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I was working on in India, this ‘still-third-world’ country’s trip to Mars, when the editors rushed me back to Japan to cover the sudden explosion of Japan’s Mt. Ontake, a 10,062-foot volcano people love to hike. Over 30 are feared dead.
Arriving late on the scene, I’ve had to rely on other news clips for background, but most of these do not have definite results on deaths or injuries. Not only have vacation hikers, hoping to enjoy scenes of autumn colors, been overcome by Mt. Ontake’s ash and smoke, apparently rescuers have been as well.
Martin Fackler of The New York Times writes: “The danger of another eruption and of a release of toxic gases made it impossible to bring most of them [dead or injured hikers] down and confirm their deaths.”
He posits: “The volcano . . . has erupted before, most recently in 1991. There had been weeks of minor earthquakes leading up to the larger eruption on Saturday, but nothing seismologists interpreted as warning that major event was on the way.”
In her Washington Post story, Anna Fifield adds: “More than 500 police, firefighters and military personnel were involved in a rescue operation on the mountain Sunday, bringing down some climbers on stretchers and in helicopters.”
As usual, The Extinction Protocol and Reuters News Service had the most extensive coverage of this disaster: “Police said more than 250 hikers were stranded on the mountain, which is 3,067 meters high and last erupted in 2007.
They quote Prime Minister Abe: “Nearly 200 people are in the process of descending the mountain, but we are still trying to figure out details. I instructed to do all we can to rescue the people affected and secure the safety of the trekkers, . .”
So I’m right on time. Other reporters don’t really know the ‘facts’ either. Because Japan has laws that someone is not dead unless a doctor says so, the exact number of the fallen among 250 hikers is unknown, along with numbers of injured.
Because Japan does its best to suppress all but ‘good news,’ news reporters are promised: 1) This eruption does not interfere with air traffic; 2) The public will know the fate of 200 other hikers stranded on the erupting mountain, the number of others injured and of those hundreds of rescuers also covered with still imploding ash; and 3) Reporters will surely find out just how often this volcano goes whacky.
Why do people continually bet against Nature, assuming that it will stay in-tack for their convenience? Why do scientists think that natural phenomenon will always give them ‘proper’ notice before “acting our of turn”?
The only thing that Nature demands is that it must always be respected! Hmm that sounds like a starting principle of how God is to be approached as well. He is always to be respected! Hmm again. Maybe God, through Nature, is telling man again: “These are the last days of man on earth. Nothing is historically safe.”
As a wholesale Christian sweatshirt promises: “The eternal God is Thy Refuge, and underneath are The Everlasting Arms (Deuteronomy 33; 27).” Volcanos, earthquakes, fires or floods are not predictable, but God always is! He keeps His Word. He does exactly what He says He will do! Take heed!
National and international media write more about Scotland deciding to leave Great Britain, how to punish that NFL player who knocked his wife unconscious, the ISIS war in Middle East oil region, or the deaths of two famous comedians––than they do about the tens of thousands of Ebola victims in Africa.
Even as the U.S. prepares to send troops who will lend logistical support to medical teams on that continent, and multi-billion dollar corporations ‘struggle’ to find a vaccine cure for Ebola, the dire need for medical workers grows constantly.
An aid worker for Medecins Sans Frontieres laments: “It is extremely sad to see the indifference of the international community with regards to this epidemic. It is great to see an added interest and investment in research for vaccines, but we urgently need experts who are physically present and more structures on the ground here in West Africa, where the situation continues to be catastrophic.”
Already some 2,630 people are known to have died from Ebola in West Africa. Experts estimate that if Ebola is not stopped, it will kill 5 million people world-wide. The most effective cure so far is for patients to receive blood transfusions from someone who was cured of the disease. Unfortunately, that news has criminals selling what claims to be such blood on the Black Market.
According to the Editorial Board of ‘USA Today,’ America plans to send 3,000 troops the region to assist medical efforts. Costs will range up to $ 1.26 billion. “The plan . . . calls for more doctors and health care professionals; . . .
. . . more portable hospitals, laboratories, and other medical facilities; and increased training for first responders and other medical officials throughout West Africa. The troops . . . will not be providing ‘direct patient care,’ but instead provide logistical and engineering support to health care professionals. The military will also begin courses to train as many as 500 new health care workers.
