“In the last days perilous
times will come, for men will be ... without self-control, brutal,
fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless … Evil men and
imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
(2 Timothy 3: 1-4, 13)
“Cut off your hair and
throw it away, and take up a lament on the barren heights; for YHWH
has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.” (Jeremiah
“Therefore YHWH says:
‘Look, I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to
escape; and though those who refuse to listen to Me will
cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them’.” (Jeremiah 11:11)
THE NATIONS FEAR the NEW
Over the past few months major events have happened one after the other.
We have seen the Ukraine crisis deepen into civil war; we have seen
Russia on the move, taking over Crimea, and supporting the
Russian-speaking separatists in East Ukraine. We have seen the Middle
East Peace talks collapse, and Fatah joining with Hamas in a “unity
government. We have seen the Malaysia passenger plane with 295 people on
board, shot down. We have seen another serious conflict between the
Palestinians and Israel escalating into all-out war.
see the world sliding into turmoil, social anarchy, corruption,
violence, moral collapse, terrorism, and bankruptcy, along with
armaments buildup, intense opposition to the Bible and its message, and
have seen Mystery Babylon, in the person of Pope Francis, riding a
“white horse” – seeking to promote peace between Muslims and Jews, and
to bring them, with Christians and others, into a “Global Religion of
And now we witness a new upheaval in Iraq, and an Islamic Caliphate
declared in the Middle East.
Y’SHUA THE MESSIAH says to His people:
“When these things begin to
take place, straighten yourselves and lift up your heads, because your
redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
ISIS IN IRAQ
There are many crisscross conflicts going on between the nations that
are involved in the alarming situation in Iraq, and many more nations
are likely to be drawn into the developing Islamic quagmire.
There has been considerable panic, and the whole of the Middle East is
on the edge of uncertainty. “ISIS”
stands for the ...
STATE OF IRAQ
This is a Sunni Salafist militant movement,
founded in 2013
with roots in al-Qaida
in Iraq. After sending its men into Syria to fight against the Shia
regime of Bashar Assad, it became so radical that even
al-Qaida disowned it.
became a powerful force in Syria; and in June this year, it invaded
northern Iraq and captured, first the city of Mosul [Nineveh],
and then a dozen other cities including Tikrit (Saddam Hussein’s
birthplace), and swathes of territory in the north and west of the
Basically this is a conflict with Sunni Muslims pitted against Shi’ite
Muslims. It is an endtime battle of the age-long war between these two
groups that began after their prophet Mohammed died. Islam then split
into two factions over who should be the leader.
Both Sunnis and Shi’ites claim to be the true authentic Islam. Both want
to establish a new Islamic caliphate in the Middle East. But both
despise each other. And although co-existing, they have been at
loggerheads for 1400 years.
The conflict has increased in the present generation, and it is reaching
towards a climax at this time.
is a “birthright” issue between Esau and Ishmael, about who has
the right to rule the Muslim world. That issue needs to be settled
before the other conflict can be settled – that is, the age-long
conflict between Esau and Jacob (Arab and Israel) – specifically,
the ownership right to the land promised to Abraham and his descendants.
ISIS is also known as ISIL
– the Islamic
Iraq and the
Levant. “The Levant” refers to
the Eastern Mediterranean lands, including Cyprus, southern Turkey,
Lebanon, Syria, Israel, West Bank, Jordan and the Sinai.
In its first stages, ISIS/ISIL want to create an
Islamic state straddling Syria, Iraq,
Jordan, the West Bank, Israel and
caliphate, under strict Islamic law, stretching from the Mediterranean
Sea to Iraq.
ISIS is well-organised and is fanatically
anti-democratic. It is a Sunni
sectarian organisation that aligns
itself with a mixture of extremist Sunni organisations and also Syrian
tribes that are dedicated to
overturning the Maliki Shi’ite majority government in Baghdad.
12,000 fighters make up the ISIS force;
as many as one-third of them are foreigners. It is rapidly growing
in numbers. An estimated 150 Australians are fighting in sectarian
according to the foreign ministry, some of them with ISIS in Syria and
ISIS has already taken large areas in Syria, and made big gains in Iraq.
It is now in the process of setting up a hard-core Islamic state in the
heart of the Middle East.
well as being fully operational in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has a covert
presence in southern Turkey, appears to be establishing a presence in
Lebanon and has supporters in Jordan, Gaza, the Sinai, Indonesia, Saudi
Arabia and elsewhere.”
The ISIS modus operandi (method of working) includes
attacks on humanitarian aid
organisations, videoed beheadings, floggings, stoning, amputations,
kidnappings and suicide attacks. As they have captured cities in
northern Iraq, they have slaughtered many, even soldiers who surrendered
ISIS is headed by ABU BAKR al-BAGHDADI, an Iraqi militant
who transformed a few small terror cells into the most brutal
and lethal terror group on earth.
Al-Baghdadi has rarely been photographed or appeared in public. Above is
one old photo of him that is circulating.
He has a PhD degree in Islamic law (according to Iraqi law enforcement
officials). He was imprisoned by US forces in Iraq in 2005, but was
In 2006, the
State Department listed Baghdadi as a specially-designated
2011 he was put on the US State Department’s list of most wanted
terrorists, with a reward of $10 million on his head.
April 2010 Baghdadi was promoted to the head of the group known as
al-Qaida in Iraq and Islamic State of Iraq after its previous
leader was killed in a US airstrike.
Subsequently he ignored the orders from the al-Qaida’s Pakistan-based
leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. And ISIS became so brutal that al-Zawahiri
disowned it. These things led to the breakup between them.
Baghdadi’s group, ISIS, is funded by
wealthy, private donors based in Jordan, Syria
and Saudi Arabia. Also
America's Allies (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United
Arab Emirates, and Oman) are funding ISIS.
has been the largest supporter and enabler of ISIS. Erdogan’s
government has allowed ISIS fighters to train in Turkey and to cross the
border between Turkey and Syria at will, to participate in the fighting.
Moreover Turkey has “provided the bulk of ISIS’s funds, logistics,
training and arms.”
Turkey also supports the al-Nusra Front which is
al-Qaida’s endorsed group in Syria. The al-Nusra Front is
now an opponent of ISIS in Syria, but some of its fighters and units
have now pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi.
The blame for the ISIS invasion of Iraq is largely placed on Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki because he has discriminated against Sunnis and
made them his bitter opponents. In June, John Kerry visited Iraq to
press al-Maliki to either step down, or to form a coalition government
that would include the three peoples – the Sunnis, Shias and Kurds; but
al-Maliki has refused to step down.
