Prophecy Update: “Tipping Point”: Iran
America A Nation Begging For Destruction…2019
Published on Jul 19, 2019
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Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Prophetic Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars
Published on Jul 18, 2019
You will hear the following in this Broadcast: Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars: -A 2,700 MEGATON asteroid might hit Earth this October -Asteroid size of a car spotted by Astronomers -Massive, kilometer-sized asteroid was just found orbiting the Sun -Earth ‘will be whipped’ by solar flares 272 times HOTTER than the Sun -Half Blood’ Lunar Eclipse of 2019 and total solar eclipse
Iran intercepts foreign tanker ‘smuggling illegal oil’ – report
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1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape
Luke 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
THE GREAT “DECEPTION” IS READY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR JESUS CHRIST RETURN
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
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HEALING THROUGH MEDICINES AND HERBAL REMEDIES
QUESTION: This is kind of a 2 part question. (I read one of your articles on healing)
Is it okay to use medicines?
I have a few things that cause me daily discomfort (pain). If I choose to go a more natural route i.e. herbs, is this okay?
I know herbs are mentioned in the bible (specifically, I remember the phrase “bitter herbs” ).
I just don’t want to be taking anything out of context (or misunderstanding proper uses of these things), if it is not alright to use these. Specific helps have been garlic, ginger, red peppers (chiles), kava (occasional low dose root extract capsule), grape seed oil and (vitamin c and d, though not herbs) (frequency of each not in the order given).
I have put a fair bit of effort into finding things that help, so I don’t have to rely on prescription stuff. However, I would be unhappy if my experimentation in these areas is not a good idea.
ANSWER: Since God can choose to heal in many ways including modern medicine, I see no problem with taking medicine. And as far as herbs are concerned, I’ve believed for years that when sickness came into the Earth because of sin and the Lord cursed the land, He also gave us a sign of His mercy. It was found in the very weeds and thistles that symbolize the curse, for they contain healing properties that cure the illness that man’s sin has caused.
THE PERFECT HEALING
QUESTION: My friend’s very elderly mother lost her husband last year and has now being diagnosed with lymphoma in her face. I mentioned this to my pastor and he led our congregation in prayers for her speedy recovery from this dreadful condition. It was all could do not to leap out of my seat and protest that none of her family wants her to recover. She is 86 years old and worn out with grief from caring for and then losing her lifelong partner. Recovery from this disease will only leave her waiting for another disease to take her, because, after all, no amount of prayer is going to turn the clock back and make her life span indefinite.
Is it wrong to pray for someone to die quickly from a condition, to pray that they don’t have to suffer the horrors of chemotherapy pushed upon them by ‘wellmeaning’ doctors? Are we required always to pray for people to recover from possibly terminal disease even if it means they will be left deformed and crippled? It seems so illogical – almost contrary. Why is it that even really solid Christians still seem to think that dying is the worst thing that can happen to a person, when it seems to me to be the start of REAL life?
Please put me straight before I say something and upset someone!!
ANSWER: The clearest passage on asking for prayer for healing comes from James 5:14-15.
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.”
Other passages tell us that because the Lord went to the cross for us, we can be healed of our sicknesses, but James says that the sick person should initiate the request. I believe it’s the desire of the person asking and their faith to believe that moves the Holy Spirit to work. If your friend’s mother has asked for prayer for herself then the body was right to pray for her. But if she didn’t, then they acted presumptuously.
I agree with you, the perfect and permanent healing for a believer is death. All others are temporary. This was brought home to me in a dramatic way a few years ago when I visited an old and dear friend in the hospital. She had had one illness after another for years and on her behalf I had asked the Lord for healing each time. This time when I asked her what she wanted, she said, “Pray that I’ll go home to be with Jesus.” We prayed together and that night her prayers were answered.
