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Friday, June 24, 2016

Results of the Brexit referendum is a rebuke to Western elites

Prophecy Sign:  The coming Final World Kingdom

Great Britain has voted and has decided to leave the European Union.  If you have been wondering what this has been all about and why some 52% of British voters decided they would be bettes off on their own rather than part of the E.U. we would suggest reading the following excellent articles and/or watching the hour long video featured below which pretty much sums up why Britain is filling for divorce from Brussels, (headquarters of the E.U.)

As for how all this will play into last days prophecy, well that's anybody's guess.  Will it result in additional European Union nations jumping ship from the E.U. project?  Will it mean the remaining nations coming together in an even more tight knit political and economic union?  Would a revived union consider adding Middle-Eastern nations such as Turkey, thus becoming a truly revived Roman Empire encompassing both the Western and Eastern legs of the old Roman Empire?  Remember that the Empire broke into two components with Rome being the capital of the Western leg and Constantinople, (Istanbul Turkey), the capital of the Eastern leg.

God continues to move the pieces around the board as he sets the stage for the future time known as the seven year Tribulation period.  We know that a final world empire will be established from which 10 brand new entities will arise.  These kingdoms will be given power and authority for a short period, but will then turn over this authority to the future Antichrist who will rule and reign over the world until the coming of Jesus Christ.

He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.  The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. Daniel 7:23-24 NIV

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

Results of the Brexit referendum is a rebuke to Western elites
The EU vote is the most dramatic illustration to date of how the “guiding elites” of many Western countries have lost the fealty and trust of their populations. Of the gap between ordinary citizens, facing the challenges of daily life, and the swaddled, well-off and pious tribes of those who govern them, and increasingly govern them with a mixture of moralistic superiority and witless condescension.
But a decade ago, “Euroskeptics” were a slender group, derided by their betters as xenophobes and bigots, a splinter faction of regressive nationalists and illiberal tribalists. That, at least, was the approved version from on high. And from those smug heights, they dismissed with icy contempt the concerns of ordinary people that the “EU project” was draining their national identity, dissolving centuries-old democratic systems, and forcing their submission to an alien, unelected and unaccountable Brussels super-government.


BREXIT Signals the End of the New World Order
June 23rd will be the day that the British people filed their papers to divorce a global bureaucracy that buried national sovereignty in bureaucratic red tape. After constant failures that left many Brits without jobs and living in a nation being colonized by migrants with no attachment to British culture, enough was enough. After almost three decades of rule, globalism was witnessing a Judgment Day and Brexit represents a nationalistic movement that has laid in wait for two decades; a movement that is jumping the pond to the United States and finding a home with Donald Trump’s “America First” campaign.

Prophecy Update End Time Signs

A pair of interesting videos of prophetic signs from the Jason A and Prophecy Update YouTube Channels.

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Lune 21:28 NIV

EU gives Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft 24 hours to censor all 'hate speech'

Prophecy Sign: The One World Government

When the Antichrist hits the scene, he will already have in place, one very well entrenched authoritarian government control system at his disposal with which to exercise his authority over the entire world.  That will include control over the internet.  (No more bible prophecy blogs warning the world of impending judgement from God).

People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. Revelation 13:4-5 NIV

EU gives Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft 24 hours to censor all 'hate speech'
The European Union has signed a deal with four of the world's biggest tech firms which will see "hate speech" deleted from social media in just 24 hours. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google have all committed to new rules designed to "ensure that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally". All four firms have committed to quickly analyse and remove content involving "public incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin".

Proposals to curb online speech viewed as threat to open internet
At least a dozen countries are considering or have enacted laws restricting online speech, a trend that is alarming policymakers and others who see the internet as a valuable medium for debate and expression. Such curbs are called out as a threat to the open internet in a report on internet governance set to be released today at an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The report, reviewed by Reuters, warns of dangers for the global internet, including intrusive surveillance, rising cybercrime and fragmentation as governments exert control of online content. It was prepared by the London-based Chatham House think tank and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, founded by former BlackBerry Ltd co-chief Jim Balsillie. China and Iran long have restricted online speech. Now limitations are under discussion in countries that have had a more open approach to speech, including Brazil, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bolivia, Kenya and Nigeria.

China internet regulator to crack down on online comments

Facebook accused of censoring conservatives, report says

How did Google become the internet’s censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?

Robots, Aliens And Nuclear Wars Will End Humanity In Less Than 100 Years, Warns Stephen Hawking!

