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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REMAINS SILENT AS IRAN PREPARES TO TAKE URANIUM ENRICHMENT TO 60% AFTER ISRAEL ATTACKED THEIR NATANZ NUCLEAR FACILITY

The Jerusalem Post has learned that the attack was carried out through an explosive device that was smuggled into the facility and detonated remotely. An intelligence official told The New York Times on Tuesday that the attack took out both the primary and backup electrical systems. Iran is almost ready to start enriching uranium to 60% purity at an above-ground plant at Natanz and plans to add 1,024 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to an underground plant Tehran says was hit by sabotage, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday. Iran has said it will enrich uranium to 60% – a big step closer to the 90% that is weapons-grade from the 20% maximum it has reached so far – in response to what it says was an act of sabotage by Israel against the underground plant.

by Geoffrey Grider April 14, 2021

The alleged Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility targeted an electrical substation located 40 to 50 meters underground and damaged “thousands of centrifuges,” Iranian officials revealed in recent days.

During all the years of the Trump presidency, Israel lived in relative security with their enemies well aware that the Trump-led United States would step in and defend them should the need arise. But with Joe Biden in the White House, the enemies of Israel know that she is left to fend for herself, and barely three months into Biden’s term Iran has already begun enrichment of the uranium needed for a nuclear bomb to use against the Jewish state.

“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJB)

Without the full support of the United States, Israel is forced to do things like last week’s attack on the Natanz nuclear facility to stall Iran as long as possible from getting the bomb. That attack was successful, but now Iran is fully striving towards creating uranium enriched enough for a nuclear bomb. Iran knows that Joe Biden will do nothing to stop them from getting the bomb, especially after watching Biden authorized $235 million to fund Palestinian terrorists.

As you read this, Russia is on the Ukraine border threatening war, China is on multiple fronts threatening war, and Iran is now enriching uranium, with the tacit blessing of Biden administration, for war against Israel. If you read and believe Ezekiel 39, then you know what’s right around the corner.

Iran has ‘almost completed preparations’ to enrich uranium to 60% -IAEA

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The Iranian official stressed that such an operation takes years, saying “the design of the enemy was very beautiful.” Davani added that the substation was built underground in order to protect it from air and missile strikes, and that the attack was carried out either via cyber, sabotaged equipment or sabotage committed by agents.

The Jerusalem Post has learned that the attack was carried out through an explosive device that was smuggled into the facility and detonated remotely. An intelligence official told The New York Times on Tuesday that the attack took out both the primary and backup electrical systems. Iran is almost ready to start enriching uranium to 60% purity at an above-ground plant at Natanz and plans to add 1,024 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to an underground plant Tehran says was hit by sabotage, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iran has said it will enrich uranium to 60% – a big step closer to the 90% that is weapons-grade from the 20% maximum it has reached so far – in response to what it says was an act of sabotage by Israel against the underground plant.

“THE AGENCY TODAY VERIFIED THAT IRAN HAD ALMOST COMPLETED PREPARATIONS TO START PRODUCING UF6 ENRICHED UP TO 60% U-235 AT THE NATANZ PILOT FUEL ENRICHMENT PLANT (PFEP),” THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY SAID IN A STATEMENT, REFERRING TO URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE, THE FORM IN WHICH URANIUM IS FED INTO CENTRIFUGES FOR ENRICHMENT.

Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers only lets Tehran enrich uranium to up to 3.67% purity, one of many limits that it breached more than a year ago in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal under President Donald Trump and the reimposition of US sanctions against Tehran.

The deal also says Iran can only produce enriched uranium with up to 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges at its underground Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz. While it has broken that rule by adding more advanced centrifuges to the FEP, until now it has stuck to the limit on the number of IR-1 machines there.

“IN A REPORT ISSUED TO MEMBER STATES TODAY … DIRECTOR GENERAL RAFAEL MARIANO GROSSI SAID IRAN HAD INFORMED THE AGENCY … THAT THE COUNTRY INTENDS TO INSTALL SIX ADDITIONAL CASCADES OF IR-1 CENTRIFUGES AT THE NATANZ FUEL ENRICHMENT PLANT (FEP) COMPRISING A TOTAL OF 1,024 CENTRIFUGES,” THE IAEA SAID.

That report, one of two issued on Wednesday evening and obtained by Reuters, added: “Iran intends to use 6,084 IR-1 centrifuges installed in 36 cascades (in total at the FEP).”


Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told Iranian media on Monday that the attack hit an electrical substation located deep underground and managed to damage both the power distribution system and the cable leading to the centrifuges in order to cut power to them.

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RUSSIA REBUILDING THE TRIUMPHAL ARCH OF PALMYRA IN SYRIA, KNOWN AS THE GATEWAY TO THE TEMPLE OF BAAL, TO PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF ANTICHRIST

The Arch of Palmyra stood at the entrance to the temple used to worship Bel, also known as Ba’al. Mentioned more than 90 times in the Bible, most notably when Elijah defeated the priests of Ba’al, also known as Moloch, in a contest to bring down fire from heaven to burn a sacrifice, Ba’al became the archetypical form of idol worship. Pantheistic, his adherents worshipped Mother Nature while denying the existence of a creator.

by Geoffrey Grider April 13, 2021

After six years of laying in ruin, the Russians have begun reconstructing the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Syria that served as a gateway to a major pagan temple to Baal. Rebuilding the arch is predicted in the Talmud as preceding the Messiah.

