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This Happened On Planet Earth…Sept. 2019…End Times Signs

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Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

 

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Israeli election results inconclusive – TV7 Israel News 18.09.19

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The Only Book In History That Will TRULY Transform Your Life

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LATEST WORLD NEWS CLIPS – ARTICLES – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19th 2019

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2nd Timothy 4:1-5)
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)
                                                                               

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DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

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THE TREE OF LIFE

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QUESTION:    Your excellent study on the book of Revelation makes the point that there is no need for the church to eat from the tree of life. The tree of life is for the nations during the millennium. If this is so, why does Jesus promise that believers will “eat from the tree of life” in Revelation 2:7?
ANSWER:    In Rev. 2:7, eating from the tree of life is a euphemism for having eternal life. It comes from Genesis 3:22-23 where we learn that the reason Adam and Eve had to be kicked out of the Garden after they sinned was to prevent them from eating of the tree of life, which would have given them eternal life as sinners. This is something God could not allow.
In the same way, those who rely even partially on their own works to earn or keep their salvation are saying they don’t believe Jesus did the whole job of saving them at the cross. Believing they have to “make up the difference” with their own effort means they think they’re saving themselves. Those in Ephesus who overcame the temptation of falling into a works-based life and relied solely on the Lord for their salvation would be given eternal life. This implies that those who don’t rely fully upon His completed work are not saved.
Also, the purpose of the tree of life in the Millennium is for healing the people on Earth (Rev. 22:2). In the New Jerusalem, home of the Church, there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Rev. 21:4). In other words, no need for healing.
 

THE LEAVES OF THE TREE OF LIFE

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QUESTION:    I know when we get to Heaven we will have our glorified bodies. But will the tribulation saints have their glorified bodies also or will they still be in the flesh? I remember reading the Bible and it said when they got sick they will have to touch the leaves to recover. So does that mean only the church will have glorified bodies or will we all have glorified bodies?
ANSWER:    Revelation 22:2 says the leaves of the tree of life will be used for the healing of the nations. Tribulation saints who have died will receive resurrection bodies at the time of the 2nd Coming (Rev. 20:4) and will never need healing. Believers who survive the Great Tribulation will enter the Kingdom in their natural bodies which will still be subject to disease. They’re the ones who will use the leaves of the tree of life.
 

TENDING THE TREE OF LIFE

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QUESTION:    I would like to know about the fruit on the tree of life in Revelation 22:2. Is this a spiritual fruit we as GOD’s children will take of?
ANSWER:    There’s no reason to doubt that the fruit spoken of in Rev. 22:2 is actual fruit, and the Bible doesn’t mention who will be responsible for tending the tree of life. But According to Ezekiel 47:12 fruit trees with healing properties will line both banks of the river that runs from the Temple to the revived Dead Sea in Israel, and since the Church dwells in the New Jerusalem which will not be on Earth, I don’t think the Church will tend these trees.
 

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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
ZECHARIAH 12:2-3
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING Zech. 12:2
God is in control, and He told the nations the consequences of dividing the Promised Land and declaring peace and safety on their own terms (Joel 3:1-2; I Thess. 5:3)

WORLD TERRORISM – WARS

GENERAL WORLD NEWS:

WORLD FINANCE:

Rev. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine

MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:

2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

CHRISTIAN AND RELIGIOUS WORLD NEWS:

Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another

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WORLD – PROPHETIC NEWS ARTICLES PRESENTATION – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19th 2019

 
MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83  – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
JEREMIAH 49:
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program

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WAR DRUMS: TRUMP DRAWS UP PLANS FOR MILITARY STRIKE ON IRAN AS TEHRAN VOWS TO SHOOT DOWN US PLANES AS WAR FEARS GROW

https://endtimeheadlines.org/2019/09/war-drums-trump-draws-up-plans-for-military-strike-on-iran-as-tehran-vows-to-shoot-down-us-planes-as-war-fears-grow/

WAR DRUMS: Trump draws up plans for military strike on Iran as Tehran vows to shoot down US planes as war fears grow

(The Sun) – Donald Trump is drawing up a hit-list as he hatches plans to clobber Iran following the attacks on the world’s largest oil plant in Saudi Arabia. The US President is said to have been given a “menu” of options by Pentagon chiefs that includes air raids and crippling cyber attacks. Trump has said his military was “locked and loaded” as the Middle East moves to the brink of a vicious new war, which threatens most of the world’s oil supplies and shipping. He also announced he has ordered treasury secretary Steven
Mnuchin to “substantially increase sanctions” in a bid to further squeeze Iran’s faltering economy. But Iran denies involvement and defiantly vowed to shoot down US warplanes. In a letter to the United States via the Swiss Embassy, Iran said any move by America against Iran “will get an immediate reaction”. Tehran’s ally in Yemen’s civil war, the Houthi movement, claimed responsibility for the attacks despite their lack of technology. But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “emerging information indicates that responsibility lies with Iran”. READ MORE:

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SAUDI ARABIA CLAIMS ‘MATERIAL EVIDENCE’ TYING IRAN TO ARAMCO ATTACK, TRUMP ANNOUNCES NEW IRAN SANCTIONS

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SAUDI ARABIA SAYS IT HAS “MATERIAL EVIDENCE” TYING IRAN TO ARAMCO ATTACK
Saudi Arabia revealed yesterday that, contrary to its initial estimates, Aramco should be able to restore oil production to 100% capacity by the end of the month. And on Wednesday morning, the kingdom’s Defense Ministry said it was planning a press conference to present “material evidence” purportedly linking Tehran to the unprecedented attack on the Kingdom’s oil infrastructure. 
The country’s defense ministry will hold a news conference later in the day laying out new evidence. This follows reports from the US claiming that the roughly 20 missiles and drones used in the attack had been traced back to a ‘launch site’ in southern Iran.
Of course, this attack would represent a serious escalation from the tanker bombings and the downing of an American drone. Some have speculated that Tehran has nothing to gain from attacks like this, which only serves to provoke the West and Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have carried out several attacks within Saudi Arabia, including the bombing of an airport earlier this year, but experts say the precision of the attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq plant was far more sophisticated than anything the armed movement has ever pulled off. Experts said cruise missiles were likely used to target critical components of the oil complex.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several senior US officials are heading to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as are several UN experts responsible for monitoring sanctions on Iran and Yemen, and another team of investigators that will report to the Security Council, according to Reuters.
The Defense Ministry’s news conference will begin Wednesday at 10:30 am ET. 
The Saudi Defense Ministry said it will hold a news conference on Wednesday at 1430 GMT to present “material evidence and Iranian weapons proving the Iranian regime’s involvement in the terrorist attack.” Riyadh has already said preliminary results showed the attack did not come from Yemen.
The Iranian leadership infamously threatened that if they couldn’t export crude oil, “no one would” shortly after Washington ended waivers for countries reliant on Iranian oil. The Iranian leadership has ruled out meeting with President Trump, arguing that this would only validate the administration’s strategy of maximum pressure.
Trump said Monday that there was “no rush” to retaliate, and that the US was working closely with Gulf states and its European allies. But the US and Saudi Arabia are pushing Iran to stop providing financial assistance to groups like the Houthis, who retain control of most of the territory in Yemen, despite years of fighting with supporters of the ousted government, which has Saudi Arabia’s backing.
War Averted? Trump Announces New Iran Sanctions Instead
It appears oil markets just heard that one – since the early Saturday attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities talk of war has been on the table, especially given President Trump’s initial “locked and loaded” threat – however it now seems certain there will be no war, given the president has announced new sanctions. 
“I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. 
The president’s announcement of new sanctions are the clearest indicator yet he’s holding onto alternatives to war. 
I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
This comes even after Tuesday night into early Wednesday both Tehran and Washington were still trading threats, with Iran warning it will “respond” against any steps against it.
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POMPEY HEADS TO SAUDI ARABIA TO DISCUSS RESPONSE TO IRAN ATTACK, IRAN WARNS U.S.