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous Times

Perhaps Stephen Hawking has been reading the bible, because the word of God seems to describe some of his suggested means that in Mr. Hawkings mind could lead the the end of humanity: (Note: God of course has other plans for humanity which does not include the entire eradication of the human race). 

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. Joel 2:6-8 NIV

And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. Revelation 9:3 NIV

Nuclear War:
This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12 NIV

And as for hunting humans:
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

Robots, Aliens And Nuclear Wars Will End Humanity In Less Than 100 Years, Warns Stephen Hawking!
Trust Stephen Hawking to speak the truth, no matter how scary it is. According to the physicist, there are three potential threats to humanity that are powerful enough to deliver doomsday at our doorstep within the next 100 years - robots, aliens and nuclear wars. On artificial intelligence, Hawking had already raised a red flag as to how new technologies will be the end of us if we don't control it. On Reddit, the physicist had observed, "The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence. A super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble."

Hunting HUMANS set to become big business for the super rich within next 100 years
Hunting humans will become big business for the super wealthy within 100 years according to a leading tourism expert. It may sound like an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie but the dystopian vision could become even become an attraction for stag parties, team building exercise and sightseers, a report claims. And by 2200 it could even become a televised public spectacle, like Arnie's sci fi classic The Running Man or, more recently, The Hunger Games , it added. The nightmare prediction comes from Daniel Wright, senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Central Lancashire in a paper for the scientific journal Futures. He outlined a world ravaged by economic and ecological disasters , leading to overpopulation and a huge gap between rich and poor.

Scientists Say They Can Recreate Living Dinosaurs Within the Next 5 Years

Prophecy Sign:  Increased Knowledge

The bible contains some very science fiction like prophecies.  For instance, a demonic army unleashed from the abyss of earth, people seeking death but not finding it, and an image of the Antichrist that actually has the ability to speak and can order the deaths of millions who refuse to take a mark.  Only those people alive during the coming Tribulation period will see just what all these prophecies will become and how they will be fulfilled.  One thing is clear, we are at a point in human history when knowledge is increasing exponentially, as can be seen in the various article below.

But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. Daniel 12:4 NIV

Scientists Say They Can Recreate Living Dinosaurs Within the Next 5 Years
Don’t we already know how this movie’s going to end? In a potentially terrifying case of life imitating art, the renowned paleontologist who served as the inspiration for Jurassic Parkprotagonist Dr. Alan Grant is spearheading genetic research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years, he says. While Dr. Jack Horner, who has consulted on all four Jurassic films, initially believed the key to recreating the prehistoric creatures lied in working with ancient DNA strands, further study about DNA degradation over time has since ruled out that possibility. Instead, a group of scientists at Harvard and Yale have turned their eye to -- wait for it -- the modern-day chicken. 

How Dinosaurs Could Be Making a Comeback in the Next Five Years

10 Implausible Technologies From Fiction That Are On Their Way
These are wildly far-out technologies we never really expected to see in real life that nevertheless may soon be upon us, whether they are good ideas or not (spoiler: mostly not).
Deleting Or Replacing Memories
Lab-Grown Humans Made With Artificial Sperm And Eggs
Restoring The Dead
Creating Black Holes
Cloned Dinosaurs
Liquid Armor
Personal Hologram Devices

Laser Guns

Russia aims to develop 'teleportation' in 20 years
It’s a question that physicists, philosophers, and science fiction writers have pondered for decades: how to travel from one place to another without travelling through the space in between.  Now a Kremlin-backed research program is seeking to make the teleportation technology behind Captain Kirk’s transporter a reality.  A proposed multi-trillion pound strategic development program drawn up for Vladimir Putin would seek to develop teleportation by 2035. "It sounds fantastical today, but there have been successful experiments at Stanford at the molecular level," Alexander Galitsky, a prominent investor in the country's technology sector, told Russia's Kommersant daily on Wednesday. "Much of the tech we have today was drawn from science fiction films 20 years ago."

Immortality almost there: 'You will be able to SPEAK to loved ones AFTER they die'

First human CRISPR trial given go-ahead: your questions answered
Immune cells called T-cells will be taken from people with specific forms of three kinds of tumours – melanoma, sarcoma and myeloma. An entirely new gene will be added to these T-cells, for a receptor that binds to a protein called NYES01, which is found on many kinds of tumour cells. Equipped with this new receptor, the T-cells will seek out and destroy tumour cells. Many reports state that the gene for this new T-cell receptor will be added using CRISPR genome editing, but this is not the case. In fact, a harmless virus will be used to add the gene. CRISPR, on the other hand, will be used to destroy the existing T-cell receptor to make the altered cells focus on targeting tumours instead of targeting other bits of foreign DNA or viruses. Since two genes code for this receptor, this involves disabling two genes.

