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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Antisemitic Protests Erupt Around the World

Prophecy Sign:  Jewish Persecution/Hatred

We posted a blog entry a couple days ago in which we pointed out the growing world wide Antisemitism.  Just within the last couple of days we have been able to gather together a considerable number of similar related articles which again show just how hate-filled the world is becoming towards the Jewish State.

Agree or disagree with the policies of the Israeli government is fair game as it is with any government, but the protests and comments we are seeing go way beyond that to outright Jew hatred.  When the world likens Israel to Hitler and the Nazis, or to the radical Islamic group ISIS, labels Israel's defense of her borders, 'war crimes', and advocates shooting of Israelis, then the Rubicon may have just been crossed in the eyes of God.  He will judge the nations for their conduct towards his chosen nation, Israel.

I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. Joel 3:2 NIV

Antisemitic Protests Erupt Around the World
Anti-Semitic rallies took place all across the world stretching as far south as Chile, and as far north as Japan.  Protests took place all across major European cities and throughout the United States as Israel continues to destroy Hamas' infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. As antisemitism rises around the world, Bible scholars point to the fulfillment of prophecy by Jeremiah, 
"'As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.' For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.  "Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the LORD, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks." [Jeremiah 16:15-16]

Will the Third Intifada be Global?
This convergence of anti-Semitic riots all over the world could very well be the "Third Intifada"! But wait, I thought that Intifada was a word meaning "uprising" in the Middle East and mostly by Palestinians against the Israeli "oppressor"? Well, it certainly was, but under the new anti-Semitism, the global Jew has become guilty by proxy. When a group of pro-Hamas protesters in Paris two Sundays ago decided to converge onto the Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue, rue de la Roquette and attack it in "Pogrom" style putting close to 200 Jewish worshippers at risk, they showed us something very clear. 
The Paris protesters were NOT PALESTINIANS and the synagogue worshippers were NOT ISRAELIS. The riots were purely anti-Semitic and the Gaza War was only used as an alibi for unspeakable hatred. Chants of "Death to the Jews" or "Hitler was right" are being heard across Europe and other countries worldwide. As a result, various Jewish communities are terrified for their own and are starting to make serious plan for Aliyah to Israel

Ben Stein: 'Jew Hatred' Exists 'in the Media'

Hamas likens Netanyahu to Hitler on CNN

UN's Navi Pillay warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

Virginia Tech Professor Likens Israel to ISIS

Worse may yet lie ahead

Prophecy Sign:  Middle-East wars

We came across a very interesting news item, (see below), in which Iran is reported to have called on the enemies of Israel to come together in a 'defense pact'  This alliance would be those nations/groups immediately bordering Israel.  That sounds entirely like the Psalm 83 coalition that we read about which will look to align together in the future to destroy Israel as a nation and take the land of the Jews for their own:

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 83:3-4 NIV

‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there, 11 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. Ezekiel 35:10-11 NIV

As for Iran herself, the weak-kneed P5+1 nations have given Iran another 4 months with which to play with, (to meet her nuclear goals??).  This of course will likely be greeted by Israel with much consternation and trepidation.  Some U.S. politicians are now calling on Israel, (video below), to go ahead and finish off Iran's nuclear capabilities once and for all.

Everything seems to be lining up for the future prophetic battles that the bible warns us about, (Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38/39, Jeremiah 49).

Worse may yet lie ahead
The Hamas military wing has stuck by its demands for the whole two weeks of the conflict. But if until recently its demands seemed like the consequence of exaggerated, arrogant expectation, now its stubbornness seems to reflect a fear for its feature and a certain frustration. The Hamas political and military leadership know that a ceasefire now, with 600 dead Gazans, almost 4,000 injured and nothing dramatic to show for it will not go down well with the Gaza public. Hamas’s standing will simply crash.
It’s been telling Gazans that the siege — the Israeli-Egyptian security blockade — will be lifted. And that this is what it’s fighting for. The damage to Gaza is immense. Thousands of homes have been hit. More than 600 destroyed. Some 100,000 people have fled their homes. To agree a ceasefire now, after all that, will look like meek surrender. 

