US House Votes for “Top-to-bottom” Audit of US Fed – New

September 21st, 2014

The US House of Representatives voted a few days ago to have a federal investigative agency conduct a “top-to-bottom” audit of the US Federal Reserve Board (see first link). The vote passed with many Democrats joining Republicans to vote for the bill. The bill is expected to die a quiet death in the US Senate, where it seems to me that Sen. Harry Reid makes sure that any legislation that makes sense doesn’t even get a vote. There are more perspectives on the bill in the second link and third link.

However, the overwhelming vote in the House, with many Democrats supporting it, may cause some Democrats, especially those in troubled re-election campaigns, to vote for the audit bill if they are given a chance to do so. If the Senate switches to GOP domination after the November elections in the USA, such bills will finally come up for votes in the US Senate. Many bills, now blocked by Sen. Reid, could be passed and then sent to the White House to face a possible veto by President Obama. It is worth noting though that the US House already passed the “audit the Fed” bill by a more than 2/3rds majority, which is a veto-proof majority.

The Federal Reserve Board and all its affiliated Big Banking institutions are likely terrified at the thought of such an audit occurring. The Fed has made many statements and reports to the public, but no one has ever audited the Fed to know if it is telling the truth on any of its statements or its action. Such a audit is badly needed. If the US Senate goes Republican and this bill passes the Congress and goes to the White House, there will be tremendous pressure on both sides of the issue on President Obama. If such an audit took place, it could shake the very foundations of the entire US banking and lending industries. Its effects would ripple through the world economy because the US dollar is still the global reserve currency.

We know from the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that the current global banking/monetary/commercial system will collapse at some point in the latter day sequence of events and be replaced by the final “beast” system. I have written many posts on the possible triggers that could cause this prophecy to be fulfilled. An audit of the Fed which revealed widespread corruption and manipulations of global financial and commodity markets is one more possible trigger for a collapse of confidence in the US Fed and the US dollar that could cause a sudden end to the US dollar’s role as the global reserve currency and the elimination of the US Federal Reserve Board altogether.

If such an audit bill ever becomes law in the USA, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a sudden demand for shredders in all Federal Reserve Board offices and that many of its emails would “disappear” in the same fashion that the emails of US IRS official, Lois Lerner, also mysteriously “disappeared.”

For an in-depth historical view of why the modern global system of global banking and commerce is called “Babylon the Great” in biblical prophecy, please read my article, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System. I think you will find it eye-opening and that it will provide you with information about the origins of the banking system that you will never read in any economics textbook.

  1. http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/votes-in-congress-how-the-area-s-delegation-voted-last/article_a628da04-4126-11e4-bc64-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm
  2. http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/09/17/the-house-just-voted-for-a-full-audit-of-the-federal-reserve/
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/17/us-usa-fed-congress-idUSKBN0HC26E20140917

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Poll: “Obama Worst President Since World War II” – New

September 21st, 2014
Many readers may not have noticed a poll that was released in early July, 2014, but which received minimal publicity or discussion among the “talking heads” on TV news programs. The poll revealed that Americans believed that Barack Obama is the worst president of the USA since World War II. I thought I’d pass this information on to those domestic and foreign readers of this blog that may not have read about this poll. It is discussed and examined in the two links below.It is worth noting that this poll was conducted before the ISIL/ISIS and Ukrainian crisis became greater international events and front-page news. Obama hasn’t exactly distinguished himself in either crisis. If the poll was repeated today, I suspect even more Americans would regard him as the worst president since World War II.

For those wondering about my views, I would vote that Obama was the worst American president since World War II. My choice for second-worst president would be Jimmy Carter. My vote for the best president since World War II would be Ronald Regan, the first-place choice of most Americans. Personally, I do not think Harry Truman gets enough credit for his job as president. It took immense courage and sense of responsibility to drop the atomic bombs that ended World War II. He had to be willing to make a terribly hard choice: take the lives of over a hundred thousand Japanese in the two bombings or conduct a conventional invasion of Japan which would have cost millions of lives, with even greater casualties for both the Japanese and American sides. I think he deserves a higher ranking.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/07/02/obama-george-w-bush-quinnipiac-poll-reagan-clinton/11985837/
  2. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/poll-obama-worst-president-since-wwii-108507.html

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Ebola: A Biblical “Pestilence?” – New

September 18th, 2014

All readers are, no doubt, aware of the very serious Ebola plague that is spreading throughout Western Africa. Three nations, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, are the most very affected and a fourth, Nigeria, is somewhat affected.  Senegal is also now reporting a case of Ebola (first link). The third link and fourth link detail the anti-Ebola effort announced by President Obama which includes sending 3,000 military troops to the affected nations. Obviously, these 3,000 military members are almost surely not trained in Ebola-specific medical protocols. If they contract the disease and bring it back with them to the USA, the disease could spread quickly through the USA. Also obviously, these 3,000 troops and any other assigned personnel coming back to the USA from West African nations affected by Ebola will need to be quarantined before re-entering the USA to protect the America general population from an outbreak. While not mentioned in the links, the 3,000 American troops may also have to provide security services at airports, rail stations, bus stations, seaports, etc. to make sure that no one leaves or enters certain nations without permission. As evidence of this possibility, the nation of Sierra Leone is going to impose a three-day shut-down of the nation to try and stop the spread of Ebola (second link).