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

Prophecy Sign:  The 'Mark of the Beast' ID system

It's not a matter of 'if' but 'when' as to the requirement that all people be marked by some form of biometric identification, (chip or otherwise), in order to be a citizen of good standing in the coming New World Order of things.  It is no longer science fiction, but science fact and will happen according to bible prophecy.

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,  so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 NIV

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.
The banking password may be about to expire — forever. Some of the nation’s largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types of biometrics to safeguard accounts. Millions of customers at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo routinely use fingerprints to log into their bank accounts through their mobile phones. This feature, which some of the largest banks have introduced in the last few months, is enabling a huge share of American banking customers to verify their identities with biometrics. And millions more are expected to opt in as more phones incorporate fingerprint scans. Other uses of biometrics are also coming online. Wells Fargo lets some customers scan their eyes with their mobile phones to log into corporate accounts and wire millions of dollars. 

Within Ten Years 50% of Americans Will Be Chipped' – Tech Pioneer
Last week it emerged that US naval officers have held discussions with Zoltan Istvan of the Transhumanist political party, who is also running as a candidate for the US presidency. He advocates fitting human beings with technology, including microchips, to boost brain power or enhance physical attributes. Istvan himself has a microchip in his hand that he uses to give out business cards, send text messages, or start his car. He told Radio Sputnik that the US navy wanted to discuss the possibility of implanting humans with chips fitted with global positioning (GPS) technology, and said that in the near future many people will want to be fitted with chips.  "I wouldn't be surprised if within ten years 50 percent of Americans have some type of implant, because at the end of the day an implant can reduce the size of your wallet or whatever you carry in your purse by about 30 or 40 percent," Istvan said.

Iceland's Hekla volcano eruption could spark 'major disaster' at any moment, experts warn

Prophecy Sign: Increasing Earthquake and Volcanic activity

God seems to be holding back all these major seismic and volcanic events that could result in major disasters.  When the time comes, (The Day of the Lord - Tribulation), he will stop holding back. 

"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. Haggai 2:6 NIV

Iceland's Hekla volcano eruption could spark 'major disaster' at any moment, experts warn
A volcano in Iceland could prompt a "major disaster" with an eruption at any moment, a geophysics expert has warned. Located in the southern part of the country, Hekla last erupted in 2000 and scientists say another could be due - potentially causing widespread disruption to flights across the continent. And geophysics professor P├íll Einarsson, from the University of Iceland, warned people not to travel to the volcano, which is popular with tourists. According to the professor, readings from inside the volcano are higher than before its last two eruptions, meaning it could blow at any minute after 16 years of silence. “Hekla is a dangerous volcano," he told Icelandic news website Visit.is.

Southern California Time Bomb: The Ground Surrounding The San Andreas Fault Is ‘Rising And Sinking’
If you reside on the west coast, you are living on borrowed time.  As you will see below, stress has been building up along the San Andreas fault for more than a century, and scientists tell us that southern California is way overdue for a major earthquake.  When that stress is finally released, the U.S. Geological Survey says that we could be looking at hundreds of billions of dollars in damage.  

California's San Andreas Fault is definitely moving. Could an earthquake be next?
“While the San Andreas GPS data has been publicly available for more than a decade, the vertical component of the measurements had largely been ignored in tectonic investigations because of difficulties in interpreting the noisy data,” Samuel Howell, lead author on the study and a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii, said in a statement. “Using this technique, we were able to break down the noisy signals to isolate a simple vertical motion pattern that curiously straddled the San Andreas Fault,” he added. The capability to measure this kind of motion is groundbreaking and crucial to public safety. This tectonic motion and subsequent stress has the potential to unleash a potentially catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Pakistan's nuclear programme has increased risk of conflict with India

Prophecy Sign: Rumors of War

Rumors of war are increasing, with a list of geopolitical hot-spots including;  The Korean Peninsula, India/Pakistan, Middle-East, Russia/NATO, China/America.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6 NIV

Pakistan's nuclear programme has increased risk of conflict with India: US congressional report
Pakistan's "full spectrum deterrence" nuclear doctrine and increasing fissile production capability have increased the risk of a nuclear conflict with India, a congressional report has said amid Pakistan's efforts to drum up support for its NSG membership bid.  "Islamabad's expansion of its nuclear arsenal, development of new types of nuclear weapons, and adoption of a doctrine called 'full spectrum deterrence' have led some observers to express concern about an increased risk of nuclear conflict between Pakistan and India, which also continues to expand its nuclear arsenal," the bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in its latest report.

