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After a career-ending injury, the author directed his research skills to a comparison of secular historical records with the historical accounts of the Bible. This led to the publication of his first book, The "Lost" Ten Tribes of Israel... Found!

TRUMP RECOGNIZES ISRAEL’S CONTROL OF THE GOLAN…WHILE HAMAS ATTACKS ISRAEL (DID IRAN ORDER THE ATTACK?)

US President Donald Trump reversed past US policies and recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel won in a war in 1967. It has been Israeli territory for more than a half-century, and claims of others to the contrary exists only in fantasies espoused by Israel’s enemies. Trump’s proclamation came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting the USA, and Netanyahu stated to Trump: “Mr. President…Israel has never had a better friend than you” (first link). Besides recognizing Israeli ownership of the Golan, Trump has renounced the Iranian treaty that was anti-Israeli and anti-American and moved the formal US embassy to Jerusalem–recognizing it as Israel’s capital city. Since no previous American president took such actions, Netanyahu’s praise seems quite apt. However, the Trump-Netanyahu meetings were cut short when Hamas began another round of firing rockets into Israel in the hopes of killing Israelis and doing significant damage. The second link offers a report on the status of the hostilities as this post was being written. Reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire have so far proven to be premature as Hamas rockets continue to be fired at Israel and Israel retaliates with air attacks on targets in Gaza. The second link has a variety of visual items including details of a Hamas rocket which landed near a FOX News crew. One Hamas rocket destroyed an Israeli home, peppered 30 others with shrapnel and hit cars with shrapnel as well.
 
The third link contains Netanyahu’s condemnation of the Hamas attack as well as the information that Israel is sending two combat brigades to the Gaza-Israeli border region. This may be the prelude to another Israeli-Hamas war. It is not yet clear if this initial exchange of fire will escalate into open warfare or whether it will be defused. What is very interesting to me is that while in the past, a host of Islamic nations would rush to condemn Israel whenever an Israeli-Hamas battle erupted, this time the Islamic opposition is muted. It seems to be limited to just Turkey, Iran and Syria, according to the fourth link. This is significant. Iran and Syria are in the Shiite Islamic bloc, to which Russia is allied, and Turkey is sliding into Moscow’s orbit with its purchase of a Russian air defense system constructed to shoot down NATO aircraft. How long Turkey will be allowed to stay in NATO given its anti-NATO stance is a valid question. What is significant is that the Sunni Arab nations are offering little or no opposition to Israel’s response to the attack by Hamas. I think this is a clear indication that the Sunni Arab nations, threatened by Iran, have no motive to help Hamas, which has been cozy with Iran. It also indicates that Israel and the Sunni Arab nations are steadily assuming the position of allies against Iran and its proxies.
 
It has long been stated and assumed that Hamas is obtaining its missiles and rockets from Iran via smuggling operations and via building rockets of Iranian design inside Gaza. Did Iran order this latest Hamas rocket attack vs Israel? The fifth link offers a report from the Israeli media that Iran did order this Hamas strike. Indeed, it cites senior leaders in Hamas as openly acknowledging that Iran ordered this rocket attack on Israel. The motive given was to hurt Netanyahu’s re-election chances in the pending election to be held in Israel. It is my view that this attack will likely have the opposite effect. By focusing on the gravity of the threat Israel faces from hostile neighboring border regions, it will likely focus the Israeli voters’ attention on security issues–which should help Netanyahu.
 
The claim that Iran directed this rocket attack vs. Israel significantly raises the stakes in this latest confrontation. Rather than this latest confrontation being a result of the longstanding Israeli-Hamas animus, it means that Iran has chosen this moment to advance its stated agenda of wiping Israel “off the map.” This also means that Israel has every right to retaliate militarily against Iran for this attack as it has reason to believe that Iran ordered it. It is not certain that Israel will do such a strike, but it has ample justification to do so at the present time. The Iranian backing of this latest Hamas attack makes the situation perhaps more likely to progress into a larger Mideastern war, but I suspect that none of the major potential combatants really wants one at this time. However, that is just my guess; we’ll have to wait and see what happens. It is likely that Iran was simply testing Israel’s resolve at this time when Israel’s population is divided into separate electorate camps during the current election campaign.
 
The continuing conflicts along Israel’s border with Hamas and the American recognition over Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan do have a Biblically-prophetic significance. In many previous posts over the years, I’ve called attention to the prophecy in Zephaniah 2:1-11 which foretold that in the latter days of this age (i.e. “before the day of the Lord’s anger”), the Jews (“Judah”)  would again have a national homeland of their own in the former Promised Land. This ancient prophecy accurately predicted that the new Jewish nation would include the Mediterranean coastland and the city of Ashkelon. This approximately 2600-year-old prophecy was precisely fulfilled in 1948 when the new Jewish nation was founded. Its new territory included the Mediterranean Sea coastland and the city of Ashkelon. This precise fulfillment proves that only a Creator God with the power to control the fates of nations could have authored this ancient biblical prophecy. However, there is one aspect of Zephaniah’s prophecy which is often overlooked, but it is very germane to the current Israeli-Hamas conflict near the Gaza border and the Golan Heights dispute along Israel’s northern border with Syria. Zephaniah 2:8 foretold that one aspect of the latter-day Jewish nation would be that it would have hostile neighbors who would “magnify themselves against their border (emphasis added).” Does this sound like the history of the Jewish state going back to its founding? Israel has had numerous border wars and conflicts as well as border disputes since 1948. The current confrontation with Hamas at the border of Israel and Gaza and the formal recognition of Israel’s control of the Golan Heights at its border with Syria further fulfill the prophecy of Zephaniah 2:8. Hamas is “magnifying itself” vs the Israeli border with Gaza, and Syria is “magnifying itself” vs Israel in the Golan region. Zephaniah 2:9-11 warns that God will deal severely with those peoples who contend with the modern Jews (“Judah”) about their borders. Verse 9 of Zephaniah 2 also has another piece of prophecy which fits the modern era. It describes the latter-day Jews in the time that they will again have a new nation in the old Promised Land as being “the residue” or “the remnant…of my people.” That is a very appropriate description of the Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. They were, indeed, only a remnant of the pre-Holocaust Jewish population.
 
As a personal aside, I will offer my conclusions about the Golan Heights issue based on my visit to that region in August of 2000. On one night during my trip to Israel, I stayed with several Jewish friends at a room in a kibbutz named Ha’ Gosherim. We arrived in the dark, but in the morning I could see the dominating presence of the Golan heights towering over the northern part of the Israeli nation.  It was so dominating that it almost has to be seen personally to be understood. I could easily see that the Israelis could never allow Syria to ever again have control over the Golan Heights. From that lofty firing position, the Syrians could fire artillery at much of northern Israel (as they once did before Israel took control of the Golan). If the Syrians had control of the Golan, they could fire modern missiles at all of Israel. It would be suicidal for Israel to yield control of the strategic position to such a sworn enemy as Syria–especially since Syria is Iran’s close ally. I applaud the action of our President, Donald Trump, in recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
 
This post has addressed the very warm relationship between the USA and the Israeli nation. For more in-depth information about both nations in biblical prophecies, please read my free articles, Four Reasons the Jews are Judah, and The USA in Biblical Prophecy. For abundant evidence that we are living in the biblically-prophesied latter days, please read my free article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?
  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/us/politics/benjamin-netanyahu-donald-trump-meeting.html
  2. https://www.foxnews.com/world/as-israel-hamas-fighting-escalated-fox-news-crew-reported-amid-rocket-fire-and-mortar-rounds-landing-nearby
  3. http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/march/this-was-a-vicious-attack-netanyahu-cuts-us-trip-short-after-hamas-blows-up-israeli-home?cid=EU_CBNNEWS-20190325-PROD_DM15580&bid=303577461&inid=BB76922F-A175-4CA6-96D1-EB4BF61DFDEE 
  4. https://www.worldtribune.com/mideast-bombshell-u-s-recognizes-israels-sovereignty-over-the-golan-heights/ 
  5. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260933

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METEOR EXPLODES OFF RUSSIA’S KAMCHATKA PENINSULA

On December 23rd, 2018, a large meteor exploded in the atmosphere over the Barents Sea not far from Russia’s, Kamchatka Peninsula. It exploded in such a remote region that it went almost unnoticed for several months. It is estimated that the meteor exploded with a force of 173 kilotons of TNT–ten times the force of the nuclear bomb which hit Hiroshima, Japan at the end of World War II. I marvel that this kind of power can be generated from a meteor that was estimated to be only 10 meters (30 feet) in diameter (first link). A faint image of the distant blast was captured on a Japanese weather satellite (first link). The second link adds that the meteor exploded an estimated 25.6 km above the earth’s surface, and it includes a global map of meteor explosions and their respective intensities over a two-decade period. The second link also notes that meteor blasts of this intensity are normally expected only 2-3 times per century. Since we have had two such major meteor blasts in our atmosphere in just the last 5 years (the other one was over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013), it would seem we may be entering a period where meteor strikes into our atmosphere may be on an uptick. The third link and fourth link are added for additional perspectives.

