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Separate mass gatherings led by Franklin Graham, Jonathan Cahn converge

National Mall the site this Saturday of ‘Prayer March’ and ‘solemn assembly’

By Art Moore
Published September 23, 2020 at 7:

Two separate mass gatherings calling for prayer for the nation will take place Saturday on the National Mall in Washington.

The “Washington Prayer March 2020,” will be led by evangelist Franklin Graham, and “The Return — National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance,” by Jonathan Cahn, the Messianic rabbi known for his New York Times bestsellers, including “The Harbinger.”

Graham and Cahn both say God led them separately to call for the mass assemblies, CBN News reported.

“God is converging everything. That’s how important this day is,” Cahn told CBN.

“The Return” will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time between the Washington Monument and the Capitol building. At noon Eastern, the prayer march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial, stopping for focused prayer at sites on the National Mall.

In addition, as WND reported, Focus on the Family is holding a virtual pro-life event called “See Life 2020” at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday night that can be viewed here.

In an interview last week with WND, Cahn pointed to another crucial time in America, during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln declared a solemn assembly “and it changed the course of history.”

“We are at a more dangerous point than ever. We have an election that can change the course of the nation at such a time when so many signs are pointing to danger of judgment,” he told WND.

“I believe that if we do not rise to this now, here, embodied by the return, we may pass the point of no return. That’s why I’m calling on any believer who has any kind of burden for America to join, whether they come to Washington or wherever they are.

“But we need to do this as never before.”

In a promotion for the march, Graham said the country “is in trouble” and the “only hope for America is God.”

“We’re coming to pray. And I’m just asking people to join me,” he said.

“Let’s fill this city with people who are willing to pray for this country, to pray for the president, to pray for all of our leaders, Democrat and Republican.”

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Greater shakings’: Jonathan Cahn foresaw 2020 trouble, warns of even more

By Art Moore
Published September 20, 2020 at 11:59am

The fact that 2020 has become a year of historic “shaking” was not a surprise to Jonathan Cahn, the Messianic Jewish rabbi and author of many New York Times bestsellers, including “The Harbinger” and a sequel published this month, “Harbinger II: The Return.”

When he and his colleagues set the date for the massive gathering on the National Mall in Washington this Saturday – “The Return — National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance” – they certainly had the crucial Nov. 3 election in mind, 40 days hence.

But he said in an interview with WND he has long had “a real strong sense that it was going to be all the more strategic.” In “The Harbinger,” Cahn showed how the signs of judgment and warning in the last days of ancient Israel are strikingly similar to signs in America today, particularly surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“The pattern and the template of the harbinger is that there is first a shaking, a warning, in the form of an attack – that was 9/11 – then there is a window of time for the nation to come back,” he said.

“Then the window comes to an end and there are shakings.” Remarkably, the shakings that the prophet Jeremiah foretold for Israel – the window of time for repentance – came 19 years after the judgment.

“So for years I was wondering, would this be the year the shakings would come?” Cahn told WND. “And it has been certainly that.” Further, he pointed out, one of the shakings Jeremiah prophesies in the 19th year is a plague.

If the coronavirus, violent racial unrest, hurricanes and wildfires aren’t enough, there likely will be more, he said in the interview, which took place just before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.”I don’t believe the shakings are over. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of it. I believe there will be greater shakings,” Cahn said.

Window of time

When Cahn announced in a video message in March the plan for “The Return,” he said he believed America has been given the “window of time” for the purpose of “return and revival.”

“Without that return, America will be lost,” he said at the time. “In the days following 9/11, people flocked to houses of worship, and it looked as if there could have been a spiritual revival and awakening. But it never came because there was no repentance. And without repentance, without a turning back, there can be no revival.” But Cahn has seen in his lifetime “the hand of God change the course of American and world history.”

The return begins, he emphasized, “not in the halls of government but with the people of God who gathered in a sacred assembly in our nation’s capital with Scripture: ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their sinful ways, I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.'”

“The Return” events this weekend will take place during the 10 days that are known from ancient times as the Days of Awe, beginning last Friday with the Jewish Feast of Trumpets and ending with the Day of Atonement on Sept. 28. “The Return” also corresponds with the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Many who can’t make it to Washington for the assembly on the National Mall will gather across the nation in houses of worship and in homes to participate via a livestream.

Among the speakers are Ben Carson, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Ann Graham Lotz, Alveda King, Pat Boone, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin and former Rep. Michele Bachmann. Cahn will give a “prophetic word” at 11 a.m. Eastern on Saturday that he said will be “a call for America to return, a revealing of where America is, the biblical templets we’re replaying and where it leads.” “We’re at a very dangerous point,” he told WND. “The voice of God calling to us.”

The main event on the Mall, between the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday. An evening celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday night is a youth gathering from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Along with the livestream on the web, “The Return” will be broadcast on many television networks, including CBN, TBN, PTL, TCT, God TV and Daystar. And there will be simulcast partners around the world broadcasting in nearly 90 languages, according to the co-chairman of the event, Kevin Jessip. “This will be the largest ever global gathering in the history of Christendom utilizing today’s technologies,” said Jessip, founder of the Global Strategic Alliance.

Cahn leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel congregation just outside New York City, in Wayne, New Jersey. He has spoken at the United Nations, before leaders of Congress and at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in 2013 and 2017.

Solemn assembly

Yet another remarkable providence in the timing of the event Saturday, Cahn said, is the convergence with a dream recounted recently by Dana Coverstone, the Kentucky pastor whose video in June telling of dreams he said foretold of the coronavirus and racial unrest went viral.

Coverstone said he saw, in a more recent dream this summer, a calendar in which September was highlighted as a month in which there would be a growing movement of prayer for the nation and for revival amid increasing resistance. The pastor saw a finger emphasize the last week of September, when there would be a “solemn assembly.”

“That’s exactly what the return is, a solemn assembly,” Cahn said. Cahn told WND that he had spoken recently with Coverstone, and the Kentucky pastor didn’t know about The Return event when he had the dream. People told him about it later. Cahn also later discovered that The Return “happens” to fall on a specially appointed day in the Hebrew calendar called Shabbat Shuvah. He didn’t know that when the event was scheduled.

Shuvah means “return,” and the day is specifically appointed as the return of a nation to God. Scriptures for that day include a passage from Joel 2, which says, “Sound the shofar, proclaim a solemn assembly and plead with him for the nation and the Lord will hear our prayer.”

“All over the world on that Saturday, the scrolls will be opened in synagogues and there will be a reading from Joel about the solemn assembly,” Cahn said. That day on the Hebrew calendar is set apart as a time of prayer and getting right before the Lord, he noted.

Cahn pointed to another crucial time in America, during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln declared a solemn assembly “and it changed the course of history.” “We are at a more dangerous point than ever. We have an election that can change the course of the nation at such a time when so many signs are pointing to danger of judgment,” he told WND.

“I believe that if we do not rise to this now, here, embodied by the return, we may pass the point of no return. That’s why I’m calling on any believer who has any kind of burden for America to join, whether they come to Washington or wherever they are. “But we need to do this as never before.”

