US Law Enforcement Agencies Can Now See Through Walls - New

January 25th, 2015

This story leaped out at me as I read my morning copy of the USA Today a few days ago. Some readers had the same response as several emailed me the first link. This is an important development, and all readers should realize this new technology exists. For two years, the US Marshals Service and the FBI have been using a technology that allows its agents to “see” people inside a house and what they are doing. This motion-detection technology is so sensitive that it can even detect as slight a movement as breathing. If it can detect as tiny a movement as that, it can surely also “see” people going to the bathroom or engaging in any kind of intimate behavior inside their homes. What a blackmail tool this would be! Up to 50 US police forces now also have bought this technology. The hand-held devices that can perform such sensitive surveillance can be bought for as little as $6000. Now that the technology has been revealed, I’m sure it is only a matter of time until the blueprints for this device are stolen and foreign intelligence agencies, drug lords, etc. also have this same technology. Possession of this type of device needs to be licensed to a “need to use” basis only.

Amazingly, awareness of this snooping technology has been largely concealed from both the US Judiciary and the US Congress. Only recently was the existence of this technology made known as part of a legal case in Colorado. This technology was first used by the US military abroad, where it would be invaluable in house-to-house fighting situations, hostage retrieval missions, etc. However, its use by the US federal government against American citizens has created an understandable firestorm of objections. As the first link notes, “The US Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that the Constitution generally bars police from scanning the outside of a house with a thermal camera unless they have a warrant, and specifically noted that the rule would apply to radar-based systems that were then being developed” (emphasis added). This story obviously begs the question: How many times have federal agents or police officers used this technology without a warrant? This technology clearly runs roughshod over the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution unless a search warrant exists that was granted after the presentation of a “probable cause” necessity to a Judge. As the first link observes, how could this technology have been deployed “without public scrutiny?”

Apparently, the “public scrutiny” will now come. The second link reports that the deployment of this snooping technology vs. Americans in domestic use without warrants has angered two key US senators. Senator Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Leahy, ranking minority member of that committee, have signed a letter to US Attorney General Holder objecting to the use of the technology. They are not the only ones objecting to the use of this technology. The Judges in a federal Appeals Court in Colorado also noted that the use of this snooping tool “poses grave Fourth Amendment questions,” according to the second link’s story. Apparently, Attorney General Holder had no qualms about running roughshod over the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution in cases where this technology was used by federal agents without a warrant.

Don’t get me wrong. I can see that this technology would be invaluable in some federal or local law enforcement circumstances: rescuing a kidnapped victim or victims, locating homeless people in an abandoned building to get them to a heated shelter, watching the members of any “sleeper cell” that may be assembling bombs or conducting activities pursuant to a planned terrorist attack, etc. However, in all circumstances, the law enforcement agencies should get search warrants from a local judge before using this very invasive technology. In such legitimate circumstances, I’m sure any judge will give that permission. Indeed, warrants should be obtained for the legal protection of the officers or agents themselves. Without such a warrant, officers or agents using this technology will be vulnerable to civil lawsuits for violating people’s rights without due cause or legal due process.

It is truly amazing how technology is advancing so rapidly that it has outpaced the legal framework for using it. Since this technology was being used for two years vs. Americans in domestic applications without anyone knowing about it, it makes one wonder how many other snooping technologies are also being used already that have not yet come to the attention of the Congress, the courts or the people.

Revelation 13:11-17 prophesies that in the latter days, technology would be so far advanced that a global currency or money system could be systemically implemented that “no man [or woman] might buy or sell” without it. In this prophecy, the Bible anticipated the invention of the Internet and all its attendant social media and shopping applications. Without the Internet and the proliferation of electronic media of all kinds, this prophecy could not have been fulfilled. Furthermore, if technology was prophesied to be that far advanced in the economic/currency arena, it is logical that surveillance and control technologies would be invented/implemented for all other forms of human activities as well. The prophesied “beast” system to emerge in the future will certainly utilize all these new spying and monitoring technologies to implement wall-to-wall surveillance and/or control of the global populations of all nations. However, the plans of the beast power may be severely limited by the powers of the Two Witnesses when they come on the world scene with what sound like unlimited powers delegated to them by God himself (Revelation 11:5-6). The Two Witnesses may order the “beast” system of global government to dump illegally-gathered data on all people, stop using spying technology except for legitimate law enforcement reasons, etc. That will really anger the control freaks who will be drawn to the beast system’s bureaucracy. As Revelation 11:3-6 prophesies, the Two Witnesses will have power to plague anyone they want, whenever they want during their prophesied ministry of 1260 days. After the first few plagues hit the intended targets of the Two Witnesses and after troops or operatives sent to kill them get Divinely vaporized (Revelation 11:5), I think the governments will start listening to the Two Witnesses when they give orders to the nations and peoples all around the world. Indeed, this begs the question: How interventionist will the Two Witnesses be? We don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. I do feel safe in making one prediction: The more the Two Witnesses are angered by their enemies, the more “interventionist” they will become.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/police-radar-see-through-walls/22007615/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/22/police-radar-leahy-grassley-letter-holder/22172597/

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Japan’s Growing “Carrier” Fleet - New

January 24th, 2015

In the balance of power between the major alliances of the world, the aircraft carriers are the primary surface asset of any navy. The USA has, as everyone knows, the world’s largest and most powerful fleet of aircraft carriers. Other nations have them as well, but none can rival the USA’s carrier forces. The UK, France, India, Russia and China have aircraft carriers, but China’s carrier (a remodeled Russian/Ukrainian carrier that was used as a floating casino for a time) is not yet operational. Another nation is quietly entering the select group of nations that operate carriers. That nation is Japan.

The first link and second link report that the first of two new “helicopter destroyers” is now undergoing sea-trials in preparation for deployment and another such carrier will follow it. Japan already has deployed a smaller class of such “helicopter destroyers.” As you look at the photos of Japan’s “helicopter destroyers,” it is obvious that they are “flat-tops” (i.e. aircraft carriers). Due to Japan’s pacifist, post WW-2 Constitution, Japan has to be careful about calling them what they actually are. However, Japan’s new carrier is not a “carrier” like the USA’s Nimitz-class carriers. It is smaller and ideally-suited for deploying helicopters. In this role, it is similar in size and function to a US Navy Amphibious Assault Carrier.  However, this new class of Japanese warship could deploy V/STOL warplanes in the future if necessary. I’d like to have an expert’s opinion of Japan’s below-deck designs to see if it has been built to be adapted in the future to handle V/STOL airplanes as well as helicopters. Does it have tie-downs, room for ordnance racks, etc. appropriate to V/STOL warplanes? Japan isn’t saying, and we do not know. I suspect the answer is “yes.” The fourth link reports that, just recently, Japan announced that it purchasing V-22 Osprey VTOL warplanes, and the link also includes a photo of a V-22 already being test-landed on the flight deck of Japan’s new carrier. Why would Japan flight-test the V-22 on the deck of this new carrier unless it was intended to be able to operate on it in the future? It is also reported in the links that Japan may also order a V/STOL variant of the new F-35 warplane being built in the USA. This new carrier does not carry much in the way of weaponry yet as it is only in its sea-trail phase. I’m sure additional offensive and defensive weaponry will be added in the future when the ship is actually deployed with the Japanese Navy. For balance, I’ve included the third link, which downplays the military role of this new Japanese carrier.