Unrest All Around: Israel Ripe for a Third Intifada?
Here on the streets, Palestinian protesters angry about Israel's war on Hamas are running daily skirmishes with Israeli soldiers and Palestinian Authority police. Several people have been killed and some injured. A security barrier divides Israel and the West Bank. It was erected to protect Israelis from terrorist infiltrators. For nearly two weeks there have been violent protests taking place near the security barrier in Bethlehem as well as other cities under P.A. control, such as Ramallah, Nablus (biblical Shechem) and Hebron. Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority want to see another intifada in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). "We need to try and keep it calm and keep it controlled, but it might not be possible,"  Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, Israel Defense Forces spokesman, told CBN News.

Iran Calls on Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas to ‘Ink Defense Pact’ Against Israel
Iran’s semi-official state news agency Fars on Tuesday cited Commander of Iran’s Basij Force, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, as calling on the “resistance groups in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon to sign a defense treaty to help and support each other” against Israel. “We ask the resistance forces in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon to endorse a defense pact so that an attack on any of them will be an attack on all of them and if the Zionist regime makes an aggression against any of them, all of them will grow united to confront it,” Naqdi said in Tehran on Monday night.

Iran's supreme leader calls for end to 'murderous' Israeli regime
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the "Zionist state", but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary.

Jihadi cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting in Gaza

ISIS: We Are Operating in Gaza

'Their God changes path of our rockets'
As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.” Amen! And when our God is not busy doing that, He is ensuring that the high-tech brain power of our “start-up nation” is working overtime to produce yet another Iron Dome battery to help protect our cities and us. So how are we all coping? Pretty well.

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended until November
Diplomats have agreed a four-month extension to the deadline for an agreement between Iran and world powers on Iran's nuclear programme. The US says it will unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian funds, in return for Iran continuing to convert its stocks of 20%-enriched uranium into fuel. The talks have aimed to persuade Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. World powers suspect Iran seeks atomic weapons, which Iran denies. The country insists that it is enriching uranium for use in nuclear power stations and for medical purposes. Reuters reports that negotiations will now resume in September, with a final deadline set for 24 November.

Iraq's Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'

Prophecy Sign:  Christian persecution

The Middle-East is being systematically cleansed of Christianity by radical Islam.  Long ago the Jewish populations where wiped out or chased out in these regions, now it's Christians.  There are still some pockets of Christianity still alive and growing, (Iran being one of them), but other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria are seeing once vibrant Christian communities that have existed for centuries, simply disappear.

However, it's not just the Muslim world that is clamping down on Christianity, but even in Hindu majority regions of India and communist regions of Asia, (North Korea).  For the rest of the world, simply professing a biblical Christianity will result in hate turned against you.

Being a faithful witness to Christ will ensure persecution, being a faithful witness to Christ during the coming Tribulation will mean death.

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown. Revelation 2:10 NIV

Iraq's Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'
Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Va., told Congress Tuesday Iraqi Christians are facing a "genocide" and horrific crimes against humanity. Wolf said the so-called Islamic State "is systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq for extinction." Hundreds of Christians have been fleeing from MosulIraq's second biggest city. Last week the Islamist group gave Christians three choices: convert to Islam, pay the jizyah tax required of non-Muslims or face execution. Meanwhile, IS insurgents stole nearly everything from the Christians they threatened to kill.

Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'
Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako. Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday. The torching of the church comes on the heels of the destruction of a number of other Christian monuments in Iraq in recent months including the tomb of biblical prophet Jonah, which was dug up by ISIL militants in the east of Mosul. Many Christians still in Mosul also hurried to leave the city before Saturday when an ISIS ultimatum that Christians convert to Islam, pay a tax or leave came into effect.

ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians

Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

Muslims force thousands of Christians from homes

Christianity Outlawed in Central Indian Villages
Several villages in central India have outlawed the open practice of Christianity—a move of questionable legality yet one that worries church leaders who say it already has encouraged anti-Christian violence. "The situation is becoming worse. The anti-Christian propaganda is becoming stronger," Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, told World Watch Monitor on Tuesday. Chhattisgarh is one of India's 29 states, in the heart of the country. Pannalal said the village of Belar, in Chhattisgarh's southeast district of Bastar, convened a Gram Sabha, or village assembly, on July 6 and passed a resolution banning all non-Hindu religious activities.

