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Published on Dec 16, 2018

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.





Ukraine VS Russia on brink of war | Great Military Comparison 2019


Published on Dec 14, 2018

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QUESTION:    I am one of those who aren’t excited about the rapture because of a secret fear I won’t qualify to go, even though I’ve been a born again believer for many years. I know I don’t deserve to escape the punishment due me and I worry that at the rapture the Lord will agree with my assessment and leave me here. What can those of us with these fears do to overcome them?
ANSWER:    2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says we have divine weapons with which to demolish strongholds. A stronghold is a fortress the enemy has built in our mind from which to attack us. The fortress in this case is built of the lies we’ve been taught that our behavior is what will determine our eternal destiny, when the Bible says it’s our belief that saves us (John 3:16).
The enemy uses these lies to make us afraid we won’t measure up in an attempt to steal our joy and destroy our faith. But we can use our divine weapon, which is God’s Word, to demolish these arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. We can take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ, which means make it comply with the promise of His Word.
The truth is that none of us is worthy to be taken in the rapture, and that’s why the Lord made our salvation dependent upon His worthiness instead of ours. The only condition He has ever placed on us is that we believe His death paid the price in full for all our sins. Once we believe that, we become a new creation in Christ; the old has gone the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17). Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). That’s the promise to which every lie and pretension must either be made obedient or be demolished.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).

QUESTION:    You have stated that everyone who is ‘saved’, has accepted Jesus’ marvelous sacrifice and depends entirely on His finished work for salvation, will be taken in the Rapture, and I agree. My question concerns Luke 21:36 where Jesus says ‘to keep awake and pray always that you may be ACCOUNTED WORTHY to escape all these things and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man”. This seems to say that there is something we have to do to be accounted worthy, would you explain this? Also, do you see a connection between this passage and I Thess. 5:23,24?
ANSWER:    Numerous verses tell us the only work God requires of us is to believe in the one He sent (John 3:16, John 6:28-29, John 6:40, Romans 10:9, etc). Therefore, our belief that Jesus died for our sins and rose again is the only thing that can make us worthy.
1 Thes 5:23-24 reads as follows;
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Paul was speaking a benediction to the Church in Thessalonica. His prayer was that God would do for them all that He promised, and included the reassurance that being faithful, God would do just that. It is He who sanctifies us (1 Cor. 6:11), and it is He who keeps us blameless (Ephes. 5:25-27).
If Luke 21:36 means more than belief is required, then it would contradict 1 Thes 5:23-24 as well as the other verses I cited. But if belief is all that’s required, it doesn’t. Therefore, since the Bible, being the Word of God, cannot be self contradictory 1 Thes 5:23-24 confirms that Luke 21:36 equates worthiness with belief.



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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
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
WEBPAGE ADMINISTRATOR When is our Australian Government going to get some “GUTS”, and follow God. I remember the time when we “NEVER” backed down.




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






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


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




Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
WAR OF GOG OF MAGOG a coalition of Nations led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey 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)
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)




WEBPAGE ADMINISTRATOR:  Great article, “Ticks all the boxes”, and the destruction of Damascus and the Rapture of the Church are very close; There is a definite link between the two.