Russia to deploy NUCLEAR-capable ballistic missiles in the heart of EUROPE
Russia plans to station advanced nuclear-capable missiles deep inside Europe - putting vast swathes of the continent in the crosshairs of Moscow's short-range ballistic missile programme. Kremlin insiders say the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad - on the Baltic Sea wedged between Poland and Lithuania - will host the Iskander missile - dubbed the Stone by Nato.

North Korea Deploys Ballistic Missile to East Coast, No Sings of Launch Yet
North Korea has deployed an intermediate-range ballistic missile to its east coast, a South Korean government source said, as reported by Yonhap news agency. South Korean and Japanese military officials are monitoring the situation, though there have been no signs of a launch detected. "We have detected signs that the North has deployed what appears to be a Musudan missile," agency cited the source.

Heroin use at 20-year high in U.S. drug 'epidemic', U.N. says

Prophecy Sign:  Culture of drug dependance

We are also told in the book of Revelation that some people, (even after suffering greatly during the Tribulation), will simply not repent of their "magical acts".  The original word here is the Greek word from which we derive our English word, pharmaceutical, or drugs.

Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, (Greek - Pharmakos), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 9:21 KJV 

(Pharmakos -  properly, a sorcerer; used of people using drugs and "religious incantations" to drug people into living by their illusions)

Heroin use at 20-year high in U.S. drug 'epidemic', U.N. says
A heroin "epidemic" is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday. According to the U.N.'s World Drug Report 2016, the number of heroin users in the United States reached around one million in 2014, almost three times as many as in 2003. Heroin-related deaths there have increased five-fold since 2000. "There is really a huge epidemic (of) heroin in the U.S.," said Angela Me, the chief researcher for the report which was released on Thursday. "It is the highest definitely in the last 20 years," Me said, adding that the trend was continuing.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Netanyahu, Kerry said set to meet next week in new peace bid

Prophecy Sign:  The future seven year covenant of peace

When the time is right, God will remove on of the last hedges that protect Israel from itself.  He will allow a changeover in government to a leader far more willing to give up everything for peace. According to a Times of Israel article, Israel's Opposition leader was ready and willing to give up East Jerusalem, the entire West Bank and would return Israel to 1967 lines, all for that elusive peace deal with the Arab world. 
He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Daniel 9:27 NIV

Netanyahu, Kerry said set to meet next week in new peace bid
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly to meet early next week with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss ways to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Israel’s Channel 2 said the meeting would take place in a European capital. The Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately confirm the meeting, saying it would “make an announcement when there is something to announce.” The TV report said Netanyahu would tell Kerry he backs potential Egyptian-led efforts to revive negotiations, rather than the international approach being pushed by France.

Backing French peace push, EU ministers add carrots to sweeten deal
The European Union on Monday proposed “concrete” incentives for Israelis and Palestinians to restart peace negotiations at a peace summit later this year in Paris. During their monthly meeting in Brussels, the EU’s 28 foreign ministers tasked the European Commission and the EU’s External Action Service — its equivalent of a foreign ministry — to make a “concrete and substantial contribution” to international efforts seeking to revitalized the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process through a “global set of incentives” for both two parties.

Herzog held secret talks with Abbas, agreed to return to ’67 lines — report
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog reportedly held secret talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas during the 2015 election, and agreed to cede the entire West Bank and East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as part of a future peace deal, Channel 10 reports. Herzog’s negotiator and a PA representative were said to reach an agreement under which Palestinian refugees would receive financial compensation, the Western Wall would remain under Israeli control, and Israel would retain a “symbolic” military presence in the Jordan Valley, alongside Palestinian and Jordanian soldiers. The opposition leader was willing to return to the 1967 lines in full, with mutual land swaps on 4 percent of the territory, the report says.

