US Banks Closing Some Islamic Bank Accounts

September 13th, 2014

These links below report that several US banks have begun closing bank accounts belonging to Muslims, and they are doing so without warning or explanation. An Islamic group is seeking legal action in response to this action.

This is a bold move by the banks that are cancelling certain Islamic bank accounts with no apparent reason to account holders. One link does explain that banks have a right to cancel accounts if they think the accounts are involved with illegal activities. I certainly don’t know if that is the case with these accounts, but that is one possibility.

In our currently politically correct cultural environment, why would these banks take such action unless they had some kind of unreported legal and political “cover” to protect their actions? Indeed, one possibility is that some arm of the US federal government has issued some kind of National Security Letter instructing US banks to close certain Islamic bank accounts because of suspected money-laundering activities or because of suspected activity in support of terrorist groups such as ISIL/ISIS. One state involved with the closure of Islamic bank accounts is Minnesota, from which some Islamic residents have relocated to the Mideast to fight for ISIL/ISIS, Al Shabab, or other terrorist groups. A major Twin Cities bank, TCF, is cited as one bank involved in these actions. These links (and the added links at the bottom of the stories) offer information which states and banks are taking such action.

The media and those of us in the public can speculate, but we do not know the exact reason for the closure actions taken by some banks vs. Islamic account holders. However, it is occurring, and we can be sure that there is a reason behind these actions. An undisclosed anti-terrorist action seems the most likely explanation.

I do not see any great prophetic implication in this story, but it does give added insights into what is happening behind the scenes. I’ll likely use this Personal blog category to periodically pass on interesting current information on various stories to readers of this blog.

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/03/21/your-account-closed-banking-while-muslim-minnesota

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2014/09/10/u-s-banks-continue-to-close-muslim-accounts-and-they-are-not-required-to-give-a-reason-why/

 


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ISIS: A Possible New “King of the South?”

September 11th, 2014

As all readers know, there is a rising new radical Islamic nation state called ISIL or ISIS in the region of Syria and Iraq. Their original title, ISIL, stood for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The “Levant” generally identifies the entire region of the Mideast that borders the Mediterranean Sea. That title indicates that this radical Islamic state lays eventual claim to ruling over Lebanon and Israel, not just Syria and Iraq. This entity has also threatened the life of the king of Jordan and threatened to invade Jordan in the future (as a recent post noted).

So far, no one except the Kurds seems willing to fight ISIL/ISIS on the ground. The USA has halted the ISIL/ISIS advance into the Kurdish region and helped the Kurds reclaim control of the Mosul Dam, but the US airstrikes have merely been pinprick attacks on ISIL/ISIS, not true strategic strikes that could really cripple this ultra-radical Islamic State. Europe is preoccupied with Russia in its confrontation with Russia and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, local Sunni nations, have so far inexplicably done nothing to halt the spread of ISIL/ISIS. President Obama gave a TV address that calls for wider actions vs. ISIL/ISIS, but it was long on rhetorical generalities and short on military specifics. I found his message to be underwhelming. In a seeming disconnect with reality, Obama asserted that ISIL is not Muslim, but every analyst and media outlet I’ve heard or read names them as the radical Sunni Moslem Jihadis that they are. Personally, I think there are nations that are willing to commit ground forces to stop ISIL/ISIS, but they are unwilling to follow the USA into action as long as it is led by Obama because Obama is so indecisive and his “red lines” have proven to be meaningless. They simply cannot trust him.

I assume that many readers have read my article, written years ago, entitled A New Look at Prophecy. It examines the possibility that the first and second Iraqi wars under President Bush could have fulfilled the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43 (but not verses 44-45). It notes that while much of Christianity long assumed there would be a great Mideast war between the Israelis and the Arabs that would fulfill this prophecy, such an event wouldn’t actually fulfill this prophecy of Daniel. Daniel knew the Jews were called “Judah” and he knew the Arabs were the Ishmaelites. God, who inspired this prophecy of Daniel’s, also knew those facts. However, the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43 never mentions “Judah” or “Ishmael” as participants in this latter-day regional Mideast war. I urge readers to read that article of mine if they have not done so. For purposes of this post, let’s consider some facts about this prophecy.

Who are the “kings of the north and south” in our latter day period of time? Let’s consider the context of the prophecy to seek an answer as Daniel’s prophecy does not give specific identifications. The prophecy in Daniel 11 has been identified by many biblical scholars as foretelling, in incredible detail, aspects of a long warfare between the Seleucid and the Ptolemaic Empires, which developed out of the fall of Alexander the Great’s mighty empire. The Ptolemies were centered in Egypt and Africa and were the “king of the south.” The Seleucids governed a far larger territory spreading at its maximum reach from the modern regions of Israel, Lebanon and Syria as far east as ancient Bactria, Persia and to the Indus River (the modern regions of Iran, Afghanistan and part of Pakistan). The Seleucids were the “king of the north,” and their empire was based in modern Syria. The wars between these kings of the north and south raged for centuries. Later, when the Seleucid Empire collapsed, the vast majority of its territory was taken over by the Asian Israelite Empire of Parthia while Rome took a small slice of it in the west. Daniel 11:1-39 examines events between the two rival, ancient empires and then leaps far ahead in time to the latter days in verse 40. While we are not told who the final kings of the north and south are, the context of the chapter strongly infers that the final two rivals will have been rivals for centuries, just as the Ptolemies and Seleucids were. The focus of the prophecy is still the Mideast, so we need to look to that region for the war prophesied in Daniel 11:40-43. There has been a very long rivalry between a force based in the Mideast and another force located to the north of the Mideast. The Muslims of the Mideast and the Christians of Europe fought many crusades in the Mideast, but the Muslims also invaded Christian Europe on at least three occasions that I recall. The Muslims were stopped from invading Europe via Spain by Charles Martel in the 8th century AD and the Muslims were driven back from central Europe when they were besieging Vienna in 1683 (the second Islamic siege of Vienna).

