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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apocalyptic beliefs may explain why Francis is a pope in a hurry

Prophecy Sign:  The destruction of  the city of 'Babylon' during the Tribulation

So bless his heart, the Pope might be trying to forestall the coming of Armageddon by getting us all the clean up the climate, give up on capitalism and accept socialism, accept income redistribution, (read...more taxes), and accept Islam, and every other religion, as acceptable paths to God.  If we do all that, then maybe God will spare us all.  Or perhaps the opposite will happen and it will drive the world to Armageddon and the judgement to come.

Seems some Catholics are worried that Rome might not last forever, and the Pope may have to scramble off to another safe zone.  Did you know the current Pope sits as number 112, (the last one), on a long list of Popes that make up a centuries old prophecy of the Popes?  And the prophecy of that last Pope seems to spell doom for Rome and the Vatican?

There is also a biblical prophecy of last Days Babylon which may or may not be about Rome as well. We have seen everything from Mecca to New York, from ancient Babylon to Rome cast as Babylon of Revelation prophecy.  We've no idea which present day city on earth will be that city which is ultimately destroyed.  But it could well be Rome.

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.  Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’ Revelation 18:9-10 NIV

Prophecy of the Last Pope:
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.

Apocalyptic beliefs may explain why Francis is a pope in a hurry
As he has before, Francis went out of his way to invoke an apocalyptic 1907 novel by an English convert from Anglicanism called “Lord of the World.” The novel lays out a dystopic vision of a final conflict between secular humanism and Catholicism, with the showdown taking place on the fields of Armageddon.
Some find the novel prescient, others a little ‘out there.’ For analytical purposes, the important thing is its keen sense that the world is reaching a turning point and there’s not much time left to set things right. That’s not to say Francis believes doomsday is around the corner. However, his fondness for the novel seems to track with his belief that humanity is making some definitive choices today, from the economy to the environment, and that if we get those choices wrong, the consequences may be far worse than we realize.

Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome?
If Rome ever falls to Islam, the pope—whoever he may be at that time—may choose to remain in Rome and suffer the almost certain martyrdom that would follow. That is up to him and the Holy Spirit. However, in light of the escalating Islamization of Europe, it would seem prudent for Vatican officials to draw up some contingency plans. If the pope chooses exile, it would probably have to be in North or South American since it’s unlikely there will be any safe havens in Europe. In fact, Italy is currently a safer place than many other European nations. Although many Muslim immigrants pass through Italy, it is not their first choice of residence. Other European countries offer much more generous welfare incentives than does Italy. Countries such as England, Belgium, France, Sweden, and Germany are likely to fall first.
By “fall,” I don’t mean that these countries will fall to Muslim armies. That probably won’t be necessary. What we will see—what we are already witnessing—is a slow, steady process of submission. Well, slow and steady up to a point—and then, a rapid acceleration.

FEAR GRIPS VATICAN: 'Islamic State is clear. They want to kill the Pope'
The Vatican is under heightened concern that a terrorist attack may be imminent. Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See, Habib Al Sadr, at the time warned that "what has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear. They want to kill the Pope. The threats against the Pope are credible."

Pope sees 'shadows and dangers' amid Vatican attack fears

'We will cut off your head in the White House': ISIS threatens to behead Obama and turn the U.S. into a 'Muslim province' in new execution video 

India’s Christians facing increased persecution

Prophecy Sign:  Increased Christian persecution

Of the articles related to today's blog entry regarding Christian persecution, we found the one about California judges being bared from belonging to the Boys Scouts to be absolutely incredulous. Are there not freedom of association laws in America and could not a Judge fight such Orwellian prohibitions on that basis?  Soon the entire judicial system will ban judges from belonging to religious organizations such as your local Church, (assuming your church still has a problem with homosexuality).  What is this world coming to?

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matthew 24:9 NIV

India’s Christians facing increased persecution
The second-most populous nation in the world, India is home to more than 1.2 billion people. And although Christians make up only about 2.5 percent of the population, they are increasingly under attack by Hindu extremists in this primarily Hindu country, according to one ministry working in the region.
The Christian Post recently reported that churches have been set on fire, and that according to the Archbishop of New Delhi, "A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks is emerging as more and more churches are targeted, vandalized, and set on fire." Indeed, the nation ranks 21st on this year's World Watch List, an annual list released by Open Doors which tracks nations where Christians face the most persecution.