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WILL IRAN INVADE BAHRAIN AS REVENGE AGAINST NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAEL?

BY JNS | MIDDLE EAST

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

The normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain constitutes another significant and painful blow to Iran’s soft belly. However, unlike the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain is of particular historical, religious and political importance to Iran. Bahrain was once under Persian rule (1602-1783) and as Iran’s 14th province sent representatives to the Iranian Majlis (parliament). A Sunni minority rules the Shi’ite majority in Bahrain, and part of the population is Persian in origin. In recent years, especially during the tenure of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but also before, there were calls to restore Bahrain to Iranian rule.

Bahrain, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, is located right in the middle of the Iranian “lion’s jaws.” It hosts the U.S. Navy’s main naval base in the Gulf region, home to the Fifth Fleet, and representatives of the Royal British Navy. Bahrain effectively serves as a microcosm for the “great processes” and shake-ups in the Middle East that have gradually unraveled the old order, narratives and paradigms (Sykes-Picot, land for peace, pan-Arabism). These are being replaced by a new regional order represented by the U.S. “Peace to Prosperity” vision and economic prosperity.

Since the outbreak of the “Arab Spring”—and even long before it—Iran has acted with perseverance, principally via its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, to destabilize the Bahraini Kingdom and bring down its minority Sunni rule. The decision by Bahrain, with the backing of Saudi Arabia, to normalize relations with Israel is expected to lead to an increase in Iranian subversion efforts in the kingdom through local Shi’ite terrorist groups and the Shi’ite opposition parties, with assistance from the Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist group Hezbollah. Leading Iranian media, such as Kayhan, which reflect the opinions of the country’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, are already inciting Bahrainis to take up arms to protect their rights. Kayhan declares that Bahrain will be the first of the Gulf states to fall, and that “the storm against Israel is rapidly approaching.” “A shameful move that will result in serious consequences” As in the case of the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE, senior Iranian officials in Iran’s Foreign Ministry were quick to condemn the move by Bahrain, defining it as “shameful” and harmful to the Palestinian people.

“This shameful act by Bahrain,” the spokesman continued, “slaughters the Palestinian ideology and the decades-long struggle and suffering of the Palestinian people on the altar of the American election. Undoubtedly, the oppressed and freedom-seeking people of Palestine and the freedom-seeking Muslims of the world will never accept the relations with the usurper and rebellious regime of Israel, and this shameful act will forever remain in the memory of the oppressed nation of Palestine and the freedom-loving nations of the world.” The spokesman also warned of “an infringement on the security of the region by the Zionist regime” and said that “responsibility for such intervention rests on the shoulders of the Bahraini government.”

Hussein Amir-Abdollahian, an adviser to the chairman of the Majlis, tweeted that “Bahrain will be facing difficult times” as a result of its decision to make peace with Israel. “The Bahraini regime’s compromise w/ #Israel is a great betrayal to the Islamic cause & Palestinians. The imprudent leaders in UAE, #Bahrain must not pave the way for the Zionist schemes. They should learn lessons from history. Tomorrow is late! The U.S. lifeline has worn out for years,” he wrote.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman also said that in trying to drive a wedge between the Bahraini government and the Bahraini people, “the Government of Bahrain made a fundamental mistake by preferring to find refuge in the lap of the occupying regime of Jerusalem instead of gaining legitimacy from its people” and by “sacrificing the ideal of noble Palestine to the internal American elections.”

IRGC: Bahrain’s Shi’ites will not permit normalization with Israel

The IRGC’s foreign relations office issued a bellicose statement on its website calling for rebellion and citizen protests in Bahrain. The IRGC Quds Force, true to its intentions, will enforce the execution of such protests, including violent expressions and attacks by its terrorist proxies.

“The executioner ruler of Bahrain should await harsh revenge of the Mujahideen [Islamic fighters] aiming to liberate Quds [Jerusalem] and the proud Muslim nation of this country,” said the statement. It went on to state that “the shameful measure by [King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa] Al Khalifa and the dependent regime [stooge] ruling Bahrain in establishing relations with the Zionist regime against the wishes and ideals of that country’s Muslim nation is a big idiocy void of any legitimacy, and it will receive suitable responses.”

Elsewhere, the statement said, “The domino effect of normalization of relations with the Zionist regime—which is through the rulers of certain Arab countries and the engineering of the White House and the hated and unwise U.S. president—follows their imposition of humiliation on Muslim nations and looting of their resources and wealth.” Claiming that the U.S.-Gulf objective is to make the Palestinian territories safe for Israel, the IRGC declared this project will never be fulfilled, and, on the contrary, will give Muslim nations a stronger determination to “eliminate the cancerous tumor, Israel.”

The statement warns “Al Khalifa and other arrogant traitors to the Bahraini regime against opening the gates to the entry and influence of the Zionist regime into the strategic area of the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea.” It goes on to say that those who assist the United States and the “Zionist regime” will be targeted by the “holy rage and burning revenge” of the Islamic nation, and especially “the Shi’ite residents in Bahrain, who raise the banner of Imam Hussein bin Ali [a symbol of Shi’ite martyrdom].”

Press TV, the Iranian propaganda channel in English, and al-Alem TV, which broadcasts to an Arab target audience, echoed the calls against the agreement, especially from protesting citizens of Bahrain. “The agreement is treason” and “Bahrain opposes normalization” were press headlines. Kayhan newspaper’s editorial declared, “It is all too obvious that the pirate regime in occupation of the Persian Gulf island state of Bahrain has signed its own death warrant by establishing ties with the illegal Zionist entity.”

Bahrain’s Shi’ite opposition party: A “betrayal of Islam”

Bahrain’s largest Shi’ite opposition party, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society (Jam’īyat al-Wifāq al-Waṭanī al-Islāmīyah) or the “Bloc of Believers,” acted in the spirit of its patron, Iran, and called the government’s relationship with the “Zionist enemy” (Israel) a “crime.” The party declared that the deal was illegal and that the rulers of Bahrain had no authority to take such a move, which it called “a betrayal of Islam and Arabism, a deviation from the broader Arab and Islamic consensus and harm to the Palestinian people.”

Saraya Wa’ad Allah (The Promise of God), an Iranian-backed military wing of the Bahraini Shi’ite opposition group, was the first to officially react to the peace deal. “This false normalization is nothing but an update to the enabling of this cancerous tumor in the body of the [Islamic] Ummah, and it is rejected by reason, Sharia law, and the people,” it said in a statement. On Sept. 16, Saraya Wa’ad Allah announced the creation of Saraya Suhada al-Quds (martyrs of Jerusalem) to fight the “the Zionist presence in Bahrain.”

