Sunday, January 14, 2018

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 (downgraded from M7.3) hit near the coast of central Peru at 09:18 UTC (04:18 local time) on Sunday, January 14, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.3 km (22.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 41 km (25.5 miles).
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 25.7 km (15.9 miles) SSE of Lomas (population 0) and 73.7 km (45.8 miles) SSE of Minas de Marcona (population 15 468), Peru.
There are about 41 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
Some 6 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 21 000 strong, 37 000 moderate and 497 000 weak.

Middle East's Christian population shrinks by 80% over the past ten years

Muslim Persecution of Christians, August 2017

...A document drafted by members of the global Christian community convening at the 3rd International Christian Forum, held in Moscow, detailed how over the past ten years the Middle East's Christian population has shrunk by 80% and warned that unless current trends are reversed, Christianity "will vanish" from its ancient homelands in a few years' time. Around the year 2000, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq; today there are only 100,000 -- roughly a 93% percent drop, the document notes. In Syria, the largest cities "have lost almost all of their Christian population."

Other experts offered similarly dismal statistics. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts, had predicted that by 2025, the percentage of Christians in the Middle East — which in 1910 was 13.6% — could go down to around 3%.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quakes Rock Eastern & Western Hemispheres

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over 530 people. Four people suffered minor injuries in Iran, state television reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said seven of the quakes struck near the Iraqi city of Mandali, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of the Iraqi capital. Mandali is right on the border between the two nations. The eighth hit near Mehran in western Iran, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of Mandali along the sparsely populated Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook the Caribbean Sea early Tuesday night. The earthquake occurred west of Jamaica at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km).
The earthquake triggered tsunami warnings for areas within 621 miles (1,000 km) of the quake's epicenter.
However, all tsunami advisories were canceled throughout the Caribbean and Central America later on Tuesday night.
No damage has been reported from this event, despite the high magnitude and several strong aftershocks.
“We have reports that it was felt in the majority of the country, but we don’t have reports of damage,” said Lizandro Rosales, director of Honduras’ contingencies commission.
earthquake feature 3am

Hazardous tsunami waves up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) above tide level were possible for some coasts of Honduras and Belize, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC).
Smaller changes in sea levels were possible for other areas in the Caribbean, including Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras and Cayman Islands.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Union of Muslim Clerics' Leader Calls for Jihad Against Jews

Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi Incites To Resistance, Jihad And Martyrdom Following Trump's Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Following the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi posted several tweets and Facebook messages urging Muslims to fight for the liberation of Jerusalem with resistance and jihad, and praising "the honor of martyrdom," noting that he himself aspires to die as a martyr.

Al-Qaradawi, who heads the International Union of Muslim Clerics (IUMS) and is a prominent authority for the Muslim Brotherhood, also criticized Arabs who do not act on behalf of Jerusalem, came out against Arab normalization with Israel, and used antisemitic expressions to emphasize the hostility toward the Jews that he claims exists in Islam.

This is not the first time that Sheikh Al-Qaradawi has preached violence and jihad, and he has also long preached in favor of perpetrating suicide attacks. MEMRI has reported extensively on his extremist ideology, on the basis of which he calls for jihad and terror attacks. In 2001, for example, in response to a religious ruling by former Saudi mufti 'Abd Al-'Aziz Bin 'Abdallah Aal Al-Sheikh, who prohibited suicide attacks even against soldiers of a country occupying Muslim land, Al-Qaradawi stated that operations by Muslim suicide bombers were a legitimate form of resistance, "heroic acts of martyrdom and sacrifice," and one of the noblest kinds of jihad for the sake of Allah.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Salvation Belongs to the Lord

Jonah 2English Standard Version (ESV)

Jonah's Prayer

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,saying,
“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
    and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
    and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep,
    into the heart of the seas,
    and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
    passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
    from your sight;
yet I shall again look
    upon your holy temple.’
The waters closed in over me to take my life;
    the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
    at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
    whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit,
    Lord my God.
When my life was fainting away,
    I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols
    forsake their hope of steadfast love.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
    will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
    Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