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I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
God is in control, and He told the nations the consequences of dividing the Promised Land and declaring peace and safety on their own terms (Joel 3:1-2; I Thess. 5:3)
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
AS IRAN FORCES SEIZE FOREIGN OIL TANKER, UNITED STATES PREPARING TO DEPLOY 500 TROOPS TO EXPANDING SAUDI ARABIAN AIR BASE IN EVENT OF IRANIAN ATTACK
The United States ‘to deploy 500 troops to expanding Saudi Arabian air base’ to front-up to Iran threat, they will be deployed to a remote base east of the Saudi capital Riyadh. It’s hoped that fifth-generation F-22 stealth jets and other fighters will be flown from the base to strike Iranian targets should war break out, the unnamed officials said. US military chiefs believe the site is well protected from Iranian attack because of its remote desert location. It comes amid feverish tensions between Iran and the West that has seen tense naval standoffs and attacks on oil supply routes.
The United States is preparing to send 500 troops to Saudi Arabia to front up to the growing Iran threat, it was reported last night.
First the United States got involved with growing Iranian aggression, then the UK, sent three warships to the Gulf, and now we see Saudi Arabia also preparing for what more and more is looking like unavoidable conflict with Iran. President Trump has shown great restraint thru far, calling off a strike at the last minute, but his patience with the terror state is wearing thin.
The seizure of a UAE oil tanker by Iran over the weekend has greatly exacerbated the long-festering tensions in the Middle East, which appears to rapidly be coming to a head.
US ‘to deploy 500 troops to expanding Saudi Arabian air base’ to front-up to Iran threat
FROM THE UK SUN: They will be deployed to a remote base east of the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to two US defence officials. The move will fortify the growing Prince Sultan Air Base – which is being heavily built-up with a Patriot missile defence battery and an improved runway, CNN reported.
It’s hoped that fifth-generation F-22 stealth jets and other fighters will be flown from the base to strike Iranian targets should war break out, the unnamed officials said. US military chiefs believe the site is well protected from Iranian attack because of its remote desert location. It comes amid feverish tensions between Iran and the West that has seen tense naval standoffs and attacks on oil supply routes.
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday. The vessel appears to be a United Arab Emirates-based tanker that had disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters over the weekend. The seizure was the latest in a series of dramatic developments as tensions mount between the United States and Iran over the unravelling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. source:
But critics fear closer ties between the Trump administration and the brutal Saudi regime – which is widely considered responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Last night the US House of Representatives voted to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. President Donald Trump has previously promised a veto to overrule Congress and complete the deals – worth more than $8billion (£6.43bn).
The fresh deployment is part of the 1,000 additional troops being sent to the Middle East announced by the US last month. An official announcement is expected next week – although Congress has not yet been official told of the plan, the defence sources said.
Satellite imagery appears to show intensive construction work at the Prince Sultan Air Base in recent weeks. They show an initial deployment of US troops and support personnel to the air base in mid-June, experts claim.
Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project, said they show preparations being made to the site ahead of the troops’ arrival. He said: “A small encampment and construction equipment appeared at the end of a runway by June 27, suggesting that improvements are already underway.
“The encampment to the east of the runway is typical of Air Force engineering squadrons deployed overseas.” The Pentagon has declined to comment on the deployment. READ MORE:
U.S. fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz
The U.S. said Iran could be behind the disappearance of a UAE-based ship that was traveling through the Strait of Hormuz two days ago. Amy Myers Jaffe, senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations, joins CBSN with more.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had detained a “foreign tanker” and its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel in the Gulf.
The tanker was seized on Sunday “south of the (Iranian) island of Larak” in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the force’s Sepahnews website said.
The Guards did not detail the name or provenance of the vessel.
“With a capacity of two million barrels and 12 foreign crew on board, the vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships in farther regions when it was intercepted,” the force said.
The announcement comes two days after Iran said it had come to the aid of a foreign tanker after receiving a distress call—making no mention of the vessel being seized.
“Iranian forces approached it and using a tugboat brought it into Iranian waters for necessary repairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
TankerTrackers reported that the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, used in the Strait of Hormuz “for fuelling other vessels”, had crossed into Iranian waters on Sunday.
According to the online oil shipment tracking service, at that point the tanker’s automatic identification system stopped sending signals.
The incident comes amid soaring tensions in the Gulf, with US President Donald Trump calling off air strikes against Iran at the last minute after Tehran downed an American drone.
Washington has blamed Tehran for a series of tanker attacks in recent months off the United Arab Emirates coast, charges Iran denies.
