Luke 21:20-22: "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies - then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that ALL things which are written may be fulfilled.”


Report: Jerusalem cornered between European, Arab pressure

January 16, 2018

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Central Council decided on Monday to suspend the recognition of the state of Israel until it officially recognizes the Palestinian state. This decision came as a response to the American decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which deems an official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The Executive Committee of the PLO was assigned to revoke recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the pre-1967 borders and reverses the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand settlements," the Central Council's final statement read.

Three rabbis arrived in Cairo on Tuesday coming from New York City to attend the two-day conference in Cairo to back the Arab identity of Jerusalem and to reject the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

Eighty-six Arab and international delegations are expected to take part in the conference organized by Egypt's Azhar under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Cairo.

The conference adopts the motto of "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem", and witnesses the participation of prominent national, regional and international figures such as Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Alexandria Tawadros II, Arab Parliament chief Meshaal bin Fahm al-Salmi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/40272/Report-Jerusalem-cornered-between-European-Arab-pressure



Lebanon urges Islamic countries to relocate embassies to Jerusalem

January 16, 2018

The Lebanese Parliament speaker urged on Tuesday all Islamic countries to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, IRAN DAILY reported.

"I urge all Islamic countries to relocate their embassies to the holy city of Al Quds (Jerusalem) and boycott Israeli goods, I insist that we as Arab and Muslim nations should take a retrospective measure against such a shameful decision. "The U.S. plan to relocate its embassy has caused a great challenge for us as it is a decision contradicting all the conventions of the United Nations,” Nabih Berri said at the 13th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Iran's capital Tehran.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900452.htm



Iran’s top leader says Jerusalem “definitely” Palestinian capital


1/16/18

Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

The U.S. move to call Al-Quds (Jerusalem) the capital of Israel will fail eventually and “they won’t be able to implement this (decision),” Khamenei said at the 13th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Iran’s capital Tehran. He said the governments who help the United States and Israel are “traitors to Islam and Muslims,” mentioning Saudi Arabia. He added that the cause of Palestine is the foremost issue of the Muslims.

The cause of “Palestine is an important issue of Islamic world and should not be forgotten,” he was quoted as saying by semi-official ISNA news agency.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/01/16/irans-top-leader-says-jerusalem-definitely-palestinian-capital/


In Syria, only ‘The Octopus’ and a motley crew of rebels keep Iran from Israel

Opposition commander tells The Times of Israel he's readying for an assault by Assad and his backers in the last pocket of resistance on the Golan border

January 15, 2018

As Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and the Iran-backed militias in his employ move toward Israel, the only thing standing in their way is a ragtag group of beleaguered rebels fighting for their homes and “viciously” defending the border. Over the past few days, a rebel officer — Abu Muhammad al-Akhtubut al-Asmar, whose nom de guerre means, literally, “The Dark Octopus” — has been speaking to The Times of Israel about their plans to fight back against the Syrian military, Hezbollah and Shiite groups, following the fall of the town of Beit Jinn, less than six miles northeast of the Israeli border, late last month.

His group, known collectively as the National Front for the Liberation of Syria, is made up of about a dozen groups from the Quneitra region that joined forces this summer. With various ideologies and a wide range of military capabilities, they don’t necessarily agree on much, but the hundred or so officers who make up the loose umbrella organization have recognized the need to keep Assad and the Iran-backed forces away from the border.

Now that Beit Jinn has fallen, al-Akhtubut fears that Assad’s army and the Iran-backed militias supporting him can better turn their attention to his group’s last holdouts and further cut off their access to supplies. “We can tell that they are working to take over this area and we are trying to stop it from happening,” he added.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-syria-only-the-octopus-and-a-motley-crew-of-rebels-keep-iran-from-israel/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=81c0fc51ec-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-81c0fc51ec-54606857



Matthew 24:7:

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”


Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Peru

01/14/18

A “strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake” struck the southern coast of Peru on Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead, several missing, and dozens injured, CNBC reported.

https://gizmodo.com/magnitude-7-1-earthquake-strikes-peru-1822068918



Matthew 24:6-7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Turkey calls on Russia, Iran to get Syrian army under control

January 11, 2018

The Syrian army's ultimate objective is to control Idlib city. The first phase of its operations on Dec. 26 targeted Abu Zuhur base from Ashtan. The army's elite Tiger Forces moved rapidly under Russian air support and on Jan. 9 captured 12 settlements, moving to within a few miles of the base.

These aggressive moves are making Turkey so tense that it summoned the ambassadors of Iran and Russia and warned them that the Syrian army's moves violate the accord reached in Astana, Kazakhstan, which provides for de-escalation zones guaranteed by Iran, Russia and Turkey. Idlib is in one of those zones. Turkey — no friend to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — believes he is attacking moderate opposition forces under the guise of combating terrorists.


“Iran and Russia are guarantors of the [Syrian] regime. We are the guarantor of the moderate opposition. Iran and Russia should shoulder their responsibilities and halt the regime,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a Jan. 10 interview with Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu New Agency. “If Russia and Iran would use their weight, the regime couldn't do what it is doing. The action against Idlib is not only air attacks; the regime is advancing inland."

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/01/turkey-russia-syria-idlib-may-be-source-of-conflict.html#ixzz54IdNqiWX



Matthew 24:24:

"false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."


Pastor Who Claims to Walk on Air, Raise Dead, Has Church Shut Down Over 'Miracle Money'

January 11, 2018

The government of Botswana has shut down the church of a Malawian self-professed prophet, who is followed by millions and claims to walk on air, amid concerns over "miracle money."

Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, who was declared persona non grata in Botswana last year, has seen his Enlightened Christian Gathering church shut down. Edwin Batshu, a minister in the government of Botswana, explained that the church has been closed because of continued violations connected to fake money, also known as "miracle money," which is deemed illegal.

As Face2Face Africa explains, the term "refers to the unexplained appearance of money into bank accounts, handbags and pockets of people 'blessed' by the 'men of God.' Bushiri, who runs churches from Ghana to South Africa, has claimed to have performed various miracles, such as bringing people back from the dead, curing them from HIV, and walking in the air."

The controversial pastor is also known for buying lavish gifts, and reportedly purchased a new Maserati Levante luxury car for his 5-year-old daughter on Christmas Day, costing around $125,760 in South Africa.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/pastor-who-claims-walk-on-air-raise-dead-church-shut-down-over-miracle-money-213399/



1 Timothy 4:1 “ Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”,

1 Dead, 800 Injured as 3.5 Million Catholics Follow Blackened Jesus Statue with 'Miraculous Powers'

Jan 11, 2018

At least one person is dead and 800 others were injured in Manila, Philippines, where 3.5 million barefoot Roman Catholics followed a blackened statue of Jesus Christ, known as the Black Nazarene, which is believed to have healing powers.

The Black Nazarene, brought to the country by Spanish missionaries in 1606, is believed to have 'miraculous powers,' such as healing people who touch it from illnesses. Others seek blessings and forgiveness for sins. Some devotees swear that touching the Black Nazarene has made a great difference in their lives.

"I have been spared diseases. I have been blessed with a house. Everything we wished for. A good job. Everything. This is why I am here, to thank Him," Lim said.

The image has survived despite fires that have destroyed the church twice, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and World War II bombings.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/1-dead-800-injured-3-5-million-catholics-follow-blackened-jesus-statue-miraculous-powers-213393/



Daniel 8:4-6 : “ I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."


The Iranian rebellion the world wants to ignore

Six hundred people have already been arrested and dozens killed. Civilians don’t stand a chance

Iran is experiencing low growth, high unemployment and inflation (10 per cent) and the increasing unaffordability of necessities such as eggs and milk. But the most striking factor is how swiftly the protests became not just critical of the government, but openly anti-regime. Outside the gates of Tehran University a crowd chanted slogans against the nation’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, including ‘Death to the dictator’.

The nationwide demonstrations, which have not been led by any single demographic, class, or group, have included cries of ‘Leave Gaza, leave Lebanon, my life (only) for Iran’. Chants of ‘Death to Hezbollah’ (Iran’s terrorist proxy currently fighting in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria) have also been heard from Mashhad to Kermanshah. After several days, Ayatollah Khamenei tried to dampen this motif by appealing (unsuitably for a cleric who claims to be devoted solely to Allah and the Imam) to the patriotism of all Iranians.

Anyone in doubt about the capacity of the Supreme Leader to hang on to power need only watch the footage of crowds in the city of Rasht advancing down the street on one of the first nights of protest. You can see the exact moment when the regime’s Revolutionary Guard starts attacking the protesters.

The crowd that is marching one way down the street suddenly finds an organised army running towards them. These are trained killers being unleashed on angry but peaceful civilians. Six hundred people have already been arrested and dozens already killed. The civilians don’t stand a chance.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/the-iranian-rebellion-the-world-wants-to-ignore/


Iranian-backed rebels targeting Red Sea

Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen threatening to prevent international boats from passing through the Red Sea.

January 11, 2018

Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are supported by Iran and Hezbollah, are threatening to prevent international boats from passing through the Red Sea if the Saudi-led Arab coalition continues its attacks on the rebels.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recently presented for the first time pieces of what she said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthis, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating UN resolutions.

It has long been believed that Iran is planning to use the Houthis to take over Yemen and seize the key strategic port of Aden, which controls the entrance to the Red Sea and ultimately to the Israeli resort city of Eilat, though Tehran denies the charges.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/240522



Matthew 24:9:

"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My Name's Sake."


Top 50 Worst Countries for Christians: 3,066 Killed, 6 Women Sexually Attacked Every Day

Jan 10, 2018

As many as 215 million followers of Christ around the world are being persecuted because of their faith, according to Open Doors USA's annual World Watch List, which was released Wednesday. The report identified the top 50 nations where Christians are most targeted.

"It's easy to move through life disconnected from what happens to believers in other parts of the world. But this report helps us close the gap between us," said David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, in the full report.

"After all, the World Watch List isn't about the numbers, but the people these numbers represent. I hope you see their stories of victory and resilience, and—more than anything—I hope you see the powerful Kingdom work God is accomplishing in some of the most difficult countries in the world."

In total, Open Doors found that 3,066 Christians were killed last year. Also, 1,252 Christians were abducted, 1,1020 were raped or sexually harassed, and 793 churches were attacked.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/top-50-worst-countries-for-christians-3066-killed-6-women-sexually-attacked-every-day-213250/



Matthew 24:7:

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”


Tsunami waves possible after magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes Caribbean

January 9, 2018

Originally assessed as a magnitude 7.8, the quake was later downgraded to 7.6 by authorities.The USGS said that hazardous tsunami waves were "possible" for coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/magnitude-7-point-8-earthquake-strikes-caribbean-tsunami-waves-possible-usgs.html




Daniel 8:4-6 : “ I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power.”

Khamenei: Americans and Zionists incited protests

Iran's Supreme Leader claims the United States and Israel spent months preparing the anti-government demonstrations in the country.

January 9, 2018

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday claimed that the United States and Israel had incited the anti-government demonstrations in his country, AFP reported. Khamenei praised what he described as a "massive movement of the people against the plots of the enemies."

Khamenei often verbally attacks the U.S., to which he refers as the “Great Satan”, and backs the chants of “Death to America” which are often heard during protests in Iran.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/240478



Magnitude-6 earthquake hits Myanmar-India border


January 7, 2018

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit the Myanmar-India border region in Manipur on January 7.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/earthquake-of-6-magnitude-hits-imphal/article22390801.ece


More Daniel 8 News:

Iran Threatens U.S. with “Heavy Response” if it Withdraws from Nuke Deal

January 8, 2017

Iran has threatened on Monday that the United States will face an “appropriate and heavy response”, if it withdraws from the nuclear accord signed between the Islamic Republic and six world powers in 2015, The Times of Israel reported.

