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Stone From High Priest’s Breastplate Discovered?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News December 07, 2018

“And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel.” Exodus 28:9 

Sometimes incredible stories are actually true, and in this case, experts agree that a small onyx stone, claimed to be given to a Knight Templar over 1,000 years ago and handed down through one family from generation to generation, is actually what the present owner claims: a gem from the breastplate of the High Priest in Jerusalem.

A Prophetic Stone?

The stones of the choshen mishpat,  the High Priest’s breastplate, were referred to in the Bible as the urim v’tummim, a phrase that defies translation.

And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aharon’s heart Exodus 28:30

The Talmud (Yoma 73a) describes how questions were put to the breastplate, and the stones would light up to spell out the answer. The book of Samuel lists the urim v’tummim as one of the three forms of divine communication: dreams, prophets, and the urim v’tummim.

And when Shaul inquired of Hashem, Hashem answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. I Samuel 28:6

According to the Talmud (Yoma 21b), the urim v’tummim were lost when Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonians. The Book of Ezra mentions that individuals who were unable to prove, after the Babylonian captivity had ended, that they were descended from the priesthood before the captivity began, were required to wait until priests in possession of urim v’tummim were discovered.

In addition to the 12 stones mounted on the breastplate were two sardonyx stones fixed in gold settings on the shoulders of the High Priest.  

And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, to be stones of memorial for the children of Israel; and Aharon shall bear their names before Hashem upon his two shoulders for a memorial. Exodus 28:12

Experts believe this is one of those stones. If this is so, contained within it is the power of prophecy and it may play an important role in returning the Priestly Caste to serve in the Temple.

Discovery: Too Incredible to Believe

In 2000, Dr. James Strange, a noted professor in religious studies and archaeology, traveled to South Africa. An acquaintance suggested Dr. Strange contact a family she had met there and if he could, help them with a pro-bono appraisal of a gemstone. They were of humble means and Dr. Strange was a certified appraiser whose services were highly sought after.

Dr. Strange met with the family, intending to humor them. Instead, he was astounded by what they showed him. “I was indeed amazed at the gemstone,” Dr. Strange told Breaking Israel News. The stone itself was nothing special. A semi-precious sardonyx, it had little intrinsic worth.

But Dr. Strange was puzzled by the object he held in his hands. “I was unaware that anyone in the late Middle Ages had the technology to cut a hemisphere in such a medium, so I tried to exhaust all other explanations,” he said.

Even more astounding than the cut of the stone was the inexplicable inscription inside the stone, visible through the clear surface: two letters in ancient Hebrew. Dr. Stone wrote in his appraisal of the gem, “There is no modern or ancient technology known to me by which an artisan could produce the inscription, as it is not cut into the surface of the stone.”

Dr. Strange was an expert but when faced with such a mystery, he sought help. He turned to Ian Campbell, Director of the Independent Coloured Stones Laboratory in Johannesburg and a leading South African gemologist. Campbell was equally dumbfounded.

He studied the stone, trying to ascertain its origin. The owner’s story placing it on the High Priest’s breastplate were too incredible. But the family had documentation that traced its descent from a Crusader-period male ancestor who had been in the Holy Land in the Middle Ages and claimed the stone was a reward from the High Priest. Could it be true?

The Thousand-Year Story

According to the Auret family tradition, the ancestor, named Croiz Arneet deTarn Auret, received the stone from “the High Priest” in gratitude for his part in freeing Jerusalem around 1189. The custodianship of the stone was passed on in the Auret family through the male line until the nineteenth century. That tradition was broken when Abraham Auret passed away in 1889, bequeathing the stone to his daughter, Christina Elizabeth.

After her marriage to William James Hurst, the stone left the Auret name, and has been passed on from mother to daughter ever since. Meticulously recorded family trees and genealogical reports corroborate the story. The stone was passed on as an inheritance and is presently owned by an elderly woman in South Africa, who wishes to remain anonymous.

It has been strongly transmitted to each member of the family through the centuries that it was God’s hand that inserted the mysterious inscription inside the stone.

Experts Agree

The mystery of the writing remained. Dr. Strange noted that the stone had no external markings, so it clearly hadn’t been set in a ring or a necklace. He was forced to conclude that it had probably been set in a large plate or breastplate. He dated production of the stone to approximately the 5th century BCE.

As an appraiser, Dr. Strange could not erase all doubt, but he could certainly evaluate it as a one-of-a-kind. He appraised the stone’s value at $175-$225 million.

The gemologist, Mr. Campbell, photomicrographed (photographing via a microscope) the stone, confirming it had not been cut open to make the inscription. When asked to estimate the value of the stone, Mr. Campbell wrote, “How does one logically go about putting a value to something like a proven religious artifact that is a ‘one of’ article?”

He estimated that $200 million was a “fair starting point”.

The owner of the stone also consulted Professor M. Sharon from the University of Witwatersrand. The professor, an expert in ancient Hebrew, was given a photo of the stone. The blurry photographs hinted at something astounding but he had to be sure. Intrigued, he asked to examine the actual stone.

In his written report, he said that when he held it to the light, he was amazed to see very clearly inside the stone itself, two letters in ancient Hebrew. The letters seemed to be engraved or burnt into the heart of the stone.

“Due to the clarity of the letters and their fine definition it would be incredible if they are a coincidental natural formation in the stone,” he stated in his notarized report. “The lack of any apparent sign of interference with the surface makes the existence of the letters inside the stone a real enigma.”

He noted the inscriptions in ancient Hebrew script of what he described as “the equivalent of our ‘B’ and ‘K’.” He identified the style of script, dating it to be from the year 1000 BCE, give or take 200-300 years.

In 1994, Dr. Joan Goodnick Westenholz, who served as Chief Curator at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, examined the stone. She concluded, “It is a unique object that has no similar or identical counterpart; it is the only one of its kind in the world.”

Dr. Goodnick Westenholz believed that the gem was “priceless”, estimating the date of the stone’s production to be approximately the 7th century BCE. She noted the inscription “in the shape of a possible letter is a ninth century form of an archaic Hebrew letter bet.”

In her notarized report, she observed next to the letter bet “what can be perceived as the image of a wolf.” She noted that the wolf corresponded to the blessing Jacob gave Benjamin.

Binyamin is a wolf that raveneth; in the morning he devoureth the prey, and at even he divideth the spoil. Genesis 49:27

But Is It True?

Dr. Westenholz  and Ian Campbell have since passed away, but Breaking Israel News was able to confirm that their statements and documentation were genuine. Campbell’s apprentice, Jeremy Rothon, confirmed the original appraisal and told Breaking Israel News that he was well aware of the stone’s heritage. It had made an enormous impression on Campbell and he had discussed it at length with his student.

Dr. Strange remembers the stone very well, and is more convinced than ever of its authenticity. “A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then,” Dr. Strange told Breaking Israel News. “I calculated then that if it were a fraud, then one or more very similar others would show up on the international market rather soon, but to my knowledge none has.”

He called for new examination of the gem. “I think this object needs a new appraisal and as many scientific tests as possible to determine whether it is genuine,” said Dr. Strange. “If it turns out to be an artifact important to the history of the Jewish people, then that is truly wonderful.  If it turns out to be a masterful fraud, then I will be pained that I was duped.”

The Journey Home

The present owner has contracted with a South African businessman to find investors who are willing to purchase the stone and bring it home to Israel. Both parties prefer to remain anonymous. When he saw the stone and understood what it was, the businessman was dismayed, understanding that it could easily turn into a commodity, an object of greed. 

He recognized that this small stone was an enormous part of Jewish history and set out to find an investor who would recompense the owner with the intention of bringing it to Israel and donating it to the Temple.

“I’ve been involved with deals like this before,” he told Breaking Israel News. “There are pieces of Egyptian heritage in museums all over the world. People find something and sell it, without thinking about what it is. That is what is done and it is a shame, even more so with this stone. Several people have been trying to buy or sell this stone, turning it into a business. All I really wanted to do was get the stone back to Israel where it belongs.”

Many people have begun to discount the Jewish connection to Israel and the Temple Mount, claiming the Jewish Temples are fairytale accounts. This small stone and its miraculous engraving that once lit up the High Priest’s breastplate are proof that the Temple stood in Jerusalem, and may signal the return of more artifacts that have been misplaced, waiting to return home.

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Will Catastrophic Yellowstone Eruption Set Off War of Gog and Magog?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz December 12, 2018 , 2:07 pm

“Therefore shall heaven be shaken, And earth leap out of its place, At the fury of God of Hosts On the day of His burning wrath.” Isaiah 13:13 (The Israel Bible™)

A mystic rabbi suggested that an alarming spate of recent geyser activity in Yellowstone National Park may be the precursor to the pre-Messiah war of Gog and Magog. While scientists predict that seismic activity will increase, people of faith look for the spiritual implications.

After four years of total silence, the Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming came back to life on Saturday, shooting steam 200 feet into the air. Steamboat  is the largest in the world with eruptions reaching up to 400 feet. This latest eruption set a new record for the geyser of 30 eruptions in one year. The previous record of 29 eruptions was set in 54 years ago in 1964.

The geyser erupted for the first time this year on March 14. It was the first activity at the site since 2014. The geyser is unpredictable with eruptions dispersed anywhere from days to years apart. The  geyser did not erupt at all from 1911 to 1961.

Yellowstone park is seismically active with more than 10,000 thermal features of which more than 500 are geysers.

“The heightened activity at Steamboat this year is uncommon but not unprecedented. We have seen similar activity twice previously; once in the early 1960s, and again in the early 1980s. Conversely, the world’s tallest active geyser has also exhibited years of quiescence or no major eruptions, with the longest being the 50-year period between 1911 and 1961,” Jeff Hungerford, Yellowstone’s park geologist, told the local media. “We’ll continue to monitor this extraordinary geyser.”

A correlation between geyser activity and earthquakes has not been proven, but some scientists believe that geological shifting may lead to increased geothermal events. The Yellowstone region has seen a period of increased earthquakes and swarms of minor tremors. In June 2017, the Wyoming area of Yellowstone was hit by a persistent swarm of approximately 2,400 tremors.  These swarms are continuing this year at a slightly lower rate.

Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, author of the Hebrew Torah blog, Sod HaChashmal, emphasized that forces of nature, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, are manifestations of God’s judgement, denoted in the Bible by His name ‘elohim.’ The rabbi noted that the seismic aspect of God’s influence in the world was explicitly described in Psalms.

Therefore we are not afraid though the earth reels, though mountains topple into the sea. Its waters rage and foam; in its swell mountains quake. Selah. Psalms 46:3-4

“The entire world will be judged before the Moshiach (Messiah),” Rabbi Fish told Breaking Israel News. “Nature will change, be less normal, because God will be guiding it in a more direct manner.”

“This will be especially true during the War of Gog and Magog,” he said. “The war will be unique in that it won’t be simply a war between countries. God will play a major role via nature, through natural disasters.”

“The verse in Psalms is clearly referring to tsunamis which will increase in the days preceding Messiah,” Rabbi Fish said. But we also see that earthquakes will increase around the world.”

In fact, scientists have predicted that this year could see a surge in seismic activity around the globe. In their study published in Geophysical Research Letters, Roger Bilham and Rebecca Bendick presented a model that predicts that 2018 will be the opening of a window of potentially increased large earthquake activity due to slight changes in the spin-rate of the Earth. The rate at which the planet spins changes cyclically and the scientists claim that five to six years after a period of relatively slow spin, a 30-percent increase in seismic activity takes place. Though they are unsure of the duration of the increase, they conjecture it can last up to five years. The last global slow-down took place in 2012.

Scientists have also noted that during periods of decreased glaciers it is easier for magma to reach the surface and feed volcanic eruptions. It can take thousands of years after the glaciers melt for volcanic activity to rise. Several studies over the last 40 year have suggested that, as the ice vanished, volcanic eruptions became much more frequent. A 2009 study, for example, concluded that between 7,000 and 12,000 years ago, the global level of volcanic activity rose by up to six times. Around the same period, the rate of volcanic activity in Iceland soared to at least 30 times today’s level. Though the cause of climate change is currently a matter of debate in the scientific community, it is generally accepted that temperatures around the globe are rising. If so, this may lead to increased volcanic activity.

Although the probability of an eruption at Yellowstone is minuscule, only a one in 100,000 chance in any given year according to scientists, the results of such an event would be catastrophic in the extreme. The Yellowstone Caldera is listed as the most dangerous supervolcano in existence and as such, is the most monitored volcano in the world. It has erupted three times over the last 2 million years, most recently about 70,000 years ago.

The biggest danger from an eruption is not the lava but the ash. The Yellowstone eruption two million years ago produced 2,500 times as much ash as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Ash is caustic when inhaled and volcanic eruptions can spew the ash high into the atmosphere. The pileup of ash on rooftops has resulted in building collapses. A Yellowstone supereruption would disrupt electronics and endanger human health in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and affect other parts of the country. Moreover, a month-long supereruption could affect the global climate for several years.

In comparison, relatively minor eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland in 2010 led to 20 European countries shutting down their commercial air traffic for one week, affecting more than 20 million travellers.

Major volcanic eruptions that spew ash into the atmosphere obscuring the sun can lead to a volcanic winter in which global temperatures drop. The phenomenon is not infrequent, occurring approximately once each century. The most recent took place in 1991 after the explosion of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, cooling global temperatures for about three years. A more significant drop in temperatures could lead to a global crisis in food production.

NASA scientists assured the public that the likelihood of a supereruption is minuscule but nonetheless conducted a study in 2017 to determine the feasibility of preventing the volcano from erupting. NASA proposed introducing water at high pressure six miles underground. Nevertheless, according to Brian Wilson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the project might trigger, instead of prevent, an eruption.

In his weekly sermon last week, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi predicted that all manners of natural catastrophes are going to increase in the coming year.

“God will judge, ‘who to life and who to death,’” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. He also predicted that international conflict will increase. “The heart of the king is in the hands of God,” he said.

In a previous sermon, he explained why God uses nature in this manner.

“People believe that nature just happens,” Ben Artzi said. “That is a mistake we make because we don’t always see or hear God. If God left the world solely in our hands it would have been destroyed a long time ago.”

Rabbi Fish emphasized that it is a mistake for men to think they can control nature.

“The only thing we can do is pray and do tshuva (repent),” Rabbi Fish said. “But these are the greatest acts a man can do. In our age, when the messsiah is imminent, this can save the world.”

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A New Silk Road Is Being Created, It Is Part Of A Massive Plan To Destroy The Human Race And Create A New Pagan Order That Will Slaughter Christians




By AndrewBieszad on December 8, 2018 inFeatured, General, Highlight
Astana is the capitol of Kazakhstan and is the “newest” capitol in the worldin that the entire city was rebuilt from the ground up in the years followingthe death of the Soviet Union into a brand new city. However, as many havenoted, Astana is also one of the strangest capitols in the world as it isfilled with what is at the surface objectively strange imagery that upon deeperobservation has direct ties to the occult:
Of all places, why put a city here? From the aeroplane window it’s more ofthe same: flat, empty and endlessly vast. At 30,000 feet, a few lonely lakespolka-dot the landscape. There is no evidence of human activity. There arescarcely any trees and few distinguishing landmarks. On and on it goes –Kazakhstan is the size of western Europe, and so unremittingly flat, it’s as ifsome gigantic plasterer has skimmed the land. Here wolves outnumber people.Little wonder the Soviets chose this vast emptiness to hide their Gulags andtheir space programme, and to test their nuclear weapons. Much of itradioactive, it’s an agoraphobic’s vision of hell.
And then, out of nowhere, Astana comes glistening into view, all shiny metaland glass, implausibly rising up from the Kazakh steppe like some post-modernlego set that has stumbled into the opening sequence of Dallas. Welcome toAstana, one of the strangest capital cities on earth.
There was some early talk of Astana – which means “capital” in Kazakh –being named after the president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. After all, his name andvision are omnipresent. Since independence from the USSR in 1991, he was thefirst – and has been the only – president of the Republic of Kazakhstan, withan electoral victory earlier this year in which he received a comedy 97.7% ofthe vote.
All presidents are limited to a term of five years – except, of course,Nazarbayev, over whom the press has suspended any modicum of criticalvigilance. Many Kazakh officials are quite open about it: they have chosen todo economic development first, and proper democracy (they hope) will come atsome point later.
Given the billions of barrels of oil and gas that have been discovered inthe country, and its very low population of only 16 million, every Kazakhstanishould be a millionaire by now. One look at Astana and you can see where muchof the money has gone: everywhere it’s big, flashy signature buildings, allwearing their architects’ names like fashion labels, all competing forattention like a collection of spoiled teenagers insecurely shouting: “Look atme!”
Take the Norman Foster-designed Khan Shatyr shopping centre, on the roadinto town from the airport. It’s the world’s largest marquee with total area of127,000 sq metres and a height along the spire of 150 metres. A specialchemical lining protects those inside from the brutal icy winter and helps itmaintain its special microclimate. The artificial beach, with sand speciallyimported from the Maldives, requires a constant 35C. All shopping centres needa beach, of course.
For a centrally planned city, the aesthetic juxtapositions are remarkablydiscordant. A flashy glass pyramid. A towering set of apartments built to matchMoscow University in the Stalinist empire style. A Disney version of the WhiteHouse. A vase-like tower with a ball on top that the president apparentlydesigned on the back of a napkin during a state dinner. A finance ministryshaped as a dollar bill.
Few of these buildings seem to have been designed with practicality in mind.The lifts in the pyramid go up, then left, then up, then left – it must havebeen incredibly expensive to get them to waltz like that. My hotel has animpressive light show on the outside of the building … and terrible Wi-Fi.
When the capital was moved here from Almaty in 1997, there was littleenthusiasm among government officials who were forced to relocate. Almaty –which finds out this week if it has been successful in its bid to host the 2022Winter Olympics – is more than a thousand kilometres further south, and is amuch older and considerably classier affair. This is where Prince Harry enjoyedhis winter holiday with Cressida Bonas in 2014, and where government officialsspent long weekends cooking plov at their luxury dachas styled on Englishcountry houses.
The official reason for relocating to Astana – previously the provincialsettlement of Tselinograd, with a crumbling Soviet housing stock – was Almaty’slocation in an earthquake-prone region. But its close proximity to the Chineseborder and Kazakhstan’s need to strengthen its hold on the north of the countrywith its large number of ethnic Russians made it logical from a strategic pointof view. In this regard, the comparison with Ukraine is instructive: both havehigh Russian populations.
However, Nazarbayev is playing wise, carefully manoeuvring between Russia,China and the US, and is duly credited for encouraging intra-ethnic – andindeed, intra-religious – harmony. There are several large mosques in Astana,but also churches and synagogues. The baby-blue Beit Rachel synagogue is thelargest in central Asia. With the threat of militant Islam on its southernborder, healthy ecumenical relations are not just a communal nicety; they are astrategic necessity.
Other positives include Astana’s new university. Opened in 2010, and namedafter Nazarbayev (who else?), it is a point of pride for many that foreignacademics staff many of the departments. Indeed, education has become a legacyissue for the 75-year-old so-called “father of the nation”. Nazarbayev has madeit possible for school graduates to study overseas, all expenses paid, providedthey return to Kazakhstan to work for at least five years after graduation.
Many of this new breed of foreign-educated Kazakhstanis now make theircareers in Astana. Nothing whatsoever like that famous anti-hero of Kazakhstan,Borat, these new go-getting graduates increasingly dominate what is a youngcity both in terms of its age – Astana celebrated its 17th birthday on 6 Julythis year (the same day as the president’s) – and overall demographic. Youdon’t see many over-50s out on the streets.
This flashy toy-city is locked in a fascinating negotiation between a Sovietcommand-and-control past and an aspirational, market-savvy present. But out onthe edge of town, all the architecture stops abruptly. All the frantic energycomes to a halt, and the vast unremitting steppe suddenly begins. Which is whyAstana feels like some great existentialist parable, an attempt to overcome theterror of endless emptiness with the frantic distraction of human endeavour.
From 30,000 feet, let alone sub specie aeternitatis, it seems that NormanFoster doesn’t really stand a chance. But who knows? (source,source)
As several blogs have noted, the curious design of Astana points to theencouragement of a religious syncretism as well as the capitol itself beingdesigned in the form of a Freemason temple with an seemingly open emphasis onsun worship:






