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|Wars and rumours of wars
America ready for Iranian strike
The prospect of an American sponsored strike on the Iranian nuclear
facilities seems to be growing stronger by the day. Iranian knowledge of the
nuclear bomb is just months away from being perfected, and talks between
Iran and the E3 (Britain, France and Germany) are due to conclude in March.
It is rumoured that Israel has also been contemplating how a strike on Iran
could be carried out successfully, should the diplomatic option fail.
Quote: "According to the report, CIA chief Porter Gus, in his last visit to Turkey on December 12, requested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide military bases to the United States in 2006 from where they would be able to launch an assault. The German news agency DDP also noted that countries neighboring Iran, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and Pakistan were also updated regarding to supposed plan. American sources sent to those countries apparently mentioned an aerial attack as a possibility, but did not provide a time frame for the operation.
Should the world get it wrong, and the talks stall and any pre-emptive strike fails, we could have a very dangerous situation. An Iran with a nuclear capability, and a perceived occupation by the its two main enemies in neighbouring nations, Iraq and Israel. Is it only really a matter of time before nuclear war does break out? Look at the nations that have recently acquired the capability. India and Pakistan, both enemies. North Korea. Now possibly Iran. Not mentioning those that already have the weaponry. Russia and China, against America and the UK. France. Israel. Things aren't going to get better any time soon.
Source Jerusalem Post
Police on high alert in France
Dozens of police helicopters and 25,000 policemen are on high alert in France,
ready to quell any sporadic violence from those poor, underprivileged French
men during the New Year festivities. These rioters are so deprived, that
they can only afford to speed about in cars and motor bikes, and use
mobile phones to text their friends and incite wanton violence.
Quote: "Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy met with police Saturday afternoon and said that officials had decided to mobilize helicopters because they played a "decisive role" in stopping the riots. At the time, helicopters equipped with spotlights and video cameras were used to track bands of marauding youths who sped from attack to attack in cars and on motorbikes. "The orders I have given are very strict," Sarkozy said. "When there are delinquent acts there will be arrests. Those guilty must be accountable for their acts."
Apparently France is particularly troubled at this time of year, and expects around 300 car burnings on New Year's eve alone. The whole situation makes me sick, how the media can pan this off as being caused by disgruntled French citizens who have nothing better to do than to wreak havoc on everyone else because they are poor. Can't we handle the truth, that Islam is not the peace loving religion that Tony Blair tried to make us all believe it is?
Source Jerusalem Post
|Revived Roman Empire
Happy New Year from Solana
Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and
Security Policy, has given his New
Year's message, in which he outlined the future for Serbia and
Montenegro, and the future status of Kosovo. Javier Solana said that
Serbia-Montenegro must extradite Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic in 2006,
if they want to progress towards becoming part of the European Union.
Quote: "In his New Year’s message, published in weekly NIN, Solana said that Serbia-Montenegro will be facing many obstacles, and added that Serbia-Montenegro politicians must show that they are united in their strategic goals for the future of the nation. “The EU expects that, in the coming year, Serbia-Montenegro will make progress in its stabilization and association discussions, the Kosovo status question, and in clearly defining the future of the union of Serbia and Montenegro. The future of the union is at the centre of the EU’s attention, the right to hold a referendum for independence is a guaranteed possibility according to the constitutional charter, but the referendum must be held in accordance with international, democratic standards and in cooperation with the EU. Likewise, the Government and opposition in Montenegro must reach an agreement on the referendum.” Solana said.
|Wars and rumours of wars
Sino-Japanese relations strain
Relations between Japan
and China have continued to strain in the last few weeks, causing Japan
to consider increasing defences of the outlying islands. Japan is also
conducting negotiations with India, another nuclear power in the region, to
counter-balance China's increasing military might.
Quote: "To strengthen its ability to repulse a possible Chinese invasion of the disputed East China Sea islands, Japan's Self-Defense Forces will conduct joint exercises with the US Marine Corps in January and develop short-range torpedoes for combat in shallow waters, the business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported. The report came days after Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Beijing poses "a considerable military threat" because it has nuclear weapons and is boosting its military spending. China called the remarks irresponsible and groundless.
Earlier on in the year Chinese and Russian forces held a joint military exercise for the first time in history, that lasted for several weeks and included manoeuvres in the Chinese straits. The US also released a report on Chinese military spending which concluded that China posed a considerable threat, as it is increasing its military budget in spite of having no enemies in the region. But those who know their Bibles believe that China will have a big part to play in the end times, possibly helping to amass an army over 200 million strong, which will march against Israel and the Antichrist during the tribulation period.
Source Jerusalem Post
|Wars and rumours of wars
Russian nuke chief to visit Iran in February
The chief Russian nuclear scientist is planning to visit Iran
in February of next year to co-ordinate the completion of the Russian-built
nuclear power station. The development may put further impetuous into
ongoing negotiations between Iran and the E3 (Britain, France and Germany)
over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Quote: "Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Federal Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to focus on a schedule for the completion of the Bushehr nuclear plant Russia is building in southern Iran, his spokesman Sergei Novikov said. "Issues relating to Russia's proposal to Iran to move its enrichment program to Russian territory will be discussed as well," Novikov told The Associated Press.
Israel believes Iran currently constitutes the biggest threat to Middle East peace. Iran believes it has a right to possess nuclear knowledge for its own people - many intelligence analysts believe it may be only months away from acquiring. Iran also desires to obtain nuclear weapons to form a counter-balance for Israel's nuclear armament, which includes many neutron bombs. Israel has stated it will not be the first to use nuclear weapons in the gulf, but with Iran's support for terrorism and recent comments calling for the state of Israel to be "wiped off the map", the Iranians might just be mad enough to use them.
Source Jerusalem Post
|Gog and Magog
Russia threatens to cut gas to Ukraine and Europe
A new energy crisis is threatening to begin this Sunday, as Russia warns it
may cut gas
supplies to the Ukraine, over the nation's refusal to pay higher prices.
Russia believes the Ukraine should be paying international prices for gas,
seeing it now plans to join the EU. This would result in the Ukraine paying
four times as much for gas as it does currently. Not only would gas reserves for the
Ukraine be affected, but also for all Europe. Political analysts believe
Russia is attempting to exert regional and international dominance using the
West's need for energy.
Quote: "At 10am on Sunday, Russia is threatening to unleash the most powerful weapon in its post-Soviet arsenal: unless Ukraine agrees to a fourfold increase in the price it pays for gas, Russia will simply turn off the tap. Nor is it just Ukraine under threat — the EU imports about half of its gas from Russia and 80 per cent of that comes through Ukrainian pipelines. So when President Putin met Ivan Plachkov, the Ukrainian Energy Minister, in Moscow yesterday, there was more at stake than relations between the neighbouring states. Analysts fear the dispute could provide a foretaste of how Russia will use its massive oil and gas reserves as a foreign policy tool in future disputes with the West. “Energy co-operation has replaced military might as the mainstay of Russia’s international credibility,” Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Alfa Bank in Moscow, said. “It is using its importance as an energy partner to pursue its geopolitical and foreign policy agenda.”
This situation is exactly what my Polish friend Marcin predicted would happen back in September, after Moscow revealed its plans to build a Baltic Sea pipeline. Just as Ezekiel prophesied, Gog is starting to "think an evil thought". Russia desires to rebuild its lost Soviet Empire, and with Russia's flailing economy, one of the ways to do that is to control world energy reserves.
Source Times Online
|Wars and rumours of wars
Britain reveals UK nuclear attack procedures
In the event of a major nuclear
attack on the UK, the British government has revealed that Britons were to
be told via a television broadcast, "There is no point in trying to escape". Thirty years
ago, during the height of the Cold War with Russia, there were no plans for
a mass evacuation of the population in the event of a nuclear attack. The government
would be evacuated to underground shelters, which were to be staffed by
civil servants, while parliament rushed through emergency legislation,
giving the government sweeping powers over manpower, transport,
communications and food.
Quote: "According to the 30-year-old files - described by historians as the "most secret" to be released by the National Archive at Kew to date - Russia had so many nuclear warheads trained on Britain that around 12 million citizens would have been wiped out. People would have been urged to stay indoors while all radio and television were to be replaced by an emergency BBC broadcast telling them: "There is nothing to be gained by trying to get away".
These plans are a solemn reminder of the situation plainly described in Scripture, that will occur before and when Christ returns to set up His Kingdom.
All these effects can be created by nuclear weapons. Fire and pillars of smoke remind us of the great mushroom cloud that is created by the nuclear bomb. The resulting air pollution darkens the sky for days and can turn the moon into a blood-red colour. The flesh, eyes and tongue all consuming away may be from the sheer heat of the nuclear blast, which travels faster than the explosion itself, and kills people while they stand on their feet.
Source Scots Man
Temple Mount should be under international control
...At least, that's what a slim majority of Israelis believe should happen,
to help bring about peace in the Middle East.
Quote: "In contrast, a slim majority, 53% to 47%, responded that as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, they would be willing to pass the Temple Mount to international control, as long as Israel maintained control of the Western Wall. The margin of error for the survey was 4.5%.
After the Six Day war, when Israel took complete control of Jerusalem for the first time in 1900 years, they handed control of the Temple Mount straight back into Jordanian hands. Some Christians and Jews believe this event was what brought about the forced Gaza disengagement, which occurred exactly 40 years later (40 always speaks of judgement in Scripture). Many saw the Gaza disengagement as a punishment from God on the nation for giving God's land back to their enemies.
Possibly the Temple Mount would fair better under international control that in the hands of the Jordanian Waqf who currently administer the site. The Muslim Waqf routinely destroy ancient archaeological artefacts dating from the First and Second Temples. No Jew is permitted to pray on the Temple Mount, or even carry the Scriptures or any other religious symbol, for fear of causing a Muslim uprising.
The fact that even Israelis now believe losing the Temple Mount may be an essential part of creating stability in the region shows us how close we are to the events spoken of by Daniel. In Daniel 9:27, the Antichrist permits the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt, possibly under some sort of international agreement, and later defiles it when he sits in the Temple and proclaims himself to be God.
Source Jerusalem Post
EU observers flee Rafah border
When the going gets tough, the tough... shut up shop and run for their
lives. It's not what's supposed to happen, but today, after Palestinian
police men started firing shots into the air in protest over the killing of
a fellow officer, that's exactly what the new EU
border monitors decided was the best course of action.
Quote: "The European observers - responsible for monitoring the crossing and ensuring the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement are upheld - fled to an IDF base near the Gaza-Israel border, fearing the situation was spinning out of control, the officials said. The takeover is the latest in a rash of armed kidnappings and takeovers of government buildings that underscore the lawlessness in Gaza and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' inability to bring order to the coastal area following this summer's pullout.
There is still no word on the British woman who was kidnapped by an armed Palestinian gang a few weeks ago. This event today shows just how fragile the situation in the Gaza strip is becoming, with the Palestinian Authority ceding political power to Hamas, the police unable to control continuing terrorist attacks on Israel, and now al-Qaeda agents believed to be operating from Gaza.
Source Jerusalem Post
|Revived Roman Empire
Austrian EU "sex-posters" causes fury
Austria is already making the headlines just days after taking the
presidency of the European Union, for all the wrong reasons. The reason
being, the Austrian promotion of its presidency of the EU, called "25
peaces", depicts naked people
posing in sexual acts, wearing only the face masks of world leaders. Another
picture depicts a woman's private parts, with the EU flag emblazoned on her
underwear. Unfortunately the pictures are far too graphic to be displayed on
my website. The posters, which are being displayed throughout Vienna, are
costing the European taxpayer a whopping 1 million euros.
