Monday, September 16, 2019

Rumors Of War: Iran War Imminent? Trump Says U.S. 'Locked And Loaded' To Respond To Saudi Attack

Iran War Imminent? Trump Says US "Locked And Loaded" To Respond To Saudi Attack

Just as the price of oil was settling down from its record surge, it spiked once again, following a tweet by president Trump which has made war with Iran virtually inevitable.
Just before 7pm, Trump tweeted that "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"

Setting aside the implicit admission that US foreign policy in the middle-east is now inexplicably run by Saudi Arabia, what is far more troubling is Trump's statement that the US military is "locked and loaded", and set to attack the country which instigated the attack on Saudi facilities, which according to Mike Pompeo was not Yemen, and its Houthi rebels, but rather Iran.
Now, as Bloomberg's Javier Blas correctly notes, Trump's tweet has left Saudi crown prince MbS boxed: "if he doesn’t point to #Iran, he’s likely to dissapointing Trump, but he does, he could start an all-war with Tehran of unknown end." Needless to say, it is clear which option Saudi Arabia - which has been needling for war with Iran for years - will pick.
“Locked and loaded”

And “waiting to hear from the kingdom”. Now MbS is boxed: if he doesn’t point to #Iran, he’s likely to dissapointing Trump, but he does, he could start an all-war with Tehran of unknown end | #OOTT 🇺🇸 🇸🇦 🇮🇷 ⛽️🛢
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) September 15, 2019

Meanwhile, one wonders just how credible the official narrative of Iran being behind the attacks is. Here are some thoughts:
The irony here is that just last week, Iran suddenly seemed on the cusp of renewed talks with the US after Trump unceremoniously sacked John Bolton, who had been pushing for an attack on Iran for years. And yet, with Bolton gone, his most desired outcome has been achieved with the US military now "locked and loaded" to attack Iran... One almost wonders where Bolton was when "Iran" was launching drones at Saudi Arabia.

Incidentally, anyone hoping that oil prices will drop once the US invades Iran will be very disappointed.
For now, the market is clearly aware of what such an outcome would mean to oil prices, and not even Trump's subsequent tweet that "PLENTY OF OIL!" will do anything to ease fears that a full-blown middle-eastern war may be coming.

Report From Amazon Fires:

Amazon forest turns into the gates of Hell

This is a grim report of the Amazon fires by Christopher Bucktin from Porto Velho in Brazil.

As I trudged through the fires raging in the Amazon, the intense heat not only wrenched every last drop of perspiration from me, it also scorched my skin, melted my shoes and burnt my clothes.

After a week in the rainforest – alongside the firefighters desperately trying to save this precious resource from destruction – I feel like I have been led to the gates of Hell.
I’m in Brazil, deep in the heart of the Amazon’s most fire-ravaged area, and the devastation seems endless.
This part of the world’s greatest rainforest looks like a smouldering wasteland.
Many of the fires are believed to have been started by armed crime gangs intent on clearing the forest to illegally sell the land to cattle ranchers.
We drove hundreds of miles through Rondonia state, in northern Brazil, to witness the scale of the disaster, which is nearly as much a calamity for us in Britain as it is for South America.
Yet, according to the country’s foreign minister Ernesto Araujo: “The Amazon is not burning, not burning at all.
His claims are backed up by Rondonia’s governor, Marcos Rocha, who dismissed the “fuss” over the fires as a foreign ruse to hinder Brazil’s economy.
Retired police colonel Rocha previously told The Guardian: “If we look at the situation in other countries, their forests are burning much more than in Brazil. You go to London or other countries, and what do you see? Smoke from burning, from industry. How can they demand of us what they haven’t done themselves?
Despite the official denials, the firefighters in Rondonia’s capital Porto Velho – a small band of dedicated men and women at the city’s Brigade Municipal – have no doubt about the severity of the crisis.

Fire chief Rosenberg Barbosh said: “It has been relentless. We have attended dozens of fires [a day]. Hundreds of miles of rainforest have been destroyed, and we have probably not seen the worst of it yet.

