Friday, February 27, 2015

Global SITREP B2-15: Just Some Odds and Ends on Prophecy, War, and China

27 February 2015: I know this is an inherently dangerous thing to do, but I've been thinking, or rather, I've had thoughts come to me that I've had to consider fully. Here are a few of them.

What if the prophecy of Ezekiel 38/39, commonly known as the 'War of Gog/Magog,' and the prophecy of Jeremiah 49-34-39, commonly known as 'Judgment on Elam' were the Lord's prophetic warning about the same event. What if Ezekiel was given the full prophetic picture the Lord wants us to know about in advance and Jeremiah 49:34-39 gives us the detailed picture that is simply a single verse found in Ezekiel 39:6a

"And I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the LORD."

What if those coastlands are the 1,520 miles of the Iranian coast a great portion of which was ancient Elam, on the northern side of the Persian Gulf. Prior to having this thought come to me I had thought that Iran would be militarily reduced through a brief but violent event such as Jeremiah has prophesied. Now as we move closer to the actual prophetic events it appears to me that they might both me with respect to the same prophetic event.

Most interpretations of Ezekiel 38/39 do not hold to a view where human armies and weapons destroy the confederation of Gog's allies who fall upon the mountains of Israel. No, on the contrary the prevailing interpretation is that God Himself directly intervenes here in order to reveal Himself to Israel as their Savior and magnify and sanctify Himself before the nations of the world. 

What if there is a direct connection between these two verses where the Lord is speaking: 

"Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand." Ezekiel 39:3

"Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the foremost of their might." Jeremiah 49:35
In context and in literal similarities, the possible connection here of these prophecies is something to be considered.

 Highway 8 north of Kuwait City, February 1991

The next item is not so much a thought as it is a realization: despite the fact that US, British and other allies in the Middle East are attacking Islamic State targets in both Syria and Iraq, these are mere pinpricks. This so-called "Coalition" is not truly waging war against the Islamic State. 

If the Coalition, led by the US and the UK were truly waging war against the Islamic State, then we would be seeing and hearing about sustained strikes against Islamic State targets by B-52, B1 and B2 bombers reaching out and touching them with napalm, fuel-air explosives (FAEs) and very heavy ordnance as was done by a real Coalition during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; the desert highways in territory held by the Islamic State would look like Highway 8 running north out of Kuwait City in 1991.  

Remember when the feared Iraqi Army of Saddam Hussein was surrendering to unarmed journalists and photographers and anyone passing by? That's what happens when your the enemy in open desert being fed a 'shock and awe' daily diet of heavy Coalition ordnance coming out of a clear blue sky and no amount of prayers to a false god can save you. That was war back then. This is a PR sham now.

 The Middle East circa Asaph's time of 1000 BC

About Psalm 83, there are also some new interpretive thoughts swirling around. I am starting to think that the final action of this ongoing might not be as the first actions were in 1948, '67 and '73 that involved the armies of nation states such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt with support from 8 or 9 others.  I'm thinking the final action will be about a confederated act of war that involves large formations of Islamic Jihadists attacking from Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Sinai. A confederation that is, more or less, what we know right now as the Islamic State. 

I've never been comfortable with the notion that Assur in Psalm 83:8 is a reference to modern-day Syria. As most know by now I believe this Assur literal in the text and refers to the area of Assur in Asaph's time, seen in the above image as circular purple-colored area; what was referred to during Operation Iraqi Freedom as "The Sunni Triangle." In 1076 BC the great Assyrian Empire collapsed after Tiglath-Pileser I's death, swiftly crumbling and falling backwards into a rump state where it had originated. The map above directly correlates to the period when Asaph lived and wrote Psalms.

Also seen in the map image above is the land inhabited by Israel at this same time in a light purple on both side of the Dead Sea. This is the Israel and the region that Asaph knew and is very likely how the Psalm 83 prophecy was framed. Arameans at this time controlled wide swaths of territory from Aram-Damascus eastwards to the modern-day Saudi Arabian border at the head of the Persian Gulf. Look closely and  this territory almost resemble what the territory of the Islamic State look like today, give or take a wilayat or two.
The peoples and locations named by Asaph is Psalm 83:6-8 closely resemble in the physical and ideological sence what we see today in these same places controlled by Islamic jihadism in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai and with some strength coming to them from the Islamic State heartland of ancient Assur. 

Up next: Going to China

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Global SITREP E8-14: Another in a Series of Imminent Nuclear Crises with Iran Beckons

The NCRI-US today revealed this clandestine nuclear site known as Lavizan-3

UPDATE  26 February 2015: It took a while, but I managed to locate a .pdf version of the entire NCRI-DC press briefing given in Washington, D.C. this past Tuesday. Click this link to download your own free copy courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon. For those who'd like me to just cut to the details, here goes. 

The 10 pages of this report make clear the following four important items:

1.) The Lavizan-3 nuclear site was not revealed publicly until this week to allow for six full years of intelligence collection, vetting and verification to come to a conclusion.
2.) Three types of advanced centrifuges, IR-2m, IR-3 and IR-4 have been operation at Lavizan-3 for at least 6 years. These are AQ Khan designs received from Red China.
3.) The Kalaye Electric Company, which has always been affiliated with the allegedly peaceful purposes of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was instrumental in the development of the Lavizan-3 site. An NCRI requested IAEA inspection of a Kalaye Electric Company site in northeastern Tehran turned up Highly Enriched Uranium over 11 years ago (2003).
4.) The Lavizan-3 nuclear site is a parallel nuclear weapons site to the others operated by the IRGC, and is protected by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). Lavizan-3 is, in fact, disguised as a classified military facility of the MOIS so that on the surface it appears to be unrelated to nuclear activities.

