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Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all 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.
Prophecy Update End Times News Headlines – 9/18/19
•Published on Sep 19, 2019
Prophecy Update End Times News Headlines – 9/18/19 It’s Later Than You Think… Time is Short! A fast-paced highlight and review of the major news stories and headlines that relate to Bible Prophecy and the End Times… All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door.
Iran’s responsibility for Saudi attack, an “act of war” – TV7 Israel News 20.09.19
•Published on Sep 21, 2019
Today’s top stories 20.09.19; 1) ‘Blue and White’ Chairman Benny Gantz has favourably responded to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s calls for A unity government; yet insisted that only he will serve at the helm of the next Israeli government. 2) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has concluded a trip to Saudi Arabia and the ‘United Arab Emirates,’ after which he underscored that it is “abundantly clear” that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp was behind the attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia. 3) ‘The British Royal Air-force’ concluded a multi-national exercise, dubbed “Cobra Warrior,” featuring dozens of aerial sort-ies alongside Israeli, American, German and Italian fighter jets.
LATEST WORLD NEWS CLIPS – ARTICLES – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2019
THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW:
Matt. 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Matt. 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Matt. 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matt. 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matt. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
TO DATE WE HAVE REACHED THIS POINT. THE SCRIPTURE BELOW IS ABOUT TO BE FULFILLED:
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.
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
(and shall betray one another; meaning, that the apostates, who would fall off from the Christian religion, would prove treacherous to true believers, and give in their names to the persecutors, or inform them where they were, that they might take them, or deliver them into their hands themselves: these are the false brethren):
Matt. 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark
Matt. 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
DID JESUS BLEED OUT ON THE CROSS?
QUESTION: In your article, What did Jesus do in Hell, you said, “Of course the real issue is whether the Bible is the inspired word of God or not. If it is, then Jesus, the thief, and Lazarus all went to Paradise when they died, just like the Bible says, until Jesus went to Heaven to sprinkle His blood on the altar there and opened its gates to the spirits of all dead believers who would follow.” Since the blood of Jesus has been completely spilled out from his body according to John 19:34, how did he do the sprinkling?
ANSWER: First of all, John 19:33 tells us when the soldiers went to break the Lord’s legs to hasten His death, they discovered He was already dead. One of them pierced His heart to make sure. It would be impossible for a dead man when pierced that high on his upright body to completely bleed out. Without a pumping heart to expel it, gravity would have kept all the blood below the wound inside his body.
But more importantly, Hebrews 9:11-12 says Jesus entered the tabernacle in Heaven by means of His own blood. In the Yom Kippur ceremony, when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies he carried the blood of a sacrificial animal with him and sprinkled it on the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people. In effect, the writer of Hebrews said that Jesus, acting as our High Priest, did not enter by means of the blood of sacrificial animals but by His own blood. I take that to mean He sprinkled His own blood there.
DID THE HOLY SPIRIT ABANDON JESUS ON THE CROSS?
QUESTION: Is it is possible that Jesus was abandoned by the Holy Spirit in his last hours on the cross? My idea is that he was abandoned just like many people are going to find out that the Holy Spirit is no longer among them after the rapture. What is your opinion on this please?
ANSWER: It’s my understanding that Jesus was abandoned by both the Father and the Holy Spirit while on the cross. For 3 hours He hung there alone while the world went dark around Him. This is what made Him cry, “My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?” just before He died. (Matt. 27:45-50) As He took the sins of the world upon Himself they could no longer be in His presence and had to turn their backs on Him.
However, the Holy Spirit will not abandon the world in the same way. After we get to Heaven, the Holy Spirit will return to the world to draw more people to the Lord. But He won’t be sealed in the hearts of Tribulation believers the way He was with the Church. Rev. 14:12 tells they will have to obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus to keep themselves saved.
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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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Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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WORLD – PROPHETIC NEWS ARTICLES PRESENTATION – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2019
MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
Iran’s foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry would result in “all-out war,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf.
The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the starkest warning offered yet by Iran in a long summer of mysterious attacks and incidents following the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, over a year after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord.
Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the US alleges Iran carried out the assault.
Zarif’s comments also appeared to be in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who a day earlier while traveling to Saudi Arabia referred to the attack as an “act of war.”
Asked by CNN what would be the consequence of a US or Saudi strike, Zarif said: “All-out war.”
“We won’t blink to defend our territory,” he said. “I’m making a very serious statement that we don’t want war. We don’t want to engage in a military confrontation.
“We believe that we do not need war in this region,” he added. “We believe that we need dialogue, we need cooperation, we need confidence building in this region.”
.@npwcnn: What would be the consequence of an American or Saudi military strike on Iran now?
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif: An all-out war.
— CNN International (@cnni) September 19, 2019
Pompeo wrote a tweet early Thursday after his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jiddah over Saturday’s drone and cruise missile attack on a crucial oil processing facility and oil field.
Pompeo called the attacks “unprecedented.”
“The US stands with #SaudiArabia and supports its right to defend itself,” Pompeo said. “The Iranian regime’s threatening behavior will not be tolerated.”
