What is the Strait of Hormuz, and why is it so important to the global oil
An oil tanker traveling through the tiny strip of water
located in the mouth of the Persian Gulf stopped transmitting its location more
than two days ago when it drifted into Iranian waters.
It is not clear what happened to the Panamanian-flagged oil
tanker – which is based in the United Arab Emirates – on Saturday night as it
traveled through the Strait of Hormuz, but its apparent disappearance has raised
concerns amid heightened tensions between Iran and several Western nations.
The Riah, a 190-foot oil tanker, typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah
on the UAE’s west coast before going through the strait and heading to Fujairah
on the UAE’s east coast.
However, something happened to the vessel after 11 p.m. on Saturday when it
stopped transmitting its location with tracking data shows its last position
pointing toward Iran.
Capt. Ranjith Raja of the data firm Refinitiv told The Associated Press on
Tuesday that the tanker hadn’t switched off its tracking in three months of
trips around the UAE.
“That is a red flag,” Raja said.
Oil tankers have previously been targeted as the Persian Gulf region took
center stage in a crisis over Iran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.
Recently, Iran has inched its uranium production and enrichment over the
limits of its 2015 nuclear deal, trying to put more pressure on Europe to offer
it better terms and allow it to sell its crude oil abroad.
Iranian officials have not said anything publicly about the ship, nor have
officials in the UAE. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees Mideast waters,
declined to immediately comment.
The ship’s registered owner, Dubai-based Prime Tankers LLC, told the AP it
had sold the ship to another company called Mouj Al-Bahar. A man who answered a
telephone number registered to the firm told the AP it didn’t own any ships.
Separately, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday his
country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2.1
million barrels of light crude oil. The vessel was seized with the help of
British Royal Marines earlier this month off Gibraltar.
Khamenei called the seizure of the ship “piracy” in a televised
“God willing, the Islamic Republic and its committed forces will not
leave this evil without a response,” he said.
Within the last 48 hours we have seen large earthquakes going off like
firecrackers all along the Ring of Fire. As you will see below, a magnitude
6.1 quake just hit Japan, a magnitude 6.6 quake just hit Australia and a
magnitude 7.3 earthquake just hit Indonesia. And of course all of this
comes just about a week after southern California was hit by the two largest
earthquakes that it has experienced in more than two decades. So is all
of this shaking unusual? Just a few moments ago, I pulled up the most
recent data from Earthquake Track, and what I discovered
is more than just a little bit alarming. Looking at the entire globe, we
have averaged 193 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater per day so far in
2019. That is very high, but it pales in comparison to what we have
witnessed over the last week. Within the last seven days, our planet has experienced
an average of more than 677 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater per
day. That means that the number of global earthquakes right now is more
than 3 times above normal.
And the number of very large earthquakes is at a frighteningly high level as
well. According to the USGS, there have been 121
earthquakes of at least magnitude 4.5 around the world within the last seven
days, and that includes the magnitude 6.1
earthquake that just hit Japan.
Incredibly, that quake in Japan brought the number of global earthquakes of
magnitude 6.0 or greater that we have seen so far this year up to a grand total
of 84. The following comes from the Big Wobble…
Last nights quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 84,
incredibly all but 7 of them striking the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
The last 38 major quakes this year, going back to the 3rd of May have
occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
But on Sunday we had to add two more to that total.
In fact, we just witnessed a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in Montana. The
following comes from Ricky Scaparo…
According to reports from the USGS, A 4.0 earthquake has rattled Manhattan,
Montana. This earthquake follows the string of quakes that have rattled the
globe over the past few weeks producing powerful earthquakes in Southern
California and rattling Seattle, Washington. We will give you more information
as we receive it.
The magnitude 4.6 earthquake in Seattle that he mentioned definitely got a lot
of attention when it struck very early on Friday morning. According
to a USGS geophysicist, that quake was “widely felt throughout the Seattle
“It’s been widely felt throughout the Seattle area,” said Paul Caruso, a
I know that California is receiving most of the attention right now, but we
definitely need to keep a close eye on the Northwest, because they are
definitely overdue for a “Big One” of their own and there are several volcanoes
in the region that could literally go off at any time.
Meanwhile, the shaking in southern California simply will not stop.
According to Cal Tech, there have been 10,303 earthquakes of all
magnitudes in California and Nevada within the last seven days.
In case you are wondering, that is not “normal” either.
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we witnessed back on July 5th did not
cause an enormous amount of damage because it happened in a very remote
But we should definitely not take that quake lightly, because it was
extremely powerful. According to the Los Angeles Times, it
actually “packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs”…
When the magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured the earth in the Mojave Desert,
it packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs of the type that fell on Hiroshima.
Can you imagine if such a quake had happened in downtown Los Angeles?
And if a magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to hit southern California someday,
it would be 707 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we
Hopefully such a quake is still a long way off, but we have witnessed
renewed shaking in the region within the last 24 hours. The following
comes from the Express…
California has since experienced a number of aftershocks with a seismic
swarm hitting southern California in the past 24 hours.
Over the course of the last 24 hours, there have been 762 earthquakes in
California, 29 earthquakes were over a magnitude of 2.5.
Unfortunately, this is not just a localized phenomenon.
As I showed at the beginning of this article, the number of global
earthquakes is three times above normal right now.
Our entire planet is being greatly shaken, and many believe that what we
have witnessed so far is just the beginning.
JERUSALEM, Israel – An Israeli archaeologist has uncovered
the remains of an altar believed to be from around the time when Abraham met
the high priest Melchizedek in Jerusalem.