Because of hatred for al-Maliki, some Sunnis tribes are largely
supporting ISIS which is already controlling much of the North and West
Sunni areas. A united Iraq is out of the question. The only way
to have a semblance of “one Iraq,” would be to have a loose
confederation of the three areas. But even that now seems an
“The noise of battle is in
the land, and of great destruction. How the hammer of the whole earth
has been broken and shattered! How Babylon (Baghdad) has become a
horrendous ruin among the nations! 'I set a snare for you, O Babylon,
and before you knew it, you were caught! You were discovered and also
seized because you rose up against YHWH’.” (Jeremiah 50:22-24)
JULY 2/14. With ISIS insurgents bearing down on Baghdad,
the US, UN, Iran and Iraq's own Shi'ite clergy have pushed hard for
politicians to come up with an inclusive government to hold the
fragmenting country together, and to enable a united defence against
Despite the urgency, the Iraqi parliament's first session since its
election in April collapsed when the Shi'ites failed to name a
prime minister. (The constitution requires the Iraq prime minister to
be a Shi’ite.)
and Kurds walked out of the parliamentary session after Shi'ites failed
to name a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki, dimming any
prospect of an early national unity government to save Iraq from
The Sunnis and Kurds refused to return from a recess to the
parliamentary chamber, and the session broke up after an hour without
AN “ISLAMIC STATE”
DECLARED IN IRAQ AND SYRIA
On June 29,
the ruthless Isis jihadists spearheading the Sunni militant offensive in
Iraq, declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate,
in the territories of Syria and Iraq that it now controls, and it
has renamed itself,
ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was anointed as the supreme
leader of the caliphate, and he is now to be referred to as
Caliph Ibrahim. (Baghdadi’s real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali
ISIS is now “THE ISLAMIC STATE.” (ISIS IS NOW IS).
The declaration said Caliph Ibrahim was the "leader for Muslims
everywhere," and it demanded that all Muslims around the world
pledge allegiance to him.
The group said the caliphate currently stretches “from Aleppo to
Diyala.” Aleppo is Syria’s largest city, and has been a battle zone
in the civil war since mid-2012. Diyala is the Iraqi province located to
the north-east of Baghdad.
IS speaker declared: “The legality of all emirates, groups, states and
organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph's authority
and the arrival of its troops to their areas. Listen to your caliph and
obey him. Support your state, which grows every day.”
Two days later the newly-created Caliph himself released a 19-minute
audiotape calling on Muslims to help build an 'Islamic state.' He made a
special call to those with practical skills - such as scholars, judges,
doctors, engineers and people with military and administrative expertise
– to come and “answer the dire need of the Muslims for them.”
urged Muslims around the world to travel to the Middle East to join the
Islamic state. “Rush,” he cried, “because Syria is not for the Syrians,
and Iraq is not for the Iraqis.”
also called on jihadi fighters to increase fighting in the holy month
of Ramadan, which began on June 29. He said: 'In this virtuous
month, or in any other month, there is no deed better than jihad in the
path of Allah, so take advantage of this opportunity and walk the path
of your righteous predecessors. So to arms, to arms, soldiers of the
Islamic fight, fight.”
ISIS is now calling for a global jihad.
“And I shall dispatch
foreigners to Babylon that they may winnow her and may devastate her
land; for on every side they will be opposed to her in the day of her
calamity.” (Jeremiah 51:2)
Raqqa in Syria has become, the Islamic State's “capital,” and a military
parade was held there to celebrate the caliphate announcement.
EXTREMISTS CLAIM TO BE
caliphate is a form of Islamic government that was last seen under the
“The caliphate” looks back to the days of the Prophet Mohammed, when an
empire stretched from Afghanistan to Spain. After 400 years, the
Ottoman Empire ultimately floundered and fell in World War I.
The title “caliph” is also known as Emir al-Muminin (“commander
of the faithful”), and this title was used historically by Islamic
leaders from the 7th century until Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
abolished the caliphate in 1924.
Since then a caliphate has been a long-held dream of radical jihadists
who want to impose their version of Islamic sharia law.
wants to establish its caliphate with headquarters in Jerusalem; but its
expectation is that the Mahdi, the 12th Imam, must surface
first, to build an army that will conquer Jerusalem, and to establish
the caliphate from there.
The Iranian Shias certainly will not recognise the Sunni Baghdadi as the
wants to establish a caliphate, and
Turkey wants to establish a restored Ottoman caliphate.
Nearly all Sunni political Islamist
movements dream of the eventual resurrection of the
caliphate, mostly by political means, though jihadi groups call for
establishing it by the sword.
caliphate of course has been the ultimate ambition of al-Qaida. Osama
bin Laden could once claim leadership of the international jihadi
movement, but he never went so far as to declare himself as caliph.
Baghdadi’s new Islamic State is hoping to rally extremists to its side,
and ultimately to win the whole Muslim world.
CALLS ON ALL MUSLIMS
TO JOIN THE HOLY WAR
JULY 2/14. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
called on all the Muslims in the world to bear arms and come to Iraq to
fight for the caliphate he has “established.” His first Message as
"Fear Allah as he should be
feared and do not die except as Muslims … Go forth, O mujahidin
in the path of Allah. Terrify the enemies of Allah and seek death …
for the duny [worldly life] will come to an end, and the hereafter
will last forever.
“Rush O Muslims to your
state. It is your state. Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not
for Iraqis. The land is for the Muslims, ALL MUSLIMS."
"This is my advice to you.
If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if
Allah wills." "
- Abu Bakr al-Husayni
al-Baghdadi, Caliph, "The Islamic State."
'ISLAMIC STATE' RELEASES
ITS VISION FOR A CALIPHATE
30/14. According to a world map released by the "Islamic State"
on Twitter, the jihadist organization's 5-year plan to establish
the Caliphate across the entire Middle East
includes Israel, North Africa, Spain, Greece, Pakistan, Georgia, China
and parts of Russia.
But as the militant camp is divided, the wide ISIS program is unlikely
to succeed. But it will no doubt inflict a lot of harm and suffering
before it is stopped in its tracks.
INFIDEL NATIONS ARE TERRIFIED”
its caliphate declaration, ISIS named among its enemies, Western
infidels (kufr), Shi’ites (rafidah), the Iraqi Sunni
awakening councils (sahwat), apostates (murtaddin), Arab
leaders such as the Saudi monarchy, (tawaghi - “transgressing
rulers”) and “democracy, secularism, nationalism, as well as all the
other garbage and ideas from the West. Today the rulers in the East and
West are frightened,” it said. “Today the nations of infidels in the
West are terrified.”
ISIS gave a summary of the situation in areas it controls:
“Here the flag of the
Islamic State, the flag of tawhid (monotheism) rises and
flutters. Its shade covers land from Aleppo to Diyala. Beneath it, the
walls of the tawaghit have been demolished, their flags have
fallen, and their borders have been destroyed. Their soldiers are either
killed, imprisoned, or defeated.”
penalties – harsh Islamic law punishments such as amputations and
beheadings – are implemented, “the penalties of Allah – all of them,” it
said. “The frontlines are defended. Crosses and graves are demolished.”
YHWH is the true God;
He is the living
God and the eternal King. When He is angry, the earth trembles, and the
nations cannot endure His wrath.” (Jeremiah 10:10)
CAPTURES HUGE AMOUNTS OF WEAPONS
The well-armed 'Islamic State,' has captured enough U.S. made weapons to
equip 200,000 soldiers.
