Is Wormwood a Deadly Asteroid?

In Revelation there are some prophecies that speak about what seems to be celestial events and could be swarms of asteroids or comets on a collision course with Earth.

7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

8The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

10The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11the name of the star is Wormwood.a A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

12The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

The thing about prophecies is that they are impossible to figure out until after they have happened except in their general sense. Comets are indeed like hail or large conglomerates of ice and asteroids could be aptly described as large mountains.  It is interesting that there is so much much effort being paid by scientists toward asteroid collision detection these days and an emphasis on learning how to deflect their paths away from Earth. Perhaps we should be paying more attention to the stars as this seems to be a prophetic event culminating in  Jesus Christ’s grand finale.

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Nice Ukulele Chord Progression in Dm



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Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

The last mention of the presence of the ark is in King Josiah’s days around 622bc (2 Chronicles 35:3). From then on it is not obviously in anyone’s presence. And the prophet Jeremiah said in 3:16:

In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.

So it was probably concealed during Josiah’s reign.

It does get a final mention in a most interesting place:

Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm. Revelation 11:19



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Did Jesus look like a rabbi?

I wonder how Jesus dressed and did he look like the rabbis of the day. I believe he probably dressed like any other Jewish man because the Samaritan woman knew immediately that he was Jewish but didn’t pin him as a rabbi or holy man until after he prophesied about her. And when he was arrested in the garden, the soldiers couldn’t tell him apart from his disciples. He wore sandals, an inner garment, and an outer garment. And I am pretty sure he would not have worn the phylacteries as that seems against his spirit of piety and sincerity rather than showy sensationalism.

Did he have short or long hair? Pretty sure it would have been short as other scriptures speak against long locks for men. Probably a beard – at least when he came out of the desert after his 40 day ordeal. I just can’t see him carrying a razor around with him, shaving in the Jordan River.

Does it matter what he looked like? I think it does to the extent that he probably didn’t look like the cinematic version of a long haired effeminate movie star. He led a tough life, worked hard as a carpenter, fasted a lot, walked a lot, spent a lot of time in the sun as he worked and traveled from town to town.

He was/is a real man and worthy of hero status and worship.

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An Undiscovered Old Testament Prophecy

First I have to qualify the title: I don’t know if this prophecy has not been discovered before now, but it was certainly an unanticipated blessing to me. Several years ago I was reading through the Psalms and as I was reading chapter  107 it occurred to me I had read this story before – it was basically the story of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee; two stories: calming the storm and walking on the water.

The story begins in verse 23 and I have quoted the NIV:

23 Some went out on the sea in ships;
    they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord,
    his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
    that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
    in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
    they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
    the waves of the sea[b] were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
    and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
    and praise him in the council of the elders.

The prophecy, if it is in fact a prophecy, is fulfilled in the New Testament in John 6:16-21 –

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[a] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

and in Luke 8:22-25 –

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.

The reference in the OT passage to “merchants” could of course be applied to the fishermen as this was their livelihood.

Is it a prophecy fulfilled in the NT by Jesus? You will have to decide for yourself – I am convinced it is. And it was certainly a new personal discovery for myself even if others have discovered it for themselves. It just proves to me that you can read the Bible for fifty years and never exhaust its secrets.


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I believe in God because…

I like Pascals Wager: it’s just a good bet.

I was thinking the other day about “glove”. That was the mnemonic I used to remember a passing thought I had about “guilt” and “love”. Though I live a life often entrenched in guilt because I have not done the things and thought the thoughts that I should have, in reference to God and my spiritual existence, yet, the guilt I feel is a small price to pay. Materialists, atheists, would say I have wasted my life believing in a non-existent God and especially in suffering a sense of guilt for wrongs done. Even if God did not exist (but I stake my soul on it that He does) my life has been better for it: I have been more compassionate, understanding, patient, forgiving, loving, and a little better at all the spiritual fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22. My life has been richer for it and other lives have been too.

To the atheists I say that their bet is not a good gamble: if there is no God they still lose because when they have died they have no existence wherein to gloat whereas if there is a God, the Christian will not gloat but still win the bet.

But in fact, God does exist. And His love has been far greater than my guilt. Now I embrace my guilt knowing that Gods forgiveness is infinite. If He can love me in spite of my failures, I cannot fail to love Him.

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My robot is right-handed.

My latest 3 servo DuckBot is asymmetrical. What I mean by that is that it is slightly balanced more to the right than the left – and because of that it is able to do some things that it could not do if it was perfectly symmetrical. It can balance on the right leg but not the left. After it falls it can roll over in one direction to get up but not the other.

This makes me think that perhaps the reason humans are right or left-handed generally is because it is more economic with brain management of body movement. Takes less storage and neurons. And my robot can compensate by first moving itself to take advantage of using the right-sided ability to recover from a fall rather than having to build and store the code to stand using the left side.


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