Monday, January 1, 2018

The True Nature of Francis’s Pontificate

The Dictator Pope’ reveals Francis as ‘downright vindictive’: Catholic commentator

MASSACHUSETTS, December 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A leading American Catholic newsman and commentator has praised The Dictator Pope, the explosive new book that claims to reveal the “true nature of Francis’s pontificate,” for providing “a valuable service” to Catholics globally. 
Phil Lawler, the editor of Catholic World News and director of Catholic Culture, praised the book for its “valuable insights” into Pope Francis character.
“The most valuable service provided by the author of The Dictator Pope is the psychological portrait of the Pope,” Lawler wrote in Catholic World Report. The book reveals “a man who follows in the footsteps of Juan Peron, the demagogic Argentine political leader of young Bergoglio’s formative years.” 
“Manipulative, hypersensitive, and often downright vindictive, Pope Francis is certainly not the cheerful populist that his supporters make him out to be,” he wrote. 

Dictator Pope: New scandal hits Rome

Time is running out for the ‘Dictator Pope’ as a new scandal hits Rome

Damian Thompson

Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Church, has been accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Catholic university in his ceremonial role as its chancellor – and of investing more than $1.2 million in London financial companies, some of which has now allegedly vanished.
These claims form part of a set of spectacularly damaging but unproven allegations by the widely read Italian media outlet L’Espresso. You can read the report here; it also speculates about a ‘close and unseemly relationship’ between a bishop close to Maradiaga and a mysterious man apparently posing as a priest.
The accusations are a disaster for Pope Francis, recently the subject of a book called The Dictator Pope which portrays him – not necessarily fairly – as an ruthless opportunist who turns a blind eye to wrongdoing by members of his inner circle. In last week’s Holy Smoke Spectator podcast, I discussed it with two leading Catholic commentators. You can find the podcast here and also at the bottom of this blog post.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Court upholds fine against Christian bakers who refused to make same-sex wedding cake

Appeals court upholds fine against Christian bakers who refused to make same-sex wedding cake

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a decision by Oregon's labor commissioner that forced two Gresham bakers to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for whom the bakers refused to make a wedding cake.
Melissa and Aaron Klein made national headlines in 2013 when they refused to bake a cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, citing their Christian beliefs. The Bowman-Cryers complained to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, saying they had been refused service because of their sexual orientation.
An administrative law judge ruled that the Kleins' bakery, Sweetcakes by Melissa, violated a law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in places that serve the public. Brad Avakian, the state labor commissioner, affirmed heavy damages against the Kleins for the Bowman-Cryer's emotional and mental distress.
The decision will likely be the most controversial ruling, and the one with the biggest impact, handed down by Avakian during his nearly 10 years in the role. He has decided not to seek re-election when his term expires next year.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Pope: Mideast Needs Two-State Solution

Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message

Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Francis spoke of the Middle East conflict and other world flashpoints in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) address, four days after more than 120 countries backed a U.N. resolution urging the United States to reverse its decision on Jerusalem.

“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,” he said, referring to the Israelis and Palestinians.

He Appeared to Destroy the Works of the Devil.

1 John 3English Standard Version (ESV)

You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Season of The Solstice, Saturn & the Sun

What was celebrated on December 25th before it became Christmas?

