Is Technology Coming To Our Rescue?

facial-recognition

Technology is quickly outpacing our ability to keep up. Taking all of it into account, technology is keeping us more connected and informed and less anonymous.

How about a satellite-imaging company that has launched a fleet of miniaturized satellites to ‘map’ the entire globe, everyday?  Or 33 satellites, about the size of a loaf of bread, now circling the globe? It’s the largest fleet of satellites doing Earth imaging in history, and the goal is to have 133 satellites operational. The company has already begun sharing its data with organizations such as Amnesty International, which used the company’s imagery to track refugee camps in Syria.

The Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project used Planet’s images to locate illegal mining and deforestation in Peru. Care to know what else they can ‘see?’

How about computers that can tell what you’re thinking? This is the next phase of human-computer interaction.

Monitoring people’s brain activity in real time and recognizing specific thoughts (of “tree” versus “dog” or of a particular pizza topping).  This technology will widen its use even more in the coming years.

Facial Recognition Technologies Are Spreading Rapidly. Sources for these ‘faces’ are also spreading rapidly. Photos have long been used for identification and security purposes. However, indications are that advances in facial recognition are fast outpacing the attendant privacy concerns.

Although there are myriads of hidden cameras placed strategically on every major street and within buildings, there is seemingly little public comfort that it’s all necessary and that there are adequate measures to minimize the risk of abuse.

Is facial recognition out of control?  A prominent case study was recently presented by reporters for the Baltimoresun.com.

It involved a five-year-old program in Maryland that lets police compare images of unidentified criminal suspects with millions of motor vehicle records — using highly advanced facial recognition software.

According to state and federal data, Maryland is one of at least five states that are giving the FBI access to driver’s licenses, local police mug shots and other corrections records. A dozen other states provide driver’s license photographs only. Other states have laws prohibiting the use of facial recognition. Police have used the Maryland Image Repository System with little fanfare since 2011.

This program has attracted increased scrutiny since the American Civil Liberties Union in California released documents showing the system was used to monitor protesters during the unrest and rioting in Baltimore last year.  That followed other recent disclosures about law enforcement in Baltimore adopting clandestine technologies, including cellphone tracking and aerial surveillance.

Do You Know About “Deep Learning” neural network programs? These use algorithms with many layers… Lower-level calculations feed into higher ones…. Like? Like our brains!!

Google has an ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Deep Learning system. It defeated the world’s best ‘Go’ player [Go is apparently a popular strategy board game, after trouncing the European GO champion.

How? By calculating a number of potential moves that exceeds the number of atoms in the universe and choosing the best. WOW! Where did the inventors get such an idea? From the human brain!

Our brains makes connections between neurons, with lower-level data from many neurons feeding into ‘higher’ groups of neurons, repeated over many layers. The calculations are then fed to a higher layer of the program and so on…. apparently just like our brains do.

Three scientists have created the world’s smallest machines. They are comprised of linked-up molecules… that are ‘contraptions’ that can do work. One is a tiny lift — artificial muscles and a mini motor. They are 1000 times thinner than a strand of hair. Care to imagine where this can take us?

Another device can read your emotions by bouncing wireless signals off your body. It claims an 87% accuracy rating. Oh, and it’s smaller than a Wi-Fi router. There’s also a transmission system that can send your passwords through your BODY instead of by Wi-Fi.

There’s a fabric that can be woven into clothing, which will harvest and store energy from both the Sun and your body movements, to power wearable devices. How about liquid clothing…. that ‘heals’ itself, when torn?

These are only a few of the new inventions we’ll be seeing in the future. Our grandchildren will wonder how we old-folks got along without them! You mean you had to charge a battery?

Guess Who Else Will Find This Valuable?

 

 

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What Are The Effects of Pornography?

Brain On Porn

We’re being told to accept all sorts of sexual deviancy or be judgmental. Worse, we are denying people their right to express themselves however they choose…. a form of punitive social control. How? By telling them they OUGHT NOT … fill in the blank.

