Signs of the Times -4

2008 - 2009

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"...nation will rise against nation....  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:7


"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good...  lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God... And from such people turn away!" 2 Timothy 3:1-14


"...false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Matthew 24:24


"... no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark ..." Revelation 13:16-17

December 2009

Iran Test-Fires Its Longest-Range Missile: "Iran announced Wednesday it has successfully test fired an upgraded version of its longest-range, solid-fuel missile which it said is faster and harder to shoot down.... The Sajjil-2 is a two-stage missile with a range of about 1,200 miles. That range places Israel, Iran's sworn enemy, well within reach and reaches as far away as southeastern Europe with greater precision than earlier models."

A tale of two walls: "Egypt is building a huge metal wall along its border with the Gaza Strip to cut down on smuggling and penetration by terrorists. When it is finished in 18 months, the super-strength steel wall that cannot be cut or melted will be about seven miles long and extend 60 feet below the ground to inhibit tunnel-digging. It is said to be impenetrable – however, no one doubts that smugglers and terrorists won't try to burrow beneath it.... I have heard not one word of protest from the international community about this wall. Contrast this mute non-reaction to the tales of woe sung when the Israelis built similar security fences to protect its civilians from terrorist attacks from Palestinian Authority territories. That fence, now proven overwhelmingly effective in cutting down terrorist violence, was roundly and bitterly condemned and protested – with comparisons to the Berlin Wall and even Nazi concentration camps. That wall was protested by the major powers in Europe and the U.S. government."

Man arrested with daughter for allegedly praying on Temple Mount: "Police on Wednesday detained an Israeli man and his daughter for a few hours after they ascended the Temple Mount and began to pray at the contested holy site.... David Kirschenbaum told The Jerusalem Post he went up to the mount with his daughter on the day before her wedding, in order to take in the holiest site in Judaism." See next link:

Obama administration 'assures Jewish evacuation'... giving Temple Mount to Palestinians: "Members of the Obama administration recently assured the Palestinian Authority that most Jewish communities in the strategic West Bank will be evacuated." See Jerusalem

World Bank gives Palestinian Authority $64 million: "Bank says goal of donation is to boost Fayyad's plan to set up institutions for a state within two years." See Map of vast Islamic lands vs. tiny Israel

November 2009

Obama sends haji... greetings to Muslims: "President Barack Obama sent greetings Wednesday on behalf of the United States to pilgrims performing the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia, and to Muslims worldwide celebrating the Eid-ul-Adha holiday. 'The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world's major religions,' read a White House statement. 'On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season -- Eid Mubarak,' Obama said, using a traditional Muslim greeting." See Deceptive alliances

A U.N. critic has her credentials stripped: "Anne Bayefsky. The Toronto native is an expert on human-rights law and an accredited United Nations observer. She is also a friend of Israel, which makes her persona non grata.... Ms. Bayefsky's sin was a two-minute talk she delivered at the U.N. earlier this month after the General Assembly had issued a resolution endorsing the Goldstone Report, which levels war crimes charges at Israel for defending itself in the face of Hamas's rockets.

      "'The resolution doesn't mention the word Hamas,' she said. 'This is a resolution that purports to be even-handed; it is anything but.' Ms. Bayefsky's comments were the only note of criticism on a day otherwise marked by much U.N. jubilation. Whereupon she was summarily stripped of her U.N. badge and evicted from the premises.

     "'The Palestinian ambassador is very upset by your statement,' ... the U.N. security chief told her. Journalist Matthew Russell Lee tells us that he heard the ambassador asking whether U.N. security had 'captured' Ms. Bayefsky....

     "...the U.N. continues to bar Ms. Bayefsky from the premises, despite calls on her behalf by the U.S. mission and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Best-case scenario, one U.N. insider tells us, is that 'they'll put her on probation.' We hear the U.N.'s NGO accreditation committee, chaired by Sudan, will likely make the final decision. Meanwhile, a committee of the General Assembly recently passed a resolution on the so-called defamation of religion. 'Everyone has the right to hold opinions without interference, and has the right to freedom of expression, the exercise of which carries with it special duties and responsibilities and may therefore be subject to limitations,' it says.

      "'Without interference' yet 'subject to limitations.' Orwell should be living now."

The Reality of Middle East Anti-Semitism: "'The scale and extremism of the [anti-Semitic] literature and commentary available in Arab or Muslim newspapers, journals, magazines, caricatures, on Islamist websites, on the Middle Eastern radio and TV news, in documentaries, films, and educational materials, is comparable only to that of Nazi Germany at its worst.'... Yet the Western world largely turns a blind eye to the likely genocidal consequences of such a culture of hatred, much as it did 70 years ago."

Israel, the U.S. and the Goldstone Report: "The U.N.'s Human Rights Council (HRC) voted overwhelmingly on Friday to endorse the recommendations of the lopsidedly anti-Israel Goldstone Report....But by attempting to criminalize Israel's strategy of crippling Hamas, the report in effect declared the entire antiterrorism campaign to be a war crime. ....The HRC resolution endorsing the report's recommendations repeatedly lacerated Israel, leading Mr. Goldstone himself to cringe, saying he was 'saddened' the resolution contained 'not a single phrase condemning Hamas as we have done in the report.'"