Conceived by Britain’s most prolific architect, Lord Norman Forster, thisgiant pyramid is an odd presence in the middle of the Asian Steppes. Thebuilding is dedicated to “the renunciation of violence” and “to bring togetherthe world’s religions”. Norman Foster has said that the building has norecognizable religious symbols to permit the harmonious reunification ofconfessions. In reality, the pyramid is a temple for the occultist’s only TRUEreligion: Sun worship. A journey inside this building is a truly symbolic one.It represents each human’s path to illumination….As Manly P. Hall stated, thepyramid is the ultimate symbol representing the mysteries of ancientcivilizations. Sublime in their simplicity, divine in their proportions, theyembody both the divine knowledge owned by the illuminated and the bewildermentof the masses. Today’s elite, initiated to the occult, are the heirs of thisancient wisdom and use the pyramid as a symbol of power in the modern world.The illuminated/floating/missing capstone represents the divine principlepresent in the universe as well in each human being. Another symbolic meaningattributed to the missing capstone is the unfinished nature of the New WorldOrder. It is said that the capstone of the Great Pyramid will be reinstatedwhen this age-old project will become reality.
Right on top of the opera house is the central space of the pyramid. It actsas the meeting room for conferences reuniting religious leaders of the world.Take a minute and soak up the symbolism here. You have religious leaders fromaround the world sitting around a huge figure of the sun, discussing how toreconcile their differences for the coming New Age. The symbolism is blatant:all these theologies are simply an outgrowth of the original object of worship:the Sun. (source)
There are also the curious pillars in the city that bear a strikingsemblance to those in Freemasonry by their positioning:



And this is shown by air too, as it points to a tower called the Bayterek,which is representative of ancient sun worship in Central Asia:






It is, objectively speaking, a strange capitol. Buy why in Central Asia? Whynot somewhere else in the world?
A possible answer that synchronizes current world trends and movements onthis has not been proposed. That is, until now.
The Relationship between Economics and Politics.
There is a direct relationship in life between politics and economics. Thisis as much applicable to individuals as it is to entire societies. One’sparents or teachers may have told a child that “you are what you eat,” or inthe words of an employer, “GIGO”, meaning “garbage in, garbage out”, or as somehave said, “you only get out what you put in.”
Economics and politics function in the same way, with economics acting asthe input and politics as the output. What one consumes for his personal lifethrough the expenditure of his finances is what one will receive in terms ofhow his life is governed. In a social level, what a country likes to buy orsell directly determines how it interacts with other nations.
Kazakhstan is both a poor and rich nation at the same time. She is poor inthat her people are very poor, and her economy is, like Russia and many formerSoviet republics with few exceptions (Poland being one of them) is non-existentexcept for the extraction of natural resources in raw form and then sellingsaid resources to other nations, mostly involving petroleum. Kazakhstan is noexception, with the majority of her economic activity based on selling petroleum and thenuranium or other radioactive ores. Most of this money goes to benefit thecurrent president and family of the President in Kazakhstan, who like many aCentral Asian Despot uses it to fund his own lavish lifestyle.
But that aside, one must note the relationship between economics andpolitics, for control is preceded by human social intercourse that comesthrough exchange, and the struggle for power in this world is often equivalentto the struggle for dominance in terms of finance over a particular region. Ifone controls the economy of an area, one can to a large extend control itsdestiny and even the destiny of men.
The Silk Road