Quote: "The posters are part of a larger partly-publicly funded project '25 Peaces' celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Austrian republic and its ten years of membership of the EU. Taxpayers are contributing 10 percent of the total 10 million euro project, while the rest of the money is from private sponsors.
Sadly this is Europe displaying its "true colours". When you have a parliament building modelled to the shape of the tower of Babel, and a picture of the harlot goddess Europa etched on the back of your coinage, is it really any wonder when you start producing pictures of debauchery to promote your godless confederacy? Europe, I believe, is bringing its sins to the full, before God judges the nations for their wickedness, and the Antichrist who they worship.
Source EU Observer
|Wars and rumours of wars
Lebanese rockets - made by Russia, bought by Syria
A few days ago, Northern Israel came under another salvo of rocket attacks
from Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. Two houses were damaged, but
thankfully nobody was killed. Israel launched an immediate reprisal attack
in South Lebanon against Hezbollah. But examination of the missiles
fired into Israel has revealed a worrying development. These missiles were
made in Russia, sold to Syria, and ended up in the hands of terrorists in
Quote: ""Hizbullah is using rocket-propelled grenades that were bought by Syria from Russia," Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, the head of army intelligence, told Yediot. "The real faces of Russia and Syria have been revealed," Zeevi-Farkash told Yediot. "They buy weapons with the commitment not to transfer them and then these weapons are brazenly used against us."
If Syria is willing to transfer Russian-made missiles to groups like Hezbollah, to carry out attacks against Israel, how long will it be before they are willing to transfer nuclear weaponry to terrorists, in order to carry out attacks without implicating Syria? And the fact that Russia has now been implicated in the scandal only reveals how close we are to the fulfilment of Ezekiel 38-39, were a Russian/Arab coalition marches on Israel and is wiped out by Divine intervention.
Source Jerusalem Post
|Wars and rumours of wars
Suicide bomber strikes West Bank
bomber was stopped at a surprise IDF check point in the West Bank today,
after intelligence received warnings that such attacks were being planned.
It was believed the suicide bomber was on his way to an Israeli part of the
West Bank, but didn't manage to reach his final destination, where much more
devastation could have been inflicted. One Israeli was killed in the blast
along with a possibly three or four Palestinians.
Quote: "A suicide bomber detonated himself at a surprise IDF roadblock south of Tulkarm, near Shavei Shomron. The bomber was driven in a taxi to the area, and when he exited the vehicle, soldiers asked him to open his coat. He refused, and set off his explosives. There were reports that at least four Palestinians were killed in the attack, though it was unclear whether the count included the bomber. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, which wounded both Israelis and Palestinians.
This attack emphasizes the ever-pressing need for Israeli road blocks, in spite of world opinion that these road blocks "infringe" on human rights. In Northern Ireland, we experienced a similar sort of threat, and road blocks coupled with random searches in major shopping centres were frequently used at the height of the troubles here. But then why should we trust world opinion. It's only been 60 years since "world opinion" was that no country should harbour Jews during a war that saw over 6 million of them slain.
Source Jerusalem Post
Swedish Lutherans back gay marriage
The Russian Orthodox Church has severed links with the Swedish
Lutheran Church after it decided to officially recognize gay marriage.
Quote: "The members of the Synod (of the Russian Orthodox) believe that the Church of Sweden’s decision contradicts the Biblical concept of family and marriage “and the testimonies of the Holy Writing leave us no doubt that homosexuality is considered a sin and ’confusion’,” the statement says.
I find it amazing, that the very churches that are steeped in religious idolatry, namely the Roman Catholic and Orthodox, should be the only ones prepared to stand up for the principles of Scripture, while the "evangelical" churches that came through the reformation, namely the Anglican and Lutherans, have been the first ones to jump on the homosexual band-wagon of this "modern society". Will it be politically correct to celebrate gay marriage when Jesus reigns on earth?
Source Moscow News
|Revived Roman Empire
EU launches new satellite for GMES
Europe launched a new satellite into orbit today, called Glove-A or Galileo,
marking the beginning of its controversial GMES
programme. The GMES system will be comprised of a network of satellites
that, by 2010, will form the backbone of a European communication system.
The world currently uses the American-based GPS system for navigational
aids, but Europe wants to develop its own network, in an effort to negate
what is perceived as unwanted US dominance in the region. That may also be
the motive behind the recent probing of CIA flights over Europe. GMES will
also provide a "spy in the sky" for the European Commission, who
will use the network to monitor compliance of European treaties, and secure
borders. And it wouldn't surprise me if GMES ends up being a key component
for the 2010 Headline Goal, an EU military response group capable of being
launched anywhere in the world within 5-10 days.
Quote: "In few years' time, a small Galileo chip will be integrated in mobile phones, giving users the ability to pinpoint restaurants, hotels, movie theatres, hospitals or car parks. Galileo will deliver the tools national governments need to introduce wide-scale road charging. The network will also underpin Europe's new air-traffic control system. The single European sky initiative will overhaul current technologies used to keep planes at safe separations, and allow pilots to fly their own routes and altitudes.
All the benefits listed above are made possible by Galileo's new technology, which is capable of pinpointing a location anywhere on earth within 1 metre. The chip won't only give you the location of any facility in the world, it will also enable Europe to locate any mobile phone user on the planet, by providing a direct link to Europe's GPS system.
Germany bans group calling for slaying of Christians
German authorities have banned an Islamic group, calling itself Multi-Kultur-Haus,
after materials were seized by police, inciting Muslims to slay Christians
and Jews, and to carry out attacks against allied forced in Iraq. From what
I recall, the material included a video that called on Muslims to "kill
the polytheists" (Christians).
Quote: "The state of Bavaria said the activities of the Multi-Kultur-Haus association threatened the coexistence of Germans and foreigners as well as security in the country. "We will not tolerate organizations that are set up aggressively against the constitutional order and call openly for the use of violence," state Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein said.
Europe is increasingly finding itself the target of "Islamic extremism". The question is whether that phrase should really be called "Islamic main-streamism", for this extremism seems to be a global problem. Just a few months ago, Muslim youths in both France and Belgium destroyed cars, shops and burned Christian schools and churches (although the latter was never reported by the media, but they did report the attempted reprisal at a Muslim mosque). But Western media doesn't know how to handle the situation. According to the press, when Muslims are killing Jews, Israeli provocation is always to blame. But when Muslims start killing Europeans, who gets the blame? Christians???
Source Jerusalem Post
65% of Palestinians favour attacks on US and Europe
I received notification of this article from my friend Fred Ambrose...
A new poll taken by a pro-Palestinian Norwegian group FAFO, shows that religious intolerance is running high in Gaza. The poll revealed around 65% of Palestinians are in favour of attacks on Israel and Europe, in spite of their heavy reliance on both these regions for aid. Just last week, Palestinian leaders criticized Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, for his apparent double-standards when he stated that Palestinians could lose economic aid if they elected terrorist organization Hamas into power. Europe sinks 600 million Euros a year into the Palestinian economy, and expects something in return. But Palestinians are more willing to see the countries that support their very existence suffer because of their religious hatred for the West instilled into them from an early age.
Quote: "Last month (November 18th), in a sermon broadcast on PA-controlled television, Islamic leader Suleiman Satari offered the following prayer: "Destroy the Infidels and the Polytheists! Your [i.e. Allah's] enemies are the enemies of the religion…! Count them and kill them to the last one, and don't leave even one." According to PMW, prayers to annihilate all “infidels” have been included in Friday prayers on PA TV at least six times in recent months. Two such sermons were delivered by Yusuf Jum'a Salamah, PA Minister of the Waqf Religious Authority - the most important religious office in the PA. Even though PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas was present on at least one of these occasions, similar prayers for genocide continued on the PA-owned and controlled TV in subsequent weeks.
For the Christian and Jew, this poll comes as no surprise. In reality, there is an intense spiritual battle taking place in the region, with an effort by Satan to wipe out God's people once and for all, so you can be sure this hatred for Israel and the West is inspired by the devil himself. Only when Christ comes, and His enemies are become His footstool, will there be true peace.
Source Arutz 7
Contradictory reports about Sharon's health
Doctors released a statement a few days ago that Israel Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon is in good health, in spite of needing an operation
performed on a hole in his heart within the coming days. The Prime Minister
was rushed into hospital a couple of weeks ago, apparently suffering from a
stroke. His speech became slurred and he was unable to make decisions,
according to official statements. Some news reports released at the time
stated that he actually lost consciousness, but this was firmly denied by
the medical establishment. The apparent contradictory statements have caused
some to doubt the veracity of the press briefings, and some believe Sharon's
health may be much worse than is being let on...
Quote: "Doctors did not release past medical files or the results of CAT scans or imaging tests from last week that would show whether Sharon suffered permanent damage. Reporters in attendance at the press conference were barred from taking photographs or videotaping documents. Meanwhile, some of America's most renowned stroke experts told WND they are skeptical of the announcements regarding Sharon's ability to return to his hectic schedule and labeled some of the information released by the prime minister's doctors "contradictory."
My own grandmother suffered a stroke about a month before she died, although like Sharon, she nor we realized it at the time. Her speech became slurred, as if she was on heavy medication, and her mouth had dropped slightly at one side. She also found difficulty swallowing, which most stroke victims find. Perhaps the Israeli government doesn't want the public to know how serious the effects of Sharon's stroke is, at least until his party Kadima wins the upcoming election in March.
Vatican back-tracks on status of Jerusalem
I have just had this information emailed to me by my friend, Fred Ambrose,
in the USA. A statement released by a top Vatican official has revealed a
change in position on the status of Jerusalem. John Paul II, in an effort to
resolve the Middle East conflict, was in favour of Jerusalem becoming an
international city, belonging neither to Jew nor Muslim, but governed by the
Vatican. Many believed the reasoning behind this Romanish desire was in
order for the Catholic Church to place a Pope in the Holy City before the
return of Christ. Now it appears the Catholic Church has shifted its stance,
and has sided with the Muslims. Here are Fred's comments on the report...
Quote: "I just came across a news item through the Arutz Reporter that I subscribe to via email that the Vatican is apparently (or at least according to the Vatican spokesperson in Israel) that Jerusalem should be divided to make the capital part of the new Palestinian State. The Papal representative in Israel, Nazareth native Michael Sabbath, told reporters: “This [partition] wall must not exist. One day it will not exist. The Palestinian people should regain their liberty and land with a state and a capital and the Israeli people should have security.” This statement seems to be in opposition to previous Vatican statements that Jerusalem should be an international city. It looks like the Vatican is dangerously acting in a way that is diametrically opposed to the Word of God and the covenant to His people Israel, which places them in danger of the wrath of God – “those who bless you will be blessed, and those who curse [harm] you will be cursed”.
Source Arutz 7
Media blames poor Christian turnout in Bethlehem on Israel
A recent article run by the Associated
Press and broadcast by the BBC, laid the blame for a poor showing of the
annual Christmas festivities in Bethlehem, at Israel's feet. The recent
erection of the good fence around Bethlehem
(a fixture greatly exaggerated by mainstream news agencies) has kept the
economy poor and visitors out, they claim. Back in 1994 Bethlehem enjoyed
around 150,000 tourists during the season, a number that dwarfs the mere
30,000 that came to the town this Christmas. The Christian population of
Bethlehem once comprised around 90% of the population, but has dwindled
over the last 10 years of Palestinian control, and currently stands at
around 25%. As was seen by the recent attack on Bethlehem's city hall by
Muslim terrorists, the reason for the decrease is not because of Israeli
Quote: "For years, Bethlehem was largely Christian. But when the PA took control in 1995 it publicly expanded Bethlehem's boundaries reportedly to ensure a Muslim majority, incorporating into the city over 30,000 Muslims from adjacent refugee camps. Then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat unilaterally replaced the Christian-dominated city council with a largely Muslim leadership. Since then, there have been a steady stream of reported abuses and persecution. An aide to Latin Patriarch Sabbah who asked that his name be withheld told WND the PA has been appropriating lands of the Greek Orthodox Church in Bethlehem and building mosques on the formerly Christian land. He said he is aware of several cases in which Christian women were raped and murdered, but the alleged criminals were not arrested. "The Palestinian security forces know who did these crimes. They know where the criminals live. Still nothing to arrest them," said the aide.