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell
IRAN WARNS US OF RESPONSE TO ANY ACTION OVER ATTACK ON SAUDI ARABIA
Iran warned the US that any action taken against it following an attack on Saudi oil installations will “immediately” be met with a response from Tehran, its state-run news agency reported Wednesday, further raising Mideast tensions.
Iran’s president and foreign minister also may skip next week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations as the US has yet to issue them visas, IRNA reported.
The UN meeting had been considered as an opportunity for direct talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Donald Trump amid a summer of heightened tensions and attacks in the wake of America’s unilateral withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.
However, the recent attack in Saudi Arabia and hardening comments from Iran suggest such talks are increasingly unlikely.
Iran sent a note through Swiss diplomats in Tehran on Monday, reiterating that Tehran denies being involved in the Saudi attack, IRNA reported. The Swiss have looked after American interests in Tehran for decades.
“If any action takes place against Iran, the action will be faced by Iran’s answer immediately,” IRNA quoted the note as saying. It added that Iran’s response wouldn’t be limited to the source of the threat, without elaborating.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to Saudi Arabia for meetings after Saturday’s attack on a Saudi oil field and the world’s largest crude oil processing plant. Saudi officials separately planned to share information about the weapons used in the attack they allege are Iranian.
Saudi Arabia also said on Wednesday that it joined a US-led coalition to secure the Mideast’s waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry, while Rouhani told the kingdom it should see the attack as a warning to end its years-long war in Yemen.
Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack. The US accuses Iran of being behind the assault, while Saudi Arabia already has said “Iranian weaponry” was used. Iran denies that.
Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia to discuss response to alleged Iran attack
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to fly to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to discuss possible retaliation after Washington said it had proof that attacks on Saudi oil installations originated in Iran.
Vice President Mike Pence announced that Pompeo was on his way to Saudi Arabia to “discuss our response.”
“As the president said, we don’t want war with anybody but the United States is prepared,” Pence said in a speech in Washington.
“We’re locked and loaded and we’re ready to defend our interests and allies in the region, make no mistake about it,” he said, echoing President Donald Trump’s words on Monday.
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that the Trump administration has concluded that last weekend’s attack involved cruise missiles from Iran and that evidence would be presented at the UN General Assembly next week.
The apparent hardening of the US position came as Iran’s supreme leader ruled out negotiations with Washington “at any level.”
This appeared to nix remaining hopes for a dramatic meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations next week.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One over California, Trump said he too had cooled on what had always seemed to be a diplomatic longshot.
“I never rule anything out, but I prefer not meeting him,” Trump said.
Trump’s administration is considering responses to the latest attack including a cyber attack or a physical strike on Iranian oil infrastructure or its Revolutionary Guards, NBC News reported, citing unnamed US officials.
Republican Lindsey Graham — a vital Trump ally in Congress — struck a belligerent tone Tuesday, charging that “such a sophisticated attack could not have occurred without Iran’s blessing and direct involvement.”
“This is literally an act of war,” Graham said.

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WAR DRUMS: POMPEO WARNS ATTACK ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES IS AN ‘ACT OF WAR’ BY IRAN

https://endtimeheadlines.org/2019/09/war-drums-pompeo-warns-attack-on-saudi-oil-facilities-is-an-act-of-war-by-iran/

WAR DRUMS: Pompeo warns Attack on Saudi oil facilities is an ‘act of war’ by Iran

(RT) – The weekend attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities was an “act of war” against Saudi Arabia for which Iran was responsible, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced upon his arrival in Jeddah for a working visit. Pompeo doubled down on US accusations that the attack was carried out by Iran, even though Saturday’s drone strike was claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been waging war since 2015. The Khurais oil field and the Aramco refinery at Abqaiq were struck on
Saturday, temporarily cripplingSaudi oil production. The Houthis said this was a reprisal for ongoing Saudi air raids in Yemen. The US, however, believes with “very high probability” that Iran actually carried out the attacks, using cruise missiles flying through Iraqi and Kuwaiti airspace, mainstream media outlets reported on Tuesday, quoting anonymous sources. Iran has rejected the accusations. Hesameddin Ashena, adviser to President Hassan Rouhani, called the Saudi Defense Ministry’s press conference about the strike a “media disaster” for Riyadh. READ MORE:

 

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RUMORS OF WAR: IF PROVEN THAT IRAN ATTACKED SAUDI PRODUCTION – AN ACT OF WAR LEADING TO SAUDI RETALIATION

