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Is a “Megadrought” Starting in the USA?

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Recent media headlines have included a story that weather experts are predicting that a “megadrought” will strike the USA in our current century. The first link is one such report. That link opines that this predicted megadrought will strike in the last half of this century, but I have also seen a cable-TV news segment on this story that indicated that this megadrought may start earlier than that.

Indeed, readers who live in California or other parts of the US West may see this post’s title and exclaim: “We are already in a megadrought!” They are right. This predicted megadrought may already have begun. National Geographic magazine’s October 2014 issue had an excellent, in-depth article on just how massive the drought in California already has become. That article was entitled “When the Snows Fail,” and I’ve included it as the second link. I urge all readers to take the time to read it as it documents just how damaging a drought is already present in the western part of the USA. Some of the photography documenting that a megadrought is already present there is very stunning. The third link on the severity of this drought is also from National Geographic.

Here in America (and throughout the western world), we take abundant food for granted. We assume the food selections we desire will always be present in every grocery store. We take for granted a food production and distribution system which allows us to have fresh vegetables and fruits even in northern climates during winter. This would have been regarded as a miracle in many millenniums of human history. If this California megadrought continues and becomes more widespread throughout North America, we may come to a situation where we will have to buy whatever the grocery stores can obtain to put on their shelves.

The California megadrought is especially threatening to America’s food supply as that state produces such a disproportionately large percentage of the USA’s vegetables, fruits, nut crops, etc. The devastating drought there (caused by a lack of snow in the mountains to produce normal springtime run-offs in rivers) has caused farmers in California to be deprived of water allocations, and when their land reverts to a semi-arid condition, it may not return to normal productivity for some time even if water supplies are renewed. If the megadrought predicted by weather experts that has already started in California and some western regions continues to expand its reach, food shortages will become real.

The predictions of a megadrought by weather experts coincides with what is prophesied in the Bible in several locations. Jesus Christ prophesied famines (food shortages) would occur in the latter days just before his Second Coming (Matthew 24:7), and Revelation 6:5-6 repeats that same warning. The latter prophecy doesn’t predict that food will be totally absent, but that it will be in such short supply that it will be rationed by price and any foodstuffs cannot be wasted. Deuteronomy 28 is a prophecy about the punishments the Divine Creator will assess upon covenant nations that he has blessed and to whom he has revealed himself. The USA is one such “covenant” nation, as can be confirmed in reading my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy. Is it only coincidence that as the USA chooses to become ever-more sinful, the promised plagues of Deuteronomy 28 are starting to hit the USA? Deuteronomy 28:23-24 specifically prophesies that plant diseases and severe drought will be present in any covenant nation that abandons God’s laws and ways and chooses to rebel in sinful practices.

However, modern mankind’s technology can alleviate the effects of droughts. I have long wondered why the US West Coast states have not built water desalinization plants like those that exist in Saudi Arabia and Israel to turn abundant and available saltwater into fresh water supplies (the fourth link has photos of the size of those nations’ desalinization plants). The fifth link reports that California, facing years of likely droughts, is now considering the construction of a series of desalinization plants to supply water needs. It will take years to bring all the planned desalinization plants into production, of course, and the question needs to be asked if these desalinization plants will produce enough fresh water for agricultural needs as well as for domestic use in the cities? If they will only provide enough water for domestic use in cities, then the drought will continue to devastate the agricultural production of foodstuffs within the USA.

What should Christians do to prepare for the effects of a megadrought on food supplies? To answer that question, I suggest that readers review my article, Should Christians Prepare for Coming Hard Times? I believe it offers a biblically-based and balanced commentary on the subject.