The third and fourth links paint a very grim picture of how bad the Ebola plague has become and how fast it is spreading. The fourth link cites President Obama as stating that the world faces an “unprecedented and out-of-control Ebola epidemic in West Africa, ” and that “It’s spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It’s spreading faster and exponentially (emphasis added).” The same link reports that “infections are doubling about every three weeks” and that it could spread to other continents and even “mutate to become airborne.” If it becomes airborne, entire cities and nations will have to be quarantined and some may depopulate. The world seems slow to grasp the danger presented to it by this Ebola outbreak. This will not be stopped by the US acting alone.  Any carrier of the disease could bring it to any other continent, business center or tourist mecca in the world very quickly.

The final link reports just how widespread this Ebola outbreak could become. It warns that unless the outbreak is stopped and contained, “In nine months down the road, we are looking at hundreds of thousands, not just in cases, but deaths (emphasis added).” If the outbreak does reach such a pandemic proportion, in it highly likely that it will present on all continents, not just confined to Africa. According to the last link, there are now approximately 5000 confirmed cases and the mortality rate seems to be running around 50% of all those infected. Paradoxically, it sounds like good news that the mortality rate for this Ebola outbreak is “only” 50% (previous outbreaks have been as high as 90+%). However, previous Ebola outbreaks have “burned themselves out” because they kill their hosts so quickly and thoroughly that it runs out of new people to infect. With a mortality rate of only 50%, it means this Ebola variant has hosts that can go on living and infecting new people for a considerable length of time.

This Ebola outbreak could damage the entire global economy if it is not forcibly contained to its current outbreak zone. If it spreads to Europe, Asia, North America and South America, there could be entire cities, regions or nations which will have to be placed under martial law to prevent people from leaving their homes and risk spreading or contracting the disease. Obviously, financial and economic activity will drop dramatically if this occurs. If you wish to see a gripping representation of this possibility, see the old movie, Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman, which is about an Ebola-like disease which spreads from Africa to North America.

Matthew 24:7 warns that “pestilences” will precede the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the latter days. Is this Ebola outbreak a “pestilence?” Without any doubt it is. The fourth link projects hundreds of thousands of deaths within 9 months if firm actions are not taken to stop its spread to other nations. If this Ebola variant mutates into an airborne form, the death totals could skyrocket into the many millions very quickly.

This is a very serious crisis. It is a “no brainer” that all public airline and transportation services should be stopped into/from nations where Ebola has been detected until that nation can be certified as Ebola-free by the WHO, the CDC, or some similar agency. It is not clear yet if the world has the will to take such actions. If they don’t take such simple actions now, they will have to take more draconian actions later.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/senegal-reports-first-case-ebola-health-ministry-130949860.html
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/09/18/sierra-leone-to-shut-down-for-3-days-to-slow-ebola/
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/16/health/obama-ebola/
  4. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/16/obama-ebola-africa-how-effective-will-it-be/15736455/
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/16/ebola-could-grow-larger/15734723/

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Putin Warns: Russian Troops Could Be in Kiev in Two Weeks – New

September 16th, 2014

The first link and second link detail a threat by Russian Prime Minister Putin that the Russian military could be in Kiev in two weeks if he gave them the order to conduct an all-out attack on the Ukraine. He made this threat to the head of the EU, so it is a credible threat and a credible source who reported it. Since the Ukraine is not a member of NATO, NATO nations would not be required to intervene in any such war. However, if NATO stood by passively during such an invasion that approached the eastern borders of NATO’s nations, NATO would look exceptionally weak.

Personally, I don’t think Putin will order such an invasion, but if he did, his expectation that Russian troops would roll into Kiev in two weeks is probably a true assessment of the likely outcome. Indeed, given the dispirited performance of the Ukrainian forces in Eastern Ukraine so far, Russian troops may be able to enter Kiev in less than two weeks.

I think Putin was also giving NATO nations in Europe a serious warning “between the lines” of his comment about being able to seize Kiev in two weeks. Diplomatic threats like this are often worded very precisely and carefully. I think that Putin was also dropping a strong hint that if he unleashes the Russian military into the Ukraine and they reach Kiev in two weeks, they may just keep on going and reach Berlin in two more weeks. He didn’t want to threaten NATO nations directly, but I think he did so indirectly by making the threat not to a Ukrainian leader, but to the leader of the EU, many of whose members are NATO nations.

