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Friday, November 15, 2013

An End-Times Primer - Part 1 of 3

9 Reasons Why Conspiracy Nuts 
Think Christ Could Return Any Second
By Dennis Roberts

Is there a “Planet X” hiding behind the sun and is it about to collide with Earth? Will Comet ISON bring meteor storms and natural disasters to our world sometime between now and early 2014? Is Pope Francis the final pope, as supposedly predicted by Saint Malachy? Are the strange, haunting sounds being recorded all over the world heavenly trumpets warning of looming judgment?

            I just heard a whole bunch of people say, “Huh?”

            If you were a proper conspiracy nut like me, you’d know exactly what I’m talking about. Since you last perused Hal Lindsay’s Late Great Planet Earth in 1975, a thing called The Internet has brought a Mother Lode of information which, at the very least, should clue us in that America and the world are imploding from corruption, greed, and what used to be called “sin”. Whether current events are leading to the end of days and the return of Christ – who knows? It’s a sore subject right now; Christians have taken a hot stove approach to Bible prophecy since Family Radio founder Harold Camping predicted Christ would return May 21, 2011.

            Consequently, you may be way behind on this conspiracy / end times discussion. This little article is just a basic primer to familiarize you with some of the current information and spur you to do your own examination and research. The situation changes day to day and even minute by minute, so in some respects this article will be outdated by the time you read it. In fact, I have had to update this story as I write it because of the rapid changes taking place.

            Bear in mind that skeptics have debunked all these events and, in turn, believers have debunked the debunkers, who come back and debunk some more, etc. In addition, sophomoric hoaxers have muddied the waters with fake photos and videos.

            What can’t be denied is that the United States is crumbling, led by a president and Congress who are (a) clueless and inept, (b) deliberately sabotaging America, or (c) fumbling along, pretending that business continues as usual as they try to mask a series of inevitable catastrophes which will render everything else meaningless.

            At the bottom of this article, I’ll post links to Websites that carry information that has been overlooked, covered up, downplayed and spun by Obama’s legion of news monkeys. 

1.    Comet ISON, Nibiru and Planet X – Comet ISON (International Scientific Optical Network) is the short name for Comet C/2012 S1 discovered Sept. 21, 2012, by Vitali Nevski of Belarus and Artyom Novichonok of Russia.

It’s headed this way. The 3-mile-wide comet is scheduled to whiz past Earth Dec. 26, 2013 some 40 million miles distant.

Some astronomers have said the comet could appear as bright as the moon as it approaches and passes Earth. Scientists in white lab coats chuckle and say that’s unlikely. 

“Probably it will become visible from dark skies by mid-November, but may be tricky to see on its way in,” says Discover Magazine columnist Corey S. Powell. “The best viewing should come in the couple weeks after November 28, when the comet is heading away from the sun but toward the Earth. Because of the shifting geometry, Comet ISON will probably fade quite a bit more slowly than it brightened. Even so it may be lost to the naked eye well before it makes its closest approach to Earth on Christmas day.”

Is ISON a harbinger – or carrier – of disaster, or just a passing comet that might shine a little brighter than others?

Some people think ISON will bring a host of asteroids that will rain down on the Earth. In fact, meteoroid fireballs are being reported with increasing frequency. Most recently, thousands of people in the southwestern United States observed a bright fireball that lit up the sky Nov. 6. Several similar fireballs have made the news this year, including one on the East Coast March 22 and another Sept. 4. 

And don’t forget about the 65-foot meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013, breaking windows in hundreds of buildings and injuring about 1,500 people. One eyewitness said the explosion was so bright and terrifying that it seemed as though the sun was falling out of the sky. NASA scientists said it was the biggest fireball event in a century. Since then, scientists have started admitting that the chance of asteroids entering Earth’s atmosphere is 10 times greater than previously thought.

Add to that the “six-tailed” comet observed by the Hubble telescope in September. Astronomers say they’ve never seen anything like it and are “dumbfounded,” according to London’s Daily Mail.  

“In what they can only describe as a ‘weird and freakish’ sighting, scientists have found what looks like a cosmic sprinkler in space…(A)steroid, P/2013 P5, which has six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel.” The report goes on to say that the asteroid changed appearance from that of a normal space rock to its current six-tailed configuration sometime between Sept. 10 and 23.

Still, these same types of scientists offer the same old “nothing remarkable” declarations we’ve come to expect, saying there’s no reason to panic. (We conspiracy nuts have noticed that official explanations usually come with a “Don’t be silly” implication in order to deflect through ridicule any alternative view. I suspect that if a comet flew through your house, a government scientist would quickly show up on the news to say there’s nothing unusual about comets hitting houses. It happens all the time!)

There is some conjecture that this strange-acting asteroid is the “Blue Kachina” of Hopi Native American prophecy, which supposedly will appear as a sign of the end times.

Meantime, speculation is rife among us conspiracy nuts that NASA images of the ISON comet have been doctored to hide the fact that (a) ISON is really a space ship and/or (b) the comet is accompanied by two or more intelligently-guided objects.

(We conspiracy nuts think NASA for many years has been manipulating its photographic and video images to hide anomalies such as UFOs, artificial structures / ruins on Mars and the moon, and anything else that doesn’t fit the narrative that the agency has found no signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life.) 