The sad result is that NO sin is now being completely outlawed….in The Visible Church!

The invention of Video Tapes stimulated the Porn Industry and brought it into every day life…. impacting people and families it never did or could before.

So, what of it?

What of it is that it is destructive, in ways we do not realize. Based on extensive research, scientists have learned that porn changes not just the function, but the structure of the brain.

Parts of the brain actually begin to shrink with its use and others become desensitized.  In the picture of three brains, at the top of this blog, the one on the far right is what happens with extensive porn use, Worse than heroin. Worse than alcohol or drug use.

Why? Harvard Scientist, Kevin Majeres, Explains [Jon Miltimore|July 26, 2016]

Kevin Majeres is a psychiatrist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. He says scientists have discovered that if you place a male rat in a cage with a receptive female, they will mate; but once done, the male rat will not mate more times, even if the female is still receptive. He loses all sexual interest.

But if, right after he finishes with the first female, you put in a second receptive female, he will immediately mate again; and again a third, and so on, until he nearly dies. This effect has been found in every animal studied. It’s called the Coolidge effect.

This is WHY pornography causes a vicious circle. But now comes the WHAT! When someone views pornography, he gets overstimulated by dopamine; so his brain destroys some dopamine receptors. This makes him feel depleted, so he goes back to pornography, but, having fewer dopamine receptors it now requires more to get the same dopamine thrill.

This only causes his brain to destroy more receptors; so he feels an even greater need for pornography to stimulate him. As this cycle continues, we start to find that we have to use pornography for longer and longer periods to have the same effect, and must visit more and more sites to accomplish the same result.

But even more porn sites eventually don’t cut it. What then? Then, you have to stimulate another emotion: like fear or disgust or shock or surprise. You need to start moving to kinkier things, things that make you afraid or make you feel a bit sick; and so you start experimenting with various perversions.

Jon Miltimore is the Senior Editor of Intellectual Takeout. He writes that the average porn use starts at age 11 and the highest level of use is between 11 and 17. This means that as these brains grow, they are growing destructive pathways very early on.

Historically, over 90% of adult porn stars were sexually abused as children.
In psychology, their behavior is called re-enactment. Healthy individuals – emotionally and mentally – are not drawn to lifelong dreams of being sex for hire in any way no matter how lucrative.

That truly born-again men and women engage in and/or get hooked, is a sad reality. It’s not unusual, given the human psyche and the ease with which it can be accessed. What’s sad is how many CONTINUE, often thinking no one knows. Or no one will ever find out.

But the Omniscient God of Heaven Knows! He wants His children pure! Would such a God, Who is also Omnipotent make sure you are exposed [pardon the pun]? Would He do such a thing? Yes!

But, that’s not the highest and best motivation. It should be that Christians….finding themselves drawn to sin….would do whatever is necessary to STOP it! If they are truly born-again of the Spirit of God, The Bible says they have a divine WANT TO installed in their heart in order to glorify God. [Phil. 2:13]

That this isn’t helping, in an observably consistent manner, is a testimony against the 21st Cent. Church! She isn’t teaching these things? She isn’t particular who she identifies as a Christian? She isn’t being consistent in her commitments to God’s Word…. which says a man guilty of such a thing is no longer qualified to hold any Office in The Church!

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Governmental Oversight…. Of Churches!?

Iowa Civil Rights

The Fort DesMoines Church of Christ is locked in a battle with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, over what the pastor (or anyone who speaks to an audience of people) can say.

It’s under the heading of Equal Rights!

The ironic thing, however, is that a Constitutional Right is being attacked in order to preserve a supposed Right! Something our current President says he wants to be his ‘Legacy Issue.’

At Stake? What can be said in a meeting, where the public is invited to attend…. In this case, Church.

