Signs, Part I

30 09 2009

As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3

Cross

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Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5

obama christ the light

“My job is to be so persuasive that if there’s anybody left out there who is still not sure whether they will vote, or is still not clear who they will vote for, that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany…and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama.” –Barack Hussein Obama, Lebanon Opera House, New Hampshire, January 7, 2008.

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“If anyone says to you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:23-24

Messiah Obama

Michael D'Antuono's painting, "The Truth," of Obama as Christ, unveiled in New York's Union Square, April 29, 2009

Addressing a large crowd behind a podium with a Nation of Islam Saviour’s Day 2008 sign, [Nation of Islam leader Louis] Farrakhan proclaimed, “You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” (H/t GiovanniWorld member Bob! WorldNetDaily, April 25, 2009)

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“…there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains.” Matthew 24:7-8

Yesterday, Sept. 29, 2009, at 6:48 AM local time, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off the American Samoa islands.

At least 20 people were reported to have died. The wall of water from the resulting tsunami was as high as 30 feet. Entire villages had been wiped out in Samoa on the worst-hit south and southwest coasts in an area where thousands of people live. Thousands are left homeless on the island.

Today, Sept. 30, at 5:15 PM local time, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia, along the same fault line that spawned the massive 2004 tsunami that killed more than 230,000.

Then, I saw this graph:

historic quakes

UPDATE (10/1/09):

For a different perspective on this graph and on the incidence of earthquakes, see ultraguy’s NewWineskins blog (and the interesting comments) HERE.

UPDATE (10/2/09):

George Ure of urbansurvival.com has another graph, using earthquake magnitude 6.0 as the cut-off:

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“But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Matthew 24:36

~Eowyn

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3 responses

30 09 2009
Bob

Eowyn,

Thanks for the H/t

Signs part 1, great, can’t wait for more. As you point out,
“Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5”.
Muslims believe Mohammed was a prophet, or Messiah. In truth he was one of the deceivers.

God Bless.

Bob.

30 09 2009
ultraguy

Eowyn – As you know, I’m on the BHO-antichrist train for many of the same reasons you cite, and more. But as one trained in geology, and having dug deep into the USGS data on earthquakes just the other day (before the Samoa and Indonesian quakes), including looking at that same graph, I have to report that it does not show what it seems to. (I’m still convinced we’re in the very last days, but not because of any decade-long earthquake trend — because there isn’t one.)

As the title says, the page from which the graph’s numbers are drawn, on the USGS site reports historic earthquakes. When you compare it to other pages on their site that list all earthquakes (e.g., here it becomes apparent that when they say “historic”, they are using editorial license to list ones that may be “of interest” to current readers. The further you go back, the fewer they include from among those that happened. (Who knows how they came up with the screen for what’s “historic”. The data is a grab-bag of tiny and very large. It’s a misleading title, that’s for sure.)

But bottom line: it is emphatically NOT a data set from which it is valid to draw any trend information.

For an analysis of some patterns that may be equally interesting but not as visually dramatic, see my latest post here.

1 10 2009
Eowyn

Thanks, ultraguy, for the correction! I’ll send this to George Ure of urbansurvival.com about his deceptive graph.

God bless +

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