In the meantime, since the Bible warns of droughts and weather experts are warning of a megadrought of long duration and a megadrought has already started in California, I suggest that readers plant a garden this spring. It would be a good skill to learn for future years if one does not already have gardening skills. The US Government encouraged all Americans to plant “Victory Gardens” during World War II to increase the nation’s food supply at that time of national crisis. The last link offers information on those Victory Gardens and lists some of the agricultural items that were rationed by the US Government during those war years. I doubt that many Americans educated in our modern school system even realize that there was widespread food rationing imposed on the nation by the US Government as recently as the 1940s. Such rationing may again occur if this megadrought continues to expand. The planting of gardens may again be a wise course of action for everyone in the years ahead of us.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2015/02/12/western-plains-drought-climate-change/23298093/
  2. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/west-snow-fail/
  3. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140213-california-drought-record-agriculture-pdo-climate/
  4. https://www.google.com/search?q=Desalination+plants+in+Saudi+Arabia+and+Israel&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=U7bfVLHYBKnksAS7-ICgAQ&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1247&bih=864
  5. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25859513/nations-largest-ocean-desalination-plant-goes-up-near
  6. http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe40s/crops_02.html

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The US Constitution and Homosexual Marriage

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

This post shouldn’t really need to be written, but given current events, it must be written.

As readers know, the US Supreme Court will soon hear arguments on whether states have the right to forbid homosexual marriages. Increasingly, federal judges are imposing their radical view that such marriages must be allowed in states which have voted (by legislative or public vote) to ban homosexual marriages. While federal judges ruled in favor of states rights to decide such matters in some federal appeals court decisions, most federal appeals courts have ruled the other way (see first link). Many expect the states’ right to ban homosexual marriages to be scrapped by the US Supreme Court. If that happens, it is my view that hosts of deceased US Supreme Court Judges would be “roiling over in their graves” if they could know any US Supreme Court would be capable of such a radical and non-Constitutional decision.

The US Supreme Court is to uphold the US Constitution in matters that come before its bench. So the obvious question is: What does the Constitution’s own language say on this issue? The US Constitution’s language is unmistakably clear. Let’s examine the key provision. The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution, part of the original Bill of Rights, states succinctly and clearly that “The powers not delegated to the United States, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” (emphasis added). The founding fathers of the USA were suspicious of any federal government gaining too much power so they included this amendment to make sure the federal government could not meddle in areas that were not specifically enumerated to the federal government in the US Constitution. No powers over marriage-definition were enumerated to the federal government in the US Constitution.

I challenge readers of this post to actually read the US Constitution to see if it grants to the federal government any right to decide what constitutes a “marriage” in the states within the federal union. Anyone will easily see that the US Constitution grants no such powers of any kind to the federal government and its judicial branch to have any role in determining what constitutes a “marriage” in any state within the union. This being the obvious case, the 10th Amendment then decides this issue in a very plain manner. Its language means that since the US Constitution gives no right or role to the US federal government (or any of its branches) to determine what constitutes a marriage, this issue is a matter that is to be decided by each state. This is how the entire history of the USA has looked at this issue until recently when radicalized federal judges began to issue rulings to impose on states a viewpoint that homosexual marriages must be recognized by the states. These radicalized federal judges have issued such rulings even though the US Constitution is devoid of any language giving the federal government the right to determine what constitutes a “marriage” in the states. Thus, each state is sovereign in its right to make its own determination on this subject. Liberal states can legalize homosexual marriages and relationships if they choose to do so by legislative action or a public vote. Conservative states are free to forbid or criminalize homosexual marriages or relationships if they choose to do so by legislative action or a public vote. That is the clear “law of the land.” Anyone can see it as the US Constitution is very clear on this issue.

However, in the view of radical liberals, they don’t want conservative states to exercise their Constitutional rights on marriage-definition, so they have used radical judicial decisions to compel conservative states to recognize marriages that those states have chosen not to legalize. In doing so, it is actually the radical federal judges who are making lawless decisions, in my view (and, I might add, in the views of the federal judiciary from the founding of the US Republic until now). If the US Supreme Court’s majority abandons its collective obligation to “protect and defend the Constitution” by affirming the non-Constitutional rulings by leftist federal judges to compel conservative states to have liberal laws they do not want, then we have reached a dangerous point in the history of the US where the “rule of law” is collapsing. If this happens, there will be a tremendous erosion of the credibility of the US federal government in the eyes of many millions of its citizen voters.

