History Expects the Sixth Seal in NYC (Revelation 6:12)

According to the New York Daily News, Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.

A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884.

Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published.

He adds: “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

“I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes.

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale. (ANI)

Nations Threaten Each Other Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

PM threatens Hamas with dire ‘surprise’; Gaza answers with fresh rocket attack

Israel’s response to wave of rocket, balloon attacks ‘will be different from anything that came before,’ Netanyahu warns in TV interview; no injuries in attack

By TOI staff and Judah Ari Gross

12 Feb 2020, 12:40 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened Hamas leaders with “the surprise of their lives” if a spate of attacks from the Gaza Strip didn’t come to an end. Minutes later, yet another rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel’s south.

“I’m telling you as prime minister, I don’t rush to war,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Channel 20 on Tuesday night. “I don’t puff out my chest, bang drums and blow trumpets. But we’re preparing for Hamas the surprise of their lives. I won’t say what it is, but it will be different from anything that came before.”

Whether Israel carries out its “surprise,” he added, “is entirely up to them. If they don’t come to their senses with the rockets and don’t stop the balloons, it’s only a matter of time before we deploy it. Remember what I’m telling you,” he said.

The last several weeks have seen a marked uptick in rocket and incendiary balloon attacks from the Strip, raising tensions and threatening fragile truce talks.

Shortly after Netanyahu finished speaking, the IDF reported a mortar shell had been fired from Gaza and landed in an open area in Israel’s south. No one was hurt in the attack.

Netanyahu’s was the latest in a series of warnings from Israeli leaders that rocket and incendiary balloon attacks from Gaza would be met with a dramatic military escalation. Thus far Israel has made do with tit-for-tat airstrikes on usually empty Hamas posts.

On Sunday, Netanyahu warned Gazan terror groups that Israel was prepared to take “crushing action.”

“I want to make this clear: We won’t accept any aggression from Gaza. Just a few weeks ago, we took out the top commander of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and I suggest that Islamic Jihad and Hamas refresh their memories,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem.

“I won’t lay out in detail all our actions and plans in the media, but we’re prepared for crushing action against the terror groups in Gaza. Our actions are powerful, and they’re not finished yet, to put it mildly.”

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett similarly issued a warning to Hamas leaders in Gaza, warning on Sunday that Israel would take “lethal action against them” if their “irresponsible behavior” didn’t cease.

He warned that Israeli military action would be “unbearable” for Hamas.

Screen capture of Defense Minister Naftali Bennett from a video he produced in which he warns of an Israeli response to Gaza rocket and incendiary balloon attacks, February 9, 2020. (Channel 12 screen capture)

“We won’t announce when or where. This action will be very different from those taken in the past. No one will be immune. Hamas faces a choice: choose life and economic prosperity, or choose terror and pay an unbearable price. Their actions will determine [which it will be].”

Observers see the return of rocket fire after several months of calm as an attempt by Gazans to press their demands that Israel ease or lift its blockade of the enclave in exchange for calm. Both sides insist they are not seeking a return to war.

An Egyptian security delegation that visited the Gaza Strip on Monday conveyed a message from Netanyahu to Hamas in which he demanded “a return to calm,” the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar newspaper reported, citing unnamed Palestinian sources.

Netanyahu’s message, which the Egyptian delegation received from Israeli security officials in Tel Aviv on Sunday, included a threat that Israel would “deliver a major blow to Hamas with American and international cover” if calm does not resume, the sources told the daily.

Hamas officials told the Egyptian delegation in response to Netanyahu’s message that it “does not seek an escalation,” but “the economic pressure that Gazans are experiencing and the failure to implement calming understandings will create greater pressure on the border region,” the sources said.

A spokesman for the armed wing of Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group talks to the press in the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, November 11, 2019. (AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa)

“There will be no free calm as long as there is procrastination, delay and tightening [of restrictions],” the sources also quoted the Hamas officials as saying.

Since the second half of 2018, Egypt, alongside the United Nations and Qatar, has played a key role in brokering informal ceasefire understandings between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Israel.

The understandings have largely entailed Israel lifting restrictions on the movement of goods and people into and out of Gaza, in exchange for Hamas maintaining relative quiet in the border region between the Strip and the Jewish state.

The Hamas officials also told the Egyptians that “the occupation doing anything stupid or assassinating resistance leaders would unleash a major war that would significantly impact the occupation’s state and leaders,” the sources added.

Illustrative: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome missile defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is seen above Gaza City on November 13, 2019. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip began flying explosive and incendiary devices into Israel using clusters of balloons and kites beginning in 2018. The practice has waxed and waned over time, but has picked up considerably in recent weeks, with dozens of these balloon-borne bombs landing in towns and farming communities adjacent to the Palestinian enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command on Friday released a poem for children warning them against the dangers of the balloon-borne bombs flown from Gaza.