“The international community must be prepared for the US possibly pulling out of the JCPOA,” said Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi, using the technical name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, for the nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump is an outspoken critic of the accord and promised during his election campaign to dismantle the agreement, which he says is not in the national interest of the U.S. In October, Trump kicked the agreement back to Congress for further review, but has so far continued to waive the nuclear-related sanctions at fixed intervals as required to stay in compliance. The next deadline for Trump to waive sanctions falls on Friday.

“It’s been more than a year that the U.S. president has sought to destroy the JCPOA with all his efforts,” said Araghchi, speaking at the Tehran Security Conference. “We in Iran are prepared for any scenario. The international community and our region will be the biggest loser, since a successful experience in the international arena will be lost,” he added. “Our region will not become a safer region without the JCPOA.”

http://www.theisraelproject.org/the_daily_tip_iran_threatens_u_s_with_heavy_response_if_it_withdraws_from_nuke_deal






MOSSAD CHIEF: WE HAVE EYES, EARS AND MORE IN IRAN

January 9, 2017

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen warned against the Iranians "coasting into the Middle East undisturbed and with very large forces"

Israel Mossad chief Yossi Cohen spoke out at a Ministry of Finance conference Tuesday morning regarding the recent protests in Iran, according to Kan Radio. He stated that "Israel has eyes and ears there, too," and added that he would be "happy to see a social revolution in Iran."

Cohen then warned that "the Iranians are coasting into the Middle East undisturbed and with very large forces, in a way that virtually creates an air and land corridor that pours fighters into the region in order to actualize the Iranian vision." Cohen gave his analysis on the Iranian motives for the demonstrations: "The Iranian citizen is crying out against the disappointing economic situation.

President Rouhani, in the public's opinion, hasn't been successful at improving the state of the economy and the society." In his opinion, "a revolution might happen tomorrow or in the future - but they are facing forces that are no less than death squads, against anybody who tries to raise their head in Iran."

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Mossad-chief-We-have-eyes-and-ears-in-Iran-533230?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=9-1-2018&utm_content=mossad-chief-we-have-eyes-and-ears-in-iran-533230


Is Iran being lined up as the next target for the West?


January 2, 2018

MORE than a decade ago retired US General Wesley Clark let the world know about Pentagon plans to “take out seven countries in five years”. The list comprised of Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. History has shown that six of these countries have been ticked off the list as accomplished, leaving Iran as the remaining country not already destabilised by US or US-sponsored military power.

Our national news bulletins no longer bombard us hourly with the horrors caused by the evil regimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. We are, however, starting to be exposed to news of civil unrest in Iran, where we are told the general population are rising up against an unpopular government and being cruelly crushed by an autocratic clerical regime.

Remind you of anything? I wonder just how long it will be before the “Free World” finds it necessary to provide logistical support to Iranian “freedom fighters” as a precursor to air-strikes and US boots on the ground?

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15803935.Is_Iran_being_lined_up_as_the_next_target_for_the_West_/



'Iran is playing with the lives of Gaza residents'

IDF spokesman says Israel retaliated for rocket fire, emphasizes Iran is playing with the lives of Gaza's residents.

12/31/2017

An IDF spokesperson on Saturday evening announced that IAF planes attacked a Hamas observation post in southern Gaza. The attack was in retaliation for three missiles fired from Gaza towards Israel on Friday.

"The missiles fired on Friday proved once again that Iran, via rebellious, extremist terror organizations, is working to deteriorate the regional situation and playing with the lives of Gaza resident. This may cause an escalation in the Gaza Strip, after years of quiet and security. Hamas bears full responsibility for the current situation and its consequences ," the spokesman said.

On Saturday night, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Channel 2's "Investigations into the rocket attacks yesterday show that the missiles were manufactured in Iran. This is extremely serious... It is too early to say which faction received the missiles from Iran."

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/240031


Iran pledging all its might to Hamas for Jerusalem battle, terror group says

'All of our of capabilities and potential are at your disposal,’ Gaza leader Sinwar says General Qassem Soleimani told him

December 25, 2017

Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said that a senior Iranian military commander pledged all of the Islamic Republic’s military resources to help the Gaza-based terror group fight Israel over Jerusalem.

“All our of capabilities and potential are at your disposal in the battle for the defense of Jerusalem,” Sinwar said Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ elite Quds Force, told him over the phone. According to

Sinwar, Soleimani asserted that “Iran, the Revolutionary Guards and Quds Force stand with all they have with our people in order to defend Jerusalem so that Jerusalem will endure as the capital of the state of Palestine.”

In recent months, Hamas has publicly flaunted its burgeoning ties with Iran, and the Islamic Republic has in turn sworn to increase its military backing for the Gaza-based terror group. Sinwar has said that Iran has become the key military sponsor for the Gaza-based terror group, though he has not explained in what capacity Tehran provides support.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-pledged-all-its-might-to-hamas-for-jerusalem-battle-terror-group-says/



IRAN REGIME'S ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARS

December 21, 2017

General HR McMaster spoke at a security forum earlier this month. The National Security Advisor discussed Iran regime’s interference in Iraq and Syria. “What they (Iranians) are in the middle of doing now is using a sophisticated campaign of subversion in Iraq and a continued support for Assad. About 80 percent of Assad’s fighters are Iranian proxies in Syria to establish this kind of land bridge over into the Mediterranean and so what we face is Iran having a proxy army on borders of Israel.”

Although Iran regime’s President Rouhani relied on the EU’s support against the mounting pressures from Washington France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian said on December 12th, “Rather than pursue ambitions to expand its military presence in the region, Iran… should work with the United Nations to try to establish peace in war-torn Syria.” He said that Iran should desist in attempting to create an “axis of military and political influence stretching from Tehran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “The aim of the US administration is to get Iran out of Syria.” He added, “The US and Russia cannot decide for Iran. We are there at the request of the Syrian government. It’s our region. It’s the Persian Gulf, not the Gulf of Mexico. We are going nowhere.”

“Four years ago I warned the threat of the mullahs’ meddling in Iraq is 100 times more dangerous than its nuclear ambitions.” However, it is not just Iraq, Iran’s influence has now spread across the region.

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/middle-east/4489-iran-regime-s-role-in-the-middle-east-wars.html



SYRIAN, IRANIAN BACKED FORCES ADVANCE IN BORDER AREA NEAR NORTHERN ISRAEL

December 25, 2017

Israel has been lobbying both big powers to deny Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other Shi‘ite militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them away from the Golan. Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias pushed deeper into the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran's influence in the war-torn country.

The army and the Shi'ite forces advanced east and south of the Sunni-rebel held bastion of Beit Jin backed by some of the heaviest aerial bombing and heavy artillery shelling since a major assault began over two months ago to seize the area, rebels said.

A western intelligence source confirmed rebel reports that Iranian-backed militias including the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah Shi'ite group were playing a major role in the ongoing battles.

"The Iranian backed militias are trying to consolidate their sphere of influence all the way from southwest of Damascus to the Israeli border."

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syrian-Iranian-backed-forces-advance-in-border-near-northern-Israel-519960?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=25-12-2017&utm_content=syrian-iranian-backed-forces-advance-in-border-near-northern-israel-519960


Iran Regime's Leader Directly in Charge of Terrorism and Meddling in the Region

24 December 2017

Trying to counter the U.S. Congress’s Approval to Publish Iranian Leader's Assets, Khamenei's publications office, unwantedly confirmed that all the belligerence, meddling in the internal affairs of the countries in the region and acts of terror and violence are directly controlled by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The Institute for the Publication of Ayatollah Khamenei's Works reacted to the resolution, and said, "The US Congress has adopted this measure for its fear of Iran's regional influence in the past few years that has grown under the major strategies of the Revolution Leader".

Indeed “major strategies of the Revolution leader” has been nothing but creating proxy forces and committing crime and destruction in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and other countries of the region. Fars News agency adds: “before inking the nuclear deal”.

https://ncr-iran.org/en/news/iran-world/24047-interesting-confessions-iran-regime-s-leader-directly-in-charge-of-terrorism-and-meddling-in-the-region


Matthew 24:7

“And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit 1 million: ICRC

December 21, 2017

The United Nations says it is suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The World Health Organization has recorded 2,219 deaths since the cholera epidemic began in April, with children accounting for nearly a third of infections.

Cholera, spread by food or water contaminated with human faeces, causes acute diarrhoea and dehydration and can kill within hours if untreated. Yemen’s health system has virtually collapsed, with most health workers unpaid for months. On Dec 3, the WHO said another wave of cholera could strike within months after the Saudi-led coalition closed air, land and sea access, cutting off fuel for hospitals and water pumps and aid supplies for starving children.

Yemen is also suffering from diphtheria epidemic, with aid groups warning that the spread of the disease is inevitable in Yemen due to low vaccination rates, lack of access to medical care and so many people moving around and coming in contact with those infected. At least a million children are at risk of contracting the disease.

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/suspected-cholera-cases-in-yemen-hit-1-million-icrc_873508.html



Daniel 8: 3- 4, 17, 20:
“a Ram which had two horns, and the TWO horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the HIGHER ONE CAME UP LAST. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. He said to me, "Understand, son of man that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."


Iraqi Shiite Paramilitaries Deploy to Syrian Border

23rd December, 2017

The PMF is an umbrella grouping of mostly Iran-backed and trained Shiite militias that formally report to Iraq's prime minister but are separate from the military and police. Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups have deployed to the frontier to back up border guard forces who came under fire from within Syria over the past three days, one of their commanders said on Friday.

"Operations command and the infantry brigade are now present on the Iraqi-Syrian border in border guard positions to repel any attack or movement by the enemy," Mesleh said. "This area is not within the PMF's remit but it is our duty to back up all security forces." He said Iraqi forces coordinate with both the Syrian army, which is backed by Russia, Iran and Iran-backed Shiite militias, and the U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/255852011/iraqi-shiite-paramilitaries-deploy-to-syrian-border




Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”


ON A COLLISION COURSE: AVOIDING A WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE ‘AXIS OF RESISTANCE’

December 23, 2017

While much of the world’s attention has focused in recent weeks on the escalating tensions between two of the Middle East’s geopolitical rivals — Saudi Arabia and Iran — a powerful clash of interests is unfolding between Iran and another regional heavyweight, Israel. The crux of the matter is Israel’s concern that as the Syrian conflict approaches its final stages, Iran will be able to enhance and cement its military presence in the country in a way that will inevitably threaten Israeli interests.

Iran’s plans to set up permanent military bases and build weapons production plants in Syria are thus placing Israel and Iran on a dangerous collision course. Friction is already evident: On Dec. 2, Israeli fighter jets targeted a military compound south of Damascus, in which Iran planned to permanently station hundreds of troops. Two days later, another high-value target was bombed — this time a Syrian military facility connected to Iran’s efforts to produce precision-guided missiles in Lebanon and Syria.

