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Trend Update: Sun’s Coronal Hole Increases, October 2016

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2016 by paulthepoke

There are multiple references in the Bible regarding the impact on the sun during the tribulation or what is called The Day of the Lord by the prophets. (Joel 2:2, Joel 2:10, Joel 3:15, Zephaniah 1:15, Isaiah 13:6, 9, 10, Isaiah 24:23, Amos 5:20, Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12b, Revelation 8:12, Revelation 9:2, and Revelation 9:18b).

We are not in the tribulation. There is no Jewish Temple for the antichrist to desecrate.

October 27, 2016: The coronal hole in the sun continues to grow.

A coronal hole is an area where the sun’s atmosphere is less dense. These holes contain less solar material. A lower temperature is noted than the rest of the corona. These areas tend to send out the fastest solar winds. A coronal hole cannot be seen in visible light with the naked eye. But it can be seen via ultraviolet light.

In May 2016, the coronal hole was estimated to be more than 10% of the sun’s surface area.

Look at the side by side comparison. Pictures courtesy of www.helioviewer.org

The solar winds from the coronal hole causes geomagnetic storms on Earth. The solar winds can play havoc with the electrical grid, satellites, telecommunication equipment, radar function, solar cell damage, cable disruption, pipeline corrosion, internet, and airline passenger radiation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3873644/A-massive-coronal-hole-sun-blasting-Earth-solar-storms-CRIPPLE-power-grids.html

Some scientists believe there is a link to increased solar wind speeds and earthquake activity.

Scientists have linked coronal holes with devastating earthquakes in recent times: Japan magnitude 8.5 and Nepal magnitude 7.8.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/549270/solar-storm-coronal-holes-earthquake-europe

Volcanic activity, earthquake frequency and intensity are on the increase all across the planet.

Luke 21:11 …and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

There are parallel passages regarding earthquakes by Jesus in Matthew 24:7 and Mark 13:8. The context is the Olivet Discourse. Jesus is answering questions from the disciples regarding the signs of His coming and the End of the Age (Matthew 24:3).

Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Nahum, Amos, Haggai, Zechariah, Job, and David the Psalmist have references to earthquakes during the Day of the Lord.

There are at least 7 references to earthquakes in the book of Revelation alone.

Luke 21:28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” –Jesus

So…is Jesus credible?

Trend Update: Hole in the Sun, May 2016

Posted in Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2016 by paulthepoke

May 17-19, 2016, NASA spots a massive coronal hole in the sun. The hole measures more than 10% of the sun’s surface area. In October 2015, a smaller hole was observed. This hole was the size of 50 earths. As of October 2015, this was believed to be the largest coronal hole on record. Both holes formed in the same area of the sun.

A coronal hole is an area where the sun’s atmosphere is less dense. These holes contain less solar material. A lower temperature is noted than the rest of the corona. These areas tend to send out the fastest solar winds. A coronal hole cannot be seen in visible light with the naked eye. But it can be seen via ultraviolet light. So don’t look directly into the sun!

Scientists do not know how coronal holes form. Fear not say the NASA scientists. This is not a big deal…

http://www.popsci.com/this-hole-in-suns-atmosphere-looks-amazing

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/674234/Is-the-sun-DISINTEGRATING-NASA-spots-monster-hole-open-up-on-our-star

So if there is less solar material and lower solar temperatures…I take it our planet Earth will probably cool off.

Revelation 6:12b…and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair…

Revelation 8:12 The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

Revelation 9:2 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:18b…by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

Look at the progression of the sun during the Tribulation per the book of Revelation. Granted, the initial verse could be describing a solar eclipse. BUT, what is going to happen when a 1/3 of the sun is blocked? What is going to happen when the sun shines for 8 hours instead of 12 with a third of the intensity? What is going to happen when the above conditions are compounded by smoke that thickens the air and covers the already limited sun? And for good measure, add more smoke.

