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MA63 - May 2014 - THE NATIONS, and THE LUST FOR OIL & GAS

  

 

 The Middle East is in turmoil.  The world is in turmoil. But,

“Why are the nations in an uproar?” (Psalm 2:1)

One reason is because of the love and lust for oil and gas.  We will come to this shortly.  But first, there is another reason for the present uproar in the nations.

It is because today’s conditions are now as they were in the days of Noah:

“Then YHWH saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time ... Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight; the earth was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become; for all humanity on the earth had corrupted its ways. Then God said to Noah, 'The end of all people has now come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Watch! I am about to destroy them along with the earth'.  Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood …” (Genesis 6:5, 11-14)

 And He was not kidding! It really did happen!

 “In the 600th  year of Noah's life, on the 17th day of the 2nd month - on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened; and the rain poured upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.” (Yes, Noah was 600 years old. Before the flood people lived to a great age. Noah lived to the ripe old age of 950 years.) … “The waters rose greatly on the earth, more and more, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. “The waters covered the mountains and rose fifteen cubits (about 18ft or 7 metres) above them. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished - fowls and birds, cattle and other livestock, wild beasts and all the creatures that crawl upon the land, and all mankind; every- thing on dry land that had the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils died. “Thus He wiped out every living thing that was upon the face of the earth, from man to animals to creeping things and birds of the sky. They were wiped from the earth, and only Noah was left, and those that were with Him in the ark.” (Genesis 7:11-12, 19-23)

It really did happen. And God’s Anointed Messiah, Y’shua, said in no uncertain terms:

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: people were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)

 Y’shua did not list all the evils of Noah’s days – just the main one – the people’s unbelief and indifference to the warnings of the coming judgment about which Noah’s was preaching. They simply carried on as though every- thing was normal, and nothing would happen! And Yahweh, Almighty God, is not kidding when He commands our present generations –

 “all people everywhere, to repent, because He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

 This time the judgment will not be a worldwide flood; it will be by fire – no doubt nuclear weapons, solar flares, volcanoes, asteroids, and other upheavals.

 “… the world of that time (Noah’s day) was destroyed being flooded with water. But by His Word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and Destruction of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:6-7)

 The coming judgment is for seven years. It is called, THE GREAT TRIBULATION, and also, THE DAY OF YAHWEH, THE DAY OF THE LORD. We do not need to prepare an ark of gopher wood as Noah did. The ARK that will save us from this coming fire is Y’shua.  He is the Ark of Deliverance for all who will enter into Him and receive His provision. As He said:

 “I am the door; whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John 10:9)

 And Y’shua the Messiah is coming, in the clouds, to snatch His people out of this condemned world.

 “Then we, the living believers who remain, will simultaneously be caught up together with them (believers who “sleep” in the grave), 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 4:17-18)

For all who are outside of Christ (Y’shua the Messiah) there is a dreadful holocaust – the Great Tribulation. But the present time is the Day of Salvation, the Day of Opportunity. And if Y’shua could save a wretch like John Newton (see the end article in this edition), He can certainly save you my dear reader.

“He, Y’shua, is also able to save completely and forever those who come to God through Him, since He al- ways lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

 You have read or heard that …

 THE LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL EVIL

(1 Timothy 6:10). It would be also true to say …

 The LOVE OF POWER IS ALSO A ROOT OF EVIL.

The LOVE OF PLEASURE CAN BE A ROOT OF EVIL.

The LOVE OF AMBITION CAN BE A ROOT OF EVIL.

And THE LOVE OF DRUGS AND DRINK, IS A VERY GREAT ROOT OF EVIL.

 And we can say that today, more than any past time ...

 

THE LUST FOR OIL AND GAS

IS THE ROOT OF MANY WARS!

And that’s what we see throughout the world today - the monstrous Love of POWER, OIL and MONEY. It is as the apostle Paul prophesied:

“In the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant … unloving, unforgiving, irreconcilable … without self- control, brutal, despisers of good, treacherous, reckless … lovers of sensual pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)


EURASIA

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S GOAL — THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION

 The Ukraine crisis has done nothing to slow Russia’s plan to launch a “Eurasian Union” beginning with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

 Putin wants Ukraine to be part of his UNION which is due to be launched on 1 January 2015, regardless of the situation in Ukraine or any other country not involved at this stage in the integration process … Negotiations on accession of Armenia are expected to be completed soon, and plans with Kyrgyzstan are also under way.

This will be the beginning of something much bigger – something that resembles the erstwhile Soviet Union. It could include China, Mongolia, and possible other Asian nations including Pakistan and India. The prophet Daniel infers there will be an East-North alliance (Eurasia) com- ing against the Prince of Rome in the end times.

“Reports from the East and from the North will alarm him, and he will go out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many.” (Daniel 11:44)

The prospect of the King of the North aligning with the Kings of the East to invade the Promised Land is quite frightening. Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia are already linked to China in the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation. And here are more developments. ...

 RUSSIA AND CHINA FORGE CLOSER TIES

APRIL 17.  BRUSSELS - Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China.  It is reported that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline, and the Chinese construction of a deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Described as a “mega-project,” the pipeline will pump 60 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas a year from the gas fields in Russia’s far east, with a branch line to deliver up to 38 bcm a year to China. Russia’s  Gazprom and China’s  CNPC have had a “legally binding” agreement from 2013 and that exploitation of the Tchayandinskoe field should start in 2019.

 “The project is aimed primarily at delivery of gas to Russian regions and at developing industry in the Russian Far East. Moscow and Beijing are also going ahead with plans for Chinese firms to build a 25-metre deep port in Crimea as part of “a new transport corridor from Asia to Europe – ‘The Economic Belt of the Great Silk Route’.” The port investment is worth $3 billion in the “first stage” alone.