A map of the ancient Silk Road. Notethat almost all of the routes go through Central Asia
In the ancient world, it was said that “all roads lead to Rome.” Globalismas it is called today has always existed, and it was made no clearer than inthe existence of the famous “Silk Road” that connected the Roman Empire at notjust Rome, but its most remote outposts in places such as Carnuntum and Angliawith northeast China, Korea, and even Japan, and with all things in between.While the term “Silk Road” was not in existence until the 19th century and waspopularized by the famous Swedish Silk Road explorer Sven Hedin, the giant“road” that lay at the heart of Central Asia, eastern Persia, and parts ofPakistan, Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir going into going into Xijiang in Chinaand over oases such as Kashgar defined trade for thousands of years, pre-datingbut amplified by the empire of Alexander the Great and continuing for all ofantiquity.
If one looks at the spread of Christianity, one will note that the routes ofthe Apostles greatly followed the Silk Road. This was exemplified no greaterthan by St. Thomas the Apostle. St. Thomas, who is sometimes called “doubtingThomas” because he did not believe Jesus appeared to the other apostles unlesshe could put his hands into the nail marks and spear wound and then fell to hisknees in fear after Our Lord appeared to him and showed His wounds to him,Thomas was the most traveled of all the disciples, going throughout Egypt,Ethiopia, all of Arabia, Iraq, Iran, making converts and establishing churchesuntil he was martyred by being skinned alive in India. To a great extend, hefollowed the ancient Silk Road during his travels.
The evil armies of Mohammed, upon emerging from the deserts of Arabia in 632AD after Mohammed’s death, followed the Silk Road for all of their conquests.It was what brought the armies of Islam not only across North Africa and toSpain, but also into Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and all the way throughUzbekistan to the final battle at the Talas River valley in 748 AD at the endof the Umayyad reign and what brought Islam to its easternmost point. It wasthe conquests of Islam that greatly ended the classical Silk Road and alsomarked the end of antiquity, and Islamic merchants supplanted the old merchantsand trading posts that existed, creating an economic lock on trade within theMiddle East and Far East that while trade continued would not be opened upagain in a massive way until the 15th century with the first Portugueseexplorations by sea to the Far East and Western Hemisphere.
As sea power eventually eclipsed the over-land roads, which were frequentlydangerous, prone to caravan robbery, and long-suffering in their ability tobring goods between points, the old roads fell into disuse and the areas wereforgotten as compared with their previous significance. As Peter Hopkirk pointsout in his book, ForeignDevils On the Silk Road, the peoples of the area, who had become very poor,were more than happy to sell artifacts of their culture to adventurers,scientists, and explorers, many who came from Europe and even America and Japanseeking treasure, fame, and fortune during the late 19th and early 20thcentury.
Geopolitical Significance
However, the decline of the ancient Silk Road as a direct does not mean thatthe road itself lacks geopolitical significance, nor that it could notre-emerge as a significant economic force given the proper conditions.
One may consider the case of Marco Polo and hisexpedition to China to visit Kublai Khan in this context. Marco Polo, a wealthyVenetian merchant, famously spent seventeen years away from his home in Genoaliving among the peoples of China and traveling through Persia and Central Asiaduring the 13th century. A trader by nature as Venice was also a great andancient mercantile power, he followed the ancient Silk Road paths on histravels. Other great missionaries from the similar period, such as Blessed John ofMontecorvino, traveled the same roads to Xijiang, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan,where he preached the gospel and it is said he made tens of thousands ofconverts to the Catholic Faith, of which many were sadly annihilated under therule of Tamerlane during hisvicious persecutions of all things he believed were an obstacle to his power.
The significance of the Silk Road is directly tied to Mackinder’stheory of world power (youcan read our article about this here). There never was a time that it willnot be significant because the nature of the road is that it was born out ofnatural geographic divisions that translated into physical structures overseenby various empires. The empires and peoples would change, but the land wouldnot and so the road would remain and if unused, its potential could remain tobe exploited by those able to adapt the available technologies to bring aboutits revival.
It is sort of like the seas. St.Brendan, the Irish missionary, is said to have sailed on a raft toNewfoundland and as far south as North Carolina before returning to Ireland. Hewas carried by the ocean currents, which guided his travels. Those currentsexisted before him, as they have always existed, and while the people canchange, the usefulness of those currents remains for those who could exploitthem with the technologies they have available.
Mega Railroads
Recently, Goldman Sachs announced they were following China into Kazakhstan,with major investments into into the railway industry:
It’s not for the long freezing winters or the haute cuisine, but GoldmanSachs is heading to Astana, the capital of the ex-Soviet republic ofKazakhstan.
Goldman announced on October 1 that it was joining the Astana InternationalExchange(AIX). Kazakhstan’s reformist-minded financial market is the first ofits kind in Central Asia and counts the Shanghai Stock Exchange and China’sSilk Road Fund as shareholders, and the Nasdaq as a technology partner. Goldmandid not respond to requests for comment about how much they’ve invested, buttheir press office confirmed their entry into one of one of the hottest marketsin Eurasia. FTSE and MSCI do not yet consider KZ an emerging market.
Goldman Sachs bought 108,480 ordinary shares of the Astana stock market,meaning they own 4.1% of AIX . But just in case this pie-in-the-sky exchangedoesn’t work out according to plan, they also entered into a 5-year put optionagreement with the one-year-old Astana International Financial Center (AIFC)Authority as insurance.
The Astana International Financial Center is AIX’s home. It is a symbol ofmodern, pro-Western, pro-capitalist Kazakhstan. Reminiscent of Disney’sspherical Epcot Center, it was built as part of last year’s World Expo 2017held in Kazakhstan.
AIFC is perhaps the final signature project of Kazakh president NursultanNazarbayev. Foreign bond investors like him because he has taken on anambitious modernization campaign to make the country more competitive throughinvestment in human capital and diversify away from natural resources. Kazakhbonds are investment grade.
There is nothing like this in the former Soviet Republics, especially inCentral Asia. The 78-year-old Nazarbayev says he plans on making Kazakhstan oneof the 30 top most-developed countries in the world by 2050. It remains astandout. In the latest Doing Business report by the World Bank, KZ beatsRussia.
I was told that AIFC is sort of a bootstrapping exercise, not unlike whatSingapore accomplished decades ago. Every European investor with money in KZgives it at least an A for effort, but execution is a different matter.
During the Astana Economic Forum in May, the general consensus among thebusiness community there was that the Center seems like a great idea—anundeniably good opportunity for high finance and big multinationals. Butconcern remains over how AIFC’s success will translate to the small and midsizebusiness owner’s living outside of Astana.
“One of our main goals is the development of the economy of Kazakhstan andthe region,” AIFC’s manager Ayan Adilbekov told me. It’s billed as the Kazakh21st-century commercial center; with nonfinancial companies and fintech firmslike Finclusion from Thailand and U.K.-based Paysend setting up offices there.
The AIFC jurisdiction is based on U.K. law. It brings companies into thefold via tax breaks, including for small and mid-sized operations that canactually move their operations there. So far, some 80 companies are registeredwithin the AIFC, which is like a country within a country in terms of bothlegal and fiscal benefits.
Chinese finance currently dominates the scene. The China Development Bank,China International Capital Corporations, Hong Kong Securities and ShenwanHongyuan Securities of Hong Kong are there. A subsidiary of Russia’s Lukoil isone of the official members of the AIFC.
But China is still where the action is.
Kazakhstan is the Central Asia buckle of China’s Belt and Road initiative ,receiving hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure investmentsranging from railroads to oil pipelines and a dry port along its border to shipgoods by rail into Europe.
The AIX–Shanghai Stock Exchange partnership makes investing in Kazakhstanthat much easier for Chinese stakeholders waiting for Nazarbayev’sprivatization plans to kick in.
“We have access to China’s capital pools and liquidity,” says Adilbekov.
Meanwhile, Nasdaq worked with AIX on trading systems and technologies thatwill make the young AIX work like a modern exchange. AIX allows KZ localsaccess to global brokers that meet the usual legal requirements. Nasdaq hassimilar setups in Lithuania.
AIFC did not respond to questions about the government’s privatizationplans, however. This is likely one of the key reasons why Goldman is involvedin the exchange, to get a first look at the opening up of new state-ownedenterprises to foreign investors.
Kazakhstan’s population is smaller than that of Shanghai, with just around18 million inhabitants. Per capita income in dollars is around $8,500, about$1,000 less than Brazil, according to Focus Economics.
Its unemployment rate sits at around 5%, with real interest rates close to3%. The country’s public debt as a percentage of GDP is just 26%, compared toaround 80% for Brazil and Argentina, though its economy—still heavily relianton hydrocarbons—is not as diverse as either of them. By comparison, at least,as a smallish frontier market, it has one of the more exciting free-marketprojects out there.
There is a chance that the reformist-minded Nazarbayev government gives KZ aboost in terms of market prowess; a market which is still all about extractionindustries and speculative-grade corporate bonds. Everyone sees it as the bestof the “Stans,” those majority Muslim, mostly secular ex-Soviet nations justsouth of Russia.
Washington likes Kazakhstan. President Nazarbayev visited in January and metwith President Trump, and his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoev followedsuit in May. Both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan announced U.S. private-sector dealsworth around $15 billion following those meetups.
Like the Russians, KZ’s central bank has been tasked with fixing the strugglingbanking sector and cleaning up the financial system. They’ve closed three lowerlevel banks this year.
AIFC’s success is linked with the health of Kazakhstan’s economy andfinancial markets. State lenders dominate everything, making it harder forcertain sectors of the economy, especially small and midsize businesses, to getloans from the big banks. It seems they are aware of this.
“We need to enhance the efficiency of managing pension assets and socialinsurance system resources, and effectively develop alternative financial toolslike a securities market, and insurance,” Nazarbayev said in a State of theCountry address on October 5.
That’s the long game for Astana, which is better than no game at all.
“AIFC [will] play a pivotal role in providing business with foreigninvestment and access to capital,” Nazarbayev said.
If Kazakhstan’s financial center and the AIX succeeds, that’s an opportunityfor Goldman Sachs, freezing winters aside. (source,source)
It’s not just the Chinese that are looking to invest in Kazakhstan. It isalso the US, who is putting up a lot of funding with China in what KazakhPresident Nurbayev is calling the new Silk Road:
China’s “Beltand Road” investments in Kazakhstan are paying off, allowing theCentral Asian country to promote itself as an attractive market for the U.S.and other global investors.
During a Jan. 16 visit to the White House, Kazakh President NursultanNazarbayev declared a “new era of relations” between the two countries. Thatafternoon, U.S. companies signed 20 commercial contracts with Kazakhstan worth$7.5 billion at a business roundtable.
One of three areas of collaboration named in a jointpress statementis agriculture, where Kazakhstan’strade with China is growing. Produce grown in the central Asian countrytravels into China through railroads and inland “ports” built as part of themassive regional development program Beijing launched five years ago.
“The Kazakhs have been more successful opening up the agriculture market inChina to Kazakhstan for wheat, vegetables and beef than others have been,” saidDavid Merkel, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a U.S.-basedthink tank. He is also on the board of trustees of Nazarbayev University inAstana, Kazakhstan.
“Now because of the infrastructure built out because of the [Belt and RoadInitiative], they have the market to be looked at more favorably forinvestments,” Merkel said.
The Kazakhs, he added, are using their success in accessing the Chinesemarket as “leverage to say to U.S. investors, ‘Invest in Kazakhstan, not justfor the Kazakh market but also the Chinese market and what’s beyond China.’” (source,source)
Below is a map of the new “Silk Road” proposed in the agreement. Compare itwith the second map below (also earlier in the article) of the rough route ofthe ancient Silk Road:
If one looks carefully at the route, which passes by the Caspian andremnants of the Aral Sea, one will note that the route is almost exactlythe same as it is in ancient times, with the possibility of skirtingnear to or just outside the reach of Kyrgyzstan, a country that few haveheard of in the US and is, as far as economics is concerned, an irrelevantbackwater in the recesses of the world. But this was not so once upon a time,for Kyrgyzstan was a central crossing point for millenia on the ancient SilkRoad from China to the Middle East and Europe, and her geopolitical location isjust as important then as it is being recognized for again today.
Kyrgyzstan, a small Muslim nation but generally secular with Islam as littlemore than a cultural dressing, and she is regularly involved in violentborder disputes with her neighbors. She is the closest ally of Russiawithin Central Asia, but is also close to the US, as she is the only country inCentral Asia which Americans can visit without needing to obtain a VISA, andthe same applies for much of Western Europe. Kyrgyzstan is also working on arailroad project with China that will stretch through her neighbor ofUzbekistan, bringing the landlocked nation to the Caspian Sea and due to herproximity with the railway being worked on by Kazakhstan will naturally connectthe two lines.
This “railway diplomacy” was picked up by the Jamestown Institute, the samegroup behind the “Russia inDecline” project that I have written about and lists it as a criticalproject for the future of Central Asia, and that it will connect Afghanistanand Pakistan to the region, thus having the potential to bring the entire Hindusubcontinent into that part of the world:
An official delegation from Uzbekistan, led by Foreign Minister AbdulazizKamilov, visited Pakistan on November 1–2. Kamilov and his retinue werereceived by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and held meetings with ForeignMinister Mahmood Qureshi as well as the host country’s top military brass. Inthe discussions with Pakistani officials, the Uzbekistani foreign ministerproposed several ground-breaking initiatives, including a railroad connectionbetween the two countries that would pass through Afghanistan (The New IndianExpress, November 2).
The proposal to build a rail link to Pakistan came one month afterUzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyaev traveled to India, on October 1. InDelhi, the Uzbekistani head of state invited his hosts to partner in implementinganother trans-Afghan railway project, connecting the Afghan cities ofMazar-I-Sharif and Herat. Uzbekistan’s government pledged $500 million from itsown funds for this important railway line, which, if realized, will become theshortest transit route to the Iranian port of Chabahar. The Indian governmentdid not immediately agree, however, and is taking its time to consider theUzbekistani proposal (The Hindu, September 28; Review.uz, October 30).
Trans-Afghan railway plans have existed for many years and currently arepart of the Uzbekistani government’s new strategy of developing all-roundcooperation with Afghanistan (see EDM, June 27, 2017; December 13, 2017). Tofacilitate trade, Uzbekistan’s authorities halved transit fees for Afghanrailway coaches and trucks in addition to signing a landmark transit agreementwith this country, allowing greater access for Afghan goods to Uzbekistan andother Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) markets (Eadaily.com, January24, 2018). Bilateral discussions on creating a free trade zone between the twocountries have also begun (Podrobno.uz July 12).
Moreover, Uzbekistan has been encouraging other fellow CIS countries to useits railway connections with Afghanistan. During Russian President VladimirPutin’s recent visit to Uzbekistan, on October 19–20 (see EDM, October 22),President Mirziyaev invited Russian companies to open their manufacturing andprocessing units in Uzbekistan to penetrate the Afghan market (YouTube, October19).
This invitation could be considered an encouraging new development, showingthat the Uzbekistani-Russian strategic dialogue over the situation inAfghanistan might be slowly moving beyond solely security matters. Putin alsopraised Uzbekistan’s moves to help achieve peace and stability in Afghanistanthrough direct talks between the Taliban and Afghan government, which could behosted in Tashkent (YouTube, October 19).
As a result of the Uzbek-Russian Business Forum, held during Putin’s visitto Uzbekistan, one of the largest Russian wheat exporting companies, THSiberian Giant, announced plans to set up a processing center in southernSurhandarya province, Uzbekistan, with an eye toward the Afghan market(Sputniknews-uz.com, October 22). In a similar fashion, Belarus’s President AlyaksandrLukashenka, during his visit to Tashkent last September, expressed interest inpartnering with Uzbekistan to export Belarusian agricultural equipment toAfghanistan (Podrobno.uz, September 13).
Uzbekistan already implemented a number of vital infrastructure and energyprojects in Afghanistan in the past and is arguably Afghanistan’s only neighborwith which the government in Kabul does not currently have any irritants inbilateral relations. Having said that, however, in the broader geopolitical contextthat involves outside powers vying for influence in Afghanistan, Uzbekistandoes not presently wield much strategic influence over developments in thisstrategically important neighboring country. Perhaps as a result, ZalmayKhalilzad, the United States’ Special Representative to AfghanistanReconciliation, did not include Uzbekistan in his first regional tour, whichrecently took him to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar andSaudi Arabia—traditionally considered influential power-brokers vis-à-vis Kabul(State.gov, October 3).
The importance of linkages to world markets cannot be overestimated fordouble-landlocked Uzbekistan. Various studies have repeatedly concluded thatinsufficient development of physical interregional infrastructure is among themain reasons for the high cost of trade between Central Asia and other regions.The magnitude of the high cost faced by the economies of Central Asia in globaltrade is comparable only with landlocked countries in Africa (Forbes.kz, October27).
Trans-Afghan railway lines concy is working on these days. The long-elusiveChina–Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan railway is another important and actively pursuedlinkage (Uza.uz, August 11). Currently, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan areworking on its implementation, and the recent warming in relations betweenTashkent and Bishkek (see EDM, September 18, 2017; October 17, 2017) hasinjected some cautious optimism that the three countries will finally be ableto reach an agreement. Nevertheless, this cautious optimism has to reckon witha set of challenges that still lie ahead for this railway line’simplementation. (source,source)