"took the weapons stores of the 2nd and 3rd [Iraqi army] divisions in
Mosul, the 4th division in Salah al Din, the 12th division in
the areas near Kirkuk, and another division in Diyala,"
said Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Ministry of Peshmerga
(Kurdish) Affairs, pointing on a map to various provinces and cities
strung across northern and central Iraq.
"We're talking about armaments for 200,000 soldiers,
all from the Americans."
With such an immense quantity of captured weaponry, Yawar
emphasised, ISIS and its confederates are now capable of laying down "a
colossal intensity of bullets" against their
Also a great deal of military equipment being imported from Turkey to
Syria has been captured by ISIL militants.
ISIS also recently seized the equivalent of nearly $500 million
in cash from a bank in Mosul.
captureS chemical weapons
ISIS may soon start churning out poison Sarin gas after capturing a
stockpile of old chemical weapons at the Al Muthanna chemical weapons
And they may be working with a man who is known for his expertise in
making Sarin, a manmade toxin that was developed in Germany and that can
produce loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis, and death in
victims who are exposed to it.
The access to a Sarin poison gas production facility, and the man with
the expertise to operate it, is the result of a new alliance between the
brutal jihadist fighters and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was a top
military commander and vice president to the deposed Saddam Hussein.
SEEKS TO RETAKE TIKRIT
Iraqi forces have been pressing a counter-offensive against the city
Tikrit, one of a string of towns and cities overrun by IS-led fighters
in a swift advance that left more than 1000 dead, displaced hundreds of
thousands and piled pressure on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
say that the new Iraqi army has been incompetent would be a massive
understatement. Not only have they run away like scared kittens from
these jihadists, they have also left behind staggering amounts of
weaponry for them. The counter-offensive in Tikrit is the first major
effort by the Iraqi government to reclaim territory.
The US has become a laughingstock to ISIS. They know that the US is not
going to invade Iraq again. So they are laughing at the US as they use
American equipment to take over the country.
SYRIAN TOWNS AND KEY OIL FIELD
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria
near the border with Iraq, seizing towns, villages and Syria’s
largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight.
fighters, who have controlled Syria's largest oil field, al-Omar, since
late last year, abandoned the facility without firing a bullet.
STATE EXPANDING FOOTHOLD ON SYRIA
The Islamic State is expanding its foothold in Syria after its gains in
Iraq, intensifying its clashes against other Islamist rebel factions.
Syria, battles pit the Islamic State against the al-Qaida-linked
Nusra Front, the Army of Islam and other militant groups
across the country. Army of Islam commander, Zahran Alloush said,
“All leaders of ISIS are now targets for us and those that do not
surrender will be killed.”
CRUCIFIES RIVAL REBEL FIGHTERS
The Islamic State in
Iraq and al-Sham has crucified eight
fighters from rival rebel groups near Aleppo in Syria, ordering that
their bodies should remain on display for three days as a warning.
The killings came as the Islamic
extremists fought other Syrian rebel groups near
The eight were killed,
reportedly, because they fought for rival rebel groups that had
ISIS in the past.
They were shot dead before being strung up on crosses.
ISIS also reportedly
crucified a ninth man – one of their own
who was accused of corruption. He was hung up for eight hours before
being released. He survived.
Syrian rebel groups, including al-Nusra, launched an offensive
ISIS in January and drove it from
some areas around Aleppo city.
has gained in
strength through the seizure of
millions in cash and large
quantities of weapons, much of it of US origin, when it overran
rebel-on-rebel violence has claimed at least 7000 lives since
Up to 2196 fighters who have been killed belonged to ISIS, while 2764
were killed on the
side of al-Nusra and other
Islamic groups fighting alongside
it. The death toll also included
650 civilians. -
July 1, 2014
AGAINST THE CALIPHATE IN SYRIA
The majority of significant Syrian rebel groups that have been fighting
to overthrow President Bashar Assad have rejected Baghdadi's
declaration. The rebel groups, including the al-Qaida-linked
Nusra Front, have fought ISIL since the beginning of the year.
However, Nusra Front appears to be losing the war within a war in
Syria as fighters allied with powerful tribes in eastern Syria defect
to al-Baghdadi's group.
WHAT IS THE
the Islamic Caliphate pushes across Iraq and other countries in the
region, and as they score unprecedented victories in order to establish
their Caliphate, the Obama administration remains indecisive and
hesitant to take any assertive position.
President Obama, although he lambasts ISIS for being terrorist, is more
against the Shi’ite side. Obama’s early background was Sunni Islam.
number of commentators maintain that ISIS was trained by the US
with a view of toppling the Shi’ite regimes of Syria’s President Assad,
and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The US has deployed 800 military
experts in Iraq – not for combat duty, but to advise the Iraqi
government, and to protect the US embassy and its extensive staff.
IBRAHIM” IS ON U.S. KILL LIST
Barack Obama has authorised targeted killings of the leaders of the
ISIS forces led by Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi, using drone strikes or
special operations, as the Iraqi terrorist urged jihadists to conduct
US official familiar with internal Obama administration discussions on
Iraq said the Islamic State leader and several other commanders are
now on the kill list of those targeted as US national security
The list was approved by the president and allows US intelligence
agencies and the military to conduct strikes against the targeted
terrorists after they have been located and their identities confirmed.
GIRLS FOR SEX JIHAD”
JUNE 29/14. ISIS has put up posters in public places telling residents
in Mosul to bring their girls to 'fulfill their duty in “jihad
al-nikah,” – ‘sex jihad’. The reports came from Al-Masryalyoum,
a well-respected Egyptian daily newspaper as well as other sources
in the Arab press. Jihad al-nikah refers to women joining the
jihad by offering sex to the male fighters.
Posters in public places in Mosul read:
“We call upon the people of
this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfil their duty
in sex jihad for their warrior brothers in the city and anyone who will
not appear will feel the full force of the sharia [Islamic law]
Reports in Mosul indicate that ISIS fighters have been going
door-to-door, entering houses, killing the men and raping the women.
spokesman in Geneva for Navie Pillay, the top UN Human Rights official,
said that he had received information that four women in Mosul had
committed suicide after being raped or forced into marriages with
the militants. - www.clarionproject.org/
STRICT SHARIA AND JIZYA TAX
ISIS gave Christian residents three choices: obey, pay or leave. "They
are not allowed to open their churches. And even if they open them they
will burn the churches," a Christian leader explained. "The Christians
have been asked to pay the tax for non-Muslims under Islamic rule. If
not, they can leave Nineveh," he said. "And if they don't leave and
don't pay the tax, they should give their heads." He was talking about
After seizing control, ISIS gunmen declared Nineveh a part of their
Islamic state and began imposing Sharia, an extreme interpretation
of Islamic law as they took cities. They issued a document outlining
The 16-point document announced the prohibition of the selling and
consumption of alcohol and drugs as well as smoking, and forbade
gatherings and carrying weapons. Women are to wear non-revealing clothes
and keep to their homes, while "shrines" are to be destroyed.
