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Turkmenistan Prepares To Build New Highway Network Connecting Turkey To Central Asia And East Asia

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

Turkmenistan is one of the most centrally controlled nations in the world, akin to North Korea. This nation, home of President Gurbanguly Berkhimudrov who recently declared that licorice root could cure COVID, has put forth a new plan to build a highway network connecting Turkey, beginning at the Caspian Sea coastline, by road to Afghanistan by both auto and railway networks.

The project to construct the new highway linking Turkmenistan with its neighbours is being prioritised by the country’s government. The new transport corridor will connect Turkmenistan with Afghanistan in one direction, and with Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the other.

The project involves the construction of both road as well as rail links. The route runs from Torgundi in Afghanistan, which lies close to the border with Turkmenistan. From the border, the route links Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat with the Caspian Sea port at Turkmenbashi. The sea crossing to Azerbaijan’s commercial centre and key port of Baku then will link by road to Georgia’s capital Tbilisi and finally to Turkey’s commercial centre, Istanbul. Many of the road links in Turkey forming part of the route have already been constructed.

Financing worth US$2.4 billion for the Ashgabat to Turkmenabat highway project was secured for the project previously. The 20-year loan was provided by the Central Bank of Turkmenistan. (source)

Whether or not this highway will actually be build is another issue. However, it illustrates a trend that is happening, and given the geopolitics of the area, may be funded or forced to continue by foreign powers, namely the US, Turkey, and Germany.

I have noted for a while now that the world is fighting, albeit ‘silently’, for control over Central Asia because it is tied to the future of trade as well as the viability of Russia as a world power. Russia may be large, but most of her power does not come from historical Russia west of the Urals. It rather comes from Siberia, and her vast resources to mine or extract and sell. Russia, as I have noted and many other people as well, does not really have an economy save for the production of cheap weapons for questionable leaders in poor nations and the extraction of raw materials. Mackinder wrote this as far back as 1900, saying that in addition to resources, controlling Central Asia places its controller- Russia -in the position of holding influence over the major economic and imperial movements between east and west that have historically defined global geopolitics.

Russia’s control on Central Asia is slipping, and has been since the days of the USSR. It was the region where the “Great Game” was largely played between the British and Russian Empires, and while it ‘tightened’ its control during the Soviet years, after the fall of the USSR it loosened and has continued to become weaker.

At the same time, Turkey, the US, Germany, and China have all stepped in to try to put their own influence in the region. The most successful has been with NATO, where economic railway and highway initiatives have began a serious process of connecting a highly-developed Turkey that continues to become more technologically advanced to the Far East, because that is where this is moving- a race to rebuild the Silk Road just like in the days of the Roman Empire, connecting as far away as Ireland and theoretically “Rome” (in the historical sense) to all parts of Asia including Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and New Delhi.

China and Russia are attempting a Chinese version of this called the “belt and road initiative”, but it has run into many setbacks. This is not to say that China is not pursuing it, but that right now, the question is who will be able to connect east to west fastest?

Russia is in an interesting position because she has technically connnected east to west by her railway lines. However, since the tracks used run on a different standard that those of the rest of the world, plus how may tracks and roads have significantly deteriorated (such as the saying in Russian “there are two problems in Russia: Fools and roads”). She is threatened by both NATO in the West and China in the East, for as much as she is an “ally” of China, China also is a direct threat to her Siberian holding, which like France’s African holdings that she controls through currency manipulation of the West and Central African Francs, if she loses Siberia, she loses control over her nation.

Meanwhile, Turkey is set on rebuilding the Ottoman Empire, and be it Erdogan still in power or another, the fact is that the Ottoman menace never died but is resurrecting. While she fights with NATO, Turkey is also a historical German and US ally, a major counterweight against the Russians, and given the support in building roads from Europe to Asia circumventing Russia, there is a very real, strong chance that Turkey could actually “beat” the Russians here.

Hence this is why the outcome of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is so important. It’s more than just a squabble over territory. Rather, if one looks at the physical railroad- and by extension highway or future highway lines -there are several outcomes.

First, given the closeness between Azerbaijan and Turkey, and the fact that Azerbaijan has admitted she wants essentially to be absorbed by Turkey, the Azeri victory over Armenia creates a direct path from Turkey to the Oil Sands of Baku and the Caspian Sea, which is right across from Turkmenistan, and just so happens to be where this new railway and road lines are being planned will go to.

Second, what is happening is a continual “cutting out” of Armenia from economic life. Armenia is already isolated, considering that the current BTC (Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan) railway line literally goes in about a 270 degree semicircle around Armenia. The victory over Armenia has officially cut off Armenia’s southern corridor by the Aras River, meaning that Armenia is now fully surrounded by Turkey and her Azeri ally. She is, for all purposes, a country in a country, with no way out to another land that is not Turkey. This is a typical strategy of ‘encirclement’, and given Turkey’s no-secret denial of the Armenian massacres and her hatred of Christianity and the Armenians, is bad news for the future, because it means that Turkey is likely looking to “finish the job” from last century.

Third, Turkey’s power as an economic machine due to these factors is going to rapidly increase because looking at a map, there are only two ways to the Far East From Europe- either go through Russia (not an option), or go through Turkey, and since NATO has chosen the latter, this is why Turkey is reviving. Her position is bolstering her return as a world power, and in a competition with Russia, the Nagorno-Karabakh “nail” is one more in the building of the railway to Asia.

