This Happened On Planet Earth…May 2019…End Times Signs
Published on May 11, 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 rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
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Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
PUT YOUR TRUST AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST (OUR SAVIOUR):
(Romans 12:2) to seek God’s will, the Lord says, “Do not worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”
THIS IS THE END RESULT OF A CHRISTIANS PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST IN REVELATION CH 6 -22:
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
ETERNAL SECURITY FOR TRIBULATION BELIEVERS?
QUESTION: You have stated that you feel the post rapture believers will be on their own when it comes to staying faithful to their belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior. In Revelation (7: 1-9) it says that the Angel of God will put a seal on the foreheads of the “servants of God”. It goes on to show that the 144,000 from the 12 tribes (Jews) were at least part of this group, but then it moves right into discussing the “multitude” in white robes that were “serving God and The Lamb” day and night.
I believe the multitude are the tribulation Saints and that they are being included in the group that were sealed on their foreheads by the Angel of God, identifying them as “servants of God”. Also, I don’t think the gentile Christians during this period would be left to suffer the stings of these demonic creatures of Rev. 9 so they must have the seal. In summary; I believe that the tribulation believers will not be able to lose their salvation. Do you disagree with this?
ANSWER: Rev. 7:1-3 shows the four winds being held back by four angels. Then another angel with the seal of God comes forward, telling them not to harm the land or sea until he puts the seal on the foreheads of the servants of God. Rev. 7:4 says the number of those who are sealed is 144,000 and then Rev. 7:5-8 lists 12,000 from each of 12 tribes of Israel. From this I conclude that the 144,000 are the only ones sealed. This all happens on Earth.
After that John sees the multitude, but they are before the throne of God (Rev. 7:11). That’s in Heaven, and the elder tells John they’ve come out of the Great Tribulation. The Greek word translated “come out of” applies to both location and time. In essence it means they will have been martyred and come to heaven before the Great Tribulation begins. They and the 144,000 are not part of the same group. In the first place the 144,000 are all Jews. The martyrs are from every nation, tribe, people and language.
Your concern for Tribulation believers is commendable but I don’t think it’s consistent with Scripture. Both Rev. 14:12 and Rev. 16:15 indicate Tribulation believers are responsible for remaining faithful. Matt. 25:1-13 confirms this. Eternal Security is a special blessing given only to the Church.
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QUESTION: Is the group of saints mentioned in Revelation 20:4 the same group from Revelation 7:13-17? They sound the same but the wording seems to indicate they have different destinies. Can you please clarify?
ANSWER: The two are different from each other although both groups consist of post-rapture believers. The group in Rev. 7 consists of believers who will have failed to come to the Lord prior to the rapture, but will do so shortly afterward. By saying they have come out of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 7:14) the angel is referring to both its time and place. They will die during the seal judgments, early in the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week, before the great tribulation begins.
In Rev. 20:4 we see a group of believers who will have been beheaded for not worshiping the anti-Christ or taking his mark. Since the mark of the beast will not be instituted until Rev. 13:16 at the beginning the second half of Daniel’s 70th Week, (the Great Tribulation) they can’t be the same as the martyrs from Rev. 7.
You’re correct in saying their destinies are different. They’re different from each other and both are different from the church. The group from Rev. 7 will serve God in His Temple but are never called priests. The group from Rev. 20 will reign with Christ for 1,000 years but are never called kings. Only the Church will be called kings and priests.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape
Zech. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
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MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works
WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN SCRIPTURE
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
MAJOR WARS ON THE HORIZON
WORLD WAR 3
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS:
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM:
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
THE WAR OF GOG OF MAGOG – A coalition of Nations led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to attack Israel
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, andthe life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
TRUMP TAKES IRAN SERIOUSLY, HERE IS FULL LIST OF FIREPOWER THAT THE US MILITARY IS SENDING TO MIDDLE EAST RIGHT NOW TO COUNTER LATEST IRANIAN THREAT
In response to the threat of a possible attack on US forces by Iran, the US military decided to send additional firepower to the Middle East. This includes an aircraft carrier with a full carrier air wing, one cruiser, four destroyers, a group of heavy bombers, fighters, an expeditionary warship, and a surface-to-air missile battery. The US military is sending a carrier strike group, a bomber task force, fighter jets, an amphibious landing ship, and a surface-to-air missile battery to the Middle East as a show of force to Iran. There is a ton of firepower heading that way.
