4-19-16: The Fix Is In

This will be an overglorified follow-up to yesterday’s blog. I would recommend reading this first before jumping in to today’s: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/4-18-16-too-much-shakin-going-on/
MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-condemns-Israels-scheme-to-divide-Syria-following-PMs-vow-to-keep-Golan-451690
Hezbollah condemns Israel’s scheme to divide Syria  (Golan Heights)

Obviously we have a lot of unhappy campers and growing agitation over Netanyahu’s firm stance on keeping the Golan.    Hamas is upset. Hezbollah is upset.

Apparently the US government is also upset:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/19/biden-slams-netanyahu-hours-after-jerusalem-attack.html?intcmp=hpbt1

Here is Joe Biden slipping out with the real truth of how this government is operating and how they view things. The anger and disgust on his face as he did another one of his demagogue routines speaks for itself.

What’s especially classless about this is we aren’t 24 hours removed from yet another terrorist attack against Israel in Jerusalem but I guess that’s their fault, too, right Joe?  A supposed ally of the USA is fresh off an attack and this is the best you can do? Really?

Make no mistake: He’s speaking for the bulk of the American government at minimum. Joe is known for slipping out candid truths when he’s not supposed to.  The gaffe machine lets another one go here. Make no mistake: This is where are things are at.

What is Obama going to say and do at the UN on Friday?

This is the view of the New World Order.

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(Some of you may recognize this. A little levity despite the serious subject matter. 🙂 )

They are all singing from the same hymnal and it’s not a heavenly one.

http://www.thetower.org/3251-hamas-palestinian-islamic-jihad-praise-jerusalem-terror-attack/

Hamas praises attacks in Jerusalem

Sure, why not? It’s all semantics. They probably were in on it but aren’t dumb enough to outright claim responsibility. Not yet.

These are all the same types of elements with one goal in mind: Destruction of Israel and the Jews.  They don’t care about peace or co-existence.
https://www.rt.com/news/340090-israel-isis-terrorists-syria/

SYRIAN OFFICIALS ACCUSE ISRAEL OF AIDING ISIS AND AL QUAIDA

This is some of the craziest Bizarro World stuff I’ve run into yet and that’s saying something:  They really are accusing Israel of working WITH ISIS and Al Quaida? Really? Think about it.  This is sheer desperation at best.  How can anyone with more than two brain cells believe tripe like this?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4793821,00.html
“‘EU doesn’t recognize Israeli occupation of the Golan’

Federica Mogherini stresses that the European Union ‘recognizes Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, regardless of the (Israeli) government’s claims on other areas.’ ”

Again, we hear from another component of the New World Order, bluntly stated. This is how they view Israel, at best.
Speaking of New World Order:  (notice a theme today?)
http://www.thetower.org/3195-report-un-office-coordinates-millions-in-donations-to-anti-israel-groups
Report: UN Office Coordinates Millions in Donations to Anti-Israel Groups

It’s no surprise that the UN would have numerous proxies and monies going towards anything anti-Israel.    Does anyone really believes this is a neutral organization?  I so wish the USA would get out of it and kick them off our soils but I know that’s a pipe dream.    Israel should consider the same but I suspect that, too, is also fantasy.

GOOD ARTICLES AND COMMENTARIES:

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/Christian-World/One-Big-Miracle-450788

http://www.danielpipes.org/16626/isis-is-collapsing

Well worth reading.

http://www.meforum.org/5959/islam-breeds-terrorism

Very inconvenient truths here.

http://atimes.com/2016/04/to-be-kind-is-to-be-cruel-to-be-cruel-is-to-be-kind/

 

ODDITY:

Look up April 19-20 in world history and you will see a rather impressive laundry list.  Does it mean anything? Who is to say except it’s a rather impressive and diverse list that for my money certainly goes into uncanny territory at least. Make of it what you will.

Putting that on the table with an upcoming Passover off the heels of major and unusual earthquake activity that even has scientists perplexed just makes me wonder.   Certainly odds are that this coming weekend will come and go and everything will be status quo.  But what if it isn’t? All we can do is watch. Just be aware of these things and take it for whatever it’s worth.

