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Did Israel Receive Divine Help in the Recent Hamas War?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Several readers and friends have sent me this link, and I think all readers of this blog would benefit from reading it as well. The link details that on several occasions, Israeli soldiers and targeted cities were protected from Hamas rockets and missiles by Divine actions. It makes a very good case, in my opinion. Let’s assume the information in the article is all accurate as reported.

The article focuses on a Hamas missile that was fired at high-value Israeli targets in Tel Aviv. The highly effective Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system failed twice to lock-on to the missile and destroy it. That in itself is highly unusual. Then when it seemed the missile was about to impact in Tel Aviv, causing major damage and many casualties, a strong east wind suddenly came out of nowhere and blew the missile harmlessly off-course from its target. Two comments on this appear appropriate immediately. For a fast-traveling missile to be blown suddenly off its course when it is on its final trajectory, that east wind has to be very strong, indeed! Also, for it to come into existence precisely at the moment that it was needed to prevent a Hamas missile from doing major damage to Israel, seems too timely to be coincidental. The article also describes an incident where Israeli soldiers were saved by a suddenly appearing fog and that even the Hamas supporters were so frustrated at the inability of their rockets to hit their targets that they attributed their rockets’ misses to Israel’s God!

Personally, I find these accounts of Divine intervention to be believable. It is entirely consistent with biblical prophecy and the times in which we live. Zephaniah 2 (a prophecy I’ve cited often lately) declares that the people of Judah (Israelis/Jews) will have a Divine right to live in the old Promised Land during the latter-day period of prophetic time. God designated the seacoast (where Tel Aviv is) and the city of Ashkelon to be a part of their territory in this prophecy (verses 6-7) and Zechariah 12 and 14 adds that the city of Jerusalem will be inextricably linked to Judah’s homeland in the latter days. Zephaniah 2:8-11 specifically records God’s anger at those groups who “magnify themselves against [Judah's] border.” Hamas and Hezbollah are two organizations that fit that description of groups God will be against in the latter days. Given that prophecy and the fact that we are provably living in the latter days (see my article on this subject), it is altogether appropriate and to be expected that God would take actions to implement his prophecies in the latter days. In the event some readers desire more information confirming that the modern Israelis/Jews are the biblical tribe of Judah, please read my article, Four Reasons the Jews are Judah.

Tel Aviv is known for being a non-observant Jewish city, yet this “seacoast” city was saved by what can only be described as a Divine action. Perhaps more people in Tel Aviv will become observant as a result of this action as it becomes known to them. I also think more people in the world ought to fear God and pay more attention to his Bible in these latter days as instances of such Divine interventions occur.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/hand-of-god-sent-missile-into-sea/#3X1VTUgF71PKOv


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Israeli Tanks’ New High-Tech Defense System

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

While the establishment media has not mentioned it, the Israelis have deployed a second high-tech defense system in their war against Hamas. There have been many media articles about the Israeli Iron Dome defense system which shoots down the rockets and missiles fired by Hamas with incredible accuracy. Given that Hamas has fired 1000s of rockets at Israel, the Iron Dome system has surely saved many Israeli lives. However, there has been virtually no mention that the Israelis have also deployed a tank-protection system called “Trophy” which intercepts all kinds of projectiles fired by Hamas’ soldiers or anyone else at Israeli tanks.

The first two links [1, 2] describe this almost Science Fiction-like, tank-defense system. Many readers will recall that when Israel last fought Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, the Israelis lost a lot of tanks to Hezbollah anti-tank weapons used in close-quarters situations. Israel has now developed a new tank-defense system that negates almost all anti-tank threats from any kind of projectile fired at Israeli tanks. The new system immediately detects a projectile fired at a tank and fires a pod of ball bearings which explode the enemy’s projectile when it nears the target. This entire process can happen within a fraction of a second, and it is truly a remarkable tank-defense system. The Trophy system is reportedly effective against RPGs, recoilless rifles, infantry-fired anti-tank weapons, tank shells fired by Russian-type tanks, and even anti-tank missiles fired from aircraft. The inability of an enemy to destroy an Israeli tank under combat conditions is an incredible “force multiplier” for the entire Israeli armored forces.

This tank-defense system has been used successfully in the current war with Hamas in Gaza. Have you noticed that there hasn’t been a single report that any Israeli tank has been destroyed or even damaged despite any Hamas effort to attack them? In using this system in the current war with Hamas in Gaza, I think Israel is sending a message to Hezbollah and all its potential enemies that the Israeli armored forces are now being equipped with a high-tech defense system which negates their anti-tank weaponry. This should provide a heightened measure of deterrence against Hezbollah provoking a war in the north of Israel as Hezbollah will now know much of its anti-tank arsenal has been rendered useless. It also makes Israel more attractive as a military ally to other nations in the Mideast and, indeed, throughout the world.

According to the second link, the USA is working to deploy a similar US system called “Bright Arrow” for US armored forces. Readers may have noticed that before the US Congress went on vacation, it approved a measure to sell a large number of Iron Dome missiles to Israel to replenish their inventories given how many missiles are currently being fired by Israeli launchers at Hamas rockets. This begs a question in my mind. It has been reported that the Iron Dome missile-defense system was jointly developed and funded by the USA and Israel. If Israel has to ask the USA for a new supply of quickly delivered Iron Dome missiles, it surely infers that the USA also has the Iron Dome anti-missile system. If the USA makes and inventories the Iron Dome missiles and Israel can request to the USA for a quick inventory replenishment for its inventory, it indicates to me that the USA also must have the Iron Dome anti-missile system deployed in undisclosed locations all over the world. Would the USA make Iron Dome missiles in large numbers and forget to make the launchers? I doubt it.

