The sky and cosmos have been displaying a wonderful array of weird stuff lately. Some of the sky phenomena are unexplained and some are explained but rare or are occurring in places they don't normally. And some of these phenomena are just a supernatural mystery. First, the explainable but strange:
"Light pillars scrape the night sky over Victor, Idaho, on January 26 (2009). Typically seen in polar regions, the vertical columns of light have been appearing along with frigid temperatures at lower latitudes this winter. Light pillars appear when artificial light (shown in diagram above) or natural light bounces off the facets of flat ice crystals wafting relatively close to the ground." Note the phenomenon occurs over furthest northern latitudes but lately they are seen as far south as Idaho.
This next set did occur in Canada near Toronto but the pillars did not act as they usually do: "Did you see something strange Friday night? (January 13, 2010). A British Columbia UFO chronicler and paranormal expert is reporting eyewitness accounts of strange vertical lights in the sky over Dundas and Waterdown. The witness thought they could be "light pillars," a visual atmospheric phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals from a light source such as the sun or moon, but they are not usually seen from several viewpoints."
Hole Punch Clouds
These kind of clouds are known to meteorologists but are rare. Or, they used to be rare. Now they are being seen more frequently.
1/16/10: Strange clouds in the sky over the Palm Beaches
WEST PALM BEACH, FL--There were some strange clouds spotted over south Florida on Thursday. They looked like a line or circle just dropped out of the sky. A steady flow of viewer pictures have come into WPTV.com.
A spate of strangely shaped clouds have been appearing worldwide. Meteorologists say they do not know what they are but insist they are a natural phenomenon. I don't understand how they know they are natural if they do not even know what they are, but that's just me. This one was spotted in Indonesia, and is part of an article noting the strange sky phenomenon lately.
UFO clouds spark possibility of alien life
"Incredible pictures of 'UFO clouds' have reignited space-lovers hopes that there is extra-terrestrial life after they hit the internet showing eerie illuminated discs in the sky which look like alien spaceships. Most of the pictures are from Indonesia but there have been similar sighting in Moscow, Romania, Florida and elsewhere in 2009."
The Moscow cloud sparked a huge amount of consternation. It hovered over the city for quite some time in October '09, snarling traffic and causing pundits of all kinds to weigh in. The opinion of meteorologists to explain this never-before-seen kind of cloud is that it was formed by sunlight bouncing off it, or planes flying through it. Uh, OK.
Hole Punch Cloud – Not UFO – Spotted over Moscow
"A rare cloud formation was spotted over Moscow this week, inciting widespread discussion of UFO sightings throughout the city – concerns which spread across the globe instantly via the internet. The British tabloid The Sun reported as a “Mystery UFO Halo” over Moscow although it was likely simply an interesting phenomenon created by planes flying through layers of thin high-altitude clouds." Note that the hole punch cloud has no hole, a consistently typical feature of this rare but known cloud. It's a stretch, but I guess it's better than admitting they simply don't know what it is.
I note these clouds because they are rare or unknown phenomena. These phenomena are occurring at an increasingly rapid pace. They do not constitute the entirety of the last 8 months' worth of strange clouds in the sky, but they are representative of a few of the noticed sightings.
Sightings are also occurring in space at an increasing pace. The secular world calls these sightings "Unidentified flying objects", or UFO's. The interesting thing about these UFO phenomena is not only that they are occurring more frequently, but at lower and lower altitudes and appearing to thousands at a time. No longer is it called in by a lone farmer in his field at dusk; no longer is it one local crackpot who also sees little green men at the Council meeting. No longer are they a rapid flash in the sky leaving humans to wonder if they even saw anything. These UFO sightings are appearing over whole cities, and hovering for hours.
Giant Pyramid UFO 'Hovers Over Moscow'
"A mysterious 'UFO' seen in the sky over Moscow has sparked speculation that the city has been visited by an alien spacecraft. The pyramid-shaped object was said to have remained for hours over the Red Square in the Russian capital."
Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway
"What's blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the sky? If you know the answer, pop it on a postcard and send it to the people of Norway, where this mysterious light display baffled residents yesterday."
Was mysterious jellyfish in sky caused by space satellite reflecting Northern Lights?
"A strange jellyfish-shaped object spotted hanging in the sky over Norway, may have been caused by light from the aurora being bounced off a space satellite, experts say. If proven it will be the first known case of a satellite reflecting the Northern Lights."
credit: The mysterious phenomenon was photographed last week by amateur photographer Per-Arne Milkalsen over Andenesm, Norway.
And sometimes, authorities simply throw up their hands and say, "Er, I dunno."
Strange object filmed in the sky above Winnipeg
"Prof. Jaymie Matthews, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, said he wasn't sure exactly what was caught on camera -- but he ruled out several possibilities. "A comet that bright, that close to the Sun, visible in the twilight sky, would have been spotted by professional and amateur astronomers long before last night," he wrote in an email from Paris. "And it would have been visible to people across North America last night, and still tonight." He added that it was also definitely not a meteor, fireball or a disintegrating space debris."
Were those mysterious bulletlike objects seen in the sky off the coast of Newfoundland missiles?
"In a case that sounds like a Hollywood science-fiction movie, locals in Harbour Mille, a small town near Newfoundland's southern coast, are buzzing over the sighting of three silver or grey objects early Monday evening."
PMO says PMO says mysterious sighting off Newfoundland is not a missile sighting off Newfoundland is not a missile
"The Prime Minister Office says there is no evidence of anyone firing a rocket near Newfoundland's southern coast. "There is no indication that there was ever a rocket launch," Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said Thursday in an email. But a Liberal MP is accusing Ottawa of failing to provide answers on the mysterious sightings from earlier this week."
What's the purpose of the sky phenomena recap? Several points. First, the amount of strange sightings in the sky and space are staggering. It's not that we have better telescopes or that there are more people to spot things, but that the things that are being spotted are unexplainable. They are occurring at the time when Jesus said to watch for signs of the end. He said "there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven." (Luke 21:11) Who can reasonably explain why a pyramid hovered above Moscow during rush hour? Who can explain the Norway Spiral? What was that jellyfish thing in space? If the Winnipeg item wasn't a fireball, meteor, comet or space junk, what was it? We do know that in the end times Jesus said, "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves," (Luke 21:25). Strong's Greek dictionary defines sign in this verse as a "miracle, an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally -- miracle, sign, token, wonder."
Secondly it is to point out that we are in the time of great deception. Jesus said of the signs of the end of the age, first: "See to it that no one misleads you." (Mt 24:4) If Satan is the god of this age and he has been given permission to perform lying signs and wonders during the Tribulation...
2 Thes 2:9 "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, ..."
Matthew 24:24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
...then it stands to reason that prior to the Tribulation he would be performing deceptive signs as well during the period just prior to the Tribulation.
The third point of this essay is to encourage Christians to remain alert so that satan will not catch you unawares. Paul said "so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes." Do not be ignorant of his schemes. The only sure guard against deception is truth. The only truth is God's Holy Word. Do you read, study, and pray each day? Do you wear your armor? Are you ready to see through the deception of these sky and space phenomena? They will only grow bolder and more outlandish as the tribulation draws near until the entire world is deceived, and the whole world follows after the beast (with his fake resurrection and lying signs.)
When we are called to 'look up for your redemption draws nigh" (Luke 21:28), are you able to look past the signs in the sun and the moon and the stars and see Jesus? I hope so? Keep looking but also keep praying.