Pompeo did not elaborate. Trump has been noncommittal on whether he would order US military retaliation. He separately said Wednesday he is moving to increase financial sanctions on Tehran over the attack, without elaborating. Iran already is subject to a crushing American sanctions program targeting its crucial oil industry.
Also on Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that a claim by Yemeni rebels that they launched the attacks “lacks credibility.”
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia displayed what it said were fragments of 25 drones and cruise missiles, which it said proved the attack was carried out by Tehran.
Pompeo left Jiddah on Thursday for the United Arab Emirates to meet with Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The UAE is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and joined the kingdom in its war in Yemen against the Houthis.
The UAE announced Thursday it had joined a US-led coalition to protect waterways across the Mideast after the attack on Saudi oil installations.
Saudi Arabia joined the coalition on Wednesday. Australia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom also are taking part.
Pompeo tweeted his appreciation for the UAE and Saudi Arabia joining the coalition.
“Recent events underscore the importance of protecting global commerce and freedom of navigation,” he wrote.
The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to US President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
In a White House meeting, the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses, and he also will be warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war, according to US officials familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The national security meeting will likely be the first opportunity for a decision on how the US should respond to the attack on a key Middle East ally. Any decision may depend on what kind of evidence the US and Saudi investigators are able to provide proving that the cruise missile and drone strike was launched by Iran, as a number of officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have asserted.
Iran has denied involvement and warned the US that any attack will spark an “all-out war” with immediate retaliation from Tehran.
Both Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence have condemned the attack on Saudi oil facilities as “an act of war.” Pence said Trump will “review the facts, and he’ll make a decision about next steps. But the American people can be confident that the United States of America is going to defend our interest in the region, and we’re going to stand with our allies.”
The US response could involve military, political and economic actions, and the military options could range from no action at all to airstrikes or less visible moves such as cyberattacks. One likely move would be for the US to provide additional military support to help Saudi Arabia defend itself from attacks from the north, since most of its defenses have focused on threats from Houthis in Yemen to the south.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emphasized to a small number of journalists traveling with him Monday that the question of whether the US responds is a “political judgment” and not for the military.
US Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., said in an interview Thursday that if Trump “chooses an option that involves a significant military strike on Iran that, given the current climate between the US and Iran, there is a possibility that it could escalate into a medium to large-scale war, I believe the president should come to Congress.”
Unknown aircraft attacked posts of Iranian-backed fighters in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, killing at least five people, according to Arabic media reports.
Sky News Arabia, citing Iraqi security officials, said the strikes targeted a base belonging to the Popular Mobilization Force, an umbrella group of largely Iran-backed militias, killing five and wounding nine.
It was the second strike on positions controlled by Shiite militias in the Boukamal region of Syria in as many days, and the third in a month. Some Syrian and Iraqi outlets said Israel was suspected of being behind the strikes. There were no such public allegations by Syrian or Iraqi officials.
According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 10 pro-Iranian fighters were killed in an airstrike Tuesday by unmanned aerial vehicles, which reportedly targeted a training camp and ammunition storehouse.
The Observatory and activist collective Deir Ezzor 24 said the strikes occurred near a newly constructed, but not yet operational Syrian border crossing with Iraq. The opening of the crossing, planned by Iraq and Syria, had been postponed several times in recent weeks.
On September 9, aircraft targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in the Boukamal region, killing at least 18 fighters and destroying at least eight storehouses. A Syrian security official said at the time that Israeli jets were behind the attack but denied there were casualties.
Since mid-July, seven arms depots and training camps belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces have been targeted in apparent attacks.
The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya network has reported that the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group also maintains a presence in the Boukamal region.
The PMF has blamed both Israel and the US for the string of blasts and drone sightings at its bases. Israeli officials have not publicly commented on these allegations.
The latest round of attacks on Iran’s military complex in Syria’s Abu Kamal region are a joint operation by the Israeli and Saudi air forces, DEBKAfile and Gulf military sources reported on Friday, Sept. 20.
Their targets are the al Qods Brigades bases, command centers, missile and ammo stores which Iran has set up close to the Syrian-Iraqi border, as well as Iraqi Shiite militia and Lebanese Hizballah forces. An estimated 100 Iranian and militia combatants were reported killed in the joint operation and several hundred injured.
Western military sources report that the “unidentified” UAVs sighted lately flying over Iranian concentrations in Syria belong to Saudi Arabia. One was shot down on Thursday. Those sources add that the US is providing air cover, as well as running intelligence, but not otherwise intervening in the first Saudi-Israel military collaboration ever to be revealed. It was part of President Donald Trump’s rationale when he decided to hold off from direct US military action in retaliation for Iran’s crippling missile-cum-drone assault on the Saudi oil procession plant at Abqaiq and the Kurais oilfield last Saturday. Trump appears to be waiting to see how the still ongoing Israeli-Saudi offensive against Iran turns out.
Russia, China, and the US are all racing towards the Arctic region, trying to establish their military dominance in part of the world where $35 trillion worth of national resources could be hiding underneath the ocean floor. Now Russia is dashing its way into the Arctic, announcing on Monday that new missile defense systems have been deployed to the region.
The Russian Northern Fleet said the new S-400 Triumph system had been installed on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic.
