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MA 61,  JAN 2014 – A CRUCIAL YEAR  

 

 

 


A CRUCIAL YEAR

 

A NUMBER of prophecy teachers have commented that 2014 promises to be a momentous year.  Scripture says:

        PERILOUS TIMES WILL COME.”  (2 Timothy 3:1)

 

“The end will come like a flood.  There will be war until the end;

and desolations have been decreed.”   (Daniel 9:26)

 

And a quick scan of current hot spots, and global developments, enforce the perception that this year will be critical and perilous.  And the Rapture gets closer every day!

HOT SPOTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

IRAN. Attempts at a nuclear deal between Iran and the leading nations are loaded with dangers.  Tehran’s determination to enrich uranium continues unabated.

 

SYRIA. The war has developed three sides — alliances: the Regime, the Free Syria Rebels, and the Extremists dominated by al-Qaida. The bloodbath continues, while Bashar Assad seeks to fulfil his commitment to hand over his chemical weapons to international demolishers.

 

LEBANON. The on-going Sunni-Shia conflict is threatening to divide and inflame the country more than ever.

 

ISRAEL v HIZB’ULLAH.  Israel is reportedly preparing for a powerful and conclusive attack on this most dangerous terrorist group to destroy its thousands of missiles.

A recent  report from Kuwait said that Hizb’ullah terrorists are traveling the world freely, seeking opportunities to carry out terror attacks against Israelis and Jews – using passports issued in Australia, Canada, and a variety of European countries.

 

ISRAEL v PALESTINIANS. The current Kerry “peace” plan is loaded, and if it becomes a signed “deal,” it could lead, not to peace but to the fulfilment of Zechariah 12:6:

“In that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a burning pot in a woodpile, and like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples…”

GAZA is attacking Israel again with rockets, and daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis have increased in recent weeks.

 

The U.N. has declared 2014 will be “THE YEAR OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.”

 

EGYPT has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation. Former leader, Morsi has been charged with treason.  Egypt is greatly divided, as the battle continues, and chaos reigns.

 

THE SINAI has become a new major battleground as Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida attack Egyptian forces, and also prepare to attack Israel.

 

SAUDI ARABIA, THE EMIRATES and other ARAB nations are furious about Obama’s virtual capitulation to Iran (the Iranian nuclear deal). The Saudis are aiming to obtain their own nuclear weapons, and are willing to co-operate with Israel to thwart Iran’s goals.

 

IRAQ’s Sunni-Shia battle goes on every day. Al-Qaida has made a big come back, which has led Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to request powerful weapons from the US to combat the terrorists. The US has responded by secretly sending “dozens” of Hellfire missiles and drones to Iraq to help beat back the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

 

TURKEY is deeply involved in the Middle East fray; but PM Erdogan has been caught up in a corruption scandal involving several government ministers and their sons. Protestors are calling for the prime minister’s resignation.

 

RUSSIA’s influence in the Middle East is increasing, as US influence wanes. Moscow has now made some big armaments deals with Egypt.

 

MIDDLE EAST. There are now three main alliances that are developing in the region.  One is led by Iran; a second by Turkey; and the third by Saudi Arabia. And the US does not fit squarely into any one of them.

 

AFGHANISTAN. As the allied forces continue to pull out of this hardened land, the Taliban and al-Qaida plan to recapture the unstable country.

OTHER HOTSPOTS AROUND THE WORLD       

 

SOUTH SUDAN.  Conflict has broken out between two ethnic groups in this new 3-year-old nation.  More than a thousand unfortunate civilians have already been killed.

 

CAR (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC).  Hundreds have been killed, and the country is divided – Muslim against Christians.

 

NIGERIA. This nation has also been divided as the extreme Islamist group BOKO HARAM (which stands for the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad) have effectively taken over the north of the country, and are regularly butchering Christians.

 

UKRAINE. A widespread revolt against the government continues, over the issue of whether Ukraine should align with the EU or Russia.

 

THAILAND. A widespread revolt against corruption, calling for the resignation of the government.

 

LONDON SHOPS WARNED. Shop owners have been warned by Muslim groups that they will face the sharia punishment of 40 lashes if they continue the sale of alcohol.

 

US TENSIONS with RUSSIA and CHINA are building up on many issues. The US wants to preserve the American dollar as the international reserve currency. Russia and China (and the BRICS alliance) want to bypass it.

 

THE US, CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA ARE LOCKED INTO A CONFRONTATION over contested flying zones, and the disputed ownership of islands in the Japanese Sea. (They contain oil, of course!)  But more ...

 

As one commentator says, 

CHINA PREPARES FOR WAR.      

 

No country builds up its military as China has, without any intention to use it. The situation in Asia is deteriorating very rapidly. This is like the way events unfolded (in Europe) leading up to World War 2.

 

China could be the catalyst - the key - for any outright implosion of the US monetary system. Other countries, like Russia and Saudi Arabia, may play a part; but ultimately it will be China that deals the decisive blow against the dollar's world reserve status.

China's dollar and Treasury bond holdings could be used as a weapon to trigger a global sell-off of dollar-denominated assets.

 

THE GLOBAL REFUGEE PROBLEM    

 

More than 15 million people worldwide are trapped into a terrible limbo– they are unsafe at home and are unwanted elsewhere. They have fled war-torn countries and are desperate to find a way to a better country. Their sheer numbers - millions - create international tension, and financial and other problems for even willing host countries.         

 

PERSECUTION

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile,insult and slander you, and when they persecute you, telling all kinds of vicious lies about you because of Me.”   (Matt. 5:10-11)

CHRISTIANS FLEEING THE MIDDLE EAST

 

A third of Syria's Christians have fled their country.

 

In Egypt, 200,000 Coptic Christians have fled their homes since 2011.

 

In 2012 the Christian population in the Middle East dropped from 20% a century ago to 5% currently amid ongoing persecution.

Christians have fled from Iraq in big numbers. Ten years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Christian population has dwindled from more than a million to about 200,000.

 

Last month, to celebrate Christmas, many Iraqi Christians fled to Kurdistan in North Iraq where there is less fear and more tolerance.

 

  PRINCE CHARLES:

 

“MUSLIMS ARE PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS”

 After visiting British branches of Middle Eastern churches, Britain's Prince Charles reached the conclusion that "Christians in parts of the Middle East are being deliberately targeted by Islamist militants in a campaign of persecution."

In talking with church leaders in London, Charles heard tales of massive persecution following the 2011 "Arab Spring."  "For 20 years.” he said, “I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding."

 

“We have now reached a crisis where bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so. This is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organized persecution, including of Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time."

BRITISH MPS DEBATE PERSECUTION

 DEC 20. The worldwide persecution of Christians was recently debated in the British House of Commons. Some Conservative MPs denounced the persecution going on in 130 of the world’s 190 countries.

