Posted by: cindybythesea | August 2, 2010

A lobster tale

Denny Ingram shows off a yellow lobster he caught last week in Newport, R.I. Experts say the genetic feature is very rare, occurring in about 1 in 30 million lobsters.   RARE YELLOW LOBSTER

How many of you either read or saw this photo this past weekend from the news article titled,  “Rare Yellow Lobster Caught Off Narragansett Bay Off of Rhode Island”?  If you did, you wouldn’t be alone as this guy and his crusty friend have been making news all weekend long.  If you took the time to read the news article, you would have found out that; yes, a yellow lobster is indeed a rarity. How rare you say? Well,  the chances of pulling a crustacean the color of the melted butter they’re usually dipped in at the dinner table is one in 30 million.  Pretty impressive ……  rare, yes, but, even at those odds it happens more often than you might think. 

 While googling yellow lobsters, I found out that we have our very own yellow lobster living right here on Oahu at the Waikiki Aquarium.  How this rare lobster became a main Hawaiian attraction is more interesting than the lobster itself, as he or perhaps I should say she, (as she has subsequently been named Leilani), arrived in a shipment from Nova Scotia on April 30 of this year to a local restaurant where she was destined to be someone’s very expensive and ono (delicious) dinner until she was rescued by some very alert and astute fish handler.  

By now I’m sure you’re wondering what super dynamic prophetic implication I’ve discovered in this lobster tale and the answer would be – none, zero, zilch – not a thing you’ll need to call on Art over at NewWineskins for help on that one!

Actually, this post came about as a result of a sermon we had at church this morning. As I was driving home and thinking about the sermon, I remembered the story I had read about the yellow lobster and the odds of finding one, which were 1 in 30 million.  For some reason the story and the figure had stuck with me, which is interesting, because this morning the sermon had something to do with odds as well, and I’m not talking horse racing!  

This morning, we had well-known author and apologist Don Stewart speak on his new book Ten Reasons You Can Trust The Bible.  For those of you who may not be not familiar with Don, he is a wonderful speaker who has traveled to many countries, where he speaks on Bible prophecy and Bible apologetics.  (He also just finished a fascinating book on the third temple which I heard him speak on earlier this week).  Anyway, this morning, one of the things Don covered, was how high the odds would have to have been for Jesus of Nazareth to have fulfilled – not all of the Bible prophecies, but just 3.

Incredibly, for Jesus to have been born a descendant of King David as prescribed in 2 Samuel, born in Bethlehem as prescribed in Micah and then cut off or crucified before the destruction of the second temple as prophesied in the book of Daniel the odds would be an astonishing one in one hundred million!  Can you believe it!!!  One in one hundred million!!!!   And, even more incredible than that – to have fulfilled even 8 of the sixty major prophecies would be a whopping 1 in 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000.  That’s 17 zero’s folks!!!  What I want to know is this?  If our yellow crustacean friend can make front page news with a measly one in 30 million odds, why is it most people in Bible saturated America are woefully ignorant of the overwhelming and miraculous evidence that exists for Jesus Christ?

Of course, this is not new information for most of you, but, I hope it will serve as a reminder as to just how awesome our God is and perhaps you will find an opporunity to share these incredible statistics with someone this week. If you do, I would love to hear about it in the comments section. 

While I’m at it,  I would also like to point you to a couple of resources which I think you will find helpful in sharing your faith in an informed and intelligent manner.  One is  Don Stewart’s webpage, titled the Bible Answer Site”  -which you can find on my blog roll or by clicking here : http://thebibleexplorer.com/default.aspx .  You can also find a link to Probe  Ministries, by Dr. Pat Zukeran on my blogroll.  Pat spoke at our evening service tonight and gave an excellent presentation on how to witness to atheists.  You will find some great information at his site on how to witness to those involved in the major world religions as well as the cults. 

