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Date 6/16/15

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White House reiterates its will to walk away from bad Iran

deal as Corker calls for 'courage'


Oren: Obama intentionally abandoned core principles of
Israel's alliance with America
Global military leaders laud Israel's restraint in Gaza clash
ahead of UN report
Ambassador to UNHRC: 'Israel does not behead people, we
use our heads'
Livni in London: We expect UNHRC report to be 'twisted and
anti-Israel'
UN official: 'Those who violated human rights in Gaza should
be prosecuted'
Israel stops UN rapporteur from visiting Palestinian territories
Latest Flotilla Leaves Sweden for Gaza, Will Attempt to
'Break Israel's Blockade'
Report: Islamic Jihad threatens to break Gaza 'cease-fire' if
Israel stops new flotilla
Hamas officials arrive in Qatar to discuss 5-year truce plan
with Israel
Israel steps up social media fight with satire on Gaza under
Hamas
Israel's Netanyahu says boycott efforts recall Nazi Germany
Coca-Cola Palestine CEO Urges Boycott of Israel
Israeli NGO urging Coca-Cola to drop Palestinian franchise
after support for BDS
Amid Israel debacle, Orange CEO files complaint with court
over death threats
White House, PMO, deny report of Obama invitation to
Netanyahu in July
MKs want security beefed up for Jewish visitors to
Jerusalem's mount of olives cemetery

US's Orthodox Union supports freedom of prayer for Jews on


Temple Mount
Rabbi Receives Heavenly Message in the Cave of Elijah the
Prophet
Israel Hopes to Use Current Lull to Prepare for Radical
Islamic Storm
IDF establishes new cyber branch
IDF Northern Command chief: We are busy with Hezbollah in
Syria
Cypriot FM: Cyprus likely thwarted Hezbollah bomb plot
against Israelis
Israel sends message to Nusra Front: Cease attacks on
Syria's Druse
Thousands of Israeli Druze rally for Syrian brothers
Oren: Israel helped Obama avoid bombing Syria after
chemical attack
Nusra Front: ISIS planning attack in northern Lebanon
Monitor: Kurdish forces seize most of Islamic State-controlled
border town
Al-Qaida confirms top leader killed by US in Yemen
Egyptian court sentences former president Morsi to death
Boko Haram crisis: US to fund Nigeria-led force
Sudan's President, Who Has Persecuted Christians 'Under
Shariah Law,' Is on the Run After UN Calls for His Arrest for
War Crimes
Naghmeh Abedini: Saeed Refuses to Deny Christ
Former CIA operative: Bergdahl was 'high' when captured in
Afghanistan
French PM calls on France's Muslims to 'name the enemy'

Russian security company says Iran talks spyware


masqueraded under Foxconn name
Putin: Russia will add 40 ballistic missiles to nuclear arsenal
in 2015
China to 'complete' South China Sea land reclamation
Navy to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Development for
Warfighting, Support Roles
You Don't Have to Watch 'Jurassic World' to See
Bioengineered Animal Weapons
Obama's trade plan in critical condition
90 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at
$18,112,975,000,000
Greece, creditors dig in after debt talks founder
Millionaires now control an even bigger share of the world's
wealth
Perhaps the world's conspiracy theorists have been right all
along
6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Leof, Indonesia
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 16,000ft
Mount Asama volcano erupts near Tokyo; officials warn
activity may increase
Philippine volcano Mount Bulusan spews ash, no violent
eruption expected
Thousands Evacuated in Indonesia After Mount Sinabung

Volcano Starts Spewing Ash and Toxic Gas


Tropical Storm Bill threatens Texas, Oklahoma with flooding
rains
Mexico's south-west braces for Tropical Storm Carlos
Alaska wildfires: 'Explosive' flames force evacuations
Thousands of tiny red crabs invade Southern California
beaches
Pope warns of 'unprecedented damage' from climate change
in leaked encyclical document
Milk-free cheese made using human DNA strands
Bird flu likely spread on equipment, workers, rodents, wind
South Korea begins plasma treatment trial for Mers
MERS patient dies in Germany, 1st case in more than 2
years
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case on Pre-Abortion
Ultrasounds
First Woman Charged on Controversial Law that Criminalizes
Drug Use During Pregnancy
Miley Cyrus launches transgender youth social media
campaign
US archbishop quits, Vatican indicts ex-Dominican
ambassador in Pope crackdown on sex abuse
Queens Man Left Father's Body In Morgue For Over A Year
To Steal His Social Security
ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crimes
Rare inscription from King David era discovered in the Valley
of Elah

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IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...
Watchman Report: The False Prophet of
Revelation?
Nuclear War and Nuclear Peace: Israel's strategic
options
Vladimir Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear
arsenal with 40 new ballistic missiles
Iran's Long Game
Slumbering Preachers--Sleeping Saints
First Lady says Muslim women's story is her story

Daily Devotion: His Ambassadors


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Watchman Report: The False Prophet of


Revelation? - Jim Nash http://watchmansview.com/False_Prophet_of_Revelation.html

RECENT HEADLINES...

POPE FRANCIS READY TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE,


GLOBAL DEPOPULATION AND WORLD GOVERNMENT

HE HAS ALSO CALLED FOR AN "EARTH CONSTITUTION THAT


WOULD TRANSCEND THE UN CHARTER" ALONG WITH THE
CREATION OF A "GLOBAL COUNCIL...ELECTED BY ALL THE
PEOPLE ON EARTH"

Pope Francis and the Vatican State are ready to launch a summer-long
campaign where Francis is going to preach on the need to massively
reduce the world's population, stopping climate change, and having a One
World Government to rule the planet...Make no mistake about it, Pope
Francis has a full-on political agenda, and he is going to use his pulpit to
advance it. He is not content to merely be the Pope of the world's
Catholics, he craves raw political power as well. Revelation 17 and 18,
talking about the Vatican and the Catholic Church, clearly show her to also

be a political force that reigns over the world's kings. Francis is doing his
best to bring that about here and now... Link

Pope Francis to Followers: "Koran and Holy Bible Are the Same"

A smiling Pope Francis was quoted telling the Vatican's guests that the
Koran, and the spiritual teachings contained therein, are just as valid as
the Holy Bible - "Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah - these are all
names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across
the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the
desire to segregate our faiths. This, however, should be the very concept
which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith.
Together, we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need
to achieve such a state is respect each others beliefs, for we are all
children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We
can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and
the time for such a movement is now... Link

