Monday, February 20, 2012

"You will hear of wars and rumors of wars"

Lets take a look at Matthew 24:6 before proceeding into today's news:

"You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed"

In one day of news we can see Jesus' prophecy come alive.

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the presence of Iranian and Russian naval forces in Syria’s coastal waters is a clear warning to the US to refrain from any possible military adventurism.

“The United States should take Iran’s warning about [refraining from any possible] military intervention in Syria seriously,” Hossein Ebrahimi, deputy chairman of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Sunday.

He added that in the event of a US strategic mistake in Syria, Washington may receive a crushing response from Iran, Syria and a few other countries.

A second regiment of the Teikovo Missile Division in central Russia will be fully equipped with Yars mobile ballistic missile systems in 2012, Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said on Thursday.

Russia fully deployed the first Yars regiment consisting of three battalions in August 2011, and put two battalions of the second regiment on combat duty on December 27 last year.

“The deployment of the third battalion of the second regiment will complete the rearming of the Teikovo division with Yars systems,” Koval said.

Iran will counter any Western military action against it, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday.

The United States would be making a mistake if it attacked Tehran, Iran’s envoy said.

“If they hit us from any location we will strike back from any location,” Iranian ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told a news conference in Moscow.

Speculation has also been growing in recent weeks that Israel may be preparing to attack OPEC’s No. 2 oil exporter to counter what it views as a serious threat to its national security. The United States has also refused to rule out force.

The United States has been increasingly concerned that Israel may launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. For this reason, Dempsey visited Israel last month and met with high-ranking officials on the issue.

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, recently said he has concerns there could be a military conflict with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Asked if he feared Israel could launch an attack against Iran, Clegg said, “Of course I worry that there will be a military conflict and that certain countries might seek to take matters into their own hands.”

The architects of the Libyan disaster in France, the UK, the United States and Qatar have decided that Syria is the next step in replacing dictators with Muslim Brotherhood allied “democratic” parties. But no matter how eager they are to roll the Arab Spring forward with a month of bombing raids, this won’t be a relative cakewalk like Syria.

Gaddafi isolated Libya through his own craziness and then his alliance with the West, which left him with no friends when Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama turned on him in the name of Arab Democracy. Assad is often described as isolated because the Arab League has taken a firm stand against him, but he has a firm ally in Iran, which has few options and is likely to do whatever it takes to keep him in power.

Next up is Russia, which has lost most of its Middle Eastern allies and doesn’t have that many options besides Syria, where it has a naval base and any number of secret and not so secret outposts. That will provide a pipeline of advanced technology, including the kind that can endanger NATO planes.

And there’s one more catch. The wildly unpopular Russian government might just be itching for a small scale conflict, especially one with the United States. A few planes lost on both sides and the Russians can claim victory. It wouldn’t be a particularly smart move by Moscow from our point of view, but from the point of view of a government that only rules due to massive fraud and force, a heavy dose of patriotism for the motherland might be just what the spin doctor ordered. A direct confrontation between Russian and NATO planes would be a milestone for Russia’s recovery and a way to wash away the shame of Yugoslavia and Pristina Airport.

Syria has an extensive WMD program, it has nerve gas and if things get bad, it may be willing to deploy chemical weapons against its enemies, the way its fellow Baath Party did across the border in Iraq. Those programs will be the first targets of NATO strikes, regardless of whatever the official statement about the No Fly Zone will be, but if the other side aren’t idiots, then finding those weapons will be as hard as it was in Iraq.

That brings us to the showdown. NATO has become the arsenal of the Arab Spring, much as Al Jazeera has become its propaganda arm. But this time around the scenario is much more complex than a loony colonel with an army that couldn’t beat African militias. And there is no telling who will win or what the cost will be.

White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon faced an acrimonious Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in two hours of stormy conversation in Jerusalem Sunday, Feb. 19, according to updates reaching senior US sources in Washington. The main bones of contention were Iran’s continuing enrichment of uranium and its ongoing relocation of production to underground sites.

According to DEBKAfile’s sources, Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of drawing Iran into resuming nuclear negotiations with world powers by an assurance that Tehran would be allowed to continue enriching uranium in any quantity, provided it promised not to build an Iranian nuclear weapon. The prime minister charged that this permit contravened US administration guarantees to Israel on the nuclear issue and, moreover left Tehran free to upgrade its current 20 percent enrichment level to 90 percent weapons grade.

This Israel cannot tolerate, said Netanyahu, so leaving its military option on the ready.

He warned the US National Security Adviser that no evidence whatsoever confirms Washington’s claim that Tehran intends suspending enrichment and other nuclear advances when negotiations begin. Quite the contrary: Even before the date was set, Iran started working at top speed to build up its bargaining chips by laying down major advances in its nuclear program as undisputed facts.

ISRAEL will ultimately decide on its own whether to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, its military chief of staff says, as a senior US official arrived for talks on Iran.

''Israel is the central guarantor of its own security; this is our role as army. The State of Israel should defend itself,'' Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz told state-owned television.

Tensions between Iran and Israel have been simmering, with Iranian warships entering the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal in a show of ''might''. It was only the second time since the Islamic revolution in 1979 that Iranian warships had passed through the canal.

Reports suggested they had docked in Tartus, the main port for Iran's embattled ally regime, Syria.

A recent article in The Washington Post said that US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta believed Israel might strike Iran's nuclear installations in the coming months.