Given the past week’s worth of events with this kind of anecdote in my brain and Passover coming up at the end of this week I just have to wonder what’s going to happen, if anything.   We’ll find out soon enough.

SCRIPTURE:
◄ Zechariah 12 ►

Jerusalem will Be Attacked  

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

2   Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

6In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 8In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. 9And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

^^ I don’t want to be on the wrong side of that equation, do you?   Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all that it entails. 🙂

 

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4-18-16: Too much shakin’ going on

Thoughts and prayers go to out all the affected areas and people within from the truly crazy  and yes, unprecedented amount of major earthquake activity that has occurred inside of a weeks’ time ranging from twice in 28 hours in Japan in the same spot in the 7s, Guatemala, Ecuador, Tonga and….  anything else coming?  I hope not but this is the time period we live in. It’s not going to get better.

LOSS OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/9/white-house-opens-first-gender-neutral-bathroom/

The first gender neutral bathroom at the White House.

We’re not even a year since the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage and look at all that’s happened since then.  Now this.

“If these aren’t the end days I’ll shave my head and become a Buddhist!” – L.A. Marzulli

BIRTH PANGS:

http://www.businessinsider.com/magnitude-58-earthquake-strikes-japan-2016-4

Yes, that’s a third quake in Japan.  Two aftershocks so far.

https://www.rt.com/news/340046-kumamoto-quake-aftershock-japan/

Compelling drone footage out of Japan of post quake damage.

Ecuador is sadly the even bigger story with 350 dead and counting after a monster 7.8 earthquake hit there. That quake was so powerful that the entire USA continent was shaking for many hours afterwards:  https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/1174

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/18/tales-devastating-losses-emerge-as-ecuadorians-dig-out-from-earthquake-that-killed-272.html?intcmp=hpbt1

^^ That is an example of what’s happening in Ecquador right now.  Awful. Please pray for these people and if there are solid avenues for charity and support, do as you felt led.

To my friends out there in California? I issue you a friendly heads up.

Business as usual?  I don’t think so and begrudgingly neither do scientists:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-quakes-puzzle-scientists-1460982468?mod=e2tw

Are we all getting used to the words and concepts “unusual” and “unprecedented” yet?
So the quake activity doesn’t fit the conventional wisdom huh?  Imagine that. I feel like I read that in Matthew 24 just  last night…oh wait, I did.

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/more-earthquakes-may-be-arriving-soon-stronger-meaner-and-deadlier-scientists-warn-253629.html

^^ There comes a point  in the Tribulation where the excuses and  “explanations” go away and everyone ultimately knows it’s God vs Satan but before that…. this is I’m sure typical of the kind of thing we’ll continue to see and hear.  They always think they have an answer for everything.   I’m sure some of the explanation for the early plagues and judgements are going to be doozies.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/17/timing-massive-quakes-around-globe-coincidence/83156262/

These quakes are “just an unfortunate”  coincidence. Nothing to see here. Move along.

 

See also:

http://asia.nikkei.com/Features/Kyushu-earthquakes/Unusual-quake-cluster-worries-Japan

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-lauds-world-breakthrough-in-tunnel-detection

Israel has figured out a way tech wise to detect the underground tunnels that never stopped and went away so that’s the beginning of the end of that concept.

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR IMMINENT:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/tunnel-exposure-shows-next-hamas-war-is-a-case-of-when-not-if/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-uncovers-gaza-terror-tunnel-dug-into-israeli-territory/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/why-is-israel-sitting-around-waiting-for-the-next-war-with-hamas/

It’s a given that another war and likely the final one between Israel and Hamas is not far off and inevitable. Israel has made no bones about it: The next time is the last time. All that one wonders is: Will it be just these two or will it be something bigger like say, an eventual Psalm 83 scenario?

The reason Israel is waiting is I expect they will allow Hamas to make the mistake of taking the first shot so there are no questions in anyone’s minds about what happened after that.  Of course we can expect the UN and the world to immediately condemn Israel no matter what but I suspect this might be the mindset here.  I doubt Israel would attack first unless they saw a clear and present danger that had to be put down.  Then, of course, they would be immediately condemned for that as well.

