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Sep 18

Anne Graham Lotz: Is God speaking through Irma, Harvey and an earthquake?

By Anne Graham Lotz Published September 12, 2017

Fox News

Within weeks, we have experienced record-breaking fires in the northwest, record-breaking hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and a record-breaking earthquake in Mexico. What is happening? Are these disasters random? Just freaks of nature?  Or is something more significant intended? The answer may be found in an incredible Biblical story.

The Old Testament book of 1 Kings 19 records a dramatic scene when the Lord God passed by as the prophet Elijah stood in the mouth of a cave. The description is eerily similar to ours, because first there was a great and powerful wind, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still, small voice–the gentle voice of Father God speaking to His frightened, weary child.

God used the earthquake, wind and fire to get Elijah’s attention, because God had something to say.  Our situation is so similar to Elijah’s it begs the question:  Is God using these storms to get our attention because He also has something to say to His us? Yes, He is. What is it? I believe God is saying in essence what He said to Elijah. His message can be broken into four parts:

1) Be comforted. The fact that God spoke to Elijah revealed God’s presence. God is with us.  He has promised, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) God is right there.  With you.  Now! And He understands what it feels like to be stripped of everything.

2) Be blessed. God told Elijah He would bring help.  And God did. He brought Elisha alongside.  God will bring us help, too:  first responders, FEMA, friends, neighbors, family—even strangers will come alongside to help in the work of rebuilding. They are moved to do so by the Spirit of God, so even in the mess, mold, muck and misery we are aware of Heaven’s blessing.

3) Be encouraged. God told Elijah there were more faithful believers in God than Elijah was aware of, implying Elijah’s life had been more impactful than he knew.  Our lives also have eternal significance. No man is an island. Life is not just about you. Me. These storms have given ample opportunity for us to understand that life is about something bigger than we are. It’s a good time to reorder our priorities and private world.

4) Be ready. God gave Elijah another assignment—a purpose. And I believe God has a purpose for us.  We need to look to Him and be ready for what’s coming next. Because soon after Elijah’s sensational confrontation with God, he was “raptured.” Taken up into Heaven without seeing death. Don’t miss this implied message. In the words of Jesus, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3) Heaven is waiting! Jesus is coming!  The signs He gave signal that His coming is imminent. On that day, don’t be left behind. Be ready to meet Him face to face. Turn to Him now. Place your trust in Jesus.

God is speaking through the storms. Are you listening?

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8720

Sep 18

WWIII Fears Sparked As North Korea Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile From Pyongyang Into Japanese Air Space

North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, worsening already fraught U.S.-North Korea relations. In response, the United Nations Security Council voted to intensify sanctions, including imposing a limit on oil imports, against the hermit state. While the duration and scope of such a conflict would be difficult to measure, North Korea remained an immense risk, Fordham said.

by Geoffrey Grider September 14, 2017

Japan issued a missile alert to mobile phones and on national television, notifying citizens that a missile may have been launched by North Korea, Bloomberg News reports.

EDITOR’S NOTE: With each passing few weeks, North Korea keeps firing missiles, many of them nuclear capable. President Trump has been showing tremendous restraint, choosing for the time being to use sanctions instead of a military option. But as the missiles continue to fly across Japanese airspace, the military option is growing more and more likely. 

The unidentified missile passed over Japan airspace near Hokkaido on Friday at 7.06 am local time. The missile was fired from North Korea in an eastern direction, according to South Korea military.

The outbreak of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula would be destabilizing and could possibly result in a global war, according to Citi’s top global political analyst.

While it was impossible to put a number on the scale of the North Korea risk, war games carried out through history have simulated what could happen as a result, said Tina Fordham, managing director and chief global analyst at Citi.

“A conflict on the Korean Peninsula would not only be very disruptive in the region, but could potentially lead to World War III because of the U.S. security guarantee, so it would be internationalized overnight,” Fordham told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on the sidelines of the Milken Institute Asia Summit in Singapore.

North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, worsening already fraught U.S.-North Korea relations. In response, the United Nations Security Council voted to intensify sanctions, including imposing a limit on oil imports, against the hermit state.

While the duration and scope of such a conflict would be difficult to measure, North Korea remained an immense risk, Fordham said.

“It is the single biggest geopolitical threat and one that would also move markets … When we look at political risk, we look at whether it’s likely to cause an oil price shock or a growth shock. And in the North Korea case, if the worst were to happen, it would be both,” she added

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8718

Sep 18

Pew: Reformation theology waning among Protestants

September 7 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Five hundred years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, a majority of U.S. Protestants reportedly reject the Reformation doctrines of sola fide (the belief men and women are saved by faith alone) and sola scriptura (the belief scripture is the only infallible guide for faith and practice).