US deploys 500 troops plus Patriots at Saudi airbase facing Iraq border
Bracing for the revival of Iran’s attacks on Gulf oil allies, the Trump administration has begun deploying troop reinforcements to Saudi Arabia.
The first 500 troops of the 1,000 announced by the Pentagon arrived this week at the Prince Sultan Air Base east of the capital, US media reported on Thursday, July 18, along with several Patriot anti-air anti-missile batteries.
They landed the day after the pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi insurgents claimed another drone attack on the southern Saudi Jizan regional airport. Intelligence reaching Washington reveals that pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militias are about to expand their participation in Tehran’s reprisals for US sanctions by mounting explosive drone attacks on Saudi Arabia or even missiles from across the Iraq border.
In London, the Royal Navy announced the dispatch of a third warship to the Gulf region as escorts for oil tankers. The HMS Kent guided missile frigate will follow the HNK Duncan which is on its way there.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that the positioning of the new US troop reinforcements opposite the Saudi border with Iraq is in preparation for Tehran to make Iraq its main launching pad for the coming spate of proxy attacks on American targets and US allies in the region. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was recently reported to be considering shuttering the US embassy in Baghdad and evacuating American diplomats from the country.
Our sources add that the next targets of Iran’s anti-American ire may include Israel and those attacks may also come from Iraq.
If you connected all the dots to the various United Nations (U.N.) Agendas, would you create a map of mass regionalization and an eventual Totalitarian State?
Agenda 21: Global Regional Plans Implemented Locally
According to the author of Behind the Green Mask, Rosa Koire says that “U.N. Agenda 21 is an agenda for the 21st century. It is an inventory and control plan; inventory of all land, water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all food, all energy, all information, and all human beings in the world.” It’s about moving populations into concentrated city centers and clearing them out of rural areas under “Smart Growth.” Under the guise of “Sustainability,” Agenda 21 is the hijacking of the environmental movement.
Agenda 21 is top-down hierarchy, moving away from current government structure based on elected positions in Federal-State-County-City, to a global-regional-neighborhood structure without elections. Currently hundreds of millions of federal dollars are going to cities to create regional plans to give over control of land, and land use, to corporations. For instance, the federal government gave the Telecom Industry new powers to sidestep over the public right-of-way for the roll out of 5G technology by removing regulatory barriers that might prevent infrastructure.
In an order last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), If Verizon wants to build a 5G network in a city, the local government is limited in how much it can charge in application fees, and is pushed to approve permits quickly.These rules also mean cities are limited in how they can respond to residents who are upset about equipment going up near them. Many local leaders have spoken out against the FCC’s rules, dozens of whom have banded together to file a lawsuit to overturn it, which has advanced to the Tenth Circuit.
U.N. Sustainable Development Agenda seek to redistribute wealth away from the middle class to lower the standard of living and, at the same time, reduce the population. The 17 sustainable development goals include goal #2: End hunger through the control of all food production. See my article on how the U.N. seeks to feed the world with crickets.
Sustainability is fomented through crisis, artificial scarcity, and forced conservation known as rationing. It is the excuse to partner science with religion to combat Climate Change, as the Pope described in his June 2015 encyclical. Climate Change legislation in California is tied directly to international influences of U.N. Agendas 21 and 2030 for Sustainable Development. Yet, impacts from the government’s cloud seeding and geo-engineering programs continue unabated. Smart Cities will design growth patterns, redesign cities, and herd people into stackable housing through behavior modification, zoning and land use controls, and tax on toll roads.
The U.N. Agendas pave the way for a seamless transition from the individual to the group mindset as part of the A.I. Agenda. There will be no need for voting since there is no need for the individual voter. A Totalitarian, Transhumanist, state is being developed worldwide under a few select corporations: a fascist Corpratocracy. Agenda 21 and 2030 represents a world without borders to allow the free movement of workers, goods and services, all while reducing wages. The politically correct name for this movement?
