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This Happened On Planet Earth…Oct. 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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Turkey says plans to Invade & drive Kurds Out Completed-Israel Braces for Iran Assault

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Why is Turkey expanding its military operations in northern Syria?

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The Kurdish-led forces who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria have accused Washington of reneging on its commitments by pulling out troops from the country’s northeast and clearing the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish-controlled region. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), was Washington’s main ally in Syria in the fight against ISIL. In recent years, they have expanded their control in northern and eastern Syria, in a vast area stretching 480km (300 miles) from the Euphrates River to the Iraq border. But Turkey considers the Kurdish forces a “terrorist organisation” linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long armed campaign for autonomy in Turkey. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman and chief adviser for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks to Al Jazeera.

 

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“Setting the Stage for Ezekiel 38” Prophecy Update

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LATEST WORLD NEWS CLIPS – ARTICLES – THURSDAY OCTOBER 10th 2019

WE PREACH THE BLESSED HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Rev. 14:12
Here Jesus was alluding to the fact that the Doctrine of Eternal Security WILL EXPIRE WITH THE RAPTURE
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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WHY DOES GOD LOVE US?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/why-does-god-love-us/
QUESTION:    I have been a born again Christian for about 7 months now and have taken to the scriptures like crazy reading and learning. One thing I have not been able to clearly understand in all my reading so far is why man is God’s greatest creation. I understand we were made in His image and he actually breathed life into us but how are we actually a more prized creation than say angels for example? They have free will just as we do from what I understand, yet God gave us (man) a way to find redemption where as the angels did not after rebellion. Can you clarify how we are a more prized creation than any other?
ANSWER:    As you’ve said God created us in His own image and personally breathed life into us. He considers us to be His work of art, has expressed a love for us that’s unique in all creation, and provided the means for our redemption when we sinned, even allowing us to be adopted into His own family to share in His inheritance. The Bible clearly says this of us in passages like John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-7, and Ephes. 2:8-10 but doesn’t offer any explanation as to why God feels this way about us.
 

IF GOD IS LOVE, WHY DOES HE KILL PEOPLE?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/if-god-is-love-why-does-he-kill-people/
QUESTION:    I have a question which I hope you can answer for me please, How would you answer someone who asked ; “If God in the New Testament is a God of love, how does that reconcile with God in the Old Testament who authorises the killing of women and children – how is that love ?
ANSWER:    God is love, but He’s also righteous and just. Rejecting Him is a sin and the punishment is death. Those Old Testament deaths He authorised were of pagan idol worshipers who had rejected Him in flavor of false gods even though He had waited patiently for them to come back to Him. For example He gave the Amorites 400 years to repent before sending the Israelite’s to judge them (Genesis 15:16). The women who died were adults and were responsible for their beliefs. The children went to a place of comfort to await the coming of the Lord.
At the End of the Age billions more will choose to die rather than acknowledge Him as their Creator, even though out of love He sent His Son to die in their place so they could live. You can’t blame God for any of this.
 

RECONCILING GOD’S ANGER WITH HIS LOVE

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/reconciling-gods-anger-love/
QUESTION:    I’ve always heard the phrase “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin” and we are called to do the same. Because God is love, I am convinced that He truly loves all even the sinners (as stated in Romans 5:8). But I read in Psalms 5:5 and Psalms 11:5 that he hates the workers of iniquity, and those that love violence. How do we reconcile this?
ANSWER:    The verses you cited are from the Old Testament, before the cross. In Colossians 1:19-20 Paul wrote,
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on Earth or things in Heaven, by making peace through His blood shed on the cross.”
This doesn’t mean everyone will be saved because of the cross, but that all the sins of mankind were paid for there. Remember, John the Baptist called Jesus, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). That’s why whosoever believes in what the Lord did for us there will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
 

LOVE THE LORD OR LOVE THE WORLD?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/love-the-lord-or-love-the-world/
QUESTION:    In today’s world and in my opinion, it seems as though the word disciple is being flaunted as a bait word to attract a lot of fish. And yet my conclusion of what I see is that a lot of churches consider going to church, taking discipleship classes, maybe doing some community service, etc. as a way to become a disciple. It’s almost like to become a disciple, it’s okay to have your cake and eat it too. It’s like they’re all saying, Luke 14:33 doesn’t really mean what it says.
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
Is this to be taken literally or spiritually? For many years now I’ve long desired (spiritually) to be a “true disciple” but don’t consider myself one because I have not denounced all that I have (physically). And I get so frustrated when I hear Pastors, in particular, saying that “we will make disciples out of you” and yet, the church goes on as it always has. Please help as my prayer is to be able to really share the real Truth in this matter with others.
ANSWER:    I don’t believe that Jesus requires a vow of poverty from everyone who wants to be His disciple. What He wants is that there be nothing more important in our lives than Him. The Bible contains numerous examples of people who were well off and yet were faithful followers of God. Psalm 37:4 says that when we delight ourselves in the Lord He’ll give us the desires of our heart. And Jesus said that He came so that we could have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). It’s when our quest for material wealth preoccupies us or becomes the true source of our security or even an object of worship that we get into trouble.

GOD’S LOVE:

God knew every sin of your life long before you were born. When Jesus went to the cross He took all of them upon Himself and paid your penalty in full, allowing you to be forgiven (Colossians 2:13-15). When you asked Him to be your saviour He agreed and wiped the slate clean for you. From that point on, There was nothing you or anyone else could do to get you away from Him (Romans 8:38-39, John 10:27-30). And if you’ve sincerely asked Him to forgive you, it’s as if you’ve never sinned (1 John 1:9). When you accept His forgiveness and forgive yourself you’ll feel clean, because in His sight you already are.
 

