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• Wednesday, January 07th, 2015


(The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, the Answer)

The Good.

I cannot save and sanctify myself, I cannot atone for sin, I cannot redeem the world, I cannot make right what is wrong, pure what is impure, Holy what is unholy, That is all the sovereign and mighty work of God and it is already finished. Have faith in what Jesus Christ has already done.  He and He alone has made the perfect atonement.  Jesus purchased a pardon for the entirety of humanity.  It is a free gift.  One need only ask, seek and knock.  Just reach out and claim the free gift of Jesus.  God has specifically promised that if you will diligently seek Him with all your heart (spirit and will) that you shall find Him.

The Bad.

The situation in this nation, the only nation that claims to be “one nation under God. . .” is worse on every level than this watchman could ever have imagined just a few years ago.   This watchman has been sounding the warnings of judgment for many years.  Indeed, all the watchmen have faithfully been delivering warnings.  Sadly, it does not seem that these warnings were heeded by any significant number of believers.  If they had been, circumstances today would be much different than they are.  Remember that the watchmen only deliver the warnings from God.  The rest is up to the recipients – you, that is.

Anyone, that is not blind or drunk with excess of the worldly koolaid, who surveys the existing conditions in America cannot escape the conclusion that America teeters on the edge of complete collapse – on every level of society.  Everywhere you turn the signs are evident.  Even the managed news reveals the sad state of this once Godly nation.  Corruption abounds on every level, economic, political and yes, even religious.  It is like the days of the high priest Eli (who epitomized corruption at the top) when God raised up Samuel to replace him.  In fact, the Bible is replete with history that mirrors the situation in America today.  Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel and most of the prophets are clear on this point.  We would do well to read these historical narratives again looking specifically for what conditions brought down the judgment of God.  And, what brought His mercy.  This watchman believes that without the mercy of God this nation is doomed.

The watchmen say, “the Russians (or pick one) are coming!”  They point to the signs of the times, the beating of the war drums in the press, the demonizing of enemies the elite want to conquer (Iran, Syria, Russia, China), the attacks already carried out against American interests (Oklahoma City, 911, school shootings, etc.) and conclude that WWIII is imminent.

But the false prophets say, “peace and safety.”  The American armed forces are the best, most technologically advanced military in the world.  American has never been defeated.  But do they speak the truth?

The watchmen say, “the economy is collapsing.”  They point out that the dollar is done as a global currency, that the prices of most commodities are dropping at unprecedented levels (except just before war or depression), that more people are on government assistance than have jobs.  They point out the government spin (lies) about the employment rates and statistics.

But the false prophets say, “peace and safety.”  The stock market has not been better, personal portfolios are looking good and some people have even recovered from the last recession.

The watchmen say, “the nation is no longer strong.”   The watchmen note the various violent attacks against this nation (see above), the invasion by an army of tens of thousands across our southern borders for years and note that neither our enemies or our neighbors respect or fear us anymore.  The watchmen say this is what happened to Rome, Greece, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt and all formerly great nations.  The watchmen show the same pattern of internal corruption in these nations that now is seen in the United States.  They reveal that even within the nation several of the states and other groups speak openly of secession and coups.

But the false prophets continue to cry, “peace and safety.”

The Ugly.

The watchmen say, “most of the church is fast asleep and some are becoming more corrupt, more worldly and even blasphemous by the day.”

But the false prophets say, “peace and safety.  After all, our god is so good and he knows we are but flesh so eat, drink and be merry in order to glorify our god.  Let the world see how we are so prosperous and happy with our god.”

The corporate, visible, church has enlarged its borders but through compromise.  The Truth lies in the streets and is trampled on by the paid, professional, organizers and church builders who only care about the financial bottom line.  Where are the true shepherds who lovingly care for the sheep?  Where is the righteous remnant?  Are they underground as in the days of early Rome?  Those that want to practice a pure religion, trusting entirely in God are treated as leprous outcasts. True believers that refuse to compromise have always been persecuted by the religious leaders willing to compromise with the world system for gain.  Remember it was the high priests and the political, psuedo religious groups (Pharisees and Sadducees) that wanted Jesus dead.  This has never changed.

This false church has convinced many that God is dead.  Unfortunately, the True Church has been largely silent.

God says, “when they say peace and safety, then shall sudden destruction come upon them.”

Whom do you believe?

The Answer

God lays the blame not at the feet of the wicked world leaders or of the leaders of the false, psuedo – church.  God holds the remnant, the true Church, fully accountable for this state of affairs.

So where has the true Church been in all this? Thought you would never ask. The true Church laments the condition of this mighty nation and wonder what has gone wrong.  However, we fold our hands, close our eyes, cross our fingers and simply hope things will get better.  The church has been fast asleep while Satan has been rocking the cradle.

This watchman now gives the Church what may be the final warning.  Return unto God while there is yet time.  It is time to put away the pleasures of sin for a season, being caught up in the cares of this life, and being deceived by riches.  It is time to BE the representatives of God that we were meant to be.

Only the true Church has direct access to God.  Only God can remedy the mess in this nation.  This pattern of problem and solution is throughout the entire Bible.  Let us look only at what Jesus (our Lord and King) did while He walked the earth.  His method of operation, His pattern of living, is abundantly clear.  He did nothing on His own and put no confidence in the flesh including His own abilities or those of His disciples, or the religious leaders or Rome.  A simple example of this is in John 17:11.  Jesus identifies the problem and gives the solution.  What is the solution? I come to thee [Holy Father]!

