Tuesday, February 28, 2006

WHAT'S AS SWEET AS HONEY BUT TURNS YOUR STOMACH SOUR?

What's As Sweet As Honey But Turns Your Stomach Sour? - Jack Kelley - www.gracethrufaith.com

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land."

So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey." I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. (Rev. 10:9-10) For years now many of us from the religious right have warned that the USA is due for judgment. We point to the acceptance of homosexuality as merely an alternative lifestyle, and the murder of over 46 million pre-born children in the name of responsible family planning, as major indicators that Americans are in the final stages of rebellion against God. Even Billy Graham, a respected figure not noted for inflammatory rhetoric is quoted as saying, "If God doesn't judge America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah." We who study prophecy regularly warn that the US stands in the way of the fulfillment of a major End Times sign, the ascendancy of the European Super State to world dominance. Something has to happen to get us out of the way. Some have even come to the extreme and demonstrably incorrect conclusion that America is the Babylon of Revelation 18 and will be destroyed.

Many view with sadness the coming demise of the world's greatest experiment in democracy, and others can barely conceal their glee at America's certain comeuppance, but most agree. America is in for a bad time. (I'm excluding Liberals and Reconstructionists here because the former think the world's getting better all by itself and the later think they're going to fix it.)

What's That Got To Do With Me?

Pre-trib scholars often teach that the church will be snatched away before any serious judgment happens. I've speculated that if we'd just get off our pews and do some serious evangelizing we could probably make the rapture happen as early as next week. Remember it's an event that's determined by number, not by time. The church has a predetermined number of members and as soon as it's reached, off we go. I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25) But if we maintain the status quo we'll probably experience some pretty serious difficulties as God issues His great last call before the rapture, and that's where this study begins. We all know the US is in open rebellion against God. Even if we repeal Roe v. Wade, there are many other areas of our national life that don't pass muster. I mentioned homosexuality above, and I could list dozens of other things like corruption, sexual depravity as entertainment, a broken judicial system. But how about our appeasement strategy toward Islam? It's nothing short of the kind of flirtation the Jews conducted with Greek Philosophy and religion during the reign of the Selucids. It led to complete subjugation by the Greeks. Do you think this will turn out any differently? They've already publicly stated that's their goal.

As long as judgment remains out in some undefined future, we agree it's what we deserve. But as news reports and Bible prophecy converge, telling us that the time might be nearer than we thought, it becomes a different matter. Suddenly it's not so exciting any more, and that's what John meant by saying the scroll was sweet as honey in his mouth but turned his stomach sour. He knew that the judgment he was told to prophesy about was just and righteous (sweet as honey) but when he had to witness us the details it made him sick to his stomach.

While he was writing about events the church won't experience, we can get a sense of how he felt by looking at possibilities for the next few months. As I reported last week, The Laboratoire Européen d'Anticipation Politique / Europe 2020 (LEAP), a European think tank with an impressive track record of predicting major world events, estimates there's an "80% probability that the week of March 20-26, 2006 will be the beginning of the most significant political crisis the world has known since the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, together with an economic and financial crisis of a scope comparable with that of the 1929 Stock Market Crash."

Sure this is an outcome that might not come to pass at all, and if it does it'll still take months to mature into a full blown crisis, but consider the implications of a worst case scenario. We've heard stories about the stock market crash and the Great Depression that followed. This is serious stuff. Suddenly, End Times prophecy isn't all fun and games anymore.

We all love the idea of being the generation that sees the Lord's return, and it is the most exciting time in all of human history. But it's also a very dangerous time to be around, one that'll require the kind of faith most of us have never had to muster up.

So What Can We Do?

I'm not a financial advisor so I won't offer any advice in that department except to suggest you find one and develop a strategy to lessen the effects of hyper-inflation.

The kind of advice I can give you is spiritual. Study the promises of God, especially Matt. 6:24-34. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

To help make these promises come true for you, seek to honor God in all that you do. Take care to avoid behavior that will disappoint, embarrass, or offend Him. Sure you're saved by grace, but that doesn't give you a license to sin. Show some gratitude. You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you, after all, and what's done secretly on Earth is an open scandal in Heaven. When you do sin, confess early and often. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38) Give generously with a grateful heart. Remember your tithe just gets you out of debt with God. It's not a measure of your generosity. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephes. 4:26-27) Don't let your anger over some offense, no matter how justified, put you out of fellowship with God. Forgive those who've wronged you and seek forgiveness from those you've wronged. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18) Maintain an attitude of gratitude. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Phil. 4:6-7) Worry about nothing, pray about everything, be thankful for anything.

This is just a beginning. Assuming that the course has already been set, and powerful nations will be reluctant to change their strategies, I'll be devoting more time to this subject in the weeks and months ahead. If I'm wrong, and I hope I am, at least in the severity aspect, you'll have gotten a good Bible study on how we should all behave anyway.

And for those of you who've already written this article off as just more religious fluff when what you need is some real world advice, I'll say this. When judgment comes, there won't be any way for you to survive in your own strength, and the fact that you think you can just shows how far you have to go in rebuilding your faith in the only One who can see you through. Better get started. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) 2-28-06
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Friday, February 24, 2006

IRAN VS USA AND THE USA PORT SALE

Iran Vs. America And The US Port Sale - Jack Kelley - www.gracethrufaith.com

"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."(Rev. 17: 12-14)

"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. (Daniel 2:44)

Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)

The Laboratoire Européen d'Anticipation Politique / Europe 2020 (LEAP) is a European think tank with an impressive track record of predicting major world events in recent years. For example in 1988, they predicted the fall of the Iron Curtain; in 1997, the progressive collapse in capacity of action and democratic legitimacy of the European institutional system; in 2002, the US being stuck in Iraq's quagmire and above all the sustainable collapse of US international credibility; and in 2003, the failure of the referenda on the European Constitution.

LEAP now estimates there's an 80% probability that the week of March 20-26, 2006 will be the beginning of the most significant political crisis the world has known since the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, together with an economic and financial crisis of a scope comparable with that of the 1929 Stock Market Crash.

The last week of March 2006 will be the turning-point of a number of critical developments, resulting in an acceleration of all the factors leading to a major crisis, disregarding any American or Israeli military intervention against Iran. In case such an intervention is conducted, the probability of a major crisis rises to 100%, according to LEAP.

I Told You So

As I reported a couple of weeks ago, March 20 is the date set for the opening of the Iran Oil Burse (IOB), an international exchange that will permit oil to be purchased in Euros. Currently, oil can only be purchased in dollars, a condition that has artificially inflated the value of the dollar on world currency markets.

Allowing oil to be purchased in Euros will have a strong negative impact on the dollar's value, triggering what LEAP calls a 1929 like financial crisis as nations scramble to unload their dollar reserves and Treasury bonds in favor of Euros. (Currently 49% of America's national debt is held by foreign countries, up from 18% in 1982.)

This could cause the USA to "monetarize" its debt (print enough extra dollars to cover it) flooding the world financial markets with what LEAP calls "monkey money." It's roughly equivalent to you or I writing a check to pay a debt, knowing we don't have any money in our account, but on a much grander scale. When a nation does this, it creates an inflationary spiral that requires the printing of more money, causing more inflation, and could become a vicious game of musical chairs that soon leaves everyone standing.

The Federal Reserve has already announced that beginning March 23 it will stop publishing its regular report on the amount of US currency in circulation, called M3, so that no one will know just how many dollars are in play. Recent reports are already showing a significant increase in M3 leading experts to believe that the printing of monkey money has already begun. It's known that new Federal Reserve chairman Bernanke favors this approach.

According to LEAP a pre-emptive attack on Iran by the USA or Israel would only increase the probability of crisis, from 80% to 100%. Also, opening the IOB would have such a strong favorable impact on most of the world that public opinion alone would prevent any country from supporting such an attack, so it would have to be done without UN or international support, further alienating the US and Israel from the world community.

LEAP estimates that the only way to prevent this crisis is for the US to abandon its threatened military action against Iran and immediately stop trying to buy its way out of debt with freshly printed money. They believe this is unlikely and that on the contrary, conclude that the US is intent on forcing its destiny, having already enacted measures to do so.

Crazy Like a Fox?

Viewed from this perspective, the Bush administration's decision to support the British sale of the company that manages six major US ports to an operator from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates might make more sense.

