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

Boston.com 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.

The Rising Saudi Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7)

Saudi Arabia’s New Ballistic Missile Program Will Heighten Tensions with Iran

Fuad Shahbazov

According to U.S. intelligence reports, Saudi Arabia is developing a domestic ballistic missile program with the direct support from China, despite Washington’s efforts to cease missile proliferation in the Middle East. The Trump administration did not initially disclose its knowledge of this classified development to key members of Congress. Satellite images taken last November revealed that the factory is situated at an existing missile base near the town of al-Dawadmi, 230 kilometers west of Riyadh. A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles.

However, it is still unclear where Saudi Arabia gained the technical know-how to build such a facility. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile program using Chinese technology. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia rejects all accusations of running a secret ballistic missile base on its soil. It is an undeniable argument that if a country heavily invests in manufacturing ballistic missiles, it usually correlates with an immense interest in nuclear weapons. Thus, it becomes clear that the main priority of the Saudis in developing ballistic missiles is the development of a nuclear weapons program. A nuclear armed Saudi Arabia means nuclear proliferation in one of the most unstable regions of the world.

Saudi Arabia’s nuclear ambitions were revealed in the aftermath of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s interview in 2018 when he stated that “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.” Although Saudi Arabia is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which prohibits the country from nuclear weapons development, neither President Trump nor any member of his administration has publicly condemned the kingdom’s efforts to possibly acquire a nuclear weapon.

Saudi Arabia has been expressing its willingness to generate nuclear power since 2015, however, the country still has no nuclear power plants. Saudi Arabia has stated plans to construct 16 nuclear power reactors in the next 20 years. The first agreement in this regard was signed between Saudi Arabia and Russia in 2015. As a result, Russia’s Rosatom announced that it is ready to build 16 nuclear power units in Saudi Arabia in a $100 billion deal.

Saudi Arabia eventually wants to develop its missile systems and acquire nuclear weapon as a hedge against Iran, as it considers the latter a real threat to its national security. Therefore, the kingdom has shown little concern for what the rest of the world thinks regarding its ambitions. In fact, Saudi-Chinese cooperation on missile systems is not a new phenomenon and it dates back to the 1980s when Saudi Air Force commander Prince Khalid bin Sultan traveled to China to buy medium-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Indeed, there was a reason for this dialogue, as the decree from 1987, prohibits the U.S. from exporting missile systems to Saudi Arabia.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been more open about its missile program. For instance, in 2010, Saudi Arabia opened a central office of missile defense in Riyadh. By doing so it wants to demonstrate its deterrent capabilities and send a signal to Iran of the consequences if the latter doesn’t limit its own missile program. On the other hand, developing a local ballistic missile system is also a preventive measure taken by Saudi Arabia due to the frequent rocket attacks carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The most recent rocket attack carried out by Houthi rebels hit Abha airport in the southern part of Saudi Arabia.

Another reason behind the ballistic missile program is indeed deteriorated relations with Western allies in the aftermath of the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The widespread criticism of Saudi authorities in Western countries and their reluctance to deepen military cooperation with the kingdom, has pushed Riyadh to seek new “strategic allies” like China, Russia, and Pakistan.

Despite efforts by the U.S. Congress to stop arms export to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump declared a emergency to bypass Congress and sent billions of dollars in arms sales to various countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The current geopolitical turmoil in the Middle East reflects deteriorating relations among Western countries and Iran following the termination of the nuclear deal, the endless military campaign in Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s ambitions to halt Iranian influence in the region. A Saudi nuclear program will serve to inflame tensions in the Gulf even more

BABYLON THE GREAT. LAUNCHES FOUR MISSILES AS IT REJECTS RUSSIA’S OFFER TO SELL ADVANCED WEAPONS

U.S. LAUNCHES FOUR MISSILES AS IT REJECTS RUSSIA’S OFFER TO SELL ADVANCED WEAPONS

By Tom O’Connor On 9/06/19 at 4:15 PM EDT

U.S. Tests Cruise Missile Banned For Decades Under Deal With Russia

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska off the coast of San Diego, California, September 4. Four such tests on September 4 and 6 were hailed by the Navy as culminating in the 176th successful test of the nuclear-capable weapons system.

