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.

 

3-29-16: An ominous double standard and more…

DOUBLE STANDARD ON GHASTLY TRAGEDIES:

In a Facebook prophecy group someone wrote the following:

Has anyone else noticed that the Easter bombing that targeted Christians in Pakistan has dropped completely off of the news? The Belgium attack killed 35 people and injured 300, and coverage for that went on for days. The attack in Pakistan killed 69 and injured 341.

This is a very good point and like we have seen before, for me, the reasons are obvious as I will detail below.

The last blatant incident was of course the Paris attacks. That was the end of the world but a bunch of Christians that were killed in Africa several months prior to that..a higher body count by the way… was ne’er a peep in the news.   It’s really not very subtle.

BACK IN NOVEMBER 2015:

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/daily-round-up-11-18-2015/

In November 2015 note the “AFRICA and social commentary of sorts”  segment.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/02/africa/kenya-university-attack/index.html

It’s another round of this.   The Paris attacks happened in November 2015 and it was bad… not taking anything away from it…but it was the end of the world and we had the Facebook social experiment with everyone donning French colors to show solidarity but in April 2015 prior to that we had this ghastly bloodbath with ne’er a peep in the news and I don’t seem to recall anyone showing solidarity in social media with the Kenyans.

Honestly this isn’t very subtle.  If Christians die that’s no big deal at best.   If it doesn’t benefit a certain agenda and help further certain agendas it disappears.   The Pakistan story is another case in point. Adios!

You can read into all of that any way you want.

I really believe we are at the point on a spiritual level where if the “Powers that Be” could round up all the Christians right now they would do it but they can’t yet for a variety of reasons and not the least of which is, of course, The Restrainer of 2 Thessalonians 2:6  is still in place.    That’s ultimately what’s behind this obvious narrative double standard whether that’s the full and direct intent of every last person or not. That is the overarching Luciferian quality to the entire thing.

It could be a photo finish, folks.  Hang on tight.

MIDDLE EAST:

TURKEY:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-calls-on-its-citizens-to-leave-turkey-now/

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Report-ISIS-planned-attacks-on-Jewish-kids-in-Turkey-449499

ISRAEL ENCOURAGES CITIZENS TO LEAVE TURKEY

It just continues to be increasingly volatile and bad news in Turkey with Erdogan the autocrat sitting at the helm. What makes this more murky is we still aren’t clear if Erdogan has been in some degree of collusion with ISIS or not but obviously the Israelis are taking no chances all but issuing a mandate for any and all Jews to get out of Turkey. This is serious.

 

ISRAEL

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209981#.VvkLBVt97nA

The IDF is now considered the 11th most powerful military in the world.  Not bad for a space of land that’s roughly the size of New Jersey.

TEMPLE:

Temple Institute Inaugurates Registry of Biblically Eligible Kohanim

A bit of a nuts and bolts about a new registry to help select certain kinds of priests necessary for preparing the Red Heifer.   It shows me yet again where the expectations are and that this is a group of people taking actions that tell me they expect things in the near future as opposed to x number of decades away. Watch this closely because I still suspect the ever-increasing Temple Mount issue to become a major flashpoint in the near future at least in diplomatic circles if not beyond.

Note the recent flap over the cameras on the Temple Mount as another example: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Jordan-Cameras-to-be-installed-on-Temple-Mount-to-document-Israeli-violations-448478

No one is satisfied with the cameras but there they are, 24/7 recording all events on the Temple Mount and I personally expect these cameras to stay and possibly more surveillance to be added over time.  Will these be part of the mechanism that people will be being the Two Witnesses during the first part of the Tribulation?  Very likely in my opinion.

ODDITY:

Temple of Baal reproduction coming to Times Square

I think this is all too fitting and appropriate on a number of levels and I will leave it to you to read into that any way you want.

3-17-16: While we have been distracted

We interrupt the nonstop steady stream of WWE Reality TV bread and circuses, at least in ‘Murica!, to bring you…

 

MIDDLE EAST:

ISIS:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/kerry-determines-is-committing-genocide-in-iraq-syria-2/
Kerry determines IS committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

The Obama Administration is FINALLY admitting that, no duh, ISIS is committing awful atrocities and possibly even “genocide” in Syria!  No kidding?!