North American Aliyah highest since 1948
The Jewish Agency for Israel has reported that the number of Jews that made Aliyah
to Israel from North America this year has reached record levels. More Jews travelled to Israel
this year than at any time since the rebirth of Israel in 1948, a figure now
Quote: "A planeload of immigrants is scheduled to bring 250 North American Jews to Israel this week. The flight, which is to land December 28 at Ben-Gurion International Airport, is the seventh flight sponsored in 2005 by Nefesh B'Nefesh, an organization that facilitates aliya for Jews from the United States and Canada.
It was reported earlier in the year that Jewish emigration to Israel from the UK is also at record levels, around 500 individuals a year. Many believe the reasoning behind the trend is due to increased anti-Semitism that is rearing it's ugly head across Europe and Russia. But whatever the reason, the fact Jews are returning to Israel in spite of the trouble there, proves they are fulfilling a God-given desire to return to their ancient homeland, something the Bible stated would happen over 2500 years ago...
Source Jerusalem Post
Happy Christmas everyone! I've just been watching television here in
the UK, and it really is awful. Checking up on the listings, I have yet to
come across any programme that dares to mention the real meaning of
Christmas. I was hopeful while watching a programme on ITV, regarding the
top 10 films watched at Christmas. Phillip Scofield started to talk about a
man that came and brought love and united the world in peace, but that
turned out to be an introduction to Santa Claus the Movie. The only mentions
God will get this Christmas on Channel 4 is "The Magic of Jesus",
a programme by two magicians who will make a mockery of Jesus' miracles, and
"Where was God in the Tsunami?", another effort by godless men to
blame a God they neither believe in nor will turn to for salvation. It's
sad, but from what we read in the Bible, during the tribulation period, when
untold horrors will be unleashed on the world, even then, men will still
blaspheme God, and not turn from their wickedness...
Just like Bethlehem 2000 years ago, the world still has no room for Christ. But we can be thankful that around the world, even though it may not be broadcast on the television, or mentioned in the high street, there are people remembering the real reason for Christmas.
|Wars and rumours of wars
US checking Mosques for nuclear weapons
US government officials have been checking radiation
levels around Mosques and other key sites in Washington D.C., and in
five other American cities in what looks to be further evidence that the
government believes nuclear weapons have already been smuggled into the
country. The surveillance programme began after the World Trade Centre
attacks, with President Bush's consent, over an apparent concern that
Al-Qaida had gained access to nuclear devices.
Quote: "According to Williams, former CIA Director George Tenet informed President Bush one month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that at least two suitcase nukes had reached al-Qaida operatives in the U.S. "Each suitcase weighed between 50 and 80 kilograms (approximately 110 to 176 pounds) and contained enough fissionable plutonium and uranium to produce an explosive yield in excess of two kilotons," wrote Williams. "One suitcase bore the serial number 9999 and the Russian manufacturing date of 1988. The design of the weapons, Tenet told the president, is simple. The plutonium and uranium are kept in separate compartments that are linked to a triggering mechanism that can be activated by a clock or a call from the cell phone."
Perhaps we've grown complacent, or perhaps we've grown accustomed to the utter horror of the images from September 11th. It's very worrying that a group responsible for the deaths of over 3000 people in just 1 hour, and many thousands more since that date has possibly got it's hands on a nuclear weapon. But then we only need to look at the Bible, how so many empires have fallen before this one, when God permitted their enemies to gain the advantage after they turned their backs on God. All our nations need to repent of the wickedness we have permitted to go unchecked, and turn to God, for our defences are down and the axe is laid to the root of the tree.
|Wickedness in high places
Judge blocks law banning violent games for children
Judge has blocked a law that would have restricted the sale of violent
and sexually explicit computer games to minors. The law, passed by Governor Schwarzenegger,
was due to come into effect on the 1st of January. Companies that flouted
the law would face a measly $1000 fine, for it was perceived that the
current system of self-regulation was not working. But for some companies,
even that penalty is too much. Two computer game firms have gone to court
over the new restriction, claiming this law hinders their rights to
"free speech", and the Judge upheld their complaint, even calling
into question whether any type of video game can be restricted to children.
Quote: "The passing of the law was challenged by the Entertainment Software Association and the Video Software Dealers Association which represent game makers and retailers. The two organisations filed a lawsuit claiming that the law risking breaking free speech statutes. In granting the injunction, Judge Whyte said the two groups could be right in saying it risked breaking such laws.
It's sad that game companies peddling porn and graphic violence to children can hide behind a twisted interpretation of the US Constitution. The only reason Americans have a right to freedom of speech, is because they live in a Christian country. If these game companies were to set up shop in China, or Pakistan, or a dozen other nations, they would find the freedoms they enjoy in America would soon disappear. The right to freedom of speech was hard earned by their ancestors, many of whom paid with their lives for their refusal to bow the knee to oppressive "churches" and governments that ruled Europe during the 18th century. Companies that abuse that freedom should automatically forfeit any "rights" they claim to own.
Temple Institute complete High Priest's robe
The Temple Institute has announced they have completed the manufacture of
the High Priest's robe. Pictures of the
robe can be seen here.
The Temple Institute have also manufactured many of the implements that will
be used for the rebuilding of the Third Temple, that will be subsequently
defiled by the Antichrist during the tribulation period. Artefacts already
completed include the Breast Plate of the High Priest, the Ephod, the Golden
Crown, the Menorah, and various sacrificial instruments and vessels of the
Quote: "This robe is the culmination of over three years of research and painstaking labour. But much more so, it is the fulfilment of a positive commandment - one that until now has stood unfulfilled since the destruction of the Second Holy Temple. This is the first time in nearly two thousand years that such a garment has been created. The blue robe is now on display at the Temple Institute's headquarters in Jerusalem, joining the completed ephod and breastplate of the High Priest. These garments can be viewed by the public until such time as they are called into service for the resumption of the priestly duties in the Holy Temple.
The completion of yet another Temple artefact shows us how close we are to the fulfilment of Daniel 9:27, when the Antichrist confirms the covenant, and Temple sacrifices are re-instituted at the beginning of the Tribulation period.
|Mark of the Beast
Britain to monitor all vehicle journeys by 2006
Britain has announced plans to start monitoring the journeys made by every
car in the country, via a national network of CCTV cameras, by next March. A
new database being set up by the police will record the licence plates,
times and locations of 35 million vehicles each day, creating a virtual
route map, which will be stored in a central police database for two years.
Quote: "According to a strategy document drawn up by Acpo, the national data centre in Hendon will be at the heart of a surveillance operation that should deny criminals the use of the roads. "The intention is to create a comprehensive ANPR camera and reader infrastructure across the country to stop displacement of crime from area to area and to allow a comprehensive picture of vehicle movements to be captured," the Acpo strategy says. "This development forms the basis of a 24/7 vehicle movement database that will revolutionise arrest, intelligence and crime investigation opportunities on a national basis," it says.
The document is being hailed as a break through in crime investigation techniques, but it represents yet another way in which the British government seeks to monitor its own citizens. Earlier in the year, the British government announced plans to bring in chipped passports, which will be compulsory to hold even if you aren't planning to leave the country - really just a national ID scheme. They were also planning to chip car licence plates, but perhaps a national "espionage" programme will be cheaper to implement.
|Wickedness in high places
Dover Judge rejects Intelligent Design as "religious"
Evolutionary scientists and the liberal media hailed yesterday's decision, by
a Dover Judge in America to throw out an attempt by a school board, as a
great "victory". The school wanted to permit the
theory of intelligent
design to be taught alongside the theory of evolution. The Judge's decision
didn't come after weeks of scientific analysis as one might expect, but on the grounds
that Intelligent Design - even if it is true, violates the "separation of
church and state". Judge John Jones lambasted intelligent design as "non-science", and
derided the school board for their efforts to "promote
Quote: "In his ruling, Judge Jones demolished assertions by members of Dover's former school board, or administrators, that the theory of intelligent design (ID) was based around scientific rather than religious belief. He accused them of "breathtaking inanity", of lying under oath and of trying to introduce religion into schools through the back door.
But all this "humanist hoo-hah" comes on the day another appeals court Judge made the decision that the First Amendment does "not demand a wall of separation" between church and state, contrary to what many in the ACLU would like to believe. Of course this high court decision wasn't deemed news-worthy by the mainstream press.
Quote: "Writing for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Suhrheinrich said the ACLU's "repeated reference 'to the separation of church and state' ... has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state." Suhrheinrich wrote: "The ACLU, an organization whose mission is 'to ensure that ... the government [is kept] out of the religion business,' does not embody the reasonable person."
The labours of the evolutionary establishment to suppress any theory other than their own constitutes a concerted effort to deceive the population, and maintain any semblance of scientific credibility they may have left.
Quote: "Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfil many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. The eminent Kant scholar Lewis Beck used to say that anyone who could believe in God could believe in anything. To appeal to an omnipotent deity is to allow that at any moment the regularities of nature may be ruptured, that miracles may happen.
The US courts claim to be defending the constitution by maintaining the separation of church and state, but in the process they have established one of the most dangerous philosophies in the world, evolutionary atheism. The theory of evolution has indirectly caused some of the worst atrocities in world history, such as the extermination of the disabled, Jews and Gypsy's during the holocaust, and the slaughtering of tens of thousands of Australian Aborigines, in the belief they were a missing link between Homo Sapiens and animals. The theory of evolution sponsors the deaths of 200 million children a year, in the belief that a human being while in the womb is no more than a pound of flesh, to be discarded at will.
|Mark of the Beast
New battery can act as power source for RFID
The Japanese company, NEC, has developed a new type of flexible battery
that is less than 1 millimetre thick, and can be recharged in less than a
minute. The revolutionary design is made possible using a type of plastic
that allows the battery to remain extremely pliable. Several applications
for the new battery are already being considered, including a power source
for wearable electronics, and "intelligent" paper. It is also
being offered as a possible solution to the problem of powering RFID chips,
the tiny Radio transmitters that are used to identify goods, and
Quote: "The ORB has huge potential when combined with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags - tiny microchips that hold unique identifier information attached to a small antenna. RFID tags are now finding wide use to keep track of items in the business supply chain - from the manufacturing floor to the retail outlet. RFID Journal RFID tags fall into two categories - the more commonly found "passive" devices only respond to signals sent to it by a tag reader and have a shorter range. "Active" tags on the other hand can transmit signals and can be read at greater distances but are larger and more expensive since they need a power source.
This development has come just months after VeriChip Corp announced the development of a new power source based on thermal energy. Both these devices overcome major obstacles in the way of the increasing intrusion of electronic identification technologies in our society. Applied Digital Solutions have opted for the use of Lithium Ion (also here) batteries in the case of the VeriChip.
