History in the making: Trump terminates US role in ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran

Thirty years ago my jaw dropped upon seeing an utterly amazing ‘coincidence’ between a book I was reading (The Invisible Hand) and a video of Iran’s elite troops rehearsing an attack upon, and liberation of, Jerusalem (see ‘Bio’ ). After many years watching the malign machinations of that regime, I’m pleased there’s now a non-Israeli world leader adamantly refusing to tolerate Iranian terrorism AND is already taking action – with Britain and France! – as well as knowing those ‘Twelvers’ hell-bent eschatological motives! [See Iranian Leader’s End-times Declaration & ‘Mahdi’ tag]. Here’s Joel Rosenberg’s on yesterday’s announcement:

(Jerusalem, Israel) — After a careful policy review by senior administration officials, and consultation with a wide range of U.S. allies, President Donald Trump today kept his promise by announcing the U.S. will terminate the nuclear deal that President Obama and Secretary John Kerry negotiated with Iran. The President also announced the U.S. will imposing […]

Continue reading at BREAKING NEWS: President Trump keeps promise to withdraw from dangerous Iran nuclear deal. Will impose severe new sanctions on Tehran. This is the right decision & the President deserves tremendous credit. But pray for peace in the region. Things might get bumpy. Here’s the latest. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Brief update to Bible Update on ‘Gog-Magog’: Israel & US vs Iran & Russia

The necessity for brevity in Bible Update: Ezekiel 38-9 – Iran vs Israel – USA and Russia? meant I didn’t expand upon the parenthesis in my opening remark, ‘…news of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s threat to ‘open the gates of hell’ over the Zionist regime (not the first such threat)…’. Let me now explain:

Please don’t listen to claims of evangelical Christians supporting Israel because they want to hasten the battle of Armageddon. In fact, the reality is that Shiite theology desires exactly that in order to bring about the return of their hidden 12th Imam, or Mahdi – and supposedly accompanied by the prophet Jesus!

Thus, the ultimate goal of Iran’s theocratic regime is the removal of the Jewish state of Israel, as I was stunned to see thirty years ago!

[Those who’ve read my Bio Info may recall that, whilst casually flicking through a new book I’d been given I noticed lots of references to the significance of Jerusalem, I also was watching a documentary on then raging Iraq-Iran war. Suddenly I heard a narrator on TV say what’s being shown is elite units from opposing forces rehearsing together an attack upon Jerusalem – that is, despite being at war with one another!!  Thus began my appreciation as a non-believer in the Bible’s prophetic value. The truth of this reality got confirmed in peculiar instances (‘God-incidents’) after I’d started blogging, especially around its fourth anniversary in November 2013 – see The Invisible Hand Reappears and Did My Triple Warning About Iran Affect WordPress Connections? and from 2015,  What’s Weird About Writing About Iran.]

So it comes as no surprise to see this headline in this morning’s Jerusalem Post: Israeli Defense Minister : Iran Declared War On Us Long Ago.: ‘Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday. “Iran declared war on us long ago. The highest echelons in Tehran want to erase the Zionist entity, they do not hide the fact that they want to wipe the State of Israel off the face of the earth” Liberman said at annual conference…“Iran is also fighting us through their proxies: Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and now Hamas and of course the Syrian regime.Therefore, it is a daily war not only in the military aspect but also in the realm of international terrorism and we do everything in order to preserve Israel’s security,” adding that Israel maintains absolute freedom of action and will do everything necessary to prevent Iran from consolidating themselves in Syria.

USA and Russia in Syria

Now news has emerged in the MSM of American forces blowing up a Russian-made tank in self-defence against an attack by Syrian troops loyal to Assad and backed by Russian mercenaries, here’s a list of linked-headlines US-Russia conflict I was unable to locate for the earlier post but which are now available:

DEBKA also claims Israel’s downing of Iran’s drone is part of a larger scenario of US-Russian involvement (to be revealed in report to subscribers).

Bible Update: Ezekiel 38-39 – Iran vs. Israel : USA and Russia?

After the weekend news of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s threat to ‘open the gates of hell’ over the Zionist regime (not the first such threat) and all American bases, we look at the headlines from pre-MSM (mainstream media) DEBKAfile and a few from MSM in Israel as a synopsis of latest events in Israel and in Syria. Links are provided should you wish to read further (MSM ones are slowed by adverts):

NB: Underlined items all now available (added 14 & 15 Feb ) per further Update with explanation of Iran’s deep animosity towards Israel:

Yesterday’s DEBKAfile report Iran’s Saegheh drone in Syria a worry for US as well as Israel gives penetrating insights into this conflict, as hinted in this extract:

‘The infiltrator drone was discovered to have been part of a whole fleet of advanced armed Saegheh UAVs housed at the T-4 base. The second wave of Israeli air strikes against 12 Syrian and Iranian targets decimated this fleet. Most importantly, the drone intrusion and its sequel exposed the incident to have been no one-off,  but part of a calculated Iranian plot against Israel at the highest level, that was coordinated in advance with the Russian air force, which shares the use of T-4, and the Syrian air defense systems, which operate under Russian command. It is equally important to note that Iran brought its Saegheh UAV’s to Syria with Moscow’s consent.
This may be accounted for by the drone’s unique provenance.