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I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING Zech. 12:2

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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 OCTOBER 10th 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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IT’S WAR: TURKEY LAUNCHES ‘OPERATION PEACE SPRING’ WITH BLISTERING MILITARY OFFENSIVE INTO NORTHERN SYRIA AS AIR STRIKES TARGET CIVILIAN AREAS

https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/turkey-launches-operation-spring-peace-with-blistering-military-offensive-into-northern-syria-air-strikes-target-civilian-areas/ – by Geoffrey Grider October 9, 2019
Erdogan tweeted today that his armed forces along with the Syrian National Army had launched ‘Operation Peace Spring’ to ‘prevent the creation of a terror corridor’ along the Turkish border. He added the aim to is to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a ‘safe zone’ in the area. The Turkish president wrote on Twitter: ‘Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area. We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.’ 
President Erdogan announces 'Operation Peace Spring' has begun, with air strikes targeting Syrian Kurds and ISIS fighters in bid to 'neutralize terror threats' two days after US troops withdrew - as Trump tweets they should 'never have been there'
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The Turkish military operation into Syria has been launched today with airstrikes targeting ISIS and Kurdish forces, a Turkish security source confirmed.
On Monday, President Trump announced the United States would begin withdrawing troops in Syria to allow Turkey to begin attacking the Kurds, our ally in the fight against ISIS. Yesterday, Turkey began bombing the Kurds supply lines. Today, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the official statement that the ‘Operation Spring Peace‘ military campaign against Syria had officially begin. Within minutes of that announcement, bombs began falling on Syrian civilians as jets began relentless airstrikes. Turkey has declared not a ‘limited campaign against terrorists’, this is all out war against Syria.
“And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.” 1 Kings 18:33-35 (KJV)
You don’t have to be Doris Kerns Goodwin or Ken Burns to immediately understand the historical significance of what is happening right now in Syria. And the fact that this latest war would not have been possible without tacit approval from President Trump bodes badly for the White House. Having your name tied to the carpet bombing of Syrian civilians is not a good optic for a man who is simultaneously defending himself against impeachment and running for reelection.
I quoted the above verses from 1 Kings to illustrate the level to which the degree of difficulty that Donald Trump’s actions on Syria have now done to his 2020 campaign. Elijah filled the altar with water because only God was able to set that on fire. And only the direct intervention of God will see Donald Trump re-elected. He has my vote, but man oh man, he is ever up against the wall now.
PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ANNOUNCES ‘OPERATION PEACE SPRING’ HAS BEGUN
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: This afternoon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his offensive into northern Syria had begun in a bid to ‘bring peace to the area’ by targeting terrorists. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkish warplanes struck its region in the northeast, sparking ‘huge panic among people’ today.
Mustafa Bali, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman, said on Twitter: ‘Turkish warplanes have started to carry out air strikes on civilian areas.’ Pictured and video footage from the ground appeared to show civilians desperately fleeing the area as smoke rose from bombed positions. Kurds living near the border said civilians near the border were hurt in the attack, according to reports.
Syrian state media and a Kurdish official separately said bombing hit the town of Ras al-Ain in the northeast along the Turkish border that will be supported by artillery and howitzer fire. Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions across the border from Turkey.
Erdogan tweeted today that his armed forces along with the Syrian National Army had launched ‘Operation Peace Spring’ to ‘prevent the creation of a terror corridor’ along the Turkish border.
He added the aim to is to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a ‘safe zone’ in the area.
The Turkish president wrote on Twitter: ‘Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area. We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.’
A Turkish official confirmed the military action after explosions rocked the town of Ras al Ain in northeast Syria, on the border with Turkey. Earlier today Syria vowed to respond to a planned Turkish invasion of the northeast of the country, saying it condemned Ankara’s ‘hostile intentions’.
The Syrian foreign ministry said the ‘hostile actions’ of the Turkish government revealed its ‘expansionist ambitions,’ saying an attack on Syrian territory ‘could not be justified’ and pledged to ‘confront a Turkish assault’.
Turkish troops crossed into Syria earlier today in preparation for an imminent attack on Kurdish territory, an official claimed. READ MORE:
TURKEY’S PEACE SPRING OFFENSIVE BEGINS
Turkish military has now started its operation against the YPG terror group. The operational goal is to create a safe zone for the return of more than one million Syrian refugees displaced by war. The advance by Turkey follows US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he was withdrawing US troops from the region. The American withdrawal is designed to avoid accidental confrontations on the battlefield between the two NATO allies. Ankara is carrying out the operation with its regional ally – the newly formed Syrian National Army. One division, the Al Hamza brigade, has been training for the past six months. and has the support of local Arabs and Kurds.

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TURKISH TROOPS COMMENCED INVASION OF SYRIA (EN MASS) AT 5:30 EDT TODAY

