Iran’s nuclear chief said Monday that “terrorists and saboteurs” might have infiltrated the International Atomic Energy Agency in an effort to derail his nation’s atomic program. He also said his country’s nuclear facilities could now survive enemy attack.
In an unprecedentedly harsh attack on the integrity of the UN organization and its probe of allegations that Tehran is striving to make nuclear arms, Fereydoun Abbasi spoke of a recent explosion at a particularly sensitive Iranian enrichment facility.
US Energy Secretary Stephen Chu accused Tehran of continuing “a decade-long pattern of evasion regarding questions over the nature of its nuclear program, including those related to possible military dimensions of its nuclear activities.”
A European Union statement warned of “deep concerns about possible military dimensions” to Iran’s nuclear program
The United States and 25 allies were in the midst of a massive 12-day navy drill Tuesday in strategic Middle East waterways. This year’s war games are believed to be the largest ever undertaken in the region.
The annual drill comes amid amid threats of war between Israel and Iran over the Islamic regime’s nuclear program.
The exercises, IMCMEX-12, focused on clearing mines that Tehran, or guerrilla groups, may deploy to disrupt oil tanker traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. The drill, according to participants, underlines their determination to keep oil shipping lanes open in case of regional turmoil.
“Planning was completed last week for the exercise that will focus on a hypothetical threat to mine the international strategic waterways of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf,” the US Central Command said in a statement, Bloomberg reported.
The leader of Hezbollah made a rare public appearance Monday at a rally in Beirut, calling for sustained protests against an anti-Islam film that already has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim countries worldwide.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public since his Shiite Muslim group battled Israel in a month-long war in 2006, fearing Israeli assassination. Since then, he has communicated with his followers and gives news conferences mostly via satellite link.On Monday, Nasrallah spoke for about 15 minutes before tens of thousands of cheering supporters, many of them with green and yellow headbands around their foreheads — the colors of Hezbollah — and the words “at your service God’s prophet” written on them.Police officials estimated the crowd at around 500,000 — an exceptionally large turnout even by standards of the Hezbollah group whose rallies normally draw huge numbers.
“This is the start of a serious movement that must continue all over the Muslim world in defense of the prophet of God,” Nasrallah said to roars of support. “As long as there’s blood in us, we will not remain silent over insults against our prophet.”
The crowd chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to the Great Satan America,” reported Israel Radio.
A report by two U.S.-based religious freedom groups says anti-Christian persecution is on the rise in America.
The joint report by Texas-based Liberty Institute and Washington-based Family Research Council says groups like the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t the only culprits. The report says government agencies around the U.S. are trying to push Christian expression out the door.
“It is dramatic,” says Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford, of the recent hike in reported incidents of persecution. “I have been doing these types of cases for almost 25 years now. I have never seen the levels of attacks like these and how quickly they are now proliferating.”
Shackleford says government, from schools to social programs, is the ringleader.
Among the violations listed in the joint report:
- A federal judge threatened “incarceration” to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.
- City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.
- A public school official physically lifted an elementary school student from his seat and reprimanded him in front of his classmates for praying over his lunch.
- Following U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ policies, a federal government official sought to censor a pastor’s prayer, eliminating references to Jesus, during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans at a national cemetery.
- Public school officials prohibited students from handing out gifts because they contained religious messages.
- A public school official prevented a student from handing out flyers inviting her classmates to an event at her church.
- A public university’s law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.
- The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.
- The State of Texas sought to approve and regulate what religious seminaries can teach.
- Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government is forcing religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious beliefs.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans’ funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased’s families.
- A federal judge held that prayers before a state House of Representatives could be to Allah but not to Jesus.
A Florida family is facing fines for hosting a weekly Bible study in their home – an act that city officials argue violates zoning codes.
Shane and Marlen Roessiger, of Venice, Fla. are facing a $250 per day fine for hosting Friday night prayer and Bible study gatherings that are attended by as many as 10 people.
“It is difficult to understand how it is illegal to have a prayer meeting on Friday night with a half dozen people but it is alright if I invited the same group on Monday evening to watch Monday night Football,” Roessiger said.
The Roessigers are also facing a fine for putting a small sign in their front yard that reads: “Need Prayer (941) 484-4915.”
“It’s a weekly Bible study,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “It’s the same kind of Bible study that occurs in households across America.”
The Pacific Justice Institute is representing the Roessigers as they fight back against the city’s attacks. Dacus said they are hearing of a number of assaults on home Bible studies across the nation.
