The Dummy's Guide to "The Deal of the Century" and other stories.

Image courtesy of The White House.

4 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 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;

26 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.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Luke 21:24-28

I highly recommend doing a study on “The Times of the Gentiles.”

Suffice to say we are still well in the thick of it now and I wanted to set that framework and context right away. I have noted the hype and hysteria I have seen and heard since this news broke has truly been astounding and embarrassing as someone who takes Bible study and Bible prophecy study seriously. A number of people are undermining these causes whether they mean to or not and they seem to not understand nor care that even their social media behavior absolutely goes to this as well.

What this means simply is: As long as we are in the Times of the Gentiles we will continue to see and hear things in regards to the state of Israel that involved the Gentile world, with no exceptions, interfering and meddling with the state of Israel. This newest plan is no exception regardless of whether it’s “the most favorable to Israel yet” or not. It’s still messing with the land and interfering. I think if you are in a hurry the map is quite sufficient to speak to that.

Here is the official White House statement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-vision-peace-prosperity-brighter-future-israel-palestinian-people

Here is the Peace Plan:

This the map of the proposed peace plan’s final outcome.

I’m no theologian nor expert by a mile. I mostly wanted to create a handy one stop solution for people to be able to read this peace plan and look at the maps for themselves.

I do have a few remarks and observations from my polar opposite of a lofty perch.

I am someone who definitely believes that God puts the rulers He wants in place at any given time to accomplish His purposes ultimately with no exceptions. Yes, that means Barack Obama. Yes, that means Donald Trump. Yes, that means anyone else that comes after them. See Daniel 2:20-22 and Romans 13:1. I highly recommend reading all of Romans 13 for what a balanced profile of a believer’s role in the context of civic responsibility is supposed to be like.

I continue to hold to the strong conviction that God allowed Trump to defy numerous odds to make into the White House primarily for the sake and benefit of Israel. I do think that America has been given a reprieve out of mercy and God’s timing as well, lumps and all, and as an American I appreciate that but never forget: Israel is the apple of God’s eye and the center of it all.

1 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3 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 together against it.

Zechariah 12:1-3

I would like to highly recommend Dr. Andy Woods’s two part Zechariah 12 message here.

Part 1: http://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/21457899

Part 2: http://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/21457890

I submit to you yet again as many others have: These Scriptures are in the process of fulfillment right now. The rest of Zechariah 12 and beyond is yet to come. ALL people. That includes the Americans. Have we all noticed the rise of Antisemitism everywhere?

I couldn’t help but take note of some of the bragging and pride Trump expressed yesterday during the press conference in regards to this peace plan. That’s vintage Trump and to be expected. Like him or not, that’s just who he is. To be fair about it, the POTUS has some reasons to brag and I definitely appreciate all the good he has done on behalf of Israel. I also appreciate the good he has done on behalf of America and I am happy to give plenty of credit where it’s due.

Let me employ some hyperbole to make a point: I think Trump’s help towards Israel is far and away the biggest reason America hasn’t fallen into anarchy or worse by now. I cite Genesis 12:3 and context as my grounds for my belief here. We export so much filth as well as being the lead on exporting apostasy to the rest of the world outright.

I respectfully disagree with a certain pastor I hold in high esteem (and others) that just because a lot of people showed up at a March for Life cause doesn’t mean America is in the beginning throes of a revival. Hardly. It will not happen when you are at the end of Romans 1. I wish he and some others would stop taking out of both sides of their mouths. We are either in the end times with all that entails or we are somehow going to have this revival and stall for time. We can’t do it. God’s timing moves forward no matter what and what about everyone else outside of America? Satan is not losing the war on abortion, either, just because it slowed down a little bit. Come on.

If you want to see revival head overseas and talk to the underground church members. There is no such thing as national revival except the one that will come to Israel. I’m tired of seeing Nineveh cited, too. It was so unusual it merited mention in the Bible and then they were wiped out anyways. 2 Chronicles 7:14 was for Israel back in the Old Testament and can’t be applied to Americans or the church, either. It doesn’t make sense to use that verse out of context.

I recognize that the time of judgment is coming soon for the entire world and not just America. It will come and soon because it has to. There is simply too much going on that means the Lord has to come back soon.

The proposed Palestinian State capital will be Abu Dis:

Image courtesy of Welcome to Palestine.com

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-plan-capital/netanyahu-says-proposed-palestinian-capital-will-be-in-abu-dis-idUSKBN1ZR2IV This has come up numerous times before. I have to concede that some of the leaks over the last year or so have been accurate. This being one of them. It’s “debatable” about how close to the line this comes to “dividing Jerusalem” but for me, it doesn’t matter. We are still meddling with the land and on shaky ground here.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/29/we-will-never-be-jerusalem-abu-dis-pours-scorn-on-trump-plan The Abu Dis residents and leaders reject this.

https://www.welcometopalestine.com/destinations/jerusalem/abu-dis/ Mixed signals much?

The criteria for the Palestinians: There will be no Palestinian state unless they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, disarm Hamas, and demilitarize the Gaza Strip for starters. This will never happen and especially with terrorists like Abbas (Abu Mazen look him up) and that ilk in charge. I wouldn’t be surprised if the run of the mill Palestinian grinding away on the street would be willing to consider this. Unfortunately, it’s just like Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and the rest of those places: As long as their vile and corrupt leaders are in charge they have no chance and it’s not up to them.

The Palestinian response thus far:

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Abbas-Trump-is-a-dog-and-son-of-a-dog-I-wont-become-a-traitor-615572

“Abbas: Trump is a dog and the son of a dog, I won’t become a traitor. It’s either dying like martyrs or flying the Palestinian flag on the walls of Jerusalem,” Abbas said.

Abbas’s response to the peace plan.

There is no negotiating with this. The world will move on and make tons of money in the short term. The Gulf Coast Arab states and Israel have already become quite cozy on a business level. The Palestinians will be left behind in the dust.

As you can see for all the hysteria you can rely on the continued universal truth of: The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Trump has given them four years to contemplate their navels and make up their minds about this. They will never do it because they want a one state solution and Abbas has stated it as clearly as can be done.

We can count on the Palestinians to stay woefully consistent.

Ideally, I would like to have my country, America, out of the peace business. I am tired of seeing our time, energy, money, and resources go towards this lie and fantasy of Palestinians and their fake state. Why not have Jordan finally comply with the 1948 terms that had already squared this away? Look it up. Like I don’t know the answer.

I realize I may be trending into choppy waters here but I think the Kurds, the Native Americans, and the native peoples of Australia, lumps and all, all have better potential arguments for having their own states than these fake squatters and invaders do. There is no such thing as a Palestinian.

Trump is no dummy. I sympathize with the idea that this peace plan may be one big “rope a dope” to prove the point once and for all. If that wasn’t the intent then I think it is certainly well on its way to being an unintended result. The world can see and hear how the Palestinians are responding to this. People can also remember Oslo and past agreements where they were offered way more and turned it down flat. This will never stop.


1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

This is yet another set of Scriptures that won’t be completely fulfilled until the Second Coming but we certainly have lots of foreshadowings now. I honestly lost count during the Peace Plan press conference how many times I heard the words peace, safety, and security.

This has been been a global trend on an increasing basis. Everyone is calling out for it and everyone just wants someone to come along and fix it all. They will get their wish seemingly for a brief time but it will all go so far wrong.

I continue to observe how much and how easily the Jews in Israel are gushing over Trump to the point they have named settlements and created Cyrus coins with him on them and so forth.

A screenshot I took from a recent Jack Hibbs Happening Now update.
My own photo of one these coins that I took last October at a prophecy conference. This was Pastor Billy Crone’s.

If they are willing to go this far just for Trump, who definitely is not the Antichrist, then imagine what they do when the “wannabe great peacemaker” comes in, likely after Ezekiel 38, and promises them that this will never to them again because he will protect them and they can also rebuild their Temple. The fervor is alive and well in Israel with a growing number of religious and orthodox Jews so far. A lot of us believe that the fallout of Ezekiel 38 will be the prod that pushes that fervor to the rest of the general populace by and large. I invite anyone to look up the Temple Institute and see how far and how serious they are about all of this.

OTHER STORIES:

Supreme Ruler Putin? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-idUSKBN1ZS1Z7

The long and short of it is: Putin has made moves to cement his power until at least 2024. Naturally, he’s assuming arrogantly he will be alive and well for the entire time. I will simply say that Mr. Putin continues to put on a splendid audition for Gog in Ezekiel 38 and leave it at that. A hat tip to John Haller when I saw him make this comment in response to this story: “How about Greatest of the Great (GOG)?” <- Too easy.

THE CORONAVIRUS.

Image courtesy of the BBC.

I’m not concerned about the virus itself at all really. The hype, the knee jerk reactions, and to use others’ words “unprecedented response” in China, along with tangential details make me wonder what’s going on here and why. The virus itself isn’t the story as much as everything surrounding it.

http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.

Watch the video. If all of that doesn’t make you wonder what this is all about I don’t know what to tell you. Something about all of this doesn’t pass the smell test.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-australia-51289897 Coronavirus: Australian scientists first to recreate virus outside China

They are working towards a vaccine. Let’s see what comes of this and how it’s handled. Yes, I am writing that with a suspicious and wary tone.

Don’t fret. Take your vitamins. Use good cleanliness habits and you should be fine but what is going on here and why? What is all this? Luke 21:11 is a safe bet if nothing else. There is no question we have seen an increase in plagues and pestilence on the planet in a birth pangs pattern. Did you see the billion locusts down in Africa recently?

