We are living in exciting times. The Signposts point to Jesus soon return.

Friday, August 29, 2014

UK terror threat level raised: Jihadist attack now 'highly likely'

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous, (ragingly insane), times in the last days

Perilous times, (or as Prophecy in the News host, Gary Stearman likes to call it - ragingly insane times).  Just what would constitute such times?  How about global terrorist attacks perpetrated by fanatical bloodthirsty religious zealots?

There are many conspiracies floating around which suggest that Western governments were behind the establishment of the various radical Islamic groups, and are now even encouraging attacks on Western targets to bring about globalist plans.

We don't know how much credence to give to these conspiracies, but one thing is certain, the current occupier of the White House has, through his very weak foreign polices, helped give rise to the current level of Islamic terror. Reports indicate there is much consternation in the back rooms of the Pentagon and various levels of government over Obama's lack of action and policy towards the inflamed Middle-East.

The video and 'Barney Fife' article below make it quite clear that Barack Obama is either completely incompetent, or perhaps, complicit with the rise in radical Islam.  

This world of ours is becoming, as bible prophecy foretold, a very perilous place indeed.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Timothy 3:3 KJV

UK terror threat level raised: Jihadist attack now 'highly likely'
Britain's terror threat level was dramatically raised to severe today amid fears that UK jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria could launch attacks. The severe warning means an attack is “highly likely”, rather than the earlier assessment of substantial where a terror strike is “a strong possibility”. Home Secretary Theresa May stressed there was no intelligence to suggest an imminent attack. After the decision by Britain’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, she added: “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq, where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West.

ISIS Plans On Assassinating The Pope, Italian Governments Gets Tougher To Protect The Vatican
ISIS is targeting Pope Francis, calling him the “bearer of false truth.” According to an Italian source, ISIS is not only setting their sites on the Vatican, but more specifically, on Pope Francis himself. Italian authorities have already issued an alert giving warnings on places that our potential targets to terrorist, and one on the list, being very significant, was “places of worship,” which would include the Vatican. It has been reported that at least 50 people from Italy are now fighting for ISIS, 80% of whom are native Italians who converted to Islam. One of the reasons for their conversion, according to one Italian newspaper, was “distrust in the Catholic Church,” indicating the connection between Islam and anti-Catholicism.

Is ISIS trying to develop biological weapons? Laptop seized in Syria reveals terror group were looking into use of bubonic plague
Shocking plans to develop weaponised bubonic plague have been found on a laptop captured from Isis, with a document on the machine claiming that 'casualties can be huge'. The computer was recovered from an Isis hideout in Syria by a moderate rebel commander called Abu Ali. He said that Isis fled from the building before his men stormed it. A dusty laptop was found inside, which was then handed over to a pair of investigative journalists.  They trawled through the computer's files and discovered a disturbing 19-page document containing instructions for making weaponised bubonic plague (biological name Yersinias pestis), including the steps needed for testing it. 'The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,' the document states, according to Foreignpolicy.com.  

'Barney Fife is in charge': Obama under fire for 'we don't have a strategy' gaffe on ISIS as he's accused of having 'head buried in hole on first green'
Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama's admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff's deputy Barney Fife from 'The Andy Griffith Show.' And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are 'seeing red' and 'spitting nails' following Obama's candid admission. 'They're losing confidence in their mission,' said the long-time Pentagon insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'When the president doesn't know what direction to point people in, all his advisers can do is guess at what he wants. That's not good.' Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told Fox News.on Thursday that Obama articulated 'a pitiful foreign policy, and Barney Fife is in charge,' 

'Cauldrons' Found At Iceland's Largest Volcano Could Spell Big Trouble

Prophecy Sign:  Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Update:  Iceland Volcano Red Alert After Small Eruption; No Ash Detected
Iceland raised its alert warning level to maximum on Friday after what it called a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system but said there was no sign of ash that could affect air travel in Europe. Reykjavik's Meteorological Office said that a fissure eruption began in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga system, just after midnight local time. The risk of an ash cloud is highest in case of a sub-glacial eruption.

