4-11-16: Monday’s Overload

http://www.hischannel.com/DavidHocking/2304A

This timing has to be a God thing on us coming across this sermon from David Hocking over the weekend.   In some ways it’s a direct response to my previous blog entry: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/the-biblical-being-in-the-wilderness-situation/

Please listen to this sermon carefully when time allows.  Among the highlights include near the end when he starts getting into talking points about how/if people feel like their lives are so wrecked God can’t use them any more and so forth.

It’s true and this is why I quoted some of the Scriptures about not trusting feelings and the heart being deceitful and how it and earlier blogs have talked about how being it the wilderness takes us down to a blind faith level.

I would also like to share this article from Wilfred Hahn:  http://www.eternalvalue.com/adownload/EVR_04_2016_WEB.pdf

As usual, I find Hahn to be a very refreshingly sober and balanced take on a number of subjects.

Among the highlights I would like to indicate the “deliverance for profit” segment which touches on a huge and growing pet peeve of disgust that I have and yes, if the shoe fits wear it.  As the say in the world of politics: The optics look awful even if at least some people’s intentions are good.

CHINA AND CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION:

I think I have problems?   All I have to do is remember my brethren east of the Atlantic and see the likes of this in China, for example:

My friend Walt F….  he knows who he is 🙂 …   wrote this awesome post along with this article.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/659545/Horror-as-China-tears-down-thousands-of-crucifixes-in-crude-bid-to-eradicate-Christianity

Horror as China tears down THOUSANDS of crucifixes in crude bid to eradicate Christianity
CHRISTIAN communities in China have been left horrified after the government started tearing down THOUSANDS of crucifixes in a crude bid to eradicate the faith in the country.
Walt F: “When I read stories like this, one question always comes to mind, WHY NOW? The answer could very well be the times we are in living in….last days. We know that Christian persecution will increase as we progress along God’s timeline.

I think supporting evidence lies in the rapid growth of Christianity in China. In another story I found on Slate the question was asked, “When Will China Become the World’s Largest Christian Country”.
NOTE: The Slate article is just one of many by various contributors asking that question.

Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center of Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University makes this observation: Protestant Christianity has been the fastest growing religion in China. When the CCP took power in the mainland (excluding Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) in 1949, there were no more than one million Protestant Christians. Following decades of suppression and eradication, the CCP admitted in an official document released in 1982 that there were about three million Protestant Christians. Since then, estimates have varied. The Party-State has insisted on some very low-end estimates, suggesting about 23 million Protestant Christians in 2010; others—including missionary organizations outside China but also a reported internal document of the CCP—have made higher estimates, suggesting as many as 100 to 130 million in 2010. The Pew Research Center’s Report of Global Christianity, after carefully comparing the various estimates and reasoning through survey findings, reports that there were about 58 million Protestant Christians and 9 million Catholics in China in 2010. I think this is a more prudent estimate that may be used to make projections of future growth.

So WHY NOW? Well it is time for a Bible verse. King Solomon made the observation that there is nothing new under the sun, what has been will be again. China has always suppressed religion in all forms, but God will not be denied…….. Christianity continues to grow, but just like Egypt and the Jews I believe China’s rulers are beginning to fear the Christians.

Exodus 1
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

I think that is what we are seeing here, China’s leaders are fearing the growth of religious groups. Their answer historically has been to eradicate any evidence of Christianity. Little do they know that it will not be long till God helps them out by providing an Exodus of Christians en masse in the Rapture.
Maranatha “

I couldn’t agree more and my feeble two cents and response to that is this:

There is a real underground revival going on there and the persecution is picking up. The Chinese government is going crazy because nothing they do is stamping it down successfully.

Yes, it absolutely is because of the times we are in. I am convinced myself that this and the Middle East underground revival could very well be the final push on the “time of the Gentiles.”

I would also add Psalm 2 and especially verse 4 as the response to the idea of “eradicating” Christianity.

On that same note from last week:

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/0,2506,L-4784989,00.html

Israel and China increase cooperation

A major Israel-China conference was held by the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week. Subjects discussed were increased inter-governmental cooperation, and mutual relaxing of visa restrictions.

No question this opens the window for a time for more aliyah from China to Israel.  I would not be surprised if some of the Christians get out this way as well to Israel.   Avi Lipkin may very well be right in a near term scenario:  If things get bad for the Jews in enough of these countries…and Christians… there is only one place they can go and it won’t be the United States.    I can see why his Judeo Christian political party has an excellent chance of success. I would say it’s a safe bet at least in the near future.

MIDDLE EAST:

SYRIA:

http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/15830/Iran-warns-Assad%E2%80%99s-ouster-is-a-red-line
Iran states that Assad ouster is a red line

Unlike what’s here in the West, my hunch is that this red line actually has some value behind it.

Meanwhile:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/syria-defies-russia-in-bid-to-keep-assad-1460332538

Syria Defies Russia in Bid to Keep Assad

Damascus, emboldened by battlefield victories, pushes a political plan even as allies prepare military offensive to retake Aleppo

Drama is as drama does.
In other words, whether they want to be or not, Russia is stuck and there to stay.  Call me crazy but the first phrase that came to my mind was “hook in the jaw.”  🙂

Methinks it would do Assad well to not bite the hand that’s fed him and kept him in power this long.  This drama has no signs of dying down regardless of chess moves with troops and military activity.

