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Pay Careful Attention, Because The ‘Color Revolution’ In Kazakhstan Has Earth-Shattering Implications For The U.S.

January 9, 2022 by Michael Snyder

I was going to write about something else today, but I feel that I must address the situation in Kazakhstan.  It is just so important.  Sadly, the vast majority of Americans couldn’t care less about Kazakhstan and wouldn’t have a prayer of identifying it on an unmarked map of the world.  But the truth is that we need to be paying very close attention to Kazakhstan, because the drama that is currently playing out over there is moving us a lot closer to World War III.  Russia and China have both accused western powers of stirring up a “color revolution” in an attempt to violently overthrow the pro-Russian government of Kazakhstan.  Of course the corporate media in the western world is carefully avoiding using the phrase “color revolution” to describe the rioting, and they are painting the entire episode as an organic uprising against an oppressive government.  You can believe that if you want, but veterans of prior color revolutions have already admitted that they were involved.

In 2014, western powers successfully used a “color revolution” to violently overthrow the pro-Russian government of Ukraine.  When I first heard about the rioting in Kazakhstan, I immediately suspected that western powers were going back to the same old playbook.

But if you only rely on the corporate media for your news, you would really have no idea what is actually going on over there.

Fortunately, there are some independent voices that really get it.  For example, the following comes from an excellent piece by Clint Ehrlich

The more that it appears the West is pursuing similar revolutions in former Soviet republics, the more aggressively Russia will push back.

In America, the situation in Kazakhstan is a small news item.

In Moscow, it is currently receiving 24/7 news coverage, like it’s an apocalyptic threat to Russia’s security.

I’ve had the TV on here while writing this thread, and Kazakhstan has been on the entire time.

He really nailed it.

This is all they are talking about in Russia, because the Russians realize that this truly is an existential threat to their national security.

And the more the Russians feel threatened, the closer we get to military conflict between our two nations.

In the aftermath of the recent rioting in Kazakhstan, a former top official named Karim Massimov was arrested and charged with “high treason”

Karim Masimov, the former chief of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNB) was arrested earlier this week along with other unidentified suspects as part of a probe into “high treason,” the security agency said on Saturday.

The KNB had launched a pre-trial investigation on January 6, it said in a statement, adding that its former chairman, Masimov, and others had been arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on the same day. The agency provided no further details on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

You may not have ever heard of Massimov before, but he actually served as prime minister of the nation on two separate occasions

Masimov himself was a close ally of Nazarbayev. He served as the nation’s prime minister twice – between 2007 and 2012 as well as between 2014 and 2016 – and headed up the presidential office between 2012 and 2014.

My guess is that he was offered the opportunity to be the next president of Kazakhstan if the color revolution was successful.

Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t.

The biggest part of the story, however, is that Massimov is being linked to Joe and Hunter Biden

The detention of Karim Massimov was announced by the body he headed until his removal this week. The nature of the attempted revolution is coming into focus. Kazakh security forces have arrested the country’s former security chief, Karim Massimov, for treason. Massimov was considered the right-hand man of the country’s former president, Nazarbayev.

That’s also Massimov standing on the right, next to Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. They had a controversial meeting, unmasked by anti-corruption activists inside Kazakhstan. It’s awkward for the U.S. President to be linked to the man accused of heading an anti-Russian uprising.

You have to give Hunter Biden credit for one thing.

He really got around in those days.  At one point or another, he seems to have developed relationships with just about every important corrupt official in that part of the globe.

Needless to say, the Russians definitely know about Massimov’s ties to the Bidens.

And so now that Massimov has been arrested for “high treason”, that is just going to cause their paranoia to rise to an even higher level.

I am just speculating here, but my guess is that the western powers decided to spark the color revolution in Kazakhstan in an attempt to get the Russians to back down on Ukraine.

But that didn’t work, and now things are more tense than ever.  On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that there will be “massive consequences” for Russia if it attacks Ukraine…

Blinken said, “George, I don’t know if the decision’s been made, and it’s clear that we’ve offered him two paths forward. One is through diplomacy and dialogue. The other is through deterrents and massive consequences for Russia if it renews its aggression against Ukraine. And we’re about to test the proposition of which path President Putin wants to take this week. We have important conversations that are taking place between us directly at NATO, at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. And the question really now is whether President Putin will take the path of diplomacy and dialogue or seek confrontation.”

Meanwhile, the Russians are issuing all sorts of threats as well.

In fact, one Russian television host recently warned that America could be “reduced to radioactive ash” if western powers keep threatening Russian national security…

“The U.S. and NATO must roll back from our borders, otherwise we will, figuratively speaking, ‘roll up’ to their borders and create symmetrical, unacceptable risks… If you put a gun to our head, we will respond in kind,” Kiselyov said.

Kiselyov went on to say, “Never before has anyone published the texts of the proposed treaties, but never before in the 21st century has the situation been so acute, and the risks so great.”

“We’re holding very strong cards in our hands,” the Russian TV host continued. “Our hypersonic weapons are guaranteed to produce a response that is so unpleasant for America to hear: being reduced to radioactive ash.”

The good news is that the U.S. and Russia and not going to go to war tomorrow.

But if we continue down this path, eventually somebody will make a really big mistake and we will cross a line that can never be uncrossed.

This is such a big story.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are completely and utterly clueless about all of this.

Over in Russia, however, it is a completely different story.  They know who is really behind the attempted revolution in Kazakhstan, it is being talked about on the news 24 hours a day, and they fully realize where all of this could eventually lead.

