This Happened On Planet Earth…Sept. 2019…End Times Signs
Published on Sep 13, 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 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.
Prophecy Update End Times News Headlines – 9/11/19
Published on Sep 12, 2019
Prophecy Update End Times News Headlines – 9/11/19 It’s Later Than You Think… Time is Short! A fast-paced highlight and review of the major news stories and headlines that relate to Bible Prophecy and the End Times… All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door.
IDF Responds Forcefully to Palestinian Rocket Fire – 12.9.19 TV7 Israel News
Published on Sep 13, 2019
Today’s top stories; 1) Palestinian Islamists continue to fire rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s southern communities – prompting a series of Israeli retaliation strikes. 2) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort city of Sochi, during which they discussed primarily the situation in Israel’s northern neighbor, Syria. 3) U.S. President Donald Trump has left open the possibility, in which the United States could ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran, if Tehran would seek a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Washington.
IDF strikes 15 sites in Gaza-Saudi Arabia condemns Netanyahu pledge to annex West Bank
Published on Sep 12, 2019
You will hear the following in this Broadcast: -North Korea carried out super-large multiple rocket launcher test on Tuesday: KCNA -Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank’s Jordan Valley after Israeli election -Saudi Arabia condemns Netanyahu pledge to annex West Bank’s Jordan Valley -IDF airstrikes hit 15 sites in Gaza after 2 rockets fired at Israeli cities -IDF TANK ATTACKS HAMAS POST IN RESPONSE TO ROCKETS FIRED EARLIER -Gaza rockets fired at southern Israel for second day in a row -Canada again Sails Warship through Taiwan Strait -Arab League calls Netanyahu plan to annex West Bank areas ‘aggression’
Watchman Report: Israel is Preparing for the Messiah!
Published on Sep 13, 2019
Watchman Report: Israel is Preparing for the Messiah! In this Prophecy Update with Pastor Tom Hughes, we look at the rising anticipation of the Messiah in Israel. Is this a sign of Jesus’ soon return? Let’s find out! Pastor Tom Hughes
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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
IS GOD EVER ANGRY WITH US?
QUESTION: I know that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for all of my past, present, and future sins. And I know that nothing I have done or ever can do could help me earn my salvation. It’s already been done by Jesus. My question though is this: Does God get angry or upset with us believers for things we do or times of doubt? I know all I need is to repent/ask forgiveness but I still wonder if we do things that make him mad and want to discipline us the way a loving dad would their own son?
ANSWER: In Colossians 1:19-20 Paul said that God has made peace with us through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. I take that to mean He no longer gets angry with those who have accepted His Son’s death as payment for their sins.
But Hebrews 12:7-11 says we should endure hardship as a discipline. It says God disciplines us for our good so we may share in His holiness, and while it may seem painful at the time it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who are trained by it.
As you can see from this passage God’s discipline is compared to training. It can be uncomfortable but it’s never applied in anger.
ANGRY WITH GOD
QUESTION: What do you think is the best way to approach a family member who is an unbeliever and is so angry about losing a loved one that she has cursed God. She has also been utterly indoctrinated in a liberal college Theology course that scoffs at true Christianity and is anti Israel. I pray for her daily but fear she is very close to being lost forever. I am grateful for your ministry and any thoughts.
ANSWER: Take a look behind what your family member is saying and ask yourself, “Why would a person curse someone she doesn’t believe in?” As you say, she is angry. But by taking her anger out on God she is admitting that she believes there is a God.
Anger is one of the stages of grief, and even true believers can sometimes be angry with God in times of loss. This is probably not a good time to discuss the issue with her, but it is a good time to pray that her heart will be softened, as you’re already doing, so you can have a discussion later.
Be sure to pray that she’ll move through this stage and not get stuck there, as some do, but will come to the Lord for comfort. It’s the very best thing you can do for her, and it pleases God to see you doing this, because He wants everyone to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
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Rev. 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Daymond Duck
First, the Middle East has reached a boiling point. In just two days, Israel attacked targets in Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. All of these nations are mentioned in end-of-the-age prophecies, and all of them are currently in a state of high alert.
The Iraqi and Lebanese governments called Israel’s attacks an act of war, and Hezbollah (in Lebanon) threatened to attack Israel. Iran moved troops closer to Israel’s border with Syria and said Israel will pay a price for its actions.
Prime Min. Netanyahu briefed his main opponent in the Israeli election on the situation and beefed up his troops and weapons at bases near Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon. Mr. Netanyahu ordered all Israeli troops to stay at least 3 kilometers away from those borders unless they are armed and wearing a bulletproof vest.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN demanded that the UN rein in Iran, but no one thinks that will happen. On Aug. 28, 2019, Israel ordered a six-kilometer area of airspace along Israel’s border with Lebanon closed to civilian aircraft.
On Aug. 29, 2019, the Israeli military cancelled the leaves and furloughs of all Israeli troops serving in the combat brigades on the Syrian and Lebanese borders.
