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Watchman on the Wall…Tribulation on the Horizon - by Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2021/01/watchman-on-walltribulation-on-horizon.html
24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25, Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26, And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” (Daniel 9:24-26)
The prophecy given to Daniel has caused many people to strain to understand what this prophecy begins and ends. Many believe that it was all settled in 70 AD when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and there is no more prophecy to be completed. That would be a Preterist view, but they can't explain why it is that 483 years (leaving 7 years to the prophecy) was completed to the day, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a colt.
9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9)
In the New Testament, this was repeated in Matthew chapter 21:
5 “Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.” (Matthew 21:5-8)
In a few days, Jesus would be condemned to death in an illegal Sanhedrin Court and crucified on a Roman cross...the Time clock of this prophecy stopped leaving the prophecy incomplete.
There is still one year week that must be completed that would complete the prophecy given to Daniel by Gabriel. The Bible calls this the time of Jacob's trouble and it is in the future...possibly, the near future.
6, “Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
8And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” (Isaiah 13:6-9)
The Bible talks of this time, also called the Tribulation for 3.5 years, followed by the Great Tribulation for the same time frame. During this time, a man we have read about in the Bible called the Anti-Christ, the son of peridition...The Beast. He will arise and reveal himself with a signed confirmed treaty with Israel for 7 years.
I had a member of my online “congregation” ask me why the Jews would accept this man as their “savior” when he may not be even Jewish. That's a good question. Why would they? Answer is the nation of Israel has been looking for a “political” savior, much as they did in the time of Jesus...The ruling authorities would not accept Jesus, the Son of God, who was standing right in front of them, because He didn't fulfill the pre-conceived notion of who the Messiah would be. They were looking for a warrior king, much like King David to rid themselves of Roman domination and restore their golden days as a nation. They didn't believe in a lowly, poor Rabbi, even if He did miracles. It was not who they wanted, so they rejected Him...Jesus said to the ruling authorities:
“43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?.” (John 5:43-47
The Romans occupied Israel and they didn't think they needed a “Savior”...they had Moses and the Law that could justify them in God's eyes...little did they know the real purpose and mission of the only Begotten Son of God, and they helped complete the plan of salvation, unwittingly. But it was God's plan all along.
Flash forward to our time, and the nation of Israel is again in great threat of extinction, at least in their own minds. They are again, looking for a political savior and they have the same attitude the world has when the secretary general of NATO said:
“What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the alliances of all people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.” Henri Spaak circa 1957-1960 Secretary General of NATO
I believe the nation of Israel will accept a “peace maker” who will give them a sense of security, even if it's a false security, and he doesn't have to be Jewish, just a powerful political presence. It's a political savior they seek, not a spiritual one. Unfortunately for them, they will realize they made a deal with the devil when he stands in the temple saying he is God.
Unlike, but in some points, similar to their forefathers, Israel today is not concerned about their spiritual condition. They are more concerned about their safety and their national identity before the world. They long for peace, and that Israel to be recognized the homeland of the Jews. Stage right, the Anti-Christ, a political “savior” that gives them what they want...although it's that false sense of security.
WHEN WILL THE ANTI-CHRIST TAKE OVER?
According to the Bible, before this man of sin can rise to power and perform a peace treaty with Israel that kicks off the Tribulation, there must exist three things for this to happen.
1. There must be an operational global government in place that he takes control of.
2. There must be an existing, operational global economy
3. And there must be an operational global religion to bind them all together.
Why do they have to be all in place before the Anti-Christ seizes control of complete dictatorship of the whole world? His agenda is a pretty ambitious schedule for this man of sin when he arrives on the scene and reveals himself to the world. He has only seven years to complete his plans according to Bible prophecy, which is barely enough time to accomplish these tasks assigned to him by God who is really in control of this part of the final rule of mankind on earth.
How long would it take to get this all in place for the “man of sin” to take complete control. That goes back to the theory of a “Gap period” between the rapture of the church and the revealing of the Anti-Christ.
