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Common Sense Dictates, The Lord Is Coming Very Soon!

I have been advocating this fervently over the last few months. It seems so obvious to me when one considers the threats from Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, China and now quite possibly Pakistan. If someone friendly to the terrorists takes over as president there, they will have control of Nukes. That my friends is incredibly threatening!

The Bible declares that the Lord has not appointed His people to His wrath (I TH 5:9). The book of Revelation describes a seven year period in which God pours out His wrath on humanity because of their rebellion against His will. That period begins with Anti-Christ confirming a "peace" pact between Israel and their enemies for 7 years. The Anti-Christ can not be revealed until God's people are caught away into heaven in what is referred to as the "Rapture" ("the catching away" - I Thes. 4:16-17). The reason that is true is, the Bible says it is the Holy Spirit that holds back the spirit of lawlessness (Anti-Christ) until He, the Holy Spirit is taken away.

II Thessalonians 2 1-10 NIV says:

"1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.

3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing."

Christian brothers and sisters, where is the Holy Spirit today? We all know He dwells within our hearts. So, obviously, we have to be gone before God's wrath comes on the earth. This is my comfort. It is what keeps me peaceful in the midst of the chaos that we are seeing everywhere, chaos that will soon bring about unparalleled destruction on earth.

Israel's enemies have completely surrounded her and they continue to threaten that they will wipe her off the map. The US is being told that the world in the near future will live on without it's existence a threat which is easy to believe when one remembers that the US is not even mentioned in Bible prophecy. Israeli intelligence believes that Iran is not far from having an atom bomb and that they already have long range missiles. In other words, Israel is facing possible extinction if they don't neutralize Iran. Any thinking person can understand that when these wars occur it will incur the kind of devastation described in Revelation chapters 4 through 22. I believe further, that these wars will usher in the Anti-Christ.

A very interesting piece of prophecy is that when Russia comes down against Israel in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, they do so on horseback, they and all those who come with them (Ezek 38:15)*:

"And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:..."

Further, they come with bows, arrows and shields, etc. (Ezek 39:9-10):

9. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall
set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers,
 the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears,
 and they shall burn them with fire seven years:

10. So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut  down
 any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire:

Many try to rationalize this fact away, but if you don't take that part of scripture literally, how can you believe any of God's Word? How much more explicit could the Bible be? No, when the Bible says, "horseback" that is exactly what it means. Let me explain how that is entirely possible even in this technological age. The following articles explain in detail the threat of a technology referred to as EMP or Electro Magnetic Pulse:

* It seems to me the Ezekiel war will happen sometime near the middle of the Tribulation period.

 

The E-BOMB 

This article was found here:
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/emp-terror.htm
 

In the blink of an eye, an Electromagnetic Bomb could throw civilization back 200 years; & terrorists can build them for $400
Text by : JIM WILSON, and educative illustration by : JOHN BATCHELOR
The next Pearl Harbor will not announce itself with a searing flash of nuclear light.  You only will hear a sharp crack in the distance.  By the time you mistakenly identify this sound as an innocent clap of thunder, the civilized world will have become unhinged.  Fluorescent lights and television sets will glow eerily bright, despite being turned off.  The aroma of ozone mixed with smoldering plastic will seep from outlet covers as electric wires arc and telephone lines melt.  Your Palm Pilot and MP3 player will feel warm to the touch, their batteries overloaded.  Your computer, and every bit of data on it, will be toast. And then you will notice that the world sounds different too.  The background music of civilization, the whirl of internal-combustion engines, will have stopped.  Save a few diesels, engines will never start again.  You, however, will remain unharmed, as you find yourself thrust backward 200 years, to a time when electricity meant a lightning bolt fracturing the night sky.  This is not a hypothetical, son-of-Y2K scenario.  It is a realistic assessment of the damage the Pentagon believes could be inflicted by a new generation of weapons: E-bombs ....

The first major test of an American electromagnetic bomb was scheduled for 2002.  Ultimately, the Army hopes to use E-bomb technology to explode artillery shells in midflight.  The Navy wants to use the E-bomb's high-power microwave pulses to neutralize antiship missiles.  And, the Air Force plans to equip its bombers, strike fighters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles with E-bomb capabilities.  When fielded, these will be among the most technologically sophisticated weapons the U.S. military establishment has ever built ....