In my articles, Japan’s Role in Biblical Prophecy, and What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III, I identify Japan in Ezekiel 38-39’s very-detailed prophecy about the global alliances in the respective rival power blocs that will exist during the “latter days” of our current age. I identify Japan as being a part of a prophesied Pacific Rim alliance comprised of Japan, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and perhaps other nations such as Vietnam. All these Pacific nations are fearful of China’s rising militarism, and they are being pushed together by China’s aggressive policies. Previous posts have discussed this developing alliance as fulfilling Ezekiel 38:13. The role of carriers in the two global, rival alliances prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 bears comment. The Gog-Magog alliance is mainly a land alliance as its members (Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Mongolia, the “-stan” nations of Central Asia, etc. are all linked in the same contiguous land-mass. Their military forces can consolidate and deploy together without needing aircraft carriers. The navies of these nations are largely secondary to the army forces of these nations. Their navies are needed to defend their coastlines, attack and fight off enemy carrier forces, etc., but their navies are not central to this alliance. However, the nations of the Western alliance (led by the modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel) comprising the USA, the UK, France and other NATO nations, India, Japan, the Pacific Rim nations fearful of China, etc. are linked together by the oceans. These nations need strong maritime forces to link them together, and aircraft carriers and naval battle groups are very important to them. Without aircraft carriers and strong naval fleets, these nations are vulnerable as an alliance. Personally, I think China’s new carrier is mostly being built “for show.” China has the resources to build a large fleet of carriers if they wanted to do so, but they have chosen not to build them. It is my viewpoint that China has made a decision that is far more economical to build military weaponry to destroy aircraft carriers than it is to build carriers and defend their enormous bulk. That is why China has built submarines, supersonic cruise missiles, ballistic missiles that can target aircraft carriers, etc. These weapons systems have been built to sink aircraft carriers and all major surface ships. Those nations building aircraft carriers need to deploy them with a large number of screening vessels with lots of defensive weaponry because the carriers will be prime targets when the global war prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 takes place.

  1. http://www.janes.com/article/43775/japan-puts-helicopter-carrier-izumo-on-sea-trials
  2. http://news.usni.org/2014/09/29/japans-largest-ship-since-world-war-ii-takes-sea
  3. https://medium.com/war-is-boring/is-it-a-duck-is-it-an-aircraft-carrier-no-its-japans-helicopter-destroyer-bc29b669fb0e
  4. http://archive.defensenews.com/article/20141121/DEFREG03/311210023/Japan-Officially-Selects-Osprey-Global-Hawk-E-2D

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Iran Unveils Large New Missile and Threatens Israel - New

January 23rd, 2015

Israeli TV has revealed satellite images of a large, new Iranian missile which can launch warheads “far beyond Europe” (first link). How far beyond Europe we do not know, but Iran is obviously building toward a capacity to have ICBMs which will reach the USA (which Iran calls the “Great Satan”). The new missile is reportedly large enough to launch not only warheads, but “manned spacecraft and satellites.” The building of what looks like an ICBM surely attests to the fact that Iran is continuing its nuclear weapons program. Why else would Iran be building toward ICBMs if not to put “nukes” on them for attacking or threatening other nations? The proclamations by the Obama administration notwithstanding, it appears the unveiling of this new missile (which is presumed to be nuclear-capable) confirms Iran’s true policy is “full speed ahead” re: building nuclear warheads.

The second link relates that Iran is specifically making serious threats to retaliate vs. Israel for an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general, other Iranian officers and a key Hezbollah leader near the Syrian-Israeli border (see previous post). These Iranian threats are consistent with its previously-stated policy of “wiping Israel off the map,” and I do not think Iran’s new threat is a bluff.

Finally, the third link reports that there will be enhanced military cooperation between Russia and Iran. Russia is becoming increasingly angry at the USA, and this anger is now going to lead to Russia being willing to share more sophisticated weaponry with Iran, whether the USA likes it or not. Please read the third link for more details on the greater military cooperation that will be shared between Russia and Iran. The world is clearly becoming more dangerous.

The deepening ties between Russia and Iran further support the accuracy of the biblical prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39 that Russia, China and Iran will be part of a “latter days” Gog-Magog alliance that will rival and eventually attack the western alliance led by the USA and the other modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel. Long-time readers will be familiar with these identifications, but new readers are urged to read my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy to begin to understand these biblical identifications for modern nations.  My books contain and document  the full story of the history of the ten tribes of Israel from their empire days in the Promised Land through their migrations over the intervening millennia and into the modern world. God will fulfill his biblical prophecies based on the identifications he gives to the nations in his prophecies, not according to their secular national names on modern maps. It is vital to understand which modern nations are linked to which biblical names for them in order to understand future events that are already pre-determined by God’s ability to control world events to unfold according to his biblical prophecies. Those who do not understand the biblical names for modern nations are “flying blind” when trying to link biblical prophecies to the modern world.

My thanks to a reader who sent me one of these links.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-tv-shows-iranian-missile-that-can-reach-far-beyond-europe/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-warns-israel-of-crushing-response-to-syria-strike/

http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-iran-expand-military-ties-new-deal-confront-us-1788410


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Israeli Air Strike Kills Iranian General & Hezbollah Commander - New

January 20th, 2015

A recent Israeli air strike killed a large number of Hezbollah and Iranian military officers that were grouped on the northern Israeli border. The first link reports that five Hezbollah leaders and six Iranian military officers were among the dead after an Israeli air strike along the Israeli-Syrian border region. The dead included a top Hezbollah commander and an Iranian general. It seems unlikely that the Israelis killed so many Hezbollah and Iranian leaders in this strike by coincidence. The second link offers more information about the Hezbollah leader who was killed in the raid.

The first link also reports that Israeli leaders are expecting a retaliatory attack into Israel by Hezbollah, which is allied to the Iranian Shiite wing of Islam. The report indicates that Hezbollah may have tunnels already constructed which extend far enough into Israeli territory that teams of terrorists could exit them on the Israeli side and begin attacks upon Israeli citizens and targets inside Israel. If such a terrorist attack killed enough Israeli citizens or destroyed a valuable Israeli target, it is not impossible that such an attack could lead to a new war between Hezbollah/Iran and Israel along the Lebanese/Syrian border. If this occurs, it would lead to an ironic situation where Israel and the Syrian rebels would both have the Iranians and Hezbollah as common enemies. The Mideast’s politics can certainly lead to strange alliances.

We should not forget that years ago Iran proclaimed its desire to “wipe Israel off the map.” While Iran has sent military contingents to help the Assad regime fight the Syrian rebels in the Syrian civil war, the presence of six (!) Iranian officers, led by a general, along the Israeli border is more than ominous. It indicates the Iranians have their sights also set on Israel, not just the Syrian rebels. I think the Israeli air strike was sending a message to the Iranians that they better stay away from Israel as they involve themselves in the Syrian civil war.

