This Happened On Planet Earth…June 2019…End Times Signs
Published on Jun 22, 2019
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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[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.
Would Israel Be Dragged into a US-Iran War?
Published on Jun 21, 2019
Articles: https://www.i24news.tv/en Live: https://video.i24news.tv/page/live?cl… Replay: https://video.i24news.tv/page/5a97b81… Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/i24newsEN/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/i24NEWS_EN Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/i24news/ #i24NEWS #NewsDesk #IranDownsUSDrone NEWS DESK | Iraq tried to drag Israel into the Gulf WAr in 1991, hoping to politicize and break apart the coalition against Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Now, is it possible Iran would do the same through its proxies in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza? Our Daniel Tsemach has the story. Story: A senior commander from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Friday that Iranian forces could have targeted a US personnel plane accompanying the surveillance drone it shot down on Thursday, but chose not to. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace force, said that Iran “could have targeted a P-8 American plane” carrying 35 personnel that had been accompanying the US drone. “But we did not do this.” Displaying fragments of what he said was the downed US drone recovered from Iranian territorial waters, Hajizadeh claimed that both the personnel plane and the drone had infiltrated Iranian airspace and that the reconnaissance aircraft was given two warnings before it was shot down. “Twice we… sent warnings,” he said. “Unfortunately, when they failed to reply… and the aircraft made no change to its trajectory… we were obliged to shoot it down.” The US insists the drone was shot down in an “unprovoked attack” in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz. In the wake of the incident, Washington prohibited US operators from flying over some parts of Iranian-controlled airspace in the Persian Gulf, a move that was later followed by a number of global airlines.
The Coming Temple of Doom
Published on Jun 22, 2019
Revelation: The Coming Temple of Doom The Temple of Doom is coming… No not the temple of doom form Indiana Jones, the Temple found in Revelation 15. As Pastor Tom continue our study through the book of Revelation we will see what becomes of the Third Temple that will be built in Jerusalem. Please hare this important message with your family and friends! Connect with Pastor Tom! Pastor Tom Hughes
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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.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
THE GREAT “DECEPTION” IS READY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR JESUS CHRIST RETURN
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:
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
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
HOW IS THE FATHER GREATER THAN THE SON IF THEY ARE ONE?
QUESTION: Re. John 14:28. What does Jesus mean at the end of verse 28 where he says “the Father is greater and mightier than I am”? I never noticed this before. Can you please explain this in light of the Trinity?
ANSWER: Only the amplified version adds the phrase “and mightier” to John 14:28. All other English translations simply say “greater” which is closer to the way the Greek word was commonly used in the Bible.
Jesus frequently said that the Father is greater than all. For example, John 10:29-30 He said the Father is greater than all, and then immediately said He and the Father are one. This shows there’s no conflict with the doctrine of the trinity. The Three are One but each has a specific role. Jesus was saying the Father is the dominant part.
In Psalm 2:7 we can read how on a particular day in history God made the second figure in the trinity His Son. In 1 Cor. 15:21-28 Paul explained that the Son has been given the responsibility to destroy all of His enemies, and when He has done so He will present the Kingdom to His Father. At that time He will be made subject to the Father so that God may be all in all.
THE ROLE OF FATHER AND SON
QUESTION: In 1 Cor. 15:24-28 Paul wrote, “Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and he will give the kingdom to God the Father. After everything is under the power of God’s Son, he will put himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son’s power. Then God will mean everything to everyone.”
What do these scriptures mean that say “He will put himself under the power of God?” Christ is God, so why does he give the kingdom to God the Father?
ANSWER: Sometime in the past Jesus was given a separate identity as God’s son. In Psalm 2:7 God said “You are my son. Today I have become your Father.” In His role as the Son, He has always remained subordinate to the Father (John 5:19).
He has been given the task of redeeming the Creation and restoring it to the condition it was in before Adam lost it (Romans 8:19-21). This includes all of Adam’s descendants who choose to be redeemed. When He’s finished, He will present everything to the Father, His task accomplished. Though the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one, they are also three, and as such often perform their work independently. When they do, the Father is always shown to be in the superior position.
WHO CREATED GOD?
QUESTION: A friend at work asked me who created God. In Genesis 1:1 it says, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” I believe that with my whole mind, heart and soul, but it doesn’t answer the question of who created God, where did He come from, or how did He come into being?
ANSWER: In some religions, people believe their god was created. Others believe their god used to be human like we are and became a god. But no one created the one true God because He is the Creator of everything.
At the burning bush, Moses said, “If the Israelites ask me what your name is, what should I tell them?” God answered “Hayah, Hayah” or in English, “I AM That I AM. The Hebrew word “Hayah” is the verb “to be”. It means the Existing One. In other words, He always has existed and He always will exist. In Deut. 33:27 He’s called the Eternal God, and in Rev. 1:4 He’s the one who is, and who was, and who is to come. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13).