Already, we see signs of this beginning to occur. The second link details the arguments of the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court that affirms much of what I’ve stated above in this article. He cites the 10th Amendment as clearly stating that “all power not delegated to the United States is ‘reserved to the states…or the people’.” This is really easy to understand in plain English. Indeed, this issue is so easy to understand from a Constitutional viewpoint in my reading of it that any suit to compel states to enact marriage laws they choose not to enact should be thrown out of court as a frivolous lawsuit. The Alabama Chief Justice warns that “when the imaginative opinions of federal judges conflict with the plain language of the Constitution, utter chaos and disorder result in our society.” The third link reports that South Carolina is also considering measures to void the applicability of any lawless US Supreme Court ruling on this subject. Expect more states to consider such measures if the US Supreme Court rebels against the US Constitution’s plain language and creates a “legal fiction” that the federal courts have jurisdiction over internal state definitions regarding what constitutes a marriage. If liberal states want to legalize same-sex marriage or legalize marriages between people and their favorite pets and trees, that is their right. If conservative states want to maintain the definition of marriage being a heterosexual-only union, consistent with the views of virtually every human society in history, that is their right.

If the US Supreme Court deliberately and overtly ignores the plain language of the US Constitution in its ruling on this subject, the rule of law in the USA is dying. Perhaps the US Congress, run by Republicans, can then pass a law that requires all states to recognize only heterosexual marriages. After all, if the Supreme Court ruling gives the federal judicial branch a right it never had before, then the US legislative branch assumes that same right as well. President Obama might veto such a law, but all Democrats in Congress will then have to go to record voting for homosexual marriages when they face the voters next time if they vote to support Obama’s veto. Democratic candidates better hope that the US Supreme Court issues a Constitutionally-based ruling that marriage-definitions are the sole purview of each state. If the US Supreme Court issues a radical and non-Constitutional decision, the Democrats may face unprecedented voter rage at the next election.

The fact that “homosexual marriage” could even be considered in the USA (or in any nation) is a sign that the latter days, prophesied in the Bible, are definitely here. Isaiah chapters 1-5 is a prophecy about conditions within the latter day tribes of Israel. Isaiah 3:9 foretold that latter day Israelite societies would degenerate to the point that “they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not (KJV).” Yes, a “gay rights” movement for the latter days in Israelite nations was prophesied in the Bible, and God is clear where he stood on the issue. That same verse continues: “Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves (KJV).” Isaiah 3:12 quotes God as telling latter-day Israelite societies: “they which lead thee cause thee to err (KJV).” If the US Supreme Court’s decision rebels against the plain language of the US Constitution and imposes a radical leftist definition of marriage on all states whether they want it or not, Isaiah 3:12 will have been fulfilled right before our eyes in the modern USA.

One more thought. I am a literalist in applying biblical prophecies to the modern world, unless the context clearly favors a metaphorical meaning. Revelation 11 prophesies that God will finally get so angry at the world’s nations because of their sins and rebellions vs. his laws that he will empower and send Two Witnesses who will wield such unprecedented Divine power that they will be able to “smite the world with all plagues as often as they wish.” That is carte blanche power! When they appear on the scene, they will decide who they want to plague and what plagues they will impose upon them. Their decisions will not be subject to appeal. Revelation 11:5 prophesies that if anyone tries to harm them, they will incur an immediate death penalty on themselves. The language of this prophecy indicates that the Two Witnesses will be the ultimate, global “Supreme Court” on the issue of homosexual marriage (and all other issues). They will decide the issues, and they will be able to impose terrible plagues on people who resist their orders. The final human-led governmental system on the earth is called in Revelation’s prophecies the “beast” power. The political leader is called the “beast” in some prophecies. Don’t envy this person. The plagues that this leader’s “seat” of power will be hit with will be so painful that the beast’s leadership will “gnaw their tongues for pain” (Revelation 16:10).  I’ll bet that some of the plagues sent by the Two Witnesses will be this bad. With Divine power (and hosts of unseen angels) to enforce their orders, the Two Witnesses will be able to decide any issue on the earth in whatever manner they wish and assess penalties for non-compliance in whatever way they wish. Many of their plagues will likely be made retroactive to the times prior to their arrival. Current world leaders should tremble at this prophecy’s warning. But they won’t. However, they will in the future when the Two Witnesses are unleashed by God.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/09/supreme-court-gay-marriage-alabama/23116519/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/02/10/alabama-supreme-court-chief-justice-roy-moore-editorials-debates/23201283/
  3. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/6/south-carolina-lawmakers-seek-to-undermine-same-sex-marraige.html

