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3-D Printers Now Making “Living Tissue”

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Earlier this month I posted about the rapid advances being made in what 3-D printers can achieve (3-D Cars a Step Toward Star-Trek Replicators?). In that post, I opined that eventually 3-D printers would be able to make such organic products as body organs, food, etc. This post is to provide a follow-up to readers regarding how quickly this technology is advancing toward those very ends.

The December 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine has an article entitled “Just press print” which asserts that 3-D printers have already been used by Harvard researchers to print “living tissue interlaced with blood vessels.” The article acknowledges that being able to construct body parts for human organ transplants is the goal, but that scientists are “many years away from achieving this goal.” I’m not so sure that it will take so long, based on the quickening pace of how rapidly 3-D printed products are entering the consumer marketplace already. When 3-D printed human organ and body parts are ready for transplanting into humans, I think it is certain that only the rich and well-connected elites will be able to have their lives extended by using such expensive technological advancements.

The fact that “living tissue interlaced with blood vessels” is already being made by 3-D printers confirms just how intense the efforts are to advance this technology very quickly. I urge you to read my aforementioned post if you have not done so already. I would like to add a couple more thoughts on where 3-D printer technology could go in the future if God allows time to go on long enough before Jesus Christ’s return. Once the threshold has been achieved of making “living tissues,” it is only a matter of time until mankind will try to “build” an organic “robot” with living tissues connected via cybernetic systems to a “brain” programmed with artificial intelligence.  Would we then have a “being” without a soul or conscience? Scary possibilities can be foreseen if that development is ever implemented. Also, most readers have seen or heard of the movie, Jurassic Park, in which DNA from old dinosaur tissues was used to create modern dinosaurs via laboratory technology. I wonder if 3-D printers will eventually be able to “build” extinct animals and birds by extracting DNA samples from the remains of deceased species members and plugging them into a 3-D printer which “builds” living tissues. No doubt, DNA still exists in passenger pigeon carcasses that still are present in museum displays or botanical sample collections. Why not take DNA from those samples and try to build a new passenger pigeon with an advanced 3-D printer someday?

I think mankind is now entering the phase of knowledge development which the post-Flood, pre-Babel civilization possessed just before God destroyed their high-tech abilities by confusing the languages at Babel so no one could understand or read the pre-Flood language in which all high-tech, pre-Flood technologies were described. This stage of development is described in the Bible in Genesis 11:6. Jesus Christ prophesied that the latter-day civilization of mankind that would exist on the earth immediately prior to his return would mirror the pre-Flood world (Matthew 24:37)…thereby reaching the same ancient knowledge threshold that provoked God into Divine intervention. We may have reached that point already. If so, Jesus Christ’s return is not far away. For considerable evidence that we are living in the prophesied biblical “latter days,” please read my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? If you have not read this article, you will be surprised how accurate and relevant Bible prophecies are to our modern world.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/3d-printer/smith-text


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Media Articles on Big Banks’ Market Manipulations

Monday, November 24th, 2014

There has been a wave of media articles exposing the manipulations of the Big Banks in all kinds of financial markets. There are almost too many to cite as their insider manipulations become apparent to the world.

The first link reports that JP Morgan Chase is being investigated by the US Justice Department “over a criminal investigation of its foreign exchange business.” It also cites Barclays Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland as being targets of similar investigations. The second link examines how these currency scams can be done, and the third link reports how the Big Banks used secret chat rooms to manipulate foreign exchange markets. It also reports the Big Banks were fined $4.3 billion for their market manipulations. The fourth link reports on Bank of America’s fine of $2.4 billion because of fraud in its acquisition of Merrill Lynch and Co.

The fifth link describes how Goldman Sachs defended itself against charges that it is manipulating/rigging commodities markets in aluminum by buying huge quantities of aluminum so they can control market actions in aluminum trades. The link also reports about JP Morgan amassing large quantities of copper in 2010 to benefit its own trading positions in that metal. While the article’s headline is about these Wall Street firms defending themselves against commodities markets manipulations, the article’s content sounded rather damning of the Wall Street firms’ practices, in my opinion. It describes how Goldman Sachs “trucked tons of aluminum from one storage site to another in a ‘merry-go-round’ that delayed release to end users and increased both metal costs and bank profits.” It also reports on the use of “shell firms” by the Big Banks to construct “a major natural gas export facility.” The sixth link gives the BBC’s perspective on this commodity manipulation story.

The seventh link reports on the use of “naked short selling” by Wall Street firms and central banks to manipulate the price of gold and silver downward even during a time when the prices should be rising due to significantly increased demand for both metals. This article, although a few months old, is well worth your reading. It cites the opinion of a former assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Department under President Ronald Reagan and a former Wall Street Journal editor as saying that “the US central bank was ‘rigging all markets…'”

It is my view that there are no truly “free” markets anywhere in the major global financial markets. They are being manipulated in a self-serving manner by the central banks and Big Banks for their own benefit. Have you also noticed that even when the Big Banks get hit with civil penalties for market manipulations and rigging schemes that there rarely are any bank executives actually prosecuted for what their banks did? In the conspicuous lack of such prosecutions, national regulators exhibit a troublesome coziness with the Big Banks’ executives who either conduct or are responsible for the market manipulation schemes for which their banks are fined.

