Friday, January 31, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVASTATION

Caroline Glick, who consistently keeps her finger on the pulse of the peace process as it beats along in Israel, notes the following in her opinion piece, Trying to Scare Israel:

In Washington, the Obama administration has added the threat of Israeli economic devastation to its list of plagues that will befall the Jewish state if we don’t give up our national heartland to the PLO.

In his remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “Israel’s economic juggernaut is a wonder to behold…. But a deteriorating security environment and the growing isolation that could come with it could put that prosperity at risk.”

In other words, “Nice economy you got there Israel. It’d be a real shame if anything happened to it.”

Americans should be unnerved by her words, but won't be. A few, mainly those in the choir, will listen and heed, but as David Wilkerson sounded warning time and time again, this nation WILL NOT heed the warnings that judgment, that economic collapse, is coming to this country, is coming to America.

Because the collapse has been a long time in coming, most have cast aside any concerns -- primarily because if God had meant it, He surely would have done it already.

These people don't know their Bibles.

God is long-suffering. He puts up with our stupidity and our insolence and our rebellion. He endures the insults and stubbornness and infidelity of the many to provide time for the few who are turning their hearts toward Him.

Long-suffering, but not infinite. There comes a day when all changes. It came for Sodom and Gomorrah. It came for Pharaoh of Egypt. It came for Ahab and Jezebel. It came for Belshazzar. It came for Judas Iscariot.

It will come for America because as we do unto Israel, it will be done unto us. That President Obama "has added the threat of Israeli economic devastation to its list of plagues that will befall the Jewish state" if they don't give up Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, then perhaps we should heed Matt Drudge's cryptic tweet of only a few days ago, "Have an exit plan."

Glick also states in her piece that Europeans seem to view Israel as "colonial" because they are stronger in several ways than the Palestinians. She explains quite well why she says what she says.

Along those same lines, Ed Lasky includes in his piece at American Thinker, Dinesh D'Souza was right about Obama, a surprising inclusion of a brief history of Israel as well as President Obama's views of Israel as being "colonial." He offers support of his claim.

And Daniel at Prayers for the People tweeted this morning that the "ME peace mediators to meet in Munich. Of all places to discuss Israel's "future." Read Zechariah 12."

Munich? Really?

What's next? A "family get-together" at Auschwitz?

I thought Democrats, of which Obama and Kerry are, prided themselves on being "sensitive" to others.

Unbelievable!

And as for those who noted that it was good of President Obama to call Israel a "Jewish" state in his State of the Union address, I agree, that's nice, but his administration still falls short when it refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and it refuses to move our embassy there, and it refuses to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to put "Israel" on their birth certificates. And, it would be really nice to see that Democrats not  "boo" Jerusalem at their next DNC -- yes, that really would be nice!

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A BIBLE PROMISE: Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; --Psalm 106:4

ABORTION: Speaking of wars:



ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Sea stars are still dying off in mass numbers and in horrific manner

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: A third banker commits suicide, ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Real Disposable Income Plummets Most In 40 Years, ZeroHedge

LOUISIANA SINKHOLE: Unexplained rumbles overnight

OBAMA'S ECONOMY: MyRA - More About Getting Votes Than Helping Middle Class, ZeroHedge

OBAMA'S ECONOMY: Obama Announced a New Program (MyRA) That Requires No Congressional Approval: Here’s What You Need to Know
“It’s a trap. It will make your savings highly visible to the government, very vulnerable to future special taxes and it drives investments in the direction of financing the government with your savings, rather than the productive private sector,” the Economic Policy Journal said after the president unveiled the plan. “That’s what myRA is all about.”

OBAMACARE: Uninsured turning against President's signature law

OBAMACARE: BRUTAL: Employees at Pennsylvania small business find out their health care costs SKYROCKET because of Obamacare

SPACE OBJECTS: Summary of Meteor Fireballs in 2013

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Blue lava, Big CME

Thursday, January 30, 2014

OBAMA'S AMERICA 'GODLESS'

It is terrible, indeed, when we have lived to see the day when Reagan's "evil empire" calls Obama's America godless.

Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S., John McTernan

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A BIBLE PROMISE: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.--I John 4:4

ABORTION: Endorsement of Wendy Davis Triggers National Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies

CHINA: Is The US-China Rivalry More Dangerous Than The Cold War? ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Nothing Lasts Forever; World Bank Ex-Chief Economist Calls For End To Dollar As Reserve Currency, ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Why are banking executives in London killing themselves?

FUKUSHIMA: “An international crisis of epic proportions”

FUKUSHIMA: Map shows Fukushima fallout in U.S. — Radiation dose in Northeast and Great Lakes equal to West Coast

H7N9: Third death from fatal virus reported in China

ISRAEL: Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.

ISRAEL: Bush's 2004 letter now a problem for Obama and Kerry; U.S. presidents honor the commitments made by prior presidents, but will these two?

ISRAEL: Obama Treats Ally Israel Worse Than Enemy Dictatorships

NORTH STAR POLARIS: Polaris is getting brighter

OBAMA: Obamaocracy (cartoon)

OBAMA'S 2016: Dershowitz, Law Enforcement Experts Slam D'Souza Targeting

OBAMA'S 2016: Powerful trailer for new film ‘America,’ Dinesh D’Souza’s follow up to ‘Obama’s America’; D'Souza still plans to release film despite arrest by Obama administration

OBAMA'S ATTACK ON RELIGION: President Obama vs. Hobby Lobby

OBAMA'S ECONOMY: IRA Confiscation: It's Happening, ZeroHedge

OKLAHOMA: Residents reporting unexplained "booms"
(GG note: Have mentioned this before, that we've heard several unexplained booms out where we live that sounds like a house or propane tank has exploded or like rumbling of thunder.)

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Fireball, Mega-Spot

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

C-O-L-D!!

Posted at Koenig's:





Let's flash back to August 26, 2013, and a page out of the Farmer's Almanac.

LEWISTON, Maine|The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," "bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

"We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

Modern scientists don't put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.

"Farmers' Almanac" predicts a "bitterly cold" winter

Looks like they called it. Perhaps we would do well to note their prediction for Feb. 1-3, especially since our local newscasters here in Oklahoma City are warning that we have a, so far, 70% chance of a storm here:

Readers who put stock in the almanac's forecasts may do well to stock up on long johns, especially if they're lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac says.

John McTernan posted his thoughts on the bitter cold and President Obama's statement of support on Roe v. Wade

Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo of WeatherBell Analytics and editor of http://www.icecap.us is noting  that, as the President addresses the nation on Tuesday, every State will have freezing temperatures and parts or all of 27 States will be below zero.

Great Britain is also being slammed by harsh winter storms. Once again, they are reporting GIANT HAILSTONES falling, this time in London.