Brenda Goodman of WebMD Health News adds: “The military also plans to send engineers to build another 17 units to treat people with Ebola. Each unit will have 100 beds, greatly increasing the space that is available to isolate patients in the region. . . personnel from the U.S. Public Health Service will deploy to the new hospitals that are being set up. To support families caring for loved ones with Ebola, health workers will distribute 400,000 infection-control kits [containing] disinfectants and medications to help ease symptoms.
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy now claims that because Ebola may pass through the air, health workers need more than face-masks: “We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not face-masks.” Again, expensive equipment needed there.
While the U.S. government takes such action, even more onus is on the Body of Christ in this country. This site continuously begs readers to pray for authentic end-time revival, including special callings for ministers of healing. Only the power of God’s Holy Spirit working through servants of The LORD Jesus Christ can truly stem this plague, and others coming to flood the globe with death.
Plus size Christian sweatshirts constantly boast:“And in that same hour He cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight (Luke 7: 21).” It will be a sad day if Ebola has to come to the U.S. before Christians begin praying for healing revival! That may be too late!
Attacks against the United States and around the globe have been launched in so many arenas it has been difficult to selectively prioritize the urgency of each, and to define each one’s significance in view of Bible prophecies.
These attacks seem unrelated, when in fact they all converge on one fact: this planet is in its last days. World War 3 has already begun. Nations face break up, by choice or by force––i.e. Scotland and England; Russia and Ukraine/Crimea.
Some of these attacks––i.e. Ebola in Africa and U.S. threatening to kill millions around the globe; American president organizes nations to move against ISIS in Iraq and Syria; Fastest rise of gas pollution on the planet this year; Global Warming killing half world’s bird population;strongest political division in U.S.;
Russia’s Putin threat to drop nuclear bombs; Economies sliding into recession and depression as in the E.U. and South America; Pseudo-citizens leaving nations to join ISIS’ 30,000 warriors; The sun hurling supernatural electronic charges towards earth; Persecution of Christians in the Middle East;
Rebuilding of NATO in preparation for war; scandals in U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endangering thousands; seemingly unstoppable rise of criminal gangs in Latin America; many cities, such as Ferguson, Missouri, near explosion;
Enterovirus D68 forcing hospitalization of children in Midwest and South of the U.S.; the ignored origins of ISIS; massive flooding and unnaturally heavy rains and monsoons in Arizona, U.S. midwest , India and Pakistan;
Unprecedented volcano in Iceland; Newly unearthed dinosaurs and ancient pagan worship sites; never-before pagan-leaning world churches now-forming; Israel battling Hamas killing hundreds and destroying most of Palestine––Mainstream media details few of these events. Others only get sporadic mention.
Without publication of international blog posts, most of these events––and crucial depths of their meanings––would remain unknown. For instance, only Alvin Conway in ‘Utopia: The Collapse of Civilization is Underway’ writes ‘Russian Strategic Bombers Practice Nuclear Missile Strike Runs on U.S. Targets,’ and ‘U.S. Experts Warns Ukraine Joining NATO Will Lead to Nuclear War.’
Often bloggers have to wade through trivial manufactured stories about media, film and sports ‘stars’ to find some semblance of truth. Moreover, during such a crucial time, vacations and home emergencies this summer have minimized time available for researchers, reporters and editors at this blog site.
However, most discouraging is that vast majorities of Christians in the United States carry on ‘normal’ living as if ignorant that this convergence of signs means that Jesus Christ returns to Earth much sooner than they think!
Sadly, in these end of days, U.S. Christians fulfill the prophecy The LORD Jesus sent to Apostle John in Revelation 3: 14-22 of wholesale Christian Bibles : “. . . Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
She knew that heaven would be so much more difficult to describe than Earth, or even Hell. So she told the congregation that they should look into God’s Word with her to see what The Judgement Seat of Christ would be like.
“That ‘judgment’––consider it to be like a difficult final exam in school––is for genuine ‘born-again’ Christians alone––not for the phony go to church for society crowd,” she tried to say graciously without casting blame on anyone.
“It is for those who live on Earth with Him in their hearts, who pray to Him and in His Name, for the few who chose Him because He first loved them.” She waited to see if there would be any squirmers, and continued as they seem to wait.
