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February 28, 1999

Israel seals off West Bank and Gaza amid warnings of attacks

Israel has decided to seal off the Palestinian territories this week, citing warnings of attacks by Islamic militants, an army spokesman said Saturday.

The Defense Ministry's decision to impose a closure on the Palestinian areas falls during the week Israeli Jews celebrate the Purim holiday. The holiday has been marred by attacks since 1994.

Experts from around the world to gather in Philippines to tackle Millennium bug

Experts from around the world will gather in the Philippine capital this week to share ideas on how to minimize the effects of the so-called Millennium bug.

Amable Aguiluz, chairman of the Philippine Presidential Commission on Year 2000 Compliance, the host of the summit, said the meeting will focus on the "best practices theory" in tackling the problem.

It is feared that the Year 2K bug will result in everything from minor confusion in billing statements to a complete collapse of systems governing power plants, banks, medical services and air travel. Aguiluz himself admits he is unsure how severe the problem is -- one of the matters to be taken up at the conference.

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

104. If, as Scripture teaches, everything involuntary has its cause in what is voluntary, man has no greater enemy than himself.

February 27, 1999

Peace Be With You

(John 14:27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

(John 16:33) "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

(John 20:21) Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

(Rom 5:1-2) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

(Rom 16:20) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

(Phil 4:7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Heb 13:20 -21) May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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103. Once we have entrusted our hope about something to God, we no longer quarrel with our neighbour over it.

February 26, 1999

Heads up: 'Fixed' Y2K code has flaws

Organizations spending tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to make their systems year 2000-ready are likely to end up with a software portfolio that still has some flaws.

Following a two-month review of 20 million lines of code that were "fixed" by clients, Cap Gemini, a software house, discovered an average of one error in every 2,000 lines of code that were remediated.

CIA predicts serious Y2K problems around the globe

The Year 2000 computer problem could cause serious disruptions abroad, including breakdowns in nuclear reactors and strategic missile systems, midwinter power outages and disruptions in world trade and oil shipments, a CIA official warned Wednesday.

Inventing the millennium

The idea that people historically have viewed the fin de millennium (to mix languages) in apocalyptic terms was the invention of French historians in the early 19th century, according to Hopkins French professor Stephen Nichols. For much of recorded history, Nichols says, most people didn't even bother to count years, at least not in the modern sense of decades and centuries.

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102. If you want with a few words to benefit one who is eager to learn, speak to him about prayer, right faith, and the patient acceptance of what comes.  For all else that is good is found through these.

February 25, 1999

Atomic bombing of Hiroshima tops journalists' list of century news

The top news event of the 20th century was written in the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the terrifying power of America's new atomic bomb brought World War II to an end in 1945.

38. Roe vs. Wade decision legalizes abortion, 1973.

Editor's Note: As you can see the Roe v Wade decision, which has served as legal grounds for the murder of over 30 million unborn is listed as the 38th most important news item of the century.  May God have Mercy on us all!

Taxpayers Fund Abortion, but not Cancer Treatment

Yvette Sherman, 56, who had emergency cancer treatment in France during a trip there last July has been told by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) that her treatments were "elective" and therefore not covered.

Despite this apparent claim that OHIP does not cover elective treatment, it does in fact maintain an aggressive commitment to fund abortion which is almost without exception an elective procedure.

. Restored/Nuremberg Files Is Back

The Live Web Cam Project will open another round of international publicity. We have USA Today, the major TV networks, and all the local media buzzing around us making sure they will be provided with information when we actually launch the project. Needless to say, the project raises legal questions that will give us a great opportunity to expose the American people to the fact that what is being done in the name of "privacy" is nothing more than horrendous child sacrifice arising out of the most and brutal idolatry.

Source: [email protected]

(Rev 21:8) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

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101. It is good to help enquirers with words; but it is better to co-operate with them through prayer and the practice of virtue.  For he who through these offers himself to God, helps his neighbour through helping himself.

February 24, 1999

Authorities say man admits to up to 50 church arsons

An Indiana man has allegedly admitted to setting fire to as many as 50 churches in 11 states, and claims he began his spree with two others who helped him burn a church in a ritual.