We see evidence of it starting right now with this last election. The only thing that stood in the way of a global government was POTUS Trump and now he has been removed...are we heading fast forward to that time when this world being ripe for a dictator to take over?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”(2nd Thessalonians 2:6-10)
The stage is being set, but the only Person that is holding back rampant evil on this planet is God's Holy Spirit...It is the HE that will be drawn back to allow the Anti-Christ to be revealed and complete evil to rule for 7 years.
But before this man arises, there must be a “glue” that binds the nations together to complete the other two. He must have a global religion to demand worship, the global economy to enforce compliance, and the global government to punish transgressors.
So to accomplish all this in so short a time, these things must already be in place. After all, remember, he only has seven years. It is enough time to seize power of the reins of the government, but not enough time to build the system. Looking to the United Nations, there is already a weak global governance system in place, but there in no centralized global government......YET!!
Reason being, the United Nations is a paper tiger when it is put under political pressure. The idea is sound, the infrastructure is there..the plan and resources are there, but there is no real leadership to bring it all together. While the U.N. has the authority and the power necessary, the debate over the use of force to back up its own resolutions continues to rage on. They make resolutions, but no resolve to complete them.
To have this come to pass in rapid fashion, something major would have to happen...a major revolution to convert the current national systems of the world over to a centralized authority...OR besides a revolution, a loss of several million people all in a flash, without a logical explanation would hasten that development as noted in 2nd Thessalonians above.
Everyday, I see fascinating developments that is bringing the plan all together, one piece at a time...but in rapid succession, then slowing down and speeding up again. Here we find different prophecies from different parts of the Bible, made in different eras, overlapping and becoming interdependent upon one another to bring about their fulfillment.
The global religion is continuing to develop. It is unclear what its final form will be. It is possible that it could be Islam in some form, or maybe a hybrid combination of all the two major religions. I've written in the past about a hybrid form of the merging of Christianity and Islam called Chrislam....it is being pushed for the unity of all the major religions, even as I type this message.
Presidents have pandered to the Islamic religion, as noted by former president Bush that called Islam a religion of peace, or the past “idiot in chief” that took every chance he could get to call Islam a religion of peace and push for recognition of this “religion” in this country. Or that God is just another name for “allah”...Plus there is all the other suspects that push for unity of main religion that is saying, come to the “mother Church” ....by none other than the Vatican and the Pope. Many have believed, including yours truly, that the Pope in Rome is a prime candidate to fulfill the prophecy of the false prophet. The Bible says he will have two horns like a Lamb (symbolic of Christianity) but will speak like a dragon (Satan). -
11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”(Rev 13:11-12)
All that remains is to get rid of all that 'fundamentalist extremism' within each system that claims exclusivity. It's no coincidence that all major systems in their current form are beginning to convulse and shudder.
Jesus warned that signs in the sun, moon and stars, together with the fear of sweeping climate changes would overwhelm the planet.
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." (Luke 21:25-26)
We are already have seen natural wonders on earth and in the heavens...animals dying all over the world...fish dying by the millions...earthquakes that cause tsunamis that have killed 1/4 of a million people in one horrific event...Volcanoes that have suddenly come awake all over the planet..California with raging fires destroying every thing in it's path....People are getting alarmed, but this is just the birth pangs...Wait when it really gets fearsome to live on this planet and even survive the natural environmental disasters, let alone what can only be labeled plagues that kill millions of mankind.
THE PLAGUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE???
Men have been trying to convince the world with science that can only be labeled as “suspect”, but they demand that we embrace the concept as settled scientific facts.
Consider Robert F. Kennedy's contemptuous comments at the Live Earth event at Giants Stadium in NJ on July 4, 2009.
"The next time you see John Stossel, or Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity – these flat earthers, these corporate toadies, lying to you, lying to the American public and telling you that global warming doesn't exist – you send an e-mail to their advertisers and tell them you're not going to buy their products anymore."
The guy sounds more like a fundamentalist railing against the sin of mankind, instead of a politician. And this is the left's definition of tolerance?? Then there is the “prophet” Al Gore who is still spewing this same idea forever since he lost the election back in 2000.
