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HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE

FALSE CHRISTS - MAITREYA

OTHER FALSE CHRIST CANDIDATES

RUMORS OF WAR

FAMINE

PESTILENCE

EARTHQUAKES AND NATURAL DISASTERS

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS

PERSECUTION

CYNICISM

GOSPEL

COVENANT

KNOWLEDGE WILL INCREASE

NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR

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The main point of the Olivet Discourse is that the deity of Jesus cannot be separated from his humanity! However, here is an excellent summary of the events of the Olivet Discourse, using today's headlines, by Hal Lindsey, who wrote the "Late Great Planet Earth," in 1968, which sowed the seeds of desire in me to study prophecy of the Bible.

Assessing Current Events (2004) (By Hal Lindsey)

It is a world in which a Catholic archbishop can cause headlines by referring to homosexuality as "epidemic."

It is a world where people find no contradiction in demanding that everybody else conform to their narrow views because the view of the majority makes them feel like outsiders.

A world in which the prevailing legal view is that there is a "God-given right" for the God-haters to not be offended by the mention of "God" in public.

A Houston, Texas judge ruled that a Bible in a courthouse might give the impression Houston's Harris County has a preference for Christianity. A Bible in a courthouse! Is he kidding?

Up seems to be down and black seems to be white. For the first time in the history of mankind, the main topic of debate is over a question no previous generation would even entertain. The question baffling this generation is not "where did I come from?" or, "Is there an afterlife?" That doesn't seem to be as important as whether marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Meanwhile, the Earth itself seems to be in rebellion. The Asian mega-quake that changed geography caused the planet to vibrate like a tuning fork. It knocked the planet far enough off its axis to momentarily change time – and this may only be the beginning.

There are warnings of a sudden shift in the Earth's poles, a reversal of the Earth's magnetic fields and the fear of the onset of a new Ice Age.

Environmentalists warn that global warming will raise the world's sea levels, resulting the catastrophic flooding and loss of life. Many scientists warn that the shift of mass from the concentration of solid ice caps due to melting and being distributed in the oceans could further exacerbate the Earth's wobbling axis.

Meanwhile, the sun continues to convulse, sending out massive showers of debris into the solar system, while irradiating the Earth with unprecedented doses of solar radiation. It is, according to some prominent Russian scientists, the most active period of solar activity in 8,000 years.

The past year broke all the records in terms of natural disasters. This year began with earthquakes, floods, unseasonably cold weather in some places, unseasonably warm in others, and nobody seems to be able to explain what is going on.

The economy is at once both robust and growing and teetering on the edge of catastrophe. Economists warn that it would take just one push in the right direction at the right time for the whole house of cards to come collapsing around our ears.

Meanwhile, NASA just spent hundreds of millions to launch a spacecraft designed to impact with a comet in deep space to see if it is possible to deflect a killer asteroid. Does anyone else beside me feel like he is in a Stephen King movie?

The Bible prophets describes the last days as a period of ever-increasing wars and natural disasters. Jesus, Himself, predicted that there would be wars and rumors of wars, great earthquakes, plagues of deadly diseases, cataclysmic weather changes and famine just before His return. He likened all these things to birth pangs. He said that as the time approached, they would increase in both frequency and intensity.

He spoke of signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars. He warned of the distress of nations, saying things would grow so frightening that men's hearts would fail them for fear, just in looking at what is coming.

But all these terrors are just the beginning of a period of catastrophe and death so profound that Jesus, Himself, said no time in history has ever been like it before – nor ever will be again.

Amidst all the fear and uncertainty, however, Jesus promised great hope. He said that, just before the beginning of the 7-year period, He would come again and receive to Himself all those who put their faith in Him and receive the gift of pardon He paid for with His own blood.

We see the shadows of predicted events that tell us the time known as the Tribulation Period is almost upon us. To those who understand the prophecy of the Bible that means time is extremely short. Do not put off receiving the gift of pardon that Jesus purchased for you and put your name on it. Don't get left behind. The consequences of that will be beyond anything you can imagine.

Here in 2013 these statements still apply by Hal! And it shows how patient God is to allow the immorality to even get worse! How much more patient can our God be!

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The Olivet Discourse actually appears in one other gospel, Mark 13 . Luke 21 also points toward these same signs but scholars are not certain as to where Jesus was when He spoke them. So they are not technically part of the Olivet Discourse. Luke 21: 37 tells us that Jesus taught in the Temple during the day and slept on the Mount of Olives at night, however, so Luke makes for interesting reading and I will make some references to it later. Each book gives us unique hints about this discourse, which is one of the longest on prophecy in the entire Bible. We'll mainly use Matthew, but supplement with Mark. If you are interested in a table, I developed, comparing Matthew 24, Daniel 9 and Revelation go to Future Prophecy.
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To set the scene for this chapter of the New Testament (NT) we must realize that the disciples were really proud of the temple, which stood in Jerusalem, and were probably boasting about it to Jesus. It was god-like or an icon to them. Jesus, being God, is terribly offended by this type of talk, but tried to instruct them with love and understanding. He was also trying to prepare them for a time when they would have to stand up for Him unto death!



HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE

Start with this article about a guy who has made it his goal to replicate what the Temple looked like seen below.



Click on for another picture of how it might have looked.
On this day (7/15/2014), the 17th of Tammuz (on the Jewish Calendar - see the top of the page for current Jewish dates) :

Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar's Army) broke through the Temple walls, stopping the Temple sacrifices (587 BC)!
The Roman armies (under Titus) stopped the Temple sacrifices, exactly on the same day (70 AD)!

These events led to the destruction of both Temples, on the 9th of Av, the same year!

Consequently, this began a 21-day period of mourning, to this day, from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av!

Let's begin with a brief review of the temple and it's importance to the Jews. The temple was first built in 950 BC by Solomon, son of David (1 Kings 1:5-8). In 825 BC Jeoash, king of Israel attacked Jerusalem, broke down the walls, and plundered the Temple treasury(2 Kings 14:13-14). In 585 BC Jerusalem was invaded again by king Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon, who captured and destroyed the First Temple(2 Kings 25:8-10). In 535 BC after being "stirred up" by the Lord, King Cyrus of Persia, made the proclamation that called for the Jews to return home to jerusalem, so they could rebuild the Temple of God(Ezra 1:1-4)& (Ezra 6:3-15). In 515 BC a proclamation that King Cyrus made for the rebuilding of the Temple was not immediately acted upon. In fact, the decree remained filed away and forgotten until Zerubbabel rose to challenge of rebuilding the Temple. After some wrangling with government red tape, Zerubbabel received the blessings of king Darius to continue his work(Ezra 5:2-3) &(Ezra 6:1-12). In 170 BC Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria, plundered the temple and offered a pig on the Temple altar (Dan11:31). In 165 BC the Maccabees successfully revolted against Antiochus Epiphanes allowing for rededication of the Temple and a brief period of freedom for the Jewish people(The book of Maccabees). Finally, in 20 BC Herod the Great started a remodeling job on the Temple site, continuing until the point in time in Matthew 24(John 2:20).

So, you can see how the Jews had struggled to keep a temple and as a result, were very proud of it. After all, it was the only place where Jews could commune with God. Of course it was through a priest. At this point Jesus decides to reveal to them how their temple, which they possibly reveared more than Him at this point in their lives, would be destroyed. We must realize that they were not yet indwelt by the Holy Spirit, as we as believers are, and were primarially ruled by their flesh! Do you realize that there are groups intent on rebuilding the temple, today in Israel? Implements for resuming sacrifices and priestly garments are being completed, in preparation! The Temple Mount Faithfull Organization is a good place to start looking for this type of information. They have a "cornerstone" that they try, at least annually, to take to the temple mount, where they think it should be located! They keep getting turned away, for obvious reasons. Go here and read about an alternative location for the Temple! As we will read later, it appears that as the following prophecies unfold, there may be a temple built, which will be descecrated by a future "world" leader. Are these signs that we are in the "end times."

Here is an intriguing article, "Jewish Women Recreating Temple Veil", which may be a sign of, at least the desire, to build the Temple.

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The Temple Priest's Robe has been finished for use in the new Temple.


Here is an intriguing article about the Sanhedrin, which assisted the Romans in putting Jesus to death! It's forming is the first in 2000 years.

Sanhedrin Launched In Tiberias Wednesday, October 13, 2004 / 28 Tishrei 5765

A unique ceremony - probably only the 2nd of its kind in the past 1,600 years - took place in Tiberias today: The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the Land of Israel.

A unique ceremony - probably only the second of its kind in the past 1,600 years - is taking place in Tiberias today: The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the Land of Israel.

The Sanhedrin, a religious assembly that convened in one of the Holy Temple chambers in Jerusalem, comprised 71 sages and existed during the Tannaitic period, from several decades before the Common Era until roughly 425 C.E. Details of today's ceremony are still sketchy, but the organizers' announced their intention to convene 71 rabbis who have received special rabbinic ordination as specified by Maimonides.

An attempt to reconvene the Sanhedrin was made several centuries ago in Tzfat. The body in fact ordained such greats as Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the classic Jewish Law code Shulhan Arukh. However, the opposition of other leading rabbis soon forced the end of the endeavor.

One of the leaders of today's attempt to revive the Sanhedrin is Rabbi Yeshai Ba'avad of Beit El. He said that the 71 rabbis "from across the spectrum received the special ordination, in accordance with Maimonides' rulings, over the past several months." Rabbi Ba'avad explained that the membership of the new body is not permanent: "What is much more crucial is the establishment of this body. Those who are members of it today will not necessarily be its members tomorrow. But the goal is to have one rabbinic body in Jerusalem that will convene monthly and issue rulings on central issues. This is the need of the generation and of the hour."

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple institute in Jerusalem, is one of the participating rabbis. He told Arutz-7 today, "Whether this will be the actual Sanhedrin that we await, is a question of time - just like the establishment of the State; we rejoiced in it, but we are still awaiting something much more ideal. It's a process. Today's ceremony is really the continuation of the renewal of the Ordination process in Israel, which we marked several months ago. Our Talmudic Sages describe the ten stages of exile of the Sanhedrin from Jerusalem to other locations, until it ended in Tiberias - and this is the place where it was foretold that it would be renewed, and from here it will be relocated to Jerusalem."

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Also, see this video on the current efforts to rebuild the temple. click here.

Read on and let the Holy Spirit assist you in making a determination, if you will!

He tells them, "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."(Mt.24:2)

This prompts them to ask, "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" (Mt.24:3)

This is when Jesus began to respond with a series of statements that I believe not only applied to their generation but to ours!

Responding in Mat 24:4 "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2b (NKJ)

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FALSE CHRISTS - MAITREYA & OTHERS

Mat 24:5 (Rev 6:2)"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

Let us begin our discussion, especially in light of having just discussed the Temple, with how the Jews see the coming Messiah, relative to the Temple. The following article from Aish.com is intriguing and inciteful:

The Messiah In Judaism, who is the Messiah? The messiah is a God fearing, pious Jew, who is both a great Torah scholar and a great leader as well. He is a direct descendent of King David, and will be anointed as the new Jewish King. (In fact, the Hebrew word for messiah - "Moshiach" - means "anointed one."). When the messiah comes, there will be a universal recognition of the truth of Torah and the God Who gave that Torah at Mount Sinai. All Jews will return to the Land of Israel, where they will throw off the yoke of their enemies and undergo a complete spiritual revival. They will embrace the faith of their forefathers and dedicate themselves to God's service forever. They will re-build the Holy Temple, from where the Divine presence will shine forth, spreading the light of truth, justice, tolerance and peace throughout the world. Today, the world is beset by jealousy, greed, theft, violence, lying, impatience, intolerance, deception and fraud. We are suspicious of our neighbors and cynical of our leaders. We are factionalized, and we worship different gods. Rather than cooperate, we compete. We are manipulative and seek advantage at the expense of others. It's dog-eat-dog and every man for himself. We withdraw into our homes behind a curtain of satellite dishes, internet, and take-out food. We shield ourselves from the harsh realities and worst of all, we despair of the notion that things can be much better. We shrug our shoulders and lament, "That's just the way life is." Judaism says "No." When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, God assured us of a path back. Statesmen may speak of "peace in our time," but the Jewish prophet said it best: "The lamb will lie down with the lion... and young children will play at the cobra's nest" (Isaiah 11:6). "Shalom," the Hebrew word for "peace," comes from the root "shaleim," which means complete or whole. "Shalom," says the Talmud, is one of the Names of God, for His unity encompasses all. This "one-ness" is the primary theme of the Jewish Pledge of Allegiance: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One!" The word "Shalom" is also part of the name "Jeru-Salem." How can we hasten the coming of the Messiah? The best way is to love all humanity generously, to keep the mitzvahs of the Torah (as best we can), and to encourage others to keep them as well. We also must pray to God to hasten the coming of the Messiah. The Talmud says that one of the first questions a Jew is asked on Judgement Day is: "Did you yearn for the arrival of the Messiah?" Praying for such an event increases our sensitivity to what we currently lack, and demonstrates our sincere desire for the Messiah to arrive. If we so desire, he can come today.

The Jew: The Talmud says on Judgement Day, "Did you yearn for the arrival of the Messiah?" The Christian: looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2: 13(NKJ)

I heard a commentator say, a few years ago, that there are 2,000 individuals in Los Angelos, alone, who claim to be The Christ. Most of us remember, James Jones, who claimed divinity and several hundred followers found out the hard way that he really wasn't! David Koresh took his following to the grave with him and it wasn't the second coming! Heaven's Gate followed suite. And in 2000, as many as 450 members of the Ten Commandments of God doomsday cult were killed by setting themselves on fire. The list goes on and on.

The following individual is claimed to be the christ, by Benjamin Creme:

The Christ or Lord Maitreya (My-'tray-ah) has a sponsor which you can visit at are International. Quoting from this site:

"He has been expected for generations by all of the major religions. Christians know Him as the Christ, and expect His imminent return. Jews await Him as the Messiah; Hindus look for the coming of Krishna; Buddhists expect Him as Maitreya Buddha; and Muslims anticipate the Imam Mahdi or Messiah."

You might find this forum, Eastwood's World of Prophecy interesting, also. This guy has actually visited one of Benjamin Creme's teachings and definitely felt some type of demonic presence.

Here is a 2010 you tube video (VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED) entitled "Maitreya, The World Teacher Steps Forward"! As you will see, only the old Benjamin Creme speaks and no Maitreya steps forward, with the excuse that he has given his first interview on a US TV program but appears as a regular man. And curiously he will not reveal his identity until the majority of the world accepts him! Creme has made a living of promoting this guy for 30+ years! Watch it for yourself:

Curiously and maybe coincidently, Creme has stated in the past, that the Maitreya was born in 1972 in Britain and would initially deny his deity until accepted. Well Raj Patel fits this MO and in January of 2010 became a US citizen. From Wikipedia, "Born in London in 1972 to a mother from Kenya and a father from Fiji, he grew up in Golders Green in north-west London where his family ran a corner shop. Patel received a B.A in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, from Oxford, and a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics, and gained his PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2002. He has been a visiting scholar at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley. As part of his academic training, Patel worked at the World Bank, World Trade Organization and the United Nations. He has since become an outspoken public critic of all of these organizations, and claims to have been tear-gassed on four continents protesting against his former employers." His latest book is, "The value of Nothing". "Stuffed and Starved" was his first book. Go Here for more on him.

See the youtube interview of him:

After listening to this guy, he seems pretty sharp and who knows, if he is incarnated by Satan, as the Antichrist will be, he could fool many?

looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2: 13(NKJ)

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OTHER POSSIBLE FALSE CHRIST CANDIDATES:

The world is clamoring for peace in light of the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict, so much so that the following quote was from a November 26, 2000 article and still applies in 2012, "Now we are in urgent need of an objective and honest broker who shares the confidence of all sides to bring us to the negotiating table, while reducing tension and violence. America cannot do it, Russia has no serious clout. The solution must be found elsewhere, perhaps in one of the European Union countries. Someone must present both sides with a way out before it is too late for a peaceful solution." The stage seems to be setting for Mr. Antichrist to soon appear? I will now add in the year 2012 that "we saw through a glass darkly" then and did not realize the advancement of Islam that would occur, perhaps setting up a Muslim Antichrist? This would explain why in Revelation people are beheaded for not accepting his "regime"?

The Shia Muslims are waiting for a possible "False Prophet" or "Antichrist" candidate, called the 12th Imam. Those who hold this view are even called "Twelvers"! From Wikipedia ( The Mahdi), "Twelver Shi'as cite various references from the Qur'an and reports, or Hadith, from Imam Mahdi and the twelve Shi'a Imams with regard to the reappearance of al-Mahdi who would, in accordance with Allah's command, bring justice and peace to the world by establishing Islam throughout the world.

Mahdi is reported to have said: Shi'as believe that Imam al-Mahdi will reappear when the world has fallen into chaos and civil war emerges between the human race for no reason. At this time, it is believed, half of the true believers will ride from Yemen carrying white flags to Makkah, while the other half will ride from Karbala, in Iraq, carrying black flags to Makkah. At this time, Imam al-Mahdi will come wielding Allah's Sword, the Blade of Evil's Bane, Zulfiqar (Arabic: ذو الفقار, ðū l-fiqār), the Double-Bladed Sword. He will also come and reveal the texts in his possession, such as al-Jafr and al-Jamia.

Shi'as believe that Jesus will also come (after Imam Mahdi's re-appearance) and follow the Imam Mahdi to destroy tyranny and falsehood and to bring justice and peace to the world.[15]" This scenario could fit perfectly with the prophesied Antichrist with his False Prophet, in the New Testament Book of Revelation.

Here is video of such a presentation by Walid Shoebat, former PLO terrorist laying out this Muslim Antichrist scenario:

There are others, being watched by bible scholars, as possible candidates for the "mother" of all "false christs" the Antichrist. Understand that I am not saying any of these men are the Antichrist. They have traits that he will have. I hope to be raptured before he appears on the scene and is fully revealed. You will have to be the judge of whether or not they are candidates? They are shown below:


ANTICHRIST/FALSE CHRISTS CANDIDATES
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Cardinal Lustiger
Tony Blair Otto Von Hapsburg
Sami Issac Prince Charles
Osama Bin Laden Juan Carlos
Benjamin Netanyahu Romano Prodi
John Kerry Silvio Berlusconi
Bashar Assad King Abdullah
Recep Erdoğan/Abdullah Gul Muhammed Fethullah Gülen
Pope Joseph Ratzinger Pope John Paul II



Ronald Weinland

(1949 - )


I am adding a "False Christ" category to this area because of their possible leading people away just like the Antichrist, warning us three times, by our Lord, in Matthew 24! Ronald Weinland is the first of probably many to come:

Author of “The Prophesied End-Time” & “2008 - God’s Final Witness”. He has a free ebook Here and his latest prophecy update is Here . Basically, he claims that the Trials and Tribulations began in December of 2008 and the Lord will return (Rapture, I think?) by the end of May 27, 2012). If this had been true, most scholars (and I agree) would claim that a 7-yr. peace treaty would have had to be established, with the true Antichrist, by now. Oh, I almost forgot a small point (NOT), he and his wife claim to be the two witnesses mentioned in Revelations, who will proclaim the gospel, calling fire down from heaven, and be slain by the Antichrist in the middle of T&T! As an update: " In November 2012, Weinland was sentenced to 42 months in prison for tax evasion;[4] he began his prison term in February 2013,[5] though he continued to issue sermons and prophecies to his followers". Click Here for a site that is keeping track of his timeline and all of the things that have not happened, as he prophesied!



Harold Camping

(1943 - )


When Harold Camping missed his October 21, 2011 date he finally admitted that he was wrong. Now if he continues to repent, we might let him off the hook? Apparently he predicted the rapture would occur in 1994, also! Now, if I understand his 67 page diatribe, is that 1988 was the year the Great Tribulation started, curiously the same year another false prophet, Edgar C. Whisenant, wrote the book, "88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Occur". Another Engineer, as is Harold, he now knows the truth, having died in 2001! Camping is also a retired engineer, as am I! What is it with us engineers? Slap me if you find me coming up with the exact date of the rapture LOL! My normal reaction to date setters, is "well this is another day we know the Lord will not return on."

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

(1971 - )

"Al-Baghdadi is believed to have been born in Samarra, Iraq (78 miles N. of Baghdad) in 1971. Reports suggest that he was a cleric in a mosque in the city at around the time of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq.

He holds a PhD in Islamic studies from a university in Baghdad.

After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, al-Baghdadi reportedly led several smaller militant groups before being promoted to a seat on the Majlis al-Shura of the mujahideen and the judicial council of the Islamic State of Iraq.

In 2014, it was reported that Al-Baghdadi was in US custody in 2005, and was held at Camp Bucca, a US-controlled detention facility in Iraq, until he was transferred to Iraqi control in 2009[12] under an agreement signed by President George W. Bush the previous year. During an interview, US Army Col. Kenneth King, the commander of Camp Bucca at the time of al-Baghdadi's detention, verified his containment and release in 2009, and revealed that al-Baghdadi's departing words were: “I’ll see you guys in New York.” However, according to US Department of Defense records, al-Baghdadi was held as a "civilian internee" at Camp Bucca by US Forces-Iraq from early February 2004 until his release in early December 2004. A Combined Review and Release Board recommended the "unconditional release" of al-Baghdadi and there is no record of him being detained by the US at any other time.

Al-Baghdadi was announced as the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq on 16 May 2010, following the death of his predecessor Abu Omar al-Baghdadi in a raid the month before. He continued to lead the group upon its formal expansion into Syria on 8 April 2013, the organization later adopting the name Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)—alternatively translated from the Arabic as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He is in charge of running all ISIS activity in Iraq.