There is, however, another part to the E-bomb story, one that military planners are reluctant to discuss.  While American versions of these weapons are based on advanced technologies, terrorists could use a less expensive, low-tech approach to create the same destructive power.  "Any nation with even a 1940s technology base could make them", says Carlo Kopp, an Australian-based expert on high-tech warfare : "the threat of E-bomb proliferation is very real".  POPULAR MECHANICS estimates a basic weapon could be built for only $400 ....
To ignite an E-bomb, a starter current energizes the stator coil, creating a magnetic field.  The explosion (A) expands the tube, short-circuiting the coil and compressing the magnetic field forward (B).  The pulse is emitted (C) at high frequencies that defeat protective devices like Faraday Cages ....
An Old Idea Made New
The theory behind the E-bomb was proposed in 1925 by physicist Arthur H. Compton — not to build weapons, but to study atoms.  Compton demonstrated that firing a stream of highly energetic photons into atoms that have a low atomic number causes them to eject a stream of electrons.  Physics students know this phenomenon as the Compton Effect.  It became a key tool in unlocking the secrets of the atom ....

Ironically, this nuclear research led to an unexpected demonstration of the power of the Compton Effect, and spawned a new type of weapon.  In 1958, nuclear weapons designers ignited hydrogen bombs high over the Pacific Ocean.  The detonations created bursts of gamma rays that, upon striking the oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere, released a tsunami of electrons that spread for hundreds of miles.  Street lights were blown out in Hawaii and radio navigation was disrupted for 18 hours, as far away as Australia.  The United States set out to learn how to "harden" electronics against this electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and develop EMP weapons ....

America has remained at the forefront of EMP weapons development.  Although much of this work is classified, it's believed that current efforts are based on using high-temperature superconductors to create intense magnetic fields.  What worries terrorism experts is an idea the United States studied but discarded : the Flux Compression Generator (FCG) ....

A Poor Man's E-Bomb
An FCG (flux compression generator), is an astoundingly simple weapon.  It consists of an explosives-packed tube placed inside a slightly larger copper coil, as shown.  The instant before the chemical explosive is detonated, the coil is energized by a bank of capacitors, creating a magnetic field.  The explosive charge detonates from the rear forward.  As the tube flares outward it touches the edge of the coil, thereby creating a moving short circuit.  "The propagating short has the effect of compressing the magnetic field while reducing the inductance of the stator [coil]", says Kopp : "the result is that FCGs will produce a ramping current pulse, which breaks before the final disintegration of the device — published results suggest ramp times of tens of hundreds of microseconds and peak currents of tens of millions of amps".  The pulse that emerges makes a lightning bolt seem like a flashbulb by comparison ....

An Air Force spokesman, who describes this effect as similar to a lightning strike, points out that electronics systems can be protected by placing them in metal enclosures called Faraday Cages that divert any impinging electromagnetic energy directly to the ground.  Foreign military analysts say this reassuring explanation is incomplete ....

The India Connection
The Indian military has studied FCG devices in detail because it fears that Pakistan, with which it has ongoing conflicts, might use E-bombs against the city of Bangalore, a sort of Indian Silicon Valley.  An Indian Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis study of E-bombs points to two problems that have been largely overlooked by the West.  The first is that very-high-frequency pulses, in the microwave range, can worm their way around vents in Faraday Cages.  The second concern is known as the "late-time EMP effect," and may be the most worrisome aspect of FCG devices.  It occurs in the 15 minutes after detonation.  During this period, the EMP that surged through electrical systems creates localized magnetic fields.  When these magnetic fields collapse, they cause electric surges to travel through the power and telecommunication infrastructure.  This string-of-firecrackers effect means that terrorists would not have to drop their homemade E-bombs directly on the targets they wish to destroy.  Heavily guarded sites, such as telephone switching centers and electronic funds-transfer exchanges, could be attacked through their electric and telecommunication connections ....

CONCLUSION :»  to knock out electric power, computers and telecommunication and you've destroyed the foundation of modern society.  In the age of Third World-sponsored terrorism, the E-bomb is the great equalizer ....