Netanyahu and Putin meet as Russia calls for new Israeli-Palestinian talks

To Israel’s dismay, EU ministers expected to back French peace push

World War 3? Furious Putin to ramp up Russia’s military training after NATO warning

Prophecy Sign:  Wars and rumors of war

Further evidence that tensions between NATO and Russia are growing more adversarial by the day. This rising tension my not all be attributable to a bellicose Vladimir Putin and his Russian nation, as the German Foreign Minister has come out and fingered NATO and the West for all this 'warmongering'.
As they say, it takes two to tango....or go to war as it were.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6 NIV

World War 3? Furious Putin to ramp up Russia’s military training after NATO warning
Defence chief Andrey Krasov branded NATO proposals to send four multi-national battalions to the Baltic countries and Poland "unfriendly". He said: “This increase of the military bloc is definitely an unfriendly step on NATO’s part. It really poses a threat to the Russian Federation." The deputy head of the State Duma Committee – a branch of the Russian parliament – said Moscow will hand their soldiers more advanced weapons in response to the plans. He said: “We must react to this by holding military exercises and be supplying our military forces with the most advanced weapons and other hardware."

Russia could INVADE Europe 'in hours' Baltic states issue shock warning over Putin's plans
Russia could launch an invasion in eastern Europe within "hours", Poland and the Baltic states fear, amid an escalation in tensions between Nato and the Kremlin. Deployments along Russia's western border have increased in recent months, worrying Nato and its allies that the movements could be a cover for another Crimea-style land grab. Asked about the likelihood of Russian aggression, Lithuania's Defence Minister Juozas Olekas said: "We cannot exclude it ... They might exercise on the borders and then switch to invasion in hours." Meeting this week, Nato defence ministers are expected to agree on a new 4,000-strong force dispatched to the region.

Nervous Baltics on war footing as NATO tries to deter Russia
Leaders in the Baltic countries and Poland fear the force NATO plans to deploy on their territory is too small and symbolic to deter an attack by Russia, whose 2014 annexation of Crimea is fresh in the memories of the former Soviet-bloc states. They will this week press other ministers of the western military alliance to help them build an air defense system against Russian aircraft and missiles. But that would be a highly sensitive step, likely to be condemned by Moscow as yet more evidence of a NATO strategy threatening its borders. Asked about the likelihood of Russian aggression in the Baltics, Lithuania's Defense Minister Juozas Olekas told Reuters: "We cannot exclude it ... They might exercise on the borders and then switch to invasion in hours."

German foreign minister accuses Nato of 'warmongering' against Russia

U.S. Deploys Two Aircraft Carriers To Mediterranean To "Send A Clear Message To Russia"

Canada considers European troop commitment as CSIS warns Russia is 'mobilizing for war'

Isis nuclear attack in Europe is a real threat, say experts

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous Times - Terrorism/Civil Unrest

As God removes his hand of protection, the adversary looks to destroy.  And why does God remove his protection?  Because the nations abandon God and pleasure in their evil. This cause and effect will only get much worse during the coming Tribulation.

The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. Deuteronomy 28:20 NIV 

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “An adversary shall surround the land and bring down your defenses from you, and your strongholds shall be plundered. Amos 3:11 ESV

Isis nuclear attack in Europe is a real threat, say experts
The threat of a terrorist attack using nuclear material is the highest since the end of the Cold War, with Isis actively trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to a leading international think-tank on proliferation. “Isis has already carried out numerous chemical weapons attacks in Syria; we know it wants to go further by carrying out a nuclear attack in the heart of Europe. This, combined with poor levels of security at a host of nuclear research centres in the former Soviet Union mean the threat of a possible ‘dirty-bomb’ attack on a Western capital is high,” said Moshe Kantor, the president of the desInternational Luxembourg Forum.

Belgian police alerted to IS fighters en route to Europe

Belgian police have received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Islamic State fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, a Belgian security source said on Wednesday. The Belgian crisis centre in charge of coordinating security responses said an alert had been circulated to all police forces in the country but there were no immediate plans to raise the security level to the maximum that would indicate an imminent threat of an attack. A source at France's Interior Ministry said Belgian authorities had transmitted a note to their French counterparts, who were currently reviewing the information in the alert. "We know the threat is very high," the source said. "We're reviewing all the elements (in the alert)."

CIA chief: IS working to send operatives to the West
CIA Director John Brennan will tell Congress on Thursday that Islamic State militants are training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for their territorial losses. In remarks prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, Brennan says IS has been working to build an apparatus to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies, as in the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels — ones the CIA believes were directed by IS leaders.

ISIS Praises Mateen as 'Lion of Caliphate,' Urges Attacks at Theaters, Hospitals, Amusement Parks