 

THE POPE ALSO LAMENTS THE PERSECUTION

 In his Christmas message, Pope Francis drew attention to the worldwide persecution of Christians around the world.

 

 

57 ISLAMIC NATIONS  PUSH ANTI-HATE LAW

 A massive push to CRIMINALIZE ALL DISSENT AGAINST ISLAM around the world has officially begun.  57 Muslim countries around the world are coming together to pressure Western countries into silencing and prosecuting any and all criticism of Islam as a “hate crime.”

 

While there is great concern, a true disciple of Jesus Christ does NOT hate the enemies of the Gospel, for Y’shua’s instructions are quite clear.

“But I tell you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who insult and persecute you; that you may prove to be sons of your Father who is in heaven…. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Are not even the tax gatherers doing that?”         (Matthew 5:44-46)

 

PAKISTAN PRESSING FOR MANDATORY

DEATH SENTENCE FOR BLASPHEMY

 An influential court in Pakistan is calling for a mandatory death sentence for blasphemy. If implemented, the decision could result in further attacks and accusations against the country's Christian minority. It could also lead to the execution of those who have been falsely accused of blasphemy.

At present, the majority of those convicted of blasphemy are serving a life sentence, even though the official penalty is death. The decision by the court would rule out jail sentences for those found guilty of blasphemy and mandate their execution.

Accusations of blasphemy are often levelled against individuals as a way of taking revenge or settling scores. The accusation alone can result in assassination, even for those cleared of the charges.  - The Voice of the Martyrs

The Scriptures encourage all who are being persecuted:

“Who shall separate us from the love of the Messiah? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No! In all these things we conquer, and are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  (Romans 8:35, 37)

Now let’s look at the world situation in more depth. It is like Jeremiah said:

“Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of YHWH, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; therefore the nations are going mad.”(Jeremiah 51:7)

 

   UNITED NATIONS RING IN

 2014 - “THE YEAR OF PALESTINE”

 

While concluding its final 2013 session, the UN General Assembly passed six resolutions concerning Israel.

No 1 resolution called for Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria.

 

No 2 said Israel should cease imposing its jurisdiction on Jerusalem.

 

No 3 praised the Secretariat’s Division of Palestinian Rights for its role in “raising international awareness of the question of Palestine.”

                                                                                             

No 4 called for a peaceful settlement to the conflict and said that Israel, as “the Occupying Power,” must “comply strictly with its obligations under international law.”

 

No 5 advocated the “dissemination of information on all the activities of the United Nations systems relating to the question of Palestine and the peace process.”

 

No 6 resolution declared 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” It calls on the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to “organize activities to be held during the year.”

 

UN Watch president, Hillel Neuer, said these resolutions and actions by the UN will do nothing to help either the Palestinians or the Israelis on the ground.  “We’re concerned about a new year that will bring escalated politicization of influential UN agencies worldwide, while inflicting yet further damage to the world body’s effectiveness and credibility.”  - thetruthwins.com

 

ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN “PEACE” TALKS

EU THREATENS TO PUNISH BOTH ISRAEL

AND THE PA IF PEACE TALKS FAIL

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been making regular visits to Israel and Ramallah to push for a breakthrough in his peace initiative. 

There are deep tensions between Washington and Jerusalem over Iran, and over the many Palestinian-Israeli issues that threaten to scuttle the negotiations.

 

Before one recent trip to the Middle East, Kerry stopped over in Brussels. There, several senior EU officials with knowledge of the confidential developments in the Israel-Palestinians peace talks, told Kerry that if negotiations fail to produce results, the EU intends to take punitive (punishing) measures against both sides.

 

"If the talks fail, the EU will stop its annual aid to the Palestinian Authority." The measure would cut about 300 million euros ($407 million) in annual funds. The same source also warned that Israel would suffer should the talks fail.

On the other hand, the EU may use a bit of “encouragement.” (None dare call it Bribery!) . . .

 

EU OFFERS UNPRECEDENTED AID TO

ISRAEL AND PALESTINIANS FOR PEACE DEAL

 

DEC 16.  The European Union is ready to provide Israel and the Palestinians with “unprecedented” financial, political and security assistance and a significant upgrade in ties, if the two parties reach a peace agreement. The offer was made by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, which adopted the conclusions in Brussels.

The promised package offers upgrading bilateral relations to a so-called “Special Privileged Partnership,” including increased access to the European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments as well as promotion of business to business relations.”

 

The package can be understood as a major incentive to prod Israeli and Palestinian leaders into signing a final-status deal.

 

Israeli officials reacted tepidly, if not cynically, to the plan, saying that as long as it does not include concrete proposals, neither side will rush to amend its positions to overcome the current stalemate in negotiations.

 

“These are empty words, meaningless generalities. The offer, the way it looks now, has no concrete content at all and seems somewhat unrealistic,” an Israeli diplomatic official told The Times of Israel. “If they really wanted to make their mark on the peace process they would have come up with something a bit more tangible.”

The European foreign ministers also expressed their “grave concern regarding incitement, incidents of violence in the occupied territory, house demolitions and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.”

 

According to Israel’s leftist Ha’aretz daily, the incentives offered to Israel are “genuinely priceless.” Their monetary worth “has been estimated in the billions of euros,” the paper reported, and would “vastly improve Israels international standing, rescuing Jerusalem from the international isolation from which it is suffering.”

 

THE CATCH. The EU council warned “against actions that undermine the negotiations. In this regard, it deplores Israels continuous expansion of settlements, which they say are “illegal under international law” and constitute an obstacle to peace.”   - The Times of Israel 

YAHWEH says: “I will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Y'hoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have(illegally) divided up My land." (Joel 3:2)

 

    SECRET PEACE TALKS.

 

KERRY WILL SEEK TO FORCE A DEAL ON ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS

DEC 22. Independent journalist Baruch Yedid, who has maintained ongoing contacts with PA sources, describes the situation taking place behind the smoke screen. He says, “Talks are advancing with the goal of a framework agreement in January, well before the 9-month period set for talks expires.”

 

Yedid’s sources reveal that the agreement includes long term Israeli withdrawals over the course of 5 to 10 years in a number of stages, including withdrawals from Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

 

Concerning Jerusalem, Yedid reveals that discussions revolve around proposals following the model of the Vatican, whereby the Old City and the Temple Mount would be a sort of autonomous region under joint international management, including Israeli and PA representatives.

 

The PA sources confirm reports that Kerry's aids have rented 50 rooms in a Jerusalem hotel for January from which they plan to mount a diplomatic "attack" on PM Netanyahu to force him to accept the American plan, which includes an Israeli security presence in the Jordan Valley for 10 years.

 

In addition to the 50 rooms, reports reveal the Americans have rented 2 or 3 stories in a luxury Jerusalem hotel. There, the crew reportedly will bring computerized equipment, maps and databases to aid their efforts in dictating outcomes of the talks.