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Trap for Second Signpost Being Set?

BY MARK DAVIDSON on DECEMBER 19, 2021 

Do you get the feeling the West, especially the USA, is being set up for a fall?

According to the Second Signpost interpretation of Bible prophecy, the Persian Ram is to run out across the Middle East, occupying and ravaging many nations. Daniel 8:4 says “I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no beasts could stand before him . . .”

One major reason the IRGC has not yet is the US military. Daniel 8:4 continues on with, “nor was there anyone to rescue from his power.” Well, the US military is likely standing in the way.

Another verse used as part of the Signpost interpretation is Revelation 6:4, for the Second Signpost: “And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” Peace here is the Greek word iraynay which means “peace of mind.”  

Cutting off one quarter of the global oil supply is reason enough for most countries to lose their peace of mind. However, it’s looking more and more like there will be a major war. Not only must the threat of the US military to the IRGC be removed, but it looks like a trap is being set for the United States. The jaws may be closing.

As shown in this earlier post, the world is divided into three, and these three areas will play out in their own ways as the end times play out. The leaders of the Eastern Earth are China and its deputy, Russia.

In the last few years, the growing military might of China has grown commensurate with more and more bold talk coming out of Beijing. It looks like Chinese conquest of their wayward province, Taiwan, is inevitable. This alone could tie down US forces.

However, the recent developments with Ukraine add war with Russia to the mix. Russia has declared a red line. The red line is that Russia wants legal guarantees that Ukraine will not become a NATO member. Having Ukraine as a full American ally cuts too deeply into the sphere of Russian influence, in Russia’s opinion. And our short-sighted government sees no reason to respect that red line.

There have been many news reports on these topics. This piece from Newsweek puts it all together nicely.

I do have one disagreement with the article—it will be a three-front war, not a two-front war. War with Russia and China at the same time will be disastrous for the US. The Newsweek article gives many reasons. In addition, while Russia and China are already fielding hypersonic cruise missiles which could take out intelligence targets in minutes, the US military worries about the woke agenda.

Admittedly though, the third front with Iran will melt away as Russia and China will be considered greater priorities than worrying about Iran.

If a world war with China and Russia against the United States is to occur, then the IRGC will be free to run out and the Second Signpost can commence. If this is to happen I believe it will be before the American election of 2024, for it is better for China to have those in our leadership be compromised by the CCP.

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China’s hypersonic space weapons could be used to launch a SURPRISE nuclear attack on the US, says vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who admits Beijing is MORE advanced technologically in that sphere

  • Vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten said that China’s hypersonic space weapons could be used to launch a surprise attack on the US 
  • China is thought to have carried out two tests of a hypersonic orbital nuke – the first on July 27 and the second on August 13 this year
  • The weapon is designed to evade powerful US radar systems and anti-missile defenses by flying in low-Earth orbit, making it harder to spot, track and destroy 
  • Hyten warned that DC should treat it as a ‘Sputnik moment,’ referencing when Russia launched the first manmade satellite into orbit in 1957
  • It caught America by surprise and put Russia at the forefront of the space race

By SHANNON THALER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 02:35 EST, 17 November 2021 | UPDATED: 08:01 EST, 17 November 2021

China‘s hypersonic space weapons could be used to launch a surprise attack on the US, said vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten, who also admitted that Beijing has more advanced hypersonic technology. 

Hyten, the second-highest ranking military officer in the US, revealed that during last summer’s hypersonic weapons test, China sent a missile around the world at more than five times the speed of sound, as reported by CBS News.  

Hyten told the news station: ‘They launched a long-range missile. It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that glided all the way back to China, that impacted a target in China’.

He added that also got ‘close enough’ to hitting its intended target, a feat he likened to ‘a Sputnik moment,’ when Russia launched the first manmade satellite into orbit in 1957, catching America by surprise and putting them at the forefront of the space race.

From a technology perspective, it’s pretty impressive,’ Hyten told CBS in reference to China’s June 27 around-the-world test. However, he noted that ‘Sputnik created a sense of urgency in the United States, which ‘the test on June 27 did not,’ adding that he thinks it should have and suggesting that DC needed to take the test more seriously. 

But the new technology is reportedly already catching US officials off guard, particularly as the system ‘defies the laws of physics’ and appears superior to anything in the American arsenal. 

China has reportedly been working on hypersonic weapons instead of the usual intercontinental ballistic missiles, which travel in a predictable arc and can be tracked by radars, according to CBS.

Meanwhile, hypersonic weapons are much harder for radars to pick up because they travel much closer to the planet’s surface. Hyten referred to them as ‘first-use weapons’ and believes China could one day use the technology to launch a surprise nuclear attack on the US.

‘They look like a first-use weapon,’ Hyten said. ‘That’s what those weapons look like to me.’ 

They later launched a second test on August 13 and it involved a similar ‘hypersonic glide vehicle’ to one launched into space on board a Long March rocket back in July.

Beijing acknowledged one of the tests but claimed the country launched a ‘peaceful’ civilian spacecraft. Analysts believe the craft can actually be tipped with a nuclear warhead which would be able to evade missile defenses.

But even government scientists are struggling to work out exactly what the new craft is capable of as one source told the Financial Times that it appears to ‘defy the laws of physics’ and is unlike any technology the US has. 

Hyten told CBS that America is developing its own weapons of this kind, too, but at a much slower pace. 

