Category Archive: Signs

Jan 05

QUAKE ALERT: Fears of BIG ONE coming as US hit by EIGHT tremors in an hour

EIGHT earthquakes have hit the US in just one hour sparking fears of a long overdue ‘big one’ that could wipe out chunks of the West coast.

By Vickiie Oliphant

PUBLISHED: 13:45, Thu, Dec 29, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25, Thu, Dec 29, 2016

The US Geological Survey revealed a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of aftershocks, struck on Wednesday morning near Navada’s border with California.

The largest tremor hit at around 12.22am local time, and was closely followed by seven further quakes with magnitudes between three and 5.6.

Now there are fears a magnitude 7 or above “Big One” could strike the earthquake prone region.

Emergency services are said to be assessing the impact of the latest spate of quakes, but there have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage to buildings.

Terrified social media users went online to spread the news about the hits,

Tony Lewis wrote: “3 major #earthquake’s in Nevada possible precursors for something big.”

Amilee added: “Ok. I’m up now. That last earthquake aftershock rocked my bed and window blinds.”

One Twitter user said: “These earthquakes have California people all scared to go to sleep. We all in our bed scared to s***!”

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Another wrote: “I’m scared as hell right now in California #earthquake.”

Over the last 10 days alone, there have bene eight earthquakes with a magnitude of three or greater in the California area.

There have been around 70 major earthquakes in California since records began in 1812 but countless tremors and tectonic events have been recorded in the precariously placed state during that time.

The largest recorded earthquake in California was the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.9.

But the most devastating was the 7.8 magnitude 1906 San Francisco quake, which killed over 3,000 people from falling buildings and subsequent fires

And the latest hit comes as scientists warned of a “double whammy” mega-earthquake which could result in the biggest hit in nine years and kill more than 3,000 people.

USGS

Now there are fears a magnitude 7 or above “Big One” could strike

Experts discovered two whopping fault lines “holding hands” off the coast of California – sparking fears the ‘Big One’ could be on its way.

But they also have an even more worrying warning, as they claim the region would be totally unprepared for the strike.

Often dubbed the “Big One”, a hypothetical earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater is expected to happen along the 800 mile-long San Andreas fault.

Scientists say the fault – located on the so-called Ring of Fire of volcanic activity – is long overdue a megaquake.

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Dec 21

‘Earth Has Shifted’ Inuit Elder Warning Comes Back To Haunt Us As Something Big Is Happening Along The Ring of Fire

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

In December of 2014, the Inuit Elders issued a warning to NASA and the world, a warning that could very well explain the extreme weather and increasing activity being seen on the Ring of Fire today as yet another large magnitude, 7.9 earthquake, and subsequent Tsunami warning hits Papua New Guinea just this morning. Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire.

The Inuits are indigenous people that inhabit the arctic regions of Canada, the United States and Greenland and throughout history their very lives have been dependent on being able to correctly forecast weather…. and they are warning NASA and the world that global warming isn’t the cause of what we are seeing with extreme weather, earthquakes and other events.

The earth has shifted, tilted or as they put it, “wobbled” to the north and they all agree “Their sky has changed!”

The elders maintain the Sun doesn’t rise were it used to, they have longer day light to hunt and the Sun is higher than it used to be and warms up quicker than before. The elders who were interviewed across the north all said the same thing, their sky has changed.

The stars the Sun and the Moon have all changed affecting the temperature, even affecting the way the wind blows, it is becoming increasingly hard to predict the weather, something that is a must on the Arctic.

The elders all agree, they believe the Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted to the North.
Note – The Big Wobble republished their piece in June 2016. ANP’s original report on the earth shifting from December 2014, here.

STRANGE VIBRATIONS, INCREASING INTENSITY OF EQ’S AND GIGANTIC HOLE FOUND IN OCEAN FLOOR

Fast forward to present day and we note that since that warning was issued, there have been a number of extreme weather events, and an astounding number of active volcanoes noted, as well as an increase in frequency and intensity of large magnitude earthquakes all along the Ring of Fire.

As Stefan Stanford reported on December 10, 2016, hours before the massive Solomon Islands earthquake struck, there was a strange and mysterious vibration detected on seismographs all across the planet, which had the whole planet “ringing like a bell.” As of yet, there is still no explanation as to what it was.

On December 15, 2016, it was reported that a gigantic hole in the ocean floor near Australia, approximately 60,000 square kilometres and is seven kilometres deep, could “cause catastrophic natural disasters,” with the Sun UK describing them as “apocalyptic earthquakes and tsunamis.” According to the Daily Mail “Geologists have for the first time seen and documented the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia,” which is part of the Ring of Fire.

The Ring of Fire, via Wiki:

The Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. It has 452 volcanoes (more than 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes). About 90% of the world’s earthquakes and 81% of the world’s largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.
In late November it was reported that the long-held belief that the San Andreas fault, which is part of the Ring of Fire,  could only rupture in isolated sections, was countered in a recent study by federal, state and academic researchers that now say the entire fault could “unzip at once,” unleashing what has commonly been referred to as “The Big One.”

As many as 3.5 million homes could be damaged in an 8.3-magnitude quake along a roughly 500-mile portion of the fault—compared with 1.6 million homes damaged if only the northern part of the fault were to break, or 2.3 million if the southern piece ruptured.
A quick look at an index map of recent earthquakes in California and Nevada, found linked over at Steve Quayles website this morning, gives a very good visual of the how much activity is being seen in just that one area:

Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, using a world map, from December 17, 2016, we see exactly how much seismic activity is happening in real time, along the Ring of Fire.

(Image via – http://ds.iris.edu/seismon)

BOTTOM LINE

The Inuit elders provided warnings to NASA and to the world, warnings which had officials concerned, and since then we have seen disturbing reports as more and more scientists continue to warn of the “big one,” referring a mega-quake and catastrophic events, which will not only include earthquakes and tsunamis, but volcanic activity along the Ring of Fire as well.

For example, just days ago it was reported that “3 million cubic meters of lava are ready to blow in the air at Popocatepetl,” which according to Volcano Discovery, is part of the Rng of Fire as well.

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Dec 16

Kim Clement’s prophecies regarding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with my comments

Nov 17, 2016

This is quite impressive. Here is the link and a transcript of the specific prophetic words that Kim Clement spoke, so I was able to transcribe it here (below). They are transcribed in the order given on the video.