 

Analyst Mark Langfan describes the plan as a "death-trap" for Israel. He notes the plan doesn't even meet the minimum "defensible" Israeli borders as determined by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1967, even according to military realities of that time.  - Arutz Sheva

“O God, do not keep silent! Do not be quiet, and do not be still, O God! For look, Your enemies are roaring; and those who hate You have raised their heads. They craftily plot against Your people, and conspire against Your hidden, treasured ones. They have said, 'Come, and let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.' For they have conspired together with one mind; they make a pact against You.”  (Psalm 83:1-5)

 

ARAB LEAGUE OPPOSES US PEACE PLAN

 

The Arab League has so far followed PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's lead in rejecting the plan.  The report stated that the program floated by John Kerry is a non-starter since it focuses on Israel’s stated security concerns at the expense of political and final status issues.

 

Specifically, the Arab League report alleges that the US-backed security arrangements will ensure continued Israeli control of the Jordan Valley.

 

TURKEY IS NOW THE MAIN SPONSOR OF HAMAS

 

Israel’s intelligence community has determined that Turkey has replaced Iran as the leading financial backer of Hamas in Gaza since 2012, reports the World Tribune, citing unspecified “Israeli sources.”

 

The sources said the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has overseen the transfer of up to $250 million a year to Hamas, and particularly to its governing apparatus in Gaza.

 

PA READY FOR RECONCILIATION WITH HAMAS

 

A senior PLO official said that the Palestinian Authority was ready for reconciliation with Hamas "at any price," signalling a new openness to engage with its rival party amid deadlocked peace talks with Israel.

 

ABBAS TO VISIT RUSSIA IN JANUARY

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to pay a visit to Russia in January to update the Russians on the latest developments regarding peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,  Palestine's ambassador to Russia said.

 

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 THE SWITCH FROM SYRIA TO IRAN

LAST August everyone was on war alert. Syria was at the heart of the confrontation.

 

Following a Sarin gas attack on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds of civilians, the Damascus regime was accused of crossing Obama’s “red line” by using chemical weapons.

 

The US, Britain, France and Russia had ships in the East Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and there was an increased build-up of military hardware in the region.

 

As Syria had crossed the US’s stated “red line” (by using chemical weapons), President Obama threatened to take military action against Damascus.  He then asked the US Congress to sanction an attack.

 

Syria, Iran and Russia all warned that any military intervention in Syria would have “catastrophic consequences.” Then it seems Obama wanted a way out, and he was counting on the Congress to refuse to sanction.

 

The next move came from the Secretary of State.  John Kerry indicated that if Assad turned over his chemical weapons to the International Community, to be destroyed, a strike could be avoided.  Obama followed up by giving Syria one week to comply. In the meantime, he put on hold, both the attack, and the vote in the Congress.

 

The next move was unexpected. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “encouraged” Syria to turn over their chemical weapons to international control in exchange for a guarantee that the US will not attack.  Syrian President Bashar Assad then stated that his government was prepared for "full co-operation with Russia to remove any pretext for aggression."

 

Assad declared that destroying the chemical stockpile would cost $1 billion and it would take roughly one year to complete. But Syria agreed to the arrangement, and international experts have begun the process of locating and preparing the chemical weapons for destruction.

The first batch of the chem weapons were handed over in early January 2014.

 

THE FOCUS HAS TURNED TO IRAN   

With some positive movement in the Syrian quagmire, the attention soon switched from Syria to Iran, where the newly-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, was presented as a “moderate.”

 

President Obama sent a letter of congratulations to  President Rouhani. This gesture, it seems, sparked a welcome Iranian response. It was subsequently revealed that Barack Obama, with the mediation of sheikhs in Oman, had been having secret talks, and had exchanged letterswith Rouhani about the US-Iran standoff, and a possible détente (an improvement in relations.   

After a complete breakdown between the US and Iran for 34 years, the new communications, brought a sudden change in America’s turbulent relationship with Iran. And soon an Obama-Rouhani plan began to take shape.

In September, in his first interview as president with a US news outlet, Rouhani declared that his administration will never develop nuclear weapons, and emphasised that he had full authority to make a deal with the West regarding the disputed atomic program.    

       

ROUHANI’S CHARM OFFENSIVE AT THE U.N.     

In October, Hassan Rouhani went to the UN General Assembly with a charm offensive, seeking to portray a “new Iran” that was willing to work with the nations for global peace.  Iran was now a “friend of all” — except Israel.

“Everyone” thought, it seems, that having been hit by international sanctions, Iran was at last willing to back down on its nuclear programs.

 

President Obama said that Iran’s new President appears to want to open a dialogue with the US, and that he (Obama) is willing to test Iran’s willingness to talk. And it wasn’t long before Iran announced that it was willing for new talks on its nuclear program. And soon talks began in Geneva.

 A NUCLEAR ARMS DEAL WITH TEHRAN ??

 

On Nov 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the 5 UN Security Council members – US, UK, France, Russia and China + Germany) came up with asix-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Under a landmark deal, Iran agreed to roll back or at least freeze parts of its nuclear drive for six months in exchange for modest sanctions relief, and a promise by Western powers not to impose new sanctions.

Under the accord, Iran pledged to limit uranium enrichment to 5%. It agreed to neutralise its stockpile of medium-enriched material, which is relatively easy to convert to the weapons-grade level of 90% or above.

Iran also committed not to make further advances at its Fordo, Natanz and Arak enrichment facilities. In exchange for this “confidence-building bid” to limit its nuclear activities, the six world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran, and to continue talks with Iran to settle all problems between the two sides.

But in view of the LORD’s injunction to the nations, in the prophecy of Joel, it would be highly improbable that Iran would demolish any of it nuclear achievements:

   Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war draw near. Let them come up to attack! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears.”   (Joel 3:9-10)

Since the meeting of the SIX major powers with IRAN, in November, and the preliminary “breakthrough” - an “interim nuclear deal” - there has been a great deal of contradictory interpretations and claims. And heaps of new articles about the dangers inherent in “the deal.”

Following are some of the subsequent developments:

BOTH IRAN & THE WHITE HOUSE CLAIM VICTORY

NOV 26.  The deal is done! The Iranian leaders are already claiming victory. The White House also is claiming victory. Most European governments, as well as Russia, are claiming victory.  The Israeli government, meanwhile, is horrified. It feels more isolated and threatened than ever.

NETANYAHU SLAMS GENEVA DEAL

Israeli PM Netanyahu slammed the deal as an “historic mistake,” and a very bad deal Israel is not bound by it,” he said, while vowing to thwart Iran’s goals — “alone if necessary.” 

 

Israel’s Channel 2 News also criticized President Obama: “He will do anything to AVOID a situation in which he will have to resort to force” against Iran.

 

“ISRAEL'S SECURITY IS OUR 'TOP PRIORITY' ”

 After an initial deal was signed, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that Israel's security was a top priority in the talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program. "I can't emphasize enough that Israel's security in this negotiation is at the top of our agenda," he said after a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem.  (Good oh! … But few people believe him!)

