This Happened On Planet Earth..April 2019..End Times Signs
Published on Apr 19, 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.
Russia scrambles warships to track NATO-Russia warns US to give up Military Force in Venezuela
Published on Apr 19, 2019
You will hear the following in this Broadcast: -Pentagon confirms NK test launch, says not ballistic missile -North Korea’s Kim to Meet Putin as Tensions Rise with US -North Korea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks; tests tactical weapon -US and Russia in nuclear FACE OFF in Red Sea region in wrestle for power -Russia’s Baltic Sea Fleet forces tracking NATO ship group in the Baltic -Russia scrambles warships to track NATO battlegroup in Baltic Sea as tensions surge -Moscow Calls on US to Give Up Idea of Forceful Intervention in Venezuela -Bolton WARNS Venezuela: Monroe Doctrine ‘Alive and Well’
PUTIN ANGRY: RUSSIA WARNS NATO AS TENSIONS SPIKE IN BACK SEA
Published on Apr 19, 2019
RUSSIA will take direct action to counter NATO’s drills in the Black Sea, a member of President Vladimir Putin’s government has said.
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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
Eph. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph. 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
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:
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PEARLS BEFORE SWINE
Teacher » Pearls Before Swine
QUESTION: If we are to share the Gospel with others, then what did the Lord mean when he said, “Give not what is Holy to dogs, nor cast not your pearls before swine.”? Are we supposed to discern who to share with? I always thought we were to be witnesses to all we meet in life. What did the Lord mean by this?
ANSWER: You’re referring to Matt. 7:6 which says,
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
In Matt. 7:1-5 the Lord had been warning us not to judge others and to make sure we’ve got our own spiritual life in order before telling other people how they should live theirs.
Unless we’re called to be a public evangelist, I believe we should concentrate on sharing the gospel with those who have expressed an interest in learning about it based on what they have observed in us. Trying to push the gospel on someone who isn’t interested and with whom we have no credibility is like giving something holy to dogs or casting our pearls before swine.
The Lord completed this thought by saying when we ignore His advice we run the risk of having unbelievers ridicule the Gospel (trampling it under their feet) and then accuse us of hypocrisy for not practising what we preach (tearing us to pieces).
Witnesses testify to things they have personally observed. Our own changed life is our most powerful testimony.
DOES JESUS FEEL OUR PAIN?
QUESTION: I was wondering if you believe that God enters into our suffering as well as having already suffered for our sins? If so, do you know how He does this? Does He feel our current pain and/or anguish right along with us, or is it a type of suffering that I might have with a friend, more like compassion?
ANSWER: I believe the Lord understands our pain and suffering, having experienced pain that was more severe than any we’ll ever feel. Isaiah 53:3-4 says He was familiar with suffering and that He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. The Hebrew words here refer to physical suffering and pain as well as emotional distress. The pain and suffering He endured on the cross allow Him to identify with ours. That makes it more than an intellectual understanding of what we’re going through. It’s a very personal thing for Him.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)
Pain is a consequence of evil having come into the world and as long as it’s here there will be pain. But Jesus took up our sickness and carried our pain when He went to the cross. Because of the punishment He took on our behalf we can be healed from our pain (Isaiah 53:4-5). That means we can pray for healing from the sickness and pain we periodically feel and be encouraged to know there’s a day coming when it will all end forever.
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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
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
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
CHRISTIAN AND RELIGIOUS WORLD NEWS:
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
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
THE WAR OF GOG OF MAGOG – A coalition of Nations led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to attack Israel
PEACE BEFORE THE BATTLE?
QUESTION: Is it likely that we will see a peace agreement before the looming attack by the neighboring Arab countries, much like the previous land for peace agreements? Or is it just as likely that the covenant will come after the attack?
ANSWER: The battle foretold in Psalm 83 doesn’t appear to hint of any peace treaty between Israel and its attackers before it happens. As for Ezekiel 38 there is at least the perception of peace preceding the attack (Ezekiel 38:11). Whether there’s an official agreement or not, no one knows. Daniel 9:27 says the coming world leader will confirm (enforce) a covenant with Israel at the outset of Daniel’s 70th Week. Some take that to mean an agreement will already be in place but either hasn’t been activated or has been violated. This is likely to be the case if Daniel 9:27 is fulfilled shortly after the battle of Ezekiel 38 as I believe will happen.
