The Final Signs Before The World Ends..March…(2019)
Published on Mar 21, 2019
Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies. Everything is unfolding just as the bible foretold. Wars, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Extreme Weather, Christian Persecution, Violence and more!
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 rumors 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.
Amir Tsarfati Special Middle East Update: Trump Recognizes Golan Heights
Published on Mar 21, 2019
Amir discusses the breaking news that in a historic move, President Trump has recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli Territory.
The Last Stand
Published on Mar 21, 2019
The Last Stand Holy Spirit filled Christians are the most powerful people on earth Only those living righteous can be persecuted for righteousness sake Praise, when persecuted, is an anthem to God’s goodness and glory We have every right to exercise our rights There are times it is right to not to exercise our rights We have a higher calling that cannot be restricted by any human law or ordinance
LATEST WORLD NEWS – ARTICLES FRIDAY MARCH 22nd 2018
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
PUT YOUR TRUST AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST (OUR SAVIOUR):
(Romans 12:2) to seek God’s will, the Lord says, “Do not worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”
THIS IS THE END RESULT OF A CHRISTIANS PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
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:
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST IN REVELATION CH 6 -22:
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
IS BAPTISM REQUIRED FOR HEAVEN?
QUESTION: I have a question I hope you can help me with. My wife was Christian all her life and accepted Jesus as her savior a few years ago. It changed her life. She asked her pastor to baptize her but every time something happened. They use a lake because they don’t have a place in the church so bad whether stopped it one time and sickness another time.
Anyhow it never got done she was killed in a car accident 4 months ago. She was only 35 and this has been eating at me ever since. Would God keep her out of heaven because she was never baptized?
I was born and raised Catholic but since the accident, I have read the Bible and done a lot of research. I don’t consider my self a Catholic anymore. Do I need to be baptized?
ANSWER: Baptism is the public confirmation of a private decision to allow the Lord’s death to pay the penalty for our sins. Contrary to some views, baptism is not required for salvation but can be an important step in building your faith. Most believers feel led to be baptized after they’re born again, but the only requirement for salvation is belief in the Lord as our Savior. Lack of a baptism did not prevent your wife from entering into the presence of the Lord, especially since He knew the motives of her heart and knew she intended to do it. If you feel like the Lord is prompting you to be baptized, I would encourage you to follow up on it, since it can be a moving ceremony and will strengthen you in your faith.
RULING IN THE MILLENNIUM
QUESTION: Are the Christians of today included in the group that will rule with Jesus in the New Jerusalem during the Millennium? It is unclear to me because Rev. 20:4 mentions “beheaded” Christians during the Tribulation period and I’m not sure if when Jesus was speaking to His disciples about them ruling with Him if that includes the Christians of today.
Thank you in advance for your time and any light you are able to shed on this question.
ANSWER: Those who will rule and reign with the Lord during the Millennium are all in the Church and will inhabit the New Jerusalem. We are called Kings and Priests in Rev. 5:10.
Rev. 20: 4 says:
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The ones who were beheaded, referred to in Rev. 20:4, are called Tribulation saints. By placing the word “and” at the beginning of the 2nd sentence in verse 4, John showed that they are not part of the group seated on thrones in the first sentence.
Since John has already mentioned the 24 elders who represent the Church 12 times, I believe the first group in verse 4 to be the disciples. In Matt.19:28 Jesus promised that at the renewal of all things, (The Millennium) the disciples would sit on 12 thrones and judge the 12 tribes of Israel.
Although the Tribulation Saints will reign with the Lord (and us) they are only called priests (Rev. 20:8) not Kings and Priests like the Church. Rev. 7:14-15 says that Tribulation Saints serve God in His Temple. Only the Church is given the privilege of sitting on the Lord’s throne with Him (Ephes. 2:6) co-heirs in His inheritance (Romans 8:17).