Bahrain, Iran’s 14th province

Iran claims sovereignty over Bahrain and produces historical references to it from time to time. Bahrain was under Persian rule from 1602-1783, following an 80-year Portuguese occupation. In 1799, the House of Khalifa moved to Bahrain from Qatar, and they maintained a protectorate status to the British. After the end of the 1960s, Britain decided to withdraw its forces from the Gulf, and Iran renewed its claims of sovereignty over the island. However, in a 1970 referendum, the people of Bahrain were required to decide between independence and becoming part of Iran. They chose independence. The Iranian Shah ceased to raise the issue, but after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Tehran put it on the agenda from time to time. In a dispute with the UAE, Iran also claimed sovereignty over three islands (Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb) near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian officials continue to argue that until its independence, Bahrain was the 14th province of Iran and was even represented in Iran’s Majlis. They also sharply criticize the Shah’s “shameful” decision to give it up. For example, Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of Kayhan and a close associate of Iran’s leader, stated in July 2007, “The governments of the Gulf states were established as a result of the direct interference of global condescension [western powers] … And were accused by their people of collaborating with the Zionist entity … They know full well that the earthquake that shook Iran [the Islamic Revolution] would bring [sooner or later] the collapse of their illegal regimes.” He said it was not his personal opinion, but that of the Iranian and Bahraini people.

These statements, which undermined Bahrain’s Arab identity, its independence and sovereignty, although rare, feed the Bahraini concerns about Iran’s continued subversion and repeated attempts to overthrow the monarchy.

For Iran, Bahrain is a critical and charged issue, and over the years it has been trying to incite the Shi’ite majority’s protests against the Sunni rule. The Bahraini decision to move toward normalization with Israel is also linked to internal developments within Bahrain and fears of the kingdom’s ongoing Shi’ite protests. The Shi’ite majority (70 percent) calls from time to time and with varying intensity to challenge the Sunni royal family. The normalization of relations with Israel is yet another sign of the profound transformation reshaping the political and social landscape of the Middle East and redefining the region’s relations with the United States and Israel, in particular under Iran’s shadow across the Sunni-Shi’ite and Arab-Persian divide.

Iran flipped the Arab Spring into an Islamic awakening

With the outbreak of the Arab Spring 10 years ago, the popular protest swept the Arab world, including Bahrain. Bahrain encapsulates the weaknesses of the Arab world in the face of Iran’s growing projection of military power. At the same time, differences appear within Bahrain’s Shi’ites. They are still divided over the sources of Shi’ite religious authority (embodied by Supreme Ayatollah Khamenei or his rival Ayatollah Sistani), as well as ethnic and religious rivalries—Persians, Arabs, Shi’ites and Sunnis. In the dramatic course of normalizing relations with Israel, it appears that Bahrain openly chose the American shield against Iran’s looming shadow, showing the disconnect between normalization with Israel and solving the Palestinian problem. Washington is considered the kingdom’s main ally. The U.S. Fifth Fleet Command operates in Gulf waters as a counterweight and a deterrent against Iran.

Bahrain is the arena of a major conflict in the Gulf between two major regional forces. Iran (Shi’ite), which still sees itself as defining, representing and leading the “new regional order” or the “Islamic Spring,” the one that was supposed to rebuild its vision on the ruins of the old American/Western order and the Arab regimes supported by it. Since the Arab Spring, Iran has tried with only partial success to exploit the weakness and fragmentation of the Arab countries (Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon). With these countries primarily busy maintaining their stability and understanding the U.S. position toward them, Iran has been increasing its political and military involvement. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia (Sunni) is involved in a desperate battle (including in its own backyard in Yemen) to preserve something of the old order that is crumbling under its feet.

The confrontation with Iran

During the Arab Spring in 2011, Saudi Arabia dispatched to Bahrain the Peninsula Shield Force to prevent Bahrain from falling into the hands of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite majority. It was sent to the kingdom in the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Defense Agreement to assist Bahrain in protecting its “vital facilities and interests” and, in fact, prevented a coup in Bahrain.

In doing so, Saudi Arabia signaled that it was ready to confront Iran and showed a new face to its historic rival. The fall of Bahrain to the Shi’ites—for which Tehran pushed 10 years ago—would have granted Tehran direct access from the east (Bahrain borders with Saudi Arabia) into the heart of the Sunni world. Later, with the Shi’ite Houthi rebels, Iran managed to gain a foothold on the southern border of Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. Iran is constantly working on strengthening Shi’ite parties in Bahrain, such as the al-Ashtar Brigades. With the help of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Iran incites these parties to protest, even violently, against the regime.

As part of the Iranian campaign, Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim of Bahrain issued a stern statement opposing the normalization of relations between Bahrain and Israel. Sheikh Isa supports the absolute theocratic rule of Khamenei (Velayat-e faqih) and even relates to him as the venerated Imam Hussein of our times. Iran also tries to weaken Shi’ite parties that support the Quietist Shi’ite model (separation of political and clerical power), which finds expression in the model of power in Iraq and its main representative, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani and even some of the Shi’ite clerics in Lebanon, such as Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah, before his death in 2010. Following Bahrain’s announcement to normalize its relations with Israel, Iran blatantly called on the Shi’ites in the kingdom to come out and demonstrate against the “betrayal,” as reflected in the statement issued by the IRGC and other Iranian spokesmen.

Iran is concerned that Shi’ites in Iraq, in Bahrain and other Gulf countries, Lebanon and even Iran may shift their support to Ali al-Sistani’s brand of Shi’ism. Therefore, Iran tries to strengthen those Shi’ite clerics who venerate Khamenei. Iran also tries to nurture in Bahrain’s Shi’ites, some of whom are of Arab and others of Persian origin, a unique Shi’ite identity and affinity to the Iranian leader. In this context, Iran provides them generous financial assistance, helps Shi’ite organizations, and even provides weapons to some, with the assistance of Hezbollah.

Iran does not suffice with words and works vigorously to destabilize Bahrain, mainly through the recruitment and incitement of its Shi’ites, and Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon (and modeled on local Shi’ite militias in Iraq and Yemen). This way, Iran advances its interests and prepares the ground for overthrowing the government in Bahrain using secret intelligence-gathering cells and organizing Shi’ites to protest and acts of subversion.

The Malik al-Ashtar Brigades

In this context, in 2013, the Quds Force of the IRGC were behind the establishment of the Islamic Resistance in Bahrain, along the model of Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Malik al-Ashtar Brigades, also called Saraya al-Ashtar, aims to overthrow the Bahraini monarchy.

The IRGC even provided the al-Ashtar Brigades with explosives, weapons and training, some of which took place in Iraqi camps. The terrorist organization carried out several attacks, including assassinations and car bombings, against Bahraini security forces and security targets, in which police officers and members of the security forces were killed. One of the police officers killed in a terrorist attack carried out by the organization in 2014 was a UAE policeman, stationed in Bahrain as part of the forces sent by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 2011 to suppress an attempted coup. Since July 2018, the U.S. State Department has included the al-Ashtar organization in its list of terrorist organizations. Following extensive and ongoing counter-terrorism activities by the Bahrain authorities, it was discovered that several of the organization’s operatives had found refuge in Iran. Bahrain’s security forces have arrested some of the organization’s operatives, and some of them have been executed.

