Word of the Week: Transcendence

Booms in the foothills a mystery

There is a report from Drudge about more sky booms, but this time people hear them coming from the ground. Previously, people in other locations have reported them coming from the sky. There have been so many booms, from so many places around the globe, for so long, that the name "Sounds of the Apocalypse" is widely recognized as the name for this phenomenon. I have reported on these booms myself many times. Do a Google search for sky noises, or booms, and you'll see how many times they have been heard around the world.

In one post, I explored that the noises could be leak-through spiritual warfare in the heavenlies ramping up and used the verses in 2 Kings for support text (here). I also wrote about the possibility that it was leak-through from the throne room, and used support text from Ezekiel 1:24a, here. Thirdly I mused that it could be a fulfillment of a Jeremiah verse, here, this being the verse from Jeremiah-

"A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 25:31).

I'll propose a fourth theory. Just as we do not know what is happening in the heavenly realms now, apart from what is written in the bible, we do not know what is happening in hell, or in Tartarus (the lowest gloomy dungeon where the fallen angels are being kept (Jude 1:6, 2 Peter 2:4). I wonder do the noises from hell leak-through to us here on earth? Are the fallen angels sensing the nearness of the day when they as the Revelation 9 locusts will be released and they make a great rushing sound?

"And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth." (Rev 9:1-3).

When that happens, and it has not happened yet, don't you think it would make a great noise? Yes, it does, and the bible tells us how great a noise they make:

"In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth; they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle." (Revelation 9:7-9).

When an orchestra warms up before the concert, they make a cacophonous sound as each individual musician tunes his instrument. Then the conductor raises his baton and at once, they perform in harmony and in like movements. It is the same with an army. As each soldier jockeys his armor into position, there is a rumble and a noise as the preparations go on, which gets louder and more cacophonous as the moment nears when the Commander raises his hand to begin.

Before a football game, don't the fans, in their excitement, stomp their feet and pound the bleachers, making a great racket?

The "wondrous strange" thing about the coming of the prophesied locusts is that they have a king.

"They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon." (Revelation 9:11). Yet Proverbs 30:27 tells us locusts have no king. So the Revelation locusts are no ordinary locusts. Are they demons? Yes. They have a form and they have faces and they have armor and they have a sting of a scorpion even though they are called locusts.

John Phillips wrote, "Picture what the world would be like if we were to open the doors of all the penitentiaries of earth and set free the world's most vicious and violent criminals, giving them full reign to practice their infamies upon mankind. Something worse than that lies in store for the world. Satan cast out of heaven is now permitted to summon to his aid the most diabolical fiends in the abyss to act as his agents in bringing mankind to the footstool of the beast."

Are the locust-demons in the pit pounding their bleachers and rattling their chains and yelling as they sense the Day approaching where they will be let out to destroy the earth and its peoples? I don't know. Only God knows. The possibility of it reminds me of the famous quote from Hamlet. Upon seeing a ghost (demon) Horatio said to Hamlet, "O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!"

Hamlet replied, "... There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

The thing to remember about these booms is that what we see is not real. The life we are living is not the full story. There is more, much more, in God's realms than we see and experience. Paul said,

"as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Here is the report from Drudge. This time, the booms are coming from the ground, but they are not earthquakes. Or sonic booms. Or mining. They simply don't know what they are.

Source Of Loud Boom In Foothills A Mystery
EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) – People from all over El Dorado County say they’re hearing loud booms several times a week, but there are many theories on what is causing them. “I thought it was thunder,” said one person. “It’s definitely not thunder; too consistent. I thought it was just mining,” said another person. “I always considered them to be sonic booms from flying aircrafts for years,” said Loring Brunius, owner of Sierra Rock Diamond Quarry. People who live near Pleasant Valley say their days have been interrupted by loud booms, shaking the floor beneath them. “You can feel it in the ground, no question about it. But no one’s been able to figure out why,” said Pleasant Valley resident Peter O’Grady. “I tend to hear somewhere between four to six of these things during the weekdays usually between 11 p.m. and 2 p.m. “Boom, boom, boom, boom just like that,” said Lorren Gonzales, who lives near Pleasant Valley."

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  1. I find it interesting that these booms have been happening for years and only happen during a specific time of day.

    1. Can you elaborate? I hadn't heard they happen at a specific time of day. If they have been happening for years, do you have a notion of why there is a sudden interest in reporting them? Thanks

    2. In answer to your question, quoted from the source you linked to:
      "“You can feel it in the ground, no question about it. But no one’s been able to figure out why,” said Pleasant Valley resident Peter O’Grady. “I tend to hear somewhere between four to six of these things during the weekdays usually between 11 p.m. and 2 p.m." (NOTE: in the video the man who said this did NOT say 11 p.m. and 2 p.m. - he just said "between 11 and 2" which to me would be either 11am and 2pm or 11pm and 2am - but it was not clear what he meant.)

      "According to USGS, there aren’t enough seismic stations to pinpoint the exact location. Meanwhile, some say the booms have been around so long and happen so often they barely notice them anymore. Still, others want to solve the mystery." (NOTE: the video report starts out by saying "People who live near Pleasant Valley say their days have been interrupted by loud booms, shaking the floor beneath them and they've been hearing these booms for years.")

      Also, this area is NOT near where the current earthquake swarm is going on, but much farther north and not on the San Andreas faultline. Otherwise, I would think they might be related to that. Placerville, and Pleasant Valley, CA, are almost directly west of Lake Tahoe, NV, over the mountains to the west if you look on Google Earth.

  2. Excellent post Elizabeth! I appreciate the fact that if you don't know what's causing this that you say "I don't know." But any speculation you do give is biblically based. Unbelievers may have their explanations but I believe everything on this side of eternity is to point us back to the bible & to the one true Savior. So are these noises spiritual battles? I don't know but if they are or aren't it doesn't matter because my faith, my trust & my hope is in God so, I don't have to understand the unexplainable. I'll just ask him about when I see Him in heaven! =)

    1. "my trust & my hope is in God so, I don't have to understand the unexplainable." So true!! Well said! I agree completely!


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