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LOW-FLYING’-MISSILES USED IN ARAMCO ATTACK WERE LAUNCHED INSIDE IRAN: REPORT
The us has reportedly traced the cruise missiles used during a weekend attack that crippled half of Saudi Aramco’s oil production back to their point of origin: Iran. Or at least that’s what one US official is telling CBS News.
Many have argued that there’s zero upside for Iran in carrying out attacks like this (the region has also endured several attacks on oil tankers that have been blamed on Iran), but the US has insisted that Tehran was responsible for the attack, and that the missiles used were beyond the sophistication of Yemen’s Houthis, who had initially taken credit for the attacks.
Senior US officials have told CBS they’ve identified the locations in Iran from which a combination of more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against the Saudi oil facilities. They say the locations are in southern Iran at the northern end of the Persian Gulf.
— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) September 17, 2019
According to US sources, 17 missiles or drones were fired, not the 10 the Houthis claim. Cruise missiles may have been used, and some targets were hit on the west-northwest facing sides, which suggests the projectiles were fired from the north, from Iran or Iraq.
Investigators have reportedly identified the exact location, purportedly in southern Iran, where a combination of more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against the Saudi oil facilities.
Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia is increasingly confident that Iran directly launched a complex missile and drone attack from its southern territory on Saturday that battered the kingdom’s oil industry, according to people familiar with the investigation.
“Everything points to them,” said a Saudi official who wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, referring to Iran.
“The debris, the intel and the points of impact.”
QUESTIONS, NOT ANSWERS, SURROUND U.S. PUSH TO WAR WITH IRAN
Authored By Tom Luongo,
When President Trump fired National Security Adviser John Bolton last week rational people the world over cheered.
When there was news that Trump would meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in a few weeks there were sighs of relief.
When Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Moscow to get Vladimir Putin’s blessing to continue airstrikes in Syria was told no, the world said, “Finally! Enough is enough.”
The problem is that there were also very powerful people who were not happy about these things.
Moreover, there are a lot of nervous people out there worried that Tuesday’s election in Israel will not go the way they want it.
And this brings up the main question I always have in the wake of one of these major escalations of tensions with the country currently catching the Twin Eyes of Sauron in D.C. and Tel Aviv.
Why do they always seem to occur right after moments of de-escalation and there’s the threat of peace breaking out somewhere?
Why is it that every time President Trump tries to push the U.S. and the world away from war within a few days there’s an incident which pushes us right back to the brink of it?
Trump visits Kim Jong-un in North Korea, making history, there are attacks on UAE oil tankers. Trump refuses to attack Iran over them shooting down a Global Hawk drone in Iranian airspace escorted by a fully-crewed Poseiden P-8.
Britain seizes the Grace 1 oil tanker. Israel attacks Shi’ite Militia targets outside of Baghdad.
Go back to President Trump first, and biggest, geopolitical blunder. The Syrian Army wins a major battle and is on the verge of victory, and a chemical weapons attack happens deep in Al-Qaeda controlled territory blamed on the SAA.
Trump then launches 57 tomahawks at the Al-Shairat airbase.
Trump declares we’re pulling out of Syria, Israel openly bombs targets deep in Syria. His staff, including John Bolton, freak out and walk it back.
The Houthis send a couple of drones at an Aramco facility far beyond their known capabilities and the UAE pulls out of the Saudi coalition in Yemen.
The very fact that we have been shown zero proof of what happened more than 48 hours after the event which has every neocon in the U.S. clamoring for war is your biggest tell that there is something very off about this incident.
Even President Trump doesn’t believe this as he is taking the same tack rhetorically now that he did after the U.S. Global Hawk drone was shot down.
We’ve gone from:
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
To
“I don’t want to have war with anybody” but our military is prepared, Trump says at the White House, where he was meeting with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Furthermore, the president said the US is not looking at retaliatory options until he has “definitive proof” that Iran was responsible for attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
Still, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the US “is prepared” if the attacks warrant a response.
Also notably, when asked if he has promised to protect the Saudis, the president responded “No, I haven’t promised the Saudis that… We have to sit down with the Saudis and work something out.”
Moreover, the stunning lack of support from Europe and the rest of the world makes it incredibly suspect that the story that we’ve been told to date, just like with the Global Hawk drone, is anything close to the real one.
And it seems Trump may believe that as well.
In the end, as always, we should be asking the most salient question surrounding this attack.
Cui Bono? (Who Benefits?)
LOCKED-AND-LOADED” FOR WAR WITH IRAN: IS BOLTON’S SOUL LIVING ON?
Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,
“Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Putting America’s credibility on the line, Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out the devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities that halted half of the kingdom’s oil production, 5.7 million barrels a day.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump did not identify Iran as the attacking nation, but did appear, in a tweet, to back up the secretary of state:
“There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) as to who they believe was the cause of this attack and under what terms we would proceed!”
Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been fighting Saudi Arabia for four years and have used drones to strike Saudi airport and oil facilities, claim they fired 10 drones from 500 kilometers away to carry out the strikes in retaliation for Saudi air and missile attacks.
Pompeo dismissed their claim, “There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
But while the Houthis claim credit, Iran denies all responsibility.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif says of Pompeo’s charge, that the U.S. has simply replaced a policy of “maximum pressure” with a policy of “maximum deceit.” Tehran is calling us liars.
And, indeed, a direct assault on Saudi Arabia by Iran, a Pearl Harbor-type surprise attack on the Saudis’ crucial oil production facility, would be an act of war requiring Saudi retaliation, leading to a Persian Gulf war in which the United States could be forced to participate.
If a dozen drones or missiles can do the kind of damage to the world economy as did those fired on Saturday — shutting down about 6% of world oil production — imagine what a U.S.-Iran-Saudi war would do to the world economy.
In recent decades, the U.S. has sold the Saudis hundreds of billions of dollars of military equipment. Did our weapons sales carry a guarantee that we will also come and fight alongside the kingdom if it gets into a war with its neighbors?
Before Trump orders any strike on Iran, would he go to Congress for authorization for his act of war?
Sen. Lindsey Graham is already urging an attack on Iran’s oil refineries to “break the regime’s back,” while Sen. Rand Paul contends that “there’s no reason the superpower of the United States needs to be getting into bombing mainland Iran.”
Divided again: The War Party is giddy with excitement over the prospect of war with Iran, while the nation does not want another war.
How we avoid it, however, is becoming difficult to see.
John Bolton may be gone from the West Wing, but his soul is marching on.

