“The Rankest Compound of Villainous Smell That Ever Offended Nostril”…and more
“Seas and waves roaring.” Extreme weather:
For days, Hurricane Florence dumped relentless rain on the Carolinas. Rivers continue to rise as all that water continues to make its way downstream into this coming week. Floodwaters have breached a dam that contains a manmade lake connected to a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, possibly causing coal ash to flow into the nearby Cape Fear River. People are wondering when will it end? The storm’s death toll is up to 44 people (32 in North Carolina, nine in South Carolina and three in Virginia). Eight tornadoes wreaked havoc in Virginia where tornadoes are rare. Seven were in the Richmond metro area.
Typhoon Mangkhut (the most powerful storm of 2018 so far) left at least 81 people dead and dozens of others missing before striking Hong Kong and southern China, where it caused four more deaths and plenty of damage and flooding.
Over 100 people died in floods after Nigeria’s two major rivers burst their banks due to heavy rains.
Long dormant eruptions: A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years. The eruption is among the new thermal activity seen over the last several days on Geyser Hill.
“There shall be… earthquakes in diverse places.” In Denmark, a rare 3.4 earthquake struck West Jutland, an area not usually associated with seismic activity. There were several earthquakes in the ocean this week that registered over 5.0.
Wildfires: In California, the Charlie Fire in Castaic grew from 1,200 acres to 3,000 acres in just one hour on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Delta Fire is at this point 94% contained with 60,702 acres burned. There are a number of other wildfires burning in California. See at this link.
In Utah, crews are gradually gaining control of two massive wildfires in Utah County that have been raging and threatening homes for several weeks.
In Australia, authorities have issued a bushfire emergency warning for the Kununurra suburb of Lakelands in Western Australia’s north. People are warned to act immediately to survive as there was a threat to lives and homes. For some it’s too late to leave and people must shelter in their homes.
“There shall be… pestilences.” For the first time since 2016, a Michigan resident was diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne virus that can lead to lasting brain damage and even death.
97 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak with nearly 50 more infected with the fatal disease; It has now sprung up almost 125 miles away from the previous epidemic.
“There shall be signs in the sun.” Some scientists believe that Earth is due for a severe space weather event. We are heading into a solar minimum when sunspots and solar flares generally subside; however, Dean Pesnell of NASA warned, “during a solar minimum, we can see development of long-lived coronal holes” which allow streams of solar particles known as coronal mass ejection (CMEs) to escape the sun as fast solar wind. If the coronal hole is Earth-facing, electrically charged particles from the Sun slam into Earth’s magnetic field and cause intense electromagnetic storms around the planet. The impact on the electronic infrastructure can be devastating.
“All those who will live godly in Christ shall be persecuted.”
Many Christians in the western world don’t realize that the persecution of the end times has already started. All over the world, Christians are being attacked, Bibles are being burned and churches are being shut down. This persecution has been escalating for some time, but there’s a dramatic change in China this year. New religious regulations are brutally enforced, causing some to point out frightening parallels between Communist China and Nazi Germany.
“Many shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
The Emmy awards were what we’ve come to expect these days of award shows. All award show ratings are down, but despite this, they continue to promote the leftist political agenda. Host Michael Che took a jab at white people, Republicans and even Jesus, saying, “The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.” Actress Thandie Newton said she didn’t believe in God but would thank her anyway. During a song and dance routine, a straight white man asked to be included in their celebration of diversity only to be told his kind was not welcome. Tracy Morgan declared, “I’m only rooting for the black people.” Such as these have bought into the “useful idiot” communist agenda.
Fox Nation host Britt McHenry said, “Most Republicans have stopped watching awards shows or know that, even if they can stomach it, the White House and their core values will be attacked…Reverence for God is something to cherish and uphold, not ridicule.”
Islam and the globalist left use each other to achieve their agendas of world domination. Both are, to quote Shakespeare, “the rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.”