Within three weeks after this piece was published by the JamestownInstitute, Russia met with Kyrgyzstan officials to discuss further railroadbuilding projects (source, source).
As I and Ted have continually written about, there are major projects underway to build massive railway networks accompanied by oil pipelines going fromEurope and Turkey all the way into Central Asia, which would then naturallyconnect with those lines. Japan is also working aggressively to build her ownrailway networks with US help, going through China and connecting to the linesinto Central Asia.
If you have not read ourarticles on the railway networks, please click here and here toread them, as they provide critical information on the western aspect ofconstructing these networks.
If one looks at a map of the ancient Silk Road, it becomes immediatelyobvious that the “ancient world” as it is known is making a major revival withthe rebirth of the Silk Road, this time with bullet trains as the new caravans,able to transport goods and people in mass with rapid speed between East andWest.
As I noted above, economic precedes political control, and in the example ofDade County, GA, the little Georgia county that fought the government fordecades but was finally forced into federal control by the construction ofmajor roads that have permanently reshaped its destination, Central Asia ismuch the same way. Once a major area of commerce relegated to isolation, thenew “Silk Road” by the construction of major railways will leave a permanentchange in the area, as it will invite the massive influx of people to theregion that will bring about an economic revival but also a reborn politicalcontrol of the region through those who control the financial and economicpower in the area.
Returning to Mackinder’s theory, it is out of Central Asia that almost allmajor world empires have historically emerged. It is also believed by theGermans, Turks, and Japanese that they share a common history born from theSteppes of Central Asia in the lands around the Caspian, known as the Turanianbasin. Pan-Turanism,or the calling of all of these said peoples together under the unity of “bloodand soil” is taking place as we speak, and even major world governments, suchas that of Hungary, are goingto Central Asia to open up relations on the basis of this, let alone themajor economic ties one can see being brought about between the powers.
Eurasian century, and the new master race
Alexander Dugin, one of the close advisers for President Putin, has oftenspoken of a “Eurasian century” to define the 21st century. China has alsospoken about this, talking about the future of uniting East and West. This isfar more than just economic commerce brought about by railroads, but aboutspecific racial ideologies and the destiny of the human race as is believed bythe current and upcoming voices of eugenicists.
Years ago when the refugee crisis first emerged, I discussed a man by thename of Count Richard Cloudenhove von Kalergi. A Habsburg nobleman of mixedJapanese descent, he believed that the man of the “future” will be one of“mixed races”, as he notes in his book “Practical Idealism:
The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of todaywill gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice.The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the AncientEgyptians, will replace the current diversity of peoples and the diversity ofindividuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will,refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as aleading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It’s notsurprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became thespiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europecreated a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudalaristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actionstaken by the French Revolution]
World War III and a possibly scarier future
As I have noted before, the movements in the financial world indicate thatthe conditions for a major world war are being set up right now. However, thisis not something that one should be surprised about, as ithas been desired since the 1950s according to declassified CIA documents,and is directly tied to Operation Gladio, the 20th century variant of theBritish “Great Game” against Russia, and is meant to reduce Russia to a seriesof warring, vassal states.
But is the destruction of Russia the final end game, or is it somethinglarger? According to declassified CIA documents from 1954, it noted on thebasis of a Soviet operative that the USSR did not want a Third World Warbecause they believed it would be an opportunity for the Soviet satelliterepublics to break away:
It notes that a resistance would be “impossible” in Siberia due to thesituation of the people, but that was almost 70 years ago when this waswritten. Due to the continual decline of Russia caused by internal problems andsocial problems, the nation is very weak while the Turkic peoples of Siberiaand the Central Asian republics, while also weak, are the only segments of theRussian population reproducing with more than 2 children per family, and eventhe lowest regions still have more than the average Russian family. This ishappening at a time when there is also a large migration from Central Asia intoparts of Russia.
It is completely possible at this point, given the situation of Russia, thatin a major global conflict involving the US and either Germany, Turkey, orJapan, and absolutely so involving all four, that Russia would lose because shelacks the physical capability to defend herself. Germany is actively planningfor a war against Russia, which is the reason why she has been working soardently with the US and Turkey at setting up gas lines from the Caspian Sea toEurope, as she is attemptingto avoid a Battle of Stalingrad scenario that she faced in World War II.
In another document from the CIA archives, the Peron government of Argentinain 1948 was asked about a Third World War between the US and Russia, and thegovernment responded that in the event of this happening, it would be“ideological” instead of based on “political and material interests”:
What specific “ideology” could this be? Communism versus “Capitalism”? Orcould it be something deeper than even what Mr. Mariategui could have seen?
Carr’s Forgery, Freemasonry, and a New Pagan Order
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased. Uponhim I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry out, nor shout, nor make his voice heard in the street. Abruised reed* he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench.He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow dim or be bruiseduntil he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for histeaching.
Thus says God, the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, whospread out the earth and its produce, Who gives breath to its people and spiritto those who walk on it:
I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand, Iformed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, light for the nations, toopen the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and fromthe dungeon, those who live in darkness. -Isaiah 42:1-7
In the New Testament, Jesus warned His disciples that when He returns, willHe “find faith on the Earth?” This statement seems to imply a future apostasyfrom the true Faith, and as with all apostasy, it eventually in final formleads a man to return to the very paganism that Christ came to rescue him from,except that instead of man never having received the Gospel before, he hassince had the chance to receive it and has instead chosen to reject it.
What must be made clear here is that what is being proposed is the exactopposite of what Christ came to restore. Christ brought order from chaos, freedman from the eternal debt owed to God by his sinful actions, and showed man thetrue way to God, healing the wounds between the brothers Ham, Shem, andJapheth, castigating those who called themselves “chosen” because of any innateor associated characteristics, and showing them the meaning of true service,that all men are equal in the eyes of God, that all possess functions ofdignity before God and man, and that true service to God is not found in thepossession of material things, but in obedience to His commands, perfecting thewords of the Old Testament, where God angrily calls Israel “Sodom” and“Gomorrah,” and He says to them through Isaiah:
Hear the word of the LORD, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction ofour God, people of Gomorrah!
What do I care for the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD. I havehad enough of whole-burnt rams and fat of fatlings; In the blood of calves,lambs, and goats I find no pleasure.
When you come to appear before me, who asks these things of you? Trample mycourts no more! To bring offerings is useless; incense is an abomination to me.New moon and sabbath, calling assemblies— festive convocations with wickedness—these I cannot bear.
Your new moons and festivals I detest; they weigh me down, I tire of theload. When you spread out your hands, I will close my eyes to you; Though youpray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood!
Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; ceasedoing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hearthe orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be likescarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, theymay become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land; Butif you refuse and resist, you shall be eaten by the sword: for the mouth of theLORD has spoken! – Isaiah 1:10-20
If one was to look at the words of the Lord, and the example of history,what would in modern times a world look like that had rejected Christ andreturned to paganism?
Some characteristics are obvious. Human life would be cheap, seen only asvaluable as to its perceived use. The pursuit of the self and one’s own powerand glory would be the focus of life, giving a man over to indulge himself inthe basest of hedonism. There would be people of different ethnic backgrounds,and likely stratified by class on the absolute basis of said backgrounds, withthe “purest” by whatever measure constituted “pure” as the “ruling” class, andthose “impure” forced into progressively lower classes based on their perceived“impurity”. Following in the example of past peoples, there would be attemptsto worship things like God or even to have some men attempt to become like Godwho are then worshiped as God, usually being done by the “rulers” to the“ruled.” Abhorrent practices such as sodomy, abortion, infanticide, and humansacrifice would be seen as normal manifestations of culture and taught to be assuch, without any question over the immoral nature of them at all. It would be,ultimately an attempt to restore the disorder of Nimrod when some of the sonsof Ham, Shem, and Japheth came together in rebellion against God and tried tomake the tower of Babel that they might seek to be like God, and God destroyedtheir tower, confounded their language, and scattered them throughout theEarth.
It is claimed that the famous American Freemason Albert Pike wrote a letterto Freemason and Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini in 1871 discussing a“three world wars” scenario. The history of the letter is dubious, and mostlikely a forgery by W.G. Carr, the first person alleged to have reported it. But, perhaps, wasCarr referring to this in an allegorical sense, similar to what many othershave claimed about books with controversial or objectively untrue ideas?
 “The First World War must be broughtabout in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars inRussia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. Thedivergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between theBritish and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of thewar, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governmentsand in order to weaken the religions.”
It is true that the US/UK and Germany funded the rise of Bolshevism and thedestruction of Russia by Lenin and his hooligans. Christianity was virtuallyexterminated from Russia, and those caught were often times put to death on thespot or sent to Siberia to be worked to death in the camps at Kolyma and otherplaces, known as the “State Camps,” or GULAG.
“The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of thedifferences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must bebrought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism bestrong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During theSecond World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order tobalance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until thetime when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”
It is true that while there were many atrocities committed by Germany, therewas major collaboration between Nazis and Jews, from the philosophyof National Socialism itself to thefinancing of the Nazi party. The US worked not only with the USSR, butwillingly allowed for the USSR to expand into all of Eastern Europe andcontinue her reign of terror against her people.
“The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differencescaused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists andthe leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way thatIslam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel)mutually destroy each other.
Remember, this letter was written in 1952. Islam was scarcely in the publicmind at all, but as we have written about, the US government was planning for aThird World War as early as this time, and was also funding Islamic rebelsthroughout the USSR and in other parts of the world as a part of OperationGladio, creating “stay behind” groups as a part of an anti-Russian geopoliticalstrategy that involved often times supporting Islamic terrorist groups such aswith Operation Cyclone.
Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will beconstrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual andeconomical exhaustion… We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and weshall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will showclearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery andof the most bloody turmoil.
Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against theworld minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers ofcivilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with christianity, whose deisticspirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for anideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the truelight through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer,brought finally out in the public view.
This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement whichwill follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered andexterminated at the same time. (source)
It is a curious observation that in recent times, there has been a continualdecline in Christianity, stemming from the apostasy beginning in the yearsfollowing World War II, and at the same time a rise in the support of bothatheism and even more recently, an “anti-atheism” movement, while there is anincreasing interest in “spirituality” that is little different from a new formof paganism.
It is important to remember that Carr’s letter should not be lookedat as a historical document, but as one man’s allegory for what he concluded,based on his readings about how the future may look. It is to encapsulate thespirit of a movement in the context of history rather than an actual movementor historical record itself. 
Returning to Astana
Looking at the design of Astana, one can see that clearly it bears asemblance to things found in Freemasonry. However, the question is not if “theFreemasons” are involved in Astana itself or not, because it is what theconcept of Freemasonry represents, which is the rebellion against God and the establishmentof a naturalistic order in a modern version of what Nimrod and the sons of Ham,Shem, and Japheth attempted to do at Bable thousands of years ago.
There is no accident for the focus on Central Asia, as the rebuilding of thenew Silk Road is as much an attempt to revive a real and true economic corridoras it is to instill political and social control in the area as it is tied tothe particular concepts of pagan racial supremacy and power and attempting torevive them in what seems to be future plans for an attempt to bring about anew, pagan world order defined by all of the evils that Christ came to fight.
It is said that order is brought about through chaos, and given the knowndesires of the Turkic peoples in Central Asia and Russia towards independenceand rebellion, encouraged by the Americans and rightfully suppressed anddiscouraged by the Russians, as is documented by the CIA could be realizedthrough a war. This would not be to benefit the peoples, but to subjugate themin a different manner, by billionaires and businessmen in suits instead ofdirect government force. For the Americans, it would be to eliminate their maingeopolitical competitor, for her allies in Germany, Turkey, and Japan, it wouldbe the ability to converge together into the heart of what would be landsformerly under Russian control in the name of Turanian racial unity, and forall it would be the opportunity to apply principles of eugenics in the name of“creating a better world.” It is possible that, as is was predicted that WorldWar III would be based not on economic needs but particular ideologies, thatsuch a war would be a tool to wipe out possibly a large part of the human raceand then, from the ashes of destruction, to have birthed anew a pagan phoenixand the call for, as in what happened after World War I with the League ofNations and after World War II with the United Nations, a call for a “unitedworld” of sorts but this time rooted in the same pagan humanistic,anti-Christian, anti-God teachings exemplified by  the Freemason rebellionduring the 18th century. In an ironic twist of the preternatural, it would bethe application of nationalism to bring about a new form of globalism worsethan the previous form
The Bible predicted the philosophy of such men in the words of Wisdom 2:
For, not thinking rightly, they said among themselves: “Brief and troubledis our lifetime; there is no remedy for our dying, nor is anyone known to havecome back from Hades.
For by mere chance were we born, and hereafter we shall be as though we hadnot been; Because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason a spark fromthe beating of our hearts, And when this is quenched, our body will be ashesand our spirit will be poured abroad like empty air.
Even our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will recall our deeds.So our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and will be dispersedlike a mist pursued by the sun’s rays and overpowered by its heat.
For our lifetime is the passing of a shadow; and our dying cannot bedeferred because it is fixed with a seal; and no one returns. Come, therefore,let us enjoy the good things that are here, and make use of creation withyouthful zest. Let us have our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let nospringtime blossom pass us by; let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before theywither.
Let no meadow be free from our wantonness; everywhere let us leave tokens ofour merriment, for this is our portion, and this our lot (Wisdom 2:1-9)
In that sense, the French Revolution never actually ended, for it was a warto bring about rebellion against God, His Church, and all order in the name ofestablishing a dictatorship of man. During the 19th century it was the “wars ofindependence” in Europe and the Americas that were directly influenced by thelodge or indirectly by its ideals. In the 20th century, it began with World WarI that destroyed much of the systems of order established for almost twomillenia in Europe, and that was finished off by World War II. In thisChristianity survived, but it was systematically ripped out from its places ofoccupation or relegated to a place of social isolation separate from the moralethos of society, creating a social contradiction that would force a man tochoose between his faith and mere existence in the current society under asemblance of normalcy, and most would elect to follow the latter instead of theformer because of the rigor involved.
Could it be that World War III is the catalyst for bringing about notdestruction, but the birth of paganism?

