The Sixth Seal Is Past Due (Revelation 6:12)

New York City is Past Due for an Earthquake
by Jessica Dailey, 03/22/11
filed under: News
New York City may appear to be an unlikely place for a major earthquake, but according to history, we’re past due for a serious shake. Seismologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say that about once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks the Big Apple. The last one was a 5.3 tremor that hit in 1884 — no one was killed, but buildings were damaged.
Any tremor above a 6.0 magnitude can be catastrophic, but it is extremely unlikely that New York would ever experience a quake like the recent 8.9 earthquake in Japan. A study by the Earth Observatory found that a 6.0 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and a 7.0 magnitude hits about every 3,400 years.
There are several fault lines in New York’s metro area, including one along 125th Street, which may have caused two small tremors in 1981 and a 5.2 magnitude quake in 1737. There is also a fault line on Dyckman Street in Inwood, and another in Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. The New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation rates the chance of an earthquake hitting the city as moderate.
John Armbruster, a seismologist at the Earth Observatory, said that if a 5.0 magnitude quake struck New York today, it would result in hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars in damages. The city’s skyscrapers would not collapse, but older brick buildings and chimneys would topple, likely resulting in casualities.
The Earth Observatory is expanding its studies of potential earthquake damage to the city. They currently have six seismometers at different landmarks throughout the five boroughs, and this summer, they plan to place one at the arch in Washington Square Park and another in Bryant Park.
Won-Young Kim, who works alongside Armbuster, says his biggest concern is that we can’t predict when an earthquake might hit. “It can happen anytime soon,” Kim told the Metro. If it happened tomorrow, he added, “I would not be surprised. We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where.”
Armbuster voiced similar concerns to the Daily News. “Will there be one in my lifetime or your lifetime? I don’t know,” he said. “But this is the longest period we’ve gone without one.”
Via Metro and NY Daily News

Iran Prepares for War Against Babylon the Great

Iran Deploys Short-Range Missiles in Iraq After Attack on Green Zone Hosting US Embassy, Reports Say

The transfer is said to have taken place at the Shalamcheh border crossing and was performed in two stages under the supervision of Iranian military personnel. Iran also reportedly dispatched two IRGC units to operate the missiles and drones.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has deployed short-range missiles and drones to Iraq, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas reported, citing anonymous sources inside Iran.

According to the sources, the rockets in question were domestically-made Arash guided missiles and were delivered to facilities and camps of pro-Iran Iraqi armed groups.

The sources did not specify what type of drones were deployed, but noted that they were also produced in Iran and are stationed in high-security sites in Iraq’s south.

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The sources emphasised that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could potentially use the hardware to hit targets within Iraq and in neighbouring countries in the coming weeks or after US President Donald Trump leaves the White House.

Al-Qabas also cites the sources as saying that Esmail Ghaani, head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, raised the question during his visit to Iraq of retaliation for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s murder. Fakhrizadeh, a prominent nuclear scientist, was killed in November in an attack Iran believes was perpetrated by Israel.

The reported deployment of Iranian military hardware to Iraq comes amid renewed tensions between the US and Iran in the wake of an attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, which Trump blamed on Iran.

Tehran has denied the accusations as groundless and false.

Israel and the US WILL FAIL in preventing war with Iran

Will Israel and the US succeed in preventing war with Iran?

In recent weeks, the US and Israeli militaries have sent a series of messages and signals to the Iranians.

Israel and the United States are working hard to prevent a war with Iran. It is not certain that they will succeed.

In recent weeks, the US and Israeli militaries have sent a series of messages and signals to the Iranians, warning the ayatollahs of the consequences of an attack launched directly by the Revolutionary Guard Corps or by one of the Islamic Republic’s terrorist proxies, in Lebanon, Iraq or Yemen.The rise in tensions is due to intelligence assessments in Israel and the US that Iran is plotting to avenge a string of attacks against it over the last year – the US bombing that killed Qassem Soleimani in January, the bombing of the Natanz nuclear facility over the summer and the assassination last month of its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh outside Tehran.

The attacks are an embarrassment for the regime and there is concern in Israel and the US that Iran will want to retaliate before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20. This way, it will get the retaliation out of the way and then be able to open a new page with the Democratic administration.