In Defense of the critics, let me quickly add: Church is no place for ad hominem attacks on anyone or anything.

It is a place for:

a. lifting up the Lord Jesus Christ

b. prayer for others and for self

c. instruction in Christian Doctrine & Practice

d. challenges for greater understanding and commitment to God

It well may be that the DesMoines Church of Christ leadership has used the gathering of local citizens to rail against a particular sinful practice or person.

It may be that a Sermon on Romans, chapter 1, became too personal, citing public figures or political organizations which illustrate The Points.

It may simply be that these folks believe The Bible!

Or, it may be The Sign in front of the Church [That Reads: Gay Is Not Okay] became too much for them!

Whatever it is, the DesMoines Civil Rights Commission wants it to STOP!

I entreat these Church folks to be more sensitive to the difference between instruction in God’s Word and railing against a person, if this is the case.

I entreat them (and all preachers/teachers) to teach God’s Word, rather than merely vent political or moral opinions.

At the same time, I entreat Commission Members to read The Constitution, particularly The Bills of Rights! Chief among them, Article ONE!

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Law of the Land ALLOWS people to do what these folks are accused of doing! [So Far]  It is a petty and petulant person or group of persons which seeks to control it, beyond entreaty.

The Civil Rights Commission wants more! It wants every public place to allow men to enter women’s shower rooms, dressing rooms and restrooms if they say they are women, and banning statements in meetings “open to the public” that “might cause individuals to believe that they are unwelcome because of their perceived gender identity.”

This Group’s website features a montage of faces and the words which reflect on the Civil Rights Battle of the 1950s and ’60s. Does this mean the right for men to shower with women is on the same level as racial bias?

The lawsuit, being brought by what appears to be a Christian Legal Organization, charges the State mandates violate the U.S. Constitution’s protections for free speech, religion, expressive association, due process and the right to peaceably assemble.

Named as defendants are commission members, as well as Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

TODAY? This lawsuit will probably fail!

TOMORROW?

 

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As The West Collapses

 

 

Orlando blood Lines

People Lining Up To Give Blood In Orlando ….  Because Christians Hate Homosexuals?

We Americans have watched Europe dissolve into social, moral, political chaos, for decades and chalked it up to a different mind-set.

Now that mind-set is here! The Progressive social and political philosophy is now so ingrained in our corporate psyche, we simply accept it with very little question. Everything from Religion, to Politics, to Economics, to Social Issues.

On Sunday, a “20-year-old Islamic Radical” who was on the F.B.I. radar for possible problems, “talked about killing all the time.” He was “not a stable person,” and was making trips to Saudi Arabia, while working Security for G4S at PGA Village for several months in 2014-15.

This man was able to purchase automatic weapons just two weeks before killing 50 human beings and wounding 53 more, and then being killed by law-enforcement. Law Enforcement and witnesses said he was smiling all the while. His attack was upon a Gay Bar! People, in his religious opinion, who did not deserve to live! People who were an affront to Allah!

The Liberal (read: Godless) element in our society wants us to believe Christians hate homosexuals. They gleefully point to the fact that we won’t bake them cakes or take their wedding pictures. For this we must be scandalized,  suffer the loss of our business and pay hefty fines.

Muslims, on the other hand, kill homosexuals in the most gruesome of ways, for no reason other than they are, or have practiced homosexuality! When that happens there is a measured response: ‘Not all Muslims are this bad. Only the radicals,’ we’re told.  To paint them with a broad brush is bigotry, we’re told. In America, every citizen has the right to his own opinions and life-style choices, we’re told.

Our own President, commenting on the carnage in Orlando, this week, once again, refused to mention this man’s religious affiliation, dancing around the issue with generalizations and a ‘measured response.’ It is Radical Islam that brought down the Twin Towers. It is Radical Islam that encourages ‘snipers’ to shoot people while they’re pumping gas. A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah and it’s labeled ‘Work Place Violence.’