 

IRAN CLAIMS

THE DEAL GIVES IT THE RIGHT TO ENRICH URANIUM

 The Geneva talks focused on the range of Iran’s missiles, on certain nuclear installations,  and the degrees of enrichment that would be permitted. This was a far cry from the measures that Netanyahu had demanded for a deal to be acceptable. But Iran claims the deal gives themthe right to continue enriching uranium.

OBAMA DENOUNCED,

FOR GIVING IRAN “THE RIGHT TO ENRICH”

 NOV 29. Israeli officials denounced President Obama for presiding over failed negotiations with Iran under which, they say, the sanctions pressure on Tehran is collapsing, and the Islamic Republic has been granted the right to enrich uranium. The entire wall of sanctions, pains-takingly constructed over years, is already crumbling and “will collapse within months,” the officials said. Years of international sanctions pressure on Iran is now melting away.

 

“A FINAL DEAL WITH IRAN COULD INCLUDE

URANIUM ENRICHMENT”

 DEC 4. A final deal with Iran could include a capacity for uranium enrichment, a White House spokesman said, seeking to clarify some of the terms of the interim deal signed between Tehran and world powers. The US does not recognise that Iran has a right to enrich, but "we are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program in the end state," said a spokeswoman with the White House National Security Council.

WHITE HOUSE ACCEPTS “REALITY ON IRAN NUKES”

DEC 7.  President Obama signaled that he was prepared to allow Iran to enrich uranium on its soil, saying that an eventual nuclear deal could be structured to ensure Tehran's program would be only for peaceful purposes.

 

In an appearance sponsored by the Brookings Institution's Saban Centre for Middle East Policy, Mr Obama said it was not realistic to expect Iran could be forced to dismantle every part of its multi-billion-dollar nuclear infrastructure.

 

He said in upcoming international negotiations, Iran could be allowed a "modest" enrichment program, with strong international monitoring to ensure that Tehran could not suddenly accelerate production to produce a nuclear weapon.

 

US MAY SEEK PARTIAL DISMANTLING

OF IRAN'S PLUTONIUM PLANT

 The US State Department's lead negotiator on Iran's nuclear program suggested that the US would push the Islamic Republic to dismantlepart of its ARAK nuclear reactor as part of a final agreement. - Times of Israel.    Oh really?!

 

IRAN TO CONTINUE BUILDING AT

ARAK NUCLEAR SITE DESPITE DEAL

 Iran will pursue construction at the Arak heavy-water reactor, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said, despite the deal with world powers to shelve a project they fear could yield plutonium for atomic bombs.

 

As “the Six” and Iran are presently engaged in a second round of talks to seal the pact, Saudi Arabia and Israel are seeking to scuttle the bad (dangerous) deal, and US lawmakers are pushing to reset the terms of the controversial accord.

 

IRAN IN TALKS WITH RUSSIA FOR

TWO MORE NUCLEAR PLANTS

 DEC 3/13. Iran is talking to Russia about building two more nuclear plants in Bushehr province.

 

NOV 30.  President Rouhani announced that Iran would build a second nuclear plant at Bushehr.

 

The head of the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Committee told the Fars news agency that the second and third atomic power plants will be similar to the existent facility in the southern province, but with higher safety standards.

 

DEC 1.  The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants. His deputy said in 2012 that Iran had identified 34 potential sites for building additional nuclear power plants.

 

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes. But the US, Israel and some Western allies are concerned that Iran is bent on building nuclear weapons

The comments come after Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in return for Western powers easing crippling economic sanctions. – AP and Times of Israel

 

IRAN’S CLAIM:

“AFTER TEN YEARS, WE HAVE EMERGED VICTORIOUS”

 DEC 9. The deal signed between Iran and the “P5+1” nations was a victory for the Islamic Republic, according to the Chairman of Iran’s Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Policy.  Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi rejoiced in the Iranian “victory.”  In an interview he said:

 

“By now, the Islamic Republic controls all aspects of nuclear science. From A-Z, from the very beginning all the way to uranium enrichment. After ten years, we have emerged victorious over the west. They wanted to prevent us from acquiring nuclear technology, but we have reached that point. Iran has sacrificed ‘martyrs’ and endured an ‘economic siege’ for the sake of its nuclear program. Now we have emerged victorious heroes.” 

 

“The deal shows that the West has given up on stopping Iran from producing enriched uranium,” he continued.

 

“The Americans reached the conclusion that it would be futile to continue with their policy of confronting the Islamic Republic... They wanted to prevent Iran from enriching uranium, but we have attained this technology and we are currently using it.  Therefore, the Americans changed their policy.

 

“The West has now officially recognized that Iran enriches uranium,” he explained. “Iran has become an official member of the international club of the countries that make peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

 

“In exchange for UN inspections, the West will lift economic sanctions. If there are new sanctions,” he warned, “we will not confirm the agreement, and will not abide by our commitments.”

 

Boroujerdi and the interviewer also discussed the impact the deal will have on specific Iranian nuclear installations. “In general,” he said, “Iran will not add more centrifuges, but those currently in operation will remain operational.”  - Arutz Sheva

 

   JAVAD ZARIF

 

“IRAN WILL NEVER BE IN THE SAME ROOM AS THE ZIONISTS”

 

NOV 29. Responding to the proposal for Israel to participate in talks between Iran and the six world powers on its nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said: "Never will such a thing happen - we definitely will not be in the room with representatives of the Zionist regime.”

THE GENEVA DEAL IS NOT YET A DONE DEAL!

SECOND STAGE TALKS began in the second week of December. Six months has been set as a time limit to seal the final deal.

But with all the Iranian antics and misinterpretations that cause many observers to mistrust Tehran’s intentions, the Obama administration announced tighter sanctions could be imposed on Tehran. 

Iran responded by threatening to pull out of the talks. Javad Zarif warned that the entire Geneva agreement will be “dead” if Washington imposes additional sanctions. “We do not like to negotiate under duress. And if the US adopts sanctions, it will show lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States,” he said.

 

IRANIANS PULL OUT OF NUKE TALKS

 DEC 13.  Iranian negotiators abruptly ended nuclear talks with Western powers in Vienna, just a day after Iran had threatened that new or tighter sanctions would nullify the recently reached Geneva interim deal, which is not yet in effect.

 

The Iranians abruptly “halted” the talks and left Vienna so that they could consult with higher-level officials about how to proceed with talks following the tighter sanctions, which were announced by the US. Treasury Dept.

 

Iranian and Western negotiators were in the middle of talks about ways to implement the interim agreement when the sanctions were announced.

 

“America’s move is against the spirit of the Geneva deal,” Iranian chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi reportedly told the Iranian press. “We are evaluating the situation and will make the appropriate response.”

