The End of the World Is Coming — Soon!

Almost three weeks ago we saw this at PhysOrg: The moon is about to do something it hasn’t done in more than 150 years, but we didn’t think it was worth mentioning. They say:

Call it whatever you like — a blue red moon, a purple moon, a blood moon — but the moon will be a special sight on Jan. 31. Three separate celestial events will occur simultaneously that night, resulting in what some are calling a super blue blood moon eclipse. The astronomical rarity hasn’t happened for more than 150 years.

A super moon, like the one visible on New Year’s Day, is the term for when a full moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than normal. On Jan. 31, the moon will be full for the second time in a month, a rare occasion — it happens once every two and a half years — known as a blue moon.

To top it off, there will also be a total lunar eclipse. But unlike last year’s solar eclipse, this sky-watching event isn’t going to be as visible in the continental United States. The best views of the middle-of-the-night eclipse will be in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, although Alaska and Hawaii will get a glimpse, too. For the rest of the U.S., the eclipse will come too close to when the moon sets for the phenomenon to be visible.

We should have realized that we’d be hearing more about this. Thanks to the ever-vigilant Drool-o-tron™, with its blaring sirens and flashing lights, we were compelled to notice the blinking letters of its wall display which said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s latest article, Here comes a ‘super blue blood moon eclipse’ It’s marked as a WND EXCLUSIVE. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Blood moons and eclipses have come and gone. But the signs of the times are getting more ominous than ever. As if the total solar eclipse last August and the “blood moons” of 2014 and 2015 weren’t enough, there will be a “super blue blood moon eclipse” on Jan. 31 – something that hasn’t happened for 150 years. And this rare event could herald war and turbulence on earth, according to a leading researcher of astronomical signs and how they interact with Scripture.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] War and turbulence! Then WND says:

Rather than just looking skyward, Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon, says people need to be looking to their Bibles.

Good advice! The rev tells us:

“[W]hat makes this truly mind blowing is when this will happen biblically! The eclipse will take place on Tu B’Shevat on the biblical calendar, the fifteenth day of the month of Shevat. This is important because this upcoming eclipse is only one of a series. The next one is on July 27, which is Tu B’Av or the fifteenth of Av on the biblical calendar. The next one is January 21, 2019 – which just so happens to be Tu B’Shevat again!”

Wowie! The rev continues:

“These are very significant biblical dates, and now we have two blood red moons bookending each other in 2018 and 2019 on Tu B’Shevat,” he said. “This is fascinating prophetically because there is a section of Scripture in which Zechariah receives a revelation of a red horse being given a great sword to take peace from the Earth. And this takes place in the month of Shevat!”

The rev quotes from Zechariah 1: 7-8:

Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lordunto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.

That may not mean much to you, dear reader, but the rev understands the hidden meaning. He explains:

“Do you see the amazing pattern?” he asked. “The vision of the horses are of the four horses from Revelation. And this vision takes place at the end of a 70-year period (three score and ten) which is given to Israel. Israel is now celebrating its seventieth anniversary.”

He also argues the mention of the “second year of Darius” is also of critical importance, as the second year of President Trump’s administration approaches. As head of the world’s most powerful nation, Trump can substitute for Darius in contemporary prophetic terms.

Ah yes, it makes perfect sense. One more excerpt:

“What this suggests is the red horse of war being unleashed very soon, and these moons heralding its arrival,” he said. “Again, I’m not predicting anything will happen on the day of the moon itself. Instead, I would look for war to break out between the two blood moons which take place a year apart on Tu B’Shevat. More than ever, it’s important for Christians to get on God’s calendar, the biblical calendar, and learn to interpret the signs of the times.

We’ll leave it to you to click over to WND and read it all. Do so carefully, dear reader, and let the meaning sink in. Then you will understand. As we always do with these doomsday posts, we close with this:

Thats all folks

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Creationism in Scotland

A headline in the HeraldScotland of Cambuslang, just outside Glasgow, brought back memories of a few old posts which mention some familiar names. It’s Leading creationist Dr Nagy Iskander reappointed to sit on South Lanarkshire council education committee as unelected religious representative. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A MEDICAL doctor described as one of Europe’s most active creationists has been reappointed to sit on the education committee of South Lanarkshire council. Dr Nagy Iskander, who has claimed that a key tenet of evolution is “really illogical”, will be allowed to vote at meetings even though he is unelected.

We remember that guy. The first time we wrote about him was almost 7 years ago — see Answers in Genesis — Global Outreach. Ol’ Hambo was heaping praise on two people — Nagy and Nashwa Iskander — who had “visited the Answers in Genesis offices and our Creation Museum a number of times and have attended our intensive International Training Seminar at the museum.” They were translating Hambo’s books and articles into Arabic.

A couple years after that we wrote Ken Ham: The Trouble With Scotland. AIG had been promoting their brand of creationism in the schools of Scotland — with the aid of Nagy Iskander — and they were being opposed by Professor Paul Braterman, who frequently comments at your Curmudgeon’s humble blog. Braterman’s efforts weren’t entirely successful, and a few months later we wrote Scotland Refuses To Ban Creationism.

