Category: Harbinger

Hundreds caught along US border from West African Nations

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level three warning for US citizens to avoid traveling to West African countries experiencing an outbreak of Ebola.

Immigrants from West African countries have entered the US illegally, according to Chris Cabrera with the National Border Patrol Council.

“Not too long ago we did catch some people, I believe, from Liberia,” he said.

During the 2013 fiscal year, statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website show Border Patrol agents apprehended 112 immigrants from Guinea, 231 from Liberia and 145 immigrants from Sierra Leone, which are the three countries currently experiencing the most cases of Ebola.

The United States’ top infectious-disease doctor suggested Sunday that more people inside the country will be diagnosed with Ebola, but dismissed as “far-fetched” concerns about somebody bringing the deadly disease across the U.S.-Mexico border in a bio-terror attack.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, told “Fox News Sunday” that 50 people inside the country are now being monitored for the deadly virus and that the country’s first confirmed patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is back in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

“I would not be surprised if somebody who has close contact with Mr. Duncan actual contracted Ebola,” said Fauci, who also repeated his faith in the U.S. health care system in being able to prevent an outbreak.

The recent outbreak of Ebola started in West Africa and has killed more than 3,400 people this year in the region

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Rare eclipse Wednesday will show darkened moon and rising sun together

A total eclipse of the moon on Wednesday will offer stargazers a rare chance to see both an eclipsed moon and a rising sun at the same moment, thanks to an optical trick played by the earth’s atmosphere.

The upcoming eclipse will be the second this year and part of a series of four total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015. The hour-long event will be most visible in the Western Pacific, Asian Far East, New Zealand and Australia’s eastern coast.

However, observers east of the Mississippi River in the United States, an area where the moon will only be partially visible when earth’s shadow covers it, will be rewarded for braving the early hours of Wednesday just before sunrise with a rare viewing of a selenation, reports Space.com.

It’s a seemingly impossible occurrence when the eclipsed setting moon, together with a rising sun, are visible in the sky simultaneously. The event happens due to an atmospheric trick that refracts the light coming from the two celestial bodies making them appear just over the horizon when in fact they are just below it.

Depending on the location, there will be an open window of about 2 to 9 minutes when it will be possible to catch the rising sun in the east and the eclipsed moon setting in the west. Seeing them would also require favorable weather conditions and perhaps the use of binoculars or a telescope.

Also, the planet Uranus will be situated next to the moon during the eclipse and should be bright enough to identify with binoculars.

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The World Is Getting Scary When We See Muslim Beheadings And Ebola Is Already In The U.S.

By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola in a critically ill patient diagnosed in a U.S. hospital, officials announced Tuesday.

The patient — who has been isolated since his symptoms were recognized — is an unnamed man in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The man left Liberia Sept. 19 and arrived in the USA the next day, but had no symptoms when leaving Africa or arriving here, said Thomas Frieden, CDC director. The patient became sick Sept. 24 and he sought care two days later. He was admitted to the hospital Sept. 28. Frieden did not reveal the man’s nationality, but said he came to the USA to visit relatives.

Franklin Graham says the Ebola virus may be part of Bible end times prophecy and that Christians should be watching for signs of times indicating the end of the world.

Even the International Business Times are talking end-times referring to Grahm’s warning:

The signs of End Times as mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24 are becoming more apparent with how the news of chaos in different parts of the world are developing by the day.

Ebola is a gruesome disease that causes cells in the body to self-destruct, resulting in massive internal and external bleeding. In its late stages, Ebola can cause the victim to experience convulsions, vomiting and bleeding from the eyes and ears while convulsing, flinging blood all over the room and anyone standing nearby, thereby infecting those people as well. This gruesome ending is the reason Ebola spreads so effectively. The virus “weaponizes” the blood, then causes the victim to fling it around on everyone else almost like you might see depicted in some horror zombie flick.

 

Ebola is believed to be carried by animals and occasionally jumps to people resulting in sporadic outbreaks. Previous outbreaks have been deadly but have largely been contained within small geographic areas and they have died out in relatively short periods. The present outbreak appears to be the worst so far in term so geographic spread and time frame. Some experts have blamed the rapid spread on increased easy of travel saying that most previous outbreaks occurred in remote villages and there was little chance of people travelling beyond the areas before symptoms manifested but this in not true anymore.

Then we have beheadings and an ISIS plan to kill 10 million Americans which we warned prior to the beheading in Oklahoma. That too was linked to what we wrote.

Who ever dreamt that one day not only we will have Charley Manson, but that we will have a Muslim world daily educating to produce millions upon millions of Charley Mansons. They even train them in mosques:

The cry of the terror-stricken myriads has fallen upon the ear of John. “The great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” The apostle himself was awed and overwhelmed.

Years ago we warned:

Beheading is the very heritage of Islam, carried out in God’s name, and is exactly what the Bible warned us of: “And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the Word of God” (Revelation 20:4), and in a time that: “when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you” (John 16:1-4). If only the Church would heed Christ’s warning “remember that I warned you.” This is hardly an atheist system—the only religion that still practices these is Islam. (God’s War on Terror, Page 162)

When we warned, they laughed.

Soon the world will see the Legacy of Jihad being revived as it was in the late fifteen century, in which we will see soon, Syria and Egypt (the King of the South) will be invaded by the King of the North (Turkey) and we will see beheadings reminiscent to Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire, also in the late fifteen century, who is revered as a paragon of Muslim tolerance by modern revisionist historians recorded the following account of his own defeat of his infidel enemies: “Those who were brought in alive [having surrendered] were ordered beheaded, after which a tower of skulls was erected in the camp.” While Islam’s adventures in India, are rarely ever discussed today, the estimated number of the slain in India alone was eighty million. This will repeat, but this time it will be in Pakistan where 2.8 million Christians live. I am ashamed to say that we (Rescue Christians) are in the slave trade business, but I am not ashamed to say that we buy these brick baking slaves in order to set them free from Pakistan. We learned this from Oscar Schindler, the Catholic. There is slave after slave … an endless suffering as it was in the days of the Pharaoh of Egypt, baking bricks under the sun.