The shooter in Orlando made a call to a Florida 911 center to pledge allegiance to ISIS, but even this is not enough to identify the carnage with Islam. Muslims routinely make it abundantly clear they will kill homosexuals in the cruelest of ways! But the Leader of the Free World can’t bring himself to condemn this kind of institutionalized behavior.

Let it be a Christian expressing his or her belief regarding homosexuality and all of Christendom is brought into the condemnation. We are branded homophobes and bigots because we cannot approve of this dangerous and destructive practice. The folks from the Westbury Baptist Church who showed up at Military Funerals to mock and disrupt, were Christians! That NOTHING they did corresponded to Christian belief was never considered!

There have been 74 attacks upon Americans, on American soil, by Muslims since 1972. The Death Toll stands at 3157 souls. None of these had anything to do with Peace Loving Islam! They were all committed by radicalized men and women who were operating outside the tenants of Islam…even as many of them shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they did so.

ON THE OTHER SIDE: People calling themselves Christians rail against homosexuality as not simply a destructive and disgusting behavior, but contrary to Divine Law, and THEY are branded bigots and terrorists. NOTE: These are only the proverbial ‘sticks and stones’ we were told would ‘never hurt you,’ not Assault Rifles!

That those who publicly rail against individuals in homosexual relationships are operating OUTSIDE biblical warrant is NEVER mentioned! No one protects Christianity, while condemning out-spoken critics, claiming to be Christian.

TRUTH? Christianity is about loving others, regardless of what they do or what they are. We do not have to accept it, but Christianity is about recognizing we were ALL ‘dead in trespasses and sins,’ before Jesus came into our lives.

Christianity is about reaching out to people [all sorts of people] with a Life-Giving Message of Redemption, not pointing fingers of indignation and slandering those who act out in sinful ways.

Christianity has no Public Relations Expert to make certain what’s printed is accurate. Christianity has no ‘Pastor-In-Chief’ to guard what’s being said so as not to give the wrong impressions. Christianity doesn’t even have a Generally-Accepted Uniform Definition as to what it is! If you claim to be a Christian, the media believes you and now whatever you say or do is what Christianity is all about!

At the very least, this not Fair! At it’s worst, this serves to color Christians and Christianity in a way Moslem are not! Such a situation makes no sense, until you realize that Islam is NOT The Real Threat to the god of this world! Humanism, Occultism, Voodooism, and any number of anti-christian religious systems pose no threat to the enemy of our soul. Only Biblical Christianity Does This!

And Biblical Christianity MUST be corrupted, co-opted and confused, if Satan is to make the headway he needs, in order to take control of this world’s people and systems.

How’s He Doing?

 

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When Young Adults Are So Easily Misled

Bernie Rally

When you look at a Campaign Stop by Bernie Sanders, what do you see? There are no older people in those crowds! They are largely 20 & 30-somethings. Why are so many younger voters enamored of ‘Old’ Bernie Sanders? He’s older than me!!

The Iowa Caucus, which is one of the very first in the Nation, exposed this Giant Chasm: Sanders won 84% of the Under 30 vote. He also dominated in the 30-44 category, with 58% v. Hillary’s 37%.

Who Are These People? They’re Millennials. Young people born in the 1980’s and 1990’s. They are children and grandchildren of the Baby Boomers: born to opulence, nurtured on permissiveness, with little or no experience in the critical area of ’cause-and-effect.’

They’re Democrats? NO! They’re Socialists. They’re called ‘Sandernistas,’ and they out number Hillary supporters 6 to 1 in the polls. Former professor Mark Pastin, writing in The Weekly Standard, says “the most compelling explanation,” for young Democrats’ overwhelming preference for Sanders, “is that young voters actually like the idea of a socialist revolution.”