There is a very good article about this Islamic invasion of Europe that was written by William McPeak in Military Heritage magazine in its June 2010 issue. It had the long title of: Concussion weapons such as war hammers rose in popularity after the development of plate armor and form-fitting mail. It documents that just as the Muslims were about to conquer Vienna and invade throughout the European continent, an army of Poles, Austro-Germans and others arrived “literally in the nick of time” to lift the siege and save Europe from a Muslim invasion. For the benefit of readers of Polish descent, I will mention that the relief force of 80,000 soldiers was led by King Jan Sobieski of Poland. King Sobieski led a cavalry charge of 20,000 against the Muslim forces and shattered their lines and forced them to retreat back to the Ottoman Empire’s borders. The article called it the “largest cavalry charge in history.” Can you even imagine the size of a cavalry force of 20,000? To get an idea of a force of that size, I remind readers of the cavalry charge of the “Riders of Rohan” to rescue the Gondorian city of Minis Tirith in the final episode of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That cavalry force was 6,000 riders and it filled the screen on a giant wide-screen shot. The actual cavalry charge of 20,000 Christians vs. the Moslem besiegers of Vienna was over three times the size of the fictional cavalry force of Rohan in the movie cited above!

This digression was necessary to set the stage for identifying the final kings of the north and south in the modern world that will fulfill the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43. I believe they can be none other than some Muslim force in the Mideast and a European/American force as the king of the north. Although it is barely Christian any longer, the modern European nations and nations they founded (such as the USA, Canada, etc.) are the only real candidate to fulfill the king of the north role in our time. More could be said on this subject, but it is too long to include in this post.

The Mideast war in Daniel 11:40-43 is not a world war like the final age-ending Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38 or the age-ending Armageddon war of Revelation 16 (which I think is the war mentioned in Daniel 11:43-44), but rather it will be a regional war. It describes a coalition of forces led by a final “king of the north” who enters the Mideast from outside of that region and invades the territory of this latter-day “king of the south.” However, there are a number of important Mideast nations which are not involved (or are not targeted) in this war. As mentioned earlier, “Judah” (the Israeli nation) is not mentioned at all and neither are the Ishmaelites (the Arab nations). The prophecy states that Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon… “will escape out of his hand.” That means they will be either allies of the northern “king” or non-combatants. In a modern context, I see this at the very least as foretelling that Turkey, Jordan and other nations in the region will not be targeted by the king of the north’s invasion. For new readers, I see Turkey as Edom because the former name of Turkey was the Ottoman Empire, with the consonants of “TT-m-n,” the same as the chief tribe of the Edomites (Teman) as named in Genesis 36. Turkey is just one Edomite nation though. Another Edomite name is “Bozrah” (Genesis 36:33), and there is a Shiite Iraqi city named Bosra where Iraq meets the Persian Gulf. Omar is another Edomite name (Genesis 36:15) and a large mosque in Istanbul is called the Mosque of Omar. Another “mosque of Omar” is the Golden Dome mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These identifications argue that Turkey, the Shiite central-government region and the Palestinian region of the Holy Land will also not be targeted by this invasion. Daniel 11:40-43 also foretells Egypt will be subject to the king of the north, but will it be as an ally or just a non-combatant? It adds Libya and Ethiopia will be “at his borders” (KJV), which is cryptic. It may mean that those nations will mark the furthest range of this military conflict. Libya has become radicalized under Jihadi warlords since the USA/NATO bizarrely bombed Libya and drove the pro-western regime of Muammar Khaddfy out of office. There are ISIL/ISIS allies now in Libya so it could be targeted in this war.

Daniel 11:40 adds the invasion is triggered by the king of the south “pushing” at the king of the north. In other words, this king of the south somehow provokes the king of the north into an invasion. The prophecy does not say the king of the south invades the king of the north. While not widely reported, the leader of the ISIL/ISIS force has declared himself the head of a new Islamic “Caliphate.” In other words, he has declared himself, in Islamic historic terms, to be a “king.” His forces’ cruel, devilish, inhumane actions in executing, crucifying and expelling people has outraged the world. He says his forces have sent two messages to America via the beheading of two Americans and distributing videos of these heinous acts globally. He is already “pushing” at the USA and the West. It is a testimony to the innate weakness of Barrack Obama that he didn’t respond forcefully to these anti-American provocations. Indeed, he hardly responded at all. However, if ISIL/ISIS launches terrorist acts on American/European home-soil and beheads the over 40 Turkish captives under his control, the rage of the USA, Turkey and other nations will demand a war of annihilation vs. ISIL/ISIS. Another interesting parallel exists. In the crusades of the Middle Ages, the Popes of Rome organized and blessed the coalitions that went to war in the crusades in the Mideast. In a modern parallel, the current Pope came out in favor of military action vs. ISIL/ISIS (see first two links [1, 2]). [As an aside, I was surprised that a Google Search on this topic resulted in finding two of my posts at the top of the Google search list (see third link)]. Given President Obama’s weak leadership and actions to date, it is possible that another western leader may step to the forefront in the future and leads a coalition that attacks ISIL/ISIS and ends its threat. Such an invasion may have the full backing of the Vatican. There is certainly no such coalition yet.

There are enough similarities between what is happening now between ISIL/ISIS and the West and the prophecy of Daniel 11:40-43 that merits consideration that a possible military invasion may eventually occur to put an end to ISIL/ISIS which fulfills that prophecy. However, the prophetic words about a naval armada being a part of the king of the north’s forces (Daniel 11:40) fits George Bush’s Persian Gulf wars (the subject of my aforementioned article) far better than any currently foreseeable scenario involving ISIL/ISIS. Nevertheless, we need to watch how this crisis unfolds carefully. I represent no church or religious group and am funded by none of them, so I can “turn on a dime” in my biblical-based commentary if events deem it necessary.

