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Will the Year 2015 Be Biblically Significant?

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

This post is to bring to the attention of readers three factors which, combined, may give us an indication that the year 2015 may be a very biblically significant year in human history. I’m not making any personal predictions or prophecies that this has to happen, but the convergence of three factors could signal that major biblically prophesied events are about to occur. This post will also mention three fulfillments of biblical prophecies which may be imminent.

Many biblical scholars realize that God does things “by the numbers.” Mathematical sequences and numbers are regularly associated with Divine actions and plans. It is commonly known that the number “seven” is very biblically significant. We have the seven-day week which was established by God in Genesis 1 with six workdays followed by a divinely consecrated Sabbath Day to conclude each week. Two of God’s Holy Days have seven days in their sequences. The Days of Unleavened Bread always have seven days and the Feast of Tabernacles always has seven days as well (Leviticus 23:6 and 34). There are “seven churches” of God’s people pictured in Revelation 1:20-3:22 that depict the condition of the Christian churches in the latter days and these seven churches have seven angels assigned to them (Revelation 1:20). These examples are enough to establish the significance of the number seven as a cycle of time or a number of completeness in God’s eyes.

How could the number “seven” apply to the year 2015? Many readers will recall that when the banking crisis of 2008 unfolded, then-Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, warned that the collapse of the global banking system could have occurred within hours if radical interventionist measures had not been implemented  to prevent the global banking system from experiencing a systemic collapse. Not only did we have a real estate lending crisis, but the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the near-collapse of other major global money-center banks could have caused a collapse of the global banking system due to counter-party risks in derivatives contracts. Seven years from 2008 brings us to the year 2015. Has the world been given a warning by God that the collapse of the global banking system was going to occur seven years later? There is no denying that severe stresses are present in the global financial system that could cause it to unravel. The US dollar is in such desperate straits that the US Federal Reserve Board has had to create trillions of dollars of “fantasy” money in recent years (called “quantitative easing”) to keep the global, US-dollar system functioning. With China amassing gold and silver and the possibility of regional gold-backed currencies emerging to challenge or replace the US dollar as the global reserve currency and with the US federal deficit utterly out of control, the chance of a systemic global financial crisis is always with us. The warning in many of my posts concerning the fulfillment of Revelation 17-18′s prophecy that there will be a global financial system collapse in the latter days appears to be drawing nearer. If such a collapse occurs, the fulfillment of Revelation 17-18 could occur quickly. Indeed, Revelation 18:10 warns that the global financial system will collapse in “one hour,” leaving the merchants of the earth weeping and mourning. For millennia, people have thought that prophecy was symbolic, but in the modern electronic and globally interconnected financial markets all over the world, a cascading failure could literally cause a global financial collapse in one hour.

Now let’s consider the number “seventy.” I wish to acknowledge that a friend of mine suggested this discussion of the number “seventy” to me in a phone conversation. He noted that the age of the USA dominating the global geopolitical world and being the dominant military power began in 1945 after World War II ended. If we add a seventy-year period of time to 1945, we arrive at the year 2015, a precise conjunction with the significance of a seven-year cycle from 2008-2015. Could this signal that the end of the USA’s dominance of global geopolitics in the world is at hand? With Russia’s Vladimir Putin running rings around US President Obama in Syria, the Ukraine and other locations in the earth, and with Russia holding a whip hand over much of Europe via Russia’s Gazprom energy supplies, Russia is in a period of ascendancy over the USA which is now led by a weak American president who came to office with no demonstrated managerial, administrative or military skills. China is also ascendant in Asia and it is building a massive force with modern weaponry designed to defeat America’s armed forces in a war. China is so confident of its abilities to inflict damage on the US that it seems to be provoking a possible regional war in the South China Sea to test its new military weaponry vs. American/western weaponry. Obama and the West are also on the retreat vis-à-vis Iran as the USA and the West now seem to have surrendered in their effort to prevent Iran from building a nuclear industry which can build nuclear weapons. As if these factors aren’t enough, the defection of Edward Snowden to Russia with a treasure trove of the NSA’s innermost secrets has given Russia’s Putin a powerful position in which he can reveal very damaging secrets about the USA or Obama himself to world leaders behind closed doors, paving the way for a major realignment of alliances in the world. Many factors are pointing to an impending end of America’s global dominance, and some major events could cause this to occur in the year 2015.