Biblically, God decreed that the tribe of Judah would again have a nation in the latter days of this current age just before Divine intervention (the “day of the Lord”)  in the world’s affairs (Zephaniah 2:1-9). Verses 6-7 specifically prophesied that the Jewish nation founded in the latter days would be on the “coast” of the old Promised Land and that the city of Ashkelon would be within the Jewish state. That was precisely fulfilled when the Israeli nation was born in 1948. It possessed the coastland of the old Promised Land and it included the city of Ashkelon. That a prophecy written circa 26 centuries ago came to pass precisely as it was originally written, in our time proves conclusively that the Bible is the word of a Creator God/Elohim who can make his word come to pass–just as he claimed he could (Isaiah 41:21-26). It also powerfully confirms that we are living in the biblical “latter days” (please read my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? which examines the many evidences that we are living in the latter days.)

Zephaniah’s prophecy also foretells the Jewish Israeli nation in the latter days would be protected by God and he would make them victorious over neighboring enemies. Zechariah 12 and 14 also foretell that the Israeli nation will be protected by God and that he will intervene in its behalf at the very end of this age when World War III occurs. We Christians clearly see Zechariah 12:8-14 as prophesying that Jesus Christ (“me whom they have pierced” in verse 10) has to be the Messiah/Savior prophesied in Zephaniah 12 who will save the nation of Judah. It is also significant that both Zechariah 12 and 14 link the city of Jerusalem as being inexplicably a part of the latter-day nation of Judah–the Israeli nation. Jerusalem became the capitol of the Israeli nation when it was taken by the IDF in the 1967 war. The fact that the Israelis took control of Jerusalem fulfilled the prophecies in Zechariah 12 and 14 that Judah (the Israelis) would control Jerusalem in the latter days. That did not immediately take place in 1948, but was fulfilled 19 years after the founding of the Israeli nation.

God has prophesied that he will protect the Israeli nation in the latter days. It will never cease to exist. One way that God can fulfill his prophecies is to inspire the Israeli technicians and engineers to develop such systems as Iron Dome and Trophy. God does not need to hurl lightning bolts from heaven to fulfill his prophecies. Biblical accounts indicate God often works through human beings to accomplish and fulfill his will. God states that, if necessary, he will control the decisions of national leaders to make sure his prophecies get fulfilled (Proverbs 21:1).

As an aside, the third link records a media story that the famous statesman, Henry Kissinger, has reportedly predicted the end of the state of Israel in the Mideast within ten years. Kissinger’s prophecy will fail. The Bible’s prophecies will be fulfilled. The Israeli nation will not be extinguished.

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PUusycx3Xc
  2. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/watch-an-active-protection-system-destroy-an-rpg-fired-1609196170
  3. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/07/27/flashback-kissinger-israels-coming-demise-senile-prophetic-merely-pragmatic/

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China and Argentina Enter “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The ink is barely dry on the new BRICS development bank deals, and already another nation is signing on to this new global alliance. Argentina has just signed an agreement in which it is entering a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with China. These links [1, 2] are from Chinese and Indian media sources. I doubt that you will find this important development highlighted (or even reported) in the establishment American media.

The links detail the specifics of a very close bilateral alliance that Argentina and China are creating. The deal includes massive Chinese investment in Argentina. It will involve minerals development, major infrastructure development, construction of a new nuclear power plant, etc. China will also build for Argentina eleven ships worth almost a half-billion dollars. The links do not specify whether the eleven ships are civilian merchant ships to carry Argentine minerals to China, military ships or some of both categories.

There is a line in the first link that particularly caught my attention. It states that Argentina and China will “deepen strategic cooperation in…finance.” Coming just after Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in founding an international BRICS bank and Development Fund which will begin with $150 billion in assets, the Chinese President has, in my view, induced Argentina to become a member of the new BRICS international trading and monetary order that will not include the USA, the US Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street or the US dollar. Argentina is laboring under an IMF set of instructions on its internal economy and it is likely eager to dump IMF controls in order to be a part of the “new economic order” being created by the BRICS nations. The “strategic cooperation” between Argentina and China will, in my opinion, surely include efforts to overthrow the US dollar as the global reserve currency, overthrow the USA and UK in controlling the prices of gold, silver, energy and all other commodities, etc.

In a recent post on the founding of the new BRICS bank and Development Fund, I mentioned that I expected other nations to join the BRICS nations in setting up a new monetary/financial order that will eventually overthrow the rule of the US Federal Reserve Bank, other allied central banks, Wall Street and the US dollar (called “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 17-18’s prophecy). It certainly didn’t take long to happen. Argentina just joined the BRICS nations. I urge readers to read or review that recent post as it contains my biblical perspective on these events. While it is not specifically being stated so bluntly, the new BRICS bank and Development Fund is more than just a bank or a development fund. It is a growing alliance of nations that are determined to overthrow the US dollar as the global reserve currency and replace it, most likely, with an initial group of regional currencies that are expected to be backed by gold, silver, oil and gas, etc. The fact that China is amassing a vast tonnage of gold within its borders and/or under its control is evidence, to me, that China intends that its Yuan will eventually be at least partially gold-backed. Eventually, there will be a new global currency that will be controlled by the final human governing system of this age (the “beast” system of Revelation 13, 17-18) before Jesus Christ returns.