Six Flags in New Jersey held the ‘Great Muslim Adventure Day’ just days after the anniversary of 9/11. ICNA, the event organizer, is a terror-linked Muslim group whose leader was sentenced to death for war crimes, sells books on jihad, and literally promotes “Shariah For America.”
The US Dept. of Homeland Security reissued for the seventh time a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, which makes note of terrorists’ potential to use drones and chemical attacks outside of the groups’ occupied territory and conflict zones, exploiting the Internet to inspire, enable, or direct individuals already here in the homeland to commit terrorist acts.
The terrorist group Boko Haram released a video, saying if they’re not given ransoms within the next month, they will execute those they’ve kidnapped, which includes Red Cross aid workers and Leah Sharibu, a Christian 16-year-old schoolgirl.
“Mankind shall be traitors.” Hence, the leftist global agenda:
Project Veritas is releasing a series of videos exposing the Deep State and their dirty deeds. See at this link. There may be more to come. Keep alert to what’s going on.
Former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz published a book exposing the Secret Government in Washington entitled “The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda.” He said, “When I went to Congress, I didn’t really know what the Deep State was or if it was real or not real, but I left knowing that it is very real…It is an abrasion approach that many federal bureaucrats do to wait out administrations.
Bob Woodward, the Watergate reporter whose word is gospel for liberals, drew one important conclusion after investigating the Trump Administration for two years to write his latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House. He found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to rig the election. But being the liberal leftist that he is, he’s still hopeful something will turn up.
Devin Nunes says he doesn’t understand why FISA documents haven’t been released, noting Trump ordered these so-called Russia docs be declassified immediately without redactions. Nunes said the people “running around” saying there are national security concerns are the culprits themselves. “They are either covering up for their agency, or they are involved.” No doubt.
Leftists are angry that the Trump administration will cap the number of supposed refugees allowed into the US at 30,000 for the fiscal year 2019, a drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. The new limit reflected the administration’s preference for settling refugees closer to their home countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We must continue to responsibly vet applicants to prevent the entry of those who might do harm to our country.”
A St. Clair, Illinois, Democrat leader told a crowd during a rally to “vote early, vote often, whatever you can get away with.” He followed that remark with, “I shouldn’t say that, but I really don’t care.”
Debra Katz, the Democrat activist attorney representing Democrat activist Christine Blasey Ford (who’s suddenly come out of the woodwork at such a convenient time, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a high school era sexual assault attempt), is the vice chair of the Project on Government Oversight — a group funded in large part by George Soros and his Open Society Foundation. Kavanaugh’s accuser is also getting advice from Democratic super-activist Ricki Seidman who’s worked for the Clinton campaigns.
Ford may or may not be a no-show at this week’s Kavanaugh hearings. She and the left say they want a full investigation first – aka a Democrat ploy to wait till midterm elections are over, thinking they’ll win and put their man in? The left does not want Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice and is doing all it can to stop it. This is a significant mid-term election coming up. Don’t stay home. Vote, brethren.
If and when she does show up, an article from Canada Free Press says, “Code Pink and the same screeching activists who had to be led out of last week’s hearings will be there to stump for her cause. It only takes $20-an-hour to bring activists out to protest with George Soros’ ‘non-profits’ handing out the cash…Only non-Democrats lose their jobs, families and integrity when #MeToo comes to take them down…The Democrats give a pass to gropers like Senator Cory Booker and protects the names of seated members—at least two of them outed last December by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and House Rep Jackie Speier for flashing their private parts right on the house floor.
And let’s not forget about Obama’s sexual display on a plane to giggling female reporters when he was president.
Senator Cory Booker didn’t just confine his attack to Kavanaugh (who is a mild-mannered man widely beloved by Democrats and Republicans who worked with him). Booker attacked the founding fathers and the Constitution, etc. – the same man who has said terrible things about the Jewish people. For example, he has said, “The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist; we must take a lesson from Hitler” (of whom he has said was “the greatest white man”).