Archaeologist Eli Shukron has spent much of his life looking for Bible
history in the City of David. Shukron gave CBN News an exclusive
look at what he feels is one of his most important discoveries kept under lock
and key that dates back 4000 years – a stone pillar.
Shukron says the pillar, found in the City of David, is just like the one
described in Genesis 28 when Jacob had a dream in Bethel of a ladder reaching
up to Heaven. After the dream, Jacob said, “How awesome is this place!
This is none other than the house of God, and this is the
gate of heaven! Then Jacob rose early in the morning and took the stone
that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of
Shukron believes Melchizedek set a stone pillar up in Jerusalem just as
Jacob did in Bethel.
“We are in a very, very important place. Go back to Melchizedek.
Go back to Abraham’s time. Understand which way these people are
worshipping God in the beginning,” said Shukron.
Shukron says it contrasts with ancient worship in other places.
“If you’re going at that time to other places in the world in Egypt or
Mesopotamia you can see temples, gold and idols and I don’t know pillars.
Here it’s simple. The stone, animals, animals, sacrifice. The stone
is the house of God. No gold and diamonds. Everything is
simple. This is what God wants us to be, simple. It’s fantastic.
For what? For what reason? To connect with God.”
Shukron says the combination of the altar for sacrifice, the blood channel,
the olive press for anointing oil, the place to tie up the sacrificial animals;
where they divided the sacrifice that led him to believe this was the place where
Melchizedek met Abraham.
Genesis 14 describes the meeting: “ Then Melchizedek King of Salem
brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And
he blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram of God most high, possessor of
heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your
enemies into your hand. And he gave him a tithe of all.”
After Melchizedek blessed Abraham, Abraham gave him a tithe.
“Why give him a tithe? Because he was worshipping God,” Shukron said.
The blessing of bread and wine is a tradition and way of life that continues
some 4000 years later.
“What are we doing today? The Jewish, the Christian. What are we
doing? We are blessing the bread and wine in a different way but blessing
bread and wine,” Shukron said. “Where [did] all [of that start?] Here
in the City of David in the Temple of Melchizedek. This is the
place. This is where we are and this is amazing to understand that.”
This area is still being excavated and one day the public should be able to
see for themselves where Shukron believes Abraham met Melchizedek.
The ground is constantly shaking in southern California right now, and this
has many concerned that another large earthquake may be coming. I have
been keeping my eye on Cal Tech’s recent earthquake map,
and as I write this article it says that there have been 10,053 earthquakes in
California and Nevada over the past 7 days. I have never seen that number
so high, and southern California is being hit by yet another new earthquake every few moments.
Most of the earthquakes are happening out in the Ridgecrest area where we
witnessed the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit on July 4th and the magnitude
7.1 earthquake that hit on July 5th. But as you can see from Cal Tech’s map, there has been a
tremendous amount of seismic activity along the San Andreas fault as
well. As I discussed the other day, the San Andreas
fault is “locked and loaded” and it is way overdue for “the Big One”.
Could it be possible that all of this earthquake activity is leading up to
something really big? And it isn’t just earthquakes that we need to be
concerned about. According to Fox News, “geologists are nervously
eyeing eight nearby volcanoes”…
California’s uncanny “earthquake pause” is over. It should have already had
several “big ones” by now. All that pressure has to go somewhere. Now
geologists are nervously eyeing eight nearby volcanoes. And why has Yellowstone
supervolcano been acting so weird?
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has warned Southern California to expect
more big earthquakes to come. Some, they say, may even be more powerful
experienced in the past few days.
“(These quakes do) not make (the Big One) less likely,” local seismologist
Lucy Jones told The Los Angeles Times. “There is about a one in 20 chance
that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few
days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence.”
Could you imagine the chaos that would ensue if a volcano suddenly erupted
One angle that hasn’t really been talked about much is what would happen to
California’s nuclear reactors if “the Big One” suddenly hit the San Andreas
According to Natural News, there are
currently five nuclear reactors right along the San Andreas fault and another
one that is located directly along the coast…
A Natural News investigation into the geolocation of nuclear power
facilities in California reveals that five nuclear facilities were built in
close proximity to the San Andreas fault line, with some constructed right in
the middle of earthquake zones that have up to a 50% chance of a severe
earthquake every 30 years.
Who was the genius that decided to build those reactors near the San Andreas
The potential for an unprecedented nightmare is definitely there. If a
magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to hit the San Andreas fault, it would be 707
times more powerful than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we just witnessed.
And we live at a time when our planet just continues to become even more
unstable. According to NBC News, the number of “great”
earthquakes between 2004 and 2014 was 265 percent higher than during the
preceding ten year period…
The annual number of “great” earthquakes nearly tripled over the last decade,
providing a reminder to Americans that unruptured faults like those in the
northwest United States might be due for a Big One.
Between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with magnitudes of 8.0 or more rattled
subduction zones around the globe. That’s an increase of 265 percent over the
average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a
report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in
Vancouver, British Columbia.
But despite all of the unusual shaking that we have witnessed so far this
century, the state of California hasn’t seen anything remotely close to the
shaking that we have witnessed over the last 7 days.
Of course seismic activity is just one element of “the perfect storm” that
is starting to unfold. According to the NOAA, the 12 month period
ending in June was the wettest 12 month period in all of U.S. history. In
fact, for three months in a row “the past 12-month precipitation record has hit
an all-time high”. We just keep setting record after record, and the
flooding in the middle of the country seems like it will never end.
