Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BALD EAGLE DEATHS AND FUKUSHIMA

Hey, everybody! Hope all has been well for you all. I'm back from the holidays and my adventures and trying to settle back down into a routine. Still behind on my emails, though; however, the number one email in my box received from multiple readers was about the mysterious deaths of the bald eagles up north.

Bald Eagle Deaths in Utah Alarm and Mystify Scientists

Wildlife Experts Perplexed Over Dozen Dead Bald Eagles

Bald eagles are symbolic of America, so it is disturbing to see this. The very first thing these articles are noting is that the eagles are having seizures before they are dying.  This reminds me of is A. A. Allen's 1954 vision where he saw the Statue of Liberty convulse then die in the Gulf of Mexico. (Linked to in sidebar.)  He then saw a skull-and-crossbones spread out across America beginning at the top of the West Coast. Considering all the bad news we are getting about Fukushima, perhaps this is what he saw?

It is not fear-mongering to point out the possible connection. I think of it like this: last summer I had laid down to take an afternoon nap. When I woke up I was walking to the kitchen when I glanced out the patio door and thought, "Wow, where did those clouds come from?" Then I realized almost instantly that those weren't clouds, it was a lot of thick smoke billowing up from behind our tree line. I quickly turned on the TV and sure enough, the local station was covering an out-of-control wildfire less then 5 miles south of my place. So let me ask you this -- was it prudent to have said to myself, "I wonder if a fire is near by?" or was it fear-mongering?

Right -- 99.9% of you will agree it was probably wise to check it out and make sure I wasn't in danger. As for the .1%, well, can't help you.

Back to Fukushima. We are hearing that it is the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan exhibiting symptoms of radiation sickness. Reagan was governor of California before he became president, and California will soon be taking the brunt of the Fukushima plume (although it probably already is being impacted, not just reported). We have starfish colonies dying off in massive numbers along the West Coast as well as large numbers of dead birds floating ashore in Alaska. Now these bald eagles. The article linked to above questions if it is something in the food chain that is making the eagles sick as they do feed on grebes, which are also dying. Scientists wonder if it could be some effect from Fukushima or perhaps a type of avian flu. Hopefully, they will have some sort of answer for us soon.

Gundersen: U.S. Navy sailors suffered horrific radiation exposures off Fukushima coast — Massive government cover-up going on for many years (VIDEOS)

Lead Researcher: Fukushima pollution may be causing sea star epidemic on West Coast — Sea urchins, sea cucumbers also affected — “Something’s making them susceptible”… “It’s unlike anything we’ve seen”… “Populations go locally extinct overnight, literally”

As President Obama comes up against Israel by accepting Iran's nuclear program, we are seeing, at the same time, American sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as well as our West Coast being impacted by fallout from Fukushima's crippled nuclear reactor. It is only prudent to be aware and to be watchful.

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ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: What America got from the budget deal (in one cartoon)

FLU: H1N1 spreading in Chicago

FLU: Infant dies from H1N1

LGBT: Franklin Graham disagrees with Pope Francis on homosexuality

LGBT: Protests flare against same-sex wedding that will take place on Rose Parade float

LOUISIANA SINKHOLE: Enormous sinkhole has grown to the size of 20 football fields and still growing

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NSA: NSA can activate I-Phone microphone or camera without owner's consent or awareness

OBAMACARE: The End of the Beginning, Bill Whittle

OBAMACARE: All the King's Men (cartoon)

OBAMACARE: Since it's impossible that people don't love this law, and it can't be sticker shock, and people don't mind being told what to do by their government, then the reason people are not signing up for health insurance thru the exchanges is because they are stupid.

OBAMACARE: Obamacare has destroyed the era of affordable health care

OBAMACARE: Will insurers ever say enough's enough to Obamacare?

OBAMACARE: The Impact (infograph)

SPOT THE DICTATOR: Brilliant collage of photos

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Drones overhead, solar pole flip

VOLCANOES: Earth's biggest volcano, about the size of New Mexico, is found 1,000 miles off the coast of Japan

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NELSON MANDELA, ISON, AND THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX

Another really good YouTube from scrawnytobrawny. If you haven't seen it, take the 8 minutes and see the connections this fellow believer makes between seemingly isolated events in the media.


Friday, December 20, 2013

DOUBLE PLAGUES - PART 8b, FROGS, LICE AND FLIES

THE DOUBLE PLAGUES UPON BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY, Part 8

Part 8a of this series.

THE SECOND PLAGUE - THE PLAGUE OF FROGS

Exodus 8: 1, 2 tells us that Jehovah commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to “let My people go,” or He would smite “all thy borders with frogs.”

Frogs are not unusual to find in Egypt. They are found along the banks of any river or stream or pond. However, they are not found at ALL the borders of Egypt. Some of the borders of Egypt run through dry, arid regions, such as the desert area to the west, places which are not hospitable to the water-needing creatures.

Verse 3 tells us that Moses declared that the frogs would spill out of the banks of the Nile and into the homes of the Egyptians, including Pharaoh’s palace. The frogs would be found in beds, in kneading troughs, in ovens -- they would be everywhere!

At this moment, once more Pharaoh could have cried out, “Wait, I repent,” but he did not. It appears that he said nothing for verse 5 tells us that Jehovah commanded Moses to speak to Aaron and have Aaron stretch out his hand over the “waters of Egypt.” When the men did thus, frogs emerged in a vast army from the waters and covered the land.

Ellicott comments: The frogs were hideous to the eye, grating to the ear, repulsive to the touch. Their constant presence everywhere rendered them a continual torment. If other later plagues were more injurious, the plague of frogs was perhaps of all the most loathsome.(1)

Some commentators dismiss this plague as a natural occurrence, but it must be remembered that the frogs appeared just after the Nile and surrounding ponds and pools had been turned to blood, which is NOT a natural source for frogs.

Once more, Pharaoh called for his now rather useless magicians to duplicate the event, and verse 7 tells us that the magicians were able to bring some frogs forth through the efforts of their enchantments, yet, again, it would have been more helpful, and certainly a checkmate, if the magicians had actually removed the frogs.

Ellicott also notes the difference in how Pharaoh reacted to this plague of frogs compared to the Nile turning to blood.

In the first plague, [Pharaoh] retired, sullen and hardened, into his house (7:22), but in this judgment he appealed to Moses and Aaron to remove the frogs, and in doing so revealed the first sign of yielding. Personal suffering from the loathsome frogs led Pharaoh to make a concession. He now acknowledged the power of God and also the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous -- “intreat the Lord, that He may take the frogs from me, and from my people.”(2)

Pharaoh tells Moses if he will pray for the frogs to be gone, he will relent and let the Hebrews go (v. 8). Moses tells Pharaoh, “glory over me,” meaning, “Ok, you pick the time for the frogs to be gone, and it will be as you say” (v. 9). Interestingly, Pharaoh did not say, “Immediately”; instead, he picked the next day, “Tomorrow.” Perhaps Pharaoh was hoping the frogs would dissipate on their own before the appointed time?

We are not told how long this plague lasted but like the fish that died and rotted in the water, Exodus 8:14 tells us when the frogs did die, they did not return to the waters; instead, they died upon the land, which forced the Egyptians to rake them up in great heaps so that they stunk.

Despite this distressing turn of events, Exodus 8:15 gives us once more what will become the all too familiar refrain, that Pharaoh “hardened his heart” and “harkened not” to Moses and Aaron.

THE THIRD PLAGUE - THE PLAGUE OF LICE

As stated earlier in this series the plagues were not a contest, and the magicians knew this and threw in the towel at the third plague, the plague of lice.

“. . . Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. --Exodus 8:17

Commentators vary on which insect is exactly meant by lice. Irwin believes it was a type of mosquito (3), as does Jamieson-Faussett (4), while Dummelow believes it was sandflies or possibly fleas. (5) Ellicott believes it could have been a previously unknown insect.

The language used in the record of the plague clearly implies the creation of God of new swarms of flies, “I will send’ (8:21).(6)

Whatever type of stinging insect it was, the magicians could not duplicate even a small amount with their enchantments when Pharaoh so bid them saying, “This is the finger of God.” (Exodus 8:19) Hayford notes that this was tantamount to the magicians admitting the superiority of the Hebrew God.(7)

Ellicott notes this about the confession of the magicians as well as the particular effect the lice had upon Pharaoh himself:

The only living creature that the Bible says is fashioned out of dust is MAN. What a singular conjunction! We wonder whether it was this fact that compelled the magicians to confess, “This is the finger of God”?(8)

Pharaoh’s response to his own magicians?

“. . . Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; . . . “--Exodus 8:19

Aaron stretched forth the rod both for the plague of frogs and the plague of lice. The frogs came out of the WATER, the lice out of the EARTH. The frogs came AFTER Moses warned Pharaoh that they would come if he did not let the Hebrews go, but the plague of lice that descended upon the land came without warning, and they were either some type of stinging insect that naturally breeds in the sands of Egypt yet whose outbreak was unprecedented in scope, or the dust actually turned into lice supernaturally.

If we are to take the Scriptures literally, that the dust itself transmutated into a type of stinging insect, this may explain why the magicians IMMEDIATELY knew this plague was of God because a life form had come from something inanimate for magicians can only seek to reanimate the dead. This theme, re-animation of the dead, is the stock of many a horror movie, beginning with Shelley’s Frankenstein written in 1818, when Frankenstein “re-animates” his monster using electricity. A more recent example is in the Star Trek movie Into Darkness, in which Captain Kirk dies after exposure to the radioactive core of the starship Enterprise but is “reanimated” when injected with the blood of his nemesis Khan. Reanimation by some external means is the best that man can do at this point, so the magicians perceived that the plague of lice coming from the dust of the earth was more than just re-animation by some means.

Perhaps this theme of re-animation that keeps occurring in various movies is meant to condition us to prepare for the Antichrist for Revelation indicates he will suffer a mortal head wound yet survive it. Perhaps the explanation that will be offered is that he was brought back to life by some electrical or blood means. In the recent movie with Brad Pitt, World War Z, Pitt injected himself with an un-named bacteria in order to become sick, but then his blood was used as the basis for others to also inject and also become sick. By becoming sick the zombies would not attack because they could innately detect the illness of the intended victim. Pitt describes this as a form of camouflage. A “sub-idea” of the movie seems to be that if mankind was to survive they all had to become "blood contaminated" or else become a victim of zombies.

Interesting that the actor’s last name is “Pitt,” for Revelation very clearly tells us in 11:7 that the beast, i.e. the spirit that comes upon the Antichrist, will ascend out of the bottomless pit. The Antichrist is described as the beast because he will not, in some way, be fully human though as yet that is not clear what is meant by this.

Interestingly, at this present time in history, the Iranians, the sworn enemies of Israel, are waiting for their 12th Imam, a world leader that they believe will ASCEND up out of a WELL (i.e. a PIT).

Batman is an American icon who ASCENDS out of a PIT.

Back to the lice.

Walvoord notes that the reason the plague of lice came without warning may have been because of Pharaoh’s false promise of release. The judgment was sudden. Aaron struck the dust with his staff and the air became filled with flying, stinging insects.(9)

At this judgment, there is no record given in the account in Exodus 8 of Pharaoh calling for Moses and Aaron to appear before him or how the lice were removed. We are only told that once more, Pharaoh’s response, in spite of the admittance of his own magicians no less!, was to “harden” his heart yet again.

THE FOURTH PLAGUE - THE PLAGUE OF FLIES

Like the Nile turning to blood, this plague began at the same time and same place, in the morning when Pharaoh came to the banks of Egypt’s great river.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. --Exodus 8: 20, 21

The word “flies” is in italics in the King James because there is no certainty to which insect this refers. According to Gesenius Psalm 78:45 presents the flies as “blood-sucking.” Unlike the lice, which stung, these flies devoured. In other words, the former GAVE a sting, but the latter TOOK blood.

Dummelow indicates that the Hebrew word simply means “swarms,” and that the Septuagint calls them “dog-flies.’ He also notes that Isaiah 7:18 references “flies from the Nile delta in Egypt.”(10)

The plague of flies is notable because it is the first time we see, in Exodus 8: 22 and 23, that the land of Goshen was exempt from a plague, amazing considering flies go where they please, but the Pharaoh, according to 8:21, was NOT exempt -- “I will send swarms of flies upon thee. . “

Pharaoh suffered with his subjects, or rather, I-MORE than his subjects for it was upon him that the flies inflicted their painful bites. “I will send swarms of flies upon THEE” (8:21). Then it was “his palaces” that bore the brunt of the plague, for the flies or beetles destroyed his costly and magnificent furniture and ravaged his fertile fields (8:24). It was, therefore, because of his personal experience of this devastating plague that he gave way before it almost at once and immediately called for Moses (8:25).(11)

And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies. --Exodus 8:24

Exodus 8:24 tells us that because of this swarm of flies the land was “corrupted,” a word meaning “ruined.” If these dense swarms of flies “ruined,” i.e. “destroyed,” the land, it appears that these flies had the means to chew in some fashion.

Jamieson offers this comment:

. . . the predicted evil overtook the country in the form of what was not “flies,” such as we are accustomed to, but divers sorts of flies (Ps 78: 45), the gad-fly, the dog-fly, the cockroach, the Egyptian beetles, for all these are mentioned by different writers. They are very destructive, some of them inflicting severe bites on animals, others destroying clothes, books, plants, every thing -- the worship of flies, particularly of the beetle, was a prominent part of the religion of the ancient Egyptians.(12)

Beetles may have been a “prominent part” of ancient Egyptian religion, but another prominent part were the magicians, and they are nowhere to be found with this plague -- Pharaoh does not bid them to come, and they make no appearance.

Instead, we see in verse 25 that Pharaoh sent word to Moses and Aaron to come see him. At this meeting, Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron that they could sacrifice but had to do so inside of Egypt. Moses refused saying the Egyptians would consider it an “abomination.” He was concerned that the Egyptians might actually stone them for doing so. Not outside the realm of possibility as we recently saw Egyptians stoning members of the military during the uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood this past summer.

Dummelow notes that the sacrifice of certain livestock inside the borders of Egypt was an impossibility for Moses.

For the Israelites to sacrifice cattle, sheep, and goats would be to outrage the religious feelings of the Egyptians, and might lead to war and bloodshed. Dummelow even relates an event that Diodorus, the historian, tells of a Roman ambassador who was put to death for accidentally killing a cat.(13)

So here we see that Pharaoh relents somewhat by saying he will allow the Hebrews to worship their God, but only if they do so in the land of Egypt -- they will not be permitted to take the three-day journey they are requesting. If Dummelow is correct, that this would place the Hebrews in fear of death, then perhaps this was the actual ulterior motive of Pharaoh. For a leader who is obstinate and stubborn and finds himself defied by someone he considers inferior to himself, will usually find a means of revenge upon the offending party. In this particular case, not only was Moses and Aaron, thus the Hebrew people, defying him, they were actually thwarting him and his magicians AND inflicting real-time physical pain and discomfort upon him and his household. This would never do.