Yesterday, SECSTATE John Kerry was grilled by the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee and was forced to admit that the the US was aware of Lavizan-3 being a military facility, but that it had not yet been revealed to the Obama Administration as being a secret, parallel nuclear weapons facility. Said Kerry, "...these things are going to have to be resolved as we go forward." We must assume Kerry means to say that the Iranian negotiators will now confess to him face-to-face that once again the NCRI has caught Iran red-handed hiding yet another undeclared nuclear facility. 

These are the same people who believe the American people are still too stupid to understand the fraud that is Obamacare, so what could we possibly understand about the Obama Administration's clandestine negotiations over Iranian nuclear weapons development? It's a good thing for us the current government of Israel and some their regional anti-Iran allies understand these things, otherwise New York City might wake up one morning to find a brand new sun illuminating Midtown, Manhattan. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress early next week is likely to be a humdinger, so send a reminder to your nearest Democrat Senator or Representative it'd be a good idea for him/her to be in attendance. 

24 February 2015:  THUD!!! That's the sound I imagine was heard by the Ayatollahs personal bodyguards today when he was informed of the intelligence released at 10 AM by the NCRI-US (National Council of Resistance of Iran-United States) today in their Washington, D.C. press conference and promptly fell out of his chair.  

Once again, and commencing the 13th year of whistle-blowing on Iranian nuclear weapons activities since 2002, the NCRI-US, and its parent MeK organization, have obtained and released "highly critical" nuclear weapons intelligence obtained from within the Iranian regime. Today's revelation was about the previously unknown and parallel program at the "Lavizan-3" nuclear weapons site (image above right-side) buried deep in a tunnel complex just outside Tehran. Also pictured on the left is a 1-foot thick security door designed to prevent any detection of the activities going on inside the complex of tunnels by foreign intelligence collection efforts. NCRI-US issued an immediate call for the IAEA to demand an inspection of this site.

In his 15 February 2015 comments at the Iranian-American Community Symposium held in Phoenix, Arizona, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani had no idea how prescient his words would be about the utter folly of negotiating with the Iranian Ayatollah and his newest sock-puppet president Rouhani: 

"This is like playing poker with a guy who cheated you twice before. You know who does that? A moron!

Indeed, a moron just like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a moron in negotiating directly with Adolf Hitler 77 years ago. World War II erupted just 12 months after he prematurely declared his negotiations resulted in "peace in our time." 

Yet despite this revelation it is doubtful that anything short of a preemptive and thorough military intervention will prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons breakout in the very near-term. However, and possibly as a result of the NCRI-US press conference release this morning, there are again strong indications of joint Israeli-Saudi Arabian preemptive strike planning. (See: Jerusalem Post article "Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process") There should also be no confusion about the ongoing and directly related joint Iranian-Hezbollah-Syrian armored advance approaching the Golan Heights, as Iran will require a broadened front with which to assault northern Israel when the strike occurs. This maneuvering by all parties represents objects in motion that will stay in motion until the dust settles after the coming conflagration.

22 February 2015: The allegedly secretive negotiations the Obama Administration has been conducting with the Islamic Republic have apparently been compromised. Word is coming from various political sources that Obama's secret offer to the Ayatollah is that the United States will guarantee an Iranian nuclear weapons capability in exchange for Iranian promises that it will use its increased power in concert with the United States to maintain stability in the Middle East Obviously, we understand that the Lord's expressed will as prophesied in Jeremiah 49:34-39 is diametrically opposed to Obama's clear and ongoing betrayal of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 10 days time. There will be fireworks.

24 November 2014: As noted, the feckless EU/E3+3 (P5+1) talks with Iran have failed upon reaching the irrelevant deadline. Another resumption of meaningless negotiations has been scheduled for December 2014 with July 2015 set as the next tentative date for failure. In Israel PM Bibi Netanyahu is being hung out to dry as the Israeli  prime minister who slept while Iran armed itself with nuclear weapons. Indeed, YNet News has published an OpEd datelined 25 November which reiterates the point made in this report's initial bottom line truth-of-the-matter form yesterday: "The Americans and the world powers no longer take Netanyahu (read: Israel) into account."  

Also, as noted in the linked YNet report above, the proverbial "window of opportunity" to strike the Iranian nuclear program is now closed. As I noted to a Bible prophecy author very recently, "Iran's nuclear weapons and the requisite infrastructure for their production are now safely tucked away under millions of tons of mountainous solid rock. Iranians are not stupid, they are adept tacticians and chess masters.  Whatever is left of their original nuclear program sites above ground are red herrings, a set of decoys."  Now we wait to see how the Lord will bring Jeremiah 49:34-39 into fulfillment.

23 November 2014: On Friday, November 14, an open-air sermon was delivered by Ayatollah Ali Movahedi Kermani in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.  Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani is Ayatollah Khamenei's personal representative to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the gatekeepers to Iran's nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems.

In the sermon there was one particular portion that went virtually unreported in the West. This was the portion in which Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani stated that a single Iranian Sejjil-2/3 ballistic missile could hit and raze to the ground Tel Aviv, Haifa and/or all American bases in the region.  This threat is viewed as a possible outcome of the potential total failure of the ongoing P5+1 negotiations with Iran.

This overt threat can assumed to constitute a tacit admission that the two-stage, solid propellant, variable angle-of-launch Sejjil-2/3 missile that has been operational since 2012, has been armed with a nuclear warhead. This is appropriate as the Persian word 'Sejjil' means 'Baked Clay.'  The Sejjil's warhead is reportedly hard to detect upon  re-entry into the atmosphere as it is coated with stealth technology materials and can maneuver away from anti-missile defenses launched at them. The Sejjil can be launched without any pre-launch activity warning associated with other Iranian ballistic missiles. Accordingly, the  Sejjil-2/3 is Iran's first-strike without-warning offensive nuclear weapon that is road mobile on a modified Shahab-3 Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) seen in the image above.

The Order Of Battle (OOB) for these Iranian launch-on-command nuclear-armed missiles therefore includes Tel Aviv, Haifa and all US bases in the region within approximately 1,250 miles of the Sejjil's launch point.

