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Did the Bible's Enoch vanish into thin air?

English: God took Enoch, as in Genesis 5:24: &...English: God took Enoch, as in Genesis 5:24: "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (KJV) illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mystery ends right now! Find out what really became of Genesis hero ...

First Posted: March 07, 2009
8:45 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily


When some people hear the name of Enoch from the Bible, they often wonder what really happened to this Old Testament prophet.

They know the Bible says "Enoch walked with God," and that "Enoch was translated that he should not see death."

But what do these puzzling verses really mean?

Did Enoch, a champion of God from the Book of Genesis somehow cheat death and get miraculously transported to heaven? Or is there a much simpler answer, one that's actually revealed in the Bible?

After all, it is "appointed unto men once to die" (Hebrews 9:27),  "as in Adam all die" (1 Corinthians 15:22), and Jesus Himself said no one has gone to heaven except Himself (John 3:13).

"Some think what happened to Enoch is a huge mystery that we won't be able to solve until Jesus returns, but you can find out the truth of Scripture right now if you just crack open your own Bible and see the words on its pages," says WND Executive News Editor Joe Kovacs, author of the best-selling book, "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."

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How the lowly earthworm changed the face of America forever

Continental Changer: Earthworms were re-introduced to the Americas after a gap of 10,000 years by colonists from Europe

Continental Changer: Earthworms were re-introduced to the Americas after a gap of 10,000 years by colonists from Europe

We all know that Christopher Columbus and European pioneers brought back potatoes, tobacco and rubber from the New World in the wake of his voyage of 1492, but a new book examines the overlooked impact of the Old World on the newly discovered Americas.

In fact so great was one import from Europe that its impact is still being felt today after having undermined the entire ecosystem of North America. And that illegal alien is the lowly earthworm.

Wiped out in North America since the Ice Age, the re-introduction of the earthworm by the British colonists of Jamestown caused the landscape that had formed for 10,000 years to radically alter and not for the better.

Earthworms eat fallen foliage, the problem is that northern trees and shrubs beneath the forest canopy depend on that litter for food too.

In its absence, water washes away the nutrients stored in the fallen foliage and without this food plants die and the forest becomes more open and dry - losing much of its firmness and fertility.

In short, a forest with worms is vastly different to a forest without them and that means, that as forests across North America's East Coast become re-infested with earthworms the continent began to change.

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Why are we all here? What is the meaning of life? What in the world is God actually doing with us? And what really happens when we die?

These fundamental questions have haunted virtually everyone since the dawn of human existence. But what if the answers were already right in front of us? What if they were hiding in plain sight, inside a book you probably already have--the Holy Bible?

The truth is: They are.

There is a divine secret that clearly explains the meaning of life and exactly what is intended for your personal future--and it's more sensational than you've ever imagined. Journalist Joe Kovacs, a Bible-believing Christian and author of the bestseller Shocked by the Bible, explores the truth explained in the Bible itself to unravel what Scripture calls ''the secret that was hidden from everyone since the beginning of time.''

The Divine Secret: The Awesome and Untold Truth About Your Phenomenal Destiny takes on the biggest questions of all time, including why God created men and women in the first place and what is really meant for everyone in the years to come. It spans countless centuries of God's plan, from the deepest part of antiquity, long before the creation of Earth, to the second coming of Jesus and far beyond. It explores the unpublicized reasons why we exist, why life is so challenging, and what exactly you're meant to do once Jesus comes back.

The Divine Secret also reveals what will likely happen to the many who never heard God's truth during their lives--or perhaps were confused about it. That revelation, drawn from the words of your own Bible, is not what you think. It's not what you've been taught--and it will leave you absolutely stunned.

Joe Kovacs is ready to present the incredible truth of your phenomenal destiny. It's time for it to be unveiled, understood, and broadcast. It's time to reveal The Divine Secret.

Special feature: All personal comments from God are highlighted in red letters, even from the Old Testament.

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40 years on, woman who survived 33,000 foot fall still faces questions

On January 26, 1972 Vesna Vulovic, then a flight attendant, was on board a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 bound for Copenhagen when an explosion ripped apart the aircraft over Czechoslovakia.

Rescue workers found Ms Vulovic in a mangled segment of the aircrafts tail, alive despite suffering from serious injuries that initially left her paralysed from the waist down.

None of 22 other passengers and crew survived An investigation concluded that flight JAT 367 had been destroyed while cruising at 33,000 feet by a bomb planted by Croatian separatists. For her remarkable survival Ms Vulovic won a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

But mystery surrounds the crash.   Read More Here>>>>>>>

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The Couple That Found 2,000-Year-Old Archaeological Treasures Under Their House

When Miriam and Theo Siebenberg purchased a plot of land for their new home in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City that Israel had just a few years before captured from Jordan, they had no idea of the antiquity treasures dating back from Jesus’ time and before that lay underneath.