In the past when God dealt primarily with Israel there was no church and when He turned His attention toward the church Israel disappeared. The Lord’s brother James confirmed the setting aside of Israel during the Church Age in Acts 15.
If the past is an indication of the future, the Church will have to disappear in the Rapture when God turns His attention back on Israel in the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39. This is the major reason why Christians watch for signs of Ezekiel’s battle so intently.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the 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)
THE PASSOVER AND THE RESURRECTION
Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The Passover coincides with the final days of Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. It is the picture of Christ being the true Passover Lamb, the sacrifice that liberates mankind from sin, as did God free the Israelites from the bondage in Egypt. The crucifixion of Christ took place as the Passover lambs were being sacrificed in the temple in Jerusalem. The Hebrew calendar starts its days from sundown to sundown, making its timing far different than the Gregorian calendar that we follow. The Pesach sacrifice (sacrifice of the Passover lambs) needed to be completed before sundown on Nisan 14 (which is Friday on the Hebrew calendar this year). The Messiah was nailed to the cross, suffered, and died before sundown on Nisan 14.
Christ entered Jerusalem on the 10 th of Nisan, which is the day that the devoted Jews were choosing their Passover lambs. This is referenced in Matthew 21 where the great multitude spread their garments and branches on the way saying in verse 9,
“Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
Jesus went to the temple and overturned the money changers, his authority was questioned by the religious leaders, and he gave the great commandments,
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…and the second one is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
He also sat with his disciples and taught the chronology of what would happen in the end of days. This is called the Olivet Discourse.
Christ stated to his disciples in Matthew 26:2,
“Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”
He then held an early Seder in which he spoke of the wine as his blood and the bread as his body. The events of the evening (sundown marking the beginning of Friday on the Hebrew Calendar) followed where Christ was taken in the garden, brought before the priests who sought a false witness to put him to death, but as Matthew 26:60 says, “But found none.” He was taken before Pilate who also could find no fault in him, but allowed the people to decide if he should be crucified. These events follow the examination of the Passover Lamb who had no blemish.
As the Passover lambs were being sacrificed, Christ was crucified. He was buried on Nissan 14 (still Thursday on the Hebrew Calendar this year) before the beginning of Shabbat (Friday on the Hebrew Calendar this year) and the Passover Feast. He remained in the grave until sometime after sundown (end of Nissan 16, Saturday on the Hebrew Calendar this year), the beginning of Nissan 17 and the dawn of the first day of the week (Sunday on the Hebrew Calendar this year). Matthew 28:1
“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher”.
Christ is the true Passover Lamb as stated in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,” and John 1:29,
“Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”
WHEN IS PASSOVER (This Year 2019)?
The festival, which usually lasts for eight days, starts at nightfall on Friday April 19 and ends at nightfall on SATURDAY APRIL 27. THIS YEAR IT COINCIDES WITH EASTER. Is this the time when the Jewish Nation was TAKEN OUT of bondage in Egypt. Makes you wonder?
The new commander of the IDF’s Ground Forces said Thursday the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah was still planning to carry out a surprise invasion of northern Israel, despite the recent Israeli operation to uncover and destroy an extensive network of cross-border attack tunnels dug by the Iran-backed militia.
Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick was tapped to lead the military’s Ground Forces in February, amid increased criticism charging that Israeli troops were not prepared for war. His comments came less than four mos after the IDF concluded its anti-tunnel operation along the Lebanese border.
“Hezbollah still has plans to invade the Galilee,” he told the Ynet news site in an interview, referring to entering Israeli territory through a cross-border tunnel network. “Of course we won’t allow that to happen, we will thwart these plans.”
In December, Israel accused Hezbollah of digging cross-border tunnels into its territory from southern Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them.
According to the army, Hezbollah had planned to use the tunnels to kidnap or kill civilians or soldiers, and to seize a slice of Israeli territory in the event of any hostilities.
The IDF did not give a total figure for the tunnels found, though it announced in January that six were destroyed during the course of the operation.
Strick also voiced support for declaring war on Lebanon.