With just hours remaining for a final agreement to be agreed upon between the P5+1 (EU/E3+3) negotiations and the Islamic Republic of Iran there are strong indications that Israel will stand firm in its refusal to abide by any agreement which contains a "sunset clause" which will allow Iran to complete its indigenous nuclear weapons program. Israel may yet preemptively strike Iran as it has previously struck the Iraqi and Syrian nuclear weapons programs.

That this scenario is a potential occurrence at the same time as the IDF's Chief-of-Staff General Benny Gantz is within 100 days of a sunset to his military career; combined with unrestrained Islamic-inspired violence threatening the peace of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, Israel's system of mass transportation, and much of the rest of the country, is a true nightmare scenario to many observers. A replacement for Gantz is an imperative, but not more so than Iranian nukes or Islamic insurrection terrorizing the entire country.

An Iranian hand in the recent massacre of dual-national Rabbi's in praying in a Jerusalem synagogue through their PFLP-GC terrorist proxy headquartered in Damascus is well-known, as is the unrelenting Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons to jihadists in Judea, Samaria, the Sinai and Gaza. The repeated attempts of  the IRGC to deploy the high-precision Fatah-110 ballistic missile and its 1,100lb warhead (capable of striking Israel's Dimona nuclear complex from southern Lebanon or Syria**) is just that much more gasoline on the fire within Israel's national security apparatus to deal directly with the Iranian Shi'a hojjatieh mullahs. The imperative is to do so before the Sunni jihadists of the Islamic State and their expanding Wilayat (provinces) are able to cross directly onto Israel from all directions. (**Imagine a Fateh-110 fired by Hezbollah from inside Syria and that missile making a successful strike on Dimona. The future existence of Damascus might then be measured in tens of minutes.)

The onus is on Israel to act because the Western negotiations with Iran, even at the most basic level, do not factor in the least of Israel's national security requirements. Jeremiah 49:34-39 may be closer than anyone realizes.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Global SITREP B1-15: More Indications and Warnings of the Fast Approaching 70th Week

UPDATED 21 FEBRUARY 2015: The title of this SITREP has been updated and so is the content to be updated. In my studies I noticed a parallel of indicator (signs) prophecies in Jesus' Olivet Discourse and Paul's prophetic discourse in Romans 11. I have read these verses hundreds of times and written about them separately. The thing here is they should be linked together directly because they speak to the exact same End Times sign (Indication and Warning).

In Jesus discourse on the Mount of Olives the 21st chapter of Luke records our Lord repeating Gabriel's prophecy recorded in Daniel 9:26b but adding a significant detail. In verses 20 through 24 where the Lord is speaking about the near future of that generation when the armies of the Flavian Dynasty of the Roman Empire would lay siege to and destroy the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. 

As we all know this part of the prophecy was fulfilled in 70 AD. But now we fast forward to the present, 27 generations later, and our looking to the complete fulfillment of the prophecy during this current generation.

In Luke 21:24 Jesus carries this prophecy forward in great detail to describe the beginning of the dispersion of Israel to all the nations of the world, and then He says, "And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." 

In Romans 11 Paul's prophesy is about the time in the our near future when Israel's spiritual blindness will be removed thereby allowing Israel to recognize and receive Jesus as the true Messiah. The Holy Spirit had Paul specify that time as being when "the fulness of the Gentiles has come in." 

Let's define what is meant by "the times of the Gentiles" and "the fulness of the Gentiles."  Jerusalem was Jewish until the four Imperial Roman legions explicitly fulfilled Gabriel's prophecy of Daniel 9:26b. This is where "the times of the Gentiles commenced," with the word times (Greek: kairos) carrying the meaning of a measurable but limited amount of time, now approaching its 1,945th year. The fulness (Greek: plērōma) carrying the meaning of a completed complement or number of Gentiles, both dead and living, in the Bride of Christ.

The implication here is that we are presently at a point in the times of the Gentiles where the inclusion of the proverbial "last Gentile" grafted in as the "branches of the holy root" (Romans 11:16-18) is a known unknown number. It is a number known only to God; but it's nearness to completion is currently unknown by us, yet we know it is near, "even at the door."

18 February 2015: As Israel stands ready to receive a significant winter storm tomorrow, there is a more prophetically significant front approaching - a return to Eretz Israel of the remainder of the Lord's chosen people still in diaspora. Recent events in Europe with Islamic State terrorists deliberately hunting down Jews in France, Denmark and else where in Europe. PM Netanyahu recently made a plea for Jews in Europe to make aliyah in a "mass immigration" and return to Eretz Israel. 

Some in Europe, the scene of the holocaust of the Jews in the decade prior to Israel's prophetic rebirth as a nation, have taken offense to Bibi's call. President Hollande of France in particular suggested the call for aliyah was "an insult" to Europe's Jews. President Hollande could not be more hopelessly wrong because Jewish aliyah to Israel over the past 70 years is the literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy. And it will only increase in the days and months ahead.

At present there are right around 1.7 million Jews living in Europe, half of them living in France (580K) and England (350K), and the rest predominantly in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Hungary, Holland, Belgium and Italy.  Across the pond here in the good ol' USA there are five times as many Jews as there are in Europe: a whopping 8.3 million -- which is even more than than in Israel. In Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Australia there's another 1 million. That's a very rough grand total of 11 million Jews who remain living in diaspora but who will one day soon make aliyah to join their roughly 7.8 million brethren already living in the covenant land God promised to them.

Many times have I cited Isaiah 11:14 as being directly linked to the prophecy of Psalm 83. However, did you know that Isaiah 11:10-11 are two of the key verses which also prophetically speak to the global aliyah of Jews immediately prior to the final engagements of the Psalm 83 war? The same is true for Ezekiel 28 where the chapter commences with the woes to come for Lebanon (see: Joshua 13) it concludes with the prophetic words of verses 25 and 26:

“When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.”
And this aliyah will happen not because Bibi Netanyahu has called for it, or the President of France is against it, but because the LORD God has said it will happen because He will do it.  And it will happen before the 70th Week the angel Gabriel prophesied to Daniel about (Daniel 9:24-27) becomes a reality of literally fulfilled prophecy in the very near future.