This confrontation is likely to cause further friction along the Israeli-Syrian frontier. However, the clash now threatens the remarkable stability that has prevailed in Lebanon in recent years between Israel and Hizballah, Iran’s proxy ally. Indeed, while Israel, Iran, and Hizballah have clashed in Syria, they have managed to keep the Syrian and Lebanese arenas separate, in part because of a mutual desire to avoid another war in Lebanon. Recently, however, Israel, Hizballah, Syria, and Iran have engaged in belligerent rhetoric about a potential regional war.

https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/collision-course-avoiding-war-israel-axis-resistance/



‘Accomplice in igniting war’: Moscow says US crosses a line with lethal arms supplies to Ukraine


December 23, 2017

The intention by Washington to provide lethal arms to Ukraine ‘crosses a line’ and pushes Kiev towards bloodshed, a senior Russian diplomat said, accusing the US of playing the role of warmonger in the Ukrainian conflict.

The move by the US government is an escalation compared to the previous practice of providing weapons to Kiev through contracts with American arms producers, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement. “In a sense, the US has crossed a line.”

Considering that Ukraine has been sidelined by other issues such as the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and the row over Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, renewed violence would also help Kiev return to the list of priorities of world powers, Pushkov added.

https://www.rt.com/news/414054-us-lethal-arms-ukraine/



North Korea says it will ‘make the US bitterly regret its strategy'

December 23, 2017

President Trump’s new national security strategy unveiled this week has been condemned by North Korea as a “criminal document” that is “nothing but the proclamation of aggression aimed at holding sway over the world,” according to reports.

“The international society should remain vigilant against the maneuvers of the gang of Trump to invade and control (North Korea) by igniting a nuclear war at any cost in the Korean peninsula and clearly see through the ulterior motive behind its repeated talk of dialogue, designed to cover up its evil intention and mock the world,” The Express quoted a North Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying Friday.

The Express also quoted the spokesman as saying: “As the U.S. set its diplomatic and security policy at crushing us militarily and is publicly aiming a sword at us, we will make the US bitterly regret its strategy with our cannons.”

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12/23/north-korea-says-it-will-make-us-bitterly-regret-its-strategy.html



'There's a war coming,' Marine Corps general warns US troops

December 23, 2017

A Marine Corps commandant on Thursday warned U.S. troops stationed in Norway to be prepared for a coming war. “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Gen. Robert Neller told them.

Neller pointed to the near future possibility of Russia and the Pacific theater being the next major areas of conflict. The warnings came a day before Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., that "storm clouds are gathering" over the Korean Peninsula.

At a Q&A session with the troops in the Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim, Neller said that the U.S. could shift its focus from the Middle East to Eastern Europe, citing Russia’s conflicts with Ukraine and Georgia as justification. He told the Marines that they should be prepared for a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/23/theres-war-coming-marine-corps-general-warns-us-troops.html



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Iran-backed Yemeni Shi’ite rebels attack Saudi palace with ballistic missile

DEC 21, 2017

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, with a ballistic missile on Tuesday, specifically targeting the Saudi royal palace. This move by Iran is an extraordinarily bold one, and provides insight into just how much this rogue jihadist nation has risen in confidence.

Americans, and in fact the world, can thank Barack Obama and his signing of the Iranian nuclear deal that saw at least 100 billion dollars flow into the jihadist state of Iran, strengthening it in its quest for regional hegemony, aiding it in its mission against anyone it considers to be an enemy of Islam (in the case, its Sunni opponent Saudi Arabia), and enabling it to continue to train and arm its proxies globally.

The United States recently presented hard evidence that Iran has violated multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions by supplying the Houthis with advanced weapons, including ballistic missiles.

Today’s attack was the third Houthi ballistic missile strike on Saudi Arabia in the past two months. One of the previous attacks targeted the King Khalid airport in Riyadh and would have caused hundreds or thousands of civilian casualties if the missile had struck its target.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/12/iran-backed-yemeni-shiite-rebels-attack-saudi-palace-with-ballistic-missile




TEHRAN FRIDAY SERMON BY AHMAD KHATAMI: ATTACK THE OCCUPYING CRIMINAL REGIME

In a Tehran Friday sermon on December 8, following Trump's Jerusalem declaration, Iranian Assembly of Experts member Ahmad Khatami said that "the cry 'Death to Israel' represents God's aversion and wrath." He called to "attack the occupying regime," saying that Trump's declaration has showed "that the Palestinian cause can only be resolved through Intifadas" and adding that Intifadas "turn the Zionist regime's day into a black night." The sermon was broadcast by Iran's Channel 1 TV. WATCH VIDEO:

https://www.memri.org/tv/tehran-friday-sermon-ahmad-khatami-turn-zionist-day-into-black-night



“And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came FROM THE WEST, ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH without touching the ground; and the goat had a NOTABLE HORN between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END”


Iran and the West

Iran and the West is the name of a three part British documentary series shown in February 2009 on BBC Two to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

The documentary looks at the relationship between Iran and the countries of the west and features interviews with politicians who have played significant roles in events involving Iran, Europe and the United States

Inside stories are told by two ex-presidents of Iran and leading westerners. Subjects covered in this edition include the Lebanon hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq War, the death of Ayatollah Khomeini and the changing political climate of the Middle East following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Gulf War.

The inside story of the West's continuing nuclear confrontation with Iran. Subjects covered in this episode include the rise of the Taliban in Iran's neighbour Afghanistan, the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Iraq War and Iran's emerging nuclear program.

The playlist above contains all three episodes each one hour long: The Man Who Changed the World, The Pariah State and Nuclear Confrontation. WATCH VIDEO:

https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/iran-and-the-west/



Daniel 8: 3- 4, 17, 20:

“a Ram which had two horns, and the TWO horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the HIGHER ONE CAME UP LAST. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. He said to me, "Understand, son of man that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."


After ISIS campaign, Iran-backed fighters in Iraq vow to drive out US troops

December 21, 2017

Now that they’ve helped vanquish the Islamic State from much of Iraq, a battle-hardened militia with close ties to Iran may be training its sights on the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops scattered across the country.

At least that’s the thinking among some in the ranks of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a roughly 100,000-thousand-member force that has fought both with and against Americans in Iraq.

“America should only be here for embassy, any military presence and we will target them,” Saif Ali, a 37-year-old member of the PMF’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba paramilitary -- based in the southern Iraq governorate of Basra -- told Fox News. “I fought the Americans after 2003, and the British in southern Iraq, and I am happy about that. I don't hate the American people, only hate the U.S. military, and I have killed many of them.”

Ali is one of thousands of PMF members who also took advantage of Iran-supplied weapons and ammunition to take the lives of hundreds of U.S. troops during the insurgency that followed the invasion of Iraq. Last month, CIA chief Mike Pompeo revealed he had sent a letter to Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassam Soleimani, warning that forces under Iran’s tutelage may attack U.S. troops. Pompeo added that the U.S. would hold him and his country accountable for “any attacks on American interests.”

“Now that ISIS is not much of a threat, the PMF is likely to plan attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq that would be carried out as soon as Tehran gives the orders,” surmised James Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation. “This is a major concern, given that tensions between Iran and the U.S. are likely to grow in the future.”

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12/21/after-isis-campaign-iran-backed-fighters-in-iraq-vow-to-drive-out-us-troops.html



What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here

DECEMBER 21, 2017

When asked to address the question of what a Saudi-Iran war would look like, my first instinct is to ask the reader to look around because it is already happening. Already, Saudi Arabia and Iran are killing each other’s proxies, and indirectly are killing each other’s advisors and troops, in Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia’s Shiite Eastern Province.

The future is likely to look similar. The existing pattern will intensify, eventually spill over in a short, sharp direct clash, and then sink back down again to the level of proxy wars in other people’s territories.

The preferred method of conflict between these states has for a long time been proxy warfare. Since its devastating eight-year war against Iraq, the leadership in Tehran has demonstrated a strong preference for acting through proxies like Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iraqi Shiite militias, and Hamas. Lacking a strong military for most of its existence, the state of Saudi Arabia has likewise used proxy warfare to strike painful blows against its enemies,

Iran’s powerful support for Shiite militias is well-documented. Lebanese Hezbollah has evolved into a central pillar of Iran’s retaliatory capability against Israel, and more recently has answered Iran’s call to provide reliable ground forces to prop up the Assad regime in Syria. Lebanese Hezbollah is no militia: It has Zelzal-1 missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv.

Hezbollah has large stocks of advanced anti-tank guided missiles and Explosively-Formed Penetrator (EFP) roadside bombs capable of penetrating any Israeli tank. Iran as also supplied Hezbollah with advanced C-802 anti-shipping missiles, which crippled an Israeli warship in 2006, and most recently with even more advanced Yakhont anti-ship missiles.

Badr, the main Shiite militia in Iraq, fought as a military division in the Iranian order of battle during the Iran-Iraq War. Badr now leads Iraq’s largest security institution, the half-million Ministry of Interior, and the Shia militias are being formed into a proto-ministry that resembles their patron, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In the last year Iran seems to have been acting increasoingly recklessly in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Iraqi Shiite militias like Badr spin-off Kataib Hezbollah have worked with Iranian-backed cells in Bahrain and Eastern Province to import advanced EFP munitions in large numbers with the evident intent of giving Shia communities the ability to self-defend against future Saudi military crackdowns.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/12/21/what-would-a-saudi-iran-war-look-like-dont-look-now-but-it-is-already-here-4/



Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.


At UN, nations defy Trump and pass Jerusalem resolution with large majority

Non-binding General Assembly motion condemning US recognition of holy city as Israel's capital passes 128-9, with 35 abstaining and 21 no-shows

December 21, 2017

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday defied warnings from the United States and overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city.

A total of 128 countries voted in favor of the text, defying the threats — that were forcefully reiterated in address before the vote by US envoy Nikki Haley — to cut aid to countries that opposed the motion.

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said “The vote is a victory for Palestine,” and promised that the Palestinians would “continue our efforts in the United Nations and at all international forums to put an end to this occupation and to establish our Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, in a video, that “Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital — always was, always will be.” However, he added, “I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theater of the absurd.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-nations-defy-trump-and-pass-jerusalem-resolution-with-large-majority/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=8870058cc1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-8870058cc1-54606857



Daniel 8:5-7 “ And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the West, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END”.

Iran's Soleimani sends message of defiance in calls to Hamas

December 20. 2017

For the first time ever, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Quds Force, called the leaders of the military wings of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to offer military support. Some saw this move as an Iranian message of defiance to the United States and Israel in response to Trump's decision.

Also on Dec. 11, Soleimani stated that all the Arab resistance movements, such as Hezbollah and other groups that emerged during the Syrian war, are prepared to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. He expressed Iran's full support for the Palestinian resistance forces.

The call came a few hours before a speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah urging the axis of resistance to develop a unified strategy to confront Israel. Meanwhile, Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh also called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss Trump’s decision. In a statement by Hamas, Haniyeh described the US decision as an act of aggression against the Palestinian people and the Islamic world.

Iran adviser to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a professor of Palestinian studies at Tehran University, told Al-Monitor that the Iranian Republic is ready for military action should the United States move its embassy to Jerusalem.

“The Jerusalem decision was not the first major mistake committed by Trump, but it is the most dangerous so far,” said Rahmandost. He expects Iran to increase its financial, military and political support for the Palestinian resistance after the declaration, which he described as a hostile act by the United States and Israel toward Muslims.

“These contacts made by a prominent figure such as Maj. Gen. Soleimani prove the Iranian military presence in the region and carry several messages,” he continued. “Iran is ready to militarily defend its allies and will not content itself with political reactions.”

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/palestine-factions-iran-soleimani-hamas-islamic-jihad-call.html#ixzz51v5FtORn



Matthew 24:5-6: "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”


CHINA AND RUSSIA TRAIN FOR WAR WITH U.S. IF TRUMP INVADES NORTH KOREA

12/18/17

China and Russia may be devising a plan to attack U.S. forces in the event of an imminent war breaking out on the neighboring Korean Peninsula, according to two former military officials.

Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang, the former deputy commander of the western Nanjing Military Region, warned "the war on the Korean Peninsula might break out anytime between now and March next year"; his comments came during a conference hosted Saturday by ruling Communist Party newspaper The Global Times. The following day, the nationalist outlet expanded on the retired general's remarks with insight from Chinese military expert, commentator and author Song Zhongping, who said China could potentially engage U.S. forces if they posed a threat.

Song also said that high-tech anti-missile drills held that same day by China and Russia in Beijing were actually a joint effort by the U.S.'s two leading military competitors to defend against a potential attack order by President Donald Trump, who has increasingly feuded with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un since taking office in January.

Both China and Russia have joined the U.S. in condemning North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons arsenal, which the country argued was necessary to defend against a U.S. attempt to overthrow Kim, but Beijing and Moscow have staunchly opposed an expansionist U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific.

"The main target of the joint drills between China and Russia is the U.S., which has both ballistic and cruise missiles that could pose a real threat to both Beijing and Moscow," Song told the South China Morning Post on Sunday.

http://www.newsweek.com/china-could-fight-us-war-north-korea-breaks-out-751779



Matthew 24:7: ”And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”
 
HIV/AIDS kills 41.5m persons worldwide in 2017—WHO

December 2017

No fewer than 41.5 million persons have died as a result of HIV and AIDS epidemic in 2017 worldwide, the World Health Organization, WHO, has said.

Bursali said an estimated 36.7 million persons were currently living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues recorded in history.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/12/hivaids-kills-41-5m-persons-worldwide-2017/



America’s STD Epidemic Should Be Much Bigger News

Turns Out a Sexual Free-For-All Has Major Downsides

During the same week Hugh Hefner died, the Centers for Disease Control revealed that the number of new sexually transmitted disease cases in America had hit a record high. This unfurls a strange symmetry to the way history unfolds: a founding father of the sexual revolution dies at the same time that his legacy fully blossoms.

Two million American citizens came down with fresh spells of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in 2016. If you factor in herpes and other diseases that can’t be so easily tracked, the CDC estimates there were something like 20 million new cases. This seems like it should be bigger news.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/03/americas-std-epidemic-much-bigger-news/



Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

Muslims may lose Mecca if they fail to hold on to Jerusalem – Erdogan

December 19, 2017

Muslims may lose Mecca and other holy sites if the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital isn’t reversed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned:

“If we lose Jerusalem then we won’t be able to protect Medina. If we lose Medina – we will lose Mecca and Kaaba,” Erdogan said in a speech at an award ceremony in Istanbul.

Erdogan has been one of the most vocal critics of President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Turkish president has slammed other nations for their “weak” response to the US move.

"If the [UN Security Council] will not, we will approach relevant authorities within a legal framework," Erdogan said. "Turkey will not stop defending Palestine or Jerusalem just because Israel wants it to.”

Turkey hosted Muslim leaders on Wednesday for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem. Erdogan has praised the summit’s decision, in which the 57 countries who are members of the OIC recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state in response to the US move. The Turkish leader expressed confidence that the OIC’s initiative will create “a multiplier effect” and called upon other nations to follow suit.

https://www.rt.com/news/413416-erdogan-jerusalem-mecca-israel/



“And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came FROM THE WEST, ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH without touching the ground; and the goat had a NOTABLE HORN between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END”

US urges UN to punish Iran, but Russia says no to sanctions

12/19/2017

At Security Council meeting, Ambassador Nikki Haley says Tehran guilty of 'dangerous violations' of international resolutions and 'destabilizing behavior' in region

While the United States “continues to uphold its commitments” under the nuclear agreement, she said the international community must take action to address Iranian actions such as its arms sales, ballistic missile launches and support for terrorism.

“If we don’t do something, we will miss the opportunity to prevent further violence from Iran. The international community must demonstrate that we are committed to ensuring accountability for the full spectrum of Iran’s malign behavior.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-urges-un-to-punish-iran-but-russia-says-no-to-sanctions/


Trump national security strategy doubles down on Iran

December 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s inaugural national security strategy frames Iran as a “rogue state” and primary competitor to US interests in the Middle East.

“Our leaders engaged in nation building abroad but failed to build up and replenish our nation at home,” Trump said, blaming his predecessor for a “disastrous, weak, and incomprehensibly bad deal with Iran and allowed terrorists such as ISIS to gain control of vast parts of territory all across the Middle East.”

The Trump strategy comes as the White House is trying to deter Iran, dubbed “the world’s most significant state sponsor of terrorism” in the document, from strengthening ties with Shiite groups such as Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Last week, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley held a press conference in Washington with purported fragments of Iranian missiles that the Houthis fired into Saudi Arabia.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/trump-national-security-strategy-doubles-down-iran.html#ixzz51lipGZOx




Matthew 24:5-6: "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”

NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS POSE BIG 'RISK' AND U.S. CAN'T 'TOLERATE' IT, MCMASTER SAYS

12/19/17

Kim's regime is estimated to have anywhere from 25 to 60 nuclear weapons, but many experts are skeptical as to whether it's acquired the technology necessary for it to launch a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile toward the mainland U.S. and have it successfully reach its target. North Korea conducted its sixth and strongest nuclear test to date in early September and has since threatened to carry out a seventh test over the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, Trump and Kim have engaged in a war of words from across the globe, frequently trading insults and threats. Trump often refers to Kim as "Rocket Man" in reference to the North Korean leader's nuclear ambitions. As Trump unveiled his administration's national security strategy on Monday, he described North Korea as a "nuclear menace."

"America and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a denuclearization and ensure that this regime cannot threaten the world," Trump added. "This situation should have been taken care of long before I got into office, when it was much easier to handle. But it will be taken care of. We have no choice."

http://www.newsweek.com/north-koreas-nuclear-weapons-pose-risk-us-cant-tolerate-it-mcmaster-752939



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Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi Rebels Fire Ballistic Missile at Saudi Capital of Riyadh

December 19, 2017

Houthis smuggling Iranian missiles into Yemen through humanitarian entry points, Saudis claim

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Tuesday said they fired a ballistic missile targeting the al-Yamamah royal palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Houthi-affiliated TV al-Masirah reported. Saudi air defenses intercepted the missile. Coalition forces carried out airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen's southern Sanaa in response, al-Arabiya reported.

"These are Iranian made, these are Iranian sent, and these were Iranian given," Haley told a news conference at a military hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, just outside Washington.

Following Haley's remarks, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said "the Iranian missile threat extends from the Persian Gulf through Yemen and Syria to Lebanon and Gaza." He added that "today's announcement only proves that the danger Iran poses is growing, despite their attempts to hide. The UN must work immediately to end these dangerous threats."

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.829926



Iranophobia at heart of accusations by Saudi Arabia, West: Zarif

Dec 18, 2017

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected accusations that Iran was in a quest to resurrect the Persian Empire, saying the accusations are in line with the Iranophobia project.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes the territorial integrity of the countries of the region and their independence. We see our interests in a powerful, advanced and stable region,” he said. Zarif outlined Iran’s foreign policies, saying the country should always maintain “distrust in arrogant powers and friendship and engagement with neighbors.”

Western powers and their allies in the region are worried about what they call an Iranian “arc of influence” stretching from Lebanon and Syria in the Levant, to Iraq and Bahrain on the Persian Gulf, to Yemen on the Red Sea. Those worries have especially increased in the wake of Iran’s successful military advisory assistance to Iraq and Syria to neuter a foreign-backed insurgency in the two Arab countries.

“The claims of the Zionist regime and other countries have no bearing on the calculations and decisions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in pursuit of national interests and regional security,” he said.

http://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i70883-iranophobia_at_heart_of_accusations_by_saudi_arabia_west_zarif



Trump Needs to Respond to Iran Threats over Jerusalem

December 18, 2017

When Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, the Iran responded by threatening violence and terrorism.

Why? Quite simply, Iran hates Israel (whom it calls the Little Satan), hates the US (whom it calls the Big Satan), and supports the terrorist group Hamas. In fact, the Regime even has a paramilitary organization dedicated to keeping Jerusalem from Israel: The Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC-QF).

Even more simply, Iran needs violence and chaos in the Middle East (like a dispute over Jerusalem) to ensure that no one focuses on the real source of sectarian violence in the Middle East: Iran

http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32293:trump-needs-to-respond-to-iran-threats-over-jerusalem&catid=9:terrorism&Itemid=114



Iran Regime Funding North Korea's Malign Missile and Nuclear Programs


December 18, 2017

Late last week, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley raised the issue that the Iranian Regime was gifting ballistic missiles to Yemen’s Houthi militias but that’s far from the only present the Iranian Regime is handing out.

They are also sending large amounts of money to North Korea in exchange for missile technology or material, which is incredibly “problematic” according to Emily Landau, a senior research fellow at the Israeli-based Institute for National Security Studies and head of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program, and she is not alone.

Matthew Bunn, a nuclear proliferation expert and professor of practice at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, explains both states see the West as a threat and are working together against a common enemy but this cooperation is no new thing. He said: “There’s been fairly extensive cooperation on missiles. And in fact, early generations of Iranian missiles were thought to be basically modestly adapted North Korean missiles.”

“It was beyond asinine for former President Obama to make his disastrous U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran, the crony of North Korea and the largest anti-U.S., anti-Israel and pro-terrorist sponsoring state in the world… Bottom line, the Obama administration emboldened and empowered Iran’s pursuit of nuclear power so its terrorist state could empower little rocket man’s nuclear power and cause the Trump administration to fight both enemies.”

https://ncr-iran.org/en/news/nuclear/24020-iran-regime-funding-north-korea-s-malign-missile-and-nuclear-programmes



Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

WAR IN 2018: WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH NORTH KOREA, SYRIA AND UKRAINE?

12/16/17

As 2017 comes to a close, bloody conflicts rage on in many parts of the world and new wars are seemingly on the horizon.

The conflict in Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, which began in 2014 (and coincided with the annexation of Crimea), has claimed over 10,000 lives––including 2,500 civilians. Meanwhile, roughly 1.6 million people have been forced from their homes. As the world's attention has been diverted to the rise of nationalism in Western countries, the Syria conflict, North Korea's long-range missile tests and other issues, this war has largely been forgotten—but it is alive and well.

"There’s not been one day since April 2014 where there’s not been fighting in Ukraine. Every day since then, they’ve been averaging two score or more ceasefire violations a day. The conflict remains in full force,"This past week, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said there's a roughly 30 percent chance Trump will start a war with North Korea. Experts from the academic community also seem somewhat worried a war might occur in 2018.

"I believe a conflict is unlikely [in 2018] but still possible, perhaps more so than at any time since the nuclear crisis of 1994," Charles K. Armstrong, a historian and the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University, told Newsweek.

The devastating, bloody conflict in Syria has raged on for more than half a decade. Since its onset in 2011, the war has claimed over 400,000 lives, according to the U.N., and made Syria the largest source of refugees in the world. At present, there are roughly 5.4 million Syrian refugees, according to the U.N. refugee agency. "The Assad regime is completely dependent on Russia and Iranian-provided Shia militias to conduct both offensive and defensive operations but still intends to reconquer the entire country."

http://www.newsweek.com/war-2018-what-will-happen-north-korea-syria-and-ukraine-750159



Daniel 8: 3- 4, 17, 20:

“a Ram which had two horns, and the TWO horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the HIGHER ONE CAME UP LAST. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. He said to me, "Understand, son of man that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."