One World Religion: Former Israeli President Proposes Pope to Head


'UN for Religions'

A few months back, former president Shimon Peres met with the Pope at
the Vatican and proposed that the Pope head up a UN for religions. But
the main topic of conversation was Peres's idea to create a UN-like
organization he called "the United Religions." Peres said the Argentinaborn pontiff was the only world figure respected enough to bring an end to
the wars raging in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world... Link
In September, the UN Launches a Major Sustainable Development
Agenda FOR THE ENTIRE PLANET

No surprise that Pope Francis is traveling to the UN to give an address to


kick off the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25th...sounds
like a pre-launch of a one-world government...Under this Pope, the Vatican
has become much more political than it was before, and sustainable

development has become the Vatican's number one political issue. And did
you notice the language about "the world's religions acting in unison"?
Clearly, the Vatican believes that it has the power to mobilize religious
leaders all over the planet and have them work together to achieve the
"UN's sustainable development goals"... Link

Pope Francis Meets with Abbas, Calls Him 'An Angel of Peace'

Pope Francis warmly welcomed Palestinian Authority (PA) President


Mahmoud Abbas on the latter's visit to the Vatican. The Pope even went so
far as to call Abbas "an angel of peace."... the Holy See recently
announced that it has worked out a treaty with the "state of Palestine,"
cementing its decision two years ago to recognize the "country... Link

POPE FRANCIS SIGNS TREATY FROM THE VATICAN OFFICIALLY


RECOGNIZING THE STATE OF PALESTINE

THE VATICAN SAID WEDNESDAY THAT IT HAD CONCLUDED A


TREATY TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD, A SIGNIFICANT
STEP WELCOMED BY PALESTINIANS BUT UPSETTING TO THE
ISRAELI GOVERNMENT.

Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep


religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include
Christian holy sites, lends a powerful signal of moral authority and
legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority's president, Mahmoud
Abbas, to achieve statehood despite the long paralyzed Israeli-Palestinian
peace process...A statement from a joint commission of Vatican and
Palestinian diplomatic officials, posted on the Vatican news website, said
"the work of the commission on the text of the agreement has been
concluded," and that it would be submitted for formal approval and for
signing "in the near future."... Link

It would appear, at this time, Pope Francis is quickly fulfilling many of the
signs of the False Prophet of the book of Revelation. Prophetically, he has
accomplished more in the last two years than the last 20 popes combined.
Unlike all popes before him, he is absolutely the enemy of the state of
Israel. As shocking as all the news is reported above, it is only a warm-up
for what will occur after the Rapture of the Church, and during the 7-Year
tribulation period where the False Prophet and the Antichrist have the
unrestrained freedom to rule and overwhelm this world! The signing of the
Vatican's treaty with Palestine; the launch of Global Depopulation and
World Government Agendas; and erasing the lines of differences in faith
and theology (Chrislam), advances the prophecy time clock forward by an
exponential leap!!

"Then he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are
peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you
saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked,
eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to
fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the
beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw
is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth." Revelation
17:15-18

TIME IS SHORT (Romans 13:11) - WAKE-UP CHURCH! (Ephesians 5:14)


Look-Up! (Luke 21:28, Buckle-Up! (Ephesians 6:13), because we are
Going-Up! (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) SOON! (Revelation 22:12)

Nuclear War and Nuclear Peace: Israel's strategic


options - Louis Ren Beres's http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17076#.VYA6n5tLjOW

Failed diplomatic negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5-plus-1


countries will allow Iran to become a nuclear weapons state. Israel will
have to reassess its immediate and long-term survival options.

Now, facing an effectively unobstructed nuclear threat from Iran, Israel will
need to choose prudently from among available strategic options. The
most starkly polar of these choices would be (1) a "last minute" preemption
using only conventional forces, or (2) a protracted and presumptively
stable posture of nuclear deterrence. Should it opt for the former, a legally
defensive first-strike known in more formal jurisprudence as "anticipatory
self-defense," Jerusalem could possibly hold back any further Iranian
nuclearization, but only at more-or-less substantial cumulative costs.

There is more. Such extraordinary costs might need to be borne by Israel


on several different fronts. Most likely, these would include not only the
plausible prospect of variably destructive Iranian reprisals (even though, at
this stage, using "only" conventional ordnance), but also an ominous
assortment of surrogate terrorist attacks by Hezbollah. Already, some of
these corollary attacks could involve chemical, biological, or even nuclear
"dirty bomb" components. Naturally, following an Israeli preemption,
however indispensable such defensive action would be to its physical
survival, Jerusalem could expect a veritable whirlwind of coordinated
international condemnations and related sanctions.[1]

Should Israel's leaders decline any eleventh-hour preemption option, and


select instead a plan for deterring a now-impending Islamist nuclear
adversary, a number of corresponding decisions would be required. These
decisions would concern, inter alia, an expanding role for ballistic missile
defenses, and also continuance or discontinuance of the beleaguered
country's historic policy of deliberate nuclear ambiguity. These ambiguityrelated issues are more generally referred to as the "bomb in the
basement."

For Israel, confronting a nearly-nuclear Iran, the question of keeping the


bomb in the basement could rapidly assume a primary urgency. At that
point, it will have become essential for Jerusalem to communicate
unambiguously to Tehran that Israel's nuclear forces are sufficiently secure
from enemy first-strikes,and sufficiently capable of penetrating enemy
active defenses. [2]

It would also become necessary to assure Iran that Israel's own nuclear
weapons were plainly usable, that is, not of such an injuriously high yield
as to be unrealistic implements of deterrence. This is because the
deterrent efficacy of any single state's nuclear forces could sometime vary
inversely with perceived destructiveness. In other words, seemingly small
nuclear forces could actually offer more credible threats of unacceptable
retaliation, than would be expressed by large nuclear forces.