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
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
Zech. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
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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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WEBPAGE ADMINISTRATOR: Keep in mind the word “Religion” in the Greek is “Religare” meaning “Bind back” or “yolk” – Christianity is not “bound” We are free in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
The Media Has Turned A Blind Eye To The ‘Terrorists Within Our Midst’ And THEIR PUSH FOR SHARIA LAW In America – MORE THAN 215 MILLION CHRISTIANS ARE VICTIMS OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN THE WORLD TODAY
Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works
WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN SCRIPTURE
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.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
MAJOR WARS ON THE HORIZON
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
THE WAR OF GOG OF MAGOG – A coalition of Nations led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to attack Israel
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, andthe life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
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)
ISLAMOPHOBIA, THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE TRUTH
Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The Washington Post editorial board Tuesday allowed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rail on the West for Islamophobia and acts of aggression against Islam. Let us remember that Erdogan is a strong supporter of Palestinian terrorism against Israel, was publicly condemning ISIS’s brutal terrorism and murders of Christians and Kurds while privately aiding and abetting ISIS, and is one of the world’s most authoritarian suppressors of free speech. By allowing Erdogan to take the West to task for its treatment of Muslims, the Washington Post, at the expense of truth, is lending its editorial weight to one of the most anti-Semitic, anti-freedom, and anti-Christian dictators in modern history Let’s take an inventory.
On July 23, 2017, Erdogan proclaimed that all Muslims should visit the Temple Mount and protect Jerusalem while accusing Israeli Jews of “attempting to take the Mosque from Muslim hands on the pretext of fighting terrorism.” On July 30, 2017, Erdogan organized thousands in Istanbul to protest Israel’s Temple Mount actions and to show solidarity with the “Palestinian” people. At the same time Erdogan provoked “Palestinians” to act against Israel, and worked with Iran in tandem to literally “feed” the riots. In August 2014, Erdogan declared, “They kill women so that they will not give birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they won’t grow up; they kill men so they can’t defend their country …They will drown in the blood they shed.” He compared the Jews to Hitler.
PressTV reported in September 2014 that German state television ARD revealed that ISIS was recruiting volunteers from an office in Istanbul. The office was run by ISIS-affiliated Turks and was helping “ foreign militants cross the Turkish border to join the terrorist group’s militants in Iraq and Syria. The report said that militants were paid up to 400 euros, to join the battles.” World Tribune also reported that political opposition to Erdogan was demanding answers about the ISIS training in Turkey. World Tribune wrote: “Opposition sources said ISIL (ISIS) has continued to operate in Turkey…They said ISIL was recruiting and training its fighters in remote areas of Turkey with the knowledge of the intelligence community.” It was also reported at the time that Turkish ambulances and hospitals were being used to treat ISIS militants wounded in battle.
Meanwhile, Erdogan fails to condemn Boko Haram’s continued terrorism against Christian villages in Western Africa, the most recent Monday night that killed at least four. It has recently attacked Christians in Michika, Madagali, Shuwa, Gulak and Baza, leaving reports of a death toll of some 120. In October 2018 alone, there were 260 Nigerian Christians killed at the hands of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, bringing the total to over 2,300 killed from January to October 2018, and 16,000 Christians killed in the previous three years. Religion of Peace reports 2,124 murders by Islamic terrorists so far in 2019-some 703 killed in the last 30 days. Where are the Washington Post editorials on these? James 1:8 says “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Such is Erdogan and the Washington Post. And therein is the TRUTH.
President Donald Trump Says United States Will Recognise Full Israeli Sovereignty Of The Golan Heights In Explosive Tweet Sent Moments Ago
“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.The announcement came days before Trump was scheduled to meet at the White House with Netanyahu, who has urged top U.S. officials to make the move.
President Trump on Thursday said the U.S. will recognize Israeli control of the disputed Golan Heights territory, delivering a diplomatic win for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a tough reelection race.