In response to the threat of a possible attack on US military forces by Iran, the US military decided to send additional firepower to the Middle East. This includes an aircraft carrier with a full carrier air wing, one cruiser, four destroyers, a group of heavy bombers, fighters, an expeditionary warship, and a surface-to-air missile battery.
On Monday, we told you that in response to threats from Iran, the US military had authorized the USS Abraham Lincoln to be deployed to the Middle East. Yesterday, the Lincoln passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal. Iran said they could take out the Lincoln with a single missile, and guess what? The United States is talking them seriously and sending quite an impressive array of ships, planes and firepower. The full list is in the article here below.
NBC News reports that “In a highly unusual move, national security adviser John Bolton convened a meeting at CIA headquarters last week with the Trump administration’s top intelligence, diplomatic and military advisers to discuss Iran, according to six current U.S. officials. The meeting came amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, as the Trump administration piles pressure on Tehran’s economy through crippling sanctions. Days after it took place, Bolton, citing indications of an increased threat from Iran, announced the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber squadron to the Persian Gulf. He warned Tehran that “any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
It is very unlikely that the US military would send this much raw firepower simply as a ‘show of force’. The last time they sent this much at one time to the Middle East, precision guided missiles rained down on Syria in response to chemical attacks on their own people. Trump is planning something for the Iranians, something big indeed.
The US is sending a ton of firepower to take on Iran — here’s everything headed its way
FROM BUSINESS INSIDER: The US military is sending a carrier strike group, a bomber task force, fighter jets, an amphibious landing ship, and a surface-to-air missile battery to the Middle East as a show of force to Iran. There is a ton of firepower heading that way.
The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, which consists of the carrier and its powerful carrier air wing, as well as one cruiser and four destroyers, began moving into the region with an unspecified number of B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers earlier this week.
US Air Forces Central Command announced Thursday that F-15C Eagle fighter jets were repositioned within the theater to “defend US forces and interests in the region.” On Friday, the Pentagon announced that the USS Arlington, an amphibious landing ship, and a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery are on their way.
These assets, according to US Central Command, are being currently deployed in response to “clear indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack US forces in the region.”
Aircraft carrier: USS Abraham Lincoln
Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, previously described aircraft carriers as a “tremendous expression of US national power.” A carrier strike group is an even stronger message. “CSGs are visible and powerful symbols of US commitment and resolve,” US European Command said in a statement on Tuesday.
The USS Abraham Lincoln, a mobile sea-based airfield, is the lead ship for the carrier strike group that bears its name and is outfitted with a highly capable carrier air wing.
Carrier air wing: fighters, electronic-attack aircraft, early-warning aircraft, and rotary aircraft
Carrier Air Wing Seven consists of F/A-18 Super Hornets, EA-18G Growler electronic-attack aircraft, E-2 Hawkeye early-warning aircraft, and a number of rotary aircraft from multiple squadrons capable of carrying out a variety of operational tasks.
Cruiser: USS Leyte Gulf
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers are multi-role warships that run heavily armed with 122 vertical-launch-system (VLS) cells capable of carrying everything from Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles to surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine-warfare rockets.
4 destroyers: USS Bainbridge, USS Gonzalez, USS Mason, and USS Nitze
Like the larger cruisers, destroyers are also multi-mission vessels. Armed with 90 to 96 VLS cells, these ships have air-and-missile defense capabilities, as well as land-attack abilities.
Early in the Trump presidency, two US Navy destroyers devastated Shayrat Airbase with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles to punish the Syrian regime in the aftermath of a chemical-weapons attack.
The B-52 is a subsonic high-altitude bomber capable of carrying nuclear and conventional payloads. These hard-hitting aircraft can carry up to 70,000 pounds of varied ordnance and can be deployed to carry out various missions, including strategic attack, close air support, air interdiction, and offensive counter-air and maritime operations.
Fighters: F-15C Eagles
The F-15s in the region were reportedly seen carrying live missiles, including the six AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and two AIM-9X Sidewinder’s for air-to-air combat, The Drive reports.
The Pentagon has not specifically announced the movement of these fighters as a response to Iran, but the timing of the repositioning is noteworthy.
Amphibious Landing Ship: USS Arlington
A San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock is able to move Marines, amphibious assault vehicles, conventional landing craft, and rotary aircraft to support amphibious assaults, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions, the Pentagon explained in a statement Friday.