Daniel 11:40-45 speak of a final “king of the north.” After winning a war in the Mideast in verses 40-43, this king of the north receives a very rude surprise when he is targeted by a later surprise attack from the east and north in verses 44-45. These are two separate wars, and we don’t know how long a time will transpire between them. However, this war in Daniel 11:44-45 is the final world war of this age, and it starts with attacks against the king of the north’s domain from the north and east. I do believe the final king of the north will be the “beast” mentioned as a global leader in the book of Revelation. Where else do we have prophecies about age-ending attacks from the north and east at the end of this age? Ezekiel 38-39 describes the age-ending attack from the north at the end of our age, and Revelation 16:12-21 describe the final attack from the east which leads to the age-ending battle of Armageddon. Obviously, we are looking at three different biblical perspectives on the same age-ending war. Keep in mind the Bible is written from a Hebraic perspective. The Ezekiel 38-39 attack from the north is against the ten tribes of the house of Israel, while the eastern attack coming out of Asia heading straight westward across the Euphrates River is headed toward the modern house of Judah (the Israelis). Zechariah 14 is another age-ending prophecy which shows what happens when God intervenes to destroy this attack from the kings of the east against the Holy Land nation of modern Judah.  These are all parallel prophecies. These directions and actors make total sense in modern geographical terms. The Israelite nations of the USA and Canada would be attacked from out of the north (“over the pole” and via Alaska) by Russia, China and others. Australia and New Zealand would be attacked from the north by China. The Israelis will be attacked by Iran, Shiite Iraqis, and other central Asian nations from the east. Europe would be attacked from both the north and east (as will be the final king of the north in Daniel 11). Scandinavia isn’t part of the European landmass but is rather a northwestern extension of Asia which is located north of the European landmass. Scandinavia (inhabited by Israelite tribes) would be attacked from the north by Russia and others from Murmansk and from the east through Finland. European nations would be attacked from Russia out of the north from Kaliningrad and from the east out of Russia proper. The modern geographical realities of the nations of the house of Israel, the house of Judah and the Gog-Magog alliance all fit very well together.

An example of just how weak Europe is militarily is found in the last link. The European NATO nations are trying to put together a 4,000-member rapid reaction force which can be quickly sent to a militarily threatened region. The fact that such a force doesn’t already exists is a stark testimony to the inadequacy of NATO’s military planners. Apparently, they have been sleeping on the job since the end of the Cold War. A 4,000-member force placed in the way of a Russian-led force of hundreds of thousands would be little more than a speed bump in their path. I’d be more impressed if NATO already had a 40,000 member force with the transport aircraft on hand to fly them somewhere quickly, and where they would be armed to the teeth with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weaponry. That would give Russia some pause for consideration. A 4,000-member force will be little more than a symbolic “trip-wire” force, and NATO apparently has difficulty putting together even such a tiny force! The European continent with nations that fielded armies of millions of men in World Wars I and II now has trouble finding 4,000 war-capable troops to act in a single unit. My how the mighty have fallen!

It is not my opinion that Putin will attack Europe now. It doesn’t fit with my understanding of biblical prophecy. However, I could be wrong. It would make sense for Russia, China and Iran to launch an attack while the USA is led by an indecisive president with little or no grasp of military matters and while Europe is pathetically weak militarily. Matthew 25:1-13 warn latter-day believers that Jesus Christ will come much sooner than any of them expect in the latter day period. Who knows what might happen? If Jesus Christ comes far sooner than anyone (including me) expects, that will be terrific news!

  1. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/09/01/Vladimir-Putin-Trolls-West-If-I-Want-I-will-Take-Kiev-in-Two-Weeks
  2. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/02/putin-russian-forces-could-conquer-ukraine-capital-kiev-fortnight
  3. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/05/nato-4000-rapid-reaction-force-baltics-russia

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Obama’s Phony “Coalition” vs. ISIL/ISIS

September 13th, 2014

President Obama has announced that a broad coalition of nations has joined him to fight the ISIL/ISIS terrorist army in Iraq and Syria. However, closer examination of the realities of this “coalition” indicate it is a phony one, probably invented to try and convince American voters Obama is actually “doing something.”

The first link reports that nine Islamic nations have joined Obama’s coalition. However, I was watching a TV news program tonight which reported that none of these Islamic nations (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, the UAE, etc.) has agreed to send any troops or warplanes to battle ISIL/ISIS. If that continues to be the case, Obama’s coalition is truly a phony one. The second link reports Turkey, a NATO ally, flat out refused to help or join Obama’s coalition. The third link reports that fellow NATO allies, the UK and Germany, have also refused to help Obama’s “coalition” with any air strikes. I did see one report France might help with air strikes, but they may back out when they see no one else is willing to join Obama’s coalition. So, until other nations actually send warplanes, troops, tanks, etc. to fight ISIL/ISIS, there is no real coalition at all to fight this terrorist army.

Why aren’t any of these nations willing to join in a coalition to fight a group of terrorists who crucify, behead, execute, take captive and bury alive their enemies? Given their malignant nature, why can’t Obama get any other nations to help fight them? I think the main reason is that Obama is such a weak and indecisive leader that no nation is willing to join a coalition where Obama might just change his mind and leave his allies hanging on a limb. Also, the fact that Obama’s own air strikes against ISIL/ISIS have been relatively minor pinprick attacks vs. ISIL/ISIS’ pickup trucks and captured Humvees, other nations can easily see that Obama isn’t yet serious about really defeating ISIL/ISIS. If Obama was serious about destroying ISIL/ISIS, he would be sending strategic bombing strikes of B-52 and B-1 bombers from Diego Garcia to hit the ISIL/ISIS armored columns, troops concentrations and known locations of their leaders with real “shock and awe” attacks. As long as Obama is unwilling to order such serious attacks vs. ISIL/ISIS, why should other nations actually join his “coalition” with anything other than lip service?