The number “seventy” is a number that God has used to indicate a prophetically significant period of time. The  famous”70 weeks prophecy” of Daniel 9:24-27 is well-known to biblical scholars and the fact that the kingdom of Judah would experience a 70 year banishment from the Promised Land is documented in Jeremiah 29:10 and Daniel 9:2 . The clan of Jacob and his family that entered Egypt in the time of Joseph numbered seventy people (Exodus 1:5) and the number of Israel’s tribal leadership allowed to share a meal with God at Mt. Sinai in the time of Moses was seventy people (Exodus 24:1, 9).

The numbers 7 and 70 are strongly associated with major time intervals or specific events in biblical prophecy and narratives. It may not be coincidental that a major 7-year and 70-year time sequence concerning the USA both come to an end in the year 2015. The USA is a biblical “Covenant Nation” descended from the dominant tribe of Joseph of the so-called “lost ten tribes of Israel” which were definitely not “lost” to writers of the 1st century AD. James addresses his epistle to them and acknowledges that they were scattered abroad, not gathered back to the Promised Land as were some of the tribe of Judah (James 1:1). Josephus, the famous Jewish historian of the 1st century AD, wrote that he knew the ten tribes were an immense multitude that were located “beyond Euphrates” in his lifetime (Antiquities, XI, V, 2). That term is significant as the Euphrates River was the established boundary between the empire of Rome and the empire of Parthia (the empire founded by the ten tribes of Israel). Parthia was the Israelite empire which fulfilled Isaiah 14:2′s prophecy that the exiled ten tribes would eventually rule over all the empires to whom they were once captive. Indeed, Parthia’s Israelites ruled over the descendants of the Assyrian, Babylonian and Medo-Persian Empires, which had once ruled over the captive Israelites. My article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, is recommended to readers as a starting point for seeing the evidence that the USA is a biblical “Covenant Nation” blessed by God with the birthright blessings promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) that were permanently given to the tribe of Joseph throughout history into the latter days (Genesis 48:13-20 and 49:1, 22-26). My books offer conclusive evince about the migrations and whereabouts of the ten tribes of Israel in all periods of time since their exile from the Promised Land circa 721 BC. One of the books is devoted to the history of the Parthian Empire, from which came the famous “Wise Men” mentioned in Matthew 2.

The third factor pointing to a major biblical fulfillment of prophecy in 2015 is the occurrence of a “tetrad” of “blood moons” which begin in the year 2014 and conclude in the year 2015. A “tetrad’ indicates a sequence of four blood moons, which are lunar eclipses when the moon takes on a blood-red color. The special significance of four blood moons in 2014-2015 is that they all occur on God’s biblical Holy Days described in Leviticus 23. Rather than having me explain them, I refer readers to two links for a discussion of this tetrad of blood moons and how they could be biblically significant. Blood moons that have occurred in the past on biblical Holy Days have included (A) the years 1967-68 when the Israelites fought a major war against their Islamic neighbors and captured Jerusalem and (B) when the Jews were driven from Spain in 1492-1493 and during which regular ties to North America from Europe were re-established with the voyage of Columbus in 1492. The first link is an excellent interview on Prophecy in the News with  Pastor Mark Biltz, the individual who popularized the awareness of the four biblical blood moons in his writings and presentations, and the second link is from World Net Daily about possible religious significance of these blood moons to the USA.

Keep in mind, I’m not specifically prophesying or predicting specific outcomes or fulfillments, but the conclusion of the biblical blood moons in 2015 combined with the conclusions of important seven- and seventy-year cycles involving the USA in 2015 may indicate that God is giving us a Divine warning about the imminent fulfillments of major biblical prophecies in the year 2015. We will have to wait and see if this becomes a fact. If major biblical prophetic events do come to pass in 2015, the fall of Babylon the Great’s global monetary/financial system (Revelation 17-18), the unveiling of the new global “beast” system, and the coming of God’s powerful Two Witnesses are all candidates for being the possible biblical prophetic fulfillments which may be implemented in world affairs. The Creator God of the Bible has a timetable for latter-day events that he intends to fulfill and we are progressing deeper into the latter days of our time when major prophetic fulfillments should be expected. In order to review the specific recent and current events which have fulfilled biblical prophecies about the latter days being fulfilled in our modern time, please read my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?

I do know that I will be watching the rest of 2014 and the year 2015 very keenly. I invite you to also carefully watch and observe with me what happens in these years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32ZkCygd8bE

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/blood-moons-a-special-message-to-america/

 


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US Military Trying to Build Robotic Weapons with Morals

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The US military is attempting to find a way to program military robots to act in moral and ethical ways when they are confronted with conflicting choices.Specifically, the military is trying to create software that will try to insert “a sense of right and wrong into autonomous robotic systems.” This link examines this necessity in light of the fact that the advances in military robotics are occurring so fast that “the military is rapidly creating systems that will need to make moral decisions.”