As most may well be aware, there is an ever-growing and intensifying conflict occurring right now between Russia, Israel and the Western powers lead by the United States over Syria.
The missile strike on the Shayrat airbase, conducted by the United States on April 7, 2017, was the first time that America has become a deliberate direct combatant against the Syrian government and marked the start of a series of deliberate direct military actions by the U.S. military against the Syrian government and pro-government forces in May–June 2017 and February 2018. 
In mid-January 2018, the Trump administration indicated that it intended to maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to counter Iran′s influence and oust Syrian president Bashar Assad.  In early September 2018, the United States started to implement a new strategy that indefinitely extends the military effort and launches a major diplomatic push to achieve American objectives in Syria. 
Ultimately, Israel may have no choice but to engage in direct military confrontation with Russia. 
Of course, this also drags in Iran – Israel’s major enemy.  The rhetoric (or more like threats) that have long come from Iran are usual calls for Israel’s destruction.  Of course, the fact that this advanced weapons system was shipped to Damascus specifically ought to be triggering the end times prophecy alert system of all prophecy watchers worldwide. 
This catapults Damascus into the category of a major threat to Israel on top of hindering Israeli objectives in Syria and outside of Syria’s immediate parameters … namely any action against Iran. 
There is an interesting parallel between the dynamics of the Middle East and prophetic scripture that need to be considered in the light of current events. 
While Israel has been fighting it’s war against Palestinian terrorism, Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists have periodically stoked the flames of a second front along the border between Lebanon and Israel over the years.  Syria is said to be in direct support of terrorism in Lebanon which is directed at Israel.
Israel has publicly and diplomatically warned Damascus in Syria and Beirut in Lebanon that the escalation of a front along the Lebanese border will result in a forceful and significant military response by Israel. 
The current and ever-evolving situation in the Middle East will eventually dictate that the Israeli army will be forced to respond decisively with massive airstrikes against Damascus and Lebanon.  Israeli military action against Damascus will assuredly result in the outbreak of a larger war in the Middle East.
Damascus (and by inference, the rest of Syria) will be destroyed, quite quickly and completely.  Isaiah 17 features a prophecy that has never happened – never in the history of Syria’s existence …
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).
When will this happen?  It is always worth remembering that Damascus, and the territory of Syria, is not mentioned among the allied nations that gather to destroy Israel in the battle of Gog in Ezekiel 38 & 39.  As witnessed in Ezekiel 38, Persia (modern Iran) is included, along with Ethiopia and Libya, the tribes of Gomer and northern Togarmah (Germany and parts of eastern Europe). Currently, Syria is among the foremost consumers of Russian advanced weaponry, who in turn get it from the United States via the globalist elite agenda (See the second and third videos from the side bar of this site – “RED DAWN WARNING TO AMERICA” and “THE U.S. WAR ON TERROR AND THE COMING WORLD WAR 3”).  Yet, Damascus is missing from the hoard of Israel’s invaders.  This is persuasive evidence that the ancient city is destroyed prior to the coming of the Russian attack and invasion of Israel described in the great prophecy of the Gog/Magog war in Ezekiel 38 & 39.  Perhaps the invasion is even a response to a sort of Israeli nuclear self defence against Syria.  In any event, Isaiah 17 also pictures a coming invasion that greatly resembles the invasion by Gog in Ezekiel 38. It’s concluding verses suggest the horror of modern warfare …
Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.  And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us” (Isaiah 17:12-14).
The concluding verse of the passage indicates a destruction in one single night.  Only with modern warfare and weaponry could this prophecy ever be accomplished.
In 1967, Syria was defeated in the spectacular Six-Day War.  In many ways, it was a real testimony to the power of God.  In the near future, it appears that Syria will be destroyed in a much briefer conflict.  It will start in the evening, and before morning, it will be over.  Syria’s current president, Bashar al-Assad has often referred to a “greater Syria,” which includes not only Lebanon, but most of Israel, even including Jerusalem. Apparently, the dream of a greater Syria will evaporate in a one-day war so clearly pronounced in the gloomy prophecy of Damascus’ destruction in one night as revealed in the above scripture of
Isaiah 17 … “And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not (verse 14).
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.  The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.  The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.  In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation” (Isaiah 17:1-3,9).
