The Final Signs Before The World Ends…May…(2019)
Published on May 16, 2019
Please Help Support This Ministry: https://www.paypal.me/watchman1963 Please subscribe to my backup channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4nc… 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 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.
Saudi Paper urges US Strikes on Iran-UK on High Alert-US orders US employees to leave Iraq
Published on May 16, 2019
You will hear the following in this Broadcast: -Saudi Paper urges Strikes on Iran -UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq due to ‘heightened risk from Iran’ -US State Department orders all non-emergency US employees to leave Iraq -Iran Vows to Defeat US-Israeli Alliance Amid Rising Tensions -Minister to Trump: ‘Deal of the Century – or Deal of Eternity’ -Saudi paper urges Palestinians to look at Trump peace plan -U.S. orders suspension of flights between the U.S. and Venezuela -Venezuela peace talks taking place at secret location in Oslo, Norwegian media reports
Amir Tsarfati: Middle East Update, May 12, 2019
Published on May 13, 2019
LIVE: Amir discusses the tension between the USA and Iran, the situation in Gaza and a ministry update on his visit to Washington DC and Toronto!
LATEST WORLD NEWS – ARTICLES FRIDAY MAY 17th 2019
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 THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
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)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
LIVING BY FAITH
QUESTION: My question is this: we have some preachers who preach the Word but the people seem to be starving. If the speaker tries to feed them meat they almost seem to cover their mouths (and ears) and back up. Living by faith is just a phrase to most believers and faith is inversely proportional to the material goods we have, as you have stated. Is this a fulfillment of prophecy or just the natural progression followed by Europe before us?
ANSWER: Someone once said, “Religion gives birth to prosperity and the daughter consumes the mother.” It means as a general rule the more prosperous people get the more self-reliant they become. They stop living by faith and may even begin thinking that they are the architects of their own successes.
Because of that, they no longer give thanks to God for what they have and no longer ask Him for what they need. After a while the concept of living by faith is so foreign to them they can’t imagine how to do it, and don’t want to learn.
History has shown that God will often take away the prosperity of people like this in an effort to get their attention and turn them back to Him. The world’s current economic situation may be an indication that this has begun.
LIVING BY FAITH, FOLLOW UP
QUESTION: Thank you for answering all my questions. I know I have many but you’re are such a great teacher and I’m very grateful for your answers. To be honest there just isn’t this kind of teaching happening in the church these days.
I was reading the question titled ‘Living By Faith’ and the writer wrote that we have some teachers who teach the word but people still seem to be starving. I agree the pastors are teaching right out of the bible, but never really taking the church into more insights and deeper understandings, actually studying God’s word. I know that Paul when preaching said he’d only teach Christ and Christ crucified and I know some pastors use that to justify not teaching other things such as prophecy, or studying end times etc.
ANSWER: Don’t blame the pastors. Most of them are over worked and under prepared. They can only pass along what they’ve been taught and seminaries are notoriously poor in preparing them for their teaching responsibilities. Besides, if they want their congregation to grow and become economically stable, they have to teach to the lowest common denominator. Sadly. people who have a thirst for the word are left to fill their need with independent study. And even more sadly, they soon find themselves knowing more than their pastor about it.
Paul’s comment on just preaching Christ crucified (1 Cor. 2:2) only applied to his first visit to Corinth. He wanted to avoid being drawn into the public philosophical debates common there. His letters to the Thessalonians are almost totally about prophecy. People who use this one verse to guide all their teaching are mistaken and deprive those entrusted to them of the full counsel of God.
Sites like ours are designed to fill this void and give serious students some direction for their independent study. As you are already discovering the reward for this kind of study is a much deeper and more fulfilling relationship with the Lord.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
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
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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WORLD PROPHETIC NEWS CLIPS/ARTICLES PRESENTATION – FRIDAY MAY 17th 2019
MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
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
WORLD WAR 3
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS:
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM:
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
US ASKS ISRAELIS TO KEEP OUT OF IRAN FIGHT UNLESS ATTACKED . . . . ERGO, A FIGHT HAS BEEN DECIDED UPON . . .
