MA#67. JANUARY 2015. DON’T
PERILOUS TIMES HAVE COME!
DAY OF SALVATION
IS NOT YET OVER!
the Almighty God says:
acceptable time I heard you,
the Day of Salvation
you.' Look! I
`the well-accepted time';
`The Day of Salvation'."
Saviour, Y’shua, Jesus, says: “I
am the door;
whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John
indeed a crucial and traumatic year. It was, as the Queen would say, in Latin,
an Annus horribilis - “a
horrible year” – a year in which ISIS went viral and swept across swathes of
Syria and Iraq, slaughtering tens and thousands. It was a year that witnessed
wars in Gaza and Ukraine, and many awful tragedies elsewhere, as well as
terrorist pogroms, widespread moral and social deterioration and persecution. It
ended with an economic upheaval due to the oil war that is bringing oil
producing nations to despair, and threats of global war.
seems destined to continue the degradation of righteousness and peace in
societies around the world. It is as the Messiah said, men will be fainting from
fear because of the things coming upon the world. (Luke 21:26)
midst of all the turmoil, however, there is good
news for our generation that is
destined for the Great Tribulation. The good news is that Y’shua, Jesus, is
still willing to save anyone and
will call to Him, believing that He is indeed the Saviour of sinners - the
Saviour of hopeless and despairing souls; of people who have made an utter mess
of their lives. He’s available to all, and He stoops to hear the groans of the
Referring to Himself by the title, “The Son of Man,” Jesus the Messiah said:
of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
He was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty of the sins of the world,
that we might be saved from the penalty of our sins.
“Therefore He is also able to save completely and forever those who come to God
Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrew 7:25)
reader, if you have not yet received Him
as your Saviour, I urge you to pray right now,
talk to Him wherever you are, and express your faith in Him. And here is a good
verse to start
as I am, without one plea,
that Your blood was shed for me,
that You bid me come to You.
Lamb of God, I come. I come.
an overview of some of the major conditions in the world at the end of 2014.
RUSSIA IN THE SPOTLIGHT
We understand from the
prophecy in Ezekiel 38 & 39, and Daniel 11:40, that Rosh (Russia) will lead a
very powerful alliance of nations in the endtimes, in a massive invasion of
Israel that will bring it into conflict with the Roman empire of Antichrist. The
World War that follows will bring about the destruction of Russia and its
allies, but also the destruction of a quarter of the world. (Revelation 6:8).
The 8th largest economy
on the entire planet is in a state
of turmoil right now. The shocking collapse of the price of oil has hit many
countries really hard, but very few nations are as dependent on energy
production as Russia.
oil and natural gas account for approximately two-thirds of all Russian exports
and approximately 45% of all government revenue. So it should be no surprise
that the price of oil, declining by almost 50% since June, is absolutely
catastrophic for the Russian economy. Interest rates in December were
raised from 10.5% to 17%.
you throw in international sanctions, wild
money printing by the Central Bank of Russia, and
unprecedented capital flight, you get the ingredients for an almost perfect
those living in the western world should not be too smug about what is happening
in Russia, because the nightmare that is unfolding over there is
just a preview of the economic chaos that will soon envelop the whole world.
price of crude is proving to be a curse for the Kremlin. The precipitous drop in
oil prices recently, has left Vladimir Putin’s Russia on the edge of economic
RUBLE IN FREE FALL
PRICE AND EU SANCTIONS
surprise announcement, the Russian central bank said it would raise its key
interest rate to 17%. The move is
aimed at shoring up the tumbling currency as the Russian economy feels the pain
of a low oil price - oil and gas are Russia's main exports - combined with US
and EU sanctions over Russian involvement in the Ukrainian war.
the highest interest rate increase since 1998, when the Russian currency
collapsed and the government defaulted on its debt, sending ripples throughout
financial markets around the world.
half of Russia’s budget revenues come from oil
and gas taxes, and a quarter of
its GDP is linked to the energy industry. With the oil price falling from $115
US dollars a barrel in June to below $60 now, Russia's economy is feeling the
pinch. On top of this comes the closed access to EU and US capital markets as
part of the joint sanctions.
US and its ally Saudi Arabia determining the oil price, it is likely the squeeze
will continue until Russian President Vladimir Putin reverses his course in
he has kept a defiant stance and has offered amnesty to Russians who bring money
- no matter how it was earned - back into their country.
BEWARE OF A
WOUNDED RUSSIAN BEAR !
DEC 8. Contrary
to what he would like us to believe, things are going very poorly for Vladimir
Putin these days. Having found the West more united than he expected on the
issue of sanctions against Russia, he now discovers that the bottom has fallen
out of the international oil market. As if that were not enough, he also finds
Europe hindering his pet Southstream gas
pipeline, which is supposed to run under the Black Sea, which he had hoped would
increase Russia’s energy stranglehold over Ukraine and the rest of Europe.
danger is that a Russian economy in tatters will only increase the incentives
for aggressive moves abroad. When cornered, Putin is likely to become even more
launched his Ukrainian adventure around a year ago, Putin was counting on a
divided Europe’s inability to join the US in imposing meaningful economic
sanctions as a response. But Europe
joined in strengthening penalties on the Russian energy and financial sectors.
This forced Putin to strike a long-term
energy supply arrangement with China at
prices generally viewed as unfavorable to Russia.
has managed to thwart Russia’s attempts to undermine Ukraine and increase its
stranglehold on the European energy market. Effectively blocking the
construction of Southstream was
an important step in the process. Russia intended to use the pipeline to supply
Europe with gas without it having to go through Ukraine — a move that would have
drastically increased his ability to squeeze that country without endangering
Europe’s energy supply.
The Southstream setback
has caused Putin to make another hasty and questionable move: an
alternative pipeline deal with Turkey.
to seal the deal, Russia had to offer a 6% discount on its gas prices. At the
same time, supplying Europe through Turkey rather than through Ukraine will add
considerably to Gazprom’s transportation costs and it is still not clear whether
Europe will allow that gas to enter Europe through Greece.
addition, Putin appears to have been caught totally flatfooted by developments
in the international oil market. He especially seems to have misjudged the major
shifts caused by the US shale oil revolution, along with increased offshore oil
and gas production in a variety of other countries, and the slowing in the
overall global economy. Those changes have seen benchmark global oil prices
decline from $115 per bbl. to around $60 over the past six months.
this, in turn, has blown a hole in the Russian budget, which depends on oil for
around 45% of its tax revenues. Over the past six months, the Russian ruble has
also lost around half its value, contributing to an inflation rate now at 9%.
with sanctions, the dismal oil picture has caused a collapse in investor and
household confidence in the economy, and forced Moscow to acknowledge that the
country is headed for a recession next year.
danger, however, is that a Russian economy in tatters will only increase
the incentives for aggressive moves abroad. This
is, after all, how Putin’s era got started: with a lethal campaign against
Chechnya to consolidate his regime at home.
other things, the bad news for Putin could be equally bad news for an early
resolution of the Ukraine crisis. Worse yet, as Senator John McCain has recently
warned, it could spell trouble for countries like Moldova and
the Baltic states, which
Russia has long considered to be part of its “near abroad.”
also be the prelude for Russia using its energy leverage over countries even
further afield, such as Bulgaria, Finland and Slovakia.