That’s the finding of the Pew Research Center, which also found a majority of western European Protestants reject sola fide and that theological differences between Protestants and Catholics seem to be narrowing in many cases.

“The result of the survey … in America and Europe is not particularly surprising,” said Paige Patterson, a participant during the 1990s in a five-year theological dialogue between eight Southern Baptist leaders and eight representatives of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Although such surveys have little relevance on the vitality of faith and are often skewed in various ways, there is a sense in which both groups surveyed are correct. Certainly, Catholicism and Protestantism are more alike than any other expressions of religion in the world in their confidence that the Bible is in some sense the Word of God, that Jesus of Nazareth is the center of the Christian faith, in their confidence in the doctrine of the Trinity … and in their general concept of sin defined as rebellion against God,” Patterson told Baptist Press (BP) in written comments.

“On the other hand, the survey also demonstrates the extent of biblical illiteracy,” said Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Regarding salvation, two separate Pew surveys conducted in the U.S. and Europe and released Aug. 31 found:

    • Less than half (46%) of U.S. Protestants hold the Reformation doctrine that faith alone is needed to attain salvation. More than half (52%) espouse the historically Catholic doctrine that good deeds and faith are required to get into heaven.
    • A full 81 percent of U.S. Catholics say good deeds and faith are required to get into heaven. Just 17 percent of Catholics say salvation comes by faith alone.
    • In Europe, 29 percent of Protestants and 26 percent of Catholics espouse belief in salvation by faith alone.

Contrary to the majority of Protestants in the U.S. and Europe, the Augsburg Confession of Faith – a classic 1530 Lutheran confession of faith – stated, “Men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits or works, but are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith.”

In contrast, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that while “no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification,” humans can “merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for … the attainment of eternal life.”

Concerning the authority of scripture, Pew found:

    • Just 46 percent of U.S. Protestants believe the Bible provides all religious guidance Christians need. More than half (52%) say believers need guidance from church teachings and traditions as well.
    • Three-quarters (75%) of U.S. Catholics say Christians need guidance from church traditions and teachings in addition to the Bible. Just 21 percent of Catholics say the Bible provides all needed religious guidance.

Protestants traditionally have believed, as stated in the 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith, “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture.”

In contrast, the Catholic Church holds according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the church “does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy scriptures alone. Both scripture and tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”

Only 30 percent of U.S. Protestants believe in both sola fide and sola scriptura, according to Pew.

In the western European survey, most Catholics and most Protestants in every nation said they believe the two Christian groups are more theologically similar than different.

“The poll,” Patterson said, “is a source of challenge to Baptists to be sure that we prepare our people adequately in the doctrinal commitments that we have.”

The European surveys were conducted via telephone April 11-Aug. 2, with 24,599 respondents from 15 countries. The U.S. survey of 5,198 panelists was conducted online May 30-Aug. 9

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8716

Sep 18

9/23/17: More ominous, ‘biblical’ signs in the sky

Mark Biltz believes ‘tribulation could begin soon’

Published: 2 days ago

Blood Moons. A total solar eclipse traversing the country. A devastating hurricane. And next up, an astronomical sign seemingly straight out of the book of Revelation.

Is God trying to say something?

Pastor Mark Biltz, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the “signs of the times,” says he believes the startling convergence of events is a message from heaven. And he says arguably the most important sign will be a starry pattern in the sky on Sept. 23.

On that day, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (known as the virgin). The moon will be below the “feet” of the constellation. Additionally, Venus, Mars and Mercury will be above the constellation. As the constellation Leo has nine stars and will also be above Virgo’s head, the alignment can be interpreted as a “crown” of 12 stars.

Revelation 12: 1-2 reads: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”

Biltz believes the upcoming sign on Sept. 23 is precisely what this passage is referring to.

“The woman clothed with the sun is the constellation Virgo and represents the nation of Israel,” he explained. “The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Interestingly, the constellation Leo, the lion, which is above Virgo, is made up of nine stars. The lion represents specifically the tribe of Judah. It just so happens this year during the Days of Awe, three planets will join the constellation Leo making up 12 stars. Virgo will be clothed with the sun, and the moon will be under her feet, fulfilling this sign to precise detail.”

Furthermore, said Biltz, contemporary events on Earth are also precisely fitting with biblical prophecy.

Biltz cited Luke 21:25, which says: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.”

“The next verse also refers to how ‘the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’ Look what happened immediately after the solar eclipse at the beginning of the month of repentance,” he said. “We have the sea and the waves roaring loud and clear because of Hurricane Harvey. Not only that, the eclipse was on the 21st and the hurricane was the 25th. This event has been directly tied to this verse in Luke 21:25! Talk about predicted in the Bible!”

