US Govt. Panel: NSA Spying Is “Illegal” – New

April 22nd, 2014

Amidst the major global stories about the Ukrainian crisis, the Syrian civil war, the missing Malaysian airliner, etc., there was a story that deserved considerable attention, but it was quickly removed from the headlines and TV cable news programs. It should have been page 1 news for many days as it affects everyone’s lives and where the USA is going as a nation. I wanted to post about it when the story came out, but am finally giving it some of the attention it deserves.

In January 2014, the “Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board” of the US Federal Government (had you ever heard of that wing of the federal government before?) issued a ruling that the NSA’s massive spying program targeting the private information of law-abiding US citizens was “illegal” (first link). This Board voted 3-2 that “The bulk telephone records program lacks a viable legal foundation…implicates constitutional concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments, raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter and has shown only limited value.” Please read that again. The US Federal Government’s own Board that monitors such issues found the NSA’s spying program lacks either a constitutional or a legal basis for its existence.

The second link adds that this Federal Board recommended that the NSA should “purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans calling records.” To undo the wrongs of the NSA’s super-secret spying program, no less an action than this was deemed necessary by the majority of the panel members of this Board. Interestingly, the two dissenting votes were from members appointed not by President Obama but by President Bush. It now seems apparent, based on media reports, that it was under President Bush that this “unconstitutional” and “illegal” spying program began. Even one of the sponsors  (Rep. Sensenbrenner R-WI) of the Patriot Act, which has been used to justify this massive NSA spying on law-abiding US citizens, has gone on record that the NSA’s spying went far beyond anything permitted by the Patriot Act (as documented in previous posts).

I can recall when the Patriot Act was being debated in Congress in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedies. One item of debate was whether “roving wiretaps” could be permissible. A “roving wiretap” would be one which would permit law enforcement agencies to track or spy not only on the phones that were being used by suspected terrorists or criminals but also upon those whose phone numbers were called by people whose phones were being tapped via a search warrant due to probable cause of wrongdoing.  I recall one member of Congress arguing against roving wiretaps on the ground that “even terrorists call out for pizza.” No one ever dreamed in that debate that the Constitution would be so ignored and that the Patriot Act would be so contorted to permit spying on everyone…all the time…everywhere…by any electronic means available to the NSA.

The fig leaf that the NSA used to justify this wild spying effort was that it was permitted by the secretive FISA court. In my view, the FISA court is to a real court what a diploma mill is to a real University. The FISA court, according to media articles cited in previous posts on this topic, almost never refuses any NSA request for a search warrant. That is why the vast throngs of millions of Americans who have not been suspected of any wrongdoing of any kind are still being spied upon as if they were suspected terrorists or criminals. Another way of looking at the NSA’s essentially “in-house FISA court” is to liken it to a secret court of the foxes who always decide that it is the right of the foxes to go into every chicken coop to steal whatever the chickens have. Many readers will recall that a US Federal Judge has also ruled that the NSA’s “spying on the innocent ” program is “likely unconstitutional” (third link). One of my favorite TV shows is NCIS and in one of them Agent Gibbs tells a person that they could be arrested for “illegal surveillance.” A Federal Judge and the Federal Government’s own watchdog Board have gone on record that everyone in the NSA involved with spying on people who have had no search warrant issued against  them for likely wrongdoing is apparently guilty of “illegal surveillance.” If the US Supreme Court ultimately rules the NSA massive spying program against innocent people was and is unconstitutional, a lot of NSA officials and personnel will be looking to the White House for presidential pardons.

I’m sure the founding fathers would be horrified at the NSA’s spying program. They were so concerned about people’s right to privacy that they wrote a Constitution which included the Fourth Amendment. Courts have long ruled that law enforcement agencies can only enter a person’s physical premises with a search warrant, and even then, a Judge must be convinced that there is probable cause of wrongdoing before issuing such a search warrant. I can see no reason why the Constitution should not also be understood to mean that one’s electronic premises cannot be violated without the same necessity of a search warrant issued only after probable cause of wrongdoing is demonstrated to a Judge.

The ultimate ruling of the Supreme Court on this issue is of major biblical significance. Revelation 13 foretells that a global governmental system will emerge at the very end of this age that is led by miracle-working deceivers, and that this system will have the power to monitor and control everyone’s financial transactions (verse 17). The NSA’s massive spying program all over the world is putting in place the global monitoring system whereby the eventual “beast” system could monitor and control everyone. If the US Supreme Court rules the NSA’s spying effort must be ended and its records dumped, it signals to me that the beast system’s reign may not be as oppressive or recognizable as many Christians expect. After all, Jesus Christ himself warned that the final system on earth would be so deceptive that it will appeal even to “the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). The final beast system will be doing and saying things that many Christians will like.