“They are having a specific problem with this family solely because they are having family and friends over to read the bible and pray,” Dacus told Fox News. “That may be fine in some tyrannical parts of the world. That is not okay in the United States of America.”
As the liberal American press and ultra-liberal bloggers inundate the Internet and newsprints with criticisms of what Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential challenger to President Barack Obama, said about Obama during the Libyan attacks and murders, throngs of foreign press and few American outlets tell the real story involved with the White House’s role in the incidents that we now know could have been preventedAfter the American media grabbed and held the pro-Obama headlines against Romney’s comments and took Obama’s “Romney shoots first and aims second” quote to iconic proportions, the rest of the world is reporting that the Obama administration knew about the planned-attack on the Benghazi, Libya Embassy where four Americans, including United States Ambassador Christopher Steven was murdered.While the movie trailer of “Innocence of Muslims” may have added fuel to the venom’s fire regarding the protests throughout the Middle East, the murderous attack on the U.S. Embassy and its American occupants in Benghazi, Libya was no accidentReports from a number of knowledgeable sources are being widely-circulated regarding the United States State Department’s having received knowledge of the attack in Benghazi as early as September 9 – two days before the four Americans were killed. That’s “the story”. There were also similar reports that the attack in Cairo was revealed prior to its occurrence.
Jim Hoft, new media blogger at The Gateway Pundit, posted last Saturday that on Sept. 12, bloggerSpeak With Authority discovered that five days before 9/11, the U.S. State Department sent out a memo announcing no credible security threats against the United States on the anniversary of 9/11.
“The Overseas Security Advisory Council, who posted the memo, is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security under the U.S. Department of State,” Hoft wrote.
Hoft posted a screengrab of the memo at the OSAC website.
The OSAC memo read: “Terrorism and Important Dates – Global – 9/6/2012 – OSAC currently has no credible information to suggest that al-Qa’ida or any other terrorist group is plotting any kind of attack overseas to coincide with the upcoming anniversary of September 11. However, constituents often have concerns around important dates, holidays, and major events, Often times, these concerns are the result of increased media attention to the issue, rather than credible evidence of a terrorist plot.”
Hoft reports that now it’s gone, leading him to conclude that the State Department scrubbed the letter from its OSAC website. He added that blogger Dan Riehl has more.
On tonight’s episode of “The Glenn Beck Program” on TheBlazeTV, Beck stated that he believes, based on his research and analysis, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered not as a result of a spontaneous riot over an anti-Muslim YouTube clip but rather as part of a coordinated and planned attack using the protests as a cover.
“You’re being set up, America. Your freedom of speech is being set up and it’s being set up all over the world,” Beck said. “If you say somebody on YouTube can’t make a video that is offensive to somebody else, you stop everything, free speech is dead, the First Amendment is over. That’s what this is really all about.”
Beck went on to analyze the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi in depth, going point-by-point comparing the U.S. government’s explanation to what reality suggests.
Watch the segment via TheBlazeTV here:
Diplomats at the US Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.
A State Department status report obtained Monday by The Associated Press said the Beirut embassy had “reviewed its emergency procedures and is beginning to destroy classified holdings.” It also said that local Lebanese employees were sent home early due to protests by the militant Shiite group Hezbollah over an anti-Muslim film produced in the US.Earlier Monday, the State Department renewed its warning to US citizens to “avoid all travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns. ” It said US citizens “living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks.”The new alert, which superseded a May 8 warning, said the potential for a “spontaneous upsurge in violence remains” in Lebanon and that Lebanese authorities are not able to guarantee protection if violence erupts quickly.
In August, a Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, said the Damascus government would never use chemical arms against its people, but he warned that it would unleash the weapons against what he called foreign invaders. He said the military was guarding the stockpile.Syria’s weapons, predominantly deadly nerve agents that can be delivered by artillery rockets, shells and aircraft munitions, were developed for use in a war against Israel.The Syrian regime transferred chemical weapons from a storage base near Damascus to the port city of Tartus last month, sparking American and European concerns that the weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon or other extremist organizations inside Syria, against Israel. Nasrallah’s reference to chemical weapons may have followed pressure from Syria’s ally, Russia. Lebanese daily Al-Nahar reported Sunday that a Russian envoy recently arrived in Beirut and warned Nasrallah against accepting chemical weapons from Syria.Iraq’s Baath Party had a ready ally in Syria’s Baath Party to shift its stockpiles to. Syria has fewer options. There are no other Baath parties and no ruling Alawites. That leaves it with no other choice but to go with Shiite ties.Hezbollah would not be the smartest choice, but it may be the only practical one. No one is about to let Syria ship chemical weapons to Iran. But Syria has other options. A port city would allow it to move weapons almost anywhere as cargo. And networks of Shiite businessmen around the world play a major role in international trade. Shipping the weapons to somewhere in Africa where there is little law enforcement and a high degree of corruptibility might be one scenario.The problem with turning over the weapons to Iran or Hezbollah is that getting them back would become difficult. The Assads have learned enough from Saddam not to repeat his mistakes. That means they would be more likely to leave the country and run the resistance from a safe haven and the weapons would be a trump card or a cash source. Moving them to a port may be one of the steps before the rats leave the sinking Syria.
