Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In the news:

1. Earthquakes

"We may be witnessing New Zealand's 'darkest day': PM says 65 killed in quake

This article contains some incredible pictures which reveal the devastation.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says 65 people died in the earthquake that devastated Christchurch today.

''The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it's an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about,'' Mr Key told TVNZ. ''It's a terrifying time for the people of Canterbury.''

As thousands of shocked people wandered the rubble-strewn streets of Christchurch after today's devastating and deadly earthquake, emergency workers were searching for survivors.

Christchurch earthquake: 'Dead bodies lying around'

Police said fatalities had been reported at several locations and that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings. Christchurch mayor Bob Parker has declared a state of emergency.

"Buildings are half-collapsed everywhere.

"It smells horrible. The roads are packed with cars. There aren't enough police or ambulances. Houses are all collapsing. It's pretty shocking; a total warzone."

Indiana Experts Wary of Earthquake Swarm

Indiana scientists are keeping a wary eye on a series of earthquakes that has been rattling Arkansas for days.
More than 60 tremors struck the state last week, a phenomenon that's almost becoming a daily routing for residents there, 6News' Stacia Matthews reported.

A half-dozen quakes shook one Arkansas community on Monday morning, with more than 700 recorded in Faulkner County, Arkansas within the past six months. Although most of the tremors are too small to be felt by humans, experts across the Midwest are trying to find out why they are occurring.

"This is absolutely a phenomenon, an interest to seismologists in this part of the country," said Michael Hamburger, a professor of geological sciences at Indiana University. "We're all trying to make sense of it."

Strong earthquake hits the South Pacific

2. The Middle East:

Look at who is back in the news:

Soros fingerprints on Morocco Riots

One of the main groups organizing protests against the pro-Western king of Morocco is funded by philanthropist George Soros and the U.S. State Department.

Soros' Open Society Institute also has funded opposition groups across the Middle East and North Africa, including organizations involved in the current chaos.

It marks the latest connection of the philanthropist activist to protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

Soros' Open Society Institute's Middle East and North Africa Initiative has provided numerous grants to a wide range of projects that promote so-called democratic issues across the region, including in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood stands to gain from any future election.

The Open Society also funded the main opposition voice in Tunisia, Radio Kalima, which championed the riots there that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Iranian Vessels Enter Suez Canal

Iran claimed that the warships were headed to Syria "for training." Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and others called the move a "provocation".

Israel has yet to issue a formal response to the Iranian ships' entry into Suez, but senior sources in Jerusalem told Voice of Israel state-run radio Tuesday that they are "following the developments."

Oil shock fears as Libya erupts

The spectre of full civil war in oil-rich Libya and reports of the creation of an Islamic emirate in the country's "Barqa" region has moved the Mid-East crisis into a more dangerous phase, setting off an explosive rise in US crude prices.

"This is potentially worse for oil than the Iran crisis in 1979," said Paul Horsnell, head of oil research at Barclays Capital. "That was a revolution in one country, here there are so many countries at once. The world has only 4.5m barrels-per-day (bpd) of spare capacity, which is not comfortable."

Top Sunni cleric says army should kill Kadhafi

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi should do so "to rid Libya of him."

Famous in the Middle East for his at times controversial fatwas, or religious edicts, the octogenarian Qaradawi has celebrity status in the Arab world thanks to his religious broadcasts on Al-Jazeera.

3. Mysterious Animal Deaths Continue

107 Pilot Whales Dead on New Zealand Beach

More than a hundred whales have died on a remote New Zealand Island.

All members of a pod of 107 pilot whales died after they were stranded on the beach near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island off of the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island. Officials had to euthanize 48of the 107 whales.

The whales were found by hikers on Sunday.

Last month, 24 pilot whales died after stranding on the North Island.

Pilot whales are about 13 to 20 feet long and are the most common species of whale in New Zealand waters. Whale strandings are common in New Zealand.

Does it have anything to do with this?

Shift in Magnetic North

Magnetic north, the point at the top of the Earth that determines compass headings, is shifting its position at a rate of about 40 miles per year. In geologic terms, it's racing from the Arctic Ocean near Canada toward Russia.

Over the past century, the shift has been increasing in speed. It went from creeping as slow as nine miles per year in the early 1900s to more than 35 miles per year in the 2000s

Humans aren't the only ones affected by magnetic north. Birds that fly south for the winter and some sea turtles that migrate from Africa to South America must learn to adjust their senses so they end up migrating in the right direction, Love said.

