Tenth Shake Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

20th earthquake strikes in Kershaw County since December

The area has seen 20 small earthquakes since December.

Author: WLTX

Published: 3:52 PM EST March 9, 2022

Updated: 11:49 PM EST March 9, 2022

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — Kershaw County has recorded its second earthquake this month, continuing a trend of minor tremors in that area that began late last year.

The quake is on the lower end of the strength scale and it’s unlikely anyone felt it unless they were near the epicenter. 

Just four days ago–on March 5–a 1.8 magnitude quake was recorded only a few miles from this latest tremor. Since December 27, a total of 20 earthquakes have rattled the same region, 17 of those presumed to be aftershocks of a considerably larger magnitude 3.3 earthquake that preceded them.

It’s not known why this area has seen so many earthquakes in such a short amount of time. 

Credit: WLTX

Earthquakes happen throughout the state but most occur near the coast. Approximately 70 percent of earthquakes are in the coastal plain, with most happening in the Lowcountry.

Back in 1886, Charleston was hit by a catastrophic earthquake. It had an estimated magnitude of 7.3, and was felt as far away and Cuba and New York. At least 60 people were killed, and thousands of building were damaged.

Structural damage extended hundreds of miles to cities in Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Geologists say that Charleston lies in one of the most seismically active areas in the eastern United States. 

Israel says 5 Palestinians arrested outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

FILE - Masked Palestinians carry Palestinian and Hamas flags during Eid al-Fitr celebrations next to the next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 2, 2022. Israeli authorities said Tuesday, May 24, they have foiled a wide-ranging plot by Hamas militants to shoot a member of parliament, kidnap soldiers and bomb Jerusalem's light rail system during a surge of violence that has left dozens dead in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel says 5 Palestinians arrested in alleged attack plots

FILE – Masked Palestinians carry Palestinian and Hamas flags during Eid al-Fitr celebrations next to the next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 2, 2022. Israeli authorities said Tuesday, May 24, they have foiled a wide-ranging plot by Hamas militants to shoot a member of parliament, kidnap soldiers and bomb Jerusalem’s light rail system during a surge of violence that has left dozens dead in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Tuesday they have foiled a wide-ranging plot by Palestinian militant Hamas group to shoot a member of parliament, kidnap soldiers and bomb Jerusalem’s light rail system during a surge of violence that has left dozens dead in recent weeks.

The police and Shin Bet security services said in a statement that five Palestinian men from east Jerusalem had been arrested for allegedly planning a shooting attack against far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir and other targets at a time of heightened tensions in the flashpoint city.

The suspects, authorities said, had planned the attacks last month, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to “destabilize” the area around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Authorities said a drone was found, intended to be armed and used in an attack on Jerusalem’s light rail, which sees daily crowds of commuters and tourists.

They identified the plot leaders as Hamas militants Rashid Rashak and Mansur Tzafadi, who “delivered many fireworks, flags and Hamas videos” to east Jerusalem neighborhoods last month during Ramadan. Security forces also seized a camera to be used to photograph “abductees,” cash and other equipment.

Biden says the U.S. would be willing to intervene militarily against the Chinese Horn

Biden says the U.S. would be willing to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan

Updated May 23, 20228:33 AM ET 

ANTHONY KUHN

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Akasaka Palace, Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tokyo.

Evan Vucci/AP

SEOUL — President Biden said Monday that the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by mainland China, while insisting that America’s policy toward the island had not changed.

Biden, asked at a press conference in Tokyo if the U.S. would intervene military to defend Taiwan, said, “that’s the commitment we made.” Speaking alongside Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, he added that the U.S. maintains a “one China policy,” recognizing Beijing as the government of China, but said that the idea that Taiwan can be “just taken by force … is just not appropriate.”

China considers the self-ruled island part of its territory, and its Foreign Ministry swiftly rejected Biden’s remarks as interference in its internal affairs.

“When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests,” ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters, “there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions.”

The White House walked back similar remarks by Biden last year, which appeared to undercut America’s long-standing policy of “strategic ambiguity,” that is, not telegraphing how Washington might respond to an invasion of Taiwan.

