Climate Change, Part II:
The Great Debate Continues
One of the areas of debate about climate change has to do with changes in the Arctic. Reliable measurements of the ice edge began in the late 1970s with the use of satellites. Previously the area was monitored by aircraft, ships and buoys.
As stated in our previous article, one of the controversies in the great debate over climate change, is the short period of time that measurements have been taken, and whether or not reliable projections can be made from that data. The question remains, are these permanent changes, or just a part of a natural cycle in the earth's climate?
Reports on changes in the Arctic contribute to the belief that the world's climate is changing.
Karl Ritter, an Associated Press Writer, reported,
An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland.
Potentially in the path of this unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes—and any collision could do untold damage. In a worst case scenario, large chunks could reach the heavily trafficked waters where another Greenland iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912. (USAToday, August 11, 2010)
Thomas Homer-Dixon, and Op-Ed Contributor at the New York Times, reported,
Aboard the Louis S. St-Laurent: Standing on the deck of this floating laboratory for Arctic science, which is part of Canada's Coast Guard fleet and one of the world's most powerful icebreakers, I can see vivid evidence of climate change. Channels through the Canadian Arctic archipelago that were choked with ice at this time of year two decades ago are now expanses of open water or vast patchworks of tiny islands of melting ice. (New York Times, August 22, 2010)
To see extensive photography on receding glaciers, visit World View of Global Warming.
While on the surface it may appear that these are signs of permanent climate change, it is unknown at this time whether these conditions will result in changes in the circulation of the ocean or in global warming, or whether they may be part of a natural rhythm in the world's climate history.
In our continuing examination of codes related to climate change, we decided to search for the following terms: glacier, melting glacier, and two spellings each of ice cap, receding (ice) cap, and melting (ice) cap. This series of searches resulted in 15 extended codes, ranging in length from 19 to 70 letters long.
Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D., parsed and translated the codes.
Dictionary.com defines glacier as,
An extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly, either descending from high mountains, as in valley glaciers, or moving outward from centers of accumulation, as in continental glaciers.
This term had a 70% return rate for extensions. The codes range in length from 19 to 28 letters long.
They are his sect for me.
The treasure has crushed them.
The glacier rose on them.
Symbolically, the treasure has crushed them may refer to people coveting or seeking worldly things. In Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus taught:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (NIV)
In a more literal interpretation, this code might be describing the sinking of the Titanic. In 1912, the Titanic was the largest passenger steamship of its time, and could have been described as a treasure, as it cost 7.5 million dollars to build (approximately $413 million to build today). Though it was a state of the art vessel on its maiden voyage, the tragic result of hitting the glacier was the loss of the ship and more than half the 2,223 passengers.
The USAToday article cited above notes that a similar disaster could result from the ice island that broke loose from Greenland.
He mostly did not cry in a grave glacier.
This code may refer to a seared conscience, such as in the description in 1 Timothy 4:2b ". . . hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron." (NIV)
Even though the man referred to in this code lived in a spiritually frozen place, the grave nature of this usually did not evoke tears.
However, if it is speaking of a literal grave, it brings to mind those whose remains have been found in glaciers.
On August 15, 2010, William Holland's body was found after a glacier melted in Canada. Due to a climbing accident, he had been entombed in the glacier for more than 20 years.
In August 2007, the remains of an alleged World War II airman were found in a Sierra Nevada glacier. Two years earlier, another body had been found in that same area.
In 1991, German tourists found Ötzi the Iceman in the Alps in Italy near the Austrian border. He is Europe's oldest natural human mummy believed to be 5,300 years old (from approximately 3300 B.C.). His remains are on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
The brother has rushed:
a worn-out island and an ailing glacier.
A worn-out island and an ailing glacier might refer to a group of religious people whose love has grown lukewarm or cold. In Revelation 3:14-22, the church in Laodicea is admonished to repent from being neither hot nor cold:
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (NIV)
On a literal level, it may refer to the recent climate changes observed in the Arctic. According to GreenFacts.org,
Recent records of increasing temperatures; melting glaciers, sea ice and permafrost; and rising sea levels provide clear evidence of a warming trend for the Arctic as a whole.