Many diplomatic cables revealed by WikiLeaks pointed out to senior U.S. officials that the Bahraini monarchy and other Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, were deeply concerned with both the political (“Bahrain is a part of Iran”) and military (nuclear and naval) threats posed by Iran. Bahrain is also concerned about subversion of its government, and the growing Iranian impact in the region, especially in Iraq and the Gulf. It was discussed in the cables that Bahrain and other Gulf states needed to formulate a regional Arab response and creation of the international umbrella to protect from those threats.

Bahrain accuses Iran of aiming to overthrow the regime, the way it attempted to do in the early 1980s, and again in 1994 when it established Hezbollah in Bahrain and even trained its operatives in Syria. In 1996, Bahrain uncovered on its territory Hezbollah cells, called Hezbollah Bahrain. These cells were inspired by the Lebanese Hezbollah and were established with its assistance. Earlier in 1981, security forces in Bahrain unveiled the Islamic Front for the Liberation of Bahrain, which was trained and financed by Iranian intelligence and acted to stage a coup.

The Iranian method of operation is similar in any country where there is a Shi’ite majority or minority. It recruits the Lebanese Hezbollah, which possesses the knowledge and experience it gained fighting against Israel and in Syria, and trains the operatives in Lebanon and Iran. Iran operates the Quds Force and official Iranian institutions that work to locate, recruit and train local operatives, who will constitute future Hezbollah cells. This way, Hezbollah Al-Hejaz, the Hezbollah movement in Iraq, Hezbollah Bahrain (al-Ashtar Brigades) and others were established.

Bahrain considers Lebanese Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization. In the past year, Bahrain has also taken a series of measures and imposed financial penalties against Iranian individuals and banks suspected of laundering money and transferring it to support terrorism or to circumvent sanctions in the kingdom. In August, Bahrain also set up a committee to fight terrorism and extremism, with an emphasis on stopping funding of these organizations.

Convenient infrastructure for subversive activities

Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring, Iran finds in Bahrain a convenient infrastructure for political-religious subversion. Firstly, the proximity to Iran greatly facilitates Iran’s ability to assist Shi’ites in Bahrain. Secondly, the Shi’ite population (the Persian part) has become more attentive to Iran in recent years, in light of its disappointment with Bahraini reforms designed to weaken the Shi’ite opposition through its inclusion in a kind of toothless parliament. The successes of the Shi’ites in Iraq serve as a kind of encouragement to the Shi’ites in Bahrain.

Thirdly, regional and international circumstances contribute to the “increasing hunger” of the Shi’ites: the democratic elections in Iraq, the results of which reflected the Shi’ite majority there, the strong position of Hezbollah in Lebanon after the Second Lebanon War and its political establishment in Lebanon, the successes of the Houthi rebels in Yemen and their steadfast stand against Saudi Arabia, including the capture of the Yemenite capital Sana’a. Fourthly, Iran continues to exploit the collective weakness of the Sunni Arabs in the absence of a leading power core, for example, the symbols of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and to some extent, Hafez al-Assad in Syria. This way, Iran is trying to use the vacuum to direct changes in Bahrain the way it desires.

Shi’ite social networks in Bahrain and their affiliation with Shi’ite social networks in countries with a majority Shi’ite population played a key role during the attempted coup during the Arab Spring in Bahrain in terms of spreading and inciting protests, as well as coordinating with Shi’ite parties outside Bahrain. Bahraini bloggers (some of whom have been arrested by the authorities), opposition forums and websites have also been active during previous rounds of protests against the regime during 2007 and 2008. A unique feature of Bahraini virtual space is that it is a part of the broader Shi’ite context and affiliations. In cyberspace, Bahraini Shi’ites find “sympathetic ears,” words of encouragement and practical advice, as well as ideas common to Shi’ites in a broader context.

The Shi’ite protest in Bahrain resonates in Hezbollah’s forums in Lebanon. Images and videos uploaded in Bahrain echo in Hezbollah’s blogs and forums in Iraq and vice versa. This way, inspired by Iran, a kind of “Shi’ite virtual fraternity” is created, which in the end finds expression far beyond the virtual. Iran’s hopes for a speedy overthrow of the Bahraini monarchy were quickly dashed. Iran had hoped that Bahrain would become another link in the series of what it has defined as “divine events” since the beginning of the 21st century, including Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, the Second Intifada, the Second Lebanon War and “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza.

During the Arab Spring protest in Bahrain, Khamenei stressed that the Bahraini struggle is similar to the struggle in other Arab countries and should therefore be supported. In a propaganda message issued by Khamenei, he also emphasized that Iran supports Bahrain not because of Bahrain’s Shi’ite majority, but the way it has been supporting the Palestinian struggle for the past 32 years. In his message, he said, “We do not differentiate between Gaza, Palestine, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen—tyranny everywhere is doomed to failure.” In 2011, the Iranians made similar claims to those made today in the face of the establishment of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, according to which the United States has nurtured the monarchies in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to maintain its dominance in the region.

Mohammad Ali Jafari, former commander-in-chief of the IRGC, pointed out in April 2011 that the common denominator of all revolutions against the “corrupt rulers in the region” is the loyalty of these rulers to the United States and Israel. He emphasized that “the residents of Bahrain cannot tolerate such humiliation.” The Saudi military intervention in Bahrain was defined by the IRGC commander as a “strategic error” that would bring Bahrain’s end closer.

A strategic shift in the regional power equations

The normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE reflects strategic developments in the region, some resulting from the Arab Spring and some deriving from the Gulf states’ growing concern regarding Iran’s lengthening regional shadow. The Gulf states have decided to rely on the United States (and Israel), in stark contrast to Tehran’s repeated declarations that Gulf security should be in the hands of countries on its shores.

Iran had hoped and still hopes that it will be able to translate the shock waves of the Arab Spring and the continued weakness of the Sunni Arab camp into a Shi’ite-led Islamic awakening, whereby it takes the central place in the leadership of a new Middle East. Against this backdrop, Iran will continue to present itself (with Turkey breathing down its neck) as remaining true to the Palestinian vision of “liberating Palestine from sea to river” and to head the resistance camp, emphasizing the betrayal of the Palestinian people by the Sunni Arabs.

Faced with the stinging normalization decision by Bahrain—a country with a Shi’ite majority—Iran will further emphasize the growing influence of Shi’ites in the region. The Shi’ites, who Iran believes have lived since the dawn of Islam with a constant sense of degradation by the Sunnis, are now inspired by each other and the Shi’ite successes in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and Yemen. They aspire to take a historical place of honor that will lead the Islamic world in a new Islamic world order.