Did you know that there was a long standing celebration that happened on December 25th before Christianity adopted it? The “Invincible Sun”, which was the official sun god of the Roman Empire was commemorated each year on the 25th of December just after the 7 day feast of Saturnalia done in honor of saturn. But where is the proof for such claims? Can we find solid evidence for such observances which are said to have happened on the 25th of December? Such a piece of evidence exists, and is known as the Chronography of 354.
Title page from the Chronography of 354
The ”Chronography of 354”, also known as the ”Calendar of 354”, was a Roman Calendar with illustrations alongside various texts and lists, which was produced in 354 AD. It is the earliest dated western codex(Papyrus/Parchment sheets in form of a book) to have full page illustrations. The term ”Calendar of Filocalus” is sometimes used to describe the whole collection, and sometimes just the sixth part, which is the Calendar itself. Other versions of the names (“Philocalus”, “Codex-Calendar of 354”) are also occasionally used.
The Calendar itself contains important Roman Dates and festivities such as “Birthdays of Emperors”,  “Birthdays of Popes”, “Games” & “Chariot Races”. Amongst these festivities are the celebration of “Saturnalia” and “Birthday of Invictus(Invincible Sun)”. Saturnalia being celebrated on 17th December (7 Days leading upto the 25th) and “Birthday of Invictus” celebrated on the 25th of December are marked on this Calendar which dates back to 354AD.
You can view the complete calendar here or by reading the book titled “On Roman Time: The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity” by Michele Renee Salzman.(Some of the pages can be viewed on Amazon as well)
The below page (click image to see enlarged view) contains the main Illustration of December alongside the festivities of the said month. (I have highlighted “Saturnalia” and “Natatalis(Birthday) Invictus” on the image for easy reference)
The Month of December in the Calendar of 354
The Month of December in the Calendar of 354
Abbreviations on the above calendar page
CM = Circenses missus (‘games ordered’)
N = Natalis (‘birthday’)
LVDI = games

SENATUS LEGITIMUS = Senate allowed (days on which the senate could sit)
DIES AEGYPTIACUS = Egyptian days (unlucky days)
Description of Main Illustration – According to Salzman (pp. 75-6), the picture illustrates the “Saturnalia”, since gambling with dice (The dice are placed on the table) was allowed only during this holiday. The mask represents the custom of dressing in costumes (especially cross-dressing) that is characteristic of both Saturnalia and Carnival (Lawson 221-231). The fringed or tasseled mantle is a characteristic of shamans (Butterworth, Traces, 167-8), as is the tasseled Medusa mask (Butterworth, Traces, pp. 151-2, 164-7, plates IX, XV-XVII). The figure in the Calendar also wears the calliculae (or galliculae), which reflect evil, and are also standard accoutrements of priests (Mollet, s.v.) and of shamans (Butterworth, Traces, pp. 30n, 162-8, plates X, XV-XVII).

UN Rejects U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

In Blow to Trump and Netanyahu, UN Rejects U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

 An overwhelming majority of 128 member states voted in favor of the resolution, with only 9 voting against and 35 abstaining; Netanyahu says Israel 'completely rejects preposterous' decision

Noa Landau Dec 21, 2017 7:15 PM

In a major diplomatic blow to Israel and U.S. President Donald Trump, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with 128 member states voting in favor of the resolution and a mere nine voting against it.

Among the countries that voted in favor of the resolution are India, Russia and China, all countries Netanyahu has touted as allies recently. However, some countries surprised Israel by breaking the consesus at the UN, such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Croatia and Poland.

"Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said minutes after the results were announced.

"Jerusalem is our capital, always was and always will be. But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theater of the absurd," the premier charged in a live Facebook video.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Earthquake Warning: U.S. West Coast


Seismic warnings, and watches have been issued for large areas surrounding the Pacific ring of fire.
See the most current video update here:

Particular areas have been warned including the West Coast of the United States near Northwest California, and across the Pacific near Japan.
Japan, and California are both under pressure , and have already begun to show a noteworthy increase in earthquake activity in the past 24 hours.
Multiple locations have been warned for M6.0+ earthquakes to strike, and 2 locations are under a M7.0+ warning for this week.

See the warned locations in this weeks earthquake forecast video, or read the warned locations in the text post here.
Kyushu Japan was warned one day ago for M5.0+ activity to strike, after weeks without activity.
Today, one day later, Kyushu Japan was struck by the expected M5.0+ earthquake in the exact location which was warned.
Listen to the full video update on the Japan M5.1 earthquake here:

UFO's ARE REAL? The Coming Great Deception

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Multiple Quakes Jolt Indonesia

Multiple Quakes Jolt Indonesia, Tsunami Alert Issued

The agency issued tsunami warning in three provinces of West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta after the second earthquake.

