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Fasten Your Seatbelts For America’s Rendezvous With Destiny: ‘The Risk Of Catastrophe During The 4th Turning Will Be Very High’ – 1997 Book Warned With Stunning Accuracy Of The Days We’re Now Living Within

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die


In this December 31st story written by Jim Quinn over at The Burning Platform which Steve Quayle called the most important article he’d read this month, Quinn lays out for us why we’re clearly approaching an ‘end game‘ of sorts that nothing and nobody can stop as we’re nearing the end of a human and societal life cycle that has been repeated again and again and again going back nearly 500 years into American history. 

Quinn focuses his story upon this 1997 book written by Strauss and Howe called “The Fourth Turning” and while William Strauss and Neil Howe were definitely not ‘prophets of doom‘ but government employees, researchers and authors, the book’s subtitle “What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny” points to the coming months and years as the ‘end game‘ of the current 80+ year cycle.

Warning within his story that we’re now approaching the 11th year of the current “Fourth Turning“, right along the mid-point of that 20+ year cycle, if history holds true, the next 10+ years will bring great trouble and hardship and possibly the end of our nation. Keep in mind, the excerpt you read below from the book “The Fourth Turning” was written more than 20 years ago, long before President Donald Trump got into office and more than a decade before we entered ‘the 4th turning‘ that we’re now in which began in 2008. 

“The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.

History offers no guarantees. Obviously, things could go horribly wrong – the possibilities ranging from a nuclear exchange to incurable plagues, from terrorist anarchy to high-tech dictatorship. We should not assume that Providence will always exempt our nation from the irreversible tragedies that have overtaken so many others: not just temporary hardship, but debasement and total ruin. Losing in the next Fourth Turning could mean something incomparably worse. It could mean a lasting defeat from which our national innocence – perhaps even our nation – might never recover.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

According to this New Years Day story by Michael Snyder over at End of the American Dream, 2019 is going to be much worse than most people expect with many elements of a ‘perfect storm‘ coming together at the same time and starting with President Donald Trump now being under 17 investigations at the same time by various federal, state and local prosecutors.

With the war upon President Trump a very real war upon America, our national sovereignty and the results of our 2016 election, and nothing less than a very real coup attempt by the ‘deep state‘ and Democrats upon our Republic, Quinn warned in his story of the very real dangers America faces because of these attacks with the following 2 paragraphs, the closing of his story, echoing Snyder and also hinting of great dangers ahead as we arrive in 2019. 

I don’t eagerly await the terrible storms headed our way. I wish we didn’t have to withstand the brutal gales of this coming winter, but we have no choice. You have to survive Winter to experience the blossoming Spring. The coming decade will try our souls and force everyone to make choices that will make a difference. The specific events are unknowable, but how we react and who we support during the events will be the decisive factor in whether this Fourth Turning is resolved in a positive way. Having it resolved in negative way could be an unimaginable tragedy.

Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech during the first American Fourth Turning. His words ring true today. We are already at war. Sides have been drawn. We are going to have to fight whether we like it or not. Our only other choice is chains and slavery. The time to choose has arrived. Welcome to 2019.


For a little bit more context, a description of “The Fourth Turning” from Amazon.:

This astonishing book will change the way you see the world — and your place in it.

With startling originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about a new American era that will begin just after the millennium.

William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. The authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras–or “turnings”–that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis–the Fourth Turning–when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.

Strauss and Howe locate today’s America as midway through an Unraveling, roughly a decade away from the next era of Crisis. (ANP: Keep in mind their book was written in 1996!) In a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, they show how generational dynamics are the key to understanding the cycles of American history. They draw vivid portraits of all the modern generations: the can-do G.I.s, the mediating Silent, the values-absorbed Boomers, the pragmatic 13ers, and the child Millennials. Placed in the context of history’s long rhythms, the persona and role of each generation become clear–as does the inevitability of the coming Crisis.

Whatever your stage of life, The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America’s next rendezvous with destiny.

The book reviews seen below of “The Fourth Turning included such words as ‘terror‘ and ‘startling vision‘ and a very interesting one from a verified Amazon purchaser of the book who begins his review with ‘fasten your seatbelts‘.

“I put down The Fourth Turning with a mixture of terror and excitement….If Strauss and Howe are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets.” –David Kaiser, Boston Globe

“One of the best efforts to give us an integrated vision of where we are going.” –Wall Street Journal

“A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.” –USA Weekend

And from a verified Amazon book purchaser: Fasten your seatbelts 

This is the kind of book I should ordinarily despise. It contains a broad arc of history viewed internally and is epic in the worst way possible. And yet, it is incredibly compelling for two reasons: (i) there is something to be said for viewing history from the perspective of generational change and (ii) the prediction made in the book (written in 1998) that we will enter a time of crisis around 2005 give or take a few years was spot on. In addition, minor points should be given for turning the spotlight on the financial world as the catalyst for the crisis of 2008.

In a nutshell, the book advances the view that history roughly repeats itself every 80 years. Further, every 80 year period is characterized by the arrival of Artists (silent generation in this cycle), Prophets (boomers), Nomads (Gen Xers) and Heroes (millennials) (ANP: Called ‘cannon fodder‘ by Quinn). Previous incarnations of this cycle ended with the war of independence, the civil war and world war II. This naturally sets up the denouement for this cycle which the authors expect to occur in the 2025 time frame. (ANP: Note 2025 and the Deagel forecasts!!!)

