A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault LineMonday, March 14, 2011By Bob Hennelly
The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers. Although it does have activity.„There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,“ said Robinson. „There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.“Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: „The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,“ he said.„More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.„Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Chinese Nuclear Horn has far greater nuclear capacity than thought: Daniel 7

China has far greater nuclear capacity than thought’

Washington DC [US], April 22 (ANI): The United States has only learned in the past week that China has developed a fast breeder capacity allowing it to make far more plutonium nuclear warheads than US assessments had previously thought possible, according to a top US Commander.

“It is only in the past week that we became aware that this limitation (on production of nuclear weapons) has changed in an upward direction,” US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) chief Admiral Charles Richard told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC).

Beijing’s progress in activating a fast breeder reactor had greatly increased its capability and its nuclear stockpile was undergoing an “unprecedented expansion,” Richard was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

At the current pace, China is “well ahead of the pace necessary to double their nuclear stockpile by the end of the decade.”China was also on track to achieve its goal of establishing a nuclear triad with the separate ground, air and sea-launched nuclear weapons by the middle of the current decade, the commander added.

Beijing’s nuclear forces, under the aegis of the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF), are nowhere as large as those of the USA or Russia, but the inventory is significantly growing and modernizing.

New missiles such as DF-41 and DF-31AG intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) were paraded in Beijing in October 2019, demonstrating the forward strides that the PLARF is making.

Last year, an annual report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, titled Chinese Nuclear Forces 2020 and authored by Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda, discussed the state of play in the PLARF.

It claimed, “China is continuing the nuclear weapons modernization program that it initiated in the 1980s and increased in the 1990s and 2000s, fielding more types and greater numbers of nuclear weapons than ever before.”It is impossible to say how many nuclear weapons China actually has, but Kristensen and Korda offer their best estimate in the report.

They claimed, “We estimate that China has a produced a stockpile of approximately 350 nuclear warheads, of which roughly 272 are for delivery by more than 240 operational land-based ballistic missiles, 48 sea-based ballistic missiles and 20 nuclear gravity bombs assigned to bombers.”The report continued, “The remaining 78 warheads are intended to arm additional land- and sea-based missiles that are in the process of being fielded.” (ANI)

Israel’s Fruitless Strategies to Prevent Iran From Getting a Nuclear Bomb

Israel’s 5 Key Strategies to Prevent Iran From Getting a Nuclear Bomb

JERUSALEM, Israel – For nearly two decades, the main challenge facing Israeli leaders has been how to destroy Iran’s capability to build a nuclear bomb

In 1981, Israeli pilots destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor. Twenty-six years later, Israeli pilots destroyed a nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert.

Only one Israeli took part in both attacks, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin. He flew with seven other F-16 pilots to destroy Saddam Hussein’s reactor in 1981 and as chief of military intelligence in 2007, helped plan the attack inside Syria.

Yadlin said down with CBN News in an exclusive interview to explain how Iran’s nuclear program is a different threat to Israel than the ones he destroyed in Iraq and Syria.

“Unlike Saddam Hussein and Bashar al Assad, respectively surprised in ’81 and 2007, the Iranians are ready for a possibility that [an] attack will be launched against their nuclear facilities. So, they put them under the ground in bunkers, in tunnels, in mountains. They dispersed them. They have a redundancy of programs and they don’t want to reach the nuclear bomb as fast as possible. They want to reach the bomb as safe as possible, not to pay the price,” Yadlin explained.

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Yadlin expressed his concern about how the new US administration is engaging with Iran.

“After they [saw] the change of administration in the US, they lost their fear,” Yadlin said of Iran. “They are breaching all the agreements on what they are allowed to do in the nuclear field.”

Despite the change in US administrations, he explained five steps he believes Israel can take to stop Iran’s nuclear program:

1 Diplomacy – Make a better diplomatic agreement that blocks Iran’s paths to a nuclear bomb.

2 Sanctions – Pressure Iran with more sanctions or other ways to make Tehran pay a price for its nuclear program.

3 Sabotage – Lead covert, cyber and clandestine operations against Iran.

4 Military – Attack Iran’s nuclear program and its proxies in Iraq and Syria.

5 Regime Change – Support a change in Iranian leadership that is not hostile to Israel.

Yadlin said both Democrat and Republican presidents have declared their commitment to the State of Israel. Yadlin wants to put that into action.