EARTHQUAKES AND SEISMIC ACTIVITY:

Image courtesy of AccuWeather.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/breaking-major-earthquake-shakes-jamaica-cuba/670344 A major 7.7 earthquake happened near Jamaica yesterday and was followed by a 6.5 aftershock near the Caymans. The tsunami warnings came and went without incident but the tremors were felt as far away as Miami and even forced building evacuations. People don’t think about earthquakes in this region. I lived there for over 25 years and it was the furthest thing from our minds.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-quake/strong-earthquake-strikes-eastern-turkey-six-dead-idUSKBN1ZN294 Turkey 6.8

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ByOyIu2WI?fbclid=IwAR0uQqKJtT-fFa99Ow1fQKycPR7RrIm0zp1ug8lQofZhuYwk6dhhzbF6pKQ 5.4 southern Iran

If you follow USGS Big Quakes on Twitter it’s amazing how much seismic activity there is on a daily basis. It’s not 1’s, 2’s and, 3’s, either. It’s 5s and 6s on a regular basis when those used to be a BIG deal. I won’t belabor the point but will simply close this out with what I feel is obvious birth pangs pattern on this subject, too.

Image courtesy of the USGS
Image courtesy of the Smithsonian

THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT:

Image courtesy of CNBC.

The reason I am mentioning this and closing this out here is I continue to note and observe this strange phenomenon where all of us to some degree or another always stop and in some cases practically genuflect when a famous person dies. Some of the responses out there truly are stunning. People are crying and practically setting up effigies and talking in a fashion as if they knew Kobe intimately when they did not. Why do we do this? What is that about? My best guess is: It forces all of us to consider our mortality. It’s right in our face and larger than life. The secular world has a God-sized void in their hearts and no answers for this so when they are forced to reckon with mortality like this and can’t deal with it. When all are you left with is pablum like “If we remember them it keeps them alive” and we all evolved from swamp goo where is the hope? Where is the value for life? Deep down everyone knows better than that and they also know death isn’t fair and isn’t the way it was supposed to be.

I am not going to speculate or offer any views about Kobe Bryant’s worldview except to say I hope he, his daughter, and everyone else on the helicopter called out to the Lord before it was all over with.


1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Please read the entire chapter. Then start reading the book of John. There is no point in doing these blogs or talking about any of this without this because this is what it’s all about.

There is no and, if, or but to what you read above. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simply this. Believe this and be saved. Nothing else. That’s all it takes to be an overcomer as defined by the Bible in 1 John 5:4.

That’s all you have to do. The Holy Spirit will reside in you and take care of the rest. Please make sure you know exactly where you stand with this today because the lesson of Kobe Bryant’s death like anyone else’s is: We never know when it’s our day and our time. Kobe had no clue that morning his life was going to end.

As for the rest of us, I really appreciated this recent exhortation from Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel:

“A word for the believer: dark days are ahead of us. The powers of evil are obsessed with anything that is of God and is right. Anti-globalization leaders are experiencing attempts of massive deep state silent coup. My 3 words for you all are:Patience, Endurance & Perseverance! 🙏🏻”

-Amir Tsarfati, Behold Israel, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Not hype, panic, hysteria, knee jerk reactions, wild conspiracy theories, superstitions, and tales and fables. There is way too much of that going on including from some people that should know better. We all have to do better than that. There will come a day soon when the trumpet will sound and the church will be taken out of here before true darkness descends. Make sure you are ready for that escape! 🙂

CREDIT: Not mine. Unknown. 🎺👂☝️

Written by: Eric W. On social media I am Eric R. Wem which isn’t my full name. 😉

Welcome to "A Brave New World."

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

PSALM 139:14

These three stories together caught my attention and I wanted to highlight them in this brief blog post because I see that “playing God” has a number of consequences and in our arrogance we are playing with things we have little to knowledge about. I am counting on anyone who reads this to connect the dots for themselves, be Bereans like Acts 17:11 says, and do more research at their leisure. 🙂

STORY 1: TRANSPLANT RECEIPIENT HAS DNA ALTERED

Photo of DNA sequence and strand courtest of Independent.co.uk.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/dna-bone-marrow-transplant-man-chimera-chris-long-forensic-science-police-a9238636.html Man who had transplant finds out months later his DNA has changed to that of donor 5,000 miles away

I’m not going to quote everything but just a few stand out items. The story opens up immediately with this candid and honest statement:

Chris Long’s sheriff’s office colleagues have been using him as a human guinea pig, writes Heather Murphy

Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of Reno, Nevada, learned that the DNA in his blood had changed. It had all been replaced by the DNA of his donor, a German man he had exchanged just a handful of messages with.

Even more surprising to Long and other colleagues at the crime lab, all of the DNA in his semen belonged to his donor. “I thought that it was pretty incredible that I can disappear and someone else can appear,” he said.

Let that bolded statement really sink in.

Long had become a chimera, the technical term for the rare person with two sets of DNA. 

BOOM. We are now discussing chimeras in the opem mainstream media.

Please read the rest of it. It’s jaw dropping and creepy is as good of a word any. Alice has gone through the Looking Glass as the saying goes. We are past a point of no return with a lot of this.

For your consideration:

https://listverse.com/2016/05/14/10-organ-recipients-who-took-on-the-traits-of-their-donors/
10 Organ Recipients Who Took On The Traits Of Their Donors

Past this, I would mention HIGHLY DEBATABLE “Cell Memory Theory.” I will let you all go down that rabbit trail on your own but I do think I have put enough here that’s credible that should suggest something is going on here past our scale of known knowledge. Is that fair?

STORY 2: SYNTHETIC DNA IN A TOY RABBIT THAT CAN REGENERATE ITSELF

The plastic toy bunny that is at the center of the story. Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal and numerous other outlets.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/scientists-store-data-in-synthetic-dna-embedded-in-a-plastic-bunny-11575907200 Scientists Store Data in Synthetic DNA Embedded in a Plastic Bunny/ A new method for preserving genetically encoded data into common manufacturing materials is reported

Translation: A method that has been declassified for the mainstream after a couple of decades or so is being reported.

Extra links in case of paywall:

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/object-engineered-to-carry-a-dna-code-for-its-own-replication-66831

https://www.wired.com/story/these-plastic-bunnies-got-a-dna-upgrade-next-up-the-world

WHAT IT IS: A new method for preserving genetically encoded data into common manufacturing materials is reported

The future of digital memory may be inside a small plastic bunny that contains 3-D printing instructions for replicating itself stored in artificial DNA, said scientists Monday, who announced a method for mixing genetically encoded data into common manufacturing materials.

Do they really understand what this means and how it works? There is some scientific and technical detail in this that people should read on their own that I won’t quote here for the sake of space but I want to quote this and close it out:

“We wanted to show that you can use this technology to hide information in common objects,” said computational genomics researcher Yaniv Erlich, a co-author of the study who is chief science officer at a consumer genetics genealogy company called MyHeritage. The company wasn’t involved in the project.

See also: https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-dna-the-future-of-data-storage-1477405351?mod=article_inline

“All of the technologies we use to build computers today are reaching their limit,” said computer scientist Luis Ceze at the University of Washington in Seattle, who is developing techniques to synthesize and read digital data stored in DNA. He wasn’t involved in the project. “It is unavoidable to go to the molecular code. There is nowhere else to go.”

How much storage space do we need and for what? Seriously? Think about it.

They see DNA is the next step past standard technology for storage but I really don’t think their ambitions cease here and they really know so little, truly, about how this works and what they are doing as evidenced in story 1 just for starters.

“You can take a piece of my ear, my heart or a drop of blood and extract my entire DNA code,” said Dr. Grass, who was the senior author of the study. “With this, you can do the same thing in a  product.”

I really don’t think it’s this easy and simple. Do you? What are the consequences?


STORY 3: TRANSHUMANISM AND MICROCHIPS FOR HUMANS

Image courtesy of Screenshot Magazine

https://screenshot-magazine.com/the-future/microchipping-today/ Micro­chip­ping: where it’s at and why it still hasn’t gotten under our skin (yet-Eric)

This article summarizes well, to date, the acceptance of microchipping humans around the world to the mixed reactions and ethical debates well under way. It’s worth reading certainly and there are few items I would like to single out in the context of everything else in this post.

The biggest tagline out of the entire article is this:

“Microchips could be our society’s gamechanger—the only question is: are we ready for that kind of change?”

It doesn’t matter. Society will continue to be conditioned and ultimately will be forced to do so under a World Leader. See Revelation 13.

So yes it’s not only a game changer but it’s going to “end gamer” and possibly sooner than we all think.

For more on this topic:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/human-microchipping-sparks-debate-over-privacy-exploitation

htps://www.spiegel.de/international/business/the-human-microchipping-trend-sweeping-sweden-a-1292924.html Some good ethical arguments

https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/the-future-of-microchip-implants-in-humans

https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/03/microchipped-humans-will-commonplace-microchipped-pets-9783674 This certainly shows expectations.

COMMENTS:

26And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Luke 17: 26-30

and

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:37-39

I realize there is a lot that goes into these passages that begins primarily with the overall state of sin and decay that the Earth will be in ultimately when the Second Coming of Jesus Christ happens.

These passages also indicate the beginning of birth pangs. If we can read passages like these and already recognize a number of conditions happening now then it would logically suggest that we are not far from the culminating event which means other events are closer ever yet like the Rapture of the Church and the Great Tribulation.

Once birth pangs begin and we have them in any category you wish to name as even my humble blog has shown in the past they increase in both speed and intensity. They do not slow down. They certainly do not stop.