And Why Not? They’ve been raised on The Great Society, a host of Means-Tested Social Programs, Socialized Healthcare, Subsidized College Loans, Paid Job Training and a Government Program for just about every need. They know nothing of self-sufficiency or what we use to call The Protestant Work Ethic. In short, they’re Socialists, not Capitalists.

Where did they come from? They came from homes in which parents left the nurturing and educating of their children to The State! Homes where they were indoctrinated by a Federal Education System, a Vulgar Media and A Limitless Internet. Homes devoid of the basic rigors of Life!

Does it matter? Probably not! The days of seeing clearly the philosophical dangers in the various ‘progressive’ policies is gone. There are very few, today, who care much less understand what German Nationalism or Marxist Communism was, let alone the social ‘seed’ from which they sprang.

These young people are rallying around a man who seems to know what he’s doing and what his ideas / policies can effect. That he has never made any progress with this philosophy, over the last 25 years or that these ideas have NEVER worked, anytime they’ve been tried, doesn’t occur to them. They have no historical context, thanks to our Federal Indoctrination System (formerly The Public School).

None of these young people have thought about where any of this will take them. THEY aren’t able to succeed, in this social-economic environment, so what do they have to lose? Bernie’s an old man, who’s been through it all. Surely he knows The Way. All we have to do is Follow.

We’ve seen the “Man-On-The-Street” Interviews of College Students. Ask them anything about U.S. History, and they draw a blank! Why is America here! Upon what was it founded? Why? How does The System work? Why does it work that way? None of this matters! If it did, schools would teach it and young people would know it! They know who Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber is! How about Flo Rida?  or Maroon 5?  I threw them in to show you I’m Hip!  Oops: I mean I’m Down W’d It!

We’re watching our country, our culture, our world slip off the edge into oblivion. If there were something better, threatening to replace it, that would be one thing. But, this is clearly destructive in a way that makes it hard to imagine how we could recover. That so many younger people are enthralled is truly scary.

The Communists loved to tell us that they will conquer us without ever firing a shot! Who knew they were so smart?

When the last bastion of Western Civilization falls, what’s left?

 

 

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When There Was Silence In Heaven

 

SUN CME Blast

The Bible appears to indicate that several of the approaching end-time events will be similar to those in Noah’s day as Matthew 24:37 tells us “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man”.

What Does This Mean? The most significant event in Noah’s day was that which caused the destruction of the entire world by water commonly referred to as “Noah’s Flood”.

The Bible tells us that, in the days of Noah, it rained for 40 days and nights, and by some miracle, this was able to flood the entire Earth over the highest mountains; whereas, scientific research claims that the math doesn’t add up – making this event nothing more than an ancient myth.

Scientists scoff! Not enough water can fall, in that amount of time to cover one mountain, let alone ALL the mountains of the world.

The truth, is that the Bible clearly states that rain was NOT the primary reason for flooding. In fact, the scripture state that “…on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst open…” (Genesis 7:11).

This makes The Flood a matter of scientific fact – and the direct cause is something called a geographical pole shift which scientists say occurred thousands of years ago!

Geographic shifts are ones in which the entire planet is suddenly and dramatically moved from its axis; causing untold devastation on Earth’s surface.

The Old Testament doesn’t use the modern-day term of “pole shift” when describing the great flood; however, it provides enough detail about the Earth before, during, and after the event to prove to us that an Axial Pole Shift did indeed occur; ..according to research conducted by Brent Miller at Ingenuity Films LLC.

Genesis 2:6  We read how that in the early days of man, it never rained upon the Earth and that the entire surface was watered from the mist upon it. Was it, Really?  Petrified tropical trees have been discovered under the ice in Antarctica proving this statement!

During the period before the flood, there were NO SEASONS or storms and the entire planet would have existed at a temperate equilibrium with tropical vegetation – including at what we would call our current North and South poles.

Scientifically, the only way to achieve this temperate, considered a paradise, would be if the geographic axis of the Earth was parallel to that of the Sun, or in other words, at zero degrees.