“In the next war, it would be a mistake for us to distinguish between the state of Lebanon and Hezbollah, since Hezbollah is a political actor and part of the government,” Strick said.
Strick also threatened to destroy Syria’s S-300 system if were to be used against Israeli fighter jets, regardless of the potential blowback Jerusalem would face from Russia, which provided its ally Syria with the powerful air defense battery.
ERDOGAN: FORM ‘ARMY OF ISLAM’ TO DESTROY ISRAEL IN 10 DAYS
An article in a Turkish paper with close ties to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exposes the regime’s desire to form an “Army of Islam” to attack and destroy the State of Israel.
The article calls on the 57 member nations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) throughout the Muslim world to join forces against the Israeli “occupiers” who would then be vastly outnumbered and unable to defend their country.
Translated and posted by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), the article details how combined ground, air and naval forces could defeat Israel militarily in 10 days and diplomatically in 20 days, thereby liberating “Palestine.”
According to MEMRI’s well-documented post, the article’s key points came from the website of Turkey’s SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which promotes pan-Islamic military cooperation.
SADAT was founded by President Erdogan’s senior military advisor, Adnan Tanriverdi. The group provides information on “conventional and unconventional defense and warfare.” Its mission statement envisions helping “the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers.”
Citing Israeli security sources, MEMRI notes that SADAT provides funding and military equipment to Hamas in the Gaza Strip with the goal of creating a Palestinian army to fight Israel.
“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world,” the article states. “These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100.”
The article in that Turkish daily, which is called Yeni Safak, describes Israel’s population (just over 8 million) and military forces “as significantly inferior,” noting that the population of Istanbul, Turkey’s capital, is more than 14 million.
“The military capability of the OIC member states is considerable,” the paper says. “These armies have the necessary equipment to carry out a military operation on land, sea and air.”
It continues. “Turkey alone is superior [to Israel]” and “will serve as an important headquarters during the operation due to its land, air and naval infrastructures.” And he says, Turkey is actively pursuing and renewing alliances with Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa.”Those who believe that they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not find a single tree to hide behind tomorrow,” he concludes.
IRAN COORDINATING MILITARY WINGS OF HAMAS/HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON AND GAZA
The relative calm prevailing on Israel’s border with Hamas-ruled Gaza is deceptive. Hamas has not changed its terrorist spots, only switched fronts, DEBKAfile’s exclusive counter-terrorism sources report.
Hamas’s military wing, Ezz e-Din al-Qassam, was not persuaded by the excessive concessions that Israel and Egypt granted the Gaza Strip to give up the mob violence of firebombs and grenades against Israeli troops guarding the Gaza border in the past year, or to withhold the explosive balloons and rocket volleys aimed into Israel.
Relative calm for the time being was not bought by the monthly river of Qatari dollars or the cash released by a UN fund which had collected $300 m from donor governments.
While pretending to Israel and Egypt to be ready for a long-term truce, Hamas leaders have by no means given up on their terror campaign against Israel. Far from it. They have simply decided that the Gaza confrontation has done its work and yielded lucrative returns and were persuaded to switch fronts and move north into Lebanon.
This was not Hamas’ brainchild. It came from Iran’s Middle East commander, Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani. He directed the Hizballah secretary Hassan Nasrallah to sell it to two Hamas leaders, Saleh al-Arouri, head of the organization’s terror networks, who was spending time in Beirut, and Osama Hamdan, head of Hamas’ Lebanese office.
The Soleimani plan hinges on Hizballah raising a new Palestinian force of 3,000 recruits from the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon under the label of “The Hamas Return,” the sequel to the “March of Return” applied to the violence emanating from Gaza in the past year. These recruits would undergo a special three-month training course, at the end of which they would be given arms, including heavy artillery and short-range surface rockets, and posted in South Lebanon opposite the Israeli border. But before then, the first Palestinian recruits were to be placed in position in time for Israel’s Independence Day on May 9.
Additional features of Soleimani’s project:
Hamas’ new northern front would be activated in coordination with the Gaza violence, creating a seesaw of terror against Israel.
Israel’s military reprisals are expected to focus on the new Hamas Lebanese force rather than jeopardizing the huge investment made in Gaza by Israel, Egypt, Qatar and the UN.