The White House has refused to comment while the US Department of Defense has also declined confirming or denying the existence of any hypersonic weapons tests. 

Then over a virtual meeting summit on Monday night Chinese leader XI Jinping exchanged pleasantries for the camera with President Joe Biden and greeted him as an ‘old friend’.

From the introduction, Xi appeared to troll Biden – who has pushed back on the assertion the two were friends and called their meeting ‘pure bitterness’ – with the comment. 

Biden suggested that they should start the meeting ‘more formally, even though you and I have never been that formal’.

‘Let’s get something straight,’ the president said during a press conference back in June in Switzerland.

‘We know each other well. We’re not old friends. It’s just pure business,’ he added when speaking on Xi.

China pulling ahead in the modern arms race could also shift the balance between the US and Russia, whose equilibrium has depended on neither side having weapons to launch a successful nuclear strike.  

However, this is far from the first test China has completed with their hypersonic missiles.

Hyten revealed lsat month that the Asian country has carried out hundreds of tests while the US has done less than 10.

Speaking at a Defense Writers Group roundtable in October, Hyten said China’s hypersonic missile advancements is an area of concern and the public should be worried.

‘What you need to be worried about is that in the last five years, or maybe longer, the United States has done nine hypersonic missile tests, and in the same time the Chinese have done hundreds,’ Hyten said, according to reports.  

Hyten said the pace in which China is moving was ‘stunning’. 

‘Single digits versus hundreds is not a good place,’ he added, although the general did not elaborate on his concerns.

It was also revealed last month that a rocket failure caused a delay in the US military’s test of its hypersonic weapons system when the military scheduled a test of its Army-Navy common hypersonic glide body in Kodiak, Alaska but it was never able to launch.

Meanwhile, China conducted a second test of a suspected hypersonic orbital missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, intelligence sources, including Hyten, have claimed. 

‘The pace they’re moving and the trajectory they’re on will surpass Russia and the United States if we don’t do something to change it,’ he said. 

‘It will happen. I think we have to do something.’

Hyten’s concerns echoed those expressed earlier by Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff.

Milley called China’s suspected testing of hypersonic weapons ‘very concerning’ during an interview with The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg Television.

‘I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that,’ he noted, adding that ‘it has all of our attention’.

Milley also warned that the new missile systems are just one of many things the US should be concerned about as the Chinese military expands.

‘The Chinese military capabilities are much greater than that. They’re expanding rapidly in space, in cyber, and in the traditional domains of land, sea and air,’ he told Bloomberg. ‘We’re in one of the most significant changes in what I call the ‘character of war.”

The technology was designed to cut off enemy supply lines in the event of a conflict and sneak attacks using underwater charges will leave large vessels like American aircraft carriers vulnerable.

Underwater demolitions are a response to changing US tactics in the Pacific as Washington divides its forces between smaller locations instead of concentrating them in one place to mitigate the damage from attacks.

This tactic increases the strain on logistics operations required to keep large vessels such as aircraft carriers afloat, making attacks on infrastructure such as ports and wharfs more important.

‘With ports destroyed, enemy logistics support will fail and a dispersed fighting force… will also fail,’ an unnamed military expert told The Times.  

It’s just the latest move in a global arms race between Russia, China and the US that’s taking place against the backdrop of mounting tensions between the superpowers in the eastern Pacific.

All three countries are engaged in wholesale updates of their militaries including the development of new nuclear technology with which they can strike each other at range.

Russia and China have, in recent years, unveiled new and more-powerful ICBMs which are capable of launching multiple nuclear warheads at targets many thousands of miles away.

The United States, Russia and at least five other countries are also working on hypersonic technology – and last month North Korea said it had test fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile.

Russia had previously tested a hypersonic cruise missile known as Zircon but it flies below the atmosphere and uses fuel to power itself to hypersonic speeds rather than the Earth’s orbit.

The Pentagon did not comment on China’s testing of the hypersonic missile but did acknowledge China as their ‘number one pacing challenge’.

‘We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond,’ John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, told Fox News. ‘That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge.

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With Just Weeks To Go Until 2022, The Ring Of Fire Is Suddenly ROARING To Life

December 12, 2021 by Michael Snyder

Why are so many earthquake swarms suddenly happening all along the Ring of Fire?  For those that don’t know, the Ring of Fire is a series of fault zones that run roughly along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  75 percent of the Earth’s active volcanoes are located within the Ring of Fire, and it accounts for more than 80 percent of all global earthquakes.  So the fact that the Ring of Fire is starting to become so active should definitely trouble us all.

As I write this, we are less than three weeks away from 2022.

And as I have expressed on numerous occasions, I have such a bad feeling about 2022.

So many pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, and that includes an alarming rise in seismic activity.

Let me start by discussing what just happened in Oregon.  Starting last Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, we witnessed a very strange swarm of earthquakes along the Blanco Fault Zone

Nearly 250 miles west of Newport, Oregon, a place called the Blanco Fracture Zone has produced more than 60 earthquakes in 36 hours.

“About 20 of them, oh, we just had another one just now, about 21 of them are over magnitude 4.7,” said Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University.

The biggest quake in that swarm was a magnitude 5.8, and it had many wondering whether the nearby Cascadia Subduction Zone could be affected.

Needless to say, a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone would be a really big deal, because it could potentially send a giant tsunami slamming into the west coast…

Meanwhile, the Oregon Office of Emergency has warned if a powerful 9.0+ magnitude earthquake originates from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, it could unleash a “tsunami of up to 100 feet in height that will impact the coastal area.”