Since then we’ve largely ignored the situation in Scotland — until now. Let’s see what the HeraldScotland says:

Local authorities are legally required to appoint three members, representing churches, to their education committees. In practice, the three individuals have equal standing to councillors but they are not accountable to voters. A bid by Green MSP John Finnie to scrap the system in the last parliamentary term fizzled out and unelected religious figures maintain their privileged role.

Brilliant arrangement. After that they tell us:

South Lanarkshire council, which is now SNP [Scottish National Party] run, advertised last year to fill the third slot on its Education Resources Committee, which meets every eight weeks. … Dr Iskander, an Egyptian-born Christian, was the only applicant and he has resumed his duties on the committee. He has served in a similar capacity since 1999. However, his reappointment is controversial over his views on creationism – the belief that the universe and living organisms originate from specific acts of divine creation, rather than evolution.

“Controversial” is perhaps too mild a word. The newspaper continues:

Iskander has been described as as one of “Europe’s most active creationists” by Ken Ham, the founder of Answers in Genesis, a US-based religious ministry. ..In the past he has said: “Creation according to the Christian faith is a supernatural act of God, so it will not be repeated and we can’t test creation in the lab. Evolution needs to take place over millions of years and we cannot test that either. My view on this is we should mention everything – we should examine all the evidence and all the facts and have an open and civilised discussion about all of this without excluding one or the other.

Yes, we should examine “all the evidence” for miraculous creation. Let’s read on:

In 2015, Dr Iskander gave a series of lectures at a “creation conference” and made a raft of statements outlining his beliefs. “In evolution, they think that every thing made itself. And that is really illogical,” he said, adding. “Evolution is against the laws of thermo-dynamics.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The article goes on and on, but we’ve excerpted enough. It’s sufficient to say that Scotland has a problem — but they’re certainly not alone in that.

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5 Days of Hambo’s Creation Science

Our title sounds like it could be the name of a horror movie, one with a group of unsuspecting teens trapped in some rural cabin while they’re haunted by supernatural forces.

But it’s very close to the name of a new post, 5 Days of Science at the Creation Museum by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Do you have a young person who is curious about God’s creation? Looking for a way to give the kids a fun experience and challenge them over the summer holidays? Want them to study science through the lens of Scripture? If so, you’ll want to check out Explore Science Camp, a five-day camp for fourth grade through high school, taking place here at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati this summer.

That’s how those horror movies always begin — innocent unsuspecting youngsters, lured into a realm of darkness. Let’s read on:

This summer will feature our inaugural summer day camps, June 11–15 and July 23–27. These five days will be packed full of hands-on activities and fun science teaching through the lens of a biblical worldview, with a different science theme every day, including genetics, geology, forensics, astronomy, zoology, and more.

It sounds so nice. But then … MMMRRRUUUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The plot thickens:

Your children will even have an opportunity to spend one night in the museum!

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] A night in the creation museum! Hambo continues:

The camp’s astronomy night features stargazing through world-class telescopes in our observatory on the museum grounds. Kids stay overnight inside the museum and enjoy a delicious breakfast in Noah’s Café the next morning.

Be careful, children! After a night in the museum, things will never be the same again. This is the rest of it:

Space is limited, so you’ll want to register early. Perhaps even plan your family vacation this summer so your children can attend a science camp with a biblical worldview while mom and dad get some time together exploring everything Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati has to offer. And, of course, you’ll want to leave time to tour the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter (45 minutes away) together as a family.

Hambo also gives a link to more information about the 5-Day Summer Camp. For people who aren’t members of the museum, the price is $295 per student. For members, it’s $20 less.

Go ahead, drop your kids off at the creation museum for five days. What could go wrong?

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Creationism in India

We rarely write about what’s going on outside of the West, because other ways of thinking are unfamiliar to us, and our own creationists provide enough entertainment. But things are quiet today, so we’ll mention something that’s getting a lot of headlines.

This appears in The Statesman, published in Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The newspaper has a comments feature. Their headline is MoS HR Satyapal Singh calls Darwin’s theory ‘scientifically wrong’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development [that’s the “MoS HR” from the headline] Satyapal Singh claimed on Friday, 19 January, that Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution should be removed from school and college curriculum. The reason? According to Singh, Darwin’s theory is “scientifically wrong”.

We can hear the cheers in Seattle (Discoveroid headquarters) and Kentucky (where ol’ Hambo is located). Here’s more:

Speaking to reporters in Aurangabad, the minister said that humans arrived on earth as humans, and did not evolve from apes as Darwin claimed. “Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man,” he said while speaking to reporters on Friday in Aurangabad.

This is great stuff. Let’s read on:

The BJP MP [whatever that is] from Baghpat in Haryana was appointed MoS HRD on 3 September 2017 following a Cabinet reshuffle. Before joining politics, Singh served as the Mumbai police commissioner.

Ah, he’s a policeman. One more excerpt:

Singh claimed that ancient Indian texts do not mention anything about apes turning into humans. “No books we have read or the tales told to us by our grandparents had such a mention,” the minister added.

It’s unlikely that we’ll ever post any follow-up to this because we never look for news in Asia, but it’s interesting to see that Darwin has detractors elsewhere.

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