Argentina’s decision to join the emerging world financial order being created by the BRICS nations confirms that events are moving swiftly on the world scene toward the fulfillment of the Bible’s prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that the globally-dominant, latter-day monetary and financial system will experience a massive collapse when it is torn down by “seven heads and ten horns” acting together in a coordinated fashion. That biblical imagery is not clear to us yet. It may be fulfilled by seven major world leaders supported by ten nations serving their interests, it may be seven major nations supported by ten other nations or via some other format not yet known. However, events indicate that this prophecy is heading toward fulfillment right in front of our eyes.

I expect Germany, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other nations will also join the BRICS nations in their emerging alliance that is clearly a revolt against the US dollar, the US Federal Reserve Board and Wall Street and its corporate and international allies. These accelerating developments have very ominous implications for the American people, the US government and the US currency and economy. No wonder the American elites and media don’t want Americans to know what is really happening in the world. Personally, I think that the governing elites in the USA are growing terrified of what will happen when the historically pampered American population gets a rude shock in some kind of global “re-set” and realizes just how badly they have been governed for the last few decades.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/19/c_133494807.htm
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Chinese-President-Xi-Jinping-hails-new-horizons-in-ties-with-Argentina/articleshow/38710061.cms


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ISIL Now Crucifying Christians and Opponents

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

The world knows that ISIL (also called ISIS) is a very radical Islamist army that is attempting to impose its brutal version of Sharia law across wide swaths of Syria and Iraq. I will continue to call them ISIL, their original name. A recent post reported that Christians were specifically ordered by ISIL to either go into exile from Mosul, Iraq’s largest northern city, or be executed. I think we are now getting indications of just how brutal ISIL really is. The photos in these links are gruesome, and you should be prepared to be outraged and shocked when you see them.

The first link reports that ISIL/ISIS crucified 9 men in a Syrian town to make an example of them. This report comes from a well-known British media outlet and other world media sources have also reported these crucifixions. The second link adds an important item at the end of its story: That the nine crucified men were crucified because they were Christians. Amazingly, one of the nine crucified men reportedly survived. ISIL/ISIS is now becoming so incredibly evil in its brutality that even the other Syrian rebel groups are waging war against ISIL as well as against Syria’s leader, Assad.

The first link reports that Syrian rebel groups have successfully driven out ISIL fighters from some regions of Syria, but it also reports that ISIL rebels are fighting Assad’s forces near Damascus. It seems hard to reconcile these reports by looking at a map, but the situation in all of eastern Syria and northern Iraq is now so confused and fluid that it is difficult to know where ISL-controlled territory really is at any given time. What is clear is that regions under its control are currently one of the most dangerous parts of the world. There are indications in the third link that not only Christians are being crucified and that forced amputations, be-headings and ripping open pregnant women’s wombs are also reported as ISIL atrocities.

The third link, from Alex Jones’ info wars site, also reports that the nine crucified men were Christians and it also reports on the mass murders of Christians in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram, the same radical Islamist group which kidnapped over 200 young girls into some kind of Islamic forced-conversion and servitude, and mentions the brutal murder of a Coptic Christian woman “by a Muslim mob” in Cairo, Egypt (I suspect she was murdered by a mob of Muslim Brotherhood radicals–the same group which the Egyptian military ousted from power and which has been outlawed in Egypt).

These stories are brought to your attention for a purpose. Jesus Christ prophesied in Matthew 24:9-10 that there would be persecutions and martyrdoms of his followers in the latter days just because they were Christians. Just because it isn’t happening in your backyard or in your comfortable city in the western world doesn’t mean that this prophecy isn’t being fulfilled already in many parts of the globe where being a Christian can get you killed. The book of Revelation contains Jesus Christ’s evaluation of/message to the various schisms and divisions of Christianity in the latter days just before his return. It is quickly apparent that Revelation 2-3’s message to the “seven churches” in the latter days accurately predicted the reality that modern Christianity is deeply divided on matters of doctrine, organization, living conditions, etc. One wing of the Christian church is typified as the “Smyrna” church (Revelation 2:8-11) which is undergoing tribulation, poverty and a state of affliction in the latter days. Jesus says nothing about their level of doctrine or understanding of theological truths. Jesus urges them simply to endure and be “faithful unto death.” On the other hand, the church typified as the “Laodicean” church (Revelation 3:14-22) is rich, comfortable and feels it has “need of nothing” even though Jesus Christ pronounces them so “lukewarm”‘ about their faith that he is ready to “spew them out of his mouth.” Some Christian writers (myself included) see Jesus’ words to them in Revelation 3:17-19 as indicating that the “Laodicean” Christians in the latter days will be sent into the great tribulation to try them in the fire (of severe suffering). Clearly, Christians who live in Syria, Iraq, northern Nigeria, parts of Egypt, etc. are accurately described as being in the “Smyrna” type of latter-day condition. Many modern Christians in comfortable western nations read reports of horrible persecutions of Christians in other nations and they yawn and think to themselves “It will never happen here” as they devote themselves to materialistic lifestyles. Such Christians are clearly in the “Laodicean” mindset.

If you have not read my article entitled, A New Look at the Seven Churches of Revelation, I urge you to do so. It examines the prophecy of Jesus Christ in Revelation 2-3 about the spiritual attitudes and physical conditions of all those who profess him as Savior in the latter days. That article examines the modern denominations of Christianity and attempts to identify which Christian denominations and groups are linked to the seven groupings of Christian churches in Jesus’ prophecy.