The state agency adds, “Currently, scientists are predicting that there is about a 37 percent chance that a megathrust earthquake of 7.1+ magnitude in this fault zone will occur in the next 50 years.”

Unfortunately, the odds of such an event happening are much greater than 37 percent.

And one prominent scientist has just discovered that a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone could also potentially trigger a quake along the San Andreas fault

The two faults meet in an area known as the Mendocino Triple Junction. Now, Goldfinger has found evidence that a quake on one could trigger a quake on the other, in essence making for one giant seismic event that would span the entire west coast of the U.S.

The new results stem from the analysis of sediment cores from the Mendocino Triple Junction area. Those cores, pulled from canyons on the ocean floor, show evidence of earthquakes in the form of underwater landslides. Using carbon dating, Goldfinger found that nearly a dozen earthquakes occurred throughout history on both faults at the same time.

Let us hope that something like that doesn’t happen any time soon.

Getting back to current events, another disturbing swarm of earthquakes just hit the Rat Islands along the southern coast of Alaska

The Rat Islands are part of the Aleutian Islands, a chain of volcanic islands, that results from the subduction of the Pacific Plate beneath the North American Plate.

This plate boundary, the Alaska-Aleutian megathrust, has been the location of many megathrust earthquakes. The latest occurred in on February 4, 1965.

Today, more than 15 earthquakes have rattled the same area.

Of course the entire southern coast of Alaska is included in the Ring of Fire, and at this point the seismic activity up north has become so frequent that it never seems to stop.

Meanwhile, an even more alarming swarm of earthquakes just shook Japan.  The following comes from our colleagues over at Zero Hedge

Quakes first hit Mount Fuji around Dec. 3. The seismic activity continued days later. On Dec. 7, more than 200 quakes were reported across the Tokara Islands. The largest was a 4.8 magnitude.

One poster on the Yahoo Japan news website said, “heard a report that the ‘Big One’ will happen this month, so I am being cautious.”

The Meteorological Agency doesn’t know what is causing the quake storm, but we’ve shown before that quake swarming near a volcano has preceded an eruption (read: here).

How many years have I been warning about Mt. Fuji?

The fact that earthquakes are now shaking the volcano is a very troubling sign.

One of these days Mt. Fuji is going to blow, and when that happens you will not want to be anywhere around.

Speaking of eruptions, volcanoes in EcuadorPeruGuatemalaChile and Indonesia all sent ash high into the sky over the weekend.

Needless to say, all of those mountains sit along the Ring of Fire.

I know that a lot of people don’t like when I say this, but the truth is that our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.

On Friday, we witnessed a very painful example of this here in the United States.  The worst tornado disaster in the history of the state of Kentucky killed dozens of people and flattened countless buildings…

More than 80 people in Kentucky were killed after tornadoes ripped across several U.S. states late Friday.

“I know we’ve lost more than 80 Kentuckians. That number is going to exceed more than 100. This is the deadliest tornado event we’ve ever had,” Governor Andy Beshear said on CNN Sunday morning.

You can see video footage of the devastation here and here.  Overall, six states were affected by the tornadoes that were spawned, and it has been documented that one family photo was sent flying 130 miles away

The twisters that spread death and destruction across six states on Friday night were powerful enough to send a family photo flying 130 miles and derail a freight train in western Kentucky, which bore the brunt of the horrific storm.

As the sun rose on Sunday morning, survivors picked through the rubble to salvage anything they could in near-freezing temperatures, still shell-shocked at the scope of death and devastation and many without electricity or running water.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.

Our planet is going to continue to become more unstable, and we are going to see more horrific natural disasters in 2022 and beyond.

With the Ring of Fire now becoming so active, those living on the west coast should particularly be on alert.

Scientists have been warning us that “the Big One” is way overdue, and at some point time will have run out and it will finally be here.

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DEFENSE MINISTER GANTZ TELLS US: THERE IS A DEADLINE TO ATTACK IRAN

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | DEC 13, 2021 | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

 Blessed is Hashem, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for warfare; Psalms 144:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently returned from Washington DC announced on Friday that he had presented US defense officials with a deadline for attacking Iran and received no objections.

On Thursday, Gantz met with  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and informed them that he had instructed the IDF to prepare for an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities. 

“Along with ties with the United States, Israel must be strong in its own right. I told the Americans that I had instructed the IDF to prepare for a military option, I will not elaborate on the dates here,” the source added.

Gantz said that Iran is building up its forces in the country’s west “in order to attack countries and forces in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. We are preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets.”

He said Israel was “preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets.”

Gantz told reporters that the US and European negotiators “are losing patience” at Iran and that no progress has been made at reinstating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

“Both the United States and the countries of Europe are well aware of what is happening and are losing patience. There has been no progress in the last round of negotiations in Vienna, and they understand that the Iranians are playing games,” Gantz emphasized. “I told them that Iran has a weak hand right now, and there is room to force them to fold. We can apply military, economic, and political pressure to ensure that Iran will stop its fantasies about the nuclear program.”

“There is no doubt that Iran is a problem for the world, and Israel is readying itself to act,” he added. “I found an attentive government in Washington, and told them that Iran is first and foremost a global and regional problem, and only then a challenge to Israel. I hear from world leaders how much Iran harms their security.