The next decade is going to be a decade of escalation, and there are going to be many sub-trends within this. These developments in the small, isolated, and largely crumbling nation of Turkmenistan are not to be separated from what is going on in the rest of the world, for this is more than just a road, but about the construction of a revived Ottoman Empire, and is as relevant to the conflicts in the Middle East, with Russia, with China, and around the world more than ever before today.

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Report- Religious Persecution Will Significantly Worsen In China And India

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

Religious persecution is increasing around the world, but China and India are two major hot spots to watch, since there is open hatred for all things Christian in both nations, and there has been no secret made, barely hidden, that there is a long-term plan to eventually exterminate Christianity and Christians from both nations in the name of nationalist violence.

As such the Christian Post reports that religious persecution is likely going to increase in 2021.

Though religious persecution in China and India is expected to increase in 2021, exposure to the Bible is increasing in North Korea, the world’s most repressive country, according to the annual Persecution Trends survey from Release International.

In its latest report, RI, an international Christian watchdog organization for persecuted Christians worldwide, said that persecution is “thriving” in China and will likely increase in the new year.

RI cited the recent passage of tough new laws controlling religion, the shuttering of numerous churches, and the increasing number of registered churches forced to install CCTV cameras and put up posters proclaiming communist ideals and beliefs.

However, the Chinese Communist Party has “bought the silence of the international community” through increased dependence on trade, it said.

“The government of President Xi Jinping is increasing its ‘clean up’ of anything that does not advance the communist agenda. They appear to believe that they can achieve this by systematic opposition,” the group warned.

Corroborating other reports, RI said that China has been exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to tighten restrictions on underground believers.

Earlier this year, it was reported that amid the outbreak, impoverished Christian villagers in China were ordered to renounce their faith and replace displays of Jesus with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi or risk losing their welfare benefits.

“The Chinese government is trying every way to take advantage of the virus by increasing the crackdown against Christian churches,” said RI partner Bob Fu, of ChinaAid. “It has accelerated particular campaigns, such as the forced removal of crosses.”

The group also predicted that in India, intolerance toward Christians and other religious minorities will continue to grow during 2021, largely due to growing Hindu nationalism. (source)

The trend of Christian persecution, since it is directly tied to nationalism and politics, is not going away. While the US will criticize Christian persecution in China, she will be silent when it comes to India, since she is seeking to use India as a political weapons against the Chinese, dividing the two billion-strong giants to battle in the Himalayas while attacking China on other fronts.

The biggest losers, no surprise, are the Christians, who will find no real allies at all save for when it is considered to be politically expedient, and which can change at any time. It would be wise to note then that Christians must care for each other, and prepare for the worst as things become more difficult leading up to war in order to be able to help others, since one will not be able to rely or trust in governments at all to do this.

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30,000 Quakes In 4 Months! If Antarctic Ice Shelves Start Melting Rapidly, It Will Create A Planetary Disaster Of Epic Proportions

December 18, 2020 by Michael Snyder

Under the continent of Antarctica, there is a “mantle plume producing almost as much heat as Yellowstone supervolcano”, and this has been melting ice plates from underneath at a staggering pace.  If that superheated rock were to move even closer to the surface, that would potentially greatly accelerate the melting of Antarctic ice, and the consequences for the entire planet would be quite dramatic.  As you will see below, if all Antarctic ice were to melt, the entire eastern seaboard of the United States would vanish.  In other words, there would be no more New York, no more Washington D.C. and no more state of Florida.

That is why what is happening in Antarctica right now is deeply alarming many experts.  According to the University of Chile, there have been over 30,000 earthquakes in Antarctica since the end of the month of August, and this is extremely unusual.

Of course the quakes are not scattered evenly throughout the continent.  In fact, the vast majority of them have been happening at a location where “several tectonic plates and microplates meet”

Scientists with the university’s National Seismological Center said the small quakes – including one stronger shake of magnitude 6 – were detected in the Bransfield Strait, a 60-mile wide (96-km) ocean channel between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Several tectonic plates and microplates meet near the strait, leading to frequent rumbling, but the past three months have been unusual, according to the center.

Obviously something big is taking place, and we do know that the rate at which the Shetland Islands have been separating from the Antarctic peninsula has been accelerating

The shakes have become so frequent that the strait itself, once increasing in width at a rate of about 7 or 8 mm (0.30 inch) a year is now expanding 15 cm (6 inches) a year, the center said.

“It’s a 20-fold increase … which suggests that right this minute … the Shetland Islands are separating more quickly from the Antarctic peninsula,” said Sergio Barrientos, the center’s director.

The reason why what is happening in Antarctica is so important to the rest of us is because of the possibility that Antarctic ice could start melting at a much more rapid pace.

The massive ice shelves which cover the continent have been melting from underneath for quite a while, and NASA says that a “mantle plume producing almost as much heat as Yellowstone supervolcano” is largely responsible…

A mantle plume producing almost as much heat as Yellowstone supervolcano appears to be melting part of West Antarctica from beneath.

Researchers at NASA have discovered a huge upwelling of hot rock under Marie Byrd Land, which lies between the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea, is creating vast lakes and rivers under the ice sheet. The presence of a huge mantle plume could explain why the region is so unstable today, and why it collapsed so quickly at the end of the last Ice Age, 11,000 years ago.

Could all of the seismic activity that has been occurring in recent months be a sign that conditions under the continent are starting to become a lot more unstable?

If so, we could potentially be facing a scenario that most of us never dreamed was possible.  According to one recent study, an acceleration of the melting process could actually destroy giant ice shelves “in minutes or hours”…

As meltwater rushes through the cracks in the Antarctic ice shelves, it can destroy the ice shelves in minutes or hours. This is amplified by the warming atmosphere, and as the warming continues, this phenomenon may happen more often than not. A study published back in August showed that at least half of the ice shelves are at risk of having this happening.