TIMES FOR CHRISTIANS
The swift and chilling takeover of parts of Iraq and Syria by Islamist
militants is leaving already vulnerable Christians "even more
endangered." Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, the head of Barnabas Fund, said the
expansion of ISIS in the two countries was a "threat to the stability of
the entire region."
said the takeover of Raqqa in Syria had already painted a "terrifying
picture" of what the arrival of ISIS will mean for non-Muslims. Earlier
this year, Christians in Raqqa were threatened with death unless they
converted to Islam and paid the jizya tax for non-Muslims, which
effectively renders them second class citizens.
"The militants imposed strict sharia rules and carried out brutal
penalties, including beheadings and crucifixions," Sookhdeo said.
FAMILIES Fleeing from mosul
Iraq, Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Plain had been one of the few
areas where Christians felt a degree of safety, but with the onslaught
of ISIS, that has now changed. Christians are fleeing the region along
with thousands of other Iraqis, while churches are looted and torched.
SHRINES & SHIITE MOSQUES
JULY 5. Jihadists who overran Mosul (Nineveh) last month have demolished
ancient shrines and mosques in and around this historic northern Iraqi
city. The tomb of the prophet Jonah has also been destroyed.
least four shrines to Sunni Arab or Sufi figures have been demolished,
while six Shi’ite mosques have also been destroyed, across militant-held
parts of northern Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital.
Pictures posted on the Internet by ISIS, showed the Sunni and Sufi
shrines were demolished by bulldozers, while Shi’ite mosques and shrines
were all destroyed by explosives.
The photographs were part of an online statement titled, “Demolishing
shrines and idols in the state of Nineveh.”
Local residents confirmed that the buildings had been destroyed and that
militants had occupied two Christian cathedrals as well.
ISLAMIC STATE RECRUITS CHILDREN
THIS PHOTO OF A 13-YEAR OLD BOY SOLDIER, WAS POSTED ON
ISIS’ TWITTER & FACEBOOK.
JULY 2/14. Gun-toting children have been paraded through the streets of
Mosul in Iraq. Human Rights Watch says in Syria, the 'Islamic
State' has already
recruited young children as snipers.
SUPPLIES EQUIPMENT TO
Following ISIS's takeover of Mosul and Tikrit in mid- June, the
Iranian regime deployed elite troops in Iraq from the Quds Force,
its foreign operations division.
Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed revolt using the same methods
it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said,
suggesting Tehran is offering to take a larger role in battling Sunni
militias threatening Baghdad.
least two cargo planes from bases in Iran were landing daily at
Baghdad’s military airport, carrying 150 tons of military equipment.
More than 1,000 tons were flown in within a week.
Tehran is furnishing Baghdad’s needs on a daily basis as per its
Those requests come before a joint Iranian-Iraqi headquarters set up at
the Iraqi high command in Baghdad for approval and the assigning of
priorities for shipment.
AL-MALIKI’S SHIITE REGIME
top US Defence Department analyst under President Bush says Russian
President Vladimir Putin is likely to use chaos and turmoil in the
Middle East to make further advances in Ukraine and the Baltic states.
As Putin is committing Russia to back the al-Maliki regime in Iraq
against the rising tide of jihadist radicals, ceasefire orders in
Ukraine are breaking down. As a result, Russian advances in those
strategic regions are expected.
Iraq is about two things: protecting his energy interests and
securing regional influence at the expense of the West.
SU-24 JETS ARRIVES IN IRAQ
The first ten Russian Sukhoi (Su-24) fighter jets arrived in Iraq on
June 28. Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference
in the fight against ISIS.
THE SUKHOI SU24.
ARABIA SENDS ARMS TO SUNNI TRIBES
Saudi arms are flowing to the Iraqi Sunni tribes that have been fighting
ISIS against the Nouri al-Maliki Shi’ite government. The Saudi intention
is to help the Sunni tribes stand up against ISIS.
The arms were coming in both overland and by airlift. Saudi arms
convoys were crossing the border into Iraq with Saudi and Jordanian
air force cover and heading north up to the Al-Qa'im district
near the Syrian border.
But ISIS fighters captured this key Anbar district, and began
refurbishing the base and its runways at H-2, once one of Saddam
Hussein’s largest airbases. Situated 350 km west of Baghdad,
this air base has two long runways and hangars for fighter planes and
Unmarked civilian cargo planes, evidently unaware that the air base had
been taken over by ISIS, landed at the base with arms shipments from
The response was swift.
Syrian warplanes, on their first bombing mission inside Iraq,
tried to damage the partially repaired runways at H-2 to prevent any
more Saudi air shipments from landing. Those air strikes, conducted
by the Syrian Air Force, left at least 57 people dead and 120 wounded -
most of them Iraqi civilians.
Jihadist fighters say Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia will be the next
targets after Jordan. Any government, Sunni or otherwise, that either
opposes the Islamic State or that has good relations with Israel,
will be targeted for destruction.
But there is more. Mecca and Medina are the two holy sites that the new
Caliphate needs to control if it is to control all of Islam globally.
ISIS has just announced that their battle plan is to destroy the Kaaba
in Mecca. Why? Isn't the Kaaba central to Islamic practices, the heart
of the Islam itself?
Apparently not so,
according to Islamic purists like
rock, the Hajar al-Aswad or Holy Black Stone,
located within a metallic shroud on a corner of the Kaaba in Mecca, and
considers to be the center-piece
of idolatrous worship.
The stone is a black meteorite, and an icon they want to destroy as soon
soon as their new Islamic Caliphate conquers Saudi Arabia. The Kaaba and
the black rock pre-date the establishment of Islam; they both were part
of the pagan religion in Arabia prior to the establishment of Islam.
During the Islamic pilgrimage, the hajj, to Mecca, Muslims nearly
stampede each other in an attempt to merely touch or kiss the black
stone. That means it's
important to them.
ISIS spokesman by the name of Abu Turab al-Mugadassi has been quoted as
saying: "If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca
and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stone, not for
ABDULLAH CALLS UP SAUDI ARMED FORCES
King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the
current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered
“all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist
threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units
for a high level of preparedness.
Military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an
expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its
border defences. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in
the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes showing
ISIS is heading for the Saudi border and aiming to seize control of
the Iraqi-Saudi crossing at Ar Ar.
JULY 3/14. Saudi
Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers on its border after Iraqi
soldiers withdrew from the area leaving the border area with Saudi
Arabia and Syria unguarde
THREATENS TO INVADE JORDAN,
AND TO KILL
Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Syria have begun creeping toward
neighbouring countries, ISIS are planning to take their jihad to Jordan,
Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
With its recent takeover of the only Iraqi border crossing to Jordan,
ISIS has set off alarm bells that Jordan could be the next to find
itself engulfed in jihadist mayhem.