PHOTO: U.S. NAVY

The U.S. military has tested four nuclear-capable missiles in the past three days, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed he had offered to sell advanced weapons to his counterpart in Washington.

In a press release, the U.S. Navy said Friday it “conducted four scheduled missile test flights” of the Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles using Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska off the coast of San Diego, California. Two launches occurred Wednesday and two more on Friday, but they “were not conducted in response to any ongoing world events,” according to the statement.

The news came a day after Putin told a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum that he had informed President Donald Trump back in June that he could buy some of Moscow’s upcoming, state-of-the-art weapons, including nuclear-capable and hypersonic missiles in order to “balance everything out” between the military competitors. The Russian leader then said U.S. officials have indicated “they will soon produce it themselves,” a position reportedly expressed Friday by a senior U.S. official.

“There is little reason for the United States to consider the purchase of advanced missile technology from Russia. The United States has a major comparative advantage over Russia in the safe development, testing and employment of missile technology,” the state-run Russian News Agency cited the unnamed Trump administration official as saying.

The Trident comprises the seaborne component and about 70 percent altogether of the U.S. nuclear triad, which also includes land and air capabilities. About a year after taking office in early 2017, Trump unveiled in February of last year a new Nuclear Posture Review that included plans to develop lower-yield W76 nuclear warheads for Trident missiles, raising concerns that such modifications could make nuclear conflict more likely.

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Putin and his top officials have repeatedly raised the issue with the Trump administration, which has accused Moscow of already researching such low-yield weapons, but both leaders appear determined to modernize their arsenals in one way or another. A month after Trump’s nuclear report, Putin announced the development of new, high-tech weapons said capable of defeating all modern and even prospective defense systems.

The hypersonic glide vehicle, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missile, the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise and the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater torpedo drone. Earlier this year, Putin also revealed ongoing tests of a Russian hypersonic submarine-launched cruise missile, the 3M22 Tsirkon.

Putin argued such measures were necessary in response to an “arms race” sparked by the U.S.’ abandonment of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty back in 2002 and build-up of high-tech, once-banned defense systems in Eastern Europe. Trump has vowed to expand his country’s anti-missile infrastructure and pulled out last month of yet another Cold War-era arms control deal, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty restricting ground-based missiles ranging from 310 to 3,420 miles.

The U.S. had argued Russia violated the agreement through its development of a cruise missile called the Novator 9M729, but Moscow officials argued their Pentagon counterparts were already breaking the rules by installing the same launchers used for offensive weapons in their defense systems in Romania and Poland. Both sides denied the respective claims against them and weeks after the U.S. left the deal, it fired a cruise missile traveling over 310 miles from what Newsweek confirmed was the same launcher, though Pentagon said it was in a different configuration.The Russian military test launches the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle system at the Dombarovsky missile site in Orenburg Oblast in this video shared on December 26. The weapon was said capable of traveling up to 20 times the speed of sound and carrying weapons like the RS-28 Sarmat, equipped with multiple nuclear warheads.

RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

Putin maintained on Thursday that he would abide by a self-imposed moratorium against deploying such mid-range weapons, but only as long Trump did not do so first. The Russian leader also indicated that he had already ordered the development of such systems in response to last month’s U.S. test.

While much of the current missile tensions have focused on the border between Russia and nations aligned to the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance, Moscow has also reacted with alarm to statements by Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggesting he was considering deploying ground-based, medium-range missiles in Asia. Speaking alongside Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he had received no such proposal from the U.S. and a five-year defense plan released last month by South Korea did not include plans for the platform.

Antichrist Warns Iraq on Verge of Turning into ‘Lawless State’

Sadrist movement leader, Moqtada al-Sadr. (Reuters)

Baghdad – Hamza Mustafa

Sadr Warns Iraq on Verge of Turning into ‘Lawless State’

Saturday, 7 September, 2019 – 05:45

Sadrist movement leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, warned Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Friday that Iraq was on the verge of becoming a “lawless state”.