WAS JESUS THE FIRST CREATED BEING?
QUESTION: It appears to me that God’s first creation was The Word. Rev 3:14 says, “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;”
Angels and all else were created by God through The Word.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).
Do you think that’s what Rev 3:14 means?
ANSWER: No, I don’t agree. Groups who deny the deity of Jesus often claim that He was the first created being, but the Bible tells us Jesus is not a created being, but the Creator of all.
In Rev 3:14 the Greek word for beginning is arche. It means, “that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause.” What Rev. 3:14 tells us is Jesus was the origin of the creation, the person of the Trinity through whom the creation came into existence. This is consistent with the opening verse of John’s Gospel where he described Jesus both as one who was with God, and who also was God.
When John said, “All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3) he meant there is no created being or thing that Jesus did not create. If Jesus created everything that was created, then He can’t be a created being, because He couldn’t have created Himself. He has to be the Creator. Otherwise John would have said, “First God made the Word, and then the Word made everything else.” But he didn’t say that.
The Writer of Hebrews said,
“In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and by whom also he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:2)
In Colossians 1:16 Paul confirmed this, saying,
“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”
Notice it doesn’t say Jesus created all things but Himself, it says Jesus created all things. They were created by Him and For Him.
To think of Jesus in any other way than as our Creator is to deny the Bible’s clear teaching about Him.
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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. 24:9 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 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.
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PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
IRAN: ‘ANY MISTAKE…BY AMERICA AND REGIONAL ALLIES, LIKE FIRING AT A POWDER KEG THAT WILL BURN AMERICA..AND ALLIES TO THE GROUND’
By Parisa Hafezi and Lisa Barrington
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any U.S. threat, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic.
On Thursday, an Iranian missile destroyed a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone. Tehran repeated on Saturday that the drone was shot down over its territory. Washington said the incident had occurred in international airspace.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike to retaliate because it could have killed 150 people, and signaled he was open to talks with Tehran.
“Regardless of any decision they (U.S. officials) make … we will not allow any of Iran’s borders to be violated. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told Tasnim.
Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted despite Trump saying that he has no appetite to go to war with Iran. Tehran has also said it is not seeking a war but has warned of a “crushing” response if attacked.
“Any mistake by Iran’s enemies, in particular America and its regional allies, would be like firing at a powder keg that will burn America, its interests and its allies to the ground,” the senior spokesman of Iran’s Armed Forces, Abolfazl Shekarchi, told Tasnim on Saturday.
A senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards struck a similarly defiant note, in comments quoted by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
“This is our response to a violation of Iranian space and if the violation is repeated then our response will be repeated,” said Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards’ aerospace division.
“It’s possible that this infringement of the Americans was carried out by a general or some operators.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned a diplomatic representative of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday because the UAE allowed the drone that was shot down to be launched from a U.S. military base on its territory, the Fars news agency reported.
“Confrontation, whatever we think about Trump or Iran, will be disastrous for everyone,” the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency order prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in an oversea area of Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. Some other international airlines are taking related precautions.
Iran has had enough. I think it’s fair to say that after 60+ years of U.S. aggression towards Iran that the decision to shoot down a U.S. drone represents an inflection point in world politics.
In the first few hours after the incident the fog of war was thick. But a day later much of it has cleared thanks to Iran’s purposeful poke at U.S. leadership by coming clean with their intentions.
Iran chose to shoot down this drone versus hitting the manned P-8 aircraft and then chose not to lie about it in public, but rather come forward removing any deniability they could have had.
#Iran’s purpose by shooting down the drone was to warn the “#US terrorist forces” as it could also target an #American P-8 military aircraft that was flying next to MQ-4C drone, but it didn’t: Brigadier General Hajizadeh pic.twitter.com/V6xT8YwB31
— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) June 21, 2019
They did this after President Trump’s comments yesterday during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where Trump described the attack as “a big mistake” and “not intentional.”
What we are looking at here is the ultimate game of brinkmanship. Trump is saying his maximum pressure campaign will break Iran in the end and if they go one step further (which they won’t directly) he will eliminate them.
Iran, on the other hand, is stating categorically that if Trump doesn’t allow Iran to trade than no one will. And that threat is a real one, given their regional influence. Incalculable financial and political damage can be done by Iran and its proxies around the region through attacks on oil and gas infrastructure.
Governments will fall, markets will collapse. And no one gets out without scars.
It’s the kind of stand-off that needs to end with everyone walking away and regrouping but is unlikely to do so because of entrenched interests on both sides and the historical grudges of the men involved.