The last link has an article from the May 2009 issue of the Atlantic magazine which has likely been forgotten by almost everyone. On its cover, the article is entitled as “The Coup: How Bankers Seized America.” Inside the magazine, the actual article is entitled “The Quiet Coup.” It was written after the real estate crash of 2008 and it states at the beginning of the article: “…the finance industry has effectively captured our [the US] government.” It asserts that real recovery will not occur until the power of the “financial oligarchy” is broken. The other recent links cited about the market manipulations of the Big Banks in all kinds of financial, monetary and commodity markets indicates that the oligarchy is still running things and the US government is doing little to stop or control them. This state of affairs is precisely what Revelation 18:3 prophesied would occur in the latter days of our age when the “merchants of the earth” (big multinational corporations) and the “kings of the earth” (the national political leaders and their regulators) would be “in bed” with each other in a very corrupt scheme to enrich themselves at the expense of the world.

These links confirm that the prophecy of Revelation 18:3 has come true in our time, but these mutually-enriching corrupt schemes are being increasingly exposed by media articles and coming to the world’s attention. Revelation 17-18 prophesy that this “Babylon the Great” alliance of mutual aggrandizement will not only fall but that it will fall very hard (17:16) in the latter days when “seven heads and ten horns” (17:9-12) unite on the world scene to tear apart the financial/monetary system of the big multinationals and the politicians who are the leaders of Babylon the Great’s alliance of elites who currently control world markets. I certainly will make no predictions about when this might happen, but we are surely drawing ever closer to this fulfillment. Please refer to a post I did a few months ago about the possible significance of the year 2015 in biblical fulfillment. I’ve seen Internet articles that some market analysts are predicting a major fiscal crisis in 2015. My post offers three reasons why 2015 could have biblical significance for such events to occur.

Most people do not realize the banking industry was invented in ancient Babylon and that the lending of money at interest (usury) was a function of the ancient sun-god temples. The modern banking industry has grown global and very powerful, hence Revelation 17-18 referring to it as “Babylon the Great.” I urge readers to examine the information in my article, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System. You will find it very eye opening, I believe.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/03/major-banks-readying-for-forex-fines/18403167/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/12/how-the-currency-trading-scam-worked/18923015/
  3. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/12/banks-forex-chat-room-excerpts/18901819/
  4. http://www.bigclassaction.com/settlement/bank-of-america-2-4b-securities-settlement-to-stand.php
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/20/goldman-sachs-jpmorgan-morgan-stanley-senate-hearing/19293581/
  6. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30136183
  7. http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/markets/item/15116-after-gold-crash-experts-point-to-central-bank-manipulation
  8. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/05/the-quiet-coup/307364/

 


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Another Secret US Government Spying Program Revealed

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Americans were shocked when it was revealed that the NSA and other US government agencies were conducting massive spying efforts on the cell phone calls of American (and people of other nations as well). These spying revelations, I’m sure are well known to readers and need no review at this point other than to remind us that the awareness of this massive US spying program came as a result of the whistle-blowing by Edward Snowden.

As if the apparently wall-to-wall spying upon Americans by the NSA and other agencies wasn’t enough, it was recently revealed by a Wall Street Journal article that the US Marshals service has also been conducting a massive secret spying program directed at cell-phone conversation in the USA (or perhaps elsewhere too?). The first three links detail how this spying program was conducted. The US Marshals equipped airplanes to mimic the functions of cell-towers so that their spy planes would pick up the cell-phone conversations of many Americans (or citizens of other nations whose calls may have been captured while they spoke with Americans on cell phones).  The first link notes that this “indiscriminate collection” of cell phone conversations is so widespread that this spying program “covers most of the US population.” I have a question: While we’ve been told that the NSA spying program doesn’t capture or record the actual phone conversations of cell-phone users, it seems to me that this spy program by the US Marshall’s office that captures the cell-phone conversations as they are occurring infers that the actual content of cell phone conversation is being captured, recorded and perhaps listened to in real-time. Is this not the obvious conclusion to draw from a program which captures cell-phone conversations while they are “pinging” off of the spy planes’ equipment that are imitating the functions of cell-phone towers? This conclusion seems supported by the link’s further assertion that the program was designed to circumvent the need to obtain court orders to legally spy on individual’s cell phones. This latest secret program was so secret that even the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) didn’t know about it (second link). I believe that if the US government knew how to deploy this secret spying program to trick cell phone users into thinking their calls were being routed via legitimate cell-phone towers instead of spy planes, many other nations’ spy agencies knew how to do this too. That leads me to conclude other nations are doing this same kind of spying on their citizens as well.

It seems that cell phone calls are now so universally spied-upon that if you want to have some chance of privacy in a phone call one ought to use only the old landlines (but those calls are still subject to search warrants if there is probable cause of wrongdoing).

In a related spying story, it was just revealed that a Russian group has been hacking into all kinds of web-cams all over the USA (and presumably anywhere else in the world)–see third link. Apparently, any web-cam in your home or place of business can be hacked by anyone with sufficient skills to spy on you. The fourth link details a British report re: how easy it is for hackers to spy on you or gain access to your computer or web-cam.