I believe Him, literally.

Global SITREP A10-15: America Under Duress

Update 21 February 2015: If there was any doubt about the accuracy of what has been stated in this Eschatology Today blog post, then I would hope that what former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has publicly burst forth with regarding our president will have buttressed the point that this nation has arrived at a critical juncture. A juncture such as this can also be referred to as "the breaking point"  between the "life and death" of this constitutional republic.

Even though many on the left and even some centrists are now in a virtual vapor lock over Giuliani's public statements, the fact remains that they are reacting as they are simply because the former mayor has told the brutal truth in saying, "He doesn’t love you. He doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up: To love this country.”  Kudos to Rudy Giuliani for saying what needed to be said when it needed to be said. And its better late than never that he said what he has said. 

The only question now is, will this make a difference in the short-term? I don't care about the long-term simply because the Lord's prophetic word settled that issue long ago and its irrevocable. What concerns me is the here and now short-term and the tangible effects these things will have on our lives and how the words of Proverbs 24 and Ephesians 6:10-18 are powerfully resonating.

6 February 2015:  Many teachers of Bible prophecy have pointed out over the years that America is not mentioned specifically in the 'last days,' and because of this they have assumed or speculated that the country would have been attacked and destroyed by a nuclear armed enemy; or laid low by a natural disaster of unimaginable proportions; or even judged by Almighty God before the judgments of the other nations of the world during the 70th Week. 

Well, I do not believe there is a single human being alive today who accurately knows the future in the kind of detail that led to the above speculations, not even the so-called Bible prophecy "experts."  The only things I know for sure are what the Holy Spirit directly convicts me of, or what I hear and see with my own eyes and ears and have tested their validity. What I have heard very recently passes muster with both of these testable thresholds. 

This country of ours, the United States of America, is now facing the greatest danger it has ever faced since the Revolution of the late 1770s. A danger great than Hitler, Tojo, Stalin or Mao ever posed to our way of life. The danger we face today is within our own government leadership, from the Executive Office to all of our intelligence agencies and every department of the government that deals on a day to day basis with our national security.  All of these institutions of the American government been compromised to the highest level by Islamists, the same Islamists that the General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Egyptian Army had to over throw in a coup d'etat in July 2013, the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, the Muslim Brotherhood.

But you do not have to take my word for any of this. I would ask, however, that you pay all due attention to what the former US Navy Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet, Admiral James. A. "Ace" Lyons, Jr. has to say about the current dire situation facing America at the present time. What follows are excepts of an article written this past October by the Admiral entitled "Taking back America."

Admiral James A. "Ace" Lyons, Jr.
Bold added for emphasis.
"Never in my lifetime did I believe this great nation would be taken down and withdrawn from its world leadership position by its own leadership. While some try to explain away the Obama administration’s damaging policies by making excuses, they fail to face reality. This is a planned agenda.

When then-Sen. Barack Obama announced in 2008 that he was going to fundamentally transform America, few Americans comprehended what that declaration actually meant. However, with his radical background and his leftist mentors and associates, his agenda became very clear early on in his presidency.

With its many scandals, including the Benghazi tragedy, the perverse “progressive” ideology of the Obama administration, combined with its deceitful and manipulative methods, has corrupted normally nonpartisan government agencies. More importantly, it has infected the civilian and military leadership who lead their agencies.

The core of the corruption is an attitude that flaunts the Constitution and takes the position that the president can do anything he wants with a pen and a phone that promotes an agenda, regardless of its impact on the country’s national security.

We used to have giants in Congress such as John Stennis, Richard Russell, Tip O’Neill, et al., who were Americans first and party members second when it came to matters affecting our national security. Regretfully, other than a few in the minority, that doesn’t exist today.

Clearly, trust in our government institutions has been eroded. Furthermore, the Obama administration’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood, with its penetration of essentially all our government agencies, including the Department of Defense, has had an adverse impact on our policies, particularly with regard to the Middle East and the global war on terrorism. As we have seen, the administration switched sides in that war in Libya by financing, training and arming Islamic jihadist militias who were under the political control of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was these same militias that carried out the terrorist attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failure to provide adequate security prior to the attack even though there was advanced warning, according to five CIA security contractors at the Benghazi annex, as well as the administration’s failure to respond militarily, was a dereliction of duty.

Nonetheless, it was the catalyst for the implementation of “sequestration.” It provided the vehicle for the unilateral disarmament of our military forces.

With the United States being challenged throughout the world, our reduced military forces are severely stretched in meeting all their requirements. However, we still retain the capability to mount a massive, around-the-clock air campaign to defeat the Islamic State. The few strikes per day we are conducting in Iraq and Syria, with restricted rules of engagement, do not constitute a serious air campaign.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff know that what we are doing today in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State is wrong. By their acquiescence to the administration’s half-hearted war policies, they cannot escape being held accountable for the genocide the Islamic State will inflict on the Syrian inhabitants of Kobani, the Kurds and other minorities.

The real question is, how do you change the disastrous Obama administration policies that affect our national security? Obviously, the ballot box is one way, but the one institution that has the power to send an unmistakable signal that will be heard throughout the country is the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is time for them to live up to their oath of office — “to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic.” The Obama administration has clearly violated the Constitution and must be held accountable. Since we no longer can count on Congress, the Joint Chiefs as a corporate body should voice their objections to administration policies that are threatening America’s security and that of our allies. It’s time to take back America."

How does this country get out of this mess? The November 2016 election is definitely the preferred method as the Admiral has just made abundantly clear above. However, given the current and nearly catastrophic world situation, the next 22 months could prove to be too long, too little and too late.  As the Admiral suggests, it may boil down to a few senior flag officers of our Armed Forces, that is the one's who are left in the wake of the Islamist putsch of American military officers following the Benghazi massacre, who will take a stand against all enemies, foreign and domestic. So help them God.