Israeli Navy Seizes Ship Allegedly Carrying 60 Tons of Missiles Wednesday: "Israeli commandos seized a ship Wednesday that defense officials said was carrying more than 60 tons of missiles, rockets and anti-tank weapons bound for Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.... Israeli defense officials said weapons including anti-tank missiles and Katyusha rockets were stashed on a commercial vessel operating under the guise of an aid ship, captained by a Pole and flying an Antiguan flag." See Jerusalem

Israel Official Says Hamas Rockets Can Reach Tel Aviv: "The Islamic Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip can now launch rockets capable of reaching the Israeli metropolitan area of Tel Aviv.... Hamas is receiving support from Iran, which is using the Islamic movement to increase its influence in the region.... In 2008, some 3,300 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel."

October 2009

The Return of Israel's Existential Dread...Israelis brace themselves for war with Iran: "A map of Israel is divided by color into six regions, each symbolized by an upbeat drawing: a smiling camel in the Negev desert, a skier in the Golan Heights. In fact, each region signifies the amount of time residents will have to seek shelter from an impending missile attack. If you live along the Gaza border, you have 15 seconds after the siren sounds. Jerusalemites get a full three minutes. ...along the Lebanese and Syrian borders, the color red designates 'immediate entry into a shelter.'...

     "If Israel were to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, Tehran's two terrorist allies on our borders—Hezbollah and Hamas—would acks against the Israeli home front."

Fighting the Lies [is] Harder Than Fighting the War: "Israel's enemies certainly seek to terrorize and demoralize Israel. But the more important campaign — which is gaining traction — is to delegitimize her and to brand Israel's self-defense as a war crime....

     "Consider the assessment of Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan.... 'During Operation Cast Lead, the IDF [Israel] did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare. Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.'

     "What army has offered 48 hours notice to its enemies of planned operations? Israel did so, dropping 2 million leaflets in advance of army movements. Twenty-four hours before the IDF moved on a suspected terrorist site, the army phoned civilians to warn them to evacuate. There were 100,000 calls. And five minutes before an operation began, the IDF sent out text messages. The calls and messages contained not just warnings, but instructions on which roads were safe to take and which schools or other buildings could be used for shelter. In the midst of the conflict, hundreds of trucks brought food, water, and medical supplies to Gaza. ...

     "The more intolerable injustice is the world's embrace of the lies and calumnies now peddled by the same people who sent those kids into the streets in a war zone."

Temple Mount riots part of Arab agenda? "Today's Islamic riots on the Temple Mount may be more about internal Palestinian politics and regional negotiation strategy and less about any so-called Jewish threat to the holy site.... The riots are being directly incited by the Palestinian Authority, whose official media outlets and institutions have been stoking Arab flames the past few weeks by claiming right-wing extremist Jews are attempting to threaten the Al Aqsa mosque – a decades-old blood libel that should be easily dismissible in light of heavy Israeli restrictions on Jews and Christians from ascending the Mount during most hours of the day....

       [Yet] Official PA television and radio have been calling on Muslims to 'storm' the Al Aqsa Mosque to 'protect' the site from 'Jewish threat.'....Today's clashes had all the trappings of a pre-planned PA campaign. ... The Jerusalem police revealed today they have film of several Muslim youth preparing the unrest by gathering rocks and pouring oil onto the ground to foil security forces. The PA is not just inciting violence; its officials also are assisting the riots..." Sounds a little like Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Now Muslims Demand Full Sharia Law [U.K.]: "Muslim group sparked outrage last night as it launched a massive campaign to impose sharia law on Britain. The fanatical group Islam4UK has ­announced plans to hold a potentially ­incendiary rally in London later this month. And it is calling for a complete upheaval of the British legal system, its officials and ­legislation. Members have urged Muslims from all over Britain to converge on the capital on October 31 for a procession to demand the full implementation of sharia law." See Hope, Hate & Human Nature

Iran Threatens Israel: We'll Blast Your Heart Out: "Even if one Zionist or American rocket hits our land,' said Mojtaba Zolnour, 'Iranian rockets will explode in the heart of Israel even before the dust settles.'" See End Time Events

Stop the Campus War Against Israel and the Jews: "...Iran is leading a global movement calling for a second Holocaust — the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth. The Islamic terrorist organizations Hizbollah and Hamas are calling on Muslims to destroy the Jewish state and kill the Jews in those exact words. And on campuses across the United States, radical professors and student groups are lining up to support the genocide....