                                                                       

Two days later, Javad Zarif said Iran will continue nuclear talks with the West despite tightened US sanctions. Tehran will provide a "proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response" to the "improper measures" taken by the US. But he called on conservatives in his country not to rush diplomacy to an “early death.”

Iran would certainly lose too much now by pulling out of the talks.

 

SENATORS INTRODUCE NEW SANCTIONS BILL

DEC 19. A large group of Democrat and Republican senators introduced new legislation to impose further sanctions against Iran if the country breaches the terms of a nuclear deal reached on Nov 24 in Geneva.

 

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Robert Menendez and Sen. Mark Kirk wrote the bill, which proposes boycotting Iranian oil exports within a year, and the blacklisting of Iran's mining, engineering and construction industries.

 

The bill also calls for "diplomatic, military and economic support" to Israel in case Tel Aviv decides to launch an attack against Iran’s nuclear energy program.

 

The move comes despite a warning by Barack Obama. He said the US should not impose further sanctions against Iran "if we are serious" about seeking a final nuclear agreement. He also called on Congress to give nuclear negotiations a chance to work.

 

The White House announced that the President would veto the new Iran sanctions bill in the Senate, as “passing new sanctions legislation now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution.”

DEC 22. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said: “The United States and its allies will have ways to re-impose sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic is caught making bombs after striking a deal to freeze its nuclear program.”

 

IRAN HITS BACK

 

LAWMAKERS PRESENT A BILL WHICH COULD

OBLIGE THE GOVERNMENT TO ENRICH URANIUM

TO 60%, IF NEW SANCTIONS ARE IMPOSED.

 "If the other negotiating parties ratchet up the sanctions, impose new sanctions or violate our country's nuclear right, this bill will immediately oblige the government to launch the Arak heavy water reactor and produce 60% enriched uranium," lawmaker Mousavi-nejad said.

 

The bill, signed by 100 parliamentarians, was presented to the presiding board but has yet to be approved by the 290-member parliament.    -Voice of Russia, AFP

 

“ ”  COMMENTS ON THE IRANIAN SITUATION  “ ” 

OBAMA’S CAPITULATION

 From ISI LEIBLER, 11 Dec 2013: “Now that we have absorbed the shock of Obama’s capitulation to the Iranians, it is time to face hard realities and plan for the future.

 

“It is sobering to realize that despite the fact that American public support for Israel is at an all-time high, the Obama administration was deceitful, lied, and effectively betrayed Israel. 

 

“It behaved likewise to its long-standing Arab allies and dashed the aspirations of those Iranians seeking release from the brutal dictatorship of the fanatical Ayatollah regime. Obama’s legacy will be that of an American president who appeased the most barbaric Islamic fundamentalist regime in the world.”

 

DEAL PAVES WAY FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS

 Well-known journalist, CAROLINE GLICK, says: “The nuclear deal that Kerry and President Barack Obama concluded with Iran, paves the way for the genocidal Islamic Republic to acquire nuclear weapons.  

 

After the Iran deal, only the most reckless and irresponsible Israeli leaders could take American security guarantees at face value. US security guarantees are about as useful as a three dollar bill.”   - www.jpost.com

 

      NUCLEAR CHECKMATE    

 

HEIGHTENS  ISRAELI - SAUDI  COVERT WAR

 

By  JOE TUZARA - www.israelnationalnews.com

 It is an illusion to think that a permanent nuclear deal can be reached in six months, considering Tehran's refusal to dismantle its military enrichment program. But sooner than later, the "nuclear breakthrough" may be revealed as no more than merely a dull rehash of the "interim" deal signed in Geneva.

 

As far as the Islamic republic is concerned, they believe the more their nuclear program is expanded, the less likely the West could demand its total dismantlement.

 

Basically, US relationships with traditional allies such as Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel will be strained indefinitely. And apart from the temporary standoff with Iran, Obama's betrayal makes war with Iran inevitable.

 

Meanwhile a whole lot of developments in and around the Middle East are creating a huge conundrum – a great puzzling problem for the whole region.  

THE MIDDLE EAST NOW HAS 3 ALLIANCES. 

NONE ARE WITH THE U.S.

 

RYAN MAURO of www.Clarionproject.org has filed the following analysis:

 

DEC 2013. The US foreign policy is a fatal contradiction: The White House favours both the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, and this hasalienated all U.S. allies.

 

Turkey and Iran's move to form an Islamist super-bloc is changing the balance of the Middle East Egypt and Saudi Arabia have chosen to lead an Arab bloc of their own, rather than capitulate to their enemies' dominance.

 

Three distinct blocs were formed since the Muslim Brotherhood was toppled in Egypt.

 

1. The Shi’ite bloc consisting of Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and the Syrian regime.

 

2. The pro-Muslim Brotherhood Sunni bloc, consisting of Turkey, Qatar, Tunisia, Hamas and some Syrian rebels.

 

3. The anti-Iran/anti-Brotherhood Sunni bloc consisting of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, other Syrian rebels and some other Arab countries.

 

The first two blocs are on opposite sides in the Syrian civil war, but are hoping to negotiate a ceasefire that allows them to mend ties.

 

The third bloc feels so threatened by the other two that Saudi Arabia is widely rumoured to be offering Israel access to its airspace to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

“U.S. POLICY WILL LEAD TO AN ARAB-RUSSIA ALLIANCE”    

Ryan Mauro quotes the rhetoric of Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa.  

 

Salman blasted US foreign policy in an interview and warned that America’s “schizophrenia” will lead the Arab world to ally with Russia.

 

Using unusually hostile language, the Crown Prince said American policy is “transient and reactive,” and “America seems to suffer from schizophrenia when it deals with the Arab world.” He specifically pointed to the nuclear deal with Iran and the US support for the overthrow of Egyptian President Mubarak.

 

While the Crown Prince detests Russian assistance to the Syrian regime, he says it proves that Russia is more dependable. “The Russians have proved that they are reliable friends.”

 

Bahrain is governed by a pro-Western monarchy and is the base of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.  It is an important strategic ally of the US, and anenemy of both Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

[The Muslim Brotherhood is a worldwide Islamist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna that seeks to implement Sharia-based governance globally.]

Read more reports of Ryan Mauro in www.Clarionproject.org

“ROUHANI  ISOLATED  ISRAEL IN A MATTER OF MONTHS”

 

ISRAELI experts comment that only months after taking over as President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani sabotaged Israel's international efforts to halt his country's nuclear program, caused an unprecedented deterioration in Israel-US relations, and took America's military option off the table.

 

Forbes Magazine, summarizing the year 2013, focuses on the far-reaching influence of Rouhani's "charm offensive" on Israel in a few months. The article presents Rouhani's historic nuclear deal as the highlight of his achievements.