Each cycle is divided into turnings: the present one is characterized by First (High: 1946-1964), Second (Awakening: 1964-1984), Third (Unraveling: 1984-2008) and Fourth (Crisis: 2008-202X). From the book’s perspective and Neil Howe’s subsequent blog posts, we entered the Fourth Turning in 2008. There’s nothing spooky or mystical about these cycles and turnings: instead the authors stress that human nature and culture seem to have these rhythms and that Anglo-American history is stable enough to be characterized in this manner. Other cultures may either be too stable or too chaotic to follow this type of pattern.

Prior to the arrival of Donald Trump and despite the eerie portend of the financial crisis, I would have dismissed this book. Now, it looks positively prophetic. Is there any doubt now that the combination of (i) income inequality, (ii) the economic problems of the white working class, (iii) the culture wars, (iv) multiculturalism and globalism, (v) the ravages of identity politics and postmodernism and (vi) terrorism is not going to be a combustible mix over the next decade? And that these will simultaneously distract us from combating global warming – the clear threat of the next era? (ANP: Notice the blame upon Trump and ‘global warming!) While I find it hard to buy into the notion that the US will face an existential crisis (as predicted by the book), there’s definitely merit in the view that the next ten years will probably have the capability of shocking us however jaded we may be at the present time.

And while here at ANP, we avoid putting dates upon potential future events that are completely out of our control, we can’t help but agree with Jim Quinn and Michael Snyder, that a ‘perfect storm‘ is blowing in on many different fronts with a potential explosion of chaos and civil and social unrest just around the corner with the mainstream media continuing to whip the dumbed down masses into an anti-Trump frenzy while Trump supporters call for him to go all-in on America. 

According to Dennis Prager over at WND, the left will make 2019 a dark year for America with their drive to “weaken, disable and impeach the president” (thus weakening America) while author and social commentator James Kunstler warns that Americans better be prepared for civil disorder in 2019 with potential economic hardship now dead ahead.

And Kunstler’s warning is heavily amplified by this new warning from Zero Hedge that should the government shutdown not end by the end of January, massive deadly riots could loom ahead with food stamps potentially being shut down for 38 million people, many of them living within the inner cities of America. Michael Snyder asks: “If people are getting this restless already, what will things look like when tens of millions of Americans are suddenly cut off from their primary source of food money?

Kunstler, who writes stories for The Atlantic Monthly, RollingStone and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, had a perfect response to Snyder’s question though not addressing Snyder directly. From Infowars.: 

“Be prepared for civil unrest in 2019,” Kunstler writes. “There are going to be a lot of pissed-off people around the country. They are liable to attack Federal property and their fellow citizens (and their property). The hungrier they are, the worse it will be.”

Kunstler warns that before the year is out, “the US could find itself in a situation worse than the Great Depression” because the Federal Reserve will be forced to oversee a new round of quantitative easing in the second quarter of 2019, a policy that will cause the dollar to lose value “uncontrollably and catastrophically,” wiping out pension funds.

The debt bubble inflated by the Fed will mandate money printing, leading to “incendiary resentment among the citizenry when they realize they’ve been played and it takes a wheelbarrow full of cash to buy a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter,” according to Kunstler, who says the entire disaster will be blamed on President Trump.

And as Zero Hedge reports in this new story, 2019 has also brought in a year where populists all around the planet have the ‘elite‘ on the run, with the ‘yellow vest revolution‘ gathering steam at a time when the globalists had hoped they’d have their hold on global power cemented into place. 

And we can’t help but notice the date range that this is all playing out in, with Strauss and Howe now warning this “fourth turning” we’re in could extend to the year 2030 as heard in the 2nd video below, and the year 2025 falling perfectly within that date range. As we’ve reported before numerous times on ANP, according to forecasts made by the website Deagel, a website which uses ‘deep state sources‘ to make their forecasts, America will be a 3rd world nation by 2025.

Forecasting a US population of less than 100 million by 2025, down from the 327 million living here in 2017, and forecasting our economic and military expense numbers to tumble to 3rd world levels as we’d reported in this December 28th ANP story, should Strauss and Howe be correct, Deagel’s forecast numbers for America in 2025 could be right on the money with 2030 then only 5 years ahead and the United Nations Agenda 2030, nothing less than a recipe for global socialism, set to fully kick in by that year.  

With a huge percentage of Americans now living paycheck to paycheck with no possible end in sight while former Green Beret Jeremiah Johnson recently warned we’re now in the calm before the ‘real’ storm arrives, in closing we’ll re-emphasize the warnings given by people such as Kunstler, Quinn, Snyder, Steve Quayle and others: To prepare to survive for a potentially lengthy period of time on our own. Possibly without stores and electricity and modern conveniences should any number of different ‘worst case scenarios‘ unfold here in America, we should all be prepared for any number of different scenarios Strauss and Howe warned us would eventually be coming with no possible escape from the end results of “the fourth turning

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Rare ‘super blood Moon’ eclipse to put on stunning display in January: What to know

By Jennifer Earl | Fox News

Earth will experience a rare ‘super blood moon’ eclipse on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Stargazers will witness a trifecta of lunar events in the New Year — a total lunar eclipse, a super blood Moon and a “Wolf Moon,” a nickname for a full Moon that appears in the middle of winter.

Millions of people across North and South America and portions of western Europe and Africa will be able to catch the rare sight overnight on January 20 into January 21, according to National Geographic. For a few hours, the moon will give off a bright reddish glow.