I also recognize there are a number of speculative ideas that spawn off of these passages so I will refer even to earlier blog posts I made along these lines and challenge you all to ponder and study for yourselves, truly, what did Jesus mean when He warned “Like the Days of Noah and Lot” with no caveats?

With Lot you are in Sodom and Gomorrah ultimately. How are we all doing with the LGBTQLOLWTHBBQ movement and the deliberate corruption of our youth?

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:6. By all means read the surrounding verses for full context. There is a going to be a ton of millstone action happening very soon between this and all of the abortions. Believe it.

With Noah you are ultimately at Genesis 6 and then the Flood itself. Why did the Flood have to happen? There is no way to read through that to realize you have to be talking about more than just being “pure of sin.” It’s a genetic issue as well. Satan wanted to corrupt the genetic line so the Messiah couldn’t be born. He failed.

Genesis 6 of course is extremely controversial but suffice to say it involved tampering and corrupting human DNA at minimum regardless of how you want to debate the rest of it and how it was done. It’s not going to happen again because those fallen angels were locked up for doing that and no other fallen angel is going to be stupid enough to try it like that again. See the book of Jude.

Here is something even bigger picture that I have thought about before:

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1:26-27

There is a deep and rich study to be had in what it means truly to be made in the image of God including the fact the Trinity is clearly apparent. Genesis 1 gives us the overview and Genesis 2 restates it “down on the ground.”

Why do I bring this up?

Satan hates God and His creation. He continues to assault and any all aspects of this creation right down to this: Assaulting the aspect of “made in the image of God.” Think about it. He has corrupted our youth in form or another, we have seen people frankly butcher their appearances and mutilate themselves to insane degrees, he has been breaking down sexuality and gender roles (LGBTQ, etc.) and now there really is one place left to go after that: What does it mean to be human? We have already seen that discussion circulate in trans humanist circles, A.I., and any topics like these and I think we are already well into that last and final phase as well when I see stories like these in the mainstream. There is nowhere else left to go once you start trying to redefine even that.

Like the book of Ecclesiastes says: There is nothing new under the sun.

Passages like Revelation 13 describe what’s known as the Mark of the Beast and it makes very clear that anyone that takes this Mark is beyond redemption at that point. Why? What protocol changes vs now where even the rankest Satanist or Adolf Hitler can theoretically come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, get saved, and be redeemed.

What changes? The one theory I have some sympathy for is that it’s “possible” the Mark of the Beast will be a piece of biotechnology that would “possibly” alter the user’s DNA to something else.

I will leave it to you to ponder what that would be but whatever happens when taking the Mark it’s clearly a line of no return. There is no chance for redemption after this.

Let’s be very conservative: Forget classified. Forget speculation.

Going just by what we see here and what’s available in the mainstream only I am becoming more sympathetic to that theory with each passing day although I don’t plan on being here personally to vet it. I certainly don’t think it’s worth arguing with anyone about it, either, but I just have to wonder when I keep these sorts of things.

The important point here is: You don’t want to be here to find out directly, either. 🙂

CONCLUSION:

I strongly believe that we are in the season before the return of Jesus Christ and *even I* can’t miss some of this so I feel compelled to shine whatever small light I can on it from my little corner.

Read John 3:16. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-14. Read Psalm 22. Read Isaiah 53.

Ask God to show you the truth of who He is if you have any doubts at all about where you are going when you die.

A classic Rapture image from artwork that I saw as back as the 1980s. Source: Unknown but hats off to whomever it was.

You certainly don’t want to be here when all of these things break out in full earnest in what’s known as the Great Tribulation. You don’t have to be and I understand people have differing views on that, too. No one in their right mind ideally wants to be here for any of it!

Regardless of that: Make sure you know today where you are going to spend eternity. Don’t wait because we don’t have a lot of time left.

God bless and thanks for reading. 🙂

Climate change, interfaith, and the convergence of all things one world Part 3

…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. -Romans 1:25

Some translations have this as “worship the creation.” I think that comes across clearly in any event. By all means, please Romans 1:18-32 for the full context.

Previous installments: (I strongly recommend reading these first)

Part 1: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/climate-change-interfaith-and-the-convergence-of-all-things-one-world/
Part 2: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/climate-change-interfaith-and-the-convergence-of-all-things-one-world-part-2/

And now…because YOU demanded it (just kidding)… finally part 3. With the way things are going I probably could be out to part 20 with everything happening but I try not to run something in the ground unless it’s worth it.

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EUROPEAN UNION OVERWHELMINGLY VOTES TO DECLARE CLIMATE EMERGENCY:

News links: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20191121IPR67110/the-european-parliament-declares-climate-emergency

The summary bullet points from the EU Press release linked above:

  • Commission must ensure all proposals are aligned with 1.5 °C target
  • EU should cut emissions by 55% by 2030 to become climate neutral by 2050
  • Calls to reduce global emissions from shipping and aviation

2030 again.

Name your globalist venture ranging from Agenda 2030 on through to transhumanism and mentions out of the occult and New Age and they all are pointing to 2030 as this line in the sand. A few years ago it was 2045 and then practically overnight it got shaved down to 2030. I wonder why that is? My own theory is that Satan knows his time is short and has hit the fast forward button on everything. He has no idea when the Rapture is going to happen so he has to take his best guess.

The above EU press release accompanied this great commentary from Amir Tsarfati at Behold Israel is what finally set this blog post motion: https://beholdisrael.org/european-union-overwhelmingly-votes-to-declare-a-climate-emergency European Union Overwhelmingly Votes to Declare a Climate Emergency

The European Union (EU) has voted to declare a climate emergency; This comes a week before the next United Nations climate summit in Madrid, Spain; Canfin: The fact that Europe is the first continent to declare a climate and environmental emergency… is a strong message sent to citizens and the rest of the world.

On Thursday, the European Union (EU) voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency. The 429 to 225 vote comes a week before the next United Nations (UN) climate summit in Madrid, Spain. The chair of the parliament’s environment committee, Pascal Canfin, who is also responsible for proposing the resolution, stated, “The fact that Europe is the first continent to declare a climate and environmental emergency, just before the UN summit, when the new Commission takes office, and three weeks after Donald Trump confirmed the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, is a strong message sent to citizens and the rest of the world.”

Europe is no stranger to climate emergency declarations, as France, Spain, and the United Kingdom have all passed similar resolutions before. Additionally, as the only countries outside of Europe to follow suit, Argentina, Bangladesh, and Canada have all declared a climate emergency. That being said, what is interesting about this resolution is that its goal is to impact ALL of the European Union, rather than just select countries.

Canfin would take his celebration to Twitter, writing, “We have done it!
Thanks to all the support and proud to have gathered a large majority in the European Parliament to make Europe the first continent to declare a climate and environmental emergency. We are today meeting the expectations of European citizens.” Interestingly enough, you wouldn’t think someone would be so excited to declare an emergency, let alone, one that should be met with heavy skepticism.

What’s the big deal?

If there’s one thing you can quickly notice about the climate change hysteria, it’s that it is overwhelmingly capable of controlling the masses, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing, and that’s exactly what is was designed to do. The hysteria has grown exponentially since the turn of the century, and the current generation of young people is being heavily influenced by it.

The Bible describes the man of sin, the Antichrist, as a man who will have the reins for a world government handed over to him. Involved with this will also be a world religion that will help subject all things under his evil control. The Bible indicates that this man is going to rise from what we now know as Europe (Daniel 7). This climate change hysteria is doing nothing but screaming for the world to let the globalist regime have more control. Eventually, things are going to get to the point where the economic, political, and even religious platforms of the world are going to be right where Satan wants them in order for this man to take control.

Daniel 7:23-25
“Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. ‘He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”

What am I going to add to all of that? I’m going to do my best to put this along side several other recent developments that continue to go to my strong conviction in regards to climate change being the glue bringing all the disparate elements together for the eventual one world system.

MANAGED AGENDA:

Some recent samplings in the news of tactics and message:

Source unknown. Circulating.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/29/climate/climate-change-ocean-fish-iceland.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/28/health/climate-crisis-global-tipping-point-intl-hnk/index.html Climate Crisis pushing Earth to a ‘global tipping point.’ researchers say.

This is rather unsubtle coordination for narrative control and propoganda from recently in August 2019: https://www.cjr.org/covering_climate_now/covering-climate-now-170-outlets.php

MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world with a combined audience of hundreds of millions of people have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

JOURNALISM IS DEAD.

Hundreds of thousands of students join global climate strikes: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-strike/students-stage-global-climate-protests-to-pressure-un-summit-idUSKBN1Y308N

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/29/hundreds-of-thousands-of-students-join-global-climate-strikes

The children being used like Greta Thunberg as emotional manipulation props is the new normal now for the climate change activism as well as well organized and timed strikes all over the planet.

This circulating meme from unknown source makes a very good point. I can guarantee you she will get a Nobel Prize and other accolates long before he ever does and that just makes zero sense.

https://tass.com/politics/1081085 <- Even Vladimir Putin of all people condemned this recently and given his background he knows all about these sorts of things. This is going too far even for him and he rightly identifies these tactics for what they are. Unfortunately they work and especially in today’s society where we have a bunch of spineless adults that are somehow either intimidated or overawed by the kids because they know how to use smartphones and technology better than the adults.

Who plans these strikes? Where did the kids get all of their signs, talking points, and materials? Who paid for it? I’m being semi-rhetorical. Does anyone really think all of these kids just woke up one day out of the blue and decided to go for all of this?