8 reported dead in Indonesian religious clash

At least eight people were shot to death or killed by homemade arrows during a seven-hour battle between Christians and Muslims on the restive Indonesian island of Ambon on Wednesday.

The violence is an example of the unrest that has racked Indonesia over the past year as ethnic, religious and social tensions boil over, fuelled by spiralling poverty caused by the country's worst economic and political crisis in decades.

The Hidden Enemy

(Eph 6:12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

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100. There is faith 'that comes from hearing' (Rom. 10:17) and there is faith that 'is the substance of things hoped for' (Heb. 11:1).

February 23, 1999

Kosovo - An Observation, a Prophetic Word and a Geopolitical Analysis


On February 23, 1999 Venus and Jupiter will be at their closest in quite some time. This is also the deadline date that the United States gave the Kosovo situation.

Are we sitting on something explosive? Just maybe.

It was on February 23, 1991 that the ground troops began what was to be known as the 100 hour war. This ended on Purim, February 27, 1991.

According to Isaiah 21:16-17 concerning the BURDEN OF THE DESERT OF THE SEA. The end of the situation would come after the YEAR OF AN HIRELING PLUS ONE. The DOUBLE HIRED SERVANT of Det.15:18 was to be released after SEVEN YEARS according to Det.15:1.

The time of the DOUBLE HIRELING WAS 7 YEARS. This would bring the situation of Isaiah 21:16 which began on Feb.23, 1991 forward by the 7 years of the hireling plus one additional year or to Feb.23, 1999.

Just something worth watching closely this week as good watchmen on the wall.

Source "Roger K. Blake" <[email protected]>

A Prophetic Word

Excerpt of Message to Pat Mundorf given Feb. 20, 1999:

"Your United States of America is going to start problems with MANY leaders of other nations this week. This I tell you, as I have before, if the United States starts its air strikes on Kosovo, Yugoslavia, you may be certain that this WILL anger Russia, and other world leaders. Russia may pull all of its support from NATO in Bosnia. These Russian leaders have been arming the Serbians and Iraqis, and aiding North Korea. They have been selling arms for food for their country. They, so, have been building up their arms. Many nations have much, in their buildup of arms, that no one knows of. Right now there are more than SIXTY countries fighting civil wars in your world.

My children, pray, sacrifice, offer your Masses for the intentions to mitigate these wars. These wars are arrows in my Son Jesus' Heart. This breaks my Heart to see Jesus so sorrowful. Pray, Pray, PRAY!!!"

Readers of the Trib Times may recall this message (see Dec98) given by Pat Mundorf that was proven correct within days:


Geopolitical Analysis

The IMF, Kosovo, Iraq, Turkey and the Russian Question February 22, 1999

An excellent analysis of the political forces underlying the Kosovo crisis can be found here .

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99. One commandment is higher than another; consequently one level of faith is more firmly founded that another.

February 22, 1999

Rx Against Terror

Biological weapons exist today that could kill thousands, if not millions, of people. Medical personnel are alarmingly ill-prepared to meet the threat, warns the man credited with eradicating smallpox.

The Deadliest Five

NYC Water System Said Threatened

Terrorism and pollution are major threats to New York City's drinking water because the police agency protecting the watershed is understaffed and underequipped, environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Sunday.

Woman killed by antibiotic-resistant germ

A supergerm that has proven resistant to one of the most potent antibiotics available has killed a Hong Kong woman, officials said today, raising fears that more such germs could develop as doctors continue to misuse or overuse antibiotics.

(Rev 6:8) I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

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98. He who can without strain keep vigil, be long-suffering and pray is manifestly a partaker of the Holy Spirit. But he who feels strain while doing these things, yet willingly endures it, also quickly receives help.

February 21, 1999

G7: Global outlook worse

The Group of Seven industrial nations said Saturday the outlook for world economic growth had deteriorated despite encouraging trends in Asia and calmer financial markets.