Reactions in Iran to Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital: Incitement To Violence, Calls To Revive Intifada And Destroy Israel

December 15th 2017

Reactions in Iran to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were characterized by incitement of the Palestinian, Muslim, and Arab public to violence against Israel and American targets, calls to revive the intifada, and statements blaming the U.S. and Israel for the rioting in the Middle East and the rest of the world protesting Trump's announcement.

Senior Iranian officials and regime mouthpieces – politicians, members of the military, and journalists – underscored that the destruction of Israel is imminent and demanded that Muslim countries in the region organize people's armies in the style of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force so that they could be sent to destroy Israel.

Beyond the calls, particularly those to the Palestinians, to launch a new intifada against Israel, it was reported that Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani had spoken on December 11, 2017 with the commanders of the armed wings of Hamas – the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades – and of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) – the Al-Quds Brigades – saying that Iran was prepared to assist and support the forces of Islamic and Palestinian resistance in every way, and pointing out that the rest of the resistance groups in the region are also ready to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque. READ MORE:

https://www.memri.org/reports/iranian-reactions-to-trump-jerusalem-statement



IS THE IDF READY FOR POSSIBLE INTERSTATE WAR WITH IRAN?

DECEMBER 13, 2017

Trump’s "Game of Thrones" with Jerusalem has left Israel even more exposed to Iran.
Israel has been left abandoned by the United States to deal alone with the Shi’ite Iranian, Russian and Turkish axis. Former US president Barack Obama’s American isolationism, which President Donald Trump is following, continues to focus on hollow and meaningless gestures. Trump’s declaration has not only been detrimental to the unity of Jerusalem but this declaration harms Israel’s attempt to form an informal coalition with Sunni states.

In contrast to Trump, Russia and Iran’s strategies were astounding. While correctly reading the map, Iran has been remarkably successful in developing into an effective regional power- a power that constantly expands its power and influence.

Iran views Israel as a hindrance to its hegemony in the Middle East, and in general. In this context, the Iranian superpower reached a crossroads. Is direct military conflict an option for Iran and Israel in the foreseeable future? The issue of direct confrontation between Israel and Iran is critical especially in the light of the IDF’s power buildup in recent years.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Is-the-IDF-ready-for-possible-interstate-war-with-Iran-518014




IRAQI SHIITE LEADER MUQTADA AL-SADR ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECLARATION: ISRAEL HAD BETTER BEWARE, WE CAN GET TO IT THROUGH SYRIA

December 14, 2017

For our part, we say that there can be no peace with the evil, arrogant, and colonialist countries. Another point is that the Palestinians must not surrender to this resolution in any way. They should reactivate the revolution.

"I call on the Arab youth to realize the gravity of the situation. May the Islamic Jihadi spirit be reignited within them, for the liberation of Jerusalem, before it is too late. The Iraqi government should close down the U.S. embassy, and at the very least, summon the U.S. ambassador, and submit a letter of protest to him.

"Finally, I would like to remind Israel – in case it has forgotten – that we can get to its border through Syria. So Israel had better beware. I'm sorry, but I cannot make the decision all by myself. I need to talk to the other factions, and if they are serious about attacking Israel, I'm in. I shall be the first soldier, not just the first commander." (WATCH VIDEO):

https://www.memri.org/tv/muqtada-sadr-threatens-israel-following-trump-jerusalem-declaration



Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

Protests held worldwide against Jerusalem capital move

December 15, 2017

More than a week after US President Donald Trumpannounced the decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, anger among Palestinians and their supporters continues to grow. After Friday prayers concluded at al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets to demonstrate but were prevented from entering the Old City by barricades put up by Israelis.

Marches also took place to the north in Ramallah and in Bethlehem, where protesters faced off with Israeli soldiers. The US announcement attracted strong condemnation from Muslim countries, and the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine in response at its meeting in Istanbul this week. Rallies against Trump's decision also took place in the Indian city of Mumbai, the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, and the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/protests-held-world-jerusalem-move-171215103731337.html



Matthew 24:6 :"And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”

US calls for global 'coalition' to counter Iran

December 14, 2017

The US ambassador to the UN has called for an international coalition to counter Iran's influence in the Middle East, while accusing the country of "fanning the flames of conflict" in the region.

Nikki Haley, standing in front of what she said were the remnants of Iranian-made weapons, said the US has found evidence that Iranian ballistic missiles were transferred to, and used by, the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, a violation of Tehran's international obligations.

The US is going to "build a coalition to really push back against Iran and what they're doing", Haley said, without going into specifics. She said the recovered pieces of the weapon came from a missile "fired by Houthi militants from Yemen into Saudi Arabia", a staunch US ally in the region. Haley said markings on the missile proved it was made in Iran. "These are Iranian made, these are Iranian sent, and these were Iranian given," she said.

Haley's comments come amid a war of words between Iran and its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, over several issues in the region.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/calls-global-coalition-counter-iran-171214190652267.html



Israel will return Lebanon to Stone Age, Intel minister threatens

December 14, 2017

Israel will return Lebanon to the Stone Age, the country's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Wednesday in an interview with Saudi newspaper Elaph. According to Katz, Israel believes Iran is building "advanced missile plants" in Lebanon. When asked if Israel would bomb the plants, he replied, "Yes. We will also act militarily and prevent them, as is happening in Syria."

The Israeli intelligence minister said the country would rather assault Lebanon than wait for new U.N. resolutions against Hezbollah and Iran.

https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2017/12/14/israel-will-return-lebanon-to-stone-age-intel-minister-threatens



Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.


Iranian leaders vow to back Hamas in fight against Israel

Rouhani speaks with Gaza terror group's chief Ismail Haniyeh, offers support in countering Trump recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Jewish state

12 December 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke with the leader of Hamas Monday, as Iran vowed to back the terror group in fighting Israel after US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Hamas has been urging Palestinians to launch a new intifada.

Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ elite Quds Force, also spoke by phone Monday with leaders of the Hamas military wing, reassuring them that Iran will back Palestinians in their “resistance” to Israel, Iran’s Press TV reported.

Iran’s Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah terror movement organized a rally in Beirut attended by tens of thousands. Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah spokes via video to the crowds telling them that Trump’s recognition of Israel was the “beginning of the end” for Israel.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-leaders-vow-to-back-hamas-in-fight-against-israel/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=835d65a905-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-835d65a905-54606857



SWEDEN IN PROTEST OF U.S. JERUSALEM DECLARATION: SHOOT JEWS, THE ARMY OF MUHAMMAD IS COMING BACK

December 8, 2017

Antisemitic slogans were chanted in a demonstration that was held in Malmö, Sweden on Friday, December 8, in protest of U.S. President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protesters shouted in Arabic: “Khaybar, Khyabar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad is coming back,” in reference to the 628 CE Muslim conquest of the Jewish oasis city of Khaybar. The protesters also called to close embassies, presumably of the U.S., and to cut diplomatic ties. They shouted that from Sweden ”millions of martyrs marching to Jerusalem” Watch Video:

https://www.memri.org/tv/antisemitic-demonstration-in-malmo-sweden



Daniel 8:4-7, 17:

“Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.

“And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came FROM THE WEST, ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH without touching the ground; and the goat had a NOTABLE HORN between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END”


Iranian Daily: 'We Must Prepare Ourselves To Build A New World Order... Implement The Revolutionary Discourse Of The Imam Khomeini, And Prepare Ourselves, Using The Jihadi And Revolutionary Model, To Play [Our] Role In The Future Of The World'

December 11, 2017

In his November 29, 2017 column in the Iranian daily Javan, which is affiliated with the country's ideological camp, commentator Abdollah Motevalian wrote about the superiority of Iran's Islamic Revolution over other revolutions in the world, which, he said, faded out after a few years. He set out the principles of the Iranian regime's Islamic revolutionary model, and explained how to make this regime global by exporting the revolution. The aim of the Islamic revolution, he emphasized – much as Iranian regime officials emphasize – is to build a new world order – a Shi'ite Islamic one – on the ruins of the Western world order.

"Iran Will, In The Future, Become One Of The Poles Of The World"

"All the experts and political scientists in the world acknowledge that the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an exceptional revolution, unlike any other in previous centuries in the world, and that it has had an influential and extensive impact in several areas simultaneously:

"1. Removing tyranny and fighting internal dictatorship [for example, in Iran, referring to the 1979 removal of the Shah].

"2. Raising the flag of fighting the regime of global arrogance [i.e. the U.S. and its allies].

"3. Creating a resistance axis and commanding the war against the occupying Zionist regime.

"4. Directing public opinion in the world.

"5. [Carrying out] a global mission and plan for creating the global rule of the Mahdi [the Shi'ite messiah]. READ MORE:

https://www.memri.org/reports/iranian-daily-we-must-prepare-ourselves-build-new-world-order-implement-revolutionary




Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem."


Hezbollah chief says fight for Jerusalem is now top priority

11 Dec, 2017

Lebanese Hezbollah will work with its allies to create a strategy “in the field” to confront Israel, the group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said, calling again for a third Palestinian intifada (uprising), during a rally in Beirut on Monday.

“Today the axis of resistance, including Hezbollah, will return as its most important priority ... Jerusalem and Palestine and the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance in all its factions,” Nasrallah said, Speaking by video-link at a rally attended by tens of thousands in Hezbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut, Nasrallah vowed that the struggle for Jerusalem and an independent Palestine is now Hezbollah’s top priority.

According to Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s regional victories – the Iran-backed group played a key role in ground operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria – will allow it to renew its focus on Palestine. He also called on Hezbollah and its allies to form a united strategy "in the field" to confront Israel, and advocated for third Palestinian intifada to overturn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

https://www.rt.com/news/412757-nasrallah-palestine-israel-hezbollah/



Daniel 8: 3- 4, 17, 20:

“a Ram which had two horns, and the TWO horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the HIGHER ONE CAME UP LAST. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. He said to me, "Understand, son of man that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."

Will Iran’s Expansionist Scheme Fail?

December 11, 2017

Iran’s theocratic regime, which has maintained power domestically via brutal oppression for over four decades, is continuing its devastating expansionist policies across the Middle East, paying no heed to the bloody results of its subversive policies.

The fallout from Iran’s policies is not limited to the terrible destruction in those regional nations where the regime has established a foothold, but also seems to be wreaking havoc on the Iranian state itself. Iran’s regime and the entire country are isolated, exhausted, and militarily and financially stretched to their limit.

Tehran’s hypocrisy and true oppressive nature have been laid bare, with the ayatollahs providing the most brutal Arab regime that of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, with a near-limitless supply of money, weapons, military advisors and rank and file militiamen.

This once again underlined that the theocratic regime in Iran never had any interest in supporting freedom. Its sole imperative is expansionism and regional control In pursuit of this objective it spent billions of dollars on helping to slaughter and dispossess millions of people and to reduce whole nations to rubble, while claiming implausibly to be fighting terror. Read More:

https://clarionproject.org/will-irans-expansionist-scheme-fail/



SHIA MILITIAS IN IRAQ THREATEN US AND ISRAEL AFTER JERUSALEM MOVE

DECEMBER 9, 2017

Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Iranian-backed Shia militia Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, is using a new Arabic hashtag on Twitter. “Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital,” he tweeted on Tuesday in the run-up to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital.

