Mysterious sounds have been reported around the world, and many witnesses are likening them to the trumpet blasts described in the biblical book of Revelation.
WND reported on the phenomenon that has been puzzling people in Britain, Ukraine, the U.S., Germany and Belarus.
The reports have prompted new speculation about the end times.
But several authors who have addressed that subject in their books say a good dose of caution is appropriate, concluding the sounds may be a spiritual warning rather than a literal announcement of the end of days.
“Of course, some would expect an author who has written a book about the ‘trumpet days’ of Revelation to be absolutely giddy about the reported phenomenon of mysterious trumpet sounds coming from the sky at various locations around the world. However, the opposite is true,” he said.
St. Peter Preaching at Pentecost by Benjamin West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Astounding!" "Dumbfounding!" "What is the meaning of this?" "What is happening?" These were the startled expressions coming from the mouths of a crowd of several thousand on the Day of Pentecost nearly two thousand years ago. Those who uttered these words of astonishment were mostly Jews and proselytes, with a sprinkling of Romans and other gentiles among them, who were gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Weeks, or the fiftieth day following the offering of the wave sheaf. All knew it was the "Feast of the Firstfruits," and that it was celebrated "on the morrow after the seventh Sabbath" following the wave sheaf ceremony. But none had the slightest inkling of what was to happen on this momentous day. They were shocked, startled, puzzled! Then, by the thousands, they tearfully crowded around Christ's apostles, asking to be baptized! They repented in droves at the inspired preaching of the apostles, who wore flickering, brilliant crowns of flame! Read, in your own Bible, of the miracles that took place on the first Pentecost after Christ's resurrection––of the miracle of Pentecost!
The incredible relationship between the 13th Tribe and the 13 Colonies that became America! The Number “13” and the Identity of “Ephraim”!
Is the United States of America mentioned directly in Bible Prophecy? Are we the descendants of the ancient tribe of Ephraim? The majority of investigators who have studied this question believe that the British people are Ephraim and that the United States is Manasseh, his brother. But what does the Biblical and historical evidence really tell us? Here is point-blank the most direct and indisputable evidence and salient PROOF that it is the United States who is really end- time Ephraim
It is well known that the number "13" is the number of the United States of America. The United States began with 13 colonies. The original U.S. flag had 13 stars, representing the initial 13 states. It also contained 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white. The American seal also bears witness to the number 13 in its composition.
Over the breast of the eagle on the United States seal is a shield; the shield of FAITH. It has thirteen stripes or bars, red and white, signifying the number 13; the number of the original American colonies.
The number 13, of course, was the number of the tribes of ancient Israel, since the tribe of Joseph became two tribes: Ephraim and Manasseh. There were twelve tribes of Israel, but Joseph had two sons and each of them became a tribe; hence, there were thirteen tribes in all, with Ephraim, the youngest son, being number 13.
The U.S. shield contains 13 paleways or stripes which represent the 13 original colonies. The shield is not fastened to the eagle, but spread across in front of it, as if held there by the unseen Hand of God. In the eagle's beak there is a scroll, representing the proclamation of liberty and freedom, and justice for all: the Constitution of the United States, based on the laws of God and the Torah which God gave to ancient Israel.
The motto "E Pluribus Unum" means "One from Many," or "Out of many, One." It represents UNITY; the FIFTY united States of America! This One nation combines the peoples and ethnic groups of many different nations and peoples from around the world: out of many, ONE. And if we remained faithful to the laws of God, this national UNITY would be preserved forever. But if we BREAK God's laws, then the very unity we possess will become disunity and division - the "unity" will become a memory, a distant dream, forgotten in onrushing calamity and cataclysm.
As Memorial Day approaches, one photographer set out to refocus America's gaze from the three-day weekend and barbecues back to the holiday's true purpose: a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States armed forces.
Andrew Lichtenstein, documentary photographer, journalist, and author, attended some 60 military funerals from 2003 to 2006 capturing the heartbreak and pride present as family and friends remembered and honored the fallen soldiers.
Lichtenstein published some of the photos in his 2007 book on the subject titled 'Never Coming Home.' On Friday the Times featured almost two dozen photos from the photographer's project.
At a meeting at the Vatican with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the pope told Abbas, “You are an angel of peace.”
Angel of peace?
If Abbas is an angel, he’s a fallen angel. He’s a Holocaust-denying terrorist who, like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, considers it his sworn duty to finish the job the Nazis started.
Do you think I’m exaggerating?
As a doctoral candidate at Moscow’s Oriental College in 1982, Abbas wrote a thesis suggesting far fewer than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. But that was just the start. In his treatise, he actually accused the Jews of conspiring with Adolf Hitler to annihilate European Jewry. He accused the Jews of deliberately inflating the numbers of those killed in concentration camps to pave the way for a Jewish state. He may have been one of the first to equate Zionism with Nazism.
As Middle America rises in rage against “fast track” and the mammoth Obamatrade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Wall Street Journal has located the source of the malady.
