ISIL/ISIS Threat Grows: Are You Ready for an Emergency? – New

August 30th, 2014

There has been a flurry of reports and warnings that a terrorist attack may be imminent in the UK, the USA or somewhere else. These terrorist warnings are particularly apropos in light of the threats from the ISIL/Islamic State terrorists holding much of eastern Syria and Northern Iraq that they will attack in other nations. The first link cites a recent ISIL/ISIS threat that they will drown the US in blood. That sounds like a pretty clear threatening statement to me. The second link shows the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US apparently “didn’t get the memo” about that warning as they think ISIL/ISIS isn’t a threat yet.

The British government is taking the ISIL/ISIS terrorist danger seriously as the British government has just raised its terrorist threat level to the “severe” level, one step from the highest threat awareness level available. The state of Texas is aware of the danger of terrorism as the third link documents. The governor of Texas and a US Congressman have warned about a heightened level of terrorist threat, but the US and Mexican governments, unlike the British government, are downgrading the threat. Perhaps they just don’t want people to get worried, but if they really know the threat of terrorism has risen, the US government will be heavily blamed if such an attack occurs while they were warning there was no danger. The fourth link reports the Saudis are taking the threat of ISIL/ISIS (also known as “The Islamic State”) seriously and have readied 30,000 troops to defend the Kingdom vs. ISIL/ISIS if they try to attack Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. They have arrested 62 members of a possible terrorist cell and are looking for 44 more.

It is remarkable that the US government seems to be the last to “get the message” that ISIL/ISIS terrorist attacks could occur in many possible nations. Since US warplanes are attacking ISIL/ISIS forces on the ground in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and helped the Kurds take back the vital Mosul dam from ISIL/ISIS, it would seem the US government would realize that the USA would likely be a prime target of any ISIL/ISIS terrorist efforts. The fifth link is particularly illustrative of the incoherence and seeming cluelessness of the Obama administration re: the dangers of possible ISIL/ISIS terrorist attacks as Obama admits flatly “We don’t have a strategy yet” in dealing with the ISIL/ISIS threat. Cynics might add how many months will it take for them to wake up and smell the coffee here? Let’s get this straight. The US is bombing ISIL/ISIS targets in northern Iraq and Obama still has no overall strategy yet? The Obama administration sure seems unready for “prime time” performance in vital national defense/foreign policy issues.

It has just been released that a terrorist laptop with troves of information on it was seized. A Fox News story on the cable-TV channel offered more detailed information about how dangerous ISIL/ISIS’s plans are, but the sixth link confirms it includes weaponizing the bubonic plague and even using grenades to hurl biological weapons into crowds.

Amazingly, the seventh link reports that the FBI didn’t even mention the threat of Islamic terrorism in preparing a domestic threat assessment report. They seem to share the politically-correct, head-in-the-sand perspective reportedly held by the US joint chiefs of staff. I watched part of a presentation by a US Rear Admiral on CNN today and I was very unimpressed with him as a military spokesman. He actually giggled nervously at times in his responses. Giggled! One reporter pressed him hard about why the Pentagon was taking so long to come up with strategies about taking on ISIL/ISIS more seriously. After watching this dismal performance by a US Rear Admiral, I can only say he will hardly inspire any fear in the hearts of any US enemies. Doesn’t the Pentagon have any real warrior generals left? The retired generals being interviewed on cable-TV channels seem to be bristling with disgust at the ineptitude of the current crop of Pentagon decision-makers and spokesmen. Where are the tough US military leaders like Schwarzkopf, Petraeus, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Patton?  If General Patton could have been resurrected today and have seen the weak performance of the US Pentagon spokesman today in light of the vicious ISIL/ISIS threat, I think Patton would have slapped him (those who understand history will get my drift here).

Interestingly, Isaiah 3:1-4 prophesies that when a nation departs from God and forsakes his laws, that God will take away “mighty men and the man of war” from such a nation and that they will have childish leaders. I leave it to your judgment whether this has happened to modern day America. Please read my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, to see why this prophecy would apply to the USA, a modern “covenant” nation in God’s eyes.

I have no idea whether or when a major Islamic Jihadi terrorist attack will take place against American, British or some other nation’s people or interests. Certainly, its best to be on the safe side in the event such a thing happens. The eighth link and ninth link are from the FEMA website of the US government. They explain the need for Americans to have a supply of emergency items on hand in case of a national or local disaster or emergency. Such a disaster could be weather-related, financial markets-related or terrorist-related. FEMA offers a list of items that Americans should stock up on to be prepared “just in case.” The FEMA recommendation is for everyone to be able to be self-sufficient for 72 hours, but anyone who watched the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina fiasco knows that a 72-hour supply of essentials is woefully short. I’d suggest a supply of weeks instead of 72 hours. To review what I think is a balanced biblical approach to preparing for an emergency, I urge that you read my article, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times?

  1. http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/coming-to-america-isis-threatens-to-drown-us-all-in-our-blood-5871126081175552
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/25/joint-chiefs-chairman-says-isis-not-direct-threat-to-west-wont-recommend-syria/
  3. http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/alarms-sound-over-imminent-attacks-on-u-s/
  4. http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/saudis-regroup-amid-islamic-state-threat/
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/28/obama-isil-situation-room-meeting/14741057/
  6. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/29/laptop-reportedly-seized-from-isis-hideout-hints-at-biological-weapons/
  7. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/29/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/
  8. http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
  9. http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

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Obama Blocks Arms Shipments to Israelis – New

August 27th, 2014

President Obama recently took one of the most anti-Israeli actions ever taken by a US president. With other major stories dominating US news coverage, this important item got overlooked, but I wanted readers of this blog to know about it.