As leader of the ISI, al-Baghdadi was responsible for managing and directing large-scale operations such as the 28 August 2011 attack on the Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad that killed prominent Sunni lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi. Between March and April 2011, the ISI claimed 23 attacks south of Baghdad, all of which were alleged to have been carried out under al-Baghdadi's command.

Following the US commando raid on 2 May 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda supreme leader Osama bin Laden, al-Baghdadi released a statement eulogizing bin Laden and threatened violent retaliation for his death. On 5 May 2011, al-Baghdadi claimed responsibility for an attack in Hilla that killed 24 policemen and wounded 72 others." For more go Here .


What is this with ISIS on Horses? Ezekiel 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: (underline mine)



Go to 41:47 in the following video to see the horses:




ISIS Holdings As Of August 7, 2014


U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could last months, Obama says
FROM WIRE REPORTS
Published: 09 August 2014 11:01 PM
Updated: 09 August 2014 11:19 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Saturday that U.S. airstrikes on militants in Iraq could continue for months, signaling an extended military presence in the skies there as Iraq’s leaders try to build a new government.

“I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Obama said at the White House. “This is going to be a long-term project.”

Go Here for the rest of the article.


US-BACKED 'MODERATE' FREE SYRIAN ARMY FACTIONS JOIN ISIS TERROR GROUP
by JORDAN SCHACHTEL 8 Jul 2014
By Breitbart.com

Reports coming out of eastern Syria Monday revealed that several factions within the Syrian opposition force known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have pledged services to the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources and eyewitnesses said that the FSA has handed over its weapons to the Islamic State in large numbers.

The Free Syrian Army was said to be a “moderate” and “secular” force, which was used as the rationale by U.S. officials to supply the opposition force with weapons and training.

Sources told Homs, Syria-based Zaman Alwasl newspaper that several factions within the FSA, including Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im, and Aisha have pledged to support the Islamic State.

The Obama administration has delivered weapons, supplies, and CIA-sponsored training to the Free Syrian Army. United States intelligence analysts estimate that the U.S. has had a hand in training as many as 20,000 FSA rebels. For the complete article go Here .


Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi addresses Muslims in Mosul
Notoriously secretive head of the organisation formerly known as Isis comes out of hiding to lead Friday prayers as "Caliph Ibrahim"
The Telegraph
By Hannah Strange
3:25PM BST 05 Jul 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque, calling on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate declared by the Sunni jihadist group. Go here for more on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which include Israel!

The notoriously secretive jihadi, who has never before been seen in public, chose the first Friday prayer service of Ramadan to make an audacious display of power in the city that the Sunni Islamists have now controlled for three weeks.


For more go Here .


How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world's most powerful jihadist leader
BY TERRENCE MCCOY June 11, Washington Post

For all his power and newfound notoriety, there are only two authenticated photos of a man now called the world's “most powerful jihadi leader.” One shows a serious man with an olive complexion and round countenance. The other, released by the Iraqi government in January, depicts an unsmiling bearded figure in a black suit. The image is cracked and blurry, as though someone had taken a picture of a picture.

The murkiness of the photo of the man who calls himself Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is appropriate. Though he is “the world's most dangerous man” to Time magazine and the “the new bin Laden” to Le Monde, the man who orchestrated the sacking of northern Iraq's largest city and today controls a nation-size swath of land, is a relatively unknown and enigmatic figure. Much of what is known of Baghdadi’s history is unconfirmed, while other information is disputed to such a degree that it’s nearly impossible to discern where fact meets Baghdadi’s rising myth. For more go Here .

Our World: Turkey’s high-risk power play By CAROLINE B. GLICK
Jerusalem Post 06/24/2014:

On the terrorism support front, today Turkey vies with Iran for the title of leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Turkey has welcomed Hamas .......

Then there is al-Qaida. .................

Erdogan’s government has allowed ISIS fighters to train in Turkey and cross the border between Turkey and Syria at will to participate in the fighting. Moreover, according to Pipes, Turkey “provided the bulk of ISIS’s funds, logistics, training and arms.”

Similarly, Turkey has sponsored the al-Nusra Front, ISIS’s al-Qaida counterpart and ally in Syria. For more go Here .


Continue to read about Turkey's leaders and why they are placed on the "False Christs" list, too! ISIS and Turkey both want an Islamic Caliphate. Some argue that they are different types, ie. Ottoman Empire vs. total Sharia, etc.


16 June 2014 Last updated at 11:29 ET BBC
Spain arrests eight in 'ISIS cell'

Spanish police say they have detained eight people on suspicion of recruiting militants to fight in Syria and Iraq.

They suspect the cell of trying to send people to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a jihadist militant group.

The cell's leader was once held at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba after being arrested in Afghanistan, a statement said. For more go Here .


Some have claimed that al-Baghdadi, upon his release from the American Detention center, staffed by New York ex-Police and Fireman, stated that he would see them in New York.




President - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

(1954 - )

Former President - Abdullah Gul

(1950 - )



Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkish pronunciation: [ɾeˈd͡ʒep tɑjˈjip ˈæɾdo(ɰ)ɑn]); born 26 February 1954) is the current President of Turkey, and has held the position since 2014. He previously served as the Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and served as the Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001 and led it to three general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down as leader upon his election as President in 2014. Originating from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, his administration has overseen social conservative and liberal economic policies.[5] His political agenda and ideals are often referred to as Erdoğanism.[6]

Erdoğan was a semi-professional footballer playing for Kasımpaşa before being elected as the Mayor of Istanbul from the Islamist Welfare Party in 1994. He was stripped of his position as mayor, banned from future political office, and imprisoned for four months, for the recitation of a poem in a political speech in 1998[7] after which he abandoned openly Islamist politics and established the moderate conservative AKP in 2001. The AKP won a landslide victory in the 2002 general election, with the party's co-founder Abdullah Gül becoming Prime Minister until his government annulled Erdoğan's ban from political office. Erdoğan subsequently became Prime Minister in March 2003 after winning a seat in a by-election held in Siirt.[8]

As part of his '2023 vision' for the centenary of the Turkish Republic, Erdoğan's government oversaw accession negotiations for Turkey's membership of the European Union, an economic recovery following a financial crash in 2001, changes to the constitution via referendums in 2007 and 2010, a Solution process with Kurdish militants, an allegedly Neo-Ottoman foreign policy and investments in infrastructure that included new roads, airports, and a high-speed train network.[9][10] With the help of the Cemaat Movement led by preacher Fethullah Gülen, Erdoğan was able to curb the political power of the military through the controversial Sledgehammer and Ergenekon court cases. In late 2012, his government began peace negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to end the ongoing PKK insurgency that began in 1978. The ceasefire broke down in 2015, leading to a renewed escalation in conflict. In 2016, a coup d'état was unsuccessfully attempted against Erdoğan and Turkish state institutions. This was followed by purges and an ongoing state of emergency.

Nationwide protests against the perceived authoritarianism of Erdoğan's government began in May 2013, with the internationally criticised police crackdown resulting in 22 deaths and the stalling of EU membership negotiations. Following a split with long-time ally Gülen, Erdoğan brought about large-scale judicial reforms that were criticised for threatening judicial independence, but which Erdoğan insisted were necessary to purge sympathisers of Gülen. A US$100 billion government corruption scandal in 2013 led to the arrests of Erdoğan's close allies, with Erdoğan himself incriminated.[11][12][13] Erdoğan's government has since come under fire for alleged human rights violations and crackdown on press and social media, having blocked access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube on numerous occasions.[14] Erdoğan's government lifted the bans upon court orders.[15][16][17] Journalists and opposition politicians have criticised his authoritarian tendencies; more journalists have been incarcerated in Turkey than in any other country, including North Korea.[18] Political commentators and opposition politicians have stated that Erdoğan's unceasing efforts at broadening his executive powers while also minimizing his executive accountability amount to the "fall of Turkish democracy," and the "birth of a dictator," while Erdogan supporters contend that Turkey remains as a majoritarian democracy, claiming that the government's disputed April 2017 elections were legitimate.[19][20][21][22][23]

He is a member of the Community of İskenderpaşa, a Turkish sufistic community of Naqshbandi tariqah.[36][37] Go Here .

It is claimed Here and Here that Gul's name literally means, ‘the Servant of Allah the Demon’! He "is the 11th (my wife and I keep seeing the number 11) and current President of Turkey, serving in that office since 28 August 2007. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007." He was born on October 29th, 1950, which is Republic Day , like July 4th for Americans! This was curiously in the Jewish year of 5711 (11 again), also! He feels this was part of his destiny, from a speech at Stanford! Go Here to watch!

"Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's nomination of Gül as a presidential candidate drew strong and highly vocal opposition from ardent supporters of secularism in Turkey. In May 2007, Gül's first bid for presidency was blocked by the Constitutional Court,[2] due to concern over views Gül expressed during his Welfare Party years.[3] However, following the parliamentary elections in July of the same year, which were won by the Justice and Development Party with 46.6% of the popular vote, he was eventually elected President on 28 August 2007 and was sworn in the same day, becoming the first president of Islamist background in the modern history of Turkey.[4][5]" Go Here for more.

"Elisabeth Eaves of Forbes Magazine explains: ‘It all started on April 27th [2007] when Turkey’s parliament, dominated by the governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP, nominated Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul for the presidency. Gul, like APK leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan , has his roots in Tukey’s Islamist movement. In recent years, AKP has taken actions seen as religiously motivated, like trying to ban adultery and encourage religious schools. Though Gul has pushed forward talks with the European Union and is widely seen as pro-Western and diplomatic, his opponents within Turkey regard him as an Islamist and thus a menace to secular government.’"

"When searching for the Antichrist, one must never look to the Ahmadinejads or Usamas of the world, but instead to someone with a moderate mask – at least in the beginning. His sinister, rabid hatred for Jews and Christians will not be revealed until he lures the sleep into his den. Everyone in the Middle East knows Abduallah Gul, whose name literally means ‘the Servant of Allah the Demon’."

Is Gui and his Prime Minister trying to move Turkey to the head of the revival of Muslim caliphate (Ottoman Empire), which suffered a mortal wound (as in "head wound" pronounced by some?) in 1923? See comments by the PM, in this regard, with comments from JihadWatch.org :

And he said that the "last century was only a parenthesis for us." In other words, Turkish secularism was just an interregnum, and soon we will return to the imperial caliphate of the Ottomans. "Davutoglu Invokes Ottomanism As a New Order for Mideast," by Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor, March 10 (thanks to Joshua):

...Take Davutoglu’s recent remarks on two consecutive days, March 3 and 4 — as an example. First he claims that Turkey for the first time has finally been back to the lands that were lost during the Ottoman times, and he suggests that it’s time for Turkey to take the lead to set an order for these lands and re-connect them once again — “Without going to war, we will again tie Sarajevo to Damascus, Benghazi to Erzurum and to Batumi.”...

Here is why in his own words: “Last century was only a parenthesis for us. We will close that parenthesis. We will do so without going to war, or calling anyone an enemy, without being disrespectful to any border, we will again tie Sarajevo to Damascus, Benghazi to Erzurum to Batumi. This is the core of our power,” he said. “These may look like all different countries to you, but Yemen and Skopje were part of the same country 110 years ago, or Erzurum and Benghazi. When we say this, they call it 'new Ottomanism.' The ones who united the whole Europe don’t become new Romans, but the ones who unite the Middle East geography are called as new Ottomanists. It’s an honor to be reminded with the names of Ottomans, Seljuks, Artuklu or Eyyubi, but we have never or will ever have our eye on anyone’s land based on a historic background.”...




Muhammed Fethullah Gülen

courtesy of wikipedia commons

(1941 - )



Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish writer, former imam and preacher and Islamic opinion leader. He is the founder of the Gülen movement. He currently lives in a self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

Gülen teaches an Anatolian (Hanafi) version of Islam, deriving from Sunni Muslim scholar Bediüzzaman Said Nursi's teachings and modernizes them. Gülen has stated his belief in science, interfaith dialogue among the People of the Book (Jews), and multi-party democracy. He has initiated such dialogue with the and some Jewish organizations.

Gülen is actively involved in the societal debate concerning the future of the Turkish state, and Islam in the modern world. He has been described in the English-language media as "one of the world's most important Muslim figures." In the Turkish context Gülen appears relatively conservative and religiously observant.

Though he has never been a member of a Sufi tarekat and does not see tarekat membership as a necessity for Muslims, he teaches that Sufism is the inner dimension of Islam and the inner and outer dimensions must never be separated.

Gulen movement participants have founded a number of institutions across the world which promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue activities. While Gülen's earlier works are (in Bekim Agai's words) "full of anti-missionary and anti-Western passages", during the 1990s he began to advocate interreligious tolerance and dialogue. He personally met with leaders of other religions, including Pope John Paul II, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, and Israeli Sephardic Head Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron. In the late 2000s, the movement also initiated dialogue with those of no faith[citation needed]. For example, the Dialogue Society in London, which is inspired by Gülen’s teaching, has more atheist and agnostic members of its Advisory Board than it has Muslims. Similar to Said Nursi, Gülen favors cooperation between followers of different religions (this would also include different forms of Islam, such as Sunnism vs. Alevism in Turkey) as well as religious and secular elements within society. He has been described as "very critical of the regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia" due to their undemocratic, sharia-based systems of government. Go Here for the rest of the article.




Tony Blair

(1953 - )



Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a former British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He resigned from all of these positions in June 2007.

Blair was born in Edinburgh, Scotland[9] on 6 May 1953, the second son of Leo and Hazel Blair (née Corscadden). Leo Blair, the illegitimate son of two English actors, had been adopted as a baby by Glasgow shipyard worker James Blair and his wife, Mary. Hazel Corscadden was the daughter of George Corscadden, a butcher and Orangeman who moved to Glasgow in 1916 but returned to (and later died in) Ballyshannon in 1923, where his wife, Sarah Margaret (née Lipsett), gave birth to Blair's mother, Hazel, above her family's grocery shop. George Corscadden was from a family of Protestant farmers in County Donegal, Ireland, who descended from Ulster-Scots settlers who took their family name from Garscadden,[citation needed] now part of Glasgow.
On 22 December 2007, it was disclosed that Blair, who in 1996, had been reprimanded by Cardinal Basil Hume for receiving Holy Communion at Mass despite not being a Catholic, in contravention of canon law, had converted to the Catholic faith, and that it was "a private matter". He had informed Pope Benedict XVI on 23 June 2007 that he wanted to become a Catholic. The Pope and his advisors criticised some of Blair's political actions, but followed up with a reportedly unprecedented red-carpet welcome, which included Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who would be responsible for Blair's Catholic instruction.

Cherie Blair's (Tony's wife) friend and "spiritual guru" Carole Caplin is credited with introducing her and her husband to various New Age symbols and beliefs, including "magic pendants" known as "BioElectric Shields". The most controversial of the Blairs' New Age practices occurred when on holiday in Mexico. The couple, wearing only bathing costumes, took part in a rebirthing procedure, which involved smearing mud and fruit over each others' bodies while sitting in a steam bath.

Blair has criticised other governments for not doing enough to solve global climate change. In a 1997 visit to the United States, he made a comment on "great industrialised nations" that fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Again in 2003, Blair went before the United States Congress and said that climate change "cannot be ignored", insisting "we need to go beyond even Kyoto." His record at home tends to say something different. Blair and his party have promised a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide but during his term the emissions rose. The Labour Party also claimed that by 2010 10% of the energy would come from renewable resources but in fact only 3% currently does. In 2000 Blair "flagged up" 100 million euros for green policies and urged environmentalists and businesses to work together.

Blair has established Tony Blair Associates. This firm will "allow him to provide, in partnership with others, strategic advice on a commercial and pro bono [free] basis, on political and economic trends and governmental reform." However, Blair has been the subject of criticism for apparent conflicts of interest that allow the former prime minister, now a Middle East peace envoy, to earn large sums of money, both directly and through Tony Blair Associates.

Nabil Shaath, a senior Abbas associate, said that Blair was acting as Israel's "defence attorney" in face of Abbas' application for a Palestinian state to be admitted as a full member of the United Nations. According to a recent episode of the investigative documentary series Dispatches, on the UK's Channel 4, Blair has used his Quartet role to gain introductions and proximity to Arab leaders, with whom he then signed private consulting contracts for Tony Blair Associates. He obtained one such contract, worth $40m from the Emir of Kuwait, to advise on reforms, and another from the rulers of the United Arab Emirates. Blair was instrumental in lobbying Israel to release frequencies in November 2009 for mobile phone company Wataniya to operate in the occupied West Bank. Wataniya is owned by the Qatari telecoms giant Q-Tel which bought Wataniya in 2007 with a $2 billions, loan arranged by the bank JP Morgan, according to Dispatches. Blair also works for JP Morgan, which pays him over $2m a year for providing "strategic" advice. JP Morgan stood to make "substantial profits" if the deal went through, the British documentary said. Israel had tied approval of Wataniya's frequencies to the PA dropping efforts to pursue the Goldstone report on Israeli war crimes in Gaza, through the UN. Blair also brokered another major deal with Israel for British Gas to secure contracts to exploit natural gas fields worth up to $6 billions, in the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip. Blair negotiated the deal directly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. No Palestinians in Gaza were ever consulted. Apparently Blair is not bound by any of the conflict of interest and disclosure regulations governing UN employees, or British officials even though government funds support his Jerusalem office. In 2007, the United Nations Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People spent over $400,000 on three armoured cars for Blair.

In 2009, there was speculation in the media that Blair was open to the idea of becoming the first President of the European Council, a post created in the Treaty of Lisbon that would come into force in 2009, if successfully ratified.

Go to Wikipedia for more detail on Tony.

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Sami Issac


This guy is not claiming to be God but one of the two witnesses spoken of in Revelation. Watch this video of his own statements. He indicates that 10 major things are going to take place from 2006 to 2010 with the opening of the 7th Seal (again from Revelation) with a large earthquake in June of 2006 and another one in October of 2006. Well it is October of 2008 as I write this and these things did not happen! So I am listing him here because he appears of the antichrist persuasion claiming to have divine knowledge from God and being the Daniel of the Old Testament! Here is his website if you want to research him yourself http://www.ministryofisaac.org .



Osama Bin Laden


(1957 - 2011)


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Benjamin Netanyahu


(1949 - )


After his victory in the 2013 elections, he became first person to serve in the position of Prime Minister for a third term since the founder David Ben-Gurion. Go HERE for more information!

Hawkish Netanyahu picked to form govt

Published Date: February 21, 2009 JERUSALEM: Hawkish Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked yesterday with forming a new Israeli government, fuelling concerns that a right-wing coalition could torpedo the ). When the messiah comes, there will be a universal recognition of the truth of Torah and the God Who gave that Torah at Mount Sinai. All Jews will return to the Land of Israel, where they will throw off the yoke of their enemies and undergo a complete spiritual revival. They will embrace the faith of their forefathers and dedicate themselves to God's service forever. They will re-build the Holy Temple, from where the Divine presence will shine forth, spreading the light of truth, justice, tolerance and peace throughout the world. Today, the world is beset by jealousy, greed, theft, violence, lying, impatience, intolerance, deception and fraud. We are suspicious of our neighbors and cynical of our leaders. We are factionalized, and we worship different gods. Rather than cooperate, we compete. We are manipulative and seek advantage at the expense of others. It's dog-eat-dog and every man for himself. We withdraw into our homes behind a curtain of satellite dishes, internet, and take-out food. We shield ourselves from the harsh realities and worst of all, we despair of the notion that things can be much better. We shrug our shoulders and lament, Middle East peace process.). When the messiah comes, there will be a universal recognition of the truth of Torah and the God Who gave that Torah at Mount Sinai. All Jews will return to the Land of Israel, where they will throw off the yoke of their enemies and undergo a complete spiritual revival. They will embrace the faith of their forefathers and dedicate themselves to God's service forever. They will re-build the Holy Temple, from where the Divine presence will shine forth, spreading the light of truth, justice, tolerance and peace throughout the world. Today, the world is beset by jealousy, greed, theft, violence, lying, impatience, intolerance, deception and fraud. We are suspicious of our neighbors and cynical of our leaders. We are factionalized, and we worship different gods. Rather than cooperate, we compete. We are manipulative and seek advantage at the expense of others. It's dog-eat-dog and every man for himself. We withdraw into our homes behind a curtain of satellite dishes, internet, and take-out food. We shield ourselves from the harsh realities and worst of all, we despair of the notion that things can be much better. We shrug our shoulders and lament,

Accepting the nomination from President Shimon Peres, the former premier named Iran as the main threat to Israel's existence and made no direct reference to peace talks with the Palestinians.

Peres handed Netanyahu a letter formally asking him to form a new government in the wake of the tight February 10 elections. Peres reached the decision after meeting separately with Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni of the centrist Kadima party in the hope of convincing them to form a broad government alliance.

Livni, the outgoing foreign minister emerged from the talks saying she would have nothing to do with a right-wing government. "I will not be a pawn in a government that would be against our ideals," she said.

We need a government based on a two-state solution," she added in reference to the concept of a viable Palestinian state being formed alongside Israel. But Netanyahu did not give up on his hopes of forging a broad coalition.

I turn to the Kadima and Labour leaders: let us close ranks and act together," he said at the ceremony at the president's residence in Jerusalem. "I want to meet you first and discuss the formation of a broad government coalition," he said.

In his brief speech, he did not directly mention Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and made no mention of the US-backed two-state solution, focusing instead on what he said was the threat from Iran.

Iran is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and constitutes the gravest threat to our existence since the war of independence," he said. "The responsibility we face is to achieve security for our country, peace with our neighbours and unity among us.

Reacting to the nomination, the Palestinian Authority said it will not deal with the new Israeli government if it is not committed to the peace process. "We will not deal with the Israeli government unless it accepts a two-state solution and accepts to halt settlements and to respect past accords," president Mahmud Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said.