"But financial market conditions have worsened in some regions and the outlook for global economic growth is somewhat less favorable. The impact of financial crises is now felt beyond the regions where the crises occurred," the statement said.

Human cost of Asian economic crisis incalculable

The lives of tens of millions of Asians have been thrown into uncertainty by the economic crisis, which was triggered by the de facto devaluation of the Thai currency in July 1997.

For more on the impending worldwide economic crisis: Hoofbeats of the Black Horseman

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97. Undistracted prayer is a sign of love for God; but careless or distracted prayer is a sign of love for pleasure.

February 20, 1999

A Cultist Defined

Sorry, but this story has been retracted pending further verification.  My sincere apologies!

Kosovo deadline extended to Tuesday

Western diplomats extended the deadline to Tuesday for a Kosovo peace deal to be reached and avert NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia, CNN has learned.

Meanwhile, top Western diplomats continued Saturday to press a defiant Yugoslav president to accept the terms of a peace plan for Kosovo, hours after the noon deadline which was originally set for an agreement.

(Mark 13:8) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

A SMALL NEST - The Word of God will be subverted.

Blessed John Tauler, 14th Century

Dear children, may you be sure of this: if we do not amend ourselves, these chastisements shall beat severely upon us, in a way that there shall come such a tribulation as to call to mind the Last Judgment. And those that are now in great peace shall suffer great oppression.

The Word of God will be subverted. The worship of God will be forgotten. Someone will run over here, another, over there. And no one will know how things will end.

But the faithful God shall always find a small nest where His own may be preserved.

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96. Prayer comprises the complete fulfilment of the commandments; for there is nothing higher than love for God.

February 19, 1999

Jerusalem can contain two capitals, says Arafat

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat declared Thursday that Jerusalem could house the capitals of two states.

Arafat, here for a U.N. conference on Bethlehem in the year 2000, cited the example of Italy, where the tiny independent city state of the Vatican nestles inside Rome.

Russia pledges stronger cooperation with Syria

Russian President Boris Yeltsin has vowed to back the expansion of ties with Syria, saying cooperation with Damascus would help preserve the balance of power and stability in the Middle East.

Syrian officials said that military cooperation has been increasing with Russia -- Syria's main arms supplier before the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991 -- as part of efforts to strengthen its defensive capabilities.

Addressing a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday, Shara said: "Israel, still technically at war with Syria, has in the past tried to block arms supplies to Damascus.

(Psa 122:6-7) Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels."

(Zec 14:2-4) I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.

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95. Nothing is stronger than prayer in its action, nothing more effective in winning God's favour.

February 18, 1999

Even Better News!! A Eucharistic miracle!

The "Bleeding Host of Betania" (Venezuela) bled in 1991, and has since been kept in repository in a chapel and has been inactive since then, showing only small discolorations that appear to be fissures in its surface.

On November 13, 1998, Dan Sanford, from New Jersey, USA, was video taping after the Mass at the chapel when he happened to point his camera at the Host of Betania in the tabernacle. At that same moment, the Host became covered in flames, while blood exuded against the front of the glass barrier. Some say they can see a beating heart in the flames, as well, while others report that they can see additional al phenomena.

The bishop of the diocese of Los Teques has given his approval to use the video of the Eucharistic miracle to evangelize belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Here is what the Bishop of Los Teques (who is also Maria Esperanza's bishop) has to say about the video after it was presented to him:

"I received the two tapes you sent to me, with the included letter, about the host bleeding and in flames. I gave one of them, as provided by you, to the nuns of the convent (here).

After seeing the tape I was impressed. As you should know, the experts in spiritual theology interpret authentic visions as a mental phenomena, that is, as an hallucination produced by God (inside the mind). They admit the possibility of optical visions, that is, visions in which an object exterior to the seer is perceived by the eyes. Of this kind are the apparitions of Christ to the Apostles after His Resurrection.

That a concrete vision is an optical, or only a mental one, can be concluded by its characteristics. In your case, your video could be interpreted as a mental phenomena, since it was seen only by you and not by the other witnesses that were present (during the video-taping). But if we presume that hypothesis, it becomes obvious that your video camera could (also) perceive and record your mental phenomena against the laws of physics, since the camera, as the eye, can perceive only real objects that reflect light.

