Depiction of solar particles interacting with Earth’s magnetosphere
Solar flares and other sun activity remain in the news:
What’s wrong with the sun?New Scientist – June 14, 2010 by Stuart ClarkMagazine issue 2764
SUNSPOTS come and go, but recently they have mostly gone. For centuries, astronomers have recorded when these dark blemishes on the solar surface emerge, only for them to fade away again after a few days, weeks or months. Thanks to their efforts, we know that sunspot numbers ebb and flow in cycles lasting about 11 years.
But for the past two years, the sunspots have mostly been missing. Their absence, the most prolonged for nearly a hundred years, has taken even seasoned sun watchers by surprise. “This is solar behaviour we haven’t seen in living memory,” says David Hathaway, a physicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama…
What the sun will do next is beyond our ability to predict. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627640.800-whats-wrong-with-the-sun.html
Electronic Armageddon?Congress Worries That Solar Flares Could Spell DisasterFOX News – June 10, 2010
High-energy electric pulses from the sun could surge to Earth and cripple our electrical grid for years, causing billions in damages, government officials and scientists worry.
The House is so concerned that the Energy and Commerce committee voted unanimously 47 to 0 to approve a bill allocating $100 million to protect the energy grid from this rare but potentially devastating occurrence…
“The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity,” said Richard Fisher, head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division. “At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms.”…
A major solar storm could cause 20 times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina, the National Academy of Sciences warned in a 2008 report, “Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts.” http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/06/10/electronic-armageddon-solar-flares-disaster/?test=latestnews
Nasa warns solar flares from ‘huge space storm’ will cause devastationBritain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”, Nasa has warned.
Solar problems will most definitely affect the earth.
My 2009 book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect mentions:
A N.A.S.A./N.O.A.A. report indicated that the next solar cycle peak may be later, like May 2013 (New Solar Cycle Prediction. Red Orbit, May 29, 2009 www.redorbit.com/news/space/1697053/new_solar_cycle-predictor/).
While biblical sources indicate that the world cannot actually be destroyed that early, it is certainly possible that major electrical outages can occur from solar activity. This could cause various blackouts and could greatly damage civilization as we know it.
And this is consistent with the views of some other scientists. “Russian geophysicists believe that the Solar System has entered an interstellar energy cloud…Their predictions for catastrophe resulting from the Earth’s encounter with this energy cloud range from 2010 to 2020.”
There also seems to be a couple of Mayan predictions recorded in the 16th century that suggest some type of solar flare-up will affect the earth:
Chilam Balam (Mayan priest): Heaven and earth shall burn…It is the holy judgment, the holy judgment.
Napuctun (Mayan priest): It shall burn on earth; there shall be a circle in the sky.
The Bible itself warns of a time of scorching solar heat (Revelation 16: 8-9…)
Here is what Revelation 16 teaches:
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. (Revelation 16:8-9)
It may be that God is warning people about that now with various changes in sunspot patterns.
The truth is that no one knows when there will be solar flareups or other events that could trigger massive devastation on the earth. While the Bible seems to be clear that the Great Tribulation cannot begin before 2014, various sorrows are predicted prior to then.
The fact that scientists, more and more, are recognizing that the planet faces severe problems in the future, should drive Christians to their knees and into their Bibles to study, watch, and pray. Solar problems are developing.
Some articles that might be of assistance in understanding end-time events may include:
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something?There is a Mayan calendar prediction for change in 2012. 2012 changes were also centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradaumus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? When does the six thousand years of human rule end?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?