It does seem we have arrived at the point no form of communication is secret or private anymore. Is even the US mail private? There are criminal penalties for anyone opening first-class mail without a court order if I recall correctly. However, court orders are now essentially “a dime a dozen” as long as the secret federal FISA court exists. Many articles, columns and blogs have been written about the FISA court, whose only function seems to be granting court orders to federal agencies to spy on innocent people when those federal agencies know they would never be able to obtain a court order from a “real” court where they would have to prove probable cause.

I think it is safe to say that the spy agencies of many other nations are using these same spying methods to spy on everyone within their nations as well. In terms of web-cam spying, if it is so easy to hack into web cams, it is possible that the most secret discussions in corporate boardrooms, the Federal Reserve Board and the Big Banks, federal government offices, Congressional offices, Judge’s discussions among themselves, and even conversations within the White House, etc. have all been spied on for some time. Undoubtedly, nations’ intelligence services have been spying on each other’s web-cams for some time, given how easy they apparently are to hack.

From a biblical perspective, we are seeing more and more evidence of so many “Big Brother” spying efforts which are making everyone’s communications and financial activities known to whoever wants to spy on them. We regularly hear reports of massive hacking attacks against the credit card records of major department stores and credit card issuers. Revelation 13:15-18 prophesied that the final “beast” system would apparently have the ability to control all financial transactions on the planet. Before the ability to control such activities must come the ability to monitor and spy on all such activities. That hurdle seems to have been already passed. I think there is no question that all the spying systems and technologies will be used by the final Beast power when it comes into being.

However, I’d like to close by offering a bit of hope. The Bible also prophesies in Revelation 11 that for three and one-half years near the end of the latter-day period of time, God will delegate Divine powers to two human prophets called the Two Witnesses. It will be lethal for anyone who tries to harm them for the duration of their ministry (Revelation 11:5). They will be empowered by God to “smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will” (Revelation 11:6).  How proactive will they be? They may decide to issue a directive to all governments and corporations on the earth to end their spying programs and “dump” all data collected on people who were spied upon without a court order granted after probable cause was first confirmed to a judge in the normal court system.  That will greatly displease the beast system. However, I’m sure the Two Witnesses will be able to come up with plagues severe enough to compel obedience to whatever they demand or decree. You can read much about the ministry of the Two Witnesses in my article, The Two Witnesses. To date, we have no idea who they will be. When they begin to manifest their powers, they will be directed against the power structures and elites of this world. Keep that in mind as imposters are likely to come on the scene as well.

  1. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/14/government-planes-mimic-cellphone-towers-to-collect-user-data-report
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/15/us-defends-marshals-in-wake-secret-cellphone-spying-report/?intcmp=latestnews
  3. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-20/russians-hacking-into-home-webcams-sparks-u-k-warning.html
  4. https://www.krypsys.com/hacking-2/penetration-testing-bbc-demonstrates-hackers-can-access-web-cams/

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3-D Printed Cars a Step Toward Star Trek Replicators?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Some time ago, I did a post about the advent of 3-D printers and the ability to make rudimentary, but functional, firearms via this method. This technology is advancing very rapidly!

The first link reports that cars built largely with 3-D printing technology will go on sale “in about a year for $18,000 to $30,000.” To think that manufacturers could soon be making individualized cars with “a few keystrokes!” The cars will, at least at first, still have such major components as “wheels, controls and powertrain[s]” made via standard methods. Incredibly, a 3-D printed car will have only 50 parts instead of “25,000 parts in some modern cars.” The 3-D printers are now going to be mainstreamed, as the tech giant, Hewlett-Packard, has announced they will be entering the field of making 3-D printers (second link).

I see some biblical connections in this cutting-edge technology. Remember the old Star Trek TV shows and movies where Captain Picard would ask a replicator in his room to make “Earl Grey tea, hot?” We are a long way from that technology now, but it is likely only a matter of time until such technologies become fact. In Genesis 11:6, the Bible records that God observed that mankind had reached such a high tipping point of knowledge accumulation just prior to his confusing the languages at Babel that whatever mankind then imagined they would accomplish (if God hadn’t brought it all to a screeching halt). Jesus Christ foretold the latter days would be like the pre-Flood world of Noah (Matthew 24:37), and the post-Flood generations after the Deluge were simply rebuilding the pre-Flood world’s technologies before God intervened to stop their ability to access any pre-Flood world documents or information stored in pre-Flood data devices written in the pre-Flood language. I believe our modern world is starting to reach the same tipping point where knowledge development feeds on itself so rapidly that anything modern mankind imagines, it will also eventually do.

When nations, companies, terrorists, individuals, etc. have advanced replicator technology in their possession, what will be beyond their reach? Will anyone be able to replicate a drone via a 3-D printer and use it for purposes either noble or nefarious? I wonder if counterfeiters are already planning to be able to counterfeit money using 3-D printers. Can explosives be replicated? Will we be able to build personal robots with 3-D printers? A wide range of weaponry could be made via 3-D printers. In the health-care field, 3-D printers could make very individualized hip and joint replacement inserts for each recipient rather than have to use “off the shelf” sizes from manufacturers. Will 3-D printing of cars eventually be so easy that assembly lines will be obsolete?