For Iran, the Bahrain campaign is not over yet, but has merely entered a dangerous new phase. Iran’s attempts to destabilize Bahrain, via the Shi’ite majority and terrorist organizations recruited from within and aided by the successful model of the Lebanese Hezbollah, all suggest a violent future. Iranian propaganda is already inciting the Shi’ite majority against the normalization. Bahrain has many Iranian-inspired terrorist cells, established during the era of Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Another question is whether Iran, motivated by a genuine fear of a “Zionist presence” in the Gulf, will attempt to carry out a Crimea-style invasion of Bahrain to restore what it believes to belong to Iran, risking a direct confrontation with the United States. It is likely that Iran has discussed such a scenario and has contingency plans to implement it. Iran also sees Bahrain as a springboard to drive its influence into Sunni territory and to encircle Saudi Arabia from Iraq (northeast), Yemen (in the south) and Bahrain (to the east) through Shi’ite-majority countries. In addition, Iran could stir up the oil-rich eastern part of Saudi Arabia, where there is a large Shi’ite minority.

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OPERATION OVERTHROW: GEORGE SOROS FUNDED ‘TRANSITION INTEGRITY PROJECT’ HAS PLAN IN PLACE TO REMOVE TRUMP FROM OFFICE WHETHER HE WINS OR NOT

The Democrats, having now created the false narrative that Donald Trump would refuse to leave the White House should he lose the election, formed the Transition Integrity Project to have a framework in which to remove Trump, win or lose. That’s the game here, it is a real deal coup in progress. Plans to remove Trump from office, even if he wins the election, are well underway.

by Geoffrey Grider September 16, 2020

The ‘Transition Integrity Project’ group, funded by George Soros for the Democrats, used a role-playing game similar to a military style planning exercise, and concluded there will be a very disruptive and lawless 11 weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day.

 

Major portions of this article were co-written with award-winning author Lori DeMonia. The level of research and attention to detail she provided made this article possible. I extend my most heartfelt appreciation to her for bringing all this to my attention, at exactly the right time.

The Transition Integrity Project group was formed in December 2019, is funded by George Soros and its formation speaks to the very false idea, created by Democrats, that Trump will not accept a Biden victory and refuse to leave office. Which is more likely translated into ‘they know he’ll be the clear winner as he was in 2016, but he needs to go anyway’. Despite trying to impeach him, follow-up plans were already underway to force him out no matter what, that was also the plan.

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13:1,2 (KJB)

The Democrats, having now created the false narrative that Donald Trump would refuse to leave the White House should he lose the election, together with George Soros, formed the Transition Integrity Project to have a framework in which they could remove Trump, win or lose. That’s the game here, it is a real-deal coup in progress. So no matter who wins in November, the Democrats will make sure that massive chaos and confusion begins immediately, as they attempt to install Kamala Harris as president. This is how the Democrats plan on taking control of the country on election night.

They war-gamed 4 basic scenarios as we see here below..

This Is How The Transition Integrity Project Sees November:

  • Game One: An ambiguous win by Biden. The first game investigated a scenario in which the outcome of the election remained unclear from election night and throughout game play.
  • Game Two: Clear Biden Victory. The Trump Campaign team again attempted to federalize the National Guard to end further vote counting and called on supporters to turn out in large numbers. The Biden Campaign established a bipartisan transition team and mobilized supporters to ensure vote counting was completed thoroughly. In this scenario, Biden won outright in the Electoral College and the popular vote.
  • Game Three: The third scenario posited a comfortable Electoral College victory for President Trump — 286-252 — but also a significant popular vote win—52% – 47%–for former Vice President Biden.
  • Game Four: Narrow Biden Win. The final scenario explored a narrow Biden win where he leads with less than 1% of the popular vote the day after the election, and is predicted to win 278 electoral votes.

67 people participated as “active players”, and many others were observers and gave feedback. John Podesta played the role of Joe Biden and a few others in attendance were Michael Steele, Donna Brazile, and former Hillary Clinton advisor Paul Eaton. Plans to remove Trump from office, even if he wins the election, are well underway. One highlight of the report states that “the concept of election night is no longer accurate and indeed dangerous”. The TIP report dated August 3, 2020 was made available to the public and details the “crisis scenario planning exercises”.

The Findings Of Their Report:

Among the findings we highlight in the report:

  • The concept of “election night,” is no longer accurate and indeed is dangerous. We face a period of contestation stretching from the first day a ballot is cast in mid-September until January 20. The winner may not, and we assess likely will not, be known on “election night” as officials count mail-in ballots. This period of uncertainty provides opportunities for an unscrupulous candidate to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the process and to set up an unprecedented assault on the outcome. Campaigns, parties, the press and the public must be educated to adjust expectations starting immediately.
  • A determined campaign has opportunity to contest the election into January 2021. We anticipate lawsuits, divergent media narratives, attempts to stop the counting of ballots, and protests drawing people from both sides. President Trump, the incumbent, will very likely use the executive branch to aid his campaign strategy, including through the Department of Justice. We assess that there is a chance the president will attempt to convince legislatures and/or governors to take actions – including illegal actions – to defy the popular vote. Federal laws provide little guidance for how Congress should resolve irregularities when they convene in a Joint Session on January 6, 2021. Of particular concern is how the military would respond in the context of uncertain election results. Here recent evidence offers some reassurance, but it is inconclusive.
  • The administrative transition process itself may be highly disrupted. Participants in our exercises of all backgrounds and ideologies believed that Trump would prioritize personal gain and self-protection over ensuring an orderly administrative hand-off to his successor. Trump may use pardons to thwart future criminal prosecution, arrange business deals with foreign governments that benefit him financially, attempt to bribe and silence associates, declassify sensitive documents, and attempt to divert federal funds to his own businesses. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

They anticipate, with a high degree of certainty, that this November’s election will be marked by a chaotic legal and political landscape. They are warning us now, even though some dismiss this as conspiracy theory, what they intend to carry out. The report concludes that there needs to be a robust strategy to challenge the white supremacist and extremist networks that enabled Trump’s rise to power. One article depicted an image of Hitler next to Trump. Even the language in the report claiming Trump rose to power and wasn’t elected by the people shows how determined they are to remove him by any means. In the 22 page report the word violence was used 15 times and chaos 9 times.

So now a new playbook is being embraced. Supporting the public’s peaceful protests as well as blaming the Trump supporters for street level chaos is part of it. People taking to the streets in large numbers for an extended period of time, is already being prepared to intensify. A group called The Fight Back Table met recently to make their plans for the upcoming “mass public unrest”. The executive director of MoveOn.Org was a participant.

The group used the Transition Integrity Project report as part of their planning as they too prepare for the upcoming mass unrest and violence. Those in the media are priming and programming the public to the “Trump refusing to leave office” narrative. Remember the “no one is above the law” line during the impeachment attempt? Well, the new one will be “Trump’s refusing to leave office”.

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Trump: Another 5-6 states waiting to sign peace with Israel

 Sep 15, 2020 @ 10:52 BahrainBinyamin Netanyahu Donald TrumpDon ald TrumpIran

President Donald Trump at a joint news conference with PM Binyamin Netanyahu in the White House on Tuesday, Sept. 15 disclosed that 5 or more nations are ready to sign peace with Israel after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. “They all want peace; they’re tired of war. Israel is a very strong country militarily, but it also wants peace, he said.  