This is BREAKING NEWS as of 5:21 PM EDT on Wednesday 15 May, 2019 . . . The US have asked the Israelis to keep out of the Iran fight unless attacked, so the USA can keep an Arab coalition together easier. Same approach as the 1991 gulf war against Iraq.
If ever there was evidence that a decision to go into battle has been made, this seems to be it.
Full details about developments today are available HERE.
It is now IMPERATIVE that Americans and others in the West, PREPARE for hostilities.
There are over one million Iranian-Americans already inside the USA and there is no telling how many of them will choose loyalty to IRAN over the USA.
It is a proven fact that Iranian Terrorist SLEEPER CELLS are already inside the USA, awaiting orders to attack.
Please review the SUGGESTED PREPS (HERE) and make certain your family is prepared.
UPDATE 5:35 PM EDT—
U.S. State Dept issues Travel Warning – “armed conflict”
Iraq Travel Advisory: Level 4-Do not travel due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
USG ability to provide services is extremely limited.
On May 15, 2019, the Dept of State ordered departure of non-emergency USG employees from Baghdad and Erbil
The legacy mass-media in the US and in Europe does not seem to be telling the general public about any of this. If things go hot . . . and it is looking like they will within a day or two . . . the general public will be blind-sided by the outbreak of what could turn into a major war.
US ORDERS ALL NON-ESSENTIAL STAFF OUT OF IRAQ AS IRAN VOWS TO DEFEAT THE ‘AMERICAN-ZIONIST ALLIANCE’, SAYS WE ARE ON CUSP OF ‘FULL-SCALE CONFRONTATION’ WITH THE ENEMY
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency reported. The official’s comments come amid spiraling U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over the ongoing crisis.
Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iran’s Minister of Defense Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said.
What started out as potentially mere sabre rattling has morphed into a legitimate brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States. With the arrival today of the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Gulf of Oman, things have just ‘gotten real’ for all the major players in the Gulf region. Even Russia weighed in to defend their allies Syria and Iran.
“The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.” Psalm 129:4-7 (KJV)
Bolstered by recent deals and armament supplies from Russia and China (well hello there, prophet Ezekiel!), Iran and Syria have been itching for a fight with Israel. Iran has been waging a proxy war with the Jews through a group called the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for quite some time now. But it’s safe to assume the Iranians were not counting on President Trump sending such a large contingent. The Daily Mail UK even ran a story earlier saying that Trump was considering also sending 120,000 ground troops which was immediately denied by Washington. But one thing is for sure, an enormous American military armada has arrived, how will the Iranians now respond?
Iran Vows to Defeat ‘American-Zionist Alliance’ as Putin Warns Against U.S. Pressure
FROM HAARETZ: The official’s comments come amid spiraling U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over the ongoing crisis.
Pompeo made surprise visit to Baghdad this month after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi’ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources.
He told Iraq’s top brass to keep the militias, which are expanding their power in Iraq and now form part of its security apparatus, in check, the sources said. If not, the U.S. would respond with force.
As tensions between Washington and Tehran increase, Iraq finds itself caught between neighbouring Iran, whose regional influence has grown in recent years, and the United States. “The message from the Americans was clear. They wanted guarantees that Iraq would stop those groups threatening U.S. interests,” a senior Iraqi military source with knowledge of Pompeo’s trip said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow is concerned over mounting tensions and defended Iran’s actions as a legitimate response to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency reported.
Major General Hossein Salami, named head of the force last month, added: “This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution.”
The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and its supporting group of ships arrived Wednesday at the Gulf of Oman, ahead of a planned passage through the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran has given European countries a 60-day deadline to negotiate a new nuclear deal Tehran or it would start enriching uranium to higher levels than outlined in the current agreement.
Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran. READ MORE:
Amazing time-lapse of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in Suez Canal
Amazing time-lapse of the USS Abraham Lincoln passing through the Suez Canal. The massive aircraft carrier and its strike group are heading to the Persian Gulf. The White House says the move is in response to an unspecified threat from Iran.
In probably the most significant sign so far that we could be headed for yet another major war in the Middle East, multiple European allies of the United States are rapidly pulling their forces from Iraq and the Persian Gulf region on fears they could get unwillingly sucked into confrontation with Iran.
Tehran isn’t backing down the US escalation ladder either, given moments ago Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commander, Major General Hossein Salami, said via the Reuters newswire:
“We are on the cusp of a full scale confrontation with the enemy.”
Iran’s Minister of Defense Amir Hatami also vowed Wednesday, “We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). This follows on the heels of the US State Department’s dramatic ordering of an evacuation of all non-essential diplomatic personnel and their families from the American embassy in Baghdad, citing an “imminent” threat.
As of Wednesday morning the countries of Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands have suspended military support operations in Iraq, citing rising US-Iran tensions. And further a top Iraqi diplomat told reporters at a press conference in Moscow that “Iraq is a sovereign nation. We will not let [the US] to use our territory” for any military operations against Iran.
Previously on Tuesday Spain was the first to announce that it ordered its military frigate, the Méndez Núñez, which has 215 sailors on board, out of a USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group currently en route to the Persian Gulf, citing “it will not enter into any other type of mission” in the Persian Gulf region, according to the Spanish Minister of Defense.
Minister of Defense Margarita Robles ordered the “temporary measure of withdrawal of the frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104) from the combat group of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln while it is in the Middle East,” sources from her office told the digital edition of El País.
As of early Wednesday Germany also announced it is temporarily suspending its operations in Iraq, which includes training local soldiers and security personnel as part of US-led coalition efforts.
“The German army has suspended the training,” defense ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff announced, citing the “generally heightened alert, awareness” for soldiers in the region. However, echoing Britain’s top commander in the coalition, Flosdorff acknowledged there was “no concrete threat” at the moment. “Germany has no indications of its own of attacks supported by Iran,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
@StateDept has ordered the departure of non-emergency USG employees from Iraq, both at the Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil. Additional information on this alert can be found on the U.S. Embassy website at U.S. Citizen Services. https://t.co/iX96dAkyhT
— U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) May 15, 2019
The military build-up is claimed to be in response to intelligence the White House says confirms that US troops face imminent threat of attack by Iran and its regional proxy forces in places like Iraq, Syria, and the gulf.
But with a number of European allies increasingly vocal in questioning Bolton and the White House’s latest intelligence on which the current saber rattling is based, there’s a high likelihood the standoff could result in a number of European allies permanently ditching US support operations in the Middle East altogether.
WEBPAGE ADMINISTRATOR: (Opinion Only) It sounds to me like the right hand is not communicating with the left in the “Iran Political Arena”. The Ayatollah seems to be “Not in Charge of the Nation”; And this could be a serious position of World Security. I may be wrong, but if not then things may escalate quickly.
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps on Wednesday warned Tehran was on the brink of full-on conflict with its enemy, a day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be a war with the United States amid escalating tensions.
“We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” Major General Hossein Salami said, according to the Reuters news agency, which cited Iran’s Fars news agency.
“This moment in history — because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity — is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution,” added Salami, who tapped as the new IRGC chief last month.
President Hassan Rouhani later condemned the US sanctions on his country.
“The hard times and problems of America’s economic war against Iran have begun… what America is doing is a crime against humanity,” he said.
Rouhani accused the US of disrupting the flow of “livelihood, food and medical drugs” to normal Iranians. “This war is not against the government of the Islamic republic of Iran, it’s against the Iranian nation,” he said.
The comments come amid rising tensions in the region that saw the deployment earlier this month of an American aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf and attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure.