April 20, 2013

There is a man by the name of Mr. Clark,1 and there is also another man by the name of Donald.2 You are both watching me, saying, “Could it be that God is speaking to me?” Yes, he is! Somebody, just a few minutes before you came on the show, you went out and you took the American flag, and you said, “I’m proud of my nation.”3 You raised it up and God said, “You have been determined through your prayers to influence this nation. You’re watching me; you’re an influential person.” The Spirit of God says, “Hear the word of the prophet to you as a king,4 I will open that door that you prayed about.5 And when it comes time for the election, you will be elected.”

April 4, 2007

“This that shall take place shall be the most unusual thing,6 a transfiguration, a going into the marketplace, if you wish, into the news media, where Time Magazine will have no choice but to say what I want them to say.7 Newsweek, what I want them to say. The View, what I want them to say. Trump shall become a trumpet,8 says the Lord. Trump shall become a trumpet. I will raise up the Trump to become a trumpet, and Bill Gates to open up the gate of a financial realm for the church,9 says the Lord….

For God said, “I will not forget 9/11. I will not forget what took place that day, and I will not forget the gatekeeper that watched over New York,10 who will once again stand and watch over this nation,” says the Spirit of God. “It shall come to pass that the man that I shall place in the highest office shall go in whispering My name. But God said, when he enters into the office, he will be shouting out by the power of the Spirit. For I shall fill Him with My Spirit when he goes into office, and there will be a praying man in the highest seat in your land.11

February 10, 2007

There will be a praying president, not a religious one.12 For I will fool the people, says the Lord. I will fool the people, yes I will.13 God says, the one that is chosen shall go in, and they shall say, “he has hot blood.”14 For the Spirit of God says, yes, he may have hot blood, but he will bring the walls of protection on this country in a greater way, and the economy of this country shall change rapidly,15 says the Lord of hosts. Listen to the word of the Lord. God says, “I will put at your helm for two terms16 a president that will pray, but he will not be a praying president when he starts. I will put him in office, and then I will baptize him with the Holy Spirit and My power,17 says the Lord of hosts.

January 14, 2006

And some of you said, when the Spirit said, “Hillary Clinton,” some of you shouted out, “yes!” God said, “I have already dealt with her heart, not to be president of this nation,18 but to be president in a Christian world.19 She will have a testimony second to none and will eventually come out with it and make declaration that Christ Jesus saved her marriage,20 saved her child,21 and saved her life.22 And when this happens, there will be a shaking in the Democratic Party so powerful.”23

Footnotes:

1 Perhaps Sheriff Clark of Milwaukee

2 This was in 2007—long before Donald Trump made his announcement to run for president in 2015.

3 Compare with the Motto: “Make America Great Again.”

4 Donald means “world ruler.”

5 It appears that the Open Door Ministry that we have discussed for many years also has a political application to Donald Trump. It is significant, then, that last September we held a Tabernacles conference in Minneapolis in proxy for Duluth, Minnesota. Duluth is a daleth, the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet that means “an open door.” Then in the third week of October, we held another Tabernacles conference, this time for a full 8 days, in Hayward, Wisconsin, about 50 miles southeast of Duluth. Just before the start of that conference, on October 15, 2016, my wife and I were led to drive to Duluth and cross the bridge connecting Duluth, MN with Superior, WI. The bridge, we knew, represented the Door.

6 It was a most unusual election, full of surprises to the world.

7 The media was forced to report that Trump had won the election.

8 Obviously, this was about the media reporting something about Trump.

9 This will be as great a miracle as the election of Donald Trump.

10 This is a reference to Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of NYC during the Twin Towers demolition in 2001. He will be given a cabinet post in the Trump administration.

11 Clement had already prophesied this a few months earlier in greater detail. See the next word.

12 Trump has been a nominal Presbyterian in past years. He has only recently discovered the power and value of prayer.

13 The people were fooled by the polls prior to the election.

14 This is why so many people hate Trump.

15 Trump’s stated intention is to build a wall of protection around America and to rebuild the economy. This prophecy suggests that he will succeed in both of these goals, although the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the main reason for his success.

16 This is interesting. It means Trump will be elected again in 2020 and will be president until January of 2025.

17 The wording of this prophecy, dated April 4, 2007, suggests that Trump will not receive this baptism until after he enters office on January 20, 2017. The earlier word given February 10, 2007 says, “I shall fill Him with My Spirit when he goes into office.” Putting the two words together suggests that he will be filled with the Holy Spirit very soon after he is inaugurated, if not at the same time.

18 Hillary was not to be elected president. Note that this prophecy is dated January 14, 2006. Everyone knew at the time that she was going to run for president, but she lost the Democratic Party’s nomination to Obama in 2008. So this word was reserved for 8 years later.

19 This raises the question, “Can Jezebel be saved (in this life)?” The Old Testament pattern of Jezebel was that she was eaten by dogs, and that Ahab was killed by an arrow hitting him in the heart. There are often two ways, positive and negative, to fulfill a prophecy, because what is death under the Old Covenant is life under the New Covenant. For this reason, the 3,000 killed at Sinai (Exodus 32:28) in “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38) can be compared to the 3,000 added to the church when the disciples came down from the upper room in Acts 2:41.

The “dogs” who ate Jezebel were literal, but in Scripture a dog is keleb (or Caleb, one of the overcomers) and signifies one who is faithful. A dog is a faithful companion. When we first discovered that dogs could be viewed as overcomers, we looked it up online and found that the American Kennel Association at that time (1996) recognized 153 breeds of dog. The number 153 means “sons of God,” because the numeric value of the phrase in Hebrew is precisely 153. This is also the meaning of the number in John 21:11, because once the disciples had learned to be “fishers of men,” they were able to bring the overcomers to Jesus.

As for the arrow in Ahab’s heart, arrows are sons (Psalm 127:4). It is possible that Bill Clinton, the modern Ahab, will also receive a message of Sonship in his heart that will bring death to his “old man” so that he may become a new creation in Christ.

Perhaps this is God’s “Mission Impossible.”

20 Rumors are now circulating that Hillary will divorce Bill, since she lost the election and has no further need for him.

21 Her child is Chelsea. Chelsea was the door opener for my recent revelation for the prayer campaign called Free the Children, which we held on November 6, 2016.