Here are some all too typical attacking talking points against people that disagree with the climate change dogma: http://theconversation.com/the-five-corrupt-pillars-of-climate-change-denial-122893 A lot of this is nothing new even though their talking points have been refuted and addressed many times over. It just isn’t going to be good enough anymore. These people are not going to be denied any longer. Like with any religious fanaticism and zealotry I have serious concerns about more strident and forceful responses in the near future from some of the proponents of this growing, global, religious movement.

Facts don’t matter. An article like this is of no use even though some of their own fellow globalists like Bill Gates even understand reality better than they do:

41 Inconvenient Truths on the “New Energy Economy”
Bill Gates has said that when it comes to understanding energy realities “we need to bring math to the problem.” He’s right
.https://fee.org/articles/41-inconvenient-truths-on-the-new-energy-economy

“LOOKS LIKE A LAMB…SPEAKS LIKE A DRAGON.”

Image is 100 PERCENT PAT MARVENKO SMITH OF REVELATION ILLUSTRATED https://www.revelationillustrated.com/ PLEASE SUPPORT HER AND HER AMAZING MINISTRY OF ARTWORK. In this image of Revelatin 13, Satan the Dragon is on the left, the Antichrist is in the center, and the False Prophet is at the far right “coming out of the Earth.”

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. -Revelation 13:11

Yes, I’m going there. No I am not declaring anyone to be the False Prophet from Revelation 13:11. I am going to continue to show how I personally continue to be amazed at the impressive audition one Pope Francis continues to put on for the role with his open ecumenicism, universalism, and blatant Marxism. I am saying nothing past that and you all are certainly free to draw your own conclusions.

POPE FRANCIS PLANS TO UPDATE CATECHISM TO INCLUDE ‘ECOLOGICAL SINS’:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/earthbeat/catechism-will-be-updated-include-ecological-sins-pope-says

VATICAN CITY — Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, (you can see in part 2 entry what a circus this Amazon Syndod was – E) Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church’s official teaching.

“We should be introducing — we were thinking — in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, ecological sin against the common home,” he told participants at a conference on criminal justice November 15.

More from a Catholic source: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2019/11/theologians-praise-suggestion-to-add-ecological-sins-to-catholic-catechism/

You will likely note a few things as you read that article including the lack of any Scripture references as well as some familiar social justice and climate change terms that we often hear from globalist and left wing corner. I can’t tell the difference amongst any of them at this point. They are all singing from the same hymnal and I will leave it to you decide whose hymnal that is.

INTERFAITH UNIVERSALISM:

A photo courtesy of Frontpagemag.com that frankly conveys exactly what’s going on here whether intended or not. A “happy accident”? The picture really does say it all.

Here is the link to the full document referenced in this article. It’s long and tedious but I am including it ahead of time and then I will use a few brief snippets from the FrontPage article to help sum up a few key points. It honestly gives me the chills and the creeps. Did the Antichrist himself write this from some corner somewhere?:

A DOCUMENT ON HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE AND LIVING TOGETHER: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/travels/2019/outside/documents/papa-francesco_20190204_documento-fratellanza-umana.html

COMMENTARY: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2019/11/two-faced-muslim-leader-pope-francis-loves-and-raymond-ibrahim/ The Two-Faced Muslim Leader that Pope Francis Loves and Trusts Francis, Sheikh al-Tayeb, and their “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.”

On November 15, 2019, two of the foremost representatives of Christianity and Islam, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb of Al Azhar—the latter was once named the “most influential Muslim in the world”—met and embraced each other again as brothers.

I know the Pope has definitely been softballing the “all paths lead to the same god” issue and here we are again with it. How can a supposed Christian be a brother with anyone outside of Christianity shy of this lie?

“During the[ir] cordial discussions,” the Vatican announced in a press release, the two religious leaders discussed “the goals of the Document on Human Fraternity.” Moreover, “discussions were mainly focused on promoting interreligious dialogue and the values of tolerance and coexistence.”

I can’t reconcile any of that with the Bible. Can you? If you read the rest of the article you will see that the Pope’s Muslim cohort here has quite the fickle track record. This is what the one world religion and system is all about and these are their catchphrases and words. It’s little wonder I am seeing and hearing growing clamor even from conservative/traditional Catholics but I ask them: What are you going to do about it? When does it finally come to “come out of her my people” if any of you indeed are? Prove it.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15228/pope-francis-imam-al-tayeb Pope Francis, ‘The Song of Roland’ and Imam Al-Tayeb (Outstanding commentary)

“The astonishing ignorance of these basic teachings on the part of Pope Francis and his advisors doesn’t make for a more harmonious world: it makes for a more dangerous one. Those who buy into their fantasy view… are in for a rude surprise when they encounter the real thing”. — William Kilpatrick, Crisis, September 25, 2019.

Make no mistake: This is not ignorance. This Pope knows exactly what he is saying and doing.

POPE FRANCIS LAUNCHES GLOBAL EDUCATION PACT FOR 2020: (the language in this is blatant and unbelievable) https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-global-education-pact

A brief sampling for the sake of space. Please read everything up in the provided link to fully grasp what’s happening here and what he is saying:

“A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism,” Francis said in a video message to launch the initiative…


Referencing the “Document on Human Fraternity and World Peace for Living Together,” which he signed with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi last February, Francis explained that, in this new global village, “the ground must be cleared of discrimination and fraternity must be allowed to flourish.” 

Readers will recall that the Abu Dhabi document aroused controversy for stating that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God.”

There is so much more here. Please click the link and read all of it. I’m not going to quote a lot of it for the sake of space but it’s jaw dropping in its blatancy.

POPE FRANCIS CITES EPIC FRENCH POEM TO “PROVE” CHRISTIANTY IS AS VIOLENT AS ISLAM: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/11/pope-cites-french-epic-poem-to-prove-christianity-is-as-violent-as-islam

Haven’t I seen and heard these talking points from Obama and any number of other liberal and globalist types many times over before?

No, sir, your Crusaders were the violent ones and your so called Church was the one who martyed plenty of real Christians throughout the course of history. Albigenses, Waldenses, Anabaptists…on and on this list goes. Real Christianity has never been guilty of these things because we abide by what the entire Bible actually says.

This is from a pro Catholic pro life website no less: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/how-can-pope-francis-expect-us-to-evangelize-not-with-convictions Pope Francis’ version of evangelization without ‘convictions’ makes no sense (some valid criticisms in this)

“Interfaith dialog” has been plauging the evangelical Church as well. Once again so people don’t feel like this is just about “bashing the big bad Catholics.”

I won’t belabor this prominent episode from the recent past since it has been well documented elsewhere but this is the exact same problem and as un-Biblical as you can get. There are no excuses and the whitewashing and lame excuses were astounding, revealing, and won’t be forgotten:

This should never have happened and Dr. White has serious issues referring to anyone outside of Christianity as his “mentor.” ‘Nuff said.

OPINION/THEORY:

At some point in the not too distant future the way all of this is converging I will not be surprised if this Pope or a successor (if there is one) finds a way to allow someone like Greta Thunberg to be elevated to “sainthood” while alive and well. Think of a new, younger “Mother Theresa for Gaia” concept. As far as the New Agers and the Gaia worshippers go I know how these people think and what they might say: Greta could really embody the “spirit of Mother Earth come to give us one last dire warning before it’s too late” and so forth. As I showed earlier in this blog series we already had some priests say she was the new Jesus Christ practically so it’s not unheard of. They are already talking about giving her a Nobel Peace Prize as is which is the politically correct globalist coronation reward with no other value.

I freely concede that what I just described above sounds ludicrous. That’s the point. Can you honestly rule that out with all of these variables on the table like this?

More realistically I think we all can accept the climate change fervor to continue to ratchet up in volume and intensity from an ever growing list of poltiical and religious venues across the spectrum including some that will come as unpleasant surprises to some of us… or maybe not.

CONCLUSION:

This was a difficult post to put together. This is why this is “part 3” in an ongoing series as the Lord leads because by itself I am not sure how much it can stand on its own weight. It really helps if you read the first two parts before reading this for the sake of the bigger picture. This has a lot of nuts, bolts, and tedious elements to it. I wanted to see assemble it in a fashion where people can track with it and get whatever they want from it. I hope this is informative and helpful to anyone that reads it.

This just happens to be one aspect of a much larger picture. I have tried to touch on other aspects of that picture with my other blog posts and Lord willing will continue to do so.

I would like to share some key Scriptures about all of this to close out:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? – 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. – Proverbs 14:12 (and several other places when you search “way that seems right to man.”

Last but certainly not least:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

CLOSING STATEMENT:

A clever meme of the pretribulation Rapture of 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18. This is the Blessed Hope mentioned in Titus 2:13-14 that every believer in Jesus Christ has to look forward to. It may happen before you finish reading this sentence. Make sure you are ready to go! 🙂

This blog post need some uplift and levity in a bad way didn’t it? 🙂

That is why I choose that clever meme to help me close this out. Pastthat, I had written thise to close out part 2 and I really don’t know how to restate it so I am going to repeat myself for the most part here:

I look at all of this and it simply continues to reinforce me how integral “climate change” is to the forming of the one world religion since it is religious itself in nature. This cannot be overstated.

I am not someone who believes that the Catholic Church, Islam, or any other one religion is the end game. The end game is a full return to Babylonianism which is where all of this sort of thing originated from.

I have no doubts that the structure of the Catholic Church will be a huge asset to the final form of the one world religion but absolutely not the end sum of it all.

Why am I writing this? Because I strongly believe that we are in the season before the return of Jesus Christ and *even I* can’t miss some of this so I feel compelled to shine whatever small light I can on it from my little corner.