‘In a long and arduous process of reverse engineering, Iran’s munitions industry copied some of the components of the CIA’s most secret stealth drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel, after it was intercepted and captured over Iran in December 2011. The American drone, armed and capable of detecting clandestine nuclear tests, is rated the finest UAV of its kind in operation. Tehran claimed it had intercepted the Sentinel’s overflight by taking control of the American surveillance satellite communications which navigated the drone’s course. This was vehemently denied by Washington. At the time, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources revealed that the those responsible for the feat of bringing the secret American drone down intact were not Iranian but Chinese cyber experts.

‘The Russians were keen on getting a look at the wonders of the American drone, but the Iranians refused to give them access. Eight years later…’ (click to read in full).

NOTE: for news/opinion without left-wing bias see my Not On The 10 o’Clock News.

…they DID get it wrong!

In “What If They’re wrong?” Tony Puccio looks at why pre-Tribulation Rapture claims may be mistaken. In actual fact, 20th Century history disproves pre-Tribbers’ ideas!

In his post linked below, R.J Dawson recounts his personal interest in those ideas and demonstrates why they were wrong. Esssentially, those theories failed to grasp not only scripture but also political events believed to have been of direct relevance. I’d heard of the best-seller R.J refers to, but being a New Ager in those days I thought ‘archaic’(!) Christians were jumping on the bandwagon of cataclysm/conspiracy theories. (The Lord had a non-Christian give me a businessman’s Biblical analysis of modern geopolitics, ‘The Invisible Hand’.)  I understand those theories arose out of Reformed Theology’s deep disdain for the Roman Catholic church.

Here’s R.J Dawson’s account:

There are Christians in America old enough to remember all the prophecy teacher hype from decades past, and the incredible influence of a single book: The Late, Great Planet Earth. . As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will […]

Continue reading at THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: HIDDEN PROPHECY AND THE SIGN OF JONAH — Real Christianity

First Sunday of Advent and a personal foretaste of Jesus’ return

Yesterday, Sunday 3rd December, saw the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent 2017. It’s always highly nostalgic to me because of a life-changing dream in 1989 that brought a totally unexpected and radical encounter with Jesus Christ.

FIRST & SECOND ADVENTS

The First Advent was when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 2,000 years ago. The four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, and start the church year.  In traditional churches the scriptural readings for the First Sunday in Advent are usually on the glorious return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign on earth, known as the Second Advent.

My encounter featured two highly personal aspects of my life; thereby validating the experience as real, not imaginary. Amazingly, both validations are directly related to the First and Second Advents and enhanced my interest in End-Times, by which I’d been figuratively grabbed by an Invisible Hand only a few years earlier.

Six years ago this week, soon after launching this blog, I posted details of the encounter – one that gave a personal foretaste of the Second Advent!

One aspect I haven’t previously referred to, however, now needs highlighting in view of current events I must blog about. So it’s important for you, my reader, to appreciate the wider grounds upon which I take my stand AND call fellow disciples of Christ to TAKE A STAND.:

THE VISITATION

The brief account On a Trapdoor into Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue tells the full story.

My background was one of deep involvement in New Age, Gnostic and occultic notions with meditational and mystical practices. Although not a practitioner, I was nevertheless  aware of the principles of witchcraft. Those practices had led to some unusual ‘psychic’ dreams, but none whatsoever were like this one.

This dream’s sudden ‘gearing up’ into the supernatural reality of demonic and angelic activity and the appearance of Jesus Christ above the clouds and His fast descent towards me, startlingly made me conscience-stricken and realise the truth of judgement – in great dread, mine was about to happen NOW!  And because of my sins I was now about to be dropped right into Hell – so in terror I just had to hide from HIM!  (And I did…but!)

Later, I understand that terror had been ‘the fear of God’ brought through Holy Spirit in convicting me of my sinfulness (ie. wrongdoing) and, thus, preparing me to receive God’s grace (ie. undeserved favour).

However, only this weekend have I realised another scriptural relevance of that fear – and that I’D BEEN BLESSED WITH A FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME! 

APOCALYPSE – THE SIXTH SEAL OPENS:

‘The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great and day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev6:15-17)

My reaction to that visitation from Jesus very closely matches the reactions described in Revelation chapter 6 to earth-and-heavens-shaking events that will lead into His return.  It could be said that, in addition to natural fear, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2) will come upon them.

So, I’ll be using that personal aspect as grounds for praying in a particular way for the conviction of sin and sincere repentance of reprobates who serve satan’s schemes.

Hence my taking note at the close of Emma Stark’s video of 24th November on the Lord’s preference for the kind of revival we should pray for.  ‘He said, “But Emma, I’d rather you ask Me for the revival of the holy, reverential fear of God.” And God said, “It is in that, that I can bring the extraordinary miracles.” And the Lord says that he is going to give back to his people right now…a godly capacity to fast; a godly capacity to pray; a godly capacity for greater holiness, because I believe that He’s saying to us,:

“Choose My move that is a holy, reverential, all-based response to Who I am, that will bring the greatest harvest, and the greatest salvation and the greatest miracles for a generation.”

[For an overview, with full background, of my true story click I’m FREE!]