The Lebanese-based “Hamas Return” militia will be backed by Hizballah, with which Israel has avoided clashes in recent years.
Enhanced Hamas influence in the Palestinian camps of Lebanon will further undermine the Palestinian Authority’s chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Some of the Lebanese contingent’s officers will be assigned to the Gaza Strip as coordinators between the two forces.
DEBKAfile’s counter-terrorism sources disclose that some 2,500 young Palestinians men have already enlisted to the new Hamas force and are undergoing training at Hizballah facilities in central Lebanon and the Beqaa Valley. Most have come from the refugee camps outside Sidon and Tyre, and in Beirut and Baalbek. Hamas has made its senior representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, responsible for the new militia.
This week, Lebanese intelligence chiefs warned Hamdan and Arouri that Israeli intelligence and its special forces are preparing to attack the leaders of the “Hamas Return” militia and the Hizballah facilities where they are training, in order to nip the entire project in the bud before it is ready for action.
As protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy on April 10 in Manila, to express their outrage at China’s naval aggression, U.S. and Filipino troops conducted a joint military exercise in the South China Sea, aimed at preparing the Philippines to “deal with any potential island invasion.”
Any such shift on the part of Manila towards Moscow should cause Washington to step up its engagement with the Philippines, to prevent Chinese and Russian attempts at controlling the South China Sea’s rich resources and China possibly seizing it as a maritime chokepoint.
Increased Chinese encroachment on the Spratly Islands—and a recent “goodwill visit” of Russian Navy ships to the Philippines—should be cause for alarm in Washington.
In recent years, Beijing-Manila relations improved to the point where Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed 29 cooperation agreements, including a memorandum of understanding on joint oil and gas development in the South China Sea.
In response to criticism in the Philippines over what was viewed as Duterte’s dangerous appeasement of Beijing—which historically has failed to respect Manila’s claimed maritime borders or its claimed rights to the South China Sea’s valuable resources—Duterte justified his position on the grounds that “China is [in the South China Sea]… that is the reality, and America and everybody should realize that they are there.”
The sighting of the Chinese vessels near Thitu, however, concerned even Duterte, who told Beijing to “lay off” the island, yet stopped short of threatening military action.
This is where the United States and Russia come into play.
As protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy on April 10 in Manila, to express their outrage at China’s naval aggression, U.S. and Filipino troopsconducted a joint military exercise in the South China Sea, partly aimed at preparing the Philippines to “deal with any potential island invasion.” According to Channel News Asia:
Two days earlier, two Russian destroyers and a tanker—classified by the Russian Navy as “large, anti-submarine ships”—docked in the Philippines; it was the second Russian Navy visit to the Philippines this year. The first visit was in January, the same month that Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that Manila should “revisit” its Mutual Defense Treaty with the U.S.
For years, currency analysts have looked for signs of an international monetary “reset” that would diminish the dollar’s role as the leading reserve currency and replace it with a substitute agreed upon at some Bretton Woods-style monetary conference.
That push has been accelerated by Washington’s use of the dollar as a weapon of financial warfare, including the application of sanctions. The U.S. uses the dollar strategically to reward friends and punish enemies.
The use of the dollar as a weapon is not limited to trade wars and currency wars, although the dollar is used tactically in those disputes. The dollar is much more powerful than that.
The dollar can be used for regime change by creating hyperinflation, bank runs and domestic dissent in countries targeted by the U.S. The U.S. can depose the governments of its adversaries, or at least blunt their policies without firing a shot.
But for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
As the U.S. wields the dollar weapon more frequently, the rest of the world works harder to shun the dollar completely.
I’ve been warning for years about efforts of nations like Russia and China to escape what they call “dollar hegemony” and create a new financial system that does not depend on the dollar and helps them get out from under dollar-based economic sanctions.
These efforts are only increasing.
Russia has sold off almost all of its dollar-denominated U.S. Treasury securities and has reduced its dollar asset position to almost zero. It has been amassing massive quantities of gold, and has increased the gold portion of its official reserves to over 20%. Russia has almost 2,000 tonnes of gold, having more than tripled its gold reserves in the past 10 years. It has actually acquired enough gold to surpass China on the list of major holders of gold as official reserves.