Looks very apparent that another Icelandic volcano is about to erupt and perhaps make a mess of European air travel.  Bible prophecy seems to paint a picture of a massive volcanic eruption somewhere on the planet during the time of the Tribulation, with accompanying earthquakes.  This series of cataclysmic events will be so powerful that it will literally flatten mountains and sink islands, (and we suspect - rip continents apart).

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind,  and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Revelation 6:12-14 NIV

'Cauldrons' Found At Iceland's Largest Volcano Could Spell Big Trouble
Ice over Iceland's rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of one-kilometer wide "cauldrons," possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country's meteorological office said late on Wednesday. Rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system for about a week have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days. The Met Office said on its website it had not observed an increase in the level of tremors in connection with the discovery of the four- to six-kilometer long line of 10- to 15-meter deep "cauldrons." 

Quakes jolt Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, spread to second volcano
Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high, the country's Meteorological Office said on Wednesday. The rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days. "During the night we have had three larger events, two of them in the Bardarbunga caldera. Those were 5.2 and 5.3, and very similar to the events that we have seen there before," said Palmi Erlendsson, a geologist at the Met Office. He said there had also been a 4.5 magnitude quake at the Askja volcano, 50 kilometres to the north, probably because of magma from Bardarbunga moving in that direction. 

Some 500 earthquakes hit Iceland volcano within hours
Around 500 earthquakes have rocked a rumbling volcano in Iceland since midnight, adding to fears that an eruption could be sparked at any moment. The country has issued an orange aviation alert - the second highest - warning of possible disruption to air traffic should the Bardarbunga volcano blow.

Satanic 'black mass' gets green light from U.S. city

Prophecy Sign:  Increase in Satanic activity

The rise of Satanism, occultism, and demonic activity of all sorts is indicative of a future time that is fast approaching.  A time when even through major judgment people will refuse to repent of their demonic worship.

The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Revelation 9:20 NIV

Satanic 'black mass' gets green light from U.S. city
The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City has agreed to drop a lawsuit against a satanic cult that plans to perform a “black mass” in the city now that the cult has returned a stolen consecrated host to the church. An Oklahoma-based satanic group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu has leased space in the Civic Center Music Hall, which is owned and operated by the city, for a black mass on Sept. 21. The event is booked for the Cityspace theater, the facility’s smallest theater space, said Jennifer McClintock, public information officer for the Civic Center. She told WND the city will not block the black mass from being held despite an uproar among Christian and family groups, which are mobilizing to stop it. 

Baby goat found gutted, burned in suspected sacrifice
It seems like something out of a horror movie. Employees discovered a baby goat that appears to have been sacrificed right outside of their building on Detroit's east side. Vilay Menorath made the discovery. She manages the Russell Industrial building on Clay Street near the Chrysler Service Drive. "It seems so bizarre," said Menorath. "It just showed up out of nowhere."
On Monday she got a call from a tenant, who couldn't believe what they discovered - and she couldn't either.  "Very evil to want to burn an animal and leave it like that," she said.  The goat appears to have been gutted and set on fire between their building and Karpiniski's, a vacant restaurant. A bottle of lighter fluid sits next to the charred remains. There is a rope around the goat's neck and two white chalk circles around the body, leading them to believe someone tried to sacrifice the goat in a possible satanic ritual.

The end of Christianity? Why we must act NOW to stop Islamic State before it's too late

Prophecy Sign:  Christian persecution and spreading the gospel

The last great gathering of new Christians would seem to be the far East, (Asia), while those areas with centuries of Christian history are being swept clean of Christians through major persecution.  Truly the gospel has now been preached throughout the world which means the end cannot be very far off.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 NIV

The end of Christianity? Why we must act NOW to stop Islamic State before it's too late
No European capital has been brought to a standstill by a march expressing outrage. There are few calls for war-crimes trials of the perpetrators. The crime is the wholesale eradication of Christianity from the continent that gave it birth. Across the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, Christians are in the process of being ethnically and religiously cleansed. It is a genocide and a crime not just against humanity but against our civilisation. Even under the tyrannies of Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad there was a degree of religious tolerance in Iraq and Syria towards minorities. Certainly there was a tolerance not present in Saudi Arabia, Iran or other hardline theocracies in the region. But as the dictators began to fall - in 2003 and then in the so-called "Arab Spring" from 2010 onwards - these societies gave way to civil wars of unimaginable brutality. They were Muslim on Muslim. But Christians ended up becoming the focal point.