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
Individuality and individual sovereignty. The most important private property is your body. Lost identity falls under the mask of “unity” rhetoric. Unity, under the guise of uniformity and conformity, looks like a genderless society. Genderless means males and females no longer exist. When males and females no longer exist, there is no procreation of the human species. The agenda is depicted as U.N. Goal #5 Gender Equality. The U.N. message is this: Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
The U.N. is implementing “new legal frameworks” to grant “new rights” to groups, to end gender-based discrimination in every country. Government granted rights are merely privileges. What the U.N giveth, it can taketh away. What does the U.N goal look like in reality? The answer is disclosed in the news headlines, which are codes that set the stage for the outcome. The UN counts on you not seeing the Big Picture to connect the dots to the loss of your identity from non-gender, inter-sex birth certificatesto driver’s licenses to tax-subsidized surgeries for those who want to change their gender.
A shallow M5.4 earthquake hit off Oregon coast on July 17, 2019 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), 227km W of Bandon, Oregon.
That is right on the Cascadia Subduction Zone!
Although pretty far from the coast, 9 reports of feeling tremors have been uploaded to the USGS website.
The San Andreas Fault is so famous it’s the star of a movie. But the San Andreas fault’s nearest neighbor, the far more dangerous Cascadia subduction zone has remained obscure, ignored, and denied.
Not only is the next Cascadia earthquake overdue, but the buildings and infrastructures of the cities it will hit along the coastline — including Portland and Seattle — are nowhere near ready for it.
Also known as “the mega-thrust zone,” the Cascadia subduction zone is a 700-mile fault line below the floor of the Pacific Ocean, stretching from Cape Mendocino, Calif., to Vancouver Island, Canada.
The fault line parallels the Cascade Range of volcanic mountains that run about 100 miles inland from the shoreline, starting in Northern California and ending in British Columbia, Canada.
In the Cascadia subduction zone, one tectonic plate — the 90,000-sq.-mile Juan de Fuca — is sliding underneath North America, and the volcanic mountains of the Cascade Range mark the line where the Juan de Fuca plate is heating up and melting everything above it.
This is causing the stuck edge of North America — namely, the Pacific Northwest region — to bulge at a rate of three to four millimeters annually, and to compress eastward at 30 millimeters to 40 millimeters as well.
It has been more than 10 days since southern California was hit by the two largest earthquakes that the state has experienced in decades, and yet the shaking refuses to stop.
In fact, now northern California is joining the party. On Tuesday, San Francisco residents were greatly alarmed when a magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattled buildings all over the region. Thankfully not a lot of damage was done, but it has been a very long time since California has been hit by so many sizable earthquakes over such an extended period of time. According to the USGS, there have been 20 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state of California within the last 24 hours. Of course most of the “experts” are assuring us that all of this seismic activity will soon settle down, but what if they are wrong?
The magnitude 4.3 earthquake that just hit the San Francisco Bay area definitely surprised a lot of the “experts”. According to one local resident, it felt “as if something had slammed against the side of our house”…
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday afternoon, and residents around the region widely reported feeling light shaking.
The quake struck at 1:11 p.m. with a depth of 7.46 miles and an epicenter in the East Bay, about 7.5 miles east of Blackhawk and 17 miles southeast of Concord, according to the United States Geological Survey.
“I felt it,” says Aimee Grove who lives in the East Bay. “But it just felt like a single jolt, as if something had slammed against the side of our house.”
And that quake was followed just four minutes later by an even larger earthquake in southern California…
Four minutes later, a magnitude 4.5 quake hit near Ridgecrest, which, earlier this month, was rattled by a pair of massive temblors, including the most powerful shaker ( a magnitude 7.1) to strike California in 20 years.
And, then, at 1:24 p.m., the Bay Area felt another rumble, this time a magnitude 3.2, again centered near Blackhawk, an unincorporated community east of Oakland. It was originally reported as a magnitude 3.5.
The entire west coast of the United States sits along the Ring of Fire, and we have seen very unusual seismic activity all along the Ring of Fire in recent weeks. A recent article posted by the Big Wobble cited a few of the examples that we have seen over the past few days…
A magnitude 6.4 (reduced to a 6.2) – 25km N of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea is the 5th major quake to strike the planet in the last 4 days.