On Aug. 29, 2019, U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that Israel can count on U.S. help, including military assistance, if war breaks out.
On Sept. 1, 2019, Hezbollah fired several anti-tank missiles from Lebanon into Israel, and the IDF retaliated with about 100 shells of their own. On the same day, Prime Min. Netanyahu urged citizens living within four kilometers of Israel’s border with Lebanon to open their bomb shelters.
Also, on that same day, Lebanon’s Prime Min. asked France and the U.S. to pressure Israel to back off, and Russia called upon Hezbollah and Israel to get control of the situation before it turned into an all-out war. It was also reported that Israel had planes in the air for the purpose of delivering a massive attack on Hezbollah, but the attack was suddenly cancelled.
For whatever it is worth, if all-out war had broken out, it is not unreasonable to believe that several end-of-the-age prophecies could have been quickly fulfilled.
Second, it is common knowledge that China has implemented a Social Credit Score system in some areas of the nation, and Beijing is now tracking what millions of her citizens are doing. Many factors determine a citizen’s Social Credit Score including what they buy and sell; who they send e-mail to; who they associate with; the websites they visit; their driving record, use of alcohol, control of their pets, etc.
Chinese citizens with a high Social Credit Score are rewarded with better jobs, access to better houses, better schools for their children, lower utility bills, better Internet service and other perks. Chinese citizens with a low Social Credit Score are punished with low-paying jobs, poorer housing, poorer schools for their children, higher utility bills, poorer internet service, etc.
Here is the latest: A movement is now underway to bring a China-like Social Credit Score system to the U.S.
Several High-tech companies are pushing the U.S. government to establish a Social Credit Score system because they want to sell and install the surveillance equipment (cameras, computers, monitors, etc.). Social media companies (like Facebook) want to sell the data they are collecting to the government, insurance companies and others.
The new street lights will be part of an interconnected system of security cameras, air-quality monitors, traffic and pedestrian counters, and gunshot detectors.
Third, on Aug. 26, 2019, Pres. Trump said he thinks Israel and the PA want to make a deal, and he believes it could happen. If they agree to negotiate, it could still drag on for years, there could be war or whatever. But it is important to understand that the Rapture will be before the Antichrist confirms a peace treaty, and there could be a peace treaty on the table in less than a month.
Fourth, on Sept, 17, 2019, Israel will hold a second vote to try to elect a new Prime Minister. The election is very tight, and one of Israel’s small political parties has bowed out of the campaign and given its support to Prime Min. Netanyahu.
This was apparently brought on by the fact that Prime Min. Netanyahu offered to give the head of that political party, Moshe Feiglin, a high position in the next Netanyahu government (assuming there is another Netanyahu government). This could be a deciding factor in the election, and the fascinating thing about it is the fact that Mr. Feiglin strongly supports a rebuilt Temple.
This begs a question: Did God set up this election standoff to put a strong advocate for rebuilding the Temple in a high position to fulfill His Word? We need to keep watching and waiting (and, most of all, be ready).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said Israel would likely be forced to go to war in Gaza in the near future following spiraling tensions on the southern front in recent weeks.
“There probably won’t be a choice but to launch an operation, a war with the terror forces in Gaza,” the prime minister said in a radio interview with the Kan public broadcaster, kicking off a media blitz five days before the national elections. “There probably won’t be a choice but to topple the Hamas regime. Hamas doesn’t exert its sovereignty in the Strip and doesn’t prevent attacks.”
“We have a situation in which a terror group that launches rockets has taken over, and doesn’t rein in rogue factions even when it wants to,” Netanyahu said of the Hamas terror group, which has ruled the Strip since it took over in a bloody coup in 2007, and which openly seeks Israel’s destruction. It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
Rockets have been fired at Israeli cities and communities multiple times over the past week — with most intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system or landing in open areas — drawing retaliatory Israeli airstrikes. On Tuesday night, two rockets were launched at Ashdod during a campaign rally in the city by Netanyahu, forcing the premier to be briefly shepherded off the stage by bodyguards to take shelter.
“Israel’s citizens know very well that I act responsibly and reasonably, and we will start an operation at the right time, which I will determine,” said Netanyahu, who is also defense minister.
Hinting that more “complex” military moves would possibly precede such a war, Netanyahu said a military confrontation was “a last resort. I don’t endanger our soldiers and civilians to get applause.”
In the interview, Netanyahu also addressed the possibility of an imminent meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani,
“I have influence over Trump. You can’t dictate to the president of the United States who to meet. There is nobody who has influenced or is influencing the offensive strategy on Iran more than yours truly.”
Trump has increasingly signaled openness to such a meeting with the Iranian president. Rouhani, meanwhile, has demanded US sanction relief as a precondition to talks with the White House.