The study suggested that around 50% to 70% of the ice shelves holding Antarctic glaciers in place could become weak and even collapse with surges of meltwater. Ching-Yao Lai, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Marine Geology & Geophysics at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York and lead author of the study said, “What we find is that the amount of melting is important, but where the melting happens is also important.”

So what would happen if all of the ice in Antarctica suddenly melted?

Well, according to Geologist Ed Mathez of the American Museum of Natural History, oceans would rise approximately 70 meters all over the globe

Thank you for your question. The simple answer is no. The whole world will never be underwater. But our coastlines would be very different.

If all the ice covering Antarctica , Greenland, and in mountain glaciers around the world were to melt, sea level would rise about 70 meters (230 feet). The ocean would cover all the coastal cities. And land area would shrink significantly. But many cities, such as Denver, would survive.

And according to National Geographic, every U.S. city that sits along the east coast of the United States “would vanish, along with Florida and the Gulf Coast”…

The entire Atlantic seaboard would vanish, along with Florida and the Gulf Coast. In California, San Francisco’s hills would become a cluster of islands and the Central Valley a giant bay. The Gulf of California would stretch north past the latitude of San Diego—not that there’d be a San Diego.

Needless to say, we have a great interest in making sure that all of that ice does not melt.

Unfortunately, today Antarctica is one of the fastest warming places on Earth due to all of the heat that is being generated from below.

We live at a time when earthquakes are happening in diverse places and unusual seismic activity is occurring all over the planet on a regular basis.

Most of us assume that these seismic events are nothing to be concerned about and that life will continue as it normally does for the foreseeable future.

But what if it doesn’t?

Many believe that we are entering a time when major Earth changes will dramatically affect the entire planet, and without a doubt we are already seeing very unusual things happen all over the globe.

It is definitely not normal for there to be 30,000 earthquakes in Antarctica in a four month period, and we will continue to watch the continent very closely as we head into 2021.

Because if the ice in Antarctica starts to melt much more quickly, none of our lives will ever be the same again.

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SHOCK AS US NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED THAT AUTHORITIES ARE SAYING HAS RUSSIA’S SIGNATURE ALL OVER IT

Authorities were alarmed after suspicious activity was detected in a number of networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico and Washington. Networks belonging to the Office of Secure Transportation and Richland Field Office of the Department of Energy were also reportedly breached. Officials close to the incident claim that hackers were able to do more damage at FERC than the other networks, according to the report.

by Geoffrey Grider December 17, 2020

A major cyber espionage attack has hit a number of U.S. federal agencies, including networks belonging to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Department of Energy (DOE), which are responsible for maintaining the country’s massive stockpile of nuclear weapons.

 

Iwasn’t joking when I first told you a while back that 2021 is going to be even crazier than 2020 has been, and with each passing day it is ringing truer and truer. When you go to the web site for cyber security company SolarWinds, the company responsible for keeping US Federal agencies safe from hackers says ‘SolarWinds: We Make It Look Easy’. That didn’t age well.

So is it Russia, is it China, perhaps a combination of the two? At this point, no one really knows, but what we do know is that it’s really bad. Microsoft said they found evidence of the hacker attack on their own systems as well. I have the feeling that something really big is about to break out, it has all the earmarks when take everything that has been happening lately and add it all together. They hacked the NNSA to get at our nukes, and the scary part is, they might actually have gained access deep enough to cause some real problems.

Hackers Target US Nuclear Weapons Agency in Massive Unprecedented Cyber Attack

FROM ACTIVIST POST: On Thursday, officials swiftly began coordinating notifications about the security breach to congressional oversight bodies following a briefing by DOE Chief Information Officer Rocky Campione, reports Politico.

Authorities were alarmed after suspicious activity was detected in a number of networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico and Washington. Networks belonging to the Office of Secure Transportation and Richland Field Office of the Department of Energy were also reportedly breached.

OFFICIALS CLOSE TO THE INCIDENT CLAIM THAT HACKERS WERE ABLE TO DO MORE DAMAGE AT FERC THAN THE OTHER NETWORKS, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.

Authorities have scoured the networks to ascertain how much data has been accessed or stolen, but officials are still largely in the dark about the extent to which government networks have been compromised. According to the report, officials at DOE could take weeks to understand how much damage was wrought by the attacks.

It is believed that the attack on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could have been part of a broader attempt to disrupt the U.S. electric grid. While FERC isn’t involved in the direct management of power flows, the data it stores could potentially reveal the most critical locations in case of future attacks.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, on the other hand, is the key agency tasked with managing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and its operations take up the bulk of the DOE budget. Likewise, the Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories are critical sites where atomic research related to both nuclear weapons and civil nuclear power takes place. The Office of Secure Transportation is in charge of moving enriched uranium and other material related to the maintenance of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

Federal officials have expressed concern about the breach, which is feared to have impacted computer systems not only in the U.S. and across the globe. So far, Russian hackers tied to the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) are being looked at as the most likely culprit. However, Moscow has denied any involvement in the attacks.

The attack on DOE networks appears to signal the potent threat posed by hackers even when they are up against core components of the U.S. national security enterprise. It is believed that the hackers were able to compromise the federal networks by exploiting security flaws in the networking software sold by IT company SolarWinds, which has hundreds of clients across the U.S. government and the private sector.