I’ll close with a word of encouragement for any reader who may be in a nation where being a Christian places you in the “Smyrna” situation. When the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 are unleashed into the world scene by God in the latter days, I fully expect that they will assign plagues on any and all who persecute or harm Christians anywhere in the world. Revelation 11:6 foretells that they will be able to “smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will” and that those who try to harm them will combust to death as they are consumed by heaven-sent fire. The Two Witnesses will not need to hunt down and target people or groups with the plagues they assign. They will be able to send forth plagues either by Divine dispensation via the Holy Spirit or angels will be sent to carry out their directives. I take this prophecy to be a very literal one, and I also invite you to read my article, The Two Witnesses. When these two incredibly empowered prophets appear on the scene, Boko Haram, ISIL and others who persecute or kill Christians will have nowhere to hide. They will likely “reap what they have sown (or worse).”

  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10933851/Isis-crucifies-nine-people-in-Syrian-villages.html
  2. http://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/isis-crucifies-8-christians-in-syria-for-apostasy-from-islam/
  3. http://www.infowars.com/why-is-the-media-silent-about-the-crucifixion-of-christians-by-radical-jihadists/

 


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Turkey Rejects Obama and US Dollar

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

These two links [1, 2] both report the remarkable news that Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan will no longer even speak with US President Obama because Erdogan is so disgusted with Obama. The first link reports the nations’ Foreign Ministers are still on speaking terms and Erdogan will still talk with US Vice-President Biden, but Erdogan is giving Obama the cold shoulder. That a major NATO nation’s leader will not even talk to the president of the USA is hugely important, but it is barely even reported in the American establishment news. That Turkish PM Erdogan regards Biden as having enough credibility to converse with (but not Obama) speaks volumes about how deeply Obama has lost the respect of global leaders. This is very bad for the USA. If even a NATO head-of-state refuses to talk with Obama, things must really be bad all over the world in terms of US credibility under Obama.

The second link also reports something very important, both from a secular and biblical perspective. It states that “Turkey was quickly moving away from their reliance on the dollar as the global reserve currency (emphasis added).” My previous post was on the BRICS nations moving to create a new, multinational global bank that is not denominated in US dollars. The heads-of-state of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa personally gave their blessing to the effort–which was essentially a declaration of independence from the US dollar as the global reserve currency. The second link’s information that Turkey is also “quickly” moving in that same direction indicates that Turkey is already aligning itself with the BRICS effort to dump the US dollar as the global reserve currency, and it infers that many other nations are getting ready to join the growing effort  to dethrone the US dollar as the global reserve currency. If you have not read my previous post on this subject, I strongly urge you to do so.

This is a hugely important secular development as it means the reign of the US dollar in global finance is gradually coming to an end. However, it has clear biblical prophetic meaning as well. This accelerating movement to dump the US dollar as the global reserve currency is a major milestone on the way to the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that the latter-day global financial/monetary system would experience a massive collapse just before the arrival of the “beast” system on the world scene. I have done many posts regarding this impending event, but recent efforts by major nations to end the dollar’s supremacy firmly point to the nearing fulfillment of Revelation 17-18’s prophecy. Believers should take hope, because when this event takes place and the beast system emerges as the new global system, it means the return of Jesus Christ is quite near. Revelation 13:1-4 prophesy that the beast system will reign only 42 months after which Jesus Christ will return at the head of a heavenly army and end the beast system and impose a new millennial government on the earth (Revelation 19:11-20:4).

I’ll close with another comment on the prophecy in Revelation 17-18. In Revelation 18:10, it is prophesied that the collapse of the current system will come “in one hour.” In the approximately two millennia since that prophecy was given to the Apostle John by Jesus Christ, that verse must have seemed strictly metaphorical in meaning. However, in our interconnected, digital, global markets where major market shocks can have financial consequences which spread around the world in seconds, it is very possible that so many market dominoes could suddenly and unexpectedly crash so quickly that the entire system could collapse, literally, in one hour. There is firm secular support for such a scenario. No less a source than former US Secretary of the Treasury, John Paulson, said in 2008 that the global [US-dollar denominated] system of world banking came within “hours” of collapse. Turkey’s action to join the BRICS nations in avoiding the US dollar in world trade is hastening the fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18. The world’s masses will be shocked when the prophecy is fulfilled in the future, but those who know their Bibles and who have been reading this blog should not be shocked at all. As always, I make no predictions about when this event will occur, but we are clearly seeing the groundwork for its fulfillment now openly occurring in world media reports. While I make no specific predictions about the timing of this prophecy’s fulfillment, I urge readers to review the information in my recent post about possible numerical significances combined with the “blood moons” of 2014-2015. There is a case that can be made that Revelation 17-18 will be fulfilled in 2015. Time will tell, but we can see the event is drawing closer to fulfillment.

Clearly, there is a Divine Hand guiding the affairs of nations.

  1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/22/turkey-gives-whie-house-cold-shoulder-prime-minist/
  2. http://www.examiner.com/article/u-s-ally-cuts-off-communications-with-obama-and-seeks-new-trade-outside-dollar

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BRICS Nations “Seceding” from USA’s Global Financial Hegemony

Monday, July 21st, 2014

While the world’s attention is is glued to two major stories: the shooting down of a Malaysian Airliner over the Ukrainian-Russian border region and the Israeli military action in Gaza, another developing story is getting virtually ignored in the world’s media. However, this other story may eventually have a global impact which will have far more influence on the nations in the future than either the downed Malaysian airliner or Israel’s incursion into Gaza. That development is the beginning of a new global BRICS Bank which will operate independently of the US Federal Reserve Board, Wall Street and the US dollar.