Dummelow emphasizes that the “abomination of the Egyptians” referred to in Exodus 8:26 means that certain kinds of animals were sacred to the Egyptians and could not, on any account, be slaughtered. For the Israelites to sacrifice cattle, sheep and goats would be exactly the kind of abomination that would outrage the religious feelings of the Egyptians and possibly lead to war and bloodshed.

Thus, Moses said in so many words, “Thanks, but no thanks.” This must have galled Pharaoh exceedingly for it was plain that he was relenting somewhat. Other subjects would have been grateful for the crumbs tossed them, but not Moses or Aaron -- it was all or nothing, and these prophets were plainly telling Pharaoh that what he was offering them was simply not good enough. This position can only be taken by one who has the superior hand, and Moses held the upper hand. The massive swarm of flies were not only devouring the physical land of Pharaoh but also the grip of power Pharaoh held over all who found themselves inside the borders of Egypt.

. . . I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me. -- Exodus 8: 28

Here we see it, Pharaoh’s grip on Moses and the Hebrews is beginning to shake and tremble. He agrees to Moses terms, which means Pharaoh recognized he had nothing to bargain with -- he had no choice but to agree. But even in this moment of concession he tells Moses he can go, but not “very far.” Moses tells Pharaoh that he will “intreat” the Lord concerning the flies, then warns him to not “deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.”

Almost as soon as Moses leaves and the door is closed behind him, the turning point for Pharaoh occurs. Yes, he hardened his heart again, and he had no intention of letting the Hebrews go, he only wanted the flies gone, so he was willing to outright lie. Thus, the turning point. When a leader of a nation justifies lying and deceit to obtain a goal he desires, he opens the door to wrath judgment(s) from Jehovah.

There is a distinct difference between warning judgments and wrath judgments. In warning judgments, catastrophes happen but they tend to be economic or in some manner physical but they do not usually result in widespread death. However, in wrath judgments, death, usually in large numbers can and will occur. These deaths can be either animal or human.

Many object to such a statement, that God allows death as a result of wrath judgments, but what happens to Pharaoh after his purposeful deceit upon Moses is hard to discount because the judgments that follow ALL involve death on a large scale of both animals and humans. More on this in the next post.

God is faithful. He has put these accounts into His Word that we may study and understand that He follows a pattern so that we, either individually or collectively as a nation, can anticipate what the consequences for our actions could be if we persist in deceit and sin. I suspect that God has established this principle in His Word, that we can understand consequences of sin in advance, so that on the Day of Judgment, when we stand before Him and the books are opened and we are to give an account of our lives, we cannot accuse Him of not warning us.

Paul gives us instances in I Corinthians 10 of those who fell into idolatry or sin and the consequences that came upon them and then tells us this in verse 11:

Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

With these three plagues of large amounts of frogs and insects coming upon the land, should we not take heed then to the different swarms of insects and critters that have come upon various parts of this nation since President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, and immediately began coming up against the nation of Israel?

For instance, we have had increases in the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus, a sign in itself as the Nile should remind us of the plagues upon the Egyptians. Florida has reported a new “mega mosquito,” and there have been reports of attacks of Africanized bees in both Florida and Texas. Texas has reported “crazy ants” that are causing extensive damage to electrical equipment and electronics because they attempt to chew through wiring only to die but their bodies release a chemical that attracts more crazy ants and these also die, and eventually so many dead ants accumulate that electronics short out. Crazy ants are so difficult that even fire ants are known to abandon their nests to get away from them.

We had large swarms of ladybugs this past October. Ladybugs are innocuous enough as they neither sting nor devour, BUT when they swarm they come inside homes and then die, which attracts cockroaches, which eat the dead bodies and cockroaches attract rodents. Since 2009, we’ve had a dramatic increase in bedbugs across the nation, especially in hotels and motels, but particularly in New York City. These insects do bite and draw blood and while they don’t necessarily spread disease, they are very annoying.

Gardeners have seen a dramatic increase in stink bugs. Large numbers have been reported in various parts of the nation, and as birds don’t prey upon them because of their foul taste, they grow unchecked.

In the summer of 2012, reports came in of increases of black widow spider bites. A school in San Diego had to close to be fumigated to rid the rooms of the nasty arachnids.(14)

This past summer in Oklahoma and Kansas swarms of crickets covered sidewalks and walls of buildings. They died in large masses, so it was difficult to walk without stepping on them. Hearing their exoskeletons crunch was gross, and they did not smell good at all. Not injurious but certainly annoying.

Even Obama’s White House has not been immune. It was reported this past year that the White House is “overrun” by cockroaches and rats. No! not politicians -- actual cockroaches and rats.

In this video you can see a rodent run in front of Obama’s podium right before he speaks.

Rodent runs in front of podium

Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron after the plague of flies because the swarm of assorted insects had devoured so much throughout Egypt that Exodus 8:24 tells us the land was “corrupted,” i.e. ruined.

This past year, like Pharaoh, President Obama addressed the nation under similar circumstances though he did not realize it.

IN THE MIDST OF RUIN

There are consequences for lying, and Pharaoh is about to find out with the very next plague that the consequences for deceiving Moses, the prophet God, Himself, sent to Pharaoh, are deadly.

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NOTES:

1. All the Miracles of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer, 1961, pg 50

2. Lockyer, pg 50

3. Irwin’s Bible Commentry, C. H. Irwin, M. A., D. D., 1965, pg 32

4. Commentary on the Whole Bible, Jamieson Fausset and Brown, (copyright page missing), pg 53

5. The One Volume Bible Commentary, edited by The Rev. J. R. Dummelow, 1958, pg 55

6. All the Miracles of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer, 1961, pg 53

7. Hayford’s Bible Handbook, Jack W. Hayford, 1995, pg 14

8. All the Miracles of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer, 1961, pg 51

9. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty, Old Testament, John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, 1985, pg 122

10. The One Volume Bible Commentary, edited by The Rev. J. R. Dummelow, 1958, pg 55

11. All the Miracles of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer, 1961, pg 53

12. Commentary on the Whole Bible, Jamieson Fausset and Brown, (copyright page missing), pg 53

13. The One Volume Bible Commentary, edited by The Rev. J. R. Dummelow, 1958, pg 56

14. As a side note, we noticed a large number of black widows on our property, including down around the bases of our tomato plants. I kept a tally and we closed out at nearly 100 black widow spiders found from April thru October of 2012. For 2013, we found only about a dozen.

12/20 - PHIL ROBERTSON



Isn't it amazing what is happening with all the blowback from Christians and outrage from the lgbt crowd? Robertson's words are being repeated often so that many are hearing what the Bible has to say about homosexuality. What happened to Robertson is outrageous, to say the least, but look at how much we are hearing the Gospel in the news now. In an attempt to shut him down, what he said is being repeated so much so that the very reason A and E shut him down, to prevent his words from spreading, is having the opposite effect -- his words are dominating the news cycle. This seems to me to be a clear example that what Satan means for harm, God can turn around for good.

Remember this from this past summer? DESMOND TUTU -- A MODERN BALAAM SPEAKS. Robertson isn't a "Balaam," but I pointed out that it all depends on who is making the comments whether he or she gets a pass or not. Tutu can say homosexuals are going to Hell, and no one blinks an eye; Robertson can disagree with their lifestyle AND say that he doesn't hate them and he is removed from his show in an effort to rebuke him.

I find it very interesting that this controversy with Robertson, who is from Louisiana, is coming at the same time as this new effort by the Obama administration to coerce people into enrolling into Obamacare by enlisting the efforts of a group of DRAG QUEENS that are ALSO from Louisiana.

