This Happened On Planet Earth…June 2019…End Times Signs

Published on Jun 21, 2019
Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.




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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
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)




QUESTION:    When the Holy Spirit convicts a person of one of their “multiple” sins and repentance follows to the point of not doing it anymore (removing the plank from one’s own eye), and out of a true heart of wanting others to do the same (on any given sin), how does a person come across as “graceful” without sounding like a Pharisee or too much like the “letter of the law”?
Seems like I get convicted by the Holy Spirit all the time of sounding like a “lawman” rather than a “spiritual” man. Even though Jesus gave us the new commandment of “love God and love your neighbor”, the NT is still filled with “do’s and don’ts” that sound a lot like laws. I don’t believe they are true written laws but are used to identify the means of fighting the flesh.
I’m finding this is probably my biggest and most fought struggle, trying to speak the language of “Grace!” without being thought of as a “better than thou” type person. And I don’t just go up to a person and say “hey you need to quit doing that”. I do try and find more subtle ways but seem to always end up in “lawman” mode.
ANSWER:    You didn’t say whether you’re dealing with believers or unbelievers here. Either way, remember Romans 2:4. It’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit. It begins after salvation and He doesn’t need our help. The word Gospel means Good News and the Good News is that Jesus didn’t die so that bad people could become good. He died so that dead people could live.
The so-called laws in the New Testament are meant to describe the kind of life the Lord wants believers to live to demonstrate our gratitude for the free gift of salvation. If they’re not obeyed with that motive in mind, they’re better not obeyed at all. If they are obeyed with that motive, they’ll be accompanied by all kinds of blessings.
So if you’re talking with unbelievers, focus on the free gift of eternal life in Heaven. If it’s believers, leave the work of conviction to the Holy Spirit, and focus on the blessings that accompany a victorious life on Earth.

QUESTION:    My husband had a history of adultery. I turned a blind eye for many years. Over a year and a half ago he left me and the children for another woman. He has been living with his mistress for over a year. Because of financial reasons on his part and child custody issues ( he was absent for four months) we are still legally married under state law. I filed over a year ago and it’s finally coming to an end. About 6 months ago I started seeing a long time friend. We have fallen in love and plan to marry. His family are very quick to judge and claim that I am committing adultery because I am still legally married. The bible says that God hates divorce unless adultery is committed. In my heart I tried everything. My husband cheated and abandoned me and the children. I prayed and God sent me this wonderful man I have now committed my life to. I no longer have any love for my legal husband and I feel that under God’s law we are divorced. What is more important, state law or Gods law?
ANSWER:    Obviously God’s law is more important than state law, and from only hearing your side of the story it appears that you have Biblical grounds to divorce your husband. But 1 Thes. 5:22 tells us to avoid even the appearance of evil. By taking up with an old friend while you’re still legally married you’ve created the appearance of evil in the eyes of your friend’s family, and they see you as being involved in an improper relationship. If you want to avoid this criticism, I advise you to conclude the divorce proceedings as quickly as possible and to keep your relationship with your friend on a friendship basis until you’re free to do otherwise.


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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)





2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another

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Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
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PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program