Naming the Threat 

Although she is no longer part of the Obama Administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had at her side a Muslim woman by the name of Huma Abedin. Huma Abedin is Hillary's' 'special aide' and carried the official title of Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  If Hillary is the Democrat Party nominee for president in the 2016 election, and it able to win the election, then the Islamist Huma Abedin almost certainly will be a part of a Clinton Administration and an Islamic supremacist will once again be resident in our White House. Huma Abedin comes from a family with very active membership in the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, or just Ikhwan for short). Huma also spent twelve years for a Saudi Arabian think-tank known as the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA). According to Andrew C. McCarthy, the agenda and still active purpose of  the IMMA is “to grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West.”  So, ask yourself a question. What is the difference between an Islamic jihadist and an Islamic supremacist? The answer: none. Their objectives are identical. The former U.S. House of Representatives Republican from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, Michele Bachmann, deserves much credit for exposing these facts over the past six years.

Other Islamists currently embedded within the Obama Administration were exposed by the Arabic-language Egyptian publication Rose El-Youssef in December 2012. The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has posted an English translation of the Egyptian article by Ahmed Shawki, "A Man and 6 of the Ikhwan in the White House." Those six named Ikhwan infiltrators are: "Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships."  This article explains what we have seen in practical application in everything President Obama has said and his administration has done thus far with respect to Islam's war (jihad) against us and his personal refusal (Islamic al-taqiyya) to identify Islamists as the enemy at war with us. That explanation boils down to the fact the Obama Administration has never operated from a position of hostility toward the Islamic terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood, but instead became the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood on the face of the earth.  

Were you aware that terrorist Muslim Brotherhood representatives and HAMAS supporters received direct access on Wednesday 28, January 2015 to Congress and the U.S. State Department in order to request their assistance in restoring the overthrown Islamist government of Mohamed Morsi to power in Egypt? The IPT reported this on 29 January.This happens at the same time as American taxpayer dollars are sent to Israel to assist an Obama Administration attempt to defeat Likud and Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israel's parliamentary elections next month. If not, I suggest reading this article.

Have you seen even one comprehensive report about any of this on an American prime time news program aired by media giants such as CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC or even FoxNews? How about a single coherent sentence about this? Why not? So, ask yourself why an Egyptian magazine would think this information was important enough to inform the Egyptian people about as they struggle against the Islamist tyranny, revolution, insurrection and outright war in their homeland by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood, HAMAS and Islamic State. Might you think none of this has any relation to 'last days' Bible prophecy? Try reading Isaiah 19. This is what the above Islamists and many more of their brothers are intent on bringing to these United States of America.

One last question. What, if anything, will you as an American citizen personally do about it?

Note: The key resource references accessed online for this report are: The Investigative Project on Terrorism website and DiscoverTheNetworks.Org. "Islamist Infiltration of the Obama Administration."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Global SITREP A12-15: It's Happening!!

15 February 2015: This Global SITREP leads off with the current Mid East Prophecy Update video from Pastor JD Farag. The lead-off topic in Pastor JD's video sermon presentation is the current update topic subject in the Eschatology Today 'Origin of the Antichrist' blog post below - the new PM of Greece... 

 Alexios Tsipras (Cipras) Was Born: Tisha B'Av, Sunday 28 JUL 1974!

In the above video Pastor JD freely admits that he was at first dismissive of the political developments in Greece, but with sound counsel in the form of Emails and web postings coming from the Mainland (Pastor JD is in Hawaii) he became intrigued. As you watch this MUST SEE video (captioning included) you will learn why Pastor JDs intrigue was transformed to become the impetus for this video and why this SITREP is titled as it is. 

Also, Pastor JD references the NTEB website article (from whence the above image of Tsipras was borrowed) and information posted there directly linking the new Greek PM with the Pope and Vatican. I've already referenced my own discussion on this with Terry James at Rapture Ready. Here's a link to Terry's 2 February "Nearing Midnight" commentary "Antichrist Archetype Emerges." 

So let's consider, within the context of the Psalm 90:10 defined 70-year generation plus an additional 10 years defining a generation of strength, what is currently happening:

1) Just prior to Israel's 70th year as a reborn nation in fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8 we have standing on the various world stages: 

2) A strong candidate for Ezekiel 38/39 'Gog of Magog' leading a militarily resurgent and adventurous Russia; 

3) A charismatic leader suddenly assuming power in the prophetic nation of Greece and executing actions in his own name

4) This same newly emergent leader, acting as a candidate for the EU Presidency just a few short months ago, meeting with the Roman Pope to discuss a peace treaty for the Middle East.

5) The very real possibility in the near term of simultaneous multi-front war erupting on Israel's northern, central and southern frontiers as foretold in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 11.

Is there any question about the season we are living in? Is Jesus your Savior; your family's Savior?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Origin of the Antichrist

This image is a computer-generated bust of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the man that the angel Gabriel prophesied to Daniel as the the forerunner or prototype of the coming Antichrist.(Daniel 11)

Update 15 February 2015: A quick look at the comments section of this post in December will illustrate that the even before the election of Alexios Tsipras to become the current PM of Greece the politics of that nation were being monitored by Eschatology Today for the interpretive reasons made clear at the end of this blog post. My comment on 26 January noted the likely outcome of a vote of confidence against the former Greek PM and the ascendance of Alexios Tsipras to that position of power. 

This is now a hot topic on many Christian prophecy websites with many speculating on whether or not this man is the awaited Antichrist.  That's a determination that will have to wait until some point in the future to know for certain. However, for the moment, I am intently watching all developments with respect to this man. My most recent observations I shared with Terry James of Rapture Ready this morning; it seems only fair that I share them with you all as well.

