December 11th, 2016
CRN World News
By Barry Secrest
As earlier reported by CRN in March of 2016, the Mosul dam and its extreme state of disrepair, while having fallen under the occupation of ISIS, has international experts extremely worried over the prospects of the dam soon failing.
Recent news reports have also garnered a great deal of worldwide attention due to the implications of carnage that would ensue, should the dam eventually fail, as feared. One headline in particular compared the Mosul dam's possible failure as "being worse than a nuclear bomb," due to the vast population which would be affected downriver.
And then, there are also the possible prophetic implications, as detailed in the Christian Bible.
The two rivers, Tigris and Euphrates, essentially share their source in eastern Turkey and travel southeast through northern Syria and Iraq, before joining again in southern Iraq, to become one river-- which then flows to the head of the Persian Gulf.
The Mosul dam is located on the Tigris River in Iraq, which shares the same headwaters, in Turkey, as the Euphrates River. Should the dam, as damaged & neglected by ISIS, fail, millions would die in Iraq and that could happen at any moment, say engineers.
Moreover, there's even more to the story than just the deaths of over a million people, should the dam fail.
The Book of Revelation, in fact, speaks to an event where the angels loose a seal and allow the entire Euphrates river to dry up, where the "kings of the East" will then cross the river, to make war, in the end-times.
While the Iraq-Iran war had already damaged the river eco-systems, additional information speaks to a severe limit to the two river's resources, already.
According to prophetical experts, "The Euphrates River is mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Revelation in a prophecy that is predicted to occur just before Jesus returns. During the Great Tribulation when the global destruction of the last days is threatening the very existence of life on Earth, the Apostle John says: “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Rev. 16:12) During the coming World War III, just before the attack by China and the other countries to the east, the Euphrates River will be removed as being an obstacle by being dried up."
Were the Mosul dam to fail, the unrestricted flow of the water, from its source in Turkey, could affect a greater reduction of water levels in both rivers, due to the two rivers sharing the same headwaters with only one other Tigris dam structure, much further northward, limiting the river's flow.
Could the book of Revelation be alluding to events that might be severely hastened as a result of the Mosul dam's failing?
The rest of the story as recounted via News24.com:
"Baghdad - As Iraqi forces continue their military operation to take Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), another equally important battle to save the Mosul Dam, located 60km north of Mosul, is under way.
After six months of frantic security and logistical preparations, an Italian company has kicked off the repair works to beef up the dam, under the protection of five hundred Italian soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
The Italian company,TREVI, will have about 18 months to prevent the foundations of the dam from plunging deeper underground, averting an impending catastrophe. Experts warn that if the dam collapses, up to 11.11 billion cubic metres of water known as Lake Dahuk, will submerge Mosul and create an inundation that will affect the lives of millions of people living along the banks of the Tigris river.
"I don't know if it's a race against time, but we have the know-how and the technology to make the dam safe for the time-being," said a company source on the phone, on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
Under a $300m contract, funded by the World Bank, the Italian company is doing maintenance and repair works, in addition to consolidating the foundations of the dam with injections of a cement mix, in a process called grouting.
The engineering company is also training local staff to use its technology.
But scientists say the repairs are just a temporary solution and that the Iraqi population should get ready to evacuate the Tigris' banks. "No matter how much grouting and maintenance the company will do, it may expand the life span of the dam, but it is just going to delay the disaster," said Nadhiral-Ansari, professor of water resources and environmental engineering at Lulea University in Sweden and a published expert on the Mosul Dam.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ansari said the 3.4km-long dam, the fourth largest in the Middle East, is built on unstable grounds and its collapse is inevitable. "It is just a matter of time. It will be worse than throwing a nuclear bomb on Iraq," Ansari said.
A recent study by Norwegian experts shows that bedrock settlements and lateral movement continue at a preoccupying pace.
Ansari explained that a bathymetric survey of the bottom of the reservoir in 2011 showed the presence of hundreds of sinkholes north of the dam, some as large as 20 metres, that probably have increased, in number and size, with time.
