Archive for July 14th, 2006

“Attack of the Megacryometeors!” by Michael G. Mickey

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Both The Star and UPI are reporting that a giant ball of ice – a megacryometeor – fell from a perfectly clear sky in Africa recently. It was one of the first ever recorded in Africa.
According to the Sun article, Professor Jesus Martinez-Frias, head of the Planetary Geology Laboratory at the Centro de Astrobiología in Madrid, Spain, is saying it could be evidence of “serious environmental problems.” No doubt!
A Wikipedia article indicates Martinez-Frias probably understands the mysterious phenomena as well as anyone, having investigated a ten-day period in 2000 where giant blocks of ice fell from cloudless skies over Spain. That’s chilling, wrath of God stuff right there! Amen?
Wikipedia states more than fifty megacryometeors have been recorded since 2000, but notes that it’s possible there have been more, many of them having been mistakenly categorized as meteors due to the craters they leave behind.
Only three months ago, according to an ABC news story, “a chunk of ice dropped out of the sky and left a huge hole in the ground” in Oakland’s Bushrod Park in California. Not even astronomy experts knew where it came from, according to the story.
The potential prophetic connection? In Revelation 16:21 we find the following description of a future event which is very reminiscent to the phenomena being discussed here:
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
A talent, in case you’re wondering, weighs approximately 100 lbs.
I know what you’re thinking if you’re not a believer. “Hundred-pound hailstones falling from the sky? Yeah, right!” Believe it or not, like it or hate it, it is definitely going to take place in the prophetic future! Thus sayeth the Lord!
In Revelation 16:17, the final bowl of God’s wrath is seen being poured out upon the earth near the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period – an event which will precede the visible, physical, bodily return of Jesus Christ and the saints to earth at Armageddon. As we see in Revelation 16:21, those remaining alive on the earth at that time will blaspheme God, even while the 21st of twenty-one specific (and horrific) judgments from God to occur during the Tribulation Period is being poured out upon the earth, probably because harbingers of the hailstones to come will have been documented in the past by the scientific community, an example of which is a good informational website I found on the topic which has all kinds of information on known megacryometeor impacts, listing how many have taken place annually as well as where they have been located.
Why is it that mankind chooses to believe the latest documentation of such things taking place, while overlooking the accuracy of the Word of God in predicting events like these, noting events like this were going to come about many centuries ago, long before anyone had ever heard of a megacryometeor? The answer is simple. Given the option of bowing their knee to Christ or continuing to live their lives their way, many men and women today are so sin-riddled and carnal they will ignore even the best of evidence demonstrating the accuracy of the Word of God! They will do so solely for the purpose of continuing to rebel against the One who loves them most, often continuing to do so all the way to the grave! This sad truth is probably why we see the following description given of Christ’s return, as documented in Revelation 1:7:
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Indeed, at the moment the unrighteous realize the error of their ways and judgment is upon them with all hope of forgiveness gone, all kindreds of the earth will begin to wail! From that point forward, the unrighteous will be wailing throughout all eternity! What a shame, given the opportunities they all will have had to come to faith in Christ prior to that fate coming upon them!
In closing, megacryometeors are going to play a role in the future fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Consider yourself warned if you think the prospect of this coming to pass is folly. With full confidence in the Word of God, I tell you that events taking place in the world around us today, including megacryometeors, are warning a world that has forgotten its God that Jesus Christ is coming soon!
When Jesus comes, will He be coming for you? If not, there may be a gigantic hailstone in your future, presuming you somehow manage to stay alive long enough to see them rain down, which raises the following question: If you’re not a Christian, why? Are a few sinful pleasures, none of which are going to last forever, worth spending an eternity in a burning hell from which there will be no escape or hope of rescue?
Come to Jesus before it’s too late. He loves you — and time is running out.

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Report: Syrians shoot at Israel

Friday, July 14th, 2006

This is not unexpected, but if I were the Syrians, I’d try to stay clear of the conflict.

AL-ZAURA REGION, Golan Heights – While Israeli military sources in the Golan Heights are reporting Syrian military gunfire directed inside the Jewish state, Lebanese political sources are telling WND they expect a provocation of some kind from Damascus.
Israeli Defense Forces are attempting to determine the exact source of the gunfire. If the source cannot be determined, sources say, Israel may choose to ignore or officially deny it occurred in an effort to avoid widening what is rapidly becoming a regional conflict.
Meanwhile, Lebanese sources predict a small, limited provocation against Israel – perhaps a small skirmish or the use of Palestinian groups on the Syrian side of the border firing mortars under the direction of the Syrian army. It would not be a major attack, the sources say, just a minor provocation in conjunction with Iran to show Syria is in solidarity with Hezbollah and the Palestinians, who launched the original attacks against Israel on two fronts – Gaza and southern Lebanon.
Yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a “fierce response.”
“If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by Iranian state television as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel has blamed Syria and Iran for the Hezbollah rocket attacks on towns and cities in northern Israel. In recent weeks, Israel has buzzed the palace of Assad with fighter-bombers as a warning against hostile actions.
Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for the destruction of Israel – or for moving the Jewish state to Europe. Iran is believed to be developing a nuclear weapons program and has long-range missiles capable of striking the Jewish state.
Hezbollah rockets yesterday rained down on northern Israeli towns as the Jewish state’s warplanes carried out strategic strikes against the Hezbollah’s infrastructure and the Beirut International Airport. A total air and sea closure was imposed over Lebanon.
Hezbollah threatened to use longer range rockets against the major northern port city of Haifa, in which case military officials tell WND Israel would likely launch a major ground invasion inside Lebanon.
The fighting was instigated by a well-orchestrated Hezbollah attack against Israel’s northern border yesterday in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped and three others were killed.

