Two Centuries Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Image result for 1755 massachusetts earthquakeThe worst earthquake in Massachusetts history 260 years ago

It happened before, and it could happen again.

By Hilary Sargent @lilsarg Staff | 11.19.15 | 5:53 AM

On November 18, 1755, Massachusetts experienced its largest recorded earthquake.

The earthquake occurred in the waters off Cape Ann, and was felt within seconds in Boston, and as far away as Nova Scotia, the Chesapeake Bay, and upstate New York, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Seismologists have since estimated the quake to have been between 6.0 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

While there were no fatalities, the damage was extensive.

According to the USGS, approximately 100 chimneys and roofs collapsed, and over a thousand were damaged.

The worst damage occurred north of Boston, but the city was not unscathed.

A 1755 report in The Philadelphia Gazette described the quake’s impact on Boston:

“There was at first a rumbling noise like low thunder, which was immediately followed with such a violent shaking of the earth and buildings, as threw every into the greatest amazement, expecting every moment to be buried in the ruins of their houses. In a word, the instances of damage done to our houses and chimnies are so many, that it would be endless to recount them.”

The quake sent the grasshopper weathervane atop Faneuil Hall tumbling to the ground, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

An account of the earthquake, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette on December 4, 1755.

The earthquake struck at 4:30 in the morning, and the shaking lasted “near four minutes,” according to an entry John Adams, then 20, wrote in his diary that day.

The brief diary entry described the damage he witnessed.

“I was then at my Fathers in Braintree, and awoke out of my sleep in the midst of it,” he wrote. “The house seemed to rock and reel and crack as if it would fall in ruins about us. 7 Chimnies were shatter’d by it within one mile of my Fathers house.”

The shaking was so intense that the crew of one ship off the Boston coast became convinced the vessel had run aground, and did not learn about the earthquake until they reached land, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

In 1832, a writer for the Hampshire (Northampton) Gazette wrote about one woman’s memories from the quake upon her death.

“It was between 4 and 5 in the morning, and the moon shone brightly. She and the rest of the family were suddenly awaked from sleep by a noise like that of the trampling of many horses; the house trembled and the pewter rattled on the shelves. They all sprang out of bed, and the affrightted children clung to their parents. “I cannot help you dear children,” said the good mother, “we must look to God for help.

The Cape Ann earthquake came just 17 days after an earthquake estimated to have been 8.5-9.0 on the Richter scale struck in Lisbon, Portugal, killing at least 60,000 and causing untold damage.

There was no shortage of people sure they knew the impretus for the Cape Ann earthquake.

According to many ministers in and around Boston, “God’s wrath had brought this earthquake upon Boston,” according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

In “Verses Occasioned by the Earthquakes in the Month of November, 1755,” Jeremiah Newland, a Taunton resident who was active in religious activities in the Colony, wrote that the earthquake was a reminder of the importance of obedience to God.

“It is becaufe we broke thy Laws,

that thou didst shake the Earth.

O what a Day the Scriptures say,

the EARTHQUAKE doth foretell;

O turn to God; lest by his Rod,

he cast thee down to Hell.”

Boston Pastor Jonathan Mayhew warned in a sermon that the 1755 earthquakes in Massachusetts and Portugal were “judgments of heaven, at least as intimations of God’s righteous displeasure, and warnings from him.”

There were some, though, who attempted to put forth a scientific explanation for the earthquake.

Well, sort of.

In a lecture delivered just a week after the earthquake, Harvard mathematics professor John Winthrop said the quake was the result of a reaction between “vapors” and “the heat within the bowels of the earth.” But even Winthrop made sure to state that his scientific theory “does not in the least detract from the majesty … of God.”

It has been 260 years since the Cape Ann earthquake. Some experts, including Boston College seismologist John Ebel, think New England could be due for another significant quake.

In a recent Boston Globe report, Ebel said the New England region “can expect a 4 to 5 magnitude quake every decade, a 5 to 6 every century, and a magnitude 6 or above every thousand years.”