Zechariah 12:1-6 foretells that Jerusalem and its general region will be a focal point of world tensions in the latter days, and characterizes Jerusalem as a “burdensome stone” for the nations in the latter days. This prophecy also states that God will preserve Judah and Jerusalem from threats against their survival. The prophetic expression “in that day” applies to the time period of the latter days that will climax the end of our age. The context of the prophecy also confirms this has to be a latter-day prophecy. Since “Judah” is referenced in conjunction with Jerusalem in this prophecy, it can only apply to a time when the Jews have sovereignty/control over Jerusalem and its environs. Before the founding of the Jewish nation of Israel in 1948 this could not have been possible as there was no nation of “Judah” in the region. More specifically, it has to apply to the post-1967 period of time because before the war that occurred in that year, the Israelis/Jews did not have sovereignty over the entire city of Jerusalem or over any of its historic “old city.” Zephaniah 2:1-10 (another latter-day prophecy) foretold that in the latter days, the “house of Judah” (the Jews) would again be given a sovereign nation by God in the old Promised Land. That prophecy was literally fulfilled in 1948 as this approximately 2600 year-old prophecy foretold that the new Jewish nation to be founded in the latter days would possess the Mediterranean “coast” and include the city of Ashkelon. Both of these geographic specifics were fulfilled in the final borders of the 1948 borders of the new Israeli state when it began in 1948.

The precise fulfillments in modern times of these very ancient biblical prophecies confirm that the Creator Being who inspired the Bible has to be real and actively guiding the affairs of nations in order to fulfill his prophecies at specific junctures in human history. God stated in Isaiah 41:21-26 that his ability to fulfill his biblical prophecies on schedule is a major proof of his reality. Indeed, it is. If Nostradamus had prophesied anything even remotely as specific as this and his prophecy had been fulfilled in modern events, it would be trumpeted on the periodic cable-TV specials about him. However, since it is the Holy Bible of the Christian and Jewish religions which can boast about amazingly precise prophetic fulfillments, the world would rather ignore them.

  1. http://www.debka.com/article/24350/Israel-braces-for-early-payback-for-killing-high-Hizballah-officers-and-an-Iranian-general-Tehran-vows-punishment
  2. http://www.worldtribune.com/2015/01/19/israeli-air-ground-missiles-kills-top-hizbullah-commander-syrias-golan-heights/

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Russia’s Growing War-preparations and [the Two Witnesses] - New

January 19th, 2015

As long-time readers know, I have for many years warned that the biblical prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 foretold that, in the latter days of our age just prior to Jesus Christ’s return, a major alliance would form, led by Russia, China and Iran, and that this “Gog-Magog” alliance would attack an alliance led by the modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel at the very end of the latter days. The alliance led by the ten tribes of Israel is the western alliance comprising the USA, NATO nations and their allies. I’ve been warning about this since the late 1980s. When the Berlin Wall fell and everyone thought the Russian bear had turned into a teddy bear, the western world mostly disarmed and some thought I was wrong about Ezekiel 38-39. Some self-deluded souls went so far as to dismiss the concept that Ezekiel 38-39 would ever be fulfilled in the “latter days” of our age, even though Ezekiel 38: 8 and 16 openly state that fact. I still believed that God would guide world events to fulfill his prophecies at some point in the future. Today, it is obvious that Russia, allied to China, Iran and other nations, is no teddy bear and that it preparing for a global war against the West. Ezekiel 38-39 is being prepared for fulfillment–right before our eyes. Yet, how many pastors and religious leaders see this obvious fact and are warning the nations and their flocks about this prophesied eventual certainty?

Indeed, God has affirmed the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 in a way that no other prophecy in the Bible is affirmed. There is a phrase in biblical prophecies which connotes special significance and demands human attention. It is when God inspires the phrase “Thus saith the Lord” (as the King James Version of the Bible translates it) that we realize we are reading a direct, first-person quote of the Creator God’s pronouncements. We, as puny mortals made of flesh, need to pay special attention to such Divine pronouncements. Indeed, I think some trembling on our part would be appropriate when we read such direct pronouncements.

When you read through the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39, you will notice something unparalleled in the entire Bible. In these two prophetic chapters about the fates and destinies of many of the world’s nations in the latter days, God seven times uses the phrase “Thus saith the Lord” in affirming the special importance of this prophecy. It is as if God has “seven times” affirmed this singular prophecy.  As all biblically-informed people realize, the number “seven” denotes special significance or a sense of completeness (as in seven days in every week, seven Divine Holy Days in Leviticus 23, the seven latter-day churches of Revelation 2-3, etc.) I am not aware of any other prophecy in the entire Bible which is seven-times affirmed by a Divine decree as is Ezekiel 38-39. The seven Divine affirmations of this prophecy’s content and binding nature are found in Ezekiel 38:3, 10, 14, 17 and 39:1, 17 and 25. Just as the book of Revelation’s prophecy is “sealed with seven seals” (Revelation 5:1), Ezekiel 38-39 is sealed with seven Divine affirmations about its binding content. In doing this, it is as if God were saying: “I really, really want you to pay attention to this prophecy because it will come to pass in the latter days. [See my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?, for evidence we are living in that prophetic time.]

Ezekiel 38-39 warn that Russia will lead the attack vs. the West in the latter days. All knowledgeable prophetic scholars that I know about all see that Russia is identified in Ezekiel 38:1-3. If the Bible is the Divine Word of a Creator Being who created the physical Universe and all life on earth, and if we are living in the latter days, then we should be seeing Ezekiel 38-39 readied for fulfillment. That is exactly what is happening.

A reader sent me the first link that details 30 reasons that indicate Russia is now preparing for World War III. I am posting this link for all readers to examine as it has a lot of information in it about Russia’s war-plans. It does not have the degree of documentation that I prefer to have when I post informational links; however, the information in it is so varied and expansive that if even half of it is true, it makes the case that Ezekiel 38-39 is well on the way to being fulfilled in the years ahead of us. I have also included two other links documenting Russia’s growing and openly-obvious war plans. The second link is about a new strategic missile that Russia has built that will significantly alter the balance of forces in Russia’s favor vis-à-vis ICBMs. The third link is about the fact that Russia is building its military forces so rapidly that in a few years it will be able to conduct several simultaneous military operations like the one it is now doing inside/on the border of the Ukraine. Add the growing military power of Russia to the rapidly-growing military power of China and the efforts by Iran to build a nuclear weapons arsenal and it is obvious that God is moving world events to prepare the Gog-Magog alliance to feel confident enough that a surprise attack vs. the West is winnable. I personally think that the leaders of the Gog-Magog alliance feel that if they lose half their populations in a nuclear war vs. the West, they will regard that as an acceptable loss to defeat the West and rule the world.  In spite of the obvious construction of a massive war machine by Russia and China, most of the leaders of the West have their heads firmly stuck “in the sand” and refuse to see the obvious. In doing so, they are repeating the cycle of history that mankind repeatedly experiences (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The same thing happened in the years leading up to World War II. Even though it was blatantly obvious that Hitler was building a military machine to launch a world war, the West’s leaders (with the notable exception of Winston Churchill) lived in deep self-delusion that Hitler would not launch a world war. Today, Russia and China are building a military machine capable of launching a world war, and the West’s leaders are just as blind to the danger as were the pre-World War II leaders. The West’s leaders today are full of the spirit of Neville Chamberlain. Now for a pertinent digression about the Two Witnesses.

