Category: America

Billy Graham: What Is This Country Coming To?

The great need in America is not for a new organization. Our great need is not for more economic prosperity. Our great need is for a real spiritual awakening, a revival in which men and women will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways to the God of our fathers.
In my opinion we’ve had four major crisis periods in American history. The first was the Revolutionary War. We did not even know whether we could be born as a nation or not. It was my privilege to be at Valley Forge when President Eisenhower made this statement there: “This is where they got [our independence] for us.
In the midst of that winter, General Washington was seen time and again on his knees out in the snow calling upon God for victory. Out of that winter of prayer, George Washington led that little, beaten, discouraged, tattered army to a great victory that brought about the independence of the United States from Great Britain. I believe God helped that little army as it marched all the way to Yorktown.
The next great crisis in American history came when a Constitutional Convention was called in Philadelphia to ratify a Constitution for the new country that was being born. The delegates got angry with each other; they couldn’t agree on a thing. Benjamin Franklin eloquently called on the Convention to pray for God’s assistance: [“We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel.”]
Out of that Convention came the Constitution of the United States.
The next great crisis came during the Civil War. Men on both sides were killing each other, brothers against brothers, and it seemed that our little country would be torn apart. It seemed that we would become two separate nations or that some European power would come and take us over because we had weakened each other. But thank God, on both sides we had some men and women who believed in God.
A man came to Abraham Lincoln one day and said, “Mr. Lincoln, don’t you believe that God is with us?” Mr. Lincoln said, “I’m not interested as to whether God is with us; I’m interested as to whether we are on God’s side.” President Lincoln called the nation to a day of prayer, and in his call of prayer he recommended individual repentance. He called for a renewed faith in God. He said, “We are a nation of sinful people, and God has brought us to this point; let us pray to God.”
The day that General Lee surrendered, President Lincoln called the Cabinet to prayer, and at the suggestion of the president the whole Cabinet dropped to its knees and offered thanks to Almighty God for the victory that preserved the Union.
Down in the South many people had also been praying. Robert E. Lee had been asked one day, “Aren’t you praying for victory?” General Lee said, “No, I’m praying that the will of God be done.” We believe that God’s will was done. The shackles of slavery were thrown off. The Union was preserved and the nation reunited.
The fourth great crisis in American history was not World War I. We were never threatened in World War I. Nor was it World War II. We were really never threatened as a nation in World War II. The fourth great crisis in American history is the crisis of the present moment. Our nation at this moment is being threatened as it has not been threatened since the Civil War. We are being threatened by moral deterioration.
We have seen this country plunging deeper and deeper, at a rapidly gaining momentum, into moral deterioration. Honesty and truthfulness have been thrown out the window. The nation is on a mad pursuit of amusements, pleasure and immorality.
The same symptoms that were in Rome during its last days are now seen and felt in America. Walk down the streets of our cities and see the current names of today’s films. Many are either psychopathic or centered on sex.
What is this country coming to?
We need a moral revival. We need a spiritual revival that will put a new moral fiber into our society, or we will have collapsed internally before any enemies even get here. We are being softened up right now by the devil for the kill.
We are also being threatened today by racial tension, strife that has at times brought us to the brink of cultural war between the great races in this country.
It is high time that we come to the foot of the cross. When you come to the foot of the cross and receive Christ as Savior, He gives you the capacity to love your neighbor.
There is no superior race in God’s sight. God does not look upon the outward appearance. God looks upon the heart. God sees our pride. We are going to have to come to where we love each other as neighbors and to where we look through the eyes of Jesus at sin.
God is looking for real and genuine repentance. To whom much is given, much is required. Much is given to America, and much shall be required of America.
There are several reasons why God has spared us this long. First is the very nature of God. Psalm 130:3 says, “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” The Bible teaches that God is a God of mercy, long-suffering and love. And God loves you as an individual. He is a God of mercy. He gave His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, to shed His blood for your sins, to rise again for your justification. He loves us, and every time I look at the cross I see written over it in letters of fire, “God is love, God is love, God is love. He loves you, He loves you.”
Second, He is not willing that any should perish. God does not want you to go to hell. He does not want you to be lost. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. But God gave you a will of your own. You can say “no” to God or you can say “yes” to God.
Third, God has spared America because of the great number of born-again Christians in America.
Isaiah 1:9 says, “Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.” If it were not for God’s people in this country, it would have been destroyed long ago. Don’t despise that godly Christian who lives next door to you. Don’t laugh at that Christian student you go to school with. I tell you, he or she is one of the reasons that this nation has the blessings and prosperity that it has.
But unless the Lord’s people discipline themselves to prayer, unless the Lord’s people discipline themselves to Bible study, unless the Lord’s people discipline themselves to living a Spirit-filled, Christ-honoring life, that blessing will not last very long.
There was a time when Christians would not dare to look at some of the things we are now seeing every day. We are gradually taking in the amusements and the pleasures until our spiritual life is being dulled and the Bible no longer has the glow to it. The time of prayer no longer has the desire that it used to have. You know that is true. We need to repent of our sins.
I am convinced that our nation is in peril. The handwriting is on the wall. The signs of the times are everywhere. American people cannot long continue in their moral degeneracy. A cancer is eating at the heart and core of the American way of life.
The Bible says that we are to humble ourselves. No man or woman can come to the kingdom of God proudly. You must come in humility.
The only prayer that you can pray if you have never come to Christ is, “God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Have you prayed that prayer?
I’m not asking if you have partaken of the sacraments. I’m not asking if you belong to a church. I’m asking you, have you said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner”? Have you come to the foot of the cross in humility and received Him as your Savior and Lord, and asked Him to cover your sins with His blood? If you haven’t, you can right now. Your life can be changed and transformed.
The only way that we can have our lives changed and find peace, joy and the fulfillment of life; the only way to have sin forgiven; the only way to know that you are going to heaven, is to receive Christ as your Lord, Savior and Master. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).
The place where we belong is at the foot of the cross. The great need in America is not for more guns or more smart bombs—it is for more men and women who have been transformed by the power of Christ and are living dedicated lives for Christ in the office, on the production line and in the school. The great need is for men and women who will take their stand for the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter what the cost may be.