THE UKRAINE CRISIS

 

MIDDLE EAST ALIGNMENTS ARE A PREPARATION FOR EZEKIEL 38

This item is an extract from a commentary by Tom Olago as in www.prophecynewswatch.com/

 APRIL 15. Al Arabiya.net has recently described the current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine as potentially the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

 The tensions between Russia and the West seem to be causing some significant geopolitical re-alignments following Russia’s recent political aggressions in relation to Ukraine and Crimea.

 Against the backdrop of the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear dispute, Al Arabiya.net commentator, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, says that should the Russian-West standoff over the Ukraine crisis continue, Moscow is likely to play the “Iran card”;  that is, to change its stance on Iran’s nuclear talks in a retaliatory gamble to counter the sanctions by the US and the EU

 As China generally follows the Russian position in the nuclear negotiations, its support would strengthen the Russian-Iran axis. The Ukraine crisis and the Russia-West standoff may not prevent a final nuclear deal being reached, but the terms of the agreement would likely be much less strict on Tehran, and Russia and the Islamic Republic would then strengthen their ties and feel less pressured to cooperate with, or make concessions to, the West.

Russia and China can now focus more on their own terms and agenda, including building nuclear reactors for Iran. In mid-March, Iran’s state-run Press TV reportedly announced that Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed that Moscow would build two additional nuclear power plants for Tehran and construct new facilities next to Iran’s power plant in the city of Bushehr.

Dr. Rafizadeh pointed out several factors that contribute to the converging geopolitical security interests around the emerging Russia/Iran axis:

1. Putin and Khamenei are resisting Western hegemony (controlling influence) in the Middle East.

2. Russia and Iran are attempting to establish themselves as key and influential geopolitical and strategic players in the region.

3. Putin and the Iranian leaders are attempting to restore their regionally and internationally wounded prestige and pride. From their perspective, the international com- munity lacks respect towards Moscow’s and Tehran’s influence and power. Dr. Rafizadeh gives Syria as an example of where the two nations are working together by ratcheting up the amount of political and economic capital they spend to secure Assad’s stay in power.

In addition, for China, its current interests are to strengthen strategic ties with Moscow and Tehran for security. The Ukraine crisis has moved Moscow, Tehran, and Beijing closer to one another to counterbalance the West and to resist Western hegemony. They want to create the main strategic geopolitical axis in the region.

 According to frontpage.com, in the South and East China seas, China is aggressively seeking to expand its maritime borders. It has made significant headway in both these areas with a muscular military approach designed to intimidate American regional allies like Japan and the Philippines. America’s feeble response to Putin’s aggression in Crimea will only serve to embolden a resurgent and aggressive China, making the likelihood of a regional war in that neglected theatre a real possibility. China will certainly feel better by having powerful like-minded partners in Russia and Iran, to counter U.S/NATO concerns and potential reprisals.

With Russia moving into Iran’s camp, Israel has the perfect excuse to move ahead with a military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, and this would likely have the support of the entire Western world as well as America’s Mideast allies like Saudi Arabia. Israel has already signalled its seriousness by setting aside US $2.89 billion to finance an attack. Such a development could act as the trigger for Russia to lead an invasion of Israeli, under the pretext of defending its allies, while actually targeting control of Israel’s enormous gas and oil reserves. This could be the “hook in Russia’s jaws” spoken of in Ezekiel 38! “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws and bring you out with your whole army .” (See more  of this prophecy on page 20.)


UKRAINE BOWS TO MOSCOW

 APRIL 12. The Ukrainian government which was formed after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych in February, faces enormous problems. Not only has Russia taken over the southern province of Crimea, but Ukraine has similar challenges from the pro-Russian populations in the eastern parts of the country.

Encouraged by 40,000 Russian military men on the Russia-Ukraine borders, pro-Russian forces have taken control of government offices, and are demanding referendums on separating from the new Ukraine regime.

In response, the government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to these restive, pro-Moscow regions, in an attempt to hold its head above water against Moscow, without a source of revenue or a viable army.

This offer is the first backward step, supported by the US and EU, in the confrontation with Moscow since Crimea’s breakaway.

Russian troop concentrations on Ukraine’s borders are clearly there to stay, and Moscow has further turned the screw by its “gas sanction” against Ukraine, which is being charged a much higher price for gas from Russia, and told sternly to settle payment for past supplies.

If Moscow makes good on a threat to cut off Ukraine for non-payment of bills, supplies to the rest of Europe would be disrupted.

From the early days of the Ukraine crisis, credible sources reported that the government set up in Kiev had no chance of survival; nor were its leaders qualified to rule a country of 46 million – and certainly they can not stand up to Russian military and economic might. Nevertheless, the Obama administration and NATO officials continued to issue a stream of threatening denunciations against Moscow.

More Crimean officials were added to the US sanctions list - even though it must be obvious to Washington that the US, Europe and NATO combined, do not have enough leverage – military, economic or political – to force Moscow to accept the Ukrainian provisional regime. And the billions of dollars they have laid out to prop up the regime may have gone to a lost cause.

US TENSIONS WITH PUTIN OVER UKRAINE

Tensions between Russia and the West are hitting a new peak. Obama is scrambling to find a way out of any confrontation with Vladimir Putin, given the need for the Russian leader’s help on Syria, and Iran's nuclear program. Obama's efforts to de-escalate tensions with Putin and to resume a working relationship will be essential in trying to rescue something of his overall foreign policy failures.