Following his campaign pledge Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank if elected, Netanyahu confirmed that he had wanted to extend Israeli sovereignty to the area two weeks ago, but Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit told him a transitional government such as the one currently running the country could not legally take such a step.
The Hamas terror group on Wednesday gloated over a rocket attack the night before which forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to interrupt a live broadcast of a campaign speech while he took cover, saying the missiles had struck at the heart of Israel and shaken its image.
“Everyone saw Netanyahu fleeing because of the resistance’s strikes,” Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar told the Gaza-based Dunya al-Watan news site. “This incident is significant because the resistance has made it all the way to the heart of the Israeli occupation and Netanyahu. This is something that has shaken Israel’s image.”
Two rockets were fired at Ashdod and nearby Ashkelon from Gaza on Tuesday evening. Both were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Israeli jets targeted 15 sites in the Gaza Strip in retaliation overnight.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has not taken responsibility for the attack. Though other Gaza terror groups possess rockets, Israel holds Hamas responsible for such attacks.
For many of his domestic political rivals, the scenes of Netanyahu being whisked away by a group of bodyguards provided a counterpoint to the image he has attempted to cultivate as Mr. Security, highlighting what critics say is his government’s failure to deal with attacks from Gaza terror groups.
On Wednesday Netanyahu accused his rivals in the Blue and White party of “gloating” over the incident” like the Palestinians in Gaza.
“I heard the cries of joy of [Blue and White’s Yair] Lapid and [Benny] Gantz,” said Netanyahu. “I don’t know where there was more excitement, in Gaza or among Lapid and Gantz… For shame.”
Top Likud officials defended the prime minister and the Shin Bet security agency’s response.
“A low point of the elections: Three former IDF chiefs of staff are gloating over fire at the prime minister. Shameful,” the prime minister’s party tweeted, referring to Blue and White’s triumvirate of lieutenants-general: Gantz, Ashkenazi and Moshe Ya’alon.
The rocket fire came as Netanyahu was about to begin a speech to Likud supporters in Ashdod a week before Israelis head to the polls. The event was broadcast live on Facebook.
In the extraordinary scene captured on video, Netanyahu was hustled away from the stage by a gaggle of security guards as sirens sounded.
“Leave quietly,” Netanyahu told the crowd before calmly walking off the stage.
He returned minutes later to resume his speech.
As prime minister, Foreign Minister Israel Katz told Israel Radio on Wednesday morning, Netanyahu “must follow the Shin Bet’s orders and must be evacuated to a bomb shelter. He has no discretion [on the matter].”
But right-wing rivals also slammed the premier.
Yamina party member Naftali Bennett called the incident a “national humiliation,” adding: “Hamas has stopped fearing Israel. Israel’s security will be reinstated by assassinating Hamas chiefs, not press conferences.” Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman said it underlined that Netanyahu’s Gaza policy was bankrupt.
Russia warned Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley could escalate tensions, as the Israeli premier geared up to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian foreign ministry said it was concerned over the Israeli leadership’s plan, saying its implementation could lead to a “sharp escalation of tensions in the region (and) undermine hopes for the establishment of long-awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.”
Moscow pointed out that Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge drew a “sharp negative reaction” in the Arab world and reiterated its call for direct talks between Israel and Palestinians.
Battling to win re-election in September 17 polls, Netanyahu issued the pledge on Tuesday night, drawing firm condemnation from the Palestinians, Arab states, the United Nations and the European Union.
The pushback from Moscow came at a particularly awkward time for the Israeli leader, who is slated to travel Thursday to the Russian resort of Sochi for talks with Putin.
The trip is largely seen as a chance for Netanyahu to burnish his diplomatic bona fides ahead of the Israeli vote.
“The leaders will discuss regional issues including the situation in Syria, with an emphasis on tightening the military coordination mechanisms,” Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday.
Netanyahu is also expected to meet with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Netanyahu’s ties to Putin are seen by him as important in pulling in votes from Israel’s large community of Russian speakers. Contacts with Moscow ramped up in recent years as Israel carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran and Tehran-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
Like Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country’s civil war. But Moscow has largely allowed Israel to go ahead with the airstrikes unimpeded.
Israel and Russia have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria, but the system did not prevent a friendly fire incident in September 2018 in which Syrian air defenses accidentally downed a Russian plane during an Israeli raid, angering the Kremlin, which blamed Israel.
Netanyahu also met with Putin in Moscow days ahead of Israel’s April 9 elections.
Voters with roots in the former Soviet Union are thought to make up some 12 percent of the 6.3 million eligible voters in Israel — or some 770,000 people.
Netanyahu has hoped to pull Russian community voters away from rival Avigdor Liberman, whose Yisrael Beytenu party has traditionally been their home. Liberman refused to enter Netanyahu’s coalition after the April election, denying him a majority coalition and leading the prime minister to call new elections.
Evidence has so far pointed to Netanyahu’s efforts to hurt Liberman having failed, with Yisrael Beytenu consistently projected in polls to jump to 9-10 seats from its current tally of five.