ISRAEL:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudis-pledge-to-honor-israel-peace-terms-for-islands-given-by-egypt/

Saudis pledge to honor Israel peace terms for islands given by Egypt

Jerusalem reportedly kept informed of new agreement transferring authority over Gulf of Aqaba’s Sanafir and Tiran from Cairo to Riyadh

Given these countries eventual roles in future prophetic wars against Israel anything like this should be duly noted from a strategic consideration.

BIG BROTHER:

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002859676
Fingerprints to be tested as currency in Japan.   

This is not as new as it may sound and it’s an inevitable process for the eventual “post smartphone” scenario that some analysts say is 5 years or less away. What comes after that? A chip?  We already see fingerprint usage common on smartphones and other devices so at some point it will be time get rid of the middleman as this “frog in the kettle” boiling process continues.

Stay tuned. It’s closer than you think if this is what’s being de-classified around the world. They could do it today if they wanted to.   The only reason they can’t is because The Restrainer is still in place.    See 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

HIGH STRANGENESS:

http://appalachianmagazine.com/2014/09/26/the-giants-of-appalachia/

Pay attention before it disappears along with all the rest of the material about giants that everyone used to know about back then but no one knows about or believe any more now.

PARTING THOUGHT:

2 Peter 3. We are living it now.

 

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3-4-16: While we were distracted…

Let’s talk some shop. 🙂

MIDDLE EAST:

ISRAEL:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4774325,00.html

Report: Hezbollah prepares for ‘biggest war ever’ with Israel

Which war? Psalm 83 perhaps?  Everyone is getting ready. All of Iran’s proxies.

Hamas is arguably and even more pressing and immediate threat that might go first but ultimately it won’t matter. Then, of course, we can’t forget ISIS. Who blinks first and when?

SYRIA:

COUNTRY WIDE BLACK OUT WITH NO KNOWN CAUSE:
https://www.stratfor.com/sample/situation-report/syria-entire-country-without-power

^^ Here is the original story and the timestamp.

Here is a follow-up that I had to find being circulated from official Syrian sources:

“The electricity ministry said power was being restored and service would resume by midnight (22:00 GMT), TV reported.”

They still have no clue why this blackout happened in the entire country. It probably isn’t hard to figure out with all the war and everything but..we’ll see. I honestly was halfway wondering what I might see when I woke up this morning because that’s how close I think some of this is.

There have been occasions in history where something like this happens as a prelude to an invasion or some other major event along those lines so I don’t think I overreacted when I went to bed honestly wondering what I was going to see this morning.

It’s not a surprise given five-year of war and havoc that their infrastructure is likely shot but no one has a clue why this happened or how this happened nonetheless.   I halfway wondered when I went to bed last night on this news and woke up this morning what I was going to see.  Was I going to see Isaiah 17 get finished off?   I didn’t think it was a very high probability but I had to consider it.

This was and is a big deal potentially. Whole countries going dark without any clear cause and especially in that region of the world in the context of everything else is highly suspect.

What’s next?

TURKEY:

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkey-eyeing-closer-business-ties-with-iran-2016-3

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syria-divisions-aside-Turkey-eyes-closer-ties-with-Iran-446922
Turkey is eyeing closer business ties with Iran

Now we get to it.  It’s just a question of when and how we get Turkey in the Ezekiel 38 coalition along with everyone else.   They aren’t staying in NATO.

Money makes the world go ’round. It doesn’t necessarily have to be conflict to get the job done. There are numerous ways to skin a cat.

http://www.debka.com/article/25276/Saudis-ready-to-give-Syrian-rebels-missiles-against-Russian-warplanes-and-tanks

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkish-authorities-just-seized-control-of-the-countrys-largest-newspaper-2016-3

Turkish authorities just seized control of the country’s largest newspaper

This is an ominous sign in any country and typical under dictatorships. Why did they do this?

Something is coming.

 

SAUDI SHENANIGANS:   (It made me chuckle saying it out loud, what can I say?)

SAUDIS ARMING SYRIAN REBELS AGAINST RUSSIA

I’m going to employ a simple phrase that I’ve heard numerous times over the years in various media and it’s always said with a certain trembling and angst behind it:  “This is an ill omen.”

Are the Saudis for real? Their kingdom is barely hanging on by threads.   The foolishness of this staggers my mind.    Iran and Russia are quite the formidable duo to say the least.   Methinks some people need to get real and quickly.
ISIS:
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Jordan-thwarts-ISIS-suicide-bombing-plot-inside-country-446632

JORDAN THWARTS MAJOR ISIS SUICIDE PLOT IN COUNTRY 

Did you hear about this anywhere in America? Of course we didn’t.

They are too busy distracting us with the continued “reality TV” in its worst sense, bread and circuses instead.

This was a potentially big deal and there will be more of this to come. Jordan’s kingdom is also on the bubble and with all due respect to His highness considering the bulk of his populous leans sympathetic to ISIS? Have your Lear jet on hot standby, sir.

https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/breaking-news-in-an-11-hour-battle-jordanian-forces-destroy-isis-sleeper-cell-planning-major-terror-attacks-to-destabilize-the-kingdom-heres-the-latest/

Joel Rosenberg broke this down in vastly superior fashion than I ever could here. I agree about praying for these folks but I also want to indicate the following:

As a point of reference, Jordan is also on the boards for some eventual Bible prophecy that has not occurred yet and we’re not sure when but like a lot of the rest of this I suspect it’s in the near future and may be one of several dominoes that start falling in concert.