The Chelyabinsk meteor explosion was a larger explosion than the recent one off the Russian coast, and it was caught on many cameras due to it happening over a city. I’m sure many readers recall the images of the Chelyabinsk explosion in media sources at the time, but I have included the fifth link which has an impressive montage of many video recordings of that 2013 explosion. Not all the images have audio content, but a few have very impressive audio recordings of the event. There is a particularly impressive audio recording of the explosion just after the 3-minute mark of the fifth link’s video. It records what sounds like a very large sonic boom followed by a series of reverberations after the main explosion. The intensity of the actual sound of the explosion in the fifth link makes me think that some of the video camera images of the explosion were captured from further away than one might have assumed to be the case. I urge all readers to listen to the intensity of the explosion mentioned in the fifth link. If you have a sub-woofer as part of your computer’s speaker system, you are in for an impressive auditory experience!

So far, mankind has been fortunate that a large meteor impact has not hit the earth’s surface in a populated area. The meteor that struck Siberia in the Tunguska region in 1906 was in an area so unpopulated and remote it was largely unknown to the world for some time. If it had hit in some populated regions of the earth, it could have essentially wiped out small nations. There have been several Hollywood movies about meteors so huge that they would annihilate life on earth. Two that come to mind are Deep Impact and Armageddon. In Hollywood movies, mankind always figures out a way to save itself from cosmic destruction.  In the future, we may not be so fortunate.

The Bible’s book of Revelation foretells that two large and destructive meteors will impact the earth during the latter days of our current age. In Revelation 8:6-13, two in a series of catastrophic plagues that are foretold for the very end of the latter days are described “as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea” and “a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp (or ‘torch’) and it fell upon…the fountains (or ‘source’) of waters” (verses 8-10). These clearly describe two celestial impacts. One hits the sea and the other hits the source of waters. The second impact has to hit the earth somewhere near a location which includes the headwaters of apparently major rivers so that has to signify a land strike. The Apostle John used the low-tech vocabulary of his time to describe these events which he clearly did not witness with his actual eyes in his lifetime. He uses the words “as it were” to describe both events which confirm he was struggling to convey to the readers of his book what he saw in his vision of the latter days. His wording of the first meteor event as a great burning mountain falling to the earth from the heavens depicts almost exactly the way an incoming meteor is depicted in the movie, Deep Impact. A falling lamp or torch from the heavens describes the second object as having a tail of flame behind it.  His descriptions are remarkably like what we would literally see during any such event, and the scientific accuracy of his descriptions adds weight to John’s claim to have seen such events in his vision. These two meteor hits that are prophesied to occur will not be large enough to qualify as “extinction level events,” but their effects are prophesied to be catastrophic in the regions they hit. Other prophecies may also refer to the celestial events John witnessed in his vision. Joel 2:30-32 prophesies that at the end of this age, God will “show wonders in the heavens,” and Luke 21:25-26 foretells that there will be “signs…in the stars” and that people will die of heart attacks due to the terror caused when “the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Meteor hits of the scope prophesied in Revelation 8 would surely cause people to experience heart attacks due to fear. Whole Revelation 8 describes two immensely destructive meteor hits during the latter days, the language of the afore-cited prophecies in Joel 2 and Luke 21 allow for the possibility that there may be numerous meteor strikes at the end of our age, climaxing in the two apocalyptic hits described in Revelation 8. Given that such destructive events lie in our planet’s future, now might be a good time to “seek the Lord while he may be found” (Isaiah 60:5-9) and to pray that you may be “accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man [when he returns].”

For solid evidence that we are, indeed, living in the biblical time called the “latter days” when the above prophecies will come to pass, please read my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? 

 

  1. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2196702-huge-meteor-explosion-over-earth-last-year-went-unnoticed-until-now/
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47607696?ocid=global_bbccom_email_18032019_top+news+stories
  3. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-19/fireball-ten-times-energy-of-hiroshima-bomb-explodes-near-russia/10915156
  4. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/03/19/meteor-exploded-over-bering-sea-biggest-blast-since-2013-says-nasa/3211856002/
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpmXyJrs7iU 

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“BOMB CYCLONE” MEGA-STORM HITS CENTRAL USA

Almost always, my posts have discussed or featured events from around the world. This is a rare case when I can report on something that is happening (literally) in my own backyard and region. The entire central portion of the USA has been hit by a “historic” storm of unusual violence. The first link was issued just before it hit and warned it would affect 70 million people in many states. Severe blizzards, flooding, and dangerous winds were predicted. All these predictions came true. The second link explains why this was a historic storm and adds details about its severity. It was described by meteorologists as a “bomb cyclone” storm which experienced “bombogenesis” as the pressure dropped precipitously fast in the eye of the storm. It dropped 24 millibars of pressure in less than 24 hours to qualify for these superlative labels. I have never heard these climatological terms before. For those who were not in this storm, imagine a “snow hurricane” or cold rain hitting with the wind velocity of a CAT-1 or CAT-2 hurricane. Winds over 80 mph and 100 mph were recorded in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The third link shows how such high winds lifted up and blew over a semi-truck on a Texas highway.

In my state, the western and central portions experienced incredible snowfall and massive drifting and blizzards due to the high winds. In the eastern part of our state (where I live) we had over 2.5 inches of rain that came with high winds. This rain fell on land which already had a lot of snow on it and the ground was frozen so it couldn’t absorb the moisture. My city of Sioux Falls had the worst flooding since 1964 according to some local reports. Street intersections flooded which had never been flooded in my 31 years of living here. Some motorists had to abandon cars in rising street flooding only to discover their cars were later embedded in ice after the flood waters froze when the temperature dropped below freezing. I’ve included a montage of photos about the blizzard and flooding in my state in the fourth link (scroll down to a small box labeled “87 photos” and click on it). The number of photos is steadily rising so there may be more photos in that small box by the time you read this. I hope it includes the photo of a farmer trying to dig his cow out of a snowdrift that had completely buried the still-living creature. One multi-story building in downtown Sioux Falls had its lower level parking garage filled with floodwaters…which froze overnight.

This storm has had very serious consequences for many people. A large dam collapsed in Nebraska, causing great damage and the evacuation of several towns which were inundated by the released waters (see the fifth link for a photo of the broken dam). In my state, the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, SD, a large dam operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, steadily increased its water discharge from a more usual 17,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) to a peak of 100,000 CFS (sixth link) to release the excessive volume of water held back by the dam (and maybe to save the dam itself). The seventh link (a video clip) shows this, dam and the discharge of water it expelled when it discharged one million gallons per second during a previous flood in 2011 during a much more localized weather event. I can relate to that video as I stood at that very spot in 2011 where and when this video was filmed. The roar of the water was deafening and a friend and I watched trees on the far side of the Missouri River being ripped out of the river-bank and carried downstream). The eighth link, ninth link and tenth link offer more information about the damage done throughout our region and they focus on the damage done in the state of Nebraska. The flood waters shut down a US Air Force Base south of Omaha, and so threatened a nuclear power plant it had to be taken off-line. As you scroll through the montage of damage in the links, please realize that this is only a tiny fraction of what people in many states are experiencing.

Was I affected by the storm? Yes. Being warned about its approach, my daughter and I shoveled the snow away from our home’s foundation before it arrived to minimize damage. However, the snow was mid-calf to knee deep in parts of our yard when we received over 2.5 inches of cold rain very quickly. I shoveled a melt path during the rain through the snow/slush to direct water from the backyard to the city street, and this path quickly turned into a swift river of water going by our house as our backyard drained its water. Even so, water did enter the lower level of our home through the foundation (our sump pump worked OK), and we have had to move a lot of things, rip up soaked carpet pads, pull back carpets to dry them with fans, etc. Like thousands of others, we are on the waiting lists of the water remediation services in the region but do not expect even an initial visit until sometime next week. At least our situation is manageable and does not currently affect the entire lower level of our home  The people whose houses have been flooded and basements filled with water are truly suffering. The local Fire Department was even doing water rescues with boats on local city streets during the storm.