STABILITY IS A VITAL
ISRAELI NATIONAL INTEREST”
JUNE 30. Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman made the strongest
public statement by a senior official so far of Israel's commitment to
Jordan's security in light of the advances made by ISIS.
“Jordan’s stability is one of Israel’s vital national security
interests, and Jerusalem will do everything to preserve that stability,”
With his statement, the foreign minister gave public voice to something
PM Binyamin Netanyahu has been saying in private meetings for months:
that the international community needs to continue to give Jordan
economic, political, and security support.
Jordan, Netanyahu said in a speech to the Institute for National
Security Studies in Tel Aviv, is a “stable, moderate country with a
strong army, that knows how to defend itself. Precisely for this reason,
it deserves international support.”
Just as Jordan deserves international backing, Netanyahu said the
Kurds – whom he also characterized as moderate – deserve a state of
their own. This position – in support of a Kurdish state in northern
Iraq – is at odds with that of the US which says that Iraq should remain
a united state.
Perhaps wanting to pre-empt any possible diplomatic confrontation with
Washington over this issue, Liberman made clear in Berlin, the future of
Iraq is up to the people who live there, and stressed that Israel has no
interest in interfering. With that, however, he said an independent
Kurdish state is turning into an established fact. (see Kurdistan
in Sight, page 29)
ISRAEL IN THE CALIPHATE’S SIGHTS
ISIS claims it has access to nuclear weapons and will to use them to
"liberate" Palestine from Israel. It estimates it will take 72 months to
"liberate" "Occupied Palestine," - Israel. An Isis member says: “We are
serious about Palestine and they (other Muslims) are not. Tel Aviv will
fall as fast as Mosul when the time is right."
FIGHTER SAYS, “WE WILL 'BREAK
TO REACH JERUSALEM”
an ISIS recruitment video, a fighter claims to be standing on the Iraq
border with Syria. He says that the ISIS will eventually break all of
the Middle East borders to make the way to Jerusalem.
"This is not the first border we will break," he says of the border he
was standing on. "God will break all barriers ... Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon
... all of them until we reach Jerusalem. This is the first of many
barriers we will break."
JIHADISTS SEEK UNITY WITH ISIS
JULY 3/14. ISIS flags were waved
at a terrorist’s funeral in Gaza where there is an attempt by jihadist
organi-zations in the Gaza Strip to unite under the common banner of
ISIS, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. Abu
Saqer, one of the top leaders of Jihadiya Salafiya, which
represents al-Qaida ideology in the Gaza Strip, confirmed the attempt to
organize various jihad groups to fight Israel under the ISIS umbrella
ALREADY IN GAZA AND SINAI
JULY 4/14. There is growing evidence that ISIS has begun operating in
the Gaza Strip. Both PA and Israeli security sources are convinced that
followers of ISIS in the Gaza Strip are responsible for some of the
recent rocket attacks on Israel.
Those same sources say Hamas seems to be losing control over the
dozens of terror cells belonging to ISIS and other jihadi groups.
The Gaza Strip is no longer only a threat to Israel, but also to
EGYPT. According to a security report, Palestinian terrorists in
the Gaza Strip facilitated the infiltration of the ISIS terrorists into
so that they could carry out a terrorist attack against Egyptians. The
report said that the terrorists had been entrusted with establishing
terror cells and branches of ISIS in Egypt.
Hamas strongly denies that ISIS terrorists are active in Gaza, and had
infiltrated into Egypt through tunnels along
border with the Gaza Strip.
Hamas spokesman described the reports as "lies and fabrications," adding
that they are part of a campaign to "distort the image of the Gaza
Strip," and that "there
is no presence of ISIS in the Gaza Strip."
The denial came in response to a report in the Egyptian newspaper
Al-Masry Al-Youm according to which Egyptian security forces
arrested 15 ISIS terrorists who tried to enter Sinai from the Gaza
Hamas is obviously nervous about the presence of ISIS terrorists in the
Gaza Strip and sees them as a direct challenge to its rule.
ISIS believes that Hamas is "too moderate" and is not doing
enough to achieve the destruction of Israel.
June, Hamas sent its policemen and militias to disperse a rally
organized by ISIS followers in the Gaza Strip to celebrate the recent "military
victories" of the terrorist group in Iraq. Local journalists were
prevented from covering the event as part of Hamas’ attempt to deny the
existence of ISIS in the Gaza Strip.
The situation calls for security co-operation between
Israel and Egypt.
PREPARES FOR WAR AGAINST CALIPHATE
Baghdadi has exhorted his caliphate’s fighters:
“Your brothers in all the
world are waiting” to be rescued by them. Terrify the enemies of Allah
and seek death in the places where you expect to find it,” he said.
“Your brothers, on every piece of this earth, are waiting for you to
rescue them. By Allah, we will take revenge, by Allah we will take
revenge, even if after a while.”
Fighters should “embrace the chance and champion Allah’s religion
Since the Caliphate is now wealthier than its ideological
competitor al-Qaida ever was, the question is, will al-Qaida stand idly
by and watch as it is upstaged by its former offspring that’s boosting
its appeal on social media.
The declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria is a
direct challenge to al-Qaida and could set off a dangerous contest
for the leadership of the global jihadist movement.
expert on radical Islamic movements says: “Al-Qaida can hardly ignore
what is essentially a declaration of war from an upstart that has scored
a string of successes.”
For a new, younger generation of radical Islamic militants, Al-Qaida
with its grey-bearded 63-year-old leader is no longer the draw it was
under Osama bin Laden. Believed to be holed up in the
Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, Zawahiri, in their eyes, seems to
have done little in recent years beyond issuing statements and videos.
But al-Qaida, the movement behind September 11, could be driven to carry
out fresh attacks on Western targets to prove it remains relevant, and
it may carry out a "spectacular" show of force. That would need to be
really spectacular to regain its appeal to the younger
ISLAMIC STATE ISSUES A CHARM
JULY 8. Islamic
State militants have set out a blueprint to create jobs and services in
their self-declared caliphate that appears designed to avoid the
unpopular mistakes of their al-Qaida predecessors.
an online publication akin to a party manifesto, the Sunni extremists
outlined a series of promises crafted to appeal to a population
marginalised by Iraq’s Shia-dominated government.
sets out a series of aims, including “returning rights and property to
their rightful owners; pumping millions of dollars into services
important to the Muslims; improved security; delivering food; the
collection of religious taxes and distribution to the widows, orphans
and the needy; recruiting of soldiers, and the urging of repentance on
of northern Iraq have taken advantage of the present chaos to
expand their autonomous northern territory to include Kirkuk,
which sits on vast oil deposits that could make the independent state
many dream of, economically viable. They have now
seized control of the oil-rich region of Kirkuk.
the blood-thirsty ISIS forces threatened, the Government Sunni soldiers
in Kirkuk simply fled, and the well-trained Kurds took over, and
resisted any ISIS attempt to take Kurdish areas.
The Kurds are Muslims, but they are not Arabs; they are
descendants of the ancient Medes, and they are now eyeing the
possibility of a completely independent Kurdistan — a restored Median
kingdom, including the Kurdish communities from Iran, Syria and Turkey.