In recent weeks, US and Israeli submarines were either seen or reported to have been seen sailing in the Persian Gulf. The US sent two B-52 bombers to the region last month, for the first time since 2019, in what the US military said was aimed to “deter aggression and reassure US partners and allies.”

President Donald Trump threatened Iran last week after a number of rockets were fired at the US embassy in Iraq. “Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq,” Trump tweeted. “Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.”In Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi issued a strong threat against Iran, saying that if it or its proxies try to carry out attacks against Israel or Israeli targets, they will pay a heavy price.

His threat came just days after US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley visited Israel for talks with Kochavi, largely believed to be focused on the Iranian threat.

“We are hearing more and more threats against Israel coming from Iran,” he said at an awards ceremony. “If Iran and its partners… attack the State of Israel, they will [pay] a heavy price.”

“I am simplifying things and describing the situation to our enemies as it is,” he added. “Our retaliation plans are prepared, and they already have been practiced.”

On Saturday, Israel issued another warning via IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman in an interview with the Saudi newspaper Elaph.

He stressed that everyone should be on high alert regarding the Iranian threat, which he described as a “powder keg liable to explode,” considering the many blows Iran has received in the past year without being able to properly respond.

While we hope that war will be avoided, it is important that Iran understands that it cannot get away with aggressive and terrorist action it takes throughout the Middle East and beyond. This is particularly important as Biden prepares to take office; he has already expressed a desire to resume negotiations with the Iranians over a new nuclear deal.

Returning to the same deal reached in 2015 would be a grave mistake. Iran needs to be stopped and contained. The last deal did not apply to its development and production of long-range ballistic missiles or to its regional terrorist activity. Another flaw was the sunset clause that would allow the Iranians to up their enrichment of uranium and nuclear production once the deal expired in 2025.

Vigilance is important and Tehran needs to be constantly reminded that there is a price to pay for illicit and terrorist activity. Biden needs to keep all of this in mind as he takes office and considers next steps with Iran.

Don’t reward the ayatollahs and don’t reward terrorist activity. Isolate, pressure and contain – and if necessary, be prepared to use military action as the US and Israel have warned over the last week. It is important that Iran understand that the threat is real.

IRGC Vows Revenge Against Babylon the Great

IRGC Vows Revenge for Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination

A “harsh revenge” for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani will be taken definitely, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Quds Force said.

General Mohammad Hejazi also pointed to the recent remarks of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei about the “slaps” the US received from Iran so far for the assassination, and who vowed that “it will get two more slaps in future”.

“The massive funerals for martyrs Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and the retaliatory missile attack on the US military base of Ain al-Assad were the two slaps that the US received from Iran,” the general said, saying the next two slaps are the US declining influence in the region and the expulsion of American forces from the region, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“Those are only slaps, while the harsh revenge will be taken,” Hejazi stressed.

In a recent meeting with the family of General Soleimani, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the “revenge will be taken on those who ordered the murder and those who carried it out”.

On Jan. 3, a US drone strike near Baghdad airport assassinated General Soleimani, which also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units.

Antichrist warns Iran, US not to involve Iraq in their conflict

Iraqi prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday warned Iran and the United States not to involve Iraq in their conflict.

“Iraq has become a victim to the U.S.-Iranian conflict and has been greatly affected as if it is an arena for their conflicts,” al-Sadr said on his official Twitter account.

“Therefore, I call on Iran to distance Iraq from its conflict, and I warn the (U.S.) occupier against continuing its conflict … Iraq and the Iraqis are not a party to the conflict,” he added.

The Iraq-U.S. relations have been strained since Jan. 3, when a U.S. drone struck a convoy at the Baghdad airport, killing Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.

Two days after the U.S. drone attack, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution that requires the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.

The military bases housing U.S. troops across Iraq and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad have been a frequent target for mortar and rocket attacks by militias.

Iranian Tensions With Babylon the Great Escalates: Revelation 16

Iranian Tensions With US, Israel Escalate

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Iran is adding air defense systems around the nuclear facilities.

Israel believes Iran has enough uranium to build an atomic bomb.

US could order strikes on the Iranian nuclear facilities.

