Sunday, January 29, 2012

Arctic Snowy Owl irruption, even in Hawaii!

I had prepared an essay looking into the biblical symbolism of clouds. I was looking forward to it. Eventually, at His timing, I will finish it.

But today something shook me up. It shook me hard. I mean, literally, physically, when I read it I began to shake and cry and tremble and hyperventilate. I don't get these feelings often, thankfully. It could mean nothing. Maybe I'm just getting a cold. Maybe not.

Let me preface this by saying that I personally believe that America has been under judgment since 9/11. Whether you believe that particular start date is not a matter of worthwhile debate, because the unalterable fact is that America will be judged, and should be judged and is even being judged now.

Judgment cometh.

Why am I so sure of this? God never changes. He is wrathful against individuals, groups, and nations that abandon Him! He forsook individuals, (Samson, Saul). He abandons groups, (Pharisees), judging them unworthy and henceforth unable to turn to Him for salvation. The Judge's hammer had come down. He judges nations.

Last March I wrote a blog entry called "Has America's point of not return been reached?" meaning, had the moment come when our national sins had reached a point when our prayers were no longer reaching His ears? (Jeremiah 7:16-20). I believed then that the moment had come. All that was left was the judgment. And what I read today shook me as a powerful portent if the imminence of that sure judgment.

News articles are reporting something that is extraordinary. You know that I often post articles that show the strange activities of animals. Well, this one has the experts stumped. It is an extreme puzzle, for sure, in their words:

"Arctic snowy owls soar south in rare mass move"
"Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called "unbelievable." Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted from coast to coast, feeding in farmlands in Idaho, roosting on rooftops in Montana, gliding over golf courses in Missouri and soaring over shorelines in Massachusetts. A certain number of the iconic owls fly south from their Arctic breeding grounds each winter but rarely do so many venture so far away even amid large-scale, periodic southern migrations known as irruptions. "What we're seeing now — it's unbelievable," said Denver Holt, head of the Owl Research Institute in Montana."This is the most significant wildlife event in decades," added Holt, who has studied snowy owls in their Arctic tundra ecosystem for two decades."

Catch that language from officials who have never seen this happen. 'Unbelievable', 'significant'. Later in the article they say is it a 'phenomenon', a 'surge' and a 'mystery of nature.'

In this article from the NY Times, they report,

"Bird-Watchers Revel in Unusual Spike in Snowy Owl Sightings"
"But this year, the numbers are unusually high, said Denver Holt, director of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Mont. “There are so many across the country, everywhere, by the thousands,” Mr. Holt said. “It’s unbelievable. They are being seen from Boston, to the Great Lakes, the Ohio River Valley, Kansas, Vancouver and Seattle. “One showed up at the airport in Hawaii, and they shot it,” he added in astonishment. “It’s the first ever in Hawaii and they shot it!”"

Get that: an Arctic Snowy Owl, in Hawaii. The NY Times article continues:

"The irruption started in late fall and is expected to end by March or April. In few places are people as excited as in Kansas and Missouri, where snowy owls are exceedingly rare. Ninety have shown up in Kansas this winter and 40 in Missouri. Until this year, the highest number counted in Missouri had been eight. “It’s a massive movement,” said Mark Robbins, the ornithology collection manager at the University of Kansas. “I recognized pretty quickly that when things started happening early this was a pretty big invasion."

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For Missouri, that is a 400% increase in sightings. In Kansas, ornithologist Mark B. Robbins at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute said "We might go a lifetime without seeing this magnitude."

Are you getting the idea that these birds are doing something completely unusual? I wanted to show you the ornithologists' own language and their absolute astonishment at this avian phenomenon. It IS a bona fide mysterious event. But that is not what shook me up. Yes, it's unusual, and interesting. The thing that slayed me was something from the bible. Now comes the spiritual application.