TELLS U.S., KURDISH INDEPENDENCE
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told John Kerry that Iraq is
breaking up before our eyes and it would appear that the creation of an
independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq was a "foregone
Israeli experts predicted Israel would be quick to recognise a
Kurdish state, should it emerge. Israel has maintained discreet
military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the
1960's, seeing in the minority ethnic group a buffer
against shared Arab adversaries. But Washington wants Iraq's
crumbling unity restored.
The US, the UN and Iran had all exhorted the Iraqi political class to
put aside differences and form a government capable of acting against
the jihadists. But as Sunni and Kurdish MPs boycotted parliament, the
session failed to reach a quorum and was postponed for a week.
Another attempt in July also failed, but they will try again next month.
Kerry visited Iraqi Kurdish leaders and urged them to seek political
integration with Baghdad. The Kurdish Prime Minister replied that
Iraq has changed – there is now a new reality.
Kerry then hosted urgent talks with Gulf allies to address the widening
crisis in Iraq. Bringing together his counterparts from the largely
Sunni nations of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,
Kerry warned them that they all face the shared threat from ISIL.
has decided to redeploy troops along its border with Iraq for the first
time since 1991.
JULY 3/14. CHAOS gripped Iraq after the Kurds controlling much
of the country’s north announced a unilateral vote for independence, and
Nouri al-Maliki’s government appeared to be on the brink of collapse.
Sunni and Kurdish MPs boycotted the first meeting of the Iraqi
parliament since the March elections after the dominant Shia parties
failed to agree on a candidate for prime minister.
Iraq now faces an existential crisis and civil war, with large areas of
the west and east of the country under the control of Sunni jihadist
militants. The Maliki government’s days are numbered.
The Kurdish minority, which has taken advantage of the crisis to take
control of Kirkuk, announced preparations for a breakaway republic.
The Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani, told the BBC it was “the right
of Kurdistan to achieve independence.”
CONCERNING THE MEDES:
Bible prophecy indicates that God will raise up the Medes - that is, the
Kurdish people - to be an instrument of judgment against Babylon.
“Look! I am
going to stir up the Medes against them, who value not silver or
take pleasure in gold. And their bows will mow down the young
men. They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb, nor
will their eye pity children. And Babylon, the beauty of
kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God
overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” (Isaiah 13:17-19)
the arrows, fill the quivers! YHWH has aroused the spirit of the kings
of the Medes, because His purpose is against Babylon to
destroy it; for it is the vengeance of YHWH, vengeance for His temple.
the nations against her; the kings of the Medes, their governors
and all their prefects, and every land of their dominion. So the land
quakes and writhes, for the purposes of YHWH against Babylon
stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants.”
(Jeremiah 51:11, & 28-29)
Watch the Medes – the Kurds! The prophecy suggests they will play a
powerful role against Baghdad.
But a question now, is: Will the Medes once more join up in an alliance
OUTCOME CAN WE EXPECT?
can expect the Islamic caliphate to succeed to quite an extent as the
Scriptures indicate that the Arab nations will unite to come against
Israel. (Psalm 83). But Islam will not rule the whole world.
The Antichrist is not a Muslim – he will arise in the revived Roman
Islam will be one main adversary in the coming world war (it is
already a major part of the King of the South, and the King of the North
which includes Iran, Turkey and the central Asian Islamic republics), it
needs to be built up in preparation for this war.
know that all the nations are going to come up against Israel for battle
(Zechariah 12:3. Joel 3:9-12). But they are not coming up as a
united world against Israel. The N, E, S, W, each having their own
agenda to fulfil in and through the world war.
The Islamic nations aim to capture Jerusalem and to establish a global
Islamic caliphate; the Northern (Russian-led confederation aim at
a Russian dominated global order; the East – China aims at
becoming the world’s main superpower; the West plans to occupy
Jerusalem and to establish a New World Order there – a world
government presided over by the Antichrist (although they would not
call him by that title.)
These four powers cannot fully achieve their objectives – just like
Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung could not fulfil their global plans.
But the Bible – the greatest prophecy book ever written – tells us in
advance the outcome of this great war that is called by Yahweh the
“Proclaim this among the
nations: 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; Let the weak say, 'I am
strong!' Come quickly all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves
together! Bring down, O YHWH, Your mighty ones! Let the nations be
aroused and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Jerusalem), for there
I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.” (Joel 3:9-12)
The result will be the destruction of Russia and its Islamic allies
including Iran and Turkey (Ezekiel 38:22; 39:4-6). Egypt and Iraq
(Babylon) also will be totally wiped out.
Israel will be a powerful force
But Jerusalem will be partly destroyed
And all the nations will be severely wrecked or destroyed. (Zech.
The Prince of Rome (Antichrist) will move into Israel and set up “his
tent” near or in Jerusalem (Daniel 12:41-45) and he will afflict the
remaining armies that have come against him. He will then establish the
New World Order, and proceed to become the world’s supreme ruler - a
Satan-empowered dictator who will rule the whole world for 3½ years.
His rule will be terminated at the Battle of Armageddon when Y’shua
the Messiah descends to wage war on, and to destroy, the Antichrist and
his remnant armies.
But before all this however – before the world war, before the seven
year Tribulation, the Messiah will come to evacuate His true followers
from this doomed world. And how will He do that?
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
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.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
you are not sure you are a true follower of Y’shua the Messiah (Jesus
Christ), call to Him today, and ask Him to save you.
“What must I do to be saved?"
in the Master, Y'shua the Messiah (that is, give yourself over to
Him), and you will be saved; (this applies both to) you and
your household as well." (Acts 16:30-31)
“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE
NAME OF YHWH-Y'SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)
“If you confess with
your mouth Y'shua as your Master, your LORD - and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you
will be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in
righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in
salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
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Now for some updates
the activities of …
BEAR, THE BEAUTY, & THE BEAST
AGREEMENT ALONG WITH
MAY 29/14. Vladimir Putin of Russia, Nursultan Nazarbayev of
Kazakhstan, and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, attend
the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Astana
(Kazakhstan) where they signed an “epochal treaty.”
The historic Eurasian Economic Union Agreement will come into effect in
January 2015. It will cut down trade barriers, comprise over 170
million people, and will be the largest common market in the ex-Soviet
"The treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance," Russian President
Vladimir Putin said. “We are shaping the largest common market in the
CIS, with huge production, scientific and technological potential and
enormous natural resources," he added.
The three countries will co-operate in energy, industry, agriculture,
and transport. Putin wanted Ukraine to be part of his
EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION.
Accession of two more countries, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, is expected
soon. This will be the beginning of something much bigger – something
that resembles the former Soviet Union. It could eventually include
Iran, China, Mongolia, and other Asian nations, possibly even Pakistan
NEW PRESIDENT - PETRO POROSHENKO
The pro-European businessman, Petro Poroshenko won a landmark
presidential election in Ukraine with 56% of the vote. At his "modest"
inauguration, Poroshenko said he wants to sign an EU trade treaty as
soon as possible. “We consider it as the first step toward full
membership in the EU. Nobody has the right to veto the European choice
of Ukraine,” he added.
