UFO Sighting in Ocala, Florida on 2014-12-29 20:30:00 – Three bright orange orbs. two leading at same pace, followed by another which was traveling faster, seeming to try to catch up. sw to w

It was about 8:30 in the evening on december 29, 2014. i was sitting on my front porch swing which faces west. i had just moved to florida 2 months ago and i was enjoying the warm evening and the night sky (more stars than ny where i came from). suddenly, i saw two bright orange orbs come from the south west. they were traveling at an even pace with each other but at a slight distance apart (one in front of the other). the one in the front disappeared behind trees. at this time, another glowing orb appeared from the same direction traveling faster than the other two. it seemed to be “catching up” to the others. the second orb then went behind the trees. the third, still at a faster pace, a few seconds later, then disappeared behind the trees. there was no sound from the lights. i have a direct point of reference as to the size of the lights: about 1/4 mile away there is an electric tower with a flashing red light on top. the orange lights were approximately the same size as the tower light, but they seemed higher in the sky. the whole scenario took maybe 30 seconds before all three of the lights disappeared from my line of vision behind the trees. i cannot be positive they changed direction due to trees, but it did seem they made a soft westerly turn. as soon as i saw these orbs/lights, my first thought was, “holy s- – -! i’m seeing ufos!” i got chills and gooseflesh. i don’t believe i even blinked during the time i watched.

i called 911. two deputies came about 15 minutes later even though i told 911 this was an “fyi” and they didn’t need to send anyone over. the deputies asked me a few questions. i asked if they had any other similar calls, but they couldn’t say.

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UFO Sighting in Centerville, Pennsylvania on 2017-05-12 23:40:00 – Orange white flashing lights darting across sky

On may 12 2017 at 1140 p.M. we were driving on route 8 and just approaching route 77 near centerville pennsylvania. noticed orange and white lights flashing, moving incredibly fast across the sky in front of us….We said, that can’t be an airplane…It’s moving like mach 10 speed. we then saw it do a hard turn, like a right angle turn and it just stopped and hovered with the lights being solid now. we thought…Is it a helicopter….They don’t move that fast nor do they stop in mid air like that…..After about 15 seconds of watching this staying still on a very clear cloudless sky, it vanished. we then realized that we just witnessed something very amazing that was without any doubts, from another world. exciting, beautiful, mysterious.

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UFO Article (Excerpt): “Brazilian former Air Force minister’s astonishing statements about UFOs …”

By A. J. Gevaerd, editor of Revista UFO (Brazilian UFO Magazine)
Source: UFO Casebook (ufocasebook.com)
The article reports on the UFO statements of Lieutenant Brigadier Sócrates da Costa Monteiro, Brazilian Air Force (Ret.).
Monteiro is a former commander of the CINDACTA I radar centre, the Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defence Centre in Brasilia.
The article is the same article as the one posted on UFO UpDates (ufoupdateslist.com) on 27 October 2009:

http://www.ufoupdateslist.com/2009/oct/m27-014.shtml

Revista UFO article (excerpt) on the Lieutenant Brigadier Sócrates da Costa Monteiro interview:

“Ex-ministro da Aeronáutica faz declarações sobre discos voadores”
(“Ex-minister of Aeronautics makes statements about flying saucers”)

By Team UFO
(Revista UFO (Brazilian UFO Magazine), Campo Grande, Brazil)
English translation:











Lieutenant Brigadier Sócrates da Costa Monteiro,

Brazilian Air Force (Ret.) (nationalufocenter.com photo)

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Canadian witness says UFO followed car 20 feet overhead

A Canadian witness at Edson reported a glowing object following her vehicle just 20 feet overhead, according to testimony in Case 83272 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness first thought the bright light was a vehicle approaching from behind. Pictured: Downtown Edson, AB, Canada. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness first thought the bright light was a vehicle approaching from behind. Pictured: Downtown Edson, AB, Canada. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness was returning home from the hospital at 10 p.m. on April 19, 2017, when the incident occurred.

“It was about a 15-minute drive,but felt much longer that night,” the witness stated.“No vehicles in sight. Out of nowhere a bright, yellow-colored light appeared in my rearview mirror nearly blinding me.”

The driver eventually released the object was 20 feet over the vehicle as she approached Edson. (Credit: Google)

The driver eventually released the object was 20 feet over the vehicle as she approached Edson. (Credit: Google)

The witness first thought the light might be a vehicle approaching from behind.

“I continued driving and slowed down a little, hoping it was passing me. That’s when it started to speed up and that’s when I realized it was above the car, maybe a 20-foot distance.”

The witness described the object.

“I noticed it was a bright, yellow-orange color and glowed. I could not make out the details as it was too bright. I sped up to get away from it, but it continued at the same speed overhead. For 15minutes, it remained this way. When I got closer to my destination, I went down a hill to get to my turn and slowed right down. The UFO then abruptly changed direction towards where I was headed to. Hovered above the property and then the UFO glowing light went dim and disappeared into the darkness of the night.”