I’m hoping the US Supreme Court supports the founding fathers’ original intent in this matter, and that the US Congress will finally do something and place specific limits on all government spying efforts so they require search warrants based on actual evidence of wrongdoing before anyone’s physical or electronic premises can be searched.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/23/government-panel-nsa-surveillance-phone-metadata/4799905/
  2. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/23/government-panel-urges-end-to-phone-data-spying/?page=all
  3. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/national-security-agency-phones-judge-101203.html

 


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Polls: Americans Distrust Obama and US Government – New

April 19th, 2014

This post was placed in the “Ten Tribes” category as it reflects a very important development that is occurring in the United States of America, the most-prominent modern nation primarily descended from the ancient ten tribes of Israel. Those who have read my books and articles or listened to my audio messages already know this is a provable fact. For new readers who have not seen the evidence supporting this assertion, I urge you to read my article “The USA in Biblical Prophecy.” to see the evidence of this fact. This fact makes the USA a “covenant” nation in God’s eyes, and it explains why the USA has had such an incredible level of power, wealth and favor in its existence. As America increasingly abandons God and its founding Christian values and beliefs, America’s power, wealth and favor is steadily slipping away. Deuteronomy 28 prophesies that for “Covenant” nations descended from the Israelite tribes, this dynamic of national blessings or national curses will inexorably follow a nation depending on whether they obey and reverence God or not.

While the vast majority of Americans do not grasp that abandoning our Creator and his laws are the primary reason for America’s decline, a new series of polls confirm that many Americans (in some cases, strong majorities of them) realize something is very wrong with what is happening with our nation’s policies and among America’s leadership.

Let’s start at the top of America’s leadership. A recently released Fox poll shows that an amazing 61% of American voters believe that President Obama either lies “most” of the time or “some” of the time (first link, second link). Even an amazing 38% of Democrats have that viewpoint. Obama’s recent “whoppers” about being able to “keep your doctor” and “keep your medical insurance” if you like them under Obamacare has, no doubt, caused these numbers to increase. This is a remarkable statistic, and indicates that there is a growing chasm of trust opening between the American people and their government under Obama. The second poll has an even more amazing revelation. A recent Gallup poll indicates that a landslide majority of 72% of Americans believe the US government itself is the primary problem in the nation, compared to big business or big labor (third link). That total is at an all-time high, confirming that Obama’s performance is feeding that record high mistrust of government.

The fourth link reports a recent Fox poll finding that, by a 60-36% landslide majority, Americans want Congress to continue to investigate the Benghazi tragedy and that the Obama administration is “covering up” something (third link). This landslide total is not quite as high as it once was, but is still at landslide proportions. It is my belief that the Obama administration is obviously hiding something re: the Benghazi matter where a US Ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an organized attack by Islamic terrorists while the Obama administration did nothing to send any military rescue to them, even though there was clearly time to do so as the event unfolded over hours and US/NATO air support could have been sent from NATO bases in Italy, Sicily or perhaps even via warships if someone very high in the Obama administration had not given a “stand down” order. Was it Obama or Secretary of State Hilary Clinton or someone else who gave the “stand down” order that sentenced Ambassador Stevens and three other brave Americans to their deaths? Congress has been very “wimpy” about putting administration officials under oath and finding out who gave the “stand down” order. I found it noteworthy that when Hilary Clinton appeared before a Congressional Committee on the matter, she defended herself with distracting histrionics instead of actual facts. If it ever becomes apparent that she gave the “stand down” order in spite of the fact that, as Secretary of State, she was responsible for the safety of US ambassadors and personnel overseas, her presidential ambitions will be ended. Media reports at the time confirmed that Hilary Clinton’s State Department refused to provide the security forces that Ambassador Stevens’ office in Libya said it needed to ensure security. That clearly incriminates Hilary Clinton or someone high in the State Department as the one who refused to provide adequate security for American personnel in Libya. So…was it someone in the State Department who gave the “stand down” order…or was it Obama himself? Americans want to know. They need to know.

In the fifth link, a recent Fox poll reports that, by a 49-41% majority, Americans believe the Obama administration’s IRS deliberately targeted conservative groups and a strong landslide majority of 69% believe that Obama “hasn’t followed through on his vow to ‘find out exactly what happened on this.’” I certainly agree that the Obama administration is stonewalling Congress’ investigation on this targeting of conservative groups, and  the targeting of conservatives under the administration’s IRS reminds me of President Nixon’s targeting of an “enemies list” in his administration. If I recall correctly, Nixon was impeached for the Watergate scandal, lying to the American people and also using federal agencies to target his “enemies list.”

Finally, the last link confirms that Americans, by a persistent 2-1 majority, continue to believe that the USA “is on the wrong track.” This is an indictment of not just President Obama, Congress and the political classes, but generically includes a disapproval of the direction of the USA’s leaders in all areas. This disapproval of the entire direction of the nation, by strong inference, includes a disapproval of all the ruling classes of America, whether they are in the public or private sector.

When a nation is in a situation where there is such a strong chasm growing between the leaders and the people on so many issues, there is a chance that some scandal or crisis could bring about a situation that would result in the impeachment of the president and other officials, sweeping statutory changes in Congressional-passed laws, judicial rulings, etc. In Nixon’s time it was the Vietnam war and the incessant hectoring of Nixon by a hostile liberal press that caused a tectonic political shift. What might be the event that will create a tectonic shift in America’s political landscape? We do not yet know, but it is coming. In my blog’s Prophecy category, my posts have discussed several issues which could lead to the collapse of not just America’s political/economic/monetary system, but that of the entire current global system. The polls cited reveal the American people’s disgust with their leaders is growing. This situation needs only a single compelling scandal or event to set off sweeping changes. When the time is right on his timetable, God will cause this tectonic change to occur. It is my hope and prayer that the American people will wake up to the reality of God’s existence and sovereignty and a return to the Christian values that made our nation great and which brought God’s favor on our people. However, there is no guarantee how the changes will unfold. I will close with this personal thought: If federal agents had opened fire on the armed Americans who were rallying in support of a rancher named Bundy in Nevada and both Americans and federal agents had been killed, I believe the anger of the American people toward their government would have shot upward. I’m glad that confrontation ended bloodlessly.