This combination of fewer Treasuries and more gold puts Russia on a path to full insulation from U.S. financial sanctions. Russia can settle its balance of payments obligations with gold shipments or gold sales and avoid U.S. asset freezes by not holding assets the U.S. can reach.
And Russia is providing other nations a model to achieve similar distance from U.S. efforts to use the dollar to enforce its foreign policy priorities.
Certainly any talk of a monetary reset must involve China. Despite its present weakness, China is still the second-largest economy in the world and the fastest-growing major emerging market. Like Russia, China is amassing gold, and likely has far more gold than it officially lists. It has also been helping to suppress gold prices so that it can buy gold cheaply without driving up the price.
Europe has also shown signs that it wants to escape dollar hegemony. For example, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called for a new EU-based payments system independent of the U.S. and SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) that would not involve dollar payments.
SWIFT in the nerve center of the global financial network. All major banks transfer all major currencies using the SWIFT message system. Cutting a nation off from SWIFT is like taking away its oxygen.
In the longer run, these are just more developments pushing the world at large away from dollars and toward alternatives of all kinds, including new payment systems and cryptocurrencies. The signs of a reset are everywhere, but at least for now the dollar is still king of the hill.
Another challenger to the dollar is the IMF’s special drawing rights or SDRs. The SDR is a form of world money printed by the IMF. It was created in 1969 as the realization of an earlier idea for world money called the “bancor,” proposed by John Maynard Keynes at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944.
In that case, the replacement of the dollar could happen almost overnight. Individuals will not be allowed to own SDRs, but you can still protect you wealth by buying gold. That’s what Russia and China are doing. Both countries have more than tripled their gold reserves since 2009.
But attacks on the dollar are not limited to gold or SDRs themselves. The most imminent threat to the dollar actually comes from a combination of gold and digital currency.
The fact that Russia and China have been acquiring gold is old news. Still, there are practical problems with using gold as a form of currency, including storage and transportation costs. But Russia is solving these transactional hurdles by combining its gold position with distributed ledger, or blockchain technology.
The development of a gold-backed digital currency is just one more sign that dollar dominance in global finance may end sooner than most expect. And we may be getting dangerously close to that point right now.
Videos: M6.1 earthquake jolts Taiwan, causing highrises in Taipei to sway violently and school children to flee their classrooms
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has jolted Hualien, Taiwan, causing highrises in Taipei to sway violently and school children to flee their classrooms in eastern Yilan county on April 18, 2019 (UTC). The same city was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake last year that killed 17 people.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien, shaking buildings and temporarily suspending subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE: Lights swaying and flickering in this office in Hualien as a 6.1-magnitude quake rattled the city https://t.co/N8BO77J2Mc pic.twitter.com/CFS2ODFOh7
— CNA (@ChannelNewsAsia) April 18, 2019
Local television footage showed school children being evacuated from buildings, while a weather bureau official said Thursday’s quake was the largest to hit the island so far this year.
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits coastal city Hualian of Taiwan at 0301 GMT today – strong tremors were felt in Fujian province southeast China – May our brothers and sisters in Taiwan be safe and God bless pic.twitter.com/WXg55lJCGw
— Eva Zheng 郑怡斌 عائشة (@evazhengll) April 18, 2019
It struck at 1:01pm local time (05:01 GMT) at a depth of 18km.
Map of felt reports received so far following the #earthquake M6.1 in Taiwan 45 min ago pic.twitter.com/Mvl139Mbcp
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that people living near the coast could notice some effects on sea levels, but said there would be no tsunami.
RT Echinanews “#Latest on Taiwan earthquake:
– Tremor felt in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces
– Taiwan’s high-speed rail shut down for at least 20 min
– People reportedly trapped in Taiwan’s Hualien County
– Two tourists reportedly injured by falli… pic.twitter.com/lleBww6kg3”
Christians are slowly waking up the fact that there is no such thing as privacy and any comments in the public realm that don’t line up with the status quo could get them fired.
The latest example is Kristy Higgs of Fairford, Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom who posted opposition on her personal Face-book page to teaching about homosexuality and transgenderism in the nation’s schools.