Drag Queens promote Obamacare

And a quick note about Iran -- apparently there was a meeting in Geneva last night about "how to implement a landmark nuclear agreement."

Iran, six powers to resume nuclear talks after snag (Weds, Dec 18, 2013)

Close with this political ad that speaks volumes about how much Obamacare has come to be associated with lying and deception.

Every Democrat should be scared of this political ad

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FUKUSHIMA: Experts: Fukushima is “increasingly critical due to decay of buildings… reactor blocks are sinking… alarming cracks in foundation” — “It was built very poorly, Japan cannot deal with problem alone… it’s a big problem”

FUKUSHIMA: 70 Navy sailors in new Fukushima lawsuit — They rode right into plume, could be thousands more seriously exposed — 1 or 2 sick could be coincidence, but 50-60 people in their 20s off one ship? Variety of cancers, blindness, impotence

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LGBT: The Era Of Barack Obama’s Blacklist America – Phil Robertson Edition

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OBAMACARE: ACA may devastate the real estate and travel industries

OBAMACARE: At least he earned this one (cartoon)

OBAMACARE:  "Navigators" Can Email Your Private Data to Their Home Computers

OBAMACARE: National Priorities (infograph)


SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Seattle could face significant problems in aftermath of a major earthquake, small solar flare

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

IS KHOBRAGADE A SIGN OF JUDGMENT?

Let's ask the question.

Devyani Khobragade, a diplomat from India, was arrested last Thursday (Dec. 12) shortly after dropping her daughter off at school. She is accused of falsifying documents for her housekeeper and allegedly not paying her minimum wage. Khobragade was strip-searched, swabbed, and "kept in a cell with drug addicts." She claims she repeatedly informed arresting officers that she was a diplomat but her protestations apparently fell on deaf ears. Now the Indian government is quite outraged.

So outraged in fact, that they retaliated by removing the SECURITY barriers from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and this fact is stated straight-up in the article's title.

India retaliates against US over diplomat arrest, removes security barriers at embassy

Khobragade's arrest and strip-search happened on the SAME DAY that Secretary John Kerry returned to Israel for the 9th time because, as the headline of the Times of Israel article notes, talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians were stalled over SECURITY arrangements.

Kerry back in Israel Thursday for ninth time this year: Talks stalled over security arrangements; Palestinians rebuff proposal for 10-year Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley

Truthfully, I am not hip on the idea of certain people getting to be treated differently because of who they are when it comes to matters of breaking the law; however, I believe an extra measure of caution is warranted when dealing with diplomats. And in this particular matter, it seems extreme to me to strip-search and cavity check a diplomat over problems with paperwork.

As this President, via his Secretary of State, comes up against Israel, particularly in the area of security, we have this incident clearly involving security. The Indian government removed barriers that are meant to deter or pose considerable difficulty for someone who would want to try to execute an incident against our embassy.

The FOX News article reporting the reaction of the Indian government notes this:

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf voiced concern Tuesday about the security barriers, stressing that U.S. officials have made clear to their Indian counterparts "that they need to keep providing security."

No matter how much the State Department downplays the incident by stating that the U.S. and India enjoys a "broad and deep friendship," this incident is clearly yet another screw-up for this administration. It just plain makes them look bad. Really, a strip search over paperwork?

I re-listened to a sermon this past week by David Wilkerson, The Last Days of America, in which he preaches about the signs of a nation under judgment. The sermon is undated but he speaks of the first George Bush, so it was preached some time between 1988 and 1992. In this sermon, based mostly on Deuteronomy 28, Wilkerson says that one of the signs that a nation is under judgment is that her foreign policy is in disarray -- that nation will look foolish and incompetent.

And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee. --Deut. 28:37

This verse indicates that a nation under judgment is talked about by other nations. Fingers are pointed and behavior is whispered about and gossiped about and laughed at. Questions are asked if good judgment is being used or good decorum or evident wisdom.

As of late, the United States, and in particular President Obama, has become this verse. His actions of yucking it up and taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial service raised eyebrows, his wisdom in allowing the NSA to tap the phone calls of foreign leaders like Angela Merkel has been questioned, his "red line" in Syria has been mocked by the Saudis as being only "pinkish," and now an upper level diplomat has been strip-searched over, of all things, questionable paperwork.

True, President Obama didn't order the diplomat to be strip-searched, but it reflects on him. The Indian government didn't retaliate by filing a complaint against the arresting police precinct, they retaliated against the U.S. as a whole by removing SECURITY barriers from in front of a U.S. Embassy. Yeah -- it was directed at President Obama to get HIS attention. The government is holding HIM responsible their diplomat, and they proved it by making HIS embassy more vulnerable to those who, shall we say, are ne-er-do-wells.

As President Obama comes up against Israel, we are seeing more and more of these faux pas. J. R. Dunn observes this:

Now the persona is evaporating, under the impact of laughter on the one hand and sheer horror at the results of Obama's incompetence (in health care today, in foreign policy next week).

Obama's Fall from Grace

Can we not see Deuteronomy 28 in Dunn's remark? President Obama has become a president who inspires either laughter (astonishment) or reactions of horror (a byword).

Even Barbara Walters' recent bemoaning about President Obama as a shining star losing some of his luster indicates Deut. 28:37.

Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’

Some are even asking, "Is President Obama 'too big to jail'?"

Obama is becoming a "byword." He's becoming associated with traits that he doesn't particularly want to be associated with. For instance, the very name of his legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is becoming a "byword" because it is becoming to mean something opposite -- it is being dubbed "the UN-affordable Care Act" more and more. Obama's promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" is also becoming a "byword" -- it is now associated with telling a lie and the phrase now indicates deception.

I could go on.

In addition, as I've been (slowly) writing posts about the judgments that came upon Egypt, many researchers have noted that the judgments came against particular gods and goddesses that were worshiped in Egypt (and I will be addressing that topic in a soon-coming post). Therefore, I find this "incident" with India interesting because as I have noted on this blog several times in the past, Obama has been shown to carry a pocket-charm of the Hindu god Hanuman, and he accepted a 2-foot idol of Hanuman (specially blessed by Hindu priests) in August 2008. Now we have a "tiff" that is occurring between the U.S. and Hanuman's "home country." Hanuman is hailed as the "god of crises," there are none too great for him.

We shall see.

As this President comes up against Israel, we will probably see more "out of left field" incidents -- incidents that make no sense and "shouldn't have happened," and most likely will be incidents that involve SECURITY in some manner.

This President comes up against Israel when he involves himself in the peace process. It's interesting to see Obamacare tied to Israel in this article:

If Obamacare fails, more pressure on Israel

Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian Deal Possible by End of April

Kerry: US plan allows for Israeli security, Palestinian sovereignty

Kerry back in search of elusive Mideast peace deal

OBAMA PLAN for Jerusalem Will Allow Coalition – Including Saudi Arabia and Turkey – to Oversee Holy City

And he comes up against Israel when he involves himself with Iran.

If you say "gullible" real slow . . . (cartoon)

Koenig has this up at his site:



Iran, who said "no more talks" this past week to strike out at the U.S. because of the Congressional hearing that took place last week with John Kerry, has said, "Ok, we will come back." Let's keep an eye out to see on which day(s) those talks will resume and IF Obama's birth certificate is in the news, again, in some way.

In the meantime, I think it is worthwhile to watch this development that Interesting Items has linked to: Horizon 2020.

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ABORTION (or should I title this BABY DIE-OFF?): Have you seen the Left's hashtag started by Patton Oswalt?

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Why are huge numbers of dead birds dropping dead and washing up along the coastlines of Alaska?