Millions of acres of prime farmland will not be used at all this year, and tens
of millions of acres of crops are in extremely poor condition right now.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
warned Tehran on Tuesday that Israel’s F-35 fighter jets can reach “anywhere in
the Middle East,” following threats against Israel in recent weeks by senior
“Lately, Iran has been threatening
Israel with destruction,” Netanyahu said, standing in front of an F-35 Adir jet
during a visit to the Nevatim Air Force Base in the south. “It should remember
that these planes can reach every place in the Middle East, including Iran, and
of course also Syria.”
The F-35 stealth jet is not believed
to have an effective range to reach Iran unassisted, but it could conduct
operations there with in-air refueling, a capability possessed by Israel’s air
Netanyahu visit to Nevatim included
meetings with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Air Force chief Maj.
Gen. Amikam Norkin, and the air force’s top command echelons.
Norkin last year said that Israel
had used the fifth generation fighter jet in operations in the Middle East. At
the time, Norkin did not specify in which countries the aircraft had been used.
Israel has long seen Iran as its
greatest threat, while Iranian officials regularly threaten to destroy the
On July 1, a senior Iranian lawmaker
said Israel would be destroyed rapidly if the United States attacked the
“If the US attacks us, only half an
hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of
Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, in
comments carried by the Mehr news agency.
Similarly, in a June 20 interview on
Iraq’s Alnujaba TV, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute
(MEMRI) monitoring group and posted to social media Sunday, former Iranian
defense minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan said Iran’s military could destroy US
military bases in the region and annihilate Israel.
“Our missiles can totally obliterate
those bases,” Dehghan said. “Israel knows that Iran will erase its entity and
uproot it from existence in case of a war.”
Netanyahu has issued a series of
statements against Iran in recent weeks.
They follow the Islamic Republic’s
decision to begin breaching some commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with
world powers and attacks in the Gulf that Israel and the United States blame on
On Sunday, Netanyahu called an
announcement by Iran that it would exceed the uranium enrichment cap set by the
troubled accord a “very dangerous step.” He urged
European countries to sanction Iran in response.
On Monday, Iran breached the
enrichment cap as it seeks to press other parties into keeping their side of
the bargain under the nuclear deal.
Netanyahu opposed the accord and
urged US President Donald Trump to withdraw from it, which he eventually did.
Despite having opposed the deal, Netanyahu is now calling on European nations
to enforce its parameters as he and the United States seek to further pressure
Israel has also carried out hundreds
of strikes in neighboring Syria against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah
military targets. It has vowed to keep Iran, which has backed Syrian President
Bashar aAssad in his country’s civil war, from entrenching itself militarily
By TZVI JOFFRE 07/07/2019 Imam Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani also warned the US against a military attack on Iran.
“If Iran decides to confront you, a missile strike on the Dimona reactor would be enough,” said Tehran’s Friday Prayer Imam Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani in a sermon addressing the United States and Israel, according to a report by Radio Farda.
Movahedi-Kermani threatened that such an attack on the nuclear reactor in Israel’s Negev desert would “plow Israel 200 times.”
“You are living in a glass house. You’d better watch out,” said the Tehran-based Imam.
He also warned the US against a military attack on Iran, saying: “Think of an attack only if you want to change the color of the Persian Gulf waters from azure to red.”
The Imam also repeated Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s warning about the nuclear deal.
“From July 7, we will enrich uranium at any grade and form, and in any amount we may deem necessary,” said Movahedi-Kermani.
The Imam was one of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s representatives to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to Radio Farda.
He denied that Iran was seeking to develop a nuclear bomb.
“Iran will continue enrichment to generate electricity and conduct scientific research,” he said. “This enrichment is not for making a nuclear bomb, which Iran deems illegitimate and unnecessary.”
On Saturday night, an Iranian official told Reuters that Iran will announce on Sunday that it will raise its uranium enrichment level to 5%, a concentration above the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers.
Earlier in the day, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported that Iranian senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi will announce more cuts in its commitments to the pact on Sunday. Tehran warned last week that such a move could take place.
Under the deal, Iran can enrich uranium to 3.67% fissile material, well below the 20% it was reaching for before the deal and the roughly 90% suitable for a nuclear weapon.
Movahedi-Karmeni also told US President Donald Trump to “compare the authority of the United States with Iran’s.”
“Iran’s authority is marked by intelligence, creativity and humanity, while the United States’ authority is an embodiment of brutality, savagery and meanness!” he.
The Tehran Imam also addressed Trump’s decision to call off a planned strike on Iran after the Islamic Republic downed a US drone, saying, “You saw the corpses of US troops before your eyes, and told yourself they have hit the drone that was flying 65,000 feet above the sea. What will they do to a ship that is just in front of them?”
Last year, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei changed his mind about appointing Karmeni as an interim chairman for the Islamic republic’s Expediency Discernment Council after a few weeks, according to Radio Farda. The Expediency Council decides arguments between the Iranian parliament and the Iranian Guardian Council, which is usually the final decision maker in most cases, according to Khamenei’s web page.
In a finding sure to inflame the
debate about the historicity of the biblical King David, an international team
of archaeologists claims to have identified the lost city of Ziklag.
Based on artifacts and carbon 14
dating results of excavations since 2015, scholars proposed Monday that the
archaeological site of Khirbet a-Ra‘i in the Judaean foothills is the site of
the elusive Philistine town.
As attested in the books of Samuel,
Ziklag, located between Kiryat Gat and Lachish, provided refuge to the future
king David when he was on the run from King Saul. After his sojourn in Ziklag,
David ascended the throne in Hebron.