Why has no one believed our report?  Could it be because we do not practice what we say we believe?  Is it because they see no real faith in God demonstrated in our own lives?  I pray not.  Nevertheless, I say unto you all, the true Church, turn to God while it is yet day for soon the night comes.  Wake up!  Clearly see that all these ills befalling America are the judgment of God.   Remember that God’s judgment always comes with mercy.  Cry out to God in repentance and seek mercy for this nation (the very people you love).  If the true Church will not cry out to Almighty God in this dark hour who will?

I urge you not to wait.  Start today, right now, right where you are.  Set aside some time everyday and intercede for America.  God’s hand of love, mercy and grace is stretched out still.


• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Last updated at 00:20 30 June 2007
This year is on track to be the world’s second warmest on record, experts warned yesterday.

The heavy flooding here this week and the heatwave in Greece may herald even greater disruptions from global warming, they said.

Their comments came as the European Commission advised leaders to ‘adapt or die’ in the face of climate change.

Based on temperature records to the end of April, 2007 will be the second warmest year since records began in the 1860s. The warmest was 1998.

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Firefighters in Greece tackle forest fires caused by extremely hot and dry conditions

Phil Jones, head of the Climatic Research Unit at Britain’s University of East Anglia, which supplies data to the UN’s International Meteorological Organisation, said: “It could change, but at the moment this looks unlikely.”

He had predicted late last year that 2007 could surpass 1998, due to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases emitted mainly by burning fossil fuels and an El Nino warming of the Pacific.

In terms of extreme events, more than 500 have died in storms and floods in Britain, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India in the past week.

Temperatures in Greece reached 46C (114.80F) this week, as part of a heatwave in southern Europe. China has also had a heatwave in recent days.

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Thick smoke from forest fires over Piraeus port in Athens

And torrential rains have battered parts of Texas, where Austin is set for its wettest year on record.

Almost all climate experts say that the trend is towards more droughts, floods, heatwaves and more powerful storms. Yesterday, Salvano Briceno, director of the Geneva-based secretariat of the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, said that the world had to work out better policies to prepare for disasters.

Many were cramming into cities, for instance, in plains where there was already a risk of floods or moving to regions vulnerable to droughts.

“We need to reduce all the underlying risk factors, such as by locating communities out of hazard-prone areas,” he said.

In Brussels, environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said: “Europe needs to adapt now to unavoidable climate change which is already happening.

“In Britain there is really bad flooding and destruction on a scale rarely seen before, and there is more bad weather on the way. At the same time in Greece and southern Europe a heatwave is raging, with reports of the deaths of many people.

“For some people in some parts of Europe it is literally a case of adapt or die.”

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• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

On a recent crisp autumn afternoon in Iowa, video cameras captured an unusual and visually dramatic result of two air masses colliding. Clouds split into a series of stripes and swept across the sky.

These so-called undular bores are created by atmospheric conditions that destabilize the air in a particular way. In the case of Des Moines, Iowa, they formed on Oct. 3 when a group of thunderstorms approached the city.

“At the time, a layer of cold, stable air was sitting on top of Des Moines,” said atmospheric scientist Time Coleman of the National Space Science and Technology Center in Alabama. “The approaching storms disturbed the air, creating a ripple akin to what we see when we toss a stone into a pond.”

A time-lapse video of the event shows just how strange it looked.

Undular bores are a type of gravity wave, one in which gravity is the force that pulls the wave down. Coleman likens the cloud waves to those created when a boat moves across the water.

“When a boat goes tearing across a lake, water in front of the boat is pushed upward,” he explained. “Gravity pulls the water back down again, and this sets up a wave.”

The thunderstorms played the role of the boat in the skies over Des Moines in early October.

On radar images, the bores show up as bands denoting waves moving toward the radar and away from it. Coleman noted that residents of Des Moines actually felt the back-and-forth breeze as the waves traveled overhead.

“Flags flew one way during the crest of the wave and swung around 180 degrees to fly in the opposite direction during the trough,” Coleman said.

The waves of undular bores typically measure 5 miles from peak to peak and race across the sky at 10 to 50 mph. Coleman estimates that one passes over any given point in the United States about once a month.

Undular bores can go on to form thunderstorms themselves.

“These waves churn up the atmosphere, causing instabilities that can initiate and sustain severe storms,” Coleman said.

Of particular concern is the waves’ ability to amplify tornadoes as they pass through the atmosphere, which is exactly what happened when an F5 (the strongest classification of tornado) struck right outside Birmingham, Alabama, in April 1998.

“At first the tornado was doing relatively little damage,” Coleman recalled. “But our research shows that just before the tornado reached Birmingham, it was hit by an undular bore,” causing it to spin up and increase in both intensity and size. The tornado went on to destroy more than 1,000 homes and businesses and caused $200 million in damage.

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• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

La Nina may get the attention, but if forecasts of unusually wild weather this spring come true, lesser-known forces like “zonal jet streams” and “Bermuda highs” will be responsible.