Obama arbitrarily “ordered” the state and defense departments to “suspend any Israeli request for weapons or other military supplies” (see first link). His action contradicts the clear will of the US Congress which has routinely approved such arms shipments to Israel and it runs very opposite to US public opinion which has always supported the Israelis in their actions against Hamas, which the US has labeled a terrorist entity. Obama’s executive action was so sweeping and presumptuous that he “issued a directive that any Israeli request, regardless of size, would require his approval.” Taken at face value, it means the Israelis can’t receive a single bullet from the USA without the approval of Obama himself. The second link adds more information on this story and examines the growing tensions between the US and Israel. It also mentions the British government is taking a more anti-Israel position in sending weapons to the Israelis.

My first reaction is that Obama is acting as if he is a king instead of president who must implement the actions of the US Congress as the Constitution sets forth. My second reaction is that since this action only helps Hamas and those who wish to attack or eliminate Israel as a Jewish nation, has Obama tipped his hand that he is secretly pro-Hamas? Can you think of any other explanation? Obama’s action reverses the entire foreign policy history of the USA on Mideast politics. Obama’s action gives great aid and comfort to Hamas. Obama’s very hostile action against a long-standing US ally must leave all US allies around the world in severe doubt of whether the USA can ever again be trusted by any ally as long as Obama is president. In a recent TV round-table discussion on foreign policy on cable-TV, I heard respected commentator Charles Krauthammer state the USA is becoming “irrelevant” in foreign policy matters under Obama’s weak and indecisive actions. That discussion focused on the Mideast, but it could be applied worldwide.

Another consequence of Obama’s bizarre action is that the Israelis will have to accelerate their efforts to find new trustworthy weapons suppliers. Some immediate candidates come to mind. Since Germany has supplied Israel with state-of-the-art Dolphin submarines for the Israeli navy, Germany is a likely candidate to be a new weapons supplier to Israel. Another option is the possibility that Israel will pursue more joint weapons-development programs with India. A third and obvious consequence is that the Israelis will build a greater domestic weapons production base. Israel can already make tanks, warplane supplies, drones and many other types of weapons. It would boost the Israeli domestic economy to employ more Israelis in good-paying weapons production factories instead of being dependent on a now unreliable US defense industry for vital weaponry.

The biggest loser in Obama’s action is the reputation of Obama himself. Whatever credibility he had left on the world scene has surely evaporated as he acts in an increasingly strange and confusing manner in his decisions. Another huge loser is the entire US weapons-production industry which could permanently lose a lot of business in future years if Obama’s bizarre action is allowed to stand. How can any foreign purchaser of US weaponry rely on receiving their ordered weaponry if a president can arbitrarily cancel any foreign weapons contract when the whim strikes him? The US Congress, whenever it returns from its latest vacation, should countermand Obama’s action by passing a Congressional law undoing Obama’s anti-Israeli action.

There is a growing possibility that the Republicans will take the US Senate in the fall congressional elections (third link). If that happens, it is possible the US House (if it stays GOP-controlled as predicted) could impeach Obama, the Senate could approve his impeachment and that would make Vice-President Biden the new US president. I’m no fan of Biden, but at least I regard him as rational. He would be an improvement over the loose cannon now sitting in the White House oval office. Obama’s anti-Israeli (and anti-Jewish) action can only hurt Democrats in the fall election. Most Jews typically vote Democratic and Jewish donors traditionally fund Democrat candidates. Obama’s very anti-Israeli (and, consequently, anti-Jewish) action which helps Hamas can only alienate Jewish voters (and all US voters who support the Israelis) from Democrat candidates. Why should Jews vote for or fund the Democratic Party’s candidates when its leader is acting in such a strikingly anti-Israeli manner? The USA is in growing danger from Obama’s bizarre decisions and presumptuous executive actions. He is alienating and offending US allies, making the entire world suspicious of him and untrusting of the USA under his leadership.

Biblically, it is clear that the Israelis will not be eliminated as a nation. The Jewish nation will endure and remain as a Jewish nation in the old Promised Land. Zephaniah 2:1-1 and Zechariah 12 and 14 all cite God’s assurances that he will protect the independence and survival of “Judah,” the Israeli Jewish nation, in the latter days. Indeed, Zechariah 12:3 God declares he will protect the Jewish Israeli nation “though all the people of the earth be gathered against it.” That is a powerful guarantee.

  1. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/15/furious-obama-blocked-arms-deliveries-israel-state-dept-approved-july-request/
  2. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/14/Obama-Reportedly-Blocks-Israel-Missile-Shipment
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/26/republicans-gaining-momentum-in-race-for-control-senate/

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The “Black Helicopters”….Caught on Camera!

August 23rd, 2014

For years, the term “black helicopters” has been a phrase associated with the fears of right-wingers about secret governmental plots to use these helicopters to oppress the American people in the future, and the term has also been used by some comedians to mock people who asserted the black helicopters really exist.

Well, we now know the “black helicopters” really do exist. The “black helicopters” conducted an unannounced exercise in the Twin Cities recently, buzzing around and between the skyscrapers of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The local CBS news affiliate, WCCO-TV, aired a story about these exercises and it included video footage of their movements in the Twin Cities. The story included the fact that the US government did not want to say much of anything about the black helicopters and their mission, other than to say that it gives pilots practice in flying night missions in unfamiliar territory. An interview with a local resident showed that the mission did not contribute to any building of trust between the government and the people.