Going through this raging weather made me think of Leviticus 26:1-9 where God lists a series of blessings he will send when nations honor and obey him. One of these blessings is receiving “rain in due season” (verse 4) to ensure excellent crops and the blessings of a favorable climate. All over the world, nations are receiving waves of weather problems and disasters. Many parts of the world report droughts, floods, cyclones/hurricanes, etc. Lots of rain is falling in many places of the world when it is not coming “in due season.” No part of the world seems to be spared from weather problems which seem to be intensifying as time passes. Since it was prophesied that in the latter days all nations would forsake God and righteous living and that Satan would deceive mankind throughout all nations (II Timothy 3:1-9, Revelation 12:9), it follows that weather problems and curses will befall the earth as mankind turns away from God and his divine laws..and that is exactly what the Bible says will happen. In August 2018, I wrote a post entitled, The Land Will Spew You Outwhich examines biblical prophecies that when people sin, the very land they live on will steadily turn against them. Since all nations are steadily rejecting God and God’s laws, the world’s climate should steadily get worse on a global basis. That is exactly what is happening. I urge you to read that post.

 

  1. https://www.foxnews.com/us/bomb-cyclone-to-sock-central-us-with-blizzard-conditions-raging-winds-paired-with-severe-storms
  2. https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2019-03-11-winter-storm-ulmer-forecast-west-plains-blizzard-conditions
  3. https://weather.com/storms/severe/video/watch-high-winds-topple-big-rig-in-texas
  4. https://www.keloland.com/weather/photo-gallery-major-march-winter-storm/1845717943
  5. https://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Spencer-Dam-breaks-on-Niobrara-River-in-Nebraska-507141771.html
  6. https://ktiv.com/2019/03/14/water-releases-at-gavins-point-dam-increased/
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qph55dzPCUQ   
  8. https://www.agprofessional.com/article/floodwaters-add-pressure-dam-systems-flood-lower-basin
  9. https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/evacuations-continue-as-floodwaters-rise-in-nebraska-iowa-here-s/article_9064ec14-abf4-5d1a-b872-b1ad719a4f2c.html
  10. http://www.holtindependent.com/news/spencer-dam-destroyed-by-record-ice-jams-and-flooding/article_ccce2832-4697-11e9-9cb8-5b46a90fdf79.html 
      https://journalstar.com/news/local/photos-videos-from-flooding-and-storms-in-nebraska/collection_07d8fcb0-cbed-5315-b2cc-1ee34f68787b.html#6

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HAMAS FIRES MISSILES AT TEL AV

Air raid sirens were blaring in Tel Aviv recently when two rockets were fired at the city from Gaza, which is governed by Hamas (first link). Air raid shelters were also opened in Tel Aviv due to the attack. Thankfully, both rockets missed their target. One apparently fell harmlessly into the Mediterranean Sea. The first link also states that Israel ‘s Iron Dome air defense system successfully engaged the two rockets, but apparently it was not necessary to fire projectiles at the rockets due to their errant trajectories. The second link adds another perspective on this rocket attack against Israel and reports that the Israelis have retaliated by hitting terrorist targets in Gaza. However, as this post is being written, it is not yet clear how many targets in Gaza were hit by the Israelis and what effect those strikes had. The sound of an unidentified explosion can be heard in a video clip at the second link.

Hamas did not claim responsibility for this rocket attack, but since Hamas has a tight grip on everything that happens in Gaza, it is hard to picture them not knowing about this rocket attack before it occurred. If the Israeli response is limited to a small retaliation, I think many will see it as a rather weak response to a rocket attack against the largest Israeli city. If those rockets had successfully hit large buildings or infrastructure facilities in Tel Aviv and caused human casualties, the Israeli response would likely have been swift and harsh. The nation of Israel faces new elections in a short time and the incumbent Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is a target of legal action by Israel’s Attorney General, so these factors may influence Israeli actions at this time.

As of this writing, Israel’s reaction has been very minimal, but that could change by the time readers see this post. At any rate, this attack against Tel Aviv highlights that a large Mideast war could erupt at any time due to some provocation that required a major military action as an appropriate response. If those rockets fired from Gaza had hit important targets in Tel Aviv, such a war could be raging now. It is even possible that the rockets fired at Tel Aviv were intended to provoke such a war.

In all likelihood, the rockets fired at Tel Aviv were smuggled into Gaza via Iranian connections. I think it is obvious that whoever fired these rockets from Gaza was trying to hit targets in Tel Aviv, not direct them harmlessly into the Mediterranean Sea. This means one of two things. Either these missiles had very bad guidance systems or Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system has a new tool at its disposal. It is well-known that the Iron Dome system can fire projectiles (kinetic interceptors) at incoming rockets or missiles, but the air defense system may now have a way to confuse the guidance systems of incoming missiles so they are misdirected to land at harmless locations. This option, if it exists, would be very valuable as it would “save ammunition” for the Iron Dome’s batteries to fire actual projectiles at only the most threatening or fastest incoming missiles. With Israel being targeted by many tens of thousands of Hezbollah rockets and missiles located in southern Lebanon, the potential for a major war in the region is considerable. Iran has pledged to “wipe Israel off the map” (as several previous posts have documented) and Israel has the capability to hit Iran and its proxies very hard if Iran attempts to do so. Since the rockets fired at Tel Aviv were almost certainly provided by Iran, it is not likely that they were fired at Israel without Iran’s permission.

Students of the Bible know that its prophecies foretell that the region of the Mideast and especially the city of Jerusalem will be key flashpoints at the end of our age. Zechariah 12:1-2 prophesied that the city of Jerusalem will be a “cup of trembling” and a “burdensome stone” to the nations of the world in the latter days. In other words, it will be a focal point of contention and strife among a variety of nations. Zephaniah 2:1-10 prophesied approximately 2600 years ago that in the end time of our age, the Jews (“Judah”) would have a nation of their own in the old Promised Land, and this ancient biblical prophecy accurately predicted that the new Jewish nation would include the Mediterranean coastland and the city of Ashkelon at its founding (verse 7). That an ancient biblical prophecy would be so specifically fulfilled in such detail when the nation of Israel was founded in 1948 can only confirm that an immortal Creator God authored the original prophecy and that he directs human events throughout human history to ensure that his prophecies come to pass according to his pre-determined timetable.

For additional information on the above topics, please read my free articles, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? and Four Reasons the Jews are Judah

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/two-rockets-fired-at-tel-aviv-from-gaza-and-israel-weighs-its-response/2019/03/14/0c708424-4690-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.234899bbbfbc
  2. https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-launches-airstrikes-on-terror-sites-in-gaza-after-attack-on-tel-aviv-military-says

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CHINA DEVELOPING DNA-BASED DOOMSDAY WEAPONS

This post is on a topic which should receive far more attention than it is getting in the media. It involves a truly apocalyptic possibility. A recent report states that China is developing a DNA-based biological weapon that is a doomsday weapon in every sense of the word. It reports that China is gathering DNA information about everyone in its own nation and as much DNA information about people in other nations as it can obtain. The goal of this project? To create a DNA-based “bomb” which could target everyone for extinction in a given DNA grouping. To be specific, the first link states China is exploring ways to develop “biological weapons which kill or irreparably harm selected nationalities.” It offers an example that such a Chinese weapon could be targeted at Japan and that it would “kill or irreparably harm” everyone with distinctly Japanese DNA in their bodies but would do no harm to people with distinctly Chinese DNA. Such a weapon would need to utilize nano-technology to create a weapon that is so sophisticated that it can kill or harm people by “recognizing” them at their cellular level before unleashing an infectious or disabling poison that can “kill or irreparably harm” any targeted population.