The ISIL/ISIS threat is growing. The second link reports the CIA estimates that the number of ISIL/ISIS fighters could now be as high as 31,500. The only real “boots on the ground” fighting ISIL/ISIS are the Kurdish Peshmerga, who have fought tenaciously against ISL/ISIS and who have admirably hosted many tens of thousands of refugees from many tribes and religions who are fleeing ISIL/ISIS. The fourth link, a column from USA Today, advocates further motivating the Kurdish army to fight ISIL/ISIS by sending them the right military hardware and giving the Kurds their own nation. I heartily support this suggestion! The only meaningful ally the USA has in fighting ISIL/ISIS is the Kurds, and they should be rewarded with a nation of their own. The army of the Iraqi central government, beholden to Iran, has shown much cowardice so far in its war vs. ISIL/ISIS. The Iraqi army has thrown away its weapons and fled from ISIL/ISIS when the terrorists were just a small force. The Iraqi army defending Mosul far outnumbered and outgunned the ISIL/ISIS terrorists, but the Iraqi army ran like scared rabbits. Do you think they will do better now that ISIL/ISIS is a much larger and stronger force?

So, the bottom line is that there is no “coalition”‘ actually fighting ISIL/ISIS yet. Before the speech by Obama, ISIL/ISIS was being fought by Kurdish boots on the ground and small US tactical airstrikes. After the speech by Obama, ISIL/ISIS is being fought by Kurdish boots on the ground and small US tactical airstrikes. What has changed? Nothing that I can see.

From a biblical point of view, we still need to watch to see if ISIL/ISIS actually turns into a Caliphate and/or a nation state. If it does, it may be a candidate to fulfill the “king of the south” prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43. It is too early to know.

There used to be a saying: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I am going to offer a paraphrase which I think is apt for our modern world. “When the going gets tough, Obama goes golfing.”

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/world/middleeast/us-and-allies-form-coalition-against-isis.html?_r=0
  2. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cia-says-isis-has-doubled-its-ranks/
  3. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/11/britain-we-wont-take-part-in-syria-air-strikes/
  4. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/09/kurdistan-kurds-independence-peshmerga-isis-islamic-state-iraq-column/15360241/

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US Banks Closing Some Islamic Bank Accounts

September 13th, 2014

These links below report that several US banks have begun closing bank accounts belonging to Muslims, and they are doing so without warning or explanation. An Islamic group is seeking legal action in response to this action.

This is a bold move by the banks that are cancelling certain Islamic bank accounts with no apparent reason to account holders. One link does explain that banks have a right to cancel accounts if they think the accounts are involved with illegal activities. I certainly don’t know if that is the case with these accounts, but that is one possibility.

In our currently politically correct cultural environment, why would these banks take such action unless they had some kind of unreported legal and political “cover” to protect their actions? Indeed, one possibility is that some arm of the US federal government has issued some kind of National Security Letter instructing US banks to close certain Islamic bank accounts because of suspected money-laundering activities or because of suspected activity in support of terrorist groups such as ISIL/ISIS. One state involved with the closure of Islamic bank accounts is Minnesota, from which some Islamic residents have relocated to the Mideast to fight for ISIL/ISIS, Al Shabab, or other terrorist groups. A major Twin Cities bank, TCF, is cited as one bank involved in these actions. These links (and the added links at the bottom of the stories) offer information which states and banks are taking such action.

The media and those of us in the public can speculate, but we do not know the exact reason for the closure actions taken by some banks vs. Islamic account holders. However, it is occurring, and we can be sure that there is a reason behind these actions. An undisclosed anti-terrorist action seems the most likely explanation.

I do not see any great prophetic implication in this story, but it does give added insights into what is happening behind the scenes. I’ll likely use this Personal blog category to periodically pass on interesting current information on various stories to readers of this blog.

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/03/21/your-account-closed-banking-while-muslim-minnesota

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2014/09/10/u-s-banks-continue-to-close-muslim-accounts-and-they-are-not-required-to-give-a-reason-why/

 


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ISIS: A Possible New “King of the South?”

September 11th, 2014

As all readers know, there is a rising new radical Islamic nation state called ISIL or ISIS in the region of Syria and Iraq. Their original title, ISIL, stood for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The “Levant” generally identifies the entire region of the Mideast that borders the Mediterranean Sea. That title indicates that this radical Islamic state lays eventual claim to ruling over Lebanon and Israel, not just Syria and Iraq. This entity has also threatened the life of the king of Jordan and threatened to invade Jordan in the future (as a recent post noted).

So far, no one except the Kurds seems willing to fight ISIL/ISIS on the ground. The USA has halted the ISIL/ISIS advance into the Kurdish region and helped the Kurds reclaim control of the Mosul Dam, but the US airstrikes have merely been pinprick attacks on ISIL/ISIS, not true strategic strikes that could really cripple this ultra-radical Islamic State. Europe is preoccupied with Russia in its confrontation with Russia and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, local Sunni nations, have so far inexplicably done nothing to halt the spread of ISIL/ISIS. President Obama gave a TV address that calls for wider actions vs. ISIL/ISIS, but it was long on rhetorical generalities and short on military specifics. I found his message to be underwhelming. In a seeming disconnect with reality, Obama asserted that ISIL is not Muslim, but every analyst and media outlet I’ve heard or read names them as the radical Sunni Moslem Jihadis that they are. Personally, I think there are nations that are willing to commit ground forces to stop ISIL/ISIS, but they are unwilling to follow the USA into action as long as it is led by Obama because Obama is so indecisive and his “red lines” have proven to be meaningless. They simply cannot trust him.