Air-and-Missile Defense: Patriot battery
A Patriot battery is, according to the Department of Defense, a long-range, all-weather air defense system with the ability to eliminate certain threatening tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. READ MORE:
RUMORS OF WAR: IRAN VS U.S.
US-Iranian tensions this week were ramped up by intelligence of a plot for Iran’s Iraqi proxies to attack the American Al Tanf garrison in E. Syria, which commands the strategic Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border intersection. DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources, reporting this exclusively, reveal that Tehran’s master-plotter is Qais al-Khazail, head of the Iraqi Kataib Hezballah militia, and he is collaborating with a fellow proxy, the Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq.
This intelligence, which reached the head of US CENTCOM, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, galvanized Washington into action. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hurried over to Baghdad on Tuesday, May 7 with a warning that US punishment would reach Iranian soil and its Revolutionary Guards bases, if US forces came to harm.
On Thursday, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group sailed into the Red Sea and on Thursday, the Pentagon announced the redeployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries to the Middle East.
These ramped up US deployments followed a high-powered conference, which took place unusually at CIA headquarters in Langley on April 29 at 7 a.m. The top-secret meeting was attended by CIA Director Gina Haskel, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joe Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.
For the Trump administration, an Iranian proxy attack on a US asset or ally is tantamount to direct aggression by the Islamic regime in terms of the American response.
The Iraqi Hezballah militia is a faction of the multibranched Iraqi Shiite PMU which takes its orders from the Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that in recent months, the PMU has aq across the Middle East – either instead of or in addition to the projected Al Tanf operation.
Ranged against Iran’s preparations, the Americans have deployed: B-52 bombers to the Al-Udaid Air Base in Qatar; F-35A stealth aircraft to Al-Dhafra base in the UAE; and ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln with strike group take up position in the Red Sea.
The Pentagon is sending amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as a hedge against Iran, according to a Friday Pentagon statement.
“USS Arlington is a San Antonio-class ship that transports U.S. Marines, amphibious vehicles, conventional landing craft and rotary aircraft with the capability to support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions,” read the statement.
“Arlington also provides a high-quality command and control capability and improved interoperability with our allies and partners in the region.”
The Lincoln CSG was ordered to depart the Mediterranean Sea for U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) area of operation, “in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S. forces and our interests,” according to the statement
CENTCOM Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie asked for the Lincoln CSG and a detachment of B-52 Stratofortress bombers to be sent to the region, following assessments made a week ago by the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton about a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”
On Thursday, the Lincoln CSG left the Mediterranean and transited the Suez Canal, officially entering U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command.
As of Monday, Arlington was in 5th Fleet operating as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), according to the USNI News Fleet Tracker.
Shanahan also ordered a U.S. Army Patriot missile battery to U.S. Central Command as part of the command’s original request for forces from earlier this week.
“A Patriot battery is a long-range, all-weather air defense system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft,” read the statement.
Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is now in the Red Sea earlier than planned at the direction of the White House, USNI News has learned.
The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group left the Mediterranean and transited the Suez Canal on Thursday, officially entering U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command.
“ABECSG has been conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for several weeks, but expedited their transit to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region,” the Navy said in a statement published following an earlier version of this post.
“ABECSG will be positioned by CENTCOM where it will best be able to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region and to deter any aggression.”
The move follows a statement earlier this week from the National Security Council that, due to provocative behaviour from Iran and new intelligence estimates, the U.S. was repositioning the strike group from the Mediterranean to the Gulf. The Pentagon also deployed a U.S. Air Force bomber detachment that included B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the region.
On Sunday, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton called the move a reaction to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”
The assessments prompted CENTCOM Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie to ask for the strike group and the bombers.
The Wall Street Journal reported intelligence reports indicated Iran was planning attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria as well as attack shipping in the Bab el-Mandeb strait from Yemen.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” the Sunday statement from the White House reads.
The retasking order from the White House accelerated Lincoln’s already planned presence in the Middle East and cancelled a previously scheduled port visit to Split, Croatia, this week
The Pentagon said Friday that the US will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East region to counter threats from Iran.
The department provided no details, but a defense official said the move comes after intelligence showed that the Iranians have loaded military equipment and missiles onto small boats. The official was not authorized to discuss the information publicly so spoke anonymously.
It was not clear whether the boats with missiles represented a new military capability that could be used against US forces or were only being moved to shore locations.
The US removed Patriot missile batteries from Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan late last year. It wasn’t clear if the batteries would go back to those countries. The Patriot air defense system is meant to intercept both incoming aircraft and long-range ballistic missiles.