Reports of “black helicopters” being seen in many locations have been extant for years. I think they go back into both the Clinton and Bush presidencies. The government used to deny their existence, but now it is impossible for it do so since they can now be caught on camera almost anywhere in the USA given the ubiquitous presence of high-tech personal phones equipped with video-cam functions. The link even names the airbase where the black helicopters originated. Obviously, there may be more than one base within the USA that hosts black helicopter detachments. The TV story in the link reports only where the black helicopters that buzzed the Twin Cities originated.

What could be the mission of the black helicopters? On one end of the spectrum is the view that the US government is becoming more totalitarian and it is training pilots and armed personnel to impose martial law in parts of the USA in the future. I sure hope that isn’t true. On the other hand, if Hezbollah or Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists activate sleeper cells in the US and attack high-value US infrastructure targets or attack malls where high casualties can be afflicted, the training given to the black helicopter personnel would be invaluable to enable them to respond to any such terrorist attacks. It is also possible that they are training for possible Special Forces missions overseas where they may have to fly by or over unfamiliar terrain and buildings. The US government just disclosed after the cowardly and devilish decapitation of a US reporter by ISIL that there had been an unsuccessful raid by US Special Forces to rescue the American who was later executed in such a brutal fashion. Apparently, that unsuccessful raid took place in a Syrian city, and that kind of insertion of a Special Forces team would have to include flying by and around unfamiliar buildings in a Syrian city. Perhaps their pilots trained for such missions in “black helicopter” training missions in the USA.

I do not claim to know all the reasons for black helicopter missions in the USA. They can and do terrorize American citizens, and they certainly cause more Americans to doubt the intentions of their own government. If they are simply training missions to protect Americans or American interests at home and abroad in any kind of future crisis, the US government should definitely announce the training missions in advance to the local population to allay fears. Given how long these black helicopter-training missions have occurred within the USA, it may be that our American homeland is under a greater terrorist threat than we realize.

Personally, I wish some of those black helicopter units would be tasked to northern Iraq to take out vital equipment and leaders of ISIL and to locate and rescue the hundreds of girls kidnapped in northern Nigeria by the Islamic Jihadi terrorists of Boko Haram. The world has an increasing number of dangerous places. Paul’s prophecy that the latter days would be “perilous times” (II Timothy 3:1) has certainly come true. I hope the black helicopter units training in secretive exercises around the USA are training to protect Americans and American interests. At any rate, anyone who now says the “black helicopters” aren’t real is now known to be an uniformed person. Send them this link if you know any such uninformed people.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/08/19/black-helicopters-over-twin-cities-have-some-asking-questions/


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Pope Calls for Military Action Vs. ISIS: Europe Responds

August 21st, 2014

Although it has received very little media attention in the USA, which is obsessed with other media stories, a remarkable development has occurred in Europe. The first two links [1, 2] document that Pope Francis has surprised many by calling for military action vs. ISIL, which has been killing and torturing Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The Pope has called for an international military action vs. ISIL, which is a remarkable development. It has been a long time since a Pope led the charge for a war effort. Indeed, has this happened at all since the last crusade in Medieval times?

I may surprise some people by saying this, but I applaud the Pope for his action. I wish every Christian leader would have the guts to call ISIL the evil force it is and call for it to be stopped and hurled back with military power. The second link shows one other Christian leader has agreed with the Pope’s call for military force. A Protestant leader, the Anglican Archbishop of Leeds, sounds like he was joining the Pope’s call for action.

Most interestingly, the Pope’s statement has seemed to galvanize the willingness of European governments to coordinate their actions to arm the Kurds so they can hurl back the ISIL Jihadis. The third link and fourth link relate that the governments of Germany, Italy, France and the UK (see also second link re: the UK) are now willing to send heavier weaponry to the Kurds. Given that the ISIL forces captured a number of US tanks from the fleeing Iraqi army troops in Mosul, the Kurds especially need the anti-tank weapons which are, apparently, now on the way. I was watching the TV cable news networks (CNN, Fox News and Al Jazeera America) today and one of them had a text crawler that also confirmed Germany was willing to coordinate its military aid with the UK, France and Italy.  I thought it was noteworthy that the USA was not listed as a nation in that coalition. That may be an oversight or it may be that allied nations have now lost so much trust in the Obama administration re: foreign policy matters that they can’t count on it for anything. While the USA’s airstrikes have blunted the ISIL advance into the Kurdish region and helped the Kurds take back the Mosul dam from ISIL, the ISIL forces have scarcely been attacked anywhere else. Indeed, the US air strikes have been rather underwhelming so far. I haven’t seen any report that they have taken out any high-value targets such as tanks or self-propelled artillery units. I’ve only seen examples of US air strikes attacking low-value targets such as mortar positions and pick-up trucks so far. Even those minor pinprick strikes were enough to galvanize the Kurdish morale to hurl back the ISIL forces. If even minor US air strikes have helped Kurdish morale so much, think what the Kurds could have done if the US had hit ISIL with B-52 or B-1 mass bombing strikes as I called for in my recent post.

As is noted in the third and fourth links, Germany’s willingness to send weaponry to a foreign war theater is the first time it has done so since World War II, a major break with Germany’s post-World War II pacifist record. I also applaud the moves of all the European nations who send military equipment or forces to the Kurds hurl back the ISIL forces even further and save the minorities and refugees who are being murderously attacked and killed by ISIL. The willingness of the Pope to call for military action in the Mideast against Islamic Jihadis and the willingness of European nations to respond to that call is a truly remarkable development. It may or may not have a future prophetic impact, but this is a development which needs to be watched closely.

What I find very disappointing is the comatose response of the Sunni nations of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc. to the barbaric and wicked conduct of ISIL forces as they torture and kill their way across northern Iraq and Syria. Why are these Sunni nations doing nothing? Don’t they grasp the ISIL madmen are giving Sunni Islam a very bad image all over the earth? The last link reports that some influential Islamic clerics are finally denouncing the ISIL madmen. It’s about time some of them did.