These opening verses paint a very bleak picture.  Not only do we see the fact that Damascus will suddenly become an utterly destroyed heap of ruins in one night, but according to these verses, the cities of Aroer located on the northern bank of the Arnon River east of the Dead Sea will also be deserted just like Damascus.  We can see that these areas will not be destroyed in the same manner as Damascus will be.  It only states that they will be deserted.  Could it be that these people flea these cities out of fear from what just happened to Damascus?  We can also see from the passage that many of the fortified cities of northern Israel will be destroyed.  Furthermore, those who will remain in Aram located southeast of Damascus will also share the same fate as those northern Israeli cities
And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.  And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.  Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel” (Isaiah 17:4-6).
The panorama of destruction is seen as scripture describes the landscape of Israel as being stripped bare of people.  Ultimately, this destruction will serve to awaken Israel to faith and dependence upon the God of the Bible and cause them to turn away from looking to their idols, which is the whole purpose for the disaster in the first place …
At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.  And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.  In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.  Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow” (Isaiah 17:7-11).
The wages of turning their faith away from God and onto the things of the world will reap a bitter harvest of grief, sorrow and bitter disappointment.  God takes idol worship and reverence of them very seriously and he will not let it stand.  We are now beginning to see the open displays of this here in America with the display of the Arch of Baal in front of the U.S. Capitol very recently.  In the midst of Israel’s day of grief and reckoning, they will ultimately face an imminent invasion …
Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.  And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us” (Isaiah 17:12-14).
With Damascus and northern Israel in a ravaged and weakened state, it is then that Israel will experience the onslaught of an attempted invasion by it’s enemies for it’s ultimate destruction for good.  It is at this point that God himself intervenes and destroys the invaders himself.  This invasion force event can be foreseen in Psalm 83 which describes the preliminary wars that lead to the invasion of Ezekiel 38 & 39 by Russia and it’s allies:
Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.  Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.  Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.  O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.  As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.  Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.  Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth (Psalm 83).
Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.  Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.  How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!  Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the Lord of hosts.  And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad” (Jeremiah 49:23-27).
The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos all foresaw the destruction of Damascus, including the cities and territories under the control of Damascus and it’s ruling family.  Isaiah even hints that the destruction of Damascus will be the result of the children of Israel.  Damascus as a city has survived throughout the centuries.  It has never been totally destroyed as a “ruinous heap” or been forsaken in total desolation, particularly as a result of Israel’s military. 
In the Arab-Israeli wars of the 20th century, Israel never destroyed Damascus.  Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the future destruction of Damascus when it will cease to exist as a city.  Jeremiah and Amos put the downfall of Damascus in the context of being destroyed by fire.  This destruction may also apply to Lebanon as Lebanon has essentially been a puppet government under the control of Syria and a terrorist safe haven.  Isaiah 10 provides a link between the destruction of Lebanon and the destruction of Syria at a time when a remnant of Israel will return.  Of course, as we all know now, Israel returned to statehood in 1948 as scripture foretold …
While we are watching Damascus, Syria like prophecy watch hawks, we would also do well to pay close attention to Lebanon as we can clearly see from Isaiah 10.  We can surely see the day approaching with a swiftness.  The destruction of Damascus is undeniably a part of the end time scenario that will lead into the war of Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38 & 39 directly involving Russia and it’s allies including Iran – and then – the Tribulation period.  It is big piece of the prophetic puzzle – it is a sign to us that the departure of the body of born again believers from off of the earth (the rapture) is drawing near followed by the harsh judgement of the Tribulation for those left behind. 
It is speculated by some that those of us in the body of Christ (born again) will still be here on Earth to see the destruction of Damascus before the rapture.  If so, let’s be assured that if we wake up one morning and find out that Damascus has been wiped out, our disappearance is extremely close.  On the other hand, we may not be here to see it … in which case, if we see the doom of Damascus approaching, our departure is that much closer.  In fact, in another article, I present the case that the destruction of Damascus will occur immediately after the rapture according to a most interesting display of a timing sequence revealed in the book of Isaiah (see the link below).
Damascus has now become a lightning rod of military tension.  From here, it’s all dark clouds and doom for Damascus.  The countdown to her destruction looms. 