According to a joint press release
from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority,
archaeologists discovered remains of a Philistine settlement from the 12-11th
centuries BCE, which was followed by a rural settlement dating to the early
10th century BCE, which is in keeping with the biblical account. Carbon 14
dating supports the archaeologists’ timeline and identification, according to
the press release.
As recorded in the Hebrew Bible,
David settled at Ziklag for 14 months under the patronage of the Philistine
King Achish of Gat, with 600 of his men and their families, and used it as a
base to raid neighboring peoples.
While the then-Philistine vassal
David attempted to join the army of his Philistine lord Achish to defeat Saul,
retaliating Amalekites razed the town and took off with the Israelites’ women
and children, along with much booty. (Spoiler: In the end, David prevailed.)
According to the press release, in
addition to the cultural transition between Philistine buildings and the
presumed later Israelite camp, the Davidic-era settlement shows remains of an
intense fire that destroyed it.
Later in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Nehemiah, the
town is mentioned again as a base for Jews who returned from Babylon.
For decades, archaeologists have
sought the location of the elusive Ziklag, for which roughly a dozen sites have
been suggested, without scholarly consensus. Those previous sites were largely
dismissed due to lack of signs of settlement transitioning from Philistine
cultural evidence to Israelite remains from the time of David, or due to lack
of evidence of the widespread ruin wrought by the Amalekites, as described in
the Hebrew Bible.
According to leading archaeologists
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, head of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem; the IAA’s Saar Ganor; and Dr. Kyle Keimer and Dr. Gil
Davis of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, the proposed site of
Khirbet a-Ra‘i has all the required qualifications.
The joint IAA and Hebrew University
press release said that after seven dig seasons that uncovered some 1,000
sq.m., the archaeological team found evidence of a Philistine-era settlement
from the 12-11th centuries BCE, among which were massive stone structures and
typical Philistine cultural artifacts, including stylized pottery in foundation
deposits — good luck offerings laid beneath a building’s flooring.
Those artifacts, along with stone
and metal tools, are similar to ones found in other Philistine cities,
including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron and Gath.
The name Ziklag is of Philistine
origin and does not have roots in Semitic languages. Recently, a large
scientific study of Philistine DNA matched their origins to the Aegean region,
which had similar pottery styles during the 12th century BCE, the time period
in which the Philistine ancestors are thought to have migrated to the Land of
At Khirbet a-Ra‘i to date,
archaeologists have uncovered some 100 complete pottery vessels used for
storing wine and oil, among other uses. According to Garfinkel, who led
excavations at the contemporary fortified Judaean city of Sha‘arayim (Khirbet
Qeiyafa), jugs and bowls decorated with a “red slipped and hand-burnished”
finish are typical of the period of King David.
The excavations leading to the new
proposed identification for Ziklag were funded by Joey Silver of Jerusalem,
Aron Levy of New Jersey, and the Roth Family and Isaac Wakil both of Sydney.
Pietro (Peter, in English) Parolin is the head of the Roman Curia in the
Vatican as its secretary of state. He has been called “papabile, a candidate to
succeed Francis as pope.” An April 2019 article
on the Catholic website, Crux, stated that Pietro
Parolin has become “more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” And the
new constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia would make this
obvious. The Crux article ends with “…within the Roman Curia,
everyone will now know who’s boss: The Cardinal Secretary of State.”
I will be using Catholic websites in this writing to make the point that
there are many Catholics dissatisfied with this pope.
What is this New Catholic Constitution About?
Summary from the Catholic News Agency (CNA) website: Analysis: New
Vatican constitution to centralize power in state secretariat:
A long-serving curial official said, “…This is just the total centralization
of power in the office of the Secretary of State. Nothing can be done without
the pope’s approval, and nothing gets to the pope except through [Cardinal
Parolin] – it’s the creation of a vice-regency.”
An archbishop, currently serving in a senior curial role, said, “It is an
essentially Soviet model. Lots of meetings, lots of discussion, but in the end
the Secretary [of State] decides what will happen.”
Several curial staffers from different departments told CNA that their
congregations had returned “pages of suggested revisions,” and expressed deep
concerns about the document’s proposed centralization of curial operations…. – source
Summary from Crux: New Vatican doc displays simplified,
In its new mega-department for evangelization, the feminine genius, it says,
must be promoted in the church… as well as for the faithful who, in certain
cultures, live in polygamous relationships.
Publication of the document was expected in June, but due to the vast
response to the text of over 200 pages, publication is now tentatively set for
September. – source
The Vatican’s former Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine, Cardinal
Gerhard Müller, has strongly criticized it. He said “the teaching of the Faith
is being mentioned as merely one random task of the pope among many others, and
most importantly, now to be subordinate to his secular duties.” The
Cardinal points out in this new constitution a “wrong and deviant use of
fundamental notions of Catholic theology…” He warns against a “secularization
of the concept of the Church,” as if she is “to be run like an international
company” and as if “it is about a balance of power” between a mother company
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a member of the International Theological Commission
who was removed as an adviser to the US Conference of Catholic bishops in 2017
after his criticisms of Pope Francis, said there’s “no problem with making
Evangelization as the primary pastoral work of the Church,” but not if it means
not telling others of the “Mysteries of the Faith.” Without doctrine
and moral teaching, “there is no evangelization,” he continued. – source
Those “mysteries of the faith” of the Catholic church are indeed mysteries;
for you’ll find lots of doctrines of man in that system, but not many of its
beliefs in the Bible. More on that shortly.
Secularizing the Catholic Faith
It sounds like this new constitution, besides giving Peter Parolin power
over all the workings of the Catholic church, will increase the Vatican’s focus
on trying to join different belief systems to the “Mother Church” as it calls
The Vatican deal with China in September 2018 allows the Communist
government to recommend bishops of the Catholic church. Why agree to such a
blatant secular compromise?