To build such a weapon, China needs to build a huge DNA database of the global population groups to enable it to specifically identify the essential DNA common denominators (and differences) in all racial and ethnic groups so a “bomb” can be built that can selectively target groups to be eliminated (or spared). In the western world, there are various companies which offer to analyze your DNA so you can identify your true ethnic origins. Millions of individuals have surely contributed their DNA to these DNA inventorying companies that advertise on the television quite a lot. Given the widespread media stories about the Chinese hacking of all computer databases with any strategic, military or economic interest to them, they have surely hacked into the databases of all companies that harvest DNA information. Doing so will enable them to build a more accurate and selective DNA “bomb” which can “kill or irreparably harm” any race or ethnic group that China wishes to kill or harm. How would one deliver such a weapon? Could it be distributed via unsuspected Chinese civilian airliners who release trillions of nano-sized “killer-bots” into the atmospheric jet streams that will carry these killer bots downwind to a targeted population which literally “would never know what hit them?” Could it be placed into municipal water plants which distribute water supplies to entire cities and districts? Could trillions of these DNA-based killer-bots be released into the headwaters of major river systems from which it would flow into the water supplies of every city downstream? Could it be placed in major food distribution nodes? Could it be aerosolized to be distributed via innocuous drones passing over a large crowd at a professional or college sporting event? I’m sure readers of this post can think of other methods to mass distribute an invisible and utterly lethal DNA-weapon of mass destruction. It would be such an insidious weapon because it would be developed by a nation’s military bio-engineers, but would be distributed via many non-military means. In the second link, which was written in 2017 and also warned about DNA-based bio-weapons, Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates, warned that “such weapons could kill more people than nuclear weapons.”

These warnings are critically important and people need to be warned. However, this danger has been discussed for more years than many might realize. There may be some readers who recall that twelve years ago in 2007, I warned in a post about the dangers of Chinese nano-technology being combined with DNA/genetic research to create DNA-based weapons of mass destruction that would be delivered via nano-tech mechanisms. This piece I wrote in 2007 has had remarkable “staying power” on the internet as it has regularly ranked in the top links of Google’s recommendations whenever “Chinese nanotechnology weapons” are the topic of a web search. Indeed, even 12 years after it was written, it was still ranked number 3 on a Google web-search for this topic (fourth link as I wrote this post). In the early years of my blog, I wrote several posts on this topic of bio-weapons, and for years two posts were high on Google’s web-search recommendations. The second post which was ranked high for some time is attached as the fifth link. While both my posts attached as the third link and fifth link examine this topic in a biblical context, the fifth link has an extensive discussion of how Chinese DNA-based bio-weapons could be used in the fulfillment of several biblical prophecies. The fifth link includes some possible fulfillment of Ezekiel 38’s prophecy on which I have not written for some time, so I recommend these posts to readers for their review. This topic could hardly be more serious.

Since it was known that China was developing these kinds of weapons at least twelve years ago, one can only imagine how far this technology has “advanced” today. The invention of CRISPR technology for manipulating DNA could only hasten the development of such DNA-based doomsday weapons. I’d like to point out an obvious fact. Since nations realized at least twelve years ago that China was trying to develop such doomsday weapons, other nations–being duly warned- have surely been working (A) to develop antidotes to such a DNA weapon and (B) to develop DNA-based weaponry of their own which would be able to target China’s people with such a Doomsday DNA weapon. I’d like to suggest the possibility. Perhaps not only has China developed such DNA doomsday weapons already but perhaps so have several other nations with high-tech, military bio-research facilities. If so, there may already exist a kind of “Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)” stand-off between China and the rest of the world just like the one that existed between the Soviet Union and the USA in the Cold War with their immense stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Neither side can dare use such a weapon because it would guarantee that such weapons would be used against the nation or alliance which initially used such weapons.

In many ways, the development and deployment of DNA-based annihilation weaponry like that discussed above can fulfill several biblical prophecies, not the least of which is Jesus Christ’s own prophecy in Matthew 24:21-22 that in the latter days of our age would come a time of such dire threat to mankind’s survival that he called it the “great tribulation” which would have the potential to end life on our planet. Add DNA-weaponry to the list of weapons of mass destruction (i.e. nuclear, chemical, antimatter, plasma and laser weaponry, weather modification weapons, etc.) which could fulfill this prophecy in Matthew 24:21-22. The Apostle Paul wrote in II Timothy 3:1 that in the latter days, “perilous times shall come.”  To be sure that these biblical prophecies do apply to our modern times, please read my free articles, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveal about a Future World War III and The USA in Biblical Prophecy.

One last thought. If we, the public, can know about this type of Doomsday bio-weapon being developed, what kinds of apocalyptic horrors are being developed in secret laboratories around the world that no one outside those labs knows about? Thank God Matthew 24:22 assures us that divine help will rescue mankind before mankind destroys itself. 

 

  1. https://thehornnews.com/health-alert-does-china-have-your-dna/
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-biological-weaons-commentary-idUSKBN17L1SZ
  3. https://stevenmcollins.com/a-new-chinese-nanotechnology-weapon/
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  5. https://stevenmcollins.com/latest-update-on-chinese-nanotechnology-weapons-and-does-china-intend-to-inherit-the-earth/ 

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MACRON’S “OPEN LETTER” CALLS FOR EXPANDED EU POWERS

French President Macron recently publicized all over Europe an “Open Letter” which called for expanding EU powers on a variety of pan-European matters. While it was written in a carefully-parsed language, it clearly calls for expanded powers for the EU bureaucracy at the expense of the national sovereignties of the individual European nations. The first link notes that Macron is a “keen promoter of European integration,” and it details his call for the creation of new EU agencies which would have greatly expanded powers over EU member nations. Let’s examine some of the parsed words to see what is actually being proposed by Macron.

Macron is clearly worried about the growing power of nationalist/populist movements throughout Europe and how their expanded strength will be manifested in the new EU parliament to be elected this Spring. He wants a new EU agency to, ostensibly, “provide each EU member state with European experts to protect their election process against cyber-attacks and manipulation (emphasis added).” That sounds so egalitarian, doesn’t it? It gives the impression that he wants to protect all EU nations from the agents of the omnipresent Russians and hackers, doesn’t it? However, notice the specific words used here. He wants the EU Bureaucracy in Brussels to assign “European experts” to each nation to monitor its election process. Since the “experts” assigned to each EU nation would be chosen by the unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels, I fear it is just as likely that Macron wants to insert EU controllers into each nation’s election procedures to ensure that the nationalist and populists do as poorly as possible in each election. It is only a small step from “monitoring” elections to “controlling” them by choosing who gets to program the voting machines, who has custody of the ballots after the election and who gets to count the votes. I have more than a sneaking suspicion that Macron wants the EU’s “experts” to handle all the steps of each nations’ election. Macron is a self-proclaimed enemy of nationalists, and he is on record as saying “‘patriotism is the opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is treason…” (second link). The second link focuses on the tensions between Macron and US President Trump at a commemoration event regarding War I, but notice those intensely Orwellian remarks made by President Macron. All of Macron’s remarks in his recent “Open letter” must be understood through the lens of Macron’s Orwellian plans for Europe’s future.

The first link also cites Macron as calling for a new EU agency which would control “a common border force and a European Asylum Office.” Do you grasp the ramifications of this proposed power-grab by the EU? Macron wants the EU to field its own “border force” which would, presumably, replace the border guards of all the individual EU member nations. These new EU border police would be loyal only to the EU bureaucrats in Brussels. If the EU’s border police disagreed with the border guards of Italy, Greece, Spain, the Balkan nations, etc., who would have final jurisdiction over whether new boatloads of illegal immigrants can enter the EU? Macron and the globalist EU leaders would want the EU’s border police to be able to order each nation’s border guards to surrender jurisdiction over European nations’ national borders to the EU police. If the European nations being inundated with migrants wanted to enforce the laws of their own nations, would there be an armed confrontation between the EU police and the border guards of each European nation? It could come to that if Macron and his EU cronies seek to forcibly impose the will of unelected EU bureaucrats on the border guards of each member nation. Notice that Macron also wants a “European Asylum Office” to control migration into the EU. It has galled; Macron, Merkel and the EU leaders that member EU nations have refused to meekly accept whatever numbers of migrants the EU bureaucrats in Brussels assigned to them. I think it is certain that Macron envisions a “European Asylum Office” that will have the power to order each EU member nation to accept whatever number of migrants from outside Europe that Brussels decides they should take. The third link offers a perspective on Macron’s Open Letter from DW News, a globalist German media source.