     "...campuses are adorned with banners in which the Star of David is joined to the swastika by an equal sign.... Pro-jihad groups such as the Muslim Students Association, an organization that supports Hamas and is part of the Muslim Brotherhood network.... chanted 'Death to Israel!' in almost the same breath as 'Death to the Jews!'" Hope, Hate & Human Nature

Revolutionary Anti-Semitism: "'Sometimes I ask myself if Hitler wasn't right when he wanted to finish with that race, through the famous holocaust, because if there are people that are harmful to this country, they are the Jews....' - David Romero Ellner, Executive Director, Radio Globo, Honduras...

     "Meet one of Honduras's most vocal advocates for the return of deposed president Manuel Zelaya to office. He's not your average radio jock. He started in Honduran politics as a radical activist and was one of the founders of the hard-left People's Revolutionary Union, which had links to Honduran terrorists in 1980s.... [H]e has joined Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Mr. Zelaya in targeting Jews.

     "Mr. Chávez has allied himself with Iran to further his ability to rule unchecked in the hemisphere. He hosts Hezbollah terrorists and seeks Iranian help to become a nuclear power. He and his acolytes cement their ties to Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by echoing his anti-Semitic rants....

     "The Honduras debate is not really about Honduras. It is about whether it is possible to stop the spread of chavismo... in Latin America."

MI6 confirms Ahmadinejad's Jewish roots: "MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, has established that the greatest living Holocaust denier, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, comes from a Jewish family....The man who has spent his years in power calling for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth has managed to keep totally secret his family history until now. ... The 52-year-old Iranian president was born in a small house above the family cloth-weaving workshop where he was introduced to the tenets of the [Jewish] faith. They baked their bread for Sabbath, and celebrated all the Jewish festivals. By the age of four his friends were children of a mixture of Hassadin, Orthodox and Marmos Jews. Like his friends he was circumcised. Since Ahmadinejad came to power he has taken extraordinary steps to hide his background as he shocked the world with his calls for Israel to be destroyed."

Hamas children's TV program again calls for the 'slaughter of Jews': All Jews must be "erased from our land," Nassur, a stuffed bear who hosts the weekly program, Tomorrow's Pioneers, on Hamas's Al-Aksa television, explained to a child who called in to a September 22 show. "We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land... we'll have to [do it] by slaughter."

Tehran, Damascus stir up Hamas-Israeli Muslim riots on Temple Mount: "Far from erupting spontaneously, the riots were carefully planned for more than a month in covert contacts between Palestinian Hamas operatives and heads of the Israeli Muslim movement, under the guidance of Syrian and Iranian secret agents. They succeeded in bringing Palestinian Islamists and Israeli Arab radicals together for the first time for a joint violent anti-Israel operation.... Thousands of young Palestinians and Israeli Arabs were quietly spirited into Jerusalem during the weeks before the outbreaks. They were divided into 'platoons' of 150-200 men each and entrusted with watching over al Aqsa around the clock 'to prevent its occupation by settlers, right-wingers and the Israeli police.'"

Iran's missiles are ‘ready to destroy Israel': "Iran warned Israel yesterday that it faces destruction if it attacks the Islamic republic, only hours after Tehran provocatively test-fired missiles capable of hitting targets across the Middle East.... His defiant comments came after Western leaders dismissed a second day of rocket launches by Iran, calling them a "reprehensible" distraction from critical talks this week that will determine whether Tehran is ready to negotiate..."

Clinton Issues Holiday Greetings to Muslims, Not Jews: "Both Jews and Muslims celebrated holidays in September 2009. However, the United States Consulate in Jerusalem – America's representative in Israel's capital – chose to focus entirely on Islam this year, while ignoring the Jewish holidays.... 

    "...America takes care not to recognize Israeli rights in the capital city despite more than 40 years [and its previous history] of sovereignty in the greater Jerusalem area."

September 2009

The Jihadists are Mushrooming Inside America: "It is unprecedented in American counterterrorism annals: in one day, the nation was dealing with three separate jihadist plots to blow up civilian and other targets inside the homeland. Although the cases were addressed at different time periods by the FBI and other agencies, nevertheless, the thickening web of terror attempts breached the crossing line of U.S. national security."

'Ahmadinejad has enough uranium to go whole way': "Senior US official says secret facility is right size to make 'bomb or two a year.'"

Iran to Test-Fire More Missiles That Could Hit Israel, U.S. Bases : After claiming to successfully test-fire two short-range missiles during drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran will test-fire a missile on Monday that could have the capability to hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf region, Reuters reported. The drills are a show of force days after the U.S. and its allies condemned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility..."

Did Obama call on Israel to vacate Temple Mount? "Some members of the Israeli government here reacted angrily to Obama's strongly worded demand... for the creation of a 'viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967.' The term 'occupation' routinely is used by the Palestinians as well as some countries hostile to the Jewish state in reference to Israel's presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem." See Blending facts with useful illusions? Obama's Speech

Iranian president raises stakes against Israel: "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised the stakes against Israel on Friday and called the Holocaust a lie, just as world powers try to decide how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of an Iran in political turmoil. 'The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false ... It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim,' he told worshippers at Tehran University.... 'Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty.'"