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MUDDY RESULTS IN ISRAEL’S ELECTION

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MUDDY RESULTS CLEARLY SHOW ISRAELIS UNFAZED BY PROSPECT OF LIFE AFTER NETANYAHU
By early in the morning of April 10, in the predawn hours after the polls had closed in our previous elections, both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz had delivered victory speeches to their ecstatic supporters. Both, it turned out, had jumped the gun. Israel’s voters, the actual results would soon show, had not given Gantz a realistic shot at forming a coalition. And Netanyahu, who for weeks after polling day credibly believed he wouldmuster a majority, wound up short when his longtime ally-turned-nemesis Avigdor Liberman abandoned him.
By early in the morning of September 18, in the predawn hours after the polls had closed in our consequent election re-run, both Netanyahu and Gantz had delivered speeches to their supporters, but neither was claiming victory this time. Lessons had evidently been learned. Indeed, a narrow look at the predicted election results gave neither leader particular cause for celebration. Both Likud and Blue and White were seen to have lost a little of their Knesset weight.
Yet while a hoarse, exhausted, and patently hugely disappointed Netanyahu struggled through his address — battling, of all things, against an infuriatingly supportive heckler, who continuously interrupted his remarks with professions of love for the prime minister, his wife and their endeavors on behalf of the State of Israel — Gantz, his fellow party leaders and their adherents were in celebratory mood. While Netanyahu was taking pains to assure his crowd that he was not going anywhere, that he would continue to protect Israel, and that he was determined to block an anti-Zionist government reliant on the backing of Arab parties, Gantz was cautiously casting his gaze toward the prime ministership.
Voting nine parties with wildly diverse agendas into the 120-member Knesset, the Israeli electorate — which turned out to be anything but indifferent to our second round of elections in five months — bequeathed its politicians a dizzying array of possibilities, and a potentially straightforward path to our next government. Both Netanyahu and Gantz spoke of unity, and a partnership dominated by their two parties would easily command a Knesset majority, but neither mentioned the other by name. In the run-up to polling day, Gantz made clear that he will not partner in government with a Likud led by Netanyahu, who faces imminent indictment for corruption. And Netanyahu relentlessly denounced Gantz as a weak leftist under whose leadership Israel would be in peril.
While a Blue and White-Likud partnership is numerically straightforward, it would be a mistake to assert that this was the will of the people. Rather, the Israeli electorate has spoken in its many voices, reflecting its wide and often conflicting priorities and concerns.
The ultra-Orthodox sector — directly targeted by Liberman — also seems to have fared well. Apparently being targeted works wonders.
And for Liberman himself, the gamble of depriving Netanyahu of a coalition last time seems to have paid off handsomely. The king-breaker in April, he is a much stronger force this time.
The ultra-Orthodox used to hold the balance of power between left and right, but both Shas and United Torah Judaism had lately thrown in their lot utterly with Netanyahu. Israeli politics evidently abhors a vacuum; Liberman has filled it.
Most striking, of course, is the decline in Likud’s fortunes, down several seats from the 35 plus 4 (Kulanu) it won last time.
Netanyahu fought a desperate campaign, asserting repeatedly that he was heading for defeat. But he always asserts that he is heading for defeat, and the cry of “gevalt” this time was evidently insufficiently convincing, or insufficiently affecting, for enough voters to rally to his cause.
He promised the settler movement the earth — or, rather, an annexed 25 percent of the West Bank in the Jordan Valley area, all the settlements and other unstated “vital areas” beyond. And yet Likud support fell, and the pro-settler Yamina alliance hardly flew.
He commandeered an indulgent media even as he denounced it, winning wildly disproportionate airtime even on supposedly independent outlets such as Channel 12 and Army Radio, battering viewers and listeners with the entreaty that they “vote Likud.” Not enough of them did so.
Apparently, when all the potential calculations are done, not enough voters were persuaded that, after 10 consecutive years in office, and another three in the 1990s besides, Israel would be lost without Netanyahu at its helm.
Netanyahu’s address in the early hours of Wednesday was neither a victory speech nor a concession. It was a holding action, as he awaits the final results and considers his next steps.
Should he seek to contest the results, claiming that the Arab voter fraud he warned against had come to pass and that, as he had warned, the elections were stolen? Should he announce a timeout, as Gantz has long urged, to fight the legal allegations against him, with the aim of proving his innocence and even making an eventual return? Should he seek to somehow bend these unsatisfactory election results to his formidable will?

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AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN IS ISRAEL’S NEW “KINGMAKER”, AND HE WILL USE THAT LEVERAGE TO MAKE SURE ISRAEL GOES TO WAR WITH HAMAS

September 17, 2019 by Michael Snyderhttp://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/avigdor-lieberman-is-israels-new-kingmaker-and-he-will-use-that-leverage-to-make-sure-israel-goes-to-war-with-hamas

Last November, Avigdor Lieberman resigned as Israel’s defense minister when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to reject Lieberman’s plan for a military operation in Gaza and agree to a ceasefire with Hamas instead.  At the time, Lieberman called the ceasefire a “surrender to terrorism”, and of course it didn’t last very long at all.  Hamas has continued to bombard Israel with rockets in the months since then, and this has once again brought Israel and Hamas TO THE BRINK OF WAR.  But everything was on hold until Tuesday’s election, and it appears that the outcome of that election is going to make war with Hamas much, much more likely.
According to the exit polls, the Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz and Netanyahu’s Likud will win about the same number of parliamentary seats.  But neither of them will be able to come close to forming a majority without Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, and that makes Lieberman Israel’s new “kingmaker”.  The following comes from the BBC
Exit polls following Israel’s second general election in five months suggest the result is too close to call.
The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz is projected to win between 32 and 34 seats, and PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party 30 to 33 seats.
Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman may end up being kingmaker.
This gives Lieberman an extraordinary amount of leverage, and he has already stated that he plans to use that leverage to force Likud and the Blue and White party into “a national-unity government”.  The following comes from the Jerusalem Post
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman promised on Tuesday night that his party would fulfill its campaign vow to ensure the establishment of a national-unity government without the ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist parties.
“We have only one option. A liberal, national, broad unity government made of Yisrael Beytenu, Likud, and Blue and White,” said Liberman speaking above raucous cheers of jubilation at the party’s election party late Tuesday night.
Don’t be misled by Lieberman’s use of terms such as “liberal”, because the truth is that he is the number one war hawk in all of Israeli politics.
In fact, he makes Netanyahu look like a dove in comparison.  When Netanyahu refused to go to war with Hamas last November, Lieberman promptly resigned as defense minister.  And since that time, he has been telling anyone that would listen what needs to be done in Gaza.
For example, he made the following statements in March
“Today, when the military enters Gaza, it will have significantly better capabilities than the Second Lebanon War. But in the end, when you embark on such a campaign, you want to ensure the safety of the soldiers,” he said. “Terror always has a bottom. In order to dry out terror, we must reach the critical mass. You have to kill thousands, arrest thousands more, and the rest will disperse.”
But, he said, “The reality in Gaza is that the group has terror infrastructures with military capabilities, and this is a very problematic situation. We have to destroy the military infrastructure in Gaza, and it will not be by a political move or only by airstrikes.”
And he has been very outspoken about the fact that Netanyahu “personally torpedoed” his plans “to deal with Gaza”…
Former Defense Minister MK Avigdor Liberman said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally torpedoed plans to strike Gaza during a significant escalation in violence between Israel and Hamas in November.
“Netanyahu personally torpedoed the plans,” the Chairman of Yisrael Beytenu told Ben Caspit at the Maariv Security Conference on Wednesday. “We have enough tools to deal with Gaza and I had a full plan.”
In this election, it looks like Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party will roughly double the number of seats they hold in parliament, and I guarantee you that Lieberman will not join any coalition unless he is assured that Israel will invade Gaza.
In the days leading up to the election, I think that Netanyahu realized that he was losing votes to Lieberman, and that may be why he said that it looks like Israel has “no other choice” other than to invade Gaza.  In the end, that didn’t stop many Israelis from voting for Lieberman instead, and now Lieberman has more political power than ever.
If Netanyahu had moved to crush Hamas earlier, he might not be fighting for his political future now.  The Israeli people have grown very weary of rockets constantly being fired at them from the south, and an increasing number of Israelis want someone that will take decisive action.  So it is not exactly a surprise that someone like Lieberman has experienced a surge in popularity.
SO WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT NEXT?
After the formation of a government, we should expect Israel to launch a military operation inside Gaza at some point after the upcoming Jewish holidays.  Of course this would have the potential of sparking A MUCH WIDER REGIONAL CONFLICT, but the Israeli people are simply not going to put up with the endless rocket attacks coming from Gaza any longer.
And of course all of this is happening at the same time that a military conflict between the United States and Iran is potentially loomingWORLD WAR 3 could literally erupt at any time, and once it starts, the Middle East WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.
For Hamas, the Israeli election could not have gone any worse.
If either Likud or the Blue and White party had won a landslide victory, there would have been a slight possibility that war could have been avoided.
BUT NOW LIEBERMAN IS IN THE CATBIRD SEAT, AND THAT MEANS THAT GAZA IS ABOUT TO GET FLATTENED.