One last thought. The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-11 makes a central point that Christian believers in the latter days will be greatly surprised when it becomes obvious that Jesus Christ’s return will occur far earlier than they expected. One reason for latter-day believers to be deceived into thinking, “they had much more time” before the Second Coming would be “stealth” fulfillments of biblical prophecies in the latter days. Many Christians believe firmly that their denomination’s or religious teacher’s prophetic expectations “have to be” fulfilled before Jesus Christ can return at all. Because they put the teachings of a denomination or a religious teacher ahead of the Bible, they will not see the actual fulfillments of prophecy because they were looking in the wrong direction for them to be fulfilled or God did not fulfill them in the way that they assumed God would “have to” fulfill them. God is not bound by the expectations of mere mortals in how he fulfills biblical prophecies.

This was a wide-ranging post, but I hope it has stimulated your thinking about current world events and how biblical prophecies may be fulfilled.

  1. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/169138-apparently-pope-tougher-isis-americas-commander-chief/
  2. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/18/pope-francis-isis-and-the-last-crusade.html
  3. https://www.google.com/#q=Pope+calls+for+military+action+vs.+ISIL%2FISIS

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US Army Successfully Tests New Laser Air-Defense Weapon

September 8th, 2014

The US army may soon have a laser weapon that will perform the same function as the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system. This state-of-the-art laser air defense system, developed by Boeing, successfully acquired and “engaged” (does that mean “destroyed?”) 150 aerial targets including mortars, UAVs and perhaps other unspecified targets. The test was done under adverse weather conditions to ensure that the air defense system has an all-weather capacity.

The Israelis, as many know, have the Iron Dome air defense system which uses kinetic interceptors to destroy incoming aerial rockets, missiles, mortars, etc. The Iron Dome system was used very successfully in the recent war that was fought between Israel and Hamas. The advantage of the Iron Dome system is that it is already deployed and can be used now. It is not clear how long it will take to deploy and mass-produce the USA’s new laser air defense system, which will never run out of kinetic “ammo.” The link also reports that the air defense system was used under “maritime conditions.” That means in conditions found at sea. That phrase indicates to me that this laser-defense system is also being developed for use on US naval ships in real maritime, air-defense situations in the future. The link includes a photo of the laser air-defense system test-bed vehicle. Mounted on an armored vehicle, the laser-defense system will be very mobile on a battlefield.

I have an interest in the development of the new weaponry that will be used in the final Gog-Magog World War III that is prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 to occur at the very end of the latter days before the return of Jesus Christ. I see the Ezekiel 38-39 prophetic account as depicting the same latter-day world war that is described in Revelation 16:12-21. Both accounts describe a global war at the end of the latter days, Divine intervention and the parallel phrase “It is done” in Ezekiel 39:8 and Revelation 16:17. The similarities between the Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 16 prophetic accounts are included in my article, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III. Revelation 13:1-4 contains a prophecy about the unveiling of the final “beast” system that will reign for 42 months at the end of this age before being obliterated by Jesus Christ’s heavenly army (Revelation 19:11-20:4). Revelation 13:4 includes the fact that the world will marvel at the beast system when it is initially unveiled and will say to themselves: “Who is able to make war with him?” To me, this indicates that the beast system will awe and intimidate the world by unveiling a variety of new weapons technologies that are fully operational and vastly superior to regular armaments.

Let’s answer the question in Revelation 13:4 which asks “Who is able to make war with him? [the beast leader and his system]. The Two Witnesses, prophesied to oppose the beast system for 3 and 1/2 years (about 42 months) will have Divinely-delegated power which will be vastly superior to any weaponry the beast will wield, and Revelation 11:5-6 prophesy that anyone who attacks the Two Witnesses will die. No human weaponry will succeed in harming them…until the end of their prophesied ministry at which time the Two Witnesses will be slain by the beast system but will be resurrected 3 and 1/2 days later (Revelation 11:7-14). Also, the beast’s high-tech weaponry will be entirely useless against the Divinely-led angelic army that will accompany Jesus Christ to the earth when he returns. To learn more about the Two Witnesses (they are described elsewhere in the Bible besides the book of Revelation), please read my article, The Two Witnesses.

My thanks to a reader who alerted me to this link.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2014-09-04-Boeing-Laser-Demonstrator-Destroys-Targets-through-Wind-and-Fog


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How Many 1000s of Chemicals/Additives Are in Your Food?

September 6th, 2014

How many food chemicals and additives do you think are being put into the American food supply? A few hundred? Even more? The correct answer is “way more.” This link reports that “thousands of chemicals” are being put into Americans’ food supplies and the food manufacturers want to assure us that all of them are safe. Amazingly, an estimate by the Pew Charitable Trust “estimates that about 10,000 additives are allowed in foods.” 10,000? Wow!

But surely, you might be thinking, the FDA has rigorously tested all of them to make sure they are safe, right? Wrong! The link reveals that the chemicals inserted into the US food supply are generally not tested at all by the FDA! The link reports that there is a system called GRAS (Generally Accepted as Safe) which allows the food manufacturers (and obviously the chemical companies that are producing all those chemicals and additives) to “bypass approval by the FDA.” The GRAS system is a system whereby the food industry uses “existing science and their own research (emphasis added) to assure the FDA that every thing is fine with those thousands of all kinds of additives being added to the US food supply. I’m sure every industry group would like to certify to the government that it has decided for itself that its products are safe so the government would also give them a “pass” on any inspection as well for their products. In other words, the food industry uses “its own research” to tell the government that everything is OK so they can bypass the FDA and put thousands of chemicals/additives of all sorts into food products without the FDA inspecting anything!

Does that sound OK to you? It doesn’t to me. I was very surprised to learn in this link that vast numbers of chemicals and food additives are being put into our food supply without any government testing at all.