The Israeli military conducted retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Wednesday night, following a rocket barrage from the coastal enclave earlier in the day and rising tensions in recent weeks, the army said.
Anti-aircraft fire directed at the attacking Israeli aircraft set off incoming rocket sirens in the communities of Zikim and Mavki’im just north of the Gaza Strip, and triggered the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
A 76-year-old woman suffered light-to-moderate injuries to her head and upper body after she fell while running to a bomb shelter in the community of Zikim, medics said.
“IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked a number of targets in a military compound belonging to the Hamas terror group in the northern Gaza Strip. The attack was in response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory earlier in the day,” the military said in a statement.
“The IDF will continue to act against attempts to harm citizens of Israel and sees the Hamas terror group as responsible for what is done in the Gaza Strip,” the army said.
Earlier in the evening, another false alarm — apparently caused by intense machine gun fire — sent hundreds of Israelis scrambling to bomb shelters south of the city of Ashkelon.
Palestinian media reported that terrorists in the Strip had directed anti-aircraft fire at Israeli drones, which triggered the IDF’s sensitive air defense systems.
Footage of the anti-aircraft fire was shared on Palestinian social media, as was a video of the Iron Dome interceptor missiles detonating in mid-air. The interceptors are designed to self-destruct in cases of a false alarm, where there is no incoming rocket to shoot down.
Moments before the alarms, Palestinian media reported that the Israeli Air Force had begun bombing Hamas positions throughout the Gaza Strip.
Outlets in the Strip said Israeli aircraft targeted sites in both the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis and Hamas’s “Ashkelon position” — from which the terror group has fired on the Israeli city of the same name — in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.
The Israeli military did not immediately confirm the locations of its airstrikes.
The nuclear danger in India and Pakistan deserves just as much effort and attention as North Korea and Iran.
With India’s provocative abolition of the constitutional provision that guarantees Kashmir’s autonomy, tensions between India and Pakistan have once again soared to dangerous heights.
This follows an intense military clash in February, which saw Indian and Pakistani planes bomb targets inside each other’s territory and over forty Indian paramilitary troopers dead following a violent ambush. While this recent escalation has not yet led to direct military conflict, the question that should be on the minds of world leaders is what would keep a conventional conflict between these two nuclear weapons states from escalating into a nuclear war?
Territorial disputes over Kashmir have led to two major Indo-Pakistani wars. The two states have maintained a fragile peace since 2003, but regularly exchange fire across theLine of Control. The most recent incident in February 2019 saw forty members of India’s paramilitary forces dead after an attack on their convoy in Pulwama. A Pakistani militant group claimed responsibility for the attack—the deadliest in Kashmir in three decades. In retaliation, India conducted airstrikes on a terrorist training camp in Pakistani territory, who returned fire on India-controlled Kashmir a day later.
Ankit Panda, Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists, pointed out that this was the first time in history that “conventional airpower [was used] by a nuclear power against another nuclear power.” Tensions continued to rise when Pakistan shot down an Indian aircraft and captured a pilot. As a way to avoid a military confrontation, Pakistan released the pilot within days, and tensions relaxed.
But things could have easily been much worse.
Following the crisis, recordings suggest that both India and Pakistan contemplated using conventional ballistic missiles against each other. This would have been a serious and unpredictable escalation.
Due to lightweight decoys, cooled shrouds and other measures to prevent detection, it is nearly impossible to tell if a particular ballistic missile is armed with a nuclear warhead or conventional warhead. In a crisis where these weapons are used, leaders are more likely to launch their own nuclear weapons immediately in retaliation rather than wait to see if the enemy’s missiles result in a mushroom cloud before firing back.
While the possibility of war between two nuclear states rapidly escalated, the news cycle was focused on the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. Democrats’ protests against President Donald Trump’s state of emergency on the border and the Michael Cohen testimony before Congress. Aside from a few mentions on a news ticker, a violent and escalating conflict between India and Pakistan nearly slipped under the radar of the U.S. media.
India and Pakistan, whose history is marred by continuing armed conflict, are usually only mentioned in the U.S. press when something exceptionally bad happens. Meanwhile, activities in North Korea and Iran are constantly on the minds of Americans, despite the fact that Iran and North Korea present less of an existential threat to international security.
Iran does not have nuclear weapons, while North Korea only has a very small stockpile. Both nations have the international community scrutinizing their every move, and neither is actively engaged in a conflict with another nuclear armed state.
By contrast, reports have shown that even a small nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan could kill millions of people. Ira Helfand, co-chair of the Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee at Physicians for Social Responsibility, noted that “in an India-Pakistan nuclear war scenario, more than 20 million people would be dead within one week from the explosions, firestorms and immediate effects of radiation.” Soot would raise into the atmosphere, blocking out sunlight and triggering a nuclear winter—putting 2 billion people in the developing world at risk for starvation.