Also on Friday, the US Maritime Administration warned that Iran could try to attack American commercial vessels, including oil tankers, Reuters reported.
US officials announced Sunday that they would rush an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to the region.
On Thursday, Trump said he sought talks with Iran.
“What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me,”Trump told reporters at the White House. “We don’t want them to have nuclear weapons — not much to ask.”
“We have information that you don’t want to know about,” Trump said. “They were very threatening and we have to have great security for this country and many other places.”
Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the United States Naval Forces Central Command, told Reuters he would bring the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln through the Gulf’s sensitive Strait of Hormuz if need be.
“If I need to bring it inside the strait, I will do so,” Malloy said. “I’m not restricted in any way, I’m not challenged in any way, to operate her anywhere in the Middle East.”
At a moment the US carrier strike group ordered deployed to the CENTOM Persian Gulf region area of command has traversed the Suez Canal, and as multiple B-52 bombers have also landed in Qatar in response to “troubling and escalatory” threats by Iran against US troops in the region, a top American military commander in the region has threatened he’s ready to send an aircraft carrier through the vital Strait of Hormuz “if needed”.
But should the US send a carrier through the key narrow oil shipping Persian Gulf choke point which is routinely patrolled by IRGC boats, one senior cleric has vowed the US Navy’s…
“Billion-dollar fleet can be destroyed with one missile” — according to Iran’s ISNA News Agency
Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, made the statements to Reuters on Friday.
He oversees all US naval forces in the Middle East, and at the very moment the USS Abraham Lincoln Nimitz-class carrier makes its way into the area, the commander said, “If I need to bring it inside the strait, I will do so.” He added, “I’m not restricted in any way, I’m not challenged in any way, to operate her anywhere in the Middle East.”
He didn’t specifically name the USS Abraham Lincoln during the telephone interview, but certainly the remarks were intentionally timed as a part of the White House’s ongoing “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.
Iran, for its part, has dismissed the “deployment” and the underlying threat Bolton touted Sunday night as requiring a response as “fake intelligence” and part of a US “psychological warfare” campaign – further noting the carrier strike group’s embarkation was pre-scheduled and merely used as a pretext for escalating threats.
Of the latest claims that credible intelligence indicates Iranian actions against Americans in the region could be imminent, Malloy said the intelligence was linked “with actual activity that we observed.”
“And that was certainly enough for me… to say that we saw this as a threat,” he said. Addressing the question of Iranian ICBM’s and recent statements of intelligence officials saying they’d observed Iran transferring missiles on boats, the top admiral said further, “It might be a new fielding of technology by Iran,” Malloy said, adding the weaponry “falls under the category of destabilizing and offensive in nature.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday US defense officials indicated a number of B-52 bombers would be part of “additional forces” sent to the region in response to the new intelligence demanding heightened readiness against Iran.
US CENTCOM posted images confirming the bombers’ arrival this week to its official social media accounts. The images showed B-52 Stratofortress bombers landing in Qatar.
U.S. B-52H aircraft assigned to 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron arrived in CENTCOM AOR May 8. The Bomber Task Force is deployed here to defend American forces and interests in the region. For more photos go to https://t.co/WgUn4fN5kB pic.twitter.com/LgY9p2ODaK
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) May 8, 2019
Meanwhile, even after all this Trump in somewhat off-the-cuff remarks said Iran should call him if its leaders want to talk, and further said he doesn’t ultimately want military confrontation.
Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responded to the statement on Friday, rejecting any possibility of talks while a military threat looms.
“No talks will be held with the Americans and the Americans will not dare take military action against us,” Yadollah Javani, the Guards’ deputy head for political affairs, said according to Tasnim. “Our nation… sees America as unreliable.”
North Korea’s second missile test on Thursday signals it is serious about developing new, short-range weapons that could be used early and effectively in any war with South Korea and the United States, analysts studying images of the latest launches say.
Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon – a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch, and maneuver in flight.
Photos released by state media on Friday showed Thursday’s test involved the same weapon.
The tests have increased tensions after the last U.S.-North Korea summit collapsed in February in Hanoi with no agreement over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said late on Thursday the launches seemed like a protest over the failed summit, while North Korea has defended the tests as routine and self defensive.
Some analysts say the multiple tests show the missiles aren’t only for political show.
“This second test solidifies that these launches are not just to stir the pot and elicit a U.S. response to resume negotiations,” said Grace Liu, one of a team of missile experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) in California. “They are developing a reliable, operable missile that can defeat missile defenses and conduct a precision strike in South Korea.”