How Gay Marriage is Pushing Christians into the Closet
Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could do for same-sex marriage what Roe v. Wade did for abortion-on-demand.  What concerns me, besides the obvious prospect of having marriage permanently redefined in American law, is the impact of such a ruling on religious freedom. As you know from listening to BreakPoint, there is ample reason for concern on that score. Recent events have demonstrated that the clash between gay rights and religious freedom is a zero-sum game.

UK Christian School Shut Down for Having ‘Discriminatory Views’ Toward Other Faiths
A Christian school in the UK is being shut down and another under scrutiny after investigators quizzed random students and found them to have “discriminatory views” toward others. According to reports, last November, members of the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) visited Durham Free School for an inspection, and declared the educational institution to be substandard. “Leaders are failing to prepare students for life in modern Britain,” said lead inspector Joan Hewitt. “Some students hold discriminatory views of other people who have different faiths, values or beliefs from themselves.” One of the inspectors had reportedly asked one 12-year-old boy what a Muslim is, and the child responded by making references to terrorist activity. OFSTED saw this as being problematic. As a result of the findings, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that she was cutting funding to the school, which is now expected to shut down.

Fire chief's ouster beginning of the end for Christians?
The widespread coverage could signal that the media elites are sending a message to America that this is about to become standard procedure: Speak out of turn, even in your private life, in a way that offends the LGBT community, and you lose your job. “It’s a chilling effect, said John Whitehead, president and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a legal defense and civil liberties organization. “Free speech in America, in my opinion, is basically dying. It’s being filtered by the national media and being scooped up and evaluated by the government.”

California bars judges from belonging to Boy Scouts
California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges' affiliation with the organization. In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.

Russian official warns sanctions of “brink of war”

Prophecy Sign: Rumors of War

Have you ever seen a time like this where everybody seems to be threatening everybody else with world war?  Well perhaps World War 1 and World War 2 saw similar rumors before those great and terrible wars, so why would we expect anything different for a World War 3 scenario? (as is prophesied in the book of Revelation).

Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:4 NIV

Russian official warns sanctions of “brink of war”
The head of a leading Kremlin-owned bank warned on Friday that further banking sanctions would lead Russia and the U.S. to the “brink of war.” Andrei Kostin, the head of VTB, reacted angrily when asked what the consequences would be if Russia were excluded from the Swift banking system, a secure means of moving money across borders. If it were to happen, Kostin told a session on the Russian economy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, “ambassadors can leave capitals. It means Russia and America might have no relationship after that.” “If there is no banking relationship, it means the countries are on the verge of war, or definitely in the cold war,” he said in English, growing increasingly red in the face. “It will be a very dangerous situation.” He said that if Russia were excluded from the Swift system, it would make the U.S.–Russia relationship akin to the U.S.–Iran one. He made the comments after noting that Russia had recently created its own alternative to Swift.

Putin Draws Line In The Sand As West’s Major Oil Companies Push For War

Grandmaster Putin’s Trap
Very few people understand what Putin is doing at the moment. And almost no one understands what he will do in the future. No matter how strange it may seem, but right now, Putin is selling Russian oil and gas only for physical gold. Putin is not shouting about it all over the world. And of course, he still accepts US dollars as an intermediate means of payment. But he immediately exchanges all these dollars obtained from the sale of oil and gas for physical gold!
The Western economic establishment can see and understand the essence of the situation. Leading Western economists are certainly aware of the severity of the predicament and hopelessness of the situation the Western world finds itself in, in Putin’s economic gold trap. After all, since the Bretton Woods agreements, we all know the Golden rule: “Who has more gold sets the rules.” But everyone in the West is silent about it. 

'Blasphemous' Muhammad Cartoons Will Lead to World War III, Claims Pakistani Islamist Politician Who Says UN Must Stop Freedom of Speech in the West
The leader of Pakistani politico-religious party Jamaat-e Islami is claiming that the Western "extremist standpoint" on the freedom of news organizations to publish "blasphemous caricatures" of Islam's prophet Muhammad will ultimately lead to World War III. In addressing the thousands in attendance at a Friday protest over the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which publicized cartoons portraying Muhammad, the influential chief of the Jamaat-e Islami party, Sirajul Haq, demanded that the United Nations make laws designed to prevent the media and others from mocking religious personalities. Haq explained that the West's leniency and tolerance in dealing with those who mock Islam by publishing Muhammad's image could lead to yet another Great War, The Express Tribune reports. 