If you’re a Democratic Socialist like AOC, Beto O’Rourke, Ilhan Omar or any of the others, Trump just ruined your weekend. But if you’re a bible believer, you are practically leaping around the room for joy right now. Why? Because President Donald Trump continues to do what God placed him in office to do, and that is to stand up for Israel and the Jewish people in the end times. And today, President Trump knocked it out of the park with his announcement that the US will recognize Israeli control of the Golan Heights. This is truly a “wow” moment.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (KJV)
In one fell swoop, Trump reminded his massive base why we voted for him, he instantly solved Netanyahu’s election situation which was threatening to derail him, and most of all, he stood up for the God’s chosen people the Jews, and for God’s holy land of Eretz Yisrael. During the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, Israel will be fully restored to the Abraham’s original land grant as King Jesus rules the world from Jerusalem. Today’s announcement by President Trump is an excellent appetizer on that coming main course.
ISN’T IT EXCITING TO BE WATCHING BIBLE PROPHECY COMING TRUE RIGHT BEFORE OUR VERY EYES?
Trump: Time for U.S. to Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
FROM HAARETZ ISRAEL: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.
The announcement came days before Trump was scheduled to meet at the White House with Netanyahu, who has urged top U.S. officials to make the move.
Donald J. Trump
After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!
2:50 AM – Mar 22, 2019
This comes after the U.S. State Department scraped the word “occupied” last week when referring to the Golan Heights in its annual human rights report for 2018. The change, which now reads “Israeli-controlled territory” which strays from the language used by previous administrations.
At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump! @realDonaldTrump
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the move on Twitter as well, thank you the American president for his statement. A separate section on the West Bank and Gaza Strip also did not refer to those territories as being “occupied” or under “occupation.” READ MORE:
Heedless of the consequences, or perhaps welcoming them, America’s Cold Warriors and their media platforms have recently escalated their rhetoric against Russia, especially in March.
Anyone who has lived through or studied the preceding forty-year Cold War will recognize the ominous echoes of its most dangerous periods, when actual war was on the horizon or a policy option. Here are only a few random but representative examples:
In a March 8 Washington Postopinion article, two American professors, neither with any apparent substantive knowledge of Russia or Cold War history, warned that the Kremlin is trying “to undermine our trust in the institutions that sustain a strong nation and a strong democracy. The media, science, academia and the electoral process are all regular targets.” Decades ago, J. Edgar Hoover, the policeman of that Cold War, said the same, indeed made it an operational doctrine.
Nor is the purported threat to America only. According to(retired) General David Petraeus and sitting Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, also in the Post on the following day, the “world is once again polarized between two competing visions for how to organize society.” For Putin’s Kremlin, “the existence of the United States’ rule-of-law world is intrinsically threatening.” This is an “intensifying worldwide struggle.” So much for those who dismissed post–Soviet Russia as merely a “regional” power, including former President Barack Obama, and for the myopic notion that a new Cold War was not possible.
But the preceding Cold War was driven by an intense ideological conflict between Soviet Communism and Western capitalism. Where is the ideological threat today, considering that post–Soviet Russia is also a capitalist country? In a perhaps unprecedented nearly 10,000-word manifesto from March 14 in the front news pages of (again) the Post, Robert Kagan providedthe answer: “Today, authoritarianism has emerged as the greatest challenge facing the liberal democratic world—a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge.” That is, “authoritarianism” has replaced Soviet Communism in our times, with Russia again in the forefront.
The substance of Kagan’s “authoritarianism” as “an ideological force” is thin, barely enough for a short opinion article, often inconsistent and rarely empirical. It amounts to a batch of “strongman” leaders (prominently Putin, of course), despite their very different kinds of societies, political cultures, states, and histories, and despite their different nationalisms and ruling styles. Still, credit Kagan’s ambition to be the undisputed ideologist of the new American Cold War, though less the Post for taking the voluminous result so seriously.
The forty-year Cold War often flirted with hot war, and that, too, seems to be on the agenda. Words, as Russians say, are also deeds. They have consequences, especially when uttered by people of standing in influential outlets. Again, consider a few examples that might reasonably be considered warmongering:
The journal Foreign Policyfound space for disgraced former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to declare: “It is not a question of whether [Putin] will attack, but where.” (Saakashvili may be the most discredited “democratic” leader of recent times, having brought the West close to war with Russia in 2008 and since having had to flee his own country and then decamp even from US-backed Ukraine.)