I wonder if some theorists in the health care field are already doing concept plans for using 3-D printers for building almost any kind of body-part to be able to prolong human lives and improve the quality of life. Back to Star Trek. The Star Trek replicators were not just 3-D printers which could make spare parts for the star ships; they could make food and organic items for crewmembers. Why couldn’t 3-D printers be eventually adapted to make organic products instead of inorganic items? Why couldn’t 3-D printers use amino acids, DNA and RNA to “print” 3-D soft-tissue body parts and food? Since “carbon-fiber reinforced plastic” can already be used to make cars and, presumably, any kind of non-organic objects, why couldn’t the elements of the earth be combined with DNA/RNA controls to make organic objects?

We are truly living in a world which fulfills the prophecy of Daniel 12:4 that “knowledge shall be [exponentially] increased in the time of the end of this age.” I’ll close with a biblically related thought. The book of Genesis records that mankind routinely lived for life spans of more than 900 years. Most Christians, myself included, have assumed this had to do with God’s programming these life-spans into human DNA, the existence of a canopy over the earth to shield it from harmful ionizing radiation, etc. What if there was another aspect to pre-Flood mankind’s long life spans which we hadn’t been able to even imagine until now when 3-D printers are being build and used? Given that the pre-Flood civilization possessed super-high technologies (which I believe we have yet to match), what if at least part of the reason for the long pre-Flood life spans was the ability to make all kinds of critical body-parts and organs via 3-D printers to create a form of medical immortality through technology. It is at least worth considering this possibility as mankind’s life spans did drop steadily after the Flood when the pre-Flood technologies were no longer accessible.

We are catching up with the ancient, pre-Flood technologies at a fast pace as we progress deeper into the latter days of our age. Who knows what technologies are already being developed and deployed, about which the public and media know nothing…yet. I think we are in for even more cutting-edge technological developments in the future. I think Genesis 11:6, combined with Matthew 24:37 and Daniel 21:4, guarantee we will learn of new technological “miracles” in the years ahead of us.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/11/07/3-d-printed-car/18636105/
  2. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2841414/hps-move-into-3d-printing-will-radically-change-manufacturing.html

 


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Pope Francis: “God Is Not a Divine Being”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Pope Francis has made a series of controversial statements in recent months, and he is creating a backlash from prominent conservatives within the Catholic Church. Whether readers are Catholic or not, I think all Christians need to pay close attention to the comments of this latest pope.

First for some background. Pope Francis initially angered conservative Catholics when he made noncommittal comments about homosexual marriage. Since Catholic popes have always previously supported Catholic doctrines labeling homosexuality as a sin, Pope Francis’ comments were seen as the beginnings of a departure from the views of (apparently) all previous Catholic popes. The archbishop of Philadelphia blamed Pope Francis for causing “confusion” and added that “Confusion is of the devil.” A Cardinal who is the “head of the Vatican’s highest court” made an even stronger statement: saying “the Roman Catholic Church is a ‘ship without a rudder'” under Pope Francis. These are very strong criticisms for a new Pope from sources high in the Catholic hierarchy.

However, the above spat may prove to be nothing compared to Pope Francis’ latest strange comment. I hope he was misquoted, but the media is reporting that Pope Francis, in a discourse about God and evolution, stated that “God is not a divine being (first link).” Excuse me? Could he actually have said anything that heretical? Paradoxically, Pope Francis acknowledged God as the creator, even as he is cited as denying God’s divinity. He also made what sounds like a squishy endorsement of evolution in his statement. If Pope Francis denies God’s divinity, is this not rank blasphemy against God, the Bible and a rejection of all previous Catholic teachings and papal confessions? Pope Francis has made a very strange statement, if he was correctly quoted, and this development bears intense scrutiny. If he refuses to acknowledge God as a Divine Being, how can he even call himself a Christian? It is because of God’s status as a Divine Being that he is repeatedly described as “holy” in the Bible and “worthy of worship.” If God is not a divine being, then how can God claim any right to forgive the sins of sinning human beings? The Catholic Church has long claimed the Apostle Peter as its first pope. Peter’s views about God’s divinity are unmistakable. In II Peter 1:3, Peter wrote of God and of Jesus Christ: “According to his divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness (emphasis added).” In II Peter 1:4 Peter wrote that believers, through Jesus Christ, are made “partakers of the divine nature [of God] (emphasis added).” So Peter confesses the divinity of Jesus Christ, the son of God, and Jesus confesses that God the Father was “greater” than Jesus was (John 14:28). Since Peter attributed divine status to Jesus Christ, “God” the Father is surely Divine as well. I wonder if Pope Francis realizes he has departed from the views of the Apostle Peter, who has always been claimed by the Catholic church as the first pope?

The second link offers to readers a variety of media perspectives on Pope Francis’ comments which were located via a web search. I invite readers to check out a number of them.