The Pact has now been signed. See item below.
The EU pact means Ukraine can have free trade with Russia, but is
legally bound to stay out of Moscow's Eurasian Union.
Vladimir Putin said: "As soon as the treaty with the EU is signed and
comes into force, we will be taking measures to secure the [Russian]
the meantime, the violent crisis in the east of Ukraine goes on as the
government of Poroshenko battles the separatists in East Ukraine.
Russia’s president has blamed the turmoil in Ukraine on the country’s
newly-elected leader Petro Poroshenko. Vladimir Putin also criticized
the West for its intention to turn the planet into a "global barracks."
PACTS WITH UKRAINE,
GEORGIA AND MOLDOVA
JUNE 27/14. Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have signed partnership
agreements with the European Union, in a move strongly opposed by
The pact - which would bind the three countries more closely to the West
both economically and politically - is at the heart of the crisis in
Poroshenko hailed the signing as Ukraine's most historic day since
independence in 1991, describing it as a "symbol of faith and
unbreakable will." He said he saw the signing as the start of
preparations for joining the European bloc. “Ukraine is underlining its
sovereign choice in favour of membership of the EU," he said.
Meanwhile European Council President Herman Van Rompuy described it as a
"great day for Europe." "The EU stands by your side, today more
than ever before," he told leaders of the three countries, adding that
there was nothing in the agreements that might harm Russia in any way.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "efforts to force Ukraine
into an artificial choice between Russia and the EU had pushed Ukraine
towards a split, a painful internal conflict." Peaceful citizens were
the main victims of the conflict, he said, with thousands of people
seeking refuge in Russia.
Russia retaliated against Moldova for signing the treaty by banning
imports of processed beef, lamb, horse meat, and pork from Europe’s
poorest country - Moldova - the same day it ratified the EU trade
EXPRESSES HIS MIND
"The Americans say I want to rebuild the Soviet Empire. Yet, the
Americans witnessed me withdraw from Georgia when I had this former
Russian province in my hands, thanks to Russia’s victory in the
short-lived war instigated by the Americans.
“There is no end to the American lies. I have done everything possible
to respond to provocations in a low-key reasonable manner, offering to
work things out diplomatically, as has my Foreign Minister Lavrov. …
But the Americans continue to provoke and to hide their provocations
“The Americans brazenly bring to me a strategic threat in Ukraine, a
former Russian province. They intend to put Ukraine in NATO. They intend
to put more missile bases on Russia’s borders, and they intended to
evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base, our warm water port. …
“Americans have no intention of working anything out. They intend to
subjugate Russia. Washington wants Russia powerless, surrounded with ABM
bases that degrade our strategic deterrent to uselessness.
“These Americans will not work with me. They will not listen to me or to
Russia’s Foreign Minister. They only hear their own call for American
hegemony over the world. ...
MY ONLY ALTERNATIVE IS TO PREPARE FOR WAR.”
MAY 13, 2014.
TO CREATE A CLEAR PATH TO IRAN
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 now building up its
military forces in the separatist Georgian region of SOUTH OSSETIA.
suggested that Putin is also considering 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.”
CHINA FORGE CLOSER TIES
BRUSSELS, APRIL 17. Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas
pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China.
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 billions of cubic meters of gas a year from the gas fields in
Russia’s Far East, with a branch line to deliver gas to China.
THE PROPHET DANIEL
infers that the East and the North will come against the Prince
of Rome in the Middle East, in the endtimes – possibly a Eurasia
from the EAST and from the NORTH will alarm him, and he will go out in a
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 SCO — the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation.
Here are more developments. ...
President Vladimir Putin has said that his recent meeting with Chinese
President Xi Jinping in Shanghai marked a new stage in Russia-China
relations, and that the two countries will roll out all-around
China and Russia signed a $400 billion gas supply deal, securing the
world’s top energy user (China) a major source of cleaner fuel, and
opening up a new market for Moscow as it risks losing European customers
over the Ukraine crisis.
The Chinese President has also openly demonstrated his desire to create
a counter-alliance to the US. Speaking on May 20 President Xi
Jinping called for the creation of a new Asian structure for security
co-operation based on a regional group that includes Russia and
Iran, but excludes the United States.
Clearly pointing a finger at the US, he called NATO an outdated thinking
of the Cold War. So now China’s proposal to push forward with the
AREA OF THE ASIA PACIFIC
met an especially chilly reception from the US, which is focused on a
12-country trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,
which excludes China.
The move has clearly unsettled the Western establishment. Former US
Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that China and Russia are becoming
more aggressive as they perceive the US pulling back from world
other words, Russia and China are standing up to the American
hegemony and pushing back against the perceived US aggression.
BOLSTER TIES WITH NORTH KOREA
Angry with the West's response over Ukraine and eager to diversify its
options, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a
diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the US-led effort to
squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program.
POSSIBLE NEW TARGETS
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 Putin to counter
by bolstering his own forces near sensitive frontiers.
They are reluctant to place any NATO troops in Ukraine. 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
The expansion of NATO to Russia's borders and the possibility of 10,000
American troops in Poland, and the US-NATO ballistic missile defence
system positioned against Russia, as well as Vladimir Putin’s aggressive
postures, are threats that could provoke a regional war, and even lead
World War 3.
The stage is being set for a possible
Ezekiel 38 scenario.
Ezekiel makes it clear that Russia and its allies will come against
ISRAEL, to take a spoil. And even if they should be reluctant, God will
put hooks into their jaws and draw them down – for His purpose is to
bring them into judgment, along with all nations that come up against
God’s land. (Joel 3:2 & 12. Zechariah 14:2-3 and Ezekiel 38)
The Russian Bear
is not the only danger.
The Beast from Europe
an even greater threat. He will come against Israel to secure the
Promised Land, and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree. (Daniel
This is the one the Scriptures call “the Man of Iniquity” and
“King with fierce countenance.” Daniel says:
“Then the king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself
above every god, and will speak great blasphemies against the God of
gods. … He will be successful until the time of wrath (the Great
Tribulation) is completed, for what has been determined must take place.
He will also invade the Beautiful Land (Israel). He will extend his
power over many countries.” (Daniel 11:36, 41, 42)
(EU) TURNS AGAINST ISRAEL
The Palestinian parties – Fatah and Hamas – have now formed a unity
government. The ministers were sworn in along with a new Prime Minister
- Rami Hamdallah - on June 2nd.
HAMAS IS A
RADICAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
Hamas’ 1988 charter makes clear that it is an affiliate of the Muslim
Brotherhood. It forbids all peace talks; calls for the annihilation of
Israel by armed, violent jihad; seeks to impose Sharia law on every man,
woman and child in the Holy Land; and would force all Jews and
Christians to convert to Islam or be branded an infidel and suffer.
