For the past several weeks we have begun our updates with weather related events and natural disasters. Today I will only do so briefly, and in fact my comments today will be brief in several areas as there is one news event in particular that I feel I need to spend some time on.
While it is neither related to weather or natural disasters, the first of four blood red moons which make up a tetrad over the next 24 months was visible in the sky over much of the Americas late last night and early this morning. While many say that they perhaps are significant in End Times prophecy, or to the nation of Israel, I have found no true scriptural evidence of these claims. There will be signs in the moon and stars during the tribulation period for certain, but to ascribe significance to them outside of that time is extra biblical. I did however step out into the chill night air to observe the moon and did find it to be quite beautiful.
Much of the country is experiencing yet another cold front that has dipped well into the South with threat of severe weather moving eastward in front of it, yet the weather service is predicting only rain wind and some hail.
Earthquakes in the Solomon Islands over the weekend produced a threat of tsunamis which never fully developed, and Nicaragua has been shaken with a series of earthquakes over the past few days as well. The number of earthquakes worldwide continues to grow in frequency and intensity now almost monthly rather than yearly. Once again, Scripture tells us that during the tribulation earthquakes will literally tear the earth apart, and a significant number of lives will be lost as a result.
The volcanoes we wrote about last week continue to belch volcanic ash into the air affecting air quality and in some cases airline traffic flight patterns.
Again, I see all of these things as a part of the birth pangs leading to the End Times.
Russia and Ukraine
In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, unrest continues to grow in the Eastern Ukrainian provinces. The Ukrainian government, and others in the West blame Russian infiltrators for the takeover of police stations and other government buildings in the region. The Ukrainians assert that those involved are too well organized and uniformed to simply be Russian sympathizers from Ukraine. Meanwhile in a telephone conversation with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin urged him to warn the Ukrainian government not to use military force against the insurgents. Russia still has 60,000+ troops amassed along their common border with Ukraine.
Russia and Iran
Putin this week also asserted that Russia was not bound by any US sponsored trade embargoes regarding oil exports from Iran, and is going ahead with plans to supply rocket and missile technology to Iran in exchange for oil exports. This at a time while the US and the remaining members of the G-8 are still attempting to forge a treaty with Iran which will limit or eliminate their nuclear aspirations. For their part, the Iranian government says they have no plans to limit their plutonium enrichment efforts.
Israel and Palestine
It was reported this week that while Israeli and Palestinian negotiators continued to talk without the presence of mediators from the United States government, that the consensus is that the peace talks are dead.
In hearings on Capitol Hill, Senator John McCain told Secretary of State John Kerry that “talks, even though you might drag them out for a bit, are finished.” This came during a heated exchange between the two men during the hearings as the senator enumerated all of the failed foreign-policy initiatives of the Obama administration.
In Israel Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to initiate steps to annex approximately 60% of the West Bank in response to the Palestinians efforts to move toward the UN by signing international treaty conventions. Bennett said; “It is clear that the diplomatic process has run its course and that we are entering a new era, we have been hitting our heads against the wall of negotiations over and over again for years and we kept getting surprised when the wall did not break. The time has come for new thinking.” Bennett launched a public relations effort for his “Settlement Blocs First” plan. Any real examination of security threats against the nation of Israel from not only Palestinian positions within the West Bank and Gaza, but all of her border areas as well, including the Mediterranean sea, will certainly see that the Nation State of Israel can never return to the pre-1967 borders and effectively defend its nation and people.
There is no historic Palestinian people, and to assert that there are, or that they ever had any capital in Jerusalem, is not just intellectually dishonest, but is an outright political lie. The “Palestinians” who occupy the West Bank and Gaza are an amalgamation of ethnicities and Arabs from the surrounding geographic areas of Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and other Arabic states who in truth have been disenfranchised by their Muslim relatives and not Israel.
In the coming weeks I plan to devote an entire blog on the subject.
The United States ~ Government overreach and an attack on the First Amendment.
I’m certain that almost everyone is aware of the standoff between Cliven Bundy and his family, and agents of the United States government’s Bureau of Land Management this past week. Unfortunately, very little coverage was given to the situation by the major news outlets of the mainstream media. However, the Fox news network, online news organizations and social media extensively reported on the situation. What little information that was disseminated in the mainstream press, was to say the least, erroneous.
Having spent the majority of my life in the agricultural community and in particular as a ranch manager, I am very familiar with the BLM, grazing permits, and relationships between the government regulators and ranchers. The BLM initially was to administer state and federal lands leased to those in the ranching community. The fees that the ranchers paid for the right to graze their cattle on these lands were supposed to go toward maintaining infrastructure and waterways on the lands for the benefit of both the land and the ranching endeavors. Over time the BLM has become a political entity controlled by radical environmentalists within the Interior Department. Today the reality is that these radical environmentalists would like to eliminate cattle from all BLM and National Forestry lands.