FUKUSHIMA: Japan Professor: Damage from Fukushima is unprecedented, a disaster never before experienced in human history; Some say it could affect whole northern hemisphere — Experts: “Very likely the largest nuclear accident which mankind experienced”

GOVERNMENT: Government 101 (pic)

GOVERNMENT: Military retirees: You betrayed us, Congress

LGBT: MSNBC anchor: ‘So many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president’

MRSA: Deadly bacteria expanding beyond the hospital environment

OBAMA'S NSA: NSA's huge cell phone eavesdropping operation is unconstitutional, rules federal judge in victory for exiled leaker Snowden

OBAMACARE: Hobby Lobby's lawsuit has ramifications beyond just Christian employers

OBAMACARE: House Report finds Ill-Trained Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud, Jeopardizing Private Info

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION? SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Climate, light echo, spaceweather

Monday, December 16, 2013

12/16 - NEWS LINKS

A BIBLE CHAPTER -- 2 CHRONICLES 32

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Marine Biologist: All the sea stars along west coast of North America could be wiped out — Some developing ‘bald spots’; “Others look completely healthy except for guts coming out” — ‘Speculation’ it could be related to Fukushima

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Unprecedented’: China bans all imports of shellfish from U.S. West Coast — Official: “They’ve never done anything like that that I’ve ever seen” — Includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska and N. California — Gov’t says it will continue indefinitely

BILLY GRAHAM: Family saves famed evangelist near death

FUKUSHIMA: Tepco: We should have told public this sooner… we failed to cool molten fuel after meltdowns began — Experts: Fukushima cesium release could be more than triple Chernobyl

GAZA: More than 5,000 evacuated from Gaza 'disaster area' floods

ISRAEL: As American has done to Israel, John McTernan

NEWS IN TWO MINS: FUKUSHIMA FAILURE, UNCONFIRMED MERS CASES, BITCOIN WARNING

OBAMA: Our bored president

OBAMA: How the West was lost by the selfie president

OBAMA: Another funeral, another selfie (cartoon)

OBAMA: ObamaLand (one pic)

OBAMACARE: Obamacare's broken promises, Obama's broken 2nd term

OBAMACARE: American made? (summed up in one picture)

OBAMACARE: HHS asks insurance companies to ignore 3 major rules

OBAMACARE: Charles Krauthammer slams media's Obamacare silence, urges truth seekers to 'try Fox'

OBAMACARE: The 47 million "uninsured" (cartoon)

OBAMACARE: Mt Stupid (cartoon)

OBAMACARE: Thousands who have signed up thru Obamacare website have disappeared into a black hole

PANDEMICS: Scientists develop system to perceive how pandemics could sweep the globe

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: 100-year snow records in Jerusalem, spaceweather, arctic heat, Navy performing sonar testing

Friday, December 13, 2013

B.C. CRASH

Secretary Kerry will be meeting with Israel's president Shimon Peres later today before leaving for Asia. JPost is reporting that two sticking points for the Palestinians is that they don't want any Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, and they won't "accept any agreement that does not include Jerusalem as our capital."

Kerry back again, continues pushing Abbas, Netanyahu

For many years now U.S. presidents have refused to have our embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the Obama administration will not allow Americans who are born in Jerusalem to place Jerusalem as in Israel on their birth certificates. One can't help but muse that Obama would probably recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinians rather quickly, a courtesy he has never extended the Israelis.

Speaking of Jerusalem, Koenig noted on his site that the mayor of Jerusalem is warning Israelis that they are "facing an unprecedented storm." Snow is expected to fall all day.

The background of the "fake" interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service keeps getting stranger. Daily Mail Online is now reporting that the man was once accused of MURDER! Look at how close this man was permitted to so many world leaders.

Schizophrenic fake signer who stood next to President Obama at Mandela memorial 'was once charged with MURDER and was sentenced to three years for theft’

Joseph Herrin has added his thoughts on the incident.

In the presence of evil

As has been noted on this blog several times of late that more and more people are calling President Obama a liar and even associating his assertion with his baby, Obamacare, that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" with "telling a lie." Politifact agrees and has christened Obama's promise "the lie of the year."

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Politifact Labels 'If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It' Lie of the Year

As we often note on this blog "same day" incidents, we've noted before that whenever someone is engaging with Iran (at the behest of Obama), something comes up about Obama's birth certificate.  Well, on Wednesday, the same day John Kerry was "pleading" with Congress not to impose further sanctions on Iran, a plane crashed in Hawaii. There was only one casualty among the passengers, Loretta Fuddy. Fuddy just happened to be the Hawaiian health official who ok'd Obama's birth certificate.

Official who ok'd Obama birth papers dies in crash

It is interesting to note that the VERY FIRST line of the article states her connection with Obama as though that were her most important accomplishment in life.

And it is interesting that the VERY DAY of Obama's inauguration in January 2009, he associated himself with a very famous plane crash here in America. One of the songs that Obama is caught on video singing is "Bye, Bye Miss American Pie," a song about the "day the music died" and believed to be about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Now, his birth certificate is associated with a plane crash.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn’t take one more step.

Also on the same day, Weds, a full-page ad was taken out in a major news publication alleging that President Obama's Selective Service Draft Registration Form is a fake.  Yep, President Obama is accused, very publicly, of being involved in yet another lie.

As President Obama comes against Israel, a place very personal to Jehovah, it seems that items connected with President Obama in a very personal manner are being publicly held up to ridicule or mocking (Obamacare, his narcissism), called a lie (Obama's Obamacare promise), or accused of being a fraud (his birth certificate and now his draft registration form). Would not be surprised to see more.

And if you are annoyed that Obama's NSA is spying on you in one fashion or another, wait till the mannequins start!  Yep, that's right.  Some retailers intend to have their mannequins subtly observing you. Now that's the stuff of some horror movies, right? I remember an old Kolchak episode with Darren McGavin who was an investigative reporter and a lead took him into a modeling agency where there was a coven of witches. The witches manipulated mannequins to watch him then attack him. Very weird.

Just thought I would throw that in there.

Retailers Go High-Tech To Track Shoppers

So glad Cindy by the Sea has the time once more to sit down at her keyboard and share some of her thoughts. She was able to take the menorah aspect of my post, PARTY INTERRUPTED, and add some thoughts.  Much appreciated!

BIRTHED IN LIBERTY, DEAD BY FIRE

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CHINA: Is war inevitable? John McTernan

COLORADO: Frozen water crashes down Colorado river (video)

ECONOMIC IMPACT: Asian bacteria threatens Florida's citrus crops

NEWS IN TWO MINS: Gulf Arab states vow resistance against Iran having nuclear weapon, Geminid meteors, starfish die-off

OBAMA: Obama the Oblivious, Charles Krauthammer

OBAMA: Flirty Obama owes us an apology

OBAMA: Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Jupiter moon and liquids, yesterday's CMEs

Thursday, December 12, 2013

WINTER STORM LAODICEA

Times of Israel is reporting that John Kerry will be back in Israel tonight to push the peace process along. Talks have stalled over "security arrangements." This will be Kerry's ninth visit this year.

Kerry back in Israel Thursday for ninth time this year

The terrorist group Hamas is asking why is he bothering? They have no intention of ever having peace with Israel.

As Secretary of State John Kerry pushes ahead on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with two visits to the region in two weeks, Hamas and other Palestinian groups are saying they will never make peace with Israel, prompting Israeli politicians and journalists to question the point of negotiations.

Mahmoud Zahar, a top Hamas leader in Gaza, said last week that any deal inked between the Palestinian Authority and Israel would be “non-binding” on the Palestinian people.