To begin with, Alexios Tsipras is a native born Athenian Greek; the son of a Greek father from Epirus (Ionia) and a Greek mother born in Eleftheroupoli.  Mr. Tsipras refused to be sworn in the his post as Greek PM by Greek Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos, and also decreed that neither would his entire cabinet be sworn in by the the Archbishop; that the Archbishop need not even attend the entirely political ceremony. This is highly unusual in Greece where political oaths of office have virtually always been religious in nature, but perhaps not so much in the case with Alexios Tsipras being a self-professed atheist.

However, that being said, there is very good reason to watch what happens in the moths ahead. Straight up, I find this Greek's appearance on the world stage just prior to Israel's 70th year as a reborn nation extraordinary as a matter of timing. In 2014 as a candidate of the EU Commission Presidency he made a declaration that he could lead the economically broken EU back to economic prosperity in less than 10 years.

Most importantly I think is the fact that he took the office of Greek Prime Minister with these words: "I declare in my name, honor and conscience to uphold the Constitution and its laws."  John 5:43 records what Jesus said to the Jews about the future Antichrist: "I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive."

Without question the Greek Prime Minister is now the most prominent atheist on the Earth. Alexios Tsipras plus everything he does in his own name will be watched closely in the coming months.

3 December 2014: It had been suggested to me by some very astute fellow eschatologists that within the text of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 discussed below...
"When looking at the Greek which follows 'Let no man deceive you by any means'  the next words in the sentence are...

"ὅτι ἐὰν μή ἔρχομαι ἀποστασία πρῶτον καί ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτία ἀποκαλύπτω υἱός ἀπώλεια"
"because unless to come apostasy first and a human being sinful revealed, the son (of) destruction.""
... I've taken and applied the wrong meaning for the Greek word apostasia (apostasy). They are saying the meaning is not the literal, plain text apostasy, but an alternative meaning of departure.  As Dr. Thomas Ice and others will explain the meaning, "Thus, this passage would be saying that the Day of the Lord will not come until the rapture comes before it."  Well, yes, of course that's what Paul is saying  in the context of the entire chapter of 2 Thessalonians 2. But I am not dissuaded from believing that the meaning of the word apostasia is literal and it really means apostasy.

This is where I make a distinction on the meaning of this word. The apostasy is not from the faith of salvation in Christ Jesus that a believing Christian holds, but the kind of apostasy in which a grand departure from God is the point that Paul had made in this prophetic text.

This meaning is obvious to all who survey the world and see that an apostasy, a departure, from the one true God to a false god such as the al-Lah has been occurring globally and in real-time. But this literal meaning of apostasia is even more egregious in a nation such as ours where the claim can be truthfully made that it was founded upon Christian principles. Not only is this country departing from its Christian roots, it is departing from God the Father.

The other day I learned of a very young girl who was a participant in a Disney theme park production where she had to express her feeling about those things most important to her in her young life. Several times Disney rejected her heart-felt offering and through several edits of the text with her mother they simply could net get her offering of what was important in her own life accepted by the corporate entertainment and mass media giant that is The Walt Disney Company.

The reason for the continued rejections, as the mother and daughter finally discovered, was the fact that this young lady had centered her piece on a belief in God as being the singular reason why everything there is exists, in her life and the world and universe at-large. Without God, nothing else would be as it is in other words. Disney was literally rejecting this young girl's work simply because the word God appeared in the text. The Walt Disney Company rejects God. Not the small-g god, but the real big-G God. This is apostasy, literal and in our face, if we choose to see it. Period.

Of course most of us know this is nothing new, Disney has been rejecting God for a long time now and a previous campaign among Christians in highlighting this fact has over time fallen by the wayside, so much so that this little girl and her mother were unaware of it as millions of other Christians are likely unaware of it today.

So, I'm saying that a very real apostasy from God, as Paul was explaining to the Thessalonians as being a sign pointing towards the occurrence of the Harpazo exists and it is here today. Now that leaves just one other revealing thing for us to consider doesn't it. Indeed it does in my humble opinion.

24 November 2014:  Why it is that the Word of God contains so much detailed information about the coming Antichrist if the Bride of Christ is to be Harpazoed prior to his arrival on the world scene? As one who has diligently studied all things eschatological this makes no sense to me. The Saints which come to be born-again during the 70th Week will have no problem knowing who he is, so I have come to the point of realizing this detailed information does not appear to be part of the Lord's word for their benefit. So, who is it for? I have come to hold the view that these details are included in the Word of God for the Bride of Christ to recognize him prior to the start of the 70th Week.

Now before there's an uproar, I have heard hear all of you in advance because I have posed the obvious objections and debate talking points to myself first and also to other eschatologists. So I am sure at this point some are saying that recognizing Antichrist would tantamount to a sign that the Harpazo was imminent and the Harpazo is a signless event more correctly tied to an unknowable number of "the fullness of gentiles has come in" according to Paul in Romans 11:25.

However, is the Harpazo truly a signless event?  In  Paul's second letter to the Bride of Christ in Thessalonica (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) he explains to them that they should not be fearing that they have been 'left behind' because they are suffering such great persecution as has been prophetically taught to them. Paul instructs them that "the great and awesome day of the Lord" will not come to pass unless to things happen first: a great apostasy and the revealing of the Antichrist. These are definitively a pair of signs in the 'last days' that must occur prior to the Harpazo which itself is prior to the start of the 70th Week.

Let's go straight to the text of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. When looking at the Greek which follows 'Let no man deceive you by any means'  the next words in the sentence are...

"ὅτι ἐὰν μή ἔρχομαι ἀποστασία πρῶτον καί ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτία ἀποκαλύπτω υἱός ἀπώλεια"
"because unless to come apostasy first and a human being sinful revealed, the son (of) destruction."

The text then goes on to specifics about the Antichrist which were first revealed in great detail in the angel Gabriel's narrative to Daniel (Dan. 11:36-39) on this subject.