So what will my tombstone say: “here lays a slave merchant”. We are all slaves, even including the Muslim slave owner, for he is enslaved by the fear of hellfire fed to him from the bottomless pit demanding him to commit evil, all this while we pray for them: Lord forgive them for they do not know what they do.

We weep daily for what we see on the horizon which is unlike anything we can dream of. The Copts of Egypt will mostly be slaughtered as well as in Iraq, Lebanon, the Philippines and Africa with no one but few to morn them. And by this, the martyrs will face the fate predicted by God: “And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the Word of God” (Revelation 20:4).

The saints in heaven will soon cry with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Revelation 6:10)

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Sethite Theory: “Certain Men Crept In Unawares” & The Church Buys It!

Belle Ringer –  http://www.salvationandsurvival.com/2014/09/sethite-theory-certain-men-crept-in.html 

 

     There are days when the spiritual component of my life just screams for attention.  Enough of this world, already!  So, I just have to speak about matters that have much greater consequences than the latest headlines.  

 

      A few weeks back, I published a post titled “How Much Longer? (As It Was In The Days of Noah).  Needless to say, it caused quite a bit of controversy and generated a spirited conversation amongst the Body of Christ, and with the secular population.  But there is much more that needs to be said about this topic, and I believe it is quite relevant to our national discourse.

 

As Steve Quayle has so often said, “Genesis 6 is the Rosetta Stone of the Bible.”  In case you’re not quite sure what that means, he is saying that Genesis 6:1-4, specifically, is the key to understanding a mystery that has been kept secret from the Church for centuries.  And I believe that it has profound implications to what is going on in our cultural and political arenas.  Let me explain:

 

      How many times have you been asked these questions:  How can you believe in a God who would order the Old Testament Israelites to indiscriminately kill all the men, women, children and animals in Canaan?  Why would your God send a Flood to kill all mankind, yet save Noah and his family?  How can you worship such an angry God?  Without understanding the true implications of Genesis 6:1-4, it is difficult to understand the nature and actions of God throughout the Old Testament, and the culmination of His Son’s existence in the New Testament.

 

      So, let’s get right to it!  Genesis 6:1-4 reads:  When the number of people started to increase throughout the fertile land, daughters were born to them.  The divine beings saw how beautiful these human women were, so they married the ones they chose.  The Lord said, “My breath [Spirit] will not remain in humans forever, because they are flesh. They will live one hundred twenty years.”  In those days, giants [Nephilim, in the Hebrew] lived on the earth and also afterward, when divine beings and human daughters had sexual relations and gave birth to children. These were the ancient heroes, famous men. 

 

      I have chosen the Common English version of this passage because it is the most straightforward and renders the most accurate understanding as experienced by ancient rabbinical sources, the early Church fathers, and those men who translated the Septuagint.  Other versions that read “sons of God” and “daughters of men” have served to confuse the issue.  To me, it is pretty obvious that the Scripture is referring to Fallen Angels who mated with earthly women and produced hybrid children, who were famously gigantic.  (And for those who will say that Jesus said angels do not marry, I agree.  But He also says they will be like the “angels in heaven.”  This does not mean they can’t take come to earth, assume human form and have sex.  What about Hebrews 13:2 that says people have entertained angels without even knowing it?)

 

      However, it is not my intention that we re-hash the arguments from that past post.  I believe it is now important to understand how the Church might have come to misunderstand this passage; who was involved; and how it has served Satan to divert the blame.

 

      To begin with, many in the Christian Church have been taught that Genesis 6 revolves around the “Sethite Theory.”  I maintain that of all the deceptions Satan has slipped into the Church, this is his greatest, because it causes us to miss his plan throughout history, and will result in many being misled in the End Times.  This doctrinal deception single-handedly hides the one common thread that puts Genesis to Malachi in a proper context, and explains the direction in which this world is headed as we begin the countdown to Christ’s Return.

 

      The common thread is that there is a Fallen Angel/Nephilim DNA connection throughout Scripture (see Genesis 3:15), in which God is trying to thwart the ongoing genetic manipulation by Satan and the Fallen Ones to keep Christ from being born. We see this theme in God’s mandate to destroy the indigenous peoples in the Canaanite wars; it explains the harshness and specificity of the Law as it pertains to idolatry, intermarriage, and the sanctity of blood.

 

So, what is the “Sethite Theory”?  In a nutshell, it is the belief that Genesis 6:1-4 refers to what happens to mankind after Cain kills Abel.  The line of Seth was pure and faithful, while the line of Cain turned rebellious and ungodly.   The “Sethite Theory” states that verses 1-4 refer to a failure of Seth’s line (the “sons of God”) to remain unpolluted by Cain’s wicked daughters (the “daughters of men”).  This doctrinal theory proposes that Genesis 6 is based on an interpretation that “the sons of God” were “the line of Seth”; and not “divine beings” or “Fallen Angels”.  Furthermore, it projects that the “daughters of men” were “the wicked daughters of Cain.”  But that’s a pretty big assumption to make, don’t you agree?   And no one has ever been able to explain how, or why, the children of these marriages between Seth’s and Cain’s lines would become giants.  As Chuck Missler has expressed, “Since Jesus prophesied, ‘As the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be,’ it becomes essential to understand what these days [of Noah in Genesis 6:1-4] included.”

 

      So, if the “Fallen Angel” view of this Scripture was favored at the beginning of the Church Age, how did the “Sethite” theory come into being?  This is where it is important to know the history of our faith and how it might have gotten off-track.

 

      In the Third, Fourth and Fifth centuries, as the Roman Empire began to turn from their pagan gods towards the Christianity of their conquered lands, they also began to modify and restyle some of the foundational tenets of the faith (that’s the way Satan does it!), as they made Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire.  Men of great reputation and standing began to criticize and attack “the fallen angel” interpretation of Genesis 6.  As the Church of Rome began worshipping angels and adopting the principle of abstinence, an understanding of evil angels having sex with women just didn’t fit the narrative.  In fact, because so many of the early Christians believed the Fallen Angel account, the Catholic Church declared it heresy to teach this view, under penalty of death.