“The air defense regiment of the Russian Northern Fleet deployed on Yuzhny island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago has been completely reequipped with new S-400 systems,” the statement reads.
The surface to air-missile regiment of the Northern Fleet’s air defense forces has been equipped with S-400s, which is considered the most advanced missile defense systems in the world and can hit enemy targets at up to 248 miles.
On Wednesday morning, Directorate for the Russian Federation State Border Arrangement told the Krasnoyarsk news agency NGS24, that a large radar station will be built at Cape Chelyuskin, which is about 800 or so miles east of where the S-400s are stationed.
The project is officially called “Radiotechnical point Chelyuskin,” and includes a project cost of approximately $19 million. Expected completion of the radar station will be within 33 months.
Novaya Zemlya and Cape Chelyuskin are located in the northernmost point of Russia. This area is where all shipping along the Northern Sea Route passes, is considered a strategic area in Russian Arctic development.
Russia has been aggressively expanding its military presence in the Arctic in the last several years. It has also been increasing exploration activities, such as oil and gas and mineral extraction.
Washington has widely criticized Moscow for its increased presence in the Arctic. Responding to criticism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow isn’t intimidating anyone, noting that increased defenses capabilities in the Arctic are to protect its assets.
Russia and China are establishing the “Polar Solk Road” in the Arctic as warming temperatures give way to new shipping lanes and economic opportunities.
The Arctic is home to at least 20-25% of the world’s untapped fossil-fuel resources, along with minerals, including gold, silver, diamond, copper, titanium, graphite, uranium, and other rare earth minerals.
Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the US have established the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental cooperation forum, that holds biennial ministerial meetings on the region. It’s an attempt to stabilize the Arctic and avoid conflict as corporations and governments rush into the area to seize new economic opportunities.
With the latest news of Russia militarizing the Arctic, this will not sit well with the Trump administration who has been trying to buy Greenland. The Arctic and its resources will be a major topic of the 2020s and beyond, the first to secure its military in the region could become the next superpower of the world.
Benny Gantz, whose centrist bloc narrowly defeated Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in a snap election, says he is forming a government that will exclude the current prime minister – signaling the end of Bibi’s era may be near.
The ex-IDF chief said on Thursday that he would not accept Netanyahu’s offer to discuss a unity government, keeping good on his campaign pledge to create a ruling coalition that does not include Bibi.
“I am interested and intend to form a broad and liberal unity government led by me,” he wrotein a tweet.
Speaking with reports, Gantz stressed that his Blue and White alliance “will listen to everyone, but we will not accept mandates imposed on us” – an apparent swipe at Netanyahu’s insistence that the pair should meet.
Blue and White won 33 seats in the Knesset in Tuesday’s snap election, while Likud only secured 31. Gantz said that the results pave the way for him to become prime minister, assuming that a coalition, minus Bibi, can be formed.
If Gantz fails to secure 61 seats in the Knesset, Israel’s political deadlock could continue, forcing the third election this year.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – David Rogers
Since Facebook has been exposed for its breach of data, leaving most of us aware of just how little privacy we in fact have, Edward Snowden has backed up our worst fears.
In an interview with The Guardian, the famous U.S. informant believes that “the US and other governments, aided by the big internet companies, are moving towards creating a permanent record of everyone on earth, recording the whole of their daily lives.”
The American whistleblower reportedly copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and subcontractor. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, and prompted a cultural discussion about national security and individual privacy.
He told The Guardian, “The greatest danger still lies ahead, with the refinement of artificial intelligence capabilities, such as facial and pattern recognition.
“An AI-equipped surveillance camera would be not a mere recording device, but could be made into something closer to an automated police officer.”
Snowden’s interview comes as his new book, Permanent Record, was published today. Snowden is being sued by the U.S. Government for his royalties from what is expected to be an international bestseller.
In 2013, Snowden was hired by an NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, after previous employment with Dell and the CIA. Snowden says he gradually became disillusioned with the programs with which he was involved and that he tried to raise his ethical concerns through internal channels but was ignored.
On May 20, 2013, Snowden flew to Hong Kong after leaving his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii, and in early June he revealed thousands of classified NSA documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill. Snowden came to international attention after stories based on the material appeared in The Guardian and The Washington Post. Further disclosures were made by other publications including Der Spiegel and The New York Times.
On Snowden’s 30th birthday, June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property, following which the Department of State revoked his passport. Two days later, he flew into Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where Russian authorities noted that his U.S. passport had been cancelled, and he was restricted to the airport terminal for over one month.
Russia later granted Snowden the right of asylum with an initial visa for residence for one year, and repeated extensions have permitted him to stay at least until 2020. In early 2016, he became the president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that states its purpose is to protect journalists from hacking and government surveillance. As of 2017 he is married and living in Moscow after Russia offered to protect him from extradition back to America.
In 2016, Oliver Stone made the movie ‘Snowden,’ which documented his time at the NSA leaking documents out of the organization, as well as his exile to Hong Kong, and finally, Russia.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Charles Hugh Smith
A corrupt Orthodoxy devoid of new ideas, an Orthodoxy devoted to maintaining the wealth, status and power of insiders regardless of cost, is a brittle, fragile, unstable system.