Like the Baltics, all are totally dependent on Russia for their natural gas
Thwarting a bear does not turn the beast into a lamb. It mostly creates an
angrier and more unpredictable bear. - By Desmond
Lachman - www.prophecynewswatch.com/
RESPONSE TO ECONOMIC CRISIS
President Vladimir Putin has tried to quell fears of economic collapse and has
vowed rapid recovery from
the worst financial crisis of his rule. He said
that the economic downturn will last two
years at most and promised to
support the poorest section of the population.
he indicated that the economic gloom has not
swayed his stance on Ukraine, accusing the West of behaving like an “empire”
and comparing Russia to a bear who
is under attack and fighting for survival.
admitted that Western sanctions over Moscow’s involvement in the conflict in
Ukraine — where 4,700 people
have died in fighting between Kiev’s forces and pro-Moscow separatists —
contributed about “30%” to the current economic situation. But he made clear
that his position on Ukraine has not changed, branding Kiev’s military campaign
against Russian-backed rebels in the east a “punitive operation.”
RUSSIA WITH NEW NUCLEAR MISSILES
between the US and Russia continues as the Pentagon threatens Russia with
releasing nuclear missiles in lieu of the Moscow's violation.
According to the US, the country is prepared to redeploy nuclear weapons as a
means to keep Russia at bay following its breach of two arms control treaties.
Meanwhile, the US Congress has been working on new sanctions for Vladimir Putin
following decisions over Ukraine tension.
IF US SETS
UP NEW SANCTIONS
Russia has responded
angrily to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions
against Moscow, and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine. "Undoubtedly,
we will not be able to leave this without a response," deputy foreign minister
Sergei Ryabkov said ahead of a meeting between the Russian and US foreign
Senate bill -- dubbed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act -- must still be approved
by the White House, which has so far been reluctant to provide direct military
assistance to Ukraine for fear of being drawn into a proxy war with Russia.
PROVOKING A WAR WITH RUSSIA?
Outspoken Republican, Ron Paul, declared: “Today
the US House passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation
ever. The bill was 16 pages of war
propaganda. I can hardly believe they are getting away with it again, and
this time with even higher stakes: provoking
a war with Russia that could result in total destruction!”
resolution directly involves the US government in the conflict by calling on the
US president to “provide the government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal
defence articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its
territory and sovereignty.” This means US weapons in the hands of US-trained
military forces engaged in a hot
war on the border with Russia. Does that sound at all like a good idea?”
are too many more ridiculous and horrific statements in this legislation to
completely discuss. Probably the single most troubling part of this resolution,
however, is the statement that “military intervention” by the Russian Federation
in Ukraine “poses a threat to inter-national peace and security.”
terminology is not an accident: this phrase is the poison pill planted in this
legislation from which future, more
aggressive resolutions will follow. After all, if we accept that Russia is
posing a ‘threat’ to international peace, how can such a thing be
ignored? These are the slippery
slopes that lead to war.”
PLOTTING TO START WAR ON ISRAEL ?
DEC 21. Russia
is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hizb’allah and possibly the regime of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, into a direct military conflict with Israel,
according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation.
official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to
be used as a card against the West, particularly the US and European Union,
which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow.
past week, the US and EU adapted tighter sanctions on the Russian economy,
including restrictions on investments in the Crimea, with emphasis on Russian
Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism.
official said there is information in recent weeks, that Russia successfully
shipped to Hizb’allah a large convoy of Iskandar ballistic missiles and
surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were received, despite Israel’s alleged
airstrikes in Syria targeting Russian-shipped weapons earlier this month.
official said Russia has not made any decision about agitating a Hizb’allah
attack on Israel, but views a possible conflict in the Mideast as a card it can
play in its confrontation with the West, particularly in Ukraine.
this month, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem travelled to Russia to meet
with the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, and Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov at Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.
WND reported at the time that
according to a source in Assad’s regime, Putin and Lavrov assured Moualem that
Russia “won’t stand for” any Western attack on Assad, and that the Russians
pledged “support” and “protection” to the Assad regime.
pledge came amid pressure from Turkey and Saudi Arabia on the Obama
administration to expand the fight against ISIS in Syria to also target Assad’s
Klein - www.wnd.com
TURKEY– ROSH UNION
DEC 7. Russian
President Vladimir Putin has clinched a ground-breaking deal with
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that will strengthen economic ties
between the two nations and make Turkey the major hub for Russian gas in the
the terms of the agreement, Russia will pump additional natural gas to locations
in central Turkey and to a “hub at the Turkish-Greek border” which will
eventually provide Putin with backdoor access to the lucrative EU market,
although Turkey will serve as the critical intermediary.
creates a de facto Russo-Turkey
alliance that could shift the
regional balance of power decisively in Moscow’s favour, thus creating another
formidable hurdle for Washington’s “pivot to Asia” strategy. The
reverberations are truly global.
the media is characterizing the change in plans (Putin has abandoned the Southstream pipeline
project that would have transported gas to southern Europe) as a “diplomatic
defeat” for Russia, the opposite appears to be the case. Putin has once again
out-maneuvered the US on both the energy and geopolitical fronts adding to his
long list of policy triumphs. How can
this happen? How can Putin waltz
into Ankara, scribble his name on a few sheets of paper, and abscond with a key
US ally right under Washington’s nose? - By
Mike Whitney Global Research
been watching and waiting for Turkey and Russia to come together. Turkey’s
former vision of joining the European Union now seems to be a thing of the
past. Turkey (Beth-Togarmah) is
listed with the nations linked to the Rosh confederation of Ezekiel 38. Nations
are falling into place for the prophesied endtime events.
anti-Israel alliance of Russia, Iran, Assad and Turkey is developing.
the main ally of the Syrian regime, is trying to bring Turkey into an alliance
with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to leaked documents published in
Al-Arab (Arabic link). The Iranians are doing this using a variety of methods,
including emphasizing the growing conflict between the American and Turkish
STRIKES IN SYRIA,
RUSSIAN DEFENCE MISSILES
DEBKAfile Special Report.
7, Israel’s air force struck the military
section of Damascus international airport, wiping
out newly-arrived Russian hardware that included
missiles that had been dispatched urgently to help Syria and Hizb’allah
frustrate a US plan for a no-fly zone over
advanced weapons were sent after Russian President Vladimir Putin learned
that the Obama administration
and the Erdogan (Turkish)
government were close to a final draft on a
joint effort to activate a no-fly zone that
would bar Syrian air force traffic over northern Syria.