Notice the language they used to describe the mass influx of owls to America: irruption. An irruption is 'act of rushing; act of breaking in; intrusion, raid; sudden increase.' There are two things to consider here. One is that a biblical irruption is foretold. Same language. In the Scofield commentary on the verse from Matthew 7:22 where the people say 'Lord, Lord did we not cast out demons in your name?' Scofield does a little sidetrack in explaining about demons. He says, "One of the awful features of the apocalyptic judgments in which this age will end is an irruption of demons out the abyss. Rev 9:1-11." An irruption of demons is foretold to occur when the pit is opened and they fly out in such numbers the smoke of their coming covered the sky and darkened the sun. There will be a bursting in, a rapid and sudden increase of demons. In the bible, owls are a harbinger of desolation.

Secondly, owls are a potent symbol in the bible. They are mentioned frequently, and always in reference to a nation that has been judged, and who is laid waste. (Except for the listing of them in Leviticus as a non-clean food). Owls are unclean birds in the bible, and their appearance is always a reference to waste places. One example is Isaiah 34:11. The chapter begins with the title "God's wrath against nations".

"But pelican and hedgehog will possess it, And owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the line of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness."

Of that verse, Barnes Notes says, "The owl also and the raven - Well known birds that occupy deserts, and old ruins of houses or towns. The image here is that of desolation and ruin; and the sense is, that the land would be reduced to a waste that would not be inhabited by man, but would be given up to wild animals." And unclean animals at that.

The chapter goes on with more references to owls: "But pelican and hedgehog And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls possess it, And owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the line of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness." (Isaiah 34:13)

"There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate." (Isaiah 34:15)

In America there be gathered the owl ... and soon thereafter the plumb line of emptiness?

Now I don't want to focus too much on my reaction upon reading this today. Sometimes I get these reactions in a travailing kind of prayer and mourning from the Lord, but that is my own reaction and my own private ministry. I don't want to focus too entirely on the fact of a mystery of the gathering owls into America. It is good to be mindful of the weirdness of events, it is good to be mindful of the biblical symbolism, but those alone do not make a doctrine such as what I am saying, which is that "America's judgment is near."

The best thing to do is to turn to a more sure word, as 2 Peter 1:19 says, "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." Peter says, look to what the Word says.

The bible says that any nation that abandons God will be judged. The bible shows that any nation that forsakes His ways and turns to idols will be judged. Any nation that is haughty, is wasteful of the bounty given by God, is greedy, fails to look after the oppressed, who robs and steals embezzles and cheats, will be judged. It has happened to nations in the past and it is foretold to happen in the future. I could cite biblical references galore. Just read any of the major and minor prophets. Joel. Nahum. Habakkuk. Hosea. Zechariah. Obadiah. Jonah. It is a sure word. Therefore since America has done all those things, America will be judged. The question is when.

Sodom was judged for its rampant immorality which included homosexuality, and so it shall be for America. Look at Romans 1:18-32. When God forsakes a nation, when He abandons them, He departs from them and leaves them open to the devices of sin, of the enemy, of the natural and unnatural consequences of our abandonment of Him. Romans 1:18-32 shows this progressive abandonment and hence the progressive judgment. It first begins with immorality. Then it deepens to debauchery, a nation driven almost insane by perverted lusts. Finally He gives them over to depraved mind, meaning they can't even think straight. They cannot think of what is good, it cannot and does not enter their mind.

Proverbs 1:24-31 is one example of how our Holy God will refuse to even listen. "Because I called and you refused, I stretched out My hand and no one paid attention and you neglected all My counsel and did not want My reproof, I will even laugh at your calamity. I will mock when your dread comes, when your dread comes like a storm and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come on you, then they will call on Me but I will not answer. They will seek Me diligently but they shall not find Me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would not accept My counsel, they spurned all My reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices."

When God forsakes a nation, when He abandons them, He departs from them and leaves them open to the devices of sin, of the enemy, of the natural and unnatural consequences of our abandonment of Him. Romans 1:18-32 shows this progressive abandonment and hence the progressive judgment. America will eat the fruit of our own way. It is a serious, serious thing to be left alone by God.