Apostasy, interfaith, globalism, growing unrest in numerous countries that’s spreading, wild weather, 1 Timothy 4, 2 Timothy 4:3, Luke 21, Matthew 24… so many things described in passages like these are becoming daily reality now and I think the birth pangs pattern in all categories is undeniable.

I urge anyone who is on the fence to please not hesitate to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior while we still have time.

I implore you that if you are reading this and have even the slightest doubt in your mind about where you stand with the Lord and what will happen to you after you die then PLEASE don’t hesitate.

Pray and ask Jesus Christ to come into your life as your Savior and your eternal fate will be forever settled. John 3:16-18 (by all means the entire chapter) and 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (by all means keep reading past that.)

God bless you and thanks for reading this. 🙂

Political chaos in Israel: The Bigger Picture

Syndicated image courtesy of Ynetnews and a ton of other outlets.

This is a conservative evangelical Christian “Zionist… ooooh bad word…” blog so logically I would exepct anyone outside of these views to disagree with me and that’s fine. 🙂

There is growing chaos everywhere and not just in politics. I think anyone who watches the news or scours the Internet knows all about the growing unrest and protests across a number of continents.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/full-text-the-criminal-allegations-against-netanyahu-as-set-out-by-israels-ag The Indictment News and Details

In late 2018 Caroline Glick did a fantastic job shredding these charges against Netanyahu and it all still holds true now: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/december/israeli-expert-sees-pattern-in-anti-netanyahu-and-anti-trump-prosecution-tactics

During the course of the last few days I have seen a Christian Israeli that who I hold in high esteem named Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel make a number of comments over his Twitter feed that ranged from lamentation to exhortation that resonated with me on a number of levels.

I am going to take these tweets and quote them in chronological order because Amir has perhaps unwittingly written a rather impressive mini devotional coming off of this and he says a number of things we all can relate to. I will be adding some remarks of my own along with some relevant links.

All of the following are direct quotes from Amir Tsarfati’s Twitter feed from the dates of November 20-22, 2019. Absolutely nothing has been edited or altered:

There are moments when a citizen can feel ashamed of his country. Today it’s me! Ungrateful country doesn’t deserve great leaders. The past ten years were the best in Israel’s history, yet the liberal deep state chose to find petty reasons to indict our best ever prime minister!

Prime minister Netanyahu is officially indicted by the deep-state gang of our “justice” department. It’s sad to watch the evil doers calling good – evil. I’m reminded of how the prophet Elijah who was the one accused by Ahab as “The Troubler of Israel”! Isaiah 5:20

It’s easier for me today to see how Israel will eventually embrace a man of evil as a messiah….. and it’s obvious to me today that a serious humbling is required before the arrogance and pride of the evil doers will be gone – and then they will say “Baruch Haba B’Shem Adonai!” (Zechariah 12:10 and context)

Deuteronomy 33:12 Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, לְבִנְיָמִ֣ן אָמַ֔ר יְדִ֣יד יְהֹוָ֔ה יִשְׁכֹּ֥ן לָבֶ֖טַח עָלָ֑יו

Yes, I’m disappointed from the “justice” system of my country. Yes, I believe that we aren’t a real democracy anymore! However, I’m a theocracy fan! Jesus is Lord and will return to reign when Israel will be ready to accept Him! Until then I am longing for my heavenly residence!

Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel, Twitter, November 22, 2019 after the final statement above.

A big AMEN to Amir’s closing statement preceding his picture. That is absolutely 100 percent the way all Christians should be looking at this. This isn’t our home. We are pilgrims here passing through on a journey. It’s so easy to forget this and become easily discouraged which is something I wrestle with quite a bit every day.

I debated putting that bolded, last exhortation with the picture at the end of the blog but I wanted to keep all of Amir’s comments together. I wanted everyone to appreciate the evolving and flowing narrative that’s been happening here since the news originally broke. I strongly suspected I would see Amir close it all out in that fashion and I was waiting for it. 🙂

I won’t blame you if you stop reading now but there may be some more takeaway for you here down below. 🙂

Quick aside:

I would like to highly recommend this two part study that Dr. Andy Woods of Sugarland Bible Church did not long ago on Zechariah 12. I owe a very special friend of mine a big thank you for bringing this to my attention last month. This is as good of a study on Zechariah 12 as any I have ever run across:

Part 1: https://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/21457899?fbclid=IwAR19_Ra9dMQj28Hy704pg6913Fq9GxNeaVaT_EkRQmQNwQPXd8LGfMBwV6E

Part 2: https://bcctampa.sermon.net/main/main/21457890?fbclid=IwAR2RE6b9ikjPwxfwsfB6-oybrOirombuXWK41bFQO2ahrYOb_401JBRxoBU

Back on topic:

The bolided text was Amir’s initial tweet after the indictment news broke that resonate loud and clear for a lot of conservative Christians all over the world. Frankly what he’s saying here can be applied to all of the countries of the world logically. Everyone is looking for that “great leader” to fix it all.

Here is what I originally wrote in response to that bolded item back when the news broke:

BREAKING NEWS (what Amir is reacting to): Benjamin Netanyahu IS indicted by the Israeli Attorney General.

Three indictments: Fraud, Bribery, Breach of Trust.

They are also trying to make moves to strip Netanyahu of “parliamentary immunity.” They are going all out to take him down.

I personally find the timing on Gantz giving up forming a government and a mere number of hours later this happening to be HIGHLY suspect and telling.

Amir’s sentiments echo for a lot of us in America after 8 years of Obama or a number of Canadians under Trudeau and so forth.

It’s worsening for all of us and consequently all of our choices for good leaders have steadily declined over time.

Think about when it always come down to “lesser of all evils/holding noses” and so forth. That’s a symptom of something a lot larger.

The spiritiual and emotional culture Amir is lamenting is everywhere.

2 Timothy 3:1-5:

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Note that verse 2 even specifies lack of gratitude like Amir is correctly lamenting about.

Romans 1:18-32 fallout and delusion? All the way. That’s all of our cultures and societies on an ever increasing basis. Take a look at it yet again. This is its own in depth study and I really can’t see how this planet as a whole isn’t at the end of all of this:

Romans 1:18-32:


18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

How are we all not there? I really think we all could name just about any category of culture and society and see it check off against this now. I myself have even done several recent blog posts to this end.I have noted that even some seculars out there are noticing certain symptoms. They know something is wrong but they can’t put their finger on it as to why.

Christians can or at least should be able to if they are studying their Bibles and not excluding 1/3 of the Bible with Bible prophecy which far too much of the church continues to do to its own peril. In regards to Bible prophecy being ignored outright I thought these two recent memes went to that quite well:

Dr. Andy Woods of Sugarland Bible Church

CONCLUSION:

Honestly? Scroll up back to Amir’s grinning face and the bolded text preceding that picture. 🙂

God is still on the throne and we all have to remember that. I have to constantly remind myself all the time.

It’s an ever increasing unsettling and unstable time but that is what the Lord said would happen in the season before His return. (Matthew 24, Luke 21, etc.) It’s just not fun to live through to say the least. Remember how it ultimately ends. God has already won and there are no surprises.

Whatever views people may of them, imperfect and all, Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump are the most prominent anti globalist and pro Israel leaders far and away out there.

I have told people for months that I viewed Netanyahu as an early litmus indicator on Trump because they have been such an obvious anti globalist, pro Israel tag team. They stand out like sore thumbs and you either like that or you don’t.

That being said: Whoever God wants in power at a given time will be/stay in power no matter what but if their time is done then this nonsense may be allowed to succeed even here in America.

I am now less confident in Trump having a second term than before but here is why:

I have viewed Trump as having been allowed to be put in power by God primarily for the benefit of Israel more than anything else. (Even though America has had some repreive and benefit.)

Look at Trump’s track record in regards to Israel. It’s remarkable if you are a “pro Israel Zionist/evangelical” etc. Everything from officially recognizing Jerusalem the official capital of Israel on through to the most recent development of recognizing the West Bank settlements (Judea and Samaria) as legitimate.

If Trump is losing his strong partner over there it makes me wonder if God’s plans to “get Israel fully off the ground” are about finished. Israel needed that cover of a strong ally and especially after 8 years of an enemy in Obama. Maybe it’s done. Look at how strong, wealthy, and independent they are now. Even the Arabs are doing friendly business with them and standing against BDS and so forth.

In the last few months alone there has been some astoundingly good economic news for Israel ranging from natural gas and wealth finds, technology innovations, ultimately leading to economic growth second only to a superpower like China. Do they really need anyone to anymore? It doesn’t look like it from where I sit but they did need the cover of a strong ally for a time to get there.

Time will tell the tale of course but I really am wondering if this is the beginning of the end of that now. As in: No longer necessary. By the time major events happen in Ezekiel 38 and Zechariah and so forth “all nations” will be against Israel. ALL. As an American that pains me but I had a sneak preview of it with 8 years of Obama. Antisemitism is getting worse everywhere so sadly it’s inevitable. It’s bittersweet because I also know it’s just yet another sign that the Lord’s return is soon at hand. He HAS to because we are destroying ourselves on so many levels.

A lot of people have made the comment “We need Israel more than they need us” and I would agree with that.

If anyone really thinks this Netanyahu indictment and the dog and pony impeachment hearings (real dogs and ponies would be incredibly superior) against Trump all happening at the same time are mere coincidence then I have a bridge I would like to sell you… on Mars.

I would like to close this myself with a reminder from one of my favorite Psalms. God didn’t recoil yesterday in shock and surprise over the Netanyahu news. 🙂 His plans cannot be unchanged or interfered with.

