Apparently Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Framework for Peace” has encountered resistance again from both the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis. Mohammed Abbas, once again, declared this past week that the Palestinian Authority would never recognize Israel’s right to exist as a nation. At the same time, his finance minister declared that any peace agreement resulting in a Palestinian state would require complete Palestinian sovereignty over the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his part said that Israel would not engage in the destruction of any Israeli settlements in the so-called occupied territories, and in fact announced new settlement construction beginning in the old city of Jerusalem. Naftali Bennett, the Israeli finance minister (head of the Israeli home party), called for the building of more Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli citizens in Jerusalem marched in the streets in support of the call to build more settlements.
Also this week the United States and its five partners resumed nuclear treaty negotiations with the terrorist State of Iran. This while the president of Iran, and its government leaders, continue to call for the destruction of the United States and Israel. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini said earlier today, that while he was not against the treaty process, it would come to no effect. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Pres. Obama on March 3 in Washington. It’s expected that Obama will continue to pressure him to accept the framework for peace with the PA, in exchange for more administration guarantees that Iran will not be allowed to produce nuclear weapons.
For his part, John Kerry paused his yo-yo diplomacy efforts in the Middle East to visit Jakarta, Indonesia where he addressed a group consisting of Indonesian students and government officials on climate change. Before the climate change speech, Kerry toured Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque, one of the largest in the world, to pay his respects to Indonesia’s Muslim majority population. In his speech Kerry claimed that; “In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Perhaps Mr. Kerry’s hectic schedule is causing him become a bit delusional, he is beginning to sound like Al Gore. His speech of course, follows reports that the US and China have announced an agreement to cooperate more closely on combating climate change. While in the US the Obama administration, with the EPA, continues its environmental war on coal-fired energy plants, its new partner in the climate change battle, China, along with India and Indonesia are building new coal-fired energy plants at the rate of two or three a year.
Rather than being concerned with China’s continued aggression in the Pacific against Japan and the Philippines, this administration makes them a partner in a program in which they are openly mocking this administration. Both Secretary of State John Kerry and Pres. Barack Obama seem to suffer from the same messianic complex. How arrogant are they to believe that they have the ability to control anything created by a sovereign God. The only effect they have on the weather, is in their continued push to force Israel to divide Jerusalem, which, as I said in an earlier post, has brought about catastrophic weather events in the United States. I believe this is only the beginning of God’s judgment on the US.
In Syria the Civil War rages on as a proxy battle between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Once again, this past week Israel was attacked in the Golan Heights by one or another of these Islamist factions. In Lebanon, an Islamist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, known as the “Islamist State of Iraq” or “Levent” has taken root in an effort to launch attacks against Israel and parts of Europe. The ISIL has taken control of Beirut and other parts of Lebanon. ISIL leader Abu Sayyaf al-Ansari said he “will use Lebanon as a platform for striking Israel.” Hezbollah, a Shiite group backed by Iran controls most of what is considered the nation of Lebanon. Increasingly, national borders in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan have become blurred by the fact that large areas are controlled by one sectarian Islamist group or another. None of this bodes well for the nation state of Israel, as the only thing that unites Islam is their hatred of Israel. Along Israel’s southern border with Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula, another Islamist insurgency is underway. It involves groups with roots in Gaza, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood rooted in Egypt. Since the military takeover in Egypt, after the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi’s government, their efforts to consolidate power in Egypt proper, have left a vacuum of power in the Sinai. Almost certainly, the Al Qaeda network forms a significant part of this insurgency. The Islamists have begun to strike west into Egypt as well as threatening the southern border of Israel. For Israel this places active insurgent groups on their northwest and northern, and northeastern borders as well as their southern and southwestern border. With the Palestinian Authority and the unstable Jordanian Hashemite Kingdom on their eastern border and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Israel’s enemies of Psalm 83 have surrounded her.
Meanwhile in the US, the Obama administration has forced the Pentagon to bow to pressure from Muslim groups and relax uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs to be worn. At the same time, Christians in the military have been threatened with prosecution under the military code of justice for sharing their faith, and while Christians in the military have been marginalized, some have even been expelled because of their faith. This act of political correctness takes place while the FBI continues to track more than 100 suspected jihadist infiltrators in the United States military.
A recent Egyptian military study proved overwhelmingly, that those Muslims who wore beards, turbans and hijab’s were more likely to be radicalized than those who did not. Recently a reformed Islamic jihadi from Egypt said that the proliferation of the hijab is strongly associated with increased terrorism in such societies as Indonesia, Egypt, Algeria, and the U.K., after the hijab became prevalent among Muslim women living in those communities. In Islam outer signs of religiosity on the one hand, and corruption and deceit on the other, are quite harmonious. After all, Islam’s prophet Muhammad, as recorded in the Hadith, which tells Muslims to grow a beard also advocates deception, the plundering of infidels, and many other practices antagonistic to Western notions of religiousness and civility. By the way, it’s the same with the hijab, or cloak that some Muslim women wear, also on Muhammad’s command.
So whether it’s a bow to political correctness, or another example of the Islamization of America under Barack Obama, instead of being wary of those who openly wear these symbols, meant to separate true believers of Islam from impure infidels, our US military is accepting them. This is taking place at a time in which the United States military continues training which labels Evangelical Christians and Catholics as extremists on a par with Al Qaeda.
And… More from the home front… the Department of Homeland Security has issued a purchase order for over 141,000 rounds of Hornaday .308 caliber 168gr. A-MAX TAP ammunition. This is a military sniper round, developed for its long-range capabilities, which I am very familiar with. Reporting in the Prepper podcast, James Smith said, “What makes the .308 ammunition so deadly is the long range capability of the round.” “The ability is called ballistic coefficient, or the efficiency of a projectile in overcoming air resistance as it travels to its target.” In the past couple of years the DHS have made purchases totaling over 2 billion bullets, the majority of which were hollow point rounds. One order of hollow point ammunition alone was for 450 million rounds.
My question is this, what reason does the Department of Homeland Security have for purchasing sniper ammunition and hollow point ammunition? The Department of Homeland Security is chartered as a domestic security agency. The Geneva Convention forbids the use of hollow point ammunition by any nation in wartime. No one would use hollow point ammunition as a practice round because of its expense. What is the intended use of this ammunition, and for whom?
Well, I’ll leave that for further exploration in a later post.
What is the significance of the information contained in today’s post? Simply put, it is continued evidence that we are living in the last days. God’s chosen people, Israel, increasingly finds itself standing alone. Radical Islam continues to grow and threatens Christians and Jews as well as anyone it considers an infidel. In the United States, Christians are being marginalized, and it is only a matter of time until, and before, we as His Remnant Church, will begin to feel the effects of persecution that Christians of His Remnant Church in other parts of the world continue to endure.
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1 NKJV) and of these perilous times Peter’s exhortation is: Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. (1 Peter 4:12-16 NKJV)
Glory! Jesus is Coming Soon!