Personally, I have always believed in a climate change pattern, but it's natural...it's been going on since time began. It's called “weather”. I don't believe in a man-made climate problem that we must throw tons of cash at. All that is about is global control and re-distribution of wealth. During the last century, the earth's weather has cooled, then got warmer, then cooled again to where they were predicting unusual cold patterns...it got so ridiculous, that the “global warming” fanatics had to change tactics and call it “Climate Change' to encompass everything.
That brings me to the U.N.'s Climate Change initiatives called in the 1990s as Agenda 21...that didnt' go anywhere for awhile, until they got a spokesman for their NEW and IMPROVED Agenda 2030 as a mascot who advocated that we must all fight climate change and spoke at the U.N. in favor of this debacle...who was that “man”....wait for it....the Pope in Rome. It all falls under the mantra of “Sustainable Development” that all nations must sign onto by the year 2030. I wrote about this Pope being the leader of the new religion surrounding “Climate Change” here:
It all surrounds the notion of “fear” that our planet won't survive unless we battle this “catastrophe” called climate change that is driving global alarmist and the global government proponents to act.
Remember the three points that must be in place, before the Anti-Christ can seize power?...a global religion to bind the nations together. That is the third pillar that the coming Anti-Christ government will rest. The New World Order will push the notion of save the planet, and as a Pagan belief about “Mother Earth” it will become the new world religion surrounding this mantra promoted by the Pope and the U.N. But first the coming lawless one must have control of the world's economy. The global economy exist right now, but what is missing is some centralized authority. Right now, a shaky economic authority is the central banking system found in the Federal Reserve. I say shaky, because the the U.S. Dollar has hit many bumpy roads and in the near past, thanks to the flooding the market with trillions of counterfeit dollars and was devalued in favor of the Chinese currency, or a New World Currency called the SDR (Special Drawing Rights). Because of the fraudulent manipulation of the global economy, the world's nations are not fooled, as fraudulent, means imitation because the Fed has the authority to print them, but NOT the money to back them. Now we see the use of the “Bit-coin” and the push for a digital currency and outlawing cash, which will bring about complete monitoring of everything a person does, where they go, where they shop, and even what they buy. It is about total control of the masses.
THE COMING WORLDWIDE RULE BY THE ANTI-CHRIST
The prophet Daniel says the Anti-Christ is a “prince' of the empire that would destroy the Temple and Jerusalem and that happened in 70AD by General Titus, who also became Emperor of Rome.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
But the Apostle John saw the Anti-Christ as a political leader who would rise up out of the sea of nation.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Revelation 13:1)
But before this global “emperor” can arise, there must be an empire in need of one. But it is apparent that the Western World would only be too happy to submit to one, at least in the last dozen or so years. The push for a New World Order took a huge leap under the past reign of Obama. Even now this man is part of a shadow government in opposition to our democracy and way of life.
The election of POTUS Trump gave the religious right the hope that this push for a global government will have met a stall, as the man was President elect has been rabidly a nationalist, who made “Populist” promises of “America First” and made “America Great Again”..But at that point, that was only a promise which I believe was fulfilled, even in direct opposition from the opposing “party”.
THE GLUE THAT WILL BIND THEM.
That issue, 'religion' –as mentioned, is the third pillar upon which the antichrist's infrastructure rests. John prophesied of a second 'beast' -- the false prophet -- who will elevate the antichrist to the position of deity.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:11-17)
The Bible says that in the last days, God will send a 'strong delusion' but that delusion will only affect those "who received not the love of the truth that they might be saved." The need for a global religion that is globally accepted is palpable. The Roman Catholic Church is front and center to draw all denomination together, under the banner of Climate Change and save the planet. No other leader of the so-called religious community demands the attention that the Pope in Rome garners. His words are on the lips of over a billion people who actually, if truth be told, worship this man as “God on earth” or the vicar of Christ.