We could be on the verge of the most cataclysmic war that the Middle East has ever seen.  As you will see below, we are being told that there will be a “measured” U.S. response to the downing of a U.S. Navy drone by Iranian forces.  In other words, we should expect some sort of U.S. military action against Iran to happen soon.  If the Iranians choose not to respond to that attack, that will hopefully be the end of it for a while.  But if the Iranians respond by firing their highly advanced anti-ship missiles at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, the Trump administration would feel forced to use overwhelming force in return, and that would likely spark an all-out war in the region. (Read More…)
And in the event of an all-out war, Iran would almost certainly hit Israel with a massive barrage of missiles.  In fact, last month the Iranian Parliament’s vice-speaker Ali Motahhari specifically threatened this sort of an attack
Mr Motahhari told FARS news agency: ‘The US military forces’ deployment in the Persian Gulf is more of the nature of psychological warfare. They are not ready for a war, specially when Israel is within our range.’
Today, Iran possesses a highly sophisticated missile arsenal, and some of those missiles are capable of hitting targets up to 2,500 kilometers away.  For an in-depth examination of Iranian missile capabilities, I would commend a National Interest article entitled “Iran Has Amassed the Largest Ballistic Missile Force in the Middle East”.
Of course if Iran starts firing missiles at Israel, it is inevitable that Israel will start firing missiles back at Iran.  And in such a scenario it is unthinkable that Iran’s proxy Hezbollah would sit quietly on the sidelines.
At this point Hezbollah has accumulated an absolutely massive rocket arsenal in southern Lebanon.  According to the Jerusalem Post, they now possess “more than 150,000 rockets”…
Hezbollah’s massive rocket arsenal of more than 150,000 rockets pose a major threat. These include long-range rockets such as the Zelzal, Fateh 110 and the Fajr, as well as shorter range such as Katyushas. The Fateh 110 has a range of several hundred kilometers.
There is no place in Israel that is out of the range of those rockets.  Without a doubt, Israel’s anti-missile systems are extremely advanced, but if thousands of missiles are fired in a very short period of time Israel won’t be able to intercept them all.
In order to stop the rocket fire completely, Israel would have to invade southern Lebanon on very short notice, and it is quite interesting that the IDF actually just wrapped up a major exercise which simulated a future war with Hezbollah.  The following comes from ABC News
Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf.
This absolutely enormous military drill made headlines all over the world, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was even on hand for the conclusion of the exercise
The exercise, which was focused on the country’s north—not far from contested borders with Lebanon and Syria, two countries which Israel has accused Iran’s allies of firing rockets from—was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The leader, who also serves as defense minister, spoke with participating troops of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and issued a warning to those threatening his country.
“I am concluding a major, multi-corps IDF exercise in several areas. I am very impressed by the improvement in readiness, by the fighting spirit of the soldiers and commanders, and mainly by the destructive power of the IDF,” Netanyahu said.
It appears to be inevitable that an all-out war between Israel and Hezbollah will happen at some point, and Israel will most definitely win that war.
But the death and destruction caused by tens of thousands of missiles fired by Iran and Hezbollah will be immense, and so we should hope that such a conflict is put off for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, it appears that a full-blown war could begin in the Middle East at any time.  Top congressional leaders were summoned to the White House Situation Room on Thursday, and following that briefing the press was told to soon expect a “measured” U.S. response
Top administration officials and lawmakers have left the White House after a classified briefing lasting over an hour, about Iran’s sudden downing of an American surveillance drone in the Middle East — and a “measured” U.S. response, they suggested, is likely coming soon.
Amid mounting tension between the U.S. and Iran, the White House earlier Thursday invited House and Senate leaders and Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees to meet with President Trump in the White House’s secure Situation Room.
And we almost got that “measured” response on Thursday night.  According to multiple media reports, President Trump approved military strikes against Iran but then pulled back at the last moment…
President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing a U.S. surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.
As late as 7 p.m. Thursday, military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.
Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.
We should be very thankful for President Trump’s restraint, and hopefully it will continue, because at this moment we are literally on the verge of World War 3 erupting in the Middle East.
Right now, a “perfect storm” is developing all over the globe.  Events are starting to move at a pace that is breathtaking, and it isn’t going to take much to push the planet into a state of absolute chaos.
Once a military conflict with Iran starts, it will be nearly impossible to stop.
The time to stop it is now, and let us hope that President Trump makes the right choices in the days ahead.