Freak electrical storm batters half the country as incredible pictures emerge of ferocious lightning forks and giant hailstones

I've written about giant hailstones falling in the last post in my DOUBLE PLAGUES series.

This Feb. 1-3 is the same time frame that Secretary John Kerry is supposed to reveal the new "framework" for peace for the Israelis and Palestinians, which, according to JPost, includes a series of Israeli withdrawals, including the Jordan Valley.

Senior PLO official: Kerry plan includes series of Israeli withdrawals

By coincidence, a report came out this week on America's own rift valley, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, that au contraire, the NMSZ is NOT dead and may actually still be capable of producing major earthquakes.

Study finds dangerous New Madrid fault "alive and active"

How many will die in the New Madrid earthquake?



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NEWS LINKS:

A BIBLE PROMISE: And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. --John 1:16

ABORTION: Consumers who purchase insurance thru the Obamacare exchanges are learning that a surcharge is added to every premium to help fund abortion

ABORTION: Obama administration is threatening a veto of legislation that would permanently ban federal funds for abortion; says "the measure would intrude on women's reproductive rights and prohibit the ability of individuals to spend their own money on insurance coverage for abortion under President Barack Obama's health care law."

BENGHAZI: Oklahoma representative will have father of Benghazi murder victim as his SOTU guest

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: ‘Economic Meltdown’? Analyst Says You Need to Watch for These 20 ‘Early Warnings’

FUKUSHIMA: Newspaper ignores scientific models that show Fukushima radiation impacting West Coast



FUKUSHIMA: After seeing that map with massive amount of nuclear waste headed to West Coast… There’s going to be impacts — Reporter: And radioactive water still hasn’t stopped flowing from Fukushima into Pacific

H7N9: China halts poultry trading after spike in H7N9 cases, mass culling ordered in Hong Kong

IRAQ: Obama sells 24 Apache helicopters to Iraq, nd just like that, slowly but surely, the entire US foreign strategy vis-a-vis Iraq and its weapons of mass diversion destruction, is becoming all too clear. ZeroHedge

LGBT: Homosexuality is not normal. . . .No one is born gay.

OBAMA BLAMES BUSH: Check out the "so-true!" cartoon

OBAMA'S 2016: Did Mockery of Obama Get Dinesh D'Souza Arrested?

OBAMA'S 2016: Filmmaker's arrest revives accusations of Obama administration targeting conservatives

OBAMA'S 2016: Schindler's List producer says he now fears Obama government

OBAMA'S ECONOMY: Working-age Americans are the new face of food stamps
(GG note: Anyone who saw Dinesh D'Souza's OBAMA 2016 will remember that he predicted that this would happen -- that Obama would seek to destroy the wealth of middle income Americans to the point that they were dependent upon the government for food.)

OBAMA'S IRS: Congressional inquiry into IRS targeting of Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell

OBAMA'S MILITARY: New sexual misconduct cases revealed

OBAMA'S NSA: Are the Angry Birds spying on you?

OBAMACARE: Only 1/3 have regained insurance lost thru Obamacare

OBAMACARE: Dem warns of death spiral

OBAMACARE: ACA forces purge of doctors from Medicare Advantage

OBAMACARE: New political ad targets Obamacare as President Obama's "Groundhog Day"

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: GPM, nova dust, MAJOR sunspots

WARNING TO MOMS OF NEWBORNS: Babies left fighting for their lives after getting botulism 'from eating honey'

Monday, January 27, 2014

THE DESTROYER, YET AGAIN

In last year's Super Bowl, we had a Mercedes Benz commercial giving us an anticipation of the arrival of the Devil.

"Something powerful is coming -- Sympathy for the Devil."

In addition, in another ad for Mercedes Benz at last year's Super Bowl was one with Willem Defoe. Defoe was shown as the Devil incarnate who tempts a man to buy a Mercedes Benz by exchanging his soul. Defoe was the main character in the movie, "The Antichrist," though it must be made clear that the movie was not about the biblical Antichrist but about sexual sadism.

Antichrist at Super Bowl 47

In last year's Super Bowl, during the Half-Time show Beyonce used optical illusions to show herself as having multiple arms.



She became a representation of the Avalokitesvara Buddha, or the Buddha of the 1000 Arms, also known as the Buddha of Compassion.



Though this particular buddha IS OFTEN SEEN IN CHINA he has also been mentioned in early Hindu sanskrit fragments. In later sanskrit an ending has been added to his name that indicates that the Hindus identified him with Shiva. (The entry at wikipedia on Avalokitesvara adds even more information.) Shiva is also known as the Destroyer god in Hinduism because it is believed that he must destroy worlds in order to rebuild them. Shiva is often portrayed as doing the "dance of destruction." A figure of him doing this dance is outside the CERN facility.



I, PET GOAT 2, has a sequence in which Kali, the female version of Shiva, dances the dance of destruction and the dance ends with a sudden intense bright white light, which could be the tremendously bright light that indicates the detonation of a nuclear device. In I, PET GOAT 2, Kali begins her dance as what appears to be Quetzalcoatl and then transforms into several other gods of mythology before the flash of bright light.






Newsweek has curiously portrayed President Obama as Shiva.



Now we see that a Bud Light commercial for the upcoming Super Bowl is already running. The commercial opens up with a man zipping up his jacket, and it is clear that we are being directed to look at this man's face and his hair.

It is Arnold Schwarzenegger.



Bud Light Arnold Schwarzenegger

Why? Why emphasize Arnold's face and hair?

Is it perhaps because this is the way he appeared in 1984 in Conan the DESTROYER?



And why is he warming up to play Ping pong? Ping pong isn't really something you associate with the Super Bowl.



However, while Ping pong is another name for Table Tennis, it is also, interestingly, a term to refer to the relationship between the U.S. and CHINA.

Ping-pong diplomacy

Interesting then that we should read this story about China on January 23. . .

Report January 23:  China conducts long-range nuclear missile drill: military . . . SAME DAY that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met "with senior Chinese officials amid mounting tension between Beijing and Washington over China’s increasingly public displays of military might in the region."

FLASHBACK, JAN 12, 2013: Is China preparing for war or catastrophe? Mysteriously stockpiles rice and other commodities

FLASHBACK, MAY 30, 2013: Why a U.S. war with China would go very badly for the United States

FLASHBACK, JUNE 23, 2013: The Coming China-U.S. Conflict, in One Paragraph

and then three days later, on January 26, we should have this happen with Pope Francis. . .

Pope’s Dove of Peace Attacked by Seagull Again

when THE VERY SAME THING happened last year with Pope Benedict on THE VERY SAME DAY of the year, January 26.

Pope's dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony

In I, PET GOAT 2, we see the false messiah (the Antichrist) hold a dove of peace, which then goes up in flames.