In Psalm 102 the prayer of the afflicted man, it is said, "I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins."
The Barnes Notes commentary explains: "I am like an owl of the desert - The owl is a well-known bird which dwells in solitudes and old ruins, and which becomes, alike by its seeking such places of abode, by its appearance, and by its doleful cry, the very emblem of desolation."

Will America become the very emblem of desolation? Is it soon upon us? Is it at the very doors? Is that why America is not mentioned in prophecy? As the owl screeches in the dark all over America this night, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, perhaps it becomes America's dirge.

32 comments:

  1. Wow, Elizabeth you could be onto something huge and that may be the Holy Spirit giving you special insight. I saw the story a few days ago, but I didn't see any spiritual connection other than it is another crazy thing happening.

    But what you are saying is important. The owl not only symbolizes the desolation but the demonic. In verse 14 of Isaiah 34 says, "The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest."

    BUT if you look up the Hebrew, it ISN'T just talking of animals!!!! The word satyr is a he-goat type symbol of satan, AND the screech owl is literally "lilyth" --a female succubus. This judgment, symbolized by desolation and wild animals is truly a demonic infestation.

    Maybe the Lord is using the owl irruption to show us what is spiritually going on in America. Don't we love our demons? Our he-goats and screech owls? Our Bohemian Groves? Our Incubus and Succubus? Our vampires and werewolves? Our demonically obsessed entertainment? Our IMAGES?

    Thank you for bringing up those powerful verses. Soon we will be out of here and the irruption of the demons will begin. The gates will open. Our nation will receive that which they have been longing for.

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  2. Hi Anonymous,

    I really dont like to stretch things too far, but we know for a fact that America is or soon will be judged (depending on one's point of view) We also know for a fact that owls in the bible are a very bad portent. They, and the other unclean birds, are repeatedly used to show the decay of a nation and its ruin after judgment. Jesus said in Luke 17:37-

    ""Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.""

    The disciples had asked Jesus from what direction will the calamity begin, and His answer implies that it would be where there is the most "guilt and wickedness." The most decay. Eagles flock where there is prey. Owls also. The place, therefore, where these calamities might be expected to begin would be a place of eminent wickedness.

    In one article, it was said that the owls were looking for food. So a snowy ARCTIC owl flew from northern Canada to Hawaii in search of food? Really? REALLY??

    As I read the news articles, the image in my mind of Arctic Snowy Owls infesting America, silently swooping in, coming to roost as they do on trees, bridges, roofs, like in Hitchcock's The Birds...reminded me of the Great Supper of Rev 19:17-18

    "And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, o that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

    And in several of the news articles I read, mention was made of Harry Potter's witch familiar, Hedwig...the Snowy Owl

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  3. elizabeth... your writings as of late have been powerful, poignant and much needed. keep up the great work. it is so needed in these last days. paul. p.s. my kittys are fine.

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  4. Hi paul,

    thank you so much. May His words continue to go out and pierce hearts and change attitudes. Glad to hear your kitties are doing well :)

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  5. You may have already realized this but the verses you referenced in Ezekiel 34:11 where from Isaiah 34:11. Great post by the way!
    April

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  6. Hi April,

    I had Isaiah in my head and wrote Ezekiel on the page. Doy. Thank you for being a diligent searcher of the scriptures!

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  7. We should also remember that in Alaska and other parts of the Arctic right now it is colder than it has been in quite a few years. http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/17324885/article-Temperatures-fall-to-50-below-in-Fairbanks--small-air-carriers-cancel-flights?instance=home_news_window_left_top_1#1 My sister, who has lived in Fairbanks for over 25 years, has told me it is also snowier than usual.