Biltz also expressed amazement at how one of the most devastating hurricanes in American history is being closely followed by the strongest hurricane ever recorded.

“Not only did we have Hurricane Harvey, but now Hurricane Irma is brewing looking like a category 5 for this next week,” noted Biltz.

Biltz, who explains the importance of the biblical calendar in his book “God’s Day Timer,” also believes it is deeply significant the upcoming sign with the constellation Virgo will appear the weekend after Rosh Hashanah.

“As I explain in my book ‘God’s Day Timer: The Believer’s Guide To Divine Appointments,’ the feasts are really to be seen as days when God intersects human history,” said Biltz. “God said there would be signs in the sun, moon and stars and Yeshua [Jesus] confirmed there would be signs in the heavens in the end of days before the Messiah comes.

“I’d caution I don’t ever predict what will happen, so much as connect the dots after they have happened. It is also important to remember prophecy has multiple fulfillments. Still, though I would not say this is definite; I would suggest that the imminent beginning of the Tribulation is definitely a big possibility.”

But why should believers care about what is happening in the sky? Isn’t looking for such signs uncomfortably close to the practice of astrology?

Biltz points out Scripture itself speaks of the importance of signs in the sky. He also says there is a critical distinction between astrology and what he calls “biblical astronomy.”

“Biblical astronomy has nothing to do with astrology,” Biltz said. “The devil likes to pervert everything God does as a way of sidelining believers. In astrology, it’s all about you and interpreting the signs in the sky about how it affects your life. In biblical astronomy, it’s all about God. It’s an entirely different focus. God even stated the heavens are declaring the glory of God.”

Biltz contends the signs in the sky are a message from God urging repentance. The recent solar eclipse, in particular, was a message to America.

“I believe solar eclipses over nations is God’s way of warning that nation to turn back to godliness,” the pastor said. “God is not willing that any should perish but all turn back to Him. The sun shines and the rain falls on everyone, both the righteous and the ungodly. We are not to point the finger and blame people as much as each and every one of us are to seek God and find comfort in His presence.”

And Biltz argues the flood of extraordinary signs both in the heavens and on Earth means the time to repent may be running out.

“I believe, as the Bible states, that when we see these things we should be looking up in expectation that our redemption is drawing near,” he told WND

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8714

Sep 14

Apocalyptic September? Here Is A List Of 27 Major Disasters That Have Already Happened So Far This Month

By Michael Snyder, on September 10th, 2017

Two major hurricanes, unprecedented earthquake swarms and wildfires roaring out of control all over the northwest United States – what else will go wrong next?  When I originally pointed to the month of September as a critical time, I had no idea that we would see so many catastrophic natural disasters during this time frame as well.  Hurricane Harvey just broke the all-time record for rainfall in the continental United States, Hurricane Irma is so immensely powerful that it has been called “a lawnmower from the sky”, vast stretches of our country out west are literally being consumed by fire, and the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that just hit Mexico was completely unexpected.  As I have stated so many times before, our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, but most people simply do not understand what is happening.

My good friend Zach Drew is getting married next month, and I would encourage everyone to go wish him well on Facebook.  On Friday, he posted the best summary of the major disasters that we have been experiencing so far this month that I have seen anywhere…

California is on fire.
Oregon is on fire.
Washington is on fire.
British Columbia is on fire.
Alberta is on fire
Montana is on fire.
Nova Scotia is on fire.
Greece is on fire.
Brazil is on fire.
Portugal is on fire.
Algeria is on fire.
Tunisia is on fire.
Greenland is on fire.
The Sakha Republic of Russia is on fire.
Siberia is on fire.

Texas is under water
India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, experience record monsoons and massive death toll.
Sierra Leone and Niger experience massive floods, mudslides, and deaths in the thousands.

Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia are crushed in the death grip of a triple digit heat wave, dubbed Lucifer.
Southern California continues to swelter under triple digit heat that shows no sign of letting up.
In usually chilly August, the city of San Francisco shatters all-time record at 106 degrees, while it reaches 115 degrees south of the city. Northern California continues to bake in the triple digits.

(()) Yellowstone volcano is hit with earthquake swarm of over 2,300 tremors since June, recording a 4.4 quake on June 15, 20017 and 3.3 shaker on August 21, 2017.
(()) 5.3 earthquake rumbles through Idaho
(()) Japan earthquake 6.1 possible tsunami..
(()) Mexico earthquake 8.2 imminent tsunami. Beach lines are receded atleast 50+ meters

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (biggest ever recorded), Jose and Katia are barreling around the Atlantic with 8 more potentials forming

And last but not least an X10 C.M.E solar flare two nights ago. The highest recorded solar flare ever!