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Isaiah 17:1 (New American Standard Bible)
The oracle concerning Damascus
“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
And will become a fallen ruin.

Iran warns Israel of ‘fierce response’

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Things could escalate rapidly in the Middle East.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a “fierce response,” Haaretz reports.
“If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by Iranian state television as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel has blamed Syria and Iran for the Hezbollah rocket attacks on towns and cities in northern Israel. In recent weeks, Israel has buzzed the palace of Assad with fighter-bombers as a warning against hostile actions.
Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for the destruction of Israel – or for moving the Jewish state to Europe. Iran is believed to be developing a nuclear weapons program and has long-range missiles capable of striking the Jewish state.
Hezbollah rockets today rained down on northern Israeli towns as the Jewish state’s warplanes carried out strategic strikes against the Hezbollah’s infrastructure and the Beirut International Airport. A total air and sea closure was imposed over Lebanon.
Hezbollah threatened to use longer range rockets against the major northern port city of Haifa, in which case military officials tell WND Israel would likely launch a major ground invasion inside Lebanon.
The fighting today was instigated by a well-orchestrated Hezbollah attack against Israel’s northern border yesterday in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped and three others were killed.

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‘It’s War,’ Israelis Say

Friday, July 14th, 2006

About time too. It sounds like the people of Israel, as usual, are pretty much united on this.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com ) – Israelis on Friday expressed surprise at the events of the last few days. Although many didn’t expect such an escalation in the fighting, most agree that enough is enough: ‘This is war,’ some said.
In Beirut not everyone is happy with Hizballah’s abduction of two Israeli soldiers, but some blame foreign nations — Syria and Iran — for being behind the abduction.
The Israeli Air Force bombed a Hizballah headquarters in southern Beirut as well as access routes and bridges along the main Beirut-Damascus highway overnight after two Katyusha rockets hit Israel’s third largest city, Haifa, on Thursday evening.
Some 100 Katyusha rockets slammed into Israel on Thursday, killing two Israelis and wounding about 120 others.
Tens of thousands of Israelis were staying in bomb shelters and security rooms in northern Israel, but security officials advised northern residents to stock up on food before the Sabbath. In Haifa, residents were advised to stay close to shelters.
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz vowed to “break” Hizballah after the strike on Haifa.
Israelis are quickly adapting to the new reality. Many in Jerusalem told Cybercast News Service on Friday that the war is long overdue.
Stella was her way to the Wailing Wall to pray for the country on Friday. Waves of rockets slammed into Safed, where Stella was visiting her brother, on Thursday, killing one person and wounding dozens of others. One rocket hit not far from her brother’s shop.
“We need to go in [to Lebanon] and bring an end to it. We need to go in quickly and to destroy them [Hizballah] and take our soldiers back home,” said Stella, referring to the abduction earlier this week of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border attack by Hizballah.
Shimon, 32, was a soldier in Lebanon before the year 2000, when Israel still maintained a security zone there. On Friday morning, he was sitting in the small convenience store in Jerusalem where he works.
“I was sure that we would return to [Lebanon] just like I was certain that we would return to Gush Katif,” Shimon said of the Gaza Strip. “It’s impossible to deal with them [the Arabs]. They’re barbarians…We can’t be nice to them.”
Shimon said he welcomes a war. He believes that Israel should go as far as necessary to put an end to the troubles, even if it means going to Lebanon or Syria. “It’s enough. We need to really make a war and not say there is one and not [fight it]. Make a war and finish with it. I’m sure [Israel can win] as long as she isn’t afraid of what the world will say,” he said.
Orly, a mother of four, said her husband may be called up soon for reserve duty. She said she was surprised by the developments of the last few days but she agrees that Israel must take tough action.
“There is no choice,” Orly said. “They [army] have to show a strong hand. We tolerate and tolerate…there’s no choice.” At the very least, she said, she hopes that Israel will push Hizballah back from the border area, and she questioned why the United Nations allowed them to come so close in the area.
A few days ago, Orly said her friend had commented on the cultural difference between Israelis and Arabs. “We live in the Middle East and we are trying to maintain a lifestyle like Europe,” she said. She mentioned TV footage of Arabs dancing on rooftops and handing out candy following the Hizballah attack: “Israelis would never do that,” she said.
Yigal, 49, was selling flowers on pedestrian mall in downtown Jerusalem on Friday.
“What can you do? They are trying us every few months…testing [our] ability. If missiles are reaching Haifa and they are kidnapping soldiers, the time has come,” Yigal said.
“The government of Lebanon needs to tell their army to deploy on this border and there won’t be all this terror there… We want peace and quiet. We don’t want violence. We don’t want war,” he said.