Netanyahu: The Land of Israel Will Be Divided: "Netanyahu insisted that the new reality required 'practical solutions'. 'How will the land be divided? Territory-wise, there have been those who predicted the land would be divided according to the 1967 armistice lines, which is not acceptable to me. Israel requires defensible borders.'"...

     [Note from Curt: "'The Land of Israel will be divided', what a prophetic headline! ... [H]ere is a [Bible] passage from Joel.... Joel 3:2: 'I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land."  Pray for Jerusalem

'Gay' man sues Bible publisher for ... 'negative connotation' toward homosexuals: "A homosexual man is suing a third national Bible publisher for 'mental anguish' after he says the company published Bibles with a negative connotation toward homosexuals. Bradley LaShawn Fowler of Canton, Mich., alleges Tyndale House Publishers manipulated Scripture when it published Tyndale's New Living Translation Holy Bible... by using the term 'homosexuals' in a New Testament passage, 1 Corinthians 6:9. 'One Bible dictates homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God, while the other is completely void on the issue altogether,' Fowler wrote in a statement on his blog."

'Crazy Ants' Get Under Skin of Gulf Coast Residents: "Swarms of foreign 'crazy ants' are spreading through Texas and Florida, raising alarms that the tiny, frenetic bugs will rival the fire ants that have ravaged the South.... Although the new pests don't pack the powerful sting of fire ants, scientists say they can do as much damage, killing wildlife and shorting out electrical equipment. Crazy ants have an additional trait that is proving especially irksome: They like to hang out where people live and are difficult to dislodge once they get inside buildings....

     "Called crazy ants because they scramble in all directions... the ants carpet the ground and swarm over anything in their way -- plants, animals or humans. ..the insects have been shorting out electrical sockets, air conditioners and ... floodlights.... Over-the-counter pesticide sprays leave piles of dried corpses that look like drifts of brown sand, but still barely dent the ants' numerous populations."

      Sounds a bit like the Old Testament plagues, doesn't it? More in the next link:

Honeybees face new threat in Texas: 'Crazy' ants: "Beekeepers say the omnivorous ants swarming the hives appear to be less interested in the sweet honey inside than they are in the bee larvae there. And once a hive is decimated, the ants will take over and use it to raise their own young. One beekeeper reported that the ants had destroyed about 100 of his hives in the past year. Aside from the crops they help to pollinate, the bees also produce about 4.9 million pounds of honey a year."

Is new Russian triumvirate a threat? "A strategic triumvirate of Russia, India and Iran appears to be emerging from the turmoil of world tensions and uncertainty.... Anxiety levels are on the rise because of a more assertive Russia challenging a multitude of neighbors.... The scenario raises the unwelcome prospect of a strategic grouping of Russia, India and Iran balanced against the U.S., China and Pakistan." See Deceptive alliances and first news item here: China & Communism

Same Axis, More Evil: " the 'special relationship' is between Iran and North Korea, the two nations which prove daily that the 'axis of evil' idea wasn't just another poor choice of words by George W. Bush."

August 2009

Same Axis, More Evil: " the 'special relationship' is between Iran and North Korea, the two nations which prove daily that the 'axis of evil' idea wasn't just another poor choice of words by George W. Bush."

Claims Jews have no historic tie to Jerusalem: "The Jewish temples never existed, and Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem, declared chief Palestinian justice Sheik Taysir Tamimi.... Tamimi claimed 'all Jewish rabbis and extremist organizations' as well as Netanyahu are lying when they state Jerusalem was a historically Jewish city. He called such claims 'baseless and untrue.' 'Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city and it always has been so,' he said. "

     Note: Hitler's principle of "the big lie" works. There are people who will believe this man because he asserts it so authoritatively.

Palestinian police 'directing traffic in Israel's capital': "Palestinian Authority security forces directed traffic several times this month in the eastern sections of Jerusalem.... Two witnesses in Beit Hanina earlier this month also said they personally witnessed uniformed PA police direct traffic in that area for Abbas' two previous visits there.... Sections of Jerusalem have essentially been forfeited on the ground to the PA, while Jews, including local landowners, are barred from entering parts of Israel's capital

     "... the U.S. has been aiding the Palestinians in developing infrastructure in Jerusalem. ...the Israeli government has failed to stop Arabs from illegally building thousands of housing projects on Jerusalem land purchased and owned by a U.S. Jewish group for the express purpose of Jewish settlement, culminating in an Arab majority in the neighborhoods....

    "A tour of the three Jerusalem neighborhoods in question finds some surprising developments. Official PA logos and placards abound, including one glaring red street sign at the entrance to the neighborhoods warning Israelis to keep out. Another official sign... reads in English, '...This project is a gift form (sic) the American people to the Palestinian people in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority...'"

Iran and Syria: So happy together: "Assad said: '...I believe the Iranian people's reelection [of Ahmadinejad] is another emphasis on the fact that Iran and Syria must continue the regional policy as in the past." But, in the midst of militant alliances and signs of terror, Our God Reigns

Obama: Palestinian state now, Israel's security later: "The U.S. is seeking a deal that will set the final borders of a Palestinian state immediately and negotiate other issues, such as security and water, at a later date.... The Egyptian official said Obama stressed the U.S. is applying 'huge' pressure for Israel to agree to a complete freeze of Jewish construction in the strategic West Bank and eastern Jerusalem."