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World News Desk 09 October 2019
Turkish troops have started crossing into Syria to force Kurdish militants away from its border. 50,000 troops, 500 tanks. Advance halted 3 kilometers inside border. Aircraft are bombing the Turkish convoys. No word if Syrian or Russian aircraft.  12:24 PM EDT—Al-Mansour Dam Across Euphrates River BOMBED by Turk war planes!  Supplied drinking water for 2 Million!
Turkish jets started bombing the Syrian border on Monday night ahead of the ground invasion.
Turkish jets started bombing the Syrian border on Monday night ahead of the ground invasion.
Kurdish-led forces were on high alert and called on fighters to head for the frontier to defend the region against the Turkish offensive that is expected to involve tens of thousands of soldiers backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers from NATO’s second-largest army.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said “deployments and work is still underway regarding the operation,” according to state-run TRT television. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone call with Vladimir Putin, thanking the Russian president for being “constructive” as Turkey prepared for the incursion. 
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said “deployments and work is still underway regarding the operation,” according to state-run TRT television. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone call with Vladimir Putin, thanking the Russian president for being “constructive” as Turkey prepared for the incursion. 
Turkey’s advance follows a dramatic reversal of U.S. policy this week. Trump told Erdogan in a phone call on Sunday that dozens of American troops who’d been working closely with Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State would pull back, effectively clearing the way for a Turkish incursion.
The Kurdish YPG militia that forms the backbone of the SDF has been one of America’s closest partners in the fight against Islamic State and is holding thousands of jihadist fighters and their families in camps and detention centers in northeastern Syria.
While Trump said Turkey would become responsible for the detainees, who include foreign fighters from Europe, it was not clear if there was a mechanism in place to transfer them to Turkish custody.
Trump drew criticism at home for his decision to hand responsibility for the jihadist prisoners to Turkey over concerns that chaos in northeastern Syria could allow Islamic State members to escape and regroup.
“Moved our 50 soldiers out,” Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.“Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!”
UPDATE 9:53 AM EDT—
The Iranian army begins military drill not announced previously near the Iranian-Turkish border 
Syrian Kurds have called up civilians for ‘defense against Turkey.’
The Advance troops reported above are expected to be followed by much larger invasion forces around Midnight local time tonight.
Hal Turner Remark: It is worth pointing out that this war began one day after Yom Kippur; The good Lord gave the world one last day of atonement before this Devil’s Hour arrived. Gog! Magog!! It’s playing out before our eyes! I don’t mean to sound Hokey or like a radical Bible thumper because I’m not.  But I HAVE TO TELL YOU: Prepare your souls for the coming of the Lord! Now is your last chance to repent and avoid the fires of Hell and eternal torture!   This will be a major story during tonight’s two-hour
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UPDATE 10:06 AM EDT—
There was an ISIS prison-break last night; hundreds of ISIS fighters broke free inside Syria and INTEL confirms they received orders to head to . . .  THE UNITED STATES!   The Nogales, Arizona Border crossing was alerted because that is the crossing point ISIS uses to try entering the US, and our brave Border Patrol is carefully monitoring, but WE HERE IN AMERICA are now their target.
Turkish President Erdogan CONFIRMS the Turkish Operation “has begun.” The Turkish air force initiated the preliminary bombing campaign of Operation “Spring of Peace”  with multiple airstrikes in the vicinity of Ras al-Ayn.
10:15 AM EDT—Civilians directly on the border in Syria are abandoning their homes and fleeing in cars with what they can gather. This is an extremely unorganized evacuation. Some are fleeing on foot.
10:39 AM EDT—KURDISH return fire by launching mortar attacks on several Turkish towns across the Syrian border.
Şanlıurfa, Turkey under Mortar attack from Kurds returning Turkish fire: (map below)
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Nusaybin, Turkey now ALSO under attack by Kurdish returning Turk fire (Map below):
UPDATE 11:12 AM EDT—
Intensive bombardment by Turkish jets on military positions and civilians villages in Tal_Abyad, Serê_Kanye, Qamishlo and Ain_Issa. All in Syria. 
According to initial reports there are casualties among civilian people. The Hal Turner Radio Show can CONFIRM there are presently six (6) civilians dead from these attacks, so far.  Map Below:
MORE UPDATES TO FOLLOW BELOW . . . CHECK BACK
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UPDATE 12:24 PM EDT—
Al-Mansurah Dam outside Raqqa, BOMBED by Turk war planes.  This Dam, across the Euphrates River supplied drinking water to two million people in northern Syria. 
Below is a scalable Google map for Al-Mansurah, Syria.  The Dam is located above and to the left of Al-Manurah proper, at a narrow point where Lake Assad empties into the Euphrates River.
Without that Dam, there is nothing to hold back Lake Assad from free-flow-flooding from Syria all the way to Baghdad, Iraq!  Once the lake is gone, there will be little to nothing to keep the Euphrates River flowing.
This brings to mind a Biblical passage: Revelation 16:12 —
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.”
HAL TURNER ANALYSIS
If anyone had doubts that Turkey’s intention was nothing short of ETHNIC CLEANSING of Kurds, let this attack on the Dam rid you of doubt.   
Turkey has claimed it merely wants to create a 30km wide x 300km long “safe zone” inside Syria.  Turkey plans to put about 2 million Syrians—who fled the Syrian Civil War into Turkey—BACK INTO SYRIA in this region.   But how can people live there without water????????
Turkey’s stated intentions now seem like an elaborate ruse.   
What Turkey has just done by bombing this Dam should get them immediately ejected from NATO, then the US, Russia, and China should go kick the hell out of Turkey so their dreams of a new Ottoman Empire are crushed.
This act of bombing that Dam is, in my personal opinion, a crime against Humanity.  I also believe it is a DIRECT act leading us ALL on the path to Armageddon.   This is SERIOUS.   More serious than any of us may realize.
I will talk about this story and provide all the latest details on my live talk-radio show beginning at 9:00 PM eastern US time tonight.  PLEASE TUNE-IN.
More Updates to follow below . . . . check back . . .

