The History of Earth­quakes In New York Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

The History of Earth­quakes In New YorkBy Meteorologist Michael Gouldrick New York State PUBLISHED 6:30 AM ET Sep. 09, 2020 PUBLISHED 6:30 AM EDT Sep. 09, 2020New York State has a long history of earthquakes. Since the early to mid 1700s there have been over 550 recorded earthquakes that have been centered within the state’s boundary. New York has also been shaken by strong earthquakes that occurred in southeast Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Courtesy of Northeast States Emergency ConsortiumThe largest earthquake that occurred within New York’s borders happened on September 5th, 1944. It was a magnitude 5.9 and did major damage in the town of Massena.A school gymnasium suffered major damage, some 90% of chimneys toppled over and house foundations were cracked. Windows broke and plumbing was damaged. This earthquake was felt from Maine to Michigan to Maryland.Another strong quake occurred near Attica on August 12th, 1929. Chimneys took the biggest hit, foundations were also cracked and store shelves toppled their goods.In more recent memory some of the strongest quakes occurred On April 20th, 2002 when a 5.0 rattled the state and was centered on Au Sable Forks area near Plattsburg, NY.Strong earthquakes outside of New York’s boundary have also shaken the state. On February 5th, 1663 near Charlevoix, Quebec, an estimated magnitude of 7.5 occurred. A 6.2 tremor was reported in Western Quebec on November 1st in 1935. A 6.2 earthquake occurred in the same area on March 1st 1925. Many in the state also reported shaking on August 23rd, 2011 from a 5.9 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia.

Earthquakes in the northeast U.S. and southeast Canada are not as intense as those found in other parts of the world but can be felt over a much larger area. The reason for this is the makeup of the ground. In our part of the world, the ground is like a jigsaw puzzle that has been put together. If one piece shakes, the whole puzzle shakes.In the Western U.S., the ground is more like a puzzle that hasn’t been fully put together yet. One piece can shake violently, but only the the pieces next to it are affected while the rest of the puzzle doesn’t move.In Rochester, New York, the most recent earthquake was reported on March 29th, 2020. It was a 2.6 magnitude shake centered under Lake Ontario. While most did not feel it, there were 54 reports of the ground shaking.So next time you are wondering why the dishes rattled, or you thought you felt the ground move, it certainly could have been an earthquake in New York.Here is a website from the USGS (United Sates Geologic Society) of current earthquakes greater than 2.5 during the past day around the world. As you can see, the Earth is a geologically active planet!Another great website of earthquakes that have occurred locally can be found here.To learn more about the science behind earthquakes, check out this website from the USGS.

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The Russian nuclear horn rises: Daniel 7

Cold War-era Russian nuclear trains could be on track to make return, expert says, sparking fresh fears of confrontation with US

Nuclear trains were once considered a relic of the Cold War, but now the secretive locomotives could be set for a comeback, carrying warheads around Russia, in a move that could set Moscow on a collision course with Washington.

The news is sure to raise hackles in the US, which would see this kind of project as a threat to its missile defense system. In comments carried by the Mosckovsky Komsomolets newspaper on Monday, Alexey Leonkov, a Russian military expert and an editor of the journal Arsenal Otechestva, outlined how a Soviet-era project could be reborn. According to the publication, the deployment of train-based intercontinental ballistic missiles might be the country’s next step amid escalating nuclear tensions with the NATO military bloc. In the USSR era, railway missile networks were developed with the intention of ensuring warheads could be shipped easily around the country and go unnoticed by Western satellites and surveillance flights. By contrast, land-based launchers, and those in underground silos, are far more easily tracked and monitored.

As a result of being difficult to detect, the system became a key area of focus for bilateral negotiations with the US after the fall of the USSR, and the trains were banned under the START II treaty, signed in 2005. However, the New START treaty that replaced it has more limited provisions on mobile missiles, potentially opening the door to the scheme being resurrected.

Last summer, Vladimir Evseev, a strategic weapons specialist and veteran of Russia’s missile forces, told RIA Novosti that he believed the deployment of a new model of railway-based nukes would be “the most effective response to the strategic threat posed by the growth of NATO military bases near Russia’s borders.” He added that, if military chiefs gave the go-ahead, the system could be revived within only three to five years. It had been previously reported that development was underway on the project, but officials were then said to have halted work in 2017.