Netanyahu believes the time is not ripe to discuss the key issues raised in the peace negotiations, including the borders of a proposed Palestinian state, and wants the talks to focus on improving daily life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

He insists Jerusalem will remain Israel's undivided capital. Palestinians want east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed, to be the capital of their future state.

Netanyahu, 59, has also insisted he would not be tied by a recent pledge by outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to withdraw settlers from the occupied Palestinian territory.

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"Netanyahu" means "gift of God." "Benjamin" means "Son of the right hand!" One can make a lot of speculation about how these definitions could be used politically! Born in Tel­Aviv on October 21, 1949, Benjamin Netanyahu grew up in Jerusalem. He spent his high school years in the United States, where his father, the historian Professor Benzion Netanyahu, taught history. Returning to Israel in 1967, Mr. Netanyahu enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces and served in an elite commando unit.

Before entering political life, Mr. Netanyahu served as a soldier and officer in an elite anti­terror unit in the Israel Defense Forces (1967­-72). Mr. Netanyahu participated in various missions during the War of Attrition, including the Beirut Airport operation. He took part in the rescue of the hijacked Sabena Airlines hostages at Ben Gurion Airport, in which he was wounded. He was also cited for outstanding operational leadership by O.C. Northern Command, the late Maj. Gen. Motta Gur. He was discharged from the I.D.F. in 1972 and reached the rank of captain following the Yom Kippur War.

Mr. Netanyahu received a B.Sc. in Architecture and an M.Sc. in Management Studies from MIT. He also studied political science at MIT and Harvard University.

After completing his studies he was employed by the Boston Consulting Group, an international business consulting firm. He later joined the senior management of Rim Industries in Jerusalem.

In 1979 he initiated and organized an international conference against terrorism, under the auspices of the Jonathan Institute ­ a private foundation dedicated to the study of terrorism, which was named after his brother Jonathan who fell while leading the rescue party at Entebbe.

World leaders, including former U.S. President George Bush and former Secretary of State George Shultz, participated in this conference and a subsequent one in 1984. Mr. Netanyahu has been credited by Mr. Shultz for his central role in effecting a change in American policies on international terrorism.

In 1982, at the request of then ­Ambassador Moshe Arens, Mr. Netanyahu assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission in the Israeli Embassy in Washington. He was a member of the first delegation to the talks on strategic cooperation between Israel and the United States. Two years later he was appointed Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations and served there for four years. As U.N. ambassador, Mr. Netanyahu led the effort that opened the U.N. Nazi War Crimes Archives in 1987.

Returning to Israel in 1988, Mr. Netanyahu was elected to the 12th Knesset as a Likud member and was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister.

During the Gulf War he served as Israel's principal representative in the international arena. In October 1991, he was a senior member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference, which initiated the first direct negotiations between Israel and Syria, Lebanon, and a joint Jordanian­Palestinian delegation.

On March 25, 1993, he was elected Likud Party Chairman and the party's candidate for Prime Minister.

As Chairman of the Likud Party since 1993, Benjamin Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister of Israel in May 1996 in the first direct election of prime minister in Israel, serving in this position until July 1999. Following his defeat in the 1999 elections, he resigned from the chairmanship of the Likud and from the 15th Knesset.

In November 2002 Benjamin Netanyahu was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Netanyahu is the author and editor of several books:

Self Portrait of a Hero: From the Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu 1963-1976 (Edited 1978)

International Terrorism: Challenge and Response (Edited 1979)

Terrorism: How the West Can Win. (Edited 1986)

A Place Among Nations: Israel and the World (1992)

Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists (1995)

Mr. Netanyahu is married to Sara, and is the father of Noa, Yair and Avner.

He was the only one invited to speak to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Terror. He received a standing ovation! An attribute of the future antichrist will be "peace and safety." Go to his site for more information. He has hosted several conferences on international terrorism (1979 and 1984).

Born in Telaviv, he grew in Jerusalem, and spent his high school years in the US, with his father. In 1967, he returned to Jerusalem and served in an IDF Commando Unit.

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John F. Kerry


(1943 - )


Did I call it or what, when I said I would leave JFK as a candidate after he failed in the Presidential election (see below)! He is back in the news with his appointment as Secretary of State, a very powerful, global position!

Well, with the results of the election, I guess JFK becomes less of a candidate, for the time being anyway! I will leave him up, however, because only God knows, if he will be back, and he is an interesting fella!

John Forbes Kerry (Kohn)(JFK), current democratic challenger, against George W. Bush, is known as the most liberal senator in the senate! Why would I place him as someone to watch as a possible "antichrist?" Read on! He is a walking paradox! I was not even considering him until I found out that he is JEWISH!!!! Yeah, he is a "skull and bonesman" and an obvious "globalist." He also is married to a wealthy former-republican (just a year ago)who has between 50 and 60 factories overseas (what about the exporting jobs controversey?)! He claims Irish decent (bunch of malarky?) and catholic with the initial JFK! What more do you need to succeed in Massachusetts?

Click on News of candidate’s Jewish roots adds another flavor to campaign and A JEWISH CZECH IN JOHN KERRY'S COURT for some interesting articles.

It is interesting that Kerry, covers a broad spectrum of "appeal potential," in that he is a lawyer, like Clinton and can control the courts, tall and attractive for the ladies, a radical environmentalist and a veteran (although suspicious as to his true colors)!

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Bashar Assad


(1965 - )


Assad sworn in, vows to retake all Syria from rebels
ReutersBy By Marwan Makdisi | Reuters – 7/16/2014

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Bashar al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his
opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.
After taking the oath of office before a Koran and a copy of the constitution, the president of 14 years delivered a defiant speech,
vowing to recover all Syria from Islamist insurgents. Go Here for the rest of the story.


As I show next, he is considered a wise beast. Does this apply to his still being in power, in 2014, with hoodwinking the US into letting him remove his chemical weapons? Keep watching this Assyrian!


Bashar Assad, the appointed dictator of Syria is shown along side the picture of his late father, who coincidently died on the jewish feast of Pentecost. He also died on the date, in 1967, when Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. Curiously, many years ago Hafez, changed his family name from Wahash to Assad, according to an article in the Jersalem Post. So what you say! Well "Wahash" means "beast" and "Assad" means "lion." Is it not curious that a name applied to the Antichrist is also "beast." Also, a name applied to Christ is "Lion" or "Lion of Juda." It gets even more interesting, however. Bashra also mean "astute or wise." So for those who might think Bashra might be a candidate, his name translates, "wise beast." The antichrist will try to appear christ-like and chosing a name similiar to that applied to the real Christ might be a ploy.

Click on Assad for the complete article.

It is interesting that Bashra, was trained in medicine in England and is very familiar with western ways, much unlike his late father. He is said to enjoy the internet, also. Some think the internet may some day be used to track people and curiously, WWW which stands for the World Wide Web can be translated, in Hebrew, to stand for "666." Bashra's wife has a degree in Computer Science, so she may be able to assist in the future use of the Internet to control how people "buy and sell"! This is another identifier of the antichrist. His father began preparing him when he was 33, the age of Jesus when He died! Maybe these are all coincidences or maybe not?

Some how he has avoided overthrow after a year and a half of attempts by rebellions and foreign forces (as of January 2013)! Could he be receiving divine (satanic) guidance? Remember Revelation seems to indicate that the person chosen for the Antichrist will be indwelt by Satan during the later part of Trials and Tribulations. Go HERE for more information about Assad.

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Pope Francis (formerly Cardinal Bergoglio)
1936 -

This guy (sorry Peter told me to call no one father) is soooooo ecumenical! Even Atheists find something they like about him!

Bergoglio is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is both the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas. He is also the first pope from outside Europe since Pope Gregory III in the 8th century.

Speculation on the Catholic Malichy's prophecy of future Popes and this Pope being Petrus Romanus and the last, has been squelched! See the following video detailing the prophecy.

Here is more detail on Bergoglio Pope Francis .

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of Italian immigrants of Piedmontese origin, Mario José Bergoglio, a railway worker, and his wife Regina María Sivori, a housewife. He graduated from a technical secondary school as a chemical technician and then, at the age of 21, decided to become a priest.

Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus on 11 March 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto. In 1960, Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel; in 1964 and 1965, he taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada, a high school in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, and in 1966 he taught the same courses at the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires.

In 1967, Bergoglio finished his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 13 December 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Facultades de Filosofía y Teología de San Miguel (Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel), a seminary in San Miguel, Buenos Aires province. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.

The Society of Jesus promoted Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel, and served in that capacity until 1986. He spent several months at Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany, while considering possible dissertation topics and returned to Argentina to serve as confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

Bergoglio has affirmed church teaching on homosexual practices; that they are intrinsically immoral. However he has stressed the importance of respecting homosexual persons. He opposes same-sex marriage, and unsuccessfully opposed legislation introduced in 2010 to legalize same-sex marriage in Argentina, calling it a "real and dire anthropological throwback".

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Otto Von Hapsburg of the ruling house of AUSTRIA (1282-1918).

The family originally held lands in Alsace and NW Switzerland, and Otto (d. 1111) took the name Hapsburg when he was made count. In 1273 Count Rudolf IV became king of the Germans as RUDOLF I; his war with Ottocar II of Bohemia resulted in Ottocar's defeat (1278) and confirmation of Hapsburg possession of Austria, Carniola, and Styria. These lands and the Austrian ducal title were declared hereditary in 1282, and in 1335 Carinthia, too, was claimed. The possessions were divided (1365) between the Albertine and the Leopoldine lines but were reunited under Holy Roman Emperor MAXIMILIAN I in the late 15th cent. Tyrol (1363), NE Istria (1374), and Trieste (1382) were added to the Hapsburg domain. From the election (1438) of Albert II as German king, the head of the Hapsburgs, with one exception, was chosen German king and Holy Roman emperor. Through marriage the Hapsburgs gained most of the Low Countries, and Hapsburg power reached its zenith under Emperor CHARLES V, who had inherited (1516) the crown of Spain. Charles was succeeded in Spain by his son, PHILIP II, and in Austria by his brother, Emperor FERDINAND I. The Spanish Hapsburgs died out in 1700. In Austria the PRAGMATIC SANCTION (1713) guaranteed the indivisibility of the Hapsburg domains and the succession of MARIA THERESA. Her son, Emperor JOSEPH II, began the line of Hapsburg-Lorraine. In 1806 Holy Roman Emperor FRANCIS II abdicated and assumed the title emperor of Austria. In 1867 the Hapsburg empire was reorganized into the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN MONARCHY, which was dissolved at the end of WORLD WAR I.

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Charles, Prince of Wales 1948-, prince of Wales, eldest son of ELIZABETH II of Great Britain and heir apparent to the British throne. He was created prince of Wales in 1958. Prince Charles has become an outspoken critic of modern architecture, and in 1992 150he established an architectural institute to promote more traditional approaches to building. In 1981 he married Lady Diana Spencer (see DIANA, princess of Wales); they separated in 1992. They have two sons, William and Henry. Some conspiricists believe that the tragic car crash, in which Diana was killed, was planned to silence or get rid of her because of the embarassment her affair was having on the monarchy.

The BBC had an interesting article on the Prince in 1994

"so much of what I try to do is behind the scenes. So it is difficult for people to understand how all the things fit together." - Prince of Wales, BBC's "Newsnight" 1994."

If you think the Prince of Wales is just another ineffective figurehead - THINK AGAIN! Not only does he state on his website that he "refuses to be a figurehead" but endevours to only join or found organizations that are effective and that he can effect. What he has accomplished is simply astounding. He has formed the world's largest global intra-organization made up of all the key government bodies, corporations, businesses, and civil organizations - all under his personal directorship! It is called the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum formerly known as the Prince's Business Leaders Forum. And it stands to be the most influencial entity ever known - directing world government and economic development policies. Never have all these organizations joined together in unity, and many have never submitted to any other organization before. Such impressive members as the European Union and the United Nations!

The following list of main CSR members does not included the vast list of other important organizations the prince directs. He is president of 370 organizations not including chivalric orders such as the Order of the Garter in which he presides over such notable persons as Prince Michael, the Duke of Kent and Grandmaster of Freemasonry. Now these are not dutiless honourary titles nor unfilled seats, on the contrary, the prince is completely active and effective in his role as president of each one.

The prince has realised that the position that affords him the greatest leverage in the world is not as king, nor as a government administer, but rather as the pre-eminant policy maker through international banking, economics, and corporations - the real and effective power in the world.

This CSR list also does not include the thousands of banks and corporations already sworn under the crown of england in London nor such powerful entities founded by Britain such as the CFR or Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs, or the Bilderbergers. This is all in addition to the Prince's other global projects such as the U.N. Global Security Programme, the U.N. Charter 99 for Global Government, and the Rio Summit. This conglomerate power is in addition to the 51 nation block known as the British Commonwealth which takes up 1/3 of all the seats in the U.N. One could go on about the already well established British system of international corporations, and non-governmental agencies that shape the world in which we live - but even without all those, the following list is impressive and powerful. If we could add in all the others, the amount of accumulated power and influence is simply immense. There simply is no comparable position in the world to that which the Prince of Wales currently occupies. Remember that the he now stands in a position of directorship over these entities, determining their course of policy in the future. [note: CSR is also the monogram for CAESAR] Click here for the entire list of CSR members and the full article.


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Juan Carlos - King of Spain

Juan Carlos I 1938-, king of Spain (1975-). The grandson of ALFONSO XIII, he married (1962) Princess Sophia of Greece. Francisco FRANCO named him (1969) his successor as ruler. Upon Franco's death (1975), he became the first Spanish king since his grandfather was deposed in 1931. Personally popular, he has proven to be a strong force for Spanish political stability and democracy. In Feb. 1981 he successfully foiled a right-wing military coup.

Israel has requested that Juan Carlos help mediate the latest Mideast peace negotiations. Some say this could be a "confirmation" of a covenant. Click here for more on Reasons Juan Carlos may be the Antichrist . Also, go here to see the book written by Dr. Charles Taylor, if you want even more info. about this theory!


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Romano Prodi - President of the European Commission

Nationality: ItalianPersonal details: Born 9th August 1939, Scandiano, (Reggio Emilia) Italy. Married, two sons. Education Degree in Law, Catholic University of Milan. Postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics. Academic career 1963-1971 Assistant in Political Economics at the University of Bologna. 1971-1999 Professor of Industrial Organisation and Industrial Policy at the University of Bologna. 1963-1964 Researcher at the Lombard Institute of Economic and Social Studies (ILSES). 1968 Researcher at Stanford Research Institute. 1973-1974 Professor of Economics and Industrial Politics at the Free University of Trento. 1974 Visiting Professor at Harvard University. Political career: 1978-1979 Minister for Industry. 1982-1989 Chairman of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (IRI).

1993-1994 Re-appointed Chairman of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (IRI).

1995 Chairman of the Ulivo, the centre left coalition.

1996-1999 Member of Parliament.

1996-1998 President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic.

1999 President of the European Commission.


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Silvio Berlusconi - Italy Prime Minister

Note the picture of Berlusconi and his salute. If you do it right-handed you form 3-sixes! I know it is a stretch, but it is interesting. Maybe it will be the salute of the future antichrist?

Rallying supporters, Silvio Berlusconi refers to himself as a blue collar worker, an entrepreneur, a man in tune with farmers and a craftsman.

Opponents have compared him to Zelig, the Woody Allen movie character whose appearance blends in with every person he talks to.

The the leader of the Forza Italia party and head of the centre-right coalition known as Casa delle Libertà (House of liberties) sees himself as the "best political leader in Europe and in the world."

"Because of my personal history, my professional skills and my business achievements, I am a man nobody can expect to compare himself with."

Born in Milan 65 years ago to a housewife and a bank clerk, Berlusconi is now Italy's richest man.

In 1999, he declared an income of 16.2 billion lira ($7.4 million), while his personal wealth was estimated by Forbes magazine at $12.8 million.

Berlusconi is a self-made man, a master of his own fate, whose early work experience was gathered as a singer on cruise ships.

In the 1960s, he used loans to create a firm of contractors that built Milano 2, a large suburban area near Italy's second largest city.

Ten years later, he moved into the rapidly developing television industry. Today, Berlusconi and his family own Fininvest, a company that controls the three commercial TV channels belonging to Mediaset, Italy's major private network.

Married twice, Berlusconi has five children. Marina and Piersilvio from his first marriage help manage the family business. The three younger children are from Berlusconi's second marriage with former actress Veronica Lario.

The Berlusconi family empire is vast, from telecommunications to insurance and building. It includes top football team AC Milan, the Mediolanum bank, Italy's largest publishing house Mondadori, leading daily newspaper Il Giornale and the popular news magazine Panorama.

For the time being (January 2013) he is out as Prime Minister!


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King Abdullah- King of Jordan, Wife and Parents

His Majesty King Abdullah bin al-Hussein is the 43rd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammed. King Abdullah assumed his constitutional powers as King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7, 1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away. King Abdullah is committed to building on the legacy left by the late King Hussein to further Jordan's democratic institutionalization and political pluralism, while working for a just and comprehensive peace in a climate of openness and tolerance.

Born in Amman on January 30, 1962, His Majesty is the eldest son of the late King Hussein and has four brothers and six sisters. King Abdullah began his education at the Islamic Educational College and received his secondary education at St. Edmund's School in Surrey, England, Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts, then at Deerfield Academy in the United States of America. In 1980, King Abdullah entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom, where he received his military education.

King Abdullah attended Oxford University in 1984, undergoing a one year Special Studies course in International Politics and World Affairs. Upon returning home, His Majesty continued his military path, gaining experience and working his way to the rank of Captain and the Commander of a Tank Company in the 91st Armored Brigade. From 1986 -1987, also as Captain, his Majesty was attached to the Royal Jordanian Air Force's Helicopter Anti-Tank Wing as a Tactics Instructor, where he received qualification as a Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot.

In 1987, King Abdullah attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and was in residence as a Mid-Career Fellow. He undertook Advanced Study and Research in International Affairs under the auspices of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program.

Upon returning home, His Majesty was assigned to the 17th Tank Battalion, 2nd Royal Guards Brigade and in the summer of 1989, he became Battalion 2nd-in-Command, with the rank of Major. In 1991, King Abdullah was the Armor Representative in the Office of the Inspector General. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel at the end of the year and assumed command of the 2nd Armored Car Regiment in the 10th Brigade.

Upon handing over the battalion in January 1993, King Abdullah was promoted to full Colonel and assigned as Deputy Commander of the Jordanian Special Forces. In June 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, and assumed command of the Royal Jordanian Special Forces, after having served as Deputy Commander for six months. His Majesty was appointed commander of the Special Operations Command on October 1997, and in May 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.

In addition to his career as an army officer, King Abdullah has served his country many times in the official capacity of Regent in the absence of His Majesty King Hussein, and he regularly traveled with the late King Hussein. Before his accession to the throne, King Abdullah represented Jordan and his late father on visits to many countries throughout the world, and developed close relationships with leaders and officials of a number of Arab countries during the course of his career.

King Abdullah married Queen Rania on June 10, 1993. Their Majesties have two sons, and two daughters.

King Abdullah is a qualified frogman, pilot and a free-fall parachutist. His other interests are car racing (he is a former Jordanian National Rally Racing Champion), water sports, scuba diving and collecting ancient weapons and armaments.!

For an interesting commentary about King Abdullah's possibilities of being the Antichrist, by Brother Sal, in light of recent developments, click here .

Jordan's King Abdullah Meets Jewish Rabbis in Washington

By Stephanie Ho

Washington

22 September 2005

Jordan's King Abdullah is stressing that Muslims and Jews have more in common than their current bitter rivalry in the Middle East would suggest. His efforts to reach out to the Jewish community included a meeting in Washington, with 70 American rabbis.

But in his first-ever meeting with American Jewish religious leaders, King Abdullah pointed out that these two peoples share strong connections. Among these, he said, are a common ancestor, Abraham, and a belief in one god.

"Jews and Muslims are tied together by culture and history as well," he said. "For over a thousand years, both our peoples have contributed to the complex tapestry of Middle Eastern civilization. Throughout the Middle East, Jews and Muslims borrowed a great deal from each other in the areas of philosophy, science, mysticism and law."

The Jordanian monarch has spoken often of a moderate and traditional Islam, which values life and which he has advocated in the face of more fundamentalist and militant interpretations of the religion. Muslim extremists were behind the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

At the same time, though, King Abdullah pointed out that Jews face their own radicals, such as the man who assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

"We face a common threat, extremist distortions of religion and the wanton acts of violence that derive therefrom," he reminded. "Such abominations have already divided us from without for far too long. We all too often fail to acknowledge that they also threaten to destroy us from within. This is not simply a matter of importance to Jews and Muslims. It is something that confronts and threatens the whole of humanity."

King Abdullah added that Muslims and Jews need to unite to defeat extremism.

"The only antidote is that we work together in the spirit of mutual co-operation and respect to defeat this common enemy," he said. "We must move beyond the language of mere tolerance toward true acceptance."

In the Washington meeting, King Abdullah's words were met with warm applause and four standing ovations.

One of the event coordinators, Rabbi Marc Gopin, of George Mason University, presented the Jordanian king with a special version of the Jewish holy book, the Torah.

"Gratitude is the foundation of the most ancient Jewish prayers, from the book of Psalms to our ancient prayer book. I want to thank you, Your Majesty, for every act of courage, every visionary gesture, that you and your family have offered the world. We stand in appreciation of your family's vision, courage and friendship to all, even to adversaries," he said.

The Jewish religious leader specifically applauded King Abdullah for setting what he called a hopeful example for Jordanians and for other Muslims around the world.

"I think the king is leading his people, and he is trying to set a direction that people can follow, in a very complicated world, in which there are very serious political conflicts, conflicts over territory, deep wounds of history," he said.