Scientists finally get a close-up view of that mysterious Siberian crater. Spoiler: It’s real

Prophecy Sign:  Earthquakes and Volcanoes in diverse places

From Florida, (sink holes), to Southern California, (San Andreas Fault), to Mid-America, (New Madrid Fault), to the West Coast, (Cascadia Fault), to the grand-daddy of all super-volcanoes, (Yellowstone), seismic and volcanic activity appears to be ramping up considerably....and that's just in the United States.  Similar events are also happening in much of the remainder of the world.

It would appear that God is getting ready to once again shake this globe in judgement, (to occur during the time of the Tribulation).

People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. Isaiah 2:19 NIV

Scientists finally get a close-up view of that mysterious Siberian crater. Spoiler: It’s real
When a helicopter discovered a mysterious giant crater on the Yamal Peninsula of Siberia, a place referred to as “the end of the world,” speculation was rampant. People suggested it could have been caused by a meteorite, an underground explosion related to nearby natural gas fields, or even something more ominous or extra-terrestrial. The crater looks almost too incredible to be real, but researchers finally made their way there on July 16 and it most certainly is the real thing. But even though the expedition revealed more information, the exact cause of the crater is still being determined.

Another Day, Another Sinkhole Emerges in Florida

USGS increases earthquake risk along New Madrid Fault
The midwest region is preparing for earthquakes that are bigger and more powerful than ever believed imaginable. The U.S. Geological Survey updated their seismic hazards map last week, and in it, Kentucky is listed as one of 16 states at highest risk of earthquakes. USGS says the New Madrid Fault, which runs through a number of midwestern states, has been identified as an area that has potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought.

Earthquakes Are Rising in Oklahoma, and Insurance Is Booming

Yellowstone Earthquake Threat High In 2014, Says USGS; What Does This Mean For A Volcano Eruption?
The threat of the Yellowstone volcano blowing its top has some people fearing the possibility since a supervolcano eruption has the power of a nuclear explosion. But if the United States Geological Survey (USGS) now says the Yellowstone earthquake threat is high, then is there any reason to worry in the coming years?

Prediction: 2/3 of U.S. could be devastated

The ‘Big One’ is coming: L.A. long overdue for mega-quake that could kill thousands of people, experts say
The southern section of the San Andreas Fault that runs near the city has not had a “mega-quake” of more than 7.5-magnitude since 1680 and it is, according to seismologists, more than a century overdue. A flurry of lesser earthquakes in recent months has refocused attention on whether America’s second city can withstand the “Big One.” In the first five months of this year there were five of more than magnitude 4, the first time that has happened since 1994.

Study: Mount Rainier will erupt again
Scientists from the University of Utah have determined that Mount Rainier, one of the most prominent peaks in North America, will erupt again. The question of when remains unanswered, but science has recently discovered how: By measuring how quickly Earth conducts electricity ans seismic waves, they’ve effectively “mapped” Rainier’s magma “plumbing.”

Globalist Mouthpiece Calls For The Entire Planet To Adopt The ‘National Identification System’ One European Country Has Established

Prophecy Sign:  The coming Mark of the Beast

The world is rushing headlong at break-neck speed towards a coming cashless and digital economic future. Sounds great: No need to carry cash, no need to carry a wallet/purse, no need for a credit card....simply swipe your hand or forehead across a scanner and all transactions are finalized. That sure sounds an awful lot like what the Apostle John foresaw when he wrote down the following 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

That future is not so rosy as there is a proviso attached: Worship the Beast, (or die), before being allowed to participate in the new commerce.

Globalist Mouthpiece Calls For The Entire Planet To Adopt The ‘National Identification System’ One European Country Has Established
Would you like to have a digital identity card that is automatically issued to you at birth?  In one European nation, residents use such a card when they go to the hospital, when they do their banking, when they go shopping and even when they vote.  This card has become so popular that this particular European country actually plans to start issuing them to millions of non-citizens all over the planet who request them.  Never heard about this?  Neither had I before this week.  The Economist, a well-known mouthpiece for the global elite, is calling for the entire planet to adopt this “national identification system” that the little nation of Estonia has adopted.  The Economist is touting all of the “benefits” of a “national identification card”, but are there dangers as well?  Could adopting such a system potentially open the door for greater government tyranny than we have ever known before?