On Sunday, four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the United Arab Emirates coast in an attack US officials reportedly suspect was carried out at Iran’s behest.
Iran has called for an investigation into what it called an “alarming” incident, while a senior member of Iran’s parliament blamed Israel on Tuesday for the attacks on the ships, for which no one has yet claimed responsibility.
The attacks “appeared to be Israeli mischief,” Behrouz Nemati, an Iranian government spokesman said after a closed-door session of parliament, quoted by state news agency IRNA.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps released a statement on Wednesday claiming the country was now working at maximum capacity in preparation for a “full confrontation” with its “enemy,” which is a reverence to escalating tensions with the United States.
The statement, from newly appointed IRGC commander Hossein Salami, said that this was a decisive moment for the Iranian “revolution” and that Iran’s enemies were working hard to break the stability and will of the Iranian people.
On April 8 the US designated the IRGC a terrorist organization. Salami was appointed to head the organization on April 21.
The IRGC is Iran’s most important military force, with units that control ballistic missiles, naval auxiliaries and also ground forces. It also runs internal security and has local militias and has cadres that work abroad to advise Iranian allies. As a “revolutionary” organization, it is the backbone of the state and its theocratic regime. It is estimated to have several hundred thousand personnel and local militia members.
Since tensions began to escalate on May 5 between the US and Iran the IRGC has been careful not to provoke the US but Salami has reassured the Iranian parliament that his men are up to the task of defending the country. For instance on May 13 the IRGC commander said that US naval forces might present an “opportunity” for the IRGC to strike at, and the IRGC hinted it was preparing for “full scale war” with the US.
Taken together the statements appear to show the Iran is trying to convince its own people that it is ready to face any US threats.
The US has said that any Iranian attacks or attacks by Iran’s allies and proxies will result in retaliation. On May 12 and 13 ships were sabotaged in the Gulf of Oman and drones struck at Saudi Arabia from Iran’s allies in Yemen, raising the tensions. The US has recalled non-essential staff from Iraq.
The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been labelled ‘terrifying’ by health experts, who warned that the virus is now out of control.
Dr Jeremy Farrar, the head of the Wellcome Trust, which has been active in aid operations in the country, said he believes the outbreak is the ‘worst in history’ and warned that it is getting worse.
Figures from the World Health Organization show more than 1,600 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began – resulting in over 1,000 deaths.
‘I’m very concerned – as concerned as one can be,’ said Dr Farrar.
‘Whether it gets to the absolute scale of west Africa or not, none of us know, but this is massive in comparison with any other outbreak in the history of Ebola and it is still expanding.’
According to the Guardian, Dr Farrar has called for a ceasefire among warring rival factions to allow health teams to reach the sick in the DRC and protect others in the community.
And he says measures need to be taken quickly by the UN to stop the virus spreading.
‘It’s remarkable it hasn’t spread more geographically but the numbers are frightening and the fact that they are going up is terrifying,’ he added.
It comes after an expert last week told MailOnline the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo could end up as disastrous as the West Africa epidemic of 2014.
Dr Osman Dar, a global health expert at Chatham House and member of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh and Public Health England, warned the situation must change.
Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, killed at least 11,000 across the world after it decimated West Africa and spread rapidly between 2014-2016.
Since the latest Ebola outbreak began ten months ago, the vast majority of those killed have been women and children.
The number of deaths is said to be rising steadily and the fatality rate is higher in this case than in previous disasters – with more than 67 per cent of those infected perishing.
According to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Debt Management, the U.S. government is just five years away from the point of no return. With the national debt spiraling quickly out of control, there are only a few years left before every single dollar the government borrows will go toward funding interest payments on the national debt.