“The Palestinian negotiators are illegitimate, neither they represent the national consensus nor they have the majority that allows them to speak on behalf the Palestinian people,” Zahar said, according to Alalam.

Hamas and Other Palestinian Groups Say They Won’t Accept a Peace Deal With Israel, So Why Is John Kerry Pushing Forward With Talks?

Joel Pollak at Breitbart believes Kerry mislead Congress on Syria. We have to ask, if Kerry would mislead on Syria, wouldn't he on Iran?

Kerry likely mislead Congress on Syria

We are learning more about Obama's handshake with Raul Castro. Apparently, it wasn't that big a surprise to Castro. Or Obama. He's been working on it for six months.

Obama shook Raúl Castro's hand after SIX MONTHS of secret U.S.-Cuba talks, report claims

And keeping with Mandela's memorial service, what does one make of the "interpreter" who was standing on stage with President Obama (and other world leaders) apparently pretending to sign for the deaf? Those who know sign language said he was signing "gibberish," and "making up signs as he went," although others said he was repeatedly signing the words "donkey," "lightning bolt," "rocking horse" and "prawns."

What's he trying to say now? Fake Mandela signer blames 'voices in his head' for gibberish interpretation that included 'prawns' and 'rocking horse'

It is interesting that the "sign" for Obama's political party is the donkey, and as for "lightning bolt," ppsimmons has noted that Barack Obama's name can mean "Satan falling from the heights like lightning." The Hebrew word for lightning is "Baraq," and the Hebrew word for heights or high places is "bamah."



It is also interesting to note that one of the "woes" of the Obamacare website is that it is prone to throw out "gibberish" from time to time.

The interpreter, when tracked down and interviewed by a reporter, claims that he is schizophrenic and prone to "violent attacks." He claims to remember being in the stadium and seeing "angels" enter but then began hearing voices in his head, although he does not share what those voices said to him. But when shown a segment of his "signing" at the stadium, he claimed to not recognize any of it.

As Kerry returns to Israel, winter storm Electra will begin her punch on the U.S.

Electra, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of King Agamemnon, but Homer, in his Iliad, called her Laodice.

Jesus, Himself, speaks to the church with that name in Revelation 3. It appears that that particular church treated Jesus as though He spoke gibberish because it is clear from His words to them, they were unmoved by the Gospel.  The Laodiceans were neither hot nor cold, meaning they were neither particularly stirred by the Gospel nor particularly against it -- they just didn't care.

In 2009, shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated, the word that won the National Spelling Bee was the word "Laodicea." The young girl who spelled the word correctly wrote it out on the palm of her hand prior to spelling it.

Joseph Herrin addressed this in his post, Spelling it Out for the Church in America

As Electra/Laodice cuts her swath across the Bible Belt of the U.S., it seems we are being reminded that God sees our indifference in this nation to those things He considers Holy and Righteous. He sees our indifference to His Word and, the promises He has made to the apple of His eye, Israel. And He sees our indifference to His Son. He sees that this nation does not want Jesus.

The shame of the church of Laodicea is her nakedness, yet that happens to be the very thing many Americans want the most. Many want to see Miley Cyrus naked on a wrecking ball, many want to see Kim Kardashian tweeting near-naked selfies, many young people video rapes on drunken and naked teenagers with their I-phones so they can let it go viral, many, even some in high places, want to see the little bodies of naked toddlers in child porn. And many certainly pay a lot of money to go to Mardi Gras and the LGBT pride parades to see naked men and women in the streets. No, America is not ashamed of her nakedness; indeed, she revels in it!

Another arctic blast will trigger THREE FEET of lake effect snow in New York

Winter Storm Electra Forecast: Snow, A Little Ice from Mississippi Valley to New England

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ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Study: Dead sea creatures covered 98% of seafloor last year about 150 miles off California coast; Unprecedented, had been below 1% prior to event — ‘Major’ changes began in spring 2011

ANIMAL DISAPPEARANCE: Several species of birds once common in Britain are vanishing

DOLLAR JITTERS: Market Analyst Is Looking at Something He Says Should Be Causing ‘Panic Aplenty’

EARTHQUAKES: Imagine America without Los Angeles

EARTHQUAKES: Scientists searching for major earthquakes missing from historical records; other scientists are studying the various tsunamis that have hit Indonesia thru the centuries

FUKUSHIMA: Another 20 Navy Sailors: USS Ronald Reagan crew with thyroid cancers, leukemia, brain tumors, bleeding, blindness after Fukushima disaster — Young kids developing problems

NEWS IN TWO MINS: Fukushima dangers, H7N9 in wet markets, dangerous chemical in everyday products

OBAMA: Christmas card from the White House (cartoon)

OBAMA'S IRS: Explosive Allegation From Bill Elliott – IRS HARASSMENT CAME FROM “THE TOP” SAYS *CONGRESSMAN*

OBAMA'S NSA: NSA chief says there's 'no other way' to protect Americans than to collect billions of phone and internet records

OBAMA'S POLITICAL PARTY: Why Democrats wage war on babies and Christians

OBAMACARE: Sebelius says all insurance plans are mandated to provide list of abortion services

OBAMACARE: James Dobson sues Sebelius over abortion mandate

OBAMACARE: Krauthammer says January is going to be a "train wreck" for Obama

OBAMACARE: Obamacare sign-ups are old, and withholding payments, say consultants; the young and healthy that the program NEEDS are not interested and are not signing up

OBAMACARE: Rep. Shimkus to Sebelius who was giving vague answers during her Congressional hearing -- "Talking to you is like talking to North Korea"

SPACE EVENT: Loud boom heard, lights seen across Arizona

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Brown dwarf article, spaceweather

SYRIA: Syrian refugees in Lebanon are in terrible plight under brutal winter conditions

YELLOWSTONE: It's the super-volcano that could blow up America

ZOMBIES: Man born with birth defect that left him missing 3 limbs terrifies unsuspecting shoppers by acting like a zombie; wants to be on TV series The Walking Dead

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WOE! FOR THE TERRIBLE SIGN OF THE BLOODY HAND

While Nelson Mandela should have been the center of his own memorial service yesterday, sadly, he was not.  It appears that it was President Obama who stole the show.

For instance, a lot of people took exception to President Obama snapping a “selfie” of himself with the PM of Denmark and the PM of Great Britain. It didn’t really seem the appropriate time to look like, as one news organization put it, “giggly teenagers.” Michelle didn’t like it either and looked quite unhappy while President Obama, on the other hand, looked quite happy that there are still people in this world who want to take a picture with him. For a man terribly saddened by the loss of his icon it appears that all the attention he was receiving helped him to recover from his loss rather quickly. He was all smiles!  At some point, Michelle appears to have broken up the love fest going on by placing herself between Obama and the blonde Danish. (Did she really just do that? Oh, yeah -- she did!)  Believe it or not, as we have pointed out on this blog here in recent weeks, Obama’s now infamous remark regarding his baby, Obamacare, was used to mock him yet once more.

“If you like your seat, you can’t keep it”

Obama caught snapping “selfie” at Mandela memorial

The other event that a lot of people took exception to was President Obama shaking the hand of Raul Castro, brother of dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba.

Daily Mail Online labeled their photo of the event with “Historic: The sight of Obama shaking hands with Cuban president Raul Castro was the most significant moment of the memorial.”

Obama rose to the occasion. But I can't help feeling this was a shambles - not the dignified tribute Mandela deserved

Sad, really. It really seems like the “most significant moment of the memorial” should have had something to do with Nelson Mandela.

Here is where a quite interesting juxtaposition of two events slamming hard together was seen on Capitol Hill.