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PERSECUTION: CHINA MAKES CHURCHES REPLACE 10 COMMANDMENTS WITH XI QUOTES

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter
CHINA MAKES CHURCHES REPLACE TEN COMMANDMENTS WITH XI JINPING QUOTES
Churches across China’s central province of Henan have been forced to replace the Ten Commandments with President Xi Jinping’s quotes amid pressure from the government, a human rights magazine has revealed.
Bitter Winter reports that the Ten Commandments have been removed from nearly every Three-Self church and meeting venue in a county of Luoyang city and replaced with the president’s quotes as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.
The Biblical commandments given to Moses, which include “You shall have no other gods before Me” and “You shall not make for yourself a carved image,” have been replaced with quotes from Xi, including excerpts from his speech at a Central United Front Work Department working meeting in 2015:
“The core socialist values and Chinese culture will help to immerse various religions of China,” he said. “Support religious community in interpreting religious thought, doctrines, and teachings in a way that conforms with the needs of the progress of the times. Resolutely guard against the infiltration of Western ideology, and consciously resist the influence of extremist thought.”
Because disobeying the orders is seen as opposing the Communist Party, some Three-Self churches have been shut down for not implementing the rule, while other congregations have been threatened to be blacklisted by the government, an anonymous source told the magazine.
A pastor from a state-run Protestant church told Bitter Winter that the CCP is methodically destroying Three-Self churches by eroding the Christian doctrine.
“The government’s first step is to prohibit religious couplets. Then it dismantles crosses and starts to implement the ‘four requirements’ by ordering the national flag and ‘core socialist values’ to be placed in churches,” the pastor said. “Surveillance cameras to monitor believers and religious activities are then installed. The last step is to replace the Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping’s speeches.”
This is not the first time the CCP has demanded the removal of the Ten Commandments: In November, officials ordered a Three-Self church in Luoyang county to take down the Biblical script because Xi “opposes the statement,” referring to the first commandment.

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CALIFORNIA SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION ACR-99 TELLING CHRISTIAN PASTORS TO STOP PREACHING AGAINST THE LGBTQ+P FOR PED+OPHILE IDEOLOGY AND EMBRACE IT

https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/california-senate-passes-resolution-acr-99-telling-christian-pastors-stop-preaching-against-lgbtqp-for-pedophile-movement-end-times/ – by Geoffrey Grider
Russell Willingham executive director of New Creation Ministries told CBN News, “I believe ACR-99 sets the stage for future laws that will criminalize pastor caregivers like me who provide such a resource – resources that offer an option for those who don’t want what the state is telling them they must accept.” “We have actual patients and clients who have benefited from therapy to help them with their unwanted attractions. We’ve helped them change their lives,” Roger Gannam, vice president of legal affairs for Liberty Counsel said.
California Senate passed a resolution telling Christian clergy to accept and support LGBTQ ideology, even if doing so violates their Christian beliefs.
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California Senate passed resolution ACR-99 telling Christian clergy to accept and support LGBTQ+P For Pedophile ideology, even if doing so violates their Christian beliefs.
One of the most amazing things about watching the Democratic Primaries is listening to all the lost Democrats talking about how important “God is” in their daily lives. Open homosexual Pete Buttigieg talks incessantly about his Roman Catholic-lite Episcopal faith, the same faith that tells him that God has blessed his same-sex union with his husband, or wife, not sure which one is which but you get the idea. My point is that biblical Christianity is considered hate speech in 2020, and it is being replaced by the B.Y.O.G (bring your own god) ideology that tells  you to live anyway and every way that your black, little heart desires.
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (KJV)
The California Senate has just passed ACR-99, a resolution we told you about a few months ago, and now is state law in LaLa Land. The old sin-cursed world is no longer going to allow pastors, evangelists and street preachers to continue preaching the gospel of the grace of God openly. It needs to shut that down to make room for the end times religion of Antichrist who is getting ready to rise at the same time the born again Church is preparing to rise up and away as well. ACR-99 sets the stage to passing a law that will criminalize Bible preaching. And it is not just the Liberals and atheists who are welcoming the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile, it’s Baptist pastors also.
Christian, you better be really, really, really sure about what you believe about the Bible, because you’re about to be tested.
CA Senate Passes Resolution ACR-99 Telling Pastors to Embrace LGBTQ Beliefs
FROM CBN NEWS: Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 (ACR-99) was introduced by Democratic state Assemblyman Evan Low of San Jose on June 4 as a way to gather support for LGBTQ identity and behaviors.
CBN News previously reported that more than two dozen doctors, counselors, former homosexuals, and other Christian leaders signed a letter condemning the resolution, which they said violates religious freedom.
The resolution also condemns counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion, known as conversion therapy.
The bill says “California law recognizes that performing conversion therapy on young persons is ineffective, unethical, and harmful. Conversion therapy has been rejected as ineffective, unethical, and harmful by leading medical, mental health, and child welfare organisations in the United States.”
Several Christian leaders are speaking out against the resolution saying it infringes upon their free exercise of religion.
Russell Willingham executive director of New Creation Ministries told CBN News, “I believe ACR-99 sets the stage for future laws that will criminalize pastor caregivers like me who provide such a resource – resources that offer an option for those who don’t want what the state is telling them they must accept.”
“We have actual patients and clients who have benefited from therapy to help them with their unwanted attractions. We’ve helped them change their lives,” Roger Gannam, vice president of legal affairs for Liberty Counsel said.
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BAPTIST PASTOR WRITES IN USA TODAY THAT THE BIBLE CAN’T BE TRUSTED, AND THAT THE CHURCH MUST ACCEPT OPEN LGBTQP MEMBERS IN ORDER TO SURVIVE
The resolution also seeks to reduce the stigma that society, therapists, and religious groups allegedly inflict upon those within the LGBTQ community.
ACR-99 proclaims that stigmatizing has caused “disproportionately high rates of suicide, attempted suicide, depression, rejection, and isolation amongst LGBTQ and questioning individuals. The State of California has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including LGBTQ youth.”
Supporters of the resolution assert that religious liberty does not apply here as it amounts to discrimination. They also argue that such counseling from faith-based groups is “psychological torture” and “mental health malpractice,” according to The Christian Post. READ MORE:

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MAJOR RED FLAG: THE FED SHOCKS EVERYONE WITH AN EMERGENCY INTERVENTION IN THE REPO MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/September 17, 2019September 17, 2019 by Michael Snyder

For the very first time since the last financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has been forced to conduct an emergency intervention in the repo market.  I know that a lot of people out there don’t know what the repo market is or how it works, and so let me start out with a very basic analogy that may help people understand what we are facing.  It doesn’t really matter how shiny your toilet is – if the pipes underneath don’t work, you are in a whole lot of trouble.  The repo market plays a critical role in our financial system, because it allows our banks to rapidly borrow money, and that money is often used to purchase financial instruments such as Treasury bonds.  But this week interest rates in the repo market started to shoot up to frightening levels, and the Federal Reserve was forced to intervene for the first time since the financial crisis of 2008.  The following comes from Yahoo News(READ MORE…)

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IS PROPHECY A DISTRACTION TO ‘REAL’ MINISTRY? IS IT A DISTRACTION IN EFFORTS TO BUILD A MEGA-CHURCH?

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Todd Hampson
IS BIBLE PROPHECY A DISTRACTION TO REAL MINISTRY?
[My 2 cents: It seems that prophecy IS a distraction to pastors who are interested in building a mega-church and all of the popularity and money that goes along with it…Prophecy fulfilment will get in the way of such goals, therefore it is to be ignored. Perhaps they should read Luke 12:54-56…]
I just got back from a Mission trip to Haiti last night. If you’re not familiar with the conditions there, they are terrible. Everything there is broken. The government, the culture, the land, the economy, the health of the people. Everything.
It’s almost as if the land itself if cursed. Even satellite images like the one above (Haiti at left, the Dominical Republic across the border at right) tell a story. Generations of corruption and greed, voodoo practice, a lack of vision, and a lack of education, have kept this country among the poorest in the world. I have been to some of the poorest areas of Brazil and the Dominican Republic but I’ve never seen the level of poverty and brokenness that I saw in Haiti.
It has an official 80% unemployment rate, but it’s really worse than that. Even someone selling vegetables once a week is considered “employed”. It’s probably more like a 95%+ unemployment rate by real numbers. Most people in the villages eat once every other day. Starvation and malnutrition are common place.
As a prophecy student, I found myself wondering if many Christians would think that a focus on Bible-Prophecy (when there are so many basic real-life needs) might be a waste of time, not just in Haiti, but for the Church in general. More than a few times, I’ve heard that argument from fellow believers.
Here are five reasons teaching Bible prophecy is not only relevant, but vital to discipleship and evangelism.
1.      IT GIVES PEOPLE A DEEPER CONFIDENCE IN SCRIPTURE
One-third of the Bible is prophetic in nature and one out of four verses in the Bible talk about prophecy. Prophecy intersects with every category of theology and progressively reveals key themes that are introduced in Genesis and converge in the book of Revelation. 
A study of Bible prophecy demonstrates the incredible cohesiveness and grand design of the Bible. There is no other document like it in history. A study of prophecy deepens our overall knowledge of scripture—something we are challenged to do as believers. 
The more we know truth, the more we will spot error and the better equipped we will be for ministry and life. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “all scripture” is profitable (2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 3:16). The book of Revelation even tells in the beginning and in end of the book that there is a special blessing for those who read the words of Revelation and act on them. 
So, even the book of Revelation is a practical book that calls us to obedience and results in blessing for those who study it.
2.      IT ANCHORS OUR FOCUS ON AN ETERNAL HOPE
We led a Bible study in Haiti with a group of people from the village our church supports and one of the verses we studied was Romans 12:12 which reads—“Rejoice in confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Think about how relevant that verse is to someone who lives in extreme poverty, not knowing when their next meal is coming or what tomorrow may bring. 
An old blind man in our group talked about being patient in trouble and prayer with a smile on his face. I asked the rest of the group about the first part—the part that gives the ability to be patient in trouble. I asked what the hope is that Paul talked about. “What was our confident hope?” Without skipping a beat, one of the younger men, with utmost confidence and joy in his eyes, said in creole, “When Jesus comes back for us or when we die and go to him.”  
This confident hope is our anchor. In Haiti, the believers are not blinded by wealth and comfort. There, they have a raw Acts chapter 2 type of faith. They know everything else is unreliable—everything except our confident hope!
3.      IT PURIFIES OUR WALK
There’s something about reminding ourselves of Jesus’ promised return that moves us from being lukewarm to regaining a faith that is on fire with passion to serve him. Since 2000 years have gone by, we’re easily lulled into sleep and complacency—or even sinful compromise—because we’ve lost any sense of urgency. 
When we study Bible prophecy and are reminded that He is a promise-keeper, and that many of the signs of His return have been falling into place the past 70 or so years, we begin to live with more excitement, purpose, purity, and commitment. I am thoroughly convinced that the enemy desperately wants to get our focus off of Christ’s return because he knows it leads to a victorious Christian walk and another important aspect of our faith…
4.      IT PUSHES US TO SHARE OUR FAITH
We tend to share our faith more effectively and more often if there’s a sense of urgency. The Bible teaches that the rapture is imminent (can happen any moment) and we see the conditions falling into place for everything end-times related. 
A careful, non-sensationalistic study of Bible prophecy reminds us that there are still many people we know who have not heard the Gospel. Perhaps the Lord has brought someone to mind even as you read this. Don’t wait. Tell them about Christ.
5.      IT HELPS PEOPLE MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD
There’s no denying our world is going crazy right now. I recently launched a Bible Prophecy Survey and one of the key areas of focus that came up again and again was global instability. 
It’s the elephant in the room. These are scary times. But it all makes sense when viewed through the grid of Bible prophecy. What we see today is EXACTLY what Bible prophecy unveils for the end-times.
CONCLUSION
I believe that a careful study of Bible prophecy is extremely healthy and necessary for Christians today. Focusing our attention on the Lord’s return will help move our faith from an arid wasteland to one that is growing and thriving.  
An accurate view of Bible prophecy is truly relevant for everyday life and ministry.