Today’s news: Israel’s PM Netanyahu meets British PM May

Received in the last hour from International Christian Embassy Jerusalem this video of a brief press conference at No 10.:

Note Mrs Theresa May’s particular pleasure at welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu,

“Prime Minister, I’m very pleased to welcome you here to Number 10 Downing Street, particularly and obviously in the year in which we recognise the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration – the UK remains a very strong friend of Israel…”

[Updates at: World Watch Daily]

As the ICEJ points out it was only on Saturday that a former official of Iran’s elite military leadership, the IRGC, bragged about attacking Israel (ie. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps). The statement came amidst a large-scale test of Iran’s missiles and radar systems which was conducted in defiance of a stark warning from the US that such activities violate UN Security Council resolutions and would not be tolerated.

Invisible HandIt was watching that forces’ rehearsal in mid-1980s of storming Jerusalem that I was introduced (as a non-Christian) to the reality and accuracy of Bible prophecy!

Moreover, similar units of the Iraqi army were also involved AND at the height of the Iran-Iraq war – ie. whilst enemies!

ALSO, whilst a video of their combined manoeuvres was being broadcast in that BBC documentary it so happened I was thumbing through a secular book I’d been given that explained the whole background, as outlined in Welcome and Bio. Hence my keeping an eye on Iran.

More Info: 

PRAYER ALERT: for Russia and against co-ordinated attacks

Cover design - The Invisible Hand, Victor DunstanThis repeated call to pray against attacks and for Russia were posted by Veronika West on Tuesday – note her clarification.: 

1st:

WATCH AND PRAY; CO-ORDINATED ATTACK

‘This afternoon as I was driving down the motorway suddenly I saw a plane crashing into the sea, and I heard the Father say,

“Daughter PRAY, For Satan has unleashed a Spirit of death and destruction in this hour, PRAY AND PLEAD THE BLOOD against a coordinated attack by the HAND of the enemy”!

‘Immediately as I began to pray, I saw in the spirit a highly sophisticated, organised and coordinated attack by the enemy that would take place both on land and in the air, I saw that many lives could be lost. I believe this attack can be exposed and thwarted by the power of Prayer and pleading the blood of Jesus.

I DO NOT POST THESE THINGS TO BRING FEAR BUT TO BRING FORTH VICTORY OVER EVERY WEAPON OF THE ENEMY.

‘WE CRY “MERCY IN JESUS”.’

See Veronika’s earlier call – Pray: The Submarines Are Coming!

2nd:

PRAYER ALERT; WATCH! PAY ATTENTION TO RUSSIA; THE BEAR HAS BEEN BACKED INTO A CORNER AND WILL NOW STRIKE BACK WITH GREATER FORCE AND UNRELENTING POWER”!

‘Yesterday the Holy Spirit stopped me in my tracks and instructed me to PRAY FERVENTLY AND URGENTLY FOR THE NATION OF RUSSIA.

‘Now as I listened to the Holy Spirit I heard these words,

“DAUGHTER A DIVINE SHAKING, SUDDEN SHIFTING AND STRATEGIC RE-POSITIONING IS NOW TAKING PLACE IN THE NATION OF RUSSIA, FOR THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE BEING ALIGNED WITH HEAVEN’S TIME, WATCH! FOR THE BEAR HAS BEEN BACKED INTO A CORNER AND WILL NOW STRIKE BACK WITH EVEN GREATER FORCE AND UNRELENTING POWER. SEE! A SPIRIT OF HATRED AND VENGEANCE HAS BEEN UNLEASHED UPON THE EARTH AND SEEKS TO OCCUPY AND RULE WITH AN IRON FIST, BUT I TELL YOU WATCH! FOR THE BEAR WILL NOW RISE UP ON ITS HIND LEGS AND IT WILL COME DOWN QUICKLY, SUDDENLY AND POWERFULLY AGAINST THE ONE THE WORLD CALLS ISIS”, says God.

“LOOK! FOR THE RISE OF THE EAGLE AND THE BEAR WILL BE SEEN ACROSS THE NATIONS AS THE TWO COME TOGETHER IN STRENGTH AND IN VISION TO BRING THE BEAST OF THE EAST TO ITS KNEES. NOW DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND DO NOT QUESTION MY WAYS NOR MY WILL, FOR MY WAYS ARE NOT YOUR WAYS NOR MY WILL YOUR WILL, FOR I WILL HAVE MY WAY, AND MY WILL SHALL BE ESTABLISHED UPON THE EARTH, WATCH! PAY ATTENTION! MY GOVERNING HAND IS NOW MOVING SUDDENLY, QUICKLY AND WITHOUT WARNING IN THE EARTH!”

“MY TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS, UNITY, MERCY AND PEACE WILL NOW GO FORTH TO REBUILD THE BROKEN BRIDGES BETWEEN THE NATION OF RUSSIA AND THE NATION OF AMERICA, FOR SURELY I TELL YOU THE ARM OF THE BEAR AND THE EYE OF THE EAGLE WILL COME TOGETHER AS ONE AND THE HEAD OF THE UNCIRCUMCISED GIANT SHALL BE DECAPITATED, YES, THE HEAD OF THIS SNAKE SHALL BE CUT OFF AND CAST INTO THE FIRE”.

“WATCH! FOR THIS SHALL TAKE PLACE QUICKLY, SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT WARNING. NO LONGER WILL MY JUSTICE AND MERCY TARRY, EVEN NOW MY SPIRIT OF VINDICATION IS MOVING, SHAKING AND SHIFTING THE NATIONS, LISTEN! FOR A BATTLE CRY OF VICTORY AND FREEDOM WILL SOON BE HEARD ACROSS THE EARTH”, says God.’