22 Hillary Clinton is known to be quite ill and may not have survived even one term as president. This suggests that she might be divinely healed during this coming outpouring of the Spirit.

23 Hillary’s conversion would certainly shake up the Democratic Party, which repudiated God during their recent convention. Imagine both Trump and Clinton being filled with the Spirit! That would certainly shake up the political world! Let us pray!

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Dec 12

Enormous Earthquakes Hit Both Sides Of The Pacific And Experts Warn The San Andreas Could ‘Unzip All At Once’

By Michael Snyder, on December 8th, 2016

Why is our planet shaking so violently all of a sudden? There have literally been dozens of significant earthquakes right along the Ring of Fire within the past 30 days, and two giant ones made headlines all over the globe on Thursday. First, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Humboldt County, California, and that was followed later in the day by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the Solomon Islands. But of course these latest earthquakes are just the latest examples of increased shaking along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Experts are not quite sure what to make of all of this shaking, but they are warning that “the Big One” could strike the west coast at literally any time.

Let’s start by discussing the historic earthquake that just hit the Solomon Islands. According to the Washington Post, it was originally determined to be a magnitude 8.0 earthquake before being downgraded to a 7.8…

A massive earthquake erupted along a fault line near the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean on Thursday. The quake was originally detected as a magnitude-8 by the U.S. Geological Service, but has since been reduced to a 7.8 on the Moment-Magnitude scale.

It was followed by a 5.5-magnitude quake, and aftershocks continue to roll through.

Subsequently, that earthquake was followed by 20 extremely large aftershocks that all fell into a range between magnitude 4.8 and magnitude 6.5. All of this violent seismic activity seems to have shook the entire planet to at least some degree, because monitoring stations all over the world were experiencing strange “vibrations” as aftershock after aftershock shook the Solomon Islands.

Prior to all of this shaking in the Solomon Islands, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the coast of California rattled residents of Humboldt County.

Fortunately the quake was far enough offshore that not a lot of damage was done, but it is being reported that those living in the region could feel the ground rolling

Bonnie Brower, owner of the Ferndale Pie Company, told The Associated Press she was grabbing something from the fridge in the restaurant’s kitchen when the quake happened. She didn’t see any damage, but said says felt a “big jolt.”

“I just felt this very huge jerk and I didn’t know what it was,” Brower said to The AP. Afterward, it felt like the ground was rolling, “like you were on a boat.”

In recent months there has been a lot of earthquake activity along the west coast, and this has raised fears that “the Big One” could be coming soon.

And Fox News recently reported that a major study has concluded that it is likely that someday the 800-mile-long San Andreas fault “could unzip all at once”…

For years, scientists believed the mighty San Andreas—the 800-mile-long fault running the length of California where the Pacific and North American plates meet—could only rupture in isolated sections.

But a recent study by federal, state and academic researchers showed that much of the fault could unzip all at once, unleashing a rare, singular catastrophe. Now, insurers have used that research to come up with a new analysis of the damage that could be caused by statewide break of the San Andreas.

I don’t know about you, but to me that does not sound good.

But because things have been so quiet in California for the last several decades, most people living in the region seem to greatly underestimate the threat.

Those living on the west coast have been hearing the same warnings year after year, and many of them have become convinced that “the Big One” is never going to happen in their lifetimes.

Unfortunately, the cold, hard science tells us a much different story. According to the top experts in the field, the San Andreas fault is way overdue for a historic earthquake

Experts have warned that the fault line has been quiet for far too long and is due to erupt at any time.

Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Centre, told a conference in Long Beach: “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight. And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.”

Seismologists have said that over the past 1,400 to 1,500 monster earthquakes have ruptured at 150-year intervals.

And of course the San Andreas fault is only a small section of a seismic zone known as the Ring of Fire that roughly encircles the entire Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Geological Survey provides tools that show the latest earthquakes in the world, and earlier today I used one of those tools to display all of the earthquakes along the Ring of Fire of magnitude 2.5 or greater that have happened within the last 30 days. The following is a screenshot of what I discovered…

The crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, but meanwhile most people have been lulled into a false sense of security.

At some point a great California earthquake is coming, and when it strikes it is going to change the lives of tens of millions of people in a single moment.

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Nov 28

Mysteries surround the opening of Christ’s tomb

“Sweet aromas” and “electromagnetic disturbances” surprised the observers of this historic event

Sylvain Dorient    November 15, 2016

On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016, the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ was removed. As the group of scientists and religious authorities had access to the place, rumors immediately began to run around. Some rumors claimed it was possible to perceive a “sweet aroma” emanating from the tomb, reminiscent of the olfactory manifestations commonly associated with both Marian and saintly apparitions. Secondly, it was alleged that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances. As soon as they were placed vertically on the stone in which Christ’s body rested, the devices either malfunctioned or ceased to work at all.

Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, was given permission to visit the site, and remains reluctant about the rumors associated with the alleged “sweet scent.” In addition to stating that a smell is easily suggestible, she also noted she did not perceive any particular perfume at all. On the other hand, during the last partial opening, made by the architect Nikolaos Komnenos in 1809, the chronicler also made mention of a “sweet aroma.” People who are interested in the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher are well acquainted with this text, so it is possible that they might respond to unconscious suggestion about having perceived such a smell.

Electromagnetic disturbances

But the journalist is much less hesitant regarding the electromagnetic disturbances recorded by the scientists’ instruments. The phenomenon was confirmed by one of the scientists authorized to access the tomb. Later, one of the heads of the building and construction team, Antonia Moropoulou, indicated that it is really hard to imagine that someone would be willing to put in danger his or her reputation just because of a “publicity stunt.” Moreover, the journalist testifies to the scientists’ surprise during the opening of the slab: they hoped that the grave would be much lower than it was. Their conclusion: previously performed analyses with the instruments seemed to have been distorted by an electromagnetic disturbance.

It seems, lacking any other explanatory element, the tomb of Christ indeed affected instruments sensitive to electromagnetic disturbances. However, possible explanations on the motives for such a phenomenon do not fall short of speculation among those who are passionate about the Holy Sepulcher. And, needless to say, those speculations range from the most elaborate to the most ridiculous.

