Monday, September 26, 2011

In the news:

1. Quakes

Killer earthquakes on the rise

Finally, the increase in worldwide quakes is receiving some attention by the media.

The last decade has seen an intensification in earthquake activities. The 2004 Sumatra quake in Indonesia, which registered 9.3 on the Richter scale, has triggered stress in many areas. The Sikkim earthquake could be a manifestation of this stress. Earthquakes, some scientists believe, are on the rise.

The earthquake in Fukushima in Japan had a magnitude of 8.9 and was the largest in the recorded history of Japan. The February 2010 Chile earthquake registered a similar magnitude as the Japan quake while the January 2010 quake in Haiti had a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale.

Prof D.K. Paul, an earthquake engineer with IIT Roorkee, believes the pushing of the Indian tectonic plate under the Eurasian plate (at the rate of 5 cm per year) results in stresses which over a period of time, manifest as earthquakes.

5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Northwest Territories

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Northwest Territories Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.

The quake was recorded about 200 kilometres south of Norman Wells, N.W.T., at a depth of 2.9 kilometres.

2. Technology for the "Mark of the Beast"?

Next evolution> Embedded chips for cyber connectivity

Federally funded research at the University of Illinois has produced a microchip that can be put on skin like a temporary tattoo and is successful in linking the physical world and the cyberworld in stunning new ways, according to a university announcement.

"We think this could be an important conceptual advance in wearable electronics, to achieve something that is almost unnoticeable to the wearer," said university electrical and computer engineering professor Todd Coleman.

The development recalls a recent WND report about the area of study called "transhumanism," a term often used synonymously with "human enhancement."

Futurists describe it as being "posthuman," the next step in what they believe to be the evolutionary process.

3. The Rise of Gog?

How Putin Arranged His Return to the Presidency

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ended the false suspense about whether Vladimir Putin would be returning to the Kremlin or not. Dmitry Medvedev announced the "return of the king" to a conference of the United Russia party.

The Russian authorities have now decided that they could dispense with the charade and proceed with the formality of an election and follow with coronation of Vladimir Putin.

Russian Prime Minister Putin to run for presidency next year

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday announced he will participate in next year's presidential elections for a third term as president. It is a move which had been expected for years.

The announcement was made during the United Russia party congress in Moscow where both President Dmitry Medvedev and Putin were addressing supporters about the upcoming elections. Medvedev used his speech to endorse Putin's presidential run.

Days before the end of Putin's second term as president, he undertook a series of controversial steps to increase the power of the prime minister. Medvedev had been widely expected to serve only one term so Putin could again become president after a short break.

4. Global Financial Crisis

Eurozone is the epicentre of global crisis

While the eurozone was the focus of financial market fears about debt-strained countries, the problem was actually wider spread.
"We have in front of us a global crisis of sovereign risk and we [the eurozone] are the epicenter of this global crisis," he said.

Multi-trillion plan to save the eurozone being prepared

European officials are working on a grand plan to restore confidence in the single currency area that would involve a massive bank recapitalisation, giving the bail-out fund several trillion euros of firepower, and a possible Greek default.

Buckle up for apocalypse Dow

Some say that financial armageddon is nigh - and that it's already too late to stop it.

EU looking at trillions in shock-and-awe plan to end crisis

A plan involving a multi-trillion euro leveraging of the eurozone's rescue fund via the European Central Bank is under consideration as the EU comes under global pressure to act quickly to prevent the bloc's crisis kicking off a global recession.

5. The Epicenter

Turkey to deploy warships over gas dispute

Turkey is set to begin natural gas exploration in the coming days in the Eastern Mediterranean, north of Cyprus. According to reports in the Turkish media, the exploration will be accompanied by a fleet of Turkish war ships and submarines.

Turkey’s war planes will also be stationed in the northern part of the island, which is under Turkish control. It is still unclear whether the exploration will take place in the areas where Israel and Cyprus divided exploration rights in an agreement signed last year.