Kremlin has repeatedly warned that the establishment of a no-fly or buffer zone
in any part of Syria would be treated
as direct American intervention in the Syria war and result
in Russian military intervention for
defending the Assad regime.
According to a US-Turkish draft, American warplanes would be allowed to take off
from the Turkish airbase of Incirlik for
operations against Syrian warplanes, assault helicopters or drones entering the
no-go zone. Thus far, Ankara had only permitted US surveillance aircraft and
drones the use of Incirlik for
tracking the movements of Islamic
State fighters in northern Syria.
Obama administration was long deterred from implementing the no-fly zone plan by
the wish to avoid irritating Moscow, and
facing the hazards of Syria’s world-class
air defence system. But Washington was recently
won over to the plan by a tacit
deal with Damascus for American jets to be allowed entry to help Kurdish
fighters defend their northern Syrian enclave of Kobani against capture by al
Qaida’s IS invaders.
no-fly zone planned by US strategists would
be narrow – up to a kilometre deep
inside Syria. However Moscow
is standing fast against any such plan and
objects to US planes having freedom of Syrian airspace, a freedom they are now
afforded over Kobani.
this point home, the Russians delivered
the supply of advanced anti-air missiles and radar to
Syria which was to be transferred to Hizb’allah in Lebanon. That purpose was thwarted
by the Israeli air strikes.
Assad regime has held back from reacting to past Israeli air raids to prevent
advanced weaponry from reaching Hizb’allah. This time, spokesmen in Damascus
warned that their government’s response would be clandestine and
cause Israel "unimaginable harm."
air force also struck targets in the
Syrian president’s republican guard, and the same division’s logistic
rear base at Dimas near
the Lebanese border.
air strikes in Damascus and on the Syrian-Lebanese border are depicted by Middle
East military and intelligence sources as Israel’s
first overt military clash with Russia in
the course of the more than three-year Syrian war.
Israeli air strikes occurred less than 24 hours after Deputy
Russian FM, Mikhail Bogdanov, the
Kremlin’s lead man for the Syrian war, met
with Hizb’allah leader Hassan Nasrallah in
sources have learned that Moscow has been looking for a reckoning with the US
and Israel over the fall in October of the large Russian intelligence post at
Tel a-Hara in southern Syria to Syrian rebel units.
site that was located
strategically close to the junction of Syria’s borders with Jordan
and Israel, was one
of the most highly sophisticated
Russian intelligence bases outside its borders. The captured
hi-tech apparatus, much of it unfamiliar
to Western spy agencies, was quickly shipped out of Syria for examination
in the West.
that Israel conducted air strikes against two facilities of the Syrian army
division along the route to Lebanon indicates
that the targeted weapons were indeed on their way from Syria to Hizb’allah in
DEMANDS THAT ISRAEL EXPLAIN
‘UNACCEPTABLE USE OF FORCE’ IN SYRIA
DEC 8. Russia
has demanded that Jerusalem
provide explanations following
the reports that Israeli jets had carried out multiple airstrikes on two targets
in Syria in which two Hizb’allah
operatives were killed.
considered as a main backer of Syria’s ruling regime, said it had turned to the
UN to bring Israel to account for
the strikes. “Moscow voices deep concern over the dangerous
development of events. Their circumstances should be clarified. In any case
it is certain that the use of force is unacceptable in interstate relations and
deserves disapproval,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. “It
is important to prevent additional risks of further destabilization of the
extremely tense situation in Syria and in
the Middle East region.”
in Ukraine continues in spite of a Sept 5 ceasefire signed by Ukraine's
government, Russia and rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine. A British security
official told CNN that the conflict had returned to levels that preceded the
mid-April to mid December, at least 4,700 people
have been killed and 10,322 wounded
in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine." More than 1 million people
have been displaced by the fighting.
tell of Russian troops and weapons being deployed in East Ukraine in support of
the break-away regions.
as living in a dangerous war zone, Christians in Ukraine are facing persecution
from pro-Russian separatists who have already captured, tortured, and killed
some top church leaders.
Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's
conflict, often with deadly consequences. Many believe the persecution is linked
to pressure from the Russian Orthodox Church, and the pro-Russian rebels are
only happy to do their bidding
Throughout the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as rebels gain more territory,
assaults against evangelicals are growing. Two pastors told CBN News they were
arrested and tortured for their faith.
Demidovich, a top evangelical leader in Slavyansk, said Christians face constant
threat. "I never thought in the 21st century, in a free country like Ukraine, it
was possible to experience this level of persecution," he said. "The separatists
saw Protestant Christians as enemies. They viewed us as cults."
persecution was just getting started. "All the Protestant churches in the city
were either taken over by rebels or forced to close. We were forbidden to meet
for services and the leadership was forced to leave or be under risk of arrest,"
Demidovich said. – cbn.com
IMMIGRATION POLICY FOR UKRAINE’S JEWS
in Ukraine have also been persecuted, Israel’s Interior Ministry has issued an
internal directive relaxing rules requiring certain documents from prospective
immigrants from Donetsk, Luhansk and other cities occupied by Russian-backed
community leaders from eastern Ukraine praised Israel’s decision to ease
immigration requirements for refugees fleeing their country’s ongoing civil war,
painting the move as a much needed humanitarian gesture.
seeking refuge from Ukraine’s industrial east will be exempted from
pre-translating certain documents and will not have to submit documentation
attesting to their lack of a criminal record due to the difficulty of obtaining
such papers in a war zone.
Agency officials in Ukraine have noted that the issue of paperwork has been a
vexing one for Ukrainian Jews, many of whom do not have passports and have left
documents attesting to their Jewish identity at home.
Approximately 50% of Donetsk’s pre-war Jewish
population of some 11,000 people had fled. A
similar situation is taking place in Luhansk.
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is sponsoring a planeload of
immigrants to Israel.
THE OIL CRISIS
THE WORLD ECONOMY
OIL PRICES COULD DESTROY
THAT ARE HOLDING
IN COMMODITY DERIVATIVES
Rapidly falling oil prices are triggering
a nightmare scenario for the commodity
Derivatives’ contracts protect the profits of oil producers from dramatic swings
in the marketplace. These dramatic swings rarely happen, but when they do they
can be absolutely crippling.
companies that have locked in high prices for their oil in 2015 and 2016 are
feeling pretty good right now. But who is on the other end of those contracts?
In many cases, it is the big Wall Street banks who did not anticipate a huge decline
in the price of oil in less than six months – from around $115 to $60.
price of oil stays at this level or goes down even more, someone is going to
have to absorb some absolutely
been estimated that the six largest “too big to fail” banks control $3.9
trillion in commodity derivatives contracts.