 

      Paganism was hard to root out, and not all adopted the truth of Christianity.  According to Wikipedia, Julian became Emperor of Rome in 361 A.D., and was the last non-Christian Emperor.  He “attempted to revive traditional Roman religious practices at the cost of Christianity, and his rejection of Christianity in favour of Neoplatonic paganism” [from the school of Greek philosopher Plato], earned him his nickname, “Julian the Apostate.”  His worship of the Greek and Roman gods as “divine beings” came into stark contrast with the implications of “Fallen Angels” in Genesis 6.

 

      St. Augustine, in The City of God, while espousing the Sethite view, admitted that creatures of the woods had sexually assaulted women: “There is, too, a very general rumor, which many have verified by their own experience, or which trustworthy persons who have heard the experience of others corroborate, that sylvans and fauns, who are commonly called incubi, had often made wicked assaults upon women.”   Could these creatures have been born of Fallen Angel DNA?  Thus did the Sethite Theory proliferate into the Middle Ages.

 

      Currently, the Mainstream Seminaries and The Church continue to perpetuate this deception, because they don’t know the Truth!  And the opinion of secularists and atheists of an Old Testament psychopathic God continues to flourish and is unexplainable by modern Christians.  But one must read the Scripture as it is written.  “The Sons of God” is, in the Hebrew, B’nai HaElohim, “Sons of Elohim,” which is a term consistently used in the Old Testament for angels, and it is never used of believers in the Old Testament.  If God wanted us to believe that the sons of Seth mated with the daughters of Cain, He would have told us so.

 

      You may be asking why this seemingly mundane topic is of such importance to me, and how Satan is using it to further his goals.  First of all, how many times have you heard an unbeliever contemplate embracing Christianity, but their stumbling block is always, “I can’t serve a God who indiscriminately kills women and children”?  If they knew that God was, in reality, wiping out all the Fallen Angel DNA from those Canaanite tribes so that His Son could come through a pure line, it might clear up their false impression of “an angry God”.  If they knew that the Fallen Angel “incursion” was Satan’s plan to thwart God’s warning that there would be “enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.”  Satan was trying to strike first and pollute the offspring.  “Bruise” in the Hebrew can mean “overwhelm” and “heel” can refer to the act of  “supplanting” or “restraining”.  Clearly, there was to be a battle between the offspring of Satan and the offspring of the woman [representing Israel, and ultimately the Messiah].  When you have this piece of the puzzle, it explains why Jehovah warned the Israelites throughout the Old Testament against co-mingling with the peoples of the conquered land, and to keep the blood sacrifices sacred.

 

      Satan has been successful in inserting the false Sethite doctrine into the Church, and this one aspect and misinterpretation of Scripture is keeping untold numbers of unbelievers from embracing God.  It is incumbent upon those of us in the Body of Christ to have the proper knowledge base and understand the Fallen Angel theory and the Nephilim of Genesis 6.  If we are to serve the Kingdom of God here on earth, we must know this information so that we can answer those questions of doubt, and bring these unbelievers into the fold.

 

We must do what the Mainstream Church will not do.  We must take the Fallen Angel doctrine to the masses who are so mesmerized with The Discovery Channel’s Ancient Aliens, and show them the truth.  Ironically, this wildly popular TV show promotes 97% of the Fallen Angel theory, but comes to a wrong conclusion.  The 3% of their theory that tells viewers the Fallen Angels are our “creator gods” is a big percentage point, when Salvation is at stake.  Who do you think those Ancient Aliens/Fallen Angels owe their allegiance to?

 

      I simply do not know why the Church scholars and Seminaries, as a whole, can’t read the Hebrew and discern the deception in the Sethite Theory.  A first-year Bible student, with a Strong’s Concordance, can clear this up in 15 minutes of honest study.

 

      I believe that liberal theology has been embarrassed by the Fallen Angel view, and for that matter, any supernatural aspects of God, which make Him a Bigger God than they can imagine.  They can only continue to perpetuate the false Sethite doctrine… all to the delight of Satan,who is the father of lies.  People like Steve Quayle, Rob Skiba, L.A. Marzulli, and Doug Elwell have done exhaustive research on this subject, and are blowing the Watchman’s horn from the wall in regards to this issue, and we all owe them a great deal of gratitude.

 

      But the time has come for us to crawl up on the wall ourselves and wake up our small inner circle of Believers.  If not the Truth, now … then when?  The deception permeates every sci-fi movie and TV show, whether it be tempting the impressionable to welcome the Ancient Aliens, commune with Vampires, or rush to alter our DNA through advanced and “life-saving” alternatives.  If we do not understand the truth of Genesis 6:1-4, then the human race will once again become corrupted and seduced by the deception of the Angel of light.

 

Jude 4:  “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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SUPERMOON: NOVELTY, NUISANCE OR MORE?

The U.S. Naval Observatory is tired of the term “supermoon” and USA Today treats it as a minor novelty.

But is there something more than that to the third consecutive month in which the moon will be at “supermoon” status, that is, a full moon that coincides with perigree, or the closet point to Earth in its orbit?

Pastor Mark Biltz, whose “Blood Moons” book, the inspiration for a documentary movie of the same name, sees a connection between what is happening in the physical world and the promises found in the Bible regarding “signs in the sun, moon and stars.”

“As calamities around the globe mount and things seem to be unsettled on every front, I hope we will remember that it is a God of grace who warns and signals and is calling people to His nail pierced hand that is stretched out still,” he said.

Biltz and his team at El Shaddai Ministries want believers to take these signs in the heavens to heart.

“The Lord is surely speaking. Are we rejoicing that God warns us in these amazing signs in the heavens? Are we listening and watching and praying and warning and teaching others the things we have been taught? It is time.”

As long as clouds do not get in the way, the supermoon in September will be visible Tuesday night.

It will not be as close to Earth as July’s, which was the brightest of the year, but experts expect it to obscure the Perseid meteor shower happening at the same time.

Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit and its path around Earth. When in perigee, the moon is around 50,000 kilometers closer than when it is furthest away, or in apogee.

The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 238,900 miles.

 

In 2015, there will be six supermoons – Jan. 20, Feb. 18, March 20, Aug. 29, Sept. 28, and Oct. 27. The largest of the supermoons next year will occur on Sept. 28.

Biltz calls the current series of events “something historic,” especially in light of the “Blood Moons” that are happening too. Those are lunar eclipses.

It started back on April 15, which happened to fall on Passover in 2014. That’s when a “blood moon tetrad,” an astronomical series of lunar eclipses that has occurred before in history, but rarely, started, according to NASA.

And the current events are even more rare, as the eclipses happen on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, during 2014 and 2015.

Biltz discovered the phenomenon concerning “Blood Moons” back in 2007 while researching the correlation between when blood moons fell on feast days and key historical world events.

Prior tetrads have occurred in 1967, when the Six-Day War occurred, in the late 1940s, when Israel was reborn as a nation, and several centuries earlier, when Jews were being expelled from Spain.

Biltz, in his book, details the science of astronomy in light of Bible prophecy. He began to teach and explain his discovery of a series of lunar and solar eclipses that happened at the same time important dates (Passover, Feast of Tabernacles) on the Hebrew calendar.

”Blood Moons” was released nationwide March 18, and has consistently been one of the top books sold on Amazon.com. A full-length documentary produced by WND Films and featuring Biltz was also released the same day. It has been one of the top sellers in faith and spirituality on Amazon since its release.

Biltz said that to understand the meanings of signs, it’s important to know the seasons, feasts and calendar of the Lord.

Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries, is a well-known commentator on the feasts of the Lord who has spoken in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the United States.

The Jim Bakker Show host Jim Bakker called Biltz’ work, “the most important book of the times.”

Biltz spent two days recording interviews with Lori and Jim Bakker at their Christian retreat in Branson, Missouri, with Bakker saying that the broadcasts tell “the definitive story of the impending blood moons by the man who discovered the astronomical relationship behind the prophecy, heavenly signs and when they intersect.”

Bakker told Biltz that he read “Blood Moons” in exactly one setting, spending an entire night consuming every page and detail set forth in the book.

The concept is getting tiring for Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory, who said he’d be just has happy if the terms “supermoon” and “Blood Moon” would go away.

“There’s a part of me that wishes that this ‘Supermoon’ moniker would just dry up and blow away, like the ‘Blood Moon’ that accompanied the most recent lunar eclipse, because it tends to promulgate a lot of misinformation,” Chester said in a Science NASA report. “However, if it gets people out and looking at the night sky and maybe hooks them into astronomy, then it’s a good thing.”

Chester said the moon, as a supermoon, appears to be huge, especially when seen through trees, buildings or other foreground objects.

“I guarantee that some folks will think it’s the biggest moon they’ve ever seen if they catch it rising over a distant horizon,” said Chester.

USA Today said, “If you don’t have supermoon fatigue yet, our ‘summer of supermoons’ comes to a close … with the ‘harvest’ full moon. … This month’s full moon is called the Harvest moon since it’s the full moon that falls the closest to autumnal equinox, which is on Sept. 23 this year…”

“All these signs, coming together at one time, are potentially the culminating signals that God is closing this chapter of human history,” Biltz said. “This could be the final curtain call before the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible. God has always wanted to warn His people, and the rest of the world, before He intervenes. What better way to communicate to us than through the universal language of heavenly signs that speak to every tribe, tongue, and nation?”

In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come” (Joel 2:31).

In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light … And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:29-30).

 

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Pope Francis: I Only Have 2-3 More Years to Live

Not sure what to make of this story…. Stay tuned….

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Pope Francis believes that he still has a maximum of three years left to live, he told reporters Monday, and indicated that he is considering early retirement

“Another two or three years, and God will take me,” Francis said, speaking to reporters on his way back to the Vatican from South Korea. According to reporters on the plane, the pope was generally in high spirits despite the grim prediction

Francis, 77, was elected in March last year. The current Pope has not been in the best of health throughout his life; he lost one of his lungs in his 20s after a serious illness, and has undergone several surgeries in recent years. Vatican officials have hinted in the past that Francis may also have trouble walking.

However, Monday night was the first time Francis himself spoke about his medical condition in public.

The Pope said that he might resign in future, “even if it is not received favorably by some theologians.”

He said that 60 years ago, Catholic bishops “would not dare to even think about such a possibility,” but today the situation is different.

“Benedict the 16th opened the door,” Francis said, mentioning his predecessor, who resigned unexpectedly due to his unstable health condition.

So far, Pope Francis’s tenure has been marked by a controversial visit to Israel earlier this year, whereby the pope called the Palestinian Authority (PA) the “state of Palestine” and then made an unexpected stop at the security barrier between Jerusalem and Bethlehem to pray at a section with “Pope we need to see someone to speak about justice. Bethlehem look like Warsaw ghetto. Free Palestine” spray-painted on it.

In terms of world affairs, Francis has proposed a number of revolutionary ideas to reform the Church, including a “zero-tolerance” policy toward sex abuse in the Catholic Church and urging the Vatican to embrace the poor. 

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‘HARBINGER’ AUTHOR SAYS LOSS OF ‘TREE OF HOPE’ A WARNING

The author of “The Harbinger,” the inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” documentary, says the seventh harbinger is no more.

A tree that was placed at the site of the 9/11 Muslim terror attack in New York City has died, has been removed, and destroyed.

“Harbinger” author Jonathan Cahn says it’s because of his book that the tree will not be replaced.

His work examines the nine harbingers, or warnings, recorded in the Bible that were delivered to Israel before the nation disintegrated. He contends God is giving the same nine warnings now to America to urge the nation to repent.

One of the harbingers was a sycamore tree at Ground Zero, which after the destruction of the Twin Towers was replaced by an evergreen, a move Cahn believes follows the Isaiah prophecy.

Now the replacement tree is gone, he said.

“The ancient sign of nearing national judgment has been manifested. The erez tree has fallen. The seventh harbinger now speaks of impending judgment. The Tree of Hope, the symbol of America’s resurgence … is dead,” he explained.