Khazali was once imprisoned in Iraq for attacks on US troops in 2007. He was released in 2009 and, along with his militia, he has risen in influence in Baghdad. His fighters played a role in the liberation of areas around Mosul from Islamic State and in Baghdad’s decision to wrest control of Kirkuk from the Kurdistan Regional Government in October. Since 2016 his militia, which is part of the broader Shia militia front of the Hashd Al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces, has been part of the Iraqi security forces.

In October when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson encouraged Iraq to disband the militias, Khazali threatened the US and told Americans to “go home.” Since then, according to local reports, his activists have taken to the streets in Sadr city in Baghdad, chanting “No, no America.” According to a tweet by human rights activist Lawk Ghafuri, US flags were burned and protesters chanted, “Trump is the sponsor of terrorism.”

Shi’ite militias in Iraq have threatened the US and Israel, Kurdish voices have taken to social media to support recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Shia-militias-in-Iraq-threaten-US-and-Israel-after-Jerusalem-move-517536



Quds (Jerusalem) to be burying place for fake Zionist entity: IRGC Chief

December 9, 2017

“The United States and Zionist regime committed their most historic mistake … and, with the grace of God, Quds will become the burying place for the fake Israeli regime,” Major General Jafari said Saturday.

He also criticized certain regional countries for having connived in the move, saying “we know that this decision is the result of behind-the-scene consultations, agreements and coordination (of the US) with some Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, and they had been aware of the issue since a few months ago.” The IRGC commander further said such moves by the US and Israel are preludes to attempts at destroying al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that Muslims must stand up against the inauspicious plot straightaway.

http://en.abna24.com/news/iran/quds-to-be-burying-place-for-fake-zionist-entity-irgc-chief_871739.html



Iranian-backed militia threatens US troops in Iraq

Militia says that 'Trump's decision on Jerusalem renders striking US forces in Iraq legitimate.'

December 8, 2017

An Iranian-backed militia in Iraq threatened on Thursday to attack US forces in the country over US President Donald Trump recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"The decision by Trump on Al-Quds [Jerusalem] makes it legitimate to strike the American forces in Iraq," Al-Nojaba militia chief Akram al-Kaabi said in a statement.

The group, established in 2013 and supported by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, numbers around 1,500 fighters and is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) auxiliary force that has fought alongside the army against ISIS.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238993



Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”


Iran and ‘the Great Satan’: A four-decade old saga

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard strategist Dr. Hassan Abbasi, nicknamed “Kissinger of Islam” claims that Iran has “tens of thousands of sleeping elements” inside the US and in Latin America ready to “blow America up into pieces at a moment’s notice.” There are scores of former Islamic Republic and IRGC officials throughout the US, including in think-tanks and universities.

For almost four decades, trampling the star-spangled banner under feet, burning effigies of US presidents and cries of “Death America” haven’t solved any of Iran’s many problems.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2017/11/07/Iran-and-the-Great-Satan-A-4-decades-old-saga.html



New U.S. Plan to Curb Iran Regime's Expansionism


December 8, 2017

Reports are circulating that top Pentagon officials are drawing up plans to curb Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East Defense Secretary James Mattis has reportedly asked the Pentagon to come up with plans to use the US military to deter the Iranian Regime from expanding into neighboring countries (through invasion or proxy groups) and containing them if they are currently there. "A lot of thought is being put into Iran."

No one wants a war, but the US does see the threat of allowing Iran's "malign influence" to continue unimpeded. National Security Advisor HR McMaster recently told a security forum: "What the Iranians have done across the broader Middle East is fuel and accelerate these cycles of violence so that they can take advantage of these chaotic environments, take advantage of weak states, to make them dependent on them for support." He said that this needed to be addressed sooner rather than later.

https://ncr-iran.org/en/news/terrorism-fundamentalism/23985-new-u-s-plan-to-curb-iran-regime-s-expansionism 



IRANIANS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP'S JERUSALEM MOVE, BURN US FLAGS

December 9. 2017

State TV aired footage of marchers chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."
Hundreds of Iranians took part in rallies across the country on Friday to condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, state TV reported. State TV aired footage of marchers chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," holding up Palestinian flags and banners saying: "Quds belongs to Muslims," using the Arabic name for the city. In several cities protesters burned effigies of Trump, Iranian media reported.

Some protesters burned pictures of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while chanting “Death to the Devil." Rouhani rejected Trump’s decision as “wrong, illegitimate, provocative and very dangerous." Senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Friday prayers at Tehran University that Muslims around the world should unite against Israel, state TV reported.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iranians-rally-against-Trumps-Jerusalem-move-burn-US-flags-517458



IRAQI CLERIC AL-SADR VOWS TO BE 'THE FIRST SOLDIER' TO DEFEND JERUSALEM

DECEMBER 9, 2017

Provoked by the recent US decision, al-Sadr vowed to create a new brigade to defend Jerusalem

Iraqis are invited to volunteer to a new brigade that will attempt to defend Jerusalem after the recent US decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital sparked rage across the Arab and Muslim world. The spokesperson for Saraya al-Salam, Safa Tamimi, claimed that “we will arm, train, and categorize the volunteers according to their specialty" during an interview on Rudaw TV.

Saraya al-Salam is the armed wing of the Sadrist Movement, a political party led by the Shiite cleric al-Sadar that was created in 2003 and enjoys wide support across Iraqi society. While the future brigade will not be a part of the Saraya al-Salam, Sadar warned in a speech delivered on Thursday that: “We can reach Israel through Syria,” and said he was ready to be the first soldier in such an attack.

The Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba said the recent US decision justifies targeting US forces, of which there are thousands in Iraq.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iraqi-cleric-al-Sadr-vows-to-be-the-first-soldier-to-defend-Jerusalem-517511?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=10-12-2017&utm_content=iraqi-cleric-al-sadr-vows-to-be-the-first-soldier-to-defend-jerusalem-517511




Psalm 83:3-5: “They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted together against your sheltered ones. They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against you.”

Erdogan: Israel a ‘terrorist state’ that kills children

Turkish president vows to use all means in support of Palestinians, the 'innocent victim' of Trump's Jerusalem recognition

10 December 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Israel as a child-killing “terrorist state” Sunday and vowed to use “all means to fight” against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Palestine is an innocent victim… As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan said in a speech in the central city of Sivas. “We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children. Israel is a state of occupation and now they are making use of terror and are bombing young people and children,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Several rockets were fired at Israel from Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday and Friday, one of them landing in Sderot and another being intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Hamas, which seeks to destroy Israel, has called for a new intifada to liberate Jerusalem, and urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/turkish-leader-israel-a-terrorist-state-that-kills-children/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=c16dc4f09d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-c16dc4f09d-54606857



Luke 21:23: “For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.”


Top Iranian cleric calls for Palestinian violence, vows to ‘level Tel Aviv’

In a sermon at Tehran's largest mosque, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami tells followers the 'cure for the issue of Palestine is only, only an intifada'

December 8, 2017

A senior Iranian cleric called during Friday prayers for Palestinians to “rage” against Israel after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, an ultra-conservative and a key leader of the main weekly Muslim prayers, said Trump had drawn a line on years of peace efforts by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“He proved that the cure for the issue of Palestine is only, only, an intifada (uprising),” Khatami, who was appointed by Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, said in his sermon at Mosalla, Tehran’s largest mosque.

“Only intifadas can turn day into a dark night for the Zionist regime. Any damage that you can incur to this occupying and criminal regime will mean you have taken a step towards pleasing God.” He urged the Palestinian people to rise and “rage against this occupying regime.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-iranian-cleric-calls-for-palestinian-violence-vows-to-level-tel-aviv/



Daniel 8:4-7, 17, 20:

“Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.  So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end." And he said, "Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be."
 

IRAN SAYS ARABS AND MUSLIMS MUST DEFEND JERUSALEM AS ROCKETS TARGET ISRAEL

12/7/17

Iran has called on countries around the world to stand up against Israel's claim to Jerusalem after President Donald Trump declared the disputed city to be the capital of the majority-Jewish state, a move met with widespread protests and violence in the region.

The Iranian military's chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said Thursday that Arab and Muslim nations "face a historical and decisive test" in their response to Trump's decision Wednesday regarding Jerusalem, a city religiously significant to Jews, Christians and Muslims and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Iran, a revolutionary Shiite Muslim power, has long opposed Israel's de facto control over the holy city and has threatened to respond to the recent move with force.

"The world of arrogance, and foremost the criminal U.S., should know that the unity of the Muslim world will obstruct this desperate move and this measure will be defeated with the vigilance of the Muslim world while the Zionist regime will move closer to its annihilation," Bagheri said, according to Iran's semi-official Press TV.

“Israel has occupied the Palestinian territory, and the continuation of the Palestinian people’s struggle against this cancerous tumor (Israel) indicates that the occupiers will never see peace and will have no choice but to leave the land or to perish,”

http://www.newsweek.com/iran-arabs-muslims-must-defend-jerusalem-741725




2 Peter 2:1: “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”

‘Prophet’ of doomsday sect arrested for kidnapping girls, hiding them in desert

December 6, 2017

A Utah man believed to be the head of a new religious sect allegedly hid two young girls in 50-gallon barrels for nearly 24 hours in freezing temperatures and kept another two in an abandoned mobile home, authorities said.

Samuel Warren Shaffer, 34, is facing two counts of kidnapping and four counts of child abuse after authorities — who issued an Amber Alert on Monday for two daughters of Johnathan Coltharp, a member of a religious group called the Knights of the Crystal Blade — found the girls, officials from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

Shaffer is believed to be the “prophet” of the group, according to sheriff officials. Coltharp, 33, was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and obstructing justice but has not yet been formally charged.

https://nypost.com/2017/12/06/prophet-of-doomsday-sect-arrested-for-kidnapping-girls-hiding-them-in-desert/



Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem."

Trump’s speech recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel

An important historical and extremely prophetic time! Watch Video:

December 6, 2017

President Trump realized a campaign promise, moral truth, and historical fact when he declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/full-text-of-trumps-speech-recognizing-jerusalem-as-capital-of-israel/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=df7eda0bac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-df7eda0bac-54606857




“a Ram which had two horns, and the TWO horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the HIGHER ONE CAME UP LAST. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. He said to me, "Understand, son of man that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."


This Iran-backed militia helped save Iraq from ISIS - Now Washington wants them to disband

December 7, 2017

The long fight against ISIS in Iraq is now all but over. Whose claiming victory? An American-led coalition of Iraqi government forces and Kurdish troops, joined by tens of thousands of militia fighters backed by Iran. And it is the Iranian support for that force that is causing great concern in Washington.

In 2014, when most U.S. ground forces were gone and Iraqi forces were too weak, the threat of ISIS in Iraq spawned the PMF, a government-sanctioned militia that was armed, funded and trained by Iran, America's long-time foe. In the second installment of our series “Iran Rising in Iraq,” special correspondent Reza Sayah reports in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

This is Part Two in the PBS Hour Video series: Iran Rising in Iraq: WATCH VIDEO:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/this-iran-backed-militia-helped-save-iraq-from-isis-now-washington-wants-them-to-disband




Iraq militia threatens US forces after Trump Jerusalem move

Head of Islamic State-aligned, Iran-backed Al-Nojaba says it is now 'legitimate to strike the American forces in Iraq

7 December 2017

An Iranian-backed militia in Iraq threatened on Thursday to attack US forces in the country in retaliation for US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“The decision by Trump on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) makes it legitimate to strike the American forces in Iraq,” Al-Nojaba militia chief Akram al-Kaabi said in a statement. The group, established in 2013 and supported by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, numbers around 1,500 fighters and is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) auxiliary force that has fought alongside the army against the Islamic State terror group.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-militia-threatens-us-forces-after-trump-jerusalem-move/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=df7eda0bac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-df7eda0bac-54606857



IRAN BACKED HAMAS LEADER HANIYEH CALLS FOR INTIFADA AGAINST ISRAEL OVER JERUSALEM STATUS

DECEMBER 7, 2017

Speaking in Gaza, Haniyeh called on all Palestinian factions, and all Muslim states to unite against the "US declaration of war."

