Links: | Shuttle Status | videos | Space.Com | AP | CNN | Shuttle Status Report |December 9 (Day 343, Fulfillment): NASA successfully launched the STS-116 Space Shuttle from Kennedy Space Center Florida at 8:47/35 PM EST (0147/35 GMT), the first night launch in over four years. After one previous scrub due to the weather on December 7, tonight's weather was acceptable in spite of a passing cold front. The STS-116 mission with Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) will continue assembly of the International Space Station.. Crew member, Sunita Williams will replace European Space Agency Space Station crew member, Thomas Reiter.
In terms of the Star Gospel, the Big Dipper symbolizes the Major Sheepfold, which represents the New Testament Church, and the North Star represents the Lord Jesus Christ as the head of the Church. The Iraq Study Group, in contrast, did not have a head, since it was bi-partisan. There were two co-chairmen with seven other men and one woman. The one woman in a committee of men symbolizes a prostitute, which in this case represented the Prostitute of Babylon. Ancient Babylon was located in Iraq. The report was 142 pages long, where 42 stands for Baal, the bear, and Russia. The Big Dipper is the rump of Ursa Major, the Great Bear constellation. Baal is the god of the Islam. Sunni, Shia, and Al-Qa'eda Islamic terrorists are fighting in Iraq to destroy freedom under the Laws of Establishment of the only true God. Satan, the most powerful angel and former guard of the Throne Room of God, portrays himself as the North Star in his role as the antichrist.
The mission patch portrays two flags, the US flag (Old Glory) and the Swedish flag with a yellow cross. The two flags side-by-side symbolize a witness, as in court. Sweden in Europe is in the region of Dan, which symbolizes the federal judiciary. The display of Old Glory on the left and the yellow cross on the right also means the cross must come before the crown. Jesus Christ had to go to the cross before He could rule in the Millennium. Freedom follows military victory. The birth of a nation is like the agony of childbirth. The two flags on the patch, handing by their tails, represented the afterbirth, which corresponds to the mess in Iraq.
On the wings of the orbiter on the mission patch are two numbers 116 and 12. The number, 116 stands for the witness of sanctification. Iraqis have generally rejected phase 1 sanctification, which is salvation. Salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ. There is salvation in none other (Acts 4:12). The number, 12, stands for authority. There is no freedom except under true authority. The Prostitute of Babylon is not true authority. Freedom without authority is anarchy, which is generally the case in Iraq today.
The STS-116 mission patch portrayed the North Star for charting a new course. The Sunburst on the patch for the North Star corresponded to the explosion at the Falk Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the day before the first launch attempt. The explosion heralded the release of the Iraq Study Group report, which was a dire assessment of the mess in Iraq. It was an attempt to bring peace in Iraq and the Middle East at the expense of Israel and the Laws of Divine Establishment. It was full of the viewpoint of the Prostitute of Babylon and internationalism, which is Satanic. NASA also announced during the past week that it would chart a new course to build an international Moon base as a stepping stone for space exploration. The International Space Station was supposed to be the same thing, and it is not yet operational (complete).