Gulf Arab money 'behind purchases of Israeli land': "Vast tracts of Israeli agricultural land in north Israel's Galilee area have been bought up by Arabs with financial backing from the Gulf, Israeli public radio reported on Saturday."

None dare call it totalitarianism: "I'm not going to make the case that America under Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress has become a totalitarian police state. But, I will make the case that Washington is leading us in that direction.... What do you call it when the government wants to monitor broadcasts and establish itself as the guardian of 'fairness' on the airwaves? What do you call it when the government seeks to take over the private and personal health-care decisions of the people – establishing bureaucracies to make life-and-death decisions and banning unapproved transactions between doctors and patients?...

     "What do you call it when honest and open expressions of dissent are characterized as the expressions of 'angry mobs'? What do you call it when government-created joblessness is used to promote policies of government control?....

     "Americans tend to think 'it can't happen here.' In truth, America's unique experiment with freedom has been brief." See God's Warnings for our Times

Obama fails to name anti-Semitism envoy: "At a time when anti-Semitism remains a staple of government propaganda in the Middle East, when violent anti-Semitic incidents are reported almost daily throughout Europe, and when even the streets of Washington are not untouched by anti-Semitism's violent potential, that is the wrong message to send.'"

U.S.-trained forces failing basic tests: "They are billed as the most professional Palestinian police force ever assembled.... They are upheld as the force capable of assuming law and order in the place of the Israeli army during the creation of any Palestinian state. And this week they couldn't even secure a few stages at a music festival....

     "The festival... was strongly criticized by a group of Fatah militants who openly oppose calls by the PA to engage in a period of calm with Israel. One Fatah militant was quoted stating, 'Instead of a legacy of the struggle against occupation [the supposed Jewish "occupation" of Arab territory], we get young men with 65 foot-long sagging pants, yelling and screaming....'

      "Halfway into the festival, the militants burned down the stages, bringing the event to a screeching halt."

July 2009

Obama 'like Romans who destroyed Jewish Temples': "Marking the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, about a thousand Jewish protesters today read the biblical book of Lamentations in front of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem to protest against the Obama administration's demand to freeze Jewish construction in eastern sections of the city. Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad, who addressed the crowds at the protest, exclaimed, 'If Obama is ready to sacrifice Israel for his interests in the Muslim world, we are here to tell him this is against our interests. We will not commit suicide to please Obama.'"

Obama slammed as 'racist' at Jerusalem rally: "Obama's policies against Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank were slammed as 'racist' today by participants in a rally drawing about 2,000 Israelis in front of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem. "George Mitchell go home!" yelled protestors.... Mitchell, Obama's envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is here discussing the American administration's call for a halt to all Jewish settlement activity, including natural growth or accommodating the needs of existing Jewish populations....

      "'How dare he tell the Jews where they can or can't live! The era when Jews were banned from living in different places has ended,' [Rabbi[] Waldman exclaimed. ... This insolence will bring about the downfall of the American leadership. Anyone who dares give an order to prevent Israeli life in Jerusalem or anywhere else in the land of Israel is destined to fall,' he said." See Pray for Jerusalem

Iran to Israel: Hit Us and We’ll Strike Your Nuclear Facilities: "If the Zionist Regime (Israel) attacks Iran, we will surely strike its nuclear facilities with our missile capabilities,' warned Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Revolutionary Guards' commander. 'Our missile capability puts all of the Zionist regime (Israel) within Iran's reach to attack.'" See "Rumors of wars..."

'Peace partner' boasts: 'We never recognized Israel' - Top official says his party will never consent to Jewish state's existence: "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party never officially recognized Israel's right to exist, boasted a top Fatah official. 'Not only did we not recognize Israel, we will not recognize Israel,' said Rafiq al-Nache, a member of Fatah's central committee and head of the party's internal court."

Palestinians' goal not peace - just Palestine: "Kifah Radaydeh, deputy head of the Jerusalem chapter of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, sought to reassure Palestinians who were apparently becoming worried that increasingly active American involvement would bring the war against Israel to an end before they had a chance to destroy the Jewish state. Speaking on Palestinian Authority TV, Radaydeh said, 'It has been said that we are negotiating for peace, but our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; the goal is Palestine' [all of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea] ....admitting that when the time is right, Fatah will fully rejoin the campaign of violence against Israel." See Pray for Jerusalem

 U.S. demands halt to Jerusalem building project: "The Obama administration has called for a halt to Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank in line with Palestinian claims on eastern Jerusalem as a future capital, even though the city was never a part of any Palestinian entity. The construction project at the center of attention... is located just meters from Israel's national police headquarters and ... is a few blocks from the country's prestigious Hebrew University, underscoring the centrality of the Jewish real estate being condemned by the U.S.