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/16/fox-news-poll-many-voters-say-obama-lies-to-country-on-important-matters/
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2014/04/16/fox-news-poll-many-voters-say-obama-lies-to-country-on-important-matters/
  3. http://www.gallup.com/poll/166535/record-high-say-big-government-greatest-threat.aspx
  4. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/17/fox-news-poll-voters-say-obama-covering-up-on-benghazi-want-congress-to-keep/
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/17/fox-news-poll-4-think-white-house-had-irs-target-conservatives/
  6. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/direction_of_country-902.html

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IMF vs. USA Showdown Now Reported in Mainstream Media – New

April 17th, 2014

My previous post discussed the huge confrontation that is brewing between the IMF and the US government because of the persistent financial profligacy of the USA. In the April 17, 2014 issue of USA Today, this confrontation was discussed openly in the mainstream media (see link). This confrontation is apparently going to lead to the end of the USA’s dominance of the IMF itself and over global finance in general. In essence, the IMF is trying to free itself from US control so it can, in behalf of the rest of the world, impose financial discipline on the US government.

The article reports that the other nations of the world have a “palpable bitterness and frustration about American intransigence,” and that the clueless “inhabitants of the [US] Congress, like Emperor Nero in ancient Rome, are still fiddling away merrily impervious to the world outside.” I hope that readers of this blog realize that this IMF vs. US government is going to affect Americans in a very negative way when this global financial battle boils over in a way which leads to “deep-seated tectonic shifts in the world economic balance of power.” This is a most ominous prediction in the article that a global power shift is going to be imposed on the US government whether it wishes to cooperate or not. If the US chooses to be uncooperative, there may be a currency/trade war where the US dollar is increasingly excluded from international trade deals. If so, the value of the US dollar could drop dramatically.

The IMF is demanding a rearrangement of the voting rights within the IMF so these voting rights reflect modern reality instead of the reality of total US dominance that existed just after World War II when the IMF was formed. The link names Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and Turkey as being some of the nations that are demanding a greater role within the IMF. Obviously, to make that happen, the USA must accept a diminished role within the IMF and the global financial system. The article states that “some Republicans” in the Senate object to the changes because they will “undermine US authority over IMF spending.” That is obviously true, but the US Senate has little ability to stop that from happening. As my previous post noted, the IMF leader is warning that a “Plan B” will be implemented to impose controls over the US position in the global financial community if the US does not voluntarily accept a lesser status in the IMF. The world is clearly “fed up” with the profligacy of the US government and its refusal to get its financial house in order. If the USA was a small and weak nation, the IMF would be imposing financial discipline on the US government and essentially be putting it into a kind of outside receivership. However, because the USA has been the global superpower for so long, it is hard for the IMF to impose fiscal discipline on the US government.

The article hints at the very bad impact the “Plan B” will have on the USA and its citizens if the US government refuses the demanded changes within the IMF. It states that “disruptive changes” will hit the USA in future years and that the IMF “gave the US until the end of year…threatening to leave America out of new changes otherwise (emphasis added).” This is tantamount to a warning to the US that there will be a global monetary/financial war of some kind if the USA does not accept a diminished role within the IMF and accept the modern realities of the relative financial strengths of nations. What might be a change the rest of the world can do if the US refuses to cooperate with the IMF and the rest of the world? The rest of the world’s nations could simply all resign from the IMF and set up a new global entity, perhaps called the Global Monetary Fund (GMF)  that would do all that the IMF previously did but without any US dominance or veto over the new entity. That new entity could appoint the current IMF leader, Christine Lagarde, as the new leader of a new “GMF” and the US would be admitted to membership only after the US Senate approves the diminished role of the USA which the new GMF would assign it. One evident result of this action, in my opinion, would be the imminent end of the US dollar as the global reserve currency, and its replacement with a set of regional, perhaps gold-backed currencies. The fact that China has been amassing gold and silver on a massive scale argues that China already knows that gold and silver will have a major role in the pending realignment of global currencies and financial power. It could lead to the end of the ability of the US Federal Reserve Board to set the value of the US dollar on global markets and the end of “Wall Street’s” ability to set the price of gold, silver and many other commodities. The US government is loathe to submit to any financial discipline, and the US Congress has so far been unwilling to do what is necessary to impose financial discipline on the US federal deficit. If a new global entity is established to replace the IMF and the USA refuses to join the new global entity, it is the USA that will become a “pariah nation” in the global financial community. Perhaps the new global financial management authority will require that the US government and the Federal Reserve Board submit to a forensic audit before the USA can re-join the world’s global community. That could lead to a lot of indictments wherever corruption can be found and documented.

The IMF is serious. I do not believe they and the rest of the world are bluffing. Notice has been served to the USA. Judgment Day for the USA’s long-standing lack of any fiscal discipline will come after the end of this calendar year if the USA does not accept the changes demanded by the IMF.