What’s important is to know that the rules of the game have changed. Iran has taken all the punches to the nose it will take from Trump without retaliating. When you corner someone and give them no way out you invite the worst kind of counter-attack.
Last week I asked whether Trump’s “B-Team” overplayed their hand in the Gulf of Oman, staging a potential false flag over some oil tankers to stop peace breaking out and arrest the slide in oil prices.
Today everyone wants to think Iran overplayed its hand by attacking this drone. But given the amount mendacity and the motivations of the people involved, I’d say that it was yet another attempt by the enemies of peace to push us to the brink of a world war in which nothing good comes of it.
I give Trump a lot of credit here for not falling into the trap set for him. He now has to begin removing those responsible for this quagmire and I’m sure that will be on the docket when he meets with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping next week at the G-20.
It starts with John Bolton and it ends with Mike Pompeo.
And if he doesn’t replace them in the next six to eight weeks then we know Trump isn’t serious about keeping us out of war. He’s just interested in doing so until he gets re-elected.
DRUMBEATS OF EZEKIEL 38: IRAN DRAGGING MIDDLE EAST INTO DANGEROUS STANDOFF
In recent weeks, Iran and its proxies have begun operating under a new directive best described as a policy of controlled escalation. Still, the potential for miscalculation and region-wide conflict has grown considerably.
Responding to the chokehold of U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration, Tehran, together with its non-state militias and terrorist entities, initiated a series of aggressive acts throughout the Middle East.
These include the targeting of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman with mines by a naval Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) squad, and last month, the targeting of oil tankers docked at a United Arab Emirates’ port in the Strait of Hormuz.
Such attacks are a clear threat, aimed at showing off Iran’s ability to disrupt international oil-shipping traffic. In addition, IRGC forces fired a missile at a U.S. intelligence drone. Meanwhile, Iranian proxy militias in Iraq and Syria were likely behind the firing of rockets recently at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and at Israel’s Golan Heights.
In addition, the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen launched cruise-missile and explosive drone attacks against sensitive targets in Saudi Arabia, hitting airports and oil facilities.
Behind all of the actions is a single message. If U.S. sanctions continue to damage the Iranian economy, the Islamic Republic is prepared to wreak havoc in response. Iran is demonstrating its ability to threaten oil exports by Washington’s Arab allies. It is effectively holding the global oil market hostage, in addition to implicitly threatening to step up attacks on Israel.
According to a Hebrew-language report published on Sunday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Iran has used terror factions in Gaza to send threatening messages in response to its standoff with America.
Examples include speeches delivered by Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar and Palestinian Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ziad Al-Nakhleh. Both released threatening statements outlining what the next conflict with Israel would look like and boasted about growing rocket arsenals at their disposals. Both terrorist leaders praised Iranian support for their respective organizations.
Sinwar and Al-Nakhleh delivered their speeches in a manner designed to line up with Iran’s Quds Day, held on the last Friday of Ramadan, in which the regime in Tehran organizes rallies to call for Israel’s destruction.
Between the lines, Iran’s warning seems stark. If a strained economy causes instability at home, the Islamic Republic could prefer plunging the region into war in order to save itself, and in doing so rally Iranians around the flag.
The calculation behind such a move is that the Iranian regime would likely survive a U.S. air campaign, despite the massive damage it would incur. But it might not survive an uprising at home.
As tensions in the Persian Gulf rise, they also project outwards, to other areas of the Middle East. Iran controls powerful, heavily armed proxies, and it could activate any number of them as part of a new escalation.
Israel, for its part, has made it clear that it will not tolerate a situation in which Iran restarts its nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said should that happen, the international community will have to immediately activate snapback sanctions, and “in any case, Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.”
IRAN ISSUES STRONG WARNING TO U.S., BOLTON LANDS IN ISRAEL FOR UNPRECEDENTED SECURITY SUMMIT
Iran on Saturday vowed that it would stand firm against any threats to its borders, and issued a warning to the US and its allies in the region, after US President Donald Trump said the military was “cocked and loaded” to strike against Tehran for downing a US drone on Thursday.
“Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies” in the region, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
“If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned.
“Regardless of any decision they make… we will not allow any of Iran’s borders to be violated. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
Also on Saturday Iran said its airspace was secure and safe to fly through, according to Reuters.
“Iran-controlled airspace over the Persian Gulf and other flight routes are completely safe,” said Iran Civil Aviation Organization spokesperson Reza Jafarzadeh.
On Friday, some of the world’s leading carriers including British Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Germany’s Lufthansa and Dutch carrier KLM suspended flights over the Strait of Hormuz.
The US barred American-registered aircraft from flying over Iranian-administered airspace in the Persian Gulf, affecting a region crucial to global air travel. The Federal Aviation Administration warned of a “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” in the region after Iran shot down the US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than that a Boeing 737 jetliner.
