Sunday, March 6, 2011

Signs Everywhere

We are constantly immersed in the signs that we were given to watch, perhaps to the point of becoming desensitized to that important fact.

Today's signs reveal that fact - there are so many signs around us, it is easy to miss some of them, and/or it is easy to dismiss some of them, yet they are all important.

Take earthquakes for instance. Jesus said that earthquakes in diverse places would be one of our signs which indicate that we are indeed in the last generation (before His coming). Just in the last 10 years, I have witnessed the total global earthquakes rise from ~ 20,000 to ~ 30,000 annually. I know this because I have had to constantly update that particular Power Point slide in my presentations.

And this is not to mention the great diversity in locations based on the fact that we have more and more monitoring stations placed in more and more diverse places.

It is also noteworthy that as we see an increase in all of the other signs ("birth pains") - we usually see an increase in quakes reported, and usually this is met with a collective yawn - but it is an important sign.

Today we have a lot of "signs" in the news, but lets start with quakes:

1. Earthquakes:

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits northern Chile

5.7 magnitude quake rocks southern Philippines

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Poland

Just look at the Earthquake Map Iand Earthquake Map II to get a feel for how many quakes we are seeing now and the diverse locations. Just today, for instance:

4.9 Russia
4.4 Russia
4.7 Japan Region
5.0 Japan Region
4.9 Japan Region
4.3 Afghanistan
4.5 Indonesia
4.2 Guatemala
4.3 Turkey
4.8 New Zealand
5.1 Loyalty Islands
5.2 Iran

2. Gog-MaGog Alliance:

Arab World: New Evidence of Iran's nuclear ambitions

Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a notably outspoken report on Iran’s nuclear activities and lack of cooperation with inspectors operating under the UN Security Council’s mandate.

Together, the reports paint a picture of Iran persisting in its controversial nuclear activities despite international concern, although the US report suggests that sanctions and sabotage have slowed the program.

Iran has now produced more than 3,600 kilograms of low-enriched uranium; if processed into higher proportions of the fissile isotope U-235, this could theoretically be enough for several atomic bombs. In addition, Iran continues to enrich some of this to a higher (20 percent) proportion of U-235, a cause for concern because anything beyond is defined as highly enriched uranium (HEU).

Iran's Gender Apartheid against Women

This article gives us an appropriate description in what we are dealing with, not only in terms of Iran, but Sharia Law. It isn't pretty.

3. The Middle East:

Hamas chief: Egypt revolution brought us back to life

The popular revolts in Egypt and Tunisia have brought Hamas back to life, the French news agency AFP quoted the group's political chief Khaled Meshal as saying on Sunday, adding that Hamas and Fatah must join forces in a jihad against Israel.

Of course. Israel's destruction is always the ultimate goal.

"The first step [to liberating Jerusalem from Israeli occupation] is refusal to negotiate with Israel... and to establish a new, reconciled Palestinian position based on jihad," he said.

Saudi Arabia bans all protest and marches

Saudi Arabia said Saturday it would ban all protests and marches after minority Shiites staged small protests in the oil-producing eastern province.
Security forces would use all measures to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state television.

Al Qaeda Calls For Islamic Rule In Egypt

This one comes in from Joel Rosenberg's site:

“Osama bin Laden’s deputy is urging fellow Egyptians to establish Islamic rule over the country after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, who sought to curb Islamists throughout his nearly 30 years in power,” reports the Associated Press

Said al-Zawahiri: “The Egyptian people’s demand to establish Islamic rule is one of the most prominent Egyptian realities, a demand by the vast majority which foreign powers try to deprive them of.”

A perfect storm of various problems could threaten Saudi rulers

As the wave of protests crashing through the Arab world shows no sign of abating, concerns are mounting over the stability of one of the richest and most influential countries in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia.

The House of Saud has often ruled with an iron fist and as a consequence, a simmering discontent has festered among its underprivileged classes. The Saudi elite's control has rarely allowed any significant opposition and dissent has usually been silenced quickly and with disproportionate force.

However, a number of pressing concerns within the kingdom are coming to a head at a time when the storm of unrest blowing through neighboring states has removed other seemingly intractable leaders from power.

Disillusioned youths who struggle to find gainful employment are the ideal targets for extremist Islamist groups looking to exploit any discontent and recruit followers for their mission to overthrow the US-allied Saudi royal family.

Gates on urgent mission to Cairo as military rulers lose grip

President Barack Obama Saturday, March 5, asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to set out for Cairo without delay on an emergency mission as the unrest in Egypt veered out of control, DEBKAfile's exclusive sources report from Washington.