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America Sells Israel 32,100 High-Tech Bombs and Missiles. 3 Guesses Why…

By Rich Smith |
May 31, 2015 |
What if they held a war and everybody (in the Middle East) came? Lately, that seems to be what we’re seeing happen in the Middle East.
They’ve got Houthis running amok in Yemen, with Saudi fighter jets screaming overhead, and Iranian warships trying desperately to get into the mix. Freedom fighters battling Bashar in Syria, and fighting ISIS, besides. More ISIS in Iraq. And even more ISIS in Libya. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile, is… everywhere.
And into this mess steps Israel.
Dangerous times call for dangerous bombs
Two weeks ago, in a startling development, most remarkable for the matter-of-fact way in which it was reported, the Israeli government asked the U.S. Congress to approve the sale to it of $1.9 billion worth of bombs, missiles, and “smart bomb” kits for guiding all of the above to their intended targets. Word of the request was delivered to Congress through the intermediary of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency as a notification — and almost immediately approved.
In total, the Israeli shopping list includes more than 32,000 pieces of military equipment, including:
• 14,500 KMU-556C/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits, built by Boeing (NYSE: BA ) and used to convert ordinary Mk-82, -83, and -84 “dumb” bombs into “smart bombs” guided by GPS
• 4,500 actual 1,000-lb Mk-83 bombs
• 3,500 500-lb Mk-82s
• (But apparently no 2,000-lb Mk-84s — which Israel is able to produce domestically)
• 4,100 GBU-39 Small Diameter, precision GPS-guided glide-bombs (also from Boeing)
• 50 BLU-113 5,000-lb “bunker buster” bombs from General Dynamics (NYSE: GD ) , each capable of penetrating through 20 feet of reinforced concrete
• 1,500 Paveway laser-guidance kits from Raytheon (NYSE: RTN ) , which can be attached to the Mk-83 bomb
• 700 similar Paveway kits for attachment to BLU-109 bunker busters (but no actual BLU-109s)
• 3,000 AGM-114K/R Hellfire Missiles from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT )
• 250 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles from Raytheon
• 500 of Boeing’s DSU-38A/B Detector Laser Illuminated Target kits for guiding JDAM-modified smart bombs to their targets
That’s a lot of hardware
It sure is. Everyone who is anyone in military arms sales seems to have found a customer in Israel here. So the suppliers aren’t in doubt, but what about the “end users?” Who’s going to wind up on the receiving end of all this ordnance?
Reporting on the arms deal last week, DefenseNews.com and Defense-Update.com referred to it as simply a “resupply” or “replenish[ment]” of Israeli arsenals that were exhausted during last summer’s war against Hamas. If you believe this theory, then maybe no one needs to worry about Israel’s swelling arsenal. As DefenseNews explained, “[D]uring last summer’s Gaza war … the Israel Air Force dropped an estimated 100 tons of munitions during the 50-day campaign,” implying this purchase is nothing more than a stock-up.
And indeed, this is one reason that, when investing in the defense industry, I prefer to own shares of companies that make “bullets” rather than companies that make the airplanes, ships, and tanks that shoot the bullets. From an investor’s perspective, the great virtue of a bullet (or bomb, missile, or rocket) is that once you shoot it, you need to buy another bullet. That’s not the case with a warplane like Lockheed Martin’s F-35, for example, because in theory at least, once you buy an F-35, you’re pretty much set — and won’t need to buy another one for 60 years.
Simply put, if you’re a fan of recurring revenues, it’s really hard to beat a bullet-maker as an attractive investment.
So on whom is Israel planning to “recur” these particular missiles?
Quite possibly, on Iran. After all, if we were only talking about Israel replenishing exhausted tonnage, well, the 50 two-and-a-half-ton bunker busters Israel is buying weigh more than 100 tons altogether. Even if “replenishment” explained 50 of the bombs, missiles, and other equipment that Israel is buying… there’s still 32,050 other bombs to be accounted for.
And this ordnance may have Iran’s name on it. Last month, in an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 news, Israel Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel described in some detail the IAF’s plans to “get the job done” if ordered to attack Iran’s nascent nuclear weapons program. As later quoted on DefenseNews, the general further clarified: “We’re training … to attack as many targets as possible in the shortest amount of time. … In order to win the war and to do it in a short amount of time, the quantities [of ordnance on hand must] be very, very big.”
“Many targets”? “Win the war”? Statements like this seem to suggest that last week’s massive rearmament might be about a lot more than mere “replenishment.”

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We’re coming close to end of human history’