*****

For much more from Zach, you can follow his work regularly at TruNews.com.

Some are describing what is happening to us as a “perfect storm”, and they are wondering if even more major disasters are coming in the very near future.

Let us hope not, because there is a tremendous amount of concern that we may not be able to pay for the disasters that have happened already.  The following comes from Politico

 

Harvey and Irma could be a breaking point. At $556 billion, the Houston metropolitan area’s economy is bigger than Sweden’s. New Jersey could easily fit inside the region’s sprawling footprint, where Harvey dumped 34 trillion gallons of water, as much as the three costliest floods in Texas history combined. The Harvey response alone eventually could double the $136 billion in government aid spent after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans.

And as of Friday, an estimated $1.73 trillion worth of real estate was in the path of Irma’s hurricane-force winds, according to the University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

We won’t know the true extent of the damage that has been caused down in Florida for many days, but we do know that much of the state is already without power…

More than 3.3 million homes and businesses and counting have lost power in Florida as Hurricane Irma moves up the peninsula. The widespread outages stretch from the Florida Keys all the way into central Florida. Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest electric utility, said there were nearly 1 million customers without power in Miami-Dade County alone. The power outages are expected to increase as the storm edges further north. There are roughly 7 million residential customers in the state.

In the end, the federal government will likely step in and spend a lot of money that it does not have to rebuild and restore the communities that Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have destroyed.

But we are already 20 trillion dollars in debt, and it is being projected that we will continue to add another trillion dollars to that total every year for the foreseeable future.

At some point all of this debt will simply become completely unsustainable.

Of course the major disasters will just inevitably keep on coming.  As Politico has pointed out, major natural disasters seem to just keep on getting bigger, and they seem to be hitting us more frequently than in the past…

The disasters are arriving with greater frequency. Counting Harvey, the U.S. this year has experienced 10 weather-related events each costing $1 billion or more. The country averaged fewer than six big-dollar storms, flood, fires and freezes a year between 1980 and 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Between 2012 and 2016, however, weather catastrophes occurred almost twice as often.

I know that I have been writing about these hurricanes a lot in recent weeks, and I promise to get back to focusing on the economy in the days to come.

But it is absolutely imperative that we all begin to understand that something has fundamentally changed.  Our world has become much less stable, and “apocalyptic events” are starting to hit us one after another.

So will things start to calm down in the months ahead?

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8712

Sep 14

Hurricane Irma: Nearly half of Florida in the dark, Tampa takes pounding

Published September 11, 2017

Fox News

Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.

The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds weakened to 85 mph with additional weakening expected. As of 2 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 25 miles northeast of Tampa and moving north-northwest near 15 mph.

Irma continues its slog north along Florida’s western coast having blazed a path of unknown destruction. With communication cut to some of the Florida Keys, where Irma made landfall Sunday, and rough conditions persisting across the peninsula, many are holding their breath for what daylight might reveal.

Forecasters say they expert Irma’s center to stay inland over Florida and then move into Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

They also expect Irma to weaken further into a tropical storm over far northern Florida or southern Georgia on Monday as it speeds up its forward motion. The hurricane center says the storm is still life-threatening with dangerous storm surge, wind and heavy rains.

More than 3.3 million homes and businesses — and counting — have lost power in Florida as Hurricane Irma moves up the peninsula.

The widespread outages stretch from the Florida Keys all the way into central Florida.

Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest electric utility, said there were nearly 1 million customers without power in Miami-Dade County alone.

The power outages are expected to increase as the storm edges further north.

There are roughly 7 million residential customers in the state.

The county administrator in the Florida Keys says crews will begin house to house searches Monday morning, looking for people who need help and assessing damage from Hurricane Irma.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi says relief will arrive on a C-130 military plane Monday morning at the Key West International Airport.

Once it’s light out, they’ll check on survivors. They suspect they may find fatalities.

Gastesi says they are “prepared for the worst.”

Hurricane Irma made landfall Sunday morning in Cudjoe Key.

But The Associated Press has been texting with John Huston, who has been riding out the storm in his house on Key Largo, on the Atlantic side of the island, just south of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Every few minutes during the height of the storm, he sent another dispatch.

He described whiteout conditions, with howling winds that sucked dry the gulf side of the narrow island, where the tide is usually 8 feet deep. He kept his humor though, texting to “send cold beer” at one point. Now he sees furniture floating down the street with small boats.