 EU & US EXPLORE MORE SANCTIONS

EU countries and the US are exploring options for more economic sanctions on Russia.

The EU and US have warned they will blacklist more Russian officials and companies unless Russia de- escalates by pulling back its troops on the Ukrainian border and by denouncing separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The EU has also warned it will impose economic sanctions on Russian energy, minerals, banking, and high-tech firms if its army invades mainland Ukraine. But the NATO allies made clear they would not go to war with Russia no matter what it does to the former Soviet state. “Talk doesn’t replace actions when it comes to what’s happening on the ground, and we will continue to prepare, as we’ve said, additional sanctions and other steps, if we can’t get some de-escalation here,” a US state department spokesman said.  “We’ve said that we’re not considering lethal assistance (weapons) to Ukraine at this time … and President Obama has said there is no military solution here.” But Canada is sending CF-18s Hornet fighter aircraft, as NATO mobilizes. They will operate out of Lask, Poland.

 CRISIS TALKS PRODUCE A DUBIOUS “PEACE DEAL”

After the Ukraine continued to flare up, talks between US, EU, Russia and Ukraine in Geneva on April 17, produced a statement saying: “All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.”

But it says nothing about two other Western demands: that Russia must pull back troops from the Ukrainian border, and stop its gas war on Ukraine.

PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS in eastern Ukraine have declined to honour the peace deal brokered in Geneva. Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told the press that his forces will not surrender arms, vacate government buildings, or put off a referendum on independence on 11 May.

“Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov did not sign any- thing for us, he signed on behalf of the Russian Federation … We will persevere until the end,” Pushilin said, accord- ing to Reuters, in a reference to the Geneva accord.


JEWS THREATENED IN UKRAINE

   Since the uprising that led to the ouster of President Yanukovych in February, members of the Jewish community have been attacked by anti-Semitic and fascist groups.

Concerns have been raised after a leaflet, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, have been distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, ordering Jews to register with local authorities and pay a fee.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee of $50, or else their citizenship could be revoked, they could face deportation, and see their assets confiscated." The leaflet described which documents  Jews should provide: "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles."

Donestsk is one of the main cities where government offices were taken over by pro-Russian forces. The leaf- lets have since been branded a fake by the pro-Moscow separatists it claims to represent – but with tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, many Jews are increasingly worried about their safety.

Militants are demanding that a referendum be held on the regions joining Russia.

The Ukraine government launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in Donetsk to force out the illegal occupiers of the government buildings.

UKRAINE SYNAGOGUE FIREBOMBED

The Nikolayev Synagogue in Ukraine was firebombed by vandals shortly after the leaflets were distributed. One fire- bomb was thrown at the door of the synagogue, which was unoccupied at the time, and another was lobbed at a window. One thing is clear: someone is targeting the Jewish people of Ukraine.  The threat has many of the 15,000 Jews of Donetsk shocked and hysterical. As Anti-Semitism increases in Ukraine, growing numbers of Jewish residents consider leaving, and look for refuge in Israel. Given the long history of virulent anti-Semitism in the region, there is reason to be concerned for the safety of the roughly 200,000 Jewish people in Ukraine.

JEWS URGED TO FLEE UKRAINE

Mr Picnic 86, a Holocaust Survivor, who now lives in north London, said he is not surprised by the anti-Semitic literature in Ukraine. “Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” he said. “And as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They (the Jews) had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945.

“Many today, regrettably, have such short memories. Or no memories at all.  We should ask ourselves why so many concentration camp guards and auxiliary troops were Ukrainian and were often more ruthless than their German compatriots. “This part of the world has been a hot bed of anti- Semitism for centuries, and anti-Jewish animosity re- mains well entrenched in the populace. Not one Jew should have taken up residence in the Ukraine after the Second World War.”

 RUSSIA’S POSSIBLE NEW TARGETS

A NATO "restricted" document singles out Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova as three countries – all former Soviet republics – that might benefit from increased Western military support.

Diplomats are concerned that a permanent NATO military presence in member states bordering Russia could lead President Vladimir Putin to counter by bolstering his own forces near sensitive frontiers.

They are particularly reluctant to place any NATO troops in Ukraine itself. According to a diplomat, “It's not the right time to have a visible NATO presence in Ukraine. It would be a golden pretext for the Russians to reinforce their presence.”

RUSSIAN TROOPS POISED TO INVADE MOLDOVA

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel instructed US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme commander in Europe, to set out at once from Washington to Brussels for consultations with alliance commanders on a possible Russian invasion of Moldova.

There are fears in Washington that 1,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border are poised to take Transnistria, a Russian speaking enclave that has declared independence from Moldova.

About a third of Transnistria’s half-million people are ethnic Russians, many of whom want to return to rule from Moscow. Last week, General Breedlove warned that President Putin had a ready-made pretext to send troops in there as a “protection” force for ethnic Russians, just as he has done in Crimea. A US congressman alleges Russian secret forces had infiltrated parts of Ukraine with large Russian-speaking populations to foment demands for Moscow’s next incursions, and also that Russia is building up its military forces in the separatist Georgian region of SOUTH OSSETIA.

He suggested that President Putin “is consider ing an invasion of both GEORGIA and ARMENIA” to seize the disputed Nagorno-Karabach pocket, “as part of an effort to create an overland link between Russia and Iran.”

Military sources say that if the congressman is correct in his assessments, Putin is not just preparing to strengthen Russia’s military positions in the Black sea region but is seeking to spread Russian control across a larger area up to the Caspian Sea.

As seen from Washington and Jerusalem, Putin appears to be gearing up to create a Russian military line to shield Iran against a potential attack on its nuclear facilities.