Trump and Netanyahu spoke to reporters ahead of the signing ceremony with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain foreign ministers. Trump added: “Even Iran is ready to discuss a deal – their GDP is down by 27pc. I told them to wait until after the (US presidential) election. I will make a deal that is great for Iran and make it a very rich country. very quickly.”

Asked about the sale of F-35 stealth planes to the UAE, Trump brushed the question of by saying that was “easy.” He stressed that that US relations with the UAE were very good. Asked whether the Palestinian issue is touched upon in the two documents, whose contents have not so far been revealed, the US President promised that the Palestinians would absolutely gain too. “We are the talking to the Palestinians,” he said. According to one source, the reference in the peace documents will be on the lines of “two states for two nations,” without concrete steps. DEBKAfile reported earlier.

Trump and Netanyahu spoke to reporters ahead of the signing ceremony with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain foreign ministers. Trump added: “Even Iran is ready to discuss a deal – their GDP is down by 27pc. I told them to wait until after the (US presidential) election. I will make a deal that is great for Iran and make it a very rich country. very quickly.”

Asked about the sale of F-35 stealth planes to the UAE, Trump brushed the question of by saying that was “easy.” He stressed that that US relations with the UAE were very good. Asked whether the Palestinian issue is touched upon in the two documents, whose contents have not so far been revealed, the US President promised that the Palestinians would absolutely gain too. “We are the talking to the Palestinians,” he said. According to one source, the reference in the peace documents will be on the lines of “two states for two nations,” without concrete steps. DEBKAfile reported earlier.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu to meet President Donald Trump tete a tete on Tuesday, Sept. 15 shortly before the ceremonial signing of diplomatic accords with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The latter are represented by their foreign ministers, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, respectively.


While the two accords, brokered by President Trump, represent a historic breakthrough to Israel’s acceptance by its Gulf neighbors, they are legally different: With the UAE, the prime minister is signing a “peace treaty” predicated on parliamentary ratification, and with Bahrain, a “declaration of peace,” which is a solemn commitment to peace. Netanyahu’s office has indeed announced that the pact with the UAE will be brought before the government and referred to the Knesset for approval. The precise contents of the two papers have not been revealed.

The official ceremony takes place at 12 p.m. (7 p.m. Israel time) on the White House South Lawn, followed by speeches by the leaders and the playing of the countries’ national anthems. Some 700 people are invited to a grand dinner event.

“We’ve worked on this for many years,” Netanyahu said when he flew out to Washington. “This is a massive turning point in the history of Israel, as well as the history of the Middle East. It will have a huge and positive impact on all Israelis.” He added: “I promise you, from what I see here, that more countries are on the way.”

All Israelis were meanwhile condemned at the end of this same week to spend the High Festivals from Friday under a full lockdown in the face of a major surge in coronavirus infection.

 

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AT NOON TODAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, ISRAEL WILL SIGN THE ABRAHAM ACCORD PEACE TREATY WITH TWO MUSLIM NATIONS LAYING FOUNDATION FOR DANIEL 9

The Abraham Accord Israel will sign with the UAE will be a peace treaty, Netanyahu said Monday.The agreements could usher in a seismic shift in the Middle East. If Saudi Arabia were to follow, this would have major implications for Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Experts believe other Muslim countries that could soon establish ties with Israel include Oman, Sudan, and Morocco.

by Geoffrey Grider September 15, 2020

The signing of the Abraham Accord comes after months of diplomatic work spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who led the negotiations.

At Noon today in the White House, Israel will sign the historic Abraham Accord peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which will be live streamed right here on this page. The Abraham Accord is what we believe is the foundation stone of the coming Daniel 9:27 covenant that will be confirmed by Antichrist in the days after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place. If you’re thinking about getting something done for the Lord before Flight #777 takes off, you better do it now.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJB)

Interesting article on the Jerusalem Post today saying that while sale of advanced F-35 fighter jets to the UAE is not part of the Abraham Accord, creating a Palestinian state is. The Abraham Accord document references a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so when Israel signs it, they do so knowing they are agreeing to not only give up dreams of annexation of Judea and Samaria, but to create a Palestinian state as well. This is why we say that the Abraham Accord is the foundation of the coming Daniel 9 covenant with Antichrist.

Israel to Sign Historic Abraham Accord With UAE and Bahrain at White House Tuesday

FROM CBN NEWS: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington Tuesday getting ready to sign two historic diplomatic deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. President Donald Trump will preside over the signing ceremony, which will take place at 12 p.m. ET on the White House’s South Lawn. Netanyahu and Emirati and Bahraini foreign officials will sign the deals before a crowd of more than 700 people. The deal Israel will sign with the UAE will be a peace treaty, Netanyahu said Monday. It was previously unclear if the deal will be normalization or peace since Israel and the UAE have never been at war.

The deal Israel will sign with Bahrain will be a declaration of intent to make peace with Bahrain. This is because there was not enough time to draw up a full agreement since Friday when ties between Bahrain and Israel were announced, The Jerusalem Post reports.

The peace treaty with the UAE will have to be brought before a vote in Israel’s cabinet and then the Knesset after Netanyahu signs it. The treaty will only be finalized after it is approved by the cabinet. Meanwhile, Israel’s declaration with Bahrain is just a joint statement that does not need Knesset approval.

TRUMP WILL SIGN THE ISRAEL-UAE AND ISRAEL-BAHRAIN DEALS AS A “WITNESS” OR “OBSERVER.”

In addition to the individual bilateral agreements Israel will sign with the UAE and Bahrain, all three countries will sign a trilateral document. The specific details of the deals have yet to be revealed.

“WE HAVE WORKED ON THIS FOR VERY MANY YEARS,” SAID NETANYAHU. “THIS IS A GREAT TURNING POINT IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL AND IN THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST. IT WILL HAVE A GREAT AND POSITIVE EFFECT ON EVERY CITIZEN OF ISRAEL. I ALSO PROMISE YOU, ACCORDING TO WHAT I SEE HERE, THAT ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES ARE ON THE WAY.”

Before the signing ceremony, Netanyahu and Trump will hold a bilateral meeting at the White House and then leaders from all four countries will meet. The signing of these so-called “Abrahamic Accords” comes after months of diplomatic work spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who led the negotiations.

“These agreements are a huge accomplishment for the countries involved and have led to a tremendous sense of hope and optimism in the region,” said Kushner. “Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities.”

The agreements could usher in a seismic shift in the Middle East. If Saudi Arabia were to follow, this would have major implications for Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Experts believe other Muslim countries that could soon establish ties with Israel include Oman, Sudan, and Morocco.

The Palestinians have strongly condemned the deals and consider them a stab in the back. While the UAE has said Israel agreed not to move forward with its contentious plans to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, biblical Judea and Samaria, Netanyahu has insisted that annexation remains on the table and is merely suspended. The UAE and Bahrain will become the third and fourth Arab countries to make peace with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan.

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‘Has the country completely lost its moral center?’