And a very large chunk of that amount is made
up of oil derivatives.
heading for a derivatives crisis unlike
anything that we have ever seen. A
day of reckoning is rapidly approaching, and it is going to horrify the entire
The Economic Collapse
SAYS SAUDI ARABIA IS
TREACHERY IN OIL PRICE WAR
observers, OPEC’s refusal to cut production and thus shore up oil prices was the
beginning of a price war with the United States so that Saudi Arabia, the
cartel’s most influential member, could regain the market share it had been
losing during the recent American
oil boom. Now Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, is saying that Riyadh,
through OPEC, is also using “treachery” to harm the economies of fellow
oil-producing Muslim states in the Middle East.
DEBT RISES TO OVER $18 TRILLION
DEC 2. The
US national debt has increased by 70% under Obama, from $10.625 trillion on
January 21, 2009 to $18.005 trillion most recently.
Treasury has been forced to issue $1,040,965,000,000 in new
debt since fiscal 2015 started just eight weeks ago, in
order to raise the money to pay off Treasury securities that were maturing, and
to cover new deficit spending by
those eight weeks, the US Treasury took in $341 billion in revenues. That was a
record for the period between October 1 and November 25. But that record $341
billion in revenues was not enough
to finance ongoing government spending let alone pay off old debt that matured.
Treasury also drew down its cash
balance by $45 billion during the
period, starting with $126 billion in cash and ending with $81 billion.
way the Treasury could handle the $94 billion in old debt that matured during
the period, plus finance the new deficit spending the government engaged in, was
to roll over the old debt into new
debt and issue
enough additional new debt to
cover the new deficit spending.
now, you rich, weep and wail because of the miseries that are coming upon you.” (James
gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will testify against you and
will consume your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the Last Days!”
UN SET TO
CREATE FRAMEWORK FOR
DEC 7. The writing
is on the wall. If things were all rosy this would not be a thought on
anyone's mind. Notice the solution is to use
a global body. One World Government?
is set to formally begin negotiations to create
a global bankruptcy process after
Argentina's long-running case with the so-called "vulture funds" prompted
inter-national authorities tocreate a new system.
international body voted on a resolution to formally begin negotiations to
create the global bankruptcy process. In September, the UN General Assembly
voted 128 to 16 in favour of a legal bankruptcy framework for countries.
UN legal framework could
prevent global financial crisis, limit
country defaults and stop predatory behaviour," says Jubilee
committee would be based in New York and the committee is expected to complete
its work before September 2015.
FRENCH AND DUTCH BRINGING
financial crisis in Europe is prompting some nations to repatriate their gold
reserves to national vaults. The Netherlands has moved 122 tons — $5 billion
worth — of gold from New York, and some are calling for similar action from
France, Switzerland, and Germany.
WORLD'S BIGGEST ECONOMY
DEC 5. We
have lived in a world dominated by the US since at least 1945 and,
in many ways, since the late 19th century. And we have lived for 200 years — since
the Battle of Waterloo in 1815— in a world dominated by two reasonably
democratic, constitutional countries - Great Britain and the USA.
their flaws, these two countries have been the vanguard— the leaders—world-wide,
in terms of civil liberties, democratic processes and consti-tutional rights.
latest economic earthquake follows
China’s development over the past two years, but the breakthrough to become the
top economy came sooner than anyone had predicted.
This is a
geopolitical earthquake with a
high reading on the Richter scale. Throughout history, political and military
powers have always depended on
was the workshop of the world before she ruled the waves. And it was Britain’s
relative economic decline that preceded the collapse of her power. And it was
the same story with powers such as France and Spain.
rise will not change anything tomorrow or next week, but
it will change almost everything in the longer term. Geopolitical
change is happening now very fast, and 2015 is going to be quite a ride. – Sources:
PROPHETIC MILITARY BUILD-UP
DEC 8. What
should we make of the tremendous and rapid military growth of China? What does
it mean for the stability of rest of the world, and particularly the United
States? Does the Bible have anything to say about China and her role in end-time
resurgence of Russian and Chinese military power over the past two decades has
begun to rival US military supremacy. It started with Russia, but China is the
country that has more recently reflected a challenge to US economic and military
October, the IMF reported that China just surpassed the US as the world’s
largest economy. The continued growth of China’s economy fuels its massive
military buildup and thirst for expansion to gain additional natural resources,
such as island chains and waterways, and especially oil. Some defense analysts
project China will match the US in military strength within 20 years.
forging greater military ties with Russia and other US adversaries.
has engaged in cyber warfare against the US in numerous ways in
recent years, including through hacking into a defense contractor’s system and
information to make its own aircraft.
communist nation is aggressively planning, producing, and deploying hypersonic
weapons that could overwhelm US missile defence systems, and place US aircraft
carriers, land-based targets, and allies, at much greater risk than ever before.
Chinese threat that has been reported recently: According
to Investors.com, China now has the capacity to knock out the entire US power
director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, has so warned a
congressional panel about the Chinese cyber threat, stating that China and "one
or two other nations," after performing constant "reconnaissance" missions on US
utility companies, were now in a position to blow out the US power grid.
be an act of war that would leave the US powerless to retaliate and, worse
still, powerless to identify the perpetrators.
of Bible prophecy, the growth of the Chinese military is part of the process in
which China is assuming its position as a key player in the culmination of
history. - - Tom
Olago / Prophetic News Watch
CONDUCTS THIRD FLIGHT TEST OF
latest flight test followed earlier tests of the Wu-14 on Jan. 9 and Aug. 7. The
three tests indicate that China’s development of a strike vehicle capable of
traveling up to eight times the speed of sound is a high-priority element in
China’s large-scale military build-up.
ICBM WITH MULTIPLE WARHEADS
DEC 18. China
carried out a long-range missile flight test using multiple, independently
targetable re-entry vehicles, or MIRVs, according to US defence
flight test of the new DF-41 missile, China’s longest-range
intercontinental ballistic missile, marks the first
test of multiple warhead capabilities for China.
has been known to be developing multiple-warhead technology, which it obtained
from the United States illegally in
the 1990's. However, the December
13, DF-41 flight test, using an
unknown number of inert maneuvering warheads, is being viewed by US
intelligence agencies as a
significant advance for China’s strategic nuclear forces and
part of a build-up that
is likely to affect the
strategic balance of forces.
nuclear arsenal is estimated to include around 240
very large warheads. That number is expected
to increase sharply as the
Chinese deploy new multiple-warhead missiles.
sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was
dried up to prepare the way for
the kings from the rising of the sun - the
East.” (Revelation 16:12)
report released by the US-based Council on Foreign Relations titled Strategic
Stability in the Second Nuclear Age, author
Gregory Koblentz, an expert on arms control and non-proliferation, identifies
South Asia as the region "most at risk of a breakdown in strategic stability due
to an explosive mixture of unresolved territorial disputes, cross-border
terrorism, and growing nuclear arsenals.