If I was a citizen of any nation in Europe, I’d be worried. It sounds like Macron wants the EU to appoint its own officials to govern each European nation like an EU colony. If EU officials seize control of every European nation’s elections, borders, migrant distributions, etc., it sounds to me, as a student of history, that these newly empowered EU officials would morph into the equivalent of new EU “Gauleiters” and the unelected and unaccountable EU would become Europe’s “Fourth Reich.” It sounds to me like Macron envisions a Europe wherein the national governments of each European nation would have no more sovereignty than did the Vichy French during the “Third Reich.”

The migrant situation has really irritated the EU bureaucrats as they apparently had convinced themselves that the member nations of Europe would docilely submit to whatever diktat came from Brussels on migrant matters. It seems the EU was genuinely shocked when several European nations ignored Brussels and acted to protect their own people and their own culture from waves of migrants who cared nothing for the culture of the nations they insisted must “host” them. Macron had not long ago recalled the French ambassador from Italy in a fit of pique, but now is trying to “make nice” with the pro-Italian government of Italy (fourth link). Italy’s new nationalist government has plans to extradite 500,000 migrants who forced their way into Italy (fifth link), and the legal framework to do so is now being shaped to accomplish that goal (sixth link). Hungary erected a secure border fence to keep migrants out, and Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy now have nationalist governments due to the efforts by the EU to usurp control over those nations’ internal affairs. The world’s globalists had drafted an international treaty to formalize their “open borders” aspirations, but several European nations have joined the USA in opting out of that agreement (seventh link). Nationalists/Euro-skeptics continue to gain political strength in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, etc., much to the chagrin of the EU leaders. Estonia became the latest nation to continue this trend when nationalists more than doubled their strength in that nation’s recent election–finishing a close third to the two main establishment parties (eighth link and ninth link).  We should not forget that the United Kingdom’s Brexit from the EU is due to be implemented March 29th unless some last-minute agreement creates a delay in this exit date. However, with the EU parliamentary elections barely two months away, any meaningful delay in the March 29th date would mean that the UK would still be an EU member nation as of the Parliamentary Election date and would be entitled to elect a slate of MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) from the UK. Just the thought of, Nigel Farage, remaining an MEP might keep the EU leaders from extending the March 29th Brexit deadline. If the UK is still an EU member as of the Parliamentary election date, the UK is likely to send many Brexiteers to the European Parliament–an outcome that would have the EU leaders reaching for their antacids.

There is a lot of political theater still to unfold in Europe before matters are settled, but it is becoming ever-clearer that the EU has a fundamental flaw in its current structure that cannot be fixed. The EU’s leaders are selected only by the European globalist elites, not the voting citizens of the EU nations. The elected European Parliament has little real power and is mostly a debating society. It is allowed to ratify each new EU leader, but only the insider elites are allowed to select candidates for high EU office. The fact that the EU was structured so its leaders would never be elected by any voters anywhere in Europe meant the globalist would always control the EU, but it also created a reality where the EU’s top leaders will never have much credibility or perceived right to govern. Macron, Merkel and the EU leadership seem genuinely puzzled by the nationalist urges of Europe’s voters who aren’t content to be governed “by their betters.” The EU seems to want a Europe which reverts to a Medieval governing structure wherein the globalist insiders serve as modern Dukes, Barons, etc. while all the citizens of Europe become content to be perpetual serfs.

Whatever happens within Europe, its ultimate outcome has been predetermined–not by anyone at Brussels but rather by the Creator God who governs the nations in a manner which will implement his prophetic will for our modern world–called “the latter days” in biblical prophecies. Whether the atheists and agnostics in Europe (or elsewhere) like it or not, the Bible’s prophecies are being steadily implemented in modern geopolitics and will continue to be so implemented. God challenges everyone to see his ability to fulfill his prophecies as proof of his reality and sovereignty (Isaiah 41:21-26, 42:9, 46:9-11). Of course, atheists and agnostics don’t read the Bible’s prophecies so they have no idea that they are actually fulfilling them in their actions. Psalm 2 describes God’s counsel to the kings and leaders of the world’s nations. God says he will “laugh” at the plans of mere mortals to thwart his will, and he advises the world’s “king” and “judges” to either serve God with reverence and obedience or be broken like potter’s vessels when God shatters them. The world’s leaders pay little heed to God or the Bible now because they have been deeply duped by the unscientific dogmas of evolution and a deep misunderstanding of what the Bible actually teaches about the ancient and modern world as well as its prehistoric origins.

My books, available at my website’s homepage, meticulously set forth how God has fulfilled all his prophecies about the scattered (and supposedly “lost”) ten tribes of Israel, and how God is provably fulfilling them in meticulous detail even today. I urge you to read those books to see the evidence supporting my claims. For additional information about fulfillment of biblical prophecies in modern events and an explanation of why the Bible’s accounts are the only scientific explanation for the existence of the earth and all life on it, please read my free articles, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, Is Babylon the Great about to Fall…Ushering in a Global Beast Systemand Is the Earth 6000 years Old?

 

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/05/frances-macron-calls-to-protect-europe-against-nationalists-foreign-powers-and-manipulation.html
  2. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7723298/donald-trump-king-of-morocco-falls-asleep-macrons-ww1-speech/
  3. https://www.dw.com/en/macron-publishes-open-letter-to-citizens-of-europe/av-47788001
  4. https://www.politico.eu/article/macron-plays-down-misunderstandings-with-italy/
  5. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/04/pack-your-bags-italys-new-leaders-tell-500000-illegal-migrants–but-itll-cost-them.html
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/24/ngos-blame-italian-populists-last-migrant-rescue-vessel-mediterranean/
  7. https://www.politico.eu/article/czech-republic-migration-refugees-latest-eu-country-to-reject-united-nations-treaty/
  8. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47430993
  9. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/opposition-reform-party-wins-estonia-general-election-190304053812588.html 

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HICKENLOOPER TO RUN FOR DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION–AS I PREDICTED LAST YEAR

A seemingly obscure former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, has announced that he is running for the presidency. Amidst the many wannabees running for the 2020 nomination, Hickenlooper may seem like a person without a chance at the nomination as he has little name identification outside Colorado. However, I think everyone ought to take him seriously because he is arguably the clear choice of the globalist insiders to win the Democratic nomination. As this post will make clear, I think we can discern the Democrat’s overall strategy for the 2020 race.

Last June, I predicted in a post that former Governor Hickenlooper would likely enter the 2020 presidential race and that he would be the insiders’ choice for the Democrat nomination (first link). Was it a divine revelation that led me to that conclusion? No. It was simply an analysis of the politics of “Babylon the Great” as seen through the lens of biblical prophecy. The globalists telegraphed their preferred choice last summer. In June, I wrote a post about the 2018 Bilderberger Convention in Italy. As I read through the list of mentioned attendees, I noticed the name of John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado as being a person who was invited to that meeting of the globalist elites. I further noticed that Hickenlooper was the only possible person on the invited list who I could see becoming a contender for the 2020 Democrat nomination. Indeed, why would an obscure former governor be invited to attend this conference of the globalist elites unless he was being vetted, groomed and prepared to be the Democrat nominee for president in 2020? I made the prediction that Hickenlooper would be the choice of the globalist elites if he entered the 2020 presidential race.

Now that he has done so, I think it is clear that the globalist elites want him to be their candidate for president. They had expected Hillary Clinton to be “their” person in the White House and were shocked when Donald Trump was elected in the American 2016 election. No doubt, Hickenlooper was interviewed and vetted at length by the globalist leaders to make sure he did not have some issue or “baggage” that would torpedo his candidacy (like Senator McGovern’s running mate, Sen. Eagleton, in 1972). The globalists see their hold on global power slipping away from them and they urgently seek to re-take the White House from the nationalist/populist President Trump. The globalists need a weakened America to accomplish their one world government plans so they do not want an unabashedly pro-American president in the White House. Hickenlooper, now that he has formally announced for the presidency, will surely receive much support from the financial and media executives in attendance at the Bilderbergers’ meeting. I expect that skilled insider financiers will cleverly transfer lots of money from European bank accounts to American bank accounts from which donations will be made to Hickenlooper’s campaign.