One expert is cited as saying the lack of meaningful government inspection and certification of chemicals and food additives introduced into the US food supply “shows the ‘dysfunction’ of a system in which the FDA lacks safety data on all the ingredients in the nation’s food supply.” The link reports the FDA is under pressure to revise this GRAS system which “gives too much freedom to the food manufacturers.” I think that point is obvious.

Please read the link to learn just how little government inspection exists regarding the chemicals and additives put in your food. I’d like all of the chemicals and additives put into my food to be safety-inspected and certified by an independent government agency before it gets put into my food. I’ll bet most readers would have the same preference.

This article begs another question: How hard would it be for terrorists to gain employment in the US food industry and smuggle harmful or lethal chemicals into food manufacturing plants and then place those poisons into the food supply without anyone noticing? Do all food industry and chemical industry workers get a daily inspection before they enter their places of employment to make sure they don’t have a vial of botulism, cyanide or something else that they could easily pull out of their pocket later and pour into massive food preparation vats or into those un-inspected reservoirs of food chemicals and additives that will be added to food assembly lines? The US food supply is surprisingly unregulated and un-inspected in terms of the chemicals and additives placed in our foods. This seems to me to be a huge hole in our national security. A terrorist could poison huge masses of people simply by gaining  employment in the food manufacturing industry and then putting poisons in the food when no one is looking. Meanwhile, the US government thinks it is “fighting terrorism” by having millions of people take off their shoes and belts at airports. Sigh.

Hello, Congress? Did you know this was happening?

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/09/01/food-industry-share-data-additives/14920627/


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Could 11 Missing Airliners Be Used by Terrorists as Flying Bombs?

September 2nd, 2014

We have a new and very real threat of a terrorist attack akin to what happened on 9/11 when airplanes struck the Twin Towers in New York. The two links [1, 2] discuss the fact that 11 or 12 airliners and smaller airplanes that were at Libyan airports have apparently been stolen by terrorist groups since the Libyan nation disintegrated after the overthrow of Libyan strongman, Mohamar Khaddafy. As the first link notes, these airplanes could be turned into flying bombs simply by loading them with fuel and aiming them at a target. The threat is being taken seriously by North African nations, many of which have banned flights into or from Libya. The link lists the types of airplanes which are missing and the list includes several airbuses which have long-range flying ranges. These airbuses could easily reach European targets so the threat of a terrorist repeat of the 9/11 attacks affects many nations. Israel is in easy flying distance of many of these planes so I’m sure the Israelis are watching carefully for any of them to appear on their radar screens as terrorist flying bombs heading toward Israeli targets.

The first link observes that it was President Obama who was significantly responsible for the overthrow of Khadaffy. Why Obama did this and gave aid and comfort to the Islamic Jihadis is beyond me. Khadaffy was no threat to the West, had given up his nuclear program and was cooperating with western nations in suppressing Al Queda when Obama and NATO overthrew him. Given that there was no apparent reason for Obama and the West to overthrow Khadaffy, if stolen Libyan airliners are used by terrorists as flying bombs, a substantial amount of the blame will be on Obama as there would be no missing Libyan airliners if Obama (and NATO) had not bombed the Libyan government and overthrown Khadaffy. The first link also notes the possibility that Egypt may intervene militarily inside Libya to defeat the Islamic Jihadist groups that have now even seized control of Libya’s capital.

I do have a question. Since the collapse of Libya was a very public event and was surely being watched from space-based reconnaissance satellites and surveillance drones, how could so many large aircraft “disappear?” Didn’t anyone in any western intelligence agency remember the 9/11 attacks and realize that there was a need to carefully track all Libyan aircraft due to the likelihood they would be seized by terrorists? The fact that all of them mysteriously managed to go missing without any western intelligence agency noticing where they went raises the possibility of a “false flag” terrorist attack at some point in the future. The western intelligence agencies have apparently all lost the ability to keep track of the world’s aircraft and especially the passenger airliners. They ‘”lost” the missing Malaysian airliner that evaded all intelligence agencies’ radars and satellites as it mysteriously vanished in the southern Indian Ocean in the region of the giant American airbase at Diego Garcia. I wonder where the missing 11 Libyan aircraft are currently located. They could be anywhere. Intelligence agencies from any number of nations may have seized them and had their own pilots fly them to hidden hangars at unnamed airports. A nation-state backing terrorists could have done the same. I find it hard to believe that the defense-conscious Israelis and the Egyptians would have no clue concerning how so large a number of Libyan aircraft simply vanished. Libya isn’t that far from Israel and is next door to Egypt. Libya is just south of the NATO nations of Italy and Greece and within easy range of radars on Malta and Crete. Did all of these nations shut off their radars so none of them would “know” where these missing airliners and airplanes went? It seems everyone in the region agreed to look the other way and allow these Libyan airliners and aircraft to go “missing.”

Unless all these missing Libyan aircraft are still in Libyan hangars at Libyan airports, something seems “fishy” here. But that possibility begs another question: If they are all still at Libyan airports, how could western intelligence agencies all be unaware of that fact? If these Libyan planes are all still at Libyan airports, then they are not “missing.”

It seems the western intelligence agencies can easily monitor all your cell phone calls and your computer activities, but they can’t keep track of large aircraft that are obvious terrorist weapons if they are seized by terrorist groups. Does this make sense to you?