Trump tweeted that the US will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. But he said he’s in no hurry to respond to the downing of the US drone over the Strait of Hormuz.
He said US sanctions are crippling the Iranian economy and that more are being added.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton landed in Israel on Saturday ahead of an unprecedented trilateral meeting in Jerusalem of top security officials from the United States, Israel and Russia.
Bolton will discuss regional issues with his counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev. Iran’s efforts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and the escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington are expected to top the agenda.
Moscow has said it will look out for Iran’s interests at the meeting.
“Iran is in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government and is actively involved in fighting terrorism. Therefore, of course, we will have to take into account the interests of Iran,” Patrushev said.
Bolton landed Saturday afternoon and is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning, the Ynet news site reported.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu hailed the “historic and unprecedented” summit as an important step toward guaranteeing “stability in the Middle East during turbulent times.”
“What is important about this trilateral meeting of the two superpowers in the State of Israel is that it greatly attests to the current international standing of Israel among the nations,” he added.
“The fact that the Russians see value in these conversations, that they’re willing to do it publicly, I think is in and of itself quite significant,” the official said.
According to a report by the Kan public broadcaster, Israel and the US will offer Russia incentives for an effort to curb Iranian influence in Syria, which could include legitimizing the continued leadership of Syrian President Bashar Assad. It was unclear what Washington and Jerusalem would offer Moscow in return.
Moscow is a close ally of Tehran and Damascus, while Jerusalem and Washington are the Islamic Republic’s archenemies.
A commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday that US regional bases and its aircraft carrier in the Gulf are within the range of Iranian precision-guided missiles, Reuters reported.
“US forces in the region were a threat, but they are now an opportunity (for Iran)… They do not talk about war with Iran, because they know how susceptible they are,” said the head of the Guards’ aerospace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, according to the report.
Hajizadeh also claimed that Iran refrained from shooting down a US plane with 35 people on board that was accompanying the downed drone in the Gulf.
“With the US drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board. This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not,” he said, according to Reuters.
US officials have denied that the drone that was downed by Iran this week had entered Iranian airspace and stated that the drone was shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
On Thursday, the Pentagon released an image showing the flight path for the drone that was shot down, in an effort to prove that the it had been shot down in international airspace.
Earlier, Iran had filed a complaint against the US, claiming the drone was on a spy mission over its territory and was shot down in Iranian airspace.
The drone incident came amid already growing tensions in the region. Before that incident, the Pentagon said that the latest deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East will include a Patriot missile battalion, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft and “other deterrence capabilities.”
“The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region,” a Pentagon spokeswoman said in a statement.
The US deployment was announced by the Pentagon following last week’s attacks on two tankers as they were passing through the Gulf of Oman.
The US blamed the attacks on Iran, which denied responsibility.
US aircraft and ships were abruptly turned back when already on their way on Thursday, June 20, to strike a “handful” of Iranian targets after the downing of a US drone. For this sudden change of orders to abort a punitive US operation against Iran, US President Donald Trump risks being labelled a vacillator, a stigma he often attaches to his Democratic rivals.
His top advisers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and CIA Director Gina Haspel, pushed hard for the president to retaliate militarily for the downing of the US Navy Triton over international Gulf waters. They were concerned not only by the urgency to shore up US deterrence in the face of mounting Iranian attacks on US interests and allies in the region, but the impact inaction would have on America’s standing in relation to China, Russia and North Korea.
The aborted operation was not planned to be a major act of war against Iran, rather surgical strikes at Revolutionary Guards missile, radar and air defense sites, on lines recalling Israel’s attacks on Iranian locations in Syria. Nonetheless, Trump decided to heed voices from the Pentagon and Democratic lawmakers to “deescalate” US tensions with Iran, rather than exacerbating them.
This reversal was reflected in the president’s contradictory remarks on Thursday: after calling Iran’s downing of the US drone “a very bad mistake,” he equivocated that it may have been “a mistake made by somebody that shouldn’t have been doing what they do…. I think they made a mistake and I’m not just talking about the country made a mistake, somebody under the command of the country made a mistake.”
Early Friday, some administration sources acted to repair some of the damage to American deterrence caused by the Trump backtrack. They maintained that the operation was not called off only put back by a few days.
Meanwhile, looming over Washington is the short week remaining until the June 27 deadline set by Tehran for breaking out of the agreed uranium enrichment ceiling up to the 20 percent level near weapons grade. Lawmakers from both sides of Congress who were briefed at the White House on Thursday, were told that US allies led by Saudi Arabia and Israel would view that step as more dangerous even than Iran’s ongoing aggression against oil targets and US interests in the region. Some of the lawmakers remarked that America, Israel and Saudi Arabia may decide that Iran must be stopped from resuming its progress towards a nuclear weapon – even by military action.