When the ruling Elites sense their control of the populace is waning, they seek to regain full control via the imposition of a strict Orthodoxy, enforced by an Inquisition. We are living in just such an era. Everywhere we turn, a New Orthodoxy reigns. Dissent is blasphemy, and any narratives outside the approved Orthodoxy are heretical and subject to suppression and punishment.
New Orthodoxies abound, and woe to those who fail to signal their virtue publicly. One New Orthodoxy is that one’s sexual and ethnic characteristics are all-important signifiers of identity. This orthodoxy is critically important to the ruling Elites, as this fragments the populace into tribes warring over their relative degree of victimhood and indignation.
This orthodoxy insures the populace can never gain class consciousness, i.e. an awareness that the ruling Elites and their apparatchiks (the Federal Reserve, Big Tech, the security agencies, et al.) are their class enemies, as the Elites rule at the expense of everyone beneath them.
Questioning the ruling rentier “solution” to climate change—carbon credits that trade like CDOs, securities, etc.—marks one as a dangerous heretic.Anyone questioning the rentier skim of carbon credits is labeled a climate-change denier, and run through the media/social media Inquisition.
Questioning the corrupt clergy is also taboo. Just as the Catholic Church collected wealth via selling indulgences, a paid pass into Heaven that expiated one’s sins—the larger the sum paid, the greater the sins that could be atoned, modern-day sinners donate money to foundations, universities, NGOs, think-tanks and other philanthro-capitalist indulgences—and to virtue-signaling politicians, of course.
Today’s corrupt clergy can be found operating the modern-day equivalent of indulgences in government, higher education and other institutions. Corruption and incompetence are overlooked if one’s obedience to Orthodoxy is unquestioned.
Enormous donations to Orthodox politicians, foundations and think-tanks are accepted with blessings from wealthy parasites and predators, and the corrupt clergy conveniently overlook their crimes, for example, reaping billions of dollars in profits from selling addictive drugs that were marketed as non-addictive.
Thousands of corporate cases of fraud, embezzlement, misrepresentation of facts and insider trading are given wrist slaps, while whistleblowers are hounded to the ends of the Earth.
Anyone who questions the value of a college diploma or sickcare’s standards of care is on their own. Institutional punishment includes being sent to Siberia (a remote dead-end for one’s career), being shunned professionally and socially, de-monetized by Big Tech (Facebook, cough, Google/YouTube, cough), or if someone becomes a real pest, executed via suspicious death or faked suicide.
The new wrinkle in the New Orthodoxy is that the corrupt clergy denies there is an Orthodoxy and an accompanying Inquisition to enforce silence, complicity and obedience, even as they silence heretics and demand public virtue-signaling approval of the New Orthodoxy.
One trademark of the New Orthodoxy is that those publicly signaling their virtue deny they are kow-towing to the New Orthodoxy. This is of course the full flowering of Huxley’s loving our servitude while denying our servitude to a corrupt, self-serving clergy.
This institutional suppression of free thought, inquiry and dissent has a systemic cost. A corrupt Orthodoxy devoid of new ideas, an Orthodoxy devoted to maintaining the wealth, status and power of insiders regardless of cost, is a brittle, fragile, unstable system, and all the efforts of the corrupt clergy to impose uniform acceptance of the goodness and rightness of a debauched, corrupt, self-serving status quo will only increase the scale of its eventual collapse.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Submitted by Nick Cunningham of OilPrice.com
Flooding from a tropical storm hit the Houston area on Thursday, with some calling the situation worse than Hurricane Harvey.
Heavy rainfall inundated the Texas coast, flooding Houston and Beaumont, home to massive oil refining, petrochemical and export facilities. The storm was downgraded to just a tropical depression, but those classifications only measure wind speed. The real threat from Imelda was “major, catastrophic flooding,” according to the National Weather Service.
Texas Department of Transportation said on Thursday that 41 inches of rain had already hit the area between Beaumont and the town of Winnie (between Beaumont and Houston).
The sudden and rapid flooding of the area caught many by surprise, with thousands of people trapped in their homes and cars. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the floods have “caused widespread and severe property damage and threatens loss of life.” He declared a state of disaster across 13 counties. The slow-moving nature of the storm meant that intense rain continued to pummel the region.
The intense flooding echoes the 2017 catastrophe from Hurricane Harvey, which submerged Houston with 50 inches of rain. In fact, some people said current flooding conditions are even worse. “What I’m sitting in right now makes Harvey look like a little thunderstorm,” Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC13, a local ABC affiliate. “It’s dire out here. I’m fearful for this community right now.”
Hurricane Harvey left widespread destruction in its wake, including to a string of oil refineries and petrochemical complexes that dot the Texas and Louisiana Coast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in decades and dumped a year’s worth of rain on the Houston area in just a few days. Nearly 4 million barrels per day of refining capacity was knocked offline, with several facilities taking weeks to recover. WTI prices plunged as crude oil became trapped, left unprocessed and with nowhere to go.
ExxonMobil said on Thursday that it was shutting down its 370,000-bpd Beaumont, Texas refinery because of flooding. “Exxon Mobil’s Beaumont refinery and chemical complex is conducting a preliminary assessment to determine the impact of the storm,” an Exxon spokesman said. “The Beaumont chemical plant has completed a safe and systematic shutdown of its units.”
