Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Story Behind May 21, 2011 and The End of The World

Judgment Day is trending these days. But why ? Who started it ? It seems it was Harold Camping. According to Mr. Camping's predictions, May 21, 2011 will be the day of the Rapture, while five months later, October 21, the world will end.

What is the Rapture ?

Referred in the Christian Bible as "Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord." in the "1 Thessalonians 4:17" passage, the Rapture is the taking into heaven of believers selected by God. Jesus's return will also mark either both these two moments, Rapture or the end of the world, or only the second one. According to Harold Camping's followers, the estimated number of believers that will be taken by God in to Heaven is of about 200 millions.

Who are Harold Camping's followers ?

They are the listeners of Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organization funded entirely from their donations. With programmes in 48 languages and stations in countries like USA, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Camping's Family Radio Network has thousands followers all over the world.

Who is Harold Camping ?

Born on July 19, 1921, Harold Egbert Camping is a Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio, a California-based religious broadcasting network that spans more than 150 outlets in the United States as well as a website and with programmes in 48 languages and stations in countries like USA, Turkey, Russia, South Africa.

In 1942, Camping earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a  member of the Christian Reformed Church, serving as an Elder and Sunday school teacher at the Alameda Bible Fellowship.
In 1958, Camping along with Christian Reformed, Bible Baptist, and Conservative Christian Presbyterian fellows purchased an FM radio station in San Francisco, California, in order to broadcast traditional Christian Gospel for the conservative Protestant community and minister to the general public. Named Family Radio, Camping's organization acquired 13 additional stations.

In 1961 Camping begins to host the Open Forum program, a Family Radio live weeknight call-in program, Camping answering by means of interpretations to Bible related questions by dialing-in listeners. The program is still being broadcast on the more than 150 stations owned by Family Radio in the United States, and is also translated into foreign languages along with other Family Radio programmes broadcast worldwide.

Camping's rationale and calculations

In 2 Peter 3:8, the Bible says: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."

Camping's interpretation of this quote is that one day is as 1,000 years, therefore, the seven days referred to in Genesis 7:4 can be understood as 7,000 years. 

The Bible also says that when God told Noah there were seven days to escape destruction, He was also telling the world there would be exactly 7,000 years (one day is as 1,000 years) to escape the Judgment Day. 

The Great Flood, that Noah escaped in his ark, was in the year 4990 B.C., which is exactly 7000 thousand years back from 2011 (one year must be subtracted in going from an Old Testament B.C. calendar date to a New Testament A.D. calendar date because the calendar does not have a year zero). And as the waters of the Great Flood began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C., Camping notes that the May 21, 2011 is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of our day.


Camping's also critics quote Bible verses, specifically Matthew 24:36
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.", which clearly states that the date of the end will never be known by anyone but God until it actually happens. 

The author of the book Secrets of the Apocalypse - Revealed, James Kreuger, also stated: "For all his learning, Camping makes a classic beginner's mistake when he sets a date for Christ's return, Jesus himself said in Matthew 24:36, 'Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only".

Mocking Camping's previous prediction about the Judgment Day ( which was supposed to happen in the year 1994) , biologist(and atheist), Richard Dawkins said "he will inevitably explain, on May 22nd, that there must have been some error in the calculation, the rapture is postponed to . . . and please send more money to pay for updated billboards". It is known that Campaign's Family Radio launched a high-profile advertising campaign, proclaiming the approaching Day of Judgment spreading  more than 2,000 billboards across the US slogans like "Blow the trumpet, warn the people!".

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Legends Behind Friday The 13th

Superstitious people in Western Europe, North America, and Australia believe Friday the 13th is a very unlucky day, therefor they doing any important things or things that could in any way put their life or career in danger, like traveling, signing contracts, going on surgery, to the dentist etc.

 Having 13 people at a table having a meal is considered a very unlucky circumstance, and this has probably has Christian roots, as there were 13 people attending the Last Supper.
There are other several legends that are believed to be the root of this myth. According to the norse mythology, the evil god Loki was the thirteenth person attending a Valhalla banquet of gods, tricking Hod, the blind brother of the god of joy and light, Balder, into throwing mistletoe at Balder's chest, while mistletoe was the only thing on Earth fatal to Balder, it killed him.

But probably the most trusted and verified by history version, is the Knights Templar's doom day. On Friday, October 13, 1307 King Philip IV of France ordered Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and many more French Templars to be simultaneously arrested. The Templars were charged with apostasy, idolatry, heresy, obscene rituals, homosexuality, financial corruption, fraud and secrecy. Many of the accused confessed to these charges under torture. All interrogations were recorded on a thirty meter long parchment, kept at the "Archives nationales" in Paris. They were also accused of spitting on the cross, and were forced to confess. The Templars were accused of idolatry. The parchment mentions a red, monochromatic image of a man on linen or cotton, qualified as an idol by the interrogators.
King Philip also forced France-based Pope Clement V to issue, on November 22, 1307, the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae, which instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. With Philip threatening military action, Pope Clement disbanded the Order.
Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay, insisted on his innocence but was declared guilty of being heretic, and was sentenced to burn alive at the stake in Paris on March 18, 1314. De Molay reportedly remained defiant to the end, asking to be tied in such a way that he could face the Notre Dame Cathedral and hold his hands together in prayer. According to legend, he called out a curse from the flames that both Pope Clement and King Philip would soon meet him before God. Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year.