 

 

U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.


The following article was found Here:
http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/iran_nuclear_plan/2008/07/29/117217.html

 


Iran has carried out missile tests for what could be a plan for a nuclear strike on the United States, the head of a national security panel has warned.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee and in remarks to a private conference on missile defense over the weekend hosted by the Claremont Institute, Dr. William Graham warned that the U.S. intelligence community “doesn’t have a story” to explain the recent Iranian tests.

One group of tests that troubled Graham, the former White House science adviser under President Ronald Reagan, were successful efforts to launch a Scud missile from a platform in the Caspian Sea.

“They’ve got [test] ranges in Iran which are more than long enough to handle Scud launches and even Shahab-3 launches,” Dr. Graham said. “Why would they be launching from the surface of the Caspian Sea? They obviously have not explained that to us.”

Another troubling group of tests involved Shahab-3 launches where the Iranians "detonated the warhead near apogee, not over the target area where the thing would eventually land, but at altitude,” Graham said. “Why would they do that?”

Graham chairs the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, a blue-ribbon panel established by Congress in 2001.

The commission examined the Iranian tests “and without too much effort connected the dots,” even though the U.S. intelligence community previously had failed to do so, Graham said.

“The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” he said. “And that’s exactly what you would do if you had a nuclear weapon on a Scud or a Shahab-3 or other missile, and you wanted to explode it over the United States.”

The commission warned in a report issued in April that the United States was at risk of a sneak nuclear attack by a rogue nation or a terrorist group designed to take out our nation’s critical infrastructure.

"If even a crude nuclear weapon were detonated anywhere between 40 kilometers to 400 kilometers above the earth, in a split-second it would generate an electro-magnetic pulse [EMP] that would cripple military and civilian communications, power, transportation, water, food, and other infrastructure," the report warned.

While not causing immediate civilian casualties, the near-term impact on U.S. society would dwarf the damage of a direct nuclear strike on a U.S. city.

“The first indication [of such an attack] would be that the power would go out, and some, but not all, the telecommunications would go out. We would not physically feel anything in our bodies,” Graham said.

As electric power, water and gas delivery systems failed, there would be “truly massive traffic jams,” Graham added, since modern automobiles and signaling systems all depend on sophisticated electronics that would be disabled by the EMP wave.

“So you would be walking. You wouldn’t be driving at that point,” Graham said. “And it wouldn’t do any good to call the maintenance or repair people because they wouldn’t be able to get there, even if you could get through to them.”

The food distribution system also would grind to a halt as cold-storage warehouses stockpiling perishables went offline. Even warehouses equipped with backup diesel generators would fail, because “we wouldn’t be able to pump the fuel into the trucks and get the trucks to the warehouses,” Graham said.

The United States “would quickly revert to an early 19th century type of country.” except that we would have 10 times as many people with ten times fewer resources, he said.

“Most of the things we depend upon would be gone, and we would literally be depending on our own assets and those we could reach by walking to them,” Graham said.

America would begin to resemble the 2002 TV series, “Jeremiah,” which depicts a world bereft of law, infrastructure, and memory.

In the TV series, an unspecified virus wipes out the entire adult population of the planet. In an EMP attack, the casualties would be caused by our almost total dependence on technology for everything from food and water, to hospital care.

Within a week or two of the attack, people would start dying, Graham says.

“People in hospitals would be dying faster than that, because they depend on power to stay alive. But then it would go to water, food, civil authority, emergency services. And we would end up with a country with many, many people not surviving the event.”

Asked just how many Americans would die if Iran were to launch the EMP attack it appears to be preparing, Graham gave a chilling reply.

“You have to go back into the 1800s to look at the size of population” that could survive in a nation deprived of mechanized agriculture, transportation, power, water, and communication.

“I’d have to say that 70 to 90 percent of the population would not be sustainable after this kind of attack,” he said.

America would be reduced to a core of around 30 million people — about the number that existed in the decades after America’s independence from Great Britain.

The modern electronic economy would shut down, and America would most likely revert to “an earlier economy based on barter,” the EMP commission’s report on Critical National Infrastructure concluded earlier this year.