I assume that many readers have read my article, written years ago, entitled A New Look at Prophecy. It examines the possibility that the first and second Iraqi wars under President Bush could have fulfilled the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43 (but not verses 44-45). It notes that while much of Christianity long assumed there would be a great Mideast war between the Israelis and the Arabs that would fulfill this prophecy, such an event wouldn’t actually fulfill this prophecy of Daniel. Daniel knew the Jews were called “Judah” and he knew the Arabs were the Ishmaelites. God, who inspired this prophecy of Daniel’s, also knew those facts. However, the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43 never mentions “Judah” or “Ishmael” as participants in this latter-day regional Mideast war. I urge readers to read that article of mine if they have not done so. For purposes of this post, let’s consider some facts about this prophecy.

Who are the “kings of the north and south” in our latter day period of time? Let’s consider the context of the prophecy to seek an answer as Daniel’s prophecy does not give specific identifications. The prophecy in Daniel 11 has been identified by many biblical scholars as foretelling, in incredible detail, aspects of a long warfare between the Seleucid and the Ptolemaic Empires, which developed out of the fall of Alexander the Great’s mighty empire. The Ptolemies were centered in Egypt and Africa and were the “king of the south.” The Seleucids governed a far larger territory spreading at its maximum reach from the modern regions of Israel, Lebanon and Syria as far east as ancient Bactria, Persia and to the Indus River (the modern regions of Iran, Afghanistan and part of Pakistan). The Seleucids were the “king of the north,” and their empire was based in modern Syria. The wars between these kings of the north and south raged for centuries. Later, when the Seleucid Empire collapsed, the vast majority of its territory was taken over by the Asian Israelite Empire of Parthia while Rome took a small slice of it in the west. Daniel 11:1-39 examines events between the two rival, ancient empires and then leaps far ahead in time to the latter days in verse 40. While we are not told who the final kings of the north and south are, the context of the chapter strongly infers that the final two rivals will have been rivals for centuries, just as the Ptolemies and Seleucids were. The focus of the prophecy is still the Mideast, so we need to look to that region for the war prophesied in Daniel 11:40-43. There has been a very long rivalry between a force based in the Mideast and another force located to the north of the Mideast. The Muslims of the Mideast and the Christians of Europe fought many crusades in the Mideast, but the Muslims also invaded Christian Europe on at least three occasions that I recall. The Muslims were stopped from invading Europe via Spain by Charles Martel in the 8th century AD and the Muslims were driven back from central Europe when they were besieging Vienna in 1683 (the second Islamic siege of Vienna).

There is a very good article about this Islamic invasion of Europe that was written by William McPeak in Military Heritage magazine in its June 2010 issue. It had the long title of: Concussion weapons such as war hammers rose in popularity after the development of plate armor and form-fitting mail. It documents that just as the Muslims were about to conquer Vienna and invade throughout the European continent, an army of Poles, Austro-Germans and others arrived “literally in the nick of time” to lift the siege and save Europe from a Muslim invasion. For the benefit of readers of Polish descent, I will mention that the relief force of 80,000 soldiers was led by King Jan Sobieski of Poland. King Sobieski led a cavalry charge of 20,000 against the Muslim forces and shattered their lines and forced them to retreat back to the Ottoman Empire’s borders. The article called it the “largest cavalry charge in history.” Can you even imagine the size of a cavalry force of 20,000? To get an idea of a force of that size, I remind readers of the cavalry charge of the “Riders of Rohan” to rescue the Gondorian city of Minis Tirith in the final episode of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That cavalry force was 6,000 riders and it filled the screen on a giant wide-screen shot. The actual cavalry charge of 20,000 Christians vs. the Moslem besiegers of Vienna was over three times the size of the fictional cavalry force of Rohan in the movie cited above!

This digression was necessary to set the stage for identifying the final kings of the north and south in the modern world that will fulfill the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43. I believe they can be none other than some Muslim force in the Mideast and a European/American force as the king of the north. Although it is barely Christian any longer, the modern European nations and nations they founded (such as the USA, Canada, etc.) are the only real candidate to fulfill the king of the north role in our time. More could be said on this subject, but it is too long to include in this post.