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Russia and Greece Demand WW-2 Reparation Payments from Germany

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

An unexpected development has surfaced in the current financial struggles in Europe’s Euro-zone. As readers know, Greece has elected a leftist Prime Minister who demands that Greece be given a better deal from banks in the Euro-zone regarding debts owed by Greece and its banks. Meetings have been held among top leaders in Europe, and they seem to have produced nothing to resolve this crisis. There are frequent speculations that Greece will renege on its debt and leave the Euro-zone–going back to its Drachma currency and starting over. Germany’s Angela Merkel has been particularly insistent that there will be no more debt renegotiations with Greece.

Russia and Greece have thrown a monkey wrench (or “spanner” for British-zone readers) into the whole Greek debt issue. Russia, no doubt angered by Europe’s involvement in the Ukraine-Russian crisis, has demanded that modern and wealthy Germany should now pay Russia 4 trillion Euros in war reparations for damages the Nazis caused to Russia in World War II (first link). Greece, no doubt angered by Germany’s refusal to be flexible on the issue of Greek debts, has demanded that Germany pay Greece 162 billion Euros for damage done by the Nazis to Greece in World War II (third link). Germany has flatly refused to pay anything in war reparations to Russia or Greece (second link), but these links note that Germany’s refusal is weakened by the fact that it has already paid $60 billion to Israelis/Jews in World War II reparations. If Germany has already acknowledged the need to pay war reparations to the Jews/Israelis, why should reparations payments not be paid to other nations vastly damaged by the German Nazis as well?

I suspect that Greece is positioning itself in international eyes to justify a unilateral write-off of half of all its Euro-denominated debts to German banks as part of its price for staying in the Euro. Greece’s new anti-austerity administration cannot face its voters without “doing something” to ease the economic pain in Greece due to the austerity measures imposed by the Euro-zone nations and banks. It is likely to write-off what it feels is Germany’s damages inflicted on Greece in World War II whether Greece stays in the Euro-zone or not. Russia could decide to withhold gas shipments to Germany to start compensating Russia for Germany’s Nazi-era inflicted damage on Russia.

This development could, literally, spell disaster for the stability of the Euro-zone and the Euro itself.  Now that Russia and Greece have demanded war reparations from Germany, what is to stop other European nations from doing the same thing? If this trend accelerates, the Euro-zone could fly apart and European stability could be a thing of the past.

Let’s consider the issue of war reparations for a moment. The allies imposed war reparations on Germany after World War I, even though Germany did not start World War I (an assassin in the Balkans did that). Why not impose reparations on Germany after World War II as well? I think there are two answers to that question. The first is that historians have generally agreed that the war reparations imposed on Germany after World War I were too harsh and led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the unleashing of World War II. The second reason is obvious. After World War I Germany was still an intact nation with intact cities and factories. War reparations were possible. After World War II, Germany’s cities and factories were obliterated, the nation was divided into four occupation zones and it had no economy to pay anything to anyone. Now, however, Germany could easily pay reparations to other nations as Germany is very prosperous. I’d bet Germany never anticipated this issue being raised in the Greek debt renegotiations. It is also certain that since Greece has raised this issue, other nations in Europe are now making secret calculations about what Germany should owe them in war reparations too.