ISIS & ITS GLOBAL GOALS
AGAINST ISIS IS “A THIRD WORLD WAR”
SAYS JORDAN’S KING
In an interview with CBS News, King Abdullah II said the fight with ISIS is like
a “third world war by other means.”
The king who met President Obama at the White House to
discuss the fight against ISIS, said that it is “clearly
a fight between good and evil.”
called the threat of the extremist organization, which is rampaging through Iraq
and Syria in the hopes of establishing an Islamic caliphate, a “Muslim
to take ownership of this. We need to stand up and say what is right and what is
wrong,” Abdullah said, while clarifying that it was not a reflection of Islam as
said that he told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the
fight against ISIS is a “third world war by other means.”
explained that the short term part
of defeating ISIS
would be military, the medium term would
be security, but
the long term aspect
“is going to be the ideological one.”
said there are a lot of leaders of the Muslim and Arab world who have had
pressed on why they haven’t been more vocal in expressing this, the King said,
“just give us some time.”
ISIS SENDS A
COMMAND GROUP TO SINAI
DEC 10. A group
of ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has
arrived in Sinai and taken charge
of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, opening
up a dangerous new front against EGYPT and ISRAEL,
in proximity to the Suez
Canal, the Gaza Strip, and
the West Bank.
relocation from Iraq to the Egyptian peninsula was
carefully arranged. They came posing
as tourists coming for a holiday
at the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, arriving on charter flights from Middle
East and European locations on fake passports. This enabled them to evade the
strict security checks at Cairo international airport.
assuming command of the local Ansar
Beit al-Maqdas terrorist group,
which last month pledged
allegiance to the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has moved
to add Sinai as a new province to
the caliphate he established in
parts of Iraq and Syria.
State tacticians have provided the
Sinai outfit with a strategic reserve by sending 300 combatants from Iraq to
eastern Libya. This group also supplies the Egyptian contingent with arms.
therefore finds itself encircled
by I S forces on its western
border from Libya and deeply threatened from the northeast in Sinai; whereas
Israel faces the same jihadi menace in the southwest from Sinai and in the north
arrival in Sinai, Islamic State commanders
announced their movement’s mission had been overhauled and re-directed from
Egypt to the “Egyptian-Zionist alliance.”
Israel finds itself outflanked by the new I S deployment in Sinai.
The IDF has heavily built up its northern strength to meet any Al Qaida menace
from Syria to the Golan. And now, while preparing to tackle Islamist
encroachment from the north, Israel
finds them cropping up along its southern border, where no
comparable military build-up is in place.
al-Baghdadi’s Sinai move contradicts
the claims of senior US commanders that
I S is on the run in Iraq after being badly hurt by US and coalition air
strikes. (Last week there were no
more than 31 air raids over Iraq and 15
the “light” US-led
air campaign has achieved so far
is to induce the Islamic State’s leaders to shift ground tactically from
territorial expansion to defence and entrenchment. – DEBKAfile
Ministry of Human Rights claims the Islamic State has murdered 150 women simply
because they refused to marry or perform sexual acts with the terrorists.
Militants claim they adhere to a very conservative
interpretation of Islam, yet they
run brothels and keep sex slaves. They even allow women from the West to perform
“sexual jihad” for the terrorists.
edict allows this behaviour “to boost the morale of fighters.” Islamic State
issued its own edict in June after conquering towns in Iraq. Jihadists set up
brothels filled with kidnapped females and placed British (Muslim) women in
Yazidi sex slave begged the West to bomb the brothel at which she was held to
end her suffering. A video in November showed militants laughing and joking
about buying female Yazidi slaves.
FIGHTING ALONGSIDE ISLAMIC STATE
300 Chinese people are fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a
Chinese state-run newspaper said, a rare tally that is likely to fuel worry in
China that militants pose a threat to security.
has expressed concern about the rise of Islamic State in the Middle East,
nervous about the effect it could have on its Xinjiang region. But it has also
shown no sign of wanting to join US efforts to use military force against the
IN ISRAEL SAYS CALIPHATE WILL RULE OVER JEWS
supposed leader of Islamic State supporters in Israel told Channel 10 News he
believed the group would one day rule Israel. He added that Jews would only be
allowed to remain under Islamic Caliphate rule if they adhered to the Islamic
way of life.
ISIS IS NOW
CONVERTING CHURCHES INTO PRISONS
They are using churches
as torture chambers to persecute Christians. They are also reportedly exporting
and selling Christian artefacts to generate income.
Sekulow, of the American Centre for Law and Justice, says: "ISIS has a stated
goal to wipe out Christianity.
It is a threat we can't ignore."
STATE FIGHT MAY TAKE AT LEAST THREE YEARS”
general in command of US forces involved in the fight against Islamic State
militants in Iraq and Syria said he thought it would take a minimum of three
years to achieve a turning point against the group.
a Pentagon briefing about progress on the ground, Army Lieutenant General James
Terry said that the first US air strikes had taken place only four months ago
and counselled patience, estimating it would "at least take a minimum of three
DEVICE” NOW IN EUROPE
alleged weapons maker for the Islamic State (I S) claimed that a “radioactive
device” has been smuggled into an undisclosed location in Europe, according to
an intelligence brief released by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Radioactive Device has entered somewhere in Europe,” according to Twitter user,
Muslim-Al-Britani, who claims to be a freelance jihadist weapons maker now
working alongside I S (also known as ISIL or ISIS), according to tweets captured
and disseminated by SITE.
evil men and imposters will go from
bad to worse, deceiving and being
(2 Timothy 3:13)
YARMOUK BRIGADES DITCH
ISRAELI ALLIES, DEFECT TO ISIS
The Syrian ‘moderate’ rebel militia Al
Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained
for two years by US officers, mostly CIA experts, in Jordan, and supported
by the Israeli army, has abruptly
dumped these sponsors and joined up with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Debkafile exclusive
military and counter-terrorism sources reveal.
defection of this 2,000-strong
anti-Assad force leaves IDF
defence formations on the Golan,
US and Jordanian deployments in
the northern part of the kingdom, and pro-Western
rebel conquests in southern Syria in
danger of collapse.
