran comes in and says, Of course we’re not going to talk about our nuclear program, and the president goes to the Security Council, it is far from certain he can even get another resolution. Today, Russian president Medvedev said, and I quote, “We will consider sanctions.” Now, let’s be clear. That’s what the Russians have said consistently for three years. They’ve never ruled out sanctions. They’ve always said they’d consider them. The problem is, when you get to the point of drafting the resolution, they did very weak and watered down.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, this really matters to Europe and it really matters to us, not so much, I guess, to Europe, except for that they’re our allies. But it even more importantly matters to Israel. And I — and you touched on it a second ago, but how long can Israel be patient and sort of watch this talking game?

BOLTON: Well, this is extremely important because if the Iranians have an alternative site for uranium enrichment at Qom, which is what they were trying to build here, it’s at least possible that there are further alternative sites that we have not yet confirmed. And this raises the hardest possible question for Israel, that it could attack the Iranian enrichment facility at Natanz and completely destroy it, but still not stop Iran’s progress toward nuclear weapons. So what’s particularly risky here is that the military option itself may now be a lot harder to accomplish.

VAN SUSTEREN: If we were aware of this, you know, we had some inkling (INAUDIBLE) happens, what’s wrong with our intelligence? Do we not have boots on the ground? You know, what happened to sort of getting the old- fashioned intelligence so we can find out really what they have and even find out earlier?

BOLTON: Well, I think our intelligence inside Iran is very weak. We do have — we rely on information from other intelligence services. But I think the basic point is we should acknowledge there’s a lot we don’t know about the Iranian nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. That shouldn’t make us more comfortable, it should make us more nervous. And yet today, the administration again defended the famous 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that said there’s no nuclear weapons program, and yet that’s the entire rationale why we’re concerned about this site at Qom, that it’s an alternative location to do enrichment up to weapons-grade uranium.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so what would you do?

BOLTON: Well, I think, at this point, we have exhausted the diplomatic option. I don’t think there’s any chance that sanctions will shift Iranian behavior. I think you have two very unattractive options. One is regime change in Iran, which cannot be turned on and off like a light switch. That’s a matter of a couple years, at least. Or other alternative is the use of military force against the assets in the nuclear program we now know about.

I think that is the decision Israel is confronting as we speak. I think there’s zero chance Obama will do it. I think this now rests with Israel.

VAN SUSTEREN: Ambassador, thank you, sir.

BOLTON: Thank you.

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