The quake struck 26 km (14 miles) north of Kandrian, in New Britain, at a depth of 33 km.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
Nearby Indonesia’s Moluccas islands were hit by scores of aftershocks on Monday after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least two people, prompting hundreds of people to flee their homes on Sunday.
World Health Organization declares global emergency A declaration of a global health emergency often brings greater international attention, along with concerns that nervous governments might overreact with border closures. Risk of regional spread remains high »
The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people .
A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, even though other experts say it has long met the required conditions. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.
A declaration of a global health emergency often brings greater international attention and aid, along with concerns that nervous governments might overreact with border closures.
The declaration comes days after a single case was confirmed in Goma, a major regional crossroads in northeastern Congo on the Rwandan border, with an international airport. Also, a sick Congolese fish trader traveled to Uganda and back while symptomatic — and later died of Ebola.
While the risk of regional spread remains high, the risk outside the region remains low, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the announcement in Geneva.
The international emergency “should not be used to stigmatize or penalize the very people who are most in need of our help,” he said. Tedros insisted that the declaration was not made to raise more money — even though WHO estimated “hundreds of millions” of dollars would be needed to stop the epidemic.
Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, said she hoped the emergency designation would prompt a radical reset of Ebola response efforts.
“The reality check is that a year into the epidemic, it’s still not under control, and we are not where we should be,” she said. “We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results.”
Liu said vaccination strategies should be broadened and that more efforts should be made to build trust within communities.
The U.S. Agency for International Development applauded the WHO decision and said USAID officials would “continue to scale up life-saving support” to end the outbreak.
This is the fifth such declaration in history. Previous emergencies were declared for the devastating 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, the emergence of Zika in the Americas, the swine flu pandemic and polio.
WHO defines a global emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response. Last month, the outbreak spilled across the border for the first time when a family brought the virus into Uganda after attending the burial in Congo of an infected relative. Even then, the expert committee advised against a declaration.
Alexandra Phelan, a global health expert at Georgetown University Law Center, said Wednesday’s declaration was long overdue.
WHO had been heavily criticized for its sluggish response to the West Africa outbreak, which it repeatedly declined to declare a global emergency until the virus was spreading explosively in three countries and nearly 1,000 people were dead. Internal documents later showed WHO held off partly out of fear a declaration would anger the countries involved and hurt their economies.
The current outbreak is spreading in a turbulent Congo border region where dozens of rebel groups are active and where Ebola had not been experienced before. Efforts to contain the virus have been hurt by mistrust among wary locals that has prompted deadly attacks on health workers. Some infected people have deliberately evaded health authorities.
The pastor who brought Ebola to Goma used several fake names to conceal his identity on his way to the city, Congolese officials said. WHO on Tuesday said the man had died and health workers were scrambling to trace dozens of his contacts, including those who had traveled on the same bus.
Perhaps it is misnomer to call those principalities and powers, both human and otherworldly, “Orwellian.” Certainly, it is unfair to George Orwell, the author of the dystopian novel 1984 to link him in such a way to things taking place in these closing days of the age. He was determined, even while suffering severely debilitating illness, to forewarn of dark, evil forces capable of enslaving mankind.
“Orwellian,” however, is exactly a term that best encapsulates the technologies and their applications assaulting this generation. Citizens of the United States today are almost as closely watched as the people of Orwell’s fictional dictatorships or the people of present-day Britain. One can’t move around while shopping or for other purposes without being caught on cameras that stare down from a number of vantage points.
It is fascinating to watch documentaries featuring policing agencies as they investigate crimes. They use surveillance cameras to study the forensic evidence, putting together increments of time with various locations to retrace criminals engaged in murders or whatever.
I long ago wrote a novel about how such a society would develop, leading up to the Rapture and beyond. While Jacob’s Trouble 666 might have been considered “far out there” when I wrote it way back there, it probably would seem behind the times to today’s readers. The same with the novelistic endeavors of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), and others who have written in the dystopian genre prior to the developments we see all around us today.
As it’s said: Life imitates art. The imagination has turned into reality and has gone far beyond. We are witnessing what most surely will eventuate in the Antichrist system of control being implemented in the not-too-distant future.