In his closing comments, the Jordanian monarch said he wants his message of reconciliation to have a wider audience than just the rabbis who attended the meeting.

"It is my hope that we, as children of Abraham, can go forth from this gathering with a common mission, to work together towards peace, justice and reconciliation," said King Abdullah. "The point on the religious calendar at which we find ourselves can inspire us in this endeavor. This year marks an unusual concurrence of the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar and Ramadan on the Islamic calendar, each of which begins next month."

He pointed out that these religiously significant periods would provide perfect opportunities, not only for self-examination, reflection, repentance and atonement, but also for forgiveness and renewal.

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Is there any wonder that Jesus re-emphazised the importance of "false christs" in vs. 11 and 24. He never repeated Himself this much in one teaching that we have record of. I think He is telling us that this deception will be very pronounced just before His return! Do you realize that those professing the New Age belief, claim to be God. Remember the movie, "Out On A Limb" with Shirley McClain? Standing on the beach, her teacher got her to say, "I am God." This is what Satan was telling Eve, in the garden, that if she would eat of the "tree of knowledge" she would be all knowledgeable or a god!

Did we see (May 10, 2002) the precusor to the "Mark of the Beast (Antichrist)" revealed on Good Morning America (Rev. 13), in the form of an implanted computer chip? The Bible says that this will take place in the last 7 years, before Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom. We must be close. See Good Morning America Article for the complete story!

looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2: 13(NKJ)

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RUMORS OF WARS

He goes on in Matthew 24:6 (Dan 9:27) (Rev 6:4)"And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that you are not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. " And in Matthew 24:7 "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:"

There are 60 simultaneous armed conflicts as of 6/3/2017 - likely more than anytime in history. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_armed_conflicts

The word "nation" actually is "ethnos" in the original Greek, which means "multitude living together or ethnic group." So Jesus seems to be saying there will be ethnic uprisings!

Global Conflict Trends has updated this data through 2013. Go Here for all of the data.

Trends by Armed Conflict Type, 1946-2013

Ethnic warfare became the hot topic in the years immediately following the end of the Cold War as a virtual cornucopia of these seemingly intractable (and previously "invisible") social identity conflicts exploded onto the world scene and captured public and policy eyes. In order to more fully assess the impact and importance of ethnic conflict in the post-Cold War period it is helpful to place that particular type of societal conflict into its global systemic context. The adjacent Figure compares trends for three distinct types of warfare, ethnic, revolutionary, and inter-state (including "extra-systemic" or anti-colonial wars). The perceived "sudden rise" in ethnic wars in the 1990s appears to be a curious outcropping of more general, systemic changes. As the Cold War ideologies wax and wane in the late 1980s, the support they lend to both inter-state and revolutionary intra-state wars is eroded and those types of warfare greatly diminish. The ethnic war trend, which had previously paralleled the trend of revolutionary war, continues to rise through the late 1980s and early 1990s as separatists and other political entrepreneurs attempt to take advantage of the vast changes in political arrangements that accompanied the transformation of the post-Cold War world system. Ethnic wars stand out like a "sore thumb" in the 1990s' security environment. Also, notice that the long-term trend in ethnic warfare increases relatively smoothly as compared to the other warfare trends. As the goals of social identity (ethnic) conflicts are suffused with non-negotiable symbolic issues, these conflicts are less susceptible to settlement or resolution by warfare and, so, tend to persist and/or re-emerge over time. Thus, ethnic warfare trends are less ammenable to periodic fluctuation. Also, notice that the sharply decreasing trend in ethnic warfare of the 1990s appears to have leveled off in the 2000s. (I would add that this may not be the case now that we have pulled out of Iraq and already the Sunni and Shia Muslim groups have resumed their armed conflicts. And just this month of June 2014, ISIS has claimed the start of an Islam Caliphate in parts of Iraq. It is already gaining popularity with Sunnis in Syria joining, already. The Kurds in Northern Iraq are trying to distance themselves and Turkey is casting a wary eye on them, too. And we have had the Arab Spring in Egypt, put down by the military. And with Libya and Syria falling, who knows if factions will step up ethnic conflict there? Russia is stirring up Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Anti-Saleh demonstrations, southern separatists, army mutiny, clan rivalry, and al Qaeda militants are increasing in Yemen! And Armed supporters of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states are occurring in the Sudan! So, I am not sure that ethnic conflicts have leveled off but are increasing as Jesus seemed to indicate they would? Judge for yourself!) So, go here for a complete list of wars. So in summary, I think wars have increased in my generation and though leveling, due to all of the Muslim uprisings, Wars and Rumors of War will increase, possibly leading up to the War of Ezekiel 38-39, which seems to be a Muslim-led war against Israel?

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Israel has offered peace to the "Palestinians" many times, since 1920, and each time they turned it down! Why can't the world understand that terrorists do not want peace because then they go out of business! Arafat was offered 90% of what he asked for but he rejected it because the PLO would lose justification for its existence!


In 1994, I saw an article in the Dayton Daily News:

Study: 17 nations in peril
U.N. tally of likely trouble spots includes Mexico

LONDON (AP) - Mexico, Egypt, Nigeria and 14 other nations are in danger of social disintegration, a report to the United Nations warned Wednesday....

Some key findings: The nature of conflict has changed in the past 50 years from strife between nations to discord within nations. Of 82 conflicts in the past three years with more than 1,000 battle-related deaths, 79 were within nations and only three between nations....

For the complete article click Trouble Spots!


Is there any question that this is still the trend today? In the not too distant past it was the Serbs vs. the Croats, Ruandans slaughtering each others tribes, Sadam and his Kurds and to this day the Palestinians vs. Jews, Shiites vs. Sunni's, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Hamas and on and on! And this was touted by former President Clinton, before the UN, "We now see fewer wars between nations, but more wars within them," Clinton said, adding that the U.N. must find a way to not only protect sovereign borders, but also the people who live within them.

"Everywhere in every land people of every station matter. Everyone counts," he said. "Everyone has a role to play. We all do better when we help each other." Click on Clinton's speech at the UN for the complete article.


And Professor Samuel Huntington of Harvard University writes in his book: "The Clash of Civilizations" that future wars will be without borders. They will not be between countries but between civilizations. Eastern pagan civilizations such as Islam, Mandarin China and India will modernize, but will not westernize, because westernization means Judeo-Christian western civilization. Huntington shows how these three systems await the decline and demise of western civilization during the coming 50 years.


The Associated Press came out with its list of the year's 2001 Wars! There were 59! Click on 2001 Wars for the complete article.

Are we preparing for war? Ever since the World Trade Center destruction we have been taking on "terrorism" head on. With all that is going on in Israel and with the "sabre-ratteling" going on with the Palestinians, Lebonese, Syrians, etc., war may be on the horizon. See the following article, possibly predicting a calamity, in the Mideast:


Zechariah wrote this book, which has more prophecies of Christ (except Isaiah) than any prophetic book, in 520 BC to a restored Israel, to prepare them from the "Coming of Messiah." He was both a prophet and a priest, like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and I think we can see parallels with these books.

Zechariah calls Israel to repent and gives them visions of comfort as he lays out their future - one of becoming a "burdensome stone," being attacked, but being saved by God, Who then removes "the blinders" from their eyes!

In (Zech. 8:7) God says, "I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. (Zech. 8:8) "I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem".... Looks like present day to me!

In (Zech. 8:12) He says, "The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. (8:13) As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong." Again, sounds like today to me! Israel is one of the world's largest exporters of fruits and vegetables!

Then in Zech. 9 He begins to lay out "Judgement on Israel's Enemies." Curiously He begins speaking against "Damascus" (Zech. 9:1) and "Tyre (devoured by fire) and Sidon" (Zech. 9:2) - Lebanon! Could this be where the "Coalition" or Israel strikes at terrorists next?

He goes on to speak of others in (9:5). "Ashkelon will see it (Southwest of Jerusalem) and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither." "Gaza will lose her king (could this be Arafat's death?) and Ashkelon will be deserted (it is getting the most rocket attacks by Hamas on 7/17/14) ."

(9:6) "Foreigners (Hezbolla in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza?) will occupy Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines (Palestinians?)."

It can be said that these verses portray the conquering of these areas, by Alexander the Great, in 332 BC, but like most prophecy, I think they have dual applications.

In Zech. 12 He lays out an attack on Israel. (vs. 2) "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they see the precursor to the siege against Judah and Jerusalem" (see Is. 51:17). In vs. 4, "In that day, I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness;.... See Ezek. 38:4 for the similarities.

Israel strikes back through God in vs. 6, "...like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem." Israel uses a defensive missile system called the "arrow." Could this be what Zechariah is describing here?

Could this all be describing an action by Israel on Syria and Lebanon and the possible backlash allowing God to put "the hooks into the jaws" of Gog/Magog and dragging them to attack Israel, as spoken of in Ezk. 38?

One can argue that this is describing Armageddon, but the following chapters seem to more aptly describe this when it says, "the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity,..." (Zech. 14:2).


Before leaving this topic of wars among ethnic groups, here is an interesting article to read from Blessed Hope Ministry called the "Palestinian Paradox." The author (unknown) gives a great argument of why the vast area of former Israel and Jordon were part of the "Palestine Region," not a Palestinian country, speaking the same language as other Arabs and having very few distinguishing features. And thus, the Palestinians never existed, at least as a unique country, consisting of roving bedouin tribes. Arabs did not seriously start to immigrate there until the Israeli's began to bring the desert wasteland back to life (fullfillment of Ezk. 36). The author notes that this is a fullfillment of Deut. 32. "It is interesting to note that the Bible makes reference to a fictitious nation confronting Israel. They have provoked me to jealously by worshipping a non-god, angered me with their vanities. I will provoke them with a non-nation; anger them with a foolish nation (Deuteronomy 32:21). Click on the link above, for the entire article!

For God did not appoint us (Christians) to suffer wrath..., 1 Thessalonians 5: 9(NKJ)

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FAMINE

Jesus went on to sayin the rest of Mat 24:7 (Rev 6:5)" and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." In Luke 21 He adds " and fearful events and great signs from heaven."

Is it obvious that famine is here to stay and arguably getting worse? See what some recent articles have to say:


Almost a billion go hungry worldwide!

"An unparalleled number of severe food shortages has added 43 million to the number of people going hungry worldwide this year. And millions of children are now at risk of acute malnutrition, charities are warning. One week ahead of David Cameron's "hunger summit", they say that unless action is taken urgently, many more could fall victim." Go Here for the entire article.


We are now one year away from global riots, complex systems theorists say!

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What’s the number one reason we riot? Hunger — food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense, motherboard reports.

In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute (CSI) unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest.

Technology Review explains how CSI’s model works: “The evidence comes from two sources. The first is data gathered by the United Nations that plots the price of food against time, the so-called food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. The second is the date of riots around the world, whatever their cause.” Plot the data, and it looks like this the above graph.

Black dots are the food prices, red lines are the riots. In other words, whenever the UN’s food price index, which measures the monthly change in the price of a basket of food commodities, climbs above 210, the conditions ripen for social unrest around the world. For billions of people around the world, food comprises up to 80% of routine expenses. When prices jump, people can’t afford anything else; or even food itself. And if you can’t eat — or worse, your family can’t eat — you fight.

(Credit: Marco Lagi, Karla Z. Bertrand, Yaneer Bar-Yam)

Today, the food price index is hovering around 213, where it has stayed for months — just beyond the tip of the identified threshold. Low corn yield in the U.S., the world’s most important producer, has helped keep prices high.

“Recent droughts in the mid-western United States threaten to cause global catastrophe,” Yaneer Bar-Yam, one of the authors of the report, recently told Al Jazeera. “When people are unable to feed themselves and their families, widespread social disruption occurs. We are on the verge of another crisis, the third in five years, and likely to be the worst yet, capable of causing new food riots and turmoil on a par with the Arab Spring.”

Even before the extreme weather scrambled food prices this year, CSI’s 2011 report predicted that the next great breach would occur in August 2013, and that the risk of more worldwide rioting would follow.

But the reality is that such predictions are now all but impossible to make. In a world well-warmed by climate change, unpredictable, extreme weather events like the drought that has consumed 60% of the United States and the record heat that has killed its cattle are now the norm. Just two years ago, heat waves in Russia crippled its grain yield and dealt a devastating blow to global food markets — the true, unheralded father of the Arab Spring was global warming, some say.

And it’s only going to get worse and worse and worse. Because of climate change-exacerbated disasters like these, “the average price of staple foods such as maize could more than double in the next 20 years compared with 2010 trend prices,” a new report from Oxfam reveals. That report details how the poor will be even more vulnerable to climate change-induced food price shocks than previously thought. After all, we’ve “loaded the climate dice,” as NASA’s James Hansen likes to say, and the chances of such disasters rolling out are greater than ever.


2011 East Africa drought

Since mid-July 2011, a severe drought has been affecting the entire East Africa region.[8] Said to be "the worst in 60 years",[9] the drought has caused a severe food crisis across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya that threatens the livelihood of more than 13.3 million people.[10][11][12] Many refugees from southern Somalia have fled to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, where crowded, unsanitary conditions together with severe malnutrition have led to a large number of deaths.[5] Other countries in and around the Horn of Africa, including Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan and parts of Uganda, are also affected by a food crisis.[9][13][14][15]

On 20 July, the United Nations officially declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia, the first time a famine has been declared by the UN in nearly thirty years.[16][17] Tens of thousands of people are believed to have died in southern Somalia before famine was declared.[16] On 3 August, the UN declared famine in three other regions of southern Somalia, citing worsening conditions and inadequate humanitarian response. Famine was expected to spread across all regions of the south in the following four to six weeks.[18] On 5 Sept., the UN added the entire Bay region in Somalia to the list of famine-stricken areas.[19][20] The UN has conducted several airlifts of supplies in addition to on-the-ground assistance,[21] but humanitarian response to the crisis has been hindered by a severe lack of funding for international aid coupled with security issues in the region.[16][22][23] 63 per cent of the UN’s appeal for $2.5 billion (US) in humanitarian assistance has been financed.[12]

Although fighting disrupted aid delivery in some areas, a scaling up of relief operations in mid-November had unexpectedly significantly reduced malnutrition and mortality rates in southern Somalia, prompting the UN to downgrade the humanitarian situation in the Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabele regions from famine to emergency levels. Humanitarian access to rebel-controlled areas had also improved and rainfall had surpassed expectations, improving the prospects of a good harvest in early 2012.[24] Major rains are not expected until March 2012, which should pave the way for a harvest in July or August 2012.[25][26]

According to Mercy Corps, full recovery from the drought's effects is not expected until 2012.[26] Long-term strategies by national governments in conjunction with development agencies are believed to offer the most sustainable results.

From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_East_Africa_drought

And here is a picture of famine brought on by communism's inhumane neglect of its people so that its military machine can continue to thrive in N. Korea:


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PESTILENCE

How about Pestilence? Is it on the increase? Hal Lindsay, well known Bible teacher and author of "Late Great Planet Earth", written in 1968, commented recently that in his book he mentioned the bible speaks of disease increasing in the future. His doctor friends, at the time, kidded him about being foolish to put that in the book because physicians were on the verge of curing all known diseases! So has that happened? Has the incidence of disease worldwide gone down?


Here is a great summary of what is transpiring today:

Thursday, July 24, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Learn more: naturalnews.com/046146_Biblical_plague_famine_infectious_disease.html

Many believe that Biblical signs of famine and pestilence have begun to appear in our world, and that's why the title of this article quotes Ezekiel 5:12

In what is now admitted by all the top infectious disease experts to be a "post-antibiotics era" where Big Pharma's
drugs are useless, we are now facing unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola, Chikungunya and even the Plague.

Ebola outbreak out of control; 600 dead and counting
From The Extinction Protocol blog

Ebola has spread through several West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, since its latest outbreak in February. The death toll from the virus has surpassed 600 despite efforts by regional and international health experts to contain the epidemic. There is currently no known cure for Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.

Deadly airborne plague strikes four in Denver, Colorado From Bloomberg.com

A rare airborne form of the plague that can spread through coughing and sneezing has infected a Colorado man, and state health officials are searching for other possible cases.

Following that story, Bloomberg went on to report that the airborne disease had already begun to spread to other victims: Go Here

Three more plague cases were found in Colorado, a week after the first infection of the deadliest form of the disease was reported in the state in a decade. The man initially reported with pneumonic plague on July 11 is hospitalized. Two of the new cases also had pneumonic plague, while the third had a milder form.

Chikungunya explodes across 35 U.S. states From the New York Daily News

There is no vaccine and no treatment. The Centers for Disease Control has listed a total of 497 cases in the U.S. in 35 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 197 locally transmitted. "The arrival of chikungunya virus, first in the tropical Americas and now in the United States, underscores the risks posed by this and other exotic pathogens," Roger Nasci, a mosquito expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement.

Drug-resistant infections explode 500% across U.S. hospitals From Natural News

Drug-resistant superbug infections have reached near-epidemic levels across U.S. hospitals, with an alarming 500% increase now documented in a study just published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America).

Lead author of the study, Dr. Joshua Thaden, warned "This dangerous bacteria is finding its way into healthcare facilities nationwide... A CRE epidemic is fast approaching... Even this marked increase likely underestimates the true scope of the problem given variations in hospital surveillance practices."

MERS mutates into airborne pathogen From TheWeek.com

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) may be airborne... "These data show evidence for the presence of the airborne MERS in the same barn that was owned by the patient and sheltered the infected camels," the study authors said in a statement.

Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts Ebola

As yet more evidence that medical staff are some of the first people who tend to become infected with deadly diseases, a top Ebola doctor has himself contracted Ebola.

From Reuters

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Chinese government quarantines entire city after outbreak of bubonic plague

To the shock of international observers, an entire city in China has been quarantined by the government following an outbreak of the plague.

From Fox News

A city in China has reportedly been sealed off after one resident died from bubonic plague... Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis that is carried by rodents, and can be transmitted to people through flea bites or by direct contact with the tissues or fluids of an animal with plague, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease is known for killing millions of people in Europe in the 1300s, in a pandemic called the Black Death.
The World Health Organization warned in 1995 that the world is ripe for super plageues of apocalyptic proportions. Read what the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Hiroshi Nogagima, said in 1996,

Spread of untreatable forms of malaria and tuberculosis, overuse of medicines, human settlement of uninhabited rainforest areas, international travel and poverty have caused the spread of infectious diseases on a plaguelevel. Spread of untreatable forms of malaria and tuberculosis and emergence of killers such as aids and ebolia threaten to undermine recent advances in health care. We are standing on the brink of a global crises in infectious diseases. The optimism of a relatively few years ago that these deseases could be brought under control has led to a fatal complacency costing millions of lives. More than 50,000 people die every day and 18 million per year from infectious diseases alone. During the past 20 years at least 30 new diseases have emerged to threaten the health of hundreds of millions of people on this planet."


World Health: World in Grave Danger

Disturbing e-mail, weekly newsletter to healthcare providers, from the Arkansas Department of Health today:

Arkansas Department of Health

Division of Health

Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, Director

P.O. Box 1437, Slot H-48, Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

August 18, 2005

H5N1 in Russia - Russia's chief sanitary doctor said that bird flu of the H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans had been found in three Siberian regions, with sickness also observed among birds in two other Siberian regions. "There is every reason to believe that... the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been transferred by wild birds from Southeast Asia to the three above-mentioned areas," RIA-Novosti quoted Gennady Onishchenko as saying, referring to the Siberian regions of Novosibirsk, Altai and Omsk.

Bird flu was also circulating among wild fowl in the Siberian regions of Tyumen and Kurgan, Onishchenko said, without specifying the sub-type of the virus found in those regions. Russia has begun mass poultry culls in the affected areas after cases of suspected avian influenza were first noted on July 10. Authorities have imposed controls on movement of poultry and poultry products in the affected areas. Elsewhere in the country some poultry farmers have set up patrols to shoot down wild birds approaching their facilities, Russian media has said.

Health experts have said the westward spread of bird flu to Russia was predictable following outbreaks in neighboring areas of western China.

H5N1 Vaccine – Not Ready Yet: Enthusiasm over the news that U.S. researchers have proven a vaccine is effective against the H5N1 avian flu strain was tempered Monday with word that it took massive doses - roughly 12 times the normal amount - to produce a protective response in humans.

Given that manufacturers can only make enough vaccine for a fraction of the world's population in normal times with regular dosing schedules, experts said the findings underscore the urgent need to find ways to produce the same response with smaller doses of vaccine.

``I think these results suggest the world is even less prepared than more prepared,'' said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “And unfortunately many policy makers might take this announcement as being `We've hit the gold mine'- when in fact I would suggest we are having a hard time even finding water.''

In light of the American findings, federal officials said studies into a yet-to-be-made Canadian H5N1 vaccine will key in on the role antigen-sparing techniques could play in pandemic vaccine production.

``It's of great interest to us to look at these types of antigen-sparing strategies, whether it be adjuvants or whole viruses.'' said . Theresa Tam, associate director of respiratory diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Adjuvants are chemicals that, when mixed with vaccine, kick the body's immune response up several notches, allowing a smaller dose of vaccine to produce a bigger effect. Vaccines made of whole viruses, rather than viral particles, are known to provoke greater immune responses as well but are also known to produce more side-effects on administration. It is hoped the Canadian studies will begin late next summer. February's federal budget set aside $34 million for production of trial batches of an H5N1 vaccine. But Canada's flu vaccine manufacturer, ID Biomedical, still has not been given the go-ahead to do the work.