This danger has just been revealed to the world. We’ll have to wait to see if these “missing” airplanes are “found” somewhere at new locations. If all 11 airplanes were used on the same day as terrorist flying bombs to hit major targets in European cities, it could make 9/11 look like a warm-up act. I suggest the Europeans and others in the region keep their radars on and their warplanes ready to shoot down any airplane not on an authorized flight-plan. A warplane could also inspect a plane in the air to see if it was one of the models of aircraft that went “missing.” There is the obvious possibility that these airplanes have been re-painted with new markings and logos. Maybe the terrorists didn’t get these Libyan airplanes. It was the USA and NATO which pulverized Libya and caused the nation to disintegrate. Maybe the CIA or some other western intelligence agency wanted a new batch of airplanes for a new clandestine airline company to conduct secretive missions, and seized them during the chaos. One could put a lot of covert people and cargo on a group of repainted and re-branded airbuses. Something is odd here. If terrorists seized all these airplanes, it means that (A) terrorist Jihadis have a group of highly-skilled airline pilots at their beck and call to fly airliners to new locations on short notice, or (B) the NATO and other Mediterranean nations have radar and satellite controllers who were criminally negligent in letting so many large aircraft go “missing” and unnoticed as they flew to new locations while being easily in range of many radar facilities.

What do you think is the truth about all these “missing” airliners and airplanes?

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/02/report-missing-libyan-jetliners-raise-fears-suicide-airliner-attacks-on-11/
  2. http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/09/11-jetliners-missing-after-islamist-takeover-of-airport/

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Strange Alliances Forming in Mideast Re: ISIL/ISIS

September 2nd, 2014

As the Mideast becomes ever more dangerous and confusing, some strange new alliances are being formed. It is my view that this is happening because the USA is not acting decisively any longer in the region and is becoming less engaged and more unpredictable under the Obama administration. I believe that the role of Obama and the USA in destabilizing Egypt and Libya has made the USA an unreliable ally in the eyes of all the nations in the region.

Consider the information in these links (most of them from a single news source). The first link reports that Iran is periodically sending thousands of soldiers, tanks, etc. into northern Iraqi territory to send a warning message to the ISIL/ISIS terrorist army. It is not clear if the Iranians have engaged the terrorist army yet, but their motivation is obvious. The terrorist ISIL/ISIS army is a brutally extremist Sunni force and it is threatening the central Iraqi government, which is Shiite like Iran. The Iranian army is a de facto ally of both the Kurds and the Iraqi central government against ISIL/ISIS.

Germany has announced that it will send a few armored vehicles, much-needed anti-tank weapons and other weaponry to the Kurds by the end of September (second link). That help for the Kurds is apparently still a month away. US air strikes have pushed the ISIL/ISIS army away from the Kurdish homeland and helped the Kurds seize the vital Mosul Dam, but there has still been no strategic action by the Obama administration vs ISIL/ISIS and Obama himself amazingly admitted he has no plan yet vs. ISIL/ISIS. Obama’s indecision and strategic inaction is now reportedly even worse than anyone previously realized. The third link reports that Obama has been warned by US intelligence services for over a year about the danger of an ISIL/ISIS army coming into existence and Obama did nothing until the terrorist army was overrunning much of Syria and Iraq. Obama does seem to be the most helpless and inept president the US has ever had. He seems paralyzed by indecision when decisive action is what is needed. The world needs US leadership and Obama can’t give it.

Indeed, how is the ISIL/ISIS army having such success and how is it being supplied? The fourth link asserts that Turkey is acting as a secret supporter of the ISIL/ISIS army. This is most bizarre as Turkey is a NATO member, but it is aiding the terrorists under the leadership of its currently-Islamist government. That link has some very revealing information. It states much of the ISIL/ISIS army is composed of foreign fighters and that Turkey is supplying many of them. This link also includes an analysis that Turkey and Iran are heading for a confrontation in the Mideast and that this could rearrange alliances in the region. It may even unite the Iranians, Saudis and other nations vs. ISIL/ISIS and Turkey. It even reports that Turkey betrayed the USA by giving intelligence information to the Islamic Caliphate (another name for ISIL/ISIS) so the US raid to rescue captive James Foley would fail. If this report is true, Turkey can no longer be considered to be a US ally.

The final link is related although it deals with the Islamic terrorists that are operating near the Syrian-Israeli border region. Islamist Jihadis have kidnapped UN peacekeepers in that region, but the link reports that Syria and Israel cooperated to rescue some of the UN soldiers. This is also a remarkable development. It indicates that both Syria and Israel would rather be facing each other across that border than have a wild-card Jihadist group in the region that opposes both Syria and Israel. It also demonstrates that UN “peacekeeper” soldiers are “for show” and are actually so weak that they can’t even defend themselves wherever they are placed.

The Mideast is really coming unglued as alliances shift and new developments place old allies at odds and create alliances among old enemies. The eventual outcome of this rearranging of the region’s alliances will ultimately partially fulfill the prophecy in Ezekiel 38:2-6 about which nations are and aren’t going to be in the final Gog-Magog alliance. Iran (“Persia”) is definitely going to be allied with Russia and China, but Egypt, the Ishmaelites (the Arab nations), and Edom (Turkey) are not mentioned as eventual allies of Russia and China. Israel and Iran are implacable enemies, and an Iranian-Turkish clash or rivalry would seem to push Israel and Turkey together (as they once were), but the current Turkish leader (Erdogan) is so anti-Israeli and pro-Hamas that Turkey has driven Israel away as an ally.

As one of the links observes, The Mideast seems destined for a wild ride as the future unfolds.

  1. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/26/kurds-say-iran-sent-combat-units-tanks-northern-iraq/
  2. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/09/01/germany-send-armored-vehicles-8000-assault-rifles-kurdish-peshmerga/
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/02/source-obama-given-detailed-intelligence-about-rise-isis-for-year/
  4. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/26/turkeys-critical-role-rise-latest-islamic-caliphate-whats-coming-next/
  5. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/09/01/israel-syria-provided-support-fire-un-observers-rescued-golan-heights/

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ISIL/ISIS Threat Grows: Are You Ready for an Emergency?