UW-Madison weather expert Thomas Achtor said the lesser-known phenomena triggered this unseasonably mild winter, including February temperatures that were way above normal. And they may also bring strong storms this spring, Achtor says.

Achtor, a senior research program manager with the Space Science and Engineering Center, said La Nina years typically bring colder-than-normal temperatures to central and eastern North America. La Ninas are defined by a sharp cooling of water in the central equatorial Pacific — the opposite of El Nino conditions the year before.

Indeed, some ferocious cold of minus-70 degrees or more has struck Alaska and Canada, but bitter cold never plunged southward. Achtor said the cold air was bottled up because the jet stream has been in a strong east-to-west holding pattern, forging straight east through the Pacific Ocean and North America with almost no fluctuation.

A stronger than normal “Bermuda high,” or an anticyclone that funnels warm, moist air inland from the Atlantic Ocean, is also keeping things interesting, Achtor said. Combined with the zonal jet stream, this could pump unusually high amounts of moisture into already volatile conditions. “The strength of these two systems means we will likely see a very active storm season with more precipitation that normal,” Achtor said.

Achtor and others at SSEC track global weather patterns through the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

Adapted from materials provided by University Of Wisconsin, Madison.
• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

California has more than a 99% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake within the next 30 years, according scientists using a new model to determine the probability of big quakes.

The likelihood of a major quake of magnitude 7.5 or greater in the next 30 years is 46%-and such a quake is most likely to occur in the southern half of the state.

The new study determined the probabilities that different parts of California will experience earthquake ruptures of various magnitudes. The new statewide probabilities are the result of a model that comprehensively combines information from seismology, earthquake geology, and geodesy (measuring precise locations on the Earth’s surface).  For the first time, probabilities for California having a large earthquake in the next 30 years can be forecast statewide.

“This new, comprehensive forecast advances our understanding of earthquakes and pulls together existing research with new techniques and data,” explained USGS geophysicist and lead scientist Ned Field. “Planners, decision makers and California residents can use this information to improve public safety and mitigate damage before the next destructive earthquake occurs.”

The new information is being provided to decision makers who establish local building codes, earthquake insurance rates, and emergency planning and will assist in more accurate planning for inevitable future large earthquakes.

The official earthquake forecasts, known as the “Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF),” were developed by a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers, known as the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities. Building on previous studies, the Working Group updated and developed the first-ever statewide, comprehensive model of California.

The organizations sponsoring the Working Group include the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Geological Survey and the Southern California Earthquake Center. An independent scientific review panel, as well as the California and National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Councils, have evaluated the new UCERF study.

The consensus of the scientific community on forecasting California earthquakes allows for meaningful comparisons of earthquake probabilities in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as comparisons among several large faults.

The probability of a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake over the next 30 years striking the greater Los Angeles area is 67%, and in the San Francisco Bay Area it is 63%, similar to previous Bay Area estimates. For the entire California region, the fault with the highest probability of generating at least one magnitude 6.7 quake or larger is the southern San Andreas (59% in the next 30 years).

For northern California, the most likely source of such earthquakes is the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault (31% in the next 30 years). Such quakes can be deadly, as shown by the 1989 magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta and the 1994 magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquakes.

Earthquake probabilities for many parts of the state are similar to those in previous studies, but the new probabilities calculated for the Elsinore and San Jacinto Faults in southern California are about half those previously determined. For the far northwestern part of the State, a major source of earthquakes is the offshore 750-mile-long Cascadia Subduction Zone, the southern part of which extends about 150 miles into California. For the next 30 years there is a 10% probability of a magnitude 8 to 9 quake somewhere along that zone. Such quakes occur about once every 500 years on average.

The new model does not estimate the likelihood of shaking (seismic hazard) that would be caused by quakes.  Even areas in the state with a low probability of fault rupture could experience shaking and damage from distant, powerful quakes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is incorporating the UCERF into its official estimate of California’s seismic hazard, which in turn will be used to update building codes. Other subsequent studies will add information on the vulnerability of manmade structures to estimate expected losses, which is called “seismic risk.” In these ways, the UCERF will help to increase public safety and community resilience to earthquake hazards.

The results of the UCERF study serve as a reminder that all Californians live in earthquake country and should be prepared. Although earthquakes cannot be prevented, the damage they do can be greatly reduced through prudent planning and preparedness. The ongoing work of the Southern California Earthquake Center, USGS, California Geological Survey, and other scientists in evaluating earthquake probabilities is part of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program’s efforts to safeguard lives and property from the future quakes that are certain to strike in California and elsewhere in the United States.

Adapted from materials provided by U.S. Geological Survey.
• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Susan Cutter and Kevin Borden, from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, used nationwide data going back to 1970 to create their map. According to Cutter, “This work will enable research and emergency management practitioners to examine hazard deaths through a geographic lens. Using this as a tool to identify areas with higher than average hazard deaths can justify allocation of resources to these areas with the goal of reducing loss of life”.

Hazard mortality is most prominent in the South, where most people were killed by various severe weather hazards and tornadoes. Other areas of elevated risk are the northern Great Plains Region where heat and drought were the biggest killers and in the mountain west with winter weather and flooding deaths. The south central US is also a dangerous area, with floods and tornadoes posing the greatest threat.