Billy Graham’s daughter: ‘World is unraveling’
Published: 15 hours ago
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Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.
Christian evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, the sister of Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham and the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has told a left-leaning radio program that the world is “coming close to the end of human history as we know it.”
“Our world is unraveling,” she told Alan Colmes on his Fox News Radio program. “I think the whole world senses, especially those who follow the news, senses that something is happening that is very unsettling.”
Colmes had asked Lotz, the author of nearly a dozen books and the president of AnGeL Ministries, whether she believed “we are at the end times now.”
“I believe that it is, Alan, and I base that not just on feelings; I base it on what Jesus said in the New Testament and then what I see going on in the world at the same time – and they match,” she said. “And so I put that together and I believe we’re coming close to the end of human history as we know it.”
Lotz said that with the end times, “comes accountability before God, which we would call a judgment.”
But Christians, she said, “who reach out to God in prayer either can delay the judgment, soften the judgment, or Joel chapter 2 in the Old Testament says that God would, instead of judgment, he would leave behind a blessing if – if people would cry out to him and pray and turn from their sins. So this is really a message to the church.”
The familiar text is God’s message that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Lotz explained she based her assessment on the New Testament promises that the generation that sees the rebirth of Israel and the preaching of the Gospel to the entire world is in the end times.
Israel was reborn in 1948, and airplane travel and the Internet have accelerated dissemination of the Gospel worldwide.
“Did you get this from God?” Colmes asked.
“I get it from Scripture,” Lotz said.
She explained her understanding is that God’s judgment is not necessarily like a lightning strike or a nuclear bomb. It can simply be God backing away from protecting a nation.
“We keep telling Him to get out,” she said, citing court rulings regarding schools, the military and other issues. “Everywhere they’re telling Him to get out. They don’t want His name in the Pledge of Allegiance; they don’t want Him in the schools; they don’t want to say the name of His Son, Jesus, in public settings; they don’t even allow chaplains now in the military to pray in the name of Jesus.”
And when God backs away, she said, “It begins to collapse.”
“God is a gentleman. He doesn’t go where He’s not wanted. He gradually begins to walk away, and that’s what He told Israel in Deuteronomy 28. He said, I’m going to bless you if you turn to me, but if you turn against me, I’ll just back away. Then He allows us to be subjected to the things He’s been protecting us from.”
Colmes asked if in the rapture, people would meet God in the air and whether he would be able to see people rising.
Lotz cited the Bible’s explanation that it would happen in the twinkling of an eye.
“You won’t see us,” she told Colmes. “We’ll disappear.”
When Colmes stated that “separation of church and state” was established in the nation from its beginning, Lotz corrected him.
“There’s a separation of church and state, Alan, but that’s not a separation of state and God. Our Founding Fathers believed in God, and they honored God, and they respected God, and until the 1900s the Bible was a textbook in schools. And so when you begin to remove God, and you know we have been, He backs away.”
WND reported a few weeks ago President Obama was making jokes about end-times beliefs.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, a four-term Republican from Minnesota, had criticized Obama for his support of a framework agreement with Iran that she said would lead to war and bring judgment on America.
Obama took her to task in a half-joking, mocking tone.
“Michele Bachmann actually predicted I would bring about the biblical end of days,” Obama said. “Now that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”
Bachmann made the comments in a recent interview with Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries on her show, “Understanding the End Times.”
Bachmann was unfazed by Obama’s snarky comeback.
“The Bible is filled with exciting information about living life today and in the future, both in this life and in the life to come,” Bachmann told WND. “Any message that brings people closer to God’s wonderful plans for our lives is a good thing.
“God’s word is true and brings freedom and wholeness to all who read it and believe in Him.”
Lotz’s brother, Franklin Graham, also said recently that the nation could be in the end times, pointing to Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
“One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder who are trying to impose a new morality – which is really no morality at all – jamming it down the throats of the American people,” he said, the Christian Post reported.
Graham said America has been “blessed by God” unlike any other country in the world but faces serious threats of degradation and destruction, mostly from within.
“When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles,” he said, writing on his personal Facebook page. “We used to be ‘one nation under God.’ Now we’re a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.”
Graham has spoken on previous occasions about the failures of the present political leadership to guide this country in accordance with God’s will and warned of the consequences. Just a few weeks ago, he warned of the potential for terrorists to hit hard on America’s soil, largely because of an anti-Christian, pro-Islam vein coursing through Capitol Hill and the White House.
Then, he said, in a “Fox and Friends Weekend” interview: “I believe we’re going to see persecution in this country. We’ve already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it’s going to get worse, and we see no question gaining influence in Washington by those that represent the Islamic faith. We do have a problem in this country and we are losing our religious freedom and we’re losing it a little bit day by day.”
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Graham also remarked how Obama “defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies and fully supports gay marriage and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree,” the Christian Post reported.
Bestselling author Joel Richardson now has created a movie documentary, “End Times Eyewitness: Israel, Islam and the unfolding signs of the Messiah’s Return,” that shows how the region, since the Arab Spring, has been aligning with biblical prophecy. Richardson calls attention to the apparent fulfillment of several prophetic signs that suggest Jesus Christ may soon return.
“We trust that being selected for the festival will help to further get the message out and spark a growing passion for evangelism, missions, holiness and a deeper longing for the return of Jesus, our blessed hope,” Richardson said. “For this, we are truly grateful to the selection committee, and we are excited to see what the future holds, not only for this film, but many forthcoming projects as well.”
Richardson, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Islamic Antichrist” and expert on biblical prophecy, interviewed global Christian leaders, pastors, theologians and missionaries for the film. He also featured testimonies from some of the most prominent Islamic scholars in the world and leading Jewish thinkers, including:
• Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Temple activist recently shot in an assassination attempt;
• Adnan Oktar, the bestselling author in the Muslim world and host of a major TV show in Turkey, who is promoting the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, stating the Muslim messianic “Mahdi” figure is alive and well on planet Earth and that he is in communication with angels about his imminent appearance to the world;
• Sheik Ekrima Said Sabri, the son of the late and notorious grand mufti of Jerusalem, who explains the Islamic eschatological belief that Jesus will return to lead a caliphate and require Christians to convert to Islam.

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US-China war ‘inevitable’ unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea

Warning from state-run China newspaper as Beijing reveals plans for development of disputed South China Sea islands
By Julian Ryall, Tokyo
3:35PM BST 26 May 2015
China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict.
A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “grave and complex array of security threats”, justifying the change.
The People’s Liberation Army, including its navy and air force, will be allowed to “project power” further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper stated.

Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef
The navy will add “open seas protection” to a traditional remit of “offshore waters defence”, it said.
The posture risks escalating the tension over disputed islands in the South China Sea and elsewhere in the Pacific, where the United States is determined to protect the interests of allies like Taiwan and the Philippines.
Only last week, a US aircraft ignored repeated warnings from the Chinese military to fly a reconnaissance mission over the islands.
Global Times, a tabloid newspaper run by the Communist Party, said that China might have to “accept” there would be conflict with the United States.
“If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea”, said the paper, which is often seen as a mouth-piece of hardline nationalists in the government in Beijing.
State media reported on Tuesday that Beijing had begun building two lighthouses on reefs in the Spratly Islands, a smattering of outcrops that are claimed by an array of countries including not only China but also Vietnam and the Philippines.
Last month, satellite imagery revealed the Chinese had almost completed an air strip on another reef – Fiery Cross – while they are turning another rock, Mischief Reef, into a full island through land reclamation.
The Global Times article described the construction of runways, harbour facilities and buildings on the disputed Spratly Islands as the nation’s “most important bottom line”.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, Yang Yujun, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry, dismissed international criticism of China’s policies in the South China Sea, claiming the work was the same as building roads and homes on mainland China and that it would benefit “the whole of international society”.
“From the perspective of sovereignty, there is absolutely no difference”, he said, adding that “some external countries are also busy meddling in South China Sea affairs”.

©CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS/Spot Images/IHS 1535921, first published by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
Analysts say neither Washington nor Beijing appear to be in the mood to back down and that there is a serious risk of a minor incident in airspace around the islands escalating rapidly.
“I think the concern has to be that China misjudges the situation”, said Robert Dujarric, director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at the Japan campus of Temple University.
“Neither party wants a war if it can be avoided, but there are red lines for both sides”, he said. “I worry whether Beijing considers the US to be a declining power and assumes that Washington will back down if it shoots down a US observation aircraft”.

Washington chose to “de-escalate” a major crisis that blew up after a Chinese fighter collided with a US Navy intelligence-gathering aircraft off Hainan Island in April 2001.
However, Prof. Dujarric said there would be a different response if a similar incident were to occur in what Washington insists is international air space over the South China Sea.
Recent developments have provoked new concerns in the region, with Ma Ying-jeou, the president of Taiwan, calling for the different nations laying claim to the South China Sea to put their differences aside and carry out joint development of natural resources.

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As long suspected, Barack Hussein Obama has been supporting the creation of an Islamic State even before there was ISIS

By Shoebat Foundation on May 24, 2015 in General
By BI: DECLASSIFIED 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document reveals: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”
Levant Report On Monday, May 18, the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch published a selection of formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department through a federal lawsuit.
While initial mainstream media reporting is focused on the White House’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack, a much “bigger picture” admission and confirmation is contained in one of the Defense Intelligence Agency documents circulated in 2012: that an ‘Islamic State’ is desired in Eastern Syria to effect the West’s policies in the region.

Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”.
The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012, was circulated widely among various government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, DHS, NGA, State Dept., and many others.

The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset.
While a number of analysts and journalists have documented long ago the role of western intelligence agencies in the formation and training of the armed opposition in Syria, this is the highest level internal U.S. intelligence confirmation of the theory that western governments fundamentally see ISIS as their own tool for regime change in Syria. The document matter-of-factly states just that scenario.

Forensic evidence, video evidence, (see below) as well as recent admissions of high-level officials involved (see former Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford’s admissions here and here), have since proven the State Department and CIA’s material support of ISIS terrorists on the Syrian battlefield going back to at least 2012 and 2013 (for a clear example of “forensic evidence”: see UK-based Conflict Armament Research’s report which traced the origins of Croatian anti-tank rockets recovered from ISIS fighters back to a Saudi/CIA joint program via identifiable serial numbers).

In interview footage from the Eretz Zen video, the U.S. “key man” Okaidi, through which U.S. assistance flowed, also praises ISIS and Al-Qaeda as the FSA’s “brothers”. The video further shows Okaidi proudly declaring that al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda in Syria) makes up ten percent of the FSA.

McCain praised the “brave fighters” who actually were the leaders of ISIS on his “secret” trip there. al-Baghdadi is circled in red
In truth the “Free Syrian Army” was from the beginning but a “branding” construct created by western and Gulf governments. Men like Okaidi were marketed to the world as the “face” of the Syrian opposition, but in reality served as conduits of covert support for more effective fighting forces like ISIS and al-Nusra Front.
It must be remembered, as the video so clearly documents, that Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was the State Department’s top man giving public and material support to commanders like Okaidi and his ISIS and Nusra fighters.
More recently the UK-based “Conflict Armament Research” documented U.S. weapons recovered from ISIS by Kurdish groups operating in Iraq. The Washington Post reports (9/7/14):

The Washington Post fails to remind its readers that the weapons originated through a CIA program—a program which resulted not in arming so-called “moderates”—but in the arming, as early photographs of the program’s beneficiaries prove, of ISIS and other terrorists.
The newly released DIA report makes the following summary points concerning “ISI” (in 2012 “Islamic State in Iraq,”) and the soon to emerge ISIS:
• – Al-Qaeda drives the opposition in Syria
• – The West identifies with the opposition
• – The establishment of a nascent Islamic State became a reality only with the rise of the Syrian insurgency (there is no mention of U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq as a catalyst for Islamic State’s rise, which is the contention of innumerable politicians and pundits; see section 4.D. below)
• – The establishment of a “Salafist Principality” in Eastern Syria is “exactly” what the external powers supporting the opposition want (identified as “the West, Gulf Countries, and Turkey”) in order to weaken the Assad government
• – “Safe havens” are suggested in areas conquered by Islamic insurgents along the lines of the Libyan model (which translates to so-called no-fly zones as a first act of ‘humanitarian war’; see 7.B.)
• – Iraq is identified with “Shia expansion” (8.C)
• – A Sunni “Islamic State” could be devastating to “unifying Iraq” and could lead to “the renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into Iraqi Arena.”

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In Congress: New Bill Requires Mandatory Childhood Vaccine Schedule

Bill seeks to force states into full compliance
by Robert Harrington
Posted on May 17, 2015
The U.S. Congress is now entertaining legislation which will make mandatory childhood vaccination schedules currently prescribed by the CDC. The way of enforcing this new and stricter regime is by tying compliance directly to federal funding.
From the bill:
“REQUIREMENT.—For a State or a political subdivision or other public entity of a State to be eligible to receive a grant under this section, the applicant shall demonstrate to the Secretary’s satisfaction that, subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the State requires each student enrolled in one of the State’s public elementary schools or public secondary schools to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”
Should this legislation pass, it will make it virtually impossible for parents to opt out their children from the aggressive childhood schedules, regardless of the reason. Up until now, there have been exemptions granted for a variety of good reasons. Religious and philosophical exemptions are chief among those which have produced an immediate release for those children attending public school.
What is particularly puzzling is that children are reacting to the ingredients in vaccines with greater frequency. Nevertheless, doctors rarely if ever test their pediatric patients for allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances to the various proven toxins and contaminants put in vaccines.
It would seem reasonable that the undeveloped and fragile bodies of newborn infants and young children would prompt the medical authorities to err on the side of caution. In fact, there is always a rush to vaccinate in spite of the complete lack of qualifying each baby or young child as a candidate for these potentially illness-causing vaccines. Family histories alone would provide a good starting point in trying to determine the likelihood of an adverse reaction.