Just last month, Pope Francis was in Ur of the Chaldees, taking a Chrislam victory lap in the birthplace of Abraham, and today we are hearing news that Russia is helping Syria to restore the Arch of Palmyra that served the ancient world as a gateway to the Temple of Baal. This is how close we are to the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.

“And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.” 2 Kings 21:2,3 (KJB)

Since the signing of the Abraham Accords, the Middle East has become a very different place, so different in fact that we are watching the entire region preparing itself to receive Antichrist. What could be more fitting than having 2 of the key players mentioned in Ezekiel 39 working on rebuilding the Arch of Palmyra, the gateway to the Temple of Baal? Very soon the man of sin will reveal himself, and you and I who are saved will fly on Flight #777.

Is This Preparation For The Arrival Of Antichrist?

ISRAEL 365 NEWS: The ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra located about 135 miles north of Damascus were a huge tourist attraction, drawing 105,000 visitors a year until the devastating civil war broke out in Syria in 2011. The temple and much of the site were destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015. The Monumental Arch, a centerpiece of the site that was mostly destroyed, was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in about 200 CE. It is estimated that only 30-40% of the stones in the arch remain.

Nazir Awad, director-general of the Syrian Antiquities and Museums Directorate, explained to Al-Ahed News that “meetings have taken place with Russian experts to discuss the work that will begin to restore and resurrect the Arch of Triumph. They are in the process of documenting and studying in order to outline the restoration work.”

“THE NECESSARY PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO ESTABLISH WORKING GROUPS CONCERNED WITH DOCUMENTATION AND PREPARATION OF DOCUMENTS AS PART OF THE RESTORATION WORK AND OTHER TEAMS TO HANDLE THE RUBBLE,” HE ADDED.

Awad points out that “the work did not actually start, but a working paper was drawn up from the Syrian side, with specific tasks prepared for teams, as this type of work follows global standards. The coronavirus is affecting the progress of the restoration work with the Association Stone Industry of Russia, and the Directorate is in contact with UNESCO and other institutions.”

“THE SYRIAN EXPERTS HAVE PUT IN PLACE SOME PLANS, AND THERE IS NO PRECISE TIMETABLE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE WORK, BUT STUDIES ON RESTORATION, RUBBLE, AND SO ON MAY BE READY WITHIN SIX OR EIGHT MONTHS.”

The executive director of the Palmyra Restoration Fund, Sergei Tiglinov, said that specialists will make a 3D scan of all the elements, translate them into a virtual model, and then put them together in the restored monument.

Restoration work began this week after a memorandum of understanding was reached between the Syrian Ministry of Culture and the Association Stone Industry of Russia. In 2019, the  State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg announced plans to restore the site in conjunction with the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Syria’s Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM). The project will also be under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The site, once a vital point on the Silk Road caravan route, has artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period. The Temple of Palmyra was dedicated in 32 CE to the worship of Ba’al. The earliest known inhabitants were the Amorites in the early second millennium BCE. As such, it hosted many monumental projects including the Temple of Bel (or Ba’al). The temple was built on the site of a prior pagan temple dating back to the third millennium BCE. The most recent of the temples were dedicated in 32 CE. Converted into a Christian church during the Byzantine Era, parts of the structure were modified into a mosque by Muslims in 1132. It remained in use as a mosque until the 1920s.

The arch stood at the entrance to the temple used to worship Bel, also known as Ba’al. Mentioned more than 90 times in the Bible, most notably when Elijah defeated the priests of Ba’al, also known as Moloch, in a contest to bring down fire from heaven to burn a sacrifice, Ba’al became the archetypical form of idol worship. Pantheistic, his adherents worshipped Mother Nature while denying the existence of a creator. Followers of Ba’al engaged in bisexual orgies and sacrificed human infants, burning them alive. Anthropologists conjecture that the child sacrifice was to cull the population after the inevitable outcome of wanton sexuality.

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US and China deploy aircraft carriers in South China Sea as tensions simmer

By Brad Lendon, CNN

Updated 7:36 PM ET, Mon April 12, 2021

Hong Kong (CNN)Military activity in the South China Sea spiked over the weekend as a Chinese aircraft carrier entered the region and a US Navy expeditionary strike group wrapped up exercises.

Meanwhile, the US and Philippines were preparing for joint drills as the US secretary of defense proposed ways to deepen military cooperation between Washington and Manila after China massed vessels in disputed waters.

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday said the country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, steamed into the South China Sea on Saturday after completing a week of naval exercises around Taiwan. There was no official announcement of the Liaoning’s position, but the Chinese tabloid cited satellite images first reported by US media outlet The War Zone.