Friday, May 6, 2011

No Picture of Dead Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti Either

Ok, so we understand that the U.S. government will not release picture of dead Osama because he is a symbol of the Islamic terrorists and they do not wish to present those pictures as a war trophy. However, pictures of three other men shot in bin Laden's compound are available:

But the question is, was Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti such a notorious person, was he also a symbol, like bin Laden was ? Why can't we see pictures of him after he was killed ? We know how he used to look like:

And no, he none of the dead men in the first picture, they are obviously much younger. So, we are still waiting, even though Obama said there will be no pictures.

To my readers: if you do know of any pictures of al-Kuwaiti, please feel free to comment. Thanks.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yet Another Fake Picture of Osama's Dead Body

A few hours after another picture of Osama's dead body has been released:

Here is the proof that it is just another made-up fake:
Thanks for both, the fake and the original picture.
It would have been quite a serious mistake to leak such a picture where the face of one of the SEAL Team 6 member can be seen. Even though everyone is anxious to see a real picture, no one can tell when it will become available, as not even the U.S. officials have agreed on a release date. While Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, said a picture of Osama bin Laden's body could be released in the near future, a Whitehouse official declared that no decision has been made yet.

So, until the next fake, we'll just have to wait patiently.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

All About the Team That Killed Osama: Geronimo E-KIA

It all started in 1980, when the U.S. Army tried to rescue American hostages held captive in Iran. The operation was a total failure, and the need for a special trained force became obvious.

The SEAL Team 6 was started, under the command of Lt Commander Richard Marcinko, as dedicated team for counter terrorism and direct action missions anywhere in the world. The SEAL acronym stands for Sea Air And Land, but they operate mainly in a Maritime environment. The team and its missions are classified, technically they do not exist for the people, details of their missions are rarely present in the news. There are a total of three SEAL teams, but this team was labeled 6 in an attempt to confuse foreign intelligence agencies. Top operatives from other SEAL units have been recruited, trained intensly and used inside Team 6. As they are a top secret unit, do not expecty any names.

Team 6 was definitely involved in the operation that led to the assassination of the terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, it seems this was a Joint Special Operations Command(JSOC) operation, which also involved rangers and other top flight units dedicated for this type of missions.

The operation started almost one year ago, with close surveillance and planing stages:

- after tracking down Bin Laden's personal courier, in the summer of 2010, U.S. intelligence units reported the presence of the large house in a suburb north of Islamabad at the end of a long dirt road with no phone and no internet;

- in March 2011, after a series of security meetings, President Obama and
along with his staff and heads of intelligence started setting up the
details of the strike;

- after being presented clear evidence that Bin Laden is inside that building, President Obama opted for a terrestrial strike, rather than having the entire building bombed down;

- the raid was intially planned for Saturday but, due to bad weather, it had to be rescheduled;
- Seal Team Six, The United States tier-one counter-terrorism unit, led the assault that hit the compound at 3:30 P.M. The assault lasted almost 40 minutes, and the units were gone by 4:15;
- the operation had been a total success as no American forces were injured during the assault, only one modified MH-60 helicopter has been lost(it costs about $28 million to produce one);
- it seems a bullet hit Bin Laden in the head causing a very deep wound through which his brain could be seen, according to ABC News.

The operation's code name was "Geronimo", when the SEALS broke through, after spotting Osama, they sent back, to the headquarters, the keyword - Geronimo, while after bin Laden was killed, the staff at the headquarters was pleased to hear the message: "Geronimo E-KIA", which translated to "E(nemy) K(illed) I(n) A(ction)", they all knew this meant victory.
The team used light guns like M4 or M16 machine guns, and their close combat pistols, SIG Sauer P226.

 M4 is the shortened version of M16, they are gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapons with a telescoping stock, the selective fire options include semi-automatic and three-round burst (like the M16A2).

Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Was Buried at Sea, DNA Test Confirms His Death

According to Islamic rules, Osama's body should have been washed twice, once with water and soap, second only with water, then it should have been wrapped in sheets of clean, white cloth. The entire world wonders what happen to his body, and most of the people want to see it, as a proof of death.

FBI recently updated the Usama bin Laden section on its fugitives page of their website, a red label that says "Deceased" has been added to bin Laden's picture.

According to Reuters news agency, a US defense official declared that Bin Laden was buried at sea because no country was available to accept his body. It is obvious that as he was a notorious figure for both, friends or foes, hosting his grave would turn the place in to a place for pilgrimage.

While U.S. intelligence official said a DNA test performed on Osama bin Laden showed a "virtually 100 percent" match against relatives, skeptics ask, why can't we see the body ? It has been buried at sea ? How convenient ...
Is he really dead ? Is Obama using this to gain more sympathy for the next presidential elections ?

It was proven that the picture, that most of the people thought it was bin Laden, was a fake. Now ABC News shows an amateur video of a compound that looks like it was the scene of a bloody fight, that is said to be the place where bin Laden was killed:

Let's watch it and wait for the proof it is real or not.

Picture of Dead Osama is a Fake

Numerous media giants from around the world already fell for it, some publishing the picture mentioning they cannot tell if it is real or not, some publishing it without any warnings.
British newspaper, The Guardian is already pointing fingers at its rivals, The Daily Mail, explicitly stating: "The Daily Mail was one of the newspaper websites to publish the fake picture of Osama bin Laden's body". The Guardians's Amelia Hill also added in her article:"The Guardian was one of the few sites to hold back from using the manipulated image on its front page, reporting the picture's existence in its live blog but questioning its legitimacy."

Here is the proof that the picture of dead Osama bin Laden is a fake:

The author overlapped the lower part of Osama's face on a picture of another dead person.