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US Government Actively Trains To Round-Up And Destroy Christians, Resisters – The Purge Of God From The Military Was Lead-In To War Against Americans

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

AUTHOR’S NOTE – The prophecy shown at the end of the article regarding our military’s war against Christians was written before it began in earnest and wasn’t on anyones radar at the time, so it is a timely reminder and message to members of the military.

Before Jade Helm and other disturbing military exercises, along with the documentation of massive military movement across the country started topping the headlines, many believe there was an orchestrated effort to take God and/or men of faith from the military in order to facilitate the US declaring war on its own citizens, specifically those of faith.

PHASE ONE – THE MILITARY PURGE

Since 2009 when Barack Obama took office there has been an unprecedented amount of high level military members who have been “purged” from the armed forces, with veterans Speaking out about what is happening, shown in the specific quotes below, via End Of The American Dream website:

Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely: “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.” (Source)

Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: “There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.” (Source)

Retired Army Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin: “Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.” (Source)

Retired Navy Captain Joseph John: “I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.” (Source)

Phase one was about getting rid of any high level military member that would get in the way of the ultimate endgame strategy.
PHASE TWO- PURGING GOD AND FAITH FROM THE MILITARY

Faith is also under an all-out attack within the military with Chaplains threatened for promoting Christian beliefs, specific religious beliefs being termed “extremist,” and the military “environment” being called “hostile” to Christians.

“People of faith are going to stay away from the military,” said Mr. Berry in an interview with The Washington Times.

“I can’t tell you how many moms and dads I’ve spoken to who say, ‘My son or daughter wants to join the military, [but] in light of what you’ve described, I’m not sure I want to let them join the military anymore,’ and I don’t blame them. I would have serious reservations about my own kids joining,” Mr. Berry said.

Douglas Lee, president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, whose job it is to find people who want to be chaplains and make sure they’re also qualified to serve in the military, said growing religious hostility within the military is making it harder for him to find potential recruits and for the armed forces to maintain the chaplains it does have.

“I know people who get out, officers and chaplains, who’ve said, ‘I can’t serve the way I want to in this environment,’” said Mr. Lee, who also served as an Army chaplain. “People who’ve said, ‘Because of the religious liberty challenges I see, I think I’ll serve somewhere else.’”

In September 2014 USA Today and many news outlets reported that the Air Force officially withdrew the requirement “that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with “so help me God,” to appease atheists.

To understand why that particular change is so concerning to those of faith, people must understand that the first military oath under the Constitution was approved by Act of Congress 29 September 1789 and while minor changes have been made since then, historically the “so help me God,” has been part of the oath.

The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

Phase one and two appear to be specifically geared toward removing faith from the military, but subsequent actions show the systematic removals and discouragement were only part of the orchestrated plan.

PHASE THREE – TARGETING RELIGION

When the initial reports were published showing that certain training materials used at a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania listed Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism and even “Islamophobia” as examples of “religious extremism, along side of groups like Ku Klux Klan, Hamas and al-Qaeda, the initial reaction was disbelief, with the Army instantly pushing back saying this wasn’t “official” training material, but when seen in light of the aforementioned points, shows a chilling and insidious agenda being implemented.

It gets worse though as we see that not only is the US government labeling religious groups, along with the conservatives, constitutionalists, preppers, survivalists and others, as extremists and greater threats than the terror group ISIS, but according to a AC-130U Aerial Gunner in AFSOC, posted by Steve Quayle in October 2013 in his SQ alerts, warns that for training purposes, Churches are used as “Enemy Headquarters.”

Picture this: at 9,000 feet in a 30 degree-bank orbit, an AC-130 Gunshipwith firepower enough to handle most any Close Air Support (CAS) Call forFire tasking is above any town USA. Along with a simulated stack of a UAVat 6 to 7,000 feet, and a fast mover over top.

I will try to give you a feel for the mission execution: Pattern is(Simulated) cleared, and we have clearance to go HOT over the target (unless we have a Kill Box, then it is open season). First simulated round of 105MM HEI is sent through the roof of the building, this stirs the enemy, and soon their running in every direction. Time to go DTA (Dual Target Attack) mode, with 105’s still addressing the building structure, we then (simulate) bring the No. 1.(25MM) or No. 2 (40MM) gun on line to assist to eliminating any IR signatures that are (simulated) running out the doors and windows. I will let you fill in the rest.

Everything during the event during a Dry-Fire mission is simulated..No live rounds ever get chambered or move towards the guns. What I want to make you aware of is our use of Churches as Enemy Headquarters. Could it be that leadership is desensitizing us (Special Ops crews) the Quiet Professionals in possible future missions in firing on “Churches”? There might be nothing to this training, but I thought you might want to see if your sources might know.

Barack Obama has stated publicly that “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” he has mocked the bible and let us not forget before he was ever elected, he referred to people in small towns as clinging to their “guns and religion,” as a way to explain their frustrations. (SEE – Contrast Barack Obama’s Quotes About Islam With His Quotes About Christianity)

Christianity is under attack across the globe but what many do not understand is that it is also under attack here in the US, within the military, within the court system and by the Obama administration and as we see Christians being slaughtered around the world, this is what many believe is coming to America as well.

ANP was reminded earlier, via email, of Obama’s open border policies where terrorist groups have openly stated they are eyeing the open border to into America, as well as thousands of Muslim, Syrian refugees are being imported by the Obama admin into cities all across America. (SEE – With Christians On Chopping Block, 190 US Cities Secretly Selected To Help Destroy America From Within – Is Your City On ‘The List’?)

This is especially noteworthy because interviews with smugglers provide evidence that ISIS members and other terrorists are hiding within those refugees.

If you look to the recent news on Christians being slaughtered across the globe, you will note they are being murdered by Islamic extremists, which is why our source tells us “Imagine the blood bath as Christians are dis-armed” while “armed and trained Muslims are turned loose on the surviving dis-armed Christians.”