The report states the USA currently “prohibits lethal fully autonomous robots.” However, as the report notes, the very autonomous and unmanned B-47B, an American weapons platform that operates as an aerial/space vehicle already “does an awful lot of things autonomously.” I think we can all assume that the X-47B is a highly lethal automated weapons platform, so there appears to be a large degree of semantics in what is called a “robot.”

The link presents the opinions of experts who have differing opinions on giving robots lethal powers and trying to control that lethality with “moral” software. One highly credentialed expert at Yale is quoted as stating: “We’re talking about putting robots in more and more contexts in which we can’t predict what they’re going to do…” That ought to make a lot of us feel more than a bit quesy. We are developing artificial intelligence in military robots, but we can’t always predict what they are going to do? Could this mean that, in the future, robotic soldiers or infiltrators could go out of control and provoke a war by killing a leader of a foreign nation? Also, keep in mind that we also need to be very concerned about hostile parties hacking into the “moral” or “operational” programming of future soldier/surveillance robots and “hijacking” them to cause damage or death in a classic “false flag” operation that would be very hard to trace. While the US military may be trying to build robotic soldiers with moral systems, other nations are surely doing the same research and development, and not every nation may be so concerned about inserting moral programming into their robots. Think of the havoc that could be wrought if one nation dropped hundreds of military robotic soldiers into the territory or capitol city of a hostile nation with programming that tells them to “kill every human being.”

Daniel 12:4 prophesied that in the “time of the end” of this age that “knowledge shall be increased.” As I’ve noted in previous posts and in articles, the Hebrew word “increased” in Daniel 12:4 is also used in Genesis 7:17 to describe how the waters “increased” over the surface of the earth during the global Deluge in Noah’s time. In other words, this prophecy foretells that an exponential increase in knowledge will occur in the latter days of our age before Divine intervention in human events. This prophecy is being regularly fulfilled in many fields of human scientific endeavor all over the world every year. The possibility of robotic soldiers being developed and deployed in the future may involve another biblical prophecy. Joel 2 is a prophecy about a great war in the latter days of our age just before the “Day of the Lord,” and it states in verse 8 that there will be an unusual army that does not die when they are hit by human weaponry. I had previously thought that this would be God’s angelic army which will accompany Jesus Christ to the earth at his Second Coming (Revelation 19:21-20:4) and I still do; but the information about the future development of robotic soldiers/armies gives us another possible fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy about an unusual army that is invulnerable to normal weapons.

When information like this comes to light, it always does beg the question: Are we being told the full level of current development of robotic soldiers or is the actual development much further along than we are being told? Another key question that is sometimes explored in ScyFy movies or books is:” When does an artificial intelligence system inside a robot become sentient (i.e. self-aware)? Perhaps I’m not the only person who, when reading this link, is reminded of the movie: I, Robot. Robots that become sentient may decide to disobey orders.

My thanks to a reader who tipped me off to this story.

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/05/now-military-going-build-robots-have-morals/84325/?oref=defenseone_today_nl


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The Seven Thunders

Monday, May 12th, 2014

In Revelation 10, there is an obscure prophecy which often gets overlooked as it is so brief and the book of Revelation offers no explanation of it. This post is intended to help readers think seriously about what this prophecy may mean and how it may be fulfilled in a way that believers don’t expect.

At the beginning of the vision that the apostle John received that became the book of Revelation, he was told to write down all that he saw during his vision (Revelation 1:11). In the book of Revelation, believers are familiar with John’s detailed descriptions of what he saw concerning the fulfillment of the “seven seals,” the “seven trumpets” and the “seven last plagues,” and all these revelations had sequences of seven events associated with their latter-day fulfillments. However, there was one exception to John’s writing down what he saw and heard as part of the latter-day sequences of events. In Revelation 8-11 is a description of the events associated with the sounding of the seven angels who had seven trumpets which announced various events on earth or in heaven, but in Revelation 10, there is an inset about “seven thunders” being revealed to John within the sequence of the seven trumpets being fulfilled.