During my meetings in Washington, I showed them how Israel sees ‘Plan B.’ We agreed on a deep-rooted cooperative effort, and I can tell you that I am deeply confident that it will grow deeper, thanks to our common interests,” he noted.

“There is room for international pressure — political, economic and also military — in order to convince Iran to stop its fantasies about a nuclear program,” he said.

US President Joe Biden asked his National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan two months ago to review plans to attack Iran if diplomatic efforts fail, as well as the possibilities for increasing sanctions, according to the Times.

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The UN Just Put Up A Giant Statue In New York That Resembles A “Beast” Described In The Book Of Revelation

December 8, 2021 by Michael Snyder

One of the strangest statues that I have ever seen in my entire life has just been set up right outside UN Headquarters in New York City.  When I first heard about this, I could hardly believe that the global elite would be so brazen, and so I checked into this very carefully.  Unfortunately, this is not just a bad rumor.  This absolutely gigantic statue is called “The Guardian of International Peace and Security”, and it looks like something out of a science fiction movie.  It does not resemble any known creature on this planet.  Instead, it appears to very closely resemble a “beast” that is described in the Book of Revelation.  If you have not seen it yet, you can see video footage of this “beast” right here.  Did they really think that they could put this up without anyone noticing?

If you do a search on Google News for this statue, you won’t find a single story from the mainstream media.

Hopefully that will change soon, because people need to know about this.

Before I go any further, let me share with you what the United Nations is saying about this new statue…

A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitor’s Plaza outside #UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico @MexOnu. It is created by artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles.

A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitor’s Plaza outside #UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico @MexOnu. It is created by artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles.
UN Photo/Manuel Elías 
pic.twitter.com/q8SSsQhz1L

— United Nations Photo (@UN_Photo) November 9, 2021

So it is supposed to be a “fusion” of a jaguar and an eagle.

And just by coincidence, it has been painted in LGBT colors.

Okay…

Of course when Christians see this monstrosity, they are immediately going to think of the “beast” that is described in Revelation chapter 13…

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Jaguars and leopards have builds that are at least somewhat similar, and so I guess one could make an argument that the body of the statue resembles either one.

As for the feet, they do seem to resemble those of a bear, and it is noteworthy that the feet are a totally different color from the rest of the body.

When it comes to the mouth, to me it looks more like the mouth of a lion rather than the mouth of a jaguar.

You can see photos of lions with open mouths here and photos of jaguars with open mouths here.  Do a comparison and decide for yourself.

As for the wings, I suppose that it could be argued that they were modeled after the wings of eagles.

But in ancient lore dragons were also reported to have wings, and it is interesting to note that a “dragon” is specifically mentioned in Revelation chapter 13.

Tomorrow morning, Revelation 13 is scheduled to be part of my regular Bible reading.

Just another “coincidence” I suppose.

Later on in Revelation chapter 13, we learn that this “beast” that the Apostle John was shown represents the Antichrist which will rule the entire world during the days of the Great Tribulation…

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

If this statue was actually purposely modeled after the “beast” of Revelation 13, could it be possible that the United Nations has just put out a huge “welcome mat” for the Antichrist?

For much more on the future reign of the Antichrist, please see my new book entitled “7 Year Apocalypse”.

The statue that has just been erected outside UN headquarters in New York is also reminding many of a passage in Daniel chapter 7…

2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

These prophetic passages in the Bible are very well known, and officials at the UN must have realized that the statue would be linked to such passages by millions upon millions of people all over the globe.

But they put it up anyway.

With each passing day, things just keep getting weirder, and we continue to get more signs that we are in the end times.  I think that Bible prophecy expert Ricky Scaparo summed things up very well when he made this statement

I believe the Lord is revealing these things to those who are spiritually discerning and awake in this hour to assure us that the time of the end is drawing closer and that we need to be watchful and remain in prayer as the “Day of the Lord” is at hand.

Needless to say, a giant statue of Jesus would never be allowed right outside of UN headquarters in New York.

But even if they publicly admitted that this statue represents the Antichrist, only a very small fraction of the population would insist that it should be taken down.

We truly are living in very troubled times, and the stage is definitely being set for the cataclysmic events described in the Book of Revelation.

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THE IRANIAN WEAPONS TRIANGLE THAT DRIVES TEHRAN’S REGIONAL ENTRENCHMENT

BY YAAKOV LAPPIN | DEC 8, 2021 | OPINION

Three weapons systems form a triangle at the heart of the Islamic Republic’s program to entrench itself in the Middle East. Precision-guided missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and surface-to-air missiles are finding their way into increasing areas, and into radical hands.

Iran is present in several Arab states suffering from weak sovereignty, infiltrating with proxy forces, arms, and money. Now, Tehran hopes to be able to spread its fundamentalist Shi’ite agenda with greater force, by equipping its proxy forces with new levels of military systems.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s goal is to paint as much of the regional map in Iranian colors as it can, reaching eventual hegemony, and to bring down any state that stands in his way, whether Jewish or Sunni. Those investments are evident in Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. As the ballistic missile attack on Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday illustrates, the firepower that Iran spreads around the region does not remain in storehouses.

Iran manufactures advanced weapons, and the Quds Force’s regional smuggling network then distributes them to the proxies. Iran thereby becomes more threatening to the security of America’s key allies in the region, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.

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Whereas in the past, Iran would mostly smuggle simple mortars, rockets, and IEDs to its radical proxies, today, the Iranian smuggling networks funnel far more advanced technologies to the wrong hands.