If you notice media articles about Hickenlooper’s entry into the Democrat race, you will notice there is no mention whatsoever that he was invited to the globalist/insider Bilderberger Convention last year in preparation for the next American presidential campaign (second link and third link). I think I see a strategy at work in the Democrat campaign. The radical socialist Left has taken over most of the Democrat party and their candidates are all competing for the radical Leftist votes at the extreme left of the American political spectrum. However, these candidates are so far to the left they will have offended and driven away much of the American independents by the time the Democrat primaries are over. Even though he is a liberal, Hickenlooper will be packaged as a “moderate” in the hopes that he might be more palatable to American independents and that he may garner enough democratic delegates to secure the nomination. If there are 20 or so rabidly Socialist leftists running in the Democrat primaries, they may split the Leftist “wack-job” vote sufficiently for Hickenlooper to garner the nomination. The Bilderbergers didn’t invite any of the radical Leftist candidates to their 2018 conclave. They know they cannot be elected. Based on their exclusive courting of Governor Hickenlooper at the 2018 Bilderberger meeting, expect him to be given favorable press coverage and be portrayed as “moderate.” The only way he can be packaged as a moderate if he is running against socialists so far to the left side of the political spectrum that Hickenlooper can be seen as a “moderate” by comparison to the rest of the hard-Left field of candidates. Hickenlooper can also be packaged as someone who has had “executive experience” since he was a governor. He also has a huge advantage over many of the wacky leftist candidates. Unlike the far-Leftists who are members of Congress, Hickenlooper will not have to create a voting record over the next two years as votes are cast on the “Green New Deal,” unrestricted abortions at all times, “free stuff for everyone” programs, impeachment actions, gun control bills, etc. These ultra-leftist programs will create voting records for all the far-Left socialist Democrat presidential candidates, and these voting record will be an “albatross around their necks” in a general election. In fact, the wackier the Leftist bills become in the US Congress, the more “moderate” Hickenlooper will appear to be in comparison.

Keep in mind that the globalists are gradually losing their grip on global affairs. Besides the USA, they have lost control of Poland, Italy, Hungary, Brazil, and other nations, as well as more voters in many nations, see through the globalist plans to control the world to benefit themselves. Also, remember that the polls were overwhelmingly wrong in the Trump-Clinton contest in 2016. Almost all polls are conducted by Leftist media companies, so expect them to be as “slanted” as they were in 2016. They predicted a comfortable win for Clinton, and some media sources predicted it was impossible for Trump to win. Given that record, take all polls with a big grain of salt.

The biggest role in the 2020 American presidential campaign will be played by the Creator God who will intervene in all human matters of importance to him to ensure that his prophecies are implemented without fail. In Isaiah 41:21-26, 42:9 and 46:8-11, God challenges mankind to look at his biblical prophecies and see God’s ability to bring them to pass as proof of his reality and sovereignty over all other powers–whether they be mortal or spiritual powers. The globalists, who have been running mankind’s overall affairs for centuries and millennia since at least the time of ancient Babylon, now find themselves on the wrong side of history. In Revelation 17-18, God prophesies that the current insider cabal which has controlled the world’s politics, finances, etc. for a very long number of generations will have their systems suddenly collapse…on a global scale. Revelation 18:2-3 calls this insider global system “Babylon the Great,” and identifies the “kings of the earth” (political leaders) and the “merchants of the earth” (multinational corporations, bankers, financiers, etc.) as being in a corrupt cabal which has “waxed rich” from the global system they have presided over and manipulated. Revelation 18:10, 17 and 19 prophesy that this global system will collapse in “one hour” which was utterly impossible until now when all global communications and investment markets are all digitally linked together in real time. A global “flash crash” could easily spread through all world markets and collapse them all in one hour. There are many possible ways such a flash crash could occur, but an unexpected crisis in the global derivatives market could quickly collapse large money-center banks due to counter-party risks, which could quickly lead to the collapse of fiat currencies all over the world. The prophetic language in Revelation 18:11-14 indicates that the global merchants will still have all kinds of goods and services to sell but that “no man buys their merchandise any more.” This language accurately describes a monetary crisis, where people have lost faith in the purchasing power of fiat currencies so no transactions can be implemented or trusted.  Revelation 17:7-18 makes it clear that this sudden global collapse will not be an accident…even though it may be reported as such. Revelation 17 foretells that a cryptic alliance of “seven heads and ten horns” will overthrow the established global order and crush it so completely that it cannot recover. The Creator God is sovereign over all human affairs, so his prophecy will occur regardless of who wins the 2020 American presidential election. We will see who God decides to put in office, but I think it is clear that the globalists approved of Hickenlooper at their 2018 meetings and have anointed Hickenlooper to be their choice for the Democrat nominee in 2020. However, the power of the insider globalists is in decline as the fulfillment of Revelation 17-18 approaches, so their choice may not even be nominated. We will have to wait and see. Remember that their choice (Hillary Clinton) was defeated in the 2016 election.

For more information about the end-time prophecies of the Bible, please read my free articles, Is Babylon the Great about to Fall…Ushering in a New Beast System? and The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking SystemThe former article was written after the 2008 near-collapse of the global financial system, but its commentary about biblical prophecies is still valid today. After reading the latter article, you will understand clearly why the Bible calls the modern financial system “Babylon the Great.”

 

  1. https://stevenmcollins.com/list-of-participants-at-the-2018-bilderberger-meeting-in-italy/
  2. https://www.denverpost.com/2019/03/04/john-hickenlooper-presidential-annoucement/
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/04/politics/john-hickenlooper-presidential-campaign/index.html

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THE UNREPORTED SUCCESS AT THE TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN VIETNAM

No doubt, readers have seen many media reports about the “failure” of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. There were no historic breakthroughs or deals made between North Korea and the USA; however, many media reports overlooked a huge signing success that occurred during Trump’s visit to Hanoi. This post will offer you details about that signing and offer thoughts on who won and who lost at the Hanoi summit. First, let’s briefly review the US-North Korean aspect of this summit.

The first link and second link offer analysis that expresses the majority opinion within influential American political circles that Trump did the right thing by walking away from a bad deal with North Korea and promptly flying home to the USA. Even Democratic leaders praised Trump for doing the right thing under the circumstances. That alone speaks volumes as the Democrats rarely have anything good to say about President Trump or his policies on anything. As a sidebar to the “denuclearization” talks between the USA and North Korea, it has also been revealed that North Korea has been aggressively using hacking attacks against other nations, large banks, etc. to literally steal money wherever it can (third link). It seems that North Korea thought Trump was so desperate for a deal of any kind that he would be enticed by a deal heavily tilted in North Korea’s favor. If so, North Korea made a false assumption. When it became clear that North Korea’s offer did not include full denuclearization of its uranium process facilities and included no offer to start dismantling its nukes, Trump walked away–leaving North Korea surprised by Trump’s sudden exit and the “no deal” outcome means Kim Jong Un goes back to North Korea empty-handed.

Now for the news about the successful signing that occurred in Hanoi. When Trump wasn’t meeting with the North Korean leader, he was meeting with the leaders of the Vietnamese government and its aviation business leaders. The fourth link reports that North Vietnamese airlines signed a deal to buy $15.7 billion in Boeing commercial aircraft. The deal for circa 100 B-737s and ten new Boeing Dreamliners, is a big boost to the US economy. The deal also includes future air routes to American cities for Vietnam’s airlines, as well as 5.3 billion follow-ons, multi-year contract for the American company, General Electric, to service the engines on the Boeing airliners bought by Vietnam’s airlines. The fifth link offers another perspective on this historic trade deal–one which closely links the business infrastructures of the two nations which fought each other in the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s. To demonstrate the importance of this deal to American-Vietnamese relations, President Trump and Vietnam’s President, Nguyen Phu Trong, personally presided over the corporate signing agreements. The sixth link shows a recording of the US-Vietnamese signing agreements. The video has weak audio content (at least it did on my computer), but please notice that the signing ceremony includes only American and Vietnamese flags–North Korea had no role in this important deal. These major deals were strictly American-Vietnamese matters, and many western media paid little or no attention to them. The personal presence of both national presidents at the signing agreements offers clear indications that the leaders of the US and Vietnam desire further and extended cooperation between their nations. Vietnam is in the process of beginning to purchase US weaponry, and the big commercial airliner deals will likely be a precursor to future military deals. Vietnam has typically purchased Russian weaponry, but China is Vietnam’s greatest threat (seventh link). Vietnam realizes that Russian-Chinese ties are stronger than Russian-Vietnamese ties, so Russia could cut off Vietnam from military equipment if China fights a war with Vietnam. This logic argues Vietnam needs military deals with the USA.