So, in any hypothesis or any case, the filming (video-taping) of your vision points out the Hand of God.

Continue evangelizing about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist with the help of this tape.

Pio Bello, S.J. Bishop Emeritus of Los Teques

The tape of this momentous Eucharistic miracle has been professionally duplicated and is now available to EVERYONE who requests it, at NO COST. Those who receive it may NOT duplicate it themselves because of image degradation, but are allowed to share it with other faithful who have doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus in consecrated Hosts.

If you would like to obtain this wonderful Eucharistic miracle on videotape, please, since they have no e-mail, send a letter to the below address:

Dom Chiango
PO Box 601
Havertown, Pennsylvania
USA 19083

To help defray the cost of making 1,000 of these tapes and the broadcast air-time involved, any **donation you care to make would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot afford a donation at this time, we will send it to you anyway.

A wonderful internet resource on the Real Presence including other documented Eucharistic miracles and teachings of the Church Fathers can be found at:

An excellent Bible study on this subject is available from Dr. Scott Hahn online at: The Eucharist: Holy Meal .

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94. Pray persistently about everything, and then you will never do anything without God's help.

February 17, 1999

Sign in the Heavens?

Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets, come together this month for their closest conjunction (pairing) visible from North America in decades. This stunning event occurs on February 23rd in the west-southwestern sky at dusk.

February 23rd is the big day. At the time of sunset on the East Coast, Venus and Jupiter will be separated by a mere 0.2°. Three hours later, around sunset on the Pacific Coast, they appear 0.3° apart. This naked-eye pairing should be one of the more splendid celestial sights of the decade. The two bright planets remain in view as twilight fades, finally setting after dark.

For viewing details please see: . /scriptoftheweek.html (1106th show)

Interestingly, it is thought that a similar conjunction between Jupiter and Venus may have initially alerted the magi about the upcoming birth of Jesus.

Quoting from "The Christmas Star" by John Mosley, page 53:

"The magi's attention was initially caught when Jupiter aligned with Venus in the predawn sky in August, 3 B.C".

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93. If we fulfil Christ's commandments according to our conscience, we are spiritually refreshed to the extent that we suffer in our heart.  But each thing comes to us at the right time.

February 16, 1999

How about some Good news!!!

Dear Dr. Z,

Whilst I look forward to your articles every day in the Trib, and enjoy them immensely, sometimes I get depressed.  How about some Good news!!!

Good News

(Luke 21:28) When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

(Phil 3:20 -21) But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

(Titus 2:11 -14) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

(2 Tim 4:8) Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

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92. Everyone baptized in the orthodox manner has received ally the fulness of grace; but he becomes conscious of this grace only to the extent that he actively observes the commandments.

February 15, 1999

Prophecies Through Thomas S. Gibson

(Prophecy, #206); The Coming Great Turmoil:

For those Christians who put their trust in Me, says the Lord -- their complete trust in Me -- they will find the time easy going in the great hard times to come. But for those who will try and rely on their own power, and on their own strength, and the world's systems, and on the world's answers; they, they will have trouble.

For you see, I will bless those who will put their complete trust in the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Those who want to play games with the world are welcome to the world and its ways. For they shall be in great trouble in the hard times to come.

Note this: there is a time when all of the earth shall be in great turmoil. Those who walk in faith of God, shall walk with God. Those who try and play games with God, are relying of the world; will walk in turmoil.

This is the time of the separation of the sheep and the goats.

(Mat 25:31-32) "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

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91. Each man's knowledge is genuine to the extent that it is confirmed by gentleness, humility and love.

February 14, 1999

Two Catholic Prophecies related to the Apocalypse

Blessed John Tauler, The 14th Century

. . .And thus, things stand in a worrying manner for all impure men, sinners and those not touched by God. While for all men who carry the "Thau" on their foreheads*, that is, for those who by means of a living Christian faith, have truly begun a spiritual life or are progressing in it, these scourges shall not be able to harm, as Saint John wrote in the Apocalypse in chapter nine where, with veiled words, these chastisements, which God, by means of Saint Hildegard has more specifically manifested to us, are attested ("And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads"). . . .