I do not think that Americans understand the enormity of this confrontation and how it will affect lifestyles of all Americans, the value of the dollar, the changes to costs of all imported goods, etc. I commend the USA Today for making an initial effort to inform the US public about this impending confrontation and that very serious problems for the USA will occur after the end of the year if the US doesn’t accept the diminished role for the USA within the IMF that is being demanded by the rest of the world.

As I noted in my previous post, this conflict could lead to the eventual collapse of the US dollar dominated system of global finance, fulfilling the biblical prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that such an event will occur in the biblical latter days. Keep your eyes on this developing global struggle for financial and monetary power among the nations. I know I will be doing so.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/04/16/marsh-congress-imf-developing-countries/7779953/


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IMF Gives USA an Ultimatum

April 15th, 2014

This link from The Washington Times, has a very ominous message for all Americans. I doubt very many Americans will be allowed to know about it, however, as the establishment media are not likely to tell them about it. Perhaps readers of this blog in other nations do have media that is reporting on this major development.

The link reports that the 188 member nations of the IMF have given the US government an ultimatum: either cooperate in the termination of the USA’s current dominance of the IMF’s voting rights structure in IMF matters “or else.” Currently, the USA has an effective veto power in the IMF as a vestigial remnant of the USA’s global dominance that existed after World War II when the current system of monetary and financial controls was instituted. The USA was then a global superpower in both military and economic measurements. Today, the USA still has massive military power, but its financial dominance has evaporated. A series of profligate presidencies and congresses have, over several decades, squandered America’s economic and financial strength and have turned the USA into the world’s greatest debtor nation.

The IMF has essentially ordered the US government to “get its house in order” by the end of this year. The IMF has demanded the US government surrender its current dominance in the IMF’s voting structure and transfer considerable power to Russia and China within the IMF’s voting rules in order to reflect the growing weakness of the USA’s global financial position. The USA has so far refused to cooperate in this change and has blocked it from being enacted. However, the IMF ultimatum includes the threat of a “Plan B” if the USA continues to block reforms within the IMF. The article states that the IMF “may make plans to reform the IMF without waiting for Washington.” Since the USA has a veto power over the changes demanded by the rest of the world in the current IMF rules, I take this to mean that the IMF nations could agree to scrap the IMF altogether and form a new global institution in which the USA will be “told” what its voting power will be and the USA will have a greatly-diminished role in the new global financial system. If this happens, the current dominant role of the US dollar will, obviously, be severely downgraded. Indeed, if the rest of the world has to forcibly scrap the current, US dollar-dominated IMF system and institute an entirely new global system of global finance, there may be an unveiling of new gold- and commodity-backed currencies that, combined, will replace the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

The IMF’s ultimatum to the USA is one more possible “trigger” which could fulfill the critically-important prophecy of Revelation 17-18 that the world’s dominant financial/monetary system in the latter days will experience a very traumatic collapse when it is forcibly pulled down by an alliance of “seven heads and ten horns” (most likely nations but that is not absolutely certain) and replaced by a new global system which the Bible calls the “beast” system.

The USA now dominates the world’s financial and monetary system and it has done so since the end of World War II. The US Federal Reserve Board has been the beating heart of the current global monetary system because it creates and controls the supply of US dollars in the global economy. The USA used to manage the world’s economy responsibly, but in recent decades, American governments have propelled the US federal deficit into the stratosphere and the Fed has long had to create vast amounts of fantasy dollars to buy up the troves of US federal debt instruments that would have no buyers unless the Fed created those fantasy dollars to purchase them. The IMF’s ultimatum makes a clear statement that the rest of the world is “fed up” with the USA’s mismanagement of the current system of global finance, and that the current system’s days are numbered. Unless the USA agrees to give up its veto power at the IMF, accept a downgraded role for the US dollar and transfer significant power to other nations such as Russia and China, the IMF will unveil “plan B,” which I’m quite sure the USA will not like at all.

Has the establishment media told you in any detail about this impending crisis? I doubt it. The coming changes in the global financial/monetary system could affect you greatly. What the IMF is threatening to do will particularly affect Americans negatively. I wonder who America’s profligate politicians will blame if this development comes to pass? It is interesting, in my viewpoint, that the IMF delayed its ultimatum to the USA until after America’s congressional election in November, 2014. I suggest you read my article, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times?, for some ideas about how you can personally start to prepare for difficult times that seem to be looming ahead of us.

My thanks to a reader for drawing my attention to this article.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/14/imf-gives-us-congress-year-end-deadline-passing-re/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS


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Why Can’t Germany Get Its Gold Back from the USA and France?

April 12th, 2014

As the world’s attention has been distracted by such events as the missing Malaysian airliner, the Syrian civil war, the Ukrainian crisis and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, a huge story has been unfolding beyond the scrutiny of the masses. It is so important that it could eventually rearrange alliances, cause governments to fall, initiate wars, new currencies, etc. This post will give you an insight into this critical development in global finance and its possible impact on the fulfillment of a key biblical prophecy.

