A Lack Of Vigilance Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6)

Faults Underlying Exercise Vigilant Guard

Story by: (Author NameStaff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta – 138th Public Affairs Detachment

Dated: Thu, Nov 5, 2009

This map illustrates the earthquake fault lines in Western New York. An earthquake in the region is a likely event, says University of Buffalo Professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.

TONAWANDA, NY — An earthquake in western New York, the scenario that Exercise Vigilant Guard is built around, is not that far-fetched, according to University of Buffalo geology professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.

When asked about earthquakes in the area, Jacobi pulls out a computer-generated state map, cross-hatched with diagonal lines representing geological faults.

The faults show that past earthquakes in the state were not random, and could occur again on the same fault systems, he said.

“In western New York, 6.5 magnitude earthquakes are possible,” he said.

This possibility underlies Exercise Vigilant Guard, a joint training opportunity for National Guard and emergency response organizations to build relationships with local, state, regional and federal partners against a variety of different homeland security threats including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

The exercise was based on an earthquake scenario, and a rubble pile at the Spaulding Fibre site here was used to simulate a collapsed building. The scenario was chosen as a result of extensive consultations with the earthquake experts at the University of Buffalo’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), said Brig. Gen. Mike Swezey, commander of 53rd Troop Command, who visited the site on Monday.

Earthquakes of up to 7 magnitude have occurred in the Northeastern part of the continent, and this scenario was calibrated on the magnitude 5.9 earthquake which occurred in Saguenay, Quebec in 1988, said Jacobi and Professor Andre Filiatrault, MCEER director.

“A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in this area is not an unrealistic scenario,” said Filiatrault.

Closer to home, a 1.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about 2.5 miles from the Spaulding Fibre site within the last decade, Jacobi said. He and other earthquake experts impaneled by the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada in 1997 found that there’s a 40 percent chance of 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurring along the Clareden-Linden fault system, which lies about halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, Jacobi added.

Jacobi and Filiatrault said the soft soil of western New York, especially in part of downtown Buffalo, would amplify tremors, causing more damage.

“It’s like jello in a bowl,” said Jacobi.

The area’s old infrastructure is vulnerable because it was built without reinforcing steel, said Filiatrault. Damage to industrial areas could release hazardous materials, he added.

“You’ll have significant damage,” Filiatrault said.

Exercise Vigilant Guard involved an earthquake’s aftermath, including infrastructure damage, injuries, deaths, displaced citizens and hazardous material incidents. All this week, more than 1,300 National Guard troops and hundreds of local and regional emergency response professionals have been training at several sites in western New York to respond these types of incidents.

Jacobi called Exercise Vigilant Guard “important and illuminating.”

“I’m proud of the National Guard for organizing and carrying out such an excellent exercise,” he said.

Training concluded Thursday.

Shaking Begins Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Minor Earthquake Recorded Off Long Island Tuesday Morning, USGS Says

Published Apr 9, 2019 at 4:22 PM | Updated at 4:23 PM EDT on Apr 9, 2019


A minor earthquake was recorded off of Long Island Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

The 3.0-magnitude quake was recorded at 7:22 a.m. around 60 miles southeast of Sayville, the USGS said

The earthquake was felt as far away as Delaware, according to the USGS

A minor earthquake was recorded off of Long Island Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 3.0-magnitude quake was recorded at 7:22 a.m., about 60 miles southeast of Sayville, the USGS said.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Delaware, according to the USGS.

In February of last year, a minor, 2.2-magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Westchester County.That quake wasn’t widely felt, and no injuries or damage were reported.

Tensions Rise Before World War 3 (Revelation 16)

Tensions rise as Iran threatens the US with nuclear weapons ‘beyond your imagination’


The increasingly frosty relationship between America and Iran will have been causing distress to anyone with a nervous disposition. President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last year in order to put sanctions on the country. In doing so, he has destabilised a delicate political situation which had brought together major world powers in an agreement which limited Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

However, Trump baited further hostility on Monday when he referred to a section of the Iranian army – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – as a “terrorist group”. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani responded with a concerning warning.