By WND News Services
Published September 13, 2020 at 1:37pm

By Frank Miele, Real Clear Politics

It was 25 years ago when the average people of a small city in Montana “joined together to stand up to hate when their neighbors were under attack,” as the Not in Our Town website reminds us.

The town was Billings. The neighbors were Jewish, Black and Native American. The attackers were white supremacists. The average people standing up to hate were, for the most part, white people who, like most people of all colors, were offended by racism and anti-Semitism.

That was then. This is now. The city is Kenosha … or Portland … or Seattle. The neighbors under attack are police officers or business people or any white people. The attackers are Black Lives Matter activists or antifa. The average people standing up to hate are — for the most part — missing in action.

What the hell happened to America in the last 25 years?

You will find one clue in this description of what happened in Billings:

“Townspeople of all races and religions found common ground against hate based attacks against their African American, Native American and Jewish families and congregations.  Religious and community leaders, labor union volunteers, law enforcement, the local newspaper and concerned residents united in action and spoke loudly against hate and intolerance, proclaiming in no uncertain terms ‘Not In Our Town!’”

In Billings, in 1995, residents found “common ground.” They joined together to stop hate. There was no talk about Republicans and Democrats. There was no talk about how all white people were the cause of evil just because some white people had done evil things. And there was a joining together of people from across many diverse backgrounds. “Religious and community leaders, labor union volunteers, law enforcement, the local newspaper and concerned residents united in action.”

That doesn’t happen anymore. American law enforcement is now caricatured as the Gestapo or as brainless, heartless automatons marching in lockstep to the commands of “systemic racism.” Different communities and different religions are taught not to look for common ground, but to instead wall themselves off from each other in celebration of their own grievances. Yes, celebration. Identity politics has turned Americans into us and them, and we are taught to celebrate “us” and fear “them.”

How the hell can Americans sit back and watch as gangs of dangerous extremists maraud through our cities — burning buildings, throwing rocks, bottles and explosives at police, and attacking the elderly? Why make excuses for the bullies or justify their violence? Looting is wrong. Vandalism is wrong. Lawlessness is wrong. Yet too many people will not say so. Has the country completely lost its moral center in the last 25 years?

If one is being honest, the answer must be yes. Whether it is because of the increasingly self-oriented perspective engendered by social media or because of some intangible such as the deadening of the moral nerve caused by the widespread acceptance of murder by abortion, we may never know. But there is no doubt that a culture that condones violence and lawlessness has lost its way.

Civil rights activist Bob Woodson, whose life’s work has been revitalizing low-income neighborhoods, says that the revolution in our city streets will only make life worse for Blacks and other minorities, and that the rest of America has inexplicably turned its back on its most vulnerable.

“We’re reaching really a level of depravity — when rioters in Portland are locking people in buildings and trying to burn it down and also people are cheering when a Trump supporter is shot to death — I’ve never seen that level of depravity before in this country,” Woodson said last week.

Of course, that level of depravity has been seen before elsewhere — during the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Nazism in Germany. Americans today run the risk of becoming the “good Germans” of 90 years ago who looked the other way when extremists used brute force to acquire power, when human life became less important than one’s own personal safety, and when civilization gave way to barbarity.

So my question is simple: When will Americans get up from their easy chairs and stand with the people who are victims of left-wing mobs — bullied, intimidated, harassed, even murdered?

Not in our town? How about this one: Not in our country!

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TENS OF THOUSANDS FLEE CALIFORNIA AS WORST FIRES IN STATE HISTORY TURN SKIES ORANGE, FRIGHTENED RESIDENTS SAY LOOKS LIKE A LITERAL, GLOWING HELL

The skies appeared orange not only in San Francisco but as far north in the state as Eureka. Skies were also reddened across the area near the city of Chico, where the Camp fire tore through in 2018, decimating the town of Paradise. Part of Paradise was under an evacuation warning Wednesday as the fast-moving Bear fire burned through foothill communities and near the city of Oroville.

by Geoffrey Grider September 10, 2020

People in the San Francisco Bay Area and across California awoke on Wednesday morning to an eerie scene of darkened, orange-hued skies and ash raining down as historic wildfires rage across the state.

 

By now it is obvious to anyone paying attention in 2020 that a major paradigm shift has occurred, and our world as we know it has inexorably changed. Everywhere you look, everything is now different, from the physical realm we can see to the spiritual realm we cannot see, a major change has happened. Not only have things changed, things are rapidly accelerating.

“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1 John 2:18 (KJB)

As bible believers who stand on the The Book, and believe what we read there, we know of a certainty what is taking place right now. The God of Heaven is preparing to insert Himself once again into His creation, as events long foretold stand of the precipice of taking place. These are the days of prophecy, and as Habakkuk said, most will not believe even though they have already been told from within the pages of your King James Bible. God is working, God is alive, and God is getting ready to rock this world. Prepare yourselves.

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

‘Good morning, hell’: Californians awake to eerie orange apocalyptic skies as wildfires rage

 

FROM THE GUARDIAN UK: The apocalyptic skies are due to light being filtered through smoke from California’s worst fire season on record, according to a regional air pollution control organization the Bay Area Air District.

“These smoke particles scatter blue light and only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange,” the Bay Area Air District said on Twitter.

Residents of the Bay Area reported oversleeping because the sky was so dark. Local police forces recommended drivers keep headlights on all day and bridges and street lights remained alight as the sun failed to appear this morning.

Surreal images of blood orange skyline flooded social media on Wednesday.

The skies appeared orange not only in San Francisco but as far north in the state as Eureka. Skies were also reddened across the area near the city of Chico, where the Camp fire tore through in 2018, decimating the town of Paradise. Part of Paradise was under an evacuation warning Wednesday as the fast-moving Bear fire burned through foothill communities and near the city of Oroville.

The science behind the hue has to do with the way smoke affects what kind of light can get through. The sky is usually blue because white light from the sun, which is a composite of all visible colors of light, is filtered through gases and particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. Blue light is scattered more strongly than other frequencies, making the sky appear blue.

But when smoke particles and other pollution enter the atmosphere, much of the blue light is absorbed before it can reach our eyes, allowing only yellow, red and orange light to reach the surface. Smoky air also means much of the sun’s light is blocked or absorbed before reaching the surfacing, making it unusually dark during the daytime. The National Weather Service said conditions could worsen throughout the day.

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TRUMP TO SHOWCASE ISRAEL-UAE PEACE DEAL TO THE WORLD WITH BIG WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY

BY JNS | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

I will bless those who bless you Genesis 12:3 (The Israel BibleTM)

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are scheduled to formally sign the Aug. 13 normalization agreement—named the “Abraham Accord”—at the White House on Sept. 15, a senior White House official told JNS.

U.S. President Donald Trump will attend the ceremony. A senior Israeli delegation will be led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while a senior Emirati delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed.

It will mark the first public meeting between an Israeli prime minister and an Emirati minister, and the first White House peace-accord signing since the one between Israel and Jordan in 1994.

“I am proud to leave for Washington next week at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” said Netanyahu in a statement released by his office.