If world opinion against the US deteriorates further following the opening of the IOB, as seems likely, and if no other nation except Israel is willing to help stop Iran, then the US is going to need a reliable ally in the Middle east close enough to Iran to serve as a forward base if plans for an attack materialize. Perhaps the UAE fills the bill. What other reason would a consistently aggressive anti-terrorist administration have for choosing to endure the political firestorm this approval was guaranteed to ignite. Obviously President Bush can't come out and admit that he's planning to bomb Iran for destroying the US economy, but it's clear that threatening to veto any legislation, even from his own party, that would try to prevent the sale means it's very important to him.

I'm no expert in these matters, nor am I a prophet. I've tried to report these developments objectively as a follow up to my recent article on the subject. There've been several times in the past decade where events seemed certain to culminate in all out war in the Middle East. Each one was prevented at the last moment by one party or another backing down.

But LEAP feels certain enough about the likelihood of this crisis materializing that it's taken the unusual step of publishing its findings to the general public, not just to heads of government as it normally does. Prophecy Update.com re-posted their report from Newropeans Magazine, and that's how I learned about them.

Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. (Habakkuk 1:5) LEAP has characterized this crisis as being as disastrous for the West as the destruction of the Berlin Wall was for the Soviet Union. And there are several similarities. Hardly anyone anticipated the destruction of the Berlin Wall. It took the average person by complete surprise. And it signaled the demise of a major power that stood in the way of End Times prophecy fulfillment. There was no way the European Union could become the dominant end Times player while the Soviets controlled all of Eastern Europe.

The same can be said of the US. If March 2006 signals the beginning of a rapid decline in US influence in the world, it will catch most people absolutely flat footed and it will remove the last remaining obstacle to the European Union achieving world supremacy. (As an added bonus, it will put an end to all of us arrogant Americans torturing the Scriptures in a futile effort to discover the US in End Times prophecy.)

The proposed sale of US ports to an Arab owned company has monopolized the news lately, so I haven't seen anything about the LEAP warning. I suppose that the American media may be hesitant to risk panicking its readers prematurely, or perhaps they attach a low level of credibility to the report. Since March 20 is only a month away we won't have long to wait to find out if LEAP was correct once again. I told you March would be an interesting month. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

WE ARE ONLY 4 WEEKS AWAY FROM A MAJOR WORLD CRISIS

March 20 to 26, 2006: Iran-USA, beginning of a major world crisis, Written by LEAP/E2020 - newropeans-magazine.org

The Laboratoire européen d'Anticipation Politique Europe 2020, LEAP/E2020, now estimates to over 80% the probability that the week of March 20-26, 2006 will be the beginning of the most significant political crisis the world has known since the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, together with an economic and financial crisis of a scope comparable with that of 1929. This last week of March 2006 will be the turning-point of a number of critical developments, resulting in an acceleration of all the factors leading to a major crisis, disregard any American or Israeli military intervention against Iran. In case such an intervention is conducted, the probability of a major crisis to start rises up to 100%, according to LEAP/E2020.

An Alarm based on 2 verifiable events

The announcement of this crisis results from the analysis of decisions taken by the two key-actors of the main on-going international crisis, i.e. the United States and Iran:

- on the one hand there is the Iranian decision of opening the first oil bourse priced in Euros on March 20th, 2006 in Teheran, available to all oil producers of the region ;

- on the other hand, there is the decision of the American Federal Reserve to stop publishing M3 figures (the most reliable indicator on the amount of dollars circulating in the world) from March 23, 2006 onward.

These two decisions constitute altogether the indicators, the causes and the consequences of the historical transition in progress between the order created after World War II and the new international equilibrium in gestation since the collapse of the USSR. Their magnitude as much as their simultaneity will catalyse all the tensions, weaknesses and imbalances accumulated since more than a decade throughout the international system.

A world crisis declined in 7 sector-based crises

LEAP/E2020's researchers and analysts thus identified 7 convergent crises that the American and Iranian decisions coming into effect during the last week of March 2006, will catalyse and turn into a total crisis, affecting the whole planet in the political, economic and financial fields, as well as in the military field most probably too:

1. Crisis of confidence in the Dollar 2. Crisis of US financial imbalances 3. Oil crisis 4. Crisis of the American leadership 5. Crisis of the Arabo-Muslim world 6. Global governance crisis 7. European governance crisis

The entire process of anticipation of this crisis is described in detail in coming issues of LEAP/E2020's confidential letter – the GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin, and in particular in the 2nd issue to be released on February 16, 2006. These coming issues will present the detailed analysis of each of the 7 crises, together with a large set of recommendations intended for various categories of players (governments and companies, namely), as well as with a number of operational and strategic advices for the European Union.

Decoding of the event "Creation of the Iranian Oil Bourse priced in Euros"

However, and in order not to limit this information to decision makers solely, LEAP/E2020 has decided to circulate widely this official statement together with the following series of arguments resulting from work conducted.

Iran's opening of an Oil Bourse priced in Euros at the end of March 2006 will be the end of the monopoly of the Dollar on the global oil market. The immediate result is likely to upset the international currency market as producing countries will be able to charge their production in Euros also. In parallel, European countries in particular will be able to buy oil directly in their own currency without going though the Dollar. Concretely speaking, in both cases this means that a lesser number of economic actors will need a lesser number of Dollars. This double development will thus head to the same direction, i.e. a very significant reduction of the importance of the Dollar as the international reserve currency, and therefore a significant and sustainable weakening of the American currency, in particular compared to the Euro. The most conservative evaluations give €1 to $1,30 US Dollar by the end of 2006. But if the crisis reaches the scope anticipated by LEAP/E2020, estimates of €1 for $1,70 in 2007 are no longer unrealistic.

Decoding of the event "End of publication of the M3 macro-economic indicator"

The end of the publication by the American Federal Reserve of the M3 monetary aggregate (and that of other components), a decision vehemently criticized by the community of economists and financial analysts, will have as a consequence to lose transparency on the evolution of the amount of Dollars in circulation worldwide. For some months already, M3 has significantly increased (indicating that « money printing » has already speeded up in Washington), knowing that the new President of the US Federal Reserve, Matt Bernanke, is a self-acknowledged fan of « money printing. Considering that a strong fall of the Dollar would probably result in a massive sale of the US Treasury Bonds held in Asia, in Europe and in the oil-producing countries, LEAP/E2020 estimates that the American decision to stop publishing M3 aims at hiding as long as possible two US decisions, partly imposed by the political and economic choices made these last years: . the 'monetarisation' of the US debt . the launch of a monetary policy to support US economic activity. … two policies to be implemented until at least the October 2006 « mid-term » elections, in order to prevent the Republican Party from being sent in reeling.

This M3-related decision also illustrates the incapacity of the US and international monetary and financial authorities put in a situation where they will in the end prefer to remove the indicator rather than try to act on the reality.

Decoding of the aggravating factor "The military intervention against Iran"

Iran holds some significant geo-strategic assets in the current crisis, such as its ability to intervene easily and with a major impact on the oil provisioning of Asia and Europe (by blocking the Strait of Ormuz), on the conflicts in progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the possible recourse to international terrorism. But besides these aspects, the growing distrust towards Washington creates a particularly problematic situation. Far from calming both Asian and European fears concerning the accession of Iran to the statute of nuclear power, a military intervention against Iran would result in an quasi-immediate dissociation of the European public opinions which, in a context where Washington has lost its credibility in handling properly this type of case since the invasion of Iraq, will prevent the European governments from making any thing else than follow their public opinions. In parallel, the rising cost of oil which would follow such an intervention will lead Asian countries, China first and foremost, to oppose this option, thus forcing the United States (or Israel) to intervene on their own, without UN guarantee, therefore adding a severe military and diplomatic crisis to the economic and financial crisis.

Relevant factors of the American economic crisis

LEAP/E2020 anticipate that these two non-official decisions will involve the United States and the world in a monetary, financial, and soon economic crisis without precedent on a planetary scale. The 'monetarisation' of the US debt is indeed a very technical term describing a catastrophically simple reality: the United States undertake not to refund their debt, or more exactly to refund it in "monkey currency". LEAP/E2020 also anticipate that the process will accelerate at the end of March, in coincidence with the launching of the Iranian Oil Bourse, which can only precipitate the sales of US Treasury Bonds by their non-American holders.

In this perspective, it is useful to contemplate the following information: the share of the debt of the US government owned by US banks fell down to 1,7% in 2004, as opposed to 18% in 1982. In parallel, the share of this same debt owned by foreign operators went from 17% in 1982 up to 49% in 2004.

→ Question: How comes that US banks got rid of almost all their share of the US national debt over the last years?