In the last days, the Bible says the whole world will be conditioned to accept a savior, a messiah of sorts, who will seem to have all the answers to the religious, economic and political problems facing the world.
The Bible demands the existence of a global government (in need of leadership) a global economy (in need of leadership) and a global religion (in need of leadership.) The world demands global leadership, period. Any leader will do, provided those who love unrighteousness like what he promises.
It's not even a problem to them that they know he can't deliver it. It is the promise that is important. The past “idiot in chief” of Obama promised change for a platform that “we can believe in” without even outlining what that change would be or how he would get from point A to point B. Many thought the man was the coming Anti-Christ, and he sure had some of the marking of him, but I believe he was just setting the stage for the real-deal.
Never in history of mankind has it been possible to impose a global government, a global economy, or a global religion. Not politically, not administratively, and surely not technological, not until the time we live in...the end of this age, we call the Age of Grace.
IN the past 100 years, or even the last 70 years, the efforts to unite the world under a single government was a recipe for disaster and for World War...it did cause WW2...Hitler was a precursor to the rise of the Anti-Christ, but it was not time. What he did cause was the birth of a new nation...the birth of Israel...Not before that time, was the last days clock even wound, until Israel again became a nation against all odds. Then that clock that heralds the last generation began to TICK.....so now 72 years later, a One World Government is seen by many in the public and government arena as the only option.
But make no mistake, the current economic condition and it's system will probably not survive. Don't be fooled with the rally on Wall Street sending the market over the 30K mark...it's a fluff, smoke and mirrors. By all reports, the stock market crash of 1929 looks a lot like the economy we are seeing today and could very well be a repeat of the Great Depression.
I have explored many possible scenarios of what the Beast power will look like and where it MIGHT come from...such as Rome, the USA, or even a Middle Eastern Country, such as Saudi Arabia, or Turkey. But we just don't know for sure...the picture is a little hazy and we see the picture growing a little more clear as time passes, but I am a firm believer that we will never know the man himself, as he takes control.
Here is what I do know. (repeating) I know that the Bible says that three things would have to come into existence, more or less simultaneously, as part of the overall blueprint of Bible prophecy for the last days. Those three things, are what we have been talking about ,the global government, global religion, and global economy.
At no time in all of recorded history were all three systems "on the table" so to speak. But they are today.
Even the most ardent and determined skeptic can't deny the trends -- at best they can only quibble over the details. But all the signs are there -- and the signs are what Jesus told His disciples to watch out for.
WHAT WOULD SEND THE WORLD OVER THE EDGE?
Let's back up a bit and flesh out a comment I made earlier that was highlighted in bold...what would happen if this were true in the near future?
Let me hypothesize for a moment and ask you what would happen to the world's economy if upwards of nearly a billion (give or take a million) people suddenly vanished? In the USA, the world's center for Christian values, (I use that tongue in cheek, as it is fast going south) were to have officials, CEO's, military officers, maybe even the past POTUS and his Vice President suddenly vanish? See the world has been teetering for a long time, and you got to wonder, what is holding this planet, the civilizations of the free world together? Many have forecast doom and gloom for a long time, but still we stand. Many grow skeptical at the prophecy of a coming Beast Power, or an Anti-Christ, or the “catching away” of the church, the Bride of Christ...They scoff.
3 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2nd Peter 3:3-7)
What would be the impact if this prophecy were fulfilled in the 'twinkling of an eye”? You would see chaos, pandemonium, lawlessness, looting, and all forms of murder and mayhem. The world would be in upheaval. The stock market would crash, if it hasn't already done so. Men would be desperate. Men would resort to “survival of the fittest”. The world would cry out for a savior, some one to deliver them from themselves.
“16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The Word of God tells us that when this all begins to happen, then, men's heart will fail them for fear, but to look up:
25 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28)
The world we live in has been rocking to and fro from peace, to war, from economic upheaval to depression, but the timing has just not been right for the completion of the rule of mankind on this earth. The rise of the Anti-Christ, is close at hand...everything is in place...every resource needed in this modern world is crying for a leader to bring it all together. That leader will arise unexpectantly when God's timing is right.