Quote: "GPS technology took a quantum leap with the development of bionics capable of being tracked by satellite once implanted in animals or humans. These tiny devices, powered by a lithium battery, could be geographically detected, using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), to within inches anywhere on the surface of the planet. Lithium is employed as a miniature power-plant for the chip since it self-energises through changes in the host's body temperature. Thus the site for the implant will usually be those body parts demonstrating the greatest variations in temperature - in the back of the hand or front of the head. Lithium does have one drawback, experts say. It produces an infection when brought into contact with exposed organic tissue.
|Revived Roman Empire
EU Constitution to be resurrected in 2007
As the UK Presidency of the European Union is drawing to a close, ministers
are meeting for the transfer of power to Austria, on January 1st, 2006.
Austrian MEP's are already talking openly of their efforts to revive the
Earlier in the year, European leaders said anything and everything to try and convince voters to say Yes to the EU Constitution. Chirac said France would become a non-entity in Europe if people voted "Non", Mandelson said Europe would suffer financially, the Freemason Giscard d'Estaing - who authored the secular-humanist document - told everybody rejection would mean countries would have to spend years renegotiating the whole treaty, and they probably wouldn't bother... What a load of codswallop that all turned out to be. In fact, the European Commission has been secretly adopting parts of the EU Constitution without consent of the public, most recently usurping member states' criminal law, and approving a single internal defence market - legislation that was only to come about on approval of the treaty by all member states.
After France, followed by Holland, dealt the death blow to the European "dream", many sceptics had hoped the Constitution was now "dead in the water". The Freemasons of Europe would never accept such a fate. After the "pause of reflection" by European states proposed by the British government, the EU treaty will come up again for discussion in June 2006 under the Austrian Presidency, for possible implementation under the German Presidency in 2007. Hitler would have been proud. Europe has the possibility of being unified as a federal super state under a German government without firing a shot.
Quote: "Austria would relaunch the debate on the future of Europe at a June 2006 summit, Mrs Plassnik said. "It was time to ask France and Holland what they intended to do about their No votes, she suggested, as 14 countries had now ratified the treaty. "We need to look at what we want, how we want to live in Europe, in our re-unified Europe, which is coming closer together. EU "An answer will best come, perhaps, if we look at the Constitutional Treaty, because I think it's a fascinating document, that sets out our objectives as a community of values. "The time is ripening now. This is the feeling I get, in my many conversations with colleagues around the table." In Berlin, a spokesman for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said its government, which will hold the rotating presidency of the EU in the first half of 2007, "has the clear intention of reviving the European Constitution".
Northern Ireland adopts gay civil unions
I really didn't want to write about this, but I guess I've no choice. It's a
sad day in the history of Northern Ireland, in my personal opinion. The
state has become the first part of the United Kingdom where gay
civil union law has come into effect. Tomorrow Scotland will have it's
turn, and then on the next day, England and Wales. Media outlets such as the
BBC and UTV have been praising the new legislation, in an attempt to put gay
civil unions on the same footing as marriage, which sickens me. Not because
I am a bigot, but because I detest laws that are contrary to Scripture and
harmful to society, especially children. But then what can you expect from a
world that lies in the hands of the wicked one? DUP counsellors had their
hands tied behind their backs by the government, forced to abstain in the
voting for the new laws which receive their backing from the European Union.
Quote: "The Reverend David McIlveen, of the Free Presbyterian Church - among the protesters - said he was "very much opposed" to the "marriage in all but name" of gay couples. The Bible described marriage as "a relationship between male and female for the bringing up of children", he told BBC News. "It is revealed as being an honourable relationship whereas the Bible speaks of same sex relationships as being an abomination. You cannot reconcile the two."
Hamas victory could cut EU aid to Palestinians
Javier Solana, the High Representative of the European Common, Foreign and
Security Policy, has stated that a Hamas victory in the Gaza elections could
aid to the region. The European Union is the largest donor of financial
aid to the Palestinian territories, with a combined budget of over 600
million Euros annually. In last Thursday's municipal elections,
Hamas gained control of three out of four major Palestinian towns formally
run by the Palestinian Authority.
Quote: ""What will happen if Hamas wins the parliamentary elections?" asked Abdel Nasser Najjar, a prominent columnist. "Will it form the next cabinet and become an alternative to the Palestinian Authority? And if Hamas forms the cabinet, how will it deal with the world? And what if the world refuses to deal with cabinet and halts financial aid to the Palestinians?"
Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization, still maintains its attacks against Israeli towns. They believe that unless Israel relinquishes control of Gaza's borders and airspace, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Palestinian people are still under "occupation" and any attack on Israel can be justified as a legitimate means of resistance. But some Palestinian officials blame the EU for "meddling in their affairs", and think that EU aid should be given regardless of whether a terrorist government is installed or not.
Quote: ""This is an unacceptable intervention," Palestinian Economy Minister Ghassan El-Khateib told the Doha-based Al-Jazeera news channel. "They are exploiting the Palestinian people's dire need for aid to influence their democratic choices," he charged. With severe poverty in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the PA cannot afford to lose international aid. It faces a particular test following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in September after 38 years of occupation. PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat echoed a similar position. "This is a direct intervention in our internal affairs ... Mr Solana and others should respect the choice of the Palestinian people," he told Reuters. Hamas, for its part, said Solana's comments reflected a "bias towards the Israeli occupation and a surrender to US pressures."
|Wars and rumours of wars
Persian Gulf fears nuclear Iran
The six countries that form the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCG), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain,
are planning to discuss several issues at a two-day summit, including the
Palestinian issue, the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri,
and the creation of a monetary union for the region. The talks are also
planned to include the topic
of Iran's nuclear ambitions, with the proposition of declaring the Persian
Gulf a nuclear weapons-free zone in the hope that Iran will somehow sign up
to the agreement...
Quote: "But what worries the GCC most is Iran's nuclear potential. Many in the West and in Arab countries believe Iran will use its nuclear energy program to develop nuclear weapons. The Arab countries fear such weapons would make Iran a superpower in the region. Iran denies the charge, saying its program is intended only to produce electricity. "We have confidence in Iran, but we don't want to see an Iranian nuclear reactor that is closer to our territorial waters than it is to Teheran. This causes danger and harm to us," the Emirates News Agency quoted Attiyah as saying.
Source Jerusalem Post
Israeli Prime Minister suffers stroke
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, was rushed to hospital tonight after
suffering what officials are describing as a minor
stroke. He was rushed into Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem,
after complaining to his son by phone that he didn't feel well. Sharon's
son, Gilad, ordered security to transport him directly to hospital, where
his condition remains stable.
Quote: "Sources close to the prime minister told the media that the prime minister's life was not in danger, but doctors treating Sharon were limited in their reports by Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) regulations. Sharon, who will celebrate his 78th birthday in February, is already the oldest incumbent prime minister in Israeli history.
It seems Ariel Sharon's great age and ill health may hinder his ability to lead the country to a final peace agreement with the Palestinians. Perhaps this illness comes as a God-given warning to those who would seek to divide His land? The following verses are extremely interesting, given that the current Prime Minister of Israel bears the same name as the place mentioned in this chapter of Isaiah. Noting the particular references to loss of speech, is it possible that a stroke could be seen as a Divine judgement against the Prime Minister for his plan to part God's land?
Source Jerusalem Post
German Chancellor to visit Israel
The newly elected German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is planning to visit
Israel within the coming weeks, a government spokeswoman has announced.
The trip has been planned to express German support for Israel's right to
exist, following the anti-Semitic remarks made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
which received worldwide condemnation.
Quote: "German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in an article for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the president's comments constituted a test for German-Iranian relations. He added that "Iran could become completely isolated internationally." "If Iran wants to be a respected partner of Europe, its president can neither deny historical truths nor threaten Israel," the minister wrote. "Only an Iran that shows responsibility and keeps to the international rules can be a respected member of the international community."
Source Jerusalem Post
Solana visits Gaza to launch police mission
Javier Solana, High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and
Security Policy, visited Gaza
today, two weeks ahead of the planned launch of the European Police training
mission in the territory, on January 1st, 2006.
Quote: "Solana will visit the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip, where the EU started a civilian border assistance mission on Nov. 25, the EU's decision-making council said in a statement Friday. He will also visit the police headquarters of Gaza, in view of the launching on Jan. 1 of a second EU mission aimed at helping Palestinians to improve their law enforcement capacity. Solana is also scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and meet with other senior Palestinian officials.
Source Angola Press
A Muslim friend's thoughts on Jerusalem
A received an email a few days ago from a Muslim friend of mine, Mohammed
Islami, regarding his thoughts on the status of Jerusalem. I thought I would
reprint it here (after asking his permission), as coming from a Muslim I was
quite (pleasantly) surprised. His viewpoint, in fairness, would not be
entertained by most Muslims today...
Of all religions it is said that Muslims may be the hardest to reach with the Gospel, for their religion is so similar to Christianity. Yet they believe Jesus was a prophet, and they believe all the other prophets in the Old Testament, so we should really have a head start compared to trying to reach most people that live in the Western world today, who either no longer believe in God or couldn't care less. At least with the Muslims they still believe God exists... The words below are Mohammed Islami's...
* They are arguing about "Israel"! Where do their authorities come from!?
Future of the Holy Land (Israel) will only be determined by God and His
word not by those stupid in Tehran, UN, ... or those devils in Rome, Qom ...
which they call it Palestine! Israel will always be "Israel" and
there will be no Palestine at all!
Trust in the LORD and His word for the Lord shall set his King upon holy
Zion, so the King "shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and
with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked". They deny the
King and the word so shall the King deny them, "but who may abide the
day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeared? For he is like a
refiner's fire" and "shall strike through kings in the day of his
wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the earth with the
dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries" and
"the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the mighty men hid
themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the
mountains and rocks: fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that
sitteth on the throne for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall
be able to stand?"
Let the inhabitants of the earth satisfy with their own lies, toys, idols and graves of their ancestors; Satan glorify their wicked ways in their sights, but who shall deliver them in the hour of judgment!? And to whom can they refuge!?
...that God would give us Christians a desire to reach Muslims. Our Western attitudes must be the biggest stumbling block to reaching the Muslim people for Christ. They need Christ, and they won't listen to us if we are fighting against them. Our feet should be shod with the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15).
|Wars and rumours of wars
EU threatens Iran with sanctions
European Union leaders have stated that Iran may face sanctions
if it continues to provoke Israel. EU talks with Iran over its nuclear
programme will recommence on Wednesday, and the Europeans have said that the
Iranian President's recent remarks about Israel will be brought up at the
Quote: "The EU statement Friday reaffirmed Israel's right to exist, noting that "all members of the United Nations have undertaken to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."
But Iraq endured sanctions for 10 years, and the political scandal from those involved in the food for oil programme reached all the way to the President of the United Nations. Unless Russia and China are prepared to throw Iran out in the cold, it's hard to see how any action against Iran would be successful, without international consensus. Just like before World War II, we have a President that is speaking his mind, and if he is permitted to continue in the path he has chosen, Iran and the West will suffer the consequences. Any weapon that is formed against Israel, even nuclear, will not prosper...
Source Jerusalem Post
Peres: 2006, the year of peace
Former Israeli Labour Minister, Shimon
Peres, met with over 130 members of the European parliament today, at
the annual European Jewish Congress. He declared that 2006 will be the
"Year of Peace" for Israel, and called on Europe to play a bigger
role in Middle East peace. Shimon Peres recently left Israeli politics,
becoming a "quasi-ambassador for peace" for Israel, by dedicating
himself to achieving that aim within the next few years of his life.
Quote: "European Union Commissioner for External Relations and Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner joined former Vice Prime Minister Peres and EJC president Pierre Besnainou in expressing their hopes that the European Union will continue to contribute positively to a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority by promoting economic and political partnerships in the region.
