Posted by: cindybythesea | February 6, 2011

the times in which we live


      Lake Vostock, Antarctica
Although the image above looks as though it could have been taken along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago this past week, it is actually the image of a deeply submerged lake hidden beneath vast layers of ice in Antarctica.  If the Russian team at Camp Vostock (Vostock which means East) succeeds in their mission this weekend, they will be the first to penetrate the surface of this incredibly primeval environment.  Hidden since the dawn of time, Lake Vostock and other lakes like it were largely unknown until recently confirmed by satellite imagery  and at this moment the crew at Camp Vostock is 5 meters away from uncharted territory.
“The fifth angel sounded his trumpet and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.   The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.  When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.  The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.  And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.  They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but, only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”  Revelation 9:1-4
Man has always had the desire it seems to explore beyond his own front door; the desire to seek out adventure and to conquer worlds yet unknown.  In spite of peril and incalculable risk, the desire to seek out something new, something better always seemed to outweigh the risks involved.  There was a time – and, not that long ago, – when those who set forth to sail across the vast ocean expanses were not entirely certain that when they reached the far edge of the horizon that they might not just drop off in to oblivion, if they weren’t eaten by sea monsters first!  And while, today we find that laughable, in our lust for adventure and exploration, we somehow find it inconceivable that some boundaries really do exist. Some territory really is off-limits;  some lines never should be crossed.  When the five remaining meters are drilled to the surface of Lake Vostock, there will be no turning back.  For better or worse, once the lake is breached, its done. 
When you think about it, this lake touted to be some 15 million years old –  (translate that as very old – “the dawn of creation” for those of us who don’t buy in to the so-called evolutionary age of the earth) and you have to wonder how wise it is to tamper with this vast and ancient system of subterranean lakes.  But, throwing all caution to the wind, the Russians who were beat out in being first to the moon are not about to lose again in being the first to explore one of the last remaining frontiers on planet earth.
Exploration of the planet has always been within God’s design as people have moved about and settled the various regions of the earth.  What we see in our day is a different kind of exploration.  This kind of exploration has nothing to do with multiplying  and subduing the earth as mandated in Genesis but, rather in the name of science to un-lock the evolutionary process – to peer back in time as it were – to see, if possible, the very hand of God – although they would never call it that.  This is where the process becomes dangerous. Quoting from today’s article regarding the Lake Vostock drilling endeavor –
Experts explain that the ice sheet traps in the planet’s geothermal heat and prevents the lakes from freezing. Sediment from the lake might show scientists a window to the past, back millions of years to tropical prehistoric times, said Lukin.”
In Revelation 9, an angel is given the key to the Abyss. An abyss is by definition some thing deep and bottomless; a bottomless depth and is often used in terms of the sea or very deep water.  While the abyss mentioned in Revelation 9 sounds much more like a Volcano, it is certainly plausible that tampering with a long sealed environment such as Lake Vostock may carry with it unseen and as of yet unknown consequences.  Some have theorized that Atlantis may lie beneath Antarctica and there is also some talk about a magnetic anomaly that exists in the region as well. Whether there is any truth to this kind of specuation, I have no idea.  Read the article and draw your own conclusions.
It’s interesting to me that the last five meters if successfully drilled will occur on Feb 6  the same day as our very icy and cold Superbowl in Dallas.  With half-time entertainment by (as he is fond of spelling his name) of the Black Eyes Peas on the culmination of their End of the World Tour, one can only wonder with details as odd as these as to the prophetic implications involved.
 And, wow! What a week it has been!  Who would have thought a week ago that Egypt would be in chaos leaving middle East peace hanging by a thread, that Hurricane Yasi with winds over 180 mph would hit Australia,  that one of the worst storms in memory would bring mid-Western and Eastern states to their knees, a volcano in Japan, and a Superbowl threatened by severe weather conditions – which if it were cancelled (which would never happen due to the immense revenue involved) might be a blessing, when you consider the amount of security required to safeguard an event of this magnitude in these uncertain times –  and a Russian crew ready to breach the world’s deepest, oldest and most remote underwater lake on the continent of Antarctica.  And, oh – lest I forget – a UFO over the temple mount.  If this were a movie, I would never believe it!
But, these are the times in which we live.  May God bless and strengthen us for the days ahead.
“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




  1. Cindy,

    I was having the same “subterranean” thoughts as you are—-when I wrote an article about an island near the opposite pole last week. I wrote about an island called Jan Mayen where a major quake had happened and I too speculated about entombed beings. The text is below—–

    In the recent past I wrote several articles addressing the topic of —-Is God trying to get our attention or alert us by the names or facts about the location of recent major earthquakes?? Well there has been another major earthquake and I believe facts concerning it may also give us a “heads up” as to what may be waiting in the wings. Before going into the details of the latest quake I’d like to address those people who are unfamiliar with the location names of recent earthquakes that appear to have great biblical relevance. I’ll list some of them below.