Israel, oddly perhaps, should be attentive to some ongoing transformations


of nuclear strategy in Islamic Pakistan. Here, observable in its own
adversarial and already-nuclear dyad vis--vis India, Islamabad is openly
tilting toward far smaller or "tactical" nuclear weapons. Since Pakistan first
announced a test of its 60-kilometer Nasr ballistic missile back in 2011, the
country's "advertised" emphasis upon TNW seems to have been designed
to more effectively deter a conventional war. Evidently, by threatening to
use relatively low-yield or "battlefield" nuclear weapons for retaliation,
Pakistan hopes, among other things, to appear meaningfully less
provocative to Delhi.

With such a stance, Islamabad likely calculates, the unraveling country is


less apt to elicit any nuclear reprisals.

To be sure, on conceptual levels, Israel vs. Iran is not analogous to India


vs. Pakistan. For Israel, any nuclear retaliatory threats, whether still
"ambiguous," or newly "disclosed," would need, above all, to deter an
Iranian nuclear attack. Still, just as Pakistan has apparently calculated the
benefits of issuing theatre nuclear deterrence retaliatory threats (to curb
unwanted escalations from conventional to nuclear conflict), so too might
Israel reason that it could better prevent the onset of conventional war with

Iran by employing threats of TNW.

In the formal language of military professionals, such graduated strategic


threats are prominently linked to "escalation dominance."

Sometimes, in rendering complex strategic judgments, meaning can be


counter-intuitive. Regarding necessary Israeli preparations for enhanced
security from a nuclear Iran, there is an obvious but still-overlooked irony.
In certain predictable circumstances, that is, the credibility of Israeli
deterrent threats could be undermined by perceptions of too-great
destructiveness. This means that one especially compelling reason for
moving away from deliberate ambiguity, and toward certain limited forms of
nuclear disclosure, would be to communicate that Israel's retaliatory
nuclear weapons were not too large.

Concerning the country's nuclear forces and doctrine, Israel's decisionmakers will need to proceed more self-consciously and explicitly with
another basic choice. This decision would concern making a basic
distinction between "assured destruction strategies," and "nuclear war
fighting strategies." In narrowly military parlance, assured destruction
strategies are sometimes called "counter-value," or "mutual assured
destruction" (MAD) strategies.

These are essentially alternate theories of deterrence, postures in which a


state primarily targets its strategic weapons on a presumed enemy's
civilian populations, and/or on its supporting civilian infrastructures.
Although seemingly in violation of humanitarian international law, or the
law of armed conflict (because it would seem to disregard the unwavering
obligation to protect noncombatants), it is reasonable to argue that such
targeting doctrines could reduce the probability of any actual nuclear war
or nuclear exchange.

Nuclear war-fighting strategies are sometimes called "counterforce"


strategies. In these more aggressive orientations to deterrence, a state
primarily targets its strategic weapons on a presumed enemy's major

weapon systems, and also on some of its supporting military


infrastructures. For nuclear weapon states in general, and for Israel in
particular, there are very serious survival implications for choosing either
one core strategy, or the other.

It is also possible that a country could consciously opt for some sort of
"mixed" (counter-value/counterforce) nuclear targeting doctrine. In any
event, whichever deterrence strategy Israel might choose, all that really
matters is what the pertinent enemy state (in this case, Iran) would
perceive as real.

War is microcosm. In strategic matters, as in life generally, the most deeply


meaningful reality is perceived reality.

In choosing between two basic strategic alternatives, Israel could opt for
nuclear deterrence based upon assured destruction. Here, Israel would
assume an enlarged risk of "losing" any nuclear war that might still arise.
Counter-value-targeted nuclear weapons, by definition, would not destroy
military targets.

If, on the other hand, Israel were to opt for nuclear deterrence based upon
counterforce capabilities, its Iranian enemy could then feel especially
threatened, an unstable condition that could ultimately heighten the
prospect of an actual nuclear exchange.

Going forward, Israel's decision on counter-value versus counterforce


doctrines should be based, in part, on its prior investigations of: (1) enemy
state inclinations to strike first; and (2) enemy state inclinations to strike allat-once, or in stages. Should Israeli strategic planners assume that a
nuclear Iran is apt to strike first, and to strike in an unlimited fashion (that
is, to fire all of its nuclear weapons right away), Israeli counterforcetargeted warheads - used in retaliation - would likely hit only empty
launchers. In such circumstances, therefore, Israel's only rational
application of counterforce doctrine could be to strike first itself.

If, for whatever reason, Israel were to reject all still-available preemption
options, there would be no reason to opt for a counterforce strategy.
Rather, from the standpoint of persuasive intra-war deterrence, a countervalue strategy could then prove much more appropriate.

Should Israeli planners assume that a nuclear Iran is apt to strike first, and
to strike in a limited fashion, holding some significant measure of nuclear
firepower in reserve for follow-on strikes, Israeli counterforce-targeted
warheads could still display certain damage-limiting benefits. Here,
counterforce operations could serve both an Israeli preemption, or, should
Israel decide not to preempt, an Israeli retaliatory strike. Further, should
any Israeli first-strike be intentionally limited, perhaps because it would
then be coupled with assurances of no further destruction in exchange for
a prompt end to hostilities, these operations could productively serve an
Israeli counter-retaliatory strike. Conceivably, Israel's attempt at intra-war
deterrence could fail, occasioning the need for follow-on strikes, in order to
produce badly needed damage-limitation.

Israeli preparations for nuclear war-fighting should not be understood as a


distinct alternative to preparations for nuclear deterrence. Instead, such
preparations should become essential and integral components of Israeli
nuclear deterrence. After all, a vital connection may emerge between likely
prowess/success in war, and the quality of pre-war nuclear deterrence.

In his illuminating 1982 book, The Bar Kokhba Syndrome, Yehoshafat


Harkabi, a former Chief of Military Intelligence in Israel, examined a
calamitous Jewish-historical event in the second century (132-135
AD/C.E.). Harkabi had sought to understand how an ill-fated ancient
uprising could have pushed the Jewish People to the outer margins of
history, and, more importantly, what specific strategic lessons might now
be learned from "Bar Kokhba." He concluded that (a) "In policy-making, to
take a risk and to make sacrifices occasionally is necessary, but there is a
limit to the dangers worthy of risk, for national existence is never to be
jeopardized;" and (b) "...in (specifically) nuclear circumstances, refrain
from a provocation for which the adversary may have only one response,
nuclear war."