On Thursday, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an ominous warning about a significant computer intrusion, noting that it “poses a grave risk” to governments on the federal, state, and local levels. On Wednesday, the FBI, CISA, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement acknowledging their collaboration in an “ongoing” cybersecurity campaign, noting that they had only begun their work in earnest in recent days after learning of the incident.

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HISTORIC FIRST FOR THE ISRAEL MISSILE DEFENSE ORGANIZATION AS IRON DOME SYSTEM SUCCESSFULLY INTERCEPTS A CRUISE MISSILE IN LIVE-FIRE TESTS

Both David’s Sling and Iron Dome are built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel’s traditional research and development defense behemoth. Together with ELTA radar from IAI and other systems from Elbit, this exercise over recent weeks showcased Israel’s world-class defense companies and cooperation with allies such as the United States. It is important to understand that the defense systems were used in this manner in the context of the emerging threats and Israel’s new ties in the Gulf and as the current US administration is leaving office. Israel rolled out the Momentum plan between late 2019 and early 2020.

by Geoffrey Grider December 16, 2020

The Israel Missile Defense Organization has successfully completed a series of live-fire intercept tests of the Iron Dome and David’s Sling weapon systems against threat-representative cruise and ballistic missiles, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It is the first time the the Iron Dome system intercepted a cruse missile.

 

You can try as hard as you can, but you will never get past that King James Bible, and let me tell you why. The Bible says that King Jesus during His Millennial Reign will sit on the throne of His father, David, and in 2020 what is the fancy, high-tech name of Israel’s missile defense system? David’s Sling.

“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:32,33 (KJB)

David’s Sling can do amazing feats of modern technological power, like now being able to intercept a cruise missile in a live-fire drill, something that has never been done before. Israel has the most-powerful air force in the Middle East, and thanks to President Trump over the past 4 years, Israel is a pretty good shape right at the moment. But when you pick up that Book, what do you see? You see Israel making peace with the Palestinians, dividing their own land to create a Palestinian state and rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:15,16 (KJB)

Everything will be going great right up to the moment when Antichrist sits down on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. Like I said, have all the modern-day inventions you want, you will never manage to get ahead of that dusty, old and archaic King James Bible, more up-to-date than tomorrow’s headlines.

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” Luke 21:20-22 (KJB)

Israel’s historic Iron Dome missile test: A message to Iran, Hezbollah, allies

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The test comes in the wake of Iran using cruise missiles and drones to attack Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil facilities a year ago. That drone-swarm attack was a chance for Iran to show off its capabilities. Reports also indicated Iran sent ballistic missiles to militias in Iraq in 2018 and 2019 and that it sends precision-guided munitions to Syria and to Hezbollah in Lebanon. It also has drones that it has used from the T-4 base in Syria against Israel in 2018.

The threat matrix is changing, and among today’s enemies, Iran is Israel’s main regional adversary with multiple complex missiles and drones. To confront these myriad threats, Israel needs its own complex multitiered system. Iron Dome has worked for 10 years to confront close-range threats and is the workhorse of Israel’s air defenders. David’s Sling, which is supposed to face higher-level threats and is similar to the US’s Patriot batteries, uses an impressive interceptor to stop enemy missiles.

BOTH DAVID’S SLING AND IRON DOME ARE BUILT BY RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ISRAEL’S TRADITIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEFENSE BEHEMOTH. TOGETHER WITH ELTA RADAR FROM IAI AND OTHER SYSTEMS FROM ELBIT, THIS EXERCISE OVER RECENT WEEKS SHOWCASED ISRAEL’S WORLD-CLASS DEFENSE COMPANIES AND COOPERATION WITH ALLIES SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES.

It is important to understand that the defense systems were used in this manner in the context of the emerging threats and Israel’s new ties in the Gulf and as the current US administration is leaving office. Israel rolled out the Momentum plan between late 2019 and early 2020. It calls for a dedicated IDF general to focus on “third circle” threats. Third circle is the term Israel uses to describe Iran or countries that lie beyond the direct area of engagement from Gaza to the Golan Heights.

Israel’s historic mode of warfare has mainly been on land against enemies along the borders, from the tank battles of the 1950s and ’60s to the Palestinian insurgency of 2000, the Second Intifada. However, today’s warfare is not about hunting down terrorists in buildings or using tanks; it is also about confronting hi-tech missiles and drones. These modern threats have been on display as Hezbollah stockpiled 150,000 missiles and rockets. The recent war in the Caucasus also showcased how drones can transform war. That is why everyone in the region now wants missiles and missile-defense systems.

The United Arab Emirates is seeking to upgrade its systems through its purchase of F-35s from the US and many more drones and missiles. This illustrates that Israel’s missile-defense test has major ramifications for its new relations with Gulf states. But not only Israel needs missile defense. Saudi Arabia has used Patriots supplied by the US in recent years, and the US in Iraq also needed to deploy a system called C-RAM to confront rocket threats from Iranian-backed militias.

ADD ALL THIS TOGETHER AND YOU CAN SEE A RAPIDLY CHANGING REGION IN NEED OF THE KIND OF DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY THAT ISRAEL HAS DEVELOPED WITH US BACKING.

The US is a partner in the Arrow and David’s Sling programs and has supported Iron Dome. But the latter is a unique Israeli solution, and together with David’s Sling, Israel is able to cover almost 100% of potential incoming threats. This means that when an enemy launches missiles or drones, the multitiered system will kick in with sensors, such as radar tracking the threats and displaying them on a map, forming an integrated picture of the threat and of the systems capable of stopping them. Arrow and David’s Sling combine to cover long-range threats, whereas Iron Dome batteries are a point defense that can defend a certain area. By deploying Iron Dome batteries at the right locations with radar on land and at sea, such as aboard the Sa’ar 5 and new Sa’ar 6 ships, Israel bolsters its massive multilayered defense umbrella.