Photos Show China Military Buildup on Island Near Senkakus
Recent satellite photos of an island off the coast of China confirm Beijing’s buildup of military forces within attack range of Japan’s Senkaku islands. Construction of a helicopter base on Nanji Island was observed by a commercial spy satellite in October. The island is off the coast of Zhejiang province—some 186 miles northwest of the Senkakus, a group of resource-rich islets China calls the Diaoyu Islands. The imagery, obtained from the Airbus Defense and Space-owned Pleaides satellite, reveals China is constructing an airfield with 10 landing pads for helicopters on Nanji Island. Military analysts said the new military base appears to be preparation by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army for an attack or seizure of the Senkakus.

Radical Leftists Win Election In Greece – Future Of Eurozone In Serious Jeopardy

Prophecy Sign:  The future 10 Kingdoms of the Tribulation

So will recent events in Europe spell the doom of the European Union?  Or will we see a radically new make-up of the Eurozone?  Will the whole thing collapse and take the global economy with it? Some folks, (the so called Elite), might be thinking that way as they are apparently buying up secluded compounds all over the world to escape to if everything indeed goes south, (article below).

And interesting and in-depth article by noted prophecy expert, Terry James, (United States of Antichrist),  breaks this all down for us and makes the case that the 10 Kingdoms of the last days are already in the making and quite ready to take over the world under the headship of the coming Antichrist.

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. Revelation 17:12-13 NIV

United States of Antichrist
The rise of the first beast of Revelation chapter 13 is on fast-track to fulfillment. The son of perdition’s kingdom is almost complete –the 666 economic power base I term the  United States of Antichrist nearly in place. That most evil empire ever to come upon Planet Earth could begin the satanic process of enslaving this generation within a fraction of a second. The Rapture of the Church could happen at any moment!

Radical Leftists Win Election In Greece – Future Of Eurozone In Serious Jeopardy
Radical leftists have been catapulted to power in Greece, and that means that the European financial crisis has just entered a dangerous new phase.  Syriza, which is actually an acronym for “Coalition of the Radical Left” in Greek, has 36 percent of the total vote with approximately 80 percent of the polling stations reporting.  The current governing party, New Democracy, only has 28 percent of the vote.  Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is promising to roll back a whole host of austerity measures that were imposed on Greece by the EU, and his primary campaign slogan was “hope is on the way”.  Hmmm – that sounds a bit familiar.  Clearly, the Greek population is fed up with the EU after years of austerity and depression-like conditions.  At this point, the unemployment rate in Greece is sitting at 25.8 percent, and the Greek economy is approximately 25 percent smaller than it was just six years ago.  The people of Greece are desperate for things to get better, and so they have turned to the radical leftists.  Unfortunately, things may be about to get a whole lot worse.

The Collapse of Europe? The European Union May Be on the Verge of Regime Collapse
In the competition for “world’s true superpower,” China loses points for still having so many impoverished peasants in its rural hinterlands and a corrupt, illiberal bureaucracy in its cities; the United States, for its crumbling infrastructure and a hypertrophied military-industrial complex that threatens to bankrupt the economy. As the only equitably prosperous, politically sound, and rule-of-law-respecting superpower, Europe comes out on top, even if -- or perhaps because -- it doesn’t have the military muscle to play global policeman. And yet, for all this success, the European project is currently teetering on the edge of failure. Growth is anemic at best and socio-economic inequality is on the rise. The countries of Eastern and Central Europe, even relatively successful Poland, have failed to bridge the income gap with the richer half of the continent. And the highly indebted periphery is in revolt.

Hours after being voted in on the back of anti-austerity measures, provocative first official act by Greece's new prime minister is to lay a wreath for soldiers killed by Nazis

Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up
Super rich hedge fund managers are buying 'secret boltholes' where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed. Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up. With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury. Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming believers a ‘Cult”

Prophecy Sign: Roaring and tossing of the seas - Changing weather patterns

An MIT Climate Scientist is calling it like it is;  That Global Warming, (or man made climate change believers), are not unlike a religious cult.  Meanwhile that religious cult is using recent winter storms to substantiate their claims that all that snow in your front yard is due to you driving your car way too much.  Oh please.......Can you see the anguish and perplexity of it all??