Trump orders military strike on Iran – then pulls back
US aircraft and ships were abruptly turned back when already on their way on Thursday, June 20, to strike a “handful” of Iranian targets after the downing of a US drone. For this sudden change of orders to abort a punitive US operation against Iran, US President Donald Trump risks being labelled a vacillator, a stigma he often attaches to his Democratic rivals.
His top advisers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and CIA Director Gina Haspel, pushed hard for the president to retaliate militarily for the downing of the US Navy Triton over international Gulf waters. They were concerned not only by the urgency to shore up US deterrence in the face of mounting Iranian attacks on US interests and allies in the region, but the impact inaction would have on America’s standing in relation to China, Russia and North Korea.
The aborted operation was not planned to be a major act of war against Iran, rather surgical strikes at Revolutionary Guards missile, radar and air defense sites, on lines recalling Israel’s attacks on Iranian locations in Syria. Nonetheless, Trump decided to heed voices from the Pentagon and Democratic lawmakers to “deescalate” US tensions with Iran, rather than exacerbating them. 
This reversal was reflected in the president’s contradictory remarks on Thursday: after calling Iran’s downing of the US drone  “a very bad mistake,” he equivocated that it may have been “a mistake made by somebody that shouldn’t have been doing what they do…. I think they made a mistake and I’m not just talking about the country made a mistake, somebody under the command of the country made a mistake.”
Early Friday, some administration sources acted to repair some of the damage to American deterrence caused by the Trump backtrack. They maintained that the operation was not called off only put back by a few days. 
Meanwhile, looming over Washington is the short week remaining until the June 27 deadline set by Tehran for breaking out of the agreed uranium enrichment ceiling up to the 20 percent level near weapons grade. Lawmakers from both sides of Congress who were briefed at the White House on Thursday, were told that US allies led by Saudi Arabia and Israel would view that step as more dangerous even than Iran’s ongoing aggression against oil targets and US interests in the region. Some of the lawmakers remarked that America, Israel and Saudi Arabia may decide that Iran must be stopped from resuming its progress towards a nuclear weapon – even by military action.
Therefore, the pivotal moment of the US-Iranian standoff has not passed; it was just postponed by 7 to 10 days. 
It must be said, however, that it is hard to establish whether the reporting on the turbulent events of the last 24 hours genuinely reflected President Trump’s reasoning and calculations or, indeed, Iran’s next steps. Will Tehran meet the US President halfway by tempering its belligerent acts? Or be encouraged to redouble them by piling on attacks on additional US and allied targets?  
The first clue came Friday morning, when Iran’s Defense Minister maintained that there is no longer any doubt that it was the United States which attacked the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.



ANALYSIS: Israel Being Drawn Into Escalating US-Iran Conflict 
Yochanan Visser
Israel is reportedly taking into consideration that the escalating conflict between the United States and Iran will spill over to the Jewish State.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benyamin issued a stern warning to Israel’s foes not to test the Israeli military after he attended a massive IDF drill on the Golan Heights.
“I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threatening our destruction. I say to our enemies: The Israeli army has very great destructive power. Don’t test us,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Netanyahu’s warning came after Ha’aretz analyst Amos Harel reported that Israeli and Western intelligence agencies warned Iran could activate its proxies in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria against Israel in order to increase the pressure on the US in the Middle East.
The Israeli government and military are aware of this scenario and are preparing for this possibility according to Harel.
Netanyahu convened his security cabinet already two times this week to discuss the situation in the Persian Gulf where Iran already has activated its proxies in both Iraq and Yemen in order to carry out attacks on American targets and Saudi Arabia.