The second link introduces the word “crusade” into the narrative of this story. We are a long way from any crusade, but if we were living in the 12th century and a Pope had called for military action against murderous Muslims killing Christians in the Mideast and all of Europe was still devoutly Catholic, we’d likely be witnessing the start of a real crusade.

  1. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/169138-apparently-pope-tougher-isis-americas-commander-chief/
  2. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/18/pope-francis-isis-and-the-last-crusade.html
  3. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/germany-prepared-send-arms-kurds-iraq-25048900
  4. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-20/germany-clears-way-to-arm-kurds-in-post-wwii-reversal.html
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/15/arab-press-blasts-islamic-state-militants-for-tarnishing-muslims/

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“Federal Reserve and Other Central Banks Own Close to Half of All Stock Markets”

August 18th, 2014

These links reveal that the US Federal Reserve Board and other central banks around the world own “close to half of all [the] stock markets.” The title of this post is the title of the first link. Please re-read the first sentence and let it sink in to grasp the meaning of this shocking revelation. I think most citizen-investors around the world assumed that all stocks were owned by private investors, sovereign investment funds, pension funds, mutual funds, etc. Not true! The first three links reveal that vast amounts of stock equities are owned by the US Federal Reserve Board and other central banks! The Fed and the central banks have surely been buying these stock funds with fantasy money, money created by the central banks “out of thin air.” If a private investor tried to do that, it would be called “counterfeiting.”

As the first link observes: “This has led to an artificially high stock market, and an over-analysis of the real value of tradable equities (emphasis added).” The first link also warns about the “market manipulation” that is now possible due to vast amounts of stocks being owned by the central banks, not by “real” investors. Indeed, it asks the succinct question: “Are there any markets at all that are not manipulated bubbles…?” My own opinion is that there are no truly independent markets anywhere any longer. The second link and third link offer different, but supportive, perspectives on this matter of grave importance for global financial markets of all kinds. Obviously, if the Fed and other central banks hadn’t bought massive amounts of stocks with what is essentially “funny money”‘ created out of thin air, the stock valuations in all global markets would be way lower than they are today.

I didn’t know central banks were allowed to own stocks at all. Did you? I wonder if Congress even knows?

The fourth link describes “dark trading pools” of capital that are controlled secretively by the big players on Wall Street and other global markets. As you read the fourth link, ask yourself again the first link’s question: “Are there any markets at all that are not manipulated bubbles?”

If central banks own such vast tracts of stocks, it allows for the possibility of them creating a financial crisis at a time of their choosing by selling massive amounts of their stock holdings in a coordinated global fashion. This could cause a stock market crash that no one would have seen coming. Revelation 17-18′s prophecy about the collapse of the global financial markets in the latter days leaves one with the impression that investors and average merchants are shocked by the sudden collapse of the global markets. Previous posts at this website have discussed various possible “triggers” for the fulfillment of this prophecy. Now we have another possible “trigger” for that prophecy being fulfilled. The Fed and central banks could deliberately cause a financial meltdown in stock markets by coordinated selling of their equity holdings. Why would they do that? To gain control of the world’s corporations by buying them up with fantasy money when their valuations are at very low levels would be one explanation. It may also be arranged by a shadowy group of insiders who want to dump the current monetary/financial system so they can bring in a new global financial and monetary system that allows for them to control the world’s monetary transactions and, thereby, control all people. That is exactly what Revelation 17-18 and Revelation 13:16-18 prophecy will happen. The “seven heads and ten horns” are prophesied to deliberately take down the current financial and monetary system to impose a new one of their own making on the world. We may be drawing close to such an event happening. As these links reveal, the means to do it already exist.

Ask yourself another question: Did the establishment media bother to tell you anything about the very important information in these links?

  1. http://www.examiner.com/article/federal-reserve-and-other-central-banks-own-close-to-half-of-all-stock-markets
  2. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-15/cluster-central-banks-have-secretly-invested-29-trillion-market
  3. http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/cris-sheridan/central-banks-buying-stocks
  4. http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/07/who-owns-the-u-s-stock-market/

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Report: Big US Banks Not Ready for Another Crisis

August 15th, 2014

Given the many crisis situations in the world and nation that are currently consuming all the media attention, a noteworthy story has surfaced that has a possible biblical relevance. It also could impact your life in the future.

Congress held a committee meeting at which US Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, was the star witness. The topic was whether the Fed and US governmental regulatory agencies had done their Congressionally-mandated duty to determine whether the big US banks had adopted credible “living wills” in the event they collapse. The “living will” refers to a corporate “living will,” not a personal one. As the link relates, Fed Chair Yellen was “skewered” by Senator Elizabeth Warren whose questions put it on the record that the banks are not ready for another banking crisis. The link’s report also adds that Fed Chair Yellen tried to “duck” every question with obfuscating answers, but Sen. Warren finally tersely asked Fed Chair Yellen: “Have you ever gotten to a plan that you can say with a straight face is credible?” As the link notes, even the governmental agencies were finally forced to admit that none of the big banks’ plans for meeting a new major financial/banking crisis were credible. You can read in the link the specific reasons why none of the big US banks had plans that were credible, and the article names the 11 banks that are supposed to have been working on credible plans to how to be able to implement their own bankruptcies without damaging the US economy and financial markets during a fiscal crisis. The link specifically focuses on how vast the effect on US markets would be if the mega-bank, J.P Morgan, went bankrupt.