Jeremiah 49:1-6, Zephaniah 2:8-10, and Ezekiel 25:14 all refer to Jordan and events that have not happened yet. I owe Bill Salus the hat tip for the easy references on those verses courtesy of his new book The Now Prophecies which I highly recommend.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/20000-ISIS-bound-uniforms-seized-in-Spain-446910

 

20,000 ISIS-bound uniforms seized in Spain

Which country was this loot headed for?  I wonder.   It’s well documented that ISIS is well fortified in every conceivable sense in terms of assets, resources, and acquiring more of them.  It can’t be overstated what a volatile and unpredictable wildcard the represent on top of everything else.

All bets are off.

 

KINGS OF THE EAST:

Implications of Greater Chinese Involvement in the Mideast

GREATER CHINA INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  I am in the camp that absolutely believes they are or will spearhead the “Kings of the East” referred to in numerous Biblical prophetic passages.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

Listen to that and remember: Everything being discussed here is what has been trickled out into the mainstream as de-classified.  Classified runs at least 10-40 years ahead of the streets by even the most conservative estimates.  Because of that honestly? I’ll make the call: I think we’re there.

PRAYERS AND EXHORTATIONS:

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/3-3-16-prayers-and-exhortations/

I will be re-indicating this blog entry on occasion in hopes that it’s an encouragement to anyone that sees it with all thanks to the Lord if that’s the case.  🙂

2-25-16: Cauldron of Madness

“Ooooh yeah…”    Some of you might catch the reference at it relates to that title. The only thing missing is the word “the” before “Madness.”  🙂

Sorry. A little lame attempt at levity before we jump into this:

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Dozens-of-Russian-generals-in-Syria-killed-after-a-car-bomb-hits-their-military-base-445975

Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base

Keeping tallying it up. How are the Russians going to respond to this?

I almost have to chuckle except it’s deadly serious.

With that in mind,

Watch this sequence:

http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/15198/Riyadh-Ankara-prepare-for-deployment-of-Saudi-F-15s-in-Turkey
A delegation from Saudi Arabia’s air force arrived Thursday morning at Incirlik air base in southern Turkey to complete operational and logistical preparations for the deployment of four Saudi F-15s at the base on February 29

Wow. They’re really gearing up for this insanity and stupidity.  Keep praying, folks. This could be a leap year for the ages.

This is foolish.

As I reported in my previous blog entry:   https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/2-22-16/

NATO has already wisely signaled that Turkey will be left hung out to dry so I just can’t believe they really think they’re going to stand well against Iran-Russia-Syria.

http://www.newsweek.com/hamas-fracturing-israel-should-be-worried-429836

OP-ED: Hamas fracturing… Israel should be worried.

It goes without saying doesn’t it?

This is OP-ED is well researched and written.  Please take the time to read it.

We are never far from the influence of Iran in so many things.   They are the masters of the art of the proxy war and are more pragmatic than a lot of people often think.  Just recently I finished reading “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” written by ex CIA operative Robert Baer.  I am impressed with Baer and I am on a streak right now of reading all of his main non-fiction books.  This book was written in August of 2009 and is still surprisingly timely in terms of its explanation and geopolitical breakdown. I understand always having a certain caution reading anything and especially from someone that was involved in this line of work but reading books like these with the Bible prophetic cap on is quite the illuminating eye opener.  Some of Baer’s analysis and projections from 2009 are bearing fruit right now.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/25/politics/russia-ceasefire-syria-kurds-turkey/index.html

U.S.: Russia uses ceasefire process to seize key Syria territory

No! Say it ain’t so!

 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208532#.Vs8d6Xlf3ya

First ISIS Attack in Israel?   

It seems likely.

ISIS has made no bones that they have every intention of making their way in to Israel same as anywhere else. What has struck me in recent months was ISIS personnel expressing open respect for the IDF but making assured claims that they had plans and the right time and place to make inroads.

ISIS is a wildcard termite like element that is virtually everywhere and not to be underestimated. JV league they are not.   It’s difficult to quantify their full effect in the mix in addition to the usual suspects.

If a literal Psalm 83 war scenario is to take place my gut suspicion is that it will be in large thanks to the ISIS component.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208537#.Vs8ioHlf3yZ

Netanyahu: Nuclear deal enabled Iran to pay terrorists’ families
Israeli PM says new package offering tens of thousands of dollars to terrorists’ families made possible by western sanctions relief.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

In the ME if you had honest and objective brokers tracing the money the bulk of the problems lead back to Iran and Saudi Arabia running proxies.  Those are you two biggest 800 lb. gorillas in the room far and away despite their rivaling Islamic beliefs.

The nuclear deal has been nothing but an epic win for Iran across the board. Follow the money and what they are doing with it and the lifting of sanctions.  This Russian S-3000 deal has been hanging in the air for several years because of those sanctions…no more.

How The Iran-Russia-Syria Alliance Is The Middle East’s ‘Number One Problem’

How The Iran-Russia-Syria Alliance Is The Middle East’s Number One Problem

Bingo!

Even more secular and “mainstream” news outlets are finally starting to wake up to this.  That is your lead Ezekiel 38 alliance.  Everyone better get used to this concept and narrative from here on out.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-advises-against-new-iran-sanctions-as-khamenei-backs-anti-us-candidates

Kerry urges no new Iran sanctions as Khamenei backs anti-US candidates

All of the above is thanks to a nice big assist from… the USA!  Way to go! Incompetence simply cannot explain away this self sabotaging and self defeating to an art form that the West’s leaders and American leaders continue to demonstrate.