The agreement states that China will recommend bishops before they’re
appointed by the pope, and stipulates that the pope can veto bishops that China
recommends, within limits. Francis, as part of the deal, lifted the
excommunication of seven bishops who had been appointed by China without
papal approval. Also, under the deal, two Vatican-aligned Chinese bishops
recognized by the pope have been asked to resign in favor of state-sanctioned
prelates. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the Chinese
government is only going to select bishops who are loyal to the Communist
Party. Meanwhile, the persecution
of Chinese Catholics has continued, and of Protestants.
From America Magazine: Cardinal Parolin defends Vatican-China
agreement amid criticism:
At the symposium, “Stand Together to Defend International Religious
Freedom,” Parolin defended the Vatican-China agreement, saying, “We signed this
agreement to help advance religious freedom, to find normalization for the
Catholic community there, and then for all other religions to have space and a
role to play…” – source
Francis, Parolin and previous popes have shown they’re Marxist, Socialist,
or Communist themselves and/or have bowed to countries with those systems,
secularizing in order to keep seminaries open and “fatten up the Catholic
church.” You can read about this on
the Catholic website Tradition in Action.
Catechism #841 states that Muslims worship the same God as the Catholic
church; therefore, both Francis and Parolin call them brothers and sisters. But
the Muslim god is not the God of the Bible. And then there are the Vatican
prayers alongside Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus, and reverence for their
precepts and teachings, claiming they “reflect a ray of Truth which enlightens
At the Second Vatican Council in 1965, the Catholic church declared its
attitude to other religions in a document called Nostra Aetate (which means ‘in our
time’). Here is an excerpt:
“In her tasks of promoting unity and love among men, indeed among nations,
considers above all what people have in common and what draws them
to fellowship. (n.1) Also, The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and
holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of
conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in
many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect
a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. (n.2).”
All this is building towards the one-world religion. No false religion will
have a role to play in salvation. Christ is the only way, the truth and the
life. No one comes to our Father in heaven except through Him (John 14:6).
The Bible, as we know, tells us in Revelation 17 about “Mystery
Babylon, the Mother of Harlots.” (Babylon refers to the root of all false
religion.) The woman dressed in purple and scarlet who sits on seven hills is
drunk with the blood of the saints (martyrs for Jesus who refuse to bow to
false doctrine). This Mother church will be aligned with the Antichrist in the
Tribulation until he has finished using her to gain power with his ten-nation
confederacy; then he will have her destroyed.
Two Popes at the End of Days?
Speaking of that destruction, Francis’ namesake prophesied centuries ago
about the time of the end when two popes are alive, one having stolen the
throne from the other – a time when the church of Rome will be destroyed.
We’re not to give extra-biblical prophecy the same credence as the
God-inspired Bible. But this prophecy and another that applies here, which will
also be discussed, only bear mentioning since they appear as though they’re
coming to pass…but only in part! Satan knows Bible prophecy too. What
better way to keep people deceived by mixing truth with lies?!
The first prophecy I’m referring to is the one by Francis of Assisi. Some
claim this prophecy was made up by dissenting members of the 13th
century Franciscan order and attributed to Francis of Assisi. No matter, for it
doesn’t deflect from what we see happening today. Keep this in mind, though:
when revealing this prophecy, Francis of Assisi still held to the false belief
in what he called the true pope and the true church, including Mary worship.
Not long before he died in 1226, Francis of Assisi gathered the members of
his order and warned them of great tribulations that would befall the Catholic
church in the end of days just before Christ’s return. Here is an excerpt:
“The devils will have unusual power; the immaculate purity of our Order, and
of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who
will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal
hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation, a man, not
canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his
cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death. [Two popes alive at
the end of days.]
“Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many
others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead
of opposing it. There will be such diversity of opinions and
schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except
those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the
elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great
confusion, by the immense mercy of God…
“Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample
it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even
by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will
send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.” – from Works of the Seraphic
Father St. Francis Of Assisi [London: R. Washbourne, 1882], pp.
Interestingly, rumor has it that the papal throne was usurped from Benedict
with help from elitists including Obama and others that wanted the Marxist
Bergoglio (Francis) to be pope, who would be in line with their leftist values.
From Gloria.TV: Wikileaks: Clinton, Obama, Soros, Overthrew Pope
Benedict in Vatican Coup:
George Soros, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton orchestrated a coup in the
Vatican to overthrow the conservative Pope Benedict and replace him with
radical leftist Pope Francis, according to a group of Catholic leaders citing
evidence from various sources, including WikiLeaks emails. – source
This would make Francis not canonically elected. The canon law of
the Catholic church says a pope’s resignation is valid only if he makes the
decision in full freedom and without pressure from others.
Supernatural Signs in the Conclave?
I still remember the words of Cardinal Schönborn in speaking about how
Francis unexpectedly became pope.
From The Telegraph: Pope Francis elected after supernatural ‘signs’
in the Conclave, says Cardinal:
Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, said the surprise election of Pope Francis
came about because of a series of supernatural “signs” in the conclave,
including one which he could not speak about. He said he felt two strong signs
that Bergoglio (Francis) was “the chosen one.” Cardinal Schönborn went on to
say that he’s sure many cardinals “received similar signs during the Conclave.”