Democrat Selective Outrage: A medical document from 2017 details the physical and verbal abuse allegedly done by deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, to his former girlfriend, Karen Monahan (a Democrat). Her son posted on social media about it in August, and afterwards she agreed it was true. Just days after Monahan’s allegations came to light, Ellison won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s attorney general.
Monahan claims to have been smeared, threatened and isolated from her own Democratic Party. And she wonders why Kavanaugh is being suddenly being accused of something he allegedly did in high school 40 years ago with no substantiated proof, yet there is proof of what Ellison did that the Democrats ignore.
Kavanaugh’s accuser says a drunken 17-year-old Brett corralled her at a party and attempted to remove her bathing suit. She says a friend witnessed this, but that friend denies the incident. He is the fourth witness that claims no knowledge of this incident occurring.
Brett Kavanaugh and his wife and children are receiving vicious threats. Kavanaugh’s accuser claims she’s receiving threats too.
John Kerry is undermining the US yet again, working with her enemies, this time the Iranian mullahs, trying to salvage his deeply flawed Iran nuclear deal.
Former federal employee Jessica Schubel told an undercover reporter that there’s a “resistance movement” inside the federal establishment that’s trying to undermine the administration of President Trump. To that end, she says former colleagues provided her with insider information, including confidential documents which she acknowledges is probably illegal.
Democrats have vowed massive tax hikes if they win. Alexander Hendrie, tax-policy director at Americans for Tax Reform, cites vows by Democratic Party leaders to undo the Trump tax cuts as soon as they can, the very tax cuts that economists believe have been the major catalyst for the current economic resurgence. He said Democrats are proposing new, trillion-dollar-a-year tax hikes. Globalists can’t stand for the US to prosper.
The claimed coming “blue wave” isn’t working to plan for “dem.” Republican Peter Flores, a retired game warden, pulled an upset win in a special election for Texas’s 19th Senate District over the Democrat nominee. The district spans 35,000 square miles. This was for a very long time Democrat territory. More people are waking up to the leftist agenda.
A rumor went out that President Trump through FEMA was going to text all Americans on their mobile phones in order to test the Emergency system; and some liberal leftists went ballistic. Even if that rumor were true, why would one not want to be notified immediately if a disaster is imminent?
“False prophets shall arise and shall deceive many.”
Rachel Treweek, the Church of England’s first female diocesan bishop, said: “I don’t want young girls or young boys to hear us constantly refer to God as he,” adding that it was important to be “mindful of our language.” Other Church of England leaders say the tendency to describe God as “he” is a growing problem, some going so far as to argue calling God a man is heresy.
Wall Street Journal columnist Scott G. Bruce of Fordham University argued that mankind will be better off once it dispels the notion of Hell. He said, “In some distant, better future, the foreclosure of Hell will be an important step in the maturation of human communities.” He agreed with Pope Francis’ alleged statement that Hell is not a real place. Yet the Bible refers to it in quite a number of Scriptures as a real place, indeed.
Pope Francis was just given a book about the former pope John Paul II. Upon receiving it he said, “[Pope John Paul II] was a saint, I am the devil,” supposedly alluding to the criticism he is under. An article from the Catholic website Novus Ordo Watch (that exposes what it calls the Modernist Vatican II church) said, “For once he tells the truth.” The article also states, “They’re both devils.” But don’t take anyone’s word for it. See 1 Timothy 4:1-3 to see what the Bible says.
The Vatican has made an announcement that they have worked out a deal for the Chinese government to control how Catholic bishops are chosen, thus ensuring that the government is able to monitor and control everything.
We mustn’t leave out Islam when speaking of false prophets. An Indonesian city ordered its top civil servants to go to a mosque for dawn prayers or risk being fired, and they’ve been warned that a smartphone app was in the works to seek out the less-than-devout. Religious minorities in this mostly Muslim nation have been targeted, including Christian congregations targeted by suicide bombers. Authorities have also subjected homosexuals to whippings. Christians may not support homosexuality, but they certainly don’t advocate such things. We’re called instead to warn people in order to try and save them from the sins that defile them (Jude 1:22).