[Illustration is from ‘The Invisible Hand’ by Victor Dunstan published 32 years ago. It sparked my interest as a non-Christian in biblical prophecy: for details see Bio Info.]

The Iran Nuclear Deal “Looks Worse and Worse by the Day”

More bad fruit from Obama’s furtive back-channel dealings with Iran, as reported in email 18 May 2009, plus their current harassment of US naval vessels in Persian Gulf. ADD to that leaked intelligence of Iran’s covert war in Syria run from ‘The Glasshouse’ near Damascus (Daily Mail). AND let’s never forget Iran’s 30 years-long ambition to attack Jerusalem, which is what stimulated my interest in End-Times! (See The Invisible Hand re-appears (2013) and again in 2015 for peculiar ‘coincidental’ way this fact pops up!) See Four ‘Signposts’ of the Books of Daniel and The Apocalypse for introduction to Mark Davidson’s thesis.

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

The quote above was spoken by retired Army General Michael Flynn; this reported by a Reuters story.

According to a report replaced by Washington think tank, the Institute for Science and International Security, the Obama administration and other European governments acted in secret to let Iran keep more of its enriched uranium so that sanctions could be lifted on time. The Obama administration (of course) denies this.

Specifically the report says,

“Among the exemptions outlined in the think tank’s report were two that allowed Iran to exceed the deal’s limits on how much low-enriched uranium (LEU) it can keep in its nuclear facilities, the report said. LEU can be purified into highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium.”

The Reuters article also states,

“It’s now clear President Obama gave away the store to secure a weak agreement that is full of loopholes.”

If the nuclear deal was bad before, how much worse…

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Brussels bursts the balloon of theological speculation!

Do this week’s dreadful events in Brussels expose theological errors on the rise of the Antichrist? In my opinion, yes.

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The flags of the EU and of ISIS, courtesy The Four Signposts

As there’s neither time or opportunity to expand upon this claim in depth let me stir your thoughts on a few points.

Students of Bible prophecy know theologians have long-held to the idea that scripture, especially the Books of Daniel and The Apocalypse, foretells the revival of the defunct, ancient Roman Empire. Consequently, the post-WWII Treaty of Rome and creation of the European Union was seen by most modern theologians and teachers on prophecy as the re-birth of that empire, from which the Antichrist would emerge as a world leader. The prophetic corpus explains all the disastrous consequences that would attend such a scenario as a result of a leader’s assumption of totalitarian power and subsequent attacks upon Jews and the state of Israel.

However, since the turn of the Century an increasing number of scholars have posited a different explanation of prophecy; one more in keeping with the geopolitical realities about which it foretells. Namely, Israel and its Middle-Eastern milieu. That is, the nature of Islam makes it, or a part of it, rather than the EU the source of the person to fulfill that prophesied role.

Invisible HandPreviously I’ve noted the author of the book that started my journey, The Invisible Hand, drew attention to the modern ascendancy of Islam, although he followed others’ assumptions about the roles of Europe and of Russia. Even so, as shown in US Presidents’ Actions Relate to Daniel’s Visions, Victor Dunstan’s world scenario drawn in mid-1980s closes: ‘The personification of the Beast will take control of the revived Islamic Empire’!

In fact, this week’s attacks upon Brussels, where the EU’s head is located, symbolise a spiritual conflict and contest between those two candidates for Antichrist!! And this precludes any consideration of the exceptional vulnerability brought about by European defiance of scripture in its anti-Israel policies, as considered earlier in this blog, and the latest illegality of which the Daily Mail published recently.

daniel-revisited-cover-smallAuthor of Daniel Revisited, Mark Davidson considers this theological question and briefly explains in The Attacks in Brussels and Paris, and Rome vs. Islam why Europe can no longer be considered as the source of the infamous biblical personage:

‘If Europe was truly the future power base of the Antichrist, wouldn’t it at least have some vestige of outrage calling for a military confrontation? Why aren’t the Germans, French, Belgians, Dutch and Brits calling for forming a 200,000-man army and smashing the teeth in of Islamic State, the source du jour of Islamic jihadists, um, I mean, terrorists? It’s because Europe is simply not the future power base of the Antichrist. Islam is.

‘The future power base of the Antichrist is the one doing the bombing. And it just occurred to me that these attacks – claimed by IS – are yet another data point showing in reality what is really happening right before our eyes. If you knew nothing of Bible prophecy, which political sphere of influence might have the culture and attitude to support the Antichrist’s ambitions? The Continent tired of war, or the Realm that is in places acting like a wild beast wanting to rip into its victims?’ (Read the full article by clicking above title.)

A Muslim Perspective

Now consider the secular opinion of the Muslim and Pakistan-born author, columnist and broadcaster and a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress – Tarek Fatah. His article Brussels: Another Wake-up Call in Toronto Sun opens:

‘Another day, another city, yet the script that started unfolding in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998 and that shocked the world on 9/11 in New York is the same — jihadi killers let loose on unsuspecting “infidels”. On Tuesday, Belgium’s capital of Brussels fell in line with London, Madrid, and Paris as Western capitals brought to their knees by jihadi terrorists seeking the annihilation of Western civilization.