The Liaoning’s reported arrival in the South China Sea came after a US Navy expeditionary strike group, fronted by the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, conducted exercises in the South China Sea a day earlier. The two flat-top warships were joined by a cruiser, destroyers and smaller amphibious ships.

The ships also carried hundreds of Marine ground forces from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as well as their supporting helicopters and F-35 fighter jets.

“This expeditionary strike force fully demonstrates that we maintain a combat-credible force, capable of responding to any contingency, deter aggression, and provide regional security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” US Navy Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 3, said in a statement.

Global Times quoted a Chinese military expert, Wei Dongxu, as saying the US Navy exercises were a provocation.

Exercises by the Chinese carrier “can establish wider maritime defensive positions, safeguard China’s coastal regions, and keep US military activities in check,” the report said, citing Wei.

But a US analyst described the Liaoning’s presence in the South China Sea as normal for the spring when weather conditions are conducive to training. “The Liaoning goes down there this time of year (to practice) air defense and live-fire training,” said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center.

US-Philippines joint exercises

On Monday, more than 1,700 US and Philippines troops were beginning two weeks of military exercises, Reuters reported, citing Philippine military chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

The drills will focus on testing the readiness of US and Philippine troops to respond to events such as extremist attacks and natural disasters, the report said.

They come after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday proposed to his counterpart in Manila, Delfin Lorenzana, ways to deepen ties between the US and Philippine militaries, a Pentagon statement said.

The proposals included ways of “enhancing situational awareness of threats in the South China Sea” and come after “the recent massing of People’s Republic of China maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef,” in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the Spratly Islands, the statement said.

Washington and Manila are tied by a mutual defense treaty, which officials said could come into play in the event of any Chinese military action against Philippine government vessels around Whitsun Reef.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Saturday tweeted he will work to have any attack on Philippine civilian craft trigger mutual defense aid, CNN Philippines reported.

Locsin’s comments came after a Filipino news crew said last week their chartered boat was chased down by Chinese missile boats as it approached a disputed shoal in the Spratly chain, according to the CNN Philippines report.

China claims almost all of the 1.3 million square mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory, running up against claims from the Philippines and other nations. In recent years, Beijing has turned disputed features in the region into man-made islands, complete with military fortifications.

Beijing accuses Washington and other foreign navies of stoking tensions in the region by sending in warships like the current expeditionary group led by the carrier Roosevelt.

Taiwan tensions

Tensions extend to the northeastern edges of the South China Sea, where the island of Taiwan sits. Beijing claims the democratic, self-governed island of almost 24 million people as its territory, even though the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that Beijing will never allow Taiwan to become formally independent and has refused to rule out the use of force, if necessary, to unify the island with the mainland.

Before moving into the South China Sea at the weekend, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning had been putting on a show of military muscle around Taiwan for a week, according to Chinese state media. At one point the People’s Liberation Army flanked Taiwan, with the Liaoning and its escorts operating in the Pacific Ocean to the east and PLA warplanes making forays into Taiwan’s self-declared air defense identification zone to the west.

Analysts said the exercises were a warning to Taipei and Washington that Beijing would not brook any moves for Taiwanese independence and was prepared to act militarily to prevent that from happening.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said Washington was standing by a commitment to defend Taiwan.

“What is a real concern to us is increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan,” Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have a serious commitment to Taiwan being able to defend itself. We have a serious commitment to peace and security in the Western Pacific. And in that context, it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change that status quo by force,” Blinken said.

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AS WE WATCH THE FULL IMPORT OF THE GREAT RESET COME INTO VIEW, IT IS A FRIGHTENING AND DYSTOPIAN FUTURE THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS BRINGING TO US

Are you starting to see what I am talking about, these are not all different end times agenda items, they are the same agenda item. Everything you have been watching happen over the last 13 months are different arms of the same beast, and The Beast, who is on his way right now, will be the crown jewel in the ungodly crown of evil. COVID, lockdowns, vaccines, vaccination passports and everything else are the tools by which this new order is being fashioned. 

by Geoffrey Grider April 8, 2021

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, finally, will change not only what we do but also who we are. It will affect our identity and all the issues associated with it.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the environmental charity Conservation International the other day, Prince William slipped in a codeword to tip his hat to the actual agenda he and his New World Order buddies are promoting. He said ‘All of us, across all sectors of society, and in every corner of the globe must come together to fundamentally reset our relationship with nature and our trajectory as a species.’ That codeword ‘reset’ tells you everything you need to know about, well, everything. So let’s connect all the dots, shall we?

“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:7,8 (KJB)

The ‘great reset’ has a lot of working parts, so many in fact that you may be tempted to think they are different events when in fact they are one in the same event. So today I want to give you a high level overview of the actual and active nefarious plan by the New World Order, happening now, to bring the whole world into submission to the authority of Antichrist.