Last Monday’s lead editorial began: “Here we go again. In the 1990s Pat Buchanan launched a civil war within the Republican Party on a platform targeting immigration and trade. Some claimed Pitchfork Pat was the future of the GOP, though in the end he mainly contributed to its presidential defeats.”
But, woe is us, “the GOP’s Buchanan wing is making a comeback.”
Now it is true that, while Nixon and Reagan won 49-state landslides and gave the GOP five victories in six presidential contests, the party has fallen upon hard times. Only once since 1988 has a Republican presidential nominee won the popular vote.
But was this caused by following this writer’s counsel? Or by the GOP listening to the deceptions of its Davos-Doha-Journal wing?
In the 1990s, this writer and allies in both parties fought NAFTA, GATT and MFN for China. The Journal and GOP establishment ran with Bill and Hillary and globalization. And the fruits of their victory?
Between 2000 and 2010, 55,000 U.S. factories closed, and 5 million to 6 million manufacturing jobs disappeared. Columnist Terry Jeffrey writes that, since 1979, the year of maximum U.S. manufacturing employment, “The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000 – or 37 percent.” Read more
On Nov. 3, 1969, Richard Nixon, his presidency about to be broken by massive anti-war demonstrations, called on “the great silent majority” to stand by him for peace with honor in Vietnam.
They did. Within days Nixon’s approval surged to 68 percent. The ferocious Republican partisan of the 1950s had won over millions of Democrats.
Why? Because sons and brothers of those Democrats were doing much of the fighting in Vietnam. If Nixon was standing by them, they would stand by him.
In 1972 Nixon would win 49 states. Ronald Reagan, backed by his “Reagan Democrats,” would win 44- and 49-state landslides.
Yet since Reagan went home, Democrats have won the popular vote in five of six presidential elections. The New Majority is history. The Reagan Democrats have departed. What happened? READ MORE>>>>>>>>>
There is a terrible thing taking place among believers who have learned that aspects of pagan sun worship have had a great influence upon modern day Christianity. Believers are now beginning to imagine problems lurking within every precept of the Christian faith. These imaginations are being presented as fact when in reality there is no factual evidence to support them - imaginations that are sowing discord among the brethren.
There are those who are saying that the writers of the New Testament had an agenda, an agenda to intentionally pervert the name of Messiah. Some are saying that the name Jesus is derived from the name of the pagan god Zeus when in fact there is no evidence to support that premise. Deceptive theory is being presented as fact and the integrity of the entire New Testament is being called into question, causing some to reject its life giving truths. A rejection of truth based on the imaginations of men who regard conjecture with greater esteem than fact.
Our adversary as a roaring lion seeketh whom he may devour. He is the father of lies and it makes him no difference whether we believe the lies of paganized traditional Christianity or whether we reject the veracity of New Testament scripture. Either way he has accomplished his goal of deception, which always leads away from the Creator.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. ...2Timothy 3:14-17
Editors Note: The eruption of Mt St Helens always has held significance in my life. Nuff said...
Thirty-five years ago this Monday, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around.
Today, the volcano has become a world-class outdoor laboratory for the study of volcanoes, ecosystems and forestry, as well as a major recreational and tourist destination.
But as scientist learn ever more about the nature of Earth's hellish interior and ability to repair itself, the mountain is slowly but surely recharging its magma reserves and will one day explode once again.
Deadliest in U.S. history: May 18, 2015 is the 35th anniversary of the eruption that killed more than 50 people and blasted more than 1,300 feet off the mountain's peak
Saint Helens, the most active volcano in the Cascade range, is still active. 'But it's not erupting now,' said Carolyn Driedger with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Scientists, however, are constantly recording activity in and around the mountain, including tiny temblors and gas releases.
In September 2004, after 18 quiet years, the volcano rumbled back to life with a swarm of tiny, shallow quakes. The first of a series of small explosions on Oct. 1 shot volcanic ash and gases into the air.
A lava dome began to rise in the volcano's crater, building slowly over three years during the eruption period that lasted from 2004 to 2008.
The volcano hasn't erupted since 2008, but it has been changing very subtly. Last year, scientists confirmed suspicions that fresh molten rock has been recharging the volcano since 2008.
The magma reservoir about 5 miles beneath the volcano has been slowly re-pressurizing since 2008.
The uplift is slow, steady and subtle, measuring about the length of a thumbnail over six years, scientists said in 2014.
For years we’ve been told that high blood pressure is the “silent killer” and that too many people put their lives in danger by not taking medications to control it.
Now, a new study indicates that the opposite problem is prevalent: Blood pressure often is overtreated, and it increases patients’ risk of kidney failure and death.
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California studied the records of almost 400,000 people with high blood pressure who were being treated with medication.
They found that patients whose readings were between 130/60 and 139/79 — a range doctors consider “prehypertension” — had the lowest kidney failure rates. Patients with readings considered ideal by experts — below 120/80 — were at substantially increased risk.
“Many studies of people with high blood pressure have shown that bringing extremely high blood pressure with the top number ranging from 190 to 200, down to readings of about 150 show resounding improvements in the risk for strokes, kidney failure, and heart attack,” said study leader nephrologist and hypertension expert John J. Sim, M.D.