Therefore, the pivotal moment of the US-Iranian standoff has not passed; it was just postponed by 7 to 10 days.
It must be said, however, that it is hard to establish whether the reporting on the turbulent events of the last 24 hours genuinely reflected President Trump’s reasoning and calculations or, indeed, Iran’s next steps. Will Tehran meet the US President halfway by tempering its belligerent acts? Or be encouraged to redouble them by piling on attacks on additional US and allied targets?
The first clue came Friday morning, when Iran’s Defense Minister maintained that there is no longer any doubt that it was the United States which attacked the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Israel is reportedly taking into consideration that the escalating conflict between the United States and Iran will spill over to the Jewish State.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benyamin issued a stern warning to Israel’s foes not to test the Israeli military after he attended a massive IDF drill on the Golan Heights.
“I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threatening our destruction. I say to our enemies: The Israeli army has very great destructive power. Don’t test us,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Netanyahu’s warning came after Ha’aretz analyst Amos Harel reported that Israeli and Western intelligence agencies warned Iran could activate its proxies in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria against Israel in order to increase the pressure on the US in the Middle East.
The Israeli government and military are aware of this scenario and are preparing for this possibility according to Harel.
Netanyahu convened his security cabinet already two times this week to discuss the situation in the Persian Gulf where Iran already has activated its proxies in both Iraq and Yemen in order to carry out attacks on American targets and Saudi Arabia.
The covert war between the US and Iran escalated last week when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attacked two huge oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
The attacks on the tankers Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair caused extensive damage to the vessels while the crew of both tankers remained unharmed.
The holes in the hull of the tankers indicate that Limpet mines were used while the crew of the Front Altair initially reported that the ship was hit by a torpedo or an underwater drone.
CENTCOM, the Central US Command in the Middle East later released a video which showed a glass bottom vessel full of IRGC members who removed an unexploded Limpet mine from the hull of the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
Sean Kido, the commander of an explosive ordinance dive and salvage task group in the Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) suggested that the mines used in the attack on the Kokuka Courageous were made in Iran.
“The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades” Kido told reporters.
He added that his unit had also recovered finger and hand prints from the hull of the Japanese-owned ship.
The IRGC units later tried unsuccessfully to shoot down a US MQ-9 armed drone which was monitoring the movements of the Iranians with Misagh-2 MANPADS, CENTCOM reported.
In Iraq, Iran has apparently ordered its proxy army Hashd al-Shaabi to carry out attacks on the so-called ‘Green Zone’ in Baghdad where the American embassy is located and on other US-related targets in the country.
The Green Zone was hit twice over the past week by mortars and a Katusha rocket but the projectiles failed to hit the American embassy.
In Yemen, Iran’s proxy Ansar Allah, or the Houthi militia, is constantly targeting Saudi-Arabia with armed drones and ballistic missiles while the militia also succeeded to shoot down an American drone (UAV) on June 6th.
The situation aggravated on Thursday when the IRGC shot down an American UAV over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.
The drone a U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton was flying above the Iranian province Hormozgan and the downing a the ‘spy’ plane was meant as “a message to Washington” according to the IRGC.
The question is now what the Trump Administration will do.
There have been unconfirmed reports that the Trump Administration is preparing for a tactical strike on a nuclear-related target in Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn’t rule out military action against Iran and has made clear that the death of a single American service man or woman would trigger a military response, according to The Washington Post.
For now, however, the Administration seems to use other tools to increase the pressure on Iran.
One of these tools is to build a global coalition against Iran after it carried out attacks on unarmed commercial vessels in international waters.
China’s energy consumption, for example, depends for 80 percent on oil from the Persian Gulf.
The American government could also work together with oil importing states to protect tankers in the Gulf.
The Americans and their allies could also increase cyber attacks on Iran’s security apparatus something that already seems to happen since Iran reported it had foiled a CIA spy cyber attack on Wednesday.
The Trump Administration also ordered the additional deployment of 1,000 military service men in the Middle East to protect American interests.
Iran, from its side, is increasing pressure on the European countries to choose its side in the conflict with the US.
Until now the European Union has done everything it could to enable continuing trade with and investment in Iran but the EU seems powerless in pressuring European companies into renewed activities in the Islamic Republic.
If European companies continue to do business with Iran they will become prone to American sanctions as well something no European firm is willing to risk until now.
Iran has now given the EU until June 27th to help Iran getting relief from the biting sanction regime or it will breach the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) with three European countries, Russia and China.
The Islamist regime in Tehran says it will start to enrich uranium beyond the limits set by the JCPOA if the EU doesn’t give in to her demands.
The EU, however, suddenly seems to realize on whose side it should be in the escalating conflict between the US and Iran.