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NEWS LINKS:

A BIBLE PROMISE: For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. --Isaiah 41:13

ABORTION: Extreme Cuomo Governs Abortion Capital of America

ABORTION: Number of Babies Aborted in NYC Exceeds Capacity of Super Bowl Stadium

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Sick seals with strange physical anomalies found in Alaska

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Are We On The Verge Of A Massive Emerging Markets Currency Collapse?

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Bank-Run Fears Continue; HSBC Restricts Large Cash Withdrawals, ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: The $23 trillion credit bubble in China is starting to collapse – global financial crisis next?

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: The Recent "New High" In Stocks Is As Bogus As The Unemployment Rate, ZeroHedge

FUKUSHIMA: Highly radioactive groundwater now flowing under Unit 1 — Levels skyrocket since last test, now 1,000s of times higher — 8 locations hit record in recent days at Fukushima

H1N1: Flu deaths double to 95 in California, 75 of the deaths were from H1N1

H7N9: 11 new cases reported in China

HONEYBEE DIE-OFF: Pathogenic plant virus makes jump to honeybees

IRAN: Iranian official confirms that Iran is seeking nuclear weapon

IRAN: Netanyahu says there's no chance of final deal with Iran

OBAMA'S 2016: 9 Violent Criminals Who Paid Less for Bail Than ’2016′ Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza

OBAMA'S DRONE STRIKES: A week after Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he was credited for a missile strike which slammed into a hamlet hitting one of the poorest tribes in Yemen. Shrapnel and fire left at least 41 civilians dead, including at least 21 children and 12 women – five of them were pregnant.

OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY: Afghan's Karzai tells Obama to negotiate peace with the Taliban or leave country

OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY: White House Policy Mistakes Explained (In One Cartoon)
(GG note: Remember, one of the curses of a country under judgment and described in Deuteronomy 28 is that that country's foreign policy will be in confusion and mocked.)

OBAMA'S IRS: New York Senator Chuck Schumer calls on Obama's IRS and other government agencies to be heavy-handed on Tea Party organizations and shut them down.

OBAMACARE: What's at stake in Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby (1 min YouTube)

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Storm watch, M-class solar flare

Friday, January 24, 2014

REPORT: ABBAS DUMPS KERRY

What do we have here????

Perhaps we better keep our eyes on this and see how it plays out.

Debka is reporting that while Secretary Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu were in Switzerland, yesterday at the World Economic Forum, the Palestinians WALKED AWAY FROM THE PEACE PROCESS. And not only did they walk away from Obama's plan -- they rejected him for the Russians. Yep! Abbas wants PUTIN to lead the effort.

Oh, boy!

Read the Debka article fast -- they don't leave them up long.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) launched his “diplomatic intifada” against Israel and exit from the Kerry peace initiative Thursday, Jan. 23, from Moscow. His meetings with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev marked his breakaway from the US-led peace process with Israel, four months before it was due to expire, and signaled his bid for Russian backing for a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian leader’s defection caught both Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin unprepared – and surprised their intelligence agencies. Putin and Abbas almost certainly planned in advance to drop their bombshell on the day both Kerry and Netanyahu were otherwise engaged at two international events in Switzerland, Geneva 2 on Syria and the World Economic Forum.

Palestinian leader turns to Putin for Palestinian state, dumps US and Israel as peace partners

As Abbas is meeting with Putin, unawares to Kerry, Kerry was "pushing back on suggestions that the Obama administration's Middle East policy is in disarray," according to this article from Newsmax.

Kerry, Netanyahu Meet Over Peace Deal

Part of the reason for Abbas abandoning Obama is because of how much more successful Putin has been in negotiating other difficult hot spots in the Middle East, such as Syria and Iran.

Iran is already publicly saying that they haven't negotiated with Obama ANY dismantling of their centrifuges -- the centrifuges will not be dismantled under any circumstances. Hmmm . . . . that's not what we are being told here in the U.S. And the only thing Obama spokesman Jay Carney will say is that Iran's rhetoric is just "public consumption."

If I like my Iranian centrifuges I can - and will - keep my Iranian centrifuges. Period.

Congress Must Pass Sanctions Against Iran After Obama's Surrender

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A BIBLE PROMISE: Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. --Psalm 119:2

ABORTION: Left gets hoisted with their own meme:



CHINA: China Considers "Teaching Investors A Lesson" In Moral Hazard With Trust Default

CHINA: Tensions with Japan still high, offers to "review world history" with Japan

FUKUSHIMA: Nuclear Engineer: Footage shows “it’s broken… there’s really no containment” at Fukushima Reactor 3 — I expect many different kinds of leaks will be found — Radioactive contaminants “basically floating freely”

H7N9: More flu cases being reported in China

LGBT: Thanks to a botched 1995 study, there are not as many gay people as previously thought

LIBERAL LOGIC 101: Poverty Pimps

NEW YORK: DeBlasio Backs Cuomo 100 percent -- wants pro-lifers out of New York

OBAMA: Claims he's not the "caricature" you see on FOX News

OBAMA'S JUSTICE DEPT: Arrests conservative filmmaker critical of Obama; claims election fraud

OBAMACARE: Administration fears part of health care system so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies

OBAMACARE: FOX poll shows support for Obamacare hits new record low

OBAMACARE: Moody's downgrades U.S. health insurers; cites Obamacare regulations

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Climate, Mars, spaceweather

WINTER: Relentless freeze sweeping Midwest and Northeast will cause more snow next week - with one storm scheduled to hit right before the Super Bowl

Thursday, January 23, 2014

JANUS and ANOTHER SNOWY OWL

Daniel at Prayers for the People has written a new post.

Two-Faced Push for Peace

A large snowy owl surprised a number of pedestrians in downtown Washington, D.C.

I've written about snowy owls in the past.

In the meantime, Democrats claim that pro-life views are "revolting."

Brit Hume speaks about abortion. "The moral case for allowing such beings to be killed grows ever weaker and its advocates resort to ever more absurd euphemisms to describe what they support."

Charles Krauthammer speaks about abortion."Roe is an abomination," and "it ought to be repealed."

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NEWS LINKS:

A BIBLE PROMISE: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: --I Peter 5:6

BENGHAZI: Claim:  Obama aide threatened FOX reporter's career in effort to stop her reports on Benghazi

DROUGHT: California experiencing its worst drought in more than a CENTURY… with no signs of it ending thanks to high pressure 'ridge' offshore that is baffling scientists

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: 1.4 Million Jobless Officially Get The Emergency Claims Axe, ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Dead Mall Syndrome, ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Fact Check: No, ‘Actual’ Unemployment Isn’t 37.2 Percent

FUKUSHIMA: Nuclear Expert: This is just 1st radioactive wave hitting U.S. and Canada; Fukushima pouring into ocean, unstoppable for years and years — Marine Expert: No sign it will stop anytime soon; Plant unstable, potentially worse than Chernobyl

GENESIS 6: These ancient elongated skulls are not human (H/T Steve Coerper's Homework Page)

IRAN: Another sign Obama is going to blame Jews for his Iran policy failures

LGBT: Virginia will no longer seek to ban same-sex marriage

LIBERAL LOGIC 101: Socialism

OBAMA'S MILITARY: U.S. Military to allow turbans

OBAMA'S NSA: Review board declares NSA data sweep illegal

OBAMACARE: Another retailer, Target, crumples before Obamacare

PANIC: "Within an hour, the shelves were emptied."

