Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday round-up: FL schools use biometric fingertip ID for attendance, millions bees drop dead, 7200 quakes/day at Krakatau, Yom Kippur begins

News round-up:

Anytime I see biometrics being used in a widespread way I take notice. Biometric identification "consists of methods for uniquely recognizing humans based upon one or more intrinsic physical or behavioral traits." The antichrist uses biometrics in the Tribulation to keep track of who may buy or sell. (Rev 13:16-17).

A Florida School District is Taking Attendance by Scanning Students' Fingers
"Chipley- Roll call is a thing of the past in Washington County Schools. Students now check in with finger scanning devices. School Superintendent Sandra Cook said the old method just wasn't cutting it. "We got to talking about attendance in our district and how it was inconsistent," said Cook. The systems have been up and running for two months inside the schools, but since the majority of students ride the bus every day, district officials decided to move the devices there. But the transition hasn't been easy. One of the biggest challenges they've faced is where to put the devices on the buses. State safety codes require the isles to be kept completely clear, so one of the ideas they've discussed is to put a laptop on one side of the steering wheel and the finger scan system on the other. The school district plans to test the equipment in a handful of buses in the next week and hopes to have each one operational by November or December at the latest. "When it's all said and done, we're going to find that this is going to be one of the most monumental things that Washington County has ever done," said Cook. The finger scan device costs the school district about $30 per student each year. Parents can still opt for their children to sign in the traditional way."

No, the following does not have a typo in it. There has been an increase to 7,200 quakes a DAY at Anak Krakatau volcano. I always take note of earthquake activity and seismic increases. Quakes are one of the Lord's judgments. (Psalms 18:15;60:2; Isaiah 13:13,14;24:19,20;29:6; Nahum 1).

The Lord said that prior tothe Great Tribulation, the beginning of birth pangs, there would be "earthquakes in diverse places..." (Matthew 24:7). For example, a "rare subsea quake rattled Bermuda this week. IWO has the report.

"The western Atlantic Ocean island of Bermuda, which was hit by its first earthquake in over a decade in April, has been rattled by two moderate quakes. The earthquakes, both measuring 4.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale, struck at 10:18 PM and 10:36 PM local time on Monday. The subsea quakes, the strongest to be recorded in the region in more than 20 years, were centred about 80 miles south of Hamilton, the capital of the British overseas territory."

Not to be outdone, the world's famous and not so famous volcanoes are waking up, also, with quakes of their own. I've written recently about the increase in earthquakes at El Hierro. 9,500 quakes under that active volcano since July and still going strong. There have also been huge numbers of quakes under Iceland's Katla and under Krakatau. Irish Weather Online reports of Anak Krakatau, "Anak Krakatau’s alert level has been raised to the second-highest level after the number of volcanic tremors soared from 200 a day to 7,200. A 2-kilometre exclusion zone has also been established around the Indonesian volcano prohibiting tourists and fishermen from getting close to the volcanic island, located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia."

One of the Lord's four sore judgments is beasts. (Ezekiel 14:21). One of the Seal Judgments is death by beasts. (Rev 6:8). This judgment is generally accepted to mean multiplication of beasts to plague the population, but I believe it also could mean the reverse, death of massive numbers of beasts so that the natural order of the cycles of growing and reaping and the balance of predator and prey is upset. My own speculations aside, millions of bees dropped dead in Florida at nearly the same time on the same day. No one knows why. They attribute pesticides as the cause of the deaths. Um, okay... By the way, the headline below from the Daily Mail is theirs in its original form-

The mysterious honeybee apocalypse: Up to 12 million bees found dead and dying in Florida and no one knows why
"Honeybee carcasses coated the ground around hundreds of Florida beehives after a mysterious massacre claimed millions of bees and mutilated a way of life for local bee keepers. Experts have ruled out 'colony collapse disorder' and the bee keepers suspect that their bees were poisoned with pesticide. Florida agriculture officials and the local sheriff's office are both investigating. No one can tell yet what killed as many as 12 million bees from 800 hives this week in Brevard County, on central Florida's Atlantic coast."

Israel, more isolated than ever, "took an unusual and rare step, the IDF's General Staff alerted two reserve divisions as part of an emergency drill in army bases in central and northern Israel. The purpose of the exercise was "to test the soldiers' level of response and readiness for war. The IDF is taking no chances on the eve of Yom Kippur."

Yom Kippur, "also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ("Days of Awe")." Israel is buttoned down, air space closed, and border crossings blocked. This is both so that the Jews can complete their religious duties and also to (hopefully) prevent attacks on their holiest day of the year.

This year Yom Kippur is from sundown Oct 7 to sundown Oct 8. "Yom Kippur commemorates the day that G‑d forgave the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf. Forty days after hearing G‑d say at Mount Sinai: "You shall not have the gods of others in My presence; you shall not make for yourself a graven image," the Jews committed the cardinal sin of idolatry. Moses spent nearly three months on top of the mountain pleading with G‑d for forgiveness, and on the tenth of Tishrei it was finally granted: "I have pardoned, as you have requested."

Yom Kippur essentially begins ten days earlier, at Rosh Hashanah. "In Jewish thought, Rosh Hashanah is the most important judgment day, on which all the inhabitants of the world pass for judgment before the Creator. The Talmud states, on Rosh Hashanah that three books of account are opened on Rosh Hashanah, wherein the fate of the wicked, the righteous, and those of an intermediate class are recorded. The names of the righteous are immediately inscribed in the book of life, and they are sealed "to live." The middle class are allowed a respite of ten days till Yom Kippur, to repent and become righteous; the wicked are "blotted out of the book of the living." (Psalms 69:29). Eternal fate then hangs in the balance for ten days waiting for all to repent, then they will be "sealed" on Yom Kippur. The assumption is that at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, everyone was sealed for the next year.

Christians know that their fate is not sealed until the moment of death, or upon having rejected Jesus so many times that their heart has been hardened. (Hebrews 3:13; Acts 19:9; Mt 13:4-5). Jesus seeks all who would repent with a sincere heart, calling on Him who is Lord to forgive their sins. (Luke 13:3; Mt 12:30; Romans 10:9).

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9). We have a wonderful God, a loving and merciful God, who is worthy to be served.


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