Israel has stated repeatedly that the next war with Hamas will be the last war.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Initial-report-Jerusalem-bus-explodes-on-way-to-Hebron-451611

Breakings news: Another terrorist attack in Jerusalem. A bus bomb…20 injured…developing.  Just another day, right?  When do they get sick of living like this day-to-day?  When is enough finally enough?

In this same vein:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4792587,00.html

Israel says they are keeping the Golan Heights no matter what.

Syrian response:  http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syrian-official-answers-Netanyahu-We-will-use-all-available-means-to-recapture-the-Golan-451484

Syrian foreign minister makes military threats and says they will take it back no matter what.

How long do you all think all of this will hang on a string with everyone playing chicken and who blinks first? Decades?  No way.

TEMPLE MOUNT:

Jordan cancels plans for 24/7 cameras on Temple Mount
Stay of execution. Only because Palestinians objected. No other consideration.  This concept will happen at some point.

RUSSIA:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-fighter-buzzes-u-s-air-force-plane-over-baltic-sea-1460914246?mod=e2tw

Russia and the USA keep having these “brush bys” and I would hazard a guess about what it means past this: Putin has no respect for our leadership starting with the puppet in chief and why should he? He’s doing this because he can. It’s that simple.  I still am not convinced that a war between the Americans and Russians is in the near future because frankly it’s more trouble than it’s worth and like it or lump it: If you crash the USA, you crash the world. If our stock market goes down 50 percent everyone else goes down at least 80.

The New World Order will have one chance and one shot to put their system and their man in. They will have to make it count.  Just remember that.

 

IRAQ:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/18/us-to-send-200-more-troops-apache-helicopters-to-iraq.html

Back in the USA goes slowly but surely. What a hopeless mess.

HIGH TECH/BIG BROTHER:

https://www.rt.com/viral/340074-electronic-skin-developed-scientists/

Electronic skin that stars phasing out the middleman smartphone.   We can have digital display on our person and all that goes with it.   Is this the next step towards the eventual Mark of the Beast concept that the Antichrist will make use of?  I have no doubt it’s a stepping stone concept that will folder into a larger scheme. For now we’re still getting the populace conditioned to tatoos, self mutilating, and now things like this but  a couple of months ago I had even posted on this blog that analysts were talking about the “post smartphone world is sooner than anyone thinks” and I think this goes to it.   As appallingly dependent as everyone is on their smartphones now, how do you replace something like that and with what? Brain chips? Virtual reality?  Nothing I will have anything to do with. No thanks.

I have a hard time imagining all this high tech… nothing wrong with it at face value… won’t ultimately be exploited by the world dictator when the times comes and yes, I personally believe the Mark of the Beast will be more than a tattoo.   It’s nothing I would ever argue about with anyone and no, I can’t be dogmatic about it but it’s hard to imagine how the high tech wouldn’t be a factor in the whole thing somehow.   Something to chew on.

HIGH STRANGENESS:

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/#d325ec8703b0

The Bosnia sphere.  

Let’s face it: No one really has a solid explanation for this thing yet.  I don’t either to be fair.   There are certain kinds of tests and measurements I wish could be done on it but I suspect never will be. I expect this to disappear soon.  I’m amazed it’s lasted in “news circulation” even this long.

https://www.rt.com/viral/339845-universe-expanding-faster-study/

Stories like these make me chuckle.

Scientists are baffled that the pace of the universe expansion isn’t going at the rate they think it should. It’s going “faster than it’s supposed to.”  According to whom?

Better get used to this sort of thing.   To use the old saying: We ain’ seen nuthin’ yet.

 

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.

 

3-17-16: 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! 🙂

3-1-16: Grab Bag

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-Syria-used-chemical-weapons-during-ceasefire-446556

Israel says Syria used chemical weapons during ceasefire

This could become a big deal.  In the past Israel has made no bones about it that if they caught ISIS or other elements with certain weapons like these and especially if they determined they were directly threatened by said weapons that it would be attacked and destroyed in large-scale including up to attacking Damascus.

https://www.rt.com/news/328887-damascus-devastation-drone-footage/

Here is some recent drone footage from inside Damascus from a month ago.    I don’t have to know anything at all to see a place that’s well on its way to full desolation. It looks irretrievable now.  It would not take much coming from the likes of this to finish the place off for good.  We see in Isaiah 17 a prophecy that I believe has been in slow motion process for the last few years will suddenly come to a swift, shock and awe conclusion.  Many of us suspect Israel will be the cause for that culminating event but it’s not something to be dogmatic about.