This means that Iran’s proxies, such as an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in Iraq, can decide to fire sophisticated ballistic or cruise missiles at Riyadh or Tel Aviv, from the same Iraqi launchpads.

The fact that Iran’s proxies have some level of independence in their decision making, while still being obligated to take orders from the Iranian “mother ship,” merely adds to the instability.

The strike range of these weapons grows with time, the warheads become larger, and the activity further destabilizes regional security.

An explosive triangle

The precision-guided missiles that Iran makes for itself and its proxies provide long-range strike capabilities that were once reserved for the great powers. Some of Iran’s ballistic, cruise missiles, and UAVs can reach ranges of 2,000 kilometers. Iranian pledges to not go past that range are undermined by its space program, which many observers suspect doubles up as a testing program for future intercontinental missile systems.

Meanwhile, Iran’s surface-to-air missile batteries can challenge the activities of any air force seeking to monitor or strike Iranian-backed ground targets. And the Iranian UAVs portfolio form a long-range, accurate strike tool that, when used in swarms, can pose severe problems even for advanced air defenses, as recent incidents, such as the suicide drone strike on the U.S. military base in al-Tanf, southeast Syria, have illustrated.

Iran is also able to hide behind the excuse that its proxies fired the weapons – even when the attack originated from Iranian territory, such as the 2019 drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities at Abquaiq and Khuaris, which reduced Saudi oil exports by 50 percent.

It is harder to trace the origins of maneuvering, low flying weapons like cruise missiles and UAVs, meaning that the presence of multiple “immediate suspects” makes using those weapons more attractive in Iran’s increasingly bold grey zone operations. They can be used to terrorize civilians in cities, reduce oil production, target international maritime traffic, paralyze seaports and airports, and hit power plants. The list goes on.

The fact that Iran’s suicide drones are now able to hit moving targets, like a civilian oil tanker, was demonstrated in a lethal manner in the July attack on the Mercer Street ship in the Sea of Oman.

In an additional twist, Iran has placed a new emphasis on attempts to get its proxies set up with their own domestic weapons production capability, in order to evade disruptive actions, such Israel’s ongoing preventative strike campaign.

In Lebanon, Hizballah controls precision-guided missile factories, allowing it to assemble its own missiles on Lebanese territory and not rely on Iran for imports, representing one of the most dangerous scenarios for Israel. In fact, Israel has repeatedly warned that it cannot allow Hizballah to have its own domestic defense industry, due to the instability and threat this would pose to key strategic sites in Israel.

The ability to target multiple sensitive sites at the same time could, in theory, shut down a modern country’s very ability to function. This is due to the fact that some radars and interception missiles can struggle to deal with multiple attacking UAVs that come raining down in a swarm. This makes UAV swarm a strategic threat, since they can be used to shut down key sites.

In Yemen, too, Iran has been working to install a “locally made” industry of weapons so that the Houthis can arm themselves and threaten international shipping in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea. These same Yemen-based capabilities are routinely used to threaten Saudi Arabian sovereignty, and even the Israeli Red Sea city of Eilat, 2,000 kilometers away.

In dealing with these threats, cooperation appears to be on the rise among Israel and Sunni states, as well as with the United States. In April, the U.S. and Israel set up an inter-agency working group “on the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles and precision guided missiles produced by Iran and provided to its proxies in the Middle East region,” reflecting the high priority this is receiving in Washington and Jerusalem.

Israel has a multi-layered air defense system to deal with UAVs and precision-guided missiles, featuring some of the most advanced technology in this sphere in the world.

This structure includes a host of sophisticated radars, and the ability to intercept the threats – whether through ground-launched missiles or fighter jets – as they enter Israeli air space.

The UAV fired at Israel from Iraq in May is a case in point. In that incident, the UAV approached Israeli airspace near the northern city of Beit Shean. The IDF only stated that it was monitored by Israeli Air Force air control units, and that its fragments had been collected by security forces on the ground. It turns out that this UAV came not from Syria, but from Iraq.

No less remarkably, a UAV that infiltrated Israeli airspace in 2018 from Syria turned out to have been carrying TNT explosives, and was on a delivery mission for terrorists in the West Bank, Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed last month.

Gant noted that it was launched from Syria’s T4 airbase, near Palmor, which has been under the control of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Israel continues to optimize its early detection and interception capabilities to defend against these threats, as well staying on top of the intelligence picture.

But Israel’s efforts don’t stop at defense. Since 2013, it has developed a large-scale offensive strike program designed to disrupt Iranian entrenchment activities, and to stop advanced weapons that change the regional balance of power from reaching their intended destinations along Iranian supply routes.

Those routes include the transfer of weapons on the ground, in the air, and at sea, meaning that a major monitoring program must be active 24-7 to be able to detect and respond in time.

Israel’s campaign has stopped many advanced Iranian weapons from reaching their destinations, forcing Iran to look for new tactics – such as getting its proxies to build their own weapons.

Israel’s recent shift into the U.S. military’s CENTCOM, which is responsible for the Middle East, can help facilitate the transfer of technology and capabilities for countering these threats from Israel to pragmatic Sunni countries, as well as create new joint training and intelligence-sharing opportunities.

As Iran prepares to smuggle yet more of its triangle of destruction, the anti-Iranian bloc in the Middle East will be looking for new ways to cooperate in order to defend itself.