Psalm 2:

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

More thoughts on Psalm 2 here. https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/the-trinity-in-psalm-2/

God bless and thanks for reading. 🙂

Foreign Affairs:Russia, the Indispensable Nation in the Middle East

The following article picks up and overlaps with this recent blog entry I did about Vladimir Putin being the new powerbroker of the Middle East: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/vladimir-putin-is-the-new-powerbroker-of-the-middle-east/

EVERYTHING IS FOREIGN AFFAIRS MATERIAL HERE:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2019-10-31/russia-indispensable-nation-middle-east

Russia is on a roll in the Middle East. Russian airpower saved the Assad regime from certain defeat. Turkey and Israel must now accept the presence of Russian troops on their borders. Saudi Arabia has given Russian President Vladimir Putin the red-carpet treatment. And U.S. President Donald Trump thanked Putin for facilitating the operation to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (or ISIS). Throughout the Middle East, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf, Russia is ubiquitous, with its high-level visitors, its weapons, its mercenaries, and its deals to build nuclear power plants. Russia has gotten involved in this region as the United States pulls back from it—a trend that even the success of the Baghdadi raid can do little to conceal.

The reemergence of Russia as a major power broker in the Middle East is striking not only in contrast with the United States’ erratic posture in the region but because for a quarter century after the Cold War, Russia had been absent from the region. But Russia’s absence, and not its return, is the anomaly.

For centuries, Russia fought Turkey, England, and France for access to the Mediterranean, to protect fellow Christians under the Ottoman rule, and to secure a foothold in the Holy Land. For most of the post–World War II era, the Soviet Union was a major force in the Middle East. Moscow supported the Palestine Liberation Organization in its struggle against the “Zionist entity.” Egypt and Syria waged wars against Israel with Soviet weapons, help from Soviet military advisers, and occasionally even Soviet pilots. Soviet engineers and money helped build Egypt’s Aswan Dam. Then, in the late 1980s, the Soviet Union fell on hard times and rapidly withdrew. For the two decades that followed, Russia barely registered a presence in the Middle East. The United States grew accustomed to acting as the region’s hegemon—waging wars, dictating its political vision, and punishing governments that defied its will.

Such was the new normal until 2015. In the fall of that year, Russia sent its military to Syria. A coalition of U.S.-supported opposition groups was widely expected to win the civil war in that country and overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But Putin’s bold move and his military’s unexpected prowess quickly changed the course of events, demonstrating that the Middle East without Russia was actually a departure, not the norm. The norm used to be a Middle East with Russia in it as a major power broker. By winning the war in Syria, Russia seeks to make the old normal the new one.

WHAT DOES RUSSIA WANT?


From Moscow’s perspective, getting back into the power politics of the Middle East was a sensible, even necessary, move in 2015. The Assad regime was Russia’s last remaining client in the region—one with which it had been in business for half a century. Now Assad was on the ropes, nearly defeated by a coalition of U.S.-backed opposition groups. Saving the Syrian regime was both a necessity if Russia wanted to retain a foothold in the Middle East and an opportunity to deliver a blow to the United States. What better way to make Russia great again?

Moreover, Russia had domestic security concerns about spillover from the Syrian fighting. Some of the most radical groups in the Syrian civil war reportedly counted hundreds, possibly thousands, of fighters from Russia in their ranks. Russia’s geographic proximity to the Middle East and porous borders meant that fighting terrorists in Syria made more sense, in Putin’s words, than waiting “for them to come to our house.”

From North Africa to the Persian Gulf, Russia is ubiquitous.

Russia’s retreat from the world stage in the 1990s was so complete that the mere fact of its military operation in Syria overshadowed the relatively modest and conservative scale of the endeavor. By the fall of 2015, when Putin dispatched his air force and ground troops to Syria, the United States had made abundantly clear that it would not intervene directly in the Syrian civil war. The risk of a military confrontation with the United States was therefore minimal. There remained the risk of bumping into each other by accident, but that was solved through deconfliction, which was in itself a triumph for the Russian military: the United States, previously free to operate in Syria at will, now had to coordinate its activities with Russia.

The campaign the United States led against ISIS provided a convenient cover for Moscow’s deployment to Syria, helping to deflect any objections from Washington. The Russian military took full advantage of that cover, indiscriminately bombing civilian targets under the guise of going after terrorists and extremists. The civilian population paid a terrible price for the Russian military’s way of war. But what could be expected of an army that had obliterated the city of Grozny during the war in Chechnya in the 1990s?

From Moscow’s perspective, the Syrian operation was a success. It was hardly the quagmire some had predicted, and it did not cost Russia a lot in blood or treasure. Rather, the intervention restored Russia to a position of prominence in the Middle East. It demonstrated the Russian military’s newly recovered prowess and provided ample opportunities to test new weapons and concepts—great for marketing these goods in a region with money to spend on hardware. Now, too, everyone in the region would know that Russia stands by its man—unlike the United States, which gives him up at the first sign of trouble, as it did with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

A NEW POWER BROKER (Everyone is seeing it)
Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia are fighting a fierce proxy war in Syria, and the Kremlin has positioned itself as the power broker to whom all actors must talk. Russia can talk to everyone and is on good terms with everyone, so it is indispensable.

But in a region riven by religious, ideological, and geopolitical fault lines, where rivalries are old and fierce, a power broker needs to be able to do more than talk to all the players. Russia’s newfound friends want something in exchange for their friendship. Israel wants Russia to restrain Iran and Hezbollah in Syria, while Iran and Hezbollah remain intent on waging their campaign against the Jewish state. The Saudis want Russia to take their side in their rivalry with Iran. But Russia has invested a great deal in its relationship with Iran and is not about to sacrifice it for the sake of better relations with Israel or Saudi Arabia. Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, made the point clear last June in Jerusalem: he rejected U.S. and Israeli accusations that Iran was the biggest threat to the security of the Middle East and called Israeli strikes “undesirable.”

Kremlin has positioned itself as the power broker to whom all actors must talk.
Russia wants something, too. It has—mostly—won the war in Syria. Now it needs to win the peace. A political settlement in Syria would be the crowning achievement of Moscow’s military endeavor. Russia would definitively emerge as a power broker equal to and even more important than the United States, having succeeded where the United States had failed. The message of Russian military might and diplomatic skill would carry far beyond the Middle East and boost the country’s claim to recognition as a major global power. Having secured the peace in Syria, Russia could lean on Europe and wealthy Arab states to finance the country’s reconstruction. With that would come lucrative contracts for Kremlin-friendly Russian firms.

But winning the peace is proving no less difficult than winning the war. In order to broker a lasting peace, Russia will need to restrain Iran and Hezbollah and reassure Israel and Turkey about their security. At the moment, neither Europe nor anyone else is rushing to foot the giant bill for reconstruction. Russia cannot solve this puzzle without upsetting some of its friends.

Russia has returned to a vast and volatile region just as it begins to come to terms with the uncertainty of an approaching new normal: a post-American Middle East. But few, if any, governments in the region really expect Russia to fill the vacuum the United States will leave as it pulls back and focuses its attention and resources elsewhere.

The Russian military’s performance in Syria, and Putin’s cordial reception in Saudi Arabia, cannot conceal the fact that the Russian economy is struggling and in dire need of investment. For the Kremlin, the wealthy Arab Gulf states present a fundraising opportunity. Nor is it a secret that the Russian military’s procurement budget is still quite modest, and foreign arms sales are a major source of revenue for Russian defense industries. The same is true for Russia’s nuclear power industry: touted for years as the leading edge of Russian industry, the state nuclear power monopoly, Rosatom, has yet to build a single plant besides the Bushehr plant in Iran, which took decades to complete. Rosatom signed a contract in 2010 to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey, but construction began only in 2018. In Egypt, it has yet to start. Jordan canceled its contract with Rosatom in 2018.

Russia’s central relationships in the Middle East are with three non-Arab states—Iran, Turkey, and Israel—all of which are stable by comparison with their Arab neighbors. Russia has little to offer to the region’s Arab societies, which need security, stability, and opportunities for political and economic modernization. High-level visits and arms sales will not achieve those ends.

Still, Russia’s return to the Middle East is neither inconsequential nor solely a threat to U.S. interests. As the United States rethinks its own interests and commitments in the region, it may find areas where U.S. and Russian interests are compatible or even coincide. For example, the United States and Russia were able to work together on the Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

Russia has returned to the Middle East and is not planning to leave. Much of what Russia has recently accomplished there has been a function of the United States’ repositioning and redefinition of its interests. These developments offer an opening for a U.S. Middle East policy guided by a more modest, but ultimately more realistic and productive, set of objectives.

NY Times: Russian Snipers, Missiles and Warplanes Try to Tilt Libyan War

EVERYTHING HERE IS NY TIMES AND NOTHING ELSE. ALL THEIRS.

Moscow is plunging deeper into a war of armed drones in a strategic hot spot rich with oil, teeming with migrants and riddled with militants.

Russian Snipers, Missiles and Warplanes Try to Tilt Libyan War

Moscow is plunging deeper into a war of armed drones in a strategic hot spot rich with oil, teeming with migrants and riddled with militants.

The addition of Russian mercenaries, part of a Kremlin campaign to reassert its influence in the region, could alter the course of Libya’s civil war.
The addition of Russian mercenaries, part of a Kremlin campaign to reassert its influence in the region, could alter the course of Libya’s civil war.Credit…Fadel Senna/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
David D. Kirkpatrick

By David D. Kirkpatrick

  • Nov.5, 2019

TRIPOLI, Libya — The casualties at the Aziziya field hospital south of Tripoli used to arrive with gaping wounds and shattered limbs, victims of the haphazard artillery fire that has defined battles among Libyan militias. But now medics say they are seeing something new: narrow holes in a head or a torso left by bullets that kill instantly and never exit the body.