 

In addition to cancelling Iranian isolation, the deal created a crisis in relations between Israel and the US. Former head of Israel's Mossad intelligence service, Ephraim Halevi, told Forbes; "The (nuclear) agreement hurt the trust between Israel and the US, and hurt Israel's standing.Israel is now taking Iran's place as an isolated country, and it is now viewed as weak and isolated while Iran is seen as strong and influentialin the region."

 

Some academic experts have remarked that the Iran nuclear deal saw the US "sell out its allies," and Obama ready to "abandon Israel."Reports showed Obama had been secretly easing sanctions on Iran for 5 months before the deal.

 

Suddenly, Israel is being viewed as a war-monger, while Rouhani is being given the image of a moderate But while Rouhani has cultivated a more moderate image with his "charm offensive," he has belied this image as well, by calling Israel an "old wound" that must be removed.  - By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva

IRAN ( PERSIA ) IN PROPHECY

Persia features 16 times in the books of Ezra and Esther — as part of the historical data during Israel’s exile. Daniel refers to Persia several times. Let me quote two passages that are relevant  to Iran today.

DANIEL 10:12-14, 20

 

An angelic messenger speaks to Daniel:

“Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding (your prophetic vision), humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.

 

“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days; then look! Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

 

“Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to days in the future.   ...

 

“Do you understand why I have come to you? “Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I have gone, Watch! the prince of Greece will come.”

This prophecy indicates that there is a powerful demonic spirit that has influenced Persia (Iran) since the inception of the empire of the Medes and Persians.

 

Although three of their kings - Cyrus (the first Shah of Iran), Darius and Artaxerxes greatly helped the Jews to return to their land, and to build the second temple, there were fierce attempts by the demonic prince of Persia, to hinder God’s plans for His people.

 

This was so evident in the time of King Ahasuerus when his favoured and empowered chief prince, Haman, sought to annihilate the Jewish race.

 

During the rule of the last Shah of Iran (Reza Pahlavi), although he was not an “angel,” Iran was a prosperous and respectable nation. Pahlavi was ousted in 1979 when Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile, and established the modern Islamic republic.

 

Today the demonic prince of Persia is seeking to wipe out the Jewish race once more. It is waging war against Michael and his angels in the spiritual realm, and is seeking to motivate the nations to come against Israel and against God’s purposes, in these last days.  This battle will come to a climax in the Great Tribulation:

 

REVELATION 12:7-10

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels waged war against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought, but they were not strong enough; and there was no longer any place left for them in heaven.

 

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

 

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, 'Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Anointed One have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down - the one who has been accusing them before our God day and night’.”

 

DANIEL 8:3-4, 19-20

Another prophecy about Persia, and Media:

“I lifted my eyes and saw a ram which had two horns, standing beside the river. ... I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beast could stand before him, and no-one could rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased, and magnified himself .”

 

Then the angel Gabriel said: “Look! I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of indignation  wrath; for the end will come at the appointed time The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.”

Daniel received this vision during the reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon. The “butting” by the ram refers to the military exploits of the Medes and the Persians, including the imminent destruction of Babylon.

 

But this prophecy has a main fulfilment at “the final period of indignation and wrath”; that is, at the end of the age - the Tribulation period.

 

Today Iran is already “butting” out in all directions. But notice, the ram’s horns represent Persia and the Medes.

 

The ancient Medes are the ancestors of the present day Kurds, who live in parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

 

Consider also this prophecy regarding the Medes.

“YHWH has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His purpose is against Babylon (Iraq) to destroy it.” (Jeremiah 51:11)

This verse could indicate a modern resurgence of the Kurdish nation. These people have wanted a separate Kurdistan for many decades.

 

The KURDS in IRAQ have been granted a semi-autonomous state in the north of Iraq, but they are keen to unite with their fellow-Kurds from Iran, Syria and Turkey, and to form a united Kurdistan

 

In TURKEY the Kurds have been discriminated against, and they have waged a violent movement against the Turks.

 

During the current war in SYRIA, the Kurds there have moved to establish a Kurdish state in the north of the country.  And now with the upheavals in the region the Median nation may be coming together.

 

So now the wait-and-see question is, will a new Kurdistan line up with Iran, as the two horns of the ram of Daniel 8, and come against modern “Babylon”?

 

There is one more important prophecy about Persia.

 

EZEKIEL 38:5-6

 

Here Persia is included in the northern alliance of nations led by Rosh (Russia), that will come against Israel early in the Tribulation.

“Persia (Iran), Cush (Sudan - Ethiopia), and Put (Libya) will be with them, all with shields and helmets; Gomer with all its troops; and the House of Togarmah from the far north (Turkey & the Turkic people of Central Asia) with all its troops - many nations with you.”

The prophecy implies that Iran will be fully operational as a military power in the coming world war.  It will not be wiped out or disabled before the war. Russia will be the big player from the Northern Alliance, but there will be three other huge alliances that join in the world war. The Kings of the East (China and an Asian   confederation; the King of the South, (Egypt and a southern confederation), and also the confederation of Rome — Europe led by the Antichrist.

"And on that day,” says YHWH, “when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will be severely injured.”  (Zechariah 12:3)

 

     RESHAPING THE MIDDLE EAST

DEC 12.  Russia is making a spectacular comeback in the region while a new race for nuclear weapons is about to begin.

 

The Iran deal appears to be another step in America's flight from the Middle East rather than a genuine effort to stop Iran's rush to nuclear weapons.

 

What happened in Geneva came after a series of steps that can only be seen as demonstrating the overwhelming will of the American President to distance himself from the region: getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, with no tangible success; abandoning Mubarak, backing the Muslim Brothers, and even turning his back on the new Egyptian regime battling radical Islam; zigzagging about Syria; and recently rumoured to be conducting secret talks with Hizb’ullah and radical Islamic factions in Syria.

 

Taken together, these steps point to a deliberate strategy and game changer.

 

The United States is no longer a stabilizing factor in the Middle East.  And Iran is no longer the enemy of America; Obama evidently views it as a potential partner in reshaping the Middle East.

 

Iran’s nuclear infrastructure remains intact; and the West has tacitly acknowledged Tehran’s right to enrich uranium.

 

In exchange for practically no concession from Iran, the US and the EU agreed to unravel the fabric of sanctions that was strangling the Iranian economy. Had the sanctions been maintained, they might have brought results.

 

Instead, international companies are eagerly planning their re-entry into Iran. It is a process that will be hard to stop and impossible to reverse.

 

For Saudi Arabia, the agreement also means that Iran has been given a tacit nod to pursue its subversive activities in the Gulf. This is a direct threat to the stability of the Arabian kingdom.

The Saudis and the Gulf states are no longer sure that America will maintain its military presence in the area to secure the flow of oil.

 

Iran is already building on what it sees as a victory of the first order. It immediately began making overtures to its Gulf neighbours, who are aware of its military and technological superiority and now feel more exposed than ever.