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Fired Catholic a Victim of ‘Heterophobia,’ Group Says

Friday, July 14th, 2006

A new term to add to our ever growing list of “phobias”. I guess I could be included in this group as a victim of heterophobia.

(CNSNews.com) – Robert J. Smith, a Maryland transportation appointee who was fired June 15 for describing homosexuality as a “deviancy,” is the victim of “heterophobia,” according to a group that advocates for “ex-gays.”
Maryland Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who had appointed Smith to represent the state on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) board of directors in June 2004, fired him after Smith commented on a local cable show.
Smith, who is Roman Catholic, had called homosexuals “persons of sexual deviancy.”
Washington, D.C., Councilman Jim Graham, who also sits on the Metro board and is openly homosexual, called on Smith to apologize for his comments or for Ehrlich to fire him.
In a statement on the firing, Ehrlich called Smith’s comments “highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable” and said they were in contrast to the governor’s “commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity.”
But the Washington-based group, which advocates the idea that homosexuals can change their sexual orientation and become “ex-gay,” said Smith was a victim of Graham’s “heterophobia.”
“He’s being fired for statements that he made, which really were based on his religious convictions,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).
Chris Chrain, the executive editor of the homosexual weekly newspaper the Washington Blade, wrote on his blog Tuesday that Smith should have expected to be fired.
“When a public official uses his own religious beliefs as a basis for public policy that would treat gays as ‘sexual deviants,’ and that official serves at the pleasure of the governor whose stated views are to the contrary, that official should expect to be sacked,” Chrain wrote.
But Griggs said Smith should not have been punished for his beliefs because he expressed them outside the workplace. “He was talking on a different program not related to Metro,” she said. “It had nothing to do with his job. This did not come up at a meeting nor take place in the workplace.”
According to Griggs, Graham in 2003 criticized PFOX ads that had been placed in Metro stations and lashed out at the Roman Catholic Church for its policies on homosexuality.
“We know we’re in trouble when homosexual politicians advocate tolerance and inclusion for their own but cannot respect the views of heterosexuals,” Griggs said. “Let’s remember that heterosexuals, including ex-gays, are also worthy of respect.”
She said that because Smith was fired for expressing his views on homosexuality, Graham should be fired too. “If he’s making these kinds of comments and he’s berating religious people I fail to see the difference,” she told Cybercast News Service . “He was not disciplined for that. He never apologized for that.”
Graham’s attacks were worse, Griggs said, because while Smith made his comments “out of the context of his job,” Graham was “sitting there being paid to do a job and his comments were directly involved with his job.”

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The Israel Enigma by Victor Davis Hanson

Friday, July 14th, 2006

What explains most of the world’s dislike of Israel?

Since Israeli settlers withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorists have replied by consistently shooting homemade Qassam rockets at civilian targets inside Israel . Just recently, they’ve kidnapped a soldier and a hitchhiker (who has been killed) — and promised to do the same to others.

You’d expect these terrorist attacks on Israel to be viewed by responsible nations as similar to the jihadist violence we read about daily around the world — radical Islamists beheading Russian diplomats over Chechnya , plotting to do the same to the Canadian prime minister or threatening murder over insensitive Danish cartoons.

But that isn’t the case at all. Israel is always seen as a special exception that somehow deserves what it gets.

Other states can retaliate with impunity, brutally killing thousands of Muslim terrorists, while Israel is condemned when it takes out a few dozen.

When in late 1999 Russians stormed Grozny , thousands of Chechnya Muslims died. Yet the press was mostly silent. Baathist Syria went after the Muslim Brotherhood in 1982, wiping out much of the city of Hama and killing perhaps more than 10,000. Not many U.N. resolutions or international refugee efforts there.

To this day, no one knows the horrific body count from the Islamic insurrection in Algeria . Darfur finally earns occasional airtime, but only after tens of thousands have perished.

But Israel ‘s 2002 “siege” of the West Bank town Jenin, where less than 80 died on both sides, was evoked as “genocide” by those in the Middle East who often deny the real one that took 6 million Jewish lives. When Israel retaliates by air to terrorism, it is dubbed a “blitz” by the press — as if it were akin to the Nazis carpet-bombing London .

Israel ‘s border fence is referred to as a “Berlin Wall,” but you never hear Egypt ‘s nearby massive concrete barrier to keep Palestinians in Gaza described that way.

Then there is the open sore of the West Bank “occupation.” Even if you forget that a series of offensive wars to destroy Israel in part originated from Palestine, or that Israel has given up land acquired by war in its perennial hope for “land for peace,” what is so unique about the West Bank that drowns out all other crises over contested ground (from islands like Cyprus and the Falklands to entire countries like Tibet)? Why has tiny Israel alone earned more U.N. resolutions of condemnation than all those offered against all other nations of the world combined?

Read the rest here.