Understood in terms of Israel's present and most pressing security


concerns, Harkabi would have favored virtually any promising Israeli
measures intended to prevent Iran from ever becoming nuclear. Failing
that option, he would likely have urged implementation of maximally stable
nuclear deterrence between the two adversary states. Expressing the
smallest expected probabilities of any catastrophic failure, this optimal
system of deterrence would have been designed to convince Tehran that
any use of its nuclear weapons, even in retaliation, would be irrational.

Such well-reasoned Israeli emphases on rationality could still fall on deaf


ears, especially if the decision-makers in Tehran become more deeply
concerned with fulfilling presumed "end times" expectations of Shiite
religious doctrine. Nonetheless, short of viewing a prompt and residual
preemptive attack on Iran as its only appropriate remedy, Jerusalem has
no remaining choice but to proceed according to standard military planning
assumptions of enemy rationality.

[1] The combination of Israel's costs could actually exceed their "mere"
additive sum. This is because of the prospectively synergistic nature of any
such combination. See, for example, Louis Ren Beres, "Core Synergies
in Israel's Strategic Planning: When the Adversarial Whole is Greater than
the Sum of its Parts," Harvard National Security Journal, Harvard Law
School, June 2, 2015.

[2] Meeting these requirements brings up the issue of Israeli sea-basing


(submarines). See, for example: Louis Ren Beres and (Admiral/USN/ret.)
Leon "Bud" Edney, "Israel's Nuclear Strategy: A Larger Role for Submarine
Basing," The Jerusalem Post, August 17, 2014; and Professor Beres and
Admiral Edney, "A Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent for Israel," Washington
Times, September 5, 2014. Admiral Edney was NATO Supreme Allied
Commander, Atlantic.

Vladimir Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear


arsenal with 40 new ballistic missiles http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11678521/Vladimir-Putin-saysRussia-beefing-up-nuclear-arsenal-with-40-new-ballistic-missiles.html

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said on Tuesday that Russia would
add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear
arsenal this year and a defense official accused Nato of provoking a new
arms race.

Putin made his announcement a day after Russian officials denounced a


US plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in Nato states on Russia's
border as the most aggressive US act since the Cold War.

"More than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles able to overcome


even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems will be
added to the make-up of the nuclear arsenal this year," Mr Putin, flanked
by army officers, said in a speech to a military and arms fair.

Tension is high between Russia and the United States over the crisis in
Ukraine and Washington and Moscow have disagreements on a range of
other issues.

Russian officials have warned that Moscow will retaliate if the United
States carries out the plan to store heavy military equipment in eastern
Europe, including in the Baltic states that were once part of the Soviet
Union.

"The feeling is that our colleagues from Nato countries are pushing us into
an arms race," RIA news agency quoted Anatoly Antonov, Russian deputy
defense minister, as saying on the sidelines of the arms fair.

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Iran's Long Game - Dr. Steve Elwart - www.khouse.org

With the latest moves made by Iran in the geopolitical arena, one has to
wonder "What are they doing?"

Even while negotiations between Iran and the West were going on over
Iran's nuclear enrichment program, Iranian forces seized a Marshall
Islands-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Tigris, while it was traversing the
Strait of Hormuz. Iranian forces boarded the ship after firing warning shots
across its bridge and diverted it to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
Iranian officials gave no reason for the seizure. (The ship was later
released.)

The Pentagon later revealed that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy

vessels surrounded a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Kensington, last


Friday as it was transiting the Strait of Hormuz. No shots were fired, the
Iranian vessels broke off contact, and the cargo ship proceeded without
further incident.

Both of these actions by Iran forces violated international agreements


allowing for unmolested passage of ships through the Strait of Hormuz.

These are not isolated incidents. Since the nuclear talks began in January
2014, Iran has provoked several other incidents against foreign powers.

*Iran has precipitated a civil war in Yemen by arming the Shiite Houthi
rebels.
*Iran continues to hold four American citizens prisoner, including
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian who was charged with
espionage and other serious crimes. (Neither the subject of the release nor
even the status of these prisoners has been discussed with the Iranians.)
*Iranian leaders remain dedicated to the destruction of the United States
and Israel. Last November, Supreme leader Khamenei released a ninepoint plan to destroy the state of Israel. On March 21, the day after
President Obama's Persian New Year message to the Iranian people,
Khamenei said "death to America."
*In February, Iranian naval units destroyed a mock U.S. aircraft carrier as
part of a military exercise.
*The Times of Israel reported this week that Iran is spending $35 billion a
year to prop up Syrian President Assad while the West is working on a way
to oust him.
*Iranian military officials have endorsed a plan for a nuclear
electromagnetic pulse explosion on the U.S. power system.

These are just a few of Iran's actions that seem completely contrary to

common sense. When two entities are negotiating an agreement, logic


would dictate that the nations would at least keep up appearances, at least
until the agreement is signed.

The truth is that Iran's actions make perfect sense, at least to them.

It has long been stated in the media that the U.S. is eager to sign an
agreement, any agreement with Iran. Given an overeager negotiating
partner, Iran can say or do anything and get away with it.

Furthermore, if there is no deal, what does Iran lose?

Sanctions never hurt the regime's rulers. Lifting them would only help them
consolidate power over its people. Any nuclear deal combined with an
improvement in the commercial and business relations with the West
would be a direct threat to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC)
interests. The Corps now controls most of the economy in the country. The
IRGC therefore actually benefits by sanctions; it is the private firms, such
as those involved in international commerce, that suffer.

Why would IRGC operatives want to see the playing field made more level
by private investment and a competitive economy? Moreover, if a nuclear
deal indicated improved relations with the United States, Iranian hardliners
might fear seeing their legitimacy erode.

Improved relations with Washington might also raise false hopes among
Iran's citizens that the regime may ultimately improve its woeful record on
human rights. Today there is only a thin veneer of clerical control over
Iranian society; if the social and political reforms that would be possible
with a warming of relations with the West, the result could produce a
destabilizing political environment, harmful to the interests of the regime.

Another fallacy embraced by many geopolitical analysts is that, as the


Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei endorsed the negotiations, a
legitimate deal is now probable.