Now You Can Unlock Your Moto X with a Digital Tattoo
A phone should be as unique as you are—not only in the design of your device, but how you use it. Last year at the All Things D “D11” conference, Regina Dugan talked about new digital tattoo technology that would make it easier to unlock your phone. Now the moment is here: We’re excited to see this new technology brought to life for Moto X by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group and VivaLnk Inc.
It’s another step in making it easier to unlock your phone on the go and keep your personal information safe. An average user takes 2.3 seconds to unlock their phone and does this about 39 times a day—a process that some people find so inconvenient that they do not lock their phones at all. Using NFC technology, digital tattoos make it faster to safely unlock your phone anywhere without having to enter a password. 

Are We Ready For Government Biometrics?
According to a recent survey by Accenture, nearly 90 percent of citizens surveyed in six countries say they are willing to share their biometric details — the unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used to verify identities and automate recognition — when traveling across international borders. However, almost 70 percent of the 3,000 survey respondents say they have not shared any biometric information to date.

CDC director warns of 'post-antibiotic era'

Prophecy Sign:  Pestilence, disease and plagues

Just look at the long list of very recent news articles, (see below), which report on deadly disease outbreaks occurring around the world.  It's quite frightening actually and just goes to show how quickly prophecy can and will be fulfilled in the coming Tribulation period.  We are told that many people will perish from plague as the world descends into war and most infrastructure is destroyed.

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

CDC director warns of 'post-antibiotic era'
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the government needs to take immediate action before we live in a world where life-saving antibiotics are no longer effective. “Every day we delay it becomes harder and more expensive to fix this problem,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden Tuesday. Frieden says the healthcare system needs to improve how it detects patients with drug-resistant infections, controls the spread of such infections, prevents them from happening in the first place and incentivizes drugmakers to develop new antibiotics. “We talk about the pre-antibiotic era and the antibiotic era; if we’re not careful we will soon be in the post-antibiotic era,” he said. “And, in fact, for some patients and some pathogens we’re already there.” 

'Danger research': Axed scientists join petition against creation of highly pathogenic strains of flu
Senior American scientists have been abruptly dismissed from a US Government advisory board on dangerous biological agents, amid growing disquiet within the academic community about laboratory research creating more dangerous forms of flu virus. Four of the 11 researchers, who were dismissed on Sunday night, have since signed a petition calling for a limit on what laboratory experiments should be done on highly pathogenic strains of flu.

Bubonic plague death in Yumen, China sparks quarantine: Xinhua

6 Signs US Gov May Be Preparing For Another Terrorist Attack

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous/Frightening events 

Nuclear war!!  Will it happen?  There are several prophetic passages of scripture that seem to allude to such an event at the conclusion of the Tribulation period.  The prophet Joel foresaw flames devouring the land and turning it into a wasteland, while the prophet Zechariah foresaw an even more gruesome scene as people literally rot/melt where they stand.

It could very well be that God initiates these judgments on his own through his own capabilities, but it may also be that God, for a brief period, allows mankind in his own hubris to nearly destroy himself through his own making.  Remember, Jesus Christ warned that times would get so bad that he, Christ, would have to return just to save mankind from destroying himself completely, (Matthew 24:22).    

A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste-- nothing escapes them. Joel 2:2-3 NIV

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

Here's What Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War
In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled what would happen after a "limited, regional nuclear war." To inexpert ears, the consequences sound pretty subtle—two or three degrees of global cooling, a nine percent reduction in yearly rainfall. Still, such changes could be enough to trigger crop failures and famines. After all, these would be cooler temperatures than the Earth has seen in 1,000 years.
The team imagines 100 nuclear warheads, each about the size of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima, detonate over the Indian subcontinent. The team members are imagining an India-Pakistan nuclear war. It seems unfair to single out these nations, but I guess they're the poster children because they have relatively small nuclear stockpiles compared to countries such as the U.S., Russia and China. The idea is, If these lightweights can do this to Earth, imagine what the bigwigs can do. 

Life after a nuclear war revealed: Computer models reveal Earth would suffer a 20-year-long winter and worldwide famine
The terrible fate of Earth after a nuclear war has been mapped out using computer models for the first time. Worldwide famine, deadly frosts, global ozone losses of up to 50 per cent and more would greet any inhabitants of the planet still remaining after a nuclear conflict. And the researchers hope their study of what they call a relatively 'small' nuclear war will serve as a deterrent against such weapons being used by any nation in the future. 