The first three and the fifth link below offer comprehensive documentation about this crisis. The crisis is that Germany has demanded its gold back from the US Federal Reserve Board and the Central Bank of France, and it reportedly can’t get its gold back, according to these links. Indeed, the first two links report that Germany may not get its gold back until 2020 and that a year after it made its demand to have its gold physically shipped back to Germany, only 5% of the German gold has been delivered back to Germany. Think for a moment. If the US Federal Reserve Bank and the French Central Bank actually had faithfully held Germany’s gold in a safe custodial site, both the US and French central banks could have shipped Germany’s gold back to it within weeks or months. The first link has an especially in-depth discussion of this crisis in the global gold and monetary markets and it has a wealth of links to even more in-depth examinations of this crisis. The second link reports that the US Fed could only repatriate to Germany a “paltry five tons” even after a year of Germany’s demand for it. The third link offers you a Google list of many links that are available on this story which is not being reported in the mainstream press.

The first link reports that more nations are demanding their gold back or failing to return gold to foreign nations who want their gold back. The list of nations involved with either demanding their gold back or refusing to send it back includes, besides Germany, the USA and France, Romania, Russia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Venezuela, Ecuador, etc. Reportedly, the US Federal Reserve has refused to allow the Germans to even physically inspect Germany’s gold to see it was even in the Fed’s custody. Again, if the US Fed really had Germany’s gold safely held in a custodial location (as it should), this would be an easy request to grant. Any refusal is tantamount to an admission the gold it not there to inspect. The link also reports that China is becoming the global gold “superpower” as China reportedly is importing and amassing as much gold (and silver) as it possibly can. There are so many internet links documenting that China is engaged in a massive accumulation of the planet’s gold and silver that I’ve included the fourth link for a menu of articles on the topic. One of the top links asserts that as long ago as 2011, China was buying nearly 50% of the world’s gold. It does appear that China is trying to “corner the market” on gold and silver. What does China know about the gold and silver market that is not being told to the nations’ citizenry? I think it is very safe to assume that China does not expect the price of either metal to go down in the future. Indeed, once China has amassed enough gold and silver, it may decide to openly set and control the price of gold and silver on the world’s markets. Some of the links cited (or links within the cited links) predict a gold price of $5000 US dollars/ounce and $100/ounce for silver in the foreseeable future. If this proves to be anywhere close to a factual prediction, one can see why China is amassing as much gold and silver as it can. Nations that have gold and silver would become strong nations and nations that have little or no gold or silver would become the new “third world” of global finance. For a particular bit of global skulduggery in the global gold markets, be sure to read to the end of the link re: the Mali connection.

The final link has two astounding pieces of information. The first is that, reportedly, German representatives were finally allowed by the New York Fed to see a little bit of Germany’s gold (i.e. in only one of nine vaults where it should be held), but didn’t even allow the Germans to touch it. It adds that the tiny bit of gold given by the NY Fed to Germany didn’t have the original Bundesbank stamp markings on the bars, which strongly indicates the gold bars given to Germany were not Germany’s original gold bars. There is a limp explanation by the Fed that the bars had been re-cast, but that would be an utterly unnecessary act if the gold bars were really Germany’s original gold bars (as the article notes). The second piece of information is that the Reserve Bank of India reported that “the paper claims on gold [are] approximately 93 to 1 vs. physical gold that is available in the same year (emphasis added).” The link explains this means that of the 93 people who think they actually own traded gold in a given year, 92 of them don’t actually own any gold at all. I think readers can understand that if all paper owners of gold simultaneously submitted their claims to possess their claims to physical gold, the global gold market would collapse due to defaulted promises and the “shell game” would end.

How does this have a biblical prophetic ramification? It may have a massive one. Indeed, the hidden crisis in the gold market could lead to the direct fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that the latter-day global political/monetary/financial system known as Babylon the Great will experience a very hard and traumatic takedown and collapse due to the actions of “seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 18:1-3 describe this system of the latter-day political-economic elites as being incredibly self-indulgent and corrupt. The prophecy contains a long list of items and commodities in which the trading and buying of them collapses when this prophecy is fulfilled, and the very first items mentioned in the prophesied list are gold and silver (Revelation 18:11-13).

Let us consider a possible future scenario. Keep in mind that I am not predicting this will happen; I’m simply pointing out a plausible scenario which could fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 17-18 . Let us assume that at some future date, the leaders of China and 16 other nations (the seven heads and ten horns) call a press conference and announce something like the following: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have called this press conference to announce a global realignment of the world’s currency and commodities markets. China and the associated nations at this press conference now either own all of the world’s gold and silver or have so many claims via the futures markets at the New York Comex and the London’s Metals exchanges that we now have claims on effectively all the world’s gold and silver. We collectively will now redeem all our futures contracts at these exchanges for actual gold and silver to be immediately delivered upon demand. If sufficient gold and silver (confirmed by assay and bore-testing methods) is not promptly delivered to the representatives of these 17 nations upon demand, these exchanges will be declared to be in default and will become insolvent. Given that we now control all but a small fraction of the world’s gold and silver supplies, and we also have ownership rights to all production from many of the world’s gold and silver mines’ future production, we are now setting the price of these two metals. Our beginning prices for these metals shall be $5,000 US dollars for an ounce of gold and $100 US dollars for an ounce of silver. A new trading exchange shall be established in China for physical settlement of all transactions in gold and silver. Any nation, bank or entity not able to produce “good delivery” of gold and silver upon request will be barred from further participation in these markets. A new trading exchange shall soon be announced for the convertibility of several named global paper currencies into specified amounts of actual gold and silver. Thank you for coming. We will not be taking any questions.”