“I think the wisdom we need here in Jerusalem is how to take this title: ‘We are committed to the security of Israel’ and make it an operational, contingency plan agreed by the two countries,” he explained. “I want to agree with the Americans, what should we do if the diplomatic channel will not be effective?”

Yadlin said the US and Israel look at Iran differently.

“Iran is not an existential threat to the US. Iran is – with nuclear weapons – an existential threat to Israel. So there is a different perception to the threat.”

Yadlin puts Iran about a year or a year and a half away from a nuclear bomb. He says Iran needs to both breakout to enrich weapons-grade uranium and to develop a nuclear warhead.

Iraqi US Base Hit Again

Baghdad base housing US troops is hit as Iran proxies apply pressure | | AW

BAGHDAD–Three rockets crashed into a base at the Iraqi capital’s airport housing US troops Friday, security sources said, in the latest attack coinciding with tensions between Tehran and Washington.

One of the sources said the projectiles hit the section of the airbase occupied by Iraqi troops, who share the base with soldiers deployed by Washington as part of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.

One Iraqi soldier was wounded, the source added.

It is the second attack on US interests in Iraq in less than a week. On Sunday, five rockets targeted another airbase north of the capital, wounding three Iraqi soldiers and two foreign contractors.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, but Washington routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats. Tehran is also seen by analysts as trying to exert pressure on the US to withdraw its troops from Iran and force concessions in the ongoing talks in Vienna about the Iranian nuclear programme.

Friday’s is the 23rd bomb or rocket attack against American interests in Iraq, including troops, the Baghdad embassy or Iraqi supply convoys to foreign forces, since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

Dozens of other strikes were carried out from autumn 2019 under the administration of former US president Donald Trump.

In mid-April, an explosives-packed drone slammed into Iraq’s Irbil airport in the first reported use of such a weapon against a base used by US-led coalition troops in the country, officials said.

In February, more than a dozen rockets targeted the military complex inside the same airport.

In the past year, two foreign contractors, one Iraqi contractor and eight Iraqi civilians have been killed in the attacks.

Proxy pressures

The operations are sometimes claimed by obscure groups that experts say are smokescreens for Iranian-backed organisations long present in Iraq and often acting as de facto proxies to Tehran.

Qais al-Khazali, a senior pro-Iran figure in the state-sponsored Hashed al-Shaabi (Poular Mobilisation Force) armed militia, recently declared that the “resistance” was carrying out attacks and would step them up “unless the US withdraws all its combat forces from across Iraq”.

Pro-Iran groups have been ratcheting up their rhetoric, vowing to ramp up attacks to force out the “occupying” US forces, and there have been almost daily attacks on coalition supply convoys across the mainly Shia south.

The United States in April committed to withdraw all remaining combat forces from Iraq, although the two countries did not set a timeline for what would be a second US withdrawal since the 2003 invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.

The attack also comes amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

The remaining partners to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have been engaged in talks aimed at returning the US to the accord it withdrew from under Trump and lifting the sanctions it reimposed on Iran, as well as ensuring Tehran’s return to nuclear commitments that it cut in retaliation.

Sworn foes Tehran and Washington have both had a presence since 2003 in Iraq, where 2,500 US troops are still deployed and Iran sponsors the Hashed al-Shaabi.

Tensions have spiked to the edge of war, in particular after Trump ordered a drone strike near Baghdad’s airport in January 2020 that killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

Attacks Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

These photos were taken during multiple airstrikes in the Gaza Strip between 2019 and 2020

A Facebook post with photos of large fires in a city purports to show the aftermath of a recent bombing in Gaza City. This is misleading. While there was indeed a bombing in April 2021, the pictures show older events.

The Facebook post, which has garnered more than 890 shares in South Africa and Turkey, shows four photos of various massive fires in and around a city.

“Hey world, Gaza getting bombed by Israel Now. For the second day in a row (sic),” reads the post’s caption published on April 17, 2021.

A screenshot of the Facebook post, taken on April 19, 2021

But some users in the comments noted that they hadn’t seen any of this footage in the news recently. One person even shared a screenshot of a 2019 news article that featured one of the same images in the misleading post.

A screenshot of one of the comments on the post, taken on April 19, 2021

Tracing the first photo

AFP Fact Check ran a reverse image search on each of the four pictures. The first photo was captured by AFP photographer Mahmud Hams on March 25, 2019.

“Fire and smoke billow above buildings in Gaza City during reported Israeli strikes in response to a rocket attack launched from the Palestinian Territories,” the caption reads.