"Some sea turtles live for a long period of time, up to 100 years," he said. "They have to accommodate the change in the magnetic field, because it changes substantially over 100 years."

Birth pains. Jesus' description of the signs served as a perfect description of everything that we are watching on a daily basis.

We have a roadmap for these end times events - a roadmap which describes in graphic detail exactly what would be happening on earth before His coming. And we are seeing these signs increasing in frequency and severity exactly as He informed us, and as the ancient prophets described.

There is absolutely no doubt. He will return to gather up His bride. And that return appears to be approaching rapidly.



Anonymous said...

the horrific conditions in
New Zealand are heart wrenching.
Praying for these suffering people.
Can't help but think what conditiions
will be like in the trib and praying
for those who will be saved during
that time.

Expected Imminently said...

Sweet and sour! That's how I feel, I don't understand how The Lord bears the grief of the whole world?

I have re-read Matthew 24 etc again today. The brilliant Reynald Showers has, I am certain, got it wrong about the birth pangs being only during the Trib.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum has it right, they started with the 2 WW and have steadily been increasing ever since - just like birth pangs!


Anonymous said...

I'll vote with Fruchtenbaum on the birth pains being applicalbe to our time. Can there be any doubt what we are witnessing? Jesus is coming soon.


Anonymous said...

"UK warship redeployed to aid Libya evacuation
Published: 02.22.11, 19:06 /

Britain's foreign secretary says that a UK warship is being redeployed off the coast of Libya for possible help in evacuating Britons from the country..."



"Fidel Castro says US plans NATO invasion of Libya
Published: 02.22.11, 18:58 /

Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro said Tuesday that unrest in Libya may be a pretext for a NATO invasion..."



Note: The U.K. is also a full member of the 10-nation, military organization, the Western European Union (WEU). Fwiw.

Scott said...

Sue - that is the ONE area that I disagree with Showers - BUT - I like the fact that he pointed out the flaws in that argument - I respect that he has the integrity to point out the problems with that POV.

Mark - I agree - Fructhenbaum has it exactly correct and he also shows how the "signs of the generation" began during the WWI era, and the data clearly support that.

Anon - I had seen those articles. As far as the WEU - I am still watching them closely. Not sure if they will evolve into the 10 Kings but its worth paying close attention to

Anonymous said...

as usual I need to add my 2 cents worth. and: I am afraid that as usual financial markets will do
THE OPPOSITE of what the majority
expects. ie, GOLD AND SILVER are
about to collapse with the stock
market. As i am writing this, the
XOI ie oil stock index is way down.

This says crude oil will start collapsing soon.....!!!!

doesnt make sense I know.

But that is what the XOI is telling

I believe we are starting to see
and that will lead straight into
the tribulation.


Lets face the facts, this world
has too much debt. and is MUST be
dealt with, sooner or later.

Stephen >>>>>>>

DrNofog said...


I'll grant you that there might be a 'last-gasp' rally of the dollar, but hyper-inflation is the rule for collapsing a nation!

Please read up on the 13 key points of Karl Marx's 'Communist Manifesto' for taking over a nation [since all of them are more or less in place here...].

"Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

It also helps to know that Marx was a Satanist [who wrote in a letter to his son, also a Satanist, that he wished to drag all of humanity into the pit with him...], and that he was commissioned and funded by "The League of Just Men", a front group of wealthy Illuminati-Rothschild associates, to write the Manifesto as a "Humanitarian" work [to recruit an army of "useful idiots", canon-fodder for revolution in the streets]!

However, the Globalcrats like to 'telegraph' their game-plan thru the willing LSM [Lame-Stream Media] with fear mongering scenarios of current events such as:

If Iran is successful in gaining control of OPEC and they will likely turn off the spigot to US and the fuel prices are a key factor in the prices of all the commodities, especially food, since it all moves on wheels! That will kick-start the hyper-inflation!

[better stock up, buy guns an' ammo, an' git ready for it, especially if yer plannin' on stickin' around after the Rapture to ID the Antichrist...]

DrNofog said...

Stephen said... "Lets face the facts, this world has too much debt..."

Did you mis-speak? Did you mean "this nation, some nations", or is there a fundamental misunderstanding of the fractional banking and debt cycle of the IBC [International Bankster Cartel]??

For every 'debt' there is a lender who holds the 'note', ...And something as collateral to secure that debt...

The IBC, thru the Social[ist] Security programs of the various nations, holds the people themselves as "collateral" for the national debts!

Read the fine print from the SSA: "Your benefit payments are 'secured' by future generations"... [ie. your children and grandchildren are held as indentured slaves!!!]