Sunday, March 18, 2012

Follow up to some previously published stories

FOLLOW UP

Let's check in on some older stories. I can't believe it has been 4 years since the Norway Seed Vault opened. I remember it vividly because of the event that happened a few days before opening ceremony. I'd done some research on the location, Svalbard, a rocky outcrop far north of Norway. It is a small island, and the furthest place north that is inhabited in the whole world. They specifically chose that place because of the lack of seismicity in that area. So of course a few days before all the dignitaries flew in for the opening, there was a huge earthquake, lol. It was the largest that Norway ever experienced and the largest ever for that area.

Norway's biggest quake hits Svalbard archipelago
"An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude -- the biggest in Norwegian history -- jolted the thinly populated Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic on Wednesday night, the Norsar seismic research institute said on Thursday. No one was hurt by the quake and no damage has been reported in the islands, about 600 miles from the North Pole, reports said. "This is the biggest earthquake on Norwegian territory in history," the institute said in a statement, adding that the quake occurred at sea, about 6 miles below the surface. ... Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other leaders will be in Svalbard next week for the official opening of a seed vault which will store frozen crop seeds from around the world in case crops are wiped out by a future disaster."

I got such a charge out of that. God showing who is boss of the earth, couldn't have been clearer to the people who had the hubris to build their own ark. Here is a follow-up article on the seed vault that I thought was pretty interesting. I liked the photos and the artistic renderings in the article. Apparently they have been putting seeds in there all along and it is getting full.

SEED VAULT

After 4 Years, Checking Up on The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
"The other surprise is that we've had no bad surprises. When you plan something this complicated you figure something is going to go wrong. During these past four years we've had seeds come from all over the world and it's been a gigantic coordination process to try to get seed boxes from all of these locations, a lot of which are in developing countries---Africa, Asia and Latin America---and to try to get them up to Oslo and then up to Svalbard on roughly the same day, so you don't have them sitting out on some tarmac in the hot sun. It's also surprising that we haven't lost a single box of seeds in transit. It's a miracle."

Read more at link.

LeROY NY TOURETTE'S-LIKE OUTBREAK

Checking up on the Tourette's outbreak in NY: A few months ago a strange Tourette's-like illness complete with tics, seizures, and outbursts, began affecting students at a high school in LeRoy NY. By now two dozen people including a 36-year-old, are affected. Not finding a physical cause, doctors deemed it "mass hysteria" which didn't sit well with the parents of the affected students. Environmental lawyer Erin Brokovich got involved and tried to find of there was an environmental cause. None were found. Doctors say it is not Tourette's, but is stress induced. Parents are fed-up.

ABC covered the story in a follow up last month but no new information was given, just a notation that though more girls are affected than they were in December, no cause has been found.

Some say that it could be Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS). Others say it could be from drugs like Gardasil. This article in the German magazine Spiegel noted that every time camera crews showed up more girls would come down with tics and when the crews left the girls would be better. I had noted in my original article that the other famous American case of mass hysteria, Salem Mass. had the same presentation: teenage girls, tics, seizures, more getting sick as attention grew and as attention faded less girls getting sick. Spiegel ended the article thus: (google translated)

"Last week, almost all of its declared McVige patients for symptoms. "They just needed a little encouragement," she reported in the local newspaper "TheBatavian." "Most go back to school." Why the improvement? "You are no longer on TV," she said. "I think it really helped."

Not saying the girls are faking but that attention fueled whatever was behind it, and I'd conjectured that it was not environment, stress, Gardasil or PANDAS but demons.

ANIMAL DIE-OFFS

Remember the spate of bird-die offs in January 2011 and January 2012, and the dolphin strandings etc? Here is an update.

March 7, 2012: 9 more dolphin strandings off Cape Cod this month
"Animal rescuers on Cape Cod say nine more common dolphins have stranded this month, bringing the total to 189 in 2012. The International Fund for Animal Welfare said Wednesday the March strandings are not considered part of a mass stranding in Cape Cod waters between Jan. 12 and Feb. 16. But the group says the total this calendar year is far more than the annual average of 38 on Cape Cod."

March 8, 2012: But another mass dolphin stranding happened in Brazil, however, beachgoers rescued them. A die-off of 60 endangered gulls in New Zealand has scientists perplexed. "They also could not find any traces of toxins or diseases in the birds' systems and therefore, "the cause of the mass die-off remains to be established."

So the strandings and die-offs are still happening, but are not being covered as intensively. Though one die-off, pigeons in Rapid City, was traced to poison. Someone had hired a company to place commercially applied poison to a rooftop.

FALSE BOOKS

I'd written about The Shack four years ago, "Is The Shack' a doctrine of demons?' the 'runaway bestseller' published five years ago. It still sees brisk sales. This week, Black Christian news reports that Colton Burpo's vision of heaven surpassed The Shack in sales. I'd written about Colton Burpo's "Heaven is for Real" last August in a discernment lesson, and a few days ago posted a link to a Justin Peters discussion of these kinds of books, here. I'm sad that these books are still getting the brisk sales that they are. The Shack spent 52 weeks at #1, Heaven is for Real just spent 53 at #1.  We all need heavy discernment in these perilous times, but some are lacking in that department. The Spirit will give wisdom to you if you ask! (James 1:5)

 That's about it for now. Any other stories you'd like me to follow up on?