If the Cape Ann earthquake occurred today, “the City of Boston could sustain billions of dollars of earthquake damage, with many thousands injured or killed,” according to a 1997 study by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Indian Point Shuts Down Again Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

CORTLANDT, NY — Indian Point Unit 3 was re-connected to the grid and began generating electricity at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Unit 3 automatically shut down Feb. 16.

The shutdown was due to loss of power to the excitation system in the main electrical generator, located on the non-nuclear side of the plant, said Entergy spokeswoman Vera Carley. The excitation system produces a magnetic field that is needed in order for electricity to be produced by the generator. Engineers determined the excitation system’s power supply failed and automatically shut down, which as designed caused the plant to shut down. The power supply failure was corrected by installing an upgraded component, which we believe will result in better reliability of the excitation system.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s resident inspectors assigned to Indian Point on a full-time basis closely followed Entergy’s efforts to resolve the problems involving the main generator exciter, said spokesman Neil Sheehan.

“Even though the turbine-generator is on the “non-nuclear” side of the plant, we were interested in the resolution of issues involving it because such problems can unnecessarily challenge operators and lead to unplanned shutdowns,” he said. “We found that the work to identify the cause of the exciter problem was thorough and detailed. We did not have any immediate safety concerns regarding the restart of the plant.

“The restart of the plant was also monitored by our inspectors.”

Indian Point Unit 2 continues to operate at full power.

Indian Point is scheduled to cease power generation by 2022.

Belgium Prepares for Nuclear Disaster (Revelation 15)

 The Guardian

Belgium has started to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million citizens in case of an accident at its ageing nuclear plants, while saying there is no “specific risk.”

The government has also launched a website in the country’s official languages of French, Dutch and German to tell people what to do in an emergency as it begins implementing plans announced two years ago.

The Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon said his government aimed to “properly inform” the public and the plans were preventative.

“For now there is no specific risk with our nuclear plants,” Jambon told Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

Pharmacies interviewed by Belgian media said they had begun receiving some of the 4.5 million boxes of 10 iodine pills – which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland – that were ordered by the government.

Belgium’s creaking nuclear plants have been stirring concerns at home and across its borders after a series of problems ranging from leaks to cracks and an unsolved sabotage incident.

In the last few years the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany have all raised concerns about the nuclear plants across the border in Belgium.

Two years ago the Dutch government ordered millions of iodine pills for its own citizens living near the border.

Belgium has seven nuclear reactors: four in Doel, near the major northern Dutch-speaking port of Antwerp, and three in Liege in the southern French-speaking region of the country.

Benoit Ramacker, spokesman for the national crisis centre, said Belgium launched in 1991 an initial series of emergency measures in case of a nuclear accident but only updated them once, in 2003.

With the latest plans, “citizens must also prepare to help themselves the day something happens”, Ramacker told RTBF.

Belgians for example can open an account on the website to get text message alerts on their mobile phones in the event of an emergency.

India-Pakistan Confrontation Closer to Nuclear War

US Intel community warns of risk of escalation in Pakistan-India tension

US Intel Community Warns Of Risk Of Escalation In Pakistan-India Tension


WASHINGTON, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 07th Mar, 2018 ):The US intelligence community on Tuesday warned that tension between Pakistan and India entails risk of escalation, while noting that the two South Asian states also continued to increase their nuclear capabilities.

Giving their assessments of worldwide threats before Senate‘s Armed Services Committee, heads of US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Director of National Intelligence noted continued violence along the Line of Control (LoC) and risk it posed to stability in the region in the wake of tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

“Continued exchange of heavy fire between Indian and Pakistani forces along the Line of Control poses a risk of inadvertent or gradual escalation of hostilities,” Robert Ashley, Lieutenant General, U.S.

Army Director, DIA, said. Daniel R Coats, the Director of National Intelligence made a similar assessment saying that relations between Pakistan and India were likely to remain tense, with continued violence on the LoC and the risk of escalation if there was another high-profile terroristattack in India or an uptick in violence on the LoC.

He also said that Pakistan continued to produce nuclear weapons and develop new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles.

“These new types of nuclear weapons will introduce new risks for escalation dynamics and security in the region,” he observed. General Ashley said that India continued to modernize its military as it sought a global power status and perceived its strategic forces as necessary elements to achieve that goal.