“A total lunar eclipse can happen only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are perfectly lined up — anything less than perfection creates a partial lunar eclipse or no eclipse at all,” Space.com explains.

You won’t want to miss it. Earth won’t experience another total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the entire Moon enters Earth’s shadow, until May 2021, NASA estimates.

Here’s everything you need to know about the unusual phenomenon.

When can I see the 2019 total lunar eclipse?

The 2019 total lunar eclipse will last approximately 1 hour and 2 minutes, Space.com reports. It will kick off around 11:41 p.m. ET on Jan. 20 and peak around 12:16 a.m. ET on Jan. 21.

The longest possible lunar eclipse is 1 hour and 47 minutes, according to EarthSky. The longest total lunar eclipse of the last century was on July 16, 2000, and lasted for 1 hour and 46.4 minutes, the space site notes.

The last total lunar eclipse took place on July 27, though it wasn’t visible in the U.S.

What is a “super blood moon”?

A supermoon is a new or full moon that appears closer than usual because it’s the closest distance the moon gets to Earth during its orbit, known as “perigee” located about 363,000 kilometers from Earth, NASA says.

Supermoons typically appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the average moon seen in the sky each night, Dr. Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, previously told Fox News. However, it’s hard to really spot the difference with the naked eye.

“That’s not enough to notice unless you’re a very careful moon-watcher,” Sky & Telescope magazine senior editor Alan MacRobert told Space.com in 2016.

The term “blood” stems from the rusty brownish-red color the Moon turns during a total lunar eclipse.

“That’s because some of the sunlight going through Earth’s atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon’s surface. Earth’s air also scatters more shorter-wavelength light (in colors such as green or blue); what’s left is the longer-wavelength, redder end of the spectrum,” Space.com states on its website.

What is a “wolf moon”?

The January full moon was nicknamed the “wolf Moon” — and occasionally the “Old Moon” — by Native American tribes after wolves that howled outside as they hunted for food in mid-winter.

“This is an age-old practice, nothing new. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s solar calendar),” The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains in a post online.

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‘Sink two aircraft carriers’: Chinese Admiral’s chilling recipe to dominate the South China Sea


Beijing has a devastating plan to force the world out of the East and South China Seas — and it could cost the US 10,000 lives.
Jamie Seidel
News Corp Australia Network January 2, 201910:17am
Chinese Military Might
They’re the pride of the US fleet: enormous 100,000 tonne, 333m long nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. But Beijing thinks they’re Washington’s achilles heel.
Rear Admiral Lou Yuan has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two US super carriers.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reports Admiral Lou gave a wide-ranging speech on the state of Sino-US relations. The high-profile, hawkish military commentator reportedly declared the current trade spat was “definitely not simply friction over economics and trade,” but was instead a “prime strategic issue”.
His speech, delivered on December 20 to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, declared that China’s new and highly capable anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles were more than capable of hitting US carriers, despite them being at the centre of a ‘bubble’ of defensive escorts.
“What the United States fears the most is taking casualties,” Admiral Lou declared.
He said the loss of one super carrier would cost the US the lives of 5000 service men and women. Sinking two would double that toll.
“We’ll see how frightened America is.”
FIGHTING WORDS
Rear Admiral Lou Yuan is deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences.
In his speech, he said there were ‘five cornerstones of the United States’ open to exploitation: their military, their money, their talent, their voting system — and their fear of adversaries.
Admiral Lou, who holds an academic military rank — not a service role — said China should “use its strength to attack the enemy’s shortcomings. Attack wherever the enemy is afraid of being hit. Wherever the enemy is weak …”
It’s not the controversial commentator’s first aggressive outburst.
And its part of a steadily escalating war of words between the two nations.
Earlier in December, the Chinese state-run Global Times published the views of a panel of such ‘military commentators’ concerning Beijing’s sovereignty claims over Taiwan and the East and South China Seas.
“If the US naval fleet dares to stop in Taiwan, it is time for the People’s Liberation Army to deploy troops to promote national unity on (invade) the island,” Admiral Lou said.
 “Achieving China’s complete unity is a necessary requirement. The achievement of the past 40 years of reform and opening-up has given us the capability and confidence to safeguard our sovereignty. Those who are trying to stir up trouble in the South China Sea and Taiwan should be careful about their future.”
It was just one of a string of similarly hawkish views.
“The PLA is capable of taking over Taiwan within 100 hours with only a few dozen casualties,” said retired lieutenant general Wang Hongguang. “2018 is a year of turmoil for Taiwan, and a possible military conflict may take place in Taiwan soon. (But) As long as the US doesn’t attack China-built islands and reefs in the South China Sea, no war will take place in the area.”
Beijing has annexed several reefs in the South China Sea, engaging in an enormous geo-engineering project to build artificial islands upon which it has placed heavily fortified airfields and ports.
STEEL DINOSAURS?
The United States’ enormous aircraft carriers are considered the centrepieces of its navy and highly visible embodiments of that nation’s power.
At $US8.5 billion ($A12 billion) each, they’re also a huge economic investment.
And questions have been growing over their continued relevance to modern warfare.
As with the ‘gunboat diplomacy’ of huge armoured and heavily gunned battleships before World War II, some military analysts technological advances have made these ships obsolete.
Once, aircraft carriers were able to project military might (through their aircraft) while unseen and outside the reach of defences.
Now, with modern satellite and over-the-horizon radar systems, they can no longer rely upon being unseen. And land-based missiles potentially out-reach their aircraft — forcing carriers to move into ‘danger zones’ before they can be effective.
But heavily networked radars, decoys and antimissile systems aboard the aircraft carriers themselves and their escorts are believed capable of warding off attacks from current-generation missiles.
However, both China and Russia have claimed they are rapidly bringing into service a new generation of hypersonic weapons which simply move too fast to counteract.