On Thursday, the organization announced that it would enact new sanctions against Iran after the Islamic Republic increased its terrorist activity in European countries.
Hypersonic missiles – which travel at more than 15 times the speed of sound – are touching off a new global arms race that threatens to change the nature of warfare.
On March 6, 2018, the grand ballroom at the Sphinx Club in Washington was packed with aerospace-industry executives waiting to hear from Michael D. Griffin. Weeks earlier, Secretary of Defense James Mattis named the 69-year-old Maryland native as the Pentagon’s under secretary for research and engineering, a job that comes with an annual budget of more than $17 billion. So the dark-suited attendees at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference were eager to learn what type of work he would favor.
The audience was already familiar with Griffin, an unabashed defender of American military and political supremacy who has bragged about being labeled an “unreconstructed cold warrior.” With five master’s degrees and a doctorate in aerospace engineering, he was the chief technology officer for President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (popularly known as Star Wars), which was supposed to shield the United States against a potential Russian attack by ballistic missiles looping over the North Pole. Over the course of his career, he also wrote a book on space vehicle design, ran a technology incubator funded by the C.I.A., directed NASA for four years, and was employed as a senior executive at a handful of aerospace firms.
Griffin was known as a scientific optimist who regularly called for “disruptive innovation” and who prized speed above all. He had repeatedly complained about the Pentagon’s sluggish bureaucracy, which he saw as mired in legacy thinking.
“This is a country that produced an atom bomb under the stress of wartime in three years from the day we decided to do it,” he told a congressional panel last year.
“This is a country that can do anything we need to do that physics allows. We just need to get on with it.”
In recent decades, Griffin’s predecessors had prioritized broad research into topics such as human-computer interaction, space communication and undersea warfare. But Griffin signaled an important shift, one that would have financial consequences for the executives in attendance. “I’m sorry for everybody out there who champions some other high priority, some technical thing; it’s not that I disagree with those,” he told the room. “But there has to be a first, and hypersonics is my first.”
Griffin was referring to a revolutionary new type of weapon, one that would have the unprecedented ability to maneuver and then to strike almost any target in the world within a matter of minutes. Capable of traveling at more than 15 times the speed of sound, hypersonic missiles arrive at their targets in a blinding, destructive flash, before any sonic booms or other meaningful warning.
So far, there are no surefire defenses. Fast, effective, precise and unstoppable — these are rare but highly desired characteristics on the modern battlefield. And the missiles are being developed not only by the United States but also by China, Russia and other countries.
Griffin is now the chief evangelist in Washington for hypersonics, and so far he has run into few political or financial roadblocks. Lawmakers have supported a significant expansion of federal spending to accelerate the delivery of what they call a “game-changing technology,” a buzz phrase often repeated in discussions on hypersonics. America needs to act quickly, says James Inhofe, the Republican senator from Oklahoma who chairs the Armed Services Committee, or else the nation might fall behind Russia and China.
In 2018, Congress expressed its consensus in a law requiring that an American hypersonic weapon be operational by October 2022. This year, the Trump administration’s proposed defense budget included $2.6 billion for hypersonics, and national security industry experts project that the annual budget will reach $5 billion by the middle of the next decade. The immediate aim is to create two deployable systems within three years. Key funding is likely to be approved this summer. Griffin has spoken about America eventually having an arsenal of “a couple of thousand prompt strike missiles.”
Within the next decade, so many of these new weapons might be around that they would be able to undertake a task long imagined for nuclear arms: a first strike against another nation’s government or arsenals, interrupting key chains of communication and disabling some of its retaliatory forces, all without the radioactive fallout and special condemnation that would accompany the detonation of nuclear warheads. That’s why a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report said in 2016 that hypersonics aren’t “simply evolutionary threats” to the United States but could in the hands of enemies “challenge this nation’s tenets of global vigilance, reach and power.”
Hypersonics pose a different threat from ballistic missiles, according to those who have studied and worked on them, because they could be maneuvered in ways that confound existing methods of defense and detection. Not to mention, unlike most ballistic missiles, they would arrive in under 15 minutes — less time than anyone in Hawaii or elsewhere would need to meaningfully react.
The Sanhedrin has been working on plans for a high-speed rail system connecting Africa, Europe, and Asia for over two decades and conditions now seem ripe to make this vision a reality. The rail system will turn Jerusalem into a hub, allowing masses of people to access the Temple. The Sanhedrin claims this rail system may be one of the keys that will bring Redemption and the Third Temple.
The plan was initially conceived by Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the spokesman and a member of the Sanhedrin, in 1981 and presented to the Israeli Minister of Transportation. The plan was focused on Israel as the land bridge connecting Europe with Africa.