The Independent Blog said that the main takeaway from the Debt Management Office’s Fiscal Year 2019 Q1 Report, which featured the Office of Management and Budget’s latest projection of the U.S. government’s borrowing from the public, is shown in the chart below:
ZeroHedge explains the significance of what the chart shows as the Primary Deficit, indicated as the blue portion of the bars in the chart, swings from positive to negative beginning in 2024:
As part of today’s Treasury Presentation to the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, there is a chart showing the Office Of Debt Management’s forecast for annual US debt issuance, broken down between its three component uses of funds: Primary Deficit, Net Interest Expense, and “Other.”
That chart is troubling because while in 2019 and 2020 surging US interest expense is roughly matched by the other deficit components in the US budget, these gradually taper off by 2024, and in fact in 2025 become a source of budget surplus (we won’t be holding our breath). But what is the real red flag is that starting in 2024, when the primary deficit drops to zero according to the latest projections, all US debt issuance will be used to fund the US net interest expense, which depending on the prevailing interest rate between now and then will be anywhere between $700 billion and $1.2 trillion or more.
In short: in the stylized cycle of the US “Minsky Moment”, the US will enter the penultimate, Ponzi Finance, phase – the one in which all the new debt issuance is used to fund only interest on the debt – some time around in 2024. –ZeroHedge
Once we reach that point, the government will have reached the “death spiral,” a point at which the complete collapse of the government and financial system is imminent.
Cities and territories in the United States that have crossed that “event horizon” to the crisis point. They have all either gone through bankruptcy proceedings or their equivalent, or they have implemented major fiscal reforms that reversed their fiscal deterioration, wherein the best-case scenarios, they acted to restrain the growth of their previously out-of-control spending to restore their fiscal health.
Don’t hold your breath that the U.S. government will quell it’s spending habits.
IF THE CHINESE WERE UPSET BEFORE, NOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS AFTER TRUMP’S LATEST MOVE
President Trump is doubling down on his tough approach with China, and apparently he has decided that now is the time to cripple their most important tech company. Huawei Technologies sells more telecommunications equipment than anyone else in the entire world, and it was anticipated that they would be one of the global leaders in the rollout of 5G networks all over the planet. The company ranks 72nd on the Fortune Global 500 list, and at this point they sell more phones than Apple does. Essentially, Huawei is China’s version of Apple, and the company is greatly loved by the communist government in China. So if President Trump really wanted to piss off China, taking a sledgehammer to Huawei would be a great way to do it, and that is precisely what he just did. (READ MORE…)
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With the trade war between the US and China re-escalating once more, investors are again casting frightened glances at declining global trade volumes, which as Bloomberg writes today, “threaten to upend the global economy’s much-anticipated rebound and could even throw its decade-long expansion into doubt if the conflict spirals out of control.”
“Just as tentative signs appeared that a recovery is taking hold, trade tensions have re-emerged as a credible and significant threat to the business cycle,” said Morgan Stanley’s chief economist, Chetan Ahya, highlighting a “serious impact on corporate confidence” from the tariff feud.
To be sure, even before the latest trade war round, global growth and trade were already suffering, confirmed most recently by last night’s dismal China economic data, which showed industrial output, retail sales and investment all sliding in April by more than economists forecast.
A similar deterioration was observed in the US, where retail sales unexpectedly declined in April while factory production fell for the third time in four months. Meanwhile, over in Europe even though Germany’s economy emerged from stagnation to grow by 0.4% in the first quarter, “the outlook remains fragile amid a manufacturing slump that will be challenged anew by the trade war.” As a result, investor confidence in Europe’s largest economy unexpectedly weakened this month for the first time since October.
Framing the threat, a study by Bloomberg Economics calculated that about 1% of global economic activity is at stake in goods and services traded between the US and China. Almost 4% of Chinese output is exported to the U.S. and any hit to its manufacturers would reverberate through regional supply chains with Taiwan and South Korea among those at risk.
U.S. shipments to China are more limited, though 5.1% of its agricultural production heads there as does 3.3% of its manufactured goods.
The macro fears are once again trickling down to the micro level, and last week chip giant Intel tumbled after it guided to a “more cautious view of the year,” and Italian drinks maker Davide Campari-Milano SpA this month noted the “uncertain geopolitical and macro economic environment.”