Moreover, in order to try to avoid the explosion of the "real-estate bubble" on which rests the US household consumption, and at a time when the US saving rate has become negative for the first time since 1932 and 1933 (in the middle of the "Great Depression"), the Bush administration, in partnership with the new owner of the US Federal Reserve and a follower of this monetary approach, will flood the US market of liquidities.

Some anticipated effects of this systemic rupture

According to LEAP/E2020, the non-accidental conjunction of the Iranian and American decisions, is a decisive stage in the release of a systemic crisis marking the end of the international order set up after World War II, and will be characterised between the end of March and the end of the year 2006 by a plunge in the dollar (possibly down to 1 Euro = 1,70 US Dollars in 2007) putting an immense upward pressure on the Euro, a significant rise of the oil price (over 100$ per barrel), an aggravation of the American and British military situations in the Middle East, a US budgetary, financial and economic crisis comparable in scope with the 1929 crisis, very serious economic and financial consequences for Asia in particular (namely China) but also for the United Kingdom, a sudden stop in the economic process of globalisation, a collapse of the transatlantic axis leading to a general increase of all the domestic and external political dangers all over the world.

For individual dollar-holders, as for trans-national corporations or political and administrative decision makers, the consequences of this last week of March 2006 will be crucial. These consequences require some difficult decisions to be made as soon as possible (crisis anticipation is always a complex process since it relies on a bet) because once the crisis begins, the stampede starts and all those who chose to wait lose.

For private individuals, the choice is clear: the US Dollar no longer is a "refuge" currency. The rising-cost of gold over the last year shows that many people have already anticipated this trend of the US currency.

Anticipating… or being swept away by the winds of history

For companies and governments, it is crucial to integrate now action plans in today's decision-making processes, which can contribute to soften significantly the "monetary, financial and economic tsunami" which will break on the planet at the end of next month. To use a simple image – by the way, one used in the political anticipation scenario « USA 2010 »[9] -, the impact of the events of the last week of March 2006 on the "Western World" we have known since 1945 will be comparable to the impact of the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 on the "Soviet Block".

If this Alarm is so precise, it is that LEAP/E2020's analyses concluded that all possible scenarios now lead to one single result: we collectively approach a "historical node" which is henceforth inevitable whatever the action of international or national actors. At this stage, only a direct and immediate action on the part of the US administration aimed at preventing a military confrontation with Iran on the one hand, and at giving up the idea to monetarise the US foreign debt on the other hand, could change the course of events. For LEAP/E2020 it is obvious that not only such actions will not be initiated by the current leaders in Washington, but that on the contrary they have already chosen "to force the destiny" by shirking their economic and financial problems at the expense of the rest of the world. European governments in particular should draw very quickly all the conclusions from this fact.

For information, LEAP/E2020's original method of political anticipation has allowed several of its experts to anticipate (and publish) in particular : in 1988, the approaching end of the Iron Curtain; in 1997, the progressive collapse in capacity of action and democratic legitimacy of the European institutional system; in 2002, the US being stuck in Iraq's quagmire and above all the sustainable collapse of US international credibility; in 2003, the failure of the referenda on the European Constitution. Its methodology of anticipation of "systemic ruptures" now being well established, it is our duty as researchers and citizens to share it with the citizens and the European decision makers; especially because for individual or collective, private or public players, it is still time to undertake measures in order to reduce significantly the impact of this crisis on their positions whether these are economic, political or financial.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

MAD MULLAHS ISSUE FATWA TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Mad mullahs issue fatwa to use nuclear weapons - Jerome Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com

An Iranian fatwa (holy edict) permitting the use of nuclear weapons has been issued for the first time. Mohsen Gharavian, a disciple of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, has stated that using nuclear weapons as a counter-measure is acceptable in terms of sharia (Islamic law), depending upon the goal for which the weapons are used.

Up until now, the religious leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have publicly declared that the use of nuclear weapons are opposed to sharia, maintaining this position to buttress the argument that Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Gharavian, a lecturer at the religious schools of Qom, stated that:

One must say that when the entire world is armed with nuclear weapons, it is only natural that, as a counter-measure, it is necessary to be able to use these weapons. However, what is important is the goal they may be used for.

With Iran's President Ahmadinejad openly declaring that Israel must be wiped from the map of the Middle East, we are compelled to ask if Gharavian would consider killing Israeli Jews to be a purpose that sharia would consider acceptable for the use of nuclear weapons?

This fatwa marks a clear signal that the ultra-conservative spiritual leaders in Iran are in full control. Gharavian's statement takes additional importance because he is a disciple of Ayatollah Yazdi, who is also the spiritual mentor of Ahmadinejad. The Jamkaran Mosque in Qom was also the center from which Ayatollah Khomeini based his opposition to the Pahlavi dynasty before he was forced to leave Iran in exile. Devout Shiites believe that the Mahdi, the famous "lost Twelfth Iman," disappeared as a young boy down a well that is now revered within the Jamkaran Mosque.

Ayatollah Yazdi and President Ahmadinejad both profess that the Mahdi will emerge from that same well in his Second Coming, but only following an apocalypse in which the world will go through great calamities and upheavals. In September 2005, when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, Ahmadinejad mentioned the Mahdi in describing what he considered to be his divinely appointed political mission as president of Iran.

Gharavian's fatwa was published by the IraNews news agency, suggesting that the statement had the official blessing of the Iranian regime. Iran has openly defied the world diplomatic community by deciding unilaterally to resume uranium processing at Isfahan and uranium enriching at Natanz. Now, the Mesbah Yazdi group has given the first public statement that the use of nuclear weapons is authorized on religious grounds, a further defiant step on the road toward Iran's open proclamation that the regime is pursuing nuclear weapons, not simply the peaceful use of nuclear power.

The signs that the radical fundamentalists have regained control of Iran's revolution are abundant. In recent weeks, Ahmadinejad has traveled to Damascus to give Syrian President Bashar Assad his support in the international controversy over Sryian complicity in the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Hariri. Last summer, before taking over the presidency, Ahmadinejad met in Tehran with Seyed Hassan Nasrollah, the Lebanese leader of the radical terrorist group Hezbollah.

In January this year, Moqtada al-Sadr, the young Iraqi Shiite radical cleric whose "Al-Mahdi Army" engaged in acts of terrorism in April 2004 against U.S. troops in Iraq, visited Tehran and swore to support Iran if the United States or Israel should attack Iran. Hamas member Muhammad Jamal al-Natshah, who was elected to the Palestinian legislature in late January, after being released from Israeli prison, declared that Iran would provide financial support to Hamas if Israel should cut off funds.

Iran is also rushing to conclude with China a $100 billion deal that will allow a Chinese government-controlled oil company to develop the vast oil and natural-gas holdings in Iran's Yadavaran field. The goal is to complete the deal before a U.S.-led motion might cause the Security Council to consider imposing additional sanctions on Iran for violations in their nuclear program.

Iran will hold in euros foreign currency reserves from the sale of oil and natural gas to China. With China's increasing dependency upon Iran for energy resources, the Iranians have suggested that China should diversify into euros a greater portion of their nearly $1 trillion in foreign currency reserves. With approximately 75 percent of China's foreign currency reserves currently held in dollars, a move by the Chinese to the euro could depress the value of the dollar, making more costly the U.S. Treasury's need to sell massive debt into the international markets to maintain our large and growing twin trade and budget deficits.

Now, ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency's scheduled March 6 meeting in Vienna to vote on referring Iran to the Security Council, the IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei has suggested that Iran might be permitted to enrich a small quantity of uranium for "research and development" purposes. ElBaradei has told diplomats recently that a pilot enrichment program at Natanz is Iran's bottom-line, "a reality" the world may have to learn to live with. With this statement, the prospect looms that Iran may once again have won the negotiating game of chess, by winning the concession of even the IAEA that Natanz and Isfahan can continue operating.

Even should the IAEA vote to send the Iranian portfolio to the Security Council, Russia and China appear ready to veto any meaningful sanctions. In the next few weeks, we will most likely see the United States forced to admit that the Bush administration strategy since the second inauguration of allowing the IAEA and the E.U.-3 to lead negotiations with Iran may simply amount to a waste of time.

Iran has also begun suggesting that the Russian proposal to enrich uranium on Russian soil, possibly with the assistance of an international consortium pledging to provide enriched uranium to Iran will be acceptable, as long as Iran can also continue enriching uranium on Iranian soil. What reason does the world community have to believe that Iran will only enrich a small amount of uranium when Iran has consistently violated agreements with the IAEA?