Personally, I think God has a “monkey wrench” planned that he will throw into the prophetic mix that will forcibly delay the attack of the Gog-Magog alliance. Ideally, such an attack should be made soon while the USA is still led by Barack Obama, who, in my opinion (and I think that opinion is shared by much of the world and most Americans) is the weakest national leader and the most militarily-ignorant president in the history of the USA. However, Revelation 11 prophesies that God is going to send two Divinely-empowered prophets called the Two Witnesses to warn mankind that God is quite real and that the time of his forcible intervention to take control of this planet is drawing near. The Two Witnesses are prophesied to be given the power to control the weather, alter the elements of nature, consume their enemies in fire, and plague anyone, anywhere as often as they wish (Revelation 11:3-6). They will be the most powerful prophets ever sent by God to mankind on planet earth. Moses and Aaron wielded Divine powers vs. Egypt in the time of the Exodus, but they had far more limited powers than will be wielded by the Two Witnesses. God told Moses and Aaron what plagues to direct upon the nation of Egypt during the Exodus account, and God decided the nature and duration of each plague. Moses and Aaron were merely the interlocutors of God’s decisions. This is not the case with the Two Witnesses. God is going to essentially “take a back seat” and allow the Two Witnesses to select the plagues to be sent on nations, world leaders, cities, people, etc. The Two Witnesses will be human beings so they may be capable of making some mistakes and going further than God himself would go if the Two Witnesses get really angered. There is a biblical precedent for this.

Elijah had such faith that he declared/sent the plague of a three and a half-year drought upon the ancient kingdom of Israel (I Kings 17:1) although James 5:17 adds Elijah must have “‘prayed” about this decision. I Kings 18:1 records that it was not Elijah, but God who stepped in and told Elijah that the drought had gone on long enough and God was calling an end to it. Elijah’s wrath and willingness to prolong that particular plague of famine was greater than God’s willingness to permit it to go on. The same thing may happen in the ministry of the Two Witnesses. While God is delegating them Divine powers to do whatever they want, God always will have the oversight to send the Holy Spirit to tell the Two Witnesses “OK, that’s enough of that plague, stop it.”

On one occasion, Elijah also got really “pissed off” at a crowd of juvenile delinquents who were mocking him. Elijah sent two bears to maul 42 of them to death (II Kings 2:23-24) in what must have been a terrible way to die. Elijah also had the power to annihilate military forces with Divine fire (II Kings 1). The Two Witnesses will have these same kinds of powers…but on steroids (Revelation 11:5). When the Gog-Magog alliance sees the power inherent in the Two Witnesses, I believe they will choose to “lay low” until the Two Witnesses are removed from the world scene when God allows the beast’s forces to finally kill the Two Witnesses at the end of their ministry (Revelation 11:7-12). It is after the resurrection of the Two Witnesses and their ascension into heaven that I believe the Gog-Magog alliance will feel emboldened enough to turn on the beast and attack him in Ezekiel 38-39’s global World War (Zechariah 14 would also be fulfilled at the same time).

However, I claim no infallibility in analyzing the Bible and its prophecies. The above viewpoint fits the prophecies and their logical contexts quite well, but what if I’m not correct in my expectations? If I ever come to such a conclusion about any prophecy, I’ll “turn on a dime” and say so in a post. There are a series of world events that were originally foretold in the book of Revelation called the “seven thunders,” but God told the Apostle John not to write them down and keep them a secret from latter-day mankind. Those coming but unspecified events could alter many of our prophetic expectations and sequences of latter-day events.

  1. http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2015/01/18/30-reasons-proving-putin-preparing-start-world-war-iii/
  2. http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/16-01-2015/129540-putin_missile_surprise-0/
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/16/us-nato-russia-idUSKBN0KP1F620150116?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

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Implications of Russia’s Large Military Exercise in Northern Europe

January 16th, 2015

Russia recently conducted a very large military exercise on/just off the northern coast of mainland Europe. You didn’t hear about it? News about the exercise and its possible purpose was apparently censored out of the western establishment media. I heard about it today via a reader sending me the second link and the third link being printed today in my local newspaper. The first link I found in a Web search.

Many readers may be confused in understanding how Russia could conduct large military exercises on and just off the coast of northern Europe. Given the abysmal state of the educational system in the USA, not very many Americans are likely aware that Russia actually has a sovereign presence on the northern coast of Europe in an enclave called Kaliningrad. It is located in the far northern part of the European continent on the Baltic Sea and is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. It is, literally, a part of “Mother Russia.” Last month, Vladimir Putin ordered a “snap drill” of Russian military forces in and off the coast of Kaliningrad. It involved over 9,000 Russian soldiers and “more than 55 naval ships.” That is a large number of troops and ships being deployed to test how quickly they can respond to an attack order when/if that day comes. The first link gives details about the types of Russian forces deployed in this exercise. Frankly, I didn’t realize Russia even had “more than 55 naval ships” that it could quickly deploy into the waters off the northern coast of Europe. How many ships can the NATO nations quickly deploy in the same region with only a few minutes or hours notice?

Lithuania sure got the message Russia sent in its military exercise. The second link reports that the Lithuanian government has responded by informing its citizens how to cope with a Russian invasion on Lithuanian soil. You will note that part of the instruction includes an assumption that Lithuania would be conquered quite quickly and how Lithuanians could obstruct Russian efforts by working slowly at their jobs. Other European nations got the message too. The leaders of Austria, France, Hungary, and Italy “called for the diminution of sanctions against Russia” (third link).

The third link, a column printed in some US newspapers (including my hometown newspaper, but since I couldn’t find the link at its website, I have included it from another newspaper that carried the same column) has unusually candid language about how the USA instigated the Ukrainian “revolution” that toppled a democratically-elected Ukrainian administration that supported Russia. It “names names” about who in the State Department coordinated the coup, but it is obvious, I think, to all that this coup would not have been instigated by the State Department’s officials without approval from President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. The column warns that further provocations/sanctions versus Russia could provoke a “new Cold War.” It further ominously warns that any plans to quickly admit the Ukraine to NATO or place lethal weaponry in Ukraine to be used versus Russia has “resulted in plans by Russia to increase weapons in its Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic Sea and in Belarus.” Think about what weapons could be placed in Kaliningrad that could be used to quickly defeat NATO in any war that gets provoked over the Ukrainian crisis. Take a look at a map of Europe and find the Kaliningrad region of Russia. Russia could place large numbers of short- and long-range cruise missiles in Kaliningrad, and in the opening round of a war in Europe, fire them at numerous militarily strategic targets in NATO nations. Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Finland and Sweden would be especially vulnerable to any Russian attack. Technically, Sweden and Finland are not NATO members, but they have considered joining NATO and Russia could choose, as a precaution, to neutralize their military capabilities in the opening round of any war in Europe.

I do not know the range of Russia’s cruise missiles, but such nations as the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary could also be within reach of Russian cruise missiles launched from Kaliningrad. Virtually all of Europe’s NATO members are within reach of Russian warplanes launched with bomb loads from Kaliningrad’s airports. Ezekiel 38:15 prophesies that the nations of the modern ten tribes of Israel will be primarily attacked from the north in the final age-ending Gog-Magog war when Russia, China, Iran and their allies attack the modern Israelite nations (the USA, many NATO nations and their global allies). It is obvious that the USA and Canada would be attacked from the north via Alaska and that Australia and New Zealand would be attacked from the north from China, but not many may have realized that the Israelite/NATO nations could easily be attacked from the north out of Kaliningrad. Also, the Scandinavian nations can be attacked from the north by Russian forces based in the region of Murmansk.