Will China be world’s largest Christian nation by 2025?
Fenggang Yang is a sociology professor at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival Under Communist Rule.  He believes that "China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon."  By his calculations, the number of believers in the People's Republic of China will rise to 160 million by 2025 and 247 million by 2030.  If so, the country would be home to more Christians than any nation on earth. When I visited Beijing a few years ago, I was told that the rate of Christian growth is even higher than Professor Yang documents.  By some measures, as many as 100,000 Chinese people come to Christ every day.  Growth there is hard to document, given the large underground Christian movement in the country.  Some observers believe that there are more followers of Jesus in China than members of the Chinese Communist party. 

Hamas: Our War is For Liberating Jerusalem, Not Lifting Blockade

Prophecy Sign:  The coming Middle-East wars

Hamas intends to liberate Jerusalem;  Iran intends on meeting Israel on the battlefield where it will destroy the "Zionist" nation;  Iran is also arming the Palestinians to help with the annihilation of Israel, while the goal of ISIS is to invade and conquer Israel and Jerusalem and establish the headquarters of the new Caliphate.

Seems all the enemies of Israel and growling and rearing their ugly heads as they collude and conspire together to once and for all, destroy Israel as a nation forever.  (We will give you a hint.....it won't happen as Jesus Christ will intervene and come to the aid of Israel and the Jews at the conclusion of the Tribulation period, (Zechariah 14). )

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

Hamas: Our War is For Liberating Jerusalem, Not Lifting Blockade
Hamas's true objective in Operation Protective Edge - and negotiations that may follow - is in "liberating" Jerusalem from the Jews, a Hamas spokesman stated earlier this week.  "The time has come for us to say that the true war is not aimed at openingborder crossings," Sami Abu Zuhri said. "Our true war is aimed at the liberation of Jerusalem, Allah willing." His words were translated by the Middle East MediaResearch Institute, or MEMRI. 

Iranian General Threatens Surprise Attack on Israel
Iranian military leaders on Tuesday vowed that Tehran would take military action against Israel in response to an alleged Israeli drone that was shot down in Iran on Sunday. Iran “will not give a diplomatic response,” but will air its grievances with Israel on the “battlefield,” senior Iranian generals were quoted as saying on Tuesday. “Our response to this aggression will not be diplomatic, we will retaliate in the battlefield, but will not necessarily announce it,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was quoted as saying during a ceremony on Tuesday meant to commemorate “martyred” Iranian military personnel.

Iran says it has begun arming West Bank
Iran said Wednesday it was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, with Basij militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi saying the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. “Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Naqdi, who heads the nationwide paramilitary network, said. 

ISIS Declares That They Will Invade Jerusalem, The Vatican, And Spain, And Destroy The Christian Cross.
ISIS has declared in a very recent video that their forces plan on invading Jerusalem, the Vatican, and Spain. The video begins with a presentation of ancient Rome, and the black flag of ISIS replacing a Roman statue, accentuating their aspiration to invade the city, and then these words come in front of the screen:

Think California's drought is bad?

Prophecy Sign:  Anomalous weather  - Droughts

One of God's chosen methods of judging a nation is to dry up the land with drought.  If that's the case, then America must really be angering God with her decline into ungodliness with mega-droughts on the horizon.

The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads. Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass. Jeremiah 14:4-6 NIV

Think California's drought is bad? Scientists issue dire warning of US megadrought that could last 35 YEARS and lead to mass population migrations
The southwestern United States has fifty percent change of suffering a 'megadrought' that lasts 35 years, scientists have warned. They say they are 'not optimistic' of the chances of avoiding huge droughts. They say global warming has meant the chance of a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a 'megadrought' – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.  The study by Cornell, University of Arizona and U.S. Geological Survey researchers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate. 'For the southwestern U.S., I'm not optimistic about avoiding real megadroughts,' said Toby Ault, Cornell assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and lead author of the paper.  