August 30th, 2014

There has been a flurry of reports and warnings that a terrorist attack may be imminent in the UK, the USA or somewhere else. These terrorist warnings are particularly apropos in light of the threats from the ISIL/Islamic State terrorists holding much of eastern Syria and Northern Iraq that they will attack in other nations. The first link cites a recent ISIL/ISIS threat that they will drown the US in blood. That sounds like a pretty clear threatening statement to me. The second link shows the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US apparently “didn’t get the memo” about that warning as they think ISIL/ISIS isn’t a threat yet.

The British government is taking the ISIL/ISIS terrorist danger seriously as the British government has just raised its terrorist threat level to the “severe” level, one step from the highest threat awareness level available. The state of Texas is aware of the danger of terrorism as the third link documents. The governor of Texas and a US Congressman have warned about a heightened level of terrorist threat, but the US and Mexican governments, unlike the British government, are downgrading the threat. Perhaps they just don’t want people to get worried, but if they really know the threat of terrorism has risen, the US government will be heavily blamed if such an attack occurs while they were warning there was no danger. The fourth link reports the Saudis are taking the threat of ISIL/ISIS (also known as “The Islamic State”) seriously and have readied 30,000 troops to defend the Kingdom vs. ISIL/ISIS if they try to attack Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. They have arrested 62 members of a possible terrorist cell and are looking for 44 more.

It is remarkable that the US government seems to be the last to “get the message” that ISIL/ISIS terrorist attacks could occur in many possible nations. Since US warplanes are attacking ISIL/ISIS forces on the ground in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and helped the Kurds take back the vital Mosul dam from ISIL/ISIS, it would seem the US government would realize that the USA would likely be a prime target of any ISIL/ISIS terrorist efforts. The fifth link is particularly illustrative of the incoherence and seeming cluelessness of the Obama administration re: the dangers of possible ISIL/ISIS terrorist attacks as Obama admits flatly “We don’t have a strategy yet” in dealing with the ISIL/ISIS threat. Cynics might add how many months will it take for them to wake up and smell the coffee here? Let’s get this straight. The US is bombing ISIL/ISIS targets in northern Iraq and Obama still has no overall strategy yet? The Obama administration sure seems unready for “prime time” performance in vital national defense/foreign policy issues.

It has just been released that a terrorist laptop with troves of information on it was seized. A Fox News story on the cable-TV channel offered more detailed information about how dangerous ISIL/ISIS’s plans are, but the sixth link confirms it includes weaponizing the bubonic plague and even using grenades to hurl biological weapons into crowds.

Amazingly, the seventh link reports that the FBI didn’t even mention the threat of Islamic terrorism in preparing a domestic threat assessment report. They seem to share the politically-correct, head-in-the-sand perspective reportedly held by the US joint chiefs of staff. I watched part of a presentation by a US Rear Admiral on CNN today and I was very unimpressed with him as a military spokesman. He actually giggled nervously at times in his responses. Giggled! One reporter pressed him hard about why the Pentagon was taking so long to come up with strategies about taking on ISIL/ISIS more seriously. After watching this dismal performance by a US Rear Admiral, I can only say he will hardly inspire any fear in the hearts of any US enemies. Doesn’t the Pentagon have any real warrior generals left? The retired generals being interviewed on cable-TV channels seem to be bristling with disgust at the ineptitude of the current crop of Pentagon decision-makers and spokesmen. Where are the tough US military leaders like Schwarzkopf, Petraeus, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Patton?  If General Patton could have been resurrected today and have seen the weak performance of the US Pentagon spokesman today in light of the vicious ISIL/ISIS threat, I think Patton would have slapped him (those who understand history will get my drift here).

Interestingly, Isaiah 3:1-4 prophesies that when a nation departs from God and forsakes his laws, that God will take away “mighty men and the man of war” from such a nation and that they will have childish leaders. I leave it to your judgment whether this has happened to modern day America. Please read my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, to see why this prophecy would apply to the USA, a modern “covenant” nation in God’s eyes.

I have no idea whether or when a major Islamic Jihadi terrorist attack will take place against American, British or some other nation’s people or interests. Certainly, its best to be on the safe side in the event such a thing happens. The eighth link and ninth link are from the FEMA website of the US government. They explain the need for Americans to have a supply of emergency items on hand in case of a national or local disaster or emergency. Such a disaster could be weather-related, financial markets-related or terrorist-related. FEMA offers a list of items that Americans should stock up on to be prepared “just in case.” The FEMA recommendation is for everyone to be able to be self-sufficient for 72 hours, but anyone who watched the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina fiasco knows that a 72-hour supply of essentials is woefully short. I’d suggest a supply of weeks instead of 72 hours. To review what I think is a balanced biblical approach to preparing for an emergency, I urge that you read my article, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times?

  1. http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/coming-to-america-isis-threatens-to-drown-us-all-in-our-blood-5871126081175552
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/25/joint-chiefs-chairman-says-isis-not-direct-threat-to-west-wont-recommend-syria/
  3. http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/alarms-sound-over-imminent-attacks-on-u-s/
  4. http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/saudis-regroup-amid-islamic-state-threat/
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/28/obama-isil-situation-room-meeting/14741057/
  6. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/29/laptop-reportedly-seized-from-isis-hideout-hints-at-biological-weapons/
  7. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/29/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/
  8. http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
  9. http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

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Obama Blocks Arms Shipments to Israelis

August 27th, 2014

President Obama recently took one of the most anti-Israeli actions ever taken by a US president. With other major stories dominating US news coverage, this important item got overlooked, but I wanted readers of this blog to know about it.

Obama arbitrarily “ordered” the state and defense departments to “suspend any Israeli request for weapons or other military supplies” (see first link). His action contradicts the clear will of the US Congress which has routinely approved such arms shipments to Israel and it runs very opposite to US public opinion which has always supported the Israelis in their actions against Hamas, which the US has labeled a terrorist entity. Obama’s executive action was so sweeping and presumptuous that he “issued a directive that any Israeli request, regardless of size, would require his approval.” Taken at face value, it means the Israelis can’t receive a single bullet from the USA without the approval of Obama himself. The second link adds more information on this story and examines the growing tensions between the US and Israel. It also mentions the British government is taking a more anti-Israel position in sending weapons to the Israelis.