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Luke 21:25 NIV

MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming believers a ‘Cult”
An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs. During an appearance on this writer’s radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement. “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it,” he said. “You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”

New York governor says massive storms are 'part of the changing climate'
Massive snowstorms such as the one sweeping into the US north-east on Monday are “part of the changing climate”, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, declared at a press conference announcing a state of emergency. Cuomo said on Monday that “there is a pattern of extreme weather that we’ve never seen before” – reiterating his comments in the wake of hurricane Sandy, when he said that “anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns is probably denying reality.” “We have to find ways to build this city back stronger and better than every before,” the governor said in 2012. Despite the protestations of climate change deniers that extreme cold weather must mean global warming is not real, a single storm cannot be taken as evidence of anything with regard to climate: weather is not the climate.

Northeast Braces for Monster Blizzard of 2015

Iran: Goal Remains Israel's Full Obliteration

Prophecy Sign:  The coming prophetic Middle-East war - Iran

So after all the recent negotiations between Iran and the Western nations, (including America), not a darn thing has changed.  Iran is still working towards the goal of nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal of using those weapons for the 'full obliteration' of Israel.

So what does the current occupier of the White House in American have to say about all this?  Is he condemning the nutcases in Iran?  Of course not, he is instead 'going nuclear' over the Israeli Prime Minister's audacity to accept an invite to speak before Congress on this very central issue to Israel's continued existence.  Somebody forgot to tell Obama about this, and now he's all bent out of shape.

On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.  You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.  I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 39:4-6 NIV

Iran: Goal Remains Israel's Full Obliteration
A top Iranian general last week reiterated that one of the Islamic Republic’s chief military goals remains the “full obliteration” of the Jewish State of Israel, according to Iran’s state-run PRESSTV. Iranian forces “will continue and deepen support for the Muslim combatants and fighters in the region until full removal of this very epitome of evil from the geopolitics of the region,” said the chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari (pictured), in reference to Israel. Jafari was responding to last week’s assassination of another Iranian general, Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who was killed when Israel targeted Hezbollah field commander Jihad Mughniyeh near the border of the Golan Heights.

Is the Middle East on the Verge of Exploding?

Israeli TV shows ‘Iranian missile’ that ‘can reach far beyond Europe’

Iran Lawmakers Drafting Law on Nuclear Enrichment Hike
Iran's parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country's nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers. The move, announced Saturday by parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, comes after U.S. lawmakers said they were planning legislation that could place new sanctions on Iran. The negotiations between Iran and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany, face a June 30 deadline for a final deal. But with two deadlines already missed last year both sides have admitted big differences remain on the hard detail of what a comprehensive agreement would look like.

How Iran Continues to Deceive the West

Iran Nuclear Deal Prospects Fade as Israel Digs In Against Terms
The odds of reaching a deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons that could pass muster in Tehran, Jerusalem and the U.S. Congress are growing longer. U.S. officials have never said the chances of success were better than 50-50, and privately some American negotiators are much more pessimistic than that as the negotiations head toward a March 24 deadline to agree on a political framework. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he “strongly objects” to the terms of the potential nuclear deal. That’s a message he’s likely to press when he comes to Washington in March, shortly before Israeli elections, to address a joint meeting of Congress and rally pro-Israel activists to lobby lawmakers too.

White House going nuclear on Netanyahu
Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. With their guttersniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain said about trying to teach a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Plague is 'endemic in Madagascar': WHO chief

Prophecy Sign: Pestilence, plagues and disease

With Ebola no longer screaming from the headlines one might think that all is well in the world with regards to deadly disease outbreaks.  Not so fast.  Now we have the plague, (you know...that plague that nearly wiped out medieval Europe), becoming a potential issue in the African nation of Madagascar.

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8 NIV

Plague is 'endemic in Madagascar': WHO chief
The head of the World Health Organization is warning about an “alarming” plague outbreak in Madagascar that could worsen, particularly as fleas that transmit the disease to humans have developed immunity to insecticide. In her address to the WHO’s executive board meeting Monday, executive director Margaret Chan reviewed the ongoing threat from “emerging and epidemic-prone diseases,” including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, avian influenza, and the growing threat of human resistance to antibiotics. But she also warned of a plague outbreak in Madagascar that began last November, but is receiving little public attention despite its “disturbing dimensions.” Of particular concern is the fact that fleas that transmit the disease from rodents to humans have developed resistance to the main insecticide used to control their population. Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40 people, more infected. Plague is “endemic in Madagascar,” where seasonal outbreaks can be exacerbated by poverty and an increasing number of people living in close urban settings. 