In 1991, the Israeli Ministry of Transportation established a budget to plan a part of the system that would connect Judea and Samaria with the rest of Israel, with the understanding that this local section would be part of a larger regional system. The project was considered commercially viable on its own merits and as such, it was expected that the funding would eventually come from private investors.
Due to political considerations and international pressure on Israel concerning Judea and Samaria, the plan was delayed but not abandoned. Recent developments in technology and politics have made this plan for a global rail system not only more realistic but also more attractive to the nations involved.
Though ambitious, the plan for a regional rail system is not unprecedented. Israel’s importance as a land bridge led the British and the French to invest heavily in building rail systems beginning in the time of the Ottoman Empire. The rail system eventually connected Beirut, Lebanon in the north with Cairo, Egypt and Tripoli in Libya. The Israeli port in Haifa and Jerusalem were eventually included by the British after the Second World War.
But more significantly, the political environment has developed and the Sanhedrin is moving forward with the plan. The biggest obstacles to a global rail network is not money or technology The biggest obstacle is the political cooperation between nations required to coordinate the project’s initiation and operation.
“This project should have been under the perview of the United Nations,” Rabbi Weiss explained to Breaking Israel News. “But the UN has relinquished its role to unite the world for universal benefit and has instead become a playground for bad politics.”
The Sanhedrin is working to establish an organization of the 70 Nations that will perform the vital functions the UN was intended to fulfill. To this end, the Sanhedrin hosted a World Creation Concertin September at which delegates from three South American countries officially signed an agreement to work to establish this new Jerusalem-based organization. Another concert will be held this September and more countries have expressed an interest in joining.
Rabbi Weiss noted that the railway connecting with Jerusalem is only one of many improvements that will be necessary to prepare Jerusalem to host the Third Temple.
“The global rail system will run through the Jordan Valley, stopping at Jericho,” Rabbi Weiss explained. “From there, a tramway would bring pilgrims to the Temple.”
According to the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake map, the tremblor stuck just before 4 a.m. It was centered about seven miles west of Plainville, north of Hays.
It registered a 4.4. magnitude.
People as far away as Wichita and North Platte, Nebraska, reported feeling the quake. The USGS estimates a 4.0 quake would be felt by a significant portion of the population of the people within a 60-mile radius.
For reference, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake is 2.5 times stronger than a 4.0 one.
While no other earthquakes were recorded in the past 24 hours in central Kansas, at least four recently struck off the coast of Oregon, two of them registered a 5.4 magnitude.
A series of earthquakes off the Oregon coast were recorded Saturday by the US Geologic Survey, with the strongest registering at 5.4 about 10 kilometers deep.
The alert level is green, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties or damage.
The quakes were recorded at 5:43 a.m., 5:52 a.m., 6 a.m., 6:16 a.m., 6:37 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. The quakes registered between a 5.4 and 4.2.
The quakes were more than 200 miles west of the Oregon coast. The USGS said the distance between the quakes’ epicenter to Bandon was 208 miles, 213 miles to Coos Bay and 221 miles to Newport.
6 Quakes Hit Cascadia Subduction Zone off Oregon; “The Big One” Coming?
Since 8:43 AM eastern US time Saturday, (90 minutes ago) SIX earthquakes have struck in the dangerous Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) off the coast of Oregon, and THREE of those quakes were higher than Magnitude 5.0. “The Big One” might be coming soon!
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake swarm began around 8:43 AM eastern time today, and the size of the quakes is significant:
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This earthquake fault system is considered to be “the most dangerous in the world” because its location and the type of earthquakes this system can create, in relation to its location near heavily populated areas, means it can generate devastating earthquakes which could kill tens of thousands and destroy entire cities.
Making the system even worse is its location in the ocean. A Mega-Thrust earthquake from this system (the type of quake that subduction zones typically cause) would generate a TSUNAMI WAVE that would move at 600 MPH into the US West Coast, obliterating almost everything west if Interstate 5.
A Mega-Thrust earthquake from this very system, would generate HORRIFIC Tsunamis that would not only wipe out much of the US (and Canadian) west coast, but would hit every other coastline in the Pacific Ocean hours later. The damage and death toll would be unimaginable!
Series of 6 earthquakes hit off Oregon Coast: 2 M5.4, M5.0, 2 M4.2 and M4.7. Is the Cascadia waking up?
A series of earthquakes off the Oregon coast were recorded Saturday by the US Geologic Survey. Is Cascadia waking up?
The quakes were recorded at 5:43 a.m., 5:52 a.m., 6 a.m., 6:16 a.m., 6:37 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. The quakes registered between a 5.4 and 4.7.
The alert level is green, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties or damage.
The quakes were more than 200 miles west of the Oregon coast.