      "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly rejected the State Department demand, telling a cabinet meeting that Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem was not a matter up for discussion. 'Imagine what would happen if someone were to suggest Jews could not live in or purchase [property] in certain neighborhoods in London, New York, Paris or Rome,' he said." See Signs of the times

The Cry for a Global Fix: "'What if the global financial chaos is not just a massive economic meltdown but rather, the genesis of a dramatic, tectonic shift toward a global economic system?' People in pain are willing to go along with almost anything the government proposes if it can stop the economic bleeding. Thus, global cooperation has been astonishing. In tough times, people are willing to surrender freedoms, make concessions, and cooperate in ways never imagined. And this is why many Americans are going along with the socialization of our country."

France’s Private Concentration Camp: "The death of Ilan Halimi can only be described as an unspeakable horror, and yet typical of the increasing Islamic Jew-hatred and violence against the Jews. A group calling itself the Muslim Barbarians targeted Jewish men for torture and murder. ...

       "Apartment dwellers, all Muslims, heard Ilan's screams and cries of torture over a period of three weeks, and yet did not call the cops. The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially atrocious: the thugs cut bits of flesh off the young man. They cut his fingers and ears. They burned him with acid. They poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.

      "Not only did those in the building not go to the police -- they did nothing at all. Worse, many took part in the tortures. So systemic is the Jew hatred in France that it impeded rescuing Ilan or securing his release. Halimi's family said that throughout Ilan's entire captivity, the French police refused to move on any of the evidence that pointed to an anti-Semitic motive. But law enforcement was not the only guilty party. The government refused to acknowledge the anti-Semitic motives behind the torture and killing a full week after the Halimi turned up mutilated and dead. This was not new, of course.... The Islamic dehumanization of the Jews mirrors what the Nazis did during the Hlocaust." See Signs of the times


Pariah states collaborating to make nuclear bombs? "MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes North Korea is helping Burma, the world's other pariah state, to build a nuclear weapon. ...This week NSA satellites, which monitor the South Pacific, have been tracking a heavily laden North Korean cargo ship, Kang Name 1, which sailed from the guarded military port at Changyon south of the country's capital, Pyongyang. It is heading towards Burma."

Top Obama advisors say time for Israel to surrender Jerusalem: "The Center for American Progress (CAP) correctly determined that the issue of Jerusalem is the primarily obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority."

Terrorists to descend on Jesus' birthplace: "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization has decided to hold in the West Bank city of Bethlehem its first congress in 20 years. ...the Fatah party is set to vote on a clause that would affirm 'resistance' against Israel."

June 2009

Hordes of Hungry Grasshoppers Invade Utah: "The place is overrun with the greasy little bugs. With each step you take on his property, the squirmy inch-long grasshoppers jump for cover in every direction. Those that don't crunch under foot perch themselves atop tall grass stalks, crawl up pant legs or munch through gardens. Across the road isn't much better. Grasshoppers blanketed the neighbors' entryway a few days ago and forced them to come in through the back door.

     '"I'd call this the closest that I've seen to a plague in a long time,' Halligan said. ... 'There's like 100 times more grasshoppers than what we're used to,' said Bruce Clegg, a county commissioner whose family has lived in the area for generations." See God's Warnings for our Times

Israel Today, the West Tomorrow by Mark Steyn: "On Holocaust Memorial Day 2008, a group of just under 100 people -- Londoners and a few visitors -- took a guided tour of the old Jewish East End. They visited, among other sites of interest, the birthplace of my old chum Lionel Bart, the author of Oliver! Three generations of schoolchildren have grown up singing Bart's lyric:

       Consider yourself At 'ome!

       Consider yourself

       One of the family!

Those few dozen London Jews considered themselves at 'ome. But they weren't. Not any more. The tour was abruptly terminated when the group was pelted with stones, thrown by 'youths'.... 'If you go any further, you'll die,' they shouted, in between the flying rubble.

      "...the United Kingdom's Muslim population is increasing ten times faster than the general population. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, and many other Continental cities from Scandinavia to the Côte d'Azur will reach majority Muslim status in the next few years.....

      "A famous poll a couple of years back found that 59 percent of Europeans regard Israel as the greatest threat to world peace. ... So what? Pity the poor Jew who has ever relied on European friends. Yet there is a difference of scale between the well-established faculty-lounge disdain for Israeli apartheid and a mass psychosis so universal it's part of the air you breathe."

Why Perilous Times Are Now in Overdrive: "America and the rest of the world will never be what it once was. Why? Because Obama is the acknowledged leader of the free world.... In his speech in early June in Cairo, there was not a single word about Islam's well-known and checkered past of conquering by the sword. There was no reference to the indoctrination by Islam of her youth to steer them toward violence. There was no reference to ... Islamic suicide bombers.... He then showed his disconnect with reality by equating Holocaust horror with Palestinian rights and alleged mistreatment....