Once at her destination, the object briefly hovered over the property before moving away. Pictured: Edson, AB, Canada. (Credit: Google)

Once at her destination, the object briefly hovered over the property before moving away. Pictured: Edson, AB, Canada. (Credit: Google)

Edson is a town in west-central Alberta, Canada, population 8,414. MUFON Canada is investigating. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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Paul’s Use of Genesis 15:5 in Romans 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions: Part 5: Resurrection and Astral Immortality in Early Judaism and Paul

This is Part 5 of David Burnett’s guest series.


 

In early Judaism it was widely accepted that in the resurrection or afterlife, the righteous were to in some sense become as the stars or angels.1 In Dan 12:2-3, “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” John Collins points out that the stars in Dan 8:10 are the host of heaven, which in comparison to Dan 12:3 implies that those raised from the dead in vindication will be associated with the angels.2 A similar idea is found in regard to the destiny of the righteous in 1 Enoch 104:2-6: “But now you shall shine like the lights of heaven, and you shall be seen; and the windows of heaven will be open to you… and you are about to be making a great rejoicing like the angels of heaven.” In the Testament of Moses we also find the affirmation of the astral immortality of the faithful as it states in 10:9: “God will raise you to the heights. Yes, he will fix you firmly in the heaven of the stars.” In context of a discussion of the seven ordered eschatological rest promised for those who “keep the ways of the Most High,” 4 Ezra 7:97 states, “The sixth order, when it is shown to them how their face is to shine like the sun, and how they are to be made like the light of stars, being incorruptible from then on.”

 

4 Maccabees 17:5-6 re-narrates the martyrdom of the faithful mother and her seven sons from 2 Maccabees 7 in the following way:

 

“O mother, destroying the violence of the tyrant with your seven children, rendering his evil intentions void and demonstrating the nobility of faithfulness (πίστεως)! For like a roof set nobly upon the pillars of the children, you, unwavering, bore up under the earthquake brought on by torments. Be confident, therefore, O pious-souled mother, holding firm toward God the hope (ἐλπίδα) that comes from endurance! Not so much, not so much has the moon in heaven among the stars been made to stand as revered as you, who lit the path (φωταγωγήσασα) toward piety for the seven star-like children (ἰσαστέρους ἑπτὰ παῖδας), have been made to stand honored in God’s presence and firmly fixed with them in the heavens. For your child-bearing was from father Abraham.” (4 Macc 17:5-6)

 

Here the mother embodies faithfulness (πίστεως) and her seven sons demonstrate firm hope (ἐλπίδα) that God will vindicate them in their willing martyrdom. The faithful mother now stands more august among the stars than even the moon. Her faithful sons are deemed “star-like,” which seemingly identifies them as true children of Abraham.3

 

Paul’s Use of Genesis 15:5 in Romans 4:18 in Light of the Early Jewish Qualitative Interpretation

 

When considering Paul’s use of Gen 15:5 in Rom 4:18 in light of this early Jewish qualitative interpretation, we find fruitful and interesting exegetical results. When the evidence above has been taken into account, we are provided with a kind of narrative framework, out of which we arrive with a reading proposal that may provide a cogent answer to the interpretive problem this study sought to address. This proposal would provide us with a reading which links all the constituent parts (the inheritance of the cosmos, becoming a father of many nations, and the resurrection of the dead) of the one promise Paul understands to be given to Abraham in Gen 15:5 when he is told “so shall your seed be (οὕτως ἔσται τὸ σπέρμα σου),” a reference to becoming as the stars.4

 

Psalm 82 as a Narrative Framework for the Reception of the Abrahamic Promise in Early Judaism

 