The outage will likely be only temporary, and energy markets probably won’t skip a beat, with focus rightly concentrated on the Middle East. But the cleanup on the Texas coast for ordinary people will be more grueling, especially since some people only recently rebounded from the damage of Hurricane Harvey.
The odds are rising that in any given year, they will be threatened by severe weather. It’s rather striking that a run-of-the mill tropical depression led to catastrophic flooding in Houston this week, and forced the temporary shutdown of Exxon’s massive Beaumont refinery. It’s the kind of story that is increasingly moving from the “freak event” category and into the realm of an annual occurrence.
NORTH AMERICA’S BIRD POPULATION IS COLLAPSING – NEARLY 3 BILLION BIRDS HAVE BEEN WIPED OUT SINCE 1970
All around us, our world is literally in a state of collapse, but most people don’t seem to care. I spend much of my time writing about the inevitable collapse of our economic and financial systems, but they are only one part of the story. These days, millions upon millions of us are spending countless hours in this “virtual world” that we have created, and that is preventing many of us from understanding what is really going on in “the real world”. Where I live, I can literally keep the doors wide open for hours without worrying about bugs coming in, because insect populations are disappearing at a pace that is frightening. They are calling it “the insect apocalypse”, and some scientists are warning that they could all be gone in 100 years. And this dramatic decline in the insect population is one of the main reasons why North America’s bird population is collapsing. In the old days, I remember the singing of birds often greeting me in the morning, but these days I am never awakened by birds. That might make sense if I lived right in the middle of a major city, but I don’t. I live in a very rural location, and I do see birds out here, but not nearly as many as I would expect. (READ MORE...)
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In the entire history of our country, a hurricane has never made landfall in the state of California. So if such a thing actually happened, it would be considered to be an extremely unusual event. Well, right now there are three very dangerous tropical storms swirling in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Storm Kiko is not expected to be a serious threat to make landfall, but Tropical Storm Lorena and Tropical Storm Mario “are expected to become hurricanes by Friday as they approach the Mexican coast”. Tropical Storm Lorena is the more immediate threat, and the latest forecast is projecting that it will reach Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula by Saturday. If it maintains hurricane strength and continues to ride up the west coast, it is entirely possible that we could see something that we have never seen before. Most forecasters don’t want to talk too much about it yet, because it truly would be an unprecedented event, but there really is a chance that California could get hit by a hurricane for the very first time in U.S. history. (READ MORE…)
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THE 21ST CENTURY CRUSADES HAVE COMMENCED AS THE DEMOCRATS USHER IN COMMUNISM WHILE THE POPE IS USHERING IN GLOBAL SATANIC WORSHIP
Can there be any doubt that the Democratic Party has been hijacked to usher in Communism? Just look at AOC’s “new (gang)green deal”. Look at Kamala Harris’ statement about taking your private home and your car, and on and on it goes with the Democrats. File this new position of the Democratic Party away until the conclusion of this article which primarily deals with how the Catholic Church is being used to usher in the worship of Satan.
How does one baptize a fallen angel? Well, the Pope would do exactly that. No, there is no formal declaration, yet, but the intention of the Pope to serve the “fallen ones” is clear. And what is also clear is the fact that this Pope is NOT a Christian. The Catholic religion has been hijacked. This Pope is on the record of having said he would baptize aliens (ie ET’s, ie fallen angels). Don;t forget about Lucifer’s telescope on top of Mt. Graham. This posiition, alone, should have been enough to wake up Catholics, everywhere, that their brand of religion had been hijacked.
Did the world need any greater proof than the coverups that have taken place in the multiple and never-ending sexual and ritualistic abuse of our children at the hands of the Catholic hierachy? The links between these heinous and largely unpunished, and more importantly unrepetent acts of abuse, and child sex trafficking are beginning to appear. As if this ongoing evil was not bad enough, the Pope is now organzing a modern-day set of crusades against fundamentalist Christian beliefs (ie Biblicly based teachings) and those who earnestly practice
Do you remember when the Imams recited Islamic prayer at the Vatican. It was clear then, that this Pope was trying to create a one-world religion. On June 6, 2015, were you aware that the Pope allowed members of the Islamic faith to pray at the Vatican and he further broadcasted the event? More Chrislam wihich serves to dilute the Lord’s message and leads people astray.
LifeSiteNews is reporting that the Vatican (ie the Pope) is holding a thematic conference entitiled ‘Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance”.The event consists of the Pope inviting leaders of major religions and key politicians, leaders in economics and academia to attend a meeting whose obvious intention is to dilute Chrisitanity by combing the religions into a form of Chrislam and this will be accomplished by signing a “A Global Pact on Education” which is a thinly veiled education pact to deceive future generations of students and will collectively turn children against the Christ. The Pope even cited Hillary’s work on the notion that “Takes a village to raise a child”. Please allow me to remind the reader that it is not a secret that Hillary is a 4th
An anti-Christian servant to the Pope’s betrayal of the Christian faith, Cardinal Raymond Burke, was quoted in the Rome Life Forum as he stated the following:
…natural law permits patriotism “in accord with the order written upon the human heart” and “does not make just and legitimate a single global government. Before the challenges of our time, there are those who propose and work for a single global government, that is, for the elimination of individual national governments, so that all of humanity would be under the control of a single political authority…For those who are convinced that the only way to achieve the common good is the concentration of all government in a single authority, loyalty to one’s homeland or patriotism has become an evil.”