“The keepers of the Tree of Hope did everything they could to save the withering tree. They even changed the soil in which it grew. But no matter what they did, the tree continued to wither away and die,” said Cahn.

“Finally, in the spring of this year, the tree planted in the place of the fallen sycamore of Ground Zero, the symbol of a rising America, was uprooted. … The seventh harbinger is no more.”

He had written in his book a prophetic word concerning America’s Erez Tree, the Tree of Hope, saying, “…but when a nation such as this places its hope in its own powers to save itself, then its hope is false. Its true hope is found only in returning to God. Without that, the Tree of Hope is a harbinger of the day when its strong cedars come crashing down to the earth.”

Only recently did Cahn discover that “The Harbinger’s” prophecy has come true. The news came to him from those who had recently walked the grounds of St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City at the corner of Ground Zero where the erez tree had been planted in place of the fallen sycamore.

Unlike the planting of the Tree of Hope, which was done publicly and followed by a publicized ceremony, the tree was uprooted with little notice given, out of the public eye. In fact it was only after several inquiries were made as to the trees disappearance, that WND found out what happened. The Tree of Hope, the symbol of a resurgent America, was uprooted in the spring of this year. The day after its uprooting, it was entirely destroyed.

“In the Bible,” said Cahn, “the felling of the cedar, or the destruction of the erez tree, is a particularly stark sign given to a nation nearing the day of its judgment. It is one of several continuing manifestations of what appears in ‘The Harbinger’ – coming true after the book’s release. What these continuing signs signify is that America’s progression to judgment is continuing – if not accelerating. Combine this with the fact that America in indeed continuing on a rapidly accelerating course of apostasy from God and moral collapse – and it comprises an ominous warning: America is approaching a day of judgment.”

He said his source regarding the destruction of the tree also told him there would not be another tree planted because of “The Harbinger.” He said that because of the book, people have been coming from all over the United States to see the tree.

WND reported earlier on the Old Testament prophecy, the tree that was struck down and the replacement tree in New York. The roots of the sycamore tree were preserved as a memorial.

HARBENGER 1

“The Harbinger,” which is described as a wake-up call for Americans, deciphers the stunning connections between the cryptic biblical prophecy and current events.

Isaiah 9:10 states, “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” (King James Version)

The words were first uttered by leaders in ancient Israel in response to a limited strike by Assyria on the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali. The prophet makes clear it was a limited judgment by God against apostasy. The purpose was not to destroy the nation, but to awaken it, according to most commentaries.

The northern kingdom of Israel did not repent of its rebellion against God’s commandments and was eventually conquered and removed from its land by the ancient Assyrians. Eventually, the southern kingdom of Judah also was overcome by the Babylonians after the Jews refused to repent as well.

Cahn, the pastor of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, New Jersey, claims the prophecy’s statement the “bricks are fallen down” refers to the crumbling of the World Trade Center. The verse, he says, connotes an attitude of defiance, a desire to rebuild with stronger materials instead of acknowledging the hand of God and moving toward national repentance.

The verse mentions sycamore and cedar trees, and it’s here that things start to get eerie.

“After the cloud of dust began to clear, police officers, rescue workers and onlookers gazed at the little plot of land at the edge of Ground Zero,” Cahn writes in “The Harbinger.”

“There in the middle of the ash and debris that covered the ground was a fallen tree. It would soon become a symbol of 9/11 and of Ground Zero. And it was a symbol … but one much more ancient than anyone there could have realized and one carrying a message no one could have fathomed.”

“The tree at Ground Zero that was struck down on September 11 was a sycamore tree.”

HARBENGER 2

Not only was a sycamore tree struck on 9/11, but it was replaced in the exact same location by another tree of the type mentioned in the original Hebrew, an “erez” tree, which is the same genus as the cedar.

“The most natural thing to have done would have been to replace one sycamore with another,” Cahn writes. “But the prophecy required that the fallen sycamore be replaced with a tree of an entirely different nature. So the tree that replaced the sycamore of Ground Zero was likewise not a sycamore. According to the prophecy, the sycamore must be replaced by the biblical erez. So it must be replaced by a conifer tree.”

And that’s what took place in 2003, as a conifer tree, the “Tree of Hope” as it was called, was planted in the spot where the sycamore was slammed on 9/11.

But Cahn now is warning that America is advancing down the path that Israel followed to destruction.

“One of the signs given in the Bible of national judgment is that of a tree withering away,” he explained, quoting Ezekiel 17:10, “Behold, being planted, shall it prosper? Shall it not utterly wither away.”

And he said Jeremiah 11:16 also talks about it: “He has kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.”

Cahn said the “breaking off of branches speaks of a nation whose glory and powers are to be removed.”

“If one went down to Ground Zero in the past few years, one would find the Tree of Hope withering away and its branches cut off,” he said. “But perhaps the strongest warning of judgment involving a tree is that of the destruction of the cedar tree.”

Isaiah 2:12-13 states: “For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every thing that is high and lifted up … upon all the cedars of Lebanon.” And Zechariah 11:2 states, “For the cedar (erez tree) is fallen, as the mighty are spoiled.”

The loss of the tree “is another ominous sign concerning America,” said Cahn, because it appears to be following a known path.

“Before God judges a nation, He sends warning,” explain Cahn. “He sent warning to ancient Israel. He even allowed its enemies to breach its borders in a devastating strike that would traumatize the nation. It was a wake-up call, the call to return to God. But the nation responded with defiance. God then gave nine harbingers of judgment, nine prophetic signs, alarms and foreshadows of what was to come. Now America is the nation in rapid departure from God’s will. And God likewise allowed an enemy to breach its borders in a devastating strike – the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was, likewise, a wake-up call. But America, like Israel, has not responded with repentance, but with defiance. And now the nine harbingers of judgment have reappeared and have done so on American soil.”

Cahn says America is uncannily re-enacting ancient Israel’s behavior prior to its judgment and eventual fall.