Comets have historically been associated with apocalyptic events, and researchers have noted that Comet ISON is appearing 666 years after a comet called Negra brushed past Earth, just before the Black Death that historians say killed 75 million to 200 million of the world’s 475 million people.

Then there is Nibiru or Planet X. Author Zecharia Sitchin proposed in his 1976 book The Twelfth Planet that Nibiru is home to a race of people called the Anunnaki, and that it has not been discovered because it takes 3,600 years to circle the sun. I won’t attempt to explain all the aspects of Nibiru and Planet X, but some people believe it is approaching Earth and will cause cataclysms including enormous tidal waves, earthquakes, flooding and the death of billions of people. 

Professional astronomers say there is no doubt that Planet X is a fabrication and there’s no point in debating it, just as professional scientists and President Obama insist that manmade global warming is a fact, so shut up.

As a Christian, I have a couple of problems with Nibiru. Sitchin believed that, based on the Sumerian texts from which he gleaned his theories, the Anunnaki created or at least modified humans to serve as slave labor to mine for gold. It’s pretty hard to square that with the biblical creation account.

However, some researchers believe the Anunnaki were the same beings as the Anakim of Numbers 13:33: “And there we saw the giants (nephilim), the sons of Anak, which come of the giants (nephilim): and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” 

Thus, it’s possible the Anakim were descendants of the giant nephilim race, which some say came from fallen angels mating with humans. This idea invites another theological debate about whether angels can procreate with each other or with humans.  

No amount of research will prove conclusively that any of the claims about Nibiru are true or false. However, whenever I hear any government or “official” pronouncement, I assume it is a lie. In most cases, the louder the denials, the bigger the deception.

2.    Strange sounds in the sky – For the last four or five years, people all over the globe have reported hearing eerie, other-worldly sounds resonating from the sky or perhaps the bowels of the Earth. The sounds often resemble trumpets, freight trains, metal grinding against metal, or foghorns.

Debunkers insist that there are natural explanations for these phenomena, despite the fact that scientists and government officials have not been able to discern the source or sources of the sounds. News reports abound, but since no conclusion is available, the stories get dropped. Eventually the noises cease and the news typists breathe a sigh of relief and move on to more important stories, such as homosexual pride parades and the importance of taking guns away from American citizens.

As usual, hoaxers have created their own videos and recordings, and debunkers use these to say the whole issue is fake.

The rest of us ask, what’s causing these noises that were never heard before? Are they among the end-times “wonders in the heavens above” and groaning of creation prophesied in the Bible? Are they evidence of massive Earth changes taking place? Are they caused by the oil extraction method of fracking? Are they triggered by America’s HAARP installation in Alaska? (The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is ostensibly a method for transmitting radio communication over long distances via the ionosphere, but conspiracy theorists believe that HAARP’s true purpose is weather warfare and mind control.)

Regardless of the cause, the fact is that these noises exist. When your car starts making weird noises, you know something bad is about to happen. It’s doubtful that these sky and earth sounds portend anything good for the inhabitants of Earth.

3.    The final pope? Everyone loves Pope Francis, especially people who don’t like any mention of sin. When asked how he would respond to learning that a cleric in his ranks was gay, though not sexually active, the pope replied, "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? You can't marginalize these people."

On another occasion he said, “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. "

Catholic apologists have said that the pope’s remarks were taken out of context. However, Francis never clarified his remarks to say that homosexuality is sin, a curious oversight given the epidemic of sexual perversion among Catholic priests, which has cost the church untold millions of dollars in restitution to victimized men and women.

On the subject of salvation, the pope said that “all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can... The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!...We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there."

The apologists draw a distinction between redemption and salvation, saying that atheists may be redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice, but not necessarily saved. The distinction is lost on the average person, who simply says, “Cool! I’ll get to Heaven no matter what!” Do good, the pope says, and we’ll meet “there,” wherever “there” is. 

Regarding evangelism, Pope Francis said “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. .. The world is criss-crossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.

“…Our goal is not to proselytize but to listen to needs, desires and disappointments, despair, hope. We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love.”

Spread love, do good, accept everyone. This is the soft gospel the world has been longing to hear.

“I love this pope!” one commenter said, echoing the sentiments of millions of unsaved people. People swoon over Francis’ social outreach and apparent humility. He shuns the papal limousine to drive his own car, he washes people’s feet, he visits inmates in prison, he speaks out against slavery and human trafficking, he oozes guilt-free feel-goodism, mimicking Christ’s love like a hippie tossing daisies in the air.

Tom Horn and Cris Putnam, authors of “Petreus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here,” believe that there will be no popes after Francis, citing the supposed prophecies of the 12th Century archbishop Saint Malachy, first published in 1595 by a Benedictine monk, Arnold Wion. The prophecies list 112 popes, identifying them by characteristics rather than name. 

Debunkers say the published prophecies are fraudulent, pointing out that the list of popes is quite accurate up until 1595, the date of publication, but hit-and-miss after that. Horn and Putnam defend their position, saying that many priests and popes have accepted the papal prophecies.

Whether Francis is the final pope or not, millions of sinners will interpret his remarks to mean that Heaven will be a love-fest of atheists, homosexuals, and “good” people of every religion. There might even be a few Christians there, as long as they weren’t meanies who believed that salvation involves repentance and willful acceptance of Christ’s love and sacrifice at the Cross, and daily following Him. 

Part 2 tomorrow ...