THE POPE’S INTENTIONS ARE CLEAR
Let’s connect two dots, the Pope’s planned 2020 religious and educational consolidation conference and the Pope’s professed allegiance to Agenda 21 and the rise of it perverted religion often referred to as GAIA.
Does it bother anyone else that this Pope is so inline with the United Nations on such issues as climate change and immigration? He further supports the United Nations agenda (21) for education as well which is is dedicated to the destruction of Christianity. Chrislam is merely a transition piece to ready the world for its one and final religion, GAIA and education is the tool for the implementation of this agenda (21).
Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 Public Awareness and Training focuses on impressing upon every citizen on the planet, the indispensable need for achieving sustainable development. In plain language, Common Core, when developed and implemented, was going into every country. The implementation names of this global education may vary, but the underlying Agenda 21 philosophies do not. Chapter 36 also states that the globalists plan to “reorient” worldwide education toward sustainable development (ie the transformation of the world’s economies to Satanically inspired communism). Reform of the nation’s standardised objectives is merely a smoke screen for the true intent of the program which is to promote acceptance for Agenda 21 policies. Subsequently, the Agenda 21/UNESCO documents clearly state their intention to turn each student into a globalist who will accept smaller living space, residing in the stack and pack cities of the future, acceptance of drastic energy reduction and the loss of Constitutional liberties which would also include the loss of the part of the 1st Amendment related to “freedom of religion”.
The document goes on to say that “While basic education provides the underpinning for any environmental and development education, the latter needs to be incorporated as an essential part of learning. Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to changing people’s attitudes so that they have the capacity to assess and address their sustainable development concerns. This is about total control of the person. IF the person can be controlled to such a tight degree, then it is easy to control the belief system and eradicate Christianity and Christians from the face of the earth.
Additionally, this document is also critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, skills and behaviour consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making. To be effective, environment and development education should deal with the dynamics of both the physical/biological and socio-economic environment and human (which includes spiritual) development, should be integrated in all disciplines, and should employ formal and non-formal methods.”
Please take note of reference to spiritual education. The implication is subtle, but undeniable. This phrase opens the door to the evisceration of the Christian religion. This phrase allows Common Core to propagandise school children into belittling the importance of Jesus Christ. Former President Obama did that when he proclaimed that “America is no longer a Christian religion”. And what will Christianity be replaced with? Anyone who has read the Agenda 21 documents in earnest, understands that the replacement for Christianity has been groomed for decades, and the ultimate replacement is the pagan religion called GAIA. GAIA will ultimately replace Chrislam, that the Pope is presently installing, and will be the final step in the spiritual enslavement of the planet. GAIA changes the Christian world view significantly. Christians fundamentally believe that God gave dominion over the earth to man with the remainder of the hierarchy consisting of animal, fish, plants and finally, the earth. GAIA teaches that the earth reigns supreme followed by animal, fish, plants, and man in last place. This is a decidedly anti-human agenda. The undeniable conclusion, that in the future, it is clear that your children will receive cleverly crafted lessons designed to lessen the appreciation for their own worth as a human being. This is the beginning of a spiritual enslavement paradigm which will accompany the already implemented policies of economic enslavement presently being thrust upon the American people through the acquisition of massive debt created by the globalists. When Common Core was fully implemented in 2016 and your child began being assessed on the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, your child became an Agenda 21 globalist minion in training. These assessments gave way to assessments with new names, but “a rose is still rose”. This is not a warning about what will be, the enemy is inside the gates propagandizing your child at the exact time that you are reading these words. Now it is true that some States and school districts moved away from Common Core with the election of Trump, but the basic structure of Common Core remains in place. Oh, it has been repackaged in the latest academic un-researched-based fad, but mark my words, Common Core is still very much in play in the lives of most students.
The Democratic Party has been hijacked to usher in the newest form of Communism and force it upon an unsuspecting public. In the same manner, the Catholic church has been hijacked by its leadership to purposely lead people away from Jesus to a New World Order cult designed to rob people of their intended spirtual destiny which can only be achieved in a fellowship with Christ.
The Democratic Party and the Catholic church are on the same team as they are attacking humanity on two different fronts, but with the same goal: The intended destruction of Christianity. Communism and Chrislam are two of the foundations for our spiritual enslavement!
First, please allow me to dispel the myth that I am in any way, anti-Catholic. I am not! I am opposed to the evisceration of Christian principles that the present Pope appears to be dedicated to. Christianity will be destroyed through assimilation into Islam (i.e. Chrislam). Following the assimilation, CHRISLAM will be replaced by GAIA and Satan’s Kingdom will have gained a great foothold on the planet and there will be nowhere that is safe for Christians to hide and many will acquiesce and take the mark of the beast. It is hard to believe that we have arrived at this point in history but arrived we are. Can the foretold persecution of the Christian be far away? Make no mistake about it, this is the 21st century version of the crusades, but this time, it is the Christians who are the intended targets.