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Tehran Sinking Into the Earth: Divine Retribution?

“They went down alive into Sheol, with all that belonged to them; the earth closed over them and they vanished from the midst of the congregation.” Numbers 16:33 (The Israel Bible™)

Scientists warned that Iran, the arch enemy of Israel, is in danger of suffering a fate explicitly described in the Bible as being reserved for the evil: being swallowed up by the earth. Though it is impossible to ascribe divine intentions onto such events, some rabbis emphasized that such a phenomenon requires an attempt to understand God’s will.

Satellite images recently revealed that Tehran, the capital of Iran, is sinking into the earth at a rate of 10 inches per year. Geoscientists Mahdi Motagh and Mahmud Haghshenas Haghighi from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam used satellite data to monitor subsidence across the Tehran region between 2003 and 2017. Their study, reported in Nature magazine, determined that roughly 10% of the city is affected, as well as areas adjacent to the city. Part of the cause is the drying up of aquifers for agriculture and drinking water for the city’s 13 million residents.

Nature reported that fissures several miles in length and several yards deep have opened up in the land to the southeast of Tehran. Such fissures endanger railroad tracks, roads, bridges, oil and gas pipelines, high-voltage electricity lines and buildings. It also disturbs irrigation, sometimes making agriculture impossible in previously arable regions. Another sinking zone is threatening to engulf Tehran’s airport.

Though this phenomenon referred to as ‘subsidence’ is a problem in many parts of the world, Tehran is among the worst cases. Efforts to restore the aquifers have been hampered by illegal wells, droughts and large dams which prevent the underground water sources from being replenished. Researchers fear that the effects are irreversible and the ground has lost its porosity.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-days author, believes Tehran’s dilemma is clearly divine intervention but added a strong disclaimer.

“Everything that happens in the world is divine intervention,” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News. “But we absolutely cannot ascribe a specific meaning to it. One day it could be Tehran sinking and the next it could be a city in California. The judgments are for God to make.”

Without usurping God’s role as judge, Rabbi Winston believes that the hand of God can frequently be revealed by a close inspection of history.

“We don’t always know why things happen but when we look back we can frequently see that some events we thought were insignificant were actually small sparks that set off a large explosion,” he said. ‘What is true is that anti-Semitism is always followed by economic depression and frequently by disaster.”

He noted that even without taking into account God’s wrath for Iran’s treatment of Israel, their difficulty could trace to their relations with the Holy Land.

“Iran had a problem with water. In June, Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Israeli water technology to Iran,” Rabbi Winston said. “But they wouldn’t take anything from ‘the Zionists.’ This anti-Semitism clearly made their current problem worse.”

“The Iranian people are victims of a cruel and tyrannical regime that denies them vital water. Israel stands with the people of Iran,” the Israeli Prime Minister said at the time.

This sentiment of helping the people of Iran, despite the intent of the regime to destroy Israel, was also addressed by Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, an Israeli mystic with thousands of followers. In his weekly sermon last week, Rabbi Ben Artzi emphasized that God operates in the world via nature.

“God is hidden in the world but operates through the natural forces that he created,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “Through fire, earthquakes, winds, volcanoes – through every natural force. This is how God operates for countries, but for the individual, he works through his body.”

This was particularly true of Iran, the rabbi said.

“Every time Iran rises up against Israel, it will get hit by Hashem (God, literally ‘the name’),” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “Hit hard,” he emphasized.

But Rabbi Ben Artzi noted a difficulty with ascribing divine wrath focused on Iran.

“Ninety percent of the people love the Jews and Israel,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “They hate the regime that is currently in power in Iran. They want to overturn their government and this will happen. There will be a revolution in Iran.”

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, believes Iran’s current difficulties are a clear message their government should heed.

“It makes me happy to hear that Iran is having this problem,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “Not that I, God forbid, wish the people of Iran harm. There are enough reasons for them to disappear into the ground but the way this is coming into the world, as a gradual process, gives the people a chance to do tshuva (repentance) in order to avert disaster.”

He noted that this was the case with the Biblical story of Korach in the desert, who spoke out against Moses and Aaron.

And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their households, all Korach‘s people and all their possessions. Numbers 16:32

“Since the Holocaust, there has not been any nation that has declared their intention to destroy the Jewish people like Iran has,” Rabbi Berger said. “Anyone who speaks out this way, wanting to wipe out another nation, Hashem will cause the earth to swallow them up. Everything they think that makes them great as a nation will simply disappear.”

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Netanyahu: Israel is Bulwark Against Iranian Take-Over of Middle East

By JNS December 10, 2018 , 11:28 am

Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet. Ezekiel 38:5 (The Israel Bible™)

Israel will prevent Iran from using cross-border tunnels from Lebanon as a “weapon of aggression” against it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News on Thursday, two days after the Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and neutralize ‎terror tunnels dug by Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.

The interview was held just hours after Netanyahu toured Israel’s northern border with reporters and diplomats. Excerpts were aired on Saturday.