    Last year the arctic had an abundance of lemmings, one of the main food sources for snowy owls. Several of the articles available through google mention that these younger owls, searching for food, are weaker and not in as good of condition as they should be. This could be due to the cold and heavy snow farther north and is probably why they are coming south.

    I seem to remember reading an article about a penguin showing up much farther north than usual in the not too distant past. (found it, 2008: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25934879/ns/world_news-world_environment/t/penguins-wash-closer-equator-brazil/ )

    Everything in nature right now seems to be in an exagerated turmoil. Seasons come and seasons go, cycles happen naturally, set in place from the very creation by God, the Creator. It seems that right now several things are happening all at the same time. This is not by accident, but by God's decree.

    In our Colorado Springs yard 3 weeks ago, a bobcat sauntered around, gazing back at my husband with no fear whatsoever.

    After reading your post, I also wonder about the girls (and now others) up in the NE part of the country who are experiencing the ticks and movements that no one can explain. Is there a connection? Only God knows the answer to this.

    Our sun is going into a very deep solar minimum. Many climatologists are thinking that we are headed for a new ice age. No matter what happends to the United States of America, our world is changing physically and it is going to cause changes politically, economically, geologically. Life for my grandchildren, should Christ tarry in returning, will be nothing like our lives have been.

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  8. Hello Anonymous,

    I worry about the children too. Our pastor said just this morning that the most merciful thing would be for Him to come soon and spare the children the horrors of what life on earth would be like in 20 years.

    As for the girls in NY, I wrote about them twice recently. I believe there is a demonic connection

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  9. I began hearing owls hooting in the woods across the road from my home last summer, and it gave me the creeps then and it surely does now. I'm with you, Elizabeth. Our nation surely has it coming. May God be merciful to us. We really need to be calling out to God for our friends, family and neighbors and for all those we don't even know exist. My heart has been heavy all day. Every day I am more and more thankful that He called my name, and I heard and I drew near to Him. I don't ever want to move any further away, and I only know safety the closer I get.

    Kim

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  10. I don't understand why people think America is kind of special and has a special judgment in her. Well, guess what, all the nations in the world today are guilty of straying away from the faith and God has prepared a judgment for all of them, not just America.

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  11. It just so happened that I was re-reading Revelation 19 this morning, pondering the meaning of the birds called to the apocalyptic "great supper of God"... the ones invited to eat the flesh of all who oppose God, in a land strewn with corpses after the sudden destruction of Babylon ("in an hour")... when I opened a note from a friend with a link to your most-excellent, though deeply sobering post.

    Demons, like Arctic owls, surely come from a place where the love of God has grown COLD. (E.g., though they believe in God, they shudder, and not with the reverent fear and awe He demands.) True hatred is more often reflected in indifference -- i.e., in coldness and turning away to focus on other things -- than it is in burning-hot passion.

    So too, as you observe, demons, like Arctic owls inhabit desolate places. The comment about a lack of lemmings for food is fascinating also. Lemmings famously exhibit a herd mentality, even when doing so leads them all over a cliff to their death in the sea (symbolic, in scripture, of the unsaved).

    So too the American public exhibits a lemming mentality with regard to matters of faith and worldliness, making us easy pray for demons. When our benchmark for holiness becomes relative (the guy next door; the gal on the TV; whatever feels right to me in the moment) rather than the utter perfection of the One, True, Holy God, YHWH, then we are disinclined to countenance our desperate state and thus our need for the Saviour, Jesus.

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  12. Hi Elizabeth:

    Great article. I was thinking that even if this didn't have direct connection to demon activity (which we know is all around us all the time anyway), this in and of itself could be a call from nature about a forthcoming natural disaster, such as when there are storms coming, some animals react by leaving the area beforehand...and this in and of itself could also be considered judgement as well as all of the other disasters that have been so prevalent in the last few years. All very interesting and things to definately keep our eyes on and be praying about. In reference to the girls in Leroy, NY,..I live in Rochester, NY and found a small piece on the local Craigslist there refering this to a connection with vaccines, especially the one called Gardasil, which doctors are trying to get more and more young girls to take. Supposedly, some of these girls may have been innoculated with this vaccine and perhaps that may be the reason for some of these reactions. Either way on both these news items, they do still definately tie into the demonic, as the enemies hands are everywhere bringing about death and destruction to our race but his time is short. I keep thinking of the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is our God". We have nothing to fear but we do need to pray for those that will be left behind, it's soon, very soon. Amen!