The USA and NATO are playing a weak hand in the Ukrainian crisis, which the third link asserts was instigated by the USA itself. This would explain why European nations have been so reluctant to join the American-demanded sanctions vs. Russia. They are not only in a weak military position vis-à-vis Russia, but their intelligence agencies likely realize the Obama administration caused the crisis. Indeed, this begs the question: Why would the Obama administration provoke such a risky crisis in the Ukraine by staging a coup to remove its elected government and install a puppet “pro-western” government?

The fourth through sixth links offer a very plausible explanation for this action. These links offer differing perspectives on a report that the USA provoked the Ukrainian crisis so it could quickly seize the Ukrainian gold reserves and fly them to the USA (most likely to the vaults of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, as the fourth link asserts). The motive? To prolong the paper gold price machinations by Wall Street’s insiders. The fifth link also strongly infers that the unprovoked and odd US/NATO bombing and destruction of Libya in 2011 was to seize the Libyan gold reserves for the same purpose. The fourth link offers specific details about the seizure of the Ukrainian gold and its transfer to the US Federal Reserve. It also indicates that the USA seized the gold of, not only the Ukraine and Libya, but also of Iraq in the longstanding Mideastern wars. If the US has had to orchestrate wars to seize the entire gold reserves of other nations, it argues that the USA is out of gold and is in such a state of desperation that it has to steal gold in order to continue machinations to artificially suppress the price of gold (as the sixth link asserts). One thing is sure, as is noted in the cited links, the people of Iraq, Libya and the Ukraine are not likely to ever see their gold again. For a detailed examination of how “naked short selling” is used in the futures markets to rig and manipulate the price of gold, please examine as many of the links as you wish in the final link. There are so many links and stories about this gold-price suppression scheme and so many commentaries about it on the Internet that it is certain all the nations and big investors know about it. However, I think it is safe to say they’d rather that you not know about it. In the NATO vs. Russia confrontation over the Ukraine, the gold connection also ties this chain of events to the prophesied eventual collapse of the current “Babylon the Great” financial/monetary/commercial system centered in Wall Street and the US Federal Reserve Board (if you have not done so, please read my article entitled, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System, which explains why the Bible refers to our modern system of world finance as Babylon the Great).

The nations, their leaders and their allies in the world of global finance think they are in control of the world’s events and direction. They are not. God is the one in control and he will decide when the current system will collapse, as Revelation 17-18 prophesy. At times of God’s choosing, he will set events in motion by putting thoughts in the minds of leaders and world financial bosses to implement his will by taking actions God wants them to take to fulfill his prophecies (Proverbs 21:1). Perhaps God just did this very thing when the Bank of Switzerland shocked everyone by taking an independent action no one expected and which roiled global financial markets.

Perhaps 2015 will prove to be a very important year in the march of prophetic fulfillments. The major media and financial press will never give you the “insider” information about God’s plans for future world events, but, to the best of my ability, you will gain such insights in this blog. I don’t claim to know everything (no human does), but I do see the incredible accuracy of biblical prophecy re: modern events, and will do my best to keep passing that on to readers with whatever strength God provides.

We do live in interesting times!

  1. http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.com/2014/12/russian-military-conducts-unanounced.html
  2. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/worried-russia-lithuania-says-keep-calm-read-war-103856106.html
  3. http://www.gazettextra.com/20150115/con_more_us_actions_won8217t_halt_putin_but_may_start_new_cold_war
  4. http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraines-gold-reserves-secretely-flown-out-and-confiscated-by-the-new-york-federal-reserve/5373446
  5. http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/03/21/the-latest-heist-us-quietly-snatches-the-ukraines-gold-reserves/
  6. http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2014/11/its-official-us-stole-ukraines-gold.html
  7. https://www.google.com/search?q=gold+price+suppreossed+bny+naked+short+selling+in+futures+markets&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=gold+price+suppressed+by+naked+short+selling+in+futures+markets

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Boko Haram: Africa’s “Islamic State”

January 15th, 2015

While the world’s attention was riveted on the acts of Islamic terrorism in France where 16 victims died, deeds of Islamic terrorism far more deadly were being carried out in Africa in the nation of Nigeria by the Islamic terror army of Boko Haram. It was Boko Haram that kidnapped hundreds of young girls a few months ago, presumably to sell them into some form of sex slavery. Boko Haram is known for its acts of brutal killings of innocent villagers in northeast Nigeria.

The two links below report that Boko Haram may have just perpetrated its worst massacre of civilians ever. According to the second link which utilized satellite imagery analysis as well as local reports, approximately 2000 innocent people were massacred by Boko Haram.  The first link also reports Boko Haram is forcing young girls to be suicide bombers, killing more innocent civilians in various terror attacks. The government of Nigeria, which has an obvious vested interest in minimizing the totals, estimates “only” 150 were killed. What do you think the world’s reaction would have been if 2,000 or 150 French citizens had been killed in the recent Islamic terrorist attacks in France instead of 16 citizens? The calls for global warfare vs. Islamic terrorism would have been deafening, I believe. However, 2000 more Nigerian citizens may have just died in Nigeria at the hands of Islamic terrorist and the world…essentially yawns.

The first links reports that Boko Haram has now taken control of about 20% of Nigeria, and is expanding operations into Chad, Niger and Cameroon. This makes Boko Haram seem much like an expanding African version of ISIL or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. While the Nigerian military seems to be either incompetent or unwilling to protect its own people from Boko Haram, the next-door nation of Cameroon apparently has a real army. It reportedly killed 143 of Boko Haram’s fighters in a single battle (first link). Nigeria seems to have an army composed of what I’d call “parade troops.” They likely look good marching around in starched uniforms and holding rifles in good formation, but there is no evidence yet that it can actually fight. The first link cites “weaknesses” in the Nigerian military, including “soldiers refusing to fight and mutinies.”

The first link reports that Nigeria is the tenth-largest oil exporter. Just as ISIL in Syria and Iraq seized oil-production facilities to finance itself, Boko Haram may do the same in Nigeria, attacking and seizing Nigerian oil infrastructures. If fighting occurs which destroys part of the Nigerian oil facilities, this will put a serious dent in global oil supplies and may move the price of oil back upwards somewhat. The ineptness of the Nigerian military so far is certainly inviting an attack by Boko Haram on Nigeria’s oil fields.

Is the world community sufficiently outraged to send troops to Nigeria to root out Boko Haram? The answer is obviously “no.” There may be diplomatic huffing and puffing by the world, but until 1000s of heavily-armed troops appear on the scene to do the work the Nigerian military should be doing, the answer is “no.” This should surprise no readers as the world has still not been sufficiently moved to send 1000s of “boots on the ground” into the Mideast to fight ISIL either. The only effective “boots on the ground” vs. ISIL are the Kurds, who are fighting for their lives.