“They are brainwashing our children,” Higgs wrote. “Relationships and Sex Education education means, for example, that children will be taught that all relationships are equally valid and ‘normal,’ so that same-sex marriage is exactly the same as traditional marriage and that gender is a matter of choice, not biology, so that it’s up to them what sex they are.”
“At the same, it means that expressing and teaching fundamental Christian beliefs relating to the creation of men and women and marriage will in practice become forbidden because they conflict with the new morality and are seen as indoctrination into unacceptable religious bigotry,” she added.
She additionally shared an article to her Face-book account about two transgender-centered children’s books that are being utilized in American schools, writing above the link, “This is happening in our primary schools now.”
According to the organization Christian Concern, Higgs’ posts were only visible to her friends. One unidentified individual who saw her comments contacted Higgs’ place of employment, Farmor’s School in Fairford, to lodge a complaint.
Following an investigation and a six-hour hearing, Higgs was dismissed from her duties at the school where she worked. Reasons provided for her firing included “illegal discrimination,” “serious inappropriate use of social media” and “online comments that could bring the school into disrepute and damage the reputation of the school.”
Higgs says, however, that she feels that she is the one being discriminated against.
“I have been punished for sharing concerns about Relationships and Sex Education. I hold these views because of my Christian beliefs, beliefs and views which are shared by hundreds of thousands of parents across the UK,” she said in a statement. “My number one concern has always been the effect that learning about sex and gender in school will have on children at such a young age.”
Christian Concern and The Christian Legal Centre are now assisting Higgs with the matter.
“Many Christians have faced pressure for expressing these views in the workplace before, but in this case, Kristie has been dismissed for sharing her views among friends on Face-book,” said Chief Executive Andrea Williams. “What Kristie shared on Face-book simply reflects the genuine and justified concerns of a parent about the sexual ideology currently being imposed on her own children and thousands of children across the UK.”
Kristy, however is not the only Christian to find herself in these circumstances. Christians in several different countries including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States have encountered the same persecution and loss of job for expressing personal opinions on social media that were considered “hateful”.
First, the case of a young woman named Madeline. In Canberra, Australia, an 18-year-old contract worker for the company Capital Kids Parties was let go after she put up a Face-book filter expressing her opposition to a same sex marriage vote. Her message read simply, “It’s OK to vote no”.
According to her employer, Madlin Sims, this opinion was too “homophobic” to be tolerated. The boss went on to add, “Advertising your desire to vote no for same sex marriage is, in my eyes, hate speech. Voting no is homophobic. Advertising your homophobia is hate speech.”
Any opposing viewpoints, no matter how reasonably expressed or moral in nature, seem to fit her definition of “hate speech”. She went so far as to call Madeline’s beliefs “dangerous to children” in case she might voice her beliefs and encourage youngsters to believe in the sanctity of marriage.
Next, take the case of Charlene Carter of Aurora, Colorado. She was fired from Southwest Airlines for objecting to her union’s support for abortion. The veteran flight attendant found out that the union had paid to send its officials to attend pro-abortion marches.
The union dues that she was required to pay were being used to fund a campaign that promoted the murder unborn babies, and this prompted her use Face-book to express her concern as well as contact Aubrey Stone, a union leader.
After her termination, she is now suing for religious discrimination, alleging that “Stone and her company’s actions represented retaliation over her bid to stop paying compelled fees for its political, ideological, and other non-bargaining spending, and to engage in other speech and activity in opposition to Local 556”.
The company had claimed that her pro-life stance was highly offensive in nature and that message she sent to Ms. Stone was harassing in nature. The lawsuit has now exposed the fact that a total of fourteen supporters of the effort to decertify the union were fired.
In a third case, a British man named Adrian Smith was demoted from his position has manager as well as suffering a 40% pay cut by Trafford Housing Trust. He had posted on Face-book that gay weddings in churches were “an equality too far”.
Incredibly, Smith had expressed his support for civil unions and that the government could define marriage, as a civil contract, to include same-sex unions. He simply opposed the imposition of homosexual marriages in the Church. The case began Face-book when Smith linked on Face-book to a BBC News article titled “Gay Church Marriages Get Go Ahead”.
After linking to the article on his Face-book profile, he added the simple comment “An equality too far”. Because he had 45 of his work colleagues as friends on his Face-book profile, his employer considered the post a public statement and took action against him.