Iraqi environmentalist Azzam al-Wash said the dam's movement may not seem to be very large, but for a dam of such significant size, it may be a tell-tale sign of an upcoming disaster. Referring to the repair works, he said: "this is akin to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound and pretending that everything is going to be all right."
December 4th, 2016
“Thou Hashem art in the midst of this people; inasmuch as Thou Hashem art seen face to face, and Thy cloud standeth over them, and Thou goest before them, in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night.” Numbers 14:13 (The Israel Bible™
A startling video which has been shared over 140,000 times on Facebook reveals without a doubt the hand of God protecting Israel against her enemies.
The video, posted on Thursday by Israel News Online, shows what appears to be an enormous pillar of cloud, dust and rain hovering over the dangerous border between Israel and Syria – in the very same area where ISIS militants had attacked IDF forces for the first time four days earlier.
Most incredibly, the mysterious cloud ended precisely at the border without entering Israel’s Golan Heights region, seeming to afflict the Syrian side while not harming Israel.
“This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel,” the Facebook post read.
In the video, dozens of amazed IDF soldiers are shown photographing and taping the bizarre weather phenomenon with their phones.
With over 5 million views, nearly 60,000 likes, 28,500 comments and 143,793 shares, the video quickly went viral.
Commenters had no doubt of what they were seeing, calling the cloud a “miracle” and a “protective occurrence provided by the Almighty.”
“God protecting his chosen people yet again,” wrote Orlando Houston, while Margaret Tilford commented, “If they had cell phones back when God parted the Red Sea and led the Israelites it would have looked like this!”
Indeed, the Biblical parallel is unmistakable. When the Israelites were wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt, the Bible relates that God took the form of a pillar of cloud to lead them.
And Hashem went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; that they might go by day and by night; the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, departed not from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22
“It is the hand of God the Almighty showing the world He is in control!” wrote Magda Botha.
Days before the appearance of the strange cloud barrier, a cell of four ISIS militants on the Syrian side of the border had fired on an IDF patrol in the Golan, marking the first time that the Islamic State had ever directly attacked Israeli forces. IDF soldiers immediately returned fire, killing all four attackers, and Israeli fighter jets responded by striking targets within Syria. No Israeli soldiers were hurt.
Between Israel’s swift military victory and the pillar of cloud which appeared over the border, ISIS should heed the clear warning: this land is under Divine Protection.
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November 28th, 2016
Many eschatologists (those who study the Biblical end times prophecies) believe that the current Pope may be the last, based not only on current events but also on various prophetical texts in existence.
According to St. Malachy, an Arch-Bishop from the 1,400’s, this current Pope is the last Pope of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and both his historically controversial moves and his non-biblical edicts, thus far, appear to undeniably bear out this fact.
This latest is but yet another apocalyptic brick in the proverbial wall...
~ Refocus Notes
Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong and Tom Phillips in Beijing
The most senior Chinese Catholic has slammed a potential rapprochement between the Vatican and Beijing, saying it would be “betraying Jesus Christ”, amid a thaw in more than six decades of bitter relations.
Talk of a deal between the two sides has been building for months, with some saying the diplomatic coup for Pope Francis would be resolving the highly controversial issue of allowing China’s Communist government to have a hand in selecting bishops.
But Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong, has been an outspoken critic, saying any agreement where Beijing would have a hand in approving clergy would be “a surrender”.
“Maybe the pope is a little naive, he doesn’t have the background to know the Communists in China,” Zen said at the Salesian school in Hong Kong where he still teaches. “The pope used to know the persecuted Communists [in Latin America], but he may not know the Communist persecutors who have killed hundreds of thousands.”
Chinese Catholics are free to go to mass and attend government-sanctioned churches, but barred from proselytising. The state-controlled China Catholic Patriotic Association controls the church and appoints bishops, currently without any input from the Vatican.
An “underground” Catholic church exists, with some estimates saying it is larger than the official one, and its members and clergy have faced persecution by authorities.