Heat/drought ranked highest among the hazard categories, causing 19.6% of total deaths, closely followed by severe summer weather (18.8%) and winter weather (18.1%). Geophysical events (such as earthquakes), wildfires, and hurricanes were responsible for less than 5% of total hazard deaths combined. Cutter said, “What is noteworthy here is that over time, highly destructive, highly publicized, often catastrophic singular events such as hurricanes and earthquakes are responsible for relatively few deaths when compared to the more frequent, less catastrophic events such as heat waves and severe weather (summer or winter)”.

The authors conclude, “The spatial patterns revealed in our results may be unsurprising – greater risk of death along the hurricane coasts, in the interior west, and in the South – all areas prone to natural hazards as well as significant population growth and expansion throughout the study period. However, using this analysis as a blueprint for hazard mortality ‘hot spots’ supports justification for a more in-depth study of hazard- induced deaths in specific regions or communities. It is at this local scale where defining the deadliest hazard becomes important and emergency management officials can take action to try to reduce the number of future deaths”.

Journal reference:

  1. Kevin A Borden and Susan L Cutter. Spatial patterns of natural hazards mortality in the United States. International Journal of Health Geographics, (in press)
Adapted from materials provided by International Journal of Health Geographics, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Scientists at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have recorded more than 600 earthquakes in the last 10 days off the central Oregon coast in an area not typically known for a high degree of seismic activity.

This earthquake “swarm” is unique, according to OSU marine geologist Robert Dziak, because it is occurring within the middle of the Juan de Fuca plate – away from the major, regional tectonic boundaries.

“In the 17 years we’ve been monitoring the ocean through hydrophone recordings, we’ve never seen a swarm of earthquakes in an area such as this,” Dziak said. “We’re not certain what it means. But we hope to have a ship divert to the site and take some water samples that may help us learn more.” The water samples may indicate whether the process causing the earthquakes is tectonic or hydrothermal, he added.

At least three of the earthquakes have been of a magnitude of 5.0 or higher, Dziak said, which also is unusual. On Monday (April 7), the largest event took place, which was a 5.4 quake. Seismic activity has continued through the week and a 5.0 tremor hit on Thursday. Numerous small quakes have continued in between the periodic larger events.

Few, if any, of these earthquakes would be felt on shore, Dziak said, because they originate offshore and deep within the ocean.

The earthquakes are located about 150 nautical miles southwest of Newport, Ore., in a basin between two subsurface “faulted” geologic features rising out of the deep abyssal sediments. The hill closest to the swarm location appears to be on a curved structure edging out in a northwestern direction from the Blanco Transform Fault toward the Juan de Fuca ridge, Dziak said.

Analysis of seismic “decay” rates, which look at the decreasing intensity of the tremors as they radiate outward, suggest that the earthquakes are not the usual sequence of a primary event followed by a series of aftershocks, Dziak said.

“Some process going on down there is sustaining a high stress rate in the crust,” he pointed out.

Dziak and his colleagues are monitoring the earthquakes through a system of hydrophones located on the ocean floor. The network – called the Sound Surveillance System, or SOSUS – was used during the decades of the Cold War to monitor submarine activity in the northern Pacific Ocean. As the Cold War ebbed, these and other unique military assets were offered to civilian researchers performing environmental studies, Dziak said.

Hatfield Marine Science Center researchers also have created their own portable hydrophones, which Dziak has deployed in Antarctica to listen for seismic activity in that region. The sensitive hydrophones also have recorded a symphony of sounds revealing not only undersea earthquakes, but the movement of massive icebergs, and vocalizations of whales, penguins, elephant seals and other marine species.

This isn’t the first time the researchers have recorded earthquake swarms off the Oregon coast, Dziak said. In 2005, they recorded thousands of small quakes within a couple of weeks along the Juan de Fuca Ridge northwest of Astoria. Those earthquakes were smaller, he pointed out, and located along the tectonic plate boundary.

This is the eighth such swarm over the past dozen years, Dziak said, and the first seven were likely because of volcanic activity on the Juan de Fuca ridge. The plate doesn’t move in a continuous manner and some parts move faster than others. Movement generally occurs when magma is injected into the ocean crust and pushes the plates apart.

“When it does, these swarms occur and sometimes lava breaks through onto the seafloor,” Dziak pointed out. “Usually, the plate moves at about the rate a fingernail might grow – say three centimeters a year. But when these swarms take place, the movement may be more like a meter in a two-week period.”

But this eighth swarm may be different.

“The fact that it’s taking place in the middle of the plate, and not a boundary, is puzzling,” Dziak admitted. “It’s something worth keeping an eye on.”

Adapted from materials provided by Oregon State University.
• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
There were 267 quakes of magnitude 3 or greater in 2008, up from 125 in 2007. Seismologists say such clusters could indicate a bigger temblor to come — but then again, maybe not.
By Jia-Rui Chong
January 10, 2009
Do you think the ground feels a little shakier these days? It’s not your imagination.

Last year saw a significant increase in the number of temblors of magnitude 3.0 or greater in Southern California and the northern portion of Baja California, according to data from Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The region recorded 267 shakers with magnitudes of 3.0 and above last year, compared with 125 in 2007. Seismologists said 2008 had the highest number of such quakes of any year since 1999.