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  13. Anonymous, the bobcat incident gave me chills. The animals are getting so much more brazen. I liked your phrase "exaggerated turmoil." Excellent!

    Kim, owls surely are haunting, aren't they. America's judgment surely won't be stayed much longer I don't think, nor any nation's. It seems the Tribulation may begin soon.

    Anonymous, I agree. Many people seem to think America is so special that we won't be judged. We may have been special at one time, seeing that we were so blessed as long as we stayed close to God, but every nation on earth will be judged, we are no different. (Matthew 25:31-46)

    newwine, Amen!

    Lisa, the medical officials in LeRoy NY did check the girls for reactions to Gardasil, and came up negative. Your comment about animals gathering or moving en masse prior to a natural calamity is a good one. I know that in New England they are having mass strandings of dolphins and seals, and LaGrange KY has been dealing with an influx of millions of blackbirds...

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  14. I am also a watchman. The article I posted in 4 parts due to it's size, fits in perfectly with this article, with the exception of your stating SIN-erica (formerly america) isnt in Biblical Prophecy. She IS the Great Whore of Babylon. This could be yet another harbinger, just as TENS OF THOUSANDS of our national bird died off last year as well. The Great Whore is FINISHED. Her fate, SEALED. I believe the antichrist will rule in NYC (UN) and flee to Israel upon SIN-erica's destruction. There he will desecrate the 3rd Holy Temple and begin his full scale assault on Jews and chrisrians. I believe the future antichrist is already in power here in SIN-erica and just needs satan to possess him, so he can become the devil incarnate, the evil opposite of when the God Man Jesus Christ, became Human flesh and was God Incarnate. Good night.

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  15. "After reading your post, I also wonder about the girls (and now others) up in the NE part of the country who are experiencing the ticks and movements that no one can explain. Is there a connection?"

    What is this reference to? I'm curious to read about it.

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  16. Hi Anonymous,

    I write about the incident twice,

    http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2012/01/outbreak-of-mass-hysteria-or-demon.html

    and later that day

    http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2012/01/update-on-leroy-ny-tourettes-outbreak.html

    In NY state there was reported a dozen girls suddenly taken sick with some sort of malady akin to Tourrette's Syndrome, or epilepsy, where they twitch, speak gibberish, pass out etc. Doctors excluded medical and environmental causes and ruled it "mass psychogenic hysteria". Now it seems that others in another town 200 miles away are experiencing similar symptoms, and an adult in the original town also is reported to come down with it. I made the point that doctors had done a good job searching for a cause in every arena except one: spiritual.

    In the first essay I wrote I mentioned the symptoms and case was eerily similar to the Salem Mass. witch trials of 1692 which started with teenage girls experimenting with voodoo & coming down with symptoms of Tourette's or epilepsy, and doctors saying there was no medical cause and ruled it mass hysteria caused "by an evil hand."

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  17. Hi elizabeth, I am deleting this thread. If you dont have the "integrity" to publish what a watchman wrote, on a watchman site, of the truth concerning SIN-erica, Biblical Prophecy, and how they tie into this article, then I can plainly see the "shallowness" of your one sided thread. I will be praying for you.

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  18. Anonymous of 1:26 AM and likely the same ANonymous of 10:43 AM:

    In the middle of the night you posted a lengthy comment in 4 parts. It is actually 5 pages long. When I arose this morning at 6am, I didn't have enough time in the subsequent 45 minutes to read it, digest it and formulate a proper response before heading to work, where we are not allowed to visit our blogs for the next 8 hours. This is the first chance I've had to address the 5 pages of comments you left for me.