So, who won and lost at the US-North Korea summit at Hanoi? There were several winners. American and Vietnamese aviation businesses were clear winners in a mutually-beneficially deal and American-Vietnamese relations were also clearly strengthened. The nation of Vietnam gained international status by being able to host this summit, a fact they will no doubt appreciate. Trump personally won plaudits at home by not agreeing to a deal, but Kim Jung Un was a clear loser, as he goes back to North Korea with nothing to show his people. The USA won as it was able to demonstrate to the North Koreans that American intelligence about additional North Korean facilities was better than North Korea realized. I think Kim clearly enjoys the limelight in his summits with President Trump, but I think Kim now knows that he must sweeten the deal considerably with actual concessions to denuclearize his nation before any further summits occur. Kim is also desperate to have sanctions on his nation eased or removed, and he now knows the price for such an outcome is his own dismantling of North Korea’s nukes under international supervision acceptable to both sides.

There was one other winner in the outcome of this summit about which no secular media will tell you. That winner was Bible prophecy. As regular readers of my blog know, Ezekiel 38-39 offer an incredibly accurate description of how global nations will ally themselves into respective blocs in the “latter days” of our age. This 2,500-year-old prophecy accurately foretold that Russia, China, and Iran would form an alliance in the latter days and that they would have a variety of other nations with them. North Korea is so poor and dependent on China it has been a part of that Gog-Magog alliance and will likely stay one as the future unfolds. That same prophecy predicts this Gog-Magog alliance will eventually launch a surprise attack upon the many modern nations descended from the biblical “ten tribes of Israel” and their allies. My free article, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War IIIoffers in-depth analysis of the many biblical prophecies that pertain to the latter days of our age, but the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy is the one which ties them all together. My article (and many subsequently-written posts) shows that the growing alliance which is being formed in the Indo-Pacific Region to collectively confront Chinese militarism and imperialism is continuing to come together as prophesied. Vietnam is taking steps to steadily be incorporated into the alliance being formed for collective defense vs. China. The recent Hanoi summit strongly reinforced that development.

To understand the role of modern nations (and the ancient biblical terms for them) in the pending major events to befall the earth, please read my aforementioned article. To be thoroughly convinced that we are indeed living in the “latter days,” please read my free article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? The Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy states clearly in Ezekiel 38:8 and 16 that its predictions will be fulfilled in a prophesied time called “the latter days.” Since the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy is for the “latter days,” it is necessary to prove that we are living in this prophesied time period. I believe my article on this subject does exactly that. I also suggest reading my free article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy. Without understanding the prophesied role for the USA in our modern time, no one can possibly understand how prophecies will be fulfilled in the years ahead of us.   

 

  1. http://fortune.com/2019/02/28/trump-walks-out-summit-kim/
  2. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-kim-talks-hanoi-summit-060917563.html
  3. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/kim-jong-un-may-not-even-need-a-nuclear-deterrent-anymore-thanks-to-this-stunning-weapon
  4. http://fortune.com/2019/02/27/boeing-orders-hanoi-trump/
  5. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/27/donald-trump-inks-trade-pact-vietnam-purchase-boei/?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20171227&utm_term=newsletter&utm_content=morning&bt_ee=a8SV56DhqC5kKhpHOk3qaPwyDK6m11ymWHDJTen7kdSH8mCJjngskio9Rj%2B10Ke7&bt_ts=1551273153112
  6. https://globalnews.ca/video/5003187/vietjet-signs-major-boeing-deal-during-trump-kim-summit
  7. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/singapore-airshow/2018/02/07/us-looks-to-increase-weapons-exports-to-vietnam-decrease-russian-influence/

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TAIWAN–A FORGOTTEN ASIAN FLASHPOINT

With a variety of global flashpoints receiving most of the world’s attention concerning possible new regional wars, the island of Taiwan tends to be forgotten. However, it is one of the longest simmering flashpoints that has existed since soon after World War II. For a brief historical refresher, Nationalist China was an ally of the USA and western powers in World War II and was given a seat on the UN Security Council when it was formed after World War II. However, the Communists, under Mao Tse-Dong, revolted and overthrew the Nationalist Chinese government which was weakened by fighting Japanese Imperial forces in World War II. The Communists won, and the Nationalist government, headed by Chiang Kai-Shek, fled to Taiwan with the surviving elements of their army and kept that island from falling into the hands of the Communists. I’m old enough to remember when President Eisenhower came close, to a conflict with Communist China over the disputed islands of Quemoy and Matsu. China and North Korea fought American and UN troops in the Korean War, and relations have been very chilly between the USA and China ever since.

China believes Taiwan should be part of Communist China, but the Taiwanese want to stay anti-Communist and part of the western world. Periodically, China threatens to invade Taiwan to enforce Communist rule on the Taiwanese but has been so far deterred by the tacit but well-understood threat of American military intervention if China ever attempts such an invasion. Presidents Bush and Obama seemed to have been resigned to allowing Communist China to slowly assimilate Taiwan over time, but President Trump has reinvigorated the American commitment to Taiwanese independence. The US Navy has been conducting more frequent “freedom of navigation”‘ patrols in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait to assert the fact that these are international waters and not Chinese-owned maritime bodies. The first link reports on the latest such patrol by a US Navy destroyer and a Naval cargo/ammunition ship in the Taiwan Strait as well as noting that the US has supplied $15 billion in arms to Taiwan in recent years. The second link also details this latest US Naval patrol in the Taiwan Strait and adds that the Navy may be sending an American aircraft carrier (presumably with its escorting warships) into those same waters in the near future.

It is interesting that this latest patrol asserting the rights of passage in international waters such as the Taiwan Strait are occurring even as intensive trade talks about tariffs and trade restrictions are being conducted between the Trump administration and China. Also, President Trump is in Hanoi, Vietnam to meet with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea agreed to that goal in the previous Trump-Kim talks, but it has dragged its feet ever since on implementing any such goal. China will be watching these talks very closely, to be sure. I cannot help but make a historical observation. Having been part of the generation that endured the seemingly-endless Vietnam War begun by President Lyndon Johnson, it is a graphic illustration of how “things can change” within a few decades that an American President is flying to meet a Communist North Korean dictator in Vietnam, which is serving as a “neutral” host between the two heads of state. The sight of President Trump being welcomed by the Vietnamese to Hanoi is a very dramatic turn-around since the Vietnam War ended in 1974. Indeed, relations between the USA and Vietnam have steadily warmed in recent years as Vietnam is now heavily threatened by China’s growing militarism and is edging toward becoming a part of an Indo-Pacific alliance vs. China. I have little doubt that Vietnam’s leaders will have talks with President Trump about the growing threat posed by China while Trump is in Vietnam to meet the North Korean leader.

China’s growing militarism looms large over everything that is happening in the Indo-Pacific region. One of my recent posts focused on the effort by Australia to beef up its military due to the threat from China. However, it must be remembered that China is a major military power…on paper. China has not fought a war since the 1970s when it fought Vietnam to a draw in a brief but bloody war after the US withdrew from then-South Vietnam. China should not quite yet be seen as a military power…in fact. Its military is entirely inexperienced in combat and none of its recently-deployed new military hardware has ever been tested in real combat conditions. The third link notes that the two Chinese carriers now in sea trials are not yet really ready for “prime time.” It is not evident whether the pilots of their carrier planes are yet capable of night carrier landings or whether they can perform carrier landings in adverse weather conditions. Even the Chinese media has disparagingly referred to the “lightly loaded” carrier warplanes by the nickname of “flopping fish.”

If China attempted to invade Taiwan, which is armed to repel any such invasion, China would need to transport its invasion troops across an approximately 300-kilometer body of water by air and sea. China would experience severe casualties in weaponry and personnel before it could put enough troops on Taiwan to fight for control of that island. It is almost certain that the US military would still come to the aid of Taiwan if it was invaded. The increasing patrols by US naval warships in the waters between Communist China and Taipan attest to that fact. We should not forget that throughout history, major wars have been started due to rather small incidents. World War I began with the assassination of an Austro-Hungarian Duke in the Balkans by a terrorist. The threat of war between the USA and China over Taiwanese independence cannot be discounted, as it could start “by accident” via action by a trigger-happy warplane pilot or captain of a naval ship who makes a bad decision in a stressful situation.