The opening of the slab and the revelation of the stone where the body of Christ would have rested have demonstrated the tomb indeed matches the Jewish tombs of the 1st century. But according to Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, the essential core of the issue is to be found elsewhere. “I would be delighted if a scientific expert proved that this stone was indeed where Christ rested, but even if it were proven otherwise, it would still be a sign of the Resurrection.”

The journalist, who has been a resident in Jerusalem for the last 17 years, was part of the exclusive, privileged group that was granted access to the place. As she confesses: “The church of the Holy Sepulcher is a disconcerting place. At first I did not like it very much. I was expecting a beautiful church and I found this place of strange architecture, which does not recall anything of the biblical scenes. There is no trace of the garden of the tomb, for example.”

“But gradually I developed an attachment, during the processions in which I participated along with the Franciscans. It is not a place to visit, but rather a place to pray. Thanks to a friar, I was able to walk all the way in, until I reached the rock that supported the body of Christ, something I could not have imagined … I felt somehow weightless, but I remember all the details. I will never go visit the Holy Sepulcher in the same way.

“Right now, they have replaced the marble slab on top, and one can only partially see the crypt, through an opening [protected with a shielded glass]. But I know the stone is there. I had the habit of genuflecting before the tomb of Christ, and then I reflected and thought it was absurd, as there was no real Presence there, and that one should rather genuflect in front of the Blessed Sacrament. But in the Holy Sepulcher, in front of this tomb, there is a ‘real absence.’ An empty tomb. A miracle before which all knees bend, in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell.

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Nov 07

The Biggest Supermoon Since Israel Became A Nation In 1948 Will Happen 6 Days After The Election

By Michael Snyder, on November 3rd, 2016

On November 14th, something extraordinary is going to happen. On that date we will witness the closest full moon that we have seen since 1948. Known as a “supermoon”, this full moon will happen just six days after the U.S. presidential election. If you look up into the night sky on November 14th, you will notice that the moon appears to be much bigger and much brighter than usual. Could it be possible that there is some special meaning to the biggest supermoon in almost 70 years? The last time we witnessed a supermoon of this size Israel become a nation, and as you will see below, many believe that the last couple months of 2016 could have historic significance for the Jewish people as well.

Do you remember ever seeing the moon so big in the sky that you felt that you could almost reach up and grab it? Well, on the 14th you may feel that way again. According to CNN, supermoons typically “appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons”.

And without a doubt, what we are about to witness is an extremely rare event. The last time that a supermoon was this close to our planet was in 1948, and it won’t happen again until 2034

The November full moon is not only the closest full moon of 2016, NASA said, but also the closest full moon since 1948 (which is still the last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series).

This is one you might want to watch out for: The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, NASA says.

But even though this is a highly unusual event, does that mean that it must have some sort of a special meaning?

Of course not, and the truth is that I don’t know if this giant supermoon holds any special significance.

However, before we dismiss this phenomenon completely, let’s remember what the Bible has to say. In the Scriptures, we are told that God intended the moon to serve as a “sign” from the very beginning. The following is what Genesis 1:14 says in the Modern English Version

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons, and days, and years.”

And Jesus told us that there would be “signs” in the sun and the moon just prior to His return. The following is what Luke 21:25-26 says in the Modern English Version

25 There will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men fainting from fear and expectation of what is coming on the inhabited earth. For the powers of heaven will be shaken.

So clearly the Bible tells us that the moon can serve as a sign.

But is that happening in this case?

I don’t know, but just like as in 1948, it appears that something very significant may be about to happen concerning the nation of Israel.

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Obama’s Israel Surprise?” which warned that Barack Obama “may try to force a diplomatic resolution for Israel and the Palestinians at the United Nations” before the end of his term.

The options that Obama is reportedly considering include “a resolution formally recognizing a Palestinian state”. The following comes from CNS News

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that according to administration sources, “the White House has asked the State Department to develop an options menu for the president’s final weeks.”

It said the possibilities could include supporting – or not vetoing – a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements; or a resolution formally recognizing a Palestinian state, or setting “parameters” for a final settlement of the long dispute.

If you follow The Most Important News on a regular basis, then you already know that I have been warning about this over and over and over again in recent months. Barack Obama knows that this is his last chance to “leave a legacy” in the Middle East, and at this point the only chance that he has to get something accomplished is at the United Nations.

Obama’s last day in office is scheduled to be January 20th, and so he is up against a deadline. Prior to the election he was likely extremely hesitant to make a move because he didn’t want to mess up Hillary Clinton’s chances, but after the election there won’t be anything holding him back.

Perhaps that is why the Obama administration recently told the Palestinians to wait until after the election for something to get done at the UN…

On the surface, the latest message to the Palestinian Authority from the Obama administration is no different from the past two decades of American policy: the U.S. will veto any resolution attacking Israel or demanding Palestinian independence without them first making peace with the Jewish state. But, as Haaretz reported, there was one significant caveat to the warning. They were told not to push for any such resolution until after the presidential election next month.

The rest of the UN Security Council has been ready to pass a resolution formally establishing a Palestinian state for a long time. The only thing holding it back has been the U.S. veto power.

So right now the fate of the land of Israel is in Barack Obama’s hands, and he only has until January 20th to make his final decision.

If we do see the land of Israel divided at the United Nations, so many of the things that I talk about in my new book are going to start happening in rapid succession. When we divide their land, our land will be divided as well, and so let us hope that nothing happens at the UN Security Council before the end of Obama’s term.

We truly do live in ominous times, and the events of the next several weeks are going to tell us a lot.

I have a feeling that this election is not going to end well, and we also need to keep a close eye on the UN Security Council.

I have previously described the period of time leading up to January 20th as “the danger zone”, and so much could potentially go wrong during this period of time.

And we certainly won’t have long to wait to get an indication of where things are heading. Next Tuesday the American people will face their “final exam”, and let us hope that they do not pick Hillary Clinton, because such a choice would have disastrous consequences for all of us.