Matthew 24:6 prophesied the latter-days would be a time of “wars and rumors of wars,” and the Apostle Paul prophesied in II Timothy 3:1-4 that mankind’s societies in the latter days would degenerate into being characterized by very evil traits. These things are certainly happening.

I fear for the people of Nigeria. They are being increasingly abandoned by the world to the Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram. The weakness of the Nigerian military and the lack of any meaningful world response to their atrocities in Nigeria will only encourage Boko Haram to kill more people and expand their atrocities into a wider territory. Nigeria’s leader, who has the unusual name of “Goodluck Jonathan,” perhaps ought to have his name legally changed to “Badluck Jonathan.” At least that name would reflect the state of Nigeria’s condition with him as its chief-of-state.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/01/14/boko-haram-baga-nigeria-weak-response/21696525/
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/15/group-says-satellite-images-show-destruction-nigeria-villages-by-boko-haram/?intcmp=HPBucket

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Egypt’s President Visits Coptic Christian Church Service!

January 13th, 2015

Something remarkable happened in the Islamic world, and I think that not too many people noticed its remarkable significance. This event drew almost no American televised media attention due to the wall-to-wall coverage of the terrorist attacks in France and the resulting mass demonstrations showing unity against Islamic terrorism. As the grisly events in France brought to the world’s attention yet-another example of Islamic terrorism, an event in Egypt indicated that one of the most prominent leaders in the Islamic world took a step to reach out to Christians and non-Muslims as well as to warn his fellow Muslims that they must stop “antagonizing the entire world.”

Egyptian President al-Sisi took the unprecedented step of visiting a Coptic Christian Christmas church service in Cairo. No Egyptian president has ever taken such an inclusive action. In his speech, al-Sisi called on all Egyptians “to unite as ‘one hand,’ put aside sectarian divides and set an example for the rest of the world” (first link). This could well be the most statesmanlike gesture taken by an Egyptian president since Anwar Sadat set aside the history of wars with the Israelis and flew to Israel to address the Egyptian Knesset and declare “no more war.” The second link and third link give additional perspectives on this remarkable action by al-Sisi. Not only is it a necessary gesture by an Islamic head-of-state, it is also a shrewd political action by al-Sisi. The Coptic Christians comprise perhaps 10% of Egypt’s population, so any future election could include Christians as 10% of the electorate. I think there is little doubt that al-Sisi just won an automatic 10% of the vote in the next Egyptian election. It will also put some pressure on other Islamic heads-of-state to follow his example. Polls have shown that the overwhelming majority of Egyptians support the action of al-Sisi and the Egyptian military to oust and outlaw the radical Muslim Brotherhood. I know that if I were an Egyptian, I’d have voted for al-Sisi.

The first link also adds additional information which is very noteworthy. It reports that the Egyptian-American rift has widened considerably during the Obama presidency. It also infers that an alliance has formed between Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE “and other regional states” in opposing the Muslim Brotherhood and other similar radical Jihadi groups. Jordan and the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq are surely included in the list of “other regional states” in this budding Mideastern bloc. For years, I’ve commented in my posts that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan were forming a de-facto alliance in the Mideast, and that factors uniting them were a common fear of Iran and a common mistrust of the USA as long as Obama is the US president. Look for this trend to continue. This de-facto Mideastern alliance against Iran and its proxies argues that these nations will eventually be opposed to the Gog-Magog alliance because Iran is clearly going to be in the Gog-Magog alliance (Ezekiel 38:5 lists “Persia” as a Gog-Magog member). Also, none of the nations in the de-facto Mideast alliance are listed as being in the Gog-Magog alliance. It should be noted that all the members of this developing de-facto Mideast alliance (with the exception of Israel) are Sunni Muslims nations who are uniting against the Shiite Islamic faction led by Iran.

I think few Christians are aware of an obscure but important prophecy in Isaiah 19 which addresses the millennial age. Isaiah 19:23-24 prophesies that the three foremost nations in the millennium will be Israel, Assyria and Egypt. ‘Israel” here designates all the reunited tribes of Israel and that would include the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and many European nations as well as part of South Africa in one entity. “Assyria” designates the modern descendants of the ancient nation/empire of Assyria. The Assyrians were a Semitic people as were the Israelites (Genesis 10:21-22); however, they had no promise of a hugely-enlarged population base as did the Israelite tribes. My books and articles have identified the modern Assyrians as being primarily found in the region formerly known as East Germany (which during the Cold War was imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain and was not allowed to participate in the outpouring of “Jacob’s birthright” that was given to the western European nations after World War II. Other Assyrians will surely be found among the German-speaking nations of Europe, although I identify most of Germany as being descended from the Israelite tribe of Gad in my books and audio messages. The Semitic Assyrians would have been part of the great Caucasian/Semitic exodus out of Parthia after the Sassanian Persian Empire defeated Parthia and drove out all Semitic people and influences from its restored native Persian empire. “Egypt” is obviously modern Egypt. Is it not interesting that the nation which God destroyed when he delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery in the time of Moses will eventually be lifted up by the God of the Bible to be one of the primary major nations in the millennium?

I’d like to finish this post with a few comments about the huge rallies in France against Islamic terrorism. The fourth link indicates that as many as 3.7 million people joined such rallies across France, with the largest one being in Paris. It attracted between 40-50 heads-of-state according to various media reports. It was so well-attended by heads-of-state that it included such usual rivals as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas as well as the Ukrainian President and the Russian Foreign Minister. Who was conspicuously absent from this extraordinary event? The administration of American President Obama sent no top official to participate in this global rally against Islamic terrorism, and Obama himself obviously made a decision to refuse to attend. One media report I saw mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was, for a time, seen walking arm-in-arm with the head-of-state of Mali, an Islamic nation which was all but taken over by Islamic Jihadis before France intervened with troops to rescue Mali. Obama’s refusal to send any top American official to show solidarity with a civilized world uniting vs. Islamic terrorism was shameful to say the least, and revealing as well. The last link reports on the efforts by the Obama administration to back-peddle on its glaring misstep, but the damage was done. I doubt Obama has much credibility remaining anywhere in the world after his shameful refusal to show support for the global war against Islamic terrorism by attending it in person. Obama’s motives for refusing to join a major event against Islamic terrorism have not been revealed. I’m sure many readers have formed their own opinions on the subject. So have I.

While it is true that the vast majority of terrorists are Muslims, it must also be stated for accuracy that the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists. While the Islamic Jihadis of ISIL, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. furnish Jihadis and terrorists throughout the world, it should be noted that there are courageous acts by Muslims who are opposing Islamic terrorism. Egypt’s President Al-Sisi has taken a leadership role in that camp as have the Sunni Muslim Kurds, who have set an admirable example of compassionate actions in sheltering and protecting Sunni Muslims, Christians, Azidis and anyone else who was fleeing from the ISIL madmen. It also must be noted that the media has reported that Islamic heads-of-state and Islamic Mullahs participated in the Paris rally against terrorism, marching alongside Christians, Jews, etc. Indonesia is a nation with approximately 200,000,000 Muslims, and I can’t recall any recent example of any Indonesians being terrorists.