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7 SIGNS YOU’RE UNDER SERIOUS SPIRITUAL ATTACK

https://endtimeheadlines.org/2019/09/7-signs-youre-under-serious-spiritual-attack/

7 Signs You’re Under Serious Spiritual Attack

OPINION (Charisma) – There was a time when someone suffering from a heart attack had little chance of survival because he or she didn’t know what was happening and ignored the symptoms until it was too late. Medical advancements began identifying common warning signs such as discomfort and pressure in the center of the chest, pain in one or both arms and shortness of breath. Spreading awareness of the warning signs has greatly increased the survival rate for heart attack victims. In a similar manner, many Christians seem to be blindsided by spiritual attacks. The goal of any spiritual attack is to turn you away from what God wants to do in your life. When it comes to a spiritual attack, it is crucial to recognise the warning signs for survival. Though there are more signs than this, here are seven major ones to be on the lookout for.
  1. Loss of Spiritual Desire – We don’t live by feelings alone, but there is a difference between doing something merely out of obligation and doing something because you delight in it. Spiritual desire is evidenced by a heart on fire for God. As David said, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land with no water” (Ps. 63:1). When you delight in the Lord, nothing else compares. Someone passionate for God finds pleasure in the things of God. Losing your spiritual desire rarely happens deliberately. It happens slowly, and the changes in your heart are subtle. Life issues arise and begin cutting into your time in the Word. Before long, you are just too busy to read your Bible and renew your mind. You start feeling a disconnect when you pray, and before you know it you start spending less and less time in prayer. Soon you find reasons not to be in church. Worldly pursuits start taking the place of your pursuit of God. Instead of your heart being on fire, it becomes merely lukewarm. CONTINUE:

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I THOUGHT I SAW IT COMING’

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Jack Kinsella
I THOUGHT I SAW IT COMING
It is incredible, yet true. We are witnessing the unfolding of events long prophesied to take place during the last generation before the return of Christ. We knew that it was coming – we were almost eager to see this day because it means the Rapture is that much closer.
But as the day approaches, it becomes less an abstract notion and more a crushingly painful reality. It has made that transition from theoretical possibility to actual fact. We always knew in theory that one day Christians would be marginalized to the point of insignificance.
We always knew that one day, some new religion having two horns like a lamb but speaking as a dragon would overspread Planet Earth. For decades we’ve made a guessing game out of what it would look like and who would be its leader.
As we see the hard-and-fast answers crowding out our best guesses, the game isn’t as much fun as it used to be. In fact, it isn’t any fun at all, anymore.
This IS what we’ve been expecting. It is what the Bible forecast for the last days. Jesus said the Tribulation Period would be a time so terrible that if He didn’t return to put a stop to it, there would be no flesh saved out of it.
So it is entirely reasonable to expect that the period leading up to it would be, ah, unpleasant, to say the least. Jesus prophesied that the time will come when those who kill you will think they do God service.
He reminded us that the world MUST hate us because it hates Him – but that doesn’t make it any easier when it happens.
There are two competing sets of values here and it is out of that conflict that all the angst arises. If we are where I believe that we are on Bible prophecy’s timeline, then America’s (and the West’s) days are numbered.
If we are where I believe we are, then the decline we are experiencing is both inevitable and unstoppable. This is only part of the Big Picture – there are other, bigger and scarier parts yet to come.
Why are they scarier today than they were, say, ten years ago? It isn’t as if Bible prophecy changed in the last ten years. What we are experiencing is the realization of our expectations. Did anybody really think that witnessing the unfolding of last days’ prophecy would be fun?
If you did, now you know.
You also know why you were but one of only a tiny handful of ‘prophecy nuts’ in your church. I say ‘were’ because as we move forward on the Bible timeline, prophecy doesn’t seem so nuts anymore.
In the grand scheme of things, very few Christians in these last days have been called as watchmen. Even fewer have responded to the calling. It’s not for everybody — for some it is too much. That is why we are necessary – to give the warning.
God has set each of us in the place He wants us to be for this time and place in human history. That doesn’t mean it is a pleasant place – we had our pleasant time. But God in His wisdom, and for reasons known only to Him, has called us – you and me and others like us – as witnesses.
He promises a special crown for us at the Bema Seat. There are only FIVE crowns and this is one of them. So what made you think that earning it would be easy? It is supposed to be hard. Out of all the living Christians on this planet, God called YOU to bear witness for all those too afraid to look.
Yes, it is frustrating. Yes, it is infuriating. Yes, it is frightening. And YES – it is unfair. Why can’t YOU be one of those Christians just strolling through life, tra-la-la-la-la, in blissful ignorance?
I dunno. Because you can’t. God called you and you answered the phone. Sorry. This is a bell that you can’t unring. Read through your assignment again — note in particular the parts in italics.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2nd Timothy 4:1-5)
Somebody has to watch in all things, do the work of an evangelist and make full proof of the ministry to which God called them. That’s the charge. You accepted it — or you wouldn’t be reading these words now.
Now the evil days are upon us and somehow, we are surprised to find we don’t like it. I am not saying that sarcastically – I am as surprised as anybody at how surprised I am, if you can follow my drift.
I thought I was made of sterner stuff than that.
So, what are we to do as Christians? Our job. Be witnesses. Watch and observe and give the warning. You know, the Bible says that Noah preached for one hundred and twenty years and never made a single convert.
But when the rains came down, Noah still got to ride out the storm in the ark.
It is easy to become discouraged, frustrated and even angry. It’s natural. But it is part of a plan that the God of the Universe has not only let you in on, He has included you as a necessary part.
“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)
He can keep you from falling. He will present you faultless before the Throne with exceeding joy. He knows what He is doing, and He has let you in on some of the details.
Here’s what we know — and we know it for sure. There is lots to be scared of. But nothing to be worried about. Because He is able. And He loves you more than you know.
 