“The world economy has been in a significant slowdown for a period,’’ said James Bevan, chief investment officer at CCLA Investment Management. “People just have to wake up and look at the trade data.’’
But the best way to visualize just how serious the threat to global flow of trade, and the world economy in general, below is a chart on the year-over-year changes in global trade as measured by the IMF’s Direction of Trade Statistics, courtesy of BMO’s Ian Lyngern. It shows the absolutely collapse in global exports as broken down into three categories:
Exports to the world (weakest since 2009),
Exports to advances economies (also lowest since 2009), and
Exports to the European Union (challenging 2009 lows).
In short, even before the latest round of trade escalation, global trade had tumbled to levels last seen during the financial crisis depression. One can only wonder what happens to global trade after the latest escalation in US-China trade war…
Commenting on the chart above, Lyngen writes that “as estimates of the fallout from the renewed Trade War begin to reflect the growing apprehension in a variety of markets, we’re struck by the extent of the drop in exports.”
By Jack Kinsella
”Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2nd Peter 3:3-4)
Peter begins his outline of the last days saying, “Knowing this first” – giving notice that what we are about to read is a principle point the Lord wants us to get.
“There shall come in the last days scoffers…”
Literally, it reads, “in the last of days.” The times referred to are those immediately preceding the Return of Christ, which also serves to introduce the fact that there is an age to come.
“Scoffers” (Gk.empaiktes) can also mean a false teacher or a mocker “walking after their own lusts.” The reference to the scoffers ‘walking after their own lusts’ is more than simply a phrase.
All sinners walk after their own lusts. So the lustful life and the scoffing voice are not associated here without purpose.
These scoffers and false teachers openly stand in direct opposition to God’s Word, but not as wolves in sheep’s clothing, but walking openly as wolves. The masks are dropped – they don’t even pretend anymore.
“Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of Creation.”
First off, note the question, “Where is?” – by implication the answer is “nowhere” – the Promise has, they imply, passed away and disappeared. The second thing to notice is the question itself. It shows how familiar the early Church was with the Promise of His return.
There are those that argue that the Rapture is of recent origin – something that was invented by J.N. Darby or Margaret MacDonald or C.I. Scofield. But as a doctrine, it was actually invented by Jesus Christ and propagated by the Apostles Peter and Paul.
The scoffers here are referring to the promise given to “the fathers” before they ‘fell asleep’ or died. They were expecting the fulfilment of the promise given in the Gospels and especially that given by two angels to the Apostles and recorded in Acts 1:11:
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”
The first generation of Christians believed the Lord could, and probably would, return for them in their lifetime – that’s what 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-12 is all about. The scoffers were mocking those believers that were still looking up.
The implication here is that the scoffers knew Christ had not come because they expected to know when He did.
Peter notes in his rebuttal that the scoffers were willingly ignorant (that is to say, they knew the truth but preferred the lie), of the fact that the world that once was had perished in the flood. Therefore the statement that all things continued as they did from creation is not true.
Moreover, Peter says, the same Word of God that caused the world to overflow with water and perish is the Word that promises His return. Peter goes on to explain to the scoffers why the Lord has not yet returned. He is holding out until the very last convert.
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
I’ve heard uncounted interpretations of the ‘day equals a thousand years’ reference. Peter is restating a fact from Psalms 90:4.
“For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”
It could be interpreted as a reference to the eternal nature of God, Who exists outside of time and space in a state of ever-present ‘now’- and to Whom the passage of a thousand years is nothing.
Or it could be interpreted as a reference to the six days of Creation and the six thousand year reign of man. On the seventh day of Creation, God rested.
In this view, the Thousand Year Millennial Kingdom that follows the Tribulation begins with the dawn of the seven thousandth year since Creation. This view finds some support from the prophecy of Hosea 6:2;
“After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.”