Ezekiel 13:10, 15-16
The Bible is clear. Although there will be a relative calm for a few short years, after that the head of the European Union confirms the peace agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Temple, the peace will be short lived, and will usher in the greatest persecution for Israel the world has ever seen. Only when the Jews cry out to their Messiah for deliverance, will there be true peace on earth and goodwill towards men.
|Revived Roman Empire
Funding crisis slows European expansion
European leaders have slammed on the breaks of European
expansion after a 6 month deadlock between nations regarding the next
seven year EU budget. The European budget is being stretched between poor
Eastern countries requesting to join the block, and rich Western nations
that wish to keep their hand in the European pot. Current European President
Tony Blair, is doing his best to resolve the deadlock before his term
finishes on December 31st, but without a major shake-up of the structure of
the European budget, it's hard to see how any deal can be forthcoming.
The British government is expected to have to hand back 8 billion Euros a year from their rebate, while the French have so far refused to give up their farm subsidies which amounts to a massive 40% of the European budget. But so far no deal has been reached. France, along with other nations, are now finding themselves questioning the idea of what it actually means to be European, and a frantic effort is underway to try and define the true boundaries of Europe.
Quote: "At the heart of the EU's dilemma is the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which the summit is ready to declare today a formal "candidate" for membership, without setting a date for starting membership talks. According to a draft of the summit conclusions: "Before any future decision on opening accession negotiations the Council [of EU member states] will hold a full discussion of [enlargement]."
Source Financial Times
Planned Parenthood covers up rape
Planned Parenthood has come under fierce criticism from pro-Life groups,
after a letter appeared on it's website, from a girl that was given an
abortion at just eleven years of age. The girl, now seventeen, thanked
Planned Parenthood in her letter, for keeping her pregnancy and subsequent
abortion a secret from her parents,
which had resulted from her rape. But not only did Planned Parenthood keep it a
secret from her parents, but also from the police, and that means Planned
Parenthood has broken the law - concealing the evidence of a crime. The
letter has now been removed from their website.
Quote: "The Yes on 73 website site provides some of the audio tapes of a Life Dynamics researcher who telephoned 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities nationwide portraying a 13-year-old girl who had been made pregnant by a 22-year-old boyfriend. The caller told the clinics she wanted an abortion "because she and her boyfriend did not want her parents to find out about the sexual relationship," a summary of the report stated. Among the findings was that many clinic workers acknowledged the girl's situation was illegal and that they were required by law to report it, but an "overwhelming majority readily agreed" to keep secret the illegal sexual contact.
Sadly there seems to be a growing trend of younger and younger children becoming involved in fornication, with images of sexuality constantly blasted at them by the media, being taught "social sciences" out of the context of marriage in schools from a young age, and coupled with big businesses that employ a liberal agenda. Like so many civilizations before us, our society is on a countdown to self-destruction.
|Wars and rumours of wars
Hamas promises revenge for Iranian strike
The political leader of Hamas,
Khalid Mashaal, told a press conference today in Tehran that if Iran is
attacked over its nuclear weapons programme, Hamas will carry out revenge
attacks inside Israel.
Quote: ""If Israel plans to invade Iran, then we will intensify our fight against Israel. We are in the same front," Khalid Mashaal told a press conference in Tehran.
Hamas recently gained political control of around 50% of the Gaza strip, and continues to launch attacks against Israel. The European Union is planning to bring up the Iranian President's recent remarks about the holocaust in Brussels today.
Quote: "The EU summit beginning Thursday in Brussels will address Ahmadinejad's statements "also at our urging," Steinmeier said in the German parliament. The remarks showed "with how much irresponsibility and cynicism the Iranian government currently regards the situation of Israel and the Near East." "I say again: The government in Tehran must understand that the patience of the international community is not endless," Steinmeier said.
It appears that the US has apparently also asked Turkey for assistance in any planned strike on Iran.
Democrats come under fire for anti-Christian logo
The Democrat party in the United States has come under increasing criticism
over their publication of an anti-Christian symbol on the parties website.
WorldNetDaily reported the anomaly a few days ago. The gaff is just another
confirmation that there is an anti-Christian propaganda machine in the US,
being promoted by people in high places. The Democrats claim the image had
appeared on the party website without being "vetted", and that
they did not even have any of the offending car-bumper stickers in stock.
Quote: "The item — a magnetic version of the fish, emblazoned with flames and the word "Hypocrite" alongside a cross — appeared last week on the Democrats' Web site. It was displayed along with other political-message magnets, bumper stickers and buttons that the party sells. State Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt said he first found out about the hypocrite fish posting on Friday when someone from KIRO radio called to ask him to go on the air to give an explanation. "The moment I became aware of it, I insisted it be taken down," Berendt said Tuesday. "I'm sorry if anyone was offended. It's embarrassing."
The symbol of the fish representing Christianity is not new. The symbol itself is at least 2000 years old. Many thousands of the graves of the martyrs that lie buried in the catacombs of Rome have the symbol of a fish etched on the tomb stone, as evidence of the undying faith of those who were prepared to lose this life to gain glory in the next. The Democrat party ought to be ashamed of itself, for it has not only mocked millions of Christians who died for the faith, but they are also mocking Jesus Christ.
Source Seattle Times
Advisor: Sharon will partition Jerusalem
Ariel Sharon flatly denies
that claim, words that were spoke by a senior advisor close to the Israeli
Prime Minister. Ariel Sharon appeared immediately on Israeli television to
denounce the claims, stating that Kalman Gayer's comments
were "complete nonsense", and that Jerusalem will remain
"Israel's capital forever". But many Israelis who believed
Sharon's promises that Netzarim would stand like Tel-Aviv, aren't so willing
to trust him now.
Quote: "What kind of accommodation remains unclear. Kalman Gayer, another political strategist, is perhaps alone among Sharon's advisers willing to disclose details. The picture he paints is strikingly similar to the proposal Israel's dovish Labor government made at Camp David five years ago, an offer Sharon denounced at the time as "dangerous." In theory, Gayer says, Sharon would accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and 90 percent of the West Bank, and a compromise on Jerusalem, in exchange for peace. But the Israeli leader does not believe Palestinians will be able to deliver peace or make other compromises—like forgoing the right of refugees to return to their old homes in Israel—in his lifetime (Sharon is 78). In the meantime, Sharon wants to "lay the contours of an agreement with the Palestinians," according to Gayer, by creating a Palestinian state in half the West Bank and implementing confidence-building measures. (Palestinians point out that this is a variation on policies that failed throughout the 1990s.)
The next few weeks may be crucial for Sharon. He intends to be the Prime Minster to bring about a lasting peace in Israel, and with elections coming up in March of next year, Israelis will have the chance to decide whether they wil trust him to do the job.
March will also be a crucial time for Middle East peace. Israel believes Iran's nuclear research will be completed by that time - giving them knowledge of the bomb, and the IAEA is also scheduled to release a new report on Iranian nuclear ambitions in March, 2006.
|Wars and rumours of wars
Swedish parliament severs ties with Iran
The Swedish parliament has severed
bilateral contacts with Iran yesterday, following a request by the Israeli
Knesset speaker, Reuven Rivlin, calling for an international response after
the Iranian President called for Israel to be "wiped off the map"
at an anti-Zionist conference.
Quote: "The Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Bjorn von Sydow, took immediate action based on Rivlin's letter. "Although being restricted by constitutional limitations to act in matters of foreign policies, I can assure you that I will use every opportunity I have to condemn such statements... I have made sure that we cease all bilateral contacts with the Iranian parliament," Sydow wrote in response on November 14. He ended the letter by asserting: "I am willing to defend the rights of Israel to exist as strongly as I defend the rights of my own country to exist."
This comes on the day the Iranian President once again insulted Jews and all civilized nations world-wide, by insinuating, not that there never was a holocaust as before, but now that it was in fact a Jewish myth.
Quote: ""They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets," he said in a live television broadcast.
Progressive Insurance donates $8m to ACLU
Somebody once said the love of money is the root of all evil. In this case
that statement strikes a chord. Peter
Lewis, the chairman of Progressive Insurance, has been a member of the
ACLU since 1972. His firm has just donated a whopping $8.5 million dollars
towards financing the ACLU, a communist organization in the United States
that pits itself against anything to do with Christianity in public life.
Here is a true account of a typical case that the ACLU would take up
(defending the school not the child)...
Quote: "In a Texas classroom, children were told to draw a tracing of their foot, and then put a message on the drawing. One little girl wrote "Jesus Loves Me" on hers. What happened next shows the abysmal state of religious tolerance in America. As Fox news anchor John Gibson relates in his new book, The War on Christmas, the child's teacher ripped the tracing off the board. "Don't you ever do this again," she said. The little girl burst into tears. When her outraged father called the school, nervous officials told the child to make another tracing. She did so-but this time, instead of scrawling "Jesus Loves Me," she drew a tiny cross that was so small it was almost invisible.
Similar stories have been repeated many times all over America. The prophetic term, the Laodicean age (the age in which we now live, Laodicea meaning the "rights of the people"), has been taken to the extreme. Even in the UK we have noticed a vast difference in cultural attitudes. Children now know their "rights", and the state enforces their "right" not to be disciplined. And big businesses are in on the act. But we do have a defence against this ungodly onslaught...
It's often been said, Christ isn't going to take home a defeated Church. We have the weaponry for the battle. Like David, we only have to put it on. God has already promised us the victory.
|Wars and rumours of wars
British MoD fears blowpipe attack in Europe
It has been reported that the British Ministry of Defense has purchased
dozens of portable Russian SAM missile launchers, in order to develop
counter measures for civilian and military aircraft. British officials
believe that numerous Russian SAM launchers have fallen into terrorist
hands. British Blowpipe CLOS missiles have also been discovered in countries
Quote: "There have been reports in the Russian press that the SAM has been passed to French terrorists intent on attacking a civilian aircraft in France or elsewhere in the European Union. There has also been intelligence that up to 150 missiles were stolen from a Georgian military depot. Earlier versions of the SAM were responsible for destroying at least eight American and British aircraft in the 1991 Gulf war, an American F16 in Kosovo in 1999 and a Russian Mi-26 helicopter, killing 121 troops it was carrying in Chechnya in 2002.
A British Blowpipe was used last year against an Israeli El-Al aircraft, on take off from Kenya. Thankfully the attackers missed the target two times, and potentially hundreds of lives were saved. Apparently the British Blowpipe is cumbersome and complicated to use without extensive training, and its guidance system is limited compared to today's standards. This has prompted Israel to look into developing a civilian counter-measure system to protect their aircraft from missiles. A few years ago, the Labour government also feared at attack at Heathrow, and supposedly scuttled the plans after taking the unprecedented step of sending tanks and troops to ring the airport.
EU back-tracks on publishing East Jerusalem document
Common sense prevailed
in Brussels today, as the European Union decided against publishing the
controversial document authored by British diplomats about Israeli activity
in East Jerusalem. The paper accused Israel of attempting to annex East
Jerusalem ahead of any final peace deal, and even proposed the EU support
Palestinian political activities in the city in an effort to destabilize
Israeli control. Israelis rightly lambasted the document as another one
sided proposal from Europe that attacks Israel over it's security fears,
while mentioning nothing of the Palestinian intifada that is the cause many
of the problems in Jerusalem.
Quote: "British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who chaired an EU foreign ministers meeting, said publishing the report now was inappropriate as Israel was heading for national elections and the EU does not want "to get embroiled in domestic (Israeli) politics in the run-up to elections."