 

TURKEY-RUSSIA-KURDS MESS:

Note the dates and timestamps on the stories.

YESTERDAY: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/syria-ambassador-to-the-un-says-russian-forces-redeploying/7252816
Syria’s ambassador to the UN says Russian forces ‘redeploying’, labels opposition chief a ‘terrorist
Whoopsie!  I think someone let the cat out of the bag perhaps?  Russia may be pulling back some of their ground troops but if anyone thinks we’re going back to pre October 2015 conditions in the Middle East they are sorely mistaken. Russia is not leaving or going anywhere.

TODAY: https://www.rt.com/news/335949-putin-russia-op-syria/
Putin: Russia may deploy forces back to Syria ‘in mere hours’ if necessary

We may as well take it straight from Russia themselves.  Yes, they can redeploy at the drop of a hat.  I think there is some kind of feint and chess move going on here that I am not sophisticated enough to fully figure out although I think we have at least one clue here:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Russia-supplied-weapons-to-Iraqi-Kurds-448154
Russia supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurds
In my opinion I think this Kurdish situation has something to do with the Russian posturing change.

Think “proxy war.”  Think “attrition.”  Think “enemy of my enemy is my friend”  so why not give Erdogan’s biggest bane…he’s obsessed with the Kurds…a nice boost?

This was another concept that was suggested that the Americans should have done to have the Kurds operate against ISIS incidentally.  The Kurds are not perfect but I’d rather deal with them any day of the week vs ISIS, wouldn’t you?

Russia has never gotten past the incidents with Erdogan in the last several months from the shot down airplane on through.  There is more than one way to skin a cat and we must never underestimate or forget that Putin is extremely shrewd and patient.  Erdogan’s recent actions including taking over the media have been autocrat and despot 101 and I’m hardly trying to cast the Kurds as white knight saints, either.  This is going to get ugly but ultimately I expect the loser to be Erdogan.   The day that Russian airliner went down was the end for him.

That Kurd weapon story happened in Iraq and I want to be very specific here since I’m making a leap and I admit it here. Since “Iraq” essentially doesn’t exist any more and unless I’m really nuts a Kurd is a Kurd…  is this really a reach to think that perhaps Russia has been or will also throw the Kurds giving Erdogan his headaches a bone, too?

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Amid-Russias-withdrawal-ISIS-announces-the-killing-of-Russian-military-adviser-in-Syria-448314
Amid Russia’s withdrawal, ISIS announces the killing of Russian military adviser in Syria

I think we can expect Russia’s redeployment sooner rather than later.

 

HIGH STRANGENESS?:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/uber-driver-says-iphone-app-possessed-him-during-deadly-michigan-shooting-spree-163751269.html
Uber driver says iPhone app possessed him during deadly Michigan shooting spree

Maybe?  We go down a lot of rabbit trails here that range from MKULTRA and mind control concepts on through but it really doesn’t matter. It was an evil and demonic act no matter how we got there.

More than likely: He’s building up for his insanity plea.

EXHORTATIONS, PRAYERS, and ENCOURAGEMENT:    

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

^^Ongoing for many of us to varying degrees.   Hang in there! 🙂

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.  🙂

 

2-16-16 (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. 🙂

2-15-16: A View With a Tin Foil Hat

That title will make perfect sense when we get to my Judge Scalia segment. As it stands, it made me chuckle. 🙂

 

 

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208082#.VsIh0Bgb3wc

PA: No more negotiations with Israel, ever
PA Foreign Minister rejects direct negotiations with Israel, suggests ISIS may soon take over Judea, Samaria.

I think he’s partially right. ISIS will try to take those areas over and they will fail.  That will either be part of a literal Psalm 83 scenario or dovetailed into something else.

Obviously the PA is done pretending…until next week?  Who knows? At least this is a refreshing lack of pretense here if nothing else.

 

http://www.debka.com/article/25231/Russian-Turkish-clash-building-up-over-Syria

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Saudi-Arabia-prepared-for-ground-war-in-Syria-military-spokesman-says-444362

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-sends-troops-and-fighter-jets-to-military-base-in-turkey-ahead-of-intervention-against-a6871611.html

Turkey and Saudis vs Iran, Russia and Syria.