“Inquity (wickedness; lawlessness) shall abound.” In London, stabbings are through the roof, so to speak. A glut of cocaine flooding the country has been partly blamed for the violent crime. In England and Wales, there are 21,000 fewer police officers now than in 2010. Also, there has been a decrease in “stop and search” which emboldens offenders. No wonder these attacks are getting worse.
In New Jersey, Maria Teresa Venegas, a 25-year-old deli owner, pleaded guilty to bilking the federal government out of $888,000 in a more than six-year food stamp fraud scheme
Works of darkness: (Ephesians 5:11-16):
Derek Sheehan of Massachusetts, a married father and football coach, has been charged with raping dozens of young boys and filming himself committing the horrific acts.
In New Mexico, a federal search warrant revealed that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer searches for child pornography. An investigation claims that a janitor is the main suspect, yet he has not been charged with a crime even though his name is on the warrant.
The Catholic church in Brooklyn, New York, has reached a record $27.5 million settlement with four men who were sexually abused as children when they were between the ages of 8 to 12.
The Florence Project describes itself as a free service for unaccompanied migrant children entering the US. Hillary Clinton tweeted from her official Twitter account that she was working with the Arizona based charity. However, some people pointed out that the Florence Project logo looks an awful lot like the pedophile symbol for those who prefer little boys. Who knew they had symbols for their preferences? Here are some more.
Kimberly Thompson, former drummer of singer Beyonce, in court documents accused Beyonce of a campaign of harassment against her that included the practice of ‘dark magic’ and ‘magic spells of sexual molestation.’ Thompson also claimed Beyonce murdered her kitten.
The Indiana Chapter of the Satanic Temple has adopted a highway in a rural stretch of Zionsville. The sign says, “Adopt a Highway: The Satanic Temple Indiana Chapter.” An NDOT spokesperson stated that the department respects freedom of speech and that there are no restrictions on what groups can adopt a sign. Those who do are required to clean up the highway of litter 4 times a year.
In England, student editor Angelos Sofocleous of Durham University’s philosophy journal Critique, has been fired after he tweeted that “women don’t have penises.”
In the UK, there has been a 4,000 per cent rise in children wanting to change their sex. The UK’s Government Equalities Office suspects the influence of social media and teaching of transgender philosophy by the educational system has fueled the striking increase in transgender children.
“Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman decided that such as time as this would be the perfect time to admit that muppets Bert and Ernie are more than just friends. His admission didn’t go over well with producers of the show, so now he’s suddenly backing down from his gay reveal.
Twitter approved of ads in favor of Female Genital Mutilation after blacklisting Pro-Lifers. Twitter allowed a group to “promote” the paid advertisement which enhances reach of the post and placed it on timelines of users who don’t even follow the account or seek the content out themselves. A Twitter spokesman claimed the promoted post “was approved in error.” However, though Twitter ended the promotion, the post in its non-promoted state remains on the platform, and the group’s Twitter account features dozens of other videos which also advocate for FGM.
Near Oklahoma City, where Christianity runs strong, eight new billboards have been plastered with messages about abortion that are patently insane. Statements on the billboards include “People of faith love those who have abortions” and “God loves those who have abortions.”
In Ireland, a new law states women won’t have to pay for abortion services in the country. The goal is to ensure access and make sure women aren’t forced to travel for the procedure. Ireland’s President Michael Higgins hailed it as “an extraordinarily historic day.”
A feature film ‘Unplanned’ tells the story of Abby Johnson, who was a clinic director at Planned Parenthood and says she helped facilitate 22,000 abortions before quitting the organization in 2009 after watching via ultrasound as one was performed. The film is critical of Planned Parenthood.