With Iran and Hamas both declaring that Israel has no legitimate reason to survive and with diplomacy failing to contain the Iranian nuclear program, increasingly the military option is the only option left with any promise of stopping Iran from having nuclear weapons that the mullahs now declare can be used in accordance with Islamic law. What more do we need to see before we conclude that Israel and America are inevitably headed to war with Iran?
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Sunday, February 19, 2006

$20 TO $30 FOR A GALLON OF GASOLINE?

$20, $30 a gallon for gasoline?

By Alain
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Oh, believe me, this could happen overnight in the very near future.

Right now, over 50% of all crude oil purchased by the Untied States is bought from countries who literally would like to see the US blown off the globe.

Let's run down a little list, and you form your own conclusions.

One out of every two barrels of oil imported to the United States come from the following list of nations:

Iran
Islamist controlled country. Openly Hostile to the United states. Islamic leaders recently issued Fatwa saying it is ok to use nuclear weapons against its enemies.

Iraq
Pretty much an Islamist controlled country. Currently we are at war in Iraq. Islam controls large portion of the country, and soon through elections will control all. Islamic leader just rejected the proposed constitution due to lack of Islamic law.

Kuwait
Islamist controlled country.

Saudi Arabia
Islamic controlled country. Indirectly behind the war on terror with the United States, known to fund Islamic terror organizations that attack western nations. Homeland of Bin Laden and the majority of the men who flew planes into the towers.

Venezuela
Openly and extremely hostile towards the United States. President recent called for Americas overthrow, and recently pledged to raise an army of 1,000,000 soldiers to fight America.

Qatar
Islamist controlled country

Indonesia
Islamist controlled country. Openly hostile towards America. Islamic militants recently stormed the US embassy. So hostile towards the west, that during tsunami relief, they delayed food and supply shipments to the needy people until they could change the labeling the packages, which originally said they were from the USA.

Libya
Islamist controlled country. Long history of out right hatred for the US and active history of terror attacks.

United Arab Emirates
Islamist controlled country. This is the money front man for the world Islamic front. They just bought the companies that control six US ports. Lobbying strongly in favor of Hamas currently.

Algeria
Islamist controlled country. Long time partner with Libya and many terror organizations. Openly hostile towards the USA.

Nigeria
Islamist controlled country. Extremely hostile towards the USA. Currently threatening to use rockets to attack oil tankers heading for the USA. Islamic Militants have just taken US hostages.

Ok, so that is where we are buying half of our oil. These countries all have one other thing in common, other than out right hatred of the United states, they are part of a cartel called OPEC. So, as one unit they could easily turn off the oil to the USA overnight.

People in the US need to come to the understanding that America currently is not at war with a single country, political borders do not really apply in this new global age. We are at war with Islam. Islam controls the oil that runs our oil addicted country and economy.

What would happen if they turned off the oil?

Overnight gasoline prices would skyrocket, supplies would disappear in a couple weeks.

After several weeks of the increased oil and gasoline prices the stock market would most likely have a crash to make the great depression look like fun times.

Gasoline is needed to move products around our country. Prices on everything from tomatoes to toothpicks would go up in price by factors of ten.

People would be losing their jobs right and left. You live in the suburbs? Have to commute to your job? Imagine going to work with Gas costing $20 a gallon? People would save money by NOT going to work.

Companies would be closing right and left. They could not afford to buy materials, they could not afford to ship product. They could not afford to pay employees.

In one fell swoop, Islam could crush the American economy and force us to our knees.

You really think they would never do this? Think about it. These are the people who have no qualms about sending children with explosives strapped to their chests out to blow themselves up to kill a few "non-muslim" civilians.

These are the people who are burning buildings, burning churches, storming sovereign countries embassies, killing people right and left in an ongoing firestorm of hate spanning multiple weeks over a few cartoons that depicted Islam as a violent entity.

Think about it.

You should also think about what this organization called OPEC, which sets the prices so to speak on oil for the world, is doing with all this incredible profit is has been making off the United States. $3 to produce a barrel of oil, $70 for an American to buy it. That is a lot of money going to arm the enemies of America. This is how the president of Venezuela is paying to build up a 1,000,000 man army to battle with the United States.

Our addiction to oil is not only Islam's greatest weapon against us, it is the very means of Islam gaining the strength to grow and attack us so indiscriminately.

SPECIAL MESSAGE-PROPHECY UPDATE

Randy Thomas
Feb 19, 2006


PROPHECY UPDATE - News & Information for the End Times

Greetings,

Hi Folks,

It's been six months since I have sent out a "special message", I send these out occasionally when I feel the need. Folks as I'm sure you well know we are living in difficult times, as I read and study the Word of God and scan the prophetic horizon I can assure you that even harder, difficult and downright perilous times are ahead! I truly believe with all my heart that the current events in the Middle East and the recent devastating Earthquakes and Hurricanes are a wake up call to the World! The birth pangs that Jesus spoke of are beginning to become more apparent and we will witness even more destruction and devastation as the birth pangs intensify and become more frequent. The Middle East has always been a powder keg and the recent events have actually lit the fuse, only God knows how long the fuse is or how fast it will burn? To the believer all these things should come as no surprise, but the uninformed don't have a clue and they are desperately seeking answers! We have truly grown this past year; the amount of people visiting the web site and the amount of people subscribing to the Prophecy Update has almost doubled.

We were recently featured on MSNBC: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9731623 and this has significantly increased attention to the relevance of Bible prophecy and the times in which we live. We are truly thankful and blessed by all this added attention and I pray that the Lord would just continue to use this ministry for His Glory!

"For (nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Matthew 24:7-8

"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26

When I first started studying bible prophecy about 25 years ago there would be a prophetic headline or related news story a couple times a year and now there are so many daily prophetic related events that it boggles the mind and yet the world and even the majority of the body of Christ continues living as if they didn't have a care in the world. This in itself is proof that we truly are living in the Last Days!

..."As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." Matthew 24:37-42

And

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these." 2Timothy 3:1-5

Folks we are living in the End Times, our time is short, let us make the time we have left count for all eternity. The Bible tells us which nations will be the major players in the End Times, and right on cue they are making their presence known. As the 'birth pangs' increase in intensity more people than ever before from around the world are seeking answers. More people than ever before are looking and searching for answers and I am sure as prophetic events continue to unfold at an accelerated pace, even more people will visit Prophecy Update looking for answers. We receive visitors from over 102 nations around the world and each month we break new records in the amount of hits that we receive to the website and subscribers to the free Prophecy Updates is at an all time high.

Folks as you know, we have the answer and the answer is Jesus Christ, but many if not the majority of the world's population walks around in total darkness, help Prophecy Update continue to be a beacon of light to the world!

With these thoughts in mind I want to take the time to thank of all you who subscribe to Prophecy Update and all of you who frequent the Prophecy Update website and take advantage of all the teaching resources that we have available and I do want you to take advantage of us! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement and financial support. Thank you for taking the time to forward the Updates to family and friends. Thank you all that use the Updates for teaching material and all that send in articles for posting. I do want to encourage you to forward us articles that you feel worthy enough to share with other readers!

First, above all things I ask that you continue to keep this ministry in your daily prayers, secondly I ask that you would prayerfully consider becoming a financial supporter of this ministry. Many of you are already monthly supporters but we need many more, monthly supporters are the backbone and foundation of this ministry. You would think with so many subscribers and visitors that I would never have to bring up the subject of giving. I do so reluctantly, but in reality only about 50 dear and precious Saints give to this ministry with any regularity and I can actually name them off in my head and I thank the Lord daily for them!

The updates and the web site are provided free so that no one can be denied access to the Word of God. I have been offered a lot of money to sale the web site, but I turned them down, I care too much! There is a charge to cover the cost of the teaching materials but even then we provide them free upon request. The web site is free of pop-up ads and commercial banners so that you can view the contents of the site without disturbance. We don't bombard you with offers and we don't plead and beg for money and tell you that we are going off the web if we don't get money. We don't have week long marathon fundraisers, nor do we have elaborate money raising schemes.

My prayer: Lord Jesus, I pray right now that you would touch the hearts of those that you would lift up to support this ministry and I pray that you would bless them and give them a heart and a fire and a passion to support this ministry. Lord Jesus I pray that you would bless them in return for their faithfulness beyond any measurable comprehension, wonderfully and abundantly exceeding any and all expectations! Lord Jesus I pray for those that already support this ministry through prayer and financial means that you would continue to bless them in the most amazing ways, that not only they would be blessed but also those whom you have surrounded them with! In Jesus Name...Amen!

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Friday, February 17, 2006

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO CONVINCE YOU THAT JESUS WILL RETURN DURNING YOUR LIFETIME?