It is the work, Libyan fighters say, of Russian mercenaries, including skilled snipers. The lack of an exit wound is a signature of the ammunition used by the same Russian mercenaries elsewhere.

The snipers are among about 200 Russian fighters who have arrived in Libya in the last six weeks, part of a broad campaign by the Kremlin to reassert its influence across the Middle East and Africa.

After four years of behind-the-scenes financial and tactical support for a would-be Libyan strongman, Russia is now pushing far more directly to shape the outcome of Libya’s messy civil war. It has introduced advanced Sukhoi jets, coordinated missile strikes, and precision-guided artillery, as well as the snipers — the same playbook that made Moscow a kingmaker in the Syrian civil war.

“It is exactly the same as Syria,” said Fathi Bashagha, interior minister of the provisional unity government in the capital, Tripoli.

Whatever its effect on the outcome, the Russian intervention has already given Moscow a de facto veto over any resolution of the conflict.

The Russians have intervened on behalf of the militia leader Khalifa Hifter, who is based in eastern Libya and is also backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and, at times, France. His backers have embraced him as their best hope to check the influence of political Islam, crack down on militants and restore an authoritarian order.

Mr. Hifter has been at war for more than five years with a coalition of militias from western Libya who back the authorities in Tripoli. The Tripoli government was set up by the United Nations in 2015 and is officially supported by the United States and other Western powers. But in practical terms, Turkey is its only patron.

The new intervention of private Russian mercenaries, who are closely tied to the Kremlin, is just one of the parallels with the Syrian civil war.

The Russian snipers belong to the Wagner Group, the Kremlin-linked private company that also led Russia’s intervention in Syria, according to three senior Libyan officials and five Western diplomats closely tracking the war.

In both conflicts, rival regional powers are arming localclients. And, as in Syria, the local partners who had teamed up with the United States to fight the Islamic State are now complaining of abandonment and betrayal.

Khalifa Hifter, top center, who is leading the fight to topple the Tripoli government, met with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, bottom center, in Moscow in 2017.
Khalifa Hifter, top center, who is leading the fight to topple the Tripoli government, met with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, bottom center, in Moscow in 2017.Credit…Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press

The United Nations, which has tried and failed to broker peace in both countries, has watched as its eight-year arms embargo on Libya is becoming “a cynical joke,” as the United Nations special envoy recently put it.

Yet in some ways, the stakes in Libya are higher.

More than three times the size of Texas, Libya controls vast oil reserves, pumping out 1.3 million barrels a day despite the present conflict. Its long Mediterranean coastline, just 300 miles from Italy, has been a jumping-off point for tens of thousands of Europe-bound migrants.

And the open borders around Libya’s deserts have provided havens for extremists from North Africa and beyond.

The conflict has become a bipolar combination of the primitive and futuristic. Turkey and the Emirates have turned Libya into the first war fought primarily by clashing fleets of armed drones. The United Nations estimates that during the past six months, the two sides have conducted more than 900 drone missions.

But on the ground, the war is between militias with fewer than 400 fighters typically engaged on both sides at any time. The fighting happens almost exclusively in a handful of deserted districts on the southern outskirts of Tripoli, while in neighborhoods just a few miles away, streets are clogged with civilian traffic and espresso bars bustle amid heaps of uncollected garbage.

“There is a huge discrepancy between the Libyan fighting on the ground and the advanced technology in the air from the meddling foreign powers,” said Emad Badi, a Libyan scholar at the Middle East Institute who visited the front in July. “It’s like they are different worlds.”

On a recent tour of the front-line district of Ain Zara, a Tripoli militia officer, Muhammad el-Delawi, passed out stacks of cash to fighters in T-shirts or mismatched camouflage uniforms, some in tennis shoes or sandals, others only with bare feet. The twisted wreckage of an ambulance hit by a drone missile sat by the side of the road.

The arrival of the Russian snipers is already transforming the war, Mr. el-Delawi said, recounting the deaths of nine of his fighters the previous day — one of them shot in the eye.

“The bullet was as long as a finger,” he said.

One European security official said the absence of exit wounds, a mark of hollow-point ammunition, matches injuries inflicted by Russian snipers in eastern Ukraine.

By the beginning of April, the conflict had largely died down and the United Nations secretary general, António Gutteres, arrived in Tripoli to try to finalize a peace deal. But the next day Mr. Hifter launched a surprise assault on the capital, restarting the civil war.

Officials of the Tripoli government say Russia is now bringing in more mercenaries by the week.

“It is very clear that Russia is going all in on this conflict,” said Gen. Osama al-Juwaili, the top commander of the forces aligned with the Tripoli government. He complained that the West was doing nothing to protect that government from the foreign powers determined to push Mr. Hifter into power.

“Why all this pain?” he said sardonically. “Just stop this now and assign the guy to rule us.”

Russia had previously stayed in the background while the United Arab Emirates and Egypt took the leading roles in military support for Mr. Hifter. But by September, his assault on Tripoli seemed to have stalled and Russia apparently saw an opportunity.

Fighters defending Libya’s internationally recognized government in Ain Zara in April.
Fighters defending Libya’s internationally recognized government in Ain Zara in April.Credit…Fadel Senna/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Given the amateurish nature of the ground fighting, some diplomats said, the arrival of 200 Russian professionals could have an outsized impact.

A spokesman for Mr. Hifter’s forces did not respond to a request for comment.

Having collapsed into feuding city-states after the overthrow of the longtime Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011, Libya is less a functioning state than a vast and bloated public payroll. Citizens and towns are united only by a shared dependence on the oil revenue flowing through the national bank in Tripoli to a vastly inflated government work force. Some of those salaries ultimately end up paying fighters on all sides of the war.

Control of the central bank and the oil revenue has made Tripoli the war’s grand prize.

Mr. Hifter, 75, was a former army general under Colonel el-Qaddafi who defected and lived in Northern Virginia as a C.I.A. client for more than a decade. Returning to Libya in 2011, he sought but failed to win a leading role in the uprising.

Five years ago, he vowed to rule Libya as a new military strongman, but his progress has been halting. His limited success has depended heavily on his regional backers and, until now, Russia appeared to have hedged its bets.

The Kremlin has maintained contacts with the authorities in Tripoli as well as with former el-Qaddafi officials, even as its support for Mr. Hifter has been vital and growing.

Russia has printed millions of dollars’ worth of Libyan bank notes and shipped them to Mr. Hifter. By 2015, Russia had set up a base in western Egypt to help provide technical support and repair equipment, according to Western diplomats. By last year, Russia had also sent at least a handful of military advisers to Mr. Hifter’s forces in Benghazi.

Last November, Mr. Hifter was filmed at a table in Moscow with both the Russian defense minister and the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the close ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Mr. Prigozhin is under indictment in the United States for involvement in the internet “troll farm” that sought to influence the 2016 presidential election.

As in Syria, the Russian escalation in Libya has drawn complaints from former American allies that Washington has abandoned them.

Even though it officially supports the United Nations-recognized government, the United States has largely disengaged and President Trump has appeared to endorse Mr. Hifter. Mr. Trump called Mr. Hifter a few days after he began his assault on Tripoli to applaud his “role in fighting against terrorism.”

Now Mr. Hifter’s forces are conducting airstrikes against militias from western Libya that had previously worked closely with American military forces to expel a branch of the Islamic State from its stronghold in the city of Surt.

“We fought with you together in Surt and now we are being targeted 10 times a day by Hifter,” Gen. Muhammad Haddad, now a commander for the Tripoli forces, said he told American officials.

When Mr. Hifter began his assault on Tripoli in April, his biggest advantage was the use of armed drones: The United Arab Emirates furnished Chinese-made Wing Loong drones, purchased for $2 million each.

The aftermath of an airstrike that killed three children on the southern outskirts of Tripoli last month. The air war is fought primarily by drones.
The aftermath of an airstrike that killed three children on the southern outskirts of Tripoli last month. The air war is fought primarily by drones.Credit…Mahmud Turkia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

General al-Juwaili blamed drone strikes for nearly two-thirds of the casualties among Tripoli government forces. United Nations officials estimate that more than 1,100 have died in the fighting but say the real number is likely more than double.

“In the beginning, we were terrified,” said Mr. el-Delawi, the officer of the Tripoli-backed militia at Ain Zara. “We just heard a scary noise and we did not know what to do.”

Since then, he said, fighters have learned to listen for the whirring noise and hide as the drones approach. They say Mr. Hifter’s forces can fly only three drones at a time, and that each drone fires a maximum of eight missiles. Each must then disappear to reload — allowing the fighters a chance to regain lost ground.

Realizing that the drones target heat sources, the fighters also learned to hide more effectively, including by refraining from smoking.

“The drone can see a fighter smoking a cigarette inside a car,” Mr. el-Delawi explained.

In May, the Tripoli government began buying drones from Turkey: The Bayraktar TB2 sold for $5 million each and is manufactured by the family business of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law, Selcuk Bayraktar.

“The Turks saved us just in time,” said Mr. Bushagha, the interior minister of the Tripoli government.

Turkish drones helped the Tripoli forces recapture the strategic city of Gheryan in June, and since then, the battle lines have barely shifted.

Taking Tripoli may require far more Russian support than a couple hundred mercenaries, given the bloody block-by-block nature of urban combat. But by propping up Mr. Hifter, diplomats said, Moscow has already claimed a major say in any negotiations over Libya’s future.