This is more of a farce than even our “elections” or certainly comparable. Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard are in charge no matter what. Never forget that.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/scientists-claim-can-create-babies-7441572

Scientists claim they can create babies without men by injecting eggs with artificial sperm

…And we want to do this why?…

What’s still classified? Right.

 

BIG BROTHER:

Derek Gilbert at Skywatch TV did a fantastic job breaking this down but I want to take a  shot at it myself.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-on-virtual-reality-2016-2

Virtual reality is coming thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and the Oculus Rift purchase.

I am a tech hound.  It’s cool tech and it will have it uses and also have its entertainment value. I’m not knocking it.

I am not accusing Mark of anything or sinister intentions before we get into this, ok? 🙂

I can’t help but escape several level of irony and memes here ,though.   If you see the footage or pictures from the gathering where Mark had a bunch of tech hounds test fire these it says a lot.

Mark…The Elite…knows better and he is walking around freely in this huge auditorium watching everyone strap in and tune out for the sake of “being social.”

A bunch of people gathered in a room together and they are checked out.  That’s being social? Really?

We see that today already with everyone in their smartphones.

I have sat in restaurants and have watched families…or what’s left of them…sitting at the same table and they are all on their gadgets and not even talking to each other.    You can see the pictures otherwise Derek shows it all to you in that video.

I could get into a chicken and egg cause and effect argument all day long but the results are a broken down, isolated society.

Who wants to live in a future like this? Aren’t we isolated enough already?!

It saps faith and hope like a sponge.   Everyone has their limits and I know that this is bad but it’s nothing compared to what my fellow Christians in China and the Middle East are going through right now.  Don’t worry, I get it. 🙂

I will say persecution and fallout comes in a lot of different forms however.

There is a very good reason that in olden days when it came down to it you were given a choice: Exile vs death as the same level of punishment.  One is slow and drawn out, the other is fast and clean.  I understand.   I also understand why many if not most people given that choice choose the latter.

Luke 21:36

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Occupy until He comes but I’m all about this unashamedly.
Hurry Lord Jesus!

QUESTION:

What is “ministry/being in ministry”?    What is/are the criteria, qualifications, specifications, etc.?  The more Scripture you all can provide me on this, the better.

The reason I am asking is because I want to check myself on something.  For my own personal comfort level I find that the wording/phrasing of “being in ministry” is used far too loosely so I would like to field this and see what’s what. Fire away. 🙂

2-22-16: Monday Overload

The day is still young while I post this.   I won’t be surprised if I have to revise and expand this throughout the day and/or in the comments area below.

Today’s theme Scripture is:
1 Corinthians 3:19

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Couple that with Psalm 2 for some encouragement and perspective.  🙂

With that in place….hang on tight!

MIND CONTROL:

http://gizmodo.com/i-controlled-an-rc-car-with-my-mind-and-it-was-amazing-1760576927

Wheee! I can control a remote control car with my brain!   Guess what? DARPA has been working on this for decades. What’s still classified? 10-40 years ahead of the streets, just remember that.

 

I CAN’T MAKE IT UP:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/22/russia-to-request-permission-to-fly-planes-with-enhanced-digital-cameras-over-us.html

Russia wants to fly surveillance planes over US with advanced cameras, congressional staffer says

“Russia will ask permission on Monday to start flying surveillance planes equipped with high-powered digital cameras amid warnings from U.S. intelligence and military officials that such overflights help Moscow collect intelligence on the United States.”

Obama will say yes. He may even pop for some of the gas.

This is a done deal one way or the other because let’s face it: The Russians have been doing provocative flybys and whatever they want anyways with no recourse so let’s not kid ourselves: This has likely been going on for some time.

 

 

MIDDLE EAST:

BREAKING: US, Russia agree on plan for cease-fire in Syria to start Saturday.

^^ For whatever this may be worth. Likely not much.  “Cease fire”  “red line”…it’s all the same thing.

I’m betting they didn’t get ISIS to agree to this “cease-fire” so I don’t really see the point or purpose to this.

 

http://sputniknews.com/world/20160220/1035066264/NATO-turkey-russia-syria.html#ixzz40oeRhLXD

NATO Warns Turkey It Won’t Support Ankara in Conflict With Russia

This news is something I’ve been waiting to see publicly and now here are the first inklings of it.

NATO is not going to go to bat or put their necks out for Erodgan’s insanity.   If Turkey goes into Syria they are on their own and as a citizen of the NATO country does almost all of the heavy lifting I am very relieved to see this indicator.

The other takeaway for me here is my repeated refrain of: How do we get Turkey to eventually join its eventual Ezekiel 38 allies: Russia, Syria, and Iran?   I think we just took a step closer to finding out. Russia has been patiently dotting its i’s, crossing its t’s…it even went to the UN Security Council last week to air its complaints.   I believe that Putin is waiting to let Erdogan hang himself past a point of no return.  If Turkish and eventually Saudi troops enter Syria he will have no qualms treating them as enemy combatants and targets the same as everything else they have been going after since October 2015.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see him expand his air bomb campaigns into Turkish territory as well and especially since this “Turkey is in bed with ISIS” narrative is gaining steam.

Listen to Erdogan for yourselves.