Just a quick note on the comments section:
First of all - I decided to put this here, rather than the main board because it really only pertains to those who read and participate in the comments section, and secondly, I didn;t want to appear self-serving.
First of all - many thanks to all who used the moderation of comments in order to send personal notes to me - many many thanks for all of the support - it is greatly appreciated, and I agree, paying attention to the comments section is long overdue
Secondly - to answer some of the questions - yes, 2-3 people, for whatever reason, come to this site (and other sites similar to this) for the express purpose of pushing their tangential doctrinal views, to stir dissent, to create conflict, and to give the appearance of a "groundswell" of support for their particular point of view. They seem to enjoy this process and apparently they get a sense of power from doing this.
Yes - it is very strange and surreal, but I suppose this is the world we are living in. And I have absolutely no idea why he/she does this. No idea what-so-ever.
To answer some other questions that have come up with:
I can moderate comments via my email now, so approving comments should be quick and painless, except during those times during the day that I am not in front of the computer.
I may move to a 'registration' of comments, but I want to find the easiest and most "user-friendly" way to do this.
I will not shut down the comments section, so don't worry. Plus, for all I know, this is the ultimate goal of these 1-2 individuals, and I am extremely (to a fault LOL) stubborn :)
God Bless you all, and I will not allow these folks to come here and accomplish whatever strange agenda they have. It will take more time and effort, but hopefully he/she will move on to their other 'favorite' sites to stir up controversy.
I avoided this for the longest time, because part of me hates to give it THIS much attention but the time has come.
And thanks again for all the notes of encouragement and appreciation, not only for the blog but for (finally) addressing this - it is LONG overdue and I shouldn't have let it get to this point - but thanks again:)
Thank you in return for addressing all the concerns. We all should want to cleanse ourselves from all this non-sense and be inline with Gods will for our lives, especially in these last days and hours.
To join together in love and support while you continue to do Gods work via this online ministry. Bless you Brother for taking action against the division. We support you and this ministry. P.S. Very happy to see a post from your wife :). We take so much of your time and it is greatly appreciated.
God bless you greatly Scott. I love this blog and am saddened by individuals that choose to use it for stirring up strife for personal reasons. I wish only truth and fellowship. I myself love this blog and offer this: You can find me on facebook: Janet Siegel. I would willingly be friends with any of you! I love Yeshua and all who do as well!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I suspected as much, as it seemed tha the same person(s) would pop up from time to time with a clear agenda to stir things up and pit people against each other. Very strange indeed
Thank you Scott for all you do. I am just a reader, but, I do depend on this blog for the latest information.
I very much appreciate it.
I pray you find the means to do what is best for all.
Thanks Scott. Glad to hear the step to enhance the comment section moderation. The drama was getting to be a bit much and no doubt hurtful to many.
In regard to the WND artile on Christian persecution I saw another article by Joesph Farah apparently the site owner, entitled, "Is the Day of the Lord Near?" It was a very good article especially from a secular news source. I would say the guy is definetly a believer. He mentions a close relationship with Hal Linsay and even looks a bit like Hal. Anyway folks may want to check it out. I know WND is not considered by many to be a trustworthy news site but I have always liked them and now even more so!
Yesterday I wrote a scathing comment about all of the Sue's and Robert's etc. constantly stirring.
Well, I immediately lost it. It just disappeared! So I figured it must be the Lord and He just wanted me to keep my mouth shut.
P.S. It is nice not having to try to read those letters we had to put in. Sometimes I just couldn't make them out and it would take 3 or 4 times. :)
So glad to hear this, Scott! I was really beginning to hesitate commenting much until now... Really enjoy all the articles you find to keep us "in the know" with world affairs! I have a close sister who tho a professing Christian has no interest in what's happening in the ME & how it is linked in with prophesy. I just don't get that! To me, it becomes more fascinating every day. These times are so relevant to the approaching Tribulation... Gives me chills, just reading the headlines!