Keeping in mind that the pope may have been misquoted or the possibility that something was altered in translating his comments from Italian or some other language into English, two latter day prophecies come to mind after hearing Pope Francis’ rejection of God as a Divine Being. If he doesn’t even accept the Christian God of the Bible, who he claims to represent, as a divine being, then he apparently doesn’t acknowledge the divinity of the deities of any other non-Christian religion either. That thought reminded me of the latter-day prophecy in Daniel 7 in which Daniel sees events of the latter days in symbolic form and a heavenly personage makes known some of the vision’s meaning to him. In Daniel 7:25, it is prophesied that a person or power will arise which will “speak great things against the Most High [God]…” It does seem to me that for anyone, especially a top Christian leader such as the pope, who publicly declares that God is not a divine being, is making an utterance which fits the prophetic mold of Daniel 7:25. This pope needs to be watched if he makes any further declarations against God Himself.

In II Thessalonians 2:3, Paul wrote a prophecy about the false leaders that would emerge in the latter days. In verses 3-4, Paul warned that a “man of sin” or “son of perdition” would emerge “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God… (emphasis added).” When Pope Francis, a mortal human religious leader, exalts himself into a position where he feels he can deny that the Creator God is a divine being, is he not perilously close to fulfilling this prophetic warning about a religious leader who would emerge in the latter days who would do this type of thing?

Again, I truly hope the new pope was misquoted, and that he did not actually make a statement attacking and denying God’s Divine status. However, all Christians need to watch what Pope Francis says and does in the future. Paul’s prophecy about a “man of sin” and “son of perdition” who will repudiate “all that is called God” also prophesies in II Thessalonians 2:5-15 that this “man of sin” will come with “all deceivableness,” and will lead people into embracing a “strong delusion.” Paul also prophesies this dark figure will eventually come with “all power and signs and lying wonders.” In spite of the displayed powers and signs which this dark figure will do to deceive people into believing his lies, Paul urges latter-day believers to disregard the deceitful teachings of this “man of sin” and  “stand fast and hold the traditions which you have been taught.” A belief that the Creator God of the Holy Bible is a Divine Being is certainly a truth to which all Christians should hold fast.

Please understand I’m not yet identifying Pope Francis as the “man of sin” discussed in II Thessalonians and I hope he was misquoted, but we are definitely living in the latter days (see my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?), which means that all the latter day prophecies of the Bible are scheduled to be fulfilled in this latter day period of time. We need to be alert and watch closely to look for prophetic fulfillments as they occur. They may be fulfilled in a manner which the world’s media barely notices, so extra effort is needed by Christians to discern the important events of our time.

The last link indicates Pope Francis received significant “push-back,” opposition and dissent from key Catholic leaders when the pope appeared to repudiate long-standing Catholic teachings against homosexuality. I wonder what private conversations are now occurring amongst Catholic cardinals and bishops in response to Pope Francis’ declaration that God is not a divine being?

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/28/pope-francis-evolution-big-bang/18053509/
  2. https://www.google.com/#q=Pope+Francis+declares+God+is+not+a+divine+being+
  3. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/01/pope-francis-catholics-americans-culture/18263293/

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Israeli Defense Minister Snubbed by Top US Officials

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The first  three links [1, 2, 3] detail the fact that the Israeli Defense Minister was snubbed by many high-ranking Obama administration officials when he was in the USA  recently. This is quite extraordinary, given the longstanding alliance between the USA and the Israelis and the common interests of the two nations. This snubbing of the Israeli Defense Minister adds to the belief that the Obama administration is the most anti-Israeli administration ever to exist in the USA.

Don’t expect this event to be reported widely in the American media, but it has been noticed all over the world, no doubt, by all leading nations. I suspect that, given the many foreign policy failures of the Obama administration, President Obama may be peeved that the Israelis will not cater to Obama’s desire to reach some kind of a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal which shortchanges Israeli security concerns. This kind of action by the Obama administration could have some far-reaching effects.

I think one of the primary effects it will have is that the Israelis, given good reason to be unsure about American support in any future security crisis, will boost their own conventional and nuclear weaponry as well as broadening the Israeli defense industry base so it can make more military hardware domestically without relying on US suppliers. If this happens, the US defense industry will have fewer orders for their products from Israel, and the Obama administration will be to blame for this development. American jobs could be lost due to the Obama administration’s snubbing of the Israelis. Also, this will benefit European and other international arms suppliers as the Israelis will likely turn to alternate suppliers for some military hardware and gear.