What would it take to convince you that Jesus will return to earth during your lifetime? Would three fulfilled prophecies do it? Would five? Seven? Nine? How many? Please indulge me for a few minutes while I briefly explain why I am absolutely convinced that Jesus will return to this earth during our generation.

Rebirth of Israel
There is no greater prophetic fulfillment. The nation of Israel was driven from her land in 70 AD. For almost 2,000 years, the Jewish people existed without a homeland; yet, while being sifted through the nations, they retained their identity. The low point came between 1940 and 1944. Hitler was determined to implement his "final solution." When Allied soldiers entered the Nazi concentration camps, they were horrified by what they discovered. Six million Jews had been gassed, shot, tortured and cremated. In 1944, if you would have told the soldiers that opened these camps that the Jewish people would have their own nation and would become the premier military power in the Middle East by 1967, they would have thought you were crazy. But that is exactly what happened. The most amazing thing about all of this is that it was prophesied over 2,500 years ago. The prophecy of Ezekiel 37 is called Ezekiel's bone yard. Verse 12 states: "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." The last part of this prophecy states that it will come to pass in the latter days, just before the Battle of Armageddon. It is at Armageddon that Jesus returns to earth.

Drying up of Euphrates
The prophecy of Revelation 16:12 has lain quietly for almost 2,000 years, virtually defying fulfillment. It declares that the mighty Euphrates River will be dried up at the time of the Battle of Armageddon. But who is kidding whom? The Euphrates is the principal water source of the entire Middle East. This is like prophesying that the Mississippi River will be dried up! This Euphrates prophecy just appeared to be impossible. At least it did until the shocking headline appeared on the front page of the Indianapolis Star, January 13, 1990. It read, "Flow of Euphrates To Be Stopped for 30 Days." The article explained that Turkey had built the huge Ataturk Dam. Thirty days would be required to fill up the newly constructed reservoir. So the Euphrates was temporarily stopped. The river is flowing again now. However, as of 1990, the mechanism is in place that can stop the flow of the Euphrates at will. The prophecy states that, at the time of Armageddon, the flow of the Euphrates will be dried up to facilitate the invasion of Israel. It will really be very simple. Just push the button, raise the dam, and the Euphrates stops. But remember, it's only been possible since 1990!

An economy run by numbers
Revelation 13:17: "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." The prophecy simply states that, during the endtime, everyone will need a mark or a number in order to participate in the economy. How could such a system possibly be implemented? Until recently, it couldn't. Only since the invention of the computer and the advent of the Internet, has the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy been remotely possible. Now it is becoming commonplace to see articles proposing a cashless society. Who hasn't been prevented from using a credit card because of forgetting a PIN number (personal identification number)? Experiments are already being conducted with using eye scans, face scans and fingerprints for proof of identity. Positive ID has become so necessary in a world that increasingly does business "online." The new money of Europe, the euro, has been in use for over two years. Millions of euros are traded every day. And yet to this point, physical euros do not exist. All transactions have been electronic - cashless! Euro notes and coins will be introduced in January 2002. Can a cashless society work? Europe has proven that it can. Between online transactions and the use of smart cards, the technology presently exists to set up a cashless society. The only blockade is public acceptance. How long will it be before society is able to get used to it? The Bible is crystal clear that the prophesied economic system will be implemented during the final three and one-half years before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Never possible before totally possible now! Most of the prophecies of the Bible are written in symbols. Only four or five give the literal name of a person or a place. Two of these special prophecies appear to have come to pass during the last fifteen years.

Chernobyl
In Revelation 8:10-11, John saw what he described as a star falling from heaven. He said the name of the star was called Wormwood. On April 26, 1986, the world's worst ever nuclear explosion occurred. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant located in the Ukraine malfunctioned, releasing ten times as much radioactivity into the air as was released at the bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. So far, 125,000 have died as a result of the accident. The nuclear cloud created by the Chernobyl explosion was carried by the winds into Europe. The resulting nuclear rains filled the rivers of Europe with the nuclide Cesium 137. People who drank the water or ate food touched by the water ingested the deadly nuclide. Doctors and scientists estimate that over 2 million people are presently infected by Cesium 137, which ultimately results in cancer. The Ukrainian word for wormwood is chernobyl. If we were reading a Ukrainian Bible, the passage would say, "the name of the star is called Chernobyl."

Saddam Hussein
Revelation 9:1-11 prophesies a time when smoke will come out of the bottomless pit. The sun and the air will be darkened by the smoke. When Saddam Hussein was forced to withdraw from Kuwait in 1991, he wreaked his vengeance by setting 700 of the world's richest oil wells on fire. As a result, the sun was not seen in the area for the next three months. At noon, it was as dark as at midnight. In this apocalyptic vision, John saw what he described as locusts coming out of the smoke. Only these were not ordinary locusts. He said that the locusts had breastplates of iron, the faces of men, and their stings were in their tails. John heard the sound of these "locusts." He said, "the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle." Does this sound like a description of the modern helicopter to you? It does to me! Remember that John had never seen a helicopter. He was merely attempting to record what he saw in his vision. The most incredible part of this prophecy is verse 11, "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. Both Abaddon and Apollyon mean "the destroyer." Many translations of the Bible literally say - "They had a king over them whose name is the destroyer. Why is this so important? When Saddam Hussein was born, his mother decided to name him Saddam because the name means "the destroyer." She did this because her pregnancy had been so terribly painful. The one who was over the darkening of the sun and the helicopters participating in that war, is called "the destroyer." Coincidence? You really think so?!

China War - 200 million man army
In summary, the prophecy says that an army of 200 million will trigger a war that will kill one-third of the world's population - two billion people. Of all the prophecies, this one is by far the most ominous! No matter how we twist and turn its message, it still states that one-third of the world will be destroyed. But who will ignite this horrible prophesied holocaust? The Bible describes an army of 200 million. Has there ever been an army of 200 million on the face of the earth? Most nations don't even have a population of 200 million - let alone an army! The alarming news is that a nation has made the boast that it can field an army of 200 million. The late leader of China, Mao Tse Tung, bragged that he could field an army of 200 million soldiers. The 1999 Fact Book, put out by the CIA, stated that China had 198 million men of military age (15-49). That number went over the 200 million mark as of the year 2000. A prophecy that could never before have been fulfilled can now come to pass at any time. Since the Saddam Hussein prophecy happened at the sounding of the 5th Trumpet and the China War will occur at the 6th Trumpet, it is obvious that this terrible event is the next major item on God's prophetic calendar. Knowing this, we realize how very dangerous the present conflict between China and the United States actually is!

World army to invade Israel
Zechariah 14:2 states that all nations will come against Jerusalem to battle at the time of Armageddon. Throughout the 2,000 years since this prophecy was given, people have wondered how all nations would be able to gather at Jerusalem. Only in recent times has it become apparent how this prophecy will be fulfilled. Beginning with the Gulf War in 1990-1991, the world's trouble spots have been dealt with by the forces of the World Community. When conflict arises somewhere on the globe, the United Nations passes a resolution to solve the problem. Any faction that does not bow the knee to the decisions of the World Community runs the risk of invasion by the International Forces. So we understand that every single nation on earth may not be present at Armageddon, but the forces of the World Community representing the United Nations will be there. Within the last month, the UN Security Council voted on a resolution to send soldiers into Israel to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Only a veto from the United States stopped the UN from moving against Israel. This failed vote was a precursor to one that will succeed. Whether the United States will decide to allow international intervention in the Middle East or whether UN reforms result in abolishment of the veto power, we don't yet know. But somehow a UN resolution against Israel will be allowed to pass. Result - Armageddon and the Second Coming.

Great tribulation in Judea
As Judy and I stepped onto the bulletproof bus at Jerusalem's Central Bus Station a few weeks ago, the prophecy of Matthew 24:15-21 kept running through my mind. Jesus had said that those living in Judea would suffer great tribulation during the times immediately before His Second Coming. Bus #170 would take us out to Beit El (Bethel) in Judea, referred to as the West Bank by the media. During the one-hour ride north of Jerusalem, we circled around Ramallah where the brutal lynching took place a few months ago. I couldn't help but look at the thick double glass covering the bus' windows, wondering if it really would stop a sniper's bullet. But the thought foremost in my mind was the prophecy. Two-thousand years ago, Jesus had prophesied about this time and the danger that would engulf this specific area. Here we were, in 2001, traveling through the area only because we were shielded by the bulletproof bus. And to think that the worst is yet to come! An article recently reported that a plan already exists for the Palestinians to overrun the Judean settlements when the time is right. I came away from this unique experience, knowing that I had glimpsed a preview of the Great Tribulation, and it wasn't pretty! Another compelling sign that we are living in the endtime! Taken alone, most of these prophetic fulfillments might be able to be explained away as coincidental. However, there is a question that sincere, thinking people must ask themselves_...at what point does coincidence end and divine providence begin?
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SHAKING THE POWERS OF HEAVEN

Shaking the Powers of Heaven - Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor - www.omegaletter.com

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." (Luke 21:25-26)

Last month, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported its findings that "nine of the ten warmest years on record have occurred since 1995."