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RUMORS OF WAR IN THE MIDDLE-EAST: WHO’S WHO IN NE SYRIA

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Zeina Karam – Associated Press
A LOOK AT WHO’S WHO IN NORTHEAST SYRIA AS WAR FEARS RISE
President Donald Trump’s announcement that U.S. troops in Syria would step aside to make way for a Turkish military operation against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters unleashed a torrent of near unanimous criticism and warnings of immediate and long-term negative consequences.
That’s because the region of northeastern Syria, where the Turkish president intends to launch an operation to carve out a so-called safe zone, is one of the most combustible in Syria’s long-running civil war.
A U.S. troop withdrawal and Turkish assault on the area risks re-igniting fighting in a corner of Syria only recently stabilized and where sleeper cells of the Islamic State group continue to operate.
It also risks creating a new wave of displacement in an area that is home to hundreds of thousands of people, many of them already displaced by previous bouts of fighting.
Here’s a look at the various players and what they want:
THE KURDS
Kurds make up 10 percent of Syria’s pre-war population and were an oppressed minority before the country’s conflict started in March 2011. Their presence is concentrated mostly in northern Syria.
After President Bashar Assad’s forces abandoned areas in the north at the height of the war to defend areas closer to his seat in Damascus, the Kurds slowly carved out a semi-autonomous region and gained a degree of independence previously unthinkable. After the emergence of the Islamic State group, the U.S. chose the Kurdish fighters to partner with on the ground. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces became the main U.S.-backed force in Syria in the fight against IS.
In March, the SDF captured the last sliver of land held by the extremists, marking the end of the so-called caliphate declared by IS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014. It lost 11,000 fighters in the process.
The Kurds now control an area estimated to be a bit less than 30 percent of Syria, most of it territory with overwhelmingly Arab populations, outside the traditionally Kurdish-majority areas.
TURKEY
Turkey refers to the stretch of territory run by the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters as a “terror corridor” and calls it an existential threat.
This is because the main Kurdish group there, known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a 35-year old conflict against the Turkish state that has left tens of thousands of people dead.
The incursion aims to clear Kurdish fighters from a strip of border territory running east of the Euphrates River to the border with Iraq. Turkey says that once secured, the area would become a “safe zone” allowing the repatriation of some 2 million of the Syrian refugees now on Turkish soil.
At the recent U.N. General Assembly, Erdogan showed a map envisaging a zone 480 kilometers (300 mile) and 30 kilometers (18 miles) deep.
That would cover most of the territory where the bulk of Syria’s Kurdish population lives.
The incursion would be Turkey’s third into Syria. In August 2016, Turkish troops moved into a zone in northern Aleppo province, driving away Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters. In January 2018, Turkish troops took control of the Syrian Kurdish run enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria. Turkey also maintains troops in Syria’s northern Idlib province to oversee a so-called conflict-free zone there.
FOREIGN POWERS
America maintains some 1,000 troops in Syria who work alongside the Kurdish fighters. Trump, in line with his focus on ending American overseas entanglements has wanted to pull them out from Syria to make good on key campaign promises. He announced a withdrawal in December but was met with widespread condemnation for abandoning Kurdish allies to the Turkish assault.
America’s foes — Assad, Russia, and Iran — all stand to gain from a U.S. troop withdrawal and will likely bide their time until they can move in and retake the area. With their help, Assad has recaptured most of Syrian territory except for the north and east.
Iran and Russia are both key allies of Assad’s government with troops on the ground in Syria. While they may publicly oppose a Turkish incursion into Syria, they probably don’t mind an operation that diminishes the Kurdish forces.
Some of Turkey’s incursions into Syria appeared to have been coordinated with Russia and Iran as part of a quid pro-quo. In 2016 when Ankara launched an offensive against the Islamic State group west of the Euphrates river, Syrian government forces captured rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest and once commercial center.
After last year’s capture by Turkish troops of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in the north, the government captured rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus known as eastern Ghouta, boosting security around Assad’s seat of power.

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TURKEY JOINS RUSSIA’S RUBLE-BASED ALTERNATIVE TO SWIFT

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TURKEY JOINS RUSSIA’S RUBLE-BASED ALTERNATIVE TO SWIFT
After repeated warnings over the past couple of years, Turkey and Russia have signed a pact to increase use of the ruble and lira in cross-border payments, with Turkey signing on to Russia’s alternative to SWIFT, the international telecommunications protocol used by banks and central banks the world over. 
Though SWIFT is an international cooperative owned by its members, with more than 10,000 banks worldwide relying on its system for handling sizable inter-bank transactions, the safety of the network was brought into question after a series of cyberattacks in 2015 and 2016 resulted in the theft of $101 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh. 
For the first time since SWIFT’s laucnh, the hacks stoked doubts about the system’s safety, and prompted many US rivals, including Russia, to ramp up work on their alternatives to SWIFT.
In addition to Turkey, China and Russia have signed agreements to bolster trade between the two countries, including settling a larger percentage of their bilateral trade in rubles and renminbi. For China, bilateral trade with Russia grew from $69.6 billion in 2016 to $107.1 billion last year. China is Russia’s biggest partner for imports and exports. 
There has also been talk about India joining Russia’s SWIFT alternative as Washington continues to threaten New Delhi with sanctions over its decision to purchase Russian-made missile-defense systems.
According to ReutersRussian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov signed the agreement with Ankara on Tuesday. The agreement, signed on Oct. 4, will encourage the two countries to start using Russia’s system in mutual settlements.
The agreement envisions Turkish banks and companies becoming connected to the Russian version of the SWIFT payment system, while enhancing the infrastructure in Turkey to allow Russian MIR cards, designed by Moscow as alternative to MasterCard and VISA, to work. 
Though President Trump on Tuesday reiterated his love and respect for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it’s worth remembering President Putin’s warning about the potential ramifications of American sanctions, which risk undermining the dollar’s dominance of the global financial system by driving more countries to use alternatives to SWIFT.