Young Americans are dying in rising numbers because of drugs, alcohol, and suicide, according to new federal data. The average lifespan in the US has declined because of these issues.
“Holding to a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.”
In the first of its five affirmations, the so-called Christian Transhumanist Association members say, “We believe that God’s mission involves the transformation and renewal of creation including humanity….” From Gotquestions.org: “The ultimate redemption of mankind is something that will be accomplished by God alone (Revelation 21:1), not by technology.”
Orwellian global society nightmare:
California’s assisted suicide law allows ‘interested’ witnesses, which include beneficiaries, to sign a person’s request for assisted suicide drugs. The new law allows an individual to aid, advise, and encourage a person to commit suicide-AND sign off on the method of suicide-while financially benefitting from the person’s death. Family members who “encourage” the terminally ill into killing themselves will be granted full legal immunity, regardless of their motives for doing so. The patient would have to explicitly state in their will that any family member who encourages assisted suicide is to receive nothing.
Bill Gates, nature worshiper extraordinaire, described the projected birth rates in the poorest parts of Africa as “mind-blowing” and pressed the need for action. If you haven’t heard of the Georgia Guidestones’ ten commands, it includes decreasing earth’s population from 7 billion down to 500 million “in perpetual balance with nature.”
An orientation packet handed out to freshmen at Cornell University this year shows (according to them) an efficient way to determine whether or not a student is “privileged” or “oppressed.” The packet lists gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, class, educational level, religion, nationality, childhood family structure, disability, ethnicity, size, use of English, and marital/parental status. For example, the packet says that you are “oppressed” if you are a person “of size.” The packet makes no mention of the fact that you’re privileged if you attend an institution like Cornell University.
According to a report, Amazon is considering opening 3,000 of its cashierless stores by 2021.
Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a short amount of time. They believe it could be the first steps in developing advanced software that will make Matrix-style instant learning a reality. (Instant learning aka instant programming/indoctrination.)
Apple is now giving people “trust scores” based on their calls and emails. This information will likely not be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to Big Tech’s increasing propensity to violate the privacy of users and use their data for questionable reasons, but here we are.
A Soros-funded organization called “Data & Society” group is lobbying YouTube to censor conservative voices.
Internal emails show conversations between Google employees desiring to manipulate search results to boost left-leaning political views on immigration.
Google bosses had employees delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China. The memo, authored by a Google engineer disclosed that the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.
In the UK, Home secretary Sajid Javid and culture secretary Jeremy Wright are considering the introduction of a mandatory code of practice for social media platforms and strict new rules such as “takedown times” forcing websites to remove what it considers illegal hate speech within a set timeframe or face penalties. The government is looking at legislation passed in Germany last year requiring social media platforms to remove so-called illegal hate speech within 24 hours or face fines of up to 50 million euros. We can see where this is leading.
Another alternative (for now) to the social media minions: USA.Life is America’s new social network. 1776Free is the nation’s new search engine. USA.Life and 1776Free are the answer to Facebook, Google and Twitter censoring Christians, conservatives, patriotic speech.
“Nation shall rise against nation.”
In Iran, a senior spokesman for Iran’s armed forces used Islam’s practice of lying (taqiyya) by blaming Israel and the US for an attack that killed 24 people wounded over 60 when gunmen opened fire on a military parade. A local Arab group that describes itself as devoted to protecting the rights of (Iran’s) Khuzestan province’s ethnic Arab minority claimed responsibility. Their statement: “This action was part of our legitimate resistance and no civilians were targeted in the attack.”
“Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.”
China told the US to withdraw sanctions on its military over purchases of Russian jets and missiles or “bear the consequences.”
Japan carried out its first submarine drill in the South China Sea, a move that could provoke China which claims most of the disputed waters.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are heightening. UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson committed more British troops in the Ukraine to stop Russia “reversing the Cold War outcome.” “Our commitment remains unwavering,” Williamson said. “As long as the danger lasts we will continue to stand by your side. The safer you are here, the safer we are in the UK.”