‘If the actions committed by the soldiers of international jihad were predictable, the reaction of Western leaders was also familiar to ordinary, anxious citizens of North America and Europe – cowardice wrapped in political correctness…(Emphasis added)

‘As anger at the inability of Western countries to fight the spread of jihadi Islamism grows, the reaction of their leaders has numbed into cliché-ridden rhetoric…When (leaders) of the free world (are) careful not to name the entity that attacks the U.S. and its allies, how can we expect to defeat this evil cancer that keeps spreading?

‘Imagine President Franklin D. Roosevelt not naming the Nazi regime of Germany as the enemy Americans (and British Commonwealth) fought and laid down their lives to fight against in the Second World War.’

In closing let me quote Archbishop Justin Welby:

“In the great Holy Week of Christian prayer and mercy, the Brussels attacks shock all those who seek peace and justice through the terrible cruelty and utter separation from all that is of God. Once again we see the contrast between the vain efforts to terrify through indiscriminate murder, and the call of God to be those who show mercy, who seek peace and pursue it. Let us at every service this week pray for those caught up in the traumatic events at the airport and in the City of Brussels.”

Let us pray also for all our political leaders and ministers to repent of repudiating Christ and that all resolve to uphold and follow rather than negate and ridicule Gospel truths – amen.

UPDATE 4/4/16

“I will make you (Abram and descendants through Isaac) a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you”… (Gen 12:2-3 NKJV)

For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations is near: as you have done (to Israel), it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head (Obadiah 1:15 NKJV)

Soeren Kern, Why Belgium is Ground-Zero for European Jihadis:

The terrorist attacks on the airport and metro in Brussels are casting a spotlight, once again, on Belgium’s ignominious role as a European haven for jihadists. Several distinct but interconnected factors help explain why Brussels, the political capital of Europe, has emerged as the jihadist capital of Europe

American intelligence official: “When we have to contact these people [European officials] or send our guys over to talk to them, we’re essentially talking with people who are… children. These are not pro-active, they don’t know what’s going on. They’re in such denial. It’s such a frightening thing to admit their country is being taken over.”

Caroline Glick, The Consequences of Anti-Zionism:

…In the aftermath of the ISIS attacks in Brussels, will Europeans demand to know why European resources are being used to fund espionage against the IDF on the one hand, and Palestinian security services that commit murder and support jihad on the other?

Just as Ad Kan’s revelations indicate that law breaking, while not intrinsic to the operations of anti-Zionist, EU-funded Israeli groups, so it would seem that while not intrinsic to anti-Zionist foreign policies, governments that are hostile to Israel tend to have incoherent and incompetent policies for  contending with the threat of jihad.

This of course, is eminently predictable. After all, if you believe that Israel is the cause of the pathologies of the Islamic world, then you will likely be blind to the nature of the jihadist threat and the danger it poses to your nation.

Following the ISIS strikes in Brussels, both Israeli and American security experts spoke bitterly of the ineptitude of Belgian security services. It is not that the forces themselves are incompetent. Rather, the experts said, their political leadership refuses to allow them to take the actions necessary to protect their country.

The Belgians, like their European brethren generally, refuse to deal with jihad. Instead of acknowledging and dealing forthrightly with the phenomenon, they seek every possible excuse to ignore it.

According to senior government officials, the Belgians are among the most vociferous foes of Israel in the EU. Europe’s obsessive castigation of Israel is a central aspect of their jihad avoidance strategy. If Israel is to blame for everything, then they can save themselves by pouring billions of euros on the PA and by funding Israeli anti-Zionist subversives.

This position is of course irrational and by clinging to it, the Europeans have enabled the jihadist forces arrayed against them to gather and grow…

(Emphases added)

Read also ‘ne-plus ultra’ journalist Glick on the EU’s illegal trade war on Israel.

 

The ‘Invisible Hand’ reappears at another anniversary: spooky!

A footnote to the recent post on accelerating eschatology implied something weird about this blog’s 2nd anniversary. And an identical event happened for the 4th anniversary on Saturday 21st November last – news of Iran rehearsing a military attack upon Jerusalem!

But hasn’t an international agreement been agreed with the Iranian regime, you may ask? As many well-informed have repeatedly warned: that doesn’t change their radical ambition to eliminate Israel. Although of late the focus has been elsewhere in the Middle-East, the Iranian leadership adheres to and works toward the manifestation of an extremely radical Shiite eschatology (see Further Reading below).

The Invisible Hand

Invisible Hand

And that’s exactly what got me intrigued about End-times as a non-Christian thirty years ago. If you’re unfamiliar with my story let me recount from Welcome what and why it caught my attention.:

As a part-time editor/publisher I was well placed in the mid-1980s for a friend who ran a mail-order book business to give me an unusual new book on geopolitics, The Invisible Hand by Victor Dunstan published by his Megiddo Press (1984).

This gift claimed the Bible held coded and plain-text details of prophecies relating to the British Mandate in Palestine, as well as giving historical details of the Mandate.

I flicked through the book whilst watching a TV documentary about the then current Iraq-Iran war and noticed its many references to the significance of Jerusalem.  Then I heard the narrator refer to elite units from opposing forces rehearsing together an attack upon Jerusalem – despite being at war with one another!  What a staggering coincidence!!

So I looked and saw what purported to be a video of such an attack – my jaw dropped!  Wouldn’t yours?  This was a book to take seriously. It grabbed and got my full attention!