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China may be eyeing its first military base on the Atlantic Ocean: report

Tensions between the US and China have been running high

By Edmund DeMarche | Fox News

China appears to be eyeing its first permanent military base on the shores of Africa’s Atlantic coast, and Washington – not keen on the idea – has already started a diplomatic effort to put the kibosh on any plans, a report said.

U.S. officials, citing classified American intelligence reports, told the Wall Street Journal that Beijing could be eyeing Equatorial Guinea’s port city of Bata for the base. The report said Bata already comes with a deep-water port that had been upgraded by China Road & Bridge Co. from 2009 to 2014. The report said U.S. intelligence first learned of the possibility of the base in 2019.

The Pentagon and White House did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News seeking comment. Tensions between the U.S. and China have been running high. Beijing has criticized U.S. warships that frequent the South China Sea, and the U.S. has accused China of destabilizing the region due to aggression directed at Taiwan.

President Biden has said it is a top priority of his administration not to let China surpass the U.S. during his presidency. The report comes just days after the Pentagon announced plans for major infrastructure improvements at military airfields in Guam and Australia to counter China.

Jon Finer, the principal deputy U.S. national security adviser, visited the Central African country in October in an effort to dissuade President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his son from agreeing to the deal, according to the Journal. The White House said in a statement at the time that the two discussed “ways to enhance maritime security and end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

One administration official told the paper that the U.S. has “made clear to Equatorial Guinea that certain potential steps involving [Chinese] activity there would raise national-security concerns.”

Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, said in April that the “most significant threat” from Beijing would be a naval base on Africa’s Atlantic coast. The Journal said the possibility of the base is “setting off alarm bells at the White House and Pentagon.”

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Russia planning massive military offensive against Ukraine involving 175,000 troops, U.S. intelligence warns

As tensions mount between Washington and Moscow over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence has found the Kremlin is planning a multi-front offensive as soon as early next year involving up to 175,000 troops, according to U.S. officials and an intelligence document obtained by The Washington Post.

The Kremlin has been moving troops toward the border with Ukraine while demanding Washington guarantee that Ukraine will not join NATO and that the alliance will refrain from certain military activities in and around Ukrainian territory. The crisis has provoked fears of a renewed war on European soil and comes ahead of a planned virtual meeting next week between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The Russian plans call for a military offensive against Ukraine as soon as early 2022 with a scale of forces twice what we saw this past spring during Russia’s snap exercise near Ukraine’s borders,” said an administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information. “The plans involve extensive movement of 100 battalion tactical groups with an estimated 175,000 personnel, along with armor, artillery and equipment.”

The unclassified U.S. intelligence document obtained by The Post, which includes satellite photos, shows Russian forces massing in four locations. Currently, 50 battlefield tactical groups are deployed, along with “newly arrived” tanks and artillery, according to the document.

While Ukrainian assessments have said Russia has approximately 94,000 troops near the border, the U.S. map puts the number at 70,000 — but it predicts a buildup to as many as 175,000 and describes extensive movement of battalion tactical groups to and from the border “to obfuscate intentions and to create uncertainty.”

The U.S. analysis of Russia’s plans is based in part on satellite images that “show newly arrived units at various locations along the Ukrainian border over the last month,” the official said.

Details of the U.S. intelligence provide a picture that Secretary of State Antony Blinken began to outline this week on a trip to Europe, where he described “evidence that Russia has made plans for significant aggressive moves against Ukraine” and warned there would be severe consequences, including high-impact economic measures, if Russia invaded.

Biden said he is preparing measures to raise the cost of any new invasion for Putin, who has dismissed the U.S. warnings as rumors and said Russia is not threatening anyone.

“What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be, will be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he may do,” Biden said Friday.

The Russian military moves come as Moscow has raised eyebrows in Washington with a sudden mobilization of reservists this year and a dramatic escalation of its rhetoric regarding Ukraine.

Russian officials have defended the reserve mobilization as a necessary measure to help modernize the Russian armed forces. But the administration official raised concerns about the “sudden and rapid program to establish a ready reserve of contract reservists,” which the official said is expected to add an additional 100,000 troops to the approximately 70,000 deployed now.

The intelligence about a potential surge in forces bolsters a warning earlier this week from Blinken that Putin could quickly order an invasion of Ukraine and helps explain why Biden administration officials have been sounding alarms about the threat of imminent invasion for weeks.

“We don’t know whether President Putin has made the decision to invade. We do know that he is putting in place the capacity to do so on short order should he so decide,” Blinken told reporters in Europe a day before meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We must prepare for all contingencies.”

Lavrov, in public comments this week, echoed Putin’s warnings about U.S. military equipment and activity encroaching on Russia’s borders and said, “The nightmare scenario of military confrontation is returning.”

The intelligence document also suggests that Russian forces may be leaving equipment behind at training facilities to allow an attack on Ukraine to commence quickly.

“Equipment may be left behind at different training ranges to enable a rapid, final buildup,” the document adds.

Separately, a Ukrainian government official said that Russian military exercises conducted earlier this year near Ukraine’s borders helped Russian forces essentially rehearse an invasion.

“The Russian troops worked out the issues of creating strike groups near the borders of our state, mobilization measures, logistical support of groups, [and] transfer of significant military contingents, including by air,” from Russia to the border with Ukraine, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive analysis.

While laying the groundwork for an invasion, the Russian government has also been waging a propaganda campaign, the U.S. administration official said.