Long-time readers of my blog know that I apply a biblical perspective to modern geopolitics as biblical prophecies are being steadily fulfilled in our modern times. The Bible prophesies in Ezekiel 38-39 that a final World War III will erupt at the end of our age and that it will provoke divine intervention in, and future control over, mankind’s affairs. Ezekiel 38 prophesies that Russia, China, and Iran would form an alliance in the latter days and this has, indeed, happened. It also prophesies this alliance will launch a surprise attack upon the nations of the western world and their allies to begin World War III. Many Bible prophecies discuss various aspects of how World War III will begin, how, where and why it will be fought and how it will end (Hint: It will end very badly for Russia, China, and Iran). If you wish to review the many Bible prophecies about World War III, please read my free article, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveal about a Future World War III. I also urge readers to read my related free articles entitled, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, Japan in Biblical Prophecy, and Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? 

  1. https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/usa-again-flexes-its-muscles-in-taiwan-strait/
  2. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/25/navy-warships-steam-through-taiwan-straits-ahead-c/?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20171227&utm_term=newsletter&utm_content=morning&bt_ee=roDxMVb0q6MjkocjfN5kB6MnYTufTe6x7xqTvh71pt6ueOa4C0r6YOMZxeA5Ytqb&bt_ts=1551187065079
  3. https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/pla-carrier-back-at-sea-after-midlife-refit/

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WHY IS THE TRIBE OF DAN NOT LISTED IN REVELATION 7?

As many readers of this blog know, I used to travel extensively around the USA giving live messages about the ten tribes of Israel in both history and prophecy. I did these travels and messages from 1987-2007, but health and family issues made it impossible after that time. When I spoke to live audiences, I always had a Q&A session afterward which I enjoyed very much. It was always interesting to learn what aspects of Israelite history were the most interesting to people. During these Q&A sessions, there was one question which was asked perhaps more than any other. It came up regardless of the city in which I was speaking. It was “Why is the tribe of Dan not listed in Revelation 7?” Since so many asked that question during the twenty years I made live presentations, I thought I would offer an answer to that question in this post in the event current readers also have pondered this odd omission of the tribe of Dan in the listing of the tribes of Israel in Revelation 7.

I am not claiming divine inspiration in my explanation, but I am simply utilizing the logic of biblical scholarship in attempting to address the question. It is an important one as I learned that some questioners feared that if they had an ancestry in one of the nations identified in my books as Danite in the modern world that they would be not included in the “144,000” of the tribes of Israel that will be “sealed…in their foreheads” (verse 3) with a mark identifying them as servants of God who would not be harmed by God’s plagues in the latter days. My books identify the modern nations of Denmark and Ireland as being predominately descended from the tribe of Dan. For the sake of context, I will offer a brief digression on the tribe of Dan.

In the book of Judges, the tribe of Dan originally had an allotment of land in the southern coastal region of the Promised Land. It proved to be too small for their numbers so the Danites sent out an armed band to find an additional territory for their people to live (Joshua 19:40-48 and Judges 18). The Danites founded a second Danite tribal territory in the northern part of the Promised Land when they conquered the city of Laish and renamed it “Dan” after their tribal name. This habit of renaming locations after their tribal name became a Danite trait. When the Israelites went into exile from the Promised Land, the Bible relates that approximately 1/3rd of the Israelite tribes went into captivity and about 2/3rds migrated to new lands to remain independent in those new locations. While my books on the history of the ten tribes offer full details on all tribal migrations, the portion of the tribe of Dan living on the Mediterranean coastland migrated with part of the tribe of Simeon to the land now known as Ireland (secular sources name them the Danaan and the Simonii who arrived in ancient Ireland near the time Samaria was falling to the Assyrians). The northern portion of Danites joined the main Israelite migration of several tribes out of the Promised Land wherein they marched northward to the Black Sea region, evading the Assyrian captivity and conquering the kingdom of Urartu. Their new homeland became known as Scythia, and the Greeks called them the Sacae. This name included the root word of “Isaac,” the name Genesis 21:12 prophesied would be stamped on the birthright descendants of Abraham (the tribes of Israel). This migration is recorded in II Esdras 13:40-45. Upon arriving in the Black Sea region, the rivers flowing into the Black Sea were given Scythian/Israelite names to replace their formerly Greek names. All these rivers were named after the tribe of Dan (Danube, Don, Dniester, and Dnieper). The Danites who migrated to Ireland stayed there, but the Danites who moved to the Black Sea region later joined the great Caucasian migrations into Europe when the Parthian and Scythian Empires collapsed in Asia. Those Danites settled mostly in “Danmark”, typically naming the land after their tribal name, and they have been known as the “Danes.”

Now let’s go back to Revelation 7. Just as Genesis 49 offers prophecies about the nations of all the tribes of Israel in the latter days, Revelation 7 also mentions the ten tribes of Israel as being present in the latter days of our age, so it is very clear that the Bible prophesies the ten tribes will not die out but will be found among the nations of the modern world in our time. My books follow the history of all the tribes of Israel from the time of the patriarchs to the present, and they are available at my home page for those interested in learning their fascinating but mostly overlooked (and suppressed) history. Revelation 7:1-8 lists all the tribes of Israel except Dan. This exclusion of Dan sounds ominous at first glance, but there is an answer which I think makes sense that shows Dan’s omission was an accidental text-copying error that crept into the canon at some point during the last two millennia of the translations of the Bible through various languages and manuscripts. It is known to biblical scholars that a few translational errors have crept into the Bible over the millennia. Rarely, they can be intentional. Such is the case in Acts 12:4. In the King James Version, the Greek word for “Passover” was mistranslated as “Easter” almost certainly because the translators had to please King James and the Church of England so they purged the scripture of this “Jewish ” content and inserted a wrong word that they knew would be acceptable to the English King. This error was so obvious that later translations, such as the Revised Standard Version corrected it and properly render the word as Passover, not Easter. This example is included to confirm that there have been a few errors in the scriptures.

Revelation 7:5-8 lists twelve tribes with 12,000 members each in the “144,000” tabulated in this listing. However, there are two evident problems. One is that in verse 4 we find the introductory words to this listing of the tribes. It states “a hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel”  (emphasis added). Notice that word “all.” Verse 4 clearly states the original intent was to include all the tribes of Israel in the following list and that none were to be left out. Some ancient scribe read this and had to wrestle with an obvious problem. Throughout the Bible, there are 13 named tribes of Israel because the original tribe of Joseph was subdivided into the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. This ancient scribe could see that he could only include 12 of the 13 tribal names because the prophesied math could not possibly work out (i.e. 12,000 x 12 tribes = 144,000) if he multiplied 12,000 x 13 tribes). To make the math work out, he had to list only 12 of the 13 biblical names for the tribes of Israel, and he chose, for whatever reason, to not include Dan. I think this is evidently what happened because the scribe didn’t realize that he actually listed the tribe of Manasseh twice in his listing in Revelation 7:5-8. Notice also that the scribe did not include the name of the tribe of Ephraim either! He listed the tribes of Manasseh and Joseph but deleted Dan and Ephraim. I think he did not appreciate that Manasseh was included in the tribe of Joseph so it got listed twice (once directly and once incorrectly). Ephraim was a part of the tribe of Joseph so it was included indirectly in this list. If the scribe had realized that Ephraim and Manasseh were both included in the overall tribal name of Joseph, he could have listed Dan instead of Manasseh in verse 6 and the problem would have been solved.

This explanation is strengthened by the fact that the translators of Genesis 49 included all the tribes of Israel in this list of their presence in the latter days by using the original 12 tribal names (using the tribal name of “Joseph” which automatically includes both Manasseh and Ephraim). If the scribe who made the original error in Revelation 7’s list of the tribes in the latter days had understood what the writer of Genesis 49’s list of tribes in the latter days clearly did understand, the scribal error in Revelation 7 would never have occurred. So, if you are from a Danish or Irish descent, relax! You were meant to be included! Revelation 7:4 clearly shows all tribes were supposed to be included in the listing of tribes in verses 5-8, but some ancient scribe got confused about the terminology and math of the tribal listings. Also, since Acts 12:4 is a clear example of an intentional translational error making its way into the King James Version of the Bible, it is not hard to realize that an unintentional error could have been made during the translational processes over the millennia as well.

I hope readers found this commentary useful and that it sets some minds at ease about why “Dan” didn’t get included in the Revelation 7 listing of Israelite tribes. For abundant proof that we are living in the latter days of our age (when Genesis 49 and Revelation 7 are referenced), please read my article, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?

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