This new BRICS development bank is being founded by the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (these nations forming an acronym for the “BRICS” nations). The new development bank is being founded with the equivalent of $50 Billion dollars and another global BRICS-sponsored financial entity will begin with the equivalent of $100 billion dollars. The important thing to realize is that the USA, the Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, etc. have no power or oversight of these new global banking/finance entities. In essence, the BRICS nations are forming a financial bloc which will rival the US and other western banks, financial institutions and currencies. I saw on a cable-TV report on this event (either on the BBC or Al Jazeera America) that the BRICS nations represent 42% of the world’s population and 24% of global GNP. That is a very large percentage of the world’s people and GNP, and it is now effectively beginning to “secede” from the US-dominated global world of finance, banking and currency matters. The Washington Post (first link) used rather carefully worded reporting to describe this epochal event, but it did note that this move represented an action “…toward a developing country alternate to global development funding,” and that the current global financial system is “losing legitimacy.” In other words, the BRICS nations are saying that it is the US hegemony over global banking and finance that has been in existence since World War II which is “losing legitimacy.”

The second link (from ABC News) focuses on the likelihood that China will dominate this new BRICS bank and that its headquarters will be in Shanghai. It also discussed the possibility that this BRICS action will become a successor to the Bretton Woods agreement after World War II which set up US dollar dominance over the global economy. An Indian source calls the new BRICS Bank “a historic development” [I agree], and the second link also quotes the official Chinese media as stating that this BRICS action “ushers in a long-awaited alternative to the ‘Western-dominated institutes in global finance (emphasis added).'”

I expect more nations to join the BRICS nations as time passes. Given the fury in Germany over Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone being tapped by the NSA, the USA’s spying on Germany via double agents and the American refusal to sign “no-spy” agreements with Germany, Germany is a likely nation to join this BRICS bank in the future. Indeed, German citizens have already been demonstrating against the dominance of the US Federal Reserve Board in 100 German cities (third link)! Did you hear anything about that in the American media? Another nation which has a strong motive to join the “rebellion” against US financial dominance over the world is Saudi Arabia, which is very angry about Obama doing nothing while their ally, Mubarak, was removed from power in Egypt. The Saudis are also angry about Obama’s cozying-up to Iran. If these two nations join the BRICS bank and other international financial entities which may develop out of the BRICS bank (such as a independent gold and silver pricing-exchanges in Frankfurt and Shanghai, perhaps), there will be a total of seven major nations leading a revolt against US-dominated and US Fed-dominated global financial institutions. If oil exports get priced in a BRICS-sponsored set of regional world currencies instead of the US dollar, the US petrodollar market is kaput, which would have huge impacts all over the world.

Let’s speculate on something, from a biblical perspective. Revelation 17 prophesies that “seven head and ten horns” will lead a global revolt against the “Babylon the Great” system of global world finance and banking that will be in power in the latter days. These “seven heads and ten horns” will (according to Revelation 17-18) be successful in their revolt against the Babylon the Great system and will establish a new global financial system which will become the “beast” system–the last human global system to govern the earth before Jesus Christ Himself returns at the head of a heavenly army and replaces the beast system forever (Revelation 19:11-20:4). If two other major nations join the BRICS nations’ revolt against the current Babylon the Great system, we may have the “seven heads” of this prophecy take shape in modern geopolitics. I do not know if this will turn into the “seven heads” prophesied in Revelation 17, but we need to watch closely to see if this does develop.

This is a huge development in global finance, commerce and banking. It is the most open revolt against the USA, its financial institutions and its currency since the end of World War II. I’ve included the last link for readers’ information and review. It is written by a financial analyst who writes with “attitude” and uses terminology I wouldn’t use myself to get his points across. However, this link was emailed to me by a friend in a foreign nation, and it was via the last link that I learned about the German demonstrations against the US Federal Reserve Board. I had no idea they were occurring, so I did a web search and found out his report was accurate. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of all his information and predictions, but he does paint a picture of the depth of corruption that exists in the current global system of world banking and finance. Revelation 17-18 also paints a picture of the extreme corruption and collusion between the “kings of the earth” (national and government leaders) and the “merchants of the earth” (global multinational corporations) that will exist at the end of our age. Revelation 18:3-4 is very clear on this point.

Perhaps as history unfolds, the formation of a BRICS bank to become a new “world bank” outside the US dollar system and the dominance of US financial institutions will prove to be the modern financial equivalent of the firing on Fort Sumter which started the US Civil War in 1860. I think we should all regard this action as being targeted against the US dominance of the world of global finance. The global revolt against the US Fed, Wall Street, US banks and the US dollar has begun. For more background information providing context to understand this momentous development, please read my articles on The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System, and Is Babylon the Great about to Fall…Ushering in a New Beast System? The first article will make it clear why the Bible calls the current global financial system “Babylon the Great.”

  1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/07/17/what-the-new-bank-of-brics-is-all-about/
  2. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chinas-clout-show-brics-bank-formation-24616278
  3. http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/germans-take-to-the-streets-in-100-cities-to-demonstrate-against-the-federal-reserve-banking-system-and-its-wars/
  4. http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1405540920.php

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ISIL Orders Mosul’s Christians to Convert to Islam or “Face Death”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

There are many media reports that ISIL, the radical Sunni Islamic army which has taken over much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, has ordered all Christians remaining in Mosul, a major northern Iraqi city, to either convert to Islam, pay a special tax or face death. The first three links [1, 2, 3] present this information from somewhat different perspectives. I think it likely that most Christians in Mosul already fled to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq for sanctuary when ISIL first invaded and occupied Mosul. Reportedly, only 3,000 Christians remain in Mosul and those now fleeing the city are forced by ISIL to leave all possessions, homes and money behind for ISIL to seize.