Consequently, I became more alert to Middle-Eastern and globally related events, which all suggest things may not be as they seem at first glance – or as reported in the media (certainly not the BBC).  I was amazed to learn many events are of Biblical significance.  Bemused, therefore, I began to watch as events unfolded…[NB: on Monday I blogged on this acceleration and dozens of recent news headlines in USA relating to holy writ!]

Back to the book: Victor Dunstan estimated all the prophecies would come to a climax in 1992 with Russia being the lead villain against Israel. However, he didn’t foresee the collapse of communism in 1989!

Yet 1992 proved to be pertinent because the ‘Middle East Peace Process’ had just got under way in October 1991 and led to the Oslo Accords of 1993. After the millennium I found that John McTernan and William Koenig had followed prophetical developments since 1986 and the mid-1990’s respectively. In 1996 William published his work as Koenigs’ International News (now Watch.org) and became an accredited White House correspondent in 2001, the year they co-authored Israel: The Blessing or the Curse. They’ve written other works and independently continue monitoring daily events, as occasionally covered in this blog – see tags Koenig, McTernan.

Also, although the Soviet Union had dissolved into separate republics, the world soon found motherland Russia regaining its prominence under Vladimir Putin. The re-birth is so strategically significant that Putin ousted Obama last year as the world’s most powerful person (Forbes Magazine).

Therefore, Victor’s prognostication about the Soviet Union seemed to be mistaken BUT, in fact, Russia itself has increasingly come into the picture and is now the dominant power in the Middle-East.

We should also note what Victor foretold over 30 years ago about Islam. He writes in chapter 12 of The Invisible Hand,

“Let us make no mistake; Islam is about to become the most powerful empire the world has EVER SEEN.”

His chapter summary includes this foresight:

“We are about to witness a mighty and almost unbelievable upsurge in Islam. Though we see the first signs of an Islamic revival, that revival has a long way to go but it’s going that ‘long way’ very quickly.”

How uncannily true!

So upon launching Richard’s Watch on 21st November 2011, I introduced myself and told about that book. Little did I suspect that what happened decades ago would keep popping up on every alternate anniversary of that date!

21 November 2013

The intriguing events around the 2nd anniversary are recounted in The Invisible Hand Re-appears! Preceding that I reported a Weird mix-up resurrected the blog’s Welcome.

Next, on the actual anniversary of 21st November 2013, the Washington Beacon reported Iran Launches ‘Massive’ War Drills – Codename: ‘Towards Jerusalem’!  (Within that week I read president Obama secretly agreed to elevate Iran to seventh world power.)

Moreover, my trying to write and publish anything about Iran was severely frustrated by internet connection problems with my blogging platform WordPress, as told the next day.

21 November 2015

Now on the blog’s 4th anniversary I found upon reading John McTernan’s Insights that he reported upon ‘Iran Guards Simulates Capture of Al-Aqsa Mosque’. (Link not available but The Times of Israel has Iran trains for capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa but uses Dome of the Rock model.)

John McTernanJohn comments, “Iran, like so many other nations, has gone “mad” over Jerusalem. Just before the first Gulf War, Sadam Hussein went “mad” over Jerusalem. He fantasized that he was like the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and was going to destroy Israel, capture Jerusalem and take the Jews captive to Iraq. Now it is Iran’s turn for destruction. Iran is now “mad” over Jerusalem and will suffer the same fate as Sadam.”

AND there are ongoing issues with WordPress functionality once again!!! (Not connection but much bigger issues over using a new editing facility.)

Spooky?

Not at all. Such repetitive, ‘mirror-image’ coincidences must be more than that – I call them ‘God-incidences’. The Living Lord must surely be pointing out the huge biblical significance to these military events and the Iranian leadership’s true, apocalyptic mission.

WE ARE BEING WARNED WITH PRECISE REGULARITY!

AND there’s a quickening pace in other eschatological events as noted a few days ago!

Further Reading:

My ‘take’ on Iran vs. Israel

Detail from Eagle-eyed by John Mark Long: www.propheticartists.comIn case you may be unaware of updates to my covering remarks on Joel Rosenberg’s Iran performing its own nuclear inspections, I will briefly relate what happened. Then we’ll get to the real heart of this issue, which I’ve kept an eye on for 30 years. Kindly bear with me…

“Sheer, utter folly!” was my reaction to the eventual news of the nuclear ‘fix’ or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (the 5 permanent members of UN Security Council; USA, Russia, Britain, France, China plus Germany) and the EU. The strength of my reaction arose from knowing the Iranian regime’s freely admitted and never rescinded ultimate goal – the downfall and removal of the state of Israel. (See for example, Cranmer’s Iran Nuclear Deal: Obama is Fulfilling Shia ‘End Times’ Prophecy.)

Public’s Positive Attitude

The re-blog attracted informed contributions from a blogger who drew attention to an issue over the source behind the original Associated Press (AP) report. This revealed the fuss was over Iranians already cleaning up a well-known but long-disused site and  journalists’ lack of expertise in appreciating technical complexities. (See AP’s controversial and badly flawed Iran inspection story explained.)

The informative comments on the thread are welcomed and I’d encourage you to take a couple of minutes to check them out, as well as to see the brief video summarising the deal.