“These will be judged in turn by Jesus, Their Master and LORD. The Bible indicates they will not only be judged individually, but in families, and churches.” A few wiggled there. As group leader she knew who hadn’t spoken to parents and siblings in years, who hadn’t really truthfully forgiven them for years.
So she eased off a bit. “Those outside of Christ, who refused His rule as LORD, or who never heard any Christian witness about Him, will be judged by God The Father. They will not have Jesus as Advocate to plead their case. All of their sins will be open before God and all others to see, visually on judgment’s screen.”
She had turned her eyes away as if no one there were included in that group. “Yes, I know many long to see family members in heaven. But do they really look forward to seeing Jesus, to stand before Their LORD to be judged for what they have done for Him in this present life on Earth?
“Gold, silver, precious stones, Apostle Paul writes in used Christian Bibles (1 Corinthians 3: 12), those are believers‘ rewards. Then Paul adds that useless wood, hay and stubble will be taken away from rewards as each believer’s works are set on fire! And as the song goes, ‘Only What’s Done for Christ will last’.”
Again, she looked up towards the roof, trying not directly view anyone. “Hardened hearts will be melted, but it will come too late. Oh, only if one had asked his brother or sisters forgiveness when life was precious. If only flesh had been crucified and sin resisted. If only love had been sown instead of indifference. And what about witnessing to the lost, and tithes and offerings for the poor?
“If only churches had prayed and kept on praying on Wednesday nights, instead of just Bible study. If only pastors had preached the judgment messages of the Bible, and not just those about grace and prosperity. If only many Christians had chosen to follow God’s will for their lives instead of their own.
“If only families had prayer and Bible study together. If only believers had lived for those things important to God, and not those things important to themselves. If only they had gone deeper into God’s Word instead of spending so much time with issues of the world. If only they had prayed for the nation, state, and community, for its leaders, and law enforcement workers, and for other nations and especially for Israel to keep peace around the world.” She cried then.
“All the wasted time.” She wept even more. If only . . . if only . . . if only.
With bad memories from last winter’s freezing cold, perhaps many were hoping for this coming season to be milder, but weather specialists seem to agree on another extremely frigid cold, snow-filled winter outlook for 2014-15.
The old reliable Farmer’s Almanac predicts in ‘More Shivery And Shovelry! Read Our 2015 Winter Forecast’: “After the frigid, bitterly cold, and snow-filled winter last year, many of you are wondering just what this winter might bring. Could it possibly be as bad as last?” Well yes, maybe even worse!
Caleb Weatherbee writes for Farmer’s: “According to the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”
Wanna hear more from the old Almanac, which has been 80% correct on weather predictions? Don’t want to? Oh well, here goes: “The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow to the lee of the Lakes.”
Matthew Holliday of firsthandweather.com forecasts: “I am seeing strong indications that the central and eastern United States will see another brutally cold winter with some areas in the eastern United States potentially getting even colder temperatures than last winter. This will partially be driven by El Nino Modoki . . .”
Rob Guarino of liveweatherblogs.com blithely adds: “After a record year in the Midwest & the East Coast, El Nino will have a big impact going into the 2014-2015 winter season. . . .we see a 73% chance of El Nino at this point and we feel this is GAME ON in a month or so!
“The biggest influence will be in the South as the southern jet and El Nino produce a few big time winter storms with snow and ice. The key to the entire winter will be the intensity of the now trending El Nino. The trend would be to a moderate to perhaps strong El Nino and depending on where you live this will have an small or large impact on your winter forecast.”
Wanna hear more? No? O.K. So get the quilts out. Check the furnace. Try to arrange for alternate sources of heat in case of a power outage. O. K. Don’t go there. So, stock up on foods, especially canned goods. Dust off the heating ducts.
Get some ‘long johns’––at least a pair or two. Mend sweaters and socks. And for Pete’s sake (you know, the one standing at the Pearly Gates), get thick window covers or at least those plastic sheets to keep cold air out.
Hmmm. Let’s see: Remember what Apostle Paul begs, as Taryn of I.E. Plexus lists on wholesale Christian sweatshirts: “Do thy diligence to come before winter (2 Timothy 4: 21).” Not just the weather, but spiritually he suggests one accepts Christ before the coldness of death closes in. When Jesus returns, however, winter’s on earth won’t be harsh anymore: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8: 22).” So either way, please get ready!!!!