Another effect is that the Israelis have to be alarmed about having an anti-Israeli Obama in the White House until January 2017. Much can happen between now and that date. The snubbing of the Israeli Defense Minister by the Obama administration will intensify Israeli efforts to locate new allies in the region. The fourth link and fifth link detail the ever-warming relations between the Israelis and Egyptians. They are united in their opposition to Hamas and the Jihadis who are waging a terrorist war against Egyptian security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula and against targets in Egypt’s mainland region. They are also united in their dim view of the Obama administration. Egypt sees the Obama administration as having favored the Islamic Brotherhood which was led by Muhammad Morsi and which led Egypt to the point of internal disintegration or civil war before the Egyptian military led by General al-Sisi took power and saved Egypt from the fates suffered by Iraq, Yemen and Libya. These links report that Israel and Egypt left the Obama administration out of the peace negotiations to stop the Israeli-Hamas war and that Egyptian-Israeli security cooperation is now at its  “zenith.” An Egyptian-Israeli alliance would be a very strong “tag team” in the Mideast. It would unite two very strong regional conventional armies which would be protected by an Israeli nuclear umbrella. If Egypt and Israel openly form an alliance, it is very possible that Saudi Arabia, Jordan and a soon-to-be-independent Kurdistan might also join that same alliance. If such an alliance forms, the USA will be the big loser as it will lose much clout and influence in the Mideast and Turkey and Iran would also be losers in such an arrangement. Turkey has turned very anti-Israeli and it also offended the Egyptian government recently (as I noted in a previous post) so Turkey could end up inadvertently helping to midwife an Israeli-Egyptian alliance. When/if Kurdistan becomes fully independent, it will need allies and its pro-western, Sunni Moslem nature makes it a logical choice to join such an alliance. I won’t specifically predict the above developments, but they are becoming more likely as the Obama administration fumbles its foreign policy initiatives overseas. It should also be note that Greece and the Greek-ruled section of Cyprus are strongly pro-Israeli so they would also be favorable to an Israeli-Egyptian alliance.

Biblically, Zephaniah 2:1-10 prophesied that Judah (the Jews) would have an independent nation in the old Promised Land just before “the day of the Lord’s anger” (another prophetic terminology for the latter days) occurred, and this prophecy was specifically fulfilled in 1948 (please see my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?, to see an in-depth examination of biblical prophecies being fulfilled in recent decades that confirm we are living in the biblical “latter day” period of time). Zechariah 12:1-6 prophesy that God will remain a protector to the Jewish nation in the Mideast even if all other nations oppose it. Notice that this prophecy does not actually predict the Israelis will be without allies, but reassures them God will remain their ally even if all other nations forsook it.

Currently, it is the Obama administration which is gradually forsaking its alliance with the Israelis, freeing the Israelis to make independent alliances with other nations.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/us-officials-israel-defense-chief-denied-meetings-165913476–politics.html
  2. http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/10/24/jewish-advocacy-group-criticizes-u-s-snub-to-israeli-defense-minister-yaalon/
  3. http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/state-department-continues-grudge-match-against-yaalon/2014/10/25/
  4. http://online.wsj.com/articles/unlikely-alliance-between-israel-and-egypt-stoked-gaza-tension-1407379093
  5. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/05/israel-egypt-security-cooperation-netanyahu-livni-nuclear.html#

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Are You Ready for the Coming “Drone Wars?”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Yes. We are heading into a time when we will literally have “drone wars.” Some will be military applications where the drones of one nation fight the drones of another nation. Some wars will be the drones of the security and police agencies of national governments fighting the drones of the drug cartels and terrorists. I suspect there will be many legal/courtroom drone wars as well. As the use of drones expands, there is a dearth of legislation and case law applicable to their safe and legal use. This post is to offer some of my thoughts on the subject.

Daniel 12:4 prophesies, “knowledge will be increased” at the time of the end (of this age), and the Hebrew word translated “increased” means an exponential increase. It is the same Hebrew word translated how the waters of Noah’s Flood “increased” on the earth in Genesis 7:17–obviously an exponential increase. A few decades ago, I think none of us would have had an inkling as to how far technology would advance. Technological leaps can can be a good thing or a bad thing.

The first link details some of the dangers of the expanded use of drones by private parties. It cites how drones with cameras could be a “peeping tom’s” tool for looking into females’ windows without subjects knowing they are being watched. Can you imagine what the paparazzi would do with spy drones getting pictures of celebrities at their parties, vacation beaches, on their yachts, in their bedroom windows, etc.? That link describes a case where a person operated a private camera drone to peer into the third-floor window of another person’s house. Was that person a peeping tom, a burglar “casing the joint” for objects to steal or what? This could be a common occurrence in the future if private parties can purchase drones without any legitimate need to own one. The case in point happened in liberal, politically correct Seattle. I can think of large swaths of the USA in the South, Appalachia, the prairie states, the Rocky Mountain states, Alaska, etc. where the outcome would have been much different. If someone had seen an unauthorized drone spying on their home as it peered through a third-story window, I think that drone would have quickly disappeared when it was hit by the blast of 12-gauge shotgun. After all, the drone is not a living thing so it has no personal rights. If it is trespassing, why couldn’t any homeowner legally shoot an unauthorized drone down?

The second link reports that film-making drones will soon be used by the movie-making industry. Think what those kinds of high-tech video drones could do in the hands of people or nations eager to spy on others. Of course, drones could have many useful applications. One would be to use them in urban warfare like what is now being fought in Kobani, the Kurdish city on the Turkish border being attacked by ISIL forces. If US Special Forces inserted clandestinely into the city used small video drones, they could locate ISIL troops and armored vehicles and call down air strikes with great precision. I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t already being done. In some future wars, I can foresee that small attack drones will sneak soundlessly upon enemy sentries and kill them with a bullet or explosive device. Defensive drones could also be hovering over sentries to defend them from the attacks of offensive drones. The use of drones could easily shut down the US-Mexican border to stop all illegal immigration quickly if only the US government wanted to enforce immigration laws. Spying applications for drones are almost limitless. This could also include corporate spying efforts. Think of how shoplifting could be ended by the use of drones. Department stores could deploy small, camera-equipped drones to monitor all shopping aisles within their stores to locate and apprehend any shoplifter caught trying to steal merchandise.