Recently, a friend sent me an article he thought was the best he had read on what’s happening with regard to surveillance in these last of the last days. I agree that it is an outstanding piece, covering in depth the many aspects of an Orwellian world in the making. I recommend that you read it.
The writer says, in part, the following:
We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by not only Orwell but also such fiction writers as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell…
What once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.
Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality.
Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage. Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society…
We are increasingly ruled by multi-corporations wedded to the police state.
What many fail to realize is that the government is not operating alone. It cannot. The government requires an accomplice. Thus, the increasingly complex security needs of the massive federal government, especially in the areas of defense, surveillance and data management, have been met within the corporate sector, which has shown itself to be a powerful ally that both depends on and feeds the growth of governmental overreach.
In fact, Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother, and we are now ruled by the Corporate Elite whose tentacles have spread worldwide. (“The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction,” John W. Whitehead, via The Rutherford Institute June 10, 2019 https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_omnipresent_surveillance_state_orwells_1984_is_no_longer_fiction)
We can say “Amen” to Mr. Whitehead’s assessment, having spent the past two and a half years watching deep-state government types try to bring down a president. They have used technology and clandestine shenanigans in their high places to try to pull off a coup d’état because of election results they could not abide.
Their efforts have not abated, nor will they as we progress toward the presidential election of 2020. As pointed out a number of times, we are in the Ephesians 6:12 battle not only for the U.S. presidency and governmental control, but for the very souls of men, women, and children.
The technological march to electronically enslave all of mankind proceeds at a level forewarned by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 12:4). It will all come to culmination in the marks-and-numbering system of Revelation 13:16-18.
The Orwellians are waging war indeed! It means we are nearing the midnight hour of human history. The Lord is restraining these who are in an insane rage. They will ultimately pay the price for their rebellion.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalms 2:2-4)
… the European Commission is turning its attention to another American tech giant: Amazon.
The e-commerce giant is facing a formal EU anti-trust probe over its treatment of third-party merchants on its platform, a premise that doesn’t sound all that different from the EU’s investigation into Google’s AdSense advertising business (the EU hit Google with three multi-billion anti-trust fines over the past few years). In addition to the Amazon probe, the EU is also juggling investigations into Facebook, Apple and Twitter over violations of the EU’s new GDPR privacy laws.
According to WSJ, Amazon is suspected of “abusing its dual role as both the provider of a marketplace where independent sellers can offer products and a retailer of products in its own right.” In particular, the probe will explore whether “Amazon is using sensitive data from independent merchants to compete against them.”
The investigation could lead to formal charges, fines and orders to change business practices – but they could also be dropped, WSJ says.
Though, if the past is any guide, the latter option is unlikely. Also, the timing of this announcement is interesting, coming one day after Congressional hearings where lawmakers from both parties attacked Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market dominance. That hearing comes just weeks after the DOJ and FTC divvied up oversight of the big tech companies in preparation for what’s expected to be a major anti-trust push.
It used to be that the Europeans were leading the anti-trust charge against the tech giants because, well, they’re all American companies, and there would be no political risks to fining American companies.
Now, breaking up Amazon and the other tech giants might be the only issue that Elizabeth Warren and President Trump agree on. Facebook’s ill-timed push into finance with its Calibra foundation has only further incensed lawmakers, as evidenced by yesterday’s hearing.
On a related note, Germany’s antitrust regulator on Wednesday said Amazon has agreed to change its terms of service on its marketplace platform for third-party sellers after an unrelated, eight-month probe.
What only months ago looked like a remote possibility – the breakup of the big four tech giants – is looking increasingly probable. And though the FAANG stocks aren’t powering the rally like they once did, it’s still worth considering what kind of impact this could have on the bull market if the floor suddenly falls out from under tech.
EUROPE JOINS U.S. COMPANIES MOVING OUT OF CHINA
Kenneth Rapoza Senior Contributor
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
A Marit Maersk cargo ship sets off from the Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal in China. European manufacturers are following in the footsteps of their American counterparts and sourcing goods elsewhere due to the trade war.
Qilai Shen/© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP
Make no mistake about it, the trade war is absolutely remapping global supply chains … to the detriment of Chinese manufacturing.