India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs have slowly grown over time. Both nations have close, if quite different, relationships with the United States and its allies. Perhaps for this reason, the United States has not chosen to take a heavy-handed approach to nuclear issues in South Asia. Free from major public pressure on their nuclear activities, both India and Pakistan have expanded their fissile material production capabilities on a scale that may lead to significant increases in the size of their nuclear weapon inventories over the next decade.
Unlike India, Pakistan has refused to adopt a “no first use” policy—meaning it reserves the right to use nuclear weapons first in conflict. Pakistan has a smaller conventional military that would likely be overwhelmed by an Indian invasion. The prospect of territory loss and national collapse could be enough for Pakistan to use a nuclear weapon in an effort to level the playing field. India currently maintains a No First Use policy, butrecent comments made by Indian officials in August 2019 indicate that New Delhi may be reconsidering this policy.
Key Point: A small regional war, awful as it would be, would not destroy the United States nor threaten the end of the human race. A nuclear conflict of any serious size in the Northern Hemisphere, however, would effectively mean the end of the modern era.
Nuclear war, the exchange of nuclear weapons between two or more states in open conflict. It’s unthinkable. It can’t happen.
I’m going to focus here on a war that could involve the United States and its allies on one side, and Russia or China on the other. Nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, or between a future nuclear-armed Iran and Israel, is unlikely but far easier to imagine than a global nuclear conflict. Indeed, this is one reason Americans don’t think about nuclear war very much anymore: they think it will happen somewhere else. (If a regional limited war takes place, however, you’ll know it: even a small exchange of nuclear weapons will create a global environmental catastrophe that will dwarf Chernobyl or Fukushima.)
A small regional war, awful as it would be, would not destroy the United States nor threaten the end of the human race. A nuclear conflict of any serious size in the Northern Hemisphere, however, would effectively mean the end of the modern era. Further human progress would be subordinated to the basic needs of survival for years, if not decades, to come. A war between India and Pakistan would kill millions and pollute the earth for an eternity. But it would not threaten to bring the entire global system to a halt, or potentially lead to the release of thousands of warheads against of hundreds of cities across the globe, the “unthinkable” war for which Americans spent decades preparing, and for which we still maintain an arsenal of strategic weapons deliverable by air, land, and sea.
So how do we begin each of the nightmare scenarios?
1. MECHANICAL ACCIDENT:
As terrifying as it is to think of a war generated by a random mechanical hiccup, it’s important to note that this is the least likely trigger for a nuclear war. If anything, during the Cold War the superpowers spent so much time assuring the security of their arsenals against accidental use that both the Americans and the Soviets started to wonder whether they had too many barriers in place that could prevent the intentional launch of the weapons in wartime. While the danger of an accidental launch of a strategic nuclear weapon is not zero, it is tiny.
That is, unless someone builds a “Doomsday Machine” that takes the human beings out of the loop. And who’d be crazy enough to do that?
Turns out the Soviet high command, in its pathetic and paranoid last years, was just that crazy. The USSR built a system called Perimetr, known informally in Russia as “the Dead Hand.” Perimetr was essentially a computer system that would watch for signs of nuclear attack and retaliate on its own if the Soviet leadership was struck first and wiped out. (I explained this is more detail for National Geographic, which you can watch here.) We’ve since asked the Russians if it’s still on, and they’ve reassured us, with complete confidence, that we should mind our own business. Let’s hope they’re just being rude.
2. HUMAN ERROR:
As long as there are machines run by human beings, there are going to be accidents. War, however, will not begin because a bomber crashes or a silo catches fire; rather, the error will lay in the misinterpretation of an accident by fallible human beings.
History is replete with such incidents. In 1995, the Russians forgot that the Norwegians had notified them of a rocket launch to put a weather satellite into space. The Russian high command told President Boris Yeltsin that they had a confirmed rocket launch from NATO over Russia. Fortunately, no one in the Kremlin assumed that Bill Clinton was trying to start World War III with a single warhead from Norway. Moreover, the warm relationship between Clinton and Yeltsin made the Russian president skeptical that Russia was under what Cold War strategists used to call a “BOOB,” or “Bolt Out Of the Blue” attack.
Similar mistakes have been provoked by flocks of birds, random computer glitches, and the sun glinting off cloud formations (which was interpreted by Soviet computers as the fiery tails of multiple U.S. missile boosters). In each case, it was up to a human being to make the call: is someone really attacking us? Smart people in both Russia and the United States have prevented these mechanical errors from turning into Armageddon.
Nevertheless, the declassified files on these incidents won’t exactly help you sleep more soundly. In 1979, for example, NORAD, the joint U.S.- Canadian North American Air Defense Command, rousted White House advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski out of bed and told him that a massive Soviet nuclear strike was incoming. Or so they thought, anyway: they were giving him a heads-up while they checked it out. Brzezinski was minutes away from waking President Jimmy Carter and handing him the codes to Hell when NORAD called back and said: Oops, nevermind. The computers goofed. Our bad. We’ll fix it.