Like with the vast majority of the fires it was unknown who started the blaze. 
During our race to the scene, we saw several discarded petrol cans, plastic containers and buckets all steeped in the smell of fuel.
Armed land grabbers are known to be acting across Rondonia. They illegally start fires to clear the forest, before then selling the land to farmers and ranchers.
But victims are too afraid to report the crimes. Adriana Ferrerira, 48, lost everything after his farmstead was burnt.
He said: “My coffee plantation has gone, the bananas have been destroyed as well as the pineapples. Everything I have worked for seven years has been destroyed in seven hours. I took out a loan to pay for the land, and now I don’t know how I am going to pay it back. This will bankrupt my family and leave us destitute.
Brazil now has 85% more fires burning than this time last year.
Rondonia has had more than 6,800 fires so far in 2019, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.
NASA says the state is one of the most deforested in the Amazon.
As the rate of land clearance reaches one and a half football fields a minute, many analysts fear we are nearing the tipping point.
And firefighter Agnaldson Braga said it is a vicious circle.
He explained: “The drier the land gets, the more susceptible it is to fire. The more fire, the less forest. A self-fulfilling cycle has already begun. The question is when does it become irreversible.

Netanyahu: Election Was Stolen

Netanyahu: The election has been stolen

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated his rhetoric against alleged vote forgeries in the Arab sector, changing his tense in interviews from warning that Arab-Israeli voters “are stealing the election” to telling Army Radio Sunday that “they stole the election.”

Netanyahu made the accusation after reports surfaced of forgeries in the Arab sector in the April election, saying that he believes it may have cost the Likud two Knesset seats and resulted in another election being held.

An investigation published in Maariv on Friday found that out of 82 incidents of forgeries published months ago in the newspaper, only two of the 82 who complained about the alleged forgeries were contacted by police.

The head of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, turned down a request from Netanyahu to hold an “emergency meeting” on the alleged forgeries.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz asked Melcer not to meet with Netanyahu, saying that it would interfere in the election and aid Netanyahu in harming the election process. Gantz requested a meeting himself with Melcer in order to persuade him not to meet with Netanyahu.

Melcer ruled that neither Netanyahu nor Gantz would get to meet with him, and told them that if they have a problem they can send him a letter.

After Melcer refused to meet with him, Netanyahu went to the Knesset and in a live Facebook post, called Melcer’s decision not to address the issue “scandalous.”

Gantz responded to Netanyahu’s speech at the Knesset by sharply criticizing the prime minister.

“After trampling the image of the police, prosecution, and High Court of Justice, Netanyahu is resorting to a targeted assassination of the Central Elections Committee and removing the legitimacy of the entire democratic process,” Gantz said.

Hezbollah: New Missile Capable Of Destroying Military Battleships

Hezbollah's new missile 'capable of destroying all military battleships'

A twitter account affiliated with Hezbollah posted a photo of the terror organization's new missile on Sunday afternoon, which he says is capable of destroying all military battleships.

"Our new missile is capable of destroying all military battleships, killing all who are on board," wrote the Hezbollah activist, who often posts photos of South Lebanon Army (SLA) members and their families who have moved to Israel, announcing that they are being called to trial.

In August, Hezbollah released footage and pictures of the anti-ship missile that struck the INS Hanit during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, an incident that killed four Israeli soldiers in one of the most significant attacks against the IDF in the war.

In a documentary called #Army_To_Be_Drowned aired on Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV channel marking the war the group aired reconnaissance footage of the ship from the Lebanese coastline, preparations for the launch of the missile, the operations room which directed the strike as well as nighttime footage which showed the impact of the Chinese-made C-802 anti-ship cruise missile.

According to al-Manar, Hezbollah’s navy commander “Hajj Jalal” said the rocket was launched from the Beirut suburb of Ouzai after “the Zionist enemy esaclated its attacks on various Lebanese areas.”

Adding that the group’s leadership delayed the operation for several hours, Jalal said that the group “could have struck Israel‘s warship SAAR-5 in the 2006 war before it entered Lebanon’s international waters,” he said.

The Aftermath...

After the Rapture…
By Mike Mullin

Increasingly, within the last few years, I have had an uncomfortably subtle and creeping feeling take an apprehensive root. Though I cannot pinpoint when, I try to remind myself of Jesus’ instruction – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1. Yet, I am feeling troubled. Over the course of my days under the sun, like most, I encounter the full spectrum of a typical social network: spanning close family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, all the way to the friendly lady serving my coffee each morning, or the familiar grocery clerk.