One last thought: I’m sure the vast majority of Americans were strongly supportive of the Paris rally against Islamic terrorism. Isn’t it too bad the Obama administration wasn’t “with” the American people on this issue? President Obama refused to attend the rally. Vice-President Biden refused to attend the rally. Secretary of State Kerry refused to attend the rally. If they had wanted to attend, they would have rearranged their schedules and made it to the event. That all of them refused to attend speaks volumes about the attitudes now prevalent in the Obama administration. I believe their refusal to participate in the Paris rally has left the world disgusted at the American president and his administration. The recent American Congressional election showed the American people are disgusted with him as well.

  1. http://www.worldtribune.com/2015/01/12/egypts-sisi-challenges-imams-riveting-speech-makes-history-attending-christmas-mass/
  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/01/07/el-sisi-becomes-first-egyptian-president-to-attend-coptic-christmas-mass/
  3. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/egypts_sisi_first_president_ever_to_attend_coptic_christmas_mass.html
  4. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-france-rally-20150111-story.html#page=1
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/12/kerry-announces-planned-paris-trip-says-criticism-for-missing-march-quibbling/

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ISIL Threatens to Destroy Nineveh’s Ruins

January 10th, 2015

In what I find to be very bad news, the radical ISIL terrorist army is holding the historic ruins of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh hostage. Specifically, ISIL is threatening to destroy the invaluable ruins from ancient times if the Iraqi army attempts to recapture the city of Mosul (first link and second link). Any damage or destruction to the remaining portions of the original Assyrian walls and fortifications would be a terrible loss to the historic patrimony of mankind.

Nineveh was the capital city of the Assyrian empire. The first link estimates the population of ancient Nineveh was 150,000. Personally, I think it was considerably higher. Modern estimators of the populations of ancient cities tend to forget that the size of the walled cities enclosed only the defensive portion of the city that would shelter its remaining defenders during a siege. In peaceable times, many occupants of the city would be living outside the walls in tents, wooden structures or fabric-covered structures of some kind. Caravans, merchants, pilgrims, etc. would often live or stay in facilities outside the walls. In wartime, people would either flee the region or retreat inside the walls if they chose to remain.

Assyria would have been the head of the Mesopotamian coalition whose kings came to watch the battle between the alliance of the Mesopotamian and Syrian kings vs. the Israelite army under King David that had reached the Euphrates River (I Chronicles 18:3). Mesopotamia was led by Assyria at that time so the Assyrian king and his nobles were certainly present, and many of them had, no doubt, departed from Nineveh to watch the battle (I Chronicles 19:6-9). King David’s Israelite army routed the Mesopotamian army and went on to defeat and subjugate the Assyrian empire (secular accounts of this war are found in my book, The Origins and Empire of Ancient Israel). After the Israelite tribes lost vast numbers of soldiers in a later civil war between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah (II Chronicles 13:1-20), the kingdom of Israel had to withdraw its garrison forces from Assyria and Assyria began to rebuild its military “from scratch.” The story of Assyria’s rebuilding effort is also found in my aforementioned book. The Israelite occupation of Assyria and Nineveh was likely harsh, and this accounted for Assyria’s intense determination to repeatedly attack the Israelite kingdom until it eventually fell and its citizens either fled elsewhere in the world as exiles or were taken captive by the Assyrians into Asia. The Assyrians were determined to avenge upon Israel the defeat that they had suffered at the hands of the Israelite/Syrian army under King David.

Nineveh was also the famous city where the prophet, Jonah, was sent to warn Nineveh that it was about to experience a destruction similar to what God sent upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Much to Jonah’s chagrin, Nineveh repented and God spared the city. The greatly misunderstood story of Jonah’s real motivation and mission to Nineveh is found in my article, Jonah–The Misunderstood Prophet. Jonah was not quite the “rebellious” prophet that a cursory reading of the book of Jonah indicates. When Jonah’s mission is understood in light of the contemporary geopolitics of that time between Israel and Assyria, the book of Jonah has an entirely different perspective.

Nineveh was finally conquered and the Assyrian empire was ended when it was invaded by an alliance of armies from Babylon, Media and Scythia circa 612 BC. Scythia was the region surrounding the Black Sea to which many Israelites fled when the kingdom of Israel fell, so their animosity toward Assyria was surely strong and included the motive of revenge. The “Medes” who helped conquer Nineveh likely also included many Israelites as the Israelites taken captive by Assyria circa 721 BC were re-settled in the land of the Medes (II Kings 17:6). The role of the Israelite tribes in ancient and modern history has been, in my judgment, withheld from the public as the anti-God, anti-Bible, evolution-propounding elites of the world do not want the truth about the Israelite tribes to be known. If the truth about such Israelite empires as Phoenicia/Israel, Carthage, Scythia, Parthia, etc. were known, it would be easy to see the Bible is an accurate historical record of ancient history and an accurate fore-teller of the future fates of modern nations. The full history of the ten tribes of Israel throughout the millennia since they went into exile can be found in my books. If you obtain them and read them, you will have a much more interesting and complete view of world history.

In conclusion, although Nineveh’s remaining ruins belonged to the enemies of Israel, I would hate to see those ruins destroyed. They are a vital testimony to the events of ancient history and should be preserved for all mankind to appreciate. It would also be most foolhardy and short-sighted of the current local combatants to allow Nineveh’s ruins to be destroyed. Whenever the current wars in the Mideast subside, the ruins of Nineveh would be a major tourist attraction and would generate revenue for whoever controls the region in which they are located.

My thanks to a friend who sent me the second link.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2900530/ISIS-plan-destroy-walls-Nineveh-capital-Assyrian-Empire-one-important-archaeological-sites-Iraq.html

http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2015/01/isis-threatens-to-blow-up-historical.html?m=1


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Do You “Desire the Evil Day?”

January 8th, 2015

This will be a different kind of post. No links to cite or analyze. No specific current event(s) on which to offer biblical perspectives. This post is about our collective and individual attitudes toward eventual fulfillments of biblical latter-day prophecies.

While my books are about the history and modern locations of the ten tribes of Israel, many of my posts examine modern trends and events in light of biblical prophecies as these are of pressing interest to/impact on our lives and futures. Also, as any student of biblical latter-day prophecies knows, there are hosts of such prophecies which indicate that there will be times of great global and local traumas, calamities, wars, famines, etc. It is impossible to ignore that reality when blogging about latter-day prophecies. However, I thought it would be timely to comment about the attitudes that the Bible indicates Christians and believers everywhere ought to have about latter-day prophetic fulfillments. It would be possible, based on the number of my posts on apocalyptic latter-day prophecies, for readers to get the incorrect impression that I am looking forward to these latter-day traumas and calamities. I can assure you that I am not, and I am going to cite several biblical passages that warn us to not “desire” or look forward to the evils that will befall mankind and the earth at the end of our age. This may be a biblical perspective some may not have thought about, and I also am going to include a biblical prophecy at the end of this post which offers what may be unexpected hope.

To begin with, I’m sure all of us know about people or groups who seem to actually be looking forward to the evil times at the end of our age. They go to extreme ends to prepare for every evil eventuality they can think of (if they can afford to do so), and they can give the impression that they are looking forward to the time when they can look down at all their suffering contemporaries who did not prepare for hard times and say “I told you so” to all of them. One example that comes to mind is the cable-TV show, Doomsday Preppers. While reasonable preparations are not only wise, but biblically sound actions to take, this TV series showed in some episodes people who, in my opinion, had “gone off the deep end” in end-time preparedness. Nobody can prepare for everything. People can go so far that they make idols out of the items they are hoarding or stockpiling as if these “things” will guarantee their future safety, when it is only a proper reliance and dependence on God that can provide safety in future hard times.