Jesus Christ prophesied that believers in the latter days would face persecution and even martyrdom (Matthew 24:9). It is happening in many areas of the Muslim world. Notably, Christians in northern Nigeria are being attacked, killed and kidnapped by another radical Islamic group called Boko Haram. The Nigerian army seems ineffective in protecting its own citizens and other nations have not provided help to stop Boko Haram’s attacks the way they have done so in other African nations. It was Boko Haram that kidnapped over 200 girls and forced them to convert to Islam. The French have militarily intervened in a number of African nations, including a major operation in Mali, to successfully defeat and repulse radical Islamic groups.

Just because persecution of Christians hasn’t reached your back yard yet doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future. Even in the USA, Christians could face persecution in the future for even expressing their biblical beliefs on Christian topics. Thankfully, the USA’s Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and personal speech so Christians (and other groups) have special protections. Readers in other nations may face “hate crime” charges for simply expressing biblical teachings of modern lifestyle and social issues.

The ISIL group is becoming a threat to everyone in the Mideast region. They are waging war on and killing Shiites, moderate Sunnis, Christians, etc. ISIL has even threatened to attack Sunni-led Jordan and kill their king, as I noted in my recent post. ISIL is even now rumored to be capable of assembling a uranium “dirty bomb” to be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world (fourth link).

ISIL has declared itself to be a new Islamic “Caliphate.” My understanding is that a Caliph would claim to be the supreme leader of the Islamic world. Does this mean that ISIL will soon threaten to overthrow not only the Jordanian king, but the Saudi royal house and Turkey’s Prime Minister? Whoever founded and funded ISIL has created a Frankenstein monster. Even Islamic nations are not safe from ISIL’s lust for power and territory. The sooner the Islamic nations in the region realize this, the better!

  1. http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/iraqi-christians-flee-mosul-facing-threat-convert-to-islam-flee-or-be-killed-25668
  2. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/iraq-christians-told-convert-face-death-2014718111040982432.html
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/19/under-threat-iraq-christians-flee-city-mosul/
  4. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/19/stolen-uranium-compounds-not-only-dirty-bomb-ingredients-within-isis-grasp/

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The Recently-Discovered Ancient Flying “Dragon”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Recently, there have been several articles released in the media describing an ancient flying being of some kind with a monstrous 24-foot wingspan. Its remains were discovered in South Carolina in 1983 while workers were excavating for a new airport terminal building. It seems odd that we are getting news releases about this flying creature over two decades after it was found, but here is what has been reported (first link, second link).

It is characterized as a “bird” but opinions vary whether the winged creature was 20 or 24 feet in wingspan due to varying estimates about feather-length. It is called a bird, but the photographed remains of its head look far more like than of a dinosaur instead of a bird. Indeed, one reference refers to it as “more like a dragon” [than a bird], and it is also called “spectacularly weird.'”

With little or no hard evidence re: why this flying creature should be called a “bird” instead of a  “dragon” or dinosaur, it is not clear why the term “bird” is used at all. That may be an appropriate name, but the evidence isn’t provided. The purpose of this post isn’t to enter the scientific debate over the nuances of its remains, but rather to find a biblical context for its existence. Indeed, there are two biblical contexts for its existence.

As a careful reading of Genesis 1 confirms, the earth itself is far older than 6,000 years. The Creator God made the species now on the earth’s surface in a literal, six-day week followed by a Sabbath day of rest (Genesis 1) However, before God did any work at all in Creation Week, the Bible confirms that the earth was here already albeit in a darkened and flooded condition (Genesis 1:2) typical of what one would expect after a global extinction event of some kind. The earth was here before Creation Week, but covered by darkened oceans. I can recall evolutionary teachings in my childhood days where evolutionists scoffed at the Bible’s assertions that there had been more than one extinction-level event or near extinction-level events in planet’s earth’s history. As man’s fund of knowledge grew, it became clear the Bible was right– the earth had experienced extinction-level events (or nearly so). I discuss in great detail the pre-history of the earth during the pre-Adamic period in my article: Is the Earth 6000 Years Old? [When Lucifer Ruled the Earth]. This Luciferian world was destroyed by God when Lucifer and his rebellious angels were cast down to earth, their first estate (Jude 6). When Lucifer was first created, he was created as perfect, and what God makes perfect takes, in my opinion, eons to “go bad.” When Lucifer and his angels rebelled, they ascended “above the clouds” (Isaiah 14:14) as they lifted off from the earth’s surface to invade heaven. The reference to “clouds” on earth during the Luciferian world indicates there was a normal atmosphere with rainfall, evaporation, etc. My aforementioned article examines biblical evidence that the earth, as originally created, was a verdant place full of life. That was the dinosaur age and whether flying creatures at that time had scales, feathers, etc. is a matter unknown to us. If the remains of the flying creature are really as old as 25 million years ago, its origin would almost certainly be in the Luciferian world prior to Lucifer’s revolt and the subsequent war in heaven that wiped out physical life on the earth’s surface and left it in the flooded, darkened wreck we see in Genesis 1:2. How long it stayed in that condition we do not know, but Jude 13 indicates it may have lasted some time.