Smith’s lawyer said in court that “If someone expresses a lawful opinion outside of work, the fact that there is a risk some people might be offended by it, such risks always exist.” Now the risk is that Christian views held outside of work are ground for demotion or even termination.
In the fourth case, Felix Ngole who attended Shelfield University in Manchester, England, was removed from a university program after a Facebook discussion in which he expressed his Christian beliefs. Once again, the opinion that marriage should be between a man and a woman, writing that “same sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments will not change His words.”
Ngole, who was a second-year Master’s student studying to be a social worker, then became the subject of a “Fitness to Practice” hearing, as he was advised that he “may have caused offense to some individuals” and had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”
Following additional meetings, the Sheffield committee concluded that Ngole’s beliefs would negatively affect his “ability to carry out a role as a social worker,” and was consequently advised that he was “excluded from further study on a program leading to a professional qualification.” The school recently informed Ngole that he is “no longer recognized as a university student.”
“Your student record will be terminated shortly and your library membership and university computer account withdrawn. You may wish to contact your funding body for advice on your financial position,” it wrote.
He responded to the ruling with the following comments:
“I was born in Cameroon, under a dictatorship, where free speech was heavily censored. I had always been led to believe that in the UK people could share their beliefs and opinions without fear of persecution from public authorities. Of all places, I would expect universities to be places for free exchange of ideas and debate. It is shocking that, as a student, I can be thrown out just for believing in the Bible.
“Students go to university to discuss, debate and learn. We are seeing people banned from speaking at debating societies, and pressure groups banning anyone who dares to disagree with the liberal agenda being set by them. My case highlights the complicity of the liberal elite in this worrying movement.”
In numerous cases, personal opinions and political speech on Face-book and other social media are being used to persecute Christians for their beliefs. Christian opposition to same sex marriage, abortion and other sins is being cited as hate speech in an increasing attack on Christian values in the developed world.
LIVING THE IMPOSSIBLE
By Hal Lindsey – https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-4-19-2019/
Someone recently reminded me of something I said in a sermon many years ago. “The Christian life is not a difficult life to live. The Christian life is an impossible life to live.”
At first, those words are disturbing. We’re like the disciples. After the rich, young ruler turned away from Christ, the Lord said something that disturbed and astonished them.
“Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23-24 NASB)
Through the centuries people have tried to explain this verse away. A popular theory says that the “eye of the needle” was a place in the wall of Jerusalem that a camel could enter only by kneeling. That explanation didn’t start until the fifteenth century, and there is no evidence for such a hole in the wall.
Jesus meant what he said. He was talking about a real camel going through the tiny eye of a real needle. What a stunning thing to say! The Bible says,
“And when the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, ‘Then who can be saved?’” (Matthew 19:25)
This saying of Jesus astonishes people still. Some use it to condemn the rich. But that’s a problem. If you’re reading this on your phone or your computer, you’re probably rich by the standards of this world. Do you have a car? Most of the world doesn’t. Do you live in an air-conditioned home? Most of earth’s population doesn’t.
Do you need to get rid of all comforts and give away your money in order to go to heaven? Is that what Jesus is teaching? No. That misses His point entirely. He’s not saying that to get to heaven you need to be poor. He’s saying that to get to heaven, you need a miracle!
When the disciples asked, “Who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said,
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Human beings cannot save themselves! You can psych yourself up and determine to give it the old college try. But you will fail. You can weep and say you’re sorry, but you will fail again. With men it is impossible. BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
You can’t do it yourself. You need a miracle. Romans 3:23 doesn’t just say, “For all have sinned.” It goes on to say, “…and fall short of the glory of God.”
God’s standard of righteousness is Himself. Do you fall short of His glory? We all do. Who is as righteous as God? Only God. And Jesus is God the Son. In His life here, He lived out the perfect righteousness of God. Then, He took our sins on Himself, died for those sins, then rose again to defeat death. But He didn’t just remove our sins and take them on Himself. That’s only half the picture. He also gave us His righteousness. The righteousness of God is available right now to whoever will accept it.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says,
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
And that’s why we call the Gospel, “Good News!”
Have a wonderful holy week and a glorious Resurrection Sunday!