Antichrist Dissolves Units Accused of Deadly Attacks on Protests

Iraq’s Sadr Dissolves Units Accused of Deadly Attacks on Protests

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020 – 19:00 –

Asharq Al-Awsat

Populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr announced on Tuesday he was dissolving the “blue caps”, an organized unit of his supporters accused of deadly attacks on anti-government protests in recent days.

Sadr had first backed the popular rallies demanding a government overhaul when they erupted in October, but has switched course multiple times in recent weeks.

He finally broke with the broader movement when he endorsed the premier-designate Mohammad Allawi, seen by protesters as too close to the elite they have railed against for months.

Since then, diehard Sadr supporters wearing blue caps have raided protest camps in Baghdad and the Shiite-majority south, with eight protesters killed in the ensuing violence.

The cleric has faced growing criticism over the violence and on Tuesday, he suddenly took to Twitter.

“I announce the dissolution of the ‘blue caps,’ and I do not accept the (Sadrist) movement’s presence in and of itself at the protests, unless it is absorbed into them,” he tweeted, according to AFP.

In the early days of the movement, Sadr supporters were seen as the most organized and well-stocked of the demonstrators but his recent tweets have infuriated activists.

After backing Allawi, he ordered the “blue caps” to help security forces reopen schools, roads and public offices shut down for months by anti-government sit-ins.

But Sadr has insisted that his movement ultimately wants “reforms”.

Allawi has until March 2 to form his cabinet, and is expected to govern only until early parliamentary elections.

“We hear that there are pressures from political parties and from sects over the forming of the temporary government,” Sadr tweeted on Tuesday.

“This could lead us to completely wash our hands of all of it.”

Sadr already controls the largest parliamentary bloc and top ministerial positions in the current government.

But one of his senior aides said Saturday that the new prime minister must not include members of the political elite in his new cabinet.

If Sadr “hears that Allawi has granted a ministry to any side, specifically the Shiite armed factions, Iraq will turn into hell for him and will topple him in just three days,” Kadhem Issawi said.

Syria Warns of Nuclear Terrorism

Smoke billows from the site of a reported airstrike on the industrial area of Idlib, in northwestern Syria on February 11. The Syrian and Russian armed forces have continued an assault on Syria’s final jihadi-dominated province, drawing criticism from the West for a mounting civilian death toll. ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP/Getty Images

Syria Warns of ‘Terrorists’ Using Nuclear Weapons as War Worsens at Home

By Tom O’Connor On 2/11/20 at 4:51 PM EST

A senior Syrian official warned world powers of the potential of militant groups gaining access to nuclear weapons as a war at home worsened among both domestic and international forces.

Bassam Sabbagh, Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told an agency gathering on Tuesday that “the issue of nuclear security has emerged during the past decade as an important issue that calls the attention of the international community and that the convening of this conference for the third time reflects the increasing importance of nuclear security as a common global area of concern,” according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency.

The diplomat argued that criminal or “terrorist” groups could potentially get their hands on and use nuclear or radioactive material to advance their agendas, presenting a major threat to global security, especially as borders are increasingly violated and cyberwarfare becomes increasingly commonplace. He invited foreign delegates to visit Syria and pool their efforts against such risks.

Though a nearly nine-year nationwide civil war has calmed in many parts of the country, it has intensified in the northwest in recent months. Here, failing cease-fires between Russia and Turkey have given way to a government offensive in Idlib, the last province largely under the control of rebels and jihadis battling overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Despite Moscow’s efforts to prevent direct hostilities between the forces of Ankara and Damascus, recent deadly exchanges threatened to erupt into a wider conflict between neighboring states in the Middle East.

Israel is the only country believed to possess nuclear weapons in the region, though it does not officially acknowledge such a program. The country, however, admitted its role in conducting airstrikes targeting nuclear reactors in Iraq in 1981 and in Syria in 2007 and has also been accused of participating jointly with the United States in efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear activities.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his opening statement on Monday at the ongoing nuclear conference that “nuclear security applies to every country, whether it does or does not have nuclear and other radioactive material.” He added: “Threats to nuclear security know no borders and the IAEA is the focal point for international cooperation to ensure that we can all work together to address and respond to this global challenge.”

The war in Syria has demonstrated a particular tendency to cross international boundaries, with groups coming from across the region and beyond to back multiple, opposing factions. Though nuclear weapons have yet to factor into the conflict, the U.N.’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has recorded multiple uses of chemical warfare, the majority of which it has blamed on the Syrian government.

Syria and its allies have denied such allegations, blaming insurgents for staging such attacks in a bid for international support. Last week, the Russian military warned, without evidence, that members of the Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, would release footage of a fake chemical attack in Idlib, where the Syrian military has recently made gains.

Defying Western sanctions and calls for his ousting, Assad has continued to reassert control over Syria with support from Russia and Iran. His international backers have entered into talks with pro-opposition Turkey in an attempt to find peace, but a deteriorating security situation in Idlib has complicated diplomacy.