The key point I'm at here is that the phrase "the day" or "that day" is implied in most translations of this specific sentence. Those two words are literally not there. The focus is the context of what Paul is responding to the Thessalonian church about is the fear they have been left behind from the Harpazo.

Based upon the literal plain text I interpret Paul to be saying that it is not possible for anyone to have missed the Harpazo unless apostasy and the antichrist revealed come first.

Here's where I take Paul's teaching and apply it to our current reality.

It seems to me, looking forward, that a covenant/treaty for seven years would be in a negotiating stage for some time, months perhaps, prior to it being confirmed, or placed into effect. The confirmation of the treaty commences the 70th Week.

This is not unlike the covenant/treaty between the EU/E3+3 (P5+1) and Iran begin negotiated at the present time. 

This specific kind of negotiation between a Westerner of the attributes we know in detail that the 'son of destruction' will possess would absolutely reveal him to the Bride of Christ in this 'last days' season. This time frame would be smack dab on the dispensational transition from the Church age to 70th Week, but the actual revealing of Antichrist to the Bride of Christ would occur prior to the 70th Week. And the Bride of Christ would likely be all but climbing out of our skin in effervescent anticipation in witness thereof.

19 February 2011: I believe this update contains the correct association both Old and New Testament Scriptures which are sufficient to end once and for all the debate over whether the coming Antichrist will be European or Islamic.

According to Daniel 2 a night vision from God was given to Daniel to interpret Nebuchaddnezzar's dream about a great image which stood before him. It was the image of a statue of excellent splendor and awesome in its form. The image was a symbolic representation of the course and sequence of world empires begining with Nebuchadnezzar's own Babylonian Empire and on well into the future. The subsequent or second world empire what that of the Persians, which was followed in turn by the third world empire, that of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian-Greek Empire which completely eclipsed the first two. The four remant empires of Alexander's were eventally and completely absorbed and taken over a couple of hundred years later by the ultimate fourth world Empire, the Roman Empire which was detailed in Scripture as follows (Daniel 2:40-43):
"And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay."
And that is the end of the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream which God Himself gave to Daniel. That's all there is folks, nothing follows, the dream was certain, it came from God, and the interpretation was certain, it came from God also. God declared for all time through this ancient dream that there would be four world empires, and only four world empires. Yet, as we shall see, there were details to be added to this information that would come from the angel Gabriel to Daniel.

According to Daniel 10 a fallen angel had fought with and delayed Gabriel for 21 days while he was enroute to deliver this message. And we are told that he was assisted by the Archangel Michael in defeating that fallen angel. The fallen angels name is not given -- as if it were unimportant to any prophetic future events. However, we are informed that after delivering his message to Daniel the angel Gabriel would return to re-engage the angel of Persia, once again assisted by the angel of Israel, Michael the Archangel, and that the angel of Persia would be followed by another (fallen) angel, the angel of a western conquering empire. This is the third empire from Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the angel of the Empire of Grecia. Here's where it gets very interesting relative to the near prophetic future.

This "angel of Grecia" supernaturally empowered Alexander's Empire up and through to the Seleucid Empire and Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who is discussed in detail in the original article below. The key point is that the name of this fallen angel of Grecia known through the Revelation of Jesus Christ, as recorded in Chapter 9 verse 11 and Revelation 17 verse 8.
"And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon." (Revelation 9:11 NKJV)

"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
(Revelation 17:8)
This fallen angel's name doing the bidding of Satan is Abaddon/Apollyon. He is the one who fulfills "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition." That fallen angel was and will yet be again a prince of Grecia... not Persia. A Western empire, not a Persian, Arab or Islamic Empire.

09 July 2008: The Beast. The anti or in-lieu-of false messianic man of ancient Bible prophecy is the long-anticipated 'end times' character in both Old Testament and New Testament texts. He has always been an enigma, a man of mystery, prophesied to be of fierce countenance, a master of deceit and deception, of such unearthly evil power and charisma that by his mere presence all of mankind will be subdued and submit to his will.

The beast will be a man who ultimately will be wholly possessed by a demonic spirit ascended out of the abyss and identified by the name of Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek; a man of mind bending unconscionable evil destined to stand as Satan incarnate during Daniel's 70th Week. He is a man whose name John revealed in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter 13 verse 18, would count to or calculate to the Greek alphabetical-numerical equivalent of χξϚ (chi-xi-stigma) or six-hundred, three-score and six. 666.

Antiochus was the eighth in an unbroken direct line of descent of Greek Seleucid kings whose empire was the largest of those inherited in the division of Alexander the Great's Greek Empire into four lesser empires. Antiochus IV Epiphanes was an usurper who ruled the Greek Seleucid empire between 175 and 164 BC when he suddenly died of a disease. Antiochus had abandoned his born-name, Mithradates, and gave himself the name Epiphanes, which means 'god manifest" because he believed he was the living incarnation of Jupiter, the Romanized name of the principal pagan Greek god Zeus. On 15 Kislev 167 BC (6 December) Antiochus originally performed the to-be-repeated act of standing up an image of himself in the Jewish Temple known as the Abomination of Desolation. Antiochus also splashed pigs blood on the altar, sold Jews into slavery, destroyed every scroll of Jewish Scripture he could locate, forbade the daily sacrifice and the Jewish rite of circumcision under pain of death.

With all of these prophetic Biblical references to the Greek, the number of the coming Antichrist name equating to a Greek alphabet gematria, and the detail to which the prophet Daniel spoke concerning Greece, that he would come from the people who would destroy the city and the sanctuary (In 70 AD the Roman 5th Legion - Legio V Macedonica - was one of the principal legions involved in that military action) I became convinced that Daniel has further prophetically identified the national origin of this coming Antichrist. Indeed, Daniel 8 provides us with this specific identifier.

Daniel 8:21 (NKJV)
And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king.

Daniel 8:21 (YLT)
"And the young he-goat, the hairy one, the king of Javan; and the great horn that [is] between its eyes is the first king."