“You use terrorist groups against the peoples of the region and yet claim to have been fighting terrorism?” Rouhani asked. “You are at the top of terrorism in the entire world.” He then added: “You know that we have developed missiles since last year until this year that are beyond your imagination.”

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This was reported by Iran’s Fars News Agency and betrays an aggressive mindset towards the US from the Iranian president. Having agreed to repurpose and reduce its nuclear facilities, this statement could be interpreted as a clear sign of non-compliance in the nuclear deal which Iran signed in 2013. As for the capabilities of these missiles, Iran claimed in 2017 that they have missiles with a range of 1,200 miles (1,930 km). However, the worrying activity doesn’t stop there.

According to the Associated Press, Iranian lawmakers met for a parliamentary session on Tuesday wearing paramilitary uniforms and chanting “death to America”. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was president of the country for most of the 1980s, praised the work of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and condemned the US, stating that “evil designs” would not harm them.

“You have done everything imaginable,” Rouhani stated in his unofficial address to the United States. “You wanted to tell the Iranian nation that we do not have any red lines, you wanted to say that we also kill children, you wanted to say that we also kill women.”

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He also pointed to the downing of Iran Air Flight 655, which was taken down by US forces in 1988. Following the incident, Vice President George HW Bush stated: “I’ll never apologise for the United States of America, ever. I don’t care what the facts are.” Two hundred and ninety civilians died in the attack, including sixty-six children. In a matter of months, Bush would be president.

“After shooting down our airliner, you claimed that you mistook it for an F-14 fighter, which is a childish claim,” stated Rouhani. “With this terrorist act, you wanted to say that you do not consider any red lines and kill women and children.” He added: “Your message was to support terrorism in the region.”

Trump said his designation of the elite fighting force: “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC … If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

In addition to a number of foiled plots against the US and its allies, the administration made reference to the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia which left 19 American servicemen dead.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s branding of the IRGC in a tweet. The Middle Eastern country has a difficult relationship with a number of its neighbours and Netanyahu took the opportunity to reinforce his stance on Iran: “Thank you for answering another one of my important requests, which serves the interests of our country and the countries of the region.”

America has historically had a fraught relationship with the nation of Iran, the 1953 Iranian coup marking the first time the US attempted to overthrow a foreign political regime during peacetime. The overthrowing of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, in favour of the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was in the political and economic interests of the United States and United Kingdom, who also intervened.

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Over the ensuing half a century, through hostage situations, terror attacks and open hostility, Iran would continue to have a fractious relationship with the US. Following the 9/11 attacks, George W Bush famously referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “axis of evil”. Aerial surveillance operations, launched from Iraq in which the US now had a foothold, repeatedly provided no new information.

There are continuing concerns in the global community regarding democracy, diplomacy and human rights in Iran. World powers have continually questioned whether the country is stable enough to hold a nuclear deterrent. However, with the leaders of both the US and Iran publicly flexing their military muscles, it seems that perhaps neither country should be trusted with such an arsenal.

Israel Razes Land Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israeli bulldozers raze, level lands in southern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Israeli military vehicles raided Palestinian lands along the eastern borders of Rafah City, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning.

A Ma’an reporter said that six large D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into Palestinian lands along the eastern borders of Rafah City.

Sources added that Israeli military bulldozers razed and leveled the lands while drones flew overhead.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces opened fire towards Palestinians in the return camps east of Khuzaa town, in southern Gaza.

No injuries were reported.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land and sea blockade for nearly 12 years.

Khamenei is Correct: IRGC will Boomerang on the US

Imam Khamenei: U.S. plots against IRGC will boomerang on them

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AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A group of IRGC staff and their families met with Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on the eve of the auspicious birth anniversary of Imam Hussain (a.s), which marks the National Day of Guards, on April 8, 2019.