The percentage of China-leaving businesses surveyed by quality control and supply chain auditor QIMA was 80% for American companies and 67% for those based in the European Union.
QIMA has more than just anecdotal evidence. Demand for their China-based audits dropped by 13% as mainland manufacturers are either losing their foreign clients faster due to costs associated with tariffs or are relocating part of their manufacturing out of China to avoid those tariffs.
European companies are less affected by the trade war because their countries have not slapped tariffs on Chinese imports. But QIMA thinks they have their own reasons to reduce their dependence on China manufacturing. Most are diversifying throughout southeast Asia and closer to home.
This ongoing diversification of the global supply chain creates ample opportunities for corporate investors and gives rise to new markets in countries like Vietnam, now getting the equivalent of a steroid shot to beef up their own economy.
QIMA’s quarterly barometer reporter was released last week. It combines data from the ground collected through tens of thousands of inspections and audits of more than 150 companies across
Trump’s trade war with China is pulling the rug out from under China’s position as the world’s go-to manufacturing hub.
The trade war has pushed many Chinese and American multinationals over the edge. For years, both sides have been sourcing goods in countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh. This has been particularly true of apparel, which is now as likely to read Made in Vietnam on the clothing tag as it once read Made in China.
Companies were moving as China’s labor costs rose and as the government made strides in catching up to Western-style environmental laws.
That is not the case in smaller southeast Asian nations, though a move there is not necessarily a step back in time to the 1990s, where China was all cheap labor and ignored pollution and labor rights.
In the latest QIMA survey, over 75% of U.S. respondents reported being affected by the tariffs, saying rising costs associated with them is one of the most serious impacts on their business. As a result, they are moving or looking to move faster than they once had planned.
Europe is in the same boat.
Romania? Brazil? Nope … Portugal! Believe it or not, the trade war has richer European multinationals sourcing apparel from Portugal again. Welcome to the 1920s.
Mario Proenca/BLOOMBERG NEWS
EU businesses are less affected by the trade war with China. Only 14% of them said they were decreasing their China sourcing because of tariffs. That makes sense, given that they are not faced with the same tariff situation as their American counterparts. But despite a lower stress level regarding tariffs, the threat of tariffs coupled with the fact that their competitors are sourcing elsewhere means European corporations are revisiting their mature supply chains. Some of them are moving on from China.
Most are sourcing goods in South Asia, which saw a 34% annualized increase in inspection and audit demand in the first half of the year, meaning there are more factories there than there were a year ago.
Some European companies are also bringing their supply chains closer to home.
Turkey and some African countries recorded growth above 40% in inspection and audit demand. QIMA noted that EU textile and apparel makers have increased their sourcing from Romania and Portugal this year.
But leaving China is not easy.
Besides the fact that companies here have spent more than 20 years getting to know their Chinese partners, Chinese companies have vastly improved their manufacturing quality. The $10 beach chairs found at surf shops at beach tourist towns in the U.S. are still made in China, but so are the $80 ones. And the $80 ones are not getting made in Pakistan. Some countries don’t have the tech or the skill sets to replace China’s move up the value chain.
Vietnam consistently shows up as a new hot spot for manufacturers leaving China or as a new source for goods to be exported to the U.S.
Brent Lewin/© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP
Product quality in South Asia has even deteriorated since the start of 2019, with inspection failure rates over 33% and 37% in India and Pakistan, respectively, QIMA analysts wrote.
Meanwhile, in Cambodia, over 40% of all goods inspected in the second quarter of this year were unacceptable.
Local suppliers are struggling to keep up with the increased demand without the time or resources necessary to establish proper quality management processes or train new workers to make new widgets, or larger quantities of widgets, once made in China.
For the EU market, countries closer to home may be better positioned to try their luck at becoming a mini-China for European companies.
Turkey has handled the increased production pace better that most. Following a brief spike in quality issues late last year, local suppliers have succeeded at pushing the inspection failure rate below 25% this year.
Made-in-China quality, meanwhile, is getting better. According to QIMA, China manufacturers showed a 13% improvement in the second quarter of 2019. Still, around 25% of Chinese manufacturers still fail to meet standards in quality inspection reports. That $10 Made in China beach chair from Tsunami’s at Myrtle Beach will probably break after a few sittings.