What experts don’t know is whether the quake cluster is a harbinger of bigger quakes to come. The 1990s was considered a seismically active decade in Southern California, producing the magnitude 7.3 Landers quake in 1992 and the destructive Northridge temblor in 1994. During the quake cluster of 1999, the region was hit by the magnitude 7.1 Hector Mine temblor in the desert and several sizable aftershocks. There were 828 quakes with magnitudes of 3.0 and above that year.

Lucile Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said that although experts can’t predict future quake activity, it appears Southern California is waking up from a steep drop-off in seismic activity so far this decade.

“It looks more like we’re returning to a more normal rate,” she said. “The last 15 years was one of the quietest times we’ve had in terms of [magnitude] 3’s, 4’s and 5’s.”

But the shift underscores one of the more perplexing elements of seismology: That quakes tend to happen in clusters, but not in any patterns that are easy to understand.

The clusters often come and go cyclically, but it’s not clear whether they are laying the groundwork for a major quake.

“The analogy is the weather in California,” said Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton. “Some years are rainy and some years are completely dry. With earthquakes, they never go away completely, but they do clump together in time, and we don’t know why.”

Since the end of November, clusters of earthquakes ranging from magnitude 3.0 to 5.1 have bloomed in areas near Barstow, Trona and two areas of Baja California not far from Calexico. Four such quakes, which are considered light to moderate, have occurred so far this year.

The current uptick has not included any major quakes, but a number of the temblors have been felt across the region, including Thursday’s magnitude 4.5 San Bernardino shaker.

There is some evidence that rising seismic activity can be a precusor to larger temblors, earthquake scientists say. A classic example is the earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906, judged to have a magnitude of about 7.8.

There was a crescendo of quakes in the Bay Area of magnitudes 4, 5 and 6 in the decades leading up to the 1906 earthquake on the San Andreas fault, said James Dolan, a professor of earth sciences at USC. Another crescendo in the Bay Area began in the 1950s, peaking with 1989’s magnitude 6.9 earthquake at Loma Prieta.

“If we saw this pattern repeating here over the next five or 10 years with a gradual crescendo and increase in small quakes, that would be extremely interesting,” Dolan said. “There’s certainly nothing to be alarmed about in the short term.”

The Bay Area’s major faults tend to run parallel to each other, but Los Angeles has so many faults of different sizes and orientations that this crescendo model may not apply very well, he cautioned.

“This is a very structurally complicated part of the world,” he said. “There are dozens of big faults and hundreds of little ones capable of generating a magnitude 3 quake.”

Thursday’s quake was particularly notable for scientists because it occurred so close to the San Jacinto and San Andreas faults. Although quakes of that size do not tend to ripple out far from the epicenter, the San Bernardino quake could have changed stress patterns on two of the faults capable of producing a large earthquake, Dolan said.

Of last year’s quake cluster, the largest occurred July 29 in Chino Hills, with a magnitude of 5.4. Only minor injuries and damage occurred, but it was the largest quake in Southern California since the Hector Mine quake and its aftershocks.

With the lull in seismic activity, earthquake experts worried that preparedness efforts had dragged, and Hutton and Jones used the interest in the Chino Hills quake to remind locals about earthquake hazards.

Residents of the seismic hotspots have been trying to take the latest temblors in stride. Mirna Velasquez, a 45-year-old receptionist at a doctor’s office in Calexico, said she has felt many of the 16 jolts of magnitude 3 or greater since November.

“There’s usually a rumbling and then a shaking,” Velasquez said Thursday. “If we’re at work, we just keep on working and make sure the patients are OK. If I’m at home, I make sure the big-screen TV doesn’t fall.”

She remembers being awakened by a quake on Christmas morning and hearing her husband exclaim, “Oh my God!” He is usually home only every other weekend because he works in Los Angeles. Velasquez said she was surprised, but immediately turned to soothing her husband.

“He doesn’t experience them as much as we do,” she said. “I tried to calm him down.”

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• Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Major Hurricanes Predicted to Increase in Years Ahead
Hillary Mayell
for National Geographic News
July 20, 2001

Violent winds, killer waves, torrential rains, and flash flooding are the calling cards of a hurricane.

And if scientists are correct,the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico regions can expect increased hurricane activity in the next 10 to 40 years.

The number of major hurricanes has more than doubled in the last six years. The increase is part of a long-term climate shift that is likely to persist for several decades, said Chris Landsea, a meteorological researcher with the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division and co-author of a study on the findings in the July 20 issue of the journal Science.

“We’ve seen a big increase in the number of hurricanes since 1995, and in the next 30 years we’re going to see a lot more,” he said. “It’s part of a natural cycle, and it’s going to be a real eye-opening for the people living on the coasts who have never seen a hurricane before.”

The findings may be a cause for concern, the researchers warn, saying those responsible for emergency preparedness and civilian safety should reevaluate current response strategies to insure they are adequate.

Tracking Patterns

Until now, the conditions responsible for the formation of tropical storms have been poorly understood.

A lack of sufficient data and the complex interactions between wind, water, temperature, and other factors that contribute to the development of a storm have made storm prediction a risky endeavor.

By using a combination of satellite imagery, computer modeling, and high-tech monitoring of numerous factors—from sea-surface temperatures to atmospheric conditions—the team of scientists has identified a multi-decade pattern of likely hurricane activity. These long-term patterns can be classified as quiet, near normal, or active.