This drill in the lead-up to Hanukkah showcased what Israel has accomplished in the last decade. Israeli missile defense has its origins in the 1990s, and close cooperation with the US led us here. However, it is important to note that the real revolution took place in the last decade through a unique partnership with companies such as Rafael and Israel’s decision to correctly anticipate emerging threats and invest in staying at least one step ahead of the enemy.

IRAN CAN’T BLACKMAIL THE REGION AS LONG AS ISRAEL CAN INCREASINGLY BUILD AND DEPLOY THESE SYSTEMS.

That is important because as the end of the Trump administration nears, the Iranian octopus of threats in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen appears to be growing, and it is chomping at the bit to begin a new reign of terror if it feels it is being appeased by the West.

Israel has the most hi-tech array of defense systems ever fielded in world history. But the question, as always, will be how these systems perform in real scenarios. That means also using Arrow as part of these drills, rather than conducting tests at sea or with the Arrow system’s sensors being used but without the actual missile. This is a struggle because real-world threats come in over mountainous areas, like the Golan, with drones or missiles trying to hide by being close to the ground. The recent test was a game changer, but the threats will continue until these systems are put to the test on the battlefield.

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NOW GET READY FOR A VERY FRAIL JOE BIDEN TO BECOME THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT AS KAMALA HARRIS AND THE PROGRESSIVES PREPARE TO TAKE EVERYTHING OVER

Are you starting to see the picture now? Joe Biden has to win, as crooked as it may be, because the New World Order cannot rise under Donald Trump, but let me tell you something else. No matter who is actually president, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris or Donald Trump, it all takes you to the same place eventually. Who was it that created Operation Warp Speed and the Messenger 33 coronavirus vaccine that leads you to the Mark of the Beast? Trump. Who was it that created the Abraham Accords that will lead you to the Daniel 9:27 (KJB) covenant? Trump. All these things are happening because God’s judgment is active and working to accomplish His will.

by Geoffrey Grider December 15, 2020

Now the last free nation on earth, America, is going to take its place in line along with all the other nations in the New World Order, so that God’s judgment will be fulfilled.

I want to write today to everyone that is feeling anger, hurt and/or confusion over the drama that is being played out across America right now with this stolen election, and remind you of a few very important things you might have forgotten or overlooked. Did the Democrats steal this election? Absolutely, no question about it, but it goes deeper than the Democrats and Progressives and their plan to create a Marxist state. What is happening right now is the active judgment of God, and we told you to prepare yourself for it. Don’t be so surprised that it’s here.

“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Daniel 2:20-22 (KJB)

For over a decade now, we here at Now The End Begins have told you of the plan by the global elites of the Deep State to bring in the New World Order, a plan that went fully active in 2020. Please allow me to remind you of the original banner art we placed on NTEB back from the very beginning in 2009, here it is, take a look, and pay close attention to what is written in the bottom left hand corner:

So you see, none of what happening right now is new, this has always been the plan and it has been steadily unfolding since the start of the 20th century. When God placed Donald Trump into office in 2016, as we told you would happen, we also told you that it was a global judgment on the world. Why? Because now the last free nation on earth, America, is going to take its place in line along with all the other nations in the New World Order, so that God’s judgment will be fulfilled. This is what the Great Reset is all about, and America has to fall in order to bring that about.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:9 (KJB)

“Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.” Zephaniah 3:8,9 (KJB)

Are you starting to see the picture now? Joe Biden has to win, as crooked as it may be, because the New World Order cannot rise under Donald Trump, but let me tell you something else. No matter who is actually president, Joe BidenKamala Harris or Donald Trump, it all takes you to the same place eventually. Who was it that created Operation Warp Speed and the Messenger 33 coronavirus vaccine that leads you to the Mark of the Beast? Trump. Who was it that created the Abraham Accords that will lead you to the Daniel 9:27 (KJB) covenant? Trump. All these things are happening because God’s judgment is active and working to accomplish His will. Joe Biden and Donald Trump ultimately take you to the same place, it’s just that you feel better with Trump. Don’t get mad at me for telling you the truth.

“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” Galatians 4:16 (KJB)

The coming year of 2021 will be many times more intense that 2020 has been so far, with the stakes far greater and higher. In 2021 we will see the Messenger 33 vaccine made mandatory, the establishment of Green, Yellow and Red occupation zones, and foreign troops from nations like China and Russia will soon be stationed outside our borders. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to give away the store to the Marxists, that’s a guarantee. So you need to resolve in your mind right now what you believe, and what side you are on.