3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4)
That day is fast approaching. Make no mistake about it...When the timing is right in God's plan for mankind, then the Anti-Christ will be revealed...But first, one other thing must take place..
51” Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal mustput on immortality.
54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)
How do you escape what I have been talking about that could come even this year? Do you want to live what is prophesied to happen very soon....only the insane or the unbeliever that takes pride in himself would choose to reject the following:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”(John 3:16-19)
and again, believe the following:
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)
When what I have described above comes to pass and millions have been removed, THEN the timing will be right and the Tribulation and the revealing of the Anti-Christ will be on warp speed. Tribulation is straight ahead.
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for you in spirit and in truth of God's Word...if you need any counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at email@example.com, or visit me online for more biblical lessons that speak of what is coming upon the earth and how those saved by the blood of Jesus Christ will avoid it all.. God bless you all, TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Even Europe Is Losing Patience with Iran's Nuclear Antics - by Con Coughlin - https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16987/europe-iran-nuclear-antics
When the European Union starts warning the ayatollahs that the Iran nuclear deal is at a "critical juncture", it is a clear sign that Tehran's increasingly aggressive conduct in relation to its nuclear activities will make US President Joe Biden's hopes of reviving the deal almost impossible.
From the moment the nuclear deal was agreed to between Iran and six of the world's leading powers -- the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- in 2015, the EU has been an enthusiastic champion of the deal.
Even though neither Iran nor the EU itself was a signatory to the deal, the organisation's then foreign policy chief, the British Labour politician and veteran Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament activist Catherine Ashton, led a sustained campaign on behalf of the EU to support the agreement.
Consequently, the EU has remained a dogged supporter of the deal, even when incontrovertible evidence has emerged that Iran has been in breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal's official title.
The EU's devotion to the flawed agreement was highlighted when, in response to the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions on Tehran, Brussels responded by attempting to set up its own trading mechanism with Tehran -- the so-called "special purpose vehicle" -- to enable European companies to continue trading with Iran without being hit with US sanctions.
Even though the initiative ultimately failed, as business leaders were more concerned about incurring US sanctions than trading with Iran, the EU has remained an enthusiastic champion of the nuclear deal, to the extent that, prior to Mr Biden's inauguration, the commission had already expressed its hopes for reviving the deal.
"We welcome President-elect Biden's positive statements on the JCPOA, and look forward to working with the incoming US administration," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement on behalf of the bloc earlier this month.
The EU supported "intensive diplomacy with the goal of facilitating a US return to the JCPOA and Iran's return to full JCPOA implementation," Borrell added.
The EU's unfettered enthusiasm for the nuclear deal, however, has been dealt a significant blow as a result of Iran's increasingly aggressive conduct on the nuclear front, to the extent that Mr Borrell has been forced to concede that the future of the agreement has now reached a "critical juncture".
In recent weeks, Iran announced that it had begun work on enriching uranium to 20 percent -- just short of the level required to produce nuclear weapons -- as well as informing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN-sponsored body responsible for monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, that it was to resume work on producing uranium metal.
Both these developments represent a clear breach of the JCPOA. Under the agreement, Iran committed to keep uranium enrichment at 3.5 percent, the level required for civilian use, and signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys".
Iran's announcement that it was proceeding with the production of uranium metal has prompted a furious response from the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, who, in a joint statement earlier this month, warned that there is "no credible civilian use" for the element, and that "The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications."
The EU, too, has been forced to issue its most critical condemnation to date of Iran's blatant breaches of the JCPOA, with Mr Borrell issuing a statement warning that the "very concerning developments on the nuclear side... risks undermining diplomatic efforts, including ours, to facilitate a US return to the JCPOA."
When an organisation as totally committed to the nuclear deal as the EU voices grave concerns about Iran's wilful disregard for the terms of the agreement, it raises serious questions about the ability of the Biden administration to revive the deal.
Many of the appointments Mr Biden has made to his foreign policy team to date include veterans of the Obama administration who helped to negotiate the original, flawed deal.