“I think it is unlikely that allies will perceive this as a gaffe, even as the White House insists that there has been no change in policy,” said Corey Wallace, an expert on Japanese politics at Kanagawa University, near Tokyo.

“Greater U.S. commitment or involvement with regards to Taiwan will certainly be appreciated by Kishida and others in the Japanese government,” Wallace added.

Tokyo’s previous reticence about speaking out on Taiwan has melted away as Beijing has turned up the heat on the island, and Japanese officials have publicly called for Tokyo to join Washington in defending Taiwan.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has amplified the concerns over Taiwan, as Tokyo fears Russia’s moves could embolden Beijing.

A joint statement by Biden and Kishida included a long list of concerns about China’s actions, from its upgrading its nuclear arsenal and human rights issues in China’s far-west Xinjiang region, to the “non-transparent” signing of a security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands.

Biden also unveiled a new trade agreement dubbed the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). The pact, signed by the U.S. and 12 Asian nations, aims to secure industrial supplies, cut carbon emissions and combat corruption.

Japan has made clear that it would prefer that the U.S. join a trade pact which then-President Trump abandoned in 2017. Originally called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the remaining nations rebranded the TPP and ratified it without the U.S. in 2018.

While Biden promised the IPEF would bring “concrete benefits” to its members, the response from some nations has been tepid because it provides no additional access to U.S. markets and is seen as another effort to cut China out of regional trade pacts and supply chains.

Despite its reservations, though, Japan sees the IPEF as a plus, said Wallace, because it could serve as a “strategic foundation for continuing U.S. commitment to Asia by deepening U.S.-Japan economic linkages.”

Biden also received strong backing for the IPEF, and America’s policy toward Asia in general, from South Korea’s government.

President Yoon Suk Yeol, who was inaugurated less than two weeks ago, hailed the U.S. and South Korea’s military alliance and shared values at a joint press briefing with Biden over the weekend.

“We advocate democracy, human rights and freedom,” Yoon said.

Yoon’s rhetoric on the campaign trail had signaled a harder line on China, but that has yet to materialize. But the tougher stance he promised on North Korea did seem to take shape during Biden’s visit.

The two nations pledged to discuss expanding military exercises intended to deter North Korea, as well as repositioning military hardware, some potentially nuclear-armed, to the Korean Peninsula or closer to it.

Seoul and Washington had both expressed concerns that North Korea might detonate an atomic bomb or test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile while Biden was in town, but it didn’t happen.

Iranian Horn Blames US for Assassination

Colonel shot dead in Tehran; Guards blame US for attack

AFP Published May 23, 2022 –  Updated a day ago

TEHRAN: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel was shot dead outside his Tehran home on Sunday, the Guards said, blaming his “assassination” on assailants linked to the United States and its allies.

The killing of Colonel Sayyad Khodai is the most high profile murder announced by Iran since the 2020 killing of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Iran had accused Israel of masterminding the attack on Fakhrizadeh’s convoy near Tehran.

On Sunday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said that “elements linked to global arrogance” — a reference to the US and its allies, including Israel — were responsible for the “terrorist act” that claimed Khodai’s life.

In a statement posted on their website, the Guards said Khodai “was assassinated in an armed attack carried out by two motorcyclists on Mojahedin-e Eslam street in Tehran”, outside his home.

The Guards — the ideological arm of Iran’s military — described Khodai as a “defender of the sanctuary”, a term used for anyone who works on behalf of the Islamic republic in Syria or Iraq.

Iran wields considerable influence in Iraq where it says it has “military advisors” tasked with training foreign “volunteers”.

The Islamic republic is also a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has backed his government in that country’s 11-year civil war.

Tehran says it has deployed forces in Syria at the invitation of Damascus, but only as advisors. State television said that Khodai was “well-known” in Syria, without elaborating.

Five bullets

The official news agency IRNA said Khodai was killed by five bullets as he returned home at around 4pm. The agency published pictures showing a man slumped over in the driver’s seat of a white car, with blood around the collar of his blue shirt and on his right upper arm.