Amos 5:18 (KJV) warns: “Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.” This verse actually warns us against an attitude of desiring or looking forward to the evil times at the end of our age. Amos 6 continues this thought, but from a different perspective. In verses 1-7, Amos 6 again pronounces “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…you that put far away the evil day…” It goes on to describe people who are “living it up’ with luxury and partying, “but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.” God sees this attitude, and pronounces a curse on them by saying these people “will go captive with the first of them that go captive.” One can see that there will be people who think that they have enough money or connections or provisions stored up that they don’t have to worry about hard times. It can also apply to people who think they are in some “one true church” whose members automatically will be protected from a coming “captivity” so they relax and pursue the materialistic pursuits of this world. However, God sees that self-absorbed attitude as one that he will punish. He wants his followers to have an attitude of genuine mourning for the “people of Joseph” who are going into a time of affliction. In other words, he wants to see in his people an attitude of compassion and mercy upon their countrymen (if they dwell in the modern nations of Joseph–the birthright tribes of Israel) or whether the people of Joseph are their countrymen or not.  The modern tribes of Joseph are identified in my books as the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. While the book of Amos was written at a time before the ancient kingdom of Israel went into an captivity, God does not change (Malachi 3:6), so God’s attitudes toward peoples facing an imminent time of national suffering or calamity will still be the same as in ancient times. Given the insoluble national deficit problems faced by the US federal government and a host of other problems growing steadily worse, one does not need to understand biblical prophecy or be a seer to understand that a major fiscal trauma lies in the USA’s future. In our modern times, we should also have an attitude of compassion and mercy toward our countrymen who do not see God’s judgment drawing near.

Amos himself displayed the attitude God wants us to have in Amos 7:1-6. In this passage, Amos, a prophet sent by God to the ancient kingdom of Israel, was given two private revelations from God about impending traumas that were about to strike the kingdom of Israel because of its sins. Did Amos have an attitude of: “That’s OK with me, Lord; they are just sinners who deserve it anyway. They are not righteous like me and I’ve prepared for the bad times anyway.” Not at all! Amos entreated the Lord that he would cancel out the two national traumas that only Amos knew had been pronounced on the nation. If you ever think that you have received a private revelation about a coming national disaster or you know of someone who claims to have had such a revelation from God, evaluate them in light of Amos’ reaction in Amos 7:1-6. People claiming to have private revelations from God about impending national dooms should, like Amos, “be grieved for the affliction of Joseph” and entreat God to cancel out the prophesied destruction or plague. God twice cancelled prophesied traumas upon ancient Israel simply because of Amos’ intercessions for Israel, and God can be moved to do the same thing today if he is entreated to do so. Amos 7 shows that the intercession of only one person can move God to cancel a plague or calamity.

Do you want protection from prophesied hard times, plagues and calamities? If so, we should consider the lesson found in Ezekiel 9. This is a prophecy about a time when sin was multiplying in the ancient kingdom of Judah, and God was not going to defer his judgment this time. However, he noted in verse 4 that God determined to spare those people who “sighed and cried for all the abomination” that was done in Jerusalem. He sent an angel to put a “mark” on the foreheads of those people who had righteous attitudes and were grieving about the sins in their nation, not partying it up with wealth and unconcern for others. So, as you consider the latter-day prophecies and how they will affect you and your family, remember the above lessons from scripture to see what the correct attitude that God wants to see in all of us.

Is it wrong to prepare for hard times when you see them coming? Of course not. Please read, if you have not done so already, my article, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times? That article documents that the Bible instructs Believers to make reasonable preparations for foreseeable hard times, but they should prepare with an eye toward helping others, not just themselves. I believe that this article outlining biblical principles to keep in mind while preparing for future hard times provides a balanced viewpoint for you to consider. Jesus Christ’s parable in Matthew 25:31-46 about the “sheep and the goats” also reveals that Jesus will harshly judge those who claim to be his followers but are in such a condescending attitude toward fellow Christians who they think are “the least” of Jesus’ brethren that they refuse to assist fellow believers during hard times. My article, A New Look at the Seven Churches of Revelation, would also be very appropriate reading on this point.

Finally, I want to close with a latter-day prophecy which offers us real hope. It is the parable of the “ten virgins” in Matthew 25:1-13. In that parable, the “virgins” symbolize the believers who will be living in the latter-days just before Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. Jesus is depicted as the expected “bridegroom” in the parable. Most interestingly, the “virgins” have all gone to sleep thinking that there is a lot of time before the “bridegroom” comes in the morning. However, they are all shocked that the “bridegroom” suddenly comes for them far earlier than any of them expected. In the parable, half are not ready for his return as they thought they had a lot more time to “sleep” and prepare for his Coming later. Why would all the “virgins” (latter-day Believers) be surprised Jesus returns much earlier than any of them expected? I suggest one obvious reason is that they all assumed Jesus Christ couldn’t return yet because “all the bad stuff” in the latter-day prophecies hadn’t yet happened or it happened on a scale much less than they expected so they missed the fulfillments. Another possible meaning of the parable could be that Jesus Christ comes for his “bride” (the church) much earlier in the latter-day time sequence of events than any of the “virgins” expected. This could happen if God the Father sends Jesus Christ sooner than the latter-day prophetic timetables indicated would occur and cancels out much of the really bad stuff prophesied for the latter days. After all, if the prayer of one man, Amos, could move a merciful Creator God to cancel out two major prophesied traumas in ancient times, why couldn’t the massed prayers of all of God’s people in our time also move the same merciful Creator to also cancel out a number of the latter-day traumas?

Do you think this is impossible? Think again. Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24:22 that the timetable of prophetic “days” allotted for the latter-day sequence of traumatic events will be “shortened.” That is good news that should give us all hope. The term “days” is plural, which could mean prophetic timetables could be shortened by as few as two days or by as many as a thousand or more days. Either would be a “plural” fulfillment. Daniel 12:11-12 mention prophetic timetables of 1290 and 1335 “days,” respectively, and Revelation 11:3 refers to a period of 1260 “days” in a latter-day timetable of events while Revelation 13:5 refers to a latter-day timetable of “42 months” (almost the same as 1260 days). These prophetic timetables will be shortened, according to Matthew 24:22.

Jesus told us in advance that the latter-day sequence of events will be “cut short,” but the prophecy in Matthew 24:22 gives God a lot of leeway as to how many “days” will be dropped from the prophetic timetable of latter-day traumas. Maybe God left it deliberately vague, as he wanted to wait and see how many of his people pray for that timetable of traumatic events to be shortened. If you are a person who “sighs and cries” for the iniquity that is permeating our national and global societies and if you are also a person who is “grieved for the affliction of Joseph,” you will be praying for God to mercifully cut short the latter-day timetable of allotted time by as many  “days” as possible. As far as I’m concerned, I hope the prophetic “days” are shortened to a far greater degree than any of us expect. If I read Matthew 25:1-13 correctly, Jesus Christ told us that is exactly what will happen.


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