This development means that things could get really ugly in Europe this year. It also adds one more trigger of instability to the global financial/monetary world and the global banking system. Think of the consequences that could happen if Greece and other nations tell Germany that they are deducting assigned German war reparations to outstanding debts whether Germany likes it or not. This would have immense and immediate effects on the balance sheets of European/German banks and raise all kinds of counter-party risks in many types of investments. This could be one more burden placed on the current system of world finance that will lead to the collapse of the current global monetary/banking system as we know it. This would fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 17-18 that such a collapse is certain to occur in the latter days. What Revelation 17-18 does not tell us is the year it will be fulfilled or the trigger(s) that will suddenly cause its downfall. If you have not done so, I urge you to read my post from May 18, 2014 entitled: Will the Year 2015 be Biblically-Significant?

2015 is already shaping up to be a year of wrenching events and developments, and it has barely started.

  1. http://www.newsweek.com/russian-parliament-set-request-eu4-trillion-wwii-reparations-germany-304163
  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/r-germany-rejects-greek-claim-for-world-war-two-reparations-2015-2
  3. http://rt.com/news/230479-greece-tsipras-germany-nazi/

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Jordan Hits ISIL Hard; Will Other Nations Do so as Well?

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

As readers no doubt realize, the ISIL terrorist army in Syria and Iraq has burned alive a Jordanian POW pilot, and Jordan has reacted with a swift and firm military retaliation against ISIL. I will not include the ISIL-released video of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive. It is too gruesome, and I believe it should not be shown out of respect for the pilot’s surviving family members. I join the world in offering that family and the nation of Jordan compassionate sympathy for the deceased pilot and complete support for all efforts Jordan takes to eliminate ISIL. If ISIL thought that this grisly execution would intimidate Jordan into a meek response, it backfired on ISIL badly.

The first link reports that Jordan vowed a “harsh war” against ISIL, and it has been sending dozens of air strikes at ISIL targets. The second link continues in the same vein, but adds an important piece of information. Not only has the grisly execution caused a harsh Jordanian response vs. ISIL, it has induced the UAE to re-join the war vs. ISIL. The UAE had withdrawn its fighter jets from the war against ISIL, but has now re-sent a squadron of jets to Jordan, presumably to be active in the war vs. ISIL. One does wonder what it will take to induce Turkey and Saudi Arabia to come out of their torpor and start taking meaningful military action vs. ISIL.

The third link is especially troubling, and includes information that the American media is not likely to allow Americans to see. In an article by Khaled Abu Toameh, it reports that the US State Department actually “hosted a Muslim Brotherhood delegation” even though the Muslim Brotherhood is seen by many moderate Moslems as a terrorist or terrorist-supporting organization. The coziness of the US State Department with the radical Muslim Brotherhood “shocked…many Egyptians and moderate Muslims.” One Middle East expert is cited as stating that the White House is offending some of America’s closest allies, and that the Muslim Brotherhood called for a “war against their fellow Egyptians” just days after this event! It also reports that the Egyptian media is attacking the actions of the Obama administration in acting as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood. The article concludes with the striking observation that “most moderate Arabs and Muslims no longer see the US as an ally in the war against Islamic terror groups. What is even more disturbing is that they view the US as an ally and friend of the terrorists.”

You may want to read that last quote again to let it really sink in. Egyptians and moderate Muslims are seeing the Obama-led USA as “an ally and friend of the terrorists.” I’ll bet you won’t see this damning foreign judgment about the Obama administration and its policies in your American media. [My thanks to Yair Davidy, whose website, britam.org, brought this link to my attention.]