Although the US and the EU have long declared Hamas a terrorist
organisation, both have now broken their pledge not to deal with
Hamas. They have reportedly rushed to continue funding the
Palestinians under the new, Hamas-backed government, even though Kerry
says, “We do not recognise the
Palestine.” Yet the US and the EU said that they will recognize and
deal with the new
For the first time, the US and Europe will be bankrolling an
organisation and its armed militia that have been branded under their
own laws as terrorist.
Hamas aims to use Hizbullah’s ‘bullets plus ballots’ approach to gain a
military and political foothold in the West Bank.
The Beast (EU) has also threatened to take action against Jewish
settlers after Israel backed the building of 1,466 more new homes on
The US and EU pose as friends and supporters of Israel; but with
friends like these, who needs enemies?
IS ON AGAIN !
we go to press,
the latest Hamas-Israel conflict is raging. Gaza has fired hundreds of
missiles over a wide area in Israel, and Israel has responded by
hundreds of air strikes against Hamas military bases and infrastructure.
Hundreds have been killed and hundreds injured.
The conflict has expanded to what could be an all-out war.
Details you have undoubtedly already read in the news media reports.
RIDES THE BEAST
1. POPE SUPPORTS “PALESTINE” STATE
During Pope Francis’ May 24-26 trip to the Palestinian territory, he
hugged and kissed Mahmoud Abbas.
The Pope celebrated a mass in Bethlehem, and publicly called for a
"State of Palestine.” Before moving into Israel, he stopped at a
security fence and “prayed” that it would be removed.
MARK OF THE BEAST –
SUPPORTS RFID IMPLANTS
The Pope has come out in support of RFID Chip technologies and the great
potential they hold for mankind.
During a weekly general address, Francis spoke to the crowd about his
view on the Radio Frequency Identity technology, and assured his many
followers that no spiritual harm can come from receiving an RFID
“We have examined the
scriptures thoroughly, and I can conclusively say that there’s nothing
to indicate that RFID Chips are Satanic in anyway. If anything, these
devices are a blessing from God, bestowed upon humanity to solve many of
the world’s ills.”
WEAPON IN RUSSIA’S “ARMORY”
RUSSIA HINTS AT USHERING IN A
NEW GOLD BACKED ROUBLE
APRIL 14. The Russian president has announced that he plans to sell oil
in roubles. This would threaten the US dollar. Russia would have no
qualms with using gold as a geo-political 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
Vladimir Putin has made it quite clear that any attacks on the Russian
economy will be answered with retaliations of their own.
COULD DERAIL AMERICAN ECONOMY
Russia decides to use its vast gold reserves to back the Rouble, the
consequences for the global economy would be huge. 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.
Already the US Dollar, which has been the reserve currency of the World
for far too long, was skating on thin ice.
is 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 take the lead.
World War I and World II were about the control of the international
monetary system by international bankers, as will World War 3.
HOLDS “DE-DOLLARISATION MEETING”
CHINA, IRAN Willing to Drop US $ from Bilateral Trade
Surely it is "ridiculous" that a country can seriously contemplate to
exist outside the ideological and religious confines of the Petrodollar
... because if one can do it, all can do it. And next thing you know the
US has hyper-inflation, social collapse, civil war, and all those
other calamities prominently featured in other socialist banana
republics like Venezuela which alas, do not have a global reserve
currency to kick around.
Russia is actively pushing on with plans to put the US dollar in the
rear-view mirror and replace it with a dollar-free system. A "de-dollarised"
Voice of Russia,
citing Russian press sources, reports that the country's Ministry of
Finance is ready to give the green light to a plan to radically increase
the role of the Russian rouble in export operations while reducing the
share of dollar-denominated transactions.
Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is "ready
to handle the increased number of rouble-denominated transactions."
April 24, according to the Prime news agency, the Russian
government organised a special meeting dedicated to finding a solution
for getting rid of the US dollar in Russian export operations.
Top level experts from the energy sector, banks and governmental
agencies were summoned and a number of measures were proposed as a
response for American sanctions against Russia. If the West wants
Russia's response to ever-escalating sanctions against the country, it
is about to get it.
The "de-dollarisation meeting” was chaired by First Deputy Prime
Minister of the Russian Federation, Igor Shuvalov, proving that Moscow
is very serious in its intention to stop using the dollar.
The more the West antagonizes Russia, and the more economic sanctions it
lobs at it, the more Russia will be forced away from a US$-denominated
trading system and into one which faces China and India.
CHINA SIGN DEAL
MAY 22. The agreement is a symbolic blow to US global financial hegemony
and a signal of Russia-China rapprochement.
a symbolic blow to US global financial hegemony, Russia and China took a
small step toward undercutting the domination of the US dollar as the
international reserve currency, when Russia’s second biggest financial
institution, VTB, signed a deal with the Bank of China to bypass the
dollar and to pay each other in domestic currencies.
signed in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian
President Vladimir Putin, was followed by the long-awaited announcement
of a massive natural gas deal 10 years in the making.
“Our countries have done a huge job to reach a new historic landmark,”
Putin said, making note of the $100 billion in annual trade that has
been achieved between the two countries.
For its part, “China sees the dominance of the dollar in international
trade transactions as a remnant of American global dominance, which they
hope to overthrow in the years ahead,” says Michael Klare, a professor
of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College.
“This is a small step in that direction, to reduce the primacy of the
dollar in international trade.”
Demand for the dollar, which has long served as a safe and reliable
reserve currency in international transactions, has allowed the US to
borrow almost unlimited cash, and spend well beyond its means, which
some economists say has afforded the US an outsized influence on world
But the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,
a bloc of the world’s five major emerging economies — have long sought
to diminish their dependence on the dollar as a means of reshaping the
world financial and geopolitical order. In the absence of a viable
alternative, however, replacing it has proved difficult.
But now . . . BRICS OPEN BANK
AS ALTERNATIVE TO WORLD BANK &
10. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - the 5
nations of the “BRICS” ECONOMIC UNION - are to establish an alternative
to the World Bank and IMF, which they find too biased against Europe and
The "New Development
Bank" to rival the World Bank will be launched at a BRICS summit in the
Brazilian city of Fortaleza in third week of July. Its main headquarters
could be in Shanghai or New Delhi.
The project will see
each of the BRICS contribute €1.4
billion to the bank’s funds over the next seven years, with the bank’s
maximum capital set at €73
billion. The bank will fund mainly infrastructure projects.
It will be a small
rival to the €163
billion-strong World Bank, and an alternative to the IMF. Other
countries that want to join will be able to do so once the new bank
opens for lending, in 2016.
It marks the
departure of the US and Europe-dominated international financial system.
BRICS nations have
grown increasingly frustrated at the priorities of the IMF, particularly
during the euro-crisis, where a disproportionate amount of the fund's
money went to bailouts in southern Europe. http://euobserver.com/economic/124920
“When these things begin to take place, straighten yourselves and lift
up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”