NBC has revealed that national security adviser John Bolton convened what was described as a “highly unusual” meeting at CIA headquarters last week to discuss Iran among top intelligence, diplomatic and military advisers.
The outside-the-norm nature of the meeting hearkens back to the Bush-Cheney White House’s direct intervention over Iraq intelligence in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion, which involved the VP and his staff making multiple personal visits to CIA headquarters and Pentagon to pressure the intel analysts into conforming to a preferred “narrative”.
Such meetings, NBC noted, are typically held in the White House Situation Room, especially given the involvement of State Dept. and military leaders. “The six current officials, as well as multiple former officials, said it is extremely rare for senior White House officials or Cabinet members to attend a meeting at CIA headquarters,” the report said.
“The meeting was held at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, and included CIA Director Gina Haspel, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, five of the officials said,” reported NBC.
The officials interviewed expressly denied the meeting was about the recent intelligence touted by Bolton as precipitating the carrier strike group deployment to the Persian Gulf region under CENTCOM, and did not provide details.
The intelligence officials further said there could be two likely factors at play. Such rare meetings at CIA headquarters could involve briefings on “highly sensitive covert actions” or another scenario could involve deep disagreement at the highest levels over what the intelligence actually shows.
As part of its report NBC identified “a seasoned intelligence officer, Mike D’Andrea” as overseeing the CIA’s Iran operations, who previously helped lead the hunt for bin Laden and al-Qaeda operatives.
For years, we have commented on the Swedish government and the Riksbank pushing for a “cashless society.”
The Riksbank has over 1,000 articles posted on its website on the “cashless society“. The emphasis worked: between 2013 and 2017, the amount of cash in circulation dropped by 35%, earning Sweden a reputation as the world’s “most cashless nation”:
Many of Sweden’s bank branches had stopped handling cash altogether.
Figures from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm show that only 18% of all payments made today in Sweden are in cash – a 15% drop from the previous year. Meanwhile figures from the Swedish Trade Federation show that most Swedish retailers say that 80% of their commerce is from card payments. A number that probably will be 90% by 2020. Such is the appetite for digital commerce in Sweden that many predicted it could become the world’s first cashless society.
But, now, as The Daily Mail reports, The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, an arm of the government, has sent guidance to every home telling residents to squirrel away “cash in small denominations” in case of emergencies ranging from power cuts or technology glitches to terrorism, cyber-attacks by a rogue government or war.
Riksbank, the country’s central bank, last week called for an inquiry into the risks posed by a future cashless society.
Officials told parliament that hard cash was important “not just in times of crisis and war, but also in peacetime.”
In December, Britain’s Access to Cash Review warned that Britain too was ‘sleepwalking into a cashless society’, the Daily Mail reported.
Chair Natalie Ceeney said, “If we don’t take action now in this country, we’re only a couple of years away from Sweden.”
“Sweden’s big message to us is, ‘Plan now before you get into a mess’.” Sweden hit its crisis when its equivalent of the NHS declared it was going cashless.”
THE DEADLINE PASSES AND TRUMP BRINGS DOWN THE TARIFF HAMMER – CHINA IMMEDIATELY PROMISES TO RETALIATE
At 12:01 AM eastern time on Friday, President Trump followed through on his threats and hit China with a massive tariff increase. As you will see below, China immediately pledged to retaliate. U.S. and Chinese officials will continue to negotiate throughout the day on Friday, but if U.S. officials were optimistic that a deal was imminent the trigger never would have been pulled on these tariffs. At this point the gap between the negotiating positions of the two sides is still enormous, and that does not seem likely to change. The Chinese have been taking advantage of the United States for decades, and they wish to continue doing so. Meanwhile, President Trump and his advisers are absolutely determined to level the playing field. Unless one of the parties backs down in a major way, there is not going to be a trade agreement and this trade war is about to get very real, and that is extremely bad news for the global economy. (Read More…)
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CAN THE ELECT BE DECEIVED?
QUESTION: Matt. 24:24 says false prophets/messiahs will deceive the very elect “if it were possible.” Does that mean what I think it implies, that the “very elect,” the born again, cannot be deceived by false prophets/messiahs? That it is not possible for us to be deceived? How far does God’s hedge extend for our protection? Does it protect against deception by false prophets and false messiahs only, or does it go so far as to protect the Church from being deceived by phoney doctrine? Are we safe from being deceived?