What has made me so uncomfortable is the fact that the looming, history-changing event of the Rapture of the Church will see most of their earthly lives end by means almost too terrifying to write down. I think to myself, assuming the Rapture is as close as some think it is, what are their eyes going to behold after the Rapture? These are, for the most part, very decent people. That is what troubles me. I often try to piece together what the world, particularly America, will be like in the days and weeks following the Rapture.

My position is that immediately after the Rapture, an indeterminable timeframe known, as the ‘Gap period’ will commence. It will preclude the final seven-year Tribulation that begins upon the Treaty signing of Daniel 9:27, also known as Daniels’ 70th Week. At some point after the Rapture – whether immediate or sometime later, the Seal judgments will occur mentioned in Revelation 6, bringing with them the Four Horsemen. It is unknown exactly when or how this will play out after the Rapture in the Gap period. What is known, is that hell on earth will break out immediately. The below commentary speaks to a few likely scenarios the everyday decent people spoken about above in paragraph one will experience. This will occur in the immediate aftermath of history’s most peculiar moment.
The Rapture is imminent. No one knows when it will happen. As astute Christians, we will know the season of the end times as they approach and manifest. I believe, that season is now, which means the Rapture is looming ever closer. On that day or night when it happens, the world will collectively shudder in confusion and fear, and suffer the baffling loss of vanished loved ones. It will be a moment in time when the supernatural will breach our firmament, and the old order of things will immediately cease. America has the largest concentration of Christians in the world, and she will be the hardest hit when it happens.

Americans everywhere will witness believers vanish into thin air – possibly while at work, watching TV on a couch beside you, standing in line at a grocery store, on a treadmill at the gym, in a restaurant, an empty baby crib, or at an intersection. Those left behind will likely have encountered someone being Raptured first-hand – this in and of itself will be traumatic. The realization that all children have been taken will push the panic levels to unimagined levels! Americans more than any other people will feel the most direct impact. It will not be hearsay, or some distant delusional rumor – left behind Americans will directly see and experience the event more so than any other people.
News reports will flood in of an unprecedented event happening. In the immediate aftermath, I would imagine, at least in America, the word ‘Rapture’ will be used. The Devil will be caught off guard at the precise timing of the event, and for a brief short-lived period, spreading news of the truth of what happened may escape him. Pop Culture and those left behind have certainly heard or read of the Biblical Rapture. However, the Devil will dispatch every fallen angel at his disposal to begin the campaign he has planned for thousands of years since the writings of the Biblical prophets. The Rapture explanation – quickly snuffed out – will be replaced by messages of the undesirables being taken away as they hindered a global oneness or evolution to the next stage of ‘humankind’. The globally united ‘Mystery Babylon’ explanations for what happened will immediately take root.

As the first-hand shock of witnessing the vanishing of so many abates to a very small degree – the next wave will be the realization of thirst, hunger, heat, power outages, massive amounts of people injured in the streets, looting, and general pandemonium. Grocery stores and markets will be raided…and very quickly! Replenishments would not occur in any quick manner as the roads and highways would be a maze of accidents and eerily empty cars. Imagine for a second if the Rapture were to occur during the daytime in America? Perhaps during morning or evening rush hour? Every Single Highway in America would stop dead from empty vehicles going in every direction. So many cars and trucks carrying valuables – from packaged food and produce, to every type of consumer good imaginable, would just pilotlessly careen where its momentum would dictate.
Local food terminals could become a secondary focal point after the grocery stores and markets run bare. Looting and riots would blanket every street corner. Airports would likely shut down with the reality of multiple, simultaneous numbers of planes having crashed as both pilots and air traffic control team members vanished. How would the police forces respond? Already far outnumbered by criminals, how would or could law enforcement respond? Similarly, what of the paramedics and the fire services? While almost too macabre to think about, what about surgeons vanishing during procedures? Recently I had a painful root canal treatment. An unnerving thought came to me during the procedure of what if the power goes out with my tooth open. What if the endodontist couldn’t finish the job? ….even worse….imagine someone in the same chair while the endodontist was raptured! Ok enough of that.

I would estimate America to be a place categorically divided into 2 types of regions – Mad Max zones – where the strong rule with weapons, numbers, and control all access to assets, fuel, and any land of value. The second would be federal and perhaps state security zones, where a martial law would be in effect – it has to be assumed that some form of order in America would return.