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Supernova in nearby galaxy, more starwater news

TERRORIST THREAT: Three Palestinians arrested in Israel in plot targeting U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv

WINTER STORM JANUS: NH thieves raiding woodpiles for firewood as latest polar vortex slams northeast

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1/21 - NEWS LINKS

New York Gov. Cuomo says he didn't say conservatives should leave his state; he says he was only pointing out that they are in the minority and should get more in the mainstream.

This is just TOO precious, isn't it?

Again, I state what I stated yesterday: Can you imagine if a conservative governor said to the homosexuals in his or her state, "You are in the minority and should get more in the mainstream." The uproar would be fast and furious.

Many of the laws passed since the early 50s have been to protect the rights of minorities, right? EXCEPT for Christian rights, and in the state of New York, the governor has no intention of recognizing nor respecting this "minority" group. He wants New York to be the late-term abortion and homosexual capital of the world.

We shall see.

New York Gov. Claims His Incendiary Remarks About Conservatives Were ‘Distorted’

Glenn Beck to New York Gov. Cuomo: Are our tax dollars not welcome here?

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NEWS LINKS:

A BIBLE PROMISE: Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. --Psalm 37:4

ABORTION: From Liberal Logic 101:



DISEASES: Horrific Valley Fever spreading in U.S. southwest

DROUGHT: Drought in Tulsa affecting farmers statewide

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: The Retail Death Rattle, ZeroHedge

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: U.S. retailers in grim death spiral

HUMOR: Cat gets scared by lizard and loses its mind (H/T Songbird)

OBAMA'S LAWLESSNESS: Liberal icon urges impeachment of Obama

OBAMA'S RACE CARD: In Case of Presidency in Flames
(GG note: In light of President Obama's remarks over the weekend that some Americans don't like him because he's black, I thought a "flashback" to this May 2013 cartoon might be appropriate.)

OBAMACARE: Obamacare's Critical Success Factor Summarized (In One Cartoon), ZeroHedge

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Brown dwarf orbiting nearby star, earthquake watch, spaceweather

Monday, January 20, 2014

KERRY -- "ELASTIC AND FUZZY"

Secretary John Kerry returns to the Israeli "region" today to continue his push on the peace process. The Palestinians are calling Kerry's ideas in the framework "elastic and fuzzy." No word yet if Kerry will make them publicly apologize to him.

Kerry expected to unveil framework at end of month for continuation of peace talks

There are reports that Iran could have a nuclear bomb within 2-3 weeks. No word yet if Obama will publicly apologize to the Israelis.

2-3 weeks from having nuclear bomb

Governor Cuomo of New York state publicly stated over the weekend that anybody who is pro-life or pro-traditional marriage can just get out of his state because such people are not wanted there. Can you imagine if a conservative governor had publicly said that anyone who is for abortion or sodomy can just get out? You could use a stopwatch to clock how fast the lawsuits would be filed.

Cuomo: Pro-Lifers 'Have No Place' in New York

Last year, Cuomo pushed for sweeping extensions to New York state's current abortion laws.

Chris Slattery, director of the Expectant Mother Care (EMC) pregnancy centers in New York City, said the new law will make New York City the late-term abortion capital of the world.

“It’s going to open up the third-trimester market,” Slattery said. “It’s going to be huge, and people all over the world, not just out of state, are going to be coming to New York to have and perform these abortions.”

Andrew Cuomo’s Brave New 'Roe'

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NEWS LINKS:

A BIBLE PROMISE: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. --Galatians 5:14

AMBIEN: America's Number One Prescription Sleep Aid Could Trigger 'Zombies,' Murder and Other Disturbing Behavior

BENGHAZI: FOX News relates that the Obama White House tried 'very hard' to get them to not report on the brutal deaths of the four Americans in Benghazi

DISASTERS: EARTH'S Record 41 Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters of 2013

DROUGHT: Calif governor declares drought emergency

DROUGHT: God's Final Warning to California, John McTernan

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: American jobs in one cartoon, ZeroHedge

FUKUSHIMA: Former Official in Fukushima: “This is a disaster of all humanity… the entire world” — “It’s on an international level, huge consequences” — “Now bigger than anything we can cope with”

FUKUSHIMA: Navy Sailor: Crew members lost control of their bowels after Fukushima radiation exposure, as skin rashes developed; “It was a real big problem” — Congress signs bill making military conduct health survey

FUKUSHIMA: “Many young people in Fukushima who are in high school have died suddenly”; Officials “ignore all the problems” —

H5N1: South Korea slaughters poultry amid H5N1 fears

LGBT: ABC is grateful that Christians protest its drama, THE FOSTERS about a biracial lesbian family and produced by Jennifer Lopez.

MYSTERY ILLNESS: 50% Mortality Rate with Mystery Disease in Texas

OBAMA'S 'DOOMSDAY' PLANE: Protects against asteroids and nuclear attack

OBAMA'S MILITARY: Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

OBAMA'S NSA: Aides claim yet once again that the smartest president EVER "didn't know" about the NSA's mega-data grab

OBAMA'S NSA: Obama criticizes Snowden's 'sensational' exposure of the NSA's spying

OBAMA'S WAR ON CHRISTIANS: Obama May Have the Most Anti-Christian, Anti-Israel Administration in History

OBAMACARE: "Entire Healthcare Reform Program" Jeopardized Unless Accenture Fixes Healthcare.gov By Mid-March

OBAMACARE: Yet ANOTHER delay

OBAMACARE: WSJ notes that sign-ups for the President's signature legislation has been a fiasco

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Magnetic portal connections, spaceweather

Friday, January 17, 2014

MOROCCO, IRAN AND JERUSALEM

End Times Forecaster just pointed out some interesting connections between the President and Morocco in his January 15 post (Look What I found in the Desert on Google Earth) when this article appeared at Debka today. The King of Morocco is inserting himself into the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians and pulling the Iranians right in beside him. . . . Interesting.