The Great Reset

The Great Reset: Think about COVID-19, the lockdowns, the economic crashes, the mandatory mask wearing, the race riotsANTIFAID2020Bill GatesBlack Lives Matter, the Declaration Of Human FraternityChrislam, ponder for a moment on all of it. When you have wrapped your head around all those things, now wrap your head around this. Everything we have been experiencing, it is all part of the Great Reset, and it is all driving towards the same outcome. That is, the resetting of the entire world to prepare the people for the arrival of Antichrist. That’s how close we are to seeing him step out of the shadows and onto the world stage.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: This nasty little bit of God-hating peace posturing comes to us straight from the pit of Hell via the United Nations, and it envisions a world at peace without the interference of Almighty God who created it. Take a look what this plan is, in their own words, all about and you will see what I mean.

“THIS AGENDA IS A PLAN OF ACTION FOR PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROSPERITY. IT ALSO SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN UNIVERSAL PEACE IN LARGER FREEDOM. WE RECOGNISE THAT ERADICATING POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS AND DIMENSIONS, INCLUDING EXTREME POVERTY, IS THE GREATEST GLOBAL CHALLENGE AND AN INDISPENSABLE REQUIREMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. ALL COUNTRIES AND ALL STAKEHOLDERS, ACTING IN COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP, WILL IMPLEMENT THIS PLAN. WE ARE RESOLVED TO FREE THE HUMAN RACE FROM THE TYRANNY OF POVERTY AND WANT AND TO HEAL AND SECURE OUR PLANET. WE ARE DETERMINED TO TAKE THE BOLD AND TRANSFORMATIVE STEPS WHICH ARE URGENTLY NEEDED TO SHIFT THE WORLD ONTO A SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT PATH. AS WE EMBARK ON THIS COLLECTIVE JOURNEY, WE PLEDGE THAT NO ONE WILL BE LEFT BEHIND.” SOURCE

Lol, they say that “no one will be left behind”, but in reality they all will be left behind! The prophet Zephaniah tells us what the fate of the United Nations shall be when we return with King Jesus Christ to fight the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming.

“Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.” Zephaniah 3:8 (KJB)

The One World Religion Of Chrislam

The One World Religion Of Chrislam: Revelation 13, 17 and 18 shows us the Antichrist ruling a political kingdom and the False Prophet ruling a spiritual kingdom. John the Baptist was the ‘advance man’ for Jesus Christ, and the False Prophet will do the same for Antichrist. Pope Francis, looking for all the world like the False Prophet, officially birthed the One World Religion of Chrislam, and back in February, Chrislam was officially codified into universal recognition by the United Nations. Chrislam is the spiritual component to the Great Reset.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Awake, yet? I hope you are, because this is what the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about, and yes, it is being brought to us by the exact same group of people that gave us COVID-19, the global lock-downs, the crashing of the world economies, the coronavirus vaccine and the digital Immunity Passport by the ID2020 Alliance.

Everything that has happen since the start of 2020, all these wacky, crazy, ‘living in Revelation‘ events are all from the same people and geared towards bringing about the same end, the New World Order. This is what all the other stuff has been about, and what it is all leading to. This is not some hazy, far-flung prediction, it is an accurate depiction of what is happening all around us right now.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastics 12:13,14 (KJB)

Are you starting to see what I am talking about, these are not all different end times agenda items, they are the same agenda item. Everything you have been watching happen over the last 13 months are different arms of the same beast, and The Beast, who is on his way right now, will be the crown jewel in the ungodly crown of evil. COVID, lockdowns, vaccines, vaccination passports and everything else are the tools by which this new order is being fashioned.

Be honest, saved or lost you feel what’s happening, you know things are never going to go back to the way they were before. You find yourself in the uncomfortable position of being in the middle of two worlds that are suddenly in motion, one going out and one coming in. Every day is unsettling on every level, and it is affecting you in ways you can hardly even put into words. So let me tell you what’s right now happening. If you’re saved but lukewarm, consider this your wakeup call. If you’re lost and headed for Hell, consider this your rescue operation, this is your red pill of truth.

“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” Habakkuk 1:5 (KJB)

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AS TENSIONS RISE: THE US AND RUSSIA DEPLOY BATTLESHIPS TO THE BLACK SEA

BY DAVID SIDMAN | APR 12, 2021 | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

Washington will deploy two battleships to the Black Sea next week Turkey said on Friday as reported by the AP. Russia has amassed its military forces near the Ukrainian border while accusing non-coastal NATO forces of beefing up naval activity in the region.

Meanwhile, Washington reports that Russia has amassed greater military forces on the eastern Ukrainian border than they have at any other time since 2014 when Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine and supported pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine’s Donbass region.

Violence has been ignited between Ukrainian forces and the separatists, arousing concerns of a major escalation. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin accused Kievv on Friday of “dangerous provocative actions” in the Donbass region while speaking with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey, who is a member of NATO, said on Friday that Washington will deploy two battleships to the Black Sea from April 14-15.

“A notice was sent to us 15 days ago via diplomatic channels that two US warships would pass to the Black Sea, in line with the Montreux Convention. The ships will remain in the Black Sea until May 4,” Turkey’s foreign ministry stated.