Within the reception of the Deuteronomic vision in early Judaism we find a coherent narrative through which the promise of Abraham could be read. We find the setting up of the cosmic polis, where the celestial bodies (or angels of god) were “allotted to all the nations under the whole heaven (πᾶσιν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν τοῖς ὑποκάτω τοῦ οὐρανοῦ)” (Deut 4:19; 32:8-9), while Israel was Yahweh’s inheritance (κληρονομία) (Deut 32:9). In early Jewish reception of this tradition, the cosmos was understood as the “greatest of commonwealths (πόλις ἡ μεγίστη)” where the celestial bodies were appointed as rulers (ἄρχόντας) who were to mimic (μιμουμένους) the rule of the “Father of all (πάντων πατρός),” exercising their rule in law and justice (δίκην καὶ νόμον) (Spec. Laws 1.13-19). These celestial rulers (ἄρχοντα) were to “preside (or rule) (χρή) over his subjects (ὑπηκόων) as a father over his children (πατέρα παίδων) so that he himself may be honored in return as by true-born sons, and therefore good rulers may be truly called the parents of states and nations (ἐθνῶν) (Spec. Laws 4.184-188).” But as Philo states, “those who assume great power to destroy and injure their subjects should be called not rulers but enemies (πονηρότεροι) (Spec. Laws 4.185).” Psalm 82 (81 LXX) provides a narrative where the Father of all stands in judgment of the gods who were apportioned over the nations who have failed at precisely task that was set out for them saying “how long will you judge (or rule) unjustly (Ἕως πότε κρίνετε ἀδικίαν) (Ps 81:1 LXX)?” They were commanded to do justice or righteousness (δικαιώσατε) (Ps 81:3 LXX), but they failed, leading to the announcement of their judgment: the gods (Θεοί), or sons of the Most High (υἱοὶ ὑψίστου), will die like men (Ps 81:7 LXX). The hope of the psalmist is then stated: “Arise, O God and rule the earth (ἀνάστα, ὁ θεός, κρῖνον τὴν γῆν), for it is you who will obtain the inheritance of all the nations (ὅτι σὺ κατακληρονομήσεις ἐν πᾶσιν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν) (Ps 81:8)!” This narrative provides us with a framework for how early Jewish interpreters of the Abrahamic promise could understand it qualitatively as well as quantitatively. In light of these traditions, the Abrahamic promise could be read afresh.

 

Paul’s Reception of the Qualitative Reading of the Promise to Abraham? A Proposal

 

The following proposed reading will be a rough attempt to understand Paul’s use of Gen 15:5 and his midrashic exposition of the promise in Romans 4 in light of the above tradition. Paul states in Rom 4:18 “In hope against hope (ἐλπίδα ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι) he believed (ἐπίστευσεν), so that he might become a father of many nations (πατέρα πολλῶν ἐθνῶν) according to that which had been spoken ‘so shall your seed be (οὕτως ἔσται τὸ σπέρμα σου)’.” When taken qualitatively, for Abraham’s seed to become as the stars of heaven meant to become as the gods or angels, the celestial bodies, the “fathers (πατέρας) of the nations (ἐθνῶν)” who had been allotted to rule the nations (Posterity, 89; Spec. Laws 1.13-19; 4.184-188; Sir 44:21; Apoc. Ab. 20:3-5). “In hope against hope (ἐλπίδα ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι) he believed (ἐπίστευσεν)” that he would attain the promise of astral glory (Rom 4:18; 4 Macc 17:5-6). For Paul, the faithful Abraham who had been credited righteousness was known now in astral glory as “the father of us all (πατὴρ πάντων ἡμῶν),” as it was written about him in Gen 17:5 (Rom 4:16-17). As was common in Jewish expectation in Paul’s day, he hoped in the god “who gives life to the dead,” who would raise his seed in celestial glory, replacing the powers (ἂρχοντας ἔχουσα), calling “into being that which did not exist (καλοῦντος τὰ μὴ ὄντα ὡς ὄντα),” or establishing a new cosmic polis (κόσμου); a new creation (Rom 4:17; Philo Spec. Laws 4.187; 2 Bar. 21:4; 48:8). This is what would be understood in Rom 4:13 when Paul states the promise to Abraham and his seed was to “inherit the cosmos (κληρονόμον αὐτὸν εἶναι κόσμου).” As in Gen 22:17, for Abraham’s seed to become as the stars of heaven would result in “inheriting the cities of their enemies (κληρονομήσει τὸ σπέρμα σου τὰς πόλεις τῶν ὑπεναντίων)” (see Ps 81:8 LXX; Philo Spec. Laws 4.185). This expectation is further delineated in Romans 8 where the “sons of God (υἱοὶ θεοῦ)” or “children of God (τέκνα θεοῦ)” are “heirs (κληρονόμοι)” of creation as “the creation waits with eager longing for the apocalypse of the sons of God (τῆς κτίσεως τὴν ἀποκάλυψιν τῶν υἱῶν τοῦ θεοῦ ἀπεκδέχεται, 8:19).5

 

 