The covert war between the US and Iran escalated last week when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attacked two huge oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
The attacks on the tankers Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair  caused extensive damage to the vessels while the crew of both tankers remained unharmed.
The holes in the hull of the tankers indicate that Limpet mines were used while the crew of the Front Altair initially reported that the ship was hit by a torpedo or an underwater drone.
CENTCOM, the Central US Command in the Middle East later released a video which showed a glass bottom vessel full of IRGC members who removed an unexploded Limpet mine from the hull of the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
Sean Kido, the commander of an explosive ordinance dive and salvage task group in the Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) suggested that the mines used in the attack on the Kokuka Courageous were made in Iran.
“The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades” Kido told reporters.
He added that his unit had also recovered finger and hand prints from the hull of the Japanese-owned ship.
The IRGC units later tried unsuccessfully to shoot down a US MQ-9 armed drone which was monitoring the movements of the Iranians with Misagh-2 MANPADS, CENTCOM reported.
In Iraq, Iran has apparently ordered its proxy army Hashd al-Shaabi to carry out attacks on the so-called ‘Green Zone’ in Baghdad where the American embassy is located and on other US-related targets in the country.
The Green Zone was hit twice over the past week by mortars and a Katusha rocket but the projectiles failed to hit the American embassy.
In Yemen, Iran’s proxy Ansar Allah, or the Houthi militia, is constantly targeting Saudi-Arabia with armed drones and ballistic missiles while the militia also succeeded to shoot down an American drone (UAV) on June 6th.
The situation aggravated on Thursday when the IRGC shot down an American UAV over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.
The drone a U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton was flying above the Iranian province Hormozgan and the downing a the ‘spy’ plane was meant as “a message to Washington” according to the IRGC.
The question is now what the Trump Administration will do.
There have been unconfirmed reports that the Trump Administration is preparing for a tactical strike on a nuclear-related target in Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn’t rule out military action against Iran and has made clear that the death of a single American service man or woman would trigger a military response, according to The Washington Post.
For now, however, the Administration seems to use other tools to increase the pressure on Iran.
One of these tools is to build a global coalition against Iran after it carried out attacks on unarmed commercial vessels in international waters.
China’s energy consumption, for example, depends for 80 percent on oil from the Persian Gulf.
The American government could also work together with oil importing states to protect tankers in the Gulf.
The Americans and their allies could also increase cyber attacks on Iran’s security apparatus something that already seems to happen since Iran reported it had foiled a CIA spy cyber attack  on Wednesday.
The Trump Administration also ordered the additional deployment of 1,000 military service men in the Middle East to protect American interests.
Iran, from its side, is increasing pressure on the European countries to choose its side in the conflict with the US.
Until now the European Union has done everything it could to enable continuing trade with and investment in Iran but the EU seems powerless in pressuring European companies into renewed activities in the Islamic Republic.
If European companies continue to do business with Iran they will become prone to American sanctions as well something no European firm is willing to risk until now.
Iran has now given the EU until June 27th to help Iran getting relief from the biting sanction regime or it will breach the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) with three European countries, Russia and China.
The Islamist regime in Tehran says it will start to enrich uranium beyond the limits set by the JCPOA if the EU doesn’t give in to her demands.
The EU, however, suddenly seems to realize on whose side it should be in the escalating conflict between the US and Iran.
On Thursday, the organization announced that it would enact new sanctions against Iran after the Islamic Republic increased its terrorist activity in European countries.