I personally was shocked when I heard of the document's existence, because it shows how close we are to the fulfilment of Zechariah 14
I wrote a very polite letter to the Prime Minister about the issue, but sadly received the standard Downing Street response, that the Prime Minister receives too many letters to reply to them all personally, and that the matter has been passed on to the Foreign Office. Hopefully this government will see what is going on in the world, and realize that the events spoken of in the Bible are real, and that they need salvation.
Source Jerusalem Post
|Mark of the Beast
Ex-Bush Cabinet Minister back-tracks on chip
former Secretary of Health and Human Services for President Bush, after
joining the board of directors for VeriChip Corp, promised reporters that he
would take the microchip implant himself, if it would help promote
acceptance of the device by the public. But according to VeriChip, Tommy
Thompson, who encouraged Americans to take the implant so their medical
records would be immediately available in case of emergency, has not yet
taken the chip himself.
Quote: ""He wants to see it [the VeriChip] in a real-world environment first," said Procter, who said he's trying to arrange a tour for Thompson at Hackensack University Medical Center, the first hospital to implement the technology in its emergency room. But the authors question this explanation. "We would expect Mr. Thompson to investigate the device before advocating it to others," said McIntyre. "It sounds like he has wisely decided to put off the implantation, perhaps due to the serious privacy and civil liberties implications of such devices, or perhaps due to the serious medical downsides, like electrical risks and MRI incompatibility."
Apparently, only around 60 individuals in the US have accepted the implant. Two hospitals are also testing the device. But possibly the VeriChip will never really take off, at least until the main opposition to human implants has been removed, consisting mainly of Bible-believing Christians, and those who fear an Orwellian New World Order. The Bible states the Antichrist will cause all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive the mark, and as many as that refuse to be killed.
Bring on the polygamists
A "Christian" pro-polygamist
group, Truth Bearer, has been watching the homosexual "marriage"
controversy - now raging worldwide - with keen interest. The group's
founder, Mark Henkel, he believes their "lifestyle" will be the
next to receive official endorsement in law. According to his understanding,
if the courts are prepared to legalize a union between a man with a man, or
a woman with a woman, why not a man with many women? And sadly - although he
has lost his moral compass if ever he had one, he is 100% correct. There is
no legal reason to prohibit polygamy, if gay unions can be enshrined in law.
Quote: "After Canada legalized same-sex "marriage," its government "launched a study to look at the ramifications of polygamy," Mrs. Kraus said. "Once you open the marriage door to anyone other than one man or one woman, you haven't begun to slide down the slippery slope. You've already hit rock bottom." Voters will decide on the measure next November.
Although not expressly forbidden in Scripture, the Bible is clear that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman. But polygamy is still illegal. Part of the reason may be that women often find themselves lured into a polygamist relationship of which they are forbidden to leave, and then they are often ill-treated and exploited. There are many horror stories testifying to this effect from women that came out of the Mormon church. Muslims are also permitted to marry more than one wife, and often their fourth wife may be only 13 or 14 - after the role model of their prophet Mohammed, and this wife may often find herself abused and beaten, losing her childhood and sometimes her life.
I think part of the reason for legitimising gay marriage and now polygamy, is to destroy once and for all the last remaining foundation for morality in the world, the family unit.
Source Washington Times
Now Australia gripped by Muslim riots?
Australia, a country often commended for it's racial equality, being home
for many cultures and nationalities, has become the second country this year
to suffer from riots linked with Islam. Only this time the news isn't
reporting it as such, but blames white Australians for escalating the
Quote: "Thousands of young white men attacked people of Arabic and Mediterranean background on Cronulla Beach on Sunday. The fighting injured more than 30 people, including police officers, and at least 16 people were arrested. The clashes follow an assault on two lifeguards last week, reportedly by youths of Middle Eastern origin. Mobile phone text messages began circulating after the incident, encouraging people to retaliate... New South Wales Police Minister Carl Scully said the trouble had been caused by a group of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, who had stirred up the drunken crowd.
It is extremely alarming that countries at opposite sides of the globe, and as diverse culturally as France and Australia are, seem to have both been inflicted by the scourge of Islamic extremism. And all since September 11th. Albert Pike, described as one of the most evil men in the world, and a 33rd degree Freemason, predicted that in order to bring about a global world government, there would need to be three world wars. He predicted the third would be between Israel and Islam. Could it be that what we are seeing now is in an indirect way, the implementation of Albert Pike's vision?
Quote: "Pike's plan was ingeniously simple. The inherent antagonism between different ideologies was to be stirred up and made to explode in three world wars and three revolutions. The first world war was to destroy the three European empires, at that time being the last remaining bulwarks against Illuminism. One of these (Russia) Was to be made a centre of atheist totalitarianism (Communism). The second world war was to erupt from heightened tensions between the Jewish race (and its spiteful Zionism) and extreme European nationalism (Nazism and Fascism). This war would weaken Europe economically and politically and Communism would expand and become as strong as all Christendom, but not stronger, until the time was up for the final destruction of society. A third reason the second world war was to create a Jewish state in Palestine. Gradually it would be possible to thereby heighten the tensions between Judaism and Islam until they broke out in a war which would bring in all of the world powers.
|Wars and rumours of wars
UN Nuke watchdog receives Nobel peace prize
the head of the nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, has been awarded
the Nobel peace prize, in, for me, is somewhat puzzling circumstances. The
award recognizes the agency's efforts in the control of the spread of
nuclear weapons. More worryingly, Mohamed's comments upon receiving the
award were the following...
Quote: "On Saturday, the same day UN nuclear watchdog chief ElBaradei received the Nobel peace prize, he appeared to warn Israel not to bomb Iranian atomic reactors. "You cannot use force to prevent a country from obtaining nuclear weapons. By bombing them half to death, you can only delay the plans," he was quoted as saying by the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten. "But they will come back, and they will demand revenge." The report said ElBaradei did not mention Israel, but it was clear he was referring to its increasingly open discussion over whether to protect itself by bombing Iranian nuclear facilities.
Are these comments the yard-stick of success by which we should measure the IAEA's achievements? If so, the world has just jumped another minute closer to midnight. If you can't prevent the spread of nuclear weapons by force, and it's clear that diplomacy has failed, is there no hope? Must the world be held to ransom by countries like Iran, that demand a right to nuclear power?
What's Mohamed holding the Nobel prize for? Clearly the world is in a worse situation now than it was during the cold war. At least then we had two countries, albeit enemies, that had an ounce of sense, knowing that if one of them launched a nuclear attack, it would spell the end civilization for everyone. But now, we have North Korea possibly possessing nuclear weapons, 40 missing suitcase bombs from the Russian arsenal, life-long enemies Pakistan and India now nuclear nations, Iran currently developing several reactors and converting Uranium - financed by Russia, all while Western nations hold meetings to discuss what they are going to do. Israel has stated that it will still use diplomacy to try and achieve a peaceful solution, but there is no doubt, Israel knows that it would be the first target of for any Iranian nuclear missile, and is probably already planning counter-measures should diplomacy fail...
Quote: "The British Sunday Times reported Sunday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the IDF to prepare to attack Iran's nuclear facilities at the end of March 2006, after Israeli intelligence supposedly discovered a number of secret uranium enrichment sites that were disguised as civilian buildings. The article claimed that "military sources" have revealed that "Israel's armed forces have been ordered by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran."
UK gays complain about family campaigner's views
Marking a worrying trend in the "militancy"
(I love that word! It covers just about everybody) of homosexuals in the
United Kingdom, an author on children's rights found herself under a police
inquiry, after a complaint was made about her comments on a local
radio programme regarding homosexual adoption. During the interview, family
campaigner Lynette Burrows, stated her beliefs that it was not in a child's
best interests to be adopted by homosexual or lesbian parents. One of the
reasons being as I have said before, that a world-wide scientific study
into the affects of homosexual adoption on children completed earlier in the
year, has revealed that children in such an environment are more prone to
gender confusion, stress, etc.
Quote: "A member of the public complained to the police and an officer contacted Mrs Burrows the following day to say a "homophobic incident" had been reported against her. "I was astounded," she said. "I told her this was a free country and we are allowed to express opinions on matters of public interest. She told me it was not a crime but that she had to record these incidents. "They were leaning on me, letting me know that the police had an interest in my views. I think it is sinister and completely unacceptable."
It looks like we now live in an increasingly, politically-correct state where it can be a criminal offence to form an opinion that clashes with a minority of the population. With a government that intends to legalize homosexual marriage, and has already enshrined homosexual adoption in law, without a public vote and without an inquiry into how it will affect those children involved, that criminalizes those who disagree with it's laws, is there any hope left for the salvation of Britain? Fool Britannia, she sinks below the waves...
|Wars and rumours of wars
Hamas won't renew tahdiah next year
The militant group - sorry, I mean the terrorist group, Hamas,
has announced at a rally today in Syria, that they do not intend to renew
their temporary calm or "tahdiah" next year. The temporary calm
was brought about by special negotiations before the Gaza disengagement began. The
Israelis had originally hoped for a "truce" to be called, but the
Palestinians thought that wording was too strong, and instead opted for a
"tahdiah" which excused any "sporadic" Palestinian
violence. Apparently we in Northern Ireland must be living under a similar
sort of deal, because the British government overlooks terrorism at home, or
else blames it on "dissidents". Hamas reportedly used the tahdiah
to build up arms in the Gaza strip, even though the group continued to fire
Kassam rockets into Israel during the calm period.
Quote: "Speaking to more than 1,000 supporters in a Palestinian camp outside the Syrian capital, Mashaal said: "There are calls here and there for the renewal of the truce next year. I say such calls are unrealistic. "There is no room for the renewal of the truce in the face of the (Israeli) enemy's policy of increased assassinations and arrests." Next year, he continued, "we will only choose the road of resistance, especially since we are waiting for the last moments of the truce, which has fatigued us."
But Hamas has recently gained much ground in the Palestinian elections within the Gaza strip, to the extent that they can more or less control the Palestinian Authority. Europe also maintains high level contacts with the terror organization. But with this new political status, and with Islamic Jihad coming under renewed pressure to stop their campaign after the suicide bombing this week, it's hard to see how Hamas could now maintain its violence against Israel without drawing the ire of the international community. But then stranger things have happened...
Source Jerusalem Post
Saudi Prince phoned Murdoch over Paris riots
Saudi Prince al-Walid bin Talal, who recently increased his shares in the
Fox News Channel, has admitted he contacted Rupert Murdoch during the
station's footage of the riots
in France. Speaking on a panel at the Arab and World Media Conference in Dubai Monday,
the Prince said he complained to Murdoch when he saw the "Muslim
Riots" subtitle, and told the media mogul that these weren't Muslim
riots, they were riots out of poverty. Fox News immediately pulled their
"Muslim Riots" subtitle.
It's not the first time the Saudi Prince has come under criticism for his justification of Islamic extremism. During his visit to Ground Zero, he justified the terrorists actions, claiming that the US needed re-examine their Middle East policy, and adopt a more balanced stance towards the Palestinian cause. This prompted Mayor Rudy Giuliani to hand back his donation towards the relief effort in New York.
Quote: "Analysts pointed to many factors behind the riots – including poverty, France's immigration and integration policies and French attitudes toward minorities. But some, including frequent Fox News contributor Daniel Pipes, saw a connection to the Islamist goal of gaining a foothold in Europe in its global jihad. "The great majority of Muslims in Europe see themselves as bearers of a superior civilization and see themselves growing prodigiously," Pipes told WND in an interview during the riots. "Through a cultural, religious and demographic confidence they feel scorn towards European ways and conspire to take it over."
