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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Road trip over, work nearly caught up

Off the road again.......

Well the road trip is over, and the work load at work looks a little more manageable. So it's time to get back to the blog.  We appreciate your patience.

You will find several new blog entries today, (Ebola is even worse, Israel and Hamas are still lobbing missiles and bombs at each other, Iceland might get rattled by another volcanic eruption).

Is time short, or are we still several years, (decades), away from anything really happening?  No one knows for sure, but we will keep watching the news and looking up for Christ's soon return.  We hope you will to.

Blessings to all of you,
The Signposts crew

Minister: Israel 'Closer than Ever' to Full-Scale Gaza Invasion

Prophecy Sign:  The coming prophetic Middle-East Wars - Psalm 83

Much of the Middle-East Arab world is not exactly enamored with Hamas and it's leadership in Gaza. That's probably why the neighboring Arab states of Israel haven't jumped on board with help for Hamas and haven't entered the fray against Israel, (yet).  However all it would take is for some radical group to take control of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, (ISIS for instance), and Israel would be at war on all fronts.

ISIS as already said that this is their goal, and the Sunnis in Saudi Arabia are expressing an understanding of this global call to kill the Jews.  Of course Shiite Iran has made no bones about their desire to wipe Israel off the map.  In Islam, when it comes to Israel, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, (we will kill each other later over our Mahdi interpretations).

See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.  “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” Psalm 83:2-4 NIV

Minister: Israel 'Closer than Ever' to Full-Scale Gaza Invasion
Communications Minister and Security Cabinet Member Gilad Erdan (Likud) has appealed for Israelis to be patient and to allow the IDF time to complete Operation Protective Edge, adding that the army was closer than ever to launching a full ground invasion of Gaza. Speaking in an interview with Army Radio on Thursday morning, Erdan revealed that Israel did not yield to Hamas's demands during recent negotiations in Cairo. "Hamas did not receive a single one of its demands and so it appears they have resumed firing," he stated. Echoing sentiments shared by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu late last week, Erdan said that Israel was not prepared to concede its position of strength by suddenly capitulating to Hamas demands.

Gaza terrorists continue to pound southern Israel with rockets, drawing IDF response
Terror groups in Gaza have fired more than 30 rockets since midnight, and the air force struck more than 50 targets. Iron Dome intercepted several projectiles over southern cities and towns, including Ashdod and Kiryat Gat.  Approximately 100 rockets have been fired in total since Hamas broke the cease-fire at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Gaza medical officials reported that 16 people have been killed in Gaza since the renewal of hostilities. Hours after rockets shattered the cease-fire and hit Gaza frontier communities, three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week. In total, the IDF said 50 rockets were fired at Israel since 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday until around midnight. The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted six rockets. 

Saudi Paper 'Understands' Global Call to Kill Jews
An op-ed last Tuesday in a prominent Saudi Arabian newspaper justified statements from international anti-Israel rallies calling for Jews to be killed as an "understandable reaction" to the "barbaric war" Israel is conducting in Gaza. The piece in the Saudi Gazette, written by UK-based Pakistani journalist Ali Ashraf Khan, was translated and revealed by the Middle East Media ResearchInstitute (MEMRI). According to Khan, the statement "all Jews should be gassed," a call for a continuation of the Nazi genocidal machine which was heard at recent pro-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) rallies in the Netherlands, was "understandable."

Islamic State Fighter: Hezbollah and the Jews Are Next
“From Syria, we’ll expand the caliphate, Allah willing, and Hizbullah and the Jews will meet their fate, and soon,” vowed an American-born 26-year-old Islamic State (IS) fighter in Aleppo, Syria to a disguised Israeli reporter, Israel’s Globes reported Monday. Posing as “Abed al-Islam Afifi,” 26, from Paris, the reporter contacted Abu Turab via a cellphone app. “Of course, it’s great to be here [in Syria],” Abu Turab said. “Jihad in our generation is a personal duty. While I can’t directly recommend it to you, Allah, praised be His name, told all Muslims to follow in his path.”

Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing sexual perversion

When national governments begin to make laws which contravene the laws of God, (one man, one woman in marriage and homosexuality being wrong), then you know that judgement is not far off for that nation. But even through judgement, (as horrible as it will be during the Tribulation), people will still not repent of this sexual sin.

