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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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Falling Oil Prices and the Global Financial Power Struggle

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Many consumers in the world are currently benefiting from lower oil and gas prices, but they are, in my opinion, mostly unaware of a titanic struggle that is occurring in the world’s financial and commodity markets for global dominance. The two major rivals are the US Federal Reserve Board and its many Wall Street/Big Business allies around the world. On the other side are Russia and China and their growing number of allies, who are slowly taking steps to replace the global dominance of the US Fed, Wall Street, etc. The Bible’s book of Revelation foretold approximately 2000 years ago that this very struggle would occur in the latter days of our current age. As long-time readers know, Revelation 17-18 symbolically identifies the bloc led by the US Federal Reserve Board, Wall Street and its allies as “Babylon the Great” (and also as “The Great Whore”). This is the bloc which has controlled global commerce and monetary matters since World War II. The same bloc also dominated global commerce, finance and monetary matters prior to World War II, but it was then dominated more by the British Empire and the Bank of England. The global bloc which is rising to challenge the dominance of the US Fed-led bloc is called “the seven heads and ten horns,” and the Bible prophesies that the “seven heads and ten horns” bloc will eventually win this struggle and overturn the dominance of the US Fed and its allies. The Bible does not predict when this will occur, and neither do I. What we are seeing is ever-more evidence that this titanic struggle is now already occurring, but mostly away from public view.

I’m sure all readers are following the global drop in oil prices which is also causing ripple effects in pulling down many commodity and precious and base metals markets around the world. Clearly, the USA, Saudi Arabia and others are currently targeting the rulership of Vladimir Putin of Russia as well as Russia itself. The first link examines this struggle and quotes Russia’s foreign minister as saying on French TV that “the sanctions [vs. Russia] were intended to end Putin’s regime.” He is likely right. The article’s analysis also warns that backing Russia into a corner could backfire as Russia may simply renege on its foreign debt obligations. This would leave many western banks “holding the bag” and suffering large losses. It may be that Putin, if he chooses that course of action, will announce to the world that OPEC, the USA, etc. forced him into taking this action and the world should blame OPEC and the USA for Russia’s actions. If Russia is forced into renouncing its foreign debt, some major western banks may have solvency problems and this could cause a crisis in the West’s banking system. A domino effect, cascading wave of failures isn’t impossible if this action leads to major traumas and collapses in the derivatives positions of major money-center banks.

The second link attempts to analyze who the winners and losers are in the current global crisis caused by falling oil prices. I agree with most of its analysis, but the lower oil prices will become a long-term threat to the USA’s entire oil/energy sector if they continue too long. At some point, if prolonged oil prices continue to drop, the USA’s North Dakota oil boom and fracking revolution which have jointly set the USA on the road to energy independence, will both be jeopardized (as the article alludes to). Many American jobs could disappear, many stocks will plummet on the US stock exchanges and a new American recession could be triggered. In the short term, American and western consumers will love the lower gas prices, but that will not last indefinitely.

The last link was sent to me by a reader and I thank him for drawing it to my attention. It offers an excellent analysis of one aspect of the global financial struggle between the two rival blocs which has not been mentioned on global media outlets, but which I think is central to this struggle. The link has several embedded links which are very worthy of your time to open and review as they give expanded analysis of this behind-the-scenes struggle. As a synopsis, the link reports that China, India, Iran and Turkey are some of Russia’s allies in this struggle. I suggest that other major minerals and commodity producers such as Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and many Latin American, African and Asian nations want the oil price to go up so the prices of their own exported commodities and minerals go back to normal prices as well. The major global financial struggle examined in the last link is the effort by Russia and China to set up a separate and rival clearance center for global banking and trading transactions. Currently, these transactions flow through (and are therefore controlled by) the SWIFT system which is part of the current Babylon the Great system. The links in this article report that Russia had intended to set up a rival global clearinghouse of such transactions in December, but those plans were put on hold by the sudden drop of oil prices (and the Russian ruble). Most interestingly, in light of the thwarted Russian plans for such a rival global exchange, China has invited Russia to participate in a new such global exchange to be opened in Hong Kong–Chinese territory. The link blames the USA for creating the Ukrainian crisis with Russia by overthrowing the elected (and pro-Russian) government of Ukraine and installing a pro-Western regime in a coup. If so, Russia’s Putin took advantage of the situation and seized the Crimea and effective control over several eastern Ukrainian provinces. I’m sure Putin is looking for ways to maneuver this current oil price crisis to his advantage as well. Setting up a rival currency-payments system in Hong Kong would gradually wrest control of global trade from the current Babylon the Great system. I also think that President Obama’s sudden effort to establish diplomatic relations with long-time Russian ally, Cuba, is not a mere coincidence. This is likely an attempt to draw Cuba out of the Russian orbit and transfer it into a new American dependency.