NBC News, a reliable source of Cold War frenzy, reported, based on Estonian “intelligence,” an equally persistent source of the same mania, that “Russia is most likely to attack the Baltic States first, but a conflict between Russia and NATO would involve attacks on Western Europe.”
Also in March, in The Economist, another retired general, Ben Hodges, onetime commander of the US army in Europe, echoes that apocalyptic perspective: “This is not just about NATO’s eastern front.” (Readers may wish to note that “eastern front” is the designation given by Nazi Germany to its 1941 invasion of Soviet Russia. Russians certainly remember.)
Plenty of influential American Cold War zealots seem eager to respond to the bugle charge, among them John E. Herbst, a stalwart at the Atlantic Council (NATO’s agitprop “think tank” in Washington), and the Post’s deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl. Both want amply armed US and NATO warships sent to what Russians sometimes call their bordering “lakes,” the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. To do so would likely mean the “war” NBC envisages.
Lest readers think all this is merely the “chattering” of opinion-makers, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once termed it, consider a summary of legislation being prepared by a bipartisan US Senate committee, pointedly titled and with a fearsome acronym, DASKA (the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019). Again, Russia is ritualistically accused of “malign influence” and “aggression” around the world, the quality of the committee’s thinking succinctly expressed by one of the Republican senators: “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the US-led liberal global order.”
There is no evidence for these allegations—Russian policymakers are constantly citing international law, and the US “liberal global order,” if it ever existed, has done a fine job of undoing itself—but with “an outlaw regime,” there can be no diplomacy, nor do the senators propose any, only war.
Still more, as I have also long pointed out, Moscow closely follows what is said and written in the United States about US-Russian relations. Here too words have consequences. On March 14, Russia’s National Security Council, headed by President Putin, officially raised its perception of American intentions toward Russia from “military dangers” (opasnosti) to direct “military threats” (ugrozy). In short, the Kremlin is preparing for war, however defensive its intention.
Finally, there continues to be no effective, organized American opposition to the new Cold War. This too is a major theme of my book and another reason why this Cold War is more dangerous than was its predecessor. In the 1970s and 1980s, advocates of détente were well-organized, well-funded, and well-represented, from grassroots politics and universities to think tanks, mainstream media, Congress, the State Department, and even the White House. Today there is no such opposition anywhere.
A major factor is, of course, “Russiagate.” As evidenced in the sources I cite above, much of the extreme American Cold War advocacy we witness today is a mindless response to President Trump’s pledge to find ways to “cooperate with Russia” and to the still-unproven allegations generated by it. Certainly, the Democratic Party is not an opposition party in regard to the new Cold War. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of its old guard, needlessly initiated an address to Congress by NATO’s Secretary General, in April, which will be viewed in Moscow as a provocation. She also decried as “appalling” Trump’s diplomacy with Russian President Putin, whom she dismissed as a “thug.” Such is the state of statesmanship today in the Democratic Party.
Israeli and US officials said they expect an announcement on US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights could come as early as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next week.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the information had not yet been made public.
At a meeting Wednesday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, Netanyahu accused Iran of attempting to set up a terrorist network to target Israel from the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. He used the incident to repeat his goal of international recognition for Israel’s claim on the area.
“I think, for this reason, and many more, it is time that the international community recognizes Israel’s stay on the Golan, and the fact that the Golan will always remain part of the State of Israel,” he said.
Pompeo did not mention the issue, but the administration is considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase “Israeli-occupied” from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it “Israeli-controlled.”
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War and extended Israeli law to the territory in 1981, a step tantamount to annexation. But the United States and the international community have long considered it Syrian territory under Israeli occupation. The plateau lies along a strategic area on the border between Israel and Syria.
Also last week, US Senator Lindsey Graham vowed to push for American recognition of Israel’s control over the Golan Heights when he visited the area with Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.