The General said that India put its first domestically built nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant, into service, and is set to take delivery of its second nuclear submarine, the INS Arighat, in 2018.

On Pakistan‘s counter-terrorism efforts, Gen. Ashley said that Islamabad was likely to proceed with its counterinsurgency operations and border management efforts along its western border while sustaining counterterrorism and paramilitary operations throughout the country.

“These efforts have had some success in reducing violence from militant, sectarian, terrorist, and separatist groups, but Pakistan will look to the United States and the Afghangovernment for support against anti-Pakistan fighters in Afghanistan,” he added.

Gen. Ashley also noted increase in its nucleararsenal by Pakistan by developing tactical nuclear weapons and new ballistic missile systems. He said that in January2017, Pakistan conducted the first test launch of its nuclear-capable Ababeel ballistic missile, demonstrating South Asia‘s first MIRV payload, and in early July, Pakistan demonstrated an expanded-range Nasr CRBM.

Both the intelligence chiefs also spoke about India-China tension, saying that the lengthy standoff between the forces of the two countries along the Bhutan-China border heightened tension and prompted both sides to increase their forces near the Line of Actual Control.

On threats to the United States, Mr. Coats identified Russia, China, Iran and North Korea countries which will pose the greatest cyber threats during the next year. In addition, he said that non-state actors would continue to use cyber operations for financial crime and to enable propaganda and messaging.

“The use of cyber attacks as a foreign policy tool outside of military conflict has been mostly limited to sporadic lower-level attacks,” he said while adding that Russia, Iran and North Korea were testing more aggressive cyber attacks that posed growing threats to the United States and US partners.

Iran Hegemony Thanks to Obama

Profits From Nuclear Deal Assist Iran’s Regional Hegemonic Ambitions

News : Sanctions

Published: 07 March 2018

By INU Staff

INU – Recently, General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, told the House Armed Services Committee that Iran has made “an enhanced investment in their proxies and partners.”

The Iranian regime has indeed expanded its military investment. In his article for Arab News, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist, leading expert on Iran and US foreign policy, and president of the International American Council explains the factors behind this.

He calls the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, a key issue — specifically the economic profits that came from the deal.

Over the last three years Iran’s oil revenues have more than doubled, and trade between the regime’s state-owned firms and European countries has brought in profits worth billions of dollars. Before the sanctions were lifted, Tehran was financially limited, but after 2015, Iran has had the funds to back groups that have become major players across the region.

According to Dr. Rafizadeh, “In Iraq, the Iranian regime currently supports at least 40 militia groups under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces. Some of these militias are known for committing war crimes, serious violations of international laws, and egregious crimes against humanity. After the nuclear deal, the Iranian leaders have even pushed and succeeded at making the Iraqi government officially recognize these militias and incorporate them into its political and security establishment.”

He also asks that we consider another proxy of Iran: the Houthis. Dr. Rafizadeh says, “It was after the JCPOA that Iran significantly increased its financial and military assistance to the militia. And it was after the nuclear agreement that the Houthis became empowered and emboldened to such a level that they became capable of destabilizing the country on such a large scale, as well as involving the nation in a bloody war.”

Tehran has also increased its military, intelligence, advisory, and economic assistance to the Assad regime, since the JCPOA went into effect.

Dr. Rafizadeh notes that the latest protests in Iran proved that the increased revenues, “have not been distributed among the Iranian people. Instead, the budgets for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Quds Force, which is in charge of extraterritorial operations, and their affiliated groups have increasedsignificantly.” In fact, President Hassan Rouhani recently increased the budget for military spending by at least 145 percent.

As well, the JCPOA has brought Iran enhanced diplomatic ties with the EU, kept it out of isolation, and enhanced its international legitimacy. Because of this, Dr. Rafizadeh believes that global powers will be less likely to hold the Iranian regime accountable and responsible for its actions.

“This legitimacy has facilitated Tehran’s logistical, military and illegal connections with terrorist groups,” Dr. Rafizadeh writes, and adds, “Thanks to the nuclear deal, Iran is continuing to pursue its regional hegemonic ambitions and achieve its objectives, but at a much faster pace.”