It's hard to understand how riots, supposedly caused by "poverty", could spread from poverty stricken areas to city centres, and across national borders. Some of these "poverty stricken youths" could even afford mobile phones to text their friends to come and join them in the wanton violence. In reality, the riots had to be highly organized to be sustained for over 20 days, and that just doesn't tie in with the spontaneous "poverty" idea.
Iranian President calls on EU to create "Jewish state"
The Iranian President continued his slur of anti-Semitic remarks today. At
an Islamic conference called "The World without Zionism", the
Iranian leader called for the state of Israel to be "wiped off the
map" - not that Israel is on the map of many Arab countries. Today Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
blamed Europe for the "Zionist problem". Denying the holocaust
ever occurred, he stated that if Europeans were so concerned for the Jews,
why don't they create a Jewish
state in Germany or Austria, rather than letting the Palestinian people
Quote: ""We do not believe that Hitler killed six million Jews, but even if this is true by some chance, then why should the Palestinians pay the price for it," he asked, and suggested that the governments in Vienna and Berlin concede two or three provinces to the Zionists and settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all. "If Germany and Austria feel responsible that the Jewish people suffered at their hands during the Second World War, then all they should do is create a Zionist State in their territory," he said in a television interview in Teheran.
Of course the whole idea of a Palestinian national identity is preposterous. Palestine has been under occupation by one regional power or another since the Romans took control of the area. When Mark Twain visited the Holy Land a little over 100 years ago, he took pictures of what was then a malaria-ridden swamp, with very few Arab settlements even in existence. Only since the state of Israel was formed by a UN mandate in 1948, and the desert began to "blossom as the rose", has there been a Palestinian issue regarding the land.
Not that I believe the Europeans would suffer the Israelis for one minute. Anti-Semitism continues to grow in Europe at an alarming rate. But God's Word shows itself to be 100% accurate, and Israel has been regathered according to Ezekiel 37.
Source Jerusalem Post
Red Cross approves Red Crystal motif
The International Red Cross of Canada has come under criticism once again
over it's policy towards Magen David Adom (MDA - Red Star of David), the
Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross. For over 50 years, the Red Cross
refused to acknowledge MDA, even though the Israeli organization is involved
in humanitarian missions world-wide, and was even the first aid organization
to send relief to Indonesia after the tsunami.
The Red Cross adopted a new symbol, the Red Crescent, so as not to offend the Islamic nations with the supposedly Christian emblem. In fact, the "Red Cross" actually comes from the flag of Switzerland, and was adopted because of the country's neutral status during the two World Wars, it is not a Christian symbol at all. Now the Red Cross has finally decided to recognise the MDA, but only after a significant change to their logo - at the behest once again of Islamic nations. The Red Star of David must now be displayed inside a "crystal" or box shape, so as not to offend Muslims whom they may be trying to help. This has prompted many Israelis to protest that Israel is being "boxed in" once again by Islamic nations, while those who ought to know better turn a blind eye to this institutional anti-Semitism.
Quote: "Adoption of the Third Additional Protocol will also serve to create an additional protective emblem equal in status to the existing Red Cross and Red Crescent devoid of political, cultural or religious connotations. The American Red Cross would like to thank the United States Government, the Swiss Government, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for all of their tireless efforts in helping to make the adoption of the Third Additional Protocol a reality.
Source Red Cross
|Revived Roman Empire
Solana says carve up of Serbia possible
Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and
Security Policy, visited Kosovo yesterday. During that visit, he oversaw the
transfer of power of the head of the EUFOR
peace keeping troops. He also hinted at the possibility of an EU carve-up
of Serbia, creating an independent Islamic state of Kosovo.
Quote: "Solana said that Europe was characterised by “certain civilizational values, which have to be respected by all who want to be a part of it. Whenever these values are being defended, when there is a will, there is a room for new states in Europe,” Solana said.
Only a few decades ago, Yugoslavia was a model for religious and ethnic tolerance. But many suspect Vatican and Islamic interference in the region, coupled with an EU desire to divide and conquer the region, resulted in a bitter war between Catholics (Croats), Christians (Serbs) and Muslims (Albanians).
|Wars and rumours of wars
Book predicts effect of nuclear attack on US
Sorry I hadn't updated this yesterday, I wasn't feeling the best - still
feel a bit ill.
A new book written by Frank J. Gaffney and Colleagues, called "War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World", warns of the devastating effects a terrorist nuclear attack would have on the United States. Countries like North Korea and Iran, both active in developing their nuclear programmes, and both expressing willingness to sell the technology, continue to pose a grave threat to the world. North Korea possesses ICBM's capable of reaching the West Coast of the USA, and it is estimated that Iran's Shihab 3 is capable of reaching Israel and eastern Europe.
Even if these countries themselves didn't wish to carry out an attack, some individuals could, should the weapons fall into the wrong hands. It may only take one nuclear weapon, detonated a few hundred miles above the earth, to cause the maximum possible damage. Although the physical damage would be limited, the magnetic pulse generated by the explosion would wipe out all electronic equipment for thousands of miles, causing havoc and crippling the country for months if not years.
Quote: "The result is an enormous pulsed current of high energy electrons that will interact, in turn, with the earth's magnetic field. In an instant, an invisible radio frequency wave is produced — a wave of almost unimaginably immense intensity, approximately a million times as strong as the most powerful radio signals on the earth. The energy of this pulse would reach everything in line of sight of the detonation. And it would do so at the speed of light.
Source World Tribune
|Mark of the Beast
Californian hospital adopts VeriChip
A kind friend of mine, Steve, has just informed me about this article on the
VeriMed chip, that
appeared in his local newspaper.
A hospital in California, Hackensack University Medical Center, is the first one of 50 odd hospitals in the US that has opted to test the VeriMed scheme. VeriMed is a similar system to VeriChip, but is used strictly for medical purposes. The hospital has accepted fifty VeriMed chips, that will be implanted into volunteers as the experiment continues.
A tiny electronic microchip is inserted by syringe into each patient. The area of insertion for this chip is often reported as being at the back of the right elbow, but other news articles have pointed to the location being in the right hand or forehead. Which is true I am not yet certain, but the Bible tells us specifically that the right hand or forehead will be the end up being the chosen place for the Mark. The chip stores a unique 16 digit number that can be read by a radio frequency scanner. When the chip is scanned, the unique number can provide access to a patients entire medical history via the internet. The hospital claims they do not wish to track people using the chip, but VeriChip Corporation do offer a similar system that specially caters for those that are mentally impaired and prone to wander.
Quote: "The microchip was approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration last year for medical purposes. However, because it can be used to store other, more private information, Supervisor Gary Ovitt opposed the county hospital's proposal to pilot it. The 4th District supervisor said, philosophically, he's not opposed to implanting medical devices such as pacemakers. However, he didn't see the need for implanting a device in someone with identifying information. "It's kind of a privacy issue," he said. Bill Postmus, chairman of the board, also cast a dissenting vote.
Of course this is only one of the many applications the VeriChip can be used for. The governments of the world desire to bring it in, and will do their best to try and convince us that this is the way to go, either by stick (world terrorism) or by carrot (Medicare). But all these advantages still beg the question, why implant people?
Source San Bernardino County Sun
Focus on the Family dumps bank over gay agenda
Perhaps proof of my previous statement, that there is a "greater
power" behind the world wide push to legalize homosexuality... The
American organization, Focus
on the Family, has become the second Christian company that I know of to
change banks over a seemingly "pro-Gay" banking agenda. Just a
number of months ago, the British group, Christian Voice, was forcibly
dropped by the Co-operative Bank for it's stand against homosexuality. The
Co-operative later claimed that it was not criticizing Christians who
believe that homosexuality is sin, but it believed that the Christian
Voice's statements amounted to hate-speech against homosexuals, and this
view was not in line with the bank's policy of "equality".
In this case, the Wells Fargo bank had apparently used Focus on the Family's logo in a campaign against the "anti-Gay" lobby, for some believed Focus on the Family was in favour of it's policy of promoting the homosexual agenda. The bank later stated it did not know Focus on the Family's logo had "got attached" to the fund-raising internet campaign.
Quote: "Focus on the Family cites Wells Fargo's Web site as saying the bank has donated more than $14 million to "pro-gay organizations during the past twenty years." One of the "pro-homosexual advocacy groups" Wells Fargo supports is the Human Rights Campaign, Focus on the Family said. The bank says "we direct our giving to areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success: community development, education and human services."
I personally think this is the most dangerous thing in the world, a bank with a political agenda. Somebody once said it's not the politicians that control the country, it's who's name is on the currency. The question is, who's telling the governors of the banks what policies they should be pursuing? Perhaps the Bilderbergers, Freemasons, etc?
Source Rocky Mountain News
Britain steps closer to the brink
Britain took another step closer to the
brink today, preparing to legalize gay "civil partnerships" -
an early Christmas present for over 1000 "couples" preparing to
get hitched this year in the country. Britain will become the fifth country
in the world to recognize homosexual relations in law. Many European States
already recognize gay "marriage" in all but name.
Quote: "In Britain, the establishment Church of England has refused to celebrate same-sex unions, even though the gay marriage law comes into effect on Monday.
I can't help but feeling that a greater power is behind all this (the legalization of gay "marriage"). Too many countries have adopted this legislation in too short a space of time, legislation often being approved by judges and Parliaments without consulting the will of the people. A large majority of those living in Northern Ireland are against this law, yet it will come into force on the 19th of December.
The global goal of legalizing gay relationships is to "destroy Christianity" - an admission by one gay activist, who sees religion as a cancer on the planet. If Christians are forced to admit that homosexuality is no longer a sin, seeing it is enshrined in law, many Christians will be forced to "rethink" their religion. Of course many "Christians" already believe the Bible is silent on homosexuality, which it is not, and use that "excuse" to call on God to affirm their sins.
But the saying goes that the wheels of God's justice are slow but sure.
Large quake strikes Rift Valley
A large earthquake
struck Kenya this afternoon, measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale. Several
children were reported killed after dozens of houses collapsed in Kalemie, Congo.
Quote: "The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, struck at 2:20 p.m. local time and was centered near the Congo-Tanzania border, about 600 miles southwest of the Kenyan capital, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.
Many of the injured have been sent to hospitals, although sadly many government hospitals in the region are poorly staffed and run. Patients will often bypass government hospitals, and opt to travel to mission hospitals, often walking for hours just to receive treatment. My friend Helen works in Kalene Hospital in Zambia as a nurse.
5 slain in Netanya suicide bombing
Just days after Israeli border monitors aired their concerns over apparent
terrorist infiltrations at the Rafah border and a live feed that was several
minutes slow, a suicide bomber has killed
five Israeli's outside a shopping mall in Netanya, Israel. This marks the
first suicide bombing Israel has suffered since the disengagement last year.
Thankfully the efforts of security guards at the mall prevented a much
bigger atrocity from occurring
Quote: "The Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack in a phone call to Palestinian journalists, identifying the bomber as Lutfi Amin Abu Salem, a resident of the northern West Bank village of Kafr Rai, located between the towns of Jenin and Tulkarm. Imad Abu Diab, a leader of the Islamic Jihad in Tulkarm, told The Jerusalem Post that "the tahdiya (or "calm") no longer exists and that operations against Israel will continue as long as there is occupation."
Recent developments in Syria and Lebanon also are proving troublesome for Israel. Both countries have apparently agreed that Shebaa Farms, which Israel currently occupies as a security buffer zone, belongs to Lebanon. Hizbullah have used Israel's "occupation" of the area as an excuse to bombard Israeli towns with rockets. The UN refuses to be drawn on the issue, and says that it is up to Lebanon and Syria to agree their borders.