According to General Gantz, Iran was ''a world and regional problem''.

Former Member Of Russian Joint Chiefs Of Staff: Russia Is Ready To Use Military Power To defend Iran And Syria

Interviewer: "Dr. Leonid, do you think that these preparations and very large maneuvers, which will soon be conducted by Russia, are meant as preparation for war, or rather, a military strike against Iran?" […]

Leonid Ivashov: "These maneuvers and training will demonstrate Russia's readiness to use military power to defend its national interests and to bolster its political position. The maneuvers will show that Russia does not want any military operations to be waged against Iran or Syria. I assume that the people in the West and in Israel who design the schemes for a large geopolitical operation in the greater Middle East region draw a direct connection between the situation in Syria and in Iran. Indeed, these two countries are allies, and both are considered guaranteed partners of Russia. The only question, therefore, is who they will try to destroy first as a stable country: Syria or Iran. […]

"A strike against Syria or Iran is an indirect strike against Russia and its interests. Russia would lose important positions and allies in the Arab world. Therefore, by defending Syria, Russia is defending its own interests.

Turkey And China "Helping Iran Evade UN Sanctions"

In an attempt to escape the effects of the wide-ranging sanctions imposed over Iran's illegal nuclear programme, Iran's central bank is using a number of financial institutions in China and Turkey to fund the purchase of vital goods to keep the Iranian economy afloat.

According to Western security officials China, which is Iran's largest oil trading partner, is playing a major role in helping Iran to avoid the sanctions.

North Korea's military has warned South Koreans living on islands near disputed Yellow Sea waters to evacuate the area to avoid possibly being shelled. Pyongyang is threatening retaliation if shells fired during the South's planned naval exercises Monday cross into the North's territorial waters.

A Sunday radio broadcast carried a message from North Korea's military with an unusual “open notice” to those residing on five South Korean-held islands: leave by nine a.m. Monday to avoid possibly being shelled.

That, according to the announcement, is when South Korea is to begin a maritime firing exercise. The notice was aired on radio broadcasts from Pyongyang and was also carried by the North's official news agency (KCNA).

Also in the news:

Islamic Worshipers Caught Hurling Stones At Christian Tourists Near Temple Mount

Memo To Jews: After They Come For The Catholic Church, They Will Come For Us

UN Guidelines: Recruiting Religious Leaders As "Agents Of Change" For One World Religion

Controversy Brews Over Scientists' Creation Of Killer Viruses

The Price Of Gas Is Outrageous - And It Is Going To Go Even Higher


WVBORN56 said...

"Now the Obama administration has told Catholic institutions that they don’t have to dispense pills that kill babies. Instead, they can pay the insurance company, and the insurance company will dispense the pill for them."

This comment from PJ Media Dan Golman caught my eye Scott. The Obama administration continue to push the envelope on every front. People are still blind as to what is transpiring in America as we rush toward the tribulation.

So glad to be going home soon. Maranatha!

When I was a kid I used to sing this old Baptist song that had a rapture flavor... that may be one of the reasons why I have always had a strong interest in the rapture of the church and evangelism.

"For God so loved the world, He gave his only son, to die on calvary's tree, from sin to set me free, some day He's coming back, what glory that will be, wonderful my God to me."

Thank-you Jesus! Looking forward to our soon meeting in the air....Wooo-hooo :)

BWest said...

Good morning all. I had an interesting experience this morning that I wanted to share.

On my way into work, I was praying as I do most mornings. At one point I was talking with the Lord about the rapture and how I, and many others, are anxious for his return, and I said I hope he comes soon.

A second later, I noticed the white van that was driving in front of me. It was a van for a flooring company and what initially caught my attention was the dove and Christian fish symbols on the back of the van. Above those symbols were the words, "Just around the corner."

The name of the business was Just Around the Corner Flooring, but seeing that at that time really put a smile on my face.

God bless you all.

Alice said...

Aw, thanks WVborn and BWest! You both put a smile on my face! I can't wait!

God bless everyone and Maranatha!

WVBORN56 said...

BWest, I'll take that as a sign! :) Very Cool...thank you Lord for the encouragement!

Anonymous said...

AND YET, stocks are UP again in Holiday Trading, NO SIGN yet of
a sell off. The rally IS NOT over.
At least EWI is saying that now.

Patience re the rapture is needed.
And i will wait, bulls are in control
not much u can do ?? right ??

I wish I could say otherwise, BUT
UNTIL i see a definite SELL OFF,
it will be what it is....

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Anonymous said...

An additional comment needs to be
made re all this, which is...

EWI now indicates a possible
EXPLOSION in the price of Crude
Oil via a 3 of (3) wave....

I just looked at the charts a
little while ago. IF THAT wave
count is correct, and it MAY be,
then there is reason to believe
trouble is coming in the ME....
big time....

we will see.....

time will tell

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>

mary said...

thanks WV, we used to sing that song in sunday school. I still love it.
Bwest..around the corner?.....maybe.... keep smiling.

Caver said...

:scratches head

Which corner, how far away, and how do I get to it an hour ago?

BWest said...

Caver, I'd certainly love to know the answers to those questions. The other thing is that "just around the corner" probably has a substantially different meaning to God than it us to me.

Oh well, all we can do is keep looking up and keep trying to do His will while we're still here.

God Bless.