So, even though the big banks came close to an existential fiscal crisis in 2008 that could have collapsed global economies and markets, they have done apparently nothing in terms of being ready for the next big fiscal/monetary crisis. This is very much a cause for concern, as the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and China’s amassing of vast quantities of gold and silver may be harbingers of a future financial/monetary crisis that could be deliberately precipitated by Russia and China in retaliation for current US sanctions against Russia. I’m not specifically predicting this will happen, but it is a possibility. I have little doubt that Russia and China, being strategic allies, are likely considering such a move behind closed doors to “put the USA in its place.”

The article makes the further observation that the US regulators of the big US banks really don’t have their hearts in regulating the big banks with any serious oversight. Why is that? Could it be that the top regulators of the US governmental agencies don’t want to antagonize the big banks because they want cushy jobs at those banks when they leave “government service?”

Prophetically, this has ramifications for the eventual fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that the world will experience a global financial/monetary meltdown at the end of this age just prior to the arrival of the “beast” system on the earth. This prophecy came within a few hours of being fulfilled in 2008 as that is how long former US Secretary of the Treasury Paulson said the global economy was to collapse at that time. The big banks, US regulators and the US Federal Reserve have apparently taken none of the warnings of the 2008 near-collapse to heart. The link’s content indicates that the USA and world are just as vulnerable to a big banking collapse today as they were in 2008. This little-noticed Congressional Hearing brought to light the fact that the big US banks are very vulnerable to a fiscal crisis, and that their vulnerability makes the entire nation vulnerable to the consequences of the big banks’ failure to prepare “credible” plans to deal with their own future bankruptcies. While I’ve mentioned it in several previous posts, Revelation 17: 8 and 10 foretell the prophesied collapse of the current world economic order will occur in “one day” and “one hour.” Now that all global stock, currency and commodity markets are digitally electronically linked together, a cascading crisis in one market could easily spread to all markets within an hour or a day. That almost happened in 2008. In order for this biblical prophecy to be literally fulfilled, the God who inspired the book of Revelation had to know in advance that mankind’s knowledge level would progress so far that such a digitally enabled, global collapse would be possible. Daniel 12:4 and Matthew 37 anticipated just such an exponential knowledge explosion in the latter days. For in-depth, historical information on why the Bible calls our current global financial system “Babylon the Great,” I urge you to read my article, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System. I think you will find it most revealing.

While it may be only coincidental, it may be worth noting that the modern nation located where ancient Babylon was located, Iraq, is in the process of disintegration, crisis and possible national collapse. I wonder if the crisis and apparent collapse of the modern nation where ancient Babylon used to be located is an omen that the modern, global, financial system named after ancient Babylon might be nearing its fall as well? I suggest readers, if they have not done so, read my recent post examining the possibility that three biblical indicators are simultaneously pointing to the year 2015 as a crucial year for biblical prophetic fulfillment.

One last thought. The aforementioned Senator Warren is being touted as a possible competitor to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential nominating process in 2016. She is a liberal, but it’s worth noting that the link indicates that she is no friend or fan of the US Federal Reserve Board or the big US banks. That may prove to be important in the future.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/08/12/delamaide-banks-living-wills/13977009/


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The Bombing Campaign That Should Be Happening vs ISIS

August 12th, 2014

Surely, many readers are watching closely what is happening in northern Iraq where ISIL forces are running loose unopposed by anyone in the region other than the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The Kurds are to be admired and complimented not only for their determination in fighting ISIL, but in providing sanctuary for those who are fleeing ISIL’s madmen. The Kurds have sheltered refugees from ISIL’s terrorists whether the refugees are moderate Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Yazidis, etc. Is anyone else confused about the terminology of the terrorists in this action? First they were called ISIL, then ISIS, and now the “Islamic State.” Let’s just call them what they are: Evil.

The first link offers information about the limited US air strikes vs. ISIL’s terrorist army. The second link is a USA Today editorial that states Obama “was caught flat-footed by the rapid advance of Islamic State extremists.” That is correct. While Obama has authorized a few air strikes vs. ISIL, they are sporadic and inadequate at best. So far, I’ve only read or heard that the air strikes have destroyed some ISIL artillery, a couple mortar positions and some trucks. Excuse me. We are using US air strikes to target mere mortar positions and some trucks while allowing ISIL’s tank and armored columns to be untargeted? That sure is an odd and ineffective way to fight an opponent. The third link offers an opinion that the minimal air strikes being done by the USA are not likely to be very effective at stopping the ISIL advance (I agree). Thankfully, the USA is sending some badly-needed arms to the Kurds to help them fight ISIL and protect the hundreds of thousands of refugees they are sheltering (fourth link). Reportedly, even this minimal initial help has helped the Kurds recapture two towns from ISIL (fifth link).

Everyone needs to realize how evil ISIL/ISIS the Islamic State is. They have beheaded and crucified Christians and others. I’ve included some links about these atrocities in previous posts and you can find more information via a web search. I listened to a former military expert being interviewed on a cable news program last night that these terrorists are “pure evil.” He was correct. Today, I heard on a cable TV news program that a five year-old boy was cut in half by these terrorists because he was a Christian. Why is the world inert when such evil is on the march? Where is Turkey, a NATO nation? It does nothing. The sixth link indicates Turkey will continue to do nothing. Where is Saudi Arabia? It has done nothing. Where is Jordan? Even though ISIL has threatened to kill Jordan’s king and invade Jordan next, Jordan’s military (like Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s) have done…nothing.  Are they all paralyzed with fear? The central government of Iraq is politically paralyzed, and is doing…nothing meaningful to stop ISIL. So far the Iraqi central government has done the most to strengthen ISIL because the Iraqi “army” flees ISIL at the first sign of combat and leaves all the advanced US weaponry behind for ISIL to seize and use. Why didn’t they at least drive all the tanks and armored vehicles back to Baghdad if they were going to retreat?