Genesis then clearly states that AFTER the flood (for the first time) there was a rainbow seen by Noah in the sky (Gen 9:13) which is was only now possible since precipitation never fell from the heavens which causes the light refraction necessary for a rainbow.

Today, the Earth’s axis now sits at 23.5 degree which creates frozen poles, seasons, rain and violent storms as the uneven heating and freezing of the planet creates weather systems.

So…we go back to the “fountains of the deep” explained in Genesis and how was it able to flood the entire planet in such a short period of time.

Quite simply, the fountains of the deep were the oceans themselves which makes up 71% of the Earth’s surface.

Basic physics models shows how the flood could have been caused by a shift in centripetal force and angular momentum exerted upon the oceans resulting from an axial pole shift – causing them to overflow their banks  before the Earth stabilized into a new axial position.

It would also take very little “shifting” of the planet to destroy virtually all life on Earth.

During this time most of the evidence for the existence population of the planet, including cities and roads, would be virtually [entirely] erased. Sites such as the Grand Canyon in the United States could have been formed by massive amounts of rushing ocean water in a matter of weeks or months rather than over millions of years as many geologists believe.

Ever hear of The Little Grand Canyon? Mt. St. Helen!! It took just several months to carve out this Canyon — that looks just like the Grand Canyon!

This also explains why fossilized sea life and coral are found throughout the world’s deserts as well on top of our highest mountain ranges! It explains continents — mountain ranges that run North and South.

But….More Than This….The biblical End Times Scenario features terrific global phenomena: 1/3 of all vegetation being destroyed; 1/3 or more of global population dying; 1/3 of all sea life; 1/3 of the Earth’s Land Mass

What has the power to do all this? We know God does. But He used natural forces to effect the Flood. Will He do this again? Some scientists say YES! Ever hear of CME’s  [Coronal Mass Ejections]? The last one was in 1859.

They come from the Sun and kill everything in their path! Based on the wording of the text, many theologians and astrophysicists claim that what is being described could be the occurrence of a (CME) from the Sun hitting the Earth!

Think of the Sun as a ball of liquid FIRE! Burning at around 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit…literally fire, through and through. (i.e. like a lake of fire). This is exactly what is being described within the text of Revelation.

John described that before 1/3 of the Earth was burnt up, “there came hail and fire”; seemingly contradicting states of matter. As the CME continues into the stratosphere, it would then vaporize all planes, birds and flying insects which also matches the next description from John that of hail and fire, “mixed with blood”.

The CME would then continue to the surface of the Earth where John clearly described that this hail, fire and blood is then, “cast upon the earth” – burning up 1/3 of the trees and grass!

This description is specific and intended to be in chronological order; describing exactly what one would expect if an unprecedented CME did indeed strike the Earth.

Biblical Sensationalism?  Recently, governments all over the world have built over 1,000 doomsday seed vaults to ensure the survival of the human race. The largest that we know of is the Norwegian vault on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle. In addition, governments have begun building massive underground bunkers and small underground cities carved within the bedrock of mountains for their leadership.

But the most frightening signs

might be the ones hiding in plain sight…

First, unknowing to most, Earth’s magnetic field, which normally protects us from high energy particle emissions from the sun, is collapsing!  With a reduced magnetic field, solar radiation and CMEs will now have a greater impact on the Earth than ever before. In fact, the European Space Agency recently launched a satellite array that monitors solar activity and the impact it has upon the Earth.

During the first 6 months of operation, it was revealed that the Earth’s magnetic field was not only indeed collapsing, but that it was happening 10x faster than researchers first realized.

In addition, recent discoveries by astrophysicists in Japan have revealed that our sun is in fact capable of producing what is now being called a “super flare” which is 20x – 1,000x more powerful than any flare witnessed in our modern age.