Top Iranian general: We could have downed a US plane with crew of 35, but didn’t
A top commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday Iran could have downed an aircraft carrying American personnel on Thursday when it destroyed a large US drone over the Persian Gulf, but chose not to do so.
“We could have targeted a P-8 American plane” accompanying the drone Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace force, said, as he unveiled parts of the drone which were recovered by the Iranian navy. “But we did not do this.”
He claimed the plane carried 35 people and had also infiltrated Iranian airspace.
The P-8 is a US maritime surveillance plane with and anti-shipping and anti submarine warfare capabilities.
Hajizadeh also said Iran’s forces gave two warnings before downing the reconnaissance drone.
Tehran Releases Photos of Downed US Drone Debris Retrieved from Iranian Waters
— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) June 21, 2019
“Twice we… sent warnings,” he said, without specifying the means. “Unfortunately, when they failed to reply… and the aircraft made no change to its trajectory… we were obliged to shoot it down.”
The US said Friday Iran has no right to respond to diplomacy “with military force.”
“Our diplomacy does not give Iran the right to respond with military force,” Brian Hook, the US special representative on Iran, told reporters in Saudi Arabia.
“Iran needs to meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not military force.”
The downing of the drone — which Washington insists was over international waters but Tehran says was within its airspace — has seen tensions between the two countries spike further after a series of attacks on tankers the US and its staunch ally, Saudi Arabia, have blamed on Iran.
Tehran denies having been behind those attacks but has frequently threatened in the past to block the vital sea lanes into and out of the Gulf.
“Iran is responsible for escalating tensions in the region. They continue to reject diplomatic overtures to deescalate tensions,” Hook said.
The US diplomat was in Saudi Arabia, where he met deputy defense minister Prince Khaled bin Salman on Friday.
The two discussed efforts to counter Iranian actions, Salman said on Twitter.
“We affirmed the kingdom’s support for the United States’ maximum pressure campaign on Iran, which came as a result of continuing Iranian hostility and terrorism, and discussed latest Iranian attacks on the kingdom,” he said.
US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said he does not want war, offered mixed messages over the drone, warning that Iran “made a very big mistake” — but also suggesting a “loose and stupid” Iranian general accidentally shot it down.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have grown sharply since May last year when Trump unilaterally abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, and reimposed sweeping sanctions. The international agreement intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from earlier sanctions.
The US has since bolstered its military presence in the Middle East and blacklisted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation.
Trump has said he remains open to negotiations with Iran, but its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week categorically ruled out talks with Trump after his abandonment of the nuclear deal.
Iran “has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,” Khamenei said.
Reuters reported that Trump on Thursday night urged Iran to come to the table to hold talks in a message conveyed through Oman, and warned that a US strike against the Islamic Republic in response to the drone incident could be imminent.
That report came after American officials said the US made preparations for a military strike against Iran, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the targets would have included radars and missile batteries.
The New York Times reported that Trump had approved the strikes Thursday night, but then called them off. The newspaper cited anonymous senior administration officials.
The White House has declined requests for comment.
According to an official who spoke to The Associated Press, the strikes were recommended by the Pentagon and were among the options presented to senior administration officials.
The military operation was called off around 7:30 p.m., Washington time, after Trump had spent most of Thursday discussing Iran strategy with top national security advisers and congressional leaders.
German Chancellor Angel Merkel said Friday European countries were still hoping that there can be a political solution to the tensions between the United States and Iran.
Merkel told reporters in Brussels that European governments’ foreign policy advisers had met on the sidelines of a European Council meeting to discuss the tensions in the region.
She said “naturally we are worried about the situation and we’re counting on diplomatic negotiations for a political solution to a very tense situation.”
Earlier, her spokesman said Germany welcomed reports Trump had apparently decided against immediate military strikes.
Also on Thursday night, Israeli security sources told Channel 13 they were concerned a lack of a decisive US response would embolden Iran to become more aggressive.
Trump’s initial comments on the attack were succinct. He declared in a tweet that “Iran made a very big mistake!” But he also suggested that shooting down the drone — which has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737 — was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation, suggesting he may have been looking for some way to avoid a crisis.
“I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said at the White House. “I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it.”
Trump, who has said he wants to avoid war and negotiate with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, cast the shoot-down as “a new wrinkle… a new fly in the ointment.” Yet he also said that “this country will not stand for it, that I can tell you.”
He said the American drone was unarmed and unmanned and “clearly over international waters.” It would have “made a big, big difference” if someone had been inside, he said.
Iran said Friday it had “indisputable” evidence the US drone had violated its airspace. Iran said it had called in the Swiss ambassador, whose country has represented US interests since the severance of diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, to issue a formal protest.
The Trump administration has been putting increasing economic pressure on Iran for more than a year. It reinstated punishing sanctions following Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the nuclear deal.