The effect on the sun is located in other places besides Revelation. Look at the references to a darkened sun during the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:2, Joel 2:10, Joel 3:15, Zephaniah 1:15, Isaiah 13:6, 9, 10, Isaiah 24:23, Amos 5:20, and Matthew 24:29).

The current political culture of 2016 would suggest the planet is warming. We have Global Warming! Man says the planet is getting hotter. The Bible says the weather during the Tribulation is going to be cold and nasty.

Job 38:22-23 Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle?

As Spock would say… “Curious”

Trend Update: 1 & 2 Thessalonians, December 2014

Posted in Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2014 by paulthepoke

1 and 2 Thessalonians were two letters in the New Testament written by the Apostle Paul in approximately 50 AD. A key theme of 1 Thessalonians is the coming of Christ. Another doctrine in 1 Thessalonians is the rapture. Themes of 2 Thessalonians are the Day of the Lord and God’s judgment. The citizens of the city were being deceived regarding these doctrines. The point of the letters was to encourage believers about the imminent return of Christ.

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Thessaloniki, Greece was and is a real place. There were believers in Jesus in this town and area. In Paul’s time, 1st century AD, Thessaloniki was the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia. It was the largest city with a population of approximately 200,000 (Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps & Charts). Understanding the history of the city, it is not difficult to imagine how and why a riot broke out when Paul arrived on the scene (Acts 17:1-9).

The first Jews are thought to have arrived in the region in 513 BC. The city of Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedon. The Jewish community remained uninterrupted in Thessaloniki until 1492 AD, the time of the Spanish Inquisition and expulsion of Jews from Spain. 20,000 Jews migrated to the city to escape persecution. Thessaloniki continued until the early 20th century. It was called “Mother of Israel” and “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.

Today (December 2014), the Greek city is looking to revive its Jewish past. In the early 20th century, the city was essentially Jewish. In 1911, David Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi visited Thessaloniki. Their purpose was to study a functioning Jewish society.  They were looking for a model for the future state of Israel. The Jewish community in Thessaloniki was destroyed by the Holocaust during World War II.

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.626438

Curious, the modern day city of Thessaloniki is looking to return to its Jewish roots. The city is a reminder of the letters written by the Apostle Paul. His message to the church is that of encouragement. Jesus is coming to get His bride. He is coming back as judge. His return is imminent.

Trend Update: Pestilence/Famine, August 2014

Posted in Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by paulthepoke

Revelation 6:8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

This is the fourth seal. This is the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse. There is a growing fear of the Ebola Virus that is spreading through western Africa. Outbreaks of various diseases are reported on the U.S. and Mexican border with the issue of immigrants. SARS, AIDS, Bird flu, Swine flu…

People are asking the question, “Is this what Revelation is talking about?” The answer is…No. The seals of Revelation have not been broken and initiated by the Lamb as of August 2014.

For starters, the antichrist has not been revealed. He is the first of the four horsemen. As of August 2014, there is no international man on the scene who is a peace broker (Revelation 6:2), far from it.

Second, the scale of death will be ridiculous. Currently, the death toll is approaching 1,000 with the Ebola Virus. The verse above states a fourth, one quarter, 25% of the population will be affected. Estimates are currently around 7.2 billion people on the planet. The math says 1.8 billion (1,800,000,000) people will perish at the events related to the fourth horseman.

Granted, there are four sources of death in the verse above: 1) sword or war, 2) famine, 3) pestilence, and 4) animals. Food is going to be scarce. People are in famine. The lack of food is consistent with the “Day of the Lord” conditions in Joel 1. The cost of food will sky rocket. It will cost one day’s wage to eat (Revelation 6:6). Animals are in famine and will turn to people as a source of nutrition. Animals will no longer be in fear of humans. This reverses the trend and proclamation of God to Noah after the flood in Genesis 9:2 The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.

See also Zechariah 1 and Zechariah 6 if interested in these colored horses.

I don’t think the question, “Is this the Tribulation?”, will need to be asked. Remember, this event is near the beginning of the Tribulation. This is the fourth seal of seven. Then there are seven trumpets. Then there are seven bowls…

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