Now, not even the most enthusiastic supporters of the nuclear agreement, whether in Europe or the US, can entertain the hope of reviving a deal with Tehran so long as the ayatollahs remain determined to ignore their international obligations. Most importantly, what makes anyone think Iran would honour a new deal any more than they honoured the old one? Why enter a new sham deal at all?
Nearing Midnight: Anticipating Prophetic Cry for Peace and Safety – Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
The single most prominent contribution, perhaps, in President Trump’s dealing with Israel involved deescalating movement toward war in the region.
Despite outcries from every quarter when Mr. Trump officially declared Jerusalem Israel’s capital, then his ordering the American Embassy moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, calm has prevailed. There has been lower temperature in the region rather than elevation of heated conflict.
A big part of the success in keeping the potential for war at a relatively low level was the Trump administration’s reversal of the previous administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. The Iranian fanatic dictators—the Muslim ayatollahs—had their financial windfalls cut off abruptly by the “outsider candidate” that came to the presidency in January of 2017.
The Obama administration had rewarded bad behavior and threats by doing things like delivering billions of dollars in cash on pallets on darkened runways at night. Trump reversed this by cutting off funds belonging to Iran in US vaults by forbidding access to those funds by the Iranian regime.
Additionally, Trump’s State Department—though in some cases, reluctantly by the deep-state sort embedded there—put economy-breaking sanctions on the regime. This, in turn, caused population uprisings among Iran’s people because of food shortages and other sanction-engendered hardships.
Even liberal, geopolitical observers had to admit that, strangely, the Iranian people, rather than blaming America, placed blame squarely on the ayatollah dictators for their plight.
To the day of Donald J. Trump’s leaving the presidency, Iran’s black-hearted leadership was searching for ways to get America to loosen sanctions. They tried everything from threats of attacking ships in the Gulf of Hormuz to promising to send terror squads to infiltrate American cities.
Never was there “nice talk” of peaceful resolution from the pernicious Persians. But as soon as it became clear that Biden had won the presidential race, the Iranians began “nice talk” of welcoming the same nuclear deal that Mr. Obama and John Kerry had arranged.
Still, however, Iran’s hostility toward America and Israel was not quelled.
They blatantly began to openly let be known that they were again working on nuclear projects, not even hiding that this includes uranium processing for weapons-grade, fissile material.
It is more than obvious that the dangers are building. Iran is on track to produce the nuclear weapon that Donald Trump declared they would never have.
Indeed, they apparently haven’t been able to produce such a weapon to this point. But it is now a matter of time, if the Biden administration, as it seems to be promising, goes back to the nuclear deal of Obama and Kerry. It is almost certain that if the regime of the Muslim terrorists have their way like they did prior to Trump’s presidency, people not only in Israel, but all over the world, will soon be crying for “peace and safety.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency, an international organization for overseeing nuclear programs, announced last Wednesday that Iran has begun work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor in contravention of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015. The deal bans Iran from producing or acquiring uranium metal until 2030 and, in return, removed economic sanctions that had been in place. Uranium metal, a material that can be used in the core of a nuclear bomb, has no civilian uses but is essential for a nuclear weapons program.
France, Britain, and Germany, who are still adhering to the terms of the JCPOA which they co-signed, joined in condemning the move:
“We strongly encourage Iran to end this activity, and return to full compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action without delay, if it is serious about preserving this agreement,” the three countries’ governments said in a joint statement.
It is expected that Iran will begin producing the uranium metal within five months. (“Iran to Begin Producing Uranium Metal for Nuclear Weapons Program,” by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, The Israel BibleTM, January 19, 2021)
With the new administration’s leaning toward total recommitment to the Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s options for dealing with a revitalized Iranian nuclear-weapons program are becoming fewer. The prophecy of Elam being destroyed might be on their docket—the mountainous area where much of Iran’s nuclear laboratories are said to be operating. It seems now to be only a matter of time, short of heavenly intervention.