I hate to say ‘”I told you so,” but in December 2013, I warned in a post that an Al Qaeda army of terrorists was forming in Syria and that their threat would grow and endanger other nations in the Mideast (last link). It has happened. Too bad the White House, the US Defense Department and the State Department weren’t reading my blog last year. They would have had a “heads up” on what was obvious to even a mere layman like myself. Now the Obama administration is reacting in a very desultory manner to this army of evil that is on the loose in the Mideast. There is a biblical prophecy that comes to mind in watching the USA doing next to nothing about this advance of evil, and watching the rest of the world do nothing at all about it. Leviticus 26 is a prophecy about the future for the ancient Israelites who had entered a covenant with the Creator God to obey him. It outlined blessings that would befall their descendants if they obeyed God and curses that would befall them if they disobeyed. The ancient Israelites split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, and both nations collapsed and went into exile due to their sins in breaking their covenant with God. Their descendants are also bound by the blessings and curses pronounced in Leviticus 26. Their descendants include the USA and many of the European NATO nations, as my books, audio messages and articles document. When the USA and the western world was a dominantly-Christian bloc, they were ascendant and powerful in the world. The USA had the greatest military and economic power of any nation or empire ever seen on the earth at the end of World War II. The USA was then solidly Christian. It has steadily deteriorated into a nation that is rebelling against God’s ordained laws and natural order. As it has rebelled against God, it has steadily gone downhill. In Leviticus 26:19, one of the curses pronounced upon Israelites who disobeyed God’s laws was that God would “break the pride of [their] power.” That is happening in the modern world. Christians (and many others) are being persecuted, killed, thrown into exile, and even beheaded and crucified at times in Syria and Iraq. The historically Christian nations of Europe do…nothing. The predominately Christian USA does… almost nothing. It amazes me that the USA has the power to hurl back ISIL’s advance easily and perhaps even destroy it with a brief but intense bombing campaign, but is merely bombing a few trucks and a couple mortar positions so far.

At the risk of sounding like a Ronald Reagan fan (which I was and am), here is the kind of air war I’d have launched against ISIL/ISIS if I had been president of the USA. I’d have launched the first phase of the air war with no warning to ISIL/ISIS forces so they had no time to prepare for the attack or disperse their forces. I’d have attacked while their armored columns and fighters were all still packed together in columns. The first phase would have been B-52 and B-1 bombers dropping a “carpet bomb” attack on their advancing columns. That would have left their surviving forces in shock. The next phase would have been an attack by a squadron of A-10 “Warthog” attack planes which I’d have prepositioned in a friendly Kurdish airport along with their ground support crews. The A-10s would have hit the surviving ISIL/ISIS tanks minutes after the B-52s and B-1s had turned the terrorist army into a devastated mass of shocked survivors, and eliminated whatever was left. The A-10s are the world’s best airplanes for attacking armored columns. They are designed specifically for that task and they are very effective. I’d have sent an electronic jamming plane with the A-10′s in case the terrorist army had any functioning anti-aircraft capacities left to use against the A-10s. I’d have had the A-10s roam freely throughout northern Iraq taking out ISIL/ISIS armor and fighters wherever they could find them, utilizing the latest satellite intelligence to hit them quickly. [The A-10s are an excellent and needed asset but the Obama administration wants to retire them all. What on earth is he thinking?] I think one 24-hour period of such attacks would have ISIL/ISIS reeling and their adherents would be fleeing back to their villages and tribes in an attempt to survive. I’d have armed the Kurds with better weapons so they could have surged out of their mountainous region to fight ISIL/ISIS on the northern Iraqi plains with US close air support. I’d let the Kurds keep any functioning armor or weaponry that ISIL/ISIS fighters abandoned. Politically, the Kurds, the only real entity so far with the guts to fight ISIL/ISIS, need to be rewarded. Again, if I were the president of the USA, I’d suggest the Kurds declare an independent Kurdistan in the region they occupied and I’d have the US State Department announce that the USA was the first nation to recognize it as a political nation. I’d also sign an alliance agreement with the Kurds which would result in the Kurds receiving US weaponry and the US receiving the right to build a major airbase in Kurdistan. The Kurds have been faithful US allies for many years, and they deserve to be so recognized and rewarded. They could work out their borders with the Shiite region of the old Iraq in negotiations.

The above was what I would do if I were the president of the USA. Will it happen? No, it won’t, because the USA is led by people who have “lost the pride of the power” that God once gave us. We also have a US commander-in-chief who possibly couldn’t even properly sight-in the aiming system of a BB gun, much less understand how to apply and use real military power.  His indecisive use of air power has given the enemy the chance to disperse their forces and make them harder to hit in fixed columns.

Remember years ago when the USA declared a “war on terrorism” when the terrorists were hidden and hard to locate? Well, we now have a large terrorist army operating openly in large formations and killing at will in a large portion of the Mideast. At a time when we could be hitting the terrorists hard and effectively with air strikes, the US government’s “war on terrorism” still focuses on having people take off their belts and shoes at airports. The “war on terrorism” has become a farce.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/09/iraq-air-strikes-islamic-state/13824705/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/08/isis-editorial/13782773/
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/11/defense-official-us-airstrikes-unlikely-to-hurt-iraqi-militants-overall/
  4. http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140811/DEFREG04/308110008/Official-US-Shipping-Arms-Iraqi-Kurds
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/11/us-reportedly-sending-arms-to-iraq-kurds-in-battle-against-militants/
  6. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/11/turkey-providing-kind-support-u-s-war-isil/
  7. http://stevenmcollins.com/WordPress/?p=6700

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Egyptian-Israeli-Saudi Alliance Deepens

August 9th, 2014

One little-noticed consequence of the Israeli-Hamas war in Gaza is that prominent Islamic nations in the region are abandoning Hamas’ cause and tilting toward Israel. This trend is becoming more pronounced.