His remarks were in reference to the Popular Mobilization Forces’ announcement that it was establishing an air force directorate.

In a series of tweets, Sadr said the move was the beginning of the end of the government and the transformation of Iraq into a lawless state, adding that he was distancing himself from these developments.

Head of the security and defense parliamentary committee and a member of Sadr’s Sairoun parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Rida urged Abdul Mahdi to preserve the authority of the state and its military.

He warned that the PMF’s establishment of an air force undermines and weakens the state, “which is why we must put an end to the chaos of weapons.”

Meanwhile, a PMF source denied reports the Iran-backed forces were forming an air force.

PMF deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes had announced Thursday the formation of the air force directorate, weeks after mounting air strikes against PMF locations in Baghdad and other provinces that its officials have blamed on Israel.

An official letter said that Salah Mahdi Hantoush was appointed acting head of the directorate.

Sairoun MP Burhan al-Maamouri told Asharq Al-Awsat that Sadr’s tweets do not mean that he was quitting the government or withdrawing confidence from it.

On the contrary, his statements favor the government because they grant it the power to act to protect the country and its state institutions, he explained.

The PM must be the sole authority that controls fateful decisions and he must confront moves that undermine his power, he stressed.

Saturday, 7 September, 2019 – 05:45 –

Hundreds Demonstrate Against Syrian Regime, Russia in Idlib

An amputee propels his wheelchair as a girl behind him raises the flag of the Syrian opposition during a demonstration against the Syrian regime and its ally Russia and calling for protection from the Turkish government, by the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Turkey and Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on September 6, 2019. Aaref WATAD / AFP

Ankara – London – Saeed Abdelrazek – Asharq Al-Awsat

Hundreds of Syrians held protests against the Syrian regime and its backer Russia Friday in opposition-held Idlib province where a fragile ceasefire has paused a deadly months-old offensive.

Some demonstrators gathered near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, where Turkish border guards last week fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse Syrian protesters, Agence France Presse reported.

They waved the three-star flag of the eight-year-old uprising and chanted against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, while some called on Turkey to open its borders.

“We only want the Turkish government to open its borders for our brothers who live under the olive trees,” protester Abu Haytham told AFP, referring to displaced Syrians living in the open air.

The demonstrations came after Damascus’s ally Russia announced a ceasefire for the northwestern Idlib region last Friday.

Air strikes have stopped since the agreement went into effect last Saturday morning, but sporadic artillery fire has continued.

Regime forces have been pressing an offensive against Idlib since the end of April.

More than 960 civilians have been killed in four months of heavy bombardment, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The United Nations says more than 400,000 people have been displaced.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that joint military land patrols by Turkish and US forces in northeast Syria are planned to start on Sept. 8.

The two countries are working to establish what Turkey says will be a “safe zone” along the border in northeast Syria – a region mainly controlled by Kurdish YPG forces – and have conducted multiple joint helicopter patrols over the area.

Iran’s Army Chief is Correct: End of Israel Not Far Away

Iran’s Army Chief: End of Israel Not Far Away

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Zionist regime of Israel is on its last legs, Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said, adding that fall of Israel is going to happen in the not too far distant future.

Tasnim News Agency

In comments in the city of Qom on Friday, the Iranian Army commander said the axis of resistance is going to beat out the US hegemony and win the ultimate victory.

The general also said that everyone will see the end of the “ominous Zionist regime” in future, stressing that the day is not far away.

The evil Zionist regime has brought about nothing during its existence but aggression, plundering, barbarism, bullying and brutality, the commander said.

“The enemies are well aware that any outbreak of insecurity and tension in the region will put them in the most insecure conditions,” Mousavi further warned.

He added that the US government has become confused and disillusioned after suffering successive defeats in the region and the failure of its policy of maximum pressure on Iran.