Don't let these facts slip by and be absorbed into the white noise of your mind. Think about them. Allow them to have an impact. Also consider that the five warmest years ever recorded were 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

And according to NOAA forecasts, we should be able to add 2006 to the list by next January, putting the five warmest years on record all in the 21st century.

NOAA is predicting the trend will continue in 2006, forecasting 17 named storms (twice the average) 9 hurricanes (average 5.9) and 5 major hurricanes (average is 2.3)

It was only a few years ago that phrases like 'hundred year storm' and 'five hundred year flood' had meaning.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew was pronounced a '100 year storm'. And the Midwest Flood of 1993 was pronounced a '500 year flood' -- presumably because such catastrophes ordinarily take place at such widely spaced intervals.

That was the status quo only a bit over a decade ago.

Consider: Everybody remembers Hurricane Andrew. And everybody remembers the 1993 Midwest Flood. That was because they were rare events.

Nothing rare about monster storms or killer floods anymore. In an ordinary year, 2005's Dennis was the major hurricane that should have been the Big One we all remember.

But then came Emily, then Katrina, then Rita. . . images of Andrew's destructive landfall in Homestead, Florida paled in comparison to the destruction of New Orleans, most of the Gulf Coast and both of Florida's coastlines.

Until 2005, 2004 was the deadliest and most costly season Atlantic hurricane season on record. Bonny and Charley were the first two hurricanes to hit the same state twice in 24 hours in a hundred years when they ravaged Florida.

And that was BEFORE Frances, Ivan and Jeanne finished what Bonny and Charley had begun.

Climatologists can't explain why 2005 was so warm. 2005 tied the warmest year ever recorded, 1998, but without the help of the "El Nino of the century'' that pushed temperatures so high that year.

Scientists also are warning that sea-level measurements since 1850 from tidal gauges and more recently from satellite images. From those measurements, they calculate that the sea is rising at twice the rate it was in 1850. Moreover, they have concluded the rise in sea level is a recent phenomenon.

Using measurements from sediment levels, scientists have been able to establish the rate the sea was rising had been more or less constant for the preceding 5,000 years. Now it is rising at the rate of two millimeters a year.

And even if all industrial pollution and auto emissions suddenly ceased today, Earth's climate will warm at least 1 degree by the year 2100 and seas will rise 4 inches, says the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Factor in the melting of glaciers and the ice caps, and seas could rise 8 inches through 2100 in the best-case scenario, says NCAR.

As winters get milder, changes occur underfoot and go largely unnoticed until critical thresholds are reached. Railroad tracks are deformed. Rocky peaks crack apart and spill into ravines. Whole mountainsides lose footing.

Ground in the Northern Hemisphere that's been frozen since the last Ice Age is melting and collapsing. Animals are changing migration and mating habits.

While environmentalists and New Agers blame human activity, science devoid of an agenda tells a different story.

The journal Geophysical Research Letters reported recently that the Sun itself has increased its output, which it says could be as much as 30% to blame for the warming of the globe.

Reports in the late 1980s found the amount of sunlight reaching the planet's surface had declined by 4 to 6 percent since 1960. Suddenly, around 1990, that appears to have reversed. And they admit that nobody knows what caused the apparent shift.

A third study also published in the journal found the Earth has reflected more sunlight back into space from 2000 to 2004 than in years prior.

Yet a fourth study examined what is called albedo, which is measured by the moon's reflection of the Earth. The phenomenon, called 'earthshine', was first noted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Robert Charlson, a University of Washington atmospheric scientist, estimates that while science might be off, "30% in its understanding of global warming, but it could be off as much as 100%" in its understanding of the Earth's albedo. In other words, science hasn't a clue.

To summarize, then, it appears that whatever is coming upon the earth has already, to some limited extent, already arrived.

Jesus warned of signs in the sun, moon and stars. Solar storm activity in recent years has wreaked havoc on our communications systems. The sun itself has increased its output, wreaking havoc on our weather systems.

These signs in the sun, moon and stars are accompanied by the 'distress of nations, with perplexity.'

More than 150 of them agreed in December to sign on to the Kyoto Treaty on global warming -- and 'perplexed' accurately describes their reaction to the US refusal to join them.

Nobody knows what causes global warming, but it appears that the fear of what is coming upon the earth is enough to cause them to all band together and do SOMETHING, even if they don't know what it should be.

It is abundantly clear to the world's scientific community that the 'powers of heaven are shaking -- and that they are at a loss to explain why.

Jesus was addressing a specific question, 'What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?' when He predicted what science called 'global warming' and man's reaction to the threat. But this was only part of the larger scenario.

Jesus tied it all to the budding 'fig tree' (used as a metaphor for Israel 33 times in Old Testament Scripture) saying, "So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."

He warned of wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, likening them to 'birth pangs' or labor pains, increasing in frequency and intensity as the event approaches.

He said the generation that witnessed the restoration of Israel would see the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy, including His Second Coming.

"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled." (Luke 21:32)

That generational time clock started ticking on May 14, 1948. The generation of the fig tree is pushing sixty.

Tick. . .Tick. . .Tick
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Thursday, February 16, 2006

WHERE IS YOUR KINGDOM?

WHERE IS YOUR KINGDOM? - By Paul Proctor - NewsWithViews.com

I garnered a lot of email from my last article about the coming Rapture of the Church. Some received my commentary with joy, excitement and expectation, others with shock, anger and contempt. Amid the many diverse messages that found their way to my inbox, some generous and some not, I gained a bit of clarity as to the state of the perceived church that I think is important to pass along.

I discovered that many of those who call themselves Christians apparently don't want to be delivered from this fallen world. Their goal instead is to make it a better place in which to live by forming alliances, organizations, ministries and networks to help them build a sort of Heaven on Earth.

If our little speck on the globe, by the grace of God, becomes a little more tolerable for a time through the courageous and benevolent efforts of the brethren, then praise the Lord; but should that be our primary objective? If we become fixated on this world and how we might change it for the better, do we not do so at the expense of the world to come and those who, as yet, have no hope or desire beyond the flesh?

Shall we Christianize the old to make it homier for our family, friends and countrymen or point to the new? Where is our focus - on the horizontal here and now or the vertical to come?

Is there any scriptural directive calling us to renovate the Land of the Lost into a facade of faith so that it will appear to be Christian owned and operated when our Lord returns, even though it is clearly stated four times in scripture that Satan is the "prince of this world?"

Considering that Christians become better disciples and experience their greatest spiritual growth under hardship and persecution, wouldn't the seemingly honorable goal of making this a "better world," in reality, be as counterproductive as trying to make soldiers out of recruits by turning their boot camp into a day spa? What is the eternal value in this?

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." - 2nd Corinthians 2:10

We criticized Jim & Tammy Bakker 20 years ago for sweet-talking their followers out of millions of dollars to build the infamous Heritage U.S.A.; but aren't local churches around the country today doing much the same thing to finance pleasure palaces and amusement parks full of worldly music, theater, dance, recreation and refreshments, catering to almost every appetite imaginable; and even worse, marketing it to the rest of the world as "evangelism?" It is no wonder that so many from the postmodern church have a hard time believing in the Rapture. With a kingdom like this in the works, who needs Heaven?

As if that wasn't enough, several notable evangelicals, including Rick Warren, have now signed on to the pagan left's environmental agenda by joining the Global Warming Initiative. Even though many conservatives found it somewhat strange and out-of-character, Warren's liberal tendencies didn't come as all that much of a surprise to those of us who, for years, have rebuked him and warned others of his Purpose Driven pretense; theories, techniques, philosophies and practices that have been liberal all along.

But because Warren's sensory-saturated customer base has lost sight of what it means to be a conservative and a Christian, they didn't see it coming. Their wisdom, discernment and Biblical convictions were "pyromarketed" away with The Purpose Driven Life; so now, rather than question, object or protest the consensus on a new-found environmental "stewardship" program that he and his cronies are peddling, many, I suspect, will simply fall in line behind his leftward march toward U.N. compliance, thinking they do the Will of God because they do the will of Warren.