They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, Romans 1:29 NIV

Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:21 NIV

Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages
Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man." The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie, who was born female, to dissolve his Hawaiian marriage with another woman, while the California Superior Court has ruled that the marriage of Jake Miller, also known as Buck Angel, with Elayne Angel is valid. A lower court had refused to dissolve the marriage of Beatie, who later got his birth certificate amended under Hawaiian law, with Nancy J. Beatie due to Arizona's ban on such unions.

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents
Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born, a nuanced change from the current birth certificate that backers say is more reflective of growing rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. "This bill seems subtle but I think it’s going to make a profound impact on how people view each other," said the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles.

Atheist author Richard Dawkins says unborn babies with Down's syndrome should be aborted and parents should 'try again'
Richard Dawkins risked provoking fury today by claiming foetuses with Down's syndrome should be aborted - and parents should 'try again'. The controversial comments from the scientist, who is a vocal atheist, came during a debate on Twitter with some of his 1million followers.  Professor Dawkins said: 'Yes, it is very civilized. These are foetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings.' He later added: 'Learn to think in non-essentialist ways. The question is not "is it 'human'?" but "can it suffer?"'
Then, he was told by Boston-based writer 'InYourFaceNewYorker': 'I honestly don't know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down's syndrome. Real ethical dilemma.' Professor Dawkins replied: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.' 

From Manipur to Kfar Hassidim: A lost tribe makes Aliyah

Prophecy Sign:  The regathering of the Jews to the Holy Land

When the nation of Israel was reborn in May 1948 the end-time clock enter the eleventh hour.  With each report of yet more Jews returning to the new Land of Israel from nations afar off, we know we are near to the end of days and the soon return of Jesus Christ.

'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. Ezekiel 37:21-22 NIV

The sign of Israel is the super-sign that had not been in existence for some 1,900 years but is now nearly 70 years into the making.  It is the sign that tells us that this current generation is the one that Jesus spoke of so very long ago when he spoke of the Fig tree, (representative of Israel).

"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Matthew 24:32-34 NIV

From Manipur to Kfar Hassidim: A lost tribe makes Aliyah
More than 400 immigrants from the ancient and mysterious tribe of Bnei Menashe have made Aliyah to Israel thus far this year, and many more are due to come in the next few months. The driving force behind this initiative is Shavei Israel, headed by Michael Freund.  The Bnei Menashe are believed to be descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel that were exiled from the Land of Israel by the Assyrian Empire in 722 BCE. According to their tradition, the Torah scrolls which the Bnei Menashe had taken into exile were lost or stolen nearly 1000 years later. Since then, their tradition has been passed down from father to son across the generations. Over the years, Shavei Israel has brought more than 2,500 Bnei Menashe to Israel, while another 6,500 are still in India, all of whom are hoping to make Aliyah.

Death toll from Ebola outbreak in West Africa rises to 1350

Prophecy Sign:  Diseases and plagues

Ebola is no way under control with hundreds dead, and thousands under quarantine.  Government troops have been called in to lock down certain areas of the affected nations, while riots break out and people are left to die alone on the streets for fear of the disease.  Can it get worse?  Most certainly as bible prophecy warns of just that during the dark days of the coming Tribulation period.

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

Death toll from Ebola outbreak in West Africa rises to 1350
The death toll from the Ebola oubreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries. The U.N. health agency said that 221 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of the deadly fever were reported across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over the two-day period.

Soldiers spill blood in Liberian Ebola slum as riot breaks out over the quarantine of 50,000 residents
Liberian soldiers opened fire on residents of a slum in their country's capital city today after it was locked down in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola virus. People ran screaming as soldiers from the country's Ebola Task Force brutally enforced a quarantine of Monrovia's West Point district ordered by the country's president last night. As the violence erupted in Liberia, hundreds of miles away a team of experts was meanwhile dispatched to a remote part of of Congo where 10 people died after suffering Ebola like symptoms. It was not immediately clear if the victims had died of Ebola, but a witness said they had all suffered fever, diarrhoea and bleeding from the ears and nostrils - all symptoms of the deadly virus. Fears of the spread of Ebola is consuming West Africa. The latest outbreak - the worst ever - is believed to have started in Guinea but, so far, Liberia has been worst hit. 

Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

The "Islamic State" Wake-Up Call

Prophecy Sign:  The coming Islamic war against Israel - Gog/Magog

What if the coming Gog/Magog war is the culmination of the present Islamic buildup that is leading towards a war against the Jews?  What would that war look like?  If you believe the conspiracies, this Islam/Israel war may have been foretold by the elites, (re Masonic leader, Albert Pike), decades ago and referred to it as World War 3. Might such a war appear to the world as Armageddon, and could the fallout from this future war bring about the right global conditions to bring in the New World order of the Antichrist and his group of elite world leaders, (the 10 Kings/Kingdoms - Revelation 17)?

The chart below compares the second coming of Christ with the coming of Antichrist.  The Gog/Magog, (and perhaps Psalm 83), war would certainly seem to make for a very plausible pseudo-Armageddon scenario. A scenario which will deceive the world  into accepting the coming of Antichrist as the much anticipated messiah that the major world religions have been waiting for.

I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.  Persia, 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 38:4-6 NIV

The "Islamic State" Wake-Up Call
The "Islamic State" terrorist group active in Iraq, in Syria, and even in Gaza, has sounded a wake-up call to the West to arise from its slumber. The message should be clear - The Islamic threat is based on a greater ideology, which happens to be dominant one in Islam as it is practiced today, and is not specific to any one group or organization. Are world leaders listening? When US President Barack Hussein Obama entered office in January of 2009, all efforts were made to refrain from using the expression "Islamic terrorism". In fact an order was given to all members of his administration that no longer would the term be used. Specifically, they would refer only to Al Qaeda terrorism or Taliban terrorism and be abundantly cautious not to blame Islam for this phenomenon of terrorism. Incredibly, the root cause of the terrorism, the ideology from which Muslims learn the concept of Jihad, or Holy War against non-Muslims, would be ignored. 

Jihadist Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria: NGO

Islamic State militants execute 700 people from Syrian tribe

Islamic State message to America: 'we will drown all of you in blood'
The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its militants.

ISIS beheading: Militants ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security says Foreign Sec.
It is estimated that the Islamic State, which has seized large parts of northern Iraq and Syria, has up to 400 recruits from the UK in its ranks. Some 69 people suspected of Syria-related jihadist activities have now been arrested in the UK. Hammond said the involvement of British nationals with extremist groups was one of the reasons that the IS “represents such a direct threat” to the UK's security. “Many of these people may seek at some point to return to the UK and they would then pose a direct threat to our domestic security.”

Iceland raises Bardarbunga volcano alert to orange

Prophecy Sign:  Earthquakes and Volcanoes in diverse places

An eruption of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano on the scale of the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull would shut down Europe as all air travel in and out of Europe would cease as clouds of ash sweep across the continent. Meanwhile earthquake activity has a great number of diverse regions of the world shaking and swaying, and long dormant volcanoes are surging back to life.  All in anticipation of God shaking the earth during the coming time of global Tribulation.

Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger. Isaiah 13:13 NIV 

Iceland raises Bardarbunga volcano alert to orange
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, with signs of "ongoing magma movement", Iceland's meteorological office says. The risk level to the aviation industry has been raised to orange, the second-highest level, the met office said. Any eruption could potentially lead to flooding or an emission of gas, the office added in a statement. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing an ash cloud that severely disrupted European airspace. The Bardarbunga volcanic system is located under the north-west region of Iceland's Vatnajokull glacier.  "Intense seismic activity" began at the volcano on 16 August, and there was a strong earthquake in the region early on Monday, the met office said. "This is the strongest earthquake measured in the region since 1996.

Erupting volcano off Japan could cause tsunami
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists say. The small, but growing, island appeared last year and quickly engulfed the already-existing island of Nishinoshima, around 1000 kilometres south of Tokyo. It now covers 1.26 square kilometres. The island's craters are currently spewing out 200,000 cubic metres of lava every day - enough to fill 80 Olympic swimming pools - which is accumulating in its east, scientists said. "If lava continues to mount on the eastern area, part of the island's slopes could collapse and cause a tsunami," warned Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. 

Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go

Prophecy Sign:  Christian persecution and marginalization

In the so-called "free West", telling someone "bless you" after a sneeze might get you suspended from school for expressing a religious term.  Telling someone in Iraq or Syria the same thing will likely see you beheaded. There is Christian marginalization and Christian persecution;  Both are attempts to silence Christians and to eliminate the truth of the bible that might otherwise change lives.  

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

Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the monument amounts to government speech and has the "principal effect of endorsing religion." Because of the context and history surrounding the granite monument, Parker said Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. He gave a Sept. 10 deadline for its removal. The suit was filed in 2012 on behalf of two Bloomfield residents who practice the Wiccan religion.

High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is finished in Iraq'
A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water. “Today the story of Christianity is finished in Iraq,” said a priest who identified himself as Fr. Nawar. “People can’t stay in Iraq because there is death for whoever stays,” told CNA Aug. 8. A priest who has been living and studying in Rome for the last three years, Fr. Nawar is originally from the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh (Bakhdida) on the plains of Nineveh, which was considered the Christian capital of the country until the Kurdish military forces known as the Peshmerga withdrew from it. The city then fell to forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – known as ISIS – on Wednesday night. Since then more than 100,000 Christians have fled the city, many taking with them nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Rev. Graham on ISIS: Christians Crucified, Beheaded, Buried Alive

Friday, August 8, 2014

We will be gone for several days........

.......A road trip to visit family in Alberta will see us unable to upload any new blog entries for several days. For everybody travelling the roads these summer days, may God grant you journey mercies and safety. See you in a week or so.

Antisemitism on rise across Europe 'in worst times since the Nazis'

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing Jewish hatred and Persecution

Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. Deuteronomy 28:65-66 NIV 

Antisemitism on rise across Europe 'in worst times since the Nazis'
Across Europe, the conflict in Gaza is breathing new life into some very old, and very ugly, demons. This is not unusual; police and Jewish civil rights organisations have long observed a noticeable spike in antisemitic incidents each time the Israeli-Palestinian conflict flares. During the three weeks of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 and early 2009, France recorded 66 antisemitic incidents, including attacks on Jewish-owned restaurants and synagogues and a sharp increase in anti-Jewish graffiti.But according to academics and Jewish leaders, this time it is different. More than simply a reaction to the conflict, they say, the threats, hate speech and violent attacks feel like the expression of a much deeper and more widespread antisemitism, fuelled by a wide range of factors, that has been growing now for more than a decade.

"These are the worst times since the Nazi era," Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews, told the Guardian. "On the streets, you hear things like 'the Jews should be gassed', 'the Jews should be burned' – we haven't had that in Germany for decades. Anyone saying those slogans isn't criticising Israeli politics, it's just pure hatred against Jews: nothing else. And it's not just a German phenomenon. It's an outbreak of hatred against Jews so intense that it's very clear indeed."

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

Prophecy Sign:  The coming global surveillance/police state

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

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control
William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance. On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations. “At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”, Binney said, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”

How pot plants and crisp packets could be spying on you
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a way to turn inanimate objects like crisp packets and pot plants into 'visual microphones' which can pick up conversations even in a sealed room.

Ebola spreads to Nigeria. Government declares emergency.

Prophecy Sign:  Pestilence, plagues and disease 

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

Ebola spreads to Nigeria. Government declares emergency.
Nigeria’s health minister has declared a health emergency as the deadly Ebola virus gained a foothold in Africa’s most populous nation, according to news reports. “This is a national emergency. Everyone in the world today is at risk. The experience of Nigeria opens the eyes of the world,” Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu told the country’s House of Representatives. Nigerian authorities moved quickly late Wednesday, gathering isolation tents as five more cases of the Ebola Virus were confirmed in Lagos, a city bursting with 21 million people.

CDC issues emergency 'all-hands' call for Ebola response
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued its highest alert for an all-hands on deck response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. "Ops Center moved to Level 1 response to given the extension to Nigeria & potential to affect many lives," CDC chief Tom Frieden said on Twitter. Level 1 is the highest on a 1-6 scale and signals that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak. "Basically this activation allows us to pull resources from throughout the agency to respond to this," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner.

Ebola virus: Obama says it is too early to send experimental drug to Africa as WHO considers if outbreak is 'global health emergency'

It Is Becoming Clear – We Are NOT Prepared For An Ebola Pandemic