From Debka:

A development more directly affecting Israel’s interests is the King of Morocco’s offer to Iran of full membership in the Al Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC), with the approval of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Friday and Saturday (Jan. 17-18), in Marrakesh, the king chaired the Al Quds Committee’s 20th session, its first in ten years, announcing an effort to contribute to John Kerry’s efforts to revive the Middle East peace process. The gathering is attended by the foreign ministers of the committee member states, UN Security Council member states, the UN, EU and the Arab League, as well as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

debkafile reports that Kerry has been keeping King Mohammad VI in Rabat au fait of the state of play in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, hoping to win the organization’s cooperation on the tough Jerusalem issue. Any US-backed Israeli-Palestinian accords involving Jerusalem, if achieved, would be referred to the Al Quds Committee.

Therefore, by inviting Iran to join, Kerry and the Moroccan king have inserted Tehran into one of the most sensitive decision-making hubs affecting the Middle East peace process.

These pivotal developments flow directly from the events disclosed by debkafile Thursday, Jan. 16:

Putin to visit Tehran. King of Morocco invites Iran to “Jerusalem Committee” – with Kerry’s approval

Read the article fast -- Debka doesn't leave their articles up for long.

Speaking of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, H/T to long-time reader of this blog Romeo Echo for this link.

This is why peace with the Arab Palestinians will never be possible

And what do we make of this? In less than two weeks, THREE different military leaders have made comments or statements about President Obama that have not only been less than complimentary, they have been brutal. The first comments came from President Obama's own former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in excerpts from his book that has just come out. The second set of comments came from Israel's current Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Now this set of comments from Sir Hew Strachan, top UK defense advisor.

Obama is 'chronically incapable' of military strategy and 'clueless about what he wants to do in the world' according to top UK defense adviser

With Gates, President Obama simply made remarks saying that Gates had served him well and that his comments were proof that Obama wanted to hear all sides thus why Gates was on his Lincoln knock-off of "Team of Rivals." With the Ya'alon, President Obama DEMANDED a PUBLIC apology. So far no comment on Strachan's comments.

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A BIBLE PROMISE: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. --Ephesians 5:27

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Thousands of fish found dead in Nevada marina

BEES: 5,000 honey bees are fitted with sensor 'backpacks' to help scientists understand why colonies are dying out

BENGHAZI: Devastating Benghazi Timeline Reveals Obama MIA

FLU VACCINE: Top doctor says the flu vaccine is practically worthless

FUKUSHIMA: Gundersen: New development at Fukushima, “Essentially entire plant has a gamma ray haze over it… a haze of radioactive particles” — Tepco: It’s impossible to stop, using more shielding won’t help

FUKUSHIMA: Japan TV: It gets worse every minute at Fukushima plant, groundwater mixing with melted fuel — Gundersen: There’s no end in sight because the nuclear core is in contact with groundwater

FUKUSHIMA: Radio: US Navy sailors had radioactive snow ball fights off Fukushima — Crew “pretty well toast” after weeks on Pacific… significant cancers, incessant bleeding from anus or vagina, blindness — Debris from USS Reagan sent to Hanford nuclear waste site

LOUISIANA SINKHOLE: La. sinkhole danger: Officials to reveal methane gas concerns

OBAMACARE: Krauthammer: Healthcare.gov security 'a disaster waiting to happen'

OBAMACARE: ‘Stunning Ineptitude’: Pro-Democratic Super PAC Releases Ad Dinging the ‘Disastrous’ Rollout of Obamacare

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Windmap upgrades, spaceweather, California wildfire

Thursday, January 16, 2014

1/16 - NEWS LINKS

From Daniel at Prayers for the People -- The House of Nets: Blindness

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A BIBLE PROMISE: Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. --Proverbs 3:3-4

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Hundreds of flying foxes found dead in Australia

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Young pelicans found starving in mass numbers in Florida

FUKUSHIMA: Senior Scientist: Fukushima radiation already on West Coast of N. America — We don’t know how much is coming or how fast it’s moving, situation ‘evolving’ — Levels will continue to rise for years — Unprecedented event for Pacific, largest ever radioactive release into ocean

FUKUSHIMA: Fukushima plume hitting West Coast and Alaska ‘any day now’ — No gov’t agency is monitoring ocean, “public has right to know” — We have to watch seafood and food web over the future

H5N1: Human Fatality Rate 60%: “Grave Concerns that H5N1 Will Become Easily Transmissible Between Humans”

HUMOR: Cat hides from dog (Can keep sound off if you like).
(GG note: I feel like this some days when I am writing for this blog. I hit "Publish" then look cautiously at my email "Inbox."

IRAN: Obama urges Jewish leaders not to back Iran sanctions

IRAN: Feinstein: 'We Cannot Let Israel Determine When and Where the United States Goes to War'

OBAMA: Allen West: Obama 'abjectly despises' whites; 'How long will it be before you people realize'

OBAMA'S BIRTH STATE: Surge in shark attacks causes alarm in Hawaii

OBAMA'S SENATE: Harry Reid is Killing the Senate

OBAMACARE: Shock as estate heirs now find they are liable for Obamacare payments upon the death of their loved ones

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Exos, volcano, SOTC, spaceweather

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

KERRY AND HIS OWN TORAH CODE

What a D.C. uproar! White House wants Netanyahu to publicly apologize for remarks made by Moshe Ya'alon that Secretary John Kerry is on a "Messianic mission." Jay Carney declared in yesterday's press briefing that such remarks are not those expected by a "close ally," yet in the same press conference, and almost in the same breath, dismissed remarks by Iran that the U.S. was afraid of them militarily (and that's why Obama is so desperate to negotiate with them) as nothing more than fodder for the hardliners in the base, and that it's not his (Carney's) job to comment or explain what the Iranians say to their own people.

You know, some days it is simply exhausting to try to keep up with all the hypocrisy, double standards, mischaracterizations and flat-out lies from this administration. For one thing, I own snow boots not hip waders so it's difficult to navigate thru all their muck!

If it weren't so serious it would be amusing to watch such ludicrous behavior from Obama, Kerry and Carney. There seems to be NO self-awareness of their own hypocrisy.

This administration has Lindsey Graham asking, "What Do I Tell South Carolina About Iran?"

I don't know, Mr. Graham, but when you figure it out let the rest of us know, too.

In the meantime, Israel must be wondering the same thing because Debka is reporting that Obama is withholding from Israel details of nuclear accord with Iran, implying it's for their own good, of course. Tehran boasts its nuclear program isn't going anywhere.

World Net Daily explains how this will all end in disaster. . .

Obama's Full-Steam Scheme to Israel Disaster

and Arutz Sheva adds even more explanation.

Obama nuke deal will let Iran get the bomb sooner

Ya'alon apologized saying he didn't intend to offend Kerry, but, according to Debka, Ya'alon doesn't recant the substance of his remarks.

So, is Kerry being messianic? Check out this Torah code from Barry S. Roffman.