“I DON’T KNOW HOW I CAN MAINTAIN THIS FACE OF JOY AND WARMTH WHEN I HAVE TO GO HOME AND FORAGE FOR FOOD IN OTHER PEOPLE’S GARBAGE”
Despite all the bragging that the mainstream media is constantly doing about the U.S. economy, the truth is that most Americans are deeply struggling right now. 59 percent of us are living paycheck to paycheck, and nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty. Sadly, most of those that are living in poverty actually come from a home where at least one person is currently employed. Millions upon millions of Americans are working as hard as they can, but it simply is not enough to pull them above the poverty line, and it is a very serious national crisis. Even though employment levels have been relatively stable for the last couple of years, the middle class has continued to disintegrate, and the ranks of the homeless have continued to grow. Every year the cost of living rises faster than wages are growing, and as a result more U.S. families are being booted out of the middle class on a continual basis. Many Americans are working two or three jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet, but often that isn’t even enough. And if things are this bad right now, what will things look like once we get deep into the next recession? (READ MORE…)
ISRAEL WATCH: BIBLE CONFIRMED AGAIN
Jim Fletcher – Jim1fletcher[email protected]
Some years ago, I was walking around east Jerusalem and found myself at the gates of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. The famous name of course belongs to William F. Albright, whose “Bible in one hand, spade in the other” research style strengthened people’s faith in the veracity of the Bible in the last century.
Interestingly, the Institute now is just outside the boundary of the Israeli-Palestinian areas, and is somewhat obscure in every way, since the view that the Bible proves Jewish history is not in favor.
However, the old professor would no doubt be pleased by recent finds in Israel. He always knew that there is plenty of evidence to authenticate biblical narratives. Today it is a political question, since no one wants to “offend” the easily offended Arabs.
But one does wonder what they make of still more discoveries that prove the Bible. Another has come to light.
The Philistine city of Ziklag, where a young David found refuge from the insane Saul, is being unearthed.
According to a report in the Jerusalem Post:
“About 1,000 sq.m. were excavated; the find revealed evidence of Philistine settlement dating to the 11th-12th century BCE. Large stone structures were uncovered, including finds characteristic of Philistine culture. Stone vessels and metal vessels found on site are similar to other finds from this period that were discovered at past excavations in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron and Gat – all ancient Philistine cities.
“Ziklag is mentioned several times in the Bible, most famously in the Book of Samuel, when the young David was granted refuge from King Saul by the Philistine King Achish of Gat. David was awarded Ziklag as a vassal state, under the protection of Achish, and he used it as a base for raids against the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. According to the Book of Samuel, the city was destroyed by the Amalekites and the population was enslaved. After King Saul was killed in battle with the Philistines, David left Ziklag and traveled to Hebron to be anointed king of Israel.
“After a 12-year archaeological study of the entire region, Garfinkel said he believes the finds he discovered at Ziklag and Khirbet Qeiyafa are consistent with scriptural references to the geography of the area.”
The whole country of course is literally littered with such sites, but herein lies a very interesting and/or dismaying element.
The more one “proves” the Bible, or Jewish history therein, the more hatred bubbles to the surface from every area of the globe. In other words, people either don’t care about it or they are hostile to such news. It’s always been this way, but I’d argue the situation has gotten worse.
Even great apologists like Josh McDowell talk about the sea-change in attitudes today. In the past, one could appeal to people based on reason, but now, as McDowell tells us, efforts to witness to people based on evidence is met with rage. Now, the “heathens rage” by saying something like, “Why is your truth better than my truth?”
Objective truth is out the window.
Which is why, I think, archaeological discoveries will continue to decline in popularity in terms of reaching a pagan culture. Sure, some will listen, but be prepared that if you share such news-even in Sunday school!-you’ll be met with derision and scorn.
Still, those of us who are believers are strengthened by such stories as the discovery of Ziklag. There, the pages of the Bible come alive and in color for us to flesh-out our faith.
And, even the hostility to such announcements is a fulfillment of New Testament prophecy, which tells us that hearts will grow cold in the last days.