The U.S. teams found it took two doses of 90 micrograms each to induce the immune system to churn out good levels of neutralizing antibodies, the immune system warriors that protect against invaders. The primer and booster shots were given 28 days apart. ``We know that neutralizing antibodies should predict protection,'' said Dr. John Treanor, head of the vaccine trials group at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), one of three teams involved in the study. Because human immune systems have no experience with the H5N1 avian flu virus, it had been anticipated high antigen doses might be needed. Still, it was hoped protection might be achieved at somewhat lower levels. As a result, the groups also tested doses of 7.5 mg, 15 mg and 45 mg.

``We know that 45 plus 45 gives you somewhat of an adequate response, but not optimal enough for us to feel comfortable with it,'' said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, which funded the trials. Annual flu shots contain 45 mg of antigen _ 15 mg each for two influenza A and one influenza B strains. Because adult humans have had prior exposure to circulating human influenza strains a single dose a year suffices.

If a pandemic flu vaccine regime required two doses of 90 mg apiece, the combined annual output of the globe's flu vaccine makers could be as low as 75 million doses - enough to protect a small portion of the world's people. ``It makes the production of this (pandemic vaccine) even more problematic than it would be anyway,'' Fauci said of the high doses needed. He said researchers funded by his institute will begin work testing antigen-sparing strategies later this year. But vaccine expert Dr. David Fedson said that work should already be underway. ``These guys are playing dice. They are operating as if we have got all the time in the world,'' said Fedson, a retired academic and flu vaccine industry executive who has been one of the most vocal proponents of pandemic flu vaccine work. ``They have no sense of emergency.'' A spokesperson for the World Health Organization acknowledged that given the current limited capacity to produce vaccine - and the high amount needed to protect a single person - policy planners need to be looking at ``a constellation'' of tools to deal with a pandemic. ``This is just the first step down the road to having a pandemic vaccine. And I can't see that it's going to be available to everybody who's going to want it anytime soon,'' **** Thompson, of the agency's communicable diseases division, said from Geneva. ``So we have to think through things like social distancing, school closures. Who's going to get the limited antivirals and vaccines that do become available? And how do we live with people who don't-_ what do we say to them?''


GRAVEST DANGER OF FLU PANDEMIC, OFFICIAL WARNS

By TINI TRAN, AP

Reuters

Dr. Shigeru Omi said the world is "now overdue" for a major flu pandemic.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Feb. 23) - World Health Organization officials urged governments on Wednesday to act swiftly to control the spread of the bird flu, warning that the world is in grave danger of a deadly pandemic triggered by the virus.

The bird flu has killed 45 people in Asia over the past year, in cases largely traced to contact with sick birds, and experts have warned the H5N1 virus could become far deadlier if it mutates into a form that can be easily transmitted among humans. A global pandemic could kill millions, they say.

"We at WHO believe that the world is now in the gravest possible danger of a pandemic,'' Dr. Shigeru Omi, the WHO's Western Pacific regional director, said Wednesday. He said the world is "now overdue'' for an influenza pandemic, since mass epidemics have occurred every 20-30 years. It has been nearly 40 years since the last one. Speaking at the opening of a three-day bird flu conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Omi said it is critical that the international community better coordinate its fight against the virus. In recent outbreaks, bird flu has become more deadly than the strain found in 1997 in Hong Kong, making the situation more urgent, he said. The mortality rate among identified patients who contract the disease from chickens and ducks is about 72 percent, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Monday. She added that her agency was preparing for a possible pandemic next year.

"If the virus becomes highly contagious among humans, the health impact in terms of deaths and sickness will be enormous, and certainly much greater than SARS,'' Omi said, referring to severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed nearly 800 people in 2003.

"This is why we are urging all governments to work now on a pandemic preparedness plan - so that even in an emergency such as this they will be able to provide basic public services such as transport, sanitation and power,'' he said.

The disease, which devastated the region's poultry industry last year as it swept through nearly a dozen countries, has killed 32 Vietnamese, 12 Thais and one Cambodian over the past year.

Officials acknowledge that one of the biggest challenges in controlling avian flu is in altering traditional farming practices in Asia where animals live in close, often unsanitary quarters with people.

"There is an increasing risk of avian influenza spread that no poultry-keeping country can afford to ignore,'' said Dr. Samuel Jutzi, of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization in the conference's opening address.

Jutzi, director of the FAO's animal health and production division, said the avian flu virus will persist in Asia for years and coordinated efforts need to focus on controlling it at its source - in animals.

"This means addressing the transmission of the virus where the disease occurs, in poultry, specifically free-range chickens and wetland dwelling ducks, and thus curbing the disease occurrence in the region before it spreads to pother parts of the world,'' he said.

The challenge for many countries affected by the virus is the lack of effective diagnostic tools and surveillance systems needed for early warning and timely response, he said.

The regional conference held in southern Ho Chi Minh City near the Mekong Delta where the latest outbreaks emerged this year has brought together scientists and representatives from more than two dozen countries.

Bird flu's reemergence in Vietnam, where 12 people have died this year alone, has shown the virus is now endemic in parts of the region.

"The longer the virus is circulating in animals, including chickens and ducks, the greater the risk of human cases - and consequently, the higher the risk of a pandemic virus emerging through genetic changes in the virus,'' Omi said.

The virus has proven to be "very versatile and very resilient,'' and has even been found in animals such as tigers and cats that weren't believed to be susceptible to influenza, he added.

02/23/05 05:12 EST


"Great plague": smallpox? SARS?

Smallpox, because of its high case-fatality rates and transmissibility, now represents one of the most serious bioterrorist threats to the civilian population. Over the centuries, naturally occurring smallpox, with its case-fatality rate of 30 percent or more and its ability to spread in any climate and season, has been universally feared as the most devastating of all the infectious diseases....

Russia still possesses an industrial facility that is capable of producing tons of smallpox virus annually and also maintains a research program that is thought to be seeking to produce more virulent and contagious strains. An aerosol release of smallpox virus would disseminate readily given its considerable stability in aerosol form and epidemiological evidence suggesting the infectious dose is very small. Even as few as 50-100 cases would likely generate widespread concern or panic and a need to invoke large-scale, perhaps national emergency control measures.

Several factors fuel the concern: the disease has historically been feared as one of the most serious of all pestilential diseases; it is physically disfiguring; it bears a 30 percent case-fatality rate; there is no treatment; it is communicable from person to person; and no one in the U.S. has been vaccinated during the past 25 years. Vaccination ceased in this country in 1972, and vaccination immunity acquired before that time has undoubtedly waned. (Johns Hopkins University, "Center for Civilian

Biodefense Studies")

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory illness that has been From Wikipedia: reported in Asia, North America and Europe. It is an atypical pneumonia of unknown aetiology, and was recognized at the end of February 2003. Symptoms include:

• Feve4r greater than 100.4°F

• Headache

• Overall feeling of discomfort

• Body aches

• Some people experience mild respiratory symptoms.

• After 2 to 7 days, SARS patients may develop dry cough and have trouble breathing.

SARS appears to be primarily spread by close person-to-person contact. Most cases have involved people who cared for or lived with someone with SARS, or who had direct contact with infectious material (such as respiratory secretions) from an infected person.

Potential ways in which SARS can be spread include touching the skin of contaminated people or objects and then touching your eyes, nopse or mouth. This can happen when a SARS-infected person coughs or sneezes droplets on themselves, other people or nearby surfaces.

It also is possible that SARS can be spread more broadly through the air or by other ways that are currently unknown.

** Mad Cow Disease (BSE)

In 1986, Dr. Richard Lacey of Leeds University warned that Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease; called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or CJD in humans) was in the British meat supply, and that a wave of human deaths would hit Britain. He said that people should stop eating beef and that the newspapers should start warning people of the possibility of infection. Funding for Lacey's research was cancelled and he was fired from his research position at Leed's University. Dr. Lacey's warning were ignored and suppressed.

In 1987, 700 BSE infected cows were reported in Britain. By the summer of 1988, the number had climbed to 7,000. By late 1994, the figure had risen to 36,000.

In June 1988, the British government ordered the compulsory slaughter and destruction of the carcasses of all affected cattle. But it was already too late. BSE infection had already flooded into the meat supply and infected many unsuspecting British citizens.

John Collinge of St Mary's Hospital in London says that a major epidemic could still occur. "It may only involve hundreds, but it could be Europe-wide and become a disaster of biblical proportions," Dr Collinge said. "We have to face the possibility of a disaster with tens of thousands of cases."

BSE has subsequently spread across Europe to cattle in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and as of June 2001 to the Czech Republic. To date, almost 200,000 cattle are known to have contracted BSE.

Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States now exclude blood donations from anyone who has resided in Britain for 6 months or more during 1980 to 1996. In January 17, 2001, the FDA ordered a ban on blood donations in the U.S. from anyone who has lived in Britain or Ireland longer than six months, between the years 1980 and December 1996. This ban on donating blood is for life!

In an article by Lynette J. Dumble entitled "Mad Cow Disease: A Manmade Pandemic Set to Put AIDS in the Shade," 1 microbiologist Dr. Stephen Dealler states, "At the moment the number of cases of CJD we are seeing are doubling every year. If they double for a long time then the numbers are in millions...."

1. The Touchstone [Texas A & M University], Summer 2001, Vol. XI, No. 3, by Lynette J. Dumble.


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EARTHQUAKES & NATURAL DISASTERS

EARTHQUAKES

ADDITIONAL CURRENT EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION

Seismicity of the Earth 1900–2007

What about earthquakes?

Jesus goes on to say that the famine and earthquakes are:"...the beginning of birth pangs.

The context seems to be that just as birth pangs increase for a woman in childbirth, these things will increase. Also, they may tend to occur in unlikely places.


A great site for earthquake statistics is thebigwobble.org and I will start off with their data.

Are major earthquakes and volcano eruptions increasing in the 21st century?

 

I receive many comments on The Big Wobble claiming major quakes are on the rise, since the year 2000 major quakes have remained quite consistent in numbers.
I have broken down all major quakes since the 2000 and put each category onto the same graph, (see above)
Apart from 2007 which recorded 196 major quakes and 2011 which recorded a record 207 major quakes, 81 of these being in the Japan area, the chart is remarkably similar.


Here are my latest YouTube videos of earthquake activity, including an increase as we passed the fourth Tetrad Blood Red Moon phenomenon. As I show in more detail later, Blood Red Moon No. 2 & No. 3 did not show an increase in earthquakes but No. 1 & 4 did. As we passed the last one, September 28, 2015, coincidetally occuring, also, on the Jewish Feast Day, Tabernacles, earthquakes again increased, along with the Sun activity increasing with an earth facing coronal hole, which some claim increases earthquake activity!

Go Here for more information on the Blood Red Moons:


Here is an interesting article weighing the pros and cons of Earthquake frequency, intensity and monitoring:

"If you have gotten the sense that Earth has been active lately, you were right."

Go Here for the article.


Here is my summary of 2002-2015 Earthquakes, using what the USGS says were "significant" earthquakes. Like last year the totals of these earthquakes were up using their data. Go HERE for the statistics.




Here is a current review of Earthquakes that increased just before the first of several Blood Red Moon Eclipses, occurring on Jewish Feast/Festival Days, portending in the past, something special such as expulsion from Spain, establishment of the Nation of Israel and War!



The USGS says that statistics showing an increase in earthquakes may be distorted due to the increase in the use of monitoring equipment. This is discussed at the following site USGS Center For Earthquake Information. However, use of its "Survey of Significant Earthquakes", shown next, seems to show a continuing increase over the last decade! But you will have to judge whether God is trying to shake us awake for His pending return.

Click on 1980 Earthquakes and 1990 Earthquakes for a look at previous decade charts.

Go to Earthquake Statistics for all of the data.

Number of Earthquakes Worldwide for 2000 - 2014
Located by the US Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center

Number of Earthquakes Worldwide for 2000–2014

I HAVE ADDED COLUMNS AVERAGING 2000-2014 & COMPARING 2014 WITH IT & THE USGS ANNUAL ESTIMATED QUAKES (SEE NEXT TABLE)




Courtesy of Signs of the Endtimes


Here is the USGS's estimated average earthquakes we can expect by intensity.

Frequency of Occurrence of Earthquakes By US Geological Survey

Descriptor Magnitude Average Annually
Great 8 and higher 1 ¹
Major 7 - 7.9 17 ²
Strong 6 - 6.9 134 ²
Moderate 5 - 5.9 1319 ²
Light 4 - 4.9 13,000
(estimated)
Minor 3 - 3.9 130,000
(estimated)
Very Minor 2 - 2.9 1,300,000
(estimated)
¹ Based on observations since 1900.
² Based on onservations since 1990.
* Data invalid since 2009 due to USGS not recording quakes < 4.5 outside US.

The USGS estimates that several million earthquakes occur in the world each year. Many go undetected because they hit remote areas or have very small magnitudes. The NEIC now locates about 50 earthquakes each day, or about 20,000 a year.


Earth cracking up under Indian Ocean
26 September 2012 by Colin Barras

YOU may not have felt it, but the whole world shuddered on 11 April, as Earth's crust began the difficult process of breaking a tectonic plate. When two huge earthquakes ripped through the floor of the Indian Ocean, they triggered large aftershocks on faults the world over, and provided the best evidence yet that the vast Indo-Australian plate is being torn in two.

Geologists have spent five months puzzling over the twin quakes - of magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 - which took place off the coast of North Sumatra. Events that large normally occur at the boundary between tectonic plates, where one chunk of Earth's crust slides beneath another, but these were more than 100 kilometres from such a subduction zone. What's more, both involved rocks grinding past each other sideways with very little vertical movement - what geologists call strike-slip earthquakes. Yet strike-slip quakes this large had never been reported before.

Go Here for the rest of the story.


Friday, 11 March 2011

Japan Earthquake

Topic: Prophecy News (From my blog)

8.9 quake in NE Japan. Over 90 after shocks by Friday evening in US with many being between 5 and 6.8.

13-foot (4-meter) tsunami washes away entire towns and causes minor damage in Hawaii and California.

news.yahoo.com

The Japan earthquake was the fourth most powerful ever recorded with a magnitude of 9.1, twice more powerful than the initial estimate of 8.9, Gerard Fryer, geophysicist of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said this morning.

Three others that were more powerful since the late 1800s when seismometers started measuring ground motions were in 9.5 in Chile in 1960, 9.2 in Alaska in 1964 and 9.1 in Sumatra in 2004, according to Fryer.

Growing pressure inside a Japanese nuclear power plant, crippled by today's devastating earthquake, has triggered widespread evacuations and stoked fears of a potentially catastrophic radioactive event.

"Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago."

Japanese officials said radiation has not yet leaked from the plant, but ordered 2,800 people living around the facility to evacuate their homes as a precaution.


Did Japan's dealings with the PLO have anything to do with this earthquake?


Fayyad Lays First Brick for New UN Joint Program Funded by Japan in Jericho Date : (March 10, 2011)

Fayyad praised the United Nations organizations’ efforts and support. He also thanked Japan for their outstanding support which helps our people to strengthen their steadfastness on their land, as well as contributes to the PA’s efforts in building its Institutions which enables them to provide better services to residents and helps us to establish our independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

english.cri.cn

Japan Donates 32.5 mln USD for PNA Projects (March 3, 2011)

"The agreement is so vital, strategic and important to help the PNA finalize building the institutions of the future Palestinian state," Fayyad said after he signed the agreement.

He noted that since 1993 Japan had aided the PNA with more than 1 billion dollars, including 40 million dollars in developing the Jordan Valley area in the West Bank.


Could God be telling the Japanese something about what He thinks of their support for His people's enemy? Hate to go there and only He knows?

We know Matthew and Luke say earthquakes will increase in magnitude and intensity in the "end times!" Is that now? Only God knows?


Many casualties expected after big quake in Haiti

By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jan 12, 6:35 pm ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area shook Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help. Other buildings also were damaged and scientists said they expected "substantial damage and casualties."

With communications disrupted there were no reports of deaths or injuries soon after the quake, as powerful aftershocks shook the country.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers). It was the largest quake recorded in the area, said USGS analyst Dale Grant, and the last major one since a magnitude-6.7 temblor in 1984. Go Here for the rest of the article.

UN says Haiti quake worst disaster it has ever faced

The earthquake in Haiti, which may have killed 50,000 people, is the worst disaster that the UN has faced in its history because of the number of local structures it destroyed, said a spokeswoman for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Elisabeth Byrs. (AFP)


Midwest quake felt far and wide

(CNN) -- People nearly 900 miles away felt a magnitude-5.2 earthquake that shook southern Illinois early Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of major damage after the predawn quake, which struck at 4:36 a.m. (5:36 a.m. ET).

However, some minor damage occurred in the region.

In Mount Carmel, Illinois, a porch collapsed, briefly trapping a woman in her home, The Associated Press reported. She wasn't hurt and was freed quickly, police told the AP.

Debris fell on a sidewalk and shattered in Louisville, Kentucky, after part of a cornice fell off a brick building, according to footage from the city's CNN affiliate WHAS-TV.

Go Here for the entire article.

As I stated earlier Jesus indicates that earthquakes will occur in diverse or unusual places just before His return! And I felt this quake in NE Missouri also. We don't expect a quake in this area but more likely in SE Missouri near New Madrid, where the mega earthquake occurred in the 1800's.

And here is an article on the most devastating earthquake to occur this century thus far!

updated 3:12 a.m. EDT, Sat September 15, 2007

Experts warn 'big one' may yet hit Indonesia

PADANG, Indonesia (CNN) -- Days of colossal earthquakes and tsunami warnings have forced traumatized Indonesian villagers to seek safety in the last place imaginable: graveyards.

With only plastic sheeting to keep her family dry, Dasima joined hundreds camping in the mud between headstones on the flat, high ground, far from the ocean's reach.

"I am very afraid of another tsunami," the 50-year-old said two days after an 8.4-magnitude temblor sent a towering wave into her remote fishing village. "We will stay here until we feel it is safe."

Seismologists warn, however, the worst may be yet to come.

Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology has spent decades studying the fault line that runs along Indonesia's western coast. He is among several experts predicting a repeat of the powerful earthquake that triggered the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen Indian Ocean nations.

"No one can say whether it will be in 30 seconds or 30 years," he said. "But what happened the other day, I think is quite possibly a sequence of smaller earthquakes leading up to the bigger one."

Wednesday's quake shook four Southeast Asian countries, damaged hundreds of houses and spawned a 10-foot-high tsunami. At least 17 people were killed. A series of powerful earthquakes and dozens of strong aftershocks followed -- including one measuring 7.8 and another 7.1.

The wall of water that slammed into several fishing villages along Sumatra island's coast Wednesday swept away nearly a dozen houses, but overall damage was "minimal," Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said after an air force aerial survey.

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Another Powerful Quake Strikes Indonesia

By ANTHONY DEUTSCH

Updated: 2 hours, 30 minutes ago

PADANG, Indonesia - The second powerful earthquake in as many days shook western Indonesia Thursday, collapsing buildings in a coastal city and triggering tsunami alerts around the region.

At least nine people were killed and 49 injured in the twin tremors, which caused tall buildings to sway in at least three countries.

On Wednesday, an 8.4-magnitude earthquake shook Southeast Asia. That tremor triggered a small non-destructive tsunami off the coastal city of Padang on Sumatra, the Indonesian island ravaged by the 2004 tsunami disaster. A tsunami warning was issued for wide areas of the region and nations as far away as Africa.

Thursday's magnitude-7.8 quake rattled the same area of Sumatra and caused extensive damage in Padang. "Many buildings collapsed after this morning's quake," Fauzi Bahar, the mayor, told El Shinta radio. "We're still trying to find out about victims."

Thousands of frightened people piled in trucks or sought shelter on high ground.

Rafael Abreu, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, said Thursday's quake did not appear to be an aftershock to the temblor the day before. But the centers of both were close together.

"We are not calling it an aftershock at this point. It's fairly large itself. It seems to be a different earthquake," Abreu said.

"The quake seems to be pretty shallow," he said. "These are the quakes that can produce tsunamis."

Curiously, earthquakes over 8.0 ended up higher in 2007, than they have been for many years past. The USGS table says the average for earthquakes greater than 8.0 have only averaged 1.0 since the year 1900. See the table below. Jesus said they would become more intense as we approached His coming much like the increase in a woman's labor pains which become more frequent and more intense the closer she gets to child birth!


Hundreds Dead in Powerful Asian Earthquake

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer

1 hour, 45 minutes ago, October 8, 2005

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake reduced villages to rubble in Pakistan and India on Saturday, killing hundreds of people. Pakistan's army described the damage as widespread and said it included villages buried in quake-induced landslides.

Pakistan's Geo television quoted Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, the Pakistani army's chief spokesman, as saying 1,000 people were feared dead. Pakistani army officials who flew over quake-hit areas reported seeing hundreds of flattened homes in villages north of the capital Islamabad.

"The damage and casualties could be massive and it is a national tragedy," Sultan told The Associated Press. "The is the worst earthquake in recent times."

The U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site the quake hit at 8:50 a.m. local time and had a magnitude of 7.6. It was centered about 60 miles northeast of Islamabad in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir.

Damage was extensive in Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan. Officials in the Indian-controlled portion reported 157 killed, including 14 soldiers who perished in a landslide. At least 600 were injured.

Air force and army soldiers helped civilian authorities rescue people trapped under buildings. Telephone lines were down. Bridges had developed cracks, but traffic was passing over them.

At least 100 people died in Mansehra district in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, and 70 percent of mud-brick homes in quake-hit areas collapsed, said Asif Iqbal, the provincial information minister. Casualty tolls from other districts were being compiled.

In eastern Afghanistan, an 11-year-old girl was crushed to death when a wall in her home collapsed, said police official Gafar Khan.

The quake brought down a 10-story apartment building in Islamabad and dozens of people were feared trapped in the rubble. Rescuers pulled out at least 20 injured people. Some residents were Westerners, a building employee said.