The once all-powerful Office of the Supreme Leader no longer calls all the
shots. The current Iranian regime resembles a military junta or a security
state as much as a theocracy. While the reach of Ayatollah Khamenei,
through his network of representatives, still penetrates all dimensions of
Iranian society, he does not have the final decision on key security
matters. The regime's strategic assets, for instance, such as its ballistic
missile programs, are firmly under the control of the IRGC. Also, decisions
related to Iran's presence in the region are made by IRGC Quds Force
Commander Qasem Soleimani.

The principal task for the regime is to find a way to back out of the
negotiations while avoiding the blame. Iran's actions mentioned above may
be setting the stage for Iran's backing away from the talks. Iran has been
increasing its demands apparently in the hope that they will either be
accepted (which they believe probable), or else rejected like the "poison
pills" they are - such as inspectors no longer being allowed on its military
sites.

Another way to make the talks no longer palatable for the Obama
administration was to create a hostile incident with the United States in the
Persian Gulf, hence the incident with the Maersk Tigris.

By these actions, the IRGC Navy appears intent on producing a clash with
American naval vessels in the Gulf waters. The IRGC may have decided
that Rouhani along with his American-educated Foreign Minister Zarif have
reached a tipping point where internal reforms may have gone too far. This
independent IRGC initiative is being executed even though a deal would
release Iranian monetary assets that would in turn boost the sagging
economy.

As mentioned previously, the Iranian military and political spokesmen have


also raised their anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric of late. The calls for
"Death to America" and the destruction of Israel are recent examples of
this demagoguery. While the Obama administration explains away these
actions as being for "internal consumption," they are reminiscent of an Old
Persian saying goes: "They spit in his eye and he calls it rain."

Regime hardline representatives to the majlis [Iranian Parliament] have


already been mobilizing members to denounce the talks as detrimental to
Iran's national sovereignty. Eighty majlis members signed a petition on
May 12, calling upon the regime to suspend the nuclear talks until
Washington halts its rhetorical threats against Iran.

Western analysts should be looking for the Iranian regime's media outlets
to increase its commentary condemning alleged U.S. deception in the
negotiations as a reason to abandon the talks.

One telltale sign of Iran looking for a way out of the talks may come in the
form of increased personal attacks on Iran's negotiators to the nuclear
talks, and, in an effort to discredit them, challenge their loyalty to the
Iranian revolution. They may focus their ire on Iran's Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif's. Zarif spent many years of residency and
education in the United States and hardliners may question his loyalty to
the Iranian Revolution because he has been "corrupted" by his time in the
West.

Sadly, one final reason for an Iranian pull-out form the talks may be the
impression (rightly gained) that the United States is weak - both politically
and economically and may be unwilling to use force against Iran, should
the talks fail. (Ironically, it seems as if the only country the United States is
taking a hardline with is Israel, which suits Iran just fine.).

Iran might take great pleasure in humiliating President Barack Obama as

they did President Jimmy Carter, when they dragged out the 1979 hostage
crisis negotiations by running out the clock until his term was over.

They clearly believe that the Obama administration, simply to say it got a
deal, is ready to sign anything.

Slumbering Preachers--Sleeping Saints - By Jan Markell www.olivetreeviews.org

A ministry supporter in Washington State sent me a flyer that was handed


out in his church recently. It is more mocking. The flyer asks if folks have
met "End-Times Eddie" in the church. It denigrates "Eddie" and suggests
he is so focused on end-times that he has missed all the present
opportunities and people in front of him.

"Eddie" is gloom and doom. Why isn't he looking for Jesus to bring Heaven
to earth right now?

Then the flyer suggests some questions for the church's small groups.
Here are a few samples:

What are your emotions when you encounter "End-Times Eddie"?

Is the end-time message one of hope or fear?

*
Jesus told us to pray for "your will to be done on earth as it is in
Heaven." What does Heaven on earth look like today?
*

Who in your life needs Heaven to come to earth right now?

Two things stand out to me:

1) Here is just one more church preaching, "Come, Lord Jesus, but not too
soon."

2) They have embraced the false teaching promoted heavily by the New
Apostolic Reformation (NAR) that we can have Heaven on earth now. This
is called Kingdom Now or Dominion Theology.

Show me just one square mile of this planet that can demonstrate a
Garden of Eden-like Heaven on earth. You will find only chaos. And the
church trying to perfect the world for the next one million years won't fix it.

Those of us who have promoted the important message that the King is
coming are painfully aware that young believers no longer uphold Bible
prophecy as a key component of the faith. They would rather focus on
social justice, the green agenda, and Christian Palestinianism.

When I was a teenager in my church, we had regular prophecy


conferences and I never once heard that Israel was "occupying" her Godgiven country. I never would have heard the denigrating title of "End-Times
Eddie." I was never taught that we had to "save the planet" because I
learned that it was hopelessly lost until Christ's return. I was never given
the delusional teaching that in time my church would be able to "save the
planet" by seizing the Genesis mandate of dominion -- which is about

dominion over animals and not mankind.

Kingdom Now or Dominion Theology tries to humanize God and deify


man. Sadly, the world will continue to deteriorate and spiral into chaos,
forcing man to consider the hope of Heaven and abandon thoughts of a
glorified earth. Only when Jesus Christ returns at the Second Coming will
all things be made new!

Dominionist proponent Cindy Jacobs suggests that God showed her that
the Lord's Prayer is a prayer of intercession that will help bring into
manifestation the original Genesis Mandate to fill, subdue, multiply and
have dominion in the earth. Cindy, sin didn't come into the world because
we didn't understand our mandate!

As I wrote in a previous article exposing the theology of Dominionism, "The


church is not in the business of taking anything away from Satan but the
souls of men. The world is a sinking Titanic ripe for judgment, not Garden
of Eden perfection. Jesus will take dominion of the cleansed earth. For
men to speak of doing that before the judgment of this earth is spiritually
arrogant."

Yet "End-Times Eddie" is the one with unsound theology according to the
Washington church, not those preaching this unsound theology that the
church can perfect the world.

One of my conference attendees wrote me in 2014. He had been tagged


an "End-Times Eddie." He writes, "I no longer feel safe talking about the
issues you deal with in your ministry. I am scorned and ridiculed by friends,
family, and co-workers if I talk about the Lord's imminent return or any
headline that is prominent. To suggest that life as we know it may end
soon is simply the ultimate in lunacy to all of these folks. I feel so alone."