    Bonin Islands have had a steady drum beat of large earthquakes now for weeks. This group of islands is made up of 10 islands and the names of these islands will definitely get your Rapture attention. They are–

    Bridegroom Island (Christ’s Church is waiting for their bridegroom to come and take us away)
    Bride Island (we as the bride of Christ are patiently waiting for His return in the Rapture)
    Go between Island (Jesus is the go-between between His followers and God the Father)
    North Island (I believe there is scripture related to heaven or God’s throne being in the “north”)
    Father Island
    Elder Brother Island
    Younger Brother Island
    Mother Island
    Elder Sister Island
    Younger Sister Island

    Vanuatu makes up a group of islands that have been experiencing large earthquakes now for weeks as well. The name doesn’t sound biblical or one that would raise your Rapture hackles until you know what the name was changed from. The original name for Vanuatu was New Hebrides. Now this is a no brainer—– the whole of Christ’s Church are watching and waiting to be— “new He-brides”.

    Loyalty Islands–today’s quake of 7.0 was the largest quake I believe world wide in weeks. And I can’t help but wonder if Christ is speaking to us with this one as well. There definitely is a “loyalty” aspect to the ones who are watching for His return and the bible says that these “loyal” watchers will receive a special crown in heaven when we get there. I think the train is almost at the station.


    OK, back to present——-

    The major quake today (I’ll copy data below) was a 6.1 quake happening on an island called Jan Mayen which is a volcanic glacier covered island in the North Atlantic off the coast of Norway. When I first started to read about this barren island nothing jumped off the pages as to having any biblical significance. That is, until I read that the game producers of “Tomb Raider Underworld” chose this island as one of the locations for their game, the location for level 6.

    Now in this level 6 “Lara the tomb raider” runs up against some pretty interesting “end times” things and entities in my way of thinking. Lara runs into an engraved door that reads “Gate of the Dead” which she identifies as “Valhalla” the legendary place where the fallen warriors were preparing for Ragnarok, the Apocalypse. Then she goes into “Mjolnir” the slayer of giants and the Midgard Serpent. Also opening the seals of Helheim, frost giants, yeti’s and Thor.

    For those who know their bibles they will realize that many of these above characters are indeed supposed to show up in the end times. God has entombed demonic beings—fallen angels—Nephilem—giants and it appears that He will release these horrible creatures on the left behind people of the planet at some point in the great tribulation. I believe this earthquake in Jan Mayen is just another heads up as to what is coming down the line—-soon.

    Maybe God is telling us where He has these beings entombed—- maybe they are entombed under this volcanic island that is now covered by glaciers. Here is what an early monk had to say about his experience with the island.
    The first known discovery of the island was in 1614. There are claims of earlier discoveries: some historians[who?] believe that an Irish monk, Brendan, who was known as a good sailor, was close to Jan Mayen in the early 6th century. He came back from one of his voyages and reported that he had been close to a black island, which was on fire, and that there was a terrible noise in the area. He thought that he might have found the entrance to hell.

    Maybe he had found the entrance to hell and maybe someone will open it in the near future. I wouldn’t want to be here when it is opened. And for those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior—- we won’t be!!!!!!!
    Luke 21:36

    [ Hi John, I found your comments very interesting. Thanks for sharing them with us. I’ve no doubt that we are very close to seeing all of these things become a reality. So thankful that Jesus is master over all and in control of all things.! C ]

  2. I have had thought the same thing as I have watched earthquake activity increase over the last year. How about the fire breathing dragon on cokes superbowl commercial? It’s Called Coca Cola-2011-siege. A fire breathing dragon melts ice at the entrance of a walled city and release’s a coke drinks it and it breaths fireworks and everyone at first runs for cover but it ends as a celebration. This all happens on the same day as explorers are working through last bit of ice to unlock secrets as to the earths origins. Hello, the Bible, The Word of God, Clearly describes it in Genesis. I personally think that we should suspend the search for intelligent life on other planets and look for some here.