Before the Siebenbergs built their house in a neighborhood where archaeological finds were regularly cropping up, Israeli Department of Antiquities inspectors examined the site, but found nothing of historical significance that would have stopped construction.

The Couple That Found 2,000 Year Old Archaeological Treasures under Their House

Descending into history at the Siebenberg House (Photos Credit: Tzuriel Cohen-Arazi/Tazpit News Agency)

In 1970, they moved into the new home and were soon to discover how wrong the inspectors had been.

At the time, archaeologists from the Hebrew University were excavating all around the Jewish Quarter.

“I went over one day and asked the archaeologists if they had checked the area where my house was,” Theo Siebenberg told the New York Times in 1985. “They said they had and that they were sure nothing was there.”

But to Siebenberg, that answer didn’t seem right.

“I would stand here and picture myself in the Second Temple Period. The temple was just over there,” he told the Times, pointing to the nearby Western Wall, the most holy site in Judaism. “Why wouldn’t Jews have built here then? Every inch of land near the Temple must have been very valuable.”


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Did ancient beams discarded in Old City come from first and second temples?

In a padlocked storage spimage from cdn.timesofisrael.comace under a building in the settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank, lies an even larger pile of similar beams, some with rusted metal nails. Still more of the same beams can be found in one of the rooms of the Rockefeller Museum, outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

Despite their unprepossessing appearance, the beams are unique and important to scholars because of their place of origin — the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount — and their age: Some were hewed from trees felled nearly 3,000 years ago.

The beams offer a fascinating historical record of Jerusalem, including Byzantine cathedrals, early Muslim houses of prayer and, not inconceivably, the ancient temple complex itself. But though there are signs of renewed interest in them — including an article this month in Biblical Archaeology Review, a US publication — the several hundred existing beams have never been subjected to a comprehensive academic study, and many are in danger of decay and disintegration.



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No joke this time: Is the pope Catholic?

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NEW YORK – “Is the pope Catholic?” goes the quip most Catholic faithful thought they would never ask … at least not seriously.

But with a series of recent pronouncements and decisions bucking papal tradition, Pope Francis has many Catholics wondering if the Catholic Church will survive his papacy.

In recent days, the Pope has declared that non-believers – not just non-Catholics, but even atheists – can gain salvation and be admitted into heaven, while his new appointment to be secretary of State, the second most important position in the Vatican, has suggested the Vatican is ready to rethink celibacy and the clergy, suggesting priests and nuns might be allowed to get married.

Now, Catholic faithful are asking, “Will the Catholic Church survive Pope Francis’ papacy?”

Is homosexuality a sin?   More>>>>

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'I fell 10,000ft to earth strapped to a seat and lived'

Girl, 17, who survived plane crash that killed her mother... and then spent 11 days alone in jungle before being saved

image from teenage years were a wild adventure, living in the Amazon with her scientist parents who taught her everything they could about the jungle.

What Peruvian schoolgirl Julianne Koepcke could not know was that these survival lessons were to save her life. 

When she was just 17, on Christmas Eve  1971, she was involved in a horrific plane crash that killed her mother and everyone else on the plane.

Julianne, now 58, fell 10,000ft, still strapped in her seat. She then walked and swam for 11 days through the heart of the Amazon until she was eventually found.

Here she tells her extraordinary story in her own words. The full article appears in the October issue of Reader’s Digest, in shops tomorrow.

My days in Lima are wonderful. Despite my jungle experience, I am a schoolgirl. I spend my vacations in Panguana and my school days with classmates in Lima. My mother prefers to fly to Pucallpa earlier, but a school dance and my high school graduation ceremony are on December 22 and 23 respectively.

I beg my mother to let me attend.

'All right,' she said. 'We’ll fly on the 24th.'

Plain Truth Editor's note: It was later discovered that as many as 14 other passengers also survived the initial fall from the disintegrated plane but were unable to seek help and died while awaiting rescue.
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Are terrorists setting U.S. wildfires?

Forward: In short the answer is YES! We have reported this for several years now. (The Plain Truth: Colorado Fires set by terrorist!)

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As the 2013 season of devastating wildfires continues to rage across the American West, the question of arson as a form of major terrorism is again being raised.

Already this year, 35,440 reported fires have burned a total of 3.9 million acres, with a quarter-million acres scorched the iconic Yosemite National Park.

Large blazes continue to burn in several states, with six alive in Idaho, five each in California and Montana, and one each in Alaska, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says at this time last year, 45,278 fires had burned 7.9 million acres, and in 2011, there were 55,619 fires devastating 7.2 million acres.

In July 2012, William Scott, a former National Security Agency official and Aviation Week editor, told the American Center for Democracy that terrorists are using fire as a tactical weapon of war.