US Jewish Leader Warns Turkey against Attacking Off-Shore Rig

An attack on the rig drilling for gas off shore from Cyprus for an Israeli-American consortium would be considered an attack on the United States, says Richard Stone, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Stone said Turkey would not dare attack the rig because Nobel is an American company but added that Erdogan is “unpredictable.”

Nobel also has a large stake in the mammoth Israeli discoveries of natural gas, and possibly oil, off Israel’s Mediterranean Coast.

UN Security Council to begin informal debate on Palestinian statehood

UN Security Council members will convene on Monday for informal consultations on the Palestinian Authority's application for admission to the United Nations as a full member state.

"It's highly likely that the consultations will continue for some weeks," said the deputy head of one Western mission to the United Nations.

"The Palestinian application is considered an extremely sensitive issue, and in particular, it's a source of controversy between the council's two leading powers, the United States and Russia. Therefore, no quick decision that would produce an official debate and vote is expected."

Egypt uncovers Libyan SA-24 anti-air missiles and sea mines bound for Gaza

SA-24 Helped by highly sophisticated contraband weapons smuggled out of Libya, Iran and Hizballah are getting the Palestinian Hamas equipped for another round of hostilities with Israel.

The introduction of sophisticated anti-air infrared missiles and sea mines into areas abutting on Israel's land and sea borders has given its army chiefs and strategists a serious headache. The SA-24s would give the Hamas an anti-air capability on a par with that of the Hizballah...

Hamas is therefore armed with weapons capable of attacking high-, medium- and low-flying objects, including planes, helicopters and drones over and outside the Gaza Strip in southwest Israel including the port towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon.

Both radical terrorist groups are now in possession of a stock of Libyan sea mines which can be used with the help of these experts for striking precise locations on the Israeli coast.

6. Conspiracy news:

Is The U.S. Government Stockpiling Food In Anticipation Of A Major Economic Crisis?

Or some other crisis?

Is the U.S. government stockpiling huge amounts of food and supplies in anticipation that something bad is about to happen? Is something about to cause a major economic crisis that will require large quantities of emergency food?

The truth is that the government is taking emergency preparedness very seriously these days. For example, you can see video of a high-level NASA official urging NASA employees to develop preparedness plans for their own families right here.

But what if this is a sign of something bigger?


Paula said...

Re. the mark of the beast: my opinion.

WVBORN56 said...

Okay, I know Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish Holiday and the rapture probably won't occur this week, but I am still hoping.

I won't be discouraged if it does not occur because I know the table is now fully set and ready for the tribulation to begin and we are simply in a holding pattern until the fullnes of the Gentiles comes in.

See you all soon. Maranatha!

Anonymous said...

WV....what you will see is Tribulation - and that before any Rapture.

Hold on to that "pattern" until the Lord Returns!

gearedup2go said...

WV, I agree that there are just too many things converging now that point to an imminent rapture. I've noted that the world's governing bodies are in recess over the next several days. Why? What do they know that we don't?

I am wrestling with mixed feelings about our departure. I want so very much to be in the presence of the most perfect, loving, and joyful fellowship imaginable. But by doing so I will have left this world and will have been given my final rewards obtained through obedience of doing His will. Truth be known, I just want Jesus. I just want to be safe from the terrible storms, earthquakes, and floods. I want to be free of the bondage of sin. I want to worship the King who will rule with fairness and justice. I just want to thank Him for dying in my place on that cross. I feel like I am so undeserving of the ultimate sacrifice and I often wonder how many times I've disappointed Him with my misspent life.

Upon reflecting on His precepts in my morning study, I came across a beautiful montage with sound biblical teaching of the saving grace of Christ.

Have millions of people disappeared? Where are they?

See you all soon at the supper table.

WVBORN56 said...