Tensions between Russia and the West have risen in recent years over warheads stationed near the country’s European borders. In December, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, warned that US’ “sharing” of nuclear weapons with NATO members on the continent was escalating the chances of nuclear war. “Obviously, this leads to destabilization,”he said, “in addition, new risks appear and this is a violation of Articles 1 and 2 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

Iran seizes tanker, ramps up uranium: Revelation 8

Iran seizes tanker, ramps up uranium enrichment in new escalation with West

Jan. 4, 2021, 6:42 AM MST / Updated Jan. 4, 2021, 9:25 AM MST

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has resumed enriching uranium up to 20 percent in the country’s biggest breach yet of its landmark nuclear deal with world powers, a government spokesperson told state-run Mehr News on Monday.

Also Monday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized a South Korean-flagged ship carrying thousands of tons of ethanol in the Persian Gulf, according to the state-linked news agencies IRIB and FARS News.

The U.S. State Department said it was tracking reports that the Iranian regime has detained a Republic of Korea-flagged tanker. “The regime continues to threaten navigational rights and freedoms in the Persian Gulf as part of a clear attempt to extort the international community into relieving the pressure of sanctions. We join the Republic of Korea’s call for Iran to immediately release the tanker,” a spokesman for the department said Monday.

South Korea said that 20 crew members were on board, five of whom are South Koreans.

Raising enrichment puts Iran a technical step away from enriching at 90 percent, the level needed to produce a nuclear warhead. Before the announcement, Iran was enriching uranium at around 4.5 percent, in violation of the nuclear pact but at a significantly lower level.

President Hassan Rouhani visits a nuclear power plant outside Bushehr, Iran, in 2015.Mohammad Berno / AP file

Tensions between the United States and Iran have been simmering in the last days of President Donald Trump’s administration. Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, setting off a series of escalating incidents that culminated in the killing of a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in Iraq on Jan. 3, 2020. Thousands of people took to the streets in Iraq to protest his death Sunday.

Iranian officials said the uranium is being enriched at the Fordo nuclear facility, which is hidden deep inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom. Under the terms of the nuclear deal, Tehran is allowed to enrich uranium at only around 3.5 percent, and no enrichment is allowed at the Fordo plant.

The deal stipulates that in exchange for agreeing to limit its uranium enrichment, world powers would grant Iran sanctions relief.

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Since the U.S. pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions, Tehran has steadily breached its commitments, prompting alarm among the five other parties to the deal: France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China.

Iran’s Parliament recently passed a bill to hike enrichment to pressure Europe into relieving sanctions.

Uranium enriched to up to 20 percent can be used to fuel nuclear reactors, said Eric Brewer, deputy director of the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Center for Strategic International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

Iran has a research reactor that uses near 20 percent enriched uranium, but the fuel is provided by other countries under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, Brewer said. It remains unclear what Iran plans to do with the higher-enriched uranium, if anything.

Tehran has long denied seeking to develop a nuclear weapon and says doing so would be against Islam.

The increase will also raise pressure on President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. Biden, who was vice president when the U.S. entered the nuclear deal under President Barack Obama in 2015, has said he is willing to return to the pact if Iran abides by the deal, and he has suggested building on the agreement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dampened hopes last month that it would be possible to extend the scope of the deal, saying Iran’s ballistic missile program and its regional influence were nonnegotiable.

“There is one JCPOA that has been negotiated and agreed — either everyone commits to it or they don’t,” he said, referring to the 2015 nuclear accord’s formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, informed member states Monday that Iran began to feed uranium already enriched up to 4.1 percent U-235 into six centrifuge cascades at the Fordo plant for further enrichment up to 20 percent, the agency said in an emailed statement.

Iran had previously informed the agency of its intention to start producing uranium enriched up to 20 percent, it said.

Ali Arouzi and Amin Hossein Khodadadi reported from Tehran; Saphora Smith reported from London.