While Pompeo on Wednesday avoided the issue of sovereignty over the Golan, he touted last month’s Mideast conference in Poland, where he said dozens of countries discussed ways “to stop Iran’s regional rampage.”
Pompeo also lauded the White House’s warm ties with Israel and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel’s prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign.
Accusing Iranian leaders of seeking the “annihilation and destruction” of Israel, he pledged continued American support. “With such threats a daily reality of Israeli life, we maintain our unparalleled commitment to Israel’s security and firmly support your right to defend yourself,” he said.
Netanyahu thanked Pompeo for the Trump administration’s strong stance against Iran, which Israel regards as an existential threat.
The White House meanwhile announced that Netanyahu would be welcomed in Washington over two days next week with Israel just two weeks from coming April 9 polls.
Netanyahu is one of US President Donald Trump’s strongest backers on the global stage. Since taking office, Trump has upended US policy and taken a series of steps welcomed by Israel, most notably by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
The step prompted the Palestinians to sever ties with the White House. Trump also has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and shuttered the Palestinians’ de facto embassy in Washington.
The Palestinians have preemptively rejected a peace plan the White House is said to be preparing, saying that the Trump administration is unfairly biased toward Israel.
The White House said Netanyahu would be welcomed next Monday and Tuesday with both a working meeting and a dinner with Trump.
Netanyahu said he was looking forward to making the relationship “even stronger” during the visit.
The United States remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions as the nuclear-armed countries’ militaries remain on alert nearly three weeks after their most dangerous confrontation in decades, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday.
“If there is an additional terrorist attack without Pakistan having made a sustained sincere effort against these groups, it will be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause a re-escalation in tensions,” the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
The official’s comments underscored the Trump administration’s view that Pakistan’s harbouring of extremist groups lies at the heart of the latest upsurge in tensions.
The crisis erupted with a Feb. 14 suicide bombing on India’s side of the disputed Kashmir region that killed 40 paramilitary officers and was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a militant group that US officials charge is harboured by Pakistan. Islamabad denies the allegation.
On Feb. 26, India launched its first-ever airstrikes on an alleged extremist training camp in Pakistan. The following day, Pakistani aircraft retaliated against targets inside India-controlled Kashmir, triggering a dogfight.
In their first such clash since a 1971 war, Pakistan downed an Indian plane and captured its pilot after he ejected.
“We do still see the militaries on alert and so we realize if there, God forbid, would be another terrorist attack, then you could quickly see escalation in the situation once again,” the official said. “We are making clear that any additional military action by either side runs an unacceptably high risk for both countries and for the region.”
Pakistan says it arrested dozens of extremists and seized their assets. But the official indicated that Washington does not believe the crackdown has been sufficient.
”I think we will need to see irreversible sustained action. It’s early to make a full assessment,” the official said.
Competing claims to Kashmir by India and Pakistan make the area one of the world’s most dangerous flash-points.
If the black smoke over the Paris skyline and charred cars and buildings along the Champs-Elysees which have become characteristic of France’s increasingly violent Yellow Vest protests over the past months weren’t alarming enough, things look to get much worse as the government prepares to escalate.
In an effort to clamp down on the unraveling security situation, which has lately seen banks and residential buildings torched, and luxury stores and restaurants vandalized and destroyed, the French authorities have announced the deployment of anti-terrorism military forces in order to protect and secure public buildings.
Following the worsening protest situation of the past weekend (after a brief lull at the end of President Macron’s failed ‘great debate’ initiative which pushed town halls to air grievances), which nearly turned deadly for random civilianscaught in the mayhem of rioters clashing with police, the government willredirect counter-terror troops from Opération Sentinelle to focus on Yellow Vest related threats.
Opération Sentinelle began after the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks (the series of al-Qaeda linked terrorist acts that began with the Charlie Hebdo shooting) and resulted in some 10,000 soldiers and 4,700 police and gendarmes deployed at sensitive sites and public buildings across the country.