In the immediate days and weeks after the Rapture, there will be a run on the banks for cash – assuming the power remains operational to run the banks in America. Physical cash, due to its tangible immediate use for buying and selling will be highly sought after. Cash will be king – but not for long. Precious metals – gold and silver – will soar to heights never seen in history. While the United States Treasury technically owns the gold bullion at Fort Knox, West Point, and Denver, it is under the United States Army control. With a crumbling infrastructure around these bases, it would very likely become the target of targets – both to internal military men, and outsiders.
I believe the Magog war occurs during this period – likely not long after the Rapture. It is interesting to note that one of the questions the Western leaders pose to Gog about his motivations for the invasion he leads are described in Ezekiel 38:13-
Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’

America held down its enemies for nearly a century. As Bible scholar Don Koenig’s great article rightfully indicates (God Using America as a Restrainer of Empires), America has been the restrainer of Empires and expansionist-minded countries. After being held down for so long, a unique opportunity like no other will present itself to her enemies (most should be largely unscathed by the Rapture event). If 20% of the general population is raptured in America, imagine an even higher percentage of the general American armed forces population being raptured – 30%? I may be wrong, but I have long thought that the men and women in the military may have a much higher percentage of Christian beliefs. Imagine supply lines, logistics, and having critical positions emptied of key personnel. US Bases overseas and in remote areas could become sitting ducks.

The long-time Cold War stabilizer of the American strategic nuclear triad (personnel in the Minuteman III ICBM silos, B-52, B1, & B2 bomber crews, and nuclear submarines) that could all be dangerously impacted. When the dust settles, and the realization that America has been hardest hit by the ‘event’ sinks in…..the enemies may very well pounce. Currently, Chinese, Russian, & Iranian military planners and terrorist groups worldwide, spend 24/7 with one focus – America. For this one unique period, America will be knocked down, and increasingly I think this event will lure attacks from all fronts on America to keep her down. None of the mentioned countries wants America – their longtime nemesis – regrouping, rebuilding or re-establishing her global lead.

It does not necessarily have to come in the form of an all-out nuclear war. Massive destabilizing cyber-attacks directed at both the military command and control systems, and civilian assets – nuclear power plants, air traffic controls, banking, and stock exchanges. EMP type weapons in the arsenals of Russia and China (and lesser degree N.Korea) could be used to send America into the dark ages. Laser batteries and other types of exotic weapons may wipe out America’s vast array of military and commercial satellites. In the confusion and chaos, the war would be won asymmetrically and without any formal declaration.

If there is any reason America’s enemies forebear themselves from attacking America, it is very conceivable that the once mightiest military may simply not be able to afford any more. It currently consumes 4.2B gallons of fuel each year. In picturing the arena of world affairs post-Rapture, it is difficult to envision just how the armed forces would afford anything close to the present-day consumption levels – especially factoring in the unfavorable economic problems affecting the dollar’s value, and the difficulty in immediate access to fuels, easily sourced in the current global conditions.

Returning to the Ezekiel 38:13 quote. In the tepid response given by Tarshish and her young lions (presumable Britain and the western commonwealth democracies including the USA), it appears NATO or any real functioning semblance of what was NATO is at the moment far too weak to mobilize against the Magog alliance. 

In today’s world and for the foreseeable future, the West and any sitting US President would meet any such Russian challenge head-on. The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Middle East and the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, along with all other nearby bases and assets would immediately mobilize to repel the threat. 

I have always found it interesting that the prophet Ezekiel ordered the names of the opposition whereby the young lions were mentioned last. Usually the most significant would be mentioned first, for example, if America (presumably a young lion) were the superpower it is today in the Magog timeframe, the prophet may have written – ‘the Young lion of Tarshish’ directly and singular, and then mention the other siblings in the brood of Tarshish. The fact it is written as it signifies a world where America is not in a leadership position, and not in any way the powerhouse it is today – not even remotely. This indicates to me that the Rapture has decimated America away from the global stage.

These are just a few examples of a world that all those familiar, decent people I pass by each day will awaken too. A terrible ending in great contrast to the normal lives they lead now. I have taken the approach that America will limp towards the Rapture, largely intact, and that the global order we see today will remain largely undisturbed, but with increasing moral erosion.
Luke 17 26:30 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28″It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30″It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
The passage indicates a very sudden and immediate history-altering event.