Brigades' jump into the radical
jihadi camp was negotiated in the
last two weeks by its commander Mousab Ali Qarfan, who also goes by the name of
in direct contact with ISIS chief Abu Baqr Al-Baghdadi, whom our sources report
has recently relocated from Iraq
to his northern Syrian head-quarters at
the Sinai Islamists, Ansar Beit
al Maqdis, the Yarmouk
Brigades did not pledge allegiance to
ISIS. Their pact was forged as an operational
alliance, which is just as
grave a peril for the rebel militias' abandoned
in particular, the new development is
fraught with three dangers:
Yarmouk Brigades are strung out
along Israel's Golan border with Syria, from the UN peacekeepers camp
opposite Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the north, down to the Israeli-Syrian-Jordanian
border junction in the south. The
Brigades therefore sit along 45 of the total 76 kilometers of the Syrian-Israeli
border. This means that a long
stretch of Israel's Golan border with Syria has fallen under the control
of the Islamic State.
militia also commands sections of
the Syrian-Jordanian border, as well as districts of the southern
Syrian town of Deraa. Therefore, the link between Jordan and southern Syria,
which served American strategic interests, is
now under military threat.
Islamic State forces are preparing to take advantage of their new asset with a
build-up near the Druze Mountains for a rapid push south towards the town of
Deraa, where they will join forces
with their new ally.
him who builds a city with bloodshed,
establishes a town with violence.” (Habukkuk 2:12)
HUMILIATED AFTER FIRST-EVER
US GROUND TROOPS
DEC 18. American
troops in Iraq had their first
actual battle with ISIS troops
this week, after the Islamist militants tried to overrun a base, an encounter
that left the ISIS troops decimated
and in retreat.
attack took place near the Ein al-Asad base, which includes close to 100 US
military advisers. The US troops,
armed with “light and medium weapons,” were able to inflict casualties against
the ISIS fighters, forcing them to retreat, Shafaq
American troops were aided by fighter jets, which directed air strikes against
the ISIS troops that silenced their
heavy sources of fire.
forces intervened out of self-defence as ISIS started
near the base where they are stationed,” said
Sheikh Mahmud Nimrawi, a prominent tribal leader.
incident was the first time that American troops clashed with ISIS forces on the
ground in Iraq. For several weeks, the US has led a series of air strikes
against ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, aimed at crippling the militant
group’s ability to move about the country and to co-ordinate attacks.
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey told The
Wall Street Journal that three
top ISIS leaders were killed in recent weeks. One was Haji Mutazz, a deputy to
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group. - NTEB
SIEGE OF MOUNT
Kurds broke the ISIS siege of the mountain in N. Iraq where Yazidi civilians and
fighters have long been trapped.
Kurdish advances came during a two-day blitz in the Sinjar region involving
8,000 Peshmerga fighters and some of the heaviest air strikes since a US-led
coalition started an air campaign four months ago.
EXECUTED 100 FOREIGNERS WHO TRIED TO QUIT
DEC 21. The Islamic State
extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee
their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial
Times newspaper said.
An activist opposed to
both I S and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is well-known
to the British business broadsheet, said he had "verified 100 executions" of
foreign I S fighters trying to leave the jihadist group's army.
I S fighters in Raqqa
said the group has created a military police to clamp down on foreign fighters
who do not report for duty. Dozens of homes have been raided and many jihadists
have been arrested.
Some jihadists have
become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria.
According to the British
press in October, five Britons, three French, two Germans and two Belgians
wanted to return home after complaining that they ended up fighting against
other rebel groups rather than Assad's regime. They were being held prisoner by
Between 30 and 50 Britons
want to return home, but they fear they will now face jail in UK.
Tragic decisions; tragic lives! no
Saviour! no hope!
There have been a string
of apparent setbacks for I S in recent weeks.
Since the US-led
coalition began the campaign of air strikes against Islamic State in August, I S
has lost some ground to local forces and has seen the number of its fighters
killed rise significantly.
against Islamic State may indeed be long, but these “Chaldean-Assyrians” will
come to an end in the LORD’s time.
says the Lord YHWH of Hosts, ‘O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who
strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did.
For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger
will be directed to their (the Assyrians’) destruction’.”
IRAN – THE WOULD-BE NUCLEAR TERRORIST
LEADER BOASTS OF SUPPORTING TERRORISTS
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei openly and audaciously
praised Iran’s support of terrorist organizations, saying that in this regard,
the Iranian regime is not “bound
by religious differences.”
televised broadcast, Khamenei boasted about how Iran has helped Hizb’ollah in
Lebanon (who are Shi’ites) as
well as Hamas and Islamic
Jihad (who are Sunnis).
And he vowed to continue to do so in the future.
comes to support of these groups, Iran’s highest authority said, “We are not
shackled by religious boundaries. We
have never drawn a distinction between Shi’ites and Sunnis or
any of the different schools of Islamic thought.” Oh!
only concern, he said, was its “main goal," which he described as “strengthening
the fists of our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and other areas.”
also said the Palestinians in the “West Bank must be armed, just like in Gaza.”
Addressing the recent nuclear negotiations with the West, which Khamenei
described as a “confrontation,” he said, “America and the other colonialist
European countries banded together and did everything in their power to bring
Iran down to its knees on the nuclear issue. But they have not managed
to bring Iran to its knees, and they never
IN IRAN INCREASING
President Hassan Rouhani came to power in Iran, the number of executions has
skyrocketed. According to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, 773 people
were executed in Rouhani's first year in office, compared to 530 people during
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's last year in officer. Iran has the highest
rate of executions in the world.
LAUNCHES “WE LOVE FIGHTING ISRAEL” CAMPAIGN
2014. The Iranian regime has launched a
nationwide social media campaign called,
“We Love Fighting Israel,” which encourages Iranian children, teens, and
Internet users to photograph themselves alongside
messages of hate for the Jewish state.
movement has sprouted recently across online social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram,
and other platforms as a result of a recent call by Iranian Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rallying
the nation to take on Israel.
campaign drew outrage from opponents of Iran’s hardline regime and calls for
sites such as Instagram to
shut it down for violating its own policies against hate speech.
Thousands of Iranians are reported to have already joined the electronic
movement following comments by Khamenei, outlining
Iran’s goal of destroying the Jewish state.
people love fighting against the
Zionists and the Islamic Republic
has proved this as well,” Khamenei was quoted as saying in a recent speech by
the country’s state-run media. “By Allah’s Favour and Grace, we have passed
through the barrier of denominational discord.”
thing that unites the Islamic sects is the common all-consuming desire to annihilate
Israel! - The
Washington Free Beacon
inordinate hatred of Israel will shortly lead to its own destruction. The Prince
of Persia who seeks to obstruct the purposes of Yahweh, the Heavenly Master, is
doomed. Persia (Iran) will be destroyed along with Rosh in the coming world
war. The angelic Warrior of the LORD
must return to fight against the prince of Persia.” (Daniel 10:20)
THE PALESTINIAN AGENDA
goal of the Palestinians is not an independent state. If
it were, they could have had a state in 2000 AD when Israeli PM Ehud Barak
offered Yasser Arafat a state consisting of 96% of the West Bank, plus the Gaza,
with a good portion of East Jerusalem, and continued control of the Temple
refused the deal, calling for the return of millions of Palestinian refugees to
the Israel territory. His goal,
which remains the goal of the PLO, was the eventual elimination of the Jewish
State in the Middle East. They have
no intention of living in peace alongside Israel.
nations, especially in Europe, have evidently come to the conclusion that there
will not be any solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict, unless they give
the Palestinians almost everything they demand.