     "The president stated that Israel has no business attacking Iran.... Who do we think we are to dictate policy that involves Israel's survival?"

Top Ten Myths about the Middle East Conflict: "Sixty-one years after the birth of the State of Israel, the Jewish state continues to be assailed by its enemies. From the halls of the United Nations to the classrooms of major universities and in the pressrooms of major newspapers and magazines, attacks on the legitimacy of every move by Israel -- and even of the state's existence itself -- continue to be made."

Evan Thomas on Obama: 'He's sort of God': "'Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama's Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above - above the world, he's sort of God.'

     "Thomas elaborated a bit on Obama as God: 'He's going to bring all different sides together.... Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn't even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He's all about let us reason together....'

     "This is the same guy who was honest enough to admit back in 2004 that liberal bias in the media was worth 15 percentage points to John Kerry." See Obama worship

Iran could have bomb by year's end: "'Iran is extremely troubling because of its speed. It has missiles which could reach Israel. The Iranian clock precedes the international dialogue clock.' In the meantime, the United States is determined to continue its diplomatic dialogue with the Islamic republic."

May 2009

Muslims vandalize Christian graves: "Palestinian Christians in a normally quiet village are reeling from a series of grave desecrations this week that they say are indicative of intimidation tactics from the town's growing Muslim population." See His strength in my weakness

UN prepares to probe Israel: "The United Nations is set to send a team to the Middle East next week to seek proof that the Jewish state committed war crimes against Gaza's Arabs earlier this year. As ordered by the UN's openly antisemitic 'Human Rights Council,' a team of 'independent experts' will be going around the Gaza Strip in the purported hope of determining whether inflamed Arab accusations about Israel's war fighting are true. ... Because of the United Nations' unchecked bias, the Israeli government is refusing to cooperate..." See Map and Pray for Jerusalem

[Video] General commander of the Iranian army: "It will take us 11 days 'to wipe Israel out of existence."

PA Peace Plan: Iran to Share Rule over Temple Mount: "PA sources said giving up claims to the Temple Mount and handing over control to the 57-member Saudi-based Islamic Conference Organization is conditional on Israel's agreeing to a final status agreement."

Iran Says It Test Fired Missile That Could Hit Israel: "The announcement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes less than a month before Iran's presidential election."

Obama's latest calculated move against the Jewish State: "...he agreed to this: 'The Security Council supports the proposal of the Russian Federation to convene, in consultation with the Quartet and the parties, an international conference on the Middle East peace process in Moscow in 2009." That would include an overwhelming majority of Islamic nations!

Obama's green light to attack Iran: "...this week the Obama administration launched its harshest onslaught against Israel to date. It began with media reports that National Security Adviser James Jones told a European foreign minister that the US is planning to build an anti-Israel coalition with the Arabs and Europe to compel Israel to surrender Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to the Palestinians....

      "First, quartet mediator Tony Blair announced that within six weeks the US, EU, UN and Russia will unveil a new framework for establishing a Palestinian state. Speaking with Palestinian reporters on Wednesday, Blair said that this new framework will be a serious initiative because it 'is being worked on at the highest level in the American administration.'"

Why I Won't Be Seeing the Fjords this Summer: "Last year, a Norwegian 'labor youth movement' organized a campaign to ban Israeli singers from the Eurovision song contest. Another Norwegian group has been boycotting Israeli oranges since the early 90s. ... [T]he roots of Norwegian boycotts of Israel run deep. Anti-Semitism has held a unique place in Norwegian politics since the 1930s when Vidkun Quisling, later the leader of a Nazi puppet government in Norway, formed the National Union Party. While many Norwegians [like my father] fought with the Resistance, many became eager collaborators of the Nazis [one of my uncles], including some 60,000 members of the National Union."

     True, and very sad. But obviously Norwegians are not of one mind. While some collaborated with the enemy, many others opposed such anti-semitism and helped rescue Jews during WW2.

Arabs pressure Obama: "What we are talking about is not Israelis and Palestinians sitting at the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese. And with the Arabs and the Muslim world lined up to open direct negotiations with Israelis at the same time ... that is not a two-state solution, it is a 57-state solution. 'That is the tipping point that shakes up Israeli politicians and the Israeli public.'" See Map of the vast Islamic lands vs. tiny Israel and Pray for Jerusalem

Arabs face death for selling to Jews: "Three Arabs face death sentences from the Palestinian Authority for selling their Jerusalem property to Jews.... The three will be put on trial in a closed PA military court this week and next week, PA sources said. The trials come just days after a PA 'military court' sentenced a Palestinian man to death by hanging after finding him guilty of selling land to Jews." See Glossary of Islamic Words

British Airline Removes Israel from the Map: "The British airline, BMI, has removed Israel from the electronic maps displayed to passengers in some of its planes.... The report claimed that the reason was to avoid offending Muslim passengers. However, the maps showed passengers the direction of Mecca." See Preparing for Persecution

Intelligence Warns Israel is now an ‘Obstacle to Obama': "According to the report, which has not been corroborated by news sources other than World Tribune, Israeli sources said the U.S. Administration would reject Israel’s intelligence opinions on Iran and Syria while advancing the Obama plan to reconcile with the two states, although both were listed as state sponsors of terrorism by the U.S. State Department."