“Additionally, in the past month, our information indicates Russian influence proxies and media outlets have started to increase content denigrating Ukraine and NATO, in part to pin the blame for a potential Russian military escalation on Ukraine,” the official said.

“Recent information also indicates that Russian officials proposed adjusting Russia’s information operations against Ukraine to emphasize the narrative that Ukrainian leaders had been installed by the West, harbored a hatred for the ‘Russian world,’ and were acting against the interests of the Ukrainian people.”

In his comments in Latvia, Blinken cautioned the Ukrainians not to give Russia a pretext for military action.

“We’re also urging Ukraine to continue to exercise restraint because, again, the Russian playbook is to claim provocation for something that they were planning to do all along,” he said.

Putin has demanded the United States and its allies provide signed assurances excluding any expansion of NATO to include Ukraine and Georgia and limiting military activity near Russia’s borders, most notably in and around Ukraine.

The demands for a new European security pact come after Putin has suggested for months that U.S. and allied military activities in Ukraine and near Russia’s borders are crossing a red line for the Kremlin.

Russia needs “precise legal, judicial guarantees because our Western colleagues have failed to deliver on verbal commitments they made,” Putin said in a speech at the Kremlin this week, suggesting the start of “substantive talks on this topic.”

Putin has long railed against NATO expansion into former Warsaw Pact states as a disrespectful encroachment on Moscow. He said a concrete agreement must “rule out any further eastward expansion of NATO and the deployment of weapons systems posing a threat to us in close proximity to Russia’s territory.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected out of hand the idea that Washington would provide a guarantee that Ukraine will not enter NATO.

“NATO member countries decide who is a member of NATO, not Russia,” Psaki told reporters during a White House briefing Friday. “That is how the process has always worked and how it will proceed. I think it’s important to remember where the provocative action is coming from. It’s not the United States. It’s not Ukraine.”

U.S. and Ukrainian officials and military analysts believe Russia would mount a far larger-scale invasion now than it did in 2014, when the country annexed Crimea and fueled a separatist uprising in Ukraine’s east. The plan, the officials and analysts believe, could be to force Ukrainian troops to fight on multiple fronts, seeking not so much territory but rather a capitulation by Kyiv and its Western backers that results in the security guarantees Putin wants. Military analysts have compared that strategy to Moscow’s 2008 invasion of Georgia.

In comments this week, Putin said drills with U.S. nuclear-capable strategic bombers flying over the Black Sea posed a threat to Moscow, along with U.S. missile defense systems in Poland and Romania. He also expressed concern about NATO deploying missiles on Ukrainian territory that could have a flight time of seven to 10 minutes to Moscow — though no such plans have been announced.

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Belarus president asks Russia to give him nuclear-capable missiles as border crisis with Poland escalates

By Jack Davis, The Western Journal
Published November 15, 2021 at 1:20pm

Belarus is emerging as a potential flash point for conflict after its leader said he wants Russian missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

The nation, once a part of the Soviet Union and now a close Russian ally, has been accused of serving as a gateway for illegal immigrants to enter Europe, with thousands of illegal immigrants entering the country and making their way to the Polish border with the apparent support of the government, according to The New York Times.

In response, Poland has beefed up its military presence at the Belarusian border as it keeps the illegal immigrants at bay. On Thursday, Belarus accused Poland of an “unprecedented” military buildup, saying 15,000 troops along with tanks and other weapons were at the border, according to the New York Post.

Migrants rough sleep, hide in warm shopping malls, buy boots and sleeping bags in the cheapest markets in Minsk and simply hang outside. There are women and children among them. Lukashenko is really trying to make #Belarus the hub of irregular migration. This is very sad pic.twitter.com/PRHljXEe02

— Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova) November 6, 2021


That was followed on Friday by a contingent of Russian paratroopers being sent to the area where tensions are the thickest, a move the Russians claim is “part of joint war games involving Belarusian air defense assets, helicopter gunships and other forces,” according to the Post.

On Saturday, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with a Russian defense magazine that he wants Russian missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Lukashenko has his eye on the Iskander mobile ballistic missile system, which has a range of up to 500 kilometers, according to Reuters.

“I need several divisions in the west and the south, let them stand (there),” he said.

It was unclear if Russian leader Vladimir Putin would grant the request.

Poland and Lithuania lie to the west of Belarus. Its south borders Ukraine.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, meanwhile, is saying that he may seek help from NATO, according to Reuters.

“It is not enough just for us to publicly express our concern — now we need concrete steps and the commitment of the entire alliance,” he said.

He indicated Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may seek consultations with the entire NATO alliance.

A NATO ally can request consultations when the ally believes its territory or independence is at risk.

Poland Warns of Possible Border Breakthrough as EU Prepares to Sanction Belarus https://t.co/b6rF3Ytqml

— Novaturient (@novaturient50) November 15, 2021

On Friday, a group of migrants crossed into Poland, according to the Daily Mail.

A Polish Border Force spokesman said, “Belarusian soldiers began to destroy the temporary border by tearing up fence posts. Polish forces were blinded by laser beams and strobe light.”

“Also, a group of about 100 migrants were [able] to cross, and Poland says Belarusians gave them tear gas, which was used against the Polish forces,” he continued.

British Gen. Nick Carter, chief of the defense staff, said there are fears a collision could turn into a major conflict.

“I think we have to be careful that people don’t end up allowing the bellicose nature of some of our politics to end up in a position where escalation leads to miscalculation,” he said in an interview which aired on Sunday.

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