Hearing the shots ring out, he felt them hit his body. One. Two. Three. He screamed to his men as his vital organs shouted to him in sharp burning pains, but no one came. Then he felt himself leave his body, flow through the sickening bloody concrete, and land on some kind of flat plain with scores of other people.
When he looked back up the cliff onto earth, he could see a few preachers and baptized workers every few hundreds of miles apart trying to hold back the tide of millions of people trying to push through them to go a place where they would blindly fall into a pit they never imagined, and refused to see.
He set up, trying to dust soot off his two thousand dollar suit which was not there, and recognized the gaping holes those bullets tore through his absent heart and liver. He could see each hole of death, but could not feel them with his touch.
Looking to his left, he noticed weird looking beings, giant alligator-clawed lizard-likes which stood upright. They pushed huge square charred wagons holding human-like arms and legs sticking out around the edges. Those wagon transports and beast carriers seemed to stretch out miles across hot sweaty plains.
The creatures would dump screeching people over another layer of steep long cliffs into a deeper pit from which he could see flames flick up and smell odors of sulfur. These huge-eyed, slue-footed monsters scooped up souls several at a time and threw them over more cliffs further down into even deeper pits. People pled with the animal types for mercy, but empathy seemed beyond their capacity.
Now really frightened, he more loudly chanted rituals from occult books on spiritual magic, ancient wisdom and death. Fighting to keep calm, he cried out to spirit guides, with the cursing chants used at high feast days or during quarterly rituals. He especially reminded Satan, his other gods, and those spirit guides of the secret knowledge he had, of his multitude of pledges made on altars of dead bodies and stolen used clothes, of his many thefts, and of the multiple human and animal sacrifices he had offered on Satan’s to insure that he never entered this place.
Then he narrowed his focus on some who were still not caught by the beasts’ gnarly hands. He could supernaturally hear a few of them who were on their knees praying to Jesus and to The Great God, The Father, in Jesus’ Name. Then he saw some of those praying pulled out of there and placed back up on earth to live again.
Soon a huge, scaly hand lifted him up from his crouched position, and as he cried out his chants, insisting that Satan immediately free him as that lying fein had promised to do so often. Then, instead of putting him into a wagon, an ugly-eyed green scaly non-human simply threw him off the cliff, into the next level of Hell!
As wholesale Christian Bibles cry out often: “And as it is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9: 27);” “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25: 41);“. . . For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; . . The Lord knoweth how to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (2 Peter 2: 4 – 9).”
Get the picture? Avoid hell at all costs. Pray to and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. He is the only way that any person avoids that eternally devilish place.
Things deteriorate in West Africa: Thousands, including medical personnel, die from the Ebola Virus, food and medical supplies run low, some areas suffer quarantine, and international communities only slowly respond to this emergency.
Apparently the ZMapp ‘miracle’ drug doesn’t work on everyone as well as it did on the two American workers recently released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hospital in Atlanta. The others who received the drug died recently. ZMapp and other suppliers work to produce more of the serum.
According to The Extension Protocol, as many as 13 people––including a doctor and four nurses––have died from a different strain of Ebola that broke out last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, further south of the continent.
As in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, affected areas are on quarantine.
Desperate to keep those within quarantined areas from escaping, Liberian troops use tear gas, forced curfews, and fire live ammunition on potential escapees. Clair MacDougall and James Harding Giahyue of Reuters report that in Monrovia, some four people are injured during attempted escapes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it cannot contain the disease outbreak without another $ 430 million dollars. International officials are most concerned that the virus doesn’t jump to more heavily populated South Africa, or spread further in Nigeria, the most prosperous African nation.
WHO told Giahyue: “. . . the countries hit by the worst ever outbreak of the deadly virus were beginning to suffer shortages of fuel, food and basic supplies after shipping companies and airlines suspended services to the region. Liberia said its Ministry of Health warehouse had run out of rubber boots and bottles of hand sanitizer, essential for preventing the spread of the disease.”
Michael J. Nyenhuis, President of AmeriCares writes that it: “. . . has been working closely with our pharmaceutical donors . . supporting these health workers on the front lines. Shipments of urgently needed supplies and supportive care medicines to the affected areas are in transit,” but donations are urgently needed.
Meanwhile, Canada, China, the U. S., etc. have pulled their medical teams out of affected nations. The Economic Collapse.com pleads: “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa is unprecedented in many ways, including the high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died.
