Signs in the Sun

"And there will be signs in the sun."-Luke 21:25a, emphasis added

What did Jesus mean by "signs in the sun"? I believe that the marked increase in sunspot activity and solar flares is the beginning of the horrors to come. Paal Brekke, Deputy Project Manager of the SOHO spacecraft (the big solar orbiting heliosphere study observatory which looks at the sun) had this to say about solar explosions that occurred on October 28, 2003: "I think the last week will go into the history books as one of the most dramatic periods of solar activity we have seen in modern time."[1] He, an unbeliever, was trying to come to grips with the significance of three additional bursts on top of the two back-to-back monster flares.

Scientists now know that all of this is a cycle. There is an eleven-year cycle of events on the sun, such as sunspot activity and solar flares. Since 1755, twenty-one eleven-year cycles have been recorded by solar observatories. The sun has observable patterns; it will have numerous solar flares and then be very quiet for a season. At the moment (2006), we are four years into the quiet side, but, according to Mr. Brekke, there are signs that the sun is revving up like it never has before in history.

On March 6, 2003, the largest sunspot ever seen developed. The unusual spot created a new, giant flare almost daily, saturating the space between the sun and earth with solar X-rays, gamma rays, and protons, and creating surging waves in the solar wind that disturbed the earth's magnetic field with unprecedented regularity. Scientists say the sunspot activity is harmless to human beings and that we are protected from radiation by the atmosphere. The only effects most of us will notice will be sporadic problems with cell phones, TV reception, and a bumpier Internet than usual. In practical terms, it is pretty much an interesting non-story. It was a non-event until the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2003. In spiritual terms, I believe that we now face "a whole different ballgame." Fascinating, isn't it?

Where to Find Hope in Troublesome Times:May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Hope comes from the living and written Word of God; as you read and meditate upon the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit will apply His truths to your heart, filling you with joy and peace. For example, as you read Psalm 121 below, God will encourage you to know that He is your helper, keeper, protector, and preserver. So whenever fear attacks, be comforted by meditating on these wonderful truths:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. . . . The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.
-Psalm 121:1-3, 5-8

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