Friday night, thousands of protesters seized control of the headquarters Egyptian security police (Mahabis Namn El Dawla) in Alexandria, Cairo and the nearby 6 of October town, shutting down its operations across the country.

In the last hours, information reaching Washington indicated that control was slipping out of the hands of the Egyptian military junta ruling the country since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow; anti-American elements energized by Iran appeared to have strengthened their hold on the protest movement, causing deep concern in the White House.

Is Iran behind this?

Last Wednesday, March 2, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Iran of stirring the pot when she addressed the House Appropriations Committee: "They (the Iranians) are using Hizballah… to communicate with counterparts… in (the Palestinian movement) Hamas who then in turn communicate with counterparts in Egypt," she said.

...large sums of Iranian petrodollars have reached the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and radicalized its message to the Egyptian people. Military young leaders are believed to have executed a coup and displaced the veterans. The Palestinian Hamas has turned its well-oiled smuggling machine into a channel for transmitting Iranian cash to keep Egyptian Islamic extremists on the march.

4. Israel

Israel hits Gaza tunnels after Qassam strikes

The Israeli Air Force launched a retaliatory strike in the Gaza Saturday night in response to rocket fire into Israeli territory from the coastal Strip.

The targets of the airstrike were a terror tunnel in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and two terror activity sites in the central strip. The IAF confirmed direct hits.

Global Conversations: Israel ready for whatever comes its way

As I left Israel I was even more convinced that this tiny nation can weather any threat that comes its way. Despite all the calls for peace agreements and an end to these radical delusions about destroying the Jewish state, the Israelis seem satisfied to live in a security-conscious nation bolstered by a powerful military.

Perhaps my most vivid memory of Israel was leaving the airport in Tel Aviv. I was stopped eight times for security checks that accented eye-to-eye contact, vigorous questioning and careful examination of my passport and boarding pass. No shoes off, no high-tech searches of 80-year-old grandmas, no humiliating pat downs, just constant vigilance.

Surrounded by enemies, the Israelis are always on guard. We can learn a great deal from them about projecting strength, accenting decisiveness and maintaining uncompromising national security.

Netanyahu: Palestinians utilizing global anti-Israel sentiment to avoid Mideast peace

The Palestinian Authority is taking advantage of the international community's "Pavlovian reflex" against Israel instead of taking steps that would promote peace in the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, only two days after he announced his intent to formulate a new peace initiative.

Netanyahu said on Sunday that it was Israel who was willing to take "many steps to promote peace and make compromises."

However, the premier added, "the Palestinians are the ones refusing to take similar steps, instead preferring to take advantage of the international community's Pavlovian reflex in their favor."

The Israel-Lebanon Front: All's Quiet?

"It's a little bit like the Cold War," said Mideast analyst Sahar Atrache of International Crisis Group in Beirut. "Two sides, a military buildup, but also awareness that a battle would be too costly for both."


Israeli officials estimate that the Lebanese group's militia today can strike deep inside Israel, including heavily populated Tel Aviv, which was out of reach five years ago.

Israel has found that it also faces a menacing deterrent in the form of Hezbollah's stockpile of an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 rockets, more than four times the number the group had in 2006. The arsenal, built with help from Syria and Iran, has a longer reach and better accuracy than ever before. Itis said to include ballistic missiles, possibly Scuds.

For Israel, this means much darker predictions for the next conflict. Israeli officials are bracing for up to 600 rockets a day and potentially hundreds of civilian casualties in a short period, something Israeli society has never experienced.

And of course, we already know that Iran is pushing the buttons, and when they are ready, they will "activate" Hezbollah for their purposes. Purposes that most definitely include the complete destruction of Israel:

Some see Iran as a factor in Hezbollah's more moderate approach along the Israeli border, saying Tehran is pushing Hezbollah to refrain from rocket attacks or military operations so that such retaliation can be saved for a later time, such as if Israel strikes Iranian nuclear facilities.

Some experts say the lull won't last.

"The mutual deterrence has worked until now to prevent any casual escalation, but it won't last forever," said Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel. "At some point red lines will be crossed, and if there's a situation in which either side believes its interests call for it, they'll take action."

And that is what we prophecy watchers are watching for - the "red lines" being crossed - at which point they'll "take action".

Most of us believe that when that first domino falls, the rest will fall in short order.

Its a region just on the brink. When the time is right - depending upon God's perfect timing, we will see (assuming that we are still here) the dominos begin to fall, and when they do, they will fall rapidly - and most likely lead right into the Tribulation as the antichrist will recognize his perfect timing.