Next, I introduced MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) reports on Critical Points to Consider in Understanding the Iranian Nuclear Deal as well as Senior Iran Officials Disclose Confidential Details…

My contributor pointed out MEMRI isn’t a neutral observer and suggested reading about ordinary Iranian’s perceptions of Westerners, as reported in his site The Other Iran. (For example, see Iran’s exceptional reaction to 9/11 attacks.)

Throughout all consideration and discussions we cannot overlook the fact that There’s a Higher Plan at Work…, as Elam Ministries remind us. Their mission is to strengthen and expand Christianity within and beyond Iran. Like Hormoz Shariat’s Iran Alive Ministry, a great deal of teaching and evangelism goes direct to Iranian homes by satellite.

Regime’s Negative Doctrine

1) Then came next day’s news from the semi-official Fars News Agency reporting senior Iranian aide Hossein Sheikholeslam (parliamentary speaker’s Advisor for International Affairs) as saying – Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”  (Emphasis RB.)

This came in response to Foreign Secretary Hammond’s remarks upon re-opening the British embassy in Tehran on Sunday following years of strained relations between the two countries. FNA stated,

“Hammond claimed in an interview with the British media that the current Iranian government had displayed a more nuanced approach than its predecessor to a long-running conflict with Israel. Also, on Hammond’s remarks in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Monday that the past hostilities should be forgotten, Sheikholeslam said Tehran will never forget the past and Britain’s colonialist moves.”

2) Last month Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published a new book called Palestine, a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. The back cover credits Khamenei as “The flag-bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem”, writes Amir Taheri in Iran publishes book on how to outwit USA and destroy Israel. Rather than reach and keep a nuclear deal, “Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel”.

In his forthright, well-argued Has Obama read the Khameini Palestine Book? Jonathan Tobin cites Teheri, claiming “latest evidence of the malevolence of the Islamist regime should be regarded as yet another inarguable reason for Congress to vote the deal down“.

Obama is on record as saying the anti-Semitism of the Iranian leadership doesn’t mean they were not also “interested in survival” or being “rational.” As far as the US president is concerned, the regime’s ideology isn’t something that would influence its decisions. I can only conclude POTUS lives in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’!

Both journalists are quoted in the introductory lead-in to the exclusive, first translation of Khameini’s book. Note especially Tobin’s:

‘The Khamenei Palestine book is important not in and of itself but because the regime’s obsession with Israel is a key to its foreign policy. Iran constitutes a grave threat to neighboring Arab countries that are at least as angry about the president’s embrace of Tehran as the Israelis since their nuclear status would undermine their security…it is the fixation on Israel and Zionism that really animates their expansionism and aid for terror groups. (Underline added.)

‘As Taheri notes in his article on the book, Khamenei distinguishes his idée fixe about destroying Israel from European anti-Semitism. Rather, he insists, that his policy derives from “well established Islamic principles”. Chief among them is the idea that any land that was once ruled by Muslims cannot be conceded to non-believers no matter who lives there now…(Israel’s) central location in the middle of the Muslim and Arab worlds and the fact that Jews, a despised minority people, now rule it makes its existence particularly objectionable to Islamists like Khamenei.’

3) We now go full circle back to 1980’s with last week’s The Algemeine’s report (source The Investigative Terrorism Project – since updated):

“A newly revealed video produced under the auspices of the Iranian regime in early August threatens and visualizes the destruction of Israel at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian Middle East proxies.”

This is not entirely new. Its purpose echoes the stunt that stunned me 30 years ago as a non-Christian and made me realise the accuracy of Bible prophecy!  Therefore, let me close by summarising personal events indicative of the significance of Iran’s official hostility toward the state of Israel.

Personal Perspective

This blog’s Welcome briefly recounts how I became aware of the huge role played by Iran in ‘The Last Days’. Now and again I refer to Iran in connection with the Ezekiel 38 alliance’, otherwise known as ‘Gog and Magog’ and referred to in Revelation 20.

That role’s warning flags are:

  1. Mid-1980’s joint-rehearsal of the storming of Jerusalem by Iranian-Iraqi elite units, despite fighting on opposite sides during the Iran-Iraq War! (Refer to Review 2 – Iran and Nuclear ‘Fix’).
  2. Very early in his presidency Obama starts secretly appeasing Iran (email 18 May 2009).
  3. July/Aug 2010 – Iran’s nuclear reactor goes live, Supreme Leader reports having been visited by the Hidden Imam about his violent return (email 19 August 2010).
  4. Nov 2011 – referred to event 1 above in ‘Welcome’, introductory post launching this blog.
  5. Nov 2013 – event 1 repeated by Iranian troops in drill ‘Towards Jerusalem’ two years to the date I blogged about the 1980s rehearsal in ‘Welcome’. (Invisible Hand Reappears).
  6. Mar 2015 – The Lord asked, “How many months since that blog you wrote about Iran?”. Upon checking, I’m prompted to expect developments of nuclear deal four months later, ie this July (Review 2 – Iran and Nuclear ‘Fix’). The reference was to when I’d asked if my triple warning about Iran had disrupted my internet’s blogging connection in Nov ’13.
  7. Aug 2015 – new video of IRGC & Iranian proxies ‘imagining’ taking Jerusalem, as related in above section.