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DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ SOARS: PRO-IRANIAN GROUPS SHOOTING PROTESTERS

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Authored by Patrick Cockburn
DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ SOARS AS PRO-IRAN GUNMEN START ‘SHOOTING PROTESTERS’
Iraqi paramilitary groups close to Iran are suspected of joining attacks on protesters in Baghdad and other cities, leading to heavy loss of life among demonstrators. Some 107 people have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in the last six days, though hospital doctors say the government is understating the true number of fatalities.
“The pro-Iranian militia have each taken a sector of Baghdad and are responsible for its security,” a source, who does not want his name published, told The Independent.
He said that snipers belonging to these groups had fired live rounds at protesters, often aiming for the head or heart. Eyewitnesses say that Iraqi soldiers are also firing directly into crowds of the protesters, who are demanding the fall of the government, jobs and an end to corruption.
The gunmen shooting protesters come from pro-Iranian factions of the Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Units, an 85,000-strong strong body that came into being to stop the Isis advance on Baghdad after the fall of Mosul in 2014. It is a coalition of about 30 groups, many of them predating Isis, which is paid for by the Iraqi government and nominally under its control, but with widely varying political loyalties. They includes powerful units, such as Ketaeb Hezbollah, which say opening that their first loyalty is to the Iranian leadership.
A paramilitary group called Kataib Hezbollah, which has no connection with the Lebanese group with a similar name but is strongly supportive of Iran, is alleged to have ransacked at least ten television stations that had been giving full or sympathetic coverage to the demonstrations. In one case gunmen in balaclavas arrived in twelve white cars without license plates and wrecked studios, seizing computers, beating up staff and taking their wallets and mobile phones.
The government has expressed suspicion that a third party is playing a role in provoking greater violence, through using snipers who shoot to kill. Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said at a press conference that “malicious hands” were targeting protesters and security forces alike. This may be true in part but is also a bid by the security forces to evade responsibility for firing directly into crowds, though there is every sign that they have been doing just that. Repressive measures have included a two-day curfew, a continuing ban on the internet, and pre-emptive arrests.

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ANALYSIS: IS ISRAEL PREPARING FOR WAR WITH IRAN?

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Yochanan Visser
ANALYSIS: IS ISRAEL PREPARING FOR WAR WITH IRAN?
The Israeli security cabinet met for the first time in two months on Sunday for an emergency meeting on the increasing Iranian threat to the Jewish state.
The meeting took place after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a speech for the newly inaugurated Knesset, warned that Israel is facing a “huge security challenge” that is increasing every week.
The caretaker PM added that his words should be taken seriously and that he did not just want to scare the public and the media out of political considerations.
Netanyahu then made it clear he was talking about the Iranian threat to Israel and recalled the recent threats against Israel by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
“Anyone who knows the situation knows that Iran is getting stronger and is attacking around the world, saying clearly, ‘Israel will disappear’,” the Prime Minister said.
Gabi Ashkenazi, a former chief of staff of the IDF and now a member of the Blue and White party who was appointed last week as chairman of the Knesset Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense later seemed to agree with Netanyahu’s statement.
He said last Thursday that Israel is confronted with “many security challenges” while adding that some of them are not visible to the public.
Avigdor Liberman, a former defense minister and leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, even spoke of a “national emergency” and urged Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White Party, to form a national unity government now.
Israel is currently facing “security threats from south, north and further away,” Liberman said on Saturday, adding that this is not the time for political games while he urged other party leaders to set aside their egos.
The Yisrael Beiteinu leader also seemed to allude to a repeat of the Yom Kippur war scenario when various Arab armies carried out an almost fatal surprise attack on Israel.
Concerns in Israel about an Iranian attack have only increased after the IRGC carried out a carefully planned attack on vital oil installations in Saudi Arabia last September.
That attack was carried out with a swarm of attack-drones (UAVs) and cruise missiles which Iran developed with the help of North Korea.
The attack on Saudi Arabia showed that the billions of dollars that the Kingdom spent on defense, and in particular on air defenses didn’t affect the capabilities of the IRGC.
Israeli government officials are now warning that Israel’s air defenses are insufficient as well to withstand a large-scale attack with UAVs and missiles.
One of them spoke to the Al-Monitor news site and suggested that the various Israeli anti-missile shields and other air defenses could not be effective enough to prevent the Iranians from causing substantial damage to vital infrastructure in Israel.
Israel is in the possession of several anti-missile shields.
The Iron Dome shield is often used because both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have a large number of short-range missiles.
Then there is David’s Sling which is designed for downing medium-range missiles but has been used only once so far.
Israel also has the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 two anti-missile systems which have the ability to intercept long-range and even intercontinental missiles as well as the capacity of removing satellites from space (Arrow 3).
Finally, Israel also has the Patriot system that downed an Iranian rocket in May 2018 above the city of Safed in the north of the country but which proved to be ineffective during the first Gulf War in 1991 when Saudi Arabia was attacked by Iraqi Scud rockets.
The problem with these missile defense systems is that in the event that Iran and its proxies are going to use swarm tactics in a future missile war with Israel, they will fail to down every incoming rocket. Islamic Jihad proved that earlier in November 2018 when it fired rocket barrages at the Israeli cities around Gaza and Hamas did the same during the third Gaza War in 2014.
Commentators in Israel think Iran could now be preparing for an all-out war against Israel after the regime in Tehran claimed Israel and Saudi Arabia tried to assassinate the commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC, Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani is the architect of Iran’s imperialist policy and oversaw almost every major battle in the wars that have been raging in Iraq and Syria since 2011 and was responsible for building a broad coalition of terrorist groups against Israel.
The Iranian general is generally regarded as a strategic genius and was also responsible for the recent rapprochement between Palestinian terror movements in Gaza and Iran.
Iranian media reported last week that a terrorist cell had been arrested which detonated a huge bomb in a mosque named for Soleimani’s father on the first anniversary of his death.
Prime Minister Netanyahu recently warned Soleimani that he could become a target and claimed that Israel knows where he is and what he’s doing.
Soleimani, in turn, last year warned Israel and the United States last year that Iran has become a world leader in asymmetrical warfare.
The latter is undoubtedly true and this fact compensates for the weakness of the Iranian army which has mostly outdated weapons and combat aircraft at it’s disposal.
In terms of UAV and missile development, however, Iran is a very progressive military force as the recent attack on Saudi Arabia and the shooting of an expensive American UAV over the Persian Gulf showed.
Hossein Salami, the new commander of the IRGC last week claimed that “the Zionist regime no longer poses a threat” and warned Israel that in “any new war will erase the (Zionist) regime from the political geography of the world.”