Indeed, where will drones be allowed and where will they be forbidden? The third link opens some interesting possibilities. The US National Park Service has banned drones from its supervised properties. The link notes this could place 84 million acres of US land off-limits to drones. My question: if one government agency can ban the use of drones in its jurisdiction, why can’t all other government agencies do the same? Indeed, why can’t private property owners ban drones from their airspace as well? If a federal government agency can ban the use of drones on its lands, surely state and local governments can ban their use as well. The 10th Amendment of the US Constitution reserves to the states all rights not specifically given to the federal government in the Constitution. Unless drones are being used in interstate commerce, it would seem each state would have the right to draft its own set of laws for drone usage and drone ownership. No doubt, different legislatures and city councils will take different views on drone ownership and usage. Legal battles will surely ensure. Since drones could be easily used for criminal purposes such as window-peeking, corporate spying, stalking, kidnapping efforts, burglary efforts, murders, spying on mates in divorce proceedings, etc., it is possible some jurisdictions will ban private ownership of drones unless a legitimate use can be demonstrated by a potential buyer (The US Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees gun ownership rights, but there is no drone-ownership right in the US Constitution).

The final link offers a humorous insight into the drone usage issue even as it makes a serious point. For ease of viewing, I included the cartoon re: drone use which i saw in a newspaper.

Revelation 13:16-18 prophesies the final “beast” system of global government on the earth will not only monitor but control financial transactions. If the beast system will have a “control freak” approach to financial transactions, it stands to reason they will want the same kind of control over all kinds of human activities. All kinds of specialized drones will be able to provide that capability. Civil rights advocates need to start drafting legislation and ordinances already to control the use of drones to limit them to legitimate usages only. Personally, I think that because it would be so easy to misuse a drone for criminal purposes, all citizens wanting to buy drones should have to be licensed to buy them and undergo criminal background checks as well. Governments should be limited by legislation and laws to control how public authorities use them as well to stop abuses via drone usage.

Welcome to the Brave New World that is gradually being imposed on the planet.

  1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/11/bruce-drones-from-bombing-terrorists-to-destroying/?page=all
  2. http://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/news/2014/09/26/faa-oks-drones-for-moviemaking-br-br-drone-advocates-cheer-latest-advance.html
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/20/travel/national-park-service-drone-ban/
  4. Chan Lowe: The drone craze meets Stand Your Ground
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USA Saving Old Nukes to Defend Vs. Asteroids

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The first link reports that the American government has decided not to destroy old nuclear warheads that were scheduled for deactivation. Instead, the link reports, the US government is saving them in the event that they are needed for “planetary defense against earthbound asteroids” that could threaten the earth and all that dwell on it. The link does not specifically state how many American nuclear warheads have been tasked to this mission.

In spite of the closing line in the first link (a clever reference to a movie made years ago about the earth almost being destroyed by an asteroid approaching earth), this is a serious subject as it is now widely-accepted that the dinosaur world that was annihilated by the impact of the space object that impacted in the Chixelub crater near/on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The second link adds information about the search by NASA for Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that could pose a danger to our planet.

The first link assures us that there is nothing to worry about…”at least for the next hundred years or so.” And yet, the US government is now worried enough to dedicate old nuclear warheads to take out incoming space objects that are on an impact trajectory with our planet. Hmm. Could they know something they aren’t telling us yet about what they have found “out there” that is headed in our direction? I merely pose the question.

The Bible indicates they may have reason to worry. Revelation 8:8-11 prophesy that in the latter days just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, a heavenly object described as a “great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea,” killing 1/3rd of all oceanic life and sinking 1/3rd of all ships. The Apostle John was given a prophetic vision of events in the latter days in the book of Revelation, and he had to describe what he saw with limited, low-tech ancient vocabulary words.  An approaching space object would, indeed, look just like a burning fiery mountain hurtling toward earth as it caught fire from the intense heat of traveling at a high velocity into the earth’s atmosphere. Verses 10-11 may describe a second event or an aftermath of the first impact. If this is truly a literal prophesied event instead of merely being metaphorical language for something else, the prophecy indicates the space object will hit in the ocean somewhere. Since most of the earth is ocean, the odds are in favor of such an impact. Can you imagine the tidal waves that would destroy global coastal regions if this becomes a literal event?

For new visitors to this blog who are unfamiliar with biblical arguments about a “latter day” period of time at the prophesied end of our age, please read my article, Are We living in the Biblical Latter Days? This article will give you a broad-based view of several prophesied mega-trends and specific geopolitical events which were prophesied to occur in the “latter days.” The biblical prophesies identifying the latter days have come true. Mankind ignores these fulfilled biblical prophecies to its own peril. These fulfilled biblical prophecies prove: (A) the existence of a very-real Creator God and (B) that the Bible is His Word and His Warning to mankind. Even the Bible prophesies most people will ignore these warnings…to their mortal danger.