Putin would definitely disagree with this concept.  I’m not sure he and perhaps the Saudis really get it.  If they go into Syria they will be dealing with Iranians…far from pushovers…and the Russians.

I continue to marvel at Erdogan’s obsession against the Kurds as well and I stand by my cautious/tight concept of: The Kurds are the group we should be supporting out of any of these people in that particular mess.

Sidebar anecdote: Someone reminded me that the Kurds are the closest thing we have to descendants of the original Medes.  That’s interesting. 🙂

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/21/middleeast/syria-civil-war/index.html

ISIS terrorist attack kills at least 122 and injures many more.

Don’t forget: They are everywhere or are well on their way.   They are the wild card in this Middle East cauldron that makes everything “all bets are off.”

I thin it’s a safe bet that ISIS is not going to regard any “cease-fire” agreements, either.

Bill Salus: The Now Prophecies

A very timely and up to date discussion on Prophecy Watchers between Gary Stearman and Middle East expert Bill Salus that does all of this thousands of times more justice than I can do on this blog.    This is part 1.  I would expect part 2 within the next few weeks. Stay tuned. 🙂

 

CASHLESS SOCIETY:

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6735810/2016/02/20/smartphones-replace-cards-bank-machines

Smartphones to replace cards at bank machines

This is the interim step.  After this comes chips.  If I have a chip on me it can’t be stolen, hacked, and there is no number or password to worry about. Doesn’t that sound safe and convenient?

Gradualism.  Frog in a slowly boiling pot approach at least for now. In general and in any category you wish to name I perceive a noticeable uptick in speed and frequency of that boiling effect.    Kind of like…birth pangs?

 

ECONOMY:

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-outbound-acquisitions-concerns-2016-2

China is buying up foreign companies left and right

Whatever financial issues they have been having it obviously hasn’t slowed them down a bit.   As someone who is in the camp that views them as the leading element of the eventual “Kings of the East” referred to in the Bible I pay attention to any of these kinds of developments.

 

APOSTASY:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/02/christ_at_the_checkpoint_2016_scripture_ignored_promoting_antiisraeli_views.html

This article does an excellent job exposing and indicating some rank apostasy in the church that is the inevitable road that Replacement Theology can lead to.

I can’t outdo this commentary in response to this article so I will post it and quote it here:

“Prophecy Watchers:

Sadly, I know several people who would agree with this nonsense. A few of them frequent this Facebook page. The Jewish people have been brought back to the Land, a miracle in itself, in unbelief. It won’t be long before God begins to intervene in their lives in a new way and opens their eyes to His purpose. The prophet Zechariah lays out the coming scenario.

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Zech 13:8-9)

Pray for the Jewish people and for the peace of Jerusalem. And pray for these biblically ignorant Christians who simply don’t understand the Bible, or the destiny of the Jewish people. “

Frankly this is a more charitable view by and large than mine in regards to these people. I’m at the point I sincerely do not know or understand how people can be Christians and say and do a lot of things and this is certainly a glaring example of it.

Past this: Hitler knew who the Jews were.  All of the Arab and Muslim world right now to a man, woman, and suicide bomber knows exactly who the Jews are otherwise…why is everyone attacking the “wrong target?”    What’s going on there? .

In that same vein:

 

ONE WORLD RELIGION:

https://www.rt.com/news/333178-pope-ban-death-penalty/

 ‘Thou shalt not kill’: Pope Francis calls for worldwide ban on death penalty

This is rich coming from the religious institute that used to burn people at the stake for doing nothing more than wanting to translate the Bible into English for starters.

There was another item of hypocrisy from this past week that I will indicate here with this image that I can’t take any credit for.  I have no idea who crafted this image…if you are out there… thanks and  I will be happy to give you attribution.  IT IS NOT MINE.  🙂

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Followed by this Scripture:

Revelation 21:10-14

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

What happens here if I take the Pope at his word and hold him to his stated standard?   I’ll let you all figure that one out for yourselves.

I sincerely hope and pray that we are very close to the page turning on all of this where we can get to that sequence of Scripture.  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and that it entails.  🙂

 

2-19-16: Friday Grab Bag

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.debka.com/article/25246/Iran-to-Russia-Take-14bn-and-build-us-a-modern-army

Iran to Russia: Here is $14 billion…please build us a modern army

Ezekiel 38 much?

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/19/us-airstrike-targets-isis-camp-in-libya-militant-behind-tunisia-attacks.html?intcmp=hpbt1

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-idUSKCN0VS17U
US airstrikes target ISIS camp in Libya, terrorist behind Tunisia attacks

Now the USA is going to get big on ISIS in Libya, or what’s left of it.  Another one of our endless list of meddling failures.  We wanted Gaddafi gone… how did that work out?

Tired of being showed up by the Russians?

Speaking of the Russians let’s glance at their spin on things:

RUSSIAN SLANT:
https://www.rt.com/news/333012-unsc-turkey-troops-syria/

RT.com can be a very good outlet but I’m under no illusions about it and which side of the arguments things will be biased towards.

In this case,  it is what it is.  The Russians are going to the UN Security Council…for whatever that’s worth…  to whine over Turkey’s potential invasion plans into Syria.   I hope they succeed simply because there are no winners and no looking outcomes on any kind of escalation and I have no idea how Turkey can be this brazen.

I have even less of an inkling as to how the Saudis think they can pull anything off in there. I think there is a woeful lack of understanding and overlooking by numerous parties in regards to the Russian involvement and influence in that region.