By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai
Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.
This Syrian political decision is based on a clear position taken by Russia in Syria following the downing of its aircraft on September 18 this year. In 2015 when the Russian military landed in Syria, it informed the parties concerned (i.e. Syria, Iran and Israel) that it had no intention to interfere in the conflict between them and Hezbollah and that it would not stand in the way of Tel Aviv’s planes bombing Hezbollah military convoys on their way to Lebanon or Iranian military warehouses not allocated to the war in Syria. This was a commitment to remain an onlooker if Israel hit Iranian military objectives or Hezbollah convoys transporting arms to Hezbollah from Syria to Lebanon, within Syrian territory. It also informed Israel that it would not accept any attacks on its allies (Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies) engaged in fighting ISIS, al-Qaeda and its allies. 
Israel respected the will of Moscow until the beginning of 2018, when it started to attack Iranian bases and Syrian military warehouses, though it never attacked a Hezbollah military position. Israel justified its attack against the Iranian base, a military facility called T4, by claiming it had sent drones over Israel. Tel Aviv considered violation of its neighbours’ sovereignty as its exclusive prerogative. Damascus and Iran have responded with at least one confirmed shooting down of an Israeli F-16. Israel started to attack Syrian warehouses, mainly where Iranian missiles were stored. Iran has replaced every single destroyed warehouse with other more sophisticated precision missiles, capable of hitting any objective in Israel.
However, Russia’s neutrality towards Israel in the Levant turned out to be quite expensive. It has lost more than Iran, especially after the downing of its IL-20, and with it, 15 officers highly trained to use the most advanced communication and espionage systems.
Russia then brought to Syria its long-awaited advanced S-300 missiles and delivered them to the Syrian army while maintaining electronic coordination and radar command. The S-300 poses a danger to Israeli jets only if these violate Syrian airspace. Tel Aviv has kept its planes out of Syria since last September but launched long range missiles against a couple of targets.
For many months, the Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Only through real harassment by the latter did Putin finally accept to briefly meet with Netanyahu over lunch or around the dinner table during a large Summit or meeting of Heads of State, without however accepting any compromise or reconciliation. Russia has now taken a clear position and has no intention of extending its embrace or pardon to Israel. Russia felt that its generosity (by closing its eyes to Israel’s activities in Syria) was neither recognised nor sufficiently appreciated by Tel Aviv. 
This week, Moscow agreed to receive an Israeli military delegation led by Major-General Aharon Haliva,  following Israel’s insistence on breaking the ice between the two countries. However, Russia’s position is not expected to change in Syria and no Israeli bombing of Syrian or Iranian targets will be tolerated.
According to these sources, “Russia has informed Israel that there are Russian officers present at every Syrian or Iranian military base and that any strike against Syrian or Iranian objectives would hit Russian forces as well. Putin will not allow his soldiers and officers to be struck down by Israel’s direct or indirect bombing”.
Moreover, Russia has given Syria the green light – said the source- to strike Israel at any time if and when Tel Aviv’s planes launch raids against Syrian military targets or launch long-range missiles without flying over Syria (for fear of the S-300 and to avoid seeing its jets downed over Syria or Lebanon). 
The source confirmed that Syria – contrary to what Israel claims – now has the most accurate missiles, which can hit any target inside Israel. The Syrian armed forces have received unrevealed long and medium-range missiles from Iran. These operate on the GLONASS system – the abbreviation for Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, the Russian version of the GPS. Thus, the delivery of Iran and the manufacture of missiles inside Syria (and Lebanon) is now complete. Israel, however, claims it has destroyed Syria’s missile capability, including that of the missiles delivered by Iran. According to the source, Damascus controls a very large number of precision missiles, notwithstanding those destroyed by Israel. “In Iran, the cheapest and most accessible items are the Sabzi and the missiles”, said the source.
The new Syrian rule of engagement – according to the source – is now as follows: an airport will be hit if Israel hits an airport, and any attack on a barracks or command and control centre will result in an attack on similar target in Israel. It appears that the decision has been taken at the highest level and a clear “bank of objectives” has now been set in place.
The rules of engagement are changing and situation in the Levant theatre is becoming more dangerous; regional and international confrontations are still possible. The Middle East will not be quiet unless the Syrian war ends—a war in which the two superpowers, Europe, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have played essential roles. The final chapters have not yet been written.