The obvious question Christians ought to be asking is: What does environmentalism have to do with eternal life? Nothing, unless you believe that Heaven is the third planet from the Sun and that it can only be saved with human hands and worldly wisdom.

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." - 1st John 2:16-17

Other Christians take a more aggressive approach toward a "better world" by affirming the Commander in Chief's call to send soldiers into combat overseas to change it militarily, one country at a time, into whatever he and his supporters think it ought to be. Consequently, only a Remnant of believers remain to "occupy" this world as "strangers" and "pilgrims;" following a risen Christ, Who saves souls, to a Promised Land their eyes have never seen, while everyone else unites to save the planet.

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul…" - 1st Peter 2:11

Compare today's earth-centered values with those of the Apostle John who wrote:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." - 1st John 2:15

And the Apostle Paul who said:

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." - Philippians 1:21

I find it particularly disturbing that Christians who have been called out of this evil world by the Lord they claim as their own, have so dismissed the Word of God and His command to "Come out from among them and be ye separate" that they've fallen madly in love with it; becoming seduced and entangled in its affairs, calling it a "ministry," a "career" a "pastime" or their "patriotic duty" as if that somehow justifies their love of this life.

"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." - 2nd Timothy 2:4

"He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." - John 12:25

After a rather long and heated volley of email messages with one enraged conservative over the misguided priorities of contemporary Christians and the sheer vanity of it all, I finally brought our correspondence to a close with this.

I wrote: "Jesus said 'my kingdom is not of this world.' Where is YOUR kingdom?" I asked; "Is it here on Earth or is it in Heaven?"

He refused to answer.

"Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever amen." - Galatians 1:3-5
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

IF YOU'RE NOT READY-YOU BEST GET READY!

If you're not ready you best get ready! - Jerry Golden - www.thegoldenreport.com

And if you don't think a Middle East war is about to get underway you should get your head out of that hole and look around. Iran today has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East it is believed that they already have nuclear weapons. And they have an army just to our north called Hizbullah, who they have armed with over 13,000 missiles armed with chemical warheads to attack Israel with. It is also known that Iran wants desperately to produce many more nuclear bombs before they go to war, but are willing to go with what they now have. They feel confident that they can destroy Israel before anyone can stop them, they are wrong. Their missiles can reach nearly all of Europe as well as Turkey and they can count on! an attack. The United States knows that Iran can reach them from any number of merchant vessels in the Atlantic and the Pacific, and deliver a nuclear bomb for EMP literally closing down the entire country for months if not years. We need to understand something very clearly, some nations have nuclear weapons for protection but Iran wants them so they can use them. Iran will use them and very soon, we are talking about insane Islamic devils.

Today high ranking IDF Generals are saying that Bashar Assad of Syria is contemplating an all out offensive again! st Israel and has acquired many missiles capable of reaching all of Israel thanks to Russia. It has come out in today's Israeli newspapers that Putin has invited the heads of the Islamic Terror Organization to Moscow for talks. With weapons pouring across the Gaza/Egypt border and Hamas now in total power in Gaza, along with the Iranian armed Hizbullah massed on our northern borders and the President of Syria under extreme pressure from the international community for harboring Terrorist groups in Damascus, not to mention the fact that he has taken in all of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and has them hidden in Syria. And now has the United States breathing down his neck making sounds that sounds more like an attack in soon coming. Like all Dictators when faced with this kind of pressure their only solution is to start a war to unit their people behind them.

Lets say the US will be spared and only Israel and Europe gets hit with Iranian nukes. Is there anyone on earth that thinks Israel will sit here and take it without sending nuclear bombs over Iran? Israel also knows that the moment they send missiles towards Iran, that Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will attack Israel as well, so you can expect Israel to turn the Middle East into a giant glass factory. Folks this is deadly serious, get ready. Even if the US is spared have you given any thought to what will happen to the price of oi! l. My guess is it will go over $500 a barrel or even higher. The US simply will not be able to survive, the US economy will simply collapse and the US is a materialistic society. And folks from that point thousands of other unthinkable events will begin to happen across the US. So I will ask you again, are you ready, if not get ready. I believe God is quickening the minds of Believers to prepare so they can be a witness in a time of crisis. It's hard to witness while you're digging in a garbage can for food to feed your kids.

There is something I do know because the Bible tells me so, Israel will survive and will be here for the return of Messiah Yeshua, for He will plant His feet on the Mount of Olives, not in New York, Paris or anywhere else but right here in Israel. I also believe that between now and then a terrible price will be paid for Israel's sin against the most high God of Israel. God will shake and cleanse His own house in a violent and terrible way, and all will fear Him like they have never feared Him before. Jews in Israel will fall on their faces repenting and seeking God in their lives, then we will see the Messiah.

Jews around the world will be under such persecution many will be killed and many will lie denying their Jewishness, but many others will flee running for their lives to Israel. For the world will once again blame the Jews for all the ills of the human race, saying if it were not for the Jews and Israel none of this would have happened, let us kill the Jews and rid ourselves of this terrible curse. It is then that the world will feel the full wrath of God's anger and know that His Word is true.

I'm not saying you need to dig a hole and fill it with food to last for years. But you should have a couple months of food on hand, but most important is water, if you don't have drinkable water you will die, and it may surprise you to find out how much one person uses in a weeks time. As for a nuclear attack, if you are upwind from the attack and not to near, your chances of survival are good. If you are downwind you need a lot of help from fall out. If you are to close to ground zero, you won't need any of the above, say hello to your Master, and I pray it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and if it's not, right now would be a great time to settle that, just get on your knees and ask Yeshua to be the Lord of your life, and live for Him.

If God has called you to this ministry it is time to realize there would be no better place to invest your money, for when this all comes down you won't have any anyway. For regardless of what happens God's Word will come to pass and He will re-gather the Jews back to the Land that He calls His own. The Ruach Ha Koddesh (Holy Spirit) has touched this messenger and others to prepare to collect Jews and bring them home. We have precious little time to get everything in order, and the larger boat must be purchased soon. Just as important is the groundwork in Turkey and elsewhere, and the word has to be put out in certain places i! n Europe. We need your part of this ministry ASAP. Not one Jew will be saved without the help of many Believers who made it possible, and God is certainly watching.

Connie and I just returned from a trip to Cyprus, got back in Israel around 2AM. It was a successful trip with meetings with other Believers and some very necessary arrangements put into action for this Ministry. It is now necessary for us to make other trips to meet with others in Turkey for it is there that most of the groundwork must be accomplished. It is also there where we will buy the larger boat. God is calling only the very serious to this Ministry and it is with a spiritual certainty that we move forward knowing that God has witnessed to those who have drawn close to Him knowing the seriousness of the day that we now live.

In a recent letter I said that it may be necessary for Connie and I to move to Cyprus or even possibly into Turkey, but on this last trip to Cyprus God has shown us that He wants us to stay in Israel, that from this location we will receive His directions. Because of the problems Cyprus and Turkey have with each other it is not possible! to travel back and forth between those two countries and we must be able to move freely when the time comes.

In conclusion I will say that I know this is a frightening report, but it is one you need to read over again, for what is about to happen is beyond the ability of most to even comprehend. If this ministry is not fully ready we will do what we can with what God has given us. We still have the time to prepare to rescue many, but that depends of the obedience of those God has touched to bless the Apple of His eye. For most it comes down to a decision of priority, and making a choice of who or what do you serve.

There are few Believers who have been given the opportunity to really bless Israel like we have. Maybe we should be looking at it in reverse, God is not asking us to give but to receive. Gen. 12:3.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for our son Joel and all the IDF soldiers, for all those who have come to fight the Islamic enemies. Pray for this Ministry and your part in it. Shalom, jerry golden
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

WORLD EVENTS SWEEPING WORLD LEADERS TOWARD APOCALYPTIC CONFRONTATION WITH ISRAEL

Events Sweeping World Leaders Toward Apocalyptic Confrontation With Israel - By Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst - www.watch.org

Wash—Feb 13—KIN—Since the beginning of 2006, a riptide of current events has been propelling the leaders of Russia, Iran and Syria toward an irreversible apocalyptic confrontation with Israel that surpasses even their own understanding and fulfills the predictions of ancient prophets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syria's Bashar Assad are taking public decisions that reach far beyond peaceful geo-political strategy as the path they have chosen seems to be an unalterable march to eliminate Israel using Islam as the point of the dagger hidden beneath a cloak of peace and behind the rhetoric of reason.

The prophet Ezekiel proclaimed some 2,500 years ago, "Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army…Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet…in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations…(Ezekiel 38:3-8)."

