Now comes Comet ISON. Comet ISON was discovered by two Russian astronomers last September. Comet ISON comes from the Oort asteroid cloud more than a light year away from earth.
Comet ISON is expected to become visible to the naked eye as early as November, 2013 its newly formed tail stretching far into the sky above the horizon.
What makes Comet ISON especially exciting to astronomers is the fact that ISON is forecast to be some fifteen times brighter than a full moon.
The Comet will be visible with the naked eye from November to the first weeks of January 2014, prompting some astronomers to call it "the Christmas Comet".
Incidentally, Comet ISON is expected to make its appearance at roughly the same time as a hybrid solar eclipse on November 3, 2013.
Both will be visible from Jerusalem.
"And they asked Him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass . . .?"Of the nine most impressive comets of the past four centuries, five have made their appearance since 1948. One might argue that is because of improved telescopes and other optics, but since ALL of these comets were visible to the naked eye, I don't think that really applies.
". . .And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." (Luke 21:7, 25-26)
2013 is not just the Year of the Comets or the Year of the Christmas Comet. On April 25, there will be a partial lunar eclipse (NASA, pdf). On May 10 there will be an annular solar eclipse. On May 25 a Penumbral Lunar eclipse, and another on October 18.
Right now, the sun is in the middle of Cycle 24, and is due to reach a maximum in 2013. The next cycle would be expected to start in around 2020.
According to NASA’s astro-forecasts, the current solar maximum is likely to unleash a series of massive solar storms, peaking sometime early 2013, after which, solar inactivity is expected to collapse completely, bringing on another period of global cooling.
A powerful enough solar flare hitting the earth head-on would mimic the effect of an EMP pulse on our electrical grid.
Forecasters say that the worst is yet to come. In a worst-case scenario, the world would be instantly plunged into technological darkness that could cause a global blackout that could take years to repair.
The world’s scientists are so confused on the consensus opinion on global warming and solar activity that there IS no consensus opinion, but they are so alarmed that they insist on doing something, even if we don’t know what effect of that “something” might be.
Here is what we do know. In 2013, there will be one solar eclipse and two lunar eclipses.
The sun and the moon. . . check.
At least two comets will make their appearance so brightly as to be seen with the naked eye.
So that's the sun, moon and two 'stars'. Check.
Then there are the signs in the sun, including an unusually quiet solar minimum, followed up by one of the most violent solar maximums since 1858, which many meteorologists and astronomers say accounts for the majority of what the UN and leaders of the free world have renamed "climate change."
"Climate change" is about the third or fourth official name given to what was once dubbed "global warming" since the earth is no longer warming. It was only a few years ago that world leaders gathered in Copenhagen to debate a climate change treaty that nobody could agree upon.
The Copenhagen Conference was supposed to strengthen and codify the 1999 Kyoto Treaty which the US never ratified (and Canada just pulled out from).
The Kyoto Treaty and the Copenhagen Conference were fear-induced efforts by global leaders to fix what is broken before anybody even knows for sure what IS broken.
But sadly for the Copenhagen conference, it turns out that the ice wasn't receding in Antarctica and the dire predictions of the sea reclaiming the world's coastlines were replaced with fears of coastline erosion from climate change-induced hurricanes.
Soooo. . . the sea and the waves roaring. Check.
Finally, the distress (fear) of nations, with perplexity (confusion). Check.
Let's see. . . did we miss anything?
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)My neck hurts.