If such an announcement is ever made at any such future press conference, can you imagine the unprecedented turmoil in all financial, commodity and currency markets within mere seconds of the conclusion of such an announcement? Given the speed of transactions in today’s electronic markets, Babylon the Great’s current global system, based on US dollars, could literally collapse in one hour, just as is prophesied in Revelation 18:17.

  1. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/the-real-reasons-that-germany-is-demanding-that-the-u-s-return-its-gold.html
  2. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-19/germany-has-recovered-paltry-5-tons-gold-ny-fed-after-one-year
  3. https://www.google.com/#q=Germany+can%27t+get+its+gold+back+from+USA+and+UK
  4. https://www.google.com/#q=China+buying+up+world%27s+gold+and+silver
  5. http://www.turnerradionetwork.com/news/191-mjt

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Is the Entire Internet Compromised?

April 10th, 2014

This post may have immediate value to many, if not all, readers. We all use the Internet for all kinds of activities, so the information in these two links [12] should be read by everyone. It has been reported that the Internet may not be secure at all for financial or informational transactions. There is a major, and apparently long unnoticed, flaw in the encryption programs of perhaps all Internet security systems. The flaw is referred to as the “Heart Bleed” bug, and it is far too technical for someone like me to explain it. However, those readers who are “techies” will likely understand the computer systems flaw that is described in these links.

This security flaw has apparently been undetected for more than two years, and what is especially worrisome is that the flaw or “backdoor” into encryption systems is that “attackers can exploit the vulnerability without leaving any trace (emphasis added).” Given that fact, no one knows who or what entities have been accessing everyone’s personal information, including “email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other web traffic.” This major flaw in encryption security systems was reportedly co-discovered by Google, Inc. and a Finnish security firm.

Those trying to fix this major security breach advise everyone to change their passwords, and I cannot help but wonder if this security breach may have given unidentified hackers a backdoor to all banking transactions, patented corporate records, military and intelligence information, and encrypted communications between world leaders, central bankers and all world leaders of all kinds all over the world for several years at least.

This breach (and especially the information that the unidentified hackers gained via it) may have a great deal of relevance to the fulfillment of biblical prophecies about the approaching fall of the global political/monetary/financial system called “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 17-18. Some unknown parties have been gathering massive amounts of data that the world’s political and financial leaders thought was being sent via secure Internet communications, but, in fact, was being eavesdropped-upon by unknown intelligence gatherers for a long period of time. One wonders if it was the NSA who created and exploited this backdoor to read vast troves of supposedly-secure communications and transactions? Have the Russian intelligence services been exploiting this security backdoor ever since Edward Snowden brought the NSA’s private information files to China and Russia? Indeed, did Edward Snowden gather much of his information via this gaping security “back-door”? Did other intelligence services around the world know about this hidden way to easily spy on encrypted electronic messages and information all over the world? Did the German intelligence services know? Did the Chinese know about this? Did the Israeli Mossad? Did Interpol know about it? Indeed, are there any global spy agencies that didn’t know about this hidden backdoor to scoop up all kinds of encrypted data?

Just imagine what has been learned by the exploiters of this intelligence breach when they accessed the private communications between world political leaders engaged in “hush-hush,” behind-the-scenes deals? Imagine the insider information that has been gathered by accessing the supposedly-encrypted traffic between the US Federal Reserve Board, other global Central banks, all major Wall Street firms, the major stock markets and commodity and precious metals markets all over the world? The axiom, “knowledge is power,” really is true. It may be that the innermost corruptions of the current “Babylon the Great” system have been accessed and documented by many major players in world geopolitics, and these major players may include the “seven heads and ten horns” that are prophesied in Revelation 17-18 to tear down and replace the current political/monetary/financial system which is dominated by the US Federal Reserve Board, the US dollar, major Wall Street, London and Swiss banking and trading firms, etc.

I imagine that there are many people among the leaders of the world’s political and financial communities who may now be terrified that their supposedly “safe” communications weren’t “safe” at all. For the average citizenry, this may mean simply the need to replace all passwords. It may also indicate that the Internet will never be truly “secure,” and that if you want to have safer financial transactions, go back to using checking accounts at banks or buy things with cash. However, for the “movers and shakers” of the world, both those who are open and known and those who are shadowy figures behind the scenes, their innermost secrets and their most corrupt actions are likely now known to whoever has been accessing this previously-unknown “backdoor” to encrypted communications. I suspect that governments and high officials in the public and private sectors may go back to using private couriers to conduct sensitive business or transport key information.

We may not know for some time who gathered all the sensitive information via this back-door which enabled some to gather a treasure trove of sensitive information, but I think it will hasten the fall of Babylon the Great’s system because its innermost corruptions have likely been learned by whoever accessed this electronic “back-door.” For more information on why God inspired the Apostle John to call our modern, “latter-day” global system of politics and finance to be called “Babylon the Great,” I suggest you read my article, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System.

http://beforeitsnews.com/business/2014/04/heart-bleed-bug-could-compromise-large-part-of-the-internet-2612796.html

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/609175-heart-bleed-bug-imperils-web-encryption-putting-passwords-credit-cards-at-risk/


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Israelis to Deploy Lasers on Civilian Airliners

April 9th, 2014

This brief link reports that the Israelis have “successfully completed final testing” on a new laser-based, defense system that will be deployed on civilian airliners to protect against missile attacks. The link does not state how soon all Israeli civilian airliners will be equipped with this missile-defense system, but it does state that tests of this new “sky shield” system were “100% successful.” When deployed, it should make El Al the safest airline to fly.