Why has the sun gone quiet? Scientists baffled as sun spots disappear during peak period of solar activity

Prophecy Sign:  Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars

The sun is acting in some strange ways, at least according to recent observations.  Prophecy tells us that in the near future, the sun will be allowed to gain in intensity to the point of scorching people with it's rays. Is God now prepping the sun for that coming event?

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

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. Revelation 16:8 NIV

Why has the sun gone quiet? Scientists baffled as sun spots disappear during peak period of solar activity
Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot. Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event.' 
Sunspots attract attention because they highlight the part of the sun where solar activity originates. That can mean solar flares or even coronal mass ejections, which happen when material from the son shoots into space. The phenomena occur by highly concentrated magnetic fields which are slightly cooler than the surface of the sun.  Energy builds up as the fields become tangled, and when that energy is released in an explosion it results in a solar flare. 

Sun goes spotless, baffling scientists
Some astronomers call it the Big Quiet – the absence of sunspots during what is supposed to be a period of heightened magnetic activity on our sun. For past four or more days, telescopes pointed at the sun have detected only a handful of sunspots, sometimes none at all, in a “very weird” development that is baffling scientists, said Alan Duffy, an astrophysicist at Swinburne University. “Sunspots can change all the time, but when you should be seeing many dozens at any one point of time, it’s quite strange that we’re not seeing any at all,” Dr Duffy said.  “We don’t have any idea why that is.” 

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth
On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

European countries condemn anti-Semitic attacks amid Gaza conflict, German mosque investigated for ‘murder’ sermon

Prophecy Sign:  The global increase in hatred of the Jews - which will result in a second Holocaust

As things heat up in the Epi-Center between Israel and the Palestinians/Hamas, we have noticed an almost equal rise in antisemitism globally, and most notably, in Western Europe.  Hate filled protests and demonstrations against the Jewish state and the Jewish people have occurred in such diverse places as Calgary, Canada to London, England, and from Paris, France to the heart of Germany.  Many of these protests have degenerated into outright vitriol towards Jews living anywhere in the world, (not just towards those in Israel). 

Bible prophecy indicates that this trend will continue to the point of yet another world wide holocaust as the future Satanically inspired Antichrist will pursue Jews, (and believers in Jesus Christ), living across the globe and will attempt to kill them all: 

When the dragon, (Satan), saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman, (Israel), who had given birth to the male child. Revelation 12:13 NIV

While some Jews will miraculously escape and be divinely protected by God himself, (Revelation 12:14), most will be killed.  In fact, prophecy indicates that 2/3 living in the land, (the Holy Land), will be murdered:

In the whole land,” declares the Lord, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. Zechariah 13:8 NIV 

It will also be that all the nations of the world will gather together to fight against God and Israel.  This gathering of the nations is known as the battle of Armageddon, and will be the time when the nations seeking the destruction of Israel and the Jews, will they themselves be destroyed by the return of Jesus Christ:

I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.  Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. Zechariah 14:2-3 NIV

Subsequent to this battle, a remnant of Jews will be saved and will finally recognize Christ as their Messiah. These are they of which the Apostle Paul wrote about in the book of Romans:

This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”  Zechariah 13:9 NIV

And in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." Romans 11:26-27 NIV

Please pray for the Jewish people, (and the Muslim people as well), for both sets of people have some very arduous times ahead, (the Time of Jacobs Troubles - The Tribulation).

European countries condemn anti-Semitic attacks amid Gaza conflict, German mosque investigated for ‘murder’ sermon
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza, saying they will do everything possible to combat it in their countries. “Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini said in a joint statement issued in Brussels. The three said that while they respect demonstrators’ freedom of speech and right to assemble, they will also do everything possible to fight “acts and statements that cross the line to anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.” Since the outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas, participants at anti-Israel demonstrations across Germany have frequently used anti-Semitic slogans and also called for Jews to be gassed.

Anti-Israel protesters rally across France, defying ban imposed after synagogue clash
Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police. A Reuters photographer said demonstrators in northern Paris launched projectiles at riot police, who responded by firing teargas canisters and stun grenades. “We must show that as Muslims, we’re all united" // Shirli Sitbon reports for Haaretz from Paris. Demonstrators also climbed on top of a building and burned an Israeli flag. At least one car was set on fire.