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ISRAEL CONTINUES TO PREPARE FOR WAR WITH IRAN

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ –
ISRAEL’S COVERT WAR AGAINST AN IRANIAN SHOCK ATTACK. GEN. KOCHAVI PREPARES IDF COUNTER-OFFENSIVE
The Yom Kippur Eve message broadcast by IDF Chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi held the key to Israel’s intention: “We will not let harm come to Israel and if it does, we shall respond with power.” This shorthand phrasing meant that if, on the 66th anniversary of the grim 1973 war, Iran’s leaders decide on another surprise attack on Israel, like the Sept. 14 cruise missile-drone assault on Saudi oil facilities, this country, unlike the US and Saudis, will hit back at strategic targets on Iranian soil. 
And if the attacks come from Hizballah in Lebanon or Shiite militias in Iraq, now massively armed by Iran with ballistic missiles and air defense systems, then Israel will direct its counter-offensive at those sources.
Kochavi’s words were carefully chosen. He did not say “all our power,” only “power” – thereby leaving the IDF with the option of follow-up counter-operations.
He went on to say: “We have seven eyes open, conduct day-to-day situation assessments and make professional and responsible decisions with regard to offensive action for preempting threats, while also preserving balance.”  The chief of staff was making it clear that no movement or military preparation across a vast swath of terrain in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is lost on Israeli watchers, in the determination not to be caught off-guard like the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel itself were on Sept. 14.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence source stress that the IDF is now facing its most challenging mission. How to overcome the failure of a single US or Israeli radar beaming on Iran, whether ground-, ship-, air or satellite-based, to pick up on the preparations to shoot missiles against Saudi oil facilities, even after they were already airborne. No one in the region noticed anything amiss until Iran’s missiles and drones actually exploded on their Saudi targets, hitting them with exceptional accuracy.
It must be assumed that with all the precautions outlined by the chief of staff, neither Israel nor the United States has unraveled the riddle of how the Iranians managed to bamboozle all the most advanced regional and local defense systems. When Gen. Kochavi said that Israel is taking professional and responsible decisions with regard to an offensive, this indicated that, in the absence of answers to the riddle, Israel has chosen the tactic of an on-the-spot offensive response against the suspected aggressor.
Away from the public eye, Israeli and Iran are using all their brainpower in a covert mind and cyber contest. The IDF cannot promise at this stage, however, to avoid being caught out by Iran or be sure of pre-empting a surprise attack.

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ISRAEL VS IRAN: PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEXT WAR

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/
ISRAEL’S COVERT WAR AGAINST AN IRANIAN SHOCK ATTACK. GEN. KOCHAVI PREPARES IDF COUNTER-OFFENSIVE
The Yom Kippur Eve message broadcast by IDF Chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi held the key to Israel’s intention: “We will not let harm come to Israel and if it does, we shall respond with power.” This shorthand phrasing meant that if, on the 66th anniversary of the grim 1973 war, Iran’s leaders decide on another surprise attack on Israel, like the Sept. 14 cruise missile-drone assault on Saudi oil facilities, this country, unlike the US and Saudis, will hit back at strategic targets on Iranian soil. 
And if the attacks come from Hizballah in Lebanon or Shiite militias in Iraq, now massively armed by Iran with ballistic missiles and air defense systems, then Israel will direct its counter-offensive at those sources.
Kochavi’s words were carefully chosen. He did not say “all our power,” only “power” – thereby leaving the IDF with the option of follow-up counter-operations.
He went on to say: “We have seven eyes open, conduct day-to-day situation assessments and make professional and responsible decisions with regard to offensive action for preempting threats, while also preserving balance.”  The chief of staff was making it clear that no movement or military preparation across a vast swath of terrain in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is lost on Israeli watchers, in the determination not to be caught off-guard like the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel itself were on Sept. 14.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence source stress that the IDF is now facing its most challenging mission. How to overcome the failure of a single US or Israeli radar beaming on Iran, whether ground-, ship-, air or satellite-based, to pick up on the preparations to shoot missiles against Saudi oil facilities, even after they were already airborne. No one in the region noticed anything amiss until Iran’s missiles and drones actually exploded on their Saudi targets, hitting them with exceptional accuracy.
It must be assumed that with all the precautions outlined by the chief of staff, neither Israel nor the United States has unraveled the riddle of how the Iranians managed to bamboozle all the most advanced regional and local defense systems. When Gen. Kochavi said that Israel is taking professional and responsible decisions with regard to an offensive, this indicated that, in the absence of answers to the riddle, Israel has chosen the tactic of an on-the-spot offensive response against the suspected aggressor.
Away from the public eye, Israeli and Iran are using all their brainpower in a covert mind and cyber contest. The IDF cannot promise at this stage, however, to avoid being caught out by Iran or be sure of pre-empting a surprise attack.