    I'm sorry your patience ran out so quickly and you are deleting the thread.

    I did not say that America isn't in prophecy, I said that many do not believe we are. As a matter of fact, obliquely, we are, because ALL nations will be judged and that is what I said. As for specifically being mentioned in the bible as part of last days prophecy, well, since you deleted the thread and washed your hands of commenting, I guess I'll just move on now.

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  19. This phenomenon may have something to do with the sun storms that are erupting now and the magnetic anomalies that occur as a result. Earth's magnetic poles are shifting as well.

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  20. Hi, brother. I've just found your blog and have been reading it with interest. I have also been feeling recently that Christians need to repent and focus on God or he will judge us, terribly. No idea of scope, time, place, I just know that the church desperately needs to confess its sins and focus on the Lord. I have also had visions and dreams, and a great heaviness and grief for our collective sin. So far, I have heard from one other person that we are in a Jer. 7:16 situation. God has told me not to pray for mercy on this nation or the world, which kills me. I fell on my face and wept when I heard him say it. I am now praying for my family and people I know. I'll be watching your blog and the news, as Jesus asked us to do.

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  21. i just happened on this post.i am not sure about anything at this point in time.but i had dreams about owls and lots of them .i told my daughter something is going to happen .but its all in GODS GREAT BIG PLAN. WE JUST NEED TO HAVE EVERYTHING UNDER THE BLOOD ARE YOU ALL SAVED ?do you know JESUS as your savior.if not ask him to forgive you for all your sins and into your heart.love and prayers

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  22. I visit your site & enjoy reading your posts & find them very interesting indeed. I respect your beliefs & faith but regarding the snowy owl post I feel there are some flaws in what you have posted
    1. rev 9 1 - 11 does not talk about an irruption of demons
    2. God (Jehovah,Yahweh, The Almighty) never forsook Samson, the last prayer Samson prayed, God heard and answered.
    3. Neither did he forsake saul, saul turned away from jehovah because of his actions.
    4. Regarding Isiah 34 it refers to the desolation of babylon which is still barren also refers in part to the destruction of edom which again is uninhabited.

    I agree America, like the world is in moral freefall, you are part correct when saying that when nations abandon God they come into his judgement, but the judgement is for each personally and it is not a progressive abandonment. Again like saul and sampson, we can either follow God or not, we in effect abandon him it is not ever that he abandons us.

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  23. Hi Anonymous,

    Rev 9 speaks of the Abyss opened where the demons (fallen angels) have been kept since before the flood are let out. The locusts are not locusts, they are demons. We know this because actual locusts do not have a king. Also these locusts are given power.

    Samson and Saul (The King, not the Apostle) disobeyed God and He took the Spirit away from Saul and as for Samson, Samson broke his consecrated Nazrite vow thereby forsaking God and God took the power from Samson in return. Yes God heard Samson's prayer but the penalty was still death. Judges 16, 1 Sam 16:14

    Yes Isaiah 34 is what it says literally, but owls in the bible are also a symbol of desolation. Where they appear in scripture it speaks of a waste place, a judgment, or something uninhabited due to a recent judgment. I apologize if I did not make it clear that owls throughout the bible are a harbinger or a symbol of judgment.

    God abandons individuals and he abandons nations. In Jeremiah 7:16 God told Jeremiah to quit even praying, because God's heart was away from the people and He would hear their prayers no more. God gives individuals over to their sins and he gives nations over too (Romans 1:18-32). The passage in Romans that I explained IS a progressive judgment.

    Sometimes His judgment of a nation happens suddenly (after years of warning) like Samaria, (Iaiah 17 or sometimes He allows it to progressively decline as He allows them to fall under the weight of their own sins (Roman Empire). If you believe God does not turn away from a nation you are mistaken. In Judges 10, God says to Israel:

    "You have forsaken me, you have served other gods, therefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen. Let them deliver you in the time of your distress."