    [ Too funny! Love your sense of humor and thanks for writing! C ]

  3. Fascinating, Cindy. I was not aware of this. Great insights.

    We were made to have dominion over the earth — all of it — and so should have no problem with exploration, discovery and science per se. The problem lies, as you suggest, in the motivation for doing it, and what people then do with whatever they happen discover.

    As with everything else in creation, fallen mankind has shown a proclivity to take that which is good and pervert it to further his own agenda without asking God: “What did YOU mean us to do with this? How would YOU have us turn it to YOUR purposes?” I’d be surprised if that question gets askedmore than one time in a thousand nowadays in the scientific realm.

    Whatever lies under that lake, it seems that the ‘pause’ button has been pushed. Early February is a very late/dicey date to remain in central Antarctica. Here’s what Reuters is reporting as of today (Monday, Feb. 7th):

    “The rapid onset of winter has forced the team to leave without reaching their goal. Turkeyev says they had just 5 metres to go, but they had to leave the continent by 6 February… The borehole, pumped full of kerosene and freon to keep it from freezing shut, hangs poised over the pristine lake.”

    Presumably until next Nov/Dec when they can get back there and continue.

    Stay tuned.

    Hi Art, Thank you for a great comment and for the up-date. Stay tuned indeed! One of the articles I read was very critical of the use of freon and kerosene in keeping the borehole open, they also speculated that once the lake is breached immense pressure will cause lake water to come shooting out of the borehole geyser like with unstoppable force. That would be interesting. The fact is no one really knows quite what to expect. Reminds me of the old adage “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” – C ]

  4. Sorry… forgot the link for that last:

  5. I went to the link you provided and read extensively there. Mankind is truly sick, and there is only one cure…to call upon the name of the Great Physician! May he be merciful to us. As I read, I became aware of many things I have read online that show there are plenty of people aware of this stuff out there. The problem is, not many believers.


  6. Hey Cindy,

    Interesting post. The thought that comes to my mind it not so much the release of greater demonic activity, seems we are really not lacking too much in that area . . .

    Rather, my thoughts went to the potential risk of opening up and exposing the world to a buried and dormant bacteria or virus to which the modern world no longer has natural immune defense for. Something that could well make all the other concerns of bird and swine flu appear as docile as the common cold.

    I thought about your reference versus and did a quick search for funsies on “locust virus” and found this blog which struck me as very interesting –

    The following quote is from the last sentence of the blog –

    “We need to remember that God doesn’t have to send a great army to destroy us or get our attention; small insects or a tiny virus can do the job. After all, He is the Lord of the armies of heaven and earth.”

    The fact that the “smoke“goes up from the abyss and the locust comes down lends way for my imagination to the steaming up into the air frozen biohazards that could rain back upon humanity . . . time will tell what is beneath.


    [ Good point William and I think you are exactly right. Because many of the judgments are plague like in nature it’s quite likely that in our arrogance, we unleash them upon our selves! C]

  7. Our Great God and Lord has in the past, and is now, and in the future will deliver his people. 2 Chronicles 20
    Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir Defeated
    1 It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites,[a] came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria;[b] and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
    5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 6 and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
    13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.
    14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”
    18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.
    20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

    “Praise the LORD,
    For His mercy endures forever.”[c]
    22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
    24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
    25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies,[d] and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah[e] until this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the LORD. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.
    Our God reign’s!

  8. CBC News, Feb 7, 2011.

    In a race against the clock, Mother Nature won. A Russian team that has been toiling around the clock to pierce through to a sub-glacial lake in Antarctica is calling it quits – for now – because of harsh winter weather that’s freezing their hydraulic tools.

    The sub-glacial Lake Vostok is located at the bottom of a 12,000 foot-thick ice sheet in Antarctica but the project leaders reported the evacuation of its team 29.53 meters short of the final destination. They plan to resume their work next spring, when temperatures allow them to again use their drills. Lake Vostok has some of the lowest recorded temperatures found anywhere, with the thermometer going as low as -129 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So why bother freezing your jewels while boring holes in a mountain of ice? That’s because the potential scientific payoff is huge. Lake Vostok has remained iced over for the last 15 million years and researchers hope to find unknown or ancient forms of life once they break through.

    Read more at CBC News.

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