A man named Rehmatullah who lived nearby said he saw dust from the buckled building from his bathroom window. "I rushed down, and for some time you could not see anything because of the dust. Then we began to look for people in the rubble," said Rehmatullah, who only gave one name. "We pulled out one man by cutting off his legs."

"It was like hell," said Nauman Ali, who lived in a nearby top-floor apartment. "It was terrible. I was tossed up in my bed and the ceiling fan struck against the roof."

Aided by two large cranes, hundreds of police and soldiers helped remove chunks of concrete. A concrete slab was splattered with blood. One rescue worker said he initially heard faint cries from people trapped in the rubble.

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the military to extend "all-out help" to quake-hit areas and appealed to the nation to stay calm.

Pakistani troops and helicopters deployed to earthquake-hit areas. Landslides were hindering rescue efforts in some areas.

Sultan, the army spokesman, said the worst-hit areas were in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, including Muzaffarabad, the regional capital, and the towns of Bagh and Rawalakot. The districts of Batagram, Balakot, Mansehra, Abbottabad and Patan in northwestern Pakistan were also badly hit, he said.

Dozens of homes, schools, mosques and government offices were damaged in those areas, and hundreds of injured people were taken to hospitals.

In the capitals of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, buildings shook and walls swayed for about a minute. Panicked people ran from their homes and offices. Tremors continued for hours afterward.

U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara said the quake was felt at Bagram, the main American base in Afghanistan, but he had no reports of damage at bases around the country.

"It was so strong that I saw buildings swaying. It was terrifying," said Hari Singh, a guard in an apartment complex in a suburb of India's capital, New Delhi. Hundreds of residents raced down from their apartments after their furniture started shaking.

The quake also jolted parts of Bangladesh, but no casualties or damage were reported there.


We ended 2004 with an earthquake of "Biblical Proportions." See the following article claiming it is the "most powerful in 40years." Of course, 40 years is the number of "Judgement." Is this God's Judgement on someone or something, for some reason? I have updated the total tally of earthquakes for 2004 through 2007. Go to the end of this article for the results!

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world’s most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra on Sunday, triggering tidal waves up to 20 feet high that obliterated villages and seaside resorts in six countries across southern and southeast Asia. The death toll in an Asian earthquake and tsunami on Sunday jumped to nearly 9,500 according to officials and local media.

Figures tabulated by Reuters put the death toll at 9,438.

Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water that rolled across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake (Now ruled a 9.0, this is now the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake, USGS). The tsunami waves barreled nearly 3,000 miles across the ocean to Africa, where at least nine people were killed in Somalia.

In Sri Lanka, 1,000 miles west of the epicenter, more than 3,000 people were killed, the country’s top police official said. At least 2,200 died in Indonesia, and more than 2,300 along the southern coasts of India. At least 289 were confirmed dead in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and 2 in Bangladesh.

But officials expected the death toll to continue to rise, with hundreds reported missing and all communications cut off to towns in the Indonesian island of Sumatra that were closest to the epicenter. Hundreds of bodies were found on various beaches along India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, and more were expected to be washed in by the sea, officials said. We now know the death toll could reach 200,000 or more.

‘All the planet is vibrating’

The rush of tsunami waves brought sudden disaster to people carrying out their daily activities on the ocean’s edge: Sunbathers on the beaches of the Thai resort of Phuket were washed away; a group of 32 Indians — including 15 children — were killed while taking a ritual Hindu bath to mark the full moon day; fishing boats, with their owners clinging to their sides, were picked up by the waves and tossed away.

“All the planet is vibrating” from the quake, said Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy’s National Geophysics Institute. Speaking on SKY TG24 TV, Boschi said the quake even disturbed the Earth’s rotation.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 8.9 (now 9.0). Geophysicist Julie Martinez said it was the world’s fifth-largest (now fourth-largest) since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964.

The epicenter was located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian Ocean. There were at least a half-dozen powerful aftershocks, ranging in magnitude from almost 6 and 7.3.

Devastation on Sumatra

On Sumatra, the quake destroyed dozens of buildings — but as elsewhere, it was the wall of water that followed that caused the most deaths and devastation.

“People that were snorkeling were dragged along the coral and washed up on the beach, and people that were sunbathing got washed into the sea,” said Simon Clark, 29, a photographer from London vacationing on Ngai island.

On Phuket, Somboon Wangnaitham, deputy director of the Wachira Hospital, said one of the worst hit areas was the populous Patong beach, where at least 32 people died and 500 were injured.

Another survivor on Phuket was Natalia Moyano, 22, of Sydney, Australia, who was being treated for torn ligaments.

“The water kept rising. It was very slow at first, then all of a sudden, it went right up,” Moyano said. “At first I didn’t think there was any danger, but when I realized the water kept rising so quickly, I tried to jump over a fence, but it broke.”

'Foreigners missing in the sea'

On Phi Phi island — where the Leonardo DiCaprio film “The Beach” was shot — 200 bungalows at two resorts were swept out to sea.

“I am afraid that there will be a high figure of foreigners missing in the sea, and also my staff,” said Chan Marongtaechar, owner of the PP Princess Resort and PP Charlie Beach Resort.

Some 200 seriously injured people, most of them foreigners, were evacuated by helicopter from the island after dark, said Maj. Gen. Winai Nilasri of the Border Patrol Police. He said the island, which was crammed with tourist facilities, was without electricity.

There was no tsunami threat for western North America or Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Warning system studied

Scientists said the catastrophic death toll across the region might have been reduced if India and Sri Lanka had been part of an international warning system designed to advise coastal communities that a potentially killer wave was approaching. The system relies on a network of earthquake seismic sensors and tidal gauges attached to buoys in the oceans.

Indonesia, a country of 17,000 islands, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the margins of tectonic plates that make up the so-called Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean basin.

The Indonesian quake struck just three days after an 8.1 quake struck the ocean floor between Australia and Antarctica, causing buildings to shake hundreds of miles away but no serious damage or injury.

Quakes reaching a magnitude 8 are very rare. A quake registering magnitude 8 rocked Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Sept. 25, 2003, injuring nearly 600 people. An 8.4 magnitude tremor that stuck off the coast of Peru on June 23, 2001, killed 74.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.


It is worth noting that the majority of these deaths are of the muslim faith, especially because Indonesia is the largest muslim country (17,000 islands) in the world. Some are saying this is God's way of punishing or at least getting their attention. God only knows, for He is God and we are not!!! We know He let it happen for some reason and it did not take Him by surprise. We should pray that for whatever reason, they will be drawn to the only true God, especially as they see the generosity of the US, which they mistakenly think is a truly Christian nation!




The following table lists earthquakes for the last century that had a magnitude of at least 6.0 on the richter scale, which a projection into the next century's 1st decade. And although earthquakes over 7.0 are projected to decrease, we just saw the 9.0 Sumatra quake which was the 4th largest in recorded history and the largest in the last 40 years. So, the large earthquakes are increasing in intensity if not frequency. See the analysis below concerning the US Geological Society's claim that earthquakes appear to be increasing because we have more monitoring equipment, now, and we are just sensing more. However, the years 1980 through the present, which they address, show an increase in frequency and intensity recently.


HISTORY OF EARTHQUAKES

(Earthquakes greater than 6.0 )

YEAR NUMBER
1890-1970 39
1970-1979 51
1980-1989 980
1990-1999 1320
2000-2010 1598

HISTORY OF EARTHQUAKES

(Earthquakes greater than 7.0)

YEAR NUMBER
Before 1900 1/10 Years
1900-1949 3/10 Years
1950-1959 9
1960-1969 13
1970-1979 56
1980-1989 101
1990-1999 174
2000-2010 152

The first table clearly shows an increase in frequency! Also, characteristic of "birth pangs" are that they increase in intensity. The next table shows the frequency of what are considered "killer" quakes, having a magnitude of at least 7.0.

This table also clearly shows that not only are the number of earthquakes increasing but they are getting more intense! Could the Lord's return be getting close?

The following articles show how not only are earthquakes increasing but are happening in places which don't normally experience them. This is the context of "in diverse places."


Rare earthquake hits Kansas City

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Yahoo!

Fri May 14 , 1999 -- A small but rare earthquake with magnitude 3.0 shook a 40-block span of Kansas City early Thursday, damaging a medical building with about 100 people inside, AP reported. The quake was considered weak but uncommon for a Midwestern state like Kansas. John Minsch, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said he knew of just one other instance of an earthquake registered in the area. That quake registered 3.8 in 1931.


I can personally relate to this earthquake because I used to live just 30 miles North of Kansas City and we didn't worry about earthquakes except for the possibility of one on the New Madrid fault, but that was on the opposite side of the state (east side), where I now live, curiously, near St. Louis.


The following are additional articles, of interest, about earthquakes:

In Trinidad, Colorado, rumors fly about series of unusual quakes

Weekend News Today
By Faith
Source: Rocky Mountain News ( Colorado)

Sat Sep 8,2001 -- Depending on which rumor you believe, this scenic border town is about to be washed away by an epic flood or leveled by the Big One. There's no evidence to support either claim, but that doesn't stop the people in this town that has now been rattled by 8 magnitude 3.4 to 4.5 earthquakes since Aug. 28. Some Las Animas County residents are convinced that the earthen dam that holds back Trinidad Lake, only 3 miles upstream from Trinidad, is about to burst, sweeping away the town. Many others say the quakes are Mother Nature's payback for pumping too much natural gas -- and that bigger quakes may be coming. Since 1995, more than 1,300 permits to drill for methane gas have been issued here.

The U.S. Geological Survey's national seismic network has recorded 8 quakes in the area since Aug. 28, while Hutto said he's felt at least 25 during that time. He owns a century-old brick house and an adobe store in Segundo; walls in both structures cracked during the magnitude 4.5 quake Wednesday, he said. Magnitude 2.5 to 3 quakes are the smallest generally felt by people. Magnitude 4 quakes can cause moderate damage.

To help figure this out, the USGS is helping out. To pinpoint the source of the quakes and to help determine why they're happening, the Geological Survey is now installing 7 portable digital seismographs in the area. There are no mapped faults in the Trinidad area. Before the current quakes, the last tremors recorded there by the U.S. National Seismic Network occurred in 1973, said Geological Survey geophysicist Mark Meremonte. "There was no activity for 28 years. Then, all of a sudden, there is a flurry of activity, a swarm of activity," Meremonte said. "For some place along the San Andreas Fault that may not be unusual, but for this area it's unusual."

Preliminary analysis of data from the quakes suggests there may be a previously unknown fault WSW of Trinidad, running from the NE to the SW. Early data suggest it may be what's termed a "normal" fault, meaning a type of fracture produced by tensional stress. There is no indication that the recent quakes are precursors to a larger one, Geological Survey researchers say. These are preliminary findings. The Trinidad-area earthquakes appear to be originating about 3 miles beneath the surface, but that too is a preliminary finding, said Anthony Crone, assistant chief scientist on the Geological Survey's geologic hazards team in Golden. The portable seismographs should help agency researchers get a clearer picture.

Another group getting involved at Trinidad Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stepped up inspections of the 6,860-foot-long earthen dam above the town. Some inspections that were done weekly or monthly are now done daily, said reservoir manager Key Merchant. No damage and nothing unusual has been observed at the dam since the quakes started, Merchant said Friday. Nevertheless, some residents believe the structure is about to fail and wipe out the town of 10,000 residents, due to the unknown nature of the unusual quakes.


June 28, 2004

Monday earthquake rocks local counties

By Donna Barker BCR Staff

BUREAU COUNTY -- At 1:11 a.m. Monday, the Bureau County area experienced its first 4.5 magnitude earthquake in 32 years.

Mike Phillips, geology instructor at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, said the epicenter of Monday's earthquake was about two miles northeast of Utica. The last time Bureau County experienced a similar earthquake was in 1972 when an 4.5 earthquake was registered about 10 miles south of Dixon.

No reports of significant damage from Monday's earthquake were reported to area law enforcement agencies. A 4.5 earthquake is still considered mild and causes very little damage, Phillips said.

According to Phillips, an earthquake is the result of a pressure deep inside the earth's crust. That pressure, which could be three to four miles below the earth's surface, needs to be relieved. In Illinois, the earth's crust is very thick, about 20 miles deep, Phillips said.

The geologist said Bureau County residents do not have to be concerned about aftershocks from Monday's earthquake. Any aftershocks would be minimal and probably not felt by many people, he said.

A team of geologists from the U.S. Geographical Survey is expected to come to the LaSalle County area within the next few weeks to set up monitoring equipment around the epicenter site. Using past geological records, another earthquake of the 4.5 magnitude wouldn't be expected for at least another 10-15 years, Phillips said.

Monday's earthquake centered in LaSalle County was not connected to the New Madrid fault line in southern Illinois. The New Madrid fault line has been responsible for the majority of the more serious earthquakes in the state. Northern Illinois does have some inactive fault lines, meaning geologists have seen no evidence of earth moving in probably a couple of million years.

Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson said his department received very few calls and no reports of damage concerning the earthquake.

On a personal note, Thompson, who lives in Ladd, said he was sleeping when the earthquake happened.

"I had no clue at first what happened, but I heard the rumbling and felt the shaking," Thompson said. "The shaking was so noticeable, I thought, at first, something must have hit my house."

In Spring Valley, Police Chief Doug Bernabei said his department got numerous 911 calls as soon as the earthquake hit. Bernabei had an off-duty dispatcher come into the police station to help field the calls from concerned residents.

The calls to the Spring Valley station were heavy for about 20 minutes, Bernabei said. Most of the people were simply inquiring about what had happened. One man called from Ottawa, saying he was calling every police station in the area. Finally, he got through to the Spring Valley station to see what was happening. Other people said they thought there had been an explosion somewhere in town or some kind of problem in their neighborhoods.

Bernabei said he sent his officers out to respond to several calls in specific neighborhoods, but the officers didn't find any problems -- just lots of people outside looking to see what had happened.

Bernabei was home sleeping when the earthquake hit about 1:10 a.m. Monday.

"Initially, I thought it was an explosion of some kind, but within 20 to 30 seconds I was convinced it was an earthquake," Bernabei said Monday.

Through his police radio, Bernabei heard his officers talking about what had happened, and he heard reports of the noise and ground shaking from as far away as the Walnut area. An earthquake was the only explanation, Bernabei said. The reports of the earthquake actually eased his mind, knowing his department would not have to deal with the aftermath of an explosion or plane crash, Bernabei said.

Although his wife slept through the earthquake, Bernabei said for those who were awake, it was hopefully a once-in-lifetime experience that will not be repeated in this area.

Bureau County Emergency Services Disaster Agency coordinator Kris Donarski said she was not contacted Monday about the earthquake. Her office is contacted only when an emergency arises that local authorities cannot handle without additional help, she said.

Monday earthquake rocks local counties

BUREAU COUNTY -- At 1:11 a.m. Monday, the Bureau County area experienced its first 4.5 magnitude earthquake in 32 years.


So, don't become complacent and think an earthquake cannot happen near you, because if we are in the endtimes of Mt. 24, they will increase in frequency and intensity everywhere.


Read this article published at the end of 2000.

2001 began with enough major earthquakes that experts are having to head off possible concerns!


Experts say recent worldwide quakes not related.
Rescuers strive to find survivors after Friday's deadly earthquake in India.

January 26, 2001

Web posted at: 5:31 PM EST (2231 GMT)

DENVER (Reuters) -- Is the earth coming apart at its geological seams?

With thousands feared dead after a powerful earthquake struck India on Friday, another that earlier devastated El Salvador, a tremor off Kyushu Island, Japan, and even a minor quake in Ohio late on Thursday and a minor quake recently in New York City, people start wondering.

Relax. "These earthquakes are not related," said Waverly Person, director of the Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, which tracks earttdhquakes worldwide.

"We locate about 50 quakes every day. But you only hear about them if people are killed or if they're felt very strongly in the United States," Person said, rushing from one media interview to another.

The center was established in Washington in 1966 and has been working out of Golden since 1973. It tracks earthquakes worldwide and often provides the first news of a tremor. Phone banks started lighting up at the center, operated by the U.S. Geological Service, before dawn on Friday with news that the worst earthquake in 50 years had hit India.

The tremor has killed more than 1,800 people, and officials in India said the final toll may be much higher. The quake was measured at 7.9 on the Richter scale by the earthquake center.

The most murderous recorded quake in history killed an estimated 830,000 people in Shaanxi, central China, on February 2, 1556. Events ranking about 4.5 or greater -- of which there may be several thousand every year -- are strong enough to be recorded by sensitive instruments all over the world.

Person said there is no reason to believe the quake that rocked El Salvador on January 13 also triggered events that led to Friday's earthquake in the Indian sub-continent.

The quakes occurred on separate tectonic plates and a quake on one does not set up a domino effect in another.

According to records, about 18 major quakes -- measuring between 7.0 and 7.9 on the Richter scale and one great quake, measuring 8.0 and above -- can be expected each year. Many of these, however, may strike uninhabited parts of the world.

But does it make life scarier for people living in quake zones? "What it does is bring forth awareness in places like California and Alaska. It brings it up in their mind," Person said. "But they're not more afraid."


NATURAL DISASTERS

The following articles and graphics summarize the increase in extreme weather patterns, catastrophes and natural disasters that are occurring. The bible seems to predict these events will become the norm at Jesus' return. Is this happening?


Here are great graphics going back as far as 1950, from Munich RE, a company that specializes in these statistics. Go Here for the complete article.





As an added note of observation, although the last couple of years have shown a downward trend, if you drew a trend line (an average of the data), which I may do, you will see an ever increasing line.




God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear when the earth changes, when mountains are slipping into the midst of the seas. Let its waters roar and foam; let the mountains shake with the swelling of it. Selah." (Ps46:1-3)

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS

Now let's go to the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus adds a sign to the narrative, not included in Matthew 24:7! It is very important for today's world in which we have dozens of orbiting satellites and the Hubble Telescope to view the Heavens much more than in Jesus' day!

(Luke 21:11) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and GREAT SIGNS SHALL THERE BE FROM HEAVEN.

Jesus not only repeats His signs of earthquakes, famines and pestilences but he includes signs in the Heavens!


GET READY! THE BRIGHTEST METEOR SHOWER IN THE RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY IS HAPPENING
7/26/2017

There is going to be a meteor shower on 12th of August, 2017. According to astronomers this will be the brightest shower in the recorded human history. It will light up the night sky and some of these might even be visible during the day. This meteor shower is being considered as once in a lifetime opportunity as the next meteor shower of such kind will be after 96 years. Go Here for the of the article.


We have an interesting Eclipse, on August 21,2017, which will traverse the US, from Oregon, through the Heartland, over the New Madrid Fault, and the intersection of the Mighty Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, exiting in South Carolina. It will be followed by a similar one, approximately seven years later, entering in Texas and leaving the US, in New England. Go Here for the source of the following great charts and information!

And watch this interesting video, "Many strange signs before the solar eclipse in the US on August 21":

Then there is great excitement over celestial alignments on September 23rd, 2017!

Go Here for an opposing view!

And there seem to be interesting coincidences between the Eclipse and the September 23rd event!


Go Here for the Blood Red Moon Phenomena


In the beginning of 2013 we entered the peak of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle with increased sunspot activity, which may point toward "global warming" and the passing of an interesting Comet, later in the year!

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/spectacular-heavenly-show-expected-this-year/

Comet ISON may be brighter than any during the last century, up to 15 times brighter than a full moon, some estimate!

It is occurring during the end of the 11 year solar cycle for the Sun, also!

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PERSECUTION

Jesus now assures His disciples and future believers (I believe Us) that just because they see all of the birth pangs, do not be alarmed because the end is not coming yet. This will characterize the time in which we live, if it is the end times.

He then skips forward to the future tribulation, probably during the middle or last half of the 7-years and tells believers how they will be persecuted for their faith. " Then they will deliver you over into tribulation, and they will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of Me (Matt. 24:9) (Rev 6:9). "

He goes on in verse 10 to continue this theme emphasizing that persecution will increase for the believer until He returns. " And then many will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another (Matt. 24:10)."

And He tells them because of the persecution, many of the so-called believers will actually turn on the genuine believers (see parable of the seed hitting the rocky places-Matt. 13:21).


11 Christians Are Killed Every Hour, Says Irish Catholic Bishop Who Warns Persecution Has Reached 'Unprecedented' High

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/11-christians-are-killed-every-hour-says-irish-catholic-bishop-who-warns-persecution-of-believers-is-at-an-unprecedented-high-139312/#PHEfsP8yEkwcU5IG.99

BY VINCENT FUNARO , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 19, 2015|5:47 pm

Citing a Pew Research survery, McAreavey told the committee that Christian persecution is being gravely underestimated, as "Christianity is now the world's most oppressed religious group, with persecution against them reported in 110 countries."

He continued: "Many of these countries have significant trade links with Ireland. Persecution is increasing in China. In North Korea a quarter of the country's Christians live in forced labour camps. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Maldives all feature in the 10 worst places to be Christian.

"According to the International Society for Human Rights, a non-religious organization, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians."


A report from the non-denominational group Open Doors says the number of Christians martyred around the world for their faith nearly doubled in 2013.

Go
Here for the complete article.


Ray Stedman does a great job of outlining the increase of persecution that has occurred since Jesus uttered these words. " Here the peril is a religious persecution. This began shortly after the day of Pentecost when Stephen and James were slain and disciples were scattered. Who is not familiar with the terrible stories of Christians who were thrown to lions, burned as human torches, mangled by wild beasts, killed by gladiators, tortured, torn apart by wild horses, or martyred in other dreadful ways? Another great period of martyrdom broke out at the time of the Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries. We can read the accounts in all their gruesome details in Fox's Book of Martyrs.