  1. See above conversation on 2 Baruch 51. For further treatment of resurrection and celestial immortality in Early Judaism, see Hans C. C. Cavallin, Life After Death: Paul’s Argument for the Resurrection of the Dead in 1 Cor 15, Part I, An Enquiry into the Jewish Background, CBNT 7.1 (Lund: Gleerup, 1974); Smelik, “On Mystical Transformation,” 122-44; N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003), Wright disagrees that there is a tradition of astral immortality in the usual texts used to support that idea; Nickelsburg, Resurrection; Jon D. Levenson, Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: the Ultimate Victory of the God of Life (New Haven: Yale, 2006); Turid Karlsen Seim and Jorunn Økland, eds., Metamorphoses Resurrection, Body, and Transformative Practices in Early Christianity, Ekstasis 1 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009); David Litwa, We Are Being Transformed: Deification in Paul’s Soteriology, BZNW 187 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012), 140-51: It is surprising that in an otherwise thoroughgoing discussion of celestial immortality in Greco-Roman and Jewish sources in relation to Paul, Litwa never mentions the texts that read Genesis 15:5 qualitatively as a promise of celestial immortality, especially in light of how important that text is for Paul to his argument in Romans. For other recent works on the topic of deification or theosis in Paul, see Michael J. Gorman, Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009); idem, “Romans: The First Christian Treatise on Theosis,” JTI 5.1 (2011): 13-34; Ben C. Blackwell, Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification in Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria, WUNT 2.314 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011); Rabens, “Pneuma and the Beholding of God”; Michael J. Thate, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and Constantine R. Campbell, eds., ‘In Christ’ in Paul: Explorations in Paul’s Theology of Union and Participation, WUNT 2.384 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014).
  2. John J. Collins, Daniel: A Commentary, Hermeneia (Minneapolis: Fortress), 393-94.
  3. The tradition presented here in 4 Macc 17:5 of being exalted above the moon and the stars may reflect an eschatological expectation to shine as the sun, the greatest of the luminaries in the heavens. This tradition is reflected in Matt 13:43, in the context of the eschatological reaping where the Son of Man sends his angels to dispense of the devil and his people, Jesus says once this has been accomplished, “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father (οἱ δίκαιοι ἐκλάμψουσιν ὡς ὁ ἥλιος ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτῶν).”
  4. The following allusions or references to primary texts below do not denote citation or allusion for Paul in any way, but are used to simply construct the narrative framework which provides for an alternate reading using the qualitative interpretation to how Paul might understand the promise to Abraham in Gen 15:5.
  5. See Rom 8:12-25. Pertinent here is the shared complex of language between Paul and Philo associated with inheriting or judging the cosmos, see footnote 7 in Part 3.

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Solar Warden – The Secret Space Program

Since approximately 1980, a secret space fleet code named ‘Solar Warden’ has been in operation unknown to the public… Is this nonsense, is it a conspiracy or is it simply so sensitive that it will cause uproar around the world? These are my own words after conducting research into the secret program. Whilst conducting an […]

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Tadpoles Seek Piggyback Rides to Escape Cannibal Siblings

Swimming in a pool of cannibals after being abandoned by one’s parents is a pretty grim situation. But a tadpole that finds itself here doesn’t passively await its fate. Instead, it tries to jump onto the back of any visiting frog and hitch a ride to safety. Even if the frog has no interest in a rescue, the tadpole is ready to rescue itself.

Not all Ranitomeya variabilis parents abandon their young. These Peruvian poison dart frogs lay two to six eggs at a time in water, and the fathers u

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Incredible Translucent dome-like Flying Saucer hovering in the sky over Sedona Arizona

The following incredible images were taken by a photographer last year on July 24, 2016 when he and his parents were on vacation in Sedona, Arizona staying at the Sunset Chateau.

The photographer states: There was a panoramic view of the sky from the balcony in our room where we would often go out and enjoy the beautiful scenery around us.

One day when I went to do so, I noticed something strange. There was an extremely large dome-shaped translucent figure hovering in the sky right before my eyes.

I immediately recognized the shape of it as something like a flying saucer.

I sat there and stared at this enormous figure in the sky for a couple minutes before I went inside to find my parents and bring them outside to show them.

Once my parents confirmed that it was indeed out of the ordinary, I began to take pictures. After approx. 7 minutes, the figure disappeared leaving a poof of clouds.

However, I was still staring at the sky memorized by what I just saw when the figure appeared again; only a small distance to the right of where it was before. About the same amount of time passed when the figure disappeared in the same manner again and never reappeared. Since this event is still in my mind I have decided to report it to Mufon under case 83628.

Editor’s Note: I have converted the images into negative to check if the original photos were edited or not but so far I cannot find any irregularities in the pictures. In my opinion, both negative images also clearly show the shape of a dome-like flying saucer.

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A Handy Way to Solve Crime

The thrill of a crime story is the unfolding of “whodunnit,” often against a backdrop of very little evidence. Positively identifying a suspect, even with a photo of her face, is challenging enough. But what if the only evidence available is a grainy image of a suspect’s hand?

Thanks to a group at the University of Dundee in the UK, that’s enough information to positively ID the perp.

The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) can assess vein patterns, scars, nail beds, sk

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Re-Engineering Humans: How Astronauts Could Be Genetically Modified To Better Survive In Space

As the race to conquer space intensifies and more ambitious missions get planned, scientists are exploring how to keep future astronauts safe on long space flights. This question is of increasing importance, especially as multiple groups make plans to send humans to Mars. Aside from the time and fuel needed to make these kinds of […]

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