When God re-created life on earth during Creation Week, he created many animals, fish, birds and reptiles which were new at that time, but some have gone extinct over the millennia. The Bible does make two references to a “flying serpent” [reptile] that did co-exist on the earth millennia ago during mankind’s presence on earth (Isaiah 14:29, 30:6). The winged creature whose remains were found in 1983 has also been called a “dragon” in appearance (i.e. a serpent) in media reports, so it is not impossible that this creature may have been a specimen of the “winged serpent” referred to in the book of Isaiah. Some kind of “winged serpent” was still alive on earth circa 27 centuries ago. I’m always reluctant to accept evolutionists’ datings of fossils and creature remains as they make so many evolutionary-based assumptions in their theorized datings. Personally, I don’t trust radiocarbon dating any further back than the deluge in Noah’s time as the amount of carbon-14 deposited in the atmosphere was not a constant before and after that time due to the extreme tectonic activity on earth during the flood when the “foundations of the great deep opened up” (Genesis 7:11). Genesis 1:2’s description of a darkened earth is consistent with what would be the case if massive volcanic eruptions had spewed immense amounts of carbonized materials into the atmosphere.

In summation, I don’t know the time-era the remains of this great flying dragon or bird date to, but there are at least two biblical time periods into which it could have fit easily. Its discovery does not prove the theory of evolution at all.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/07/07/extinct-bird-giant-wingspan/12087039/
  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/08/us-science-bird-idUSKBN0FC23320140708

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Comments on the Israeli-Hamas Conflict

Friday, July 11th, 2014

All readers are aware, I’m sure, of the dangerous and escalating conflict between the Hamas faction that controls Gaza and the Israelis. While the apparent incident which started the exchanges of military action between Gaza and Israel was the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens by Islamic terrorists, There has been an on-going provocation by Hamas against Israel that goes back far longer than the tragic deaths of the three Israeli teens. As I heard an Israeli spokesman say on a cable-TV news interview, there have been approximately 8,000 rockets of various sizes fired at Israel by Hamas and other Islamic radicals in Hamas in recent years. That is a completely intolerable situation and any nation would have the right to wage war to stop such a prolonged attack against its people.

The first link has a variety of updates about the state of the conflict. As this is written, there are reports of 30,000-40,000 Israeli reservists being called up to military duty in an impending ground action into Gaza. Israeli armor is also being massed along the Gaza border. Israel has launched ground actions into Gaza before and they have had no lasting effect. That is why I think that if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gives the order to attack Gaza, Israeli forces will move aggressively to stop the rocket barrage for good. This is especially vital as Hamas is now firing longer-range missiles at Israeli cities such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dimona, etc. Hamas’ firing missiles at Dimona is especially threatening, as that is where Israel’s nuclear reactor is located. Reportedly, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has shot down up to 90% of the Hamas rockets, but all rocket firings require Israelis to head for bomb shelters so Israeli society is being partially paralyzed by these attacks.

The second link reports an ominous development that may indicate a wider war may occur. Rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon, where Hezbollah is in charge. Israel responded with an artillery barrage. This report is somewhat personal for me as I stood along the northern defensive border-fence between the Israeli and Lebanese borders in the year 2000. I realize how close Israeli homes are to the border and I looked into Hezbollah-controlled territory and realized how close Hezbollah weaponry is to Israeli civilian areas. If Hezbollah enters the conflict to support Hamas by firing large volumes of rockets and missiles at Israel, a major war would, I think, be inevitable. Indeed, Israel may even decide to strike Iran if the war widens as Iran has supplied Hezbollah with its missiles and there are media reports that Iran is responsible for smuggling missiles into Hamas.

Now for some personal comments. The effort by Hamas and Hezbollah (and others) to extinguish the state of Israel will not succeed. The Bible records that the Creator God preordained that Judah (the Jews) would have a nation in the old Promised Land in the latter days of our age and that its territory would include the coastal Mediterranean shores and the city of Ashkelon (Zephaniah 2:1-7). When the British Mandate ended in 1948, the Jewish sector of old Palestine was located along the coastal Mediterranean shores connecting a portion of Galilee and the Negev desert region. Ashkelon was in the Jewish sector. Clearly, a Divine Hand had to be acting to so precisely fulfill the prophecy of Zephaniah 2 given perhaps 2600 years ago! Therefore, the Israelis have a Divine Right to their nation, and God further states he will intervene to defend and rescue them in a future age-ending apocalyptic war (Zechariah 12 and 14) when the Messiah comes. Anyone needing evidence that we are living in the biblically prophesied “latter days” is invited to read my article that addresses this subject.

I’ve watched cable TV coverage of the Israeli-Hamas conflict and there is a disproportionate coverage of the admittedly tragic suffering of the Palestinian citizens in Gaza from Israeli bombings. There are two reasons for that. One is the Israeli strikes are far more effective than the Hamas rockets and missiles (most of which are shot down by Israeli defense systems). The second is, I think, a pro-Palestinian bias in the news reporting. The BBC seems most pro-Hamas in my opinion. That seems apparent as BBC reporters freely move within Gaza wherever they want with Hamas permission and protection. This would not happen unless Hamas was reasonably sure the BBC would present mostly pro-Hamas coverage to the world.

Let us have a recollection of the regard for civilians during recent global wars. During the Blitz of London, the destruction of Coventry and damage to other British cities in World War II, did the Germans care about how many British civilians died? Of course not. They were trying to maximize those casualties. When the Germans bombed or shelled Russian cities, did they care about how many civilian casualties were inflicted? No. When Japan bombed and shelled Chinese cities in World War II, did they care how many Chinese civilians died? No! When the fortunes of war changed and Germany and Japan were bombed heavily by US and British bombers and shelled by advancing Russian troops marching through eastern Europe into Germany, did the allies care about how many Axis civilians died in their bombings and shellings? No! They were trying to maximize the number of civilian deaths in the bombing raids to break the spirit of the German and Japanese populations. Indeed, while the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki receive the most attention, the fire-bombing of Tokyo and the Dresden firestorm from allied bombing may have killed as many (or more) Japanese and German civilians than either of the nuclear bomb attacks. When the “ethnic-cleansing” wars occurred in the Balkans, did the combatants care about how many civilians got killed? No! They killed many thousands of civilians and sometimes it was done in mass execution-style killings. Do the warring sides in the current civil wars in Syria and Iraq care about how many civilians or unarmed people get killed? No! Many thousands of civilians have died and there are reports that both Sunnis and Shiites have both committed atrocities in execution-style killings of the other side. The ISIL Islamic radicals occupying parts of Syria and Iraq seem particularly willing to kill innocent and unarmed people.