He said that without such signs, “It wouldn’t have been possible to have this
election so soon and so rapidly… It is as if he would say to the world ‘come
home, I wait for you.’” – source
The Schism in the Catholic Church Today
Even cardinals are calling for Francis to step down. Is he grooming his
cohort in case he steps down OR just wants to focus on other things and allow
Parolin to lead the sheep? Or something else. Did Francis usurp the throne from
Benedict? Will Pietro, the Roman Curia boss, usurp the throne from Francis? Oh
well, let’s move on.
A March 2019 article by Julia Meloni on the Catholic website OnePeterFive,
provided some interesting insight. Here is a summary of that article titled,
Cardinal Parolin: The Next Pope?
Last year, Archbishop Viganò alleged that Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Francis’s
handpicked secretary of state, was complicit with him in covering up the
allegations of decades
of sexual abuse of minors, seminarians and young priests by Cardinal
McCarrick. Despite this, Antonio Socci, a leading conservative Vatican-watcher,
says meetings of cardinals about a possible conclave have been taking place,
with Parolin as the clear frontrunner.
Socci says cardinals once loyal to Francis are so concerned about a schism
that they’re planning to appeal to him to step down. Their favored
candidate for replacement is understood to be Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
Why Parolin? According to Marco Tosatti, Parolin is a progressive
diplomat with ties to what is referred to as the Vatican’s St. Gallen
mafia, which wields a lot of power. Other Vatican-watchers call
him a clear “reformer” — a “pastor open to dialogue,”
in line with Francis’s “winds of change.”
Parolin is said to be a revolutionary without the wild
liability of Francis. To stay papabile, he’s been distancing
himself from some of the questionable aspects of Francis’s reign. He’s been
likened to a fireman, carefully controlling the blazes of this pontificate with
his diplomatic prowess.
Parolin supposedly was shipped off to Venezuela after a falling out with
Cardinal Bertone, Benedict’s secretary of state. Francis, who spoke positively about Parolin before becoming
pope, soon replaced Bertone with Parolin — who began loyally implementing Francis’s will. The pope,
in turn, lavished Parolin with power. Francis indulges him, and power has
drained from other Vatican departments toward this secretary of state.
It was Parolin who moved to suspend an external audit of the Vatican’s
Cardinal Zen says it’s Parolin who pushed Francis towards the deal with
Communist China to allow that government to recommend Catholic bishops, which
critics say betrays Chinese Catholics. He calls for Parolin’s resignation over
this betrayal. He says Parolin “got rid” of him, and calls Parolin “arrogant
and despotic, interested more in diplomatic (worldly) success than in the
triumph of the Faith.” In Wikipedia’s article on Parolin, a quote from Cardinal
Zen said Parolin “is dangerous.”
Parolin seems alarmingly friendly with cultural Marxists and other worldly
elites. In 2018, he was the first Vatican official to ever attend the secretive
Bilderberg Meeting, the summit of globalists with an agenda of open borders and
a one-world government. Parolin also joined Francis in promoting the U.N.’s menacing globalist
agenda. Although Parolin says the agenda must respect life in “all its stages,”
pro-life leaders warn that the Vatican’s collaboration with the UN will extend
abortion, smuggled into the agenda via coded language on “reproductive
In 2017, Parolin further cemented his revolutionary credentials, asserting
that Vatican II initiated an “irreversible” process. He quoted a theologian who
boasted: “Absolutely nothing will be as it was before!” Parolin praised the new
“seeds” of “synodality” — a term that, under Francis, has become synonymous
with permanent revolution.
Parolin is the only whispered-about candidate for pope with any real chance
of being elected; he is the smooth revolutionary, the master collaborator with
“I don’t think he has faith. He is just a good diplomat in a very secular,
mundane meaning,” Cardinal Zen says of Parolin. –source
Another interesting article from the Catholic website Lifesite News,
speaks of Francis’ and Parolin’s promotion of Bishop Robert McElroy in San
Diego. “Although McElroy says no clerical “gay subculture” exists in his
diocese, he is pro-homosexual, having defended a diocesan employee in a
same-sex “marriage,” told priests to embrace “LGBT families,” and has been
accused, along with Francis and Parolin, in knowing about ex-Cardinal
McCarrick’s serial sexual abuse of seminarians and ignoring the matter.”
Peter, the Roman
Now to the one you may be wondering about since reading the title of this
article. I’m sure many of you have heard about Malachy’s prophecy of the popes.
He gave the prophecy in Latin, and the name he gave of the last leader of the
Catholic church was Petrus Romanus, which translates Peter (Pietro, in Italian)
There is also what may contain truth in Malachy’s prophecy, but deception as
well. Satan knows about the Mother of Harlots church in Rome described in
Revelation, yet this prophecy appears to draw one in with its uncanny accuracy
in the descriptions of the popes, including the last pope or one who leads the Catholic
church in the Tribulation. There is no mention of the false religious system that
it has been and will continue to be.
Terry James said in his book review of Petrus Romanus by Tom Horn and
Chris Putnam, “Neither Tom Horn nor Cris Putnam–nor I, as your reviewer of this
book—claim that St. Malachy was a God-inspired prophet in the sense of an Old
Testament or New Testament prophet. He was not. However, I will tell you
without reservation that the little-known and sometimes previously undiscovered
facts these researchers have uncovered and constructed into an enthralling
picture of the one who will likely be the last pontiff are absolutely
Hal Lindsey reported on Malachy’s
prophecy before Francis became pope. He said, “I’m not saying that this
man’s prophecy rises to the same level of detail and accuracy as those in the
Bible. However, it does contain some remarkable predictions that seem to have
been fulfilled across the centuries and may bear relevance for today.” Hal
mentioned that some claim it’s a forgery, but he pointed out that – if it were
made up by an anti-Catholic Protestant, how does one explain away the fact that
it has been kept under guard in the Vatican archives since it was discovered in
1590? [Some claim the author was Cardinal Girolamo Simoncelli who lived from
1522 to 1605]. Regardless, it can’t be dated any later than 1590 no matter who
would have written it.