In an interview, the United Nations envoy, Ghassan Salame, said Libyans could patch up their differences if foreign powers stopped arming rival factions. He has organized a conference in Berlin later this year to try to stop that interference.

“Otherwise, this could either go on for an eternity as a low intensity conflict, like a fire that is not extinguished,” he said, “or even escalate, with a doubling down by the international forces intervening, if they believe they can somehow end it for their own advantage.”

Vladimir Putin is the new powerbroker of the Middle East

Picture courtesy of the Associated Press shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands BEFORE their meeting yesterday to finalize their joint efforts in Syria.

I have added a few items post script on 10-24-19 since this blog was first posted. Please note dated and bolded indicators. I have also added more pictures and attempted to take advantage of format options for easier reading.

Can there be any other way to describe the expression on Mr. Putin’s face than that a smug leer? It’s almost laughable. That meeting was a mere formality. The outcome was a foregone conclusion and I still contend that this had all been largely settled out back on September 16, 2019 when Erdogan, Rouhani of Iran, and Putin met: https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-meeting-with-rouhani-putin-praises-iran-for-its-actions-in-syria/

Putin has cemented himself as the most important powerbroker in at least Syria and arguably well past that thanks to this recent development with Turkey inside of Syria as I will outline below. I am not making up that headline. That is the growing consensus I am seeing out there across political and international spectrums. Get used to it.

I can’t see how any other parties except the Russians and the Turks can view this overall situation as a success and would simply have to respectfully disagree with anyone who says otherwise. Even though I largely agree with President Trump’s views on “endless wars”, “nation building” and the rest of those talking points I have a lot of mixed feelings about how this has been handled and I simply can’t see how this has been any kind of glowing success for the Americans.

The maps and pictures in both links are quite helpful. As usual, I try to look at these things through the “Biblical prophetic lense” without getting carried away and no “newspaper exegesis.”

KREMLIN WARNS KURDS TO WITHDRAW OR “BE MAULED”: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Kremlin-says-US-betrayed-Kurds-in-Syria-tells-Kurds-to-withdraw-or-be-mauled-605516?

” When the 150-hour period expires, “the remaining Kurdish fighters will face the Turkish army’s steamroller,” Mr. Peskov said, according to Russian state news agencies.”

That’s straight forward enough. I dare say we have no reason to doubt it.

THE TERMS FOR RUSSIAN-TURKISH PACT IN SYRIA:

Seth Frantzman: “The super-clear and not complicated at all imagined map of eastern Syria today.”

The official memorandum: http://en.kremlin.ru/supplement/5452?fbclid=IwAR1haxymAttNHJfjhs2t0u2RNj_6chxj3BRd4DqQqhp2w4aw0OaPRNm1gQc

The following links break it down more simply: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Turkey-Russia-agree-on-Syrian-Kurdish-YPG-withdrawal-joint-patrols-605449

and

https://www.wsj.com/articles/turkey-russia-start-clock-on-kurdish-withdrawal-from-northern-syria-11571832745


“The agreement between Turkey and Russia also outlines an endgame in the more than eight-year Syria civil war, giving backing for the Assad regime to reassert control over a section of Syrian territory that for years had been held by Syrian Kurdish groups.”

As I stated before my strong belief is that this had been planned for some time.


“…In a further sign of growing ties between Ankara and Moscow, which have alarmed the U.S. administration, the head of Russia’s defense sales agency was quoted by the Interfax news agency on Wednesday as saying Moscow could deliver more S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey.
Turkey, a NATO member, has already been frozen out of a program to buy and help produce F-35 jets and faces possible U.S. sanctions for buying the S-400 systems, which Washington says are incompatible with NATO’s defenses and threaten the F-35 if operated near the stealth fighter.”


Can we get real here? There is a whole lot that Turkey has been doing that’s increasingly “incompatible with NATO defenses.” DO something about it already!
How can they still be in NATO at this rate?

In my fantasy world that will never happen I wish we could swap Turkey out for Israel into NATO but I digress. 😉

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Trump announces ‘permanent ceasefire’ in Syria between Turkey and Kurds; lifts sanctions on Ankara: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/watch-live-trump-syria

From his point of view I can see how comes to this conclusion and these decisions. I simply have partial disagreement with it. I don’t think this was a success for anyone other than Turkey and most especially Russia. He has to lift sanctions on Turkey because they have technically done what was asked: They stopped the attack and they are fellow NATO members. That complicates things.

OCTOBER 16, 2019 PRESIDENT TRUMP EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE WHEN ASKED IF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE SAFE AT INCIRLIK: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/10/16/trump-expresses-confidence-when-asked-if-nuclear-weapons-at-incirlik-are-safe/

Even if this current situation with Turkey had never happened I have been one of many people varying from no expertise (definintely me) on up the ladder who definitely disagree with President Trump on this specific issue.

A number of people were and continue to be convinced that the hardware and the sensitive materials needed to be relocated as far back as when Erdogan first came to power.

I am personally someone who is convinced that Erdogan is an evil man who fancies himself a sultan who will bring back the Ottoman Empire. Amir Tsarfati from Behold Israel is right: He’s an antichrist type of sorts. (Please don’t read into that the wrong way.)

10-24-2019 EDIT ADDITION

On Twitter I have seen several outlets including a likely Russian news outlet named Sputnik spell out the following snippets from this link:

Image courtesy of Sputniknews.com

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201910241077133540-live-updates-situation-in-syria-as-russia-turkey-move-to-implement-sochi-memorandum

UPDATE: Russia to send 276 military police officers, 33 units of military equipment to Syria in 1 week in light of new tasks – Defence Ministry source

UPDATE: Moscow points to absence of timeframe for Turkish military staying in Syria – foreign ministry (There won’t be one… until Ezekiel 38.)

UPDATE: Ex-Turkish minister Says Sochi deal aims to avoid collision with Syrian military on border (That won’t be a problem. Assad is Putin’s mayor and Syria is largely under his control.)

I also caught these statements from the Secretary of Defense. I took a few formatting liberties so it would be easier to read.

Dr. Mark T. Esper, 27th Secretary of Defense

Eric: I am not going to put words in his mouth by any means but I, for one, have suspected that Turkey’s NATO status has been used quite cleverly in terms of manipulation and for cover. This will continue as long as people don’t want to reckon with them.

Carla Babb
@CarlaBabbVOA
Today
@EsperDoD
essentially said the US was forced into choice between actions that could damageISIS fight or actions that could damage NATO alliance “everybody has said, well, you could have threatened (#Turkey ) w/ aircraft or you could have just kept them there in place…”

“If I’d done that, ” continued on #Turkey & #Syria “I may be in a situation today trying to explain to the American people why I sacrificed American soldiers for that…”
“I’m not about to throw up aircraft & suggest that I’m going to strike a NATO ally because that’s just not feasible. We’d be having a different discussion today about the future of alliance if that had happened.” #Turkey #Sy
ria

RUSSIA MAKING INROADS DOWN IN AFRICA.

Image courtesy of the AP and the Royal Air Force from January 15, 2018. A Russian TU-60 long range bomber photograped by the RAF.

Russia to Send Strategic Bombers to South Africa for Visit:https://www.voanews.com/europe/russia-send-strategic-bombers-south-africa-visit

“…As part of efforts to expand its clout in Africa, Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with at least 28 African countries, the majority in the past five years.”


There is a lot that’s been happening inside of the last five years on so many fronts. Even just a year ago we weren’t taking about the unlikely Iran, Turkey, and Russia alliance. They all have been making inroads into Libya, Sudan, and parts of Africa.
Just like it was foretold in the Bible over 2000 years ago.

The nitty gritty details with a great map that has prophetic implications: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/kremlins-campaign-africa

Map courtesy of the Institute for the Study of War

10-24-19 ADDITION:

Image courtesy of RT.com

https://www.rt.com/news/471550-russia-africa-summit-sochi/ Russia offers African leaders no-strings-attached business and protection from Western pressure

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-africa/russia-lands-nuclear-bombers-in-africa-as-putin-hosts-continents-leaders-idUSKBN1X21NS Russia lands nuclear bombers in Africa as Putin hosts continent’s leaders

https://www.rt.com/business/471706-russia-africa-trading-platform/ Russia sets up $5bn trading platform in Africa


“The deal is designed to develop cooperation with African states by arranging mechanisms of issuing loans for joint foreign trade projects,”
 the Russian Export Center (REC) said. It explained that the deal opens up opportunities for increasing the volume of Russian exports to Africa, including to Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and other states.

IRAQ IS TAKING MEASURES TO PREVENT US FORCES FROM ENTERING: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iraq-says-it-is-taking-measures-over-entry-of-US-forces-from-Syria-605571?

AMERICA VACILLATING ON SYRIA POST SCRIPT 10-25-19: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/30637/heres-everything-we-know-about-the-reported-u-s-plan-to-send-tanks-to-syria

The Americans are running out of ground quickly aren’t they? Iraq was part of Persia. Iran has made significant inroads there and in Lebanon. The Americans are clearly being shoved out of the Middle East regardless of our own stance on it.

I am really starting to understand how, by the time Ezekiel 38 does happen, we get to verse 13 where everyone is on the sidelines protesting the invasion of Israel by current day Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and certain parts of Eastern Europe and Africa. like this. People can protest but no one will be in position to help or do anything about it even if they wanted to. It’s going to be Israel getting saved directly by God Almighty directly! 🙂

We all need to pray for a lot of wisdom for our leaders in these ever increasing tumultuous and unpredictable times but the prophetic stage settings gets just a little bit more clear and defined with each passing day.


Incredible. What’s next?