ANSWER: Let’s clarify that Matt. 24:24 describes the time of the Great Tribulation after the Church is gone, so the “very elect” the Lord was referring to are Tribulation believers, not the Church.
But since you asked, I believe the history of the Church reveals a pretty dismal record of falling for the various false doctrines that come along. Right from the beginning the heresy called Gnosticism threatened the Church’s very existence. Then came the Roman Church with its post-millennial and a-millennial eschatology, its grace plus works plan of salvation, the sale of indulgences, purgatory, etc. After that we had the mainline denominations who bought into the Documentary Hypothesis, the Theory of Evolution, and Modern Rationalism. Now there’s Replacement Theology, Dominion Theology, the Prosperity Gospel, the Emerging Church and the heresy filled circuses we call revival. And don’t get me started on Christian TV.
I could go on and on but you get the idea. These were all introduced by the church’s leaders, the men entrusted with the care of the flock. So I’d say large components of the Church have been and are being deceived on a pretty regular basis.
I think the Lord was saying that the purveyors of religion during Daniel’s 70th week will be so slick they’ll put all who came before them to shame, and if the Church was still on Earth, many of us would be deceived. The reason it’s not possible is that we won’t be here.
ARE THE DECEIVED RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN DECEPTION?
QUESTION: My question is: Are the deceived responsible for their having been deceived? Even the church is constantly warned in the Bible to beware of false prophets and false Christ’s, but it seems like there are an awful lot of Christians who have fallen for the tricks of cults and false messiahs. Some people might say that these deceived folks “must never have been real believers in the first place to be so misled” but that’s a pretty irresponsible cop-out if you ask me.
I’m a firm believer of the “OSAS” (Once Saved Always Saved) doctrine so I can’t believe these people are losing their salvation by believing the lies they’re fed, but I’m having a bit of trouble justifying that to myself or anyone else who asks.
ANSWER: In Romans 1:20 Paul wrote that the evidence for a Creator is so pervasive that it’s impossible to miss, leaving mankind without excuse. This is why one of the Greek words for unbeliever also means disobedient.
In the Kingdom Parables of Matt. 13, the Lord described four kinds of recipients of His Word. The first hears the word and doesn’t comprehend it. The second hears the word but it doesn’t take root. The third hears the word but is too preoccupied by the things of this world to pay attention, and the fourth hears and understands. In these parables the field represents the world and the seed is His Word, and there is no group who doesn’t hear the word , there are only groups who don’t accept it. In order for God to be just, everyone who stands before Him will have had to experience at least one legitimate offer of salvation.
He also said that the enemy tries to steal the word out of our hearts. Paul confirmed that the enemy blinds the eyes of unbelievers. (2 cor. 4:3-4) The word unbeliever there also means faithless and untrustworthy.
In 2 Thes. 2:9-10 Paul talks about people being deceived. There, he says that they’re deceived because they refused to believe the truth and be saved.
God gave us His word as a standard against which to compare all doctrine. His word says that the time would come when men would not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around themselves teachers who say what their itching ears want to hear.(2 Tim. 4:3-4) The implication here is that false doctrine gains traction when rebellious men desire to hear it.
From all this I conclude that we really can’t be deceived unless on some level we’re complicit. Therefore we’re responsible.
Many believers have zeal without knowledge because they don’t make God’s word the foundation of their faith. They can be led off the track when what they hear suits their own earthly desires. This is why the so-called Prosperity Gospel is always so popular. But if we’ve truly accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, then God has accepted responsibility for keeping us until the day of redemption, regardless of the whacky notions we come up with. (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
DECEIVED BY THE APOSTATE CHURCH?
QUESTION: My question has to do with the “falling away” of 2 Thes. 2:3. I understand that many will be deceived by/into the apostate church of the End Times through various avenues. If someone starts out as a true Christian but in the process of living becomes deceived and does not realize nor repent of this but continues to sincerely believe they are following Jesus even though they have fallen away from the Gospel they were saved with and their relationship with Jesus, have they lost their salvation?
ANSWER: The people who are being drawn away from true Christianity into the apostate “church” are Christians in name only who have never had a true heart conversion. We know this because in 2 Cor. 1:21-22, Paul wrote that God accepted responsibility for keeping us saved when He set His seal of ownership on us and put His Spirit in our heart as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.
In John 6:38-40 Jesus said he would never lose any of us. John 10:27-30 and Romans 8:38-39 both say that no one can ever get us away from the Lord. That includes us.