Malachy, a 12th-century bishop of Armagh in what is now Northern Ireland,
purportedly had a vision in which he foresaw all of the popes from the death of
Pope Innocent II until the destruction of the church and the return of Christ.
It is said that he gave an account of his visions to Pope Innocent II, but the
document remained unknown in the secret Vatican Archives until its discovery in
Malachy was obviously held in high esteem as he was canonized as a saint by
Pope Clement III on July 6, 1199, 50 years after his death.
Here is his prophecy of the last leader of the Catholic church:
“In extreme persecution will sit Peter the Roman (Petrus Romanus), who will
pasture his sheep in tribulations; and when these things are finished, the city
of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge
his people. The End.”
“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”
This new Catholic constitution is called PraedicateEvangelium
(Proclaim the Gospel). Yet Francis criticizes Protestants for
evangelizing, or proselytizing, as he put it. But that’s because he
doesn’t like the competition. And we don’t accept the man-made doctrines of the
Catholic church – at least not those of us who are Bible-believers – and we
haven’t joined the broad-way, emergent-divergent so-called “ecumenical”
bandwagon that promotes global unity among all religions under the guise of
tolerance and cooperation. Many Protestant pastors are guilty of the
same thing in these days of apostasy.
The most crucial error among many that the Catholic church
teaches is the following:
According to the RCC’s Canon 12, Council of Trent, “If any one shall say
that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy
pardoning sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which
we are justified… let him be accursed.”
Yet, God’s Word tells us that justification/salvation is by faith:
“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the
ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
From Dave Hunt: “For the Catholic, salvation does not come through
personally receiving Christ as Savior but is a lengthy process that begins with
baptism and thereafter depends upon one’s continued relationship to the
[Catholic] Church. Salvation comes through participation in the sacraments,
penance, good works, suffering for one’s sins and the sins of others here
and/or in purgatory, indulgences to reduce time in purgatory, and almost
endless masses and Rosaries said on one’s behalf even after one’s death.
Catholic evangelism is by works, the very antithesis of “the gospel of the
grace of God” (Acts:20:24). – excerpt fromA Woman Rides the Beast,
This reminds us of what Christ said to the Pharisees and Scribes in Matthew
15:6-9: “…So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God…
‘teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’”
Though the extra-biblical prophecies may contain partial truth concerning
certain events we see unfolding before us, there is only one source – the Bible
– that has proven to be 100% true. And it tells us of a coming one-world false
church and one-world Antichrist government. It speaks of rampant wickedness,
wars and rumor of wars, alignment of end-time nations against the Jews who are
back in their land of Israel, etc. The wildly insane weather we’re seeing is
not climate change; it’s God’s warning to turn back to Him and accept His free
We brethren can rest in “our Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
We who put our faith in Christ alone for our salvation (John 14:6; Acts
4:12) will be caught up in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52) to
meet Jesus in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and escape the coming wrath
(1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
As the late Jack Kelley would say, “We can almost hear the footsteps of the
Biblical archaeologists in Huqoq
discovered mosaics depicting four beasts described in Chapter 7 of the
Book of Daniel. The beasts represented four kingdoms preceding the end of days.
“The Daniel panel is interesting because it points to eschatological, or end of
day, expectations among this congregation,” said Magness, in the statement.
“The Elim panel is interesting as it is generally considered a fairly minor
episode in the Israelites’ desert wanderings – which raises the question of
why it was significant to this Jewish congregation in Lower Galilee.” The
excavation marked the ninth year of digs at the Huqoq site.
archaeologists in Huqoq have uncovered a stunning 1,600-year-old biblical
mosaic in northern Israel depicting four beasts described in Chapter 7 of the
Book of Daniel. The beasts represented four kingdoms preceding the end of days.
New archaeological discoveries are coming to the surface on nearly a monthly basis now, a
veritable flood of artifacts confirming not only the history of the Jewish
people in the land of Israel, but shedding new light on Bible prophecy as well.
This latest find in Huqoq has to do with both the Exodus of the Jews, and the 4
Beasts of the end times we read about in Daniel 7.
“Daniel spake and said, I
saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon
the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from
another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld
till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and
made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. I beheld
till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose
garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the
pure wool: his throne was likethe fiery flame, and his
wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from
before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten
thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:2-4,9,10 (KJV)
I find it so amazing that as these long-buried archaeological treasures are coming to light,
that the human race stands on the very precipice of watching the prophecies
they reference about to come true in stunning fashion.
I was not able to locate a picture of the Daniel mosaic the article
references, but had a great phone call with Carly from University
of North Carolina, the team that found the mosaics and she said
she would forward that to me as soon as it becomes available.
biblical mosaic discovered in Israel sheds light on Bible prophecy and
FROM FOX NEWS: The mosaic, which depicts a scene from the book of Exodus,
was found at the site of a fifth-century synagogue in Huqoq. Excavation
director Jodi Magness, a professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, said the mosaic was the first depiction of the episode of Elim from Exodus 15:27 ever
found in ancient Jewish art. “Elim is where the Israelites camped after leaving
Egypt and wandering in the wilderness without water,” she explained in
a statement, noting that the mosaic is separated
into three registers or horizontal strips.
One register showed clusters of
dates being harvested by loincloth-clad agricultural workers while another
showed a row of wells and date palms, she explained. “On the left side of the
panel, a man in a short tunic is carrying a water jar and entering the arched
gate of a city flanked by crenellated towers. An inscription above the gate
reads, ‘And they came to Elim’,” Magness added.