And then it happened again in 1980.
The Soviets, who got wind of all this activity, politely sent a note to Carter asking him, in effect: What the is going on over there? It was a good question, and we’d have asked the same thing.
3. A SHOW OF FORCE:
As we move from mechanical errors to human agency, things actually get scarier. Machines can make mistakes, but absent an international crisis and additional confirming evidence, no one goes to war on the say-so of a malfunctioning HAL 9000. While journalists and nuclear safety experts have written some excellent books about accidental detonations and other risks, I worry far more about a conscious decision to use nuclear weapons.
The worst mistake to make about nuclear weapons is to believe that they are ordinary arms, available for military use like any other. (This is sometimes called the “conventionalizing” of nuclear weapons.) The second worst mistake, however, is to believe that nuclear weapons are magic, and that using them solves problems that are otherwise politically or strategically intractable. This second error is what leads people into thinking about things like “demonstration shots” or nuclear shows of force, in which a nuclear weapon is exploded near, but not in, a conflict.
The fallacy at the center of this concept is the classic strategic error of assuming the predictability and controllability of inherently unpredictable and uncontrollable events. A nuclear show of force rests entirely on the hope that enemy leaders will clearly see a demonstration shot for what it is and not overreact. But misperception is a key part of international relations, and it is pure folly to assume that a nuclear explosion will have a clarifying, rather than a panicking, effect on the enemy.
4. WE’RE DRAGGED INTO IT BY SOMEONE ELSE:
Sometimes, your worst enemies are your friends.
Even if the United States has no plans to involve itself in a nuclear conflict, U.S. allies or other powers might have ideas of their own. South Korea, for example, a few years back floated the idea that the United States might want to consider returning tactical nuclear arms to the Korean peninsula, a notion from which the Americans quickly distanced themselves. (We removed them all from South Korea in 1991, and they’re not going back.) If Iran gets a bomb Turkey or Saudi Arabia might follow suit. In each case, the presence of a nuclear weapon might be part of a smaller nation’s national defenses, but it is more likely to be bait for the U.S. to intervene before things go nuclear.
5. THE “SORE LOSER SCENARIO”:
Finally, there are paths to nuclear war that rely on the most durable source of war there is: human stupidity. If the major powers don’t bumble into a nuclear war, or get dragged into one by their friends, they can always just choose to launch one themselves.
During the Cold War, NATO’s strategy was actually quite simple. We can’t defeat you, we told the Soviets, and so if you invade Western Europe, you will be placing us in a position where we will have no choice but to repel you with battlefield nuclear weapons. You Soviets, having been nuked, will have no choice but to respond, at which point the U.S., Britain (and maybe even France) will turn the USSR into glass, even as you will do the same to us. So let’s not take that fateful step, because the first rifle fired in Wurzburg will inexorably lead to the last missile that falls on Vladivostok.
This chain of deterrent logic no longer applies to possible conflicts with Russia or China, in part because there is no longer a large battlefield between the U.S. and its nuclear opponents. If war breaks out over some smaller issue, there will be no way to pull back or even stabilize a military standoff, and a military loss by China or Russia is highly likely against a far superior (yes, even today) American force.
If China, for example, decides to press a claim in the Pacific and precipitates an open conflict with the United States at sea, it will almost certainly lose. At that point, China will have to make a choice: surrender whatever was at stake, or remove the U.S. fleet from the conflict by nuclear force. Likewise, if Russia and NATO come to blows in Europe – a scenario I thought ridiculous in the 1990s and now must reconsider – Russia will also lose, and like China will have no set of buffer states around it to prevent the fight from spilling back into Russian territory.
I call this the “sore loser scenario,” since the use of nuclear arms will serve only to make the victor pay a price equal to one the loser feels has already been suffered. Theoretically, the loser lashing out against the winner might create a kind of nuclear reset, but only the most optimistic Chinese strategist could hope that an act of the magnitude of a nuclear attack on a U.S. carrier could produce a military draw. (Put another way, it’s not a demonstration or a show of force if it involves instantly incinerating 5,000 U.S. military personnel.) The United States will be forced to respond, and then we’re off to the races.
Whether the Chinese really believe they could get away with this is unclear. But the Russians do, at least to judge by their own writings. In fact, the “sore loser” concept is embedded in Russian military doctrine. Russia is acutely aware of its conventional weakness; even as they torment Ukraine right under NATO’s nose, the Russians know that they have no chance against NATO without nuclear weapons, a role reversal between NATO and Russia whose irony has not gone unnoticed in the Kremlin. And so Moscow’s strategy, as analyst Nikolai Sokov and others have pointed out, is to use nuclear weapons in a “de-escalatory” capacity: that is, when they’re losing a war, they’ll engage in a limited nuclear attack to get the enemy to back down.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Eric R. Mandel
It’s not everyday that a world leader manages to wrestle the attention and agenda from Donald Trump. But at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz, France, French President Emmanuel Macron took center stage (at least for a few moments) with his surprise invitation to Iran’s foreign minister, Jarad Zarif.