7 comments:

  1. Good morning Elizabeth. Last night, one of the features on a Brazilian TV was an in depth report on the Norwegian seed bank. Very interesting indeed!

    I didn´t know about the earthquake you mentioned.

    Is it just coincidental that while individual Christian or unbelieving preppers are storing all they can in anticipation of "2012" doomsday, international efforts on a large scale have been at work for years doing the same?

    I was just reminded of Joseph and the 7 lean years. Do you see a parallel on a global scale as satan´s counterfeit minions trying to store as much as they can so that they have the monopoly and control on food during the tribulation when antichrist issues his edict for the mark?

    It would be interesting to know who are the people behind the scenes directing what looks on the surface as a humanitarian endeavor which in cases of drought or floods has already proven to save affected populations from starvation.

    Thank you for keeping us informed and on the alert. Grace, peace, love and joy to you. Jean-Louis.

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  2. Hi Jean-Louis,

    I do not see an appropriate parallel to Joseph storing up grains and the seed vault, unless it is to the negative, which it may be.

    Joseph's directive was to take seeds from the people, without recompense, and to store it for the lean years, and then to sell it back to them. Those who could not pay, he accepted cattle, or their land in exchange. In that way, the people became slaves. It was that, or starve.

    It always perplexed me as to the location of the seed bank. It is in one of the remotest places on earth. WHen the cataclysms come, will people be able to catch a plane there? Or a boat? In the old days, criminals were given the choice to be killed or to serve on a Svalbard whaling ship. Most chose death. So when the wars and famines and pestilences come, there will be this seed vault buried under the tundra near the north pole. Good luck getting the seeds out. Those who make it there, will they be generous with the seeds, and share? or will they be like pharaoh directing Joseph, and hoard it for black market sales? Hmmm.

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  3. The parallel that I see is of course to be taken in the negative as a possibility of what men without the light of God could be thinking and implementing.

    As we know the best plans satan can come up with are defeated by the Lord. We who know about the end scenario can look upon such efforts as human foolishness. That´s what I meant to say.

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  4. By the way, I like your remodeling. I can see the increase in the center space. I can´t exactly remember the size of the lines or the font but I think that overall, it´s an improvement. Jean-Louis.

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  5. Hi Jean-Louis,

    Thanks. I am liking the remodel better as I get used to it, myself. I agree with your comment about storing up and Joseph, human foolishness, yes...

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  6. Greetings Elizabeth,
    It is simply amazing to me that men would go to such effort to preserve seeds that God created, but throw away the seed of the gospel from their hearts. They know calamity is coming don't they? Revelation 6:15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

    16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

    17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
    I like this re-cap by the way, and your new format.
    It is interesting that those girls in NY had these manifestations and they went away like that, I inclined to agree that it is in some way being generated from the spiritual realm. I had thought from the beginning that it would be helpful to study what kinds things these girls maybe involved in especially something that may have opened them up to demonic activity. Also female minds are wired different, (just on the in case you had not noticed) both sides of the brain able to work in sync. Also in your article about some of Obama's rallies, woman are fainting. Do you think that somehow woman are more physically sensitive to the proximity of demons?
    And just the other day a man who names Christ talked about some guy that had visited his church, who was by the way a very intelligent man, he say's, that he had some experience that something, (he say's the Lord), told him to skip a meal and he went back to his motel room and fell into a trance and visited heaven. He wrote a book about it. I have to say that my first reaction was one that left me suspect of the story. It was brought up in front of unbelievers in an effort to win them I guess? Unwise in my opinion as this is not verifiable information. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So, I am with you on the extra biblical stories. Christ is not just some wizard who performs magic. The stories that we have about miracles happened in front of many including those who did not believe.
    And what is really getting me in these days are those who want to speculate and then we all have to agree or be trolls. Really?

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  7. Hi Jess,

    What a great visual and a great connection you made for me going to lengths to preserve grain seeds but throwing away the Gospel seed.

    As for the women, I've been fascinated ever since studying the Salem witch trials in college. (I was not saved then). I remember the circumstances, they were all teen girls. As to your question of if women are more sensitive to proximity to demons...the answer is in the bible.

    Paul wrote to Timothy and in his 2nd letter he opened verses 1-5 with the by now familiar litany of what to expect in the end times. In ch. 3 verses 1-5 Paul writes,

    But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these."

    Now, the verses are talking about real men (or in my opinion fallen angels masquerading as men) and they sneak in to close spheres of family and church and school etc, places and spheres where they can influence people, and look what they do:

    6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,

    Not that women ARE weak but to some degree they need protection as evidenced by the hierarchy of protection by husbands and church fathers etc described in Eph 5. This is because women have a proclivity to being captured (ensnared). Look at what satan did to Eve. Where was Adam? Satan got Eve alone and worked his wiles on her. He beguiled her. (Gen 3:6, the word 'desire' has certain lusty implications in the Hebrew.) and in the 2 Timothy 3 verses, the 'various impulses' the weak women are said to be laden with with in the Greek is translated "exceeding lust" or inordinate desire".

    Women alone have special vulnerabilities, and satan knows this. Worse, if the women have unconfessed sin, or are not saved, they are sitting ducks, as Paul states.

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