According to Bloomberg, French authorities have sought to calm the obvious and immediate fears raised that the move constitutes the government taking a full martial law approach of sending the military against its own people.
Following a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux pointed to the “new forms of violence” Saturday which he said justifies deploying the counter-terror forces.
“After seeing the new forms of violence Saturday, emergency measures will be taken to reinforce the reaction of the security forces,” Griveaux said. He added this is to include “the reinforced mobilization of Sentinelle to protect official building and other fixed positions in the capital.”
“Individuals have decided to attack democracy and its symbols,” Griveaux said further.
#Paris Scenes of chaos on the #ChampsElysées with fires in progress, several shops completely destroyed, … #GiletsJaunes #Acte18 #ActeXVIII #Yellowvests #France#Macron pic.twitter.com/oS7x8Rx5GR
— nonouzi (@Gerrrty) March 16, 2019
And noting the different nature of the latest unrest compared to that of months ago when the demonstrations first began in November, he asserted:
These are not demonstrators but rioters, and the distinction is very different. Demonstrations are protected by the law; rioting is not.
Regular police forces will still “concentrate on crowd control, along with maintaining law and order,” Griveaux said, which presumably means the Sentinelle could respond to more extreme situations that unfold like acts of rioting, burning, and vandalism.
Macron’s government has lately appeared powerless as shocking and embarrassing (for security forces) images of the iconic Champs-Elysees looking like a bombed out war zone have been beamed around the world.
The deployment of troops is intended to allow riot police to engage more aggressively with the far-left and far-right groups as well as anarchists who have been blamed for much of the violence.
But some police unions have warned that maintaining law and order was not the role of a soldier.
“I’m worried about how they’ll respond in case of attack,” said Philippe Capon of the Unsa-Police union. — AFP
But it now appears Macron is ever more ready to try a “gloves off” approach in his deploying counter-terror military forces against what Paris officials have described as far-left “black bloc” activists or ultra-radicals and anarchists who merely seek as much destruction as possible.
Two days after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s “government-in-waiting” forcibly took possession of three diplomatic facilities in the United States with the blessing of Washington, and following what many observers speculate are a series of US aggressive maneuvers paving the way for military intervention, Maduro’s security forces have begun arresting members of Guaido’s staff.
According to Reuters Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested and detained Guaido’s own chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, as well as opposition legislator Sergio Vergara.
Guaido’s press team confirmed their detentions by security forces in what’s been described as a pre-dawn raid on their Caracas residences on Thursday. And in confirmation Guaido tweeted an “Alert” — saying the two men are “currently being held hostage” since 2:24 am by the SEBIN, or the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service.
The AP described in its reporting:
Venezuelan intelligence agents early Thursday entered the homes of opposition lawmaker Sergio Vergara and of Roberto Marrero, a lawyer who heads Guaido’s office. Both men accompanied Guaido on a recent Latin American tour to build international support for his efforts to remove Maduro.
A video also emerged online purporting to show Maduro security force vehicles speeding off from one of the Caracas homes in the dead of night.
URGENTE momento en que el SEBIN se lleva a el diputado @SergioVergaraG y a el Jefe de despacho de @jguaido @ROBERTOMARREROpic.twitter.com/hpYwnWixKp
— VPItv (@VPITV) March 21, 2019
President Nicolas Maduro and his officials have repeatedly threatened to arrest both Guaido and his staff following his return last month from neighboring US ally Colombia where he met with US Vice President Mike Pence.
“He can leave and come back and will have to see the face of justice because justice had prohibited him from him leaving the country… He has to respect the laws,” Maduro told ABC News in an interview last month. Guaido had violated a Maduro imposed “ban” on his ever leaving the country.
Meanwhile Trump administration officials have threatened severe repercussions if Guaido is ever touched or harmed by pro-Maduro forces.
Thus far the threat has appeared to work, however, this could be the start of security forces going after Guaido’s top aides one by one, which will no doubt result in significant threats of action from Washington.