STUDENTS AT UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ‘CONFESS CLIMATE SINS TO PLANTS’ IN SHOCKING END TIMES DISPLAY OF THE PROPHESIED LUKEWARM LAODICEAN CHURCH OF THE END TIMES
https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/students-union-theological-seminary-confess-to-plants-shocking-end-times-display-prophesied-laodicean-church-end-times/ – by Geoffrey Grider September 19, 2019
Confessing to the plants was “just one expression of worship here at Union,” a spokesperson for the seminary told the Washington Examiner. “Union Theological Seminary is grounded in the Christian tradition, and at the same time deeply committed to inter-religious engagement. Union’s daily chapel is, by design, a place where people from all the wondrous faith traditions at Union can express their beliefs. And, given the incredible diversity of our community, that means worship looks different every day!” “One day, you may come in to find a traditional Anglican communion, another day you may enter into a service of Buddhist meditation or Muslim prayer,” the spokesperson continued.
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Students at Union Theological Seminary prayed to a display of plants set up in the chapel of the school, prompting the institution to issue a statement explaining the practice as many on social media mocked them.
After nearly 10 years of creating content for Now The End Begins, sometimes I feel kind of jaded, like I have seen it all. And then this happens. In an absolute stunning illustration of the last days Church of Laodicea that Jesus says He will “spue from His mouth”, students at Union Theological Seminary bow down before plants, worship them, and then confess their ‘climate sins’ to them. If I was an end times novelist, and I brought this story to my editor as a plot idea, he would throw me out of his office for suggesting something so stupid. And yet, this is real, and welcome to the end times.
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:14-16 (KJV)
But you needn’t be too shocked or surprised by all this, a quick trip to the Union Theological Seminary website tells you that “Union is one of the first major seminaries in the U.S. to open its doors to new programs devoted to non-Christian communities.” What do they mean by that? They mean that they proudly teach Islam and Buddhism as part of their “interreligious engagement.” That is to say that Christianity and the Bible is not the only way to God or to Heaven. So be careful before you send your child off to a “ Christian college” because they just may come back as a Muslim, a Buddhist, or more likely as an atheist.
The one bright spot in all this end times theological slop is that if we are in the end times Church of Laodicean age, that’s a good thing because the next event on the timeline is the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church!
‘Absolute theological bankruptcy’: Union Theological Seminary students confess climate sins to plants
“Today in chapel, we confessed to plants,” the nation’s oldest independent seminary declared Tuesday on Twitter. “Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor. What do you confess to the plants in your life?”
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The ceremony, which is part of professor Claudio Carvalhaes’ class “Extractivism: A Ritual/Liturgical Response,” drew ridicule from many on Twitter, some of whom accused the seminary and students of having lost their minds.
In response, the seminary’s Twitter account began retweeting users who defended the ritual and also issued a statement spanning a lengthy 10-tweet thread.
“We’ve had many questions about yesterday’s chapel,” the statement read in part. “In worship, our community confessed the harm we’ve done to plants, speaking directly in repentance. This is a beautiful ritual.”
“We are in the throes of a climate emergency, a crisis created by humanity’s arrogance, our disregard for Creation,” the statement continued. “Far too often, we see the natural world only as resources to be extracted for our use, not divinely created in their own right—worthy of honor, thanks and care. We need to unlearn habits of sin and death. And part of that work must be building new bridges to the natural world. And that means creating new spiritual and intellectual frameworks by which we understand and relate to the plants and animals with whom we share the planet.”
Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honour.
WHAT DO YOU CONFESS TO THE PLANTS IN YOUR LIFE?
Encouraging churches to turn from “theologies that encourage humans to dominate and master the Earth,” Union asserted that “we must birth new theology, new liturgy to heal and sow, replacing ones that reap and destroy.”
“No one would have blinked if our chapel featured students apologizing to each other,” the statement went on. “What’s different (and the source of so much derision) is that we’re treating plants as fully created beings, divine Creation in its own right—not just something to be consumed. Because plants aren’t capable of verbal response, does that mean we shouldn’t engage with them? So, if you’re poking fun, we’d ask only that you also spend a couple moments asking: Do I treat plants and animals as divinely created beings?”
Confessing to the plants was “just one expression of worship here at Union,” a spokesperson for the seminary told the Washington Examiner. “Union Theological Seminary is grounded in the Christian tradition, and at the same time deeply committed to inter-religious engagement. Union’s daily chapel is, by design, a place where people from all the wondrous faith traditions at Union can express their beliefs. And, given the incredible diversity of our community, that means worship looks different every day!”
“One day, you may come in to find a traditional Anglican communion, another day you may enter into a service of Buddhist meditation or Muslim prayer,” the spokesperson continued. “Another, you may find a Pentecostal praise service or a silent Quaker meeting. We create a home where people can worship side by side, in traditions similar to and very different to their own. Through this process, we learn from our neighbors and discern our own faith more deeply.”