But do you know what is the most tortuous century of all? The century in which more Christians have died for their faith than in any other is the 20th century! It is estimated that more Christians were tortured and slain in twelve months during World War II than died under Rome in all the early centuries. In the city of Seoul, Korea, ten thousand Christians have already suffered martyrdom for their faith. Some authorities claim that over fifteen million Christians have been slaughtered in Russia, Soviet-controlled Europe and other Communist countries. Since Christianity began, no generation has seen such world-wide persecution as is now in progress.

We can scarcely realize the cost of discipleship in certain places of the world. Recently a Christian magazine contained the account of a young Arab who had turned from Islam to Christ. The magazine told his story only because it could add in a footnote, "His body now lies buried on a hillside in his own native land. (He was slain by his own relatives.) We can now print his testimony because he can no longer suffer recrimination for it." Ask yourself, how many have wanted to be Christians, have heard the message, have been drawn to Christ by the preaching of the good news, but have taken a long look at the price they must pay in terms of misunderstanding, exclusion and ridicule, and have quietly melted back into the crowd? Jesus spoke of seed that would fall on shallow ground and spring up, but when the sun came out in burning heat, it would wither and die. How many in America would disappear from our churches if persecution began to break out? What an enemy to faith it is. How the heart trembles and quavers before the thought of torture, or sometimes even of misunderstanding!"


Here is a great article written by Charles Spurgeon, who puts persecution in perspective, for the average Christian, just trying to do God's Will where they are at:

‘BLESSED IS HE THAT WATCHETH’

Charles H. Spurgeon

"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Revelation 16:15

'We die daily,' said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not in this day called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are yet more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age.

We have to bear the sneer of the world—that is little; its blandishments, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy, are far worse.

Our danger is lest we grow rich and become proud, lest we give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world, and lose our faith. Or if wealth be not the trial, worldly care is quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, if we may be hugged to death by the bear, the devil little cares which it is, so long as he destroys our love to Christ, and our confidence in Him.

I fear me that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and silken days than in those rougher times. We must be awake now, for we traverse the enchanted ground, and are most likely to fall asleep to our own undoing, unless our faith in Jesus be a reality, and our love to Jesus a vehement flame. Many in these days of easy profession are likely to prove tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with fair masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God.

Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardour; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display His omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things, as well as in the rougher, 'We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.'"

Go Here to learn more about Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892). For additional writings and teachings of him, Go Here .

As christians, we tend to get hung up in the idea that unless we are being beaten, we are not being persecuted. And if you are being beaten, God gives you the resolve to handle it. Spurgeon understood that mental pesecution can be as bad or worse! We all have to deal with it, constantly, in our every day walk, whether it be backstabbing, belittling our faith, watching the homosexuals take over all areas of our life, millions of babies be aborted, etc. If one is a true christian in today's world, they are severely persecuted, constantly.

I would also argue, that we in the US suffer extreme "mental" persecution because we (true Christians, which are few-the road is narrow) are constantly subjected to "humanism" through TV, Radio and Newspapers with blatant occultism splashed all over as though it is normal, not to mention being treated as "homophobic" and on and on and on! God tells us He will not subject us (those who love Him) to more than we can tolerate. So, I feel persecution, whether physical or mental is severe and will continue to be, for true believers, until He returns for us in what is referred to as "the Rapture." (1 Thes. 4: 14-17) This is our "safety valve" to avoid the coming Trials and Tribulations that the Olivet Discourse especially addresses.

Just recently the French decided to "limit the spread of what French officials have called 173 "dangerous sects" in France. These include Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientologists and Unificationists, among others, but also well-known evangelistic denominations such as the Baptists.

The proposed crime, which critics say could cover many religious, advertising and interest groups, is to "exercise serious and repeated pressure on a person in order to create or exploit a state of dependence." The bill would allow the French government to shut down a religious group when two representatives are found guilty of at least one legal infraction.

The legislation must be reconciled with a less stringent bill approved in the French Senate in December. It then would go to President Jacques Chirac for approval.

Once approved, French law could proscribe incidents of evangelism even by the religious faith of President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, who are both Southern Baptists (this is debatable-comment mine)." Click on The Washington Times Article for the full text

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Just as KNOWLEDGE WILL INCREASE so will persecution in the form of adversity. The secular press is even acknowledging it.

Here are some interesting points from the "secular" point of view of which I am not promoting, but I am a firm believer that God allows certain "experiences" so we can relate to people where they are at as they go thru similiar experiences. At the same time, hopefully they will see Jesus in us. I have added my thoughts (the Holy Spirit's) in parenthesis.

"People face an average of 23 adversities/day, ranging from minor annoyances to major life events, according to San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based researcher and author Paul Stoltz. 10 yr. ago, the number was about 7/day. (Curious, just like knowledge will increase, so will adversity, hmm).

Today, everyone faces mounting adversities, ...requiring us to develop new capacity in the form of higher-level skills and accessible wisdom, per Stoltz in Adversity Quotient @ Work. (I would argue that the higher power is the Holy Spirit). His work is based on surveys of 112,000 people.

By responding well to adversity-taking it in stride, keeping your mind focused on possibilities (God's Plan) and refusing to accept defeat for long-you maximize the learning you gain from life experiences. Great lessons come in time of adversity, even if we're not always able to perceive them.

To learn all you can from these adverse experiences in the past, present and future, he goes on to suggest you ask yourself several questions:

1) What is the moral, if any?

2) If it reoccurs, what will I do differently?

3) What did I learn and what part do I want to hold onto?

4) If I wanted to offer someone close to me advice from what I experienced, what would it be?

5) How did I benefit most from it?

6) If I could erase it, would I? If not, why? (He will wipe away every tear).

He ends the article by suggesting we go to people and ask if they have ever experienced a similar situation, which honors them (I would say go to Jesus, because He experienced it all and then some) and it teaches you how to be receptive and open to life/pstrong's lessons. (I would say it opens you to God's lessons)."

(It is interesting how close secular man can get to the truth, but be so far from it. He will confound the wise).

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CYNICISM

Jesus then repeats the theme of false prophets and how not to let them lead you astray. And still in the future tribulation, probably during the middle or last half of the 7-years Jesus tells believers how people will become apathetic and the world's love will grow cold. " ...and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people(Matt. 24:11). Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,...(Matt. 24:12)"

Again Stedman does a fabulous job of explaining this.

In close connection with this Jesus adds, "And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold." Here the peril is cynicism. It is cold and brutal indifference which arises out of the teaching of "false prophets." Do not read this as though these are religious men, necessarily. The false Christs the Lord mentioned earlier were unquestionably religious, but here he uses the term "prophet." It refers to any who speak authoritatively-philosophers, professors, scientists, statesmen-those leaders of thought who shape and mold the thinking of common man. What they will teach is the sanctity of self-interest, the insistence on having "my rights" no matter what happens to the other fellow. The true prophet insists on the rights of God, but the false prophet upholds only the rights of man. Jesus predicts that a tragic and inevitable sequence will follow. First, many will be led astray by the false teaching of the leaders of thought; "because [of this], wickedness [will be] multiplied" (the Greek word used here for wickedness is "anomia," lawlessness); and the result of lawlessness is, "most men's love will grow cold."

One needs only to read the daily papers to see how true this is. The overthrow of moral limits always destroys the fire and glow of love. The psychologists and philosophers who seek to measure the pulse of our times tell us that the major problem of our age is meaninglessness-the loss of fire in life, the coldness of the human heart. Since men cannot live without fire they replace true love with the false fire of lust, and its inevitable consequence, hate. Watch those who feel they can, with impunity, step over the moral bounds of the past. See how they grow hard and callous and cynical. Life becomes for them an increasing tangle of emptiness.

There seems little reason to doubt that here is the explanation for the rocketing divorce rates of our day and for the rapidly increasing frequency of sex crimes and crimes of violence. Often these are accompanied by moral apathy and callous indifference to cruelty. Only recently the papers reported the cases of two mothers who lost all natural affection. One threw her baby in the path of a truck, and the other left hers on a dump heap. How true these words are: "because wickedness is multiplied...love...grow[s] cold."

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GOSPEL

But Jesus goes on to encourage those who persevere the persecution and cynicism will be saved. And then He states that His Gospel will be preached to all the world. " ...but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.(Matt. 24:13). And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and THEN THE END WILL COME (emphasis mine).(Matt. 24:14). "

Has the gospel been spread throughout the earth? Great strides have been made recently and I think another great tool has been unleashed which will further bring this to fruition. You are using it right now to view this site. You guessed it! The Internet! I get several hits per day on this site from all over the world. A feat I could not begin to do otherwise. And I am spending very little money doing this, I hope at the Holy Spirit's guiding! So, I think we are getting close to fulfilling this prophecy. What do you think?

Here is an interesting article on the explosion of the internet:

Report predicts 1.2 billion Web users by 2005

Weekend News Today
Lead: Leo
Source: NewsMax.com

Sat Feb 10,2001 -- The number of worldwide Internet users surpassed 400 million last year and will increase to more than 1 billion by 2005, according to a report by research firm eTForecasts. Growth will be fueled by surging numbers of wireless users who access the Internet via cell phones and PDAs, and by 2005 they will constitute a majority of Internet users, according to the report.

An estimated 414 million people worldwide used the Internet by the end of 2000, with wireless users accounting for 40 million, or about 9.6 percent of the total. By 2002, the report said, the total will increase to 673 million people, and 225 million of them - about a third of all users - will have wireless access. By 2005, there should be a total of 1.2 billion people on the Internet, with 730 million wireless users accounting for 62.1 percent of the total.


I would add that many Christians seem to expect a great revival just before the rapture, but Revelation 14:6 says " And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. "This verse comes just after John's discussion of the emergence of the 144,000 evangelists! So, maybe this revival is during the last 7 years before Jesus' return? He tells us that the path (to heaven) is narrow and few will tread it! So, why are Christians expecting millions of people to disappear in the rapture, so much that our economy will be disrupted, taking us out of the picture painted for the last 7 years? It is just my opinion, but I think we will be surprised how many "alleged" Christians will be left at the rapture. The world, in general may not even notice the disappearances that much! It will be like an "urban legend", each person knowing someone who knew someone who knew someone that suddenly disappeared!

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COVENANT

But then Jesus seems to back track. Most scholars believe He begins to set the stage for the 7-year Tribulation period and gives us a very definitive measure of when it will be half over and when He will pour out all of His wrath on a totally corrupt world.

" When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)(Matt. 24:15). Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains(Matt. 24:16). Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house.(Matt. 24:17). Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.(Matt. 24:18) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!(Matt. 24:19) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.(Matt. 24:20) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matt. 24:21) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.(Matt. 24:22)"

What begins this seven period? We have the answer in Daniel.

And he shall CONFIRM THE COVENANT (emphasis mine) with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.(Dan. 9:27)

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This passage speaks of a covenant. Some scholars think this is a peace treaty that the Antichrist makes with Israel and the rest of the world. However, it seems to say "confirm" in the context of referring to something already in place. View the following Jerusalem Covenant, adopted in 1992, by clicking on COVENANT. Could this be the covenant which is already in place, just waiting for the Antichrist to endorse it? It could not just be approved by anyone, because by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capitol, world war III could erupt with the Muslim nations. This would take some one with great power and influence!

In order for a "desolation" to take place it seems likely that a place has to exist. This is seen by prohecy scholars to be a reference to the rebuilding of the Temple. Jews also understand this and tie it to the return of the Messiah. Again Aish.com offers an excellent article on their perspective:

"Why Hasn't the Temple Been Rebuilt?

Because the Temple was a great privilege for the Jewish People, it came along with great responsibilities as well. (Such is the nature of privileges.) These responsibilities meant that the Jews were to serve G-d with more devotion than ever before and to be a guiding light for all of the nations of the world. When, unfortunately, the Jewish People did not live up to these responsibilities, as a consequence they lost the Temple. (see The Temple & Jewish Unity)

The re-building will begin when the Messiah comes. This Third Temple will be on the Temple Mount, exactly where it previously stood. In fact, Maimonides writes that one sign that the Messiah is the real Messiah (and not an imposter) will be when he re-builds the Temple on the Temple Mount.

Today, the Jewish People are striving to return to a level whereby they will merit once again to have the Temple. It can be rebuilt at any moment. The Midrash says that the Third Temple has already been constructed in heaven, and merely awaits our preparations here on earth. Furthermore, in every generation an individual exists with the capacity to step into the role of the Messiah.

We must feel the pain of exile if we have any hope of reversing it. Like orphans who never knew their parents, we risk going about our daily lives insensitive to the lack of a healthy spiritual world. If we hope to have the Temple rebuilt, we must strive to understand what the loss of the Temple means - and how we can connect with our destiny, our struggle, our mission and our identity as a people.

The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris. As he passes by a synagogue, he hears the sounds of people weeping inside. So he turns to his assistant and asks, "What's going on with the Jews?" "Today is Tisha B'Av ," came the reply, "and the Jews are mourning the loss of their Temple." Napoleon looked toward the synagogue and said, "If the Jews are still crying after 1800 years, then I am certain the Temple will one day be rebuilt!" The tears we shed for the destruction, are precisely those tears which bring about redemption.

The Jewish People are clearly heading toward redemption. One apparent sign is that the Jewish People have returned to the Land of Israel and made it bloom once again. A major movement is afoot of young Jews returning to Torah tradition.

G-d is ready when we are. For as King David writes in Psalms 95:7: "(Redemption will come) today - if you hearken to His voice."

It seems as though, the Jews are being set up to accept the coming Antichrist, who will bring them temporary peace and possibly let them rebuild the Temple. Realize, however, that they don't see the Messiah as God and when he stands in the Holy Place and says he is, their eyes will be opened, they will flee, and persecution and the last 3 and 1/2 years of the Trials and Tribulations will begin!

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KNOWLEDGE WILL INCREASE

While in Daniel I would like to point out another passage (12:4) about how he is told to" ...shut up the words (put them in code), and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

I also think this is an extremely important passage for us today, beginning in the 20th century and it continues to accelerate into the 21st! It is said that from the birth of Jesus until 1750, knowledge doubled. Then it only took from 1750 until 1900 to double again! The attainment of knowledge continued to explode, doubling from 1900 to 1950. And then with the invention of the computer and the laser (note that Israel became a nation at this time, also) the accumulation of knowledge accelerated even more, doubling again from 1950 to 1960. More recently it is claimed that knowledge doubles approximately every two years! The following are portions of a recent study from the University of California at Berkeley, which claim that with the continuing advancements in the computer and the proliferation of access to the internet, knowledge will increase even faster. Then read the following articles showing how fast technology is advancing and an interesting article on the advancement of the computer and chip size.

First, however, take a look at my YouTube video about Knowledge Increasing:

The following graphic, from the video, magnifies the increase, IMO!


A living programmable biocomputing device based on RNA

Can sense and analyze multiple complex signals in living cells for future synthetic diagnostics and therapeutics
July 28, 2017

Synthetic biologists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and associates have developed a living programmable “ribocomputing” device based on networks of precisely designed, self-assembling synthetic RNAs (ribonucleic acid). The RNAs can sense multiple biosignals and make logical decisions to control protein production with high precision.

As reported in Nature, the synthetic biological circuits could be used to produce drugs, fine chemicals, and biofuels or detect disease-causing agents and release therapeutic molecules inside the body. The low-cost diagnostic technologies may even lead to nanomachines capable of hunting down cancer cells or switching off aberrant genes.

Go HERE for the rest of the article.


Kingston unveils a Terabyte zip drive. We are now forced to talk about Yottabytes of data, which is 1000 times larger than Zettabyte. See my table below for more details.

The Study from Berkeley:

More information will be produced in the next 3 years than for all time!

Today's info., if stored on floppy diskettes (now extinct), would create a pile 24 million (that's 24 million) miles high!

Last year the world produced about 1.5 Billion Gigabytes of info. or 250 Megabytes for each man, woman and child. And this number is likely to double every year.

Someday households will be storing more than 1,000 Gigabytes(one Terabyte) of personal info., including medical records, financial documents, photographs and video!

Nothing shows how knowledge has increased as much as the growth of computer technology.

A good place to begin understanding how knowledge has increased is to start with this movie trailer about the "Transcendent Man" which introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future in which we will merge with our machines and can live forever! Trailer

The main takeaway in this trailer is from a spokesman from the San Francisco Chronicle (established in 1865) who states, "nothing like this (increase in technology/knowledge) has ever happened before to homo sapiens before".

Here is a recent CNN interview of Ray predicting 5 ways our lives will change (due to technology):

1. By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging.

2. By 2030 solar energy will have the capacity to meet all of our energy needs. The production of food and clean water will also be revolutionized.

3. By the early 2020s we will print out a significant fraction of the products we use including clothing as well as replacement organs.

4. Within five years, search engines will be based on an understanding of natural language.

5. By the early 2020s we will be routinely working and playing with each other in full immersion visual-auditory virtual environments. By the 2030s, we will add the tactile sense to full immersion virtual reality.

Go to the following link for the full article. article link

Here are a series of (3) videos showing a conference on the singularity!


Go Here to see a table explaining chip size!

IBM unveils chips that mimic the human brain.

Go Here for the entire article!

It terms the machines built with these chips "cognitive computers", claiming that they are able to learn through experience, find patterns, generate ideas and understand the outcomes.


Using Nature to Grow Batteries


Angela Belcher, with MIT, presents research on using viruses to grow batteries.




IBM predicts the widespread use of holographic smart phones within the next 5 years!

Shades of the "image of the beast"? Go about :55 in if you don't want to watch the entire thing.


While in Daniel I would like to point out another passage about how he is told to" ...shut up the words (put them in code), and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."(Dan. 12:4)

The following article tells us how Moore's Law continues to rule in computer speed advancement:

Exaflop computing: Moore's Law isn't dead, It's Moved to Warp Speed

By Jason Perlow | December 2, 2010

And now IBM has figured out a way to use photons (light) for the circuity vs. semiconductors (wires)!

"Exaflop computing: Moore's Law (isn't dead, It's Moved to Warp Speed"

"The most powerful supercomputer in the world, the Tianhe-1A, has achieved 2.67 Petaflop/s or 2.67 quadrillion floating point operations, per second. But compared to future nanophotonics-based systems, assessing the legacy performance of the Tianhe-1A will be like comparing the top speed of a Segway personal transport to that of a Bugatti Veyron. Or an X-15."

So what does this mean to us? Well you can gene sequence your baby for future diseases and maybe they will come up with a "half accurate" climate model so we will actually know whether there is global warming and whether we are at all responsible! And even more importantly we can better search for aliens! And of course the military will find all sorts of applications! Also, we can make better robots so we can do less physical work and get even more obese ! 3D movies will improve and so will holographs (image of the beast?)!

Go Here for the article.



"ORLANDO, Fla. - A decade ago, in the Dreamworks movie "Minority Report," billboards spoke directly to the characters in the movie and even knew their names. In just weeks, that science fiction plot will become reality as some businesses in Central Florida will know who you are when you walk through their door." Click here for the entire article and a video! I now have facial recognition software on my new Lenovo laptop that I am using to make this web site, to log in, if I want to use it versus a password. It is everywhere!
See the following article showing the continuing explosion of the Internet and how knowledge is increasing beyond our wildest dreams!
Zettabytes overtake petabytes as largest unit of digital measurement
The size of the “digital universe” will swell so rapidly this year that a new unit - the zettabyte - has been invented to measure it. By Heidi Blake
Published: 7:30AM BST 04 May 2010

Humanity’s total digital output currently stands at 8,000,000 petabytes - which each represent a million gigabytes - but is expected to pass 1.2 zettabytes this year. The current size of the world’s digital content is equivalent to all the information that could be stored on 75bn Apple iPads, or the amount that would be generated by everyone in the world posting messages on the microblogging site Twitter constantly for a century.

The rapid growth of the “digital universe” has been caused by the explosion of social networking, online video, digital photography and mobile phones.

Around 70 per cent of the world’s digital content is generated by individuals, but it is stored by companies on content-sharing websites such as Flickr and YouTube.

The latest figures were released in the annual survey of the world’s digital output by IDC, the technology consultancy.

The first survey, which was conducted in 2007, estimated that the digital universe was equivalent to 161,000 petabytes.

One zettabyte is equal to one million petabytes, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 individual bytes. See my table below.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7675214/Zettabytes-overtake-petabytes-as-largest-unit-of-digital-measurement.html


Another example of the increase in knowledge is The Mandelbrot Set:

March 1980 Benoit Mandelbrot, at IBM, took a closer look at a simple mathematical equation first discovered by a Frenchman in 1917 and with the aid of one of the early computers made a hither to unavailable discovery! Until the invention of the computer mathematicians could not carry out the millions of times per second of calculations to get a full set with this formula. A simple equation, requiring just addition and multiplication and not logarithms or geometry, it has been found, when graphed by coordinates, to form a never ending fractal-like structure. This simple equation Z = ZXZ + C (the original sum) was thus named after this mathematician and labeled the Mandelbrot Set. According to Arthur Clark, well known science fiction writer, they started with a set of only 6 inches across and zoomed in on it until it would be equivalent to a mile wide and still could not find the end of it. See this you tube video below at Movie

Because of its complexity and shape, the Mandelbrot Set has been called the "Thumb" or "Finger Print" of God! Also, because of the radiating spline like features it has also been called the "Vine" of God!


China web users outnumber US population: report
Jul 26 12:27 AM US/Eastern

The number of Internet users in China is now greater than the entire population of the United States, after rising to 338 million by the end of June, state media reported Sunday.

China's online population, the largest in the world, rose by 40 million in the first six months of 2009, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a report by the China Internet Network Information Center.

The number of broadband Internet connections rose by 10 million to 93.5 million in the first half of the year, the report said.

About 95 percent of townships were connected to broadband by early June and 92.5 percent of villages had telephone lines that could be used for Internet access, Xinhua said, citing the official data.