INDIA: ‘ALARMING RISE IN PERSECUTION’
Hate crimes and targeted violence against Christians in India during the first two months of 2019 showed a jump of 57 percent over the same period in 2018, a new report revealed.
During January and February, 77 incidents of “hate and targeted violence against Christians” were documented in India as compared with the 49 cases recorded during the same period last year, according to the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).
The EFI report said that the official figures are invariably low, because most cases of persecution go unreported, either because the victim and witnesses are too frightened to speak out, or because the police ignore the harassment and fail to file mandatory First Information Reports.
The sharp rise in Christian persecution for 2019 had already been forecast by Release International, a U.K.-based charity that helps persecuted Christians around the world, which warned in early January that persecution against Christians would rise this year, particularly in a few key nations, including India.
“These are countries that have long been on the list but we’re seeing an upwards curve, an alarming rise in persecution,” said Andrew Boyd, spokesman for Release International, underscoring India’s “militant Hinduism.”
The acts of persecution and harassment in January and February include the murders of two Christians last month, one in Odisha state and the other in Chhattisgarh state. The Christians — one of whom was a convert — were killed by Maoist rebels, known as Naxalites, after villagers hostile to the Christian faith falsely reported them to the rebels as police informants.
On March 18, ADF India said that India’s Christians have been victims of “collective, systematic violence” in the first months of 2019, and that even Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity had been threatened.
Open Doors’ World Watch List of nations where it is most difficult to be a Christian placedIndia at number 10 in 2019. Just seven years ago, India was ranked number 31 but has climbed the ranks every year since Narendra Modi, a hardliner of the Bharatiya Janata Party, came to power as prime minister in 2014.
Christians make up just 2.3 percent of India’s population of 1.3 billion, which is overwhelmingly Hindu.
CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN THE MIDWEST COULD LAST “FOR MONTHS”, AND THAT IS GOING TO MEAN A DRAMATIC DROP IN U.S. FOOD PRODUCTION
The worst flooding disaster in the history of the Midwest is just getting started, and as this crisis unfolds we are all going to be feeling the pain. The “bomb cyclone” that recently brought hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions to the middle of the nation was the spark that set off this catastrophic flooding, and now all of the snow from one of the snowiest winters in decades is going to be feeding into rivers that have already shattered all-time flood records. As you will see below, most of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest is currently covered by more than 10 inches of snow, and all of that water has to go somewhere. As all of that snow melts, we are going to witness an agricultural disaster that is far beyond anything that we have ever seen before in modern American history. (READ MORE…)
THE CHAIR OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE JUST USED THE TERM “SLOWDOWN” TO DESCRIBE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE U.S. ECONOMY
Now even the Federal Reserve is publicly admitting that the U.S. economy is slowing down. And that is quite remarkable, because usually the Federal Reserve is extremely hesitant to say that an economic slowdown is taking place. As I pointed out the other day, in 2008 former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke kept insisting that a recession was not coming, but we found out later that a recession had already begun when he was making those statements. Normally the Federal Reserve tries very hard to paint a rosy picture of our economic future, and one of the big reasons for that is because they want us to believe that they are doing a good job and that they have everything under control. So it was quite stunning to hear Fed Chair Jerome Powell use the term “slowdown” to describe what is coming for the U.S. economy on Wednesday… (READ MORE…)
SHOUTING TIME IN HEAVEN
By Dennis Huebshman – https://www.raptureready.com/2019/03/16/shouting-time-heaven-dennis-huebshman/
Luke 15:7 “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:10, “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (any emphasis mine)
Revelation 3:20-21, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him/her and eat with him/her and he/she with Me. The one who conquers, I will grant him/her to sit with Me on My throne, as I conquered, and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
God will in no way force anyone to accept His Son, which would guarantee eternal life in Heaven. He does not want anyone to fail, though, and end up in hell. He is patient and just, giving us opportunities to reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9). However, if someone takes their last breath on earth without repentance and accepting Jesus as their Savior, He will assign them to the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15). Sad part is, everyone can avoid eternal punishment, but it’s by their own choice if they end up there. Many think this is unreal, or just myths.