 

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Oct 28

Italy’s ‘unending nightmare’: Historic churches and homes are brought to rubble by TWO powerful earthquakes – just months after same region was shattered by massive shake that killed 300 people

  • The first earthquake, measuring 5.4, hit central northern Italy at 7.10pm local time 
  • The second devastating quake – measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale – followed two hours later
  • The epicentre was in countryside 80 miles from Rome and historic buildings were felt shaking in the capital
  • Buildings have collapsed in the worst hit towns of Visso, Ussita and Castel Santangelo Sul Nera
  • Heavy rain is hampering efforts to assess damage and locate casualties and aftershocks are still being felt 
  • Thousands of people spent the night in their cars as it was too late to set up adequate shelter
  • The quakes follows the deadly August earthquake in central Italy that killed almost 300 people 

By Sarah Dean and Chris Summers For Mailonline

Published: 12:31 EST, 26 October 2016 | Updated: 09:25 EST, 27 October 2016

The moment a historic church crumbled to the ground after two powerful earthquakes rocked central Italy on Wednesday has been captured by TV news cameras.

A crew for Italian state broadcaster RAI were standing in front of a late 14th century church, San Salvatore a Campi di Norcia, when its rose-windowed facade was reduced to rubble. The crew was forced to run for safety as clouds of dust engulfed its cameras.

The earthquakes devastated many historic buildings and left thousands homeless, two months after a quake that killed nearly 300 people hit the same region.

The first tremor measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale came at 7.10pm local time on Wednesday, near Visso in Macerata province.

The second quake, measuring 6.1, came two hours later, wiping out buildings and plunging homes into darkness. It was felt as far away as Venice in the far north, Naples in the south and the capital, Rome, where historic buildings are reported to have shaken, 80 miles away from the epicentre near Perugia.

On August 24, a 6.2-magnitude quake struck just 45 miles away from Wednesday’s quake. The latest two were probably a result of August’s seismic break, Massimiliano Cocco from Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology said.

‘It’s never ending. These damned earthquakes won’t leave us alone!,’ restaurateur Linda Cappa said as she handed out pastries, hot coffee and juice to the traumatised residents of Ussita, close to the quake’s epicentre, in the early hours of the morning.

Elderly villager Bruno recounted how he had headed straight for his car as soon as the first one struck. Experience had told him he had to get out of his house.

‘The second one was much, much stronger than the first,’ he said. ‘It seemed like it was going to go on for ever.

‘I thought my car was going to be turned over. It’s a disaster. What on earth is going on under our feet?’

Dozens of people sustained minor injuries but no one is believed to have died. ‘Given the strength of the shocks the absence of any deaths or serious injuries, which we hope will be confirmed, is miraculous,’ Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said.

The national civil protection agency described the damage as ‘very significant’ but said they were not aware of anyone trapped under rubble.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that a decree now being voted on by parliament to pay for the immediate costs of the August tremor could be extended to cover the latest series of quakes.

Thousands of people ran out into the streets screaming after the first tremor. The fact that the first earthquake was weaker than the second probably helped save lives because most people had already left their homes, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on state radio.

Authorities began surveying the quake-stricken zone at daybreak as a series of small aftershocks continue to shake the mountainous region.

Bad weather hammered the area on Wednesday and there are now fears the torrential rain and unstable ground could lead to devastating landslides.

Visso is about 45 miles north of Amatrice where around 270 were killed on August 24 when a 6.2-magnitude quake struck.

La Repubblica reports the quakes have caused Amatrice’s City Hall to completely collapse after it previously managed to withstand August’s disaster.

Visso is also not far from L’Aquila where a powerful earthquake killed more than 300 in 2009.

Italy’s national volcanology center said two smaller quakes registered magnitudes above 4 before dawn Thursday, centered near Macerata in the Marche region, while dozens of smaller ones were recorded in the area overnight.

Many residents of Campi, a town of about 200, slept in their cars as aftershocks rocked the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions throughout the night.

‘I can’t shake off the fear,’ said Mauro Viola, 64, who said he had not sleep and had spent the night outside.

Police had blocked off the road to his home with a park bench, and Viola said a chapel beyond his house had collapsed.

Rescue workers set up some 50 beds in a quake-proof building for people who could not sleep in their homes.

‘The first tremor damaged buildings, with the second one we had collapses,’ fire department official, Rosario Meduri, said.

He had come from southern Italy before Wednesday’s tremors to help secure structures damaged by the August earthquake that hit to the south.

While massive boulders that tumbled down the valley had yet to be cleared from the roads, on the whole there was a sense of relief.

The head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio, said so far they had only heard of one fatality – a 73-year-old man who died of a heart attack.

He said some people were treated for slight injuries at hospitals in the regions of Umbria and Le Marche.

Mr Curcio said: ‘All told, the information so far is that it’s not as catastrophic.’

‘THE UNENDING NIGHTMARE’: HOW MAJOR EARTHQUAKES HAVE PLAGUED ITALY

– Dec 28, 1908 – More than 82,000 people are killed in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which reduces Sicily’s second largest city Messina to rubble and damages the city of Reggio Calabria across the straits on the mainland.

– Jan 13, 1915 – Some 32,600 are killed when an earthquake measuring 7.0 strikes Avezzano in central Italy.

– July 27, 1930 – A quake measuring 6.5 strikes the region of Irpinia in southern Italy, killing around 1,400 people.

– May 6, 1976 – An earthquake measuring 6.5 rocks Friuli in Italy’s northeastern corner, killing 976 people and leaving 70,000 others homeless.

– Nov. 23, 1980 – Some 2,735 people are killed and more than 7,500 injured in an earthquake measuring 6.5. The epicentre was at Eboli but damage was reported over a huge area towards Naples.

– Dec. 13, 1990 – Earthquake centred in the sea off Sicily kills 13 people and injures 200.

– Sept. 26, 1997 – Two earthquakes measuring 6.4 kill 11 people and cause serious damage to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, damaging priceless Medieval frescoes.

– July 17, 2001 – Earthquake measuring 5.2 shakes the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, killing one woman.

– Oct. 31, 2002 – An earthquake measuring 5.9 hits Campobasso, south-central Italy, killing 30 people, most of them children, in San Giuliano di Puglia.

– April 6, 2009 – A powerful earthquake strikes the Abruzzo area east of Rome. It kills more than 300 people and devastates the 13th century city of L’Aquila.

– May 29, 2012 – More than 16 people are killed and 350 injured in the second big earthquake to hit the area around Modena in northern Italy. An earlier quake nine days earlier killed nearly 10 people.

– Aug 24, 2016 – A devastating earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early, killing almost 300 people and leaving thousands homeless. One of the worst hit towns was Amatrice. The disaster caused an estimated four billion euros ($4.5 billion) of damage, with 1,400 people still living in temporary accommodation.