During the 20th century, a period of high hurricane activity occurred from the 1920s through the 1960s, followed by reduced activity from 1971 to 1994.

The researchers predict that we are now on the cusp of a 10- to 40-year shift toward increased frequency of hurricanes.

“During any of these periods, the actual number of storms can jump around a lot from year to year,” said Landsea. “1997 is a good example. Strong El Niño effects suppressed hurricane activity for that year even though we were in the middle of an ‘active’ period.”

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• Sunday, March 15th, 2009

God intended that men would look at what He had created and know that He is. When we truthfully study what nature wants us to hear and know, not what the world wants to believe, it becomes apparent that God designed and created the earth, mankind and all creatures, exactly how it is recorded in the Holy Bible.

If you honestly look at nature, as revealed by truthful science, it is our prayer that you will recognize that God has given you a choice: You can pretend that God does not exist, hiding behind the deception that you hope will permit you to continue to live a life of sin; or you can acknowledge the truth that God exists, God designed, God created, God continues to rule and God will hold each of us accountable for our choices. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:20-23)

Mount St. Helens

The Eruption: Mt. St. Helens in Washington State erupted on May 18, 1980, giving us an exciting view into creation. It lost 1300 feet of summit elevation as one-half a cubic mile of rock and ice was blown off the top of the mountain. Three-eighths of a cubic mile, or three-quarters of the landslide material, flowed down into the Toutle River, located just west of the volcano. One-eighth of a cubic mile, or one-quarter of the landslide material, slipped down into Spirit Lake, located just to the north of the volcano.

Mudflow: A mudflow eroded a canyon system up to 140 feet deep in the headwaters of the north fork of the Toutle River Valley. Scientists expect that a canyon like this should develop slowly over thousands or millions of years. Isn’t it amazing what God can do in a short time? This canyon is called the little “Grand Canyon of the Toutle River.” It is a one-fortieth scale model of the real Grand Canyon. Geologists might think that the little creeks that flow through the head-waters of the Toutle River created this canyon over an extended period of time, except for the fact that they observed this happening very rapidly.

Peat: Peat and the first stages of coal are commonly believed to take thousands of years to form. Peat has already formed on the bottom of Spirit Lake proving that this process can take a relatively short time. The bark and limbs from the trees settle to the bottom of the lake along with volcanic ash which decays and makes the peat. The layer of peat in Spirit Lake is already several inches thick. Forests: There appears to be an entire forest planted at the bottom of Spirit Lake. Scuba divers headed by Dr. Harold Coffin have investigated the log mass floating on Spirit Lake. They discovered that the trees get water logged and plant themselves upright (the root end being the heaviest) in the bottom of Spirit Lake. Dr. Coffin found similar conditions when he went to Yellowstone to look at the petrified forest. Those trees also had no root base. The roots are typically about three feet long. Could God have uprooted and replanted the Yellowstone forest during the flood?

Summary: Evolutionist theories of an old earth continue to be eroded with the evidence produced by Mt. St. Helens. Many so-called scientists are now confronted with more evidence which is inconsistent with their theories. Many of the events which these scientists believe require millions of years to evolve, we have seen occur since May 18, 1980. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is. (Exodus 20:11a)

Other Studies

Shrinking Sun: Since 1836, 100 different observers at Royal Greenwich and U.S. Naval observatories have made direct visual measurements which show that the diameter of the sun is shrinking at the rate of one-tenth of one percent every century, or about 5 feet each hour. Using the most conservative data, had the sun existed one million years ago, it would have been so large and it would have heated the earth so much that no life could have survived.

Atmosphere is Stable: Who is behind all of the reports concerning ozone depletion? Since freon and related chlorofluorocarbon molecules weigh from four to eight times as much as air, how do they get into the upper layers of the atmosphere (10 to 25 miles above the earth’s surface) to destroy ozone? Some scientists believe that chlorides from CFCs are the culprits destroying the ozone. How, then, do we explain that chloride is being created by sea water evaporation at an estimated rate of 600 million tons per year, and Mount Erebus in Antarctica has been producing 1000 tons of chloride daily since at least 1972? This volcano alone releases 50 times more chloride annually than an entire year’s production of CFCs. It is located 6 miles upwind of McMurdo Sound, where Antarctic ozone measurements are made. How do we explain the results of a 10 year study concluded in 1985 by the National Cancer Institute that showed the amount of ultraviolet-B reaching the earth actually decreased by an average of 0.7 percent per year?

Why do reports of the dangers of CFCs and other doomsday scenarios begin with “Experts predict,” “Based on current trends,”, etc., but fail to justify them with any facts? The media scientists warning us of global warming are the same people who, 25 years ago, were warning us of an impending ice age. Realistic scientists, the data-collecting and data-measuring scientists, do not come to these worrisome conclusions. They are finding the atmospheric conditions surprisingly stable. But their conclusions are of little interest to the news media. Summary: Evidence supports a young earth; yet evolutionists, while professing to be wise, hang on to their disproven theories.