Rural coverage is expected to improve as the country's three telecoms operators, China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom invest 280 billion yuan (40 billion dollars) in a national 3G network over the next year, China Mobile vice president Lu Xiangdong was quoted as saying last week.

China's fast-growing online population has made the Internet a forum for the country's citizens to express their opinions in a way rarely seen in the traditional, strictly government-controlled media.

The growing strength and influence of the web population has prompted concern in Beijing about potential social unrest, and the government has stepped up its control over the Internet in recent years.

After rioting early this month in the capital of the restive northwest Xinjiang region, the government cut off online access to most of the area, in one of the largest known Internet blackouts in China yet.

It has also blocked access to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a range of other sites used for networking and sharing content. Go here for the complete article.


And again a good place to start from a spiritual perspective is with Hal Lindsey who says on his site,

"Alvin Toffler saw this phenomenon developing. This was the basis of his 1970 best-seller "Future Shock." Toffler defines future shock as "the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time." Toffler predicted, "Millions of ordinary, psychologically normal people will face an abrupt collision with the future."

We live in much greater stress and anxiety because of the "exponential rate of change" that is accelerating in our world. The world into which I was born ceased to exist a long time ago. But the change was gradual enough to allow me time to adjust. The world into which people were born in the year 2000 is already disappearing. It will not exist by 2012.

Just try to figure what the impact of the following facts will be. There are 3,000 new books published every single day. We've gone from information overload to information explosion. More new information will be generated this year than in the previous five thousand years. Go here for the whole you tube video, "Future Facts.".

See this cool you tube video on about the new tv.


Friday, November 14, 2008
The Coming Wireless Revolution
Gadgets that operate over television frequencies promise to transform the wireless landscape.
By Kate Greene

If you believe some radio researchers and engineers, within the next couple of years, high-bandwidth, far-reaching wireless Internet signals will soon blanket the nation. Thanks to a decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week, megahertz frequency bands that were previously allocated to television broadcasters will be opened to other device manufacturers. The frequency liberation means that future wireless gadgets will be able to blast tens of megabits per second of data over hundreds of kilometers. They will cover previously unreachable parts of the country with Internet signals, enable faster Web browsing on mobile devices, and even make in-car Internet and car-to-car wireless communication more realistic.

Go here for the complete article.

Circuit behind the Internet Age turns 50 years old

The computer chip industry on Friday celebrated the 50th birthday of the integrated circuit, a breakthrough that set the stage for the Internet and the Digital Age.

A half-century ago a young engineer named Jack Kilby first demonstrated an integrated circuit he designed while working through the summer at his Texas Instruments job because he didn't have enough vacation time for a holiday.

Kilby used a sliver of conductive germanium to connect a transistor and other bits, dubbing the soldered assembly an "integrated circuit" (IC).

"It's been only 50 years, but think of the dramatic improvements in everything we do around the world today," Intel spokesman Bill Calder told AFP.

"In the scheme of inventions, certainly the integrated circuit has to be one of the greatest inventions of our time. This world of bytes we live in today would not be possible without them."

Berlin says that integrated circuits are at the core of the microchip industry mantra of "smaller, faster, cheaper" and can likely be found in anything with an on-off switch. go here for the full article.

AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010

Posted on ZDNet News: Apr 18, 2008 2:17:00 PM
U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.

Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi, vice president of legislative affairs for AT&T, warned that the current systems that constitute the Internet will not be able to cope with the increasing amounts of video and user-generated content being uploaded.

"The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," he said. "In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today."

Cicconi, who was speaking at the event as part of a wider series of meetings with U.K. government officials, said that at least $55 billion worth of investment was needed in new infrastructure in the next three years in the U.S. alone, with the figure rising to $130 billion to improve the network worldwide. "We are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010," he said.

He claimed that the "unprecedented new wave of broadband traffic" would increase 50-fold by 2015 and that AT&T is investing $19 billion to maintain its network and upgrade its backbone network.

Cicconi added that more demand for high-definition video will put an increasing strain on the Internet infrastructure. "Eight hours of video is loaded onto YouTube every minute. Everything will become HD very soon, and HD is 7 to 10 times more bandwidth-hungry than typical video today. Video will be 80 percent of all traffic by 2010, up from 30 percent today," he said.

The AT&T executive pointed out that the Internet exists, thanks to the infrastructure provided by a group of mostly private companies. "There is nothing magic or ethereal about the Internet--it is no more ethereal than the highway system. It is not created by an act of God, but upgraded and maintained by private investors," he said........

"I think people agree why the Internet is successful. My personal view is that government has widely chosen to...keep a light touch and let innovators develop it," he said. "The reason I resist using the term 'Net neutrality' is that I don't think government intervention is the right way to do this kind of thing. I don't think government can anticipate these kinds of technical problems. Right now, I think Net neutrality is a solution in search of a problem."............

"However well-intentioned, regulatory restraints can inefficiently skew investment, delay innovation, and diminish consumer welfare, and there is reason to believe that the kinds of broad marketplace restrictions proposed in the name of 'neutrality' would do just that, with respect to the Internet," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement last year................

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Redefining the Architecture of Memory

By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: September 11, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The ability to cram more data into less space on a memory chip or a hard drive has been the crucial force propelling consumer electronics companies to make ever smaller devices.

It shrank the mainframe computer to fit on the desktop, shrank itp again to fit on our laps and again to fit into our shirt pockets.

Now, if an idea that Stuart S. P.p Parkin is kicking around in an I.B.M. lab here is on the money, electronic devices could hold 10 to 100 times the data in the same amount of space. That means the iPod that today can hold up to 200 hours of video could store every single TV program broadcast during a week on 120 channels.

The tech world, obsessed with data density, is taking notice because Mr. Parkin has done it b/fontefore. An I.B.M. research fellow largely unknown outside a small fraternity of physicists, Mr. Parkin puttered for two years in a lab in the early 1990s, trying to find a way to commercialize an odd magnetic effect of quantum mechanics he had observed at supercold temperatures. With the help of a research assistant, he was able to manipulate the alignment of electronics to alter the magnetic state of tiny areas of a magnetic data storage disc, making it possible to store and retrieve information in a smaller amount of space. The huge increases in digital storage made possible by giant magnetoresistance, or GMR, made consumer audio and video iPods, as well as Google-style data centers, a reality.

Mr. Parkin thinks he is poised to bring about another breakthrough that could increase the amount of data stored on a chip or a hard drive by a factor of a hundred. If he proves successful in his quest, he will create a “universal” computer memory, one that can potentially replace dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, and flash memory chips, and even make a “disk drive on a chip” possible.

It could begin to replace flash memory in three to five years, scientists say. Not only would it allow every consumer to carry data equivalent to a college library on small portable devices, but a tenfold or hundredfold increase in memory would be disruptive enough to existing storage technologies that it would undoubtedly unleash the creativity of engineers who would develop totally new entertainment, communication and information products. Go here for the rest of the article.

The following table explains where we are headed, with some nice analogies:

BYTE AMOUNT DEFINITION
Byte 8 bits, or a single character. 10 bytes is a single word
Kilobyte 1,000 bytes. 2 kilobytes is 1 typed page
Megabyte 1 million bytes, or a small novel
Gigabyte 1 billion bytes, or 1 Pick Up Truck filled with paper
Terabyte 1 trillion bytes. 1 Research Library is 2 terabytes
Petabyte 1 quadrillion bytes. As of April 2010, the WEB is 8 million petabytes
Exabyte 1 quintillion bytes. As of March 2010, the global monthly Internet traffic is estimated to be 21 exabytes.
Zettabyte 1 sextillion bytes. The global monthly Internet traffic is estimated to pass 1.2 zettabytes in 2010.
Yottabyte* 1 septillion bytes. Using 1 TB hard drives it would take data centers the size of both Rhode Island and Delaware.
* I added this unit because of the continued explosion of information and the latest flash drive being introduced by Kingston, holding 1 Terabyte of data, and the NSA Server Farm being built.

Lucent Technologies" Bell Labs is exploring the outer limits of bandwidth, recently calculating that it is theoretically possible to send about 100 terabits of information-or roughly 20 billion one page emails-simultaneously on each strand of a fiber optic cable.

And at MIT's celebrated Media Laboratory researchers are exploring the meaning of identity in the age of the Internet, developing virtual reality "tele-actors" (image of the beast comes to mind) that can interact with the world or represent a group or individual (picture a news anchor). As far as artificial intelligence goes, however, researchers say, "they have only succeeded in replicating the intelligence of an insect." "The blending of human and machine is happening at all scales, most obviously -as digital technology moves onto - and it becomes apparent that the researchers are not just testing out plot points for science-fiction novels."


And read this recent article at the Guardian about the information explosion:

World drowning in a rising sea of information

Neil McIntosh
Saturday November 1, 2003
The Guardian

Academics in California have confirmed what every office worker in the land has known for years: we are drowning in a rising sea of information. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say the amount of information being generated worldwide has increased by 30% each year since 1999, and that the amount being stored has doubled in that time.

That means 800 megabytes of data - roughly equivalent to 800 books - was created for every man, woman and child in 2002.

The research team studied information stored on paper, film, and optical and magnetic media, and measured the vast flows of information across the internet. They found the new information, stored on everything from hard disk drives to paper, added up to 5m terabytes - or 5 million million MB - last year alone.

Attempting to make that figure a little more imaginable, the team estimated this adds up to the contents of half a million new Libraries of Congress.

These libraries, however, would not hold many masterpieces in their electronic soup. Much of the information came not from books and journals, but from the more mundane: office documents and mail.

Peter Lyman, one of the leaders of the research team, said the surge in information was due to a new-found desire to document all that happens around us. "All of a sudden, almost every aspect of life around the world is being recorded and stored in some information format," he said.

But last night David Lewis, a psychologist who works with big business to tackle stress and information-overload problems, said: "I certainly think there's a data overload - and an awful lot of the data that is generated is entirely redundant. Information is something which is valuable, which you can use. Data is just junk."

Dr Lewis said today's infonauts would need to learn new ways to sift through information by developing reading skills to rapidly extract useful information. "Have a reading purpose in mind when you go to any piece of information," he advised. "If there is no purpose, and you're not reading for pleasure, then just don't bother."

And William Dutton, director of the Oxford Internet Institute, also warned the numbers used in the report could be a little misleading. "Clearly the report puts some numbers on an essentially valid trend," he said. "But it lacks some base validity by measuring it in bits - the complete works of Shakespeare is less than three high-resolution photographs."

Here is an interesting article (courtesy of "How Stuff Works" www.howstuffworks.com) about the invention of the chip and microprocessor which shows how fast knowledge has increased for sure. I have extended the table to 2010 but left out the years between 2000 and now. Go Herefor more detail.

The computer you are using to read this page uses a microprocessor to do its work. The microprocessor is the heart of any normal computer, whether it is a desktop machine, a server or a laptop. The microprocessor you are using might be a Pentium, a K6, a PowerPC, a Sparc or any of the many other brands and types of microprocessors, but they all do approximately the same thing in approximately the same way.

If you have ever wondered what the microprocessor in your computer is doing, or if you have ever wondered about the differences between types of microprocessors, then read on. In this article, you will learn how fairly simple digital logic techniques allow a computer to do its job, whether its playing a game or spell checking a document!

 

Microprocessor History


Intel 4004 chip

A microprocessor -- also known as a CPUor ce ntral processing unit -- is a complete computation engine that is fabricated on a single chip. The first microprocessor was the Intel 4004, introduced in 1971. The 4004 was not very powerful -- all it could do was add and subtract, and it could only do that 4 bits at a time. But it was amazing that everything was on one chip. Prior to the 4004, engineers built computers either from collections of chips or from discrete components (transistors wired one at a time). The 4004 powered one of the first portable electronic calculators.


Intel 8080

The first microprocessor to make it into a home computer was the Intel 8080, a complete 8-bit computer on one chip, introduced in 1974. The first microprocessor to make a real splash in the market was the Intel 8088, introduced in 1979 and incorporated into the IBM PC (which first appeared around 1982). If you are familiar with the PC market and its history, you know that the PC market moved from the 8088 to the 80286 to the 80386 to the 80486 to the Pentium to the Pentium II to the Pentium III to the Pentium 4. All of these microprocessors are made by Intel and all of them are improvements on the basic design of the 8088. The Pentium 4 can execute any piece of code that ran on the original 8088, but it does it about 5,000 times faster!

Microprocessor Progression: Intel
The following table helps you to understand the differences between the different processors that Intel has introduced over the years.

Name

Date

Transistors

Microns

Clock speed

Data width

MIPS

8080

1974

6,000

6

2 MHz

8 bits

0.64

8088

1979

29,000

3

5 MHz

16 bits
8-bit bus

0.33

80286

1982

134,000

1.5

6 MHz

16 bits

1

80386

1985

275,000

1.5

16 MHz

32 bits

5

80486

1989

1,200,000

1

25 MHz

32 bits

20

Pentium

1993

3,100,000

0.8

60 MHz

32 bits
64-bit bus

100

Pentium II

1997

7,500,000

0.35

233 MHz

32 bits
64-bit bus

~300

Pentium III

1999

9,500,000

0.25

450 MHz

32 bits
64-bit bus

~510

Pentium 4

2000

42,000,000

0.18

1.5 GHz

32 bits
64-bit bus

~1,700

Quad-Core Xeon

2007

820,000,000

45 nm

3 GHz

32 bits
64-bit bus

unknown


I have extended the table to 2010 but left out the years between 2000 and now. Go Herefor more detail. The Pentium 4 processor introduced the nanotechnology age.


Compiled from The Intel Microprocessor Quick Reference Guide and TSCP Benchmark Scores

Information about this table:
  • The date is the year that the processor was first introduced. Many processors are re-introduced at higher clock speeds for many years after the original release date.
  • Transistors is the number of transistors on the chip. You can see that the number of transistors on a single chip has risen steadily over the years.

From the informative site about information:

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Jesus, then returns to the most prevalent theme in this discourse-false christs and false prophets! This antichrist spirit is so important for us to be watchful of and not be lured into, as the world will! This is why I try to present possible candidates, even though we (born again) christians will not be here to see him reign but just incase someone visits this site (assuming it still exists), post rapture, possibly it will give them some insight on current events!

" (Mat 24:23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.

(Mat 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

(Mat 24:25) Behold, I have told you before.

(Mat 24:26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.

Why would the Lord say that someone might say that the christ might be in the desert? And why would someone even be deceived into believing this? Ever since Hal Lindsey came out with his popular book, "Late Great Planet Earth" it has been common to think of the false christ (Antichrist) as a European. Now with 40 years of evidence and the rapid rise of Islam, across the world, and especially the arid Mideast, this statement takes on other meanings? Could Jesus be telling us that the false christ will be in the desert, claiming to be the real Christ?

" (Mat 24:27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. "


Mat 24:28-31 verses appear to refer to the end of the Tribulation period!


" (Mat 24:32) Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:

(Matt 24:33) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.

(Matt 24:34) Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Jesus now appears to be giving His disciples hints on when these things will occur and that they should be able to figure it out! Most scholars feel His Words are meant for a future generation, possibly us! Some claim that He is saying that the generation that saw the destruction of the temple would not disappear until these signs all happened, meaning the Jew! Others stress that it is referring to the generation that saw the reestablishment of the nation of Israel, in 1948, would still be alive when they all occurred!



NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR

(Matt 24:35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

(Matt 24:36) But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Jesus now seems to tell them that they cannot know the day or hour of His return because He does not even know it? Surely He now knows after being resurrected? Some scholars see another hint here? That He is referencing a certain day that they would know? Long ago before the Jews understood Astronomy and could pinpoint the arrival of the first new moon of the year, they would estimate it within a two day window. They would send two priests out to watch for it who would stand on the walls of Jerusalem and "watch" for the first sliver (crescent) of the new moon. When the new moon appeared in the sky then these "two witnesses" would sound the shophar (ram's horn trumpet) and all the people in the city would immediately drop what they were doing and they would begin to move towards the temple for the celebration of "The Day of Blowing" or in Hebrew, "Yom Teruw’ah". The temple doors were only open for a short period of time after sundown (the beginning of the Hebrew "day") - so, anyone failing to make it to the temple before the "doors were shut" were left out of the feast because once they were shut, no one could get in. Because this feast began at sundown, oil lamps had to be full so that they could find their way in the dusk towards the temple. In Matthew 25, we find our Messiah telling us a parable about ten virgins. Onlyfive of these virgins were wise and had their oil lamps filled when the bridegroom came. But the other five foolish virgins had not prepared themselves by filling their lampswith oil. When the "Day That No Man Knows" had arrived, the two witnesses sounded the "trumpet" and the five wise virgins were ready to go into the feast - but the foolish virgins had no oil in their lamps, so they could not see their way around in the dark. The foolish virgins went to buy oil for their lamps causing them to be too late for the feast. When the temple doors were shut, the five foolish virgins were left out. Many of these inhabitants would also be working in the fields or grinding at the mill (Matthew 24:40-42). so that when they heard the sound of the shophar they knew that their work was finished. Our Messiah was also speaking in the language of Feast of Trumpets typology when he said that we must "work while it is yet day, for the night comes when no man can work" (John 9:4). Those who were working in the fields had to hasten toward the temple before the doors were shut. The person who was alert and listening for the sound of the shophar was "taken" by the sound of the trumpet; this was his signal to make haste towards the temple. But the person not alert and not watching would not hear the sound of the trumpet and they would be "left" in the field or still grinding at the mill - unaware the day had come. The rest of the chapter is a reinforcement of "being alert" to the immediate coming days.

These days were called Rosh Hashanah but due to the ambiguity they were also called, "the day no man knows the day or hour"! So, some think Jesus was referring to a future Rosh. It is said that He has fulfilled the first 3 Feast Days (Passover, First Fruits & Pentecost) and will fill the remaining (Rosh, Yom Kippur & Feast of Tabernacles) with His return?

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The Entire Matthew 24 Verses

Complete Matthew 24 Text

Matt 24:1 - And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to [him] for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

Matt 24:2 - And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Matt 24:3 - And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Matt 24:4 - And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Matt 24:5 - For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Matt 24:6 - And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Matt 24:7 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Matt 24:8 - All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.

Matt 24:9 - Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

Matt 24:10 - And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Matt 24:11 - And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Matt 24:12 - And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Matt 24:13 - But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Matt 24:14 - And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matt 24:15 - When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Matt 24:16 - Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Matt 24:17 - Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Matt 24:18 - Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

Matt 24:19 - And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Matt 24:20 - But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Matt 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matt 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Matt 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.

Matt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Matt 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

Matt 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.

Matt 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matt 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Matt 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Matt 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matt 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matt 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:

Matt 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.

Matt 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Matt 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Matt 24:37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matt 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Matt 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matt 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Matt 24:41 Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Matt 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matt 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Matt 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matt 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Matt 24:46 Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Matt 24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

Matt 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

Matt 24:49 And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

Matt 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,

Matt 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.




The Rapture - the real separation of church and state!

RAPTURE

FOR YOU WHO HAVE JUST COME TO THIS SITE FROM MY DESK TOP LINK

This warning (...so shall the coming of the Son of man be, Mat 24:27) is coming after the rapture (when Jesus comes back in the clouds to take believers to heaven) and all Christians will disappear! If you have just linked to this site from my desk top icon, because we have disappeared, I am trying to explain what has possibly happened and prepare you for the next seven years, as seemingly peace breaks out all over earth, followed by "all hell breaking out," instead. Watch this video or or this video if you don't understand the rapture! Christ is warning those (in the previous scripture, Mat 24:26), still on earth during the Tribulation period (for 7 years following the rapture), that anyone saying they are Christ, are imposters, because the world will not see Jesus until He returns, at the close of the last 7 years, to usher in the next thousand years. And at that time everyone will see Him, in the air!

What will happen next, is a great leader (we call the Antichrist, because he is opposed to Jesus) will come on the scene and make peace, which no one thought could happen. He will seemingly help Israel, which may have been attacked by many Muslim nations, and guarantee their safety! He may let them resume animal sacrifices, as described in the Old Testament. They will do this on an altar, possibly next to the Muslim Dome of the Rock, or possibly in a rebuilt Temple, in the same location. In 3 and 1/2 years he will turn against the jews, however, and go to the altar or into the Temple and declare himself god and begin to persecute the jews. That is what this last seven years is mainly for when God causes the jews to again worship Him, as they once did in the Old Testament. It is also a time for you to accept Jesus and be prepared to enter the next thousand years, when he will reign on earth and truly bring peace to us! God bless you and keep you during these troubling times! Remember Jesus loves you and has a plan for you!

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



I will continue to work on this page. I have a feeling it will never be finished until Jesus comes back because these events just keep on happenin! SO COME BACK OFTEN AND HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE MORE!! If you would like to give me your comments or would like to see any other topics covered, email me at

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Here is a fabulous new Christian book, written by a dear friend and fellow engineer, Tim Hargrove, which I recommend purchasing at the following link.

THE SUM OF ALL HOPE BY TIM C. HARGROVE

About the Book

THE SUM OF ALL HOPE finally fulfills the hope of many people for a book which can effectively summarize the Bible in a quick, easy and understandable format. If you have trouble reading and understanding the Bible, or if you have not had the time to read the Bible, this book is for you!

This book breaks the Bible down into 62 summarizing events presented in the order they happen or will happen in the Bible. From the very first act of creation, to the great climatic events to come, this book was written in a style to get the information into the reader’s heart and mind.

It is fast moving, written with as few words as possible but not fewer than needed. Each sentence brings the reader face to face with the Bible’s great truths. With a clear and concise style, THE SUM OF ALL HOPE presents a short and fast moving explanation of each event. Scriptures are then presented to support the explanation of the event from a Biblical perspective. Each section ends in a short summary of the event along with unique and haunting visual art that imprints the event into the reader’s mind. Understand the Bible and be prepared for the climatic events that are about to happen!

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