Have you noticed that the Obama administration has so far shown no serious interest in seriously waging war against ISIL? US efforts have been limited to tactical airstrikes only against ISIL. As far as I know, I’ve neither read nor seen any media reports about any strategic US air attacks vs. ISIL. A strategic air strike would be B-52 and/or B-1 bomber raids against ISIL staging areas, barracks, oil facilities, and armored columns with JDAM munitions that would guarantee anything hit on the ground would no longer be useful as a an ISIL asset. A massed B-52 strike vs. ISIL targets would amount to a “shock and awe” strategic strike vs. ISIL. It also seems evident that without “boots on the ground” from several nations, ISIL will not be rolled back. The only effective “boots on the ground” so far have been the Kurdish Peshmerga. It may also be that if Obama has to commit US ground forces to fight ISIL, this action would be a huge admission on Obama’s part that he made a terrible policy blunder in taking all US troops out of Iraq too soon. If there had been effective US strike force still in Iraq when ISIL was forming and expanding, those US forces would have nipped ISIL “in the bud,” and the Iraqi army would not have lost its nerve against ISIL–abandoning territory and weaponry to ISIL forces.

Also included for your information is the last link which is from a website that cites a debka.com report. It reports that ISIL attacked a Tripoli, Libya hotel and killed an American and a Briton, as well as launched major attacks vs. Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula. It also cites that some of Saddam Hussein’s ex-generals are leading the ISIL military attacks and decisions. ISIL is not a ragtag group of bandits; they are organized and have skilled military leadership. Obama’s “coalition” vs. ISIL barely exists and has been largely losing the war vs. ISIL. Perhaps Jordan’s decision to actively go to war against ISIL will turn the tide and induce other nations to go all-out in attacking ISIL.

Whether this develops into a much larger war or whether it is one of the many “wars and rumors of wars” that Jesus Christ prophesied would occur in the latter days prior to his Second Coming (Matthew 24:6) remains to be seen. Given the exceptionally brutal cruelty of ISIL which they themselves have broadcast to the world, it is surprising the world is so inert against them.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/02/05/jordan-king-harsh-war/22911337/
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/07/jordan-vows-to-completely-wipe-out-isis/
  3. http://unitycoalitionforisrael.org/uci_2014/?p=13225
  4. http://thenewstalkers.com/m/discussion?id=6450411%3ATopic%3A1409699

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Ex-Obama Staffers Head to Israel to Defeat Netanyahu

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

It is no secret that US President Obama can’t stand Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Obama’s distaste for Netanyahu seems almost visceral. It has been public knowledge since years ago when Obama was caught on an open mike mocking and expressing disgust toward Netanyahu in a conversation with a former French leader. Not long ago I did a post on the Israeli Defense Minister being snubbed by high officials in the Obama administration during his visit to Washington, DC. Thankfully, the US Congress feels very pro-Israeli and pro-Netanyahu as the US GOP-led Congress has invited Israeli Prime Minister to speak to the US Congress…an honor granted to few world leaders. This must really grate on Obama and his administration’s underlings. However, now that the Israelis are having an election soon, Obama has reportedly seen an opportunity to meddle in Israeli domestic politics by sending teams of his ex-staffers to Israel to try and unseat Netanyahu.

The first link reports that Obama has sent large numbers of his former campaign staffers to Israel to help Netanyahu’s rivals in the election. The second link includes the names of some important and prominent US agencies and entities that are named as backers of Obama’s effort. For those who desire more perspectives on this story, I have included the third link from a web search to give you a menu of links to read about this effort by Obama to meddle in a foreign nation’s election. Obama’s brazen efforts to meddle in the Israeli elections may backfire on him. I won’t predict any outcomes in the Israeli elections, but Obama’s efforts to meddle in Israeli politics, now that they have been exposed, may actually move more Israelis to vote for Netanyahu.