The political, cultural and economic battle lines are being drawn throughout the West in stark clarity. A real war – so far, thankfully, non-violent for the most part – is taking place between the forces of internationalism, otherwise known as “globalism,” and those who value the sovereignty and uniqueness of individual groups of people comprised in the nation-state.
It’s clear that progressives are squarely in the camp of internationalism, seeing displays of local patriotism as “jingoism,” “xenophobia,” “racism” and whatever other silly words they can come up with. It’s also clear that the leading populist movements making headway today identify with nationalism, with President Trump, elected to be a true change agent for America, openly pronouncing himself an adherent of that very term.
Where, then, does this leave members of the spent force that dominated Republican politics for some 30-odd years? The news that The Weekly Standard, a sort of flagship publication for neoconservatism, is ceasing publication showcases the precipitous decline in the fortunes of what has become a thoroughly discredited ideology. The Standard announced on December 14 that it was shutting its doors, citing “double-digit declines in its subscriber base all but one year since 2013.”
With their own base crumbling beneath them, neoconservatives are going to have to choose a side in the ongoing struggle of the day. In point of fact, however, they’ve been on one side all along, with the ridiculously inappropriate term “conservative” serving as a mere fig leaf to disguise their true orientation.
After all, there is nothing conservative about promoting endless intervention abroad, nonstop wars that have drained our national treasury and open borders in the pursuit of cheap labor, er, “free trade.”
Neocon icon Bill Kristol, co-founder of the now-dead Weekly Standard, has himself said the Never Trumpers who make up his dwindling band of followers should “rebrand” as liberals. 
The reason, whether overtly stated or not, is that populism is the ultimate dirty word to these people. This is the real reason why any support for President Trump whatsoever is unthinkable. As Democrats continue to lurch hard to the left and populist nationalists stand with Trump, the neocons will be forced to come clean and publicly join the forces opposed to those who want to reclaim their governments in the name of the people.
In fact, they’ve already begun to do just that. Prominent neocon think tank the American Enterprise Institute has joined up with staunch leftist organization The Center for American Progress to oppose the wave of what the two groups derisively label “authoritarian populism” sweeping over Europe and America. The two seemingly opposed yet in fact quite compatible organisations share a stated aim to “defend” the “international order” that is being imposed on the people of the West. A joint statement by the two groups reads:
“The defense and rebuilding of democratic politics and discourse … requires sustained intellectual engagement. It demands a reinvigorated case for how liberal democracy, openness, pluralism, and a rules-based international order can deliver on the promise of shared prosperity and common security.”
Further reading fully exposes the false representations of “free trade” as a “conservative” pursuit and “migration” as a matter for progressive support, as the leftist and the neocon groups both agree to support these twin snakeheads of globalism.
“As a general rule, openness – both to trade and migration – makes societies more prosperous and resilient,” the joint statement reads. “Policymakers need to make sure that the benefits of openness are shared fairly, but going back to a world of autarchic, closed societies is not an option.”
None of this should be surprising to those who know the roots of the neoconservative movement that hijacked the Republican Party in the late ’80s. Irving Kristol, the father of Bill and a leading founder of neoconservatism, was a Trotskyite who was suspected by the FBI of associating with Soviet spies.
When Bill Kristol talks of channeling his “inner socialist” is this what he is referring to?
Flushed from their comfortable camouflage as “conservatives,” there are two options available to these strident opponents of populist nationalism. They can openly ally with progressive leftists, shamelessly discarding their past declarations of belief in “small government” and “individualism” in the process, or they can seek a new home in the key support structures of globalism: international institutions like the United Nations and the European Union, big box media organizations, and monopolistic social media outlets.
This second path seems the most likely. That joint AEI-CAP statement explicitly endorses the European Commission’s attempts to come up with “a ‘code of principles’ that online platforms and social networks should follow.” It explicitly supports these companies fixing their algorithms to “facilitate users’ access to real news stories,” i.e., only the news these elitists want people to read.
But the Yellow Vests are out and the jig is up, Mr. Kristol. Why not show some rare intellectual honesty and come right out and declare your true loyalty to the New World Order globalist establishment? Another fake conservative magazine is not going to accomplish anything anymore. We’re past all that now.