The Mideast war in Daniel 11:40-43 is not a world war like the final age-ending Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38 or the age-ending Armageddon war of Revelation 16 (which I think is the war mentioned in Daniel 11:43-44), but rather it will be a regional war. It describes a coalition of forces led by a final “king of the north” who enters the Mideast from outside of that region and invades the territory of this latter-day “king of the south.” However, there are a number of important Mideast nations which are not involved (or are not targeted) in this war. As mentioned earlier, “Judah” (the Israeli nation) is not mentioned at all and neither are the Ishmaelites (the Arab nations). The prophecy states that Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon… “will escape out of his hand.” That means they will be either allies of the northern “king” or non-combatants. In a modern context, I see this at the very least as foretelling that Turkey, Jordan and other nations in the region will not be targeted by the king of the north’s invasion. For new readers, I see Turkey as Edom because the former name of Turkey was the Ottoman Empire, with the consonants of “TT-m-n,” the same as the chief tribe of the Edomites (Teman) as named in Genesis 36. Turkey is just one Edomite nation though. Another Edomite name is “Bozrah” (Genesis 36:33), and there is a Shiite Iraqi city named Bosra where Iraq meets the Persian Gulf. Omar is another Edomite name (Genesis 36:15) and a large mosque in Istanbul is called the Mosque of Omar. Another “mosque of Omar” is the Golden Dome mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These identifications argue that Turkey, the Shiite central-government region and the Palestinian region of the Holy Land will also not be targeted by this invasion. Daniel 11:40-43 also foretells Egypt will be subject to the king of the north, but will it be as an ally or just a non-combatant? It adds Libya and Ethiopia will be “at his borders” (KJV), which is cryptic. It may mean that those nations will mark the furthest range of this military conflict. Libya has become radicalized under Jihadi warlords since the USA/NATO bizarrely bombed Libya and drove the pro-western regime of Muammar Khaddfy out of office. There are ISIL/ISIS allies now in Libya so it could be targeted in this war.

Daniel 11:40 adds the invasion is triggered by the king of the south “pushing” at the king of the north. In other words, this king of the south somehow provokes the king of the north into an invasion. The prophecy does not say the king of the south invades the king of the north. While not widely reported, the leader of the ISIL/ISIS force has declared himself the head of a new Islamic “Caliphate.” In other words, he has declared himself, in Islamic historic terms, to be a “king.” His forces’ cruel, devilish, inhumane actions in executing, crucifying and expelling people has outraged the world. He says his forces have sent two messages to America via the beheading of two Americans and distributing videos of these heinous acts globally. He is already “pushing” at the USA and the West. It is a testimony to the innate weakness of Barrack Obama that he didn’t respond forcefully to these anti-American provocations. Indeed, he hardly responded at all. However, if ISIL/ISIS launches terrorist acts on American/European home-soil and beheads the over 40 Turkish captives under his control, the rage of the USA, Turkey and other nations will demand a war of annihilation vs. ISIL/ISIS. Another interesting parallel exists. In the crusades of the Middle Ages, the Popes of Rome organized and blessed the coalitions that went to war in the crusades in the Mideast. In a modern parallel, the current Pope came out in favor of military action vs. ISIL/ISIS (see first two links [1, 2]). [As an aside, I was surprised that a Google Search on this topic resulted in finding two of my posts at the top of the Google search list (see third link)]. Given President Obama’s weak leadership and actions to date, it is possible that another western leader may step to the forefront in the future and leads a coalition that attacks ISIL/ISIS and ends its threat. Such an invasion may have the full backing of the Vatican. There is certainly no such coalition yet.

There are enough similarities between what is happening now between ISIL/ISIS and the West and the prophecy of Daniel 11:40-43 that merits consideration that a possible military invasion may eventually occur to put an end to ISIL/ISIS which fulfills that prophecy. However, the prophetic words about a naval armada being a part of the king of the north’s forces (Daniel 11:40) fits George Bush’s Persian Gulf wars (the subject of my aforementioned article) far better than any currently foreseeable scenario involving ISIL/ISIS. Nevertheless, we need to watch how this crisis unfolds carefully. I represent no church or religious group and am funded by none of them, so I can “turn on a dime” in my biblical-based commentary if events deem it necessary.

One last thought. The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-11 makes a central point that Christian believers in the latter days will be greatly surprised when it becomes obvious that Jesus Christ’s return will occur far earlier than they expected. One reason for latter-day believers to be deceived into thinking, “they had much more time” before the Second Coming would be “stealth” fulfillments of biblical prophecies in the latter days. Many Christians believe firmly that their denomination’s or religious teacher’s prophetic expectations “have to be” fulfilled before Jesus Christ can return at all. Because they put the teachings of a denomination or a religious teacher ahead of the Bible, they will not see the actual fulfillments of prophecy because they were looking in the wrong direction for them to be fulfilled or God did not fulfill them in the way that they assumed God would “have to” fulfill them. God is not bound by the expectations of mere mortals in how he fulfills biblical prophecies.

This was a wide-ranging post, but I hope it has stimulated your thinking about current world events and how biblical prophecies may be fulfilled.

  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. https://www.google.com/#q=Pope+calls+for+military+action+vs.+ISIL%2FISIS

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US Army Successfully Tests New Laser Air-Defense Weapon

September 8th, 2014

The US army may soon have a laser weapon that will perform the same function as the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system. This state-of-the-art laser air defense system, developed by Boeing, successfully acquired and “engaged” (does that mean “destroyed?”) 150 aerial targets including mortars, UAVs and perhaps other unspecified targets. The test was done under adverse weather conditions to ensure that the air defense system has an all-weather capacity.

The Israelis, as many know, have the Iron Dome air defense system which uses kinetic interceptors to destroy incoming aerial rockets, missiles, mortars, etc. The Iron Dome system was used very successfully in the recent war that was fought between Israel and Hamas. The advantage of the Iron Dome system is that it is already deployed and can be used now. It is not clear how long it will take to deploy and mass-produce the USA’s new laser air defense system, which will never run out of kinetic “ammo.” The link also reports that the air defense system was used under “maritime conditions.” That means in conditions found at sea. That phrase indicates to me that this laser-defense system is also being developed for use on US naval ships in real maritime, air-defense situations in the future. The link includes a photo of the laser air-defense system test-bed vehicle. Mounted on an armored vehicle, the laser-defense system will be very mobile on a battlefield.