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2 Major Volcanic Eruptions And Dozens Of Significant Earthquakes Have Struck The Ring Of Fire Within The Last 24 Hours


December 16, 2018 by MichaelSnyder
Global earth changes appear to beaccelerating once again, but the mainstream media in the United States is nottalking about it, and so most Americans have absolutely no idea what ishappening.  Within the last 24 hours, we have seen close to 40 significantearthquakes of at least magnitude 2.5 along the Ring of Fire, but even morealarming are the two major volcanic eruptions which just took place. Mount Soputan is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Indonesia, and iterupted twice on Sunday morning.  According to the Daily Mail,authorities are reporting that hot volcanic ash was shot 25,000 feet into thesky…
A volcano in central Indonesia haserupted, sending columns of thick ash spewing as high as 25,000 feet into thesky.
Mount Soputan, a 6,000ft peak inMinahasa on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice on Sundaymorning.
A two-and-a-half mile exclusion zonehas been enforced around the mountain as the national disaster agency warnslocal residents to avoid the peak.
Those eruptions may have been morespectacular, but the eruption that we just witnessed down in Mexico ispotentially much more concerning.
Mt. Popocatepetl has been called themost dangerous mountain in North America for a reason, and officials arecarefully watching “Don Goyo” after it “exploded”on Saturday evening…
The active volcano Popocatepetl,located in Central Mexico, has exploded Saturday evening, sending ash twokilometers into the air with the cloud of smoke moving in a northeastdirection.
Videos from the eruption show apowerful explosion and traces of magma flowing out of the crater. Possible ashfall is expected in areas surrounding the summit. At the moment the volcanicwarning issued by the Federal Civil Protection remains at ‘Phase 2’.
Approximately 25 million people livewithin striking distance of Mt. Popocatepetl, and scientists assure us thatsomeday the 5,426-meter-high “smoking mountain” will devastate the entireMexico City region.
And when I say “devastate”, I am notjust talking about a disaster that will inconvenience people for a few weeks.
I am talking about an event whichwill cause death and destruction on an absolutely immense scale. According to the experts, in the distant past “Don Goyo” actually producedgigantic mud flows thatburied entire Aztec cities
Historians tell us that Popocatepetlhad a dramatic impact on the ancient Aztecs. Giant mud flows produced bymassive eruptions covered entire Aztec cities. In fact, some of these mud flowswere so large that they buried entire pyramids in super-heated mud.
But we haven’t witnessed anythinglike that in any of our lifetimes, so it is hard to even imagine devastation ofthat magnitude.
In addition to Mexico City’s mammothpopulation, there are millions of others that live in the surrounding region.Overall, there are about 25 million people that live in the immediate vicinityof Popocatepetl. Thankfully, we haven’t seen a major eruption of the volcano inmodern times, but at some point that will change.
Meanwhile, significant earthquakescontinue to rattle areas all along the Ring of Fire.
Indonesia was hit by a magnitude 6.1earthquake within the last 24 hours, and a magnitude 5.9 earthquake inAustralia made headlines all over the world
A 5.9 magnitude eathquake has struckWestern Australia, 203km northwest of Carnarvon at 22.26pm local time (2.26pmBST) at a depth of 10km.
Locals in Carnarvon reported felingtremors, after the massive earthquake shook the region this afternoon.
One resident reported to EMSCearthquake tracker: “I am holidaying with my children we all felt the bedsshake.”
We live at a time when seismicactivity isbecoming more intense and more frequent.  Some of the “experts”in the United States insist that the numbers are rising simply because we aredoing a better job of “detecting” seismic activity these days, and they promisethat we have absolutely nothing to worry about.  But a lot of people areskeptical of that explanation, because they can see that our planet appears tobe getting increasingly unstable.
Could it be possible that an era ofdramatically increased seismic activity is about to change all of our lives ina major way?
Earlier today, I came across a Britisharticle that discussed the fact that scientists that have studied asupervolcano near Naples, Italy are extremely concerned that it may be“reawakening”…
Yellowstone volcano has a rival inEurope, according to a recent study from scientists based in the region. Thevolcano is based in Naples to the west, in a place known as Phlegrean fields,once the site of a world-changing eruption. Scientists have now picked up onnew signs of the volcano complex starting another cycle. This particular volcanois a threat as the end point of the major cycle could be a significanteruption, rivalling the outcome of a Yellowstone eruption in the US.
Scientists observing the volcaniccycle of one Campi Flegrei, located in Napoli, are concerned of a “potentialreawakening”.
Of course we have seen many formerly“dormant volcanoes” reawaken in recent years.
Something very unusual definitelyappears to be happening to our planet, and unlike the mainstream media in theUnited States, this is something that we will be keeping a very close eye on.