The Israeli military uncovered over the weekend a fourth cross-border attack tunnel that it says the Hezbollah terror group dug into Israel from southern Lebanon.
The Israel Defense Forces refused to specify where the tunnel was found, but said the “relevant local governments” were notified of its location. “The tunnel is under IDF control and does not present a threat,” the army said in a statement.
The IDF filled the tunnel with explosives — as it did with the three other tunnels it exposed in recent weeks — in order to ensure that it could not be used to carry out an attack.
“Whoever enters it from the Lebanese side forfeits his life,” the army said in a statement.
The attack tunnels were found as part of the army’s ongoing Operation Northern Shield, an effort to find and destroy passages dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon.
Operation Northern Shield has raised tensions of a possible fresh conflict on the volatile border, which has seen two wars in recent decades, though Lebanon has downplayed chances of war so long as Israeli troops do not cross the border. United Nation peacekeepers have also stepped up patrols to ensure the frontier remains calm.
The specific number of tunnels that Israel believes were dug from Lebanon, as well as other information about the operation, cannot be published by order of the military censor.

As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.
The mood was light as the crowd observed what Israel says is a military operation — dubbed “Northern Shield” — aimed at destroying attack tunnels built by Hezbollah. The young men posed for selfies, with the Israeli crew in the background, as they burned fires and brewed tea to keep warm.
But Lebanese soldiers were visibly on high alert, deploying to new camouflaged posts behind sandbags and inside abandoned homes. About two dozen UN peacekeepers stood in a long line, just ahead of the blue line demarcating the frontier between the two countries technically still at war.
The scene highlights the palpable anxiety that any misstep could lead to a conflagration between Israel and Lebanon that no one seems to want.
Underscoring such jitters, shadowy figures appearing across the misty hills of the border village of Mays al-Jabal last weekend sparked concern, and Israeli soldiers fired in the air to warn the men to stay away. Israel later said it fired at Hezbollah members who came to the site to dismantle sensors installed to detect tunnels. Lebanon said it was a Lebanese military intelligence patrol.
Israel’s tunnel search comes at a time when the civil war in neighboring Syria seems to be winding down. Hezbollah had sent hundreds of troops to Syria in 2013 to fight alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. With Assad’s forces emerging victorious, attention now seems to be returning to the tense Israel-Lebanon border.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Thursday that neither Israel nor Lebanon wanted to go to war, but noted that Israel violates Lebanese airspace and international waters on a regular basis.
He said the Lebanese army “will deal with this issue” after receiving a full report from the UN peacekeeping force, but did not elaborate.
The peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, has confirmed the presence of tunnels and said it is working with both sides to address the situation in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
It is hard to forget about war in the villages and towns along the frontier. Pictures of Hezbollah fighters who died in the 2006 war, as well as the one raging in neighboring Syria, known locally as the “Sacred Defense,” are everywhere. Posts on town squares boast of defeating Israel or urge the locals to “know their enemy.”



Washington has absolutely no say in the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline deal, and pressuring Germany into dumping the project equates to meddling in other nations’ domestic affairs, Senator Konstantin Kosachev said.
The calls for Berlin to halt the pipeline’s construction are “blatant and brazen interference into the affairs of its sovereign partners,” something Washington “has no right to do,” the lawmaker wrote on social media on Sunday.
The Nord Stream 2 project is designed to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The US Department of State earlier urged Berlin “to heed the concerns of the many neighbors whose security will be damaged by this pipeline.”
Kosachev, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, denounced the US attempts to pressure its NATO ally as “very dangerous for the whole world and destructive for international cooperation.”
“Such line of action goes directly against the interests of any state, which is not a US satellite.”
In recent weeks, Washington has stepped up its frequent attempts to derail the construction of the pipeline, citing European energy security and threats to US interests. On Monday, US Congress passed a resolution, calling for sanctions against the project. The US officials argued Moscow will use the pipeline for “coercive political aims,” and it will make Ukraine lose the transit fees it collects from transporting Russian gas to Europe.
Moscow, however, views the US opposition to Nord Stream 2 as part of a scheme to gain an upper hand in the energy trade competition. Germany, too, has been rebuffing Washington’s calls to scrap the pipeline. “It would still be built,” the nation’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said two weeks ago.
Back in July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed US President Donald Trump for suggesting that relying on gas from Russia makes Berlin a “captive” of Moscow. “We can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions,” Merkel stressed.



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