My thanks to a friend for tipping me off to the first link.

http://www.defenseone.com/management/2014/10/strange-true-reason-us-isnt-destroying-its-old-nukes/95561/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-Earth_object

 


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The FBI: Help Us Identify This English-Speaking Jihadi Terrorist

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

This post is being sent to the readership of this blog as a public service to offer some assistance to the US FBI. The FBI is seeking any information it can glean from public input to help it identify an Islamic ISIL terrorist who is seen on camera orchestrating a massacre of Syrian army prisoners. The terrorist’s head is largely covered-up, but his voice is clearly speaking English in what appears to be his language of origin. Please watch the videos below and, if you can provide the FBI with any possible tip regarding who this likely American Jihadi is, please call the FBI tip-line with that information. Even a small piece of information may be crucial to helping the FBI identify this person and, hopefully, also take down any domestic Jihadi network that he may be representing.

A cable-news segment I watched earlier today featured an expert who added that the Islamic Jihadi speaker sounds like he is speaking North American English and he may have a Midwestern accent. During any given month, there are people visiting my website from 120-130 nations so I’m posting these links (below) in the chance that someone may be able to provide some assistance to the FBI. It may be that you know about a person with Islamic radical views who has disappeared from your region lately or you may know a person whose Facebook page may contain radical-Islamic rants which sounds like the speaker in the video. One former FBI official speaking on a cable-TV network also added that since ISIL is very sophisticated in electronic media propaganda, the person on the execution video may not be the actual speaker on the audio portion. So there may be two people to apprehend or identify. The person on-camera is one person, but the actual speaker doing the audio rant may be another person doing a “voice-over.” Since one report indicates the ISIL speaker has a Midwestern accent, a likely location for this terrorist’s origin is the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area as a number of Islamic radicals from there have migrated to the horn of Africa to fight for Al Shabab, another radical Islamic Jihadi group (fourth link). The final link reports a surprising number of Minnesotans from its Islamic community have emigrated to Syria to fight in the ranks of radical Islamic groups there [such as ISIL]. I’m sure the FBI is already pursuing this possibility of a Minnesotan connection. If you area reader from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, please listen especially closely to the speaker on this terrorist video to see if you have any possible leads to give to the FBI.

The need to identify and apprehend Islamic Jihadis in America (or from America) is growing. The third link cites one US Congressman as saying his sources indicate that at least ten ISIL/ISIS terrorists have crossed the porous and unsecured US border with Mexico to enter the USA. Obviously, they are most likely entering to commit mass terrorist attacks at some point in the future vs. American citizens. If they do, the blood of any Americans killed or wounded in such attacks will be on Obama’s hands and on Congress’ hands as they have collectively refused to implement adequate border security measures.

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/10/08/fbi-seeks-public-help-in-identifying-masked-man-aspiring-jihadists/
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/07/us/fbi-isis-jihadist-video-identification/index.html
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/08/congressman-at-least-10-isis-fighters-caught-trying-to-cross-into-us/
  4. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/somali_timeline/missing_men2
  5. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/somali-americans-syria

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Graphene–the New “Wonder” Substance [Practical and Prophetic Implications]

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The first link offers amazing information about a new material called graphene, which won a Nobel prize for its inventors. The first link gives an overview of graphene’s amazing properties and the second link and third link offer more details about this amazing “wonder” substance about which the public knows very little, I believe.

Graphene is “stronger than diamonds” as well as a “better conductor than copper.” It is “97% transparent” and is very elastic. It is made from carbon/graphite and can be made to have applications, apparently, even when it is in a layer just one atom thick. It even has medical qualities and, according to the first link, can be injected into the human body to perform specific missions. It is truly remarkable. It may also make electric cars far more efficient and practical than they now are. Graphene has almost unlimited possible applications at the nano-technology level. In these links, you can read about some of the practical applications that graphene can have in the commercial world, once it can be manufactured in large quantities with a high degree of quality control.

After reviewing these links, I can suggest a few other applications for graphene not mentioned there. Consider possible military applications. Given that graphene is incredibly strong and light, it could be used to add an extra layer of great strength to tanks, warships, warplanes, body armor, satellites, etc. A layer of super, lightweight graphene stitched into a soldier’s uniform may give that soldier a bulletproof, flexible uniform and helmet. The fact that graphene can make plastic cellophane conduct electricity has implications for possible terrorist threats. What could graphene do in the hands of terrorists with plastic explosives that could make plastics conduct electricity while attached to a timing device or a remote, cell-phone detonator? This material has to be kept out of terrorists’ hands.

Prophetically, I see one obvious possibility for graphene fulfilling a biblical prophecy. Many Christians (including me) have speculated about what Revelation 16:17’s “mark of the beast” might be. Graphene nano-particles injectable into human bodies make graphene an obvious candidate for implementing the mark of the beast. The first link notes that graphene is so thin and conductive of electrical currents that it may revolutionize and miniaturize today’s circuit boards. Since graphene has nanotechnology applications and can be injected into human bodies, could graphene eventually be used as injectable nano-particles that would be individualized for each person, making it a kind of “fingerprint” for each person as well as a “smart chip” that would be invisible inside human bodies even as it stores information about that individual?

My thanks to a reader who sent me the first link and prompted this post.

Graphene on The One Show

http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=67

http://www.zdnet.com/the-10-strangest-facts-about-graphene-3040093050/

 


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