French minister decries ‘anti-Semitic’ Gaza protests
France’s interior minister Monday slammed “intolerable” acts of anti-Semitism after a rally against Israel’s Gaza offensive descended into violence pitting an angry pro-Palestinian crowd against local Jewish businesses. Sunday’s demonstration in the north Paris suburb of Sarcelles was the third to deteriorate in a week, as shops were looted and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd.  The rally had been banned amid concern the Jewish community would be targeted after protesters last weekend tried to storm two synagogues in Paris

Pro-Gaza protests worldwide tainted by anti-Semitism; Calgary organizer to apologize for violence
A leader of Germany’s Jewish community said some of the demonstrators in that country had shown an “explosion of evil and violence-prone hatred of Jews.” Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said, “Never in our lives did we believe it possible that anti-Semitism of the most primitive kind would be heard on the streets of Germany.” The protests come amid growing concerns about rising anti-Semitism in much of Western Europe, but particularly in France, fanned by the strong performance of the far-right National Front party, and a perceived rise in anti-Semitic violence.

London’s pro-Palestine rally was a disgusting anti-Semitic spectacle

Anti-Jewish leaflets found on cars on Chicago NW Side

Time off is over - back to work

Well after a week off working on various unpaid projects, it was time to head back to the office where a stack of paid work awaited.  Between the time off and catching up at the office, the blog has been left unposted.  That will soon change over the next few days.  Bear with us, as we once again begin the hunt for pertinent news stories as they related to bible prophecy.

We thank you for your patience and prayers.  Regular updates will begin in the next day or two.

Hard at work!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vacation time

Taking some time-off for some R&R.  Weather is hot and sunny and we plan on enjoying it.  Back in a week or so.  Until then, keep looking up.

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

News Update - July 11, 2014

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War/Kings of the East

While we know that the Kings of the East, (likely China/Asia - Revelation 16:12), will play a key role in end-times prophetic events during the Tribulation, we read nothing of the West.  Perhaps there is not much left of the West when those events of the Great Tribulation, (last 3 1/2 years), get rolling?  Could that be the end result of a disastrous war? (Revelation 6:4)

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

Chinese President Says Conflict With U.S. Would Be Disaster
China’s President Xi Jinping called for greater military communication with the U.S., saying as he opened high-level talks between the two countries that any conflict would be a global disaster. China needs a stable environment “more than ever,” and it’s inevitable that the two sides will have some disputes, Xi said at the Diaoyutai guest house before the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. “A conflict between China and United States will definitely be a disaster for the two countries and the world,” Xi said. “As long as we uphold mutual respect, maintain strategic patience and remain unperturbed by individual incidents and comments, we’ll be able to keep relations on a firm footing despite ups and downs that may come our way.”

Xi says US-China confrontation would be 'disaster'

US Responds To China "Global Disaster" Threat By Boosting Military Presence In China's Back Yard
Just when we thought US foreign policy couldn't sink to new lows, it does just that. Recall yesterday's less than veiled threat by China president Xi Jinping Xi called for greater military communication with the U.S., adding that "A conflict between China and United States will definitely be a disaster for the two countries and the world. As long as we uphold mutual respect, maintain strategic patience and remain unperturbed by individual incidents and comments, we’ll be able to keep relations on a firm footing despite ups and downs that may come our way.” So what does the US do? Nothing short of taking a machete and poking the Dragon in the mouth. According to the FT, the US is developing new military tactics to deter China’s slow but steady territorial advances in the South China Sea, including more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas. “Our efforts to deter China [in the South China Sea] have clearly not worked,” said a senior US official.

Prophecy Sign:  Jerusalem/Israel - the cup of trembling and immovable rock

Needless to say, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu are not likely to have each other as a "friend" on their Facebook lists.  The current relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government just goes to show that during the coming Tribulation period, all nations, (Zechariah 14:2), will be on the wrong side of the God/Israel blessing or curse list, (Genesis 12:3)

"I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. Zechariah 12:2-3 NIV

Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity
Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank is wrong and leads to regional instability and dehumanization of Palestinians, a top American government official said Tuesday in Tel Aviv, hinting that the current Israeli government is not committed to peace. In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make the compromises needed to reach a permanent peace agreement. Jerusalem “should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate” such a treaty with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has proven to be a reliable partner, Gordon said. 