Chapter 7 in the book of Daniel
describes four beasts which represent the four kingdoms leading up to the end
of days. This year our team discovered mosaics in the synagogue’s
north aisle depicting these four beasts, as indicated by a fragmentary Aramaic
inscription referring to the first beast: a lion with eagle’s wings. The lion
itself is not preserved, nor is the third beast. However, the second
beast from Daniel
7:4 – a bear with three ribs protruding from its mouth – is
preserved. So is most of the fourth beast, which is described in Daniel 7:7
as having iron teeth.
Archaeologists also discovered mosaics depicting four beasts described in Chapter 7
of the Book of Daniel. The beasts represented four kingdoms preceding the end
“The Daniel panel is interesting
because it points to eschatological, or end of day, expectations among this
congregation,” said Magness, in the statement. “The Elim panel is interesting
as it is generally considered a fairly minor episode in the Israelites’ desert
wanderings – which raises the question of why it was significant to this
Jewish congregation in Lower Galilee.”
The excavation marked the ninth year of digs at the Huqoq site. The first mosaics
were discovered in 2012. Between 2014 and 2017, archaeologists discovered
mosaics depicting Noah’s Ark, the parting of the Red Sea, Jonah and the fish
and the Tower of Babel, painting a fascinating picture of life at the
In 2018 researchers also announced
the discovery of a stunning mosaic depicting a
biblical scene from Numbers 13:23. Labeled “a pole between two,” the
panel showed two spies sent by Moses to explore the biblical land of Canaan.
Another mosaic discovered at Huqoq
includes a depiction of Samson. There also has been an ongoing debate about
whether a mosaic uncovered in 2016 portrays Alexander the Great. The purported
Alexander the Great mosaic was the first non-biblical story ever found
decorating an ancient synagogue
More than 4,700 quakes have occurred since Thursday, said USGS geophysicist John Bellini.”They are coming in every 30 seconds, every minute,” he said. After Friday’s 7.1 quake, three quakes of magnitude 5 or greater struck within the first hour, he said. After an earthquake as powerful as the one that hit Friday, residents can expect an aftershock reaching up to a magnitude of 6.0, officials said Saturday, and should even be prepared for a scarier shake.
earth hasn’t stopped rumbling under Southern California since
Thursday, when a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Ridgecrest and the
California is in panic mode right now, and not simply because of an
earthquake or two, but because of nearly 5,000 quakes that have been registered
over the past 48 hours. So scared, in fact, that many Californians are choosing
to sleep in their yards rather than be inside their homes. That’s how bad it
is. Scientists say it is only going to get worse, what exactly is happening in
the land of fruits and nuts?
“And the kings of the
earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the
mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens
and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on
us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the
wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand?” Revelation
The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has declared a state of extreme emergency to exist in his
state, and has instructed the State Operations Center to be activated at the
‘highest level’. They are in full panic mode, and rightly so. The Bible tells
us that the weather is the greatest weapon God has at His disposal, and He uses
it in judgement as we read about in the the book of Revelation during the time
of Jacob’s trouble. And earthquakes are one of the ‘heavy hitters’ in God’s
“For nation shall rise
against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes
in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are
the beginnings of sorrows.”
The word ‘earthquakes’ appears only three times in your King James Bible, one
mention each in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and all three times are
referring to the time that exists in the lead up to the time of Jacob’s
trouble. Not in the time of Jacob’s trouble itself. What time is that?
That time is right now. Just a little something for you to think about.
earth under Southern California is rumbling with about one aftershock every
FROM CNN: The earth hasn’t stopped rumbling under Southern California
since Thursday, when a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Ridgecrest and
the surrounding area.
The quake was followed by more than 1,400 aftershocks, according to
scientists. On Friday, an even stronger quake — with a magnitude of 7.1 —
rattled the region, leaving residents traumatized, Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy
Breeden said Saturday morning.
“Many of them are sleeping outside
tonight,” Breeden said. “They’re fearful to be in their homes. Many are
choosing to just be with their neighbors … in their sidewalks, in their
driveways and some of them are in the streets.”
There’s been an average of one
aftershock per minute since Friday’s quake in the southern part of the state,
according to the United States Geological Survey website.
More than 4,700 quakes have occurred since Thursday, said USGS geophysicist John
Bellini.”They are coming in every 30 seconds, every minute,” he said. After
quake, three quakes of magnitude 5 or greater struck within the first hour, he
an earthquake as powerful as the one that hit Friday, residents can expect an
aftershock reaching up to a magnitude of 6.0, officials said Saturday, and
should even be prepared for a scarier shake.
“I would probably start taking some
stuff off the walls if they’re not already down,” Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed
McLaughlin said Saturday morning. “Make sure you’re not sleeping under
something that’s still hung up.”
The chief warned residents to stay prepared and load up on supplies while
stores are still open, “just in case that we have something bigger than we had
He said residents should remain vigilant for the next two weeks.
“This isn’t going to stop in the
near future,” he said. “The aftershocks, they haven’t slowed down since the 7.1
(magnitude earthquake). For a period of time there was constant vibration.”
The constant aftershocks are keeping everyone on edge, Ridgecrest resident and Jessica
Weston told CNN’s Cyril Vanier Saturday. “It’s fairly frequent, especially
since the big one hit this evening it feels like a tiny little earthquake,”
Weston said. “Everybody’s on edge obviously because as soon as you feel that
little rumble… of course we’re all wondering is this another big one.”
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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