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Ancient Giant Human-Like Beings in Georgia

 For nine days in early June I was attached to a television production project under the direction of the Discovery Network.

The job in hand was to help create an episode of the Science Channel’s flagship cable show called ‘The Unexplained Files’.

Our episode would be about ancient giant human-like beings.

For anyone unfamiliar with this show, their most popular series of 2013, it as the following mission directive:

“…aims to analyze historical events and scientific phenomena by using interviews with scientists, academic researchers and reliable eyewitness accounts.”

The background story was that in 2008 a group of researchers had investigated a burial site high up in the Lesser Caucasus mountain range, specifically within the Borjormi-Kharagauli national park area.

After a shallow dig in an ancient crypt type structure they located a cache of very aged bones.

The bones appeared to be human, yet the size would be consistent with a person of over 2.5 meters in height.

The motivation for their initial expedition was to investigate a local story that a giant burial had been stumbled on by farmers in that area.

Supposedly the farmer had entered a crypt only to find two giant skeletons perched sitting on chairs at a table.

By 2008 the crypt had collapsed and was filled with soil and debris, but bones were been found near the surface of this debris material.

So what did I see of interest on the way?

The answer is, a great deal.

The initial observations were that from about half way we began to encounter worked stone, pieces of a square shaped column, megalithic blocks and smaller clearly shaped building blocks.

Some of these were heaped up into dilapidated walls and others were simply in streams as though washed down from somewhere when the water was much higher and then left dumped in the shallows downstream.

This stone debris was later replaced by what appeared to be a very ancient paved road, in such ruin that it must have been many thousands of years old.

Who could have moved such a massive quantity of material in such an inaccessible area and had the engineering skill to construct kilometers of road.

Most important, why did they do it?

At the top of the mountain, near to where the road ended, there was a ruined building.

Most likely it is a solar temple (as it is East-West aligned) or a fort, the position is up on a narrow ridge making it a great site for a defensive installation.

It is the cellar or crypt attached to this structure that seemingly contains the bones of a large humanoid.

 

The age of the structure is unknown, but best projections based on the type of cement used would put it at around 1800 to 2200 years old.

It may be much older but no testing has yet been done.

It is a fascinating mystery as to who built this and why, it being so far from any recognizable settlement.

This site needs excavation and detailed forensic archaeological examination, if it is a structure built by an unknown or extinct type of hominid, a giant type, then this could be one of the most important sites in the world for that reason alone.

Testing of bones and other material is underway at the time of this writing but I do not know what the results will tell us if anything.

Most likely this will be announced during the show itself.

Yet all of what I have said pales in comparison to something else up on that mountain, something strange and ominous.

 

A structure that has been hinted at in Georgian myth and legends under the name of ‘the bone castle’.

In the woods at the very end of the ruined megalithic road, hidden among the trees, was the remains if a concrete construction like no other.

It was not so much the fact it was there or how it looked, but rather what it was made of.

The extremely hard concrete was made of just two ingredients, with no sign of additional mortar.

There was a type of very hard stone, the pieces being just a few inches or so in size, and then bone, in my view human bone.

The bone seemed to make up about 25% of the mixture.

This was horrible and disturbing but not in itself fantastical.

The real discovery was that the bone seemed to have been melted and then hardened again, the bone was itself the mortar for the stone.

In some places it went at impossible right angles with no sign of breaking or shattering.

Somehow the bone had been softened and then compressed with the stone pieces and then hardened again.

There is no known technology that can achieve this.

Yes there is examples of bone used in construction but not of bones being melted into the blocks to serve as the mortar itself!

Though I tend to shy away from the subject of the biblical Nephilim, those giants talked about in the bible as children of fallen angels, I must add that before traveling to this area the well-known Nephilim researcher, L.A. Marzulli had told me that he considered the area to be, “Nephilim Central.

All I can say is that what I saw there is unlike any site so far identified on Earth.

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Apocalypse NOW: Killer solar superstorm could destroy Earth at ANY MOMENT, scientists warn

solar-flare-earth-to-scale-via-space-comVIOLENT solar superstorms could destroy life as we know it at ANY MOMENT, shocked scientists have warned today.

By: Nathan Rao

Published: Fri, August 1, 2014

Solar flares could destroy the earth at any moment[GETTY]

It is “only a matter of time” before a catastrophic eruption on the surface of the sun hurtles towards the planet with devastating consequences.

The Earth could be the target of an explosion equivalent to “10 billion Hiroshima bombs exploding at the same time”.

It has emerged crisis meetings have been held to discuss how to limit the damage of solar superstorms which present a “long-lasting” threat to all forms of life.

Scientists warn communication systems will be crippled, vital services such as transport, sanitation and medicine will close, and loss of power will plunge the planet into darkness.

Ashley Dale, member of international task force SolarMAX set up to identify the risks of a solar storm, said: “Without power, people would struggle to fuel their cars at petrol stations, get money from cash dispensers or pay online.

“Water and sewage systems would be affected too, meaning that health epidemics in urbanised areas would quickly take a grip, with diseases we thought we had left behind centuries ago soon returning.”

 

The earth would be obliterated if the sun was to send out a flare [NASA]

The warning comes as Britain is experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. Scientists have warned of “highly unusual activity” on the surface of the sun which has already sent smaller solar flares spiralling towards earth.

Solar storms are triggered when coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun tear into the earths magnetic field ripping it apart.

This triggers huge surges of electrical currents which lead to widespread power outages and destroy machinery which use electricity.

Mr Dale, currently writing a doctorate on aerospace engineering at Bristol University, said it is only a “matter of time” before a violent solar storm smashes into Earth.

He warned the planet is facing a repeat of the devastating solar superstorm of 1859 – dubbed the Carrington Event after English astronomer Richard Carrington.

Carrington spotted a solar flare before terrifying fireballs hurtled across the atmosphere making people think it was the end of the world.

Reports followed of sparks showering from telegraph machines, out of control fires and electrical operators being injured.

Around 10^22 kJ of energy catapulted around a trillion kilos of charged particles towards the Earth at speeds of up to 1,900 miles per second.