Obama praises Abbas, but not Netanyahu in opinion piece published by Israeli newspaper
President Barack Obama offered strong praise for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an opinion piece published Tuesday in an Israeli newspaper, but had little to say about the other key player in the crisis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  "In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel," Obama wrote in the daily Haaretz. The president offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu, who is only mentioned by name once in the piece. Obama's comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, were his first public comments on Middle Eastern affairs since the murder of three Israeli teenagers last month touched off a new round of regional violence and deepening mistrust. 

PM speaks with Ban, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, Harper — but not Obama
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken to a host of world leaders since the launch of Operation Protective Edge, all of whom reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Gaza. However, he had not spoken to US President Barack Obama as of early Thursday afternoon, Israel-time. Since the recent conflagration with Gaza, Netanyahu has held phone conversations with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, officials said Thursday. 

Prophecy Sign:  The coming prophetic Middle-East wars

Things are heating up big time in the epicentre, as even radicals in Lebanon are beginning to toss rockets in Israel's direction as rhetoric from Egypt against Israel spews forth.  The immediate Arab neighbors of Israel are growling once again with anticipation of destroying Israel as a nation.  The Psalm 83 War.

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, 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, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." Psalm 83:1-4 NIV

Muslim Brotherhood organization that met with Obama White House calls for Islamic war against Israel
The head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, called upon fellow Islamists and Arabs to declare holy war against Israel “for the sake of Palestine.” 
IUMS was founded by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader described by National Review’s Andrew McCarthy as “The most influential Sunni Islamist in the world.”

Day Three of Gaza Op: Israelis in Bomb Shelters
Israel entered the third day of its Operation Protective Edge. So far, its air force struck nearly 500 targets to stop the Hamas rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, millions of Israeli citizens are taking cover in bomb shelters as Hamas continues its rocket and missile bombardment out of Gaza. The terror group has fired over 200 rockets into Israel since Monday, a situation Israel's ambassador to the United States told CBN News is intolerable. "We've got about three quarters of our population that had to go into bomb shelters," Ambassador Ron Dermer explained. "Put that in American terms and you're talking about over 200 million Americans that would have to go in bomb shelters."

Death toll rises as Israel escalates airstrikes
The number of reported Palestinian deaths from Israeli airstrikes rose Thursday while rockets fired by Hamas struck farther into Israeli territory, targeting Tel Aviv and other cities. Israel claimed Thursday that Hamas is firing a rocket into Israel at a rate of about one every 10 minutes. Israel's military arrived at the figure based on its claims that Hamas has fired more than 400 rockets at Israel in less than three days. That assessment comes as Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza for a third day Thursday, hitting hundreds of Hamas targets as its missile defense system, Iron Dome, once again intercepted incoming rockets.

Egypt blasts Israel over ‘mass punishment’ in Gaza
Egypt hit out at Israel on Friday for killing civilians in Gaza with “oppressive policies of mass punishment,” while urging the international community to act quickly to end the conflict. Israel’s aerial military campaign targeting rocket-firing terror groups in Gaza has killed around 95 Palestinians and wounded more than 500 since it was launched early Tuesday. The IDF has said it has carried out some 1,100 sorties against Gaza since Monday.  “Egypt rejects the irresponsible Israeli escalation in the occupied Palestinian territory, which comes in the form of excessive and unnecessary use of military force leading to the death of innocent civilians,” the foreign ministry said. 

Lebanese rockets hit Israel as Palestinian deaths in conflict exceed 100
Rockets fired by militants in Gaza reached deeper into Israel Friday, and a strike from Lebanon hit the northern part of the country, leading Israeli officials to suspect Lebanese fighters may be joining the four-day conflict. The Lebanese military said three rockets were fired toward Israel around 6 a.m. and the Israelis retaliated by firing about 25 artillery shells on the area. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed that the Israeli military had responded to the new attack with force.

Prophecy Sign:  The coming new economic world order

New Economic regions and alliances are beginning to formulate with the intention of establishing new ways of conducting global commerce, (without the utilization of the current world reserve currency - American dollar).  This trend will eventually realize the 10 economic regions, (kingdoms), of the world that are prophesied to work alongside the Antichrist during the time of the Tribulation.  (By the way, yet another major banker has ended his life - do they know something is coming?)