What Does All This Mean? It means 1) we’re closer than we thought….. And 2) The Bible is spot-On! What are your Priorities….given the shortened time we apparently have? How are you going to spend your time and money? Where are you going to put your time? Is there an urgency in getting the Word out? Or can we wait for someone else to do it?

How Much Time Do We Have?  Ans: The same amount we’ve always had! Today!! ONLY TODAY!

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Volcanoes, Earthquakes & God

volcano

Yellowstone Caldera

What’s Up With All This Tectonic Activity?

Seismologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado says that “current conditions might trigger at least 4 earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude.”

USGS scientist Jim Berkland (who predicted the Loma Prieta ‘World Series Earthquake’) says “Beware the New and Full Moons!” Twenty of the last Twenty-five megaquakes have occured on the dates of New and Full moons. These generally occur in the last 2 weeks of the month.

The issue is what are called ‘equinoctal tides.’ Extreme gravitational forces that cause solid earth to expand and contract much like ocean tides rise and fall. The recent events around the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” [Japan / Ecuador], not to mention the earthquake swarms in Hawaii, Arizona and Yellowstone Park, have underscored this phenomena.

Berkland says that he is particularly worried about the San Andreas Fault in the LA Basin and the Cascadia Subduction Zone along the coast of Oregon and Washington State, where a long overdue earthquake would undoubtedly be accompanied by a massive tsunami that could kill thousands and cause billions of dollars in property damage.

In Asia, the India “plate” is pushing up with increased pressure, potentially stimulating another 6 or 7 volcanos. Scientists are predicting a category 8 or 9 earthquake…at any time.

We’ve already had 9 category 6, or better, Earthquakes in the last 30 days, ending April 19, 2016. USA, Russia, Indonesia, Japan & Ecuador have been the highest, along with several lessor quakes: Taiwan (6.4) = 117 killed, India(6.7)  = 11 killed; Nepal; China. Ecuador (7.8) has had the greatest loss of life at over 400, so far.

The Bible indicates, rather candidly, that the End of the Age will be characterized by Global Catastrophes of immense proportion, killing off 1/3 of the global population in a very short period of time. It lists war, famine, pestilence, contaminated water and killer earthquakes.

Is the start of that process? It’s Highly Doubtful! Officials report that there have been 957 earthquakes, in the world, so far this year [Apr 19, 2016], and that the Earth’s average is between 10,000 and 15,000 quakes every year! The Killer Quakes are those that occur closest to the surface: 7.0, or more, on the Richter Scale. This is multiplied by where they strike. Under-developed countries fare worse, due to poor infrastructure and warning.

In addition to earthquakes, there are more than a dozen volcanos around the world that pose a significant threat to human life and welfare. Mexico is awaiting the imminent explosion from Mt. Popocatepetl, which roared to life just last Tuesday. A full-blown eruption would threaten a catastrophe beyond anything we’ve have ever seen! Neighboring Guatemala has had a couple of eruptions, in the last months.

These are distant from us, here in the States. However the potential for a catastrophic eruption in the Yellowstone Caldera would dwarf anything we’ve ever seen! Experts estimate upwards of 60-70% of the United States would be impacted, in one way or another.

Should there be a couple more of these volcanos ‘pop-off,’ this year, watch for “Christian” Books, Articles and Movies to start appearing, predicting The End of the World! Anyone remember The Blood Moons?

Technology and a 24-hour News Cycle keeps us informed, like never before. Millions of people, around the globe, are able to see and hear the events, often as they unfold. This creates a tension never before experienced, in the history of the world. It may be you have already ‘tuned out’ in order to preserve your sanity or emotional well-being.

NEWS FLASH!! There is NOTHING anyone can do to stop or even hinder God’s Purpose and Plan. Things are no worse, now, than they have ever been….we simply know more.

Of course, with that knowledge comes responsibility! What are YOU doing, as these events are unfolding around you? We can’t stop earthquakes, but we can offer hope and peace to those who have neither…until Jesus comes!

 
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