“Tomorrow, December 8, 2017, should be a day of rage and the beginning of a major effort to rise up, which I will name the intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank’s freedom,” Haniyeh said in a televised speech. “As we liberated Gaza, we are able…to free Jerusalem and the West Bank by the way of this popular struggle.”

In his speech, Haniyeh added that the Palestinian people needs to overcome its differences and unite for the sake of Jerusalem. “We are a people in one boat. The time has come for us to be strong in this boat, hold onto each other, push each other forward, unite, and stand together…We need to quickly overcome all the issues and details in order to turn our attention to Jerusalem and al-Aksa.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-leader-Haniyeh-calls-for-Intifada-against-Israel-over-Jerusalem-status-517294?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=7-12-2017&utm_content=hamas-leader-haniyeh-calls-for-intifada-against-israel-over-jerusalem-status-517294



The Ram and Jerusalem:

Iran reacts to Trump's 'very dangerous' Jerusalem decision

December 6, 2017

Amid US President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Iranian leaders have stated that Tehran will not tolerate any aggression against holy Islamic sites.

On Dec. 6, in a meeting with government officials, ambassadors of Islamic countries and participants at the 31st International Conference on Islamic Unity, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reacted to Trump’s move on Israel by saying, “Their announcement of Quds [Jerusalem] as the capital of Occupied Palestine [Israel] proves their incompetence and failure. In regards to Palestine, they are helpless and unable to achieve their goals. Victory is for the Islamic nation. Palestine will be free, and the Palestinian people will be victorious.”

Describing the United States and Israel as oppressors, Khamenei said, “The modern-day pharaoh is represented by the US, the Zionist regime and their accomplices in the region, who seek to create wars in our region, and this is plotted by the US. Today, some enemies and individuals line up against the Islamic nation and the path of the Prophet [Muhammad].”

President Hassan Rouhani joined Khamenei in condemning any attempt by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Today, the enemies have launched a new conspiracy against the Muslims and have targeted the great goal of the liberation of the Holy Quds,” said Rouhani. “The Holy Quds belongs to Muslims and Palestinians, and it is not a place in which anyone can stand against the thoughts and feelings of the people. This is a new adventure of the 'global arrogance' in the region.”

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/iran-reaction-jerusalem-capital-trump-khamenei-rouhani.html#ixzz50c3fr15m



Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

The Coming War on China

Journalist John Pilger on how the world's greatest military power, the US, may well be on the road to war with China.

06 Dec 2017

A major United States military build-up is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China, according to award-winning journalist John Pilger. Nuclear war is no longer unthinkable. In his film, The Coming War on China, Pilger warns that the world's greatest military power, the US, and the world's second economic power, China, may well be on the road to war.

China has been building airstrips in the South China Sea in the disputed Spratly Islands archipelago, creating a flashpoint for war with the US. WATCH VIDEO:


http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/11/coming-war-china-171128124059730.htm



Daniel 8: 3- 4, 17, 20:

“a Ram which had two horns, and the TWO horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the HIGHER ONE CAME UP LAST. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. He said to me, "Understand, son of man that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."

Does Iran’s deep religious influence in Iraq translate to politics?

Dec 6, 2017

During the rule of Saddam Hussein, few Iranians dared to make the religious pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala in Iraq. But the toppling of Saddam has drawn millions of worshippers back, revealing Iran's powerful influence there. Just how far has Iran extended its reach in Iraq? What are its intentions? And are American concerns that Iran is destabilizing Iraq justified?

Read this eye opening dialogue and watch the very prophetic video:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/does-irans-deep-religious-influence-in-iraq-translate-to-politics


The Axis of Moderation vs. the Axis of Resistance in the Middle East

December 2017

There urgently needs to be a unified American position to confront the Axis of Resistance. Iran continues to be the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, empowering these armed militias and extremist groups -- the basis of terrorism both in the region and across the world. It makes death threats, cooperates with a nuclearized North Korea, and all the while races toward nuclear weapons capability itself.

The dispute between the Arab states, often known as the Axis of Moderation, and the officially designated terrorist regime in Iran often known as the Axis of Resistance, is no longer just a political disagreement but a threat to the national security of Arab countries.

While the Arab states seem pro-statehood and work with other states, Iran and the Axis of resistance seems not to. Even though Iran calls itself Republic, it has a militia mentality and rarely deals with states. In general, rather than dealing with governments, it instead establishes militias, as it has in Lebanon and Yemen. Even in Iraq, where the government is considered its ally, Iran has established more than 15 militias. Qatar, by supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as Syria under the Assad regime, seem to have the same mentality as Iran. If you trace the Axis of Resistance, all of them appear to have adopted the concept of supporting militias and extremist groups under the slogan of "resistance."

The Iranian regime's long history has now culminated in Saudi Arabia being targeted by Iranian missiles located in Yemen. They are coordinated in Lebanon by the Hezbollah militia, who train the Houthis in Yemen. It is important to understand that these violations and proxy wars carried out by the Iranian regime not only threaten the Arab Gulf states but also pose a threat to a regional and international security.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11471/axis-moderation-resistance




Top dog of Iran’s Navy promises to “fly the Iranian flag in the Gulf of Mexico”

December 6, 2017

The head of Iran’s Navy, Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, promised in his first speech since his appointment to “fly the Iranian flag in the Gulf of Mexico,” encouraging Navy officers to consider an Iranian presence in the Atlantic Ocean a pivotal goal and soon-to-be routine occurrence.

The Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that Khanzadi asserted the Iranian Navy “will soon go to the Atlantic Ocean, visit some South American countries, and wave the Iranian flag in the Gulf of Mexico.”

“Highlighting plans to develop military gear for operations in international waters, the commander said the Navy would unveil new vessels and submarines within the next year,” it added. Tasnim noted that Khanzadi placed emphasis on unveiling a variety of new technologies that would help Iran dominate the Atlantic Ocean as well as waters closer to the borders of Iran.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/12/top-dog-of-irans-navy-promises-to-fly-the-iranian-flag-in-the-gulf-of-mexico




More Daniel 8 News:

Iran warns of 'intifada' against Israel

Arab world blasts Trump's announcement on recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

December 7, 2017

The Arab world blasted U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, after his announcement that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Iran strongly condemned the decision, saying it threatened a "new intifada", or uprising against Israel.

"The provocative and unwise decision by the U.S.... will provoke Muslims and inflame a new intifada and an escalation of radical, angry and violent behavior. Iran strongly condemns this move and urges the international community, influential countries and especially Islamic countries to prevent the implementation of this US action, which is only of benefit to the Zionist regime, to preserve the stability of the region," said the Iranian foreign ministry.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238971



Iran Threatens American Bases

December 7, 2017

Over the last month, Iran’s military leaders have threatened on several occasions to attack American bases with ballistic missiles and have warned United States forces in the region to get out of ballistic range. These latest military threats are partly a response to America’s nuclear deal.

Iran’s missiles can currently reach as far west as Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and southern Italy. Unlike with U.S. bases, relocating these nations beyond Iran’s ballistic missile range is obviously not an option.

It could be easy to ignore these realities when there is so much tension between Iran and the U.S. right now. Iranian mullahs, after all, still regard the U.S. as the “Great Satan.” But as that tension increases, Iranian aggression will also increase. That aggression will certainly be felt beyond America’s interests in the region.

https://www.thetrumpet.com/16454-iran-threatens-american-bases




Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable on Korean peninsula: KCNA

“Large joint drills by the U.S. and South Korean militaries and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have made outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula ‘an established fact’, a spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said.”

“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” the spokesman said late on Wednesday in a statement carried by its official KCNA news agency.

“We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-statement/north-korea-says-u-s-threats-make-war-unavoidable-on-korean-peninsula-kcna-idUSKBN1E0393



Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem."


PALESTINIAN ENVOY SAYS US RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM IS 'DECLARING WAR'

December 6, 2017

US President Donald Trump would effectively be making a declaration of war if he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinians' chief representative to Britain said on Wednesday.

"If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution," Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview. "He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel," Hassassian added.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-envoy-says-US-recognition-of-Jerusalem-is-declaring-war-517159?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=6-12-2017&utm_content=palestinian-envoy-says-us-recognition-of-jerusalem-is-declaring-war-517159



Trump tells Abbas he will move US embassy to Jerusalem


December 5, 2017

US President Donald Trump has told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a plan met with condemnation across the Middle East and elsewhere.

"President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world." Earlier on Tuesday, a statement by the Jordanian royal palace said Trump had also called King Abdullah to inform him about his intention to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

The statement said the king warned Trump the relocation would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region" and would also inflame Muslim and Christian feelings. Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian legislative council, called the planned relocation "a very reckless and dangerous act from the side of the US president".

Speaking from Ramallah, he told Al Jazeera that such a move would not "take into consideration what it means to 1.6 billion Muslims, to 2.2 billion Christians, and to 360 million Arabs. It will create a very serious reaction and destabilize the region - and definitely destabilize the situation in Palestine itself," he added.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/trump-tells-abbas-move-embassy-jerusalem-171205160340393.html




Daniel 8:4-7, 17, 20:

“Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."


Iran's growing power could be explosive

December 5, 2017

Iran is poised to consolidate its growing power in the Middle East as it tries to com­plete a strategic land bridge from the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean despite advances in Syria by the United States and its allies.

Having cleared the last obsta­cles for the Shia-controlled corri­dor on the Iraq-Syria border, the Islamic Republic, unlike its ally Russia, plans to remain in Syria permanently and is building military bases in southern Syria, moves that Israel sees as a strate­gic threat.

"Iran has basically created its own foreign legion," he observed. "You've had a variety of Shia militias from other countries... come to the Syria-Iraq theaters. ...That's something that gives it the power to project power sig­nificantly." Iran plans to remain in Syria once the war ends to consolidate its expansion across the Middle East, preferably with Bashar al-As­sad as a puppet president.

Tehran recently recruited thousands of Afghan and Paki­stani Shias - one estimate is as high as 6,000 - swelling its force of Shia mercenaries, which con­stitutes an arm of the Islamic Re­public's extra-territorial military forces. Along with Hezbollah's battle-hardened Lebanese veterans, their main purpose is to regain as much valuable Syrian territory, such as oilfields, as possible be­fore any peace deal is clinched.

https://www.upi.com/https:/www.upi.com/Top_News/Voices/2017/12/05/Irans-growing-power-could-be-explosive/3371512479562/


IRAN ASKS MUSLIMS TO DISRUPT ISRAELI TIES IN REGION

December 5, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims on Tuesday to disrupt what he called a plot by unnamed countries in the region to build ties with Israel. He gave no more details on the states. But an Israeli cabinet minister said last month that his government had had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia linked to their common concerns over Tehran. "Some regional Islamic countries have shamelessly revealed their closeness to the Zionist regime,”

Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live by state TV. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel view Iran as the main threat to the Middle East. Increased tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fueled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to work together.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Iran-asks-Muslims-to-disrupt-Israeli-ties-in-region-517056



More Daniel 8 news:

Israel, Iran duel on Syrian soil

December 4, 2017

On Nov. 15, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted: "I just completed a two-day visit along the northern front. We will not allow Shiite Iran to establish itself in Syria, and we will not allow it to transform Syria into an advance position against Israel. Anyone who doesn't understand this, should."