This is a remarkable technological achievement, but what is really noteworthy is what is not stated in the article. If the Israelis are ready to deploy a laser-based, anti-missile system on their civilian aircraft, does it not make sense that they will also be installing it on any military aircraft large enough to host the system? Certainly, in-flight refueling aircraft, AWACS-type aircraft, cargo aircraft and other larger military warplanes could surely be equipped with this system as well. Indeed, the report doesn’t specify how small the laser-based anti-missile defense system is, but could it also be installed on F-16 and F-15 aircraft as well? If it can’t be installed internally on a fighter jet, can it be installed as an external package attached under the wing of Israeli warplanes? If so, could perhaps one F-15 or F-16 be equipped with such a laser-defense system and have it protect a flight of other IDF warplanes which would fly in a tight formation with normal weaponry but would be protected from land-based missiles by flying adjacent to the laser-equipped plane?

There are many military applications for a ready-to-deploy laser weapons system. Can the laser weapons system be mounted on tracked Israeli army vehicles and adapted to attack the armored vehicles of enemy forces? Indeed, if it can be mounted on a mobile platform like a tracked armored vehicle, this new anti-missile, laser system could be used to shoot down missiles if fired at Israel by Hezbollah in any future war.

I fully expect that the Israelis will not limit the deployment of a laser-based, anti-missile system to the protection of just its civilian airliners. This new technology has all kinds of military applications. The ones I’ve mentioned above are merely the obvious ones. I’m sure the resourceful Israelis will think of all kinds of ways this new technology will be militarily useful.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/26/israel-sky-shield-anti-missile-laser-system-commer/


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Federal Judge Orders ATF to Obey US Constitution

April 6th, 2014

In an important judicial ruling that pertains to Americans, but will likely interest readers in other nations, a US Federal Judge ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to obey the US Constitution in its enforcement actions. The first link on this topic is from the USA Today, and the second link is from a report at the website of the American Bar Association (ABA).

US District Judge Otis Wright called a particular ATF practice (which sounds a lot like what used to be called entrapment), “outrageous” for fighting “made-up crime.” In his stinging rebuke of the ATF, Judge Wright wrote: “The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement–not crime creation… [this ATF practice] makes the Government the oppressor of its people.” Wow! That is strong language!

In a time when there are growing concerns about the USA’s Executive Branch overstepping its Constitutional authority (i.e. the NSA’s massive “spying on innocent people” program and the ATF’s previous “Fast and Furious” fiasco where the ATF became a gun supplier for Mexican drug gangs), many Americans will cheer the ruling by this Judge that reminds the US Executive agencies that they must obey the US Constitution in their actions. I hope many other Federal Judges read Judge Wright’s decision and apply the same Constitutional standards to all Federal Agency actions. The ATF has long been regarded by many gun-owners in the US as wanting to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of US citizens to own and use firearms for self-defense purposes as well as hunting. Many US gun-owners will surely cheer this ruling as well to prevent this unconstitutional practice being used against American gun-owners.

Revelation 13 prophesies that an evil global system of government called the “beast” will eventually come into being during the latter days of our age and that it will have the power to control global financial transactions (verses 16-17). The NSA’s global spying program, whatever its original intentions, will likely be used by the beast system to not just monitor, but control the financial activities people of the earth’s nations. It is good to see that there are still some Federal Judges who are acting as “brake pedals” to the steady trend toward Federal Executive Branch over-reach. Any preservation of Constitutional liberties by the Federal Judicial Branch slows the development of the authoritarian beast system and could even limit its ultimate powers.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/18/judge-slams-atf-stash-house-stings/6565179/

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/federal_judge_blasts_atf_for_outrageous_fake_stash-house_stings_axes_case_o/


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Israel and India to Build Joint Missile Defense System

April 6th, 2014

Israel and India have joined forces to build a ballistic missile defense system for India to shoot down Pakistani and Chinese ballistic missiles fired at India (first link). Israeli technology will aid the construction of the Indian missile defense system, but any secrets learned in the program will surely be shared by both nations. India has a great need for a quick-response missile defense system because Pakistan and China are so close to India.

This Indian-Israeli alliance inevitably draws India closer to the western bloc of nations as Israel is part of the western alliance although they are not technically a part of NATO. Israel has long been an ally of the USA although that alliance has been greatly strained under the Obama administration. Germany and Greece (both NATO nations) have become close Israeli allies in a variety of ways. Greece allows Israeli warplanes to practice long-range missions over Greek airspace, and Germany has built the Israeli nuclear-capable Dolphin submarine fleet. Both Greece and Germany have had high-level state and military visits to Israel.