But first, the 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel is over and the Hamas-Israeli conflict has again become active (first link). Personally, it seems to me that while Hamas still has rockets to fire at Israel, the Israelis may be running short of meaningful targets to attack in Gaza. Israel appears to have destroyed all of the Hamas tunnels into Israel and clobbered Hamas’ rocket inventories and many of its launching sites. At this point, the Israelis have got to be concerned about expending their inventory of Iron Dome missiles while the far-greater threat of rocket and missile attack from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon remains a real threat. Indeed, Hezbollah, may be counting how many times the Iron Dome system has fired its interceptor missiles at Hamas rockets. It is not impossible that Hezbollah could seize on the end of the Israeli-Hamas conflict as the best time to open fire at the Israelis, as their supply of Iron Dome interceptor missiles will be low.

The second link reports the remarkable news that the Saudi King gave a five-minute statement about the Hamas-Israeli conflict which was interpreted as a Saudi criticism of Hamas and was noteworthy in that it lacked any of the past knee-jerk condemnations of Israel that previous such conflicts had evoked. The lack of any Saudi criticism of Israel in the matter speaks volumes. The Saudi king further called Hamas “terrorists” and added that they were “distorting the image of Islam.”

The second link also notes that Egypt and Israel have become “tightly-cleaved military allies.” Not many media reports ever mention it, but Hamas is being blockaded by Egypt as well as Israel. Egypt is destroying Hamas’ tunnels between Egypt and Gaza just as Israel is doing the same thing to Hamas’ tunnels between Gaza and Israel (third link). While Israel has reportedly destroyed about 32 Hamas tunnels into Israel, the third link reports the Egyptians have destroyed an amazing 1,639 tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Egypt, quite logically, sees Hamas as its enemy. Hamas was an ideological ally of the Muslim Brotherhood which almost destroyed Egypt in their brief reign of terror over Egypt and which is now outlawed by the new Egyptian government. Hamas is also allied to the Islamic radicals who are attacking and killing Egyptian police and soldiers in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and who also target Egyptian buildings for terrorist attacks.

For several years, my posts have regularly expressed my expectation that Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan would become allies against Iran, based on the wisdom of the adage: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” I think that all three of these Islamic nations have come to two common conclusions. The first is that Hamas and the Palestinians will be of no use whatsoever to them in any future war or confrontation with Iran, while the Israelis would be of crucial assistance as an ally. The second is that as long as the USA is led by President Obama, the USA cannot be trusted as an ally. Egypt harbors an understandable grievance toward the USA by the latter’s perceived support of the Muslim Brotherhood during the civil unrest in Egypt and Obama’s failure to support long-time American ally, Hosni Mubarak. The Saudis are reportedly angry about those same things as well as Obama’s failure to live up to his “red-line” commitment during the Syrian civil war.

Biblically, none of the modern nations descended from Abraham are named in the Ezekiel 38:2-6 list of the members of the latter-day, Gog-Magog alliance. The Saudis and many other Arab nations are widely believed to be descended from Ishmael (last link), the son of Abraham and Hagar (a belief I share). Jordan is descended from Lot, Abraham’s nephew (Genesis 11:27), and Amman, the capital city of Jordan, still bears the name of Ammon, a son of Lot (Genesis19:36-38).  Egypt, a prominent regional power, is not mentioned as being in the Gog-Magog camp either. Since Egypt was always a major nation in the times when the books of the Bible were written, its omission from the Ezekiel 38:2-6 list is particularly noteworthy. Israel also needs new allies, as it cannot be sure of the USA’s support under Obama either. Obama’s negative rant against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, caught on an open mike while Obama was speaking with former French leader Sarkhozy, will be remembered throughout Israel as long as Obama is president. Iran is Israel’s implacable enemy so Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt know that the Israelis will be a reliable ally against Shiite Persian Iran.

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/09/israel-conducts-more-strikes-on-targets-in-gaza-after-cease-fire-collapses/?intcmp=latestnews
  2. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/02/Saudi-King-Publicly-Blames-Hamas-for-Gaza-War
  3. http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-army-destroys-13-more-gaza-tunnels-093712884.html
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael

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Did Israel Receive Divine Help in the Recent Hamas War?

August 7th, 2014

Several readers and friends have sent me this link, and I think all readers of this blog would benefit from reading it as well. The link details that on several occasions, Israeli soldiers and targeted cities were protected from Hamas rockets and missiles by Divine actions. It makes a very good case, in my opinion. Let’s assume the information in the article is all accurate as reported.

The article focuses on a Hamas missile that was fired at high-value Israeli targets in Tel Aviv. The highly effective Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system failed twice to lock-on to the missile and destroy it. That in itself is highly unusual. Then when it seemed the missile was about to impact in Tel Aviv, causing major damage and many casualties, a strong east wind suddenly came out of nowhere and blew the missile harmlessly off-course from its target. Two comments on this appear appropriate immediately. For a fast-traveling missile to be blown suddenly off its course when it is on its final trajectory, that east wind has to be very strong, indeed! Also, for it to come into existence precisely at the moment that it was needed to prevent a Hamas missile from doing major damage to Israel, seems too timely to be coincidental. The article also describes an incident where Israeli soldiers were saved by a suddenly appearing fog and that even the Hamas supporters were so frustrated at the inability of their rockets to hit their targets that they attributed their rockets’ misses to Israel’s God!