    You can learn more about how and why a nation is abaondoned by God, here, where scripture is used-
    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/GTY109

    While I respect your opinion, it makes the discussion more fruitful if you include bible verses to support your assertions.

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  24. I Should hasten to add that in this current age, the Age of Grace, no true Christian will ever be abandoned. We are sealed with His Spirit (Eph 4:30), as a guarantee of the inheritance to come, (2 Cor 1:21; Eph 1:13) and He will never abandon us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5).

    However the guarantee of eternal salvation was never extended to the believers in the OT nor will it be in the Tribulation (which is a continuation of the OT) and apparently not in the Millennium because they will have to sacrifice then, too. Though little is said in the bible about salvation during the 1000 years so I can't say for sure.

    It will seem on the day of Judgment that Christians ARE abandoned because they will cry out "On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'" but the Lord says he never knew them and tells them to depart from Him (Mt 7:22-23), so that tells us they were not believers at all to begin with.

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  25. To Anonymous:

    I appreciate that you took the time to post 6 part comment. It was 4 pages and 2500 words, and I am not sure that at that length this forum is the best place to have that kind of conversation.

    I wasn't sure what the point was, either, but it was so long that missing the point was a problem of being my own fault. Thank you for wanting to post it but I can't let it go forward, it was very long and kind of off topic... :(

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  26. Hi there, sorry that my reply was in 6 parts & fairly long, it really wasn't off topic though but all relevant, I provided scriptural proof as requested by yourself regarding the references you gave on the snowy owl topic. Once again I do apologise for the lengthy info but wanted to cover every aspect discussed.
    Take care . . . .

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  27. Hi Anonymous,

    Yes it did seem scripturally laden and thorough in its topic coverage, and I do appreciate that. It's just that it was longer that even my post. Is there a blog that this is posted on and we can continue the discussion about it there? Or can we take it to email? I am willing to discuss, but in another forum- if you desire.

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  28. I have seen many hawks and have known there is something prophetic about these birds I've seen. I see them everyday and sometimes in pairs and sometimes swooping down following my car away. Tonight I saw a snowy owl fly across the highway right outside Chicago near the lake and perch on a post. Again I knew from the Lord there was prophetic meaning to this phenomenon. That led me to your post. I've been feeling called as a missionary to the USA and feel it is one of the most needed areas for revival and awakening. Even our Christian churches have fallen asleep and are not embracing the power of the Spirit. I watched a documentary on Diedrik bonehoffer last night and it was powerful how he took a stand against evil and obeyed the lord. Sometimes I think little old me couldn't make a difference but now I believe I can.

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  29. Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for a very interesting article. The snowy owls are back ( see Garden Girl's article today in Running from Babylon where your article is referenced). John F.

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    1. Thanks John F! I see this week that snowy owls have been spotted in Florida!
      http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2014/01/06/how-cold-is-it-snowy-owl-spotted-in-florida/

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  30. Elizabeth, I was reading Isaiah today and remember the mention of owls associated with desolation so you article certainly caught my interest. As a long-time believer I believer I think we are in the end times and things are happening more intensely and at a rapid rate. I think it's very possible that God's hedge of protection was removed beginning with 9/11. It's frightening but I continue to remind myself that we as believers are protected by the blood and God will protect His own. With the four blood moons and the Shmitah year (Jonathan Kahn's book) The Mystery of the Shemitah we could be very close to something happening. I only pray the rapture occurs before we see the wrath has in store for a country that certainly deserves it. Thanks for your article and God bless!

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  31. Thank you Elizabeth Prata,
    I have known about the evil owls represented for many years. But recently there seems to be another wave of Christians using owls as their symbols in their facebook pages. I shared your article on my page and on another page that uses the white owl as their picture. Thanks for doing all the research. God Bless you.

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