He is strapped in with his seat belt and the front window on the passenger side has been shot out.

The Guards said they launched an investigation to identify the “aggressor or aggressors”.

The Fars news agency reported that the state prosecutor visited the scene of the killing and ordered the “quick identification and arrest of the authors of this criminal act”. Khodai’s killing came as Iran and world powers have been negotiating a deal to restore a 2015 nuclear pact.

The 2015 agreement gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme to prevent Tehran from developing an atomic bomb — something it has always denied wanting to do.

But the US unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 under then-president Donald Trump and reimposed biting economic sanctions, prompting Iran to begin rolling back on its own commitments.

The negotiations, aimed at bringing the US back into the deal and Iran to full compliance with it, have stalled for about two months.

One of the main stumbling block is Tehran’s demand to remove the Guards from a US terrorism list — a request rejected by Washington.

Published in Dawn, May 23rd, 2022

Antichrist will execute Iraqis communicating with Israel

Iraqis communicating with Israel in any way could soon face execution – report

Bill also forbids ‘financial or moral assistance’ to Israel, UK’s Jewish News reports, raising concern for Iraq’s Jewish community; UK Jewish leader from Iraq calls bill ‘barbaric’

By TOI STAFFToday, 3:03 pm  

Illustrative: Session at a newly elected parliament during its first session in Baghdad, Iraq, September 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

A drastic anti-Israel law set to come into effect in Iraq will see citizens who communicate with Israelis in any way sentenced to death, the UK’s Jewish News reported Monday.

The bill will apply to all Iraqi citizens, foreigners visiting Iraq, and Iraqis abroad, and will extend to Israeli-linked organizations and online communication via social media.

Titled “Banning Normalization and Establishment of Relations with the Zionist Entity,” the bill strictly forbids “contact and communication of any kind and means with the occupying Zionist entity, its nationals, and representatives, whether individuals or institutions or organizations, for any reason.”

The bill, which was introduced by anti-Western Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, also forbids the “promotion of any ideas, ideologies, principles, or Israeli or Zionist conduct, in any form,” with transgressors facing potential “execution or lifelong imprisonment.”

On a more practical level, the bill bans any form of “financial or moral assistance” to Israel or any institution affiliated with it, raising concerns for Iraqi Jews living in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan — once home to a vibrant Jewish community that has largely relocated to Israel since its establishment.

Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during a press conference in Najaf, Iraq, Nov. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File)

The bill means that any form of contact between Jewish relatives from Kurdistan and Israel could result in the death penalty.

The bill still needs to receive the approval of a parliamentary subcommittee, but the Jewish News cited sources saying it would likely become law.

Across Iraq, Jewish roots run deep: Ur in the southern plains is the traditional birthplace of biblical Abraham, and the Babylonian Talmud, a central text of Judaism, was compiled in the town of the same name in the present-day Arab state.

A Kurdish Jewish grandfather and child en route to Israel in Tehran, Iran, 1950 (public domain)

In the north, the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil was once the heart of the ancient kingdom of Adiabene, which converted to Judaism in the 1st century and helped fund the building of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Jews once comprised 40 percent of Baghdad’s population, according to a 1917 Ottoman census. But after the creation of Israel in 1948, regional tensions skyrocketed and anti-Semitic campaigns took hold, pushing most of Iraq’s Jews to flee.

The roughly 150,000 Jews still in Iraq during the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 fled fast: by 1951, 96 percent were gone. Staying meant facing growing discrimination and property expropriation.

The threat of facing execution for communicating with Israel is merely the latest attack on Iraq’s small remaining Jewish community, according to the Jewish News report, which cited “great disappointment” among Iraq’s Jewish community over being excluded from the country’s Citizenship Act of 2006 — seen by the Jewish community as a reflection of the country’s continued policy of “ethnic cleansing.”