Anon...I humbly disagree that the church will see the trib. Paul makes this clear in Thessalonians. Paul comforts the church their that they can relax since they could not possible be in the trib. Also, the church is promised not to see/experience the wrath of God that is poured out in the tribulation. The church is not mentioned in Revelation when John discusses the the tribulation judgments. Just a few of the reasons for a pre-trib rapture. Blessings!

WVBORN56 said... rewards in heaven will be a thousand times better than what we have now! Besides I am sure you will have many rewards based on what I read from your posts. You faithfully procliam the truth! :)

DrNofog said...

Re: Putin still holding the reins very thinly veiled as "behind the scenes". This might explain a lot --> I've had a picture of Bush & Putin in Masonic robes [Illuminati/UN Blue] for a number of yrs [not this one, but this was all I could find on the net on short notice, the one I have showing them walking & talking alone {w/o a translator} in a garden somewhere]...

Or maybe we should be asking them to explain a lot...

And the quote of the day [not from today, but since we're on the topic...]:

"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will.

If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."

- A quote from David Rockefeller's autobiography 'Memoirs'...

gearedup2go said...

Anon, we will see some tribulation but the greatest tribulation occurs after the Church, that is the believers in Christ, have been taken up to be with Him for 7 years before He returns to the earth to set up His millennial kingdom.

1 Thessalonians 1:10
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Revelation 3:10
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Note: There are no instructions by God to the Church on what to do during the great tribulation. We are gone by then. : )

gearedup2go said...

Aw WV, I'm a little weepy now. :_) Bless you brother for your compliment. One of the blessings you will receive is that you'll have the best seat in the house to watch future WVU/LSU games. : D I can't wait to give everyone a group hug in the sweet, by and by.

DrNo, funny you should mention W and P. I remember when they both worked together at his ranch and at Camp David. Give Puty a chainsaw and he's good to go. : )

DrNofog said...

I have been ponder this for the past few daze, since it came out that Greece & Israel had secretly signed a mutual defense pact Re: Turkish saber-rattling against Israel & Cyprus gas exploration platforms...

And I said to myself: Self, while we've all been watching the ME shell game of Syria, Hamas, Hizbullah, wondering who would pull the trigger 1st...

What if Turkey 'encroaches' and Greece pulls the trigger dragging Israel into the fray, and Turkey bows out, crying foul due to the US warning against attacking the off-Shore rig and leaves Syria, Hamas, Hizbullah to be "offended" and pick up the "cause"...

Kinda like the 'unforeseen' assassin stepping outta the crowd and tapping Duke Ferdinand...

DrNofog said...

Ing! ing! ponderING!!

DrNofog walks off fuming and mutterING "That tightwad Scott, usING a cheap blogger wif no grammah checker..."

Alice said...

Lol, DrNo, you are hysterically funny! Does Scott pay you extra for your comedic talents, too?

I think you could really be onto something with Turkey and Greece. A very interesting potential scenario! Have you been thinking outside the blog again?

Bonus $$$ for DrNo this week! ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you GEARUP2GO that we might suffer some "tribulation" before we're totally out of here, inflicted against us by the wrath of man & Satan.

It certainly would not be the wrath of God. 1 Thessalonians 1:10. But even Noah & Lot both had some wrath from man & Satan to face just before they were safely taken away from the "tribs" that hit in their time. Luke 17:26-36.

The Greek word for “taken” in verses 34-36 (of Luke 17) is the Greek word “paralambano” -- which means to take another or receive another/to associate with another in a familiar or intimate way, or by analogy to assume an office (like kids choose kids to be on their team?). The Greek word for “left” in these same verses is “aphiemi” -- which means to send forth, forsake, lay aside, let alone/be/go/have, omit, put/send away, yield up. So it sounds like the taking of the Rapture where the Church is received in a familiar & intimate way & is to assume its office (as Kings & Priests of God), while those left -- are let alone, forsaken, yielded up to the Tribulation on the earth.