The Montreux Convention is a 1936 accord that provides Ankara with control over the Dardanelles and Bosporus straits, each of which connects to the Black Sea. The agreement also regulates the movement of naval warships.

The Black Sea is considered to be a flashpoint for brinkmanship between Russia and NATO member states. NATO forces have beefed up their presence in the region amid increased tensions. There have also oftentimes been encounters between naval vessels and aircraft from each side.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko expressed his concerns on Friday over intensified naval activity in the Black Sea by forces that didn’t possess a coastline in the region, seemingly referring to the US.

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EGYPT THREATENS ETHIOPIA WITH POTENTIAL WAR OVER NILE: ‘END-OF-DAYS’ IMPLICATIONS SAYS RABBI

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | APR 11, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

And the Nile papyrus by the Nile-side And everything sown by the Nile Shall wither, blow away, and vanish. Isaiah 19:7 (The Israel BibleTM)

Failed trilateral negotiations being carried out in the Congo over an Ethiopian dam in the Nile river led to Egyptian threats of war. The negotiations broke down last week after Ethiopia rejected a Sudanese proposal to include international mediators in talks leading to threats of war.

THE GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM ON THE BLUE NILE RIVER

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi implied in a speech on Wednesday that Egypt could respond with war to Ethiopia filling the dam on the Nile River. “We have witnessed the costs of any confrontation,” Sisi said at the opening of a new government complex. “I am telling our brothers in Ethiopia, let’s not reach the point where you touch a drop of Egypt’s water because all options are open.”

Sisi noted that Egypt and Sudan were cooperating and” “cooperation and agreement are much better than anything else”.

Ethiopia responded that his country would continue filling the dam but that war was not an option. “As construction progresses, filling takes place,” Bekele said. “We don’t deviate from that at all.”

Filling the reservoir began in July 2020. It will take between 4 and 7 years to fill with water. Egypt fears a temporary reduction of water availability due to the filling of the dam and a permanent reduction because of evaporation from the reservoir which could reduce Nile flows by as much as 25%. 

“There is no need to enter an unnecessary war,” Ethiopia’s water minister Seleshi Bekele told reporters on Wednesday. “A war can’t start because of water. Water flows if you fight today, it’ll continue to flow tomorrow.”

The dispute is three-pronged as Sudan also has an interest. Though not as extreme as Sisi, Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas also suggested that a harsh response to Ethiopia as on the table.

“For Sudan, all options are possible, including returning [the matter] to the United Nations Security Council and hardening policy … (if) Ethiopia embarks on a second filling (of the dam) without agreement,” Abbas told reporters last week.

“We are not utilizing water generated from Egypt or Sudan as water doesn’t flow upstream to Ethiopia,” Bekele explained. “We are utilizing water from Ethiopia for our dire need following equitable and reasonable utilization without causing significant harm to our neighbors.”

The situation has been volatile for some time and last year, President Trump intervened, brokering a deal that Ethiopia eventually reneged on. Trump warned Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok that Egypt could resort to “blowing up the dam.”

The conflict over the Nile has been brewing for almost a century but came to a head when construction began in 2011 on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River(GERD) formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam. The primary purpose of the dam is electricity production to relieve Ethiopia’s acute energy shortage. It is expected to go online next year and eventually, the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa as well as the seventh-largest in the world. 

ISRAEL THE KEY TO RECEIVING THE NILE’S BLESSING

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, noted that the Nile River can be the source of blessings as well as the source of curses from God. 

“When Jacob went to Egypt, he settled in Goshen because of the blessings the Nile bestowed upon the Hebrews,” Rabbi Berger told Israel365 News. “But when it came time for the exile to end, the Nile became the source of several of the plagues. As long as the Egyptians were kind to the Jews, the river remained a source of blessing.”

This became clear last September when the Nile flooded, displacing at least half a million Sudanese and killing at least one hundred. This blessing, according to Rabbi Berger, is, like any blessing, dependent on the relationship between the countries and Israel.

I will bless those who bless you And curse him that curses you; And all the families of the earth Shall bless themselves by you.” Genesis 12:3

“This was especially true of Egypt and the Nile,” Rabbi Berger said. “The Egyptians saw the Nile as the source of their power, which is why they used it to kill the Jewish babies. So God used the Nile to punish them to show that even the Nile serves Him.”

Israel currently has relations with all three countries. Israel signed a peace agreement with Egypt in 1979. Israel has long had relations with Ethiopia culminating in the government allowing the emigration of Ethiopia permitted the emigration of the Beta Israel Jews. Israel recently presented Sudan with a draft agreement for establishing diplomatic relations but the Sudanese want an endorsement from the Biden administration.

Rabbi Berger noted that the prophets predicted that the Nile River would play a role in the final redemption.

And the Nile papyrus by the Nile-side And everything sown by the Nile Shall wither, blow away, and vanish. Isaiah 19:7

“These three countries are correct to fight over the Nile,” Rabbi Berger said. “It will be the method their role in the end of days will be expressed. But what they don’t understand is that if they want the blessings of the Nile, they must bless Israel.”