 POLAND ASKS NATO FOR 10,000

It is not only Ukraine that feels threatened; other nearby countries — formerly Soviet lands, are worried by Putin’s activities and what is perceived to be his goals.

Europe is divided over demands from Poland and the Baltic states, all of which share borders with Russia, for a permanent deployment of NATO troops to defend them from Russia.

Britain has offered to send RAF Typhoon fighters to join NATO  exercises over Poland and air defence patrols above the Baltic states. But Poland wants NATO forces to be permanently stationed in its territory. Mr Hague gave a cautious response, saying: "We certainly need to give additional reassurance and confidence to our Eastern allies. The measures we must decide upon."

The US is sending 600 troops to take part in NATO exercises in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. And it is also likely to send a warship to the Black Sea. UK says it will contribute aircraft to Baltic air policing and there may be other measures taken.  Germany and other NATO members are wary of causing still more tension with Russia by sending forces to its frontiers.

RUSSIA TESTS MULTI - WARHEAD ICBM

 

Russia’s military has carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead inter- continental ballistic missile amid growing tensions  with the US over the crisis in Ukraine. The SS-27 Mod 2 road-mobile ICBM was launched from Russia’s Plesetsk launch facility, 500 miles north of Moscow.

The SS-27 Mod 2 is Russia’s newest ICBM with a range of around 3,500 miles has been touted by Russian officials as designed specifically to defeat US missile defences.

Mark B. Schneider, a missile specialist with the National Institute for Public Policy, said there is evidence indicating the Russians have violated the START arms treaty by developing the SS-27 Mod 2 with multiple warheads.

 “The original missile that Russia called the Topol M Variant 2 and we call the SS-27, was a single warhead missile,” Schneider said. “START prohibits increasing the declared number of warheads.”

 Source:: Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon 15 April 2014

 MOSCOW MAY USE “S-300” LEVERAGE

If the Iran talks fail, Moscow has leverage: its S-300 super- sophisticated, bomber-killing missile system.  Russia can equip Iran with the missiles that could defend its centrifuges and reactors from allied air strikes. The S-300 has long been Moscow's top-of-the-line air defence system.

The current model is comparable to the US Patriot missile batteries. The S-300 deploys sophisticated radars, launch vehicles and missiles to shoot aircraft and even ballistic missiles out of the sky.

And if the US and EU continue to breathe out threats to Russia regarding Ukraine, and adds more financial punishment, Vladimir Putin could become so angry that he would put the S-300 deal into play." Russia has also threatened to sell the system to Syria.

And here is another offensive Putin mechanism.


RUSSIA HINTS

AT USHERING IN A NEW GOLD BACKED ROUBLE

The Russian president has already announced that he plans to sell oil in Roubles. This would threaten the US dollar.

APRIL 14. Russia would have no qualms with using gold as a geopolitical weapon. The Central Bank of Russia has made a subtle, yet serious threat against the lynch-pin (the driving force) of the American Economy - the US dollar.

According to Russian media, Russia’s Bank Rossiya has just released a new logo, which is a gold rouble. This action comes in response to JPMorgan entering the economic battlefield and blocking Russian wire transfers. Vladimir Putin has made it quite clear that any attacks on the Russian economy will be answered with retaliations of their own. This latest threat has the potential to derail the American economy. If Russia decides to use its vast gold reserves to back the Rouble, the consequences for the global economy would be huge.

Already the US Dollar, which has been the reserve currency of the World for far too long, was skating on thin ice. It is often said that the first country to release a gold backed currency would have the most to gain and would likely steal the mantle of reserve currency of the world.

For years alternative media have speculated that China would be the first to act. This still may be true, but now Russia appears ready to throw its hat in that arena.

Symbolism has serious meaning to President Putin and you can be rest assured that the West is taking this subtle, yet meaningful move, very seriously. They know that Russia would have no qualms with using gold as a geo- political weapon - a weapon that could cause serious problems for the world’s currency markets. - ETF News.

STOCKS DIVE AS RUSSIA ABANDONS U.S. $ April 11.

The stock market dive that brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average to near 16,000 and the Nasdaq to below 4,000 might reflect an accelerated move by Russia away from the petrodollar in retaliation for the Obama administration’s threatened economic sanctions over Russia’s takeover of Crimea. Russia’s politically motivated attack on the petrodollar could trigger a major US stock market collapse amid a global loss of confidence in the dollar caused by the Federal Reserve’s continuing policy of buying billions of dollars monthly in US Treasury debt.  - http://beastwatchnews.com/

 THE “HOOKS IN YOUR JAWS” PROPHECY EZEKIEL 38:3-12

“The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: ‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Rosh (RUSSIA), Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horses and horsemen all fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing swords. ‘Persia (Iran), Cush (Sudan - Ethiopia), and Put (Libya) will be with them, all with shields and helmets; Gomer also with all its troops; and the House of Togarmah from the far north (Turkey and the Turkic people of Central Asia) with all its troops - many nations with you. Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. ‘After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will invade the land that has recovered from the sword, whose people have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate. Its people had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them are living securely. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.’

 “The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: ‘On that day thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan. You will say,  “I will invade the land of unwalled villages; I will attack those who are at rest and live securely - all of them living without walls and without gates or bars, to plunder and loot, to turn your hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, people who have acquired cattle and goods, and who live at the centre of the world”’.”

 So Ezekiel makes it clear that Russia and its allies will come down (and up) against Israel, to take a spoilt. And even if it should become reluctant to do so, God will put hooks into their jaws and draw them down – for His purpose is to bring them into judgment, along with the nations that come up against God’s land. (Joel 3:2 & 12. Zechariah 14:2-3. and Ezekiel 38.)