In his recent congressional testimony, Graham revealed that Iranian military journals, translated by the CIA at his commission’s request, “explicitly discuss a nuclear EMP attack that would gravely harm the United States.”

Furthermore, if Iran launched its attack from a cargo ship plying the commercial sea lanes off the East coast — a scenario that appears to have been tested during the Caspian Sea tests — U.S. investigators might never determine who was behind the attack. Because of the limits of nuclear forensic technology, it could take months. And to disguise their traces, the Iranians could simply decide to sink the ship that had been used to launch it, Graham said.

Several participants in last weekend’s conference in Dearborn, Mich., hosted by the conservative Claremont Institute argued that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was thinking about an EMP attack when he opined that “a world without America is conceivable.”

In May 2007, then Undersecretary of State John Rood told Congress that the U.S. intelligence community estimates that Iran could develop an ICBM capable of hitting the continental United States by 2015.

But Iran could put a Scud missile on board a cargo ship and launch from the commercial sea lanes off America’s coasts well before then.

The only thing Iran is lacking for an effective EMP attack is a nuclear warhead, and no one knows with any certainty when that will occur. The latest U.S. intelligence estimate states that Iran could acquire the fissile material for a nuclear weapon as early as 2009, or as late as 2015, or possibly later.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld first detailed the “Scud-in-a-bucket” threat during a briefing in Huntsville, Ala., on Aug. 18, 2004.

While not explicitly naming Iran, Rumsfeld revealed that “one of the nations in the Middle East had launched a ballistic missile from a cargo vessel. They had taken a short-range, probably Scud missile, put it on a transporter-erector launcher, lowered it in, taken the vessel out into the water, peeled back the top, erected it, fired it, lowered it, and covered it up. And the ship that they used was using a radar and electronic equipment that was no different than 50, 60, 100 other ships operating in the immediate area.”

Iran’s first test of a ship-launched Scud missile occurred in spring 1998, and was mentioned several months later in veiled terms by the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, a blue-ribbon panel also known as the Rumsfeld Commission.

I was the first reporter to mention the Iran sea-launched missile test in an article appearing in the Washington Times in May 1999.

Intelligence reports on the launch were “well known to the White House but have not been disseminated to the appropriate congressional committees,” I wrote. Such a missile “could be used in a devastating stealth attack against the United States or Israel for which the United States has no known or planned defense.”

Few experts believe that Iran can be deterred from launching such an attack by the threat of massive retaliation against Iran. They point to a December 2001 statement by former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who mulled the possibility of Israeli retaliation after an Iranian nuclear strike.

“The use of an atomic bomb against Israel would destroy Israel completely, while [the same] against the Islamic only would cause damages. Such a scenario is not inconceivable,” Rafsanjani said at the time.

Rep. Trent Franks, R, Ariz., plans to introduce legislation next week that would require the Pentagon to lay the groundwork for an eventual military strike against Iran, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and EMP capability.

“An EMP attack on America would send us back to the horse and buggy era — without the horse and buggy,” he told the Claremont Institute conference on Saturday. “If you’re a terrorist, this is your ultimate goal, your ultimate asymmetric weapon.”

Noting Iran’s recent sea-launched and mid-flight warhead detonation tests, Rep. Franks concluded, “They could do it — either directly or anonymously by putting some freighter out there on the ocean.”

The only possible deterrent against Iran is the prospect of failure, Dr. Graham and other experts agreed. And the only way the United States could credibly threaten an Iranian missile strike would be to deploy effective national missile defenses.

“It’s well known that people don’t go on a diet until they’ve had a heart attack,” said Claremont Institute president Brian T. Kennedy. “And we as a nation are having a heart attack” when it comes to the threat of an EMP attack from Iran.

“As of today, we have no defense against such an attack. We need space-based missile defenses to protect against an EMP attack,” he told Newsmax.

Rep. Franks said he remains surprised at how partisan the subject of space-based missile defenses remain. “Nuclear missiles don’t discriminate on party lines when they land,” he said.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, a long-standing champion of missile defense, told the Claremont conference on Friday that Sen. Obama has opposed missile defense tooth and nail and as president would cut funding for these programs dramatically.

