Sun Unleashes 'Spectacular'& Powerful Eruption
"The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say. The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event."
"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down." [Video: See the sun's June 7 solar flare and eruption] ... An alert by the NOAA-operated Space Weather Prediction Center stated that the solar flare could create a strong geomagnetic storm on Wednesday (June 9) from the event's coronal mass ejection (CME), an explosion of charged particles triggered by the flare. ... "It's nothing we really have to worry about," Young said in his video. "It's just really, really beautiful." ... It is somewhat unique because at many places in the eruption there seems to be even cooler material —at temperatures less than 80,000 Kelvin," SDO scientists explained." That last reference was in relation to the fact that the flare wasn't even the temperature it should be. It was clocked at 80,000 Kelvin (143,540 degrees Fahrenheit ) when ejections of this kind are usually 900,000F at the corona to tens of millions of degrees F in an ejection. And he understatingly calls this "somewhat unique"?? Fear God, man, fear God!
In the UK Daily Mail, they report "Hotting up: Sun wakes up from sleep for busiest sunspot cycle in years and threatens to disrupt Earth communications and power"
"Of the flare, scientists say, "This one was rather dramatic,' said Bill Murtagh, programme co-ordinator at the NWS's Space Weather Prediction Centre, describing the M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare that peaked at 1:41 am Eastern time in the United States, or 0541 GMT on Monday. 'We saw the initial flare occurring and it wasn't that big but then the eruption associated with it -- we got energy particle radiation flowing in and we got a big coronal mass ejection,' he said. 'You can see all the materials blasting up from the sun so it is quite fantastic to look at.' 'Generally it is not going to cause any big problems, it will just have to be managed,' he said."
I've been watching the sun over the last few years, slowly becoming familiar with space weather and all its associated terms and meanings. The sun is an amazing solar object and the delicate balance we enjoy with is as earthlings is even more astounding. If you look at Creation Day 4, God put the sun and the moon and the stars in their positions for definite purposes, and those purposes were designed to directly benefit us. The sun is not just an object to admire or an object for scientists to study, the sun has a purpose for us.
"Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night." (Genesis 1:14-16). The first purpose was to create day and night. The night allows us rest. Nightly rest maintains our biorhythms. If you know how fearfully and wonderfully we are made, you know that the engine that is the human body is a wonder. For one example, if you were to take all the DNA in our bodies that is contained in each of our trillions of cells, and connect it together, and stretch it out, it would reach the moon and back 500,000 times. That's right. And that is just one miracle that is our body. We need sleep, and because the earth rotates around the sun, we can rest in the cool dark night. The sun provides relief from the searing heat, depending on where you live. The US and France are both enduring a heat wave now and we know how much excessive heat interrupts the body, the daily routines on earth, and electrical power. Night allows certain animals to hunt and that maintains the balance of the ecosystem. It refreshes with dew that collects overnight. Those are just a few of the signs that the sun gives us through night and day.
"Jesus replied, "There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light." (John 11:9-10)
The moon, which reflects the sun, serves as a marker for a 24 hour day for those cultures who use the moon to set lengths of days, like the Israelites do. The sun and moon and stars offer aid to navigation, serving as signs in the day and the night that until recently with the advent of GPS, allowed sailors and travelers of every culture to find their way.
The LORD said that the sun will also be a sign for seasons. Because the earth rotates around the sun over the course of a year, we have different seasons. Only very recently have we as a planetary population become non-agrarian. For most of the 6000 years humans have been on earth, we have planted by the sun and by the seasons. The very first curse God gave Adam at the Fall was that the ground would be cursed, and planting and harvesting would be hard. (Genesis 3:17-19).
So the sun has been our friend for days and years and seasons. It gives light and it gives rest from light. It sets the day and the seasons according to God's decree (Daniel 2:21). However, in the Tribulation period of judgment, the sun will not be our friend. It will become our enemy. The LORD put the sun and the moon and the stars in place to help us and in the Judgment period, they will not be of help. In Revelation 8:12 a third of the sun was struck with darkness. By Rev 16:8-9 the angel pours out a bowl and scorching heat sears all who are unlucky enough to wander outside. In Revelation 16:10 the sun goes out completely and there is darkness. The Lord sets the sun and the Lord strikes the sun. Worse, the antichrist messes with the times and the seasons. (Daniel 7:25). How can he do that, you wonder? Well, we didn't always have a Leap Year. The seasons have been changed several times before by adjusting the length of a month or even a week. Wilfred Hahn wrote a very interesting article on the Antichrist's changing of the seasons in Daniel 7:25 here (.pdf) and if you don't prefer .pdf then it's here in Quick View.
The sun and moon and stars will fail us, and interfere with those on planet earth in a big way. Perhaps we are seeing His power now as the precursors increase in advance of the Tribulation. You notice the language the scientists used in the two articles about the most recent Coronal Mass Ejection. "astonishing", "Somewhat unique", 'never before seen', "fantastic", "dramatic"... And the last line about having to manage the results of the CME is really pitiful. The sun is acting up and its behavior is becoming more astonishing each month. At some point, its ejections will NOT be "manageable." The interruptions to earth's people in terms of failed electronics, failed grids, failed navigation systems, failed satellites and communications will be completely unmanageable. If God judged Adam for his sin by cursing the ground he walked on, toiled in, and labored to grow sustenance, are we any different? People should expect labor, pain, toil, inconvenience, and curse in this upcoming judgment period related to the sun. It was set there at His pleasure and He takes it away at His pleasure.
I am glad that during that period, I will be standing in His light! Citizens of New Jerusalem have no need of the sun because as Isaiah prophesied in chapter 60:20 -- "Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over." Any person who recognizes their sins are preventing them from having a relationship with Him who set the objects in the heavens and asks Jesus forgiveness of those, will be in His Light forever, too. Do it soon, the "spectacular and powerful eruptions" of the sun are warnings that only increase in power and menace, showing us the time is short.