Here is an interesting development that could be a factor in Russia’s pursuit of power and his Eurasia plans.


TURKEY- ISRAEL GAS PIPELINE PROPOSED

From a commentary by Jim Nash http://watchmansview.com

 

In March a proposal for a major energy pipeline project that may help to heal the strained relation- ship between Turkey and Israel, was announced. The undersea pipeline would export natural gas from Israel's offshore Leviathan field to southern Turkey.

This proposal came ahead of a meeting between the Israeli PM’s personal envoy for energy and the chief of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization. Both parties agreed to work toward re-opening embassies and normalizing strained relations.

Israel and Turkey both seem to be isolated in the region, giving both countries a reason to begin working together again.  The proposed Israeli Leviathan pipeline could be used to help normalize Israeli-Turkish relations. As a consequence of its lack of relations with both Israel and Cyprus, Turkey found itself sidelined from their joint exploitation of enormous offshore natural gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The proposed pipeline system has been hailed as Turkey's entrance into the energy game.

The 450-kilometer subsea pipeline would be the Middle East's most ambitious native pipeline, stretching from Israel's offshore Leviathan field, 130 kilometres west of Haifa, to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. With a capacity of 16 billion cubic meters, the initiative has been lauded as a way to enable Turkish (and eventually European) energy diversification away from Moscow. Since Russia's Gazprom, controls almost a fifth of the world's gas reserves, and supplies more than 50% of Ukraine's gas, and about 30% of Europe's gas annually, just one month before the Crimea/Ukraine crisis, Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas deal with US Chevron "that Ukraine hoped could end its energy dependence on Russia by 2020."

Since Russia earns as much as 80% of its state budget revenue through gas and oil commodity sales, and given what has just happened in Crimea, how long do you think Gog/Putin will let an Israeli-Turkey gas pipeline deal stand unchallenged — one that reduces Turkish and Europe's reliance on Moscow to supply its energy needs?

Russia takes no prisoners when it comes to its thirst for gas/oil. Recently it was announced that Iran and Russia have made progress towards an oil-for-goods deal that would be worth up to $20 billion, which would enable Tehran to boost vital energy exports in defiance of Western sanctions. Turkey is named as being part of the Russian lead Gog Magog alliance against Israel . (Ezekiel 38:2-6)

 TURKEY’S PRESENT POSTURE

Regarding Syria, at present, Turkey is anti-Assad; Putin is pro-Assad! Turkey is a staunch opponent of the Damascus regime, and hosts about 800,000 refugees from the three-year-old Syrian conflict, many of them in camps along the border.

On March 23, a Turkish F-16 aircraft shot down a Syrian fighter jet for a breach of Turkish airspace.  In April, Turkey returned artillery fire into Syria.

Russia's sole Mediterranean base is at the Syrian port of Tartus. The Syrian army is equipped with Russian weapons. So for Russia, Syria is both a market and an operational observation post.

A Turkish strike on Syria and/or a major gas deal with Israel (which would threaten Russia) would be viewed by Moscow as a declaration of War.

Turkey and Russia have a long history of war between the two countries so don't be surprised if it were to happen again, positioning Gog to rule over Meshech and Tubal.

The Israeli-Turkey pipeline does not need to be up and operating - just the threat of an agreement is enough for Russia's action — the threat of the Israeli-Turkish gas alliance has just been put into play! The Gog Magog War “Hook in the Jaw” set-up (via the threat of a major Israel-Turkey Gas Pipeline) has now been set into motion. If this is indeed a major part of the motivation for a Russian led coalition against Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39; and as this battle is scheduled for early in the Tribulation, then how close are we to our redemption - the Rapture of the Church?

 "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:28)

Could Turkey be one of the next targets of Russia, as was Crimea?  Or will Turkey reposition itself and adjust to Russia and the new realities?


IRAN

 

“IRAN ENTITLED TO ENRICH URANIUM TO 90% GRADE”

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that the country is entitled to enrich uranium to the level of 90%, and said Tehran plans to build four new nuclear plants with the Russians' help.

"Firstly, we believe that we are entitled to any right that any NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and (International Atomic Energy) Agency member has, which means that enrichment (of uranium) from 1% to 90% is our right," Salehi said in a televised interview in April.

He said that Iran has accepted to limit its enrichment program to the level of 5% only in a voluntary move based on the Geneva deal inked between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) sealed in November.

Elsewhere, Salehi announced Iran's plans to build four other nuclear power plants in the coming years, and said the construction work for the establishment of Iran's second power plant would start this (Iranian) year and the same trend would continue for the construction of three more plans every other year. He then said that Iran seeks to build its next nuclear power plants through joint cooperation between the country's experts and their Russian counterparts.

Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hard-line stance on Tehran. Iran has insisted that it would continue enriching uranium because it needs to provide fuel to a 300-megawatt light- water reactor it is building in the South-western town of Darkhoveyn as well as its first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr.  - english.farsnews.com/

ISRAEL SHOCKED BY

“UNACCEPTABLE” U.S. CONCESSIONS

IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Israel has expressed alarm over the prospect of US nuclear concessions to Iran.