Scott, just let me add my support to what you're doing. I feel like an invited guest on this blog; and those who continually ignore your request for civility are showing a blatant disrespect for you and really should be cut off, especially now that we are so close to the return of our Lord. By cutting these people off, we can truly focus on the important things in love and respect for one another. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all very soon.
Thank You for everything you have done, Scott. You are really appreciated from this part of the world.
SY (A Watchman from Southeast Asia)
Thanks Scott for all your hard work doing this blog. I cannot research all the news sites because of heart problems, so I really appreciate your hard work. Thanks again, Douglas
Hi Scott! Just stopped by to add my thanks for this site. I too depend on it for all of the latest information. I enjoy the fellowship and appreciate all of the time you put into finding all of the info for us. Wishing each of you a wonderful day!
Thank you Brother. It was such a time, effort, and energy sucker. So grateful.
Yours is the ONLY site of its type I have ever ran across focused directly and like a laser on today's events related to prophecy. Its our number 1 news site....the only news that matter.
If Iran's claim is anywhere close to correct.....then Obama may have an apparent victory. The dangerous "stuff" would then be out of reach without nukes or ground forces.
But, I don't believe it. Iran is worried, IMHO, that Israel is serious this time and is going to hit them just before they actually reach the point they say they are at.
Bibi's intelligence to too good to let them pass this threshold without their knowing it. Well, at least that's the way it looks from this knothole.
Side note: This is pretty neat....no trying to read those funny alphanumeric puzzles. Now Scott gets to do all the work.:Grins
:) in agreement with all above!
Hi Dear Brother Scott. :)
Saw your post in the wee hours this morning, but havent had time to respond. THANK YOU! so much for taking your actions! It is very much appreciated by all! Thank you for your obedience to the Lord! In return, he Blesses us greatly through you Brother, and all of your time, personal sacrifice, and hard work for Him! I know you mentioned that it took ya a while, but hey, your in GOOD company! Remember Moses? He would talk with the Lord and say he just couldnt speak in public.(Exodus 4:10-13) lol So it took him a bit of time too, but the Lord God gave him all the confidence he would need to move forward So all is good :) Im also in agreement with dear Sis GG, very much a pleasure to meet Miss Deb. :)
God Bless & Keep You Always!
Great idea Scott!!!! Hopefully this will solve the problem!!!! I love this blog and think it is great! In these last days we need all the positive support we can! I love you all here and can't wait to meet y'all one day soon :)
This is probably not the thing to say but since Iraq seems to boast their stockpile of centerfuges (nuclear weapons) are safe even in the event of attack. I for one would like someone to test their theory and start dropping 2000 pound bunker busters on Fordow and see if they are correct in their assumption............The second shot heard round the world.
Hi Everybody. Freedom Works has something new out, we should all pay attention to. Its a quick and painless way to check on your state representative's track record to Conservative Party values.
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If we don't know how they vote, how do we know who to keep and who to sweep out.
Freedom Works is a great way to hook up with other Christian Conservative for various focuses in your area.
A million thanks for this no doubt time consuming but much needed component to the comment section. We all love you and hope for all the Lord's best for you and for the family on this blog.
Today a friend sent this to me and after a morning of discussion with a friend about the sadness in the mE I literally wept with beauty of this. The hymn words go through your mind and it reminds me of the church in a dark unsuspecting world.
Hope it encourages all of you too as a symbol of our joining together to love and serve well.
Thank you Scott. It's too bad such action is necessary, but I'm glad to hear you're changing things up regarding comments.
On another note, it's amazing at just how far the US has gone in the wrong direction in less than four years. I'm grateful we won't be here to experience the worst, but it's scary to know the world, and our freedoms, will degrade even further.
God bless you all.
Wow, Miss Waterer.....just beautiful. What an unexpected joyous noise lifted up in the mist of an unsuspecting audience. Thank You.
That was beautiful!! Thank you so much for the link.
I just saw this on Drudge Report...
"Chinese General: Prepare for combat with Japan"
Things just keep getting more crazy in this world
I don't know how you do all that you do, but I just wanted to let you know how very much it is appreciated. This is the first place I go in the morning to get my day started and how I end my day before heading to bed. You and everyone here who love the Lord are constantly in my prayers. You all have no idea how many times I've made it through an especially upsetting day because of you all. It's like we're all family (and believe me, this one is MUCH more compassionate and loving than my earthly one! At least most of them). Thanks for being such an encouragement. It doesn't look like it's going to be much longer before we can all be together (WHOOOHOOO!!!) Keep your eyes on Jesus. He's all that matters! Much love to you all!