Let your passion burn for the things of the Lord, not the things of this world. Jesus gives out no crowns for American patriotism at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and when the Bible tells you that all the nations of the world will come against Israel, that’s means all the nations of the world including the United States of America. God has only ever made a covenant with one nation, Israel, America has no such covenant with God, and never did. 2 Chronicles 7:14 can only be applied to one nation, Israel. You are deluded and deceived if you think that verse will ever apply to America, it won’t.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJB)

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The Israel-Iran shadow war locks in on southeastern Syria

 

Dec 13, 2020 @ 12:39 GolanHizballahIran vs IsraelSouth Syria

In the last weeks of the Trump administration, Israel is fast-tracking the military drive to push Iran and its helpers back from their advance on southern Syria and the Golan border. The IDF is urged to hurry up in case the Biden administration decides that Iran’s presence in Syria need not be addressed by the US in a potential renegotiated nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran is using the uncertain transition period to advance on the Syrian-Israel Golan border by infiltrating and hiding behind Syrian army positions in the southern Syrian provinces of Deraa, Quneitra and Sweida. The Iranians are also practicing clandestine tactics on the Syrian Golan with the help of a special Hizballah unit and dozens of local armed groups and soldiers, taking advantage of the overall chaos prevailing in the region. The IDF is hitting back by expanding the targets of its air strikes to include the Syrian regime army positions hosting or covering Iranian Revolutionary Guards or Shiite militia forces in the south and the east.

The success of the IDF’s ramped-up operations to counter Iran’s strategy was indicated by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in an end-of-year summary last Thursday, Dec. 10. “Iran has begun cutting back on its military presence in Syria as a result of our operations,’ he said, “but there is still a long way to go before the job is done.” The tempo and quality of Israeli strikes against Iranian assets in Syria, including kinetic operations, the general said, have been enhanced this year, along with more numerous covert and clandestine missions.”

Iran had also significantly stalled its cargo airlift for smuggling weapons into Syria, Gen. Kochavi revealed. This came as a result of the destruction by aerial bombardments in recent months of vast quantities of advanced weaponry, that were to have been handed over to Iran’s proxy, Hizballah, for using in Lebanon as a convenient forward base for attacking Israel.

To escape Israel’s air strikes, Iran has moved its bases, camps and headquarters out of the line of Israeli fire around Damascus towards the northern and eastern parts of Syria. Iranian forces have also been drawn down. Hizballah and Syrian armed units have been left to anchor Iran’s presence in the south. Moreover, reported IDF air strikes on IRGC positions at Abu Kamal in eastern Syria on the sensitive border with Iraq showed Israel to be undeterred by the proximity of US bases.

Tehran is acting on the assumption that Israel is intent on provoking a major clash to provide Donald Trump with justification for clobbering Iran or its interests in the waning days of his presidency. Tehran is therefore at pains to avoid overt or extreme response to the intensified IDF campaign. Its presence in South Syria is denied except for “a few advisers.” Reported casualties are dismissed as “Zionist propaganda.”

The IDF is using Tehran’s caution to seriously bludgeon its assets and collaborators in Syria for the purpose of driving home Israel’s determination to drive them out.   

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America warned political divisions giving China way to ‘global dominance’

‘Will be brought on by superior trade, industrial, and technological development’

By WND News Services
Published December 13, 2020 at 4:30pm

By Brandon Weichert
Real Clear Politics

The United States is mired in a succession crisis. There is much loose talk about another civil war erupting between supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. As this occurs, America’s enemies act boldly against U.S. interests. Each precious moment wasted on deciding which septuagenarian won the White House in November is another moment that the Chinese Communist Party continues its long march to global dominance.

China’s dominance will not come at first in the form of military conquest. Beijing is very much a 21st century power, and its program for displacing the United States will look far different from what the Soviet Union tried during the Cold War. Chinese dominance will be brought on by superior trade, industrial, and technological development practices.  

Beijing recently signed a revolutionary free trade alliance with several Asian powers—including Australia—meant to increase China’s influence over the Indo-Pacific and diminish Washington’s hard-won influence there. China announced it had achieved quantum supremacy—a lodestar for whichever country or company seeks to pioneer quantum computing. Many technologists, like Scott Amyx, have previously argued that quantum computing could be as disruptive to the world economy as the cotton gin or automobile were. Whoever dominates this new industry will write humanity’s future. 

And then there’s the new space race between the United States and China. Private launch companies, including SpaceX, have revolutionized America’s overall space sector. But the lack of political vision or leadership means that real gains for America in space will be slowly realized, if ever. President Trump was the only American leader in decades who seemed to understand the promises and challenges of space. Yet, the rest of the government never fully embraced Trump’s robust space program. Now, it may be too late. 

NASA’s Artemis Program, which is supposed to return Americans to the moon, is adrift, stuck in what Hollywood types might call “development hell.” Petty politics, budgetary constraints, and bureaucratic inertia have prevented this essential program from lifting off in a timely way. Judging from the profile of the individuals that President-elect Biden chose for his NASA transition team, it looks as though the Artemis program will be reduced even more in importance. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese have not only landed a rover on the dark side of the moon, but they have now successfully retrieved lunar rocks—the first time in decades that this has been done. China’s leadership does not intend to stop with unmanned missions to the moon. The recent Chang’e-5 mission (launch rocket pictured above) was merely the proof that China has achieved the same capabilities as the Americans. 

Now, China will outpace America. Two years ago, Ye Peijian, the head of China’s lunar mission, declared that China’s leaders viewed the moon as they do the South China Sea, with Mars being analogous to Huangyan Island. Meanwhile, NASA is reduced to begging for money to create new spacesuits for its lunar mission. 

Compare these events today to the Cold War. In the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the competition between the two superpowers was visceral and the stakes were existential. There was no area of human life where the conflict did not play out … and where the combatants did not fight with everything they had to win. 

When the Soviet Union beat the Americans by getting humanity’s first satellite in orbit—Sputnikmost Americans and their leaders rightly panicked. By the time the USSR placed the first human in orbit, America’s leaders knew that they could not simply shrug and lazily say, “We’ll get there eventually, too.” 