Ebola outbreak: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

Prophecy Sign:  Pestilence, disease and plagues

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is but a small microcosm of what is yet to come during the Tribulation when countless millions will perish from disease and plague as the globe descends into anarchy.  To consider that upwards of 20,000 people may die from a horrible disease such as Ebola is unfathomable;  To consider that millions will die of plague during the Tribulation is apocalyptic and should give one cause to consider their eternal destiny.  Now is the time of salvation.....not tomorrow or the next day!

There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11 NIV

Ebola outbreak: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'
"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country. "The sooner the world comes together to help Liberia and West Africans, the safer we will all be." Frieden spoke to CNN's Nima Elbagir in Monrovia, Liberia, where fear and anger over the largest Ebola outbreak on record has grown as health officials put up quarantines around some of the capital city's poorest areas.

World 'has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this'
The world has never seen an outbreak of the Ebola virus like the one it is currently experiencing, according to the director of the US Centers for Disease Control. Speaking at a news conference in the Liberian capital Monrovia, Dr Tom Frieden said: "There is need for urgent action. The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this..... I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going to get worse, before it gets better."

WHO: Over 20,000 could be infected with Ebola
More than 20,000 people could be infected by the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation said. They said the actual number of cases in four West African nations could already be two to four times higher than the reported 3,069, as they issued a strategic plan to combat the outbreak. They said: "The actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported." They added that their road map "acknowledges that the aggregate case load of Ebola Virus Disease could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency."

The Road To World War 3: Russia And Ukraine Are Now Engaged In A Shooting War

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War

Many of the current global geo-political showdowns may not explode into war just yet, but most certainly will during the coming period of Tribulation when peace is taken from the world and war engulfs the globe.

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 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 6:3-4 NIV

The Road To World War 3: Russia And Ukraine Are Now Engaged In A Shooting War
Russian soldiers and Ukrainian soldiers are now shooting at each other in eastern Ukraine.  Could this conflict ultimately lead us down the road to World War 3?  This week, a very robust force of "tanks, artillery and infantry" has opened up a "third front" in the Ukrainian civil war in a part of southeastern Ukraine that had not seen much fighting yet.  Exhausted Ukrainian forces are suddenly being pushed back rapidly and many outsiders are wondering how the nearly defeated rebels were able to muster such impressive military strength all of a sudden.  But it really isn't much of a mystery.  The tanks, artillery and infantry came from inside Russia. 

Ukrainian border guards retreat as two columns of tanks cross over from Russia, Ukraine official says
Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine’s overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. Echoing the comments by Ukraine’s Col. Andriy Lysenko, a top NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine.
“The hand from behind is becoming more and more overt now,” Brig. Gen. Nico Tak said at NATO’s military headquarters, adding that that Russia’s ultimate aim was to stave off defeat for the separatists and turn eastern Ukraine into a “frozen conflict” that would destabilize the country indefinitely. “An invasion is an invasion is an invasion,” tweeted the Lithuanian ambassador to the UN, Raimonda Murmokaite, who requested that the Security Council hold an emergency meeting on Ukraine on Thursday afternoon.

Ukraine crisis: Russia pressed over fresh fighting
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia's President Vladimir Putin amid reports that Russian troops have launched an incursion into south-east Ukraine. Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting rebel attacks. The rebels have opened a new front near the port of Mariupol. The US said it suspected a Russian-directed counter-offensive was ongoing. Russia has repeatedly denied arming or covertly supporting the rebels. The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher in Washington says the suspicion is that Moscow is opening a new front to divert Ukrainian forces from the besieged cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, where they have made significant advances against pro-Russian separatists.