Affiliated with neighboring Columbia University in Upper Manhattan, Union became the nation’s first independent seminary in 1893 when it sundered from the Presbyterian Church after the denomination tried to oust one of its professors for claiming the Bible is not inspired by God, among other things. READ MORE:
BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER THE CITY OF EDOM, AND WHY THIS IS AN AMAZING MARKER ON THE END TIMES BIBLE PROPHECY TIMELINE
https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/biblical-archaeologists-discover-lost-city-of-edom-why-this-is-an-amazing-marker-on-end-times-bible-prophecy-timeline/ – by Geoffrey Grider September 18, 2019
The untold story of a thriving and wealthy society in the Arava Desert – in parts of Israel and Jordan – during the 12th-11th centuries BC has been revealed by a Tel Aviv University study. “Using technological evolution as a proxy for social processes, we were able to identify and characterize the emergence of the biblical kingdom of Edom,” explained. Prf. Ezra Ben-Yosef of TAU’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, who led the study with Prof. Tom Levy of the University of California, San Diego. “Our results prove it happened earlier than previously thought and in accordance with the biblical description.”
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The biblical kingdom of Edom has always been a significant puzzle for biblical archeology. Although evidence of it is present in the Bible, the archeological record has always had trouble interpreting the text, which said that it existed as a kingdom long before the kings of Israel.
Of all the many exciting discoveries in biblical archaeology that we have been bringing you over the years, this one today about Edom is perhaps one of the most exciting. Why? Because the prophet Daniel tells us that, in the time of Jacob’s trouble, some of the only areas that Antichrist will not be able to get his grimy paws on are Edom and Moab. And now, biblical archaeologists in Israel have found the remains of Edom.
“He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” Daniel 11:41 (KJV)
Why won’t Antichrist be able to get his hands on Edom and Moab? Because that is also where the red rock city of Selah Petra is, the place where the Jewish remnant will flee to protection that we read about all through the Bible. How exciting is this? We are getting closer and closer each and every day, keep your eye on the Eastern skies. He is coming.
The Biblical Kingdom of Edom Has Always Been A Significant Puzzle For Biblical Archeology
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The untold story of a thriving and wealthy society in the Arava Desert – in parts of Israel and Jordan – during the 12th-11th centuries BCE has been revealed by a Tel Aviv University study.
“Using technological evolution as a proxy for social processes, we were able to identify and characterize the emergence of the biblical kingdom of Edom,” explained. Prf. Ezra Ben-Yosef of TAU’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, who led the study with Prof. Tom Levy of the University of California, San Diego. “Our results prove it happened earlier than previously thought and in accordance with the biblical description.”
“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest,so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.”
Isaiah 16:1-5 (KJV)
According to the study, which was published Wednesday on the open access scientific journal PLOS ONE, the kingdom’s wealth appears to have been built on a “high-tech network” of copper, the most valuable resource in the region at the time. Copper was used in ancient times to craft weapons and tools, and the production process for copper is incredibly complex.
“Copper smelting was essentially the hi-tech of ancient times,” Ben-Yosef told The Jerusalem Post.
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Using a methodology called the punctuated equilibrium model, the research team analyzed findings from ancient copper mines in Jordan and Israel to create a timeline of the evolution of copper production from 1300-800 BCE. They found a significant decrease of copper in the slag – the waste of copper extraction by smelting – at the Arava site. This implies that the process became more efficient and streamlined, something the researchers say is a result of the military invasion of Pharaoh Shoshenq I of Egypt (the biblical “Shishak”), who sacked Jerusalem in the 10th century BCE. Rather than result in destruction in the region, the researchers argue that it instead sparked a “technological leap” in regards to copper production and trade.\
Collecting slag and charcoal samples from ‘Slaves’ Hill,’ Timna Valley, Israel.
“We demonstrated a sudden standardization of the slag in the second half of the 10th century BCE, from the Faynan sites in Jordan to the Timna sites in Israel, an extensive area of some 2,000 sq.km., which occurred just as the Egyptians entered the region,” Ben-Yosef said. “The efficiency of the copper industry in the region was increasing. The Edomites developed precise working protocols that allowed them to produce a very large amount of copper with minimum energy.”
However, as Egypt was a weaker power at this time, it is unlikely that they would have control over the copper trade, allowing it to remain a local enterprise. Ben-Yosef explained that Egypt was primarily an importer of goods at the time, so they had an interest in streamlining efficiency in the region. In fact, this was not the only new innovation introduced to the region by the invasion of Shoshenq I – the camel was first introduced to the region at this time as well.
“Our new findings contradict the view of many archaeologists that the Arava was populated by a loose alliance of tribes, and they’re consistent with the biblical story that there was an Edomite kingdom here,” Ben-Yosef explained. “A flourishing copper industry in the Arava can only be attributed to a centralized and hierarchical polity, and this might fit the biblical description of the Edomite kingdom.”
While archeology had never doubted the existence of the Edomite kingdom, it was widely assumed to have emerged around the late eighth century BCE in Edomite Plateau, located in Jordan near Petra and southeast of the Dead Sea.
“Before they built their capital in the plateau, the Edomites were a complex and organized kingdom, but they were still nomadic,” Ben-Yosef explained to the Post. “They dwelt in tents. They didn’t have villages or cities, but they had cemeteries and smelting sites.” The Edomites eventually did settle in cities on the plateau and built settlements along the trade routes, but these findings prove that they possessed a centralized system of organization long before they settled. READ MORE:
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