While meeting with a group of IRGC staff and their families on the eve of the auspicious birth anniversary of Imam Hussain (a.s), which marks the National Day of Guards, Ayatollah Khamenei— the Leader of the Islamic Revolution— called the reason behind the U.S.’s animosity against the IRGC their pioneering in defending the country and the Revolution, and stressed: The U.S. and other ignorant enemies have done anything they could against the Islamic Republic of Iran, yet they failed to achieve a single thing. Today, the Revolution and the Islamic Establishment have become powerful in the region and the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei regarded the IRGC as an eminent entity at the forefront of encountering enemies on various arenas and held: The IRGC leads the fight in operational fields, confronting the enemies at our borders; and even thousands of kilometers away from the frontiers, around the shrine of Lady Zainab (s.a.); as well as in political confrontations with enemies.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described that asset as the main reason behind the U.S.’s animosity against the IRGC, and added: U.S. officials wishfully plot against the IRGC and actually against the Islamic Revolution and maneuver mischief. Undoubtedly, such ferocities won’t get them anywhere. Their vice and deceit will return boomerang on them, leading the enemies of the Islamic Republic such as Trump and those around him at the U.S. ruling apparatus to go down the drain.

His eminence mentioned the forty years of animosity against the Islamic Republic and the progress the revolution made in spite of it as a sign of the U.S.’s weakness in hindering the movement of the Iranian nation and stated: For forty years, the enemies of beloved Iran have imposed great amounts of all types of political, economic and propaganda pressure on the nation; yet they have failed to achieve anything even when the revolution was newly formed.

Referring to the leading position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region, Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say: Contrary to the assumptions of the enemies, the dignity and power of the Islamic establishment today do not emerge from atomic bombs, as from the beginning we have emphasized that nuclear weapons violate our religious principles and we do not need nukes. Thus, today’s dignity and sovereignty of the Iranian nation in the eyes of the Muslim world derives from the people’s resistance, self-sacrifice, and insightful awareness.

Finally, the Supreme Leader asserted that this honorable movement will continue via proper understanding as well as acting based on duties, and stated: Undoubtedly, the Revolution will progress, but everyone—including people from all walks of life, in particular the young individuals, as well as the IRGC, the Armed Forces and government agencies—should appropriately identify their roles and follow the pious role models offered by divine figures, such as the noble Imam Khomeini (r.a.), to act for the cause of God and perform their duties.

Iran Prepares to Nuke Up (Revelation 8:4)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will amplify nuclear development if the United States keeps up political pressure. File Photo by Iran Presidential Office/EPA-EFE

Iran hits back at U.S. for blacklist, threatens nuclear development


Nicholas Sakelaris

April 9 (UPI) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fired back at the United States Tuesday, saying its decision to give Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a “terrorist” designation was a “mistake.”

The Trump administration on Monday declared the IRGC a terrorist organization, the first time any foreign military branch has received such a blacklist. Tehran responded Tuesday by naming United States Central Command, or CENTCOM, a terrorist organization and the U.S. government as a sponsor of terror.

Rouhani accused the U.S. administration of using terrorism as a tool in the Mideast region as the IRGC actively fights militants.

“This mistake will unite Iranians and the IRGC will grow more popular in Iran and the region,” the Iranian leader said. “Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists? You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region. You are the leader of world terrorism.”

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also renounced the U.S. move.

“[The IRGC] is on the front line of confronting enemies of our revolution and has always defended the country,” he said in a speech to members of the guard. “America has failed to block our advancements.”

The leaders made their remarks on Iran’s Nuclear Day Tuesday, and Rouhani said the United States is taking a great risk with its decision to call the IRGC “terrorist.”

“If you pressure us, we will mass produce [nuclear] advanced centrifuges,” he said.

Rouhani touted Iranian achievements in nuclear technology and the installation of advanced centrifuges at a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and Fordo. Iranian lawmakers chanted, “death to America” on Tuesday as they held an open session of parliament.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended the IRGC works to destabilize the Middle East by supporting militant organizations that are already on the U.S. blacklist, like Hamas and the Islamic State. He said the IRGC “masquerades” as a legitimate military branch as it carries out terror campaigns worldwide.

Not everyone in the Trump administration supports the move — some national security officials said it could incite violence against U.S. troops in the Middle East. Tehran made similar threats Monday. State Department officials, however, downplayed the potential risks and Trump said the designation expands the scale of pressure on the Iranian regime.