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Will Catastrophic Yellowstone Eruption Set Off War of Gog and Magog?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz December 12, 2018 , 2:07 pm

“Therefore shall heaven be shaken, And earth leap out of its place, At the fury of God of Hosts On the day of His burning wrath.” Isaiah 13:13 (The Israel Bible™)

A mystic rabbi suggested that an alarming spate of recent geyser activity in Yellowstone National Park may be the precursor to the pre-Messiah war of Gog and Magog. While scientists predict that seismic activity will increase, people of faith look for the spiritual implications.

After four years of total silence, the Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming came back to life on Saturday, shooting steam 200 feet into the air. Steamboat  is the largest in the world with eruptions reaching up to 400 feet. This latest eruption set a new record for the geyser of 30 eruptions in one year. The previous record of 29 eruptions was set in 54 years ago in 1964.

The geyser erupted for the first time this year on March 14. It was the first activity at the site since 2014. The geyser is unpredictable with eruptions dispersed anywhere from days to years apart. The  geyser did not erupt at all from 1911 to 1961.

Yellowstone park is seismically active with more than 10,000 thermal features of which more than 500 are geysers.

“The heightened activity at Steamboat this year is uncommon but not unprecedented. We have seen similar activity twice previously; once in the early 1960s, and again in the early 1980s. Conversely, the world’s tallest active geyser has also exhibited years of quiescence or no major eruptions, with the longest being the 50-year period between 1911 and 1961,” Jeff Hungerford, Yellowstone’s park geologist, told the local media. “We’ll continue to monitor this extraordinary geyser.”

A correlation between geyser activity and earthquakes has not been proven, but some scientists believe that geological shifting may lead to increased geothermal events. The Yellowstone region has seen a period of increased earthquakes and swarms of minor tremors. In June 2017, the Wyoming area of Yellowstone was hit by a persistent swarm of approximately 2,400 tremors.  These swarms are continuing this year at a slightly lower rate.

Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, author of the Hebrew Torah blog, Sod HaChashmal, emphasized that forces of nature, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, are manifestations of God’s judgement, denoted in the Bible by His name ‘elohim.’ The rabbi noted that the seismic aspect of God’s influence in the world was explicitly described in Psalms.

Therefore we are not afraid though the earth reels, though mountains topple into the sea. Its waters rage and foam; in its swell mountains quake. Selah. Psalms 46:3-4

“The entire world will be judged before the Moshiach (Messiah),” Rabbi Fish told Breaking Israel News. “Nature will change, be less normal, because God will be guiding it in a more direct manner.”

“This will be especially true during the War of Gog and Magog,” he said. “The war will be unique in that it won’t be simply a war between countries. God will play a major role via nature, through natural disasters.”

“The verse in Psalms is clearly referring to tsunamis which will increase in the days preceding Messiah,” Rabbi Fish said. But we also see that earthquakes will increase around the world.”

In fact, scientists have predicted that this year could see a surge in seismic activity around the globe. In their study published in Geophysical Research Letters, Roger Bilham and Rebecca Bendick presented a model that predicts that 2018 will be the opening of a window of potentially increased large earthquake activity due to slight changes in the spin-rate of the Earth. The rate at which the planet spins changes cyclically and the scientists claim that five to six years after a period of relatively slow spin, a 30-percent increase in seismic activity takes place. Though they are unsure of the duration of the increase, they conjecture it can last up to five years. The last global slow-down took place in 2012.

Scientists have also noted that during periods of decreased glaciers it is easier for magma to reach the surface and feed volcanic eruptions. It can take thousands of years after the glaciers melt for volcanic activity to rise. Several studies over the last 40 year have suggested that, as the ice vanished, volcanic eruptions became much more frequent. A 2009 study, for example, concluded that between 7,000 and 12,000 years ago, the global level of volcanic activity rose by up to six times. Around the same period, the rate of volcanic activity in Iceland soared to at least 30 times today’s level. Though the cause of climate change is currently a matter of debate in the scientific community, it is generally accepted that temperatures around the globe are rising. If so, this may lead to increased volcanic activity.

Although the probability of an eruption at Yellowstone is minuscule, only a one in 100,000 chance in any given year according to scientists, the results of such an event would be catastrophic in the extreme. The Yellowstone Caldera is listed as the most dangerous supervolcano in existence and as such, is the most monitored volcano in the world. It has erupted three times over the last 2 million years, most recently about 70,000 years ago.

The biggest danger from an eruption is not the lava but the ash. The Yellowstone eruption two million years ago produced 2,500 times as much ash as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Ash is caustic when inhaled and volcanic eruptions can spew the ash high into the atmosphere. The pileup of ash on rooftops has resulted in building collapses. A Yellowstone supereruption would disrupt electronics and endanger human health in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and affect other parts of the country. Moreover, a month-long supereruption could affect the global climate for several years.

In comparison, relatively minor eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland in 2010 led to 20 European countries shutting down their commercial air traffic for one week, affecting more than 20 million travellers.

Major volcanic eruptions that spew ash into the atmosphere obscuring the sun can lead to a volcanic winter in which global temperatures drop. The phenomenon is not infrequent, occurring approximately once each century. The most recent took place in 1991 after the explosion of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, cooling global temperatures for about three years. A more significant drop in temperatures could lead to a global crisis in food production.

NASA scientists assured the public that the likelihood of a supereruption is minuscule but nonetheless conducted a study in 2017 to determine the feasibility of preventing the volcano from erupting. NASA proposed introducing water at high pressure six miles underground. Nevertheless, according to Brian Wilson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the project might trigger, instead of prevent, an eruption.