NILE LIBEL BLAMING ISRAEL

Egypt jealously protects its prime water source and has even seen Israel as a partner in the Ethiopian threat.  In 2003, when Ethiopian announced that it intended to construct the GERD, Arab media claimed the project was a subterfuge intended to conceal an Ethiopian-Israeli plot to cripple Egypt. 

Though Israel is clearly not looking toward the Nile as a water source, water has frequently been the source of conflict between Israel and its neighbors. From the inception of Israel in 1948, the issue of water sharing from the Jordan–Yarmuk system turned out to be a major problem between Israel, Syria, and Jordan resulting in frequent border skirmishes. In 1964, the Arab states decided to deprive Israel of 35% of the National Water Carrier capacity, by a diversion of the Jordan River headwaters (both the Hasbani and the Banias) to the Yarmouk River. Control of water resources and Israeli military attacks against the diversion effort are considered among the factors which led to the Six-Day War in 1967.

Fortunately, Israel currently has a surplus of water due largely to home-grown innovations in the field of desalination resulting in five major desalination plants producing around 600 million cubic meters a year. Hopefully, this will prevent future conflict, though it clearly has not silenced the water libels.

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REVELATION: IRAN AND CHINA SIGN MIND-NUMBING 25-YEAR, $400 BILLION DOLLAR COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO DICTATOR NATIONS

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions. The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing.

by Geoffrey Grider March 28, 2021

Iran and China on Saturday signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling US sanctions on Tehran, according to Iranian state media.

 

Under Donald Trump, America was in full control of the Middle East, doing things like declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, creating the Abraham Accords and checking the dictatorial ambitions of nations like Iran in check. Under the trojan horse presidency of Joe Biden, who has abandoned the Middle East and especially Israel, a power vacuum now exists that China is only too eager to step in and fill. Yesterday, China signed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Iran, and the balance of power in the Middle East shifts once again.

“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:16 (KJB)

The United States must decrease, that is a foregone conclusion, and the powers of darkness like Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and all the others we read about in Ezekiel 39 must increase. Naturally, one of the very first things to happen after they signed was to discuss Iran hosting direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Excuse me while I roll my eyes with pretend shock and surprise. Ezekiel 39 right on track, Flight #777 preparing for liftoff.

Iran, China sign huge 25-year strategic deal; could reduce US regional influence

FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, covers a variety of economic activity from oil and mining to promoting industrial activity in Iran, as well as transportation and agricultural collaborations, according to the report. No additional details of the agreement were revealed as Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi took part in a ceremony marking the event.

The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing, the report said. China is Iran’s leading trade partner and was one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil before then US president Donald Trump reimposed sweeping unilateral sanctions in 2018 after abandoning a multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran.

The deal signed Saturday could undermine US leverage over Iran ahead of expected negotiations and lessen American influence in the Middle East. Ongoing US sanctions against Iran could hamper its trade with China despite Saturday’s agreement, however.

The Times report said Iran was prepared to host direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, further suggesting that US influence in the region could be waning.

“WE BELIEVE THIS DOCUMENT CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN DEEPENING” IRAN-CHINA RELATIONS, IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAEED KHATIBZADEH SAID, RECALLING THAT THE PACT HAD FIRST BEEN PROPOSED DURING A VISIT TO TEHRAN BY CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING IN JANUARY 2016.

Xi and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed then to establish a roadmap for “reciprocal investments in the fields of transport, ports, energy, industry and services.”

“IRAN’S GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE ARE STRIVING, AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, TO BROADEN RELATIONS WITH TRUSTWORTHY, INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA,” SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI SAID AT THE TIME, DESCRIBING THE PROPOSED COOPERATION AGREEMENT AS “CORRECT AND REASONABLE.”

Xi has championed the Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to fund infrastructure projects and increase China’s sway overseas.

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions

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SAUDI ARABIA CALLS FOR NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAEL

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | APR 5, 2021 | MIDDLE EAST

His sons Yitzchak and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre, Genesis 25:9 (The Israel BibleTM)

At the Munich Security Conference at which international security concerns were discussed, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said to the forum, that “the normalization of Israel’s status within the region would bring tremendous benefits to the region as a whole”.

In an interview with CNN, the Saudi FM was asked about the developments in relations with Israel in light of their common enemy, Iran, and if a normalization deal was ”imminent.”

“I don’t know if it is imminent,” the Saudi FM said to CNN. “That is very much dependent on the peace process. There is, of course, a normalization deal on the table that has been on the table since 2002.”

The FM explained that he was referring to the Arab Peace Initiative, also known as the Saudi Initiative that was presented by Saudi Arabia and endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 and at the 2017 Arab League summits. The initiative offered normalization of relations by the Arab world with Israel, in return for a full withdrawal by Israel from the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and Lebanon, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

“This puts forward full and complete normalization with Israel in return for a just settlement to the Palestinian issue,” the FM said. 