Interestingly, the writer of the last link, Dr. Stephen Jones, refers to the bloc led by the US Fed, Wall Street, etc. as “the Babylonian oligarchs,” which indicates that we are in agreement on the identification of who constitutes “Babylon the Great” in the modern world. However, at the end of his analysis, he asserts that the decline of the modern “Babylonian” alliance will fulfill a prophecy in Jeremiah 19:11 that the city of Jerusalem will fall. I admit I have no idea where he attains to such a conclusion. That is a “leap of logic” in my view and considerably out of context from that prophecy’s proper time setting. Jeremiah prophesied about the impending fall of the ancient city of Jerusalem (and the kingdom of Judah) in his prophecies, which were written about three decades prior to the actual fall of Jerusalem in the sixth century BC at the hands of the ancient Babylonians. There is nothing in Jeremiah 19:11’s prophecy which hints at any latter-day application for that prophecy. Indeed, references to the human-sacrifice rituals of Baal-worship being practiced in ancient Judah at the time of Jeremiah’s prophecy convince me that Jeremiah 19:11’s prophecy was fulfilled in ancient times. However, the fulfillment of Revelation 17-18 is clearly a latter-day prophecy and its fulfillment is drawing nearer.

Ultimately, an alliance of nations and perhaps other non-state entities will form the “seven heads and ten horns” which God has decreed will tear down and collapse the global dominance of the current “Babylon the Great” bloc led by the US Federal Reserve Board, Wall Street and its allies. Babylon the Great’s alliance will not yield power without a titanic fight, and the current oil wars are just one more symptom of that major struggle now being fought mostly out of public sight.

  1. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/russias-sinking-economy-global-threat-27646375
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/16/oil-prices-countries-winners-and-losers/20422895/
  3. http://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2014/12-2014/hong-kong-invites-russia-to-bypass-us-sanctions-and-use-its-new-system-of-international-payments/

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High-Ranking Bankers Dying in Large Numbers

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

In many previous posts, I’ve written that the biblical prophecy of Revelation 17-18 foretells that the current global system of world finance will be torn down and collapse in the latter days of our current age, to be replaced by a new global system called “the beast.” This biblical prophecy foretells that an alliance of “seven heads and ten horns” will wage war on the current global financial system and successfully tear it down at some point (Revelation 17:2-3, 9-16). This prophesied “war” is one which may have a military manifestation, but it will surely be a financial/monetary war to be sure. It may sometimes be “out in the open,” but it will surely also be waged behind-the-scenes far from public or media scrutiny.

My thanks to a reader who sent me the first link. It includes a list of 36 prominent bankers in key positions who have mysteriously died at the heights of their careers. This list includes the grandson of famous global banker, John D. Rockefeller, and all on the list have apparently died in 2014. The second link includes an expanded list of dead global bankers and financiers which lists 64 such figures who have died under mysterious circumstances over the last few years. This expanded list includes the son of John Corzine, the head of MF Global, a large Wall Street money-management firm, which mysteriously “lost” billions of dollars of their clients’ money. Mr. Corzine is an ex-US Senator, an ex-Governor of New Jersey and a former CEO of Goldman Sachs (third link). Personally, I find it hard to believe a sophisticated “money man” like Mr. Corzine could simply “lose” billions of his clients money without a clue about where it all went. Congress has done some investigations, but it’s my viewpoint that Congress usually looks at suspicious matters involving ex-senators with a blind eye. Interestingly, the second link is entitled “Is someone targeting the World’s Bankers?,” and despite the fact that the long list of dead bankers and financiers looks way too long to be coincidental, the article concludes this long list of untimely deaths is just a “coincidence.” Personally, I doubt it. The article poses the question of whether someone was trying “To bring down the banking system?” but doesn’t think that is the reason behind the long list of banker deaths. Based on the prophecy of Revelation 17-18, we should expect there to be a financial “war” going on behind the scenes as the “seven heads and ten horns” work actively to tear down the current Babylon the Great system and replace it with one more to their liking.

The fourth link, from earlier in 2014 when the number of dead bankers was only at eight, posed the questions of whether international bankers were being killed because they knew too much or were they committing suicide over shame at the corruption they were involved with? It is also possible that insider bankers realize the extent of the financial crisis coming to the world and they have opted for suicide, even as some bankers and financiers reportedly opted for suicide rather than face the financial collapse that occurred in 1929.