The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists
Scientists at a French research institute say the Ebola virus has mutated and they are studying whether it may have become more contagious. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur are analyzing hundreds of blood samples from Guinean Ebola patients in an effort to determine if the new variation poses a higher risk of transmission, according to the BBC. “We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said human geneticist Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai. “These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”

Leading Evangelism Movement Slams Christian Zionism

Prophecy Sign: Hatred of the biblical teaching of the last days and the promises to Israel

Try being a bible believing Christian who believes in the teaching of the Rapture of the Church and that God still has promises to fulfill for the Jewish people and nation of Israel, and watch all the hate come flinging your way..........most of it from those who fill the pews of your local evangelical church.

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue asthey were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter 3:4 KJV

We remain firm in our belief of the coming Pre-Tribulation Rapture for the followers of Jesus and we still believe that God has designs for his chosen nation, Israel, (video below).  Anybody with a problem with that can take it up with God and his Holy word.

Leading Evangelism Movement Slams Christian Zionism
The Lausanne Movement, the world’s leading Christian evangelism movement, has once again taken aim at what it believes to be the sinful practice of Christian support for the State of Israel, or Christian Zionism. “For over 60 years, many evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism,” writes Steve Haas, vice president of World Vision US, in the latest issue of Lausanne Global Analysis. He went on to compare Christian Zionism to the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, Apartheid South Africa and other large-scale atrocities to which Christians were party. Lausanne as a movement has what some would describe as an unhealthy negative obsession with Israel in recent years, having apparently fully swallowed the allegations that the Jewish state is the chief oppressor of Christians and other people in the Middle East.

Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moons
The Book of Genesis says God uses the sun, moon, and stars for signs and seasons. Examples can be found throughout the Bible. Think of how a star led the wise men to Jesus or how the sun stood still as Joshua led Israel to victory over its enemies. According to Pastor John Hagee, God is getting ready to speak this way once again. "There's a sense in the world that things are changing and God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way," Hagee told CBN News. "I believe that in these next two years, we're going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world," he predicted. 

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report

Prophecy Sign: The coming global surveillance/police state

We are being watched like never before.  Cell phones, social media and other forms of digital communication are all being monitored.  And of course anywhere you travel in any large city will see you being recorded on a multitude of surveillance cameras.  Welcome to the days of Big Brother.

It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Revelation 13:7 NIV

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report
Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the right to privacy enshrined in European law. The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe says in a report that it is “deeply concerned” by the “far-reaching, technologically advanced systems” used by the US and UK to collect, store and analyse the data of private citizens. It describes the scale of spying by the US National Security Agency, revealed by Edward Snowden, as “stunning”
The report also suggests that British laws that give the monitoring agency GCHQ wide-ranging powers are incompatible with the European convention on human rights. It argues that British surveillance may be at odds with article 8, the right to privacy, as well as article 10, which guarantees freedom of expression, and article 6, the right to a fair trial. “These rights are cornerstones of democracy. Their infringement without adequate judicial control jeopardises the rule of law,” it says.

EU plan to install a tracking computer in every car to tax miles

Snowden files show Canada spy agency runs global Internet watch
Canada's electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday. Critics said the revelations, made in 2012 documents obtained by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and leaked to journalists, showed much more oversight was needed over Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Iran’s emerging empire

Prophecy Sign:  The rise of Persia, (Iran), in the last days

Iran, (Persia), will be one of the key combatants in the future alliance of nations, (Gog/Magog), that will attempt to invade, (and presumably try to destroy), the tiny nation of Israel.  Interesting to note that one of the Iranians key last days prophecies has just been fulfilled, (according to them).  That being the death of Saudi King Abdullah.  The next thing on the Iranian wish list of prophetic fulfillment is the destruction of Israel.

Persia, (Iran), Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets,  also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you. Ezekiel 38:5-6 NIV

Iran’s emerging empire
While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.
For the Saudis and the other Gulf Arabs, this is a nightmare. They’re engaged in a titanic regional struggle with Iran. And they are losing — losing Yemen, losing Lebanon, losing Syria and watching post-U.S.-withdrawal Iraq come under increasing Iranian domination. The nightmare would be hugely compounded by Iran going nuclear. The Saudis were already stupefied that Washington conducted secret negotiations with Tehran behind their backs. And they can see where the current talks are headed — legitimizing Iran as a threshold nuclear state.