Asked about Iran and the threat it posed together with Hezbollah, Netanyahu said: “They want not only to conquer all Muslims who don’t share their faith or subjugate and kill them, [but also] go against all the infidels. And guess who the great Satan is? The U.S. And who the small Satan is? Israel. We just happen to be closer.”

“We are just preventing them from taking over the Middle East, they are trying to mask their campaign to get nuclear weapons; that has to be stopped,” he said.

Netanyahu stressed that the cross-border tunnels that Israel has discovered, and is working to neutralize, dug from Lebanon into Israeli territory, underscore Iran’s efforts to target Israel before it acquires nuclear weapons.

“The second thing that they want to do is to use their proxies, principally Hezbollah, [as] the forward arm to attack Israel with the goal of destroying it,” Netanyahu continued. “As part of that, Hezbollah is building terror tunnels under Israeli territory; we have known that for several years, [and] a few days ago we tore the mask off, uncovered the first tunnel, and we are going to uncover the rest and deprive Iran of this weapon of aggression.”

“I hope countries will take the U.S.’s lead on this. It [the U.S.]  is bringing a resolution to the General Assembly … daring countries [to] stand up to the truth,” Netanyahu said.

The tunnels are reportedly designed to allow Hezbollah operatives to infiltrate Israel in the event of a war, thus overcoming the border barriers Israel has placed above ground. The military has not disclosed how ‎many tunnels snake ‎‎into Israeli territory from ‎Lebanon or how long the ‎‎operation is going to last. The Israeli operation has been limited to Israeli territory.

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Germany’s Historical Ally In Hungary In Talks With Azerbaijan To Host Major Turkish Gas Pipeline

 

By Andrew Bieszad on December 3, 2018 in Featured, General

Major news has been taking place in the oil and gas industry as Azerbaijan has been working with Turkey and her NATO allies to build what is the most comprehensive, interconnected series of pipelines yet constructed going from the oil sands of Baku and the Turanian Basin to Europe. These lines pose a direct threat to Russia not merely in her status as a veritable monopoly gas supplier to Europe, but that they represent a US-German plan to cut Russia off from her own backyard gas supplies with the anticipation of a major conflict in the future. The race to build the railways and pipelines by NATO and the race for Russia to build her own pipelines and stop their moves is the direct preparatory work leading up to a third major global European conflict.

Turkey recently announced two major oil projects, the first being the opening of the TurkStream pipeline from Ukraine under the Black Sea to Turkey, and the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, called TANAP, going from Azerbaijan to Greece, then crossing under the Adriatic Sea to Naples before heading into Central Europe:

Israel also announced her own pipeline from the Golan Heights that connects with TANAP on the Greek-Albanian border, a project which is being directed by a company directly tied to the CIA and major international banking families:

If one looks at a map of TANAP, one sees a grey dotted line for something called the Nabucco Pipeline, which was a proposed line from Turkey through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and into Austria but the project was aborted in 2013:

The Nabucco Pipeline may be a past project, but the principle of running a pipeline on the same route is still alive, as evidenced by a recent meeting between Azerbaijan and Hungary in which they are proposing to build another pipeline on the same route, except this time called the “Southern Gas Corridor”:

Southern Gas Corridor project (SGC), which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, is important for Hungary in terms of diversification, Hungarian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Viktor Szederkenyi told Trend.

“For Hungary energy security is a priority. So we actively seek opportunities for diversification of the energy flow, especially natural gas imports. Azerbaijani gas is a real alternative and as such it will be in our focus when looking at diversification options. The Southern Gas Corridor is important for us to diversify the sources and directions as well, so we examine this project as a good option,” said the envoy.

Szederkenyi said Hungary appreciates the role of Azerbaijan which initiated this big project and will supply it with gas.

“One of the tasks now is linking Hungary to the Southern Gas Corridor through interconnectors between the countries in our region. Through the TAP and TANAP projects Azerbaijani gas will be commercially available on the European markets – this is great news,” said the Hungarian diplomat.

He went on to add that SGC has a strategic relevance.

“Not only Hungary but also all countries of Europe, interested in diversification of their sources of supply, value this. The SGC will allow Europe to diversify natural gas sources and transport routes and it changes the energy balance in South-Eastern Europe. This strengthens the openness of the European energy market and the actual competitive position,” noted Szederkenyi.

The diplomat said it is also important that the Southern Gas Corridor can be extended by new users and source countries in the future.

“In addition, the success of SGC can be used in cooperation in other areas, such as alternative energy, environmental issues and so on,” he said.

Southern Gas Corridor envisages transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

On May 29, Baku hosted the launch ceremony of the first phase of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor – from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.

The Southern Gas Corridor project aims to increase and diversify European energy supply by bringing gas resources from the Caspian Sea to markets in Europe. The Southern Gas Corridor comprises the following four projects: (i) operation of Shah Deniz natural gas-condensate field (“SD1” project) and its full-field development (“SD2′” project), (ii) the operation of the South Caucasus Pipeline (“SCP” project) and its expansion (“SCPX” project), (iii) the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (“TANAP” project) and (iv) the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (“TAP” project) (SD2, SCPX, TANAP and TAP collectively, the “Projects”).

The Projects have an estimated investment cost of approximately $40 billion.

Upon completion, the SD2 project will add a further 16 bcm of natural gas per annum to 10.9 bcma (maximum production capacity) already produced under SD1 project.

Total length of the newly constructed SCPX, TANAP and TAP pipelines will be around 3,206 kilometers. (source, source)

Notice that in both photos of the TANAP pipelines, at no point do any of those lines cross into Serbia even though she is one of the neighboring countries. The reason for this is that while Serbia is comparatively very weak, and outside of economic or other geographical considerations, she has been and still technically is an ally of Russia and her strongest ally in the Balkans.

The reason why Hungary wants this pipeline is for more than “security,” because Hungary is a historical ally of both Germany and Turkey and has been for centuries. Turanian nationalism is strong in Hungary because the Hungarian people descent from the Huns, and while Europeanized originally came from Altaic plains. It is why their language is only one of three in Europe that is of Turkic origins (the other two being Estonian and Finnish, as both peoples are also considered Turkic) outside of the Turkish language itself.

Hungarian President Viktor Orban made himself an international star for his comments against “migrants” and in favor of nationalism, but Orban’s education was also directly funded by George Soros’ Soros Foundation, and he was tutored by Soros fellow Zbignew Pelczynski. Orban will speak against one person or initiative in public, yet in private he will go and support them as a close ally.

Orban has spoken out against Turkey and for “Christian Europe” many times, yet here Orban’s government is shown worked with Azerbaijan, which means by extension he is also talking with Turkey, and Turkey and Azerbaijan are close allies and Azerbaijan’s ability to transport said oil depends on Turkey’s cooperation, about extending the Turkish oil pipeline into his own nation. Such an action will not support “Christian Europe,” but if anything will drive the Turco-Teutonic war machine to wage war against Russia and Christianity in the name of the same racist, pagan nationalism that put Jesus to death at Calvary.

In the future, Hungary should not be looked at as an “ally,” but as a nation who, out of the same nationalistic impulses and guided by her past friendships, will stand with pagans and Muslims to help persecute Christians.

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Lebanese Army On High Alert As Israel Launches ‘Operation Northern Shield’ To Destroy Complex Network of Hezbollah Underground Tunnels

The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield overnight on Monday to expose and destroy cross-border attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, along the Lebanon border and into northern Israel. The operation will be led by Strick and will include troops from the Combat Engineering Corps, the Intelligence Branch, as well as the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT) will take part.

by Geoffrey Grider December 4, 2018

The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday, launching Operation Northern Shield to protect Israel from cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah.

Since 2012, terror group Hezbollah has had a plan they call ‘Conquering the Galilee‘, and it is basically what you would think it is. It is the endless and ongoing operation by Islamic terrorists to drive the Jews into the sea, and destroy Israel once and for all.

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

Now obviously Hezbollah forces are no match for the Israeli army in an all-out war, not even close. But they don’t fight all-out war, they engage in guerilla-style warfare. One of the sneakiest and most deadly tactics Hezbollah has are the far-reaching underground tunnels that allows them to travel undetected behind Israeli borders. Once there, they pop up out of the ground and being killing Jews.

Late last night, Israel launched ‘Operation Northern Shield’ with an amazing array of tunnel-busting weapons and machinery designed to neutralize the ability of Hezbollah to attack Israel from beneath. The Lebanese army has been placed on high alert as Operation Northern Shield begins.

IDF OPENS OPERATION NORTHERN SHIELD, DESTROYING HEZBOLLAH TUNNEL FROM LEBANON

FROM THE JPOST: The 2×2 meter tunnel started in a home in southern Lebanon and stretched some 40 meters into Israeli territory, but did not represent an imminent threat to residents in the area, the IDF said. It was built starting from a home in Kfar Kila and took two years to build and had running electricity, the army said.

“The digging of the cross-border attack tunnels that the IDF has discovered, before the attack tunnels became operational and posed an imminent threat to the safety of Israeli civilians, constitutes a flagrant and severe violation of Israeli sovereignty,” said IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis.

The objective of the operation is to expose and neutralize all Hezbollah attack tunnels which have crossed into Israeli territory. The operation will take place all along the “Blue Line,” the name for the international border between Israel and Lebanon and strictly within Israeli territory.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot held a situational assessment in Metullah with OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick, the army said.

The IDF has sent a message to UNIFIL and the Lebanese army that anyone who crosses into Israel risks their life. The IDF said it will not allow anyone to cross into Israel and called on UNIFIL to enforce UN Resolution 1701.

The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield overnight on Monday to expose and destroy cross-border attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, along the Lebanon border and into northern Israel.

The operation will be led by Strick and will include troops from the Combat Engineering Corps, the Intelligence Branch, as well as the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT) will take part.

The military stated that a number of areas close to the security fence with Lebanon, including Metula, have been declared a closed military zone and that it has beefed up troop numbers in the Northern Command ahead of all possible scenarios. No reservists have been called up.