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing; but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Because of some “prayer warriors” that I had in my life, I believe the Holy Spirit gave me an extra nudge at a time when I was bottoming out. These “prayer warriors” held me up to the Father as someone they wanted to see a good change in, and they prayed on a regular basis. They did not come to me about this as I probably would’ve told them I was fine with God. Thing is, I wasn’t fine with Him. Several of them have since gone to be with Jesus, and I look forward to seeing them again.
Through a series of events, I started to realize that if I were to die, I would not be with Jesus. I knew about the Savior, but didn’t think I was “bad enough” for Him to reject me. I was led to start reading God’s word for myself, and I believe the Holy Spirit opened my mind to receive the true message of Salvation. One day, when no one else was around me, I just started talking to Jesus as if He were right there with me.
Thing is, I now realize He was there. I started telling Him that I knew I was totally unworthy of His love for me, and mentioned all the sins I knew I had committed. I even asked that, if I forgot any, that He would put them in my mind so I could confess them to Him. I asked His forgiveness, and for help to make changes in my life. I asked Him to be my Savior.
At that moment, my reservation changed from eternal punishment to an eternity with Jesus. Verses in the Bible became significant such as Romans 3:23 – that we’re all sinners. Acts 4:12 says that Jesus is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved. John 14:6 became my life verse:
“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me.”
Any thoughts I may have had about other paths to heaven disappeared. Then, I found
1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
That was my “proving” verse that I had been forgiven, just as everyone can be.
With all this in mind, I realized my “talk” with Jesus wasn’t just a whim. He knew me even before I was born; and when He was on that cross, His blood covered every sin I would ever commit, as long as I accepted Him. This will also work for everyone who will accept Him.
I read Luke 15, and actually got a warm feeling that I had caused a “Shouting Time in Heaven.” People around me, including my wife, noticed there was something different. No, I’m not perfect, and never will be as long as we’re on this earth; but I’m not afraid to tell others they need a relationship with Jesus. Jesus never forced Himself on anyone, and neither will I.
1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts, honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
Many people are driven away by scare tactics and shouting at them or pounding on a podium. I have found that by just talking and using plain conversation; it’s more than adequate to give people some places in the Bible to become familiar with Jesus. This does not mean to skirt around the truth, or just give their ears a tickle.
One of my life’s goals is to have the angels rejoicing constantly about new souls seeking Jesus. Especially those who “think” they are right with Him just as I did, but actually are lost.
Finally, I believe we are right at the brink of Jesus calling His Church (all believers), dead or alive, up to meet Him in the air. If He were to call today, I have no problem with the “dead in Christ” being the first to go up to Him. Afterwards, all believers that are still alive will be taken up. Thing is, it’s such a rapid happening that the delay will be hardly noticeable. For the mechanics of the Rapture, we have 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Twinkling/blinking of an eye is calculated to be less than one second. That’s the time it will take for the whole Rapture to be over!
At the calling of Jesus, we receive new imperishable and immortal bodies, designed to last forever. Those who were dead will be reunited, soul and body, and converted to their imperishable ones. Then Jesus will take us home so that we miss the Tribulation of Daniel and Revelation. At that time, I can guarantee there will be “Shouting in Heaven.” That is, as soon as we are over the Awe of seeing our Savior for the first time, and able to speak again.
To be in this Rapture, call on Jesus to be your Savior today. He’s available 24 hours a day. All who truly do so will be saved (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13). Confess to Him you are a sinner and ask for His forgiveness. Know that He really did come to this earth as the Bible says, and allowed Himself to be a sacrifice for us (John 10:18). Ask Him to be your Savior forever. The Holy Spirit will come and be in you to show Satan and his followers that you belong to the Savior. Your eternal home will be with Jesus in a place He will provide for you (John 14:1-3).
Call today, or you could be missing the best opportunity you’ll ever have. The angels are ready to Rejoice and Shout out over your decision for Him.
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!