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, while glaciers are primarily found in Antarctica and Greenland, they "are found on nearly every continent, even Africa."
Most of the world's glacial ice is found in Antarctica and Greenland, but glaciers are found on nearly every continent, even Africa. Because certain climatic and geographic conditions must be present for glaciers to exist, they are most commonly found above snow line: regions of high snowfall in winter, and cool temperatures in summer. This condition allows more snow to accumulate on the glacier in the winter than will melt from it in the summer. This is why most glaciers are found either in mountainous areas or the polar regions. However, snow line occurs at different altitudes: in Washington State the snow line is around 1600 meters (or 5,500 feet), while in Africa it is over 5100 meters, and in Antarctica it is at sea level. The amount of snowfall a glacier can transform into ice is very important to its survival, which is why even a cold region like Siberia experiences almost no glaciation—there is not enough snowfall.
The brother has rushed could refer to reckless economic development, which has produced serious levels of greenhouse gases.
A lot in it is from an island,
which is indeed the mother of a raw glacier.
An island in this code may refer to the an ice berg or ice island, such as the one that has recently broken off from Greenland. (USAToday)
In 2009, writer Tim Lydon dubbed a glacier in southeast Alaska Raw Glacier. As a wilderness ranger, he writes about his first-hand observations of the changes it has been undergoing.
Mother Nature Network has compiled a list of seven glaciers around the world that are disappearing. The list includes before and after photos of the changing glaciers. The list includes:
- The Matterhorn, Switzerland
- Muir Glacier, Alaska, U.S.
- The Himalayas, Nepal
- Helheim Glacier, Greenland
- Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Africa)
- The Andes (along the entire west coast of South America)
- Glacier Monument Park, Montana, U.S.
The dryness reaching us is God's glacier
to the religion of my members.
On a symbolic level, this code could be referring to the sense of great distance from God that people can experience when they become involved in a legalistic religion when they have no real faith or love.
The drying up of the glaciers is a primary concern among climate change proponents. This code may refer to their concerns, and the religion of my members may refer to the zealous belief they have in global warming.
There is the glacier,
for they have not changed the blood
from the heart in the basket out of sorrow.
Spiritually, for they have not changed the blood from the heart in the basket out of sorrow may refer to a lack of repentance, or this bleak code may refer to loss of life in areas where glaciers are melting. For areas like Bolivia and the Himalayas, glaciers provide water for the local inhabitants. The loss of the glaciers would mean the loss of their water source and poses a hardship and could potentially cause loss of life.
The glacier has returned.
I will impress with the word of my master.
This code may refer to a need for revival, or it may refer to the signs of the end of the age in Matthew 24:11-12, "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." (NKJV)
If the changes we are seeing in the glaciers are part of a normal cycle in the history of the world's climate, then this code may be referring to the return of glaciers to their prior state. The word of my master may refer to God's Hand in restoring the glacier(s).
Ice Cap (B)
This term had a 40% return rate. While it has a smaller return rate than did glacier, the length of the ice cap codes is longer, ranging from 20 to 70 letters long.
Ice Cap (B.1)
He, the eagle of the ice cap,
will smell most of the elements
of the people's grace and mourning.
The eagle of the ice cap may be symbolic of leadership whose hearts are frozen or cold, or since the bald eagle is the symbol of the U.S., this code might refer to efforts on the part of the U.S. in researching and combating climate change.
Ice Cap (B.2)
The dead within him will be scalded for him.
My thunder is the brain within her,
and you are left on his net following the withdrawal from them.
From the Lord they imagined within me a mountain,
but they glorified on the brain of a nice ice cap.
This code may be painting a picture of global warming disasters and changes in leadership around the world.