He says the storm surge was at least 6 feet deep on his island, 76 miles from Irma’s eye. He can see now that structures survived, but the storm left a big mess at ground level.

Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength before crashing into Florida, flattening islands in the Caribbean and swamping the Florida Keys.

It finally hit the mainland as a big wide beast, but not quite as monstrous as once feared. The once-Category 5 storm lost some of its power on the northern Cuba coast.

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8710

Sep 14

Saudi Arabia Is So Dead: Qatar Invites Iran To Opening Of New Seaport Between Two Countries For The Purpose Of Building Ties With Turkey

By Andrew Bieszad on September 4, 2017 in Featured, General

Qatar has just announced that it is opening a major brand new sea port and has invited Iran for an official visit. As stated, the purpose will be to help with facilitating economic exchange between Qatar, Iran, and Turkey:

Abbas Akhoundi of Iran will head a delegation in his Tuesday visit to Qatar where a new sea port is slated to open.

Abbas Akhoundi, Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Minister, is to head a ranking delegation in a visit to Qatar on Tuesday.

The Iranian official is to attend the official inauguration ceremony of Qatar’s Hamad Port on Tuesday. While the port has been in operation in the last months, the official full capacity kick-off of the hub will be on Tuesday.

The new Qatari port is the main rival of Shahid Rajaee Port, Iran’s biggest container port at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz.

Qatari Port officials say that the port can process 7.5 million containers a year which gives a margin of advantage to the Qatari port vis-à-vis the annual capacity of Iranian port which is 6.5 million containers.

Mr. Akhoundi who is travelling to Qatar in response to the invitation submitted by his Qatari counterpart will sign a memorandum of understanding to ease international transportation and transit between Iran, Turkey, and Qatar. (source)

We have been following the development of Iranian-Turkish relations because as Walid has pointed out, they pertain directly to the future of Saudi Arabia and the return of the once decease Ottoman menace as a world power, and this time even more savage than before.

Contrary to what most Americans believe, Saudi Arabia is not as powerful as it is. While a powerful and oil-rich nation, Saudi Arabia’s wealth and power is due strictly to the abundance of oil in that nation and the fact that America’s economy cannot survive without a steady flow of cheap crude oil. While the Saudi Royal Family is the public face and head of the nation, the nation is actually run by ARAMCO- the Arabian-American Oil Company, which is the official government oil-exporting company and the largest of its kind in the world.

Saudi Arabia grows almost nothing of its own food, and to such a point that 80% of its food is imported. Contrary to the image of a modern nation (in spite of the well-known application of Islamic law and its subsequent brutality) that it presents, many Saudis live in abject poverty and misery. The Royal Family is as notorious for its governance of their nation as they are for their lavish lifestyles and open flouting of all the teachings of Islam. Add to that the long-standing conflict that Saudi Arabia has with the Hashemite family of Jordan, who are regarded as the direct biological descendants of Muhammad, over custody of the Islamic sacred sites of Mecca and Medina, and there is today what existed in France during the years building up to that which eventually culminated in the French Revolution, except in an Islamic context.

Enter into this picture Turkey and Iran.

Arabia and Iran have been feuding with each other since antiquity and well before Islam. The conflict there has not changed in its essence. The same can be said about Turkey and Iran, for both nations have been in conflict with each other well before the advent and subsequent Islamic conquests of both Persia and later, Byzantium. The conflict is as much geopolitical as it is religious, but given the geopolitical history, the religious nature simply fuels what already has existed for millennia.

Turkey and Iran, though historical enemies, are working together right now to build relations in a way that has not been done in likely centuries. Qatar, while a small nation, is a major economic and political player in the region just as is the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and all three of these nations have close ties to Iran as well as hate the Saud Family. Of all the Middle Eastern nations, Turkey is the most powerful and also the most dangerous historically speaking in the same way that Germany has been for Europe or Japan for the Far East. Turkey has the largest military, it has a younger population with respect to its neighbors, and given its imperial history, it is attempting to restore its glory days of the past, which in a Turkish context means the revival of the Ottoman Empire and all of the horrors that came with it.

Turkey and Germany are historical allies going back to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, for it was a Hungarian engineer of German extraction, Orban, who sold the weapons to the Turks that destroyed the Byzantine Empire. In both World Wars I and II Germany and Turkey were allies, and as we have detailed through our Shoebat Exclusive investigations, Germany and Turkey are once again attempting to re-unite with their third ally, Japan, to form an axis of power stretching from Europe to the Far East. It is for this reason that Germany and Japan are reviving old economic relationships with African nations formerly in their economic sphere of influence just as how those two nations are creating the largest free trade zone in the world, just as how Japan is helping Turkey build nuclear weapons now. Given the situation, it makes perfect sense that Turkey and Iran would also be simultaneously deepening their economic ties.