While the exact cause of when and why the dispute between rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM began, there have been several assertions from both sides which need to be looked at. First of all Mr. Bundy claims this to be a States rights issue and that the US has no jurisdiction over Nevada lands. He maintains that he ceased paying grazing fees because the BLM stopped using those fees to maintain the lands. From my personal experience I have no doubt that this is true. As to the issue of who actually has jurisdictional right over the land, I suppose that remains to be seen. At some point during this 20+ year stalemate the BLM claims that the Bundy cattle became an endangerment for the desert tortoise which is a federally protected endangered species. Personally I find this to be ludicrous as well, as the desert tortoise has existed for hundreds of years with ruminant species such as bison, elk, deer, antelope, etc. And, there are verifiable reports stating that the BLM has in fact exterminated large numbers of the tortoises themselves.
What appears to be the real root of the problem in this situation is something known as the “Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.” Initially there were reports this weekend that Senator Harry Reid and his son Rory were involved with a Chinese company planning to build a solar energy plant at Dry Lake. However the Chinese company backed out of this plan in June 2013. What follows here is an excerpt from an article by J.E. Dyer in Liberty Unyielding.
“The Gold Butte mitigation push is connected to the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). Readers who have already waded through the BLM document recognize where I’m going here. The BLM mitigation strategy, intended to mitigate the damage to the regional ecosystem expected from developing the Dry Lake SEZ, is to beef up environmental “protections” for Gold Butte. As desert tortoises, and other fauna and flora, decline in the SEZ, they are to be encouraged and protected in the Gold Butte ACEC. This may include measures like relocating desert tortoises to Gold Butte.
The crony-corruption link
Now, here’s where it gets fun. If the Dry Lake SEZ is the impetus behind tightening exclusionary policies on Gold Butte, but that’s not where the Chinese-backed solar farm was going to be, who is proposing to invest in Dry Lake?
What do you know. It turns out to be our old pal, crony-corruption firm extraordinaire First Solar. A BLM document from July 2012 reflects First Solar as the only company with an active application for a solar-energy project in the Dry Lake SEZ, and in a notice in the Federal Register on 17 March 2014 (see p. 14734; p. 133 of the PDF document), BLM confirms that the First Solar application is the only one on record, “serialized as NVN-084232.” First Solar proposes to build a 400 megawatt solar-energy plant in the Dry Lake SEZ.
First Solar, you’ll remember, is the crony firm whose chairman of the board, Michael Ahearn, bundled hundreds of thousands in political donations for Obama and other Democrats, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Harry Reid. First Solar was rewarded for this special excellence with over $3 billion in taxpayer “green energy” subsidies – whereupon it laid off most of its American workers and consolidated most of its activities overseas. The company’s stock has performed very poorly in the years since First Solar began hanging on Uncle Sam’s bootstrap, in part because of product defects that have cost hundreds of millions in customer compensation.
But a firm whose vice president has an open door to Valerie Jarrett can’t be held down for long. First Solar unloaded its underperforming CEO in 2012, brought in James Hughes – former Enron official named as an unindicted co-conspirator in 2006 – and shifted its emphasis from manufacturing to commercial-scale energy production. The company now has active solar energy projects in California and Nevada, including the one launched in March 2014 on the Moapa Reservation north of the Dry Lake SEZ and west of Bunkerville.
Oh, and First Solar got a nice infusion of capital in 2013, when an equity stake was taken in the company by none other than General Electric, perhaps the most equal of all the Obama cronies. (End of Excerpt)
So you see, the real rub here is that the Bundy ranch cattle are hindering the progress of crony capitalism driven by the Obama administration and Senator Harry Reid.
More importantly to my mind in this situation, is the fact that this episode has brought to light what I see as an impending showdown between federal authorities and the individual rights of citizens of these United States. During the standoff between the Bundy’s and the BLM, agents of the Bureau of Land Management established what they determined to be “First Amendment areas” within the boundaries of the BLM administered lands. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right of free speech. For the BLM to designate “First Amendment areas” is quite simply a blatant violation of the First Amendment. The ENTIRE US is a First Amendment area!
Increasingly, the United States government under the Obama administration is involved in a systematic effort to abrogate the rights of its citizens. From the spying efforts of the NSA, the illegal profiling of the IRS (including the corrupt complicity of a certain Democratic United States Congressman), FBI spying on legitimate members of the Press (i.e. Fox news reporters), and now this effort to limit free speech, we find a government completely out of control. In fact, the only voices this government hears are those from the radical left, the socialists, the Islamists, and the LGBT.
Conservatives, Christians, and the folks who have been the hard-working backbone of this country are finding themselves to be disenfranchised and without a voice in the national arena today. Knowing this, the only alternative we have is to stand together just as folks did this past week with the Bundy’s.
Christians, we are living in the Last Days. I have said repeatedly that I seriously doubt that America as we have known it will survive. What is needed is a national revival, not of patriotism, but a true turning back to Jesus Christ. Satan is the god of this world, and is certainly well-established within the halls of our government and our White House. Unfortunately, the time for God’s mercy is nearly at an end.
Jesus is Coming Soon!