Greece was known in ancient times as Javan. Javan was the son of Japheth, and a grandson of Noah. Javan and his offspring, Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim, settled in the West, in Europe. So here we have in this verse from Daniel an identifier of Alexander the Great as the symbolic male goat which conquers the Persian Empire. Daniel then continues in verse 22 with his Divinely inerrant prophetic description of how Alexander's Greek Empire would be divided into four kingdoms that would not have the same power as Alexander's.

Then we have in verse 23 a time-warp to the distant future yet which remains anchored to Alexander's Empire, as "that nation," and to the 4 kingdoms which would rise from it, all four referred to as being the same. A prophetic "worm-hole," if you will. This time warp takes us directly to Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and also thousands of years into the future to the man he is the specific model for, the Antichrist:

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.

Daniel continues with his description of both Antiochus IV Epiphanes and the coming Antichrist:

24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
25 “ Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means.
26 “ And the vision of the evenings and mornings
Which was told is true;
Therefore seal up the vision,
For it refers to many days in the future.

It is my absolute conviction that Daniel's prophecy informs us in no uncertain terms that the coming Antichist will specifically arise from a Greek ancestry, that he will be a direct descendant of Javan via one of his sons whose progeny populate Europe and most of the nations of the West.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Global SITREP A11-15: In Progress - Obama's AUMF Mutates to Obama's Man-Caused Disaster (OMCD)

UPDATE 14 February 2015: With an eye still on SITREP E12-14: War on the Islamic State as the genesis of the blatant hoax brought before Congress, the American people and even our closest allies by President Obama, his administration and the U.S. State Department, the sum of this leftist political contrivance has essentially left approximately 320 US Marines trapped deep in the desert of western Iraq at Ein Al-Asad Air Base. These Marines were originally deployed to Ein Al-Asad to train troops of the Iraqi 7th Division in combat tactics.  Now they are fully enveloped in yet another Obama-Caused Disaster.

It now appears that nearly simultaneous with Obama's delivery of his AUMF charade, Islamic State forces began attacking Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in the adjacent Euphrates River village of Khan-al-Baghdadi. Initial reports yesterday had the ISF repelling the IS attack, but that appears to have been pure propaganda from the Shi'a-led Iraqi government, with IS forces apparently overwhelming the ISF and allied tribal defenders and then pressing on to attack the Ein Al-Asad Air Base itself. More recent accounts report that Iraqi forces have been defeated in the battle for Khan-al-Baghdadi and that if tribal forces withdraw from further combat then the whole of Anbar Province could be lost to the Islamic State.

12 February 2015: So, hopefully by now everyone is aware that Obama's AUMF is a half-breed cross between  much ado about nothing and the most contemptuous political charade of his failed presidency. It's not designed to do any significant damage and might even be seen as aide and comfort being afforded to Islamic jihadists.  At this point I cannot help but think about Ecclesiastes 1:9 ...
"That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun."
... and apply it to recent history. In light of President Obama's recent morally bankrupt allegory of Christians like us equating to the jihadists of the Islamic State, I have an allegory of my own for him to ponder. Immediately prior to the outbreak of World War II there was the made-in-hell non-aggression pact between Hitler's Nazi Germany and Stalin's Communist dictatorship in the Soviet Union. 

Fast forward to our world in 2015 and its teetering on the brink of a similar global conflagration. Notice that we have President Barack Hussein Obama doing back-flips for the Iranian Ayatollah in hot pursuit of a meaningless nuclear accord and non-aggression pact. And what does Obama do to sweeten the pot for the Iranian Ayatollah? He abandons our ally in Yemen to Iranian jihadists with a flip of his limp wrist and turns his backside upon our greatest ally in Israel whom the Ayatollah plans to burn in nuclear fire.  Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun! Might someone inform Barack Hussein Obama that Genesis 12:3 is still in effect and even appears to have his name written all over it?

10 February 2015: 6 days ago I sent out a private email "heads-up" stating "I think Obama is about to ask the new Republican-led congress to declare war on IS; failing that I think he will invoke war powers in order to deploy (many additional) US boots on the ground in Iraq or Jordan."  I also think some of those first additional boots will be jumping into the war from perfectly good aircraft.

Now, with so much of the major media spinning in advance what lame duck Obama's new AUMF will mean, I know a couple of things for certain. One, this is no bluf as Syria was a couple of years ago, and two, the Republican-led Congress will not ham-string an as yet unelected Republican President in 2016 with a minimalist "boots on the ground" authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State and its associated terrorist allies wherever they may be in the world. This AUMF might just authorize American combat forces to be deployed deeply into virtually any country at any time that Obama wants them to be there as long as said hamstringing of a subsequent POTUS does not occur.

In any case, a political fight like this one with a Republican-led Congress is shaping up to be, will be a knock-down drag-out that follows on the heels of more than a few recent Obama Administration military failures, such as occurred in Libya, particularly Benghazi, the purge of dozens of senior military officers in the wake of Benghazi, blatant Russian military adventurism, and even more recently the total loss of a major ally in Yemen to a pro-Iranian militia. These are clearly not the kind of stellar credentials Congress should grant expanded war powers to, unless they can figure out how to use this fight to their advantage by attaching a rider of unwavering U.S. military support to Israel and a robust U.S. military option against Iranian nukes should the current bad deal fall flat on its face.

It will be more important than ever for Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu to speak to our Congress in a couple weeks time.

Having heard this POTUS describe his desire for war powers be granted by Congress from him to wage to wage Operation No Enduring Freedom over the last 23 months of his term of office and ham-stringing his successor to 13 months of nonsense... Obama's request is patently ridiculous, very likely dead-on-arrival in Congress, and mostly an reflects an effort to defend his Muslim Brothers from the harm that America should be doing to them in the most decisive manner possible.

Be that as it may, there are other things going on that have an even stronger potential to flush this nonsense downstream rather quickly. Those things will be front and center on this blog very soon.