Economy always precedes policy. What begins as a trade war will turn into a hot war, and improved trade relations mean the formation of political alliances.

As I wrote in the title, to use a colloquialism, ‘Saudi Arabia is SO dead’. It does not matter how much oil they have or do not have, because they are unstable internally on account of the hatred from their own people and facing massive military and economic threats from without, in particular from their former Ottoman masters who are rising once again to power.

What is happening in Qatar now is not peace talks, and this is not the opening of another mere port. This is the formation of economic alliances that will turn into political ones and the preparation for an Ottoman conquest of Arabia that will be cheered (at least initially) by many poor Saudis as the Ottomans do to the Saud family what the French did to their King three centuries ago.

Do not think that Europe will be spared either. For as Turkey rises so will Germany rise in proportion with them, and eventually will re-assert itself in Europe just as it did in the First and Second World Wars, leading to the same horrible results except even more widespread and more efficiently executed than before.

Christians likewise will not be safe anywhere, for as Germany has returned to paganism, Japan always having been pagan, and Turkey following Islam, it will be (as we have warned) an absolute struggle for power in which Christians will be attacked and murdered by European, Middle Easterner, and Asian alike. For as we have said that a man is saved by grace and not by race, so it will not matter in the coming struggle what race you are, because if you choose the grace of God you will be marked as a target.

Just as in ancient times and again today, it will be Christ against the world.

Permanent link to this article: http://discerningthetimes.me/?p=8708

Sep 11

Hurricane Irma takes direct aim at Florida

Published September 08, 2017

Fox News

Floridians clogged highways in a desperate scramble to get out of Hurricane Irma’s crosshairs, as the deadly Category 4 storm took direct aim at the southern United States, shifting westward Friday as the worst case scenario became the most-likely situation.

Irma, downgraded from Category 5, was still regarded as the most powerful in the Atlantic in recorded history, bringing sustained winds of 150 mph – not as strong as the 185 mph of previous days, but forceful enough to cause severe damage to homes and other structures.

“This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential,” President Trump said in a videotaped statement.

He urged all those in the storm’s path to “heed all recommendations” from officials.

“Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a news briefing on Friday. He warned that parts of Florida would be out of electricity for days if not longer and that more than 100,000 people may need shelter.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said during a Friday news conference the Florida Keys would begin to feel Irma’s effects by Saturday morning. He said Irma, on its current path, was more deadly than Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm that killed 65 in August 1992.

“All Floridians should be prepared to evacuate,” Scott said, though he acknowledged the evacuations were causing a logjam on the state’s roads. Scott said as of 6 p.m. Thursday 8.4 million gallons of fuel had been shipped into Port Everglades and more than five million gallons of fuel was shipped into Port Tampa Bay.

But Scott emphasized the seriousness of getting to a safe location.

at 11 a.m. Friday from the National Hurricane Center showed Irma with wind gusts of 150 mph. The storm was moving about 14 mph, the hurricane center said

The hurricane center said its storm surge warning covers Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Venice and the Florida Keys.

Its hurricane warning covers Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay.

In addition, a storm surge watch has been issued for North of Sebastian Inlet to Ponce Inlet.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida
north of Jupiter Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County line and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Anclote River.

Key West tweeted to residents that it’s “not safe to stay” and Jacksonville Florida wrote on Twitter that residents need to “hunker down” in a secure place by 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, hurricane victims received assistance from three U.S. Navy vessels deployed to the U.S. territory: the USS Wasp, USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill.

The Navy crews aboard the ships were able to offer medical support, security, heavy lift capabilities and other assistance, a U.S. Navy release said.

Gov. Scott said he’s activated 4,000 members of the National Guard in Florida, and all 7,000 will be deployed on Friday.

Shifting forecasts have also raised the threat to the Southeast from Irma, prompting emergency declarations in the Carolinas and coastal Georgia, including areas that haven’t suffered a direct hit from a major hurricane in more than a century.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered a mandatory evacuation starting on Saturday from the state’s Atlantic coast ahead of Hurricane Irma, including the city of Savannah. Nearly 540,000 residents on the coast were ordered to evacuate inland.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency. A major strike there would be the first in nearly 28 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Sep 11

Catholic Cardinal Declares Mohammed A True Prophet Of G-d

Sep 03, 2017 by Jews News in DIASPORA

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(by Pat Dollard) — He served as Archbishop of Washington, D.C.(imagine that) from 2001 to 2006, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. In Catholic theology, to be a prophet, to earn that title, one must be divinely inspired. To call Mohammed “The Prophet”, as he does, is to claim that Mohammed is a true prophet, inspired by G-d.