Confirming Special Creation

G God’s Grand Design

E Energy & Law of Entropy

N No Fossils for Evolution

E Evidence for Creation

S Statistical Simulations

I In Less than 10,000 Years

S Scripture Specifies


Special Creation

Historically, it has been the western, Christian world that has given rise to the greatest scientific achievements. Why? … God commanded Adam to “subdue” and “have dominion over” the creation. It is this creationist mindset which has proven to be the scientifically fertile one. But evolutionists continue to say that creationism is just ‘religion’.

Many of the world’s most outstanding and productive scientists have been creationists both Biblically and scientifically. Examples: Isaac Newton, Johann Kepler, Blaise Pascal, Galileo, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, George Washington Carver, Gregor Mendel, Louis Pasteur and so on. “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we our-selves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalms 100:3) U.S. Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are CREATED equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Creation Is a Cornerstone of the Foundation of this Nation! Can We See Truth from Science? Science is based on observation and experimentation. But, scientists are always discovering something new which forces them to revise or overhaul their theories. Scientists NEVER DO KNOW how much they DON’T KNOW. They never have all the facts. You can only arrive at the truth if you possess ALL the facts. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)

God’s Grand Design: As the archaeologist proceeds with his “dig,” he will readily identify pieces of pottery, tools and other items as being “man made”. He will easily see in these things the evidence of DESIGN, and thus he will distinguish them from other materials which occur naturally. Likewise, many features of our universe will convince the unprejudiced mind of their inherent design. Consider the dance of the honeybee directing others to the new nectar source. Think of the gorgeous rings of Saturn; billions of bits of matter orbiting in impeccable formation.

What about spiral galaxies and binary stars? And when we look within our bodies, we find similar evidences of design. Like the thymus gland in our immune system which produces a group of “killer cells” that recognize each of the hundreds of millions of “antigens” found in nature. Don’t these observations compel the open minded person to conclude they must be the result of special creation?

What About Homology? Perhaps the most persuasive evolutionist argument has been that of Homology. Similar structures, such as the arms of apes and man, are said to be homologous and to evidence a common ancestor. But now, molecular biologists know these structures are specified by DIFFERENT genes. Thus the evidence is actually for a common DESIGNER, not a common ancestor. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:16-17)

Energy & the Law of Entropy: The laws of thermodynamics truly demand SPECIAL CREATION. These two thoroughly proven and universally accepted laws of science are among the most fundamental physical laws of the entire universe. In fact they are often simply called the First and Second Laws.

The First Law says that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. The Second Law states that whenever energy changes forms, though no energy is lost, it becomes more random and less useful. Or put another way, any physical system left to itself tends to move spontaneously toward disorganization. That is to say, ENTROPY (disorder) increases. But evolution is built upon just the very opposite of this fundamental law. That is, evolution requires a spontaneous decrease in randomness and a spontaneous increase in the usefulness of energy throughout the energy conversion process.

Evolution requires the spontaneous evolving and escalating complexity of life from the very simple to the complex. Thus, the two most prominent and time proven laws of science, the laws of thermodynamics, are inconsistent with evolution and require special creation. But What About Mutation? The Law of Biogenesis confirms special creation. This law declares that only life can beget life. Evolution is a theory without a MECHANISM. Natural selection cannot produce NEW genes; it can only select from among pre-existing genes or characteristics.

Mutations are the only proposed mechanism where by new genetic material becomes available for evolution. The catch is, that rarely, if ever, is a mutation beneficial to an organism in its natural environment. Almost all (perhaps all) observable mutations are harmful; many are lethal. No known mutation has ever produced a form of life having both greater complexity and viability than its ancestors. Over eighty years of fruit-fly experiments involving 3000 consecutive generations give absolutely no basis for believing that any natural or artificial process can bring about an increase in complexity and viability. No clear genetic improvement has ever been observed despite the many unnatural efforts to increase mutation rates. Variation within the genetic pool of the particular kind of animal, YES, but the evolution of NEW KINDS of animals, NO! Evolution is a theory entirely without a credible MECHANISM.

Myriads of animal kinds have become extinct within recorded history. None has ever been observed to have evolved. The Law of Biogenesis and the nature of mutations confirm special creation. No Fossil Evidence: The fossils which have been found do not support evolution. Rather, the fossil evidence confirms special creation. At the time Charles Darwin published his works, there simply had not been enough excavating by paleontologists to say “yea” or “nay” to his claims. But today, some 120 years or so later, it’s a different story. Now the evidence is in and it shows that life burst forth suddenly in COMPLETED forms.

The so-called oldest rocks reveal no trace of any evolutionary ancestors. The intermediate forms or transitional forms on which evolution so depends for confirmation of its theory, are simply not there. The missing links are still missing. There is abundant fossil evidence now available. The fossils confirm special creation. Evidence for Creation: Dr. Louis Bounoure, a prominent Swiss scientist, summed it up rather succinctly when he stated, “Evolution is a fairy tale for grownups! The theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless.” The truth is that science disproves any theory of a slowly evolving earth, again confirming special creation.

Polonium Radio Haloes: Tiny specks of radioactive material encased in granite bedrock have produced small spherical discolorations. This radioactive material, Polonium 218, has a very short “half- life” of only 3 minutes. This means it would be EXTINCT within a few hours. But bedrock must be solid for Polonium 218 to make these distinctive haloes. Thus, trillions of tiny polonium radio haloes prove that the earth’s bedrocks were instantly and miraculously created, or miraculously cooled within a very few hours so that these distinctive polonium haloes would be formed before the radioactive materials became extinct. Statistical Simulations: Scientists have tried to create statistical models which support evolution. But, the laws of statistical probability mandate special creation.