* "Upon whomsoever you shall see Thau, kill him not (Ez.IX,6)."

Messages via anonymous seer - Feb, 1999

St. Michael the Archangel said: "Those in the service of the King and Queen of the heavens and the Earth, prepare to enter into and live out what has been prophesied in Chapters 13 and 14 of the Book of the Apocalypse in the most Holy Bible. As you enter these times, do not delay in calling on your angels for support and assistance. Both Archangels and Guardian Angels will be available to you.This special grace has been granted by your King and Queen. So take advantage of this very special time of grace to call on us.

We (the angels) stand ready to assist you in very extraordinary ways."

For messages from professed modern prophets please click here:  Visionary Messages

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89. When a thought lingers within a man, this indicates his attachment to it; but when it is quickly destroyed, this signifies his opposition and hostility to it.

February 13, 1999

Report counts 147 million global Net users

The number of people who accessed the Internet at least once a week from their businesses and homes grew to 147 million worldwide in 1998, up from 61 million in 1996, according to a recent report by Computer Industry Almanac.

(Dan 12:4) But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."

Afghan quake kills 50, Taliban call for help

Fifty people were killed and 200 injured when a strong earthquake shook Kabul and an area west of the city Thursday night, Afghanistan's Taliban radio reported Friday.

The quake, which was felt as far away as the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, measured 5.5 on the open-ended Richter scale and its epicenter was thought to be southwest of Kabul.

(Luke 21:11) There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

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88. When the devil sees that our intellect has prayed from the heart, he makes a powerful attack with subtle temptations; but he does not bother to destroy the lesser virtues by such powerful attacks.

February 12, 1999

Christians in Sudan face new threats

Islamists in Sudan have launched a new offensive against the country's Christian minority, focusing on university and college campuses, the INTER PRESS SERVICE reports.

According to IPS, angry Muslim students attacked the Association of Christian Students' exhibition, burning more than 15,000 Bibles and religious books donated by the Coptic Church, and dumping cassette tapes and thousands of small crosses into the Nile River. Other equipment was destroyed.

E-mail prayer request received today:

Church destroyed, central India

Just now we have received a sad news from one of our Pastors Sunil Paul in Guna, central India that his whole church and parsonage have been destroyed by Hindu extremists yesterday with the help of the local government authorities. It was a 30 year old church building which was their only place of worship. Like many others in their locality they had no ownership papers except some govt receipts of taxes they pay regularly. We will appreciate your prayers.

Brother Thomas Himalaya Evangelical Mission

For Internet resources on Christian persecution worldwide please see:

A Cry in the Lion's Den

The Cardinal Kung Foundation

Christian Persecution

Shatter the Silence

Religion Today Current News Summary

(Rev 6:9 -11) When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.

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87. Presumption and boastfulness are causes of blasphemy.  Avarice and self-esteem are causes of cruelty and hypocrisy.

February 11, 1999

'Closer to God'  Papal astronomers interweave faith, science

Seven thousand feet above the Arizona desert, a windswept observatory aims its powerful telescope to the heavens -- an appropriate direction. After all, this observatory is run by the Vatican.

Though the worlds of faith and science may seem as far apart as the galaxies themselves, the Vatican astronomers say their view through the telescope can bring both worlds into sharper focus.

"The meeting place of God and science is the whole universe, because that's where God is active," said Father Chris Corbally, Vatican astronomer.

Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope Home Page

Web pages dealing with Biblical Astronomy/Signs in the Heavens

Biblical Astronomy

The Watchman


Signs in the Heavens - Now!

Eyedoctor's Site: Signs in the Heavens

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86. We have a love for the causes of involuntary thoughts, and that is why they come.  In the case of voluntary thoughts we clearly have a love not only for the causes but also for the objects with which they are concerned.