This guy couldn’t be more wrong. I strongly suspect he is of the infamous Alinsky wing of the Church. Nobody, as they say, is perfect.

Excerpted from The Daily Caller:

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a press conference in D.C.

“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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Sep 11

America Burns And Floods As ‘Signs Are In The Heavens’ – ‘Unbelievable Times, Unprecedented Events And A Final Scenario’

With large parts of California now being reduced to ashes, the world’s largest firefighting aircraft has been grounded by the US Forest Service in California. In the SQnote he left while linking to that story, Steve Quayle says “Outrageous! It’s almost as if someone wants Montana wilderness burned up? Wait of course they do” while urging his readers to call Montana senators and congressman and protest vigorously.

While some might say that ‘various people within govt WANTING destruction’ for America might seem like ‘fake news’, a quick visit to Deagel’s 2025 forecast for America still sees a nation in tatters in less than 8 years. A forecast population of 54 million (down 270 million from the 324 million living here in 2016) with the purchasing power of the American people down to #78 in the world (from #15 now) with our gdp per capita expected to fall to a level that puts us closer to Venezuela than most advanced countries in the world.

Might some really want the end of America? We also see the utmost bizarre behavior in anti-Trump resistance groups such as Refuse Fascism beginning to spread North Korean propaganda, almost as if they endorse Kim’s brutal regime and want the end of America. “Wait, of course they do!” The sound of anti-America slogans rings out loud and clear on the left with even former President candidate Hillary Clinton speaking of a borderless world before she was thankfully defeated.

And as we see in this story, in more ways than one, it was Bill Clinton’s administration who helped set up the ball rolling towards the coming financial calamity, towards our nation’s loss of sovereignty, towards our destruction. As we read in this new story over at the Daily Mail, intentionally leaked files containing details of many US intelligence operatives has further put America in danger with one victim claiming he was charged with the transportation of nuclear activation codes and weapons components. With Barack Obama now threatening to come out of his bunker to further take on Trump’s agenda, we’re warned that this extremely damaging information was intentionally leaked to take away from President Trump’s ability to launch a first strike or defend against one. Much more on these leaked files in the 3rd video below.

“With all of the highest level intel agents being against Trump, Obama’s crew has ensured our destruction”.

And as we see in this story, from floods to fire to signs in the Heavens, prophecy may be playing out before our eyes.

In this new story over at Strange Sounds that Steve Quayle linked to on his website Monday morning we see some amazing photographs of what is now being called the biggest wildfire in Los Angeles history. Fueled by hot conditions and shifting winds, millions of acres of land have been consumed in California and as the Strange Sounds story reports, the apocalyptic fires as seen in the photo above looked almost like a gigantic volcanic ash cloud as huge sections of the West coast burned.

While it appears for now that firefighters had gained the upper hand upon at least the Verdugo Mountains fire as of Sunday with all evacuation orders lifted in that region according to this LA Times story, as we hear in the 1st video below, the historic west coast fires are simply one of several ‘crisis scenarios’ now happening in ‘Apocalyptic America’.

“Unbelievable times, unprecedented events” our videographer tells us.

With the US Virgin Islands and the East Coast of the US now preparing for the arrival of hurricane Irma soon after Harvey delivered massive destruction and historical flooding, it has not been lost upon ANP readers that what we’re now witnessing is ‘Biblical’ destruction and as we see outlined in this story, between ‘wars and rumors of wars’ and ‘signs in the Heavens’, we may be rapidly ticking our way towards a ‘final scenario’.

As we reported on ANP back on August 19th, prior to the so-called ‘Great American Eclipse’, an extremely unusual convergence of events would be occuring between then and the 30th of September, events outlined by Michael Snyder in this story over at Charisma News, events that some believe could signify God’s Judgement coming upon America.

As we asked in that August 19th story, “Is The Great American Eclipse ‘God’s Final Warning To Babylon’ Before Disaster And Destruction?”  We find it interesting that since the ‘Great American Eclipse’, what some were calling a ‘prophetic moment of truth’ for America, large parts of America have been consumed by floods and fire with more destruction apparently on the way while wars and rumors of wars are also raging at a fever pitch.

As ANP reader ‘Grind Junkie’ commented on this hurricane Irma weather modification story on Sunday, “Fire on the WEST, Hurricane Harvey flood victims SOUTH, Irma coming up on the EAST. I would say BOXED IN. Now let’s do a nuke right in the middle or have the grid go down.” Such a ‘final scenario’ would complete America’s destruction and as even the msm is now finally reporting, send us quite literally back to the ‘dark ages’.