I so agree with Pastor David Barnhart in his magazine, The Vine and

Branches, "For most Christians, the major strategy in dealing with the
doctrine of Christ's return is to ignore it. For others, the solution is to opt for
some kind of socialist utopia here on earth and call it the 'kingdom of
God.'"

He continues, "There is no more important doctrine than the coming again


of Jesus Christ. By His coming, Jesus will bring God's promise of
redemption into complete and total fulfillment. We'll no longer just talk of
streets of gold, we'll walk on them. We will no longer simply talk about
Jesus, we'll talk with Him face to face and His own hand will gently wipe
every tear from our eye. We'll not only talk about seeing our loved ones
who have gone on before, we'll be together with them for eternity without
ever again experiencing a single moment of separation."

Barnhart says, "God's prophetic clock is counting down to the appointed


hour. If you don't believe it, listen to the latest news reports or read the
paper. Scriptures are replete with signs, prophecies and promises of
Christ's return. The signs are everywhere, yet the silence of the churches
is deafening when it comes to proclaiming this vital truth of Scripture.
Slumbering preachers and sleeping saints need to wake up to the reality
that the King is coming and His coming may be sooner than any of us
realize.

"In the meantime, millions are perishing without the knowledge of the
gospel or the hope of His coming offers. How it must grieve the heart of
God to look at a sleeping church in a hell-bound world."

Bible prophecy is given as a light shining in a dark place (2 Peter 1:19).


Talking about it should not instill fear in the Christian; rather, provide
confirmation that the "blessed hope" is ever nearer and the time ever
shorter to snatch people from the fire.

There are many "End-Time Eddies" around. May their numbers increase.
May our pulpits grow bolder and talk about things that really matter. Our
message is hardly doom and gloom. It may be about the only good news

left. The supposed 'good news' that we're taking the planet back to the
Garden of Eden isn't the truth -- it's end-time delusion.

I'm honored to be among the "End-Times Eddie" crowd. I've got the best
news there is. This world isn't it. God believed the topic of eschatology
was so important that He devoted one book exclusively to it: Revelation.
Almost 30% of the Bible is prophecy-focused.

This message, when coupled with warnings, encourages evangelism and


repentance like no other.

First Lady says Muslim women's story is her story Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com

I was looking at this picture of a grieving mother in Syria holding her


headless daughter and what appeared to be an Islamic State barbarian
holding the head. I thought to myself that these brutal animals just can't
help themselves from killing men, women, and children who will not submit
to their outrageous thearchy. Then I read a story where the "first lady" went
to England to address a group of hijab-clad school girls on the topic of
empowering women. They are from what is described as a hotbed of
London's Islamist activity. You know what she told them? "When I look out
at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my
story." Really?

A little less than a year ago, the UK Daily Mail reported that a nun tore
down the black flag of the Islamic State in the village of Tower Hamlets. It
was flying some two weeks side by side with the Palestinian flag. Tower
Hamlets is considered an enclave of radical Islamists. The "first lady"
described Tower Hamlets as a place where "families are tight knit...with
strong values." Breitbart reports that the values held by the ruling Islamic
cabal in Tower Hamlets are not something to brag about, as "Almost half of
Britain's 1300 cases of Female Genital Mutilation last year were from
London. No prizes for guess which areas these emanate from." The
epicenter of those areas, according to news reports, is Tower Hamlets.

Breitbart reports that The Mulberry School for Girls, where the "first lady"
gave her talk is also a hotbed for anti-White, anti-Israel sentiment. "...it has
also played host to hard-left conferences sponsored by groups such as
'War on Want', which is closely tied to anti-Israel activities in the United
Kingdom, the 'Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament' which has its roots in
communist sympathizing, and indeed the European Parliament. The
Mulberry Youth Conference boasts amongst its speakers Shami
Chakrabarti from left-wing campaign group Liberty, ...anti-white racist
columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, hard-left activist Owen Jones, and
feminist campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes."

Heavy sigh. The only way a woman would want to be part of Islam is if she
is brainwashed or so oppressed that she fears for her very life if she
leaves--which Sharia Law would certainly allow her execution if she did
leave. From mutilation to abuse to human trafficking to sex slavery to
honor killings, how on earth is it possible for the "first lady's" story to be the
same as an oppressed Islamic woman? Does she mean that she has
submitted to an Islamic husband? What is she saying? What message is
she sending by visiting and speaking to a Marxist Islamic school for girls?
As Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and
sweet for bitter!"

Daily Devotion: His Ambassadors - Greg Laurie www.harvest.org

So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.


We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" -2 Corinthians
5:20

When I would hunt snakes as a kid, I would never pick them up by the tail.
I would use my foot to pin them down by the neck, being careful not to
crush them, and then I would carefully pick them up, holding them right
behind the head. I would never pick up a snake by the tail, because a
snake could turn around and bite.

When God told Moses to throw down his rod, which became a snake, and
then pick it up by the tail, it was a step of faith. Most likely the snake was a
cobra, the symbol of Egypt. I presume it was this type of snake because it
was common in that part of the world. It also has a venomous bite. If you
are bitten by a cobra, you have a serious problem on your hands.

So God told Moses to take the symbol of Egypt and grab it by the tail. He
was effectively telling him, "I don't want you to be afraid. I am going to
defeat this serpent. I am going to overpower Pharaoh. I am going to do it
through you, so overcome your fears, step forward, and go for it."

Moses was called to represent God to a pagan culture. And we have been
called by God to do the same. The United States is becoming increasingly
pagan, and I mean that in a descriptive, not derogative, sense. There is
belief in false gods and in many gods. It seems like there is belief in every

god but the right God.

The Lord has called Christians to represent Him and has given us
authority: we are His ambassadors (see 2 Corinthians 5:20). And as
ambassadors of Christ, we are charged with bringing His message to the
world.

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The Raptured Bride Will Return with Christ at


Armageddon - Joseph Chambers http://www.raptureready.com/featured/chambers/jc180.html

The Battle of Armageddon is more than a Battle, it is when we come back


with Christ to reign a thousand years.

This earth will be a kingdom of righteousness ruled by the King of Kings


from His capital of Jerusalem. It is wonderful to read of Jerusalem
becoming a metropolitan city stretching for many miles and becoming the

richest city on earth.