This lackadaisical attitude that yesteryear’s Americans quickly overcame, however, is precisely how the Americans have responded to China’s impressive gains over the last few years. Denialism will not preserve America’s superpower status. Decisive political action will. America’s leaders, however, are still bickering with each other over petty partisan politics. Xi Jinping and China’s leaders laugh and march on.

Had it not been for the virile leadership of John F. Kennedy and his declaration at Rice University in 1962 that the United States would send the first humans to the moon by the end of that decade, the Soviets would have defeated the Americans in the moon race as well. Had that occurred, history for the rest of the Cold War would have played out differently. The spin-off technology that the Apollo program provided the United States might never have been realized in America. Instead, those impressive gains would gone to the USSR … and the inevitable implosion of the Soviet Union might have not happened. 

Between China’s breakthrough in quantum supremacy and its successful lunar missions—as well as its clearly defined strategy for achieving dominance in both the high-tech sector and in space—the American leaders have ignored multiple Sputnik moments. China now has momentum in this new cold war. America’s political instability is only exacerbating these frightening trends. 

What’s needed now is a bipartisan commitment to investing in the technology and capabilities that will allow for the United States to leapfrog the Chinese in critical areas, including quantum computing. American leaders must also ensure that the United States remains the dominant space power by permanently placing astronauts on the moon and Mars, and by deploying defensive space weapons above the Earth.

As an investor from China once told me, “When the donkey and elephant make war upon each other, few in your country benefit.” The bitter partisan divide in America today is a strategic liability. This division will affect the trade, economic, technology, and space policies of this country—at a time when consistency and bipartisan leadership is needed in all these areas. Until we recognize China’s threat and rally as one nation, America’s surrender to China in the new cold war is assured.

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: VATICAN UNVEILS VISUALLY REPULSIVE 2020 NATIVITY SCENE THAT WOULD BE RIGHT AT HOME IN ANY HORROR MOVIE

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 14 that Satan wants to be just like God, wants to take everything God has, pervert it, and present it as deception. If Satan was to design a nativity scene, it would be unsettling, repulsive, ghastly, creepy, and it would stand in utter opposition to Almighty God. This is exactly what Pope Francis and the Vatican have given the world, a nativity scene that glorifies the Devil in this crazy year of 2020 where the Devil has been given a charge to begin preparations to rule the world for 7 short years during the time of Jacob’s trouble.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 14 that Satan wants to be just like God, wants to take everything God has, pervert it, and present it as deception. If Satan was to design a nativity scene, it would be unsettling, repulsive, ghastly, creepy, and it would stand in utter opposition to Almighty God. This is exactly what Pope Francis and the Vatican have given the world, a nativity scene that glorifies the Devil in this crazy year of 2020 where the Devil has been given a charge to begin preparations to rule the world for 7 short years during the time of Jacob’s trouble.

by Geoffrey Grider December 12, 2020

Pope Francis and the Vatican uncovered its 2020 manger scene in Saint Peter’s Square Friday, leaving onlookers scattered, scandalized, and scornful. If Satan had a nativity scene, this is what it would look like.

 

We have done hundreds and hundreds of stories, articles and exposés on the Roman Catholic Church that your King James Bible says is the biblical and prophetical Whore of Babylon as found in Revelation 17 and 18. We have shown you the utter spiritual depravity of its leader, Pope Francis, who is not only the Roman Pontifex Maximus, but also the king over the Holy See at Vatican City. We even showed you how he speaks in open defiance of the words of Jesus Christ. And today, Jorge Bergoglio, leader of Chrislam, takes things to a whole, new level with this repulsive nativity scene that is absolutely perfect for this prophetical year of 2020.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:5,6 (KJB)

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 14 that Satan wants to be just like God, wants to take everything God has, pervert it, and present it as deception. If Satan was to design a nativity scene, it would be unsettling, repulsive, ghastly, creepy, and it would stand in utter opposition to Almighty God. This is exactly what Pope Francis and the Vatican have given the world, a nativity scene that glorifies the Devil in this crazy year of 2020 where the Devil has been given a charge to begin preparations to rule the world for 7 short years in the coming time of Jacob’s trouble.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJB)

Yes, the Pretribulation Rapture is right around the corner, maybe even in the Spring of 2021, but regardless of when that blessed hope event takes place, what you need to know now is that the spirit of Antichrist has been released onto the world, and the irreversible end times countdown has begun. If you’re a Roman Catholic, as I was before I got saved, you need to flee the harlot church and get saved, or stay lost. The Vatican from this point on will only grow in power, as it works to bring in the One World Religion of Chrislam, and then God will burn the whole, demonic, counterfeit Christian system to the ground. Get out while you still can.

Vatican Unveils Hideous Nativity Scene in Saint Peter’s Square

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The Vatican uncovered its 2020 manger scene in Saint Peter’s Square Friday, leaving onlookers scattered, scandalized, and scornful. Observers shoveled abuse upon the unfortunate spectacle, rivaling each other to come up with the most appropriate epithets to describe the appalling scene. “Mummified Mary,” “Weeble Jesus” (after the ovate children’s toys launched by Hasbro in the 1970s), “Martians,” “toilet paper rolls,” and “astronauts” were some of the comparisons made to the cylindrical figures meant to represent the Holy Family, the Magi, and the shepherds at Bethlehem.

Others saw in one ominous figure the helmeted image of “the Mountain” from the Game of Thrones television series, while another conjured up memories of the Robot from Lost in Space:

As one irate Italian wrote on social media of the Vatican manger scene, “Ugliness is the first thing you notice, followed by a lack of familial warmth and the distancing guaranteed by the cylindrical figures. If you wish to judge harshly, the cylinders call to mind the sacred poles of Satanic cults condemned in the Bible.”