February 10, 1999

Is there anybody out there? Huge telescope to search for answer

Scientists on Monday unveiled plans to connect as many as 1,000 of small satellite TV antennas together to form a massive, yet relatively inexpensive, telescope array that will search for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life.

Officials at the SETI Institute, which for 14 years has looked for signs of intelligent life outside Earth, announced the plan, along with the University of California at Berkeley, which has endowed an academic position for an astronomer searching for extraterrestrial intelligence.

The search for an extraterrestrial pulse was begun in the 1960s by two then unknown astronomers, Carl Sagan and Drake, both of whom later became renowned nationwide for their study of outer space.  Today, about a dozen radio telescopes located around the globe sweep the heavens searching -- so far unsuccessfully -- for signals from outer space.

Of spirits and wider reality in Arizona

The UFO gift shop, Starport Sedona, is buzzing this morning. Over here is a conversation between two middle-aged women, each detailing her own tale of abduction by space aliens. Over there is a silver-haired fellow, apparently of considerable means, studying a wall map pinned with the latest UFO sightings.

Are UFOs and aliens an end-times deception?

UFOs, Aliens & Antichrist: The Angelic Conspiracy & End Times Deception

Wonders in the Heavens

Aliens in the Bible

(2 Th 2:9-10) The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

(2 Th 2:11-12) For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

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85. A passion which we allow to grow active within us through our own choice afterwards forces itself upon us against our will.

February 9, 1999

Philippine floods kill 20, 'calamity' declared

Philippine President Joseph Estrada declared a 'state of calamity' in four southern provinces Monday after flash floods killed 20 people and displaced more than 110,000 families.

Landslides and collapsed bridges have isolated some towns, and wide areas of Butuan City, the largest in the region, were without power.

Officials attributed the rains, which began last Thursday, to the La Nina weather phenomenon, in which water temperatures fall in the Pacific Ocean.

The start of La Nina in the Philippines last year followed a long drought attributed to the opposite weather phenomenon, El Nino, which is caused by higher temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

Mercado also blamed years of illegal logging for flash floods in villages unaccustomed to flooding.

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84. Fire cannot last long in water, nor can a shameful thought in a heart that loves God.  For every man who loves God suffers gladly, and voluntary suffering is by nature the enemy of sensual pleasure.

February 8, 1999

Pope urges couples to choose 'great vocation' of parenthood

Pope John Paul II said he hoped that the advent of the new millennium would awaken in couples the "great vocation of fatherhood and motherhood" and would push public authorities to "create an environment ever more favorable to the birth of new lives."

The pope took the occasion to express solidarity to a group of Rome university professors who have condemned human cloning.

Couple 'want cloned child'

A couple are considering cloning to make their dream of having a family come true.

Cambridgeshire-based computer consultants Peter Blackburn, 31, and his wife Ildiko, 29, who have suffered fertility problems, tell BBC One's Panorama programme that they are thinking of cloning.

Mr Blackburn said: "Whether or not technology could produce a child identical to my wife or genetically identical to me, that's not really the issue. It is a child. "A cloned son or daughter would be part of a family, it would not be treated any differently and it would be loved."

For more on cloning please see:

See also: Can Humans Be Cloned Like Sheep? by Dr. Ray Bohlin

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83. When an intellect forgets real knowledge, it fights with men for harmful things as though they were helpful.

February 7, 1999

King Hussein is dead, Crown Prince Abdullah becomes King

His Majesty Hussein bin Talal, King of Jordan, is dead. The Middle Eastern leader lost a long battle to cancer on Sunday, February 7th at the age of 63.  His eldest son, Abdullah, was formally sworn in as king in parliament hours after his father's death.

Email exchange:

I was meditating over this news item while at Mass today. What would be the effect on Israel of Hussein's son taking over? I believe the Lord led me to the following verse:

(1 Ki 12:12-14) Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days." The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."


Honestly - as I read the verses that the Holy Spirit led you to correlate with this event the hair was raising on my neck. Why?? Because the Lord had led me to the *exact same biblical account* !!!!