But the Mayor of the town of Ussita, Marco Rinaldi, said on Wednesday: ‘It was a very strong earthquake, apocalyptic. People are screaming on the street and now we are without lights.

‘Many houses have collapsed. Our town is finished.’

Rinaldi said: ‘The second quake was a long, terrible one.’

‘I’ve felt a lot of earthquakes but that was the strongest I’ve ever felt. Fortunately everyone had already left their homes after the first quake so I don’t think anyone was hurt,’ Rinaldi said.

Italian television channels broadcast images of collapsed buildings and people standing dazed in front of their ruined houses.

Across the region, hospitals, a university residence, a retirement home and even a prison had to be evacuated.

‘Tonight we’re going to go. But tomorrow I don’t know. The tents, I can’t go there, it’s too cold,’ a resident of Visso said on television.

For people who are unable to return home immediately, civil protection has arranged accommodation in gyms and prepared to reopen some of the tent camps which were set up after the August earthquake.

The president of Umbria region, Catiuscia Marini, told RAI state television that officials are scrambling to come up with temporary housing.

‘I want to thank those working in the rain in the earthquake zones. All of Italy is wrapping its arms around the communities that have been hit once again,’ Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tweeted.

In Rome, the quakes rattled windows and doors. The imposing foreign ministry headquarters was temporarily evacuated.

The mayor of Serravalle del Chienti, Gabriele Santamarianova, said the quake felt ‘like bombs were falling’.

‘We saw a cloud of dust, we don’t yet know what has fallen down. We’ll see once the sun comes up.’

The epicenter of both tremors was registered in the Valnerina valley, a mountainous area between the cities of Macerata and Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) from the Stadio Adriatico.

US Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle said of the area: ‘They have a lot of old buildings that weren’t constructed at a time with modern seismic (building) codes.’

One Twitter user in Italy, Sofia, wrote: ‘I’m so scared of these earthquakes don’t think i’ll sleep tonight #Terremoto.’

The mayor of nearby Castel Santangelo Sul Nera, Mauro Falcucci, said last night: ‘We’re without power, waiting for emergency crews. We can’t see anything. It’s tough. Really tough.’

He said some buildings had collapsed but there were no immediate reports of any fatalities. But he said the darkness, and heavy rain, were impeding the search.

Rescuers gather in the village of Visso after pair of powerful aftershocks shook central Italy last night, not far from the area where a quake killed 300 in August

The epicentre of the first earthquake was Castel Santangelo Sul Nera, near Perugia, but two more powerful aftershocks hit the area, one of them centred on Visso

A section of motorway north of Rome was closed due to a landslide, said Ornella De Luca, from Italy’s civil protection agency.

Italy’s National Vulcanology Centre said the epicentre was in Castel Santangelo Sul Nera, 50 miles from Perugia in the central spine of Italy, which has traditionally been prone to quakes, known in Italian as terremoto.

A Facebook post from the town said: ‘One of the worst-affected municipalities, numerous collapses, all the people currently in the street (about 300 people).’

Arcangelo Vicedomini, a software developer in Nettuno, near Rome, tweeted: ‘Earthquake in Italy, 5.6 Richter, epicenter 66 km south of Perugia. In it was feeled well. In Nettuno chandeliers are dancing [sic].’

Vanda Wilcox tweeted: ‘Another big earthquake. Epicentre near Perugia, made the house shake hugely here, frightened us enough to get baby up & go out #Terremoto.’

But the US Geological Survey said the quakes had a depth of only seven miles, which is relatively shallow.

A match between Pescara and Atalanta in Serie A was halted for four minutes when the second earthquake hit, causing panic as the stands shook for more than 10 seconds.

Many spectators left the Stadio Adriatico in Pescara but the game resumed and the visitors went on to win 1-0.

Pescara defender Hugo Campagnaro said: ‘At the time we didn’t realise anything, because we were moving. Then, once we heard the fans shouting and saw people leaving, we understood.’

Atalanta’s Mattia Caldara said: ‘We didn’t feel anything on the pitch. But my teammates told me that the substitutes’ bench shook.’

In their first editions Thursday morning, several Italian newspapers headlined ‘The unending nightmare’.

August’s disaster caused an estimated four billion euros ($4.5 billion) of damage, with 1,400 people still living in temporary accommodation.

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Aug 29

Are Megaquakes Coming? Another Government Warns People To ‘Be Prepared For The Worst’

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

With ISL reporting that yet another government, the Czech Republic, is warning their people to “prepare for the worst,” joining the growing list of governments across the globe that have issued similar warnings, including the U.S and more recently Germany, we are brought back to the questions of what exactly are they worried enough about to issue instructions to start “preparing,” all within the last few months?

In Germany the plan to instruct their populace to prepare was in case of an “attack or catastrophe,” and when Barack Obama told U.S. citizens to “be prepared” for disaster, it was timed with the Cascadia Rising 2016 drill, along with the unveiling of a FEMA app, and a look at the current seismic activity across the globe, the active and erupting volcanoes, the increasing strength and frequency of earthquakes, we have to wonder if these governments aren’t issuing these warnings because they are expecting a series of megaquakes.

According to this real time map, created by Mapbox using USGS earthquake data feed, there have been over 8,600 tremors detected worldwide over the past month alone, with over 1,600 tremors detected just this past week, just to put the massive amount of seismic activity occurring now into context.

Today we woke to the news that at least 73 people were killed, with another 150+ believed to be trapped in rubble after a 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 3.30am local time near Norcia in Umbria, central Italy, with scenes described as hellish and witnesses saying it looked like “Dante’s inferno,” with four towns almost wiped off the map, according to The Daily Mail.

Following that a 6.8-magnitude hit central Burma. These follow the news last week of a powerful 7.4-magnitude quake shook the Southern Atlantic Ocean, according to the USGS.

The point being… we are seeing a unusual amount of activity, specifically major earthquakes and a number of active and/or erupting volcanoes.

Both volcanoes and earthquakes are the result from the movement of tectonic plates, and scientists, such as Jonathan Snow, a volcanologist at the University of Houston,  have previously stated that earthquakes often foretell volcanic activity, stating “It’s very common for the two to be linked. Volcanic eruptions are usually preceded by earthquakes large and small.”