Iran Can’t Afford to Avenge the Death of Qassem Soleimani YET

The regime’s own overheated rhetoric has set the bar for retribution against the U.S. too high.

Bobby Ghosh

January 5, 2021, 1:00 AM EST

When it comes to the propaganda of fallen heroes, the Islamic Republic is in a league of its own. But its capacity to squeeze blood from headstones is coming up against the law of diminishing returns.

Four decades after its war with Iraq, giant murals of Iran’s “martyred” soldiers still dominate its urban landscapes and their names mark streets, buildings, schools, parks and bridges. Their ranks are constantly topped up with the more recently deceased — even, on occasion, with the victims of the regime itself.

A year ago, the families of Iranians killed when a Ukrainian jetliner was shot down after taking off from Tehran received ghoulish phone calls from the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs, a giant organization controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The callers offered not condolences or apologies for the killing of the passengers, but congratulations on their “martyrdom.”

Not long before that, Khamenei had declared that people killed during the regime’s brutal suppression of anti-government protests were also to be treated as martyrs, and their families compensated.

Last week Iran’s martyrdom machine was again cranked up to full capacity to commemorate the death anniversary of Qassem Soleimani, arguably the regime’s greatest hero since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini himself. Killed by an American drone in Baghdad last year, Soleimani was more than the leader of the elite Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He was, as I wrote at the time, Khamenei’s “most effective instrument of terror, a commander distinguished for his unquestioned obedience and apparently inexhaustible appetite for violence.”

Soleimani was commemorated in mural and song, even an English-language dirge. In a series of carefully choreographed events, Iranian leaders and commanders of proxy militias across the Middle East declaimed paeans to their slain hero and swore vengeance against the U.S.

Soleimani’s successor, Esmail Ghaani, directed verbal salvos at President Donald Trump, warning that the instrument of revenge could be someone “from inside your own home.” The head of Iran’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, who is widely tipped to succeed Khamenei as Supreme Leader, promised that those responsible, including Trump, would “no longer be safe on the Earth.”

This would be stirring stuff … except we’ve heard it all before. And it does not conceal the inconvenient fact that, a year after his death, the Islamic Republic’s great champion remains unavenged. Khamenei’s refrain that it will strike “at the right time” has simply worn thin in the repetition.

Iranians tiring of such solemn pledges might also ask why scores have not yet been evened for other “martyrs,” such as the nuclear scientists assassinated a decade ago. That question will undoubtedly come up next week, at the end of the 40-day mourning period for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, who was killed on the outskirts of Tehran in November.

The rude reality is the regime cannot take revenge for Soleimani. Its own overheated rhetoric has set the bar for retribution too high: The bloodlust stoked by the likes of Khamenei and Ghaani can only be slaked by American casualties, either prominent or numerous. Tehran’s usual tricks — from rocket attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad to missile strikes on Saudi oil installations — will not suffice.

But any attempt to top those stunts will bring a world of condemnation down on Khamenei’s head, and dash any prospects of the Joe Biden administration bringing the Iranian regime back in from the cold. Instead Biden would likely have to respond with punitive measures. And not only would the country lose European support for an end to Trump’s sanctions on Iran and a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, it would also make it awkward for Russia and China to keep backing Tehran.

The regime has already stretched European patience to a breaking point by announcing it will ratchet up its uranium enrichment levels. And the IRGC’s capture of a South Korean-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf — a transparent attempt to scare Seoul into releasing billions of dollars in frozen payments — will not win Iran any friends in the oil-thirsty Asian economies.

Retribution for Soleimani’s killing is the very last thing Iran can afford. The regime will have to make do with tough talk, and hope that its martyrdom machine can cover up for the emptiness of its threats.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

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Bobby Ghosh at aghosh73@bloomberg.net

Babylon the Great Remains in the Persian Gulf

In Reversal, Pentagon Announces Aircraft Carrier Nimitz Will Remain in Middle East

The acting defense secretary abruptly reversed his previous order to redeploy the Nimitz, which he had done over the objections of his top military advisers.

Jan. 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said on Sunday that it had ordered the aircraft carrier Nimitz to remain in the Middle East because of Iranian threats against President Trump and other American officials, just three days after sending the warship home as a signal to de-escalate rising tensions with Tehran.

