People forward some pretty dubious things on the Internet, but I think Christians ought to exercise a whole lot more discernment before they pass along so much doubtful junk.

Usually I send those emails straight to the trash but decided it was time to follow all the links, watch the videos and read the comments.   At the end of all that, here’s my response to the friend who, like a lot of Christians,….. seems caught up in these endless urban myths.

For a more sane, historical analysis of the Middle East conflict, read Lawrence Solomon:

Here’s my advice to my friend and any other child of God enamoured by the swirl of fairy tales on the internet.  The Scripture is from the Revelation to John.

Dear  (Name):

 I read the comments and watched the associated videos, and this all comes across as kind of spurious to me.  The site is clearly looking for money.


Anyone who has studied weather knows there are myriad weather phenomena.  God is always in control, ultimately of world events and of weather, but while the cloud in the video is unusual, it is not of Biblical proportions, and of rather short duration.  The commentator sounds like a huckster to me.


It is the easiest thing on earth for computer geeks to create garbage, and the video of the cloud forming over Israel, with trumpet for background effects,…… looks like nothing more than fraud to me.


The day will come when Jesus returns on clouds of glory.  The world will come to an end and there will be nothing hokey or limp-wristed about it.  There will be no contrived clouds or pretend trumpets. 

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:  Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be gory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him.  Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. 

I’m guessing the ‘Snopes’ people are antagonistic to the Gospel, but maybe it’s good to have a bit of cynicism about all these crazy claims that circulate on the Internet.  Not that I think Snopes is necessarily ‘true’ either but here’s their take:


Gerda        (Below is my friend’s forwarded email)

In the video, dozens of amazed IDF soldiers are shown photographing and taping the bizarre weather phenomenon with their phones.With over 5 million views, nearly 60,000 likes, 28,500 comments and 143,793 shares, the video quickly went viral.Commenters had no doubt of what they were seeing, calling the cloud a “miracle” and a “protective occurrence provided by the Almighty.”image:“God protecting his chosen people yet again,” wrote Orlando Houston, while Margaret Tilford commented, “If they had cell phones back when God parted the Red Sea and led the Israelites it would have looked like this!”Indeed, the Biblical parallel is unmistakable. When the Israelites were wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt, the Bible relates that God took the form of a pillar of cloud to lead them.And Hashem went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; that they might go by day and by night; the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, departed not from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22“It is the hand of God the Almighty showing the world He is in control!” wrote Magda Botha.Days before the appearance of the strange cloud barrier, a cell of four ISIS militants on the Syrian side of the border had fired on an IDF patrol in the Golan, marking the first time that the Islamic State had ever directly attacked Israeli forces. IDF soldiers immediately returned fire, killing all four attackers, and Israeli fighter jets responded by striking targets within Syria. No Israeli soldiers were hurt.Between Israel’s swift military victory and the pillar of cloud which appeared over the border, ISIS should heed the clear warning: this land is under Divine Protection.Read more at