Mr Dale said a solar superstorm could cause around £1.5 TRILLION of damage across the globe, wiping out communication systems and transport networks.

He said: “We have begun to realise these superstorms are large enough to cause serious damage and they happen quite often relatively speaking.

“It is only now, when we are so dependant on technology, that we are so vulnerable, and one is overdue by about five years.

“We are looking at a major major event, it sounds like scaremongering but we’re not, there are very serious implications.”

Its impact on civilised life was relatively small as there was less reliance on electronics, a similar event now would be nothing short of catastrophic.

In the journal Physics World Mr Dale claims an event which will have a serious impact on the world is inevitable.

NASA scientists say Carrington-level event happens every 150 years with the next one currently five years overdue.

The likelihood of one occurring in the next decade is as high as 12 per cent, they added.

Scientists from SolarMAX gathered at the International Space University in France where they concluded advanced space-weather forecasting is the best solution.

 

This would give around a week’s notice of where and when solar storms will take place and exactly how bad they will be,

When the warning is given vulnerable power lines will be switched off, satellites re-orientated in space and planes will be grounded.

Mr Dale said: “As a species, we have never been more vulnerable to the volatile mood of our nearest star, but it is well within our ability, skill and expertise as humans to protect ourselves.”

The warning from scientists will send shivers down the spine of astronomers who told of the recent Blood Moon which was said to prophesise a huge event that could strike down mankind.

The total lunar eclipse that turned the moon a dark blood red in April this year was said to be a ‘sign’ from God and fulfilled a prophecy foretold in the bible, a church claimed.

Pastor John Hagee, whose book Four Blood Moons sparked worldwide interest in the phenomenon, said it was now too late for mankind to prevent a ‘huge’ event that would change humanity forever.

 

 

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PREDICTION: 2/3 OF U.S. COULD BE DEVASTATED

Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ 2,000 times power of Mount St. Helens

Published: 13 hours ago

Steve Elwart

Every year, more than 3 million people visit one of America’s most popular tourist attractions, unaware of the tempest that lies just below the surface.

One sign of the tumult occurred this month when oil bubbled up to the surface, damaging a road in Yellowstone National Park, a result of extreme heat from the thermal activity below.

“It basically turned the asphalt into soup,” the park spokesman, Dan Hottle, told USA Today. “It turned the gravel road into oatmeal.”

 

Road problems caused by excessive underground temperatures are common.

Yellowstone covers nearly 3,500 square miles and contains 10,000 geothermal features, one half of all the known features of that kind in the world. The park also has 300 geysers, the largest concentration in the world. “Old Faithful,” the world’s best known geyser, blasts thousands of gallons of boiling hot water between 100 and 200 feet into the air every 60 to 90 minutes.

What is driving this geologic wonder?

Below the park is what geologists call a “supervolcano,” a massive chamber of molten rock, called magma, that packs tremendous energy.

The Yellowstone Caldera, or cauldron, sits on top of North America’s largest volcanic field. Four hundred miles under the Earth’s surface is a magma ‘hotspot’ that reaches up to just 30 miles below ground level before spreading out over an area of 300 miles across three states.

Over all this sits the volcano.

While most scientists believe the probability of a major eruption is very small, there are signs that have some analysts worried, and most agree the volcano holds catastrophic potential.  It could blast 240 cubic miles of ash, rocks and lava into the atmosphere, rendering about two-thirds of the nation immediately uninhabitable, according to some estimates, and plunge the world into a “nuclear winter.”

Meanwhile, Geologists have recently discovered that the Yellowstone supervolcano is twice as big as previously thought.

To put it in perspective, the Mount St. Helens volcanic explosion would be miniscule in comparison to an explosion at Yellowstone, which could pack 2,000 times the power, according to geologists.

 

An earthquake May 18, 1980, caused the eruption of Mount St. Helens, sending a column of ejecta more than 80,000 feet into the atmosphere.

The blast was so sudden that all the water in nearby Spirit Lake was temporarily displaced and the subsequent landslide sent 600-foot waves crashing into the ridge north of the lake, adding almost 300 feet of debris onto lakebed. Like an inland tsunami, when the water moved back into Spirit Lake, it carried with it thousands of trees blown over by the blast and raised the level of the lake 200 feet.

Hundreds of square miles were reduced to wasteland, causing more than $1 billion in damage, about $2.88 billion in 2014 dollars.

‘Living, breathing’

University of Utah Geophysicist Robert Smith first called Yellowstone a “living breathing caldera” in 1979. He now heads the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory at the University of Utah.

“Our best evidence is that the crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock, but we have no idea how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock stops and the caldera deflates again,” he said.

Smith insists that even though the volcanic formation is massive, there is absolutely no need to panic.

“We create scenarios. We know roughly what to expect of the patterns of time and space of the earthquakes ground information. Again, acquired from other experiences around the world, we use that to interpret our own data in terms of what the potential threat or risk might be,” he said.

 

Smith has said that he doesn’t even like the term “supervolcano.”

“I prefer to use the term “hotspot,” because it reflects a zone of concentrated and active volcanism.”

According to the USGS website:

Although it is possible, scientists are not convinced that there will ever be another catastrophic eruption at Yellowstone.

Given Yellowstone’s past history, the yearly probability of another caldera-forming eruption could be calculated as 1 in 730,000 or 0.00014 %. However, this number is based simply on averaging the two intervals between the three major past eruptions at Yellowstone – this is hardly enough to make a critical judgment. This probability is roughly similar to that of a large (1 kilometer) asteroid hitting the Earth. Moreover, catastrophic geologic events are neither regular nor predictable.

As even the USGS alluded, there may be no warning of an eruption of the supervolcano. Scientists at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, ESRF, in Grenoble, France, concluded that supervolcanos can erupt without earthquakes or any other warnings. The sheer pressure of lava in the dome, they say, can cause an eruption without any earthquakes beforehand.

 

High impact, now probability

Smith and Jamie Farrell, also of the University of Utah, believe that Yellowstone erupting is a high-impact but low-probability scenario.

However, there have been signs that the magma beneath the surface has become more active than it has been before.