Just my two cents of thanks for everything you put into this awesome site Scott, and for the 'clean up' job that sometimes must go with it.
Much appreciation to all the work you do, and I must say, it was getting quite discouraging lately....its nice to get back to focusing on the things at hand....which, unbelievably, seems to be multiplying by the hour!
Scott, I only have a few minutes but also want to say,
thank you for what you just did, and keeping the comment section up. It makes me feel so close to all of you. May God richly bless you and your family. So..... lets enjoy our remaining time on earth with wonderful fellowship on this blog, and hopefully some chuckles, Caver...?lol
gotta go, look up everyone!
God bless, mary
Thanks so much to everyone who took the time and effort to comment. I honestly wasn't soliciting such.
I should have done this looooooong ago, but it does take a lot of time (I usually don't read comments after a day or so, and of course those who choose to stir dissent knew that....Also of interest - those who do this never ever attempt to post when I am moderating, which I find very interesting (In other words, if the intent were true, then why not attempt to post comments when I'm moderating?)...They would rarely post at night - only during the way when, unfortunately, I am working.
But this community is awesome. Some folks find ways to communicate privately (by the way - to my missionary friend - I didn't ignore your email, but I wasn't sure if it was you or not. Please contact me again if you so desire) ands I love that.
But one thing that is important - I do this strictly to serve the Lord and to be obedient as a "watchman" on the wall - as WE ALL ARE. We all want to get this message out - as its SO important. It mystifies me to no end that pastors aren't preaching on this from the hilltops - as there couldn't be a more important message right now (with the exception of salvation, of course) - but even with that exception (salvation) - the urgency that prohecy dictates, even changes slightly the message of salvation, because it IS urgent.
Anyway - sorry for rambling - but thanks again for the kind words - however, honestly, I should be apologizing for allowing this to go on for so long and I feel bad for that - it was my responsibility and I let it go on. I guess I kept hoping it would stop - and each time, I was hoping that it was a "one off" that would go away.
I was warned that it had been 1-2 individuals doing ALL of this, and I suspected as much, but once I had the time and desire to investigate (which takes a lot of time and a lot of digging) I was shocked at what I discovered. Shocked. Lets just say - there are some very sick people out there. I'll leave it at that.
Scott, I'm sure everyone here knows your motivation, it is very appreciated. As far as the soliciting, well of course you arent doing that! (I wont mention a THING about those weekly checks ;) )
Seriously though, you mentioned about pastors not preaching the times we are in from the hilltops.....that has been just so frustrating for me....one of THE most frustrating things is that, no matter how bible based they are, that the end times, and the FACT that we are there now is almost taboo in the church!
I mean, if they could go back 2000 years, and had all the signs that we have that Jesus Christ was coming at any moment, would they not be screaming from the rooftops then?
Guess we all need to step in here to do it then.....its ok, I've been called nuts before....
Wow Thanks Scott for all you do.
BTW here is an interesting note.
Thank you for this blog. I check daily but never comment. I appreciate your effort to make sense of such an immense topic. Keep it up. :)
Caver, i agree that Iran is just talking. they must know an attack is immenant.
Caver, i don't believe Irans claim either. they must know an attack is coming soon
Willco - that was an interesting article- thanks - I hadn't heard of that group yet. It will be interesting to see what their proposals are.
Mike - its so sad that they are missing it - for one reason--- it pains me to see good pastors who love the Lord, MISS this exciting biblical era, as we are so so so close to the return of the Lord. But secondly - so many congregations are also missing this. Its sad - but its identical to Jesus' first coming when so few were aware of the prophetic signs. History repeats itself. But, I believe this one reason a special crown has been selected for those who are longing for His return.
Just wanted to add my thanks, Scott, for "parenting" the commentary section of your blog. I've always wondered why those with a passion for their particular point of view just don't start their own blog - from what I understand anyone can do that. Perhaps that will happen now.
I also appreciate you calling things as you see them - especially as we approach the upcoming U.S. elections (but in other things also). Thank you for your fearless stance in calling evil, evil.
God's blessings and best to you and your family!
thank you for the words I called Shane in Venice Florida and prayed with him. Keep him and the issue with the bible study in prayer, there is a hearing oct 4 city council to change the codes, that God may bless that meeting and restore his freedom to worship. Also Shane and his wife are going to Brazil for Two weeks helping with some spiritual issues that God will keep them safe and make the ministry they are called to to be fruitful and lives can be changed. God bless you Scott and the rest, stay faithful and hopeful for a soon returning lord to take over this mess. In the name of jesus, T. Woods, Victorville Ca.
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