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RUMORS OF WAR: IRAN CAN ATTACK ISRAEL JUST AS IT DID THE SAUDI OIL FIELDS

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Tovah Lazaroff
IRAN COULD ATTACK ISRAEL, JUST AS IT DID THE SAUDI OIL FIELDS
Iran could use a combination of cruise missiles and advanced drones to attack Israel, in a manner similar to the way it attacked the Saudi oil fields last month, Absorption Minister Yoav Galant told Army Radio.
A Major-General (Res.), Galant was one of a number of Israel’s security cabinet members who took to the airwaves this week  to discuss the threat from Iran, in the aftermath of Sunday’s security cabinet meeting that dealt with upgrading Israel’s aerial defense system so that it could better combat such an attack.
Galant said he would not speculate on the likelihood of such an attack, but he noted that if Iran could “shoot in one direction [at Saudi Arabia] from hundreds of kilometers away” it could also “shoot in another direction [at Israel] from hundreds of kilometers away.
“We are looking at what is happening around us,” he continued. 
Since May Iran has been increasing its hostile activity in the region, including an unprecedented attack on September 14 on the Saudi oil fields that involved the coordination of dozens of projectiles, missiles and drones, Galant explained. 
Iran is not a theoretical enemy,” Galant said, explaining that its regime has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel. 
Iran has denied attacking Saudi Arabia. But Israel, the United States, Saudi Arabia, France and Germany hold that Iran was behind the attack. This past summer, Israel said it thwarted a potential Iranian drone attack against the Golan Heights.  
Iranian threats against Israel should be taken very seriously, said Galant, who explained that the attack on Saudi Arabia relied on low flying projectiles that went undetected and represented a new phase of warfare in the region.
Israel is not Saudi Arabia and its military is capable of handling such an attack, but it is important to be alert and prepared, he said.
Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who is a senior member of the Blue and White party, told Army Radio the attack on the Saudi oil fields was unusual, but did not reveal anything new about Iran’s military capabilities.
“I am well acquainted with the Iranian threat, there has been nothing surprising,” Ya’alon said. “It is true that there is an increase in Iranian activity against the US and the Saudis, either directly or through proxies.”
Ya’alon is not a member of the security council.
Israel is capable of defending itself, but Iran appears willing to increasingly take military risks, HaNegbi said. It points the possibility that Iran is losing control or at least its sense of caution. The Saudi attack is particularly relevant to Israel because of Iran’s previous attempt to use drones against Israel, he added. 
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz told Kan Radio the Iranian attack on the Saudi oil field crossed a line. 
“’We are the only ones acting against Iran to protect ourselves,” he said. “When we cross the door of the cabinet meeting, we leave the politics outside.”

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EU FAVORS “TWO-STATE SOLUTION” FOR ISRAEL, PALESTINE

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Tovah Lazaroff
NEW EU FOREIGN ENVOY: IT’S NOT ANTISEMITIC TO FAVOR A TWO-STATE SOLUTION
The European Union supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has kept that option alive, the incoming European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament. 
Support for a Palestinian state that lives side-by-side in peace with an Israeli state “is not anti-Israeli or antisemitic,” said Borrell at a pre-confirmation hearing in Brussels at the parliament on Monday in which he laid out some of his thought on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“The European position is to defend the two-state solution,” he said. “I hope this continues to be the EU position.” 
Borrell, who is the Spanish Foreign Minister, is slated to replace outgoing EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, whose five year term in office ends on October 31. 
The EU has long held that it supports a two-state solution at the pre-1967 lines. The Palestinians have increasingly turned to the EU, and to the United Nations, to help lead a multilateral process to resolve the conflict. 
Mogherini has been very vocal regarding her support for a two state solution. She met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in New York last month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. On Monday, Mogherini was in Jordan to meet with Jordanian King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
In his role as Spanish foreign minister, Borrell has in the past indicated support for unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood, but he made no mention of this position in Brussels on Monday.
The EU supports Palestinian rights and the creation of a Palestinian state alongside an Israeli one, Borrell said. “We are doing a lot for the Palestinians. You will say it is not enough, but let me remind you that at the moment the EU is providing around a million euros a day to help the PA,” Borrell said.
All in all, he said, the EU spends some 300 million euros a year to help the Palestinians and has been doing so since the 1990s when the Oslo Accords were signed.
“This [economic] aid is vital for the Palestinian authority to continue to exist,” he said.
The EU, Borrell said, “is keeping alive the possibility of the creation of a Palestinian state that can coexist peacefully with an Israeli state.”
With respect to the Israeli-EU Association agreement which has governed Israeli ties to the EU since the year 2000, Borrell said he intends to honor the document. This would include respecting Israel’s free trade understanding with the EU. That understanding does not apply to Israel products produced over the pre-1967 lines. 

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES: DEEP STATE GLOBALISTS VS THE PEOPLE