Zen complained that most supporters of the deal did not truly know China, lacking first-hand experience with the state of the church under the Communists. He spent seven years frequently teaching in cities across China in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that was followed by severe tightening of freedom of expression and religion.
One motivation for the Vatican is the relatively small number of Catholics in a country filled with people who are increasingly searching for meaning in their lives. There are roughly 10 million Catholics, just a 10th of the overall number of Christians in the country.
The people sooner or later will see the bishops are puppets of the governmentCardinal Joseph Zen
With “fake freedom” under a proposed deal, priests could more easily preach, and more churches would open, Zen predicted, but “it’s only the impression of freedom, it’s not real freedom, the people sooner or later will see the bishops are puppets of the government and not really the shepherds of the flock.”
“The official bishops are not really preaching the gospel,” Zen added, “They are preaching obedience to Communist authority.”
Francesco Sisci, an Italian scholar, and journalist who is based in Beijing, said “a very wide-ranging agreement” appeared to be on the horizon but that it remained unclear exactly when the deal would be unveiled. No observers expected it to lead to full diplomatic relations.
Sisci, who conducted a rare interview with Pope Francis at the start of this year in which the leader of the Catholic church backed the idea of dialogue with Beijing, said he believed the deal would represent a “a major breakthrough” for China, the Vatican and people of all faiths.
Sisci rejected the idea that the Vatican was abandoning its principles by engaging with Beijing and claimed many within the church leadership believed it would be more effective to talk to China’s Communist leaders than to “wage war” against them on issues such as human rights and religious freedom.
“The church doesn’t want crusades … and doesn’t want to start a new one with China,” he said....
November 23rd, 2016
November 9th, 2016
By Barry Secrest
While there is much to say regarding Trump's victory, of which we unwaveringly believed was coming based upon the wide number of variables we saw; now is the time to prepare for what comes next.
First, we know that Mr. Trump will be under fire from the forces of the anti-American left & its now proven to be co-opted mainstream media, unlike anything we've ever seen.
Trump will need our help now more than ever, especially in the task of exposing the new world order apparatchiks within not only own movement, but also deep within our goverment.
Just as they tried to corrupt and marginalize us, we now must excise & defeat them completely.
Next, there will come the job of fixing and correcting our education system and its rampant abuse of the historical facts, which has resulted in a legion of otherwise completely innocent young Alinskyites.
Then comes a revival, not only of our cities our infrastructure and our military, but also of the original American spirit and its essential endowment of natural rights from none other than our creator, himself.
Please tune into our CRLive radio show tonight at 7:00 pm to hear more on our thoughts--but after 8 long years of incessant battle against the dark forces of globalism and new world order luciferianism, we can't rest from our victory for very long.
Thank you to all of our listeners and followers for the last 8 years, but now, a new chapter opens up-- after finally realizing our three-pronged goal of a conservatively controlled Executive branch and both houses of congress.
This was our D-Day, now we're successfully staged, but also we must now push inward against the relentless forces of the demoniacal extreme Left and their aims towards complete global dominance.
Donald Trump's victory message to you, his supporters, is as follows:
"They said we could never do it.
But last night you showed the world that America will once again be a country of, for, and by the PEOPLE.
You fought like a winner, you defied all odds, and history will forever remember the role you played in taking our country back.
I never could’ve done it without you. Your contributions, your sacrifices, and your unyielding commitment to our movement made last night possible!
Last night we learned that America is still a beacon of hope where the impossible is possible.
For far too long, we’ve heard Washington politicians give the excuse that “it can’t be done.” They say we can’t balance the budget, we can’t stop corruption, we can’t control the border, we can’t bring jobs back to our country.
I REFUSE to accept that it can’t be done. This is the country that declared its independence, won two world wars, and landed a man on the moon. This is America. We can and we WILL get it done.
Now it’s time to start uniting our country and binding the wounds of our divided nation. I promise to be a president for ALL Americans. I will work for you. I will fight for you. And I will win for you.
You will soon remember what it’s like to win as an American.
Thank you and God bless you,"
Donald J. Trump