Officials said the government was dismayed by indications that Washington would enable Iran to continue its nuclear program, including those elements that could be used for weapons. The officials cited testimony to Congress by Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States could support an agreement to allow Iran to assemble an atomic bomb within months. “The things Kerry said in the Congress are worrying, they are surprising and they are unacceptable,” Israeli Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Steinitz expressed government concern over P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Teheran. The minister, deemed close to Netanyahu, said Israel feared that Iran would emerge stronger from any accord that would also remove sanctions. “We are watching the negotiations with concern,” Steinitz said. “We are not opposed to a diplomatic solution but we are against a solution which is entirely a surrender to Iran and which leaves it as a threshold nuclear state.” In an appearance to the Senate Foreign Relations Commit- tee on April 8, Kerry acknowledged that Iran required two months to complete the assembly of its first nuclear weapon. But Kerry said Iran might race toward a nuclear weapon without a warhead of delivery system. “It’s just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, without any necessary capacity to put this in, to deliver,” Kerry said. For his part, Steinitz said Israel could not accept an Iran  with imminent  breakout  capability.  Earlier, Iran insisted on its right to enrich uranium to a weapons-grade level of 90%. “We will not be able to adopt and accept any agreement which leaves Iran months or a year from a nuclear weapon,” Steinitz said. - Reported by WorldTribune.com


IRAN - RUSSIAN

“OIL-FOR-GOODS”

TRADE DEAL

In response to the sanctions imposed on Iran, and now on Russia, Tehran and Moscow recently announced a $20 billion trade deal. The oil deal may alleviate the economic pressure on Iran that the White House has said helped bring the Islamic Republic to the bargaining table. But it may sink the talks that President Obama is still hoping will persuade Iran to defang its nuclear program.

But more, the $20 billion deal has sparked concerns that Moscow is seeking to open up a direct line into Tehran for the transfer of nuclear equipment and military hardware, shipments that would flatly violate the terms of the recent- ly inked interim nuclear deal. An Iranian official in fact told a news service that the barter deal would include Russian weapons. The oil deal thus poses a new obstacle in the PS+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear issue.

The Russian business daily Kommersant has reported Russia plans to buy 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, shattering an export limit defined by an interim nuclear agreement world powers and Iran reached last year. The oil-for-goods exchange is still far from finalized, the news- paper said, but its potential challenges Western efforts to secure a comprehensive agreement.

The six-month interim agreement, which went into effect in January and expires in July, allows Iran to continue exporting a total of 1 million barrels a day of oil to six countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. But the agreement didn't apply to Russia, which wasn't an existing customer of Iran's petroleum industry. Concrete progress on the oil-for-goods proposal would put President Obama in a bind.

If he publicly threatens too forceful a response, he risks opening up a new rift with Russia at a time when the two countries are trying to maintain cooperation on nuclear and other matters even as they go through one of the worst crises in decades related to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. And re-imposing US sanctions against Iran would likely prompt its negotiators to abandon the nuclear talks.

But if the president and his administration fail to dissuade Russia and Iran from moving forward, the interim agreement that forms the basis of America's ongoing diplomacy with Iran would be undermined.

The US could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said while dis- cussing with a Senate panel, an emerging threat to the talks that are designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran.

 LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES

It would be difficult for Russia to gain immediate access to the petroleum since most Iranian oilfields are far from the Caspian Sea through which the oil could be shipped, and lack the infrastructure to ensure deliveries.

Another report suggests that Russia does not need to physically import the oil from Iran - they will pay Iran for it, and then leave the oil in Iran to be sold for roubles or a non-dollar currency, to a third party.

The latest round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear pro- gram in Vienna ended last month without any discernable progress.


ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS

COLLAPSE

During the 9 months talks, nothing concrete has been achieved. Abbas and Netanyahu did not even once talk face to face.

With the US-sponsored peace talks crumbling, the Palestinians called for more involvement from diplomats from both Russia and the European Union. Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Fayed Mustafa, expressed the desire of the PA to seek deeper involvement from the 28-nation bloc and Russia.

And when it had become clear that the Palestinians would never recognise Israel as a Jewish state; and was not willing to live alongside Israel in a 2-state solution, but on the contrary, was making new and impossible demands of Israel as the price for extending the peace talks beyond April 29, Israel responded by refusing to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners which had been promised earlier as a measure to induce the Palestinians to sit and talk.

Abbas’ response was to apply for membership in a number of international organisations – breaking its commitment not to do so while the talks were going on.

A BLOW FOR MID-EAST PEACE BID

UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon speedily signed the applications of President Abbas in an effort to advance the case for Palestinian statehood outside negotiations with the Israelis. “The State of Palestine” will be formally admitted in May to 10 international conventions overseen by the UN, a move that could spell the end of the faltering US-backed peace process.

 ISRAEL CUTS MOST TIES WITH RAMALLAH

PM Netanyahu’s response was to issue instructions to government ministries forbidding meetings with Palestinian officials, and halting all civilian an d econ om ic co- operation with the PA. This is "in response to the Palestinian violation of their commitments under peace talks.’

Israel, which collects about $118 million in taxes on behalf of the PA (two-thirds of its revenues), has decided to freeze the transfer of that money. Israel suspended its participation with the Palestinians in developing a gas field off the Gaza Strip, and put a cap on Palestinian deposits in its banks. Israel also froze plans for a Palestinian mobile phone company to enter Gaza, and delayed plans to advance housing and agricultural projects for the Palestinians in the 60 per cent of the West Bank under full Israeli control.

ABBAS THREATENS TO DISBAND THE PA

APRIL 20. President Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the PA and to disband Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic problems for Israel. According to Palestinian sources cited by Yedioth Ahronoth, Abbas and top PA officials are considering the drastic move, which would involve cancelling the 1993 Oslo Accords and announcing that the Palestinian Authority is a “government under occupation” without full sovereign- ty, which would technically move full responsibility for the Palestinians, in the West Bank at least, to Israel.

The threat would also disband and abolish PA security forces operating in the West Bank, theoretically opening the way for expanded Palestinian unrest against Israeli forces. The move could also prompt a surge in inter- national legal and diplomatic action against Israel.