At breakfast before getting your confirming email -and after having been enlightened by the Holy Spirit about Solomon's son following Mass this morning - the fellow who cleans the McDonald's that Leo and I have breakfast in - began to spontaneous talk about how King Solomon was an intelligent fool - and about Solomon's wives and kids!! In the 3 years of going there he has never spoken about Solomon - not even once!! After we left Leo said "Boy he sure was fired up today!!" ....and he was too.

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

82. When a sinful soul does not accept the afflictions that come to it, the angels say: 'We would have healed Babylon, but she was not healed' (Jer. 51:9).

February 6, 1999

Doubts and Errors

Blessed John Tauler, The 14th Century

. . . Of what type these chastisements will be, Saint Hildegard described very distinctly. However she did not dare manifest them to the common people because they were not in a position to understand them and these scourges could have been solicited to arrive rather than impeded.

But in order that good people may know how to conduct themselves during these scourges, we want to say by parables, that is, by similitudes, what they will be. They will touch upon our holy Faith, the Sacraments and all the Christian institutions.

Men will fall into such doubts and errors from not knowing who to believe or in whom to have trust regarding the truth.

And God will permit this because for such a long time we have practiced the holy Christian Faith so negligently (cf.Mt.XXIV,12;Lk.XVIII,8), with so many vices and so much opposition, and have treated and received the venerable Body of Our Lord, along with the other Sacraments and with all the holy things of the Church, so unworthily, impurely and unfruitfully. . . .

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

81. Real knowledge has been given to men by God as a grace preceding the fulness of grace; it teaches those who partake of it to believe above all in the Giver.

February 5, 1999

True Story

So, Dr. Z., why did it take you so long to get your update online today?

Well, I guess it all started last night at the dinner table.  My daughter, almost fifteen years old now, asked me a curious question: "Dad, what is all this about Year 2K"?  Readers of  yesterday's page will understand why I found it curious, as yesterday's update was devoted to the Year 2K issue.  Armed with yesterday's update freshly in my mind, I proceeded to explain the Year 2K problem.  I first explained the origin of the Year 2K problem, how it related to programmers in the early days of computers trying to save computer space and memory by using two digits rather than four digits to record the year.

"The main reason for a potential crisis related to Year 2K is our great dependence on electricity", I went on.  "There is considerable concern that power companies will not be ready and that electricity will not be available when the clock rolls into the year 2000".  I then illustrated how just this week our refrigerator in the office broke down and as a result we have been unable to stock fresh food, or keep medications cool.  My wife then chimed in, "And when I tried to pay our payroll taxes to the IRS this week the automated phone line would not accept a four digit date".  "So it looks like not even the IRS is Year 2K compliant yet", she added.  "The lack of electricity may even be further aggravated because it is my understanding that nuclear plants will be offline by September 30, 1999 and that the Year 2K conversion will take place in the dead of winter when energy requirements are very high", I continued.  "Without  electricity our food supply, gasoline for cars (all commercial gas stations pump using electricity), water and sewage will all be abruptly shut off".  "Lack of these basic necessities could lead to riots such as the one that occurred in Columbia last week after the earthquake when people there were suffering similar shortages".

Later that evening I thought to myself how relieved I was that she hadn't asked about what preparations we were making as a family.  After all, I couldn't see myself hoarding food, as I could never store enough to feed everybody I know and I couldn't eat knowing people I loved were going without.  Besides, after much prayer I have decided that I will trust God to provide, should a crisis truly ensue.  Other very spiritual internet friends who I trust greatly have reached the same conclusion.  So what if it seems that all the caution flags are coming from Christian groups and it is the secular agencies and the government who are saying : "Don't worry be happy".

Okay Dr. Z., enough storytelling!  Why did it take you so long to get your update online today??!

We had a power outage and my alarm clock didn't go off.  But don't worry, it probably will never happen again.  :)

February 4, 1999

Russia admits it needs $3 billion to fight millennium bug

Russia conceded Wednesday it needs up to $3 billion to tackle the Year 2000 computer glitch -- six times the original estimate -- and appealed to the United States to help fix computers which control stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

Alexander Krupnov, chairman of Russia's Central Telecommunications Commission, insisted that his commission was doing everything it could, he said, "Who knows if the country will be ready. ... I can't give any guarantees."