And then there is the tremendous economic and geopolitical boost in the Chinese regime that looks to be in the offing with the coming in of the Democrat-controlled US government. They see China as a “competitor,” not as an enemy to be feared, despite the hegemonic, even overtly aggressive military actions by the CCP in the South China Sea, around Taiwan, and in other parts of the region.
The cry for “peace and safety” will shortly be on the rise, I have no doubt. But this also has a silver lining. Such a time is prophesied to be the moment of that great, anticipated instant in human history that will be an astonishing event to the entire world.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober… Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1 Thes 5:1–6, 11)
This Jewish Cowboy is Looking to Bring a New Breed of Red Heifer to Israel – Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.israel365news.com
This is the ritual law that Hashem has commanded: Instruct B’nei Yisrael to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid. Numbers 19:2 (The Israel BibleTM)
A California man is trying to bring Longhorn Cattle to Israel as a means of invigorating the beef industry as well as a method of improving the land. But if realized, his project may have other, more end-of-days implications.
ROBIN ROSENBLATT: TEXAS LONGHORNS IN ISRAEL, BIG BENEFITS
When people think of cowboys, they normally don’t think of Jews, but Robin Rosenblatt is both, and much more. A self-described former IDF Soldier, anti-terrorist agent, Jewish educator, Islamic educator, community worker, farmer, and kibbutznik, Rosenblatt has worn many hats.
But his heart is in Israel and he longs to return. But he wants to bring a gift: a herd of 300 pure-breed Texas Longhorns through his Israel Longhorn Project. He began the project ten years ago and despite the lack of funds, his vision remains strong.
Rosenblatt first learned animal husbandry at Fresno State University and continued his studies at Hebrew University.
“From my studies, I realized that cross-breeding with Texas Longhorns would greatly benefit the Israeli cattle industry,” Rosenblatt explained. “I presented the idea to the class and everyone, including the professors, agreed that this project would greatly benefit the country.”
“They live for 20 years which makes them very profitable for breeding,” Rosenblatt said.
The reasons for introducing Longhorns are many:
· Texas Longhorn cattle fit and thrive in desert environments.
· Longhorns can eat invasive shrubs and cacti (decreasing fire hazards).
· Longhorns have higher reproduction rates and very low loss rates.
· Longhorns have excellent calving and mothering abilities.
· Longhorns solve the problem of rising feed costs.
· Longhorns protect their calves from predators.
· Longhorns are highly resistant to diseases.
After initial inquiries, Rosenblatt was offered three possible locations for the herd: the Shomrim Chadashim (new guards) offered their kibbutz in the Golan, the Department of Agriculture in the Galilee region, and a private rancher in the Negev.
“This would help expand the Jewish presence in the Negev while enriching the soil with manure and holistic grazing,” Rosenblatt said. “I don’t know how they do it but the Longhorns actually eat cacti.”
LONGHORNS FIGHTING TERRORISM
An additional benefit is rooted in his anti-terrorist experience.
“A major obstacle to raising free-range cattle in Israel is theft, more accurately described as agro-terrorism,” Rosenblatt explained. “They are, by nature gentle and can be trained to both voice and behavior commands. This will allow ranchers and even their children to work with them safely.”
“But it is inadvisable to mess with Longhorns,” Rosenblatt warned. “They can and will protect themselves. Longhorns will first threaten the predator giving the jackal and the wolf an opportunity to reconsider. It should only take one Arab terrorist trying to hurt one Longhorn and the word will get out pretty fast.”
With horns that can extend as much as 100 inches, messing with Texas Longhorns is as dangerous as messing with actual Texans. Unfortunately, horns from cattle are not kosher for use as a shofar.
But, just like any cow, if a Longhorn is born perfectly red, it will be suitable to be used for the mitzvah (commandment) of para aduma (ashes of the red heifer). Longhorns are known for their diverse coloring and can be any color or mix of colors, but coloration mixes of dark red and white are the most dominant.
“I haven’t seen a completely red Longhorn,” Rosenblatt said. “But I am still waiting for God to do it. Genetically, it should be possible.”