GAIN ICC OBSERVER STATUS
International Criminal Court’s organizational body of 122 nations in New York
unanimously recognized Palestine as an observer state for the first time, a move
which Palestinians hailed as an important step in achieving their final goal of
PARLIAMENT VOTES TO RECOGNIZE 'PALESTINE'
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a
Palestinian state “in principle.” The
motion was approved by 498 votes to 88 with 111 abstentions.
motion was a watered down version of an earlier draft backed by socialist,
greens and radical left groups that urged EU member states to recognize a
Palestinian state unconditionally.
centre-right European People's
Party of European Commission
chief Jean-Claude Juncker, the leading group in parliament, forced them into a
compromise motion linking it to
peace talks. “There is no immediate unconditional recognition (of
statehood),” EPP chief Manfred Weber said. But a socialist leader insisted it
was a "historic decision” and a “victory for the whole parliament."
European parliaments have passed motions urging their governments to recognise a
Palestinian state in recent weeks in a bid to pressure Israel to relaunch the
moribund peace process.
Britain, Spain, Ireland and Portugal have all individually passed votes to that
end. Sweden has gone even further, officially recognizing “Palestine” as a
DRAFT RESOLUTION SUBMITTED TO UNSC
DEC 17. Jordan
has formally submitted to the UN Security Council a draft resolution calling for
peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year and an
Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by the end of 2017. The
Palestinian-drafted resolution was formally submitted to the 15-member council.
The United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding
Israel withdraw from disputed territories within three years. The motion fell
one short of the minimum nine "yes" votes in the Security Council.
TWO THREATS FACING ISRAEL
DEC 22. PM
Binyamin Netanyahu lit Chanukah candles with IDF soldiers at Latrun. He used the
event to release a videoed statement
pertaining to threats facing Israel.
struggle that we are in, Israel is being
attacked on two fronts simultaneously. It is being attacked by the terrorism
of Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. It is also under a diplomatic
attack led by the Palestinian Authority which is designed to deny us our very
right to defend ourselves, and seeks to deny us the legitimacy of our very
rebuffing both of these attacks. Over the weekend we sent a clear message to
Hamas – we are not prepared to countenance the firing of even one rocket, and we
are responding accordingly and in strength.
have a clear message to those who are leading the diplomatic assault against us.
It could be that the Palestinians will, in the very near future, submit to the
UN Security Council their proposal to unilaterally force on Israel the
establishment of a Palestinian state as well as other
conditions that are unacceptable to us.
expect the responsible elements in the international community to reject this
proposal; in any case, we will vigorously oppose it and will, of course, not
act in accordance with any diktat.”
COURT TAKES HAMAS OFF TERRORIST LIST
General Court of the European Union [EU] annulled a
previous decision to keep the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza
Strip, on a list of terrorist organizations. EU officials insist the decision is
strictly procedural, and that the measures such as not allowing funding for
Hamas, will remain in force for either three months or as long as an appeal
against the decision is being considered.
HAMAS FALLS OUT WITH ABBAS GOVT
HAMAS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GAZA STRIP
president accuses Israel and Hamas of holding negotiations together, saying that
Fatah has no presence whatsoever in the Strip.
Abbas said that Hamas is
completely responsible for Gaza, and not the joint Fatah-Hamas unity
government. “The Palestinian
Authority does not exist in Gaza. Hamas is responsible for the Gaza Strip,” he
continued, saying that he will not negotiate over land with Israel, and accused
Israel of holding secret negotiations with Hamas. “I won't give up one inch of
land (past the 1967 borders). I have evidence that Hamas and Israel are
conducting negotiations,” he said.
UNITY GOVERNMENT IS OVER
“The Pot calls the Kettle black!”
rejects Mr Abbas’ claim that it has colluded with Israel,
calls on Abbas to stop spreading lies.
Hamas spokesman, Abu Zuhri, said in Gaza City that the unity government’s
six-month term with Fatah has ended. He added that unity talks are yet to take
place regarding a future
government, the Palestinian Ma’an news
added, “Hamas isn’t interested in incitement, but rather seeks to maintain
national unity.” Oh! Really!!
leaders were responding to President Abbas, who accused Israel and Hamas of
secretly negotiating a deal.
called on the Palestinian president to stop spreading lies, and accused Abbas’s
forces of arresting its members for political reasons.
Zuhri said that Hamas “does not
control the Gaza Strip at all. ... If
the national consensus government doesn’t want to take responsibility for Gaza,
this doesn’t mean it is exempted from this responsibility.”
strange! Neither Hamas nor Fatah claim responsibility to control Gaza. What
an opportune time this could be for ISIS to step in, as they eventually intend
to do, and extend their caliphate over the small embattled territory.
LARGEST MILITARY MANOEUVRER
DEC 8. Egypt
held its "Badr 2014" military
maneuver between October 11 and November 6 - its largest exercise since 1996.
Shaul Shay, former deputy head of the Israel National Security Council, detailed
the maneuver in Israel Defense,
analyzing the massive military preparations.
According to Shay, Egypt wants not only to improve security domestically, but
also, “it hopes to reassert its historic leadership role and become the regional
rise of (President) Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a new generation of military
leadership in Egypt has taken control of the country’s armed forces."The
security expert continued, "Exercise 'Badr 2014' and the creation of the RDF
(Rapid Deployment Force) signals a move toward enhancing Egypt’s more offensive,
conventional, asymmetric and counter-insurgency capabilities both within and
beyond the country’s borders."
directly about what that means for Israel, Shay noted that the exercise is meant
to prepare for “a potential
conflict with Israel.”
is quietly stepping up its military co-operation with Egypt as both countries
confront security threats from jihadist groups in the Sinai region and Hamas in
Gaza strip. However, Egypt continues to see Israel as its primary
military potential threat despite
a decades-old peace treaty,” analyzed Shay.
Egyptian army is the largest in Africa and the Middle East, with most of the
country's $1.5 billion in US yearly aid being military aid.
February Egypt sealed a $2 billion arms deal with Russia, after Russia said
Egypt offered to buy advanced defense systems, military helicopters, MiG-29
aircraft and anti-tank missiles.
Prophetic News Watch
Lindsey - www.hallindsey.com
Prophetic scripture is clear that the coming Antichrist will not rise to power
on his own. He will have the help of other figures: Satan,
of course, the False Prophet, and
“The Whore of Babylon.”
glean from scripture that “The Whore of Babylon” (a name bestowed by God
Himself), is a false religious
system. This “system” will marshal the co-operation of a
major portion of the earth's population as
it not only acquiesces to the rising “man of lawlessness,” but actively
also quite unmistakable from scripture that that false religious system will
be centred in Rome. But we have to be careful to realize that the scripture
is not identifying a particular institution, but rather a corrupted
global “system” that presents
itself falsely as true religion.