U.S. warns travelers about Y2K woes

The United States warned Americans Friday to take special care when traveling abroad at the end of the year or the start of next year because of possible computer-related problems stemming from the change to 2000. The U.S. State Department said transportation could be disrupted and credit card and ATM machines may malfunction. Americans with special medical requirements should not assume that medical facilities and services will be available overseas, the department added.

Source: Reuters via [email protected] (MRS JOYCE M LANG)

Y2K: A secular apocalypse?

Y2K Preparation Guide

Y2k Links:

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

80. A mole burrowing in the earth is blind and cannot see the stars; and he who does not trust God in temporal things will not trust Him in eternal things.

February 3, 1999


Something strange.  I just got back from lunch.  While gone, I was
meditating on the message about Clinton, "the lawless one," that I sent out
before I left.  The word "DELUSION" strongly came to me, and the Bible
passage that uses it.  I purposed to look it up right after lunch (see
below).  But before I had a chance, I opened an e-mail from a friend that
said, regarding Clinton's defenders, "All objectivity is apparently gone
from their thought processes.  Their arguments just do not make any sense.
They come across almost DELUSIONAL."  Incredible timing.

I am persuaded that the great end-time delusion has already begun.  Most
Americans,  having embraced materialism, humanism and hedonism,  now
"believe the lie."  The major media support the lie, first causing, then
reinforcing, public opinion, in a vicious cycle in which they create poll
results, the use the polls to prove themselves right!

These are the times about which the prophets spoke.  Good men are
castigated publicly (in the media), and evil people are made heroes.  For
example, Christian, highly principled Ken Starr is daily demonized, while
porno king Larry Flynt is exalted as a man of principle and courage.  It is
as spoken by Isaiah, when people: "Call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and
sweet for bitter." (5:20).  For a chilling description of God's reaction to
this and what is coming, read the rest of the chapter.

The Holy Spirit says:
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now
restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless
one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His
mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the
lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs,
and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who
perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might
be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong DELUSION, that they
should believe the lie..." (1 Thessalonians 2: 7-11).

It's happening.

Source: Jim Bramlett <[email protected]>

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

79. Many of us feel remorse for our sins, yet we gladly accept their causes.

February 2, 1999

Gates: Y2K fears overdone

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates believes technology companies are enjoying "a little bit of a windfall" from the year 2000 computer problem, but added most worries about the extent of the computer crisis are overblown.

"Although (the Y2K problem) is a terrible distraction and there will be some disruption, there has been a little bit of a windfall for some participants in the IT industry," Gates told participants at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos Monday. However, he added the extent of the problem is "below the middle of the panic (levels) some people have suggested."

For a contasting viewpoint please see:

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

78. No one is as good and merciful as the Lord.  But even He does not forgive the unrepentant.

February 1, 1999

'99 will be year of two blue moons

This February will once again be a "month without a moon."  Does a year with two blue moons - in January and again in March - mean that this is a moment of import or simple lunacy?

Blue moons are not terribly uncommon. One will show up every two years and nine months. That two blue moons should appear in one year, though, is a phenomenon that has rarely occurred this century. The last double-blue-moon year occurred in 1980, and the next will come in 2018.

Excerpt from "The Final Hour" by Micahel H. Brown (pages 314-325):

"No doubt the intensity of the attacks was due to the fact that Pachi (Patricia Talbott Borrero) had been given especially intense secrets.  They were granted to her in October of 1988 during a trip to Guadalupe, Mexico, where she had an apparition of Mary on Tepeyac Hill, site of the 16th century apparitons to the Indian Juan Diego."

"She said it was terrible, that the world needs a purification and that a chastisement would come to humanity."

"It was said, Pachi was told the beginning of the events in her secret would be just before a month of two full moons."

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

77. Just as flight in winter or on the sabbath day (cf. Matt. 24:20) brings suffering to the flesh and defilement to the soul, so too does resurgence of the passions in an aged body and a consecrated soul.

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