Secretary of State John Kerry was addressing members of the House of Representatives in an attempt to ward off new sanctions against Iran.

In an interesting title to the article by Sara Carter of The Blaze, “John Kerry pleads with lawmakers not to put new sanctions on Iran,” Carter uses the word “pleads.”

To plead is usually associated with begging, or at least desperation, as opposed, for instance, to the word “asks.” This is something noted a few days ago when we noticed Kerry had dismissed Benjamin Netanyahu as “desperate” and “weak,” that Kerry might find himself in a “desperate” and/or “weak” position publicly. Now, only a few days later, Kerry is somewhat “desperate” before Congress, pleading for lawmakers to not place sanctions on Iran. His “desperate” and “weak” moments are probably not over.

During the hearing, Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has been involved in laws sanctioning Iran, told Kerry the Iranian deal concocted by Obama and Kerry is “the ‘death knell’ of any future sanctions on Iran and a very real danger to Israel.”

John Kerry Pleads With Lawmakers Not to Put New Sanctions on Iran

Daily Mail Online’s article title is more telling, and even seems a little bit mocking.

Kerry won't offer 'any guarantees whatsoever' on Iran but insists 'we know what we're doing'

In the meantime, a recent Pew Research Center poll shows that overall Americans disapprove of the Obama-Iran deal.

The Saudis more than just “disapprove,” they are serving notice that they will not tolerate a nuclear Iran.

It was during the Congressional hearing on Iran that Ros-Lehtinen “backed” John Kerry into a corner, not over the deal or sanctions concerning Iran, but why on earth President Barack Obama was shaking “the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Several members of Congress expressed dismay that President Obama would, not only before 70+ world leaders but also before the entire world, shake hands with Raul Castro.

Mr. Secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. Castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates,” the congresswoman lectured.

GOP Rep. Backs Kerry Into a Corner Over Obama Shaking the ‘Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro’

Let’s understand the confluence of these two matters as this blog often looks at events that happen on the same day as the U.S. involves herself in either the peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or with Iran’s nuclear program.

The confluence of these two events didn’t just happen on the same day, they happened in the same Congressional hearing AND out of the mouth of the same representative, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

While addressing Iran’s nuclear program, it is also noted that President Obama was photographed HAPPILY shaking the “bloody hand” of a “ruthless dictator,” and Secretary Kerry was asked to give an account of this.

The Bible has several verses that address blood on one’s hands, and they all have to do with murder, and that was the exact point Ros-Letinen was making -- Raul Castro has blood on his hands because of the decrees he has signed, and President Obama had no problem firmly gripping that hand and with the authority of the White House, warmly greet a man who has caused many to die.

Raul is a name that comes from Ralph, which means “wolf.” Castro is a name that comes from a word meaning “castle,” or “fortress,” and even “dungeon” or “prison.”

Once more, we have President Obama and a connection to “prison.” He has photographed himself twice (at least that we know of) in a prison. Once in July at Goree Island, and then at the news of Nelson Mandela’s death, President Obama tweeted himself in Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, as though he were the prisoner. Now, he is photographed warmly greeting a man who’s name can mean “prison.”

In 1962, Cuba allowed Russia to place missiles on their tiny island nation just miles south of Florida. The act caused a nuclear stare-down between JFK and the Russians that brought us to the brink of a nightmare, but JFK’s actions are credited with causing the Russians to back off.

Now, in 2013, President Obama shakes the very hand of the brother of the dictator who once put the U.S. in the crosshairs of a nuclear attack, the VERY situation that Israel feels that they are in.

This moment should have served as a reminder to President Obama that the United States has in her own past had to face a nuclear confrontation, therefore, it was a moment to recognize the place the Israelis have found themselves in now as they face a nuclear confrontation with Iran. And Iran is even more determined now than the Russians were in 1962.

This was an incredible moment for President Obama to remember what our nation once faced and rather than use that moment to soberly reflect, he laughed and embraced it as though he believed Nelson Mandela would be honored, or touched even, by the gesture.

It does not seem without reason then that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach notes, before the Mandela service by the way, that “the pivotal shortcoming of [Obama’s] leadership and foreign policy is a failure to be reviled by evil."

Indeed!

Obama’s refusal to hate evil

What a terrible sign this is. It should even be called a sign of woe!

For President Obama, while a Congressional hearing on Iran's nuclear program is taking place, is simultaneously accused, in the same hearing, of welcoming a “wolf” who not only has “blood on his hands,” but whose own brother once put the United States in the very position the Israelis find themselves in now with Iran, in a nuclear confrontation, and President Obama firmly took that “bloody” hand of murder and welcomed it warmly.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. --Proverbs 6:16-19

And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. --Isaiah 1:15

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. --Isaiah 59:1-3

12/11 - NEWS LINKS

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ANIMAL DIE-OFF: First starfish along West Coast, now Humboldt squid are beaching and killing themselves

ARKANSAS: Appears incident at Nuclear One was a transformer fire.

BUBONIC PLAGUE: Outbreak in Madagascar

BILLY GRAHAM: Son Franklin says father is "extremely weak," asks for prayers

DOLLAR JITTERS: 2nd Hindenberg Omen in 3 days

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Black on black crime (cartoon)

IRAN: Saudis to Obama: We will not tolerate a nuclear Iran.

LGBT: Colorado baker stands by his beliefs; will go to jail rather than bake cakes for same-sex marriage

LGBT: Rick Warren tells Piers Morgan that he opposes redefining marriage, "I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society."

NEWS IN TWO MINS: Yellowstone caldera, bubonic plague, H7N9

OBAMA'S IRS: IRS terminates audit of Bill Elliott

OBAMA'S MILITARY: Marine's body sent home without his heart; parents quite troubled

OBAMA'S MILITARY: Three quarters of deaths in Afghanistan have happened under Obama's watch

OBAMACARE: Can you even keep or afford your medicines under Obamacare?

OBAMACARE: Harvard study finds "striking" rejection of Obamacare among the young Americans

OBAMACARE: More people have signed up to live on Mars than have enrolled in Obamacare

OBAMACARE: Obama's Resume (cartoon)

RUSSIA: Putin beefing up military presence in Arctic region

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Cold, radiation spill, raising the moderate watch?

WINTER STORMS: This 90-car pileup is why drivers should take it slow when ice and snow are on the road.

WINTER STORMS: Creative way Nevada family managed to stay alive for 2 days after their jeep flipped upside down

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DOUBLE PLAGUES -- PART 8a, NILE TURNS TO BLOOD

THE DOUBLE PLAGUES UPON BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY, Part 8a

Part 7 of this series.

In part 7 of this series we learned that the opening salvo to the Ten Plagues that were about to descend upon an arrogant Pharaoh and what he thought would be his phalanx of magicians ready to wield their rods in the dark arts was Aaron’s rod making quick work of any such anticipation. Indeed, Aaron’s rod, who some like to dismiss as merely a hypnotized snake that unfroze from its catatonic state once it made contact with terra firma, met head on and utterly consumed the rods-turned-serpents of Jannes and Jambres and their comrades, for Exodus 7: 11 and 12 tells us Pharaoh called an unknown number of magicians and sorcerers and commanded them to do the same thing that Aaron just did. They complied, and quickly, numerous serpents writhed on the floor. Yet, any anticipated triumph on the part of Pharaoh’s dark lords turned into an unanticipated shellacking. As the magicians left the room sans rods and, more importantly, credibility, they left behind a defiant Pharaoh woefully lacking self-awareness, and worse, Jehovah awareness, as verse 13 tells us Pharaoh hardened his heart.