Back in December 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei expressed high optimism that the Israeli regime will perish within the next quarter of a century.

“The Zionist regime – as we have already said – will cease to exist in the next 25 years if there is a collective and united struggle by the Palestinians and the Muslims against the Zionists,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

As for any move against the Islamic Republic, the Leader has frequently warned the adversaries that they would face a “harsh reaction” in case of any offense against Iran, stressing that the era of hit and run is over.

Rockets fired from Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Tel Aviv [Israel], Sept 7 (Sputnik/ANI): The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Saturday that they had spotted five rockets fired from the Palestinian Gaza enclave into Israeli territory.

5 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel

“5 rockets were just fired from #Gaza at #Israel,” the IDF tweeted.

Late on Friday, the military said air raid sirens went off in the southern Israeli city of Sderot and other settlements located near the Gaza border.

There have been no reports about damage or casualties caused by the rocket attacks.

The Israeli military also said that it responded to the attacks by targetting several facilities belonging to the Palestinian Hamas movement, which governs the enclave and which Israel believes is responsible for attacks from the area.

“In response, we just struck a number of Hamas targets in northern Gaza,” the IDF said.

The escalation followed the 73rd round of weekly protests held by Palestinians near the Gaza border. The protests are usually overshadowed by violence between the demonstrators and the Israeli security forces.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, two Palestinians were killed and 76 others sustained wounds in the clashes on Friday. (Sputnik/ANI)

The Jugular Vein of the First Nuclear War (Revelation 8)

Kashmir is Pakistan’s jugular vein says Imran Khan

Vikash Aiyappa

Updated: Sat, Sep 7, 2019, 14:48 [IST]

Prime Minister Khan in his message on Pakistan’s Defence and Martyrs Day said his government has launched a proactive diplomatic campaign in the world capitals and at the United Nations to apprise the world community about Kashmir after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

Pakistan observes September 6 as the Defence and Martyrs Day to mark the anniversary of the 1965 war with India.

For Pakistan, Kashmir stands as its jugular vein. Altering its status poses challenges to Pakistan’s security and integrity,” Khan said.

“I have also urged upon the international community to seriously consider the safety and security of India’s nuclear arsenal… this is an issue that impacts not just the South Asian region but the whole world,” he said.

‘Is their humanity dead’: Imran Khan questions world’s silence over Kashmir issue

The Prime Minister said the world community will be responsible for the “catastrophic aftermath” if it fails to pay attention to India’s nuclear arsenal.

“I have informed the world that Pakistan does not want war, but at the same time, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to the challenges posed to its security and integrity,” Khan said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have spiked after New Delhi withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories on August 5.

Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it.

Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who addressed the main ceremony at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, said Kashmir was the “unfulfilled agenda” of the completion of Pakistan.

“I want to make it clear that Kashmir is the unfulfilled agenda of the completion of Pakistan. It will remain so until it is a resolved according to the UN resolutions,” he said.

Bajwa said Pakistan had won its battle against terrorism and was now fighting to end poverty and backwardness.

“Today there is a better environment of peace in Pakistan and the country gives the message of peace and security to the world,” he said.

“Pakistan has fulfilled its responsibilities in the war on terrorism and now responsibility rests with the world community to full its responsibility and reject all forms of terrorism and extremism. Our fight now is against poverty, unemployment and economic backwardness after successfully confronting the menace of terrorism,” he said.

The Army Chief said Pakistan would continue supporting the peace process in Afghanistan, adding that the complete peace would be possible if all the Afghan groups were part of it.

Kartarpur your Madina, Nankana Sahib your Makkah Imran Khan tells Sikhs

“Pakistan’s support will continue until complete peace is achieved in Afghanistan,” he said, amidst reports that the US and the Taliban militants are set to sign a peace deal soon to end the brutal war in the country.

President Arif Alvi in his message said Pakistan will continue to support the people of Kashmir and will raise the issue at all levels and platforms.

Later, Prime Minister Khan and the Army Chief visited the Line of Control and interacted with soldiers. Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also accompanied them.