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A Black Swan event

black-swan-eventThe phrase “Black swan” derives from a Latin expression; its oldest known occurrence is from the 2nd-century Roman poet Juvenal: “a rare bird in the lands and very much like a black swan.”  When the phrase was coined, the black swan was presumed not to exist.

What is a black swan event?

“The event is a term used on Wall Street that refers to a rare and unpredictable occurrence that is beyond what is expected and has severe consequences. It’s derived from European explorers who had previously thought that all swans were white and only white, as that was all they knew. They were overcome with shock and confusion when (1400 years later) Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered the existence of black swans in Australia.”  Source: Jack Kelly, Forbes

A sign?

Coincidentally, after the stress of the Covid-19 lock down and during the contagion of the Black Lives Matter protests, rare Australian black swans were spotted in the UK on the 10th June 2020 at Crosby Marina, Liverpool.  There’d been there for five or six weeks.

Rare Australian black swans spotted on Crosby Marina

What does this rare bird in the lands mean?  Is it the start of something?  I don’t know.  It’s an interesting sign.  Do the events of 2020 herald the swan song of western freedom?  Not if people wake up and value their liberty.

The birds

Black swans are widely scattered through NZ.  Here’s a photo I took of swans at Lake Taupo.  White swans are not as common.  Ironically, white swans belong to the northern hemisphere and black swans to the southern hemisphere.  Black or white, they’re still swans.  All swans matter.

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Black swans, Lake Taupo, NZ

Links
Black swan theory
What the Heck is a Black Swan Event? Should I Care?
5 Top Black Swan Events In History

Smoke, clouds and the Hand of God

This is the smoke from the Australian bushfires that turned skies in the north of New Zealand orange on January 5th. 

Smoke Jan 5th 2020

The hazy cloud of smoke arrived in South America four days later.  Sitting at about 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) in the air, the smoke traveled more than 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) to reach that continent.

On the day the smoke arrived on January 9th, an interesting sign appeared in Brazil.  I don’t think the cloud was part of the smoke from Australia but it’s an interesting sign or coincidence.

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The “Hand of God” in Brazilian sky, January 2020

Links

Smoke from Australia bushfires reaches Brazil

Real ‘Hand of God’ appears in the sky over Brazil?

Australia’s bushfire smoke will do a full lap of the globe, Nasa says

 

Did God hit the roof at the Vatican?

This Easter, the Pope presided over Good Friday services amid fallen plaster and a controversy over hell.  The controversy erupted when a report came out claiming the Pope had denied the existence of said place.  The same day the report came out on Thursday the 29th March 2018, chunks of plaster fell off the ceiling at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The plaster landed near Michelangelo’s famed Pieta statue, which depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

The Vatican is scrambling to deny the Pope’s words – but the timing sure is interesting.

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Plaster rained down near Michelangelo’s famed Pieta statue to the right of the main entrance at St Peter’s Basilica.

According to LifeSite News, Italian journalist Scalfari asked the pontiff, “Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will at some point disappear and God will always create other species from His creative seed. You have never spoken to me of souls who have died in sin and go to Hell to suffer for it forever. Instead, you have spoken to me of good souls who are admitted to the contemplation of God. But the bad souls? Where are they punished?”

Francis allegedly responded, “They are not punished, those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and join the ranks of souls who contemplate Him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. Hell does not exist; the disappearance of sinful souls exists.”

Scalfari and Francis have engaged in multiple dialogues in the past. This is not the first time Scalfari’s interpretation of the pope’s words were disputed by the Vatican.

Source: Christian Post  Plaster Falls From St. Peter’s Basilica After Claims of Pope Saying ‘Hell Doesn’t Exist’

What do you think?  My own thoughts are that if the Pope, the head of 1.2 billion Catholics, did say it – then God would hit the roof.  If hell did not exist, then there would have been no need for the Cross or Easter.  And although I don’t recognise the Pope’s position as the “Vicar of Christ” – there would have been no need for him either.


Other links

Plaster falls in St Peter’s, no one hurt

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/vatican/2018/03/29/plaster-falls-in-st-peters-no-one-hurt-3_78fafd7c-5a0e-4f29-a905-c7493fcdf8b0.html

Vatican scrambles after pope appears to deny existence of hell

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/30/vatican-scrambles-to-clarify-popes-denial-that-hell-exists

Redefining marriage – is it a sign of the age?

gay marriageI’ve been thinking about the signs of the times.  Is same-sex marriage a sign of the age? 

What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus was asked by his disciples.  His reply is in Matthew 24.

For signs, Jesus referenced Noah;  “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37-39

Years ago I took it to mean that the end of the age would be unexpected.  Otherwise, how could life be going on as normal with people partying and getting married?  And wasn’t marriage a moral thing to do?

Now that same-sex marriage has “queered the pitch,” so to speak, I’m wondering what kind of marriages Jesus was talking about.

polyamoryBut I don’t think the moral slide will end at gay marriage. I’m sure there’ll be polygamy and polyamory and God knows what else.

What was going on in the days of Noah?  Genesis 6  records strange marriages that produced Nephilim and resulted in so much wickedness that it brought on the flood of Noah.

In Noah’s time, the rainbow followed judgment.  In our time, will judgment follow the rainbow?marriage


By the way, a few things have been stolen here – like the rainbow, the word ‘gay,‘ and the marriage covenant.

The rainbow I’m talking about is not the same as the one we see in the sky after rain.  In the gay community, the rainbow is six colours.  Their intention was to have a flag with eight colours – turquoise for magic/art and pink for sex.  These were abandoned because it was too expensive to replicate and pink is not a natural colour.  It’s a combination of red and violet, at opposite ends of the rainbow.
Ref: http://archermagazine.com.au/2016/06/rainbow-history-pride-flag/

Gay used to be happy and carefree.

The marriage covenant is defined in the Bible (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:31 and by Jesus in Matthew 19:5) as the woman and man being “one flesh.”  In the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah serve as an example of what happens when cities go after “strange flesh.”  Jude 1:7  Is it a warning we should take note of?