Contrast these above policies of unrestricted warfare against civilians that the USA, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Balkan nations and Islamic nations have practiced with Israeli policies. If Israel were to adopt the war-fighting policies of the above nations favoring unrestricted bombing and killing of civilians, the Israeli air force could simply bomb Gaza City to rubble, with no buildings left standing afterward. They could make it look like Berlin after World War II. The Great Powers and other nations would have no moral right to condemn such an attack as that is the tactic they used in their recent wars. However, Israel has been so careful to avoid needless civilian deaths that it sometimes telephones the houses or buildings in Gaza that will soon be struck by bombing attacks so civilians can vacate and save their lives. Amazing! Did the USA drop leaflets on Hiroshima or Nagasaki before dropping the first two nukes on those cities so civilians could get out? No. The USA wanted to inflict maximum civilian casualties to convince the war party in the Japanese government that the war had to end. That tactic worked.

Given the above, if the Israelis decide to go for a decisive and permanent military victory in Gaza (or Southern Lebanon if the conflict spreads) and there are high casualties, the nations of the world have no moral ground to object. The conflict could end right away if Hamas would permanently stop firing rockets at Israel. Then Israel would stop responding with air strikes. However, Hamas shows no sign yet of ending their rocket barrage of Israeli cities. Therefore, a ground war in Gaza appears to be drawing nearer.

  1. http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-vows-harsher-strikes-on-defiant-hamas-as-conflict-enters-3rd-day/
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/11/lebanese-rockets-hit-israel-as-hostilities-escalate/

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Were You Being Manipulated by Facebook Too?

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Many readers are, no doubt, aware that Facebook has been caught in a major scandal where it was “running a psychology experiment on hundreds of thousands of people without their knowledge or consent” (first link). A magazine exposed the Facebook on-line experiment and there has been a torrent of understandable outrage. One Facebook user cited in a USA Today article (first link) is quoted as saying Facebook “…definitely overstepped the bounds there” and a second individual called the Facebook manipulations “Orwellian.” I would agree.

The first link reported that Facebook conducted an experiment on its users to see if they could be manipulated either negatively or positively by Facebook’s personnel. Facebook tried to apologize for their intrusive actions, but one has to wonder if any of their comments about their user manipulation program are true. Facebook says “nearly 700,000 users” were manipulated in this program. Can we believe this statement? Was it actually a far larger number? The public wouldn’t know. After Facebook’s secretive manipulation of its own users, their credibility isn’t very high right now re: whatever statements they release. Supposedly, this program was conducted for a single week in 2012. Do you believe that assertion?

One wonders in how many nations this Facebook manipulation program was used. The second link reports that the United Kingdom is investigating Facebook to see how many (or if) their citizens were manipulated by Facebook. French authorities are also reported to be “reviewing the matter.” It seems logical that both these nations have good cause to believe their citizens were also subjected to Facebook’s manipulation program or they wouldn’t be investigating the scandal. The second link also states that UK authorities revealed that Facebook was working with “two US universities” in conducting this mind-manipulation experiment. This fact indicates that this was no rogue operation by some out-of-control Facebook staffers. It was a highly organized and well-planned program that was, obviously, never expected to be revealed to the public. Given its level of coordination and high-level approvals, it seems very unlikely to me that this mind-manipulation experiment only lasted one week. It also begs the question of whether a US government agency was funding and coordinating the project. We all know about the massive NSA spying program targeting all citizens so such a government involvement would not be surprising.

Biblically, this kind of intrusiveness fits perfectly with the prophecy in Revelation 13:16-18 that the final global “beast” system will have the ability to both monitor and control global financial transactions. The fact that Revelation 13:15 also foretells that all will be required to “worship the beast” (this can be defined several ways) in this future system that will control the masses globally. The NSA spying programs, the Facebook mind-manipulation program, etc. all confirm that the technology is being put into place to fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 13 that the final beast system will have global people-control systems in place during its brief 42-month reign (Revelation 13:15).

One thing we know for sure. Big Brother is watching you in all kinds of ways, and on a scale that George Orwell couldn’t possibly imagine. Given the massive technological advances in recent decades, there is no need for a global Hitlerian “Gestapo” in black coats that comes out and knocks on doors to conduct searches to see what people are thinking, what associations they are in, who they know and interact with, etc. This is all easily discernible via electronic media monitoring of all people as they use their computers.

It is only one small step for global government agencies and private mega-corporations to go from mass monitoring of people to outright controlling people via electronic media without them even being aware they are being manipulated. The Facebook scandal confirms that at least one mega-corporation has already tried to move in the direction of manipulating people on-line without their knowledge. It is my personal view that this will not be the first on-line effort to manipulate people.

Do you use Facebook? I’m sure many readers of this blog are Facebook users. This begs the question: Were you being manipulated by Facebook too?

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/07/02/facebook-news-feed-experiment-backlash/12078327/
  2. http://news.yahoo.com/uk-investigating-facebook-over-psych-experiment-140430442.html

 


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