Contrary to popular myth, the Saudi kingdom is on very fragile grounds thanks to their own devices coming back to haunt them for being “apostates in bed with the West.”  I have little doubt at some point in the future the kingdom will go down.

Here is Turkey’s side of things:

TURKEY’S SLANT:

http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2016/feb/19/turkeys-erdogan-says-syrian-kurds-used-us-weapons-on-civilians/

Erdogan blames Kurds for using USA weapons on civilians.

http://quadrangleonline.com/2016/02/19/syria-kurds-behind-deadly-ankara-car-bomb-attack-turkey-pm/

Erdogan blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara car terrorist attack.

“Erdogan blames the Kurds for stubbing his toe this morning.”  🙂

Could be all true or at least partially although I find that Erdogan is obsessed with the Kurdish boogeyman and seems to be looking for any excuses he can find to crunch them down including penetrating Syria.

I realize the Kurds aren’t saints… no one is, I get it… but I would think NATO and the USA would be well served providing a certain level of support to them to check against ISIS and other elements like that. They most certainly are better potential allies on leashes vs the likes of ISIS and so forth.

The sad truth of it is, though, the USA has never given a flip about the Kurds and I doubt anyone else does, either.  The last source I read that from was from ex CIA member Robert Baer in his book See No Evil, from which the movie Syriana was based on .  It’s a poorly kept secret. “No one gives a @#$%  about the Kurds” is the exact quote in regards to the US State Department on through.   I highly doubt that status has changed since Baer wrote that book.

I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to end up being true that Turkey has been doing business with ISIS on some level.

If that ends up coming out… and we need the truth ASAP… then Turkey’s potential allies need to rethink their military escalation post  haste.    I just continue to be strongly convinced that Erdogan’s days are numbered as are Turkey’s days in the NATO camp.  They have to come over the fence to finish off the Ezekiel 38 coalition since the other major players are already in place: Russia, Iran, and Syria.  It’s just a question of how and when we get Turkey from point A to point B.   I suspect we’re looking at the beginnings of the eventual process right now.

It’s nasty warfare and I have no doubts all sides have been getting dirty for some time. No excuses. No whitwashing. We have seen accusations and varying degrees of proof of multiple sides even using chemical weapons or having access to them.  Does this really surprise anyone?  This is the way the Muslim world has always been with each other when they aren’t busy going after  Jews and Christians. It’s nothing new.

At present, I see no good guys anywhere in this picture.   The best we can figure from the fence here is: There is probably a grain of truth coming from both sides and then after that we are in the ever infamous “wilderness of mirrors” to use a favorite description out of the land of spies.  I love that phrase. 🙂

The problem here is escalation and who else gets pulled in?  This mess could be a prelude to a legitimate “World War 3” if people aren’t very smart and careful.  Cooler heads need to prevail. Please keep this in prayer along with “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and all that entails because that’s the only real hope to fixing all of this.

CULTURAL DECAY:
http://nypost.com/2016/02/19/porn-stars-dodge-goggle-requirement/
If we were in a different time period I would think this was some sort of dark satire the way it’s written and what the subject matter is about alas, not to be.

I find it revealing on numerous levels that this story merited national syndication and likely front page coverage in numerous papers across the country if its front page status in my hick town newspaper is anything to go by.

One takeaway here is:  These news people know where the story demands are and considering the appalling stats both in and outside of the church of both men and women who watch and/or are addicted to porn?

Perhaps this is justifiable news editorial decision after all.   They should know what their readership demands and wants to see, yes?

Past this?  I can’t tell you how much better we will sleep at my house tonight knowing this awful crisis has been averted because there aren’t any more important things going on that need to be dealt with.
Make of it what you will.
How much longer Lord?

Happy Friday everyone. I hope. 🙂

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/2-18-16-terrorism-in-the-hearland-of-america/

I will leave you with a repeat of my closing comments from yesterday’s blog.  🙂

NEEDS SUPPORT!

http://www.detestablefilm.com/

 

As the Lord leads, please at least prayerfully support this project. Just today I received a note from one of the film’s producers asking for prayer as he is headed for a critical meeting as it relates to this project. Thanks!

 

 

 

2-18-16: Terrorism in the Heartland of America

COLUMBUS OHIO TERRORIST ATTACK UPDATE:

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2016/02/18/breaking-ohio-restaurant-targeted-in-machete-terror-attack-will-close-owner-living-in-fear

Follow up and presumably a sad conclusion to what I have been tracking on this since the story broke. See the opening segment with links here: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/2-13-16-a-new-cold-war/

This was terrorism in the heartland of America and the media is not coming near it.

Gee, I wonder why?

This makes me sick.

This was just another “domestic incident”, right?    The mainstream media will never touch this after their initial whitewash the day after this attack happened.

Please take that link for the story that I posted above and spam that story all over creation.

If you read my pet peeve in my last blog entry…   https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/2-16-16-interesting-sequence-overload/    the terrorists win if you don’t do that.  Just kidding. 🙂

There is nothing to worry about in ‘Murica.     So and so politician and/or SC justice would have/ will fix it all.

It speaks volumes to me that as volatile as the region is that Israel exists in for reason you all are well aware of…despite all of that…this gentleman STILL feels like he is going to be safer there instead of in the “heartland of America.”

I have to wonder if he’s received threats past this incident as well.

I have to wonder if he’s right in his assessment.  I have this sinking suspicion that he is.