“So, we made the assumption that if we further lowered it, even to levels under 120, that would be even better,” he told Newsmax Health. “The truth is there are no studies that have demonstrated that.”
Franklin Graham, one of the world’s best-known Christian evangelists and the head of the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse, said in a Facebook post the god of Islam is not the “God of the Bible,” or of Christianity.
He made the remarks in context of responding to the Garland, Texas, attacks that left one officer injured and the two gunmen – a Muslim convert and his roommate, both of whom have been embraced by ISIS as two of their own – dead.
“One of the Muslim gunmen in Garland, Texas, said he had come there to die, believing that this pleases his god and he would go to heaven,” Graham wrote. “The god of Islam and the God of the Bible are not the same.”
Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Did President Obama deceive Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden?
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh says so in a narrative published on Sunday.
The renowned author accuses Obama of rushing to take credit for the al-Qaida leader’s death.
“It’s been four years since a group of U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Hersh writes in an article on the London Review of Books. “The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election.”
Hersh argues Obama’s decision – he terms it “high-level lying” – to take credit for bin Laden’s death forced the military and intelligence communities to scramble to corroborate the president’s version of events.
America's middle class is less wealthy in 2014 than at any other time since the 1940s. The bottom 90 percent of families in the United States collectively owns just 23 percent of total U.S. wealth.
Meanwhile, those at the top end of society are getting richer with senior company executives and successful entrepreneurs earning pay packets that far exceed those of their predecessors.
It means that ordinary middle class American families living the 'American Dream' are now worse off than during wartime.
The startling statistics have been revealed in a new working paper put together by economists Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics.
Debt has been the big force driving net wealth lower for the middle class, according to Saez and Zucman. Brief bubbles in stock and home prices in the 1990s and 2000s only temporarily offset the steady, depressing rise in mortgage, student-loan, credit-card and other debts for the bottom 90 percent
English: Signature of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In its 101 years as a national observance, Mother's Day has made its fair share of enemies
That’s because if anyone could get away with it, she could. After all, Jarvis invented the whole thing, and then it ballooned far beyond what she had been imagining. As TIME wrote in 1938, it was May of 1907 when Jarvis persuaded a church in her hometown, Philadelphia, to hold a special church service on the anniversary of her mother’s death. The next year the governors of Florida and North Dakota issued special proclamations inspired by the service and it went national in 1914 when President Wilson made one, too. It wasn’t long before businesspeople across the country figured the day could be a great way to sell the nation on flowers, cards and other tokens. Jarvis, the article explained, was not amused: MORE
(HAARETZ) — The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in an exhibit tracing ci vilization’s most pivotal moments.
The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world’s most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks before it is returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility at the museum.
Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP standards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Christie Wilcox
Ten years ago, Certified Organic didn’t exist in the United States. Yet in 2010, a mere eight years after USDA’s regulations officially went into effect, organic foods and beverages made $26.7 billion. In the past year or two, certified organic sales have jumped to about $52 billion worldwide despite the fact that organic foods cost up to three times as much as those produced by conventional methods. More and more, people are shelling out their hard-earned cash for what they believe are the best foods available. Imagine, people say: you can improve your nutrition while helping save the planet from the evils of conventional agriculture – a complete win-win. And who wouldn’t buy organic, when it just sounds so good?
Here’s the thing: there are a lot of myths out there about organic foods, and a lot of propaganda supporting methods that are rarely understood. It’s like your mother used to say: just because everyone is jumping off a bridge doesn’t mean you should do it, too. Now, before I get yelled at too much, let me state unequivocally that I’m not saying organic farming is bad – far from it. There are some definite upsides and benefits that come from many organic farming methods. For example, the efforts of organic farmers to move away from monocultures, where crops are farmed in single-species plots, are fantastic; crop rotations and mixed planting are much better for the soil and environment. My goal in this post isn’t to bash organic farms, instead, it’s to bust the worst of the myths that surround them so that everyone can judge organic farming based on facts. In particular, there are four myths thrown around like they’re real that just drive me crazy.
Following a Mediterranean diet has long been regarded as the key to a long and healthy life. And now scientists may have found one of the key reasons why. An ingredient in extra virgin olive oil, oleocanthal, kills human cancer cells without harming healthy ones, researchers found. The oleocanthal works by rupturing a part of the cancer cell called the lysosome, which acts as the cell’s waste dump, releasing proteins that cause it to die.
An ingredient in extra virgin olive oil, oleocanthal, kills cancer cells without harming healthy ones
When the scientists applied it to cancer cells in the lab, the cells died very quickly – within 30 minutes to an hour.
‘The lysosome is the garbage dump, or the recycling centre, of the cell,’ said researcher Paul Breslin, from Rutgers University in the U.S.
‘Once you open one of those things, all hell breaks loose.
‘The lysosome is isolated in the cell because it’s so toxic. If you rupture the membrane that’s compartmentalising the lysosome, the inside of it leaks out into the cell.
‘It’s full of aggressive enzymes that can tear apart anything that it comes into contact with.’
However, oleocanthal does not harm healthy cells – it merely suspends their life cycles temporarily, the researchers said.