His glorified saints that earned the right to rule the cities of the earth will be
His kings and priests. They will be shouting about this as soon as they
arrive for the Marriage Celebration. "And they sung a new song, saying,
Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou
wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our
God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:910)

The Battle of Armageddon has been discussed, used as a type of some


great battle, or dismissed as fantasy for the history of the Book of
Revelation. Satan would certainly love to see it removed from possibility.

Can you imagine Satan's face when he sees the hated multitude of Saints
that he watched go up with Christ right up in the sky coming back with
Him. This Battle will occur and it will be the end of the seven years of
Satan's final reign on earth. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will
prepare to destroy Jerusalem but will watch their massive army go down in
defeat. It will be months in preparation but only minutes in thier
destruction.

The term Armageddon appears in the Bible only one time (Revelation
16:16). It has reference to the concluding battle of the seven-year
tribulation period. It is a mistake if we fail to see that this battle actually
represents the entire period that prepares the world for this concluding act
of God's judgment. In other words, Armageddon is better represented as
the entire "End Time Cataclysmic Period" which will end in the valley of
Megiddo (Har-Megiddon, Strong's Concordance). Please note the Holy
Scripture that describes the preparation for this event.

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the
dragon, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits
of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and

of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God
Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and
keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he
gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue
Armageddon." (Revelation 16:13-16)

I believe the preparation for this final judgment is already in progress.


Satan's crowd must prepare and John the Revelator clearly described that
fact. "For they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto
the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle
of the great day of God Almighty." (Revelation 16:14)

Of course, this unholy trinity (Satan, Antichrist, and Anti-spirit) believes that
they can win against the great God Jehovah. We have interpreted a
statement in Revelation 12:12, "he knoweth that he hath but a short time,"
to suggest he expects defeat. Instead it should be understood that he
knows he has only a short time to win before God will conclude his last
chance to take control of the world.

The entire "One World Government" and "One World Religion" that Satan
will promote and control is his grand scheme to create such a world power
and spiritual (evil) force that he can finally succeed in defeating God and
take his seat as the "Supreme Authority." You may say it is crazy to believe
that Satan is expecting to win. How can you read his grand design for
world control, economic mastery (by his controlling all buying and selling),
and the entire religious harlotry of Biblical prophecy, and not believe Satan
plans to win? Satan is preparing the ultimate effort to remove God from His
throne, to defeat the Lord Jesus as the Savior of men and to defile the
Holy Spirit, God's Spirit of Holiness. Believe the Word of God; Satan will
lose.

The Satanists Are Preparing Their Followers

A noted author of pyramidology occultic materials wrote the following in his

book, The Armageddon Script:

"Their script is now written, subject only to last minute editing and stage
direction. The stage itself, albeit as yet in darkness, is almost ready. Down
in the pit, the subterranean orchestra is already tuning up. The last minute,
walk-on parts are even now being filled. Most of the main actors, one
suspects, have already taken up their roles. Soon it will be time for them to
come on stage, ready for the curtain to rise. The time for action will have
come." (Peter LeMesurier, The Armageddon Script.)

Biblical terminology literally fills the writings and language of the New
Agers and occultic leaders. They talk about the number 666, about saving
the world (not souls), and about a harmonious, peace-loving age when
everybody lives happily ever after. Read the following statements by these
"spirits of devils" going forth to "the whole world to gather them" (world
population) to this awesome hour of the final conflict between the true God
and the idiot god, Satan.

"The blueprint for a peaceful, loving and harmonious world has been
drawn. Prayer, meditation, positive affirmations, spiritual families and
global healing events such as Live Aid and the December 31st World
Peace Event all contribute to this blueprint." (Harmonic Convergence
Brochure.)

"I have come to believe firmly today that our future, peace, justice, and
fulfillment, happiness and harmony on this planet will not depend on world
government but on divine or cosmic government...my great personal
dream is to get a tremendous alliance between all major religions and the
U.N." (Robert Muller, former director of the United Nations and now
president of "Peace University.") "Humanity is on the verge of something
entirely new, a further evolutionary step unlike any other: the emergence of
the first global civilization." (Thomas Berry, Catholic theologian.)

"I (see) images of a new heaven and a new earth...THIS WORLD will be
saved. The planet will be healed and harmonized. We can let the kingdom

come...which means that THIS WORLD can be transformed into a heaven


right now...This is no fantasy. This is not scientific or religious fiction. This
is the main event of our individual lives." (John Randolph Price, Organizer
of the World Instant of Cooperation.)

"...Every major religion of the world has similar ideals of love, the same
goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice...The most important
thing is to look at details of theology or metaphysics...I believe that all the
major religions of the world can contribute to world peace and work
together for the benefit of humanity if we put aside subtle metaphysical
differences, which are really the internal business of each religion...The
undying faith in religion clearly demonstrates the potency of religion as
such. This spiritual energy and power can be purposefully used to bring
about the spiritual conditions necessary for world peace." (Dalai Lama.)

"All human institutions, professions, programs and activities must be


judged primarily according to the extent they either obstruct and ignore or
foster a mutually enhancing human-earth relationship. That is how good
and evil will be judged in the coming years." (Donald Keys, President of
Planetary Citizens.)

A noted New Ager, Jose 'Arguelles, presented a 25-year plan to set up the
New World Order. His plan began in 1987 at an event called "Harmonic
Convergence." They have promoted two World Prayer Days the last being
on December 31st, 1991. Every religious thought or faith was invited to
participate. Their basic philosophy is an idea called "Global
Consciousness" in which they teach we all must help make changes. God,
to the New Ager like Arguelles, is not personal but the global community of
consciousness. If we can change our thought patterns to peace, harmony,
and goodwill to everybody (except those religious maniacs called Jesus
followers) we can evolve to the next round on the evolutionary scale, so
they teach. It's called a "paradigm shift in consciousness." It is nothing but
Satanic delusion. The word "paradigm" is the biggest new word in the
language of the liberals. Beware of anyone who uses it.

Spiritual Warfare

While Satan is preparing his agents on a worldwide scale in a visible and


religious political manner, there is a subtle, but deadly warfare going on in
the spirit world. It has always been a spiritual battle to obey the Holy
Scripture and serve Jesus Christ as Lord. Scriptures are extremely clear
that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)

If this has been true in the past, how much greater is this warfare
presently. Jesus clearly stated that, "As the days of Noah were, so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:36) There were
demons (sons of God) who appeared in visible form during Noah's day,
who even cohabited with women producing giants and clearly terrorizing
the last inhabitants before the terrible judgment of the flood.