Former SNL star and actress Victoria Jackson has a must-read article titled “Obama Hates Christianity,” with line items that include examples of Obama’s hostility toward people of biblical faith, acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of biblical faith and hostility toward biblical values.

Those examples include, but are not limited to:

November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.

October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.

May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.

April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.

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May 2013 – An Air Force officer was actually made to remove a personal Bible from his own desk because it “might” appear that he was condoning the particular religion to which he belonged.

November 2011 – Even while restricting and disapprobating Christian religious expressions, the Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans at the Air Force Academy.

June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.
January 2010 – Because of “concerns” raised by the Department of Defense, tiny Bible verse references that had appeared for decades on scopes and gunsights were removed.

June 2013 – The U. S. Air Force, in consultation with the Pentagon, removed an inspirational painting that for years has been hanging at Mountain Home Air Force Base because its title was “Blessed Are The Peacemakers” — a phrase from Matthew 5:9 in the Bible.

In the first video below the article Judge Jeanine Pirro discusses Obama’s anti-Christian, pro-Islamic comments at the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2015, saying they were so revealing that after six years, she’s finally figured the Democrat president out. (Via TPNN)

PHASE FOUR – DESENSITIZING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE US MILITARY TO FIRE ON AMERICANS

Desensitize definition, Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “1: to make (a sensitized or hypersensitive individual) insensitive or nonreactive to a sensitizing agent; 2: to make emotionally insensitive or callous; specifically : to extinguish an emotional response (as of fear, anxiety, or guilt) to stimuli that formerly induced it

Friday’s ANP article by Stefan Stanford titled “Jade Helm: Training To Kill Mom And Take Over Our Towns,” is the perfect example of how law enforcement and the US military are being desensitized to enable them to consider shooting at American citizens if ordered to. The article described recent targets being used by Marines in training exercises, one of which is described as “soccer mom,” showing a woman with manicured nails and a wedding ring holding a weapon. According to this Marine Corps press release, this “realistic military training” exercise occurred in February 2015.

This is reminiscent of 2013 reports, discussed in an ANP article from March 2015, where targets of pregnant women, elderly and children were being used by law enforcement to represent who should be considered a “threat.” Those targets were removed after a public outcry, but the the February Marine training shows that those types of targets are still being used.

We consistently see denials about whether the US military would follow orders, if given, to fire on Americans and it is easy to understand the visceral reaction to that thought. Understand that many would not, will not, and are remaining in a position, deliberately, in order to be in the right place, at the right time, to stand with Americans.

Others though, may not stand with Americans.

Consider the recent reports that illegal immigrants will be allowed to join the US military, or reports that Chinese and Russia troops have been allowed to train on US soil for the “first time in history,” during the Obama administration.

Via ANP in March 2015:

In August 2013 it was reported that 15,000 Russian troops were requested by the Obama administration for a “training” exercise on US soil to “assist FEMA” during emergencies and disasters. That followed May 2012 news of Russian troops carrying out “joint anti-terrorism drills in America, with Huffington Post stating it marked the “fist time Russians have trained on US soil.”

It is noteworthy that both China and Russia are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to which the Obama administration signed away America’s sovereignty to, meaning the UN could request both Chinese and Russian troops invade the US in order to disarm gun owners, using the “small arms and light weapons” language which is part of the UN treaty on arms regulations, shown above.

FINAL PHASE OF PREPARATION – JADE HELM, MILITARY MOVEMENT AND OTHER TRAINING EXERCISES

In a recent chronology of Jade Helm related ANP articles, we have seen the evolution of information, with the most crucial bullet points from all those articles provided in a follow up piece, but what that evolution of information shows is the US government is preparing for something huge, some event that will require military intervention here on US soil, whether that event occurs during the July to September Jade Helm exercises, or whether these types of training exercises are just the final phase of preparation for a planned event at a future date, is unknown, but there is no doubt whatsoever that ‘something” is coming and the government is preparing for it.

If the information provided above is indicative of a long-term orchestrated plan, then this “event” whether it is an economic collapse, an EMP attack that would knock out our grids, cause food shortages and riots, an attack from a foreign entity or even a false flag event, will include massive civil unrest or the military, at the behest and under the first orders from the White House, would not be preparing for the “round-up” of US citizens and destruction of Christians. They also wouldn’t be preparing and actively practicing on targets of “soccer mom,” or armed troops conducting drills by “chasing down unruly citizens inside a mock internment camp while role players chant for food and water,” as they did in Arizona last month.

CLERGY RESPONSE TEAMS

Unfortunately even members of the clergy have actively been enlisted to “quell public unrest if martial law is ever declared,” showing this long term prep has been going on far longer than just the last 6-7 years and that many in the pulpit have will actively betray their congregations.

BOTTOM LINE

Whatever it is that is coming, the government has been planning for it for years, which is why many believe it will be an orchestrated event and in looking at the timeline of the military purge to the attempt to remove religion and God from the military, to the targeting and labeling of US citizens to Jade Helm and other exercises being conducted not on government land, but all across America, listing some states as “hostile,” – there is logic in that belief because it does appear that the US government is actively preparing to wage war on its citizens.

FINAL NOTE TO THE MILITARY

I have pointed this out before, but this message for the military, given to Steve Quayle before Jade Helm was even exposed, is critical and can be found on his prophecy pages, dated February 11, 2011:

Prophecy given to Steve Quayle – February 6, 2011

Hear oh land of the broken covenant for I have a controversy with America!

TO THE PENTAGON

I am against your plans to make war against my people and my land. Is it a small thing in your eyes for you to make war against me saith the Lord? You trust in the technology of the “Fallen Ones” and the hidden and secret weapons that you believe will keep you safe. Has it not dawned on you that as you study in your war colleges that betrayal and destruction have come from traitors within and armies without?

The son of perdition has been a liar since the beginning of time, and as all empires before you have fallen, littering in the pages of history so is yours. Your lives in an instant will flash before you. Repent and turn away from your evil schemes. Just as Judas sold my son Jesus out for thirty pieces of silver, so you have sold me out, For it is I the Living God who gave you the victories over your foreign enemies when you sought to preserve that which was Just. Are you so deceived and seduced that you cannot see the illuminated ones will utterly consume you and their promises will fail to give you your expected outcome?