The USGS said the distance between the quakes’ epicenter to Bandon was 208 miles, 213 miles to Coos Bay and 221 miles to Newport.
As you see on the above map, the quakes are not directly on the Cascadia subduction zone, but on the Blanco Fracture Zone, a right lateral transform fault zone, which runs northeast off the coast of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, extending from the Gorda Ridge in the south to the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the north.
The subducting Gorda Plate is connected with the volcanoes in northern California, namely, Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak. Lassen Peak last erupted in 1914–1917.
“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.” – Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and “we the people” have none?
The government’s overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs, violence and illegal immigration have been convenient ruses used to terrorized the populace into relinquishing more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security.
Case in point: on June 17, the same day President Trump announced that the government would be making mass arrests in order to round up and forcibly remove millions of illegal immigrants—including families and children—from the country, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Gamble v. United States that placed the sovereignty (i.e., the supreme power or authority) of federal and state governments over that of the citizenry, specifically as it relates to the government’s ability to disregard the Constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause.
At first glance, the two incidents—one relating to illegal immigration and the other to the government’s prosecutorial powers—don’t have much to do with each other, and yet there is a common thread that binds them together.
That common thread speaks to the nature of the government beast we have been saddled with and how it views the rights and sovereignty of “we the people.”
In the 200-plus years since we boldly embarked on this experiment in self-government, we have been steadily losing ground to the government’s brazen power grabs, foisted upon us in the so-called name of national security.
The government has knocked us off our rightful throne. It has usurped our rightful authority. It has staged the ultimate coup. Its agents no longer even pretend that they answer to “we the people.”
So you see, the two incidents on June 17 were not hugely significant in and of themselves.
Trump’s plan to carry out mass arrests of anyone the government suspects might be an illegal immigrant, and the Supreme Court’s recognition that the government can sidestep the Constitution for the sake of expediency are merely more of the same abuses that have been heaped upon us in recent years.
Yet these incidents speak volumes about how far our republic has fallen and how desensitized “we the people” have become to this constant undermining of our freedoms.
How do we reconcile the Founders’ vision of our government as an entity whose only purpose is to serve the people with the police state’s insistence that the government is the supreme authority, that its power trumps that of the people themselves, and that it may exercise that power in any way it sees fit (that includes government agents crashing through doors, mass arrests, ethnic cleansing, racial profiling, indefinite detentions without due process, and internment camps)?
They cannot be reconciled. They are polar opposites.
We are fast approaching a moment of reckoning where we will be forced to choose between the vision of what America was intended to be (a model for self-governance where power is vested in the people) and the reality of what she has become (a police state where power is vested in the government).
This slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities—is tracking very closely with what happened in Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.
We are walking a dangerous path right now.
These mass arrests of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant may well be the shot across the bow.
You may be innocent of wrongdoing now, but when the standard for innocence is set by the government, no one is safe. Everyone is a suspect, and anyone can be a criminal when it’s the government determining what is a crime.
Remember, the police state does not discriminate.
Eventually, all that will matter is whether some government agent—poorly trained, utterly ignorant of the Constitution, way too hyped up on the power of their badges, and authorized to detain, search, interrogate, threaten and generally harass anyone they see fit—chooses to single you out for special treatment.
Remember, nothing is ever as simple as the government claims it is.
The war on drugs turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with SWAT teams and militarized police.
The war on terror turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention.
The war on immigration is turning out to be yet another war on the American people, waged with roving government agents demanding “papers, please.”
Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.
We are all at risk.
You can’t have it both ways.
You can’t live in a constitutional republic if you allow the government to act like a police state.
You can’t claim to value freedom if you allow the government to operate like a dictatorship.
You can’t expect to have your rights respected if you allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and an utter disregard for the rule of law.
Indeed, when the government is allowed to operate as a law unto itself, the rule of law itself becomes illegitimate. As Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.”
This is the start of the slippery slope.
Martin Niemöller understood this. A Lutheran minister who was imprisoned and executed for opposing Hitler’s regime, Niemoller warned:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
CHRISLAM UPDATE: POPE FRANCIS CALLS FOR MAJOR THEOLOGICAL REFORMS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO PROMOTE ‘COMMON MISSION’ WITH ISLAM AND MUSLIMS
The Pope is pushing for Catholic students to be taught the lie that normative Islam is a religion of peace and so, it follows that anyone who disagrees with this lie would be deemed “intolerant”, opposed to dialogue and pluralism. It is Islam that is intolerant, supremacist and resistant to diversity. If the Pope is genuine about dialogue, then he should be mutually calling for Islamic States and Islamic schools (beginning with Al Azhar University in Cairo) to establish and preach equal status to all disbelievers, for women, gays etc., and promote dialogues with unbelievers like Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists etc.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:4,23,24 (KJV)
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