Truer words were never spoken. 1/14/2014

Remember, Daniel is now on Twitter (link is in sidebar), and he also put up a new post this morning, The Ticket.

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A BIBLE PROMISE: I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. --Psalm 119:58

ABORTION: Posted at Liberal Logic 101:



ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Entire sardine population along West Coast has collapsed; fishermen are returning empty

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: In Norway, the sea froze so fast that it killed thousands of fish instantly

H5N1: Canadian patient was brain dead by the time she was diagnosed

LGBT: Federal judge declares Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional

OBAMA'S IRS: "There's only a left wing" (cartoon)

OBAMA'S NSA: Congress demands to know if NSA is spying on them; here's the answer Congress got

OBAMA'S THREATS: Declares he has no need for Congress, he's got a pen and he knows how to use it!

OBAMA'S SCANDALS: The Ever "Watchful" Eye of the Liberal Media (cartoon)

OBAMACARE: George Will: 'ObamaCare Has Always Counted on the Mass Irrationality of Young People'

OBAMACARE: Inspirational, disabled family loses health coverage due to Obamacare

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Mars, Comet ISON and the recent fireballs reported, lack of snow in the West upping the danger of wildfires

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1/14 - NEWS LINKS

Daniel at Prayers for the People is now on Twitter. Link is in the sidebar.

If you have time today, put these two articles on your radar. Then ask yourself why is this so important to him?

The Obama administration is going to war with its own party to save its peace talks with Iran.

From Debka: US and Iran “insulate” nuclear negotiations from “tensions” over Iran’s regional policy

DOUBLE PLAGUES, Part 8d, HAIL AND LIGHTNING below this post.

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A BIBLE PROMISE: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. --Jeremiah 33:3

ABORTION: 56,662,169 Abortions in America Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973

From Liberal Logic 101:



BENGHAZI: Fox News Exclusive: Transcripts Show Obama Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack – Not A Spontaneous Demonstration – Right From the Beginning

BENGHAZI: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest

CHINA: China set to seize south China Sea Island by force

CHINA: What would a U.S.-China war look like? John McTernan

FUKUSHIMA: Navy officer now confined to wheelchair after Fukushima radiation exposure — Doctors can’t explain “puzzling” ailments, leg muscles just gave up — Wife was in shock: “We don’t know how much time we have left together”

H1N1: Family angry after Calif. man, 23, dies of swine flu

HURRICANES: Early start to season?

OBAMA: Obama's Apochryphal Kenya Trip

OBAMA'S ECONOMY: The Number Of Working Age Americans Without A Job Has Risen By Almost 10 Million Under Obama

OBAMA'S ECONOMY: What spending problem? (cartoon)

OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY: Meet al-Qaeda's new poster boy for the Middle East (Released from U.S. custody 4 years ago.)

OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY: Al-Qaeda captures multiple Syrian cities

OBAMA'S IRS: A sequel to IRS scandal? Proposed rules would clamp down on grassroots activism

OBAMA'S IRS: Obama decides not to pursue criminal charges in IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups

OBAMA'S MILITARY: Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight was only time Obama showed ‘passion’ for military issues

OBAMA'S MILITARY: No wonder the media are pushing the Chris Christie bridge story so hard; the revelations about President Obama's conduct in office in Robert Gates's new book are frightening. America's national security is in the hands of a flat-out self-obsessed narcissist.

OBAMA'S SCANDALS:



OBAMACARE: Get that bailout ready because here come the insurance companies

OBAMACARE: USA Today Blasts ObamaCare's War Against Little Sisters of the Poor

OBAMACARE: Premiums for the sick and elderly set to skyrocket as young people pass on new policies

OBAMACARE: More embarrassment for Obamacare as new website for Hispanics is written in 'Spanglish'

SECURITY BREACH: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Storm and space weather report

Monday, January 13, 2014

DOUBLE PLAGUES - PART 8d, HAIL AND LIGHTNING

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

Part 8c of this series.

THE SEVENTH PLAGUE - THE PLAGUE OF HAIL AND LIGHTNING

By the time of the plague of boils, commentators believe it had been six months since the week that the Nile turned to blood during the first plague in August; thus, an average of a plague a month.

In Egypt, practically no rain falls. Winds are hot and dry. The land, thus the Egyptians, are mostly dependent on the Nile for moisture, especially irrigation of their crops. So severe weather can be an unusual occurrence. Hail, while not uncommon, isn’t really common either. As an added example, in early December, Cairo experienced snow fall, the first in 112 years.

In the previous post, Moses had taken ashes from a brick-kiln and tossed them into the air and as each particulate landed on a person, that person was stricken with boils. Historians tell us that the sores were incurable and became referred to as “the botch of Egypt,” an illness in its own category.

Historians may record the “botch,” but it is Scriptures that record that Pharaoh was unmoved by the suffering of his people. Pharaoh had reached the point of such defiance against the Holy God of Israel, that he had been handed over to a reprobate mind.

The account recorded in Exodus 9 starkly informs that when God hardens a heart (gives over to a reprobate mind) there is such a thing as going “from bad to worse.”

And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.

For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.

And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? --Exodus 9: 13-17

The Lord sends Moses “early in the morning” to Pharaoh to demand he release God’s people. Moses tells Pharaoh that there are more plagues to come “upon thine heart,” “upon thy servants,” and “upon thy people,” and then reminds Pharaoh that one of the purposes of these plagues is that “thou mayest know” that there is none like Jehovah in all the earth.

This should have been a show-stopper right here for Pharaoh. More to come? What could be left? ALL their fish had died (which would take months if not a couple of years to re-stock), they had been covered with creepy, crawly frogs and lice, insects had devoured their possessions and inflicted painful bites, thousands of their cattle, their horses and their camels were dead in the fields and an unknown boil had broken out upon the Egyptians so fierce that for generations afterwards it was a source of fear. Yet, NONE of this moved Pharaoh. His attitude was, “So what? I will not yield.”

Sitting back in our chairs and reading this account in Exodus, removed from us by several centuries, we can understand “upon thy servants” and “upon thy people” in verse 14, but what about the phrase “upon thine heart”?

With this phrase Moses is telling Pharaoh, “God is about to make this personal for you.” He is saying, “There are going to come things that are going to personally trouble you and harass you and be a source of anxiety and angst and even fear for you.”

It should terrify us that we can get so on the “bad side of God” that He makes it personal and sends events, afflictions, and anxieties into our lives so that they are “upon thine heart.”

Most people want to believe that the Holy God of Heaven is nothing more than a big “sugar-daddy” up in the sky who is in everything and loves everybody and, like one jolly Santa Claus, only wants to put good things in our stockings hung with care by the fireplace.