Canadian troops off to Europe as part of NATO plan to rein in Putin’s ambitions
As many as 1,000 Canadian troops at a time are expected to soon be constantly rotating through Europe. It will be the first time that Canada has so many troops across the pond since it closed two bases in Germany’s Black Forest when the Cold War ended.  The Canadians are to be part of an urgent NATO plan to try to rein in Vladimir Putin’s revanchist ambitions in eastern Europe, which appears to be rapidly transitioning this week from a covert to an overt war for eastern Ukraine with the opening of a new front south of Donetsk.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Physicists Say Fukushima Reactors Pose Eternal Threat to Humanity

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous Times - Carnage to the environment

Remember that little nuclear incident that occurred a year or two ago in Japan?   Seems all is not well and that little incident could be, (and in fact may already be), a major threat to humanity as tons of highly radioactive water leaks into the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis.  Studies have now concluded that the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown has impacted Japanese wildlife.  Those same researcher should now look at the ocean and see just what a mess is occurring with life in the depths of the Pacific.  Perhaps you might want to reconsider that can of Pacific Tuna for your next sandwich.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died. Revelation 16:3 NIV

Physicists Say Fukushima Reactors Pose Eternal Threat to Humanity
The three molten cores at Fukushima plant, each weighing a hundred tons, are so radioactive, that no one can approach them, including robots, which melt down immediately, Dr. Helen Caldicott, the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, physician and anti-nuclear advocate, states in an interview to Radio VR: “And no one ever will, and the contamination will go on for hundreds of years,” Ms. Caldicott cites top physicists as saying. Initially, TEPCO, the Japanese power provider wanted to erect an ice wall around the perimeter of the Fukushima complex, as ground water underneath the reactor is absorbing radiation and then flowing into the ocean.
The expert stresses they are witnessing an absolute catastrophe: 300-400 tons of radioactive water pour daily into the Pacific, and this has been going on for over three years now contaminating the ocean and its ecology.

First Studies Of Fukushima Accident Show Serious Effects On Wildlife
Beginning just a few months after the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March 2011, scientists began studying the biological effects of the radiation on local wildlife, and the first reports are not encouraging. The Journal of Heredity has published several articles summarizing these studies, which found broad negative impact -- including genetic damage, population declines and disruptions of the mechanisms that help organisms repair exposure to radioactive material. The victims range from birds to butterflies and even plants. “A growing body of empirical results from studies of birds, monkeys, butterflies and other insects suggests that some species have been significantly impacted by the radioactive releases related to the Fukushima disaster,” the lead author of one such study, Dr. Timothy Mousseau of the University of South Carolina, said in a statement issued by the American Genetic Association (AGA).

Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California

Prophecy Sign:  Earthquakes, volcanoes, earth changes in the last days

Large cracks appearing in the ground, sinkholes popping up all over the globe, earthquakes increasing in size and numbers, and volcanoes waking from long slumbers.  Is God getting ready to once again shake the foundations of the globe?  Prophecy indicates that the greatest earthquake in the history of mankind will split the world apart and literally bring down mountains and wash away islands, (Revelation 16:18-20).

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8 NIV

Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California
If you thought that the earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday was something, just wait until you see what is coming in the years ahead.  As you will read about below, we live at a time when earthquake activity is dramatically increasing.  This is especially true of the "Ring of Fire" which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 81 percent of all big earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and the entire west coast of the United States falls within the danger zone.  Over the past few years, we have seen huge earthquake after huge earthquake strike various areas along the Ring of Fire, but up until now the California coastline has mostly been spared.  However, there are indications that this may be about to change in a big way.

Large Holes Forming Near The New Madrid Fault And A Giant Crack In The Earth In North Mexico
Did you know that the number of big earthquakes during the first three months of 2014 was more than double the yearly average of what we have experienced since 1979? And did you know that the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled in recent years?  If you do not believe this, just keep reading.  We live at a time when earthquakes are increasing in frequency and severity.  And we are starting to see some very unusual activity in places that have been quiet for a very long time.  For example, large holes are starting to mysteriously appear in Indiana near the New Madrid fault zone.  And a giant crack in the ground nearly a kilometer long has appeared in northern Mexico.  Could these be indications that even greater earthquake activity is on the way?

Are earthquakes on the rise? Is California's 'Big One' coming?