The sixth trumpet sounds in Rev. 9:13 and the seventh trumpet sounds in Revelation 11:15. John witnessed the seven events that were associated with the seven thunders that were fulfilled between the sounding of the sixth and seventh trumpets and was about to write them down as he had been instructed, but he was given a divine order to omit a description of the events associated with the seven thunders. This is most interesting. In essence, the book of Revelation is like a book about the latter days but God has arranged it so there are several chapters missing in the middle of the book. What is it that John saw that would greatly enhance our ability to understand latter day events if John has been allowed to inform his readers of what he saw? This also should give all believers and religious teachers some pause about thinking they have everything “all figured out,” when God has left some key information about the latter days sequence of events out of his revelation.

I’d like to offer some suggestions which I’ve never heard anyone offer about the possible fulfillment of these seven thunder events. If we view the book of Revelation chronologically, the seven thunders occur between a great war depicted by the sixth trumpet and before the ministry of the Two Witnesses (see my article on the Two Witnesses for a detailed description of their prophesied ministry). We cannot be totally sure about the chronology of the entire book of Revelation as it is, after all, literature, and literature can include flashbacks and inset chapters within a book. However, let us assume that it may be chronological. Revelation 11 describes the ministry of the two Witnesses just after the seven thunder events are fulfilled and it must be noticed that when the Two Witnesses of God are killed by the beast power in Revelation 11:7-10, the world rejoices at their death! Think about this for a minute. If the beast power’s rule was evil, Hitlerian and cruel, the world would rejoice at the plaguing of the world’s beast system by the Two Witnesses, but Revelation 11:7-10 shows the opposite is true. The world rejoices when God’s Two Witnesses are killed by the beast power. This strongly argues that the reign of the beast system is not going to be cruel and Hitlerian. How can this be?

In the book of Revelation, the seven seals, the seven trumpets and the seven last plagues all accompany very great suffering on the earth so we assume that the seven thunders do as well. However, what if the seven thunders are an exception to the “doom and gloom” aspect of the other parts of the book of Revelation? What if John saw that their fulfillment on the earth was a pause in the sequence of suffering and punishment to give mankind a chance for repentance? It may also be that the seven thunders may have represented some amazing events that will completely throw off the expectations and preconceived notions of Christians about the latter days and about everything they thought they believed. For example, Revelation 13:4 strongly infers that when the beast system assumes global authority, it will reveal previously-unknown military technologies that will cause the world to marvel and say “who is able to make war with him?” In previous posts, I have examined such cutting-edge weapons systems being developed as invisibility technology to “cloak” warplanes, tanks and even people so they appear to be invisible. Other posts have discussed laser weaponry, nanotechnology weapons, genetic warfare applications, quantum and anti-matter weaponry, etc. It may be that all these technologies will be unveiled as being under the control of the beast system and they may even have been developed outside the chain of command of any nation on earth. I will not be at all surprised if the beast system unveils squadrons of aerial vehicles with propulsion and weapons systems not associated with normal warplanes. Such aerial vehicles may currently be seen on occasion and labeled as UFOs. However, I’d like to point out that Revelation 13:1-4 which describes the unveiling of the beast system has to be an inset chapter or a flashback in the chronology of the book of Revelation as the beast system is already described as being in existence and finally killing the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11.

Another thing that may have been in what John saw in the fulfillment of the seven thunders is a kind of “pseudo-millennium” in which the return of Jesus Christ is faked and many Christians fall for it and even the very elect will wonder if this has happened. Paul wrote in II Thessalonians 2:3-11 that the “man of sin” would have a “coming” which would be accompanied with “lying wonders” (verse 9). The word “lying” comes from the Greek word “pseudos” from which we derive the English word “pseudo” which means a phony representation of something. Could there be other prophecies which give us hints as to what the seven thunders might be? I think the answer is yes. II Thessalonians 2 warns about believers being deceived by the “pseudo” miracles of a “man of sin” in the latter days. In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ echoes the same warning about a deception so great in the latter days that even the “very elect” would be deceived if that were possible. In Matthew 24:23-27, Jesus warns that the great deception of the latter days that would almost dupe even the strongest of believers will involve something which includes sources saying (reporting) that a Jesus Christ has returned “in the desert” and retired into a “secret chamber.” Jesus himself warns his latter-day believers to “believe it not.” Why would Jesus warn us about a false Christ coming to a desert location and going into a secret location or chamber unless this is actually going to happen and that understanding this fact ahead of time is the only way to avoid being deceived by this phony event? Let’s consider a way that this could literally happen.

Did you see the movie Jurassic Park? or many other movies that make dinosaurs, bizarre beings or supernatural events appear to be real? Of course. These depictions are common in modern movies. I believe we can assume that the global beast power will have control over the entertainment and media industries in the time of its reign.