Finally, there’s also my statement in March: What’s weird about blogging about Iran 🙂

Review 2 – Iran and nuclear ‘fix’

We continue to consider some past posts relevant to today’s events:

Iran

Invisible HandRegular readers may recall the eschatological role of Iran was drawn to my attention 30 years ago as a non-Christian. I’d been given a new book on history and geopolitics that claimed the Bible held coded and plaintext prophecies on the British Mandate in Palestine (The Invisible Hand)

Whilst watching a documentary on TV about the Iraq-Iran war, I flicked through the book and noticed there were lots of references to the significance of Jerusalem. Then I heard the narrator’s voice over video purporting to show elite units from Iran and Iraq rehearsing an attack upon Jerusalem, in spite of being at war with one another!

Three months ago it was drawn to my attention that this month of July would be the next ‘stepping stone’ of major End-time events regarding Iran.  It happened as I was mulling over a personal word given to me about promises from 40 years ago being fulfilled.

Although I shared my thoughts on that with readers in God-incidents validate cycles and point to the near future, I omitted mention of Iran because the post had got complicated. So as well as separating the post into two parts I withheld material which may relevant now.

This is what I’d drafted on 16th April, the lead-in of which may seem abstruse because it’s been pulled from a longer post, but note the emboldened text:

‘Soaking insight

‘That evening we went to ‘soak’ in live worship at Acorn Christian Healing Foundation and thus prepare for our usual long weekend. A great way to forget a busy day, to chill out and relax by focusing on the Lord.

‘However, well into the hour I was prompted to think about what I’d blogged a few hours earlier. I’d been a tad uneasy about quoting Ian Fleming’s quip on coincidence – but it wasn’t anything to do with that! This plopped unexpectedly into mind:

“How many months ago did you write that earlier email?”

‘The email asked ‘Could this weekend change the world? and upon which I’d focused in the day’s blog. It was dated August 2010, which I counted it as 4 years 7 months ago. And so I answered, “55 months ago!”.

“55! Seems familiar – when did that last crop up?” I asked myself. It was only the previous evening when I’d heard ‘Dr O’ and realised it was about 55 years ago, as recounted NOW [in published blog], it dawned upon me that was 12 times the 55 month period of 2010 to 2015 that I’d been asked about.

‘In view of the recognised meaning of 12 as a perfect governmental foundation, perhaps the Lord’s indicating I should regard that 1/12th as significant? It’s as though my remarks made in 2010 were being emphasised and endorsed!

‘Next I was asked,

“How many months since that blog you wrote about Iran?”

‘This referred to the ‘weird’ subject of that day’s 2nd blog wherein I’d referred to a summary of personally unusual circumstances relating to Iran in November 2113. Again I counted and this time replied, “16 months ago”.

‘So I thought, “16 = 4 x 4 … another 4 months takes us to July 2015″. So I decided to put that in the ‘pending tray’ and notice if troubles with Iran get even more difficult in July. (Deadlines for agreeing a ‘deal’ have frequently been delayed.)

‘I’ve since been reminded that the one who claims to have agreed a ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran is 44th president of the USA, Barack Obama. So I had plenty to ponder!

The Nuclear Agreement

The accord reached is SHEER, UTTER FOLLY. Lots of reaction of all sorts is bound to fly around but I’d like to summarise my previous posts by quoting top politico-religious blogger ‘His Grace’ Archbishop Cranmer. His conclusion encapsulates the emphasis of my previous remarks:

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: OBAMA IS FULFILLING SHIA ‘END TIMES’ PROPHECY

>>> ‘So why does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounce the deal as a “one of the darkest days in world history” and a “stunning historic mistake”? You can’t put it down to the cause of Zionism: Saudi Arabia also has concerns.

‘Might it possibly be that, once again, the ‘developed’ nations of the world have naively forged a solution of secular vacuity in a space that is gravely religious?

‘Cleric Hassan Rouhani is a pious man, devoted like all Shias to the Hidden Imam, the Messiah-like figure of Shia Islam. This President, like the previous one, believes that his government must prepare the country for the Imam’s return. All streams of Islam believe in a divine saviour, known as the Mahdi, who will appear at the End of Days in the company of Isa (Jesus). But President/Cleric Rouhani pledged himself with Ayatollah Khamenei decades ago to work for the return of the Mahdi. Indeed, Iran’s military involvement in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq was (and is) purposely designed to agitate against Israel to hasten the Last Day. Iran’s dominant ‘Twelver’ sect believes the Mahdi will be Mohammed ibn Hasan, regarded as the 12th Imam and descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.

‘Iran’s entire theo-political agenda is driven by Shia theology which is guarded by clerics who ensure that all legislation complies with their interpretation of Islamic law. And when it comes to foreign policy, this can only mean one thing for Israel, for they hold to the divine promise made in the Al-Israa Sura (Sura 17) that they will liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the first ‘Kaba’ to the Muslims – and will enter it as they have entered it the first time (Sura 17, ayat 7). And the prophetic foundation is the message of Mohammed that Islam will enter every house and will spread over the entire world.

‘They are dedicated and pledged with their lives to the ‘liberation of Palestine’ – all of Palestine. They describe the Jewish state as “a kidney transplanted in a body that rejected it”, asserting that the United States may want to “save the Zionist entity, but it will not be able to do so”. Nuclear power is the great equaliser: what begins with the production of electricity will end with a Shahab-3 missile. The Iran nuclear deal is not only a triumph for secular political diplomacy; it is the culmination of Shia Islamic eschatology. It is elemental to Iran’s final solution.’

(Click above title to read in full. Emphasis added by RB.)