The acting secretary of the defense, Christopher C. Miller, abruptly reversed his previous order to redeploy the Nimitz, which he had done over the objections of his top military advisers. The military had for weeks been engaged in a muscle-flexing strategy aimed at deterring Iran from attacking American personnel in the Persian Gulf.

“Due to the recent threats issued by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other U.S. government officials, I have ordered the U.S.S. Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment,” Mr. Miller said in a statement on Sunday night.

United States intelligence agencies have assessed for months that Iran is seeking to target senior American military officers and civilian leaders to avenge the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, in an American drone strike one year ago.

But it was unclear what new urgency about these threats, if any, prompted Mr. Miller to cancel his earlier order to send the Nimitz home. In the past few days, Iranian officials have increased their fiery messaging against the United States. The head of Iran’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, said all of those who had a role in General Suleimani’s killing would not be able to “escape law and justice,” even if they were an American president.

It was unclear last week whether Mr. Trump was aware of Mr. Miller’s order to send the Nimitz to its home port in Bremerton, Wash., after a longer-than-usual 10-month deployment.

Some Trump administration officials suggested on Sunday that with a contentious political week coming up — Tuesday’s Senate runoff election in Georgia and Wednesday’s meeting of the House and Senate to certify President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory — the optics of the aircraft carrier steaming away from the Middle East did not suit the White House.

Whatever the reason, the mixed messaging surrounding the carrier’s movements raised new questions about the coordination and communications between an inexperienced Pentagon leadership and the White House in the waning days of the Trump administration.

Some current and former Pentagon officials have criticized the decision-making at the Pentagon since Mr. Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and several of his top aides in November, and replaced them with Mr. Miller, a former White House counterterrorism aide, and several Trump loyalists.

Officials said on Friday that Mr. Miller ordered the redeployment of the Nimitz in part as a “de-escalatory” signal to Tehran to avoid stumbling into a crisis at the end of Mr. Trump’s administration that would land in Mr. Biden’s lap as he took office.

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has repeatedly threatened Iran on Twitter, and in November, top national security aides talked the president out of a pre-emptive strike against an Iranian nuclear site.

The Pentagon’s Central Command had for weeks publicized several shows of force to warn Tehran of the consequences of any assault against American troops or diplomats.

The Nimitz and other warships arrived to provide air cover for American troops withdrawing from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. The Air Force three times dispatched B-52 bombers to fly within 60 miles of the Iranian coast. And the Navy announced for the first time in nearly a decade that it had ordered a submarine, carrying cruise missiles, into the Persian Gulf.

American intelligence reports indicated that Iran and its proxies might have been preparing a strike as early as this past weekend to avenge the deaths of General Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq, who was killed in the same United States drone strike in Baghdad last January.

American intelligence analysts in recent days say they have detected Iranian air defenses, maritime forces and other security units on high alert. They have also determined that Iran has moved more short-range missiles and drones into Iraq.

But senior Defense Department officials acknowledge they cannot tell if Iran or its Shiite proxies in Iraq are readying to strike American troops or are preparing defensive measures in case Mr. Trump orders a pre-emptive attack against them.

The nations that trample outside the temple walls: Revelation 11

Egypt reveals the financial terrorist ties between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas

By Yoni Ben Menachem

web posted January 4, 2021

In August 2020, the Egyptian security services achieved an important milestone in its war on radical Islamic terrorism. After seven years of an intense manhunt, Egyptian security arrested Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and head of its military wing responsible for a series of attacks in Egypt. Mahmoud Ezzat led the movement from his hideout after Muhammad Badie, the movement’s general guide was arrested and imprisoned in 2013. Ezzat was sentenced in absentia to two death sentences and three life sentences.

According to a statement from the Egyptian Interior Ministry, Ezzat was captured on August 28, 2020, hiding in a residential apartment in east Cairo. Egyptian security officials seized cell phones, computers, and documents in the apartment, some of which were encrypted. From the apartment, he operated the movement all over Egypt and maintained contact with the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who fled Egypt to Qatar and Turkey after President a-Sisi came to power.