The upcoming signing would follow the U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and the UAE to normalize diplomatic relations. Under the deal, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria.

Israeli and Emirati delegations have been meeting to work on bilateral agreements on security, technology, health care, culture, energy and the environment. Flights, telecommunications, banking and finance between Israel and the UAE are already underway.

Additionally, Israel and the UAE agreed to accelerate the development and treatment of a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Pastor Dana Coverstone Was Just Given Glimpses Of What America Will Look Like In The Post-Election Period

September 6, 2020 by Michael Snyder

We just got even more confirmation that we are on the verge of one of the darkest chapters in American history.  The glimpses into our future that Pastor Dana Coverstone was just shown are extremely sobering, and I would very much encourage everyone to share his latest video with as many people as possible.  One of the things that I appreciate so much about Pastor Dana is that he is not trying to make a big name for himself.  He is just a humble pastor from a little town in Kentucky that has had some absolutely amazing experiences with God, and he probably never imagined that something like this would ever happen to him.  Sometimes God uses the people that we would least expect, and I believe that He does this because He is trying to make a point.  There are so many big names out there that are exalting themselves, but God wants us to understand that we should be focusing on building His Kingdom instead of working so hard to build our own.

Over the last several months I have watched Pastor Dana carefully, and two things have really stood out.

Number one, he still believes that the Bible is the Word of God.

Number two, he still preaches the message of the cross.

Once upon a time, both of those things would have been true of most evangelical Christian pastors in America, but today men like Pastor Dana are a dying breed.

I am very thankful that Pastor Coverstone’s church has been getting so much attention because of everything that has happened, because we need a lot more churches like that all across America.

Just a few days ago, Pastor Coverstone posted a new video in which he shared what he was shown during a “series of glimpses” that occurred between August 28th and September 4th.  One of the things that he witnessed was a finger underlining the month of December, and then the page on the calendar flipped and the finger underlined the month of January.

It would be easy to assume that the time frame for what he saw must be December 2020 through January 2021, but you know what they say about assumptions.

Personally, I believe that everything that Pastor Coverstone has been shown in all of his experiences will come to pass, but I have also seen a lot of people come up with some really wild interpretations of what he was shown.

In the end, our interpretations can easily be wrong, and that is absolutely critical to understand.

With all of that being said, let’s get into his new video.  You can find it right here, and I would share it with everyone that you can.

A partial transcript of what he shared during the video can be found here, and one of the things that really struck me was the fact that he saw global economic activity come to a virtual standstill…

Then I saw long food lines and people waiting for what seemed like hours, and they were standing in line and not in cars. I saw ships in ports on both coasts sitting idle and nothing at sea moving. There were headlines saying that the Baltic Dry Index [Global shipping of raw materials] was dead and that nothing was moving in trade around the world.

As I detail on The Economic Collapse Blog, global trade has already fallen to the lowest level on record, but it sounds like things are going to get a whole lot worse.

So what event or events will cause this to happen?

I would think that it would have to be something more than just chaos surrounding our upcoming election.  To me, it sounds like something must happen that greatly affects the entire planet.

But Pastor Coverstone also saw something that would specifically happen to our nation.  He was shown two headlines that said “Nationwide Outages Plague Southwest and Americans Don’t Know Who To Blame For Darkness”…

I continued to see shuttered properties [closed for business] and people in homes wearing coats while looking out closed curtains. Headlines said Nationwide Outages Plague Southwest and Americans Don’t Know Who To Blame For Darkness. Darkness in areas of the nation stretched into Canada and I saw America as lights flickering, like the bulb was about to go but still had a little light left.

As I have discussed previously, we have already seen rolling blackouts in the state of California for the very first time since 2001.

But this sounds much bigger than that.

And why would the outages just be limited to the Southwest?

That is a very good question, and right now I don’t have the answer.

Another thing that Pastor Coverstone witnessed involved the city of St. Louis…

I also saw the city of St. Louis and men under the Arch with suitcases who were getting into black SUVs and headed east and west from the Mississippi River. The suitcases appeared to be like the nuclear suitcases from the Reagan administration complete with the handcuffs to secure the case to the individual. They were dressed as businessmen and had copies of the Wall Street Journal under their arms and heavily tinted sunglasses. Each had a watch alarm that went off at precisely the same second and that is when they picked up the suitcases and got into the vehicles to be driven to their destinations.

I certainly don’t know what all of that means, but it definitely sounds ominous.

At the end of all of the usual experiences that Pastor Coverstone has been having, he has been told to “brace yourself”, and this latest one was no exception…

“Brace yourself, brace, brace, brace yourself on the Word and My promises and do not rely upon your own strength.”

If you are reading this and you are wondering why we should listen to Pastor Coverstone, the answer is actually quite simple.

He was shown the major events of the first half of this year in advance, and he was shown the exact period of time in which they would happen.

The following comes from a transcript that my wife put together of the very first video that Pastor Coverstone released earlier this year…

Back in December I woke up, I had a dream. In that dream I saw a calendar. Starting January 2020. It was being flipped.  I saw January,  I saw February,  I saw March.  When March came up the hand held it and I saw the thing of finger underline the month of March, and the tap it three times.

So underline the month of March, tapped it three times. So to me it was emphasis, something’s going to happen in March.

Then I saw April, May, June. When June came, the hand underlined June again and tapped it three times.

Then, in the vision I saw people marching, I saw protests. I saw people wearing masks, I saw lines going into hospitals. I saw typical medical doctors with needles or syringes, I saw people on ventilators I saw people who were very, very sick, very, very ill. I saw newspaper headlines trumpeting thousands of people getting sick. I saw ambulances, just flying down roads, and then I saw cities on fire.

I saw buildings being burned. I saw protesters with masks. I saw people who had their fists in the air, people who were yelling and screaming angry at just at the world. I saw courthouses,  I saw state houses surrounded.  I saw people who were mad at the world. I saw I saw guns shotguns specifically put in the air, held like this, (showing above his head) and I saw barriers within cities.

I told several men in my church about this and I can confirm who those men were and they’ll confirm what I’m telling you is what I told them.

The virus that has thrown our country into chaos started spreading rapidly in the U.S. in March, and tremendous civil unrest erupted all over the U.S. in June after George Floyd’s tragic death at the end of May. But even though Pastor Coverstone saw all these things in advance, there are Christian leaders that have put together very long videos explaining why we shouldn’t believe anything else he has seen.

I have seen some of those videos and they don’t make any sense at all.  In fact, it is clear that the real reason why they are putting out those videos is because Pastor Coverstone’s warnings directly contradict the “feel good” messages that they have been delivering to their followers.

I very much appreciate that Pastor Coverstone has chosen to sound the alarm by sharing what he has been shown, and as I detail in my new book there are countless others that have also been sounding the alarm about what God has been showing them regarding our future.

Unfortunately, there are so many people out there that do not want to listen no matter how clear the warnings are.

As a whole, our society is running away from God as fast as it possibly can, and in the end we shall reap what we have sown.

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