In his weekly sermon last week, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi predicted that all manners of natural catastrophes are going to increase in the coming year.

“God will judge, ‘who to life and who to death,’” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. He also predicted that international conflict will increase. “The heart of the king is in the hands of God,” he said.

In a previous sermon, he explained why God uses nature in this manner.

“People believe that nature just happens,” Ben Artzi said. “That is a mistake we make because we don’t always see or hear God. If God left the world solely in our hands it would have been destroyed a long time ago.”

Rabbi Fish emphasized that it is a mistake for men to think they can control nature.

“The only thing we can do is pray and do tshuva (repent),” Rabbi Fish said. “But these are the greatest acts a man can do. In our age, when the messsiah is imminent, this can save the world.”

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Alaska Rocked By Back-To-Back Earthquakes Just Days After Seismologists Record Unexplained ‘Bell Ringing’ Sound In The Earth

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 also rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000.

by Geoffrey Grider December 1, 2018

Shocking aerial images of shown the devastating impact the earthquakes in Alaska had on the roads and landscape. The tremors that struck the state on early Friday morning decimated stretches of road, and made them impassible

It was only a few weeks ago that seismologists recorded a very unusual bell-like ringing sound emanating from inside the Earth’s core. They had no idea what to make of it and still don’t understand where that uncanny sound originated from. Yesterday, devastating twin earthquakes rocked Alaska so hard a tsunami warning was issued.

While Alaska is still being hit with hundreds of tremors and aftershocks, significant earthquake activity is dramatically on the rise around the world. The question I would like answered is how is all this connected with that weird bell ringing sound? I have a feeling we’re about to find out sooner rather than later.

Dramatic aerial images show devastated Alaska roads cracked by the two earthquakes that rocked the state and sparked a tsunami warning

FROM DAILY MAIL UK: Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 also rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000.

People ran from their offices or took cover under desks. The 5.7 aftershock arrived within minutes, followed by a series of smaller quakes. ‘We just hung onto each other. You couldn’t even stand,’ said Sheila Bailey, who was working at a high school cafeteria in Palmer when the quake struck. ‘It sounded and felt like the school was breaking apart.’

A large section of an off-ramp near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking.

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said he had been told that parts of Glenn Highway, a scenic route that runs northeast out of the city past farms, mountains and glaciers, had ‘completely disappeared.’

Traffic in the three lanes heading out of the city was bumper-to-bumper and all but stopped Friday afternoon as emergency vehicles passed on the shoulder.

The quake broke store windows, knocked items off shelves, opened cracks in a two-story, downtown building, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic. It also threw a full-grown man out of his bathtub.

Flights at the airport were suspended for hours after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower. And the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.

Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage.

Fifteen-year-old Sadie Blake and other members of the Homer High School wrestling team were at an Anchorage school gymnasium for a tournament when the bleachers started rocking and the lights went out. People started running down the bleachers in the dark, trying to get out.

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Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year” – and that means that over 100 will die this week

November 27, 2018 by Michael Snyder

America is littered with thousands upon thousands of church buildings that aren’t being used anymore.  As you will see below, between 6,000 and 10,000 churches are dying in the United States every single year, and that means that more than 100 will die this week alone.  And of course thousands of others are on life support.  All over the country this weekend, small handfuls of people will gather in huge buildings which once boasted very large congregations.  At one time, America was widely considered to be “a Christian nation”, but that really isn’t true anymore.  As an excellent article in The Atlantic has noted, even though most Americans still consider themselves to be “Christian”, the numbers are telling us a very different story…

Many of our nation’s churches can no longer afford to maintain their structures—6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year in America—and that number will likely grow. Though more than 70 percent of our citizens still claim to be Christian, congregational participation is less central to many Americans’ faith than it once was. Most denominations are declining as a share of the overall population, and donations to congregations have been falling for decades. Meanwhile, religiously unaffiliated Americans, nicknamed the “nones,” are growing as a share of the U.S. population.

In fact, the “nones” have risen from just 6 percent of the population in 1991 to 25 percent today.  That makes them the single largest “religious group” in the United States.

Today, less than 20 percent of all Americans attend church on a regular basis.  As a result, churches are dying in very large numbers, and this is a trend that appears to be accelerating.  According to Thom S. Rainer of Lifeway, when you break the numbers down it means that “around 100-200 churches will close this week”…

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100-200 churches will close this week. The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes.

Any institution needs resources in order to survive, and churches are not any different.

As attendance has declined, so has giving, and at this point the percentage of charity donations going to religious institutions is at an all-time low

Religious institutions are still the single biggest recipients of overall charity donations, according to the 2015 survey by the Giving USA Foundation. About 32 percent — $119.3 billion — of a total of $373.25 billion Americans gave to charities went to churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.

But that is down from about 50 percent since 1990, according to Rick Dunham, vice chairman of Giving USA, and the percentage has been “in steady decline for some time.”

So when churches die, what happens to their buildings?

Well, some are torn down, some are renovated for residential or business purposes, and some are being put to other uses

A large number of abandoned churches have become wineries or breweries or bars. Others have been converted into hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and Airbnbs. A few have been transformed into entertainment venues, such as an indoor playground for children, a laser-tag arena, or a skate park.

A similar thing is happening in Europe, only on a much greater scale.  Over there, hundreds of churches have been transformed into Islamic mosques, and this has generated quite a bit of controversy.