“It would be extremely helpful both economically and socially, and from a security perspective,” he said in the interview with CNN.“That normalization in the region could only be successful if we address the issue of the Palestinians and we were able to deliver a Palestinian state within 1967 borders that gives the Palestinians dignity and gives them their rights.”

The FM noted that under such a normalization, Saudi Arabia would welcome Israelis of all religions. 

In September last year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords to normalize ties with Israel. Sudan and Morocco soon after signed similar agreements with Israel. Israel also signed a peace agreement with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

In November, Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia for the first time where he met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Saudi Arabia officially denied that the meeting had taken place.

Saudi Arabia has since opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights.

The Saudi FM’s language is subtly, though significantly different than the Arab Peace Initiative, also known as the Saudi Initiative that was presented by Saudi Arabia and endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 and at the 2017 Arab League summits. The initiative offered normalization of relations by the Arab world with Israel, in return for a full withdrawal by Israel from the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and Lebanon, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston stated emphatically that under these circumstances, Saudi Arabian normalizing relations with Israel is not the prophesied repentance of the Children of Ishmael that would reunite the Arabs with the Jews.

“This is not even a little bit of repentance,” “The Saudis kicked out the Palestinians that lived in their country. Our problem with the Palestinians is based on what the other Arab countries did to the Palestinians. Now, they expect us to fix it for them.”

“What the Saudi Foreign Minister is saying is what Ishmael would say to Isaac before he repented; What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is also mine.”

“Real repentance by the Children of Ishmael would be if they recognized the land that Hashem gave to the Children of Isaac, including Judea and Samaria of course. The Palestinians could do repentance by being faithful citizens of Israel.”

The concept of the repentance of the Children of Ishmael in the end of days is based on the precedent set in Genesis when Abraham’s two sons came to his funeral:

His sons Yitzchak and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre Genesis 25:9

The medieval commentator known by the acronym Rashi explained that in this verse, Ishmael should have come first since he was older. Ishmael acknowledged the spiritual superiority of Isaac by allowing him to go first when burying their father. According to Jewish tradition, this will be replayed in the end of days by the Arabs showing respect for the offspring of Jacob.

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POPE FRANCIS COMMITS BLASPHEMY TODAY BY TWEETING MARY IS THE ‘BRIDGE TO GOD’, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT, YOU WILL JOIN HIM IN A BURNING HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY

According to the bible, for those of you that believe the bible, we can learn a number of things about Mary. Mary had sin that needed a sacrifice to cover, Luke 2:24. Mary called Jesus her Saviour, Luke 1:47, only sinners need a Saviour, sinless people do not. If Mary was sinless then she lied about needing a Saviour, lying is a sin, you get the picture. Mary did not stay a virgin, she had other 6 children according to Mark 6:1-3, a point backed up by Psalm 69:8. Mary is not the “bridge to God”, not by a longshot. If you are trusting in her to get to Heaven, then Hell is as far up as you’re going to go.

by Geoffrey Grider March 25, 2021

Only Jesus Christ can save your soul, only Jesus Christ is the “bridge to God”, which is exactly what He was doing on the cross at Calvary. Trust Him alone, not Mary.

The Roman Catholic pope who is the head of the world’s largest counterfeit Christian organization tweeted today that Jesus Christ is not our bridge to God the Father, and not our only path to Heaven. This morning, at 5:31 AM, Rome time, Jorge Bergoglio announced that it is Mary who is our path to God, and if you believe that you will burn in Hell for all eternity because you will have lived and died without a Saviour for your sins.

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” Exodus 34:14 (KJB)

According to the bible, for those of you that believe the bible, we can learn a number of things about Mary. Mary had sin that needed a sacrifice to cover, Luke 2:24. Mary called Jesus her Saviour, Luke 1:47, only sinners need a Saviour, sinless people do not. If Mary was sinless then she lied about needing a Saviour, lying is a sin, you get the picture. Mary did not stay a virgin, she had other 6 children according to Mark 6:1-3, a point backed up by Psalm 69:8. Obviously the real Mary of the bible is a person virtually unknown to any Roman priest, bishop or pope.

The bible does not record any miracles performed by Mary, no accounts of her praying for anyone, and certainly no accounts of anyone seeking her help or guidance. The only time she ever told someone what to do was in John 2:1-5, and what she told them was “do whatever my Son tells you to do”. Hmm. Yet somehow we are to believe that now in Heaven, Mary functions as the “bridge to God” and the path to Heaven for all of us down here on earth? That is one of the many lies of the Roman Catholic Church, invented in 1854 by Pope Pius IX.

Mary Worship Became Official In 1854 With Pope Pius IX

Pope Pius IX is best known for writing the Roman Catholic doctrine concerning the character and nature of Mary, called the Ineffabilis Deus. Pius made many “infallible” statements about Mary, not the least of which include that she was “born sinless”, that she is seated in Heaven at the “right hand of Jesus”, that she is to be the object of the affections of Catholics, and that she is to be prayed to for guidance, wisdom and for the fulfillment of all the “needs of the faithful”. As if that wasn’t enough, Pius went on to threaten anyone who dared disagree with these statements, saying that they would be kicked out the Catholic Church, would be considered as apostate, and that would face the full “penalties established by law” for refusing to worship Mary.