Anyone awake yet?

WAR ON CASH:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-political-war-on-cash-1455754850

If that link doesn’t work, use this:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-18/end-economic-liberty-war-cash-wont-end-well

I think the prophetic implications here are obvious by going cashless. The talking points are predictable: Limit crime, more convenient, etc. etc.

Among other things, history and the Bible both prove that crime and all sin well predate cash.

GLOBALISM:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-idUSKCN0VR00V?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter

“Now or Never for Britain.”    in regards to the EU.   Why this urgency?   Keep an eye on this.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/frances-antiterrorism-powers-prompt-debate-over-scope-1455807915?mod=e2tw

France’s Antiterrorism Powers Prompt Debate Over Scope

They should be. I remember during and after the Paris attacks they went to essentially martial law in Paris at the drop of a hat. I remember even on Fox News, Shephard Smith was  having a coronary about how they took over the media and everything else.  He even said “martial law” and I suspect he was right.

Naturally none of that was conveniently ever mentioned again along with some other details.  Like the USA after 9-11, every conceivable opportunity to muscle up the government and max out and extend the “state of emergency” were exploited, looked for, and taken.

I do look at the Paris attacks and what happened after them and wonder if that’s a sneak preview of sorts for the rest of us.  We’ll see if we have those elections. What’s next?  I just have to wonder…

http://www.businessinsider.com/saudi-arabia-just-launched-a-massive-military-exercise-2016-2

SAUDIS LAUNCH LARGEST MILITARY EXERCISE IN THEIR ENTIRE HISTORY

The Saudis have just performed their largest war game in their entire history. This is conjunction with them jumping in with the Turks to potentially get involved in Syria. They are serious.

I keep seeing different sources bang the “Turkey and ISIS are together” drum but I’m not 100 percent sure if it’s propaganda or true.  If it’s true then people better think long and hard before getting involved in this mess.

HIGH STRANGENESS:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-wlyJWjLCc

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzSkJrUZbPA

That is some pretty amazing looking footage.  I would like to have it vetted.

IF that is legitimate then I have a very hard time swallowing that as a meteor shower or some other mundane phenomenon.

The best dissent I have seen on this so far is:

This is a classic video of skydivers–civilian or military with flares attached to their feet–protected by metal of course. Look closely and you can see when the chutes open and begin to maneuver. At one point you can just see the outline of one of the chutes (they are rectangular). Also note the area is full of military facilities and, as I recall, an air base. Airborne Ranger…retired.

^^ I have a second person, a known UFO expert, who privately agreed with this assessment.

I defer to the experts on this.   Just figured I’d put it out there.
From Facebook.

Brien Foerster

2-17-2016

For those of you that saw the recent post about a bizarre winged being in a jar that I posted today; the full story will be coming out soon on Watchers 10. After that comes out, I will post ALL I KNOW ABOUT IT.”

It was an accident but some of us saw this and believe me jaws dropped, tongues wagged, and it was chaos and bedlam in the best way possible.   For the less than 5 minutes I was able to see it before it was wisely and correctly retracted, I will never forget it and I can’t wait to dive into Watchers 10 from L.A. Marzulli, Richard Shaw and the rest of the gang to take this thing on.   Y’all better be prepared to see something you have never seen before and I mean it.

Yes, it’s real.

NEAT ARCHAEOLOGY:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208166#.VsYvR3lf3yY

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208176#.VsYvOnlf3yY

Two big finds out of Israel this week!

 

PERSONAL:

This was a great comment from a friend of mine in the context of discussing politics, judge’s deaths, and so forth:

“That whole “last hope” thing bothers me too. I thought we trusted the Lord? Well, I ask that when I see Christians fretting about it.”

Way too much of this going on.  Are we looking for a man to solve it all or do we trust in the Lord first?  I’m not talking about checking out of civic responsibility either, but can we get real, please?

If the whole kit and caboodle is or was riding on one 80-year-old judge or electing a politician, guess what? It was already long gone anyways which is certainly my strong contention.
The winds of technocracy, socialism, other -isms, and most importantly globalism have been blowing strong for many decades and there is NO turning back now.   I just don’t see how it could be otherwise and believe me  I’ve tried.

Look up these passages at your leisure:  2 Timothy 1:7 (the hysteria and shrillness do not speak to this), Psalm 2 (Does God sound like He can be worried or surprised here?),  Galatians 5:22  (I pray every day for the HS to crank these out because I can’t do it)

Where is all of that? For all of us?   Where is the faith?  Will the Son of Man find any when He returns?

Notice the all-inclusive language like “us” and “we.”  I’m looking in the mirror first. 🙂

 

SPEAKS FOR ITSELF:

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/babies/sonogram-shows-dying-twin-holding-unborn-sisters-hand/news-story/a9587b5e876b065bf1281e7542fd3cad

2-16-16 (interesting sequence) Overload

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/2-1516-a-view-with-a-tin-foil-hat/

Follow up.   Things are moving so fast.

I’m done with the Scalia subject.

My last word on that is this: If he had stayed alive and well for the next year or so I seriously doubt it would have made much of a difference just like it hasn’t made much of a difference for at least the last decade for starters. An 80-year-old man that many pounds overweight doesn’t need a CIA death ray gun from the 1970s to “take him out.”  Just sayin’.    With all due respect to the esteemed judge. 🙂

Moving on…

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-state-suspected-of-using-chemical-weapon-u-s-says-1439499549

ISIS suspected of using chemical weapons

It’s right out of Joel Rosenberg’s latest fiction series The Third Target followed the First Hostage.    I have no doubt about it myself.