A photograph of fire and smoke captured in Gaza City on March 25, 2019 (Photo: Mahmud HAMS/AFP)

Second image

The next photo in the Facebook post’s collage was taken on the same day by Ashraf Amra for Turkish state news agency Anadolu Agency.

“Smoke and flames rise from Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh’s office in western Gaza after Israeli warplanes carry out a fresh wave of airstrikes across the blockaded Gaza Strip on March 25, 2019, in Gaza City, Gaza,” the caption says.

Smoke and flames rise from Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh’s office in western Gaza on March 25, 2019 (Photo: Ashraf AMRA/Anadolu Agency)

Third picture

The third image was taken by another AFP photographer, Said Khatib, on August 12, 2020.

“Smoke and flames rise after warplanes belonging to the Israeli army carried out airstrikes over the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah,” the caption reads.

Flames rise after the Israeli army carried out airstrikes over the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on August 12, 2020 (Photo: Said KHATIB/ AFP)

Last picture

The last picture was also taken by Amra and shows an Israeli airstrike on Gaza on June 26, 2020, which was covered by AFP.

“Flame and smoke are seen during an Israeli airstrike, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 26, 2020

Flame and smoke seen during an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 26, 2020 (Photo: Ashraf AMRA/Amadolu Agency)

None of the images are related to the recent attacks.

April 2021 events

As reported by AFP, Israel’s military announced on April 17, 2021 that it had conducted airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack from the Palestinian region. This was the second such exchange in as many days.

Israel imposed a blockade of Gaza’s oceanic and land border after the militant organisation Hamas seized control in 2007.

A fragile truce has spanned recent years, but sporadic attacks continue – with Palestinians firing rockets at Israel and the Jewish state responding with airstrikes on the coastal enclave

The Iranian Nuclear Horn and the Relevance of Nuclear Terrorism

Revival of Iran Nuclear Deal and the Relevance of Nuclear Terrorism

Nimra DawoodFebruary 18, 2021

The recent cyber-attack on eight meter underground  Natanz nuclear facility of Iran caused damage to the centrifuges operating in the installment, for which they allegedly blamed Israel, is seen as a threat for the revival of negotiations between P5+1 and Iran on JCPOA. Iran terms it as “nuclear terrorism” for which it will respond by increasing the nuclear enrichment up to 60%, though not enough for producing nuclear weapon but is very huge deviation from the 3.76% enrichment allowed under JCPOA. This article tries to understand the possible reasons behind these attacks along with the impacts that would be caused on the revival of JCPOA through such attacks.

JCPOA under Trump Administration:

JCPOA was thought to be a great success of Obama administration as it enabled a formal negotiation among P5+1 members and Iran that would prevent another state from acquiring nuclear power. This concern was more prominent in context of Iran because after 1979 revolution, it was thought that Iran cannot properly handle such a big responsibility especially when it sponsors extremist groups and militias in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. Along with this, the tussle between Iran and its regional rivals like Saudi Arabia and its allies particularly Israel, from which it is fighting through groups like Hezbollah and Hamas was also a reason. Trump after becoming President withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 due to the flaws in the deal itself. According to him, the nuclear deal did not mention permanent solution to get rid of Iran’s nuclear designs and also had no mention of the development of ballistic missiles and support to militias in the Middle East. The imposition of sanctions on Iran caused an internal pressure for Iran which was mitigated by carrying out secret and covert sites for the enrichment of uranium. Such sites were exposed by Israel in 2018 by leaking out thousands of secret documents containing details of Iranian ambitions and deviation from the terms and conditions of JCPOA.

Why is Israel against this deal?
If JCPOA is a deal that would curtail the nuclear ambitions of Iran then why would it’s archrival, Israel condemns this deal with several attempts (claimed by Iran) to sabotage the key nuclear sites and assassinate the scientist of Iran? Netanyahu has mentioned frequently that this deal comprises of several flaws including short term agreements, no mention of ballistic missiles, weak focus on checks and inspections by IAEA and an upper hand to Iran on economic front after the implementation of this deal which can result in heavy support of militias against Israel or re-operationalization of covert struggles for acquiring nukes. This would also threaten the strategic military edge of Israel and its regional nuclear hegemony.