In the numerous commentaries on my shelves it is clear that the Plagues of Egypt is one topic that researchers clearly enjoy researching as much has been written about them. It is easy to perceive after a brief number of readings that researchers are in one of two camps concerning the nature of the plagues: that the plagues were either (A) supernatural events or (B) natural events that occurred at the right time and at the right place, but of more intensity than expected.

Like a stream that splits around a rock and then rejoins, so do these two camps for both come together again to agree that the plagues executed upon Pharaoh and his people were designed to break his stronghold of pride and his stiff neck of defiance toward the Holy God of Israel.

Part 8: THE TEN PLAGUES

Part A:THE FIRST PLAGUE - THE NILE TURNS TO BLOOD

Turning the rod into a serpent that ate the serpents of the magicians was a DEMONSTRATION, turning the Nile into blood was a judgment.(1)

The time of this now infamous confrontation between Pharaoh and Moses was approximately 1450 B.C. Egypt enjoyed a mild climate, and the soil was enriched each year after the regular overflow of the Nile, ensuring abundant harvests.

The Nile is home to numerous species of fish, some of which were part of the diet of those Egyptians, while other species were adored and worshiped as representations of certain gods.

Dummelow tells us, “The Nile was regarded as a god to whom worship and sacrifices were offered.”(2)

Perhaps this was the reason that Pharaoh would take an early morning walk to the Nile each day for Exodus 7:15 tells us that the Lord told Moses to go to the banks of the Nile and be there, ready to meet the arrogant ruler as he came to Egypt’s great river.

We see in verses 16, 17, and 18 that Moses informed Pharaoh that he had been asked to release the Hebrews, and since he had not, the God of Israel was ready to show Pharaoh the consequence: the Nile would turn to blood; it would be undrinkable for the Egyptians, and all life in it would die.

And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loath to drink of the water of the river. --Exodus 7:16-18

Verse 17 tells us the purpose of this particular judgment: “In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord.”

The waters of the Nile, in some manner not revealed in Scripture, became blood.

This judgment was to show Pharaoh, in no uncertain terms, what Jehovah, “the God of the slaves,” was capable of.

Pharaoh, as ruler over all Egypt by divine right, was also first and foremost ruler over the Nile. Or so he thought. At this very first judgment, Pharaoh, who was accustomed to speaking and the “thing” being done, could speak nothing to this situation. Pharaoh was used to being obeyed instantly and was fully capable with full authority of dispensing punishment to those insolent enough to disregard his spoken word. But here, in this situation, who could he speak to? What could he say? The waters of the Nile were, in a sense, an inanimate object. How could Pharaoh speak to something inanimate and have it obey? It was clear that he knew not how to do this, yet the mere “God of the slaves” through his spokesman Moses could and did.

The fish immediately bore the consequences of the Nile turning to blood. The fish, many of whom were regarded as sacred, began to belly up, and within the next seven days, their decomposing bodies stank to high Heaven.

Pharaoh, completely unable to answer this startling development, did the only thing he could do -- he called for his magicians.

As before, when his minions were called before Pharaoh to match Aaron’s “trick” by also turning their rods into serpents, they were now called to match this event -- create blood out of water.

Thus, this is where we can perceive that Pharaoh thought this a mere contest for he wanted his magicians to "match" Moses and Aaron; he wanted them to "match" and "best" the two Hebrew prophets.

Wasn't going to happen.

Surely the magicians must have wondered if the Pharaoh had gone mad! Transmutation of one object into another has been a long sought-after desire of many who pursue the dark rabbit holes of Satan scrounging for power, and transmutation, on the spot no less!, was EXACTLY what the Pharaoh was asking for -- Pharaoh wanted his magicians to transform water, an inanimate object, into blood, the very life-giving force of man and beast.

The Scriptures tell us in Exodus 7:22 that the magicians were able to produce, “with their enchantments,” some blood from water, but it was no where near the scale of what Moses had caused to appear, for 7:19 tells us that not only the waters of the Nile turned to blood but also water that was INDEPENDENT from the Nile, water that was in ponds, in pools and in vessels of both wood and stone in the Egyptians’ homes turned to blood as well.

Truthfully, it would have been more helpful, and telling, if Pharaoh’s magicians had REMOVED the blood from the water -- in effect, if they had UNDONE what Moses had done, if they had turned the bloody water back to drinkable water. This would have been a countercheck to the pronouncement of Jehovah. However, Pharaoh’s magicians neither matched the amount of blood secured by Moses nor removed any of the effects of the judgment.

If Pharaoh looked upon the Hebrews with contempt, which he did, he must have surely looked upon his magicians with some measure as well.

Arrogant rulers always despise those who make them look bad.

Judgment began for Pharaoh where he worshiped, when he went out to the waters of the Nile. And when he walked away, the consequences followed him and all the inhabitants of Egypt for the next seven days. Scriptures do not reveal if people died, but it is most likely that some did for it is difficult to go without water for seven days. The elderly, the infirm and the very young would have a very tough go of it. This event would be something that was talked about in many ways and at many different times as the week unfolded.  Many would know about the showdown, and that Pharaoh and his magicians had been unable to rebuff the Hebrew prophet.

Some commentators have noted that since the Nile often turns a murky red or rust at the annual inundation because of the extra sediment it bears, this plague was probably not unusual. However, during those times no mention is made of it being UNFIT to drink, nor that the surrounding canals and independent ponds also become contaminated, and certainly extra red silt cannot explain how water in the vessels in homes would be also so affected. If it had been unfit to drink, no one would have bothered to fill their vessels with it.

If the Nile had merely turned a darker red, this most likely would not have killed the fish. Instead, something must have happened to the water itself, such as it actually did turn physically to blood in taste, smell and texture, a contention with which both Ryrie and Henry agree. (3) We saw a similar example of this recently in Honolulu Harbor when several tons of molasses leaked into the water and killed fish and sea life almost immediately (4), so it is not implausible (or superstitious) to believe that God transformed the water into blood, which immediately began to kill the fish.

If the Nile had merely turned red from silt, Moses would have described the Nile as turning red, but he chose the word blood instead of the word for the color red. Having lived there until the age of 40, he would have known the difference, and I seriously doubt he would have chosen to mislead in his description of the consequence of this first judgment upon Pharaoh and Egypt.

Up front, as Pharaoh came to the banks of the Nile for his morning visit, he is told that because he did not listen to the words of Moses and Aaron, the Nile would turn to blood and that the fish would die and cause the river to stink so that the people would be “loathed” to drink of it. At that moment Pharaoh could have cried out, “Wait, I repent.” But he did not, so the consequences came.

Verse 22 tells us that Pharaoh “hardened his heart,” and verse 23 tells us that after he left the confrontation, he did not “set his heart to this,” meaning, he did not even bother to think upon the matter to understand it. Truly the heart of a stubborn man is one who will not even consider the consequences of his own actions to see if they should be changed or repaired. And as this incident with Pharaoh proves, it is always others who pay for the consequences of a stubborn leader who refuses to “set his heart” to consider a matter.

The first plague made things only worse for Pharaoh because he doubled down -- an indication of a heart being hardened.

Next - Double Plagues, Part 8b

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NOTES:

1. Commentary on the Whole Bible, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, (unknown date, copyright page is missing), pg 52

2. The One Volume Bible Commentary, Rev. J. R. Dummelow, M.A., 1958, pg 55

3. The Ryrie Study Bible, Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., 1978, pg 102
A Commentary on the Whole Bible, Vol. 1, Matthew Henry, undated copy, pg 299

4. Colorado flooding and Syria, Hawaii’s molasses spill