As I discussed in my article about demographic trends, we are witnessing societal change happen at a pace that would have been absolutely unthinkable a couple of generations ago.

This is especially true for our young people.  If you go back to 1986, just 10 percent of all young adults were “religiously unaffiliated”, but now that number has jumped all the way to 39 percent

Today, nearly four in ten (39%) young adults (ages 18-29) are religiously unaffiliated—three times the unaffiliated rate (13%) among seniors (ages 65 and older). While previous generations were also more likely to be religiously unaffiliated in their twenties, young adults today are nearly four times as likely as young adults a generation ago to identify as religiously unaffiliated. In 1986, for example, only 10% of young adults claimed no religious affiliation.

That makes young adults the single largest group of “nones” in the entire country.  We are living at a time when there is a mass exodus from the Christian faith in America, and it is likely going to take something quite dramatic to reverse that trend.

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials are about half as likely to attend religious services on a weekly basis as the oldest Americans are.

Church attendance is simply not as important to Americans as it once was.  In the old days, churches were central hubs where you got to know your neighbors and important events were commemorated.  But now churches sit idle and empty most of the time, and attendance on Sunday mornings is depressingly low in most cases.

When I was growing up, my parents made sure that we were in church on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and sometimes even on Wednesday evening.  But today, most churches don’t even have Sunday evening or midweek services because nobody would show up.

Our entire society, including our system of government, was birthed out of a culture of Bible-believing Christians.  The following comes from an excellent piece by Dr. Mark David Hall

In 1776, every European American, with the exception of about 2,500 Jews, identified himself or herself as a Christian. Moreover, approximately 98 percent of the colonists were Protestants, with the remaining 1.9 percent being Roman Catholics.

Not only did early Americans identify themselves as Christians, but nearly all of them regularly attended church.

Now our society is moving very rapidly in the exact opposite direction, and many believe that this has tremendous implications for the future of our nation.

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Russia And Ukraine Are On The Brink Of War – And Why That Could Lead To World War 3

A respected foreign journalist living in Ukraine is warning that a war that most Americans cannot even imagine “teeters on the razor thin edge of becoming real”.  When Russia opened fire on Ukrainian Navy vessels and captured three of their ships, it made headlines all over the globe.  An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was hastily arranged for Monday at 11 AM, and hopefully there will be a positive outcome from that meeting.  Because right now Moscow and Kiev are on the brink of war, and once a Russian invasion happens there will be no turning back.  At that point the U.S. would have a major decision to make, and if we chose to defend Ukraine that could mean that we would suddenly find ourselves fighting World War 3.

Most people don’t realize that this crisis has been simmering for over a week.  The following is from a U.S. News & World Report article that was posted on November 19th

A dispute over shipping lanes is threatening to reignite the 4-year-old simmering war between Ukraine and Russia following confrontations sparked by both sides in recent days.

Russian border guards on Monday detained Ukrainian fishing vessels in the Sea of Azov, a strategically important body of water contained to the north by Ukraine, to the west by the Crimean Peninsula and to the east and south by Russia. Monday’s incident came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed Kiev for detaining Russian commercial ships also in the Azov in what he described as “a totally illegal move” and which Kremlin officials have warned may prompt retaliation.

When you realize what has already taken place, it puts the most recent events in an entirely different context.

The Russians blocked the Kerch Strait in retaliation for having had their own commercial vessels detained by the Ukrainian government.

And when the Ukrainians decided to test the Russians by sailing Ukrainian Navy vessels into the Kerch Strait, the Russians decided not to back down.  The following comes from Sky News

Russia has opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in a major escalation of tensions off the coast of Crimea.

Three sailors have been wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency session of his war cabinet and said he will propose that parliament declare martial law.

So the truth is that neither side is exactly “innocent” in this situation.

The Kerch Strait is absolutely critical, because it is the only way into and out of the Azov Sea

The strait connects the Azov Sea with the Black Sea and runs between the Crimean Peninsula and Russia. It’s a shallow, narrow stretch of water just two to three miles (3.2 to 4.8 kilometers) wide at one point near the Chuska landspit.

The strait is an important economic lifeline for Ukraine, as it allows ships leaving the port city of Mariupol to access the Black Sea.

It’s also the the closest point of access for Russia to Crimea, a peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014. The international community has largely not recognized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but that did not stop Russia from building a bridge over the Kerch Strait connecting Crimea to mainland Russia. The Kerch Strait bridge was opened in May.

In addition to asking for a declaration of martial law, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has also been gathering with his top military leaders.  Poroshenko is pledging that Ukraine will not take any “offensive” military actions, but he also says that they are ready to defend against any attacks from Russia.

The Russians are accusing Poroshenko of manipulating this crisis in order to pump up his flagging approval ratings for the upcoming presidential elections.  There is a very real possibility that Poroshenko could lose, and he is desperate to stay in office.

Of course the Ukrainians are blaming Russia for everything, and Poroshenko says that what happened on Sunday “was an act of war”

Finally, Ukraine has called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting over ‘Russian aggression’ while Ukraine’s secretary for national security, Oleksander Turchynov, accused Russia of engaging in an act of war: “We heard reports on incident and have concluded that it was an act of war by Russian Federation against Ukraine”.

At this point, it is unclear what the Russians will do next.

Hopefully they will see that a full-blown invasion of Ukraine would not be wise.