While I was googling on the subject, I came across this article from Christians Answers.net titled, “What the Odds Are”  which I thought was very good.  It’s short, readable and a good one for passing on to friends and family who might find it of interest.  http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aiia/jesus-odds.html

 Well, if I have time, I will mosey down to the Waikiki Aquarium on August 27, where Leilani will debut as Queen of crustaceans on family day, in the mean time, I am reminded once again of just how great our God is!  What are the odds?  Indeed!

Until next time, “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee.” Psalm 122:6   Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

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  1. […] While googling yellow lobsters , I found out that we have our very own yellow lobster living right here on Oahu at the Waikiki Aquarium. How this rare lobster became a main Hawaiian attraction is more interesting than the lobster itself, …Continue Reading […]

  2. This lobster was caught just a few miles from the point where the Hurricane of 1938 slammed into the Rhode Island coast without warning, killing over 700 in early September of that year. It coincided with (and was largely eclipsed by) news of Hitler rolling into Czechoslovakia. (The April 30th capture of the other yellow lobster — on Hitler’s birthday and also a major pagan holiday (Walpurgisnacht) — makes this doubly fishy, if you’ll pardon the pun.)

    Lobsters, of course, are unclean animals according to Jewish law. Similarly, the sea is symbolic of Gentiles.

    Gold is symbolic of glory. Thus a yellow lobster pulled from the sea at a spot such as this seems suggestive (along with the 230+ year-old wine pulled from the sea off Finland) of the glory of select (elect?) Gentiles being rescued from the chaotic “sea” in relation to a catastrophic storm.

    More in this vein coming in a post soon.

    • Hey brother, I knew I could count on you!!! Thanks for chiming in! Great insight, can’t wait to hear what else you’ve got. Grace and blessings! Cindy

    • Correction: April 30th is not Hitler’s birthday, but the date of his suicide.

  3. Cindy,
    Thank you so much for this post.I was talking to a co-worker just yesterday.He said how he had just written a paper for a college class he had taken about the different religious figures such as Jesus,budda,mohammed ect.He said he is an athiest.
    I couldn’t think of the right thing to say.I told him I would read the paper that he has posted on his blog.
    when i just now read your post it hit me that this would be the perfect thing to send to him.(about the odds of these prophecies being fullfilled by Jesus.)
    please pray for me to present this in the right way to him. Thank you so much.
    Ann

    • Hi Ann, Thanks so much for writing! Perhaps this post was just for you!!! I’m so happy to hear that you will be able to use the information in sharing with your friend. I will keep both of you in my prayers, “you do the sharing, the Holy Spirit will do the drawing”. Let us know what happens. And, by the way, be sure to check out the link to Probe Ministries, if you have not already done so; Pat Zukeran has some great information on how to effectively share your faith with those involved with the various world religions. Grace and blessings sister, keep in touch! Cindy

    • Ann – You might find this useful (from Chuck Missler’s Koinonia House): http://www.khouse.org/enews/2008-07-29/#2. Excerpt:

      “By the reckoning of some, the Scriptures include 8,362 verses containing 1,817 predictions concerning more than 700 different matters. Of these, there are more than 300 prophecies dealing with the coming Messiah. The odds of one person fulfilling just eight of those prophecies is equivalent to covering the state of Texas with silver dollars two feet deep, marking just one of the silver dollars, mixing them up in such a way that the marked coin could be anywhere, and then reaching back in at random and drawing out that one marked silver dollar. Obviously, that would be pretty unlikely! Even more astonishing is the fact that Jesus fulfilled, not just eight, but all of the hundreds of prophecies about the Messiah.”

  4. Thanks cindy,thanks ultaguy,
    I just sent some information to my co-worker and hopefully seeds will be planted.by the way his name is Abraham.
    Ann

  5. […] eye-opening material — draws our attention to a story much closer to my home than hers with “A Lobster Tale”. Here’s the New York Daily News article, plus one from the BBC. The most local, original […]


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