I have an interest in the development of the new weaponry that will be used in the final Gog-Magog World War III that is prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 to occur at the very end of the latter days before the return of Jesus Christ. I see the Ezekiel 38-39 prophetic account as depicting the same latter-day world war that is described in Revelation 16:12-21. Both accounts describe a global war at the end of the latter days, Divine intervention and the parallel phrase “It is done” in Ezekiel 39:8 and Revelation 16:17. The similarities between the Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 16 prophetic accounts are included in my article, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III. Revelation 13:1-4 contains a prophecy about the unveiling of the final “beast” system that will reign for 42 months at the end of this age before being obliterated by Jesus Christ’s heavenly army (Revelation 19:11-20:4). Revelation 13:4 includes the fact that the world will marvel at the beast system when it is initially unveiled and will say to themselves: “Who is able to make war with him?” To me, this indicates that the beast system will awe and intimidate the world by unveiling a variety of new weapons technologies that are fully operational and vastly superior to regular armaments.

Let’s answer the question in Revelation 13:4 which asks “Who is able to make war with him? [the beast leader and his system]. The Two Witnesses, prophesied to oppose the beast system for 3 and 1/2 years (about 42 months) will have Divinely-delegated power which will be vastly superior to any weaponry the beast will wield, and Revelation 11:5-6 prophesy that anyone who attacks the Two Witnesses will die. No human weaponry will succeed in harming them…until the end of their prophesied ministry at which time the Two Witnesses will be slain by the beast system but will be resurrected 3 and 1/2 days later (Revelation 11:7-14). Also, the beast’s high-tech weaponry will be entirely useless against the Divinely-led angelic army that will accompany Jesus Christ to the earth when he returns. To learn more about the Two Witnesses (they are described elsewhere in the Bible besides the book of Revelation), please read my article, The Two Witnesses.

My thanks to a reader who alerted me to this link.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2014-09-04-Boeing-Laser-Demonstrator-Destroys-Targets-through-Wind-and-Fog


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How Many 1000s of Chemicals/Additives Are in Your Food?

September 6th, 2014

How many food chemicals and additives do you think are being put into the American food supply? A few hundred? Even more? The correct answer is “way more.” This link reports that “thousands of chemicals” are being put into Americans’ food supplies and the food manufacturers want to assure us that all of them are safe. Amazingly, an estimate by the Pew Charitable Trust “estimates that about 10,000 additives are allowed in foods.” 10,000? Wow!

But surely, you might be thinking, the FDA has rigorously tested all of them to make sure they are safe, right? Wrong! The link reveals that the chemicals inserted into the US food supply are generally not tested at all by the FDA! The link reports that there is a system called GRAS (Generally Accepted as Safe) which allows the food manufacturers (and obviously the chemical companies that are producing all those chemicals and additives) to “bypass approval by the FDA.” The GRAS system is a system whereby the food industry uses “existing science and their own research (emphasis added) to assure the FDA that every thing is fine with those thousands of all kinds of additives being added to the US food supply. I’m sure every industry group would like to certify to the government that it has decided for itself that its products are safe so the government would also give them a “pass” on any inspection as well for their products. In other words, the food industry uses “its own research” to tell the government that everything is OK so they can bypass the FDA and put thousands of chemicals/additives of all sorts into food products without the FDA inspecting anything!

Does that sound OK to you? It doesn’t to me. I was very surprised to learn in this link that vast numbers of chemicals and food additives are being put into our food supply without any government testing at all.

One expert is cited as saying the lack of meaningful government inspection and certification of chemicals and food additives introduced into the US food supply “shows the ‘dysfunction’ of a system in which the FDA lacks safety data on all the ingredients in the nation’s food supply.” The link reports the FDA is under pressure to revise this GRAS system which “gives too much freedom to the food manufacturers.” I think that point is obvious.

Please read the link to learn just how little government inspection exists regarding the chemicals and additives put in your food. I’d like all of the chemicals and additives put into my food to be safety-inspected and certified by an independent government agency before it gets put into my food. I’ll bet most readers would have the same preference.

This article begs another question: How hard would it be for terrorists to gain employment in the US food industry and smuggle harmful or lethal chemicals into food manufacturing plants and then place those poisons into the food supply without anyone noticing? Do all food industry and chemical industry workers get a daily inspection before they enter their places of employment to make sure they don’t have a vial of botulism, cyanide or something else that they could easily pull out of their pocket later and pour into massive food preparation vats or into those un-inspected reservoirs of food chemicals and additives that will be added to food assembly lines? The US food supply is surprisingly unregulated and un-inspected in terms of the chemicals and additives placed in our foods. This seems to me to be a huge hole in our national security. A terrorist could poison huge masses of people simply by gaining  employment in the food manufacturing industry and then putting poisons in the food when no one is looking. Meanwhile, the US government thinks it is “fighting terrorism” by having millions of people take off their shoes and belts at airports. Sigh.

Hello, Congress? Did you know this was happening?

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/09/01/food-industry-share-data-additives/14920627/


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Could 11 Missing Airliners Be Used by Terrorists as Flying Bombs?