 

Saudi Arabia may now be left with no alternative but to start its own nuclear program. At the same time, the monarchy has had preliminary talks with Russia on the basis of shared interests, such as fighting the Muslim Brothers and supporting the new Egyptian regime.

 

As to Egypt, the largest Arab country, it will in all likelihood also feel it has to develop its own program of nuclear energy. The new rulers have already stated that they were going to issue a tender for a first nuclear plant in the Dabaa area, where Mubarak had laid the cornerstone for four such plants to produce electricity.

 

The Obama administration appears to favour subversive radical elements - from Iran to the Muslim Brotherhood, and even Salafist movements, and these groups detect a growing Western weakness in all of this.

 

As a result, America's traditional allies are deeply worried in spite of US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's efforts in Bahrain recently, to pledge continuing military support to its Middle East allies. 

 

Some sources say: With Russia's influence on the rise, and as the influence of the US diminishes, it will be important for Israel to invest in better relations and understanding with Russia.   - Source of this item / Zvi Mazel / Jerusalem Post

 

  RUSSIA EXTENDS ITS INFLUENCE

IN THE MIDDLE EAST

After the US suspended any military assistance to the Egyptian military because of its overthrow last July of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president, Mohammad Morsi, the Egyptian military leaders have, instead, turned to Moscow.  Egypt wants Russia to help them to develop nuclear power and to acquire billions of dollar's worth of advanced weapons.

 

President Putin longs for the days of the Soviet Union. In 2005, he shockingly stated in a national address, “The collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

 

Putin must have been pleased when Nabil Fahmy, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, explained that his country is also looking to revive those days. “We want to give a new impetus to our relations and return them to the same high level that used to exist with the Soviet Union.”

 

Russia has now agreed to provide Egypt with more than $2 billion in military equipment under a new major arms deal. Reports say it may also sell Egypt some $4 billion in jet fighters, anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles.

 

Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries who are upset with the US over its negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program, have decided to provide Egypt with $12 billion to make up for the loss of its $1.3 billion US military assistance.

 

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, although Sunni, opposes monarchies such as those which rule the Gulf Arab States of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  Instead, the Brotherhood seeks to establish Islamist caliphates in their place.

 

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD BANNED

DEC 2013. The Egyptian military government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, and has banned the party.

MORSI ON TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered former President Mohamed Morsi and 35 other Islamists to stand trial on charges of conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorist acts in Egypt, and divulging military secrets to a foreign state.  Morsi is the man who TIME magazine called, in Dec. 2012, is the most important man in the Middle East.

 

WATCH THE NEWS!  The shocking Middle East saga is unfolding day after day.

 

THE FUKUSHIMA CRISIS       

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s government is planning a state secrets act that critics say could curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including tensions with China and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

 

The new law would dramatically expand the definition of official secrets and journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years.

In reality, reporters covering Fukushima have long been harassed and censored.

 

FUKUSHIMA POLLUTION SPREADS ALL OVER THE EARTH

Russian experts say that clearly, a large amount of fish, seaweeds, and everything in the ocean has been polluted. These products are a main danger for mankind as they can end up being eaten by people on a massive scale. 

 

DEAD SEA CREATURES IN THE PACIFIC

 DEC. 16/13.  An absolutely shocking study just released, reveals an area of the Pacific Ocean floor was 98% covered by decomposing sea creatures in July 2012.  Four months earlier, only 1% of that same area was covered by dead sea creatures. 

 

Could this possibly be related to what has been going on at Fukushima?

              Reported by Michael Snyder / The Truth

 

This could be a foreshadow of things to come:  REVELATION 16:3:

“The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person; and every living thing in the sea died.”

      SPY AGENCY’S NEW ROCKET DECLARES, 

 “NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH”

    

On December 6, the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched a new satellite called NROL-39 (NRO Launch 39) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It is not the first such satellite, but it is their mission logo that's creating much more interest.

  The logo, features a massive OCTOPUS whose tentacles are wrapped around the earth. Under this depiction is the phrase, "Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach." 

  The logo design is probably not the best choice in light of the many leaks about mass government surveillance from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

 A principal technologist and senior policy analyst for the ACLU, who tweeted to the Office of Director of National Intelligence, "You may want to downplay the massive dragnet spying thing right now. This logo isn't helping."

 Karen Furgerson, an NRO spokesperson, told Forbes, “NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the US can be reached no matter where they choose to hide. ‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiantly all over the globe, protecting our nation.”    Ahh yeh!

 The NRO designs, builds, launches, and maintains America's spy satellites. Experts believe NROL-39 will be used for radar imaging.   - businessinsider.com

 A commentator says: “This is unbelievable. I mean, at this point these people are simply rubbing it in our faces. The Vampire Octopus that is your government.”

 DEC 13.  Prophecy writer, Hal Lindsay commented:  “Just this week, The Washington Post revealed that, "The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world... enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals -- and map their relationships -- in ways that would have been previously unimaginable."   Undoubtedly it’s preparing for the reign on the Beast!

“For the mystery of iniquity and lawlessness is already at work; but He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

 

“And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the glory of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with great power and with all kinds of signs and counterfeit miracles, and with all the deception of wickedness among those who are perishing, because they would not receive the love of the truth which could have saved them. 

 

And for this reason, God will send upon them a powerful delusion so that they will believe what is false,  in order that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”  (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)

RECORD NUMBER OF VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS    

“The mountains have melted like wax at the Presence of YHWH, at the Presence of the Master of the whole earth.”(Psalm 97:5)

By December, 2013 had recorded 83 volcano eruptions around the world – a record annual number.  In just two weeks in November, some 35 volcanoes were erupting across the globe. This raised concerns about just what may be happening within the interior of our planet.

 

IMPACTING CLIMATE?

December experienced an extremely cold and erratic Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This could be the result of volcanic eruptions blocking out the sun.

 

You may not remember, but the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, a stratovolcano in Indonesia, caused mid-summer frosts in New York State and June snowfalls in New England and Newfoundland and Labrador in what came to be known as the YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER of 1816.

 

YELLOWSTONE  -  A SUPERVOLCANO

THAT COULD WIPE OUT THE U.S.

“The nations are turbulent, the kingdoms totter. He proclaims with His voice, the earth melts. (Psalm 46:6)

Yellowstone National Park is a pristine wilderness, full of scenic landscape and iconic hot-pools and geysers that attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. But it’s what lies beneath that, that has scientists scurrying.

 

The common picture of a volcano is of a mountainous cone of ash.  But supervolcanos like Yellowstone are vast spaces of collapsed crust that form pools – known as calderas – under a seemingly normal surface. Only careful mapping reveals the gentle swell, over a space of hundreds of square kilometres, that contains the cauldron of molten magma below.

 

 THE CALDERA BELOW YELLOWSTONE PARK

 We’ve long known that Yellowstone is merely the skin on top of a supervolcano – a giant pool of magma sitting just under the Earth’s surface. Exactly how giant has been the subject of much speculation. Until now.