JAKARTA: Multiple quakes have jolted Indonesia's West Java province prompting authorities to issue a tsunami alert, disaster management officials said on Saturday.

The initial earthquake measuring 4.5-magnitude occurred in Sukabumi, 48 km southwest of West Java city, at 11.04pm on Friday, at a depth of 50 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

A second earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale occurred about 40 minutes later with the epicentre at 74 km southwest of Kawalu, at a depth of 105 km in the province's Tasikmalaya region.

A third earthquake with a 6.9 magnitude took place almost at the same time, also in Tasikmalaya with the epicentre located in 11 km southwest of Tasikmalaya at a depth of 107 km, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

6.5-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Indonesia

2 Dead After 6.5-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Indonesia

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Erdogan Invokes Islamic Text to Kill Jews

Erdogan Invokes Islamic Text Sanctioning Killing Jews at Party Convention

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked a Muslim hadith commonly used by Hamas and other terrorist supporters to sanction the killing of Jews, during a party convention last Sunday.

“[T]hose who think they own Jerusalem better know that tomorrow they won’t be able to hide behind trees,” Erdogan said, according to a translation by dissident Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt. Last year, Erdogan shut down Bozkurt’s former newspaper, Today’s Zaman, which had Turkey’s largest circulation.

“[This is] a veiled threat of killing each and every Jew with a shocking reference to apocalyptic prophecy of tree story,” Bozkurt wrote.

The full hadith says: “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews, and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: ‘Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him;’ but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

Third earthquake above Magnitude 6.0 within 24 hours

A strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit Bouvet Island situated in the southern Atlantic Ocean on December 13, 2017 at a depth of 15.7 km (9.8 mi). In contrast, EMSC is reporting M6.5 BUT A DEPTH OF 300 km (186 miles). This is the third strong earthquake above M6.0 after two hit Iran within the last 24 hours (M6.1 and M6.2).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trump Ends Jerusalem’s ‘70-Year Exile’

Trump to End Jerusalem’s ‘70-Year Exile’ With Historic Recognition of Capital, Embassy Move

“When the seventy years are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation and the land of the Chaldeans for their sins—declares Hashem—and I will make it a desolation for all time.” Jeremiah 25:12 (The Israel Bible™)
After a Biblically significant 70-year gap since an American president first recognized the state of Israel, White House sources announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and that the US State Department will begin making plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv.
“On December 6, 2017, President Trump will recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” White House officials announced to the media.
“While President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly sensitive issue, he does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, its Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s residence, and as such, it is the capital of Israel,” one of the officials said.
MK Yehudah Glick (Knesset)
The official said that Trump will officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but will delay the opening of the embassy for at least six months.
The decision was sealed after President Trump called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, and Saudi King Salman to inform them of his upcoming announcement.
MK Yehudah Glick called the move “historically significant”, noting that Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as a capital comes exactly 70 years after his predecessor President Harry Truman recognized Israel as a state.
“I think this is as historically significant as President Truman recognizing the state of Israel 13 minutes after [Prime Minister David] Ben Gurion declared a state exactly 70 years ago. This is not just for Israel but is part of a universal process. God willing, other nations will follow suit. Our dream is that the entire world will recognize Jerusalem as the city of God,” he told Breaking Israel News.
Incredibly, the White House announcement comes on the Hebrew date the 17th of Kislev, the same date on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Partition Plan for Palestine creating the state of Israel in 1947.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jerusalem Trump: World reacts ahead of speech

US President Donald Trump's expected decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital is meeting with a wave of disapproval - even before he formally makes the announcement.
Leaders from within the Muslim world and from the wider international community were swift to criticise the move, and warned of violence and bloodshed as a result.
Mr Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The status of Jerusalem lies at the heart of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
White House officials have said Mr Trump's decision is a "recognition of current and historic reality" but is not a political statement, and will not change the physical and political borders of Jerusalem.

See also: 

Israel called ‘a threat to world peace’