The supervolcano underneath Yellowstone has been rising at a record rate since 2004. Its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years alone, the fastest rate since records began in 1923.

Smith told National Geographic: “It’s an extraordinary uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high”.

Geologists call Yellowstone “their laboratory” and are constantly monitoring the thermal and seismic activity below the park’s surface.

Hawaii and Iceland are other examples of geologic hot spots, but Yellowstone is the only hot spot located underneath land rather than sea, which has made it easier to study.

Smith and his team have set up a series of sensors around the park so that they can closely monitor the volcano’s vital signs. They measure ground movement and record the frequent earthquakes that occur in the area. Their research has uncovered amazing facts about the activity below.

Less than five miles below the surface is a shallow reservoir of solid rock and magma. Below this is a much larger 13.5 cubic mile plume of magma, the engine that fuels the thermal pools and geysers in Yellowstone.

 

While Smith insists there is no need to panic, not all scientists are in agreement.

Worrisome signs

It is the rising of the volcano floor that has some scientists worried. They believe that an eruption is closer than what some of the experts say.

A team of researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey has also found that a large amount of ancient helium is constantly being released in Yellowstone National Park, the result, they suggest in their paper published in the journal Nature, of a magma hot spot releasing previously trapped gasses.

These helium isotopes, helium-3/helium-4, are critical tracers in the Earth sciences, where they are used to trace the activity of the Earth’s mantle. Yellowstone National Park is famous for its high helium-3/helium-4 isotope ratio and is commonly cited as evidence for a deep mantle source for the Yellowstone hotspot. An increase in the presence of these isotopes is also cited as preceding increased volcanic activity.

In one instance, the underwater volcano El Hierro, near the smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, showed increased volcanic activity over the course of seven months in 2011 and 2012. The helium-4 filtrated up through the island’s soil and groundwater. Eventually, a spectacular plume appeared off the southern coast of the island, a sign that the El Hierro volcano had finally erupted.

The team’s analyses show that as the El Hierro volcano became more active, the crust fractured and helium, mostly from the mantle, flowed to the surface. As the actual eruption began, gas flow at the surface increased dramatically, and gas pressure beneath the island dropped. As seismic activity at El Hierro picked up again, the crust fractured and helium-4 became a larger component of the total helium released on the island.

The quantity of helium-4 coming off of Yellowstone is hundreds to thousands of times greater than it should be – a sign that there is a marked increase in volcanic activity in the area. The report shows that by “combining gas emission rates with chemistry and isotopic analyses, the crustal helium-4 emission rates from Yellowstone exceed by orders of magnitude any conceivable rate of generation within the crust.”

This is activity that has not been seen before in the lifetime of anyone alive today.

Just what would a Yellowstone eruption look like? Smith’s team has developed several scenarios, and every one of them is bleak.

Complete and incomprehensible devastation

According to Smith, in his book “Windows into the Earth,” the “devastation would be complete and incomprehensible.”

“Before the super eruption, large earthquakes would likely swarm the surrounding areas until the huge blast that would erase Yellowstone completely off the map.”

Farrell said it would be a “global event.”

“There would be a lot of destruction and a lot of impacts around the globe,” he said.

Most scientists agree that when the Yellowstone volcano does erupt, the results will be catastrophic.

By some estimates, 87,000 people would die immediately.

Thousands of cubic miles of red-hot volcanic ash would cover the Western United States and shoot into the atmosphere.

Light from the sun would be blocked, making global temperatures plummet into a prolonged “nuclear winter.”

The entire grain harvest of the Great Plains would virtually disappear in a matter of hours, since it would be coated in ash, threatening a substantial portion of the world’s food supply.

If temperatures plummet by the 21 degrees they did after the Toba volcano eruption in Sumatra of ancient times, the Yellowstone supervolcano eruption could truly be an extinction-level event

It is estimated that a full-blown eruption of Yellowstone could leave two-thirds of the United States completely uninhabitable.

Just before the eruption, the pressure underground will build and the magma will rise, forcing its way out of the ground, sending lava and sulfuric acid gas into the air. The blast will also propel ash up to 20 miles into the atmosphere where the easterly jetstream would carry it as far away as Europe in as quickly as three days.

The gas, the source for acid rain, would remain in the atmosphere for years, screening out sunlight, causing global temperatures to drop and killing crops for years afterward.

Even a small amount of ash would close airports, cause damage to vehicles and houses, and contaminate water supplies.

The ash resulting from the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland caused the largest air traffic shutdown since World War II.

The book “Supervolcano” includes an in-depth, fictional account of a super eruption.

According to the book:

Within days and weeks of the supereruption, the suspension of air routes, the inability to bring cargo in and out of the most deeply affected areas, and the virtual decimation of the Grain Belt, the area of our nation responsible for the vast majority of our grain food sources, all contribute to a growing sense of desperation and panic among survivors anxious to find food.

It only takes 0.04 inches of ash to close airports, and the wide swath of blanketed ash would literally shut down every major and minor airport for thousands of miles across the country.

Because even a small amount of ash can clog an engine, road transportation is heavily curtailed, and trucks and machines normally engaged in the moving of supplies from one state to another find themselves immobilized.

Electrical equipment shorts out, and wide areas experience power outages and rolling blackouts, rendering communication via computers and phones obsolete.

The book also describes subsequent food riots, contaminated water and an outbreak of violence and anarchy. Although North America would be the hardest hit, the explosion would affect the entire planet.

‘$3 trillion damage’

It is truly a “doomsday” scenario.

In such a scenario for North America, according to Doug Bausch, a senior scientist at FEMA, $3 trillion in “direct economic damage” is a reasonable estimate.

It’s about 20 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away.

Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.

Smith believes that rather than an eruption, the more immediate threat is earthquakes and smaller eruptions, since the probability of one of those instances occurring is much higher.

“It’s an extraordinary uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high. At the beginning, we were concerned it could be leading up to an eruption.”

Just when and how big is anyone’s guess.

Michio Kaku, American television personality and theoretical physicist with at the City College of New York, said it best.

“All you can do is run.”

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