Evolution totally fails under statistical “modeling”. It turns out there are just not enough possible interactions between particles in the whole known universe to satisfy the infinitesimally remote probability which evolution is built upon. Evolution is the longest “Long Shot” one could possibly bet on. The impossibly remote statistical odds are often obscured by the introduction of a bogus time frame, that is, billions and billions of years.

Most dating methods show the earth to be less than 10,000 years old. But the mind boggling impact of the introduction of such immense and phony time periods tends to obscure the insurmountable character of the odds that do exist regardless of the time span. Sir Fred Hoyle, a prominent British scientist, was heard to say “Imagine a tornado sweeping through a junk yard, and as it passes on its way, there in its wake is a brand new Boeing 747 jumbo jet, which of course, has been fashioned and assembled by random chance out of the junk yard.” Even if it were theoretically possible, the odds are so preposterously remote as to be equivalent to zero.

Evolution has flatly failed under many attempts at statistical simulation. The laws of statistical probability prove special creation. “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalms 14:1) In less than 10,000 Years: Most dating methods favor a young earth and SPECIAL CREATION. The evolution theory requires billions of years to achieve even a ghost of a statistical chance. But, most dating methods point toward a creation less than 10,000 years ago.

Atmospheric Gasses: The decay of uranium and thorium release helium into the earth’s atmosphere. There is no known means by which large amounts of helium can escape from the atmosphere. Based solely upon the production of helium from the decay of uranium and thorium, the earth’s atmosphere could not have formed more than 40,000 years ago.

 Magnetic Field: Direct measurements of the earth’s magnetic field over the past 140 years show a steady and rapid decline in its strength. The half-life of the earth’s magnetic field is about 1400 years. This decay pattern is consistent with the theoretical view that there is an electrical current inside the earth which produces the magnetic field. If this view is correct, then 25,000 years ago the electrical current would have been so vast that the earth’s structure could not have survived the heat produced.

Oil Gushers: Abnormally high gas and oil well pressures within relatively permeable rock imply that these fluids were formed or encased less than 10,000 years ago. Otherwise, natural leakage would have reduced their pressure to a level far below what it is today.

Carbon-14 Dating: C-14 is produced in the atmosphere 30% faster than the rate at which it decays. When this data is used, instead of the unwarranted evolutionary assumption that the rate of production is equal to the rate of decay, computed dates of all the organic materials fall within 10,000 years. Further, if the atmosphere really were old as evolutionists want to believe, by now these two rates would be in equilibrium. The disparity in the two rates also confirms that the earth’s atmosphere is young.

Moon Dust: According to NASA’s estimates, moon dust which settles on the moon’s surface should be a mile deep, if the moon is billions of years old. So, NASA designed the Lunar Lander with landing gear pods that would not sink into the dust. What they found was that the moon dust was only an inch thick. Based on their own formulas, that inch of dust would date the moon as only 6000 years old, not the billions of years they had used in their design calculations.

Decay of the Speed of Light: Two Australian scientists have produced some impressive data indicating the speed of light is not constant as we have all been taught, but is actually decreasing. The speed of light may have been ten million times faster at one time. Thus, the light from the most distant star may have arrived the same afternoon God made it. Further, because radiometric dating methods are physically tied to the speed of light, recalculation of these dates using a decaying speed of light results in data that clearly indicates a young earth. As Daniel reveals, in the end times, knowledge will increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Scripture Specifies Special Creation: The Holy Bible also clearly confirms special creation. Holy Scripture consistently states that God CREATED. The exact nature of this form of language precludes any possibility that God allowed our universe to evolve. For God to say that He “created” is to say that he DID NOT ALLOW it to evolve. In fact, the Hebrew word used in Genesis 1:1 (“In the beginning God created . . .”) is the word “bara”, which means to create out of nothing. The flawless manner in which all Bible prophecies are fulfilled in their appointed times proves that the text in which they are embedded is the authentic WORD OF GOD.

The Almighty Creator alone commands those legions of atoms so that they show up in the right places at the right times, turning Bible prophecies into history. God’s own Word, the Bible, clearly demonstrates special creation. His glory and greatness shine brightly in all He has made. The reason and need for redemption is the FALL of a perfect creation. I CAN confirm the special creation and Genesis Flood by means of evidence, so that I CAN trust the parts of Scripture that I CANNOT directly verify.

Would a PERFECT God resort to trial and error to bring all things into being? Would a LOVING God use pain, struggle and death to make living things? If we are accidents of evolution what just claim does God have to our obedience? But, BECAUSE HE made every particle of our being His rule IS JUST. Let us wipe away the dingy cobwebs of evolution! Let His excellent creation shine forth in all its great brilliance! We owe our existence to His creation.

I encourage you to believe in His Son, whom He sent to redeem His fallen creatures, as He asks and commands (1 John 3:23). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) For he made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus said, “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 3:3,14:6)

We would like to thank Ken Clark, of Creation Outreach for permitting us to utilize his article on special creation for much of the material under the heading “Seven Powerful Evidences Confirming Special Creation.”

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