The dead within him will be scalded for him and and you are left on his net following the withdrawal from them might refer to sea water temperatures warming to the point that could cause scalding, and would kill sea life, resulting in people having to leave their nets behind and withdraw from fishing.
My thunder is the brain within her might refer to thunder storms becoming so severe as to affect the health of people's minds.
Since mountain can refer to government or leadership, someone taking a place of power to try and help out those affected by these disasters might be described as from the Lord they imagined within me a mountain.
But they glorified on the brain of a nice ice cap might refer to people glorifying the mind of someone who is cold or cool at heart. Barack Obama is such a person in leadership who on the one hand is glorified by many, and on the other hand is known for his cool demeanor.
This is the longest code in this series at 70 letters long.
Ice Cap (B.4)
We have a tablet that will solve
my time in my sect, and by itself
the day of the ice cap
is in them a tall and broad lion.
The Norwegian coat of arms bears the symbol of a tall, standing lion holding an axe. Norway's geography is noted for its islands and fjords. Because of its high latitude and the fact that it is bordered on the north, west and south by water, Norway would be hard hit by any dramatic change in glaciers and sea level. This code is 42 letters long.
Ice Cap (B.7)
The ice cap of the jaw—
I floated as a mourning lake.
As noted in the Tim Lydon article we referenced under Glacier (5), there is a sense of mourning for those observing the glaciers melt. I floated as a mourning lake is a poetic way of describing those feelings of loss.
Melting (Ice) Cap (B)
This term also had a 40% return rate. The extended codes range in length from 22 to 36 letters long.
Melting (Ice) Cap (B.3)
Man has rushed, and the Lord has appeared.
You provided the law of the cold mountain.
The melting (ice) cap is the source of my dungeon.
Rejoice in God!
Man has rushed may mean that mankind has taken shortcuts with respect to the stewardship over the earth, or it could symbolize man's sin. Cold mountain may be symbolic of a heartless attitude in leadership. For those losing their source of water, the melting (ice) cap would seem like a dungeon or prison sentence. The final phrase, rejoice in God! is reminiscent of the Psalms. Often in the Psalms after David has poured out his heart to God, he abruptly turns around and praises God. This code is 36 letters long.
Melting (Ice) Cap (B.4)
The Lord I expect will arrive.
Give me not a melting (ice) cap!
This code appears to be from the viewpoint of someone expressing an expectancy of the Lord's return, and then praying to God not to allow a glacier to melt.
Melting (Ice) Cap (B.7)
The shadow brother highly regarded
by them sat down, and Moses fasted
as if in a melting (ice) cap.
Lord, let the oppressed rule!
If taken symbolically, the shadow brother might refer to Joseph, who rose to power in Egypt and was highly regarded. Moses fasted as if in a melting (ice) cap may mean that he fasted for a long time. The final sentence Lord, let the oppressed rule! is reminiscent of the cry of the Israelites to be freed from Pharaoh's rule. If so, this code appears to cover various points in time, simultaneously. Since God is not bound by time, it makes sense that that could be the case.
Melting (Ice) Cap (B.9)
The horror of a cow's back
is a melting (ice) cap,
and the brother will carry it away.
Genesis 41:17-21 and 41:26-27 describe Pharaoh's dream of the seven cows, and Joseph's interpretation:
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke.
The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine. (NKJV)
Given the symbolic meaning of the cows in Genesis, the horror of the cow's back may refer to potential famine and disease for those who lose their water source due to melting (ice) caps.
The codes in this article may have two interpretations: literal and symbolic. On the literal level, they may be describing changes to the environment, which may or may not support the Global Warming proponents stance. Symbolically, the codes may be describing life on a spiritual plane. Several of the codes appear to have a definite spiritual message. We leave you with this code, which appears to have both a literal and symbolic message:
Melting (Ice) Cap (B.4)
The Lord I expect will arrive.
Give me not a melting (ice) cap!
Scripture quotations marked "NIV" are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked "NKJV"TM are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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