This scripture, Exodus 9:14, tells us the truth -- Yes, God is loving, He is merciful, He is long-suffering, but He has his limits to those who will not yield to His commandments. This scripture is for our admonition. Pharaoh is our example. We are admonished to submit to God and His will, particularly where His people are concerned. If we are openly and defiantly stubborn, especially in the face of the obviousness of God’s commands, then we open ourselves to having God send plagues (i.e. judgments) “upon thine heart.”

Henry notes this:

A most dreadful message Moses is here ordered to deliver to him, whether he will hear or whether he will forbear. 1. He must tell him that he is marked for ruin, that he now stands as the butt at which God would shoot all the arrows of his wrath, v. 14, 15. “Now I will send all my plagues.” Now that no place is found for repentance in Pharaoh, nothing can prevent his utter destruction, for that only would have prevented it.

Now that God begins to harden his heart, his case is desperate. “I will send my plagues upon thy heart, not only temporal plagues upon thy body, but spiritual plagues upon thy soul.” God can send plagues upon the heart, either by making it senseless or by making it hopeless -- and these are the worst plagues.(1)

Pharaoh was unmoved. We can tell from this verse that Pharaoh woefully lacked imagination, for he could not imagine ANYTHING that would humble him before the “God of the slaves.”

Moses pronounces the next judgment.

Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.

Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his cattle in the field. --Exodus 9:18-21

In what has got to be the FIRST EVER SEVERE WEATHER WARNING, Moses informs Pharaoh that a hail storm, the likes of which has not EVER been seen since the BEGINNING OF EGYPT’S HISTORY will arrive tomorrow. Moses is telling Pharaoh, “Get your cattle and your livestock in from the fields because it’s going to be pretty bad.”

Verse 19 introduced a new element. There was to be an opportunity for the Egyptians to protect themselves against the ravages of the hailstorm.(2)

Some of the servants, probably still ruefully nursing boils, believed Moses and got their livestock in, but Pharaoh dismissed the words of Moses.

Researchers often address in their commentaries the fact that there were livestock in the field. If all the cattle and horses and camels had died from the murrain, then where did these come from?

First, we have to remember that the murrain struck those animals that were “in the fields”; there is no indication that the plague outbreak struck those animals that were housed. Second, some could have been replaced by commerce with nearby countries, though the Scriptures do not speak to this. As noted earlier, the plagues were averaging about one per month, so it is doubtful that much time had passed from the time of the murrain outbreak to this plague, so I believe that the livestock spoken of here most likely came primarily from the livestock that had been housed during the previous plague.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. --Exodus 9:22-26

In previous plagues, it had been mostly Aaron who stretched forth his rod to indicate the judgment would fall, but in this judgment, it is Moses who “stretched forth his rod toward heaven.” Tremendous hail AND fire MINGLED with the hail, which was “very grievous” smote ALL the land of Egypt. Anyone outside or their animals were pummeled by fiery hail that fell from the skies. Scripture tells us here that EVERY plant and EVERY tree was impacted by this storm. And we can only imagine the mess if there were still rotting animal carcasses left in the fields from the plague of the murrain.

The whole land was pummeled by hailstones and fire.

Except Goshen.

Goshen was a triangular area of less than 100 square miles, so quite small in land area like Israel is today. It shouldn’t have been missed in the hailstorm, but this tiny area of land was spared.

With the fierce hail, fire ran along the ground; fire was mingled with the hail. Some commentators think that the fire spoken of here was ground to cloud lightning.

Other researchers (including astrophysicist James McCanney who has written and lectured on ancient celestial disasters) believe that it was a comet that exploded and rained down icy chunks that were smoldering and burning, which I believe may have been entirely possible. Scriptures seem to indicate that the hail stones might have burst into flames once they hit the ground. Scriptures tell us that this hail storm was unprecedented -- there had never been a hail storm like it in the history of Egypt. Considering that Egypt is several thousand years old, that is saying something. This storm caused tremendous casualties, although the Scriptures do not give us the number of the dead.

The early plagues of frogs, lice and flies caused more annoyance than injury, but in this plague, the hail must have been of substantial size, or quantity, to kill cattle and, as verse 25 notes, THE HAIL TORE DOWN THE TREES . . . every tree was destroyed. Think of the power it had to do that.

We need to stop and think about this for a minute. The trees that were destroyed included the fruit trees. These trees supplied the Egyptians with a source of food. Unlike the cattle, which though lost in large quantities, could be replaced by trading with countries who did have cattle for trade, trees are not easily replaced. It would have been difficult to transplant large, fruit-bearing trees from surrounding countries, though it could be done. Instead, it would be more realistic to assume that to obtain trees by trading, the trees would have to be smaller for transportability reasons, and most likely pre-fruit bearing. It would take years before new trees could bear enough fruit to sustain segments of the population. Though only a few words are given to us in these verses that ALL the trees were destroyed, taking a minute to really think about the implications of that are very sobering. Think about what your neighborhood would look like if all the trees were destroyed and all the plants and shrubs pummeled to the ground.

This hail and fire must have been fierce for in a rare moment of clarity, Pharaoh declares in verse 27 that he had not only sinned but that he was wicked.

And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.

Intreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.

And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord's.

But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God.

And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.

But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. --Exodus 9:27-32

Pharaoh relents. He tells Moses in verse 28 to “intreat” the Lord so that the hail will stop. And verse 28 also tells us this interesting note: Pharaoh describes “mighty thunderings,” so the storm must have been terribly loud.  This lends credence to the possibility that it was a comet or meteorite or series of meteorites that shattered over Egypt as we know from the meteorite that exploded over Russia in February 2013, that there were reports of eardrums being shattered by the intense sound/shock wave.  We are not told how he got word to Moses and Aaron, but the messenger surely took his life into his own hands to run thru that storm to deliver Pharaoh’s message.

And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord's.

Moses tells Pharaoh that when he is “gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail . . . “

While it is important to note that Moses is prophesying that the end of this hail storm will come, he also informs Pharaoh by the choice of his wording that he, Moses, will WALK thru this fierce, ongoing hailstorm until he is OUTSIDE the city and there he will pray on behalf of Pharaoh.

Moses puts Pharaoh on notice that like Psalm 23, he will walk thru this death raining from the skies and will NOT be touched even though he will walk the distance that it takes to walk OUTSIDE the city. That would be a long way for anyone to walk but especially with fiery hailstones falling from the sky AND with Moses being over 80 years old.

With Moses walking to the OUTSIDE of the city, we see a type and shadow, don’t we?, of Jesus Christ walking to the OUTSIDE of Jerusalem to Golgotha. In both instances, these men were outside the city when they intreated on behalf of ungodly men.

But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God. --Exodus 9:30

Moses gets it and tells Pharaoh so. Yes, Pharaoh admitted he had sinned and was wicked, but Moses realizes that Pharaoh and those who serve him do not fear the Lord.