I hope the establishment media will report on this very important international skullduggery, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for them to do so. In the meantime, readers of this blog will know about Obama’s meddling in Israeli politics by perusing these links. This speaks volumes on what an enemy Obama is to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and how upset Obama is with Netanyahu’s willingness to put Israeli national security interests ahead of Obama’s wishes about what he wants the Israelis to do. Obama doubtless wants an Israeli Prime Minister who will be compliant with Obama’s worldviews and who will subordinate Israel’s security interests to Obama’s plans for the Mideast.

http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/obama-army-deploys-to-tel-aviv-to-topple-netanyahu/#qj41UyfHlyqPesq6.99

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3251217/posts

https://www.google.com/search?q=Obama+staffers+sent+to+Israel+to+defeat+Netanyahu&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8


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US Law Enforcement Agencies Can Now See Through Walls

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Israeli Air Strike Kills Iranian General & Hezbollah Commander

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boko Haram: Africa’s “Islamic State”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do You “Desire the Evil Day?”

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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CIA Admits Many UFO Sightings Were Secret US Warplanes

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

At the very end of the year 2014, the CIA admitted that many of the UFO sightings in the 1950s period were generated by secret flights of the US military’s own U-2 spy plane (see first link and second link). The first link indicates the U-2 spy plane program apparently generated some UFO reports as late as 1974 even though by then the U-2 program had become known to the world. No doubt, other UFO sightings were generated by other secret US military warplane programs such as the more-advanced SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and the Stealth Fighter deployed in the First Persian Gulf War. Who knows what other secret warplane projects have generated lots of UFO sightings over the years? The third link offers information about a possible secret US military aircraft called the “Aurora” which can reportedly travel up to six times the speed of sound. At a speed that great, any such plane would seem to “disappear” quickly from the view of any observer on the ground. Other nations besides the USA may be testing secret military aircraft as well.

While not specifically stated in the links, now that it has been admitted that many UFOs were actually sightings of secret US warplanes, the CIA’s admission is tantamount to a confession the US government was lying about the cause of UFO sightings for many years due to national security reasons. That same logic would apply to any “black” project test models being tested or flown today.

This report especially caught my eye due to a personal connection to an early UFO sighting that turned out to be the U-2. A former US military pilot confided to me decades ago a personal experience he had in the 1950s. He was flying an American warplane in the airspace of NATO-ally Turkey in the 1950s during the Cold War on a routine mission. He told me he was flying around 25-30,000 feet high when he looked upward at the sky above him and saw an airplane far higher than his aircraft and directly overhead flying toward Russia. He reported the sighting to his superior officers when he landed and was soon ushered into a meeting with command-level officers who told him to “forget” he had ever seen it. It was surely a U-2 spy plane. The world found out about the U-2 flights over Russia when the Russians shot one down in 1960 and captured the pilot (fourth link). After that date, the U-2 program was no longer a secret.

One cannot help but wonder what hush-hush “black” projects exist today that are being kept secret for now, but which are generating periodic UFO reports when they are seen by the public. We can only guess, but I’d be willing to bet that there is more than one secret airplane being the source of some current UFO sightings. I also suspect that some of these secret craft are no longer technically traditional “airplanes” (with standard wings, jet engines, etc.), but are aerial vehicles with new kinds of technologies and propulsion methods. A prophecy in Revelation 13:1-4 is the basis for my viewpoints. Verse 4 prophesies that when the final human governmental system, called the “beast,” takes power in the latter days, it will apparently unveil new and unexpected weapons systems that nations and peoples all over the world will marvel at. The world is prophesied to say in reaction to the Beast’s ascent to power: “Who is able to make war with him?” That statement clearly indicates that the Beast power will unveil new high-tech weaponry to intimidate the nations into submitting to his rule. Some of those secret weapons systems may be generating UFO reports already.

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/12/30/cia-admits-all-those-ufo-sightings-in-150s-it-was-us/?intcmp=trending
  2. http://www.bustle.com/articles/56311-cia-laughs-off-ufo-sightings-in-50s-60s-nonchalantly-tweeting-it-was-us
  3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2855795/So-secret-existence-not-acknowledged-Futuristic-Aurora-spy-plane-travels-SIX-TIMES-speed-sound-blamed-mysterious-booms-heard-weekend.html
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_U-2_incident

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