My first reaction is that Obama is acting as if he is a king instead of president who must implement the actions of the US Congress as the Constitution sets forth. My second reaction is that since this action only helps Hamas and those who wish to attack or eliminate Israel as a Jewish nation, has Obama tipped his hand that he is secretly pro-Hamas? Can you think of any other explanation? Obama’s action reverses the entire foreign policy history of the USA on Mideast politics. Obama’s action gives great aid and comfort to Hamas. Obama’s very hostile action against a long-standing US ally must leave all US allies around the world in severe doubt of whether the USA can ever again be trusted by any ally as long as Obama is president. In a recent TV round-table discussion on foreign policy on cable-TV, I heard respected commentator Charles Krauthammer state the USA is becoming “irrelevant” in foreign policy matters under Obama’s weak and indecisive actions. That discussion focused on the Mideast, but it could be applied worldwide.

Another consequence of Obama’s bizarre action is that the Israelis will have to accelerate their efforts to find new trustworthy weapons suppliers. Some immediate candidates come to mind. Since Germany has supplied Israel with state-of-the-art Dolphin submarines for the Israeli navy, Germany is a likely candidate to be a new weapons supplier to Israel. Another option is the possibility that Israel will pursue more joint weapons-development programs with India. A third and obvious consequence is that the Israelis will build a greater domestic weapons production base. Israel can already make tanks, warplane supplies, drones and many other types of weapons. It would boost the Israeli domestic economy to employ more Israelis in good-paying weapons production factories instead of being dependent on a now unreliable US defense industry for vital weaponry.

The biggest loser in Obama’s action is the reputation of Obama himself. Whatever credibility he had left on the world scene has surely evaporated as he acts in an increasingly strange and confusing manner in his decisions. Another huge loser is the entire US weapons-production industry which could permanently lose a lot of business in future years if Obama’s bizarre action is allowed to stand. How can any foreign purchaser of US weaponry rely on receiving their ordered weaponry if a president can arbitrarily cancel any foreign weapons contract when the whim strikes him? The US Congress, whenever it returns from its latest vacation, should countermand Obama’s action by passing a Congressional law undoing Obama’s anti-Israeli action.

There is a growing possibility that the Republicans will take the US Senate in the fall congressional elections (third link). If that happens, it is possible the US House (if it stays GOP-controlled as predicted) could impeach Obama, the Senate could approve his impeachment and that would make Vice-President Biden the new US president. I’m no fan of Biden, but at least I regard him as rational. He would be an improvement over the loose cannon now sitting in the White House oval office. Obama’s anti-Israeli (and anti-Jewish) action can only hurt Democrats in the fall election. Most Jews typically vote Democratic and Jewish donors traditionally fund Democrat candidates. Obama’s very anti-Israeli (and, consequently, anti-Jewish) action which helps Hamas can only alienate Jewish voters (and all US voters who support the Israelis) from Democrat candidates. Why should Jews vote for or fund the Democratic Party’s candidates when its leader is acting in such a strikingly anti-Israeli manner? The USA is in growing danger from Obama’s bizarre decisions and presumptuous executive actions. He is alienating and offending US allies, making the entire world suspicious of him and untrusting of the USA under his leadership.

Biblically, it is clear that the Israelis will not be eliminated as a nation. The Jewish nation will endure and remain as a Jewish nation in the old Promised Land. Zephaniah 2:1-1 and Zechariah 12 and 14 all cite God’s assurances that he will protect the independence and survival of “Judah,” the Israeli Jewish nation, in the latter days. Indeed, Zechariah 12:3 God declares he will protect the Jewish Israeli nation “though all the people of the earth be gathered against it.” That is a powerful guarantee.

  1. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/15/furious-obama-blocked-arms-deliveries-israel-state-dept-approved-july-request/
  2. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/14/Obama-Reportedly-Blocks-Israel-Missile-Shipment
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/26/republicans-gaining-momentum-in-race-for-control-senate/

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The “Black Helicopters”….Caught on Camera!

August 23rd, 2014

For years, the term “black helicopters” has been a phrase associated with the fears of right-wingers about secret governmental plots to use these helicopters to oppress the American people in the future, and the term has also been used by some comedians to mock people who asserted the black helicopters really exist.

Well, we now know the “black helicopters” really do exist. The “black helicopters” conducted an unannounced exercise in the Twin Cities recently, buzzing around and between the skyscrapers of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The local CBS news affiliate, WCCO-TV, aired a story about these exercises and it included video footage of their movements in the Twin Cities. The story included the fact that the US government did not want to say much of anything about the black helicopters and their mission, other than to say that it gives pilots practice in flying night missions in unfamiliar territory. An interview with a local resident showed that the mission did not contribute to any building of trust between the government and the people.

Reports of “black helicopters” being seen in many locations have been extant for years. I think they go back into both the Clinton and Bush presidencies. The government used to deny their existence, but now it is impossible for it do so since they can now be caught on camera almost anywhere in the USA given the ubiquitous presence of high-tech personal phones equipped with video-cam functions. The link even names the airbase where the black helicopters originated. Obviously, there may be more than one base within the USA that hosts black helicopter detachments. The TV story in the link reports only where the black helicopters that buzzed the Twin Cities originated.