Does this really surprise anyone? Unfortunately I suspect in the 5 years (?!)and 300,000+ death toll (?!)  in Syria alone chems have been used by both sides and it’s going to spread.

http://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Russias-Syria-gambit-442256
Analysis: Moscow’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah threatens strategic Israeli interests

No kidding?   Now where in the Bible does a familiar scenario that matches up with that show up? Oh yes! Ezekiel 38.

“The main beneficiary of the Russian intervention in Syria has been Iran. “

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/16/iran-s-defense-chief-meets-putin-to-discuss-controversial-sale-fighter-jets-tanks.html?intcmp=hpbt1

$$$

No question about it. At least for now Iran is the epic winner although there are some prophecies in the Bible coming on tap for them that make them the big losers like the end of Jeremiah 49 for the southern Elam territory and Ezekiel 38 to finish them off. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Frankly Iran has been a huge winner for months and with no small thanks to the USA helping them free up at least $1.7 billion if not more.   It’s going to be partially on our heads when…not if…when Iran decides to attack someone and that will most likely be Israel.

Short term winner: Iran.   Long term winner: God.   Hopefully sooner rather than later.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/15/nuclear-arms-race-under-way-in-middle-east-israeli-official-warns.html?intcmp=hplnws

Nuclear Arms race underway in the Middle East like Israel has been warning about.

Israel has been warming people for years but no one cares.

This is with a large thanks to the United States caving in on that worthless deal with the Iranians. They are the bigger winners and so the rest of the Arab world knows they are going to have to “check and balance” things for themselves.  Awesome.

http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-has-just-deployed-its-most-advanced-spy-plane-to-syria-2016-2

Russia’s top tier spy plane is in the game in Syria.  

This convergence in Syria with these major powers is quite disconcerting and extremely fluid.

http://news.yahoo.com/turkish-artillery-returns-fire-kind-syria-military-sources-092943871.html

Turkey seeks allies’ support for ground operation as Syria war nears border

This means NATO and specifically the United States.

It ain’ worth it.  I hope cool heads and some brain power kick in here.  The Saudi involvement is what troubles me here since they basically own us although Obama has been tap dancing on both sides of this Sunni-Shi’ite thing since he came into power as recently demonstrated with this ghastly Iran deal.   How do you play both sides of that fence?

I have a hard time seeing the USA go boots on the ground to support this insanity but given everything else we’ve seen since 9-11 alone?  I can’t rule anything out any more.

If the Saudis snap their fingers and play hardball with the $$$ and the oil then anything goes.   What I have to wonder about this is: The Saudi kingdom is in a fragile spot themselves. Do they really have the strength and the angle to get involved in something like this? This may be their undoing right here to get into folly like this.

Apparently Turkey is under the delusion that NATO and allies like that will back them up if they go for a ground invasion in Syria. I hope and suspect they are wrong about that but with the Saudis involved and Saudi money basically holding the USA up? All bets are off.  I hope we don’t do it.

NATO needs to parts ways with Turkey. They are hypocrites and I suspect Russia is right about their ties with ISIS.

CLIMATE CHANGE DELUSION:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/US-will-sign-Paris-Agreement-climate-envoy-445087?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

US will sign Paris Agreement – climate envoy

Of course we will.  If it’s about self defeat and self sabotaging in a haze of delusion you can count on us to lead the pack.

The United States will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change this year regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision to put a chunk of President Barack Obama’s environmental action on hold, the US climate envoy said on Tuesday.

If Scalia were still alive this would still be true.  Ok, now that’s the last word. 🙂

The globalist agenda that’s been in play for decades is going to continue to move forward no matter what the window dressing  looks or sounds like.

“Todd Stern also said that Obama’s successor, even if it is a Republican, would be unlikely to scrap the Paris deal as to do so would have negative diplomatic implications.”

Precisely. Just like Obama Care,  the marriage issues, and everything else that’s happened.  We get whining and some theater and it keeps on moving in the same direction anyways.

Your vote counts.

Meanwhile China and India will continue to ignore this obvious pretext and self sabotaging delusion and make industrious money hand over fist.  You think they care about smog in the atmosphere?

Even Putin in Russia rightly called this out for the West’s New World Order pretext for takeover and redistribution of wealth that it is.  Keep in mind, of course, that Putin wants his own New World Order but I digress.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-meeting-idUSKCN0VO2FJ

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-end-of-shale-oil-2016-2

Supply of oil is being cut back in a mutual agreement across oil providing countries.

I find this second article about US Shale Oil in decline to be a telling indicator as well.  I sympathize with attempting to stabilize oil pricing but I have a this sinking feeling that this will be another one of those ideas that sounds good on paper and then ends up having unintended consequences at minimum along with the insane concept of “negative interest rates.”

 

PET PEEVE:

This is particularly nauseating on social media outlets like Facebook:   Someone posts an image that says something like “Like, share, and say Amen! or else you’re a spawn of the devil and want to kill puppies, too!”  and so forth.

It’s galling when people try to drag God and the Bible into something like that.  In some cases it may be well intended but in poor taste but it does nothing but harm the cause for Jesus Christ and it’s the worst kind of low base manipulation at best.   It’s awful and it needs to stop.

Thus endeth today’s public service announcement. 🙂