But if they decide that such a war is inevitable, they will move with lightning speed as we have seen in other conflicts.  For example, Russia had already annexed Crimea before the rest of the world even started talking about it.  And we all remember what happened in Georgia.

If and when Russia finally pulls the trigger, their forces will be halfway to Kiev before the mainstream media in the western world even realizes what is happening.

And if Russia does invade, the Trump administration will be under tremendous pressure from Republicans, Democrats and other NATO members to intervene.  Already, there has been some very tough talk from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

It’s yet unclear how far the U.S. is willing to go in support for Ukraine. In a joint statement after Klimkin’s meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, both sides “condemned Russia’s aggressive actions against international shipping transiting the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports” and agreed that “Russia’s aggressive activities in the Sea of Azov have brought new security, economic, social, and environmental threats to the entire Azov-Black Sea region.”

But if we directly intervene in a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that could very easily trigger World War 3.

Most Americans are not concerned that a conflict between Russia and Ukraine could potentially affect the United States, but the threat is very real.  In fact, according to foreign correspondent Nolan Peterson such a war “teeters on the razor thin edge of becoming real”…

This is the most dangerous moment I’ve seen in Ukraine in years. Tonight, a war that many people in America can only imagine thanks to Hollywood movies, teeters on the razor thin edge of becoming real. Tonight in Ukraine we go to sleep not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

Let us hope for peace, because right now the world is becoming a more chaotic place with each passing day…

 

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Russia missile THREAT: USA eyes up more Turkey sanctions as Ankara IGNORES warnings

DONALD Trump’s administration could slap Turkey with more sanctions over a decision by Ankara to deploy an advanced Russian missile system on Europe’s doorstep, Turkish media reports.

By Harvey Gavin

PUBLISHED: 19:17, Thu, Nov 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 19:17, Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Turkey could face further sanctions over its purchase of the Russian made S-400 missile system (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

The United States has repeatedly warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to go ahead with a purchase of the S-400 surface-to-air missile platform amid concerns it could be used to target the new F-35 stealth fighter. But it emerged in September that Turkey had begun work on a launch site to accommodate the Russian-made weaponry. Turkey insists the missiles are not a threat to American jets, but US officials are “not optimistic” over Ankara’s assurances, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.

But the source added negotiations between Washington and Ankara over the issue are “continuing”.

The Russian-made S-400 can target multiple aerial targets within its 250 mile range (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

The S-400 reportedly poses a ‘threat’ to the US-made F-35 jets (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

The S-400 is touted as one of the most advanced systems in the world and is capable of engaging multiple aerial targets within its 250 mile range.

It is designed to knock incoming ballistic missiles out of the sky before they reach their target and can also target stealth warplanes – including the new F-35 fighter.

Turkey is due to receive two F-35s in the near future ahead of a further order which will eventually see the country take delivery of 100 of the high-tech jets.

But experts have warned the planes, combined with the S-400 missile system, could allow Russia to analyse the stealth technology fitted to the plane.

Writing in the National Interest, defence expert Sebastien Roblin said: “In short, the Pentagon sees the combination of S-400 batteries and F-35 fighters as one that may give Russia a chance to closely study the stealth jet, and tailor their air defences to defeat it.”

Trump reveals that Turkey released Pastor Andrew Brunson

 

Russia said Turkey’s S-400 missiles will be delivered in 2019 (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

NATO countries have also expressed concerns over Turkey’s S-400 purchase because it is incompatible with equipment used by the Western alliance.

Relations between Ankara have Washington improved slightly in recent weeks following the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson who was being held in Turkey on terrorism charges.

President Donald Trump had slapped Turkey with tough sanctions after a deal he struck with President Erdogan to secure Mr Brunson’s release fell through.

But following the pastor’s release last month, Mr Trump signalled a thawing of relations could be possible, tweeting the move “will lead to good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey!”

However the ongoing row over the S-400 threatens recent progress between the two nations.

Russia has previously said it plans to deliver the new missiles in 2019.

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USS Truman carrier and strike force bound for waters off Syria amid Russian naval buildup

Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:13 Israeli air strikes, Russian fleet exercises, Syria, Trump-Putin summit, USS Truman

The USS Harry Truman with a strike force of 5 guided missile warships were on their way on Sunday, Nov. 18 to waters off the Syrian coast. They entered the Mediterranean on Friday, Nov. 16, just as the Russian Middle East fleet wound up a series of search and destroy exercises against enemy submarines and warships. They were led by two Russian guided missile frigates Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen, armed with Kalibr-NK cruise ship-to-shore missiles. Russia air force helicopters took part in the drills. By week’s end, there were 8 Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean.

Aboard the Truman are 9 squadrons of Carrier Air Wing fighter bombers . Its strike force consists of the Normandy guided missile cruiser and four guided missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burk, USS Forrest Sherman, USS Bulkeley and USS Farragut.

This US-Russian buildup of sea and air forces opposite Syria has accelerated in preparation for two events, DEBKAfile’s military sources report:

  1. The approaching meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the 26-30 Nov. G20 summit. Since it is assumed in both Washington and Moscow that  the Syria issue will be high on the agenda together with the expanding Iranian presence there, both powers are gearing up for a military event that will tilt the standoff one way or the other.
  2. A possible Israeli air strike against Iranian targets in Syria after a long pause.  The Russians may well decide to use their newly-installed S-300 air defense missiles to shoot down an Israel warplane to get even for the downing of their Il-20 on Sept. 17. For Moscow this is still an open book.

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