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

Germany gives green light to European banking union
Germany's cabinet has approved draft laws that effectively give the go-ahead to Europe's plans for banking union - its main confidence-building response to the financial sector crisis. With the laws, Germany is pressing ahead of EU requirements in protecting German taxpayers from having to foot the bill when a bank gets into trouble. Instead, in a process dubbed a "bail-in", creditors and owners will have to take losses from 2015, a year before EU rules take effect.
The European Central Bank will begin supervision of big banks across the 18 countries that use the euro later this year in a first step in banking union. The next step will be a common approach to preventing banks in trouble from dragging down governments in eurozone states, as happened with Ireland. That is still a work in progress.
France lashes out against US dollar, calls for ‘rebalancing’ of world currencies
The French government wants to break the monopoly the dollar has on international transactions after the country’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, was slapped with a record $9 billion fine and a 1-year dollar trading ban. Michel Sapin, the French finance minister, called for a “rebalancing” of the currencies used for global payments, saying the BNP Paribas case should “make us realize the necessity of using a variety of currencies” the Financial Times reports.

JPMorgan Employee Shot And Killed His Wife Before Taking His Own Life

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing apostasy in the Christian Church

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1 NIV

Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage - And the Bible isn’t getting in their way.
Tincher was one of 50 people flown from around the country and the world—Canada, China, Nigeria and South Korea—to a four-day Bible boot camp dedicated to discussing, and embracing, gay relationships. The gathering was organized by Matthew Vines, who by then was enjoying modest fame for a 2012 YouTube video in which Vines, looking even younger than his 21 years, delivers an hour-long lecture arguing that the Bible does not, in fact, condemn all same-sex relationships. The video has gone viral, racking up more than 730,000 views to date, landing Vines on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Styles section and helping him raise $100,000 for the conference, where he launched The Reformation Project, a nationwide network of pro-gay evangelicals committed to ending their church’s longstanding hostility toward gay people. 

Christian bookstores are the next gay-marriage battleground
The battle over gay marriage is being fought in nearly every corner of American society — from public schools to the highest courts, and from television sitcoms to neighborhood barbecues. Religious Americans — particularly evangelical Christians — have often been at the center of these debates, attempting to hold the line on traditional understandings of marriage. But as support for same-sex marriage grows (a clear majority of Americans now favor same-sex marriage), many Christians are starting to shift. Indeed, the majority of white mainline Protestants, white Catholics, and Latino Catholics now back same-sex marriage rights. Strong majorities of white evangelical Protestants and black Protestants continue to oppose gay marriage, but there are both geographical and generational cracks in the foundation.
Heresy Rising: Christian Pastors Embracing New Age Syncretism

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing sexual perversion 

Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. Ephesians 4:19 NIV

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo
A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and "unnatural" but is now widely accepted. He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion. "A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now 'available', not having [a] sexual partner," the judge said.

We have been suggesting for some time that the coming "Mark of the Beast" will be far more than some simple tattoo or chip, but will be a human changing event.  Quite literally the recipient of the mark will go from a creation of God to a hybrid creation of the evil one.  Thereby negating any ability to be reconciled to God and will be immediately condemned for all eternity, (Revelation 14:9-10). Technology is increasing at an exponential rate to make this event a very soon reality.

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

Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA
Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in Nature today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks. When biologists talk about the letters in the DNA alphabet, they are actually talking about nucleotides: molecules that bind together to make up the DNA double helix. Normally, these molecules are made up of four letters: A,T, C and G. But scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have managed to add a single pair of artificial "X" and "Y" nucleotides to the genetic code of an E. Coli strain, reports The New York Times. And thus far, the bacteria appear to be reproducing normally and passing on the new X-Y pair to their offspring.
Singularity: Will "super-intelligent" artificial intelligence merge with biology?
For now, as crazy as you may feel this sounds, I am here to tell you: this is no science fiction. It is real - and scientists are exploring ways tobring humans into a merged techno-biological state sometime soon. NASA hosts Singularity University, where they offer inter-disciplinary courses of study for graduate students and executives. Founding members include Google and CEO Larry Page. Instead of being a one-time flash-in-the-pan idea, this university is attracting the smartest brains on our planet. In spite of how our brains are hardwired - in a linear fashion - the reality of Singularity is here. And don't worry: whether you believe in it or not; agree with it or protest: artificial intelligence will be sure topave the way for many, many humans to join in as the merging of biology and technology radically reshapes the very future of humanity.
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