Death of King Abdullah is prophetic trigger for attack on Israel, return of Islamic messiah, Iran’s leadership believes
The highest levels of Iran’s leadership believe there are only two prophetic triggers before the return of their long-awaited messiah and one of them just happened: the death of 90-year-old King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Iran’s leaders believe they can facilitate the coming of the last Islamic messiah,” says Reza Khalili. “They believe the centuries old Hadith predicts this and that the time is close.” Khalili ( a pseudonym) was a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard who became a CIA spy before he escaped to the West. The second trigger is the destruction of Israel. “The first trigger is a sign that the second trigger needs to take place,” he notes. “Once King Abdullah dies, that will tell them the time is now.”

Saudi Arabia's New King and Iran

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Parents Oppose District’s Policy of ‘Interrogating’ Homeschoolers on Religious Beliefs

Prophecy Sign:  Information of interest

Maybe not prophetic in nature, but these news reports indicate a trend for authorities to become ever more interested in intervening into the personal family relationships of its citizens.  Soon it may even become illegal to teach biblical principals to your children as the authorities deem such teachings as hate-filled intolerance.  The smarter the authorities think they are, the more foolish and stupid they become.  A sign of the times?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 NIV
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words. Proverbs 23:9 NIV

Parents Oppose District’s Policy of ‘Interrogating’ Homeschoolers on Religious Beliefs
Hundreds of concerned parents in Virginia recently voiced opposition to a controversial policy that allows school officials to grill homeschool parents and students on their religious beliefs. In 2013, Goochland County Public Schools began requiring homeschool parents to reapply for a religious exemption to public education once their children turn 14 years old. The school district also requires homeschool families to write statements describing their religious beliefs.
“Before the School Board takes action on a request for a religious exemption, the parent must submit the application, a letter of statement explaining their bona fide religious beliefs and in the case of a student age 14 or older, a statement from the child stating his/her bona fide religious beliefs,” the school policy states. The policy also gives the school board permission to schedule meetings with homeschool parents and students to question their religious beliefs.

Maryland parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone from park
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children. “We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they were ready for it,” Danielle said.

Leaving school-aged children home alone could become illegal if court convicts Winnipeg mother
The act of leaving an elementary school child home alone could soon be explicitly illegal, depending on whether a Manitoba judge decides to convict a mother for leaving her six-year-old home alone for 90 minutes. Coming at the same time as a Maryland mother was investigated for letting her children walk to a park alone, the Manitoba case could signal the beginnings of a Canadian legal ban on latchkey kids — even when the child isn’t in danger. “The Crown is arguing that the inherent dangers of leaving the child in a house should be sufficient,” said Mike Law, lawyer for the accused Winnipeg mother, whose name has not been made public.

Vancouver Island will ‘rip open like a zipper’ when overdue megathrust earthquake strikes, experts say

Prophecy Sign:  Great earthquakes, (and volcanoes), in diverse regions of the earth

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. Revelation 16:18 NIV

Vancouver Island will ‘rip open like a zipper’ when overdue megathrust earthquake strikes, experts say

The Cascadia subduction zone off Vancouver Island is the result of two locked geological plates under the sea floor. “Right now the two plates are sort of stuck together,” says Alison Bird, a Victoria-area Natural Resources Canada seismologist. “They’re locked, yet they are still moving toward each other. What’s happening is there’s a lot of stress building up. The stress builds up over hundreds of years and when it releases it releases in a megathrust earthquake.”
She says if a similar earthquake occurs now, people living along the outer coast of Vancouver Island will have between 15 and 20 minutes to escape. Victoria can expect a tsunami wave of between two and four metres within 75 minutes. Greater Vancouver would likely escape a tsunami in the event of a megathrust earthquake, but the shaking would be prolonged and violent enough to damage buildings, says Bird. The odds of another megathrust earthquake and tsunami on Vancouver Island happening within the next 50 years are about one-in-10, says Bird.

Iceland’s lava field now extends 33 square miles: Why are Earth’s volcanoes suddenly oozing so much lava?
Five months after it sparked fears of aviation disruption in Europe, this aerial footage shows the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland continuing to magnificently erupt. Seismic activity from the volcano has continued since August last year, with small earthquakes occurring daily in the area, according to a report by the Icelandic Met Office. The Holuhraun lava field is now around 85 square kilometers (33 square miles), NASA has said.   It is Iceland’s largest baslatic lava flow since the Laki eruption in 1783-1784, with lava flowing at an estimated 50 to 70 cubic meters per second over the last few weeks. High levels of sulphuric dioxide are still being recorded in the area, which has triggered evacuations of villages. Air exclusion zones were put in place when the volcano first began to erupt on 27 August. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe’s air space for six days.