On December 24th, Iranian officials made a statement regarding the deployment of additional air defense systems. The Russian-made systems will be deployed under emergency measures. They will be strategically positioned near Iranian nuclear facilities to guard against possible US or Israeli strikes against them.

Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) is an Iranian underground uranium enrichment facility located 20 miles (32 km) northeast of the Iranian city of Qom, near Fordow village at a former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps base. Existence of the then-unfinished enrichment plant was disclosed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by Iran on 21 September 2009, but only after the site became known to Western intelligence services.

The US released satellite images of the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, an Iranian underground uranium enrichment facility located 20 miles northeast of the Iranian city of Qom, near Fordow village, at a former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps base. The site is under the control of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

The Trump administration continues to accuse Iran of raising the uranium enrichment rate to 4.5%. Additionally, Iran has been ramping up enrichment at the Natanz and Fordow plants with state-of-the-art centrifuges this month. Of course, Israel immediately made a statement that Iran has enough uranium to build an atomic bomb. Overall, there are 17 nuclear facilities in Iran.

Israel fired rockets into Syria on Christmas Day. It should be noted that there are Christians in Syria, so to do this on Christmas is cunning and in poor taste. However, Syria claims their air defenses managed to shoot down most of the rockets by the Israeli army.

The area targeted is in the western part of Hama Province, in Syria. The information regarding the rockets fired into Syria was released by the Syrian media. There is also a video of the attacks that has been tweeted by the Lebanese.

According to multiple independent sources, the air strikes were carried out from Lebanese air space. Russia immediately offered to provide more air defense systems to Syria.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany) together with the European Union.

However, there is a chance the outgoing US President, Donald Trump, will order an attack on Iran. After President Trump failed to win re-election in November, he imposed new sanctions on Russia. It is plausible that given President Trump’s son in law’s very close ties with Israel, the strikes could be done in conjunction with Israel.

It should be noted that on December 23, the US Navy announced the transfer of the nuclear strike force to the Persian Gulf.  It is highly likely that the newly-elected US President, Joe Biden, will be able to come to a consensus with Iran.

Nevertheless, if President Trump decides to to target the Iranian nuclear facilities, it would cause serious tensions in the Middle East. Additionally, it could have an adverse impact on the US economy, which is already feeling the impacts of the prolonged lockdowns, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump can’t start a full-blown war with Iran right before leaving office. Also, an attack on Iran, could create an adverse scenario for Israel. Iran already believes that Israel is responsible for the recent assassinations of key Iranian nuclear figures.

Therefore, a US attack could force Iran to attack Israel. Israel would have a very challenging time finding allies in the Middle East.

Israeli air attacks cause injuries, damage outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli air attacks cause injuries, damage in Gaza Strip

At least two Palestinians were wounded in what Israel called a retaliatory attack on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.

No Palestinian group in Gaza has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, which broke months of relative calm [File: Ashraf Amra/Anadolu]

The Israeli military has carried out air raids targeting Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip, injuring two people and causing damage, Palestinian media reported.

According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israeli warplanes fired a series of missiles on Saturday in the eastern, northwestern and central parts of the Gaza Strip, including open farmland, wounding a six-year-old girl and a man in his 20s.

The attacks caused power cuts in the eastern parts and caused some damage to a children’s hospital, a centre for disabled people, and shattered the windows of some residential buildings, according to the reports.

However, Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said on Twitter that the raids hit a rocket manufacturing site and a military post belonging to Hamas – the group that governs the Gaza Strip – adding that the attack had been carried out in response to rocket fire from Gaza.

According to the army, a rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday night, shortly after warning sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Israeli media said the projectile was intercepted by the army’s Iron Dome anti-missile air defence system.

No Palestinian group in Gaza has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, which broke months of relative calm, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza, including those claimed by other fighter groups based in the enclave.

The impoverished and densely populated Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, after Hamas took over the coastal enclave.

Hamas and Israel reached an agreement at the end of September to cease hostilities, although attacks continued.

The ceasefire followed a deadly surge in violence and was to see Israel allow new development projects, including an industrial zone and a hospital.

Hamas has accused Israel of not fully complying with the deal.

Israel, which deems Hamas a “terrorist” organisation, shuns direct negotiations and has never publicly acknowledged the truce.

Israel has launched three offensives against the Gaza Strip since 2008, and there have been numerous flare-ups.