For those interested in how plate tectonics are connected to earthquakes, volcanoes and subsequent tsunamis, the short documentary below offers a great explanation.

In noting the recent warnings from multiple governments over the past few months, in conjunction with the increase of large earthquakes occurring, ANP reached out to a source more familiar with the topic of earthquakes and volcanoes and were told via email that what is happening in the Azores, the Canary Islands, along with the 7.4 in the Southern Atlantic are “very troubling,” which is indicating “something very unstable happening,”  and telling me “I can’t remember this much concurrent activity on the mid Atlantic ridge, let alone a major quake of the magnitude that hit 300 plus miles north of Antarctica.”

That instability and specific mention of the Canary Islands leads us to the topic of the Cumbre Vieja volcano which is an active although dormant volcanic ridge on the volcanic ocean island of Isla de La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain, that erupted twice in the 20th century – in 1949, and again in 1971. (Source)

In 2011 a peer-reviewed paper by Steven N. Ward from the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz California, USA, and Simon Day from Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre, Department of Geological Sciences, University College, London, UK, titled “Cumbre Vieja Volcano — Potential collapse and tsunami at La Palma, Canary Islands, sparked a vigorous debate among the scientific community, when they found, according to their abstract summary that “Geological evidence suggests that during a future eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the Island of La Palma may experience a catastrophic failure of its west flank, dropping 150 to 500 km3 of rock into the sea. Using a geologically reasonable estimate of landslide motion, we model tsunami waves produced by such a collapse. Waves generated by the run-out of a 500 km3 (150 km3 ) slide block at 100 m/s could transit the entire Atlantic Basin and arrive on the coasts of the Americas with 10-25 m (3-8 m) height.

You can hear one of the authors of that controversial paper, Simon Day, among others, explain their findings below:

Via the video description:

Americas East Coast Megatsunami Canary Islands Geologists S. Day and S. Ward consider that a megatsunami could be generated during a future eruption involving the Cumbre Vieja on the volcanic ocean island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands.

In 1949, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted at its Duraznero, Hoyo Negro and San Juan vents. During this eruption, an earthquake with an epicentre near the village of Jedy occurred. The following day Rubio Bonelli, a local geologist, visited the summit area and discovered that a fissure about 2.5 km long had opened on the eastern side of the summit. As a result, the western half of the Cumbre Vieja (which is the volcanically active arm of a triple-armed rift) had slipped about 2 m downwards and 1 m westwards towards the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano is currently in a dormant stage, but will almost certainly erupt again in the future. Day and Ward hypothesize that if such an eruption causes the western flank to fail, a megatsunami will be generated.

La Palma is currently the most volcanically active island in the Canary Islands Archipelago. It is likely that several eruptions would be required before failure would occur on Cumbre Vieja.[12][13] However, the western half of the volcano has an approximate volume of 500 km3 (5 x 1011 m3) and an estimated mass of 1.5 x 1015 kg. If it were to catastrophically slide into the ocean, it could generate a wave with an initial height of about 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) at the island, and a likely height of around 50 metres (164 ft) at the Caribbean and the Eastern North American seaboard when it runs ashore eight or more hours later. Tens of millions of lives would be lost as New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Miami, Havana, and many other cities near the Atlantic coast are leveled.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano is just one of many examples of why those paying close attention to the increase of larger magnitude earthquakes are also keeping a very close eye on volcanic activity around the world, because just one megaquake could set off a chain reaction that could quite literally affect the majority of  global community.

BOTTOM LINE

With predictions for the “big one” hitting the West Coast, to the massive activity seen at The Ring of Fire, to the more recent 7.4 magnitude earthquake shaking the Southern Atlantic,  and the devastation in Italy this morning, there seems to be potential danger from every direction, so we can understand why countries around the globe are warning their people to “prepare for the worst,” but we cannot explain why they are doing so in just the past few months when there didn’t seem to be the same sense of urgency before that.

Makes us wonder, what do they know that we don’t?

Maybe that blood red moon over New York last night is a prophetic sign.

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Aug 09

Major Volcanoes Along The Ring Of Fire Are Going Off Like Firecrackers

By Michael Snyder, on August 3rd, 2016

So far this week, we have seen the most dangerous volcano in Mexico erupt, and three major volcanoes in Indonesia all erupted within the space of just 72 hours.  Mexico and Indonesia are both considered to be part of “the Ring of Fire”, and all along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean volcanoes are starting to go off like firecrackers right now.  According to Volcano Discovery, 25 volcanoes in areas that are considered to be within the Ring of Fire have erupted recently.  Our planet appears to have entered a time of increased seismic activity, and those the follow my work regularly know that this is a theme that I revisit repeatedly.  Sadly, most Americans are not paying too much attention to this increase in seismic activity, but the truth is that it has very serious implications for the west coast of the United States.

It didn’t make a big splash in the mainstream media in the United States, but this week Mt. Popocatepetl erupted and coated homes and vehicles in Mexico City with a thick layer of volcanic dust.  And now some scientists are becoming concerned that this recent activity may be building up to “a major disastrous eruption”

Residents of Mexico City woke this morning to find ash coating cars and buildings after the Popocatepetl volcano belched out another toxic cloud.

The volcano is considered one of the world’s most dangerous due to its proximity to the city with more than nine million inhabitants.

Around 25 million people live within 62 miles of the crater of the 5,426-metre magma mount, who could also be affected.

There are fears the peak is building towards a major disastrous eruption after activity increased over the past few years, although, it has been periodically erupting since 1994.

There is a very good reason why Mt. Popocatepetl is considered to be the most dangerous volcano in Mexico.  If there ever is “a major disastrous eruption”, millions upon millions of people will be directly affected and it will bring Mexico’s economy to a screeching halt.  The following comes from one of my previous articles

Popocatepetl is an Aztec word that can be translated as “smoking mountain”, and more than 25 million people live within range of this extraordinarily dangerous mountain. Experts tell us that during the time of the Aztecs, entire cities were completely buried in super-heated mud from this volcano. In fact, the super-heated mud was so deep that it buried entire pyramids. In the event of a full-blown eruption, Mexico City’s 18 million residents probably wouldn’t be buried in super-heated mud, but it would still be absolutely devastating for Mexico’s largest city.