It’s on the boards. We’re quickly heading into “we could wake up any morning and…” territory.  There are no good guys in this picture for me.

This cannot end well and I hope cooler heads prevail somehow.

This is happening at the same time indicators are that Russia will increase their activity and aggression: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-eighteen-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-a-dramatic-escalation-appears-imminent/

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/15/syria-airstrike-levels-doctors-without-borders-backed-clinic.html?intcmp=hpbt1

Russian airstrikes destroy Doctors Without Borders-backed hospital in Syria, activists say

The problem with anything like this is we’re going to get at least two sides of a story and we have no idea what’s actually true although the clamor is growing in favor of this particular narrative so far.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/France-says-attacks-on-hospitals-in-Syria-are-war-crimes-445017

France accuses Syria of war crimes for hospital attacks.

Notice how no one has the guts to point the finger at the Russians? Syria is partially responsible but not solely.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/12156598/Arab-states-are-seeking-nuclear-weapons-to-counter-Iran-Israel-warns.html

Arab states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter Iran.  

Israel and others have been warning about this for a long time and now here we are.  This is another point of no return.  This is the worst kind of arms race that could be imagined.

 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/putin-obama-agree-on-closer-cooperation-over-syria-1455449024?mod=e2fb
Putin, Obama Agree on Closer Cooperation Over Syria

In other words Obama is going to stay out of the way.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syrias-Assad-says-cease-fire-doesnt-mean-parties-stop-using-weapons-445016

Syria’s Assad says cease-fire doesn’t mean parties ‘stop using weapons’

This “cease-fire” isn’t going to be worth much if this bit of sophistry is anything to go by.  Like we didn’t already know that anyways.

“That depends on what the meaning of the word “is”, is…. ”

 

 

ONE WORLD RELIGION/BABYLON HARLOT:

http://christiannews.net/2016/02/15/pope-francis-nominates-over-1000-super-confessors-to-forgive-certain-sins/

‘Pope Francis’ Nominates Over 1,000 ‘Super Confessors’ to Forgive Certain Sins

Can someone please show me this concept anywhere in the Bible? Thanks.

 

DEATH OF SC JUDGE SCALIA (TIN FOIL HAT):

Most importantly here: Thoughts and prayers to all friends and loved ones of a judge that many of us held in high esteem.

Let’s get down to the apparently growing buzz surrounding the circumstances of his death and I want to be as respectful and careful with this as I can:

http://www.conservativeoutfitters.com/blogs/news/87933633-poll-do-you-suspect-foul-play-in-the-death-of-justice-scalia

Drudge ran this last night so it’s definitely out in the mainstream this question of natural causes or foul play.   I’ll let the poll numbers speak for themselves in addition to any time you spend out on social media or the blogosphere.    The “foul play” narrative is alive and well and in some surprising corners.   I know this story has changed several times since the news broke. That doesn’t help things, either.

My own view: 

At face value:

I can’t call an 80-year-old passing away an “untimely death.”   This was a good Italian boy who knew about good eating and good living and with all due respect and affection… it showed. 🙂

The problem:

It’s sketchy and suspect more than it needs to be largely because of this pillow over the face/head and the seeming rush to bury/embalm the body and not to do an autopsy.    I can’t get around these two items at all and I’m clearly not in a small minority on that.

People that normally don’t go “conspiracy” are noticing this as well.

More conspiracy fodder that again I even see Drudge floating around: http://www.conservativeoutfitters.com/blogs/news/88052289-the-cias-secret-heart-attack-gun

Make of that what you will.  The CIA secret heart attack gun. LOL 🙂

I think if Scalia had been 50 instead of 80 I could throw down on this “foul play” narrative with a lot more force and no hesitation at all. I don’t feel like I can quite do that yet although I admit the breeze is having me tilt in that direction or at least considering it.

 

Here is some more to consider:
http://www.allenbwest.com/2016/02/breaking-judge-reveals-scalias-cause-of-death-says-this-about-foul-play/

^^ A fairly definitive “not foul play” statement.  This is probably good enough for a lot of people.