Traditionally, a manger scene is intended to evoke feelings of piety and devotion — not pity and revulsion — over the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and thus this particularly regrettable work offends not only aesthetic sensibilities, but also the religious reverence of the faithful.

The Vatican said the Nativity scene exhibited in St. Peter’s Square was created by the students and faculty of the FA Grue Art Institute, a state-run high school for design, which in the decade of 1965-1975 devoted its scholastic activity to the theme of Christmas.

“WE BELIEVE THAT THIS YEAR’S EXPERIENCE OF A NATIVITY SCENE DONATED BY AN ARTISTIC HIGH SCHOOL IS REALLY A POWERFUL SUMMONS FOR EVERYONE TO INVEST MORE IN THE TRAINING OF THE NEW GENERATIONS BOTH AT THE LEVEL OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND FOR THE UNIVERSITY WORLD,” SAID BISHOP LORENZO LEUZZI IN A STATEMENT GUARANTEED TO GARNER BROAD CONSENSUS.

Elizabeth Lev, an American art historian living and teaching in Rome, told Breitbart News she thinks the choice was a poor one.

“The Nativity celebrates the Incarnation, God who comes into the world as flesh, not in a totemic form,” Dr. Lev declared. “At the end of this extremely difficult year people are looking for beauty, for something to elevate, inspire, and unite them, and the scene offered in Saint Peter’s Square gives them something else altogether.”

“THE MISSHAPEN FIGURES IN THE NATIVITY SCENE LACK ALL THE GRACE, PROPORTION, VULNERABILITY, AND LUMINOSITY THAT ONE LOOKS FOR IN THE MANGER SCENE,” SHE SAID. “THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS HOLIDAY IS THE SECOND PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY TAKING HUMAN FORM, BORN AS A BABY OF FLESH AND BLOOD, AND THERE IS NOTHING PARTICULARLY HUMAN ABOUT THE FORMS WE SEE BEFORE US.”

“Context is also important and these works are surrounded by Bernini’s majestic colonnade, capped with the monumental figures of the saints, with Saint Peter’s Basilica in the background containing a thousand years of beautiful statuary,” Lev continued.

“It has been a dark year and many have had their faith challenged. Perhaps it would have been better to give them a symbol to rally round rather than an object of mockery,” she said. “This scene leads people to heap derision upon an icon representing the Holy Family. It is unfortunate we couldn’t find something to inspire at least tenderness if not full-on reverence.”

Moreover, Lev concluded, “In the context of last year’s polemics over the Pachamama statue, it seems ill considered to use images that will confuse people and further a sense of division.”

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MOROCCO JOINS THE UAE, BAHRAIN, AND SUDAN AS THE FOURTH MIDDLE EAST MUSLIM NATION TO SIGN UP WITH ISRAEL IN THE PRE-DANIEL 9:27 ABRAHAM ACCORDS

President Donald Trump congratulated the two parties in a tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!” Less than a year ago, President Trump launched his Abraham Accords Middle East peace plan, which departed from previous efforts in that it sought agreements between Israel and Arab states without giving a veto to the Palestinians.

by Geoffrey Grider December 11, 2020

Morocco became the fourth Muslim nation to reach a peace deal with Israel this year, as news broke Thursday that the Kingdom would sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and join Abraham Accords.

 

For those of you, like myself, who are patiently scanning the eastern skies in anticipation of taking off on Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines, I have good news for you. We are not only getting giant steps closer to departing, things are heating up so much that Spring 2021 is starting to look like the time when that might be taking place. Not setting a date, not predicting anything, just looking out my window and talking. Just ask King Solomon how he felt about it, the answer might surprise you.

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song Of Solomon 2:10-13 (KJB)

Putting the wonderful thought of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church aside for just a moment, let’s focus on the rapidly-expanding Abraham Accords Middle East Peace Treaty, the necessary precursor to the Daniel 9:27 Covenant with Death and Hell the Jews will agree to sooner rather than later. As we have been telling you, every major Muslim nation that rings around the Palestinians are going to sign the Abraham Accords, thus putting overwhelming pressure on the Palies to sign it as well. What will Israel receive in exchange for such open-minded, forward thinking? Not much, just the rebuilt Jewish Temple that Antichrist will inhabit, that’s all.

Another Abraham Accords Middle East Peace Deal: Morocco Latest to Establish Ties with the Jews and Israel

 

FROM BREITBART NEWS: President Donald Trump congratulated the two parties in a tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

Less than a year ago, President Trump launched his Middle East peace plan, which departed from previous efforts in that it sought agreements between Israel and Arab states without giving a veto to the Palestinians.

Earlier U.S. administrations had believed, incorrectly, that such an approach was impossible. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry said in 2016 that no separate peace between Israel and Arab states was possible:

Morocco has quietly enjoyed unofficial ties with Israel for many years. The country has a large Jewish community, many of whose members moved to Israel after the Jewish state declared independence in 1948. The Trump administration has been reaching out to Morocco for years. Ivanka Trump visited the kingdom last November. Morocco also granted an exclusive interview with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to Breitbart News in 2018.

On Thursday, Trump announced that the U.S. would be recognizing Morocco’s claims to the disputed Western Sahara:

The kingdom is the fourth state to make peace and forge diplomatic relations with Israel this year. The other three include the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which signed the Abraham Accords on the White House lawn in September; and Sudan, which announced it had reached an agreement with Israel several weeks later.

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