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THE FIG TREE AND MATT. 24

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-fig-tree-and-matt-24/
QUESTION:    I recently heard a new “take” on the fig tree mentioned in the olivet discourse and to me this looks like the most scripturally grounded, the author keys points were these:
“What does the fig tree represent? Does it represent the nation Israel? What does the putting forth leaves represent? Does it speak of Israel’s becoming a nation in 1948? Does the budding of the fig tree mean that we can approximate the time of the rapture? How can we know the correct interpretation?”
I know that while you do not believe Israel is the fig tree in mentioned here, you do believe that the generation that sees the “nationhood” of Israel will be likely to witness the 2nd coming, but where is the scriptural proof that Israel becoming a nation was the starting point of “the signs” based on Matthew 24? So far, you have been the best at explaining your position, but are this author’s points valid? As always, your insight into this interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
ANSWER:    As you’ve noted, I’ve never believed that the fig tree reference in Matt. 24 applies to Israel’s rebirth. Nor do I believe that there’s anything in Matt. 24 concerning the Rapture. You have to remember that the Olivet discourse, though contained in three Gospels, is meant for Israel, not the Church.
The fig tree is among the last to get it’s leaves in the spring, so when it begins to bud you know that summer is really near. What I think Jesus was saying is that when the people of Israel see all the end times signs He described, they’ll know that His return is really near. That was the lesson of the fig tree. It’s a comparison, or parable.
As for a prophecy of Israel’s rebirth that signals the time of the end has begun, look to Ezekiel. His detailed prophecies of the End of the Age are given chronologically. Chapters 36 and 37 predicted Israel’s rebirth as a nation . Chapter 38 said it would happen after the land had long lay desolate and had recovered from war. It’s people would be gathered from many nations. (All of this clearly happened in 1948, and not before.) Chapters 38 and 39 then describe a great battle where the Lord will intervene and bring His people back into a covenant relationship with Him. This hasn’t happened yet, but when it does it will signal the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week. During that period the signs Jesus spoke of will appear making it clear that His return is near.
Several of these signs require that Israel be a nation in its Biblical land and in covenant with God (such as the existence of a Temple, Sabbath keeping people in Judea fleeing from their homes, etc). It seems logical then that Israel’s rebirth is a major factor in determining when the End Times began.
(Ezekiel 40-48 talk about life in Israel during the Millennium.)
 

ISRAEL AND THE FIG TREE

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/israel-and-the-fig-tree-3/
QUESTION:    At our Seniors Bible Study today we were discussing Matthew 21:18-20. Does the fig tree represent Israel, Jerusalem, or neither? If Israel or Jerusalem, does it mean they will never again produce fruit? What about during the Millennium?
ANSWER:    Many scholars see the cursing of the fig tree in Matt. 21:18-20 as being symbolic of Israel, and it is true that from that day to this Israel has produced no fruit for the Kingdom of God. This will all change in the Millennium. Just before the 2nd Coming, Israel will recognise Jesus as the Messiah (Zech. 12:10), petition His return to save them (Hosea 6:1-2), and their sins will be forgiven (Joel 3:20-21). They will once again become God’s favoured nation on Earth (Isaiah 49:22-23).
 

THE FIG TREE AND MATT. 24

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QUESTION:    I recently heard a new “take” on the fig tree mentioned in the olivet discourse and to me this looks like the most scripturally grounded, the author keys points were these:
“What does the fig tree represent? Does it represent the nation Israel? What does the putting forth leaves represent? Does it speak of Israel’s becoming a nation in 1948? Does the budding of the fig tree mean that we can approximate the time of the rapture? How can we know the correct interpretation?”
I know that while you do not believe Israel is the fig tree in mentioned here, you do believe that the generation that sees the “nationhood” of Israel will be likely to witness the 2nd coming, but where is the scriptural proof that Israel becoming a nation was the starting point of “the signs” based on Matthew 24? So far, you have been the best at explaining your position, but are this author’s points valid? As always, your insight into this interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
ANSWER:    As you’ve noted, I’ve never believed that the fig tree reference in Matt. 24 applies to Israel’s rebirth. Nor do I believe that there’s anything in Matt. 24 concerning the Rapture. You have to remember that the Olivet discourse, though contained in three Gospels, is meant for Israel, not the Church.
The fig tree is among the last to get it’s leaves in the spring, so when it begins to bud you know that summer is really near. What I think Jesus was saying is that when the people of Israel see all the end times signs He described, they’ll know that His return is really near. That was the lesson of the fig tree. It’s a comparison, or parable.
As for a prophecy of Israel’s rebirth that signals the time of the end has begun, look to Ezekiel. His detailed prophecies of the End of the Age are given chronologically. Chapters 36 and 37 predicted Israel’s rebirth as a nation . Chapter 38 said it would happen after the land had long lay desolate and had recovered from war. It’s people would be gathered from many nations. (All of this clearly happened in 1948, and not before.) Chapters 38 and 39 then describe a great battle where the Lord will intervene and bring His people back into a covenant relationship with Him. This hasn’t happened yet, but when it does it will signal the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week. During that period the signs Jesus spoke of will appear making it clear that His return is near.
Several of these signs require that Israel be a nation in its Biblical land and in covenant with God (such as the existence of a Temple, Sabbath keeping people in Judea fleeing from their homes, etc). It seems logical then that Israel’s rebirth is a major factor in determining when the End Times began.
(Ezekiel 40-48 talk about life in Israel during the Millennium.)
 

THE FIG TREE ANALOGY OF MATT. 24

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QUESTION:    I am reading a book on prophecy by Tim LaHaye. He states that there is no substantiation that the fig tree in Matt 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 represents Israel. He further points out that Luke 21:29 refers to “the fig tree and all the trees.” And thus, the fig tree cannot be Israel. What are your thoughts?
ANSWER:    I’ve been saying the same thing for years. The fig tree is often used as a symbol of Israel, but that’s not the case in the Olivet Discourse. Jesus was explaining how we’ll be able to tell when the End of the Age is near by using an analogy. He said when the fig tree and all the trees (Luke 21:29) begin to get their leaves you know that summer is near. Just so, when you see all the things He’s been describing begin to happen you will know the end of the age is near.
You don’t need the fig tree analogy to show that the re-birth of Israel was a major end times sign. Ezekiel 36-37 explain it very nicely.

 

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