Iran has ‘indisputable’ evidence US drone violated airspace, FM says
Iran’s deputy foreign minister claimed Thursday that his country has strong evidence that the downed US Navy surveillance drone violated Iranian airspace, adding that Tehran won’t hesitate “a moment” to tackle any aggression.
“There [is] indisputable evidence about the presence of this drone in Iran’s airspace,” Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said in a phone call with the Swiss envoy, Markus Leitner, adding that “some parts of [the drone’s] wreckage have been retrieved from Iranian territorial waters.” 
Earlier on Thursday, the Iranian military published a video which they say shows the nation’s air defenses shooting down a high-altitude US Navy surveillance UAV.
In the phone call, Araqchi also urged Washington to respect Iran’s borders, both aerial and maritime, telling Leitner “the Islamic Republic of Iran would not hesitate for a moment to decisively defend its territory against any aggression.”
A similar call was made by Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, saying it is high time the international community pressured the US into ending its “unlawful and destabilizing” actions in the Persian Gulf.



Trump sent message to Iran: Hold talks or we’ll strike
US President Donald Trump on Thursday night urged Iran to come to the table to hold talks in a message conveyed through Oman, and warned that a US strike against the Islamic Republic could be imminent, according to a report Friday morning.
“In his message, Trump said he was against any war with Iran and wanted to talk to Tehran about various issues… he gave a short period of time to get our response, but Iran’s immediate response was that it is up to Supreme Leader [Ali] Khamenei to decide about this issue,” an unnamed official told Reuters.
Another official said: “We made it clear that the leader is against any talks, but the message will be conveyed to him to make a decision… However, we told the Omani official that any attack against Iran will have regional and international consequences.”
The report comes after American officials said the US made preparations for a military strike against Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the targets would have included radars and missile batteries. The New York Times reported that Trump had approved the strikes Thursday night, but then called them off. The newspaper cited anonymous senior administration officials.
The White House on Thursday night declined requests for comment.
Asked earlier in the day about a US response to the attack, Trump said, “You’ll soon find out.”
The swift reversal was a stark reminder of the serious risk of military conflict between US and Iranian forces as the Trump administration combines a “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions with a buildup of American forces in the region. As tensions mounted in recent weeks, there have been growing fears that either side could make a dire miscalculation that led to war.
According to the official who spoke to The Associated Press, the strikes were recommended by the Pentagon and were among the options presented to senior administration officials.
It was unclear how far the preparations had gone, but no shots were fired or missiles launched, the official said.
The military operation was called off around 7:30 p.m. Washington time, after Trump had spent most of Thursday discussing Iran strategy with top national security advisers and congressional leaders.
On Thursday night Israeli security sources told Channel 13 they were concerned a lack of a decisive US response would embolden Iran to become more aggressive.
The downing of the US drone — a huge, unmanned aircraft — over the Strait of Hormuz prompted accusations from the US and Iran about who was the aggressor. Iran insisted the drone violated Iranian airspace; Washington said it had been flying over international waters.
On Friday morning Iran released photos of what it said were the drone’s remains.
Tehran Releases Photos of Downed US Drone Debris Retrieved from Iranian Waters
— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) June 21, 2019
Trump’s initial comments on the attack were succinct. He declared in a tweet that “Iran made a very big mistake!” But he also suggested that shooting down the drone — which has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737 — was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation, suggesting he may have been looking for some way to avoid a crisis.
“I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said at the White House. “I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it.”
Trump, who has said he wants to avoid war and negotiate with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, cast the shoot-down as “a new wrinkle… a new fly in the ointment.” Yet he also said that “this country will not stand for it, that I can tell you.”



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The New York Times, which has a proven track record these days of distorting the facts, is reporting that the Trump Administration called off a retaliatory attack against Iran for shooting down a $140 million US drone in international airspace. Apparently, the attacks were to target Iranian radar and missile stations, but were called off in their early stages. The Times reports, “Senior administration officials said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; John R. Bolton, the national security advisor; and Gina Haspel, the CIA director, had favored a military response. But top Pentagon officials cautioned that such an action could result in a spiraling escalation with risks for American forces in the region.”
AFP took a more analytical approach to the Times report, “The US president had struck a combative tone in his public comments before rowing back. “Iran made a very big mistake!” he tweeted in response to news Iran had shot down the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft. “This country will not stand for it, that I can tell you,” he said later at the White House. But as the pre-dawn incident whipped up fears of open conflict between the United States and its declared foe Iran—sending crude oil prices soaring—Trump moved swiftly to dial back tensions. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said. “I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it.” The president’s mixed message left the world unsure what Washington’s next move would be.” Oil prices eased thereafter.
The Middle East is a hotbed to say the least. Iran’s vassal state Syria is a war zone of many opposing forces, including terrorists, Russians, Americans, Turks, Syrians, Iranians, Israelis and probably others we haven’t heard about. The powder keg left by the previous administration there was one of the remnants of the Arab Spring Muslim Brotherhood attempted takeover of the entire region for a revived Islamic caliphate. From a prophetic standpoint, this all bears watching and praying. The US and Iran tangling in a war could ignite a series of prophetic events leading to Biblical proportions, laying the ground work for perhaps the rise of the end time king as prophesied in Daniel, the beast/antichrist.
Keep in the mind the end-time chronology given by Christ in Matthew 24. In verses 4-8, he says, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” While we have seen types and shadows of these beginnings, we have not arrived in these times as yet.
A major confrontation, such as the one reported by the Times, with one or more of the nations mentioned in prophecy may be a catalyst. Then again, the New York Times is a proven vehicle of deception.