It is not only bankers and financiers that are suddenly turning up dead. The last link, from the BBC, details the “accidental” death of Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of France’s Total oil company just after he met with Russia’s top leaders at Moscow. He died in an “accident” at the airport as he was leaving Russia. If the death was actually planned, it does not necessarily implicate the Russians as the source of his death. That is possible, but it is just as possible that he was killed by western operatives to prevent him from cooperating with Russian leaders and bankers who are trying to bring down “Babylon the Great’s” current system of global finance. It is also possible that it was truly an accident. One does not have to be a “banker” to be involved with the financial struggle now being waged within and across the world’s global markets.

However, due to the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that a great global financial/monetary war will occur, apparently mostly behind-the-scenes, between the entrenched global financial system (“Babylon the Great”) and a powerful group which wishes to overthrow the entrenched global financial system (“the seven heads and ten horns”), I personally suspect that many of the “suicides” of global bankers and financiers are actually “hits” which are made to look like suicides. Anyone who watches the popular TV program, NCIS or various other of the popular criminal investigative TV programs, knows that it is easy for professionals to make a murder look like a suicide.

If this rash of banker/financier deaths is not accidental, it means that the biblically-prophesied war between the “Babylon the Great” faction and the rival faction called the “seven heads and ten horns” is already happening behind the scenes around the globe. Revelation 17:16’s wording indicates to me that this war will be fought and finished with extreme prejudice. It is impossible for us laymen to know which faction’s bankers are being removed from the world scene or if both factions are losing operatives. This behind-the-scenes war would be fought on many fronts: the stock and bond markets, the oil and energy markets, the currency markets, the gold and silver markets, the base metals and other commodity markets, etc. A recent post of mine documented from global media sources the extent of corruption and manipulation that is occurring in many of these markets. Many banks have paid huge fines for their roles in manipulating global financial markets.

I think we laymen can be glad that we are not inside the world’s elite banker/financier elites. It seems to be very hazardous to one’s health to be in that category now. What it does tell me is that the prophecy of Revelation 17-18 is being implemented right now in our current time. We in the public get some glimpses into what is going on (as in these public links), but the full struggle is being waged away from public view. It is possible that we are drawing near to the fulfillment of Revelation 17-18’s prophecy, and that a sudden and open global financial crisis in the future will reveal the extent of what is now a behind-the-scenes financial/monetary war.

My final observation is that the existence of Revelation 17-18’s prophecy proves that the Creator God is fully in charge of deciding when this global financial war ends and when and how the current Babylon the Great’s system will fall. This prophecy was written almost 2000 years ago. That it is coming to pass now confirms the reality and sovereignty of the Creator God who inspired the Holy Bible , and that we are living in the biblical latter days when the events of the book of Revelation (and many other biblical prophecies) will be fulfilled.

  1. http://thedailycoin.org/?p=13211#sthash.mChoUKwa.PijEUH2P.dpbs
  2. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/12/is_someone_targeting_the_worlds_bankers.html
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Corzine
  4. https://www.intellihub.com/8th-international-banker-die-month-jumps-building-china/
  5. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29699733

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New DARPA-Funded Surveillance System Being Deployed

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Just when we think that we’ve learned about all the massive surveillance being done by the US government both domestically and internationally, new information is released about how all-pervasive it really is becoming. Many media stories have been done re: the NSA’s spying efforts all over the world on all forms of electronic communications, but this latest surveillance program spies on people and locations via video recordings from high-altitude drones and UAVs.

This new video-spying program is called “Argus,” and it uses a vast array of cameras on a single aerial platform to monitor all events within a very large area on the ground. The first link says ARGUS monitors all activity within 15 square miles at one time, but the second link asserts it monitors everything within 36 square miles. The first link gives a live demonstration of how much information is being/can be stored about Americans walking or driving about in a US city. The third link, from British media, offers even more details.

It is claimed that ARGUS can monitor and identify objects as small as six inches from an aerial platform approximately 3 miles aloft. Since it is highly unlikely that publicly released information about ARGUS will reveal its full capabilities, I suspect its true level of technological spying ability is greater than stated in any of the public links cited.