Every three hours a plane arrived at Lod Airport carrying Jewish immigrants from Iraq and Kurdistan via Tehran, May 1951 (photo credit: GPO)

A plane arriving at Lod Airport carrying Jewish immigrants from Iraq and Kurdistan via Tehran, May 1951. (GPO)

Originally from Iraq, British Jewish leader Edwin Shuker told the Jewish News that the proposed bill was “barbaric” and argued it posed “an affront to Iraq and the good people of Iraq with whom we grew up, who desire peace, and to reconnect with Iraqi Jews wherever they have been displaced.”

“These and others are now threatened with execution. This is state-sponsored terrorism against civilians and I for one have shelved any plans to visit the country or to connect with it, even though I am a British citizen,” Shuker said, calling on the British government “to demand clarifications and to take the appropriate measures against such brutality.”

The report about the draconian bill came as London is set to host the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) Spring Conference, which attracts both Iraq and British diplomatic and business officials and is sponsored by major British companies such as BP, Shell, PWC, and Serco.

Last year, a group of 300 Iraqi officials gathered at a conference in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, where speakers called for peace and reconciliation with Israel. However, they soon recanted their remarks after being subjected to death threats and arrest warrants, with Iraq’s government condemning the event as illegal and vowing to prosecute those who attended.

AFP contributed to this report. 

The Risk of No Obama Deal: Daniel 8

A view of a damaged building after a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility in 2020, a blaze allegedly caused by sabotage [Atomic Energy Organization of Iran/ West Asia News Agency via Reuters]

No Iran nuclear deal ‘worse’ than even a bad one: Israel sources

Failure to revive Iran’s nuclear accord poses much more danger even than ‘a bad’ deal, Israeli intelligence sources tell the Jerusalem Post.

Published On 23 May 202223 May 2022

Not reviving the Iran nuclear deal could result in more imminent nuclear danger for Israel and its allies, anonymous intelligence sources told the Jerusalem Post, saying Tehran was only weeks away from weaponising uranium to 90 percent.

Iran is in a position to produce not only one but as many as four nuclear bombs, the sources told the Israeli news outlet.

Negotiations to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers resumed in 2021 after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the historic agreement in 2018 and re-imposed crippling sanctions on Tehran.

After more than a year of negotiations, it remains unclear whether a deal can be reached to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the agreement’s official name.

The United States and Israel have expressed their commitment to work together to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Iran has denied allegations that it plans to produce nuclear arms, saying there is no weapons programme operational at the moment, and the country is working on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the administration of President Joe Biden supports restoring the nuclear deal is “the best way to put Iran’s programme back in the box”, after former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from it in 2018.

Talks have stalled over a number of issues including a US “terror” designation against Iran’s elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Tensions rose again on Sunday after an Iranian colonel was assassinated outside his home in Tehran by motorcycle-riding gunmen – an attack Iran suggested was carried out by Israeli operatives.

The Russian Horn Threatens the UK Horn: Daniel

‘Destroy whole UK in two minutes!’ Russia MP threatens nuclear strike in on-air outburst

A RUSSIAN MP has boasted during a TV interview that a nuclear strike could “destroy the whole UK in two minutes” amid mounting hostility between London and Moscow.

By TIM MCNULTY

06:45, Mon, May 23, 2022 | UPDATED: 06:45, Mon, May 23, 2022

Russian MP warns nuclear strike would destroy UK in two minutes

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MP Yuri Shvytkin has declared that “if necessary”, Vladimir Putin could destroy the entire UK in a couple of minutes with a single Russian Sarmat nuclear weapon. The sinister boast came as the Russian politician was pressed to comment during an interview on the growing tensions between the UK and Russia amid the war in Ukraine. Mr Shvytkin also argued that the expansion of NATO to possibly include Finland and Sweden was a step closer to a “nuclear disaster.”

Mr Shvytkin told Al-Jazeera: “I need to point out if we have to, if a nuclear strike is carried out against the UK…

“Only if we have to I stress, under no circumstances are we striving to do it and we are doing everything that we can so that it doesn’t happen.

“But a single Sarmat missile will destroy the whole of the UK in two minutes.

“Is that what they need? Let them answer that question themselves.