The Lebanese army was  placed on high alert following the IDF’s announcement

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Alaska Rocked By Back-To-Back Earthquakes Just Days After Seismologists Record Unexplained ‘Bell Ringing’ Sound In The Earth

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 also rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000.

by Geoffrey Grider December 1, 2018

Shocking aerial images of shown the devastating impact the earthquakes in Alaska had on the roads and landscape. The tremors that struck the state on early Friday morning decimated stretches of road, and made them impassible

It was only a few weeks ago that seismologists recorded a very unusual bell-like ringing sound emanating from inside the Earth’s core. They had no idea what to make of it and still don’t understand where that uncanny sound originated from. Yesterday, devastating twin earthquakes rocked Alaska so hard a tsunami warning was issued.

While Alaska is still being hit with hundreds of tremors and aftershocks, significant earthquake activity is dramatically on the rise around the world. The question I would like answered is how is all this connected with that weird bell ringing sound? I have a feeling we’re about to find out sooner rather than later.

Dramatic aerial images show devastated Alaska roads cracked by the two earthquakes that rocked the state and sparked a tsunami warning

FROM DAILY MAIL UK: Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 also rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000.

People ran from their offices or took cover under desks. The 5.7 aftershock arrived within minutes, followed by a series of smaller quakes. ‘We just hung onto each other. You couldn’t even stand,’ said Sheila Bailey, who was working at a high school cafeteria in Palmer when the quake struck. ‘It sounded and felt like the school was breaking apart.’

A large section of an off-ramp near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking.

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said he had been told that parts of Glenn Highway, a scenic route that runs northeast out of the city past farms, mountains and glaciers, had ‘completely disappeared.’

Traffic in the three lanes heading out of the city was bumper-to-bumper and all but stopped Friday afternoon as emergency vehicles passed on the shoulder.

The quake broke store windows, knocked items off shelves, opened cracks in a two-story, downtown building, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic. It also threw a full-grown man out of his bathtub.

Flights at the airport were suspended for hours after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower. And the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.

Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage.

Fifteen-year-old Sadie Blake and other members of the Homer High School wrestling team were at an Anchorage school gymnasium for a tournament when the bleachers started rocking and the lights went out. People started running down the bleachers in the dark, trying to get out.

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Seismic Sensors Recorded That Earth Just Rang Like A Bell On November 11th, But Nobody Knows Why It Happened

At the center of the mystery is the tiny island of Mayotte, positioned about halfway between Africa and Madagascar. It’s been subjected to a swarm of earthquakes since May. Most have been minor, but the biggest — on May 8 — was the largest in the islands recorded history, topping at a magnitude of 5.8. But the earthquake swarm had been in decline before the mysterious ringing was detected earlier this month.

by Geoffrey Grider November 29, 2018

Seismic sensors first picked up the event originating near an island between Madagascar and Africa. Then, alarm bells started ringing as far away as Chile, New Zealand and Canada.

The event that seismologists recorded on 11/11/2018 was unusual in many ways. To begin with, two of the three main waveforms that always accompany earthquakes were noticeably absent. Second, this event also lacked the short, sharp cracks that are common in most all earthquakes. But the thing that is puzzling scientists the most is that, instead of the low rumble you get with earthquakes, this event produced an even, low-frequency musical sound like someone had just rang a bell.

“And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.” 1 Samuel 4:5 (KJV)

A quick Google search for ‘what is 11:11‘ returned some very interesting results, everything from the Universe is sending us a message to directing you to make a wish when your clock shows ’11:11’ as the time of day. Maybe this is just a one-off event, meaning very little. The earth is a complex system and it contains many anomalies. But if it happens again, or begins to trend upward, that would lead me to believe something larger might be at play.

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22,23 (KJV)

At some point, in the not too distant future, we will stand on the precipice of the moment where the natural and the supernatural will once again intersect. On whatever day the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church will take place, there will be a day before that, and a week before that, a month before that and so on.

“And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40 (KJV)

As a Bible believer it makes sense to me that, as we get close to that time, God will begin to make His presence known in unusual ways, like say, ringing the Earth like a bell.

Nobody knows why the Earth just rang like a bell

FROM THE NY POST: Hawaii, almost exactly on the other side of the planet, also picked up the “event.” Nobody knows what it was. Meteorite? Submarine volcano? Nuclear test?

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it,” National Geographic reports Columbia University seismologist Göran Ekström as saying. “It doesn’t mean that, in the end, the cause of them is that exotic.”

At the center of the mystery is the tiny island of Mayotte, positioned about halfway between Africa and Madagascar. It’s been subjected to a swarm of earthquakes since May. Most have been minor, but the biggest — on May 8 — was the largest in the islands recorded history, topping at a magnitude of 5.8.

But the earthquake swarm had been in decline before the mysterious ringing was detected earlier this month.

Ekström, who specializes in unusual earthquakes, points out much about the November 11 event was weird. It was as though the planet rang like a bell, maintaining a low-frequency monotone as it spread. Earthquakes, by their very nature, usually register as short-sharp “cracks.”

As tensions in the Earth’s crust suddenly release, pulses of clearly identifiable seismic waves radiate outwards from where the slippage occurs.

The first signal is called a Primary wave: high-frequency compression waves that radiate in bunches. Then comes a Secondary wave: these high-frequency waves tend to “wiggle” more.

Only then comes the surface waves: these slow, deep rumbles tend to linger, and can circle the Earth several times.

The November 11 event is notable in that no Primary or Secondary waves were detected.

All that registered was the deep, resonate surface wave. And it didn’t rumble as an earthquake’s surface wave tends to. Instead, it maintained a much cleaner — almost musical — frequency.

National Geographic reports the French Geological Survey suspects a new volcano may be developing off the coast of Mayotte. While the island was created by volcanic activity, it’s been dormant for more than 4,000 years.

The French believe the weird ringing may have been generated by a movement of magma some 30 miles off the coast and under deep water. This is supported by GPS sensors detecting Mayotte has moved some 2 inches to the southeast in less than five months.

But it’s a poorly mapped region. Exactly what’s beneath the ocean’s can only be guessed at.

Ekström believes the unusually pure signal could have been caused by magma sloshing about inside a chamber, or being forced through a gap in the subsurface rocks. But he’s not certain

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Archaeologists Believe They Have Found A Ring That Belonged To Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor Who Ordered Crucifixion Of Jesus Of Nazareth

The site of Herodium was excavated by Professor Gideon Prester of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1968 to 1969, during which the ring was found at the hilltop palace. Dr. Roi Porat of the Hebrew University headed the exploration of the site’s findings and led the team that worked to clean and examine the ring. Pilate’s name was not considered to be common during this time, and the seal is typical of the status of cavalry in Roman society, which is why the authors of the publication believe it belonged to the prefect.

by Geoffrey Grider November 29, 2018

An inscription on a copper-alloy ring that was found nearly 50 years ago at an excavation near Herodium has been deciphered and could have possibly belonged to Pontius Pilate.

Over 50 years ago, at the site of the ancient Herodium in Israel, a ring was found that dated back to the First Century AD. It bore an inscription that until very recently remained undeciphered. Archaeologists have now been able to decode it, and have found that it bears the words ‘of Pilate’. Interestingly, Pilate was the 5th of the Roman governors, or prefects, in ancient Judea, and 5 is the number of death and judgment in the Bible. So it is fitting that Pilate would be the one to pronounce death upon the innocent Jesus of Nazareth.

“The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” Acts 4:26-28 (KJV)

The Bible tells us that while both Herod and Pontius Pilate were there standing against Jesus, so too were the people of the nation of Israel there to oppose thier king. That opposition continues to this day as you will note in the below article from the JPost. They refuse to give God the glory by using the global standard of BC – which stands for ‘before Christ’, and AD – meaning ‘in the year of our Lord’, when referring to Old and New Testament times, and have changed it to BCE  – ‘before the common era’,  and CE – ‘common era’.

“And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.” Mark 15:2-5 (KJV)

Pray for Israel and the Jewish people, that the scales that cover their spiritual eyes, and that are over their hearts, will be removed and that some might be saved before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble.

INSCRIPTION REVEALED ON JESUS’S KILLER’S RING

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The Roman prefect, who was notoriously credited with the death of Jesus, ruled the Judea province from 26 CE to 36 CE. The inscription, which was published in the latest edition of the Israel Exploration Journal, includes the words “Of Pilate” [πιλατο] on the small seal ring dated to the first century BCE to the mid-first century CE.

It also contains a depiction of a krater, a type of jar that originated in ancient Greece that was used for watering down wine. The newly published article also discusses the typology of ancient representations of kraters in Second Temple Jewish art.

The site of Herodium was excavated by Professor Gideon Prester of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1968 to 1969, during which the ring was found at the hilltop palace. Dr. Roi Porat of the Hebrew University headed the exploration of the site’s findings and led the team that worked to clean and examine the ring.

Pilate’s name was not considered to be common during this time, and the seal is typical of the status of cavalry in Roman society, which is why the authors of the publication believe it belonged to the prefect. Though the ring is simple, it was likely to be used for daily functions, such as signing documents by officials or court staff who would have signed documents in Pilate’s name.

Pilate was the fifth of the Roman prefects in Judea. It is assumed by archaeologists that Pilate used Herodium, originally built in the first century CE by King Herod, as an administrative center.

The ring’s study was led and produced by Malka Hershkovitz and Professor Shua Amorai-Stark, and was co-authored by Gideon Foerster, Yakov Kalman, Rachel Chachy and Porat.

According to ancient historian Josephus and canonical gospel accounts, Pilate lobbied for Jesus to be spared his eventual fate of execution, but eventually gave into public demands for his death. He had famously sought to avoid personal accountability for Jesus’s death, as is seen in the Gospel of Matthew with his symbolic “washing of his hands.”

“And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.” Mark 15:12-14 (KJV)

The only other physical archaeological evidence that confirms Pilate’s existence is a Latin inscription found on a limestone block that is Pilate’s tribute to Tiberius. It was found as a reused block within a staircase at the Roman theater in Caesarea, and is now housed at the Israel Museum. The inscription on the stone also references Pilate as prefect of Judea

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