TO THE GATE OPENERS

I ask you a simple question. Who do you think bound the demons and the fallen angels,, that you seek so feverishly to loose in the first place? For it was I, the Living God out of the love for my creation (mankind) that bound them at the first time and will seal them in chains the final time. The promise of eternal life apart from me will not deliver you from my wrath and my judgments. And now I say, to my generals, colonels, and captains and all of those who still call themselves by my name-to the fighting men and women let not your heart’s be troubled. For I will strip the veneer off those who feign to serve me so you can see the evil one’s plans behind those who send you to your death. The time is at hand that you will have to do what I have put in your heart to do. You will have to resist the orders that have been given to you to destroy your brethren with all that is within your reach. I will lay out my plans clearly before you in dreams and visions and Holy Angelic encounters. For I the Lord will protect and provide for your families as you seek me in prayer and fasting and seek me with all your hearts.

 

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Jade Helm: Americans fear federal control of states

‘Some concerned U.S. Army preparing for modern-day martial law’
Published: 16 hours ago
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The U.S. military has told WND that to allay fears and minimize concerns over a massive military training operation scheduled across much of America’s Southwest this summer, officials have met with local governments and briefed them.
And they say that it’s a combination of “inaccurate” information and “personal agendas” that is whipping up fears.
But it appears the message isn’t getting across, since a new poll shows nearly half of voters are concerned Washington “will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states.”
And one voter in five is “very concerned.”
The results come from Rasmussen Reports, which surveyed 1,000 likely voters May 7-10.
The polling company asked whether the government’s military training plan is an infringement of the rights of citizens, whether the respondent favors or opposes those exercises in their state, and how concerned are they over whether Washington “will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states.”
The training exercises this summer have been named Jade Helm 15, and WND reported when the concerns moved well beyond the fringe frets over black helicopters and secret prison sites.
That was when Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, released a statement responding to constituents’ worries about Jade Helm 15, an exercise in six states involving thousands of military personnel on public and even private land.
“Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015. This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law,” Gohmert said.
“Certainly, I can understand these concerns. When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned.
“We have seen people working in this administration use their government positions to persecute people with conservative beliefs in God, country, and notions such as honor and self-reliance. Because of the contempt and antipathy for the true patriots or even Christian saints persecuted for their Christian beliefs, it is no surprise that those who have experienced or noticed such persecution are legitimately suspicious.”
Jade Helm is getting a lot of attention for several reasons, including the fact that the military has designated for purposes of its exercise several mostly Republican regions as “hostile” territories.
“Having served in the U.S. Army, I can understand why military officials have a goal to see if groups of Special Forces can move around a civilian population without being noticed and can handle various threat scenarios,” Gohmert wrote. “In military science classes or in my years on active duty, I have participated in or observed military exercises; however, we never named an existing city or state as a ‘hostile.’ We would use fictitious names before we would do such a thing.
“Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution. When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in ‘hostile’ control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious.”
Rasmussen found only 16 percent are opposed to such military training, and another 19 percent are undecided.
Just 21 percent believe the government’s decision to conduct military training exercises in some states is an infringement on the rights of the citizens in those states and 62 percent disagree. Sixteen percent are not sure.
But the poll found 45 percent of voters are concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states, with 19 percent who are “very concerned.”
Among voters who oppose military exercises in their state, 82 percent are “concerned that the federal government has greater control in mind,” the poll said.
Not surprising, Rasmussen reported, since “62 percent of Americans believe there is too much government power and too little individual freedom in the United States today.”
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent confidence level.
Rasmussen said that just 20 percent of voters “now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty.”
Sixty percent see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead. Only 19 percent trust the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time.
“Most voters across virtually every demographic category favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their home state. Majorities generally agree, too, that the government’s decision to hold such exercises is not an infringement on anyone’s rights,” Rasmussen said.
“But 56 percent of conservative voters are concerned that the training exercises will lead to greater federal control over some states,” the report said. Forty-two percent of moderates and 33 percent of liberal voters have some level of concern.
“A plurality (47 percent) of all voters continues to believe the federal government has too much influence over state governments, but that’s down from 56 percent five years ago. Fifty-four percent (54 percent) think states should have the right to opt out of federal government programs that they don’t agree with, but only 24 percent feel states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials disagree with them.”
WND also reported when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order to the Texas State Guard to oversee any activities in his state to ensure that Texans’ “safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”
“By monitoring the operation on a continual basis, the State Guard will facilitate communications between my office and the commanders of the operation to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect Texans,” he told Maj. Gen. Gerald Betty, commander of the Texas State Guard.
“Directing the State Guard to monitor the operation will allow Texas to be informed of the details of military personnel movements and training exercise schedules, and it will give us the ability to quickly and effectively communicate with local communities, law enforcement, public safety personnel and citizens.”
U.S. Army Special Operations Command officials responded to some of WND’s questions about the issue, stating in writing that the exercise is to train Special Operations Force to respond to an international crisis.
Officials said the troops need to train in areas that are not inside military bases.
“Different environments provide opportunities to experience new and unique training experiences,” the Army said. “These environments add realism and greater training value for U.S Special Operations Forces.”
Local officials have been briefed, the Army said.
But officials declined to answer whether it is unreasonable for Americans to be concerned about a government that takes away rights to oppose abortion and follow biblical standards for marriage, for example.
There have been two general responses: those from conservatives who doubt Washington is telling the whole story and from liberals poking fun at conservatives.
Among the former is Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who told Bloomberg.com he’s been trying to get answers from the Pentagon.
“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise. We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”
CNN quoted Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren, who said: “Jade Helm is a long planned and coordinated exercise. We are not taking over anything.