“During past outbreaks, few health workers have contracted the virus. . .once the virus was identified proper safety measures were put into place, ‘cases among medical staff dropped dramatically.’ Unfortunately, . . this outbreak is ‘different’ and the virus continues to spread among medical personnel . . .When are people in the western world going to wake up and start taking this disease seriously?”
Good question! And when will those in the Body of Christ wake up and understand that the world needs genuine Holy Spirit-led revivals that include workers with gifts of healings? As plus size Christian sweatshirts aver: “ . . . God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings (1 Corinthians 12: 28).” Please pray!
Not much good news on the food front! Some almond and peanut butters have salmonella. The same bacteria swarms in some fresh vegetables, but officials still don’t know which or where. And meat and fish prices continue to soar.
According to Schuyler Velasco, a massive recall of peanut and almond butter products is now underway in the U.S. Produced by nSpired Natural Foods, these ‘butter’ items are pulled off shelves in Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway, etc.
Associated Press (AP) adds that at least four people have taken ill eating MaraNatha and Arrowhead Mills peanut and almond butters, as well as products from the same types of companies issued under store-brand names.
As Ruth Reichl points out in ‘The F.D.A.’s Blatant Failure on Food’: Every year, antibiotic-resistant infections kill at least 23,000 Americans and make another two million sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Thus, a recent ruling by the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals is so appalling.
“It allows the federal Food and Drug Administration [F.D.A.] to leave an antibiotic used in animal feed on the market even if the agency openly states that the drug’s use is not safe and increases the risk of antibiotic resistance in people. This means that the dangerous misuse of antibiotics in industrial livestock and poultry can continue unabated.” Thus such dangerous resistance passes to people.
The antibiotics allow meat industries to fatten animals quickly while storing them in unsanitary conditions. But these questionable additives increase antibiotic-resistant bacteria within the animals. FDA simply warns the industry of possible harm to people; that agency, established to protect, people does nothing about it.
These practices, she points out, produce ‘superbugs’ such as found in salmonella in Foster Farms chickens that sickened some 600 people. ‘Superbugs’ get into water and soil and can bring “life-threatening” infections.
theeconomiccollapseblog.com says––in addition to soaring prices of beef and pork––avoid eating shrimp: “A devastating bacterial disease called ‘early mortality syndrome’ is crippling the shrimping industry all over Asia right now. Supposedly the disease, which kills 90% of infected shrimp in Asia, has no affect on people who eat the 10% left. Do you believe that?
Besides Clarissa A. Leon in ‘5 Ways to Avoid Seafood’s Dirty Secrets’––along with Jane Brody from The New York Times, and U.K. Guardian.com––claim much of the surviving shrimp is farmed by slave labor. Ugh.
Brody adds “ . . .shrimp farmers simply move on, destroying more miles of mangrove . . . wrecking habitats for . . . wildlife. . .” Paul Greenberg, of ‘American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood,‘ says U.S. needs more fish farms.
So read food advisories, wash all foods, cooking them thoroughly and above all pray over your meals. As wholesale Christian Bibles say read your Bible and pray every day: “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food (Job 23: 12).”
Ebola steadily wipes out Africa’s gorilla population. Penguins––especially the Emperors––die of by thousands as Climate Change continues to melt Antarctic ice. China’s insatiable appetite for ivory ravishes what few African elephants and rhinos remain. Birds burn to death in mid-air. And man yawns with disinterest!
Indeed, the fact that many Africans still eat gorilla meat factors as one vehicle for the spread of Ebola virus among people. Author David Quammen noticed in 1996 in a village in Gabon, Ebola broke out after boys brought home a a dead chimpanzee they found in the woods and cooked and ate it. That meat killed some 21 people. Quammen noticed that 13 gorillas near the village were dead also.
The Extension Protocol and and Steve Baragona of Voice of America News cite Quammen’s latest book, ‘Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,’ as his critique of the impact that human population growth has on God created animal habitat’s for ages:
“There are now 7 billion of us on the planet. We’re going into these diverse ecosystems. We’re cutting down trees, we’re building mines and roads. And as humans encounter the animals living in these ecosystems, We’re giving the viruses those animals carry the opportunity to jump to a new host.”
It’s now a familiar story among scientists in various fields. As William Karesh adds: “It’s becoming very clear that there’s a strong correlation between environmental change of any type and disease emergence. Whether it’s deforestation or agricultural growth or reforestation, it’s that change that allows that disease to emerge because it’s disrupting the natural balance.”