India is being drawn closer to the West by sheer necessity. Increasingly threatened by a militarizing China and a nuclear missile-equipped Pakistan, India must gain strong allies as counterweights to the Chinese-Pakistani alliance that threatens India. India has drawn closer militarily to the USA and other Pacific Rim nations who are also threatened by China. That Israel and India are entering a very important joint military development project strengthens this trend. My article, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III, indicates that the growing alliance of the West to India, Japan and other “young tiger” nations such as South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. was prophesied over 2500 years ago in Ezekiel 38. That the global alliances are coming together just as Ezekiel 38 prophesied for the “latter days” confirms that only a Creator Being could control the destinies of nations to make such ancient prophecies come true at their appointed times. God’s ability to do this is proclaimed openly in Isaiah 41:21-26 as a sign of his Divine sovereignty over the nations.

In a related note, Israeli technology has developed a very high-tech, short-range defense system which can “swat down mortars like flies” (second link). Combining this anti-mortar defense system with the already-deployed Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, the Israeli military is preparing very aggressively to have its defenses in place whenever the next war occurs involving Israel. That attack is most likely to come via a mass mortar and missile attack by Hezbollah and Syria from southern Lebanon when/if Israel and Iran exchange blows over Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

This growing Israeli-Indian military cooperation program will doubtlessly be of great help to both nations.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/04/02/israel-india-agree-on-missile-defense-system-against-china-pakistan-nuclear-strikes/

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/04/04/israel-claims-iron-beam-laser-can-swat-away-mortar-attacks-like-flies/


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Archaeology Confirms 50 Real Biblical People

April 3rd, 2014

The current issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has an article that readers of this blog should find interesting. The article lists at least 50 famous and not-so-famous biblical persons whose existence has been confirmed by archaeological discoveries. The list is growing as more excavations are funded and implemented.

This article should boost the faith of all Christians (and Jews) as the discovery that growing numbers of biblical personalities really lived boosts the secular credibility of the Bible’s narratives. While the article does not discuss the number of biblically-mentioned cities that have been confirmed by archaeological discoveries, that list is also growing as more “tells” are being excavated and matched with biblically-mentioned cities. As more biblical personalities and cities are being confirmed by archaeological discoveries, the historical credibility of the Bible’s narratives is growing steadily. Obviously, if no biblical persons and cities could be independently verified, the credibility of the Bible’s accounts would be called into question and one would have to take the Bible’s accounts “on faith” alone. However, that is not the case. We know that many biblical persons and cities really did exist.

Many of the Bible’s kings of Israel and Judah have been confirmed as real rulers by the historical tablets unearthed in Mesopotamia-especially in the archives of the Assyrian Empire. The Bible also mentions the rulers and emperors of various gentile kingdoms and empires whose existence is known to be real. One of the most prominent biblical persons to be confirmed archaeologically as a real person is King David of the United Kingdom of Israel before the Israelite tribes divided into two warring kingdoms. He is referred to as the founder of the dynasty of kings referenced by the term “House of David,” confirming David’s reality and his founding of a dynasty. Keep in mind that King David’s reign was so far back in antiquity that David’s reign was “ancient history” by the time Julius Caesar was born! Many biblical narratives are about persons who lived so many millennia ago that it is incredible that accounts of them can be found at all. As an aside, I’ll add that the reality of other ancient biblical persons is confirmed in the oral history of various nations. For example, Abraham and Ishmael’s reality has been solidly confirmed by the long-standing oral histories of the Arab nations, who maintain (quite accurately in my view) that they are the descendants of Abraham via Ishmael.

The Bible’s narratives indicate that the Assyrians had an evident vendetta against the Israelite kingdoms, and that they were determined to continually invade the Israelite kingdoms until they had destroyed them. The prominence of the Israelite kings in the annals of ancient Assyria supports that viewpoint. My books offer a reason for this Assyrian vendetta against the Israelite kingdoms. In I Chronicles 19, the Bible records the events of a great war that occurred during the reign of King David. That war was started by the Ammonites who were actually acting as agents provocateur for the Mesopotamian kings–over which ruled the Assyrian King. The Assyrians and their royal Mesopotamian vassals were expecting an easy victory over the Israelite army. They were so overconfident that they came personally to watch the battle (I Chronicles 19:9), only to have to hurriedly retreat when the Israelite army prevailed. David’s domain had already reached the Euphrates River before this war began (I Chronicles 18:3), so it was only a short distance for David’s reinforced and fully-mobilized Israelite army and his vassals to march into the heart of the Assyrian Empire and occupy it. Secular records confirm that a Semitic army coming from the west overran and occupied the Assyrian Empire during the reigns of Kings David and Solomon of Israel. The later Israelite civil war that depleted the military power of the Israelites allowed the Assyrians to rebuild their power and finally conquer Israel after many wars and invasions. My books, The Origins and Empire of Ancient Israel and Israel’s Lost Empires, as well as my E-book, The “Lost” Ten tribes of Israel…Found!, offer many secular historical sources which confirm the above assertions. The real extent and power of the United Kingdom of Israel has been forgotten and has been deleted from ancient history texts, but, combining many ancient secular records with biblical narratives, the exciting truth can easily be reconstructed. It is one of the most remarkable wars in ancient history, but you will read about it only, to my knowledge, in my books.

For a complete list of the biblical personalities whose real existence has been confirmed by archaeological evidence, please read this link. I think you will find it quite interesting. As more archaeological digs in the ancient Holy Land are implemented, expect this list of confirmed biblical personalities to grow.

http://members.bib-arch.org/publication.asp?PubID=BSBA&Volume=40&Issue=2&ArticleID=4


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