Non-Compliance by Iran:

IAEA has verified that Iran had crossed the limits set under JCPOA to maintain the stockpiles of uranium and heavy water in Nov, 2019 and since then has increased the amount of uranium percentage from 3.67 to 4.5 percentage per Uranium-235. Later on, under the new nuclear law passed by the Iran Guardian Council the enrichment percentage of uranium up to 20 with abundance of stockpiles was permitted. Iran has responded to the concern shown by other members of the deal by affirming reversal from this law if US rejoins JCPOA along with the withdrawal of all sanctions. We can say that these changes are made by Iran to get attention from the major powers in order to get US again into the deal, ensuring an end to the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. Iran wants to have good economic conditions but no state is willing to trade and start developmental project due to the pressure from US. Same was the case of India which had to stop work on Chahbahar port in Iran although it was very crucial for it to develop trade links with central Asian republics and balancing the effects of CPEC.

Historical Relevance:

In 2010, the world first digital weapon was discovered which was used to disrupt the Iranian centrifuges in the Natanz site. The virus was known as Stuxnet that caused a physical damage to the computer rather than mere hijacking and controlling. It is now widely accepted that Stuxnet was a joint venture of Israel and USA that started under President Bush and continued during the Obama presidency. The attack however was never accepted by officials of both countries but a video surfaced in 2011,celebrating the retirement of Israeli Defense Forces head which declared Stuxnet as one of his great successes. The purpose of that attack was to derail the Iranian program for achieving its aim of forming a nuclear weapon. Similarly, the purpose of recent attack was to weaken the position of Iran in the negotiation talks occurring in Vienna and expose the vulnerability and economic costs of standing against major powers.

The Foreign Minister of Iran, Saeed Khitabzadeh responded to the concerns put forth by the GCC countries, demanding a proper response to the latest announcement of Iran for the enrichment of Uranium as “immature and irresponsible.” And various sources have confirmed that second round of nuclear deal negotiation are taking place as it was scheduled earlier, with apparently no impact of recent attacks on Natanz. However, Israel is not a participant to these talks and extreme internal pressure is exerted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take constructive measures against their “existential threat” and confront the reality.

 It has become crucial for all involved parties to act proactively and gain maximum interests out of it, where Iran on one side does not want to appear aggressive for uplifting the sanctions and reviving the talks with USA, they are also facing severe economic downfall with rapid declining foreign investments and oil trade. This deal is needed to mitigate both internal pressure as well as for running the proxies in various countries of the Middle East. Biden had run his election campaign by stressing on the importance of multilateralism and regaining the role of US in the world. This would require it to play a significant role in the revival of JCPOA and most importantly making it favorable for the US. In between these two states, Israel is facing a dilemma as its involvement in any substantive or military engagement with Iran can make the situation worse but remaining silent would affect their stance of Iran and its approach to Iranian Nuclear deal. In case of sabotaging the nuclear deal, Israel will cause harm to the national interest of US, which Netanyahu would not want to do in context of Israel’s internal political situations. So it can be concluded that the current negotiations will continue despite these attacks but to predict the nature and objectives of the new draft resolution is difficult and immature.

Iran Unifies with the Pakistani nuclear horn: Daniel 8:8

Iran urges boosting trade, security cooperation with Pakistan

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for the enhancement of security and economic cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad.

“Security is a common concern for the two countries, and it is essential to boost cooperation in this regard,” Rouhani said in a meeting on Wednesday with visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

He also stressed the need to promote security along the Iran-Pakistan borders, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Iranian President urged for the promotion of Tehran-Islamabad ties in trade, energy and border markets, adding it is necessary for both sides to implement the signed agreements to further cooperation.

Also, Iran stands ready to work with Pakistan towards the peace process in Afghanistan, he noted.

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The Pakistani Foreign Minister, for his part, hailed the relations between the two countries as “cordial” and called for the promotion of all-out ties.

Iran and Pakistan will hopefully witness a new chapter in their ties, especially in the fields of trade and economy, said Qureshi.

He also backed the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a “big diplomatic achievement”.

“We are very happy that the JCPOA has been preserved with the efforts of Iran, and today we are witnessing negotiations again to revive this multilateral agreement,” the Pakistani diplomat said.

The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to establish joint border markets in efforts to strengthen cross-border economic exchanges.

The agreement, which was signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Qureshi, aims to promote economic relations between the two countries and the welfare of border residents.

The border markets will be administrated based on the agreements and protocols between the two sides.

Qureshi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a three-day official visit.

Earlier on Wednesday, the third joint border crossing between the two countries was opened.