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Food Shortages Creeping up on the USA

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Although Americans haven’t felt the full force of it yet, a food crisis is starting to loom in the USA. It may be averted if there is a major change in weather patterns, but otherwise a food crisis is drawing nearer.

The first two links document the severity of the water shortage in California and many other states in the western USA. Many Americans don’t realize how dependent they are on California’s production of many kinds of vegetables, fruits, tree nut crops, etc. that are taken for granted by American shoppers. The first link reports the startling news that California’s farmers in the heart of that state’s agricultural belt will receive no water at all for their crops this year from the state’s water distributors. This is very critical because it may mean that many producers will go out of business and that they will not be producing crops next year even if water flows return to normal. The severe California drought is not just a threat to America’s vegetable production, but also is a dire threat to the USA’s production (and consumption) of all kinds of fruits and tree nut crops. The third link, from the US Department of Agriculture, reports that 51% of America’s fruit crops are from California and that 90% of its tree nut crops are from California. Americans are likely to have a greatly reduced amount of vegetables, fruits and tree nuts to eat if this California drought continues. The drought is vital to tree crops, grapevines for table grapes and vineyards for wines and other perennial fruit and berry crops as the lack of water for these trees, vineyards and berry bushes may mean they will die and that will cause a a permanent loss of productive acreage for these crops even when normal rains return to California.

The California drought’s threat to America’s vegetable, fruit and tree nut crops is bad enough, but there is another problem facing America’s food production efforts. The USA’s winter wheat crop is in jeopardy of being much less than usual due to the winter-kill of a significant portion of the winter wheat  crop (fourth link). That affects not just bread production, but also lots of other packaged and prepared foods that require breading or flour of some kind in their production.

In another growing threat to the USA’s food supply, the Colony Collapse Disorder, which is killing off much of the USA’s supply of pollinating honeybees, also could further reduce the amount of food that is available due to the lack of necessary pollination at critical plant growth stages. I have posted on this subject several times in the past.

As my books document and prove, the USA is the chief modern nation that has descended from the ancient ten tribes of Israel. These tribes are Covenant Nations that God has blessed with unique blessings due to the “birthright” promises given to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (renamed “Israel”). Readers can get a quick topical view of just some of the evidence presented in my books by reading my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, or by listening to some of the free audio messages on the history of the ten tribes of Israel. Our forefathers made a covenant with God at Mt. Sinai and that covenant included both national blessings for obedience to God’s laws and national curses for disobedience to God’s laws  (Deuteronomy 28).  It is no surprise to anyone to assert that the USA is increasingly becoming a society which is disobedient to God’s laws. If God is really the Creator, then he should be expected to start implementing some of the national curses on modern Covenant nations descended from the ten tribes of Israel. One of the curses for national disobedience is prolonged droughts and resultant food shortages. Deuteronomy 28:23 states that God will make the sky overhead as “brass” and the earth under our feet as “iron.”  In other words, the skies will give no rain and the soil will become rock hard as it does in prolonged droughts. That is now happening in California, which few realize is America’s main food source for many of its table foods.

America’s Midwest, where I live, mainly produces corn and soybeans for use in America’s food supply and for export purposes. However, it is noteworthy that even China has been refusing some shipments of US corn because the shipments contain genetically-modified corn (last link). China has refused at least 1.6 million tons of US corn shipments due to the presence of GMO corn in the shipments. Obviously, the USA needs to produce non-GMO foods which are the kinds of foods desired by America’s export customers. The GMO-contaminated corn crop production rejected by China (or other overseas customers) can still be used by the USA’s ethanol plants.

Watch carefully how long the California drought lasts and how far it spreads to other food-producing states. Food may be a lot more expensive by the end of this year if current trends continue.

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2014/02/25/drought-leaves-california-farmers-choosing-which-crops-get-water-and-which/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/04/24/california-western-drought/8097827/
  3. http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/fruit-tree-nuts/background.aspx#.U18LgVc2Ma0
  4. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-03/wheat-crops-see-worst-damage-in-5-years-on-drought-freeze.html
  5. http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/04/27/corn-industry-suffers-amid-chinas-gmo-concerns/8239975/

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US Govt. Panel: NSA Spying Is “Illegal”

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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IMF vs. USA Showdown Now Reported in Mainstream Media

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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IMF Gives USA an Ultimatum

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is the Entire Internet Compromised?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Israelis to Deploy Lasers on Civilian Airliners

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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