Meanwhile, the nation of Indonesia has been rocked by three significant volcanic eruptions in just a three day period

Giant clouds of ash engulfed the skies as Mount Sinabung became the third volcano to erupt in Indonesia, in the space of just three days.

Mount Rinjani on Lombok island near Bali erupted on Monday, with the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands following suit late yesterday.

There are approximately 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, but this is still very unusual even for them.

But of even greater concern for Indonesia (and for the rest of the planet) is the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that shook Mount Tambora on July 31st.  Back in 1815, an eruption at Mount Tambora was the largest that has ever been recorded, and there are concerns that this recent very large earthquake may be a sign that another mega-eruption is on the way.

If you are not familiar with the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, it was truly a historic event.  More than 70,000 people died from the immediate blast, and the climate of the entire planet was cooled substantially for years afterwards.  The following description of that eruption comes from Wikipedia

After a large magma chamber inside the mountain filled over the course of several decades, volcanic activity reached a historic climax in the eruption of 10 April 1815.[5] This eruption had a volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 7, the only unambiguously confirmed VEI-7 eruption since the Lake Taupo eruption in about AD 180.[6] (The 946 eruption of Paektu Mountain might also have been VEI-7.)

With an estimated ejecta volume of 160 km3 (38 cu mi), Tambora’s 1815 outburst is the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. The explosion was heard on Sumatra, more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi) away. Heavy volcanic ash falls were observed as far away as Borneo, Sulawesi, Java, and the Maluku Islands.

The following year became known as “the year without a summer” because the global climate cooled down so dramatically.  There were crop failures all across the northern hemisphere, and as a result the world experienced the worst famine of the 19th century.

Someday, there will be another eruption of that magnitude at Mount Tambora or elsewhere along the Ring of Fire, and the world will experience another horrifying famine.

It is just a matter of time.

And let us not forget that the entire west coast of the United States also sits along the Ring of Fire.  In my novel and in my new book I warn about the coming eruption of Mt. Rainier.  But that is certainly not the only volcano on the west coast that we need to be concerned about.  In recent months there has also been increased seismic activity at Mt. Hood and at Mt. St. Helens.

We have been very fortunate not to have had any major volcanic eruptions in the continental United States since the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, but scientists assure us that we are well overdue for the next one.

In addition, the Yellowstone supervolcano may not be considered to be directly along the Ring of Fire, but it has also been exhibiting very strange behavior this year as well.  When it finally erupts, all of our lives are going to change in a single moment.

So there are definitely some big reasons why we should be concerned about all of these volcanoes that are currently erupting around the world.  It may not be tomorrow, but eventually Americans are going to see firsthand how a major volcanic eruption can permanently alter their lives.

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Aug 02

Is Dead Sea Fulfilling Bible’s End Times Prophecy?

By Brandon Showalter , CP Reporter

July 31, 2016|11:25 am

An alleged discovery of freshwater pools along the shores of the Dead Sea – which borders Jordan, Israel and the West Bank – has some people claiming the fulfillment of biblical end times prophecy, while others – including Messianic Jews and Christian scholars – dispute the claim.

Breaking Israel News highlighted Samantha Siegel, a Jewish artisan baker from Jerusalem who frequently takes trips to the Dead Sea region, reportedly discovering freshwater pools. Although no official sources are linked in the article, the report asserts that the Dead Sea has been receding by 1 meter every year and that sinkholes around it have been filling up with fresh water and are teeming with fish, calling it “a prophecy appearing before her eyes that seemed to contradict the laws of nature.”

The Dead Sea is more than 400 meters below sea level and is the lowest point on the planet. Because of its hyper-saline environment, it is a harsh place where life is not known to grow, hence its name.

In a YouTube video Siegel posted online, she calls these things “signs of the times” when the Dead Sea finally comes to life. The report suggests that such discoveries signal the start of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies about the Dead Sea in Zechariah 14:8 and Ezekiel 47:8-9.

The report further notes that in 2011, a team of researchers from Ben Gurion University in the Negev sent divers to the floor of the Dead Sea where they found fresh water flowing in from craters that were 15 meters across and 20 meters deep. These craters were “carpeted with mats of microorganisms, showing that the Dead Sea was not entirely dead.”

“Scientific research has proved the existence of life at the bottom of the Dead sea, but due to a unique set of circumstances, signs of life have begun appearing on its very shores, precisely as it is written in the Book of Prophets,” the report claims.

Zechariah 14:8 reads: “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the Dead Sea and the other half to the Mediterranean Sea. This will happen for the summer as well as the winter.”

Ezekiel 47: 8-9 reads: “He said to me, ‘This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.

Thus the Breaking Israel News article argues, “The beginnings of the prophecy are in place, waiting to spring forth.”

The Christian Post reached out to Susan Perlman, co-founder of Jews for Jesus, for her take on this claim of end times prophecy being fulfilled. “As far as fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy, Ezek. 47:9 says ‘Wherever the stream flows, there will be all kinds of animals and fish. The stream will make the water of the Dead Sea fresh, and wherever it flows, it will bring life.’ So far, the Dead Sea is still dead though there may be some fresh water deposits,” Perlman told CP.

“Therefore, we can’t really say whether this fulfills prophecy —the future will tell,” she concluded.

Given the variety of end times theological perspectives within Christianity, CP also asked Dr. Floyd Elmore, professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary, to weigh in.

The problem with this discovery of these pools as the beginning of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, says Elmore, is the place of the water’s origin.

“The prophecies of Ezekiel 47 and Zechariah 14 are not being fulfilled as they are written if we think that the presence of fresh water under and around the Dead Sea now is the fulfillment of such prophecies,” Elmore told CP Friday.

“The reason is that both passages state that the origination of the fresh water flowing to the Dead Sea is from Jerusalem and its temple,” he continued, adding that it also depends on the view one takes of end times events.

Some might see “what is going on now in Israel as a precursor or inauguration of the process that will ultimately fulfill the two prophecies,” Elmore added. But those who hold a more pre-millennial view would expect divine intervention to change conditions on the ground in the millennium.

“When Christ returns, we would expect to see that changing conditions regarding fresh water and fish in them described in the prophecies are the result of Christ the Lord being King in Jerusalem. His presence and command to make the waters flow from his seat of power will change and heal certain poor earth conditions that now exist. All these changes will emanate from Jerusalem and will be indicative of millennial blessings for planet earth,” Elmore concluded.

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