The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)



Updated | An earthquake is long overdue to hit New York and America isn’t prepared, author and environmental theorist Kathryn Miles told Trevor Noah on Tuesday’s Daily Show.

Miles is the author of a new book, Quakeland, which investigates how imminently an earthquake is expected in the U.S. and how well-prepared the country is to handle it. The answer to those questions: Very soon and not very well.

“We know it will, that’s inevitable, but we don’t know when,” said Miles when asked when to expect another earthquake in the U.S.

She warned that New York is in serious danger of being the site of the next one, surprising considering that the West Coast sits along the San Andreas fault line.

“New York is 40 years overdue for a significant earthquake…Memphis, Seattle, Washington D.C.—it’s a national problem,” said Miles.

Miles told Noah that though the U.S. is “really good at responding to natural disasters,” like the rapid response to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, the country and its government is, in fact, lagging behind in its ability to safeguard citizens before an earthquake hits.

“We’re really bad at the preparedness side,” Miles responded when Noah asked how the infrastructure in the U.S. compares to Mexico’s national warning system, for example.

“Whether it’s the literal infrastructure, like our roads and bridges, or the metaphoric infrastructure, like forecasting, prediction, early warning systems. Historically, we’ve underfunded those and as a result we’re way behind even developing nations on those fronts.”

Part of the problem, Miles says, is that President Donald Trump and his White House are not concerned with warning systems that could prevent the devastation of natural disasters.

“We can invest in an early warning system. That’s one thing we can definitely do. We can invest in better infrastructures, so that when the quake happens, the damage is less,” said the author.

“The scientists, the emergency managers, they have great plans in place. We have the technology for an early warning system, we have the technology for tsunami monitoring. But we don’t have a president that is currently interested in funding that, and that’s a problem.”

This article has been updated to reflect that Miles said New York is the possible site of an upcoming earthquake, and not the likeliest place to be next hit by one.

The Nations Continue to Trample Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

US Sanctions Russia-Iran Oil Network Funding Hezbollah, Hamas

Vijeta Uniyal | 11/22/2018 – 3:00pm

The U.S. Treasury has sanctioned an illicit Iranian-Russian network supplying oil to the Syrian regime. The elaborate oil scheme was used to finance the Islamic terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, a department press release said Tuesday.

The covert shipment of Iranian oil was run by the aid of the Russian state-owned company Promsyrioimport. The network delivered millions of barrels of oil to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s regime and hundreds of millions of dollars to Islamic terrorist groups, the Treasury Department disclosed.

“The Iranian regime continues to prioritize spending money on fomenting terror over supporting its own people,” the Treasury’s counter-terrorism chief Sigal Mandelker said, “This is yet another example of the regime using the proceeds of millions of barrels of its oil to fund terrorists and the murderous Assad regime to the detriment of its own people.”

Those targeted include a Syrian national and the Russian company Global Vision Group, which played the key role in oil shipments and money transfers to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated terrorist organization.

The press release issued by the U.S. Treasury details Russian and Iranian involvement in the busted oil-for-terror scheme:

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating nine targets in an international network through which the Iranian regime, working with Russian companies, provides millions of barrels of oil to the Syrian government. The Assad regime, in turn, facilitates the movement of hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars (USD) to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) for onward transfer to HAMAS and Hizballah. U.S. sanctions prohibit material support to the Government of Syria, including shipments of oil to Syrian government-controlled ports, as well as material support to designated terrorist groups.

“Today we are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Central Bank of Iran officials continue to exploit the international financial system, and in this case even used a company whose name suggests a trade in humanitarian goods as a tool to facilitate financial transfers supporting this oil scheme. We are issuing an Advisory today identifying the grave risks to the maritime community if they participate in shipping oil to the Government of Syria. The United States is committed to imposing a financial toll on Iran, Russia, and others for their efforts to solidify Assad’s authoritarian rule, as well as disrupt the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist organizations.”

The Treasury Department’s revelations come just weeks after President Donald Trump announced tough sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and gas sectors. “Our objective is to force the regime into a clear choice: either abandon its destructive behavior or continue down the path toward economic disaster,” President Trump said at that time.

Facing economic crisis at home in the wake of biting sanctions imposed by the Trump administration since withdrawing from the nuclear deal in May, the Iranian regime is looking for new ways to finance its terrorist proxies across the region, especially Assad-led Syrian regime. President Vladimir Putin has also thrown the Russian military behind Assad out of geostrategic considerations.

It may be in Moscow’s interest to gain a foothold in the Middle East or have access to Syria’s coveted warm water ports, but given the Muslim-majority provinces in Russia’s Caucasus region, the funding of Shi’a and Sunni terrorist groups to the south of its borders could come back to bite in the long run.

The unraveling of the oil scheme once again highlights the link between the Shi’a and Sunni terror networks, notwithstanding their professed theological differences. When it comes to terror financing, there has been no love lost between the jihadis of all stripes despite their ongoing inner-Islamic power struggle.

14 Palestinian protesters wounded outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

14 Palestinian protesters wounded by Israeli gunfire: Gaza ministry

AFPNovember 23, 2018, 8:01 PM GMT

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – At least 14 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests along the Gaza border, the enclave’s health ministry said, as a lull in deadly violence held after a truce deal last week.

Thousands of demonstrators turned out for the protests but largely kept their distance from the fortified frontier.

Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 14 people were injured by Israeli army fire along the border, including “a child shot in the chest east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp” in the central Gaza Strip.

An AFP correspondent said protesters held back from launching burning tyres or balloons carrying flaming material towards Israel — tactics they have frequently employed since the border protests began in March.

Demonstrators were directed “to keep back from the separation fence and to maintain peaceful protests… to give a chance to Egyptian efforts to calm things down”, an organiser told AFP.

It marked the second straight Friday of lighter protests since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on November 13 ended the worst flare-up between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas since a 2014 war.

Efforts to reach a more lasting truce have angered Israeli right-wing rivals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It brought the government to the brink of collapse when the defence minister resigned last week and took his party out of the ruling coalition.

Netanyahu was able to avoid snap elections when another key minister pledged on Monday to stay on board, despite sharp disagreements with the premier.

Gaza border tensions have soared since the March 30 start of what the Palestinians call the “Great March of Return“, a mass protest movement demanding the right for Palestinians to return to homes they fled or were expelled from during the war surrounding Israel’s creation.

Protesters have often moved right up to the border fence every Friday and occasionally breached it.

At least 235 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly by Israeli fire during border clashes but also by air strikes.

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.

A senior Hamas official said a delegation headed by the Islamist group had arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to meet with Egyptian officials on efforts to “stabilise the truce” with Israel.

The meeting was also expected to address reconciliation between Hamas and its rival party Fatah, headed by Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.

Antichrist warns of ISIS resurgence in Mosul

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr. Reuters

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadrwarns of ISIS resurgence in Mosul

The Shiite cleric accuses corrupt officials of security negligence

Mina Aldroubi

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr warned on Wednesday that Mosul may fall back into the hands of terrorists if the government remains in deadlock over power sharing.

“Mosul is in danger and terrorist cells remain active there,” Mr Al Sadr said on Twitter, adding that the security of Nineveh province, of which Mosul is capital, has deteriorated at the hands of corrupt politicians.

Since Baghdad declared victory against ISIS in December, the group which once occupied a third of the country continues to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings and still poses a threat along the Syrian border.

A number of bomb blasts have shattered the relative calm in post-ISIS Mosul in recent months, including a car bomb earlier this month that killed at least five people and wounded 14 others, according to Reuters.

The car bomb detonated near a restaurant in the west of the city. “A terrorist attack via car bomb hit near a restaurant in western Mosul,” Iraq’s security services said in a statement.

ISIS overran Mosul in 2014, transforming the northern city into its de facto Iraq capital until government forces recaptured it in a nine month battle that culminated in July 2017.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said last week that hundreds of insurgents are trying to cross into Iraq from Syria as Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces carry out an operation to clear the last ISIS-held pocket in Syria.

Mr Abdul Mahdi the extremists are gearing up to recapture territory they lost to the Iraqi military, but the premier reassured the public by stating that “Iraqi forces are carrying out their duties to pre-empt any attempts by ISIS to infiltrate the border and cross into Iraq”.

On Wednesday, Iraqi forces announced that they killed 15 ISIS fighters inside a tunnel during a search operation in the northern Sunni-majority Salahuddin province.

Security forces “have completed a search operation which led to the destruction of two hideouts used by the terrorists and the killing of 15 elements inside a large tunnel,” a spokesman for the military’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement. It did not say when the incident took place.

ISIS sleeper cells remain active in across Nineveh, Salahuddin, Diyala, and Kirkuk provinces.

The development comes as parliament is in deadlock over corruption allegations, the 2019 budget and the appointment of key ministerial positions such as interior and defence.

Wednesday’s session is expected to question the Central Bank Governor, Ali Allaq, after millions of dollars stored in public bank coffers were damaged by heavy rain.

Iraq is ranked 169 out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s corruption perception index.

The new government faces an immense task in rebuilding a country ravaged by the war against ISIS, fierce sectarian infighting and the US-led 2003 invasion.

It will also have to deal with the scourges of corruption, power shortages and decaying public services.

Iranian Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:8)

Image result for iran nukeIran Planned to Build 5 Ten Kiloton Nukes

Every time the media goes into its “intelligence community assessment” spiel, remember this is the same intel community that lied about Iran’s nuclear plans and completely missed Pakistan’s nuclear program until it went public.

And yes, Iran’s nuclear program was never about energy, but about mass murder.

Iran’s contested nuclear weapons program was much further along than the international community thought, according to a report based on scores of secret Iranian plans seized by Israel and publicly disclosed for the first time earlier this year.

Information obtained in this raid on Iran’s secretive nuclear files has revealed that Tehran was well along the path to building several nuclear weapons by around 2003, including the complex infrastructure needed to produce such weapons, according to a new report from the Institute for Science and International Society, a nuclear watchdog group that has exposed in the past the extent of Iran’s nuclear works.

Iran intended to build five nuclear warheads, each with an explosive yield of 10 kilotons and able to be delivered by ballistic missile,” the group disclosed in a new report that shows Iran has retained much of its nuclear infrastructure and could continue using it to clandestinely conduct weapons work in violation of the landmark nuclear accord.

The Israeli plans are dated. They tell us more about what Iran had planned, past tense, but even that’s bad enough.

Iran wanted to build 5 10 kiloton nukes. That would have allowed it to wipe out much of the population of Israel. Detonated in 5 major American cities, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Houston, they would have killed tens of millions.

And that’s where Iran was. Not where it is now.