“Senator Obama has been quoted as saying, ‘I don’t agree with a missile defense system,’ and that we can cut $10 billion of the research out — never mind, as I say, that the entire budget is $9.6 billion, or $9.3 billion,” Kyl said.

Like Franks, Kyl believes that the only way to eventually deter Iran from launching an EMP attack on the United States is to deploy robust missile defense systems, including space-based interceptors.

The United States “needs a missile defense that is so strong, in all the different phases we need to defend against . . . that countries will decide it’s not worth coming up against us,” Kyl said.

“That’s one of the things that defeated the Soviet Union. That’s one of the ways we can deal with these rogue states . . . and also the way that we can keep countries that are not enemies today, but are potential enemies, from developing capabilities to challenge us. “

© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.



Note by Dave Parker

It has been reported that a semi truck could be fitted with a missile with an atomic warhead, driven to a central US rural area. They would then hydraulicaly lift the trailer and fire the missile. Should it be fired at an approximate 300 miles in the air range, the EMP result would completely blanket the country. This is especially unnerving when one understands that according to reports, only about 10% of piggy backs are checked in our ports before being released for shippment by truck or rail lines.


Now that you understand the relevancy of EMPs, you can see how it is entirely possible that Russia could be put out of business by this technology, especially when you understand that Israel has 400 nukes and the finest technology available in missiles, fighter jets and Drones (UAVs), etc. You see, Russia is defending Israel's enemies against an attack by Israel. Russian ships are harbored in the Black Sea north of Syria and Iran and on the Mediterranean coast of Syria as well as in the Caspian sea for the express purpose of keeping Israel in check. It is my thesis that Israel will have to neutralize Russia before they can ever take on Iran and obviously, EMP technology is the weapon of choice, especially when one considers that Israel's (Ezekiel 38, 39) enemies will inevitably be reduced to warfare on horseback. Incidentally, Russia has had a cavalry for many years. Also, remember the Bible states, "thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:..  In verse 5 of chapter 38 Ezekiel specifically names, "Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya". Elsewhere in those chapters other countries are named.

I did some extensive research recently and learned that the majority of the former USSR satellite nations are largely made up of Bedouin type peoples. The average family has 3 - 5 horses and you can be sure they are not nags (remember the story (or movie), "The Black Stallion Returns". The number and quality of those people's  horses was what made up their wealth.) Even more revealing is the fact that even today, these people are expert at using bows and arrows on horseback for hunting. Amazing isn't it.

Intelligence reports are saying that Israel will attack Iran in the near future. Though many insist that Israel does not have the military capability to go against Iran, I would like to point out two recent situations in which Israel very effectively wiped out military foes, one in Syria, the other in Sudan. The Syrian attack without question was accomplished by means of some form of EMP because they neutralized the most advanced anti-missile defense system in the world recently developed by Russia. It appears they have perfected this technology to the point that they can cover specific areas. In Sudan they took out a caravan of 17 military vehicles. Consider how far from home they were. They used drones in that situation. Quite obviously those UAVs were incredibly stealth and were capable of flying undetected over long distances. These aircraft are further capable of shooting missiles with great accuracy and of getting very close to the target without anyone knowing they are there. Incidentally I find it very interesting that the US has just recently moved it's entire fleet of Navy ships out of the Persian Gulf. Also, Secretary of State for Israel, Lieberman recently stated, "Israel will not bomb Iran". Interesting! Of course they will not bomb Iran, but rather explode a bomb above Iran that will fry their electric infrastructure, thus making totally ineffective their atomic power plants, military, government and all services that depend upon electricity.

The above information reinforces my belief that the Lord's return is incredibly close. Personally, I can hardly wait. Yesterday is not soon enough.

Maranatha!

 

Maranatha! The Lord Jesus is soon coming for His own, very soon! Rejoice, assuming you are one of God's people! If you are not, please give your life to Him today before it is too late! You'll be so glad you did!

These editorials will not always be a daily product. However, as I am able I will endeavor to bring to writ my reflections on society.

Have the best day you have ever had and may they get progressively better every day hereafter!

Dave Parker

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