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – by Andrew Ash
A TALE OF TWO COUPS
  • The good news is that it is wholly unlikely that either of the “two coups” will succeed. The increasingly transparent nature of the opposition’s underhanded tricks to reverse the outcome, will in fact, be their undoing.
  • The president was requesting that Zelensky cooperate with the US Attorney General in investigating possible crime and corruption from 2016. It is the president’s job as the Chief Executive to investigate such matters, as well as required by the Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed September 30, 1999. No outcome was recommended.
  • There are also allegations that the entire attempted coup to unseat President Trump is actually an effort to head off an exposure of widespread criminality in the previous administration.
  • There appears to be a curious symmetry connecting both the blocking of Brexit, and the continued attempts to bring down a free and fair American election. The same or different types of “deep state” involved on either side of the Atlantic is debatable, but the repeated attempts at a coup d’état against both the American President and the British Prime Minister have a lot in common, not least the desire to thwart the openly expressed wishes of the US and British electorates.
2016 was the year of the unexpected outcome — twice. Against all the odds — and against the wishes of the biased mainstream media — Britain voted to leave the European Union, and in the United States, Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States. Both events took the “establishment” by surprise, if not horror. Both events have been the subject of continuous attempts to overturn those results by any means possible, no matter how odious or even undemocratic.
The similarities are legion: These attempted coups were the first time that the results of a legitimate American presidential election and a British democratic referendum have been the subjected to concerted bids to upend them. In both instances, an establishment instigated attempted coups d’état, neither of which would look out of place in a third world dictatorship.
The good news is that it is wholly unlikely that either of the “two coups” will succeed. The increasingly transparent nature of the opposition’s underhanded tricks to reverse the outcome, will in fact, be their undoing. Perhaps the general public — American or British — are not actually as stupid as their establishments apparently wish they were — or contemptuously assume that they are.
Each time another obstacle is placed in their way, whether a hysterical charge of “Russian collusion” or — the Democrats have not even yet defined their charge; they are probably still looking for one — “Ukrainian pressure” against Trump, or the desperate attempt to charge Boris Johnson with dishonesty in his suspending Parliament, the public grow ever more wary of dubious nature of the seditious machinations in progress. They can see for themselves what is happening. When the establishment does not get its way and contravenes the will of the people, is the only outcome pandemonium? Who needs a democracy like that?
“Why is this [Brexit] important for us Americans?’ Donald Trump Jr has asked.
“Because Brexit is an example of how the establishment elites try to subvert the will of the people when they’re given the chance. When my father beat the Washington establishment in a historic outcome in 2016, just a few months after the Brexit vote, we mistakenly presumed there would be a peaceful and respectful transition of power from the Democrats to the Republicans, just as there has always been in this country.”
So too did citizens of the UK presume there would be a peaceful, respectful – and timely exit from clutches of the untransparent and unaccountable European Union.
Unfortunately, the presumption was an optimistic one. “Instead”, Trump Jr continues, “the Democrats and deep-state operatives in our justice system have been colluding to subvert the will of the American people, with high-level officials even discussing a scheme to try to remove him from office using the 25th Amendment of our constitution.”
The description of the “scheme to remove [Trump] from office” eerily mirrors the political maneuvering that has taken place since the original Brexit vote, three years ago. Since then, with two Prime Ministers down — and counting — with one attempt after another being made to “subvert the will of the people,” the excuses for the “delay” are becoming increasingly irrational. Looking at the allegations that the Brexit campaign “deceived the public” into voting “leave,” to the latest coup attempt in claiming the Prime Minister “lied” to the Queen about his motives for suspending Parliament, one cannot help asking oneself what kind of spurious trick will they will try next.
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Eternal Consequences For Believers?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/eternal-consequences-for-believers/
QUESTION:    I just read ‘Best Of Both Worlds?‘ and came across this:
‘And when they stand before the Bema Seat judgment (1 Cor 3:10-15) with their salvation intact but absent any rewards, this will become most obvious to them as they experience eternal consequences for a few years of rebellious behavior.’
What do you mean by eternal consequences? As in restrictions placed on us in eternity? The more rebellious we were on Earth, the more consequences (like what?) we have in eternity?
I held the view that all the Church would be equal in eternity, with no class structure. How do you see it?
ANSWER:    In 1 Cor 3:10-15 Paul wrote about the works of believers being judged. He used the analogy of subjecting them to the fire to see if they’d survive. Those of gold, silver or precious stones will withstand the heat, but those of wood, hay, and stubble will be consumed. It’s a test of the value, if you will, of the things we do with our life after becoming believers. In chapter 4 verse 5 he said that the basis for establishing the value of these works is the motive of our hearts when doing them. He made it clear that the judgment wouldn’t affect our salvation, but would determine the rewards we’d receive.
In other letters he called these rewards crowns. There are five of them listed in Scripture, the Everlasting Crown (Victory) in 1 Cor 9:25, Crown of the Soul Winner in Phil 4:1 & 1 Thes 2:19, Crown of Righteousness in 2 Tim 4:8 , Crown of Life in Jas 1:12 & Rev 2:10, and the Crown of Glory in 1 Peter 5:4. Here’s a
LINK TO A MORE DETAILED STUDY ON CROWNS.
In 1 Cor. 9:24-27, using an Olympic analogy, he wrote that no athlete is satisfied to just qualify for the race. They all want to run in such a way as to win the victor’s crown. In the same way, no believer should be satisfied with just being saved. We should all want to live our lives in such a way as to win crowns too.
Jesus also hinted at some kind of reward system. In Matt.6:19-21 He advised us not to work to accumulate treasure on Earth but to store up treasure in Heaven. The idea is that the things we do here may have value for us when we get there. It’s another take on the judgement of 1 Cor. 3:10-15. In the Parable of the 10 Minas (Luke 18:11-27), He tells of giving His servants rewards commensurate with their effort on His behalf.
Some believers by their ongoing sinfulness fail to produce any fruit in their lives. Others take their salvation for granted and never do anything to express their gratitude for being saved. I took the position in my answer that they’ll probably fail to qualify for these rewards. There are several theories on just what our rewards will be, and in my limited understanding, none is conclusive. But if we all achieve exactly equal status in Heaven, then why these teachings?
One final note. Doing good works just to earn recognition for ourselves disqualifies us for any further reward. (Matt. 6:1)
Our motive has to be purely that of expressing our gratitude to the Lord for what He’s done for us.

 

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