With North Korea now playing the necessary role of the ‘evil villian’ following yet another nuclear test and threats coming straight from his own closest advisors of using a hydrogen bomb upon America that shuts down our electrical grid, we see ‘wars and rumors of wars’ happening now before our eyes. And with a now-nuclear armed North Korea continuing to threaten the West and becoming more and more dangerous each day with their weapons capability easily surpassing what experts had believed they would be capable of so soon, we may be running out of time to prevent a catastrophe.

Will President Trump simply follow the paths of Clinton, Bush and Obama before him and allow the North Korean nuclear threat to continue to grow to a point where there will be no way to stop them short of ‘MAD’, mutually assured destruction? As we learn from this November 1st of 1997 post at the American Arms Control website, we may have been set up for destruction many years ago:

The Clinton administration quietly made a significant change in U.S. strategic nuclear doctrine in November by formally abandoning guidelines issued by the Reagan administration in 1981 that the United States must be prepared to fight and win a protracted nuclear war. The new presidential decision directive (PDD), details of which were first reported in The Washington Post on December 7, operates from the premise that the primary role of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War era is deterrence. 

As we read in this story from Daily Mail, it’s become increasingly clear that talks won’t work with North Korea and we are rapidly running out of time to deal with the ‘North Korea threat’ and we may soon arrive at a point in time where there are no other options except for military options. And should we arrive at that point in time, we must remember that North Korea is well prepared to strike back at America, with terror cells long here as detailed below, and war could be used by the globalists as a ‘pawn’ in their long-running ‘game’ to take down America.

As we reported on ANP back on April 28th of 2017, we have 100% proof via now-declassified documents that back in the 1990’s, North Korea had at least 5 ‘commando units’ in the US, ready to attack US nuclear plants and US cities should war have broken out then between the US and NKorea. With the completely open borders of the US over 8 years of the Obama administration, how many more such ‘sleeper terror cells’ have gotten in? From the Daily Mail source story.:

North Korea sent special forces teams to the US in the 1990s to target nuclear power stations and conduct terror attacks on major cities in the event of war, a declassified intelligence report has revealed.

The rogue state successfully infiltrated five units of highly-trained commandos onto U.S. soil ready to strike at key installations, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report dated September 13, 2004.

The report states that the North Korean Ministry of People’s Armed Forces ‘established five liaison offices in the early 1990s, to train and infiltrate operatives into the United States to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in case of hostilities.

‘They ‘had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants’, it continues, ‘in the event of hostilities between the United States and DPRK’.

North Korea has one of the largest number of Special Forces in the world with more than 60,000 commandos under control of the shadowy Reconnaissance Bureau, part of the country’s Armed Forces.

The Bureau is known to have been behind a string of terror attacks over the years including airline bombing, kidnaps and assassinations.

It has also been reported that NKorea has one of the most deadly biological weapons programs in the world and as Michael Snyder reported back on April 13th, “Where Will You Go When North Korean Agents Release Biological Weapons In Major U.S. Cities?” While the US might quickly and totally annihilate North Korea via many options according to US DOD Head James ‘Maddog’ Mattis, the damage to the US or our allies that North Korea could deliver in return clearly aren’t limited to hydrogen bomb loaded ICBM’s or an EMP attack that takes down our electrical grid.

We’ve also reported that the North Korean cyber warfare program is one of the best in the world and some feel that it may have been responsible for electrical grid failures in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on the same day.

As even ‘Maddog’ himself has warned, it’s clear that there are no easy answers to North Korea and any war between the US and our allies and North Korea would be one of the most brutal, bloody wars anyone has ever seen. More on the North Korea threat from Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer with Fox News in the final video below.

With most of the latest tracks of hurricane Irma still showing an East coast strike though the exact track is still unknown, tens of millions of Americans could soon be in the path of what appears to be another ‘weaponized’ beast. Much more on Irma, now a Category 5 storm, in the 2nd video below.

As this new story from Accuweather reports, if Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 or 5 storm somewhere in America, it would be in historic. “The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years” according to Evan Myers, expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer at Accuweather.

While we went more than 14 years without a ‘major hurricane landfall’ prior to Harvey, two major hurricane strikes within weeks may be much more than just a ‘coincidence’ with the globalist upset President Trump has seen through their ‘global warming scam’.

The Accuweather story quite noticeably stresses preparation for anybody who might be in the path of Irma, warning that FEMA is now stretched to the limits by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and what is now happening on the West coast.

With Irma now bearing down upon America, California up in flames and the people of Houston still recovering from Harvey, we pray for the people of Texas, California, Florida and anybody else now in Irma’s path.

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