Pope urged to use visit to pressure Israel into false peace plan: "Hopes are soaring among Israel's enemies that Pope Benedict XVI will use his imminent visit to Israel to further pressure the Netanyahu government to surrender historical Jewish lands. ... Local Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish leaders Thursday met in the capital, according to The Jerusalem Post, to lay out their expectations of the pontiff."

March 2009

Clinton: There will be a Palestinian state, Jerusalem will be its capital: "...after blaming Hamas and other terror groups for the lack of peace in the region, visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled that while it may recognize the source of the obstruction, that won't stop the Obama Administration from pushing for the rapid creation of a Palestinian Arab state. ...'there is no time to waste.' ... Clinton all but guaranteed that her government will clash with Netanyahu's...." See Jerusalem

October 2008

Russian missiles for Syria may be payback for US FBX-T radar to Israel: "Positioning missile systems at Syrian ports would be part of Russia’s overall military payback for the array of US missile and radar installations in Europe and the Middle East." See Scriptures:  Signs of the times

Syrian tanks advance to Lebanese Beqaa Valley border. Israel forces on high alert: "...bracing for the possibility that Damascus will seize the moment of the total shutdown in Israel for 25 hours from Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to Thursday night, Oct. 9, for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and launch its military forces against northern Lebanon or the Golan." See Signs of the times

July 2008

'Gay' man sues Bible publishers: "A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin.... Fowler filed his claim against Grand Rapids-based Zondervan Monday, alleging its Bibles' references to homosexuality as a sin have made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of 'demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.'" See Why hate crimes laws would ban Biblical Christianity

June 2008

An Old Newness (Thomas Sowell): "Many people seem to regard elections as occasions for venting emotions, like cheering for your favorite team.... One of the painful aspects of studying great catastrophes of the past is discovering how many times people were preoccupied with trivialities when they were teetering on the edge of doom....

     "Just the power to nominate federal judges to trial courts and appellate courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, can have an enormous impact for decades to come.... Barack Obama has already indicated that he wants judges who make social policy instead of just applying the law....

     "Although Senator Obama has presented himself as the candidate of new things...- the cold fact is that virtually everything he says about domestic policy is straight out of the 1960s and virtually everything he says about foreign policy is straight out of the 1930s. We paid a terrible price for such 1960s notions in the years that followed, in the form of soaring crime rates, double-digit inflation and double-digit unemployment.....

      "Internationally, the approach that Senator Obama proposes -- including the media magic of meetings between heads of state -- was tried during the 1930s. That approach, in the name of peace, is what led to the most catastrophic war in human history. Everything seems new to those too young to remember the old and too ignorant of history to have heard about it." See New world, New ways, New minds, New gods

Catholic teens feel guilt's tug weaken: "If they cheated on an exam, lied to their parents or engaged in serious petting, it's not bearing down on their conscience.... At least it's not making them feel more guilty than their non-Catholic peers. The emotional fallout of transgressing the Catholic Church's long list of sins -- venial and mortal -- may be a thing of the past.... Catholic teenagers may not know enough about church teachings -- especially about premarital sex, birth control or abortion -- to feel guilty about disobeying. 'They haven't internalized it, or they disregard it,' said Smith." See Loving evil more than God

April 2008

Rush hour in a Japanese subway: "Rush hour crowds are unbelievable. But the trains remain on time. As many people as possible are packed into the trains. Those who can't fit comfortably are not left behind."

Where is Vladimir Putin today? [by Joel Rosenberg] "One week ago today, my colleagues and I  were holding our inaugural Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem, discussing the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39 which foretell the rise of a dictator in Russia who forms strategic alliances in the 'last days'not only with Iran but also with Libya.

     "Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin is actually in Libya, the first Russian leader in history to visit the North African country, creating a strategic alliance, signing numerous agreements, and negotiating a $2.5 billion arms sale to this enormous and historic enemy of Israel." See Signs of the times

Winds of Change: "...while a significant number of Americans currently oppose efforts toward globalization, morally speaking our nation has moved strongly toward the left in recent years. Young voters are generally much more liberal than the WWII or Baby Boomer generations. They also tend to view globalization more favorably. The Obama campaign has succeeded at registering unprecedented numbers of these young voters.... If they show up in the numbers expected, it will represent a quantum shift in American politics." See Our God Reigns

January 2008

 666 raises it's ugly head in British House of Commons debate: "...a motion calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England has been listed in the British House of Commons as 666 -- the Number of the Beast... The motion calls for an end to the formal link between Church and State in England -- embodied in the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who is both head of state and head of the Church of England. The number 666 is referred to in the Book of Revelation in the Bible: 'Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred, three score and six.' 

     'It is incredible that a motion like this should have, by chance, acquired this significant number,' said Russell." See Signs of the times

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