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

^^ I think this is very “fair and balanced”… pardon the cliche… and even keeled. Yes,  an autopsy would be good.

There will be back and forth on this for a while I suspect.

My friends at Skywatch TV wrote this on their Facebook page:

 

Forensics on this should be relatively straightforward. If the Justice died because the pillow was held over his face, then saliva, petechiae, and even fibers will tell the tale. It’s a shame that he had to leave us so soon. If someone did hasten his end, then let’s pray justice is served–and ultimately, as Christians, we know that all things done in secret will be brought to light.

Exactly right.  See that bolded item? I pray that and everything that goes with it happens VERY soon on all levels.

We are practically at a point of unhinged lunacy because a growing number of the populace does not trust the government for a wide variety of reasons. Too bad it took all of this to get there.

This is partly why we see a circus sideshow presidential election and none of the candidates can be called leaders or statesman/woman with a straight face.

Who won that GOP “debate” the other night incidentally? The Democrats.

How do the Democrats look? Terrible. Not a pretty choice, is it?

The whole thing is so lackluster it feels like a throw away and an afterthought. Maybe it is.  Hmmmm….

 

All of these sort of things are all symptoms.

The root cause continues to be Romans 1, 2 Timothy 4, and all that goes with it.

Cui Buono (Who Benefits?) in regards to Scalia’s death?

This isn’t rocket science.

The best answers I’ve seen in regards to “Why Scalia might have gotten knocked off” go like this:

“The landmark rulings are this year which will basically give Obama amnesty and something with gun control (can’t remember details). It has to do with constitutionally of executive action. Huge SC cases this year. That is why having the biggest dissenter removed would be advantageous to Obama.”

and

“Obama has not gotten gun control or open borders.”

and

“Done to send a message out” which is classic Cloak and Dagger 101.

Could be all true. These are good answers. 🙂

There is no question these items all become even easier now although I really don’t think it makes as much of a difference as some other people might. I think it’s full steam ahead on those one way or the other.

All of those items have been well underway for decades as is.  It’s been the frog in the slowly warming to boiling pot situation on those issues and so much more.

Look at the track record of success Obama has enjoyed since coming in office. He’s gotten everything he wanted and the heavy lifting is finished with the health care and marriage rulings.  It makes little difference what the makeup of the SCOTUS or Congress is.  Scalia was alive and well for all of that.  He could only do so much.

I will not be surprised if Obama gets more than one shot at SCOTUS before the year is out because of the elderly make up of several of the judges and not the least of which is Justice Ginsburg who is even less than a youngster than Scalia was and has already had a major health scare in her recent past.  What if she decides to retire soon to give Obama another slot? “Take a dive for the cause” as it were since she is as liberal as it gets?

How’s that for a conspiracy theory?  It’s a young year.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/scotus-analyst-tom-goldstein-loretta-lynch-most-likely-candidate-replace-n518916?cid=sm_fb

AG Loretta Lynch the most likely Obama appointee to succeed Scalia.

I figured it would be her or Holder for reasons including some of which get mentioned in that piece.  Eventually we may be stuck with both.  Depending on who the next POTUS is, assuming that happens, some scenarios even have Obama being appointed into the SCOTUS himself assuming he doesn’t go to the UN.  None of it would surprise me.

He’s not going away.

 

My takeaway from all of this craziness:

I can’t rule anything out because I know this game is really about Ephesians 6:12 and what’s really in charge of this planet right now… but honestly? No one needed to be knocked off to continue this agenda and I very seriously doubt Scalia was going to be able to stop it had he stayed alive and well this next year.

Christians we absolutely need to be making sure we keep the Armor of God each and every day.  Ephesians 6:10-20.

If you aren’t a Christian….  honestly,  the only way this mess is going to get fixed is when the King of Kings Jesus Christ comes back and sets this all straight and I’ve pounded that drum recently in this blog plenty about how we are definitely in the season leading up to that and the slew of symptoms that go with it.

Please… look into these things because there may not be a lot of time left to make that decision. Make sure you are on the right side. 🙂