What could be the mission of the black helicopters? On one end of the spectrum is the view that the US government is becoming more totalitarian and it is training pilots and armed personnel to impose martial law in parts of the USA in the future. I sure hope that isn’t true. On the other hand, if Hezbollah or Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists activate sleeper cells in the US and attack high-value US infrastructure targets or attack malls where high casualties can be afflicted, the training given to the black helicopter personnel would be invaluable to enable them to respond to any such terrorist attacks. It is also possible that they are training for possible Special Forces missions overseas where they may have to fly by or over unfamiliar terrain and buildings. The US government just disclosed after the cowardly and devilish decapitation of a US reporter by ISIL that there had been an unsuccessful raid by US Special Forces to rescue the American who was later executed in such a brutal fashion. Apparently, that unsuccessful raid took place in a Syrian city, and that kind of insertion of a Special Forces team would have to include flying by and around unfamiliar buildings in a Syrian city. Perhaps their pilots trained for such missions in “black helicopter” training missions in the USA.

I do not claim to know all the reasons for black helicopter missions in the USA. They can and do terrorize American citizens, and they certainly cause more Americans to doubt the intentions of their own government. If they are simply training missions to protect Americans or American interests at home and abroad in any kind of future crisis, the US government should definitely announce the training missions in advance to the local population to allay fears. Given how long these black helicopter-training missions have occurred within the USA, it may be that our American homeland is under a greater terrorist threat than we realize.

Personally, I wish some of those black helicopter units would be tasked to northern Iraq to take out vital equipment and leaders of ISIL and to locate and rescue the hundreds of girls kidnapped in northern Nigeria by the Islamic Jihadi terrorists of Boko Haram. The world has an increasing number of dangerous places. Paul’s prophecy that the latter days would be “perilous times” (II Timothy 3:1) has certainly come true. I hope the black helicopter units training in secretive exercises around the USA are training to protect Americans and American interests. At any rate, anyone who now says the “black helicopters” aren’t real is now known to be an uniformed person. Send them this link if you know any such uninformed people.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/08/19/black-helicopters-over-twin-cities-have-some-asking-questions/


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Pope Calls for Military Action Vs. ISIS: Europe Responds

August 21st, 2014

Although it has received very little media attention in the USA, which is obsessed with other media stories, a remarkable development has occurred in Europe. The first two links [1, 2] document that Pope Francis has surprised many by calling for military action vs. ISIL, which has been killing and torturing Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The Pope has called for an international military action vs. ISIL, which is a remarkable development. It has been a long time since a Pope led the charge for a war effort. Indeed, has this happened at all since the last crusade in Medieval times?

I may surprise some people by saying this, but I applaud the Pope for his action. I wish every Christian leader would have the guts to call ISIL the evil force it is and call for it to be stopped and hurled back with military power. The second link shows one other Christian leader has agreed with the Pope’s call for military force. A Protestant leader, the Anglican Archbishop of Leeds, sounds like he was joining the Pope’s call for action.

Most interestingly, the Pope’s statement has seemed to galvanize the willingness of European governments to coordinate their actions to arm the Kurds so they can hurl back the ISIL Jihadis. The third link and fourth link relate that the governments of Germany, Italy, France and the UK (see also second link re: the UK) are now willing to send heavier weaponry to the Kurds. Given that the ISIL forces captured a number of US tanks from the fleeing Iraqi army troops in Mosul, the Kurds especially need the anti-tank weapons which are, apparently, now on the way. I was watching the TV cable news networks (CNN, Fox News and Al Jazeera America) today and one of them had a text crawler that also confirmed Germany was willing to coordinate its military aid with the UK, France and Italy.  I thought it was noteworthy that the USA was not listed as a nation in that coalition. That may be an oversight or it may be that allied nations have now lost so much trust in the Obama administration re: foreign policy matters that they can’t count on it for anything. While the USA’s airstrikes have blunted the ISIL advance into the Kurdish region and helped the Kurds take back the Mosul dam from ISIL, the ISIL forces have scarcely been attacked anywhere else. Indeed, the US air strikes have been rather underwhelming so far. I haven’t seen any report that they have taken out any high-value targets such as tanks or self-propelled artillery units. I’ve only seen examples of US air strikes attacking low-value targets such as mortar positions and pick-up trucks so far. Even those minor pinprick strikes were enough to galvanize the Kurdish morale to hurl back the ISIL forces. If even minor US air strikes have helped Kurdish morale so much, think what the Kurds could have done if the US had hit ISIL with B-52 or B-1 mass bombing strikes as I called for in my recent post.

As is noted in the third and fourth links, Germany’s willingness to send weaponry to a foreign war theater is the first time it has done so since World War II, a major break with Germany’s post-World War II pacifist record. I also applaud the moves of all the European nations who send military equipment or forces to the Kurds hurl back the ISIL forces even further and save the minorities and refugees who are being murderously attacked and killed by ISIL. The willingness of the Pope to call for military action in the Mideast against Islamic Jihadis and the willingness of European nations to respond to that call is a truly remarkable development. It may or may not have a future prophetic impact, but this is a development which needs to be watched closely.

What I find very disappointing is the comatose response of the Sunni nations of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc. to the barbaric and wicked conduct of ISIL forces as they torture and kill their way across northern Iraq and Syria. Why are these Sunni nations doing nothing? Don’t they grasp the ISIL madmen are giving Sunni Islam a very bad image all over the earth? The last link reports that some influential Islamic clerics are finally denouncing the ISIL madmen. It’s about time some of them did.

The second link introduces the word “crusade” into the narrative of this story. We are a long way from any crusade, but if we were living in the 12th century and a Pope had called for military action against murderous Muslims killing Christians in the Mideast and all of Europe was still devoutly Catholic, we’d likely be witnessing the start of a real crusade.

  1. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/169138-apparently-pope-tougher-isis-americas-commander-chief/
  2. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/18/pope-francis-isis-and-the-last-crusade.html
  3. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/germany-prepared-send-arms-kurds-iraq-25048900
  4. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-20/germany-clears-way-to-arm-kurds-in-post-wwii-reversal.html
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/15/arab-press-blasts-islamic-state-militants-for-tarnishing-muslims/

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