This combination of pictures provided by the Israeli army reportedly shows an aerial view of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor during bombardment in 2007. Rafael Mariano Grossi said on Monday that “nuclear security applies to every country, whether it does or does not have nuclear and other radioactive material.” Israeli Army/AFP/Getty Images

The renegade province is home to millions of civilians, much of them displaced from fighting elsewhere in the country, but is also dominated by the former Al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The jihadi coalition has refused calls to disarm and the Syrian military and its allies have continued to launch attacks, recently renewing an assault that has seen strategic towns and sites restored to the government.

Turkish troops also hold positions in Idlib, however, and have been hit by Syrian attacks. Twice Turkish troops were killed by Syrian shelling in the past week, and both times the Turkish armed forces retaliated, claiming to have “neutralized” dozens of Syrian soldiers in retaliation.

As the latest deadly confrontation between Syria and Turkey played out on Tuesday, a Syrian military helicopter over Idlib was also downed over by suspected insurgent surface-to-air fire.

The U.S. has so far largely avoided the hostilities in Idlib. President Donald Trump’s administration has, however, repeatedly accused Syria and Russia of targeting civilians while the U.S. occasionally staged its own operations there, including airstrikes on Al-Qaeda and an October raid in which the leader of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) was killed.

U.S. troops are mostly deployed farther east in Syria, where Trump has tasked them with maintaining control of the country’s oil fields in partnership with the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces.

Trump’s Nuclear Reserves

Trump budget proposes $150 million for creation of uranium reserve

Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s 2021 budget proposed $150 million for the creation of a U.S. uranium reserve as the administration seeks to help struggling producers of the fuel for nuclear power reactors.

The money, if approved by Congress, would begin the process of purchasing uranium, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told reporters in a teleconference on the Energy Department’s budget.

Brouillette also said the budget represents a push by Trump to challenge the global expansion of nuclear power development by Chinese and Russian companies.

Trump “has decided that we’re going to meet them anywhere that they go around the world, and this … is the very first step that we will take to put the United States back into this competitive game,” Brouillette said.

U.S. uranium mining firms, as well as more than two dozen western state lawmakers, have argued that nuclear generators rely heavily on adversaries including Russia, China and Kazakhstan for uranium supply from their state-owned companies, which flood the market.

The budget, largely a political document that serves as a starting point for negotiations with Congress, did not outline where the reserve would be built.

Budget documents said a reserve addresses immediate challenges to domestic uranium production and “provides assurance of availability of uranium in the event of a market disruption.”

The U.S. nuclear energy industry is suffering from high safety costs and low prices for natural gas, a competitor in generating electricity. Since 2013, nearly 10 nuclear power plants have been closed and eight more are scheduled to shut in coming years.

A mining company cheered the budget. Mark Chalmers, president and CEO of Colorado based Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc said a reserve would “preserve our strategic capacity to produce uranium for national security purposes.”

The idea for a reserve was recommended by industry group the Nuclear Energy Institute to the Nuclear Fuel Working Group, a panel set up by Trump to spur ideas to help domestic mining. Nima Ashkeboussi, an NEI fuel expert, praised the administration for “recognizing the importance of a domestic uranium fuel supply.”

Trump set up the working group last year after declining to set production quotas for domestic uranium, amid concerns they could raise prices for nuclear plants in swing states like Pennsylvania ahead of next year’s election.

Edwin Lyman, the director of nuclear power safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said he would not be surprised if a reserve gets support in Congress “at least in the Senate,” which is controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans. The Democratic-controlled House may be more reluctant, as the proposal puts taxpayers on the hook for the costs.

This year’s budget, unlike Trump’s last three, did not include funds for Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, on which Washington has spent about $40 billion over decades, but which has never opened. Lawmakers in Nevada, a key swing state, oppose the project saying it could poison water supplies. Brouillette said his department would work on other options, which could be temporary.

The Energy Department will release the working group’s full findings in about two weeks, he said.

Reporting by Timothy Gardner; editing by Diane Craft

IDF Wipes out Hamas Military Compound Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

IDF Wipes out Hamas Military Compound After Rocket Attacks Hit Southern Israel

February 10, 2020

The Israel Defense Forces continued on Monday to implement its policy of striking back when the Jewish State is attacked from the Gaza Strip.

“Air-raid sirens sounding in southern Israel,” the IDF tweeted on Sunday night.

“One rocket was just fired from Gaza into Israel,” it posted soon thereafter.

Later, within hours, the military followed up and announced that in response to the “projectile…launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” Israeli “aircraft and fighter jets targeted a number of Hamas terror targets in the southern Gaza Strip.”

The IDF said that the targets struck in the retaliatory raid included “a training compound and military infrastructures used by the Hamas terror organization,” adding that by attacking the target, Israel was impeding the “future abilities” of the terrorists.

“The IDF views any kind of terror activity aimed at Israeli territory with great severity and is highly prepared for various scenarios,” said one of the statements issued Sunday night and early Monday morning.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians,” said the military, repeating the longstanding Israeli position that as ruler of the Gaza Strip, Hamas is the prime target of the Israeli strikes even if it claims that other terror groups carried out the attack on Israel.