CULTURE AND SOCIETY:

This is broadly speaking of course:

From September 2015: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/fashion/move-over-millennials-here-comes-generation-z.html
More recently:  http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-generation-z-born-in-the-digital-age-2015-2
Generation Z… the post millennials.    Try and digest that concept.

The “first native digital generation” is one of several descriptions that stand out to me and especially when I think about transhumanism and some other overlapping concepts that I fully expect to culminate in the Antichrist’s Mark of the Beast.

These kids will take that Mark at the drop of a hat and will want to. Plenty of people would do it right now.  Why? Because I think it’s already a given now what kind of concept that Mark will be as we see the evolution of RFID, biochips, and other technologies like these. It will be cool, attractive, desireable, high tech, and it may offer some perks like false immortality or some other incentives.  It will be something people deliberately choose and want to.

For me, this is another academic, attrition talking point staring us in the face.  How does a society on any scale continue on what’s being described there? I’m trying to imagine a world where the broadly described Generation Z is in charge of it and my mind reels. Having the millennials in charge is a bad enough concept. This is even worse.   Again, broadly speaking.

I sincerely wonder if Generation Z might be the end of the road based on everything we are seeing now.   Time will tell but I strongly suspect it may be.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

Here is just one snapshot of daily happenings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5-1PHZgNpA&feature=youtu.be&a

How much longer can this drag out and who wants it to, really?  This is with “The Restrainer” still in place? Are you kidding me?

Matthew 24 Jesus talks about the lesson of the fig tree.  Matthew 24 is all about the time leading up to His Second Coming. If the fig tree is Israel coming up out of the ground and that clock started in 1948… then in verse 34 he’s finished describing a slew of events finishing with said fig tree and its development he concludes with: “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

If some of us are reading that right, and I really hope we are, then “that generation” would have to be the baby boomers.  If so then I can only hope it doesn’t come down to the wire where we have to wait until the last baby boomer on the planet is in a nursing home somewhere at 120 years old and right before they breathe their last breath this thing finally turns over.    That really would be a “photo finish!”     Just something to chew on.

 

SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES:

Spiritual warfare:  Read Ephesians 6 slowly, carefully and consider doing an in depth study!
DEMONIC OPPRESSION

You can’t medicate this away, folks.  Often times that might even make it worse.

A lot of us have been having a lot of problems in this area. This has been huge in our household on a lot of levels and we covet your prayers. I know a lot of the rest of you are going through similar or even worse challenges.

I hope the following links are of some potential help and useful to you all.  I tried to pick the best well-rounded, “down the middle” articles that I could find.   This is all made worse in an increasingly isolated society.  It’s like some of us fell through the cracks. What do we do?

Anyways, I hope these are helpful. 🙂
https://carm.org/questions/about-demons/what-demonic-oppression

https://carm.org/questions/about-demons/what-kinds-things-can-open-you-demonic-oppression

https://carm.org/questions/about-demons/what-should-i-do-if-i-suspect-demonic-oppression

http://www.gotquestions.org/demonic-oppression.html  Strongly disagree with them recommending anything from Tony Evans at the bottom but this article is good.

http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-warfare/17397-symptoms-of-demonic-operation     I can’t vouch for a lot I see from this source but this article was excellent.

 

HE WHO HAS EARS…

When you cry wolf far too many times it’s hard to believe anything you say when and if the time comes something serious may have happened.

I do pray for a certain individual and his family right now for safety and healing across the boards even though I have serious doubts about a certain person’s interpretation of said events because of what I stated above.

 

PARTING SHOT:

When you’re looking for a political messiah, instead of the Messiah, you have made them an idol.  You have made (insert any nation’s name here that applies) your god.

^^ This is all over the planet and that’s not an accident. Some of it from potentially surprising sources.  Even the elect could be deceived, right? Why not get a precursor and a warm up on that, too, along with everything else?   Who says we can’t? We’ve seem warm up on virtually everything else.

Pray, discern, listen, and be wary.   If it sounds too good to be true? It is.

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.  🙂