What a juxtaposition! And we see it today. To admit that one has sinned and is wicked IS NOT THE SAME as repentance. People can be very aware that what they are doing would be called “sin” in the Bible but if that does not bring remorse to the soul and a desire to right one’s self with God by turning from that sin, then that sin becomes a “rub” against the conscience -- it will cause the conscience to become calloused. Calloused in this sense, not as one who is toughened against the suffering of others, although that is usually a result, but calloused in the sense of having a thickening over it. Just as our skin, when rubbed frequently enough, develops a thick spot called a callous, so can our conscience. Each time we allow sin to remain within us and we do not repent, it will continue to rub against the conscience until the conscience becomes covered over and no longer sensitive. That is what is meant by a conscience hardened by sin, or a reprobate mind.

And the Bible indicates that coming to this place is a choice, it is a choice to keep sin rather than repent.

Pharaoh was told that things would come “upon thine heart,” and this verse from Moses is a sure indication that that very prophecy is beginning to play out in Pharaoh’s inner being. The very impudence he embraced will become a “rub” upon his mind so that it becomes “thickened” and he will not longer be able to anticipate what the consequences of his actions will be. We see this because Moses adds the interesting word, “yet” in verse 30.  Moses, in that one word, acknowledges that Pharaoh has nothing but contempt for the God of the Hebrews but Moses understands, and says so with the word “yet,” and hints to Pharaoh that this will change.

And Moses acknowledges that Pharaoh’s servants are just like Pharaoh -- no fear of the Lord.

Yet, that is.

A leader’s assistants, those who do his will in running the government, will generally be a reflection of him (or her). We see that even today with leaders in the world.

Henry notes that even among the servants of Pharaoh there were some that trembled at God’s word, and that among those who did not believe, they would have not suffered for bringing their cattle in for the day, yet they did not, therefore, they suffered great harm.(3)

Perhaps some of the servants ignored the warnings of Moses because they were more afraid of incurring the ire of the Pharaoh if they did heed the warnings. It seems to be a trait among arrogant leaders to retaliate against those who do not hold the “party line.”

Verse 31 tells us that not only were ALL the trees destroyed, so were all the plants growing in the fields. Flax had podded, meaning that it was in bloom, and barley was growing but not the wheat or the spelt. Flax blooms and barley comes into ear usually in late January or early February in Egypt, so we have a time reference here. Wheat is a month later than barley, which usually grows in March and April, so it was about February that this storm occurred.

The hailstorm had, in a direct way, impacted the religious activities of the priests. Flax was used used for making the garments of the priests and wrappings for mummies, yet it was destroyed by the hail.

If Pharaoh had to be told that his country was “corrupted” (ruined) after the swarms of flies, what do his advisors tell him now? When they already thought it was bad, this was worse.

Like the fish that died and rotted in the water and the frogs, which died and rotted on the land in great heaps so that they stink, so the murrain upon the cattle and animals of the field caused them to die and rot in the field. These carcasses would be much more difficult, even hazardous, to remove than the heaps of frogs. Same for the hail that killed man and beast in the field. It is conceivable to believe that it would take days to retrieve all the dead as it is not that uncommon to hear of bodies being found days later after a tornado or flooding or hurricane. In the case of Super Storm Sandy, one body was found six months later in his apartment. In the case of the May 3, 1999, EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, a woman’s body was found a week later buried in debris near an overpass. And bodies were found weeks later in the rubble of the tsunami that devastated Banda Aceh Christmas 2004.

If today’s disasters are any indication, it would, indeed, take a while for the Egyptians to find all the dead.

Looking ahead to the end of days, we are told that a similar event will happen upon the mountains of Israel.

An alliance that Ezekiel calls Gog and Magog will think to invade Israel from the North, but God, Himself, will intervene and He will send “fire” that will send all but one-sixth to their death. Ezekiel 39:14 says that it will take SEVEN months to bury the dead.

This coming event is why so many of us who love Israel watch so closely the talks and efforts that President Obama makes on the behalf of Iran. While many researchers contend just exactly which present-day group would be the people Ezekiel is calling “Gog” in Ezekiel 38:2, there is no mistaking who the VERY FIRST NAMED INVADER is in Ezekiel 38: 5 -- Persia, who is no other than modern day Iran.

Iran has been very vocal these last few years about “wiping Israel off the map.” That may be their agenda, but it isn’t Jehovah’s, and Ezekiel plainly tells us in chapters 38 and 39 that God, Himself, will intervene for Israel and utterly destroy those nations that banded together to come against her.

And this is why this blog and others have sounded the alarm -- that what we do unto Israel will be done unto us. If we cause Israel to be vulnerable before her enemies so that they become emboldened enough to move against her, then the same could happen to us. The United States has enemies too, and the actions of this President could lead them to perceive a weak moment and use it to their advantage, by either invasion or weapons attack. Either way, I would speculate that most people living in this country believe that that is a scenario so outside the realm of possibility that they give it no thought -- they believe it could never happen here.

The United States has had powerful tornadoes (Oklahoma City, Joplin, Tuscaloosa) that stripped trees bare and toppled others. We’ve had tremendous hail storms. We’ve had deaths from lightning. But we’ve never seen hail and fire fall from the skies like the Egyptians did. We’ve never had people dead laying in the streets of our cities from a hail storm.

But China, who happens to be an ally of Iran, especially where U.N. Security Council matters are concerned, has. In March of 2013, a hailstorm injured hundreds and left several dead.

In Britain on January 3rd, the phrase "giant hailstones" was actually used in their headline to describe a storm that battered their coast.

Britain's coast battered by 30ft waves, high tides, giant hailstones, rain... And there's MORE misery due as second tidal surge looms

As noted above Matthew Henry said that God can send “hopelessness” as one of the plagues upon the heart. If that is true, then what of President Obama?

If Obamacare, President Obama’s signature legislation, the very legislation he hopes will become his legacy, has been marked by catastrophe, fraud, deceit and lying to the extent that President Obama’s words about his legislation, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” was awarded the “Lie of the Year,” then what of the slogan he campaigned on to attain office -- that he was all about “Hope and Change”? What might be sent by the Holy God of Heaven as President Obama comes up against Israel by helping her mortal enemy named in the Gog-Magog alliance as Persia? How might the Holy God of the Hebrew slaves change this President’s boast of “Hope and Change” into groanings of utter hopelessness?

How just might He?

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Notes:

1. A Commentary on the Whole Bible, Volume 1, Matthew Henry, undated copy, pg 307

2. The New Layman’s Bible Commentary in One Volume, editors G.C.D. Howley, F.F. Bruce, H. L. Ellison, 1979, pg. 184

3. A Commentary on the Whole Bible, Volume 1, Matthew Henry, undated copy, pg 308