Source Jerusalem Post
|Wars and rumours of wars
Israel will not let Iran go nuclear
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon stated at a press conference today that Israel will not let Iran
become a nuclear power, because a nuclear Iran would not only pose a grave
danger to Israel, but also the world. This news comes on the day that Iran
announced plans to start building two more nuclear
reactors in March of next year. One Iranian reactor is to be funded by
Moscow to the tune of $1 billion.
Israel famously destroyed Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor in Osiraq, using a small group of fighter planes flying under radar. That reactor was partly funded by the French government .Who knows what condition our world would now be in, had Saddam obtained nuclear weaponry. But any such Iranian attack will not be so easily carried out. Russia came under heavy criticism this week for selling around 40 anti-aircraft missiles, that would prevent any US or Israeli cruise-missile attack. The Iranian nuclear plants are also spread out over country, so any element of surprise will be lost after the first attack. Each installation is also guarded by anti-aircraft guns.
Israel has also criticized European leaders for falling for Iran's stall-tactics, talking "politics" until it's too late to prevent Iran completing it's nuclear programme.
Quote: ""The fact that the Iranians are successful time after time in getting away from international pressure... encourages them to continue their nuclear project," Gen Halutz said. "I believe that the political means that are being used by the Europeans and the Americans to convince the Iranians to stop will not end in stopping them." "The Iranians are determined to get a nuclear capability. From Israel's viewpoint such a situation is unacceptable." There are military options to deal with Iran, he said, but those "alternatives are not being considered yet". Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon repeated that Israel would not allow Iran to become nuclear-armed.
Pope meets with Abbas in the Vatican
Pope Ratzinger met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas today, in what may
be seen as an effort to strengthen the Vatican's grip on the Holy Land,
before any agreement is finalized. The meeting comes only weeks after
Israeli President Katsav became the first Israeli minister to visit the
Vatican. President Abbas, dressed in black according to Papal protocol -
showing his subservience to the Church of Rome, also gave the Pope an
invitation to visit Jerusalem and all the holy places. One of the members of
the delegation presented the Pope with a "Palestinian passport", a
symbol of the Palestinian "struggle" to achieve statehood.
Quote: ""You will be very welcome in Jerusalem and all the holy places," Abbas, speaking English, told the pope after their private 20-minute meeting, when journalists were allowed to witness their goodbyes. "Thank you very much," the pope replied. Both men were smiling and appeared relaxed.
The Vatican is strongly in favour of the whole of Jerusalem being made an international city, belonging neither to Jew nor Arab, but under the jurisdiction of Rome. The reason being, Rome intends to place a Pope in Jerusalem before the return of Christ, in an attempt to show Rome as the "true church", with an unbroken line of Pope's stretching from Peter (who never was a Pope) to the return of Christ. That makes the news of the Vatican's interest in obtaining control of the "Upper Room" all the more interesting.
Quote: "Israel is to give the Vatican control over one of the most sacred Christian sites in Jerusalem, several European newspapers have reported recently. According to the reports, Israel will give the Holy See possession of the Coenaculum, or the Room of the Last Supper (also known as the Upper Room or the Cenacle), on Mount Zion. In exchange, Israel is to gain control of a 12th-century synagogue in Toledo, Spain, which is currently the Santa Maria la Blanca Church, says the Times of London. The synagogue became a church during the 15th-century expulsion of Jews from Spain.
Of course this idea is folly, and the city of Jerusalem is the place where God put His name. When He returns to set up His Kingdom, Jerusalem will become the true "eternal city", and capital of the world.
Bird flu mutates to human form
Officials in Thailand suspect the deadly Avian
flu may have mutated into a form that can spread from human to human,
whereas before the virus could only infect people who had direct contact
with poultry. The World Health Organization is predicting a worldwide
pandemic, when the virus starts spreading through the population.
Quote: "If the virus acquires sufficient human genes, allowing transmission from one person to another, an estimated 2 million to 7.4 million people around the world could die, the WHO estimates. Some health officials make even more dire predictions. They point to the great flu pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed far more people worldwide than died in World War I – an estimated 40 to 50 million people.
A few decades ago, scientists predicted most human diseases would be wiped out through the new discovery of drugs like penicillin and antibiotics, believing in the ideology of the triumph of evolution over nature. They completely ignored the fact that most diseases we have today are due to a deterioration in the human DNA sequence - contrary to what evolution teaches should happen. They believe these viral mutations are proof evolution occurs, when in fact they prove only one thing, that the human race is becoming more and more susceptible to pestilences, something the Bible predicted over 2000 years ago.
rumours of wars
Israel missile defence test successful
Israel tested its Arrow
2 interceptor missile today, successfully destroying a rocket of a similar design to Iran's new Shihab
3, fired from
an F-15 over the Mediterranean. Israel is currently the
only nation in the world to have its own missile defence shield.
Quote: "An F-15 fighter jet flying over the Mediterranean dropped a Black Sparrow test missile specially designed to simulate an incoming Iranian Shihab 3 missile headed toward the Israeli shore. The radar detected the Black Sparrow missile and relayed its data to a battle management center, which issued the command to launch the Arrow 2 interceptor. "The interceptor performed successfully and intercepted the target," a Defense Ministry statement said. "The test's success is a major step in the system's operational improvements to deal with future ballistic missile threats.'
Israel currently sees Iran as its biggest threat - with Iran months away from knowledge of how to build a nuclear weapon, a year away from possessing enough Uranium to build one, several nuclear reactors due to come online in 2009, and an Iranian President that desires to see Israel wiped off the map. Iran estimates it would take just one nuclear tipped warhead to destroy the nation, while any retaliatory response by Israel would cause minimal damage in comparison, due to the size of Iran. The Shihab 3 has a range that can reach Israel and parts of Eastern Europe, and is capable of carrying a nuclear payload. Israel's missile defence system is essential for its very survival.
Source Jerusalem Post
EU Battle Groups ready for 2007
The European Union hopes to have initial operability of the Battle Groups
concept up and running by 2005 to 2006, with the first Battle Group
formation ready for deployment by 2007 - according to a EurActiv
report published a few days ago. Reminiscent of the old Roman legions, each
Battle Group will be formed by around 1500 troops, from one or more EU
nations. The Battle Groups should be able to launch within 5 days of a
decision by the European Council, and be on the ground no later than 10
days. Although the Battle Groups will be formed by mainly European nations,
NATO states that are in the proceeds of an accession treaty with the
European Union may also form part of a Battle Group.
Quote: "The first Battlegroup project was launched by the UK, France and Germany in February 2004, and within the space of two months EU defence ministers approved it, and turned it into a European concept, which was formally launched by the 22 November 2004 Military Capabilities Commitment Conference. According this Conference’s Declaration on European Military Capabilities: “Battlegroups will be employable across the full range of tasks listed in the TEU Art. 17.2, and those identified in the European Security Strategy, in particular in tasks of combat forces in crisis management, bearing in mind their size”
The Battle Groups concept is a strategic part of the 2010 Headline Goal, being spear-headed by Javier Solana, as the head of the European Defence Agency, and Secretary General of the Western European Union. By the year 2010, the aim is to have around 13 Battle Groups that can respond to a "crisis" any where in the world within 5-10 days. The timing of the formation of this "European Army" is significant, for if the European Neighbourhood Policy turns out to be the "covenant with many", as spoken of in Daniel chapter 9, the Battle Groups will be ready for deployment into the Middle East around the mid-point of the tribulation period.
Solana tries to limit damage on East Jerusalem leak
Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and
Security Policy, has tried to limit the damage caused by a document on the
status of East
Jerusalem, authored by British diplomats. The document - with the
apparent approval of British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, even called for EU
members to support Palestinian political activities in East Jerusalem in an
effort to destabilize the Israeli control of the eastern half of the city.
Britain and the European Union came under heavy criticism from Israel and
other nations, after the document - presented to the European Union this
Monday, was leaked to the press apparently by Israelis fighting against
demolition of Palestinian houses in the West Bank. Javier Solana tried to
emphasize the document was only a "draft" copy, and that it had
not become a "report" yet, but he confirmed it would be discussed
by European member states.
Quote: "Separately Italy's foreign minister, Gianfranco Fini, who Israel considers its strongest ally in Europe, denied altogether there was such a “report.” “There has never been any report by the EU that accuses Israel,” Fini said, after a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, adding that press reports about the document “do not correspond to the truth.”(AKI, Nov. 25) However on Friday the EU Foreign Affairs commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner's spokeswoman, Udwin, confirmed the existence of the report, apparently contradicting Fini’s remarks.
I personally believe God had to be involved in the leaking of this document, to catch EU leaders out in their devilish plan to divide God's land. The Lord, through His Word, has warned the nations countless times that whoever touches Israel touches the apple of His eye. This leak serves as a further warning to those nations who would set themselves against God, and as a wake-up call to us Christians that the events spoken of in Revelation will soon be fulfilled.
Source Palestine Media Centre
South African Judge approves same-sex marriage
A South African Judge has ruled that the nation's ban on same-sex marriages
violates the constitution, and that Parliament must amend the law within a
year, even though it is believed most of the population think that marriage
should be between a man and woman only.
Quote: "The common law definition of marriage is declared to be inconsistent with the constitution and invalid to the extent that it does not permit same-sex couples to enjoy the status and benefits it accords heterosexual couples," said Justice Albie Sachs in his ruling, AFP reports.
Even though I believe homosexuality is sin against God, and that we can't stop people from choosing the way they want to live - even if it is wrong, homosexuality should not be condoned by law. A major world-wide study into homosexuality released earlier in the year proves that it is a poor environment for raising children. In fact, the author of the report stated that the effects on adopted children were found to be so damaging that he believed homosexuals should not be permitted to adopt children under any circumstances...
Quote: ""In no way can a couple of persons of the same sex be judged suitable for adopting a child. Considering the findings of this vast bibliography we are obliged to protect the minor and say that same-sex couples must not be allowed to adopt children"
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VeriChip thermo energy patent approved
Applied Digital Solutions, the company that markets the VeriChip, has
announced that a patent
for generating electricity from thermal energy has been approved by the US
government at the end of October. The device, which is only around 1cm in diameter,
generates a 3 volt output when it is applied to a surface with less than a 5
degree difference in temperature from an opposing surface (e.g. air).
Quote: "Thermo Life(TM) is a revolutionary micro-technology device that is the culmination of eight years of research and development. Thermo Life is a new, unique, small and compact Low Power Thermoelectric Generator ("LPTG") and viable energy source for low-powered devices such as micro sensor systems, ZigBee chipsets, wearable electronics, implantable medical devices, active RFID tags and numerous other applications. Wherever a temperature difference exists in any environment, Thermo Life is capable of producing an output power. Even small temperature differences of less than 5 degrees Celsius can provide a source of thermal energy.
This technology expands on the current VeriChip implant. The thermal energy generated by the human body will be used to power implantable medical equipment, or any other type of electronic device - i.e. a personal identification chip. Although only 60 people in the USA have had the VeriChip implanted, this number is expected to rise. More worryingly, around 58 hospitals have already adapted the use of the technology, a number ADSX expects to rise to around 200 by 2007.
Quote: "Dr. John Halamka, chief information officer of Harvard Medical School, got chipped last year and says he hasn't experienced negative side effects. He acknowledges that colleagues find the chip dehumanizing. Security experts are worried that the system can be hacked. And there are concerns that chips could one day be used to monitor the movement of those with implants. And the chip isn't cheap: the suggested retail price is $200 and isn't covered by insurance.