If you’re a Roman Catholic, listen to me and listen well, your eternity depends on it. I was a Roman Catholic for nearly 30 years, and like you, I was trained to pray to the “virgin Mary”, to “venerate” her, but you know as well as I do that Catholics worship Mary. That is idolatry, the bible forbids and condemns it, and Mary herself would beg you not to do it.

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (KJB)

Only Jesus Christ can save your soul, only Jesus Christ is the “bridge to God”, which is exactly what He was doing on the cross at Calvary. Jesus on the cross holds on hand with God the Father, and reaches out the other nail-pierced hand to you, and Jesus and Him alone is your bridge. Pope Francis is a liar, don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth. Pope Francis is heading to Hell like a bullet, for the love of God, please don’t join him there.

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Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliance

For years, Turkey would say one thing to Moscow and Tehran while telling Washington’s Iran hawks that Turkey was “against Russia and Iran.”

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN   

MARCH 21, 2021 18:10

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was very content during a trip to Turkey on Friday. He said it was productive and smiled alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a “wonderful” trip where he spoke with his “brother Cavusoglu.”

The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region.

Zarif said: “As before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey’s experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took Russia’s side in a growing spat with the US, slamming US President Joe Biden who is widely hated by Turkey’s ruling party.

He claimed that Biden’s recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin were unacceptable and “not fitting of a president.”

This isn’t just because of the tone of Biden’s comments, in which Biden called Putin a “killer.” Turkey’s president and regime often lashes out at other countries and leaders, belittling and threatening them with insults.

The messaging from Ankara is that Russia and Turkey are growing together as allies and partners. They work together in Syria, Libya and the Caucasus; their goal is to supplant US influence and divide up many areas of the Middle East between themselves.

They seek to control violence in these areas. For instance, Turkey got the Syrian rebels, who were fighting the Russian-backed Syrian regime, to change their course and fight Kurds so the Syrian regime could prosper. Then Turkey shipped the rebels to fight elsewhere to weaken the rebellion. Ten years after the start of the Syrian conflict, it is mostly Turkey that is responsible for sidelining the rebellion.

Now, enter Iran.

Iran, Turkey and Russia have worked together in the Astana process since 2017 to manage Syria – and they exclude the US. Zarif’s trip to Istanbul is just one of many in which Turkish and Iranian counterparts work together and demonstrate their warm connections.

Turkey wants more trade with Iran via rail links and also wants to work with Tehran in other ways. From Russia, Ankara wants more S-400s and military hardware.

Turkish media illustrated how the relations are growing. Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that “Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, also attended the meeting, sources from the Foreign Ministry said on condition of anonymity.”

A recent deal between Baghdad and Erbil for the security of the Sinjar province and intensified dialogue between Turkey and Iraq is aimed at curbing the PKK’s (Kurdistan Workers Party) influence in a wider region in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

Meanwhile, Turkey, Russia and Qatar issued a joint statement last week following talks between their foreign ministers in Doha, vowing to “defend Syria’s territorial integrity in accordance with the UN Charter,” the report notes.

Iran welcomes “any initiative that eases the pain of Syrian people and achieves stability and peace in this country,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, stressing that the Astana talks among Ankara, Moscow and Tehran were one of the most successful initiatives to put an end to the Syrian conflict.

A month ago, there were rumors that Turkey and Iran might clash in Iraq, but now it appears that the countries have put aside any differences there as well. Turkey wants Iran to help it fight Kurds, which it alleges are part of the PKK.

Ankara is trying to ban opposition parties by labeling them “terrorists” linked to the PKK. The US has expressed concern, but Turkey hopes it can model its authoritarian regime on Russia and Iran. It is learning from Russia how to deal with dissidents – like how Russia dealt with Putin critic Alexei Navalny who was sent to a Russian penal colony.

For many years, Ankara would say one thing to Moscow and Tehran about partnership while telling Washington’s Iran hawks that it was “against Russia and Iran.”

Turkey would mobilize its strong DC lobbyists to push narratives from how Ankara was “fighting terrorism” to how it was challenging Russia and Iran “geopolitically.”

However, the reality was that Turkey was always working closely with Russia and Iran. It invented an imaginary “terrorist” threat from the Kurdish region of Afrin in 2018 to justify an invasion. It even pretended to be fighting ISIS when it was allowing ISIS families to transit from Raqqa to Idlib.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was found a few hundred meters from the Turkish border in Idlib. Turkey’s use of its lobbyists to claim it was confronting Iran was only a talking point for the Trump administration.

Even after the administration left, some of those who were close to Turkey continued to push this narrative. But even Turkey is now claiming to distance itself from some Muslim Brotherhood extremist activists in a bid to try to patch things up with Arab states in the region.

This is the long-term goal of Turkey in finding an accommodation with states in the region and bringing together its alliance with Iran and Russia to legitimize its continued occupation of parts of Syria and bases in Iraq.

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