The proposal is apparently gaining steam on the PA side. But the Central Command of the PLO would have to approve the proposal. An Israeli MK has dismissed the threat as another PA ploy. "Threats to dismantle the PA threaten, first and foremost, the rulership of Mahmoud Abbas. In one blow he will change from a man of status, power, and prestige to a has-been who will have to pay the price for his actions thus far. It will be much easier and cheaper for Israel to be concerned with the humanitarian needs of Israeli Arabs in Judea and Samaria once it can dock the budgetary costs of the PA police forces (who do not deal with terrorism anyway.)" With the peace talks scheduled to end on April 29, Palestinian affairs (antics) went from desperate to ridiculous. The current Middle East peace process is absolutely muddled, with illogical steps pursued by Abbas, who seems to be firing frenziedly in all directions.


 

 HAMAS AND FATAH AGREE TO

UNITY GOVERNMENT IN "HISTORIC" DEAL

APRIL 23. An Abbas envoy from the West Bank met with the Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh, and signed yet another pact to unite Fatah and Hamas in a unity government -- “within five weeks.”  Presidential and parliamentary elections will then be held in six months. (Maybe!)

The demands, conditions, stipulations and decisions pouring out of Mhd. Abbas’ office in the last month or so have persuaded everyone concerned that the Palestinian leader’s mind is in a total muddle.

  No-one in Jerusalem or Washington can figure out what he wants.  And even his closest aides believe Abbas doesn’t know his own mind and are afraid of what he may dream up next.

Apart from its adverse impact on the peace process with Israel, the uniting means that Abbas has publicly allied himself and his party with the fundamentalist Hamas, whose Gaza domain is under Egyptian army siege for abetting and hiding fugitive Muslim Brotherhood activists.

Gaza’s Hamas rulers have granted the Brotherhood a base for running terrorist networks in Cairo and other Egyptian cities.

As an integral part of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is also condemned as an enemy by Saudi Arabia and also the United Arab Emirates.

How to explain the logic of Mahmoud Abbas’s resort to such dangerous lengths to avoid peace talks with Israel, by placing the entire Palestinian movement in opposition to the leading Arab governments, is simply not possible!

VOLATILITY

The current situation in the Palestinian territories as well as in Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Russia, China, and America is very volatile (changing all the time). The same could be said of every nation, for these are the days of great trial and preparation for the climatic war of the end- times. So keep your mind attuned to the latest news on these fast developing international crises. But at the same time look up!  The Saviour is coming soon!


AMAZING GRACE . . . that saved a wretch like me!

THE STORY JOHN NEWTON

By JOE MUSSER

Drinking, cursing, rebellion, obscene stories and vile living characterized the life of John Newton. His character was despicable and his total personality filthy and rotten, until God met him in grace. He became a mighty man of God and wrote the words of the  famous  and undying  hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

 ALTHOUGH he was born more than two hundred years ago, John Newton wrote a song which has not only remained a favourite among church groups, but has recent- ly gained new popularity among young people. And it is no surprise to hear it on any secular radio station you happen to tune into.

What was there about this man’s life that enabled him to write a song that still communicates today?

If John Newton’s early life could be described in contemporary terms, we’d probably say he was under-privileged. His mother died when he was seven. His father taught him, but later remarried and brought home a stepmother to help raise John. When John was eleven, he went to sea with his father who was captain of his own ship. Behind the captain’s back, the reckless and sin-loving sailors taught John everything they knew about their kind of life. By the time he became a teenager, John was already well down the road and could down a tankard of liquor and curse as violently as his shipmates. In fact, his intelligence and creativity inspired some of the most blasphemous and obscene outbursts ever uttered. It is likely John felt he had to “prove” his manhood by matching every evil thought or action of those who sailed with him. Yet he inwardly knew how wrong he was. In the quaint archaic Old English words of his auto- biography (Out of the Depths, Moody Press), he berated himself for the inconsistency in his life.

EXCELLING IN WICKEDNESS

He was taught by his mother to read and practice the Scriptures, but lacked the will power or courage to reform. He wrote: “I was presently religious in my own eyes (praying and reading the Scriptures) but alas! this seeming goodness had no solid foundation. Instead of prayer, I learned to curse and blaspheme, and was exceedingly wicked when not under my parents’ view.” He continued to waver between wanting to do right and falling back into the old patterns. During his early teenage years he experimented with every sinful practice of the day. He could not only keep up with his older companions, he says, but, “I often exceeded their vile wickedness.” In fact, John drew great pleasure from luring some other, unsuspecting teen, into committing the same sins.

Through these years God was trying to reach John for Himself. He allowed John to have several close brushes with death. His escapes were totally miraculous, and John was forced to acknowledge that it was only of God’s grace that he had been spared. The first episode happened in his first year at sea. While on leave, John was thrown from a horse and landed with- in scant inches of a deadly row of stakes, which would have impaled him. He writes, “Had I fallen upon the stakes, I would inevitably have been killed. My con- science suggested to me the dreadful consequences if ... if I had been summoned to appear before God.”

So John made feeble reform attempts. Yet it wasn’t long before he’d slip back into his old pattern - with worse habits than ever before.

UNWILLING TO FORSAKE SIN

There were other close calls. Once he was delayed in get- ting back to his ship, and it sailed without him - only for him to find it had capsized. He would have been drowned if he had been on it.

 At another instance, John’s captain pulled him - with no apparent reason - from a crew appointed to explore an island cove. Most of the crew, including the substitute sent in John’s place, were killed by savages from the island. Again and again John’s life was spared - and he thought briefly of God’s providence. Yet the tug of sin was strong. John says of these escapes: “I was exceedingly affected but I loved sin and was unwilling to forsake it.”