The nation of Israel was re-established from the vote of the United Nations in May 1948 (brought forth out of the nations where Jews from around the world re-gathered to form the nation after being separated throughout millennia because of the sword, or wars) and biblical scholars widely agree that Gog is the land occupied by today's Russia, Persia is Iran and Ethiopia is Northeast Africa, including Egypt, and Libya is Northwest Africa, including Libya, Sudan, Nigeria and other nations hostile to Israel. This apocalyptic battle results in these nations being miraculously destroyed where it will take seven months to bury the dead (Ezekiel 39:12) and the weapons will burn for seven years (Ezekiel 39:9)

Russia's actions, irrespective of whether Putin even understands how his decisions have coincided with prophecy, are those of a country preparing for war. Russia, once the heart of the powerful communist Soviet Union, has historically supported Islamic nations such as Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon against Israel as evidenced in the immediate 1948 fight for independence and the 1967 and 1973 wars against Israel. But today, Russia is renewing its move tip the balance of power in the Middle East boldly using Islamic fascism that aims to annihilate the tiny nation of Israel and her steadfast ally, the United States.

Putin on January 31 boasted to the world that Russia has new missiles capable of penetrating any missile defense system and said, "Russia has tested missile systems that no one in the world has. These missile systems don't represent a response to a missile defense system, but it doesn't matter to them whether that exists or not. They are hypersonic and capable of changing their flight path." Putin also said the new missiles are nuclear capable. The Russian military since has announced it is revamping and upgrading its nuclear arsenal. Russia has been at the heart of the international crisis over Iran's nuclear program as Putin has agreements to build Iran's nuclear plants and Russian engineers, as assisted by North Korean and Chinese colleagues, are known to be helping the Iranians design missile systems capable of carrying nuclear warheads long range.

In one of his boldest foreign policy moves to date, Putin took a public decision to solidify Russia's position in the Middle East by opening dialogue with yet another political body sworn to the destruction of Israel. Putin invited leaders of Hamas to Moscow for discussions. And Putin signaled to the world that there was more than just diplomacy at stake. Putin said he was inviting Hamas to Russia to hold talks, reminding the international community that, Russia has never, in Putins words, "considered Hamas a terrorist organization. Today we must recognize that Hamas has reached power in Palestine as a result of legitimate elections and we must respect the choice of the Palestinian people." Putin said it's not good to burn political bridges and that's why Russia has not "rushed to call any organization 'terrorist'."

This raised immediate red flags within the diplomatic circles at the White House since Russia, a member of the Middle East Peace Quartet also including the United Nations, the United States and the European Union, was a signatory to a statement after the Palestinian elections saying "that there is a fundamental contradiction between armed group and militia activities and the building of a democratic State. A two-State solution to the conflict requires all participants in the democratic process to renounce violence and terror, accept Israel's right to exist, and disarm, as outlined in the Road Map." Putin's move drew a sharp response from U.S. State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack on February 9, "We would urge any government that might have contact with Hamas to deliver the very clear message that was in the Quartet statement and that is that Hamas has some decisions to make. They must recognize the state of Israel, renounce terror and live up to the international obligations that the Palestinian Authority has signed up to. As a member of the Quartet, we would certainly expect that Russia would deliver that same message." Then the day after, he said, "We believe that should Russia have taken the opportunity to have chosen to have a meeting, they should take it as an opportunity to reinforce the message. Whether or not it has any effect on Hamas is going to be up to Hamas. They're the ones -- the onus is on Hamas to make certain decisions. The international community has laid out very clearly what is required of them. It's up to them to respond to that."

Despite the State Department's optimism that Russia will deliver the so-called "international message" to Hamas, several analysts believe Russia is playing a different game—one of strengthening its military ties in the Middle East—and Putin's statements say little to change that impression. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has stated emphatically that Russia will deliver the message to Hamas, it remains to be seen how strongly in private the message will be delivered and whether it will be communicated with a "wink." Relying on Russia to assist in keeping the peace in Iraq held a disastrous conclusion in the Oil for Food scandal where Putin, himself, reportedly received bribes from Saddam Hussein and Russia's influence over Iran's nuclear program has hardly yielded any legitimate hope for a diplomatic solution. Russia in general and Putin in particular, has a proven track record that supports Islamic fascism rather than the goals of western democracy.

Meanwhile, Iran's Ahmadinejad has been busy since the New Year spreading his militant philosophy throughout the Middle East. In early January, Ahmadinejad told theological students in Iran that its time for Islam to rule the world. "We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations. It's a universal ideology that leads the world to justice. We don't shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world," Ahmadinejad said. "We must prepare ourselves to rule the world and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of the Return." According to Mehran Riazaty, an Iranian Analyst, Ahmadinejad believes Islam must prepare the world for the return of its Shiite messiah, the Mahdi, who, on his return, will establish justice in a world consumed by chaos and corruption. Ahmadinejad believes Mahdi will come within the next two years and then will rule the world for seven years. It is very interesting that Ahmadinejad's beliefs parallel prophecies about the anti-Christ and the tribulation. The anti-Christ will rule for seven years, some believe, after a major catastrophic event will launch him into power—an event like the Gog-Magog war.

Ahmadinejad, on the eve of the Palestinian elections, met with Hamas and other terrorist groups in Syria. Hamas came away with Ahmadinejad's commitment to support the terrorist group both militarily and financially. Ahmadinejad's support was a public unveiling of what many in the intelligence community knew was happening all along, but Iran used the pending victory of Hamas to signal to the Islamic world that it would stand behind those who want to eliminate Israel and its ally, America. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said that Hamas would receive funding from Iran and urged the terrorist organization to not buckle under pressure of the West to recognize Israel, which Ahmadinejad says, should be "wiped off the map."

Iran, too, is preparing for war. During the week of January 20, Iran begins withdrawing its money from European bank accounts. Also in late January were terrorist attacks in Israel that pointed directly to Iran and Syria as the culprits. Ynet News reported that Israeli Defense officials gathered solid evidence in the hours following the January 19th suicide bombing in Tel Aviv to show the attack was a direct result of cooperation between Iran, Syria, and Palestinian terrorists. "The attack was funded by Iran, planned by Syria, and executed by the Palestinians," Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz charged during a meeting with top security officials in Tel Aviv following the bombing. Mofaz said "we possess conclusive evidence that the attack is a direct result of the terror axis operating against Israel at all times." Defense officials were able to trace based on "unequivocal evidence," the funding of the attack to Iran. Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad headquarters in Damascus was the one to provide operative orders that resulted in the bombing, according to the evidence. The execution of the attack was entrusted with an Islamic Jihad cell in the West Bank town of Nablus, where the suicide bomber originated.

Additionally, intelligence sources revealed in January that Iran is also supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups as Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad are using the borders of Syria as staging grounds to send militants into both Iraq and Israel. The military alliance between Iran and Syria was shored up during a January meeting between Ahmadinejad and Assad. Emboldened, Assad's actions in Syria since the Ahmadinejad meeting prompted senior Israeli Defense Force officials from the Northern Command to report on February 9th that if Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to feel threatened by the United States and the rest of the international community, he may be pushed into a corner and decide to fire missiles at Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported that according to the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Syria has an estimated 45 missile launchers and has probably assembled a few Scud D rockets with a range of nearly 700 kilometers - a major threat to Israel because they can be armed with chemical warheads. The IDF officers said they did not foresee a near-term war with Syria. But Assad's handling of diplomatic affairs has the IDF concerned.

While the Russian, Iranian and Syrian leaders are seemingly supernaturally dashing toward their destiny with prophecy, the United States is also playing into the prophetic conundrum. U.S. President George W. Bush expressed his unease with Iran's inflammatory rhetoric in an interview with Reuters February 2nd: "Israel is a solid ally of the United States. We will rise to Israel's defense, if need be. So this kind of menacing talk is disturbing. It's not only disturbing to the United States; it's disturbing for other countries in the world, as well." Asked whether he meant the United States would rise to Israel's defense militarily, Bush, as if having Ezekiel's words etched upon his subconscious, replied: "You bet, we'll defend Israel." The remarks puzzled analysts and historians alike, who claimed this was the first time a U.S. President publicly stated that America would militarily defend Israel against its enemies.

It is as if these world leaders have little control over the words that leave their lips or the orders they give when it comes to the question of Israel—one of the smallest nations in the world, yet the only nation that burdens the entire world. In Zechariah 12:3, the Lord says, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered against it.: And Zechariah 2:8 also speaks of Israel prophetically , "For thus says the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled for you: for he that lays a hand upon you, strikes the pupil of His eye."
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