California wine country rocked by 6.0 quake, dozens hurt

Large 6.9 Earthquake Reported in Central Peru

US Geological Survey: 6.4 Earthquake in Chile

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast
In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience. "We don't know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

Video shows enormous crack in the ground in northern Mexico
Incredible footage has emerged showing a 26ft (8m) deep crack in the in the farmland of northwest Mexico, which stretches for over a kilometre. The crevice which appeared last week, has disconnected Highway 26 between Hermosillo and the coast, Sky News reported. Drivers, including farm workers, have been forced to navigate around the colossal trench.

30 metre wide sinkhole appears in Durham
A 30-metre (100ft) wide sinkhole has opened up in county Durham in the north-east of England, and it is so deep that its bottom cannot be seen. The gaping void, thought to be the result of mine workings, was discovered on Thursday by Sam Hillyard, a Durham University academic, at Cowshill, in the rural area of Weardale – and it has since grown three times as big.

China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia, other SCO nations

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War

So while America, under Barack Obama, scales back the size and scope of her military, Russia and China are spending billions upgrading their collective military might to match, if not exceed that of the Americans.

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan have engaged in border skirmishes that have exceeded anything seen since their war of 1971.  Keep in mind that both these nations are nuclear armed.

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Mark 13:8 NIV

China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia, other SCO nations
China’s Inner Mongolia is hosting the biggest military drill ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The training of 7,000 servicemen from five SCO member states is set to test troops’ effectiveness in fighting terrorism. The Peace Mission-2014 drill, being conducted from August 24 to 29 in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was declared open by Deputy Chief of Chinese People's Liberation Army's General Staff Wang Ning, who is supervising the military training. The war games have attracted a record number of troops and military hardware, never previously gathered in one place before by the SCO member states. Armed forces from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan have come to the Zhurihe firing range to test deploy everything that might be needed to eliminate a considerable terrorist force.

U.S. Sends Second Carrier to Asia Amid Tensions with China
The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft. The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for the Pacific on Friday, the Navy said in an announcement of what it terms a “planned” deployment. China’s military on Saturday, meanwhile, demanded an end to all U.S. monitoring flights and called U.S. criticism of  dangerous Chinese jet maneuvers false.

Putin’s Pride – Danger for the World
As the Obama administrations draws down our forces to pre-WWII levels, and even front-line military officers are dismissed when in action against the enemy, Russia is doing something quite different. Russian president Vladimir Putin is proudly boasting of his nation's "offensive and defensive" weaponry which is so advanced that "other armies in the world" do not yet have their equal, according to a Kremlin-controlled Russian-language website. Russia's feverish military build-up began in 2008 and is projected to continue through 2020. The Kremlin is determined to rival the U.S. armed forces. Moscow is almost completely remaking its military, and has developed, or is process of developing, new models of jet fighters, bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles, submarines, and surface ships. Putin has also shaken up the Russian top brass with a completely re-done command and control structure.

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

Prophecy Sign:  The coming "Mark of the Beast" control grid

In the two articles below we see systems being put in place that would control a persons ability to buy food and control the persons ability of free movement, (entering government buildings, flying on a plane, gaining a drivers licence).  Match the two and you have a personal identification system that requires a biometric marker to access the system, (fingerprint).  Sound like something straight out of 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

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers
Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system" like the fingerprint scan the country uses for voting. In announcing the plan late Wednesday, Maduro did not say when the system would take effect, but other administration officials suggested it could be in place by December or January. The move was met with skepticism. Critics said the new system is tantamount to rationing and constitutes a breach of privacy. 

Mass. IDs at odds with federal law - Federal agencies blocking entry, citing compliance
Susan Podziba couldn’t enter a federal building near Washington this month because her driver’s license revealed an unacceptable home state: Massachusetts. Bay State residents can no longer use their driver’s licenses to get inside some government agencies because the state is one of nine that have not signed on to a federal law called REAL ID. If nothing changes, they will even lose the ability to display their licenses to board a plane. The REAL ID measure presses states to verify citizenship and update security standards when they issue licenses. Congress intended the act to prevent terrorists who arrive in the country illegally from boarding planes. But officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere have balked at a program they contend costs millions, raises privacy concerns, and infringes on states’ rights.