(DB) – President Trump says he abruptly cancelled a planned military strike on Iran on Thursday night. He confirmed media reports that he had a last-minute change of heart by saying that the U.S. military was “cocked and loaded” before he changed his mind. Trump approved U.S. strikes on multiple targets in Iran on Thursday in response to Iran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. drone. But he changed his orders at the last minute, in a move first reported by The New York Times. Explaining his decision Friday
morning, Trump wrote: “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” He added: “I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!” Multiple senior administration officials cited by the Times said military and diplomatic officials were waiting for a strike Thursday evening when the operation was suddenly called off. READ MORE:


Jean-Claude Juncker Vows ‘Not Soft’ Measures On Turkey’s ‘Unacceptable’ Actions Near Cyprus
Turkey has reportedly sent a second ship to drill in waters near Cyprus amid an escalating dispute with the European Union over Ankara’s fossil fuel extraction activities in the region. The situation is aggravated by the island’s disputed status and the issue of ownership of its natural resources.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Ankara on Thursday that it could expect a tough response.
“We are in full solidarity with Cyprus. What Turkey is doing in the territorial waters of Cyprus is totally unacceptable […] The commission has been charged to propose measures to be taken as soon as possible when it comes to this conflict and we’ll do so, and these will not be soft measures”, Juncker told reporters after the summit in Brussels.
Earlier this week, the Council of the European Union called upon Turkey to respect the rights of Cyprus in connection with Ankara’s maritime drilling and instructed the European Commission and other bodies to immediately submit response options.
I do not know if it is a good idea…
To set a thief to catch a thief…
“Yavuz will be drilling Karpaz-1 well off Karpas peninsula starting from early July”#Cyprus#EastMed #natgas
— Hüseyin Harmani (@avis_liberum) 20 июня 2019 г.
Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci reacted by saying that the economic bloc had no right to define boundaries in the Mediterranean region.
The first gas deposits were discovered off the coast of Cyprus in 2011 and since then have become a hot issue.
Oil and gas exploration off the coast of Cyprus has long been the subject of conflicting jurisdiction claims by Ankara, which backs the independence movement of the Turkish Cypriots in the north of Cyprus, and the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, governed by the Greek Cypriot community.
Each side believes that exploration for and extraction of natural resources in this area is their inherent right. In early May, Ankara sent its first drilling vessel, the Fatih, to the region.



The moment that I heard that a U.S. Navy high altitude drone had been blown out of the sky by Iran, I realized that a very important threshold had just been crossed.  We now find ourselves on the brink of World War 3, and one wrong move could unleash death and destruction on a scale that most of us don’t even want to think about.  We have reached one of the most critical junctures in modern American history, and the key decisions will be made by just one man.  When Donald Trump initially ran for president, he promised to stop the endless wars in the Middle East, but now we are potentially facing the biggest one of them all.  More than 80 million people live in Iran, they have a highly sophisticated military, and they have been preparing for a military confrontation with the west for a very long time. (READ MORE…)


OPINION (CBS) – When it comes to natural disasters, the Pacific Northwest is just about the nation’s quietest corner. But the biggest killer quake to ever hit America is likely to happen right there. That’s because a fault line runs up the entire coast of Oregon and Washington that someday could cause a more devastating earthquake than anything ever predicted along California’s infamous San Andreas Fault. It’s called the Cascadia subduction zone and sits right on the Ring of Fire that rims the Pacific Ocean. As it did regularly before pioneers began to settle the Northwest,
It’ll eventually send powerful, ground-shredding shakes through much or all of the land between the coast and the mountainous Cascade Range. “It’ll spread from Canada to California over 800 miles,” Oregon State University paleoseismologist Chris Goldfinger told CBN News. He’s a leading expert on this once unknown fault line. The lack of knowledge about it meant construction all over the Northwest went up wherever and however for many, many decades without taking giant earthquakes into account. “The whole Pacific Northwest is very, very fragile. Essentially our cities are turn-of-the-century cities built on a time bomb,” he intoned. READ MORE:


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