So, in short, by insistence that man is free move around the planet as he wishes, man is in essence killing himself. Disrupting the natural balance? Hmm let’s see––how about sea otters. At its 99th Annual Meeting this week, the Ecological Society of America lamented horror stories about how declines among sea otters––again caused by people––has upon other ocean animals and plant life.
SPX News reports the Society’s findings on how removing sea lions as predators, has sent “ripples throughout the food web” in oceans. “The fur trade spanning the late 1700s to early 1900s decimated their [sea lions] numbers across their range, from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico.”
The sea lion population fell from an estimated one million to around 106,000 world wide. Now that the hunting has stopped, these animals must confront Global Warming. According to Rebecca G. Martone from Stanford,“The near extinction of sea otters is one of the most dramatic examples of human-induced impacts to the structure and functioning of temperate nearshore marine ecosystems.”
SPX explains: “Without sea otters, the undersea sea urchins they prey on would devour the kelp forests, resulting in dense areas called sea urchin barrens that have lower biodiversity due to the loss of kelp that provide 3-dimensional habitat and a food source for many species.”
But reckoning days of judgment come so very soon. And most humans among this planet’s billions do not sense that their earth-borne home is failing, for one reason among many––because they needlessly kill God’s animal kingdoms!
Hmm. And the birds, chimpanzees, penguins, etc. We need a plus sized Christian sweatshirt with the simple verse: “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24: 1).”
So many creatures in the animal world now face extinction that the kids asked me to summarize as much as I could in a few posts. While the world looks at some 1,200 people now killed by the Ebola virus, it takes scant notice of thousands of gorillas that virus has killed. In the same way, man ignores the millions of birds and land fowls killed to stop the various H1++/N1++ diseases.
Like elephants, sea otters are vital to survival for much flora and sea animals. Yet their numbers are down by the millions and now few can survive. Melting Arctic poles greatly threaten penguin colonies. And have you heard that these giant solar panels are so hot that they scorch birds to death as they fly?
David Yarnold, President of the National Audubon Society, writes: “The Army Corps of Engineers wants to kill at least 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants — more than 25 percent of the entire western North America cormorant population. It’s a misdirected effort to reduce avian predation on endangered salmon. . . it won’t do much to help the salmon. . . it will devastate the cormorants.
“The cormorants live and nest on East Sand Island, a globally-significant Important Bird Area (IBA) in Oregon’s lower Columbia River estuary. The cormorants do eat salmon, but that’s not why the fish are in trouble. The real culprits are dams, pollution, habitat loss, and an array of other factors.”
In ‘Two New South Florida Butterfly Species Listed as Endangered,‘ UPI reporter Brooks Hays reveals: “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named two new South Florida butterfly species, the Bartram’s hairsteak and Florida leaf wing, to the endangered species list––triggering additional protections for thousands of acres of critical habitat.” If enforced, these rulings will save other creatures as well.
Why ‘if enforced’? Well, Hays explains, if the new regulations take place September 11, passage will interfere with “ . . . several hundred acres surround the Zoo Miami, including a chunk of land where the county wants to build an Orlando-style amusement park,” as well as “a piece of property where a Palm Beach County developer aims to erect a Walmart-anchored mixed-use development.”
Had not some stealthy businessmen and unethical wild life workers colluded for years to stop authentic scientific studies to protect wildlife, USFWS would have been able to stop construction of these only ‘potential’ money-making developments altogether. But now laws will only “require developers to do their due diligence in minimizing their impact on butterfly habitat.”
USFWS biologist Mark Salvato says: “Anything that’s going to be done with these animals has to have our review. We’re not to the finish line yet, but it would be pretty bad if someone knew this was going forward and rushed to mow down butterfly habitat.” This may help. But truthfully, few butterflies are left on earth.
According to Christian prayer books, when church leaders in the Old Testament led prayer services, they cried to God: “Thou, even Thou, art LORD alone; Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and Thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth Thee (Nehemiah 9: 6).”
These men led their congregations to worship God because of His creation. They understood that the universe––including all on this Earth––belongs to God. If mere mortals think they can destroy parts of God’s Earth––including His animal kingdoms––whenever they want to, they face devastating astonishment come judgment day!