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Signs of the times: Watchman, What of the night?

19th November 2017, hej


Events, like the last sands in the hourglass, are moving at such a pace that sometimes we don't have time to analyse those with significance in depth.

13 November Defacto end of NATO, New EU Defence Pact

Politico reports "the initiative, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in EU jargon, is a Franco-German brainchild. Participants have signed up to a list of commitments which 'include increasing the share of expenditure allocated to defense research and technology with a view to nearing the 2 percent of total defense spending” and to “regularly increasing defense budgets in real terms. EU officials have identified defense as an area where they have made progress on multiple fronts since Britain voted to leave. These include the establishment of an EU defense HQ for training missions in Somalia, Mali and Central African Republic, a pilot project to coordinate national budgets to identify capability shortfalls, and the new military pact. The new initiative aims to spend more on defense systems and make member countries' militaries much more integrated with each other."

After 30 years 23 members of the EU (begun with 12 nations of whom 2 Britain and Denmark never joined the currency, making 10 core members) have agreed to give their power to one.. Germany, in effect. The 2% was never met by NATO members, as they relied on the USA. One of the more powerful members of NATO was Turkey, with whom Germany cannot agree. So Germany who has considerable power over other EU nations defence already, make an alternative to NATO. For more see Times Appointed.

The ten horns which thou saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:12-14)

12 November Earthquake in Iran, Iraq Israel and the Saudis

On the 12th at 9:48 p.m on Sunday a destructive earthquake struck in Kurdistan, being felt from the coast of Israel to Kuwait and as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. It was the deadliest earthquake in the world in 2017 It was the most powerful recorded in the mountain area. Salaree in the Conversation reports "Seismologists know it resulted from the pressure built up between the colliding Arabian and Eurasian plates.. the Earth sometimes surprises us, and this time the rupture did not happen on a previously known major fault." (We discuss God's power in causing quakes as quakes don't kill, buldings do) Most of the fatalities were in Iran but they were reduced as "latest earthquake was preceded by a much smaller magnitude 4.4 foreshock." Notice the significance of Saudi Arabia being on one plate and Iran on the other and the friction resulting in regional shaking, as it parallels events in the political world.

On the 11th November the BBC reported that "The Lebanese president has asked Saudi Arabia to clarify the situation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in Riyadh." as "The announcement of his resignation on 4 November sent shockwaves through the region."

Previously on the 5th of November the British Daily Mail (is the BBC is asleep?) had reported "King Salman has overseen some important changes in Saudi Arabia" including "war in Yemen (against Iran), diplomatic rupture with Tehran Iran over execution of a Shiite cleric, elimination of al-qaeda in Saudi Arabia, severing ties with Qatar, economic reform, crackdown on 'corruption', deals with Washington, rights for women and seeking for investment." They didn't say anything about Israel, on the 5th.

On the 17th The Daily Mail scooped everyone with the news that "King Salman of Saudi Arabia is planning to step down next week and name his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as his successor, a source told King Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title "Custodian of the Holy Shrines" Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, ordered the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe in early November Once crowned king, the prince will shift his focus to Iran, a long standing rival oil empire to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East... Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran after the Saudi government blamed Iran for a foiled missile attack near Riyadh on November 4. The rocket was fired from neighboring Yemen and was heading towards the Saudi capital before it was shot down. The Saudi foreign minister, Adel Jubair, said Iran was responsible and called the attack 'an act of war'. He will also enlist the help of the Israeli military to crush Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia supported by Iran, according to the source. DailyMail

Now that is a political earthquake that is going to affect Iran!

Note how the Daily Mail identified economics and trade. Ezekiel 38 identfies both Persia, which is Iran and Saudi Arabia which is Dedan, and Dedan is prophesied with Sheba asking about merchant trade goods.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (Gog with Persia), Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)

5 November World War, Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia, America

The South China Morning Post and the Canadian National Post on 3rd November both picked up a mournful Pope at a US Military Cemetery in Rome warning of World War looming. They record he said,"today that the world once more is at war and is preparing to go even more forcefully into war." SCMP speculated he meant North Korea, but the Papacy knows the inside of the halls of Power of Europe and Russia, not that part of Asia.

Then on the 5th BBC "Trump pitches for $2 trillion Saudi Aramco oil float" in the US stock exchange. Prime Minister Theresa May met the boss of Saudi Aramco earlier this year.

On the same day BBC reports "Saudi Arabia: Missile 'intercepted near Riyadh" Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, reports say, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport. Saudi air defence forces were quoted by broadcaster Al-Arabiya as saying they intercepted the missile north-east of the capital. A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was fired at the King Khalid International Airport. It was brought down by a US Patriot Missile.

Yes, indeeed that is a war.

Behind the Houthi Rebels are the Iranians. Behind the Iranians are the Russians. The Scud is a Russian missile.

The BBC also reported "Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia that he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. He accused Iran of sowing "fear and destruction" in several countries, including Lebanon. The move will be seen through the great Shia-Sunni divide that's fuelling much of the violence across the Middle East. It's pitted the Sunni power, Saudi Arabia, against the Shia power, Iran with both sides backing different players to wield influence. In Lebanon, the Saudis support Mr Hariri while Iran backs the Shia movement, Hezbollah. In recent years, Lebanon has largely been spared the violence seen elsewhere in the region. But with this stunning resignation, many Lebanese will now fear that their country is firmly in the crosshairs of the two regional superpowers.

Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. (Joel 3:9-12)

27 October Opiate of the Masses, Trump names the Opioid Crisis

It takes courage to call out a partly hidden reality. Trump spotted the addiction crisis when he went about towns and he said he would address it. On October 26 Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a 'public health emergency'. Fox reported that The Center for Disease Control estimates that 91 Americans die daily from opioid involved deaths. A recent study by Dr. Christopher Ruhm suggests that opioid related deaths are severely underreported.

This is a very interesting sign!

On October 19 NPR reported 'California Fires Spare Most Vineyards, But Marijuana Crops Go Up In Smoke'

It was highly significant that the vines are saved intact but wine and weed are wasted: "The timing is especially bad for cannabis farmers", actually the worst day.

Biblical Greek pharmakia is (from pharmakeuo, "administer drugs") properly drug related sorcery, like the practice of magical arts.

Mind altering drugs use was known in Roman times and before. The word sober below means literally "safe or healthy" mind.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (1 Thess 5:6-8)

In Roman times the main drug was opium Opium was used as a medical and sleeping drug. Paul speaks of drugs and drunkenness in that order. We might suspect God's judgement on the drugs, which were destroyed at maximum impact just before, Trump, another sign, announced the sign of Opium abuse.

Let us not be dull of mind, 'sleep' be 'made sleepy' by opiods or drugs, and see this as a sign of the signs of the times.

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (1Peter 4:7)

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