 A team from the University of Utah have told the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco that Yellowstone’s magama chamber is 2.5 times larger than previously thought. It is an underground cavern measuring some 55 miles by 20 miles, and runs between 3 and 9 miles below the earth. That’s a lot of molten rock!

 If it blows it will wipe out much of America – and have enormous impacts on the rest of the world. From analysis of rock and sediment layers, scientists say another eruption is almost due – at least by geological standards.   http://nypost.com

 METEOR EXPLODES OVER ARIZONA    

“And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:11)

DEC 11/13.  A resounding boom over Tucson, Arizona, roused residents from their dinner tables and had them pointing up to the sky as a whopper of a rock roared past over their heads. Named Geminid, it was the largest meteor shower of the year. It exploded, rattling their houses, and a car dash board cam captured it on video as it vanished in a bright blaze. – CNN

 

DETROIT WIPES OUT RETIREMENT FUNDS:

 

80% CUTS TO PENSIONERS.

A PEEP INTO THE FUTURE GLOBALLY!

www.prisonplanet.com reports on this grim financial news.

 

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

 

 DETROIT

 

DEC 6/13.  A decade ago civil servants and union members would never have believed it could happen, but this stark reality came to pass this morning.

 

We now know the answer to the question: "What happens when a government makes promises it can’t keep and borrows so much money it can never be repaid?"

 

This morning a judge overseeing the City of Detroit’s fiscal sustainability ruled that the City can be afforded bankruptcy protection, meaning that all 100,000 of its creditors now stand to lose a significant portion of monies owed to them.

 

The most notable victims are the tens of thousands of retirees living on pensions – many of whom will see an 80% obliteration of theretirement funds they believed they’d receive until they died.

 

Detroit is the first, and they have now set a precedent for other cities in similar situations. You can be assured that more will follow.

 

First it will be the cities. Then the states will go under. And finally our own Federal government. Detroit’s debts are pocket change compared to the $200 trillion in future liabilities owed by the United States of America.

 

If you are depending on a government retirement package to be there for you for the rest of your life, you’d better think again. Over twenty thousand Detroit retirees thought the same thing – and as of today they have been wiped out.

 

When this crisis hits the Federal Government – and it will – you’d better be ready for them to take drastic measures. This means they’ll be forced to not only cut retirement benefits promised to federal employees, but will make the case that if they have to give up their retirement funds, you’ll have to give up your 401k, IRA or personal savings.

 

Sounds impossible, right?

 

Congressional members have already started the ball rolling on a nationalisation of Americas retirement funds, and when they are ready to do it they’ll pass the legislation just like they did when they seized 1/6th of our economy by nationalising health care. They are coming for the money – YOUR money – because they will be left with no other choice.

 

Well, that should be enough bad news to digest in one or two months. 

Oh!  There’s just one more!

                                 CHINA  BANS JOURNALISTS FROM WRITING     

                                ABOUT ITS $24 TRILLION DEBT BUBBLE

DEC 24 /13. The Financial Times reports that China has banned journalists from writing pessimistic articles about its economy, the latest in a desperate effort to prevent the $24 trillion Chinese debt mountain from imploding as local interest rates skyrocket.

 

This is a credit squeeze as hot money is pouring out of China.  Credit has been expanding at 20 to 30% per annum for the past five years since the global financial crisis. That’s way ahead of  the 7.5 to 8% official GDP growth.

 

Total credit has ballooned from $9 trillion to $24 trillion in five years, and is now equal in size to the US and Japanese banking systems added together, the biggest bubble in history. It is obvious to many observers that much of the GDP expansion of the past five years is simply monetary inflation and an illusion created under a cloud of acrid smog.

 

 

The problem with any debt bubble is that all seems perfectly well until the bubble suddenly goes pop. China is now coming closer and closer to that point. The rich have gotten as much as they can out of the country before this happens.

 Chinese older ladies, the famous aunties, are converting their money into gold in a rush that has taken advantage of falling gold prices this year.

 

WHERE’S THE GOOD NEWS  ?

 

I’ve told you many times, the only good news for the world – for those who refuse, or neglect, or are ignorant of the salvation of God that is available for all, is …

the Good News which I have already preached to you. ... For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

My friend, make sure of your salvation right now. There is a living Saviour, Jesus, Y’shua!  Have you received Him, as your personal Saviour?

 

He has done His part, by dying on the cross and paying the penalty of your sins.  Your part needs to be the response of your whole heart and mind — believing in the Saviour, and trusting Him to save you from your sins, and from a wasted life.  The Lord has promised:

“He who hears My Word, and believes in Him who sent Me, has eternal life and will not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”  (John 5:24)

                                           

You  believe in God;  believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

 

“The one who comes to Me I will certainly not turn away.” (John 6:37)

My dear reader, if you want to make sure of your salvation, the Decision Prayer below will help you do it — to express your faith in the One died for you and rose again to save  you.

 

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!

THE SAVIOUR IS CALLING YOU!

CALL UPON THE SAVIOUR WHILE YOU MAY!

 

“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)

 

        DECISION PRAYER FOR SALVATION

 

ALMIGHTY GOD, I come to You just as I am, a sinner, seeking forgiveness and salvation.

 

I believe Your Son, Y’shua (Jesus) died on the cross in my place, and paid the penalty my sins deserved. I believe Jesus rose again from the dead, and that He is indeed the living Saviour.

 

I believe Your promise, Father, that if I call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus, I will be saved. So I call upon You in faith, today. I place my trust in the Lord Jesus, and I am now deliberately receiving Him as my personal Saviour. By Your grace, I will follow Him all the days of my life.

 

Lord Jesus, I give my life to You. Please fill my life with Your power and holiness I pray, and make me Your true disciple.

 

Thank You, Father, for receiving me, for Your salvation and for forgiving my sins. Thank You for making me Your child. Thank You for the assurance that You will keep me safe from the Great Tribulation, and from a lost eternity. Thank You, my Saviour. Thank You, Father.  Thank You. Amen.

 

 

Signed   ...................................................   Date ..................

 

 

Please keep your signed prayer with you, and remember this day —it’s your spiritual birthday. And we would be glad to hear from you, and to send you a booklet to help you on the way.

   

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE “IN CHRIST”

 

     Y’SHUA our Saviour said:

“In My Father's House are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you, for I am going there to prepare a place for you.

 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)

“For the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. Then the dead in Christ - those who died with faith in the Messiah - shall rise first.

 “Then we, the living believers who remain, will simultaneously be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air. And so we will be with the Master for ever. Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Some readers may say, “Oh we have heard that so many times.”

 Oh …  of course you have! 

 

So then my friend, please take these Scriptures to heart. Ponder over them and take great comfort in your Master’s words and promise. He is coming to receive YOU to HIMSELF!

“Now may the God of hope (expectation) fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope (expectation) by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

 

AMEN!

 

 
 

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