For now, we're waiting and watching carefully, because we know what awaits us as well.


Anonymous said...

THIS IS A BAD, BAD, CRUEL WORLD! My heart goes out to ALL the women under the sharia law.

I would think, since Eygpt is out of control...the hamas, islam, palistians or whomever would be taking avantage of the territory to attack Isreal. I'm sooo thankful that they are NOT. God must be holding a close watch.

hilliary clinton said iran is 'stirring the pot' in the ME right now...WELL YEA!! Don't they realize yet they are trying to bring home their mahdi????

CHRISTIANS in that part of the world must be persecuted. We have NO idea what they go thru each day. PLEASE remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ over there!


Scott said...

Thats a very very good point - we always need to pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering under persecution - that their pain and suffering can be helped.

Expected Imminently said...

Hello Scott

I see Hawaii had a quake less than an hour ago from writing this. I wonder if Stephen felt it?

Excuse the flannel, but you help me keep my pecker up no end!
I do get desensitised after a lot of activity - I think it has all gone horribly quiet (that is such a depressing feeling) I come here and, NO! the world is still in trouble. (Which I know is an odd thing to be encouraged by)

You don't mention the church much, apart from the persecutions, but add that error mess to the mix and it makes for an interesting seasoning.

My 'amen' to the prayers for the persecuted brethren.

God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue >>>> i did not feel it.
It must have been small. Sorry to
say this BUT i checked again with
all news sources, no SIGN yet of
the AC......being revealed.

HOWEVER, it would seem only LOGICAL
to believe that Ashton and company
are in the process of selecting
that person, whoever he is.

Lino is ONLY interim Secretary
General of UFM, so they
have someone in mind, I'm sure.

I will post asap if i see it soon.
or whenever I see it.....

Stephen in Hawaii

Scott said...

Stephen - glad to see you are well and w/o earthquake problems!

Sue - You are right about some of the nuances of the Church in this age. We could go on and on about that.

And we all get desensitized in the midst of all of this.

All you have to do however - is to take any random week in the news now and compare it to the world say, 25 years ago. The contrast is pretty stark - even on the slowest news day these days.

I believe that the events of the PSA 83/Isa 17 scenario is coming soon and that will trigger Gog-MaGog quickly. That means we're in New Jerusalem before you know it!

Anonymous said...

Scott >>>> these SILVER BULLS are
unbelievable, the price hitting
36 plus tonite. These prices
are in BUBBLE territory.

When that SILVER crashes, look out.

and that is what I see coming....
stocks, silver, gold, all crashing
together with Wheat, Corn, Cocoa,


Stephen in Hawaii !!!!

DrNofog said...


Are "we" deliberately giving Libya to Iran?

I wuz just looking at this again and I noticed [especially the last part]:

Debka: Hundreds of US, British and French military advisers have arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya's eastern breakaway province, DEBKAfile's military sources report exclusively. This is the first time America and Europe have intervened militarily in any of the popular upheavals rolling through the Middle East since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution in early January. The advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk Thursday Feb. 24, for a threefold mission: To help the rebels in Cyrenaica establish government frameworks; to organize them into paramilitary units and to prepare infrastructure for the intake of foreign troops. Egyptian units are among those under consideration.
[Bold & Italics mine]

Since Iran is boasting of their obvious influence in the Egyptian revolution with the Muslim Brotherhood expected to be in full control when the dust settles... then 'we' will be 'authorizing' Iranian controlled Egyptian troops access to "help stabilize" Libya under a new regime...

Scott said...

In a word (IMO) - YES

In fact, I read a bizarre, conspiratorial article which detailed this - I may link it here if you are interested - its almost too bizarre to believe - it makes this very case and describes covert meetings between the US and Iran. Its very sensational and gard to believe so I didn;t post it - but very interesting.

I believe Soros is pushing Obama's buttons, so it really boils down to whether or not Soros likes this 'plan' and I assume that he does.

Expected Imminently said...

Scott and DrNofog
Regarding Libya. I wanted to post on this but I am preoccupied and couldn't get my head round it.

We had a scare yesterday as several SAS were caught in Libya. It was muddly to me, but I think they were making out it was only to do with embassey stuff - in my eye. I think its ok now?

William Hague and Cameron put out plenty of 'nod's, wink's and nudge, nudges' that we were going 'in', so it has been brewing with at least the US agreeing. There has been a lot of background activity for sure.


Anonymous said...

Soros is predicting that Iran will be overthrown in the "bloodiest of revolutions" and that oil wealth 'must be shared'.


Scott said...

I saw that...Not sure what to think about that one (?)