September 2nd, 2014

We have a new and very real threat of a terrorist attack akin to what happened on 9/11 when airplanes struck the Twin Towers in New York. The two links [1, 2] discuss the fact that 11 or 12 airliners and smaller airplanes that were at Libyan airports have apparently been stolen by terrorist groups since the Libyan nation disintegrated after the overthrow of Libyan strongman, Mohamar Khaddafy. As the first link notes, these airplanes could be turned into flying bombs simply by loading them with fuel and aiming them at a target. The threat is being taken seriously by North African nations, many of which have banned flights into or from Libya. The link lists the types of airplanes which are missing and the list includes several airbuses which have long-range flying ranges. These airbuses could easily reach European targets so the threat of a terrorist repeat of the 9/11 attacks affects many nations. Israel is in easy flying distance of many of these planes so I’m sure the Israelis are watching carefully for any of them to appear on their radar screens as terrorist flying bombs heading toward Israeli targets.

The first link observes that it was President Obama who was significantly responsible for the overthrow of Khadaffy. Why Obama did this and gave aid and comfort to the Islamic Jihadis is beyond me. Khadaffy was no threat to the West, had given up his nuclear program and was cooperating with western nations in suppressing Al Queda when Obama and NATO overthrew him. Given that there was no apparent reason for Obama and the West to overthrow Khadaffy, if stolen Libyan airliners are used by terrorists as flying bombs, a substantial amount of the blame will be on Obama as there would be no missing Libyan airliners if Obama (and NATO) had not bombed the Libyan government and overthrown Khadaffy. The first link also notes the possibility that Egypt may intervene militarily inside Libya to defeat the Islamic Jihadist groups that have now even seized control of Libya’s capital.

I do have a question. Since the collapse of Libya was a very public event and was surely being watched from space-based reconnaissance satellites and surveillance drones, how could so many large aircraft “disappear?” Didn’t anyone in any western intelligence agency remember the 9/11 attacks and realize that there was a need to carefully track all Libyan aircraft due to the likelihood they would be seized by terrorists? The fact that all of them mysteriously managed to go missing without any western intelligence agency noticing where they went raises the possibility of a “false flag” terrorist attack at some point in the future. The western intelligence agencies have apparently all lost the ability to keep track of the world’s aircraft and especially the passenger airliners. They ‘”lost” the missing Malaysian airliner that evaded all intelligence agencies’ radars and satellites as it mysteriously vanished in the southern Indian Ocean in the region of the giant American airbase at Diego Garcia. I wonder where the missing 11 Libyan aircraft are currently located. They could be anywhere. Intelligence agencies from any number of nations may have seized them and had their own pilots fly them to hidden hangars at unnamed airports. A nation-state backing terrorists could have done the same. I find it hard to believe that the defense-conscious Israelis and the Egyptians would have no clue concerning how so large a number of Libyan aircraft simply vanished. Libya isn’t that far from Israel and is next door to Egypt. Libya is just south of the NATO nations of Italy and Greece and within easy range of radars on Malta and Crete. Did all of these nations shut off their radars so none of them would “know” where these missing airliners and airplanes went? It seems everyone in the region agreed to look the other way and allow these Libyan airliners and aircraft to go “missing.”

Unless all these missing Libyan aircraft are still in Libyan hangars at Libyan airports, something seems “fishy” here. But that possibility begs another question: If they are all still at Libyan airports, how could western intelligence agencies all be unaware of that fact? If these Libyan planes are all still at Libyan airports, then they are not “missing.”

It seems the western intelligence agencies can easily monitor all your cell phone calls and your computer activities, but they can’t keep track of large aircraft that are obvious terrorist weapons if they are seized by terrorist groups. Does this make sense to you?

This danger has just been revealed to the world. We’ll have to wait to see if these “missing” airplanes are “found” somewhere at new locations. If all 11 airplanes were used on the same day as terrorist flying bombs to hit major targets in European cities, it could make 9/11 look like a warm-up act. I suggest the Europeans and others in the region keep their radars on and their warplanes ready to shoot down any airplane not on an authorized flight-plan. A warplane could also inspect a plane in the air to see if it was one of the models of aircraft that went “missing.” There is the obvious possibility that these airplanes have been re-painted with new markings and logos. Maybe the terrorists didn’t get these Libyan airplanes. It was the USA and NATO which pulverized Libya and caused the nation to disintegrate. Maybe the CIA or some other western intelligence agency wanted a new batch of airplanes for a new clandestine airline company to conduct secretive missions, and seized them during the chaos. One could put a lot of covert people and cargo on a group of repainted and re-branded airbuses. Something is odd here. If terrorists seized all these airplanes, it means that (A) terrorist Jihadis have a group of highly-skilled airline pilots at their beck and call to fly airliners to new locations on short notice, or (B) the NATO and other Mediterranean nations have radar and satellite controllers who were criminally negligent in letting so many large aircraft go “missing” and unnoticed as they flew to new locations while being easily in range of many radar facilities.

What do you think is the truth about all these “missing” airliners and airplanes?

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/02/report-missing-libyan-jetliners-raise-fears-suicide-airliner-attacks-on-11/
  2. http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/09/11-jetliners-missing-after-islamist-takeover-of-airport/

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