Trump has been putting the squeeze on Iran, walking away last year from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and ratcheting up sanctions on the Islamic Republic. In turn, Macron and other European leaders have been waging a two-front campaign — keep Iran tethered to the nuclear deal long enough to get Trump and the United States back on board.
In addition to the Zarif invitation, French officials this month reportedly proposed a $15 billion letter of credit to compensate Iran for U.S. sanctions and incentivize that country to keep the terms of the 2015 deal.
In order to understand how grievous a mistake this is, Macron just has to follow the money released to Iran since the JCPOA was signed.
The sanctions rollback was designed to aid everyday Iranians, but the main winner has turned out to be Iran’s terrorist infrastructure. Last year, the Washington Times reported that the U.S. government has “traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred,” including Hezbollah “along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.” According to U.S. Treasury Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker, upwards of $700 million a year is going to Hezbollah alone.
This shouldn’t be surprising. The United States, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, has long designated Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, with almost “global reach.” According to Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute, Hezbollah for years has been “involved in criminal enterprises, including narcotics trafficking and counterfeiting European currency,” and the terrorist organization’s operatives “run one of the largest and most sophisticated global criminal operations in the world.”
Europe hasn’t been spared from Iran’s terror activities. As journalist and author Con Couglin wrote in a piece for the Gatestone Institute, Iran has a “well documented sponsorship of terrorism” in Europe, most infamously the 2012 Burgas bus bombing of a civilian vehicle, killing five and injuring 32.
Yet the Europeans, even before Trump showed up in the White House, longed to get into bed with Iran — for their own economic self interests.
It makes one’s head spin that Germany, France and Britain created and actively promote the Instrument of Trade Exchanges, a financial mechanism that economically benefits Iran, allowing it to continue to support terror. INSTEX, a complex barter system, was created to financially enrich Iran and protect European business from being targeted by American sanctions.
It’s bad enough that European nations are seemingly doing everything they can to help Iran back into the international community’s good graces. Making matters worse, they aren’t cutting the Middle East’s only democracy much slack.
In June, EU’s senior legal adviser, Judge Gerald Hogan, recommended labeling Israeli goods that originate in the disputed West Bank so that consumers in Europe can boycott these goods — a move reminiscent of Europe’s boycotting products from apartheid South Africa.
Hogan isn’t an outlier. Even as they ignore Iran and its proxy’s Holocaust denials, European nations regularly take actions to shine a negative light on Israel, for example through their support of one-sided United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Germany and the rest of Europe claim that the JCPOA mandates financially helping Iran, stating that their other malevolent activities can be independently targeted.
But Europe’s refusal to confront Iran’s missile development, human rights abuses and international support of terrorism is inexcusable. There is nothing ambiguous in the anti-Semitic rantings of Iran’s supreme leader that should allow any European to re-spin Iranian venom into anything but what it is: the absolute desire for the destruction of Israel.
After the 2015 agreement, Iran increased its financial support of Hezbollah from $200 million to $800 million, and the Europeans yawned, maintaining unflinching support for a flawed agreement with a regime whose raison d’etre remains the destruction of Israel. That wouldn’t be tolerated against any other nation in the world.
The Europeans can’t pretend to be bolstering a peaceful Iran while ignoring the leaders’ antisemitic words and actions — not to mention support for countless international terrorist attacks — over decades.
If Europe continues to demonize Israel while allowing Hezbollah to fundraise on the continent, all while taking whatever profits it can get by financially and diplomatically supporting the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, then Europe is morally lost — perhaps forever.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.
Perhaps trying to stay relevant and feared after eighteen years in hiding following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, 68-year old Egyptian cleric and al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri has released a new video message urging his followers to attack the US, Europe, Russia and Israel.
Multiple jihad monitoring and analysis sites, including SITE Intelligence Group, reported Wednesday the new video was released as al-Qaeda’s own “positive” commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary wherein the terror leader touted and celebrated “severe blows dealt to America”.
Zawahri, who alongside ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi remains one of the two most wanted terrorists in the world, and has a bounty of up to $25 million offered by US authorities for information leading to his capture.
The al-Qaeda chief, who took up the mantle of the group’s leadership after the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, further condemned ‘backsliding’ and ‘backtracker’ jihadists who had softened in their stance on jihad.
He also addressed and decried supposed statements by some jihadists voicing regret for all the civilians killed on 9/11, saying they should keep up the fight against the “crusaders”.
The video message entitled, “And They Shall Continue to Fight You,” also details how the terror group hopes to first use attacks on Israel as a launchpad for further offensive operations against American, French, British, and other western allies.
He also repeated the usual jihadist line that the US military was still waging “a global crusader campaign against Muslims everywhere” and further that America only “understands the language of force.”