“Perhaps the most simple form of economic warfare is wild land arson,” Scott said in his “Fire Wars” presentation. “That’s just setting fires in U.S. forests [and] grasslands.”  More>>>>>>>>


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History of Property Taxes in the United States

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Glenn W. Fisher, Wichita State University (Emeritus)

Taxes based on ownership of property were used in ancient times, but the modern tax has roots in feudal obligations owned to British and European kings or landlords. In the fourteenth and fifteenth century, British tax assessors used ownership or occupancy of property to estimate a taxpayer’s ability to pay. In time the tax came to be regarded as a tax on the property itself (in rem). In the United Kingdom the tax developed into a system of “rates” based on the annual (rental) value of property.

The growth of the property tax in America was closely related to economic and political conditions on the frontier. In pre-commercial agricultural areas the property tax was a feasible source of local government revenue and equal taxation of wealth was consistent with the prevailing equalitarian ideology.

Taxation in the American Colonies....MORE>>>>>>>

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Now Global Cooling?????

Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year with top scientists warning of global COOLING

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A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year - six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century

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1/2 the people in US live in just 146 counties!

The 146 counties where HALF of the U.S. population lives.. with the other 157million Americans scattered across 3,000


Half of the United States population resides in 146 very large urban and suburban counties clustered around the nation's most populous cities. The remaining 157million Americans are scattered through the country's 3031 smaller counties, boroughs and parishes - many of them rural. The largest 146 counties range in population from Los Angeles County - with 9.8million people - to Williamson County, Texas, - a bedroom community for Austin, with 455,000 people.


When the heavens open: The beautiful but devastatingly dangerous swirling clouds that gather before giving way to a tornado

Storm chaser: Camille Seaman captures the drama of supercells

At up to 50 miles wide and 65,000ft tall these supercell storms are devastatingly beautiful, as they form over the central states in the U.S. This stunning set of images were taken by Native American Camille Seaman, as she joined storm chasers for the peak tornado season in May and June, over four years.

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Remembering victims of KAL 007 – 30 years later


Tired of government keeping secrets?

Tired of scandals that never get investigated by government?

Think of how family members of the victims of a shoot-down of a commercial airliner 30 years ago today feel.

On September 1, 1983, Korean Air Lines flight 007 took off from New York’s JFK airport, destined for Seoul, South Korea, with a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska. After the aircraft left on the last leg of its journey, it was subsequently shot down by Soviet aircraft.

The shoot-down of the aircraft, which carried 269 passengers, including 61 Americans, becomes even more intriguing when one considers KAL 007 had a very distinguished passenger. Rep. Larry McDonald, a Democrat from Georgia who was the chairman of the John Birch Society as well as one of the fiercest anti-Communist in the House of Representatives, was flying to Seoul as part of a conservative delegation led by Sen. Jesse Helms for the 30th anniversary of the signing of the United States-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty, which was intended to be a thumb in the eye of the Soviets.

In the days following the attack President Ronald Reagan issued a scathing rebuke against the Soviet Union calling the attack a “crime against humanity” and decrying “the savagery of their crime.” Reagan noted the attack was far from an isolated incident.  More>>>>>>

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Amish enjoy unexpected boom in numbers

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Practitioners of one of America’s fastest-growing and dynamic religious communities still get to Sunday services by horse and buggy.

The country’s famously technology-shunning “Old Orders” Amish may appear vulnerable in an age of iPads and instant global communication, but a comprehensive survey suggests that the nation’s Amish religious communities are in fact thriving, with a settlement founded every month on average in dozens of states across the country.

A combination of traditionally high birthrates and falling defection rates among adults — more than 4 in 5 people raised in Amish homes now opt to stay within the community — has led demographers to predict that the number of Amish communities in the United States will double over the next 40 years.

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For Amish, life is changing

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(Christian Science Monitor) For Jacob Beachy, life moves along much as it always has. Every day, there are the 35 cows that need tending, as well as 90 acres of farmland. His is the life of an Amish farmer, in which family, work, and faith intertwine on one plot of Ohio land.

Yet across the street, on 60 acres that were once a farm, stands a sprawling new mansion, complete with a multidoor garage. A few years back, that land sold for $1.4 million.

“When we moved here in 1968, we thought we were in the sticks,” Mr. Beachy says, rocking in his living-room recliner. “All of this was working farms. It’s changed a lot.”

Indeed, for America’s Amish, much is changing. The Amish are, by one measure, the fastest-growing faith community in the US. Yet as their numbers grow, the land available to support the agrarian lifestyle that underpins their faith is shrinking, gobbled up by the encroachment of exurban mansions and their multidoor garages. 

The result is, in some ways, a gradual redefinition of what it means to be Amish. Some in the younger generation are looking for new ways to make a living on smaller and smaller slices of land. Others are looking beyond the Amish heartland of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, seeking more space in states such as Texas, Maine, and Montana.

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