What is truly remarkable is that ARGUS archives all the visual data it collects so it creates a real-time video mosaic of all actions within a monitored area over a period of days (or longer). This has both excellent and troublesome ramifications. ARGUS would be great at tracking terrorists who are suspected of planning a WMD event, and locating enemy equipment and troops in a war-zone. Indeed, with ARGUS’ technology being so advanced, why isn’t it being used to identify and track all ISIL tanks, artillery pieces, convoys, etc. throughout Syria and Iraq? Such targets would scarcely be able to hide in the open desert or move between cities unnoticed. With this information, US and allied air strikes could make quick work of all ISIL armored vehicles in a short time and the war against ISIL would be all-but-over when its main weaponry is destroyed. ARGUS could also be used to reconstruct accident scenes throughout a city for many days. There would be no need to argue about who caused what traffic accident. ARGUS technology would capture the entire accident from the sky and could be available as subpoenaed evidence in court. If ARGUS is deployed everywhere in the USA on a 24/7 basis, it could also capture airplane accidents, bank robberies, kidnappings, etc. in real-time or be accessible via archived images to assist police investigations. On the dark side, this technology could be used to monitor whatever is happening on the ground and utterly trample on the US Constitution’s 4th Amendment, and in the hands of wicked, control-freak leaders, it could be used to create a “Big Brother” police state far beyond what George Orwell ever imagined. Revelation 13:11-18 warns us the control freaks will be present in the prophesied global “beast” system re: economic/financial matters so why wouldn’t they use ARGUS’ technology to further implement their control-freak desires? Revelation 17-18 prophesies the “beast” system will be established by the global powers after our current global world-system is deposed by the “seven heads and ten horns” who will tear down the “Babylon the Great” system which now holds sway over the globe.

The ever-hastening technological advances are also rapidly fulfilling the prophecy of Daniel 12:4 that mankind’s knowledge would exponentially increase in the latter days or “time of the end.” As I’ve noted in previous posts, the Hebrew word translated “increased” in Daniel 12:4 is the same word used in Genesis 7:17 to describe how the waters of the Deluge in Noah’s time “increased” upon the earth. Since the waters of the Deluge increased exponentially, we can expect Daniel 12:4’s prophecy to mean the same thing–and that is exactly what has happened.

For more perspectives on ARGUS’ spying capabilities, please refer to the last link which is a web searched listing for this topic.

My thanks to a reader who sent me the first link.

  1. http://www.youtube.com/v/AHrZgS-Gvi4
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARGUS-IS
  3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2269563/The-U-S-militarys-real-time-Google-Street-View-Airborne-spy-camera-track-entire-city-1-800MP.html
  4. https://www.google.com/#q=Darpa-funded+Argus+surveillance+drone++system+

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OPEC’s New “Oil War” vs. the USA

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

All readers, I’m sure, are following the rapid drop in world oil prices. This has been a boon to consumers in the USA and elsewhere, but there are negative long-term ramifications. The refusal by OPEC to lower production quotas to boost the price of oil upwards has caused oil prices to drop further, and has created major tensions within the global community of nations. OPEC’s refusal to raise oil production quotas represented a willingness to sacrifice short-term profits in pursuit of a long-term goal: keeping the USA dependent on foreign oil imports. This action is tantamount to some members of OPEC declaring a new “oil war” vs. the USA. OPEC’s members are not unanimous in this action and some members did want to raise production quotas so OPEC’s internal solidarity is also threatened.

The Williston, North Dakota oil boom and new fracking technologies have greatly increased domestic US oil production and lessened the USA’s need for imported oil. Some reports I’ve seen have indicated the USA could be energy-independent by 2020 or somewhat later and become an oil exporter. Saudi Arabia and some OPEC members do not want this to happen, so their effort to lower oil prices are an effort to force the shut-down of domestic American oil production so the USA stays dependent on foreign oil. The three links below offer different perspectives on this story. This effort may succeed, or it could backfire if American fracking technologies become even more efficient in response to the falling oil prices. If so, the OPEC action may actuality hasten American oil independence.

The last link is in small print and readers may have to obtain access to the article at a nominal fee. However, I have the print version of the USA Today article in question and will offer some quotes from it. The article notes that “losers” in the OPEC action also include “Russians, South Americans and Africans, whose economies are dependent on higher oil prices.” It adds that “more than half of officials from OPEC countries” did not support the action by Saudi Arabia and other major OPEC producers.

This OPEC action is surely causing some very heated conversations in global seats of power and will lead to some unlikely alliances to get oil (and other commodity prices) moving upward to former levels. Saudi Arabia and some members of OPEC have managed to unite the interests of Russians, Americans and many other nations against their action.

This OPEC action will cause further stresses in the global marketplaces. It is one more stress that is building up in the current global financial/trade/monetary system called Babylon the Great in Revelation 17-18. This OPEC action further weakens the current global system, and therefore, in my opinion, hastens the eventual fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that our current “Babylon the Great” system will experience a global collapse at some point in the “latter days” (our modern period of time).

  1. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/92296494b92e4c9c8d88b11acf26175a/low-oil-prices-send-chills-through-oil-patch
  2. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/28/1348011/-U-S-Shale-industry-about-to-crash#
  3. http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

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