On the night between Dec. 1 and 2, unidentified aircraft bombed a military base about 14 kilometers (9 miles) southwest of Damascus while it was undergoing renovations. On Nov. 11, just four days before Liberman's tweet, the BBC released satellite images as evidence of the extensive construction and renovations underway at the base that was later bombed. According to the British news service, the base was planned to house troops and weaponry.

Western intelligence sources added that these would be fighters from the Shiite militias inspired by Iran, who have operated in Syria over the last few years during the civil war there. In other words, this would be the first time that the long arm of Iran was about to hunker down in a permanent military base on the outskirts of Damascus, within mortar range of the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.

An attack on a military facility being built by the Iranians for the Shiite militias, which operates under Iran’s command, is being attributed to Israel. What this really means is that Israel and Iran are already at war, even if it is only on a low flame and at low intensity. It is not a direct war yet. It is being fought by Iran's various proxies in the region. Nevertheless, the fact that it is being fought at all cannot be denied. It is being waged steadily, in the air, at sea and on the ground. The two parties are sizing each other up as much as possible. They are stretching their intelligence capacities to the maximum and trying to maneuver according to the obscure rules of the game, which are being set while the game is being played. Each party is trying to deter the other, while in the same breath to prevent the situation from deteriorating into an all-out war. It sure is complicated.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/israel-iran-russia-syria-us-nuclear-agreement-attacks-idf.html#ixzz50PhRUKoQ




Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”


S Korea, US hold air drills as N Korea threatens nuke war

Annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace: Six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters deployed among more than 230 aircraft taking part.

December 4, 2017

The United States and South Korea held large-scale joint aerial drills today (Monday), prompting North Korea to warn that the Korean peninsula would be brought to “the brink of nuclear war”. The drills were held despite calls from Russia and China to cancel them, reported Reuters.

The North’s KCNA state news agency, citing a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said on Saturday the Trump administration was “begging for nuclear war by staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula” while North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country called U.S. President Donald Trump “insane” and said the drills would “push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war”.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238850




Daniel 8:4-7, 17, 20:

“Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.


Iran: We have established 'resistance cells' across Middle East

Official reveals the method by which Iran attempts to spread its influence across the Middle East.

December 3, 2017

Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, praised the role of the Basij [a volunteer militia operating under the Revolutionary Guard] as a model that could help other entities in the Middle East.

"The Basij is a role model for the 'resistance' of the countries in the region, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, and it is expressed in hundreds of thousands of people who have undergone training in the forces of Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi [popular forces that fought ISIS in Iraq], in Yemen, and other countries," Jafari said in a speech to the Basij forces in Tehran.

Shiite volunteer forces from Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Yemen have been operating in Syria. According to reports earlier this year, Iran's Revolutionary Guard recruited thousands of Afghans, mainly by coercion, to fight in Syria alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Iranian-inspired Shiite terror networks have also been exposed in recent years in Bahrain.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/238788



Psalm 83:2-4: “For behold, your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate you have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted together against your sheltered ones. They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more."

Reports: Israel Bombs Iranian Base in Syria

December 3, 2017

Israel’s air force reportedly bombed a military target thought to be an Iranian military base outside Damascus, Syria December 2. The hit was reported by Arab media outlets. An arms depot was destroyed in the strike, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Arabic media reported the target was an Iranian military base 9 miles south of Damascus and just 30 miles from the Israeli border that was revealed by the BBC three weeks ago. It is the first time reports have emerged of Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria.

Israel repeatedly warned it will not allow Iran to develop a military presence in Syria. Iranian leaders have long threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” In June 2017, demonstrators set up a countdown clock to Israel’s destruction in the center of the capital Tehran.

https://clarionproject.org/israel-bomb-iran-base-syria/



Matthew 24:7:
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”

How homophobia feeds Russia’s HIV epidemic

In a country where gay people are persecuted by society and the state, even getting tested for HIV is fraught with problems

December 4, 2017

Condoms can’t protect you from HIV,” says Vladislav Ivanov, a 34-year-old hotel worker from Rostov-on-Don. He is one of an estimated 1.5 million people in Russia living with HIV. And because he is not receiving treatment, he is at a high risk of passing on the virus.

Does this worry him? “Yes, but I still don’t wear condoms because I don’t like them. Most people in Russia think condoms can’t protect you from HIV. People think of them only in terms of contraception.”

Ivanov’s story is chilling. Diagnosed HIV positive in March, he says he was calm when he heard the news as he was not convinced HIV existed. Because of this, he had had unprotected sex with a man who had told him he was HIV positive. “I didn’t worry about it because I’d seen a TV programme that denied the existence of HIV.”

According to figures just released by the World Health Organisation and UNAids, more than 103,000 new cases of HIV were reported in Russia in 2016, an increase of 5% over the previous year, and it is estimated that there are another 500,000 undiagnosed cases. Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region in the world where HIV infections are rising, with Russia accounting for eight out of every 10 new infections.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/03/homophobia-feeds-russia-hiv-epidemic



6.0 earthquake strikes Ecuador's coast

December 3, 2017

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck along the coast of Ecuador on Sunday in the same area where a deadly tremor left hundreds dead last year. President Lenin Moreno said there were no immediate reports of victims or major damage from the quake, which jolted many Ecuadoreans who were still in bed shortly after 6 a.m. It was felt in 12 provinces across the country.

Authorities said that there wasn't a risk of a tsunami and appealed for calm. They also expressed optimism that Ecuadoreans were better prepared for a natural disaster after rebuilding from last year's magnitude 7.8 quake along the Pacific coast that left more than 600 people dead and thousands more injured and homeless.

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-earthquake-ecuador-20171203-story.html



Daniel 8:4-7, 17, 20:

“Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.

PM NETANYAHU JUST REVEALED WHAT IRAN IS REALLY DOING IN THE MIDDLE EAST RIGHT NOW

DECEMBER 4, 2017

Things are ramping up- the fulfillment of Daniel 8. Watch Video:

https://israelvideoupdates.com/pm-netanyahu-just-revealed-what-iran-is-really-doing-in-the-middle-east-right-now/?omhide=true



Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

NETANYAHU: WE WON’T ALLOW IRAN TO ENTRENCH ITSELF IN SYRIA

December 4, 2017

Amid reports of an alleged Israeli aircraft attack on an Iranian base outside of Damascus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that an Iranian presence in Syria will not become a reality.

“Let me reiterate Israel’s policy. We will not allow a regime hell bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state,” he said.

According to foreign media reports, Israeli launched five air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace toward an Iranian base near the town of El Kiswah, 15 km. southwest of the Syrian capital. Syria’s SANA state news agency reported that regime air defenses “confronted an Israeli attack with ground-to-ground missiles” and that the air defenses intercepted and destroyed three Israeli missiles.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned repeatedly of Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country, saying in mid-November that Israel “will simply not allow for Shi’ite consolidation and Iranian entrenchment in Syria, nor will we allow Syria to become a forward operating base against the State of Israel.“I advise our neighbors not to test us.”

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Watch-Netanyahu-slams-Iran-in-statement-about-airstrike-on-base-in-Syria-515813




Zechariah 12:2: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in Wednesday speech — report

A White House official will not confirm the Axios report, saying only that president 'is still considering options and we have nothing to announce'

1 December 2017

Defying longstanding American policy, US President Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to an Axios report on Friday.

A White House spokesman, contacted by The Times of Israel on Friday afternoon, would not confirm the story. “The president has always said it is a matter of when, not if,” the official said. “The president is still considering options and we have nothing to announce.”

Multiple reports surfaced this week that the president would for the second time waive a congressional mandate requiring the US embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but that he would take the dramatic step of formally recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.

Declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be a highly controversial move, with the potential to spark unrest in the Middle East. The Wall Street Journal reported that US officials were contacting embassies in the region warning them to prepare for the possibility of violent protests.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-will-recognize-jerusalem-as-israels-capital-in-wednesday-speech-report/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=2007aaaf8b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-2007aaaf8b-54606857



Matthew 24:6, 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

SOUTH KOREA’S “DECAPITATION UNIT” WILL TAKE DOWN NORTH KOREAN WAR LEADERSHIP

12/1/17

The South Korean military has announced the long-anticipated special unit targeting the North Korean leadership in case of conflict, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

The ceremony to launch the brigade took place on Friday afternoon, a military official told the news agency. The unit includes 1,000 soldiers belonging to the army’s special forces command that would be tasked with neutralizing North Korea’s war command.

http://www.newsweek.com/south-koreas-decapitation-unit-will-take-down-north-korean-war-leadership-728642




Daniel 8:4: “I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.”

IRAN: MUSLIM ‘RESISTANCE’ TO U.S., SAUDI ARABIA AND ISRAEL READY TO FIGHT WORLDWIDE

The head of Iran's most elite fighting force has said revolutionary Islamic forces have formed across the Middle East and beyond, seeking to counter the influence of ultraconservative jihadi militant groups and Western powers such as the U.S.

The U.S. and its Gulf Arab allies, especially Saudi Arabia, have been attempting to isolate Iran and often accuse its leadership of backing proxy forces abroad to sow discord in their respective nations, but Iran has denied this, instead arguing that it has offered political support to friendly forces trying to thwart plots to destabilize the region.

“Today, the global mobilization force of the Islamic front has been established,” Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari told a crowd of Basij paramilitary forces. “Cores of resistance have formed in many countries in the region and the world," he added.

http://www.newsweek.com/us-iran-war-saudi-arabia-israel-hezbollah-terror-muslim-islam-syria-iraq-723359



As ISIS Falls, and Trump Talks, Iran Advances Throughout the Middle East

Now that the so-called Islamic State has lost virtually all the territory it once occupied in Syria and Iraq, it's Iran's proxies, not America's, that are moving in.

Kurds in both Iraq and Syria are watching carefully the new ascendance of Iran amid decreasing U.S. influence in the region. The pivotal moment came when Iran-backed Iraqi forces took the town of Kirkuk from Kurds on October 16 and Iranian-backed proxies were able to establish a potential Iranian land bridge through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/as-isis-falls-and-trump-talks-iran-advances-throughout-the-middle-east



Daniel 8:5-8: “And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken”


A post-Isis Middle East without a strategy

The much discussed “Shiite Crescent” or an Iranian land corridor from Tehran to the Mediterranean may be a reality. To make matters even more complicated, U.S. policy or the lack thereof may have contributed to Iran’s regional hegemony. The Iranian role in the defeat of ISIS elevated its stature and influence.

If the U.S. is serious about countering Iranian aggression, steps must be taken across this regional battle space. Should the Trump administration do nothing, the Iranian Revolutionary Forces will assert political and economic dominance over the entire northern tier of the Middle East.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/26/us-must-devise-a-plan-that-blocks-iranian-hegemony/




Matthew 24:7:


“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”


Strong Quake Strikes Southeastern Iran

December 1, 2017

A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southeastern Iran on Friday, followed quickly by an aftershock measuring 5.1, the U.S. Geological Survey says. At least 42 people were injured and several homes destroyed, officials say. The epicenter of the quake was located about 36 miles northeast of the city of Kerman in a sparsely populated area of the country. The depth of the quake, at only 6 miles, was likely to intensify the effects.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/594b76e9-a67d-3215-9ad8-858430fee7b7/ss_strong-quake-strikes.html