Personally, I find these accounts of Divine intervention to be believable. It is entirely consistent with biblical prophecy and the times in which we live. Zephaniah 2 (a prophecy I’ve cited often lately) declares that the people of Judah (Israelis/Jews) will have a Divine right to live in the old Promised Land during the latter-day period of prophetic time. God designated the seacoast (where Tel Aviv is) and the city of Ashkelon to be a part of their territory in this prophecy (verses 6-7) and Zechariah 12 and 14 adds that the city of Jerusalem will be inextricably linked to Judah’s homeland in the latter days. Zephaniah 2:8-11 specifically records God’s anger at those groups who “magnify themselves against [Judah's] border.” Hamas and Hezbollah are two organizations that fit that description of groups God will be against in the latter days. Given that prophecy and the fact that we are provably living in the latter days (see my article on this subject), it is altogether appropriate and to be expected that God would take actions to implement his prophecies in the latter days. In the event some readers desire more information confirming that the modern Israelis/Jews are the biblical tribe of Judah, please read my article, Four Reasons the Jews are Judah.

Tel Aviv is known for being a non-observant Jewish city, yet this “seacoast” city was saved by what can only be described as a Divine action. Perhaps more people in Tel Aviv will become observant as a result of this action as it becomes known to them. I also think more people in the world ought to fear God and pay more attention to his Bible in these latter days as instances of such Divine interventions occur.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/hand-of-god-sent-missile-into-sea/#3X1VTUgF71PKOv


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Saka/Scythian Burial Mound Discovered in South Kazakhstan

August 4th, 2014

I would like to thank a reader for sending me this link which I am bringing to the attention of all readers. It has photos and information about a Saka/Sarmatian/Hun burial mound found in southern Kazakhstan. I am convinced this is almost surely a Scythian/Israelite burial mound. Indeed, the dating of the burial mound all but assures it.

According to this link, the burial mound dates to the time period of the second century BC to the fourth century AD. This includes the time that the Parthian Empire was at its height ruling over what we now call Iran (ancient Persia) while various allied Scythian tribes ruled and roamed throughout south-central Asia. These were Israelite tribes that had originally been relocated into Asia when they were exiled from the ancient kingdom of Israel (II Kings 17:1-6, 18). The cities of the Medes referenced in the biblical account were in what is now northern Iran just south of the Caspian Sea. As my books document, the Israelites later fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah 14:2 that they would rule over all the empires that had taken or held them in captivity. The Parthian Empire fulfilled that prophecy when it ruled, as an Israelite empire, over the former empires of Assyria, Babylon and Medo-Persia which had held the Israelites captive. The population of the Israelite (Scythian/Parthian/Saka/Sarmatian/Iberian/Ephthalite Hunnish) tribes also exploded as they became very numerous. This fulfilled another prophecy in Hosea 1:10 that the ten tribes of Israel would become so numerous after their exile that they would not be countable. There is a common misconception that the ten tribes of Israel would die out in their exile. Quite the contrary! Hosea 1:10 reveals that God intended to make them vastly more numerous after their exile!

The Parthian Empire lasted from approximately 250 BC to 227 AD, and in several wars, the Parthians called on their Saka/Scythian allies from south-central Asia to assist them in wars against the Roman Empire. The tomb that is the subject of this link belonged to the Scythian/Saka tribes of Israel. When Parthia fell to the native Persians circa 227 AD, they and most of their allied tribes began a massive migration into Europe in search of new homelands.  As they migrated into Europe, the Romans called them Saxons, Germans, Goths, etc. However, as my book documents, some Israelite tribes led by the Saka/Ephthalite (or Nepthalite) Huns stayed in south-central Asia and waged war on the Persians. The Persians were Zoroastrians in their religion, and they expelled the Semitic Parthians who also had many adherents of Semitic religions (Christianity and Judaism) as well as sun-worshipers.  That this tomb had no evidence of any Zoroastrian influence is consistent with its identification of an Israelite tomb from the named period of time when the Israelites fought the Zoroastrian Persians after the fall of Parthia. Even during the time of Parthia’s empire, Zoroastrianism seems to have been a distinctly Persian religion.  The Parthians practiced religious tolerance when they were in power. The Zoroastrian Persians did not.

The article names the tomb as Sarmatian (notice the similarity between the names Samaria, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Israel and Sarmatia, the land of the Sarmatians), Saks/Saka, Huns or Alans. The terms “Saks” and “Saka” preserve the name of the famous Israelite forbear, Isaac, whose name was prophesied to be stamped on many of the Israelite descendants throughout future time-periods (Genesis 21:12). The “Huns” were doubtlessly the Ephthalite (or Nephthalite) Huns who were the Israelite tribe of Naphtali. As my books document, the tribe of Naphtali stayed in Asia longer than the other Israelite tribes and continued to fight the Zoroastrian Sassanian Persians for a considerable period of time after Parthia fell. The “Alans” were an Asiatic tribe that also migrated later into Europe, according to historical sources. This located tomb is found to the north of the famous Scythian royal burial tombs that were found in the Altai Mountain region of south-central Asia.

To learn more about this period of time, I recommend my E-book, The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found!, or the books, Israel’s Lost Empires and Parthia-The Forgotten Ancient Superpower, from my four-book set which contains a comprehensive (and non-denominational) history of the ten tribes of Israel from the calling of Abraham to modern times. If the world understood who the Israelite tribes were throughout history and which modern nations have descended from them, it would have an electrifying effect on many people. The Bible would also be seen as the true Word of a Creator God/Elohim as so many of its prophecies about the tribes of Israel have come to pass throughout many historical periods.

http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/07/2000-year-old-burials-discovered-in.html?m=1


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