Israel was scattered into the Diaspora almost two thousand years ago (two ‘days’). It was restored physically in 1948 but has yet to be fully redeemed.
Zechariah predicts the national redemption of Israel at the Second Coming, Revelation promises a thousand-year reign of Israel’s Messiah.
The scoffers of whom Peter speaks are primarily believers. Peter speaks of their being “willingly ignorant.” They prefer the lie because they fear the truth.
The willing ignorance of the last days is amply demonstrated in those churches where Bible prophecy is categorised somewhere between exorcism and faith-healing in terms of doctrinal importance.
Part of the reason is because they don’t understand it. But the main reason, I believe, is because it scares them.
It’s depressing. For many Christians, Bible prophecy is darkness and gloom and fear and catastrophe. Well, maybe. But so is our human existence.
Life isn’t all darkness and gloom, of course, but neither is Bible prophecy. Rationally, there is no more reason to fear what will happen to the world at the end than there is to fear what will happen to me at my end.
After all, when I die, I will be as dead as I can get. I won’t be any deader whether I go alone or if I go in a blinding nuclear flash. But according to the Scriptures, the moment that I die I will be present with the Lord.
If the Rapture happens before I die, then I will get to skip the dying process and go straight into the Lord’s presence, body and soul.
The Bible offers but two possible alternative fates for a Christian in the last days. Either I die and go to heaven. Or I just go straight to heaven.
There is no third option, so what is there about Bible prophecy that should be scary?
Unfolding Bible prophecy provides a glimpse into the mindset of the Apostle Paul as he awaited his execution in Rome.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Timothy 2:1:12)
Paul knew what was coming after Nero’s axe fell, so Paul had no fear of the axe itself.
Bible prophecy is like that. Watching Bible prophecy unfold with such precision and attention to detail reassures us that it isn’t the axe that is important, but what comes afterwards.
Bible prophecy is instead hard evidence that the One ‘Whom I have believed’ remains as firmly in control of world events as He has proved to be in my personal life, “which I have committed unto Him against that day” and that, in Paul’s words, “He is able to keep it…against that day.”
Understanding the Big Picture opens the door to an entirely new outlook on unfolding Bible prophecy. Scoffers fear it because they don’t understand it. Put into proper perspective, Bible prophecy is proof positive that the Lord remains just as firmly in control of world events as He is of whether or not you get a raise or a new job.
Bible prophecy is an antidote to depression and fear. It is an affirmation of faith from the One in Whom we have believed, are reminder of the Promise. It is why Jesus gave us prophecy. It isn’t a parlour trick to use to amaze our friends.
It is a retainer on the Promise. In this generation, we live in an age of miracles. There appears that there is nothing that science won’t be able to accomplish eventually, thanks to the advent of computers.
It is incontrovertible evidence that cannot be shaken by modern scientific ‘miracles’. When the skeptic argues for evolution and random selection, trotting out fossils, skeletons and diagrams, it seems pretty convincing. Especially since modern science can replicate almost any miracle.
Mankind cannot predict the future. It simply can’t be done. No computer could calculate every detail of every life in advance, which is what would be necessary. Should one person do something unexpected then the whole course of future history would change.
The Bible gives a single explanation for a fluid, changeable series of events predicted to happen thousands of years in the future — the events that define our present day.
The skeptic has multiple explanations for static events that have already happened. Which is more convincing?
Bible prophecy proves Jesus was the Son of God, regardless of the latest scientific, archaeological or historical discovery. No matter what else might be offered as ‘evidence’ to the contrary, there is no other explanation for Bible prophecy.
IT IS OUR GENERATION’S UNIQUE MIRACLE.
Bible prophecy was given to the Church in the last days for the same reason that the Apostles were given miracles, signs and wonders following Pentecost.
To demonstrate the power of God. To establish the authority to forgive sins. To herald when the time of His soon return is near. To remind us of the Promise.
“But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:4)
We remember, Lord.
This Letter was written by Jack Kinsella on December 6, 2010.