This pattern helped shape John’s character. He had ability, but too often his problems got in the way. At the age of seventeen, he was offered the captaincy of a ship! But after a visit to a tavern and exercise of drunken temper, he lost the position. As a result, his father made plans for John to take a job in Jamaica - work that would involve a stay of five years overseas. John decided to go and say good-bye to the girl he loved, and stayed with her three weeks. The ship to Jamaica sailed without him, making his father furious. To help straighten out his son,” Captain Newton signed his son into the navy on a man-of- war.

On leave following a “shakedown” voyage, and while the ship was being prepared for a five-year sea voyage, John decided to visit Mary again. This time he was AWOL for three weeks. In another instance, the thought of leaving Mary for five years was too much for him, and he simply fled. However, soldiers came for him, marched him to the city jail and locked him up until the ship’s captain came after him.

As punishment for his absence without leave, John was kept in irons, stripped and flogged, and the crew was forbidden to talk or have anything to do with him. John’s bitterness and hatred grew. He plotted how he would kill the captain. The five years at sea under such intolerable conditions made him desperate. He considered how he would somehow get to the captain, kill him - probably with a knife - and then jump to his own death in the sea.

Before John could carry out his plan, he learned of another ship in the same port where his own had stopped. He was indentured to the present ship, which meant that he (or his father for him) had sold himself into servitude for five years. In desperation he asked the Captain to transfer him to the other ship. The captain, who was sick of John’s troublesome ways, decided it was a good idea. So did the captain of the other ship. And John was elated.

ABOARD SLAVE SHIPS

The captain and crew of this new ship welcomed John. It was at this time John learned the ship was a trading vessel which plied its trade between the Ivory Coast of Africa and North America. Its cargo — slaves!

It was the kind of environment which made John very much at home. There was plenty to drink, loud and obscene stories to tell and hear, and a diversion of a sort unavailable on any other cargo ship. Female slaves were dragged from the hold and abused by the most degenerate sailors while the others watched and cheered.

But after six months, the captain of the ship died. Fearing that he might be transferred or indentured on another man-of-war, John was allowed to transfer to a job with a European slave trader on the African coast. This man’s black wife hated John for some reason.

The trader left John in charge of his business while he went on a trip to buy slaves. During his absence, John came down with a violent tropical disease. The man’s wife showed no interest in helping John, and, in fact, went out of her way to take out the revenge of her own oppressed people on him. He was nearly dead of hunger and thirst, but somehow clung to life.

His spirit was finally broken. Forced to crawl on his hands and knees, he would claw the ground for edible roots or stagger along the beach looking for a dead fish washed ashore that he would eat raw.

Sickness and sin had taken their toll on both his mind and body. For almost a year; he was forced to exist in this way. Finally his health improved, and he was given to a new employer who treated him well. Before long, John’s hand in the business led the new employer to share it with John, who was now finally happy.

NEWTON’S CRISIS EXPERIENCE

One day, a ship came into harbour with the news that John was asked to come back to England - not only was “all forgiven,” but according to the captain, “A relative of yours has died and left you a fortune!”

John decided to go back. As soon as the ship sailed, the captain admitted the inheritance information was a lie - that he was ordered by John’s father to bring the young man back to England, and that was the way he thought would work best.

On the slow journey back to England, John’s boredom was relieved as he recalled his old ways of diversion. Be- fore long, he had sunk as low in sin on this ship as ever before, leading the crew in new ways of wickedness.

John Newton, though still a young man, had several life- times of sinful experience behind him. His character was despicable and his total personality filthy and rotten. People felt degraded just being with him.

During this voyage, the ship encountered a series of severe storms. Many of the crew were washed overboard. Food and water dwindled or were destroyed. The holds flooded as quickly as the men could bail. Pumps were handled around the clock, but they couldn’t keep up.

John along with the others, prepared for the worst. It was utterly hopeless. Once again, John faced the threat of death and judgment before God.

Suddenly a cry was heard - “We’re making headway! The storm’s dying down and the water is receding from the hold!” A gleam of hope. However, the storm continued to buffet the ship with tornado winds and waves sweeping and crashing like liquid avalanches. John began to pray - not the prayer of a man who is on speaking terms with the Lord, but rather - as he expressed it - “My prayer was like the cry of ravens” - screaming out to God in desperation. The storm subsided. An answer to prayer?

John spent the next few days reflecting - for the first time seriously questioning whether God would ever give him another chance to repent. “I now began to think of that Jesus whom I had so often derided.” John writes: “I could not say from my heart that I believed ... yet I would for the present, take it for granted.”

The four weeks it took the crippled ship to reach port were agonizing to all aboard. For John Newton, it was doubly so - for his soul was experiencing a crisis if anything more serious than the physical hardship all the men faced. But they made it! And when the ship was safely anchored, a new Christian stepped ashore.

John Newton responded to God and the gift of salvation which was offered by his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. From this turning point he began to grow in faith and Christian experience.

Soon he was the captain of his own ship (on which he led his men in worship services instead of revelry) and acquired a wife - Mary, the girl he had loved since teenage years.

Looking back, John Newton - self-confessed “wretch” - was able to write several hymns relating to his life and experience and his sensitivity to God’s grace and mercy, the most famous of which is …

“Amazing Grace.”

YES IT IS GOD’S GRACE

God’s kindness and unmerited favour towards you. It’s God’s gift — God’s provision for YOUR salvation, based of the atoning work of Christ on the cross.

“Believe in Y’shua (Jesus) the Messiah and you will be saved.”

“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF Y'SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)

 

 

 

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