1969, in my book The Late Great
Planet Earth, I wrote that, “There will be unprecedented mergers of
denominations into 'religious conglomerates.... Most
denominations were formed because of deep convictions about certain spiritual
truths. As more of these truths are discarded
as irrelevant because of unbelief
in Biblical authority, there will
be no reason to remain divided.”
reality is that this “system” must be guided and managed by people -- or
a person. It will not operate on its own in a complete vacuum.
recent intensifying of efforts by Pope Francis to reunite
the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches is
enough to make one sit up and take
reunification would put about 1.5
billion people under the
direct control of the Pope.
Protestants -- many of whom now
identify more closely with Roman Catholic theology than with Martin Luther's
Reformation -- were to join that coalition,
that would mean that more than a third of the world's population would be directly
and profoundly influenced by a religious leadership based in Rome.
heard another voice from heaven say, 'Come out of her, My people, so that you
will not participate in her sins, and that you will not receive of her
plagues’.” (Revelation 17:4)
'KILLED 140' IN SCHOOL ATTACK
DEC 16. Officials say at
least 140 people, mostly children, were killed in a Taliban assault on an
army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Many more were injured.
Pakistan's security forces struggled to regain control of the school, hours
after it was stormed by militants.
Whilst some Pakistanis accuse outside elements such as Indian
intelligence agencies or foreign fighters, as being responsible for the attack,
in fact, students at the school have said that the gunmen had Pashtu (Pakistani)
Many Pakistanis are in denial about the fact that the
Pakistani Taliban is an indigenous movement and that the violence in northern
Pakistan is part a civil conflict.
Reports that accuse the gunmen of being foreign fighters
should be treated with caution, an official said.
Shireen Khalid Wadud told the BBC that her friend's 13-year-old
daughter was at the school in Peshawar when the gunmen burst in. “She pretended
to be dead,” she said. “When the gunmen left the class, she ran and managed to
escape. She was the only person who could escape from the class... She is
wounded in her leg, but fortunately it is not serious. She is in hospital and is
year-old Iranian man, Man Haron Monis,
was at the heart of a shocking siege in the heart of Sydney on Dec 15.
he had been given asylum in
Australia, when he claimed he was a Muslim cleric.
was subsequently charged by the police with multiple offences, including
multiple rape charges. He was also accused of being an accessory to his
ex-wife’s murder, and was out on bail at the time of this siege.
was sitting and waiting in a chocolate restaurant in Martin Place. Suddenly,
with a gun in hand, he bailed up at least 17 staff and customers, and held them
them under his gun for about 17 hours. When the 34-year-old
cafe manager finally attempted to
tackle the gunman, he (the manager) was shot and lost his life.
point, police troops, monitoring the situation, from outside, broke into the
room and shot the gunman. Six
hostages were wounded, and a female barrister, a mother of 3, was killed. The
end of the agonising siege brought relief for the surviving traumatised
whole affair was a shocking “wake up” for Australia, as well as for other
Minister Tony Abbott said security officials had intercepted a heightened level
of "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the Sydney cafe siege.
INVITES NORTH KOREA'S KIM TO MOSCOW
DEC 19. Vladimir
Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Moscow next Spring. A
Kremlin spokesman said Kim had been formally invited to attend
70th anniversary celebrations of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
would be the first foreign visit by Kim, 31, since he assumed leadership of the
isolated and tightly controlled East Asian state in 2011. The invitation comes
amid warming ties between Moscow
and its former Soviet-era client state.
is seeking to increase its influence in Asia and to export
gas through North Korea. Pyongyang is looking for Moscow's support in facing
criticism for rights abuses and its nuclear
program. - Radio
ARABS JOIN ISIS
Arab citizens of Israel have joined ISIS. There
is now a move in the Knesset to remove their citizenship.
GERMANY, ANTI-IMMIGRATION RALLY
More than 17,000 people staged an anti-immigration rally, railing against ‘Islamization
of the West’ in Dresden.
rally, led by a fast-growing grass-roots movement calling itself PEGIDA, or
Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, was its 10th and
largest rally so far. A counter-demonstration of 4,000 people tried to disrupt
the PEGIDA rally.
number of asylum-seekers in
Germany has surged to some 200,000 this
year, more than any other western country, due in part to an influx of Syrians.
ECONOMIC UNION IN FLIGHT
Russia and four
other ex-Soviet nations have
completed the creation of their new economic
alliance, intended to bolster
Economic Union, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan,
came into existence on January 1,
addition to free trade, its plan is to co-ordinate the members’ financial
systems and regulate their
industrial and agricultural policies along
with labour markets and transportation networks.
President Putin said that the new
union will have a combined economic output of $4.5 trillion and
bring together 170 million people. “The Eurasian integration is based on
mutual benefit andtaking into account mutual interests.”
THREATENS TO DISSOLVE PA,
RESOLUTION IS NOT PASSED
DEC 23. PA
President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened
to cut all arrangements with
Israel if the statehood resolution that was presented to the UN Security
Council last week is not approved.
said the Palestinians were “determined to restore their rights, including
the right of return for refugees and
the release of all
Palestinians from Israeli prisons.”
repeated his threat to dissolve
the PA if the latest statehood
bid at the Security Council fails. “If
we fail, we will halt all dealings with the Israeli government and ask it to assume
its responsibilities as an occupation state.”
IN ALARMING TIMES LIKE THESE,
Saviour signals us to
fast until I come.” (Revelation
encouraging hymn, written 145 years ago.
HOLD THE FORT
P. Bliss, 1870
Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Re-inforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven,
“By Thy grace we will.”
See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!
See the glorious banner waving!
Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.
Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!
WHO IS ON THE LORD'S SIDE?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side?
Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace Divine.
We are on the Lord’s side, Saviour we are Thine!
Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army, none can overthrow.
Round His standard ranging; Victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging, makes the triumph sure.
Joyfullly enlisting, by Thy Grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side, Saviour always Thine!
God our war is a spiritual battle,
and we take up only spiritual
arms - the whole armour of God
“The Belt of Truth;
the Breastplate of Righteousness,
the Good News of Peace; the
Shield of Faith;
the Helmet of Salvation, and
the Sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“For though we walk in the flesh as
human beings, we do not wage war according to the flesh by
using carnal and physical weapons; for
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal andphysical,
but mighty in God for overthrowing strongholds, for
refuting arguments and casting
down every proud and lofty
thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and forcapturing
every thought, and bringing
it into obedience to the Messiah.”
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