The same respective Greek words for "taken" and "left" are used in Matthew 24:40-41.

Part of that wrath of man & Satan may be a fake rapture as a "parting shot" against us.

Unfortuantely, the technology now exists to conduct a fake rapture before the Real Rapture:

Capablility plus Motivation (& these satanists & the global elite have plenty of both) can just about constitute Perpetration of the wicked deed. All they lack is opportunity that, given world events & developments which Scott has been helping us all keep abreast of, may soon present itself.

May the Lord keep us all strong should these sataninsts pull this deception on the Body of Christ. Our staying close to the Lord & getting to know His written Word better is our best guard against these deceptions.

God bless you all!


WVBORN56 said...

gearedup, it won't be heaven unless WVU finally beats LSU...we did have fun however and the LSU fans were very cordial folks :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, my link on the technological capability to conduct a false rapture did not "cut & paste" fully.

Here's the full link -- hopefully. :)

Again, God bless you all!


Anonymous said...

Sorry, let's try that again!


Scott said...

DRNO - I see you are talking to yourself again, but its nice to see you two getting along again :)

Scott said...

Alice, Don't encourage him - he's already hinting at a raise.

Anonymous said...

1 Thessalonians 3:13 May He strengthen your hearts so you will be blaneless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones. NIV Question: is this a pre trib rapture verse?

Paula said...

The word παρουσια has as its primary meaning (according to the LSJ lexicon) "presence", with "arrival" or "coming" second. So it's at least as accurate to render the verse,

"May he firmly set your hearts in pure holiness before our God and Father, in the presence of our Master Jesus, with all his holy ones"

Anonymous said...

Paula thank you so much. I have been wrestling with this day and night.

Paula said...

You're very welcome. :-)

Of course, some will say "All the major translations render it 'coming', but the most literal (e.g. Young's) do not. It can go either way because this context is ambiguous. So it can't be used as a proof-text either way.

Robin said...

Apparently, NASA is giving a news conference on Thursday. Looks like it might be of special interest.

Dylan said...

About the "fake rapture": wouldn't it be great if just as "they" were going to stage the rapture, it actually happened?

Anonymous said...

Paula I see why I was confused. I was relating this verse to Zechariah 14:5....Then The Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. When actually I think now that Paul is referring to the rapture when all those who are already with Jesus return with Him.

Waterer said...

What happened to the Un vote that was supposed to happen today..???

Scott said...

Waterer - there is a link somewhere about that. The vote won't take place for a few days, and possibly even a couple of weeks. Today started the "discussion" phase of this whole thing

Scott said...

Jesus' returning with the saints (aka the Church) is a second coming reference. When we see Revelation 19 - we see that the "wedding" has already passed and the Church Saints are preparing for the wedding feast, which comes 7 days after the consumation of the wedding.

Christ (alone) comes at the time of the Rapture. So any scriptures which reference Jesus as coming with the Saints is, by definition, a second coming reference.

Anonymous said...

WOW....27 comments and counting.

WELL, not much to write about.

Stocks are way seems
that the powers that be will
do ANYTHING THEY CAN to get the
bull going again....never dies.

Silver and Gold continue the sell off, but rallied near the end.


therefore, as far as Im concerned,
NO rapture yet !!!!


I am still waiting.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>

Robin said...

Apparently, the pipeline that supplies natural gas from Egypt to Jordan and on good days, to Israel . . .was just blown up . . .again . . .

Alice said...

Dylan, that WOULD be great! The ultimate "gotcha!"

Scott said...

Robin - I just saw that - getting ready to add link in a sec

Dylan said...

So the informal discussion was today and the vote is soon, but on an unknown date?
Alice, I believe God has some sense of humor. I'm not saying it will happen when or if they stage the rapture, but if it did it'd be a testimony to that.

Scott said...

That's what I have been readling Dylan, I believe one article speculated that a vote may be in the 2 week time frame - but not longer than that