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Worst drought in 1200 years drains America’s biggest reservoir

IF CALIFORNIA’S prolonged dry spell is eventually recognized as a mega drought, no one can say we weren’t warned. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US, has hit its lowest level ever. Feeding California, Nevada and Arizona, it can hold a mind-boggling 35 cubic kilometers of water. But it has been many years since it was at capacity, and the situation is only getting worse.
“We’re only at 38 per cent full. Lake Mead hasn’t been this low since we were filling it in the 1930s,” said a spokeswoman for the US Bureau of Reclamation in Las Vegas.
If it gets much lower – and with summer approaching and a dwindling snowpack available to replenish it, that looks likely – official rationing will begin for Arizona and Nevada. The hydroelectric output of the Hoover dam (below), to which the lake owes its existence, could also suffer. Water restrictions are already in place in California, but some hydrologists say rationing there must start soon to avert disaster.
A drought must last at least two decades to be considered a megadrought. California’s dry spell isn’t quite there yet – it has endured for 15 years – but has already been classed as the worst drought of the last 1200 years.

 

Lake Mead

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Billy Graham’s daughter issues ‘Mayday’

Urges prayer and fasting since ‘judgment is coming and it’s going to be ugly’
Published: 17 hours ago
The daughter of America’s most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, says God is “clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America, and it’s going to be ugly.”
So, Ann Graham Lotz is calling on Americans to participate in a “Mayday” time of prayer and intercession May 15-23.
She hopes to “delay or soften God’s judgment that is coming on America and our world” and urge the Holy Spirit to “compel the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God.”
Lotz’s warnings are startlingly specific.
In a recent message on her website, she said she believes Jesus “is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him in what is referred to as The Rapture.”
“Institutions will collapse. Banks will close,” Lotz wrote. “The stock market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. Families will be torn apart.
“In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger … judgment.”
The Family Research Council is among the Christian groups promoting the prayer campaign. FRC Chaplain Pierre Bynum wrote, “Please take Anne’s call to heart.”
Lotz is not alone in expecting divine judgment against the United States in years or even months to come.
Joel Richardson, author of “When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God,” agrees it is time for Americans to repent.
Richardson told WND: “I do believe the United States may very well be on the brink of judgment. No doubt, the church should pay heed to the warnings of voices such as Anne Graham Lotz or Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. There is no question that now is the moment for the nation to turn to its Creator with prayer and fasting.
“Yet it is important to state that God does not want to chastise this nation, He does not take pleasure in bringing calamity. The Lord’s desire is always that we choose to repent on our own. But in the same way that any good parent will discipline their children in the hopes of training them to do what is right, so also will God discipline nations for the purpose of awakening them and causing them to turn back to Himself.”
Among the reasons Lotz gives for her urgency in declaring a time of prayer and fasting is the “Blood Moons” phenomenon discovered by pastor Mark Biltz.
Lotz says one of the purposes of the “Mayday” event is to “claim God our Father’s promise of an outpouring of His Spirit in these days following three blood moons and a total solar eclipse: I will pour out my Spirit in those days. … The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Joel 2:29, 31.”
Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” agrees, declaring America “is facing an ugly judgment time.”
And while no one can say for sure when such a time could arrive, Biltz cautions, he believes it “could be this year or definitely by the end of next year.”
However, Biltz warns against “overkill” in making specific predictions about “planes falling from the sky” or the imminence of the rapture. That said, Biltz welcomes the “Mayday” prayer event.
“Praying and fasting is always a good idea. This time frame is good, especially on May 17th, which is Jerusalem Day,” he told WND.
Biltz believes America has invited judgment because of its foreign policy regarding the Jewish state of Israel.
“God’s judgment will come on America because of our treatment of Israel and being at the forefront of dividing the land of Israel by pushing for a two-state solution,” he said. “And all of this is in the light of the Blood Moons as well.
“Americans should be fasting and praying and interceding as Abraham did before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
But Carl Gallups, pastor, radio host and author of the end-times bestseller “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” says America is already becoming like those doomed cities.
“I am frequently asked if God’s judgment is really getting ready to fall upon America,” he said. “My answer is that it has already begun! Most Americans don’t want to hear that answer. But the facts are staring us in the face. There is already a monumental moral collapse taking place in America.
“Because God has been removed from our schools and our culture, we can see the tangible results of this kind of anti-Christian thinking. Americans feel free to kill our babies for convenience, declare biblical marriage is no longer valid, encourage our children to engage in premarital sex, and persuade our culture to indulge all manner of deviant sexual behaviors. Once you go far enough down this path, a society will grow to hate the Word of God and the people of God who hold to that foundation. We are now there … and the tide continues to rise,” he said.
“Yes – the judgment of God is already falling upon America. But, I agree with Anne Graham Lotz and her biblically bold proclamation, ‘The worst is yet to come and it’s going to be ugly.’”
Gallups says prayer and moral renewal are the only solutions Americans can pursue to cure the deep rot that lies within its culture.
“A large number of Americans mistakenly believe that we can correct our problems solely through the political process. We always hear, ‘If we could only get the right leaders.’ But our problems go far deeper than the political makeup of Washington, D.C.,” he said.
“The real problem is that a moral collapse is destroying the framework and foundations of the national heritage. If that collapse continues without an intervention of national repentance and a societal turning back to our Judeo-Christian roots – it will destroy us.
“I so wish that repairing our broken moral walls were as easy as ‘switching out political leaders.’ But it is the heart of America that needs cleansing first – the rest will follow. America doesn’t need more patriotism at this point in our history – it needs more repentance – we need to turn back to a reverence for God and His Son, Jesus Christ.”
For that reason, Richardson urges Christians to be especially fervent during this critical time. And he cautions believers that if judgment truly is forthcoming, it will center on those who call themselves Christians.
“If the Lord should chastise this nation, He will begin with the house of God. Today there are very popular preachers who claim that all judgment was poured out on Christ on the cross and therefore He would never judge a nation. Such is the logic of the serpent in the garden. It is an absolute perversion of what the Scriptures actually teach,” he said.
“Truly the people have accumulated teachers around themselves who tickle their ears and say what they want to hear. Of course, God poured out his wrath on His own Son in order that anyone can receive His free gift of forgiveness. But that forgiveness begins with repentance. When we refuse to repent, we shut ourselves off from the grace of God.
“Now the moment for this nation to repent? But it must begin with the people of God. It’s time for the church to return to all that they were called to be: A prayerful, evangelistic community that truly functions as salt and light.”

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