Another obstacle is that cows are given ear tags at birth by farmers. The hole in the ear constitutes a blemish and renders the calf unsuitable for the mitzvah.
Of course, the biggest obstacle is money. Including air-transport, Rosenblatt estimates the total cost of resettling a herd of 300 cattle would cost approximately half a million dollars.
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: Deprogramming – Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
There are a lot of stupid things being done in this world by self-proclaimed smart people. We see it everyday. The lack of common sense, common decency and common manners has become, well, common. In fact, it is a phenomenon and when it becomes institutionalized, I would say it is Stupidocrisy. We especially see it in political leaders. We also see it in those who blindly follow conspiracy theories that are totally absurd just because they want to believe it is truth. Each week, The Daily Jot will try to pick out the most stupid thing of the week and call it what it is—stupid—in this new weekly feature, Stupidocrisy. Hopefully, it will give you a chuckle and a way to talk about these things with others.
This week’s Stupidocrisy is about deprogramming. The left’s talking points this week on all their propaganda outlets (translated mainstream media) is pondering how to deprogram 74 million people who voted for Donald Trump. They say these mostly white supremacists are responsible for a delusional cult that is dangerous to America. They say that the handful of people who assaulted the Capitol on January 6 and that the delusional QAnon followers are representative of all Trump voters. Throw in everybody who is white, Christian and not a Democrat, and there’s probably more than 74 million, but that’s a good start for the left and Democratic Party leaders. By the way, aren’t most of them white, and claim to be Christian? And wasn’t it the Democratic Party that institutionalized the white supremacist Jim Crow laws?
They use the word “delusional” a lot. Now, I will admit that some of their points have a smidgen of truth in them. But if we are going to talk delusional, it’s not really fair to do so without mentioning some of the things the 74 million might think a little odd about the leftists and the Democratic Party leadership. Things like: codifying the legality of infanticide in the name of healthcare; the idea that there are some 112 genders needing special protected “rights”; that the weather can be changed by taxing people; shutting down the gas and oil industries, putting thousands out of work, raising the price of energy, and becoming dependent on evil empires like China; supporting a terrorist state cutting Israel in half; quarantining healthy people—oh, there is much, much more, if we truly want to understand delusion and the need for deprogramming.
Did it ever occur to these leftists that maybe there were 74 million people in America that just don’t agree with the stupidocrisy offered by the Democratic Party? Did it ever occur to them that 74 million voters might just want to know what actually did happen in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia that possibly had a bearing on the outcome of the presidential election—just to get closure? If all these people are delusional and there is nothing to worry about, why are the leftists and politicians holed up in Washington, DC behind razor wire, chain fences and 20,000 troops? Proverbs 16:22 says, “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.” Yep. Come to think of it, maybe some deprogramming wouldn’t be so bad after all.
Daily Devotion: Condemning the Condemners - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. —Romans 8:1
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/condemning-the-condemners/ - Listen
Although Marilyn Monroe became an American icon, she lived a tragic life.
She was involved with a succession of men, and all of them let her down in the end. “She was a lady born into turmoil,” said biographer Charles Casillo, “and she spent the rest of her life looking to be saved.”
Tragically she never was, at least that we know of.
The Bible tells the story of a woman who made some bad moral choices, but Jesus Christ saved her. John’s gospel tells us that one day while Jesus was speaking to a crowd, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. ‘Teacher,’ they said to Jesus, ‘this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?’” (8:3–4 NLT).
But instead of answering them, Jesus bent down and wrote something in the dirt. I love what happened next: “They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!’ Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust” (verses 7–8 NLT).
We don’t know what Jesus wrote down that day. But whatever it was, it made the accusers leave, one by one, from the oldest to the youngest.
Jesus had condemned this woman’s condemners. And He will do the same for us. When we put our faith in Christ, we’re forgiven of our sin.
The Bible says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NLT).
Jesus died for you on the cross and bore the judgment of God in your place. God will forgive your sin right now, right where you are.
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