Ezzat is considered the most dangerous figure in the Muslim Brotherhood after military wing leader Mohammed Kamal was killed by Egyptian security officials in 2016. Ezzat, born in 1944, was one of the loyal disciples of Muslim Brotherhood ideologist Sayyid al-Qutb. His nickname in Egypt was “Mr. X” or “the Black Box” of the Muslim Brotherhood. He previously served a 10-year prison sentence in an Egyptian prison because of his activities as part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In recent years, he has been responsible for a series of attacks on senior Egyptian law enforcement officials who acted on President al-Sisi’s orders against the Muslim Brotherhood. Among Ezzat’s crimes, he was responsible for the 2015 murder of Egyptian Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat, Egyptian security chief General Adel Rajaei and police Colonel Wael Tahon in 2016.

Mahmoud Ezzat was the leading funder of the Muslim Brotherhood, coordinating contact with the global Muslim Brotherhood and the movement’s leaders, who fled to Qatar and Turkey and were granted asylum.

Secret Funding 

Egypt’s security sources revealed that during the investigation, Ezzat provided a treasure trove of information about the Muslim Brotherhood’s financing activities in Egypt and its connections to Hamas and the global Muslim Brotherhood. Now, preliminary details of the investigation are being published in the press regarding the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas funding mechanism in Egypt.

On December 14, 2020, Al-Arabiya TV reported that the Ezzat’s investigation revealed important and dangerous information about the investment of the Muslim Brotherhood’s funds. A group of Egyptian businessmen used these investments’ profits to fund the movement’s terrorist activities. The businessmen were arrested. According to the Al-Arabiya account, Ezzat controlled assets of $19 billion.

The report said that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood operates as a “multi-armed international mafia” that has infiltrated all aspects of life in Egypt and some Arab countries.

The Egyptian Press Celebrates the Arrest Reports

Some of the group of Egyptian businessmen arrested actually belonged to the movement, and others were loyal to it. They managed the movement’s investments in exchange for a share of the profits. These well-known businessmen include:

• Safwan Thabet, owner of one of Egypt’s biggest dairy companies, arrested on December 2, 2020, and accused of financing a terrorist organization.

• Sayed Sowerky, owner of a major chain of stores for household goods and clothes.

• Khaled al-Azhari, the former minister of manpower during the Morsi (Muslim Brotherhood) presidency.

• Hatem Abdul Latif, the former transport minister under Morsi.

• Samir Abdel-Halim Afifi, owner of the Nile Cotton Company.

Mahmoud Ezzat’s interrogation revealed three more Egyptian companies that invested money in the “Muslim Brotherhood.” These ventures’ profits financed the movement’s terrorist activities. Involved were a cosmetics company, a sports center management company, and a moving and refuse removal service company.

Financing Hamas

The Egyptian investigation also revealed financial activity related to the Hamas organization. The inquiry announced that the Muslim Brotherhood was investing Hamas money in several companies in Egypt and abroad, in exchange for 30 percent of the profits.

Hamas leaders held meetings to raise more money in several Arab countries, including Syria and Algeria, in addition to the financial aid they receive from Iran. The international fund of the Muslim Brotherhood takes and invests 60 percent of these donations. The remaining 40 percent is distributed amongst the leaders of the movement, and 30 percent of the profits are transferred to Hamas.

Covert Anti-Egyptian Activity

These are the conclusions of the initial and on-going investigation leaked to the Egyptian and Saudi media. The economic activity of the Muslim Brotherhood’s multi-armed octopus is part of Sayed Qutb’s ideology that promotes the demolition of Egyptian government institutions.

Since its inception, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been working to establish legal methods for investing money and protecting property from confiscation by the Egyptian government. As the details of the investigation are revealed, the Egyptian government has already acted to freeze the funds and property in accordance with Egyptian law, which requires the seizure of funds and property owned by terrorist organizations.

Although this is an important Egyptian achievement, there are still Arab and Muslim countries that allow the Brotherhood and Hamas to manage financial and monetary activities in their lands, such as Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Yoni Ben Menachem, a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel Radio and Television, is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center. He served as Director General and Chief Editor of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.