I believe we are in for a flood of filth and wickedness that will be


overwhelming to any man or woman that is not covered by the blood of
Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost. Fear and torment is already
the scourge of this generation. Don't think that the "Bride of Christ" will
escape seeing the horrible prelude to the tribulation period. I'm expecting
Jesus to return any moment, but I know that until He returns there will be
an ever increasing activity of Satanism and his dark beguiling demons. Any
believer who expects to escape deception and confusion must submerge
himself or herself in the Holy Scripture and learn to lean on the abiding
presence of God's Holy Spirit. Christians must refuse to listen or entertain
"the counsel of the ungodly." (Psalm 1:1-6) Don't spend a moment in any
atmosphere where Jesus Christ is not Lord or the infallible Bible is not the
final authority.

Increasing Demonic Activity: Warning To The Church

The prophecy of Revelation clearly describes this increasing tide of


Satanic powers. While this prophecy places the time period in the
tribulation after the Rapture has occurred, it certainly suggests that the
early stages will be visible before the actual seven-year period begins.

Notice chapter 16 and the verses I presented at the beginning of this


article. In verse 12 the activity begins in the Euphrates River (Babylon sits
on its original banks) and proceeds to show "unclean spirits, like frogs,"
which proceed from the mouths of Satan, the Antichrist, and the false
prophet. They go forth to deceive and prepare the world for this
forthcoming war between heaven and hell. Then, suddenly, the Holy Spirit
inspires John to speak to the church. "Behold I come as a thief. Blessed is
he that watcheth and keepeth his garment (wedding attire) lest he walk
naked, and they see his shame." (Revelation 16:15)

There is only one reason He placed this great warning in the midst of such
a clear description of Satan's evil power that will reign in the dark period
before the final battle of Armageddon. We in the church waiting for the
"Rapture" are now witnessing the rise of these evil forces. They will
continue to increase until the Rapture and then explode after the church
Bride is gone. Paul was clear to state that the Bride of Christ filled with the
Holy Ghost is the only restraining power on this earth.

"And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will
let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)

This Scripture does not suggest that Satan cannot do anything toward his
goal of world control before the Bride of Christ is gone, but rather that he is
limited. History will certainly confirm that he has had great power to
destroy; but, also, that he has never been able to create world domination
like he will do when the restraints are lifted. Here's how Apostle Paul
describes what will happen when the Bride has escaped.

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and
signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2

Thessalonians 2:9-12)

Whatever wickedness we can now identify, it will be many times worse


after the "First Resurrection out from among the dead." "If by any means I
might attain unto the Resurrection of the dead (out from among the dead)."
(Philippians 3:11) No wonder Paul constantly labored to be ready to
escape the things coming to pass and to stand before the Lord.

Revelation Chapters 8 and 9

These two chapters describe in detail the flood of demons and their activity
during the end. The entire picture is preceded by an explanation of the
power of prayer. "And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a
golden censor; and there was given him much incense, that he should
offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before
the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of
the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel
took the censor, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth:
and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an
earthquake." (Revelation 8:3-5)

It is evident that the seven trumpets that were mentioned in verse two
before the scene of prayer/power were held in check until the church was
safe and her prayers remembered. We are always at the heart of His
action.

The Seven Trumpets all suggest great consternation upon the earth. The
first four deal with the earth's resources and the Heavenlies. Then follows
the unleashing of the inhabitants of the damned and the spirits bound in
their prisons. Jude stated, "And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under
darkness unto the judgment of the great day." (Jude 6) These are very
likely the sons of God who invaded Noah's world (Notice Jude said, "left
their habitation.") and were shut up until the present to protect the earth
from their utter destructive powers. Whoever they represent, they are to be

released in the end to receive their justice in judgment.

The fifth and sixth trumpets deal with this region of the darkness and
opens up their prison doors to the earth. The entire physical earth comes
under siege from hell's inhabitants. Seal five describes an undisclosed
number who are under the kingship of the angel of the bottomless pit. His
name is Abaddon in Hebrew or Apollyon in the Greek tongue. These
"damned creatures" take on the appearance of locusts who look like
horses with destructive powers so great that the men they attack seek
death as escape. John said, "And they had tails like scorpions, and there
were stings in their tails, and their power was to hurt men five months."
(Revelation 9:10) The sixth seal is worse. This second company of fallen
creatures is connected with Ancient Babylon and the deception of the
ages. They are numbered at 200,000,000 and are charged to kill the third
part (l/3) of mankind. The entire picture is of an invasion out of the
subterranean shadows of the earth where the wicked dead and fallen
angels have festered with hatred, vileness and anger at everything within
their reach. They will scourge the earth to torment and wreak havoc on all
living beings.

Preparing For The Final Battle

No question but that Satan is preparing for the end time drama with the
expectation of winning. It's evident that he will use all of his resources. The
wicked living will serve him. The apostate church will offer their worship as
he presents himself as their god. The Antichrist and false prophet will
succeed in blinding and convincing the world for the new false "trinity."
Joining these will be the fallen angels, the wicked dead turned loose for a
short period, and the army of demon spirits under Satan's control. It will be
a dreadful company of the vilest creatures ever assembled. No wonder the
name "Armageddon" holds such ominous vibrations. Even Satan's present
followers on earth are anticipating this occasion.

Jesus Christ Returns To Fight

The mighty Redeemer becomes the Warrior King. He appears out of the
Heavenlies like a God/Man with celestial attire. He rides an awesome
stallion of spotless white and leads an army of triumphant saints. He is no
longer the broken reed of Calvary, bleeding for sin's cleansing. He is now
the judge of all who spurned His reconciling sacrifice. He comes to set
right the rebellions of all creatures. It's time for righteousness to show its
transcending authority. While He does tread the winepress of wrath and
experience the bloodstain of battle, it's a quick victory and all rebellion is
brought to judgment. Satan's well planned schemes and multitude of
support has been of no avail. He is defeated and the King of Kings begins
His triumphant takeover.

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the
dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a
thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and
set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the
thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must loosed a little
season." Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on
such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and
of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:1-3,
6)

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