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards and army carried out a joint aerial military drill in the Gulf. The Iranian government says it could take military action in the Gulf to block other countries’ oil exports in retaliation for U.S. sanctions.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that in recent months Iran’s aggression has escalated. Iranian proxies are in Iraq operating openly with funding, training, and weapons supplied by Iran.
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
The leaders of the two Koreas signed an agreement that includes missile site shutdown and a joint Olympic bid, agreeing to turn the peninsula into a “land of peace without nuclear weapons.” It’s hard to believe Kim Jong Un has suddenly changed his leopard spots. He no doubt has his own agenda; he just wants sanctions lifted. And we know that true peace will not be achieved in these last days – not until Jesus returns and restores it.
The UN General Assembly is in session in New York. The theme is “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies”
President Trump will present his requested peace proposal to the nations at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25. When the real deal comes along in the near future, it will be the Antichrist (from Europe) who “will confirm a covenant with many” (Daniel 9:27). God’s will will be done. He will use it to turn Israel back to Him when the Antichrist breaks this covenant and comes after the Jews in Israel (Matthew 24:15).
The Tribulation temple (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15):
The number of Jews ascending the Temple Mount has more than doubled since two years ago, and almost tripled since 2014. Over 100 rabbinic leaders ascended the Temple Mount for the first time this year, which signifies a change in their policy concerning the holy site. “It is a new phenomenon to have rabbinic authoritative rabbis ruling that not only is it permitted to go up to the Temple Mount, but that we are required to go up,” said Yaakov Hayman, the head of Yishai, an NGO dedicated to reinstating Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
Israeli law mandates freedom of religion and universal prayer at holy sites, but Israeli police have chosen to abide by restrictions that prohibit Jews from praying in the Temple Mount so as to avoid a violent Muslim backlash. Hayman said, “There is no way the police can prevent thousands, or even hundreds of Jews from praying on the Temple Mount. We haven’t yet achieved that critical mass, but it is clear to everyone that we are well on our way to get there. When the Nation of Israel decides they want to pray to God on the Temple Mount, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that will be able to stop us.”
Heathen raging against Israel:
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us” (Psalm 2:1-3).
At the University of Michigan, John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the university’s Department of American Culture refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to study abroad in Israel, saying “many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel.”
Previous administrations have resisted allowing Jerusalem-born Americans to list “Israel” as their birth country, saying that it would be de facto recognition of Israel’s claim to the city. Now, 55 US House Republicans have sent a letter to President Trump asking him to direct the State Department to allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birth country on their passport.
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them (judge them) there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land…Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon (Lebanon—Hezbollah) and all you regions of Philistia (Gaza—Hamas)? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done” (Joel 3:1-2, 4).
The terror group Hamas is encouraging Gaza residents to escalate its weekly protests along Israel’s border in their so-called March of Return.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed that the balance of power between his Lebanese Shi’ite terror group and Israel has “changed,” and that the group has accurate missiles which would be used in the next conflict. A prominent Iranian cleric said, “Mr. Netanyahu, you and your intelligence services know well that the time to say goodbye has arrived and what position of strength the resistance of Hezbollah and the people of Gaza are in.” Netanyahu said if Hezbollah dares confront Israel it will receive an unimaginable response.
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).
On September 15, the Israel military launched a missile strike in the vicinity of the Damascus International Airport, hitting an arms depot that supplied Hezbollah. Then on Monday, a munitions warehouse in a military facility in Syria was obliterated in an Israeli airstrike. While fighting back, Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian military reconnaissance plane. Russia falsely blamed Israel, claiming its jets got in the way deliberately so the Syrian regime wouldn’t see that it was a Russian plane. However, we know that God can and does intervene in such a way.
On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will never repeat the mistake it made in 1973 by not preempting an enemy attack.
“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. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision… So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more” (Joel 3:12-14, 17).