The video was released just as President Trump spoke at the Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 victims.
“If anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit and that spirit is unbreakable,” President Trump said.
Interestingly, the only place on the planet where al-Qaeda actually has a sizable presence and influence is Idlib province in northwest Syria, where in 2015 the US and its allies actually helped al-Qaeda aligned groups capture Idlib cityas part of regime change efforts targeting Syria’s Assad.
No One Comes Back From This Uninjured. In one word, the devaluation is set to ESCALATE.
In fact, I term it Competitive Devaluation. There are several countries that will be the pioneers of it, but it will eventually reach the United States of America. In Europe and in Japan, we are closer to seeing it happening; in the next 2-5 years, you’ll hear about governments’ first official plans to do this.
They will NOT alert the media to notify the public to own gold and silver. They haven’t thus far (and they won’t going forward, either), and meanwhile, they’ve been accumulating them at the fastest pace in more than half a century.
The central banks want to buy gold, uninterrupted. Since they do not buy silver, the mania that will ensue in that niche market will be huge.
Not just gold and silver stand to gain from devaluation; companies that are able to increase prices and not lose consumers will be great winners as well. These are the world-dominators with pricing power, and I will profile my top-5 holdings for the Endgame Decade (2020-2029) in a Special Report due to be published by September 30th.
Real estate prices in metropolitan areas will also continue to rise; these are hard assets that are difficult to increase in supply, but my analysis is that of the three – world-class companies, precious metals, and real estate, silver will be the BEST PERFORMER.
CENTRAL BANKS are not able to inflate the real debt levels away. The most extreme case of this is Japan, whose central bank has done ALMOST everything under the sun to relieve the country of its deflationary spiral and has failed miserably.
We are a few years from that because many countries have still not reached the negative-yield world. Trump’s entire argument is that the FED doesn’t need to have ammunition come next recession, because interest rates are never going higher again, so just slam the bid, shove the thing to ZERO, or lower and help monetize bonds.
That’s Trump’s attitude, and as bizarre as it sounds, it is becoming our way of life. Under this fiat monetary system, we are never going back to normalized rates; the path is Competitive Devaluation.
Debts will be written off, savings will become extinct and it’s all because our political systems, demographics projection, and growth curves do not align at all.
In the short-term, September will be a month of relief. The Treasury will be funded, the debt ceiling will be raised and dollar liquidity will be increased by the FED; they will lower rates with 100% uncertainty. Any other announcement and the markets will dive by 15%-20%, like in December.
Of course, people living on a fixed income, who represent most of the individuals in the world (employees with salaries), will be HURT THE MOST.
Inflation has the same effect on society as poisoning the water supply: it contaminates and destroys one of the elementary requisites for an orderly society – a stable medium of exchange.
Worse, it diminishes trust in authorities.
Worst of all, it makes everyone a bit more extreme in their views and raises their primal instincts for survival; it reveals the violent side of the personality.
This past week, my wife, daughter and I have been enjoying the beauty and the architectural splendor of the Liguria Sea, the area known as the Italian Riviera, with the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Park and the magnificent Portofino peninsula.
When looking at all the tourists who flock these shores in August and early September, it is sometimes unimaginable to envision times in which people will be concerned about their basic needs, when mega-yachts dock on the picturesque marinas, but I can cite a list of more than 20 countries that saw this crisis in the 20th and 21st centuries hit them, seemingly out of the blue.
Just 11 years ago, the U.S. papered-over a major banking disaster. Argentina went from being one of the top-10 economic engines in the world to a criminal enterprise with corruption everywhere. Empires fall, due to mismanagement. Countries collapse, due to wrong policies. It’s the way of the world.
No one will like the endgame or leave it unscathed, but some will be in a better position to capitalise on the boom that follows. Priority No.1 is to meaningfully elevate the active income you derive from your career, by becoming a more valuable person. Priority No.2 is to invest the savings wisely.
The race is only beginning!
THE SUICIDE RATE IN THE U.S. HAS HIT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN 50 YEARS, AND THERE IS CONCERN THAT IT WILL GO MUCH HIGHER
Despite the fact that more money is being spent on suicide prevention efforts than ever before in our history, the suicide rate in the United States continues to rise dramatically. As you will see below, one new study has discovered that our suicide rate actually increased by 41 percent between 1999 and 2016. Even though we have the highest standard of living that any generation of Americans has ever enjoyed, we are an exceedingly unhappy nation and we are killing ourselves in unprecedented numbers. This shouldn’t be happening, but unfortunately the forces that have taken over our culture have convinced multitudes of Americans that their lives are not worth living any longer. In a culture where truth has been abandoned, it is easy for lies to run rampant, and it takes a great deal of deception to get someone to willingly choose to embrace suicide. No matter what you are going through right now, there is always a way to turn things around, and we all have been given lives worth living. (READ MORE...)
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